Secret Garden

  Back in the day, Coconut Grove was home to several tired chain restaurants and a few locally owned and operated bistros. In the last year, there has been a gourmet renaissance and the Grove has become a food mecca. One of the latest offerings is Glass & Vine, which opened in March. The chef,

7 Questions with Dr. James Dugan

Pinecrest Veterinary Hospital 1 Why did you decide to become a veterinarian? I think like most veterinarians, it began with a love for animals. I worked in veterinary clinics when I was in high school and college, and I volunteered with wildlife rescue organizations. Those experiences convinced me that veterinary medicine was the path for me.

7 Questions with Mitchell Panter

1 You went to law school at the University of Miami. How did that shape you into the attorney you are today? By attending law school at UM, I formed lasting relationships with others who have gone on to become successful attorneys, state and federal judges, co-counsels, referring attorneys and friends. I am celebrating my 30th

7 Questions with Peter Miller

Professional fisherman and host of “Bass2Billfish” on NBC Sports   1 How did your professional fishing career begin? My professional fishing career started in 1990, the year I graduated from the University of Miami. I entered local fishing tournaments, then ventured to St. Thomas, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. After graduation,

7 Questions with Oliver Diez

Palmetto Elementary Music Teacher 1 How did your musical career get started?I learned right away that I enjoyed the stage very much, be it performing with a group, dancing or acting. I began playing the saxophone in seventh grade and continued all through high school in the marching, symphonic and jazz bands. By my senior year,

7 Questions with Sam Danon

Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP 1 How did your legal career get started? I began my legal career with a clerkship with the Honorable Kevin Michael Moore. I knew my strengths were the ability to communicate with people and the ability to analyze issues; combined with an interest in the business world, that’s what led me

Gastropub Tap 42 Comes to Coral Gables

Fort Lauderdale’s hip gastropub, Tap 42, is set to open its Coral Gables location this month. The new spot will boast a unique craft beer bar and innovative food options in addition to the staple menu items from the Fort Lauderdale location. It will still offer the same Tap 42 specials that make the Fort

7 Questions with Alex Rodriguez-Roig

1. You have been the president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade for 12 years. Tell us how you became involved with BGC and the positions you’ve held? I truly believe in helping less fortunate children by providing them with hope, freedom and opportunities. I came to the U.S. from Cuba at the age

7 Questions with Jim Couper

Photo by William Kuan Photography, courtesy of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum   1 You were one of the first faculty members at Florida International University when the campus opened in 1972. What brought you to Miami and specifically FIU? I was in Miami before FIU was created. I came here in 1963 via Florida

7 Questions with Armando Ibanez

1 How did your automotive career get started?  I came into it as a means to an end. In order to put myself through school, I worked and soon ran a small restaurant where I learned the “ins and outs” in hopes of opening my own someday. I was studying accounting and I saw an ad

7 Questions with Ike Seamans

1 How did your journalism career get started?  It was in the Army. I was a young second lieutenant infantry officer in Germany and somehow wound up being assigned as a public affairs officer for a major command in Stuttgart that was of interest to American TV networks and publications. I had no experience or training

7 Questions with Ellen Book

1 How did your library career get started? In my teens, I had a part-time job as a shelver at the Hollywood Branch Library. I felt so at home. The combination of organization, research, creativity and helping the public hands-on was a perfect fit. When I left for college, I knew that librarianship was my future.