December is peak truffle season, so chefs are highlighting the “black diamonds” in decadent dishes.
1. AGED PARMESAN RISOTTO
The supremely creamy rice dish at RPM Italian is finished off with a flurry of truffles, which are shaved on top at the table as guests “ooh” and “aah.” $35 half, $63 full, 650 K St. NW, 202.204.4480
Just in time for the new year, Mayors gets a royal revamp from Watches of Switzerland.
Longtime Palm Beachers have a special relationship with Mayors, the watch and jewelry store found in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton. That rapport built over the years is probably never more on display than during the holidays, when grandmothers buy granddaughters special pieces and suiters pick out that one perfect ring for their soon-to-be betrothed. It’s all boxed, ribboned and bagged for the ride home. That will probably never change.
Emerald and diamond earrings featuring a 9.19-carat emeralds edged with micro pavé hung from diamonds
“We’re making Mayors more relevant for today,” says Brian Duffy, CEO of Watches of Switzerland Group. “We see a clear need to invest in stores to make them more inviting. It will be luxurious and elegant,” says Duffy—“but still comfortable.” Those not familiar with WOS, may not realize it is a beloved U.K.-based operation that owns Mappin & Webb, which holds royal warrants as jeweler to Queen Elizabeth—as in its jewelry participates in multiple royal events. For someone like Bruno Dunlop, who is the design manager at nearby Mayors Fort Lauderdale and has been known for years for his bespoke designs, that means he can work with the London-based team that regularly shows jewelry in the palace to develop even more remarkable pieces for Florida consumers.
Clients can also expect to find a broad collection of luxury Swiss watches and high jewelry pieces in the $25,000 to $500,000 price range, as well as new bridal and diamond lines in the stores. In addition, Mayors will be working with unique branded partners such as Messika to bring in one-of-a-kind pieces for clientele craving that VIP next-level dazzler.
“We loved the heritage of Mayors and see a real opportunity with the Florida consumer who appreciates this level of jewelry,” says Duffy. “I can picture the shopper now. ... He gets the beautiful Rolex, and she gets the beautiful ring, and they both walk out happy. That’s the ideal situation.” The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach; 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton
Main Image:11.4-carat diamond chandelier earrings set in 19K white gold and 2.5-carat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring with a 1.5-carat diamond halo setting in platinum
Brilliant-cut chandelier earrings in 18K white gold and 2.5-carat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring, price upon request at May
By Stephanie Davis Smith
Photos courtesy of Mayors
Just in time for the new year, Mayors gets a royal revamp from Watches of Switzerland.
South Floridians have a special relationship with Mayors, the 108-year-old watch and jewelry store sprinkled throughout town. That rapport is probably never more on display than during the holidays when grandmothers buy granddaughters special pieces, husbands purchase baubles for their spouses and suitors pick out that one perfect ring for their soon-to-be betrothed. None of that will probably ever change.
Emerald and diamond earrings handcrafted in pure platinum
Those not familiar with WOS may not realize the company is a beloved U.K.-based operation that owns Mappin & Webb, which holds royal warrants as jeweler to Queen Elizabeth—in other words, its jewelry participates in multiple royal events. For someone like Bruno Dunlop, who is the design manager at Mayors in Fort Lauderdale and has been known for years in the community for his bespoke designs, that means he can now work with the London-based team that regularly shows jewelry in the palace to develop even more remarkable pieces for Florida consumers.
Customers can now expect to find a broad collection of luxury Swiss watches and high-jewelry pieces in the $25,000-to-$500,000 price range. Bridal and diamond pieces are now in the stores in prices from $2,700 to more than $50,000. In addition, Mayors will be working with unique branded partners such as Messika to offer one-of-a-kind items for VIP clients craving that next-level dazzler.
“We love the heritage of Mayors and see a real opportunity with the Florida consumer who really appreciates this level of jewelry,” says Duffy. “I can picture [those shoppers] now... he gets the beautiful Rolex and she gets the beautiful ring, and they both walk out happy.” Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, Lincoln Road, Miami International Mall and Shops at Merrick Park
Main Image: Brilliant-cut chandelier earrings in 18K white gold and 2.5-carat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring
Holiday Lights: 5 Places to Catch the Glitter and Glow in the Valley
By Teresa K. Traverse
Think you can’t feel holiday cheer in the desert? Think again.
The snow may elude Scottsdale, but plenty of places are delivering holiday cheer. Scottsdale residents looking to get into the holiday spirit can enjoy everything from an ice skating rink in the heart of downtown Phoenix to one of the Valley’s oldest and most celebrated holiday light displays at the Desert Botanical Garden. Don your sweaters; whip up some hot cocoa; and head out on the town to discover five of the most colorful, festive light displays throughout metro Phoenix.
3. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
This luxury hotel goes all out for the holidays. Visitors can enjoy an ice skating rink, light displays throughout the grounds and a Christmas tree that boasts 70,000 LED lights that twinkle to 17 holiday songs. Guests can even book luxury rinkside fire-pit tables with s’mores and blankets. Rates vary based on availability, self parking $55, valet $85, walk-ins $25 per wristband, 7575 E. Princess Drive
Lace up your skates and get ready to take a spin on ice in the heart of downtown Phoenix at CitySkate, Arizona’s largest real outdoor ice rink. Located at CityScape, the rink’s centerpiece is a 30-foot copper Unity Tree complete with programmable LED lights that light up the night’s sky. $15, private ice skating reservations $500 per hour, 1 Washington St., Ste. 300
Drive under nearly 2 million dazzling lights, including dancing candy canes and giant fluttering snowflakes synchronized to festive tunes on FM dials as part of Illumination: Symphony of Light, which returns to North Phoenix for the second year. Illumination also has debuted a new Tempe location at Diablo Stadium. This spot features a 500-foot-long drive-thru LED light tunnel—the longest in the country. From $29 per vehicle, from $59 per bus/limo, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe; 27701 N. Black Canyon, Phoenix
Where to go for festive flavors and sips in O.C. this holiday season
1. Fall flavors are in abundance at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, where a new autumn menu comes courtesy of owner and executive chef Rich Mead. Expect a festive spin on signature farmers’ market fresh dishes like grilled pomegranate glazed swordfish with rapini, roast butternut squash, potato leek puree and pomegranate seeds.
Palm Beachers indulge in the sweet sips of an oasis with a glass (or two) of Island Company rum.
Palm Beach insiders know, the perk of stopping into Island Company on Worth Avenue is that you might be offered a complimentary taste of a rum cocktail while you shop. Island Company features upscale beach-ready attire like wearable linens and cheeky tees that read “Escapist” or “Islomaniac.” Its handcrafted rum is the perfect extension of the lifestyle brand.
Photo by Todd Eberle/Courtesy of Faena Miami Beach
From Sunday to Saturday, these seven venues offer live entertainment for a variety of tastes.
Monday: Feel fabulous at Faena The Living Room at the Faena Miami Beach is the perfect place to enjoy live music. Covered in red couches and golden light, the lounge offers a variety of delicious wines and a chic atmosphere. It’s the living room you never want (but kind of have) to leave. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.534.8800
Kō Hana Distillers and Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina have joined forces to create a culinary masterpiece perfect for the holiday season.
Men are notorious for being the most difficult people to buy gifts for, but Kō Hana Distillers is coming to the rescue this holiday with it’s new fabulous collab with Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. The partners have created “The Ultimate Rum Cake” for rum connoisseurs to sink their teeth into. Prepared by executive pastry chef Helen Hong, the cake is infused with Koho Hawaiian Agricole Rum, which is made from harvested sugarcanes.
Move over tequila and mezcal. Desert Door’s Sotol is what you want to drink now.
By Kristie Ramirez
Photo courtesy of Desert Door
A new spirit is in town.
Get this: Three outdoor-loving University of Texas McCombs School of Business students take an elective course on entrepreneurship. The former service members of the US Military cook up an idea to create a sotol distillery in the Lone Star State–Driftwood, Texas to be exact. Using West Texas grown evergreen green sotol, the trio created an organic complex spirit with earthy notes that’s just what your ho-hum holiday cocktails are asking for. Wanna drink it straight up?
Josiah Citrin has cooked up a spotless reputation in L.A.’s gourmet dining scene for over 25 years. Here, the two-starred Michelin chef and native Angeleno dishes on his new partnership, edible endeavors and more.
Have you always wanted to be a chef? What made you choose this path?
My passion for food and dream of being a chef started at an early age—I grew up around food. My mom was a caterer, and my French grandmother made all the family meals.