Ballerina Wannabe

Ballerina Wannabe

Ballerina Wannabe

Ballerina Wannabe

Ballerina Wannabe

Ballerina Wannabe

Ballerina Wannabe

My first ballet recital was nothing short of a disaster; but at the same time, it was a small miracle of sorts. The disaster: when the curtain went up at the start of the show, I froze in first position. I was a total deer in the headlights as my fellow dancers (in pretty pink tutus and tight hair buns) pirouetted and plié’d around me.

My teacher, who was in the first row trying to enjoy the show, was horrified at what was happening, so she rushed backstage to help me. Although she stood quietly in the wings and whispered the routine out loud, her repetitive instructions made things worse. I started to panic and my eyes welled up with tears.

Instead of a quick recovery (actually, I would have settled for a slow one,) I just stood there…on stage…staring into the face of a collective audience and it freaked me out. Instead of being a young, well-trained, well-rehearsed dancer (like I desperately wanted to be,) I was officially a motionless zombie in a spritely, pale blue tutu.

I was beyond humiliated and when the curtain finally dropped, I did, too. Right into the arms of my teacher, where I wept openly with embarrassment. She patted my head and said softly: “Shireen, pull yourself together and get ready for the second half of the recital.” As she assisted me off stage she yelled into the wings of the theatre: “Ladies, the show must go on!”

I assumed she was talking to me, but I acted as if she were merely instructing the entire troupe. I couldn’t wrap my head around everything that was going on, but I faked it. Not only was I shocked at my teacher’s palpable enthusiasm, I was horrified that she actually wanted me back onstage. After all, hadn’t I just embarrassed my entire ballet school? I was riddled with shame at my performance (or rather, lack thereof,) and was desperately afraid I had disappointed my mother.

Here’s where the miracle part comes in. Despite being a single woman, working two jobs, with no husband and no help, my mom managed to gift me ballet lessons. I had begged her relentlessly for years, claiming to be a “Ballerina Wannabe.”

Much to her dismay, she caved and surprised me at the beginning of my 4th grade school year. Frankly, I never really knew how she managed to pull it off because we were always struggling to make ends meet, but she did and it was wonderful. It’s one of my fondest childhood memories.

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Shireen’s Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

Shireen's Spotlight: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica

What:

Via Verdi 6900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33138

Why:

I immediately fell in love with this rustically romantic new hot spot, with it’s sprawling outdoor patio, ivy covered trellises and charming indoor seating. Not only does Via Verdi have a really great vibe, it has amazing food, too. Which has everything to do with its owners; twin chef brothers, Nicola and Fabrizio Carro and mixologist extraordinaire, Cristiano Vezzoli.

The three Italian-born, fun-loving guys have years of restaurant experience between them and you can totally tell. Upon my arrival, my wish was their command. They want everyone to be happy and enjoy their dining experience. First, I was served a drink called “Caipiwi 69” and yes, it blew my mind. With fresh kiwi, lime, sugar and champagne, I couldn’t stop sipping. Thankfully, there was an “I wanna taste it, too” intervention. Next, a martini called “Bitter,” but how could you be mad at something with aperol, campari, bitters, orange juice and a splash of gin?

While the drinks were tasty, the food was nothing short of mesmerizing. I started with a yummy assaggi platter with fresh cheese, smoked prosciutto, salami and mascarpone/gorgonzola mousse. I really hit my stride, though, with the “Brazino Al Forno” (roasted sea bass with clams, olives, cherry tomatoes and capers.) It was so succulent, clean and fresh, I became an official Via Verdi convert. As if that didn’t do the trick, they served me up some of their amazing Strozzapreti. The lamb ragu, with fresh peas and pecorino flakes is to DIE FOR (all pictured in the blog.) If it was a boy, I would have asked him to marry me.

If you long for romance, go to Via Verdi at night; the twinkling lights surrounding the restaurant give it a Nancy Myers movie set-like atmosphere. If you wanna dine during the day, the patio (draped with fresh greenery) will give you just the right amount of shade to make your day. Monday is a great night to go; they offer 50% off selected plates from their “All Day Menu.”

Where:

Via Verdi is in what’s considered Miami’s Upper East Side off of Biscayne Boulevard and 69th street (east of Little Haiti.) My crew and I giggled with glee when we saw the restaurant’s free parking sign. There’s a parking lot in the back of the building with plenty of spaces to spare (and I went on a Friday night.)

When:

Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12pm

www.viaverdimiami.com
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Shireen’s Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

Shireen's Spotlight: Aruba Beach Cafe

What:

Aruba Beach Cafe, 1 Commercial Blvd. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308

Why:

If you like a really great frothy, fruity tropical drink, crispy Coconut Shrimp to die for and Macho Crab Nachos so fantastic, you’ll forget your name when you bite into their gigantic, gooey goodness…well, Aruba Beach Cafe is definitely going to be your new favorite place.

You’ll see me there on any given day, stuffing my face with the aforementioned delights, not to mention downing my share of their killer Margaritas. Believe you me, they’ve mastered the blend; extra salt included.

This fabulously funky seaside eatery is not only a South Florida mainstay, it’s the kind of joint that sinks into your bones and becomes part of your personality. I guess, what I’m trying to say is – it’s not just a restaurant, it’s an experience and for some, a way of life.

Aruba’s laid-back beach attitude, mixed with the sun, surf and sand, is a recipe for sheer happiness. Other stand-out items on their menu include: Caicos Conch Fritters, Twin Cabo Fish Tacos, Seafood Quesadilla, Seafood Fra Diavolo and the Key West Fried Shrimp.

Each and every time I’ve dined there, I’ve had the most amazing, friendly, courteous service. If you decide to go on a weekend, make a day of it. Hang out on the beach and when you get hungry, turn around and Aruba’s will be right behind you. Surf’s up!

Where:

Aruba Beach Cafe is located in the lively little town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. It’s the kind of place that makes you wanna slow down and remember what you love about life. When you walk down the street, you’ll see people enjoying a scoop of ice cream, walking hand-and-hand with a loved one, sipping on a drink at an outdoor restaurant, sitting on one of the city’s bright colored beach benches or just hanging out to watch the sun dance its way til dusk or dawn.

Aruba’s is located off the town’s main cul de sac, right by the famous Anglin’s Fishing Pier. Street parking can be tough on the weekend, but Aruba’s has a pretty well-oiled valet that doesn’t take a thousand years (like when you dine on South Beach.) What’s more, waiting for your car isn’t so bad, because you get to enjoy the view of the bustling, beautiful beachside town.

When:

Mon-Tues 11am-1am, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Sunday 9am-1am

www.arubabeachcafe.com
Twitter: @arubabeachcafe
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reservations: 954-776-0001

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A Window to the World

A Window to the World

A Window to the World

A Window to the World

A Window to the World

A Window to the World

A Window to the World

I fell in love in Paris, was awe-inspired to write in Rome, found the true meaning of history in London, was mystified by the magic of Moscow and bewitched by the beauty of Brazil. Ahhhh travel. I love it and if you read my blog on a regular basis, you know my wanderlust doesn’t stop there. A few years ago…

On a whim (while on assignment in Scotland,) I decided to stay. I was nursing a broken heart and took refuge in a small but quaint hotel. My days were spent wandering around the lavish and lush green countryside. I’ll never forget the way the rolling hills danced their way up toward Edinburgh Castle.

At the top, they elegantly intertwined (like long-lost lovers,) crescendoing into a perfect blend of old world charm and modern day sophistication. My respite, to the country known for its spirited people, music, whiskey, beer and the very first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, was experiencing a particularly cold Spring that year.

I, however, managed to find warmth by shopping along the Royal Mile and wandering in and out of pubs on Princes Street. I found joy in watching the many buskers, especially the bagpipers dressed in full regalia, playing slow and stately songs. I’m sure the endless pints of Guinness, large plates of fish and chips and the occasional hearty helping of Haggis helped, too. Yes, I really did like Haggis (and yes, I know it’s made from sheep stomach.)

Eventually, I returned home, just in time for work to send me to “The Land Down Under.” My job, once I got around the globe, was to seek out the much talked about surf, sun and sand the Aussies are so famous for basking in. The Golden Coast didn’t disappoint. Each morning, I was greeted with the most amazing yellowy sunrise, speckled with warm chunks of amber and light orange wispy clouds.

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