The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
NIFTY FIFTY Happy Birthday Bal Harbour Shops! The luxury center that is famous around the world celebrates its big 5-0 this weekend with a slew of fun events to mark the milestone. Among its groundbreaking contributions to retail are the first Neiman Marcus outside Texas; Lanvin’s U.S. foray, and many brands’ initial locations in malls (Cartier, Gucci, Harry Winston) and beyond New York (YSL, D&G, Oscar de la Renta). No wonder sales per square foot totaled nearly $3,000 in 2014. Tonight, pop by the opening for Fashion Project’s exhibit about the last five decades of fashion on the third level. Exotic and vintage cars, which span 50 years, naturally, will be displayed in the parking lot tomorrow and Saturday. Ice cream lovers shouldn’t miss the custom flavors for Family Day on November 15.
LOVIN’ LANVIN Speaking of Lanvin, the French house relocated to its permanent store in the Miami Design District after operating in a temporary space there. Interiors seamlessly blend historic Gallic details, such as Versailles parquet floors and ornate molding, with modern conveniences like LED lighting and suspended clothing racks as if a floating art installation. Guys who collect sneakers should make a beeline for the back where they’re displayed on a floor-to-ceiling wall in the men’s universe. Other touches are wrought iron bars and an antique Persian rug—that’s just the men’s section! For women, a similar wall only with handbags from the Sugar to JiJi styles, is presented in the foyer. Ready-to-wear, red carpet-ready gowns and vitrines of matching accessories are located upstairs.
RAMBLE OVER Is your green thumb itching to get in the garden for the growing season? Load up on plants galore at Fairchild Garden’s 75th annual Ramble, a celebration of fall in the tropics from November 13-15. Besides shopping, hear about the Million Orchid Project, an initiative to restore the city’s native air plants, from Fairchild director Dr. Carl Lewis himself; learn how to make autumnal dishes like squash ravioli and coconut pumpkin bisque, and entertain the kids with family yoga and “The Cat in the Hat” come to life. Beach residents have a great garden in their own backyard, too. On second Saturdays, Miami Beach Botanical Garden hosts seminars like “Cooking with Flowers” on November 14. Its annual holiday bazaar with gifts and plants takes place November 22.
TASTY TOUR Before Art Basel and holiday crowds descend, now’s a good time to check out new eateries. GK Bistronomie is reinventing Peruvian cuisine (pictured) and pisco cocktails in Wynwood. Formerly at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, executive chef Rafael Perez doesn’t follow the rules—grouper and parmesan tiradito, anyone? Cocktails are equally daring like the pisco-based Linda Paloma with ginger, pineapple, pear and green teas and Indian spices. Six ceviches offer every concoction from yellow fin tuna and foie gras to vegetarian-friendly wild mushrooms, hearts of palm and yuzu. There’s news in the fast casual sector, too. Ergon Greek Deli + Cuisine is expanding stateside with a Coconut Grove branch, while Firito Taco & Bocce fills tortillas in nontraditional ways like bahn mi.