<![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-usWed, 18 Jan 2017 23:36:20 -0500Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:36:20 -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[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.

Photo Credit: Photo by Jipsy Castillo]]>
<![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.

Photo Credit: Photo by Jipsy Castillo]]>
<![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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<![CDATA[Twins' Adorable Age Discovery]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 20:49:54 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/twins+older+youtube.jpg

A pair of adorable twin sisters from New Jersey delighted in learning that being identical meant they get to look alike — but their reactions quickly diverged when they learned one inevitably had to be the older twin.

The parents of 3-year-old Ava and Alexis, from West Orange, posted video on YouTube last week showing the conversation the girls' mother had with them about what it meant to be a twin. 

"Lexi, what do you think being identical twins means?" the girls' mother Ami is heard asking.

"Adordable!" Alexis replies. 

The girls hug each other as Ava explains that it means they have the same birthday. 

"It also means you look alike," their mother tells them, and the sisters look closely at each other and grin as they confirm that they indeed resemble each other. 

But when their mother tells them that Ava is one minute older, Alexis promptly starts crying.

"But I want to be older!" Alexis says.

"I'm just one minute older," Ava tells her mournful sister, grabbing her chin as she tries to comfort her. "I'm just one minute older, that's it." 

But the tables quickly turn when the girls realize that Alexis is actually the taller twin, by about a half-inch.

"I'm bigger than Ava!" Alexis announced proudly as Ava begins to cry.

Then it's Alexis' turn to hug her sister. 

Ava and Alexis' mother Ami told NBC 4 New York the girls have always been very competitive but that they're also "naturally very affectionate with each other." 

The twins were born six weeks early, weighing 3 pounds, 9 ounces and 3 pounds, 6 ounces, according to their parents. Since they came home at around four pounds, life for dad Justin and mom Ami has been "chaotic but wonderful." 

The family loves going to the park and the playgrounds, and they especially enjoy the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.



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<![CDATA[Obamas Host Last White House Halloween]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:51:39 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103116+White+House+Halloween.jpg

The president and first lady hosted their final Halloween party at the White House Monday afternoon.

The first couple welcomed students from D.C., Virginia and Maryland schools, as well as children of military families, to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.

More than 4,000 people were expected at this year’s Halloween festivities, according to a statement from the Office of the First Lady.

For this year's theme, the White House and surrounding grounds were transformed into A Storybook Journey, which included decorations and performances inspired by classic tales such as "Mother Goose," "Peter Pan," "Alice in Wonderland," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Peter Rabbit."

Students from the Joy of Motion Dance Center led a flash mob to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Obamas joined in from the sidelines, showing off their own "Thriller" moves. 

The president handed out White House Hershey's Kisses while the first lady handed out cookies.

In addition, an assortment of treats were also provided, including White House M&Ms, fruit bars, kettle corn, and Bo and Sunny baseball cards.

"Because you being up all night with a sugar rush is exactly what your parents want," Obama joked. 

The president took mock offense to one trick-or-treater's President Obama costume, which included silver spray-painted hair.

"Is this supposed to be me?" Obama asked. "Man, I'm not that gray yet." 

Want to add some White House style to your own Halloween party? The official White House Halloween press release included the "official" White House Halloween cookie recipe:

  • 1 lb. sugar
  • 2 lbs. butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 lbs. all-purpose flour

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes and allow to cool.



Photo Credit: Mark Wilson, Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[At The Creep And Spooky Symphony In Miami]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:15:38 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/spookysymph_0001.JPG Kids dress up in their cutest costumes and bring their parents out to the Spooky Symphony presented by the Children’s Trust over Halloween weekend to the Knights Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

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<![CDATA[Dead Can Dance At The 22nd Annual SAVE Halloween Ball]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:15:47 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/savehallo16_0001.JPG At SAVE’s 22nd Annual Halloween Ball – Disco De Los Muertos, set inside the Magic City Casino in Miami.

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<![CDATA[Best 'Today' Halloween Costumes]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:16:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kathie-lee-and-hoda-as-regis-and-kathie-lee-tease-today-161031-sm.jpg From iconic figures from the 1990s, to "Star Wars" characters, to the royal wedding, to classic TV shows like "SNL," "Today" show hosts have paid tribute to a wide range of pop culture personas through their Halloween costumes. Click to see some of the best.

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<![CDATA[XTina, Magician and Dragon: Celebs Get in Halloween Spirit]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:19:26 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/halloween_2016.jpg

Celebrities are known for their wild and daring Halloween costumes, and so far this year, they haven't disappointed. 

Over the weekend, many celebs carried on the annual tradition of dressing up and sharing photos on social media of their elaborate, sometimes spooky and occasionally controversial creations.

Take a look at their costume ideas below: 

Katy Perry, Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Kylie Jenner, Christina Aguilera (XTina)

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Beyonce, Salt-N-Pepa

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Kourtney Kardashian, witch

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Lauren Conrad, circus performer

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Hilary Duff, whose costume drew some criticism...

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Especially when standing beside her boyfriend, Jason Walsh.

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Shakira, magician

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Mariah Carey: The singer is dressed as She Devil, holding her son Moroccan, sporting a Mario costume. Carey's ex-husband, Nick Cannon, is dressed as Luigi. He holds daughter Monroe who's wearing a princess costume.

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Joseph Gordon Levitt: Bloody country singer

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Beyonce and Jay Z: Barbie and Ken

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DJ Pauly D, dragon, and Aubrey O'Day, angel

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Tara Reid, Greek goddess

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But it may be John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's baby daughter Luna who taks top prize for the cutest Halloween costume. Teigen has proven that baby Luna has no shortage of adorable Halloween getup. 

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<![CDATA[Little Shop, Little Shop Of Monsters In Miami Beach]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/monsters_by_jipsy_0001.JPG During the month of October, there’s been a surge of little monsters creeping and crawling around on the weekends on Lincoln Road Mall. They all have been created at The Little Shop of Monsters #OnLincoln and we take a look inside the adorable workshop created by Dale Zine, where all you need is to have fun and let your imagination run wild.

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<![CDATA[An Exclusive Chai Rum Dinner At The Ritz]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:12:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/chi_by_jipsy_0001.JPG To celebrate the recent introduction of the restaurant’s nightly rum paired chef tasting menus, on Burlock Coast hosted a one-night only dinner]]> <![CDATA[Inside the Langford Hotel, Pawn Broker & PB Station in Miami.]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:08:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/langfordd_0001.JPG A look inside the modern boutique hotel, The Langford in Downtown Miami. ]]> <![CDATA[Botanical Garden Glows Orange for Halloween]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:58:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Denvers_Botanical_Garden_Glows_Orange_for_Halloween_1200x675_790853187746.jpg Halloween is on display at Denver's botanical garden.]]> <![CDATA[Get Ready for Girl Scout Cookie Cereals, Starting Next Year]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:46:02 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/girl+scouts+cookie+cereal.jpg

Attention all Thin Mints fanatics: Two flavors of Girl Scout Cookies are coming to cereal boxes this winter.

General Mills is teaming up with the Girl Scouts to launch limited edition Girl Scout cookie cereals, the company says.

Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch (you know them as Samoas, in cookie form) are the featured cereal flavors. Starting in January 2017, the Girl Scout cookie cereals will be available nationwide, according to General Mills spokesman Mike Siemienas. 

It will come out as the Girl Scouts mark 100 years of selling their world famous cookies in 2017. 

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From the Girls Scouts website: "It started in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere always do. They had a great idea. The girls of Mistletoe Troop hit upon the clever idea to fund their projects by selling cookies they made themselves in their kitchens at home."

Over a million girls have sold the signature cookies to help teach empowerment and life skills. 

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Photo Credit: General Mills
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<![CDATA[Happy Howl-oween: Pet Costumes Rule!]]> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:44:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PetCostumes-147696710644900001.jpg Halloween is just around the corner, and this year Americans are getting the whole family involved...including their pets.]]> <![CDATA[M&M's Are Getting a New Filling]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:09:11 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452614600mandm.jpg

Your sweet tooth is in for a treat. Mars Chocolate has announced that M&M’s are getting a new filling — caramel.

A video on the M&M's Twitter account said caramel M&M's, with a deep blue package, will be available in May. 

CNN Money reported that it’s the first time the company is using caramel as a permanent filling. M&M has a history of trying out different flavors, and occasionally a new filling, such as peanuts, or pretzels. But a caramel center is very different.

"Caramel is extremely trendy," Vice-President of Research and Development of Mars Chocolate Hank Izzo told CNN. "It's a $2.2 billion flavor segment and the fastest growing segment in food right now. We want to be part of this category."

Izzo also told the news agency it's still getting the manufacturing process ready — hence the monthslong wait.



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<![CDATA[Garage Door's Toothy Halloween Get-Up Goes Viral]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:41:48 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5612846171.jpg

This year, people and pets aren't the only ones getting dressed up for Halloween.

An Ohio woman's video showing her "monster house" decoration has gone mega-viral, with at least 23 million people in under a week watching a garage door adorned with teeth open and close. Complete with eyes on top, the effect is of a massive, fanged, car-eating monster — surely the most fearsome garage on the block.

The video was posted by Facebook user Amanda Destro Pierson, who says in the video's description she's a face painter. In a different video, also posted in Cleveland, she says she works as a product designer at a craft company and that she's hard at work getting a "monster house" kit ready for sales for next Halloween.

The idea appears to be a hit already, at least judging by some of the thousands of comments on Pierson's video that say "let's do this" or "I need this!"

In the meantime, the sudden popularity seems to have caught Pierson by surprise.

"Thank you guys so much for the overwhelming response," Pierson says in one of the videos. "Who would have known that my garage would be so popular?"



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<![CDATA[Illusionist Bring the Magic To Miami]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:46:42 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/191*120/aac_illu_by_jipsy_0001.JPG The world’s best-selling touring magic show, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway, will magically appear on the Adrienne Arsht Center on the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage on October 11th through the 16th, 2016.

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