IUC Exclusive: RIP Jackie Collins; IUC Travel: Beachcraft and Fire&Ice!!!
Jackie Collins made a difference in the world. She leaves a lasting legacy. The sheer force of her writing, incredible stamina and infectious personality will be missed forever. She was renowned for her literary explorations of steamy Hollywood fiction long before 50 Shades came on the scene. Back in 2002, Jackie nominated my book Bad&Beautiful as book of the year in an article she penned for the Mail on Sunday. The most shocked person was myself. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine a person of Jackie’s stature and success would read one of my books, let alone nominate it for book of the year. I sent her flowers and kept in touch with her over the years. Without Jackie’s endorsement. I don’t think I would have lasted in this cutthroat biz. Jackie exuded grace and gravity. Jackie, there will never be another you. RIP!!!!!
IUC Travel: The new 1Hotel in South Beach looks incredible. After undergoing a 200 million buck renovation the place is once again hopping. On Saturday night I chowed down at Beachcraft, Tom Colicchio’s stunning, always fresh food seaside grill. Colin, one of the managers, was most gracious and accurate with his menu suggestions. Organic bubbly, fresh fish, a skirt steak that was next to none and incredible desert made this a true culinary experience. The side dish of corn was mouth watering. Next time you’re in South Beach this place is a must!
After Beechcraft I Ubered a few blocks south to the recently opened Fire&Ice, Miami’s impressive first Ice Vodka bar and breathtaking lounge that recently opened. The vibe at Fire&Ice was off the charts as bartenders mixed up killer cocktails to a very cool crowd. If you’re a barfly who craves watching mixologists perform their acrobatics behind the bar, this place is for you! Having been to several ice bars around the world, I have no doubt that this unique concept will be a roaring hit in Miami for many years to come. Fire&Ice is certainly at the top of the list of this season’s bar openings in South Beach.