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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Claudia Sampedro takes a walk on the wild side WILLIAMSON CADILLAC Treating You Like Family Has Made Us 1 WILLIAMSON CADILLAC WilliamsonCadillac.com 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 General Motors. All Rights Reserved. Cadillac PHONE (305) 903-8845 stiphany.c ewm.com EWM Realty International Christine stiphany Crs - Buzzer www.Paws4You.org PINecreSt FActS AS OF MArch 1St 2017 8010 SW 89 ter BAPtISt DADelAND AreA Charming Cottage with tons of curb appeal 3BR 2BA Garage over 1 800 adj sf. Impact windows & accordion shutters. Remodeled kitchen Florida room with wood beamed ceiling. UNDer cONtrAct IN 2 WeeKS www.8010SW89Terrace.com 14200 FArMer rD PAlMettO BAY 2 Acres Walled & Gated with N S Tennis Court basketball & pool. 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Eat-in Kitchen storage roofed patio BBQ area screened pool. 2 Master suites 1 updated BA Courtyard accordion shutters security system & more. UNDer cONtrAct www.12090SW64Avenue.com hOMeSteAD 27203 SW 157 Avenue WeStcheSter hANDYMAN S SPecIAl 10960 SW 43 Lane NOW AVAIlABle FOr leASe 14500 SW 88 Ave Unit 203 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 3 FROM THE EDITOR Some days at work as a magazine editor couldn t be easier to explain to my beautiful wife Jennifer. Editing copy conducting interviews writing stories reviewing layouts assigning photography discussing company issues with the management team-- as a former magazine editor herself she understands these day-to-day duties are par for the publishing course. Other days--especially it seems when fashion is involved like it was for this month s cover shoot--nothing about your honest and accurate account of what transpired comes out sounding right. I spent the morning and afternoon in Miami with model Claudia Sampedro. We dressed her in spring styles--but she s known for her swimsuit work. Did I mention that she has 1 million followers on Instagram We photographed her with animals. Do you want to see me and Claudia with a 10-foot albino Burmese python Fortunately my wife is secure enough in our life insurance policy not to care about the python. As for Claudia I m sure Jennifer was more concerned that I would embarrass myself in front of the Miami native s boyfriend future pro football Hall of Famer Julius Peppers--who joined us for the end of the fashion shoot at Jungle Island in Miami. Peppers and I had some history I had written about him for a national sports publication way back in 2000 when he was an All-American defensive lineman at North Carolina. But that was 17 years and 143.5 NFL sacks ago (for Peppers that is not me). He smiled politely at my recollection but like everyone else that day his eyes were on Claudia. And who could blame him The couple have a young son together Amare but the Cuban-born social media sensation looks like she just stepped off the stage at a Ms. Fitness USA competition. Claudia hopes that her Instagram page TV appearances website and line of active wear can be a source of empowerment for women. We d like to think that the photos we staged at Jungle Island will add to that platform. However we re guessing that our male readers will be inspired as well. Enjoy the April issue. April 2017 PINECREST CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit EDITORIAL ASSISTANT EDITOR Keren Moros ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher COPY EDITOR Jason Davis EDITORIAL INTERN Stella Alves CONTRIBUTING WRITERS GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski PUBLISHER Michelle Simon Harvey Bernstein Clarissa Buch Michelle F. 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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 6 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM HAZEL GOLDMAN 305-665-7383 hazel goldmanresidential.com EVAN GOLDMAN 305-607-8880 evan goldmanresidential.com OPENING DOORS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA SO LD SO LD MAGNIFICENT CUSTOM ACRE HOME 6131 SW 123 Terrace 2 499 000 Fully Renovated on Deep Acre Private Cul-de-Sac Superb Layout w Kid s FR High-End Finishes FABULOUS NEW PINECREST CONSTRUCTION Superb Quality & Materials w Contemporary Finishes & Design. 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GOLDMANRESIDENTIAL.COM 305-665-7383 ND ACRE FAMILY HOME EAST OF LUDLAM 6440 SW 129 Terrace 899 900 Large 4 3 P 2-Car Den w 3100 Sqft. 2012 Kitchen Huge Yard w Room for N-S Tennis Court Quiet Street IN G SA LE PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM REALTY RE MAX ADVANCE APRIL 2017 7 TABLE OF CONTENTS MODEL CLAUDIA SAMPEDRO TRUSTS HER ANIMAL INSTINCTS AT JUNGLE ISLAND IN MIAMI. 26 WILD THINGS JOY WALLACE RAISES THE ENTERTAINING BAR WITH HER CATERING COMPANY. 32 JOY OF COOKING ALSO IN LIFESTYLE 6 10 16 18 20 22 EDITOR S LETTER AROUND TOWN LIFESTYLE SPOTLIGHT CULTURAL CALENDAR THE SPLURGE BAR TALK LEVEL ONE APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM ON THE COVER 24 36 38 40 42 46 VILLAGE LIFE BUSINESS DREAM DINNERS DINING PARIS 6 REAL ESTATE GARDENING 7 QUESTIONS JULIO FRENK Cover and this page Claudia Sampedro at Jungle Island Miami Fashion cover Gown Splash Miami. Fashion this page Gown Style & Wine Delray Beach Christian Louboutin shoes Encore Plus Boca Raton Photographer James Woodley 8 Discover HUMANBEINGWELL.COM NOW OPEN IN CORAL GABLES AS HUMANS WE WANT TO PERFORM AT OUR FULL POTENTIAL The University of Miami Health System Sports Medicine Institute with a new location in Coral Gables at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center brings together integrated teams of physicians and researchers nationally recognized in orthopedic surgery physical medicine rehabilitation and concussion management to deliver effective and leading-edge customized treatments. And because we know that a one-sizefits-all approach just won t do we have partnered with EXOS a global leader in human performance to help our patients improve their game regardless of age or profession. We invite you to experience a new approach to being well. 5555 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables Florida 33146 305-689-5555 Around News & Notes from the Village town Here and inset Details from Charles Lindsay s Carbon Series Spring into Art The Deering Estate presents the Deering Spring Contemporary an international symposium exhibition that explores the intersection of science and art. It will include multidisciplinary and collaborative art with tours and talks. One performance will be Estate an original stage collaboration between the estate and the University of Miami s theater arts department and the Playwright Development Program (from the county s cultural affairs department) administered by the South Florida Theatre League. The play follows a bride a bootlegger and an indigenous guide as they journey through the Deering Estate and cross time space and cultures. Performances are April 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and April 22 at 4 30 and 8 p.m. RSVP through eventbrite.com estate deering. The Platform 450 Dynamic Dialog April 22 2-4 p.m. is a workshop community project that features a conversation with Danni Washington founder of The Big Blue & You the dialog is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Joining her will be Obsolete Media Miami s Barron Sherer and Kevin Arrow and Willie Avendano co-founder of Wynwood technology education lab 01. The conversation will cover how technology and science affect their artwork. The estate also will feature indoor and outdoor exhibits by artists such as Maxwell Hartley Gretchen Scharnagl Charles Lindsay Peter Hosfeld and Carol Jazzar. The opening day of the exhibit Platform 450 -- named after the estate s 450 acres--is April 22 3 30 10 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Platform 450 will be on display from April 9 to June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free with estate admission. 10 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM YOUR PINECREST TOP PRODUCER LOURDES ABELLA- LEVY 305.987.2881 9298 SW 57 AVENUE This one of a kind major estate home is nestled on almost 2 incredible acres with a long dramatic drive to your own grand estate. Formal living and dining rooms w 35 ceilings and stone fireplace with amazing view to the patio pool and gardens. The house sits on one lot and the other lot is platted and subdividable. 8 BEDS 7.5 BATHS 8 051 SF 79 235 SF LOT 4 575 000 9298sw57.com . Nestled in a magical setting on a special cul-de-sac filled with grand oak trees and green areas. Just completed total renovation with large open entertaining spaces. The heart of the home centers around a dramatic DCOTA kitchen by Neff with all the special equipment and finishes to delight everyone. 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Sotheby s International Realty is a licensed trademark to Sotheby s International Realty Affiliates LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. The information contained wherein is deemed accurate but not guaranteed. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 11 around town Have You Gone Pinecresting The Village recently launched a hashtag campaign to showcase residents enjoying Pinecrest s people and amenities. The Village defines Pinecresting as a verb that means the act of enjoying all that Pinecrest has to offer and encourages residents to use the hashtag on social media when enjoying Village activities. Signs promoting the hashtag also have been added to signs across the Village. Local team mascots with the racers St. Thomas Episcopal Holds Annual Run St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School held its sixth annual Alumni 5K Fun Run with a record 700 participants. The route took racers through Coral Gables Miami and Pinecrest and featured appearances by mascots from the University of Miami the Miami Marlins and Miami Dolphins. Half the proceeds went to Breakthrough Miami which offers enrichment opportunities to needy students. Breakthrough Miami truly appreciates the support it receives from this terrific event as well as the vision of St. Thomas and its dedicated alumni in organizing it says Elissa Vanaver Breakthrough Miami CEO. They have united this community around the goal of great education for all and that s a powerful statement. Local Kids Help the Environment Christopher Paul Michael and Ryan Ramos students at Vineland K-8 Center host the Ramos Boys Everglades Challenge at Zoo Miami on April 22 to raise money for the Everglades Foundation. Participants will hike through the zoo explore its new Mission Everglades exhibit and receive information about environmental topics such as endangered species. Event is free for participants. To donate and learn more visit ramosboyssavetheeverglades.com. Marlins Spend a Day in Pinecrest The Miami Marlins spent a day with the Howard Palmetto Baseball Softball Association at Suniland Park to help the younger players improve their baseball skills in competitions. 12 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Beat the heat call us for your Spring AC checkup only 79.99 for the first system when you mention this ad. KEEPING PINECREST COOL SINCE 1986 9760 East Indigo St. Palmetto Bay FL 33157 Ph. 305.256.9099 www.trinityac.com Contractor license CMC057088 79.99 for the first system each additional ac system will incur additional fees. This offer must be mentioned at the time the appointment is made. Offer expires May 31 2017. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 13 around town Pinecrest Saluted Leo Llanos a building official in the Village s building and planning department was commended by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve a program of the U.S. Department of Defense for hiring military personnel. Llanos hired permit clerk Ignacio Leon a staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. Since 1972 the program has promoted cooperation between service members and employers aiding both in resolving conflicts that arise from military duty. Village manager Yocelyn Galiano Leo Llanos Tom Green of ESGR and Ignacio Leon Pinecrest Celebrates Annual Chili Festival Palmetto Senior High Student Honored for Volunteer Work Miami Palmetto Senior High School senior Maisy Lam was one of eight Florida students named a distinguished finalist for the Spirit of Community Awards presented by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The national awards program honors young people for volunteer efforts. Florida had two top youth volunteers as well as eight distinguished finalists. Lam was honored for her part in organizing Foster Hope Foster Thanks a drive that provides groceries during Thanksgiving to about 65 low-income families from the Miami-Dade Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. She was inspired by an adopted friend to help these families and has also spearheaded drives collecting cookies and toys for these families. Pinecrest residents took part in the annual Chili Cookoff at Pinecrest Gardens. The Western-themed event included a bounce house mechanical bull riding and more. Attendees enjoyed chili samples as well as fare from food and beer vendors. Entertainment included a live band and line dancing along with radio personality U-Turn Laverne from WKIS-99.9 FM. On display were bikes from Peterson s HarleyDavidson and 1932 hot rods detailed by Mark Klein Design. Caroline Luksomboon Martin Van Gils Sy Lam Mia Lam and Maisy Lam distribute food at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City. Gloria Anderton Pinecrest vice mayor Doug Kraft Missy Salzman and Gayle Sheeder (Photo courtesy of Gloria Anderton) 14 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM SCHOOL REINVENTED Be Part of the Revolution. Grades 6-12 Education Your way Introducing a private school that allows students to choose their path and their pace. Prepares students for college and beyond Flexible schedule allows students to pursue individual interests and talents Supportive innovative and social environment Personalized learning approaches Founded by proven South Florida private school educators Locations opening in Miami and Coral Springs August 2017 www.xceedprep.org 888-688-5147 For upcoming open house dates visit our website Grades 6-12 3301 North University Drive Coral Springs FL 33065 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 9350 South Dixie Highway Miami FL 33156 15 lifestyle spotlight A volunteer works with a patient From front Lauren Koff Cristina Rodriguez and Carly a session leader BEAUTIFUL MINDS A local nonprofit organization uses music to ease memory loss BY ALYSSA FISHER hat started out as two college students brainstorming their theses has the potential to become a statewide program teaching memory-loss patients to play music. That s the goal of Lauren Koff and Cristina Rodriguez graduates of the Honors College at Florida Atlantic University--and the brains behind Mind&Melody. The nonprofit organization uses music to improve the lives of people suffering memory loss from strokes dementia and Alzheimer s and Parkinson s diseases. The program which launched in 2014 now has five chapters across Florida and about 100 active volunteers. There s no cure for memory loss but studies have shown that stimulating activities help to slow its progression Koff says. Mind&Melody has been endorsed for having the four key components that can accomplish this social cognitive creative W and physical stimulation. In one-hour interactive sessions a team of high school and college students and the occasional professional musician visit participating health facilities. They use a rhythm-matching game to teach patients who are usually 65 and older the basics of music theory. Throughout volunteers play various instruments such as the piano cello and violin. After a few sessions the patients learn how to play the instruments. The team breaks out color-coded keyboards and sheet music to help them learn simple songs such as Mary Had a Little Lamb and Row Row Row Your Boat. Sometimes the simple melodies spark the memories of patients with prior music experience. With some coaxing they begin to play on their own. A man who stopped playing the piano because of his dementia was encouraged to sit at one in his facility. He started playing Moonlight Sonata --the more he played the more he remembered. His wife teared up behind him. That was the first session I got emotional says Koff 24. I had to turn around and tell myself to get it together. Many Mind&Melody sessions begin in the late afternoon a sundowning period when many patients can become agitated. The first few sessions at a wellness center were difficult Koff recalls People were disinterested checking their watches and asking for their loved ones at 4 45 p.m. But about two or three months in a total paradigm shift happened she says. It would be 5 15 and no one would notice. They were reluctant to leave hugging team members. It was beautiful--this is what we were meant to do. Koff and Rodriguez are looking for more staff to run the programs at these three facilities. Visit mindandmelody.org and be prepared for a hands-on interview. 1) Miami Jewish Health Systems 5200 NE Second Ave. Miami 305.751.8626 2) My New Oasis 2640 SW 32nd Court Miami 305.202.3607 3) Key Biscayne Community Center 10 Village Green Way Key Biscayne 305.365.8900 (program is for older adults with no cognitive impairment) VOLUNTEER AT MIND&MELODY 16 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 17 3 Best BETS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL The Village hosts its annual family-friendly celebration featuring workshops by the CLEO Institute and plant societies plant sales and green vendors. Other activities include food demonstrations an eco-fashion show wildlife shows crafts for kids and more. Parking is available at Christ the King Church Miami Palmetto Senior High School and Pinecrest Elementary School with free shuttle service. When April 23 noon-4 p.m. Where Pinecrest Gardens Tickets Free Info pinecrest-fl.gov PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL JERSEY BOYS Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons--Valli with Bob Gaudio Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi--started out as blue-collar kids from Jersey and became a successful pop music act selling 175 million records with hits such as Sherry Rag Doll and Big Girls Don t Cry in the 1960s. Telling the story behind the music this Broadway smash has traveled the world and won multiple Tony and Grammy awards. When April 4-9 Where Adrienne Arsht Center Tickets Starting at 29 Info arshtcenter.org PINECREST GARDENS HIGHLIGHTS EGGSTRAVAGANZA More than 50 000 eggs will be hidden on Pinecrest Gardens grounds at the 13th annual egg hunt. Children can enjoy prizes balloon art games music arts and crafts face painting a petting zoo and more. Parking is available at Christ the King Church Miami Palmetto Senior High and Pinecrest Elementary School with free shuttle service to and from the Gardens. When April 8 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets 5 in advance 7 at the gate ARIANA GRANDE The 23-year-old has made her way from child star on popular Nickelodeon shows to pop-idol favorite garnering comparisons to divas like Mariah Carey for her vocal range. Her collaborations with other artists and solo work have gained a following of fans young and old. The South Florida native makes a stop in Miami for her tour to perform favorites from her three albums including her latest Dangerous Woman. British girl group Little Mix and Victoria Mon t open. When April 14 7 30 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 25.95 Info aaarena.com MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts was 21 when he started touring with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band. The trio and the New World School of the Arts Jazz Band present a night of romance swing and blues part of the South Motors Jazz Series. When April 22 8 p.m. Tickets 25 & 30 CIVIC CHORALE OF GREATER MIAMI The choir presents A Musical Petting Zoo a children s concert demonstrating several musical instruments. When April 30 4 p.m. Tickets 20 adults 15 seniors 5 children 7-17 18 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM RAIL--A STEAMPUNK JOURNEY other A&e highlights BRINGING LIGHT TO YOUR WORLD Presented by Rivet Nation this family-friendly day is dedicated to steampunk a culture combining science fiction and fantasy featuring aesthetics inspired by 19th-century steam-powered technology. Featuring art performances and music to match the time travel theme activities include a scavenger hunt food and drink vendors film screenings and guided tours. When April 8 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Where Gold Coast Railroad Museum Tickets 10 Info gcrm.org TOBA KHEDOORI This exhibit features the Australian artist whose early work is noted for large-scale use of negative space and draftsmanship. This is the first major museum presentation of her newer paintings which show her transition from paper to canvas and her detailed smaller-scale work of architectural forms. When April 21-Sept. 24 Where P rez Art Museum Miami Tickets 16 adults 12 youth and students Info pamm.org MIAMI RUM RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Try rum samples from around the world at the world s largest gathering of experts and enthusiasts. The event includes master classes interactive seminars and a night at the Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Molokai Bar. When April 22 & 23 Where Miami Airport Convention Center Tickets One-day admission 75 two-day VIP admission 125 Info miamirumfest.com CEILING WALL. OUTDOOR LIGHTING AND MUCH MORE NEIL DIAMOND The raspy-voiced icon celebrates his 50-year career with a world tour that stops in South Florida. Expect to hear classic hits such as Cherry Cherry and Love on the Rocks and get ready to sing along to crowd favorite Sweet Caroline. When April 26 8 p.m. Where BB&T Center Tickets Starting at 35.25 Info thebbtcenter.com O MIAMI This month-long initiative sets out to expose everyone in MiamiDade County to a poem. Join the cultural event with readings artist talks and poetry presentations. When April 1-30 Where Throughout Miami-Dade County Tickets Varies Info omiami.org OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM WESTON OR DAVIE GREAT REVIEWS IN BUSINESS FOR 12 YEARS PLEASE GO TO LIGHTINGDEPOT.NET 1.877.433.8201 3151 SW 160 AVE. MIRAMAR PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 19 THe splurge Top Down BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet is a car that drives like a luxury yacht The lowdown If you want to drive an automobile that matches the feel of your yacht the 2017 Mercedes S550 Cabriolet is the ticket. The interior is purposefully made to resemble a luxury pleasure cruiser and the exterior has the same smooth lines. When the convertible top is down and you re careening along A1A you ll feel as if you re sailing on four wheels. The details The popular S-Class from Mercedes-Benz has given drivers the option of a luxury coupe for decades but it s the first time in 45 years that there s been a soft-top convertible version in this line. Meant to compete with the pricier Bentley Continental GT Convertible it s just as worthy. Little touches give it that first-class feel--quilted-patterned porcelain-hued Nappa or Bengal red leather seats with massage options (one setting delivers a spa-like hot-stone effect) plus heated vents in headrests which gently whoosh warm airflow in case the breeze nips at your neck. The sound is pristine too with surround from Burmester Audio handcrafted in Germany with a volume adjust that senses when the top is down. Like older convertibles there s no need to be at a standstill when you desire the convertible--raise or lower the soft top in less than 20 seconds while cruising up to 37 mph. And oh yes the engine. The S550 has a 449-horsepower V8 which kicks the land yacht into high gear from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. How about this for a finishing touch Forty-seven Swarovski crystals are integrated into each headlamp. 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Dixie Hwy 101 Pinecrest FL 33156 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 21 B A r ta l k INTERNATIONAL CUISINE INSPIRES THE CREATIVE COCKTAILS AT A NEW BRICKELL RESTAURANT level up GIMME LEVEL ONE 1 ounce Jack Rudy grenadine 3 4 ounce lime juice 3 4 ounce simple syrup 2 ounces Hendricks gin 1 1 2 ounces pinot nero Pour ingredients in the following order into a rocks glass grenadine lime juice simple syrup gin. Shake for 10 seconds and strain over large ice. Finish with floater of pinot nero. Garnish with Luxardo maraschino cherry on a pick. DIRECTIONS INGREDIENTS M axwell Parise knows that at the end of the day you just want a vodka soda or a rum and Coke. But the bar manager at Level One (1110 South Miami Ave. Miami) hopes you ll take a chance and expand your horizons when you visit his establishment. And Parise has plenty of options. He tries to come up with 10 new cocktails a day though he admits not all 10 are always good when he tests them with other staff members. Still he hits more than he misses inspired by Level One s international cuisine. One of the recent hits is the Gimme Level One a multilevel twist on a gimlet inspired by the restaurant s name. Maxwell was inspired by tiki cocktails that feature a sweet base and a lighter mixture on top hence the levels a grenadine base lime juice syrup and gin in the middle and pinot nero (Italy s version of pinot noir) on the top. The grenadine is a surprise for those who don t expect the sweetness to come through the light red pinot nero doesn t overpower the other tartness. I definitely want you to be able to taste each part of it Parise says. That s why on each level you can choose to blend it as you d like. Parise recommends pairing the cocktail with the restaurant s chicken bites appetizer with potatoes and corn that lend depth and sweetness. Though he wishes he had come up with a more clever take on the word gimlet than gimme he s looking forward to seeing people continue to be surprised by the drink as Level One which celebrated its grand opening last month continues to make its mark on Miami s dining scene. It s a good entry-level for anyone that wants to go past the standard classic cocktail. ... That little extra sweetness with a nice finish should make you raise your eyebrow a little bit. You look at the bottom of the glass and think I just really enjoyed that drink Parise says. At the end of the day I just want everyone to be as happy as possible. --KEREN MOROS WHERE THE FITTEST SURVIVE IT S NO SURPRISE THE BEST IS EXPANDING. Now along with our state-of-the-art 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition we ve added two ships to our eet to give you even more choices in the Galapagos Islands our mid-sized 48-passenger Celebrity XperienceSM and our intimate 16-passenger Celebrity XplorationSM. Together these three stunning ships offer you six unique itineraries 15 islands more than 30 ports of call and multiple packages from which to choose. 1-800-Celebrity www.CelebrityCruises.com Or Contact Your Travel Agent 2016 Celebrity Cruises Inc. Ships registry Malta and Ecuador. 16053262 9 2016 village life Under the Sea Each spring since 2005 the University of Miami s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has hosted an annual underwater photography contest open to amateur photographers around the world. Categories include wide angle macro fish or marine animal portrait and University of Miami student. The 2016 best overall image winner (pictured) was taken by Beth Watson in Indonesia s Raja Ampat territory. It s titled Mangroves and Orbicular Batfish (Platax orbicularis). For more information about this year s contest visit rsmas.miami.edu outreach underwater-photography. Picture provided by the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. 26 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM CREATURE COMFORTS Model and Instagram sensation Claudia Sampedro steps into the wild wearing some of the hottest spring styles PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES WOODLEY SHOT ON LOCATION AT JUNGLE ISLAND MIAMI Bodysuit and skirt from Splash Miami Stuart Weitzman shoes from Joya Delray Beach. Animals Flamingos PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 27 Gown from Splash Miami. Animal Albino Burmese python 28 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AQ AQ gown from Bloomingdale s The Falls Miami Schutz shoes and earrings from Elektrik Boutique Fort Lauderdale. Animal Hyacinth macaw PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 29 For Love & Lemons dress from Elektrik Boutique Fort Lauderdale 30 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Gown from Style & Wine Delray Beach. Animals Macaws About Claudia Claudia Sampedro may not have the instant name recognition of Jennifer Lawrence Emma Stone Scarlett Johansson or Kristen Stewart--but don t tell that to her loyal social media following. The Cuban-born model and Miami resident (posing here with a ruffed lemur) has 1 million-plus Instagram followers more than the top pages for any of the aforementioned Hollywood actresses. Having made her TV debut on E network s WAGS Miami the girlfriend of NFL star Julius Peppers (and mother to their young son Amare) looks to expand her brand with an active-wear line of clothing. Visit claudiasampedro.com to learn more. Be a VIP at Jungle Island Experience the wildlife at Jungle Island like a true insider with one of three VIP animal encounter packages. The 90-minute Go Wild walking tour ( 299 per person) includes live interactions with red ruffed lemurs Australian kangaroos and more. The three-hour Go Wilder safari experience ( 499 per person) allows for up-close moments with even more animals (sloth warthog and Andean Condor). And the four-hour Ultimate Jungle Trek ( 699 per person) combines the best of the two other tours as well as time with Jungle Island s primates--plus a chance to feed a baby tiger. Call 305.400.7220 or visit jungleisland.com for more info. CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles WARDROBE STYLIST Jenna DeBrino Hot Pink Style ASSISTANT STYLIST Amanda Miller Hot Pink Style HAIR MAKEUP Robert Angel and Cesar A. Salazar SPECIAL THANKS TO Rebeccah Putz Dwayne McLeod and Juliza Archaga with Jungle Island and Rachel Pinzur and Suanny Garcia with Pinzur Communications FASHION CONTACTS Style & Wine (styleandwine.com) Splash (shopsplash.com) Elektrik Boutique (beelektrik.com) Joya (561.278.5545) Bloomingdale s (305.252.6300) PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 31 Caption Caption Caption 32 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JOYFUL COOKING After discovering she could get paid for the parties she hosted as a stay-at-home mom a caterer creates a thriving business BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON oy Wallace has catered events for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II and every president from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. She remembers a food taster being sent in to keep an eye on the kitchen before an event for the pope and President Ronald Reagan. For some presidents they ll send someone to watch your preparation she says. Also there cannot be a specific plate prepared just for the president. Your entire working staff needs to be preapproved and there s a zero tolerance for cellphones. She learned that a member of royalty attending a party that she was catering had an allergy to MSG. So do I so we never prepare anything with MSG she says. There s never a dull moment for Wallace who has been in what she calls the business of feeding people for nearly 30 years. She s proud that her company is located in the 33156 ZIP code. If a client from out of town looks up our address and sees the ZIP code they know where we are located and they know they are coming to a very nice place. The location just off of U.S. Highway 1 has five buildings including one that houses a 25 000 square-foot commissary and another where a master builder s creations for events are as elaborate as Broadway theatrical sets. She has 60 full-time staff members who speak nine languages including American Sign Language among them. We chose where we are because of its location. It s close to all the major highways and roads and the turnpike Wallace says. J PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 33 Joy Wallace s Lemon and Lavender Scones A perfect Easter treat these are beautifully enticing for a brunch menu. Ingredients Joy Wallace 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 3 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 2 teaspoon salt 4 ounces butter 3 4 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon dry lavender 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest Pinecrest is like falling into the honey pot of Miami. She launched her company in 1998 with a 1 000-guest seated dinner for Exxon Mobil. Wallace remembers that she faced the challenge by telling herself a quote that has always inspired her. Credited to Olympic champion Gail Devers the mantra Wallace kept repeating was Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Now averaging more than 500 events a year--off-premises catering on-premises design and events at the Vizcaya Museum Gardens Caf and Shop of which A Joy Wallace has been the in-house operator for 12 years the Joy Wallace founded A Joy Wallace in 1998 which today is housed in five buildings. PHOTO BY RICARDO MEJIA RMSTUDIOCORP.COM Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry business owner says she tries to ingredients in a large bowl. Rub the personally attend every event. dry ingredients with the lemon zest to I feel the company should extract the flavor. Cut cold butter into live up to my name she says. cubes then cut the cubed butter into I believe that s been a core of the dry mix with a pastry cutter until how I conduct myself. How can incorporated. The result should look you have the name Joy and be like pea-sized crumbles. grumpy How can you be Joy and Mix in heavy cream until moist. not bring joy to other people Do not overmix the dough. Scoop Wallace wanted the business to out even-sized balls of dough then be close to her home in The Falls refrigerate for one hour. Bake on a where she s lived since 1972. baking sheet until light golden in color That s a pocket of heaven she about 10-12 minutes. says. I can t imagine ever moving. Makes about 15 scones. I m three minutes from the shop. A stay-at-home mom she during Hurricane Andrew so she was was searching for something to do more than eager to help. It led her to after her children had grown. I went form a disaster relief services division back to school at Florida International in her company one of the few catering University and got a degree in companies in the nation to have a hospitality management Wallace says. disaster response team. I loved having parties at my house While she is drawn to catering large when my children were growing up and events Wallace says there s a special then I found out you could get paid to place in her heart for couples planning have parties. their weddings. So I stopped having parties at home I get to hear the stories of how they and started having parties that I got met how the groom proposed about paid for. how the engagement was at the top of There s no taking for granted the a mountain in some exotic place with importance that the entrepreneur violins playing she says. You get to believes is part of being a caterer. She become part of people s lives when it s remembers getting a call to round up about food. Food is very personal. Food her catering trucks and head to Pass is emotional. Christian Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. We fed 3 000 To learn more about A Joy people every day for 3 months. Wallace visit ajoywallace.com or call Wallace had lost her home in 1992 305.252.0020. Directions Joy Wallace s company has grown but she remains involved in every aspect of the business. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 35 business A local company provides the ingredients for dinner and discussions BY CLARISSA BUCH PHOTOS BY ALL-STAR PHOTOGRAPHY More than Meals Nina Masterson Ortiz 36 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Dream Dinners in Pinecrest F or Nina Masterson Ortiz putting food on the table hasn t always been easy. As a mother of two with a full-time job in downtown Miami Ortiz and her husband were often pressed with what to whip up each night for dinner. We d always find each other asking the same thing What s for dinner she says. There was this constant shuffle of feeding the family and putting something different on the table every night. I felt like I was failing on that part. Time aside Ortiz loves to cook. My mom is from Europe and I grew up with her cooking everything from scratch she says. My brother works as a professional chef now too. I know how to cook but I just didn t have the time. In 2005 Ortiz discovered Dream Dinners a fix-and-freeze meal service store. Created by working mothers Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna in Snohomish Washington the company caters to busy families hungry for opportunities to spend time together over a meal. Ortiz knew this would be perfect for her family but there were no locations in Florida. I knew nothing about opening or running a business Ortiz says with a laugh. But I decided to hit the ground running because I was so in love with the idea. Ortiz who previously worked as a therapist for HIV patients left her job in the medical field to open her own Dream Dinners in Pinecrest. Though she had no experience in business management Ortiz was able to open in less than a year handling everything from the store s construction to finances and marketing. Since debuting in 2006 Ortiz serves upward of 250 families each month. I help families make healthy homemade meals she says. It s something I needed and I know a lot of other families needed it too. Ortiz and her team supply each family with a month s worth of raw ingredients which are washed chopped and prepared along with an assortment of sauces and other additional toppings. When they go home the whole meal is in the bag she says. The only thing that s left is to put it together and throw it into the oven. We cut out all of the shopping cutting and thinking. The families just get to do the fun part. Every meal is paired with its nutritional information too helping customers make smarter choices when it comes to eating. Though Dream Dinners isn t designed as a weight-loss service Ortiz explains that many customers end up shedding extra pounds. I personally weigh about 25 pounds less she says. It makes a difference because instead of picking up fast food you re eating something completely fresh and preservative-free. It also helps to teach kids how to eat a satisfying meal without feeling deprived. Ortiz talks with every new customer to discuss expectations. For those concerned with dietary restrictions for example Ortiz can customize menus. Besides supplying meals Ortiz wants to help families connect. We want to help families have more moments together she says. Sometimes it s hard and many of us feel overwhelmed and that we re not doing a good enough job for our family. We try to ease that burden. Many of Ortiz s families--which come from Pinecrest Cutler Bay South Miami Kendall and Coral Gables--have been customers for more than a decade. One family even drives up from the Keys. The people who come in really want to help their families she says. It s funny because I pretty much still use my counseling degree every day just in a different way. I know exactly how these families feel. I want to help as many as I can. Dream Dinners preps meals for busy families around Miami-Dade. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 37 DINING Croque Veg tarian Au Ch vre a Felipe Ven ncio a vegetable-based version of a traditional croque served with house green salad Where 2200 Collins Ave. Miami Beach Hours Sunday to Thursday noon midnight Friday and Saturday noon 2 a.m. Contact 305.363.6806 paris6bistro.com PARIS 6 Paris 6 a favorite in South America plants its first North American roots in Miami Beach BY CLARISSA BUCH The French Connection Grand Gateau made with strawberries Two bites into one of its unpretentious dishes--whether the traditional croque monsieur a buttery ham and cheese sandwich that s fried golden brown or an avocado puree crowned with tuna tartare diced mango and aioli--and the question waits to be asked. Just how did Paris 6 with its classic French fare and throwback vibe find its way to Miami Beach And what does any of this have to do with Brazil For owner Isaac Azar the concept can be traced to childhood vacations in Europe and his subsequent passion for the French language and culture. Apparently he wasn t the only one in Brazil who felt that way. Since debuting in 2006 Paris 6 has been a runaway hit in his home country (there are four outposts in S o Paulo including the original and one each in Belo Horizonte Porto Alegre Campinas and Rio de Janeiro). When it came time to consider expansion into the United States Azar immediately thought of South Florida. Paris 6 honors 1920s art deco just like Miami Beach which is why we thought Miami would be a great first location Azar says. People from Brazil love to come to Miami. As this is our first spot in the U.S. we want to show people from all around the world what the meaning of Paris 6 really is. The restaurant pays homage to quintessential bistros and brasseries typically found near the 6th District of Paris. Designed in red yellow and brown hues the interior marries a homey diner-like atmosphere with an upscale vibe that recalls scenes from Woody Allen s Midnight in Paris. Enveloped in gold and bronze 38 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM From top Coming from Brazil Paris 6 brings a taste of Parisian luxury to Miami Grande Salade de Saumon Sauvage et Fruits Grilles accents Paris 6 balances its high-end feel with comfortable dining areas and a menu packed with approximately 100 dishes. Highlighting specific items--oysters soups fish meat pasta sweets and more-- each dish is named after and inspired by an artist celebrity or icon adding a fresh touch to age-old French fare. Curated by Azar along with Venezuelan-born and Spanishtrained chef de cuisine Atilio Padra the restaurant recommends first-time diners order the gnocchi de brie aka the Bruno Gissoni. Named after a Brazilian actor these small dumplings stuffed with a creamy brie cheese are served in tomato sauce with shrimp inside a cast-iron skillet. For something meaty consider the Wellington Muniz (a Brazilian comedian) which is a Black Angus filet mignon drizzled with green pepper dressing and served with crispy fries or the Alan Kardec (a Brazilian soccer player) which includes red wine sauce mushrooms and white truffle oil atop Black Angus filet mignon medallions with a side of brie cheese risotto. One of the most popular dishes is the Wolf Maya. Named after an acclaimed Brazilian actor it s a medley of chopped meat white rice black beans a poached egg and brie empanadas. One of the best seafood offerings is the Luiz Miranda a slow-cooked selection of various fish in a stew with coconut milk and fresh vegetables. Dinner fare aside Paris 6 s most indulgent plate is found on its dessert menu Azar s Grand Gateau a warm molten cake infused with sizzling melted chocolate paired with an ice cream bar and a splash of condensed milk and topped with sweets. According to Azar before each cake goes into the oven the kitchen fills it with pieces of its toppings. In the Kit Kat Grand Gateau we put pieces of Kit Kat [candy bars] inside the cake before it s baked. It was inspired by one of my good friends who makes artisan ice cream bars in Brazil he explains. Eight years ago he asked me if there could be good dessert made with an ice cream bar. I then went into the kitchen to think about it and ended up with the first Grand Gateau. From strawberries and tiramisu to Kit Kats and dulce de leche Azar s Brazilian locations feature more than 40 different Grand Gateaus. For now Miami offers six with plans for more. Paris 6 in Brazil open 24 hours is a staple for artists and theatergoers to dine after a show. Azar hopes its Miami location will grow into something similar. We have a unique atmosphere and a really unique experience here he says. Coming to Paris 6 is like going back in time to Paris in the 1920s. Glitz and glamour aside Paris 6 gives Miami a chichi spot fit for breakfast an evening meal or a late-night bite. Though it s only been about six months since its opening Azar believes it will pave the way for a different style of dining on the beach--a middle ground between luxury and casual. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 39 r e a l e s tat e Enjoy the best of South Florida s natural resources with spacious homes available for right around 1.3 million Living in Harmony 11400 SW 68th Court Listing Price 1 325 000 Listing Agent The Levy Group 305.389.3959 Specs 4 162 square feet 5 bedrooms 4 baths Surrounded by ranches and mansions this home is expansion- or move-in ready with an open floor plan that takes advantage of natural light. A split-bedroom plan office and master with a sitting room provide family comfort. Outside an open patio terrace gives way to a pool fruit trees and mature landscaping. 40 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 6540 SW 131st St. Listing Price 1 340 000 Listing Agent The Thomson Team Coldwell Banker Residential 786.581.1106 Specs 5 979 square feet 5 bedrooms 5 baths In the community of Devonwood this home features an open floor plan complemented by an elevator two-car garage and spacious kitchen. The master suite includes marble bath cedar walkin closets fireplace and private balcony. Other features are maid quarters and 24-hour security. Outside nature beckons with tropical landscaping waterfall a pool and tiki hut. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 41 gardening Mediterranean Gardens for South Florida BY HARVEY BERNSTEIN S ince the early decades of the last century South Florida has had a rich tradition of Mediterraneanstyle buildings and gardens. The intense light and dryness of our winter and spring seasons evoke the summer climate of lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea with the accompanying fantasy of enjoying good food good wine and lazing in historic landscapes. Geographic areas that share the climate of the Mediterranean Basin are few coastal California part of coastal Chile the southwestern coast of South Africa near Capetown and southwestern Australia near Perth. These places have climates characterized by warm dry summers and mild winters with modest rainfall. When it doesn t rain humidity tends to be fairly low. These areas have distinctive local plants that have been used in gardens worldwide. Mediterranean gardens are characterized by the following Shelter from the sun and wind and a sense of enclosure. Plants and structures such as walls and courtyards enhance the time spent in the garden. Use of local materials. In South Florida local limestone for hardscaping is a possibility. Silver olive green and bluish-leaved plants as an important part of the plant palette. Fragrant herbs and flowers enriching the garden experience. Precious water especially the sounds of it splashing into tiled fountains and pools. That s a beloved part of a Mediterranean theme. South Florida s climate is different from the world s Mediterranean regions dry and warm in winter extremely wet in summer and with days that have fairly high to extreme humidity. Most Mediterraneanclimate plants won t grow in the southeastern United States but some are spectacularly adaptable. Where true Mediterranean plants would struggle substitutes can be used to provide the same effect. Here is a brief list of good basic plants to try Our native Southern live oak with its twisty branches and dark leaves is a good substitute for the famous cork oak. Although date palms are widely planted they struggle in our summer wetness and extreme humidity. Use Silvester date (Phoenix silvestris) if a large palm is needed otherwise try to find the beautiful Cliff Date (Phoenix rupicola). European fan palm (Chamaerops humilis) is a Mediterranean native that can be used in our gardens. The shrubby silver form is popular but doesn t reach its full potential in rainy South Florida. The typical green form is a classic Mediterranean garden plant that makes for a much nicer specimen. Oleander is one of the best-known Mediterranean flowering shrubs or trees that thrives in South Florida. The strikingly shaped Hollywood juniper (Juniperus chinensis or Torulosa) is one of the few nontropical evergreens that will do well here. Bougainvillea although not from a Mediterranean climate long has been used in traditional gardens. Although citrus varieties have been set back by diseases and pests lately their fragrant blossoms and fruit are important components of the Mediterranean garden style. Try the tough-as-nails Key lime or petite calamondin. Either can be kept in a large pot or tub. For accent plants try using intensely blue-leaved agaves or the dramatic forms of dry-growing cycads such as Dioon edule and the striking Encephalartos horridus. Seasonal pots or herbs such as rosemary and finer-leaved forms of basil and oregano can complete the setting. Harvey Bernstein is the horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens. 42 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM r e s ta u r a n t l i s t i n g s EARLS KITCHEN BAR AMERICAN. With plenty of talent and plenty of soul this not-so-ordinary burger and beer joint has a lot to offer. The global menu with modern versions of ethnic cuisines makes it stand out from the competition. ld Mon-Tue 11 30 a.m.-11 p.m. Wed 11 30 a.m.midnight Thur-Fri 11 30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 7535 N. Kendall Drive 2510 Miami 305.667.1786 earls.ca JAPANESE. This tiny place across from Evelyn Green Park is a Pinecrest staple big on takeout featuring the best ginger dressing salads and the house specialty shellfish. l Mon-Fri noon-2 30 p.m. d Mon-Thur 5 30-10 30 p.m. Fri-Sat 5 30-11 p.m. Sun 5-10 p.m. 8225 S.W. 124th St. Pinecrest 305.238.8462 SAKURA SHADDAI 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. LEBANESE. Hidden in the corner of a strip mall Shaddai serves authentic Lebanese dishes that have guests begging for more. ld Tue-Thur 11 a.m.-9 30 p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 30 p.m. Sun noon-8 30 p.m. 9519 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 786.401.7714 shaddaimiami.com ITALIAN. Its cuisine is full of simple unforgettable dishes that keep regulars coming back. The casual finedining atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening or celebrations. ANACAPRI CUCINA ITALIANA ld Mon-Tue noon-10 p.m. WedThurs noon-11 p.m. Fri noon-midnight Sat 10 a.m.-midnight Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 1549 Sunset Drive Coral Gables 305.284.9989 georgessouthmiami. miami MITCH S WESTSIDE BAGELS TOO 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. TOWN KITCHEN & BAR l Tue-Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. d TueThur 5-10 30 p.m. Fri-Sat 5-11 30 p.m. Sun 5-9 p.m. 12665 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.232.8001 anacaprifood.com AMERICAN. Enjoy New York-style bagels sandwiches and traditional deli offerings with gourmet coffees made to order quinoa and a full selection of salads. Spacious with easy parking. l Sun-Sat 11 30 a.m.-4 p.m. d Sat 5 30-11 p.m. Sun 5 30-10 p.m. Mon 5 30 p.m.-10 p.m. Tues-Fri 5 30-11 p.m. 7301 S.W. 57th Court South Miami 305.740.8118 townkitchenbar.com TWO CHEFS CONTINENTAL. This Pinecrest landmark is the brainchild of chef Jan Jorgensen whose invented cuisine changes every week with a new menu. SEAFOOD. For the past 40 years it has been serving the freshest seafood house-made specialties and an awardwinning wine selection. ld MonThur 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 captainstavernmiami.com CAPTAIN S TAVERN RESTAURANT bl Daily 6 30 a.m.-3 p.m. 12729 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.233.2377 mitchswestsidebagels.com AMERICAN. You ll always find fresh hand-baked muffins and Southern hospitality at this mom-andpop restaurant owned by Mike and Mary Mabjeesh. bl Daily 6 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. 12655 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.235.9020 marythemuffintin.com THE MUFFIN TIN RESTAURANT l Mon-Fri 11 30 a.m.-2 30 p.m. d Mon 6-9 p.m. Tue-Sat 6-10 p.m. 8287 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.663.2100 twochefsrestaurant.com IL VAPORETTO ITALIAN. With a cocktail and wine bar and a classy atmosphere this restaurant offers delectable desserts and classic takes on Italian favorites. ld MonThurs noon-11 p.m. Fri-Sat noon-2 a.m. Sun noon-10 p.m. 5894 Sunset Drive South Miami 305.763.8004 ilvaporettorestaurant.com SEAFOOD STEAK. The use of fine ingredients and the freshest premium seafood and steaks-- not to mention seamless service--elevates this restaurant from good to great. DEVON SEAFOOD STEAK b Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. l Sat 11 30 a.m.-4 p.m. d Mon-Thur 5-10 p.m. Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. Sun 4-9 p.m. 11715 Sherry Lane Kendall 305.275.0226 devonseafood.com 44 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 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. RED FISH GRILL d Tue-Fri 6-10 p.m. Sat-Sun 5-10 p.m. 9610 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables 305.668.8788 redfishgrill.net INEXPENSIVE MODERATE EXPENSIVE Meals under 15 Meals under 30 Meals under 50 b BREAKFAST l LUNCH d DINNER PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 45 questions with 1 JULIO FRENK President University of Miami INTERVIEW BY KEREN MOROS What was the transition from dean to president like There are two big differences that I have found interesting (Frenk became the sixth UM president in August 2015). One is the scope. At Harvard I was dean of the school of public health and public health is my specialty. ... It was a focused approach. Here it is the entire scope of scientific and artistic endeavors and so the scope is comprehensive. That s been a great opportunity for me to learn. ... Also as president I m CEO of the organization. Although I am accountable to a board I don t have an individual to report to. I m appointed by a group called the board of trustees which has a chair but in the end as president it s given me a clear meaning of the famous phrase the buck stops here. What do you learn from UM students The most exciting part of my job is the interaction with students and young faculty members. It s an incredible privilege to go to work everyday interacting with these bright people. Newer generations have a different perspective. They have a worldview that s different from that of prior generations so I like to sit down and listen to them. One thing I ve found at UM is that the students are engaged--they re active. ... They re independent. They have strong ideas and proposals. But they always express themselves not only with great respect but also in a constructive atmosphere. I can sense the love that our students have for the university and that s invigorating for me. 2 Mexico and completed his career and my father is a physician. In the prior three generations they were all men. In my generation my sister [also] is a physician. In the next generation [of physicians] all three--my two nieces and my daughter--are women. It tells you that medicine is on the path of improvement from being almost an all-male profession to a much more diverse profession. 5 3 What lesson has defined your presidency so far Universities are more essential than ever before--especially as we move toward this complex environment with divisive discourse pitting some groups of society against others. I like to speak about the idea of the exemplary university meaning that the university in the values and behaviors it adopts intentionally serves as a modern example to the larger society of which we are a part. I really think that we have to stand out as a symbol of using reason to deal with our differences in a respectful manner--of being able to embrace diversity in all dimensions. But that diversity needs to be accompanied by the idea that we can tolerate different perspectives because it also includes diversity of opinion. What can you tell us about your family s medicine tradition I like to joke that strong medicine is a genetic disorder transmitted through generations. I m the fourth generation (physician) on my paternal side. My father was born in Hamburg Germany and escaped when he was 6--his mother father and sister escaped the Nazi regime in the 1930s. My great-grandfather was a doctor in Germany. My grandfather was a doctor and then moved to APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM What do you see in UM s future I made two major commitments in my inaugural speech which I gave in January 2016. One is to create 100 new endowed positions to continue to attract and retain the best faculty. For the 100th anniversary [in 2025] I m committing to raising support for students so that we can meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need. We are embarking on a planning exercise that we call Roadmap to a New Century with goals to take UM to its next level of excellence. Can you tell us something about yourself that no one knows Not everyone knows that I have a twin sister. When you have to share your mother s womb with another person you develop a strong capacity to share what you have. You learn to accommodate other people. I feel fortunate to have had that opportunity to shape my character. It s also given me an enormous admiration for women. I tell people I ve learned since I was little that my twin is the better half. Women are a much better-rounded version of the human species. 6 4 46 7 What s the best thing about living in Pinecrest I love the community. I m fortunate to live in the Smathers Four Fillies Farm which is a development of UM. It s a beautiful location. I love Pinecrest Gardens and the Sunday farmers market. Almost every Sunday we go there when I m not traveling. In general I ve been very much welcome and we ve felt very much at home. The abundance of green space is something that we appreciate. 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With a bachelor s degree in mathematics and a master s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Virginia Hazel is an analytical communicative and resourceful realtor. A Pinecrest resident since the 1970 s Hazel was on the original Pinecrest steering committee and helped to form the Village in the mid-90 s. Evan grew up in Pinecrest and currently lives here with his wife Stephie and their four children. A Spanish and foreign affairs major and graduate of the University of Virginia Evan speaks fluent Spanish and has lived all over the US Spain Ecuador Japan and traveled the world before returning to his Pinecrest roots in the early 2000s. Thorough knowledgeable advice is priceless. 48 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM W H O S W HO I N R E AL EST AT E JOANN ROBERTS PA THE PINECREST SPECIALIST Coldwell Banker Real Estate 12651 S. Dixie Highway Pinecrest 305.215.SOLD (7653) JoAnnRobertsHomes gmail.com JoAnn ThePinecrestSpecialist.com EDUCATION University of Miami Business Marketing & Advertising and Creative Writing Jones Business College Court Reporting Degree Anita Priest School of interior Design & Decorating Certified Residential Specialist (Top 2% of Realtors Nationwide) Master Broker s Forum Who s Who in Luxury RE Graduate Real Estate Institute Senior Real Estate Specialist Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Women s Council of Realtors Institute of Luxury Home Mktg Accredited Staging Professional COMMUNITY SERVICE 2015 & 2016 President of Women s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County And Woman of Impact LOCATIONS Pinecrest LANGUAGES English Spanish French JoAnn Roberts name is synonymous with Pinecrest real estate and she s very well known as The Pinecrest Specialist and the Go-ToRealtor when Pinecrest homeowners want to sell their luxury estate or their mid-century ranch and don t know who to call or where to start. She s also fondly known by the seniors in the community as The Seniors Real Estate Specialist when it comes time to sell their long owned family home filled with memories and family treasures... A quote from a letter JoAnn received from a senior Pinecrest homeowner after the sale of her home which they owned for 47 years tells it all How can I ever thank you enough for taking on what seemed to me an undoable task. You picked the right colors added the right touch staged my house to look better than I ever could have imagined and you got way more money for us than the appraisal. I ve never heard of a real estate agent going to the extremes the way you did for us. You truly are magical Much appreciation. Jeanette Holy Reaching the pinnacle of her profession nationally and internationally JoAnn Roberts of Coldwell Bankers Pinecrest office is a member of the most prestigious worldwide real estate organization in the industry and has access to market your property on an unparalleled 724 global websites to attract buyers to your home where the buyers live work and play... a tremendous marketing advantage for you Also JoAnn brings over 27 years of real estate experience and a background in interior design and decorating to help you prepare your home to attract today s young buyers (if you desire this free service) to sell your home for its highest potential price in today s highly competitive market. JoAnn Roberts award-winning team operates within the Coldwell Banker system which allows them to offer highly personalized client-centric services at no extra cost to you while capitalizing on the national and worldwide resources of their parent brokerage. As an avid animal lover JoAnn Roberts is well known for her support of local animal rescue services including The Pets Trust Friends Forever Paws4You Rescue and The Cat Network and JoAnn urges you to help them when you can financially and adopt a pet as often as you can. When you have real estate questions concerning the Pinecrest market the value of your property or any other real estate matters call JoAnn Roberts directly at 305-215-7653 or email JoAnnRobertsHomes gmail.com. If You re Thinking of selling your Pinecrest Property Please call me for a NoObligation Home Value & Home Preparation Consultation JoAnn. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 49 W H O S W HO I N R E AL EST AT E JO-ANN FORSTER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT ESTATE AGENT ONE Sotheby s International Realty 1430 S. Dixie Highway Suite 110 Coral Gables JoAnn UniqueHomesofMiami.com 305.778.5555 AWARDS Top-250 Agents in the United States Wall Street Journal and Real Trends 2016 by Sales Volume 2 Top Producer Company Wide One Sotheby s International Realty 2016 by Sales Volume Top 15 Agents in Miami Dade 2016 Realtor of the Year Miami Association of Realtors Humanitarian of the Year Miami Association of Realtors CERTIFICATIONS Certified Divorce Specialist Home Staging Expert Jo-Ann Forster started her career in Pinecrest long before it was named Pinecrest and remains committed to giving back and supporting the Village. Whether sponsoring local events participation in the Pinecrest Business Association or lending a helping hand to residents and businesses in need Jo-Ann and her award winning team are dedicated to our special community. With over 2 Billion in sales Jo-Ann has represented Pinecrest locally nationally and internationally as a consistent top selling agent in the Village for the past 35 years. The Pinecrest lifestyle its family-oriented community top schools parks community center convenient shopping local village council private police department and great neighbors have always made Pinecrest a top of the list request for her buyers. Jo-Ann loves to take them on a road trip to see all that Pinecrest has to offer and to finish with a shake at Wayside Market. They see families and friends gathering and also see her Real Estate Information display a coveted sole agent position that gets restocked a few times a week to meet demand. Her kids went through the Pinecrest school system and now her three grandchildren are thriving at the same schools. Jo-Ann takes joy in talking about the Pinecrest lifestyle and experience and finds it easy to get visitors excited about the possibility of living in such a wonderful community. Jo-Ann s extensive local and international marketing global connections and reputation makes her the go to resource for Pinecrest real estate. She is also known for her incredible personal staging of her seller s homes that transforms them to extraordinary and enhances their salability. Jo-Ann is a Five Star Agent in Zillow and has top testimonials from her past clients. She has built a reputation of success hard work integrity and market knowledge. Pinecrest residents have come to rely on her unique insights on market trends sales statistics and trusted advice. Jo-Ann Forster was ranked by The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends in the Top 250 Agents in the United States for sales volume again for 2016. She is very grateful to her Pinecrest clients and friends for contributing to her success in 2016 and as 2 Top Producer Companywide at One Sotheby s International Realty. The respect of her peers strong client referral base integrity and the global reach of Sotheby s International Realty continue to set Jo-Ann Forster apart and help to make her the gold standard in Pinecrest and South Florida real estate sales. Pinecrest is always ahead of the game in any market. Where else can you find a cherished lifestyle best schools great activities shopping and wonderful homes at competitive prices I love when national and international buyers mention it by name. A reputation well earned. 50 APRIL 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM WHO S W HO IN REA L E S T A T E THE LEVY GROUP Wendy Levy-Jackson Adam Levy Jennifer Levy Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 12651 S. Dixie Highway Suite 102 Pinecrest 786.581.1134 www.MiamiHomesandLand.com AWARDS & ACCOLADES 1 Agents Coldwell Banker Pinecrest (2014 2016) Coldwell Banker s Top 100 Agents in the State of Florida Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Realtors Globally 2 Master Brokers Forum Members (Top 250 Agents in Miami-Dade County) AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION Pinecrest Palmetto Bay Coral Gables Coconut Grove South Miami WHAT SEPARATES US Tri-lingual 7 Person Group 80 years of combined experience Over 1 200 homes sold Adam is a Broker Associate Adam is a Graduate of the University of Florida School of Building & Construction and is a State Certified Residential Contractor Dedicated Social Media Expert A partnership created over 20 Years ago mother and son duo Wendy Levy - Jackson and Adam Levy developed The Levy Group with the mission to create an entirely new real estate experience for the South Florida market. Perfectly crafted to maximize the strengths of each individual while collectively yielding the same result The Levy Group has created an award-winning team that has one vision in mind Success for their clients. In doing so The Levy Group was just named 1 in their Pinecrest Coldwell Banker office for 2016 and 2014. The Levy Group s hands-on approach delivers a unique structure to provide their clients with expert guidance throughout the entire process. The Levy Group is committed to working with both buyers and sellers to accomplish their real estate goals delivering results that exceed their expectations. A state licensed Residential Contractor and a graduate of the University of Florida School of Building Construction BrokerAssociate Adam Levy excelled in the construction of new homes for five years before finding his true passion - real estate. His expertise for quality building architectural layouts and effective floor plan designs is now an instrumental and highly empowering resource for buyers and sellers alike. Leading The Levy Group Adam offers over 20 years of real estate sales experience plus 5 years of building homes. As a 37 year resident in Miami he has amassed an extensive group of business contacts and access to a vast network of Realtors through his involvement within the Master Brokers Forum. With over 37 years of proven success Wendy is a real estate visionary with a dedication to her community like none other. Highly regarded for her expert knowledge Wendy has spoken at numerous panel events and has led various round table discussions that educate buyers sellers and real estate peers alike on real estate trends laws and processes. Her unwavering commitment to the real estate industry has garnered the utmost respect of her fellow Realtors and the continuous referral business from past clients. To best serve their clients the 7-person trilingual group was carefully crafted to offer the most resources and specific market knowledge along with the highest client care...in the language that their clients are most comfortable in speaking. Completing the award-winning team are Jennifer Levy Adam s wife an accomplished Realtor-Associate Maria Eugenia Escagedo a tri-lingual Buyer s agent with 35 years of real estate experience and Evelyn Alfaro a licensed agent and in-house marketing specialist who maintains a powerful on-line presence for each listing. Upsizing Downsizing or Looking for a Change When you think real estate think THE LEVY GROUP. Because Real Estate is a Family Affair... PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM APRIL 2017 51 Located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale Grateful Palate Catering & Events offers a truly unique setting to celebrate your wedding ceremony & reception. 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