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JULY 2015 CALIXTO GARciA-VELEZ SUMMER IN CAROLINA YELLOW CANOPY TASTE OF SPAIN PIRIPI RESTAURANT Spa Month INDULGE FOR LESS IN THE SHADE WITH EDWARD BEINER NEW 2015 CADILLAC Treating you like family has made us 1 2 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM CTS 7815 SW 104 TH Street On The West Side of US1 1-800-481-5246 PINECREST HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE 5801 SW 107TH STREET PINECREST REDUCED 1 395 000 Sprawling Ranch Home on Acre w Guest House on quiet street Main house open pool screened patio. Guest house is handicap-accessible with 2BR 1.5BA & full kitchen. Remodel rebuild or build new. Pinecrest Elementary. DADELAND AREA Thank a past or present member of the armed services for the freedom you are celebrating today 7821 SW 88 TERRACE MIAMI 699 000 TARA a prestigious gated community with a 24-hour manned gate this spacious retreat will make you feel like you are on vacation 3BR and patio with 45ft swimming pool 2BR 1BA upstairs with family room. Eatin kitchen formal living room and dining room soaring ceilings and lots of natural light Over 3 000 SF SUNSET AREA PINECREST FACTS AS OF JUNE 1ST 2015 163 houses currently on the market for sale The lowest priced home is 485 000 The highest priced home is 9 800 000 82 houses sold YTD between 1 1 15 and 6 1 15 The lowest priced sale was 465 000 The highest priced sale was 4 000 000 The average days on market to sell was 94 Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Do you know anyone interested in leasing commercial warehouse space Call me - we have 10 000 SF available in North Miami just one mile west of 1-95 between Miami & Ft. Lauderdale & The Beaches. 8220 SUNSET DR MIAMI 1 100 000 Secluded retreat in your own Shangri-La Behind the walled & gated builder s acre are gardens connecting the Main house of 3BR 2.5BA 2CG w light. Sparkling pool & many updates CHRISTINE STIPHANY CRS (305) 903-8845 stiphany.c PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JANUARY 2014 3 3 4 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 5 from the publisher JULY 2015 How are you spending your summer vacation We hope you enjoyed the Staycation feature in our June issue. We are carrying on that same theme with our July cover story on spas. Miami is renowned for its luxury spas that rank among the Best Spas in America and are beloved by spa connoisseurs around the world. Miami Spa Month takes place throughout July and August which means you can sample these exquisite services at discounted prices. Who knows you may find your new favorite spa getaway is just around the corner. In this issue we also feature local retailer Yellow Canopy. The store is both eclectic and timeless and the proprietress couldn t be more charming. Do you have a Blue Chip Kid Local David Bianchi s new book helps explain financial matters to your children and teenagers in an easy-to-read format. It can be a refresher for parents as well. On the fashion front check out our story on Pinecrest resident Edward Beiner the purveyor of innovative eyeglasses who s flagship store is in South Miami. Our dining review this month is on Piripi a magical new restaurant at the Village of Merrick Park. This talented team of imported Spanish personnel is bringing authentic Spanish cuisine to Miami that shouldn t be missed. And lastly our Seven Questions this month is with Pinecrest resident Calixto Garcia-Velez of FirstBank. Read on to find out what makes FirstBank stand out from the pack. We appreciate you reading us each month. We continue to receive positive feedback and are always looking for that next great local story. I look forward to hearing from you. PUBLISHER Gail Scott EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Angela Caraway-Carlton ASSOCIATE EDITOR Elyssa Schwartz ASSOCIATE EDITOR Richard Shellene COPY EDITOR Sherri Balefsky CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Alisha Riddle ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea MARKETING ONLINE MEDIA Brittney Freeman WRITERS Karen Buchsbaum Karelia Martinez Carbonell Tony Falce Jan Jorgensen Maria Llanos Craig Morell Kim Rodriguez Madison Watt PHOTOGRAPHERS Alex Bartole Karen Buchsbaum DowntownPhoto Fort Lauderdale Ed Nercess All Star Photography Rhona Wise ADVERTISING SALES GAIL SCOTT gail LORI CASTLE lcastle SHARI GLATTER sglatter DEBBY GOLD dgold SUZETTE GORDON suzette JILL HOROWITZ jill BONNIE JUDSON bonnie CHERYL PERL cheryl DEBBIE PEROVICH dperovich CHRISTINE REDMOND christine BETH TACHE beth CHAIRMAN Gary Press DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & EVENTS Danielle Tarrant LIFESTYLE MEDIA GROUP 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 954.377.9470 fax 954.617.9418 2015 Pinecrest Magazines are published by Life Media Group all rights reserved. Pinecrest Magazine 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. Gail Scott Gail Scott Publisher gail 6 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Opening Doors Across South Florida 7837 SW 117 Street 2 495 000 BEST LUXURY VALUE IN PINECREST Custom Blt 2004 7000 Sq Ft Acre Gated 7Br 8Bths 2 Half Bths Pool 3-car Gar Details Galore High-End Finishes Pool w Waterfall Under Contract 13475 SW 59 Court 1 329 000 STUNNING & STYLISH PINECREST ELEMENTARY GEM Totally Remodeled in 08 Outrageous Kitchen Gated Community 4 5 p 2-Car on Cul-de-Sac Impact Glass Vaulted Ceilings Split Plan New Listing 11650 SW 68 Court 1 149 000 PINECREST ACRE LAND VALUE Executive Neighborhood Awaits Your Dream House Winding Street Highly Elevated Great Area Rentable House on Lot but Sold as a Knock-Down 7301 SW 115 Street 1 089 000 CENTRAL PINECREST HOME ON QUIET STREET Totally Updated 08- 09 2-Story 5 3.5 P Office Marble Flrs Impact Glass Roof 13 HURRY 10260 SW 142 Street 799 000 MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM BLT FAMILY HOME 5 4 P 2-Car Exquisite Finishes and Updates Amazing 2013 Ktch Gorgeous Flrs Skylights Wet Bar. Quiet Street 7776 SW 193 Lane 499 999 BEST VALUE IN CUTLER CAY 5 4 2-Car on Private Quiet Child-Friendly Street Soaring Ceilings Gorgeous Finishes 4097 Adj. Sqft Evan Goldman evan Hazel Goldman hazel RE MAX Advance Realty 305.607.8880 305.665.7383 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES MIAMI SPA MONTH LUXURY FOR LESS 36 42 44 DEPARTMENTS 6 10 14 PUBLISHER S LETTER AROUND TOWN CULTURAL CALENDAR DAVID BIANCHI 26 HISTORICAL CORAL ROCK PIRIPI 28 DINING 32 34 GARDENING FASHION 20 EDUCATION 22 24 FABULOUS PLUMERIAS EDWARD BEINER BRAISED OXTAIL UNDER THE YELLOW CANOPY FRENCH BAROQUE AND SHABBY CHIC BILTMORE FIREWORKS VILLAGE LIFE REAL ESTATE 50 IN THE KITCHEN 52 54 56 RESTAURANT GUIDE FITNESS SCENE ON SITE CALIXTO GARCIA-VELEZ 58 SEVEN QUESTIONS NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS A TRANQUIL CHANGE OF SCENERY Photo by Unique Design Studios Unique Furniture Decor & Accents Prop rentals for your events weddings and photo shoots. Large retail selection for y your home. 3 0 5.9 8 8.7015 8787 SW 132nd St. Miami FL 33176 (shops behind the Falls) News and Notes from the Village COMMUNITY PHOTO CONTEST THE WAY WE WORKED The Way We Worked is a Smithsonian exhibition that is coming to Pinecrest from September 5 through October 17. It explores how work has become a central element in American culture and how the workforce and the work environment have evolved over the last 150 years. Pinecrest is holding a community photo contest leading up to the opening of the Smithsonian photo exhibit. Snap a photograph of someone hard at work in the community. The top five photos will be on display at the Pinecrest Gardens Gallery throughout the duration of the exhibit. The deadline for photos is August 26. The contest is open to all ages and abilities. Send high-resolution photos with photographer s name and a brief photo description to ltoy To be part of the online gallery via social media post your photos with the hashtag TWWWPinecrest. Photos from the National Archives 10 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Miami s Premier Center for Holistic Healthcare Acupuncture is a safe natural and effective solution for a variety of health conditions. We successfully treat Back Pain Sciatica Insomnia PMS Menopause Stress Allergies Depression Neck Pain Arthritis Weight Loss Migraines Headaches Anxiety Infertility (Both Men & Woman) Ask your doctor if acupuncture is right for you. If they don t know call us 2645 S Douglas Rd. Miami FL 33133 Office hours Monday - Saturday from 8 00am to 8 00pm 305.446.3009 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 11 around town DUTY AND HONOR PINECREST POLICE RECEIVE FOUR AWARDS Four members of the Pinecrest Police Department were honored at the annual MADD awards dinner held on May 27. Officer Edison Cruz received the Officer William Craig Memorial DRE award for his excellence and commitment to enforcing DUI statutes. Cruz had 103 DUI arrests during 2014. Officer Shirley Verde received the Enforcement Award of Honor for her dedication to MADD s cause making our roads safer from drunk drivers. Verde stopped an impaired driver who was driving the wrong way on U.S. 1 on March 1 preventing an incident that could have caused multiple fatalities. Chief Samuel Ceballos Jr. and Lt. Derrick Bowman were also honored for their dedication to DUI enforcement. They both received the Recognition of Distinction award. Students present Mrs. Charlton with roses DISCUSSES CLINICAL TRIALS OPTION FOR CANCER PATIENTS On Thursday July 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Jonathan C. Trent M.D. Ph.D. an expert oncologist and researcher will share important facts about the role of clinical trials in cancer treatment. He will highlight some of the most important cancer research programs going on in South Florida and how they may be relevant to you. As a sarcoma expert he will present an update on advances in that field in particular. The program generously sponsored by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is free and all are welcome. RSVP is required please call 305.668.5900. DR. JONATHAN C. TRENT After a 36-year career in Episcopal education in South Florida St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Church s head of school Kris Matteson Charlton has retired. A grand celebration took place in May with more than 600 students faculty staff former colleagues family friends and clergymen including the Right Rev. Peter Eaton bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. All participants enjoyed a tribute to Mrs. Charlton that was on par with her amazing contribution to elementary education at St. Stephen s Episcopal Day School in Coconut Grove St. Philip s Episcopal School in Coral Gables and St. Thomas Parish School in Coral Gables. The Rev. Mario Milian rector of St. Thomas says Mrs. Charlton has been a dedicated faithful and wonderful leader of our church parish for 13 years. As such she has also been an important member of our parish and vestry and has done an amazing job bringing our church and school together to be one. We are going to miss her immensely when she is gone. HEAD OF SCHOOL RETIRES More than 35 agencies came together at the Pinecrest Community Center to celebrate the fifthannual Senior Fair. The fair is the biggest of the year for seniors and is both informative and fun. The free event commemorated Older Americans Month in May and highlighted education and well-being. Activities included health checks and presentations by medical professionals fitness demonstrations information on Medicare and insurance legal services Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) unique library programs for seniors and horticulture demonstrations. There were also raffles complimentary chair massages and refreshments. FIFTH-ANNUAL SENIOR FAIR 12 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM LET HILDA AND YSHA BRING YOU CLOSER POINTS OF INTEREST IN PINECREST Farmer s Market every Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens -1.6 miles Whole Foods Market - 2.5 miles Pinecrest Elementary School - 1.9 miles Strawberry shake from Wayside Fruit & Vegetable Market - 2.2 miles 7 9 6195 Rolling Road Drive Pinecrest FL 33156 Offered at SF 3 725 000 8 555 Bedrooms Bathrooms Flowers for any occasion from Hirni s Wayside Garden Florist - 2.2 miles Gulliver Preparatory School - 3 miles POINTS OF INTEREST IN COCONUT GROVE Famous AC s Icees est. in 1978 at Kennedy Park - 0.3 miles Fresh Market - 0.8 miles Hot cup of joe at Panther Coffee - 1.5 miles 2850 Freeman Street Coconut Grove FL 33133 Offered at SF 1 537 000 3 099 Bedrooms Bathrooms 4 3 Ransom Everglades Middle School - 0.5 miles Lunch at Green Street Caf in DowntownCoconut Grove - 1.6 Miles Dock your boat at Dinner Key Marina -1.3 Miles YSHA ARTEAGA BROKER ASSOCIATE Sports & Entertainment Division 786.282.0132 ysha.arteaga HILDA JACOBSON REALTOR ASSOCIATE Sports & Entertainment Division 786.213.4511 hilda.jacobson ASKELLIMAN.COM 2015 Douglas Elliman Real Estate. All material presented herein is intended for information purposes only. While this information is believed to be correct it is represented subject to errors omissions changes or withdrawal without notice. All property information including but not limited to square footage room count number Equal Housing Opportunity. cultural calendar 3 MUST-SEE SHANIA TWAIN American Airlines Arena July 16 at 7 30 p.m. Tickets Starting at 40 JULY events Country music icon Shania Twain s powerful voice and captivating stage presence makes her one of the world s most celebrated vocalists. She ll bring her Rock This Country Tour to American Airlines Arena for one night only. SAM SMITH Breakthrough artist and four-time Grammy Award winner Sam Smith brings his unforgettable voice to the stage. Best known for his single Stay With Me Smith s heart-wrenching melodies have earned him international success. American Airlines Arena July 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets Starting at 41 PINECREST GARDENS HIGHLIGHTS PINECREST GARDENS While this amazing botanical garden has some of the rarest and most beautiful plants from around the world Pinecrest Gardens has so much more to offer. Here are some of the highlights you should check out on your own or with the whole family. SPLASH N PLAY A water playground designed for the children ages 2 through 12 is open daily from 10 a.m. to one hour prior to the park s closing. PETTING ZOO Interact with friendly farm animals. Open daily at 10 a.m. noon 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. FEED THE FISH The waterways throughout the gardens offer children a unique opportunity to feed fish in their natural environment. Fish food is sold at the admissions booth. SWAN LAKE Swan Lake is the perfect place to see wildlife in a spectacular setting. Kids can sit and watch the beautiful swan as it swims across the water the iguanas and turtles sunning themselves on the grassy bank and the native birds that stop to cool down at the water s edge. GAMES FIFTH HARMONY The popular girl band Fifth Harmony brings Reflection The Summer Tour to the Jackie Gleason Theater. There will be appearances by Bea Miller Debby Ryan The Never Ending and Natalie La Rose. Jackie Gleason Theater July 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets Starting at 28 Dominoes chess and checkers (on a 25-foot chess board) are available to play. With the colorful gardens as a backdrop both games draw players and spectators alike. Please inquire at the admissions booth a valid driver s license will be held during your time of reservation. 14 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM NOVEMBER 2014 15 cultural calendar THE PALMS HOTEL & SPA VINO & VINYASA What Yoga and wine can there be a better way to start the weekend Join local Lululemon Athletica yogis for a relaxing hour of yoga followed by an artisanal wine tasting and light bites by Essensia Restaurant. When Every Friday in July from 6 30 to 8 30 p.m. Where WunderBar at Circa 39 Hotel Miami Beach Tickets 25 pre-pay 30 at the door. Make reservations online at CULTURAL highlights MUSIC IN MIAMI THREE SUNDAYS IN JULY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES What A selection of some of Miami s best classical and Latin music including a string program featuring Vivaldi s Four Seasons with Adam Diderrich a woodwind quintet featuring Peter and the Wolf with narration plus a Stars Wars medley and a classical music trio blending with Latin rhythms. When July 5 July 26 and Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. Where Trinity Cathedral Tickets Free LOOKINGGLASS ALICE What A modern re-creation of one of the most well-known tales of all time Alice in Wonderland. The New York Times describes this circusinspired performance as Astounding... eyecatching entertainment. When July 8 Aug. 16 Where Ziff Ballet Opera House Tickets 55 75 2014 was a phenomenal year for us and we want to send a heartfelt and sincere Thank You for entrusting us with your business. We take great pride in the real estate transactions we have closed and look forward to the new families we will have the honor to work with. 16 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL What Coral Gables is hosting the International Mango Festival which includes the 16th-annual Mango Brunch cooking demonstrations mango tree sales and Fairchild Farm mango smoothies. When July 11 and 12 Where Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Tickets 25 1 Agents in Earnings Coldwell Banker Pinecrest Office MIAMI SALSA CONGRESS What This annual event is a five-day Latin music and dance festival that features the world s best salsa talent. Each night there will be performances from a diverse selection of 500 performers including international dance showcases live concerts and DJs. When July 29 Aug. 2 Where Deauville Beach Resort Miami Beach Tickets Starting at 75 5 Licensed Realtors Working Around The Clock For You Realtors Adam Levy - 305.389.3959 adam Ph. 786.581.1134 12651 South Dixie Highway Suite 102 Pinecrest FL 33156 Wendy Levy-Jackson - 305.389.2999 wendy Jennifer Levy - 305.389.3999 jenmclevy Maria Escagedo - 305.989.8082 meescagedo Evelyn Alfaro - 786.606.5594 info cultural calendar CULTURAL listings Deborah Voigt What The internationally acclaimed soprano opens the Miami Summer Music Festival s 2015 season with an orchestral concert featuring works by Wagner Strauss and more. When July 11 at 7 30 p.m. Where Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center Tickets Starting at 15 The Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson The End of Times Tour What The smash 90s acts of the alternative rock band and the controversial frontman join forces to bring an amazing concert to South Florida. When July 22 at 7 p.m. Where Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Tickets Starting at 30.75 Rigoletto What The Miami Lyric Opera brings to life Verdi s beloved opera that follows the tale of a revengeseeking court jester. When July 11 at 8 p.m. and July 12 at 4 p.m. Where Colony Theatre Tickets 37 adults 25 students Chicago Repertory Ballet The Four Seasons and Other Works What This one-act ballet showcases Chicago Repertory Ballet s new ballet style. A series of vignettes from everyday life incorporates classical and contemporary movement with a gorgeous re-composition of Vivaldi s original score by Max Richter. When July 25 at 8 p.m. Where South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Tickets 25 30 D TRUSTE ST ST S MO E 2004 E PINECR FER SINC ROO According to the Better Business Bureau 75% of roofing companies in South Florida go out of business within 5 years and 95% within 10 years leaving homeowners with no warranty. Since 2004 our mission is to serve the community by providing only the highest quality roofing service while maintaining the most competitive rates. Rated A by the Better Business Bureau we look forward to assisting you with your roofing needs with our hassle-free T&S Roofing Guarantee South Florida s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry What This culinary benefit features top chefs and mixologists from more than 50 restaurants and vendors in South Florida. Enjoy a number of dishes as chefs compete in an effort to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. When July 16 7 to 10 p.m. Where Loews Miami Beach Hotel Tickets 125 Specializing in Roof Replacements & Repairs Financing Available For more information please visit our website at or call 305.NEW.ROOF Counting Crows Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour What The San Franciscobased R&B-style alternative rock band returns to South Florida to perform. The multiplatinum band will perform both classics and new favorites from its seventh critically-acclaimed album. When July 30 at 7 p.m. Where Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Tickets Starting at 30.75 Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint Tour What On her third concert tour the Trinidadian artist is joined by Dej Loaf Meek Mill and Tinashe. When July 20 at 7 p.m. Where Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Tickets Starting at 115 (639.7663) Free Estimates Licensed & Insured CCC1326032 We are avid supporters of 18 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM education Forget the birds and the bees. Talk to your kids about the bulls and the bears. DAVID BIANCHI T 20 hat s the attitude David W. Bianchi Coral Gables resident and author of the recently released book Blue Chip Kids What Every Child (and Parent) Should Know About Money Investing and the Stock Market. As the father of a young teen Bianchi was frustrated by the lack of entertaining and educational financial teaching materials available for middle and high school students. Bianchi says it best when he asks What parents don t want their children to be money smart and have a head start in life Miami is an expensive city. Beneath the brilliant sun housing prices insurance costs office rents and lifestyle pursuits all add up. Bianchi thinks it s really important to know where all the money you make is being spent. Bianchi started to educate his son about money matters by writing down his thoughts stapling some pages and reviewing them together. Once he started writing the project took on a life of its own and resulted in a manuscript containing 265 pages 165 illustrations and 100 topics. Bianchi had a book prototype produced at a Hialeah bindery. He then sent it to Wiley publishing in New York and within a week he had a contract. The book is available for purchase through bookstores and Bianchi isn t letting Amazon do all the work. He just completed a satellite television and radio media tour promoting the book in 30 different U.S. and Canadian markets. He envisions using the book to create an educational curriculum to teach students throughout the United States about basic money-management skills. Ask any high school student what they know about managing and investing the money they will earn in their lifetime and you re likely to get a blank stare. Bianchi likes to say that today s teenagers have probably spent much more time dissecting frogs and mastering social media apps than they have learning anything about the financial acumen they will need to thrive in the future. Bianchi also thinks most parents could benefit from a basic moneymanagement refresher course. Blue Chip Kids is a tool to initiate an important dialogue between parents and their children about money and investing. In the process parents will learn as well. Bianchi s expertise comes through his extensive business experience. He has practiced law for 35 years with Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain P.A. is the former chairman of GnuBIO Inc. a DNA sequencing startup a former board member of Affomix Corporation an antibody startup former vice chair of Florida Savings Bank and an investor in multiple real estate partnerships. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a bachelor s in economics and earned his law degree at Boston College Law School. When he isn t espousing the money management benefits or practicing law Bianchi rides his bike from his Coral Gables home through Matheson Hammock and boats in the Snapper Creek Canal adjacent to the Matheson Preserve out to Biscayne Bay. While he relishes the natural beauty of South Florida he is dismayed and frustrated by the trash left in our waterways and embankments and has participated in multiple personal advocacy efforts to pick up litter and meet with local authorities to address the severity of the problem. Whether it s investing or helping the environment Bianchi uses each situation as a teaching moment that he shares with his son... his very own Blue Chip Kid. For more information about the book go to JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Introducing a higher standard of primary care. At Baptist Health Primary Care we re improving the primary care patient experience from the ground up starting with same-day or next-day appointments extended night and weekend hours plus best-in-class doctors nurse practitioners and care team dedicated to you. 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Listing Price 2 465 000 Location 7621 SW 59th Avenue Court Listing Agent Hilda & Ysha Team Sports & Entertainment Division Douglas Elliman Real Estate 786.282.0132 Specs 11 726 sq. ft. 6 Bd 6.5 Ba Highlights 2016 New Construction. This California modern design is in walking distance to South Miami s restaurants and shops. Some of the high-quality features in this two-story home include MiaCucina cabinetry in the kitchen with quartz counter tops MiaCucina bathroom cabinetry countertops and sink package beautiful modern gas fireplace entertainment bar area 24-by-24-inch porcelain tile white oak wood floors on the second floor security camera system pool heated pool spa and hurricane-impact windows. 24 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Listing Price 2 495 000 Location 7837 SW 117th St. Listing Agent Evan Goldman RE MAX Advance Realty 305.607.8880 evan Specs 7 585 sq. ft. 7 Bd 8 Ba 2 Half-Baths Highlights Incredible bang for your buck This very high-end 2004 custom-built two-story home sits on one acre and was designed by architect Jorge Nuche and built by Eduardo Miranda. Highlights include soaring ceilings large built-in library top-of-the-line finishes marble floors five central air-conditioning units four water heaters and a pool with waterfall. The home is fully gated and features alternate-use rooms a wing of which could be used for in-law quarters with separate entrance and patio. Master bedroom is on the ground floor. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 25 historical LOCAL LANDMARKS ADDED TO NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES BY KARELIA MARTINEZ-CARBONELL PRESIDENT OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION OF CORAL GABLES rock SOLID Solid as a rock is no cliche when it comes to two local landmarks. Coral rock has been used extensively as a building material throughout the city of Coral Gables since its beginning. Many of the earliest residences in the area were constructed using the material including the home of Coral Gables founder George Merrick at 907 Coral Way. By 1922 many of the city s first homes were being built near the Merrick House out of the same material. Much of the coral rock used in the early stages of the city s construction came from a quarry that would later be transformed into the Venetian Pool at 2701 De Soto Blvd. The material was used not only for residences but also for important civic buildings including City Hall and the Coral Gables Women s Club. The Venetian Pool was completed in 1924 from an old 4-acre coral rock quarry abandoned in 1921. The quarry was creatively reconfigured by architect Phineas Paist and designed by Merrick s uncle artist Denman Fink. It was named for Venice Italy. 26 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Merrick House the former home of Coral Gables founder George Merrick The first national opera troupe performance in Miami was in the drained Venetian Pool on February 2 1926. The million-dollar production had a cast of 30 singers and 28 ballet dancers who arrived on three special trains. The opera was sponsored by the developers of Coral Gables and Miami Shores. A year earlier the celebrated Paul Whiteman Orchestra played in the Venetian Pool to help Merrick promote sales in Coral Gables. In 1981 the Venetian Pool was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is the only pool listed on the register. Another rock-solid landmark is Pinecrest Gardens. The site contains remnants of the original bed of Snapper Creek. The grounds have evolved into an Eden with roaming peacocks swimming white swans towering banyans natural streams and a lake. The site covers approximately 4.3 acres of native forested wetland (3.3 acres of tropical hardwood hammock and an acre of native cypress slough hammock). Pinecrest Gardens is so special that the talipot palm planted in 1965 (when the land was Parrot Jungle) started its once-in-its-lifetime flowering cycle this year. Only eight talipot palms have flowered in Florida in the last half-century. In 1990 the site was designated as an individual historic site pursuant to the Metropolitan Dade County Historic Preservation Ordinance and in 2011 the National Park Service announced the addition of Pinecrest Gardens to the National Register of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1991. The Association promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation. For more information please visit Above Walter the peacock posing on a coral rock wall in Pinecrest Gardens Below The Venetian Pool is the only pool listed in the National Register of Historic Places PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 27 DINING Piripi Village of Merrick Park 320 San Lorenzo Avenue Coral Gables 305.448.2423 AN INTOXICATING REALITY BY GAIL SCOTT Piripi M 28 iami is a foodie town from amazing little finds in neighborhood strip centers to haute cuisine in the most upscale of establishments. I have enjoyed dining and cooking interesting food for decades but I recently had one of the best meals of my life at Piripi a new Spanish restaurant in the Village of Merrick Park. Piripi is a passion project says Gus Abalo who co-owns the restaurant with partner Teo Arranz. Teo and I have wanted to open a restaurant together for quite some time. We both love Spanish food Teo has restaurants in Spain and we both love Coral Gables we felt like this would be a great fit. Most importantly we wanted to open a restaurant where people can feel free to get a little piripi sharing plates and good wine laughing and having fun. Like many South Florida restaurants Piripi blends indoor and outdoor space with disappearing glass doors. Designed by Miami firm Candela & Partners the restaurant exudes a meticulous attention to detail throughout from the 3 222 pieces of earthenware pottery to the spectacular Spanish stemware for cocktails and wine. As we entered the newly built-out space the first thing we noticed was the dazzling light installation over the bar that is quite Chihuly-like in nature (which makes sense as its creator artist Ryan Blythe worked for eight years as an apprentice to Dale Chihuly in Seattle). The lighting is alive with an ever-changing palette of colors. The large open kitchen reveals a team working in harmony to create dishes that are as beautiful on the plate as they are on the palate. Abalo and Arranz have staffed the kitchen with chefs from some of Europe s best Spanish JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM From top to bottom The Frodo s Garden is a crafty gin-based cocktail capped with heirloom tomatoes basil and olive oil The Todo Junto sampler of lomo pata negra Serrano ham and cheese is served with golden raisin marmalade as the perfect spread Meloso con Bogavante is a paella with lobster shrimp and crawfish in a brothy rice Helado Dulce Palomitas looks like a space galaxy for dessert. restaurants who have brought their recipes with them to Miami. Take Chef Ernesto Lorenzo Veloz for example. Prior to moving to Miami to create the rice dishes for Piripi Veloz was executive chef under two-star Michelin Chef G rard Vi at Toro and Mi Cayito two of the top Spanish restaurants in Paris. He learned his craft from Maestro Chef Baro in Alicante Spain a town renowned for its paella. All great meals should start with a perfect cocktail and Piripi boasts a number of interesting signature drinks. We tried Frodo s Garden a gin-based drink with heirloom tomatoes basil and olive oil as well as the Casa Tonic which is served in an iced Spanish glass that was delightfully refreshing in the South Florida heat. The wine list has many unusual Spanish offerings with a surprising number of them under 50 a bottle. Some of us started with Txakoli Txomin Etxaniz which is a crisp white wine from the Basque Country that s similar to its neighbor Albari o. Our meal started with Todo Junto a sampler of lomo pata negra Serrano ham and cheese served with a golden raisin marmalade. Next we were presented with a topdrawer version of Pan con Tomate served on Zak the Baker s toast and Shishitos Fritos which are juicy green peppers fried to a delicious crisp. To round out the starters we tried the Setas Salteadas (wild mushrooms with grated cheese) and Gambas del Paraiso (seared wild shrimp with grilled scallion). The flavor profiles of each dish were nuanced and we literally experienced the meaning of Piripi which refers to a sensation of slight intoxication where reality begins to feel like a dream. The paellas are also outstanding here (and according to Abalo are the most popular dishes on Piripi s menu praised for their authenticity by diners who ve been to Spain). We enjoyed Meloso con Bogavante which was lobster shrimp and crawfish in a brothy rice. Chef Veloz cooks the stock for days and it shows in the dish s complex and developed flavors. Some of the others that we want to try on future visits include Cordero y Pollo rice with lamb and chicken and Negre de Txipiron jet-black rice stained with squid ink. We ended our meal with four different desserts Goxua de Arroz Choco Planeta Mil Hojas and Helado Dulce Palomitas which altogether on the plate looked like a space galaxy. Served on the earthenware pottery that is characteristic of Spanish restaurants each one was a study in composition and artistry. We are lucky to have so many great restaurants in South Florida but this latest import from Spain allows for some piripi in our own backyard. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 29 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 31 GARDENING SUMMER COLOR AND FRAGRANCE THE fabulous PLUMERIAS BY CRAIG MORRELL W ith their wide range of flower colors and fragrances plumerias are one of my favorite types of tree for our area. Also called frangipani these underused flowering trees thrive in our warm summer conditions and are wellsuited to grow in our rocky soil producing its heads of richly perfumed flowers from April to October. Given lots of sunlight and spring-fall doses of palm fertilizer these succulent trees can grow to 15 feet or more in height but should be tip-pruned after flowering to maintain a shorter well-branched plant. Plumerias will go leafless in winter for a few months to store energy for their flower show in spring and summer. The flowers serve an added decorative function when displayed in bowls of water on a dining table or desk. Fortunately we have excellent nurseries in South Florida that sell varieties of this plant. Some of the most spectacular Asian and Hawaiian types of plumeria are grafted onto vigorous rootstocks to make sure they grow strongly in our area. Here at Pinecrest Gardens we have a great showing of the tall-growing Miami Rose variety that blooms near Lakeview Terrace. There are dwarf plumeria varieties for growing near a patio or as a container specimen. They also make excellent additions to rock gardens. Plumerias require very little attention other than tending to their need for strong sunlight and a semiannual fertilizing. We invite you to enjoy the bounty of flowers and fragrance these trees can offer as you diversify your garden. Craig Morell is the head horticulturist for Pinecrest Gardens. You can follow his blog Ask the Plant Guy at 32 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM FREE 30 MINUTE STRETCH Just Mention Gail from Pinecrest Magazine. I would recommend Stretch Zone to anybody not even just athletes - a regular person can do it. These guys are legit. They know the points to hit. - Olivier Vernon Defensive End Miami Dolphins It s the cure for your weekday stress This place has changed the quality of my life and physical agility. After years of chiropractic pain management and medication I am finally pain-free and energetic. A miracle - Mindy Savage Hallandale Beach BOAT LOANS 12677 South Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.592.7733 APR It s easy to apply. 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With his ability to spot and set trends the young brand-savvy designer quickly developed a reputation as an influential industry leader and curator offering today s aspiring lifestyle-oriented consumers the most unique collections of superior eyewear coupled with an unparalleled customer experience. Over thirty years ago Beiner opened his first eyewear boutique in Miami and in 1996 he and his wife Daniela decided to make the Village of Pinecrest their home. We moved to Pinecrest because we really liked the sense of community. We felt that it was a great place to raise the children. We loved the parks the schools and the community center he says. Their children David (25) and Steven (22) grew up in the village attending Temple Beth Am Day School and Gulliver High School and have since moved away to pursue their own careers. Beiner and Daniela remain very active members of Tree City USA and enjoy biking to the farmers market going to concerts at the Pinecrest Community Center and attending many other area activities. On a professional level Beiner spends his time researching the latest in styles and technology and designing his own signature eyewear collection. He has released one exclusive collection per year over the past decade. These collections are inspired by Beiner s continuous journey to acquire knowledge experience cultures and become inspired. Whether it is a lush landscape beautiful waterfalls or the exciting hues of the Arctic night sky all of Beiner s experiences have contributed to the vibrant colors minimalist flare and retro stylings of his collections a perfect combination of artful design great fit and comfort. Handmade by artisans in the French Alps they are manufactured in small limited quantities and are available in both prescription and sunglasses. 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PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 35 COVER STORY Spo ed at t e Spa MIAMI SPA MONTH It s spagoers favorite time of year Miami Spa Month when we get pampered for less. Here are our tops picks for ultimate relaxation The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne RELAXATION RATING Living in Miami can be hectic but as you drive over the Rickenbacker Causeway you exhale into island life. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne welcomes you with casual elegance and top-drawer spa services. The spa which has been open for 14 years has dedicated and tenured staff members that attend to your every need. Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen has never felt so right. Slip into your robe and slippers and prepare to be pampered. SPOILED ROTTEN Our pick is the 129 Miami Spa package which includes a 25-minute signature massage (Darlene s fingers were magic) a 25-minute refresher facial (using organic product line minence) and a classic manicure using a tropical fruit-scented soak and vanilla sugar scrub. The package also provides access to the spa facilities which include a hot and wet sauna and a Jacuzzi. Complimentary valet is included. SPA TIP Arrive early to enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne while lounging in the relaxation area. As you leave the building you are presented with the spa s signature mango candle that you ve been inhaling all afternoon. Breathe in the Zen and prolong your spa experience. The Spa at Viceroy Miami RELAXATION RATING This Philippe Starck-designed spa is like going down the Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole to relaxation. A canary-yellow chandelier hangs above a water lounge and floating library where you can hop between hot and cold plunge pools. Grab a lounger by the bay window or sip on Champagne tea or fresh water while soaking in the pools overlooking Biscayne Bay. SPOILED ROTTEN With three different types of discounted massages offered during Spa Month (aromatherapy Tropical Swedish and hot stone) you can t help but lose the tension. But if you re looking to put your best face forward our pick is the 99 Babor Skin Performance Facial. During this 50-minute customized treatment a special Doctor Babor masque is used to pinpoint trouble areas. Then peels are applied to fix those problems for us a rehydrating peel was applied to dry spots around our eyes and a healing peel was applied to tame breakouts on the chin. Our favorite part was the decadent facial massage. This five-star treatment left our faces smooth and refreshed. SPA TIP Spring for a 20 enhancement of your choice a Moroccan Oil scalp treatment dry brushing or deep-tissue upgrade. You can also enjoy the 300-foot-long Icon pool or take one of the fitness center s popular classes. The Spa at Thompson Miami Beach RELAXATION RATING This newcomer to the Spa Month scene steals the show. It really doesn t get better than a spa perched on a rooftop where you can indulge in a rubdown in a private open-air cabana. Post-treatment we suggest grabbing an oversized chair on the spa deck overlooking Miami Beach s turquoise waters as you let your leftover cares drift away. SPOILED ROTTEN The Spa at Thompson Miami Beach doesn t cheat you when it comes to pampering for less A luxurious 90-minute Swedish massage is only 99. But we suggest the All About You massage (because when spa-ing it should be all about you right ). This 60-minute treatment is customized to your liking you get to pick the areas and how much time is devoted to each body part. Ours e was a mixture of Thai stretching deep-tissue kneading and scalp massaging that ended with a putyou-to-sleep foot rub. SPA TIP As an extra bonus on pricey Miami Beach valet is free for all spa guests. Get there early so you can tan by one of two oceanfront pools or take a fitness class. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 39 The Biltmore Spa RELAXATION RATING This stunning historical treasure offers the holy grail of spa experiences. Situated on the seventh floor the spa boasts a selection of fruit chocolate and fresh lemon water as you lounge. You can also enjoy the steam room or browse the boutique to make the most of your spa day. SPOILED ROTTEN The Biltmore Spa combines luxury treatments with thoughtful personalized touches that make every minute memorable. Our pick is the 70-minute Inner Peace massage a true indulgence that eases tension and relaxes tight muscles. Massage therapists use a soothing blend of rose frankincense and cardamom to delight the senses while you experience a full-body rubdown complete with a hot stone back massage and hot towels for your feet. We came in with tense shoulders and left light as a feather. SPA TIP Prepare and protect your skin from harmful rays this summer by taking part in the Biltmore s summer skin promotion. The Royal Coconut Milk & Honey Scrub (originally 160 now just 120) includes a 50-minute fullbody exfoliation and hydrating mask. This scrub reduces cellulite so you can rock your best summer body on the beach and at the pool. 40 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM INECR STMAGAZINE COM NECRES Exhale Spa at Loews Miami Beach Hotel RELAXATION RATING From Buddha statues to driftwood sculptures serene is the scene at Exhale. Not only does tranquillity radiate through the spa and fitness area fresh scents of organic white tea permeate throughout. After a Core Fusion barre class it s time to relax. Loosen your muscles in the spa Jacuzzi and gain spiritual rejuvenation in the peaceful Zen lounge pre- or post-treatment. SPOILED ROTTEN Among the lavish selections on Exhale s spa month menu we opted for the 99 Pure Manicure and Pedicure Plus One Month MindBody Membership package. The real deal here is a month of unlimited fitness classes normally one barre class is 25. The mani pedi is simply a must-do. If you re familiar with reflexology you can trust us when we say we felt the hand massage in our eyeballs. SPA TIP On the last Thursday of every month Exhale teams up with the Lululemon Athletica Run Club for a scenic beachside run followed by an elevating flow yoga cool down. After freshening up with the spa s amenities Exhale invites participants to a complimentary refresher at The Rum Line bar with 20 percent off all other food and beverages for the night. Don t forget about the complimentary chair massage PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 41 feature YELLOW CANOPY BY KIM RODRIGUEZ under THE Yellow Canopy is more than just a furniture store it s a home furnishings haven with an eclectic mix of French Baroque shabby chic and vintagestyle furniture and accessories tucked away in the Falls Warehouse District. Once you enter this cheerful shop you are transported to Paris the south of France Tuscany or almost anywhere in Europe that exudes charm quality character and the eccentric. Dutchborn owner Joanna Van Dijk first opened the doors to Yellow Canopy in the Bird Road Warehouse District five years ago. When she decided to go south in December of 2013 Yellow Canopy grew not only in square footage but it also expanded into the rental arena of high-end props for special events and photo shoots which can be done on-site. When asked what Yellow Canopy means to Van Dijk she says The storefront had a yellow canopy already and a canopy represents where things people the world come together. And upon walking into the store and seeing the selection it makes perfect sense. Van Dijk is a trained psychologist and practiced in Europe for many years before she started her own real estate agency in the south of France. It was this venture that really ignited her love and interest in all things interior. Although she always possessed an innate passion for home design it took years for her to realize her dream and it came to fruition here in Miami. Van Dijk and her husband moved to Miami because the weather and the mixture of cultures were so appealing to both of them. She believed the Miami culture would understand her aesthetic sense of mixing styles eras and materials. She was right. Van Dijk s vision is to help people create spaces that in turn create happiness. Your home is extremely important she says. You are surrounded every day by the pieces in your home so they need to make you happy. She believes that just one piece can transform a room and at Yellow Canopy you will find the mixture needed to create a living space that s unique to you. Van Dijk has one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that she brings in from Europe usually with her loyal customers in mind. In fact she often sends her clients photographs of things she has spotted on her travels that they may like for their home. You may find shabby-chic chairs with floral pastel slipcovers or small side tables with worn-out rosettes engraved understated and beautifully crafted. Her Baroque-style pieces are truly statement pieces that can add hints of modernity as well as the elegance of that period to any room. To complement the furniture you will find large one-of-a kind handbags encrusted with jewels and artifacts which appear to be pieces of art more than they are accessories. Nickel candleholders and aluminum Buddha heads surround the store highlighting how these unique styles can elegantly come together to create an environment Far left A combination of French Baroque styling with touches of vintage flair in simple black white and silver Center Yellow Canopy is filled with shabby-chic elements to decorate your home Below The purses are works of art in which you want to surround yourself. Yellow Canopy s rental business and photography studio are new ventures that go along with what Van Dijk already does. If a photographer rents her space he or she may also want to rent props right on the premises. If an event planner is looking for special chairs for a wedding photograph or birthday Yellow Canopy will help provide for these special moments and so much more. It can all be found under the canopy. Kim Rodriguez of KR Personal Style is a personal stylist and shopper based in Miami. 305.989.1671 KRPersonalstyle PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 43 feature IT S COOL TO BE IN THE PHOTOS AND STORY BY KAREN F. BUCHSBAUM 44 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 45 S outh Floridians who spend their summers in the North Carolina mountains are indeed blessed. When you arrive in this part of the country you can almost feel your blood pressure drop and a wave of peaceful contentment wash over you. The High Country of the Appalachians technically covers seven counties but the two most mountainous Avery and Watauga are the best-known summer refuges for those seeking a respite from the Florida heat. The region has one of the most temperate summer climates in the eastern U.S. with an average August high last year of 73 degrees on the mountaintops of Avery County. Although the area is well-known for its ski resorts at Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain the North Carolina mountains also offer an incredible diversity of adventures in the summer months. Tucked among the hills and valleys is one of the most interesting places in the U.S. But sometimes you have to know where to look. BLOWING ROCK BOONE LINVILLE The quaint city of Blowing Rock (depicted as Mitford in the Jan Karon novels) anchors one point of this triangle another is Boone with the lovely campus of Appalachian State University (which famously beat a shocked Michigan football team in Ann Arbor a few years back) and the third is the tiny town of Linville with its majestic view of the mile-high Grandfather Mountain--a home away from home for many Floridians. Linville Ridge Elk River Club Beech Mountain Club Hound Ears Club Grandfather Golf & Country Club and Yonahlossee Racquet Club are popular country clubs but other enclaves and more isolated areas attract South Floridians. Today you can own or rent everything from a 5 000-plus-square-foot home to a log cabin or a condo. Spend the summer a month a week or a weekend you won t be sorry. There s something for everyone master classes for the artists a visit to Tweetsie Railroad and gem mining 46 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Left A view of Grandfather Mountain from Linville Ridge Country Club Below Mountain mailboxes with a personal twist for the grandkids mountain biking and rafting for the teenagers a spa day at Westglow Resort & Spa for the health enthusiasts and serious hiking and hunting for the outdoorsmen. To help get you started here are a dozen ways to experience the High Country one of the two oldest in the U.S. Check in with Kelly at RiverGirl Fishing Company in Todd to start your kayaking adventure. A fishery biologist Kelly can arrange tubing biking and fishing excursions. Be sure to see Petunia the pet pig while you are there. 1. BE INSPIRED. Visit Penland School of Crafts and then tour galleries and workshops of some of the dozens of nationally acclaimed master artisans that spread throughout the surrounding countryside. 3. TAKE A RIDE. The Blue Ridge Parkway is never the same twice. Head south to the historic Orchard at Altapass and take a break for some ice cream bluegrass music and clogging or head north to the Moses Cone Manor and the Parkway Craft Center and take a tour of the upstairs. 2. KAYAK. The placid New River is a designated wild river and PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JULY 2015 47 A first-person perspective of kayaking the New River 4. EAT. Delight in great chicken (smoked or fried) at Carolina Barbeque and the Pickin Pig Parlor in Newland. Friday nights feature local bluegrass bands. Want a more upscale meal Make reservations at Artisanal restaurant in Banner Elk or Best Cellar in Blowing Rock. For local brews check out Appalachian Mountain Brewery. 5. ENRICH YOURSELF. Cooking classes are offered at the Inn at Little Pond Farm in Valle Crucis (run by former Gables entrepreneur Gaye Luaces and her husband Frank) or check in with the Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk for a Saturday Coffee Talk with a featured artist or for one of its Friday Art and Wine Flight Nights. 6. TAKE A HIKE. At Beacon Heights just off the Blue Ridge Parkway a 20-minute hike will bring you to an incredible vista of the Linville Gorge if you want more views hike the nearby Hawksbill Mountain trail. Above A sunlit butterfly on Shasta daisies Top left A dahlia flower in bloom Bottom left A wild thistle found off the Blue Ridge Parkway 48 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Left The wooden walkway of the Virginia Creeper Trail perfect for hiking or biking Below The wide-open fields seasonally changing trees and rustic barns of Avery County Bottom right A unique metal sculpture amid country greenery at Linville Ridge Country Club 7. WATCH A GAME. Sports thrive in this part of the States and the experience is typically small-town American. Baseball fans can still get a deal on a great skybox if you drive about an hour to see AA and AAA teams. Appalachian State football games are lots of fun and because the team won three national championships the stadium upgrades are terrific. 10. LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY. History lessons in this part of the world are very much a part of the U.S. fabric. Start with Joara a Native American site and the location of Fort San Juan a 16th-century Spanish settlement in nearby Morganton. If you re there in late September you can time your visit to see the 1812 McDowell House and a re-enactment of the Overmountain Men and their victory during the American Revolution. You can also find out why Tennessee s oldest town Jonesborough was actually in North Carolina. (In August 1784 the western portion of North Carolina seceded from the state becoming the State of Franklin until December 1788.) 12. COME IN SEPTEMBER. The sky is a crystal-clear Carolina blue the air turns crisp and everywhere you look you see the signs and colors of fall. It s a magnificent time. Being in the North Carolina mountains is all about beautiful weather nice people and when you are not relaxing in a rocking chair contemplating the scenery or colorful flowers there s plenty to keep you busy. 8. SUPPORT THE ARTS. Speaking of App State the university hosts an arts festival the entire month of July featuring concerts art exhibitions dramatic presentations dancing and more. An Appalachian Summer Festival has a jampacked itinerary that has been thriving for more than 30 years. Hal Holbrook KD Lang Paul Taylor Dance Company Chicago Wynonna Judd Little Big Town and the Beach Boys have been featured performers. Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk has an active theater arts program and generally produces three shows each summer season. 11. GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE. Join the High Country Audubon Society in Valle Crucis for its Wednesday morning bird walk or drive to the top of Grandfather Mountain and see the bears cougars otters deer and eagles at the Wildlife Habitats. There s an excellent museum that regularly runs movies about the area s native animals. Put up bird feeders and in no time at all you will be enchanted by ruby-throated hummingbirds and many of their larger feathered friends. 9. TRY SOMETHING NEW. Get a group and rent a pontoon boat to explore the expansive Watauga Lake bike the Virginia Creeper Trail (the 17-mile downhill portion from Whitetop of course) visit a local goat farm for some fresh goat cheese or get lost in the New River Corn Maze outside Boone. IN THE KITCHEN with Jan TIME FOR CHOCLO BY JAN JORGENSEN T Jan Jorgensen is the chef and owner of Two Chefs Restaurant in Pinecrest where he also maintains a cooking school. For more information call 305.663.2100 or visit he first time I ever tasted pastel de choclo was on a hot and humid summer day but still cool enough to take lunch on the patio of my friend Elena s house. Elena who had taught me much about Chilean and Peruvian cuisine had already earned much of my respect as a chef. The pie was new to me but it was expertly crafted moist and succulent. The use of fresh corn in the dish was different from dishes I was accustomed to. It reminded me of a shepherd s pie but much lighter in texture. Pastel de choclo (corn pie) is a typical Argentine Bolivian Chilean and Peruvian dish based on sweet corn or choclo the Quechua word for tender corn. It is traditionally served in an earthenware dish called a paila. The filling called pino is a ground beef and chicken base cooked with onions and seasoned with cumin paprika and a few more secret ingredients depending on who s cooking. The pino is laid in the bottom of the paila then topped with hard-boiled eggs raisins and black olives. The next layer is the corn topping consisting of ground corn seasoned with ground basil and blended into the corn. The mixture is then cooked with milk and a little lard topped over the pino and baked until brown with crunchy edges. Recently I decided to do the dish my way using braised oxtail instead of ground beef and chicken. I replaced the chicken eggs with quail eggs and the milk with heavy cream. I accompanied it with a green grassy and fruity sauvignon blanc. A fellow teammate who happened to be from Chile sneaked a taste and said Not bad for a gringo DIRECTIONS Brown the oxtails in a medium-sized pot and remove when brown. Add the vegetables and cook until caramelized. Add tomato spices herbs wine and stock. Bring to a boil and skim fat and foam from the pot. Add oxtails back into the pot then cover and braise in a preheated oven for 3.5 hours at 325 degrees. Remove the oxtails from the pot allowing them to cool. Peel off the meat from the bones set meat aside and add bones back into the braising liquid. Reduce the liquid to about 2 cups. Strain and set aside. Saute -cup chopped onions in a little olive oil add the oxtail meat and braising liquid simmering until thick. GARNISHES TO HAVE READY INCLUDE 4 large green olives per dish 4 cooked and peeled quail eggs per dish 1 tablespoon of golden raisins per dish Ladle the pino into individual dishes add the olives eggs and raisins. Braised Oxtail and Corn Pie (Serves 8) FOR THE CHOCLO 4 ears of corn husks removed and kernels stripped from cob 1 cup of fresh basil leaves 2 cups of heavy cream 1 stick of butter Salt to taste FOR THE PINO 2 pounds of oxtail (cut into 1.5-inch pieces) 1 large carrot cut in 1-inch pieces 2 stalks of celery cut in 1-inch pieces 1 large onion cut in quarters 2 over-ripe tomatoes 2 cups of good red wine 3 cups of veal stock 2 bay leaves Whole black pepper Cumin Paprika Fresh thyme and rosemary Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS In a small pot bring heavy cream to a boil reducing by a quarter. Puree the corn kernels with the basil until smooth then add to the heavy cream and the butter. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for one minute until thick and smooth. Spoon the corn mixture on top covering all of the pino. Bake at 325 degrees until golden brown. 50 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM ARE YOU DESTINED FOR GREATNESS ap o gee noun 1. the highest point in the development of something the climax or culmination. 2. Astronomy. the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is furthest from the earth. CEO CF0 CMO COO CIO CHAIRMAN PRESIDENT SENIOR HR EXECUTIVE R PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE 2015 HONOREES Presenting Sponsor DATE Wednesday October 21st 2015 TIME 5 30 PM LOCATION NSU Art Museum 1 East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 PRICE 150 Per Ticket The evening will feature a celebratory reception inclusive of cocktails and hors d oeuvres followed by our awards program. Gold Sponsor Silver Sponsor FA M I LY O F R E C R U I T I N G C O M PAN I E S The Apogee Awards will honor a small group of South Florida s C-level executives that have achieved greatness within their profession while also working for the greater good of the community around them. 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This fast and casual daytime eatery focuses its dishes on healthy choices specializing in plantbased fare juices and smoothies. bld Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 5831 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.397.8732 GEORGE S ON SUNSET FRENCH AMERICAN. This hot spot is funky and upbeat with an excellent brunch friendly service and tasty drinks. Try some of the delicious standouts such as truffle pasta tuna tartare escargot and beef carpaccio. ld Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri 11 a.m.-midnight Sat 10 a.m.-midnight Sun 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 1549 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.284.9989 CAPTAIN S TAVERN RESTAURANT SEAFOOD. For the past 40 years it has been serving the freshest seafood house-made specialties and an awardwinning wine selection. ld Mon-Thu 11 30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 30 a.m.11 p.m. Sun 5-9 p.m. 9625 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.666.5979 TOWN KITCHEN & BAR INTERNATIONAL. This establishment serves traditional global comfort foods with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and a fun social atmosphere. b Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-1 p.m. l Daily 11 30 a.m.-5 30 p.m. d SunWed 5 30-10 p.m. Thu-Sat 5 30-11 p.m. 7301 SW 57th Court South Miami 305.740.8118 MITCH S WESTSIDE BAGELS TOO AMERICAN. Bagels and Beyond New York-style bagels sandwiches and traditional deli offerings with gourmet iced coffees made to order quinoa and a full selection of salads. Spacious with easy parking. bl Daily 6 30 a.m.-3 p.m. 12729 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.233.2377 DEL SUR ARTISAN EATS ARGENTINIAN ITALIAN. These homemade dishes will keep customers coming back for more. The rustic artisan cuisines are served with select boutique local wines sensual baked goods and desserts prepared by the in-house pastry chef. ld Mon-Sat 11 30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 11 30 a.m.-9 p.m. 12257 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.434.7924 TWO CHEFS CONTINENTAL. This Pinecrest landmark is the brainchild of Chef Jan Jorgensen whose invented cuisine is changed every week with a new menu. l Mon-Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. d Mon 6-9p.m. Tue-Sat 6-10 p.m. 8287 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.663.2100 RED FISH GRILL SEAFOOD. Enjoy fresh fish at one of South Florida s most romantic restaurants. Housed in a historic building on the beach it offers gourmet dining in a unique setting. d Tue-Thu 6-10 p.m. Fri-Sun 5-10 p.m. 9610 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables 305.668.8788 DEVON SEAFOOD STEAK SEAFOOD STEAK. The use of fine ingredients and the freshest premium seafood and steaks separates this restaurant from the good to the INEXPENSIVE MODERATE EXPENSIVE Meals under 15 Meals under 30 Meals under 50 b BREAKFAST l LUNCH d DINNER 52 JULY 2015 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Helen & Jacob Shaham owners of The Palace with Master Chef Rolf Nettesheim Some say the best measure of senior living is the food. No wonder The Palace was named the best in America. National experts judged The Palace to have the Best 50 Dining Experience AND The Best Chef in Hotels & Healthcare in America. And they also said it has The Best Fitness The Best Lifestyle and the Best-Looking Interiors. It s no wonder two of America s most prestigious Housing Associations concluded that The Palace is The Best Independent Living Community in the nation. So if you want the very best live at The Palace. One Andalusia Avenue Coral Gables FL 33134 305.445.7444 Luxury Living for Seniors fitness with falce CALORIES ARE BY TONY FALCE Tony Falce Jaco Hybrid Training Center 702.290.7900 tonyfalce everything energy. Since these are the calories that we are using and burning they are commonly referred to as our calories out. Here is an example My wife estimated that she has a daily intake of 2 500 calories the amount she needs to eat per day to maintain her current weight (again just an example). Since she s trying to lose weight she needs to consume fewer calories than her current daily level. Doing so will put her into a caloric deficit which forces her body to start burning an alternative fuel source (body fat) for energy. She decided that she wants to create a deficit of 20 percent her daily intake (20 percent is the most commonly recommended deficit by experts myself included). Since 20 percent of 2 500 is 500 she needs to consume a net caloric intake of 2 000 calories. Please note I did not use weight training or cardiovascular training of any kind in this scenario. Her deficit was successfully achieved through diet alone. N o matter what goal you re trying to achieve the single most important part of every diet plan is calories. No other dietary factor influences your body s performance or has an impact on your body more than your caloric intake. 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Here I am 24 years later 2. Tell us about your career with FirstBank I have been with FirstBank for six years now. I joined because I found it challenging to join a solid bank with a 60-plus-year track record that was serious about building a South Florida branch. The highlight for me has been recruiting top-notch employees. In my view success begins with having the best team. Great people always translate to excellent service which translates to excellent customer satisfaction which equals outstanding business results. It s been great fun to build a bank the way it should be with customers being the center of all we do. 3. How has FirstBank expanded in South Florida Any new branches FirstBank is a 13 billion asset-size bank with approximately 2 billion of those assets in South Florida. We are growing including in Pinecrest in a targeted and steady manner. We currently have 10 branches in South Florida and our regional headquarters are in Miami. 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