Alan Turing Speaks

By mimorg33

An especially poignant tribute to mathematician computer pioneer and WWII code-breaker Alan Turing is now permanently installed under Bishop’s Bridge Road in London. It is located near Sheldon Square and the Paddington station in the city of Westminster near the residential district of Maida Vale where he was born in 1912.
Turing who served with distinction during the war was one of hundreds of victims of the homophobia running rampant in Great Britain during the Fifties; as a result of which he was prosecuted, and found guilty of three counts of “gross indecency” in 1952 under what is known as the Labouchere Amendment of 1885. The first well-known victim of this nefarious statute was the writer Oscar Wilde back in 1895. Upon being found guilty Turing was given the choice of either prison or the “organo-therapy” he opted for. The treatment employed by the doctors at the Manchester Royal Infirmary consisted on the consumption of estrogen pills that not only caused him to grow breasts and left him impotent but also profoundly depressed him: he committed suicide on June 7, 1954 by eating a cyanide-laced apple; he was 41. The United Kingdom only decriminalized homosexual acts in 1967, a rather strong manifestation of atavistic thinking in that otherwise mostly forward moving nation.
Message From the Unseen World the Bishop’s Bridge Road permanent installation, is a collaboration between United Visual Artists, the group founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru that specializes in large-scale temporary and permanent installations together with poet Nick Drake. The work was curated by Futurecity on behalf of Bristish Land, one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. The piece consists of aluminum panels punctuated with holes that allow LED lights to shine through forming words from the poem that is Drake’s interpretation of Turing speaking about his life opening with the line: This is Alan Turing speaking… A Turing-inspired algorithm shuffles through the poem to form new versions of it that is unless you step back far enough to see it in its totality.

By Nick Drake


This is Alan speaking
to you who pass by this bridge
in the enchantment of time
under the echoing arch
over the mirror of water
on your way to work or home
and to other places in the infinity
held in the secret dream cave
of your wonderful minds

This is Alan speaking
through this interface with time and space
I am the ghost in the universal machine
the one I dreamed as I lay on the grass
that grew in the green of lost time
of a meadow in Grantchester alone
thinking about whoever I was in love with at the time
and the unchanging truth of numbers
in their beautiful equations
and the enigma of human beings
in their infinite possible configurations –
I was puzzling the problem of the apple
of the knowledge of good and evil –
For on that day you eat of it
you shall surely die
but the winding snake
the only creature coded as a question
looked me in the eye and asked
in his intelligent high voice –

What’s wrong with this picture?
Why do starfish have five arms
and why are they fish not stars?
What connects stars and grains of sand?
What is the secret ciphered in a fir cone?
Why is the heart always on the left?
Natural wonders every child should know…

He smiled like the flickering pages of a book –
Christopher, my first true love, appeared
his beautiful fingers blue with ink
holding his telescope and the star globe
I made him as a present –
We lay side by side
looking through the window at the stars
naming the constellations
as they wheeled across the night
The maths brain lies often awake in his bed
Doing logs to ten places and trig in his head
When I woke in the shock of light
he was gone
and nothing was ever the same again

What happens to the dead
when spirit separates from matter?
Is time a river ever giving birth
in an endless wheel?
Why is loss always incalculable?
What is the heart’s square root,
its point and infinite recurrences?

This is Alan speaking
perhaps you wish to hear about the task
of deciphering the Enigma messages?
It was the impossible before breakfast
to imagine the unimaginable
the day after war was declared –
but a logical theorem says
you can deduce everything from a contradiction
so we imagined a cryptanalytic machine
an electric brain ticking away
to solve the insoluble
to sort the irrelevant from the essential
to discover the heart of the mystery
in thousands of meaningless signals every day
enciphered and sent by the enemy
in billions of different possible combinations –
like reading a poem written in random static
in wind and rain and dark
threaded with the dot and dash of Morse
encrypted transmitted transcribed
but there was one clue –
a letter was never enciphered as itself
so that was the starting point
to find the letters that made the only word
that helped to save ships and lives
in the middle of the Atlantic
and some say win the war –
We kept hush hush but I wondered

Could a machine be intelligent and if so how?
Could a machine be fascinated by another machine?
Could machines talk to each other?
Could a machine experience delight
and suffer fear and jealousy?
If a machine could dream what would it dream
in the forest of the night?
Could a machine fall sick or fall in love?
Could a machine imagine the future?

This is Alan speaking
we devised the Automatic Computing Engine
capable of calculating anything
quantified in an algorithm
and that was the basis of the future –
But how is it I found myself
a stranger in a room alone
a sequence of contradictory instructions
coded into my criminal heart?
Of gross indecency accused
I replied truthfully
Englishman atheist mathematician
Order of the British Empire
Recreations listed in Who’s Who
chess long-distance running gardening
(the last a kind of lie, I like wild flowers) –
Homosexual cryptographer
noble in reason or traitor in his bones?
Unable to say a word of what I knew
unable to speak the unspeakable
secret within the secret
I felt no guilt –
They offered me a choice
Prison or probation
with hormonal emasculation –
I made my decision
and emerged a different man

Why does nothing happen for a long time
Then everything suddenly changes?
Why does the rational give rise to the irrational?
Who is this man kissing me on the mouth?
Is he telling truth or lies?

This is Alan speaking
now as I could not speak before
to you who were unborn when I died –
Oh beautiful people of tomorrow
we are not fallen creatures
life is the only garden
the apple is love
two Adams, two Eves
in open celebration hand in hand
So I delight to watch you dance
in the enchantment of time
like angels in a forest of mirrors
but in the age of shopping
festivals and information consumption
the sign of the bitten apple is everywhere
and your lives are held in the beautiful devices
familiar in your hands –
So revel in your liberty
but read between the lines
you are becoming information
touch screen to touch screen
connected but alone
the algorithm of desires and dreams
end to end encryption held
in the infinite memory of the great ghost server

How did the zebra get its stripes
and the leopard its disguise of spots?
Why does a snail have a spiral shell?
Why do sunflowers follow not just the sun
but the Fibonacci sequence
in the structure of their beautiful faces?
How does a bud of cells generate your seeing eyes
and beating heart?

This is Alan speaking
I have been waiting a long time
puzzling everything and nothing –
I leave no note of explanation
but a mystery story
it is an ordinary summer evening
by the side of my bed is found
a half-eaten slice of apple
Dip the apple in the brew
let the sleeping death seep through –
I lie alone for the last time
at the edge of reality
my arms at my sides
like a badly-dressed figure on a tomb
looking out of the window at the sun
setting for the final night
a golden apple in the black branches
of a tree of shadows where the birds quibble –
until it disappears into the dark

This is Alan speaking
to you who pass by this bridge.


Diamonds and flowers on my skin

By mimorg33



Diamond Extreme Night Dual Treatment by the high-end skin care company Natura Bissé was not enecessarily what Marilyn Monroe’s Lorelei Lee had in mind when in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she sang:


A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend
The concept behind Natura Bissé’s latest skincare innovation ish a technology they are calling chronocosmetic. Innovative skincare is intrinsic to the DNA of this company founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1979; and in 1995 it took its first step towards globalization by opening a subsidiary in Dallas, Texas.
According to Natura Bissé their most recent dual treatment consists in fusing the pioneering technology with the most delicate human touch to counteract the natural aging process. Despite how complicated this might sound, I can tell you that after a stressful day at the office when I massage my face with the fast-absorbing Extreme Oil ($160.00) using the cool High Definition Massage Tool that improves microcirculation and penetration of active agents, a slight lavender fragrance impregnates my epidermis and I feel transported to a quieter place. The first step of the nightly ritual is then followed by applying a thin layer of the clear, silky and delightfully light Extreme Mask ($110.00). Voila! My skin feels healthy and supple as I head to bed allowing the nourishing ingredients to lovingly combine forces to make me glow when I arise. So much so that some folks have asked: “Chica, what are you doing, you look luminous? Is there a new love interest in your life?” At this juncture I attempted to sing a couple of lines from Marilyn’s ever so cute rendition of Diamonds are a girl’s best friend; mine is completely off key. Given that most of us are not exposing our skin to the elements at night our most extensive and protective organ is more open to being renewed. The formula comprised of retinol works on this aspect; niacinamide for hydration; copper peptides to increase suppleness; marine concentrates to act as a dermal shield; hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisturizer and Edelweiss, that beautiful white flower related to daisies and sunflowers that in its original habitat grows high in the Alps thus making it a bit risky to be picked, effective in slowing some aging signs.

Edelweiss on a rock and an approaching thunderstorm in the background

Edelweiss remits us to The Sound of Music  where Captain von Trapp sang about the national Austrian flower: Edelweiss, Edelweiss, Ev’ry morning you greet me, Small and white, clean and bright, You look happy to meet me… Exactly like my skin as it awakens after a whole night exposed to this superb treatment.


Ceviche to the Rescue!

Waffles, potatoes, sausages...

Waffles, potatoes, sausages…

By mimorg33

Ah, on a hot September midday the coolness and delicious musky fragrance that one is enveloped with upon crossing the threshold of the 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach is the equivalent of stepping into an oasis after a long trek in the desert. And that was just from getting off the car and waiting for the valet. The heat and I do not get along. Walk across the lobby, past the elevators that transport you up to either the hotel or residence side of the complex and you arrive at Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft. His sustainable style is ideally suited to the high-tech back-to-nature vibe of the property. The restaurant’s executive chef Michael Fiorello is introducing a new brunch menu. After nestling at our table and sipping from a thick, foamy, strong and delicious cappuccino we took a peak at the buffet spread. A well-orchestrated display of proteins and carbohydrates, color and sensuality representative of Colicchio’s penchant for farm-to-table freshness by working with South Florida purveyors Swank Farms, Florida Fresh Meat Co., Local Roots and Cods & Capers.

There were tempting-looking waffles with several accompaniments, potatoes, bacon and sausages. The bread station displayed the typical array from bagels to croissants made by Zak the Baker, another of their all-natural suppliers. The salad bar offered different options that would benefit from better lighting.

Although Sunday brunch begins at 12:30 and we arrived at 1:00 neither the creamy polenta nor the chef’s gumbo was at an acceptable temperature. Could it be that the team needs to iron out the kinks? If you like ceviche, the Snapper Ceviche ($8 supplement) made it worth the trip. Fresh cubes of fish were table-side marinated in a perfect blend of passion fruit, lemon and onion juice with thinly sliced jalapeño and red peppers. This was a simple, elegant and delicious combination with just the right kick.

Snapper Ceviche

Snapper Ceviche

It merits mentioning the excellent service by Douglas and Luis, Venezuelan and Peruvian imports that enriched our Sunday with their graceful and expedient manner. The dessert offerings left us blasé in particular the blueberry peach cobbler; if I had to select a winner it would be the Bananas Fosters Bread Pudding but if you are a doughnut lover the Maple Bacon Donuts with a hint of Chantilly cream hidden might be the final sweet morsel of your choice.

Maple Bacon Donuts

Maple Bacon Donuts


Lillet Me Down ($14) is a lovely option for a refreshing drink. And by the way, if your are allergic to the heat like me, stay away from sitting by the back door where there is a constant heat draft as folks going in and out forget to close it.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience that will entice my return for their scrumptious ceviche and delicious handcrafted cocktails among other specialties. Beachcraft offers a Miami Spice prixe fixe $39 dinner menu nightly through September 30.


Watr on the Heights

By mimorg33SALADS

Whether you are welcomed with a directly flown-from-Hawaii lei, a glass of bubbly and perfectly seasoned crispy rock shrimp or not, the mix of one of South Beach’s coolest rooftops and sushi-poke cuisine makes Akûa or Watr on the 1 Rooftop a uniquely seductive destination for locals and tourists alike. Nonetheless, the food alone is enough to beckon you back and again to the invitingly open-air Watr Restaurant at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.


I was particularly impressed by the Tako ($18) salad: the smoked chili vinaigrette added a fiery edge to the octopus and edamame but for those of more traditional palates, the Kimchi ($17) with just a touch of crispy garlic to give a kick to the tuna and avocado, is the way to go. The Dragon Roll ($19) from the Sushi Maki sampling was especially flavorful with a delightful crunchiness from the cucumber, asparagus and shrimp while the cashew cream cheese and avocado added a rich layer to the Happy Vegetable Roll that made it quite appetizing. The Salmon Teriyaki $26) was delectably cooked while for the carnivores, the Wagyu Skirt Steak ($36) would be the ideal choice.-1

Our taste buds were sent to ecstasy upon encountering the alluringly mouth-watering Ginger Bread Pudding with coconut chips ($12).


Just thinking about it makes me want to dress up, run out to the car and drive across town to try my luck at getting in without a reservation. Did I forget to mention that you should make one? It is recommended as the seating is limited and if the weather turns ugly as it has today, they need to call you to cancel because Watr is an outdoor restaurant. Everything in life has its pros and cons but trying to experience this gem is well worth it. Listening to the distant sounds of the waves rushing in and out while watching the sunset, slowly sipping one of Watrcocktails and trying a savory starter is one of the finer ways to begin a South Florida evening.

The chef 10-course tasting for $95 is an excellent option to get to know the Polynesian-Japanese menu. A well-thought-out wine, sake and cocktails list is available. However, don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of the great $39 prixe fixe offer for a three-course dinner: Monday – Thursday and Sunday nights under Miami Spice through September 30. Watr at 1 Rooftop is for 21 and older. Aloha!


It’s Christmas in summer…it’s Miami Spice!

The sun is shining, daylight lasts longer, and Miami Spice returns… it’s like Christmas for foodies (on budgets like me) to rejoice! What kicks off the season? Not eggnog and candy canes, but rather Fontainebleau’s Miami Spice Preview, hosted by the lovely Karen and Larry from BCPR and Ana Lanzas and Stephanie Giner from the Fontainebleau, showcasing: Scarpetta, Hakkasan, and StripSteak by Michael Mina, and their own patisserie, Chez Bon Bon.  This year we were greeted by Scarpetta’s limoncello cocktail that was delicious, followed by a lovely roasted branzino, and then the angels began to sing, the sky opened up and rays of light unveiled the dish before me… my favorite food perfected by this glorious place… spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce (pasta pomodoro e basilico)… it was and always is outstanding. It’s tough to follow that, but Hakkasan always can and they did it by greeting us with a Chinese mule (their version of the Moscow mule, which is my preferred summertime cocktail) which I had to pace myself with… and yes, they serve both lunch and dinner Miami Spice menus and yes, either will prove amazing, but my recommendation will always be to head for lunch because they serve their… dim sum basket which includes lotus root with mushroom chicken shumai that is heavenly alongside their baby bok choy with garlic that is scrumptious. We then headed to StripSteak, which greeted us with a “Sugar n Spice, whiskey is nice” cocktail that was my favorite of the evening (and that is not an easy feat especially since I’m not a huge whiskey fan). It was perfect.  The kale salad with pickled tomatoes was incredible, and so was their filet mignon that was served with a yummy carrot ginger purée and broccoli… and I had stayed away from bread all night, but their garlic bread was one that I wanted to cuddle with while nibbling on. The night ended with a goodie bag from Chez Bon Bon, which is always the goodie bag of all goodie bags (and whose macaroons make me sing), included their amazing flavored marshmallows, madeleines, and chocolate bon bons…by the end of the night my inner child was twirling with delight!



The Magic of the Alpes Maritime

Oranges under the morning light.

One is first seduced by the light and immediately understands why so many artists flock to this sun-kissed area of the Mediterranean. Overlooking St. Paul de Vence from the terrace at Auberge Les Orangers, a lovely B&B my friend and travel sleuth Marilyn discovered online while she organized our trip to an area nearby Nice, I could only thank Mother Earth for her many blessings. Nestled among the hills, surrounded by trees and flowers, it was like stepping into a magic space: an oasis of calm that speaks of life in direct touch with nature. Awakening at dawn, I sat in the small terrace to bask at the panorama. The oranges shone under the early morning rays while birds chirped; the air was pregnant with the fragrance of rosemary, thyme and roses. Brewing coffee and freshly baked croissants from Thomas’ kitchen alerted my senses that breakfast was beckoning; my friends joined one by one to the rhythm of classical music in the background. I felt right at home.Les Orangers

Soon thereafter we left for our first day exploring the area: the Matisse Chapel I had tried to visit on two earlier occasions but had been closed. Hours are tricky but this time Marilyn was in charge. The chapel was an experience worth the wait particularly after having seen the sensational cutouts at a Tate Modern show in London. From there we headed to the exquisite Chagall Museum with the biblical themed paintings; there we caught an exhibition of his monumental tapestries but also saw the mosaic by the basin and, of course, the stained-glass windows surrounding the auditorium. Before entering the museum we had lunch at a small restaurant located in the Mediterranean style garden adjacent to it where I opted for a simple salade niçoise. In the early afternoon we strolled around Vence, stopped for gas and then discovered a huge Monoprix where we shopped for herbes de Provence, calissons (those heavenly morsels typical to the area) and other goodies. We got to Les Orangers in time to take a nap and get ready for an early dinner at L’Olivier Rouge were we had walked in the first night to a closed kitchen but they had provided us with a lovely repast. That second night we were warmly welcomed and I sampled a memorable ratatouille: so simple and difficult to make with this perfect balance. The house wine was clean and crisp and the desserts were also delightful including homemade calissons as macchiato accompaniment.

Matisse's home

Our final day took us to the Maeght Foundation, the modern art museum and sculpture garden with several strong pieces by Joan Miró and Giacometti among others. It’s located on Colline de Gardettes overlooking

Saint Paul de Vence, the walled town with cobblestone streets that we visited later; it’s a fun artsy town packed with tourists, galleries and boutiques. If you take the time to locate its tiny cemetery, look for Marc Chagall’s tomb with its simple white structure where many leave their message of love written in simple stones. Time after and again I pay my respects.

Les Alpes Maritimes is an area of the French Provence I never tire to return.



SoBe Food & Wine: Cigars and Spirits – The Betsy, BLT and Cigar Aficionado

cigar event

The Location…

The Betsy hotel rooftop was a phenomenal location for this event. Located in the heart of South Beach, the Betsy Hotel exhibits a Georgian architecture style which truly exhibits a very comforting late 1940’s Frank Sinatra vibe. Its ocean views and glaring moon made this an exceptional feel for a Cigar smoking, bourbon and tequila sipping kind of night. Upon entrance we were immediately greeted and given wristbands to enter the event. The first stepping stone as I like to call it was every persons most appreciated spot, the bar. Filled with bourbon, wine and tequila, the bar offered infused drinks which were a great pairing for many of the cigars in attendance. The food was provided by BLT Steak restaurant and it consisted of delicious sushi and and delicate rib eye.


So what about them stogies? Cigars alone carry this sharp elegant image so any man smoking a cigar automatically must turn himself into a classical music loving political intellectual beard having somewhat of an asshole right? No, people here were classy, well dressed and most important respectful. The crowd was filled with laughter and fine smoke traveling through the air. There was a distinct glow on every women and a certain gentleman appeal on every man. I can genuinely say everyone looked very comfortable and happy.

Now for time for the cigars! To my recollection there was about 4 cigar stations: My Father, Montecristo, Olivia and Drew Estate Cigars. My first selection was the My Father No. 1 Robusto. This is a personal favorite of mine because it carries a nice full body, it is constructed well so the burn is even and pull is easy. This was a no brainer for me to smoke as my first sample. After I enjoyed the My Father No. 1 I headed over to Montecristo Cigars. Montecristo is a popular brand and I can respectfully say I am not to familiar with it. So I quickly asked the two young ladies for some information and was immediately guided to one of their best cigars the Espada. It is a made with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco and carries a spicy and bold taste to it. It is also one of the most decorated cigars with a very appealing label and packaging. I highly recommend it for a good afternoon smoke. Next stop, Drew Estate cigars. Now this stop was a surprise, they had a variety of cigars to offer which went from light wrapped cigars to dark wrapped cigars and for the first time in my cigar smoking life, sweet tip cigars. I went and tried their sweet tip cigar which goes by the name kuba kuba. I did taste the sweetness at the beginning and had to admit to myself this was not a cigar for me. The sweetness really took away the authenticity of how a cigar should taste like. I have come to the respectful conclusion that this cigar is not for me. Last and definitely not least is the brand that took the night, Olivia.

Olivia cigars offered two cigars, the Connecticut and the Olivia V. My favorite from the night was the Olivia V. It was a darker shade cigar with a full body that encompasses a smooth coffee flavor along with subtle spice and chocolate tones. Delicious and the cigar winner of the night!

This event was definitely a success. From the beautiful historical location to the tasteful food, infused liquor and the reputable cigar brands, this event clearly lived up to its expectations.   It was enjoyable, delightful, straightforward and most important memorable for all those experienced and rookie cigar smokers. I will definitely attend this event next year.


Clarins: a brand & philosophy.

If you see me on the street, you won’t usually see me with make-up, and I’m usually dressed rather casually.  I probably won’t come across as superficial, and I tend to be quieter.  And I doubt you’ll think my looks are too important to me, but you’ll be wrong.  Although I really don’t pay too much attention to the brands of clothes I wear or the kind of car I drive, I do care about what I ingest and what I apply to my skin.  So, imagine my delight when I was invited to the view the latest skin advancements that Clarins is rolling out for Spring.

First, let me say this company’s philosophy encompasses quality in all areas: excellence in the ingredients chosen, giving back to the world, being environmentally conscious, and practicing compassion towards its clients and employees.  Imagine that — a company that cares all around!  So, just like the foods I eat — I want to know that the products I apply originated from a positive environment, with good karma all around.

Clarins is a pioneer in anti-pollution skin care.  They actually observed the impact that pollution was having on steel buildings and thought of the impact on a woman’s delicate skin…and they created a line that includes anti-pollution components throughout “125 Clarins daytime skin care and make-up formulas”.  Now onto their Spring line

1. Total Eye Concentrate – smoothes out crow’s feet and wrinkles (starting to need it here so thank you!), reduces dark circles and puffiness (thank you so much!), and instant lifting of eyelids.  By the way, 94% of the women they tried it on were convinced within 7 days!

2.  UV Plus Anti-Pollution with SPF 50 – fights free radicals, UV rays, and pollution — I’m on board and I love the white tea and sanicle and cantaloupe melon extract!

3. The Everlasting Foundation with SPF 15 – 18 hour hold! matte finish, fights against free radicals, UV rays, pollution and it’s non-oily — lovely texture!

4. Garden Escape Spring Colour Collection –

  • beautiful array of Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector that almost act like mood rings for your lips (so yummy!),
  • a beautiful Blush Prodige, Crayon Khol in a gorgeous green,
  • (my favorite and it’s a Limited Edition!) the Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette  WET or DRY!
  • Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil — nourishing, not sticky, and love the Honey, but it’s a Limited Edition so you gotta try it
  • Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick – wonderful, natural looking shades

The prices are reasonable, a little bit goes a long way and you’re feeding your skin quality products produced with good karma in every step.

I’ll sum it up in the words of Christian Courtin-Clarins: “It is essential to think that whatever we do today, we do for the future of our children.”  I think that’s good karma from a brand that demonstrates excellence on all levels.


LUCKYRICE Festival’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

     I love this time of year for a multitude of reasons: the cooler weather, Art Basel is soon approaching, and other wonderful events begin popping up, making Miami a more electric city.

     This Saturday, November 15th, is the culinary spectacular: the LUCKYRICE Festival’s 5th Anniversary Celebration.  It is being presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East and hosted by Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, from 7:30-11PM.

After five years of increasing hype and (sold-out) popularity in NYC, LA, Vegas and SF, the nation’s preeminent celebration of Asian food and cocktail culture, known as LUCKYRICE, is returning to Miami this Saturday. Once again, LUCKYRICE will bring together renowned chefs and mixologists from Miami’s exploding culinary scene alongside international celebrity chefs to create the ultimate Asian cocktail + culinary experience.  This year’s feast will return to Miami Beach at The Raleigh Pool and Oasis, combining the best of LUCKYRICE with Asian-meets-Latino bites and globally spirited cocktails from Miami’s finest chefs and mixologists.

Participating chefs/restaurants include: Masaharu Morimoto, Barley & Swine, The Bazaar by José Andrés, The Federal, Hakkasan, Juvia, Katsuya, Khong River House, Lure Fishbar, and SUSHISAMBA  who will serve a total of 16 custom cocktails featuring BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East and other spirits.

WHAT:                  LUCKYRICE Miami Presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East
WHEN:                  Saturday, November 15 (7:30—11pm)
WHO:                    Hosted by Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto

WHERE:                The Raleigh Pool and Oasis

                              1775 Collins Ave
                              Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dress code:         Firecracker or Chili Pepper Red (suggested)


Ticket Pricing
GA: $88

The Signature Cocktail

Bombay Sapphire® East Gin

To honor the 2014 Year of the Horse, Bombay Sapphire EAST has created a signature cocktail to celebrate this year’s LUCKYRICE festivities . Infused with Thai Lemongrass and Vietnamese Black Peppercorns, Bombay Sapphire EAST is the perfect spirit to pair with each imaginative dish.

Signature ‘Year of the Horse’ Cocktail – EAST Hibuscus Buck
1.5oz Bombay Sapphire EAST
1.5oz Hibiscus Tea
1.5oz Ginger Beer
2 squeezes fresh lime.
Build all with ice in a highball glass.
Garnish with lime wedge and lemongrass stalk.


The Cocktail Menu

Asahi Beer

Asahi Super Dry
Asahi Kuronama

Bombay Sapphire® East Gin
Sapphire® East Year of the Horse: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Hibiscus Tea, Ginger Beer, Fresh Lime, Garnished with Lime Wedge and Lemongrass Stalk

Cleo South Beach
Cleo Kiss: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Lime Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Simple Syrup, Prosecco
Lotus Flower: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, St-Germain® Liqueur, Watermelon, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Sierra Mist Splash, Garnished with Watermelon Slice

Drawing Room Bar & Lounge (Albert Trummer)
Gin & Tonic From The Market: Bombay Sapphire® East, Herbal Bitters and Infused with Selected Herbs and Cucumber
Vintage Margarita: Corzo® Silver Tequila, Fresh Lime, Agave Nectar Flambeed with Saigon Cinnamon & Himalayan Salt Rim

Finka Table & Tap
Mr. Miyagi: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Pink Peppercorn & Ginger Syrup, Asian Pear Juice, Yuzu, Aloe Soda
Purple Rain: Corzo® Silver Tequila, Micro Cilantro, Spicy Hibiscus Syrup, Fresh Beet Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Kimchee Salt Rim

Hakkasan (Sarah Lawrence and Mauricio Batista)
Shenzhen: Bombay Sapphire® East, Chinese Five Spice Cordial, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Ginger Juice, Garnished with Lemon Wheel, Fresh Shaved Cinnamon and Star Anise
Chrysanthemum Kiss: D’USSE® Cognac, Koval Chrysanthemum Honey Liqueur, Mike’s Hot Honey, Lemon Juice, Garnished with Chinese Hot Mustard Powder-dusted Chinese Sausage and Antica Carpano-infused Filthy Onion

Juvia Lemonade: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Blueberry Preserve, Lemon Sour
Paloma: Corzo® Silver Tequila, Grapefruit, Lemon Sour, Pinch of Salt

The Regent Cocktail Club
Sapphire Cooler: Bombay® Sapphire East Gin, Luxardo Maraschino, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Tonic Water, Edible Flower
Le Coq: D’USSE® Cognac, Apricot Syrup, Peach Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Apricot Slice


The Tasting Menu


Azucar Ice Cream                                                                                                                                                                        Calabaza Pumpkin Ice Cream with Sriracha Five Spice Pecans

Barley & Wich
Pan Con Bistec Sandwich: Bulgogi-style Beef Tongue, Kimchi, Tomatoes, Potato Sticks, Cuban Bun
Elena Ruz Sandwich: Miso-braised Duck Legs, Fig Mustarda, Cream Cheese, Crispy Chicken Skin, Media Noche Bun

The Bazaar by José Andrés
Caprese Salad

Buns & Buns
Bourbon Glazed Pork Belly, Cabbage Slaw, Pork Chicharron, Garlic Aioli

The Federal
Finka Table & Tap
Pumpkin Duck: Roasted Kabocha Puree Topped with Pan Seared Duck, Scallion Salad, Wasabi Soy Dressing

Pan-fried Vegetable with Black Truffle Dumpling
Steamed Char Sui Bun with Chestnut

Ilios at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Stuffed Squid with Shrimp and Pork with Sot Ca Sauce

Tuna Poke Rice, Sesame Chili, Red Onions, Japanese Rice

Smoked Salmon Cone, Black Sesame Seed, Wasabi Foam

Khong River House
Thai Steak Salad with Green Papaya and Lemongrass Caramel Dressing

La Mar by Gastón Acurio
Cebiche Nikei: Tuna, Red Onions, Nori, Avocado, Daikon, Cucumber and Nikei Tamarind Leche de Tigre

Lure Fishbar
Tuna Tataki: Orange Ponzu, Crispy Shallots, Micro Arugula

Michael Mina 74
Sake Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, Dashi Poached Tokyo Turnip, Cured Ikura Roe, Nitro Caramel Popcorn

Restaurant Michael Schwartz
Lucky Rice Salad: Coconut, Lemongrass, Ginger, Chilies, Cilantro, Lime, Tomato, Sweet Pork, Crispy Shallots
Rock Shrimp Rice Balls: Red Curry, Sesame Seeds, Grilled Scallion Puree

Open Blue
Open Blue Cobia Tiradito, Wakame Seaweed, Red Onions, Jalapeño, Ponzu

Pisco Picanha Saltado: Sesame Oil & Pisco Seared Picanha, Red Onion, Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Crispy Mochi, Poached Quail Egg

Kurobuta Yaki: Japanese Giant Black Pig Chicharrón, Scallion, Shiitake Mushrooms and Bonito Flakes with Yuzu-Tofu Crema and Rocoto Jam


So come out and join me for this celebration that will delight your taste buds!  See you Saturday!





Using Reader’s Theater During Intervention…

It was the first day of Autumn yesterday! As a teacher in the primary grades, I just wanted to read a good book with my class, bring in apples and make applesauce with them, which can of course, lead to a slew of writing activities after.  However, sneaking in a Fall-related activity can induce high levels of anxiety despite the positive effect it may have on a child.

The classroom has lost much of its pizzazz due to the overwhelming amounts of protocol teachers have to follow.  A teacher needs to be resourceful and manage his or her time wisely, which is a difficult feat when adhering to strict time schedules.  I have discovered that intervention blocks allow for some creativity and some lost pizzazz.  How?  One way to bridge learning gaps in reading is using Reader’s Theater, a research-based technique, in which students can act out parts.  It can become a truly fun activity that invites one’s creativity, in addition to honing on reading comprehension, fluency, and specifically prosody.  I particularly like using this strategy with children who have emotional and or behavioral disorders because it allows them to also focus on their socialization skills while improving their reading.

So, we might not all be able to make applesauce, but we can take out the puppets and create our own classroom theater!