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CLOSING OF MUNDO IN VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK -- NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
As MUNDO at Village of Merrick Park drew its last breath, the James Beard Foundation informed Chef Norman Van Aken that NORMAN'S in Coral Gables had been selected amongst the final five for the "Best Restaurant in America" along with Boulevard in San Francisco, Montrachet in New York, Everest in Chicago and Galatoire's in New Orleans.
FREE JAZZ AL FRESCO AT MOSAICO RESTAURANT
Mosaico Restaurant announces free Jazz Saturdays on the terrace. The Sonido Batido Jazz Quartet performs weekly from 9:00 p.m. until midnight at 1111 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. Call (305) 3471-3473 for reservations.
OASIS BEACH CLUB OFFERS LUXURY SERVICES AND AL FRESCO DINING AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI
A new sushi bar, private spa cabanas, beach butlers and custom-programmed iPods with an extensive music library complement the outdoor allure of the Oasis Beach Club, a man-made 20,000-square-foot private white sand beach overlooking Biscayne Bay with comfortable day beds and sleek lounge furniture, an infinity-edge swimming pool and jacuzzi, and an outdoor jogging path circling the island of Brickell Key.
The menu features in season Florida Stone Crab Claws, Peruvian Style Grouper Ceviche, Hawaiian Style Tuna Poke, Miami Lobster Roll and selections of panini grilled sandwiches, sushi and salads. Guests can enjoy pampering spa experiences al fresco, inside a private cabana or outdoor with massages for singles and couples such as Aromatherapy, Traditional Thai or Mandarin Stone Therapy. For children there are yoga classes on the beach, afternoon picnics and sand-castle making. Oasis Beach Club is open daily. Mandarin Oriental Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. 305-913 8383
A RISING STAR: CHEF MICHAEL BLOISE OF WISH AT THE HOTEL, SOUTH BEACH
Michael Bloise (29), the executive chef at Wish at The (Tiffany) Hotel in South Beach since December 2003, has been chosen as a “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality magazine, one of the country’s leading restaurant trade publications. Half-Italian, half-Vietnamese, his cuisine reflects both influences. Chef Bloise was recently tapped by PBS national for a guest chef spot for an upcoming The Restaurant-meets-Survivor reality show, Cookin’ Under Fire, set to air summer 2005. Wish at The Hotel, 801 Collins Avenue, South Beach. (305) 674-9474. www.wishrestaurant.com