<![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 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:30:16 -0500 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:30:16 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 In The Mix]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:06:45 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+in+the+mix.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Tips for Making Latkes ]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:41:00 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/bay-latke-chef.jpg

When it comes to holidays, there's no better recipe than the one you grew up with.

Same is true for latkes.

So, tonight, when Hanukkah begins at sundown, folks around the globe will be firing up the frying pans to create the ultimate potato pancake.

Some began cooking the Hanukkah delicacy even before the Jewish Festival of Lights began.

"We cooked 6,000 yesterday," said Evan Bloom, who co-owns Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco with partner Leo Beckerman. "And we'll probably be making more."

The secret to the Wise Sons latkes? "We try to keep it very simple," Bloom said, adding that the real trick is to squeeze any liquid from the potatoes after grating them, so that they taste "crispy, not soggy."

And of course, he uses oil. Lots and lots of oil.

And although schmaltz, the Yiddish term for rendered chicken fat, was recently touted in the New York Times as gaining a comeback, Bloom said he and his cooks tend to stick with regular cooking oil for their latkes.

"We use schmaltz in a lot of things, like our chopped liver and matzo balls, but not in our latkes. There are so many vegetarians, and so many people are afraid of it."

But there are all sorts of ways to make latkes. Here is a small round-up of some popular latke-making videos.

From upscale (with Parmesan cheese, chives and Tabasco)...

To India-inspired (with carrots and coriander)...

Lest your Bubbe should see, she just sticks to the basics: potatoes, oil, flour, salt and pepper.



Photo Credit: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
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<![CDATA[Merriam-Webster Names Word of the Year]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:52:03 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/27167011.jpg

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture.

The word joins Oxford Dictionaries' "vape," a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and "exposure," declared the year's winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

Merriam-Webster based its pick and nine runners-up on significant increases in lookups this year over last on Merriam-Webster.com, along with interesting, often culture-driven — if you will — spikes of concentrated interest.

In the No. 2 spot is "nostalgia," during a year of big 50th anniversaries pegged to 1964: the start of the free speech movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the birth of the Ford Mustang and the British Invasion heralded by the landing of the Beatles on U.S. soil for the first time.

Nostalgia was followed by insidious, legacy, feminism and a rare multiword phrase that can be looked up in total, in a foreign language at that: the French "je ne sais quoi."

The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary giant filters out perennial favorites when picking word of the year, but does that formula leave them chasing language fads?

"We're simply using the word culture more frequently," said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster. "It may be a fad. It may not. It may simply be evolution."

Sokolowski noted that the reasons words are looked up aren't just about not knowing what they mean. Sometimes, he said, we seek inspiration or a way to check in on ourselves. Of an estimated 100 million lookups on the website each year and a similar number on the company's app, culture enjoyed a 15 percent year-over-year increase.

Percentage-wise, it doesn't sound like much, but the raw number in that stratosphere is large, Sokolowski said. He wouldn't disclose actual numbers, though, citing the proprietary nature of that data for a company still privately held.

Sokolowski is a lexicographer, not a mind reader, so his observations about why any single word takes off in terms of lookups is well-informed but theoretical.

"The word culture's got a cultural story. We have noticed for years that culture has a cyclical spike every year at around Labor Day. That is to say back to school time during the month of September, so we've been watching this word spike at that time for years," he said by telephone from Springfield. "In recent years we've seen similar spikes at the end of semesters during finals."

But traffic throughout the year indicates that culture is a "chameleon," Sokolowski said. "When you put it next to another word it means something very different. For example, 'consumer culture' or 'rape culture,' which we've been reading about lately."

There's the "culture of transparency" in government and business, and "celebrity culture," and the "culture of winning" in sports, he noted. "It's a word that can be very specific, like 'test prep culture,' or it can be very, very broad, like 'coffee culture.'"

One standout reference that caught Sokolowski's eye in The New Yorker's December issue is from a new book, "How Google Works," which includes a description of a software fix by a few engineers that made ads more relevant on the search engine:

"It wasn't Google's culture that turned those five engineers into problem-solving ninjas who changed the course of the company over the weekend," wrote the authors, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former head of product development Jonathan Rosenberg.

"Rather it was the culture that attracted the ninjas to the company in the first place."

Before the word culture exploded, Sokolowski said, "we used to talk about 'society' a lot. Certain groups are taking 'society' out of their names now. It seems to be receding. Part of that seems to be because it's elitist. We're using the word culture more frequently in that place."

Not all lookup spikes are quite that complex. The reason "je ne sais quoi" landed at No. 6, for instance, is "dead simple," he said.

The fast-food drive-in chain Sonic, known for TV spots featuring two goofy dudes eating in a car, had them munching on boneless chicken wings in September.

"I've finally found myself a wingman," goofy guy No. 1 says of the wings he hopes will make him a chick magnet.

"Oh right," sneers goofy guy No. 2, "gonna give you that certain je ne sais quoi."

Responds No. 1: "Jenna said what?"

They mine the word play a couple more times, but you get the picture.

"Since September when this ad came out this word has been close to the Top 10 or in the Top 10 of our lookups almost every single day," Sokolowski said.

Fast-food aside, he called this year's list a relatively sober one.

Insidious, for example, received a bump early in the year when a new trailer was released for "Insidious: Chapter 3," a prequel in the horror film franchise "Insidious," out in June. The word surfaced in a big way again, on Oct. 8, when a Texas hospital released a statement on the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola patient in the United States.

The statement spoke of his courageous battle and the hospital's profound sadness when he "succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola."

Rounding out the Top 10 are innovation, surreptitious, autonomy and morbidity.

"This is a fairly sober list. It was a fairly sober year," he concluded.



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<![CDATA[BBQ Basel Style At Mokai]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:23:46 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/asg__ji_0001.JPG At Miami's artist AHOL's BBQ Basel Bash at Mokai on South Beach. Tattoos, burgers, alligators and street art. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna In Miami]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:06:43 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cirquee14__0001.JPG A look at some of the acts for the latest Cirque du Soleil touring show, Amaluna, which opens on tonight Thursday December 11 and runs until January 25 2015, under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at SunLife Stadium in Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Baseling Around]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:45:49 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/basel14__001.JPG Around during the week Art Basel takes over Miami. From Art Basel to Basel Castle. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[#SantaPhotoFail: Pics of No Good Santa Encounters]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:42:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/01-santafailthumb.jpg It's Christmastime and it's that time of year when you head out with the family and get those beloved pics of the kids with Santa. Except the photos don't always turn out as you hoped.]]> <![CDATA[James Franco Talks Sony Hack on "SNL"]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:02:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/James-Franco-SNL.jpg

James Franco returned to the "Saturday Night Live" stage this weekend, kicking off his opening monologue by addressing the massive hack at Sony, which produced Franco's upcoming movie "The Interview."

"These hackers have leaked real, personal information about everyone who's worked with Sony," the host said. "Soon you'll know that my email is cuterthandavefranco@aol.com, my password is 'LittleJamesyCutiePie,' and this is all a huge invasion of my personal life."

Halfway through the monologue, Franco's friend (and "The Interview" co-star) Seth Rogen shuffled onstage to inform Franco that the hackers released all their personal photos.

"They also released this one of me teaching you how to read," Rogen somberly told Franco. "We were making such good progress, man."

Franco later appeared as Tad Rankin, a man miffed about losing to a four-year-old in a mayoral election.

"Tommy is a little kid!" he howls. "This town needs a mayor who doesn't get ear infections!"

The "SNL" cast spoofed NBC's Thursday-night special "Peter Pan Live!", starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken.

Peter Pan (Cecily Strong) challenged Captain Hook (Franco) to a duel while asserting "his" own masculinity.

"You heard me -- I'm a boy! The most gorgeous, womanly boy with shiny bright eyes and feminine features!" Pan proclaimed, in a sendup of the bright-eyed (and thoroughly female) Williams.

One difference from the original: Tonkerbell (Aidy Bryant), Tinkerbell's puckish half-sister, joined the cast. "Do not boss my ass around, okay, Peter? I work for myself as a reverse tooth fairy -- I fly into kids' rooms, I take a dollar, and I leave one of my own teeth."

Franco lampooned Walken's laconic delivery as Hook, whose singing was limited to monosyllabic grunts while his motley pirates did song-and-dance routines.

In the cold open sketch, Al Sharpton (Keenan Thompson) addressed the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions.

"For the first time in my life, everyone agrees with me," he said. "Folks are high-fivin' with me, invitin' me places -- this must be what it feels like to be Beyonce!"

Sharpton welcomed Peter Dinello (Bobby Moynihan), a spokesman for the Staten Island Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, and asked what it takes for a police officer to be indicted for homicide.

"Well it does happen, Al, but there are very clear rules on this," Dinello said. "The victim must not be resisting arrest, it's best if he's sleeping, and, uh, it helps if he's white."

The political skewering continued during "Weekend Update," as co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che lambasted a grand jury's decision not to indict the two police officers.

"It used to be you said you were racist to get out of jury duty. Now it seems like it's a requirement!" Che said. "These decisions were so bad that I might just stop avoiding jury duty. I might just show up at court and see if they take walk-ins."

Jost piled on: "Please, for everyone's sake, keep the cop trials out of Staten Island," the Staten Island native said. "We're not ready for these complicated modern issues yet. We still arrive in Manhattan every day huddled in a boat."

Joining them at the desk was Weekend Update "relationship expert" Leslie Jones, who documented her experience taking psychedelic mushrooms after joining a dating site for marijuana smokers.

"When I took the mushrooms, I talked to Harriet Tubman for like 2 hours," Jones said. "Have you ever been called a bitch by Harriet Tubman, Jost?" she barked at the bemused co-host.

Kim Kardashan (Nicki Minaj) rounded out Weekend Update, as she tried to give some context to Kardashian's skin-baring photoshoot for Paper magazine.

"Look at this photo. Do you notice anything? There's no background to the photo," she said. Then, as the background changed: "See, it was actually about about getting regular checkups from your gynecologist."

In addition to performing as Beyonce-as-the-Virgin-Mary in the "Jingle Ballerz" sketch, Minaj sang "Bed of Lies" with Skylar Grey and "All Things Go."

"SNL" returns Dec. 13 with host Martin Freeman and musical guest Charli XCX.


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<![CDATA[Target Employee's Black Friday Pep Talk Goes Viral]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:25:29 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/target+credit+card+breach+latest.jpg

Although Black Friday can be a stressful day for bargain-hunting shoppers, it may be even more difficult for retail employees.

That is why a Target electronics department worker in Westminster, Maryland, gave his coworkers an epic pep talk ahead of the shopping holiday, as seen in a video that has gone viral.

"They come here with bargains in their heads, and fire in their eyes!" Scott Simms shouts in the video. "We're more than just a store. This is a team! This is a family! This is Target!"

The speech has been compared to Gerard Butler’s in the 2006 war movie "300,” but others say it is just marketing scheme concocted by the company.

However, Target told “Today” that it wasn’t responsible for the viral video.

"One of our favorite parts of the holiday is watching our entire Target team bring the season to life in their own way,” the retailer said in a statement. “We have long said that Thanksgiving weekend is to retail what a championship game is to sports. Scott is clearly quite a team player." 

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<![CDATA[Lia Sophia Closing Its Doors]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:32:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/LiaSophia11.jpg

The popular direct-sales jewelry retailer Lia Sophia announced Monday it will be closing its doors this month.

“We are so proud of building Lia Sophia over the past 28 years into an outstanding company that has empowered women, and whose jewelry has been a favorite of so many,” creative director Elena Kiam wrote in a blog post on the company's website Monday. “However, given the challenging business environment, we made the painful decision to wind down Lia Sophia in the United States and Canada by December 31, and cease operations by the end of February.”

Kiam’s husband, Lia Sophia CEO Tory Kiam, acquired the business from his father Victor Kiam. Victor Kiam, former owner of the New England Patriots, made a name for himself in the 1980s as president and CEO of Remington Products, famously appearing in commercials coining the slogan, “I liked the shavers so much, I bought the company."

Victor Kiam purchased the retailer in 1986 under its original name Act II Jewelry before renaming it to Lady Remington. Following the entrepreneur's death in 2001, the brand was acquired by his son Tory Kiam and his wife Elena. In 2004 the couple relaunched the brand under the name Lia Sophia.

"Most of all, we're proud to be a family company, and to see the names of our daughters, Lia and Sophia, on every box of our jewelry," the company's website states.

Lia Sophia sold its jewelry through a network of local independent sales representatives, relying on in-home demonstrations and a direct-selling approach similar to the practices of Avon and Tupperware.

An outpouring of messages to the company’s Facebook page from customers and employees expressed a mixture of shock, disappointment and appreciation for the products and jobs the company created during its operation.



Photo Credit: Lia Sophia]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Gingerbread House Fits People]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:31:21 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/giant+gingerbread+house.jpg

Vermont's Woodstock Inn & Resort has unveiled a giant gingerbread house that towers above the rest. The creation of pastry chef Lerome Campbell and his team stands 9 feet tall from its base to rooftop. It's 7 feet long, and has ceilings high enough for most people to carefully stand up beneath.

"We have about 180 pounds of flour in there," Campbell told New England Cable News. "Confectioners sugar? I'm going to say about 150 pounds."

The gingerbread house was about three weeks in the making, Campbell said. It's mostly edible, but is built over a wooden frame. Campbell explained there is so much gingerbread — more than 350 shingles on the roof and 700 bricks on the walls — that it would need a sturdy wooden frame to bear the weight of the gingerbread, icing, and candy.

Campbell said he has worked on even larger gingerbread houses before. At a previous job at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, Campbell said he once helped construct a taller house than the one in Woodstock. "I always shoot for the 'wow effect' in people," Campbell told NECN.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Robin McCluskey, a traveler visiting Woodstock from the Boston area. "It's just wonderful."

"There's no detail spared," added McCluskey's friend, Kate Brown, who was marveling at the giant gingerbread house's windows, trim, and flowerboxes, which are filled with lollipop blooms and shredded wheat soil. "It's just amazing!"

This mansion of the gingerbread house world will be up at the Woodstock Inn & Resort until the start of 2015. Campbell said the wooden frame will be saved for use in future years, as a base over which fresh candy decorations and gingerbread tiles can be applied.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort has a series of Christmas events and outdoor winter activities, like dog sledding, planned for the next several weeks. For more, visit the destination's website.

For additional information on planning a visit to Vermont during the winter, visit the website of the state's Department of Tourism and Marketing and Ski Vermont.



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<![CDATA[Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Tonight]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:08:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/228*120/capitol_christmas_tree.png

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Capitol Hill.

House Speaker John Boehner will light the Capitol Christmas Tree on the Capitol's West Front Lawn at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.

This year's tree, a massive White Spruce, came from Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest and will be decorated with thousands of ornaments made by residents of Minnesota children.

After Tuesday's lighting, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit from dusk until 11 p.m. every day through Jan. 1.

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<![CDATA[NORAD Santa Tracker Launches Ahead of Christmas ]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:42:14 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sb10069274b-004.jpg

Once you've made your Christmas list and checked it twice, you can log online to track Santa Claus as he delivers millions of gifts around the world.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, launched its official Santa tracker website and mobile app Monday.

The latest version of the NORAD Tracks Santa effort, which has been around since 1958, features new games and daily activities, including the opportunity to help name a new elf in the North Pole Village. The #NoradElf challenge was announced in a new video posted to the site.

Santa and his sleigh will have a hard time staying under the radar thanks to the site, which is accessible in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Visitors can watch Mr. Claus prepare for his flight around the world on the day before Christmas, starting at 12:01 a.m MST on Dec. 24. 

Starting at 4 a.m MST that day, trackers can speak with a live phone operator to find out Santa's current location, by dialing 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by emailing noradtrackssanta@outlook.com.



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<![CDATA[Miami's 12th Annual 80's Prom]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:57:14 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/80ss14_jipsy_0001.JPG Some of the characters at the 12th Annual 80's Prom held at Steam, presented by Sweat Records and Vagabonds At Large. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[At The Annual White Truffle Dinner]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:42:55 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/trufff_jipsy_0001.JPG At the Annual White Truffle Dinner at the Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne. Sommelier Jorge Mendoza and Executive Chef Clayton van Hooijdonk presented a five-course white truffle pairing menu with selected wines and freshly gathered white truffle by special guest Fiorenzo Dogliani of Batasiolo SpA winery from Italy. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Find the Perfect Present: Gift Guide 2014]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:28:46 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gift-guide-promo2.jpg
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<![CDATA[Phantom Is Now In South Florida]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:37:45 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/phan__0001.JPG A look at the costumes and the chandelier of The Phantom Of The Opera now at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[New Chef At Pilar in Aventura]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:24:26 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pilli__0001.JPG Introducing the new executive chef Erica Nicholl and her fall menu at Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar in Aventura. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Black Friday 2014 Details]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:36:13 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Macy%27s_Holiday35345.jpg

Get that turkey and stuffing to go, because Black Friday doorbusters are no longer confined to Black Friday. Retailers like Target and Best Buy are starting their Thanksgiving sales even earlier than they did last year—and in many cases, those sales will keep going for days afterward. Here’s how the biggest stores are trying to lure customers away from Thanksgiving dinner and into the checkout line:

Walmart: After years of ever-earlier sales on Thanksgiving Day, the world’s largest retailer has transformed Black Friday into a five-day event. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Wednesday that sales will begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Walmart will roll out sales in stores and online on different categories of merchandise like home goods, toys, and electronics. “This year, we're blowing it out with five days of deals in store and online,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, the company’s chief merchandising officer.

Target: Target is launching its “biggest, most digital Black Friday ever” at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with a range of deals over the weeks leading up to Black Friday. Target, which opened its doors last year at 8 p.m., is also offering free shipping up to Dec. 20. The biggest steal? Target is selling the Samsung Galaxy S5, regularly $200, for one whopping cent each (with a two-year contract).

Best Buy: In an attempt to one-up its retail competitors, Best Buy will kick off its sales at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than the store opened last year. (Best Buy is even handing out tickets up to two hours before the doors open.) As to be expected for an electronics giant, Best Buy’s flagship deal is a 50-inch Panasonic TV for $199.99.

Macy’s: Macy's will kick off its Black Friday sales at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving afternoon, two hours earlier than its opening time last year. The department store's big deals, which last until Nov. 30, are focused on clothes, shoes, jewelry and homewares.

The Holdouts: Many retailers are bucking the Black-Friday-on-Thanksgiving trend. Costco, for one, is giving shoppers a chance to digest their Thanksgiving dinner, saying that its employees “deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families." Nordstrom, Dillard's, Barnes & Noble and GameStop are also closed on Thanksgiving, but are planning Black Friday sales.



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<![CDATA[Nightmare On The Beach]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:43:06 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/littlelih_0001.JPG Another successful and festive Little Lighthouse Halloween Ball, Nightmare On The Beach, filled with sexy cops and ghoulish creatures. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[New Hair Saints In North Miami]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:25:25 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ssamy_001.JPG Inside the new Miami salon Saints -N- Scissors where Amy Miller and her crew play with scissors, color and style. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Tropical Chinese Turns 30]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:23:31 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tropchi_j_0001.JPG Celebrating Tropical Chinese’s 30th year anniversary with friends, family and a taste of some of Miami's favorite dim sum bites. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[The Glass Slipper Is In Miami]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:35:24 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cindd_jipsy_0001.JPG An exclusive backstage peek and a celebration of the South Florida premiere of the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Potos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Dunkin' Donuts Joins "Cronut" Craze]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:26:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/cronut-dunkin-donuts.jpg

Dunkin’ Donuts is joining the Cronut madness, adding a croissant-doughnut hybrid to its own menus.

The company introduced what it's calling a Croissant Donut beginning Nov. 3.

The Cronut craze began last year when Dominique Ansel unveiled the flaky treat at a SoHo bakery in New York City. High demand, which has continued with lines stretching down the street, has inspired multiple knockoffs. 

Dunkin’ Donuts' new treat, like the Cronut, will fuse two favorite bakery items, the croissant and the doughnut. It will have 24 layers of buttery dough, will be crisp on the outside and soft and flaky on the inside, and will be covered in sweet glaze similar to the one used on glazed donuts and Munchkins.

Dunkin's version of the flaky pastry fusion, which the chain doesn't want people to call a "cronut," will cost $2.49 each. That's half the price of Dominique Ansel’s Cronut, but a bit more than the doughnuts the company already sells.

The Croissant Donut will come in its own white Dunkin’ Donuts-labeled box with a clear window, similar to the Cronut, which comes in a yellow gift box.

More than 7,900 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the country will make limited quantities of Croissant Donuts each day for a limited time.

Dunkin's take on the Cronut is that latest of numerous imitations by bakers around the world, including other big chains that also want to cash in on the trend. Jack in the Box came out with a Croissant Donut this summer, and Crumbs Bake Shop also introduced their version called the "Crumbnut" last year.



Photo Credit: Dunkin' Donuts]]>
<![CDATA[Glam and Ghost at the Ball]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:55:52 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/savethedade_jip_0001.JPG Party with the dead at the 20th Annual Halloween Ball by SAVE at the historic Alfred I. DuPont Building. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Check Out "Nature's Best Photography"]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:23:20 -0500 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]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:36:55 -0500 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 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 22:26:00 -0500 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 07:55:22 -0500 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 08:00:34 -0500 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?]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:47:41 -0500 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 11:42:53 -0500 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 11:48:54 -0500 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 14:38:16 -0500 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 08:41:49 -0500 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 07:45:38 -0500 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 12:52:54 -0500 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 10:58:16 -0500 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 17:48:29 -0500 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 19:20:05 -0500 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]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:36:31 -0500 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 18:21:53 -0500 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 07:27:20 -0500 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 07:27:19 -0500 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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