Wynwood: The SoHo of Miami

Art is really happening in Miami. It's bright, bold and in your face. There's a big movement of international contemporary art dramatically sweeping the city. Miami is changing and I am so lucky to be able to witness it....more

In Miami with Kids? Don't Miss Lincoln Road

 Miami Beach is a perfect destination for a family getaway. Lately, the restaurant scene has been changing dramatically, with up-and-coming chefs opening new places all over town. Miami is bringing a more sophisticated scene to that same old hotel-by-the-beach vibe that used to be the theme back in the 80s and 90s. If you're in Miami with kids, Lincoln Road is my favorite spot to bring the whole family. Located between West Avenue and Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road is a pedestrian-only promenade at the epicenter of South Beach....more

A Family Getaway to Santa Barbara, CA

My best friend from when I used to live in San Francisco, CA is a Santa Barbara native. I always thought Wendy had a very unique California hippie-chic style, so I asked her to share with me her off the beaten path destinations in Santa Barbara:...more

Interior Designer Soledad Alzaga embraces her South American Roots

From San Francisco to Mexico, Soledad Alzaga has decorated for clients with eclectic and elegant taste. This Buenos Aires-born designer relies on instinct to mix old world with new pieces to create a unique and inviting space. Soledad believes that "personal style as well as home design has to be comfortable, fit your needs and reflect your personality."...more

Argentine Filmaker Ricardo Preve: On a Quest to Eliminate the Chagas Disease

“Chagas” disease, an insect-borne parasitic disease, is common in Central and South America, with more than 8 million people affected by the illness and over 23,000 deaths from it annually. While commonplace in Latin America, Chagas disease is widely unheard of in the United States — until now. It is deadly, it is spreading quickly, and most of the world has never heard of it. “Chagas” is spread by the “vinchuca” bug's bite....more

Traveling by car with kids: A Survival Guide

My family and I really enjoy car trips - from San Francisco to LA, Fort Lauderdale to Savannah, Georgia. I just mention car trip and the kids run to their rooms to ready their backpacks. You can say I passed on my wandering gypsy genes to them....more

Hallacas: Unusual & Storied Central & South American Holiday Dish

If you're looking for traditional Central & South American food for the holiday, well here it is! Hallacas, which means "to mix" in the Guarani language, is food carefully prepared days in advance before Christmas. It dates back to the colonial times, when household servants would gather leftovers from the succulent Spanish feasts held at plantations. This resulted in a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, raisins, capers, peppers, onions and olives, all wrapped in cornmeal dough. Then it's folded within plantain leaves then tied with twine....more

TOMS Shoes: Latin Inspired Fashion Now An American Trend

I remember when the first TOMS shoes invaded the US market back in 2007. I never imagined that a traditional rustic shoe worn by Gauchos back in my home country Argentina would become such a fashion staple in the US. As a kid and teenager in Argentina, I would wear alpargatas a lot, but never thought of it as a fashion statement. Alpargatas in Argentina are worn as a comfortable work shoe, suitable to ride a horse, work with cattle, hang out at the ranch, walk dogs, feed the chickens and other types of outdoor activities....more

Wynwood: New Multicultural Art & Food Mecca in the heart of Miami

Since I moved to Miami more than a year ago, I've been longing to find a more artsy-bohemian-multicultural neighborhood, something beyond the flashy hotels and restaurant chains typical of Miami Beach. One day I was driving my car into Miami downtown, on I-95 South, and a flash of colorful edgy graffiti caught my eye. This is how I found Wynwood.Wynwood is north of Downtown Miami and Overtown, and adjacent to Edgewater. It has two major sub-districts: the Wynwood Art District in northern Wynwood, and the Wynwood Fashion District along West 5th Avenue....more

SAHMS Vs Working Moms. The New War.

I personally have been on both sides, and that’s why I don’t like it every time I see criticism or anger from one side to the other. Who is a better mom? Who has the secret to excellent parenting? Who is to blame for unfulfilled dreams? Who suffers more? Who gets more credit? It never ends. Women are constantly criticizing each other and judging each other, especially when it comes to parenting. When are we going to learn that a more community-oriented and open heart attitude will make everyone’s lives much better?...more