Ana Mantica

Correspondent

  • Miami, Florida, USA

Ana Mantica is a correspondent who lives in Coral Gables, Fla., and covers South Florida for Forbes Travel Guide. After working on staff at various magazines in New York City, the Miami native returned home and is taking advantage of the area’s sun and outdoor fun, arts, culture and dining, especially the Latin flavor. A few of Mantica’s favorite destinations are Florida’s Marco Island, Levanto, Italy, and Kauai, Hawaii. She writes about lifestyle, health, wellness, fitness and nutrition, and has been published in Self, Fitness, Prevention, Eating Well and Cosmo for Latinas

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  • On January 2, 2014
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    How do I get a reservation at Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina?

    You can make a reservation at Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina on the restaurant’s website (http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/bsmi.php) where you can select your desired date, time and enter the size of your party. If you prefer to make a reservation by phone, you can also call the upscale Florida steakhouse at (786) 279-6600. It is a good idea to make reservations for dining at Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina at least two weeks in advance, since the restaurant is one of the most popular dining destinations in the South Florida area. A private dining room for special events, receptions or formal sit-down dinners is also available along with special menus and can be reserved by calling the restaurant.
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    When is Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina open?

    The acclaimed Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina, part of the iconic chef’s signature steakhouse family, serves dinner nightly in its main dining area. A separate menu is available in its chic bar and lounge.

    Dinner is offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. As one of South Florida’s most popular restaurants and steakhouses, dinner reservations are sought after and strongly recommended.

    Private dining for large groups and special events is also available seven days a week in the Miami restaurant's two dedicated private spaces. 
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    Where is Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina located?

    Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura (http://www.cityofaventura.com/‎), an exclusive enclave in North Miami Beach, Florida. The upscale classic American steakhouse meets modern twist is led by celebrity chef Michael Mina and is situated inside the regal Turnberry Isle Miami, a Mediterranean-style world-class resort. Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina is ideally located across the street from the renowned Aventura Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in the area, and is only a half-hour drive and easily accessible from both the Miami (18 miles north of Miami International Airport) and Ft. Lauderdale (12 miles south of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) areas.
  • On January 2, 2014
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    Where is Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina located?

    Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura (http://www.cityofaventura.com/‎), an exclusive enclave in North Miami Beach, Florida. The upscale classic American steakhouse meets modern twist is led by celebrity chef Michael Mina and is situated inside the regal Turnberry Isle Miami, a Mediterranean-style world-class resort. Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina is ideally located across the street from the renowned Aventura Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in the area, and is only a half-hour drive and easily accessible from both the Miami (18 miles north of Miami International Airport) and Ft. Lauderdale (12 miles south of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) areas.
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    What are the best parks in Miami?

    Escape the crowds of the city and revel in the best of Miami’s natural beauty at one of these amazing parks.

    Everglades National Park
    At over one million acres, Everglades National Park is the largest protected subtropical wilderness in the world. There is something for everyone here—air boating in the wetlands, biking through the trails in Shark Valley, canoeing, off-roading in Big Cypress, camping, and rare alligator, crocodile, and even Florida Panther sightings.

    Matheson Hammock Park – Miami
    With its ‘wild and natural beauty’ as described by the park’s founder – William J. Matheson – this other-worldly yet peaceful haven gives visitors a place to explore lush forests of mangroves, dip in an atoll pool or stroll along a tranquil beach. Nature trails and bike trails also weave through the park. For boaters, the Matheson Hammock Marina is a prime spot for docking.

    South Pointe Park – Miami Beach
    For those already in Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers a nearby escape.  The 17-acre urban green space features a kids area, dog park, picnic pavilions, fitness courses, observation towers, and boardwalk for strolling. It also offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Downtown Miami, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne
    A short ten-minute drive from Downtown Miami is Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park. With over 400 acres, visitors have ample green space to sunbath, swim, and picnic, as well as bike, kayak, and fish. The park is also home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Overnight camping is also allowed in No Name Harbor.

    Crandon Park – Key Biscayne
    Crandon Park covers 808 acres worth of the island of Key Biscayne, and offers visitors a unique breathtaking playground for exploring, relaxing, and fun alike. For the adventure-seekers, the park offers eco-adventures and kite-board and kayak rentals. For the nature-lovers, there are bird and butterfly walks, historical nature walks, and nature trails. And, for beach-goers, there is a peaceful sandy beach.

  • On July 28, 2013
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    What are the best parks in Miami?

    Escape the crowds of the city and revel in the best of Miami’s natural beauty at one of these amazing parks.

    Everglades National Park
    At over one million acres, Everglades National Park is the largest protected subtropical wilderness in the world. There is something for everyone here—air boating in the wetlands, biking through the trails in Shark Valley, canoeing, off-roading in Big Cypress, camping, and rare alligator, crocodile, and even Florida Panther sightings.

    Matheson Hammock Park – Miami
    With its ‘wild and natural beauty’ as described by the park’s founder – William J. Matheson – this other-worldly yet peaceful haven gives visitors a place to explore lush forests of mangroves, dip in an atoll pool or stroll along a tranquil beach. Nature trails and bike trails also weave through the park. For boaters, the Matheson Hammock Marina is a prime spot for docking.

    South Pointe Park – Miami Beach
    For those already in Miami Beach, South Pointe Park offers a nearby escape.  The 17-acre urban green space features a kids area, dog park, picnic pavilions, fitness courses, observation towers, and boardwalk for strolling. It also offers panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island, Downtown Miami, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Key Biscayne
    A short ten-minute drive from Downtown Miami is Bill Bags Cape Florida State Park. With over 400 acres, visitors have ample green space to sunbath, swim, and picnic, as well as bike, kayak, and fish. The park is also home to a historic lighthouse built in 1825, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Overnight camping is also allowed in No Name Harbor.

    Crandon Park – Key Biscayne
    Crandon Park covers 808 acres worth of the island of Key Biscayne, and offers visitors a unique breathtaking playground for exploring, relaxing, and fun alike. For the adventure-seekers, the park offers eco-adventures and kite-board and kayak rentals. For the nature-lovers, there are bird and butterfly walks, historical nature walks, and nature trails. And, for beach-goers, there is a peaceful sandy beach.

  • On July 28, 2013
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    What are the best spas in Miami?

    Everyone wants to look and feel their best in Miami, and the city’s spas are the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and restore. Here, three of the area’s best star-rated luxury spas offering unique experiences for all everyone.

    The Ritz-Carlton South Beach – Miami Beach
    The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s offerings include everything from Swedish, Shiatsu and deep tissue massages to stone therapy, elite La Maison de Beaute Carita beauty treatments to pre- and post-party therapies and after-sun therapies, all perfect for beautification, pampering and restoration for South Beach goers. The new Rhythm Massage also uses Latin-inspired music and draws on the Miami culture for an energizing experience. The spa features 14 treatment rooms, luxurious lounges, a full-service salon and two couple’s suites.

    The Mandarin Oriental Miami – Downtown Miami
    This destination spa for locals and visitors alike offers an indulgent experience overlooking the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The Mandarin Oriental spa’s distinctive approach includes innovative and restorative treatments that are inspired by the life elements hailing from the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, Balinese, Chinese, European and Thai cultures. Guests can take advantage of 11 spa treatment rooms with six VIP suites and a beauty treatment suite that has an anti-aging CACI Ultra machine and Oxygen machine. The spa also features a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor yoga classes and Thai Chi, and beauty salon services. 

    Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles
    The ESPA spa at Acqualina, which is located in nearby Sunny Isles between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, provides European-like service with traditional and tailor-made beauty and wellness programs, all designed with a holistic focus. Treatments range from chakra balancing with hot stones to holistic foot and nail treatments, and all are complemented by essential oils and products from organic ingredients. A majestic Roman waterfall in the spa’s private pool, Finnish sauna and shower and large crystal enhance the spa’s splendor and relaxing experience.
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What are the best day trips near Miami?

    With plenty of amazing places to see in and around South Florida, while you are in Miami, take a advantage of one of the many great close by attractions just a quick hop, skip away from the city.

    Everglades National Park
    The adventurous can take a walk on the wild side at the famous Everglades National Park, the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. The 1.5 million-acre area, home to numerous rare and endangered species, is located about an hour outside of Miami. You can tour by car, canoe, kayak, bike, or tram. Or, take an airboat ride in the swampy and catch a glimpse of alligators. Be sure to sink your teeth into a plate of the area’s signature fried gator bites and burgers.

    The Bahamas
    A Caribbean island adventure awaits in close by Bahamas. Take a cruise to the tropical paradise. The Balearia Bahamas Express also offers one-day trips to Freeport and Nassau, departing from Port Everglades. You can rent a scooter, take a bike tour, or a Jeep tour to see the sites, or soak in some rays on a quiet, secluded beach.

    The Florida Keys
    To escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the crowded beaches, take a visit to the Florida Keys, which is about a 3- or 4-hour drive, depending on where you stop on the 113-mile-long chain of 45 islands. Relax in this beautiful, laid-back locale—with a margarita in hand.

    Biscayne National Park
    Nature lovers will enjoy Biscayne National Park, a one-of-a-kind 300-square-mile park where you will find the world’s third-largest reef and mangrove forests. You can explore by foot, canoe, or take a glass-bottom boat tour for some of the best-reef viewing and snorkeling in the U.S.

    Theme Parks in Orlando
    Kids, and kids at heart, will not be able to resist taking a trip to the Magic Kingdom or one of the other theme parks in the area, such as Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. Disney World is about a four-drive away and you can the most of your day (or two) with a park-hopper ticket to see all of the parks. Also nearby are Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, and waterparks, as well as great shopping and nightlife in the Downtown Disney area.

    Space Coast
    For a fun, educational trip, check out the Space Coast, about a 4-hour drive from Miami. The Kennedy Space Center is the biggest and main attraction. There is also a federally-protected wildlife refuge. Along the coast, you can find some of the area’s best turtle watching. Also nearby, you can catch great waves at Cocoa Beach.
  • On July 15, 2013
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    What are the best things to do on Lincoln Road in Miami?

    Arguably one of the best places to shop, the pedestrian-friendly Lincoln Road Mall, located between Alton Road and Washington Avenue, is home to a plethora of sidewalk restaurants and sidewalk cafes, high-end boutiques and retail shops, and cultural venues and galleries. Make a day of it starting with a tempting pastry at Paul’s bakery for breakfast. Then enjoy shopping at stores like CB2, Desigual, Madewell and local couture boutiques like Astoria. For lunch, go for a gourmet slice at Spris or a quick bite at The Café at Books & Books. Later, catch a movie at the South Beach 18 cinema, and after drop by The Frieze Ice Cream for a refreshing sorbet or Serendipity 3 for a decadent dessert. Walk around and take in the sights, like Frank Gehry’s radically designed symphony hall, the New World Center—and of course, the attractive, fashionably dressed crowd. Come dinner time, choose from a range of mouthwatering bites at some of the area’s premier restaurants, such as Juvia, Yuca, or Altamar or any of the many delicious trattorias. Afterwards, stop in an art gallery or for a nightcap at the Clevelander or Segafredo L’Originale to cap off your evening.
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    What are the best things to do in the Miami Design District?

    The Miami Design District has transformed into a vibrant area with a lively arts and culture home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, stores, and antique dealers, as well as fashion coutre, rich architecture, modern design, and delicious dining—and this fascinating area is continuing to grow. For shoppers, there is an eclectic mix of artisanal shops and high-end names like Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, and Cartier. There are also multiple galleries where art-lovers will find everything from modern furniture designs to fine art photography and works by innovative emerging artists. Look for free monthly Art & Design night held in the evenings on the second Saturdays of the month. Foodies can also savor unique eats from a variety of restaurants. In December, locals and visitors flock to the famous Art Basel exhibition.
  • On July 12, 2013
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    Where is the best Art Deco architecture in Miami?

    South Beach is home to some of Miami’s most beautiful beaches and architectural landmarks, and in particular Art Deco. After the 1926 hurricane leveled the city, rebuilding focused on the Art Deco style of the times, and today there are over 800 Art Deco buildings in the area. Here are five of Miami’s best Art Deco structures.

    The Webster
    Designed by master architect Henry Houser in 1939, the Webster’s ornate details, symmetrical shape and geometric composition, emblazoned with neon, now holds high-end fashion boutiques with women’s and men’s coutre. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee or bubbly in the lobby.

    Jerry’s Famous Deli
    Jerry’s Famous Deli takes is influenced in a streamlined, nautical style of Art Deco. Also designed by Houser, the building has a curved front with decorative porthole-esque shapes. First named Hoffman’s Cafeteria, it was also once the China Club, then the famous Warsaw Ballroom, and is again an eatery. The food is also good.

    The Breakwater
    At night, the Breakwater’s bright neon tower bearing its name can be seen down Ocean Drive. A 1936 resort hotel by Anton Skislewicz, the building design emphasizes strong lines and symmetry.

    The McAlpin
    A widely photographed building, the McAlpin, which was designed by the world-renowned L. Murray Dixon, boasts a symmetrical design with pastel pinks and turquoise blues, with three windows and lines that form a face in the front.

    Bass Museum
    The Bass Museum was designed by Russel Pancoast and built in the 1930s to house the Miami Beach Public Library and Arts Center. The building is covered in fossilized paleolithic coral, which contributes to the buildings texture and aging appearance, and the bas reliefs over the main entrance depict various figures from pelicans to Florida’s conquest by the Spanish.
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    What are the best beaches in Miami?

    Miami's beaches are a must-see and do for all visitors, and there are miles and miles of golden, sandy beaches waiting for you. 

    Along Ocean Drive on South Beach, Lummus Park Beach offers a lively scene, beautiful beach area, and plenty of good restaurants, bars, and cafés nearby. Quaint, quiet, and beautiful, Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Beach is the ideal beach spot for families with an array of activities for children nearby, including a playground, the Biscayne Nature Center, and Crandon Park Gardens. On the southern top of Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs State Park, home to the Cape Florida Lighthouse, and where you can find bike rentals and nature trails, picnic and grilling spots, and a seawall for fishing. Virginia Key, also on Key Biscayne, offers a picturesque, quiet escape. On the way to Key Biscayne is Hobie Beach, known as a hot-spot for wind-surfers. Haulover Beach is one of the few clothing-optional beaches in the area. Nearby, Bal Harbour Beach offers a more family-friendly atmosphere, and is a good spot for fishing, surfers, and shell hunters alike.