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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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Miami Gets A New Brewery

August 3, 2017

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Once upon a time, Miamians envied other states for their breweries and craft beer taps at bars. Not anymore. Miami has leveled up. A new addition to the brewery list has just been added. VEZA SUR Brewing Company. Here are three things you should know:

  • Will be located in Wynwood, offering an open-concept space with communal seating and a garden
  • A collaboration between Bogota Beer Company and 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
  • It’s Miami-made craft beer with Latin and American roots

Why Miami? “Miami is the capital of Latin America in the United States, which is exactly why we chose it as our home and the home of VEZA SUR,” says Berny Silberwasser, founder of Bogota Beer Company, the most successful craft brewery in Colombia.

Veza Sur is striving to cultivate a space that’s inviting and homelike. You can arrive at the brewery and feel the chill and low-key atmosphere. “We’ve always enjoyed visiting Miami which has an amazing culture, and have had interest in starting a craft brewery that can meld multiple cultures,” says Chris Cox, Co-Founder of 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

A brewery with West Coast and South American Fusion will be well received. After all Miami is known for its diverse culture and international flair. VEZA SUR is scheduled to open on August 19th. 

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Tavour Your Way Through Craft Beer

August 3, 2017

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Miami beer lovers, you’re in luck! Tavour recently started shipping to Florida at a flat fee of $14.90. What is Tavour? Tavour is helping you get craft beer to savour it at home.

In 2013, Tavour founders felt a lack of craft beer options in their supermarkets. They took matters into their own hands and sought out to give beer fans a better selection by partnering with more than 400 independent breweries. The breweries allow Tavour to disperse their members with limited and rare beers straight to their homes. As a member, you can access the selection via email or Tavour app. You browse and choose what you would like to receive and then pay for your self-curated crate.

Two notifications a day from Tavour allows you to stay abreast of new craft beer options. You can opt to continue adding to your cart or ship the beer and receive it in as little as a week. It is not a beer of the month club. When you sign up on the Tavour site, you get an email with a rundown of how it works in three steps that reads:

  1. Explore
    • Receive Daily Limited Beer Releases to your phone or inbox
  2. Select
    • Purchase the beers that excite you with a click or or by replying to the email
  3. Drink!
    • Every 4-5 weeks (or sooner if you like) we deliver all the beer you’ve ordered to your door

Get ready to taste and savour, or better yet Tavour beer straight to your door. Is that what Tavour means?

Check out Tavour and their beers!

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Ximena Kavalekas is Accessorizing Miami

August 1, 2017

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When you think fashion, New York is likely to pop up in your mind. The city is known for their fashion driven market, showrooms and high runway shows. In Miami, we need to spruce up our fashion industry game. Luckily, Ximena Kavalekas is one designer leading the way. Ximena’s high fashion, high color, python leather handbags give Miami some fashion credit.

Ximena’s handbags go through a multiple step process before they are showcased in her private showroom in Miami and at high-end retailers. The python skins are collected, sent to Italy for careful care and processing. It is there where they are hand painted and crafted.. 

Once the bags are ready to wear (RTW), you can find them at Bergdorf Goodman’s, high end boutiques and by appointment at the gorgeous showroom in Brickell. The bags are a great representation of Miami due to names you may recognize, such as the “Biltmore” crossbody ($1,480.00) and Wynwood Black ($1,740.00). The Biltmore handbag acquired its name when she snapped a picture for Instagram, while she watched her kids play golf at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The picture gained pricing inquiries and BINGO! was named “Biltmore.” It comes in a range of nine shades including Millennial Pink to hike up your instagram color scheme.

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There is a style for everyone, from a mini Le Cigarette 2.0 that fits your phone ($525) to a large Barbara tote ($1,630.00) that can carry it all. 

With all the options, it’s no wonder Sofia Vergara opts for the Barbara and Caterina styles. Ready to coordinate your Miami style with a Ximena Kavalekas handbag? Shop the styles here.

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6 Items to Order at LaMuse Cafe inside the Avant Gallery

July 24, 2017

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Many of you have experienced the murals in Wynwood. This may have been the place where you were introduced to Alec Monopoly’s art pieces. How about the time your social feed had an abundance of Nataly and Murad Osmann’s “follow me” images? But have you ever thought, what blends better with art than food?

Your wishes have been answered. There’s finally a place in Miami that combines an appetite for food and art. Introducing the LaMuse Cafe inside the Avant Gallery at the Epic Hotel. The gallery brings an array of art, photography, sculpture and design, while the Cafe is satisfying taste buds. You will find artists such as Santlov, Murad Osmann, Alec Monopoly, Skyler Grey and more.

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The unique partnership between Chef Jamie DeRosa, gallery owner Dmitry Prut, and Dirk DeSouza gives you the opportunity to simultaneously shop and dine. You won’t find a more whimsical cafe in Miami to compete with LaMuse Cafe. From the moment you arrive, you are transported to a well thought out culinary experience. From the chair you sit in to the fine eating utensils, and even your coffee mug will be beyond ordinary.

Prut and DeSouza have travelled the world and know cuisine. Throw Chef DeRosa’s experiential touch into the mix and you’ve got a fine atmospheric combination. At a glance, you’ll want to order all the items on the menu. Here are some highlights to make choosing a bit simpler.

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From the Morning Menu

Tartines

  1. Pear & Goat Cheese – Fresh Tarragon Leaves
  2. Smoked Salmon – Cream Cheese, Cucumber, Capers, Dill, Pepper, Lemon

The Original CroSub

  1. Italian Tuna CroSub™ – Tuna salad, Tarragon, Dill, Flat Leaf Parsley, Lemon, Cornichons and Capers

Fruit & Bowls

4. Açaí Bowl – Coconut Flakes, Granola, Blueberries, Strawberries and Chocolate

From the Afternoon & Evening Menu

The Original CroSub™

  1. The Cuban CroSub™ – Roast Pork, Garlic Ham, Swiss Cheese, Austrian Canon Cheese, Dijon Mustard, Sliced Country Barrel Pickles, New Havana Dipping Sauce

Salads

  1. Seafood Cobb- Shrimp, Crabmeat, Avocado, Cage-Free Eggs, Campari Tomatoes and Butter Lettuce

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Soon the Cafe will offer bubbly and happy hour specialities. See more at:  http://www.lamusecafe.com/

 

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6 Ways to #ScoreUnlimited During MLB All-Star Week with T-Mobile

July 8, 2017

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Here are six ways you can get involved at this year’s MLB All Star Week.

  1. Magenta Baseballs Throughout Miami – Find One and Win T-Mobile Home Run Derby Tickets July 8-9. Reigning Derby champ and Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton takes his signature baseball crushing out of the park and into the streets of Miami, hiding 12 magenta baseballs around the city. Follow @TMobile on Twitter for clues on where to find each magenta baseball – and the first person to find each ball wins a pair of tickets to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.
  1. MLB Player-Inspired Haircuts at Un-carrier Barbershop. T-Mobile’s giving baseball fans FREE MLB-inspired haircuts from the team of Miami barbers that—are selected by, and work with—the official barber of the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton, Hugo “Juice” Tandron. Fans can get cuts inspired by their favorite players (e.g. The Stanton, The Harper and The Cruz)

Location: T-Mobile Signature store in Miami Beach (738 Lincoln Road)

Barbershop Hours:

Saturday, 7/8: 2pm-8pm ET

Sunday, 7/9: 2pm-8pm ET

Monday, 7/10: 12pm-6pm ET

Tuesday, 7/11: 12pm-6pm ET

  1. Giancarlo Stanton Stars in a Funny New T-Mobile Ad, “The Nickname”.  Debuting in broadcast today and airing during the 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton stars in a new spot for the Un-carrier, highlighting that only T-Mobile gives fans America’s Best Unlimited Network to enjoy unlimited baseball. And, that no one calls Giancarlo “darling.” Check it out: https://youtu.be/3OjkXqtJ8sg
  1. On-Field Magenta Lounges + Behind-the-Scenes at the Derby. Fans can #ScoreUnlimited access to the Derby, with MLB player hosts providing insider access, live player interviews and a behind-the-scenes look from two on-field Magenta Lounges—one American League and one National league—at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Fans can follow the fun via MLB’s Facebook Live and Twitter throughout the event.
  1. T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge.Fans can lock in their predictions of who’ll win the Derby at http://www.mlb.com/bracketchallenge—for a chance to win four tickets to Game 1 of the World Series and a $500 MasterCard gift card. Bracket predictions must be entered by July 10 at 7:59 PM ET.
  1. In-Stadium #ScoreUnlimited Magenta Surprises at the Derby.This year at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, bonus time for the players is also bonus time for fans at the park to score prizes. During bonus time, magenta baseballs will replace the white regulation baseballs, and every magenta home run will unlock a surprise for a section of the ballpark, including $10 MLBShop.com  gift cards, cotton candy, popcorn balls and more.

Share what you scored by using the hashtag #ScoreUnlimited.

 

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South Florida Summer Concerts & Essentials

June 30, 2017

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South Florida summers have plenty to offer, including concerts. We’ve rounded up upcoming shows/concerts and essentials you should consider taking with you.

Concerts:

Vans Warped Tour Presented by Journeys at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater July 2

8 Tour- Incubus and special Guests Jimmy Eat World at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater July 6

Metallica – WorldWired Tour at the Hard Rock Stadium July 7

Cirque du Soleil OVO at the BB&T Center  July 13th through the 23rd

Sum Hunt 15 in a 30 Tour at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater July 15th

Chevelle at the Fillmore July 18th

Shawn Mendez Illuminate World Tour at the American Airlines Arena July 26th

Whether you’re indoor or outdoor at these concerts, remember to bring comfy items such as OkaB versatile sandals. Their designs such as the Carson ($36) are perfect for outdoor concert venues such as Bayfront Park and the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater. While styles such as the Kensley ($46) can be dressed up for indoor Arenas.

Some of these concerts often take place while the sun is still out. Remember your eyewear with 100% UV protection. For the ladies, we love Vye Eyewear in Deluxe ($54.95) and Aura ($44.95) Styles.

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If you have dinner before a show, we recommend to pair it with Vievite Wine. The best food pairings are grilled white fishes, salmon, crab cakes with aoli sauce, prawns, lobster, ceviche, sushi and even a spicy seafood stew. Remember, you can take an Uber. To get a discount use code “ubermiami30.” 

Sold at: Whole Foods and Publix.

Also found at Soho Beach House, Hyde Hallandale, Madrian Oriental, Four Seasons Brickell, The Edition, The Standard and others.

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J Balvin Wants You to Bob Your Head

June 30, 2017

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Currently moving, shoulders and hips. The new 2017 summer song by J Balvin “Mi Gente” is geared toward breaking cultural barriers. It speaks on being non-discriminatory. You hear J Balvin singing lyrics in Spanish that translate to English as “my music doesn’t discriminate anyone, so let’s move.”

The colorful video aligns well with the theme of the song. J Balvin continues to put out content that changes the music world with mixed rhythms.

When asked whether he’d ever work with Eminem, to who he use to get compared to because of his hair style, he simply answered “hopefully.”

 

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