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The kids may be back in class, but parents can still go out on a school night. Café Boulud in Palm Beach is tempting them with a four-course Spanish wine dinner on September 6. Executive chef Rick Mace and chief sommelier Imre Papp are planning several special pairings such as Lopez de Heredia’s 2008 Viña Gravonia Crianza for rainbow trout with chilled serrano ham consommé and trout roe. Papp will pour a 2012 Viña Pedrosa Reserva from Spain’s Ribera del Duero DO for wood-roasted lamb shoulder and grilled lamb loin with calabaza squash. Attendees can turn it into a slumber party, since the restaurant’s Brazilian Court Hotel is extending exclusive rates for studio rooms and one-bedroom suites to them. Then they can have breakfast in bed, too.

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Miansai celebrates its tenth birthday by showing respect to where it all began. The made-in-Miami fine jewelry and accessories brand for men and women (It was actually founded at UM.) created reusable drinking straws to support ocean conservation initiatives to decrease plastic waste. Now that several beach communities are fully or partially banning plastic straws, it’s a good reason to invest in these elegant versions in sterling silver, copper and brass. They’re available in sets of four exclusively through its web site. You can also check out the new Nostalgia collection for their anniversary. Fans who feel like shopping for signature and fall pieces should seek its mobile pop up, a retro Piaggio that rolls into 1 Hotel South Beach’s lobby (2341 Collins Avenue) sometime in September.


One South Florida location apparently wasn’t enough for luxury home and design showroom Holly Hunt. After operating a long-term space in the Miami Design District, the Chicago-based visionary expanded to the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). She designs and represents multiple categories including furniture, lighting, textiles, rugs and home accessories. Her DCOTA location also carries the Holly Hunt Outdoor Furniture Collection, pictured, as well as a full range of leathers, trims, wallcoverings and fabrics from Clarence House, Great Plains and Great Outdoors Textiles. She describes the selection as unique to her fleet of showrooms in the U.S. and London. DCOTA soon debuts Gloster, an outdoor furniture collection made in Indonesia; and unveils renovated expansions for eggersmann USA (German cabinetry) and Schumacher + Patterson Flynn Martin (fabrics, wallpapers, rugs). 1855 Griffin Road; 954.920.7997;


Avid readers are enjoying more than a good book this summer. They’re subscribing to Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan’s new weekly podcast. Miami’s biggest champion of the written word kicked off “The Literary Life” with none other than local author, humorist and columnist Dave Barry as his guest. Kaplan chose the show’s title to draw listeners into his world of running a bookshop for 36 years. In addition to authors, he invites the publishers and other literary insiders, readers and pals who make up the literary community. He’s a pretty busy guy these days, having also produced “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” for Netflix. Mike Newell directed the movie based on Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer’s bestselling novel.

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Elliot Machado

Elliot, born in LA and raised in Minneapolis, has now resided in the Miami area for over 15 years. Prior to selling Miami real estate, Elliot worked with a Minneapolis based company developing high rises that now coat the Miami skyline. This helped shape his passion for all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. Before transitioning to ONE Sotheby’s, Elliot worked for four years as a real estate agent for a boutique firm. His transactions consisted of in-house sales, leases and property management. These transactions immersed him in close to 100 exciting transactions per year giving him extensive knowledge of the Miami–Dade market. As part of the renowned ONE Sotheby’s International Realty network, Elliot has enhanced his best practices while embracing new challenges. He completed his Broker-Associate's license along with being a Price Strategy Advisor (PSA) by the National Association of REALTORS and has a certificate in negotiation by the University of Michigan, which benefits his customers by having a powerful negotiator on their side ensuring the best deal possible. Elliot is the Founder of The Brickell Scoop, which is the largest community social club in Brickell. It's focused on bringing the community together through different initiatives like community service, community outreach and community social hours. This continues to put Elliot in the forefront as one who understands the lifestyle his customers are seeking which is why he was nominated as the 2018 most innovative agent in the country by Inman News and was part of ONE Sotheby’s Top Producer Circle for 2019.

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