December's Food & Wine Magazine gives a shout-out to Miami chef Michael Schwartz and the Design District in a recipe-laden article by Victoria Pesce Elliot. Elliot credits Schwartz, who opened Michael's Genuine Food & Drink last year, with aiding and abetting a Design District Renaissance -- before Michael's nobody much ventured there after dark, at least not without a protective talisman of fabric swatches clutched in one hand. Now there are good restaurants -- Pacific Time, Fratelli Lyon, and Brosia -- and hot shops like Yohji Yamamoto's Y-3 and gargantuan Italian design Mecca, Driade.
The article also includes nine Schwartz recipes guaranteed to jump start your next party: a BLT salad with artisanal bacon (Schwartz cures his own, the show-off); grilled skirt steak with a fennel and orange salad; and slow-roasted and spiced short ribs, which Schwartz likes better than the yucky sweet braised ribs that have taken restaurant menus hostage lately.
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So if you live too far north, like me, to eat bi-weekly at Michael's with the rest of the D-D regulars, you can whip up your own Genuine Food & Drink at home -- just make yourself a cardboard cut-out of Jennifer Aniston and you'll never tell the difference.