My Perfect Day - Lee Schrager

SOBEWFF founder Lee Schrager shares with U his Perfect Day in Miami...

How do you start your day?

I’m an early riser, and train three times a week at 6am. I usually shoot off a few emails first thing in the morning about things that came to mind overnight, and read The New York Times.

Leisurely lunch go to?

On a nice day, when the humidity is on the lower end in Miami, I enjoy sitting outside at Mandolin in the Design District. And of course, the iconic Joe’s on South Beach when stone crabs are in season.

Favourite way to pass the time in Miami?

Enjoying the outdoor oasis we’ve created at our home in Coral Gables with The Browns – what we call our Old English Sheepdog and French Briard.

Favourite Miami landmarks, and why?

A newer addition to downtown, the Perez Art Museum Miami – not only is it a beautiful addition to the skyline, it’s also a great symbol of the city’s rich cultural offerings. I’m also always drawn to the beautiful grounds of the historic Biltmore Hotel, Miami – Coral Gables. It’s lush landscaping and sprawling property is the epitome of luxury, and the perfect spot to enjoy a classic afternoon tea service or elegant dinner at Palme d’Or.

Tipple of choice and favourite cocktail hangouts?

There are so many great places to grab a good cocktail in Miami, and I tend to lean toward classics like a great spritz or glass of rosé. I like the brand new patio area at Swan in the Design District or the Tree of Life lounge area at the Faena on Miami Beach.

Favourite dining destinations, and why?

I travel often, so there are really just so many to choose from. Colombia has a really rich culinary scene, and I also enjoy the classic bistros throughout Paris or the exceedingly fresh cuisine in Israel. Back home in Miami, I’m a regular face at Fabio Trabocchi’s new Fiola located in my neighborhood of Coral Gables – which has a booming dining scene – as well as La Petite Maison in Brickell and The Surf Club Restaurant by Chef Thomas Keller .

Final stop for a nightcap, and why?

The Living Room bar at Faena on Miami Beach, which often has live evening entertainment.

Rest hangover remedy?

It’s been quite some time since I’ve imbibed enough to be in that position, but a classic Cuban breakfast at Puerto Sagua or Havana Harry’s is a good go-to. Or just a solid greasy breakfast at an old-school spot like Jimmy’s EastSide Diner.

Where next on your travels?

Another one of my favorite dining destinations – returning to Tuscany for the holidays and then off to Belize in March and Turkey in May.

Lee Brian Schrager is the Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC.  Widely recognized for his creation of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals, which have raised more than $39 million to date for charity, Schrager is also a regular contributor for Ocean Drive magazine, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Board of Directors for Food Bank For New York City, as well as a judge for Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list and Celebrated Living’s annual Platinum List Awards.  

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