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Miami Beach Revs Up for the Miami International Auto Show

7 Nov

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Only a few days left before the Miami International Car Show kicks off, running from November 8 to 17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. If you’re an avid car lover, or if you’re just looking for a fun experience, don’t miss this popular Miami event!

Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious auto events in the nation, it showcases more than a thousand new vehicles from over 40 manufacturers from around the world. This world-famous venue includes such popular exhibits as Topless in Miami, which displays convertible cars in a picturesque Miami environment, and Havana Classics, which celebrates the nostalgic vehicles of the 1950s. Other attractions include Ride and Drive, where visitors will be given the opportunity to learn about and test drive a number of the latest vehicles on offer from the manufacturers, and Million Dollar Alley, the event’s collection of luxury vehicles ranging from Ferrari to Lamborghini. It doesn’t stop there. From antique automobile selections and exhibits, to impressive tours on the latest Jeep models, there’s something for everyone at this auto-lovers paradise.

This year will mark the show’s 43rd anniversary, located in the same venue it opened in since 1971. Back then, it was among a handful of major auto shows in America. Now, there are 60 annual auto shows and this production is still among the largest. Since its establishment, the show sought to include the latest technologies in the industry, providing attendees with the chance to see them firsthand. This is a tradition that has maintained, attracting automobile enthusiasts to see one of America’s oldest and best auto extravaganzas.

Here’s a look at some of the cars:

Nearby are such local hotspots as Lincoln Road, Lucky Strike Lanes, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Jungle Island, and New World Symphony. For more information on the Miami International Auto Show, visit the official website posted below. http://www.sfliautoshow.com/

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South Florida home prices and sales rose in September

31 Oct

South Florida Home Prices

BIG September:

Currently there is a shortage of inventory in Miami. Home and condominium buyers are finding a great deal of competition in the current sellers’ market.  Multiple offer scenarios are back as well as properties selling over list price.  However, there are limits and we are seeing some sellers price their properties well over comp value which has not been an effective strategy. Properties that are priced in line with current trends are selling but the properties priced well above market are becoming stagnant and buyers are taking note.

Although we may be in a sellers market, buyers have become much more informed as their access to information has dramatically improved via websites such as zillow, trulia realtor.com and floridamoves.com.

We have experienced a great deal of foreign investment here in Miami which has cleared out most of the existing inventory and the demand continues to increase. The Miami Herald recently reported a substantial rise in home prices and sales in September. There were 1,108 closings in single family homes in Miami- Dade and 1,352 closings in condominiums this past month. We are excited to see the changes in South Florida real estate market as we approach the season.

To read more about the change South Florida home prices and sales in September visit the link below

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/21/3702589/broward-existing-home-prices-and.html

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Versace! Versace! Versace!

5 Oct
The Jills recently marketed and held an auction for the sale
of Miami’s famed Versace Mansion.  On September 17, 2013
the bidding took place at the Versace property under a tent set in
front of the stunning mosaic-tiled pool lined in 24k gold.
There were three primary bidders present at the auction;
Palm Beach club owner Glenn Straubthe, Joe Nakash who is
chairman of Jordache Enterprises, and Eric Trump representing
his father Donald and the Trump brand.

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The energy was high as the competing bids volleyed back
and forth toward an intense last moment before Nakash
took the auction.  Going Once! Going Twice! Sold!  When the
gavel went down the entire Nakash party jumped up in celebration.
 The Versace Mansion sold for an unbelievable $41.5 million dollars.
It was an epic sale that was covered all over the world.
The Versace mansion is truly a gem of a property.  As a
potential single family home, the Versace mansion sale
broke the recent Miami Beach record of Alex Rodriguez’s
$30 million dollar sale on North Bay Road.

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What’s next for for such an iconic property?

The Nakash family owns the Hotel Victor that is located next
door to the Versace Mansion and may turn it into a luxury
boutique hotel or high end retail.  It will be exciting to see
what they do there, hopefully they preserve the
unique character of the property while finding a new
use for it. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to
participate in such a historic sale. Our team is grateful
for all of the support we have received and wish the
new owners all the very best!
In the spirit of Versace press play below!
DH
 

Authentic Indian Cuisine in Sunny Isles – Copper Chimney

12 Sep

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In the corner of a Sunny Isles strip mall there is a hidden gem of authentic Indian food that should truly be on everyone’s best of Miami list. Copper Chimney is amazing, hands down the best Indian food in Miami! Copper Chimney specializes in Tandoor (clay oven) dishes. The food is spicy; the kind of spicy where your tongue is burning but you still can’t stop eating because it is so delicious. Unless you like your dishes with a lot of heat, ask for mild. We went for medium, it was almost too hot to handle but with the spice came an irresistible burst of flavor.

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Copper Chimney is family owned. The owners are gracious hosts who clearly have a lot of pride for the quality of both food and service. Bollywood movies play in the background while patrons feast on simmering dishes, succulent sauces and baskets of fresh naan. Here is a link to Copper Chimney’s menu, check it out before you go because there are over 50 delicious Indian dishes for you to choose from.

For those of you who feel that Sunny Isles is a little out of your way, there is still hope. I was told Copper Chimney plans to open a second location in Downtown Miami, which we are very excited about.

Enjoy!

DH

Copper Chimney

18090 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

(305) 974-0075

Let’s Bring Uber to Miami!

11 Jul

new_uber_logoI had heard a lot of buzz about Uber and I am now glad to say that I just had a first-hand experience using the transportation app on a recent trip to New York. I was about to take a cab into the city when my friend Stevie suggested that I use Uber, he said “Uber is paramount to the invention of the wheel in terms of an advance in modern transportation”.  I gladly listened to his advice.  It took less than five minutes to download the app, put in my credit card info and like magic (BAM!) an Uber car appeared.  For those of you who don’t know, Uber is an incredible taxi/car service which fully functions via an app.

This is how Uber works:

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  • When you open the Uber app, you choose between a taxi, a black car, or an SUV.
  • The base price, price per mile and price per minute will then be displayed.  The app will also give you a price quote based on your destination.
  • Uber uses GPS to show your location as well as the closest car option.  Based on your car choice and location, it will give you a fairly accurate time estimate of the driver’s arrival.
  • Uber will then display a picture of the driver you choose along with his/her rating (five stars being perfect) so you know exactly who is coming.
  • Should you need to contact the driver, you have the option to either call or text message the driver.
  • Once the driver is on his way, you can watch as a small car inches towards your location on the map.
  • A text message alerts you that your driver has arrived.
  • The best part comes next: When you reach your destination, simply exit the car and your credit card is charged the fare + 20% tip.  You do not need to sign anything, make change, or even show your credit card.
  • Immediately after the trip has ended, you will receive a text message receipt of the exact amount charged.

As a result from the rating service, the drivers are all very courteous and pick you up in extremely clean cars.

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Here is the bad news.  Although Uber wants to come to Miami, our current taxi/car service regulations do not allow for the service to operate here.  I say if it is good enough for NYC and if it is good enough for San Francisco, then let the service operate and have the market decide!  The taxi situation in Miami is a disaster, particularly at peak times and busy weekends which is exactly when Uber is most useful.  It is well known that Miami has a bad reputation for dirty taxis and equally as many rude drivers.  Uber is the yelp of transportation and forces accountability on a broken industry.

This is not just a blog post about a great service but a call to action for anyone in Miami who has ever waited over an hour on a rainy night for a taxi, for anyone who has ever had to walk 30 block on New Year’s Eve and for anyone who has sat in a foul-smelling cab with no AC and a rude driver.  Please follow Uber Miami on twitter and support them in their quest to bring this great service to Miami. 

Sincerely,

DH

Best Nail Salons of South Beach

13 Jun
Best Nail Salons of South Beach
Guest Blog by Amanda Chamberlain

20130613-074002.jpgFinding a great nail salon is often a series of trial and error visits to the salons you see driving down the road or the salon mentioned by the lady waiting with you in the Starbucks line. In my experience many people settle for an “OK” nail salon. Here on South Beach it can seem like an endless search but we are actually lucky enough to have a few good salons out there, and I would know because I’ve tried most of them. When I rate a salon I am judging it on 3 things: cleanliness, staff and how happy I am with the final product.

126664_54_bThe best manicure on South Beach is at The Standard Spa. It doesn’t matter which technician you use (a strong testament to the quality of the salon) everything is very clean and I found the spa environment super relaxing. My manicures at the Standard seem to resist chipping longer than anywhere else on South Beach and they do a very good job. It is more expensive but if you really want to treat yourself to a superb mani then you will likely find the $30 worth it.
433928261_640My second favorite manicure on South Beach is over at the Sean Donaldson salon. I considered my self lucky when I found this nail salon directly across from Macy’s. At first glance it would appear to be a hair only salon, but that is not the case! The salon has a very bright, clean, minimalist atmosphere (which I love) and their manicurists are really spot on. Reasonably priced at $17 for a manicure, Sean Donaldson is a great spot to book on a weekly basis.

20130613-080309.jpgLace Nail Lab seems to be the most popular salon on the beach. It’s bright pink interior and very sociable staff make you feel like you are in a salon straight out of the Hairspray movie, it really is a lot of fun and a unique experience. They have a fabulous boutique in the front of the store that always has something (usually a candle) I will end up taking home with me. My only issue with Lace is that it is always busy and I feel rushed to leave with my nails wet, which means if I’m lucky I will make it 15 minutes before I smudge up the polish.

20130613-075118.jpgCanyon Ranch is a bit further up North Beach but they have a great manicure and hands down the best pedicure I have ever had in my life (and they are consistently that good)! Again it does not matter which technician you use, I have been blown away each time I go and I do go often. They also have a great environment and always use a new set of filing tools (bonus points on cleanliness) for each customer. At Canyon they offer to send you off with the filing kit and the bottle of polish you used during your service.

I hope these suggestions help a few people out! If I missed any great nail salons please comment here about it, we are all in this search together.
Yours Truly,
-Amanda Chamberlain

Best Slice of Pizza in South Beach

7 May

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If there is one food I pride myself as an expert with, it has to be pizza! During my college days, I even wrote an in depth research paper on the history of pizza. Although NYC has us beat on the best slice, Miami Beach does have some great options!

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    Bella Napoli Pizzeria is a Hertzberg family favorite. Since 1980 Bella Napoli has been bringing in the locals and it’s a known hang out for Miami Beach police officers and south beach locals. It’s a delicious go-to hole in the wall spot, family owned and operated. I like their pizza and they have a good chicken cacciatore but the real highlight is their minestrone soup, they make it from scratch. Plus the pizza seems to travel well with delivery. So that’s Bella Napoli, nothing fancy, plastic checkered table cloths and that kind of thing.
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    Piola, really good salads. Cool place to eat. Have a glass of wine and a pizza. Their pies are thin, crispy and come right out of the wood burning oven. The pizza is best eaten at the restaurant as it doesn’t seem to travel very well. Maybe because it’s so thin? Who knows, but it is good!
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    I also like Pizza Fusion. Similar to Piola with good salads and GREAT pizza that also does not travel well… at all. However, on the plus side they only use organic ingredients and even have a gluten free option!
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    Primo’s south of fifth is a Miami Beach original and is open until 5am on the weekends. Primo’s boasts that their pizza is a “Product of Brooklyn” and the big (greasy) New York style slices are great.
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    Pizza Rustica first opened on Washington Avenue and has now grown to a couple of locations nationwide. Not my style but I have to put it on the list just because they have such a large cult following. You’ll find square pieces done in an almost Chicago like style. Pizza Rustica is open nearly 24 hours and seems to be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike all day (and night) long.
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    Lucali is a very new addition to the pizza scene, recently opening a second location straight from Brooklyn to Miami Beach’s growing Sunset Harbour area. Very cool décor, cool vibe, cool place, but that is an expensive pie! It’s a 27 dollar pizza and an extra three dollar charge for each topping so I think I ended up with a 33 dollar pizza. It was a pretty good pizza and I enjoyed it but the jury is still out on this one.
  • This last spot to make the list isn’t exactly on South Beach but if you are up to a short drive, Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza is hands down the best pizza in Miami. It’s crispy and can be complimented with great sides, great salads and they make amazing baked chicken wings…the chicken wings are really really good, on par with the pizza. I don’t think they deliver but they do take out. Perfect Sunday night kind of spot.

Enjoy your new found pizza joints and as always please leave comments and suggestions, I will be glad to see them!

DH

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Swine Southern Table and Bar – Guest post by Stephanie Wajsman

24 Apr

It’s the new place to see and be seen in Miami. Reservations are booked for months and already glowing reviews are being spread. So what’s this next trendy Miami hot spot? Swine, a BBQ restaurant from the creators of Yardbird and Khong River House.

Swine Southern Table and bar in Coral Gables

Swine Southern Table and bar in Coral Gables

Now let’s get this straight—BBQ and Miami are not a great fit together. I hail from the great Atlanta, Georgia and went to school in gamecock country (South Carolina for all the college sports illiterate folk) so I’m fairly up to speed on the difference between great BBQ and imitation BBQ.

Moving down to Miami was a BBQ culture shock. When I first moved to Brickell and started walking around to get to know the area, I saw Brother Jimmy’s. I immediately was intrigued. How did this BBQ place get to Miami? Is it any good? Obviously, I tried it out that night. You know those movies that have the servers dressed up to please the tourists and their food is nothing like what they advertise? That was Brother Jimmy’s and an “Oh Brother” it was. I felt like Jennifer Anniston and her “flair” were going to come up behind me and bring the check. I was heartbroken. I figured if I ever wanted to have the BBQ I have grown accustomed to, it would have to be when I crossed the Georgia-Florida line. Luckily I was wrong.

14-Hour House Smoked Brisket

14-Hour House Smoked Briske

The redneck-flannel-down-and-dirty-BBQ made its way down to Miami in the form of a posh and popular restaurant aptly named Swine. Despite our 10:30 reservation (all that was available on a Saturday night), the place was crowded and loud enough so that you knew people were there but quiet enough so you could carry a conversation. But really, enough about the place—let’s get to the food.

My favorite kind of BBQ has always been brisket, so we went with the Black Angus Burnt Ends as our appetizer. It. Was. Amazing. Perfectly tender and juicy with an authentic BBQ sauce. Add in the fried cornbread and dare I say they were the best burnt ends I’ve ever had.

Our main meal was the ribs. Now you may want to ask me, “Stephanie, if your favorite is brisket, why go with ribs as the main and brisket as the appetizer?” Well, let me answer that for you: the place is called Swine. How was I going to go with something other than pork the first time eating there? And people, I got it right. Next time, sure I’ll get the 14-hour smoked brisket; but this time the ribs were absolutely necessary. Again, cooked perfectly and full of flavor (And not that gross smoky flavor that tends to infiltrate the meat but a real made-in-my-backyard-next-to-the-moonshine flavor). It’s something you can’t describe but you feel. Trust me—it sounds crazy but go get you some ribs and brisket (and wash it down with some whiskey) and get for “y’all” to become a part of your vocabulary.

-Stephanie Wajsman

Wine and Food Festival 2013

21 Feb

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February is world known as the month of love. In Miami Beach a love specifically for food and wine takes form as the Wine and Food Festival (WFF). This year WFF will be held during the weekend of February 21-24. WFF 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever before. You may have noticed the banners popping up over the McCarthur causeway (and well… everywhere else) announcing the appearances of food personalities such as Guy Fereil and Paula Abdeen. WFF has a talent for bringing in all of our favorite culinary celebrities and allowing us to observe them as they work their magic in person by attending events such as BBQ & The Blues, Carnivorous Dinner, Swine & Wine, The Grand Tasting Village, Tribute Dinner, and Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best.

WFF should be treated as a five course meal because every event (such as a film screening of my favorite food documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” hosted by Anthony Bourdain, Garden to Glass held in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray and Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament hosted by José Andrés at Turnberry Isle Miami) is as impossible to pass up as the next. Purchase tickets on the official WFF website and do it ASAP because tickets are selling like hot cakes. This year’s festival ends with a closing ceremony featuring a cook off and concert between Ziggy Marley and Guy Fereil! Happy WFF 2013!

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