Thursday, March 13, 2008
Style File: Sunday Soirees
The partying doesn't stop on Sundays here in South Florida. From brunch to beachside burger bashes, Seven's Belkys Nerey takes us to the newest Sunday Soirees in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- Even though Monday is right around the corner, Sundays don't have to be somber. The recently-opened Level 25 at the Conrad Hotel is taking Sunday brunch to a new level.
Chef Michael Gilligan: "You have Friday night, Saturday night, sometimes Sunday night, so we sneak in a Sunday morning to give us another party time before the work week."
For $55 you get a swank spread with anything from omelets to waffles to design-your-own risotto, but, for the money, the all-you-can-eat stone crab, oysters and sushi, really rocks.
Nancy Lugo: "I like the variety and the presentation of the food. It's all custom-made."
If you're suffering from post-party syndrome, they've even created a hangover corner.
Michael Gilligan: "It's best to take freshly squeezed papaya juice, a little bit of vodka or champagne. It gets you back feeling good again."
A band is there each week to create a relaxing vibe while you soak-in the restaurant's magnificent views.
Robert Thrailkill: "Obviously, it's the views we have. The 25th floor has spectacular views of Biscayne Bay."
Grace Lopez: "It's one of the few places you can come enjoy the view and enjoy the ambiance and enjoy the music."
The party doesn't stop there. Later in the afternoon, swing by the new Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge at the Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne for their Sunday soiree.
Lauren Lampa: "It's a bit where St. Tropez meets Miami. It's reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot and the glamour."
The vibe is a chill one. You can relax oceanfront at the tiki bar or kick back on a bed. They offer a wide range of fine champagne to sip and you can also toke away on a hookah.
Tiffany Ritter: "Relaxing at the Ritz on lounge chairs, having a nice glass of champagne, nothing is better than that."
Shar Etaat: "In a matter of half of a day, you get so relaxed. You feel like you're on a deserted island, even when there are people around."
But make no mistake about it, this bash at Dune is all about the burgers. They're all unique, like beef with a blue cheese froth or kobe sliders with foi gras.
Jordi Valles: "The Kobe beef is the best seller. It's a very soft meat we bring from Japan, and then we add foi gras on top."
Estanis Lao Fidelholtz: "We had an absolutely fabulous turkey burger with brie cheese.
With Sunday parties like these, we can't think of a better way to put off thoughts of Monday.
Belkys Nerey: "The Sunday party at Dune starts at 3 p.m. and goes until sunset. You will eventually be able to dock your boat and take a water taxi into the party."