My Miami

Mimi ON Nov 11, 2011 AT 5:47 pm

Hannah Shapiro

It has been an amazingly chic couple of weeks.  The highlight of which was meeting Diane von Furstenberg at a cocktail party on Friday night at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour.  The evening was held in the designer’s honor; it was also in celebration of the launch of her new signature perfume, Diane.

The opportunity to meet the designer–who has a rock-star-worthy following amongst fashion lovers–reduced women who are typically the personification of composure to squealing girls.  It really was an incredible evening–you could feel the excitement–and was a gorgeous tribute to DVF’s fashionable world.

This fortnight also saw the Roger Vivier Rendez-Vous limited-edition collection come to town.  The 4-day fashion highlight opened with a cocktail soiree at the South-Florida boutique.  Creative Director,Bruno Frissoni, talked us through the unique touring collection and I fell in love with his Keith Richards-inspired booties.  The price tag?  Not so much.

Fire & Ice Oysters at Makoto

It has finally become a little cooler in Miami, which makes it far more pleasurable to enjoy some of the other privileges of living in South Florida, which includes almost year-round al fresco dining.

One of my most favorite places to eat outside is Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops.  The Japanese restaurant serves up some of the best sushi and Japanese fare down here in a gorgeously chic ambiance–think white banquets lined with leather cushions–that is perfectly South Florida.

People apparently flock here for the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice and the Short Rib Robata.  I, however, amobsessed with the Fire & Ice Oysters.  Quite frankly, the portion of four is never enough!  They are like nothing I’ve previously eaten and each bite is a taste-bud wake up call.  The Yamamomo granita is unique and a stark contrast to the sweet warmth from the Serrano chili, which in turn is complimented by a lime-y tartness. (Sigh!)  So divine.

My other favorite is the Tea-Crusted Tuna Tataki.  And the garnish is almost as good as the dish itself–a watercress salad tossed in a delicious miso dressing (apparently some magic concoction involving miso and wasabi oil), along with cucumber spears and avocado.  Fresh-tasting and the ideal lunch dish.  Enjoy the food–and the gorgeous atmosphere–accompanied by a carafe (or two!) of the Tedorigawa Iki sake.

This fortnight also saw the Brickell opening of Blo–a blow-drying salon/ store, which originated in Canada. Customers can choose from 7 styles featured in the Blo Hair Menu, from the sexy razor-straight “Executive Sweet” (my choice) to the rocker-chic inspired “Sex, Hugs and Rock & Roll.”  This is the first of two locations scheduled for Miami.  The second will open in Midtown this Fall.  The concept–”no cuts, no color: just wash, blow and go”–is cute.  And the $35 price tag for a blow dry is more affordable even than at my hair salon.  Blo also offers clip-in extensions and up dos.

I ended last week with a reality check at the Team Up for Toys Trunk Show charity event I co-hosted in aid of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital , based in Hollywood, FL.  We got fabulous support and raised a lot of money for the remarkable organization.  Giving back is extremely important to me and I was so proud to be a part of the night.

The two weeks ahead promise to be busy… And of course you will be able to read all about it here in 14 days.

So until next time…

Hannah xo


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