Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

Shireen’s Spotlight: The Rusty Pelican

What:

Saturday morning Brunch at one of Miami’s most famous eateries: The Rusty Pelican.

Why:

Everyone knows about “The Rusty Pelican”…

It’s one of Miami’s most spectacular jewels, with sweeping water views highlighting the decadence of the Magic City skyline.

I’ll never forget the first time I dined there; I was absolutely mesmerized by the place. That was over ten years ago and a lot has changed since then.

Over the past year, the restaurant has undergone a major overhaul, recreating itself by updating its bar, dining room and menu.

Spotlighting dinner or brunch was a tough decision, but those exquisite water views and new brunch menu items helped make up my mind (don’t worry, I’ll go back for dinner.)

“The Rusty Pelican” has a really diverse bar menu, with Classic & Specialty Cocktails, but it was the “Gin & Tonic” section that really caught my eye.

Gin seems strong and tough to drink in the morning; in this case, it’s anything but. They use sophisticated Gins that will leave you satisfied and refreshed…

The “Thyme & Apricot” is the perfect example (made with Ford’s Gin, Thyme, Simple Syrup, Apricot, Green Peppercorn’s and Elderflower Tonic.) This drink not only looks like a summer day, it tastes like one, too.

My favorite, “RP Gin and Tonic (2017 Miami)” named after the Rusty Pelican, is made with Hendricks Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, Grapefruit, Black Pepper and Fennel. Fresh, light and easy on the eyes, it’s a MUST-TRY if you like something strong and delicious.

If you’re looking to stay cool while enjoying the sizzling summer view, go with the hydrating “Agua De Coco” (made with Bacardi Coconut, Coconut Water, Coconut Syrup Lime and Mint.) This drink is vacation in a glass and you can barely taste the rum. Gulpers beware.

Being a New Mexico girl and all, I’m a sucker for a good Huevos Rancheros breakfast and RP’s Executive Chef, Jim Pastor, really takes it up a notch by adding CRAB!

The “Crab Huevos Rancheros” is plated with three towers of deliciousness. Those towers include…

Pinto bean and Jalapeño puree, Organic Tomato Salsa, Blue Corn Tortilla, Cheese and one Egg Sunny Side up.

My mouth is watering just writing about it. It’s actually one of their most popular menu items, and for good reason, too. Instead of a slop of beans and what-have-you, the flavors are well-balanced and meticulously presented.

If you prefer sweet instead of salty, the “Hazelnut Chocolate Ricotta Pancakes” are moist and decadent. The Gold Dusted Cakes are topped with Mint Whip Cream and decorated with Blackberry Molasses Syrup and Strawberry Sand.

But WHY choose? If you like sweet and salty, go for the “Fried Chicken and Waffle”. Mmmmm…. this was mind-blowing and can easily be shared.

Made with an Organic Half Chicken, Orange Cinnamon Waffle and Blackened Grilled watermelon, you won’t be disappointed. The Sriracha Maple Syrup is the icing on the cake, so to speak.

“The Rusty Pelican” is one of those special places in Miami that you just have to experience.

If you want to see our city in all its glory (water, buildings, sunshine and blue skies,) while sipping on gin and eating a fantastic brunch, head to Key Biscayne and make an afternoon of it. “The Rusty Pelican” is definitely worth it and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things.

Where:

The Rusty Pelican
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149

Reservations: 305-361-3818

When:

Sunday-Thursday: 11am-11pm / Bar 11am-12am
Friday & Saturday 11am-12am / Bar 11am – 12am

$6 Valet Service

Be Social:
IG: @rustypelicanmiami
FB: @rustypelicanMiami
Twitter: @RustyPelicanMI

www.therustypelican.com

You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.Joseph Campbell
Special thanks to Gita Shonek
James Woodley Photography
dress: @anntaylor shoes: @Schutzoficial clutch: @hm
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Mmmmm” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

Shireen’s Spotlight: Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails

What:

An amazing Friday night dinner at “Lightkeepers Costal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails,” a new Key Biscayne eatery sure to transport you to seafood heaven (especially when you try the LIGHTHOUSE TOWER!)

Why:

I first met Chef Raul Del Pozo a few years ago at a popular South Beach eatery where he was diligently breathing new life into an already creative, over-the-top menu.

No easy task, but he did it without breaking a sweat and I knew then his talents were undeniable, but that’s not all…

With his warm personality, extensive knowledge of food and passion for South Florida fishing, we hit it off.

I mean, not that I fish or anything, but someone has to EAT what Chef is catching. With that being said, I had a hunch it wouldn’t be long before he was on to something else…

That something is called: “Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails” (located inside The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne).

The new restaurant, which is modern, clean and sophisticated, is the perfect place for the progressive Del Pozo to stretch his culinary muscle and of course, I couldn’t wait to Spotlight it.

On a busy Friday night, I was greeted with a warm hello, shown to my table and swiftly handed a glass of bubbly. They sure know how to make a girl feel special (sip, sip, sip). BTW…

“Crafted Cocktails” is in the actual title of the restaurant and for good reason: their drinks are these incredible blends of top shelf liqueurs mixed with fresh herbs, fruits and syrups — all presented with great pride and yes, they’re extremely pretty.

The “El Farito” (made with gin, Elderflower liqueur, lime juice, mint, cranberry + cucumber syrup and tonic) was fresh, fizzy and fashionable. The drink matched my outfit, said the fashion blogger and honestly, I couldn’t have planned it better myself #Drink&DressOnFleek 😎

The “Loggerhead Lavender,” which is a tribute to the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle, is swimmingly special (made with gin, raspberry liqueur, Lavender + Lime syrup, pineapple and ginger beer.)

Just in case you’re wondering, you can find the sea turtles putzing around Biscayne Bay. It’s always magical when you spot one and the drink has the same effect, too.

If you like strong and sexaaay, “The Tequesta” is sure to grow hair on your chest and then some. With a meaty mix of Mezcal, Three Chili Syrup and hand-pressed grapefruit juice, you’ll be buzzing with way more than excitement.

I almost called it a night after one bite of the fluffy and fabulous “Sleeper’s Wife’s Biscuits” (served with Keez Beez honey butter & bacon essence.) If you like carbs, save your calories for this dish — as the kids say these days: “This is giving me life!”

The “YellowFin Tuna” (with pickled himeji, cucumber, radish and soy cure) was perfectly plated, not to mention fresh and delicious. The beauty prize of the night, though, goes to the “Beets + Burrata” salad (made with roasted raw beets, rocco’s burrata, heirloom cherry tomatoes, foraged mushrooms, pumpkin oil.) Not only was it gorgeous, I gobbled it up like nobody’s business and I’m not even a beet lover.

From the Crudo part of the menu, I tried the “Hamachi” (made with passion fruit, yuzu kosju and sweet melon.) If you like raw fish, it’s excellent.

The savory “Pork Belly Chicharon” (with salsa picante, and garlic aioli) are lollipop bites of salty goodness and if you’re up on the latest food trends, “Grilled Spanish Octopus” (served with wakame, poached cherry tomatoes and charcoal potatoes) is calling your name.

I died and went to steak heaven when I had a bite of the “Jackman Ranch NY Strip,” which is a 30 day dry-aged masterpiece. A lot goes into perfecting its quality and taste — it’s absolutely one of the best steaks you’ll ever bite into.

If you prefer fish, the “Local Snapper” (served with baby zucchini, sun choke, kohlrabi and key lime preserve,) is a good option and last but not least, there’s the …

Drumroll please….

“LIGHTHOUSE TOWER”, a decadent three tiered serving of east + west coast oysters, Key West Shrimp, Alaskan King Crab, Cedar Key Clams and Yellowfin Tuna. This is great for a special occasion or a shareable treat for the entire table. Its presentation and taste is fit for royalty and come on, who wouldn’t wanna snap a social media pic of this gigantic and gorgeous seafood extravaganza?!

Believe it or not, I saved room for dessert, proving to myself that I’ve officially become a professional eater. 😎

The “Key Lime Cheesecake” with strawberries and meringue is a nice twist on a South Florida favorite. If you prefer something richer, try the “Chocolate Plantain Cake;” the sea salt and caramel ice cream really takes it to the next level and if you’re a fried dough lover (because who isn’t?) A “Bucket of Beignets” (with Passion Fruit + Valrhona Chocolate Sauces) will leave you starring in your own version of “When Harry Met Sally”
Because everyone will want what you’re having.

If you want a true foodie experience, “Lightkeepers Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails” should be on your list of places to check out in the Magic City. It’s truly a diverse “Surf & Turf” experience, helmed by one of the best young chefs in Miami and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things. Cheers!

Where:

Lightkeepers
inside “Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne”
455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149

Reservations: 305-365-4156

When:

Sunday-Thursday 7am-10pm / Bar: Midnight
Friday & Saturday 7am-11pm / Bar: 1am
Ladies night is every Thursday and features a live D-J coupled with champagne and oysters (both are priced at $1) yes, you read that right!

Be Social:
FB: @LightkeepersMiami
IG: @lightkeepersmiami
Twitter: @LightkeepersMIA

www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/miami/key-biscayne/dining/lightkeeprs

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.Mary Anne Radmacher
James Woodley Photography
Styling: Jackie Kay
outfit by www.bcbg.com
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Sexaaay” Auerbach

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

A Bohemian Winter

What:

Boheme Boutique, 650 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149

Why:

I’ve always loved the spirit and mystery surrounding a bohemian lifestyle. Perhaps, it’s because my mother is that kind of person; wandering and roaming the world as an artist, creator and nomad. Her stories and free-spirited ways have always inspired me. Truth-be-told, though, I’ve never been brave enough to live that way.

Sure, I’ve travelled the world for work, moved around the country and even given into life’s curiosities, but always in a very strict, driven to succeed, kind-of-way. Matter-of-fact, I’m the complete antithesis of my mother. She’d say I’m “uptight,” I’d say, I have a “Type A” personality.

As a television journalist: structure, self discipline, long hours and never-ending deadlines are my life. So, when I have a moment to relax, my clothes reflect the things I dream of and part of that is being like my mom, who currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico (on a ranch in the middle of the desert,) doing whatever she pleases; footloose and fancy free. A true bohemian.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to do this blog. Who doesn’t want to be a gypsy/bohemian princess roaming about the world in all her earthy glory? When my stylist, Jackie Kay, asked me what I envisioned for “A Bohemian Winter,” I told her point blank: “I want it to be as if I’ve just floated to land on a piece of driftwood; all while looking like a homeless gypsy meets grecian goddess.” 😁

Luckily, she didn’t think I’d totally lost my mind because she knew I had just met Edit Meurrens, the owner of Boheme Boutique; a hidden jewel of a store that epitomizes the way I’ve always dreamed of dressing. With Edit’s help and her gorgeous dresses (which are made with amazing materials, colors, detailing and by one-of-a-kind designers,) “A Bohemian Winter” isn’t just a fashionable dream anymore, it’s an effortless reality. Now, if I could just find that piece of driftwood. 🌾

Where:

The boutique is located in the lovely town of Key Biscayne; surrounded by water and shut-off from the hustle and bustle of Miami. The store is located in a shopping plaza right off Crandon Boulevard (the main road that runs through town). With a lot of nice restaurants, including the luxurious “Ritz Carlton” (which has a great bar), you can easily make a day of it. Happy Shopping!

www.bohemeboutiques.com
IG: @BohemeBoutique, Twitter: @BohemeBoutiques FB: Boheme Boutique

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.Albert Einstein
Photographer: James Woodley
Styling: Boheme Boutique & Jackie Kay
Make-up: Tabitha Rey & Hair: Jess Stuver of www.zenzensalon.com
sandals: www.jamaicasandalco.com IG: @jasandalco