South Beach has never looked as good as it does this sun-drenched afternoon. You're sitting beneath the sea grape tree at Restaurant Michael Schwartz and watching two dudes play catch with a foam football in the Raleigh Hotel pool. Children romp in the water and beg their parents for more soda and f ... More >>
South Beach's famous Raleigh Hotel has been sold for $55 million, and the new owners are already quite familiar with the area's hospitality industry. They own some of the Raleigh's rivals. Sam Nazarian, who just opened the SLS Hotel on the same block, and David Edelstein, owner of the W South Beach, ... More >>
In chef-swapping news, Daniel Ganem,who headed up the kitchen at Kane Steakhouse (which shuttered last October), has taken the chef de cuisine position left open by Sam Gorenstein at The Raleigh. Gorenstein, who exited to focus solely on his new venture, My Ceviche, brought Ganem on board. He has be ... More >>
To those of you who think a Margarita is that lime flavored slushy stuff that comes in a really big plastic container, think againThere are conflicting stories about the Margarita's genesis, but many claim the drink, made with fresh lime, tequila, and a touch of sweetness, was named after a beaut ... More >>
There was a time, circa 1991, when being a funky white boy meant doing whacked-out jumping jacks to the beat of "Suck My Kiss" while wearing a sock on your cock. But these days, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are grown-ass funky white men. The band's founding twosome, frontman-slash-resident hunk An ... More >>
Art Basel Miami Beach is a horrible, crippling beast. It stands, hovering over the first week of December, forcing free drinks down your throat, making you listen to terrible music and look at bad art. Sometimes, though, every once in a while, it takes a step back and shows you the light, somet ... More >>
Art Basel not only offers an overload of visual stimulation, it also presents a time to dredge up any tragic feelings of rejection you experienced in your youth. Sure, there are like 300 openings and parties each and every night of next week, but there are only like three you want to go to. Those ar ... More >>
Is there more to this story than meats the eye?Is there a chef-leaving-South-Beach-steakhouse epidemic going on or what? First Ralph Pagano announced that he was leaving STK Miami, then days later we learn that Daniel Ganem is on his way from Kane Steakhouse, and now Sam Gorenstein has informed S ... More >>
All photos by Laine Doss The Raleigh Hotel's White Bar invites you to Happier HourThe Raleigh Hotel has announced a new "Happier Hour" at both its Martini Bar and outdoor White Bar. Every Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., both bars will get really happy with drink specials, a ne ... More >>
Gilt Groupe has become one of the biggest successes in online retail in years. The company got its start by working with luxury clothing brands to sell merchandise at heavily discounted prices. The catch is that each sale is available for a limited time. The service has since moved on to include ... More >>
If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter, here's a taste of what you're missing. Click here to subscribe.Martini Bar at the Raleigh Hotel.Call it Philippe's "power hour" or the Raleigh's "Seven at the Raleigh." But whatever you call it, call it a good deal on swell ... More >>
Electronic music and its surrounding industry generally exists in a separate plane from the rest of the world's troubles. The music is, after all, most often about dancing and going out -- a form of escapism. And even if things are generally going to the shitter, people are still going to want to ... More >>
Before anyone got tipsy, Chopin Vodka shoved a Sharpie into the hands of Oscar winners Sandra Bullock, Kathryn Bigelow and Jeff Bridges, as well as Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Emily Blunt, Kirk Douglas, Quentin Tarantino, Carey Mulligan, Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Colin Firth, asked ... More >>
We skipped dressing up for Halloween this year, but people wouldn't stop bothering us as to why we weren't in costume. Being an overworked, underpaid writer is a full-time job and is the scariest costume we could come up with.But enough about us -- here is what you missed over the Halloween weekend: ... More >>
First the models began leaving South Beach, and now, almost predictably, so is painfully hip hotelier Andre Balazs. According to the Miami Herald, Balazs is set to sell the Raleigh, which the newspaper describes as "a favorite stop for celebrities and local hipsters." The sale will take ... More >>
JipsyRed Carter runway show at The Raleigh.Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim blew out of town last night (the remnants of the event probably wandering the streets in the wee hours this morning with their mascara smeared, looking for their other pump). Now we can look forward to what summer is supposed ... More >>
The naked body of Amanda Lepore, the world's self proclaimed #1 transsexual, is about as good of a metaphor for change as any so it was suiting that the first sight of 2009 that the crowd at The Raleigh's Burlesque New Years saw was Ms. Lepore clad only in balloons as hostess Susanne Bartsch poppe ... More >>
We aren't kidding when we say times are tough. Money isn't as disposable as it once was, and we're all just praying that we'll come out alive once the recession is over. So to make sure you still have one rockin' New Year's Eve we decide to do a little giveaway, because even in these hard economic t ... More >>
So Basel, Pulse, Design Miami/ and Scope all had duck inspired pieces, which sort of bewildered us, but that was hardly the biggest ducky art news of the week. Franca Sozzani, the editor of Vogue Italia, was in town to unveil, hey, guess what, a giant resin duck by British artist Stuart Semple at Th ... More >>
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