Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day

September 18, 2017


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


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

August 31, 2017


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




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:



Media assets//Walt Disney Resorts//Steven Diaz, photographer


5 Things You Should Know About the 2017 Lancer LE

August 22, 2017


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.


5th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

August 18, 2017


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


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

Get social! @sobeseafoodfest


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

August 15, 2017



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





5 Cocktails to Order at Whisper Lounge

August 6, 2017


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.


Miami Gets A New Brewery

August 3, 2017


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. 


Tavour Your Way Through Craft Beer

August 3, 2017


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!


Ximena Kavalekas is Accessorizing Miami

August 1, 2017


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.


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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