Miami South | 04.16.14 | Chef Michelle Bernstein Shares Pesto Perfection

Not surprisingly, spring leading into summer is a very busy time of year for most of us. We start planning vacations because a break from the hustle and bustle of life is always needed. As we plan getaways, we begin to schedule home improvement projects to prep our homes for the summer. And as we juggle all of this, we continue to plow through our day-to-day obligations, such as planning Easter festivities for our families. And, lest we forget, this is the season when we look for ways to improve our eating habits because {gasp!} bikini season is upon us. This is just a sampling of what’s going on at JustAskBoo today. Scroll down to see if you can help your fellow JABBERS resolve their pressing predicaments {one of which is a time-sensitive bunny situation!} and catch today’s editorial for a delectable, vitamin-packed, figure-friendly recipe from renowned Chef Michelle Bernstein.



Happy Easter and happy JABBING!




Digging In Her Heels | By Oriana Hermosa | REPLY
Lately, I spend my days in high heels and my nights and weekends nursing cramped feet and sore hips. After years on my toes, this pain is new. I would love JABBER advice. Should I consult a podiatrist or a chiropractor? Are there stretches or exercises that might help? Giving up my high heels is not an option.
Ideal Destination | By Elaine Kraft | REPLY
Hi JABBERS, my husband and I are looking for a great two-week summer vacation out of the country with our children. We would greatly appreciate your recommendations for where we should go. Many thanks in advance!
Do you have a child ageD 5 TO 12 with ADHD?
The Center for Children and Families is running a research study to see whether tolerance happens to stimulant medication {i.e., Ritalin} and whether taking short medication holidays {weekends} helps the medication keep working. To participate in this study, children must be enrolled in the Summer Treatment Program {STP}, an award-winning treatment program for children's behavioral, emotional and learning problems. Children will have a controlled test of medication during the summer and will be followed the next school year. Medication, adjustments and consultations will be provided free of charge. The study does not cover STP costs. Call 305.348.0477 or click HERE for more information.*  


Wicked Fun in Bean Town | By Tricia Sheehan | REPLY
I have an upcoming business trip to Boston, and my husband and children will be joining me there for a long weekend. I need recommendations for things to do. My husband and I went there years ago {before children} and remember it being a great walking city. My kids are ages eight, twelve, and fifteen. Thanks!


Bunny Burnout | By Lisa Balbone | REPLY
After years of making Disney- and sports-themed Easter baskets for my children, I am at a loss for ideas. My kids are ages ten and thirteen, and I am looking for clever basket themes or for small gift suggestions. Thanks!


Makin' Waves at Casa de Campo!
GTA is a sleep-away sports camp at Casa de Campo, the number one resort in the Caribbean and the hub of the sporting life. GTA offers three exceptional programs: Elite Golf, Ace Tennis and Top Skilled Soccer. GTA is ideal for young athletes who want expert instruction, first-rate facilities, a unique cultural experience, exciting and fun activities, as well as a friendly, safe and healthy environment. The camp includes lodging at Pete Dye Golf Lodges, meals at many of the resort’s restaurants, GTA’s Community Service Program and much more. Our weekend excursions are memorable. Click HERE to join us this summer!*


In Observance of Good Friday | By TEAM JAB 
JABBERS, we will not be publishing an issue of JustAskBoo this Friday. We will be back JABBING on Monday, April 21, so be sure to check back in with us then. In the meantime, you can still seek advice and recommendations HERE or submit a classified HERE. And, if you're in need of a recommendation before Monday, then be sure to check out our Local Recommendations page HERE. Have a wonderful, safe {and hoppy} Easter weekend!


Estate of Mind | By Anonymous | REPLY
My dear mother-in-law passed recently. We are looking for a company that handles estate sales, distribution of remaining items and the removal of anything that would be considered unsellable so that the house can be placed on the market. If you have any recommendations, please reply above. Thank you.
My Man Is Not My Plan
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Fenced In | By Pam Perry | REPLY
I am looking for someone who can build either a concrete wall or a thick wood fence around our home. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Happy spring to all!
The Fine Print | By Jenny Bernard | REPLY
I am looking for someone to develop photographs that are high enough quality to enlarge and hang on the wall. Please send your recommendations my way. Thank you!
Enjoy “A Touch of Art” at Fairchild - Free event
Support Touching Miami with Love’s work in Overtown at the 6th Annual "A Touch of Art" on Sunday, May 4, from 3 to 6 pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This free, family-friendly event includes a silent auction with something for everyone! Professional art including sculpture and paintings in gallery setting; art created live by local artists; “Be Your Own Artist” sessions led by artists; and one-of-a-kind art items including furniture and decorative pieces for the “Art that Feeds” project. Enjoy art and performances by TML’s children and youth. Area restaurants will host an appetizer and dessert bar. Click HERE for more information.*


Home Improvement | By Kathleen Peiffer | REPLY
I am looking for a contractor with tile and plumbing experience to update my bathroom and do some interior and exterior painting and stucco. All recommendations and referrals are welcome.
The Outdoor Experience | By Lori Franklin | REPLY
Can you recommend a reliable company or contractor to remodel our screened-in pool, patio, gazebo and outdoor kitchen? We are looking for someone who is responsive and does excellent, thorough work. Thank you.
No Love Bugs for Summer Lovin'
Imagine yourself in your own backyard oasis … lying in your favorite lounge chair, reading a book and enjoying the smell of cedar in the air. The best part of this vision is the absence of bugs! Summer is around the corner and you shouldn’t let anything come between you and your backyard! South Florida is infamous for mosquito problems during the hot rainy seasons. That’s why we offer an organic, safe and efficient mosquito control system that runs through your irrigation line without the smell of pesticide. Blaum Landscaping offers design, installation and maintenance of landscaping, irrigation, waterscapes and hardscapes. Contact us HERE for your free estimate.*


Made in the Shade | By Annie Fernandez-Medinila | REPLY
I would like to have a pergola built in my yard. Can anyone recommend a reputable company that builds/installs them? Thank you.
"National Lampoon's Animal House" – Cult Film Friday
Join us at Pinecrest Gardens on Friday, April 18, at 8 pm. Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars. This flick also started a slew of careers for its cast, including John Belushi. "National Lampoon's Animal House" is set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, PA. Gates open at 6:30 pm for snacks and a walk through the Gardens and the movie begins at 8 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, click HERE. To like us on Facebook, click HERE.* 


Open Houses Today at Two More New Listings! | By Ashley Cusack | reply
Come visit our two open houses today at our two newest listings! 5747 SW 130 Terrace {open from 12 - 2:30 pm}, just listed for $2,150,000, is an expansive 7,111 sq. ft. home behind the gates of Gables by the Sea at the end of a quiet cul de sac. Built in 1992, this five-bedroom/four-and-a-half-bath home has it all! High ceilings, 37,000 sq. ft. lot, three-car garage, beautiful pool. Visit for photos and details! 7340 SW 107 Terrace {open from 12 - 2:30 pm} is listed for $699,000 and is such a breath of fresh air. A charming three-bedroom/two-bath home on a quiet Pinecrest street. Perfect layout for entertaining! Spacious master with two closets, large screened patio and pool, new roof, two-and-a-half-car garage and fruit trees! Visit for photos and details! Both homes are wonderful and worth visiting today! Contact Ashley Cusack for more details {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.*


Beautiful King Bed and Nightstands for Sale! | By Kelly Vedrani | reply
Selling our solid wood king-sized bed and matching nightstands! Asking $900 for the set. Additional pictures available upon request. In excellent condition. Purchased from a shop in Merrick Park. We have moved, and the set doesn't work with the new decor. Otherwise, we'd keep it! Please reply above if interested.*


Seeing Double | By Kelly Parsard | REPLY
I am looking for a gently used BOB Revolution double jogging stroller. Please reply above if you have one for sale. Thank you!


Rock-a-bye Baby | By Beth Assis | REPLY
I'm looking for a Dutalier glider for a baby's room. Please let me know if you have one you would like to sell.
Chef Michelle Bernstein Shares Pesto Perfection
By Team JAB 
JABBERS, have you joined the kale revolution? If you haven’t, now is most definitely the time. James Beard Foundation Award-winning Miami chef extraordinaire Michelle Bernstein shares with JustAskBoo her simple, delicious and versatile kale pesto recipe below. Kale is plentiful this season, so take advantage and incorporate this nutritious vegetable into your diet. This low-calorie, richly flavored “super-green” is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and iron {the latter two being especially important for women!}.


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