<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usThu, 26 May 2016 22:21:21 -0400Thu, 26 May 2016 22:21:21 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 In The Mix]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:17:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+In+The+Mix+still+New.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Nathan's Famous Celebrates 100 Years in Coney Island]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:51:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/187*120/526115294.jpg The Original Nathan's hot dog stand was opened in 1916. 100 years later the famous hot dog establishment lives and thrives!

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<![CDATA['Chewbacca Mom' Breaks Facebook Live Record]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 10:55:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chewbacca-mom.jpg

Candace Payne donned a Chewbacca mask in her car while the Internet gaped.

Within hours, it rose to become the most viewed Facebook Live video of all time, with more than 105 million views as of Saturday morning.

The Texas mother's random purchase at her local Kohl's was not expected. In the video, recorded at the store's parking lot, Payne says she was returning some items when she found the mask.

In an phone interview with 'Today,' Payne said: "I feel like I really helped people, and that's all that matters. People reach out to me, and they say, you know, 'I battle depression,' or, 'I haven't laughed out loud since such-and-such event.' And that's been so great. I've only been seeing positive feedback."



Photo Credit: Candace Payne
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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Debuts Empower Mint]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:50:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/238*120/BenJerrysMint1.gif

Ben & Jerry's wants you to know that democracy is in your hands and the Vermont-based company has launched a new flavor of creamy, chunky goodness churned for the cause.

Empower Mint was introduced in North Carolina Tuesday in conjunction with the launch of the "Democracy Is in Your Hands" campaign to support the NAACP’s get out the vote efforts, protest voter suppression laws, and draw attention to dark money in politics.

Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield attended the event in Raleigh along with Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.

Cohen and Greenfield said in a press release it chose North Carolina to launch the new flavor — mint ice cream with brownie chunks and a fudge swirl— because the state is at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights in the U.S.

"Almost immediately following the 2013 Supreme Court decision invalidating a critical section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina passed a package restrictive voting policies that disproportionately impact black, Hispanic, and younger voters," the founders wrote.

The limited edition ice cream is going to be part of the company’s year-long effort to register at least 30,000 voters. Participating Ben & Jerry's scoop shops across the country will install kiosks to register voters.

It is also urging customers to demand that Congress reauthorize the landmark civil rights legislation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Trucks offering free scoops of Ben & Jerry's will tour North Carolina this summer with information about the campaign and voter registration.

Click here to read more about the campaign.

Click here to find out where you can buy Empower Mint.



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<![CDATA[Latin Music Stars Host Ecuador Benefit Concert]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 05:34:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/051116+ecuador+aqui+estoy+interview.JPG

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16, Latino music stars and celebs are stepping up and saying "Ecuador Aqui Estoy"(Ecuador, Here I am) with an earthquake benefit concert this evening at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Some of the artists lending their voices for this noble cause are, Riccardo Perotti, Franco de Vita, Chayanne, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maluma, Carlos Vives, Willy Chirino, Amaury Gutierrez, Tommy Torres, Alexis Valdes, Jorge Villamizar, Donato Poveda, CNCO, Mariana Vega, Mirella Cesa with more expected to join this stellar line-up.

Miami resident and Ecuadorian singer Riccardo Perotti in conjunction with the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce were in charge of organizing the event with all proceeds being managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"It’s going to take at least a couple of years until this crisis is over and people can reconstruct their lives," said Perotti. "This is what this campaign is about, it’s a promise that we are going to be here for you."

The "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" campaign also includes an online and mobile donations platform where interested supporters anywhere in the world can make donations if unable to attend any of the "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" concerts.

Fans are urged to show support by join the conversation on Twitter at @ECUAquiEstoy and by using the hashtag #EcuadorAquiEstoy on all social media platforms.

The benefit concert takes place Wednesday, May 11th at 8 p.m. sharp at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

You can purchase tickets at the BankUnited Center box office or Ticketmaster and for more information and donations visit EcuadorAquiEstoy.

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<![CDATA[Budget-Friendly Gifts for Mom]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 17:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520997194.jpg Buying a Mother's Day gift doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. This year, show mom you care with these fun and affordable gifts.

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<![CDATA[6 Best Buys for Mother's Day]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 08:27:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-129308937.jpg

It's time to honor that special woman in your life. Mother's Day is approaching, and whether you are buying for your mother, your wife, or both, consider some inexpensive alternatives or ways to save money on classic Mother's Day gifts.

Flowers – Flowers are a popular Mother's Day present, but you don’t necessarily have to pay flower shop prices. Instead of paying for a vase and the extra arrangement costs, find your own simple vase and make your own arrangement. You can find inexpensive yet beautiful flower bundles at most supermarkets that you can turn into a lovely bouquet on your own. Take the time to find out what types of flowers she prefers and which property is the most important to her (color, appearance, fragrance, etc.) 

Plants/Landscaping – Mother's Day is the perfect time of year to put out most new plants. Farmer's markets and local gardening society meetings/sales can be great places to pick up plants without paying holiday markup at home improvement stores or nurseries. 

Handmade Gifts – A well-thought out handmade gift can be worth far more to your mother than the money you spent. For example, customize a picture frame with sentimental mementoes and insert her favorite family picture. If you are a knitter, make her an afghan or a scarf. An Internet search of "Mother's Day DIY gifts" should spur your imagination and help you find a project that your mother will love within your price range and skill set.

Refurbishing Projects – Does she have a favorite piece of furniture that is in need of repair or refinishing? If it's in your skill set to do so, consider tackling this project. It might be difficult, or unwise, to do this as a surprise, so you may want to make the offer first. 

Hobby Accessories – Does your mother have a favorite hobby such as knitting or gardening — or perhaps she likes to golf or rebuild vintage Chevys? Regardless of her hobby, find subtle ways to find out what accessories she needs. Take an interest in her hobby and you are likely to find a suitable choice. Shop well in advance so you can take advantage of any coupons or sales related to her hobby if you can. 

Gift Cards – Got a hard-to-please mom? Consider gift cards so she can redeem them whenever she wants for whatever she wants.

Mother's Day is chock full of sales, rebates, and coupon opportunities. Make sure you check your local stores, newspapers, and websites/social media for deals related to your choice. 

Whatever you decide to shop for or make, start early. You will generally have the best selection and avoid pre-holiday markups. If you are making a Mother's Day present, starting early gives you a little extra cushion in case you have a mishap. Mom probably won't mind if her homemade gift is a bit late, but why take the chance? 

The most important thing of all is to know your mother's likes and dislikes. It's a good idea to notice potential gift ideas throughout the year and stash them away for future reference. You are more likely to come through with a pleasant surprise that way (but make sure she hasn't already bought the item for herself). 

With a little time and effort, you can make Mother's Day even more special. However, don’t forget to give your mom the most important gift of all — your time and attention. Let her know that you love her and would do anything for her, not just on Mother's Day but throughout the year as well.

This story first appeared on Moneytips.com.

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<![CDATA[Barbie Unveils Misty Copeland Doll]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:41:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MistyCopelandBarbie_3_361778.jpg

Misty Copeland, the first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, now has her very own Barbie doll.

The doll is a part of the Barbie "Sheroes" program, which creates dolls in the likeness of women "who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere," according to Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

Copeland, who joined ABT in 2001 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2015, was intimately involved with the design of the doll.

"I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said in a statement. "It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."

The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland's Firebird costume from her first ABT principal role. She will be reprising that role on May 18 and 19 as part of the company's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

"Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," said Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president at Barbie. "As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring women to live out their dreams."

Copeland joins other Barbie "Sheroes" like Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, and Trisha Yearwood, among others.

"The Accidental Feminist" author M.G. Lord has said the Barbie doll was "the most potent icon of American popular culture in the late twentieth century."

The dolls have gone through constant adjustments and iterations to keep up with contemporary views.

The Copeland doll will join an expanded Barbie offering that now includes tall, curvy and petite body types, 22 different eye colors and seven different skin tones. There are also versions of Barbie as an entrepreneur, reflecting the growing number of women in that role.

Mattel said the Copeland Barbie will retail for $29.95 and is available for purchase now.



Photo Credit: Diane Bondareff
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<![CDATA[How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 10:22:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-471857186.jpg

Year after year, there is a flurry of excitement leading up to the Kentucky Derby, with an endless series of parties and celebrations. It is the one American race that inspires the spectacle and pageantry of a bygone era.

Derby Fashion 

In 1875, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. fashioned the Derby after glamorous European horse races. These races required full morning dress for all who attended. The high society women of the day came to the Derby to debut new spring fashions – especially hats. These women were invited to the race as part of Clark’s strategy to brand the Derby as an upscale event. In the 1960’s television gave women a reason to go all out with their hats, which deepened the “see and be seen” culture.

Unlike the Royal Ascot races, which restrict the size and type of hat for adult women (fascinators are not allowed!), there are no hat restrictions for the Derby. Hats bring good luck to the race, so let your imagination run wild when choosing or creating your hat.

Men also put on their Sunday best for race day, wearing bright, sunny colors, and donning a bow tie and fedora, bowler, or a natty straw Homburg or boater.

Hosting a Kentucky Derby Party 

Invitations reveal the color scheme for your Derby Party, as well as what kind of party it is – a brunch, backyard get-together or formal event. Send your invitations well in advance to give you and your guests plenty of time to plan for race day.

Atmosphere lies at the heart of the Kentucky Derby. In 1904, the red rose became the Derby’s official flower. Any red rose will work, but for authenticity, use red Freedom Roses, known for their rich, bright color in your décor. If you need inspiration for your party’s color scheme, look to colorful jockey silks.

  • Freeze rosebuds inside ice cubes, and use them to fill the champagne bucket. When the Derby winner is announced, pop open the bottle to celebrate!
  • Decorate the bases of wine glasses with miniature hats for the ladies and bow ties for the gents.
  • Fold napkins in the shape of a bow tie, using bright colors that coordinate with your party scheme.
  • Dress up your drink stirrers with miniature hats and bows of ribbon.
  • Use a lavishly decked-out hat as a table centerpiece.

Activities:

Photos — Rent a photo booth for your party, or create a picture perfect backdrop with playful props. Take photos of guests in their race day finery, adding trophies, riding crops, fascinators and clip-on bowties as photo booth accessories. Get some giggles out of your guests with a life-size horse and jockey cut-out for their faces. Make your party’s hashtag part of the display.

Crafts — Little Derby party guests and adults will have fun crafting hats out of paper plates, ribbons and flowers.

Games:

  • Corn Hole is an all-American way to bring guests outside for some competition. Customize your Corn Hole board for the Derby.
  • Put a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey with fun alternatives, like “Pin the Jockey on the Horse” or “Pin the Garland on the Horse.”
  • Play some rounds of Horseshoes to get in the Derby spirit!
  • Play some Derby trivia. 

Prizes — Trivia winners of all ages can receive a virgin “Mint Julep” – pour Junior Mints in a traditional silver mint julep cup, and top it with a sprig of mint.

Tradition  As the horses parade to the gate, sing along to “My Old Kentucky Home” with the band and audience on Television.

Lyrics below:

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,

Tis summer, the people are gay;

The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom

While the birds make music all the day. The young folks roll on the little cabin floor

All merry, all happy and bright;

By'n by hard times comes a knocking at the door

Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night! Weep no more my lady.

Oh! Weep no more today!

We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home

For the old Kentucky home, far away.



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<![CDATA[2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards Fashion]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*130/billboardgallery17.png Photos from the 2016 Billboard Latin Awards]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Rehearsals ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/billboardlatinmusicawardrehearsals8.jpg The awards will broadcast live on NBC Universal’s sister station, Telemundo, on Thursday from the Bank United Center in Miami preceded by the red carpet show "La Alfombra de Premios Billboard."]]> <![CDATA[Arsht's 10th Anniversary Gala]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:54:59 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/aac10_0001.JPG Inside the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s 10th Anniversary Gala Concert Live cocktail hour with guest and performers of the big night. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Miami's Men Of Style]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:55:27 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/menof0416_0001.JPG Inside the Miami Magazine's celebration on their annual Men of Style Issue, an intimate dinner at the River Yacht Club. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Cracker Jack Replacing Toy Prize With Digital Codes for Mobile Games]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:02:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cracker+Jacks+Prize.jpg

It's the end of era.

The iconic prize found in a bag of Cracker Jacks will be replaced with stickers containing digital codes for mobile games, the company announced Thursday.

Cracker Jack, which is owned by the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, said the company is taking a new approach to their prizes with "baseball-inspired mobile digital experiences directly from the sticker inside."

"The new Prize Inside allows families to enjoy their favorite baseball moments through a new one-of-a-kind mobile experience, leveraging digital technology to bring the iconic Prize Inside to life," Cracker Jack said in a statement.

The new prizes will require fans of the caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts snack to down the Blippar app, available for iOS and Android, and will come in four themes: Dot Dash, Dance Cam, Get Carded and Baseball Star. Cracker Jack will also debut restyled logo and packaging.

The announcement comes as baseball season gets into full swing.



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<![CDATA[Here's How to Live in Disney World]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:03:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453983795-disney-world.jpg

Ever dreamed of living at Walt Disney World? Today.com may have found your dream-come-true neighborhood.

Located just four miles from the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Golden Oak community is the first-ever area of its kind at the resort, with single-family homes available for whole-ownership purchase. 

Amid a natural conservation area in Orlando, the development covers approximately 980 acres of land featuring both residential and commercial areas, according to a press release. The custom-built houses, which are inspired by old-world Mediterranean and Caribbean architecture, start at a hefty $2 million, and once fully developed, the gated community will have approximately 290 homes. 

Amenities in Golden Oak include golf services, Disney Parks tickets and access to a private 17,000 square-foot clubhouse.



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<![CDATA[Manhattan, Chicago Are Priciest Places to Wed: Survey]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wedding-dress.jpg

Manhattan and Chicago are the two most expensive places to get married in the United States, but the affair will likely cost a pretty penny no matter the location, according to a new survey. 

Couples preparing to say "I do" are spending an average of $32,641, according to wedding blog The Knot, which surveyed nearly 18,000 American brides and grooms in 2015 for its ninth annual report.

The average cost of a wedding is up by more than $5,500 in the past five years, though the overall price swings based on where couples wed, reported the Knot. The Knot surveyed members of TheKnot.com, which claims to represent nearly 80 percent of American brides, and used data exclusively from those who said they wed in 2015.

Four of the five most expensive areas to get married were in the New York Tri-State area, with the average price of a Manhattan wedding costing $82,299. Chicago was the No. 2 priciest at $61,265, followed by New York's Westchester and Hudson Valley region, Long Island and north and central New Jersey.

The most affordable places to get married were: Alaska ($17,361), South Dakota ($18,890) and West Texas ($19,261). 

Still, wedding spending has reached an all-time high, the survey found. Elements that increased the most in the past five years include the reception venue, location of the ceremony and reception band.

While the price of the affair may be on the uptick, couples are finding ways to express their individuality. Twenty-two percent of couples choose a theme for their wedding. Nineteen-percent
of couples also opted to include ethnic and religious rituals.

Couples seem to be spending more on their guests' experience, though the number of guests has shrunk. The average number of guests in 2015 was down 10 to 139, but the cost per guest increased from $194 to $237, as compared to 2009.

One category that has more than tripled is guest entertainment as couples have added unique events, like cigar rolling stations or wine and liquor tastings, to their nuptials.

Though costs and extravagance may be on the uptick, couples seeking a simpler affair may be the true winners. A study from Emory University found evidence that "marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony."

University researchers surveyed more than 3,000 individuals in the United States in 2014 who married the opposite sex and are not widowed.

Their conclusions revealed that both men and women associate less spending on the wedding with a longer marriage. Instead, the report suggests high wedding attendance and having a honeymoon, regardless of cost, are more promising indicators of a lasting marriage.



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<![CDATA[Binge Watching Theatre At The Arsht]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:04:41 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/aacdd_0001.JPG The House Theatre of Chicago returns to Miami with the first binge watching theatre experience The Hammer Trilogy, performing at The Carnival Studio Theater inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House at The Arsht Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Burger King Releases 'Angriest Whopper' Yet]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:44:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Angriest+Whopper.jpg

How much heat can you handle?

Burger King diners can now test their limits with the launch of the company's Angriest Whopper, which sandwiches the brand’s flame-broiled beef patty in a red-colored bun with baked-in spicy sauce.

The fast-food chain's newest burger is a sequel to its Angry Whopper, which "was a hit with guests," according to Burger King's Global Chief Marketing Officer Axel Schwan. Its success led the company to expand upon the spicy creation with the Angriest Whopper.

The burger contains flame-grilled beef, thick-cut bacon, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, crispy onion petals, jalapeños, creamy mayonnaise and "spicy angry sauce" between a fiery, red bun.

"This alarmingly delicious burger is sure to disprove the commonly held belief that a sequel is never as good as the original," the company said in a statement.

This isn't the first time that Burger King has released a burger with a colored bun. In the fall of 2015 the burger company sold the A.1. Halloween Whopper, which featured a black bun and was met with mixed reviews. Axel acknowledged that “The black bun of our A.1. Halloween Whopper created a lot of conversation“ after consumers took to Twitter to express their opinion.

Burger King's Angriest Whopper will be available for a limited time in participating restaurants at the suggested price of $5.49 or $7.49 as part of a combo meal.



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<![CDATA[Shop And Sip Soirée At Viceroy]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:13:31 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/shopa_0001.JPG At Viceroy Miami's final pop-up event, Shop & Sip Soirée with local shops and champagne. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Music And Paradise]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:13:39 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/183*120/rbflow_0001.JPG With plenty of parties during the two weeks of music conferences and music concerts, there are breaks to enjoy and relax in the paradise of friends, food and cocktails before the sunsets. A look inside the party, Paradise Found by Red Bull. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Do Over At Sidebar]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:11:40 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/sideee_0001.JPG During a quick stop at the popular Do-Over Party held at Sidebar in Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[At The Smirnoff Sound Collective]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/smirgale_0001.JPG Dancing during the day is just part of the two week dance showcase events and conference. We are on the rooftop at the Gale Hotel for the Smirnoff Sound Collective Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA['Married on the Move': Couple Weds on NBC's 'Today']]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:21:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen-Shot-2016-03-24-at-11.56.30-AM1.jpg

One lucky couple got "married on the move" in front of NBC's "Today" show's audience Thursday morning. The "big fat" wedding celebration was in honor of the March release of Universal Picture's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" movie.

The viewers didn't only watch the wedding -- they planned it. The show held a contest over the past several weeks to pick the lucky couple and all of their wedding details.

Kaitlin Roseman and John West, form suburban Chicago, were selected to celebrate their nuptials in New York City during a live television taping that took them from the "Today" show studio to Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room.

The viewers chose everything from the bride's mermaid gown to the wedding rings. 

Where will they be going for their honeymoon? Greece, of course!


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<![CDATA[The Best Easter Chocolate, as Decided by a Toddler]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:30:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc-news-easter-candy-taste-test.jpg

What's the best Easter chocolate? NBC News asked a 3-year-old who hasn't been allowed to eat that much candy.

For their test, consumer reporter Ben Popken and his son Milo came up with an exacting scientific metric – they would show how much they liked the candy by the width of their hands, and then tabulate the results.

The test soon broke down as Milo spread out his arms their fullest, "this much!" width for every brand they tried.

But they carried on, eventually putting together a taste test score sheet that includes the arm-width metric and factors in giggles.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Chicago River Dyed Green]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:45:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ezgif-1083319463.gif

For more than 40 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers have dyed the Chicago River green to kick off the city's St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration.

The union began dumping dye into the river at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The environmentally friendly dye, an orange powder, turns the water bright green, and the formula is a secret, according to the Chicago Tribune. Forty pounds of powder were used this year.

The river's vibrant color is brief: It typically lasts about five hours before darkening and fading away.

YouTube user PrimoMedia shared a timelapse video of the tradition as seen from the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Other social media users, including Lou Hayes Jr., shared footage of their own.


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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Add Irish Flavor]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:40:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/stpattysfoodtoday-food-al-roker-150313-04.jpg

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw an Irish-themed party full of traditional foods and drinks. 

Simple and authentic flavors are the way to go, experts say, but adding some modern spin will keep your guests asking for more. Take a look at these food and drink recipes that will help you add flavor to your St. Patrick's Day festivities:

Chef Matt Murphy shows "Today" show's Al Roker how to whip up an easy meal of corned beef and cabbage. He also suggests serving a classic Irish dessert, Gur cake, which is a tasty, fig-based pastry. 

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A hearty stew is another great choice for a dinner party. Chef Conrad Gallagher shows Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to prepare a lamb variation that combines authentic taste with modern flavors, like butternut squash and pearl onions. Gallagher says it goes perfectly with a flavorful Irish stout bread.

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Martha Stewart suggests switching out the typical celebratory green beer or Guinness for this scotch and whiskey-based Irish cocktail. Combining the liquors with lemon and bitters, Stewart gives you a simple Celtic mix cocktail that's full of flavors. 

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The more dessert the better! Stewart shows how to make a simple yet authentic recipe for buttery Irish Oatmeal cookies. 

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On celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel DrinksTube, you can can find the perfect recipe to wind down your party. Coffee expert Mike Cooper shows how to make a warm cup of traditional Irish coffee. 

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream is the Latest Free Spring Treat]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:54:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/469718494-ben-jerrys-free-cone-day.jpg

What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with a sweet treat?

Ben & Jerry's is the latest company to offer up some free goodies with its annual Free Cone Day, set for Tuesday.

The unofficial holiday started in 1979, and the chain gave away more than 1 million scoops last year, according to Ben & Jerry's' Free Cone Day website. A vote on the site put Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as the most anticipated flavor, ahead of Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

Dairy Queen, Rita's Italian Ice and 7-Eleven have all ushered in the warmer weather with free or discounted goodies.

7-Eleven honored the Slurpee's 50th birthday by filling customers' cups for just $1.50 on March 18 and 19. 

Rita's Italian Ice marked the start of spring March 20 with its annual Italian ice giveaway, a company tradition for 24 years.  

Dairy Queen dished out free cones for its annual #FreeConeDay, offering free vanilla soft-serve cone. The ice cream chain was accepting donations for kids at children's hospitals in lieu of payment.



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<![CDATA[Shamrock's Good Luck: St. Patrick's Day Quiz]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:44:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_835044505278-st-patricks-day-lede.gif

March 17 is St. Patrick's Day and each year millions celebrate by dressing in green, hanging shamrock decorations and downing a few pints of beer at a local Irish pub. 

More than a cause for good cheer, St. Patrick's Day is in honor of Ireland's patron saint who has inspired parades and festivals across the globe.

This holiday, quiz yourself and your friends on the history behind St. Paddy's Day. 



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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day by the Numbers]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/stp-GettyImages-163880461.jpg

On March 17, millions of people across the United States, Irish or not, will revel in the celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Here are some numbers that look at the history, the money, and the fun that make up St. Paddy’s. Slainte! 

THE HISTORY:
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  • 255: The number of years the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been held.
  • Over 40 years: The length of time that the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers have turned the Chicago River emerald green for the St. Patrick's Day celebration.
  • 21: The number of years Ireland itself has held a St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

 THE PEOPLE:
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  • 125 million: Estimated number of Americans who plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
  • 35 million: The number of Americans who claim Irish descent.
  • 103 million: Estimated number of people who plan to wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to NRF.
  • 150: The number of bands that will perform in the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 70 percent: Percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, according to NRF.
  • 35 percent: Percent of people 65 or older who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, according to NRF.  

THE MONEY:
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  • Nearly $500,000: The amount of donations the annual NYC’s St. Patrick's Day Parade has received from donors like Ford Motor Co., Tourism Ireland, Guinness, and more in 2016 as of March 7.
  • $4.44 billion: The amount Americans are expected to collectively spend on St. Patrick's Day in 2016, according to NRF.
  • $39.35: The amount an average American is projected to spend on St. Patrick’s Day-related goods and services, according to NRF.

 THE FUN:
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  • 56.5 percent: Percentage of Americans who plan to purchase food and beverages to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, about double that of the next closest item: clothing. 
  • 111,060: The Guinness Book of World record for the largest collection of four leaf clovers. It belongs to Edward Martin Sr. from Cooper Landing, Alaska.
  • 1970: The year Ireland changed St. Patrick’s Day from a religious to a national holiday, allowing alcohol to be served on March 17th.

Patrick Smith and Daniel Sircar contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Through the Years]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:03:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/StPatricksDayDenver1-GettyImages-515121422.jpg Each year, millions of emerald-clad revelers across the U.S. take to the streets to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Whether it's attending New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17-- the oldest and the largest in the U.S.-- or the dyeing of the Chicago River, Americans love to celebrate Irish heritage with lots of green. Take a look at the festivities from past years.

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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's New Ice Cream Flavors]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:07:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ben-jerrys-new-trio-of-cores-1.jpg

Can you say new flavor party?

Ben & Jerry's took to its Snapchat account to announce the addition of three new flavors to its popular "Core" series.

Brownie Batter Core, Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core, and Coconuts for Caramel Core are the newest trio of flavors.

Each flavor has a core center with jam-packed goodies inside the ice cream.

The Burlington, Vermont-based company says all three new flavors will be available in the upcoming weeks and called the new flavors a "twist on some classic baked goods" with "decadent chunks and swirls."

Click here for pictures and to read more about the new cores.

What's your favorite?



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<![CDATA[IHOP Celebrates National Pancake Day Tues.]]> Tue, 08 Mar 2016 20:00:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_298947245.jpg

Grab your fork and knife!

Tuesday is National Pancake Day at IHOP. Diners can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.. In exchange, customers will be asked to consider making a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.

Since starting National Pancake Day 11 years ago, IHOP has raised nearly $20 million for community charities. This year's goal is to raise $3.5 million, according to the IHOP website.

Check here to look up the closest IHOP.



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<![CDATA[Chick-fil-A Creates 'Cell Phone Coop Challenge']]> Thu, 03 Mar 2016 05:57:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030216+nbc+blue+background+ChickFilA.jpg

Many of us are guilty of paying more attention to our screens than each other at the dinner table, but one fast-food chain is trying to discourage distraction and encourage interaction with a new challenge.

Chick-fil-A locations across the country have started doing the "Cell Phone Coop Challenge" to get customers to put down their phones and spend more time with their family and friends while they eat their chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

To participate, customers silence their phones and put them in a small, square box called the "coop." If everyone at the table finishes their meal without taking the phones out of the coop, they receive a small Icedream cone.

The challenge has quickly caught on at more than 150 locations around the U.S. after Brad Williams, a Chick-fil-A operator in Suwanee, Ga., started the concept, the company says.

“We have families who aren’t successful the first time and come back to try again. We even have people asking to take the boxes home with them! Our whole community is talking about it,” Williams said.

News4 in Washington reached out to a few Chick-fil-A locations in the DMV to see if there are any that have started the challenge.  

"We've seen that the cell phone coop has gone viral and we're trying to think of something ourselves," said Paul Novak, the director of operations at the DC USA Chick-fil-A.

Other area Chick-fil-A restaurants said they might start the challenge in the near future.



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<![CDATA[Retailers Leap on 'Leap Day' to Offer Deals]]> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:23:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/margGetty-481602157.jpg

When you are born on Feb. 29, you are a "leapling," and you only get to celebrate your birthday every four years. So when your day does finally roll around, you probably want to celebrate. A lot.  

This year, many companies are going out of their way to help with the celebration. And, in some cases, you don't even have to be a leapling to get a treat.

But first, why do we have leap year? Mostly to stay in line with the Earth's movement around the sun, according to history.com, and that requires the addition of 24 hours to the Julian Calendar every four years.

But don't worry about history. Go ahead and enjoy a dessert and a margarita. Here are some of the deals to look for on Monday. 
 

  • Great American Cookies giving one free Individually Yours Cookie Cake to people with a Feb. 29 birthday.
  • Hat retailer Lids will give free shipping on orders of $50 or more on Feb. 29.
  • Athletic clothier Foot Locker is offering 15 percent off purchases of $70 or more on Leap Day
  • For those out West, Dog Haus is offering a free upgrade from a single to a double burger 
  • Travelocity will give discounts of up to 30% on hotels until Feb. 29. Save 29% when you book select hotels worldwide through the Expedia mobile app on Feb. 29.
  • Leap into savings with a sale on hair products at Folica.com. Through 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Feb. 29, use code LEAPYEAR16 to get 25% off Solia, Theorie, Nth Degree and AbsoluteHeat products or 30% off Sedu products.
  • Pizza Hut is giving a free personal pizza to Leap Day babies on Monday.
  • Get a dozen original glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme for $2.29 with the purchase of any dozen regularly priced doughnuts at participating locations.
  • On Feb. 29, save 29% when you book select hotels worldwide through the Expedia mobile app.



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<![CDATA[Panhandling for Dates on Subway]]> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:53:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/subway+car+doors+feet.JPG

New York City straphangers may be accustomed to panhandlers on the subway -- and probably ignore most of them -- but one woman recently managed to get riders' attention when she begged for something unusual: a date. 

Public school teacher and comedian Jana Schmieding told Cosmopolitan that she came up with the idea last year while working on a comedy sketch. 

Then she and a friend decided to see what it would actually be like to panhandle for dates.

In a video posted to YouTube last week, Schmieding hops on a few different subway lines and makes her announcement with the familiar opening lines: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen." 

But she continues, "I'm not homeless or out of work. I'm not asking for money tonight. I am on this train searching for the man of my dreams."

Riders perk up, appearing puzzled or amused. 

"I am single, and unfortunately it's gotten to the point where I need to rely on the help of strangers," Schmieding says. "I am not asking for change today. In fact, if someone were to take me out, I'd prefer to split the bill." 

The subway riders laugh and begin offering advice, sympathetic words of comfort and even a few business cards of friends and roommates (and in one case, a Twitter handle). 

"I didn't meet anyone till I was 32," one woman says.

"You still have time," another offers. 

"I'm getting divorced, you can have my husband," yet another deadpans. 

Schmieding told Cosmopolitan that she was encouraged by the kindness of subway riders, normally so stoic and unmoved. 

"Every single panhandle I took on had a group of people that would cheer and engage with me," she said.



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<![CDATA[Millennials Drink Half Wine Bought in America]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:43:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Wine-GettyImages-495793758.jpg

American millennials are buying more wine, which is helping to spur the wine industry, NBC News reported.

The group, between the ages of 21 to 38, consumed almost 160 million cases, or 42 percent, of all wine drunk in the U.S. last year, according to a survey by the Wine Market Council. The survey also showed 17 percent of millennials were spending more on wine than baby boomers.

"It's not an exaggeration to say the millennial American consumer has the most varied set of tastes of any wine drinker in history," wrote Wine Spectator.

As for their tastes, millennials are generally favoring new-world producers such as Chile, Argentina and New Zealand.  



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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day And Your Wallet]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:11:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/Generic-Flowers-2.jpg

Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers as 50 percent of singles report being proud of their relationship status. But whether you're in a relationship or not, Americans have no problem spending big for the holiday for their loved ones and even themselves.

$19.7 billion is projected to be spent in the United States for the holiday this year, with the average person spending nearly $150. Some of that money will go towards furry friends as one in five people will buy their pet a gift in the name of Cupid and 24 percent of singles will gift themselves a treat as well, according to WalletHub.

For the couples across America, 90.8 percent plan to give their significant other a gift which is a good idea considering 53 percent of women say they would break up with their significant other if they didn't receive one for Valentine's Day.

The day of love can also prove life changing for some couples as 14 million marriage proposals are slated to happen this holiday.



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<![CDATA[Not Just Chocolates and Roses: Unique V-Day Gifts ]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:09:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/v-day-gifts-th.jpg Forget the overpriced floral bouquets and cheap drugstore chocolates and give your loved one a unique gift that will make them swoon on Valentine's Day. From the posh to the practical, here are some gift ideas that are sure to make this Valentine's Day one to remember.]]> <![CDATA[How to Save Money on Valentine’s Day Flowers]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:16:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-128086166.jpg

Valentine's Day may be one of the few times per year that you go out and buy fresh flowers, but that is no excuse for rookie mistakes. The gift of flowers is a reminder that you are thinking of someone and Feb. 14 is an excellent opportunity to send this message. Make that gesture count with these budget-friendly tips for delivering quality flowers that won't disappoint.

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Opt out of the Valentine's Day up-sell - Almost all floral retailers will create Valentine's Day-specific offers to catch your eye. Those bouquets come with a hefty price tag, and often lack on the stem count you are looking for. Avoid the holiday-specific bundles.

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If in season, head to your Farmer's Market - Get to know a Farmer's Market in your neighborhood before Valentine's Day. Pay attention to bouquet costs when it's not a floral holiday so that you have a baseline before prices increase. Ask a vendor to pre-order for Valentine's Day and lock in a price before the holiday surge. You can feel accomplished come February 14 knowing you already have your fresh flowers and that you have supported local growers.

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Don't Procrastinate - Many companies offer incentives to place your Valentine's Day order in advance, so that they can get a sense of how much inventory to allocate for the major holiday. Take advantage of those offers and you can save quite a bit - you can also sit back and relax while everyone else is scrambling to find the last red and pink flowers!

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Learn how to pick fresh flowers - Chances are that if you are looking at a bouquet and all of the flowers are already open, those flowers were not picked yesterday. We all get stuck on how the blooms look right when we buy them. A real flower pro, though, will know to look for bouquets or bunches where the flowers are still closed. Those blooms are the most fresh, and will continue to bloom for days to come.

Do some recon - Sending flowers online? Do all that you can to make sure those blooms are fresh and look good. Check to see where your retailer ships from, and opt for a business that sources flowers from U.S. farms. Floral retailer Bloom2Bloom founder Laurenne Resnik advises, "Whether you're buying online or in store, check for companies with the 'American Grown' or 'California Grown' labels. Farm-direct flowers really do last longer." Unlike most outlets, Bloom2Bloom doesn't change its products just for Valentine's Day.

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Think outside the vase - Don't fall for the clichés this Valentine's Day. Skip the vase and look for companies that keep costs down for consumers by wrapping bouquets in Kraft paper for that farm-fresh look. Remember, just because everyone is advertising red roses this Valentine's Day, doesn't mean you have to buy them. Rananculus and Tulips offer a new twist on an old classic. Not to mention, they are in season in California right now!

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Salad Fat vs. Big Mac]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:40:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/McDonalds2.png

McDonald’s has put a lot of marketing dollars behind revamping their image to become a “healthy” fast food option, but one of their newest “simple” and “fresh” options for clean-eaters will do more caloric damage than a Big Mac, according to the chain's nutrition information.

The fast-food giant recently unveiled a new line of salad bowls that contain kale, a leafy “superfood” that has become a sensation for its nutritional value and being packed-full of vitamins.

“A salad so delicious, it might be hard to stay calm,” McDonald’s website reads of the new menu item, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad. But dieters might have a hard time keeping calm after finding their bowl of greens has more fat, calories, cholesterol and sodium than most of the other items on the entire menu.

McDonald’s promotes the salad with crispy chicken as “a nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale, delicately topped with delicious crispy bacon, real parmesan petals and roasted garlic focaccia croutons.”

Although McDonald’s leaves out the dressing the salad comes with in its initial calculation of nutritional information listed online, all-in-all this is the how the new “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad with crispy chicken stacks up against other popular meals:

Kale Caesar Salad Crispy Chicken
730 calories (with dressing)
10g saturated fat
100mg cholesterol
1140 mg sodium

Bacon McDouble Sandwich
420 calories
9g saturated fat
70mg cholesterol
1050mg sodium

Big Mac
520 calories
10g saturated fat
70mg cholesterol
950mg sodium

10-Piece Chicken Nugget
460 calories
5g saturated fat
70mg cholesterol
820mg sodium

Large French Fries
560 calories
3.5g saturated fat
0mg cholesterol
420mg sodium

Regular Oreo McFlurry
560 calories
12g saturated fat
45mg cholesterol
390mg sodium

Swapping out the “crispy” chicken for grilled is an option, but will only save you 160 calories. The American Heart Association recommends eating just 2,000 milligrams of sodium and 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day.

McDonald's does offer other salad options that are not as hard-hitting to the waistline. McDonald's Southwest Salad only contains 280 calories and 490 milligrams of sodium, CNBC points out, which includes a creamy southwest dressing. A side salad without dressing is only 15 calories and 10 milligrams of sodium.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.



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<![CDATA[Snoop Dogg, Super Bowl Reporter]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:13:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/snoop5.jpg

Rapper Snoop Dogg turned into a Super Bowl 50 “reporter” during the Broncos and Panthers press conference in Santa Clara Thursday, chatting up Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and telling Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis to “go to work” with a broken arm.

"That's your spirit. Go to work. And when you get a sack, dab with your broken one, for me," he told Davis, referring to the "dab" dance move newly popular with football players and other athletes.

The rapper tweeted a photo of him shaking hands with Manning: “Legend. #TurfdUp,” he wrote, referring in the hashtag to his YouTube sports show. His next tweet was a selfie, followed by a photo of himself acting as a reporter for DirectTV's "The Rich Eisen Show."

Snoop also sent out a couple of tweets promoting Merry Jane, his Marijuana lifestyle platform he hopes will act as an icebreaker for people who take pride in their love for marijuana.

One said: “ganja proving 2 help athletes with sports related injuries,” with a photo of a rolled up ball of weed.

The tweets were removed from his timeline after some time. It wasn’t immediately clear why the rapper took the tweets down.

The NFL has a strict drug policy, but many question whether it is out of date. According to media reports, marijuana is coveted by NFL players as an invaluable painkiller, and for younger players, smoking weed is normal.

"There are so many people in the closet, and we are giving them an opportunity to come out of the closet and just admit they like to smoke," Snoop said at the Merry Jane launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in September. "I’m a smoker, my name is Snoop Dogg, and I’m a stoner."



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<![CDATA[Subway's $5 Footlong Now Costs $6]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-493636850.jpg

So long to the catchy “$5 footlong” jingle, because Subway's iconic deal just got a dollar more expensive.

Customers will now have to shell out $6 for "ALL of your favorite classic footlongs," the restaurant chain announced on Twitter Tuesday.

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Not surprisingly, fans of the sandwich chain were not happy. The news prompted an immediate outcry on social media. Subway responded to displeased customers in another tweet, defending the increase on rising food costs.

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The new price takes effect on Thursday in Subway restaurants nationwide.

Subway has been reeling from bad PR after its former spokesman, Jared Fogle, was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for child pornography and sex charges. Fogle helped fuel sales for nearly 15 years after shedding 200 pounds on a diet of Subway sandwichs.



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<![CDATA[Cat Gets Head Stuck in Vase, Becomes Internet Sensation]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:53:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/93528537.jpg

A Reddit user this week posted a photo of a cat looking like an Egyptian goddess, but the shiny collar in the photo was not supposed to be around the cat's neck.

The cat, which is doing fine, got the accessory the hard way - by sticking its head in a vase, according to TODAY.

The cat is doing fine, and its misadventure sparked some pun-filled fun on the Internet.



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