Hot Town, Summer in Miami

Miami at dusk (c) Robin Hill

Miami at dusk (c) Robin Hill

No longer known for just its sand and surf, Miami has moved beyond its reputation as a winter destination for snowbirds. The growth of Miami as a cultural destination has turned the city into a thriving year-round retreat with much of the attraction focused on the transformation of its urban core. With the addition of the new Museum Park, plus more than 400 restaurants, 20 hotels, 30 cultural organizations and 2.5 million sq. ft. of retail, downtown Miami has come to the forefront as one of city’s top attractions. While the winter usually receives all of the media attention, the summer is a great time to visit Miami like a local. For any summer coverage you may have in the works, please consider the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s top picks for a “hot” Miami experience this summer.

Mandarin Oriental Spa - Miami

Mandarin Oriental Spa – Miami

1. Go all artsy: See the hip side of downtown at PAMM Third Thursdays, a free outdoor live music series overlooking the bay at the new Perez Art Museum.
2. Be a foodie: Take a culinary road trip through the streets of downtown on the cheap with Miami Spice, a seasonal program that features a pre-fixe menu for just $39 at participating restaurants. Be sure to check out our favorite Toro Toro at the iconic downtown hotel, the InterContinental Miami.
3. Take time to relax: Experience the best spas in town for just $99 with Miami Spa Month, another seasonal program that features some of the best spa experiences in downtown Miami at a fraction of the price. Our top pick is the Kundalini Journey treatment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Tell them we sent you!
4. See the characters: Enjoy downtown Miami’s most talked about seasonal series, the Summer Shorts at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
5. Listen to the sounds: Sure the Miami Sound Machine brought the beat to this city, but it’s the American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park Amphitheater that keeps the music going. Together, they have a fantastic lineup this summer featuring Sublime  on Aug. 15

Toro Toro

Toro Toro

To top off the round-up, we can’t forget to mention all of the public transit options in downtown that make it easy to get around and explore the destination. To take a break from the heat by hopping on the free downtown street trolley or the popular Metromover to see the sites of the beautiful city.

For more information: www.miamidda.com

Get Ready! It’s COMO’s First US Property in Miami…

Miami hip hotels

Listen up!

COMO Hotels and Resorts will open its first US property, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach in December.  If you’re not familiar with their properties in Turks & Caicos, Bali, London, and beyond… take note. This 74-room hotel occupies an original 1930s building in the heart of the city’s Art Deco District and will have direct access to the beach and a private swimming pool, two restaurants, and a COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa.  A daily schedule of complimentary yoga and Pilates will also be available to guests, reflecting the company’s commitment to wellness. Pst… they’re famous for their spa, y’all.

Located on Collins Avenue and 24th Street, the property has views that stretch across the Atlantic to the east or the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, flooding rooms with light. Interiors are by the Italian designer Paola Navone, who preserved the hotel’s Art Deco heritage and contrasted it with an urbane, contemporary spirit in shades of peppermint green and dusky grey, with surfaces of cool white marble and shining chrome.

The hotel will feature two restaurants.  The Traymore, the headline restaurant, will showcase Floridian seafood, with an emphasis on fine dining and traditional service; the poolside restaurant will be more relaxed, with wood-baked pizzas and easygoing pick-up food to enjoy during the day.  The Met Bar will offer premium spirits and Champagnes, while the rooftop COMO Shambhala juice bar will be a space to revitalize with a bespoke juice blend after a workout, beachfront run, or massage. Love ‘bespoke’ juice.

Metropolitan Miami Beach is the first stateside venture for COMO Hotels and Resorts, which owns, among other properties, two other Metropolitan hotels in London and Bangkok.  The Singapore-based company also owns the private island resort of Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks & Caicos.  Parrot Cay is a direct 90-minute flight from Miami, allowing for a perfect pairing with this opening, we think.

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  33129 

http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach

South Beach’s Latest Hot Restaurant

Hawaiian Tuna Poke

Our resident travel guru and Editor-in-Chief, Layla Revis, has roots in Maui so when she heard about Prime 112, South Beach’s latest dining destination, and their incredible new dish: Hawaiian Tuna Poke ($43), we had to let our readers in on the delicious recipe (PS. Thanks to Prime 112 and Chef Sabin!).

Gaining accolades from culinary enthusiasts from around the world for using the freshest and highest quality ingredients available, Prime 112’s Executive Chef Mike Sabin requests up to 300 to 500 lbs. of Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna each week for the dish.

In fact, Prime 112 is the largest purchaser of the rare Hawaiian fish in the country.

With a number of dishes comprised of this Tokyo-grade tunaPrime 112 requires the superior ingredient be shipped overnight to the restaurant three times per week. As opposed to the standard Big Eye Tuna seen on many local menus, Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna is wild-caught by skilled fisherman who pump CO2 into the fish before and after it is wrapped to keep the meat moist and bacteria free. This special cut of fish is also higher in healthy fat content giving it an unprecedented flavor.

So, our kind readers, how is tuna poke, a staple of most Hawaiian diets made?

Here you go!

Hawaiian Tuna Poke
Serves 4-6

2 lbs. #1 grade Hawaiian Big Eye tuna, cut into bite-sized cubes
1/2 cup shoyu or soy sauce
3/4 cup green onions, chopped (tops too)
2 Tbs. sesame oil
1 Tbs. fresh grated ginger
1 chili pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped finely
Hawaiian sea salt, to taste
1 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbs. kukui nuts or macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup fresh limu
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and julienned

Directions: Combine all ingredients except for nuts, limu, and cucumber. Divide cucumber evenly and place on the bottom of four to six small bowls. Place tuna mixture on top. Garnish with nuts and limu.

A little bit about Prime One Twelve:  From distinguished restaurateur and back to back James Beard Award Semifinalist Myles Chefetz, Prime One Twelve takes the steak-house concept to another level. Since opening its doors six years ago, Prime One Twelve has obtained national and international acclaim for its outstanding service, menu and atmosphere. Located in the heart of its luxury, high-end South of Fifth Street neighborhood, Prime One Twelve is the ultimate celebrity-saturated culinary experience.

South Beach Chef Mike Sabin

The menu boasts the finest quality beef, dry-aged for 21 to 28 days and steaks that range from an eight-ounce filet mignon to an impressive 48-ounce porterhouse. Main courses can be accompanied by a delectable array of sauces and butters and the endless selection of mouth-watering ‘Accessories’ like the Truffled Lobster Mac n Cheese are large enough to share.

Reservations are a must, as Prime One Twelve is a dining destination sought after by influential tastemakers, professional athletes, Miami locals and tourists.

112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.532.8112| www.mylesrestaurantgroup.com