My 305 Style: Shannon Allen

Shannon AllenA basketball wife, mom, actor, and TV producer, this stylish Miamian has added restauranteur to her resume. Here’s a rundown of where the co-owner of new South Miami organic restaurant Grown likes to eat, shop, play and chill.

THE SEXY “For lingerie, bridal-shower gifts, a new swimsuit and beach wrap, or Tocca & Voluspa candles, my must-visit shop is Eberjey in South Miami.” Tocca Bianca body wash, $18. Eberjey, 7209 SW 57th Court, South Miami; 305-763-8455; eberjey.

THE SHIRT “My favorite Miami-based store for gifts, for an energetic pick-me-up, or to window-shop with our daughter, Tierra, is PeaceLoveWorld. I love their clothing so much that we decided to do a ‘Grown x PeaceLoveWorld’ collaboration with adorable, food-related apparel to sell at the restaurant!” $42. PeaceLoveWorld, 225 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-5120; peaceloveworld.com.

THE BITE “Besides Grown, of course, my favorite place to eat is Earls Kitchen & Bar. While we were buiding Grown, our ‘core four’ team ate at Earls every week. The general manager, Nes, and his team are extraordinary, and the food is delicious. I definitely recommend trying the crospy Cambodian shrimp or chicken tacos.” Earls Kitchen + Bar, 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami; 305-667-1786; earls.ca.

Read the rest at Miami Indulge magazine.

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A Celebration on the Coast

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Back in April, Jack and I got engaged and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.

To celebrate, Tatiana Lora of the Ritz Carlton kindly invited Jack and I to dine at the Fort Lauderdale hotel’s new restaurant, Burlock Coast. Open since November, I met her for breakfast there once and was eager to see how their dinner menu fared.

Walking in, the restaurant is nautical themed without the obvious anchors and netting. Instead, the bar stools are woven with dark wood, light orbs hang overhead, and the carpet pattern is reminiscent of ocean waves. The staff is dressed neatly in chambray.

Jack and I opted to dine al fresco, as the restaurant is directly across the street from Fort Lauderdale Beach and we could watch the sun set and the tide come in. The night started out with great news — since it was Tuesday, happy hour prices were in effect from 6 to 10 p.m.! As someone with a later work shift, this was welcome news.

Starting with a dish of fried oysters, Chef Gavin Pera prepared a barrage of menu tastings. He has a flair for presentation, pairing many dishes with sauces packaged in squeeze tubes. Next came greens with candied kumquat, tuna tartar, black grouper, steak, and pasta.

Finally, for dessert we were treated to a sampling of three desserts — including my favorite key lime pie — with “congratulations” written in chocolate.

Whether you’re local or making a trip into Broward County, I highly recommend stopping by Burlock Coast. Not only do they have an impressive line up  at the bar, but the restaurant also features a marketplace of rums and high-end cooking ingredients. Also, the makes an effort to purchase its food from local farms and fisheries, so not only are you shopping local, but freshness is guaranteed.

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach, One N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460