<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usThu, 23 Feb 2017 20:15:16 -0500Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:15:16 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 In The Mix]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+In+The+Mix+still+New.jpg ]]> <![CDATA['A Particular Set of Skills': 'Taken' Prequel Set for Debut]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:31:35 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cliveclive.jpg

A man with "a particular set of skills" is heading to a television near you. But it's not Liam Neeson.

“Taken,” a modern-day, nail-biting thriller, follows the story of Bryan Mills in a new television series that takes place 30 years before the movie of the same name. Viewers are introduced to the character before he becomes the world weary fighter made iconic on the silver screen by Neeson, as he just begins his career  as a deadly CIA operative.

The role is portrayed by Clive Standen, who is bringing his own fresh take --and stunts-- to the action-heavy role.

“He’s just an everyday guy with a ‘particular set of skills,’” Standen said. “He’s relentless. He just won’t give up.”

Standen, whose credits to date include runs on the History Channel's "Vikings" along with small roles in films "Everest" and "Hammer of the Gods," insisted on doing the majority of his own stunts for the show, including fight scenes, running and parkour. He believes when a stunt double takes over a scene, the audience loses engagement with the character, since they can only see the character’s back.

“If you can put a camera on an actor’s face, then you start to tell a story through the action and you start to engage an audience,” he said.

After accepting the role Standen spoke to Neeson, who told him the main thing to keep in mind about Bryan Mills is that “his heart is what keeps him going, it’s what gets him up.”

Standen pays homage to Neeson’s portrayal  through his intensity, but says the roles are quite different. He’s excited for “Taken” to debut as “an action show with no fluff,” because in his portrayal of Mills, Standen makes him a “real person.”

“When I watch a TV show, I want to connect with someone who has some kind of humanity,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything that looks larger than life; life is large enough. No one wants to go see ‘action man’ anymore, we want to see life.”

Alexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer, who Standen credited with finding an “amazing cast,” including Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

“Taken” premieres on Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.



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<![CDATA[At PAMM For The Poplife Social 80s Party]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:23:32 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/pammpop_jipsy_0001.JPG Every third Thursday of the month at PAMM, Poplife Presents a social gathering of music, and art with a party on the terrace and a live show. This month was an 80s themed party celebrating artist David Reed’s new exhibition, inspired by the color and drama of the TV classic, Miami Vice. Photos by Jipsy

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<![CDATA[Shopping At The Miami Flea]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/flea_jipsy_0001.JPG With an array of local artisans and cooks, the third Sunday of the month at the Miami Flea is a perfect afternoon to shop, eat and just kick back and enjoy some live tunes as you enjoy some of this cities unique finds. Photos by Jipsy

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<![CDATA[Sweet Liberty, It's Brunch Sundays!]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:46:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/sl_jipsy_00001.JPG Sweet Liberty is now open at noon on Sundays for brunch with bottomless Rosé, creative cocktails and tasty dishes for those on the beach or those visiting Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy

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<![CDATA[Zima Poised for US Comeback]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:47:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/zima.jpg

Get ready to finally peel yourself off of that bar stool you’ve been stuck on since the ‘90s—Zima is making a comeback to coolers in the U.S.

Zima was discontinued in America in 2008, according to Crain’s, but its Chicago-based producer says it’s returning after the success of MillerCoor’s Henry’s Hard Soda line. [[414109233, C]]

"If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear," MillerCoors said in a statement.

Murmurs of the fabled ‘90s-era malt liquor, with its quirky and memorable commercials, began last fall, Crain’s reports, compounded by a MillerCoors Michigan distributor posting a photo of the beverage on Instagram.

Zima is expected to be back in stores and watering holes sometime this year, according to Crain’s.

The company aims to compete with other malt beverage brands, like Smirnoff Ice and Mike's Hard Lemonade.

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<![CDATA[Restaurant Owner Gives Discount for Polite Kids]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/restaurant4.jpg

Antonio Ferrari, the owner of a wine bar in Italy, has picked up a practice that he first noticed while visiting a restaurant in Miami.

His group was given a discount because his friends' children were well behaved. Ferrari has since embraced the move and recently posted on Facebook a photograph of a receipt from his restaurant, Today.com reported.

The caption reads: “It happens so seldom!”



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<![CDATA[For Sale: Bethenny Frankel's $5.25M SoHo Apartment ]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/frankel-apt2.jpg Bethenny Frankel is parting with her luxurious SoHo apartment in New York. The "Real Housewives" star's residence was posted on Tuesday at a whopping $5.25 million.

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<![CDATA[It's a Boy: American Girl Announces 1st Male Doll]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:21:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.jpg

American Girl is getting its first boy character this season, Today.com reports.

Logan Everett, a gray-eyed, brown-haired boy who plays the drums, is an 18-inch doll being released Thursday with Tenney, a female singer-songwriter.

They are part of American Girl's plans to launch dolls with diverse backgrounds, experiences and personalities in 2017, according to a press release. 

"A boy character has been a top request from our fans for decades," Julie Parks, a representative for American Girl, told Today.com.

Some moms have already been changing their 18-inch girl dolls into boys for their sons.



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<![CDATA[George Orwell's '1984' is Headed to Broadway]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:17:07 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1984PlayBroadway.jpg

Sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" have exploded since the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump, with readers turning to the novel to explore the book's "doublethink" concept and portrait of totalitarian government, which many argue has parallels to the new administration's use of "alternative facts."

But for those who can't get their hands on a copy of the 70-year-old novel — or don't have time to read through its 300-plus pages — Broadway's got you covered.

The hit London stage adaptation of Orwell's timely novel will premiere on Broadway this summer, in a limited engagement production set to open on June 22 at the Hudson Theatre.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan jointly wrote the piece, and will co-direct here too. They originally premiered the show in 2013 at the Nottingham Playhouse before transferring it to London's Almeida Theatre, where it had four separate engagements.

So far, "1984" is the first planned production for the 2017-18 Broadway season. Its announcement came days after the novel hit no. 1 on the Amazon charts.

Ticket information and casting is expected to be announced shortly.



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<![CDATA[McDonald's Turns to Chocolate for Shamrock Shake-Up]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:15:18 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/McDonalds_Chocolate_Shamrock-edited.jpg

It's a good day for chocolate-loving leprechauns.

This year, McDonald's St. Patrick's Day-themed Shamrock Shakes are coming in a variety of chocolate flavors, the fast food chain announced.

Along with the familiar, green Shamrock Shake, customers will find Chocolate Shamrock Shake (half mint, half chocolate), Shamrock Hot Chocolate, Shamrock Mocha and Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe on the menu. Each drink has at least a hint of mint.

The Shamrock Shake was first released in 1970, and its sales helped build the first Ronald McDonald house, in Philadelphia, four years later.



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<![CDATA[Hooters Opening Fast-Casual Spinoff Hoots]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:47:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hoots-rendering-edited.jpg

During the first few weeks of January, “New Year, New Me” became a popular mantra. Hooters seems to have taken the words to heart and made good on its New Year’s resolution.

The restaurant chain, known for its scantily clad female employees, has decided to launch a new fast-casual franchise that will still have wings, but fewer breasts.

In an attempt to attract millennial and female diners, the company announced Tuesday that it will open Hoots, where servers will no longer wear the famous skintight Hooters tank-tops and booty-exposing orange shorts. Instead, they’ll have a uniform that includes a “newly designed Hoots shirt” and either shorts or pants, Hoots spokesperson Liz Harmon told the Huffington Post

The eatery will consider employees of both genders, a radical shift from Hooters’ all-female waiting staff. The first Hoots will open outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, in mid-February.

“We selected Chicago as our launch market largely due to the success of our carry-out business in the Chicagoland area,”said Neil Kiefer, Hooters Management Corporation president and CEO.

The first branch will cover about 2,800 square feet, support 30 employees, and have a 75-person capacity. Equipped with a full bar, its menu will serve up Hooters’ greatest hits. 

But are traditional Hooters’ patrons there for the taste or the view? Given the popularity of other “breastaurants” like Twin Peaks, demand for venues like Hooters is clearly still high. Though fast-casual dining is also a growing market, especially among young adults, it remains to be seen whether people will go to Hoots just for the food.

Company higher-ups seem hopeful.

“It is a logical extension of the brand and will provide more people with more opportunities to enjoy our world famous wings,” said Terry Marks, Hooters of America president and CEO. “We have a lot to learn, but we are excited about the potential.”



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<![CDATA['Hamilton' Doubles Number of Daily Lottery Tickets]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:43:16 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/schuyler1.jpg

The renowned Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" has doubled the number of available tickets for its daily lottery.

Those who wish to enter have to fill out an entry form to participate. The lottery was previously expanded last June to 46 tickets a day.

The lucky winners have 60 minutes to purchase the tickets.

The megahit musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton made history last year, earning a record 16 Tony nominations and winning 11 awards.

It also smashed box office records and made an international sensation of creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. 



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<![CDATA[Frito-Lay Looking to Help Stop Drunk Driving With Chip Bag]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:53:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/232*120/012617+tositos+prevent+drunk+driving+bag.jpg

With just over a week to go until Super Bowl 51 kicks off, one major chip brand is introducing a new type of bag that aims to tell you if you're too drunk to drive.

Frito-Lay is debuting its new "party safe" bag for Tostitos chips that comes complete with technology that's meant to act like a Breathalyzer. The company says the alcohol sensor will turn a symbol on the bag red if alcohol is detected, while staying green if none is.

The bag, which is meant to remind people to re-think driving after consuming alcohol, comes as a limited edition, but the UPC codes on nearly all bags of Tostitos chips will give users $10 off an Uber ride on the day the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Feb. 5, at least until 25,000 users enter the code.

The $10 Super Sunday discount was made in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that 40 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2010 were connected to drunken driving.

The aunt and uncle of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker died in a car crash with a drunken driver after he played in the 2013 Super Bowl.

"Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. Thanks to Tostitos and Uber, it's easier than ever to make a safe choice if your plans include alcohol," said Walker, also a MADD volunteer, in a Tostitos news release.



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<![CDATA[McDonald’s to Give Away 10,000 Bottles of Big Mac Sauce]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:30:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/McDs-GettyImages-96324959.jpg

Attention, Big Mac lovers.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, McDonald's will give away 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac sauce to celebrate its new Grand Mac and Mac Jr. sizes.

The twists on the popular menu item -- which features two patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun – offer an even larger and slightly smaller option for diners, McDonald's said.

To get your bottle of Big Mac sauce, head to a participating location around the country and say, "There's a Big Mac for that."

The giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis.



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<![CDATA[Olive Garden Unveils Latest 'Never Ending' Deal]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Olive_Garden_chicago.jpg

Olive Garden is bringing back its “never ending” pasta deal, except this time, it’s upping the ante.

In a new promotion the restaurant chain calls the “next phase in never ending,” Olive Garden is now offering up its “Never Ending Classics.”

Last year, the company known for its free breadsticks said it sold 21,000 Never Ending Pasta Passes, a seven-week pass for endless pasta bowls. The new offer, which starts at $11.99, now includes lasagna, chicken parmigiana, chicken alfredo, fettucine alfredo and spaghetti with meat sauce.

Diners can also mix and match the featured dishes with each refill, according to the company.

"First we introduced unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. Then we debuted Never Ending Pasta Bowl. And now we're excited to give our fans the chance to revel in unlimited helpings of their favorite Olive Garden classics," Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden, said in a statement. "We selected five of our most popular entrees so guests may indulge in as many of their favorites as they want, all at an incredible value."

The offer is available through March 6 and comes with soup or salad and breadsticks.

In previous years, Olive Garden’s pasta passes sold out in minutes, generating considerable publicity for the chain looking to modernize its image. Parent company Darden Restaurants Inc. was still working on turning around the chain's performance last year after its board was taken over by investor Starboard Value.

In November, the company reported its sales had increased by 2.1 percent in the second quarter, “outperforming the casual dining industry benchmarks, especially at Olive Garden,” according to CEO Gene Lee.



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<![CDATA[Your State's Favorite Netflix Original Series Is ...]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:28:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Netflix-GettyImages-464215297.jpg

If you ever found yourself hunkering down under a blanket at home weathering some type of storm, be it physical or emotional, you've probably turned to Netflix for solace at some point.

According to Fortune, more than half of Americans use the streaming service for access to both movies and TV episodes, and in recent years, many subscribers have turned to Netflix originals for some fresh content.

So which binge-worthy series was most likely to be streaming in neighborhoods near you? Cable TV looked at state data from Google Trends in 2016 to identify the top Netflix original series for each state.

New York's favorite original Netflix series last year was "The Get Down," a show about a ragtag group of teenagers running wild in the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s, according to Cable TV's research. 

Streamers in New Jersey, along with Netflix bingers in 13 other states, preferred "Daredevil," while Connecticut viewers streamed "Bloodline" more than any other original series provided by the service.

Click here to see the full methodology and map by state. 



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<![CDATA[IHOP Brings Back 'All You Can Eat Pancakes' ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ihop+GettyImages-84259123.jpg

IHOP is bringing back its “all you can eat pancakes." 

The restaurant chain said the offer, which will be available at any time of day, will continue until Feb. 14. It started Wednesday. 

As part of the deal, customers can order either five “famous buttermilk pancakes” or a short stack of two pancakes with a combo plate of eggs, golden hash browns and a choice of breakfast meats. Once the initial serving is finished, customers can “keep a short stack of two buttermilk pancakes coming again and again until they have had… all they can eat,” the restaurant said.

“Since the moment we opened 57 years ago, our guests have been able to get the perfect breakfast any time of day,” Kirk Thompson, vice president of marketing for the International House of Pancakes, said in a statement. “And now, with the return of All You Can Eat pancakes, one of our most beloved traditions, it’s even easier for our guests and fellow breakfastarians to get their fill of our warm, delicious buttermilk pancakes, morning, noon and night through February 14 — and what better time to end this promotion than Valentine’s Day, when breakfastarians can celebrate their love of IHOP!” 

Pancake eaters can add toppings to their pancake stacks for an additional cost, according to IHOP. 

The offer is available for dine-in only and price and participation will vary, the company said. 

IHOP, which is based in California, has more than 1,600 restaurants across the country and in Canada and Mexico.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years With New S'mores Cookies]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:33:06 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/207*120/smores-cookie.jpg

Girl Scouts cookies fans can look forward to a new flavor that honors an old campfire classic: the s'more. 

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookies, the company has added two s'mores-inspired treats. The ABC Bakers S'mores layers a creme icing and a chocolate coating over a graham cracker wafer. The Little Brownie Bakers version is a "crunchy graham sandwich with creamy chocolate and marshmallow-y filling."

The new flavor pays tribute to the Girl Scouts' history of getting girls outdoors, and of course, enjoying s'mores around the campfire, the organization said in a press release.

The Girl Scouts were one of the first to spread the recipe, publishing it under the name "Some More" in 1925 in a Girl Scout Leader magazine.  

During the six-week 2015-2016 cookie season, girls in the NYC area sold 1,107,524 individual boxes. All proceeds from the annual fundraiser remain within the five boroughs, with $0.65 per box going directly to the individual troop. 

Customers can use the Cookie Locator App to find the nearest booth sale. The upcoming cookie season is set to begin early this spring.



Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas]]>
<![CDATA[The Magic Of An American In Paris In Miami]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 05:18:51 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/amerparis_0001.JPG An exclusive look at the 2015 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical An American In Paris back stage with some of the cast at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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<![CDATA[Brunching On The Terrace At Edition Hotel]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:01:36 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/196*120/brunchmata__001.jpg The Miami Beach EDITION’s al fresco dining area recently launched its weekend brunch designed by Michelin Star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten with “Top Chef” winner and Executive Chef Jeremy Ford at the helm of the kitchen.]]> <![CDATA[News Team Gags on Artichoke Dip Gone 'Terribly Wrong']]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:46:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Global-News-Calgary-artichoke-dip-choke.jpg

Something went "terribly wrong" when one Canadian newscaster made artichoke dip to share with her team, and the noxious results are being seen across the world.

The team at Global News Calgary was sharing holiday recipes last week and traffic reporter Leslie Horton decided to make artichoke dip, according to a clip from the news agency posted to YouTube that's racked up more than 800,000 views since Friday.

The soggy, yellow dip that Horton whipped up gave her co-hosts the jitters, and when Horton passed it around she admitted, "I'm telling you right now, this did not work out."

Only two of her three colleagues were brave enough to find out first-hand.

Meteorologist Jordan Witzel took a big bite and nearly turned green.

"At first I'm like, well, it's not that bad, but the vinegar..." he said.

"But there's no vinegar in there!" Horton replies, before Witzel cuts her off by retching the food into a napkin.

The Global News team took turns laughing and gagging as they wondered what possibly could have turned a holiday artichoke dip so foul. Turns out, Horton improvised a bit when she made the recipe, trading lemon for an orange she had in the house and spicing it with celery salt and oregano.

Anchor Amber Schinkel also took a bite and managed not to bad-mouth the bad-tasting dip, at least until she was asked what she thought of Horton's creation.

"It burns," she said, holding her throat.

That vinegar taste apparently came from Horton's use of pickled artichoke rather than the real thing, she tweeted as the video went viral. Horton took the "#CookingFail" in stride, telling her TV station, "My co-workers’ reactions were priceless" and saying it's a good reminder that the morning news team has its fails, just like their viewers do.

She even tweeted "The Ellen Show" Monday that she's happy to share the recipe, "if you're up for it."

The video jumped as high as #21 on YouTube's trending video page Monday, with under a week until Christmas.



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<![CDATA[What's Your State's Favorite Holiday Movie?]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:29:32 -0500 View the listing. ]]> View the listing. ]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/home_alone_050611.jpg

As the temperature drops, households around the country hunker down in front of their TVs, computers or smartphone screens for a time honored tradition: hot chocolate and little dose of nostalgia.

The holidays aren't complete without the quintessential seasonal flick — whether it’s a classic tearjerker like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or a modern-day comedy like “Elf.”

And while each of us has our own holiday favorite, the state you live in might make you more likely to watch certain films, according a new report from CableTV.com.

The results are based on AMC's top 20 Christmas movies (voted on by viewers), which were then cross-referenced with Google Trends state data from the past decade to see which holiday favorites were most likely to pop up on TVs in different parts of the country.

"Elf," starring Will Ferrell, dwarfs the competition. Many households also tune in to "Home Alone." But beyond the widely popular titles, states’ seasonal favorites appear to say something about our regional differences.

In the southwest, states like California, Nevada and Arizona like to cozy up with Jack Skellington and Sally in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animation, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Across the lower Midwest and some of the South, people enjoy quality time with the Griswolds in “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.” In the sunny southern regions, states prefer "Home Alone." 

Way up north in the ice and snow, New Englanders like to warm up with the classics like "Miracle on 34th Street," "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful life."

"There’s a marked preference for older festive fare that captures Christmases of long, long ago," Cabletv.com's Kaz Weida wrote.



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<![CDATA[Courtney Love And Todd Almond In Kansas City Choir Boy]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:48:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/193*120/loveaac_0001.JPG A look at Kansas City Choir Boy with Courtney Love and Todd Almond now at the Carnival Studio Center in Miami. ]]> <![CDATA[Best Buy Workers Pitch in to Buy Kid a Wii U Console]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:50:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/best+buy+act+of+kindness.jpg

Heartwarming video of an employee at a Long Island electronics store giving a Nintendo console to a boy has gone viral.

The act of kindness was captured at the Valley Stream Best Buy earlier this month after store employees pitched in to buy a Wii U for the boy.

Workers noticed that the boy had been playing the console at the store for weeks. Employee Ken Fernandez gathered some of them together and they put money towards buying the gaming system for him, Best Buy confirmed.

A YouTube video that had amassed some 1.3 million views by Tuesday shows Fernandez giving the stunned boy the Wii U.

“On behalf of all of us here at Best Buy, we got you a Wii so you don’t have to come here every day and play,” Fernandez says in the video.

The disbelieving boy looks on as he sits at the Wii U playing station.

“For real, it’s just for you. It will be your Christmas present, an early Christmas present,” Fernandez says. “You don’t have to be here, you can go home and play.”

Fernandez later dropped off the console and a copy of Mario Kart, which cost around $300, at the boy’s home.



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<![CDATA[Delta Latest Airline to Upgrade Its Snacks]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:14:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/delta-snacks.jpg

If it's true that an army travels on its stomach, will better snacks keep passengers loyal to one airline? 

Delta Air Lines is rolling out new free snacks for customers in the main cabin, including brand-name yogurt bars and pretzels. Some will come in larger portions than before because, Delta has figured out, that's what customers crave. 

The menu move comes about a year after United Airlines brought back free snacks by offering noshes like stroopwafels — a gooey Dutch confection — and better coffee. Earlier this year, American Airlines restored free snacks on domestic flights. 

Airline executives say they're focusing on both big and little things in the battle for customers. 

Delta said Thursday that beginning next week it will retire the airline's brand of peanuts and pretzels and replace them on longer flights with Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Squirrel honey-roasted peanuts and NatureBox yogurt bars. 

Fans of the Biscoff cookies need not fret — those are staying. 

Delta also is testing free sandwiches and other meals in economy on some flights between New York and California.

The company stopped selling food on its flights in 2005, The New York Times reported at the time

For decades, air travelers took it for granted that they would be served meals as part of their ticket price. Airlines gradually took away that perk to save money, but came off looking Scrooge-like. 

Continental Airlines claimed it would save $2.5 million by no longer giving away pretzels in 2011. That year parent United Continental Holdings Inc. earned $840 million. 

Airlines today seem even more financially healthy enough to feed their customers: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. earned $4.5 billion last year.



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<![CDATA[Outrage Sparked on Social Media Over Fake 'Baby Bar' Product]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fisher-price-photo2_blurred-faces-2.jpg

An online backlash over a supposed “happy hour playset” for kids has proven to be misplaced since the item in question doesn’t exist.

After a Facebook user posted a photo Tuesday that showed the set –  complete with bar stools, plastic bottles and featuring what appeared to be the Fisher-Price logo – people began to post messages on the company’s social media pages condemning the product.

The box featured three toddlers, two holding bottles while a third appearing behind the bar.

The hoax debunker website Snopes.com investigated the item and found that it isn’t real.

Fisher-Price also responded with a statement saying the set is “not endorsed, produced or approved.”

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<![CDATA[Target Reissues Menorah Recall Over Fire Hazard Concerns]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:55:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/menorah11.jpg

With Hanukkah several weeks away, Target is reminding customers it has recalled thousands of menorahs because they post a fire hazard.

The clear acrylic menorahs, sold in Target stores nationwide from October 2015 through December 2015 for about $20, can melt when the candles burn, Target says. The company said it has received eight reports of the menorahs melting, including three reports of fire. No property damage or injuries were reported.

The 2,600 menorahs were originally recalled in May, but if customers still have them, they should toss them before the holiday or return them to Target for a full refund. 



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<![CDATA[Ballerina Misty Copeland Launches Dancewear Line ÉGAL]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

Ballerina Misty Copeland, who is known for breaking body stereotypes in the dance world, has launched her line of dancewear apparel.

The prima ballerina has often spoken publicly about her career-long struggle to find dancewear designed for women who have busts, hips and thighs. It from that void that Copeland says ÉGAL Dance was born.

ÉGAL Dance features designs inspired by Copeland's personal style and a desire to provide dancewear that is "truly supportive, appealing and flattering to a variety of body types."

"The ÉGAL woman is looking for high-performance, functional dancewear that is fashionable, durable and most importantly, helps them to achieve their movement goals," says Copeland. "We have shared our garments with both professional and recreational dancers, and early feedback has shown that dancers from dance forms including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and Broadway, have an overwhelming need for this type of leotard."

ÉGAL Dance's initial launch is comprised of the brand's capsule collection including leotards, crop tops, a skirt and a warm-up tunic. Copeland's dancewear line is available exclusively online at www.egaldance.com.

Copeland made history last year as the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Reaching the pinnacle of success as a dancer was only the beginning. The world-renowned ballerina has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.



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<![CDATA[Santa's North Pole Home Listed on Zillow]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:31:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/p_f_Outside_024.jpg Popular real estate marketplace company Zillow added a new property listing to their website just in time for the holidays -- Santa Claus' North Pole house. Maison Krin is described as a "toy-lover's paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres at the North Pole -- perfect for spirited reindeer games." The company priced the home using "comparable homes in remote locations" and "applying a Santa premium," they said in a press release.

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<![CDATA[Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Burger King Ad]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/nd51120735.jpg

Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro are back…for Burger King, that is.

Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez reunited for a commercial for Burger King’s limited-time offering of cheesy tots.

The commerical plays off of Napoleon's love for the cafeteria side dish in the movie. 

"Whoa, are those cheesy tots?” Heder as Napoleon asks Ramirez, before requesting to try one.

He then takes a handful of tots, including one out of Ramirez’s hand, for himself.

“Dang it, those are good,” Heder says.

“Fans have been craving the return of Cheesy Tots for some time now,” Burger King president, North America Alex Macedo said in a statement. “So we wanted to give loyalists a holiday surprise after we heard so many of their requests. Now they’ll be able to warm up to these cozy cheese and potato bites this holiday season.”



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<![CDATA[Save Your Selves This Art Season At Locust Projects]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:37:23 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/188*120/huufercollective_0001.JPG Locust Projects presents Save Your Selves, the first exhibit from Miami-based Huffer Collective.

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<![CDATA[Classic Oreo Cookies Are Now a Candy Bar]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:49:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/milka-oreo-big-crunch-chocolate-candy-bar-today-161114.jpg

Oreo, the chocolate cookie with white icing, is taking its classic taste to candy shelves.

The brand's first candy bar, a Milka Oreo Big Crunch Chocolate Bar, was released Monday and is available at some retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, ShopRite and Albertsons, according to a company statement.

It features a layer of crunchy Oreo cookies between two layers of rich vanilla creme, coated in European Milka chocolate candy, according to Oreo's website

“Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars are a natural progression for Oreo,especially with Mondelēz International’s global leadership position in chocolate and Milka being the No. 1 chocolate candy in Europe," said spokesperson Samantha Greenwood.

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"The combination of these two global powerhouse brands – both of which are known for their delicious taste – has led to a product line that is unique and truly differentiated in the U.S. chocolate candy category.”

Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar will debut in January 2017. It boasts vanilla cream studded with bits of chocolate Oreo cookies, then coated in Milka milk chocolate. Also, an Oreo Choco-Mix Snack Mix Bag will also be available next year.

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<![CDATA[Election Day Freebies and Deals]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/voting-booths-generic.jpg

Americans head to the polls on Tuesday and can come away with more than an "I Voted" sticker. National brands will offer Election Day freebies and deals. Check out some of the specials.

Krispy Kreme
Show your "I Voted" sticker at participating locations and get one free doughnut of your choice. 

7-Eleven
Customers with the 7-Eleven mobile app can get a free coffee of any size at participating stores.

California Tortilla
After casting your vote, enjoy free chips and queso with any purchase at California Tortilla. All you need to say is one of the secret passwords: "I vote for queso," "Make queso great again" or "I'm with Queso."

Bob Evans
The restaurant is offering 30 percent off any dine-in or carryout order after 2 p.m. Get the special coupon here.

Great American Cookies
Show your "I Voted" sticker at participating shops and get one free cookie.

World of Beer
The tavern wants voters to "come together over a pint of common good." Mention the offer to your server on Nov. 8 and receive your first beer for $1.

Uber
Need a ride to the polls? Uber has an in-app feature that helps you find your polling place and lets you request a ride to the location. First-time customers can use the promo code VOTETODAY for $20 off the first ride.

Zipcar
In an effort to #DRIVEtheVOTE, more than 7,000 Zipcar vehicles are free for members to use from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The cars are available in hundreds of cities, towns and college campuses and can be reserved on Zipcar's website or mobile app.

Gold's Gym
Work off Election Day stress with free entry to your local Gold's Gym. Bring your valid "I Voted" sticker on Nov. 8.

eBay
Stock up on candidate figurines, campaign buttons and more. Until Nov. 9, bid on patriotic items in eBay's Cast Your Vote 2016 event.



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<![CDATA[Brunch By The Sea At Burlock Coast In Fort Lauderdale]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:16:20 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/187*120/bruchaft_0001.JPG Costal views of Fort Lauderdale beaches and relaxed vibes at Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits make their brunch a tasty s at The Ritz-Carlton Ft. Lauderdale.

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<![CDATA[Marseilles Hotel Unveils Their New Look]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:51:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/marsa_by_jipsy_0001.JPG Marseilles Hotel in South Beach unveiled its long-awaited poolscape with a backyard-themed bash.

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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Giving Out Free Tacos Thanks to World Series ]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/taco-bell-doritos.jpg

If you’re in the mood for a free taco this afternoon, you’re in luck. And you have the Cleveland Indians to thank for it.

As part of their “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” campaign during the World Series, Taco Bell is offering customers a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, while supplies last.

The fast food giant said they would offer the free treat if someone stole a base during the first two games of this year’s Fall Classic between the Indians and the Chicago Cubs. When Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor came up with a stolen base in Game One, everyone became a winner.

It’s the sixth time the company has done this promotion in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Taco Bell has also given away free tacos during the NBA Finals when the visiting team won a game.

No purchase is required, but Taco Bell says it will deny service to anyone they believe is double dipping for the snack.



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