It's a fact: Athena Calderone is a curator of all things gorgeous. Her breathtaking home decor, delicious recipes, and eye for style inspired her to create EyeSwoon, a hub for home and food inspiration. Now, It Girl Calderone will be taking us to New York's need-to-know spots and introducing us to the coolest people around.
Magic happens all the time — if you slow down enough to feel it. I fell unabashedly in love with Mandolin Miami, an Aegean restaurant founded by husband and wife Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya — in one of those moments.
In March, I flew to Miami with my family with every intention of visiting Mandolin, because I absolutely love Mediterranean food, and had been hearing about the place from my foodie friends. When the plane landed I got on my phone to make a reservation, and sitting in my inbox was the sweetest note from Anastasia herself! She was writing to say she was a fan of EyeSwoon, an old fan of my husband Victor’s music, and inviting us to Mandolin as her guest any time we were in Miami! M A G I C.
That night we shared the most incredible meal together — discussing our love of food and design, our philosophies on love and life, and the journey of finding your truth and your voice. And I was certainly meant to eat the ahh-maze-ing food at Mandolin.