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Best Of The City 2010

Last year, trumpeting the demise of Miami was a popular pastime —in other places. Here, the days are too beautiful to waste on doomsday discussions. As we found while researching our annual “Best of the City” feature, Miamians have created a new roster of reasons to love the Magic City. From ways to go green, give back and focus on being well as much as living well, these could be the seeds of a collective urban evolution. Optimistic?

Maybe. But our pura vida perspective is at the heart of our appeal. What’s Miami if not a city on the bright side?

Recycle, Re-Model

Roberto Rodriguez turns found objects into design statements

Part gallery, part workspace and part mad-scientist laboratory, Casa Mariana contains just a sampling of Roberto Rodriguez’s designs: finds from garage sales, antique stores and even, well, the garbage, which Rodriguez has re-purposed into eye-catching pieces. A recent trip to his space saw a vintage confessional share the floor with embroidered Mexican blankets and more than a few Fun Housestyle wall mirrors. Traditional? No. Amazing? Definitely. Rodriguez’s in-demand work has been featured everywhere from Anthropologie stores to telenovelas to private homes. And while he can be difficult to track down, believe us: he’s worth the hunt! Casa-mariana.com


After making rooms look picture-perfect for magazines like Real simple and Martha stewart living, set stylist and professional organizer Claudia Miyar returns to Miami to help clients clean up their acts. Here, she shares her top home-makeover tips. Claudiamiyar.com

1. PurGE! Tere’s no reason to live with things that are stained or in bad condition. Lots of retailers are doing great inexpensive lines. For example, I’m a huge fan of Overstock.com.

2. GrouP SIMILAr THINGS ToGETHEr People often gravitate toward the same things (small boxes, seashells, mirrors).

By placing them in groups, you create a visual impact.

3. THINk NEGATIvE—AS IN NEGATIvE SPACE, wHICH IS A Good THING Don’t cover every surface. Give people a chance to rest their eyes!

4. CoNTAIN your MESS!

Te Container Store makes wonderful bins and boxes. When In doubt, put things in a box, label it and stack it. As long as the containers are nice, I don’t mind looking at them.

Anything Goes!

with infinitely customizable furniture, esvedra revolutionizes the idea of the personal touch

Metis and Oliver Steck named their Esvedra showroom after the island near Ibiza where they were engaged, married and conceived the idea for their furniture line.

Te collection includes teak furniture pieces painted in vivacious colors, clearcoated with metallic flecks or appliquéd with zippers and lace. Te furniture is then sprayed with the sealant auto manufacturers use to make it durable. “We have something for everyone,” says Metis, “from the modern minimalist and naturalists to the pompous rococo buffs and savvy South Beachers!” Prices range from $450 for a stool to $20,000 for a table covered in 24-carat gold leaf. Esvedradesign.com

Retail Offspring

Designed for “the 24 or more hours in your day,” CB2 arrives in Miami in early 2010 bringing its modern, funky designs (from sofas to tables to dinnerware) at affordable prices.

And yes, the CB reflects its better-known parent—Crate & Barrel.

Show and Tell

Does Miami really need more furniture showrooms? Three new spots make the case that there is always room—and rooms!—for more.


Colombostile could out-party Miami’s club-happy crowd, as the company’s new showroom at 4500 Biscayne Boulevard is filled with everyday exotic furnishings.

Te 1864 DV, a curved, padded sofa in Colombostile’s Soft & Crazy collection, was designed by Marina Bani and Marco Penati, and ranges in price from $45,000 for COM to $125,000 covered in handwoven silk as shown.


Lloyd Loom

Lloyd Loom reaches across the pond for its handcrafted furniture, but the designed-inthe-

U. K. wares in the manufacturer’s new Design District showroom are perfect for Miami. Made from materials stronger than wicker or rattan, the furniture’s perfect for beach-blanket bingo or bayside barbecues. Te Mono chair from the Naturals collection, in five color choices, sells for $1,058.



Maxalto’s contemporary offerings in the new Miami Design District showroom reflect a lighter palette befitting our coastal climes. Te Kalos Apta chair, designed by Antonio Citterio, has a laid-back undulant character that’s perfect for seaside sophisticates with either contemporary or traditional tastes.

Prices range from $3,310 to $5,458.


Spot On

Lovers of seductive furniture take note: Avant Gallery is bringing the G-Spot Rocker to town!

Designed by Gregory Clark, the chair is designed to rock your world in more ways than one. “I feel the G-Spot, with its tonguein- cheek name, is the perfect chair for Miami because it’s so hot and sexy!” says Avant Gallery owner Dmitry Prut. “Te rocking chair allows couples to get creative, which makes its form-followsfunction sensually unique.” Only 100 of the black-steel versions will be produced worldwide. Te limited edition G-Spot sells for $7,800. Avantgallery.com

Engine Stand

It’s hard to live in this city without a car. But who says you need gas?

It was a documentary on fuel-efficient vehicles that inspired Donato Helbling and Danny Alva to convert Alva’s automobile into an electric car and launch the Miami Electric Vehicle Project. For about $20,000 depending on the car type, they’ll “green your ride.” (Tough the price tag seems steep, it means no future gas or oil-change costs.) Te duo debuted an electric car custom-painted by artist Lebo during last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach to much buzz, and now they’re acquiring city approvals to install charging stations in condo garages. “We want people to see that we don’t have to wait for big companies to do things for us anymore,” Helbling says. Miamievproject.com

Talking Trash

GreenerMiami.com’s Rebecca Carter is no environmental saint (she lists her eco-sins on the site), but she’s helped create local awareness of green issues since launching the blog in 2006. Carter is also composting her way to absolution, in part because her Miami Beach condo building doesn’t recycle. “I feel really bad about it, so I’ve started composting my own food, which doesn’t break down well in landfills,” she says. Tough the condo-dweller has no use for the fertilizer, she’s happy to gift it all away.

Another thing Carter distributes? “Green gossip,” via her other blog, Ecorazzi, which covers environmental news in the entertainment world. “It’s a fun way to receive green information without feeling like you’re reading something super educational,” explains Carter, who was among 70 female eco-achievers to get a nod from Glamour magazine this year.

Training Grounds

In addition to providing professional “green-collar” training for neweconomy jobs, Miami-Dade College’s Green Urban Living Center promotes environmental awareness in the general public, too. Anyone can sign up for GULC’s programs in environmental education, healthy cooking, and gardening and landscaping. Plus, GULC’s garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat where everything is grown without the use of pesticides. Mdc.edu/ce/north/green

Baby’s Breath

Miami boasts its own Renaissance Man, 2.0 now that inventor, professor and entrepreneur Vito DiBari has decamped from Italy to South Beach in search of 80-degree Februarys and U.S. expansion opportunities. Te green-design focused DiBari, whose past products include a self-cleaning suitcase and GPS-integrated sneakers, recently devised a pollutionsensitive baby stroller with built-in smog sensors and pollution filters.

Best of the Best

Kermit might’ve had it tough, but Miamians can no longer claim it’s not easy being green. With the planetfriendly options they provide, these local businesses make leading a sustainable lifestyle a matter of choice.

THE GrEEN HoME Via their “ecoassessments,” Teresa Pinto and Stephen Woodey educate homeowners on resource management, pollution and energy efficiency, and offer lifestyle tips to reduce a home’s environmental impact. Thegreenhomemiami.com

EcoLAv dry CLEANErS Using a biodegradable solvent, degradable plastic bags to cover garments and sustainable bamboo hangers, this is Brickell’s go-to spot for chemical-free cleaning. Ecolav.net

GrEENwASH MobILE Car wASH Forget “rainwashing” your car. Without using water or sewage-harming chemicals, Green Wash’s mobile service scrubs and shines a bit of your carbon footprint away. Greenwashmobile.com

MAId GrEEN Tis cleaning service eschews products with toxic VOCs and uses biodegradable brands instead to get your home spic and span. Maidgreen.com

dIAPEr duTy Tey won’t change your baby’s dirty diapers, but this company Will wash your cloth diapers and deliver clean ones to your home every week—increasing chances there will be a planet left once your tot grows up. Diaper-duty.com

ECLECTICA Not only does this shop sell revamped secondhand furniture, it also offers “Home Eco-nomics” classes on how to be green without spending your greenbacks. Eclecticamiami.com

UHMA SPA From the building to the products to the overall mission, this super-green sanctuary helps reduce planetary tension, too. Uhmaspa.com

BAby PoSH GarAGE One mom’s trash is another baby’s treasure—especially when kids grow faster than credit card bills! Swap unused diapers for larger sizes, pick up gently used baby furniture and get swaddled by savings.


Uli Yours

with her swarovskistudded mini-dresses, uli herzner shines on

Fashions by Miami-based designer Uli Herzner are one hot commodity. Even hotter? T e Project Runway runner-up’s hand-made, one-off cocktail dresses ($750-$2,500), available only at Oxygene boutique in Bal Harbour. “T ey’ve been blowing out. People love them!” owner Shayne Cohen says. Herzner doesn’t group the custom and RTW pieces into collections, but rather sends the fab frocks to Cohen one-by-one as she makes them. “I make what I like to wear— whatever comes into my head,” the designer explains. Cohen doesn’t always know what the next dress will look like, but she says Herzner’s signature is a fl attering fi t: “T at’s what she does best. You don’t need the perfect body to look good in her dresses.” uliherzner.com

Fortune Sellers

Evil eyes, hamsas, crosses—if Lola James Jewelry could talk, it might say, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.” T e message makes sense considering the source—local designers Romi Sarif and Allyson Papunen—and it’s packed with girl-who-has-everything appeal.

In addition to spiritual safeguards, the pair’s new line of necklaces, bracelets and earrings features feel-good iconography like peace signs, elephants and hearts— just the kind of charms that convey a charmed life. And if you’ve got good fortune but not a fortune to spend? Most of the gold-fi lled, vermeil and sterling silver pieces are priced under $200.

Lucky you. Lolajamesjewelry.com

House Rules

Gq, who? The dq townhouse is the guy’s guide to the good life

What does it take to bring a megabrand to life? For dashing menswear designer Duncan Quinn, roughly 6,000 square feet. Ever since his DQ Townhouse opened its doors in December, the Design District playground has given discerning Miamians a taste of the rakish good life. It’s like a Barbie Dream House for Ken, if Ken were an impeccably tailored (and anatomically accurate) gentleman-spy.

Quinn makes skinny suits and bad-boy ties for celebs and other high-rollers. He’s taken his Savile Row-inspired love of the bespoke and tailored an urbane cosmology fi t for Connery and McQueen. His favorite things: “fi ne wine, beautiful cars, sailboats, watches, motorcycles, dinners, vintage car rallies...that and the odd cocktail or two.” Most of these pleasures—plus a croquet pitch and bespoke lounge—are on off er at the Townhouse through Super Bowl weekend. Duncanquinn.com

Three To Watch

1. Romina Heighes Peru-born Romina Heighes cut her teeth with Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera in New York. She’s lived all over the world, but Miami’s siren song has lured her back. Her Pinecrest atelier reveals an aesthetic that’s feminine (chiff on, embroidery, embellishment), but there’s nothing frothy about her talent: she was Miami Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer of

2009. Rominaheighes.com

2. John David Collection Tailoring-obsessed John

D. Shoemann has lived in Miami for 12 years, so he’s all about seasonneutral dressing with a jet-set feel. Strong shapes, A focus on the waist and origami-esque folding are emblematic, with a diff usion line in the works.


3. Gomez-Gracia Patricia Gomez-Gracia was born in Madrid, raised in Miami, and is now based in London.

Her luxe-yet-wearable pieces make perfect sense in our nightlifeloving town. “Fashion, art and rock” are touchstones, and ’60s geometry is a quiet theme.

Vogue, Tokion and Sex and T e City have noticed.


Show Some Skin!

Laura Buccellati, who spent her youth shuttling between New York City, Miami and Italy, hails from a long line of Italian artisans (jewelry, silver). T ese infl uences are evident in the Miami-based designer’s just-launched line of luxury handbags, which craftspeople take up to two weeks to make. Exotic skins like crocodile and ostrich are treated with Old World respect, so that each piece is a “fi ngerprint, and not a cookie-cutter.” Palladium and gold hardware completes the timeless look. It’s a “forever bag,” the designer says. Elegant and refi ned, these are not accessories for the fl avor-of-themonth crowd. Laurabuccellati.com

The Space Between

the space Miami for urban conscious living is all about self fulfi lling

Party planner Karla Dascal, famous for her ability to transform a room, is giving her own Wynwood event venue a makeover. Together with life coach Rachel Levy, LMHC and detox guru Dr. Etti Ben- Zion, Dascal is turning T e Space into a spiritual wellness center called T e Space Miami for Urban Conscious Living. Meditation gardens, a raw vegan restaurant and areas for yoga and prayerdanse classes are being added to the (still leasable) one-acre property, where Ben-Zion will lead cleanses and Levy will oversee spiritual programs.

Phase two of the project calls for a residential component to be used for retreats, and body treatment rooms—all cause for celebration.

Lip Service

With her new cosmetics line Beauty for Real, local makeup artist Leslie Munsell shines a new light on lip color. Her Perfect Lip Pencil and Illuminating Lip Gloss—the introductory products in the line—are equipped with a built-in mirror and an LED light that’s attached to the gloss cap. No more fumbling in a dark lounge when you need to liven up your lips? Brilliant. But not surprising. Munsell, an Aveda Global Master and co-owner of Van Michael Miami Salon, boasts more than 20 years in the business. And in addition to practical features, she also packed her products with top ingredients: green tea and grape seed extracts for antioxidants, marine collagen for plumping. “It makes sense to use new technology to make our lives easier, and also more fun and beautiful,” she says. Forward-thinking cosmetics that excel in both formula and function?

Now that’s a beautiful thing. Available at Brownes & Co. And Base at the Delano. Beautyforreal.com

Celestial Bodies

Tere’s hardly a starlet in Hollywood that doesn’t sing the praises of Pilates, a series of exercises said to tone and elongate the body without creating bulk. But the newest wave of the wonder workout, Gravity Power Pilates, packs some cardio into the mix, too. Trading the traditional Reformer for a Gravity machine, GPP allows users to pick up the pace and potentially burn fat and build muscle in the same session.

Who better than Jeannine Bergmann to bring GPP to Miami? Formerly based in L.A., Bergmann helped usher in the initial round of Pilates popularity while working as a personal trainer to stars like Michelle Pfeiffer and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Pilates One, the studio she opened after moving to Miami two years ago, has proven so popular that Bergmann recently expanded to a larger space in Coconut Grove. Here, clients can get one-on-one training or share a class with up to four people.

In either setting, Bergmann blends instruction with light-hearted conversation, and all workouts end with a shot of açai—an energybooster you’ll need to make it out the door! Pilatesone.com

Sculptural Currents

SoBe Calm’s Tatum Fritts, who promotes a natural, holistic approach to beauty, is an unlikely champion of facelifts. But she performs them all the time at her day spa—with a non-invasive twist. Using microcurrent technology to stimulate facial muscles, which constrict in response to vibrations from a small machine that’s placed over the skin, Fritt’s pain-free lifts can address specific areas, such as the eyes, or tighten the entire face. Results are immediate (models and telenovela stars pop in prior to shoots and tapings) and last about eight weeks. But there are long-term benefits, too: Fritts says at least one client has canceled plans to go under the knife after receiving regular microcurrent therapy. Talk about uplifting! Sobecalm.com

Beauty Supply

late-night hours, cocktails and trippy décor place these new hair salons a cut above the competition

Manhattan import Red Market brings local Djs, art exhibits, denim robes and Brazilian blowouts (said to last up to 12 weeks) to Bal Harbour. Te best part?

Late hours ideal for night owls and workaholics. Redmarketnyc.com

1160 Hair woos with a “fairy tale” experience: faux fruit dangles from the ceiling, while vines climb the walls (think Barbie meets Sleeping Beauty). Indulge in organic product lines and signature services like the Hawaiian pedicure, during which customers are served Champagne, gourmet coffee and chocolate truffles. 1160hair.com

Reality TV hits home as Shear Genius season 2 winner Dee Adames opens Dee & Co. Emphasis here is on the “artists’ point of view,” with a full-service color bar, a massageheavy shampoo lounge, keratin treatments and Adames’ signature dry cutting technique. Expect a funky loft vibe (exposed piping, leather couches), and a cocktail or two. Deeandcohairstudio.com

Block Stars

on south beach, the opium group takes back the night

On a typical Saturday night, Te Opium Group employs more than 500 people in an 11-block stretch of South Beach. Te nightclub conglomerate’s reign over the area began in 2001 when Eric Milon, Francis Milon and Roman Jones acquired the now-defunct Opium Gardens. Since then, they’ve led a real-world game of Monopoly, launching Mansion, SET and Louis; partnering with W Hotels on Wall Lounge; and snagging existing properties like the recently acquired Cameo (likely up next: Mokaï). Teir famously tight velvet ropes preclude them from classifying as the opiate of the people— but the term “Opium empire” strikes a cord. Theopiumgroup.com


Tere’s a simple formula for photographing Miami’s club scene: Boobs over dudes, every time. Tat’s why nightlife photographer Pete Richardson launched Take My Broto, a see-and-be-sceney blog dedicated to shiny shirts and the dudes who wear them out. So while they won’t be featured on any glossy society pages, at least in this corner of the Internet it’s still bros over hos. Takemybroto.blogspot.com

Salon Selective

Tree thriving salon-like enterprises prove that, on the mainland, down-low is the new high. Inspired by Berlin’s 1920s cabarets, Bardot (bardotmiami.com) lures would-be artistes to its unmarked space with clandestine speakeasiness, live bands, billiards and burlesque. A no-camera policy keeps things schtum.

Anchored by an oversized oval table, AE District (aedistrict.com) aims to “provoke thought and inspire self-expression.” Eschewing the terms gallery or retailer, it does display art and sell clothing. Te impressive (rentable) space is also used for gatherings ranging from potlucks to book clubs to happy hours. Poet P. Scott Cunningham’s University of Wynwood (universityofwynwood.org) has no address, staff or students. But spoken word fuels the low-key literati, while print projects bring visual artists into the Dada-like cabal. It’s part Te Believer, part Church of the Subgenius. Come for the poetry, stay for the Lady Pythons Jai-Alai Team.

Wave Riders

homegrown indie-rock band surfer blood sounds off

Florida may not be known as a hotbed of indie rock—but that’s all changing thanks to Surfer Blood, one of the year’s hottest upstart bands. Cut in the guys’ University of Florida dorm room, their debut album Astro Coast (Kanine), out in January, mixes the shambling alternative rock sounds of bands like Pavement with tightly-wound, fist-pumping anthems that call to mind Weezer.

“We love all those classic ’90s records,” says frontman John Paul Pitts. “It’s so awesome when people tell us that we make them miss those bands from the ’90s.” In October, the five-piece band hit its stride after delivering 12 marathon performances at New York’s CMJ Music Festival. Te guys have since hit the road for their first national tour, alongside

U. K. indie-pop act Art Brut.

And in May, the musicians will go international at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival, where they’ll share the stage with two Bands they worship: the aforementioned Pavement and the Pixies. “When we heard we were playing with them, we were almost in tears!” says guitarist Tomas Fekete. As for any plans to return to their old South Florida stomping grounds? Don’t expect to find them in the area anytime soon. “West Palm Beach is a shithole,” cracks Pitts. “But it’s a love-hate kind of thing.” myspace.com/surferblood

Theatrical Chairs

Te Krane is a cross-genre theater company of singers, actors, dancers, painters and photographers. Tey’ve performed in Amsterdam and Arkansas, but they’re based in Miami and available for hire. Artist-writer Vanessa Garcia, who founded the group in 2007, asks, “Is there anything better than catharsis?” While you consider your answer, watch for them in “Model City” at the Miami Made Festival in March, and in writing workshops at AE District. As for the name, there’s a story behind it. Garcia will tell you. Thekrane.com

’Hood Wink

It may not be the first place you’d think of to stage a festival, but Overtown’s musical roots touched something in Miami attorney and activist Amy Rosenberg. Wanting to honor the area’s rich history (in its heyday it hosted legends such as Aretha Franklin and James Brown), Rosenberg conceived Te Overtown Music Project, a “one-day showcase of big band, jazz, blues, funk and soul performances, as well as tributes by contemporary musicians.” Scheduled to take place March 27, the festival, Rosenberg hopes, will act as a catalyst to inspire the revitalization of the neglected area.

Seasoned Greeting

The menu’s pretty remarkable, but the prime rib isn’t the only thing luring patrons to Meat Market.

Kaitlin Yelle, esquire’s recently anointed “hostess of the year,” is doing her part, too. Since being plucked from front-of-house, um, obscurity, the sarasota native, who’s only had the gig seven months, has kept a close eye (and ear!) On clients—which is the reason we’ve got our eyes on her.

Were you surprised at the honor? I was! It was surprising, but very cool at the same time.

So is everyone trying to poach you now? No, not really. At least not that I know of! Your job is all about customer service, which is famously sub-par in Miami. What’s your secret?

It’s about listening to the customer’s needs. It’s the little things that make the diff erence for them. What’s your favorite part of your job? I get to interact with a lot of people. And the people I work with make my job a lot of fun. You’ve peaked as a hostess. Do you have other long-term career plans? I’m in school and eventually I’d like to be an architect.

Child’s Plate

Dye in chips, hormones in ice cream—it’s no wonder healthconscious consumers outgrow their childhood faves. But these companies’ sweet treats thrill your inner kid without souring the adult in you.

Felicia Hatcher’s Feverish Mobile Ice Cream truck ( feverishicecream.

Com) trolls the city on weekends loaded with frozen vegan treats and Mexicanstyle fruit paletas, all of which are sourced locally. Book them for a party, track them down on Twitter or let your late-night sugar craving lead the way.

Marisa Scime of Cookie Monkey (iwantcookiemonkey.

Com) keeps it sweet and simple for her delivery-only orders. Oversized and chewy, Scime’s cookies come in three fl avors— classic, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and double-stuff ed Oreos—and are made with wholewheat fl our and organic butter.

CooK-oFF: eiSMann VS. Lyon

Great chefs think alike?

Jonathan eismann and Ken Lyon both moved into the design district at about the same time, and now they’ve simultaneously launched encore eateries.

Is it coincidence or competition?


THE ArSENAL: Pacifi c Time (Pan Asian), Pizza Volante (Roman style pizza), and the new Q (BBQ) and Fin (New England style seafood) INSIdEr FINd: Weekly specials (all-you-caneat fi sh and chips Mondays at Fin, pig roast night Fridays at Q) THE TwIST: Aff ordable wine (19 under $19 at Pizza Volante, 29 under $29 at Fin) SEAFood SELLS: Peeland- eat shrimp, fresh shucked oysters by the dozen oN THE dESIGN dISTrICT: “It’s a very special neighborhood—the best in Miami when it comes to dining. We can cure a craving for just about anything!”


THE ArSENAL: Lyon & Lyon Catering, Wolfsonian-FIU Dynamo Café, Fratelli Lyon (Italian) and the new Cape Cod Room (New England style seafood) INSIdEr FINd: Addictive, freshbaked ciabatta, French sourdough and cornbread THE TwIST: Sustainable sourcing SEAFood SELLS: Cape Cod Quahog Chowder, mini lobster rolls oN THE dESIGN dISTrICT: “Last year was tough—forward movement slowed down. But the area is full of promise.

It is a premier location for locals and sophisticated visitors.”The 2010 Menu

2010 is the year for good fast(er) food. Danny Meyer opens his fi rst Shake Shack outside NYC at 1111 Lincoln Road, bringing his famous Shack burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard and cheese fries to hungry shoppers. London import Zuma aims for a trifecta with chef Rainer Becker’s lounge bar/sushi bar/robata grill combo in downtown Miami’s Epic hotel. And Midtown goes Mexican courtesy of New York-based Mercadito. Expect tacos, guacamole and a whole lot of tequila from chef Patricio Sandoval.

Health Fare Reform

good-for-you gourmet via these local companies is just what the doctor ordered


As a traveling celebrity chef, David Whyko knows it’s tough to get a good meal on the go. So he created Delishe, a daily gourmet, prepackaged meal service. Sign up for the 30 Days to a Better Me program at ME Fitness and get the proteinpacked food with a side of personal training sessions. Delishe.com

Mix My Granola

T e new and locally based MixMyGranola.com, which counts skinny stylist Rachel Zoe among its fans, allows you to go online to mix and match all-natural ingredients like organic muesli, goji berries and sunfl ower seeds, and then have the customized grains shipped straight to your door. Mixmygranola.com

Mindful Organics

From market tours and cooking classes to personalized diet advice and even gardening tips for growing your own veggies, holistic nutritionist and chef Ginny Simon helps clients kick chemicals, pesticides and bad nutritional habits through her new company, Mindful Organics. Mindfulorganics.com

Born Again

Europe takes hold of the Setai this season as the hotel re-launches T e Grill at T e Setai. Executive Chef Jonathan Wright is placing the emphasis squarely on French and Mediterranean fl avors in the former steakhouse-like space. T ink foie gras ravioli with black truffl e bouillon and walnut cream; Olympia oysters with cucumber tapioca, green apple and tarragon sorbet; and sautéed pumpkin gnocchi with King Boletus mushrooms, romaine hearts and salsa verde—all served in small, medium or large plates.

Come ready for camaraderie—tapas-style dining, an interactive chef ’s counter and a mother-of-pearl communal table are all geared toward group aff airs.