The Scoop

    SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

    Boulud Sud, Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, encourages summertime socials. Putting an elevated spin on tired taco nights, its weekly Tapas Tuesday (5-8 p.m.) replaces cervezas with rosé and Tex-Mex with chef Clark Bowen’s gourmet bar bites. His diverse menu laps the seaside coast:  harissa-spiced lamb meatballs, non-traditional tabbouleh with cauliflower and figs, and a tuna and avocado tartine further lightened for the season with grapefruit. All the Spanish classics (serrano ham, pan con tomate, pata negra- and béchamel-stuffed croquetas) are also available, with live Spanish guitar to complete the fantasy express. For larger appetites, monthly wine and beer dinners continue July 18. Wynwood Brewing Company’s pairings range from its new Laces IPA with Florida pompano and gnocchi, to a Lock On lager and bourbon cocktail with peach sorbet crumble.

    255 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.421.8800; bouludsud.com

    BAL HARBOUR BAGS

    Valextra, a Milanese house for luggage and leather accessories founded by Giovanni Fontana in the Thirties, unveiled a flagship store in Bal Harbour. It’s the only U.S. location outside Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Structured, geometric styles for men and women are both minimal and artistic with an architectural slant. Offbeat colors such as ochre and powder pink also make it a favorite of the creative class. To mix it up, the brand introduced add-ons in the form of little charms and magnets to reinvent iconic lines like Brera totes, the boxy Passepartout and trapezoid-shaped Iside. Several designs come in signature martellato calfskin and feature collaborations, such as Spring/Summer 2018’s toothpaste squiggles by British designer Bethan Laura Wood to decorate handles and clasps (pictured).

    9700 Collins Avenue; 786.275.6419; valextra.com

    ROBATA ROUND TWO

    South Florida fare’s Asian invasion shows no end in sight. Etaru, its latest entry, is the Fort Lauderdale follow-up to the original location that bowed less than a year ago in nearby Hallandale Beach. The successful Japanese concept for charcoal-grilled cuisine (robatayaki) was created by the same restaurateur behind Zuma and Roka London. He imported the latter’s chef, Luca Spiga, to helm Etaru Las Olas’ kitchen. Spiga brings his former eatery’s signature black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle dressing, which passed the test at the first Etaru. Other raw dishes include traditional sashimi and maki rolls, along with summery salads like seaweed and watercress in honey and sancho dressing. Robata options are grouped into four sections to accommodate many diets. Wine-soaked Sunday brunches are popular too.

    500 East Las Olas Boulevard; 954.477.8068; etarurestaurant.us

    BREAKERS BREAK

    Need a relaxing place to park the family on the Fourth of July? The Breakers Palm Beach’s Independence Day package returns July 2-8. Like a cruise meets camp, the luxury hotel organizes nonstop activities around the holiday’s main celebration: a barbecue, carnival with music, face painting and a bounce house, and the grand finale, magical fireworks over the water. Parents can be pampered at the spa and enjoy a romantic dinner, while children (divided into shortboards aged 3-5; and longboards aged 6-12) attend Camp Breakers with lunch or dinner included. Kids also love the playground and arcade. In between lavish buffets and ice cream cones, family fitness is encouraged with historic bike rides around the island and guided reef snorkeling. Souvenirs made at arts and crafts workshops preserve vacation memories.

    One South County Road; 855.213.2895; thebreakers.com

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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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