Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Spread: 30A On the Rocks

Southern summers call for parties on the front porch, and on 30A, we locals live on ours. Cool Gulf breezes, fresh-caught seafood straight from the docks, iced cocktails and lively conversation are the elements that create the perfect soiree. For those Floridians who haven’t experienced that moment when the sun dips below the horizon on […]

My Florida: Fly Like an Eagle

In the summer of 1993 I turned 16. I got my dream car, a black 1985 BMW with a manual transmission and a crank sunroof. I was over the moon. Then my parents broke the news that we were moving to Florida. I was devastated. My dad had a great new job in Fort Lauderdale, […]

Inside the Studio with The Merger

In the balmy, humid climate of Havana, Cuba, contemporary art springs from the hearts and hands of passionate artists making statements as political as they are visually striking. Amid the tropical environment and dynamic culture that Americans are slowly coming to know as tensions with Cuba continue to ease, a talented duo turns out works that […]

The Roost: Bow, Wow!

RIVA 88′ DOMINO SUPER Designs from this Italian yard are among the most beautiful in the world, so don’t be surprised when all eyes in the harbor turn to watch this boat make its entrance. The truly unique vessel was developed by Mauro Micheli, who rethought every aspect of the 86-foot Domino before drawing the […]

Made in FLA: Cocktail Creamery

Behind the sleek countertops at Aubi & Ramsa, there’s not a jar of maraschino cherries or rainbow sprinkles in sight. Instead, bottles of alcohol line the white walls, displayed next to round pints in chic packaging. This Miami Design District hot spot is already a tremendous success thanks to its innovative, boozy flavors. Founders Matias […]

Fledglings: J.T. Brown is Fingerpickin’ Good

Born and raised near the Tampa area, singer-songwriter and guitarist J.T. Brown was destined to live life loving music. With a “true connoisseur of music” for a father, J.T. ended up with a guitar in hand and stories he was burning to tell. His debut album, Phantom Heart (2016), perked up the ears of everyone […]

The Spread: Sirens of Summer

When summer heats up along the Panhandle of northwest Florida, it cues the emergence of the humble tomato, the sun-ripened siren of the season, as described by the late food writer John Egerton. Former restauranteur Charles Bush and his wife, chef Shueh-Mei Pong, owners of Dragonfly Fields in DeFuniak Springs, did not realize the learning […]

Made in FLA: Miami Ice

After realizing that nothing ruins a cocktail faster than melting ice, Carlos Leal and Fabian Alvarez set out to change the Miami bar scene one cube at a time with their company Mixology Ice. “We started the business because we found out there was a niche for good ice that was untapped,” explains Leal. “When […]

Florida Wild: Dry County

The cycle of the seasons in Florida swamps revolves around water. I think of seasons in terms of wet or dry more than anything else. Typically summer and fall are wet, with winter and spring being dry, but that is not always the case. A dry summer in 2015 was followed by a wet winter […]