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Exclusive Q & A with Chef Mia Castro

April 5, 2019

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Mia Castro grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised partly by her grandparents who gave her a deep appreciation for fresh and wholesome food. Growing up she helped her grandmother cook delicious meals every day with ingredients they harvested themselves. Today, the rising culinary star has graced local staples such as The Bazaar at SLS Hotel and The James at the Royal Palm. We caught up with Mia to ask her about her experience on Hell’s Kitchen.

What made you enter Hell’s Kitchen?

When I first learned about the opportunity, I thought it was something I had never done before and could only be something that would help propel me in my career. I decided I had absolutely nothing to lose so I went into it head first. I’m very glad I did.

What insight do you feel you gained from the show that you didn’t previously have?

Most insight I gained was about myself. I’m a lot more talented than I would give myself credit for. Having the freedom to have unlimited creativity inspired me to cook from my heart and to put more than 10 years of experience and education in the field into my food. I surprised my rivals, the judges, and most importantly myself. Due to being underestimated throughout most of my career, I think I had started to do it to myself. Being on the show and a top contender from the first episode gave me a lot of confidence in myself. Because of that, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity.

What’s next?

I will be heading to Puerto Rico in the next week, where I’ll participating as a guest chef from April 4-7 at Saborea food & wine festival and culinary extravaganza.  I’m also working on developing some content for a cookbook & cooking show. I’ll be making announcements through my IG: @chefmiacastro.

When in Miami, what’s your go to dine spot? The place you can’t live without.

It’s hard to stick to just one. Immediately I can think of Macchialina, by Chef Michael Pirolo. I love their simple, but perfectly executed take on fresh, handmade pasta. The mushroom tagliolini is my favorite and a MUST HAVE every single time. Also (and I have to admit I’m a bit biased), Chef Jose Mendin’s, La Placita, has become one of my spots. It captures the soul and flavor of Puerto Rican cuisine and one of the best spots to hang out in San Juan: La Plaza de Santurce. The “Cuchifritos” section of the menu is my favorite, especially since it’s hard to find this type of “street food” outside of Puerto Rico.

Any favorite breakfast stops?

I love the playful food they serve up for brunch at Beaker & Gray. Their “Chilaquiles” and their “Waffle Panini” are perfectly called for after a long night out of good, innocent fun!

For a fun night out with friends, you would visit?

I love the casual atmosphere of Wynwood. El Patio is my favorite. I LOVE dancing (to Latin music), so it’s a great place to get it out of my system.

When not out on the town, what’s your stay-at-home cheat dish?

Spaghetti cacio e pepe. I always have dry spaghetti, fresh black pepper, and parmigiano or pecorino cheese on hand. It’s filling, decadent, and SO easy to make.

Any words of wisdom for aspiring chefs?

The industry isn’t as glamorous as it seems. It requires a lot of self-sacrifice, physical & mental exertion, and time in less than desirable, low-paying positions. But if you’re NOT afraid of hard work, the payoff is extremely rewarding: discipline, travel, endless learning & creativity, mentoring from some of the best in the industry…only to name a few. My advice: in the beginning, put your head down, and watch, listen, ask questions, take notes…learn as much as you can, be a sponge. Be open to constructive criticism (learn, learn, learn) and don’t pay attention to negative comments.  Define a goal and focus on it, take side-steps if you need to (don’t go back), but keep going because if you’re willing to put in the work and not give up, you will achieve whatever you set your mind to.

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The Hot Rod Legends Tour is Here This Weekend

March 16, 2019

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Hot Rod Legends Tour is kicking off in Pembroke Pines this Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Walmart in Pembroke Pines at 151 S.W. 184th Avenue. The event is open to the public. You will be able to see some of the area’s coolest and wildest custom cars. The cars will be competing to become an actual Hot Wheels model.

The winner from each stop on the nationwide traveling car show will win a trip to the world-renowned 2019 SEMA Show to compete side-by-side to have his or her car inducted to the Garage of Legends. Their car will then be turned into a real Hot Wheels die-cast toy car that will be sold in 2020.

The event is sponsored by Dickies, the world’s leading performance workwear brand, which is bringing a celebrity guest judge: Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud superstar Richard Rawlings. Rawlings and the “monkeys” from his legendary auto shop, Gas Monkey Garage, will be present and decked out in Dickies gear. Dickies will be giving away free Hot Wheels Patches, which can be applied onsite to Dickies Work Shirts. You can stop by the DJ Booth where Dickies will provide you with the specialty patch.

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How to Get to Ultra Music Festival 2019

March 14, 2019

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Ultra Music Festival’s new location is at the Historic Virginia Key Park and the Miami Marine Stadium. The festival announced on their website that there is no parking available on Virginia Key for festival attendees. We’ve rounded up the options to get to the festival.

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Image // Ultra Music Festival

Your Car

If you’re driving to the event, you can park your vehicle at the Park & Ride parking garages adjacent to Ultra’s Shuttle Hub A, located at the Omni Garage located at 453 NE 15th St, Miami, FL 33132  or Shuttle Hub B at the AmericanAirlines Arena Garage at 601 Biscayne Blvd. The parking cost is $30 per day or you can purchase a discounted weekend pass for $75 here.

Shuttle

If you choose not to drive. There will be three shuttle hubs set up specifically for festival goers.

    1. Shuttle Hub A – If you’re in the Downtown Miami, Wynwood, Midtown, Miami Beach and areas North of the Greater Miami, make your way to the Arts & Entertainment District. The pickup location is at the intersection of NW 15th Street and N Bayshore Drive. Your landmark references will be the Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover and the Omni Garage.

2. Shuttle Hub B – If you’re traveling from Downtown and the Brickell areas head to the AmericanAirlines Arena at 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132.

3. Shuttle Hub C – If you’re traveling from Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami, Kendall and areas south of Greater Miami your shuttle pick up area will be at the Vizcaya Metrorail Station, 3201 SW First Avenue.

Ferry

The ferry will be located at the Bayside Marketplace,  401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. To board the ferry, you can purchase 3-day passes as an add-on to your festival tickets here.

 

Rideshare

If you use a rideshare option, Ultra has specified on their website that there is a designated drop off area. Simply type in Ultra Music Festival as your drop off location within your rideshare app. It’s recommended that once you’re ready to leave the festival, you take an official transportation option back to one of the hubs.

To further plan your route to the shuttle hub areas, you can use Miami Dade’s Transit Tracker and Trip Planner here.

For tickets visit the official Ultra Music Festival website here.

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World’s First Gaming Festival with $250,000 in Cash Prizes This Weekend In Miami

March 8, 2019

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Ultimate Gamer, the first open multi-game e-sports festival built to test gamers in different genres, announced today the launch of ticket sales and player registrations for the March 9-10 event.Ultimate Gamer is the first-of-its-kind gaming festival and a celebration for the entire gaming community that will crown one player the “Best Gamer in the World.”

The Ultimate Gamer features e-sports athlete competition within five gaming disciplines —first-person shooter, action, fighter, real-time strategy and battle royale. This event boasts a number of top-tier partners including Black Stage Productions and Showglobe Entertainment, while Blizzard, Capcom and Valve are currently in talks to secure the most challenging and representative games that will identify the world’s most well-rounded e-athlete.

More than 1,000 players and over 10,000 spectators are expected for the event. The arena features over 300 PCs and consoles to enable 12 hours a day of tournament-style action. First place receives a $250,000 prize, second $100,000 and third $50,000.

The event will be held in Miami at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center. Players can now register for the event and interested attendees can gain access to the most exciting gameplay of the year. The multi-faceted event includes a cosplay competition, gourmet food options, interactive experiences and live music. Additionally, Ultimate Gamer will feature a Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) Local Area Network (LAN) party.

“We’re thrilled to open up tickets and registration for our first Ultimate Gamer event which will serve as a launching point in the industry,” said Steve Suarez, president of ShowGlobe Entertainment. “This is the first event of its kind. It’s a festival of gaming, music, amazing food and entertainment. We welcome players of all skill levels to Miami for a fun multi-sensory experience so we can truly determine the best e-sports player in the world.”

The Ultimate Gamer event series are intended to blend together physical real-world gatherings with the company’s own software. The company adjusts to the latest fast-changing gaming trends and will change its events dynamically in order to stay relevant. Open to any registrants, Ultimate Gamer is intended to foster competition between hardcore gaming pros as well as newer players.

Ultimate Gamer tickets are now available through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ultimate-gamer-miami-tickets-52673383508?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Player registrations can be made at: https://www.ultimategamer.com/r/#/register.

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POLLO TROPICAL® IS OFFERING EVERY COUPLE A TWO-CAN-DINE DEAL FOR JUST $10 ON FEBRUARY 14

February 14, 2019

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Florida’s famous chicken restaurant Pollo Tropical® is recognizing many of its guests’ feelings that it’s better to be lucky in love than in money and is offering everyone a reason to fall in love all over again this Valentine’s Day!

The brand is offering a Two-Can-Dine for $10 deal at all participating Florida restaurant locations all day on Valentine’s Day. Guests can choose from the signature Pollo Tropical® 1/4 Chicken Meal or any small Create Your Own TropiChop® meal, including the new Pinchos! No coupon is required, participants just need to mention code “PT721″ to the cashier.

Additionally, Pollo Tropical® Catering is also offering 10 percent off any Pollo Tropical® Catering order placed on Valentine’s Day! The discount applies to online orders via the brand’s website at PolloTropical.com/Catering, using the promo code “PT214” in the checkout section. The discount is valid only on Thursday, February 14.

For Pollo Tropical® location information, to order online or for a complete menu visit PolloTropical.com.

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Last-Minute Men’s Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2019

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The struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for men. We’ve rounded up some last minute options to choose from.

1. Gazelle and Samba adidas Originals iPhone Cases – $40

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The new collections bring the iconic style that draws people to the adidas Originals brand, with sleek and lightweight designs to protect iPhones. The Gazelle snap case is available in three colors: black, blue and red. The Samba Rose snap case is available in black and pink. The new adidas Originals cases are available in adidas retail stores, online at adidas.com, at AT&T (online and in-store), Verizon (online and in-store) and Amazon.com.

2. Paco Rabanne – Men’s Invictus Aqua Eau de Toilette Spray – $114

 

The Invictus scent transcends from day to night occasion with a base note of Ambery Woods. The bottle embodies a trophy silhouette with a blue gradient inspired by ocean waves. Available at Macy’s.

3. Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods – $29

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This waterproof case for the AirPods is four feet drop proof. The material is soft silicone to protect your AirPods from scratches and scrapes. The 3.3 feet drop-proof protection case also allows for easy access to the Lightning port and comes with a detachable carabiner to help with easily hooking the AirPods onto your belt, bag or purse. Also available on Amazon with one-day shipping.

4. Hershel – Charlie Wallet – $25


The Charlie wallet is a compact and convenient card holder with 25 color combinations to choose from.

5. Miami HEAT – Personalized Vice Jersey – $135

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Image credit: themiamiheatstore.com

Lastly, he can match the rest of the Wade County population with a personalized jersey. Just don’t go personalizing it with “El Papi Chulo.” Keep it classy. Available at themiamiheatstore.com.

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Anuel AA Llega al American Airlines Arena este Sabado

December 5, 2018

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El pionero del Trap en español, Anuel AA, celebra una exitosa gira de conciertos en Estados Unidos, con 11 llenos totales en diversas ciudades del territorio americano. “Después de los momentos tan difíciles que me tocó vivir los últimos años de mi vida, el apoyo del público ha sido la mejor medicina y el impulso para seguir adelante”, afirma el cantante.
El éxito de su primer álbum como solista “Real hasta la muerte” le hizo reconquistar a su público hispano, y ahora su música “retumba” con gran éxito a escala internacional.

Prueba de ello, es la exitosa gira de conciertos que el intérprete puertorriqueño está actualmente realizando en Estados Unidos. Ochodiferentes ciudades y once llenos totales acumulados hasta el momento son prueba fehaciente de su crecimiento en la industria musical. El más reciente, tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Orlando, Florida, donde una inmensa fanaticada del artista “reventó la taquilla” de la gran sala de conciertos Amway Center. También se presentó en Denver, Colorado, donde miles de personas cantaron con él su repertorio de principio a fin.

El intérprete del éxito “Ella quiere beber”, ha dejado muy claro que el profesionalismo y el trabajo duro han sido piezas claves en su camino al éxito. Además de mantenerse “real”, tal y como él lo afirma, con su estilo irreverente y las letras que lo han hecho diferenciarse de los demás cantantes de su género, Anuel le ofrece a su público un espectáculo único. No se trata únicamente del cuerpo de baile, sino que el artista ofrece un concierto cargado de entretenimiento, juegos de luces, escenografía y pirotecnia, que convierten “la función” en una velada extravagante e inolvidable para los presentes.

“Quiero que todos los que vayan a mis conciertos sientan lo agradecido que estoy con su apoyo. Doy lo mejor de mí, no solo busco que escuchen la música porque evidentemente eso ya lo hacen.Quiero que su noche sea inolvidable, tal y como es para mí cada presentación”, declara Anuel AA.

La ciudad de Miami será la siguiente en recibir al fenómeno de la música urbana Anuel AA. La cita está pautada para el 8 de diciembre en el American Airlines Arena.

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CASACOR Miami Returns to Brickell For The Second Year In a Row

November 30, 2018

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The most complete architecture, interior and landscaping design exhibition in North America will return this December for its second year. In partnership with Swire Properties and presented by COSENTINO, CASACOR Miami will take place at Brickell City Centre’s 700 Brickell Avenue building from November 30th to December 16th, 2018. Other CASACOR MIAMI main sponsors include KOHLER, FLORENSE, VONDOM, and THE LIGHTING STUDIO.

An international purveyor of innovative design and world-class craftsmanship in the home design category, CASACOR Miami will continue the tradition of the CASACOR brand, annually bringing together renowned architects, interior designers and landscapers from around the world and locally to present their distinct signature styles along with the latest interior furnishings, art, color trends, textiles, lighting, home accessories and global culture.

Lucio Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of CASACOR Miami stated, “We are thrilled about CASACOR MIAMI’s second year, and pleased to be partnering with Swire Properties once again. Miami has become an incredibly important epicenter for design and art and we are excited to continue to showcase the originality of the city by bringing together world-class design through collaboration with the most renowned and emerging design professionals.”

Designer, Jesus Pacheco - Image Courtesy of CASACOR Miami
Designer, Jesus Pacheco – Image Courtesy of CASACOR Miami

CASACOR Miami 2018 curator, Jessica Acosta-Rubio added, “Inspiration for the exhibition was derived from the urban infrastructure of Miami. The exhibition is thematically rooted in nature and the idea of bringing the energy of the natural environment to the bustling space of the city center. The show will incite moments of calm, balance and inspiration so guests will be encouraged to become one with the environment within a space of relief.”

Visitors can move between different micro-environments, from wild roots to technology, to modernism, to naturalism, with design firms like D’Apostrophe, Pininfarina, and Moniomi displaying tranquil spaces. Additional established emerging designers have been hand-selected for participation including, Adriana Mavignier, Alberto Salaberri, Allan Malouf, By Lemme, Carola Bravo, Edge Collection, Guardini-Stancati Interior Design, Inês Martins, Jesus Pacheco, Léo Shehtman, Mr.O, Roye, Sabrina MacLean & Desiree Casoni Garcia, Sandra Diaz-Velasco and Tatiana Moreira.

Designer, Sandra Diaz // Image Courtesy of CASACOR Miami
Designer, Sandra Diaz // Image Courtesy of CASACOR Miami

Participating artists include Carol Adrianza Ferdinand, Christian Feneck, Flora and Form, Karen StarostaGilinski, Kerry Philips, Lucinda Linderman, Juliana Aragao, and Flor Troconis, Nina Surel, Stone & Rose and Natalia Giannangeli.

Also showing at CASACOR Miami this year is In Good Company, an exhibition curated by designer Fernando Mastrangelo & Hannah Martin, senior design writer for Architectural Digest. A platform for young and emerging designers to spotlight their work, In Good Company, made its debut last year in New York City and will bring the exhibition to Miami for the first time.

While the idea of Urban Oasis sets the overall tone for CASACOR Miami, the show is expected to appeal to a wide range of tastes. CASACOR Miami will be featured across more than 20 spaces occupying over 25,000 feet at a prime Brickell location.

“Due to last year’s success of debuting CASACOR to the Miami market, Swire Properties will partner once again with the prominent design firm to further its stance on supporting the arts,” said Maile Aguila, senior vice president of residential sales for Swire Properties Inc. “We will have renowned artists, designers, and architects from across the globe deliver an innovate exhibition that converges art, design and real estate and speaks to Brickell City Centre’s international consumers, residents, visitors, and community.”

Designer, Moniomi
Designer, Moniomi

The 15-day experiential urban living exhibition will give guests the opportunity to meet participating design professionals and brands while engaging with innovative design ideas that may apply to their own living spaces. For more information visit http://www.casacormiami.com.

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Endeavor Miami Honored Marcelo Claure and Jorge & Jose Mas at its 2018 Annual Gala

November 25, 2018

In recognition of their influential contributions in entrepreneurship, Endeavor Miami honored three world-class business leaders at its fifth annual gala. Marcelo Claure, COO of SoftBank Group, Jorge Mas, Co-Founder and Chairman of MasTec, and Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec, received Endeavor Miami’s Impact Award on November 10th, at the Faena Forum in South Beach.

Endeavor Miami’s fifth annual gala united more than 350 business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and international influencers to celebrate South Florida’s high-impact entrepreneurship movement.

The Honorees

Highlighting his wide-range of accomplishments in the tech, banking, and sports industry, Marcelo Claure, also CEO of SoftBank International and Executive Chairman of Sprint, was honored for his commitment to shining a light on the startup community in Miami through his inherent entrepreneurial spirit. His success began when he founded Brightstar Corp., a company that became one of the largest cell phone distributors worldwide. Claure’s story serves as an inspiration for Endeavor entrepreneurs and others in the startup community.

Jorge and Jose Mas, who currently operate one of the largest infrastructure services providers in the United States, received the Impact Award alongside Claure. Jorge, Chairman, and Co-Founder of MasTec, and Jose, CEO of MasTec, has led the company to reach $6.6 billion in revenue, obtaining recognition as a Fortune 500 company. The evolution and growth of MasTec is an indication of their impactful leadership skills and commitment to generating opportunities within the North American economy.

As partners of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, Claure and the Mas brother’s most recent venture, they aim to bring Major League Soccer to South Florida, to continue promoting the city’s expansion through sports and entertainment.

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How to Make the Perfect D’USSE Sidecar

November 9, 2018

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Miami Crowd had the chance to meet with D’USSE Cognac’s Cellar Master, Michel Casavecchia, while he was visiting Miami from Cognac, France. D’USSE Cognac is a byproduct of a partnership between Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Bacardi Limited and while Jay-Z leads global strategy for the brand, it is also Michel’s unrelenting commitment to creating D’USSE’s bold, unique flavor that has made the drink a universal sensation. So, we had the opportunity to sit down with Michel and find out exactly how we can “drink like Jay-Z and other VIPs.”

D’USSE is known for its large celebrity fan club that includes A-list names like Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Nick Jonas, Romeo Santos, and Meek Mill and was integrated into every stop of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run II tour.

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Image courtesy of D’USSE

Casavecchia was able to share how to prepare the perfect sidecar using Dusse Cognac.

D’USSE Sidecar Recipe:
2 oz- D’USSE Cognac
1 oz- Grand Marnier
1/2 oz- Fresh Lemon Juice
Glassware: Coup
Garnish: Lemon Peel
Garnish: Sugar Rim

Method:
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.  Rim a chilled coup glass with sugar.  Shake and strain.  Garnish with a lemon peel.

 

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