A + O, LET’S GO!
Alice + Olivia opened a two-story flagship in the Miami Design District. Created for Instagram moments, the dramatic setting features black-and-white zigzag floors and a towering colonnade of white plaster carved like curtains in a grand estate. The new look is as whimsical as the New York brand’s designer fashions for women. Begun through founder Stacey Bendet’s quest for perfect-fitting pants, the collection expanded into full ready to wear, gowns and accessories. To show her love for the city, she’s debuting Spring 2018’s dusty pastels, romantic floral prints and feminine frocks here. Manufactured in Los Angeles, a new denim line, AO.LA, comes in cuts with fun names (Good, Great, Amazing). Its kimonos and vintage-inspired T-shirts also favor the Seventies. Relaunched footwear ranges from signature wedges to colorful, bedazzled sandals.
St. Roch Market from New Orleans sailed across the Gulf of Mexico to Miami. Quite different than the original, 19th-century food hall named for the patron saint of miraculous cures, the Florida outpost is part of the Design District’s sleek Palm Court. But it brought some of the Big Easy with second locations from a couple vendors like the Mayhaw for well-balanced cocktails and other refreshments (55 wines!) and Elysian Seafood for top-rated crab cakes and charbroiled oysters. Chef Jon Nguyen, who cooked at Momofuku Ssäm Bar and the Modern in New York, represents New Orleans’ Vietnamese side; his foray, Tran An, serves banh mi and pho. Have a sweet tooth? Try Chef Chloe & The Vegan Café by the only vegan chef to win Cupcake Wars.
140 NE 39th Street; strochmarket.com
DOCK & DINE
Located along Fort Lauderdale’s New River, the Riverside Hotel will offer dockside dining with water views for the first time when Boathouse at the Riverside debuts March 13. The eatery gives guests and locals alike another option beyond Indigo and Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille. The latter’s executive chef Toby Joseph also takes on the Boathouse’s well-rounded menu of tapas and hearty crowd pleasers like oven-baked, spiced baby back ribs and chicken wings with a hint of paprika. Almond pesto replaces marinara on serrano pizza, while mussels also receive a twist through pickling and red pepper mayo atop fried crostini. The Boathouse Board’s choice of meats and cheeses travels the Mediterranean; its wide selection lists Spanish chorizo, duck prosciutto, aged coppa, halloumi, cheddar and manchego, among others.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne founded Women of Tomorrow mentor and scholarship program. The milestone gives the nonprofit even more reason to celebrate at its annual black-tie gala at Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive) on Saturday. Gala chair Marisa Toccin Lucas and auction chair Gigi Whitman lend their talents, too, as Eileen Youtie is honored with the Empowerment Award, and Michele Criden, Elaine Feldman and Ferne Toccin are awarded as Mentors of the Year. Reserve tickets at 786.353.0005. Coral Gables welcomes the whole neighborhood to Family Day on Aragon on March 10. Local businesses are hosting activities like storytime, screenings and a kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day party with a leprechaun scavenger hunt. Then call the sitter for the later cocktail crawl.