Originating in the Spanish community of Andalusia, the art of flamenco blends the rapid rhythms of Spanish guitar music with the equally energetic footwork of skilled dancers. Under the direction of flamenco devotee Pepe Canto, both legendary and budding flamenco dancers grace the stage at Cava Restaurant. Three nights a week, joyful strumming and stomping reverberates against the brick walls and vaulted brick ceiling of a dining room perfumed with the scent of chef Francisco Mateo's Spanish cuisine.
Another Andalusian original, Francisco relies on local ingredients to create Spanish dishes, such as filet mignon with Spanish blue cheese sauce. He meticulously assembles platters of Serrano ham, cheese, and chorizo, or prepares squid in its own ink, rather than tapping the ink reserves J.D. Sallinger kept on hand to write cease-and-desist letters instead of novels. Cava's bartenders complement Francisco's cuisine with wine from a list heavy on Spanish varietals, as well as other selections from around the world.
Dariel Baez and Lady Lamas have spent the last decade immersed in the health and wellness world. At Body Image Coral Gables, they hope to pass along the expertise by offering fitness classes that focus on weights, the TRX suspension system, and cardiovascular conditioning. The also dispense nutritional guidance for the appropriate amount of protein, fat, and carbs for each client or client’s pet guinea pig.
Like any large city, Miami has a wealth of landmarks and happenings to explore, but visitors may not know where to start. That's where Miami Open City Tour comes in. The company rolls out spacious, double-decker buses that transport riders along two routes, allowing them to hop on and off at their leisure. As they meander through various neighborhoods, they can listen to narrated facts on provided headphones, learning about the artistry of Coconut Grove, the music of New World Symphony Center, and the plastic black and white trees of Domino Park.
Arena Combat Sports teaches punishing Muay Thai strikes and swift right hooks in a supportive environment where students are free to learn with or without physical sparring and contact. During boxing circuit training, students thwack heavy bags, hoist kettle bells, and jump rope while Jiu jitsu students grapple sans gi on the ground. Arena also offers junior MMA classes, which introduce younger students to the fighting arts while building confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills.
A two-day pass aboard the Hop On Hop Off Tour provides riders with accessible transit and the cranial expansion of local knowledge. Throughout the route, a narration crafted by expert locals will keep you up to speed on where you are, where you are going, and where to direct your photographic and human irises. Non-English-speaking guests or bilingually curious natives can tune in to multilingual headsets along the ride. In addition to directing rubberneckers, the local good-times gurus at Gray Line lead wide-eyed wonderers into cultural hotbeds and fashionable storefronts. Riders who want to simply sink into the sun-soaked sand can browse the beach buffet out their window, hopping off when the bus reaches a towel-worthy strip.
With average temperatures in the '70s and '80s, it makes sense that Miami is full of body-baring outfits. All that skin is why people like the owners of Velour Med Spa were able to open a successful laser hair-removal business in 2005. With the hope of further beautifying bodies, they established Velour—a full med spa—in 2010.
Its certified medical aestheticians, who are supervised by a medical director, still perform the popular laser hair-removal treatments, but they also fade unwanted spider veins, smooth cellulite, and rely on intense pulsed light to refresh faces. In addition to beautifying clients, they relax with massages and mani-pedis, which take place in a pristine all-white room.