The Good Life

Taste of Belgium

Bon Chocolatier has brought its standards for Belgian chocolate to 1001 Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands, where it has a retail store and a working kitchen. Owner Deborah Andreu was a banker in Paris who followed a passion for chocolate by training under a master pastry chef in Belgium. The best sellers are truffle boxes filled with flavors such as caramelized almond hazelnut praline, raspberry ginger, fluffy marshmallow vanilla, pistachio praline and blackcurrant French lavender. The vegan and kosher chocolates can be customized in gift packages.


Restaurateur and chef Stephen Starr has brought El Vez—named after the famous Mexican Elvis impersonator—to the beachfront W Fort Lauderdale after earlier openings in New York and Philadelphia. Tacos, tortilla shells and everything else are made in-house, and the fillings are meant to be as surprising as they are satisfying. The grilled local snapper tacos are served with Napa cabbage and fennel slaw, red pepper and Baja mayonnaise. There are six taco varieties on the menu, plus three build-your-own versions, along with three enchilada choices.

From Russia with Love

EPL Yakutian Diamonds has opened its first U.S. store in Miami’s Brickell City Centre. Established in 1994, EPL Yakutian Diamonds is the largest producer of diamonds in Russia. The diamonds come from the kimberlite pipes in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in far-eastern Russia. Dress up your cuffs with $5,480 cufflinks or add dazzle with earrings for $5,590.

Blanket Statement

Louis Vuitton is synonymous with luxury and status. Fashionistas tote its handbags, and chic jet-setters travel the globe with luggage and steamer trunks bearing its famous emblem. Cozy up this winter with LV’s $1,420 wool-and-cashmere Neo Monogram Blanket.

Old School, New Twists

Chef Brian Nasajon, best known for Beaker & Gray in Wynwood, has opened an interpretation of an American diner reimagined for today’s Miami. Mason Eatery, which is across from Midtown Miami at NW 35th Street and North Miami Avenue, offers housemade bagels, massive three-layer pancakes, and sandwiches with meat smoked on site.

Andrea Richard
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