Posts categorized: Miami

The pool at The Standard Spa Miami, my pick for the best hotel for locals.

  The New York Times‚Äô¬†Frugal Traveler Lucas Peterson recently¬†paid our fair, seaside city of South Beach a visit¬†and like so many travel writers and first time visitors before him, he fell into the typical tourist traps of Ocean Drive and its surrounding streets, rattling off (for the most part) a list of bars that no self respecting local would be caught dead in. He even called Mango‚Äôs the ‚Äúquintessential‚ÄĚ South Beach club experience‚ÄĒuh, not quite, bro. See: LIV, Story. To […]

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A bird's eye view of the Norwegian Escape. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines.

  There‚Äôs nothing I find particularly appealing about cruise vacations, but then again there‚Äôs nothing categorically repelling about them either. So when the opportunity presented itself to embark on the two-night maiden voyage of the¬†Norwegian Escape¬†(seven-night Caribbean cruises from $599)¬†from PortMiami, I said, sure, and I brought my best friend Krista along for the ride. I‚Äôve been on a handful of cruises through the years and actually, most of them have been quite memorable. My very first at age 15 […]

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Beach views and blue skies from a guest room at the Carillon.

  One of the first travel stories to captivate me and make me think, ‚ÄúI want to do that‚ÄĚ was by¬†New York Times¬†op-ed columnist¬†Maureen Dowd.¬†In January 2009, in place of her typical political and social commentary, which, at the time, I devoured every week, she was moonlighting for the Travel section with a¬†story¬†about her visit to the newly opened¬†Canyon Ranch¬†Miami Beach. At the time, President Obama had just taken office and the nation‚Äôs economy was in a free fall. In […]

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TelegraphWEB

I have some exciting news to share. For the last two months, I’ve been working day and night to create the Miami Travel guide for London’s Telegraph newspaper. It’s an interactive guide with over 120 things to do, see, eat, drink, shop, beach and stay, plus there’s a couple of itineraries and background info to get the most out of your time here. Basically, it’s where I’m sending anyone looking for advice on where to go¬†in Miami from now on. […]

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Here’s a fun little video I made with Vogue Eyewear on what I love most about living in Miami. Of course, it’s the beachy lifestyle. “South Beach is famous for the beach, so you’ve got to take advantage of it,” I explain. “I love anything from going for a swim in the ocean. If there’s waves to try to go surfing. Sailing. You can go for a run on the beach.¬†Do yoga.” After this video, I can now add slo-mo […]

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The Hum, 22 x 30‚ÄĚ, Watercolor on paper, 2015

New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris marks her United States solo debut with “The Hum” at the Robert Fontaine Gallery¬†May 9 during Wynwood’s Second Saturday Art Walk. Using¬†watercolor and sometimes ballpoint pen, she creates near-photoreal portraits that are seemingly incomplete, veering towards the surreal. Oftentimes her subjects faces are distorted, dislocated or even erased altogether.¬†With her portraits’ deliberate glitches set against¬†voided backgrounds, her paintings¬†calls¬†for deeper examination of her subjects. It‚Äôs as if they’ve been momentarily transported to a borderless landscape where […]

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ExhaleSpa.CoreFusionJanuary 14, 2015-9311

Core Fusion Extreme launched at Exhale Spa at the EPIC Hotel on March 12 and you can enjoy free classes through March 18. Sign up here. To learn more about this incredible bootcamp-inspired class, which includes five heart-pumping circuits including plyobox, core balls, gliders, TRX suspension training, and heavy hand weights, check out my preview of the class at New York’s Flatiron. So how can you win a 10-pack of classes to Exhale Miami and get into the shape of […]

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The main event.

  Let the endurance eating begin! South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicked off last night and goes all weekend long. Al Roker is in town, Martha’s here, Giada’s here,¬†all those judges from Chopped¬†are everywhere. It’s a fun time of year in South Beach because you get to stuff your face at party after party where the main point of being there is EATING! Like, you never have to apologize for going back for seconds or grazing by the buffet, […]

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That's me demoing the wonders of the core ball.

As if Core Fusion and its various iterations aren’t “extreme” enough (Core Fusion Boot Camp, Core Fusion Cardio, anyone?), the good folks at Exhale Spa have created an even more challenging class with Core Fusion Extreme (CFX). It’s more bootcamp than the traditional “mind body” core and yoga experience you’ve grown accustomed to at Exhale, and it’s the only class where sneakers are required.¬†But the emphasis is still on form, results and keeping your muscles guessing. I had a chance […]

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ExhaleSpa.CoreFusionJanuary 14, 2015-9423

This week, I had the privilege of hosting some of my favorite media pals at Exhale Spa at the EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami for a super-charged Core Fusion Bootcamp class followed by a nutrition session, both led by Alexandra Shepherd. It’s an intense class combining cardio intervals, sport strength training, flowing yoga stretches, heat-building plyometrics, hardcore ab work and more plank runs than you ever thought were humanly possible in one 60-minute session. It was a super fun night […]

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