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HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES Miami native Chrissie Fit adds to her acting r sum in Pitch Perfect 3 WILLIAMSON CADILLAC Treating You Like Family Has Made Us 1 ILLIAMSON CADILLAC LOCATION 7815 SW 104TH St. Miami FL SALES 1-800-539-8849 Mon.-Fri. 9am - 8pm Sat. 9am - 6pm Sun. 11am - 5pm SERVICE 1-800-481-5831 Mon.-Fri. 8am - 7pm Sat. 8am - 5pm Sun. Closed 2016 GeWneral Motors. All Rights Reserved. Cadillac Christine stiphany Crs T 305.903.8845 EWM Realty International stiphany.c Celebrating Twenty Years With EWM Realty International -Loki 2843 S BAYSHORe DRive UNit 4B MiAMi iconic Grove towers across from Sailboat bay this 4th floor unit has been beautifully updated with a new kitchen new baths and impact glass. Master suite has huge re-designed walk-in closet two balconies enjoy treetop views with a glimpse of the bay tennis court heated pool and fitness room. 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Sold 1 495 000 The highest priced home is 16 000 000 (this was previously asking 7 999 999) 161 homes sold YTD between 1 1 17 & 9 1 17 The lowest priced sale was 420 000 The highest priced sale was 5 000 000 119 Days on Market was the average PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 28 ALSO IN LIFESTYLE 6 8 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 46 EDITOR S LETTER AROUND TOWN CULTURAL CALENDAR BAR TALK MIAMI CLUB RUM GARDENING REAL ESTATE 5 QUESTIONS XAVIER CORTADA FEATURE SURVIVING BREAST CANCER BUSINESS LIVING ALFRESCO DINING GRAZIANO S LIFESTYLE LIVE HIALEAH-RAISED ACTRESS CHRISSIE FIT CO-STAR OF THE UPCOMING PITCH PERFECT 3 IS LIVING HER HOLLYWOOD DREAM. NO LIMITS SIX SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS IMPART INDUSTRY WISDOM--WITH A TOUCH OF STYLE. HIGH APPRAISAL 36 44 COMEDY S PRINCE OF PAIN HEADS TO SOUTH FLORIDA AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME--AND WITH PLENTY ON HIS MIND. RICHARD LEWIS UNPLUGGED Cover Actress Chrissie Fit Photo by Bobby Quillard COVER TOC CREDITS This page Argentinian restaurant Graziano s in Coral Gables 4 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM HAZEL GOLDMAN 305-665-7383 hazel EVAN GOLDMAN 305-607-8880 evan OPENING DOORS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA SO LD BOATER S PARADISE AS GOOD AS IT GETS 625 Reinante Avenue 5 599 000 179 Feet of Prime Water Frontage Huge 26 100 Sqft Lot in Old Cutler Bay Nice Existing 5 6 P 2-Car Large Boats Welcome NE PINECREST MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE 5940 SW 108 Street 3 599 000 2007 Hollub Built 6 7.5 6-Car P Motor Court Summer Kitchen BBall Court Movie Theatre & More MAGNIFICENT NEW PINECREST CONTEMPORARY 7000 Sqft of Quality 6 7 P 3-Car on Deep Acre Oversized Pool Gorgeous High-End Finishes 30x30 Porcelain Carrera Floors & More 11441 SW 77 Avenue 3 299 999 RARE 2 ACRE PINECREST ESTATE Subdivide Tear Down or Renovate Existing House Contains Generator N-S Tennis Court Impact Glass Guest House EXCLUSIVE PINE BAY ESTATES SOUTH 7350 SW 153 Street 899 000 Updated 5 4.5 Pool 2-Car w 5000sqft Split Plan Roving Wackenhut Security in HOA Large Kitchen Lush & Spacious Pool-Patio DECADENCE IN THE SOUTH GROVE 4128 Pamona Avenue 899 000 Fully Updated 3 2 Split Plan W 2000 Sqft 2012 Roof Wood Flrs Built-Ins & More 6200 Montgomery Drive 2 800 000 INCREDIBLE PINECREST VALUE 7251 SW 129 Street 799 000 Great Bones Ideal Ranch to Remodel Over 4000 SqFt 2013 Roof Newer Plumbing Great Layout Large Pool-Patio PRIME SOUTH GABLES VALUE 408 Bargello Avenue 799 000 Updated 3 2 on Large 12 500sqft Lot Keep As is Add On or Start Anew Opportunity Knocks in this Superb Location PALMETTO BAY BEAUTY 8621 SW 146 Street 629 000 Gorgeously Updated 2013-2015 4 2 P 2-Car PVC Plumbing Newer Roof & AC Large Master Great Schools...Hurry GOLDMANRESIDENTIAL.COM RE MAX ADVANCE REALTY 3 0 5 - 6 6 5 - 7 3 8 3 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 5 Editor sLetter t s been 25 years since Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula blasted me in front of a room full of sports reporters for asking about a controversial draft pick. It s been 15 years since a restaurateur threatened to break my kneecaps for a middling review of his seafood spot which closed shortly thereafter. And it s been three years since a record company publicist told me he d ruin my magazine career for running a photo of Ariana Grande that wasn t approved by his team. But as a reporter if you know going in that a little verbal harassment may be in the cards why not work with a pro That explains why I ve been playing the recording of my phone call with stand-up legend Richard Lewis to anyone who will listen. As much as I hope readers enjoy the resulting story on Lewis who coheadlines a show on Oct. 7 with Artie Lange at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek it s one of those times when the printed word doesn t do the interview justice. When the extension in my office rang that day the voice on the other end noticing the unfortunate prefix in our company phone number said You have to change the three 6s out of that number or I m going to come over and burn your house down. Otherwise hey good morning. For the next 80 minutes the man who s devoted himself to self-deprecation for 50 years riffed on anything and everything that came into his brilliant angst-filled mind. At one point after a detour about how he met his wife at a record-launch party for Ringo Starr the 70-year-old Lewis quipped I m telling you if this story isn t more than three sentences long I m going to find you. It was like being on the receiving end of a private stand-up performance. Realizing that I d done little more than laugh out loud during the interview Lewis said I feel like you re having a breakdown. You ve avoided asking me anything because you had your legal pad with all your questions and now you ve set it on fire like Rosemary s Baby. You re very intelligent but I think you re hiding something. Someone once told me you re as sick as your secrets. You better think about this when you hang up. Enjoy the issue and the Lewis story. I know I did. PINECREST I GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit EDITORIAL ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher ASSISTANT EDITOR Keren Moros COPY EDITOR Jason Davis CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Harvey Bernstein Clarissa Buch Michelle F. Solomon CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Bobby Quillard Eduardo Schneider James Woodley CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles PUBLISHER Michelle Simon VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING DON FISCHER dfischer ADVERTISING SALES LORI CASTLE lcastle GEORGETTE EVANS gevans SHARI GLATTER sglatter DEBBY GOLD dgold BRITTNEY POLIAK bpoliak TRACY SHELOWITZ tracy DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS Jennifer Barb MARKETING COORDINATOR Estefania Marin CHAIRMAN Gary Press CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Sandy Lechner CONTROLLER Josh Wachsman LIFESTYLE MEDIA GROUP 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 954.377.9470 fax 954.617.9418 2017 Pinecrest Lifestyle. Pinecrest Lifestyle magazine is published by Lifestyle Media Group all rights reserved. Pinecrest Lifestyle is a monthly advertising magazine. All contents are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without written consent from the publisher. The advertiser is solely responsible for ad content and holds publisher harmless from any error. Kevin Kaminski Group Editor kkaminski 6 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Around News & Notes from the Village town October Fun in the Grove Coconut Grove hosts two events to celebrate the best of South Florida s specialty foodie scenes. Enjoy the best of South Florida s craft beer scene at Grovetoberfest Oct. 14 4 to 7 p.m. at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Road). The festival features local vendors with more than 400 varieties to try. General admission is 44 for 4 p.m. admission. Beer Socialite tickets are 74 with a 3 p.m. admission souvenir pint glass and backpack. VIP tickets are 89 for 2 p.m. admission souvenir pint glass T-shirt VIP lounge air-conditioned bathrooms and specialty beers. All tickets allow for unlimited samples. Visit The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival runs Oct. 21-22 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Try a variety of the best seafood South Florida has to offer. This year the Wharf presented by Casablanca Seafood will serve as something of a farmers market guiding visitors to fresh seafood to take home. Nautical-themed exhibitors offer art d cor and jewelry and live calypso and reggae music play throughout the day. Chefs go head-to-head in cooking workshops while children enjoy a variety of activities and bounce houses. Event is at the Miami Marine Stadium (3501 Rickenbacker Causeway). Single-day tickets are 15. Two-day tickets are 25. Children 12-under are free. Visit 8 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Celebrate Israel The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am hosts To Life The Oct. 22 event opens the season by celebrating Israel s 70th birthday. The event 5-8 p.m. will include cocktails and a Mediterranean dinner raffle prizes Israeli dancing led by a DJ and entertainment by mentalist Alan Chamo. Cost is 54 for guests and complimentary for Sisterhood members. Visit Palmer Trinity Welcomes New Staff Palmer Trinity School announced two new staff additions George Montes director of annual fund and Alexandra Cartaya director of alumni relations. Montes a Barry University graduate previously was Westminster Christian School s director of development raising annual fund participation by 45 percent. Cartaya a University of Miami graduate previously was the marketing and enrollment director at St. Brendan High School and also worked with alumni as the development director. She also held positions at Belen Summer Camp and California s St. Genevieve High School. We are delighted for the addition of George and Alexandra to our dynamic development team said Head of School Patrick Roberts. They bring knowledge skill and experience and we are confident their contributions will help us reach our goals in the upcoming school year and beyond. Pinecrest Gardens hosts the annual Howl-O-Ween by Paws-4-You Oct. 29 noon to 5 p.m. Activities include a costume contest a kids zone pumpkin patch agility course for dogs and food drinks and entertainment. Cost is 5. Parking is available at Christ the King Church Miami Palmetto Senior High School and Pinecrest Elementary School with free shuttle service to and from the Gardens. A Howling Good Time Making a Wish More than 900 guests will attend the 23rd annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball Nov. 4. This year s theme is Mystical Music Box and features a headlining performance by rocker Lenny Kravitz. Actress and filmmaker Gabrielle Anwar will serve as emcee. The gala chair is philanthropist Shareef Malnik board chairman of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The ball starts with a cocktail reception with food stations and a silent auction. Dinner and dancing start at 8 30 p.m. The after-party InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub presented by E11even Miami will feature a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre and other performances. The event has raised 21 million contributing to fulfilling more than 4 000 wishes for children with lifethreatening medical conditions. For tickets call 954.967.9474 ext. 318. Local Farm Nationally Recognized Known as a seasonal destination for strawberry and tomato picking as well as its sticky buns and ice cream Knaus Berry Farm has been a Homestead mainstay since 1959. Recently the farm was added to the National Culinary Heritage Register by the nonprofit National Food & Beverage Foundation which recognizes culinary traditions establishments inventions products and processes that have contributed to America s foodways and are at least 50 years old. Visit national-culinary-heritageregister. MD Now Urgent Care has a new location in Pinecrest at 12301 S. Dixie Highway. The walk-in clinic is open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Health services include medical evaluations and screenings vaccinations stitches X-rays electrocardiograms and school physicals. MD Now has more than 30 locations throughout South Florida. For information call 305.971.8315. New Pinecrest Health Center Above Nancy Malnik Al Malnik Gabrielle Anwar and Shareef Malnik Left Norm Wedderburn Shareef Malnik and Robert Hill PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 9 AroundTown Rice is Nice Rice Mediterranean Kitchen is set to open at 164 Giralda Ave. in Coral Gables. The build-a-bowl concept was created by the Shabani brothers who founded Rice House of Kabob. The Mediterranean-influenced menu created by chef Ali Shabani includes spreads such as honey-nut feta Greek yogurt sumac and Sriracha tomato hummus. Protein options include braised beef and lamb slow-cooked chicken breast and harissaroasted chicken. Diners also can enjoy vegetarian gluten-free and organic options. The Rice House of Kabob location at 5818 S. Dixie Highway in South Miami will become a Rice Mediterranean Kitchen. We can t wait to bring the flavor back to Giralda Ave said Jafar Shabani Rice co-owner and designer of the new location. The community that has supported the Gables during this construction period deserves it. We can t think of a better way to thank our neighbors for their support over the years than to start this new chapter together with them. The village recently celebrated bats during Bat Day at Pinecrest Gardens. Attendees posed with the original 1966 Batmobile and the police department s bat cycle while children enjoyed arts and crafts and storytelling. Bat house building demonstrations and a live bat show emphasized the positive Pinecrest Goes Batty aspects and interesting facts about the endangered mammals including the fact that they can eat up to 1 000 mosquitos a day. Experts from Zoo Miami the Miami Bat Squad and the Florida Wildlife and Fish Commission taught attendees about bats and the Dark Knight himself--Batman-- stopped by for photos. Jewish Book Festival The Alper JCC hosts the 37th annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival running Oct. 18-Nov. 28. Lecturing authors include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (The Court and the World) songwriter Steve Dorff (I Wrote That One Too ... ) actor Stephen Tobolowsky (My Adventures With God) and journalist Peter Eisner (MacArthur s Spies). Events take place in a variety of locations including Alper JCC (11155 SW 112 Ave.) Chabad of Kendall and Pinecrest Coral Gables Country Club Temple Beth Am Temple Judea and Bet Shira Congregation. Call 305.271.9000 ext. 268 or ext. 269 for tickets. Pinecrest Plays Ball Local Business Gains New Space Commercial real estate firm NAI Miami recently announced its negotiation of a sevenyear lease at Pinecrest Village Plaza for Light Bulbs Unlimited. The new 5 664-square-foot space (next door to its previous location) will allow LBU which has eight other locations in Florida to display its lighting products in an open showroom floor. The lease was negotiated by Edward Schmidt and Timothy Merriman Jr. Pinecrest Village Plaza is located at 12455 S. Dixie Highway. Tenants include T-Mobile Papa John s Pincho Factory and OrthoNow. Village neighbors gathered at Marlins Park to celebrate Village of Pinecrest Day hosted by the Miami Marlins. The Marlins hosted a pregame recognition ceremony for the village and Pinecrest mayor Joseph M. Corradino threw the first pitch. The Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3. Ticket proceeds benefited Pinecrest s Relay for Life. 10 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 11 3 Bruno Mars Best BETS Halloween Sundowner Expect more than 1 000 guests to flock to the 31st annual party which benefits Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with the theme Mystery Myth and Fantasy. Enjoy food drinks entertainment and a costume contest with categories for best male female couple and group costumes. VIP tickets include access to bars entertainment onsite parking catered buffet entertainment and air conditioning. When Oct. 28 8 p.m.midnight Where Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Tickets 170 150 for groups of eight or more 250 VIP 3 000 VIP reserved table Info On Your Feet South Florida showbiz royalty Gloria and Emilio Estefan share their story of music and triumph in this Broadway export. Featuring their iconic hits and their unique Miami sound the musical follows the couple s story from their start in Cuba and move to Miami to their success in bringing the sounds of their homeland to the top of the pop charts. When Oct. 5-15 Where Adrienne Arsht Center Tickets Starting at 29 Info PHOTO BY MATTHEW MURPHY PINECREST GARDENS HIGHLIGHTS THE COMPOSER IS DEAD Orchestra Miami presents the first of the Family Fun Concerts series. Lemony Snicket s story follows the investigation into the death of a composer and introduces children to each instrument in the orchestra with music by Nathaniel Stookey. When Oct. 15 3 p.m. Tickets 15 adults 12 seniors 10 children 12 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PHOTO BY KAI Z FENG The pop sensation and multiplatinum artist displays his Grammy Award-winning chops during the 24K Magic World Tour his first as a headliner since 2013. He ll perform hits from his 2016 album 24K Magic which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 1 million copies. Coming aboard as his opener is British singer Jorja Smith. When Oct. 18 8 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 101 Info JANIS SIEGEL & THE SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ ORCHESTRA The first concert of the South Motors Jazz Series presents the nine-time Grammy Award winner in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and George Gershwin. A member of the Manhattan Transfer since 1972 Siegel is also an accomplished solo artist and won the New York Music Award for best jazz vocalist in 1990. When Oct. 21 8 p.m. Tickets 30 and 35 MUSIC FOR THE DEAD Brian Neal Kenneth Boos and Alberto Bade lead the Miami-Dade College Kendall campus wind symphony and orchestra. When Oct. 28 8 p.m. Tickets Free other A&e highlights ART FESTIVAL MIAMI More than 150 artists display their work including paintings sculptures and photographs. Activities include a kids zone music culinary corner beer and wine. When Oct. 7 & 8 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where The Falls Tickets Free Info FREEDOM MIAMI S HEALTH HAPPINESS HOME CLEANING SERVICE REDLAND GROWFEST Try healthy food attend cooking demonstrations and workshops and buy plants and trees from vendors. Enjoy cook-off challenges and giveaways. When Oct. 14 & 15 9 30 a.m.-4 30 p.m. Where Fruit & Spice Park 24801 SW 187th Ave. Homestead Tickets 8 in advance 10 at the door Info MIAMI CITY BALLET JEWELS The company celebrates the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine s famed work. The plotless ballet includes three parts-- Emeralds Rubies and Diamonds --that feature the music of Faure Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. When Oct. 20-22 Where Adrienne Arsht Center Tickets Starting at 25 Info ACLEANERIMAGEMIAMI.COM 305.233.0996 THE WEEKND The Grammy Award winner promotes his popular fourth album Starboy which has gone double platinum and hit No. 1 in 90 countries. His hits include Can t Feel My Face Often and Earned It for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for best original song. When Oct. 24 7 30 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 35 Info CARS IN THE GARDEN A classic car show with a Halloween theme. Trick-or-treat while viewing costumed cars and stay for the car parade. Exploration activities for children will also be available. When Oct. 29 10 30 a.m.-5 30 p.m. Where Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Tickets Check website Info Coming Soon Grand Opening 7 316 Re d R d PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 13 BarTalk In Good Spirits MATT MALONE MAKES MIAMI THE HOME OF THE WORLD S BEST WHITE RUM T he founder of Miami s first rum distillery has a specific interpretation of his product s tagline The Spirit of Miami. Ask Matt Malone to describe this spirit and he ll give you four words sexy fun delicious and the word Miami itself. [People all over the world] know it Malone says. If you go to Russia or Italy or China everyone knows Miami so it s its own thing. About 10 years ago Malone attended his wife s grandfather s funeral in Puerto Rico and discovered the family had been making rum for more than 100 years. No one in the family wanted to continue the business so he bought the assets. After splitting his time between the island and Miami he decided to open a distillery in Wynwood in 2011 and set out to make nothing less than the best rum using locally sourced sugar cane juice and molasses. The result is Miami Club Rum now produced in a larger facility at 6468 NW 77th Court. Chasing perfection has paid off. At the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Miami Club Rum received the Gold Medal and Best White Rum in the World designations. This year the rum was again named Best White Rum and also received a Double Gold designation. People think that I m a little bit crazy about the quality and finish of the rum he says. I consider it my personal art. This quality comes in part from a surprising source. Malone plays salsa merengue and samba while the rum ages. There s two components Malone says. One is the mechanical vibration which releases the flavor. The second component which is less scientific is the spirit of the music. We only play upbeat very positive high-energy music. In theory the party s already in the bottle. The rum has attracted celebrity attention as well. Cuban actor William Levy became a shareholder after a blind taste test. And later this year Malone will release Miami Club Cuban coffee liqueur in collaboration with Luis Bustelo of Miami-based Caf Bustelo fame. In the meantime Malone spreads the Miami lifestyle and drinks his rum with cranberry juice cocktail lime juice and a peppermint leaf. We want people to feel sexy like they re having fun Malone says It s a Miami feeling that we re after. -- KEREN MOROS OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 14 KEEPING PINECREST COOL SINCE 1986 13601 SW 143rd Court Unit 104 Miami FL 33186 Ph. 305.256.9099 Contractor license CMC057088 Gardening Visual Arts in a Public Space I BY HARVEY BERNSTEIN ncreasingly public gardens serve many functions beyond housing botanical beauty. Expanding upon their historical roles as repositories of botanical knowledge and stunning landscape design many gardens are now also committed to the display of visual arts. Classical statuary long has been a part of many gardens that have moved past tradition to display contemporary abstract and nonrepresentational works. Gardens also have indoor and outdoor gallery spaces used for changing shows of contemporary artwork. Modern diversions frequently involve interacting with a touchscreen or cellphone. Individuals nonwork time is grabbed in small pieces here and there often in fast-moving noisy overstimulating environments. Home gardens continue to shrink and so does participation in garden societies that are not adept at maintaining public interest via social media. Successful public gardens are reaching widening circles of members and communities by being inclusive educational and inspirational. Art plays a large role in attracting visitors and in heightening the interaction between public gardens and their audiences. Pinecrest Gardens is fortunate to have both an excellent facility dedicated to the presentation of the performing arts and beautiful gardens that are an exciting setting for outdoor sculpture. A climate-controlled conventional gallery space completes the mix. The great site flexibility leads to exciting art diversity. As part of its mission as a cultural arts park the Gardens features an eclectic lineup of artists either showing or installing permanent works on site in the upcoming year Local tile artist and painter Patsy Rodriguez long has been associated with the Gardens and is active in the Pinecrest Garden Club. The club contributes to garden projects most notably the impending redesign and relocation of the Learning Sensory Garden. Rodriguez started creating art as a way to distract herself and move beyond the pain of a chronic illness. Her cheerful mural Tropical Punch will be installed at the Terrace Tower this fall. Xavier Cortada is Pinecrest Gardens artist in residence focusing on the intersection of art science environmental issues and social engagement. He works with multiple media types including participatory art to get his message out to a wide public audience. His considerable reputation is built upon the thematic complexity and scientific accuracy of his pieces and he is an energizing and inspiring motivator of schoolchildren. Look for several of his permanent works as well as various presentations and programs in the Gardens this year. Highly acclaimed sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create one of his Stickwork pieces on site in November. With the help of dozens of volunteers he will bend and weave willow branches and stems into a building-sized immersive installation under the Gardens central banyan tree. Although not exactly temporary Dougherty s work assembled of living wood will change form over time and slowly begin to recycle into the Earth. Harvey Bernstein is the horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens. 16 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM THIERRY ISAMBERT THE ART OF CULINARY Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design has been a well known name in the South Florida events and hospitality industry for almost 30 years. The company stands out from the crowd by raising the bar for catered events creating culinary experiences that equal the level of taste and expertise expected of an award-winning restaurant. Their staff of creative event planners and innovative chefs hail from around the world using their international flair and years of combined experience to produce and cater weddings luxurious galas upscale corporate events and a variety of social functions. CULINARY Master Bringing the culinary mastery of gourmet restaurants to the event industry. Thierry Isambert has risen from entrepreneur to celebrity chef-caterer earning the prestigious L ordre du Merit Agricole from the Ministry of France for his culinary excellence business integrity and community involvement in charitable events. In addition to catering and producing an array of events around South Florida Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design is exclusive caterer to the New World Center and the Bass Museum of Art. Thierry Isambert is from the Champagne region of France. Deeply influenced by French tradition he also gathers inspiration from extensive travels bringing the exotic tastes and flavors of far flung destinations to menus that are custom designed for each event. You ll be amazed by the culinary diversity coming out of one kitchen. From highly structured creations based on 17th century European recipes to Venezuelan street food authentic Indian cuisine and Interactive Teppanyaki Stations each culinary experience is as flawless as the next. For more information about catering and event production call 305-635-6626 or email info For information about the company go to PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 17 RealEstate Design of the Times These architectural wonders for under 2.5 million have an edge in the market 5701 SW 91st St Listing price 2 495 000 Listing agent Miriam Rodriguez-Alvarez 305.333.5683 Specs 6 053 square feet 5 bedrooms 5 full bathrooms 1 half bathroom This home is a part of St. Bernard de Clairvaux the Spanish monastery built in the 12th century and relocated to Florida in the mid-1900s for use by the Episcopal Diocese of South Florida. Built in 1925 and remodeled in 2008 the home retains original features (such as a 3 000-bottle wine cellar) amid its modern touches. The covered terrace makes way for an expansive courtyard with a pool which can be heated remotely. Other features include a sauna barbecue area hot tub and wet bar. 18 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 5902 SW 105th St. Listing Price 2 250 000 Listing Agent Mauricio J. Barba One Sotheby s International Realty 305.444.7224 Specs 6 734 square feet 5 bedrooms 4 full bathrooms 1 half bathroom Built by Hollub Homes this home s unique design is amplified by wide-open spaces that make use of natural light. Rooms include two master suites an office fitness room laundry room and family room. The pool is a tropical paradise with fruit trees and colorful landscaping that complements the covered terrace with built-in grill. Practical features include a security system metal roof generator and five-car garage with three spaces detached from the home. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 19 Artist BY KEREN MOROS Though Xavier Cortada has created art around the world working at Pinecrest Gardens holds a special appeal to him. He can immerse himself in the nature that inspires his work as the Gardens new artist in residence. Cortada 53 creates paintings murals mosaics installations and more that reflect nature s beauty and encourage viewers to protect it. Florida Is ... Nature on display until Oct. 8 is a collection of replicas of his public work commissioned over the past decade including pieces along Florida s Turnpike that depict the state s natural habitats. Cortada had the idea to include viewers photographs of Florida nature uploaded to The University of Miami graduate--who earned three degrees including a law degree--also will bring some of his international art to the gardens. During a residency with the National Science Foundation he created a piece called Longitudinal Installation a ritualistic work in which he captured 24 voices from people across the world who have been affected by climate change. He recited their quotes standing where the longitude of their home converges at the South Pole to represent how people are interconnected by environmental issues. A representation of the work will be installed behind the Gardens Banyan Bowl. Future exhibits include Clima with works by Cortada John Bailly Michael Gray and Grethen Scharnagl that address sea-level rise (Oct. 12-Nov. 19) Epoch (Nov. 23-Jan. 14) and The Miami River Project a group exhibit by Art Sail (Jan. 18-Feb. 19). We hope to have visitors not just walk around and see beauty but better understand that beauty be inspired by it and become actors stewards protectors of their environment Cortada says. The Palmetto Bay resident also an artist in residence at Florida International University speaks about his art and his residency. Xavier Cortada at Pinecrest Gardens Whilden-Carrier Cottage which he uses as his studio and office those thoughts that allowed us to compete against other species on this planet and then eventually populate and dominate it. Artmaking at the end of the day is what made us human. 3 How did your degrees contribute to your work as an artist I studied science and psychology and was curious open to my environment. I remember going on camping trips with my professors to the Everglades snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park with my fraternity brothers and also as a child walking in Key Biscayne with my dad and having him show me the mangroves and the different species that were also native to his fishing village in Cuba. Those studies more than anything taught me how to think. For a person who has a career that uses art to teach people how to think and how to act having varied multiple degrees multiple perspectives experiences ... enriches your life and allows you to better understand yourself in the context of others and in the context of your society and your time. What do you see in the future of Miami s art scene I see artists who inspired by the different currents of artmaking and art traditions that come through Miami create a voice of their own called the Miami School that is going to be more in tune with nature and engage their community [which] has to wrestle with the problem that will lead to the inevitable displacement of everyone who lives in South Florida. ... Whether it was Julia Tuttle because of tuberculosis or my parents because of Castro people have always come to Miami to rebuild and what I hope the Miami School movement does is understand the role of nature so that Miami grows in generations to come. To me what these artists will do is use art to define Miami not as a place but as a process. What else do you want people to know about your residency It s a joy to come to a place I first knew when I was a child and to be able to through my art offer those who visit this location a perspective to nature. I hope that my residency allows me to build on that as a way of giving back. To be able to come to this beautiful paradise as a child and be inspired and to come back to that same location as a platform to let people understand what Florida is which is nature is very gratifying to me. 4 1 What inspires you I m interested in using my practice as a way of engaging fellow human beings in a conversation. What inspires me is the ability to do that in innovative ways and use all the tools in my arsenal to communicate my ideas to effect change. I am mostly interested in doing that around environmental issues but I m really not that interested in how many mangroves are planted. I want to create engaged citizens who are going to act think and vote in ways that preserve not just the wetlands where mangroves live but ecosystems across South Florida. Do you think artists have a responsibility to serve the greater good I think that your task as an artist is to move humanity forward much like art did to humanity as we evolved and were able to put abstract thoughts together and create objects and pieces that communicated OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 5 2 20 PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE HAMMONTREE 5 questions with XAVIER CORTADA SCHOOL REINVENTED Be Part of the Revolution. Grades 6-12 OWN YOUR DAY TM A private school that allows students to create their own schedule and pursue their passions. 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There are so many clinicians around but I wanted to find women who had gone through what I sometimes the best people to answer them are those who was about to start she says. I wanted to talk and listen went through it themselves. without having a pity party. Heard also was part of Ford s Good Day events a free Heard was 38 when she was diagnosed with stage activity series for patients and survivors. Activities ranged 2 breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy from dance classes to private concerts and personal chemotherapy and radiation. Now a 20-year survivor she styling sessions each with the goal to reinvigorate and is actively involved in the Miami breast cancer community rejuvenate those fighting breast cancer. through her work with Susan G. Komen and Ford Motor For now Heard has no plans to slow down. Though Co. s Warriors in Pink program. her diagnosis was more than 20 years ago awareness I never thought cancer would kill me she says. So treatment and recovery remain important to her she says. after I was diagnosed I knew that I wanted to dedicate Breast cancer is one of those things that if you haven t myself to help women who would go through this too. experienced it yourself it s hard to understand she Heard focuses on raising awareness and supporting says. Connecting patients and survivors has become my others with similar cancers. She also works with Miami s mission. Caribbean community to reshape how women s health FIGHTING FOR COURAGE W 22 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Whether in your home or in ours The Residences of United HomeCare is committed to bringing you the highest quality of assisted living with comfort and compassionate care. 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Stocked with high-quality furniture and unique accessories to match the company features a variety of furniture lines including Pavilion Ebel and Tuuci. We truly understand the outdoors Fantis says. We know what will last and what won t. We also know how to make it beautiful and customized for the client. It s about creating a space that becomes an extension of the home. Living Alfresco began in 2005 as a way for Fantis to feed her interest in interior design. I ve always been drawn to the outside she says. I tried to learn as much as I could. It was an interesting time because it s when the outdoor world started to change. In the last 10 years design for outdoor spaces has become more of a focus during home renovations Fantis says. People are more interested in creating rooms in an outside space versus just layering patio 24 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Living Alfresco s furniture and accessory offerings turn patios into stylish spots. furniture she says. Today Fantis showroom near Sunset Place is a hub for clients who seek high quality at affordable prices. You could spend 5 000 or even 10 000 on a sofa she says. But that s not what we re about. We supply good quality and a stylish look without that kind of price tag. With each customer Fantis schedules an on-site consultation to get a better understanding of a person s space and overall vision. Measurements are taken and a personalized layout is created. Everything from the planning to the installation is uniquely curated for customers. It s more than a design process she says. It s about a successful installation too. We make sure everything looks exactly how we planned it. After installation the space is accessorized. From rugs and pillows to garden stools and ceramic d cor no detail is left unfinished. Things that trend inside the house have started to trend on the outside too she says. Many of my clients have gone for a more vibrant coastal style versus a weathered tiki look. As she has worked throughout Coconut Grove Coral Gables Pinecrest and beyond Fantis has noticed how important practicality is when designing an outdoor space. People want something that will last she says. Manufacturers are finally starting to understand that. We need low-maintenance products that will repel elements like dirt and water. For Fantis the goal is always to design a space that is both tasteful but realistic. I always say to my clients If you re going to have cushions you need a plan for them she says with a laugh. But it s true. Designing for the outside is about more than just what looks good. Location 7291 Red Road South Miami Information 305.668.5700 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 LIVING ALFRESCO 25 Dining Family-run Graziano s celebrates three decades of serving South Florida BY CLARISSA BUCH Grilled to Perfection 26 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Opposite page Meat cuts This page clockwise from top left A Graziano s market a glass of Mariflor Sauvignon Blanc an assortment of desserts empanadas At Graziano s success comes from decades of tradition. In the last quarter-century or so the family-owned restaurant and market popularized Argentine cuisine across South Florida with multiple sit-down and fastcasual locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The Graziano family has been in the foodservice business for more than 50 years starting with a butcher shop in Buenos Aires they ran for about three decades. In the early 1990s the family moved to Miami and opened its first Argentine market on Coral Way. It included a meat counter a bakery and shelves stocked with wine and Argentine groceries. But the Grazianos soon realized that Miami craved cooked Argentine meat which led to an informal weekend barbecue on the market s parking lot. As popularity grew the Grazianos opened an upscale steak house on Bird Road followed by other locations in Hialeah Coral Gables and Brickell. We were strategic as to where we would open co-owner Leo Graziano says. If you open too many people see it as a chain. The focus is to cook meat the Argentine way. Graziano s fuels its fire with quebracho red wood which creates a steady low flame to produce a powerful smoky flavor. It s about quality and consistency Graziano says. We try to keep up with the trends but we also focus on the tradition of what Argentine cuisine is. Graziano s menu is filled with meats including rib-eyes tenderloins and strip steaks paired with grilled and saut ed vegetables portobello mushroom risotto and fried potatoes drizzled with truffle oil. Meats are served individually or a la parilla with multiple cuts on a flaming skillet. Though Graziano s restaurants remain popular the family has shifted its focus from sit-down dining to market expansion accommodating customers who want to buy ingredients or stop in for a quick bite. This is our way of keeping up with the changing times Graziano says. It s also more in line with the food landscape today. In the next two years the Graziano family plans to open three more markets in Aventura east Doral and South Miami. Menus at Graziano s markets are about half the size of the restaurants. However many of the popular items such as meats empanadas and provoleta--provolone cheese with tomatoes--are available. For years we ve seen ourselves as our own competition Graziano says. We keep trying to improve ourselves instead of looking out to others. Restaurant location 394 Giralda Ave. Coral Gables Market location 2301 Galiano St. Coral Gables Contact GRAZIANO S PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 27 Hialeah-raised actress Chrissie Fit takes on Hollywood with Pitch Perfect 3 BY KEREN MOROS PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOBBY QUILLARD NO LIMITS 28 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM sk Pitch Perfect 2 star Chrissie Fit something she s learned about herself and she ll tell you that she s recently had a sort of epiphany. I m just now coming to that realization-- people want to put other people in boxes and I think I thrive outside the box says the Miami-born Fit 33. I think bigger picture. Case in point While a fifth grader at Ben Sheppard Elementary School (then annexed to Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy) Fit longed to perform in the show the sixth-graders were putting on convinced that if her crush saw her he would fall for her. When she asked if she could perform the teacher informed her that fifthgraders weren t allowed. Plus there weren t any parts left. Unfazed Fit asked a neighbor to lend her a copy of the script and returned to the teacher with an idea. I said Ms. Sanchez there s no bad girl in this play and I think that every play needs a bad girl so can I have the part Fit says. I don t know if she felt sorry for me or was impressed that I took initiative to make my own role. But ... she put me in the play. I was the only fifth-grader in the sixthgrade play. Though Fit didn t find young love--and has no regrets after looking up her young crush on Facebook--she did catch the acting bug which complemented a lifetime of singing and performing for her Cuban family at gettogethers. Fit later pursued her dreams by studying theater at Florida International University. However she realized she had to move to Los Angeles if she wanted to go further. Though Fit struggled with loneliness and feeling like a fish out of water she started acting classes got an agent and landed her first speaking role in the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101. She also had roles in other series including General Hospital. A bigger break arrived when she auditioned for Disney Channel s Teen Beach Movie an homage to the teenage beach flicks of the 1960s. Once again Fit carved a place for herself in the narrative while auditioning for the role of Chee Chee. Because the character description didn t give her much to go on--it read a member of the biker crew. Very loyal to Butchy -- Fit took a cue from the beach movies she had seen and used the New York accent bikers had in those films. A I went to the audition and did the voice and I did the little laugh and the casting directors were silent at first Fit says. I was like Oh no I totally messed this up. And they were like That was great. No one has done that. It goes to show you have to take a risk or make a bold choice to stand out or make something from nothing. The film premiered in 2013 and attracted 8 million viewers becoming the second-most watched movie in cable TV history and spawning a sequel. An even bigger opportunity came when her agent told her auditions were being held for a sequel to 2012 s Pitch Perfect. Fit was a fan of the hit comedy which starred Anna Kendrick as an unwilling member of a collegiate a cappella group. She auditioned for the role of Guatemalan student Florencia Flo Fuentes convinced she wouldn t get it. I was like I m just gonna do my thing and if they like it cool Fit says. You should always think that you belong. That was the lesson I learned. Fans and filmmakers agreed and Fit is set to reprise her role in Pitch Perfect 3 which comes out Dec. 22. The daughter of Cuban immigrants hopes that Latina girls who watch the film know that there s a place for them in major Hollywood stories. She s also looking forward to seeing more representation on screen. I wish that we could see more [Latina women] in leading roles she says. We go through the same things. We experience love and pain in the same way. True to form Fit isn t waiting around for roles. When Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks (who starred in The Hunger Games films) took notice of Fit s desire to work behind the cameras she approached her about working together. Fit called upon the talent of her creative partner and FIU alumna Cyrina Fiallo (with whom she produced a 2010 webseries The Subpranos ). Together they partnered with Cosmopolitan and Banks comedy website WhoHaHa to create the webseries Temporary for beverage company Sparkling Ice. Both Fiallo and Fit produced starred and wrote the series about best friends misadventures in temporary jobs. My goal is to write work that I m in and produce work Fit says. I love creating. I love making a world. ... I think that you kind of have to take initiative. I want to be as [bold] as I was in fifth grade and say Hey look at me. I can do this and I can write it myself and I can be in it myself. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 29 PINECREST MAG 3.6x4.9-2017_Layout 1 8 23 17 6 05 PM Page 1 Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on the Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus Presents Jewish Book Festival & Women s Day Luncheon 37th Annual ALPER JCC Berrin Family Wednesday October 25 ACTOR Chef Ben Robinson My Adventures With God 7 30pm at Bet Shira Congregation Stephen TOBOLOWSKY Thursday November 9 Women s Day Luncheon Financial Editor NBC s Today & Michael ROIZEN M.D. AgeProof Reservations Required Oct. 18 7 30pm Lisa Lillien Hungry Girls Oct. 26 7 30pm Georgia Hunter We Were The Lucky Ones Nov. 2 7 30pm Peter Eisner MacArthur s Spies Nov. 5 4pm Stephen Breyer U.S. Supreme Court Justice The Court and the World Nov. 11 7 30pm Steve Dorff I Wrote That One Too . . . 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The true mission of our school is reflected in our motto Virtus Huminatas et Spiritus supporting the power of virtue humanity and spirit. Both our middle and upper school programs maintain a balance between traditional academics and innovative instruction. A focus on sustainability global citizenship and character development is woven throughout all courses. Our comprehensive middle school program engages students in the core academic disciplines as well as the visual and performing arts world languages and physical education. The foundation gained in the middle school provides the footing for students to stand upon in the upper school states head of school Patrick Roberts. In the upper school we offer a range of courses to meet students needs and assist them in reaching their greatest academic potential. Students may pursue a traditional curriculum through the AP level in all major disciplines or choose to explore more specialized and innovative courses. Our students have the opportunity to explore and discover the many opportunities in our unique Coral Lab Technology and Robotics Lab and music center. Moreover we encourage students to engage in community partnerships and collaborative online learning with schools across the country and abroad. Mosaic one of Palmer Trinity School s signature programs complements our academic program as it raises our students awareness by empowering them to discuss issues pertaining to diversity and inclusivity. Students also experience the same core principles when they participate in our experiential learning opportunities including language culture service and adventure travel. We have built our academic program on the pillars of our Episcopal identity preparing our graduates for success as they matriculate to selective colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. We invite you to visit our school and learn more about our world-class programs by registering for one of our admission breakfasts at Palmer Trinity School. Our school community at Palmer Trinity reflects the pride of shared purpose and love of learning in a valuesbased environment where each child is respected for his or her uniqueness. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2017 31 E D U C A T I O N L E A D E R S GULLIVER SCHOOLS EXECUTIVE OFFICE 9350 S. Dixie Highway 11th Floor Miami Main Office 305.666.6333 Fax 305.666.6344 G R A D E S Grades PreK3-12 C A M P U S E S Academy - Marian C. 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Gulliver s curriculum places students at the center of the learning experience-- they engage with the material rather than just receiving it. Teachers ensure that they ask questions explore new areas and generate meaning from what they learn. With their teachers students construct meaning out of their studies and develop an understanding of how their schoolwork relates to the rest of their lives. Core subjects at Gulliver include English math science social studies and modern language coupled with extensive enrichment and elective courses. The school combines this classic education with instruction and experience in entrepreneurship as well as a global perspective. Students may also participate in one of Gulliver s signature programs which include engineering biomedical sciences international business architecture and marine science field studies. The school also offers honors Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as well as dual-enrollment programs with local colleges and universities. Gulliver graduates are prepared to attend the best colleges and universities in the world and to passionately pursue their interests for a lifetime. At Gulliver character development is as important as academic achievement and we integrate community values into daily instruction. 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We care summer) and take classes at a time of day PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2017 33 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER States. only about academic growth but also that works best for them and their family. E D U C A T I O N L E A D E R S XCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY 888-688-5147 info Locations Miami Dadeland 9350 South Dixie Highway Miami FL 33156 305-901-2115 Coral Springs 3301 North University Drive Coral Springs FL 33065 954-361-3405 Grades 6-12 Open House Dates The entire month of October is Open House month come by and visit us during the day or schedule a tour at Xceed Preparatory Academy is a private network of college prep middle and high schools that provides personalized learning plans for each student. The Xceed model is a blend of the best educational practices combining online curriculum with onsite academic coaches and projectbased learning to provide a high-quality education for grades 6-12. Xceed students create their personalized learning plan and schedule which allows them to pursue their academic goals and extracurricular interests without compromise. Each student has year-round 24 hours a day access to their online courses and their own college counselor. With over 150 courses to choose from including Advanced Placement (AP) and honors every Xceed student owns their day. The Xceed model benefits many types of students including elite athletes performing arts students accelerated learners gifted students students with ADHD students with learning differences and students who have challenging schedules. The Xceed Prep campuses located in Coral Springs and in Dadeland are modeled after high-tech startup facilities. The locations have open spaces conference rooms lounges writable table tops and walls and many different types of learning areas for every type of student. Although Xceed Prep is a new venture co-founder and CEO Dr. Brent Goldman and co-founder Dr. Richard Goldman have been two of the top private school leaders in South Florida for several decades. Richard Goldman was the Dean of Graduate Education at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for 20 years. In 1996 Brent and Richard co-founded The Sagemont School in Weston Florida. Brent and Richard have co-founded and held leadership positions in a variety of highly successful education ventures including University of Miami Online High School Another Generation Preschools and Smart Horizons Career Online Education which is McDonald s official high school. Our personalized learning plans flexible schedules and innovative facilities are designed to help each student succeed academically socially and personally while pursuing their passions. Brent Goldman co-founder and CEO. 34 OCTOBER 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM An Elective MRI CT or PET Can quite possibly save your life. 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If your word means nothing you won t get anywhere. What s the best advice you could give to people looking to buy sell a home Find somebody who has your best interests at heart--somebody willing to listen to your wants and needs [and who will take] them into consideration and guide you through the process. Iman dress ( 368) tassel-drop earrings ( 78) and five-piece bangle set ( 158) all from Trina Turk Cesare Paciotti shoes from Rinaldi Fort Lauderdale TITLE Director of regional sales and marketing COMPANY Nu World Title RESIDENCE Weston What s the most valuable business lesson you ve learned from being in real estate Be self-reliant. In real estate you are your own business. And as a business you must hold yourself accountable for the actions you take. No one else is going to make things happen for you. If you want something figure out a way to achieve what you are after. Why are you good at what you do I ve learned that you must treat others as you would want to be treated. It s a simple rule that I live by. My success lies in the fact that when you need me I am there. What s the best advice you could give to people looking to buy sell a home Find a realtor that you can trust and that has experience. Make sure the realtor has a great title company. This will ensure that you get to closing. Get your finances in order and find a mortgage company you can trust. Lastly have a great time. Flashy dress ( 378) from Trina Turk Francesco Sacco shoes from Rinaldi Fort Lauderdale M MABEL MULLAN PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JUNE 2017 41 R REBECCA BATTERMAN TITLE Director of sales PROJECT The Residences at W Fort Lauderdale COMPANY Related Group RelatedISG RESIDENCE Boca Raton What drew you to real estate as a profession As a real estate professional I m in control of my success. Real estate isn t about being lucky it s about being strategic persistent and always sticking to the plan. Also it allows me to use my entire skill set--marketing finance public relations creativity networking and my love for learning about people. What s the most valuable business lesson you ve learned from being in real estate Never take the first second or third no as an answer. Be persuasive persistent and passionate. Why are you good at what you do I build relationships with both my clients and my real estate partners which I believe is the foundation to success. I listen to the wants and needs of my clients. I m organized. And I see a project through. Demming top ( 328) Kait pants ( 268) and tassel-drop earrings ( 78) all from Trina Turk Jimmy Choo shoes from Joya Delray Beach TITLE Waterfront specialist TEAM Kimpton Howard COMPANY Douglas Elliman RESIDENCE Fort Lauderdale M MELANIE KIMPTON What drew you to real estate as a profession I started in real estate in my hometown of Montreal after traveling the world and living abroad in my 20s. My international life experience made it easier to connect with my clients. I was drawn to the industry because it s always evolving with plenty of challenges. Why are you good at what you do I do real estate the same way I live my life authentic true and passionate. What s the best advice you could give to people looking to buy sell a home For sellers timing is everything and going on the market at the right price is key. Keeping a clean and minimalist home while on the market is important. For buyers create a list of needs and desires understanding that you will need to bend a little on certain items. Janice top ( 248) Link shorts ( 98) and fivepiece bangle set ( 158) all from Trina Turk Stuart Weitzman shoes from Joya Delray Beach q&a RICHARD LEWIS UNPLUGGED Comedy s prince of pain heads to South Florida at the top of his game-- and with plenty on his mind (as always) BY KEVIN KAMINSKI I t s nearly 16 minutes into a phone interview that will go on for well over an hour and Richard Lewis has yet to answer a single question. I m going to try a new tack and hopefully not ramble he says later in the one-sided conversation. How am I doing so far It couldn t be going any better. When one of the most original and influential stand-ups of any era unleashes a self-deprecating stream of consciousness the last thing you want to do is interrupt him. As it turns out comedy s Man in Black is rambling for a reason. He s wrapped up a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm with best friend and show creator Larry David he s 23 years sober he s happily married to wife Joyce and at age 70 he s back on stage after taking time off last year to recover from various ailments including a fractured wrist ( I did more shows at CedarsSinai the past year than [on stage] he says.) Lewis co-headlines this month with Artie Lange at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek with 300 000 hours of material in his head. I m going to be so raw I might get so provocative in that casino that the people wearing Bermuda shorts won t have to go in the sun he says. Their thighs and calves will be red by the time I m off the stage. If his Q&A with Lifestyle (which honestly was way more A than Q) is any indication that may be an understatement. (Visit for the full interview.) We ve finished shooting the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I ve seen some of the [episodes] I think it s the best season. Larry took a long five-year nap unfortunately. But he doesn t go into a new season unless he thinks he has a 10-story arc. The show is adlib but there are some expositional points otherwise there s no story and it would be like those cakes that crumble whatever they re called. I used to know. That s the thing [about being] 70. My brain now ... you might ask a question about politics and I ll tell you that things aren t going well for President Eisenhower. If only Eisenhower would stop tweeting I m starting to go bald in the back of my head. So we re doing some post-production stuff for Curb and I say to Larry Why do you always have the camera on the back of my head you bastard. ... Larry says The balder you get the more episodes I m [doing]. I haven t spoken to him in a week. I m not sure whether I m rooting for more hair to be in the drain or not. I think I d rather be semibald and do a 10th season of Curb. Then after that I ll be offered a show where I play Uncle Mikey the guy who [lives] with a chimp. I used to use notes on stage I haven t in a decade. ... I had this sheet that was Scotch-taped together. When I opened it up it would be about 6 feet long. It looked like a Jewish Christopher Columbus scroll. ... When I was younger I carried this sheet everywhere I went. If I lost it I would have had to run away with the circus and be shot out of a cannon. The first Jewish clown to be shot out of a cannon. I d probably go about a footand-a-half in the air. And then I d apologize and offer to pay for everyone s tickets. There are so many different platforms [for comics to pursue today] that I almost want to take a nap thinking about all the work I would have to do. The road was narrower in [the 1970s]. It was like Get The Tonight Show or you re done. So I d drive to Catch a Rising Star in New York try to meet as many consensually loving actresses as I could--who were all unfortunately waitressing--and work on my act. I wasn t thinking about protein and probiotics. I was thinking about The Tonight Show and condoms. Don t think there weren t comedy groupies. They weren t walking around with clown shoes and red noses on--although I know one comic who was into that. I had an unfortunate attraction to some unfortunate personalities [during his dating days] and I would parade this Fellini-esque group one after another in front of my therapist. ... Out of the corner of my eye I would envision my therapist giving me a thumb s up. There was never a thumbs-up. ... This went on for 15 years until I met Joyce [his wife of 12 years]--a name that we both despise but there s nothing I can do with it. I like Richard it s a cool name. But Joyce If I kiss my wife after saying her name I feel like I m kissing my aunt at a Passover meal in Brooklyn in 1957. By the way I have a fascination with clocks. I have a collection of them. ... Why was I even thinking about the clocks Maybe it s because I ve been on the phone with you for 3 days. Oh the therapist. So my wife when we dated I had to find some reason to go to the therapist. My therapist loved my wife and knew she was the right one for me. But she just couldn t take me anymore. The therapist leaned in about an inch away from my face and said This is as good as it gets. And she said it in this scary horror voice like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Her head spun around on its axis and she spit this green guck all over my black suit. Listen I m going to need some oxygen soon. We ve been talking for 80 minutes. I know because I m looking at one of my 1 000 clocks. 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