Best Of 2011: Stratis Morfogen

CEO of Philippe by Philippe Chow, Philippechow.com

1. My own back yard in Miami

There's no better place to unwind than in the comfort of your own home. I like to relax outside in my back yard, which is a veritable seaside paradise for the kids. We've got Jet Skis, a boat, a 90-foot dock — all the toys you need to make the most out of the South Florida sun and surf.

2. 32 East

32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-276-7868, 32east.com

32 East is Delray charm at its best. Located across from Old School Square, it used to be an old, two-story auction house. Today, it's the place to be to experience neighborhood fine dining with cozy bistro flair. I never cease to be amazed at the way chef Nick Morfogen, who also happens to be my brother, combines fresh ingredients in new ways to create a new menu each night. Have a seat on the street-side terrace to watch Atlantic Avenue come to life, and treat yourself to some of the best and most creatively prepared seafood in the area.

3. McDonald's

2140 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

I'm not much of a drinker, but I really, really enjoy my Diet Coke. The McDonald's on North Federal in Boca has gotten the classic Diet Coke down to a science, balancing out the syrup and carbonated water perfectly. I also appreciate the drinkability achieved by the wide mouth of their straws. What can I say? I enjoy the simple things in life.

4. Prime One Twelve

112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-532-8112, Mylesrestaurantgroup.com

The wait — and there will be one — is well worth it at Prime 112. One of my all-time favorite South Beach eateries, as well as the preferred spot of many a celebrity passing through the SoFi region of Miami, Prime 112 serves excellent steakhouse fare without any added pretentiousness. Its assortment of dry, aged steaks, from a 12-ounce filet mignon to a 48-ounce porterhouse, is hands-down among the best in the city. Add a sleek ambiance, bustling bar and the sounds of Sinatra and you've got yourself a sure-fire winner.

5. The Miami Beach Cinematheque

1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-4567, Mbcinema.com

The Miami Beach Cinematheque is a sexy art house/movie house hybrid that shows classic cinematic gems in place of the typical popcorn flicks, right in the heart of South Beach. The charming building (the former historic City Hall) looks to the past with 1926 Spanish Mediterranean architecture, while ongoing green efforts, like construction using reused Dade pine and hi-def digital downloads, look to the future. Stop in for unique photo exhibitions, restored films, and art films and documentaries.