<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Latin Beat]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/blogs/latin-beat http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:36:44 -0400 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:36:44 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DJ Laz Returns to South Florida Radio]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:21:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DJ+Laz.jpg

South Florida radio personality Lazaro Mendez, also known as DJ Laz, is returning to the radio airwaves.

DJ Laz announced Monday that he will be joining WFLC's Hits 97.3 beginning Aug. 25. He will be hosting the "DJ Laz Morning Show" with co-host Kimmy Bell.

“I’m excited to welcome DJ Laz back to morning radio in Miami,” said the station's Director of Branding and Programming, Jill Strada in a press release.

The South Florida radio star left popular radio station Power 96 in 2012 and later joined DJ 106.7, which he later left in 2013 when the radio station changed its format.

Photo Credit: Hits 97.3]]>
<![CDATA[Culture Dura Tour In Miami]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:48:29 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ninasky_j_0001.JPG Remezcla and Mikes' Harder presented Culture Dura, a ten city tour featuring the new wave of Latin Urban Music with a stop in Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[What is a Frita?]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:06:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014136115_1200x675_317277763898.jpg Six in the Mix Host Roxanne Vargas goes to El Rey de las Fritas to find the answer one delicious question: What is a frita?]]> <![CDATA['Premios Tu Mundo' Allows Fans to Vote for Winners]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:05:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_05_13_13presentadordelospremiostumundo.jpg

The third annual Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards) will honor the best in U.S Latino pop culture, including music video, sports, fashion and telenovelas.

The dazzling summer bash produced by Telemundo Network will broadcast live from downtown Miami on August 21st from AmericanAirlines Arena.

Winners of the awards are chosen entirely by viewer choice, some of the artists nominated include Pitbull, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.

Fans have until midnight August 12th to vote for their favorite singer, duo, group or television actor. There are also a host of other fun categories like, Best Villain, Best Couple, Social Sensation and Best Fan Club of the year.

Returning for their second year as hosts will be Venezuelan actress Gaby Espino and Mexican actor Aaron Diaz. Also gracing the stage and making her debut on Telemundo will be actress and singer Lucero, who is set to host a new reality show on Telemundo, “Yo Soy El Artista” (I am the Artists).

Among this year’s eclectic list of performers is Natalia Jimenez (La Voz Kids), Lucero, Gerardo Ortiz and Los Tucanes de Tijuana.

The star-studded blue carpet pre-show is once again scheduled to bring fans the best coverage by combining the power of television, web, mobile and social media.

For live updates before or during the award ceremony visit PremiosTuMundo.com or check them out on Facebook or Twitter @PremiosTuMundo.

Catch Premios Tu Mundo live on Telemundo Network Thursday August 21st at 8 p.m.

Telemundo is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC 6 South Florida.

Photo Credit: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Latin Music Arrives at HistoryMiami Museum]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:43:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/history+miami+roxy.png

Next time you’re shaking it on the dance floor to salsa music…take a minute to let the music marinate. Really listen. The percussion, the voice, the story. You will feel it. You will feel the joy, the pain, the triumph of that story – and there is a story behind the great Latin voices, that have inspired the most iconic musicians.

Latin music has inspired jazz, blues, and rock vocalists – hits you have in your iPod! Learn the history and taste the flavor of Latin music at a traveling exhibit that has arrived in South Florida at the HistoryMiami Museum.

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music explores all this and more. “It’s the first time that we have put together an exhibition that gather a piece of history that nobody knows about”, says Evelyn Figueroa, Project Director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition.

“Latin music in America has influenced all the great, great icons that you hear today”, says mambo star Tito Puente Jr, son of the Mambo King, the late and great, Tito Puente. “My father was such a great influence in so many great artists lives and you really got to think about it, most Latin artists that you hear today in American music have been influenced by Tito Puente in some sort of way”.

This exhibit also takes in the flavor of Miami, as you will see the story of International super-stars who call Miami home. Gloria and Emilio Estefan are music moguls no doubt, but they are also two prime examples of artists who are known in the Latin and American music industry.

“You’ll see all the crossovers and how it blends in with Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana being one of the pioneers of crossing over that Latin music to American music. It really shines in this exhibit”.

Check out American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music with the family now through October 26th at HistoryMiami Museum.

<![CDATA[New Happy Hour Spot Boasts Cheap Drinks, Delicious Food, and Amazing Views]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:52:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000014070743_1200x675_315825219727.jpg


In South Florida, there's an abundance of places to eat, drink, and socialize -- right? But not many can boast delicious drinks and dishes with a gorgeous view of South Florida, and takes it easy on the pocket! I scoped out the latest happening place to pop up in SoFlo: 15th and Vine at the Viceroy Hotel in Brickell.
Cool off after work hours at this sizzling new hot spot every Wednesday night for their Fire and Ice Happy Hour. With several talented mixologists behind the bar, you'll surely get your fix with a delicious caipirinha, or a refreshing lemonade - with a twist for the grown-ups.
Just like the drinks, the dishes do not disappoint. Enjoy a fabulous flatbread, or pile on the cheese and charcuterie on some freshly baked bread! Sounds delicious, right? Take my word for it - it is!
Be sure to bring a friend and your dancing shoes, because local band "La Linea" will spice up the night with their high energy music - covering some of the best songs to get your feet movin'.
So if you're looking for a hot spot to grab a drink and dance, or to just sit back, relax and enjoy Miami's gorgeous views - 15th and Vine is the place to be.
15th and Vine is located on the 15th floor of the Viceroy Hotel in Brickell. For more information, check out viceroymiami.com

<![CDATA["World's Largest Paint Party" Expanding to Two Days]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:46:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sunlife+Top-26101.jpg

South Florida ravers can now dance an extra day as “The World’s Largest Paint Party,” also known as Life in Color, is expanding to two days this year.

Life in Color – an electronic dance music festival featuring neon-colored paint being thrown into the crowd as fans dance to their favorite DJs, will take place at Sun Life Stadium in December.

The announcement was made during the halftime show at the Guinness International Champions Cup Finals on Monday night.

Superstar DJ Martin Garrix was the halftime artist, playing his hit songs with a bright-colored performance featuring lasers and 3D mapping on the field.

“Miami in general… I love Miami, I love the vibe here. I love the people here,” Garrix said.

December’s Life in Color is expected to host around 60,000 people. It will also be competing for the Guinness World Record for the most people covered in paint at one time.

“I think this is a big step for EDM. It’s setting a standard for mainstream (music) in the U.S.,” said Sebastian Solano, CEO of Life in Color.

The giant paint party will return to South Florida’s Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 26 & 27. Early bird tickets go on sale starting Aug. 13 at 10 a.m.  For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: Life in Color]]>
<![CDATA[Martin Garrix Performs Halftime Show at Guinness Champions Cup Finals]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:38:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Sunlife+Top-2617.jpg 18-year-old superstar DJ, Martin Garrix performed during the halftime show of the Guinness International Champions Cup Final Monday night. The halftime show was hosted by Life in Color Music Festival. It featured neon colored lasers and 3D mapping across the Sun Life Stadium soccer field.

Photo Credit: Life in Color]]>
<![CDATA[Colombian Swimsuit Brand's Mission To Save The Ocean]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:34:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bathing+suit+models+2.jpg

Summer is almost over but not for South Floridans! Living here means you never really have to put away your bathing suits.

South Florida is a place to see and be seen, and Colombian swimwear brand “Maaji,” understands that. Their eye-catching designs made them a favorite during this years Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week SWIM.

Each collection offers something for all body types. When asked about her source for inspiration, head designer Juliana Londono’s answer was clear: “the preservation of our environment and oceans.”

Maaji’s eco-friendly campaign “ Planting an Ocean of Trees” has planted 800 trees and counting in Colombia. "Maaji “Earth Warriors” feel responsible for finding different ways to give back to a giving planet," said Londono.

Londono focuses on bright colors and nude tones with neon's, pastels, floral and animal patterns, photographic print and contrasting piping. Their lingerie inspired elastic and trims, high wasted bottoms and structured swimsuits, such as body cons, were a crowd favorite.

“It is a very rewarding experience to see all of our hard work and dedication come to life on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runway,” Londono said. “To be given the opportunity to introduce our new collection to a global audience of press, retailers and consumers, is a blessing.”

Each collection is inspired by a “magical surreal story” that is the result of a long, creative process.

This collections Derby theme was clear throughout all elements of the show, from the custom runway backdrop to the styling of each model sporting equestrian riding helmets and gingham print jackets. “Our new collection is a very American inspired story, about the countryside and equestrianism,” she said.

Maaji also launched ‘Studio Collection’ this year, which is their first line of women’s fitness apparel and includes athletic tops, tanks and sports bras, as well as yoga pants and shorts. Basically, everything you need to get beach bod ready!

We asked Juliana what are the perfect bathing suit styles and fits for Latinas, and here is what she had to say:

1. PETITE: If you are petite, try to avoid halters, tankinis or two-pieces with long torsos, it will make you appear shorter. Feel free to wear padded tops with ruffles, bandeau or flare tops to enhance your shape.

2. ATHLETIC: Try to look for swimsuits with some feminine details like embellishments or girly prints. Stay away from bandeaus and boy-cut bottoms.

3. BUSTY: If you have a larger bust, we would recommend you wear structured tops to provide more support. Stay away from ruffles, pleats, embellishments or details that will create more volume.

For more information on Maaji and the "Earth Warriors" campaign, visit www.maajiswimwear.com.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz F]]>
<![CDATA[Award-Winning Ceviche: Make Your Own Version]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:28:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/latin+beat+ceviche.jpg

A local chef’s ceviche recipe was named the best in Florida, and now he’s sharing it with Latin Beat.

The traditional ceviche at Sr. Ceviche in Pembroke Pines, came out on top at the 2014 International Day of Ceviche festival, which took place in June in West Palm Beach.

More than 15 restaurants from across the state participated in a blind-tasting competition.

Chef Alonso Jordan says his traditional ceviche stood apart because of the freshness of his ingredients, and because of his two secret ingredients.

Jordan recommends replacing those secret ingredients with some of your favorite condiments to give it your own personal touch.

To create your own version of this simple and refreshing summer dish, you just need the following ingredients:

10 OZ. Corbina
Salt to taste
2tsp. Cilantro
1tsp. ajinomoto
Pinch of black pepper
½ tsp Rocoto
1tsp garlic
1 Aji Limo pepper
¼ cup lime juice

¼ cup choclo
¼ cup cancha
1 Aji Limo pepper
Chopped red onion
Honey sweet potato

To prepare, mix the raw corbina with all the ingredients in the order listed. Serve with sweet potato, choclo and cancha. Top with red onion and Aji Limo pepper. Serve immediately.

To taste the award-winning traditional ceviche, visit Sr. Ceviche at 2086 N University Dr, Pembroke Pines, (954) 499-7711.

See the printable version of the recipe below: 

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Singer Releases New Single]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000013860521_1200x675_312226371729.jpg

Almost a year after leaving Pitbull's record label, Mr. Worldwide, Madai is back with a new hit single; except this time, she's back with a different sound. "Since I was born in Cuba, I think it's fair that I work with my roots," said Madai in a recent interview. When she first started her career in the music industry, she sang Pop music. But now she transitioned to Salsa, because she feels that's the music she was born to perform.

Her new single, Punto y Coma, is a remake by Lupita d'Alessio. It's a song about putting things to an end, and starting from scratch; something Madai says hits close to home. "It's kind of what I'm doing with my music," said Madai, "it's also an empowerment call for women out there. Once something is bad, quit it, and start something new." 

Punto y Coma is now available on iTunes. To keep up with Madai, you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All you have to do is search MadaiWorld.  You can also check out her website here.

<![CDATA[Weekend In Havana At Versailles]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:36:43 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nicolita15_jipsy_0001.JPG Designer Nicole Di Rocco debuted her 2015 Nicolita Swimwear collection, "Weekend In Havana", at Miami's legendary Versailles Restaurant for an exclusive and intimate fashion presentation. Photos by Jipsy

Photo Credit: Jipsy Castillo]]>
<![CDATA[A Sneak Peek Of H2ombre]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:48:25 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/h2om_jipsy_0001.JPG The world premiere of H2ombre: Brave The Elements officially opens Friday July 18 for a limited engagement at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and we get a peek at energizing show. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Nico & Vinz to Perform First SoFla Performance at SPLASHION]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/nico1.JPG

A mix of music and fashion will be taking place on Wednesday at the 6th annual SPLASHION event at The Fillmore Miami Beach.

The event is an unofficial kick-off to Swim Week and will feature a fashion show including Miami Dolphin cheerleaders as models.

One of the main highlights of the event will be the first South Florida performance from Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, with their summer single, “Am I Wrong.”

“We’re just excited to play this new music and see how people respond to it,” said Vincent Dery.

Their latest song, “Am I Wrong” has topped charts throughout the nation. It is currently #7 on iTunes and in the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

“That’s a dream coming true and it just shows that anything is possible if you really believe in yourself and work for it,” said Nico Sereba.

The popular duo will also be performing “Am I Wrong” on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on July 21.

Nico & Vinz is working on a new album, “Black Star Elephant,” that is set to be released in the fall.

If you’d like to see Nico & Vinz perform, you can see them at SPLASHION. Tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased by clicking here.

<![CDATA[Kat Dahlia Gets “Crazy” with New Album ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:41:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kat+Dahlia+Image.jpg

Miami-born rapper and singer, Kat Dahlia, is taking on her next challenge with her new single, “Crazy.”

The new track has over 2 million views on Youtube and is currently playing on South Florida’s Power 96.5.

“It feels amazing. You always want love from your hometown,” Dahlia told NBC 6.

The 22-year-old artist was raised by her Cuban-born parents. She believes her Latin roots help make her unique.

“It gives me an edge over some people just because the Latin demographic is growing so rapidly in the United States,” Dahlia said.

Last year, she released her first single, “Gangsta,” which received airplay nationally.

With a busy schedule traveling between New York and California, Dahlia says Miami is her true home.

She enjoys relaxing by the beach, but her favorite thing about Miami is the ability be with her family.

“Traveling so much, I don’t get to be so close to home and now I get to hang out with everybody so it’s good,” she said.

Although Miami is the home to fine cuisine and restaurants, Dahlia says her favorite place to eat is at her very own abuelita’s house. Her favorite entrée? Freshly baked cupcakes that she says she can eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Dahlia’s new album, “My Garden” is set to be released this fall.

Click here to see Kat perform "Crazy" on NBC 6's "6 in the Mix" with Javier Garcia.

<![CDATA[The Return Of Classic BBQ On Tamiami Trail]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:32:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/unclet_0001.JPG The Grand Reopening of Uncle Toms BBQ on Tamiami Trail celebrates with new owners who bring back the classic southern menu. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[World Cup Anthem: "Vive tu Juego"]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000013512655_1200x675_295138883957.jpg The energy and excitement of futbol come to life in the World Cup 2014 anthem "Vive tu Juego," by two South Florida Latin Pop artists. Periko y Jessi Leon tell NBC 6's Andrea E. Cruz about the catchy song, their collaboration with McDonald's and their upcoming album release.]]> <![CDATA[Legendary Skate Party]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:17:45 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nick54_0001.JPG Studio 54's legendary DJ Nicky Siano took the decks at Grand Central for the first Roller Disco party filled with bright sounds of disco and Latin rhythms. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Game Watching District Style]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:09:05 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/districtfifa_j_0001.JPG During lunch time, it's game time for many of us in Miami and at The District Miami in Buena Vista, their 2014 Fifa World Cup Menu may entice you to grab a bite and cheer on your team. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[World Cup's Brazuca]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:14:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000013441921_1200x675_293980739720.jpg This year's World Cup ball is a star in and of itself.]]> <![CDATA[Meet Charming Bella ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:20:35 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/owl_jipsy_0001.JPG Founder Bella Weems of Origami Owl, a custom jewelry line, shares her new Latin Inspired Bienvenidos collection with us at the SLS South Beach Tower Penthouse. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Disco Party For The Arts]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:19:11 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dannyd_jipsy_0001.JPG Pulitzer Prize Playwright Nilo Cruz hosted a fundraiser to save the Miami Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box theater along with the support of ARCA Inages with a fabulous disco party on stage. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[World Cup Hotspot: Fontainebleau Miami Beach]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:33:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Fontainebleau_FB_RICHMEDIA_FLRES1_722x406_2193888052.jpg

Delicious food, cocktails and a TV where you can catch the World Cup can be found just about anywhere in South Florida. But if you want to do it in style, the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach is the place to do so.

The iconic hotel, where both locals and celebs alike go to play, boasts an incredible pool with a giant TV where you can watch your teams go head to head. But if you're in the mood for something a little more private, one of their cabanas might be for you.

Not to mention the fact that the mixologists at the Fontainebleau have created some specialty cocktails - guaranteed to get you in the spirit as you root for your team.

Cabanas start at $599. For more information, log on to fontainebleau.com.

<![CDATA[Shakira Dares Fans to Show Off Original Dance Moves]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:05:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP872513907155.jpg

International music sensation Shakira and Zumba® Fitness creator and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez are joining forces to give aspiring dancers a chance to show off their original choreography to the catchy chorus of Shakira’s latest hit “Dare (La La La).”

Participants are being asked to submit a 15-second video on Instagram showing their most fabulous dance moves stamped with the hashtag #ZumbaDare.

The Colombian singer has taken to several of her social media profiles urging her fans to participate.

“Dare (La La La)” is currently part of the Zumba® workouts playlist all across the globe and it features Shakira’s very own sexy hip shaking dance moves.

To entice the 15 million plus Zumba® fans who take classes every week, co-founder Beto Perez has also produced his own video asking his fans and instructors to take part in the contest.

“Music is the heartbeat of our brand, and over the years we have become a global radio station that supports all types of rhythms set to infectious dance moves,” Perez said.

The winner of the contest will get the chance to have their choreography added to Shakira’s Dare (La La La) video and a chance to appear in a choreography video along side Beto Perez all across Shakira’s social media platforms.

The dance brand has a long-rooted history of working in the music industry and alongside a variety of artists to help spread their music globally.

Entries must be submitted on Instragram to @Zumba by July 6th . The choreography must be set to the chorus of “Dare (La La La) and must be no more than 15-seconds long.

All video entries will be judged based on creativity and originality of the choreography. One winner will receive hotel accommodations for two, airfare to the Zumba® headquarters where they will get the chance to tape a behind the scenes video with Beto Perez and be featured in all of Shakira’s and Zumba®’s social media platforms.

Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Best Places to Watch the World Cup]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP5559037605312.jpg Can't make it to Brazil for the World Cup? Well, the Magic City has got you covered! Starting in Brickell. This neighborhood is home to some of the best spots to nurse your World Cup fever.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Places to Watch the World Cup in Miami]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:17:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/wc01_jipsy_017.JPG

With the World Cup kicking off (pun intended) not too long ago, you might be getting bored of watching the games at home. So why not head out and enjoy this amazing city? I’ve taken the liberty and checked out some of the best spots in SoFla to watch the games. These spots offer some great drink and food specials – two things that are important to get through a futbol game, in my opinion – and oh yeah, tons of TV’s to catch the best names in soccer battle it out for the highly coveted title.

Miami Beach:

Fontainebleau Hotel: If you want to sip in style, and watch the game poolside on a HUGE 14’ x 24’ screen, the Fontainebleau is the place for you! With themed cocktails, yummy dishes, and themed soccer swag, the Fontainebleau is definitely the place to see and be seen. But, if you’re looking for something a little more private, you may want to reserve your own cabana with a private TV, drinks, food, and more. Cabana reservations start at just $599.
4441 Collins Ave. Fontainebleau.com

Haven South Beach: Executive Chef Todd Erickson has been working hard creating some delicious dishes and cocktails for you to enjoy, while checking out the game. The lounges several 100” TV’s are the perfect place for you to watch the game in a more intimate setting.
1237 Lincoln Road – Havenlounge.com

Clevelander: If you’re looking to get a little rowdy, the Clevelander is the place to be. Nestled on the corner of the busy Ocean Drive, this outdoor spot is the place to see and be seen. With models, dancers, big screen TV’s, and awesome drink and food specials, you’ll definitely want to check this place out. The Clevelander is even offering special hotel deals for soccer fans. Definitely something worth checking out.
1020 Ocean Dr. Clevelander.com

Coral Gables:

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus: The legendary spot in the Gables is a great spot to grab a beer, and kick back, relax, and cheer on your favorite team. With viewing parties running all through July, it’s guaranteed you won’t miss a second of the action at this hotspot.
60 Merrick Way – bierhaus.cc


Fado Irish Pub: Located on the second story of the ever-so-busy Mary Brickell Village, this Irish Pub is decked out in World Cup gear. With wall-to-wall TV’s, delicious grub, and enough drink specials to make your head spin – literally!
900 S. Miami Ave – fadoirishpub.com/Miami

Kukaramakara: Live music, soccer games, food and drinks – can’t get much better than that, right?! Call your friends, grab a table, and watch your favorite teams go head-to-head at this Brickell hotspot.
1250 S. Miami Ave. – kukaramakara.us

Toscana Divino: Sangria, Margaritas, and Empanadas – oh my! With specialty cocktails starting at just $12 bucks, and bar bites at just $10, this is a great little spot to catch the games.
900 S. Miami Ave. – toscanadivino.com

This little list should keep you pretty busy from now until July. So get on out there, enjoy the games, while drinking and eating your little heart out. Enjoy!

<![CDATA[World Cup Kick Off At Sushi Samba]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:28:05 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wc01_jipsy_001.JPG The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil kick off with Brazil vs Croatia and the party sounded off at Sushi Samba Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Get Beach Ready With Mujer Balance's Andrea Minski]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 17:51:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mujer+balance.jpg

The heat is already sizzling in South Florida, which can only mean one thing: it's bikini season!

We all know that in between all the parties, festivals, and pastelitos, it can be a challenge to find the time to stay in shape. But, TV host Andrea Minski says there's no excuse!

Minski stopped by the NBC 6 studios to show Latin Beat that where there's a will, there's a way.

In her blog "Mujer Balance," Minski posts advice for Latinas to keep a balanced life, including health and fitness.

"When you exercise at home, you don't even have to get dressed up," she said. "You just need 15 minutes and you can even do it in your pajamas!"

She has perfected several exercise moves that require no weights, and can be performed with common household items.

"You can just go to your pantry and find some veggie cans or frijoles cans to work out your arms," she said.

To target the biceps, Minski uses the cans to do raised curls while concentrating on flexing the muscle.

"Just make sure the cans weigh the same," she said.

She also trains her triceps by holding gallons of detergent, bending over slightly and stretching her arms backward.

Another fat buster is the leg raise, which targets the hips and glutes.

"I love to eat rice and beans, and we Latinas tend to hold fat in that area," she said.

To tone your glutes, just place your arm on a chair or table for balance and slightly raise your stretched-out leg in sets of 15 reps for each leg.

"I like to look good, so I can feel good," she said. "It's just part of living a balanced life."

For more exercise videos and fitness tips, visit MujerBalance.com.

Photo Credit: NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Man "Living the Dream" with World's #1 DJ]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:29:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Manny+Zelaya+Tour+Manager.jpg

You may have heard of famous DJs touring across the world, but do you really know what it’s like to be that person behind the scenes?

Manny Zelaya, 42, is the tour manager for the #1 DJ in the world, Hardwell.

Zelaya has always had a dream of traveling the world. At age 13, he pulled out a map and pointed out to his mother all the different countries that he would like to visit when he grew up. His mother believed that he had to be a doctor or lawyer in order to do that, but Zelaya had a different vision.

Zelaya grew up with his Colombian parents in New Jersey and later moved to Miami where he began his career as a tour manager.

But what exactly does a tour manager do?

“A tour manager does everything that is needed on the road for an artist,” Zelaya said.

Tour managers travel with artists worldwide and are responsible for booking flights and hotels for them, handle all the technical needs, special effects or anything else an artist wants while on the road.

“We’re here to make an artist’s life easier on the road,” he said.

His dream of traveling the world started when top electronic music DJ Erick Morillo asked Zelaya to be his tour manager in 2008.

“I really had no idea what a tour manager was, but he was like, ‘I really need somebody I can trust and I’ll show you the ropes,’” Zelaya said.

After five years of working with Erick Morillo, Zelaya resigned and decided to open up his own tour management company – On Tour Management -- in 2013.

“I realized that there weren’t a lot of good tour managers on the road, so I said you know what, I’m going to start a company. I’m going to start training a lot of guys, like myself, so we can start tour managing DJs,” he said.

On Tour Management, founded in Miami, is now responsible for working with top DJs in the popular dance music genre. Some of the DJs include: Hardwell, Dannic, Dyro, Nicky Romero and Nicole Moudaber, just to name a few.

“I feel I live a privileged life. I never thought in a million years that I’d be traveling the world first class, rubbing elbows with some of the biggest celebrities out there right now,” Zelaya said.

But traveling around the world for so many consecutive days comes with some disadvantages. Zelaya said it is difficult to have a steady relationship. Thankfully, he has a girlfriend who understands his lifestyle and sympathizes with him.

Zelaya said he does the best that he can so she doesn’t forget about him, including sending flowers whenever he is on a long tour on the road.

Losing track of time with his family is another disadvantage. Zelaya says he only gets to visit his mother about twice a year.

Even with those obstacles, he said he is living the dream.

“It’s a very privileged dream and I’m very humble about it,” he said.

His accomplishments have taken him a long way. He was recently invited to be featured on a panel of speakers at the EDM Biz Conference in Las Vegas. Zelaya is the only tour manager invited to speak at the expo.

“The people behind the scenes are not recognized, they don’t get enough credit. So I’m happy to shine a light on those people,” he said.

Zelaya said he is looking forward to the conference in Vegas as it leads up to the Electric Daisy Carnival, one of the nation’s biggest music festivals where superstar DJ, Hardwell is scheduled to headline.

When asked how it felt to be working with the top DJ in the world, Zelaya said it never really hit him.

“It’s a big wow working with Hardwell and it’s a pleasure. He’s a nice young man, very humble, and it’s really nice to work with this guy right now,” he said. “It’s really an honor.”

Zelaya’s vision for On Tour Management is to expand the company with more full time tour managers and to work with not only DJs, but with rock bands, live musicians, artists and singers.

He would love to work with artists like U2, Coldplay or even Justin Timberlake.

When Zelaya has free time, he likes to spend it in his hometown of Miami. His favorite spots? Enjoying dinner at Bazaar in South Beach or a night out at world-renowned Club LIV.

“I fell in love with Miami and have been living here for 17 years and will probably be living here till the day I die,” he said.


<![CDATA[Miami's Bongos to Move From American Airlines Arena]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bongos+rendering.jpg

After 15 years, Bongos is saying goodbye to the American Airlines Arena.

The iconic Miami restaurant will close its doors at the end of June.

Owners Gloria and Emilio Estefan have decided not to renew their lease at the property, although the Bongos concession stand inside the arena will remain.

The Estefans are working to develop property in downtown Miami near the Adrienne Arsht Center, where they plan to move the Miami Bongos.

The move will not affect other Bongos locations in Hollywood and Orlando. A Las Vegas location is currently in the works.

Photo Credit: Estefan representatives]]>
<![CDATA[Popular DJ Receives Free Chipotle For Life]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:55:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mansion++miami+carnage.jpg

Diamante Blackmon, also known as DJ Carnage, is quickly rising as a top disc jockey.

NBC 6 caught up with Carnage before his massive performance at Club Mansion in Miami Beach in May.

Carnage was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Guatemala, making him one of the few Hispanic DJs to break out in the electronic dance music industry.

“It’s cool because there isn’t a lot of Spanish DJs,” Carnage said.

The explicit DJ is known for bringing a high sense of energy whenever he is performing at a club or festival. He is known for playing a new style of EDM.

While in South Florida in January, Carnage’s sold out show was shut down at Club Cinema for playing music passed the city's curfew. Carnage was seen being escorted off the stage by a Broward deputy.

“I was drunk as s**t, but it was tight. You have to give your fans what they paid for….. I had to just put a great show and I was just so in the mood.”

Many fans thought Carnage was arrested, but he later responded on social media telling his fans he was just detained.

Post by Carnage.

Carnage returned to Miami in March as he was amongst other top DJs who performed at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival in March.

“That was beautiful. It showed a growth of what has happened in one year. It was the first festival that I played in my life,” he said.

In over a year, Carnage’s rising success helped him secure a spot in headlining the festival.

“Going back to the second year and going from 2 p.m. to headlining the world stage was really a slap in the face to everybody else you know,” Carnage said.

His Ultra Music Festival set was so intense that Carnage ended up feeling ill after his performance.

“It was a crazy day, it was pretty f*****g intense, it was live as f*** and after that I got so sick because I was just so drained.”

When asked what sets Carnage apart from other DJs, he told us, “I’m obnoxious and I don’t care.”

Carnage, who is a big fan of popular Mexican chain, Chipotle, started a hashtag of #ChipotleGang which quickly became a worldwide trend.

“It’s kind of interesting how something so small can just start a movement,” he said.

Carnage said he has spotted fans around the world holding 10-foot banners with #ChipotleGang written on it – even in parts of the world where there are no Chipotle locations.

After hearing about Carnage’s support of the popular burrito-making business, Chipotle’s corporate management reached out to Carnage and rewarded him with a special card that gives him free Chipotle for life.

While in Miami, Carnage said his favorite thing to do is stopping at Pinolandia, a local Nicaraguan restaurant in Little Havana.

His favorite food? “Gallo Pinto, Queso Frito, Platanos, Carne Asada, Tostadas,” he said.

Part of Carnage’s success was a remix to the hit song “Spaceman,” which was originally created by #1 DJ, Hardwell.

“I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t want to disrespect that song because it was just so good,” Carnage said.

But Carnage decided to make the remix and from there it went viral in the United States.

Carnage said one of his big breaks in his career was when legendary DJ Tiesto played his track in a live set on Youtube with over half a million fans watching. It was also his first time playing a song in the trap music genre.

A new album is expected to be released soon by Carnage, along with a new single, "Bricks," that will be released on June 17 featuring Migos.

He will return to Miami’s Club Mansion on Friday, July 4. Click here for tickets.

<![CDATA[Diogo Morgado on NBC 6]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:29:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000013065024_1200x675_272809539826.jpg Actor Diogo Morgado speaks with NBC 6 about his career and latest project.]]> <![CDATA[New Wynwood Nightclub Makes You Feel Right at Home]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:15:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/217*120/house+nightclub+wynwood.JPG

Nightlife in South Florida is some of the most exclusive in the world. But one new hotspot in Wynwood is about to revolutionize the VIP experience in Miami. House nightclub isn’t your traditional nightclub, though. The club’s unique concept is the first of its kind, and the best part – it makes you feel like home.

“More than anything, it’s really the ideal philosophy of a house – a house party,” said Mark Lowe, the club’s owner and designer. “It’s a perception that it might be a night club, or this perception that it might be something else. The truth is, it was always what it was supposed to be, which was a house.”

When you walk into House, you’re immersed into a whole new environment. Your senses are stimulated, experiencing something totally different. But before you think about heading out there this weekend, there’s a catch. You need a key to get in, and so far, this is the hottest ticket in town.

“Over 42,000 people have signed up for keys,” Lowe said. The problem is, Mark and his team are only giving out 20,000 keys. “I think what’s happened now is that nightlife has become about VIP culture. And that’s not what this is about. It’s about people who are here to have an amazing time and become a part of House.”

Even though it’s about a low-key, yet extravagant experience, Lowe sent out some keys to some of the biggest names in music and film, like Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce and Jay-Z and more. So don’t be surprised if you catch yourself rubbing elbows with some A-listers.

Like at every house, there are rules. One main rule: no cell phones! But don’t worry, you’ll still be able to communicate with your friends using an in-house interactive touch screen system. You can even take selfies using the “brutally honest” selfie screen.

Intricate details like Fendi throw pillows, alligator skin walls, a blinged out VIP ice bucket, a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Sub Zero refrigerator are all the little things that make this place feel homey.

“I want you to feel at home,” said Lowe. “And the only way you can make someone feel at home, is by making it a home.”

To apply for your key, log on to housenightclub.com. House is located at 1915 NW Miami Court and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

<![CDATA[Tango Gives Life to Sex , Power in "Evita"]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:10:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/evita+by+richard+termine.jpg

Tango gives life to sex and power in the Tony award-winning musical “Evita."

The production was recently revived on Broadway and is now playing at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for a limited engagement.

“Performing on that stage last night was an honor, rather than going out someplace that doesn’t necessarily know the history,” said lead actor Sean MacLaughlin, making reference to South Florida’s large Argentine and Latin community.

“The Tango brings out a lot of emotion,” he said. “Usually Perón is an authoritative type figure, but in this version there’s a lot more sexual desire between Eva and him.”

MacLaughlin plays the infamous former President of Argentina, Juan Perón. “Evita” tells the story of  Perón’s road to power in Argentina during the 40s, and the rise of Eva Duarte from a young unknown actress into one of the most powerful and polarizing first ladies in recent history.

A 16-piece orchestra, including the vibrant sounds of the bandoneón, accompanies Rob Ashford’s sensual choreography.

“It all works together and makes this beautiful Latin explosion,” said actress Krystina Alabado. “I think Tango takes you to a different place... it adds that cultural relevance.”

Alabado takes the role of Perón’s mistress during the time when Eva arrived into his life. The 24-year-old actress is of Mexican descent, and believes her background influences her performance.

“I’ve been really happy to be able to do this, to speak a little Spanish,” she said. “It definitely makes me think about my upbringing.”

Alabado says she had never danced the Tango before, but was able to transmit emotions by breaking down the meaning of every movement.

“To get into that rhythm and that feel, it’s very sexy,” she said. “It feels really good to be able to do that every night.”

Caroline Bowman uses the dance as a tool to give life to Evita. She said the prevalence of Tango in Argentine society kept coming up in her research of the life of Eva Perón.

“That’s when it started to make sense to me that it was more than just dance, and how cool it is that they use it so much in this production,” she said. “I think in our version, we really use Tango as a language.”

This is the first new Broadway production of the musical, which debuted 30 years ago. The show is closing the Broadway in Miami 2013-2014 season. You can catch the sizzling performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center until Sunday, June 1.

See photos of the cast and performance here.

Photo Credit: Photo by RICHARD TERMINE]]>
<![CDATA[Evita in Miami]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 09:44:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/evita__j__0001.JPG Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning musical Evita returns to Miami and at the exclusive press event, members of the cast performance hits songs from the show. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Telemundo Anchor Jose Diaz-Balart Joins MSNBC]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:10:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jdbalart.jpg

Next month, Telemundo’s Emmy Award-winning news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart will take over hosting duties at 10 a.m. on MSNBC.

Diaz-Balart’s addition to the cable news program was announced Tuesday, and it comes after the departure of Chris Jansing who was named NBC’s Senior White House Correspondent earlier in this month.

Besides anchoring on MSNBC, the veteran news anchor will continue as co-anchor of Telemundo’s nightly news show Noticiero Telemundo and the weekly national affairs programs Enfoque.

“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to be a part of the MSNBC team while continuing my work with my colleagues at Telemundo,” Diaz-Balart said. “I look forward to providing news and information in a dynamic and objective manner, while always recognizing America’s unique diversity.”

As a commitment by MSNBC to engage new audiences and communities, Diaz-Balart’s addition to the cable news line-up has been in the works for quite some time, according to MSNBC’s president Phil Griffin.

“I’ve been talking with Jose for several months about bringing his voice to MSNBC,” Griffin said. “He has a keen understanding of the political landscape and three decades of experience in both broadcast and cable news. We’re fortunate to have a journalist of Jose’s caliber join our line-up. My thanks to our partners at Telemundo for supporting this unique arrangement.”

Diaz-Balart’s long time contributions include serving as Washington and European bureau chief for Telemundo. He previously worked as bureau chief in El Salvador for the Spanish International Network (SIN) now Univision. He has also anchored for CBS News This Morning when it premiered in 1996.

Jose Diaz-Balart joined WTVJ in 1988 as a weekend anchor, later anchoring the noon and 5:30 p.m. broadcasts. While at NBC Miami he was awarded two Emmys and received nominations for two others. He is the recipient of four Hispanic Excellence in Journalism Awards, and the Associated Press Award for excellence in reporting.

Telemundo and MSNBC are a both a division of NBC Universal.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mexican Mutant Makes Miami Sizzle in X-Men Premiere]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:55:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Adan+Canto-xmen.jpg

It’s only appropriate that "X-Men: Days of Future Past" premiered in South Florida this week. South Florida’s hottest superstar Latinos, including Carlos Ponce and Karent Sierra attended the event to support the first Mexican mutant in the comic book flick, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Meet Sunspot, played by Mexican actor Adan Canto. This mutant is “muy caliente” (pun intended) with the ability to harness the sun’s energy to become a fire-breathing, flame-throwing hot head! Canto told NBC 6 that he was reaffirmed at the South Beach premiere Monday night on why the comic book movies are so successful. “It was amazing to see everyone be so supportive and happy for this movie, and for my participation. I’m just thrilled," Canto said.

In this film, the X-Men sends Wolverine into the past, hoping to change history and salvage their kind and the humans who help them.

Sunspot is a member of the “New Mutants,” a group of junior X-Men. Canto said that while he was filming, he felt like a “more dramatic weatherman,” being surrounded by a green screen.

Although we’re introduced to the New Mutants in this film, there are some familiar faces. Hugh Jackman is back playing Wolverine, Halle Berry is also back as Storm. Jennifer Lawrence plays Mystique, a character able to shapeshift.

Being surrounded by all these A-listers, Canto said he felt right at home on set. “Everyone, including the producers were very warm, I felt very sheltered," Canto said.

X-Men: Days of Future Past premieres in theaters on Friday, May 23.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Iconic Larios on the Beach Features Calorie Conscious Cuban Menu]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:01:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/larios+reopening.JPG

In South Florida, you can go just about anywhere to get a decent plate of arroz con pollo, or a bistec empanizado con congri y platano maduros. But there’s one spot on South Beach that you can go for great food, delicious drinks, amazing music, a vibrant ambiance, and have that same spot be owned by two people that eat, sleep and breathe Miami. Larios on the Beach has reopened its doors – ready to serve you your classic Cuban dishes.

Music legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan have been working hard to bring you a culinary experience like no other. The restaurant originally opened in 1992, but recently closed its doors to undergo a complete renovation. Now, new art, sculptures, and treasured memories boast the décor of this iconic South Beach Cuban cuisine landmark. What’s really cool about the décor at Larios – an array of sea shells and marine fossils were carefully placed on the walls by Emilio himself. In keeping with the overall design, the floors are also made of sea shells and recycled glass.

Their new menu offers everything from sweet and salty bacon-wrapped maduros, to black bean hummus, to chicken vaca frita. But don’t be alarmed – you can still get your favorites: lechon, tamales, arroz con pollo, and all the other classics!

“It tastes like it’s right out of abuelita’s kitchen,” said Gloria at the grand re-opening of the restaurant, “My grandmother always dreamed of having a restaurant, and I grew up in the kitchen with her. So a lot of our recipes were hers.”

If you’re counting calories, Gloria handcrafted the “Calorie Conscious Cuban” menu. That menu features some guilt-free Cuban dishes, like grilled fresh grouper, baked plantain chips, vegetarian black beans and baked sweet plantains.

But if you’re looking for something a little more casual, pass by the bar, and grab one of their world-famous mojitos with some yummy appetizers. Or stop by la ventanita, and pick up a cafecito and a croqueta as you continue walking down Ocean Drive taking in the sights.

Larios on the Beach opens Friday, May 16th. The restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner. It’s located at 820 Ocean Drive and opens daily at 11 a.m.

Hasta la proxima, buen provecho!

Photo Credit: Brandon Lopez/NBC 6 South Florida]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Man Group In Miami]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:34:06 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/blueman_jipsy_001.JPG Blue Man Group hits Miami with bright colors, sounds and the iconic blue faces at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami for a limited time. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Bridal Designers Showcase Their Newest Quinceañera Gowns]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:49:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/191*120/Runway+Teaser+image.jpg

With spring in full swing, bridal designers are showcasing their newest quinceañera gowns with styles to match every señorita’s fantasy.

Dozens of designers, vendors and artists showed the latest quince trends at the Mardi Gras Casino Bridal and Quinceañera Expo in Hallandale.

The glamorous tulle and lace fabrics are still staples, but the surprise this year is an icy trend. Young Latinas are now taking cues from Disney’s latest hit.

“Frozen the movie has been really big this year,” said Lilian Zayas Llanos, one of South Florida’s quinceañera experts.

Zayas Llanos has been in the business of quinceañera dresses for more than 18 years. On any given day, the Zayas Bridal showroom in Hialeah is filled with excited teenagers, as they sort through miles of delicate fabrics in the search for the perfect gown.

“It’s still a fairytale type of event, and the girls now come in asking to look like Elsa, or the classic Belle or Cinderella,” she said.

According to Zayas Llanos, the “Frozen effect” is making girls opt for blues and colder hues, instead of just the typical ivories and pastels.

Her shop is even working on a customized dress with a cape, inspired by the queen of ice.

Mardi Gras themed parties are also electrifying the color palette.

“This year we are seeing more colors than ever before,” she said. “Now the girls aren’t afraid of mixing bright colors like fuchsia or green with purple.”

Those bold colors are also being incorporated into the “Ombre” trend, with gowns featuring delicate gradients from brighter hues to white.

The eye-catching gowns wouldn’t be complete, without a sparkly tiara.

“The tiara makes the look,” said Stephanie Alvarado from Izzy Brie Jewelry. “That’s what makes them feel like a princess.”

Some headpieces are inspired by celebrity looks, such as Kim Kardashian’s wedding headband with a middle-eastern feel.

Pop culture is also influencing this year’s hair and make-up trends.

“Now they ask for what I like to call Victoria’s Secret hair, with modern lose waves,” said hair and make-up artist Ann Marie Macko.

According to Macko, when quinceañeras do request the more traditional updos, retro styles are all the rage. She specializes in voluminous yet soft hairstyles with “Veronica Lake” waves.

The glamour is also kicked-up a notch with red lipstick making a come back, paired with natural-looking lashes.

At the end of the day however, Mamá always knows best.

“The biggest difference with quinceañeras [from brides] is the make-up application,” said Macko. “Moms and dads still want to see their daughters looking age-appropriate.”

From Ombre to Disney, splashes of color are what’s in this year, as young Latina debutantes decide to save white for the other most important day of their lives.

<![CDATA[Macchialina's Will Rivas Mixes It Up]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:48:47 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rivas_jj_0001.JPG A private cocktail event at Macchialina Taverna Rustica, celebrating its new liquor license and the addition of Miami's celebrated William Rivas to the team. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Backstage With Ghost Cast]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:27:01 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ghost__d_0001.JPG The first national tour of Ghost The Musical stops in South Florida and we go back stage with the cast and crew to see the magic of theater. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Latin American Jockeys Dominate Kentucky Derby]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:48:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/joel_rosario.jpg

Fans from around the United States will be cheering when John Velazquez rides in the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but his biggest fans—his relatives—will be nearly 2,000 miles away.

“It feels great to come to another country, and I’m blessed enough to ride here,” said Velazquez, 42. “I feel blessed to help my family back in Puerto Rico.”

He's not alone when it comes to a distant fan base - more than half of the jockeys in Saturday's Kentucky Derby are Latino. (Watch the race Saturday on NBC - coverage begins at 4p ET.)

And they're not just racing, they're winning. Latin American immigrants have dominated the sport in recent years: Venezuela native Javier Castellano set the single season earnings record ($25.64 million) last year; Latin Americans filled the top six spots on the list of jockeys with the most wins in 2012; and seven Latinos are on the top earning jockey list for 2014, according to racing information website Equibase.

The last 3 winners of the Kentucky Derby were from Latin America—Joel Rosario from the Dominican Republic (2013), Mario Gutierrez from Mexico (2012) and John Velasquez from Puerto Rico (2011).

Velazquez, the top earning thoroughbred jockey of all time ($301.6 million), has been a star jockey for the past 15 years, raising the prominence of his ethnicity in the sport, but he said he is not the leader. The trend of major Latino successes began more than 50 years ago, with major Kentucky Derby wins by Ismael "Milo" Valenzuela, who grew up in Mexico, and Braulio Baeza, from Panama.

“They were the ones who opened up the doors for Latin American riders,” Velazquez said. “It was a welcome for us to come for this great opportunity.”

Velazquez said a number of Latino wins in the 1960s started a cycle of victories, leading to the Latino prominence in American racing today. Those early triumphs by Baeza and others spurred an interest about immigrant riders, and more jockey schools were opened in Latin America, which produced a new generation of highly-skilled riders.

One of the up-and-coming competitors, 22-year-old Ricardo Santana Jr., from Panama, followed in his father’s footsteps to become a jockey.

"My whole family is in Panama and since my dad is paralyzed, they always take him to the track to see my races," Santana said. "I'm here in U.S. with no family. My agent is like my family here. But I talk to my dad and mom everyday. In panama, they always watch all the jockeys from Panama and our races."

Santana attended the Laffit Pincay, Jr Vocational Jockey School in Panama, where fellow Derby contender Luis Saez was his classmate, he said.

Terry Meyocks, national manager for Jockeys Guild trade association in Lexington, Ky., recognizes the importance of the schools, but said there’s another reason for this trend.

“They’re smaller built [in Latin America],” said Meyocks, whose son-in-law, Javier Castellano, from Venezuela, was the No. 1 winning Jockey in U.S. thoroughbred horse racing last year, according to Equibase.

Every race has specific regulations, including the maximum weight a horse can safely hold—for this year's Kentucy Derby it is 126 pounds, according to a Kentucky Derby Museum official. That regulation weight includes all equipment, so the jockey must weight less than approximately 110 pounds, he said.

The museum official said jockeys of all heights and builds can enter the Derby, as long as they meet the weight requirement.

“They got to be an outstanding athlete,” to be successful in the Derby, Meyocks said. “They got to be patient and [have] a lot of experience and have the right contacts.”

Velazquez began his training at a jockey school in Puerto Rico at 16. He raced for two months there after graduating; then he moved to New York to continue his career.

For foreign riders, there are differences between the tracks at home and those in the U.S., Velazquez said, but tracks around this country are all unique as well. So Latin American riders need to be flexible, but so should all jockeys, he said.

“Track by track, you need to adjust everywhere you go,” Velazquez said. “There is a little grass and synthetic changes everywhere you go.”

Velazquez, a father of two, is scheduled to ride Intense Holiday in the Derby on Saturday, he said. More than half of the jockeys scheduled to ride in the Derby are Latino immigrants—three from Mexico, three from Puerto Rico, two from Panama, one from the Dominican Republic and one from Venezuela, according to the Derby website.

Mexico’s Victor Espinoza will ride the number one ranked horse, California Chrome, the site says. With some of the best jockeys in the sport coming from various Spanish-speaking nations, Velazquez says their Latin American roots keep them linked.

“We all come from different countries but we all feel very connected,” Velazquez said. “We are very competitive nations naturally.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[A La Moda & Style: Urban Decay]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:21:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/257*120/Urban+Decay+Electric+Palette2.jpg

Makeup is one of the most essential beauty must-have for every woman. We all have an array of mascaras, eye shadows and lipsticks that change from season to season and according to our moods, but do they deliver what they promise? Miami, as the hot and humid place that we all love, is the perfect scenario to test out the resistance of any beauty product.

That is why Urban Decay decided to launch their new Electric Palette at new hot spot Touche Rooftop Lounge in Downtown, and showcase how these shades can endure even our warmest weather, and fit in with our vibrant city. Latin Beat joined them, alongside celebrity makeup artist Mariela Bagnato, in a demonstration of color and creative beauty looks.

Whether you might be a makeup junkie or simply an aficionado, chances are that you have heard or used the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. This product has successfully managed to turn into a cult favorite among celebrities, beauty experts and makeup artists. This eye shadow set sold out so many times, that the company had to release the Naked 2 and Naked 3 versions, in order to please the consumers. The Naked Palettes consist of earthy and natural tones that give a subtle glow to the skin, bring out any eye color, and have strong pigments that make them long lasting.
Not satisfied with creating an award winning product, Urban Decay, has now released their new Electric Pressed Pigments Palette. This colorful and bold set, made of 10 new colors, promise to become a must-have on everyone’s vanity.  The shades are made of pressed pigments, which make them heavily saturated with color, while keeping a smooth and velvety application.The brand made sure the formula was consistent and vibrant without turning chalky. The soft and creamy texture is perfect for those who want to brighten up their makeup routine.
The shades are easily blendable and so rich that they can even be used as face paint or hair chalk. Here is an expert tip from Latin Beat for bold strands:  First, damp the desired piece of hair and spray a little bit of hairspray; then, proceed to apply the colors with the brush, and seal them with finishing spray. This is fun and quick trick to update a braid, or create a tattoo.

Photo Credit: Urban Decay]]>
<![CDATA[Vapor Zone on South Beach]]> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:22:21 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/vappe_0001.JPG Vapor Zone hosted its grand opening party for the brand's eighth storefront with tastings, music and lots of flavors. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Rose And The Rime Opens]]> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:21:13 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rose_r_0001.JPG At the sneak preview of the Rose And The Rime performance at The Adrienne Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Center. Photos by Jipsy]]>