Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz at the Adrienne Arsht Center

So, what happens before Dorothy’s house crashes into Munckinland in the world of Oz? Find out as Broadway in Miami presented by Bank of America brings Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts!

The musical, which is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and the book by Winnie Holzman, brings this untold story to fruition that has always made us wonder, “What was happening in Oz before Dorothy dropped in?” With Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and Directed by Joe Mantello, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a (more…)

World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship 2015

In preparation for The World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship held at the Trump National Doral on March 4-8, 2015, a tasting preview overview was presented of the international social event’s world-class culinary offerings by restaurants BLT Prime and Champion’s Bar and Grill within the Trump National Doral’s Clubhouse, along with some of South Florida’s favorite food trucks.

BLT Prime will be serving their succulent Tuna Tartar, while Champion’s Bar and Grill serves their luscious (more…)

Motown The Musical at the Broward Center

Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents the legendary smash-hit of Motown the Musical. The story of Berry Gordy’s great American dream comes to life on stage as it captivates hearts and penetrates the souls of every single audience member in attendance.

The founder of Motown launched the careers of our generation’s most memorable musical artists that included the likes of the Supremes, Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye. Berry Gordy and Motown crushed barriers that separated people from racially diverse backgrounds, and united them through (more…)

2015 South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Food Network and the Cooking Channel hosted South Beach’s most popular food festival in South Florida, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Also known as SOBEWFF presented by Food & Wine, the extravaganza took place from February 19-22, 2015. The yearly awaited event has yet to disappoint its event-goers. This culinary crusade takes you through the realms of South Beach’s finest restaurants and on a four-day journey that features (more…)

Brewery Ommegang Five Cubed Presented by Haute Dining

Five Cubed really knows what it takes to make people happy! Delicious mouth-watering food, great beer and company will do the trick every time. Brewery Ommegang Five Cubed presented by Haute Dining took place at the 1111 building on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. The evening began with VIP guest mixing and mingling as they enjoyed an elegant 5-course sit-down dinner served at a Royal Table on the roof top over looking the beautiful city. Each course perfectly prepared, and (more…)

Sips with Francesco Zonin at Made in Italy Gourmet

It doesn’t get any better than a private sit-down wine tasting hosted by the man himself, Francesco Zonin paired with the most delicious bites by Made in Italy Gourmet. Ahhh, a taste of Italy in Miami…what a beautiful combination.

We were delighted to share the same space with Francesco Zonin, Vice President of Zonin, Italy’s largest privately family owned vineyard and winemaking complex along with co-owners Pietro Morelli and Francesco Belcaro of the new (more…)

2015 Miami Beach International Foodies Festival

Food Week is among us and the 2015 Miami Beach International Foodies Festival is set to kick off! On February 22, 2015, join us for a celebration of food, and where foodies unite right in the heart and sands of Miami Beach off of 72nd street and Collins Avenue. Find out and taste what it’s like to be a Miami Beach local. Come and indulge in international foods from local restaurants, cafes, and bakeries from all over the Miami Beach, South Beach, North Beach, and the (more…)

Disney’s Newsies at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Broward Across Miami Presented by Bank of America premiers Disney’s Broadway Smash Hit Musical, Newsies to the Downtown Miami Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. Based on the 1992 musical film of the same name starring Christian Bale, Disney’s Newsies is the winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography that has become a cult phenomenon adapted for the stage.

The story is set in New York City in the early 1900s about a young teenage newsboy named Jack Kelly, who leads a group of ‘Newsies’ who seek (more…)

6th Annual Burger Beast Burgie Awards

The 6th Annual Burger Beast Burgie Awards Presented by Miami Lakes Auto Mall took place on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Hialeah’s Milander Park. The Burgie Awards was as fun and entertaining as any other one of Burger Beast’s signature events. If you have not been to one yet, you are sure missing out on a whole lot of delicious and creative foods from all over the South Florida area.

Hosted by one of Burger Beast’s friend and fellow Burger Blogger, Jamie Frankel of Burgers by the Beach, the event featured an array of food trucks, Artisan Food Vendors, fashion trucks, live music, live art demonstrations, a DJ, and the return of (more…)

JA World Uncorked V!

The “Fork and Cork Affair” that benefits the Junior Achievement of South Florida welcomed hundreds of guests to the event that allowed them to swirl, sip, savor, indulge, mix, mingle, and dance the night away at the JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College North all in support of education. The 5th Annual JA World Uncorked event presented by Premiere Beverage and hosted by chairs Bob & Susan Drinon, and Renée Korbel Quinn with Junior Achievement’s Circle of Wise Women took place on January 24, 2015 and transformed the 60,000-square-foot JA World Huizenga Center into an amazing (more…)

New Themed Weekends at the 23rd Annual Florida Renaissance Festival

Deerfield Beach, FL prepares itself for its 23rd Annual Florida Renaissance Festival taking place at Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park. This year the festival features two new themed weekends that will add to the excitement of the festival that includes Journey to the Orient and Dragons & Wizards & Thrones, Oh My!

As more than two million people have experienced this yearly event, festival-goers continue to make their way down to South Florida from all-over for this anticipated event that features more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment, and 20 stage acts from (more…)

Disney’s The Lion King Musical Roars into the Broward Center

Nia-Holloway-as-“Nala”-and-Jelani-Remy-as-“Simba”-in-THE-LION-KING-National-Tour.-Disney.--Photo-Credit--Joan-Marcus.The world’s #1 musical roars into the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presented by Bank of America and Broadway Across Fort Lauderdale. The stage adaptation of the 1994 Academy Award-winning Disney classic brings to life the film and the characters we all adore. The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince named Simba who was born into the prosperous African Pride Lands of his royal parents, faces a tragedy when his father Mufasa is murdered by his evil uncle Scar. Scar convinces Simba that the death of his father was his fault and tells him to never return to the Pride Lands, leaving Scar (more…)

38th Annual Art Deco Weekend

The Miami Design Preservation League, a non-profit organization has been assisting in preserving, protecting, and promoting the architectural, economical, and environmental integrity of Miami Beach’s historic background and culture. On January 16th – 18th, make your way to Miami Beach as The Miami Design Preservation League kicks off the 38th Annual Art Deco Weekend!

This amazing, fun-filled weekend getaway has been attracting visitors from abroad and locals since 1976 and will celebrate 100 years of history, architecture, and people! (more…)

Himmarshee Public House

FullSizeRender-20Welcome to South Florida’s Premiere Sporting Lounge and Draft House, Himmarshee Public House, located in the center of Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee Village. Brought to us by Jey Hospitality Group, Himmarshee Public House is introducing their new winter menu items that specialize in global comfort foods with a definite twist! These twisted global comfort foods introduced to during a Media Tasting invitation are to drool over.

We sampled finger-licking items that incorporated their massive selection of beers, right into their dishes. An instant favorite was their introduction of their Wynwood Brewery “Pops” Porter Braised Short Rib with a side drink of Wynwood Brewery “Pops” Porter that complemented it down to the bone. It was also served with delicious goat cheese mashed potatoes, fried onions, and some Root Beer Glazed Pork Lollipops with…wait for it… (more…)

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna

FullSizeRender-2Amaluna displays the female power through its own name translating to Moon Love. This astonishing, unique, and untraditional Cirque du Soleil show surrounds itself and immerses its audience in the powerfulness of the female ability, strength, power, and love.

Typically comprised of a majority of men, Cirque du Soleil reverses the roles for Amaluna. About 70-percent of Amaluna’s cast, performers, and singers are women and deviates from the norm with a beautiful and unexpected twist. The show has provided empowerment to women to tear down barriers and exemplify the beautiful and the artistic form of the female body.

Amaluna invites audience members to a Goddess governed mysterious island directed by the cycles of the moon. The queen of the mysterious island, (more…)

The Book of Mormon at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Book of Mormon TourBroadway in Miami Presented by Bank of America brings the The Book of Mormon to the Adrienne Arsht Center! From the critically-acclaimed creators and writers of the American adult animated hit sitcom South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker brings the book, lyrics, and music to this must-see musical the New York Times calls, “The best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.”

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, known for the explicit language and dark humor that parodies a wide range of topics and current events, brings the religious satire musical of two young Mormon missionaries that have been assigned to a small village in Uganda, Africa. As a brutal warlord threatens the local population, the two missionaries attempt to share the Book of Mormon and have trouble connecting to the local populace who are more concerned about (more…)

“Salute to Magic City’s Cultural Champions” Art Basel Kick-Off

IMG_0142 2Art Basel Week 2014 kicked off in fashion with “Salute to Magic City’s Cultural Champions” Reception and Luncheon at the beautiful Conrad Miami’s Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room with the host committee of Dr. Carol Damian, Lilia Garcia, Virginia Miller, George T. Neary, Dennis Scholl, and Monty Trainer.

Tropical signature cocktails along with tasty bites were enjoyed as guest mixed and mingled during the reception. Paintings by Columbian renowned artist Francisco Ceron in collaboration with Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery graced the walls of the Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room. Flat-screen TVs live-streamed artist Francisco Ceron at work creating (more…)

The Phantom of the Opera at the Broward Center

unnamedThe Phantom of the Opera haunts the Broward Center of the Performing Arts and wants things his way or no way! Presented by Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale and Florida Theatrical Association, this dazzling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 classic is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh who brings the United Kingdom critically acclaimed sold-out tour to Fort Lauderdale.

The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most adored musicals of all time, tells the story of an opera singer (Christine) who is kidnapped by The Phantom, who from the moment he hears her ravishing voice,  (more…)

Art Basel Miami 2014

FullSizeRender-6South Florida! Art Basel week heads back to Miami as thousands and thousands of pieces of artwork are displayed throughout South Beach, Midtown, Wynwood, and other surrounding Miami areas. Get your Basel on in the Magic City and enjoy art fairs, parties, and events going on December 2 – 7, 2014.

FullSizeRender-5Visit leading galleries from across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa as renowned artists exhibit their mastery of modern and contemporary art. Furthermore, you’ll be able to fascinate over some of today’s up-and-coming artists. Admire and even purchase beautiful paintings, sculptures, films, drawings, and installations as they dilate your eyes to the marvels of human creativity.

During Art Basel week in Miami, South Florida becomes a canvas. Indulge yourself into a week of intense and orgasmic eye candy that only true art lovers can appreciate.

Check out our 2013 Art Basel Miami video coverage and click here for photos. Also, take a look below at a listing of several art fairs and exhibitions you should definitely check out this year. (more…)

2014 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off

Screen-Shot-2014-11-19-at-10.26.50-AMMiami Dolphin football fans from across South Florida rallied and gave an entire new meaning to tailgating at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater for the 2014 John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine, & Tailgate Festival! This is an event where celebrities, competition, and charity collided. The entire event’s proceeds went to benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation that focuses on feeding the needs of kids in crisis. The Hand-Off Foundation’s beneficiaries for 2014 included 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Miami Dolphins Foundation, and the Taste of the NFL.

Chef Allen’s VIP Culinary Exhibition kicked off the festival, which informed audience members on techniques, specialty dishes, and sustainable seafood. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey® Tailgate Zone offered an array of drinks that only (more…)

2015 Florida Renaissance Festival Casting Calls & Auditions

10570485_10152151330996157_8061849837947016490_nGot what it takes? The Florida Renaissance Festival will be holding open casting calls and auditions for the 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 3pm – 8pm by appointment only, and open call auditions on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from Noon – 4pm. Prepare a one to two-minute classical monologue and a one to two-minute contrasting contemporary monologue or 16 bars of a classical or contemporary styled song to sing a Capella. Be prepared for some improvisational exercises and readings as well. Actors must have weekend availability and flexible schedules. Only actors 16 or older will be considered without a parent accompanying them.

Appointments are required. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits. Auditionees must provide full name, a headshot and resume, and current contact (more…)

Veterans and Active Military Special Discounts and Freebies

Screen-Shot-2014-11-06-at-11.35.33-AMUnited Way of Broward County’s initiative -MISSION UNITED has teamed up with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association to honor Broward County Veterans this year on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Veterans and active military members, you will receive special discounts and freebies from local restaurants including free meals, percentages off on a check, and even discounts for family members. Discounts from local hotels include rates starting as low as $59 per night based on room availability and 50% off at certain participating hotels. (more…)

“From Italy with Love” Starring Francesco Zonin

FullSizeRender-4Francesco Zonin, Vice President of Casa Vinicola Zonin S.p.A and widely known for his delicious Zonin branded Prosecco, starred on the TV show, “From Italy with Love” that airs on the Cooking Channel. The show featured three American contestants who were given the opportunity to travel to beautiful Italy’s Venice and Tuscany for a chance to start their own business in the United States along with a $10,000 prize.

The three contestants competed in several wine and food competitions, learned how to live, dress, communicate, and cook like an Italian. The imaginative culinary experience was judged by no one other than Francesco Zonin himself who considered everything made from taste and presentation, to décor and technique. Some of the dishes prepared were accompanied by some of Francesco’s very own Prosecco and Castello D’Albola 2010 Chianti Classico. (more…)

South Florida Tequila Festival!

IMG_3327The South Florida Tequila Festival welcomed lovers and enthusiasts from all over to experience its first ever annual celebration! The festival was held at Fort Lauderdale’s Stache 1920’s Drinking Den. Created to educate, savor, and showcase the famous Mexican spirit, the festival honored 19 different tequila brands in over 40 expressions.

Event-goers were afforded the opportunity to speak with brand representatives and learn about the many different processes of growing and harvesting the agave plant by each company. Throughout two stories of Stache 1920’s Drinking Den, brand ambassadors also shared reasons why they believed they are the best tequila manufacturer on the market.

As an official event of the Florida Day of the Dead festival, the South Florida Tequila Festival featured shots and cocktail samples of popular brands like Jose Cuervo, 1800, Patron, and an array of many other brands that included Maestro Dobel, Blue (more…)

Rodgers + Hamerstein Cinderella at the Adrienne Arsht Center

unnamedBroadway in Miami presented by Bank of America brings us Rodgers + Hamerstein rendition of the beautiful classical tale of Cinderella! The Tony Award – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific enchanted audience members who grew up on the classical Walt Disney animated motion picture. The nostalgic performances entranced with beautiful set designs and scene transitions, to include amazing on-stage wardrobe changes that left audience members in complete awe, was astonishing to the eyes. (more…)

Signature Grand and 2-1-1 Broward 13th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul

IMG_3172The Signature Grand Hotel in Davie was once again proud to host the 13th annual “Signature Grand Ghoul” event benefiting 2-1-1 Broward, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a 24-hour comprehensive helpline, and support services to families and individuals in search of crisis intervention assistance or information on referrals to health and human services throughout the Broward County area.

The Signature Grand was creatively decorated into a haunted mansion with a haunted carnival theme for all those in attendance. Guests of the ghoulish event had the chance to (more…)

2nd Annual La Musa Awards

IMG_2404On Saturday, October 18, 2014 the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame hosted their 2nd Annual La Musa Awards hosted by Eglantina Zingg. The event took place at South Beach’s luxurious Ritz-Carlton on Miami Beach. It was a Latin Star-Studded evening of performers and songwriters nominated in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame that featured some of the greatest Latin performers of all-time like Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Diego Torres, Omar Alfanno, Ednita Nazario, Luis Enrique, Natalia Jimenez, Erika Ender, Angel Lopez, De La Torre, Desmond Child, and R&B singer Miguel just to name a few. (more…)

I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center

LUCY 01Live on stage and in color for the first time, Broadway in Miami presented by Bank of America brings you I Love Lucy to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s Ziff Ballet Opera House. Staged and directed by Rick Sparks, I Love Lucy Live on Stage lets you relive the most beloved television show in history. In a 1952 studio setting, the show takes you into the Desilu Playhouse in Hollywood, California as a live studio audience member that re-creates an era in transition.

Join the actors who play America’s favorite foursome Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel as they film two of the show’s episodes (The Benefit and Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined) right before our eyes. (more…)

Lhardy Kitchen + Bar | Coral Gables

IMG_1774Lhardy Kitchen + Bar is a downtown Coral Gables eclectic dining experience. You are immediately taken by the interior design of Lhardy with its Colonial 1700s decor. The interior design exuberates passion and romance for those seeking a memorable evening. The restaurant is part of a unique brand and concept of restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels with locations all over the world. As culturally diverse as the City of Miami is, Lhardy Kitchen + Bar could not have found a better location than in the heart of Coral Gables, FL. Serving an array of international cuisines, Lhardy Kitchen + Bar leaves no stone unturned.

This Fall, Lhardy Kitchen + Bar introduces new menu items which we were fortunate enough to sample firsthand. We were presented with an array of specialty drinks that included items from the (more…)

Fourth Annual Gala of Hope: Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Screen-Shot-2014-09-22-at-10.01.12-AMFerrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale is set to host this year’s Fourth Annual Gala of Hope to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The Gala of Hope to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy is an annual campaign that benefits the Families of SMA’s mission to find a cure for the leading genetic cause of death of children under the age of two. The disease destroys the nerves that control voluntary movements and decreases the ability to walk, swallow, and control the movements of the head and neck. Fiorenna Israel-Fuentes and Jennifer Miller-Smith, two mothers with daughters suffering from SMA, founded the Gala of Hope to honor their daughters’ fight for survival. The outstanding work of Families of SMA has contributed to major discoveries that include the identification of the underlying cause of SMA. (more…)

Remember: Unite Against Bullying

Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 2.24.12 PMThe star of the movie “The Blind Side,” Quinton Aaron, is presenting a compelling evening behind an amazing cause to raise awareness against bullying and its repercussions. This wonderful event’s mission is to provide courage, hope, self-confidence, and resources to kids considering suicide, or struggling against the life-long damaging effects on self-esteem and character caused by others’ actions or words.

The worldwide bullying epidemic has become Quinton’s mission. The Quinton Aaron Foundation was established to achieve their goal of ending bullying once and for all. Quinton Aaron will honor two of the bravest people that he’s ever met Rebecca Zerbo, the founder of Positive Pocket, and Jaylen Arnold the founder of Jaylen’s Challenge. Also, join Quinton as he shares some of his personal experiences dealing with first-hand struggles of obesity, and bullying.

“Unite Against Bullying” will be an evening entranced with unbelievable entertainment, music by Grammy Nominated Artists, celebrities, and (more…)

Woodystock 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.00.25 PMThe CFH Group and the Woody Foundation are proud to announce, and are set to kick off the 2nd Annual Woodystock benefit concert! Woodystock is a grassroots free benefit concert for music and art lovers, and created to raise money for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The name of the event and foundation is in honor of James “Woody” Beckham, who suffered his spinal cord injury while making a rugby tackle in January 2011.

Proceeds of Woodystock will benefit The Woody Foundation. The main initiative of the foundation is the Woody Pack backpacks. The Woody Pack is a free collection of assistive devices for those who have suffered a spinal cord injury, or are living with paralysis. The backpacks were put together to assist in regaining a sense of independence. The devices included within the Woody Packs helps improve everyday living with items that aid in simple tasks like eating or talking on the phone that are not otherwise covered by insurance. (more…)

2015 Florida Renaissance Festival: Calling all actors and singers!

2015-LogoBobby Rodriguez Productions is seeking fresh talent for next year’s 2015 Florida Renaissance Festival taking place in Deerfield Beach’s Quiet Waters Park on weekends from February 7 – March 15, 2015. Casting calls and auditions are for the festival’s “Apprenticeship Program.” Workshops will be conducted throughout seven Sundays starting in September, and will go through every-other week until the end of December.

To audition, you must prepare a one to two-minute classical monologue, and a one to two-minute contrasting contemporary monologue. Singers must prepare 32 bars of a classical, or contemporary styled song to sing A cappella. (more…)

Sing Sing Miami Karaoke!

IMG_0791-1Prepare to sing your heart out at Sing Sing Miami Karaoke bar and lounge in Miami Beach. This karaoke bar is loaded with a total of 17 karaoke rooms for all ages, and is each equipped with a state-of-the-art remote controlled karaoke machine with a bank of over 120,000 songs in 13 different languages! Additionally, each private room is furnished with flat-screen TVs, cocktail tables, two microphones, sound-activated party lights, a bumping sound system, and relaxing couches to sit back on and watch your friends and family take it to the stage. All rooms are also set up with personal call buttons for immediate service from an incredibly super-friendly staff ready to bring you your next drink, or dish from Chacos Gourmet Chinese Tacos. If you don’t suffer from stage fright, you can take your talents to the main bar (21+) starting at 8pm. (more…)

This is OctoberFest 2014!

10553339_1466608633588865_1809823122910454514_nThe Samuel Adams’ OctoberFest makes its way back to Miami for its 5th year to host their tried and true Bavarian tradition. The 2-day event will bring the German traditional festival to South Florida that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and will take place in Miami’s Sam Adams Castle and Beer Hall at SOHO Studios September 19 – 20, 2014.

OctoberFest will feature an array of seasonal brews that includes Sam Adams #1 selling seasonal beer of all time that goes by the same name of their popular event, OctoberFest. We can’t forget to mention the great food and entertainment to match all the great beer! This Miami funfair will feature (more…)

John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Delicious Grill Recipes

DSC023771As we approach the fifth anniversary of John Offerdahl’s Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine, & Tailgate Festival, we can enjoy some of the event’s delicious dishes in the meantime. So fire up those grills this Labor Day weekend and grill up one of these recipes from the event. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and share these delicious recipes with your friends and family!

Dwight’s Pork Belly Candied Bacon Sliders, Courtesy of Dwight Stephenson and Chef Brandon Jones from (more…)

It’s Good! Los Tacos by Chef Omar in Pembroke Pines

IMG_8764If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food in Pembroke Pines, look no further! Los Tacos by Chef Omar is a family owned business that brings the traditional taste of Mexico to the neighborhood with a variety of dishes only a chef from Mexico can bring to fruition.

Los Tacos has a bar-like setting of counter tables and high-chairs seating roughly about 20 people. The setting also offers mouth-watering Mexican cuisine recipes on the counters that you can snap pictures of to try them at home.

We’ve visited Los Tacos on a few occasions and have tried their homemade chips and salsas, Fish Tacos, Carnitas Tacos, Carnitas Burrito, and $1 tacos which were for a limited time only…all was very good!

The Fish Tacos are from Baja California and served with chipotle lime-mayo, cole slaw, and topped with pico de gallo. (more…)

John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off is back!

10323986_760239050664535_5619395119091020055_nCome join five-time All-Pro Miami Dolphins Linebacker John Offerdahl as he celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Broward Health Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine, & Tailgate Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.

The event will pair some of South Florida’s top chefs with Miami Dolphins Legends like Dwight Stephenson, Troy Stradford, Ed Newman, Shawn Wooden, Larry Little, Channing Crowder, and many more. This year’s featured restaurants will be Truluck’s, Palme d’Or/Fontana/Cascades at The Biltmore, Casa D’Angelo, S3 Restaurant at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, Darrel and Oliver’s Café Maxx, McCoy’s Oceanfront at the Fort Lauderdale Marriot Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 13 American Table, and Grille 401.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation which directs funds to other organizations that “feed the needs of kids in crisis.” The Hand-Off Foundation’s beneficiaries for 2014 will include (more…)

The 2014 Burger Beast Frita Showdown Throwdown!

Screen-Shot-2014-08-01-at-6.40.46-PMBurger Beast throws it down again…as usual! This time The Beast brings us the 2014 Frita Showdown on Wednesday, August 13th at the Magic City Casino located at 450 NW 37th Avenue in Miami. If you have never had a frita before, this is the absolute perfect event to attend and indulge yourself in South Florida’s finest fritas. A frita is a seasoned ground beef patty that is oftentimes mixed with chorizo (Spanish sausage) on Cuban bread with shoestring potatoes…it’s delicious! (more…)

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy

Bank of America Broadway Across America and the Florida Theatrical Association welcomes you to the jungle with Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. It has become a critically acclaimed Broadway hit that was founded and directed by circus producer Neil Goldberg. Originally based in Pompano Beach, Florida, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy made its way to Broadway in 2008 and has been proclaimed “The grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas” by New York Magazine. (more…)

Buffalo Wild Wings Flies into Pembroke Pines!

IMG_8016B-Dubs has made its way and opened its doors in Pembroke Pines. The new restaurant is located at 11555 Pines Boulevard in the Pembroke Lakes Mall shopping center. This is just what Pembroke Pines was missing!

We couldn’t help but stop by during their Grand Opening week to enjoy some of their famous wings, sauces, and brews. With an endless menu of sides, wings, burgers, flatbreads, salads, wraps, buffalitos, sauces, seasonings, and desserts, every visit to Buffalo Wild Wings is a delicious experience. They have an amazing assortment of domestic, imports, and craft beers from local and national breweries, you’ll never leave thirsty. Also, with over 30 flat screen TVs making up the restaurant, no matter the sporting event, B-Dubs has a screen ready for you. (more…)

Women’s Breast Health Initiative: 2014 Summer Breast Cancer Awareness

unnamedOctober is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month but the disease affects women all year round. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 die each year. The Women’s Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate (WBHI) has a summer breast cancer awareness campaign offering life-saving mammograms to women in Miami-Dade and South Broward counties.

The Women’s Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate, is a nonprofit organization that provides critical information and screenings to women in South Florida. Dedicated to fighting breast cancer as a deadly disease, WBHI empowers at-risk women (more…)

Casamigos Margarita Flight at Brimstone Woodfire Grill | Pembroke Pines

IMG_7621Thirsty? Join the fiesta this summer at Brimstone Woodfire Grill and enjoy delicious Casamigos Tequila in a new margarita flight special. Casamigos Tequila was developed by celebrity friends and entrepreneurs, George Clooney and Rande Gerber. The brand is known for the high-quality and smoothness of the tequila.

The Casamigos Margarita Flight features four tasty favorites including the Pineapple Mango, Blood Orange, Pomegranate, and Classic Margaritas for only $20.00 per flight. All of the margaritas have Casamigos Blanco Tequila and are mixed with only the freshest ingredients to (more…)

More Stores Coming Soon to Sawgrass Mills

Several noteworthy additions are now open and coming soon to Sawgrass Mills, further broadening the already diverse mix of more than 350 stores found at the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States.

“Sawgrass Mills is constantly updating our retail mix, bringing in the best designer and name brand stores in the industry,” said Luanne Lenberg, VP/General Manager at Sawgrass Mills. “These new additions (more…)

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa 10th Anniversary White Hot Party

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, a Ft. Lauderdale Beach luxury boutique hotel, hosted a fabulous White Hot Party to celebrate its 10th anniversary with over 300 of South Florida’s notables. The spectacular evening was hosted on the hotel’s 5th Floor Oceanfront Pool Terrace overlooking an endless ribbon of pristine, golden beach.

“We are so excited to be celebrating such a remarkable milestone,” said Heidi Dennis, General Manager of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. “Being on Fort Lauderdale Beach has been such a tremendously wonderful experience and we are so proud to be a part of this community. We hope to continue to spend the next 10 years continuing to provide our guests with superior service and accommodations, so that they are able to create lasting, memorable memories at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa.” (more…)

The Bloggers’ Crawl of the 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week

IMG_80441A food blogger’s fantasy! In continuation of the 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week presented by Bacardi, we were invited to attend the first bloggers’ crawl which consisted of two routes for a group over 20 of several top South Florida’s Food Bloggers. We reviewed both routes and elected to go with Route One and tagged along with Adventures of the Foodaholic, The Foodie Teacher, and several others. Each route had five stops at different restaurants participating in the 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week.

Both routes began at Swine Southern Table and Bar where all of the bloggers met to depart on their respective chosen routes. Swine is a nice hang-out spot to go after work for Happy Hour and have several of their tasty appetizers. At Swine, (more…)

Cowabunga! Andiamo Brick Oven Pizza! | Miami

IMG_3455“Let’s Go!” in Italian, and you’ll know why Andiamo Brick Oven Pizza is called just that! This is our favorite pizza joint when we are in the Miami area and are craving a great pie. Andiamo is a uniquely positioned pizzeria right off of 55th street and Biscayne Boulevard that has been around since 2001. This pizza joint has definitely made a name for itself with people from all over.

The times we’ve frequented Andiamo, we have NEVER left disappointed. They serve quality brick oven baked pizzas that are incomparable. You can build your own pizza, or you can try one of their 26 signature pies. Our favorite signature pie is the Godfather. The Godfather, is THE GODFATHER of all pizzas. This pie comes loaded with (more…)

Congratulations to the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs!

Well Miami Heat fans, the stars did not align for us to 3Peat this year, but we do have to give credit to the San Antonio Spurs for their incredible run this year and immaculate play of basketball in the 2014 NBA Finals against our Miami Heat. “They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team. There’s no other way to say it,” Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said during his post-game interview. The Spurs secured their fifth title since 1999 in this 4-1 series. “It makes last year OK,” Tim Duncan said referring to last year’s collapse to the Heat in the 2013 Finals. (more…)

Heat on Brink of Elimination, Go Down 3-1 vs Spurs in NBA Finals

No team in the history of the NBA has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. Can the Miami Heat make history by becoming that first team? Well, Miami has to take it game by game. If any team in NBA history can make such a comeback, it would be the Miami Heat. The challenge begins Sunday as the Heat may play their final game of the season if they are once again taken down by the San Antonio Spurs. Key is, one game at a time. Games 1 and 2 were neck and neck games except in the outcome of Game 1 where the Spurs pulled away after Lebron James departed during “CrampGate.” (more…)

Art of Wining: Verdejo

IMG_4710-1Wine drinking is a massive culture that continues to grow worldwide and wine events and festivals are a great way to experience an array of different types of wines from regions across the world. As frequent attendees of wine festivals all over South Florida, we have become somewhat of wine connoisseurs. We have sampled wines from all over the world of different brands, vintages, fermentation processes, and appellations.

We were recently gifted with a couple of bottles of Verdejo wines by Palacios de Bornos (2013) and Protos (2013). Verdejo is Spain’s signature white grape that originated in Northern Africa and spread into Rueda around the 11th century. Verdejo wines have an excellent stability between acidities and minerality that makes a delicious dinner wine, and is offered in a variety of brands and vintages.

We conducted a blind test to set aside (more…)

Get your Shopping Cart Dance on for a Back-to-School Staples Commercial

-8aa0nOw-1Staples is searching for parents, teens, and customers of all ages to showcase their excitement for low back-to-school prices with the shopping cart dance.

Do it alone or build a team! If you think you got what it takes, get your shopping cart dance ready and enter the Staples’ Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest!

You have until June 23rd at 5:00pm EST. to submit your video! Winners will be announced on July 8, 2014 and will appear in a national Staples back-to-school ad campaign, and will also each receive a $250 Staples gift card. Good luck!

For complete entry details and video requirements, visit

Hotel Customer Service at its Finest at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village!

10151189_271880099652232_8360849849291736833_nWe recently attended a convention that required us to travel to Northern Florida. We searched the internet for the best deals in the surrounding areas of St. Augustine, FL to spend our time during our 3-day stay. We found something really nice and reasonably priced at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village Resort by Marriot Hotels.

After reading the reviews and viewing the location’s photos online, we booked our stay. Online, we requested a room with a balcony on a high floor. Upon booking the reservation, (more…)

Hydrated Heat Evens Finals vs Spurs 1-1 in 98-96 Victory!

LBJ G3After Game 1’s “CrampGate,” Lebron James remained hydrated in the days leading up to Game 2. James had a tremendous bounce-back game after cramping up in the fourth quarter of Game 1. “Obviously, having #6 in the game was a plus for us,” Dwyane Wade said after Game 2. James started the 1st quarter of the game with only 2 points which had many thinking he was going to be ineffective because of the cramping injuries sustained in Game 1. James then exploded for 33 points throughout the remainder of the game and left any doubts people had about him behind them. James finished the game with 35 points and 10 rebounds in a comeback win for the Miami Heat to even up the series at one apiece heading back to Miami for Games 3 and 4. “What happened on Thursday was Thursday. My whole focus was how I was going to try to help this team even this up and just try to make some plays,” James said during his post-game interview. (more…)

7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week: Taste of the Gables

DSC07185Presented by Bacardi USA Inc., the 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week kicked off with “Taste of the Gables” on June 5, 2014. The event took place at the beautiful Westin Colonnade located in Coral Gables and featured 20 Coral Gables restaurant newcomers and veterans alike as they served some of their finest dishes. The restaurants battled for attendees’ votes to become the “Best Taste of the Gables.” As invitees, we made our way through all of the restaurant stations and sampled bites from several Coral Gables restaurants. This event definitely assisted us on what restaurants to explore during the 7th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week. (more…)

The Heat Beats Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals vs Spurs, 110-95

Alright, let’s get this one out of the way and put behind us. Miami lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals vs the San Antonio Spurs 95-110 in a fourth quarter meltdown. But not before the AT&T Center meltdown of the arena’s air condition system that had thousands of fans fanning themselves for some sort of ventilation. The on-court temperature reached the 90s for the players on the court. I’ve read all the stupid comments across social media and the news about how Lebron James couldn’t take the heat (no pun intended) which caused his legs to cramp up and force him to sit for the remainder of the game with four minutes left. Some of the comments were funny and sometimes you can’t help but laugh because they are humorous, but when you hear a moron say that Michael Jordan played with the flu in a finals game and compare that to leg cramps, then you’ve earned the moron title. (more…)

Cebiche Bar | Pembroke Pines

IMG_3674When we crave Peruvian food, we head out on an adventure to find local restaurants that will offer to fix our craving. This time around, we found a fairly new restaurant inside of the 108th street and Pines Boulevard’s south side shopping center. Since we frequent the area, we noticed the place one day and made it a point to stop in to try them out. We’ve visited several Peruvian restaurants in the past, so our taste buds are pretty-well versed in this arena. The place is not that big, but comfortable. Seats a maximum of approximately 50 people. Small, but not cramped. It is your typical mom and pop restaurant. (more…)

Free Donuts at Dunkin’ on National Donut Day!

South Florida! Celebrate National Donut Day with Dunkin’ this Friday, June 6, 2014! You can stick to your usual or be adventurous and give their new Blueberry Cobbler Donut a try! It features a yeast shell donut with delicious blueberry filling, white dipping icing, and (more…)

The 4x Eastern Conference Finals Champion Miami Heat!

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The Miami Heat made NBA history on Friday with their thrashing of the Indiana Pacers and closing out the series 4-2 on a 117-92 victory. The Heat have joined the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers as the third team to make four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. “I’m blessed. Very blessed. Very humbled, and we don’t take this opportunity for granted,” Lebron James said after being crowned an Eastern Conference Champion for the fifth time in his career. Four of them with the Miami Heat. “It’s an unbelievable franchise. It’s an unbelievable group, and we know we still have work to do. But we don’t take this for granted. We’re going to four straight Finals and we will never take this granted,” James finished. The Miami Heat are going into the NBA Finals as back-to-back NBA Champions and plan to come out as back-to-back-to-back NBA Champions. (more…)

The Next Episode, Apple Finalizes Beats Electronics Acquisition for $3 Billion

applebeatsIn its largest ever acquisition and biggest move since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook finalizes the Beats Electronics deal. The purchase was broken down into $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million through 650,000 shares of Apple stock. The deal came as a shock to many industry analysts that are questioning Apple’s move to make such a big purchase on an already established company instead of developing their own products. Apple has established a culture unmatched by any technology company. With the acquisition of Beats, Apple has expanded that culture into a whole new realm. Beats comes with its own culture that is endorsed by a mob of celebrities and professional athletes who have their own fans. It’s a chain reaction. Apple knew what it was doing. That’s what this deal was about. Grasping a whole new demographic. (more…)

Referees Beat the Miami Heat 90-93 in Game 5 vs the Indiana Pacers

imageIn a completely disastrous display of officiating in Game 5 of these Eastern Conference Finals, the Indiana Pacers have moved to 3-2 in this series thanks to the officiating crew in a 93-90 win over the Heat. I’d really hate to think that the officials purposely took Lebron James out of the majority of the game by placing him in foul trouble so that the Pacers can have a chance at making this a series, but this was too blatantly obvious. I guess if you cry like Paul George did and get fined $25,000 for complaining about the refs not giving him calls in Game 4, it’s well worth the fee right? After what the NBA went through a few years ago with the Tim Donaghy scandal and the FBI investigations revealing inside memos sent from the NBA to officials prior to games, this theory seems pretty substantiated. (more…)

Don’t Cry for Evita at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Don’t cry for this masterfully re-imagined version of Evita brought to us by Broadway in Miami and presented by Bank of America and the Florida Theatrical Association at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. This beautiful classic revived by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron, the Argentinian political leader and second wife of President Juan Peron. Eva Peron rose from the purlieus of Argentina to become one of the most powerful women in the world, only to succumb to her own health. The production focuses on her life, rise to fame and power, charitable work, and her subsequent death. (more…)

Riverwalk Burger Battle V TOP 5 Winning Burgers!

16 of South Florida’s top burger joints and restaurants showed off delicious gourmet burger creations at the Riverwalk Burger Battle V at the Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale on May 23, 2014. Check out who won “The Best” at this sizzling event! (more…)

The Breathtaking Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour!

IMG_2270The Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour is completely breathtaking! Witness the legacy of Michael Jackson as his music is portrayed through a series of acts by Cirque du Soleil in a tour that captivates audiences’ hearts around the world.

This creative rendition of the late King of Pop’s music by Cirque du Soleil captured Michael Jackson’s love for music, dance, earth, children, and people in a production that even brought some to tears. As Cirque continually delivers with its ongoing series of productions, the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour is nothing short of being the best show of all time.

The production featured Michael Jackson’s all-time greatest hits like Childhood, Wanna be Starting Something, Ben, Scream, Smooth Criminal, Dangerous, Thriller, Beat it, Man in the Mirror, and many more! (more…)

Delectably Succulent Fruit Flowers!

IMG_2510We were recently treated to a beautiful flower arrangement sculpted out of fruit created and delivered by Fruit Flowers!

Upon receipt of our arrangement, the first notable impression was the presentation. The first word that came to mind was pristine. The attention to detail alone was enough to leave us salivating. The arrangement comes enfolded in clear plastic where you can actually see condensation formed inside proving that the arrangement is fresh and made to order.

A piece of edible artwork was revealed as we untied the wrapping. The vase in which the Fruit Flowers were arranged in was an oversized ceramic chocolate-covered strawberry mug. (more…)

Wade and James Rally Heat to 87-83 Win vs Pacers, Tie Series!

As the saying goes, “the series doesn’t start until the hometeam loses.” Well, the Eastern Conference Finals have begun Miami Heat fans! It was not the prettiest game, but our Miami Heat have stolen homecourt advantage from the Indiana Pacers in a grueling 87-83 victory Tuesday night. “It’s not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It’s never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It’s about who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over, and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth,” Lebron James said after the game. (more…)

Miami Fashion Week 2014

_SIE5058Miami Fashion Week is the hottest week in South Florida when it comes to fashion. It celebrates cultural fashion, beauty, and lifestyles and is known as the largest International and Latin American Fashion event. This is where the world’s most renowned and emerging designers come from all over the world to exhibit their latest fashions and trends. Arranged and supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority…Miami Fashion Week was a hit! (more…)

Heat Fall to Pacers 96-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals

Time to regroup Miami. Not time to panic. The Heat lost to the Indiana Pacers 96-107 in Indiana and for only the second time in 10 games in this post-season. Seemed like everything went in the Pacers direction in Game 1. They hit 52% of their shots and went 8 of 19 on their 3-pointers. The biggest and most notable disparity in this game was free throws for the Pacers. The Pacers seemed to get every call when they wanted it. They went to the line a whopping 37 times compared to the Heat’s 15. (more…)

Heat Rally in Fourth Quarter, Eliminate Nets 96 – 94 in Game 5

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For the second straight year, Ray Allen of the Miami Heat let Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett know why he decided to leave the Boston Celtics. This time around, it was at their expense. The Miami Heat eliminated the Brooklyn Nets out of playoffs in a 96 – 94 victory Wednesday night. Now, for the fourth straight year, the Miami Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat were down by 8 points in the fourth quarter with less than three minutes left before they clamped down the Nets on defense. Riding a 12-0 run that included a huge 3 pointer from Ray Allen to give them the lead, the Heat never looked back. (more…)

Blue Man Group Visits Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center

Blue-Man-Group-National-Tour-4-Photo-credit-Paul-Kolnik-Broadway in Miami presented by Bank of America brings us the Blue Man Group at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Downtown Miami. This riveting performance engages the audience like no other performance does. It is a loud and colorfully vibrant display of the theater arts for all ages. The group crawls through the audience, runs up and down the aisles, brings un-expecting audience members on stage, and calls out the show’s late-comers. The show is a spectacle you have to experience. (more…)

Heat Grinds Out Win Against Nets 102-96, Takes 3-1 Lead Back to Miami!

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Lebron James was standing at the free throw line ready to shoot 2 after being fouled with seconds left on the clock. He shoots and swishes it through for his 49th point of the evening. He breathes, dribbles, shoots, and misses his oportunity to have his first 50 point game of his playoff career. “That’s the first time I’ve been disappointed in myself in a win,” James stated after the game. Don’t worry Lebron, there will be many more opportunities. With 49 points on the night, James matched his previous career playoff high and the Heat walked away from the Barclays Center with a 3-1 lead in these Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in a 102-96 grueling victory. (more…)

Miami Lakes Auto Mall Burger Beast Burger Brawl

DSC07045Hundreds gathered on May 9, 2014 for the Miami Lakes Auto Mall Burger Beast Burger Brawl. The event was hosted by the Magic City Casino in Miami, FL, presented by Burger Maker, and sponsored by Miami Lakes Auto Mall. The Brawl featured 20, yes 20, of South Florida’s burger spots! A ticket to the event allowed you to sample all 20 burgers from popular South Florida burger joints and more!

Here was the lineup:
A&G Burger Joint
BITE Gastrotruck
Bread + Butter Counter (more…)

Heat Oust Nets 94-82, Take 2-0 Lead in Eastern Semi-Finals!

Miami is two wins away from heading back into the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth year in a row. In this game, the Heat started off slow and could not find a rhythm to get consistent shots to fall in the first quarter. After 12 minutes of play in the first quarter, the Heat were down 15-21. Then, they found their shot and the Heat never lost a quarter after that. They went off in the second quarter for 30 points to go into the half down only 45-46. The Heat won the subsequent quarters and also limited the Nets to 15 points in the fourth. (more…)

Miami Heat Smokes the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1, 107-86!

SnipImage-2Miami Heat fans already know this. The post-season is a completely different ball-game. So much for the Brooklyn Nets sweeping the Miami Heat series during the regular season. That really didn’t resonate much as the Heat smoked the Nets 107-86 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. “It’s one. But I liked the energy, the activity,” Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra stated after the game. After a week since sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats out of the first round, our Miami Heat showed no signs of being out of tune. So far, the Miami Heat are the only undefeated team in this year’s playoffs. (more…)

The Best of Las Olas Wine and Food Festival 2014!

Benefiting the American Lung Association in Florida, the 19th Annual Las Olas Wine and Food Festival took place on the beautiful strip of Las Olas Blvd. in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on May 2, 2014. Event-goers enjoyed an amazing event filled with delicious food, fine wine, musical entertainment, and more!

It was our pleasure and an honor to partake in the judging. Take a look at the winning categories and the winners. A BIG congratulations to them all! (more…)

Ghost The Musical at the Broward Center

Steven-Grant-Douglas-and-Katie-Postotnik-Ghost-The-Musical-Tour.-C-Joan-Marcus-2013Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents Ghost The Musical. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, it delivers from every aspect. The film turned musical, allows you to relive this enduring classic that we all fell in love with almost 25 years ago. It features original pop scores from multiple Grammy Award-winners Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Glen Ballard who is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and co-writer of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”

Ghost is an on-stage clear visual experience unlike anything ever seen before on a Broadway Stage. The special effects (by illusionist Paul Kieve who is best known for his work in films Hugo, (more…)

Miami Heat Sweep the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0, Advance to Semi Conference Finals!

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Miami looks forward to resting up as they wait out to see who their next opponent will be. The battle continues between the Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets who are in line to take a shot at the Heat. Miami closed out the Charlotte Bobcats in four games and remains the only undefeated team in the playoffs. This year’s first round of the NBA Playoffs has been one of the most exciting to watch if you are following all the teams and getting in your 40 games in 40 nights. Thrillers all over, from the San Antonio Spurs / Dallas Mavericks series, to the Memphis Grizzlies / Oklahoma City Thunder series, to the Los Angeles Clippers / Golden State Warriors series; this year’s first round playoffs has been thrilling! (more…)

Miami Heat Take 3-0 Lead vs Charlotte Bobcats!

Lebron G3The Miami Heat have now recorded 18 consecutive wins vs the Charlotte Bobcats since the Big 3 came together and 19 overall. The Heat took down the Bobcats in a 98-85 win Saturday evening to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. “We were locked in on what needs to be done and our keys to win this game,” Lebron James stated after the game. James finished the night on 10-18 shooting with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. (more…)

Miami Takes 2-0 Lead Against the Charlotte Bobcats!

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This was a hard fought battle for the Charlotte Bobcats seeking to steal a win on the Miami Heat’s home court. Sorry Bobcats, that wasn’t happening in Game 2 of these Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. The series shifts back to Charlotte on Saturday, April 26 at 7pm on ESPN and the Sun Sports Network. The Heat gave up two big leads throughout the game before claiming the win 101-97. “We can play better basketball. We haven’t played our best basketball,” Lebron James stated after the game. (more…)

Heat Take 1-0 Lead Over Bobcats in Eastern Conference Quarter Finals!

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The Miami Heat took a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals against the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday as the Heat begins to warm up. The Heat were down by four points at the end of the 1st Quarter before going off in the in the 2nd with 30 points and taking the lead into halftime. The Miami Heat never looked back from there. It was a relatively close game throughout and the Bobcats did manage to remain in the game through four quarters, but it just wasn’t enough to beat the Heat. The Bobcats lost to the Heat by a score of 88-99. (more…)

Let the 2014 NBA Playoffs begin!

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Hello fellow Miami Heat fans! We are back with our third consecutive year of Miami Heat playoffs coverage. Let’s wrap up the season real quick. Our Miami Heat finished the season with a respectable 54-28 record to come in second place behind the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference, and tied for fifth place overall with the Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets.

The Heat have guaranteed themselves homecourt advantage through at least the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference Playoffs granted the Indiana Pacers make it to the East Finals. As the Miami Heat open their 3-peat bid, I strongly believe they have played the season extremely intelligent. (more…)

Give back on Mother’s Day at Lilly Pulitzer

This Mother’s Day, give back while shopping for that perfect gift at Lilly Pulitzer at The Gardens Mall April 23 – 28, 2014. 10% of all sales will benefit The Open Door, a non-profit organization and leader in mentoring teen mothers into independence in Palm Beach County. On April 29, 2014, Lilly Pulitzer will have a cocktail party for The Open Door where you can do your shopping at that time also.

This special Shop & Share event leads up to The Open Door’s annual Ladies’ Luncheon at PGA National Resort & Spa on May 8, 2014. Tickets to the luncheon are $85 per person and tables for eight are $650. (more…)

Now Open! Beauty & The Feast Bar|Kitchen and Ocean Market Grille

IMG_9626The Atlantic Hotel & Spa and Society 8 Hospitality Group presents two new restaurants where the ambiance feels amazing, service is delightful, food and cocktails are SO GOOD, and it’s all topped with an ocean view to die for! Beauty & The Feast Bar|Kitchen and Ocean Market Grille are definitely the new hot spots in Fort Lauderdale. Paying them a visit and experiencing it for yourself is a must! You’ll thank us later for being so demanding.

Now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, you can enjoy a flavorful array of small plates, entrees, and family-style feast plates at Beauty & The Feast Bar|Kitchen and Ocean Market Grille. From Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon, Banana’s Foster French Toast, (more…)

New Patio with Inside/Outside Bar on Deck at Grille 401

Grille 401 on Las Olas Bvld. in Fort Lauderdale is now sporting a new patio area with an inside/outside bar! The fabulous new areas are now set for a night of cocktails and outdoor dining including buy one get one free cocktails and half off all appetizers from 4pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

You can also enjoy the new Sushi and Sake Bar that features a creatively eclectic Sushi and Saki menu from 4pm until closing. Late night sushi lovers get this…all sushi is half-priced from 10pm to 1am on Wednesday and Thursday and 11pm to 2am on Friday and Saturday.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes to groove to live music outside every Wednesday and (more…)

Pincho Factory in Hialeah?

Pincho-FactoryPincho Factory has picked up the keys to what will become their third location in Hialeah, Florida! A larger restaurant is planed and outlined to convert the well-known Koky’s Barbecue Ranch, located at 4950 W 12th Ave, Hialeah FL.

“Even though I was born in Chicago, I grew up in Hialeah, so this has a special meaning to me. I went to high school just two miles away from there and have great memories of that location,” says Nedal Ahmad, part owner of Pincho Factory. (more…)

American Idiot The Musical at the Broward Center

Green Day’s American Idiot The Musical presented by Bank of America Broadway Across America and the Florida Theatrical Association delivers a musical sensation for lovers of the theater arts and fans of the American Punk Rock band Green Day that formed in 1987. The East Bay, California band is well-known for their discography of 39/Smooth, Kerplunk, Dookie (which was their first collaboration with Rob Cavallo and major record debut that became a worldwide commercial success), Insomniac, Warning, and their Grammy Award winning album for Best Rock Album, American Idiot (2005). American Idiot also won the Grammy for Record of the Year for the song “Boulevard of Broken Dreams“ (2006). (more…)

Dunkin’ Donuts Welcomes Spring with Free Iced Coffee

Screen-Shot-2014-03-12-at-2.44.28-PMMake your way to participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the South Florida area on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to enjoy a free 16 oz. cup of Dunkin’ Donuts’ freshly-brewed iced coffee!

The Dunkin’ Donuts’ Iced Coffee is available in its legendary Original Blend and a new Dark Roast blend that is carefully roasted longer for a bolder, richer flavor and stronger finish.

To add delicious flavorings, customize your beverage with one of eight different flavors, including French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Toasted Almond, Blueberry, Coconut, Cinnamon, Caramel, and Raspberry. (more…)

2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship’s Fashion Friday & Concert

Carolina-Herrera-Fashion-FridayIvanka Trump marked the conclusion of Cadillac Championship’s Fashion Friday on March 7, 2014 by hosting the Carolina Herrera’s new Spring collection at the Trump National Doral. As Miami Heat’s very own DJ Irie entertained a massive 800 plus crowd of fans, the sons of Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and daughter Ivanka Trump greeted and posed for pictures with guests on the red carpet prior to joining family and friends for a delightful night of celebrations and festivities that included notable appearance by Gym Class Heroes’ lead singer Travie McCoy. Other notable celebrity appearances included (more…)

Cheers to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship

Donald-Trump-Ty-VotawCadillac and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship hosted their Opening Drive event on a beautiful evening at Hyde Beach inside the SLS Hotel in Miami Beach.

The night was graced with a select group of special guests that included pro players such as Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell, and Peter Uihlein, as well as Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump, Jr. (more…)

2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral

IMG_6287We had the pleasure of visiting Trump National Doral where we were introduced to not only the delicious upgraded food and beverages at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, but also for a sneak peak of several areas of the newly renovated resort.

Our visit began at the new BLT Prime in Trump National Doral’s clubhouse. BLT Prime’s decor is beautiful with an enormous expanded seating area both indoors and out, offering amazing views of the golf course. We were spoiled to the core with small bites, wine, desserts, and refreshing cocktails from the restaurant and its bar. May we add, the staff here is such a delight. (more…)

Memphis The Musical at the Broward Center

0-21We were recently invited to “turn up the dial” at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts to watch Bank of America Broadway Across America & Florida Theatrical Association present “Memphis” the musical on its opening night going on now through March 9, 2014. “Memphis” the musical is a 4-time Tony Award Winner that included Best Musical in 2010!

Rightfully so! Memphis is a blast from the past! The musical takes place in 1950s Memphis, Tennessee and is a loose rendition of Dewey Philips who was one of the first white disc jockeys (DJs) to play black music during that time. In “Memphis,” a white man named Huey Calhoun steps foot into Delray’s, which is a black underground Rock and Roll bar and is entranced with what he calls, (more…)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Miami!

The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and the Adrienne Arsht Center presented the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater February 20-23, 2014 in Downtown Miami.  The late Alvin Ailey founded the American Dance Theater in 1958, went on to popularize modern dance, and revolutionized African-American participation in 20th century concert dance.  The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater commemorates the distinctiveness of the African-American culture through an experience of preservation and development of the American modern dance heritage. 

Through international touring, Ailey’s company was designated “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” by U.S. Congressional resolution in 2008.   (more…)

First Annual Jazz in the Gardens Foodie-Focus

More than 100 were in attendance for the First Annual #JITG9 Foodie-Focus at the Betty Ferguson Auditorium in Miami Gardens. Six of the most popular festival chefs from Jazz in the Gardens served up their greatest hits. On March 15 and 16, 50 festival chefs will be at Food Village for the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens. This year’s food lineup equals the stage performers: LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Mint Condition, Anthony Hamilton, Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Farrell and Boney James. “There isn’t a better place to eat in South Florida than right here. It’s nice to be able to try a little bit of everything, I can’t decide what I like best. (more…)

Get ready! It’s coming! Sprung! Spring Beer Festival

Get Sprung at the upcoming Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, March 8th at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. From the event crew of Grovetoberfest, Sprung! brings you one of the best and largest beer festivals in the South Florida area. This is a Spring festival you do not want to miss! A festival where a multitude of beers will be chugged from local and national breweries.

Beer lovers will enjoy over 150 beers to sample from that will include new brews from up-and-coming South Florida breweries, live entertainment, Sprung’s! Games (more…)

BigMouthGirlz meets MIA Jamfest

Feel good, exciting, and full of life made up MIA Jamfest, a hip-hop music and fashion festival! The festival took place at Miami’s very own and a favorite of ours, The Stage Miami on February 7, 2014.

As we walked in we were hit back-to-back with hip-hop favorites coming from DJ Bre who we have experienced and immediately feel in love with his sets at other events. There were fashion vendors and more present where you were able to make purchases and even sample delicious sweet treats. The beautiful host Jasmin Brown took the stage and lead us into an amazing night full of performances by hip-hop artists, R&B singers, spoken word poets, and fashion designers all showcasing their talents. This and more made MIA Jamfest a hit with us! (more…)

Get in Shape at the new Planet Fitness in Pembroke Pines!

Welcome! You have just landed on the new Planet Fitness in Pembroke Pines, FL! This fitness club offers state of the art cardio machines, strength equipment, and unlimited fitness training. Take a step inside, there are over 100 cardio machines that include treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, 2 full circuits of strength machines, a 30-minute express circuit, 3 tanning booths, 2 massage chairs, 2 hydro-massage beds, 30 50” flat-screen televisions, and much more!

Planet Fitness sets itself apart from other fitness clubs by providing a comfortable, non-intimidating environment where people can relax, work out, and not feel like they are being judged by others. “If you’re looking for a judgement-free, clean and comfortable place to work out in, and at a great value, then you’ll love Planet Fitness.” (more…)

Media Night at BC Cafe!

We were recently invited to a Media Night conducted by BC Café. For those of you who are not familiar with BC Café, they are a branch off of the popular BC Tacos Food Truck that we try to pay a visit to every time we see them. BC Café opened its doors in May 2013 and is located in Davie, FL.

If you are a fan of BC Tacos like we are, then you have to stop by BC Café! If you’ve never experienced any of BC’s dishes, then this is the perfect moment to ready your taste buds for an experience.

Are you ready?!?! Here goes! (more…)

Toys for Pints at Wynwood Brewing Company

The holidays are here, and there’s no better time than now to give back! December 18th to January 5th the Wynwood Brewing Company will be holding a Toys for Pints event to collect toys for children serviced by the Wynwod NET (Neighborhood Enhancement Team) Community Center.

“This is the perfect way for us to share the joy of the holidays with the Wynwood community. The NET Center services around 70 kids from the area in its after-school programs and we wanted to keep alive the tradition of the Three Kings Day in Wynwood known as the original Puerto Rican community in Miami.” – Luis Brignoni (Founder of Wynwood Brewing Company) (more…)

Art Deco Weekend is around the corner!

The Art Deco Weekend festival is coming our way January 17 – 19, 2014 in Miami Beach! This fantastic weekend getaway which has attracted visitors and locals since 1976 was started by the Miami Design Preservation League, a non-profit organization that assists in the preservation, protection, and promotion of the architectural, social, economical, and environmental integrity of Miami Beach’s historic background.

Art Deco Weekend is aimed to bring an appreciation to Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District and its arts and culture of the Art Deco era of 1925 through 1945. This is the era when the likes of Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse, Superman, and Shirley Temple first debuted.

This historic weekend drives over 250,000 people throughout three days and features more than 85 events that include (more…)

Brew Bus Miami’s Highway to Hops Tour!

Just what Miami was missing! A tour of Miami’s exploding craft beer scene! Brew Bus Miami‘s Highway to Hops tour is just that! Unlike your traditional historic Miami tours, this tour focuses on the up-and-coming beer industry developing right here in South Florida.

The group that brings us Brew Bus Miami’s Highway to Hops tour is Cici, David, and Kush. Cici and David found their affinity for craft beer on a trip to Delaware and a visit to Dogfish Brewery. Kush, owner of LoKal Burgers & Beer restaurant in Coconut Grove, hired David as his restaurant beverage manager and together, all three decided to try and change the culture for craft beer drinkers in Miami. This team has brought Miami a beer drinking adventure! (more…)

Miami Culinary Tours: Wynwood Food Tour

Foodies! Prepare your appetites for a food excursion! Miami Culinary Tours now brings us the Wynwood Food Tour located in Miami’s Art District! This culinary adventure takes us through some of Wynwood’s most popular food spots in the area to experience some of Miami’s finest foods.

Throughout this food tour you’ll experience divine dishes from local restaurants like Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, Butcher shop, Pride and Joy, Suviche, Jimmy’s Kitchen, and Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies! (more…)


The holidays are right around the corner! It’s time to make sure you get the perfect gifts for your loved ones. We suggest you shop at! We know how expensive cellphones can be, so with that said, they NEED protection!

The phone cases at not only come in cool, vibrant colors but they will also give you the protection you need for your cellphone! Check out our review on these awesome cases! (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Light Pumpkin Cheesecake

I wanted to make a nice Thanksgiving dessert without all the calories and sugar. I took a regular pumpkin cheese recipe and switched out a few ingredients to make sure it was less calories and less sugar.

Here is what you will need:
1 Pillsbury ready pie crust (This is found in the refrigerated aisle next to the same brand biscuits, croissants and cinnamon rolls)
1 package (8 oz) of 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1 can (15oz) of 100% pure pumpkin (I used Libby’s)
2/3 cup of light agave nectar (Feel free to replace this for 1 cup of sugar if you’d rather)
1 tbsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of ground ginger
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg (more…)

Art Basel Miami 2013

Art Basel is approaching…and fast! Get your “Art On” during Art Basel week December 3rd thru 8th! There is much to see and do from art exhibits, shows, live entertainment, and much more! So get out, support the arts, and have fun doing so while enjoying all the Art Basel events in Miami that you can.

Here is a list of several Art Basel events you may want to check out! Happy Baseling!

Art Basel Miami Beach – December 5-8
Enjoy leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa exhibit historical work from the masters of modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display at the main exhibition hall while (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Stuffed Green Peppers

A friend of mine made some delicious stuffed bell peppers. I had to recreate it because it was amazingly good.

Here’s what you will need:
3 Small Russet Potatoes
2 Long Raw Carrots
8 Green Bell Peppers (large in size)
32 ounces Lean Ground Beef
Cooking Spray
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 Small White Onion
4 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 Cup Prego Marinara Sauce with Meat
1/2 Cup Kraft 2 % Reduced Fat Mild Shredded Cheddar Cheese

First, peel the potatoes and dice them into cubes. Also, slice your carrots. Place both carrots and potatoes into a pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil for atleast 10 minutes until softened. (more…)

John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off

The rain did not stop hundreds of Miami Dolphins fans from attending this year’s John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off. The Gridiron Grill-Off is an event that brings together celebrities, competition, and charities for a spectacular cause. The event took place at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater and was host to this tasteful celebration that benefited numerous South Florida children’s charities through Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation.

Twenty-five Miami Dolphins legends were coupled with some of South Florida’s most talented chefs to create delightful dishes ranging from citrus tamarind baby back ribs to grilled lemon swordfish. Guests made their way from tent to tent enjoying dish samples while sipping perfectly paired wines and enjoying live music and entertainment.

For the sweet tooth in us all, Sweet Street Dessert allowed guests to indulge in rich decadent desserts that included brownies and blueberry cheesecake. Fans of the event also had the opportunity to have the (more…)

Veterans Day Ceremonies and Events in South Florida 2013

Miami-Dade County

City of North Miami: Local Veterans organizations pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of all Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Refreshments are served following the ceremony. 10:00am.

Veterans Memorial at Griffing Park
NE 123 Street & West Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33161

City of Aventura: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will feature personal reflections from local veterans, patriotic performances by Aventura City of Excellence School, a World War II display, and participation from local veterans groups. 10:00am.

Aventura Government Center
19200 W Country Club Dr.
Aventura, FL 33180 (more…)

Miami’s Wynwood Artwalk

IMG_0839The Wynwood Artwalk is an art lover’s dream. It is a highly anticipated event that is held every second Saturday of the month from 6:00pm to 12:00am. Stroll down Wynwood’s art gallery strip to admire and purchase art by local artists. Along the way there is live entertainment, delicious gourmet food from some of your favorite food trucks, restaurants and bars, shopping at a vendors market, and much more to enjoy.

If you haven’t experienced Miami’s Wynwood Artwalk, we suggest you do…support the arts! (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Beautiful Butternut Squash Hash

Recently I began Herbalife and I have to say that It has been an amazing experience. I mostly do a veggie based meal for dinner and my shake as a little treat afterwards. I absolutely love fresh veggies and herbs so this recipe was definitely a winner in my book.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
2 tbsp Bertoli Extra Light Olive Oil
3 medium length raw carrots
1 lb butternut squash
1 whole green peppers
1 medium sized red onion
t tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme (more…)

Miami Culinary Tours: South Beach Food Tour

Miami Culinary Tours is a flavorful excursion through different tastes of Miami and its diverse cultures. Miami Culinary Tours IS a taste of Miami! The guided tour is an adventure of tastes of Miami’s most authentic foods throughout the city’s historic neighborhoods.

The South Beach Food Tour by Miami Culinary Tours is a walking tour that takes you to the places they believe are some of the best bites in South Beach, and also best represents the cultural diversity of the area. The tour provided samplings of some of the most tasteful items of each of the locations visited. (more…)

27th Annual Vizcaya Halloween Sundowner

The 27th Annual Vizcaya Halloween Sundowner took place at the beautiful Vizcaya Museum and Gardens located at 3251 South Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida on October 26, 2013. The event was an unforgettable evening of food, drinks, music, and an imaginational array of costumes! All proceeds of the event benefited the promotion, protection, and preservation of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Vizcaya is a beautifully captivating American Villa in the Heart of Miami. The South Florida landmark was constructed by James Deering of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune who was an industrialist executive during the 1800s and and early part of the 20th century. The gorgeous villa sits on 180 acres of land which was a perfect setting for the 27th Annual Vizcaya Halloween Sundowner. (more…)

The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills’ “Tour de Fashion”

On Friday, October 25, 2013 the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills celebrated the property’s most recent luxury outlet expansion with celebrity stylist and television personality George Kotsiopoulos. There were lots of shopping, mojitos, delicious refreshment stations, street-lined runway shows, complimentary swag bags, and much more going on with 100% of all ticket proceeds benefiting more than 30 local charity organizations.

“Tour de Fashion” also featured style trunk shows hosted by leading fashion aficionados (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Simple Grilled BBQ Pork Steaks

This is a very simple recipe the whole family will love. Now with the weather changing, it’s perfect for an outdoor bbq day and only has 3 simple ingredients:

– 24 oz Bone-In Pork Shoulder Butt Blade Steaks (2-12 oz one’s will do)

– 2 tbsp Thick ‘n Spicy Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce (Kraft)

– Weber Gourmet Burger Blend Seasoning

If your pork steaks are in the fridge or freezer, make sure to take them out and let them get to room temperature. Season steaks generously with the burger blend seasoning. (more…) Racing for the Cure!

Join us in the FIGHT against BREAST CANCER today! As team members of Race for the Cure, we are each playing a part in helping Susan G. Komen end breast cancer forever.

Together, we are fueling the best science, boldest community and biggest impact in the FIGHT against BREAST CANCER. We will not stop until this disease is gone forever.

This is our our promise!

Will you please join us in this fight by making a donation today? (more…)

Magical nights at Scandalous Sundays

Scandalous Sundays presented by Scandalous Divas is going strong every last Sunday of every month at the beautiful Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. This magical and memorable night is filled with amazing live R&B performances, poetry, delicious food and cocktails, great company, giveaways, and so much more! If you haven’t experienced Scandalous Sundays, you are definitely missing out!

Check out some photos and video from our lovely experiences at Scandalous Sundays! Hope to see you next month! (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: General Tso Inspired Ground Chicken

I absolutely love Asian food, so any chance I get I’m trying to create something with an Asian inspiration to it. I love general tso chicken, but my diet does not. Why not make something with similar flavor, but healthier? You can serve this up like I did with Jasmine Rice, but if you are just about to reach your calorie limit or need a quick snack, why not some lettuce wraps? I sometimes use cabbage because it holds up better. Something a dear friend taught me.

Ingredients you will need (Serves 4):
1/4 cup of 99% Fat Free Chicken Broth
1 tbsp of less sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp of Tomato Paste
1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (you may also use rice vinegar)
1 tsp of Hoisin Sauce
1 tsp of Sesame Oil
1 tsp of Siracha Hot Sauce (You may add more if you like it spicier) (more…)

Miami Dolphins’ Giant Steps in the Right Direction!

Miami DolphinsHow many of us thought 1 & 2, 0 & 3, maybe 2 & 1? How about two wins on the road; and the stunner, winning from behind in the home opener — 3 & 0?!?

Also to mention, two of those wins were against premier playoff contenders with two ELITE Quarterbacks. DOLFANS, these aren’t your daddy’s Miami Dolphins. They aren’t special, there are no curses. “Right Now” and moving forward, they are “LEGIT”!!

For once in a LONG TIME, these Fins are win for win with the Patriots. For once in a LONG TIME, these Fins are winning from behind. For once in a LONG TIME these Fins are averaging 25 points a game. (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Lemon Breaded Tilapia with a “Simply Dressed” Salad

It’s time for another delicious healthy meal…Lemon Breaded Tilapia with a “Simply Dressed” Salad!

Ingredients for tilapia (serves 4):
4 – 3.5 oz Tilapia
1 cup of All Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp of Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp of Onion Powder
1 Tspn of Kosher Salt
2 Large Eggs
Lemon Juice from 2 lemons

Place all dry ingredients (flour, garlic, smoked paprika, onion, salt) in a shallow dish. Whisk all ingredients together. In a separate shallow dish, crack both eggs and whisk with the juice of 2 lemons. (more…)

The New Boston Market in South Florida

Attention South Florida! After seven years, Boston Market has opened up a new restaurant right here in Hialeah, Florida! The new restaurant comes equipped with great additions to make your dine-in experience an excellent one!

You’ll walk into a warm and inviting atmosphere with a redesigned décor package that reflects a new look and feel. The delicious meals are now served with real plates and cutlery and brought to your table! Upgraded serving stations at the new restaurant includes a “Chef’s Hot Case” and carving stations. Their signature rotisserie chicken is on display in ovens right behind the counter so you can see your food freshly prepared. The new restaurant also contains a larger, more attentive staff that will make sure you leave satisfied and smiling. (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Skinny Version of Shepherd’s Pie

I’m constantly trying to find new meals to make especially those that include veggies the kids will eat. This one worked a lot better than expected! This is all you will need:

– 2lbs Russet Potatoes (I kept the skin on)
– 1lb Ground Turkey (80/20)
– 1.5 tsp Kosher Salt
– 2 tsp Chili Powder
– 1 tsp Chipotle Powder
– 1 tsp Garlic Powder
– 8 oz Tomato Sauce (I used No Salt by Publix)
– 1 tbsp Distilled White Vinegar
– 2 tbsp Sweet Cream Unsalted Butter*
– 2 tbsp regular sour cream*
– 1 15oz can of Del Monte Mixed Veggies (more…)

Black Violin at The Stage Miami

We recently attended The Stage Miami and experienced a musical sensation with a duo that calls themselves Black Violin!

This dynamic duo are two classically trained string instrumentalists that shut it down with an amazing performance that blends classical and hip-hop music into one to bring the audience an experience unheard of.

Who said hip-hop was dead?! Not in South Florida at least! These South Florida natives attended Dillard High School of Performing Arts and went on to Florida State University and Florida International University respectively. (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

What you will need:
1 Butternut Squash (about 2.5 lbs)
1 tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 Small Yellow Onion
2 tsp of Minced Garlic
32 oz (4 cups) of Less Sodium Chicken Broth
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp of Unsalted Butter (I used Publix sweet cream butter stick. You can omit or use 1 tbsp for less calories)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with Pam or spray butter. Cut the butternut squash in half and remove the seeds. Rub butternut squash halves evenly with olive oil, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet, flesh side down, and roast for about 45 minutes. (more…)

What a Head Scratcher!!

Fun in the SunCheck out the last 96 hours of sports headlines: Greg Oden returns to the NBA, signs with the MIAMI HEAT — Saw that coming!

Tiger Woods rips up the field by seven strokes at the Bridgestone Invitation!

The NFL Hall of Fame inducted seven deserving inductees; finally some heartfelt speeches!

The Dolphins showed the world how not to show-off a 200 million investment!

MLB bends over 13 players, 12 of the 13 “THROW THEIR HANDS-UP & THEY STAY DOWN! Then there was one; “A-ROD” can’t slick a can of oil, he’s against the ropes, hoping for the bell to save him? NOT THIS TIME! (more…)

Lobster Bar Sea Grille

IMG_3205Not only did we have the pleasure of being invited to the VIP Grand Opening Party of Lobster Bar Sea Grille, we were also the first invited guest to walk through the doors, and the first to sit and be served at the gorgeous bar that awaited us.

Lobster Bar Sea Grille is graced with beautiful decor throughout the entire restaurant. The staff is nothing less than pleasant and friendly. Drinks were both delicious and refreshing, and everything served was just amazing!

Lobster Bar Sea Grille will be open for dinner and ready for you to stop in and experience a pleasant ambiance and food at its finest starting this Thursday. (more…)

Sunday Brunch at Thasos Greek Taverna

Thasos Greek Taverna is an eclectic Greek restaurant that combines ambiance with style. It’s the perfect place to go and have a great time with friends or family in a beautiful setting to enjoy some amazing dishes. The ambiance is perfectly set to bring in precise colorful lighting into the setting. The style meshes everything together to bring you an array of finely selected dishes for that right time of day…in this case, their Sunday Brunch.

The Sunday Brunch Menu features a Bottomless Brunch Bar for only $15 that includes Sanrgias, Bloody Marys, and Bubbles.

The drinks can be garnished with an array of condiments that includes seafood, meats, vegetables, and fresh fruits. The Brunch Menu itself would make any Greek God jealous.

From Eggs Benedicts and French Toast for breakfast to Oak Grilled Organic Salmon with a quinoa salad and orange-grapefruit citronette for lunch. Some other dishes included in the Brunch Menu are Keftedes and Fries, Roast Leg of Lamb Sandwich, and Oak Grilled Chicken Paillard. (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan: Slow Cooker Turkey Picadillo

Being Cuban and living in Miami, I do not want to give up my Cuban food so easily. Finding a balance is what it is all about. To make a healthier version of our famous Cuban picadillo, I swapped out regular ground beef for ground turkey. The result is just as amazing.

What you will need:
– 1 lb (16 oz) of ground turkey (I used 85 lean/15 fat from Aldi Supermarket)
– 1 cup (8 oz) no salt tomato sauce (I used the Publix brand)
– 4 tbsp of dry golden cooking wine
– 1 small yellow onion
– 3 tsp of minced garlic (equivalent of 3 garlic cloves)
– 1 tsp of ground cumin
– 2 tsp of ground oregano (more…)

Eat Your Way Skinny with Jennifer Gaetan and the Big Mouth Girlz!

BigMouthGirlz fans, we would like to introduce you to our new healthy food blog contributor Jennifer Gaetan! Read more about Jennifer’s story and about the delicious and healthy recipes she will bring to us.

“In June of 2012, my thyroid was removed because of a nodule that was suspicious to be cancerous.

As a result, my TSH levels were all over the place and I learned I would have to take medication for the remainder of my life.

During the process, I noticed myself gaining a pound here and there. Although I was told it would be a struggle to lose weight at this point, I began eating healthier. (more…)

It’s No Fun When the Rabbit Has The Gun!

HeatRabbitWGunsWell Heat Fans, how about another round of applause for YOUR Miami Heat! Let’s talk about the NBA off-season and Free Agency.  The BIG catch landed in Houston, CP3 returned to “Lob City”, and the Top Tier players either went back to their original starting point of their careers, or took the low road for their “Pay Day”.

So who won in Free Agency —  We’ve all seen the Vegas odds, it’s been none stop buzzing since last week, we’ve seen and heard the reaction from around the league. Here’s who, the team that looks good on paper, that’s who? For the last 3-5 years we’ve grown accustom to that phrase. 

Last year’s paper champion “The Lakers;” one and done in round ONE and it wasn’t even close.  I’m not Laker hating, this is just a fact.  So, who’s the “Paper Champ” this year? (more…)

Rebuilding Together Broward County 10th Anniversary Yacht Party

ViewEdocWe joined Rebuilding Together Broward County for their 10th Anniversary Yacht Party on a magical evening filled with dining, dancing and, beautiful sights and sounds of South Florida aboard the luxurious Musette Mega Yacht in Fort Lauderdale.

Proceeds from the event directly benefited Rebuilding Together Broward County’s ongoing work of making homes safe and healthy for some of the most vulnerable demographics – low income elderly and disabled (more…)

“From Fun in the Sun, While Lost in Transition, To the Heat of the Night”

Fun in the Sun
The title is a three part story of the Days Long Gone, to Current Events that has shaped South Florida sports for the last 40 years. Let’s reflect once again back to the 70’s…. The roar of the crowd within the Orange Bowl, the remarkable 17-0 undefeated season and Back-to-Back Championships by our beloved Dolphins, led by Shula, Griese, Morrall, Csonka and the No-Name Defense. A winning culture was born and rooted deeply within the hearts of South Floridians.

A story book beginning, with a fairy tale journey that has taken South Florida on the longest roller-coaster ride leaving the faithful hanging on year after year, from disappointment to disappointment, hoping, wishing, praying, some might even go as far as knocking on the door of the Voodoo Bones Lady asking for help! What happened to the “Fun in the Sun?” Where has that roar of the crowd disappeared to? (more…)

NBA Final Series Tied 3-3, Game 7 Decides NBA Champion!

Miami Heat fans! We all came through when our team needed it the most with our “DEFENSE” and “LET’S GO HEAT” chants! This is a series that will go down in the history books! From 3-point records broken by San Antonio’s Danny Green, to a triple double of 30+ point, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in a Finals game by our very own Lebron James!

A feat that has not been done in over 30+ years! This series has come down to one game. This one game will decide a champion! The tenacity this Miami Heat team exemplified all season and through the playoffs, has shown the world what this team has that the Spurs do not; a will to come through when backs are against walls! (more…)

NBA Finals Tied 2-2, Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs

Here we go Miami! The Miami Heat vs the San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals has been tied up at two games apiece as the Heat seek to bring a 3-2 series lead back to Miami on Sunday when these two powerhouse teams go at it again for Game 5 in San Antonio!

It has been a rollercoaster series for these two teams where we have seen superstars shut out of their roles and role players step up huge to help win games.

This series will become one for the ages. We saw homecourt advantage taken away from the Heat with a San Antonio Game 1 win, and a bounce back win for the Heat that took the series to San Antonio for Game 3, 4, and 5.

A blowout win ensued in Game 3 that left the Miami Heat and fans questioning the abilities of the Heat’s Big 3 in Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh who have been having less than mediocre in these Finals. (more…)

Miami Heat Win Game 7, Advance to NBA Finals!!

Statement? No. Experience, perseverance, and utter dominance? Yes! Our Miami Heat are once again the Eastern Conference Finals Champions for the third straight year since the Big 3 came together. The 99-76 Game 7 blowout win against the Indiana Pacers re-established what the Heat were designed to do. Come through in BIG GAMES. There’s no need to get into stat lines, only that the players that were supposed to show up, showed up, and showed up BIG. Lebron James continued to be who he is, the Greatest Player on the Planet. Dwyane Wade got it going early in the first quarter and developed confidence in his shot again to finish with 21-points. (more…)

Pacers Push Heat to Edge of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tie Series 3-3

This seems like kind of a familiar setting. The Miami Heat in a Game 7, winner takes it all to the NBA Finals. Rewind. Last year, Miami Heat vs the Boston Celtics. Game 7. That picture of that look in Lebron James’ eyes that went viral. This is what’s to come Monday vs these Pacers. Lebron and his relentless stare into the eyes of what stands before him and his path to another NBA Championship. “This is where your brotherhood gets strengthened,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. With both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggling to find themselves in this series, Lebron has carried his teammates. “Those guys are professionals, as championships, we’ll figure it out,” Lebron said. (more…)

Lebron Carries Heat to 90-79 Win, Miami Goes Up 3-2!

Yes Lebron, one more win will take you to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Just one more win. Testy attitudes, pushes, and shoves set the tone early on in this game. At halftime, our Heat were down 40-44 and the game was looking much like the previous losses against these Pacers. Then came the third quarter and some guy named Lebron James who just had it. Lebron went on the score 16 of his game-high 30-points in the third quarter which fueled a rally of 30 total points combined in the quarter with the rest of the Heat. The Heat managed to hold down the Pacers to a measley 13-points in the third. The fourth quarter was fairly even with both teams pretty much going point-for-point, but the third quarter rally was too much for these Pacers to recover from. Udonis Haslem came up big for the Heat who contributed 16-points and went 8-9 from the field. Dwyane Wade continues to struggle because of a bad knee aggravated earlier in the playoffs and went 3-8 in Game 5 for only 10-points, but added 6 rebounds, 4 assist, and 1 steal. (more…)

Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers Series All Tied Up at 2-2!

The series has been all tied up Heat fans. The Heat went on to win Game 1 103-102 on a buzzer beater by Lebron James on an uncanny move by Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel leaving Roy Hibbert out of the last play of the game. The move was largely scrutinized around the league and the NBA world. The Miami Heat has had their homecourt advantage taken away from them twice in this year’s playoffs only to regain it back with authority. The Pacers went on to steal homecourt advantage from the Miami Heat in Game 2 with a win of 97-93 that left the Miami Heat fuming on the way up to Indiana. Game 3 turned into an embarrassment for the Pacers, who lost Game 3, 114-96. (more…)

2013 Memorial Day Ceremonies

City of Sunrise- 9:00am
Distinguished speakers, the placement of a memorial wreath, and the presentation of colors. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheatre
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, Florida 33351

City of Hialeah- 10:00am
The City will honor World War II veteran, Anthony V. Watson, by naming Palm Avenue at the intersection of West 3rd Street “Anthony V. Watson Way.”

Triangle Park
Palm Ave and S Okeechobee Rd
Hialeah, FL, 33010 (more…)

Heat Too Much for Bulls in 94-91 Game 5 Thriller, Advance to East Finals!

So much for the Chicago Bulls winning Game 1 in Miami, right? The Miami Heat won four in a row since, and have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third straight year. The Miami Heat look to either face the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers in the next series. I was predicting an MIA vs NY Eastern Conference Finals, but it seems as if NY will not be playing much longer as the Pacers have taken a commanding 3-1 lead on them. Last night, the Miami Heat got off to a fast start that saw them go 18-4 in the first quarter to set the game’s tone. But, the Chicago Bulls did not want to go out without at least putting up a good fight. The Bulls took command of the game and led through three straight quarters into the 4th. The Heat then turned it on and took out the Bulls in a 94-91 thriller to move on to the next round. (more…)

Miami Heat Stick it to the Raging Bulls to Win 104-94

These Semi-Conference Finals seem to be getting more and more physical as the games are played. The only difference is, the Miami Heat are not having it. The Chicago Bulls continue to wear themselves down after their Game 1 victory with their excessive physical play against the reigning world champs. The Miami Heat continue to keep their cool and do what they do best, play the game of basketball and focus on the win. The Miami Heat have regained home court advantage in this series and look to take a 3-1 lead back to Miami on Monday when these two team get back at it for Game 4. It was a close game throughout all quarters until the Miami Heat went for the kill that would’ve left a Spanish Bullfighter in awe. Tempers were flaring from the start of the game with pushing and shoving from Nate Robinson, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Joakim Noah, Nazr Mohammed, and Lebron James. Ultimately, Nazr lost his cool on a play with Lebron that resulted in an unexpected shove that called for an immediate ejection. Lebron James didn’t shoot the ball quite well in Game 3 going 6-17 because of the physicality of the game but went perfect from the free-throw line on 11-11 shooting. (more…)

Miami Heat Annihilate the Chicago Bulls 78-115 in Game 2

Miami Heat fans, now this is what happens to the opposing team that beats the Heat in Game 1 and gets cocky about it, they get destroyed! The Miami Heat killed the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 and showed them who are the defending NBA Champions! The game was filled with emotion and testy attitudes that featured nine technical fouls, two players ejected, and a multitude of personal fouls that lead the Miami Heat to the free throw line 29 times while converting 22 of them into points. It really didn’t help the Bulls do anything but get flipped off by an angry Heat fan. Our bench contributed 55-points where 21 of them came from Ray Allen and 18 from Norris Cole. (more…)

Chicago Bulls take down Miami Heat in Game 1

Well Miami Heat fans, that’s what happens sometimes when you sweep a series and your next opponent’s series goes 7 games, you fall out of rhythm. The Heat have lost Home Court advantage this series, but can quickly regain it with a win in Chicago. The Bulls will present a bigger challenge than the Bucks did to the Heat, but I do not see this series going that far.

I am taking our Miami Heat in 5 games. Lebron did celebrate his 4th MVP and a well-deserved one. Lebron was one vote shy of becoming the first player in NBA history to win the award by unanimous decision that went to Carmelo Anthony. Although the Heat are down 0-1 at the moment, it only took this one loss to get this freight train back on its tracks. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from Game 1. (more…)

Anthony Jordon, Jr’s Photography Exhibition “Living & Loving II: A Continued Celebration of Life”

The Hangar Gallery, Wynwood hosted local photographer, Anthony Jordon, Jr.’s exhibition “Living & Loving 2: A Continued Celebration of Life” on April 26, 2013. The exhibit was a follow up tribute to Anthony’s solo show “Living & Loving: Celebrating our Comfort”, which raised funds for the 2010 Miami AIDSWalk.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the photos was donated to Care Resource to fund their efforts in continuing their existing programs in support of HIV/AIDS outreach in South Florida.

Additionally, The Hangar Gallery also offered to donate 10% of any purchases made on the evening of the exhibition. (more…)

Miami Heat take out Bucks 110 – 87 in Game 1!

Well Miami Heat fans, as our record-breaking season has come to an end, our Miami Heat has already gotten down to brass tacks in taking out the Milwaukee Bucks 110 – 87 in Game 1 of the First Round of the East Playoffs! The Heat wasted no time in getting into playoff form. Winning has become the new DNA strand in Miami Heat basketball. The 23-point win marked a complete team effort by Miami which saw its bench contibute 43-points total that included 20-points from Ray Allen and 10-points and 7 rebounds from Chris “Birdman” Andersen. The game was again orchestrated by Lebron James who had an incredibly efficient 9-11 shooting night to still come out for 27-points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assist shy of a triple-double with 8. “That’s about as efficient as you can get. Made that look easier than it was,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. (more…)

Miami Rum Fest

IMG_9416The Miami Rum Festival was a Pirate’s dream and a must experience! The festival was a congregation of some of the world’s rum enthusiasts, professionals, and rum experts exhibiting some of the finest rum out on the market now. A premier event that offered a full week of exclusive VIP parties at Miami’s most notable venues and a two day Grand Tasting Exhibition of the best rum brands.

The Grand Tasting Exhibition was held at the Miami Airport Convention Center and offered all of the fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond the ocean’s blue! (more…)

Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

IMG_8832 Benefiting the American Lung Association, the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival is definitely an event like no other! The street festival took place right on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and offered a variety of delicious wines, food, entertainment, and much more!

The evening began with a Privé for exclusive ticket holders hosted by JM Lexus and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. The Privé offered light appetizers, wine, and tours of the famous Stranahan House also known as the Pioneer House, which was home to the founder of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Frank Stranahan. As you made your way to the entrance of the festival, you were offered a complimentary wine glass and a butler’s tray for endless samplings from over 70 of the best local restaurants in the Broward county area that also included 45 tables of select wines and micro brews. (more…)

“The Liar” presented by FIU Theatre

A complete and utter LIE! A spectacular display of deception! FIU Theatre’s cast of The Liar entertains from opening to closing act. Adapted from the original play by Pierre Corneille and written by David Ives, The Liar is an urban comedy about a young man named Dorante (Danny Leonard) who arrives to Paris with one minor imperfection, he cannot tell the truth. Upon arriving, Dorante meets Cliton (Julio Liverpool), a manservant who cannot lie, and travels with him through a series of dishonest encounters.

The play features a cleverly selected cast of actors and actresses that harmoniously bring the characters to life right before your eyes. Danny Leonard ingeniously enlivens the role of Dorante, and turns a sword fight into a monologue. Zach Myers owns the role of Alcippe with his boisterous voice and command of the stage. Lucille Cocco and Mariana Vallejo both dazzle as they play Clarice and Lucrece; the love interests of Dorante and Alcippe. (more…)

20th Annual Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Auction

The 20th Annual Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Auction presented by Publix Super Markets and Charities took place on February 25, 2013 in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. This was absolutely a Slam Dunk, Home Run, and Touchdown event that made the wishes of several children come true.

The featured guest of the evening was 3-time NFL Super Bowl Champion, Hall of Fame player/coach, Mike Ditka. The event also turned out an array of other sports athletes and personalities from the sports world that came together in support of an amazing cause. Florida Atlantic University Ambassador Howard Schnellenberger was present. Heat TV play-by-play announcer and color analyst, Eric “Kaboom” Reid and Tony “The Coach” Fiorentino were also among the crowd. Additionally, former Miami Marlins First Baseman/Outfielder Cliff Floyd, former Miami Dolphins players Rob Konrad, Jeff Cross, Shawn Wooden, Greg Baty, and former Jacksonville Jaguar Mike Baniewicz also supported the cause. (more…)

Liquid Ice Cream

Everyone has a weakness and if yours is ice cream, then it’s a must that you try Liquid Ice Cream! Who hasn’t had the usual ice cream parlor experience where you pick your favorite flavor and your ice cream is scooped right up from a tub, and put onto a cone, cup, or bowl. Well how about something a little different? Liquid nitrogen ice cream made to order!

Liquid Ice Cream will deliver an ice cream making experience with the satisfaction of downing spoonfuls of ice cream so enjoyable, you’re sure to want a few more scoops! Choose your flavor and witness the creamiest, (more…)

Wakeupstar and Miami Social Media Week 2013!

Wakeupstar is on a mission to help you realize your creative thoughts. This Miami-based company specializes in interactive media, design, and strategy to maximize the full potential of your projects. The company works closely together with a team of freelancers and entrepreneurs to discover inventive methods to deploy your creative endeavors. Wakeupstar has hosted and sponsored an array of events in the Miami area that has included an ArtWalk networking mixer, an independent music listening party, and a website launch party during ArtBasel. This year, they are proud to be a huge part of Miami’s Social Media Week 2013 and will feature the following events: (more…)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TOTEM!

33Cirque du Soleil presents yet again another fascinating show that brings a spectacular combination of circus arts, street entertainment, and live music in TOTEM. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM captivates with its story through the dazzling voyage of the evolution of man from its original amphibian stages to its aspirations to fly. TOTEM displays an evolutionary experience that only Cirque du Soleil can deliver. The collaboration of talent, three years in the making brings its (more…)

Classical Music meets Modern Dance

Karen Peterson and Dancers is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to entertain through performances of mixed ability dance by artists with and without disabilities. Karen’s most recent performance at Pinecrest Gardens’ Banyan Bowl Amphitheatre, “Classical Music meets Modern Dance” can be described as an emotionally, captivating performance exhibited to the sounds of the Miami String Project and the Cross Town String Quartet. The Miami String Project is a group of string players ranging from 12-18 years old and together form Miami’s premiere youth chamber orchestra. The Miami String Project musical experience brings life through sounds. (more…)

EOSfm is the “Evolution of Sound!”

Here is another one of those game-changers we like to talk about. Are you tired of having to wait for the radio to play your next favorite song because they have to adjust the line-up to their demographics? How about an app that specifically tailors to the music you want to listen to non-stop, 24-7, 365 days a year?!?

Well, here comes EOSfm! EOSfm is the “Evolution of Sound” that changes the way we listen to the music we love. EOSfm is an Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad application that continuously streams DJ dance mixes from DJs all around the world.

The app is free and available for download RIGHT NOW in the Apple App Store! EOSfm was founded by local Miami DJs Matt Moore (@DJMattMoore) and DJ Drew (@ItsMeDJDrew)! (more…)

Art Basel 2012: Pop-Up Piano Miami

The Black Key Group in collaboration with Steinway & Sons Miami have teamed up to create Pop-Up Piano Miami, a project that merges music and art. After a very successful debut during Art Basel 2011 they are back by popular demand. Eight pianos will be placed throughout Wynwood, Midtown, The Design District, and Downtown Miami. There will also be 3 improv music performances.

Pop-Up Piano Miami hosted a pre Art Basel Mixer at Miami Iron Side showcasing the pianos that will be displayed. Art enthusiasts had a chance to see the final projects and meet the artists; Federico Carosio III, Eric Estrada (Wase One), Rodrigo Gaya, Desiree Kawass, Alexander Mijares, Ivan Roque, Ruben Ubiera, and Rosj Von Rosenberg. In addition, Pop-Up Piano Miami will be hosting a fundraising concert on December 5th at The PERRY South Beach Hotel. (more…)

Art Basel 2012

It’s that time of year again as Art Basel 2012 is ready to take over Miami with epic proportion. As always, they have a broad spectrum of events to choose from like “Heineken’s Open Your World Mural Project” or “Red Dot Miami.” Take a look at the list below of the events that I’ll be checking out. See you there! (more…)

Oh My FOODness!: Talavera Cocina Mexicana

When you arrive to Talavera Cocina Mexicana you feel like you have been transported to Mexico with its simple, yet beautiful and authentic décor. They have an array of items on their menu with great selections from antojitos (appetizers), quesos fundidos, soups, to authentic Mexican dishes such as chiles rellenos and mole. The quality of the food is outstanding as the flavors are one and only, and lets not forget great customer service. (more…)

Oh My FOODness!: Flashback Diner!

Flashback Diner is a local favorite in its respective cities of Davie and Hallandale, Florida. With these two great locations, Flashback offers its delicious menu of homemade-style selections that make you feel right at home.

We have been fans of Flashbacks for quite some time now and every time we go, we never walk out hungry or dissatisfied. With a HUGE menu, this place offers it ALL! They have so many delicious items to choose from that it may take you a while to decide what you want to have. Trust us, you’ll want it all!

Here’s a little taste of what awaits you. A section of their menu is a list of “Celebrity” named sandwiches. All the sandwiches are delicious but a few of these items have become an instant-favorite in our personal menu. The Steven Spielberg is a “Deli Lover’s Dream,” along with the Lloyd Bridges and the Alfred Hitchcock. (more…)

The Miami Heat are Back 2012-2013!

What’s up Miami Heat fans?!? I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for another slam-dunk season to another Championship this year! Although it has been a short summer for us Heat fans because we took home the grand prize, it has also has been a long summer for us waiting for it to start all over again. Let’s take a brief look at what our Heat are working with this year!

For the most part, our Miami Heat are bringing back its main core in of course, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Mike Miller contemplated retirement due to his back issues, but he is recovered and will be back for more. I believe this year we will see the Mike Miller Pat Riley envisioned to have for this team.

James Jones also contemplated retirement but said, “Naaaah!” Every player should feel what a Championship-defense season feels like. Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Shane Battier (who was terrific during the Finals), Mario Chalmers (who earned the respect of many last year, including me), Norris Cole, and Dexter Pittman will all be back on the roster opening day October 30th against the Boston Celtics. (more…)

Oh My FOODNess!!: La Sandwicherie!

La Sandwicherie is a French-owned and French inspired sandwich shop serving delightful sandwiches in South Florida since 1988. With two locations, La Sandwicherie delivers their signature sandwiches to the South Beach and Brickell areas. If you are from out of town, this place is one of those must go-to places you have to stop by before you leave.

La Sandwicherie offers a savory selection of sandwiches that will leave you telling your friends to pay them a visit. You start with your choice of a French baguette, whole wheat bread, or croissant. Then you pick from a selection of sandwiches like the vegetarian sandwich, cheese sandwich (Provolone, Swiss, Cheddar, Feta), and even an Egg sandwich. Then you have another selection of sandwiches that include their delectable deli meats like ham, turkey, roast beef, tuna, chicken, salami, and much more. (more…)

The Pantry of Broward Needs Our Help!

The Pantry of Broward dedicates itself to assisting those facing hard and troubled times. The initiative of the Pantry of Broward assists senior citizens and grandparents raising their grandchildren by providing over 20,000 pounds of food each month.

The Pantry of Broward and the BigMouthGirlz are asking the local community to pitch in and re-stock the food bank’s shelves during the summer when the Pantry’s shelves diminish.

We are asking all local families, businesses, churches, and schools to donate non-perishable items like canned foods (more…)

Oh My FoodNESS!!: Giovanni’s Cafe!

Giovanni’s Cafe is a combo Peruvian-Italian restaurant delivering a wide variety of dishes and entrées native to both countries. Giovanni’s Cafe is located in an area that one has to be familiar with. The location of the restaurant is not where you would traditionally find a typical restaurant like an urban high-traffic area, but rather in a professional development of business offices.

This place does not need advertising as most people who know about Giovanni’s Cafe are referred by word of mouth. This describes the level of service and quality offered by Giovanni’s Cafe. If you end up visiting this place, you’ll see why we call this place,”A Local Hidden Gem!”

If you are a seafood fan, start yourself off with one of their flavorful Ceviches. They have an array of Ceviches like the Fried Seafood Mix, Mixed Ceviche, Fish ‘n Shrimp Ceviche, and the traditional Fish Ceviche. Try the Fish ‘n Shrimp Ceviche! Spicy, if you like it picante! (more…)

Oh My FOODness!!: Good ol’ Cuban Food…Really Good!

Being South Florida natives, we have had the opportunity like many to have some great Cuban food. Every city has what we like to call “A Local Gem.” We’ve been to this one specific Cuban restaurant countless times because we can’t get enough of them when we are craving Cuban food. This place is called Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine!

Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine has been serving the South Florida area since 1984 by the Vilariño family. The Vilariño family opened its first Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine in Hollywood, FL which shortly became a local favorite! This place is great for a date, take the family to, and even just to call them to place an order and pick it up to take home! The service is (more…)

Ride Connected with RideFi!

Technology is one of the drivers of our economy and has expanded it into a global marketplace. We now conduct business on a worldwide level because of some of the inventions people have come up with during the past 30 years. The internet primarily being one of the main driving forces behind it. I am always fascinated by new technology. (more…)

2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat!

Mission Complete Miami Heat fans! The reason this team was put together has proved the outcome. Your Miami Heat are this year’s 2012 NBA Champions! Now, without further ado, we can lay all of our surrounding HATERS to rest! (more…)

Miami Heat Prevail Thunder Surge in 2nd Half to Win 100 – 96, Tie Series 1 – 1

Nobody said the Oklahoma City Thunder was going to be a walk in the park. The Miami Heat stole a home game from the Thunder and now head back to Miami for Games 3, 4 , and 5. Now that the Miami Heat have home court advantage, this give them an opportunity to finish the series off at home. Game 1 was something to forget about. The Miami Heat lost and there is pretty much nothing to talk about. If we want to pick apart what could’ve happened, we could then start at how the Miami Heat blew a 13 point lead and lost. (more…)


Well, Heat fans, your Miami Heat have won the 2012 Eastern Conference Champion for the second year in a row! The Heat are set to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder this Tuesday June 12 at 9:00pm EST. The Thunder will be bringing in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka to the NBA’s biggest stage and try to stop Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh on getting their first championship since they came together. This is going to be a battle that might turn out to be one of the most exciting Finals the NBA has ever seen! (more…)

Lebron James Leads Miami Heat into Game 7 on a Historic Performance! Series Tied 3-3.

This Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics series is going to go down as one of those series that the people at Sun Sports do not stop talking about. If you are a Miami Heat fan and fan of the Sun Sports network, you know what I am talking about. This series has been a thrill ride and this Saturday June 9th is the grand finale we have all been waiting for.

Game 6 was special. A special game that hopefully makes Miami Heat fans acknowledge and admire what we truly have down here playing basketball for the Miami Heat. We have greatness. Greatness the NBA has not seen in a very long time. We have Lebron James. Lebron James is an (more…)

Miami Heat Split Series with Boston Celtics, Return to Miami for Game 5.

The past three games have been a thrill ride if you are a Miami Heat fan. This series is one for the classic reels. The Miami Heat have had their shares of ups and downs in this series and most downs have come in Boston. Boston has done exactly what they are supposed to do.

Boston has protected their home court just like an experienced veteran team should. Now, a “Best of Seven” series has turned into a “Best of Three” series. The Miami Heat head back to Miami for a must-win Game 5 and try and close this out in Boston in Game 6. Game 2 of this series was labeled an instant classic where we watched Rajon Rondo (more…)

Faster and Stronger Miami Heat take down Boston Celtics 93-79 in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals!

One game down and three more to go in these Eastern Conference Finals Miami Heat fans! The Miami Heat have taken a 1-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics after a 93-79 win at the American Airlines Arena. Miami seems to be clicking at the right time just like they did in last year’s playoffs. If this is going to be a continuing trend in Miami, we’ll take it!

Miami never trailed in this game. We saw a Boston Celtics group come out unmotivated and with absolutely no energy whatsoever. The Celtics did manage to keep the game within 10 points through the first half of the game. The Celtics emerged (more…)

Eastern Conference Finals – Bound! Miami Heat Beat the Indiana Pacers 105 – 93! Win Series 4 – 2!

The Miami Heat will once again contend in the Eastern Conference Finals Heat fans! Our Miami Heat has eliminated those pesky Indian Pacers in a 105 – 93 win and closing the series 4 – 2! Even in the absence of our enforcer Udonis Haslem who was suspended for this game and our missing piece of the Big 3 Chris Bosh, the Heat gang knew it was time to finish this series and rest up for what’s next!

The two-punch combo of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade let the NBA know who is coming back for a second taste of the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat have positioned themselves to face either the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers. Regardless of who the Miami Heat play, their road back to the NBA Finals looks pretty much guaranteed.

Dwyane Wade had a spectacular performance as Lebron had the other night. Wade scored 41 points along with 10 rebounds and three assists. Lebron finished (more…)

Memorial Weekend Concerts & Celebration Parties 2012

Rain or shine the concerts, and celebration parties must go on! Here’s something for everyone, a list of Memorial Weekend concerts and parties to check out! If you aren’t afraid of a little rain, there’s no reason you should miss out on these concerts and celebration parties. But, in case you are scared of a few raindrops, (more…)

Miami Heat Obliterates the Indiana Pacers 115 – 83, Lead Series 3 – 2!

If this was not a statement and retaliatory game for the Miami Heat, I don’t know what it could have been. This game was filled with highlight moments from the tip in which we saw numerous dunks, layups, and flagrant hard fouls. Seems like Indiana actually thought they could handle the Heat!

The Miami Heat shot an astounding 61% from the field and not once looked back to see how the Indiana Pacers were doing. They just kept playing. Eleven dunks and numerous layups had Pacers coach Frank Vogel looking for answers where he could not find them. Frank? Stop looking for answers. There are no answers to the Heat in transition. Plain and simple. “We learned early in this series, you don’t get two wins for a blowout,” Vogel said during a post-game interview. I don’t think Frank (more…)

Lebron & Wade Go For 70 Points in the Absence of Bosh, Tie Pacers Series 2 – 2

After a 19 point loss in Game 3 of these Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Dwyane Wade knew he had to make up for it. We all saw a horrific shooting display that was titled “The Worst Dwyane Wade Playoff Performance” when he shot 2 of 13 for 5 points. Made up for it? Wade scored 30 points, 22 of them came in the second half of the game to tie the series up at two games apiece.

The absence of Chris Bosh has taken a couple of games to get accustomed to. It could not have come at a better time. Wade started the game as he did in Game 3 by missing close range shots and not getting to the rim. The Pacers jumped out to a 9 – 0 lead in the introductory minutes of the game which called for an immediate Erik Spoelstra timeout. Slowly but surely, Wade (more…)

Miami Splits Series 1-1 at Home vs Indiana in Games 1 & 2, Lebron Named MVP

The NBA awarded Lebron James of the Miami Heat his third NBA MVP trophy in four years and became the 8th player in the history of the NBA to win the award 3 times or more. The Miami Heat went on to beat the Indiana Pacers 95 – 86 in Game 1 while they continue waiting to hear on Chris Bosh’s return.

In Game 1, the Miami Heat lost Chris Bosh for possibly the remainder of this series with an abdominal strain suffered on a dunk while being guarded by Roy Hibbert in the first half of Game 1. Chris Bosh took a pass from Lebron James near the foul line, took one dribble for the hard dunk with his left hand, and collapsed to the floor. In the replays it shows Hibbert slightly affecting his shot but it was nothing flagrant or intentional. It was just a regulate basketball play where we saw Chris Bosh maneuver awkwardly for the dunk. (more…)

Sun Safety

Beach weather has finally arrived to beautiful South Florida. This means bathing suits, drinks, and fun with your friends. But what about your SPF protection? Do you know what SPF stands for, or how to choose the right SPF protection for you?

SPF in an acronym for Sun Protection Factor. The SPF number tells you how long you can stay in the sun before getting burned. If you normally start to burn after 15 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF 15 product will let you stay in the sun for approximately 15 times longer (or 3 1/2 hours) without burning. SPF sunscreen numbers indicate (more…)

New York Knicks “Beat the Heat” in Game 4 Thriller!

The New Yorks Knicks came through and fought through all of the adversity surrounding the team to pull out a stunning win over the Miami Heat who are now 3-1. The series shifts back to Miami on Wednesday May 9th while the Heat seek to close this one out on their home floor in front of their fans. The game was a complete thrill-ride from start to finish and even more-so the fourth quarter.

Carmelo Anthony had a spectacular game as he helped the Knicks end an 11-year and 13-game playoff drought in New York. The last time the Knicks won a playoff game was on April 29, 2001. Carmelo Anthony put up an amazing 41 point, 6 rebound, and 4 assist performance on a game that went down to the wire.

Amare Stoudemire was back for Game 4 just like he said he would be and put up decent numbers despite that massive cut he sustained right after Game 2. Amare had a 20 point and 10 rebound game which was quite impressive after the picture he tweeted of his hand. Amare’s hand (more…)

Miami Heat Pound New York Knicks 87-70, Take 3-0 Lead in Series

The saying goes, “the series doesn’t start until the home team loses.” Well, it’s official Miami Heat fans, the series has finally begun and soon about to end for the New York Knicks. The New York Knicks are on the brink of elimination in these East Quarter Finals.

Lebron James spent most of the night in foul trouble as he finished the game with 5 fouls, but that didn’t stop him from putting up his usual numbers. Lebron was outstanding despite the foul trouble and scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter. Eight of those points came on consecutive baskets at the beginning of the period. “Bron came in and got at it right away. He had an unbelievable fourth quarter,” Dwyane Wade said after the game. Lebron James finished the game with 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assist, and 2 steals. He also finished with 8 turnovers, but that didn’t matter, Lebron’s fourth quarter explosion made up for it. “He just has to stay with it. He had some turnovers, he had some mistakes, but he was able to keep his head in it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stated during a post-game interview.

One player that has been impressing me (more…)

Miami Heat Season Comes to an End! Let the Survival of the Fittest Begin!

Alright, I’m not even going to get into the game against the Wizards. For what? It was a pointless irrelevant game that didn’t change anything in the standings as to who we are going to play in the first round of the playoffs. In a nutshell, the Miami Heat got smoked by 34 points by the Washington Wizards. WHO CARES!?! The Heat rested the Big 3 once again while the rest of the team played extended minutes to get into playoff mode. (more…)

Pierce and Celtics Take Down Miami Heat’s Bench & Reserves 78 – 66

In a game that did not feature the Miami Heat’s Big 3 and the Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, this was a game that saw the Heat turn the ball over 24 times and shoot for 38 percent from the field. Paul Pierce took the floor as the only one of the Celtics’ Big 3 while the Heat rested theirs. Much deserved rest for Lebron, Wade, and Bosh.

After a compacted season that has had them play several back-to-back games and even a few back-to-back-to-backs, they can use all the rest they can get. (more…)

The BIG MOUTH of the Miami Heat!

I want to thank the Big Mouth Girlz for asking me to contribute to their blog! The Big Mouth Girlz are BIG Miami Heat fans and have reached out to me being a BIGGER fan. I’m a Miami native and I have been following the Heat for quite some time now. I will cover the last couple of Heat games and their run into the 2012 NBA Playoffs! (more…)