The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
With its year-round indoor/outdoor lifestyle, Miami is the perfect location for Brown Jordan’s new flagship showroom featuring its luxury outdoor furniture collections. Touzet Studio, 2015 AIA Miami Architect of the Year, designed the 8,600-square-foot space with repurposed coral rock and Miami-Dade County pine. Other details are concrete floors and a perforated façade, not to mention a rooftop deck with an outdoor kitchen and sweeping views to host events that truly demonstrate the possibilities for outdoor living spaces here. The well-trained staff provides complimentary design services as well to achieve clients’ visions and will even customize any piece. Among 30+ collections such as Michael Smith and John Caldwell, Richard Frinier’s Still Collection (pictured) has proven to be Miami’s top pick.

3625 NE Second Avenue; 305.573.1946;

The new year is a good time to think about healthy habits. Two private chefs, Ann Harrison and Sabrina Dora López, are launching a cooking class series about the ancient practice of Ayurvedic cuisine on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how different spices affect the constitution, or dosha, to achieve maximum wellness. They’ll also discover the proper ratios of proteins, carbs and fat content for each individual’s physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. The first class includes recipes for ghee, dal soup, cucumber raita, spicy yogurt lassi, fresh ginger chai tea, and kitcheri, a blend of veggies, mung beans and basmati rice that’s a filling everyday meal. More classes are scheduled for January 24 and February 7 and 21. Reserve here.

3650 North Miami Avenue, Second Floor

Miami is embracing the nationwide trend for one-stop-shop community hubs where like-minded people can gather for activities, services and entertainment. One example is the Wynwood Yard, an all-purpose pop-up founded by Midwestern transplant and Harvard Business School graduate Della Heiman. A restaurateur as well, she knows the best way to attract interest is by serving delicious food and cocktails to enjoy at outdoor seating. Besides her plant-based concept, Della Bowls, the large lot has become the temporary home to gourmet food trucks like Myumi for omakase sushi spreads (pictured), Arabian Knife for Middle Eastern cravings, and Vibe 305 for updated American fare. Amenities range from complimentary WiFi to yoga to concerts. Families appreciate kids’ cooking classes and that little ones can run around while parents unwind.

56 NW 29th Street;

Since the weekend forecast predicts rain, why not check out the cultural scene? Critics recommend the regional premiere of San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s “Boom” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Director Oleg Kheyfets, who cofounded the Miami Theater Center, puts a Miami spin on it with exclusive songs composed and performed live by local EDM band Afrobeta (pictured). Book tickets today with promo code ARTVIP to receive a 30 percent discount through January 31. Miami City Ballet’s “Program Two” debuts tomorrow night at the Arsht Center. The troupe performs George Balanchine’s “La Source,” one of the choreographer’s famed “pink” ballets; Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room” with a score by Philip Glass, and the company premiere of Peter Martins’ “Barber Violin Concerto,” where modern and classical dance collides.

770 NE 125th Street; 305.893.6211; 1300 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.949.6722;


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