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Not sure where to ring in the new year? Try one of these hot spots to bring in 2014:
Red, The Steakhouse: three-course pre-fixe dinner for $99, $139 with wine pairing; redtheseakhkouse.com
Josef’s Table: make reservations for a pre-fixe, five-course tasting menu with different champagne pairings for each course, plus a champagne toast at midnigt; $39.95/person; josefstable.net
Bogart’s Bar & Grille: special New Year’s Eve menu features Grilled New York strip steak, Maine lobster paella, or salmon a la plancha with sides or salads; bogartsofboca.com
NYY Steak: special New Year’s Eve menu includes smoked lobster salad, a 40-day-aged, 40-ounce porterhouse or pan-seared black cod with sides, and its signature volcano dessert; from $80 to $200 for the full meal; nyysteak.com
Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa’s Heavenly Spa: offering two special New Year’s treatments, Little Black Dress body treatment (50 minutes, $135 plus service charge) and Holiday Renewal Facial (20 minutes, $90 plus service charge); diplomatresort.com/heavenly-spa
W Fort Lauderdale’s bliss spa: try a New Year’s renewal treatment – the Blisslabs active 99.0 facial is a 75-minute 10-step multi-layer anti-aging facial; $275; wfortlauderdalehotel.com
W Fort Lauderdale’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball: open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight at Living Room and Whiskey Blue with DJs Kevin Graham and Richie Rich; tickets from $100 to $150, or $400/VIP group of six; FLLNIGHTLIFE.com
Fort Lauderdale Improv: spend New Year’s Eve with Ralphie May; $30; shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; ftl.improv.com.
Passion Nightclub: Open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight; $50/person, $80/couple; passionnightclub.com
1) Haider Ackermann Felpato cotton shirt; $688; matchesfashion.com 2) By Malene Birger Blondy textured knitted sweater; $395; bymalenebirger.com 3) J Brand Aidan mid-rise boyfriend jeans; $240; matchesfashion.com 4) Paige Novick Gold Kiki Bling Ring; $290; paigenovick.com 5) Adidas by Stella McCartney Trochilus Boost printed sneakers; $200; NET-A-PORTER.COM
One of the best parts of my job as a magazine editor is all the fun interviews I get to do with celebrities and fashion/jewelry designers. This season, I’ve been collaborating with Tibi founder Amy Smilovic for our style section. Amy curates an exclusive selection of her favorite style finds for us each month at the magazine, and we piece everything together. I loved these holiday looks she selected – whether you’re looking to dress formally, semi-formally, or uber-casually, there is a look here for you.
I have this bad habit when it comes to wine. I always order the same varietal, no matter what I’m eating. I know what I like, and it’s riesling, OK? But one of my goals for the new year is to learn more about wine and wine pairings. While working on a recent issue of Gold Coast, I interviewed Andrew Lampasone, owner of Wine Watch boutique and creator of “What I Drank Yesterday” YouTube series, to create the infographic above. In addition to the pairing suggestions, he also offered these tips:
- Foods that are hard to pair with wine: “Asparagus, artichokes and brussel sprouts will make almost any wine hard to pair,” Lampasone says. He recommends avoiding using them in wine-pairing dishes.
- “If it’s a large group of people, keep it very vanilla-chocolate-strawberry,” he says, suggesting a simple wine like merlot. “Don’t go too eclectic on them.”
- As a general rule when pairing desserts with wine, the food should not be sweeter than the wine.
1. Deborah Lippmann Laughin’ To The Bank; $17 // Lucifer Vir Honestus ring; $6,580
2. Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer: The Metallics in Rose Gold; $20 // Raymond Lee Jewelers ring; $7,995
3. Deborah Lippmann Limited Edition Va Va Voom; $19 // Anshumita ring; $15,500
4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Stone Jungle; $18 // Tamara Comolli ring; $15,940
5. Dolce & Gabbana Intense Nail Lacquer in Ruby; $24 // Lancome Vernis in Love in Neige Argent Noel; $15 // Gilan ring; $19,600
6. Guerlain La Laque Couleur in 861 Sulfurous; $23 // EFFY Jewelry ring; $4,800
I’m really proud of the work our whole magazine team did on the gift guide for the December issue of Gold Coast. We worked hard to make it special – Nila and I spent hours – days, even – combing through gift ideas to find some of the most unique and functional products possible. Everything on the list is something one or both of us would either buy as a gift or for ourselves.
After we selected the products we wanted to feature, we sorted them into categories – him, her, home, gourmand, tech and stocking stuffers. We then reached out to the companies with product requests so we could shoot the items in-house. Coordinating shipment and delivery of more than 60 products was no small feat. Then, we assisted our photographer Jason on a full-day shoot of the items.
Though I never expected a story titled something as lighthearted as “holiday gift guide” to be one of the harder stories I’ve worked on, I have to say seeing the end result is so gratifying. Here’s a little sneak peek at some photos Jason shot, and be sure to check out the full gift guide, with 109 seriously awesome ideas to start your holiday shopping.
I have never really been into flowers. Don’t get me wrong – I do get excited when I get an unexpected bouquet in the mail for my birthday or as a thank you present. And, of course I’ll take a picture and post it straight to Instagram, obviously. But there are plenty of less expensive things I’d take over a flower bouquet. Chocolate, for one. Cupcakes. Why don’t you just take me out for dessert? OK, the truth: I’m just not that good at keeping flowers alive.
But when I heard about FruitFlowers, a company that delivers made-to-order edible fruit bouquets to the Tri-County area, that was a different story.
The company cuts fresh fruit into the shapes of flowers and arranges the pieces bouquet-style in a vase. The individual “flowers” are attached to skewer “stems,” so you can pull out whichever fruit you like and eat it off the stick. There are 102 different arrangements available for purchase online, with sizes ranging from a couple servings to 100 servings. The brand’s signature basket, which I’ve pictured here, contains about 10-12 portions of fruit.
I received an arrangement for review this weekend. It had pineapple, melon, honeydew, strawberries, kiwi and grapes, but baskets with blueberries, oranges, apples and more are also available. Some baskets even come with chocolate- or white-chocolated-dipped fruits. I got wind that an arrangement containing chocolate-dipped bananas will be available soon, too. (Um, I want it already.)
I was so impressed with the company’s attention to detail and how beautifully cut each piece of fruit is. Each piece of fruit is carefully selected from farmers markets and wholesale vendors – only the freshest pieces make it to delivery. At the Fort Lauderdale location, approximately three people put together each bouquet, assembly-line style. I was fascinated to learn that the workers are such pros it only takes about 15 minutes to put each arrangement together. It would take me hours to make something that beautiful!
I was especially impressed with the design of the strawberries, which are meant to represent blooming flowers, sliced open ever-so-slightly at the top. A marshmallow is nestled inside the berry, and a kiwi and grape at the base act as the leaves and stem. I have the hardest time finding non-bruised strawberries when I shop, but each strawberry in my basket was a flawless red. The berries were some of the largest strawberries I’ve seen.
If you are ordering a basket, a few things you should know:
- The company is still taking deliveries for Thanksgiving, so if you’ve been looking for an ideas for Thursday… you’re welcome.
- Prices are reasonable; most bouquets seem to fall in the $50 to $100 range.
- Because the fruits are perishable, baskets are delivered in-person by a FruitFlowers rep during the day. If a recipient isn’t home to accept the arrangement, the company can leave it with a neighbor or contact the recipient to schedule a better delivery time.
- My basket was delivered from Fort Lauderdale, which has a fleet of five refrigerated vans that travel between Homestead and Jupiter daily. But, as I understand it, there are franchise locations all over the country, so if you don’t live in South Florida, you may still be able to get a fruit bouquet delivered to you.
Photos by Adam Alvarez.