With so much great food, art and culture, it’s a great time to be in Miami. The vibe right now calls for a more casual take on food, so I’m relaunching Chef Allen’s this summer to make it more approachable, with lots of fresh, local and sustainable fish (19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; 305-935-2900 or chefallens.com).
Favorite Cultural Activity
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables has various outdoor art installations throughout the year, like a recent one with sculptures from Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly and Roy Lichtenstein (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org).
- Chefs’ City Guides
- Interview with Alessandro Stratta (Alex, Las Vegas)
- Interview with Daniel Boulud (Daniel, New York)
- Interview with John Besh (Restaurant August, New Orleans)
- Interview with Laurent Tourondel (BLT Steak, Washington, D.C.)
- Interview with Marc Vetri (Vetri, Philadelphia)
- Interview with Michael Schlow (Radius, Boston)
- Interview with Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles)
- Interview with Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, Chicago)
- Interview with Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, San Francisco)
Favorite Brunch Spot
I take my two girls to 1 Bleu at the Regent Bal Harbour for the beachfront view and the raw seafood platter, which is always outstanding (10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-455-5400).