Sublime is oh so sublime

A few weeks ago, I had to write a feature story for my Advanced PR class. I decided to write about one of my favorite resturants, Sublime Restaurant & Bar. It isn't a "typical" feature story, but I figured I'd share it.



Actress Marilu Henner calls Sublime her favorite restaurant in the world; Alec Baldwin tells people they just might see him there and Pamela Anderson held her 40th birthday party there. But Sublime is not just another trendy Hollywood restaurant. In fact, it isn’t in Hollywood at all.

To visit Sublime, you will have to travel all the way to the other coast, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But what makes Sublime so special?  The bright atmosphere with cascading window waterfalls, skylights, Italian glass tiles, an open-hearth oven, and exotic trees that are reminiscent of a tropical rainforest are a good start, but the tasteful decor is just the tip of the iceberg. What makes Sublime truly special is the very thing that all restaurants strive to be known for, the food. Sublime has a 100 percent vegan menu that is entirely cholesterol-free.

Nanci Alexander, the owner of Sublime, has been a longtime animal rights activist. In 1989, she founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) and has been volunteering as president since. She has been recognized by national and local organizations for her work on behalf of animals. Sublime is a continuation of that hard work. 

According to Nanci, “Animal agriculture today represents the world's greatest source of animal cruelty, and the most significant step any individual can take to reduce this abuse is to move to a plant-based diet. The goal of Sublime is to show that plant-based food can indeed be sublime."

Sublime, by definition is, of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe; John Lenhard, who is the head chef at Sublime, works hard to live up to that standard. The menu goes beyond the typical vegetarian dishes and caters to meat-eaters.

According to Lenhard, “Sublime is a vegan restaurant, but people are not coming for the vegan food. They are coming because of the restaurant's reputation for having a superior dining experience. We have to have food that appeals to everyone.”

One of the ways he is able to accomplish that is by using a product called Gardein, a soy protein product made in various shapes and textures to make different dishes. This gives John the ability to make things like Sublime Picatta. While typical picatta is made with chicken or beef, Sublime’s version is made with a gardein cutlet and served with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach in a lemon-caper sauce -- a meatless dish that has the closest thing to chicken possible, without being chicken.

Whether a devout vegan, an experimenting vegetarian, an Animal Rights Activist, or just a plain foodie. Sublime Restaurant and bar will provide an experience that matches its namesake.


Success Defined

In high school, I was the kid who was obsessed with numbers and letters. I had to get A’s on everything. I had to have a high GPA. Success was quantifiable; it was measurable. It was something tangible where I could say, “I did well on this and I can prove it.” 

That started to change a couple of years ago. I’m not sure how or why, but eventually, I realized that success is not defined by those things and it can’t always be measured. 

Today, I see success as all of those moments between the milestones. The little things that we sometimes forget. Success is no longer defined by the question of, “what I you achieve.” Instead, I look at success and ask myself these questions: 1. Did I learn anything from this experience?; and 2. Am I happy with the person that I am at the end of the experience?” - I truly believe that personal growth is the only true measure of success, and by that definition, I am very happy with my professional and academic path so far.

When I enrolled in FIU, I chose Public Relations as my area of study, not knowing if that was what I wanted to do. But almost two years and a successful internship later, I can safely say that I am happy with my choice.

In January of this year, I started an internship at Exposed PR and Events, and I was petrified. It was my first internship and my first job experience of any kind. I had no idea what to expect and I felt extremely unqualified,  but it was one of the best experiences of my life. Not because I am some PR guru, (I still feel like I don’t have the slightest idea what I’m doing), but it was an experience that pushed me well outside of my comfort zone and challenged me to do things I have struggled with in the past.. like, engaging with strangers.

I knew in the back of my mind that Public Relations was and is about networking and putting on a happy face... but after a few days with the firm, I learned that is no joke. It was a struggle for me in the beginning. I have always had a hard time approaching and engaging with strangers.  I think it was a self-confidence issue. -- I had this notion that everyone who came into contact with me immediately saw my disability and nothing else; it is horrible to say out loud, but it’s true. I very rarely feel that way now, (with the exception of dating; but that is a different conversation entirely. -- Bring the tissues and the wine.) Getting over that anxiety and gaining a sense of confidence that I have never had was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me.

Today, I work for Apple. I deal with hundreds of strangers every day and I couldn’t enjoy it anymore than I do. It is a far cry from the PR job that I ultimately desire, but the truth of the matter is, I wake up every morning excited to go to school and happy to go to work. Being able to say that means more than I could ever put into words, so in my mind, I am successful at this point in my life. At least for now.


Getting Exposed

The past few months have been full of new experiences. For the first time in my life, I can genuinely say that I’ve pushed myself outside of my comfort zone, which is something I haven’t been very good at in the past. 

 Some of you may know that I have a new job. I’m working for a company you’ve probably heard of and I’m loving it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to work for the past couple of days. Apparently, my body thought it was the right time to catch a cold severe enough to make me have hallucinations of near death experiences. The upside of such a situation is that it’s given me a lot of time to reflect on things. 

In that reflection, I realized that I owe a lot of where I am in my life right now to one thing. More accurately, I owe it to one person.

Ms. Sara Shake of Exposed PR

In January, I started an internship at Exposed and to this day, it is the best experience of my life. I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating... I have no idea why Sara hired me. Saying I was unqualified wouldn’t even be scratching the surface of the truth. -- I think the fact that I knew who Rebecca Minkoff was gave me the edge. 

I kid, I kid.

Whatever her reason was... I could not be more thankful. I can truly say that I grew as a person and I met a few of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.

Sara - You are incredible. As a person, you are someone I want to call my BFF and as a business woman, you don’t believe in boundaries and there are no words to express how much that impresses me. I know there days that I drove you crazy and frustrated you to no end, but you were nothing but graceful. And on those days that I needed a reality check, you were the first in line to serve one up. I will never forget the things I learned from you. And you really did give me a confidence in myself that I’ve never had before. Thank you.

Sydney- Sydney, darling, you are one of the few people I’ve ever met that I liked instantly. You’re just as sarcastic as I am and I love you for it. And you, my dear, are going on to do BIG things. The Trendy Truck is such a thing. I can’t wait to see where life takes you.

Sarah - I need you in my life. Everything you did made me laugh and you have such great energy. I know that sounds cheesy. It is cheesy. But it’s true. I have a bitchin’ good time when I’m around you.

 Angela - My love. What is there to say? You are a one-woman-empire who is slowly but surely taking over the world. Of course, that is due in part to your badass PR team who will be there every step of the way. Your drive and ambition are beyond any I’ve ever seen. I know I am going to say “I knew her when” very, very soon.

 I love you all.



Sexy Skin Secrets


Many of us have routines in our daily lives. Does yours involve a skincare routine? It should. I have tried A LOT of products. and thankfully, I have found a few that work quite well for me. I figured I would share my skincare routine with you.

 It’s okay to be dirty, as long as you clean yourself up: Shiseido  Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam $22.50

  A littler goes a long way with this cleanser. Designed for oily/combination, it has little blue purifying granules, which help to gently remove all kinds of icky things from your pores which can lead to blemishes. – And it doesn’t make your face feel like you just went to Joan Rivers’ plastic surgeon for a facelift.

Keep yourself moist: Your Best Face: Boost $65
Moisturizers can be tricky, especially if you have combination skin, but YBF (a company that you’ll be hearing about a lot) makes a great daily moisturizer that sooths your skin and reduces redness. It has A TON of nice ingredients. As an added benefit; the entire YBF line is focused on anti-aging, so you’ll be keeping that pretty face of yours for a long time!
Touch me here, kiss me there:

 The lips are often overlooked when it comes to skincare, and I can’t figure out why for the life of me. This hydrates & conditions the skin. Flakes  are a thing of the past… at least the ones on your lips, anyway.

Everyone wants soft, kissable lips. And if you don’t, you should. This lip balm basically turns your lips into cashmere Don’t believe me? Put some on, pucker up, and ask someone else’s opinion.

Smile with your eyes: Your Best Face: Correct $150

Tyra Banks was on to something when she introduced the world to smizing. There is something to be said for working your eyes. Unfortunately, your eyes are the first thing on your face that show signs of wear-and-tear. YBF’s Correct Eye Cream is AMAZING. Dark Circles and fine lines be gone. Buy this and go smize in a mirror all day. You’ll fall in love with yourself.

 Glam it up: GLAMGLOW Super-Mud Mask $69

 Masks are my newest skincare must-have. GLAMGLOW’s Super-Mud Mask is downright amazing. It claims to (and does) take care of every skincare problem under the sun. It has something called Pore-Matrix technology… long story short, it sucks EVERYTHING out of your pores, and you can see it happening. It’s disgusting and amazing.

A Clarisonic is the only power tool I have any interest in using. It cleans your face, and exfoliates dead skin. It’s a little miracle worker, but I feel like Mr. Miyagi when I use it. Wax on, Wax off. 
That's my basic skincare routine for the time being. If you have any product suggestions, or if you try one of these, let me know!