The Scoop

    GLUTEN GALORE

    Brickell City Centre shoppers certainly will not want for Italian fare with two major destinations dedicated to the crowd-pleasing cuisine. La Centrale (Italian pronunciation) food hall opens in phases from February 16-20 with impressive numbers:  40,000 square feet throughout three floors, 600 seats, 1,000 specialty items, 500 wine labels, and 19 eateries and bars of every type from sit-down dining to pastries and gelato. Easing the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma, the operation offers cooking classes and wine tastings, recipe cards to recreate its signature dishes at home, personal shoppers, and a mobile app to pre-order and pay, and even pipe in a curated playlist to unwind after a long day. Casa Tua Cucina also recently launched its lavish, 18,000-square-foot Italian kitchen and market in Saks Fifth Avenue.

    701 South Miami Avenuelacentralemiami.com70 SW 7th Street305.755.0320casatuacucina.com

    KINDER CANDLES

    A local candle collection is emerging for quality ingredients and sophisticated scents. Jeannine Escobar named Buena Vista Candles after the neighborhood where she grew up and serendipitously returned years later. Originally a journalist, she found her true calling after discovering homeopathic tinctures. The curious type took a seminar on floral remedies at the renowned Bach Centre in Oxfordshire, England, never thinking she’d complete every level of certification there and continue her education at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. Her soy-only products feature five scents in three sizes. Lavnoir combines the finest French lavender with dark sea salt inspired by ocean air, while Figment celebrates an exquisite Greek variety of its eponymous fruit. Find them at Ahana Yoga and a pop up at West Elm Midtown Miami on March 4.

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    GET CRACKIN’

    South of Fifth is giving Sunset Harbour some serious dining competition. The Lobster Shack launched a few weeks ago, and it’s already become the spot for fast-casual seafood. The owners, a family whose ties to the hospitality niche stretch back to 1921, imported salvaged wood from Maine for the interior and installed a lobster tank in front. Live Maine lobsters are flown in every other day for traditional lobster dinners and a variety of lobster rolls on locally baked bread. Five kinds include one with only claw meat that’s been warmed and buttered, and the “South Beach” with bacon, avocado and jalapeno slaw. Others are stuffed with king crab and Cajun-spiced shrimp. Shipyard Brewing, whose Export Ale and Monkey Fist IPA are on draft, is creating exclusive beers.

    40 South Pointe Drive305.763.8230lobstershackmiami.com

    TRUE NORTH

    Palm Beach County residents have a new place to see and be seen. A group of them banded together to open 1000 North, a waterfront restaurant with a private club upstairs along Jupiter Inlet. Several partners are boldface names (Michael Jordan, Ernie Els) and the elegant project was developed by some of the team behind the nearby Bear’s Club and Ritz-Carlton Club. Everyone is welcome to use the 350-foot dock, though members have first dibs. Invite-only memberships extend to concierge and catering services, access to the private lounge and patio, complimentary valet, and fun events like wine tastings and dinners by guest chefs. The regular menu lists stone crab lollipops, Peking duck with pancakes, and yellowedge grouper with vierge-style strawberry sauce. A meaty steak section should go over well too.

    1000 North U.S. 1561.570.10001000north.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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