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Father’s Day Options for Every Budget

June 16, 2018

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By: Diana Rodriguez, @dmrodrigzz, is a contributing editor with Miami Crowd in Miami, Florida. 

Dad. Pops. Papa. Old Man. Call him what you like, but this Sunday make sure you celebrate him in true Miami fashion. We’ve got some spots–from Sunrise to Miami Beach–that he will love. And whether you feel like splurging on dad or not (we think you should) there’s a plan for every budget.

For a $0 Budget

Take dad to CityPlace Doral, where they are hosting a superhero-themed Father’s Day celebration. On Sunday, June 17 from 1PM- 4PM, the main plaza at CityPlace will have arts and crafts booths, hero sightings and even giveaways. Catch the fountain displays dance to the beat of the music, or take the staircase for a movie with the family at CineBistro (not $0 tho).

For the Budget Doesn’t Matter

Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann is inviting you and the grillmaster to an intimate Grilling Masterclass at Faena Miami Beach. From 12PM- 4pM, Chef de Cuisine Cristian Menendez will teach live-fire cooking techniques that you and pops can drool over. Some items on the menu include smoked shrimp, salt-crusted whole red snapper, and the beef tenderloin milanesa.

Image Courtesy of Los Fuegos
Image Courtesy of Los Fuegos

The experience includes wine pairings and a signed copy of Francis Mallmann’s best-selling cookbook and recipe card. Grilling Masterclass priced at $195 per guest, exclusive of tax and service charge. Tickets available here. For more information, call 786-655-600 or email losfuegos@faena.com.

If you prefer not to work for your food, then stay for their Father’s Day Asado Brunch priced at $115 for adults (includes bottomless drink specials) and $45 for children (aged 5-12, without the bottomless drinks, duh). And because Faena is lit, all fathers receive a complimentary hand-rolled cigar after feasting on all the meats and seafood.

For the Sigo Pa’Lante Papa

Willy Chirino wants to party it up with you and dad this Sunday at the James L Knight Center. The clock is ticking so get your tickets today. Seats can range from $49 to upwards of $199. The concert starts at 7PM so leave early and catch a bite before the show.

For the Dad that Watches The Voice

He’s probably into Adam Levine and wants to catch Maroon 5 in concert this Sunday. In which case, you will need to make the drive to the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Then expect to put down a couple Benjamins to put a big smile on dad’s face.

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Ford Partners with Postmates to Launch Self-Driving Research Delivery Service in Miami

June 11, 2018

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Ford Motor Company announced the launch of its first pilot program that will offer self-driving delivery services in the Miami and Miami Beach areas. The next time you order food or coffee from Postmates, you may be surprised that a self-driving vehicle is delivering your items.

Self-Driving Vehicle Makes its Way Down S Miami Avenue. Image Courtesy of Postmates

How does it work? The restaurant receives your order and prepares the package. The vehicle is dispatched to the restaurant. A restaurant staff member then loads the order into one of the vehicle’s three locker compartments. No worries, your beverages won’t spill because the lockers have two cups holders in each compartment.

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The self-driving vehicle then proceeds to either pick up more orders or continues directly to drop off your purchase. Once the vehicle arrives at its destination, you receive a notification with a code to access the locker system and retrieve your order.

“We have a shared vision with Postmates that to help people unlock the best of their cities,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets. Postmates allows you to purchase items from more than 250,000 merchants across 250 cities.

“When you combine the power and reach of self-driving vehicles with the deep knowledge of the Postmates team, the scale and scope of the expertise we put into action grow exponentially.”

In January 2017, Postmates became the first to test short distanced deliveries through robotic technologies and continues to work on innovates ways to improve services. “Ford’s self-driving technology has the potential to not only make our delivery network faster and more efficient but to ultimately connect more customers to more local businesses,” said Vivek Patel, Vice President of Business Operations at Postmates.

Through this collaboration, Ford and Postmates hope that the Transit Connect self-driving vehicle will help provide insight for new development ideas, mobility solutions, and decrease traffic congestion and emissions.

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How to get into an Exclusive Miami Concert with Featuring Zion & Lennox with REYKON

June 7, 2018

Pandora is hosting El Pulso Live headlined by Zion & Lennox with Reykon as the opening act in Miami. It will be held at Palace Ice Studios on Tuesday, June 19. El Pulso is the newly launched destination for Latin Music, that features artists who are breaking genre barriers. The Station features musical artists including Karol G, Bad Bunny, Leslie Grace, Sebastian Yatra, Mau y Ricky, Bryant Meyers, and more.

The best part is that the event is free and you can RSVP here. “Our live events are hugely popular with our audience and we’re thrilled to be bringing the inaugural El Pulso concert to the incredibly vibrant musical city of Miami,” said Jeff Zuchowski, Vice President of Artist Marketing and Industry Relations at Pandora.

Throughout the launch, Pandora has partnered up with brands such as Clamato®, Denny’s, McDonald’s®, TitleMax® and Ulta Beauty.

“Pandora’s the leader of Latin music streaming in the U.S., and we’re always looking for ways to present our listeners with unique musical experiences featuring the most relevant and requested artists of the genre. El Pulso headliners Zion & Lennox are one of the highest streaming acts on Pandora with over 1 billion spins, and we know fans are going to be excited to get a chance to see them perform live,” adds Jeff.

According to the event page, doors will open at 7 p.m. and entry is not guaranteed. You have to be over 21 years of age to enter and show a valid photo ID for entry. You can follow along on social using the hashtag #ElPulsoDePandora.

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Propel Co: Labs Fitness Festival is Coming to Miami

May 24, 2018

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Propel has set out on a mission to unite the fitness community by launching Co: Labs Fitness Festivals. The fitness experience is coming to Miami on Saturday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Faena Forum. The day will be packed with workouts, healthy local bites and exciting offerings such as meditation sessions, complimentary massages, hair braiding and more.

Propel CO:LABS FITNESS FESTIVAL MIAMI

You will have the opportunity to partake in workouts sessions lead by trainers from Miami’s hottest studios including Anatomy, Ashli Katz, The Barre Code, The Box, Fast Twitch and Fit Shop.

Gunnar Peterson will lead an energetic group workout modeled after the strength and conditioning programs he provides for top entertainers and athletes in the world. Legacy Fit trainer, Manning Sumner will help you achieve personal fitness goals through a group fitness session developed by and for athletes.  Amy Dannheim, co-founder of Tropical Vinyasa in Miami Beach, will host a Tropical Flow Yoga class offering challenging movements set to music.

In the afternoon, you can relax in the Wellness Zone by participating in the Relaxation: Live Meditation session led by Jennifer Hall Taylor. The guided meditation is inspired by Jennifer’s mindfulness app, The Shift. Where she combines yoga, meditation, and mindfulness while incorporating conscious breathing, and experiential physical practices to provide a meaningful connection for participants. There will also be an opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind vixen workout, led by founder, Janet Jones, alongside Wyclef Jean.

Advance Saturday Passes are forty dollars and include up to three class selections. Additional Activities such as massages and hair braid bar are based on availability.

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Hispanicize 2018: In Review

April 25, 2018

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By: Sussette Rodriguez

Every year, the nation’s most influential Latino professionals in the digital content, journalism, music, entertainment, marketing and business world enthusiastically await the arrival of April, for the annual Hispanicize conference. This year was no different.

The conference featured many new ideas and initiatives, a launching pad for new creations, innovative technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and other materials aimed at Hispanic communicators. Looking forward to an even bigger 2019 event, here are the key takeaways and highlights discovered at this year’s conference.

Courtesy of Hispanicize
Courtesy of Hispanicize

The future is bright… and filled with social media influencers

The love between influencers, brands and agencies has unquestionably evolved to “the great social media love affair.” Influencers tackle an audience that many advertisements can’t grasp and that’s part of the magic.

Key takeaway: No matter how popular a brand may be, it won’t matter to the community if it does not have the approval and acceptance of other highly-regarded experts a.k.a. influencers. Allocating some of the marketing budget to these individuals could potentially achieve greater outcomes.

Courtesy of Hispanicize
Courtesy of Hispanicize

Is Public Relations dying? Errr maybe.

In a panel moderated by Univision’s Rosemary Ravinal, the future of public relations was discussed. She brought up a fact that stated that 90 percent of practitioners feel that the term Public Relations will no longer represent the work they do. This brings to question what will?

People are steering away from traditional media and focusing on integrated marketing campaigns to get a brand’s point across.

Key takeaway: Do it all! A worthy campaign is a package deal. You need all media the components to accomplish the desired goal.

Podcasts: Do you listen?

Podcasts are still very new, but also quickly making its way into many organizations communications strategy or at least it should be. Speaking directly to your target audience will expand your leads and position you alongside experts in your industry

Key takeaway: podcasts are growing a lot compared to other platforms. It’s a much more intimate channel and, therefore, is used to express stories of progress and address serious problems, such as climate change, from a much more personal perspective.

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David Beckman’s MLS team is Coming to Miami in 2020

January 30, 2018

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MIAMI — Major League Soccer is officially making its way to Miami. The announcement was made at the Night Concert Hall by David Beckham, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez and partners.  

The theater boasted a live DJ, a chanting group of soccer enthusiasts named the Southern Legion and raining confetti, at the time of announcement. Miami is now the 10th city with a complete range of sports teams. “There are days that warm our hearts and make us proud,” said Soccer Commissioner Don Garber. “We thank you for patiently waiting for this day.” He added.  

After years of discussion, David Beckman was ready to call it quits. Until, Jorge and Jose Mas stepped in and saved the BID. “We had a dream and we were never going to give up,” said Sprint CEO, Marcelo Claure.  

David Beckman Miami

With pending plans to build in Overtown, the 225-million-dollar stadium will seat 25,000. The group’s goal is to sell out of season tickets before the season starts in 2020. The MLS Miami team’s name will come from the community’s input.   

“We are a winning city,” says Jorge Mas, prominent Miami Businessman. “Adelante! We’re going to make this happen.” 

 

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Win the Chance to Paint a Mural on the New JOE & THE JUICE Storefront and Receive $5,000

January 18, 2018

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Joe & the Joice is set to open yet another Miami location in March. This time in Wynwood. As part of the opening celebration, it has unveiled its #artforjuice social media competition to showcase local artists. The chosen artist will gain the opportunity to paint an original mural on JOE & THE JUICE storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize.  

“I am even more excited to celebrate this city’s vibrant art scene, and give a platform to the next great artist here,” said CEO Kasper Basse.  

JOE & THE JUICE is now accepting and reviewing entries of mural mock-ups from Miami-area residents.   Submit your work via Instagram using the handle @joeandthejuice and hashtag #artforjuice or by sending it to art@joejuice.com. Last day to submit is February 9, 2018.  

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Mock up image provided by JOE & THE JUICE

The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE is located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue. 

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Volta Arrives in Miami

December 27, 2017

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Cirque du Soleil’s 41st show production has arrived under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea and references a jolt of energy. The new show tells a story about the freedom to choose your own path.  

You’ll feel the adrenaline of the show through the acrobatics and choreography. The details of every costume will capture your attention. Every stunt leaves you glued to your seat.  The show brings a mix of BMX stunts, choreographed dances and aerial aerobatics.  

Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy

Through the Volta story line, you’ll encounter groups such as the GREYS, the ELITES and the FREE SPIRITS. The GREYS are conformists who follow routine and are set in their ways. The elites are enamored with stardom, while the free spirits always seek adventure and living life to the fullest.  You’ll be captured by the main character’s transformation and celebration of finding freedom.  

Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux Costume: Zaldy
Photo Credit: Patrice Lamoureux
Costume: Zaldy

Cirque di Soleil Volata Tickets are available to purchase now by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783)

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The New Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

December 11, 2017

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The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach debuted its newest location in North Beach. This marks the second Conrad property to open in Florida. It boasts 290 suites, four dining and bar options, a full-service spa, fitness center, event space and a 20,000-sq. ft. oceanfront pool deck.  

“While Conrad boasts a portfolio of 32 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will be the first beachfront resort and residence for the brand in the region,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. 

Jorge Ramos is appointed executive chef and will lead the food & beverage efforts for Atlas Cocktail Lounge, Spinnaker Pool Grill, Cornucopia, Gourmet Market, in suite dining and banquet cuisine. 

Once you’ve checked in, you can request a custom in-suite dining experience. Exclusive in suite options include cooking demonstration with wine pairing or chef selected dishes where the ingredients are delivered to your suite.  

If you opt out of cooking in your room, you can visit the signature restaurant Terra Mare restaurant located on the corner of Terramar Street. It offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Brunch menu highlights include: Korean Fried Chicken N Waffles with chili peppers and a sunny side up egg ($23), Lobster Hash with sea urchin hollandaise ($32) and spicy peach jam, goat cheese and fresh jalapeno on multigrain toast ($12).  

You can pair dishes with one of 11 Terramar cocktails, such as Penicillin with monkey shoulder, lemon, honey syrup, house ginger syrup and islay “spritz” or the Bourbon Smash with buffalo trace, simple syrup, lemon and fresh mint ($14). The menu also features six cold press juices, wine and craft beer. 

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Miami Crowd’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2017

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Shopping for everyone on your list can be daunting. That’s why the Miami Crowd team lined up some hot items for women, men and children.

2017 VIZIO SmartCast M-Series

(Starting at $799.99 for the 50” and ranging to $2,999.99 for the 75”)

The new Vizio Smart Cast is a great upgrade choice from your current display. The display is powered by XLED Plus, which provides local dimming that enhances bright levels and fine tunes the quality of 4K Ultra HD. Your black images will appear as deeper blacks and vivid contrast. You’re able to easily stream from your phone to your display, due to the thousands of Chromecast enabled-apps. The Vizio Smart Cast also pairs with Google Home, where you can use your voice to control your display. Using simple voice commands, such as “Hey Google turn down the volume.”

 

Google Home Mini & Smarter Coffee

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Google Home Mini ($49) launched in stores on October 19, 2017. It helps you with everyday routines around your home. It comes equipped with far-field microphones. This helps the Mini hear you over music that’s playing or background noise. It’s available in three color – Chalk, Charcoal and Coral. If you pair the Google Home Mini to other smart devices such as the Smarter Coffee Machine ($249.99). You can say “Hey Google, brew me a coffee.” The coffee machine will start brewing.  It can also detect when you arrive home and it will automatically start brewing.

Galaxy Note 8

Galaxy Note 8 comes with an S pen on the bottom right corner of the device. S pen can be used to jot down quick notes on the home screen. You don’t even have to unlock your phone. It brings a Dual Camera with Optical Image Stabilization on both lenses. You can also multi task between apps, by using the side by side view on the Infinity Display. Additional specs include:

  • Internal Memory includes  64GB ROM12 , 6GB RAM. Expandable memory of up to an additional 256 GB8.
  • Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP68 Rating, which tests submersion up to 1.5 meter for up to 30 minutes.
  • Wireless Charging Capability

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Peel Cases

Peel set out to do away with the bulkiness of phone cases. Peel produces ultra thin iphone and android cases. The cases include minimalist styles with glossy and matte finishes.  

Galaxy Note 8 Peel Case

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Catalyst Airpod Cases

Catalyst provides the first ever case for your Apple AirPods ($24.99). The case is made of soft silicone that protects from scrapes and scratches. The case also allows for easy access to the lighting port and comes with a carabiner that’s detachable. The carabiner makes it easy to attach your AirPods to on-the-go accessories such as a book bag, purse or clothing belt loops.

Catalyst Apple AirPods Case
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Apexan Wireless Charger ($21.99)

It can be used for iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and all Qi Compatible Cell Phones. It charges up to 1.5 times faster than normal wireless charging. It uses two ways to charge: Normal Charging (5V/2A) and QC Fast Charging (9V/1.8A). Its sleek and modern design makes it an elegant charger option. Additionally, its LED indicators, non-slip pad and ultra slim only 8mm make it simple and convenient.

Apexan Wireless Charger

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Casio G-Shock ‘s new S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker ($130)

The new GMAS130 offers a new face design, with an automatic step counter display. It displays your fitness achievements with a percentage indicator.  It comes in four pastel shades including mint, pink, black and white. This versatile design makes it perfect for use at work, gym and more.

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Edifier MP200 ($34.99)

This portable cube sized audio speaker, will give you less to carry because it fits in your palm. The battery life ensures up to 12 hours of playback. Its Bluetooth capability and hands-free calling make it a useful tech device. You can use it outdoors and indoors. It’s also dust proof and splash proof. Available in seven colorful options. 

Edifier Speaker
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One Fresh Cup

A straightforward and useful gift is a box of One Fresh Cup Coffee that includes 10 or 36 serving options. You use it by setting the filter on your cup and pouring hot water over it. There are more than 7 flavors and tea options. 

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Clarins Advent Calendar ($125)

The Clarins Advent Calendar brings 24 days worth of skincare and makeup surprises. It’s simplifying what to buy and summing up essential travel sized items. Items include:

Beauty Flash Balm, Mascara Supra Volume, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil,  Instant Eye Make-Up Remover, One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Exfoliating Body Scrub for Smooth Skin, Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Deluxe Travel-Size, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, Bronzing Duo Mineral Powder Compact, Joli Rouge, Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, Cleansing Milk, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream, Toning Lotion, Eye Contour Gel, Extra-Firming Mask, Hydra-Essential Silky Cream, three charms to clip onto your key-chain and three gift tags for your special note.

 

Clarins Advent Calendar
For the children, it’s always nice to have special details during Christmas. A personalized Santa bag ($19.95) can be customized to display the child’s name. 
Personalized Santa Bag

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Unique clothing pieces are always nice too. Children can run around in a fun, functional and hooded Trestles poncho ($57.00) from Kindhood. It’s ultra soft, dries quick and has a pocket pouch for children to keep their hands warm.

Kindhood Luxury Poncho Towel Trestles
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If you’re raising a bilingual child, you may want to check out Vince and Soph’s online apparel shop. Its collection features sweatshirts with sayings such as “who needs santa when you have abuelos,” and onesies that display “bebe bilingue.” You can also find accessories as low as $9.99.

Vince and Soph

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