Valeria Avirett, ISG Asia, Sales Associate
Telephone: +1 (305) 607-5938
Sales Associate - ISG Asia
Valeria is part of ISG Asia, a boutique brokerage firm and division of ISG World. She's has lived in Miami for over 20 years, and this is the city she calls home. She's lived in New York and Hong Kong, but keeps coming back to Miami. She loves the city's diversity and the quality of life the city offers.
She is personable, diligent and thorough. She knows Miami well, and it's her passion to discover and know neighborhoods inside and out. She has experience selling, renting and managing property in the areas of Coral Gables. Brickell, Coconut Grove and beyond.
After fifteen years + in media, having worked for the leading media companies such as NBC Universal, Disney Chanel, MTV Networks and others, she changed careers and hasn't look back since.
She's a well connected local. Valeria is also the Miami contributor and resident editor for LUXE City Guides. Famous around the world for their ultra-curated and in-the-know recommendations, LUXE City Guides are amongst the most popular travel apps and city guides for affluent travelers.
Valeria lives in Coral Gables with her husband and two kids. She holds a business degree from FIU and a MBA from University of Florida.
For more details - visit Valeria's LinkedIn profile here.
"Miami Spice" or Restaurant Month
One of my most favorite events of the year is Miami Spice. This legendary event is a 2-month long celebration where you can wine and dine at the most fabulous spots in Miami for either $23 (LUNCH) or $39 (DINNER). A bargain! - considering that this fab three-course meal is many times your opportunity to sample a decadent meal at some of the most coveted tables in town...
This past August and September, my top list of restaurants to visit included:
Alter. In my opinion, the best restaurant in Miami. It's all about the food. The flavors, the creativity and a local chef. Can't wait to go back.
- Not to be missed - The Faena Hotel! Faena listed both of its restos: Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann with its live fire cooking techniques and outdoor dining terrace, and Pao by Paul Qui - a delightful and posh Asian experience.
- Quinto La Huella. Brand new post by famed Uruguayan chef and housed in the hot, hot East, Miami. Beautiful people and beautiful warm decor.
- Jaya. A great reason to go to the Setai. Recently rebranded and offering solid Asian fare.
- While we are in the topic of Asian food - The best dim sum in town is at Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau. Make the trek.
- Lovely ladies luncheons can happen at the chic River Yacht Club, Marion or the green oasis Plant Food + Wine (all vegan / raw may not be the ideal date spot for a carnivore).
- If you are set on timeless classics - why not Lure Fishbar, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Cecconi's in Miami Beach.
- Are you a Lower East Side sort of guy? 27 Restaurant and Bar and KYU were solid choices in terms of urban cool and interesting flavors & cocktails.
- Wild Card - El Cielo restaurant by Juan Manuel Barrientos. I've been meaning to try it for months.
- One of Miami's longest standing chef's Cindy Hutson opened Zest earlier in the year- plentiful, savory and refreshing cuisine from the Florida & the Caribbean. I recommend it if you are ever lost in Downtown Miami.
This post originally appeared on LinkedIn on August 5, 2016.
Insider's Summer Restaurant Guide to Miami
Since Summer is here, I figure I share some of my current favorite restaurants in the city. It's time to get out and about!
There's always something new (and Miami is all about the "hottest/newest"), and these are certainly worth checking out:
Hot new Lunch spot: River Yacht Club (in the very talked about Miami River area). Great views and beautiful people.
Best evening Entertainment: El Tucan (Brickell) or Faena Follies (Miami Beach) both of which are bringing back the art of performing.
Best new Pastry Shop/Cafe: Bachour Bakery (Brickell). Very Chic (and did I mention good food).
Best and most Creative Vegan: Plant Food + Wine (Wynwood). Creative, refreshing and more fab people.
Best Asian Hot Spot: NaiYaRa (Thai, in Miami Beach). Cool and casual and more importantly, truly authentic Thai food. If you much rather hang with the locals head to Calle 8 for some of the Thai best in town: Lung Yai Thai Tapas (best for small groups, head there early, and the wait is atrocious if it rains).
If you happen to be traveling with family, my non-touristy hidden spot would be Matheson Hammock Park (where you will find us most summer weekends).
Now...start planning and enjoy the summer.
(This piece originally appeared on LinkedIn, June 21, 2016)