<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 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 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:30:46 -0400 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:30:46 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 In The Mix]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:06:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+in+the+mix.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Check Out "Nature's Best Photography"]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:39:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1GrandPrize_TinManLee%281%29+copy.jpg Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of Natural History's annual "Nature's Best Photography" exhibition showcases 60 large-format prints of this year's most breathtaking nature photography. More than 20,000 entries from 50 countries compete for the prestigious recognition. See all winners here.

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<![CDATA[Why You May Spot Teal Pumpkins This Halloween]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:45:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC-teal-pumpkins.jpg

Halloween can be a challenge for parents of trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

Screening candy can be difficult and some children may feel singled out because they receive less than their friends.

However, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group has started a new campaign called the “Teal Pumpkin Project” that recommends giving out non-food treats and letting other families know by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their porches.

Possible non-food treats include: glow bracelets, pencils, vampire teeth, mini notepads, and playing cards. You can see more on FARE’s website.

“Food allergies are potentially life-threatening. When we are looking at a Halloween celebration, it is really nice to provide something that is safe,” FARE spokeswoman Veronica LaFemina told Today. She noted that one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.

In a post on FARE’s blog, the campaign said that it has reached nearly 5 million people on Facebook. The hashtag #TealPumpkinProject is also filled with photos from many Twitter users embracing the campaign.

Here is some of what people have shared:


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<![CDATA[Tobacco Road Announces New Brickell Location ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:26:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*128/tobacco-road1.jpg

Every road has to go through repairs and sometimes even a new route from time to time and that’s exactly what will happen to the legendary Miami establishment, Tobacco Road.

The iconic restaurant said Wednesday it will be moving to a new home in Brickell. Specifically, the new Tobacco Road will be at 69 SW 7th Street in Miami. The new location won’t be hard to find either. It’s going to be about 300 feet from the original location.

Still, several key deals must close, starting with a new lease, before Tobacco Road moves.

“It all depends on all the different stuff,” said Tobacco Road co-owner Patrick Gleber. “You know, all the licensing, the permit. But we’re pretty confident it’s going to happen.”

The bar has seen a traffic decline in recent years as construction continues to go up all around the bar. With Tobacco Road past the century mark in age, and a crumbling building; Gleber and his team sold the site two years ago and the current location will close in just a few weeks.

“You know, Tobacco Road was never about the building,” said Gleber. “Tobacco Road was about the employees. Tobacco Road was about the musicians. Tobacco Road is about the customers. You know, that’s what made Tobacco Road.”

In the meantime, Norwegian Cruise Lines announced Wednesday that it will have an onboard Tobacco Road featuring the original neon sign, photos, and other memorabilia, along with drinks created by bar mixologist Leo Holtzman, according to the Miami Herald.

A closing party will take place at the historic location on Sat. Oct 25th. For more information, click here.

To donate to Tobacco Road to save historical items, click here.

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<![CDATA[A Night In Casablana]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:55:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/peac_ss_0005.JPG At the EDGE Charitable Foundation, 2nd Annual Casino Night at The Fairways on the Key at Crandon Park Gold Course. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[A Day of Beauty With Kika Rocha]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/colg_j_l015.JPG A day over the seas of Miami for some beauty and fashion tips from Latina Contributing Editor Kika Rocha. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Quiz: How Pumpkin Savvy Are You?]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:07:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-177531910.jpg

With fall upon us and Halloween fast approaching, it's high season for all things pumpkin. You may sip pumpkin spice lattes with the best of them or carve a mean jack-o'-lantern, but how well do you really know the seasonal staple? Test your knowledge in this interactive quiz.



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<![CDATA[New Eats With the Miami Heat]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:42:53 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/heateats_j_0001.JPG While you are at the American Airlines Arena for The Miami Heat or your next music concert, enjoy this season’s variety of culinary choices in both concessions and premium areas, featuring their successful Chef Partner program, regional twists on fan favorites, and the vision of their new Executive Chef, Rufino Rengifo. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Annie In South Florida]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:48:54 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/annie__jipsy_0001.JPG Annie kicks off the 2014 -2015 Broadway season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Cast members Gilgamesh Taggett (Oliver Warbucks) sits with Issie Swickle (Annie) and Angelina Carballo (July) celebrate at the new Porter Riverview Ballroom. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Hey Lucy... I'm Home! ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:38:16 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/lucy_jipsy__0244.JPG America's favorite foursome, Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel come alive and in color, onto the Desilu Playhouse sound-stage back in 1952 at the Adrienne Arsht Center. "I Love Lucy" opens Tuesday night September 30 until Sunday October 5, 2014. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Madness: Craziest Treats]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:41:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice-fatte-Ramsey-Mathew.jpg It seems like everyone is going crazy over pumpkin spice-flavored this and that. Take a look at the wackiest pumpkin-inspired culinary items that might be worth a try this season. ]]> <![CDATA[National Coffee Day Deals and Freebies]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/514727145.jpg

The start of the work week can be rough, but many coffee chains are offering free or inexpensive cups of coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day.

See where you can get a discount on a your daily dose of caffeine. 

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free medium cup of its new Dark Roast blend. 

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is celebrating the day by offering free small coffees at participating shops.

McDonald's

You can visit McDonald's for a free small coffee during the chain’s breakfast hours.

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons will be selling $1 cup coffees, and some stores will also have hidden golden envelopes with “more than $9,000 in cash and gift cards.” CNN Money reported that the scavenger hunt will take place in Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo and Rochester, New York; and in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Wawa

Wawa is giving away a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who sign up for a coupon by email. The East Coast chain has convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Central Florida.



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<![CDATA[Kaskade to Headline Life in Color Music Festival]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:52:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kaskade+lic.jpg

Life in Color Music Festival announced on Thursday that electronic dance music DJ, Kaskade will be one of the headlining DJs performing at “The World’s Largest Paint Party."

The announcement was made on social media with a music video featuring a painting by artist David Garibaldi.

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

The event is expected to host around 60,000 people. It will also be competing for the Guinness World Record for the most people covered in paint at one time.

The giant paint party will return to South Florida’s Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 26 & 27.  For more information, click here.

The full lineup has not yet been released.



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<![CDATA[Ultra Music Festival Will Be 18+ Starting in 2015]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/tlmd_60398_10151398097857739_906673210_n.jpg

Ultra organizers are imposing an age limit starting at next year's electronic dance music festival.

Starting in 2015, Ultra Music Festival will be 18 and over.

Organizers said in an email statement that they value the support from younger fans, but they believe the festival is a "premium event geared towards adults."

"This decision has been made to reinforce and promote the safety of all Ultra Music Festival fans and to ensure the overall enjoyment of all future attendees," the statement reads. "We are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from our younger fan base to date, and we encourage them to attend the festival once they reach the appropriate age."

The organizers encourage younger fans to watch the festival on 'ULTRA LIVE,' the event's free YouTube stream.

Next year's festival will take place March 27-29 at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Pre-registration opens Sept. 15. For more information, visit ultramusicfestival.com.



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<![CDATA[Culture Dura Tour In Miami]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:48:29 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ninasky_j_0001.JPG Remezcla and Mikes' Harder presented Culture Dura, a ten city tour featuring the new wave of Latin Urban Music with a stop in Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[At The Shepard Fairey And Hennessy Collab Celebration]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:20:05 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shep_hen_0001.JPG Inside the celebration of the new Hennessy V.S. Limited Edition bottle designed by Shepard Fairey at Wynwood Kitchen and Walls with the artist. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Pumpkins: From "Food of Last Resort" to Fall Flavor King]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:29:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/451601919.jpg

Fall is in full swing and so is the seasonal menu staple no one can escape: pumpkin spice.

The autumnal flavor, long found in pies, breads, and beers, experienced a boom in popularity in recent decades and is now found in everything from Oreos to dog treats. 

America’s love of the orange squash dates back to the New World, as historian and author Cindy Ott recounts in her book “Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon.” In an interview, Ott explained how the simple pumpkin went from being a “last resort” food to an American favorite. 

When did pumpkins become a part of American cuisine and culture?

Pumpkin is actually the oldest domesticated plant in the new world. It was domesticated in 10,000 BC in Mexico, so it’s older than corn and beans. Indians in America in precolonial times relied on pumpkin for daily sustenance and they had all kinds of special ceremonies — many of them did celebrate pumpkin. But for Europeans, it meant something much different. For them, it was associated with natural abundance like it was for Indians, but then it had connotations of being a symbol of wild nature and cultural backwater. So people ate it when they had to but then they preferred to eat European food, like potatoes and onions and cabbage, when they could.

When did pumpkin move from a food of “desperate times” to say, a seasonal treat?

First of all, all forms of squash and pumpkins are interchangeable, they’re botanically interchangeable—you can crossbreed a zucchini with a field pumpkin and get a mix. It wasn’t until the 19th century that people started distinguishing something as unique pumpkin and then these different stories started developing. Pumpkin was kept in production because it was cheap. Farmers used it for substitute for livestock feed. It was considered a food of last resort for people, associated with the small family farm that wasn’t a part of the big market economy. Just at that same time people aren’t really using it for practical reasons anymore, they’re moving into cities and Americans are getting nostalgic about this old-fashioned farm life. The pumpkin starts appearing in poetry in the mid-19th century and paintings. People start celebrating because they’re nostalgic for that old life of old times and the pumpkin in particular.

Its recent popularity and the obsession with pumpkin flavors has sparked a bit of a backlash. Has America’s love for pumpkin become a joke?

It’s always had these negative connotations. It’s just now because less people are living on the farm that those associations aren’t as negative as they were in the past. There’s a sense still you can make fun of someone for being [a country bumpkin] from rural areas. Ichabod Crane in the 19th century in “Sleepy Hollow,” he’s scared and he’s this silly character and he’s associated with the pumpkin. He thinks it’s this ghost coming to get him, but it’s really a pumpkin head. For a man, a pumpkin head is someone that’s pompous, that’s full of themselves and not so smart. It’s still used in political cartoons. You can see politicians being illustrated with pumpkin heads. 

Does this popularity help or hurt pumpkin producers?

I think it all ties into helping these small family farmers. It’s a niche market for small family farmers, so for example, many small family farmers pulled up their pigsties and put in a parking lot and pumpkin patches because they made more money six weeks out of the year instead of raising hogs.

 

But, why pumpkin? Sales for Starbucks' other seasonal beverages, like the Eggnog Latte, come nowhere close to the company’s sales of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Why the lack of nostalgia there?

There’s really no practical reason for this answer, right? There’s corn, apples, cherries in American culture that have strong folklore traditions but they also have this very practical use. There may be something great about a big apple, about 12 ounces or something, but that doesn’t compare to the world record of a 2,032-pound pumpkin. It’s a very American story. In Germany and France, you go into the markets and now they’re starting to have big slices of pumpkin out there, but there’s no sense of ceremony. It’s just shoved next to zucchini and lettuce.

What’s the most unusual pumpkin hybrid you’ve seen in your research?

There was a Tiffany’s crystal pumpkin key chain that was a pretty good mix of metaphors and association, so that was a pretty funny one. You can have a zumpkin, where you mix a zucchini and a field pumpkin and now there’s a lot of appreciation for these old-time varieties.

 

What’s your favorite pumpkin food?

Your basic Thanksgiving pumpkin pie is probably my favorite recipe. The first time it appeared was in 1796. The first cookbook, “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, was first published in the U.S. That was the first time the pumpkin appeared as a pie and the first time the squash appeared as a vegetable. So I think in terms of flavor and tradition, it’s my favorite.



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<![CDATA[With Some Of Steam Miami's Characters ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:21:53 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/steams_j_0001.JPG A peek at some of the characters at the new Steam nightlife space in Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Back to School Tech Gear: 10 Hot Gadgets for Students]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:27:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/thumb-tech.jpg From tablet convertibles to smart watches and battery charging phone cases, here's a list of top back to school electronics for the season. ]]> <![CDATA[Back to School Tech: Hot Electronic Gear for Students]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:27:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/thumb-tech.jpg

From smart watches to tablet convertibles and a Kindle to download your textbooks, here's what you should know about back to school gear now on the market.

For students going off to college, a laptop computer is a necessity, according to Jordan Crook, a reporter at TechCrunch.

"The best possible computer for a student would be a MacBook Air," Crook said. "It's just the most portable, light-weight thing you can carry around and it's powerful."

However, the latest gear hitting stores this season is an alternative to the everyday laptop — a tablet convertible.

"They call them convertible because they can either be a laptop or a tablet," said Sy Paulson, the general manager of a Manhattan Best Buy.

Tablet convertibles flip to let you "type as comfortably as you would on a traditional laptop."

Paulson recommends the Microsoft Surface, "because it is one of the most powerful and lightweight, and the battery lasts for a very long time."

When it comes to reading for either long-term or nightly assignments, Crook says you can't go wrong with a Kindle Paperwhite.

"It's a great thing for a student to get if you're going be doing a lot of reading. A lot of textbooks can download onto that,"she said. "It'll keep [them] all in one place."

The Kindle Paperwhite is the newest of the Kindle devices and is designed just for reading. The Kindle Fire also allows for using apps and watching TV shows.

For the tech-savvy student who might want to receive social media notifications without pulling out a smartphone in class, Crook recommends the Pebble Steel Smart Watch. The originator of the smart watch trend, Pebble's newest model, the Pebble Steel, beats out competitors with its iOs and Android compatibility, according to Crook.

Another tech-accessory-turned-fashion-statement is a good pair of noise-canceling headphones.

"If you want a home run back to school purchase idea for any student, you're going to go a long way if you pick up a pair of Beats or Bose noise canceling headphones," Paulson said.

But if a student wants their music to fill the room, Paulson recommends portable audio speakers that are battery powered and play through any device with a bluetooth interface.

Good speakers for a student on a study break could include GV Pulse speakers. "As you play it, it lights up, and if you turn the lights off in your dorm room you can make it look like a night club," Paulson explained.

Bluetooth has also allowed printers to go wireless. "You can stick the printer under the bed or in the closet on top of the mini fridge and print from your tablet or your phone or your computer," he said.


 

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<![CDATA[Labor Day Events and Activities in South Florida]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/labor+day+jungle+island+2014.PNG

Attractions and events will be held all across South Florida for Labor Day. Here is our round-up of fun things to do over the long weekend:

Jungle Island: From August 30 - September 1, Jungle Island has $10 Neighbor Days, where everything is $10 each – park admission, aqua park, lemur encounters, jungle tours, and family meal deals. They are also hosting a neighborhood block party with sidewalk chalk activities, DJ dance parties, face painting, hula-hoop competitions and animal encounters. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday - Monday, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. For additional information, visit Jungle Island's website here.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): The museum will be offering free exhibition tours on Labor Day at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. led by museum guides. Visitors who arrive to PAMM by Metromover on Monday will receive free museum admission.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Admission: Adults $12; seniors (62+ with ID), students (with ID) and youth (ages 7-18) $8; members, children (under 6) and Active U.S. Military (with ID) free. Visit the museum's website here for more information.

Marlins vs. Mets: Cheer on the Miami Marlins as they take on the New York Mets on Labor Day.
1:10 p.m. Monday at Marlins Park, 1380 NW Sixth St., Miami; $15-$225. Check out the Marlins website here for tickets.

South Beach Bike Week: The 2nd Annual South Beach Bike Week will take place this year on Labor Day weekend from August 29th - September 1st. The "Biker Village" will feature vendors, a bike show, live music, tattoo artists and entertainment.
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday - Sunday at 10th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. For additional information, visit the event's website here.

Floatopia Miami: Bring floating rafts, inner-tubes, foam noodles, or anything else that floats for Floatopia Miami at South Pointe Park on Miami Beach.
10 a.m. Saturday Aug. 30 at South Pointe Park, 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Visit the event page here for more information.

Rapids Water Park: Rapids is featuring a special Labor Day offer of free unlimited admission through Nov. 2 with purchase of a full-priced admission Saturday through Monday. 6566 N. Military Trail, Riviera Beach. 10 a.m - 7 p.m. For more on the special offer, visit the park's website here.

Butterfly World: The world's largest butterfly park houses more than 20,000 live butterflies from all over the globe, along with hundreds of birds. The theme park is offering a $3 off general admission coupon on their website. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. 3600 W. Sample Rd, Coconut Creek. Click here for the coupon. 

Atlantic Hotel Sunset Party: Enjoy live music, gourmet barbecue and drink specials from Beauty & the Feast on the Atlantic Hotel’s fifth floor oceanfront terrace. Free with RSVP.
Sunday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. To RSVP for the party or for more information, click here.

Flamingo Gardens: The park is hosting their Native Bird Festival, with live bird presentations, aviary tours, and birding tips. Learn more about Florida's wild inhabitants and habitats. Labor Day is a Half-Price Day.
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Rd., Davie; Half-Price Day admission: Ages 12 and up $9, ages 3 - 11 $5, children 2 or younger and members are free. Click here for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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<![CDATA[The Wurst In Brickell]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:39:17 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prost__j_0001.JPG At the celebration and private tasting of the new restaurant Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse in Brickell this week. The new gourmet sausage and beer spot officially opens to the public on Monday. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Zoo Gets Fruit From Flipped Truck]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:16:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/elephant8.jpg

Talk about not letting roadkill go to waste.

The elephants, giraffes and bears at the Oakland Zoo got to nosh on African jackfruit and bananas Wednesday thanks to a overturned big rig that dumped 60,000 pounds of fruit in Livermore near the Altamont Pass earlier in the week.

"The elephants loved it," Brian Deering, president of the nonprofit F.A.I.R. Foundation, told NBC Bay Area. He masterminded the transfer – taking the lightly squished fruit from the side of Interstate Highway 580 and getting about 15,000 pounds of it to the animals at the zoo.

About 35,000 pounds fed humans at the Alameda County Food Bank, and the rest was too badly bruised to be eaten.

The truck is owned by All Seasons Produce in Oakland, which grows fruit in Mexico. Deering knows the owners, who contacted him after the truck tipped early Monday morning to say they didn't want the food to go to waste. He also knows the owners of Save Tow, who schlepped the tropical fruit to the zoo.

Deering's agency, which has roots in Sunnyvale but now is headquarted in Elk Grove, is a nonprofit that connects families in custody battles with material goods, such as cars, dishwashers, computers and food.

Zoo spokeswoman Nicky Mora said there is enough donated fruit for the elephants and bears to dine on all week.



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<![CDATA[Miami Spice Kicks Off ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami+Spice1.jpg

Miami Spice kicks off Friday, heating up for two months of mouth-watering deals at Miami-Dade County restaurants.

Now through September 30th, a number of hot spots from Sunny Isles Beach to Kendall will offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus created by internationally-acclaimed chefs. Lunch starts at $23 and dinner starts at $39.

Read the full list of participating restaurants below: 

Beaches (Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Miami Beach, South Beach/Art Deco District, Sunny Isles Beach)

  • 1826 Restaurant & Lounge
  • 660 at The Angler's
  • A Fish Called Avalon
  • Altamare Restaurant
  • AQ by Acqualina
  • Baires Grill Resto
  • Baoli
  • Bazaar by José Andrés, The
  • Bistro One LR
  • BLT Steak
  • Cafe Prima Pasta
  • Canyon Ranch Grill
  • Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
  • Cecconi's Miami Beach
  • De Rodriguez
  • Dolce Italian
  • Dutch, The
  • Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
  • Fez
  • Fifi's Place
  • Florida Cookery
  • Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar, The
  • Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
  • HaVen South Beach
  • Icebox Cafe
  • IL Mulino NY - Miami
  • Il Mulino NY - South Beach
  • J & G Grill
  • Juvia
  • Katsuya by Starck
  • Khong River House
  • La Cote at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
  • La Gloutonnerie
  • Larios on the Beach
  • L'echon Brasserie
  • Lorenzo
  • Lure Fishbar
  • Macchialina
  • Makoto
  • Meat Market
  • Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
  • Milos by Costas Spiliadis
  • Mister Collins
  • Mr. Chow
  • Oolite Restaurant and Bar
  • Orange Blossom
  • Palm, The
  • Petit Bistro
  • Pied à Terre
  • Porfirio's Restaurant
  • Preston's at The Loews Hotel
  • Pubbelly
  • Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
  • Red the Steakhouse
  • Restaurant Michael Schwartz
  • Rosa Mexicano Restaurant - Lincoln Road
  • Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante
  • Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach
  • Semilla Eatery & Bar
  • Shula's Steak House at The Alexander
  • Smith & Wollensky
  • St. Regis Bar, The
  • SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach
  • Tamara Restaurant
  • Terrazza at Shore Club
  • Texas De Brazil Miami Beach
  • The Restaurant at The Setai
  • Timo Restaurant & Bar
  • Tongue & Cheek
  • Traymore, The
  • Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge
  • Wine Depot 555
  • Yuca

Mainland South (Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Kendall, Key Biscayne, Little Havana, Pinecrest, South Miami Area, Southwest Miami-Dade, Westchester Area)

  • Anacapri on Ponce
  • Angelique Euro Cafe
  • Bellmont Spanish Restaurant
  • BrickTops Restaurant
  • Bulla Gastrobar
  • Cafe Catula
  • Caffe Vialetto
  • Cantina Beach
  • Chart House Miami
  • Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Christy's Restaurant
  • Cibo Wine Bar
  • Devon Seafood + Steak
  • Earls Kitchen and Bar
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
  • Fontana at The Biltmore Hotel
  • Francesco @ The Towers of Key Biscayne
  • Francesco Restaurant Coral Gables
  • Gibraltar
  • Graziano's Bird Road
  • Graziano's Restaurant Coral Gables
  • Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill
  • La Gamba Restaurant
  • La Palma Ristorante & Bar
  • Lazuli Lounge
  • Morton's The Steakhouse -- Coral Gables
  • Novecento Key Biscayne
  • Old Lisbon Sunset
  • Ortanique on the Mile
  • Palme d'Or at The Biltmore Hotel
  • Pascal's on Ponce
  • Peacock Garden Cafe
  • Randazzo's Little Italy
  • Red Fish Grill
  • Rusty Pelican
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Sawa Restaurant & Lounge
  • Seasons 52
  • Shula's 347 Grill
  • SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables
  • Swine Southern Table & Bar
  • Talavera Cocina Mexicana
  • TK's at the Villa Mayfair
  • Two Chefs Restaurant
  • Whitney's Restaurant

Mainland North (Airport Area, Aventura, Doral, Downtown Miami Area, Miami Design District, Miami Lakes, Morningside, North Bay Village, North Miami Area, North Miami Beach, Wynwood Area)

  • 15th & Vine | Kitchen and Bar
  • 94th Aero Squadron
  • Area 31
  • Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room
  • Azul
  • Big Fish Restaurant
  • Bistro BE
  • BLT Prime Miami
  • Bocce Bar
  • Bourbon Steak Miami
  • Capital Grille, The
  • Casabe 305 Bistro
  • Catch Grill and Bar
  • Chef Rolf's Tuna's Seafood Restaurant
  • Chophouse 305
  • Cipriani Downtown Miami
  • City Hall The Restaurant
  • Cypress Room, The
  • db Bistro Moderne, Miami
  • District Miami, The
  • Edge Steak & Bar
  • El'eat
  • Embarcadero 41 Fusion
  • Federal Miami, The
  • Fish Fish
  • Graziano's Restaurant Brickell
  • Il Forno Ristorante
  • La Mar by Gaston Acurio
  • La Montanara Miami
  • La Riviera
  • MC Kitchen
  • Mignonette
  • Morton's The Steakhouse -- Brickell Avenue
  • Morton's The Steakhouse -- North Miami Beach
  • Novecento Aventura
  • Novecento Brickell
  • Oak Tavern
  • Oceanaire Seafood Room, The
  • Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
  • Perfecto Gastrobar
  • Pilar Restaurant and Bar
  • PM Buenos Aires Fish & Steak House
  • Rosa Mexicano Restaurant
  • Seasalt & Pepper Brasserie
  • Shikany
  • Shula's Steakhouse, The Original
  • Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
  • Toro Toro Restaurant
  • Toscana Divino
  • Touché Restaurant & Rooftop Lounge
  • Trapiche Room, The
  • Truluck's
  • Tuyo
  • Wolfgang's Steakhouse -- by Wolfgang Zwiener
  • Zuma

For more, visit ilovemiamispice.com.



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<![CDATA[Mad Decent Block Party: Fort Lauderdale]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:37:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Mad+Decent+Block+Party+2014+133.jpg The 2014 Mad Decent Block Party tour made its first stop in South Florida at Revolution live in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Electronic Dance Music fans jumped to beats of various artists including DJ Snake, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead and more.]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama Style Guide]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:39:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MObamaBike.jpg The first lady proves she's first in fashion.

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<![CDATA[Stores Offer Free Slurpees, Sandwiches and Discounted Doughnuts]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:25:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/slurpeeEDIT.jpg

Who doesn't like free food?

7-11, Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme are offering deals on free snacks, drinks, sandwiches and more. Here are the three you should know about for Friday.

1.Oh Thank Heaven...For Free Slurpees!

Friday is July 11 (or 7-11), and 7-Eleven is giving out free small Slurpees to celebrate. Swing by any 7-Eleven from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to grab a free drink while supplies last.

But that's not all. If you download the 7-Eleven app you can enjoy new freebies every day until July 19. Some highlights include Twinkies, Big Gulps and M&M's.

(Psst... If you miss 7-Eleven day on Friday you can use your app to get a free Slurpee on the 19th!)

2. Cow Appreciation Day

Love Chick-fil-A's "Eat Mor Chikin" campaign? Now you can be a part of it! Dress like a cow and show up to any Chick-fil-A restaurant on July 11 to receive a free meal.

If you are feeling shy about your love of cows, you can dress in partial cow attire and still receive a free entree.

Don't know where to find a cow costume?

Fear not, Chick-fil-A has you covered.

Download and print off a cow costume here.

3. Happy Birthday Krispy Kreme

Most people celebrate their birthday with cake and ice cream, but Krispy Kreme obviously prefers doughnuts!

The chain turns 77 on July 11, and to celebrate they'll give you a dozen glazed doughnuts for .77 cents with your purchase of any dozen doughnuts.



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<![CDATA[6 Celebrity Burger Recipes for July 4th]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:59:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/burger-466024983.jpg

The Fourth of July is an excuse to barbecue as many burgers as you can. Check out these six recipes from celebrity chefs.

Burger: A Simple Tradition
Chef: Daniel Boulud
Secret Weapon: Fresh Ingredients

French chef and international restaurateur, Daniel Boulud, may hold the key to a “perfect” burger. The all-star chef’s technique is simple: keep it simple. “The most important, of course, is meat. Have a good percentage of fat in your burger but not too much, I would say an ideal is 15-20 percent,” Boulud said.

With no tricks up his sleeves, Boulud buys all fresh ingredients for his burger and only uses salt, pepper and oil to season his meat. While his one-inch thick burgers cook on the grill, the chef preps his lettuce, tomato, onions and bun before assembling the perfect hamburger.

Burger: The Piggy Special
Chef: Gordon Ramsay
Secret Weapon: Bacon

When the "Hell’s Kitchen" host isn’t starting kitchen drama with his contestants, the British chef likes to make some good American sliders — calmly. "I travel all over the world, and I spend a lot of time in the States,” he said. “They know how to make a great slider." 

His trick for making his barbecue pork sliders stand out: mixing cooked and chopped pieces of back bacon into the ground pork before grilling. Every bite is guaranteed to be packed with savory pork flavor.

Burger: Classic with a New Crunch
Chef: Bobby Flay
Secret Weapon: Potato Chips

It may be a privilege to “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” but it’s certainly a challenge to beat his burgers.

Flay suggests making a small indentation in the center of the patties so they don't swell up as they cook, "I just make a little well with my thumb in the middle of the burger and then when the burger cooks it actually comes back to shape, otherwise you're going to have this big sort of hump on the burger," Flay said. He cautions at-home chefs to never press down the burgers on the grill. "That’s when you lose all the juiciness," he said.

Flay likes to add a little crunch to his burger by adding potato chips. He even had the word "Crunchified" copyrighted for his restaurant chain, Bobby's Burger Palace.

Burger: Gourmet Salmon
Chef: Martha Stewart
Secret Weapon: Toasted Brioche Bun

 

It’s no shock Martha Stewart can cook about anything, even gourmet-style salmon burgers. These salmon burgers are an ideal substitute for meat or for people without a grill on the holiday. Stewart is generous with her seasoning, telling her audience, “Fish is bland, the salmon has a lovely taste, but it is a mild fish, so dressing it up with a little horseradish and lemon zest helps.”

A toasted brioche roll complements the high-scale restaurant tasting salmon patty.

Burger: Turkey with a spicy kick
Chef: Guy Fieri
Secret Weapon: Garlic butter

The "Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives" star is a professional when it comes to burgers. After tasting a countless number of beef burgers across the country, Fieri knows a good substitute when he sees it.

"Little turkey burger, some pablano pepper, now some caramelized onions and peppers right on top that's what I'm talking about, and talk about healthy-- it's a burger!" Fieri said about his spicy turkey burger.

While this turkey burger has a long list of all-star ingredients, a little garlic butter on the buns subtly ties all the flavors together.

Burger: Welsch Wildcard
Chef: Richard Blais
Secret Weapon: Homemade Rarebit

After taking a trip to London, "Top Chef: All-Star" Richard Blais, makes a crazy and complicated burger remix: the Cheese Fondue Welsch Rarebit Burger. Blais makes his patties square because they are served on toast, like traditional rarebit, instead of buns.

 The namesake ingredient, rarebit, is made with a flour base, Dijon mustard, English dried mustard and Guinness beer. “Guinness beer is going to have a lot of malty flavor to it, going to give it a lot of sweetness, a little bit of bitter on the back pallet—that’s the thing about British food it’s really adult, it puts hair on your chest.”

What better way to celebrate America’s Independence from Britain than eating English food?



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<![CDATA[Buy Heidi Klum's Gorgeous $25M Home]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:31:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/klum1.jpg Heidi Klum is selling her luxurious Brentwood, California estate for $25 million. See photos.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Gets Into Soda Business ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:27:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/edtFizzio_Handcrafted_Sodas_-_Trio%282%29.jpg

Starbucks is adding what it calls handcrafted sodas to its menu to kick off the summer season.

The company will sell three flavors of soda—Spiced Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Lemon Ale— in 16 states, mostly in the South and Southwest, starting on Tuesday, the company announced.

Starbucks will debut the new beverages at stores in Hawaii, parts of California including Los Angeles and San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Utah.

The sodas are made using the company's "Fizzio" carbonation machine. Customers can adjust the amount of “fizz” in each beverage depending on their preferences.

The drinks are made to order and take about a minute and a half to complete, the standard length of time for a Starbucks drink, Fortune Magazine reported.

Starbucks claims the sodas contain no artificial flavors, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.

The price of the sodas wil reportedly vary depending on location. A medium-sized Fizzio soda will cost $2.95 in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times reported. They expect to sell the sodas nationwide by next summer, according to the Times.

Starbucks is also raising prices on Tuesday, with the cost of certain drinks set to go up between 5 and 20 cents. A 20-oz "venti" cup of brewed coffee will jump between 10 and 15 cents, depending on the market, CNBC reported.



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<![CDATA[The Beauty of World Cup Host Brazil in Photos]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:29:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/brazil-AP267961456837.jpg Gearing up for the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, get a glimpse of the people, places and culture of the host city.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Celebs' Latest Summer Looks]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:17:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*240/gabrielle+union.jpg Here's what's hot for summer.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Katharine Hepburn Estate For Sale]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:27:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hepburn+home+old+saybrook+.jpg The former Old Saybrook estate of Katharine Hepburn is back on the market. The asking price is $14.8 million.]]> <![CDATA[Oregon Police Host Orphaned Bear Cub]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 08:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/baby-bear-police.jpg A young boy found an orphaned bear cub on his walk in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. The local police department temporarily took the cub in until its transfer to Oregon State University, before it will eventually find a home at a zoo or sanctuary.

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<![CDATA[Bieber Attending Miami Prom?]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:29:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/182451142.jpg

Everyone who goes to their prom remembers it for the rest of their lives. Students who attend the Miami Senior High School prom next Friday may have the added element of a huge celebrity to their prom night memories.

The buzz at Miami Senior High School is that pop superstar Justin Bieber will be attending the school’s prom next Friday. The rumors of the Biebs coming to the prom hit high gear after a picture of the singer and Yovanna Ventura, a Miami High senior, in Las Vegas and Los Angeles last week were posted to Instagram.

Ventura has more than 250,000 followers on Instagram and when NBC 6’s Christina Hernandez tried to talk to her Wednesday, avoided the camera.

A source at the school told NBC 6 that he has been "approved to attend." The school’s principal and the school board say they have heard the rumors, but nothing is confirmed as of Wednesday evening.

Still, the big question is will he or won’t he?



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<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Popular Dogs in America]]> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:58:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/1cbf1d458442433ebd3e55c84735f351.jpg The 2013 ranking of Most Popular Dogs in America, according to the American Kennel Club. For a record-breaking 23 consecutive years, the Labrador Retriever has taken the #1 spot.

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<![CDATA[Ron Howard Has $27.5 Million House for Sale]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:14:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Ron+Howard+Greenwich+Armonk+house+main.jpg Director Ron Howard's Greenwich house is up for sale.]]> <![CDATA[The World's Most Expensive Desserts]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 07:53:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/threetwins1.jpg Have an extravagant sweet tooth? Take a look at the most spectacular dessert options around the world.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at the Royal Wedding Gown]]> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:57:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/royal_wedding_2014.jpg Catherine Middleton wed her Prince 3 years ago in a spectacular, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen lace gown. Here's a closer look.

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<![CDATA[Miami hosts "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World"]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:40:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/177*120/AP991194326078.jpg

A survey of Caribbean art and history that debuted at three New York City museums two years ago has made its way to its perhaps more natural home in Miami.

"Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" opens Friday at Perez Art Museum Miami. The revised exhibit has more than 180 paintings, sculptures, photographs and art installations — including 50 works not shown in New York. It mixes historical artwork dating to Haiti's revolution with contemporary pieces by living artists from the islands and elsewhere.

Curator Elvis Fuentes has organized the exhibit by theme: the Caribbean's fluid environment, its economic importance, its complex relationship with Europe and the U.S. and its exoticism, a colonial legacy that its artists still face today.

"Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" runs at PAMM through Aug. 17.



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<![CDATA[Fans Mourn Cheo Feliciano on Social Media ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP070907056835.jpg

The death of Puerto Rican singer Cheo Feliciano shocked and saddened lovers of his legendary salsa and bolero music.

Many fans took to social media to share their memories after news broke that the 78-year-old musician was killed in an early morning car crash in an area of San Juan.

The grieving masses online included several Latin music stars.

Marc Anthony offered condolences from his Twitter account, while Ricky Martin tweeted in Spanish, "Rest in Peace, Puerto Rican hero."

For some, the best way to honor his contributions to salsa was to listen to the music that made him a legend.

"Been hearing his music all day," one person said with a screenshot of a playlist. "RIP #cheofeliciano, it wasn’t his time."

See a collection of social media posts honoring Feliciano.

 



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<![CDATA[Baby Squirrel on the Mend in DC]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:22:22 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/squirrel8.jpg

The rehab center that patched up an injured snowy owl in the nation's capital has another cute creature under its care.

D.C. City Wildlife said a baby squirrel was found on the sidewalk after falling 75 feet from her nest.

Wildlife officials said the squirrel — which they believe is a female — suffered a broken ankle. Her leg is now wrapped up in a little red cast.

The squirrel "should heal very quickly," officials said.

Earlier this year, City Wildlife treated a rare snowy owl after it was apparently hit by a bus in D.C. 

The injured owl was taken to the National Zoo before being transferred to the wildlife rehabilitation center. It's now at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, which has expertise in replacing damaged feathers.

 

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<![CDATA[$100 Grilled Cheese Makes Debut]]> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:39:31 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/deca+grilled+cheese.jpg

Gourmet may be an understatement when talking about this new grilled cheese menu item.

Deca Restaurant + Bar, located inside the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, debuted their own deluxe version of the sandwich staple in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month.

The “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese” sandwich features Spanish black iberico ham, Oregon white truffle aioli, heirloom tomatoes lightly drizzled with 100-year-old aged balsamic vinegar, foie gras, a sunny side up duck egg and Wisconsin white cheddar cheese “infused with 24k gold flakes,” according to a release from the restaurant.

It is enveloped in two slices of sourdough bread and served with a skillet of lobster mac.

The $100 sandwich takes “grilled cheese to the next level of decadence,” the company said in the release.

The “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese” special will be served at the restaurant through April 30.



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<![CDATA[Audi A3 Unveiling at The Collection]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:38:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/DSC_02421.jpg The Collection hosted a launch event for the all-new 2015 Audi A3 on Thursday, April 3, 2015. The Audi A3 starts at $29,900.

Photo Credit: World Red Eye]]>