Mionetto Launches Prosecco Rosé DOC


On Thursday, March 4th, Worthy Magazine had the chance to taste delectable bites by Cecconi’s executive chef Massimiliano Eandi and listened to some amazing information about the refreshing and sparkling Mionetto Rosé from Freixnet.

USA CEO Enore Ceola was a delight and walked us through a delicious three course dinner which included Branzino and Tiramisu as a sweet. The sparkling wine pairs perfectly with these delights and is the perfect spring or summer rosé. Definitely Worthy Approved!”

Following the approval of Prosecco Rosé DOC production by the Prosecco DOC Consortium in May 2020, the Mionetto team, led by winemaker Alessio del Savio, immediately began blending trials, taste testing, and finally, production. The result is a fresh, balanced, and lively Prosecco Rosé that both satisfies the DOC requirements and will exceed consumer expectations.“Mionetto Prosecco Rosé DOC has all the hallmarks of a Mionetto Prosecco – it’s fresh, fruity, and above all, impeccably balanced,” says Alessio del Savio, Winemaker of Mionetto.

A blend of 90% Glera and 10% Pinot Nero, the grapes undergo soft pressing and are left to macerate with the skins for several days, imparting a pink peach blossom color. “The final wine is redolent of red berries, grapefruit, and honey. It’s incredibly easy to delight in, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.” Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in Valdobbiadene, the heart of the Prosecco region, Mionetto is a producer steeped in Italian heritage that has consistently worked to advance the quality and prevalence of Prosecco in the U.S. and worldwide.

The bottle retails at around $15. Make sure to follow them on Instagram at @mionettoproseccousa.

Funky buddha’s Refreshing seltzErs


Worthy Magazine had the chance to taste the Floridian Funky Buddha Hard Seltzers, and the result was truly refreshing!

Now available at stores and at the Fort Lauderdale Oakland Park brewery, with an unbeatable focus on flavor and quality ingredients, Funky Buddha’s new Premium Hard Seltzers are available in four vibrant, natural flavors: Tropical Mango GuavaLush Key Lime CherryJuicy Blood Orange, and Crisp Pink Grapefruit. The refreshing and lightly boozy beverages boast only 90 Funkin’ calories, one gram of carbohydrate, and zero grams of sugar. All four flavors bring out the true essence of Florida’s beaches and tropical climate in each 12oz slim can. Funky Buddha’s master brewers included natural flavors synonymous with the Sunshine State like key lime, mango, grapefruit, guava, and blood orange.

Us at Worthy highly recommend the seltzers, perfect for Florida holiday gatherings and a sip under the hot Florida sun. At about $18.99 a pack, it’s truly worth it.

The Curious Case of ‘Yeezy’


Image: Instagram post by YEEZY MAFIA

I have revised this opinion piece several times. You see, I haven’t written anything in quite some time. Not for lack of inspiration, but a lack of words for the way fashion is evolving so quickly. Back when I was a young, starry-eyed fashionista, nothing was more important than watching the runway shows. My friend Dominique and I would eagerly await whatever show we could find online. The moments are always a special thing for us. Two young and black creatives sharing in a love of something people from our hometown didn’t understand. Though we weren’t there, we were immersed in the atmosphere. Watching the shows gave us a window into a world we understood so clearly but hadn’t been invited into.

Gathered around a laptop or whatever device we could get our hands on, we’d fawn over that featured designer, moments before a show. We knew if we were watching Galliano at Dior to expect chiffons and silks in every color you could dream. Alber Elbaz (of Lanvin fame) would serve you a femme-fatale look worthy of any Bond woman. It was in these moments Dominique and I knew what shows would be worthy of our attention and which should fall by the way-side. Keep in mind that most of these houses are over a century old.

Not every collection is a slay. Nevertheless, the anticipation of something new, whether recycled or innovative, was explicit. Here I am after a self-imposed exile from fashion looking for that same stir of emotion I once couldn’t live without. In turning my eyes to the current barrage of offerings, one new contender stood out the most: “Yeezy”. I could talk about the atmosphere of the show and how kinetic the room was (for the record I wasn’t there darling but technology.) I could go on about the hype surrounding the show. I could do all those things but my attention is on the collection… This Yeezy Fall ‘20 RTW seems to follow a minimalist aesthetic the budding designer seems to take with all of his collections. Now in that aspect there is no need to panic. Many designers (including one of my faves Jil Sanders) find themselves with a concept and run it into the ground. Even before the first model came down the runway, I had my reservations.

 Creativity is something Mr. West has in spades. His early music, amassed all of us from different walks of ‘The Culture.’ Kanye West is hands down the reason men in fashion push the envelope when it comes to style. Much like Rihanna, he created fashion moments garnered around his different album releases. He went from “Preparatory Cool” with his first two albums, an 80’s vibe with “808’s and Heartbreak” then full on luxe with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”. Here we are now in his era of minimalism and I’m wondering where exactly is the off-ramp? All of what came down the runway looked incomplete. Models sashayed down the catwalk in some kind of lop-sided muslin sports bras tank top mash up. There were puffer coats in what appears to be some wash reminiscent of faded clothes from your local Goodwill. That’s no shade at thrifting because we all do it. With the puffer coats however, the shapes are irregular and settle oddly against the frame. If that was the intention, bravo…you are now a disproportionate snow man. For some reason, Ye decided women want to release their inner Yeti and wear it outwardly as a trouser. The answer is “No.”  Even if you do decide you HAVE to have these pants, if you could tell me a place you’d actually want to be seen in them then maybe I could reconsider. Strangely enough there weren’t many clothing layers for this to be a Fall show. Ten of the nineteen looks had no sleeves or anything in the way of covering. What sleeves we did get were on a white judo top which isn’t bad but the overall look gave me “Hospital Scrub Realness”. Speaking of hospital, the star of the show were what appears to be hospital beds disguised as a slippers. Past season seem to have an affinity for highly coveted footwear and currently these Serta memory foam slippers are staying course…. I do understand that maybe I just don’t get it. I don’t profess to know everything fashion oriented. Maybe there is a new wave that I don’t see yet. Maybe this will be the look five years from now and I’ll eat my words. Maybe I am absolutely wrong about all this. But currently in this year of 2020, on this late night that I write this, it’s a hard “No” from me. It’s not to say I don’t think there could ever be a collection of Yeezy that doesn’t blow me away. Kanye is still finding his footing. Here we are seven collections in and I’m still waiting on the point. I’d like to add that I don’t want to hear about how it sells out. If you are producing limited quantities and sending them to select stores, of course they will sell out…. In this era of 24/7 celebrity, Yeezy makes sense. It is a world curated for him and by him. It is a world where he can’t be wrong simply because he is the creator. His shows are used to keep hype around his brand and his wife, not for fashion consumers. I think about those days with Dominique and how palpable these shows were even from a computer screen. I think about the butterflies I could feel i my stomach and the excitement that left my mouth once a look made its way. Here I am looking for something to move me; something I can feel. If this is the “future of fashion” as Mr. West touts, I’ll stay in my self-imposed exile.

Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery Kicks off National Tour in South Florida at the Boca Raton Museum of Art


From March 24 – June 14 South Florida residents will be able to see the “selfie exhibit” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Here is a sneak peek at some of the featured artists and more info on the highly -anticipated exhibit

The show was created to commemorate the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary, celebrating the artists who make the NPG Collection so extraordinary.

Eye to I brings together the work of major artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and kicks off its national tour at the Boca Raton Museum of Art with an indelible gallery experience sure to fascinate contemporary audiences. The powerful works are from every decade, starting in 1901 and continuing through 2015.

This traveling exhibition is different from the Smithsonian show that was previously on view in Washington, DC – all of the works on paper are new and were chosen especially for the national tour, as are several of the paintings.
“These artists looked inward in ways we can connect with in our modern time. They created a lasting mirror effect for future audiences that most of them could not have foreseen,” said Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. 

Eye to I showcases 60 works in a variety of styles and media ranging from caricatures to photographs, from colorful watercolors to dramatic paintings and time-based media. 
The exhibition traces the process, from gazing into the mirror to looking into the camera; from painted and drawn surfaces to mechanical reproductions such as prints and photographs; from static forms to video.

Chosen as the cover for the exhibition catalogue, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons used her own body to map out feelings of translocation from place to place. The bilingual title is in half-Spanish and means When I am not Here, I am There

James A. Porter founded the field of African American art history. He chaired Howard University’s Art Department and directed the university’s art gallery from 1953 until his death in 1970. 
He studied in France, Cuba, and Haiti and traveled in West Africa, Egypt, and Brazil. These trips abroad impacted his work, including his self- portrait which conveys the influence of Parisian artists.

Mirror, Mirror; Mulatta Seeking Inner Negress II by Alison Saar. Woodcut on chine-collé (2015). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
 “These artists steered self-portraiture away from the traditional poses of the past into new realms of self-reflection. Their self-depictions cut across time through multiple pathways of creating art that ring true today,” adds Irvin Lippman.

Worthy Book Pick of the Month: The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert


Seeking a diverse and great novel? This is our worthy pick for March 2020!

Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert’s debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.

Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta’s best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can’t understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.

Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.

When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic, they team up to figure out exactly who’s behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.

Staycation Recommendation


A staycation is always a good idea if you ask us. Editor, professor and teacher Aurora Dominguez shares her current recommendation for South Florida Residents.

It’s Spring, and the perfect time to drive to Hollywood for a staycation. The city glimmers with unique experiences, but nothing compares to the offerings at The Diplomat Beach Resort. Below are the top five reasons you should visit and some amazing spring deals, curated by the resort itself. Have some Spring fun.

1.       You don’t have to leave the property if you don’t want to – Nestled between the aquamarine shores of the Atlantic Ocean and the peaceful Intracoastal Waterway, The Diplomat Beach Resort caters to those looking for seamless travel and boasts spacious, beach-y guest rooms, two sun-drenched pools, a glittering, ultramodern spa and eight culinary concepts. For those that do want to explore, the property stands at the very heart of Hollywood, FL and makes local experiences effortless with easy access to key destinations.

2.       Something for everyone – Adult, family-friendly, and all-encompassing, this destination resort is offering a special Destination Family Package that you can book HERE  with rates from $349. Package Includes: kids eat free with up to two children ages 12 & under with one accompanying adult entrée from the kids’ menu at Playa & Point Royal, complimentary two hour daily access to Kids’ Club, 20% off spa services, complimentary Candy & Cones welcome amenity, complimentary self-parking (includes one car per room, and waived daily resort fee).

3.       Amenities – Alleviate stress through a sensory Diplomat Spa + Wellnessexperience. Inspired by the elements and natural surroundings of the Atlantic oceanfront, the luxurious spa offers an extensive treatment menu, complimentary daily fitness programs, a Wellness Market Place, a revitalized waterfront sanctuary, and a Chrysalis for healing lifestyle rituals to happen.

4.      “Centerpiece of South Florida” Top Culinary Destination Resort (for locals and travelers alike)-  The Diplomat Restaurant Group boasts award-winning culinary concepts helmed by celebrity chefs for guests to choose from.  Finish off the day with a delicious modern Japanese dinner atMonkitail with the contemporary take of the classic izakaya menu curated by famed Michael Schulson.  Indulge in an indoor-outdoor Coastal American restaurant with modern seafood dishes and raw bar at Point Royal by Geoffrey Zakarian.

Craving something else? Take your senses for a ride over to the luxury boutique steakhouseDiplomat Prime helmed by SOBEWFF “Best of the Best 2020” chef, Rashaad Abdool. Select from dry-aged steaks and local seasonal seafood dishes.

While the night is still young, stop by The Hotel Bar and experience a global drink menu and travel around the world with cocktail creations, like the Guiltless Margarita or Hollywood Spice – sure to take you on a journey like never before!

5.The Diplomat Kids’ Club – Kids ages 4 – 12 can join in open play activities and become epic explorers, tap into their artistic side as they paint, draw or sculpt with a craft counselor. Fun abounds in the kids’ water park or in the gaming room including, Wii & X-Box games, computer stations for ages 7 – 12, along with a separate imaginative area for smaller kids ages 4 – 6.  Fill their days with oceanside adventures, new friends and the freedom to explore!

Thank you Tara Ink for the amazing Diplomat deals and we hope you all take advantage of them!

Trust Your Gut


(BPT) – We’re often told when we can’t make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there’s a healthy reason to do so.

Gut health is about more than just healthy digestion. It’s linked to your immunity and overall well-being.

That’s because below your belt lies a sophisticated system of organs powered by a community of beneficial bacteria called the microbiome. Your stomach, pancreas and liver, driven by the mighty microbiome, aids in digestion as it breaks down food, absorbs nutrients and extracts energy that fuels us every day.

Maintaining the right balance of microbes in your gut not only helps digestion, it can be a powerful ally in keeping those New Year wellness resolutions.

Support a healthy gut with these simple tips.

  1. Keep moving

Regular exercise can stimulate your digestive, metabolic and immune systems, arming your body with the protection it needs to fight off bad bacteria.

  1. Fiber up

Add dietary fiber, complex carbs, and plant proteins to your diet by increasing your intake of whole fruits, vegetables, and grains like oatmeal. These foods deliver nutrients that work naturally with your body to keep your digestive system in balance.

  1. Pack a probiotic

Probiotics are composed of helpful bacteria to help support immunity and healthy digestion. We usually think of bacteria as something that can cause disease, but probiotics are the good bacteria that can be very effective in keeping your gut healthy.

Nutrilite™ Balance Within™ Probiotic is a once-a-day foundational supplement. It fills the nutritional gaps in your diet with probiotics you need to support gut health on-the-go.

“With convenient packaging, designed to be quickly sprinkled on the tongue, on cold food or in a cold beverage, this probiotic helps your body maintain a balance of good bacteria in the gut while promoting immunity and aiding your body’s natural defenses,” said Kristin Morris, a senior research scientist with Nutrilite, the world’s #1 selling vitamin, supplement and minerals brand.

  1. Do a gut check

How can you be sure your probiotics product is delivering the benefits you need? According to Morris, what matters most is knowing what strains are included in the product and that there’s clinical support for those digestive and immune benefits.

“It’s less about the actual quantity of probiotics than having the right level of probiotics,” she said. “Nutrilite Balance Within Probiotic was designed with the right balance of the right strains at the right levels for digestion and immune health.”

Nutrilite Balance Within Probiotic goes through an extensive traceability process to ensure the product’s safety, purity and effectiveness. Check out Nutrilite’s traceability website to see how the full process works.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Lands in Dania Beach


“We are thrilled to be a part of the brand new Dania Pointe,” said Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants CEO and Founder, Tim McEnery. “We believe that food and wine bring people together and build lasting connections. We are looking forward to being a pillar of the Dania Beach community.”

Cooper’s Hawk is taking over South Florida with another location, this time at the Dania Point complex in Dania Beach. The concept blends restaurant, Napa-style tasting room, and artisanal retail market to create a unique dining experience. 

“We are thrilled to be a part of the brand new Dania Pointe,” said Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants CEO and Founder, Tim McEnery. “We believe that food and wine bring people together and build lasting connections. We are looking forward to being a pillar of the Dania Beach community.”

To pop things off, Tim McEnery led the signature uncorking ceremony by popping the cork of the brand’s Blanc de Blanc to bring good luck. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Dania Beach Mayor Lori Lewellen, Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce President Pat Chukerman, and other notables. 

Inspired by the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge lasting connections, the upscale casual American menu features flatbreads, handcrafted risotto options, create your own surf and turf, burgers and sandwiches, salads, and desserts that are made daily in-house. Each dish on the menu is listed with a bin number, guiding guests to their selection’s perfect wine pairing.

The Dania Pointe location opened to the public on January 27th and is the 11th Cooper’s Hawk to open in Florida. Other South Florida locations include Pembroke Pines, Doral, Coconut Creek, and Palm Beach Gardens, bringing the total count to 42 across the country for the award-winning restaurant chain. 

Located off Interstate 95 north of Stirling Road, the large mixed-use development that will also feature a hotel, apartments, a bowling alley, and businesses such as Brandsmart, Ulta Cosmetics, and Starbucks. 

Ritz Carlton South Beach Reopens


$90 Million and Over 2 Years Later – The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is Finally Open

Located in the Art Deco Historic District on the intersection of Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road, no part of the iconic hotel was left untouched. 

“Today, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – a treasure in the brand’s portfolio and in Miami – returns better than ever with a distinctive design transformation that melds modern touches with the building’s beloved Art Deco design,” said Sase Gjorsovski, General Manager of the resort. 

After careful consideration of Miami’s rich culture, award-winning interior architect Cristian Rubio breathed new life into the 376 guestrooms and suites. Through exquisitely designed furnishings and custom millwork, a distinctive and vibrant ambiance was created for guests. 

 “A relatively new city, Miami’s unique culture has been translated into the hotel with both depth of design and whimsical details that allow guests a feeling of being in the city without having to leave their rooms,” said Cristian Rubio.

Renovations at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach include the all-new ‘20s and ‘30s-inspired Lapidus Bar offering vintage cocktails and live music and the oceanfront DiLido Beach Club serving Greek, French, and Spanish cuisine. There was also a refresh to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, and updates to their 10,000-square-foot ballroom, along with an additional 11 separate meeting and event spaces. 

The most exciting part of the facelift is the new hotel restaurant, Fuego y Mar, a Latin American and Caribbean culinary experience that is sure to tantalize even the most discerning palates. French-born Executive Chef Anthony LePape was previously with the hotel before the remodel at the former Bistro One LR. He rejoins at the helm of the new main restaurant, along with 30% of the former staff that the hotel had to lay off in 2017 due to Hurricane Irma. 

With all the changes brought by the floor-to-ceiling remodel of the property, the new lobby pays homage to the original design. Infused with modern touches to bring The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach into 2020, the nostalgia of the vibrant hotel we loved is still there. 

Chinese New Year Celebration at the 5-Star Mandarin Oriental


On January 25th, Chinese New Year celebrations around the world will usher in the Year of the Rat. Also known as the Lunar New Year, the holiday was traditionally a time to honor ancestors and deities. And while some still do, most use it as a time for Chinese families to gather together. It has also brought in a wave of restaurants offering everything from lucky cocktails to drum ceremonies.  

Nobody is doing it quite as big like the Mandarin Oriental, Miami a five-star rated hotel which is rolling out a 10-day long celebration. 

“In honor of the hotel’s Asian heritage, we are thrilled to welcome the Lunar New Year with lively and unique Year of the Metal Rat programming. From beautiful red lanterns to a delectable dim sum to a colorful lion dance, our guests will be immersed in festivities that celebrate new beginnings and good fortune,” said Robert Lowe, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

As guests enter the lobby, they will gaze upon over 100 red lanterns and a giant lucky kumquat tree, where they will be able to hang a traditional red envelope that the hotel will provide. The red envelopes symbolize good luck and are usually filled with money and given to children. Festivities range from unforgettable dining experiences, including a new exquisite Dim Sum at MO Bar + Lounge, to a colorful Chinese Lion Dance performance and unique Spa treatments including an “Escape the Rat Race” tension-busting massage inspired by traditional Oriental therapies to treat stress-holding areas. 

Mandarin Oriental, located in the heart of Brickell, is sure to serve up an elevated Chinese New Year celebration that will undoubtedly delight all of the senses. Festivities will happen through February 3rd, and for more information, you can visit www.mandarinoriental.com.