Monthly Archives: June 2019

Grove Stand: Profiling Chef Niven Patel of Miami’s Ghee Indian Kitchen

Niven Patel is a conundrum. On one hand, his history has elements of a traditional Indian immigrant’s  story. And on the other, what he’s managed to do feels new and disruptive. His family is from Gujarat, India’s westernmost state. In the mid-1970s, along with so many other Indians, they migrated to the United States, shoring […]

A One-On-One Interview with Emmy Award–winning Actor Tony Hale

You know him best as Gary and Buster, his characters in Veep and Arrested Development. But two-time Emmy Award–winning actor Tony Hale, 48, began his acting career on a small stage in his hometown of Tallahassee, where he moved with his family when he was in seventh grade. Despite both of his long-running, wildly successful […]

The Slice: Summer 2019

SEAS THE DAY Stay Salty Florida, with more than 215,000 organic Instagram followers, has captured the soul of Florida tourism with images of perfect lighthouses, iconic lifeguard stations and serene beaches since 2014. Chris Chiavarelli began the feed because he felt that Florida needed better representation across social media. While he tries not to favor […]

A Sneak Peek at Author Prissy Elrod’s New Book, Chasing Ordinary

A still-healing widow reignites an old flame on a trip that would change her life forever.

Flamingle: Top Five Wellness Experts in Florida

Susie EllisHealth Nut  From her long career in the spa industry to her passion for wellness, Ellis is recognized as an authority on health trends. She began her career in the spa industry in the 1970s in California, moved to Palm Beach in 1994 to manage the spa at Mar-a-Lago and now lives in Miami. […]

A Gastro Safari Exploring the Best Restaurants in Tampa

Early on it was wishful thinking, frankly misguided optimism. And for a while it was a kind of plucky civic boosterism by Tampa Bay restaurant titans like Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia and Maryann Ferenc of Mise en Place. And now it is just stone-cold true.  Tampa Bay is a restaurant destination, making dozens of […]

Inside the Studio with Mural Artist Erica Group

Erica Group, a sunshiny 30-year-old, giggles that she can’t fit into her favorite painting jeans anymore. The prolific artist is on the brink of having her first baby, and even her comfy old Levi’s, spattered like a Jackson Pollock with years of paint, need to adjust to the momentous event. Her baby’s arrival coincides with […]

Bird’s Eye View: Deep in the Heart of Tampa

Penelope T This well-curated women’s clothing boutique is a secret weapon for South Tampa’s best-dressed set. 3310 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. Bern’s Steak House Known for its James Beard Award–winning wine cellar and sophisticated menu, this fine-dining spot is a Tampa icon. 1208 S. Howard Ave. Hyde Park Village Anchored by live oaks and a fountain, the shopping […]

Made in FLA: Happy Trails

When Joe Valesko was preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail 14 years ago, he couldn’t find any gear that he liked. His solution? To make his own, despite having little to no background in product design. After hours at the sewing machine, the upstate New York native succeeded in creating a tarp system and a […]