Christmas came early this year. Kirna Zabête, one of New York’s most famous women’s wear boutiques, debuted at Royal Poinciana Plaza. Owner Beth Buccini’s parents and in-laws live on the island. The original opened in SoHo in 1999 and quickly became a favorite source due to her chic eye (she still curates each and every piece from fabulous collections like Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, La Double J, Borgo de Nor, Rosie Assoulin, Dior, and Hunting Season). Steven Gambrel, her personal interior designer, put together its over-the-top décor including signature cherry-red fitting rooms, custom de Gournay wallpaper and fanciful pink vases from Capri. A witty, flashing neon sign instructs how to pronounce the store’s odd name (a combination of her and her former business partner’s college nicknames).
340 Poinciana Way; 561.791.6075; kirnazabete.com
Blink and you may miss the postage stamp-sized Prima Classe on a tiny side street in South of Fifth. But somehow Italians from near and far find the authentic café and market that feels like stepping into their mother country. Proprietor Paolo Orsolini, a Sicilian native who spent part of his childhood in Tuscany, is able to offer premier products for a steal since he also owns an import and distribution firm here for Italian delicacies. The deli case displays specialty cheeses and cured meats like Devodier prosciutto for antipasto platters to nibble with thin, fresh-baked focaccia by a Genoese pizzaiolo. Shelves are stocked with all-fruit jams, panettoni for the holidays and Cav. Giuseppe Cocco pasta dried in the sun for two days and served at the Vatican City.
842 First Street; 305.763.8431; primaclasse.com
With a houseful of relatives for the holidays, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in long brunches. A seafood restaurant sounds like the last place for such an occasion, yet Stiltsville Fish Bar shows its diversity with dishes like NY strip steak n’ eggs any style with smoky plantain hash and horseradish choron sauce (pictured). Another classic combo is reinvented with pork belly bacon and sweet corn pancakes, while a Southernized kale omelet oozes pimento cheese. A play on hummingbird cake, charred pineapple and pecans dot a waffle drizzled in rum caramel. Stubborn Seed rolled out its innovative, late-morning menu this month. Located in Miami Beach’s former Jewish quarter, it has to do some variation of smoked salmon—how about glorified through a mezcal and citrus cure and brioche?
1787 Purdy Avenue; 786.353.0477; stiltsvillefishbar.com. 101 Washington Avenue; 786.322.5211; stubbornseed.com
SEASON ON STAGE
Since the holidays are usually about eating and drinking, here are some healthier activities. In addition to the Nutcracker, the Arsht Center is ground zero for festive performances. City Theatre presents “Winter Shorts” through December 23. The all-ages review revives Staci Swedeen’s “Feliz Navidad,” as well as puts on new productions such as “The Miracle of Chanukah,” for which Sheri Wilner won the troupe’s National Award for Short Playwriting. Return on December 30 for the Strauss Symphony of America’s “Salute to Vienna,” its annual concert celebrating the New Year with a Viennese conductor, soprano and tenor. Head to the Miami Design District’s Palm Court (140 NE 39th Street) for a complimentary holiday concert on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Jazz pianist Shelly Berg plays with the Frost Studio Jazz Band (pictured).
arshtcenter.org; citytheatre.com; salutetovienna.com; miamidesigndistrict.net; jazz.frost.miami.edu