Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

Shireen’s Spotlight: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria

What:

An early Sunday evening dinner in the courtyard garden of Louie Bossi on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Why:

The energy inside “Louie Bossi” is infectious, the crowd vibrant and the food fantastic. The sprawling dining area, which is flanked by an open-air kitchen, gives way to a warmly-lit bar, but it’s what’s in back of the restaurant that’s truly special…

With shabby/chic decor, iron rod trimmings and ivy-drenched walls, the covered patio garden has the charm of an Italian piazza with a hint of South Florida flair. That’s where I decided to enjoy my Spotlight experience.

I started with three adult beverages: Pineapple Martini, Aperol Spritz and Bossi Beer.

The martini started sweet (with infused pineapple vodka,) but ended spicy, thanks to well-placed oil chili drops. The spritzer (said in my best Long Island accent) was smooth and refreshing with Prosecco, club soda and Aperol (which is a sweet Italian aperitif.) I also tried a glass of the light and fruity Birra Di Bossi (a basil-orange pilsner.) Hmmm…I love me a good light beer and live for a great martini, but it’s the spritzer I was gaga for — nothing like some icy goodness on a hot summer day.

Warm homemade bread, smelling divine, arrived at the table. It was so soft and good-looking, I think I was actually flirting with it. 😗

Almost everything at “Louie Bossi” is made from scratch; you can totally tell by how each delicious carb melts in your mouth (to think this started as a fashion blog!) There’s nothing like homemade bread and pasta — sorry Prada, you got nada… on this.

As of late, foodies in South Florida can’t get enough of the octopus trend and doing Spotlight means I’ve had it “every which way but loose.” That being said, “Louie Bossi’s” Spanish version, served with fingerling potatoes and cherry tomatoes, is as good as it gets. It’s grilled to perfection, with hints of wood-burning yumminess. I’m told it’s a customer favorite and I can see why.

Talk about impressive: our curated Charcuterie Board was off the charts. Not only was it awe-inspiring to look at, but mixing and matching the cheese, meats and other goodies was a taste bud awakening.

Here’s a list of some of our samplings: three different kinds of salami, Di Parma, Burrata, Pecorino, Robiola, Fontina Vale D’ Astota, figs, almonds, bread sticks and a mix of pickled red peppers, paprika peppers and corn flakes.

I tried two main entrees — the tender and flaky Grilled Bronzino (made with with parsley, chilies and capers.) It came with a side of mind-blowing cauliflower. As a writer, I’ve never used “mind-blowing” and “cauliflower” in the same sentence, but I’m not even joking. It’s crazy good, mixed in some secret pesto sauce.

If you prefer something meatier, try the Ribeye. I got the 24 ounce “sliced for two” (cooked medium.) It came with a side of Cacio E Pepe. Oh, pasta Gods, why do you do this to me? Of course, if you know me, steak and spaghetti are my two favorite foods on earth. So, I was pretty much in hog heaven. I’d be lying if I didn’t go on and on about the pasta. Tossed with pecorino Romano and cracked pepper, it’s love in a bowl. Simple and delicious (served in a heated dish.)

I started screaming: “It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday!” when dessert showed up. Technically, it’s not until next month, but with its celebratory nature, I couldn’t help myself. LOL. 😍

The gigantic plate was jammed-packed with Italian classics: Cannoli with pistachio, Tiramisu, Gelato, Budino Cioccolata (which is like custard or pudding,) cookies and, last but not least, cheesecake with a sparkler to boot. Holy sweets, Batman! The cheesecake was another level of fabulousness. I washed it all down with a Fumoso (a smoky Limoncello made with dry ice.)

When you’re a foodie, falling for “Louie Bossi” is pretty easy: it’s got it all. What I like most is the QUALITY. It’s first class and when you work hard for your money, it feels good spending it on something that’s WORTH IT and that’s why it’s one of my Favorite Things. Cheers!

When:

Monday-Thursday 11:30am-1am
Friday & Saturday 11:30am-2pm
Sunday 10am-1am

Where:

Louie Bossi
1032 E Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale 33301

Be Social:
FB: Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria
IG: @louiebossi
Twitter: @LouieBossi

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.Julia Child
James Woodley Photography
Producer/Styling: Jackie Kay
Body Suit: Lilac & Lilies Boutique, Skirt: Hollen & Jen Vintage,
Necklace: BCGB South Beach, Purse: Koko & Palenki Aventura
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Shabby/chic” Auerbach

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

Shireen’s Spotlight: Semilla Eatery & Bar

What:

Enjoying a killer Happy Hour & delicious French-inspired tapas at “Semilla Eatery & Bar” on South Beach.

Why:

If you love a good vibe, excellent drink specials and food you can share, “Semilla Eatery & Bar” is definitely the place for you.

The restaurant, which describes itself as a Gastro pub, has a special “je ne sais quoi” to it that reminds me of a bustling European bistro mixed with an intimate Parisian nightclub. What’s more, they’re killing the Happy Hour game, especially on Friday, when drinks and tapas specials are deeply discounted until closing time.

Semilla’s open-air kitchen dominates the restaurant, giving customers an enticing view into cocktails being created and food being prepared and plated. They’ve also perfected an appealingly chic atmosphere; with moody lighting, funky artwork and a DJ on-hand mixing tunes (wicky, wicky!) It’s a tough job, but….

I started Spotlight with Semilla’s insanely good “Bonne Maman Lemonade” (made with tequila, blueberry jam and pineapple juice.) The “Organic Cucumber Garden” was fresh and fantastic, tasting like it had just been plucked out of a local garden (of course) served with an adult twist: vodka (made with lime juice, basil leaves and ginger ale.) I also sipped on a traditional “Moscow Mule” which never disappoints, especially in its rustic ice-cold copper cup.

Once the tapas started arriving, they didn’t stop: diverse, delicious and decadent, I started with the “Tuna Tartar” mixed perfectly with avocado and yuzu (which is a Japanese citrus fruit.)

If you love Croquetas, do yourself a favor and try Semilla’s. It was one of my favorite dishes of the night, made with potato, chorizo, goat cheese and garnished with a thin slice of pepperoni — I’m still dreaming about inhaling them. Sometimes, I have to remember to pace myself…

Next-up: “Pulled Pork Brisket” served in pillowy bao buns (possibly my favorite kind of bread on earth.) The “Fried Oysters” were my absolute favorite of the night, made with confit leeks and smothered in creamy tarter sauce. This tapas is served with a cool, clear ramekin that helps squeeze your lemon. Now, that’s luxury! Lol (it’s the simple things in life.) BTW, the oysters are to-die-for!

What would Friday night “Happy Hour” be without a great flatbread? The “Tomato Mozzarella” was no exception; fresh and delicious. Another stand-out: the beautifully presented “Bay Scallop Au Gratin” garnished with truffles.

Give me some tender scallops, light potatoes and cheesy sauce goodness and we’ll be friends forever. Pair it with a crisp white wine (there’s a gargantuan list to choose from) and I’ve died and gone to foodie heaven.

My cup runneth over when the “New York Steak Au Poivre” arrived; tender, succulent and juicy. If you’re a meat lover, this will satiate your carnivorous cravings.

Ending my terrific tapas tour was the “Chocolate Bomb” (with raspberry granite, chocolate lava cake and fresh raspberries.) Yes, it was as good as it sounds. In fact, it was #TheBombDotCom …

If you work hard for your money (and God knows, we all do these days) and feel like treating yourself, “Semilla Eatery & Bar” is a great choice without the guilt; with quality food and amazing drinks at CRAZY GOOD PRICES, it’ll definitely be one of your favorite things, I know it’s one of mine. Round two, anyone?

When:

Monday-Saturday 5pm-12am (bar open until 2am)
Closed on Sunday
Happy Hour is week day from 5-8pm & all night Friday
(Wednesday ladies get 50% off the drink menu.)

Where:

Semilla Eatery & Bar
1330 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL. 33139

Reservations: 305-674-6522 — if you want more specifics on their amazing prices, click here:
www.semillamiami.com and go to Happy Hour.

Be Social:
IG: @semilla_miami
FB: @SemillaMiami
Twitter: @SemillaMiami

Life without tapas, is like a heart without love.B.K.S Iyengar
Special thanks to Chef Frederic Joulin & Lavan Public Relations for making dinner so special.James Woodley Photography
Styling: Jackie Kay
Dress: @DVF Boots: @lilacandlilies_boutique
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor: Matthew “Pillowy” Auerbach

Denim for Days

Denim for Days

Denim for Days

Denim for Days

Denim for Days

Denim for Days

Denim for Days

What:

How to wear this fall’s denim trends with wardrobe and accessories from my fashionista friends at Lilac & Lilies Boutique in Fort Lauderdale.

Why:

I love sliding into my favorite pair of jeans; they’re so yummy soft and incredibly comfy. Once I’m zipped up, I feel like I could do just about anything, even conquer the world — or at least my hectic lifestyle, which I hardly get a break from. Unfortunately, I don’t get to wear denim as much as I’d like, mainly because of my job. Although the nature of television fashion has evolved tremendously over the last ten years, wearing a great pair of jeans just isn’t part of the uniform.

Unless of course, you’re covering a disaster or a CAT 4 hurricane barreling towards Florida. Then, wearing a pair of jeans on TV is a little more acceptable or, shall I say, appropriate. I’m sure the same holds true for a lot of fashion lovers out there: office culture tends to be a buttoned-up way of life, leaving little room for a comfy pair of jeans and a soft t-shirt (which by the way, is one of my favorite looks.) I love pairing denim with a structured blazer and a great pair of shoes. I call it “Comfy Chic.” With that being said…

This fall, denim isn’t just about rest and relaxation. The super-durable material (which has been around since the mid 1800’s, becoming popular during the California Gold Rush) has shaped and shifted its way into every aspect of the fashionista’s wardrobe. From jean jackets and jumpers to cold shoulder shirts, there’s now a way to express your love of denim without compromising professionalism or chicness.

Also, jeans themselves come in pretty much any style that suits you: skinny, boyfriend, even wide-legged. Distressed and slightly ripped is the biggest trend, along with denim skirts that evoke a 70’s kind-of feel. High-waisted jeans are even making a statement, worn by the new wave of super models (think Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.) At Lilac And Lilies in Fort Lauderdale, you can find all of the aforementioned and more.

They have the most amazing selection of fall wardrobe pieces, with an emphasis on “Denim for Days”; making it easy to work the trend into any kind of look (day, night, work or play.) Don’t miss Deco Drive tonight (7:30/11:30pm on WSVN) as Lilac And Lilies showcases the various ways you can “do” denim. As far as that ONE must-have item? I say go for the jean jacket. It’s such a classic, it never really goes out of style — but then again, denim never really does, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite things. Happy fall shopping!

Where:

Lilac And Lilies Boutique is located across from The Galleria Mall at 2541 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33304. It’s right behind the Starbucks on the North side of the street. There’s plenty of parking, too (gotta love Broward) and there are also great places to have lunch.

When:

Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 11am-5pm.

Shop the looks featured on the blog www.lilacandlilies.com or call 954-530-3109 to order. If you prefer social media, you’re in for a treat! L&L has an awesome Instagram, where I do most of my shopping: @lilacandlilies_boutique and check-out their FB & Twitter, too @LilacAndLilies.

I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.Yves Saint Laurent
James Woodley Photography
Styling: Jackie Kay
Hair & Make-up: Odett Hernandez
Digital Editor: Jessie Neft-Swinger
Editor In Chief: Matthew “Blue Jean Baby” Auerbach

Winter Florals

Winter Florals

Winter Florals

Winter Florals

Winter Florals

Winter Florals

What:

Lilac And Lilies, 2541 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33304

Why:

I love romanticizing winter: coats, boots, hats and scarves; it’s a fashionistas dream really and then, well, I head some place cold and realize I’ve lost my bloody mind and need a respite from the chilly temperatures ASAP. So, back home I go to Miami with my fashionable tail tucked between my legs.

Lucky for me, though, there are a lot of other ways to express my cold weather fashion shenanigans. Case-in-point: “Winter Florals.” If you’re gonna work this trend, there’s no better place to help than “Lilac & Lilies” in Fort Lauderdale. It’s not just the boutique’s name that gives away its deep affection for flowers, but it’s the kind of place that can master any kind of look. Its motto: “Your fresh bouquet of fashions.”

I adore the deep, jewel tones winter brings and expressing them was easy, comfortable and romantic (and not in the kind of way that makes you wanna change your zip code.) A beautiful, long maxi with a sexy slit, a teal blouse with a black vegan leather jacket, wide-legged pant and a killer eyelet LBD were our day, night and special occasion “Winter Floral” styles. Adding fun and fall textures; a boho-inspired hat, textured clutches and boots with personality. Especially my sh*t-kickers! I love a good cowboy boot and “Old Gringo” always says it best.

Whether you’re mixing and matching or choosing one fully flowered piece, go with a darker color and you’re sure to be on-trend. Less is more when you’re wearing a bouquet; pick one piece and build around it. Happy shopping and remember to always “bloom where you’re planted.”

Where:

Revamped and remodeled, “Lilac And Lilies” is right across the street from “The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.” I adore this area because it’s chic, sophisticated and not high-octane like Dade-County. L&L’s is right by some pretty great restaurants, too. The “Capital Grill” and “Blue Martini” are perfect places to eat and/or have a fabulous drink.

Back to the revamping and remodeling thing…the ladies at L&L’s have infused their love of travel into the store; creating an atmosphere of some of my favorite shabby chic, parisian boutiques in France. The expansion is a dream come true for the fashionista that wants three things: one stop shopping (you can get an entire outfit there,) interesting and unique labels and great customer service (including personal styling.) As soon as I have some spare time, I’m making a day of it; lunch, shopping and a cocktail. What more could a fashionista ask for? (Besides more shoes 😂).

When:

Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm & Sunday 11am-5pm

See a look you like? Shop www.lilacandlilies.com or call 954-530-3109 🌸
SM: Instagram: @lilacandlilies_boutique, FB & Twitter: @LilacAndLilies

The earth laughs in flowers.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photographer: James Woodley
Stylist: Jackie Kay
Hair & MUA: Odett Hernandez

(wardrobe, hat, clutches & main accessories by Lilac And Lilies, cocktail ring by Josette Redwolf, fringe black boots @justfabonline and cowboy boots @oldgringoboots.)

America’s Most Fashionable Piglets

America's Most Fashionable Piglets

America's Most Fashionable Piglets

America's Most Fashionable Piglets

America's Most Fashionable Piglets

America's Most Fashionable Piglets

When I first met Priscilla and Poppleton, “America’s Most Fashionable Piglets,” I was beyond nervous. You would think after interviewing some of the most famous people in the world: Tom Cruise, The Rock, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, John Travolta, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and Will Smith, I would be used to a high-profile interview and a fancy photo op, but I wasn’t. At least, not when it came to these uber-popular and beyond lovable miniature pigs.

After waking up at some ungodly hour to have my hair and make-up done, driving five hours north, where we had arranged to meet (the piggies live near Jacksonville) and having everything meticulously planned (the shoot venue, matching outfits and blog topic,) I was still incredibly anxious and unsure. I mean…

What if they didn’t like me? What if I didn’t like them? What’s more, what if comedian W.C. Fields’ famous saying was really true: “Never work with animals or children.” Even worse, what if they weren’t as cute and as fabulous as they seemed on social media? I know for a fact some people (viewers) have definitely felt that way about me.

Just the other day at the drugstore, as I was standing in line to buy heartburn medication, a woman told me point blank how disappointed she was with how I looked in person. Of course, I profusely apologized (like it was my fault) and scampered out of the store like a dog with its tail between its legs.

Mind you; like a moron, I left without my medication! With a lingering case of heartburn and the ‘I look better on television’ blues, I drove the entire way home clutching my chest and peering sporadically in my rear view mirror trying to figure out why I looked so “different.” It must be the lighting, I thought…

With all of that being said, the risks of meeting Priscilla and Poppleton in person seemed to be mounting by the minute, but then again, I could have just been blowing the entire thing out of proportion. My mother always says I have a flair for drama. Despite my nerves, my intense trepidation and “negative Nelly”-like attitude, something magical was about to happen…

Read the rest of the blog at www.WSVN.com or for Prissy & Pop fashions check-out www.ThePrissyAndPopShop.Spreadshirt.com.

Instagram: @Prissy_Pig
Twitter: @Prissy_Pig
Facebook: Priscilla The Mini Pig

Shot on location at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine: www.casamonica.com.

Shireen’s wardrobe & accessories provided by www.LilacAndLilies.com
Twitter: @LilacAndLilies
IG: @Lilacandlilies_Boutique
FB: Lilac And Lilies Boutique

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Photographer: James Woodley
Twitter: @BritFloridian
IG: @BritFloridian
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Hair & Make-up: Odette Hernandez
Twitter: @Odettehernandz
IG: @O.D.E.T.T

Styling & Assist: Jackie Kay
Blog ideas: jackie211@yahoo.com

Editor: Matthew Auerbach
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