This weekend’s highlights include a yummy addition to Miami’s Delano hotel, a fresh retail adventure in London and a curious outdoor installation at our favourite train line turned park in New York.
1 FOOD: MIAMI
—Bianca Restaurant at Delano
Miami’s landmark Delano hotel recently welcomed the launch of Bianca, an Italian-inspired restaurant featuring local ingredients. Among chef Brian Massie’s signature dishes are wood-grilled langoustines prepared with Amalfi lemons and truffle agnolotti and fresh pasta served in a Parmesan sauce and topped with Piedmont truffles. We recommend dropping into the FDR bar for drinks before dinner.
1685 Collins Avenue. Open daily for breakfast and lunch 7.00-16.00. Dinner: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 19.00-23.00. Tues, Fri, Sat 19.00-24.00
2 RETAIL: LONDON
—Nancy Gonzalez at Harrods
Colombian designer Nancy Gonzalez is proving the global reach of her luxury bags and leather accessories with a brand new stand in Harrods. The “shop-in-shop” is the perfect partnership of brands, with Gonzalez’s inventive use of exotic skins fitting perfectly in Harrods’ decadent Egyptian room. This selection of signature clutches, totes, satchels, small accessories as well as a travel collection is the largest presentation of Gonzalez in Europe.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00-20.00; Sunday 11:30-18.00
3 ART: NEW YORK
—Charles Mary Kubricht: Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation
Explore the intersection of camouflage and art 30 feet in the air this weekend at the High Line. Charles Mary Kubricht is the latest artist to take on the elevated public park that was originally a railway line built in the 1930s. Texas artist Kubricht has painted three storage containers in black and white patterns inspired by the same camouflage techniques used by ships in the First World War. The large-scale outdoor work is based on the “dazzle” concept, pioneered by American naturalist Abbott Handerson Thayer.
Located between West 30th and West 34th Streets. Open daily from 7.00-19.00
4 FESTIVAL: LONDON
Take an adventure and visit the underground vaults of the Old Vic Tunnels, where the Vault culture festival is taking place for the next three weeks. Every Thursday to Sunday until 26 February the tunnels underneath Waterloo Station will be hosting various events ranging from theatre plays and film screenings to live music and dance (including a special late night of cabaret on Sunday). Of course, there are also late night themed parties. Don’t miss the Itchy Feet dance party this Saturday mixing funk, rock’n’roll and reggae.
Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road. Open Thursday-Sunday 15.00-late. Ticket prices start from £5. Until 26 February
5 MUSIC: GLOBAL
—Hooded Fang: Tosta Mista
Canada does collectives very well. After bands like the loose and rabble-rousing Broken Social Scene and straight up stadium fillers Arcade Fire, who both disguised their core hit-making units as shambolic collectives, comes Hooded Fang. The sometime four, five or six-piece from Toronto make garage pop sitting somewhere between those two crews. It’s messy enough to sound spontaneous, yet catchy enough to assume any mistakes were well thought-out disasters. They’ll be playing a couple of live dates in London on 11 and 14 February at the Barfly and Madame JoJo’s. With a new album Tosta Mista out in March.
The Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Road. Madame JoJo’s 8-10 Brewer Street