When I declared his polenta to be "the best polenta I've ever had," he quipped, "Then you need to eat out more." At the Scarpetta Miami bar, he made sure we were settled in with mojitos, then joined us for a chat. For the whole conversation, keep reading.
Chef Tim Love combined elk meat with foie gras to make a patty that was incredibly juicy and unlike any of the other burgers at the event. For a nice balance of bittersweet flavors to contrast the rich meat mixture, it was topped with arugula and huckleberry jam.
It was definitely one of my top burgers, and I was surprised because I'd never had elk before! How about you?
If you're going to Miami, let's face it: you're booking bikini time. So reserve a stay at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach and dip your pedicured toes into the most glamorous pool on the Atlantic coast. Built in 1940 by famed architect L. Murray Dixon, The Raleigh is a world-renowned Art Deco hotel that defines style and glamour.
The poolside "Oasis," as it's called, is dressed with chic, black and white striped, tasseled beach umbrellas; lushly cushioned outdoor sofas; hammocks hidden in the shade; and perfect, pink-striped lounge chairs. The interiors feature Floridian-style bamboo seating, midcentury modern-inspired furniture, and warm, inviting palettes of rich coral and sophisticated teal. Overall, the hotel's legendary Art Deco-era style has been tastefully and seamlessly modernized, offering a sense of history as well as contemporary style.
Sold yet? Well it's your lucky year. To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Raleigh is offering a complimentary room upgrade and $70 in food and beverage credits per day through December 25, 2010. Be sure to check out more photos of the interiors below!
My pal PartySugar just returned from Miami, where she attended the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Sometime between mingling with celeb chefs at Rachael Ray's Burger Bash and seeing Emeril cook up Brazilian fish stew, she got the chance to visit Casa Casuarina, the former home of a very famous fashion designer. Party was sweet enough to take photos for me, and as you can see, it's a very ornate place. The pool alone must have taken ages to build! "Being there, it felt like a very historic place. I could just imagine Naomi and Kate lounging by the pool," she said. Can you name the designer who lived here?
A clothing company best known for its jeans, which were popular in the '70s and '80s, is combining two historic hotels in Miami into the new Breakwater South Beach Hotel, set to open this Spring. It will be a high-end, 100-room boutique hotel with two restaurants and a rooftop lounge, and from the looks of it, very chic! Celeb trivia: one of the hotels was formerly the Nicky O Hotel, owned by Nicky Hilton, which went into bankruptcy three years ago and had to be auctioned off. Can you name the jeans brand?
This year for the very first time ever, I will be attending the Food Network's annual festival in South Beach, Florida. I've been wanting to go to SOBE since YumSugar launched back in 2006, so I am totally excited! To prepare myself, I thought I would take a closer look at the event. Here you will find out more details, which seminars, tastings, and parties I will be at.
We had a very traumatizing experience at Ricky's when we went to pick up cheap travel size products to aid our packing efforts for our jaunt to South Beach. Instead of simple sets of travel favorites we were overwhelmed by Halloween costumes. It turns out heading to Sephora was a much better idea even if we did end up spending a fortune to make sure we could avoid checking our favorite Laura Mercier, Frederic Fekkai and Ole Henriksen products