Miami Life: Restaurant Picks, Cleveland Orchestra, Cabaret

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My nail salon of 45 years not only has the best mani pedis but the best restaurant recommendations.  And my recommendation this week is the new restaurant at the iconic Eden Roc Hotel.  Great News—the Cleveland Orchestra return to Miami for three weeks. And I’ve the scoop on a cabaret show featuring the hottest music in the world from the famed Las Vegas Strip to Broadway and New York’s Studio 54 to Havana’s famed Tropicana.

The Blush Nail Salon’s Miami Restaurant Picks

I have been going to the same nail salon in Miami Beach for years. Not only do they offer the best manicures and pedicures of any salon I have visited for the last 45 years, (New York and Los Angeles included), but the owners of Blush Nail Salon, on 14th and Alton, can tell you the best restaurants to frequent.

How do they know so much? Owners Manida and Haya, say they learn a lot of their clients. Nail salons are a great resource for gathering information on the best restaurants, clubs, doctors, gyms, clothing stores, et al. I finally tapped into their recommendations by making them give me the best places for dinners.

This is what they recommend. More updates in the future.


2-Layla Miami Beach


4-Esme’ Miami Beach



7-Amal restaurant 



10-Hiden Miami restaurant

11-Rao Miami

12-Chotte Matte

Great News for Miami

The Cleveland Orchestra is returning to Florida, expanding its Miami residency to three weeks in 2022-23 season, marking its 16th year at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. So many of my friends had subscriptions to the concerts for years. Then The Cleveland Orchestra took a hiatus for a number of reasons, including the pandemic.

Now they are back in full swing with Musical Director Franz Welser. We can look forward to leading works by Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Respighi, and Deutsch over two weekends in January. Featured artist Lisa Batiashvili will perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Michael Tilson Thomas will lead performances with the Orchestra in partnership with New World Symphony Fellows featuring music of Ravel, Varèse, and Debussy with pianist George Li in November.

This will be the 16th year of its Miami residency in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center. All concerts at the Adrienne Arsht Center take place at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. The Adrienne Arsht Center has been the presenting partner of the Orchestra’s Miami concerts since the annual residency began in 2007.

“The Cleveland Orchestra’s commitment to the vibrant Miami community remains strong after more than 15 years, and we could not be more pleased to be adding back a third week of activities starting in 2022-23,” said André Gremillet, President & CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra. “We are very fortunate to have the Arsht Center as a valued and supportive partner for our performances in the superb Knight Concert Hall. The new collaboration with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, will add another dimension to the residency as we will build on what is already a strong relationship between our two institutions.

We’re grateful for our deeply loyal patrons in Miami and in Florida who make this residency possible. We look forward in the coming years to deepening our impact and further developing audiences in this great cultural capital through our concerts, education programs, and partnerships with local institutions.” GET THE SCHEDULE.

This Is Not Your Parents Eden Rock  

The iconic Eden Roc Hotel, with the most magnificent views of sea and sky, has just opened Ocean Social, a new restaurant.

Take advantage of the Miami Spice menu throughout September.  Enjoy a three-course meal at Ocean Social for just $28 for lunch and $60 for dinner, Monday – Thursday.

Unlike most restaurants, Ocean Special is open for late night dining. Devour late night snacks while listening to the in-house DH. You can sit at the bar or lounge on the plush sofas. Ocean Social is going be one of the premier hot spot to meet, mix and mingle. Friday & Saturday | 9:00pm – 1:00am

4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Now This Is Something Different   

I’m going to gather a bunch of my friends to go to this one-of-a-kind production. We need something wild in our life. Here’s a chance to attend an exclusive new immersive cabaret show at the Gulfstream Park. GP is 30 minutes north of Miami, a very easy ride. Let yourself be tantalized by the hottest music in the world from the famed Las Vegas Strip to Broadway and New York’s Studio 54 to Havana’s famed Tropicana.

The show features lush costumes, infectious music, dazzling choreography and world-renowned musicians, dancers, cirque, and burlesque artists. This is your chance to experience a Classic Night Out in the Magic City. Enjoy classic cocktails, premium tapas, and live music during the VIP Cocktail Reception overlooking the entire Park. Once it’s showtime, enter the Sport of Kings where you’ll enjoy a 90-minute cabaret concert from Grammy award winning musicians, singers, dancers, cirque, and burlesque queens.

It’s a night of unpredictable performances, elaborate costumes, infectious music, and sophisticated cocktails and hors d’oeuvres await you at the heart of Hallandale Beach. Presented by Clubesque, the one-of-a-kind ‘Classic Night Out with Cocktails & Cabaret’ show will be taking over the world-famous Gulfstream Park with a case of world-class musicians, cirque and burlesque artists

Get your tickets for Cocktails and Cabaret in Miami.

It’s less expensive than a vacation and more money than most shows you have attended. Just remember, this is an extravaganza.



  • As Co-Founder and President of HWH PR, Lois Whitman-Hess has been actively involved in public relations for a vast array of business sectors including technology, Internet-based companies, entertainment, law, publishing, fashion, beauty and art. For the last eight years, Lois has authored a daily blog called “Digidame.” It mostly covers her personal journeys as well as tech innovations, art, travel, and entertainment. In addition, Lois co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Lying on the Beach” with TV personality Steve Greenberg who is a contributor on NBC's Today Show. They interview luminaries who discuss their expertise and views on current events.

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