<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:26:07 -0500 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:26:07 -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[Edition Hotel's Dining Experience]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:47:07 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mata_jipsy__0001.JPG At Market and Matador, a dining experience inside the new Edition Hotel in Miami Beach. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Into The Woods In Miami]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:09:40 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/intothe_wood_0001.JPG A sneak preview of Broadway’s Tony-Award winning musical Into The Woods at the Carnival Studio Theater inside the Arsht Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Target Launches New Plus-Size Line]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:51:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/240*120/AVA+VIV+Header.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Sad Monkey at ZWF Miami Gets Comforted by Pal]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:08:30 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012215+comforting+monkeys.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Oreo Dresses Up for Valentine's Day With New Flavor]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/222*120/oreo+red+velvet+1200.jpg

Oreos are dressing up for Valentine’s Day.

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[100 Cases of Beer at Your Door? There's an App for That]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:54:01 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Bud+Light+App.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Delta Makes Flight With 2 Passenger]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Empty-Plane.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[The New Vagabond Eatery In Mimo]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:16:57 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/vagabondfood_0001.JPG We head to the Miami Modern (Mimo) Historical District for the new Vagabond Restaurant & Bar, where they are serving a fresh taste of American, Latin and Asian flavor created by Chef Alex Chang. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[The Lion King Returns]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:47:55 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/circleoflife_0001.JPG The Lion King returns to South Florida for a limited time at the Broward Arts Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[New Mexican Fare on Ocean Drive]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:48:08 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jalap_j_001.JPG Ocean Drive’s newest restaurant, Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen is now open where flautas and margaritas thrive. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Ultra Releases Massive 2015 Lineup ]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:49:41 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/tlmd_60398_10151398097857739_906673210_n.jpg

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

Some of Ultra's headliners include:

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

Additional artists were announced by organizers via social media:

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

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



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<![CDATA[French Bulldog Struggles to Reclaim Bed From Cat]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:04:34 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-07+at+8.33.42+AM.png

It's a dog-eat-dog world.

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

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

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

The video was first noted by Jezebel.


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<![CDATA["Flat White" Added to Starbucks Menu]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/0105-2015-FlatWhite.jpg

The "flat white" is going mainstream.

Starbucks introduced Tuesday its own version of the flat white, a specialty coffee drink popular in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K, but until now relatively unknown in the U.S.

"This coffee connoisseur's choice combines ristretto shots made with Starbucks signature Espresso Roast and freshly steamed whole milk with microfoam, expertly handcrafted for a genuine Flat White experience," Starbucks explains on its website.

It may be hard for some to distinguish between a cappuccino and flat white.

"It’s about two ounces of espresso and covered in four ounces of milk, with less than a centimeter of foam,” said Chromatic Coffee co-founder Otessa Crandell in California's Bay Area. Crandell's San Jose-based shop has until now been one of the few in town to serve a flat white.

Crandell said the hard-to-make drink is similar to a cappuccino or could be considered akin to a condensed latte.

"Incredibly quick in preparation and it also is really delicate so if you stretch it [the milk] even a little bit too much, essentially you have too much foam,” Crandell said.

"You get more of the sweetness from the lactose in the milk, and the sweetness in the espresso really shines through as well,” said Chromatic Coffee co-founder Hiver van Geenhoven.

The flat white has been on Chromatic's menu for more than a year, but few customers have had it.

"If Starbucks is going to launch a flat white, what that means for us is that we're going to get even more customers that are excited to taste something they tried, and they want to taste it elevated even more,” Crandell said.



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<![CDATA[Life in Color Miami: World's Largest Paint Party 2014]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 11:31:34 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/lic__j_0001.JPG Life In Color Miami Festival, “The World’s Largest Paint Party” at Sun Life Stadium. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Bell And Beast Return To Arsht]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:06:16 -0500 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/batb__j_0001.jpg "Belle" and "Beast" reading to local children in celebrations of the return of Beauty And The Beast to Miami and a first look at the recently opened Café at Books & Books at the Arsht Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Prankster Gets Surprise After Giving Homeless Man $100]]> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:03:05 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Homeless-Man-money.jpg

A prankster got a big surprise when he tried a social experiment to see how a homeless person would spend $100.

YouTube star Josh Paler Lin, whose channel has more than 711,000 subscribers, followed the destitute man after giving him the cash.

"It's nice meeting you," Lin said before walking away from the man. "I hope you have a good use for the money."

The man's first stop was a liquor store. He left with several bags and walked to a nearby park.

But instead of liquor, the man pulled food from the bags and proceeded to share it with his fellow homeless.

"My heart was crushed," Lin told "Today."

After seeing what the homeless man -- whose name is Thomas -- did with the money, Lin explained his experiment, apologized and gave him more. 

Lin also set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to help Thomas get off the streets. Donations have topped $75,000.

"People think I changed his life," Lin said, while maintaining that the video was not staged. "For me, it's completely the opposite. I feel that he changed my life."


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<![CDATA[Video of Dancing Dog Goes Viral]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:26:24 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/635549068098100143-Capture.JPG

A clip of a happy, hopping pooch has gone viral.

The video shows a dog dancing in excitement over being picked up at a day care. The YouTube clip has already garnered 2 million views.

Watch the adorable video above.



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<![CDATA[Fashion Trends 2015]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/456371972.jpg Here are some trends you can expect to see next spring.

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<![CDATA[Fashion Trends: 2015's Best Looks]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:09:15 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Inner.jpg

The world of fashion is fleeting and ever-changing. With each season, trends are introduced, reconstructed, and promptly disposed.

This past year, we saw a contrast between the incredibly loud to the impeccably subtle. Within four short seasons we visited the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

As we moved through 2014, we tapped into our inner flower-child, borrowed from the boys, went wild for animal prints, visited the heartland, learned new ways to reveal skin, yet also satisfied seasonal classics like pastels for spring and furs for winter.

Let’s look back at some of the favorite runway looks and trends:

As much as we are enjoying the retrospectives, fashion is very much about the future and 2015 is already shaping up to look like another exciting year for ready-to-wear.

During the recent monthlong parade of shows in New York, Milan, Paris and London, international designers seem to agree on what feels like a definitive message for the Spring Summer 2015 season: 70s chic.

“It was remarkable how much solidarity there was among designers in pushing forward a new look, albeit one that was largely rooted in an aesthetic that was inspired by the easy fashion of the 1960s and a somewhat hippie vibe of the 1970s,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director at InStyle magazine.

Its influence was overarching, evident in the fringes at Proenza Schouler and Alberta Ferretti, flared pants at Derek Lam and Celine, bohemian flowy dresses at Pucci and Etro, fur vests at Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci, and patchwork at Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino.

But, it wasn’t all peace and love on the runways. Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, among others, went for a more utilitarian look with deep cargo pockets, tailored silhouettes, khakis and olive drab — think somewhere between military-chic and safari luxe.

There were also Japanese inspirations, asymmetrical hems, androgynous tailored suits, and denim galore.

Perhaps the most surprising trend to come next spring and summer is the fall staple, leather.

“Certainly 'summer leather' is a new category that looks promising, partly the result of technical advancements that have resulted in lighter weight materials, even perforated leather that feels cooler in warmer months, and partly the result of the fact that spring clothes now go into stores so early that they need to address multiple seasons' weather,” says Wilson.

As we brace the current arctic blasts swathed in cozy sweaters and coats, check out the gallery at the top of the story for a peek at the spring 2015 looks soon to be arriving in stores.


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<![CDATA[Tips for Making Latkes ]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:08:09 -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.



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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.



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<![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 Tracks Santa Delivering Gifts]]> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 07:36:53 -0500 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sb10069274b-004.jpg

No need to trek to the North Pole to find Santa Claus today. A quick trip online will let you track Saint Nick and his sleigh as he makes his annual journey across the globe to deliver presents.

The Santa tracker website and mobile app launched by The North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, is up and running again this year. It went live early Wednesday.

Santa, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer were spotted over Sydney, Australia, Wednesday morning and by shortly before 11 a.m. Eastern Time, had traversed the continent and were heading up Southeast Asia.

By early afternoon, the team had crossed over India and then Pakistan, where most people are Muslim but some parts of society are embracing Christmas, and was traveling north through Russia.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Santa was on his way to Minsk, Belarus, and had delivered more than 2.5 million gifts, according to NORAD. By 5:20 p.m., he was over Germany and had given out more than 3 million presents.

At 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Santa had made his way to Reykjavik, Iceland. St. Nick had delivered over 4 million presents.

Santa was zigzagging back and forth between the U.S. and Canada at 11 PM ET. He had delivered over 5 million presents.

Alaska was the first U.S. state that Santa hit around 4 AM ET.  He then made his way to Hawaii where the first family is vacationing, having already delivered over 7 million gifts. 

He wrapped up with a final stop in Midway Atoll before heading home to the North Pole.

According to NORAD, Santa usually starts his journey at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west.

Historically, he visits the South Pacific first, next New Zealand and Australia, then to Asia, across to Africa and on to Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America.

“Keep in mind, Santa’s route can be affected by weather, so it’s really unpredictable,” NORAD writes. “NORAD coordinates with Santa’s Elf Launch Staff to confirm his launch time, but from that point on, Santa calls the shots. We just track him!”

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.

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.

In addition to watching Santa's progress on the tracker, users can find out Santa's current location by dialing 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by emailing noradtrackssanta@outlook.com.



Photo Credit: Getty Images
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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]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:04:37 -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]]>