The Devil's Double

The Devil's Double is based on the autobiography of Latif Yahia, who was forced to become the body double of Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday Hussein in the '80s. Besides some graphic torture scenes and gratuitous blood-gushing and gut-spilling, I really enjoyed it. It's violent and gritty and sexy and has been acclaimed as "The Scarface of Arabia."

Dominic Cooper gives a fantastic dual performance. Very Jekyll and Hyde. On one side is the psychotic, spoiled, sadistic son of Saddam Hussein and on the other an innocent, good guy forced to do the devil's bidding. (I wonder if he gets paid double for playing two roles.)

Google Offers

Groupon. Livingsocial. Now Google is finally jumping on the Daily Deal bandwagon with Google Offers.

The site is currently in beta testing and is offering discounted deals on places to eat, shop, stay and play in NYC, Portland, Oakland/East Bay and San Francisco.

Many more major cities are being added soon, so sign up to receive Offers when they become available in your area.

According to Mashable, Google Offers will be powered by Google Checkout. It also includes Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Google Buzz and e-mail sharing options. Google famously tried to buy Groupon for $6 billion just a few months ago in order to bolster its local advertising business. Groupon rejected the offer though and is instead preparing for a $15 billion IPO.

Women In Cages

Photographer Jordan Michael Zuniga debuted his latest series Women in Cages at a VIP cocktail reception at Cafeina in Wynwood earlier this month. The series features nine nude portraits of Miami's most prominent female figures including Brooke Hogan, Tracy Mourning, Ines Rivero, Elaine Lancaster, Heather Davis, Ivette Naranjo, Katrina Campins, Michelle Pooch, Pachi Lake and Tara Solomon.

Eighty percent of the proceeds from sales of the photographs of the ladies crammed into tiny cages are donated directly to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The series is part of PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign and raises awareness about cruelty to animals.

The exhibition is on display at Cafeina from August 12 through September 10, 2011.

Lapis | A Little Bit Of Everything

Good news, fellow spa-goers! Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau is extending their Miami Spa Month specials through the month of September to help you survive the last of the Summer heat.

I recommend the three treatment package which includes a 30 minute mineral soak and scrub, a 25 minute facial and a pedicure for $99.

You'll start with a few minutes in the eucalyptus steam room. An attendant will then lead you to the mineral soaking tubs. The water is hot and brimming with bubbles. She'll pour in a cup of mineral salts before you immerse yourself.

A New Vision for Philanthropic Fashion

You’ve most likely heard of Blake Mycoskie’s now famous philanthropic footwear endeavor, TOMS, a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. The company has donated over 1,000,000 pairs of shoes to children in 23 countries around the world including Guatemala, Haiti, China and Ethiopia.

The next chapter in charitable fashion is TOMS eyewear. With every pair of sunglasses purchased, TOMS will give sight to a person in need by providing either medical service, prescription glasses or sight-saving surgery. The idea was born when Blake & his team visited Nepal and learned that the sight-impairments of people living in poverty are often preventable or curable.

Soap & Glory Returns to the States

It was a sad, sad day when those pretty, witty pink packages were yanked off Target shelves a year ago, never to be restocked again. Why?

According to S&G, “Unfortunately, and despite its very best efforts… [Target] was simply unable to keep enough Soap & Glory stock on the shelves. Customers were continually frustrated, Target cupboards were bare, a backlash was building and so…“We really had no real choice but to break up with them."

No more Sexy MotherPucker™. No more Scrub of Your Life™. No more Glow Job™.

Fret not, fellow Yanks! Next month, all your favorite face, body and beauty products will be available at Sephora stores and are already able to be purchased online at Sephora.com.

The Kama Movement

Kama is the new women-only workout movement seducing the nation. A combination of Yoga, Pilates and sensual dance, this workout targets and tones your pelvic core including common female fat zones; the lower abs, hips, butt and thighs. It also works your internal muscles used for sexual pleasure and childbirth.

Kama was co-created in 2009 by dancer and runner-up Miss Canada, Halyna Skrypnyk and physician/author/fitness enthusiast, Dr. Melissa Hershberg, creator of the Hershberg Diet and the Rebel Diet.

There are two different kinds of Kama classes. Kama Sensual™, a slow yet intense workout where the mood is set with dim light and soft music. Kama Cardio™ is a high-energy, dynamic, dance-based workout that will get your heart pumping. KAMA Sensual™ group classes are currently offered at several Crunch Gym locations and a DVD series is in production.

Get Ready For Grub Hub in Miami

Grub Hub has found a way to wrangle all your local delivery options under one URL. Kind of like digital, culinary cowboys. Now you don’t have to search the wide open web when you want the food to come to you.

Grub Hub is basically a restaurant aggregator and database. The service started in Chicago a few years ago and has expanded to several other cities, with Miami being one of its latest endeavors. The service is 100% free to use and they even have a free iPhone app that you can download to order food any time, anywhere.

The Vegetarian's Guide to Miami Spice

We all love Miami Spice for making our city's most expensive restaurants a little more accessible. But, it doesn't matter how cheap the food is if you can't eat it because the majority of the entrees include meat. Skip the steakhouses and check out the best multi-course vegetarian meals Miami has to offer.
Click on restaurant name for complete Miami Spice menu & info.

The Dining Room
[Appetizer] Beet and Beet’s golden and red beets, watercress, marcona almonds, goat cheese, black pepper, marshmallows
[Entree] Sweet Potatoes Gnocchi mushrooms, brown butter, sage, lemon zest, aged gouda
[Dessert] Coffee Tres Leches vanilla orange segments, mandarin foam, chocolate sauce

RIP Planking

Planking is officially Passé. It’s pretty much an unspoken rule that once a meme is embraced or even understood by your Grandparents, it’s over. (Looking at you, Hugh Hefner and Richard Simmons.) True, trendsetting hipsters have moved on to more evolved forms of esoteric photography like Leisure Diving, Horsemaning and Owling.