The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
NEW NAVY Italian luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai opened its first flagship in the U.S., to showcase its complete collection and limited-edition timepieces on the first floor, with an upstairs exhibition space and VIP viewing area. Architect and designer Patricia Urquiola was inspired by the distinct technical and aesthetic elements that define the brand. She addresses its Florentine origins as a supplier of precision instruments for the Italian Navy through a custom, nautically-themed chandelier (to recreate it at home, shop Stoneage Antiques on the Miami River). Those very same watch styles, such as the Radiomir and Luminor Marina, the latter of which is supersized as a brilliantly lit wall clock at the new boutique, are available today. The prop glimmer in a calm setting of bronze, wood and veined marble.
THAI ONE ON Chefs are flocking to Cake Thai Kitchen, a little hole-in-the-wall between the Upper East Side and Miami Shores. The twentysomething chef owner who’s named after his hometown of Phuket, Thailand, cooked at Makoto in Bal Harbour. Since South Florida isn’t exactly a hub for authentic Thai cuisine along the lines of the extensively researched and well-received Pok Pok in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles and New York, this is your best bet for the real deal—so leave the bland American palate at home. Heavenly scents of lemongrass, curries, Thai chiles, coconut and cilantro fill his small space decorated with photos of the Thai royal family. Try corn on the cob brushed with coconut cream and palm sugar; spicy eggplant with miso ground pork, and tiger prawns sizzled to perfection
7919 Biscayne Boulevard; 786.534.7906
GO FISH With all the hoopla about David Beckham’s pending soccer stadium in Little Havana, one forgets that baseball’s in full swing. If you still haven’t taken the kids (or yourself) to Marlins Park for one of summer’s most beloved rituals, why not check out a game? This month, our home team heads into a Pennsylvania showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies on August 20-23, followed by the Pittsburgh Pirates from August 24-27. Though it’s hard to resist traditional stadium fare like hot dogs and Cracker Jack, find healthier options at SuViche for ceviche and sushi rolls in section 11, and Diamond Juice for smoothies with ingredients such as acai and coconut water in section 18. And in the chance that it rains, the state-of-the-art retractable roof closes in a mere 13 minutes.
SOUNDS OF SUMMER Feel like a little dancing tonight? LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy (pictured) deejays a complimentary set at Gulfstream Park for the Lexus Pop-up Concert Series Powered by Pandora. He plays from 8-11 p.m.; RSVP at Eventbrite.com and arrive early due to his many obsessed fans (who must be over 21+ to attend). Pérez Art Museum Miami also hosts its popular Poplife Social, with a live set by MillionYoung, a.k.a., local indie and EDM producer Mike Diaz, bookended by the turntable skills of Diego Martinelli and NALA. Put this family-friendly music jam on your calendar, too, especially since it’s for a good cause. More than a dozen bands like the Spam Allstars, Suenalo and Iko Iko come out to support the 8th annual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert on September 19 at Gramps.
1901 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale; 954.454.7000; 305.375.3000; pamm.org. 176 NW 24th Street; 305.699.2669; gramps.com
We'll see you next week with even more of South Florida's places to go!
Jonathan Garcia | ONE Sotheby's International Realty
ONE Sotheby's International Realty
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