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Elsa Pataky

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Fort Lauderdale Gondolas 1109 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (877) 9-ANCHOR Fort Lauderdale coined itself the 'Venice of America' back in the 1950s when promoting its Festamare celebration. With more than 300 miles of navigable waterways in Greater Fort Lauderdale, the city's nickname isn't that farfetched. Today, alongside Stork's Café off Las Olas, visitors can hitch a ride aboard an authentic gondola equipped with their own personal Gondolier. The gondoliers are excellent storytellers and knowledgeable of Fort Lauderdale and the history of the gondola, making excellent guides for a quiet ride through Fort Lauderdale's canals. To top off your Venice experience, guests can enjoy espresso, cappuccino, or a glass of wine while taking in the scenery of their gondola excursion. ML Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami (305) 913-8254 miami/dining/azul When it comes to fine dining in Miami, Azul, at the Mandarin Hotel, has earned its rank at the top with a superior offering across the board, from it atmosphere and décor to its service and menu. Chef Clay Conley delivers an eclectically inspired menu of international dishes with Argentine, American, Asian, French, and Caribbean flavors. Notable plates include: "A Study in Tuna," Yogurt Marinated Swordfish, and Moroccan-Inspired Lamb. For wine connoisseurs, Azul boasts an impressive list of 700 labels picked by sommelier Cynthia Betancourt, and service at Azul is five-star. The intimate ambiance at Azul provides the perfect setting for indulging in a lavish meal with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Morikami Museum 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach (561) 495-0233 Sitting on 188.5 acres of land in west Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens offers guests a journey to Asia, close to home. The property encompasses beautiful, authentic Japanese-style gardens, a restaurant, a tea house, a 225-seat theater, and a museum. Housed in a building named the Yamato-kan, resembling a Japanese villa, the museum features rotating exhibitions in its galleries. Through Morikami's permanent collection and several private collectors' contributions, guests can study the history of the Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community in South Florida 100 years ago. Morikami's restaurant, the Cornell Cafe, conveniently serves a tasty menu of Pan-Asian cuisine. Lobby Nightclub 700 S Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach (561) 651-1110 Located in downtown West Palm Beach, Lobby brings a glimpse of South Beach to the Palm Beaches. Formerly Resort Nightclub, Lobby was unveiled in 2008 after the completion of an expansive renovation to the entire venue. The new look boasts a sophisticated ambiance for those looking to avoid the I- 95 hike to Miami's famed club land. In Lobby's front room, rock memorabilia including vintage guitars and portraits of legends such as Jimmy Hendrix adorn the walls above a fifteen-foot stage where A-list guests retreat for exclusive bottle service. Entering the main room, the experience shifts to a chic atmosphere with high ceilings accented by white linen draping above the VIP section that's the focal point of the room. MIAMI LIVING 35 KNOWLEDGE "A" Report Card In addition to stunning beaches and beautiful people, the Magic City is home to a number of special spots, good deeds, and inspiring attempts. If you know of people, places, and events worthy of note, email us: Words by Eric Haley 1 2 3 4

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