<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:07:14 -0400 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:07:14 -0400 NBC 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[New Starbucks Frappucino Flavor]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:31:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Birthday_Cake_Frappuccino_%283%29.jpg

Get it while it’s… cold?

Starbucks’ popular frappuccino has turned 20 and to honor the beverage's big birthday, the company has debuted a new specialty drink—the Birthday Cake Frappuccino.

The limited-time beverage, a vanilla bean and hazelnut mixture topped with raspberry-infused whipped cream, will be available at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada from Thursday to Monday.

The iconic drink was first released in the summer of 1995 with coffee and mocha flavors available. The drinks was initially made without whipped cream.

“The first week of launch we were tracking sales, and it was something like 200,000 drinks the first week – when we were hoping for 100,000,” Dan Moore, director of brand management at Starbucks, said in a statement. “The next week it was 400,000 and the next it was 800,000. We had figured it would do well in Southern California – but it sold just as well in Chicago, Vancouver B.C. and Boston. It was huge.”

The drink changed the company’s customer base, giving them a way to bring in people who weren’t typically coffee drinkers.

In 1999, Starbucks released the Caramel Frappuccino, complete with the now-typical “dome lid” for whipped cream.

“At the time, domed lids were radical thinking, so was the idea of adding whipped cream,” said Dina Campion of Starbucks’ Digital Team. “But for our customers it represented a momentary break – an escape in their day.”

In 2002, came the Blended Crème beverage, followed by the Frappuccino Light. By 2010, customers could customize their frappuccinos to be made with milk or soy, various coffee types and their preferred syrups and toppings.

The blended beverages are now available in 66 countries with more than 36,000 different drink combinations.

Other countries have unique flavors like the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino and Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino in Asia, the Algarrobina Frappuccino in Peru or the chocolate Brigadeiro Frappuccino in Brazil. 



Photo Credit: Starbucks]]>
<![CDATA[Chrome Hearts In Miami]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:49:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ch_jipsy_0011.JPG The American design company, Chrome Hearts is now in Miami and they bring a little LA and blend Miami into the space with art, fashion and cafecito.Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Free Dairy Queen Cones, and More Free Treats]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:15:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg

Spring is right around the corner, and what tastier way to start it than with ice cream — or Italian ice?

Dairy Queen is giving away free ice cream cones Monday to celebrate its 75th anniversary Monday, just a few days before spring officially begins.

Customers can stop at any participating location to get a small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on the top. The ice cream chain is also asking for donations for kids at children's hospitals during its free cone day.

Then, on Friday, Rita's Italian Ice will kick off the first day of spring with an Italian ice giveaway — a tradition that has been going on for 23 years.

The company says it gave away more than 1.2 million cups of its Italian ice last year. Click here to find the nearest location.

And next month, Ben & Jerry's will be giving away ice cream on its Free Cone Day on April 14. Find the nearest franchise here.



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<![CDATA[Dairy Queen Free Cone Day]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:41:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/dairyqueenfreeconedaymarch16.jpg

So many intriguing mysteries surround a certain longtime purveyor of cold treats that we hardly know where to begin our story.

1. Does Dairy Queen have an actual throne, castle, and courtiers who wear velvet breeches and play trumpets?

2. How does one get to be known far and wide by just their initials -- in Dairy Queen's case, the snappy and now-iconic "DQ" -- in a world flooded by attention-catching foodstuffs and restaurant choices?

3. What will the founded-in-Illinois company do for its big 75th, which falls in 2015?

We know the answer to that one, as do the people you'll see queuing up at participating Dairy Queens across the land on Monday, March 16. The frozen treat shop, founded in 1940 near Chicago, will celebrate by handing out soft-serve vanilla cones on Free Cone Day at all participating Dairy Queens.

There are more fun things to come during Dairy Queen's diamond anniversary year, but bet Free Cone Day will be mighty popular, especially around Southern California, where a March heat wave is putting ice cream lovers in an ice cream state of mind.

Oh, we jest; true ice cream lovers maintain a permanent second address in that state.

So is there a hashtag for all of this frosty fun? It wouldn't be #2015 if there wasn't: #conewithme is your go-to, social media enjoyers.

Is there a limit on how many cones you can pick up? Of course there is: You may have one. You'd cock an eyebrow at the person leaving with twenty free cones in front of you, wouldn't you? Fairness is best in all things, including Free Cone Day.

And one more mystery we'd like to solve while we're delving into all things DQ: How does the vanilla soft-serve cone get that perfect little twirl on the top? And how does one recreate that in a hairstyle? Asking, of course, for a friend.



Photo Credit: Dairy Queen]]>
<![CDATA[Raunchy Game Cards Against Humanity Hits the Web With Free App]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:41:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/51RD-Lha01L._SL1023_.jpg

Oh the humanity! Cards Against Humanity has gone digital.

A new website called CardsAgainstOriginality.com offers a free version of the game on all web browsers on computers and mobile devices, though it wasn't made by the card game's original creators.

The Cards Against Originality app was created by Canadian designer Dawson Whitfield, who used the card game’s Creative Commons license to make a digital version.

Previously, users needed to either purchase the game for $25 from the Cards Against Humanity Website, or download and print their own deck for free (plus the cost of ink and paper). Fans can also purchase desired expansion packs on the game's website, and those cards are also featured in the new app.

"I built it because there were too many times that I wished I had brought my CAH deck. During lunch at work, at the bar, in the car," Whitfield said in an email. "Once I had the idea to build it, I had to build it out of frustration that no one had done it,"

According to Cards Against Humanity's website, the game's content can be used "to make whatever," but the game needs to be given credit and the user can't profit from using its content.

“Cards Against Humanity is available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. That means you can use, remix, and share the game for free, but you can’t sell it without our permission. Please do not steal our name or we will smash you,” the game’s website reads.

Cards Against Humanity, described as a “party game for horrible people,” involves a group of players using raunchy and often expletive-filled white cards to answer questions or fill in the blanks of a single black card. The funniest answer is then picked by a fellow player acting as the judge, or “Card Czar.”

Like with the physical deck, you must be in the same room as your friends to play together on the digital version.

Whitfield said the response to his app was better than he expected — the rush to play even created some problems for the new product.

"I didn't expect it to take off like this and my servers couldn't handle the traffic," he told NBCChicago in an email. "I had it on a measly server for my friends and I to play on, which crumbled under the traffic."

Whitefield said he has since moved the game to new servers and the site is back up and running, though it may take time for the change to appear "everywhere around the world." 

Now, with a new name and the same vulgar cards, the (horribly inappropriate) party can begin online. 

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<![CDATA[A Wicked Return to The Arsht Center]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:29:54 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wwick_j_0011.JPG The Broadway blockbuster Wicked returns to Miami, back by popular demand. We take a look behind the scenes as the trucks unload and the set gets built for it's Miami performance this March and details about the day-of-performance lottery. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Happy Hour At Cecconi's]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:13:16 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ccc_j_001.JPG If you're looking for a place to unwind with a friends after work, head over to Cecconi's, inside Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, for a Happy Hour that makes twilight the happiest time ever. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Love Peeps? New Milk Line Inspired by Marshmallow Treats ]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:00:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Peep+Milk+Flavors.jpg

Now you can eat your Peeps and drink them, too.

Prairie Farms, a dairy company in Illinois, has teamed up with the sugary treat maker to deliver Peeps-flavored milk.

The milk comes in three different flavors: Chocolate Marshmallow Milk, Marshmallow Milk and Easter Egg Nog. Both marshmallow milks can be purchased in reduced-fat varieties, and the calories for each milk range from 190 to 250 calories, according to Prairie Farms' website

According to a press release, Peeps is the No. 1 non-chocolate candy brand at Easter. Prairie Farm said that given that fact, “creating a line of flavors that joins the two strong brands was an obvious choice.”

The "PEEP-tastic" milk hits retail outlet shelves in the Midwest this week. But Peep-lovers will have to act fast to get their fix.

“The milk is seasonal for Easter, so depending on the store it should be available until early April,” Rebecca Leinenbach, vice president of marketing and communications for Prairie Farms, told NBC Owned Television Stations.

The Peeps milk closely follows a wider trend of enchanced offerings in the dairy industry. Coca-Cola’s new milk line called Fairlife includes flavored versions and adds 50 percent more natural protein and calcium than regular milk.



Photo Credit: Prairie Farms ]]>
<![CDATA[IHOP Celebrates National Pancake Day]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:44:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/national+pancake+day1.jpg

Grab your fork and knife!

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

Since starting National Pancake Day 10 years ago, IHOP has raised nearly $16 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[Popular Bakery's Recipes Stolen]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:12:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/0227-2015-Cruffin.jpg

Binders containing hundreds of sweet recipes mysteriously disappeared overnight from Mr. Holmes Bakeshop, a three-month-old start-up in San Francisco's Tenderloin that's growing in popularity.

In fact, on a typical weekday 7 a.m. opening, most goods are sold by 11.

Word got out to the shop's loyal following, and customers were worried those famous "cruffins" -- a croissant and muffin hybrid -- were history.

Fortunately, the shop's recipes were all backed up on a computer.

"Some people were calling up through the day, like 'Hey, if they stole the cruffin recipe, are you going to have cruffins tomorrow? Because if not, we might not come!'" said Ry Stephen, a co-owner of the bakery.

Stephen suspects a copycat may be the culprit.

"There's a sense of competitiveness in pastry just like in a sport or in writing," Stephen said.

No equipment or cash were taken from the bakery. While there were no signs of forced entry, the owners insist this was not an inside job.



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<![CDATA[Motown Brings The Beat to Broward]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:27:00 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/motownj_j_0001.JPG With some of the cast of Motown The Musical, for their premiere in South Florida at the Broward Center Of The Performing Arts. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[KFC to Serve Edible Coffee Cups in U.K.]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:29:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/kfc+edible+coffee+cup+scoff-ee.jpg

Chicken lovers in the United Kingdom have a new treat to try — edible coffee cups that will be served at KFC restaurants in Britain.

A one-of-a-kind cookie, lined with heat-resistant white chocolate and covered with sugar paper, make up the consumable drink holder — known  as "scoff-ee cup," according to a news release from the Kentucky-based poultry chain.

"We have been experimenting with edible packaging to see if it could be a feasible product to bring to market...and thought that if our customers occasionally like to have their cake and eat it, why wouldn't they want [to] have their cup and eat it instead," said Jocelyn Bynoe of KFC.

Colonel Sanders' team partnered with food scientists at The Robin Collective to develop the new product, which was created to celebrate the launch of Seattle's Best Coffee in its restaurants.

"We've infused different cups with a variety of ambient aromas including coconut sun cream, freshly cut grass and wild flowers, said Brandy Wright, a designer at Robin Collective.

French vanilla and mocha are yummy and popular coffee flavors, but we'll have to wait and see how Brits react to java that puts a hint of mowed lawn on the palette.

The item has not yet been added to British stores' menus and a KFC U.K. spokeswoman told NBC they have no date set for the scoff-ee cup's launch.

A stateside KFC spokesman said their are no current plans to bring edible cups to the United States.



Photo Credit: Oliver Dixon/KFC]]>
<![CDATA[McDonald's Chicken Selects Returns]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds+chicken+selects.jpg

Watch out, Chicken McNuggets. Soon there will be a new breaded chicken dish in the house.

Oak Brook-based McDonald's announced Wednesday that Chicken Selects will return to menus nationwide next month.

"The Chicken Selects will make a national return in early March and be sold as an order with three pieces. We look forward to bringing back this customer favorite made with chicken tenderloin," Terri Hickey, a McDonald's spokesperson, said.

McDonald's describes Chicken Selects as "crispy strips of all white chicken breast, premium dipping sauces...this is luxury lunching."

The menu item will only be available nationally for a limited time, but markets will have the option to keep them on the menu if they want, Hickey said.

Chicken Selects were first introduced in 1998 and were pulled from the menu in February 2013.

The menu item previously came with a variety of dipping sauces to choose from, including chipotle barbeque, creamy ranch, hot habanero, honey mustard, hot mustard, spicy buffalo, sweet chili, sweet 'n sour, honey and tangy barbeque.

The fast food company's announcement comes just two months after company officials said they were planning on trimming their menus. This decision was prompted by a decline in U.S. sales that many attribute to McDonald's unhealthy image and an increasingly health conscious society.



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<![CDATA[Coyo Tacos in Wynwood]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:10:25 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/coyotaco_j_0001.JPG Since opening to the public this past January, Coyo Taco has quickly established itself as a go-to lunch and dinner spot, offering traditional Mexican fare in a laidback and trendy setting. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[SoCal Flash Mob Tango's in LAX]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:45:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Terminal-Tango-021515.JPG

There's probably no other dance that conveys the message of romance and passion better than the tango.

To help spread the love, a group of 40 local dancers took the Argentine tango to a SoCal airport terminal on Sunday.

"Tango is symbolic of Valentine's, of relationships, of love, of passion, of everything that is joy in your life," said dance instructor and event organizer Ilona Glinarsky.  "We wanted to bring a little bit of joy and maybe a little love to a place that seems to be a little dry and a little stressful at times."

Although it was the day after Valentine’s, the group of dancers from Living Tango dance studio in El Segundo put on quite a show in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Men and women dressed in red and black performed the highly improvisational dance.

The first few bars of the song were choreographed, but the rest of the performance was completely improvised, Glinarsky told NBC4.

In addition to a free show, the Living Tango dancers treated travelers to Valentine’s candy.



Photo Credit: Joel Cooke ]]>
<![CDATA[Coconut Grove Arts Festival Kicking Off]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:02:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021315+coconut+grove+arts+festival.jpg The 2015 Coconut Grove Arts Festical is bringing food, fun and all things art to South Florida.]]> <![CDATA[True Love, Caught on Camera: Creative Public Proposals Go Viral]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ellen+proposal.jpg

In the mood for everlasting love as Valentine's Day approaches? Here's a look at public marriage proposals over the past year that are sure to get the waterworks (of joy) going.

Epic Proposal from 26 Countries, 4 Years in the Making 

"I'm going to marry this girl eventually," is what Jack Hyer says he wrote in his travel journal shortly after his first date with his girlfriend Becca. Over the next four years of the relationship, he filmed himself singing 1980s hit "I'm Gonna Be" as he traveled the world, with clips from places as far as China, Tanzania and Thailand. He used the reel to propose to her, also on camera in a restaurant, and posted the entire feat on YouTube.

Man Chases Love with 5K Proposal

This finish line was extra sweet for one runner who finished the Phillies Charities 5K, when her boyfriend pulled off what the sponsoring baseball team says was the first-ever proposal at the end of the event.

NASA Love

Talk about a lift off! This man taped himself proposing in front of Pad39 A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which he notes on YouTube was "where we sent Apollo to the moon and Space Shuttles launched." You can't hear the words, but he says he wooed his wife-to-be with,"Some of mankind's greatest journeys started right here - I want to start my next journey with you -- will you marry me?"

On Bended Knee on "Ellen"

Is there any better place to propose than in front of a studio audience with Ellen on hand? There must be dancing after a life changing event like this. 

Sometimes You Have to Say Yes on the Subway

Subway trains can be gross, slow and crowded, but the chance to witness a proposal on board the train is sure to put your commute (and day) on the right track. Robert Waters told Gothamist that he planned to propose to girlfriend Carley Frese on the train, complete with a hired gospel choir, because "wanted to make it a special place for her the way that it is for me." 

A Musical Flash Mob 

The message was clear: "Who cares baby, I think I want to marry you." The groom-to-be surprised his future bride with a dancing flash mob proposal at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas, according to the videographer who captured the special moment.

Wildflower 

After surviving the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Bonnie Kate was proposed to by her filmmaker boyfriend inside a movie theater. He told Today.com that he decided to stage the elaborate proposal, complete with a video documenting the ups and downs of their relationship, because he  "had to in some way shine light on the darkness."

 Rose Bowl Proposal Spectacular

This proposal took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where the couple met years before. But that was far from the only special detail of the event. Her boyfriend surprised his wife-to-be with a scavenger hunt that included pampering, lunch with friends, shopping spree and a meeting of the future in-laws before popping the question, according to the film company that captured the event.

Surprise Scavenger Hunt Engagement 

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel helped stage a proposal by selecting a "random" audience member to go on a scavenger hunt. The woman comes back with Elmo, but this was no joke. The man under the mask was her future husband. 


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<![CDATA[Dog Runs Away From Home, Tracks Down Owner With Cancer in Hospital]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:53:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_hospitaldog0212001_700x394.jpg A miniature Schnauzer ran away from its Iowa home to track down its owner, who was recovering from cancer in a nearby hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.]]> <![CDATA["Death Star" is Legoland's Latest Mega Addition]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:51:52 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Death+Star+Legoland.JPG

Legoland’s latest attraction is made up of more than 500,000 Lego pieces, weighs more than 1,900 pounds and took a crew of construction workers to assemble.

Rest your eyes on the Death Star, the planet-shaped model that’s the latest addition to the LEGO Star Wars Miniland. You can check it out for yourself starting March 5.

Workers used a fork lift to perch the Death Star above the Star Wars display, which was no small task, as the model is 8-feet wide and 13-feet high.

The Death Star is inspired by Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which featured the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker steered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star.

The opening of the Death Star is a precursor to the Star Wars Days even on March 7 and 8, which will include various activities centering Star Wars.

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<![CDATA[NoCal City's Humorous Traffic Signs]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:45:03 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/signs2.jpg

A Northern California city is using humor to get drivers to slow down and pedestrians to pay attention.

The City of Hayward has placed traffic signs along a downhill boulevard that read "35 — It's a speed limit, not a suggestion'' and "Heads up! Cross the street, then update Facebook.'' Another sign warns: "Downhill: Use eyes, brakes, brain.''

The Oakland Tribune reports city workers installed the offbeat traffic signs in January along Hayward Boulevard, which is known for cars zipping down from the hills.

City spokesman Frank Holland says authorities hope using humor will get people to do a double-take and be careful on the hill.

A recent survey found speeding was a top concern for residents in the area.



Photo Credit: Josh Keppel]]>
<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Newest "SNL" Ice Cream: Wayne'Swirled]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:12:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/229*120/wayneswirled.jpg

Party time! Excellent!!

Ice cream lovers and "Saturday Night Live" fans, rejoice! Ben & Jerry's has unveiled its final "SNL"-inspired flavor, Wayne'Swirled — a caramel- and fudge-laden homage to sketch comedy's favorite metalheads.

Wayne'Swirled's blend of dark caramel and vanilla ice creams with fudge and caramel swirls is, the creamery says, "an ode to the yin and yang that are Wayne and Garth."

It's currently available only in Ben & Jerry's ice cream shops.

Wayne'Swirled marks the final installment in a line of four flavors marking the landmark NBC sketch comedy show's upcoming 40th anniversary.

Last year, Ben & Jerry's offered up Two Wild & Crazy Pies, a pie-heavy tribute to the classic recurring Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd sketch about two overeager Czech brothers' antics.

Before that came two others: Lazy Sunday, full of cupcakes and frosting, and Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch, with caramel clusters, fudge-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl.

The three-hour "SNL" 40th Anniversary Special will air live Sunday at 8/7c on NBC.



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<![CDATA[New Dining At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:10:24 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ritzz_j_0001.JPG The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne celebrates the unavailing their newest venue, Key Pantry: Eat.Drink.Shop and the Rumbar, while The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, kicks off their limited monthly Indian dinning experience. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Say "I Love You" With Your Smartphone This Valentine's Day]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:07:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/valentines-chocolate-469002943.jpg

Want to make your Valentine feel extra special? Skip the traditional pharmacy greeting card and instead create a one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day message online. These easy-to-use apps offer fun and unique ways to personalize your message from the comfort of your smartphone.


Video Greeting Creator (A1 Brains Infotech)

Create a video message with a Valentine's Day border (10 frames) and choose music from your own music library to go along with your own personal recorded message. More here.

Postagram (Sincerely Inc.)

Use this free app to make your own photo postcard on your phone and then mail it for 99 cents within the United States and $1.99 outside the U.S. Write your own sweet VDay message and include any photo directly from your iPhone or Android device. The postcard is printed on thick, glossy paper. More here.

 Ink (Sincerely Inc.)

Never miss a holiday or other important date with this app, which allows you to customize free eCards with a choice of 2,000 layouts, photos from Facebook, a personal message and a variety of colors. You can order printed paper cards of your creation, too. The app, available for iPhone, iPad or Android, can be used beyond Valentine's Day, too — just link it to your Facebook to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and more. More here.

Someecards (Someecards, Inc.)

The witty (and sometimes raunchy) e-cards freqently get laughs and likes on Facebook, and its Valentine's Day collection is no exception. Those who celebrate Single’s Awareness Day might take a liking to these cards as well. Share through email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. More here.

Love Poems (Mario Guenther-Bruns)

If you are lost for words, this free iPhone app has a collection of romantic writings, from Shakespeare to Edgar Allen Poe. Use the self-described "app to fall in love with" to send your love a poem through Facebook, Twitter or via email. More here.


GoodFor Coupons & IOU Cards (SnipSnap)

If you forgot a Valentine's Day gift in the past, this free iPhone app will keep you out of trouble. Choose from designed backgrounds or a photo from your phone and send your significant other an "IOU a 30 minute massage" or a coupon that's "Good for a night on the town." The chronicly late can make sure a gift arrives on time even if you don't for date night. More here.

A Flower Email (Boo Kim)

Can't afford splurging on sending a bouquet of red roses to your lover's door? With this 99-cent app you can send your Valentine some virtual flowers through email. The iPhone app offers hundreds of different e-arrangements. More here.

Cupid Booth (John Temple Group Pty Ltd.)

Love selfies? This one is for you. This free iPhone app lets you take a photo or select one from your phone and dress it up with speech bubbles, hearts, hats, kisses and your own written messages. Text it or share it on social media for your friends to see. More here.

Talking Panda Mime Love Letters (StartApp)

Send an animated panda "Pandamime" to declare his love for your beloved.

This free iPhone app captures your facial expressions and records a message that plays back via a cartoon panda which you can send through email or Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube. More here.

 

 



Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[No Winner for Powerball, Jackpot Rises to $360 Million]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:32:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1757444901.jpg

Lottery officials say no jackpot winner was selected in the latest $317 million Powerball drawing.

Sue Dooley is the senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which oversees Powerball. She says there will be another drawing Saturday after no one matched Wednesday's winning numbers.

Each drawing without a winner rolls the jackpot over and makes it more lucrative. The Powerball website shows the current estimated haul for the next drawing is $360 million.

Until Wednesday's drawing, there had been something of a big-time prize drought, with nearly a year passing since a jackpot above $300 million.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of matching all six numbers in the game are 1 in about 175 million.



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<![CDATA[McDonald's Auction of Big Mac Special Sauce Draws 5-Figure Bids]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 05:02:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds+sign+new+1.jpg

A Big Mac may only cost a few dollars at McDonald’s, but when it comes to the fast food chain’s Big Mac Special Sauce, things get pricey fast. 

McDonald’s Australia has apparently decided to auction off the first of 200 bottles of their “legendary” sauce on eBay and bidders are emptying more than just their pockets for a chance to purchase the limited-edition bottle.

“For too long Big Mac Special Sauce has been trapped in a beautiful, delicious burger – now we’ve set it free!” the auction page states. “This bottle is #1 of only 200 being produced worldwide, and they won’t be sold in restaurants.”

By Tuesday morning bids had reached nearly $18,000 with more than seven days left to bid.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, 135 bids had been placed for the 500-milliliter bottle, the highest being $23,100 (AU).

The world’s largest hamburger chain said 100 percent of the auction sale price will go to the Australian branch of Ronald McDonald House Charities.


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<![CDATA["Ugh! That Newsweek Cover": Silicon Valley Women Respond]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:22:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/newsweekmain.jpg

Newsweek's latest cover on "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women" sparked a firestorm Thursday —  on Twitter and in Silicon Valley — with some accusing the magazine of taking on sexism with a sexist cover.

The clip-art cover shows a woman in red heels holding a laptop, while a cursor lifts up her red dress.

“It's going to take a revolution to change the sordid and systemic sexism in Silicon Valley,” was how Newsweek tweeted out its cover story, which delves into scandals and controversies that have rocked the valley — from tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal who was accused of attacking his girlfriend to the sexual harassment lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins to startup “bro culture.”

"Well, Newsweek, the revolution's not going to start like this," feminist site Jezebel fired off on Twitter.

"Clickbait, designed to piss off women while pretending to investigate sexism in tech. Fail--but you know it," tweeted Jennifer Pozner, executive director of Women in Media and News.

“It’s kind of like doing a story about rape and having the cover image be a cartoon with a victim handcuffed to a bed,” tweeted Carmel DeAmicis, a reporter for Gigaom.

But it wasn’t just social media pundits and journalists lashing out.

The cover also got a lot of buzz at the Tech Superwoman Summit in San Francisco Thursday.

"Yikes," "What the heck," "This is the actual cover?" ... "Well interesting" — female software engineers and excecutives chimed in.

“I don’t know if I would have gone with that graphic,” said Cathryn Posey, founder of Tech Superwoman.

“It’s unfortunate, parents will tell their girls ‘don’t go into the tech industry,' when that’s only part of the story,” said Julie Elberfeld, an MVP at Capital One.

The Newsweek article itself points out that despite running tech giants such as Yahoo and HP, women are still under-represented in tech, something conference attendees didn't disagree with. Google, Facebook and Apple recently released gender breakdowns for its employees, and the numbers don’t look too good for women.

“I also think it’s our biggest opportunity — with this data, now that we know what’s going on, we can all partner to solve it, so I think it’s a transcendental moment for the industry if we can come together on it,” Posey said.

“We are actively hiring and recruiting right now, and we are looking to bring in a good balance of men and women,” said Julie Giannini of New Relic.

Newsweek’s editor James Impoco responded to the backlash, telling The Daily Beast: “We came up with an image that we felt represented what that story said about Silicon Valley. If people get angry, they should be angry.”

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<![CDATA[Edition Hotel's Dining Experience]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:47:07 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mata_jipsy__0001.JPG At Market and Matador, a dining experience inside the new Edition Hotel in Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Into The Woods In Miami]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:09:40 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/intothe_wood_0001.JPG A sneak preview of Broadway’s Tony-Award winning musical Into The Woods at the Carnival Studio Theater inside the Arsht Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Target Launches New Plus-Size Line]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/240*120/AVA+VIV+Header.jpg

Target has announced plans to unveil a new clothing line designed specifically for plus-size women.

The line, expected to arrive in mid-February, was designed by Target's in-house design team and features "stylish basics along with trend-driven statement pieces that fashionistas will love," the company said in a release Wednesday.

Similar to Target’s other apparel line, the new AVA & VIV clothing will be updated monthly, with prices ranging from $10 to $79.99.

“Target is synonymous with great design, and with the launch of AVA & VIV, we’re stepping up our fashion game for our Plus-size guests,” Stacia Andersen, senior vice president of merchandising, apparel and accessories at Target said in a statement. “From stylish original prints to the attention to detail and fit, this line is meant to impress and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”

As part of their latest line launch, the Minneapolis-based retailer enlisted the help of a blogger who once called for a boycott of the company. Chastity Garner, along with fellow plus-size bloggers Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason, were hired to help promote the line and give feedback on the newest collection.

Last August, Garner announced she was boycotting Target after the company released their Altuzarra for Target collection.

"Year after year, season after season, you put out these gorgeous designer collections and you almost never include a plus range. Every time each of these collections is about to be released it feels like a slap in the face," Garner wrote. “You may ask, ‘Is there any way I will take you back?’ I will take you back, when and only when, you include true plus sizes in your designer range collaborations. Until then, I will take my money elsewhere."

The line will be available on Target.com on Feb. 22 and will arrive in stores mid-February through March, the company said.



Photo Credit: Target
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<![CDATA[Sad Monkey at ZWF Miami Gets Comforted by Pal]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:08:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012215+comforting+monkeys.jpg

Think you had a bad day? Try trading places with this sad little monkey.

In this adorable clip from Miami's Zoological Wildlife Foundation, Angelica, a capuchin monkey, lands herself in timeout. And clearly, she is heartbroken over it.

Jessica Soto, an assistant with ZWF Miami, tells NBC 6 that Angelica is a 2-year-old capuchin monkey, and Toby is almost 4. Together, the pair were both playing with a Yorkie puppy when Toby pulled on the pup's leg. The two were scolded, and Angelica took off running to hide. As a result, Soto says both monkeys were put in timeout.

In the clip, we can see Angelica inconsolably rest her head in her hands, looking truly heartbroken over her predicament.

Thankfully, her good friend Toby was there to make their time in timeout more bearable. 

In the adorable clip, Toby can be seen putting a caring arm around his pal, offering some friendly chatter, and even giving her a few sweet scratches to the head.

The caption on the @zwfmiami Instagram page says,"Toby consoling Angelica, who's on timeout," along with the hashtag "#almosthuman."

Soto says capuchin monkeys are highly intelligent and are often used as service animals, as is the case with Angelica and Toby who are the service animals of a ZWF guest.

Thankfully, Soto says Angelica was not kept in timeout very long, but just long enough to capture the sweet moment between two friends on video.



Photo Credit: ZWF Miami/Instagram
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<![CDATA[Oreo Dresses Up for Valentine's Day With New Flavor]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/oreo+red+velvet+1200.jpg

Oreos are dressing up for Valentine’s Day.

The treat dubbed “milk’s favorite cookie” has a new look and flavor, one that is popular among foodies—Red Velvet. The chocolate cookies are now red and have a creme cheese spread between them.

They will hit stores on February 2 and be around for only six to eight weeks.

Eager Oreo lovers can enter for a chance to win free samples before they hit shelves — 20, 250 people will be selected to try the cake-like treats.

According to a taste test by Today.com, the Red Velvet cookies have garnered mixed reviews. Some call it too sweet while others think they are simply delish. 

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<![CDATA[100 Cases of Beer at Your Door? There's an App for That]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:54:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Bud+Light+App.jpg

Some Bud Light lovers can now get beer delivered to their door with the tap of a smartphone screen.

With two weeks to go until Super Bowl Sunday, Anheuser-Busch has introduced a new app offering home delivery of Bud Light in less than an hour.

The free app "Bud Light Button" made its debut in Washington, D.C., this week. It provides Bud Light during the legal hours that alcohol is allowed to be sold in the city. The company said a "nominal" delivery fee will be charged, but did not specify the amount.

As of Thursday, D.C. residents of legal drinking age were able to order between one and 100 cases of beer with just the touch of a button.

The app is part of Bud Light’s "Up for Whatever" campaign to encourage customers to have spontaneous fun.

David J. Hanson, professor emeritus of sociology at the State University of New York at Potsdam, said the app follows a broader trend of dry counties becoming wet and blue law prohibitions against Sunday sales of alcohol declining.

"I think a lot of people will be willing to pay the extra fee for home delivery. Hopefully it will decrease the number of drinking and driving injuries as well," said Hanson, who has researched alcohol and drinking for more than 40 years.

He hopes to see the app spreading to all 50 states, predicting that it will do well if the company sees people vote with their dollars... or with their pointer fingers. 

The app is currently only available on Android-powered smart phones; an IOS version is coming soon.

For more information on how to download the app, click here.  

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<![CDATA[Delta Makes Flight With 2 Passenger]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:26:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Empty-Plane.jpg

Legroom wasn't an issue for one Brooklyn man who was lucky enough to be one of two passengers on a flight from Cleveland to New York City Monday morning.

Chris O'Leary, editor of beer blog Brew York, tweeted a photo of himself on the otherwise empty plane before the jet turned back to the gate to pick up a second passenger, according to his Twitter feed.

"They rebooked everyone but me on another flight to LGA, so I am literally the only person on this plane," O'Leary said in one tweet.

In another tweet, O'Leary said that a second passenger got on the plane just as his plane was about to push back from the gate. The two passengers then departed for New York City.

Several other Twitter users expressed envy at O'Leary's presumably peaceful flight.

"Talk about leg room. No babies crying. And, no fighting over the arm rest. Play the lottery, you're sure to win," tweeted Kesha B.



Photo Credit: Chris O'Leary via Twitter @ohhleary
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<![CDATA[The New Vagabond Eatery In Mimo]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:16:57 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/vagabondfood_0001.JPG We head to the Miami Modern (Mimo) Historical District for the new Vagabond Restaurant & Bar, where they are serving a fresh taste of American, Latin and Asian flavor created by Chef Alex Chang. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[The Lion King Returns]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:47:55 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/circleoflife_0001.JPG The Lion King returns to South Florida for a limited time at the Broward Arts Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[New Mexican Fare on Ocean Drive]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:48:08 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jalap_j_001.JPG Ocean Drive’s newest restaurant, Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen is now open where flautas and margaritas thrive. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Ultra Releases Massive 2015 Lineup ]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:49:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/tlmd_60398_10151398097857739_906673210_n.jpg

Ultra Music Festival has announced phase one of their massive lineup for the 2015 dance event, a day after California's Coachella announced their headlining performers.

Some of Ultra's headliners include:

  • Adam Beyer
  • Afrojack
  • Alesso
  • Armin Van Buuren
  • Avicii
  • Axwell & Ingrosso
  • Carl Cox
  • David Guetta
  • Deep Dish
  • Dixon
  • Eric Prydz
  • Hardwell
  • Jamie Jones
  • Knife Party
  • Loco Dice
  • Marco Carola
  • Martin Garrix
  • Nicky Romero
  • Skrillex
  • Steve Angello
  • Steve Aoki
  • Tale of Us
  • Tiesto

Additional artists were announced by organizers via social media:

It is unclear when phase two of the lineup will be revealed.

Tickets for Ultra Music Festival are currently $449.95 for general admission and $1,149 for VIP. Click here to purchase.



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<![CDATA[French Bulldog Struggles to Reclaim Bed From Cat]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 10:04:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-07+at+8.33.42+AM.png

It's a dog-eat-dog world.

In a video picking up steam on the web, a French bulldog named Pixel adorably struggles to reclaim its bed after a calico cat stole it away.

Despite the 10-week-old puppy's efforts, the cat shows no intention of leaving.

Despite the tug-of-war match, Pixel and the cat can be seen sharing the bed in a photo posted on an Instagram account made for the dog.

The video was first noted by Jezebel.


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