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July 26, 2018
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I remember the last time I was in Miami, walking along the rows and rows of restaurants in South Beach, thinking “I really wish there was some great vegan or vegetarian restaurants.” It was next to impossible other than just the basic menu options.  Fast forward and now, and behold PLANTA South Beach.

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We are pretty familiar with PLANTA here at KA, seeing as our offices are in Toronto, home of the original PLANTA in Yorkville, T.O.  We could not be more overjoyed at the news that the Chase Group had teamed up with David Grutman, the Miami hospitality entrepreneur best known for LIV at the Fontainebleau, OTL in the Design District, and Komodo in Brickell. It’s a pretty heavy team and one that is destined for massive success.

The future is plant-based and cruelty-free eating and PLANTA hits us with all the senses, tastes and flavors that we are looking for in our meat and dairy-free meals. Dishes include cauliflower tots, plant-based crab cakes, a burger (best veggie burger ever), coconut ceviche, and an “18-carrot” dog. The restaurant also offers a vegetable sushi bar and cold-pressed cocktails.

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The goal at PLANTA is not to sacrifice mouth-watering meals for plant-based foods. Even if you are not a vegan, you will be immersed into a new world of eating that will blow your mind and you won’t even realize you are eating plant-based.

As PLANTA lovers, we highly recommend visiting the South Beach location next time you are in town – be sure to make reservations.

Planta.850 Commerce St., Miami Beach;

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January 8, 2016

“Everything feels good – from the general vibes to the fabrics, music and art photography on the walls – it is all carefully thought out. The cosmic black and gold mannequins have a way of marking your psyche for days, they are like nothing I have seen before.”


It has been an incredible 2015 and I could not have asked for a better way to start the new year, other than standing inside of the beautiful new sparkling KASPACE in Toronto. I know every letter, word, paragraph and edited parts of this story and the fact that this space is born is a testament to true faith, hard work and believing in one’s dreams.

It has been years (6 years to be exact) of listening to my other half tell me about this vision he has; a vision of creating a space that redefines the way retail is created. You see, he knew since the very inception of KA Magazine in 2009, that he would eventually bring the pages of this publication to life within a live experiential space – where the visitor could taste, touch, feel, listen, read, wear and just be in this good vibes environment of beauty, art, inspiration and fashion with a single thread linking it all – mindfulness and ethical lifestyle.

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November 8, 2015

“I turned quite some heads the day we venture through Soho wearing the Kevin Allwood Atelier mesh dress from the 2016 spring collection. I remember the sales girl from Saint Laurent asking me – wow, where did you get your dress?”

In July I had the most fantastic week in New York. It was mainly filled with editorial work/fun for KA Magazine and buying / fabric sourcing at Premiere Vision with my other half for the Kevin Allwood collection. I turned quite some heads the day we venture through Soho wearing the Kevin Allwood Atelier mesh dress from the 2016 spring collection. I remember the sales girl from Saint Laurent asking me – wow, where did you get your dress? Paired with my vegan leather bag and eco leather-free wedges by Melissa Shoes – it was a perfect afternoon. We stayed at the Morgans Hotel on Madison Ave in Midtown East and it was just right, monochromatic design by the fabulous Andrée Putman. Loved it. Especially the breakfast lounge, a fantastic way to start the day. While there we tried some amazing vegan restaurants….I would highly recommend Franchia on Park and just loved the vibe at Local Thyme at 286 Madison – perfect for quick and healthy.

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June 7, 2015

“What I loved about the hotel is it’s boutique style, a more intimate feeling to a large hotel. The staff is kind and laid back and the property is bathed in white, with accents of wood, green, sand and orange.”

South Beach is a cool place right…all the sun bathers, great cocktails, over-indulgence and late night partying. But what a little bit of calm and wellness, detox and purification? Although Bali might be the first place you think of when self-care is concerned, Miami’s Royal Palm Hotel might also be a shorter plane ride option.

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October 2, 2014

It’s midnight and of course I’m dreaming again. Not necessarily the kind I’d like to be doing right now in my eco bamboo white sheets! No, this time it’s all about Bali.  Amongst some of the most beautiful beaches and hotels in the world, the Alila Villas Soori, in Bali – is one of my new favourites.  I have been doing some research lately on the world’s most beautiful eco-hotels, and this is definitely one of my top picks.  Alila Villas Soori is so beautiful, I can’t sleep and had to write about it right…now.

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