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    Miamis Best Eats And Drinks This Week Flavors Of Kendall Restaurant Week Vinaigrette Sub Shop Opening And Negroni Week

    This week, Danny Serfer's Vinaigrette Sub Shop opens in downtown Miami, while more than 30 of Miami’s bars and restaurants will participate in this year's Negroni Week. Plus, the inaugural Flavors of Kendall Restaurant Week kicks off, offering special promotions and dining deals through Sunday, and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's Midnight Munchies dinner series returns.

    Sip a Negroni for a good cause at the Broken Shaker.

    Negroni Week in Miami. The Negroni is one of the world’s greatest cocktails. The Italian libation, made with gin, vermouth, and Campari, is a classic blend of sweet and bitter. It's also one of the few drinks that gets its own week. Imbibe magazine and Campari have dedicated the last week of June to the Negroni for a good cause. Every bar or restaurant that signs up chooses a nonprofit from the list of more than 30 official Negroni Week charity partners and makes an initial donation to participate. It then gives a portion of proceeds from sales of the featured Negroni. Monday through Sunday, the sixth-annual Negroni Week will be celebrated worldwide, with more than 10,000 participating venues from San Francisco to Sydney. The celebration has raised nearly $2 million to date for various charitable causes. More than 30 of Miami’s bars and restaurants will participate this year, so check out the list of favorites, plan your week accordingly, and feel good about sipping that expertly crafted cocktail.

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    Pubbelly Sushi
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    Flavors of Kendall Restaurant Week in Suburban Miami-Dade. If you haven't been to Kendall lately, it's a great time to plan a foodie trip there. The southwest Miami-Dade suburb has announced its inaugural Flavors of Kendall Restaurant Week, offering special promotions and dining deals Monday through Sunday. Some of the area’s best restaurants have signed on to participate by serving specialty dishes at discounted prices and three-course dinners for $39. A number of establishments will also offer optional wine and cocktail pairings. Among the eateries are Pubbelly Sushi, a creative Asian-fusion restaurant; and Iberico, a local favorite for Spanish fare.
    American, Japanese, Thai, and numerous other cuisines will also be represented, as will farm-to-table and vegetarian options.

    Cafe Boulud Summer Pop-Up Series: Culinary Muses at Boulud Sud. Tuesday, Boulud Sud's summer dinner series continues, celebrating four chefs, four cities, and four culinary muses representative of Daniel Boulud’s culinary philosophy: la tradition, la saison, le potager, and le voyage. Each muse has a ticketed dinner event hosted by a guest chef. The menus are then featured à la carte at Boulud Sud for the following two weeks. This week, chef Rick Mace of Café Boulud Palm Beach is hosting a four-course dinner with wine pairings that showcases la saison, which emphasizes seasonal and local produce, including crispy squash blossoms and Colombo curry mahi-mahi. Each chef brings the style of their region and restaurant to their menu in collaboration with Boulud Sud Miami’s executive chef, Clark Bowen. This menu will be available through July 6. 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Boulud Sud, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800; bouludsud.com. Tickets cost $65 via eventbrite.com.

    Sub at Vinaigrette
    Vinaigrette Sub Shop

    Vinaigrette Sub Shop Opens. Vinaigrette Sub Shop, created by chef/restaurateur Danny Serfer and business partner Ryan Roman (of Blue Collar and Mignonette fame), opens Wednesday with an all-day menu of classic and Italian specialty subs. Unique to the concept is the namesake vinaigrette: a special blend of oil, vinegar, Calabrian chiles, Pecorino Romano cheese, herbs, and spices that took Serfer months to perfect. Among the sandwiches it will dress are classics filled with roast beef, ham, or turkey. There will also be a major focus on Italian cold cuts and sandwiches with offerings like two-year-aged imported prosciutto, Calabrian salami, salami cotto, a fennel salami called finocchiona, and sweet and hot coppa as well as cheeses like scamorza and truffle-aged Gouda. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at 159 E. Flagler St., Miami; 786-558-5989; vinaigrettesubs.com.

    Plant's culinary academy
    Courtesy of Plant Culinary

    Plant Based Basics: Hors D'oeuvres for Entertaining at Plant Miami. Wednesday, Plant Miami will host an hors d'oeuvres cooking class inside the restaurant's culinary academy. Learn how to make mocktails paired with sweet and savory bites perfect for your next cocktail party. Highlights include Thai lemonade, cucumber canapés, and chocolate orange truffles. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Plant Miami, 105 NE 24th St., Miami; 305-814-5365; sacredspacemiami.com. Tickets cost $125 via universe.com.

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      Yardbird's chicken and waffles
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      Midnight Chef's Table at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Have the midnight munchies? Try a late-night beer-pairing dinner. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach reboots the summer edition of its Midnight Chef's Table this week with a multicourse meal paired with beers from New York State breweries Equilibrium and Other Half. The event, taking place Thursday, begins with light bites and a cocktail reception at 10 p.m., followed by a family-style, four-course pairing dinner. Dishes include blackened grouper; shrimp and grits croquetas; chicken, watermelon, and waffles; and a banana split brownie sundae. Then sip on a triple IPA or an oat cream DIPA. Tickets are priced at $100 per person. 10 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-5220; runchickenrun.com. Tickets cost $100 via eventbrite.com.

      Obra Kitchen Table
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      Fun Dining Series: Chef Carlos Garcia & Javier Plascenia at Obra Miami. Thursday, Obra Miami's chef Carlos Garcia will launch the restaurant's "Fun Dining Series Cooking with Friends," featuring Pez Miami's chef Javier Plascencia. Hosted at Obra, the multicourse meal by the two chefs will include a welcome cocktail. The menu has not been released yet. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Obra Miami, 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami; 305-846-9363; obramiami.com. Tickets cost $65 via eventbrite.com.

      Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).

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      What And Where To Eat In New York

      Like many large cities, New York has made a name for itself in the world of cuisine. Unlike the fare in most cities, however, “New York food” is awfully hard to define. As one of the world’s biggest melting pots of culture, New York offers one of the most diverse culinary landscapes you’ll find. Thus, “New York food” could mean a gourmet hot dog, a dish of hot Indian curry, or a platter of something completely indescribable. There are a few items, however, that stand out as true New York staples – and those are the ones we’re going to cover here.


      New York certainly can’t lay to claim pizza’s origins, and if you ask any true New Yorker, there’s no better pizza on earth. The first pizzeria in America was Lombardi’s on 32 Spring Street, which opened in 1905, and though American pizza has evolved across the country, New York-style pizza retains a unique quality that few can imitate. New York pizza has a thin crust that allows for quick cooking times in a city that’s constantly moving. New York loves its pizza so much that you’ll find a pizza parlor every 10 blocks or so – each offering its own take on the signature dish.


      Few foods say “New York” like the bagel. Though the doughy rings were likely invented in Europe, they were really perfected in New York around the turn of the 19th century. Once you’ve had a New York bagel, you may just be spoiled for them anywhere else. The boiling-baking process has been imitated elsewhere, but New York bagel makers claim that the water here adds a sweetness that can’t be attained anywhere else. The plain yeast dough can be left plain or mixed with various additions, then topped with a variety of finishing touches. For a real New York experience though, ask for a “bagel and schmear” – a bagel topped with a thick slathering of cream cheese. For a decadent addition, top that with some lox (thin slices of smoked salmon). Some of the best bagels can be had at H&H Bagels.

      Hot Dogs

      It’s almost odd that such a great city could lay claim to such a humble food, yet here it is. The first hot dog vendor was Charles Feltman, a German who sold his dogs from pushcarts on Coney Island. However, Nathan Handwerker was really the one responsible for making the hot dog a New York staple. He set up shop right across from Feltman, but offered his dogs at half price, quickly putting his competition out of business. The legendary Nathan’s is still churning out hot dogs on Coney Island, though the empire has expanded to sell hot dogs at a national level. Now you can find a hot dog vendor in nearly every New York neighborhood, and you can enjoy yours topped with everything from mustard and relish to sauerkraut, onions and bleu cheese. After enjoying these delicious and rather simple culinary delights during a long day of sightseeing in the city, there is nothing better than having a nice rest. If you haven’t found accommodation, perhaps you can find cheap apartments in New York by searching online. Enjoy the great NYC!

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      Tips On How And Where To Enjoy Florida Holidays

      The first thing that pops into the head of people when they hear “Florida” is “Disney World”.

      Orlando is ranked as the fourth most popular United States destination for overseas visitors. The weather in this beautiful state is normally as beautiful as the sands and seas of its glorious beaches. Their winters are mild, helping the state to earn its reputation as the “Sunshine State”. If climate is paramount to you on a holiday, this is the place to set our sights. Orlando holidays offer visitors such a wide range of attractions that finding enough time to visit all of them can be difficult. It is almost guaranteed that you will leave Florida yearning for another chance to visit some of the brilliant areas this State has to offer. Therefore, you will need to consider planning very carefully when thinking of taking a holiday here. It is important to remember that there is more to Orlando than the theme parks, although these are a major attraction. The region is also a top-notch destination for people who love golf and has eight major malls for shopping, providing visitors with everything they could ever want: from delicious cuisines to designer clothes. For those interested in taking a holiday in this beautiful region it is worth knowing that the holiday packages in Orlando are available in five broad categories all with their own benefits that will make your visit worthwhile. The first place that families think about staying is the Walt Disney World Resort offering those with small children the chance to enjoy this American paradise in style with a variety of hotels that you can choose from, offering a wide variety of choice.

      The second area is the Kissimmee, which is beautiful and has great value. It is also easy to walk around. The area also has a lot of restaurants and bars which are perfect for couples or older families enjoying their holidays. 2012 could therefore be the perfect time for travellers to embrace   multi centre holidays. These are readily available across regions such as Florida and are a great way to get a range of experiences allowing you to combine many different destinations in a single holiday. They can also be found in slightly smaller versions, known as twin centre holidays. You can also opt for the universal Orlando resort that is known for its state-of-the-art theme parks and on-site entertainment. The lake Buena Vista is a very attractive green landscape, located next to the Walt Disney World Resort where there are full suites and hotels for you to enjoy. Another important tip to consider is the booking of your holiday. If you are going to Orlando for your holiday then you should ensure that you book your accommodation in advance. If you find that the hotels will not have enough places for your party then there are exclusive and private villas/houses that you can hire out instead. The good thing about this is that it encourages privacy. You should also make sure you set a budget that is realistic and viable for you. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, there are hotels to suit everyone and cheap Florida holidays are readily available.

      Not sure what to see in Miami? White beaches and beautiful embankments, luxurious villas and unusual art galleries, sparkling skyscrapers and stunning wildlife we have selected for you the 9 best places to visit!

      1 South Beach Beaches and Ocean Drive Quay South Beach is probably the most popular beach in the state. Most likely, you have already seen it on the covers of magazines, postcards and on TV. It is full of gay men, nudists, rescuers bashing out their hips and simply tanned beauties in a bikini. In the evening, a luxurious sandy beach with an embankment covered with bars and restaurants turns into the heart of Miami’s nightlife.

      2 Miami Zoo One of the best places for children in the city is the Miami Zoo. In the park, spread over 74 hectares of land, there are more than 2000 animals of 500 different species from different parts of the world. One of the favorite activities of visitors is to feed the giraffes.

      Cost: 16-20$

      3 Wiscaia Villa The villa was built in 1914-1916 and reminds one of the houses of the Italian Renaissance nobility. The building has about 70 rooms and many art objects. Initially it served as the winter residence of the industrialist James Dering, now the museum and the botanical garden are located on the territory.

      Cost: 10-18$

      1. Marky’s Gourmet store Best place to get specialty foods. It has the most amazing variety of wine, truffles, caviar, tea, cheese etc. In the second section of the store you will find a wide variety of Russian and European foods that are absolutely amazing!

      Cost: visit site www.markys.com

      5.Suspended monorail Metromuver This road is not only a means of transportation, but also a popular attraction from where you can enjoy the city’s landscapes. Two small trailers carry passengers at a height of several tens of meters above the road, bypassing all sorts of traffic jams and overcoming a distance of 40 km through an impressive viaduct.

      Cost: Free

      6 Bayside Market Bayside is one of the best places for shopping in Miami. It is always noisy and full of life. Almost every corner has small shops, souvenir shops, small cafes and restaurants. It becomes especially good after dark when hundreds of lights and lights are lit, which are reflected in the water.

      Cost: how much you spend

      7 Bayfront park Bayfront Park is located in the heart of downtown Miami. This is such a small green oasis with fountains, sculptures and miniature boat harbors among the city skyscrapers. On the dock at the park, you can take a boat and go for a walk around Biscayne Bay.

      Cost: Free

      8.Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral After watching the sights of Miami, we recommend to go to the space center at Cape Canaveral. It is 3.5 hours drive from the city. There are several museums, as well as various excursions. Launch pad, reconstructed Saturn V starter, Apollo capsule and much more interesting are waiting for you.

      Cost: 40-75$

      9 Everglades National Park Everglades Park covers an area of ​​over 6 thousand square kilometers. There alligators and other wild animals live and breed under natural conditions. Another interesting fact: next to the road leading to the park, there is a walled town with small houses and temples. It seemed that behind this barbed fence there was a whole small country. Then we realized that this is the territory of the Indians

      You can ride a boat with a guide, visit the crocodile farm and try the meat of these animals.

      Cost: 8-20$

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      5 Places To Visit Dallas

      I’m visiting Dallas in a few weeks, do you have any suggestions for things to do and places to see while I’m there? I get this question a lot; so I’ve put together a list of 5 places that make Dallas the city that it is!

      1. Klyde Warren Park Take an afternoon and explore Klyde Warren Park! The park stretches 5.2 acres on top of Woodall Rogers Freeway. It’s located around Dallas’ Uptown, Downtown and Art districts. The park offers several events throughout the year; such as live music, fitness events, a dog park, several dining options including food trucks, and areas to just relax.

      1. AT&T Stadium (a.k.a Cowboys Stadium, a.k.a Jerry’s World) As you may know Dallas is home to the Dallas Cowboys! Their stadium is located in Arlington, Texas just 30 min West of the heart of Dallas. It’s the 4th largest stadium in the world and seats 85,000 people. I’ve taken a tour here and attended a game it was an unforgettable experience! See the field, suites, and even the players locker room. Tours are available for as little as $17.50, visit their site for more deals.

      1. Uptown, Addison, and Lower Greenville Want to check out Dallas’ night life? These are three of my favorite spots for a night out, all offer plenty of bars and dining options. If you love to sing along to your favorite songs check out Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in Addison  then get some breakfast at Cafe Brazil next door. For a house party feel with friends and games check out The Quarter bar in Uptown. Or visit lower Greenville and have a nice dinner at Hg Sply Co!

      1. Reunion Tower I loved going here when I was a kid! Reunion Tower slowly rotates 360° for a view of Downtown Dallas. Have a light lunch at the Cloud Nine Cafe or a fancy dinner at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck! Then make your way up to the Geo-Deck to get a more interactive experience of the view.

      1. Bishop Arts District There is also the Bishop Arts District located in North Oak Cliff, it’s filled with independent boutiques, unique restaurants, bars, and several coffee shops. Not to mention all the different events and festivals that take place right in this area. I recommend having lunch here then strolling around to the different shops and soaking in all that Texas has to offer.
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      Grace And Grandeur At The Grand Del Mar

      You walk into the lobby of this resort in northern San Diego and pass a table with a bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. It’s the size of a giant balloon; the flowers are fresh and glorious. But you’re too distracted to fully take in the image — there’s so much to look at, you don’t know where to turn.

      The woman behind the check-in desk tells you the place opened in 2007, and you think, “She must be kidding.” Or else you’re dreaming. The enormous fountain outside the entrance – didn’t we see one like that on the Piazza Navona? The high ceiling above you: little squares framed in wood, each hand-stenciled — didn’t we see ceilings like that in the Pitti Palace? Such an abundance of detail, such artistry, such noble materials. Who does work like this any more? Then this tall, handsome man emerges from behind the front desk. He introduces himself: Nenad Praporski, a native of Serbia and the Executive Director of Rooms. Nenad doesn’t dismiss our astonishment. Actually, he understands it, although he assures us we are not dreaming. “You’ll see ceilings like this throughout the property. It took 24 artisans three months to hand-stencil each little square,” Nenad tells us. “You’ll find fine wood — not only these frames but hand-hewn ceiling beams, 25,000 feet of floors, also moldings, doors, wall panels, bookcases, cabinets –all hand-crafted, hand-finished, the work of 120 carpenters. I can show you a perfect little chapel in this building (a favorite spot for weddings, by the way) with carved benches that were brought here from Italy on seven ships. You’ll walk past pillars of Italian marble, walls of Jerusalem limestone, luxurious brocades and velvets, exquisite chandeliers, beautiful Portuguese-glazed tiles. And all of it is for real!” So it is. Still, it may take a while to believe your own eyes. And there may be occasions when, once again, you think they are deceiving you. Like the first time we stepped onto the terrace outside our suite and saw a long ornamental pool on the lawn below. It was made of blue and white tiles, shaped like a Moorish arch on either end, and flanked by tall Italian cypresses. As we watched the jets down both sides of the pool shoot streams of water into the air, we almost lost our bearings. And for a moment, it was Granada and we were looking at the pool in the garden of the Alhambra.

      The Grand del Mar has such power; it encourages enchantments and entrancements. Moroccan arches beckon you into colonnades, while wrought-iron aqua-colored gates open onto gardens, courts that end at Mudejar-style towers, expansive dining patios, infinity swimming pools, and paths that end at the hacienda-style buildings whose rose-colored stone surfaces seem to reflect the glow of a sunrise any time of the day. You could spend hours wandering around this 600-acre property, never at a loss to find a new and bewitchingly beautiful perspective. Or you could combine the pleasures of viewing scenic wonders with invigorating outdoor activity at the 18-hole, par-72 Tom Fazio-designed Grand del Mar golf course that begins and ends right outside the hotel. Spread over 380 acres with 250 mature trees, its undulating fairways will provide you with vistas of surrounding valley and hills. At the same time, meeting challenges posed by maddening sand traps will keep you at the top of your game which ends, once the 18th hole is completed at the site of an 18-foot cascading waterfall. “To spend an afternoon on this course is such a splendid experience,” golf professional Erik Wilson told us. “You have privacy, space, the splendors of nature, the joy of being outside in mostly perfect weather. See the ridge in the distance? The Pacific is on the other side. You step up to the t-box and it’s your own game. In the hole you’re on, you won’t see anyone except the people ahead of you or behind you. This is a course that takes into consideration the golfer’s psyche. Every time you play it, something is different.”

      If this sounds a bit mystical, especially coming from a young, blonde and very California (albeit Oregon-born) kind of guy, you quickly see that Erik’s passion for the game and the course belies a cool professionalism. “I probably picked up my first club when I was 7,” he said. “I just stuck with it until I got to the point when I knew this was what I wanted to do. I love working with people, helping them to become better players” — something we discovered first-hand when Erik gave each of us a lesson that was direct, personal, aimed at our level and with such specificity that we knew what to take home and build on. “The owner of this property purchased the golf course, had it completely redone, and built the hotel around it,” Jim Croghan, director of Spa and Recreation, told us later on when we met him for café latte in the hotel’s little Italian bistro. “The idea behind it was to have people feel they have their own private space and are not surrounded by others. The golf course is part of this plan; so is the Renaissance Spa.” Jim, friendly and professional-looking, dressed in shirt and tie, came to the Grand del Mar a month ago and has clearly fallen under its spell. “For 15 years I worked in the most exquisite resorts,” he said. “But this is different; you don’t see resorts like this. I find myself continually thinking about the beauty of it. Every single day. And what is so exciting to me is that in 30 years, it will look the same. “The spa fits so well into the overall picture,” he continued. “Its treatments are the best in the industry. Recently we received the Five Star award for being among the top twenty spas in the world — that’s out of probably 30,000 spas. We have our own brand based on aromatherapy, all organic products, created from scratch by the well-known spa consultant Ann Robin, who insists the treatment be designed around the product, not the other way around. Our purpose is to reconnect guests with enriching elements of the earth: warm mineral muds, native herbs and calming botanicals. And to this end, our therapists do more than just give a massage. They are intuitive, in tune with the body in terms of understanding just what treatment is needed.” Therapist Vanessa Zunino described the Renaissance Massage, considered by many to be the ultimate Grand del Mar treatment: “You lie on a platform above a tank filled with water. Warm mud from Austria is applied to your body; it extracts, pulls out all the toxins. Wrapped like a burrito, you drop into the water. You will be covered but floating, weightless in the water, gently rocked. We will do a lot of compression; I will work on your neck, on your feet while you stay submerged and feel the water swishing around. Then you are brought up to the surface. You rinse off in a thirteen-head rosemary-infused shower. Your muscles are ready for the next step: a 60-minute stretching massage. “I love this treatment,” she added. “It’s the ultimate relaxation experience, like a return to the womb.” “In this hotel, people check in, take in the beautiful surroundings, and the spa just seems to be part of it,” Jim had told us. “Guests get a sense of wanting to take care of themselves and learning how to do it well. The Renaissance Spa addresses that desire. Our goal is to get them to not only feel better while they are here, but to take away a wellness program developed just for them, a regimen they can follow at home or wherever they may be.” Walking through the wide hallways on the way to Addison, the Grand del Mar’s signature restaurant, we passed rooms lined with cabinets of fine mahogany. Could there be so many libraries here? we wondered. A closer inspection revealed it was not books that they housed, but wines, some visible, others secreted behind doors — all told, some 21,000 bottles, organized according to appellation. Unknowingly, we had stepped into the Burgundy Room; the Bordeaux Room was next door. In addition to providing storage space, the rooms are used for private dinners and wine-tastings – in which case, there is plenty to choose from. Addison received the “Wine Spectator” award in 2009. “We were the youngest restaurant in the world to ever have received it,” assistant sommelier Jessie Rodriguez told us. “Only 17 restaurants in the world have it.” Addison is named for Addison Mizner, the architect whose Mediterranean-style design in Boca Raton is a strong influence on the Grand Del Mar. The only five-star and five-diamond restaurant in California, it is, in a word, “grand,” with a hand-painted (what else?) gold leaf ceiling, baronial white stone fireplace on the far wall, and an expanse of floor-to-ceiling arch-shaped windows framed with wrought iron along the length of the room. Thirty-one year-old Executive Chef William Bradley is a native of Los Angeles and has the easygoing manner one associates with a youthful, west coast lifestyle. Nevertheless, he is seriously committed to the rigors of French cuisine. “The chefs I worked for were French. That is my lineage,” the award-winning Relais and Chateaux Grand Chef told us. “I want to work in their tradition. But at the same time, we have lightened things up. Here in southern California we have so much wonderful product. That is what we focus on.” William nodded with approval at the sea bass one of us had ordered. “This is a good example of how we respect the product and the tradition,” he said. “Roasting the fish properly in a pan, letting the ingredients speak for what they are.” And so they did, loud and clear, not only the sea bass, but the mussels with picholine olives, the curry-roasted cauliflower, and the licorice-glazed squab with candied red cabbage and plums. Together with an incredibly delicious dessert — toasted almond gâteau with wild berry confit and crème fraîche — they added up to a memorable meal. We learned that we share a common friend with William in the Parisian restaurateur Guy Savoy. “He is so approachable,” William said. “Here at the Addison we try to create the kind of warm and friendly environment you found in his restaurant in Paris. And I believe people respond to that. We not only get the guests at the hotel and a lot of people from the San Diego region, we draw from all over Orange County, even as far away as San Francisco. They make the trek.” It was at Addison’s that we sampled two Napa County sparkling Chardonnays, the first distinguished by apple, the second, berry aromas. They were delightful, easily comparable to the French “champagnes” and deserving of the name that French marketers claim as theirs alone. We also had a white wine from a 43-acre vineyard in the Basque region of Spain: Txomin Etxaniz, 2009 vintage. Having tried and failed to properly pronounce anything in the unique Basque tongue, we won’t know how to ask for it in a New York wine shop. We’ll just say we want this white wine from a small vineyard in the Basque which has a lemony color and a citrusy flavor, is slightly effervescent, and quite wonderful. One descends a grand (again) swirling staircase from the main floor of the main building to Amaya. The second of the Grand del Mar’s restaurants, it focuses on a Mediterranean menu that features duck confit, lobster bisque, Catalan grilled shrimp, mushroom risotto, and seared scallops. Amaya overlooks the golf course from an expansive dining patio and is an ideal place to begin one’s day. The sun is always shining, the temperature is moderate and the views beguiling. Breakfast options at Amaya may seem a bit overwhelming, particularly before you’ve had your coffee. We counted 14 choices of eggs, pancakes, and French toast, bagels with smoked salmon, yogurts, a plethora of unique breads and cereals. But one of us bypassed the stress-inducing overabundance of choices and ordered a creamy and satisfying Amaya Smoothie available in any one of five flavors – that much, she could handle. Many of the Grand del Mar team spoke to its aura of privacy and space, a consequence of exceptional design and materials. But there is also the setting of the 4,100-acre Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal canyons in San Diego. On Saturday mornings, Grand del Mar guests have the opportunity to join naturalist Dylan Jones on a hike through this canyon (it has 37 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails) which combines 500,000-year-old soils of vernal pools with 140 million-year-old sedimentary rock deposits, 500 plant species, and 14 habitat types. It may sound overwhelming, but when Dylan points out different trees and plants, spots aquatic birds like herons and egrets in the large fresh-water marsh, tree frogs and crayfish in a stream, a mountain lion on a distant hill, and evidence of a Native American presence that goes as far back as 7,000 years ago, the majesty of this planet and the dimensions of the life it has spawned become apparent and deeply felt. A wildlife expert and enthusiast, Dylan was showing our little group some of the natural materials native peoples used for shelter and decoration when we heard barking in the distance. We turned to see a group of rangers and dogs of varied species, the latter being trained for lifesaving purposes. The hike lasted only several hours. The memory of it will last forever. So will the memory of an enchanted stay at San Diego’s grand Grand del Mar.

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      Miami Beach Surfside Consider Banning Sunscreens Harmful To Coral Reefs

      Last month, Key West became the second locale in the country to ban sunscreens containing chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. Now, officials in Miami Beach and Surfside are considering passing bans of their own.

      During their meeting today, Beach commissioners will consider prohibiting the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate beginning in 2021. Researchers say the two chemicals can cause bleaching, deformities, and death in coral. They are used in many top sunscreen products — one survey found oxybenzone in two-thirds of them — but reef-friendlier alternatives are available.

      "Yes, we are the Sunshine State, and yes, people need to protect themselves from the sun by using UV-type products," says Commissioner Michael Góngora, who proposed the ban. "But this is one of nine types of products approved by the FDA, and if there are products that are not harmful to the environment and to humans, I thought that we should move in that direction."

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      Meanwhile, Surfside Mayor Daniel Dietch has called for the town to pass its own reef-friendly sunscreen measure. Yesterday he began the process of passing a law similar to the one under consideration in Miami Beach. "The Town of Surfside has an obligation to be a good steward of our environment," the agenda item reads. "Part of this stewardship extends to coral reefs, which are an important part of our coastal systems."

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      The wave of sunscreen bans began last year in Hawaii, where lawmakers barred the sale of protectants containing oxybenzone or octinoxate after January 1, 2021. Key West followed on February 7, with Mayor Teri Johnson saying, "We just thought if there was one thing we could do to take one of the stressors away, it was our responsibility to do so."

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        But the move has not been without controversy. Some dermatologists, concerned that skin cancer rates could rise, say more research is necessary. Trade groups have also opposed the bans, some arguing against claims the chemicals damage reefs. Góngora says Miami Beach has already heard from opponents of his proposed ordinance — even though it has yet to go before the commission.

        He stresses that protection from the sun is important, and that reef-friendly alternatives are available.

        "I'm somebody who uses sunscreen every day with an SPF of 50, and will continue to do so," he says. "I just want to use products that don't harm me or the environment."

        The Miami Beach meeting is being held in the city hall commission chambers on the third floor of 1700 Convention Center Dr. 

        Brittany Shammas is a staff writer at Miami New Times. She covered education in Naples before taking a job at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She joined New Times in 2016.

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        9 Questions About Beaujolais Youre Too Embarrassed To Ask

        Beaujolais has something for everyone. From light-hearted nouveau to somm-favorite cru, the French wine region produces a range of styles. Made from acidic and fruity Gamay, Beaujolais is lighter-bodied and lower-alcohol than most reds, and offers a (relatively) inexpensive alternative to similar styles from nearby Burgundy.

        From why it occasionally smells like bubblegum, to how much you need to spend to pick up a good bottle, here are nine questions you might have about Beaujolais, answered.

        Is Beaujolais a grape or a region?

        Beaujolais is a wine region in eastern France, located north of Lyon and roughly 50 miles from the border with Switzerland. Regional wines are named after the local Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), and are primarily made using the Gamay variety.

        Are Beaujolais wines always red?

        The thin-skinned red Gamay Noir grape makes up over 98 percent of the region’s production. A very small percentage of Beaujolais white wines are also available, though, made using Chardonnay and Aligoté.

        What is the best Beaujolais?

        There are several classifications of Beaujolais wines. The most basic are labeled under regional appellation, Beaujolais AOC, and must contain a minimum 10 percent ABV, with yields no higher than 60 hectoliters per hectare (hl/ha).

        Grapes for Beaujolais Supérieur are harvested at riper levels and are vinified to a minimum of 10.5 percent ABV. Decreased vineyard yields (maximum 58 hl/ha) help improve concentration of flavor, ensuring the wines are “superior” to AOCs.

        The next classification is Beaujolais-Villages, which covers 38 communes. Each can use its village name on wine labels, but most producers tend to stick with the Beaujolais-Villages designation. Though higher quality than AOC and Supérieur, Beaujolais-Villages wines are produced to be consumed within two years of production.

        Cru Beaujolais is the highest and most-esteemed classification in the region. There are 10 crus within the classification, each referring to a winemaking region, rather than an individual vineyard, as in nearby Burgundy. Crus range in style, from lighter-bodied and younger-drinking to fuller, age-worthy wines. The names of the 10 Beaujolais crus are: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié, and Saint-Amour.

        What’s the deal with Beaujolais Nouveau?

        Beaujolais Nouveau is a separate category of Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages wines that are released shortly after harvest. The light, fruity style became popular in the 1970s and is designed to be consumed shortly after bottling. Beaujolais Nouveau Day marks the wine’s release and takes place annually on the third Thursday of November.

        What does Beaujolais taste like?

        Beaujolais is a light-bodied red wine, with high acidity and low tannins. The wine has red berry flavors, including raspberry, red cherry, red currant, and cranberries. High-quality cru Beaujolais is occasionally compared to Old World Pinot Noir, with mushroom, forest floor, and smoky notes.

        Why does my Beaujolais smell like bubblegum?

        Beaujolais Nouveau has extremely fruity, sometimes artificial-smelling aromas of banana and bubblegum. The vibrant scents come from a winemaking technique called carbonic maceration, in which winemakers ferment grapes in a carbon-dioxide-rich, anaerobic environment.

        Do you have to drink Beaujolais while it’s young?

        Given that Beaujolais is light and fruit-driven, most wines are best consumed within the first year or two of bottling (apart from Beaujolais Nouveau, which should be consumed as soon as possible). The best cru Beaujolais, however, is capable of aging for up to 10 years.

        How much do I need to pay for good Beaujolais?

        The price of Beaujolais varies with style and quality. Most Beaujolais Nouveau retails at a little over $10 per bottle, but you can expect to pay around $20 for a good bottle of Beaujolais-Villages. The best cru Beaujolais can reach up to $70 a bottle, though there’s incredible value to be found around the $30 to $35 mark.

        Can I pair Beaujolais with food?

        Because of its high acidity, Beaujolais pairs with a range of foods. Similar to other light-bodied reds, it’s a great match for roasted white meats like chicken, turkey, and pork, as well as light salads. Earthy cru Beaujolais pairs well with mushroom dishes, and its high acidity is a great match for creamy risottos.

        Source: vinepair.com

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        Apple And Calvados Tart Galette De Pommes Au Calvados

        This is a dessert you'll make over and over in the fall when interesting apples fill the farmers’ market; but the Calvados sauce ensures it even makes out-of-season apples sing.

        Yield8 servings Active Time45 min Total Time3 3/4 hr


          • All-butter pastry dough
          • 1 3/4 pound Gala apples
          • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
          • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
          • Calvados applesauce
          • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
          • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple jelly
          • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
          • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
          • 1 1/2 tablespoons Calvados
        1. Special Equipment
          • parchment paper; a large baking sheet (at least 14 inches wide)


          1. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a rough 16-inch round (1/8 inch thick), then transfer carefully to parchment-lined large baking sheet. Loosely fold in edge of pastry where necessary to fit on baking sheet, then chill, covered loosely with plastic wrap, 30 minutes.
          2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
          3. While pastry is chilling, peel and core apples, then cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Toss slices with lemon juice and 1/3 cup granulated sugar.
          4. Put baking sheet with pastry on a work surface and unfold any edges so pastry is flat. Spread applesauce over pastry, leaving a 2-inch border, and top sauce with sliced apples, mounding slightly. Fold edges of dough over filling, partially covering apples (center will not be covered) and pleating dough as necessary. Dot apples with butter, then brush pastry edge lightly with water and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake galette in middle of oven until pastry is golden and apples are tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
          5. While galette is baking, melt apple jelly in a very small saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring.
          6. Slide baked galette on parchment onto a rack, then brush with melted jelly and cool galette until warm or room temperature.
          7. Beat together cream and confectioners sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until cream just holds soft peaks, then beat in Calvados. Serve galette topped with dollops of Calvados cream.
        Cooks' Note
        Galette can be made 8 hours ahead and kept at room temperature.

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        Source: epicurious.com

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