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Entertainment Reporter & Host of NBC6 "In The Mix" Roxanne Vargas has teamed up with author Maruchi Mendez to create a must do guide for those ready to take in the rich flavor and diversity of Miami, one of the most vibrant cities in the country. 100 Things to Do in Miami Before You Die gives you the inside track to the best spots, from popular to obscure, in the metro area. Discover festivals that garner international attention, ideal places to sip and socialize, historic sites, and international shopping destinations – not to mention places where you can throw down a game of dominos while sipping a café. Written by two Miamians for locals and visitors alike, this guide will help you make the most of a family vacation, romantic getaway, or escapade with friends. So strap on your salsa shoes and experience the magic that Miami has to offer!
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Article Courtesy of Beth Accardi (http://www.miami.com/new-yorker-s-guide-miami-article)
As a long-time New Yorker moving to Miami, I quickly realized two things:
A. There is a better chance of a Miami cab accepting credit cards than finding crispy Pizza in this town.
B. The nine years of Spanish I took in school means absolutely nothing.
The latter has proven to be a problem in various situations, often ending in a hilarious albeit horrifying story. The former? Well I have my moments and miss New York, and those moments often focus around a lack of delicious dough-based foods.
So I set out to find New York in Miami. All of the places I loved and all of the things I loved to do – minus the whole its-freezing-and-I-live-in-a-5th-floor-walk-up.
My first full day in Miami I decided to take a stroll and find my “neighborhood” spot for coffee. I ended up with three cortaditos, and a condition I can only describe as minor heart attack. Thankfully, I discovered Panther Coffee – reminiscent of my beloved Ninth Street Espresso. Both with unique, bold coffee blends and a dedicated following of hipster coffee-enthusiasts.
I’ll be honest. The bars in Miami sort of scare me – they claim to be bars, but most are cleverly disguised dance clubs. And my dance moves? Nobody wants that. Luckily I’ve been able to scout out a few that remind me of home.
The Corner : Despite the obvious likeness in names, if you are a fan of Spitzers Corner in New York’s LES, you’ll love this intimate and dimly lit craft-beer wonderland full of New York transplants.
Broken Shaker: I can only describe this as the Tropical Death & Co. of Miami. Never overcrowded, semi-elitist and you feel like you are the most important person in the world. Because your cocktail, just yours, was made with extra precision and care.
Regent Cocktail Club & Rec Room: Part Raines Law Room, Part Bowery Hotel Bar Lobby , The Regent Cocktail Club’s bow-tie wearing bartenders and old-timey drink menu make you question if those jeans you wore were an appropriate apparel choice. Afterward, head downstairs to New York’s No. 8 sister lounge, Rec Room. Minus the membership-card and crowd of amazonian Euro-models you’ll actually have a chance of getting in to Amy Sacco’s retro lounge.
The Filling Station: You’ve been to the Patriot in New York, probably after some sort of ZogSports kickball league that you solely joined for the post-game dive-bar $8 pitchers and $1.75 burger. Lucky for you, on the days that all you want is a tall boy and cheesy tots, yes I said cheesy tots, the Filling Station is there for you.
GET YOUR EAT ON
Missing New York staple Lure Fishbar in Soho? Then you should try, well, Lure Fishbar. The Loews Hotel New York transplant may not have the same subterranean yacht interior - but it’s consistent menu, outstanding Bash Burger, and larger-than-life-personality Chef Capon working the room may have you questioning what city you are actually in after your third glass of rose.
Let me guess. You’re questioning life based on the lack of Ramen options in Miami. It may be 90 degrees outside but that won’t stop us New Yorkers from sweating over a bowl of steaming hot noodle soup. Well good news: Momi Ramen exists. And it’s good. Really good. The noodles are thicker than your beloved Momofuku, but the earthy pork belly-laden broth brings you right back to why you used to wait a nonsensical 50 minutes for a seat at the Noodle bar.
Eat your Veggies: There is nothing better than Westville’s never-ending list of daily farm fresh veggies on their menu board. Well that and their frozen, mint lemonade prosecco. Blue Collar comes close. REAL close. With it’s low-key vibe and menu full of daily veggie sides – you’ll be back for brunch, lunch and dinner.
My Big Three: Pizza Pies. Calzones. More Pizza Pies. I didn’t forget about my crispy pizza claim. Just like the cab driver who miraculously takes a credit card without a fight, the pizza at Lucali is perfection, nearly identical to it’s Brooklyn original. The open-air kitchen, candlelit interior, and four-item menu make you feel like you’re back in Caroll Gardens fighting Jay & Bey for a table.
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING
LISTEN: New York has some pretty amazing Music Venues and Concerts. My favorites include Beacon Theater & Hammerstein Ballroom where I’ve seen the likes of Band of Horses, The National, and Eddie Vedder. If you’re missing NY’s music scene, then head to The Fillmore in Miami Beach. The acoustics and vibe are killer– but best of all most shows are first-come seating. And in Miami that means if you show up on time, you are actually early. And if you show up late, well you’re still on time. Either way you can score a front row center orchestra seat.
WATCH: Summers in New York mean Outdoor Movie Screening Galore. Missing the overcrowded HBO Bryant Park Film Festival lawn? Well you’re in luck. Miami has a Drive-in. A DRIVE-IN! Grease. Cry-Baby. Ferris Bueller’s Day off. The Big Lebowski. The Princess Bride. With a movie line-up like this, I’ll probably just fill my trunk with popcorn and leave it there. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in.
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Rosario Dawson had no problem keeping up with the constantly wisecracking Chris Rock in Top Five.
The 35-year-old actress (Seven Pounds, Sin City, Rent) plays Chelsea Brown, a reporter with The New York Times who is assigned to spend the day with Rock’s character, Andre Allen, a washed-up comedian who is promoting a violent slave drama called Uprize and planning a wedding to a high-maintenance reality star (Gabrielle Union in a frosted wig and killer nails).
Much of the movie — the title refers to Allen’s penchant for asking friends their five favorite rappers — features Rock and Dawson walking the streets of New York City.
The two travel literally up and down, from SoHo to Harlem, where Allen was raised. In actuality, Rock grew up in Brooklyn; Dawson the Lower East Side. Warning: They talk like many New Yorkers: Quickly.
We caught up with the actress at the Mandarin-Oriental Miami Hotel:
You guys really got around in this movie.
For a small indie, we were everywhere: Union Square. On the streets. In the subway. All the spots. A real New York movie. But that’s what you do when you’re in the city. But I tell you, it wasn’t that easy during the summer with people all over the place. No.
Right. What was it like shooting in the middle of all those city dwellers? They weren’t extras.
It was funny. I remember shooting a scene, and one of those double-decker tour buses drove by. They all must have been speaking to each other because after that, more buses kept coming by, taking pictures as if we were safari animals, screaming ‘Chris Rock!’ You’d hear them on the microphone [baritone, imitating tour guide], ‘And to your right, there is Chris Rock shooting his latest movie.’ We were like, can we just finish the shot?
There was so much conversation between you two. How big was the script?
I added way more dialogue, so much. I had to. I told him: ‘This is important. Chelsea would say this. She’s smart. She has to let you know how smart she is.’ The banter between us a lot of the time was us just talking really fast about various topics. We worked on a lot of stuff together that stayed in. That’s the way Chris and I talk in real life. We are great friends, but believe me, we agree to disagree very often
Come celebrate New Year's Eve in style at Fountainebleau Poolside Miami Beach! Performing live Nervo & TheWeeknd.
General admission tickets are 275 with premium open bar from 9pm-12am. Vip and Stage Side seats also available.
(Via HistoryMiami.Org) Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. and stepped onto American soil for the first time as a band. After appearances in New York City and Washington, D.C., on Sunday, February 16, 1964, The Beatles flew to Miami Beach where they made their second television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which this time was broadcast live from the Napoleon Ballroom of the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach.
Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, a traveling exhibition curated by The GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits examines the musical and cultural impact of The Beatles’ arrival on the U.S. and American culture. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time, the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music.
On display are more than 400 items from private collectors and The GRAMMY Museum® including memorabilia, records, rare photographs, tour artifacts, video footage, as well as correspondence, and instruments. Also included are interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.
101 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL
From now until January 18th
10am-6pm M-S, 12pm-5pm Sunday
The GOLD exhibit at the Bass Museum of Art is layered with meaning, some obvious, some subtle. To begin with, the title acknowledges the 50th birthday of the museum — its Golden Anniversary. Starting from that base, the works from 24 international artists all deal on some level with gold.
If you go
When: Through Jan. 11.
Where: The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
Info: Tickets $8; www.bassmuseum.org.
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Elle Macpherson was front and center at the opening of Stripsteak restaurant at the Fontainebleau last Wednesday night.
The so called Body was also celebrating her cover of Ocean Drive magazine.
The gorgeous Aussie said she wasn't prepared for the shoot, even though she looked like a million bucks.
"We were really busy, we had a lot to get through. I was just coming from my summer vacation and frantically trying to get my kids in school," Macpherson told reporters. "I didn't think they could get great images."
Regardless, she was psyched with the outcome.
"The guys from Ocean Drive were really warm," said the 50 year old, who is married to Fontainebleau mogul Jeff Soffer.
"It's a hugely flattering proposal."
Beside her cover status, MacPherson was also talking up her wellness food supplement The Super Elixir, by WelleCo.
Safe to say: It does a Body good.
"In the past, youth and beauty used to go together, but in my experience, wellness and beauty go together," said the mother of two sons. "There's a real correlation about how well you are feeling affects how you look. If I feel nourished and hydrated and -- some people would say -- beautiful, then I tend to feel great."
Since using her food supplement, packaged in Australia, Elle said her sugar cravings have gone, her skin and sleep have improved and she feels better "on a cellular level."
Exercise helps, too.
"I walk on the beach or swim in the sea here," said Macpherson of her fitness routine. "I tweak my workouts but I do something every day."
Pharrell Williams had a huge year musically and is a judge on one of America's biggest television shows. However, not everything is going well for Pharrell as he has been unable to sell his Brickell Penthouse that he's had on the market since 2012.
Williams purchased The Penthouse unit at Bristol Tower back in 2007 for $12.5 million. The place comes with 10,000 square feet of living space, a private pool, and a breathtaking 360-degree view of Miami.
Pharrell originally put the property on the market in 2012 for $16.8 million. After not finding any takers, Williams began slashing the price all the way down to $10.9 million. Significantly less than he paid for it.
Still, no takers and according to Gossip Extra, Williams has now taken the property off the market for now.
While the reinvigoration of Miami's real estate market has worked out for most involved in the high-end condo sector, it hasn't for everyone, particularly Pharrell.
Young Jeezy comes to Revolution Live with a full band in promotion of his new album on Tuesday October 21.
Tickets start at $40.00 and can be purchased at:
Young Jeezy has been through it all, the worse and the worst, before taking the limelight of life with his niche in rapping. He was born Jay Jenkins on October 12, 1977 and was a native to Columbia, South Carolina. Together with his family, he relocated to Duncan Block of Georgia and soon lived in juggled custody. His parents decided to end their marriage and shared the custody of him with their relatives. Frequently being in his aunts’ house, Jeezy developed a close bond to his cousins who later introduced him to the dark world of drug dealing. By 12, he was already making money through selling the illegal substance and got arrested several times for it. At one point he even had to serve 9 months in a boot camp as a result of being busted by the police.
Under the layer of the sad childhood, Jeezy became a strong person who had a thing with words. He was apt in shooting verses and had a talent in melody that led him wanting to jump in the music business. He was a CEO for Corporate Thugz Entertainment and was determined to sit behind the desk before the urge to …
step up to the spotlight as a performer took over. “Before music I was just trying to survive out this motherfucker. I had other artists, some local cats off the street, but it didn’t work out,” he recalled. “So I just decided to do it myself. Ain’t nobody gonna go as hard as you gonna go. I saw the bigger picture at the time. I have a way with words and I know how to hustle.” At the age of 24, he released an indie album called “Thuggin’ Under Influence” with Lil J as his moniker. The following years, he spawned more mixtapes that impressively sold averagely around 100,000 copies within a year.
Soon his name traveled to P. Diddy‘s label, Bad Boy Records that signed him in 2004 as one part of rap group Boyz N Da Hood. With the boys, he released a self-titled album in 2005 that peaked at #5 on Billboard Hot 200 chart. Despite the success, he left the group and the label to go under Def Jam as a solo artist. Spanning only a month apart from the Boyz N Da Hood album, he released a debut solo album “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101“ under the new label. It went on platinum at the end of 2005 and propelled him as a capable olo artist. Like many other rap artists, Jeezy was a vocal one in what was happening in the society. When the Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, he criticized the way government handled the crisis and opened his house to provide shelters for the victims. However, being a true street artist, he was also never off from controversy and rivalries. In March 2006, he was arrested following a shooting in Miami Beach, Florida and charged with illegal firearm possession.
Back on his track, Jeezy released a second studio album called “The Inspiration” in December 2006 and the effort, too, received a huge success by selling over a million copies since its release. Jeezy then took time to concentrate on his other project, United Streets Dopeboyz of America (U.S.D.A.). He established the rap group in 2005 and was ready to launch their career in May 2007 with the release of a debut album titled “Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer”. It reached number 4 on the Hot 200 chart and was certified gold. He also became a favorite collaborator in the …
Hip-Hop realm with his name attached to many of popular singles such as Christina Milian‘s “Say I” and Usher‘s “Love in This Club”. All the while, Jeezy still thrives on his solo career, working on a third studio album that he called “The Recession“. The effort is slated to be released on September 2, featuring Kanye West, Nas, Trey Songz and a couple more hip-hop heavyweights.
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