Thursday, September 30, 2010

Love me some MiMo

Eden Roc Hotel by Lapidus
Miami Beach is the largest example of Art Deco architecture on the planet, but do you know about MiMo?  Miami Modern architecture was Miami's answer to the post-war modern architectural efforts.  Some of the best known examples are the Eden Roc and the Fontainebleu by Lapidus.  

Temple Manorah, Miami Beach by Lapidus

The main district is in North Miami Beach with additional examples such as the Bacardi Building being found in "MiMo on BiBo" [Biscayne Boulevard].  For more information on MiMo, check out the book, MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed by Eric P. Nash and Randall C. Robinson Jr. 

Bacardi Buidling (built 1963). Photo by Marc Avarette
The tour, which costs $20 will take place this Saturday (and the first Saturday of each month) from 10:30 AM to Noon at the North Beach Bandshell at 73rd and Collins.

for more information or to get the HookUp call 305.720.5609,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Straight Up Thursdays ... don't ask for a chaser.

Calling all House Heads!

This Thursday begins the first of what's slated to be the hottest true house weekly on the beach... Straight Up Thursdays at Florida Room.

Just think back (or forward) to WMC. My favorite night is always Felix at Florida Room.  The usually unannounced performance, always super late, nice and dark, intimate. Every genre shines in this perfect venue, but a true house night, a fabulous treat.

Hosts Lori Warriner, Tassia, Mike Whalen and Steven Hernandez will no doubt bring a stellar crowd.  Underground house beats by JP Rigaud and Marc Sacheli will keep the vibe fresh; weekly guest DJs or live musicians will add a little spice. 

Some of Miami's top mixologists stand behind the garden-covered bar, creating aromatic Florida Room specialties like the "Beach Bison."  Mojitos can be ordered in a variety of flavors all of which are muddled with fresh fruit.  As a special treat, there will be bar specials for locals. Table service is available. 

This event has no cover, but the door will be tight, no doubt. 
So get sexy, go early and get ready to boogie.

For for more information, tables or to get the HookUp call 305.720.5609,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Segafredo Espanola Way 2 Year Anniversary - Monday 27 September

Tomorrow at 8 PM, Segafredo Espanola Way celebrates two years of music, drinks and good times with complimentary cocktails and bites at their Classic Segafredo Cocktail Reception. Of course, festivities will continue into the night with special DJs and guest performances.

RSVP required for cocktail reception

For more information or to get the HookUp call 305.720.5609 or email

Le Chat Noir Hollywood Soiree - 2 October

This Saturday, 2 October at 7 PM in celebration of the timeless glamour of the black cat, The Cat Network presents "Le Chat Noir" a dual soiree and fundraiser.

The theme of the evening is Old-Hollywood in black and silver and in true Hollywood style, guests will be treated to an open bar courtesy of Bacardi USA and Hors d’oeuvres by Smith & Wollensky. There will also be a silent auction and fashion show by DEVA swimwear. Tickets are $50 each in advance, $75 at the door.

All proceeds benefiting The Cat Network, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless cats. This is the inaugural fundraiser event for The Cat Network, whose mission is to reduce the overpopulation of cats in Miami. Le Chat Noir event is designed to educate the public about the plight of homeless cats in South Florida, specifically the black cat who has suffered an unlucky reputation.

Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art in the Design District
201 NE 39th Street, 2nd Floor

for more information or to get the HookUp call 3053.720.5609 or email

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Think you like tequila? Just wait 'til you experience mezcal!

Ron Cooper, mezcal expert. photo: Lush Life Productions
This Thursday Mezcal expert Ron Cooper is in Miami.

Along with Chef Patricio Sandoval and Mix Master Tad Carducci, they have created an amazing five-course menu paired with your choice of mezcal del maguey or mezcal cocktails designed by Tippline Mercadito Miami. 

Check out two of the cocktails....

Little Less Misty
vida mezcal, hibiscus flower, ginger, lime, agave nectar, jarritos de toronja

Dizzy Oaxacan
minero mezcal, averna, grapefruit, lemon, ginger beer, cayenne

For education's sake... the USBG will be hosting Mezcal Training at 3 PM at Clarke's on 1st Street.  USBG members also receive a discount on the $45 mezcal infused evening at Mercadito.

For reservations, more information or to get the HookUp, call 305.720.5609 or email

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bleau Goes Pink - 22 September

Show your support... sip and sample too.  On September 22nd from 7:30 - 9:30 PM Bleau Goes Pink to benefit the Miami- Ft. Lauderdale affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.  The ticket is only $25 and 100% of monies raised will be donated.

Members of the South Florida Firefighter Calendar (both male and female) will be on hand to heat things up and samplings from Gotham, Hakkasan and Scarpetta make this event even more scrumptious. 

Soundtrack by Fontainebleau favorite, K-Razor.

For tickets... or 305.695.4883

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Art Basel 2010: Oceanfront Nights

Less than 90 days until BASEL... are you ready?

A new Art Basel press release came out today detailing the highlights of the upcoming 2010 show and the Oceanfront exhibition are which launched last year is back! The area, designed by young architects Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem will house the Oceanfront Nights program which features four cities "at the forefront o today's artistic experiementation and cross-disciplinary collaboration: Berlin, Detroit, Glasgow and Mexico City." Each will be represented for an evening with video, music, performance and art.

Creative Time, the company creating the event is partnering with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Tramway in Glasgow and 032c in Berlin to ensure authenticity.

Looks like this one is not to be missed at all so mark your calendars now.

Still need a hotel for Basel?  RED South Beach has availability for $199 a night... call for details and reservations 305.804.5186. For more information or to get the HookUp,

Monday, September 13, 2010

Don't forget about September Spice!

Spice up your September by trying out some of Miami's finest restaurants. 

South Beach HookUp highlights include: 

Gotham Steakhouse at Fountainebleau. Great steak and seafood by Alfred Portale. Awesome dessert, try the Candy Bar. Specialty Spice cocktails keep the bill in check. Summer Corn and Jumbo Lump Crab Risotto, Miso Marinated Black Cod.  Dinner except Saturday.

The Restaurant at the Setai is a culinary voyage. Authentic dishes from India, China, Thailand and Malaysia made in an open kitchen. Try Tom Kah Gai appetizer. Dinner every day. 

Zuma might be my favorite Japanese in Miami. Try it, trust me. Cooked and raw menu items all of which are delicious.  Extensive sake selection. 

Vita is French/ Mediterranean by Chef Patrick Kirchner in a breathtaking tropical garden. Try the Warm Goat Cheese Salad. Dinner except Monday and Wednesday.

Blue Door at Delano is part of the Chadrow group with Chef Claude Troisgros. In the amazing setting of the Delano designed by Starke. Cuisine is French with Brazilian overtones. Go on a Tuesday and take part in the normal Rose Bar festivities, then you can go downstairs to Florida Room. Dinner except Friday and Saturday. Lunch except weekends.

Essensia at the Palms is natural, fresh, tasty gourmet using local and seasonal vegetables and meats. Inside and outside seating in a calming setting. Lunch except Sunday and Dinner every night. 

Kaspia is direct from Paris and housed in The Webster hotel.  This amazing Russian cuisine will keep you fueled for the 2 levels of fashion above.  Try the Linguini with Smoked Salmon. Spice served lunch and dinner all week.  

Michy's is what Michelle Bernstien calls "luxurious comfort food" it is French with both Spanish and Italian influences. Dinner except Monday and Saturday. 

There are so many restaurants participating this year; awesome way to try some of the $$$$ restaurants without emptying your pockets.  Make sure the restaurant is serving Spice on the night you want and make a reservation! 

Lunches are $22 and Dinners are $35.

For restaurant reservations or to get the HookUp 305.804.5186.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Four Chefs For Success For Kids

Get ready for greatness... De Rodriguez Ocean will be open for a sneak preview on September 15th for a dinner to benefit Success for Kids, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, rallying to help to empower at-risk children and adolescents to become resilient, productive citizens with the hopes of reducing what has become an epidemic of cruel behavior among today’s youth. On this special night, you will be treated to signature dishes from not just Douglas Rodriguez but Talula's Che Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Timo's Che Tim Andriola and Sugarcane's Chef Timon Balloo.

De Rodriguez Ocean will focus on seafood and will offer 15 varieties of civiche, a raw bar and sustainable fish and shellfish options. Can you say YUM! 

To RSVP, email or call 305-405-6380. An automatic response will be sent with a link to PayPal to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $75 per person, $120 per couple.  After September 14th and at the door, tickets will be $90 per person, $150 per couple.

Friday, September 10, 2010

September Art Walk - This Saturday

Typoe, Bang Bang
 Art Walk is one of the best things about the current cultural scene here in Miami.  As we gear up for BASEL in December more and more galleries are opening.  Great exhibits and lots of fun. This month's Art Walk takes place on September 11th and there are numerous charitible memorial events.  

Miguel Paredes, Mynt

Notable new galleries and new exhibitions include:
  • La Femme Fatale by Ira Tsantekidou at CityLoftArt
  • Off the Record at Edge Zones Art Center
  • Paredes Fine Arts Studio 
  • Typoe Bang Bang at Spinello Gallery
  • Deceptive Eye 2010 (Video & Photo) at Curator's Voice Art Projects
  • Into the Mountains by Kristopher Benedict Opening at Gallery Diet
  • Carlos Cabeza's Rhythmic Paintings at the new O. Ascanio Gallery
Grab some friends and head on over.  Always a wonderful evening on the town.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

DJ SGX debut at Kulcha Shok's Free Up Friday


DJ SGX graces the stage at Free Up Fridays hosted by Lance-O at Jazid for the first time...  Originally from Italy, she is an immaculate selector and will certainly play some Gaza Reggae and Hip-Hop tracks you have never ever heard before. Don't miss out on this special performance. There will also be a live band downstairs! 

For more information on gaza, read this article from the Village Voice written in March 2010. 

This party is FREE until 11 PM for more information or to get the HookUp,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

TONIGHT! A NATURAL headlines new Gemma Live Series

A bit late on the pick up here... sorry guys.  We missed Art Official but TONIGHT - A NATURAL performs live at Lincoln Road gem, Gemma.  

A NATURAL has a residency at The Florida Room on Fridays and is the brain child of lead singer Angela Laino.  Don't worry... more details and full schedule to come.  But suffice to say, you will LOVE this sexy, sultry soul.  

Gemma is at 529 Lincoln Road. Doors are at 9 PM. 

For guest list text me 305.804.5186.  For more information or to get the HookUp,

BCBG Labor Day Sale

This weekend, check out the sale at BCBG.  The biggest BCBG in the state I might add!


Talk to my girl Jo-Ann for the hottest tips.  She is available 2-10 daily through Sunday and can be reached at (305) 673-9997.  Say Charlie sent you!

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