Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

Shireen’s Spotlight: Poke + Go

What:

Getting my #PokeBowl on and man, have I been missing out!

Why:

Every week my best friend, Jackie, eats a Poke bowl and she’s SERIOUS about it. If she had it her way, it’d be a mainstay or as The Beatles sang, she’d dine on it “Eight Days A Week.”

(FYI-it’s pronounced Po-KAY)

Before she gobbles up her go-to, she sends me a “foodie” (like a selfie, but of her food.) Sorry for outing you, JK, but her commitment to the Hawaiian-inspired plate is pretty impressive. And, she’s not the only one…

Over the last year, the Poke Bowl craze, which is basically a raw fish salad, has boomed into a major food business. The thing is — not all Poke places are created equal. Enter ‘Poke + Go’ in Aventura. Not only are they in it to win it, with a clean and friendly environment, they’ve taken the healthy and convenient concept to an entirely new level.

Besides building your own bowl by choosing a base, sprinkles, protein, toppings and sauce, ‘Poke + Go’ also offers up other cool & creative culinary options like Beef Chimichurri, Spicy Tofu and Curry Chicken. There’s literally something for everyone. You don’t like raw fish, no problem. You like raw fish, you’re in the right place.

Poke, which means to slice or cut crosswise, has been around for a long time. While it’s deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, it actually dates back to its Polynesian ancestry (we’re talking 1800 BC). Surrounded by water, islanders used to prepare bowls of raw reef fish — which are usually the striped and bright colored fish you see when you snorkel. They’d mix it with seaweed to add more taste and color and salt to cure and/or preserve it (there were no fridges back in the day.) Since then, Poke has evolved A LOT and stretched waaaayy beyond seafood.

I mean, who can resist a bowl of yummy goodness that’s GOOD for you? Not me. I started Spotlight with a cry-worthy Hot Tuna Bowl made with ingredients like jalapeños, pickled ginger, spicy mayo and tuna. Although you can control your own caliente meter, I like watery or weepy eyes when I eat and this definitely delivered. Yeehaw! Lol. That’s what we say back on the ranch when things get hot & spicy.

The ‘Beef Chimichuri,’ made with skirt steak and a delicious green chimichuri sauce (which is chopped up parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano and red wine vinegar,) is perfect for the meat lover. If you’re a vegan, you’ll be happy as a clam with the ‘Tofu Teriyaki’ which comes with radish, carrots, red onions, cabbage, edamame, cilantro and white garlic sauce. I’m not big on soy products, but this was tofu-tastic.

The most popular bowl on the menu is ‘Slammin’ Salmon’ — although it’s loaded with all kinds of yummy ingredients, I think it’s the asian slaw and white garlic sauce that makes it so special. Everyone who works at ‘Poke + Go’ loves it and as my mama always says, “Everyone can’t be wrong.” Last but not least, the impressive…

‘’Poke Dokie,” which is piled a mile high with tuna poke and flavored with classic soy sauce. If it were a boy, I’d describe it as delicious and dreamy (made with cucumber, seaweed, avocado, sprouts, ginger, red onions and scallions.) It’s LOVE IN A BOWL. Hmmm…I’ll be dreaming about this beauty until I go back.

Healthy, unique and yummy: you can’t help but drool over everything made at ‘Poke + Go’ and they take it all seriously, just like Jackie. Now, I’m a convert, too #FriendsWhoPokeTogetherStayTogether and with a motto like: “We serve Poke for the People” you just know, no matter what you’re craving, ‘Poke + Go’ has got you covered and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things.

Check out the full menu including drinks, salads & burritos: www.eatpokego.com

Where:

Poke + Go
2451 NE 186th Street
Miami, Florida 33180

When:

Monday – Sunday 11am-11pm

Be Social
IG @eatpokego
FB: @eatpokego

You are what you eat…strange, I don’t think I’ve eaten any sexy beasts today.Anonymous
James Woodley Photography
Styling: Jackie Kay
Romper: @covetiqueclothing
Bahama Mama Crossbody bag: @IrregularChoice
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Something’s Fishy Here” Auerbach

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

What:

Building a couture wardrobe the best way a fashionista can: “Piece by Piece” — mixing and matching tops and bottoms by one of the most inspiring young fashion designers in the Magic City.

Why:

Tucked away inside Aventura’s industrial warehouse district, designer Michelle Meler is building her fashion empire with quiet resilience. When I ask what sets her apart from other designers in Miami, she doesn’t hesitate: “You have to have a great concept.”

And she does.

With seven tops and five bottoms, she guarantees you can build up to 70-plus looks with her line. She got the idea after exhausting her entire wardrobe getting ready for a night out on the town. “I tried on everything I owned and that was it. I had nothing to wear.”

Her wheels started turning as she wondered why cocktail attire was such a one-time event. “Who designed it that way?”, she asked me curiously. Meler, who is in her 20’s, fully understands society’s insatiable need for the perfect selfie or the everyday social media pic: “showing casing” or, as Fergie would call it, “The Fabulous Life.” I even do it with my television #OOTD.

Armed with a need for versatility, the one-time architecture student, who interned for a New York City fashion designer, decided to venture into haute couture clothing. Meler sketches beautifully, understands material, sews and chases originality; all characteristics of a budding artist. I like her style a lot. It oozes femininity, but not in an overly frilly kind of way. I see myself wearing her clothing, investing in them “Piece by Piece.”

“My designs are about movement, but also about being still,” she explains. I have an image of water as she pensively describes her designs. The ocean is textured with many different sides to it: interesting, peaceful, moody and never underestimated; an analogy that seems to fit her fashioning.

Clothing in versatile combinations isn’t Meler’s only talent; she also makes custom cocktail dresses and gowns AND they are to-die-for. Check out that purple number I’m wearing. Holy smokes. It screams old Hollywood. I can’t remember the last time I put on a dress of that caliber.

During our interview, Michelle is timid, but passionate. Something in her switches, though, when I ask what makes her designs stand out. “It’s about a moment, even if it’s simple. I always have in mind that moment when a woman first walks into a room: how does she feel, how do I feel looking at her…” she trails off.

Even though there are a lot of years between us, I fully grasp what she’s saying; I’m a woman, after all. I’ve had a lot of those moments: bad, mediocre, good and GREAT. I don’t want to sound trite, but the GREAT ones feel a helluva a lot better then the other adjectives on the list. That’s when I realize “Piece by Piece” isn’t just about what I’m wearing, it’s about what I’m feeling, too.

Don’t miss Deco Drive tonight on Channel 7 at 7:30pm & 11:30pm, as Michelle takes us inside her creative space and gives us an up-close look at her decadent designs.

In this day and age, it’s not just about that one “wow” look, it’s about working your wardrobe in more ways than one and that’s why “Piece by Piece” is one of my favorite things.

When:

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Where:

www.michellemeler.com
or visit the showroom
1644 N.E. 205th Terrace
Miami, Florida
(use google maps for the best directions)

Be Social
IG: @michellemelerstudio
FB: @MichelleMelerStudio
Twitter: @MichelleMeler

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.Donna Karan

Piece by Piece

Michelle Meler & Model by #annieSS

James Woodley Photography
Styling: Michelle Meler
wardrobe provided by Michelle Meler Studio
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Timid, but Passionate” Auerbach