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Season’s Eatings

Photography by Andrea Bricco

Season’s Eatings

by Kristen Schott | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | October 21, 2011

When I think of grilled cheese, I’m reminded of my childhood. When the summer warmth would shift slowly into fall, and the occasional rainy day would call for comfort food. My mother would cook up what I thought was the end-all, be-all of yummy goodness: A thick slab of cheddar nestled between two slices of your basic wheat bread, all grilled up on a sizzling skillet. It was great—back then.

On the Lam

Photography by John Gilhooley

On the Lam

by Tina Borgatta | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | October 21, 2011

If Wing Lam’s name doesn’t ring a bell, chances are you’ll recognize his face. His style is characterized by a mane of wavy black hair and a thin 4-inch tuft of beard that lines the edge of his chin. And he’s everywhere. He’s on numerous nonprofit boards and committees, and teaches a marketing class at Concordia. And he’s the face of the wildly popular Wahoo’s Fish Taco franchise, a venture he co-founded with his brothers Mingo and Ed Lee back in 1988.

Yin Yang Fabulous

Photography by Andy Lai

Yin Yang Fabulous

by Riki Altman | Miami magazine | October 21, 2011

It’s not much of a reach to compare Barton G. Weiss to Willy Wonka. “I’m all about moving, seeing, visualizing,” says Weiss. “I’m on the extreme side.”

Varats’ Secret

Photography by Nick Garcia

Varats’ Secret

by Rebecca Kleinman | Miami magazine | October 21, 2011

With Eberjey, Cosabella and OnGossamer all headquartered in the city, Miami has randomly positioned itself as a lingerie hub in recent years. Now there’s one more name to add to that list. Relative newcomer Top Secret Society is heating up the market with its contemporary take on classics such as bandeau and sports bras.

Get Shorty

Photography by Nick Garcia

Get Shorty

by By Riki Altman | Miami magazine | October 21, 2011

William Vela is of the mindset that if you need something done, it’s best to do it yourself. That’s why when the filmmaker wanted a forum to showcase his work, he went out and created one. Vela founded the Miami Short Film Festival (MsFF), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, because, as he puts it, “it was hard to get into the festivals because there was only one or two in town. [So] we put together 10 movies, rented 50 chairs and, like, 350 people showed up.” In the process, unbeknownst to him, a Miami cultural institution was born.

Real Estate

Foreclosure, a love story

An astonishing half of California homes on the market are foreclosures—and the crisis could last a decade. But Doug Brien, a former NFL placekicker, and Colin Wiel, a software whiz with serious quant chops, have invented an assembly line for distressed... Read More »

People Pleaser

Photography by Michael Pisarri

People Pleaser

by Jen Karetnick | Miami magazine | October 21, 2011

I’ve never been a fan of the expression “Those who can’t do, teach.” For one thing, it denigrates educators, many of whom enter the profession for altruistic reasons despite its current deplorable state and sad pay scale. The phrase also assumes teachers are, first and foremost, failures at something more glamorous. Nothing is further from the truth.

The big squeeze

The city’s freakish recession spike in rents has the arty/do-gooder/do-nothing kids competing—and scrambling—for space as never before. Like James Franco in 127 Hours, they will survive. Read More »

Downtown, the new suburbia

Enough with the oppressive quiet and beauty of the hills! Read More »

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