Issue – March 2012


The Lucky Clover Irish Pub celebrated its grand opening with a rollicking block party that closed SW 11th St. between SW 1st. Ave. and S. Miami Ave. for hundreds of revelers who turned out in force to see live musical performances from The Legendary JC’s & Spam Allstars.


Recently, Florida Grand Opera opened 2 back-to-back productions — the South Florida premiere of La Rondine and a critically-acclaimed production of Rigoletto. In true company tradition, high level donors were invited to attend the “After Opera Party” following each successful opening night performance to celebrate and mingle with the casts.


Guests gathered to celebrate ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s recent partnership with world-renowned art collector and supporter Ella Fontanals-Cisneros to launch a collaborative fundraising program called ONE CIFO Project.

Health Speak

FIU recently hosted the first Health Care Quality Institute with speakers offering cutting-edge information to more than 100 of South Florida’s medical professionals.


The Montbruns recently hosted a colorful, bohemian-themed bash to to kick of the new year in style.

Amazing Rendezvous

Hundreds of South Florida’s real estate elite gathered at BrickellHouse for a spectacular party under the stars hosted by Newgard Development Group and Cervera Real Estate. Guests enjoyed an evening of live music by Miami’s own DJ Le Spam of Spam Allstars, as well as delicious cocktails and gourmet cuisine from some of Miami’s finest food trucks.


I.M.7 in conjunction with Carolina Toledo Events and Bibi & Alberto Delfino, co-proprietors of the I.M.7. boutique in Key Biscayne, hosted an unforgettable evening.


The Second Chance Free Pet Shelter celebrated their momentous 9th Annual benefit at the Key Biscayne Beach Club.


St. Christopher’s Montessori held their annual fundraiser at Key Biscayne Beach Club, with several Key Biscayne restaurants participating in the very successful event.


Commenoz Gallery celebrate the opening of Travel Tales, featuring the most recent work of two artists: Joaquin Gonzalez, who creates big canvases inspired by his visits to The Amazon; and Phillip Stapleton, who creates sculptures of giant insects using recycled materials.


The Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce held their annual tour of some of the most exquisites homes in Key Biscayne. Six houses participated this year and several Key Biscayne restaurants served hungry participants looking for a taste of the Key.

Special Birthday

Rafael Rivas-Vazquez celebrated a very special birthday with family and friends at Key Biscayne Beach Club.

Dental Artistry

Sparkling white teeth and pink gums are much more than just an indication of good dental health, they’re a key component of a positive self-image, an goal that Dr. Maria Yazji and her team at Contemporary Orthodontics are ready to help you achieve.

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves for the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.

Get cooking

If it’s time to take your kitchen to the next level, check out these kitchen essentials ready to add some style to your home — and plenty of reasons to start cooking up a storm.

Simply Breathtaking

This Key Biscayne estate is one of those residences you just have to see to believe. Herewith: A tour of one of our island paradise’s most amazing homes.


Who says the gym is the only place to get a workout? Check out how you can get fit, expand your social circle, and have a blast this season and beyond.

Nice Guy

A near-death experience inspired Joaquin Ortiz to make the world a kinder place — one good deed at a time.

Touchy Feely

Move over, Rolex. There’s a new kid in the watch world — or rather, an old kid. Swatch, kings of neon, have created an unapologetically funky touchscreen digital watch.

Past Blast

Sure, videogames now have amazing graphics, involved storylines and sophisticated strategies.

Beauty Space

Hevia Cosmetic Dermatology recently celebrated their move to Coral Gables with a new office that visually exemplifies the essence of The New Standard in Aesthetics and features a blending of state-of-the-art technology with a retro-Hollywood glamour-meets-modern contemporary design.

Famous Tragedy

It’s Shakespeare’s masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before: the operatic adaptation Roméo et Juliette by Gounoud, being performed Apr. 21-May 12 at the Florida Grand Opera.

Smooth Mover

There’s a reason why those strapping Ivy League students have to-die-for abs: rowing.

Get Plugged

You wouldn’t settle for an ugly, utilitarian light fixture or kitchen appliance. Why do it with your extension cords, when there are such wonderfully cute options available?

Ultra Luxury Ocean Front Development

A veteran developer “Chateau Group” with a track record in South America developing the most prestigious buildings in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este, and a growing land portfolio in South Florida plans to build an ultra-luxury condominium tower on an oceanfront site in Sunny Isles Beach.

Do Something!

If you’re thrilled about everything March brings our way, you’re not alone! But don’t let all the excitement overwhelm you just yet.

Fresh Serve

As tennis mania takes over our little island during the Sony Ericsson Open, make sure to shake up this creative libation on and off the court to get you through all the matches and celebrations.

The 411

Spotlighting news, launches, announcements, happenings, products & places in and around South Florida.

Fusion Conclusion

Whether or not you’ve taken advantage of the Asian Fusion craze in town, you should make it a point to keep the historic roots of this culinary genre on your radar no matter where your gastronomic adventures take you.

Cocktail Resurrection

Listen up: Nostalgic, time-tested cocktails are making a steady comeback in our own backyard and beyond.

Speed Matters

Take these luxury sports cars for a spin and find out why once you get into one of these babies, you’ll never want to reach your final destination.


In Attendance

From charity galas to business networkers and outdoor activities galore, Key Biscayners were out in full force in and around the island.

Best Friends

Friends of Miami Animals Foundation (FoMa) focuses on the root causes of pet homelessness — financial instability, spay & neuter, adoption and foster campaigns — all in the hopes of helping pets find families and get out of shelters.