The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
With so many restaurant projects in the works, it’s a wonder how much time local chef done good Michael Schwartz actually spends in the kitchen these days. That won’t be an issue tonight when the toque himself presents a tropical Asian-inspired, four-course feast with wine pairings for one evening only at ella, his daytime pop-up café near Michael’s Genuine. Start with green papaya atop a rice cracker complemented by Bonny Doon bubbly. Roasted eggplant in chili paste-spiked coconut milk and kingfish with pickled mustard greens also make the menu. If you can’t snag a 2-hour seating, book his mobile oven for a Harry’s Pizzeria party. (Chef de cuisine Daniel Ramirez demonstrates the copper-topped, wood-burning beauty here.) Stay tuned for the popular eatery’s second location in Coconut Grove.

140 NE 39th Street; 786.534.8177;

Earlier this week, OTC (short for Over the Counter) unveiled its new culinary concept called the Golden Fig. Though OTC became a Brickell mainstay for healthy, fresh fare and craft beer from the get-go, founder Michael Sullivan wanted to deepen his connection to small farms and purveyors. He collaborates with executive chef Tomas Pardo who worked at the Bazaar by José Andrés and db Bistro Moderne here. The croquettes’ country ham comes from Edwards Virginia Smokehouse, while pork hails from Cox Family Farms in Kentucky. Black grouper caught off the Florida Keys is used for brochettes dipped in caper chimichurri. Organic décor features native wood planters filled with greenery, hanging terrariums and moss murals. Dine on farm tables, including a hand-crafted communal table, below wrought-iron chandeliers lit with Edison bulbs.

1250 South Miami Avenue; 305.374.4612; 
This summer, trade daily downpours for rain showers of a different sort—those that are among luxury water treatments at local spas. There’s no excuse with Miami Spa Month specials at 35 participating venues through the end of August. At the Delano’s relaunched agua, the Milk & Honey Massage is one of two signature treatments that remain on a brand-new menu. Book it, as well as the Thai Fusion Massage, Signature Facial or Detox Manicure & Pedicure for a steal at $99. Also try the new Lemon Basil Bamboo Scrub with Dead Sea salt and vitamin E. The Fontainebleau’s Lapis Spa also offers great deals. For the same price, indulge in Swedish Rubdown, Hot Rocks or Mommy’s Bliss massages, and Pore Perfecting and Men’s Grooming facials.

1685 Collins Avenue; 305.674.6100; 4441 Collins Avenue; 866.750.4772;

Besides summer blockbusters, beat the heat with these film series. “Dressing Down the Movies: Nat Chediak on Fashion,” a stylish festival curated by Coral Gables Art Cinema’s programming director and hosted at Bal Harbour Shops’ Fashion Project exhibition space, runs August 15-September 30. Spanning seven decades, 24 classics begin in 1929 with “Pandora’s Box,” which stars Louise Brooks and her signature bob haircut (pictured), and wrap up in 1994 with Robert Altman’s behind-the-scenes satire “Ready to Wear.” Other films are “Top Hat,” “Ciao! Manhattan” and “Desperately Seeking Susan.” The Wolfsonian selected leading ladies as its summer series’ theme. Picks such as “His Girl Friday,” “Norma Rae” and “Nine to Five” showcase sassy, savvy working women who fight for their rights in a man’s world. Cheer them on from August 7-28.

9700 Collins Avenue, 3rd Floor; 786.245.2200; 1001 Washington Avenue; 305.531.1001;

We'll see you next week with even more of South Florida's places to go!
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