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  • See One Of Three Copa America Matches in Miami This Summer

    Outside of the FIFA World Cup, Copa America is one of the most popular football tournaments in the Americas. South Americans love this soccer masterclass since it allows the local players to showcase their skills. We will see several players in this tournament — including Neymar Jr, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, and more — fighting for ball possession to ultimately win the trophy. In the spirit of accessibility, the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will host a couple of matches, allowing the US audience a front-row seat to the action. This article explores the stadium’s history, sports to enjoy, fixtures for the tournament, and transport tips for fans. Image credit: Ashley Satanosky, via Unsplash Let’s Look at The History This stadium has undergone multiple transformations and name updates since it opened its doors in 1987. First known as Joe Robbie Stadium, the name would change a whopping six times until 2016, before it became known as Hard Rock Stadium. This multipurpose stadium caters to just about any sport. Still, it mainly focuses on football, baseball, and soccer, so if you wish to place a soccer bet on any of the matches taking place at Hard Rock, do so because a few major ones are coming up. Hard Rock Stadium is home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and has been since the completion of the stadium's construction. It is also home to college side Miami Hurricanes of the University of Miami. Interestingly, throughout its years, Hard Rock has hosted several tournaments, including: Six Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, XLIV, and LIV) 2010 Pro Bowl Two World Series (1997 and 2003) Four BCS National Championship Games (2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013) One CFP National Championship (2021) The second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic WrestleMania XXVIII What a diverse range of sports — which makes one realize exactly why the decision was made to host some Copa America at this stadium. Hard Rock also hosts the Orange Bowl — an annual college football game — and the Miami Open Tennis tournament — an event that can carry itself! Furthermore, the stadium has played host to many spectacles, including the Miami International Autodrome, which was used as a temporary track for the Miami Formula 1. Besides hosting the Copa America games this year, the stadium is slated to host a slew of matches in the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup. Image credit: César Hernández, via Unsplash Who Are the Resident Teams? There is a common belief that stadiums are usually dedicated to large and well-supported sports teams, no matter the type of sport. However, the truth is that large stadiums are often the home of multiple teams from different sporting codes. This is precisely what makes visiting these stadiums so interesting. The Hard Rock Stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins football team and the Miami Hurricane college football team. While the focus is football, most sporting codes can be enjoyed here, as discussed in the stadium’s history. Another exciting factor that ties into resident teams is the stadium's capacity. It can seat just over 65,000 people with a parking capacity of over 26,000. However, there have been record attendees, increasing the capacity to a whopping 80,120 for the 2013 BCS National Championship game. The original capacity was 75,000, but over the years, with upgrades, this dwindled to its current state. What Does the Area Look Like? Miami is a beautiful city surrounded by blue waters and white sandy beaches, abounding with gorgeous people. Much of the city is similar, so you will be surrounded by beauty no matter where you are. The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is perfectly positioned and surrounded by culture, art, and vibrancy. The stadium is ideally located in a metropolitan area, making it easily accessible via public transport, which is delightful for locals and tourists. In the surroundings, you will find a mixture of entertainment and food offerings as well as shopping centers. This again reiterates how prime the stadium’s location is. Once a match is completed, stadium goers can easily find several activities and dining options only mere feet away. Transport Options for Visitors If you are a tourist, chances are you are opting to use public transport or perhaps Uber or Lyft when opting for a game at Hard Rock. If you’re wondering how to get to Hard Rock Stadium, we have some answers. You are in luck because you can choose any of the transport links that would make your journey convenient and accessible. Traveling by car to the stadium is an excellent idea since parking is available on-site; however, if you do not have a car, consider public transport. Public transport options are available, like buses and even the stadium’s dedicated shuttle service. This complimentary shuttle service operates from Brightline to Aventura Station and departs every 10 minutes. There are also ride-shares and taxis to use. Image credit: Ronny Rondon, via Unsplash Matches To Look Forward To There are three fixtures on June 23 and 29, and July 14. The first match will be between Panama and Uruguay, and the second is Argentina versus Peru. On Sunday, July 14, the Hard Rock will host the tournament's final game, which will be one spectacular showdown! Leveling The Playing Field The 2024 Copa America is a testament to how soccer is being incorporated across the US. The first true shift has been in the form of America's co-host status in terms of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. More and more US citizens are getting in on the soccer action by attending matches and watching games on TV. This year, they will have the chance to attend any of the three games held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. From being known as Joe Robbie when it first opened its doors in the 80s to being the home base of the Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock is as diverse as they come. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Unsplash

  • Blooms & Bliss: The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami's 'Fleurs de Villes' Experience

    In March, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami is excited to join Fleurs de Villes, an innovative company known for crafting immersive floral experiences that leave a lasting impact. As the exclusive host hotel for Fleurs de Villes this year, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami is proud to present an exquisite floral exhibit inspired by the iconic characters from The Great Gatsby, Zelda, and Scott Fitzgerald. Throughout March 1-10, guests can marvel at a stunning floral arrangement portraying the essence of these literary figures, showcased in The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami hotel lobby. Additionally, a vibrant display featuring Zelda will grace the Bal Harbour Shops, offering visitors a taste of this captivating collaboration. BloomS & BLISS Elevate your stay with The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami "Blooms & Bliss" package, designed to immerse you in luxury and enchantment. The price of this package starts at $10,000. This lavish offering promises an unforgettable experience, blending opulent accommodations with the enchanting allure of Fleurs de Villes' artistic creations. Blooms & Bliss Package Enjoy a minimum 2-night stay in The Presidential Suite. Indulge in the "Blooms & Bliss" in-suite package featuring a bottle of Dom Perignon, an assortment of macarons and truffles, and a bouquet of flowers of your personal choice. Experience the luxurious Lieber Gustav 14 (100ml) fragrance by Krigler, as worn by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Leonardo DiCaprio. Savor Fleurs de Villes inspired cocktails for two at Artisan Beach House, including the signature "Beautiful Little Fool" cocktail garnished with a single, fresh Daisy blossom. Pamper yourself with two treatments from exhale Spa, including a 60-minute Smart Peel Facial customized to your skin type. All this starting at $10,000. For reservations, email: GRP_RCBalHarbourGuestRelations@marriott.com. Explore these added hotel offerings tailored for all visitors joining Fleur De Villes: Artisan Beach House Artisan Beach House will be offering the following Salad and cocktail on the menu to go along with the Fleur de Villes theme: Salted Beets and Strawberries Salad $22 Pickled Shallots, Red Chili Sherry Vinegar, Pistachio and Fresh Mint “Beautiful Little Fool”  $24 The Botanist Gin, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Delicate Foam* Garnished with a single, fresh, Daisy blossom. Exhale spa For a limited time, exhale Spa will be offering the “Fleur de Flo” yoga class from March 1-10, for a special price of $20 per person. This class will feature floral that will enliven the room. Exhale Spa will also be offering this featured treatment: 60-minute Smart Peel Facial (Enliven your complexion with one of three Smart Peel options, selected just for your skin type. Technology-driven and botanically based, these peels naturally lift dull skin while infusing nourishing, cell-stimulating botanicals below). This treatment is being offered at an exclusive price of $240 per person. Krigler Lieber Gustav 14, by Krigler will be available for purchase at The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. This fragrance was once worn by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Leonardo DiCaprio, during the grand Premiere in Cannes Festival. Lieber Gustav 14 100ml: $615 Lieber Gustav 14 50ml: $455 Worth mentioning, Krigler will illuminate their Lieber Gustav 14 candle in The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami's lobby throughout the month of March in celebration of Fleurs de Villes. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

  • Beyond Boundaries: Artistic Alchemy of Victoria Tara

    In Miami's vibrant art scene, Victoria Tara stands out as a contemporary artist whose vibrant creations transcend traditional boundaries. Originally from Ukraine and now devoted to Miami for over two decades, Victoria embodies the essence of American contemporary art, weaving a tapestry of elegance and light through her powerful artworks. Her art reflects a deep personal journey driven by a love for travel, wellness, and meditation. Victoria Tara Victoria holds a Master's degree in Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, and a lifelong love for art. Her journey spans continents, enriched by extensive travel and exploration of various creative mediums. In her art, she blends cultures and philosophies, diving into a profound exploration of the essence of Light. Capturing the Essence of Light: A Healing Journey Through Universal Archetypes At the heart of Victoria's artistic inspiration lies the delicate pursuit and intimate experiences of inner stillness. Rooted in Jungian Psychology and Sacred Geometry, nurtured by years of dedicated meditation, naturally radiating a transformative aura that uplifts and inspires. Her vibrant and sensual creations invite viewers into mystical experiences that often defy verbal expression. The Root of All Victoria finds inspiration in universal archetypes of abundance and good fortune with the Circle as central motif - a timeless symbol of wholeness, eternity and harmony. Revered across many cultures, the Circle symbolizes protection and sacred space, resonating deeply with viewers on a subconscious level. Spiraling circles in motion reflect energy vortexes or chakras, representing vitality and life, providing renewal and rejuvenation. Another prominent archetype in Victoria’s art is the blossoming flower - an exquisite symbol of purity, enlightenment, and the journey of the soul. Like the lotus emerges from the muddy depths, seeking the warmth of the sun to flourish into its ultimate perfection, so does the soul progress from confusion and despair to achieve harmony and fulfillment, guided by the light of true knowledge. Healing Journey Victoria's art blends contemporary and ancient elements, unveiling profound healing qualities in timeless symbols. Each painting becomes a unique charm, a talisman infused with the essence of abundance and prosperity. Art that Unites Victoria's art, vibrant and sensuous, geometric and abstract, elegantly transcends cultural boundaries. Every painting invites you to pause, take a deep breath, and be fully present - a timeless moment for reflection. Paired with carefully chosen poem or a meaningful quote, each painting guides you on an inner journey of profound introspection. Victoria's art radiates harmony and tranquility, offering a healing essence of universal archetypes - a symbol that unifies and brings forth wellness and abundance. In a world often clouded by stress and darkness, her creations stand as sanctuaries, inviting viewers to reconnect with inner peace. Auspicious One Artistic Luxury: Commissioned Art Projects Experience Victoria Tara's artistic mastery in exclusive commissioned art projects. Victoria delights in crafting custom artworks that resonate with your unique style and essence. Known for her mastery in creating personalized artworks, she is the perfect choice for those looking to elevate the spirit of the space with luxury and auspicious vibes, whether at home or in a commercial setting. With a background in interior design, Victoria's creations go beyond just art - they’re a blend of artistic talent and a deep understanding of how spaces come to life. Her commissioned pieces aren't just beautiful, they bring a sense of wellness and healing to your surroundings. If you're looking to elevate your space from the ordinary to the extraordinary, Victoria Tara's custom art piece is a perfect choice. Victoria Tara Studio Miami: Where Creativity Finds Its Muse Living in Miami for over two decades, Victoria finds inspiration in the city's vibrant energy, lively spirit, and the beauty of the ocean. Devoting plentiful time to the sea, she absorbs the energy and inspiration from the fresh salty air and the mesmerizing colors of the sky. The blend of Miami's dynamic vibe, the nurturing presence of the ocean and dedicated meditation practices create a unique alchemy, infusing her art with serenity and brightness. Victoria Tara A Visionary in Miami's Artistic Landscape In the vibrant mosaic of Miami's art and wellness community, Victoria Tara stands as a visionary artist, enriching the city's cultural tapestry with her exquisite creations. Her art has been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions, galleries, public spaces, retreats and private homes, speaking a timeless language of elegance. Victoria's artistic journey reflects the profound impact of creativity, wellness, and a deep connection with universal symbols that shape our lives. In the crossroads of art and holistic living, Victoria Tara continues to be a guiding light, encouraging others to embrace the richness of the present moment. As she explores creativity, wellness, and success, Victoria stands out in Miami's cultural scene, leaving a lasting impact on all who encounter her vibrant spirit and remarkable work. The Moon Contact info : www.victoriatara.com Instagram: @victoria.tara.art Photo credit: www.francescabliss.com Victoria Tara ART POEMS / ART MEDIUM INFO THE SUN Look for the Sun, And all the shadows fall behind.. Acrylic on canvas / Museum Profile 48“ x 48” THE MOON She was devoted to the moon. In its darkness she found comfort, In its light she found hope.. Acrylic on canvas / Museum Profile 48“ x 48” OCEAN BLOOM “ In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art..” ~ Rumi, The Book of Love Acrylic on canvas / Museum Profile 36“ x 36” Ocean Bloom THE ROOT OF ALL The Root of all things is inside us. Acrylic on canvas / Museum Profile 36“ x 36” OCEAN BORN "Once I had a thousand desires.. But in my one desire to know You, All else melted away.." ~ Rumi Acrylic on canvas / Gallery Profile 30“ x 30” Ocean Born HEALING JOURNEY “The World exists as you perceive it. It is not what you see, but how you see it. It is not what you hear, but how you hear it. It is not what you feel, but how you feel it.. “ ~ The Tao of Healing Acrylic on canvas / Museum Profile 36“ x 36” AUSPICIOUS ONE “The eye only sees what the mind is willing to accept..” Acrylic on canvas / Gallery Profile 30“ x 30” By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Francesa Bliss

  • Innovations in Smart Home Technology for Luxury Living

    The concept of home has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Our living spaces have evolved from mere places of residence to hubs of multifaceted entertainment and advanced technology. Nowadays, it's not uncommon to have a dedicated area for various leisure activities, such as engaging in online gaming platforms like CaptainCooksCasino, right from the comfort of our homes. But the evolution doesn't stop at entertainment; our homes are becoming smarter, more connected, and more responsive to our needs than ever before. This shift towards intelligent living is most evident in the domain of luxury homes, where cutting-edge smart home technology is redefining the standards of comfort, convenience, and security. Let’s delve into the latest advancements in home automation and how they are seamlessly integrated into high-end living spaces. The Evolution of Home Automation Home automation has come a long way from basic security systems and programmable thermostats. The modern luxury home is a hub of interconnected devices and systems, all designed to provide the ultimate in convenience, comfort, and security. These systems range from advanced climate control to smart lighting, from automated window treatments to state-of-the-art security solutions. Cutting-Edge Home Automation Technologies Intelligent Climate Control One of the hallmarks of a luxury home is the ability to maintain the perfect indoor environment, regardless of the weather outside. Intelligent climate control systems go beyond traditional HVAC systems. They learn the preferences of the inhabitants and adjust the temperature and humidity levels accordingly. For instance, systems like Nest or Ecobee integrate with smart assistants and can be controlled remotely, ensuring the home is always at the ideal temperature. Advanced Security Solutions Security is paramount in luxury homes, and smart technology is playing a crucial role in providing peace of mind. Advanced security systems now include biometric access controls, such as fingerprint and facial recognition, ensuring only authorized individuals can enter the property. Additionally, smart surveillance systems, like Ring or Arlo, offer real-time monitoring from anywhere in the world, complete with HD video feeds, motion detection, and instant alerts to homeowners and security services. Smart Lighting and Window Treatments Lighting plays a critical role in creating the right ambiance in a luxury home. Smart lighting systems, such as Philips Hue or Lutron, offer endless possibilities in terms of color, intensity, and scheduling. These systems can mimic natural light patterns, adjust based on time of day, or create mood-specific themes. Similarly, automated window treatments can adjust to provide the perfect balance of light and privacy, all controlled through a smartphone or voice command. Home Entertainment and Connectivity In luxury homes, entertainment systems are about delivering a cinematic experience. With the advent of smart technology, home theaters can be fully automated, including high-definition projectors, surround sound systems, and streaming services. Moreover, with the rise of IoT (Internet of Things), devices throughout the home are interconnected, offering seamless control and interaction. This interconnectivity ensures that streaming music, video, or other media can be effortlessly managed across different rooms. Smart Kitchens and Bathrooms The kitchen and bathroom are not left behind in the smart home revolution. High-end kitchens now feature smart appliances like refrigerators that can track inventory and suggest recipes, or ovens that can be preheated remotely. In bathrooms, digital showers allow for precise temperature control, and smart mirrors can display news, weather, or even skincare tips. The Future of Smart Home Technology The future of home automation in luxury living is about more personalized and intuitive control. Emerging technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning are paving the way for homes that not only respond to commands but also anticipate needs. Imagine a home that recognizes your arrival and sets everything from lighting to music to your preferred settings, or a security system that differentiates between usual and unusual activity patterns and adjusts its alerts accordingly. Challenges and Considerations While smart home technology offers numerous benefits, it also presents challenges. The primary concern is security and privacy, as interconnected devices can be vulnerable to hacking. High-end homes must ensure robust cybersecurity measures are in place to protect their smart systems. Additionally, as technology evolves rapidly, ensuring that systems are future-proof and can integrate with newer devices is crucial for maintaining the longevity and relevance of the smart home setup. In Conclusion Smart home technology is redefining luxury living. By offering unprecedented levels of comfort, convenience, and security, these innovations are not just enhancing the living experience but also transforming homes into more responsive and intuitive spaces. For those invested in the luxury market, staying abreast of these advancements is not just about keeping up with trends; it's about embracing a future where home is not just a place, but an intelligent companion in the journey of life. By ML staff. Images courtesy of Unsplash.

  • Navigating Pet Insurance in the Heart of Glamour: A Miami Pet Owner’s Guide

    Living in Miami isn't just about the sun, sea and nightlife; it’s a lifestyle that embraces the flamboyant alongside the practical. And if your family includes furry, four-legged members, ensuring their well-being is as much a part of this lifestyle as finding the perfect beachside dining spot. That's where exploring the best pet insurance Florida has to offer comes into play, serving as a lifeline in managing unforeseen vet bills while letting you enjoy the vibrancy of Miami without financial worries hanging over your head. Decoding the essentials of pet insurance The importance of pet insurance cannot be overstated. With vet costs on the rise, particularly in bustling areas like Miami, one unexpected illness or injury can lead to hefty bills. Pet insurance offers not just a financial cushion but also peace of mind. However, diving into the world of pet insurance requires understanding what makes a plan comprehensive. This includes looking at coverage limits, deductible options and what’s excluded. After all, knowing these details is akin to picking the perfect outfit; it’s all about the fit to your lifestyle and needs. Comprehending the nuances of pet insurance in Miami's glittering ambiance is much like interpreting a sophisticated art piece at a Wynwood gallery. Each policy has its own palette of coverage options, from preventive care riders to comprehensive accident and illness plans. Understanding the deductibles, annual or lifetime limits and reimbursement levels will equip you with the knowledge to make an informed decision. As in art, patience and attention to detail are key; sifting through the fine print may reveal unexpected nuances in coverage that could significantly impact your pet's health and your finances. A look at Florida's top pet insurance picks Florida’s pet insurance landscape is as diverse as its coastline. From national providers offering wide-ranging coverage to more localized options that understand the unique needs of Miami pets, there are plans for every pet parent. While specific names aren't mentioned here, seeking providers with strong customer feedback and flexible plans is key. Imagine finding a venue for your next Miami soiree; you'd want a place that not only comes highly recommended but also suits your specific occasion perfectly. Matching pet insurance to Miami's lavish lifestyle Choosing the right pet insurance in Miami goes beyond just ensuring your pet’s health; it’s about integrating with your luxurious lifestyle. Whether it’s having access to the best veterinary specialists that the city has to offer or ensuring that your pet can receive treatment without disrupting your lifestyle, the right insurance policy makes all the difference. Think of it as selecting a high-end fashion piece; it’s not just about the aesthetic but also the added value it brings to your life. Blending pet insurance into your financial fabric Managing finances is an art form in Miami. With a lifestyle that includes fine dining, fashion and entertainment, adding pet insurance might seem like another droplet in the ocean of expenses. Yet, it’s an investment towards mitigating unexpected costs and securing your pet’s health. It’s about balancing opulence with sensibility—allocating funds for insurance ensures that an unexpected vet visit won’t disrupt your financial harmony or lifestyle choices. Closing remarks In closing, embracing pet insurance in Miami isn’t just a practical decision; it’s part of curating a lifestyle that values the joy pets bring into our lives while being prepared for the uncertainties. The peace of mind that comes with knowing you can provide the best care for your pet, without compromising on your lifestyle, is the ultimate luxury. After all, living in Miami is about embodying the zest for life, with your cherished pets by your side, every step of the way. By ML staff. Image courtesy of Bazoom.

  • How ONYX Radiance’s Smart Textiles Are Transforming Skin and Wellbeing

    ONYX Radiance is the groundbreaking brand helping people worldwide improve their skin health and overall wellbeing through items they already use, like pillowcases, clothing, and other wearable goods, all thanks to next-gen smart fabrics. ONYX leverages the natural therapeutic healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties of minerals like Zinc and Silver to restore and calm the skin. Empowering Overnight Recovery We sleep for more than a third of our lives. These hours we spend asleep are known as the most significant time for skin healing, rejuvenation, and restoration, including collagen and elastin synthesis. As the skin is the largest organ in the human body, it is also a powerful conduit for the transportation of beneficial minerals and compounds. ONYX Radiance’s mission is to utilize the previously untapped wellbeing potential of our sleeping hours and maximize this highly valuable window of opportunity for enhanced skincare. Inclusive Skincare ONYX supports and embraces diversity, by providing beauty and wellness benefits for all individuals. Their goal is for everyone to feel good in their skin, and let their true selves shine through. ONYX makes it possible for everyone to enjoy the ultimate luxurious experience of superior skincare from start (packaging) to finish (continued use). With ONYX Radiance, you can feel good in your own skin and be yourself! ONYX Radiance Technology ONYX constantly seeks out the most innovative fabric production technologies to help the body benefit from the remarkable powers of infused natural minerals. Their smart textiles release Zinc or Silver ions to help treat a variety of skin concerns. The Pillowcases ONYX’s bestselling pillowcases are 100% Egyptian combed cotton sateen (500 thread count) and approved under OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100, the strictest standard for textiles in the industry. They offer two pillowcases enriched with natural compounds that contain extremely powerful yet gentle cleansing and revitalizing properties. These innovative pillowcases release Zinc or Silver ions, helping your facial skin gain a fresher and more radiant look, all while you sleep! While their Therapeutic Zinc-Infused Pillowcase offers visible results in as little as 2 weeks, the Lunar Beauty Silver-Infused Pillowcase works through a slow-release process for optimal anti-aging results, that can be seen in 1-3 months with consistent use. ONYX customers take their pillowcases wherever they go, to continue seeing amazing results and treating their skin to a safe, clean surface even when in hotels and planes. Product Focus: Zinc-Infused Acne Pillowcase Zinc is the indispensable skincare ingredient secret that has the necessary properties needed to heal the skin; making it the ideal mineral to help alleviate acne, and other skin conditions! ONYX Radiance’s Zinc Therapeutic Pillowcase has naturally antibacterial properties due to the infusion of the powerful Zinc compound. The Zinc pillowcase can assist in improving the symptoms of various skin and scalp conditions, including: • Acne • Atopic Dermatitis • Seborrhea • Eczema • Psoriasis • Dandruff caused by a fungus Product Focus: Silver-Infused Anti-aging Pillowcase Wake up every day with firmer, more radiant, and freshly glowing skin! The Lunar Beauty Pillowcase, infused with Silver ions, promotes a hygienic, clean sleep environment – something that is especially in demand due to the COVID era and the “clean sleeping” wellness movement – and can even support improved breathing overnight. With regular use, the Silver Ion Anti-aging Pillowcase promotes: · Skin firmness · Radiance and youthful glow · Reduced wrinkle depth · Reduced blemishes by fighting bacteria · Brighter complexion · Stronger hair roots, for less hair loss · Calmer and cleaner sleep ONYX Radiance Product Line In Addition to the mineral infused pillowcases, ONYX products enable people to enhance their skin’s health and general well-being through items they already use, like a headscarf, a T-shirt, and face masks. ONYX offers a Zinc infused T-shirt which helps to combat body acne and other skin conditions while also reducing bodily odor and itchy and uncomfortable skin. Their Zinc infused headwrap helps to strengthen the hair from root to tip which greatly reduces hair loss, while also helping calm the scalp from concerns such as dandruff and discomforts. Lastly, ONYX also offers either a Zinc or Silver face mask which deters up to 99% of germs while helping improve the appearance of the skin. The ONYX Radiance Difference ONYX Radiance customers around the world are amazed by the changes that their smart textile products have brought to their lives. In addition to dramatic changes in their skin’s overall appearance and condition, customers have reported better sleep quality and a reduction in migraines, hot flashes, allergy symptoms, and snoring. Onyx Radiance emphasizes: ​​“We hope to continue educating people throughout the world, raising awareness of smart  antibacterial fabrics so that everyone everywhere understands the immense influence that natural and therapeutic minerals have on improving our skin, hair, and overall health and wellbeing.” ONYX Radiance -  “For beautiful skin, just sleep on it!” For more information, head to their website. By ML staff. Images courtesy of Onyx Radiance.

  • Argentina Unveiled: Buenos Aires Culture Meets Bariloche’s Natural Wonders

    Escape the familiarity of Miami and embark on a culturally enriching journey to Argentina. With non-stop flights available through American Airlines, Aerolíneas Argentinas, or Delta, the approximately nine-hour journey promises a thrilling and culturally rich experience. In this narrative, we explore the culturally-infused artistic hub of Argentina, Buenos Aires, followed by the awe-inspiring natural wonder of Bariloche, located in Patagonia. Buenos Aires, CABA, Argentina by Gustavo-Sanchez - Unsplash Buenos Aires When flying from Miami to Buenos Aires, you’ll arrive directly at Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini (EZE) airport. With a population of approximately 15 million people, Buenos Aires is undeniably one of the most vibrant cultural cities in South America. As the home to a diverse population, we recommend dedicating at least four days to fully immerse yourself in the city’s rich offerings, including its museums, national monuments, parks, markets, shops, and gastronomic scene. Attractions Explore Buenos Aires through its top attractions: kick off your journey at Recoleta Cemetery, where the mausoleum of Eva Perón stands as a historic landmark. Immerse yourself in the arts at Teatro Colón, a renowned opera house. Experience the eclectic vibes of Palermo with its street art, boutique shops, and diverse dining options. Stroll through Plaza de Mayo’s historic setting with the iconic Casa Rosada. 1. Palermo, Juan Pablo Mascanfroni - Unsplash ; 2. Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires by Francisco Ghisletti ; 3. Street Tango, Ville Autonome de Buenos Aires by Alain Bonnardeaux - Unsplash ; 4. Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires by Juan Pabl Mascanfroni - Unsplash ; 5. Barrio Norte, CABA, Argentina by Juan Pablo Mascanfroni - Unsplash ; 6. Recoleta Cemetery by Andrea Rondon - Unsplash Embrace the bohemian atmosphere of San Telmo’s cobblestone streets, featuring antique markets and tango performances. Dive into the city’s contemporary side by visiting our top museum picks: MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), MACBA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires) and MNBA (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes). GASTRONOMY Nuestro Secreto Located at the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Posadas 1086, C1011 CABA, Argentina +54 11 4321-1200 Images courtesy of Four Seasons Buenos Aires Situated within The Four Seasons Buenos Aires, Nuestro Secreto is a culinary haven where rustic charm meets contemporary elegance. With a striking glass structure that bathes the space in natural light, the restaurant offers an intimate setting for indulging in Argentina’s renowned beef, expertly grilled over an open flame. If you prefer to dine outside, there is an enchanting outdoor terrace, surrounded by lush greenery. Signature dishes feature sweetbreads topped with lemon, pickled in olive oil, the ribeye steak, braised short rib ravioli, and the Argentinean classic bone-in strip steak served with Malbec butter. Luxury Stay Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires Posadas 1086, C1011 CABA, Argentina +54 11 4321-1200 www.fourseasons.com/buenosaires Images courtesy of Four Seasons Buenos Aires The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is located in the La Recoleta neighborhood – a beacon of luxury in Argentina’s capital featuring a European glamorous style, panoramic city views, and luxury accommodations. The building was meticulously restored, featuring a French mansion and a modern 12-story tower. Guests can indulge in top-tier spa services, an outdoor pool, a gym, and excellent service. GASTRONOMY Gioia Cocina Botánica Located at Palacio Duhau Av. Alvear 1661, C1014AAD CABA, Argentina +54 11 5171-1234 www.palacioduhauexperience.com/gioia Images courtesy of Hyatt International Corporation Gioia, situated at Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, is a must-visit for those eager to savor sophisticated and delicious plant-based dishes. The restaurant embraces a botanical cuisine concept centered around plant-based ingredients such as fruits, legumes, seaweed, and fungi. Crafted by Chef Juan Simonte, the menu offers a diverse array of dishes utilizing innovative and healthy techniques, with the goal of enhancing both flavor and nutritional value. The dining experience is designed for sharing, providing a gastronomic journey through a spectrum of flavors, colors, and textures. The menu categorizes dishes into different food groups, including cereals and legumes, featuring items like Corn foam, Quinoa risotto, and Mung and adzuki beans ragout. Standout dishes comprise Confit shiitakes, grilled cabbage, potato carpaccio, cabbage and mustard emulsion, and the creamy white polenta with roasted root vegetables. Delightful vegetable choices include fennel braised in orange juice and grilled Brussels sprouts with sesame vinaigrette. Pastry Chef Paula Maroni prepares delightful desserts such as Sauteed pear crumble with a vanilla bean and the Chocolate bonbon filled with mousse and mandarin curd. It’s important to note that Gioia’s menu undergoes seasonal changes, ensuring a fresh culinary experience with each visit. Reservations are required. Luxury Stay Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Av. Alvear 1661, C1014AAD CABA, Argentina +54 11 5171-1234 www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/argentina/palacio-duhau-park-hyatt-buenos-aires/bueph Images courtesy of Hyatt International Corporation Experience exquisite luxury at Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires in the Recoleta neighborhood. The two-building complex seamlessly blends an aristocratic palace with contemporary design, offering guests spacious rooms and suites with first-class amenities. The 5-star luxury hotel includes a private art collection, a spa, and serene gardens. Choose from 165 modern rooms and suites, with 23 suites in the iconic residence reflecting Belle Époque charm and contemporary harmony. Bariloche Flying from Buenos San Carlos de Bariloche, commonly referred to as Bariloche, takes just 2:15 minutes. You will fly into San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC) airport which is about 30 minutes by car from Bariloche. We highly recommend booking a car rental in advance to ensure car availability since public transport is very limited and not recommended if you are looking to explore its natural beauty. Large San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro by Jhana-Ellard - Unsplash Positioned along the shores of Nahuel Huapi, a vast glacial lake encircled by the majestic Andes Mountains, Bariloche is a popular travel destination year round. In this story, we choose to experience Bariloche in the Summer in order to enjoy outdoor activities. Worth noting is that summer months in Argentina are December through February. Attractions Bariloche is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering over 200 scenic trails perfect for hiking, biking, and trail running. Beyond the trails, crystal-clear lakes offer marvelous opportunities for boating, swimming, and more. Don’t miss a visit to the Siete Lagos (the Seven Lakes) or explore at least some of them. Venture into the Nahuel Huapi National Park for breathtaking hikes, including the stunning Refuge Frey. Llao Llao is a must-visit with its trails, restaurant, and golf course. For panoramic vistas, ascend Cerro Campanario, a highlight of the “Circuito Chico,” providing a 360º perspective of the lakes and city. Enjoy leisurely activities like strolling through the Civic Center and Calle Mitre, exploring Bariloche’s chocolate shops, and visiting the Cathedral of Bariloche. There is also a scenic boat tour to Isla Victoria or Puerto Blest, departing from the picturesque Puerto Pañuelos near the renowned Llao Llao Hotel. Luxury Stay WaOne Lake Homes Hua Huan 7811 San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina +54 294 431-3385 Website Images courtesy of WaOne Lake Homes Experience an exceptional minimalist architectural retreat at Wa One Lake Homes, distinguishing itself among all other accommodations in Bariloche. Located in San Carlos de Bariloche, this three-level modern property was artfully crafted by architects Horacio Elias and Damian Vermaasen of Elias + Vermaasen Associate Architects, showcasing reinforced concrete that seamlessly blends with the surrounding landscape. Images courtesy of WaOne Lake Homes Perfectly located mere steps from the enchanting Bonita Beach, Wa One Lake Homes features six contemporary apartments, each meticulously designed to accommodate 2 to 4 individuals. These fully furnished apartments feature a fully equipped home kitchen, dining and living areas, and private bathroom. Panoramic views of the lake grace each accommodation, complemented by access to a gym, spa, heated pool, jacuzzi, and furnished balcony or patio within the tranquil confines of the property. Noteworthy is the apartment’s strategic location, offering convenient proximity to restaurants, the city center of San Carlos de Bariloche, scenic nature walks, restaurants and other popular attractions. Complimentary parking is also available for all guests. CULINARY DESTINATION Stag Restó Sobre la costa del, Hua Huan Lago Nahuel Huapi 7549, R8400 San Carlos de Bariloche Río Negro, Argentina Phone: +54 294 446-2889 www.stag-bariloche.com/el-resto/ Images courtesy of Stag Restó Dine overlooking majestic views of Lake Nahuel Huapi at Stag Restó. Serving modern Argentinian fusion cuisines, the intimate and charming setting offers a two or three-course dining experience at a well-priced value. Open for lunch and dinner, Stag Restó emphasizes locally sourced ingredients, celebrating its commitment to quality foods such as local lamb and trout. To begin, consider indulging in the Prawns on Celery and Apple Salad appetizer or the Shrimp with Romesco Sauce, Celery Salad, Crispy Onion, and Green Apple. For the main course, you may opt for the Lamb with Peach Purée, Grilled Cauliflower, and Lentil Criolla Salad or the Beef Loin served with Potato Gratin, a classic choice. The Local Trout braised with Braised Endive and Emulsified Corn Flan is also a popular selection. Conclude your dining experience with a delightful dessert. The Apple, Pear, and Walnut Strudel or the Pistachio Semifreddo Macaron both offer excellent options. Reservations are required. By Markin Abras. Images provided by each featured venue on this story

  • Benetti’s Class 44MA: Masterpiece of Maritime Luxury

    Renowned luxury yacht manufacturer Benetti once again raises the bar with The Class 44M, a vessel that epitomizes uncompromised excellence through opulence, innovation, and cutting-edge design. This 44-meter superyacht is a marvel of maritime engineering, capturing the essence of luxury on the high seas. Its exterior design seamlessly blends contemporary elegance with timeless style, offering a spacious and sophisticated platform for indulgence and relaxation. Stepping aboard The Class 44M reveals an interior that is a haven of comfort and refinement. Meticulously crafted with the finest materials, every detail exudes luxury, while the yacht’s layout ensures a seamless flow between its various living spaces, striking a perfect balance between privacy and community. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, The Class 44M guarantees a seamless and enjoyable cruising experience. From advanced navigation systems to top-tier entertainment options, every aspect of this yacht is designed to meet the highest standards of performance and convenience. An outstanding feature of Class 44M is its impressive suite of amenities. Whether soaking up the sun on the spacious deck, taking a dip in the pool, or relishing a gourmet meal in the dining area, this superyacht offers a range of experiences tailored to the desires of its discerning passengers. Benetti’s dedication to environmental sustainability is evident in The Class 44M. The yacht is designed with a focus on efficiency and eco-friendly practices, ensuring that the allure of luxury coexists harmoniously with environmental responsibility. In conclusion, The Class 44M stands as a triumph of luxury yacht design by Benetti. Its seamless blend of opulence, innovation, and environmental consciousness distinguishes it in the world of superyachts. For those seeking the epitome of maritime luxury, Class 44M beckons as an unparalleled voyage into a world of extravagance on the open seas. To learn more, visit: www.benettiyachts.it. By ML staff. Images courtesy of Benetti.

  • Game, Set, Miami: Inside the World of Tennis Stars at the Miami Open

    The highly anticipated Miami Open presented by Itaú is fast approaching, bringing with it the world’s top tennis talent to the vibrant city of Miami and right into the pages of Miami Living Magazine. To celebrate the upcoming combined ATP WTA tennis event, scheduled from March 17 to 31, we feature exclusive conversations, and insights from the sport’s most prominent tennis figures, plus an interview from James Blake, Miami Open’s tournament director on what you can expect this year. Photo: Miami Open presented by Itaú To start, the rising star Carlos Alcaraz graces Miami Living Magazine’s cover, followed by the victorious champion of the Australian Open 2024, Jannik Sinner, and the formidable Australian Open 2024 finalist, Daniil Medvedev. Moreover, conversations with Aryna Sabalenka, the two-time Australian Open winner, alongside America’s top players, Taylor Fritz and Coco Gauff, are shared in this issue. Not to be overlooked is an interview with Victoria Azarenka, a former World No. 1 and three-time Miami Open champion. MORE TENNIS You may also like Miami Living's conversations with: Carlos Alcaraz Daniil Medvedev Jannik Sinner Taylor Fritz Coco Gauff Aryna Sabalenka Victoria Azarenka James Blake By Markin Abras

  • Artificial Intelligence Can Support Architects But Lacks Empathy & Ethics

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized many different industries in recent years. It gained a lot of attention and popularity with the launch of ChatGPT, a tool capable of writing poems, solving equations, and producing articles on different topics. With the fast-paced implementation of AI in different fields, will it take the place of architects and architecture schools soon? To answer this question, we need to understand the capabilities of AI and the role of architects and architecture schools. Artificial intelligence is changing how different disciplines are practiced and taught, including architecture. (Shutterstock) Architectural education While the topics and research surrounding AI are rapidly evolving, AI lacks certain qualities and characteristics that architects gain by completing architecture school. At its core, architects learn how to use different skills to combine technical knowledge, arts, esthetics, emotions, and other attributes. Architecture schools train their students so that they can respond to certain design problems with solutions based on their personal experiences, design styles, and other factors. Architecture curricula still needs to incorporate traditional design skills. (Shutterstock) Creativity and innovative solutions are a result of combining different skill sets, personal experiences, and technical knowledge that future architects develop in architecture schools. The same process exists when it comes to AI. AI is trained on different datasets to come up with solutions. In some cases, like ChatGPT, it uses this dataset to generate new and innovative solutions. But AI is limited by its datasets, especially when there isn’t enough data, or gathering it is too resource-intensive. This is the main difference between humans and AI comes. Humans can draw on their experiences, skills and other attributes to come up with innovative solutions without being limited to specific datasets. Improved efficiency AI has different capabilities that can significantly help many different industries, including architecture and construction. For instance, AI can help architects with architectural programming and creating layouts in buildings. It can provide renders and other types of visualizations. In general, AI can make many different processes, such as schematic design and renders, more efficient. Architects can develop customized platforms based on their guiding principles, visions, design styles, and other values. However, assistive tools that result in a final product might interrupt the learning process at schools. Students are supposed to learn skills by exploring different design solutions, ideas, and philosophies. However, architecture students might not fully engage with learning if they use assistive tools that conceal or eliminate the process. Therefore, architecture schools should carefully study how AI can be integrated with their syllabi to improve the learning process for architecture students. Architecture schools should teach students how to use AI technologies, but ensure that they still acquire needed skills. (Shutterstock) Absence of true empathy Beyond architecture schools, understanding the importance of the shared values, heritage, and cultural qualities of a community, or even a person, is essential for architects in coming up with design solutions. While AI is capable of analyzing such information, it cannot truly empathize with and understand these different considerations. At the same time, decisions made by architects carry responsibilities and liabilities. Students learn about sustainability issues, the long-term impacts of designs, ecological footprints, and other similar topics. Although AI can be provided with decision-making capabilities, it cannot replace architects’ roles in the ethical decision-making process. In addition, architecture involves collaborations among different stakeholders, from clients to interior designers, civil engineers, and other experts. Although AI can engage in dialogue, it lacks the ability to engage in dynamic interactions and truly understand the intentions and experiences of different stakeholders. Human indispensability AI is still in its early stages and may certainly improve significantly in the coming years. However, at the moment, it seems unlikely to replace the indispensable role of architecture schools and architects because they cannot fully grasp cultural values and heritage. In addition, AI cannot draw on personal experiences, emotions, and perceptions of different concepts and designs. In its current state, AI cannot engage in meaningful collaborations where it can truly understand the needs of different stakeholders. Furthermore, the ethical issues, responsibilities, and liabilities involved need to be addressed before progressing to more advanced stages that can give AI more freedom in the design process. Although AI can significantly improve the efficiency of the design process and improve the learning experience, it’s too early to consider it — even as a semi-independent entity — during the architectural design process. By Farzam Sepanta PhD Candidate, Building Engineering, Carleton University. Special Thanks to The Conversation. Top image courtesy of unsplash.

  • Off the Court with James Blake: Miami Open Director Shares Perspective on the Miami Open

    Miami Living Magazine sat down with James Blake, the Director of the Miami Open, to delve into what fans can expect this year, provide an overview of the tournament, and highlight activities for fans to enjoy. Markin Abras: Reflecting on the past 4 years since the relocation of the Miami Open from Key Biscayne to Hard Rock Stadium, what notable transformations have you observed (challenges, advances, etc.)? James Blake: I think the Miami Open presented by Itaú has really settled into its home at the Hard Rock Stadium. Obviously, it was a big move at the time and it’s a very different setup from Key Biscayne, but the facilities in place for the players and fans at Hard Rock Stadium are second to none, and the move overall has been a big success. The players are now able to take advantage of all the best-in-class facilities in position for the Dolphins year-round, and the campus itself has been developed and expanded in the past four years, offering guests what I think is one of the best on offer at any events. We are able to bring together all that Miami has to offer for what I believe is the most culturally immersed tennis festival on the tour circuit. MA: What are some lesser-known behind-the-scenes efforts that you are personally involved in making the Miami Open a world-class tennis tournament? James Blake: It’s pretty much everything from player liaison to player experience and facilities to operations to match scheduling and planning. When I played on Tour, I literally had no understanding of the amount of planning, preparations, and work that go into delivering a successful tournament of this magnitude. We are lucky to have the experienced team at IMG in place at Hard Rock Stadium year-round working day-to-day on the operations side of the event, and although it is a big job, I love the challenge and working with our team to make the Miami Open presented by Itaú even better every year. MA: As the Director of the Miami Open, what have been some formidable obstacles and moments you have encountered thus far? James Blake: I think the move to the Hard Rock Stadium was the most formidable moment, uprooting a successful tournament with the intention of giving it the space to develop and grow was a necessary move for the future of the event. It was unknown territory for me, and it has been a steep learning curve, but it’s a process I have enjoyed being a part of very much. There are so many aspects to operating a tournament of this level and scale that, as a player, you don’t tend to give too much thought to, but I have loved learning about it. I feel really comfortable in this role now as I head into my 6th year as Tournament Director and proud of everything our team has achieved so far. MA: This year sees the introduction of Wheelchair Tennis and Major League Pickleball at the Miami Open. Could you shed some light on the decision-making process behind these additions? James Blake: The second week is incredibly exciting on the show courts, but there is obviously less going on on the outside courts, and we wanted to make sure there is still plenty going on for the fans on grounds passes to watch and enjoy. Wheelchair tennis is so skillful and is an absolutely phenomenal watch; it’s now a big part of the Grand Slams, and we definitely wanted to incorporate it into the Miami Open, so we are delighted it is making its debut this year. We will be looking to build and expand the wheelchair competition next year, and we are very fortunate to have a legend of the game, Shingo Kunieda, step in as the Tournament director to help navigate this integration. The Major League Pickleball Showcase is another great addition for fans. It’s growing in popularity in the US right now, especially among tennis players, so it makes a great addition to the programming. MA: Looking ahead to this year’s tournament, what can Miami Open fans anticipate in terms of new events/experiences and offerings? James Blake: First and foremost, tennis is going to be amazing – the world’s best men and women competing in one of the most important events in tennis. From Medvedev to Sinner to Sabalenka to Gauff to all the US players in the field, it is a very exciting time for tennis right now as the younger players are establishing themselves at the top echelons of the game. We will miss our defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova this year, but it is for the very happy reason that she is expecting her first child. There is no doubt this year that we have stepped up the off-court offerings with pop-ups of around 30 of Miami’s top bars and restaurants, as I mentioned earlier, showing up all around campus. The choice is unreal, and although there are way too many to mention, newcomers this year include David Chang’s Fuku Chicken, Cheeseburger Baby, Ella’s Oyster Bar, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Garden, No.3 Gin Lounge, and Milos, the first premium bookable dining option at the tournament. Don’t worry, all the firm favorites are returning too such as Sushi Maki, Kiki on the River, and Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, the Dobel Tequila Bar, the Botran Rum Lounge, Santa Margherita, and all the amazing food trucks in The Grove. There are new sponsors and new activations at every turn for fans to enjoy, in between watching all the world-class tennis on the 10 Championship courts! Left to right: Francisco Lindor, Carlos Alcaraz, and Chad Ochocinco; Coco Gauff and Jimmy Butler; Jon Bon Jovi; Maluma MA: Can you share some memorable interactions or moments you’ve had with Stephen M. Ross? James Blake: I think the biggest moment was in 2019 moving the tournament to Hard Rock Stadium and together with our teams, creating the first stadium court within an NFL Stadium. MA: What tips would you offer to Miami Open attendees to enhance their overall enjoyment and make the most of their experience at the tournament? James Blake: I think wearing a comfy pair of shoes would be my number one tip as there is so much to see around campus. Even if you are lucky enough to have tickets for the stadium, make sure you take the time to walk around and enjoy everything on offer at the event as I think the spectator experience this year really is the best we’ve ever lined up and there is so much to see. MA: Departing from tennis-centric topics, how do you unwind and recharge yourself? James Blake: Spending time with my family is the way I mainly spend my time away from tennis. I still enjoy playing tennis – although I retired some ten years ago, the last couple of years I have been hitting with Stanford rising star Hudson Rivera – he even got me back into competition last year when we played doubles together in an ITF event! I also enjoy playing golf, basketball, pickleball, and watching pretty much all sports, especially the New York Mets, and playing a bit of poker from time to time. MA: Finally, any personal favorite places you like to go in Miami? James Blake: I love going out to eat downtown Miami, the atmosphere and vibe are always amazing, but most of my favorites will be coming on campus this year with pop-ups, so for the last two weeks in March, the Hard Rock Stadium will be my favorite place to be! By Markin Abras | Photos by Miami Open Presented by Itaú

  • Pitmaster Pat Martin Brings The Barbeque Flavors of Nashville to The Patio for The 'South Beach Wine & Food Festival'

    Renowned master of West Tennessee-style barbeque joins Chef Claudio Lobina at the iconic Miami Beach residences for a fifth annual showcase. Continuum, South Florida’s premier resort-style oceanfront condominium residences, took center stage at the 23rd annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One on Saturday, February 24th, with an exclusive dinner hosted by one of today’s most celebrated grilling personalities. The Patio restaurant at the Continuum in Miami Beach presented an exquisite evening of culinary excellence, hosted by Pitmaster Pat Martin from Nashville, who joined forces with The Patio’s Chef Claudio Lobina, as part of the festival’s Intimate Dinner Series sponsored by Empson wines. Continuum residents and guests enjoyed a sumptuous four-course dinner menu featuring a collaborative presentation of Southern-style meats off the grill and Mediterranean style seafood. Guests were welcomed to The Patio restaurant with a live music performance by Sinfonic Music, as attendees mingled at the pre-dinner cocktail reception. After guests were shown to their seats, a welcome speech was given by Billy Grant from McPrice Meyers Wine and Valentino Esterno from Fantini Wine on the wine pairings for the evening, before an introduction was made by the guest chef and celebrity pitmaster, Pat Martin, on the style of meats featured on the menu and his signature preparation. “Our fifth year of participation during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival proved to be a highlight of this year’s festival,” says Rishi Idnani, Managing Director of the Continuum. “This is our second year presenting an outdoor barbeque themed dinner—showcasing the very best in curated cuisine from the grill. This unique collaboration between Pat Martin and our very own Chef Claudio Lobina gave our residents and attendees a world-class experience in Southern-style barbeque and Mediterranean style seafood. Once again, we installed a giant rig containing two oversized grills that was driven by Pat Martin from Tennessee to Miami Beach especially for the event. On behalf of the entire Continuum management team, I would like to thank the festival’s organizing committee, together with the sponsors and our patrons for helping to make this year’s dinner a resounding success.” Guests enjoyed an exclusive menu comprising of Mississippi Hushpuppies with Comeback Sauce; homemade phyllo filled with shrimp and lobster ragout; deviled eggs with Hickory smoked brisket and sweet barbeque sauce; seafood cannelloni with a sweet pepper reduction, lobster and calamari morsels; charred thighs with Alabama white sauce on field peas and chow chow, and Freedom Run Farm Hickory Smoked Lamb with Marsh Hen Mill grits and braised greens.  Each course was paired with a selection of international wines from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio. By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Continuum

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