DAILY BITES
Chef Paula da Silva Offers New Seasonal Dishes at 1500º

Chef Paula da Silva of 1500º in the Eden Roc has been one South Florida chef who has been on the forefront of the farm-to-table concept since the restaurant opened a few years ago. Bringing diners the freshest and most local products available, Chef Paula also has a way of blending these ingredients in ways that can sometimes surprise and at other times conjure memories of enjoying grandma’s (or abuela’s) comfort food. There always seems to be an innovative twist to everything she puts on the menu, and this innovation has garnered the attention of Esquire magazine in 2011, which named 1500º one of the best new restaurants in America that year. Ever since then, we have been enjoying some of her menu staples like a perfectly roasted half chicken, meltingly tender pork belly tacos, and perhaps one of the silkiest octopus tentacles to be had in Miami. Last month, Chef Paula introduced some new seasonal items to the menu that continue to demonstrate her ability to expertly source and prepare local produce, as well as showing off some new techniques and new ingredients.

HOW-TO
Dudes Only: Esquire's Cookbook Just for Men

For some men cooking dinner involves a roasting pan and a spice rack, but sometimes they need a manly dose of cooking to really beef them up. Esquire food editor Ryan D'Agostino is here to provide that with his unapologetically male-centric "Eat Like a Man" cookbook.

It’s D'Agostino's repertoire of perfect recipes, essays on how food figures into the moments that define a man’s life, and all the useful kitchen points every man needs to know. He employed the help of chef friends Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and Michael White, who shortlisted a selection of recipes for the man who loves to eat, read, dream and cook food. Amongst the golden nuggets of foodie knowledge the book features a definitive step-by-step, do's and don’ts guide to hosting a dinner party.

IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY
'Sexiest Woman Alive' Minka Kelly Turns 31

Actress Minka Kelly definitely has a lot to be happy about. Not only was she named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive last October, she also has a thriving career, not to mention she's dating Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

Beauty, success, a hot man...no wonder Leighton Meester wanted Minka all to herself in The Roommate.

She has appeared on guest spots on television as well as lead roles in NBC's Friday Night Lights and will be co-starring on ABC's new nadaptation of Charlie's Angel in the fall. As for film, the star, in addition to others, was featured in (500) Days of Summer, starred in The Roommate, and appeared alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Evan Rachel Wood Is Into Boys... And Girls!

She was briefly engaged to Marilyn Manson and dated Shane West and Edward Norton, but the public is unaware that the Mildred Pierce actress is also into girls.

"I'm into anything,'" she tells Esquire magazine for its latest issue. "Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl..."

Yes, Mrs. Wood also dates woman. And what is she like in a same-sex relationship? "I'm more kind of like the guy when it comes to [dating] girls. I'm the dominant one … I'm opening the doors. I'm buying dinner. Yeah, I'm romantic."

"I think I'm a little controversial," she says. "I just try and keep some mystery, so hopefully people can't really put their finger on it."

INDUSTRY NEWS
Liam Neeson Opens Up About His Wife's Death

Tony-winning actress Natasha Richardson passed away two years ago, in a night of March 2009 after a skiing accident. She died after she fell into a coma as a result of a brain hemorrhage sustained during the fall.

In an exclusive interview given to Esquire Magazine, Liam Neeson opens up about his tragic loss.

"I walked into the emergency [room] -- it's like seventy, eighty people, broken arms, black eyes, all that -- and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me. Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I've come all this way, and they won't let me see her. And I'm looking past them, starting to push -- I'm like, 'F**k, I know my wife's back there someplace.'' he told the magazine.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Sexiest Woman Alive

Esquire magazine names actress Minka Kelly as the Sexiest Woman Alive. Minka who? For those who don't know Kelly could have been seen on Friday Night Lights and the more recent television show Parenthood. Baseball fans know her better as Derek Jeter's girlfriend and rumored fiance though.

BLAKE LIVELY
Blake's Leather-tastic Ways

Upon the return of the Gossip Girl crew to New York City, Blake Lively's stylist must have had cruel intentions for her appearance on set. Is it really a crime to don leather against leather against leather? Leather leggings, leather boots, and leather gloves. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention her divine navy trench that looked stuffed to capacity with - well, let's guess - perhaps leather? Oop!