The champagne was flowing, delicious aromas from the kitchen filled the air and camera flashes complemented the breathtaking Brickell view. One of the people we met that afternoon pulled up an email on her phone that I had sent way back in 2008. We had communicated through cyberspace for over a decade but had never met in person! We talked about how the inaugural issue of Brickell Magazine helped dub the area “The Manhattan of the South” and the “Wall Street of the South.” We reminisced about how Perricone’s was at one time the only place to see and be seen in town and how incredible the rapid evolution of the neighborhood has been in recent years. We hugged, took a selfie and vowed to stay in touch and get together again real soon. That’s the kind of magic that can only happen IRL. And that next great connection (or re-connection!) is just an RSVP away.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.