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Miami New Times Iron Fork 2017 Aftermath

October 9, 2017

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On October 5, 2017, chefs faced off at the New Times’ Iron Fork 2017 for a chance to win the Iron Fork Skillet. This year chef Santiago Gomez of Tacology, was announced winner of the competition. The cooking competition featured farm-to-table plate creations. The participating chefs’ “culinary expertise and passion is unmatched in Miami,” says Chef Allen Susser. Susser scouted the very best competitors to feature at the event.

Guests who attended were able to taste their way around participating restaurants such as 180 Degrees @ the DRB, Sushi Sake, JWB Prime Steak & Seafood, Brain Freeze Nitrogen Ice Cream, Grill Argentino, Philly Grub, Meat Market, Dashi, Tacology, Rosa Mexicano, The Rusty Pelican, Beaker & Gray, River Yacht Club and Glass & Vine.

If you didn’t get a chance attend Iron Fork, Miami New Times will be hosting upcoming events such: Tacolandia on November 18, 2017 at Soho Studios and Sips & Sweets on December 14, 2017 at Dezer Auto Museum.

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Three Fun Latina Owned Brands to Support

October 8, 2017

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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Here are brands with original, cultural expression. These brands were created by Latinas eager to share their fun and useful products with the world.

  1. Vince and Soph Apparel

An apparel company that infuses Hispanic cultural flare into their designs. Angelica Grunewald, founder of the apparel line, gets inspiration from her children “and my large extended family, full of cousins, tio’s and tia’s, our customs, and our traditions and the funny way we speak Spanglish,” she says. Spanglish is apparent in the variety of pieces you can purchase. Angelica has created t-shirts and onesie pieces for bilingual children with sayings such as “But First Leche,” and “Bebe Bilingue.”

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2. Julissa Prado, founder of Rizos Curls, set out to make a curly hair product that works. After years of not being able to find the right solution for her curly hair, she took it upon herself to launch her own brand. Rizos Curls offers a three-step process that includes a shampoo, conditioner and curl defining cream. The Rizos Curl system includes all three products and retails for $38. The products are made with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil, shea butter, moringa oil and sunflower oil. 

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  1. Vera Mona

Leticia Cabrera Calvo, founder of Vera Mona Cosmetics, coined a useful tool for beauty fans. Leticia created the tool Color Switch while attending a summer class at Loyola Marymount. What does it do? Color Switch Solo Instant Brush Cleaner allows you to stroke your makeup brush against the sponge to completely remove eye-shadow color. Her creative product went viral on Instagram and within one month she was an established business. “Now we sell in boutiques all around the world, our website www.veramona.com and all US and Canada Sephora stores,” she says. 

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15 Things to do in New Orleans

October 1, 2017

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Feeling the itch to get out of Miami? Take a road trip to New Orleans. New Orleans is known for its cuisine, music and festivals.

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Here is a list of what you can do there:

New Orleans Museum of Art

  1. Loaded with three floors of art, the New Orleans Museum of Art will give you plenty to gaze at. Their exhibit features recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art. You can find art work by Jim Steg, who is the most influential printmaker to be based out of New Orleans in the twentieth century. Also, Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography and more. Armand Pierre Fernandez
  2. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is conveniently located next to the New Orleans Museum of Art. This sculpture park takes up five acres of City Park. Here you will feast your eyes on sculpture artists such:
  • Indiana, Robert (known predominantly for his LOVE, Red Blue sculpture)
  • Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg
  • Fernando Botero. You would recognize his work from the bust that was located outside of the American Airline Arena during the 2012 NBA Finals. Remember, the bust had a Miami HEAT jersey painted on it?

And many more.

3. Among one of the oldest parks in the nation, City Park has been around since 1854. Conveniently, the art museum and sculpture garden are located within City Park. It’s the perfect place for:

  • A family stroll
  • Paddle boating on the lake
  • Viewing the 12-acre botanical garden which is home to more than 2,000 plants

And more.

4. Located within the French Quarter, add Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge to your itinerary as an evening cocktail stop. The picturesque bar which is located at the Hotel Monteleone, slowly rotates. Think of it has the carousel for adults.

5. Take a walk around Woldenberg Park. If you’ve never seen the Mississippi River, this is the perfect spot to snap your pictures. It’s close to the French Quarter and easily accessible to more activities nearby.

6. After or before your walk at Woldenberg Park, grab a cup of Joe (Black or Au Lait) and an order of beignets (brings 3) at Cafe Du Monde. The coffee stand is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Make sure to bring cash as that’s the only form of payment accepted. There is indoor and outdoor seating and street musicians are often playing jazz adjacent to the stand.

7. You can find Groupons for activities such as a Ghost Tour. Check back often on the Groupon site/app to see those deals.

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8. Anytime you’re a tourist in another city, there is a chance you’re spending time in an expensive part of town. Ask the locals where to eat and get out of the touristy areas. In New Orleans, you can check out Neyow’s Creole Cafe for authentic southern food.

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9. When you’re ready for breakfast. Head over to Toast on Laurel street. You can grab jumbo sized cinnamon rolls, Aebleskivers (order of 3 puffed pancake balls) and different Toasts with topping such as eggs, prosciutto, and more.

10. If you’re nocturnal, check out Harrah’s. The casino offers late night bites from Fuddrucker’s.

NOLA Brewing Company

11. If you’re in need of a cold beer, make your way to the NOLA Brewery Company. Fully equipped with various beers on draft and two floors of seating. The second floor patio is great for viewing cars driving down tchoupitoulas.

12. Shopping options are great on Magazine Street. This strip is nice to stroll down and grab a bite to eat or have a drink during happy hour.

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13. If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall kind of atmosphere, Cunada is a good place for tacos and Micheladas. The decor is low-dimm and upbeat.

14. If you have over stayed your welcome at Cafe Du Monde, grab some beignets at the cafe inside the Musical Legends Park. Here you can also enjoy coffee or a cocktail while listening to live jazz in the evening. Cafe closes at 10 p.m.

15. A must have on your tourist list is a stop at Preservation Hall, where you experience live music shows at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The tip here is to show up early, make the line and get a seat.

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Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day

September 18, 2017

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As local Coral Gables residents seek a post-Irma retreat, JohnMartin’s provided that and more during their “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party” on Saturday, Sept.16.

With live music, a raffle, whiskey tastings, hot food and drinks, this all-day celebration stole the show. It provided people with much needed down time as they prepare themselves for the workweek ahead and for some a place to cool down, charge their phones and connect to JohnMartin’s free wifi.

JohnMartin’s is known for throwing a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17, and this halfway mark celebration is just a glimpse of what’s to come.

By: Sussette Rodriguez

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Residence Inn by Marriott Hosts “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Adoption Event Series

August 31, 2017

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Residence Inn by Marriott teamed up with North Shore Animal League America to launch the “Dog Days of Summer” pet adoption series. The Residence Inn locations offer plenty of amenities and perks for traveling with your four-legged friends. The amenities you will enjoy when staying at Residence Inn’s pet-friendly properties include: free hot breakfast and Wi-Fi; fitness centers; pools and complimentary grocery delivery service.

The series of events, launched in New York City with host Andy Cohen and continued with stops in Washington, DC and Miami, FL.

“Residence Inn by Marriott is thrilled to work with North Shore Animal League America to help animals find homes across the country,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “Every hotel in our portfolio welcomes all members of the family, and we encourage guests to bring their furry friends along on their travels.”

Residence Inn by Marriott provides lodging in more than 700 locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America. If you’re looking to have a staycation or travel abroad, you can take your pet with you. If you’ve been looking to adopt a pet, visit North Shore Animal League America’s website.

North Shore Animal League is dedicated to promoting shelter pet adoptions. The league also encourages spay/neuter programs and works toward reducing animal cruelty and ending euthanasia.

For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn toll-free number at 800-3313131 or visit residenceinn.marriott.com.

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Walt Disney Resort Unveils First Look of Slinky® Dog Dash

August 30, 2017

 

It’s National Slinky® Day today and Walt Disney Resort has revealed a brand-new family coaster that will be added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The coaster named Slinky® Dog Dash will be one of the experiences that you will encounter at the new 11-acre Toy Story Land. Toy Story Land is scheduled to open Summer of 2018.

According to Disney, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in Andy’s backyard. The new ride will send you dipping, dodging and dashing in turns and drops that Andy created for Slinky®. “It’s really cool,” says Dave Minichiello, Executive Creative Director, Toy Story Land. “It’s pretty amazing to see it.” The ride and creative team are working on making sure the ride mimics what the toy would do. “The movements that you make, while you’re on the coaster has that type of feel. It’s going to be an amazing ride to go on.”

Wait, there’s more! You’ll also be able to experience Alien Swirling Saucers. It’ll be part of Pizza Planet’s toy play set, that’s loaded with Aliens spinning around in their flying saucers. The Aliens will be pulling the rocket ship that you’ll be riding.

Check out the arrival of Slinky® Dog as it enters Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

 

 

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5 Things You Should Know About the 2017 Lancer LE

August 22, 2017

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Mitsubishi Motor’s Lancer LE brings you technology and styling at an affordable and competitive price.  Miami Crowd staff members were given the chance to drive around the 2017 Lancer LE for a week. Here’s what we summed up:

  • Interior features add to the city lifestyle in Miami, which include aluminum pedals, black headliner and pillars, gloss black finishing and a 6.5” Display Audio System (DAS) with Smartphone Link for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
  • The pricing is affordable. The limited edition Lancer is price at MSRP of $19,795.
  • Limited Edition trim is available in all Lancer exterior colors, the interior receives a custom design with black fabric and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob, brake lever, armrest and door trim exclusive to the LE trim.
  • Limited edition exterior features include bold new black painted exterior finishes on its 16” wheels, roof, upper front grille garnish, fender garnish and door mirrors.
  • The car is compact, yet has enough space for families to fit a child’s seat and large stroller in the trunk.

“The Lancer has a long-standing tradition of providing consumers unparalleled value at an attractive price, so it was only fitting we pay tribute to the sedan with a Limited Edition trim offering,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “With the addition of updated styling and advanced technology features, the Limited Edition Lancer is set to appeal to consumers who prioritize aesthetics and enjoy a connected car experience.”
2017 marks the 100th year of Mitsubishi producing cars. It’s no wonder the Lancer LE is equipped to be a competitive car for Miami drivers.

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5th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

August 18, 2017

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It’s back, now in its fifth year, the South Beach Seafood Festival is scheduled for October 17 – 21, 2017. This year the festival will bring dinners and events leading up to the main event on the sandy South Beach. You will experience the talented chefs and local culinary artists through a showcase of fresh seafood dishes.

The events will be giving back to CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program. A portion of tickets sales will go toward the program that is geared to end hunger and obesity among children in Miami-Dade County and Communities in Schools of Miami (CIS of Miami).

On October 21st, the beachfront event will be sponsored by Kendall Jackson and presented by Coca-Cola and Jack Daniel’s. The festival will span five blocks and be held from noon to 7 p.m. with extended partying for VIPs until 9 p.m. You will experience culinary dishes from:

  • A Fish Called Avalon
  • Café Avanti
  • CIBO
  • CJ’s
  • Dragonfly
  • Joe’s Stone Crab
  • La Moderna
  • Lobster Bar Sea Grille
  • Meat Market / Miami Smokers
  • Naked Crab / Naked Taco
  • Nikki Beach
  • Papa’s Raw Bar
  • Poseidon
  • Red the Steakhouse
  • Rusty Pelican
  • Toro Toro
  • Trulucks
  • Whole Foods Market

FOR 20% OFF VIP TICKETS USE CODE: MIAMICROWD

General Admission tickets start at $45 which includes full admission and complimentary all day open bar. Guests can choose from 60+ menu items, priced between $5-$8 only during the SobeSeafood Festival day! Menu items include stone crabs, lobster tempura skewers, mahi sliders, scallop BLTs, oysters, shrimp tacos, lobster roll waffle cones, crab cakes in a shell, grilled octopus, shrimp parmesan, surf n’ turf filet and lobster, and more.

VIP tickets are $150 and include $20 worth of food vouchers, access to the VIP Hospitality Village where private samplings will take place. The VIP experience allows you access to keep the party going until 9 p.m.

Events leading up to the South Beach Seafood Festival include:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 6:30-10 PM: ALL NEW Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs at the Shelborne Hotel, presented by Jackson Family Wines and Menin Hospitality
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6:30-10 PM: Cooking & Cocktails at Meat Market, hosted by GOYA, Herradura, and Meat Market
  • Thursday, October 20, 6:30-10 PM: An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab, presented by La Crema
  • VIP Chef Showdown: Friday, October 21, 7-11PM

Your ultimate VIP night where 16 chefs go head-to-head in 8 different seafood battles and as a guest, you’re the judge!

Reigning champions defending their titles are:

  • o   Chef Andre & Tyler Bienvenue of Joe’s Stone Crab in Battle Crab, 
  • o   Chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market in Battle Surf ‘N Turf, 
  • o   Chef Dustin Atoigue of Mondrian South Beach in Battle Shrimp, 
  • o   Chef Jean Delgado of Toro Toro in Battle Tuna, 
  • o   Chef Demetrios Pyliotis of Poseidon in Battle Fish, 
  • o   Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega South Beach in Battle Taco.
  • o   …plus ourbrand new category: Battle Sushi and the official OYSTER PIT

Tickets can be purchased for all events at www.sobeseafoodfest.com.

Get social! @sobeseafoodfest

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Official Miami Hurricanes All-Inclusive Tailgate Party (vs. Syracuse)

August 15, 2017

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It’s football season! Time to gear up for game days! We’ve partnered with GTE Presents to party it up during CANES season. What is GTE Presents? The founder of GTE Presents, David Lenter, made it easy for everyone to tailgate. Their group throws the ultimate tailgate party with drinks and food included. That beats having to wake up early, carpool all your friends, go the supermarket, load up all the food and get to the stadium in time to get a good spot to tailgate.

Here is the new stress free option: You purchase a ticket and show up to party four hours before kick-off. That easy. GTE Presents pairs up with sponsors to bring you giveaways, entertainment and more. Brody Jenner has partnered with the group to host the tailgates at each stop. Three tailgates will be held in the Orange Lot during Miami Hurricanes football season.

Here are four ticket options to choose from:

  1. General Admission (ages 21+)  $59.99 – All-Inclusive Food and Alcohol (ID required)
  2. VIP Admission (ages 21+) $84.99 – All-Inclusive Premium Dining and Top Shelf Alcohol. Private VIP section with premium seating and amenities. Private Celebrity meet-and-greets
  3. General Admission (under 21) $34.99 – All inclusive food and non-alcohol beverages
  4. VIP (under 21) $59.99 – All inclusive premium dining and non-alcoholic beverages. Private VIP section with premium seating and amenities. Private Celebrity meet-and-greets

Click for tickets -> Party with Miami Crowd on October 21st 2017

 

 

 

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5 Cocktails to Order at Whisper Lounge

August 6, 2017

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W Miami has officially launched Bounce Back Thursday’s at Whisper Cocktail Lounge. On August 10 from 6 – 11 p.m., you can catch their happy hour from 6 – 8 p.m. The lounge is located on the 50th floor overlooking Downtown Miami, Brickell and Biscayne Bay.  The 80’s and 90’s themed happy hour will feature local DJ’s spinning the best throwback classic hits as you enjoy the incredible sunset views.

Fun childhood board games and nostalgic candy treats (think: Ring Pop’s and Fun Dip) and yearbook photo booth moments with retro backgrounds will all be available.

Here are five $5 happy hour sunset cocktails you should order while you’ll there:

  1. Frose – Listel, Tito’s, kelvins organic frose

2. Old Miami – Markers Mark, lustau, agave, lemon

3. Luces – Tito’s, Roederer Brut, lemon, raspberry

4. Sugarcane – Cana Brava, Strega, lime, ginger beer

5. White Lady – Ford’s Gin, Cointreau, lemon, egg whites

Additional happy hour drinks include local beers for $6, bubbles for $7 and vodka well drinks for $8.

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