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    SERIOUS SUSHI

    Sushi purists have a new spot South of Fifth. Tribeca’s Michelin-starred Azabu opened a sister restaurant for an authentic Japanese experience (the restaurant group also owns Sushi Kanbe in Kobe). For omakase, head to its hidden, wood-paneled den past the large-scale bonsai tree in the dim speakeasy stocked with rare Japanese whiskeys. Another dining counter faces the open kitchen, where hot and cold izakaya dishes are prepared, and a secluded terrace offers outdoor seating. Heated by Binchotan charcoal, the robata grills yakitori to avocado as a nest for uni (pictured) to scoop together with a spoon. Curry salt accompanies corn tempura, while bayberries break up the buttery richness of leaf-wrapped, miso-glazed black cod. Piled like a volcano, kakigōri (shaved ice with condensed milk and fruit) is light enough to finish.

    161 Ocean Drive; 786.276.0520miami.azabuglobal.com

    CAFTAN QUEEN

    Hong Kong-based resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme was in town to open her eponymous boutique this week. The Bal Harbour pop up (through May) will hopefully turn into a permanent store, and rumor has it she already plans to expand in South Florida. It’s easy to see why women here would love her pool-ready pieces. Made with exquisite fabrics, such as Lurex rose-patterned jacquard from Lyon, France, this collection isn’t ordinary beach attire. She only works in black, white and metallics for day-to-night dressing for the most efficient holiday packing ever. Her bestselling “boubou” caftans are designed for dinner parties and to slip over one of her sleek minimalist swimsuits, from bandeau bikinis to Eighties-inspired one pieces. Her next beach bridal capsule collection, which sees life beyond the honeymoon, comes out soon.

    9700 Collins Avenue; 305.987.4087mariefrancevandamme.com

    COOKING FOR CAUSES

    Local chefs are cooking for a couple causes on January 26. The hard part is picking which fundraiser to attend. Sean Brasel (Meat Market), Diego Oka (La Mar), Danny Ramirez (Harry’s Pizzeria) and Andres Barrientos (Miami Smokers) are setting up stations for the Creator’s Ball at LMN CTY (295 NE 59th Street). The 10th anniversary gala benefits City Year Miami, a nonprofit to keep kids in school and graduate on time throughout Miami-Dade County, pictured. Part of AmeriCorps, a network of citizens supporting communities, its members will impact 6,500 students this year. Reserve here. Brad Kilgore (Alter) and Dewey LoSasso (formerly the Forge) lend their culinary talents to DASH’s Taste of Design in Paradise Plaza (151 NE 41st Street). The 10th annual bash benefits Design and Architecture Senior High.

    cityyear.orgdashptsa.com

    GERTRUDE THE GREAT

    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had deeper ties to art than founding her namesake museum of American art in New York. She also was quite an accomplished artist in her own right. The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach curated the first exhibition of her work since her death in 1942. Forty-five sculptures and drawings, several of which have been hidden away in private collections, are on view from January 25-April 29, 2018. Her uncommon sensitivity for the time, from not glorifying war to portraying the working class, is evident. In conjunction with the show, the Norton hosts a symposium on February 10. “Whitney’s Sculpture in Context” brings together scholars on topics like Women in a New Bronze Age, the Great War and the Whitney in relation to her life.

    1451 South Olive Avenue; 561.832.5196norton.org

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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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