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POLLO TROPICAL® AND THE MIAMI HEAT ARE COMING IN HOT, LAUNCHING A SPICY CHICKEN LINEUP AS PART OF THEIR ICONIC PARTNERSHIP

February 24, 2021

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Starting today, fans of Pollo Tropical® and the Miami HEAT are sure to be fired up over the spicy new “HEAT Lineup at Pollo Tropical” launching in restaurants across the state. As part of this first-ever menu collaboration between the two Miami brands, the offering will feature a Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, a Spicy Tostón Sandwich and a Spicy HEAT Sauce.

The Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is the latest addition to the brand’s successful Cuban Pressed Sandwich lineup. The sandwich includes hand-breaded, crispy chicken served on a Cuban roll with Swiss cheese, potato sticks, mayo and the signature Spicy HEAT Sauce. It will have some competition to be the lineup MVP, as the Tostón sandwich offers the same crispy chicken, Swiss cheese and Signature Spicy HEAT sauce, but layered between two tostones. And for those who want an extra kick on any of their Pollo favorites, the Spicy HEAT sauce will be offered a la carte.

“As the official Pollo of the Miami HEAT, we’re thrilled to spice up our menu with the HEAT lineup and bring new, bold flavors to our guests. We knew teaming up with the Miami HEAT to launch these spicy sandwiches would be the perfect way to get fans of both brands excited,” said Hope Diaz, Chief Marketing Officer of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Parent Company of Pollo Tropical.

“I can’t tell you how excited the Miami HEAT are to be on the menu at Pollo Tropical,” said Glen Oskin, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Miami HEAT. “Since 1988, the HEAT and Pollo have been synonymous with South Florida. Now, we get to provide a little HEAT to the menu. We can’t wait for our fans to get their hands on these incredible sandwiches.”

The Miami HEAT lineup is now available in restaurants and online for curbside, in-store pick-up and delivery through the new MyPollo® App for a limited time.

Arts & Entertainment

How the program Show Your Glow Helps Provide Tools for Parents and Educators

February 10, 2021

Woman Founder Shelby Herman, created a 360 program Show Your Glow, to help children build confidence. The program is equipped with a curriculum, Shimmer the Glow Worm Finds Her Inner Glow, an Interactive App, downloadable lessons and activities, as well as a full Stage Production. 

The need for content that helps children reconnect with the core values that live inside of them, driving them to be socially competent and empowered is on the rise. A program such as Show Your Glow will provide the level of confidence and self-esteem that children need to maneuver through turbulent times. The Show Your Glow brand has shown rapid growth through its various program components and now Herman wants to share this brand with more breadth across the world.

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“At first, most of our supporters were local. Recently, we’ve been receiving an incredible amount of support from consumers across many states,” says founder and writer, Shelby Herman. Herman recognized the need for children’s activities and programs that would allow them to learn how to tap into their self-confidence, align their moral compass and make meaningful decisions. As COVID 19 cases continue to be a challenge in the US, more schools have shifted traditional learning programs into hybrid learning scenarios and therefore in-person interactions have diminished. The pandemic has affected children who are stuck indoors and have lost a sense of self-awareness. As a result, Herman has been further inspired to promote and sell her curriculum that includes five modules, which resonate
with a multitude of parents and educators.

The book Shimmer the Glowworm by Shelby Herman is focused on the idea that we all have a light that can shine bright for ourselves and others if we embrace it. Throughout the story, themes of self-esteem, relationship building, sociability, emotional awareness, goal setting, empathy, and decision making are unveiled through the various characters. This book is a must read to be purchased by libraries, parents, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school teachers to read aloud to their children. The artwork is enticing with both color and detail. As part of the brand’s reach, the Show Your Glow program is currently being used as part of the curriculum in a youth center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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The effects of this program are so impactful. “A special needs five-year-old surprised me by remembering the names of all of the animals in this story. He was excited and asked for the story again.” says Dorothea McArthur PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist.

Elementary school educators can make the curriculum come alive by bringing Show Your Glow to their school’s stage. Shimmer the Glowworm: The Musical is an interactive way for children to participate in their fundraisers and booster clubs. The stage production comes equipped with books, t-shirts, bags, stickers, and posters for the show. This play has already been performed in schools in California, as part of a test pilot and is well received by parents and educators in that location.

Herman is currently working on an exciting new character. Show Your Glow offers worldwide shipping and licensing options. The Shimmer The Glowworm Finds Her Glow Book is available for purchase on Amazon, and Barnes & Nobles. For more information, visit: ShowYourGlow.com

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A Culinary Experience featuring Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef Antonio Bachour, and Executive Chef Antonio LePapeto

February 5, 2021

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The Ritz – Carlton, South Beach will be hosting the Culinary Experience featuring Chef Brad Kilgore, Chef Antonio Bachour, and Executive Chef Antonio LePapeto benefit the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund. 

Taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach’s signature restaurant, Fuego y Mar, this collaborative experience marks the first time Chef Brad Kilgore and Chef Antonio Bachour will be working together in over a decade. 

The ticketed dinner will run for $350 per person, with $100 going towards the relief fund. The menu will be pre-fixed and will consist of the following:

Cocktail Hour

Canapé
Puffed Truffle Cannoli
Smoked Rabbit Mousseline, Fennel Pollen, Black Truffle Yogurt

Peppercorn Merengue
Caviar, Local Clam Emulsion, Buttermilk, Nori Salt

Foie gras black truffle arancini
mornay sauce and micro shiso

Amuse Bouche
Scallop crudo, blood orange, citrus lace, borage flower

Appetizer

Dumpling
Foie Gras “Hummus”, Matcha Tea, Pistachio-Miso Broth, Indian Lime Pickle

Main Course
Halibut, Sancocho broth, baby vegetables, Jamon Iberico croquetas, espelette

Dessert 

Bachour “Rocher” chocolate hazelnut cremeux, hazelnut caramel, hazelnut cake, crunchy chocolate

Petit Fours
Chocolate Bonbons and Macarons 

Fuego y Mar is located at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The event will take place February 20, 2021 with a Cocktail Reception at 6:30 p.m. Followed by Dinner – 7:15 p.m. The night will be topped off with an Afterglow Cigar Lounge – 9:00 p.m.

Click HERE to reserve your space on Opentable

Food

Chick-fil-A to give away free Chocolate Fudge Brownies this month

January 14, 2021

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It’s fudgy, flavorful, and free. As a way to say “thank you” to customers, Chick-fil-A is giving away a sweet, little treat: a Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Available from Jan. 11 to Jan. 23 at participating U.S. restaurants, Chick-fil-A One® members can redeem the offer for a free brownie* on their Chick-fil-A One® account by scanning or placing a mobile order via the Chick-fil-A® App in the drive-thru, via curbside delivery, or inside the restaurant, where available. 

“Whether it’s a smile behind a cow print mask or a surprise treat, we’re always looking for ways to show our guests how much we appreciate them,” said Kevin Purcer, senior director of customer digital experience at Chick-fil-A, Inc. “We’re excited to add a little sweetness to our guest’s day.” 

Newly added to the menu in fall 2020, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie features rich semi-sweet chocolate melted into the batter along with tasty, fudgy chunks. Each decadent treat comes individually wrapped or can be purchased by the tray. 

Safe Service remains the first priority at all Chick-fil-A restaurants. Ordering and paying for meals through the Chick-fil-A App offers guests a convenient, contactless ordering experience. Guests can also enjoy their favorite Chick-fil-A menu items without leaving home by using one of the delivery options available from select restaurants (minimum order requirements, higher menu prices, and additional fees may apply). For more information on the Chick-fil-A Safe Service standards, visit chick-fil-a.com/safeservice

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people, and guests across the country, visit thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com

Arts & Entertainment

Doggie Day Afternoon with Pet Supermarket

September 26, 2020

Join Pet Supermarket for “Doggie Day Afternoon,” a free afternoon of fun with the Pet Experts from the store and other furry friends. Customers are invited to bring their pets to their local Pet Supermarket on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for fun, in-store activities and learning opportunities, as well as a chance to safely socialize with other pets and pet lovers.

During “Doggie Day Afternoon,” guests will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one grooming appointments and learn more about the in-store grooming services available at Grooming Tails. Additionally, Pet Experts will be hosting a Q&A session about reptiles and fish all day. There will also be a local animal rescue, Saving Sage, on site for pet adoptions throughout the day if you’re looking to take home a new furry friend. There will also be raffles to enter to win prizes and light refreshments will be offered.

Hand sanitizer and other sanitation equipment will be available for the safety of all guests. Face masks must be worn at all times and CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed. This event is free and open to the public.

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Rosalia’s New M·A·C Lipstick Launched

September 26, 2020

M·A·C VIVA GLAM ambassador, international superstar Rosalía joins M·A·C to launch VG26. The all-new, limited-edition, fiery-red M•A•C VIVA GLAM Lipstick shade celebrates 26 years of giving back 100%.

Influenced by flamenco, urban rhythms, electronic beats — and a feminist ethos — the 27-year-old from Barcelona embodies passion, courage and originality that inspires her fans across the world.

“It’s an honour to be the face of VIVA GLAM 26 and to champion a cause that is inclusive, supports individuality and gives back 100%,” says Rosalía when asked about becoming our newest M•A•Ctivist. “The incredible charisma, energy and strength of Rosalía is the perfect incarnation of
this vibrant, saturated red,” says Director of Makeup Artistry Baltasar González Pinel. “Taking its roots in flamenco, Rosalía’s art mixes genres and emotions — it takes risks, it is full of generosity, it is pure brilliance.”

Since ’94, M•A•C VIVA GLAM has raised over $500,000,000 globally — and counting. Every cent of the selling price of M•A•C VIVA GLAM Lipstick is donated to the M•A•C VIVA GLAM Fund, supporting healthy futures and equal rights for all. Get the Lipstick that gives back 100%.

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“We are beyond proud to join forces with the incomparable Rosalía, who will elevate the M•A•C VIVA GLAM campaign to new levels this year. Aside from her epic voice and coveted style, Rosalía is deeply committed to improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe, especially those most vulnerable, including women, girls and the LGBTQIA+ community,” says John Demsey, Chairman of the M•A•C VIVA GLAM FUND & Executive Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

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People en Español’s Festival Returns En Casa

September 26, 2020

People en Español’s Festival, traditionally held in New York annually, returns en case this year, kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month. The prized cultural event will bring multiple generations of Latinos together during the virtually interactive weekend. With participation from singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, actress Julissa Calderón, actress and entrepreneur Elizabeth Gutierrez, and musicians Gian Marco and Aymee Nuviola, among many others, this year’s Festival will be gratis and is scheduled for October 10th and 11th. 

Stars from various Netflix productions – David Castañeda (The Umbrella Academy), Julissa Calderón (Gentefied) and Julio Macías (On My Block; Selena: The Series) – will be discussing what it means to be Latino in Hollywood today. As we strive for more inclusive and diverse representation on screen, these actors allow those watching to see themselves reflected in television and films in a way they haven’t seen before. Additionally, Netflix will debut never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming Selena: The Series.

Amazon Prime, The Clorox Brand, Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk: The Estefans, Netflix, and Prime Video join as sponsors for the event.

“Clorox is delighted to partner with People En Español during their ‘Festival en Casa’ to celebrate Hispanic culture, community and entertainment,” said Magnus Jonsson, Vice President of Cleaning at The Clorox Brand. ” As a leader in public health we are dedicated to creating a cleaner and safer future where we all can thrive, so we are especially proud to sponsor ‘Healthy Families are Happy Families,’ a discussion around emotional and physical wellbeing during these uncertain times.”

As Meredith Corporation’s largest consumer-facing virtual experience, Festival People en Español will honor history and culture through live content and remarkable experiences curated by our editors. The final event programming and talent lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. Performers will include Adrian Vadim, Lenier, Ingrid Contreras, Gian Marco, Drizmali Lyanno, and Aymee Nuviola. Join the conversation @peopleenespanol. 

This is a free event. To join us at Festival, please quickly register by clicking here.

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Islas Canarias Celebrates 43 Years of Serving Croquetas

September 25, 2020

Islas Canarias Restaurant & Bar, the miami-based food and beverage company, is celebrating their 43 year anniversary. The restaurant was established by the late Raul and Amelia Garcia in 1977 and is currently run by their daughter Nancy Andrade and her husband Luis Andrade. Islas Canarias continues to preserve Raul’s secret family recipe for the Islas Canarias Croqueta. The restaurant’s croquetas have been an iconic favorite in Miami-Dade County for decades.

Beauty

Last Day for 15% off $150 at the Bluemercury 21st Anniversary Celebration

September 21, 2020

Bluemercury is celebrating its 21st anniversary this month.

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In honor of this milestone, Bluemercury announced a special 15% off $150 and it ends today. This offer is available in-store only, so be sure to stop by your local Bluemercury! Bluemercury’s 21st Anniversary sale is the perfect time to stock up on your beauty favorites, transitional skincare for Fall, and any new beauty and wellness launches you’ve been dying to try. 

In addition to the fantastic savings, Bluemercury is now offering a special anniversary gift-with purchase bag for all purchases over $200, online and in-stores while supplies last. The GWP includes Bluemercury 21st Anniversary Gift Bag ($300 value!) with

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  • Bluemercury Travel Bag
  • Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara
  • NARS Deluxe High Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Via Veneto
  • Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer
  • Dr. Barbara Sturm Travel Face Cream
  • Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Bath & Shower Gel
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray 
  • Dermalogica Calm Water Gel 
  • Moroccanoil Morccanoil Treatment
  • SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E
  • m-61 PowerGlow Moisturizer
  • m-61 Power Cleansing Cloths
  • m-61 Perfect Cleanse Packette
  • 8Greens Effervescent Tablet is Made From 8 Real Greens
  • KNC Beauty Retinol Infused Eye Mask – NEW at Bluemercury! 

Shop in-store and see all brands carried at Blue Mercury online here.

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Exclusive Q & A with Jewelry Designer Jianni Acosta

September 18, 2020

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Tell us about yourself and why you chose to open House of Jewels Miami? 

As a first generation college student, I followed the american dream every immigrant parent wants for their children. That is to pursue a degree and land a corporate job. I did just that. Upon college graduation, I was on a flight to California to begin working for a corporate 100 company. Once I started working, I felt unhappy and unfulfilled. Life wasn’t as glamorous as everyone made it seem. I keep thinking that I didn’t want to disappoint my friends and family who had always looked up to me. 

Consequently, I used to bead for fun and I decided to begin selling my jewelry designs as a “side hustle.” That’s when I realized, what fulfilled me was in front of me. My dream of combining my jewelry making hobby and my interest in business came true when House of Jewels Miami launched. Thanks to the support I have received, I was able to quit my Corporate Finance job to follow my dreams of being a business owner. Now, I’m able to work on something that I truly LOVE – making and designing jewelry. 

When did House of Jewels Miami launch and where are you located? 

We officially launched March 1st 2020 and we are based out of Miami FL. 

What is the inspiration of your brand and its collections? 

The inspiration behind my brand is being able to offer quality gold jewelry at an affordable price. We take pride in using gold-filled, gold-layered and water friendly jewels (18K gold plated over stainless steel) while staying budget friendly. Trends are constantly changing, and we believe there is no need to break the bank in order to accessorize in style.  When working on a collection, we ensure to consider different styles (i.e., dainty vs bold). At HOJM, we like to offer something for all of our gold lovers. 

Have you grown fast? Has the growth been local and national? 

Yes, our revenue continues to grow every single day with an increase in nationwide and international sales. At first, most of our supporters were local. In the recent months, we’ve been receiving an incredible amount of support from individuals across many different states and Canada. Since our launch date, we’ve had sales growth in the high double digits month-over-month. We hope to keep the momentum going!

When is the next collection launching? 

The new INDULGE collection has launched and is available online at House of Jewels Miami.

Screw Bangle $30
Double Heart Cuff $23

Your site has a grant program, can you tell us about it? 

House of Jewels Miami’s mission is to encourage people to follow their dreams and live a life with purpose. We want to help aspiring entrepreneurs, who feel lost or stuck at a job they dislike, to launch their business ideas. Early stages of a startup company may need things such as extra inventory or advancement courses. We want to help however we can. That’s why we’ve launched an initiative where the brand commits to donate 30% of proceeds from our DREAM collection to support my fellow dreamers and do-ers! 

In addition to my cash donation, I have also partnered with other business owners (i.e, tax advice, digital consulting, and apparel printing) who would like to also offer their services in order to offer the winner a “entrepreneur starter pack” experience. Together, we can live our best life while implementing innovative ideas, transforming the way we work, creating jobs and ultimately making the world a better place. 

Do you plan on opening stores or stay online? Do you wholesale? 

Our goal is to be solely online and partner with small boutiques across the nation to carry our brand in their store. We currently offer wholesale options and have plans to continue to expand that channel.

Visit House of Jewels Miami to shop their collections.