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It’s the Last Week to Enjoy Miami Spice

September 24, 2019

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You have a few days left to get your act together and enjoy Miami Spice’s pre-fixed menu at participating restaurants. If you’re new to Miami it’s when restaurants within Greater Miami and the Beaches, offer three-course meals reasonably priced at $23 for lunch and $39 for dinner. The swanky list of restaurants can be overwhelming. We’ve rounded up our favorites to help you navigate quicker. 

Bal Harbour

Our pick: ATLANTIKÓS – THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR

What to order: 

Start with the Stuffed Phyllo as an appetizer. It’s a mint stuffed phyllo with honey, feat, and pear. If you go as a party of two have the other person order the Mezze Station as a second appetizer. You’ll get a spread sampler with warm pita. As an entree, go for the lamb chops, comes with their signature steak sauce. Close the night off with their Cherry Almond Tsoureki which is sweet bread, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, sprinkled with almonds.

  Atlantikós is offering its lunch and dinner every day through the end of Miami Spice.  Coconut Grove Our pick: Isabelle’s Grill Room and Garden What to order: On the brunch menu, you can’t go wrong with the Challah French Toast with Nutella and banana. We had you at Nutella, didn’t we?  From the lunch menu, order the steam mussels with Thai coconut, chile, and cilantro.  For dinner, start with the Salmon Tartare with smoked mascarpone, onion, capers and topped with a small round everything bagel chip to give it an added extra crisp. As your entree, opt for the 10 oz steak with chimichurri and fries. If you save room for dessert, try the chocolate mousse cake chocolate ganache with chocolate mousse filling.    

View the three menus here. http://ldvhospitality.com/menus/ISABELLE’S/MIAMI%20SPICE%20-%20Isabelle’s.pdf

Coral Gables Our pick: Bulla Gastropub What to order: For lunch and dinner, choose the croquetas de Jamon. On the lunch menu, choose the “bulla” burger with caramelized onions topped with peppers. If you visit for Dinner try the oxtail or grilled steak. Don’t leave without tasting the churros de chocolate for dessert. 

Miami Beach Our pick: STK  What to order: Every dish at STK comes perfectly plated for your presentation. All the starters are great, just roll the dice. If you’re a meat lover, choose the 8-ounce rib eye as your main entree. For dessert, choose the creamy and sweet guava coconut rum cake!

Our pick: RWSB Miami What to order: Start with the Cobia Nikkei prepared with aji Amarillo and avocado. As the main dish, try the spaghetti with clams and tomatoes. If you’re a chocoholic, get the chocolate peanut crunch with vanilla chantilly, yuzu, and raspberry sorbet.

 

 

 

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Key Biscayne:

Our Pick: Rusty Pelican

What to order: the grilled marinated octopus as the starter, it comes with lightly salted crispy sunchoke chips. As the main entree, the pan-seared salmon is a no brainer, it’s cooked with a butter sauce and is served with a side of mash potatoes.

Cocktails are not part of the pre-fixed menu. If you stir off the menu, there’s a new cocktail called the Bay Blossom.

Miami Spice through September 30, 2019. You can view the full list of participating restaurants here.

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POLLO TROPICAL® Partners with World Central Kitchen to Supply Free Meals for Victims in the Bahamas

September 16, 2019

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Today, Pollo Tropical® launched a partnership with Chef José Andres’ charitable organization, World Central Kitchen, to benefit the organization’s hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas. Pollo Tropical is pledging a dollar donation for every Pollo Tropical Original Family Meal purchased at any of the brand’s 140 company-owned locations from September 15 through October 6 to the recovery effort

“Florida was spared from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, but our friends in the Bahamas were not. Our Pollo Tropical family is committed to helping those affected by providing Chef José Andres with funds needed to help feed the families affected by the storm,” said Richard Stockinger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Fiesta Restaurant Group, the parent company of Pollo Tropical. 

World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés, the organization’s method of operations is to be a first responder and then to collaborate and galvanize solutions with local chefs to solve the problem of hunger, immediately following a disaster.

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All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS!

August 22, 2019

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Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, and Rail Events Productions is announcing that tickets to THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are now on sale. Based on popular demand, Brightline has opened a second departure location to the North Pole from South Florida with train offerings from Virgin MiamiCentral in Downtown Miami on select weekdays beginning Nov. 19. Departures from the Fort Lauderdale Brightline Station will return weekends and select holiday dates beginning Nov. 16. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.miamithepolarexpressride.com and www.ftlthepolarexpresride.com. Guests are encouraged to book early as popular dates and times will sell out!

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the magical story comes to life when the train departs South Florida for a round-trip journey led by a cast of professional actors.

Photo by Guy Rhodes
Photo by Guy Rhodes

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa. Once onboard, car hosts will work their way through the coach and punch golden tickets before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas. During the trip, characters on each car lead fantastic onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell and souvenir golden ticket in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

The journey begins Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 29, on select dates from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Exact dates, fares, and times are available by visiting www.miamithepolarexpressride.com and www.ftlthepolarexpressride.com. Ticket prices range from $50 to $75, depending on the date, time, and location.

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Pepsi Launches Six Story Pink Flamingo Floatie onto Biscayne Bay as Part of Their Summer Campaign

May 21, 2019

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Pepsi launched their new summer campaign today by launching giant, six-story Pepsi #Summergram inflatables in cities from coast-to-coast – Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and Miami along with celebrations for fans.

Pepsi hosted a pop-up celebration on the sand, complete with Pepsi beverages, games, live music and fun installations. In attendance were Miami HEAT player, Justise Winslow, DJ Irie, and Billy the Marlin. the official mascot for the Miami Marlins.

Pepsi #Summergram collection is now available across Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Zero Sugar 20 oz., 16 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles for 12 weeks at national retailers across the country. With hundreds of unique statement and icon pairings, the collection highlights universal summer moments like BBQing, hiking, swimming and more, as well as regional-specific sayings unique to various parts of the country, and labels featuring iconic summer statements in Spanish and English. To share your Pepsi #Summergram moments, simply:

  1. Scan the QR code on any Pepsi #Summergram bottle using your camera phone to automatically open Instagram Stories and unlock a unique AR filter and statement
  2. Apply the Pepsi #Summergram AR filter directly to your video
  3. Share directly with friends on social media or add to your Instagram Story

Throughout the campaign duration, Pepsi will celebrate by releasing twenty-five 15-second television commercials that showcase the AR effects and iconic summer moments. Join the #Pepsi #Summergram conversation across social on Twitter (@Pepsi) and Facebook, and visit YouTube.com/Pepsi.

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Last Minute Beauty Must Haves for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2019

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Finding the right gift for mom can be a daunting task. We’ve rounded up options to help you add on to your primary gift or restock her with new shiny items. Here are some last minute gift ideas.

Clarin’s SOS primer – $39

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Image Credit // Clarins

Clarin’s SOS primer addresses six different skin concerns including lack of radiance, fatigue, imperfections, dark spots, sallowness, and redness. The primer serves as a makeup base over moisturizer, alone or with your foundation. Mom will also fall in the love with Clarin’s bestseller Double Serum ($124) for all skin types. The serum comes equipped with 21 plant extracts and helps the skin with hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration, and protection.

Lune + Aster Fabulous in Five! Makeup Set – $98

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Image Credit // Blue Mercury

Help mom get ready in a flash with the Lune + Aster Fabulous in five! Makeup set. The set includes RealGlow Primer, Dawn to Dusk Gel Eyeliner in Black + Sharpener, Formidable Lengthening Mascara, RealGlow Under Eye Brightener Deluxe Sample in Original, Daybreak Bronzer, Illuminator & Setting Powder Palette, Bronzer + Blush Brush, Dawn To Dusk Brow Pencil, PowerLips QuickStick in Double Booked and Vitamin C+E Gloss deluxe sample in Vlogger. It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Items come in a navy blue double pocket nylon makeup case.

Road Trip with Bite Miami – $26

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The new launch by Bite Beauty features creamy lipstick featuring eight different shades inspired by the company’s favorite cities. Cities include Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and of course Miami!

FACE atelier Travel Brush Set – $89

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For the mom-on-the-go FACE atelier’s travel brush set includes contour, powder, small shadow, large shadow and a retractable lip brush that doubles as a spot concealer. The shadow brush is great for concealer application and emollient products, while the large shadow brush can be utilized for pigments.

Revlon’s PhotoReady Candid™Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation – $10.99

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Image // Revlon

Foundations are always welcomed! Revlon’s PhotoReady CandidNatural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation comes in 31 shades with anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue-light ingredients to protect the skin.

Prada Candy Night – $125, 80 ml

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Image // Macy’s

With the essence of tropical heat, Prada Candy Night inhibits notes of Neroli, Iris, Bitter Orange, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Patchouli. Parfum comes in a gradient midnight blue with a brilliant pink base. Sizes includes 80 ml ($124), 50 ml ($94), and 30 ml ($74).

Tea Tree Trio – $29

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Image // Biossance

Biossance creates clean and non-toxic products with sustainable eco-friendly formulas and packaging. The Tea Tree Trio includes Balancing Oil to clear, calm, and hydrate, a Detox Mask to purify and soften, and Cleansing Gel to cleanse and reduce excess oil.

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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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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.