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Pretty Wicked Moms take Miami


Pretty Wicked Moms are sort of like The Real Housewives, but with smaller children, bigger earrings and meaner streaks.

So where does the Atlanta-based cast of this Lifetime show vacation? Miami, of course. The vacation episode airs 10 p.m. Tuesday if you really, really have nothing better going on.

Watch the ladies let loose by eating sushi off a “naked man tray” at a restaurant with its name wisely not shown (Southern belle Miranda Carlson throws up mid-meal), cruise on a yacht owned by the father of Miami native Marci Gold and drink to excess (read: get truthful). Uh oh.

Location, location

Most Dexter watchers know that even though the Showtime hit is set in Miami, it’s not actually filmed here, aside from a few outside shots. One of those spots is The Venetia condo, whose back entrance (and alternate way to get to Mike’s Restaurant & Irish Pub), doubles for the Miami Metro police department. “I saw them put the sign up a couple of months ago when they were filming,” said Mike’s owner, Mike Shelow, who doesn’t watch the L.A.-based cult series about a serial killer with a semi-conscience. And the ninth-floor bayside bar’s star turn apparently hasn’t brought in any new patrons seeking out Michael C. Hall. “No one around here pays much attention, I don’t think.”

Madeleine Marr

Lean machine

With all the commotion around the Miami Heat, chances are you may have missed Michelle Bernstein’s new Lean Cuisine commercial.

The Johnson & Wales University grad behind eateries Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment is seen whipping up a salad from “drab to fab” with the brand’s Salad Additions lineup.

Bernstein joined Lean Cuisine’s culinary roundtable about two years ago, along with several other food experts. About four times a year, the chefs meet and cook up meals together, sharing recipes with Lean Cuisine’s own chefs and marketing team.

“We show them all kinds of recipes, and they show us what they do with their recipes, including ideas,” she said. “We’re kind of teaching them to make them [the meals] more crisp, a little bit less salty,” Bernstein said.

While Bernstein does not have a full dish in their line of products yet, she has a hand in the process, which takes awhile to make it from the test kitchen to a grocery store freezer. “A lot of it is still in the works; the vegetables are showing up more and more in a lot of their recipes,” Bernstein said.

The chef also has a consulting gig with Delta Airlines, creating their first and business class menus, and is on Macy’s Culinary Council. She’s busy at home too, making sure her toddler Zachary is “well and fed.”

But foodies can expect a potential restaurant upgrade soon. “You’ll be seeing some things in the next year,” she said. “We’re thinking about renovating Michy’s this summer.”

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