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Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!
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Miami is the most delicious city in the country this weekend, as some of the nation's best chefs and chef-lebrities are in our own backyard for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Between the smorgasbord of delectable demonstrations and mini tastings, the word "hunger" will be the last thing on your verbal repertoire, but at some point, you're going to need a quick hiatus from washing down those Kobe beef sliders with 2009 selections from Napa. Here we've compiled a list of shops to check out once you wobble away from your beachside culinary affairs.
If you managed to score a ticket to the Grand Tasting Village, you'll have a day's worth of cooking demos and talks by the likes of Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray, Jose Andres and Anthony Bordain, not to mention a heated competition between Miami Heat players Shane Battier and Chris Bosh. There's a basket full of local restaurants catering, so whether you munch out at Mercadito's booth or pop in some sushi from Katsuya you'll leave stomach-happy. [Image Via Facebook]
Atrium (1931 Collins Avenue) is known for its extensive selection of denim, from J Brand to Adriano Goldschmied, however you can walk out with an entire weeks worth of outfits here, from your daytime getup to your nightlife attire. Browse through their shelves of Alexander McQueen bags, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and ogle at the myriad of other brands they have in stock. [Image Via Google]
Ok, so it's not exactly on Collins, but Perfect Gifts (1516 Washington Avenue) is a store that even the guys in your group will want to pop into. It's jam-packed with gag gifts, toys, home fragrances and more. It's the kind of novelty store that you'll actually want to shop for thoughtful presents in, so you don't have to leave with a bag full of tacky keychains. [Image Via Facebook]
If you need an immediate reprieve from the heat outside in the tents, then duck into the Delano (1685 Collins Avenue) and check out Base. The store is dedicated mostly to beachwear, however don't let that fool you; you can find wordy Zoey Karrsen and heart-filled Comme Des Garcons tees there as well. They have a great selection of bracelets, necklaces and sunglasses, not to mention sun care products, because no one wants to look like the lobster they're biting into. [Image Via Base]
Violet & Grace (1901 Collins Avenue) may be small, however it's an essential boutique if you're looking for fine jewelry from up-and-coming brands. Located inside of the Shore Club, it's a great, intimate shop to escape the hustle and bustle on Collins. Hopefully, you'll walk out with a few golden-hued gems. [Image Via Violet & Grace]