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Florida’s Aventura Mall: The Jewelry Destination

Aventura Mall, located in Miami, Florida is a premier shopping center run by Turnberry Associates’ Jackie Soffer (read more). A popular jewelry destination, Aventura Mall houses store fronts of some of the top jewelry brands like Cartier, Pandora, and Tiffany & Co.

Cartier
Looking to buy one of Cartier’s famous Love bracelets while shopping in Miami? Head to its store front at Aventura Mall! Cartier manufactures, and sells its own jewelry and watches designs. Cartier is well known for its elegant designs in jewelry and wrist watches. This reputable jewelry company operates over 200 stores in over 100 countries. Cartier stores are equipped with a wide range of accessories which include among others watches, leather goods, and eyewear.

Pandora
With a location at Aventura Mall, Pandora is an international Danish jewelry company known for the manufacture of its customizable charm bracelets, designer rings, watches to name but a few. The company has a store in Aventura Mall and is known for marketing its products in over 90 countries with numerous points of sale. This reputable company has an online sales platform whereby it’s working intensively to increase its e-commerce sales.

Tiffany & Co.
Heart chain bracelets, engagement rings and more! Tiffany & Co. is an American-based worldwide jewelry retailer with its headquarters in New York City. The company is known for its luxury jewelry, fragrances and home decor to name a few. The company is known for operating over 100 international stores and over 50 tiffany & Co. stores in the US including the Aventura Mall the jewelry destination. Tiffany is the maker of various sports awards such as the MLS Championship trophy.

How to Have a Budget Break in Iceland

‘Iceland is too expensive to visit if you’re on a budget’. Along with ‘don’t eat the street food – it will make you ill’, this is one of the great travel myths. And it could lead you to miss out on some amazing experiences.

True, Iceland can be eye-wateringly pricey, but with some planning it is possible to visit the land of fire and ice without spending a fortune. Here’s how to make it happen.

Sights

In Iceland, horizons are dotted with volcanic peaks, gushing waterfalls spring from every crevice and valleys are carved in front of your eyes by vast glaciers. This spectacular scenery is currently free to explore. A fee of some description may be introduced in 2015 or 2016, with one suggestion requiring visitors to purchase a Nature Pass. But even if the proposals go ahead, compared to the national park fees in some countries (the Nature Pass would cover the whole country and cost around Ikr1500 – US$11 or €10 – for a month), Iceland’s wonderful natural landscape is still a bargain.

Many of the sights are easily accessed from the Ring Road, which circles Iceland. Along the south coast, showstoppers include incredible waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the falls, and Skógafoss, where rainbows arc through the spray in sunshine. Other attractions include the dramatic black beach at Vík, the massive Vatnajökull ice cap and the Jökulsárlón lagoon, where blue icebergs journey out to sea.

The most popular day trip from the capital, Reykjavík, is to the Golden Circle.  It’s home to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, the geyser after which all others are named, and Þingvellir, the site of the world’s first parliament.

Reykjavík itself is an enjoyable city to explore, and some attractions are free to enter, including the must-see Hallgrímskirkja church (there is a charge of Ikr700 to go to the top for views across the city and its rooftops). The iconic Harpa building, the city’s cultural hub, is worth a visit even if you’re not shelling out for a performance. City Walk Reykjavik (http://citywalk.is/), meanwhile, is a free guided tour that has gained a great reputation and relies solely on donations.

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Originally published by LonelyPlanet.com

The Cayman Islands’ Top Eating Experiences

The best restaurants don’t just serve food, but offer an interesting ambiance and style as well. There are quite a few distinct and exciting Cayman Island restaurants that boast unique atmospheres and settings alongside their mouth-watering menus. The restaurants that provide a different type of experience are more than your typical eatery. They incorporate local culture, a farmers market, and even guided tours to ensure you get the most out of the dining on your Cayman Islands adventure!

Hungry Iguana
The Hungry Iguana is the only restaurant on Little Cayman with a full service, a la carte menu. This Cayman Islands restaurant offers a set menu based on ingredients the chef has on hand, and creates different daily specials as well. There is regular entertainment with live music and a sports bar atmosphere, as well as special occasions or prix-fixe theme nights.

Farmers & Artisans Market
The Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market is an opportunity for local owners and chefs to sell and showcase their fresh produce, seafood, and other specialty food items. Each Wednesday, storeowners, growers, and purveyors open their doors from 12 PM – 7 PM for the public. The Farmers & Artisans Market is a great way to experience all types of food and produce from the Cayman Islands in one place!

Bread and Chocolate
Located in George Town, Bread and Chocolate is a great, healthy dining spot for breakfast and lunch. The bistro, one of the many health conscious and friendly restaurants in the Cayman Islands, offers “healthy yet hearty” vegan options. Their ingredients are locally sourced and the restaurant is a farm-to-table establishment. Don’t be scared away by the health label, because this restaurant’s signature dish is French toast stuffed with chocolate hazelnut butter and bananas. It’s healthy and delicious!

Flavour Tour
Right after visiting the Farmers & Artisans Market, join the West Indies Wine Company for a guided tour of some of the best Cayman Islands restaurants. The tour begins with champagne and a toast, and is followed by four small plate courses (paired with cocktails) from great restaurants located in Camana Bay. This is the perfect way to experience the culinary talent of many fine chefs all in one evening!

Best Outdoor Activities in Southern Utah

There’s something about the coyote-meets-road-runner desertscape of southern Utah that attracts outdoor adventurers. In fact, there’s so much to do that you could spend a lifetime exploring the slot canyons, buffed-out slickrock trails and sinuous rivers. Get ready to get dirty – we mean really dirty – with these top desert adventures.

Mountain biking

While there’s plenty of evergreen-sided single-track up north, southern Utah is all about slickrock trails (so named for the trails’ sandstone texture), sick descents down curvy banked routes, sand up to your eyeballs and never-ending sunny days. It all starts and ends in Moab. Just wander down Main St and marvel at the number of bike shops, and you’ll know you’ve found America’s biggest, baddest and gnarliest bike-mecca-apolis. Come in spring or fall to avoid the heat, and always bring double the water you think you’ll need.

 

  • You didn’t come all the way to Utah not to ride Slickrock (utah.com/mountain-biking/slickrock). It’s arguably one of the most famous mountain biking routes on the planet. The 10.6-mile loop takes you out and back across the Navajo sandstone plateau with remarkable views of the Colorado River down below.
  • White Rim Trail. Visit all Canyonlands National Park has to offer on this multi-day 100-miler. You’ll see a little of everything on a trail that’s even open to beginners. Make plans early; campsites fill up quick.

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Camana Bay Offers a Unique Shopping Experience

For some people vacations may look like long lazy days by the water and for others it may mean hiking huge mountains. No matter where on the spectrum you fall, chances are you’ll be looking for something to remember your time away from home by. Thankfully, Camana Bay has you covered on that front. The Town Centre at Camana Bay celebrates local businesses and crafts and gives visitors to Grand Cayman a great way to get an authentic introduction to the Cayman Islands as a country, rather than just a tourist destination. Here are a few Grand Cayman shopping (http://www.camanabay.com/the-town/shopping-grand-cayman/) experiences to check out in Camana Bay:

“All about Local” Guide:
Perhaps the best place to begin as you start your souvenir hunt is the “All about Local” guide that is available (for free!) from Camana Bay’s Discovery Centre. This guide will give you all the information you need about local products such as Cayman scents and candles, local artists and other local gems that are currently being sold in Camana Bay shops. You’re all but guaranteed to walk away from the Camana Bay shops with a unique and meaningful souvenir of your time in Grand Cayman.

Farmers & Artisans Market:
Wednesdays are a big day on Grand Cayman. Right around noon, a big farmer’s market opens and locals and guests alike are welcome to come and explore everything they have to offer. Growers have their local fare on hand so you can try some of the most popular fruits and flavors on island in addition to fresh flowers and more fresh produce. There are also local artists and artisans who will have booths set up with their specialty pieces, handcrafted jewelry and more. Be sure to stick around until 3pm, when you can watch local entertainment such as live music, artists creating in real time, and other cultural demonstrations.

Eclectic Boutiques:
Finally, a trip to Grand Cayman isn’t complete without checking out the wide variety of shops that Camana Bay boasts. Stop by Island Company to choose resort wear or accessories bearing their wanderlust-inspired motto, “Quit your job. Buy a ticket. Get a tan. Fall in love. Never return.” Or swing by The Mansion (http://www.islandcompaniesltd.com/store/mansion/), an Island Company flagship store that sells duty-free jewelry and watches. Also, be sure to visit the first International Lilly Pulitzer shop, called The Cabana, and stock up on their brightly colored and chic resort wear. Camana Bay offers over 20 different shops to satisfy your shopping needs.

Lessons I Learned On A Family Bike Trip In France

By Kevin Kusinitz, Next Avenue Contributor

When the idea of a family bike trip through the South of France was broached by my wife earlier this year, my initial response was, “Wow, what a cool idea!” While not a biking fanatic, I was pretty sure I could make it without a headline in Le Monde reading “Imbécile Américain Meurt dans un Champ de Lavande. (Stupid American Dies in Lavender Field).”

Besides, I had seen all the travel brochures with pictures of tourists my age, riding leisurely along the vineyards. All of them were dressed in T-shirts and shorts, as if on their way to a picnic where a nice Bordeaux would be served. In other words, a casual, week-long ride along flat roads that required no more effort than a stroll in the park —my kind of exercise. Plus, I’d be surrounded by travelers who were just like me — weekend bikers of a certain age who were there for fun rather than a challenging workout.

I figured, too, that we’d be a group rather than a team, which is a huge difference. Just the word “team” stirred dismal memories. You see, I wasn’t a sporty kind of kid growing up, uncoordinated to the point of being a danger to myself. Things only got worse in high school. Not only was I always the last chosen for teams in gym class, but the team captains would often come close to physical blows trying to pawn me off on the other. In baseball, I was always asked to play outfield — like, as far away as possible while still technically on school grounds. For basketball, my position was Over There and Out of the Way. Dodgeball? Just aim for my throat and throw as hard as you can.

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Originally published on Forbes.com

Miami’s Design District Redefined

It all began 15 years ago when Miami native Craig Robinson saw a great potential of the Design District. Mr. Robinson saw a uniqueness and began acquiring properties and redefining them. It was through his careful management that design brands began to flock to the area leading to internationally known art collections as well as design installations. Both temporary and permanent art and design installations, followed by unique cuisines.

Both L Real Estate and the LVMH brands were impressed by the unique services and experiences related to the community. They saw how this could well become one of the finest boutiques in Miami. The location was also a large part of that vision. The District would be north of Downtown and 10 minutes from South Beach in a pedestrian friendly area. As new buildings were created and older structures renovated design showrooms began to open shops and galleries in the area. Some of these well-known groups would include: Holly Hunt, Knoll, Ann Sacks, Poliform and Waterworks.

Delpozo was very impressed with the Design District renovations that they chose the location for its first international expansion. The neighborhood became an area dedicated to innovations in fashion design, its unique architecture and cuisine. The District is owned by the Miami Design District Associates. They are in a partnership with the L Real Estate, a global real estate and Dacra. L Real Estate is a global real estate development and investment fund. They excel in creating luxury shopping areas. Dacro is owned by Craig Robinson. It’s known for its visionary view.

Soon galleries began appearing, among them the well-known Art Fusion, The Moore Space and Extra Fine Arts. Unique products were brought in by retailers. These would include Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Celine and Prada. The Design District was well on its way to becoming an award winning shopping district. The District became the first LEED NH Gold Certifies project winner in the Dade County area. It was also only the 33rd winner for the whole of the US.

Their goal is to turn a once forgotten area of Miami into one of the premiere shopping districts. Their plans include an excellent shopping and dining experience as well as a cultural experience for its patrons. Its felt that the District can be responsive to its historical experiences, but it’s Urban and tropical environment. The plans for the Design District were drawn up by the award winning planners Duany Plater-Zyberk

Their plans include public installations, more unique shopping experiences, a boutique hotel and residences. Like all authentic areas the Design District is expected to grow and evolve with time.

What to Do on Your Grand Cayman Vacation

One of the most important parts of any vacation is the planning stage. After booking your plane or cruise to Grand Cayman, and before enjoying your vacation on one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, you have to decide what to do in Grand Cayman for your adventure. Here are some suggestions when it comes to deciding what to do in Grand Cayman.

Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean for good reason. The beach is peaceful and free of vendors, leaving you to relax and enjoy the beautiful white sand and clear water. This beach is definitely a must-see for anyone visiting Grand Cayman.

Hell
If you want a cool anecdote to take back to your friends about what you did in Grand Cayman, stop by Hell. It’s great cheesy fun for the family. Visit the post office in this townsend some postcards home from Hell, and get a photo taken with the town sign. It’s a fun pit stop on your Grand Cayman adventure!

Camana Bay
Camana Bay is a lively town located just north of George Town and west of Seven Mile Beach and boasts great restaurants and shopping. There is also a weekly local Farmer’s Market and an Observation Tower designed to give you 360-degree views of the entire island. Take a day to explore Camana Bay and find some of the best things to do in Grand Cayman.

Stingray City
The Stingray City sandbar is definitely an experience to add to your list of what to do in Grand Cayman. Fevers of southern stingrays stay in this part of the North Shore, so you can stand in the clear water and watch dozens of the friendly creatures swim around you. Visiting Stingray City is a great way to immerse in the sea life in Grand Cayman!

A Resort for Everyone

“Better than Disney World.” Those were the words of one nine-year old guest upon his return from Atlantis resort for a getaway weekend. Granted, children are impressionable and every movie, video game, ice cream flavor, fill-in-the-blank is usually the “greatest ever” — until the next one.

Suffice it to say, it still takes a lot to wow a child, but kids seem to be sufficiently impressed by Atlantis no matter how old they are. This resort review is based on three days at Atlantis to check out the property’s partnership with the Cartoon Network. In part, the assignment was to “see” Atlantis through a kid’s eyes, given that kids are right smack dab in the middle of the demographic Atlantis targets when it markets to families.

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Source: travelpulse.com

Grilled Quail and Foie Gras

Michael Mina’s Passion Creates Balance at Turnberry Restaurants

For renowned restaurateur Michael Mina, being in the kitchen is a labor of love. His cooking reflects his philosophy on life: create balance, harmony and lasting relationships. Mina’s focus on balance extends to the kitchen where sweetness, acid, spice and fat join to surprise and delight his guests.

Born in Egypt but raised in Washington, Mina had his first taste of restaurant life in a French kitchen as Garde Mange at the age of 15. At the age of 22, he was asked to design AQUA, an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco that opened to rave reviews.

More than 20 years later, Mina has opened more than 20 destination restaurants, including two highly acclaimed South Florida ones, both at luxury resorts owned by Turnberry Associates and guided by the vision of the successful sibling duo, Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer.

A James Beard award-winning chef, Mina, brought his unique culinary vision to Aventura’s Turnberry Isle Miami with BOURBON STEAK. This contemporary American steak house offers guests the chance to sample Mina’s signature modern fare in a vivid venue. The striking dining room includes chic mirrored walls and a “glass box” private room. Mina places culinary emphasis on the finest organic and hormone-free meats and freshest seafood, butter poached over a wood burning grill.

Mina’s most recent restaurant, MICHAEL MINA 74, is a dynamic destination for foodies. A whimsical small plates menu, meant for sharing and experiencing bold new flavors, sets the stage for a lively dining experience at Turnberry’s iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach. With its unique cart service, MICHAEL MINA 74 gives diners a preview of the savory scents and vibrant presentations of the kitchen’s rotating selection of mouth-watering dishes.

You could say the key ingredients to Mina’s accomplishments are an unwavering passion for food combined with phenomenal guest service. Or you could just call it “balance.”