Thursday, January 3, 2013

Room Service: a Luxury Nightlife Experience

For over a decade, B.E.D. reigned supreme as one of the hottest nightlife spots in South Beach and then, last year, it closed.

In its place, a new, yet quite similar concept... Room Service.

Greeted by a hostess donning a super sexy bellman uniform, guests are whisked away to their "suites" some of which have flat-screen TVs and private partitions.  Next, the server - dressed butler style - introduces the restaurant, signature cocktails (including the "Wake Up Call") and the comfort food laden menu (think "Lobby Sliders" and "Presidential Paella").  The Mac & Cheese and Chicken & Waffles were best of the menu items we tried.

Like many, the restaurant turns into a club around 11 PM.  Room Service is happy to welcome back one of South Beach's most established promotions groups, Empire Events for their historically happening "Secret Society" Mondays, the party that kept B.E.D. a hot spot for so many years.  Friday is another hot night with special celebrity guest hosts, artists and DJs in attendance.

South Beach HookUp guests will receive a free glass of wine with dinner, but you must have VIP card.  To receive card, confirm reservation or for more information and to get the HookUp call 305.720.5609 or email.

Finally, after experiencing dinner and dancing at this venue, Quincy, their Nightlife Concierge will take you to another club complete with limousine transportation (for a nominal fee) and will walk you right past the velvet ropes for VIP entry.   Open Bar, Dining and Nightlife Packages available.   And, if you party so hard you need to book a real hotel...  click here or call the South Beach HookUp.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Miami Culinary Tours

Seven nights a week a group of a dozen locals and tourists alike gather in South Beach just before sunset to embark on a culinary journey with Miami Culinary Tours through the streets of South Beach.  Stopping for about twenty minutes at five to seven local restaurants, the tour includes information on the cultural landscape of this part of Miami Beach with focus on food and architecture.

Our guide, Leilani was a chef herself, chiming in with culinary anecdotes, traditional pairings and menu suggestions. She expertly led us from venue to venue and never missed a beat despite the intermittent pouring rain.

Without giving away the secret venues, here are some photos from the tour below.  Highlights included a fabulous Scallop Ceviche from a noteworthy chef and authentic Italian Gelato on an historic South Beach street.

Scallop Ceviche

Latin Treats

Ropa Vieja 
Amazing Bechemel Grilled Cheese

Yummy Gelato

To reserve your space on the South Beach Culinary Tour, please call Charlie the Concierge at 305.720.5609.  This is a perfect activity for a date, girls night, corporate outing or even family dinner.  The tour takes place daily at 6 PM and costs $59 per guest.  There is also a lunch tour at noon and a special Little Havana Lunch Tour on Saturdays at 12:30 PM.

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SoundScape January 2013 Preview: Free Films

There are only a dozen films left on the schedule for SoundScape, the free film series shown Wednesdays in the New World Symphony park at 17th Street and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Here's a rundown of what's in store for this first month of January; five awesome films dating back to 1950's.

Tonight, Director Sam Raimi's 2002 version of "Spider-Man"; the first of a trilogy featuring Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst.  After being stuck in development hell for 25 years, the film based on the   Marvel Comics character was cleared for license in 1999.  "Spider-Man" is the 33rd highest grossing film of all time and for its time, the only film to reach $100 million in the opening weekend, the largest opening weekend of all time and the most successful film based on a comic book.

Next week, a new favorite for children young and old, "Hugo" (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.  The recipient of eleven nominations and five Oscars for Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Art Direction, this film was Scorsese's first shot in 3D.  Although it lost almost $55 million, "Hugo" was put on over twenty top ten lists for 2011.  The book - is amazing though, 284 illustrations between 533 pages, a mesmerizing treasure hunt. Grab it at Books & Books or on amazon today.

Hitchcock's "Rear Window" (1954) is the next film, slated for January 16th.  Added to the United States National Film Registry in 1997, the film won four Academy Awards and starred Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Thelma Ritter, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr.  The story set inside the Greenwich Village apartment of temporarily wheel-chair bound photographer, "Jeff Jeffries" the film depicts the goings on of his courtyard neighbors whom he watches through open windows during a New York City heat wave.  Actually filmed on set in Los Angeles, the film is considered to be on of the director's best of all time.

On January 23rd SoundScape presents Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" (1993), based on the novel of the same name by Michael Chrichton; a sci-fi, action, suspense film boasting numerous awards including  three Academy Awards for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.  This one is sure to be fabulous on the incredible sound system at SoundScape.  Get ready for a 3D version to commemorate the 20th Anniversary slated for release on April 5th of this year.

Last, but certainly not least - one of the best musicals to ever be put on the big screen, "Cabaret" (1972) directed by the legendary Bob Fosse will be shown on the 30th.  Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning eight (Director, Actress, Actor, Cinematography, Film Editing, Art Direction, Sound and Original Song), "Cabaret" is the film with the most awards without winning Best Picture which went to "The Godfather" that year.  Starring Liza Minelli, Michael York and Joel Gray, the film was set in 1931 Germany under the ominous growing presence of the Nazi party and was loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical of the same name.

Schedule for the remaining shows in February and March can be found below:

6 February: "Iron Man" (2008) Directed by Jon Favreau

13 February: "The Help" (2011) Directed by Tate Taylor

20 February: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) Directed by Robert Mulligan

27 February: "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985) Directed by Tim Burton

6 March: "The Bourne Identity" (2002) Directed by Doug Liman 

13 March: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Directed by Peter Jackson

20 March: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) Directed by Ang Lee 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

ArtBasel2012: Where is Le Baron?

For the past five years Paris hot spot Le Baron took over The Florida Room at the Delano for a PopUp series of amazing and unforgettable Basel events. This year you must search to find the magic spot.

Venues will be announced nightly at 6 PM via, facebook, twitter and a specially created Le Baron app which the press seemed to assume was to be for iphone but only a link for an android version can currently be found on the site.

If you prefer a non-roving check-in location, you can visit their Unofficial HQ at infamous dive bar, Free Spirits (100 21st Street) located under the recently re-named Seagull Hotel where they will kick off each night of the week with an (unofficial) event between 8 and 10 PM.

For more information about this and other events in South Beach and beyond please stay tuned to or call your personal concierge at 305.720.5609. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Daily Wine Tastings at Schnebly Redland's Winery

While grape wine is without question the most popular, wine can be made from any fruit.

At Schnebly Redland's Winery (30205 SW Loveland Avenue, Homestead) only 45 minutes from the beach, there are daily tastings of mango, guava, coconut, avocado, lychee, passion fruit and other tropical fruit wines. The CocoVino is pure coconut heaven, lychee is perfect for dessert. Cat 2 (a blend of 2 fruits) comes in both red and white. There is even Cat 3 (hurricane reference intended) is a sangria like red.

Cat 2 by @charlie305

The tastings $9.95 per person (ultimate or special) and take place in the beautiful grand tasting room which friendly staff quickly turn into "Cheers". Guests take home the beautiful etched tasting glass which can be brought back for a $5 tasting. On Fridays, locals and travelers are invited to join the hard working Winery team for karaoke.

Grand Tasting Room

On weekends, guests can also take a half-hour $7 tour of the winery and beautiful grounds (think Napa with tiki huts and koi ponds) which welcome private events throughout the year. Saturdays offer a live band for evening visitors and a family BBQ with food from Jimmy's Redlands Cafe is hosted on Sundays. Please check calendar for specific dates.

But alas there is more, Schnebly's is also a brewery. Actually the ONLY craft brewery in Miami. Tastings are $8 and take-home 32oz "Growlers" for $14.

Peter and Denise Schnebly's winery is the southernmost in the United States; an agro-tourism venture by the owners of Fresh King produce company, sustainable farming is their top priority.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

11.9: Sandy Benefit @ Chalk Ping Pong Lounge

Please show your support tomorrow at the Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit supporting the Red Cross at 9 PM at Chalk Lounge (1234 Washington Avenue).

Welcoming locals and South Beach visitors alike, guests will have the opportunity to try out Chalks Ping Pong and pool tables while supporting the extensive relief effort in NYC and New Jersey.

This "Legends of House" night will feature Lavelle Dupree of Scooter + Lavelle and Shawn Rudnick spinning alongside resident DJs Aramix Vega and Nelson Diaz. It will also be the birthday celebration for DJ Lavelle Dupree and WMC Founder Bill Kelly.

Anyone who makes a $10 donation will have OPEN VODKA BAR from 9-10 PM.

As a native New Yorker, I was just asked to host the event and will be collecting donations for the Red Cross at the door. I also have tickets for FREE 30 minutes of ping-pong so ask when you arrive. See you there!

If you can't come, please text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or call 1-800-HELP-NOW or find a local group or donation location. Call South Beach HookUp at 305.720.5609 if you need help finding a trustworthy donation place.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

10.21 Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash @ Miami Children's Museum

This Sunday, 21 October, 2012 from 1-6 PM join the Miami Children's Museum (980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami) for the opening of the "Not so scary" Family Haunted House. This kick-off Halloween Bash will include a brilliant Halloween Costume Parade.

Kids can trick-or-treat throughout the museum galleries. There will be craft stations and activities for all ages. Visit the mad scientist's lab, decorate a mini-pumpkin and get your face painted too.

A pizza buffet will be served to all guests and for dessert, cupcakes!

Tickets are $50 ($40 for members). Family packs are available $200 for 6 tickets. Make it a party of 10 and get a membership for $500. The Halloween Bash proceeds will benefit the Museum's educational programs which take place throughout the year.

"Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.

We encourage visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine and create.

We are a non-profit educational institution that meets the needs of all children in our multicultural community. We offer interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication."

Please note, the museum will be closed to the general public on this day; only Halloween Bash ticket holders will be permitted entry.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SoundScape 2012-13 Series has begun

Earlier this month, the SoundScape 2012-13 season commenced with a screening of recent blockbuster smash, Joss Whedon's The Avengers (2012) to a "full house" at New World Center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry - a source and a destination for creativity and inspiration.

The New World Center features numerous spaces for performance and presentation including a 7,000 square foot projection wall on which concerts, video art and films are shown free-of-charge throughout the year. 

The FREE SoundScape Cinema Series is held at the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage, corner of 17 Street and Washington Avenue. Movies begin at 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


Oct 17:   The Artist (2011) Directed by Michel Hazanvicius

Oct 24:   The Hunger Games (2012) Directed by Gary Ross

Oct 31:   Young Frankenstein (1974) Directed by Mel Brooks

Nov 7:   The Dark Knight (2008) Directed by Christopher Nolan

Nov 14:   Singin' In The Rain (1952) Directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

Nov 21:  The Goonies (1985) Directed by Richard Donner

Nov 28:   Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Directed by Steven Spielberg

Dec 5:      Presentation of video art from Art Basel Miami Beach

Dec 12:    Amadeus (1984) Directed by Milos Forman

Dec 19:    Edward Scissorhands (1990) Directed by Tim Burton

Dec 26:    Funny Girl (1968) Directed by William Wyler

Jan 2:       Spider-Man (2002) Directed by Sam Raimi

Jan 9:   Hugo (2011) Directed by Martin Scorsese

Jan 16:     Rear Window (1954) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Jan 23:    Jurassic Park (1993) Directed by Steven Spielberg

Jan 30:    Cabaret (1972) Directed by Bob Fosse

Feb 6:     Iron Man (2008) Directed by Jon Favreau

Feb 13:   The Help (2011) Directed by Tate Taylor

Feb 20:   To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Directed by Robert Mulligan

Feb 27:   Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) Directed by Tim Burton

Mar 6:    The Bourne Identity (2002) Directed by Doug Liman

Mar 13:  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Directed by Peter Jackson

Mar 20:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Directed by Ang Lee

Mar 27:  My Fair Lady (1964) Directed by George Cukor

Apr 3:     Quantum of Solace (2008) Directed by Marc Forster

Apr 10:   The Princess Bride (1987) Directed by Rob Reiner

Apr 17:   Men in Black (1997) Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

Apr 24:   Titanic (1997) Directed by James Cameron

May 1:    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Directed by Mike Newell

May 8:    Sunset Boulevard (1950) Directed by Billy Wilder

May 15:   Jaws (1975) Directed by Steven Spielberg

May 22:   Bend It Like Beckham (2002) Directed by Gurinder Chadha

May 29:    Superman (1978) Directed by Richard Donner

*Movie titles are subject to change without notice.