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Written by Pamela Robin Brandt, BT Contributor   
March 2014

Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

“Bbigstock-Caesar-9004828eware the Ides of March.” That line from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar refers to the date on which the emperor was assassinated, an event that marked the transition from booming Roman Republic to Roman Empire -- and that empire’s slow decline and fall. Superstition surrounding the date we know today as March 15 has endured, literally, for ages.

Before that, though, the Ides symbolized positive transition, March being the month of seasonal change from winter to spring’s rebirth. In the oldest Roman calendar, actually -- prior to the Julian calendar we still use today -- March was the first month of the year, and full of celebrations for spring and the new year involving food, drink, music, revelry, fertility rites, and general optimism.

This month, BT advertisers can help you transition from wary to positive, even down to an upgrade of the way Americans celebrate mid-March’s most infamous holiday, St. Paddy’s Day. No more lousy green-dyed beer! Read on.

One of the biggest transitions in anyone’s life (big decisions, big money involved) is buying a new house. Another is landing a new job -- in real estate, for instance. Returning advertiser Best Beach Real Estate (3033 Biscayne Blvd., 855-308-7887), in association with Best Real Estate School of Florida’s Midtown campus, can help you do both. Their last four-week, pre-license sales associate course in January/February was so successful they’ve added four more courses. Start dates are March 31, May 5, June 2, and July 7. Check out this issue’s ad for details. Naturally, Best Beach can find you a swell house, too.

Those relocating to a neighborhood they don’t know well are in special need of a Realtor who can tell them about everything going on there -- like EWM’s Robbie Bell (305-528-8557, gotorobbiebell.info), a total urban lifestyle specialist with her finger on the pulse of Edgewater, Wynwood, the Design District, Buena Vista, the Upper Eastside, El Portal, and Miami Shores. She makes it her business to know not just where the hip homes are, but where to find neighborhoods’ best bets, including food. In fact, she’ll be hosting a party at N’Namedi Contemporary Gallery on April 10, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the release of her newest “Scrumpterou Report,” a guide to her personal favorite restaurants. We’ll remind you again in April’s “BizBuzz.”

offers an earlier chance to get to know the neighborhood and neighbors, at the company’s once-monthly “Majestic Monday” at the Oak Tavern (35 NE 40th St.), March 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Though intended for the professional design and real estate communities, the event isn’t work -- it’s darned good party, with networking. Featured: complimentary hors d’oeuvres, half-price drinks, and DJ Scratch N Sniff. Arrange an invite at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Exciting news from Opulence International Realty (2060 N. Bayshore Dr., www.OpulenceInternationalRealty.com), South Florida’s newest brokerage firm: Power luxury real estate agent Tomi Rose has just joined the team as senior vice president of the Sports and Entertainment division. With a résumé including more than 200 celebrities (the late Michael Jackson, basketball player Shaquille O’Neil, actress Vivica Fox, many more), there’s no doubt she understands what it takes to give top-notch service to busy movers and shakers.

(305-582-2424, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), a longtime advertiser who just landed the listing for iconic Biscayne Plaza -- now under the ambitious new ownership of Global Fund Investments, renamed Midpoint. One need only drive by to see all the renovations and other big changes in the works. If you’re interested in opening a new business or upgrading the location of an established business, e-mail or give Brian a call.

While some real estate agents narrow-focus on a certain geographical area, a certain price level, or a certain type of property, new advertiser (but real estate veteran) Jack Coden wants buyers to know he’s just the opposite. “I want to be the Realtor for every man,” he says. “I sell every product -- houses, condos, businesses, raw land -- in every neighborhood all over Miami, at every price point.”

Another Realtor and new advertiser who casts a wide net geographically: Antonio Baldo (office: 305-674-4000, ext. 4179; cell: 305-321-5415), an EWM associate who works from the company’s Miami Beach office but has both sale and rental listings extending north from the Beach to Bal Harbour and even up to Hollywood in Broward County. His language fluency is broad, too: English, Spanish, and Italian.

Attention, luxury condo-seekers: Sales have begun at 151 at Biscayne (14951 Royal Oaks Ln.), a two-tower ocean-view project just off Biscayne Boulevard. Amenities in the 160 spacious two- and three-bedroom residences include kitchens with granite counters and Italian cabinetry, bathrooms with whirlpool tub and separate shower, eight-foot-deep balconies, and so much more. You really have to see it to believe it. Call 866-692-9777 to schedule a visit.

In your new home, you’ll crave new furniture -- and actually, thoroughly spring-cleaning your current home to look practically new brings on the same desire. Well, the motto of Antonini Modern Living (3201 N. Miami Ave., 786-422-8800) is: “Out with the old, in with the new,” and they’ve got a floor-sample sale this month designed to do just that. From March 21-24, Antonini will also be participating in the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show at Miami Beach Convention Center.

You’ll also want to check out Best Furniture Buy, a new advertiser that has just opened a new location in BT territory (8108 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-7152), as well as a new store west of the Biscayne Corridor in Miami Gardens. Best’s specialty is affordable modern Italian furniture that looks, and feels, much more expensive than it is.

For high-end German-engineered custom kitchen furniture, check out the gorgeous luxe offerings at new advertiser Alno USA Kitchen Showroom (3650 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-2566). And developers: This Southeast U.S. flagship store, which opened just last summer, outfits entire new condo projects (its most recent deal closed is a 240-unit Miami Beach development), as well as single homes.

With four medical and dental offices already in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Leung Healthcare probably isn’t in need of any more new physical homes, we’d guess. But the practice is indeed growing, with the recent addition of two new employees to the medical staff: Nadine Cantave, a nurse practitioner; and Jean Philippe Charles, a certified physician assistant. Both have special interests in primary as well as urgent care, and can understand your concerns in many languages; they’re fluent in Creole, Spanish, and English.

Speaking of being multilingual: Learning really does come easier when one starts young, so Ines Lozano, the quadrilingual principal of Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-439-7191) wants parents to know that in addition to MIS’s Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language programs, the ambitious new private school is one of only two schools in the nation that offer an Italian AP course at the middle-school level.

At Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15500 NW 32nd Ave.) this month’s news is about fun and fundraising: the Spartan Golf Classic on April 4 at the Country Club of Miami. The annual tournament benefits Spartans-4-Spartans, a program that helps students in financial hardship owing to family illness, death, or loss of employment. To participate, contact Elvita Reigosa (305-624-8534, ext. 212, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Education needn’t be just for the young. If you’re an otherwise sane adult whose dream is to become a professional writer (or you’re already a pro writer who wants to learn better skills), save these dates: May 7-10. That’s when Miami-Dade College’s Center for Literature and Theatre (401 NE 2nd Ave., 305-237-3940) will be presenting its next Writers Institute -- four days of workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing, and more, taught by respected authors and agents. Consult this issue’s ad for details, and register early for whatever interests you (space is limited).

To teach old dogs new tricks, literally rather than figuratively, the Shops at Midtown Miami (3401 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-3371) invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. To win prizes for their owners, dogs compete in such games as the Cake Walk (canine musical chairs, with cake the prize) and Hot Dunkin’ Dogs (dogs are challenged to stick their heads into water buckets to retrieve a hot dog; winners get $20 Target gift cards. Note: St. Patrick’s Day is actually March 17. But March 16 is also national “Everything You Do Is Right Day,” so celebrating a day early is fine.

At Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16445 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-944-5052), David Laurenzo is celebrating St. Paddy’s on both the 16th and the 17th with “our awesome corned beef and cabbage, available in our caffe.” And on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19 (when Italians feast on traditional dishes honoring Christ’s father), the caffe will offer scrumptious Sicilian pasta con sarde, pasta in an exotic tomato/raisin/fennel/sardine/pignolia sauce, covered with breadcrumbs symbolizing the sawdust in a carpenter’s workshop. Zeppole and sfinge (cream puffs), symbolizing nothing in particular, but also traditional St. J’s Day foods, will be available the week before and after the feast.

Whole Foods Market (12150 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-5505, and 21105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-4400) is also thinking Italian this month, with its sixth annual “Crack Heard ’Round the World” event, celebrated at all Whole Foods stores planet-wide on March 8, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We know what you’re thinking, but this is a spectacular traditional method used to break open 85-pound wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. To the demo/sampling, the North Miami store has added an old-fashioned carnival with live entertainers, carny foods, and games of chance benefiting Whole Planet Foundation.

How ’bout some bread with that cheese? Baker/owner Claude Juneau’s Harvest Bread Company franchise (1817 NE 123rd St., 954-263-9532), a new advertiser, is practically right around the corner, “making the neighborhood better one loaf at a time.” Exactly which loaves (cheddar garlic, cinnamon chip, about 15 more per month) are available each day varies, but all are tasty, nutritious, and fresh-baked daily. Check out homemade sweets, sandwiches, and other miscellaneous goodies, too. Present this issue’s ad for a free loaf of honey whole-wheat bread with the purchase of any other loaf.

In all of our previous write-ups of indoor/outdoor Italian seafood hangout Big Fish (620 NE 78th St., 305-373-1770), on the Upper Eastside’s Little River, we’ve raved about how enjoyable it is to eat on the expansive new waterfront deck. Well, owner Danilo Cacace wants readers to know something we didn’t: Eating isn’t the only thing diners can do on the dock. They can also arrive by boat and actually dock there. Evidently, that’s the main function of docks. Who knew?

Perhaps the most exciting way to upgrade your food/drink celebrations this month comes courtesy of the Miami International Film Festival, March 7-16. It’s Lee Schrager’s “Culinary Cinema” program, which pairs his favorite food films with three-course meals from terrific area restaurants that match perfectly. As you’ll notice when you go to MIFF’s website (www.miamifilmfestival.com) for tickets/info, more than 100 films are scheduled for screening, so there are plenty of tasty temptations, figuratively speaking, for non-foodies, too.

This March, musical revelry needn’t be limited to endless drunken choruses of “Who Put the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?” Florida Grand Opera’s season is far from over, with performances continuing through May. Further, the remaining two operas, Tosca and Thais, are packed with far more passion, promiscuity, and general fertility-rite-related stuff than ancient Romans could have managed at their wildest toga parties. Go to www.fgo.org for tix and detailed plot descriptions of all the scandalous goings-on onstage.

The St. Martha-Yamaha Concert Series (9301 Biscayne Blvd., 305-458-0111) March performances feature seasonally appropriate music, too, though of a soaringly inspirational sort: a commissioned musical meditation on the Martha and Mary story, on March 29 and March 30. The star is flutist/composer Nestor Torres in an ensemble performance with pianists Paul Posnak and Miguel del Aguila, plus conductor Tania Leon. Tix only $10 general admission and include a festive post-concert light bites/wine reception: saintmartha.tix.com.

(600 Biscayne Blvd., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), this month’s news is the start of a new “Get to Know MOAD” campaign to raise public awareness. You don’t have to go to the museum’s website; the museum will come to you via e-mails informing you about upcoming exhibits, openings, lectures, films, artful happy hours, and other special happenings. Just sign up for MOAD’s mailing list: www.mdcmoad.org/Emaillist.aspx. And to end this plug on a particularly happy note, museum admission is free.

Not smiling yet? If not, it couldn’t be because there isn’t a lot to smile about this month. So could it be because you’re self-conscious about your smile? Biscayne Dental Center (14771 Biscayne Blvd., 305-945-7745) can help fix that. At this multi-specialty oral health and cosmetic dentistry practice, it’s Invisalign Month. Throughout March, the center is offering free consultations about these clear, virtually invisible braces and also giving a whopping $500 discount off treatment.

Finally, at fairly new but already award-winning Bike Nerds (9538 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3463), proprietors Thomas Korray and Diego Pinzon say ultra-cool skateboards will soon be supplementing their top-quality bikes. No firm arrival dates yet, as the guys are still selecting vendors, but give the place a call for updates. The nerds love talking to BT readers.

 

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