<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usSat, 02 Jul 2016 03:38:16 -0400Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:38:16 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 In The Mix]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:17:44 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+In+The+Mix+still+New.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Hold the Burgers: Meatless July 4 Grilling Ideas]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:36:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/grilled-veggie-split-thumb.jpg

The Fourth of July barbecue doesn't always have to be about hot dogs and burgers. The holiday is a great excuse to fire up the grill and throw on some tasty veggies that will make you forget about the standard fair. 

Even if you're a meat lover, check out some greener grilling ideas below:

For British celebrity chef and restaurateur, Jamie Oliver, the secret to delicious grilled vegetables is bare-bones simplicity. "Never, ever, ever, in my personal opinion, have I seen a good reason to brush any veg with oil before your grill it," Oliver said. All he recommends is to grill them over wood or charcoal for better flavor, get a good char on them, and to immediately "kiss them with quality extra virgin olive oil" after they're off the heat. Season the vegetables with some salt and pepper and from there they can be used for all types of dishes.

Food blogger and "Today" food contributor, Siri Daly, adds grilled vegetables to whole wheat spaghetti to make a light, summertime main course. Her recipe uses corn and green beans but you can use any vegetable you like. The recipe also works with grilled squash, zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli, she said. The key to bringing it all together though is a ladle of starchy pasta water, which "creates its own sauce" for the dish.

Cara Mangini, author of "The Vegetable Butcher" and the executive chef and owner of Little Eater in Ohio, uses eggplant as the foundation for her grilled eggplant stacks. As much building as it is cooking, the main course is simply stacked layers of grilled eggplant, heirloom tomato, and fresh mozzarella. A walnut basil pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar reduction bring the entire dish together. While on the "Today" show, Mangini offered a tip on how to cut the tomatoes for the dish. She recommends using a serrated knife which helps to keep the vegetable from tearing.

Grilled corn on the cob is a summertime staple but chef Rick Bayless' favorite corn side dish is esquites, a lesser known Mexican street snack. "This is just the epitome of summer," Bayless said. Sweet corn kernels are simmered in a corn cob and corn husk broth along with serrano chiles and a Mexican herb called epazote. When done cooking, the Jame Beard award winner likes to serve the side in a little dessert dish with a dollop of mayo, some crumbled Mexican fresh cheese, and a lime wedge.

Let's not forget about dessert! "Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay has a grilled pineapple dish that should satisfy every sweet tooth. The British chef quickly grills some pineapple wedges to bring out the fruit's natural sugars. He then tops it off with a simple spiced vanilla caramel for an elegant finish.   



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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Giving Away Free Tacos Tuesday]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/1779076_10154087090319697_2553296908979305782_n.jpg

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers won the series, you can thank the Golden State Warriors for being able to score a free taco on Tuesday. 

Taco Bell teamed up with the NBA for a promotion called “Steal a Taco,” which gives fans free tacos if a team "steals" a win on the road. 

The Warriors won against Cleveland in Game 4, and now fans across the country can get a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at participating Taco Bell restaurants. 

To find a Taco Bell near you, visit tacobell.com/StealATaco.

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<![CDATA[INFOGRAPHIC: Doting on Dad, Father’s Day 2016]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-93909607-edited.jpg

Millions of Americans will take some time out of their day Sunday to celebrate Father's Day, spending a projected $14.3 billion in the process. Here are some more fun facts about the gifts U.S. dads can look forward to this year.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Look at the Orlando Shooting]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e122_382_closerlook_20160610_1200x675_705061443828.jpg Host Seth Meyers processes the Orlando shooting over the weekend. He looks at the tremendous amount of support that came out of the violence. Meyers turns to consider the ease with which the shooting suspect bought the weapons used to kill 49 people in an Orlando night club.]]> <![CDATA[Father's Day Gifts That Keep on Giving]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nicelynoted-fathersday-final.jpg There are more subscription services that bring meals and products right to your door than ever before. Here are a few gift ideas that keep on giving long after Father's Day.]]> <![CDATA[Inside Muhammad Ali's Former NJ Villa]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2016 13:38:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/aliauction01+%282%29.jpg Boxing legend Muhammad Ali lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for several years and had a home built. NBC10 got a look at the property. Photos by Sarah J. Glover

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<![CDATA[National Geographic, Hawkeye Huey]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:40:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Hawkeye+Huey.png

Hawkeye Huey, who is still in kindergarten, received his first camera on a trip with his father, National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey.

The Instamatic camera launched Hawkeye's career as a photographer, taking him from Instagram star to the youngest person ever published in National Geographic, the "Today" show reported.

Two years later, Hawkeye is celebrating the release of his first book, "Cowboys Indians Hobos Gamblers Patriots Tourists & Sunsets." It's a fresh take on a classic subject — the American West — and features 120 images from the 6-year-old's many road trips with his father, who describes the book as the product of "true collaboration."


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<![CDATA[Where to Find Free Doughnuts on Friday]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:24:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200539256-001.jpg

National Doughnut Day is on Friday, June 3, which means there are plenty of free doughnuts to be had. 

But the day, also known as National Donut Day, isn't just about stuffing your face with the tasty treats. 

National Doughnut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who mended clothes and served home-cooked meals, including doughnuts, to American soldiers during World War I. The Salvation Army marked the day during the Great Depression as a way to raise money and spread awareness about its social service programs.

Take a look at some of the doughnut deals on Friday:

Dunkin' Donuts
Get a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink at participating stores nationwide. 

Krispy Kreme
Pick up one free doughnut of your choice, with no purchase necessary, at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. The freebie is not available in Connecticut. 

Shipley Do-Nuts
Get one free glazed donut, with no purchase necessary, at the southern chain's participating locations from 5 a.m. to noon.

Entenmann's
Enter the sweepstakes to win free doughnuts for a year and other prizes. No purchase necessary.

Honey Dew Donuts
Get a free doughnut if you purchase any medium or larger drink at participating locations of this New England chain.

LaMar's Donuts
The midwestern chain is giving away one free doughnut "with a hole." No purchase is necessary.

Fractured Prune Doughnuts
Deals vary per location. Visit Fracturedprune.com for your local deal.

Tim Horton's: A National Doughnut Day coupon is good for a half-dozen donuts at the special price of $2.99 and it's valid through July 31, 2016. 

Cumberland Farms
Buy any coffee or a Chill Zone beverage and get a free doughnut, 5 a.m.-10 a.m. 



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<![CDATA[Top 10 Best Beaches for 2016]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_234941245609.jpg Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. Here are the top 10 best beaches in the United States for 2016's list.

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<![CDATA[Tour Famous 'Bond' Lair, Back on Market for $8M]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:07:50 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Elrod+Aerial+3.jpg

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<![CDATA[Nathan's Famous Celebrates 100 Years in Coney Island]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:51:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/187*120/526115294.jpg The Original Nathan's hot dog stand was opened in 1916. 100 years later the famous hot dog establishment lives and thrives!

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<![CDATA['Chewbacca Mom' Breaks Facebook Live Record]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 10:55:58 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chewbacca-mom.jpg

Candace Payne donned a Chewbacca mask in her car while the Internet gaped.

Within hours, it rose to become the most viewed Facebook Live video of all time, with more than 105 million views as of Saturday morning.

The Texas mother's random purchase at her local Kohl's was not expected. In the video, recorded at the store's parking lot, Payne says she was returning some items when she found the mask.

In an phone interview with 'Today,' Payne said: "I feel like I really helped people, and that's all that matters. People reach out to me, and they say, you know, 'I battle depression,' or, 'I haven't laughed out loud since such-and-such event.' And that's been so great. I've only been seeing positive feedback."



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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Debuts Empower Mint]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:50:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/238*120/BenJerrysMint1.gif

Ben & Jerry's wants you to know that democracy is in your hands and the Vermont-based company has launched a new flavor of creamy, chunky goodness churned for the cause.

Empower Mint was introduced in North Carolina Tuesday in conjunction with the launch of the "Democracy Is in Your Hands" campaign to support the NAACP’s get out the vote efforts, protest voter suppression laws, and draw attention to dark money in politics.

Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield attended the event in Raleigh along with Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.

Cohen and Greenfield said in a press release it chose North Carolina to launch the new flavor — mint ice cream with brownie chunks and a fudge swirl— because the state is at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights in the U.S.

"Almost immediately following the 2013 Supreme Court decision invalidating a critical section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina passed a package restrictive voting policies that disproportionately impact black, Hispanic, and younger voters," the founders wrote.

The limited edition ice cream is going to be part of the company’s year-long effort to register at least 30,000 voters. Participating Ben & Jerry's scoop shops across the country will install kiosks to register voters.

It is also urging customers to demand that Congress reauthorize the landmark civil rights legislation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Trucks offering free scoops of Ben & Jerry's will tour North Carolina this summer with information about the campaign and voter registration.

Click here to read more about the campaign.

Click here to find out where you can buy Empower Mint.



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<![CDATA[Latin Music Stars Host Ecuador Benefit Concert]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 05:34:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/051116+ecuador+aqui+estoy+interview.JPG

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16, Latino music stars and celebs are stepping up and saying "Ecuador Aqui Estoy"(Ecuador, Here I am) with an earthquake benefit concert this evening at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

Some of the artists lending their voices for this noble cause are, Riccardo Perotti, Franco de Vita, Chayanne, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maluma, Carlos Vives, Willy Chirino, Amaury Gutierrez, Tommy Torres, Alexis Valdes, Jorge Villamizar, Donato Poveda, CNCO, Mariana Vega, Mirella Cesa with more expected to join this stellar line-up.

Miami resident and Ecuadorian singer Riccardo Perotti in conjunction with the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce were in charge of organizing the event with all proceeds being managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"It’s going to take at least a couple of years until this crisis is over and people can reconstruct their lives," said Perotti. "This is what this campaign is about, it’s a promise that we are going to be here for you."

The "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" campaign also includes an online and mobile donations platform where interested supporters anywhere in the world can make donations if unable to attend any of the "Ecuador Aqui Estoy" concerts.

Fans are urged to show support by join the conversation on Twitter at @ECUAquiEstoy and by using the hashtag #EcuadorAquiEstoy on all social media platforms.

The benefit concert takes place Wednesday, May 11th at 8 p.m. sharp at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

You can purchase tickets at the BankUnited Center box office or Ticketmaster and for more information and donations visit EcuadorAquiEstoy.

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<![CDATA[Budget-Friendly Gifts for Mom]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 17:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520997194.jpg Buying a Mother's Day gift doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. This year, show mom you care with these fun and affordable gifts.

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<![CDATA[6 Best Buys for Mother's Day]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 08:27:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-129308937.jpg

It's time to honor that special woman in your life. Mother's Day is approaching, and whether you are buying for your mother, your wife, or both, consider some inexpensive alternatives or ways to save money on classic Mother's Day gifts.

Flowers – Flowers are a popular Mother's Day present, but you don’t necessarily have to pay flower shop prices. Instead of paying for a vase and the extra arrangement costs, find your own simple vase and make your own arrangement. You can find inexpensive yet beautiful flower bundles at most supermarkets that you can turn into a lovely bouquet on your own. Take the time to find out what types of flowers she prefers and which property is the most important to her (color, appearance, fragrance, etc.) 

Plants/Landscaping – Mother's Day is the perfect time of year to put out most new plants. Farmer's markets and local gardening society meetings/sales can be great places to pick up plants without paying holiday markup at home improvement stores or nurseries. 

Handmade Gifts – A well-thought out handmade gift can be worth far more to your mother than the money you spent. For example, customize a picture frame with sentimental mementoes and insert her favorite family picture. If you are a knitter, make her an afghan or a scarf. An Internet search of "Mother's Day DIY gifts" should spur your imagination and help you find a project that your mother will love within your price range and skill set.

Refurbishing Projects – Does she have a favorite piece of furniture that is in need of repair or refinishing? If it's in your skill set to do so, consider tackling this project. It might be difficult, or unwise, to do this as a surprise, so you may want to make the offer first. 

Hobby Accessories – Does your mother have a favorite hobby such as knitting or gardening — or perhaps she likes to golf or rebuild vintage Chevys? Regardless of her hobby, find subtle ways to find out what accessories she needs. Take an interest in her hobby and you are likely to find a suitable choice. Shop well in advance so you can take advantage of any coupons or sales related to her hobby if you can. 

Gift Cards – Got a hard-to-please mom? Consider gift cards so she can redeem them whenever she wants for whatever she wants.

Mother's Day is chock full of sales, rebates, and coupon opportunities. Make sure you check your local stores, newspapers, and websites/social media for deals related to your choice. 

Whatever you decide to shop for or make, start early. You will generally have the best selection and avoid pre-holiday markups. If you are making a Mother's Day present, starting early gives you a little extra cushion in case you have a mishap. Mom probably won't mind if her homemade gift is a bit late, but why take the chance? 

The most important thing of all is to know your mother's likes and dislikes. It's a good idea to notice potential gift ideas throughout the year and stash them away for future reference. You are more likely to come through with a pleasant surprise that way (but make sure she hasn't already bought the item for herself). 

With a little time and effort, you can make Mother's Day even more special. However, don’t forget to give your mom the most important gift of all — your time and attention. Let her know that you love her and would do anything for her, not just on Mother's Day but throughout the year as well.

This story first appeared on Moneytips.com.

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<![CDATA[Barbie Unveils Misty Copeland Doll]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:41:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MistyCopelandBarbie_3_361778.jpg

Misty Copeland, the first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, now has her very own Barbie doll.

The doll is a part of the Barbie "Sheroes" program, which creates dolls in the likeness of women "who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere," according to Barbie manufacturer Mattel.

Copeland, who joined ABT in 2001 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2015, was intimately involved with the design of the doll.

"I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said in a statement. "It's an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll."

The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland's Firebird costume from her first ABT principal role. She will be reprising that role on May 18 and 19 as part of the company's spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

"Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries," said Lisa McKnight, general manager and senior vice president at Barbie. "As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring women to live out their dreams."

Copeland joins other Barbie "Sheroes" like Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, and Trisha Yearwood, among others.

"The Accidental Feminist" author M.G. Lord has said the Barbie doll was "the most potent icon of American popular culture in the late twentieth century."

The dolls have gone through constant adjustments and iterations to keep up with contemporary views.

The Copeland doll will join an expanded Barbie offering that now includes tall, curvy and petite body types, 22 different eye colors and seven different skin tones. There are also versions of Barbie as an entrepreneur, reflecting the growing number of women in that role.

Mattel said the Copeland Barbie will retail for $29.95 and is available for purchase now.



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<![CDATA[How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 10:22:08 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-471857186.jpg

Year after year, there is a flurry of excitement leading up to the Kentucky Derby, with an endless series of parties and celebrations. It is the one American race that inspires the spectacle and pageantry of a bygone era.

Derby Fashion 

In 1875, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. fashioned the Derby after glamorous European horse races. These races required full morning dress for all who attended. The high society women of the day came to the Derby to debut new spring fashions – especially hats. These women were invited to the race as part of Clark’s strategy to brand the Derby as an upscale event. In the 1960’s television gave women a reason to go all out with their hats, which deepened the “see and be seen” culture.

Unlike the Royal Ascot races, which restrict the size and type of hat for adult women (fascinators are not allowed!), there are no hat restrictions for the Derby. Hats bring good luck to the race, so let your imagination run wild when choosing or creating your hat.

Men also put on their Sunday best for race day, wearing bright, sunny colors, and donning a bow tie and fedora, bowler, or a natty straw Homburg or boater.

Hosting a Kentucky Derby Party 

Invitations reveal the color scheme for your Derby Party, as well as what kind of party it is – a brunch, backyard get-together or formal event. Send your invitations well in advance to give you and your guests plenty of time to plan for race day.

Atmosphere lies at the heart of the Kentucky Derby. In 1904, the red rose became the Derby’s official flower. Any red rose will work, but for authenticity, use red Freedom Roses, known for their rich, bright color in your décor. If you need inspiration for your party’s color scheme, look to colorful jockey silks.

  • Freeze rosebuds inside ice cubes, and use them to fill the champagne bucket. When the Derby winner is announced, pop open the bottle to celebrate!
  • Decorate the bases of wine glasses with miniature hats for the ladies and bow ties for the gents.
  • Fold napkins in the shape of a bow tie, using bright colors that coordinate with your party scheme.
  • Dress up your drink stirrers with miniature hats and bows of ribbon.
  • Use a lavishly decked-out hat as a table centerpiece.

Activities:

Photos — Rent a photo booth for your party, or create a picture perfect backdrop with playful props. Take photos of guests in their race day finery, adding trophies, riding crops, fascinators and clip-on bowties as photo booth accessories. Get some giggles out of your guests with a life-size horse and jockey cut-out for their faces. Make your party’s hashtag part of the display.

Crafts — Little Derby party guests and adults will have fun crafting hats out of paper plates, ribbons and flowers.

Games:

  • Corn Hole is an all-American way to bring guests outside for some competition. Customize your Corn Hole board for the Derby.
  • Put a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey with fun alternatives, like “Pin the Jockey on the Horse” or “Pin the Garland on the Horse.”
  • Play some rounds of Horseshoes to get in the Derby spirit!
  • Play some Derby trivia. 

Prizes — Trivia winners of all ages can receive a virgin “Mint Julep” – pour Junior Mints in a traditional silver mint julep cup, and top it with a sprig of mint.

Tradition  As the horses parade to the gate, sing along to “My Old Kentucky Home” with the band and audience on Television.

Lyrics below:

The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,

Tis summer, the people are gay;

The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom

While the birds make music all the day. The young folks roll on the little cabin floor

All merry, all happy and bright;

By'n by hard times comes a knocking at the door

Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night! Weep no more my lady.

Oh! Weep no more today!

We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home

For the old Kentucky home, far away.



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<![CDATA[2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards Fashion]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*130/billboardgallery17.png Photos from the 2016 Billboard Latin Awards]]> <![CDATA[Billboard Latin Music Awards Rehearsals ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/175*120/billboardlatinmusicawardrehearsals8.jpg The awards will broadcast live on NBC Universal’s sister station, Telemundo, on Thursday from the Bank United Center in Miami preceded by the red carpet show "La Alfombra de Premios Billboard."]]> <![CDATA[Arsht's 10th Anniversary Gala]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:54:59 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/aac10_0001.JPG Inside the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s 10th Anniversary Gala Concert Live cocktail hour with guest and performers of the big night. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Miami's Men Of Style]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:55:27 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/menof0416_0001.JPG Inside the Miami Magazine's celebration on their annual Men of Style Issue, an intimate dinner at the River Yacht Club. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Cracker Jack Replacing Toy Prize With Digital Codes for Mobile Games]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:02:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cracker+Jacks+Prize.jpg

It's the end of era.

The iconic prize found in a bag of Cracker Jacks will be replaced with stickers containing digital codes for mobile games, the company announced Thursday.

Cracker Jack, which is owned by the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, said the company is taking a new approach to their prizes with "baseball-inspired mobile digital experiences directly from the sticker inside."

"The new Prize Inside allows families to enjoy their favorite baseball moments through a new one-of-a-kind mobile experience, leveraging digital technology to bring the iconic Prize Inside to life," Cracker Jack said in a statement.

The new prizes will require fans of the caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts snack to down the Blippar app, available for iOS and Android, and will come in four themes: Dot Dash, Dance Cam, Get Carded and Baseball Star. Cracker Jack will also debut restyled logo and packaging.

The announcement comes as baseball season gets into full swing.



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<![CDATA[Here's How to Live in Disney World]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:03:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/453983795-disney-world.jpg

Ever dreamed of living at Walt Disney World? Today.com may have found your dream-come-true neighborhood.

Located just four miles from the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Golden Oak community is the first-ever area of its kind at the resort, with single-family homes available for whole-ownership purchase. 

Amid a natural conservation area in Orlando, the development covers approximately 980 acres of land featuring both residential and commercial areas, according to a press release. The custom-built houses, which are inspired by old-world Mediterranean and Caribbean architecture, start at a hefty $2 million, and once fully developed, the gated community will have approximately 290 homes. 

Amenities in Golden Oak include golf services, Disney Parks tickets and access to a private 17,000 square-foot clubhouse.



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<![CDATA[Manhattan, Chicago Are Priciest Places to Wed: Survey]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wedding-dress.jpg

Manhattan and Chicago are the two most expensive places to get married in the United States, but the affair will likely cost a pretty penny no matter the location, according to a new survey. 

Couples preparing to say "I do" are spending an average of $32,641, according to wedding blog The Knot, which surveyed nearly 18,000 American brides and grooms in 2015 for its ninth annual report.

The average cost of a wedding is up by more than $5,500 in the past five years, though the overall price swings based on where couples wed, reported the Knot. The Knot surveyed members of TheKnot.com, which claims to represent nearly 80 percent of American brides, and used data exclusively from those who said they wed in 2015.

Four of the five most expensive areas to get married were in the New York Tri-State area, with the average price of a Manhattan wedding costing $82,299. Chicago was the No. 2 priciest at $61,265, followed by New York's Westchester and Hudson Valley region, Long Island and north and central New Jersey.

The most affordable places to get married were: Alaska ($17,361), South Dakota ($18,890) and West Texas ($19,261). 

Still, wedding spending has reached an all-time high, the survey found. Elements that increased the most in the past five years include the reception venue, location of the ceremony and reception band.

While the price of the affair may be on the uptick, couples are finding ways to express their individuality. Twenty-two percent of couples choose a theme for their wedding. Nineteen-percent
of couples also opted to include ethnic and religious rituals.

Couples seem to be spending more on their guests' experience, though the number of guests has shrunk. The average number of guests in 2015 was down 10 to 139, but the cost per guest increased from $194 to $237, as compared to 2009.

One category that has more than tripled is guest entertainment as couples have added unique events, like cigar rolling stations or wine and liquor tastings, to their nuptials.

Though costs and extravagance may be on the uptick, couples seeking a simpler affair may be the true winners. A study from Emory University found evidence that "marriage duration is inversely associated with spending on the engagement ring and wedding ceremony."

University researchers surveyed more than 3,000 individuals in the United States in 2014 who married the opposite sex and are not widowed.

Their conclusions revealed that both men and women associate less spending on the wedding with a longer marriage. Instead, the report suggests high wedding attendance and having a honeymoon, regardless of cost, are more promising indicators of a lasting marriage.



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<![CDATA[Binge Watching Theatre At The Arsht]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:04:41 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/aacdd_0001.JPG The House Theatre of Chicago returns to Miami with the first binge watching theatre experience The Hammer Trilogy, performing at The Carnival Studio Theater inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House at The Arsht Center. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Burger King Releases 'Angriest Whopper' Yet]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 21:44:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Angriest+Whopper.jpg

How much heat can you handle?

Burger King diners can now test their limits with the launch of the company's Angriest Whopper, which sandwiches the brand’s flame-broiled beef patty in a red-colored bun with baked-in spicy sauce.

The fast-food chain's newest burger is a sequel to its Angry Whopper, which "was a hit with guests," according to Burger King's Global Chief Marketing Officer Axel Schwan. Its success led the company to expand upon the spicy creation with the Angriest Whopper.

The burger contains flame-grilled beef, thick-cut bacon, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, crispy onion petals, jalapeños, creamy mayonnaise and "spicy angry sauce" between a fiery, red bun.

"This alarmingly delicious burger is sure to disprove the commonly held belief that a sequel is never as good as the original," the company said in a statement.

This isn't the first time that Burger King has released a burger with a colored bun. In the fall of 2015 the burger company sold the A.1. Halloween Whopper, which featured a black bun and was met with mixed reviews. Axel acknowledged that “The black bun of our A.1. Halloween Whopper created a lot of conversation“ after consumers took to Twitter to express their opinion.

Burger King's Angriest Whopper will be available for a limited time in participating restaurants at the suggested price of $5.49 or $7.49 as part of a combo meal.



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<![CDATA[Shop And Sip Soirée At Viceroy]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:13:31 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/shopa_0001.JPG At Viceroy Miami's final pop-up event, Shop & Sip Soirée with local shops and champagne. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Music And Paradise]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:13:39 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/183*120/rbflow_0001.JPG With plenty of parties during the two weeks of music conferences and music concerts, there are breaks to enjoy and relax in the paradise of friends, food and cocktails before the sunsets. A look inside the party, Paradise Found by Red Bull. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[Do Over At Sidebar]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:11:40 -0400 Jipsy]]> Jipsy]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/sideee_0001.JPG During a quick stop at the popular Do-Over Party held at Sidebar in Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA[At The Smirnoff Sound Collective]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/176*120/smirgale_0001.JPG Dancing during the day is just part of the two week dance showcase events and conference. We are on the rooftop at the Gale Hotel for the Smirnoff Sound Collective Miami. Photos by Jipsy]]> <![CDATA['Married on the Move': Couple Weds on NBC's 'Today']]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:21:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen-Shot-2016-03-24-at-11.56.30-AM1.jpg

One lucky couple got "married on the move" in front of NBC's "Today" show's audience Thursday morning. The "big fat" wedding celebration was in honor of the March release of Universal Picture's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2" movie.

The viewers didn't only watch the wedding -- they planned it. The show held a contest over the past several weeks to pick the lucky couple and all of their wedding details.

Kaitlin Roseman and John West, form suburban Chicago, were selected to celebrate their nuptials in New York City during a live television taping that took them from the "Today" show studio to Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room.

The viewers chose everything from the bride's mermaid gown to the wedding rings. 

Where will they be going for their honeymoon? Greece, of course!


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<![CDATA[The Best Easter Chocolate, as Decided by a Toddler]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:30:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/nbc-news-easter-candy-taste-test.jpg

What's the best Easter chocolate? NBC News asked a 3-year-old who hasn't been allowed to eat that much candy.

For their test, consumer reporter Ben Popken and his son Milo came up with an exacting scientific metric – they would show how much they liked the candy by the width of their hands, and then tabulate the results.

The test soon broke down as Milo spread out his arms their fullest, "this much!" width for every brand they tried.

But they carried on, eventually putting together a taste test score sheet that includes the arm-width metric and factors in giggles.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Chicago River Dyed Green]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:45:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ezgif-1083319463.gif

For more than 40 years, the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers have dyed the Chicago River green to kick off the city's St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration.

The union began dumping dye into the river at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The environmentally friendly dye, an orange powder, turns the water bright green, and the formula is a secret, according to the Chicago Tribune. Forty pounds of powder were used this year.

The river's vibrant color is brief: It typically lasts about five hours before darkening and fading away.

YouTube user PrimoMedia shared a timelapse video of the tradition as seen from the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Other social media users, including Lou Hayes Jr., shared footage of their own.


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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Add Irish Flavor]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:40:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/stpattysfoodtoday-food-al-roker-150313-04.jpg

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw an Irish-themed party full of traditional foods and drinks. 

Simple and authentic flavors are the way to go, experts say, but adding some modern spin will keep your guests asking for more. Take a look at these food and drink recipes that will help you add flavor to your St. Patrick's Day festivities:

Chef Matt Murphy shows "Today" show's Al Roker how to whip up an easy meal of corned beef and cabbage. He also suggests serving a classic Irish dessert, Gur cake, which is a tasty, fig-based pastry. 

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A hearty stew is another great choice for a dinner party. Chef Conrad Gallagher shows Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to prepare a lamb variation that combines authentic taste with modern flavors, like butternut squash and pearl onions. Gallagher says it goes perfectly with a flavorful Irish stout bread.

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Martha Stewart suggests switching out the typical celebratory green beer or Guinness for this scotch and whiskey-based Irish cocktail. Combining the liquors with lemon and bitters, Stewart gives you a simple Celtic mix cocktail that's full of flavors. 

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The more dessert the better! Stewart shows how to make a simple yet authentic recipe for buttery Irish Oatmeal cookies. 

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On celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel DrinksTube, you can can find the perfect recipe to wind down your party. Coffee expert Mike Cooper shows how to make a warm cup of traditional Irish coffee. 

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Photo Credit: Samantha Okazaki/TODAY
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<![CDATA[Ice Cream is the Latest Free Spring Treat]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:54:37 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/469718494-ben-jerrys-free-cone-day.jpg

What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with a sweet treat?

Ben & Jerry's is the latest company to offer up some free goodies with its annual Free Cone Day, set for Tuesday.

The unofficial holiday started in 1979, and the chain gave away more than 1 million scoops last year, according to Ben & Jerry's' Free Cone Day website. A vote on the site put Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as the most anticipated flavor, ahead of Cherry Garcia and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

Dairy Queen, Rita's Italian Ice and 7-Eleven have all ushered in the warmer weather with free or discounted goodies.

7-Eleven honored the Slurpee's 50th birthday by filling customers' cups for just $1.50 on March 18 and 19. 

Rita's Italian Ice marked the start of spring March 20 with its annual Italian ice giveaway, a company tradition for 24 years.  

Dairy Queen dished out free cones for its annual #FreeConeDay, offering free vanilla soft-serve cone. The ice cream chain was accepting donations for kids at children's hospitals in lieu of payment.



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<![CDATA[Shamrock's Good Luck: St. Patrick's Day Quiz]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:44:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_835044505278-st-patricks-day-lede.gif

March 17 is St. Patrick's Day and each year millions celebrate by dressing in green, hanging shamrock decorations and downing a few pints of beer at a local Irish pub. 

More than a cause for good cheer, St. Patrick's Day is in honor of Ireland's patron saint who has inspired parades and festivals across the globe.

This holiday, quiz yourself and your friends on the history behind St. Paddy's Day. 



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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day by the Numbers]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:35:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/stp-GettyImages-163880461.jpg

On March 17, millions of people across the United States, Irish or not, will revel in the celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Here are some numbers that look at the history, the money, and the fun that make up St. Paddy’s. Slainte! 

THE HISTORY:
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  • 255: The number of years the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been held.
  • Over 40 years: The length of time that the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers have turned the Chicago River emerald green for the St. Patrick's Day celebration.
  • 21: The number of years Ireland itself has held a St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

 THE PEOPLE:
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  • 125 million: Estimated number of Americans who plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
  • 35 million: The number of Americans who claim Irish descent.
  • 103 million: Estimated number of people who plan to wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to NRF.
  • 150: The number of bands that will perform in the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 70 percent: Percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, according to NRF.
  • 35 percent: Percent of people 65 or older who plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, according to NRF.  

THE MONEY:
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  • Nearly $500,000: The amount of donations the annual NYC’s St. Patrick's Day Parade has received from donors like Ford Motor Co., Tourism Ireland, Guinness, and more in 2016 as of March 7.
  • $4.44 billion: The amount Americans are expected to collectively spend on St. Patrick's Day in 2016, according to NRF.
  • $39.35: The amount an average American is projected to spend on St. Patrick’s Day-related goods and services, according to NRF.

 THE FUN:
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  • 56.5 percent: Percentage of Americans who plan to purchase food and beverages to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, about double that of the next closest item: clothing. 
  • 111,060: The Guinness Book of World record for the largest collection of four leaf clovers. It belongs to Edward Martin Sr. from Cooper Landing, Alaska.
  • 1970: The year Ireland changed St. Patrick’s Day from a religious to a national holiday, allowing alcohol to be served on March 17th.

Patrick Smith and Daniel Sircar contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Through the Years]]> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:03:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/StPatricksDayDenver1-GettyImages-515121422.jpg Each year, millions of emerald-clad revelers across the U.S. take to the streets to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Whether it's attending New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17-- the oldest and the largest in the U.S.-- or the dyeing of the Chicago River, Americans love to celebrate Irish heritage with lots of green. Take a look at the festivities from past years.

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