Giselle Mueller

Giselle Mueller

Miami must-do: Jungle Island, where you can play with the African penguins. If you’re nice enough, they’ll come and sit on your lap. You can also interact with the lemurs. They’re so friendly, I’ve had them climbing all over my head!

Off-duty escape: I get a bunch of friends together, go to the beach and later retreat to Asia Bay, a casual sushi restaurant with the best quality fish in Bay Harbor. It’s very relaxed, even family-oriented, and I love their toro crunchy and fuji rolls.

Best time to visit: In February we have the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, which attracts a ton of celebrity chefs. It’s also a great way to sample the best restaurants in Miami — all at once!

Favorite Miamian: Adrienne Arsht — whose name you’ll find on Miami’s Performing Arts Center. She’s a philanthropist and business leader who’s done so much to help cultivate Miami arts.

Only in Miami: The best Latin coffee! And, I think, the most diverse mix of Latin cultures in one American city. They bring a warmth and vibrancy you’ll only find in Miami — whether it’s Cuban home-cooking, Argentine steakhouses or Brazilian soccer leagues.

If you could change one thing: I’d give Miami a large central park like New York’s.

Urban myth: That Miami is only a party city, when in fact we have so many rich cultural experiences.

Last meal before you die: The gnocchi at Il Gabbiano — the city’s most elegant and trendy Italian restaurant. It’s run by the same Italian brothers who previously owned Il Mulino in New York. They make the best gnocchi ever — not to mention langostinos over crabmeat risotto and homemade Italian cheesecake!

Still dying to…
I still haven’t gone hiking in the Everglades.