Rejoice! Miami Swim Week is finally upon us and our favorite swim and resort designers are ready to wow us with their new collections. Among them is Cristy Rice of “Real Housewives of Miami” fame who will unveil the latest collection for her swimwear line Cuban Rice: “Jewels”. The collection will expand upon the line’s signature rich colors, sexy styles, and fun prints to include styles in crochet, macramé, pastels, exotic animal prints, and jewels – everything Miami needs to make this summer endless.
Be the first to preview “Jewels” this Miami Swim Week at MIAMI Magazine’s Splashion, Nikki Beach’s What Women Want: SPF Swim Week, or at Swim Show‘s Booth #1776 in the Miami Beach Convention Center. In the interim, channel the island vibes that inspire Cristy with our photos of Cuban Rice‘s reversible Gypsy Gypsy bikini in action at Shadow Point, a historic Key Largo vacation home.
The Series Kicks Off with a Spanish Wine Dinner – Tuesday July 15th
Meat Market, Miami Beach’s sizzling hot steakhouse is bringing back their popular Summer Wine Dinner Series. Organized by sommelier Allison de Leo and acclaimed chef/co-owner Sean Brasel, the series kicks off on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:30 p.m. For the dinner, de Leo pairs Brasel’s bold, contemporary American cuisine with some of Miami-based Hidalgo Imports’ award-winning Spanish wines. The four-course dinner menu and correlating wines, priced at $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity follows:
SELECTION OF PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES
Cava Agustí Torelló Mata Brut Reserva 2009
SMOKED HAMACHI CARPACCIO WITH LEMON-CAPER AOLI & BASIL PESTO
Cune Monopole Viura 2013
GRILLED SALMON WITH TRUFFLE-WILD MUSHROOM PUREE,
CAULIFLOWER GRATIN AND PEA TENDRIL SALAD
Viña Real Crianza 2009
SOUS VIDE LAMB CHEEKS IN PLUM-RED WINE GLAZE, TRUFFLE VINAIGRETTE
CRISPY DUCK BREAST WITH BACON IN PORT SAUCE,
SWEET POTATO MANGO TATER TOTS
Cune Imperial Reserva 2007
Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 (Ranked #1 by Wine Spectator Magazine 2013)
DUO OF PANNA COTTA WITH MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE AND
PISTACHIO WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP BARK
Bodegas Hidalgo Pedro Ximénez Triana
Meat Market is located at 915 Lincoln Road on South Beach. Reservations for the wine dinner are limited and can be made by calling (305) 532-0088. www.meatmarketmiami.com
We have already established that Miami is the queen of beach style but, like everything in Miami, that beach style is the product of a melting pot environment. As such, we have always been a little curious to study how our beach style compares to beach styles elsewhere. During our recent visit to Nicaragua, we began our research at the Hacienda Iguana Beach Club, which is located in front of the internationally-renown surf break at Playa Colorado. The Beach Club’s restaurant, tiki bar, pool, and handful of hammocks gave us numerous options from which to sip a frozen cocktail and people watch.
Like other surf destinations in Central America, Playa Colorado is primarily visited by international visitors and ex-pats that are a) surfers, b) surf photographers, c) surfer wives/girlfriends/groupies, or d) all of the above. The beach style was composed mainly of functional swimsuits from brands like Roxy, Quiksilver, and O’Neill – our surf crew’s beachware was no exception. Beyond swimsuits, the style was casual. Our favorite non-swim staples were the bohemian cover-ups and accessories.
While we are partial to Miami’s elegant and flashy beach style, we brought back a little of Nicaragua’s laid-back beach style with us to Miami. Check out some of the beach style photos we snapped during our trip below for inspiration! We definitely took notes.
Here is a list of some of the best spots to eat on the Fourth of July:
Earls Kitchen + Bar will be offering a special Stars & Stripe cocktail on Independence Day for $4.50. In addition, guests can enjoy weekly features offered every Friday including double mojitos for $7, $1 off Stella pints and $2 off glasses of champagne. Earls is located at 7535 North Kendall Drive in Dadeland Mall. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily beginning at 11:30 a.m. and brunch on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ample parking and valet is available. Telephone: (305) 667-1786; www.earlsrestaurants.com.
The Dutch will get festive for the 4th early this year with an All-American Cookout on Wednesday, July 2nd, from 7p.m. – close. Part of the wildly-popular Bourbon, Beer & ‘Cue series, Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon and guest chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek will serve up an outdoor BBQ at Grove at W, complete with summertime games. Priced at $40 per person (excluding beverages, taxes and gratuity), the family-style feast will feature Apple-Brined Smoked BBQ Chicken; Smoked & Barbecued Mackerel Sandwich with Bread & Butter Beet Slaw; and Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket with Slathering Sauce, Smoked Garlic Sausage, Texas Toast & Baked Pinto Beans. Drink specials include $2 PBR Tall Boys; $3 Tecates fully dressed with BBQ rub and citrus; $9 Specialty Bourbon Cocktails; and $40 Summer Punch Bowls. The event will take place at Grove, The Dutch’s backyard, inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-dutch-2913104985
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is celebrating Independence Day with a festive backyard BBQ on the lawn of the restaurant from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a menu of classic American favorites with a twist, crafted by Executive Chef Miguel Aguilar, including a chorizo beef burger on a brioche bun; Ball Park hot dogs loaded with Cotija cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, chipotle aioli, pickled jalapeno and shoe string potatoes; and criollo marinated chicken breast. Hearty side dishes will include the chef’s popular devilish eggs, chipotle coleslaw and potato salad. Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is located at 2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Ample street parking and valet available. Visit www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com and www.facebook.com/wynwoodkitchenandbarfor more information.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is celebrating Independence Day and National Fried Chicken Day (Sunday, July 6, 2014), with an exclusive lunch and brunch special, Friday, July 4 through Friday, July 11, 2014. For a limited time, guests can enjoy a twist on the classic Blue Plate Special ($14), two pieces of Lewellyn’s fine fried chicken with a blend of hot spices, served with citrus pepper watermelon and house-made buttermilk biscuits. Perfect to help cool down from the chicken’s fiery bite is Yardbird’s signature Watermelon Sling ($13), a refreshing blend of Troy & Sons platinum white whiskey, fresh pressed watermelon juice and lemon balanced with rosemary and Aperol. Yardbird is located on Miami Beach at 1600 Lenox Ave. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily with weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Telephone: (305) 538-5220; www.runchickenrun.com. Reservations strongly suggested.
Khong River House,the popular 50 Eggs concept that offers an authentic yet approachable menu, rich with bold Southeast Asian flavors, is offering for a limited time only a lunch dish in celebration of the Fourth of July and National Fried Chicken Day, Friday, July 4 through Friday, July 11, 2014. Guests can enjoy Khong Fried Chicken ($19), half a chicken with honey-lime marinade served with spicy mango slaw and caramel fish sauce. Khong River House is located on Miami Beach at 1661 Meridian Avenue. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch launching July 2014. Telephone: (305) 763-8147; www.khongriver.com.
Swine Southern Table & Bar,on Fourth of July, Coral Gables’ go to place for southern comfort will be serving up a half rack of ribs ($26) with their signature competition rub, cider vinegar mop and homemade pickles for the holiday. Swine is located in Coral Gables at 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Telephone: (786) 360-6433; www.runpigrun.com.
Lure Fishbar, Miami Beach’s seafood hotspot is celebrating Independence Day with succulent food specials including Steamed Shrimp ($15.50)with charred lemon; Grilled Lobster ($24) with chili-garlic butter, grilled corn and fingerling potatoes; Baby Back Ribs (half rack $26, full rack $35) with pomegranate BBQ sauce, watermelon, grilled corn and oven roasted potatoes. Guests can enjoy a twist to the traditional holiday dessert with Apple Pie Empanadas ($11), served four to an order with Granny Smith apples, caramel and maple whipped cream. Lure Fishbar is located in the historic St. Moritz Hotel building at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1600 Collins Avenue. The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6 p.m. Valet parking is available. Telephone: (305) 695-4550; www.lurefishbar.com
BLT Prime, located at the iconic Trump National Doral®, will show its patriotism with a Fourth of July Blackboard special menu that evening. The three course prix fixe menu, priced at $60 per person (excluding taxes and gratuity), will feature two appetizer choices of either Burrata & Heirloom Tomato Salad with basil and white balsamic; or Watermelon Salad with fresh feta, pea sprouts and pickled radish. Main course options include Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with charred peach relish and grain mustard jus; or Scottish Salmon with crushed peas and a citrus emulsion; while side dishes include BBQ Corn with bacon and chives; or Fingerling Potato Salad with truffle aioli. Delicious dessert selections for Independence Day include Red Velvet -Tres Leches with strawberry and cocoa nib; or Chocolaté Crème Brulée with crisp nougatine and berries. Regular dining menu also available. BLT Prime is located at Trump National Doral Miami®, 4400 NW 87th Avenue. Telephone: (305)591-6606; www.bltprimemiami.com.
The Hotel of South Beach welcomes everyone to celebrate Independence Day with a festive rooftop BBQ with a live DJ, from 7 PM – 11 PM. Guests can enjoy BBQ and cocktails poolside, with a spectacular view of fireworks starting at 9 PM. The Hotel of South Beach is an Art Deco hotel where high style meets history, luxurious accommodations, and AAA Four Diamond award-winning hospitality. The Hotel of South Beach is located on 801 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305)531-2222; http://www.thehotelofsouthbeach.com.
Popular Monthly Culinary Showcase Continues With Germany
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (WKB)’s popular summer dining series continues its celebration of cuisine from around the world in July with a tribute to World Cup contenders, Germany. The three-month long series crafted by Executive Chef Miguel Aguilar has added to the flavors of WKB’s already robust menu by showcasing dishes from Spain in June, and concludes with Portugal in August.
The summer tasting menu will be available for a limited time only during lunch and dinner every Wednesday throughout July beginning on Wednesday, July 3rd. Foodies can embark on a culinary tour through Germany with a la carte dishes to include:
Served on a pretzel bun, topped with sauerkraut
Egg noodles with shredded Coca-Cola braised short rib
Bacon, onions and pickles, wrapped in thin slices of flank steak served with potato salad
German beer with lemonade
In addition to the German delicacies, diners can indulge on Chef Aguilar’s regular a la carte menu of Global-Latino small plates, meant to mix and match, as well as creative craft cocktails.
The German summer tasting menu will be available for lunch and dinner every Wednesday throughout July (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st). Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is located at 2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Ample street parking and valet available.
This week the #ThankYouMiami team is in Nicaragua working on a special video project that will launch our YouTube channel. The first #ThankYouMiami video will show you how Miami brands translate seamlessly into lifestyle and travel, as well as give you an inside look at our sun, sand, and surf adventures with Nicaragua365. We are very excited to have packed our suitcase with Razön, Cameri Bead Studio, B.O.A.T. Attire, Femme Jolie and other Miami style must-haves. Today, we look back at our first day of travel where we went from MIA to MGA to our beautiful beach-side mansion in Hacienda Iguana. Take notes – this is how Miami makes travel look good!