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What: Chef Norman Van Aken reinvents new-world cuisine yet again, drawing inspiration from his Midwestern roots, years spent in the South, and co-chef/son Justin.
Why: Duck meatballs with carrot parsnip mash, Gulf shrimp ceviche with charred octopus and Peruvian cancha, and Wig Burgers (topped with ropa vieja).
When: Opens Tues. Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30 p.m.-midnight.
Where: The Westin Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables (305-529-5180).
Love Leather Bracelets by Ankora
What: The local designer (and Miami Fashion Week award winner) introduces an affordable collection ($20-$23) of bangles with eighteen-karat gold-plated accents. Choose from black, brown, red, royal blue, and green.
Why: Stack ’em a la Madonna in the Borderline music video.
When: You’re baring arms.
Where: Online at ankorajewelry.com.
What: Up to 50 percent off the line’s comfy, body-conscious jersey collection.
Why: Free standard shipping on all Swirl orders thru July 5.
When: Your wardrobe needs some breezy West Coast style.
Where: Online at swirl.com.
Wine to Water Fundraiser
What: Vino tastings and hors d’oeuvres to support delivering water and sanitation to developing countries.
Why: Meet founder (and CNN hero) Doc Hendley and hear about his projects in Haiti.
When: Wed., 7 p.m.
Where: Barú Urbano, 1001 S. Miami Ave. (305-381-5901). R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation is $15.
Foreplay at Primp Salon
What: Make like Cinderella with a blowout and makeup application for $75 (reg. $125) or an enzyme pedicure for $30 (reg. $44) before a night out.
Why: Free champagne and a DJ in the sexy, French boudoir-like space.
When: Fri., 5-7 p.m.
Where: 407 15th St., at Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305-397-8877).
Photo: Courtesy of Norman’s 180