<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usWed, 13 Dec 2017 00:29:36 -0500Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:29:36 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6 In The Mix]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:17:44 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/6+In+The+Mix+still+New.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Inside Elvis and Priscilla Presley's Honeymoon Home]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:45:55 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/knbc-elvis-presley-palm-springs-home-tn.jpg Elvis Presley's honeymoon hideaway in the Southern California desert is back on the market.

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<![CDATA[Toddler's Distress Signal From Mall Santa's Lap Goes Viral]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:47:18 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kerry-spencer-santa.jpg

A mother in Utah taught both of her children to sign using American Sign Language before they could speak. What she didn't expect was for her son to use his skill to communicate that he really didn't enjoy sitting in Santa's lap.

Kerry Spencer told "Today" Parents that she didn't see Samuel's ASL sign for "help" until after the photo was taken.

Her family has been laughing about the picture for years, but this year the Stevenson University professor, now living in Maryland, decided to tweet the photo. It's now gone viral, being retweeted thousands of times.

Spencer told "Today" that, strictly speaking, the sign is "mispronounced." The thumb should be up, not sideways.

"Babies learning to sign often mispronounce words, but it is the sign he always made when he needed help," she said 



Photo Credit: Kerry Spencer | NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[See Inside the $2.5 Million ‘Saturday Night Fever’ House]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:25:40 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/saturday+night+live+house.jpg The Bay Ridge house from the iconic disco film “Saturday Night Fever” is up for sale.

Photo Credit: AP/Ben Bay Realty Co.]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: National Zoo Pandas Tumble and Play in the Snow]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:23:28 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/166*120/5372165463_c280e3e589_z.jpg

After a weekend filled with snowflakes, hibernating and binge-watching - it's back to the daily grind.

Getting some Monday motivation is never easy, but there's one thing that may get you into better spirits: Pandas.

The first snowfall of the season brought more than 2 inches to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest D.C.

Giant panda Mei Xiang showed off her athletic abilities by tumbling down a snowy hill.

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And on Sunday, the zoo posted this video of a red panda and giant panda Bei Bei.

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Now, don't you feel better?



Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution
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<![CDATA[Legendary Toy Store FAO Schwarz to Get New Home in NYC]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:12:28 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56273259.jpg

Two years after it closed its famed location on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is reopening a new store in the heart of Midtown, according to reports.

The iconic toy store will be moving to a new space at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, about eight blocks south of its old location at the General Motors Building on Fifth Avenue, the Commercial Observer reported.

FAO will occupy the 19,000-plus-square-foot space currently home to the NBC Experience Store. NBC is headquartered at Rockefeller Center.

The new store will span the ground floor and mezzanine level at Rockefeller Center, according to the Commercial Observer. Details of the “long-term” lease haven’t been revealed, but the store is set to open in fall 2018. 

FAO was at its 61,000-square-foot flagship location for decades before closing its doors in the summer of 2015. The Fifth Avenue location was featured in many Hollywood movies, including “Big” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

ThreeSixty Group, a provider of branded consumer products to the nation’s largest retailers, announced in 2016 that it had acquired FAO from Toys “R” Us.

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<![CDATA[Bride: UPS Lost My Dream Dress Weeks Before the Wedding]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:58:09 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120517+lost+wedding+dress.jpg

Just weeks before a Virginia woman's wedding, UPS lost the dress of her dreams -- but it looks like this story now has a happy ending. 

Elementary school teacher Mashaell Abedy couldn't believe her luck when she found a deeply discounted lace gown by her favorite bridal designer at a boutique in California.

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"I never imagined I would find a dress like this," she said. "I've been obsessed with this designer since I was an undergrad."

As soon as Abedy put on the Zuhair Murad gown, she started to cry.

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The plan was for the boutique to make alterations and ship Abedy the gown. But it never arrived.

The online tracking for Abedy's dress showed it crisscrossed the country for nearly a month. It started out in California on Nov. 9, made its way to Virginia on Nov. 20 and then was declared lost. The record showed it then was shipped back to California, then to Maryland. Then, on Dec. 4, it was in Illinois.

Abedy estimates she spent two hours per day trying to track down the dress.

"I'd been getting the runaround," she said.

If UPS could find the dress in their Illinois facilities, she volunteered to fly out to get it herself.

"I'll go pick it up. I'll do your job for you," she said.

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The good news is that Abedy got the $5,500 gown insured. The bad news is she said she can't find the same dress anywhere at this same sale price.

"I remain hopeful that I'll get it by my special day. We'll see," she said.

On Tuesday evening, after News4 called UPS, Abedy said she finally got the news she had been waiting for: she said a UPS manager apologized to her and said the dress would arrive in Virginia that night.

The manager promised to personally make sure the dress got to her as soon as possible and even offered to pay for any last-minute alterations. 

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On Wednesday morning, a UPS manager personally delivered the gown -- in a battered cardboard box -- to Abedy's parents' home in Fairfax. 

Congratulations to the happy couple!



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mashaell Abedy
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<![CDATA[How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree]]> Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:00:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Produce_Pete_Christmas_Trees.jpg

Produce Pete explains how to pick the perfect tree and how to care for it when you get home.

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<![CDATA[Jane Fonda Parts Ways With Her Swanky Beverly Hills Pad]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:11:48 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/knbc-jane-fonda-beverly-hills-house-tn.jpg The two-time Oscar winner says she and her partner Richard Perry browsed through more than 30 houses before they purchased the two-story home in the celebrity-rich enclave of Trousdale Estates.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Marc Angeles - Unlimited Style Photography]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: Rockefeller Center Tree Cam]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:08:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rockefeller-tree-plaza-cam-1129.jpg

Watch a live feed of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree around the clock. And, if you missed it, check out some of the best photos from the lighting party below.

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<![CDATA[For $250M, You Could Buy T. Boone Pickens' Texas Ranch]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:18:27 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/188*120/_MG_0845_A.jpg Famed oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens is selling his prized ranch, which covers more than 100 square miles in the Texas Panhandle, for $250 million.

Photo Credit: Mesa Vista Ranch]]>
<![CDATA[Rihanna's Beautiful NYC Penthouse for Sale for $16.95M]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:16:49 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/rihannas+bed+cropped.jpg See inside Rihanna's New York City penthouse as it goes up for sale.]]> <![CDATA[Giving Tuesday: What to Know Before You Donate]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:57:59 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/giving+tuesday+page.png

As thousands prepare to give on Tuesday, officials are warning holiday donors to make sure they aren’t giving their money to scams.

The Better Business Bureau urged donors to research charities before giving to make sure their funds are going to trustworthy organizations.

Here are some tips the consumer watchdog group has offered if you’re looking to donate money to a good cause this Giving Tuesday or holiday season:

Watch out for name similarities. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.

Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.

Be wary of emotional appeals. Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. Always research to verify that your selected charity operates ethically.

Avoid charities that don't disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don't disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Visit Give.org to find out if your selected charity is nondisclosure.

The BBB also notes that it offers in-depth evaluations and charity reports at Give.org.

Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City. GivingTuesday.org lets you search for local organizations here.



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<![CDATA[Beware Store Makeup Samples That May Harbor Harmful Bacteria]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:46:31 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tester-makeup.jpg

Contracting the herpes virus from sampling lipstick at a cosmetics store, as one woman has filed a lawsuit alleging happened to her, is "absolutely possible," according to a dermatologist who spoke to "Today" national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen.

"You can catch the herpes simplex virus from an inanimate object such as lipstick," Dr. Whitney Bowe said.

The Rossen Reports team went undercover at three popular stores, collecting samples of makeup testers with sterile swabs, then sending them to a certified microbiology lab for testing. At all of the stores, some samples came back with harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, two types of bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract that are expelled with feces.

"You could literally be applying and smearing someone else's fecal matter directly onto your lips," Bowe said.

Sephora told NBC News "the health and safety of our clients is our foremost priority" and their "testers are regularly sanitized, replaced and replenished.” They also said they follow "best practices in our stores" and "offer many other ways for clients to test products.” Ulta said, “The health and safety of our guests is a top priority … We encourage and support sanitary trial by offering items like cleansers and disposable makeup applicators....”



Photo Credit: Today
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<![CDATA[St. Nick Trick: USPS Lets Kids Get Replies Mailed From Santa]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:54:58 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/156628983-Santa-Claus-Replies-to-Letters.jpg

Want to give your kids a little extra Christmas magic this year?

Now you can have a reply sent with a postmark from the North Pole to their letter to Santa Claus, through the U.S. Postal Service's Letters From Santa program.

Here's how it works: Kids write their letter to Santa and put it in an envelope, which they can address to Santa Claus at the North Pole. A parent opens the letter and writes a personalized response — the USPS recommends writing it on the back — mentioning their accomplishments from the year like good grades or community service participation.

They put that letter in another envelope and address it to the child, making sure to put the return address as "Santa, North Pole" and adding a first-class mail stamp.

That goes into a larger envelope (the Post Office recommends priority mail flat rate) and send that to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Keep in mind that it all needs to make it to Anchorage by Dec. 15 to be back in time for Christmas.

Read more about the program on this USPS web page.



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<![CDATA[Lines Down NYC Street for Pornhub's Fashion Store Opening]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:58:44 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PORNHUB+DEBUTS+SOHO+-+15554104_WNBC_000000018786536.jpg

New York's Wooster Street is home to some of the world's most coveted luxury fashion brands. But a line down the street on Friday wasn't to get into Moschino or Céline; it was for the fashion pop-up store of a pornography website.

Located in the heart of SoHo — a New York shopping destination — the temporary store sells an array of street wear, books and select gifts.

The line down the street outside the store Friday indicated at least a novel interest in the retail options, although the opening had also promised meet-and-greets with performers from the website.

"I wouldn't really recommend buying the apparel here, but I would recommend stopping by because it's unique and cool," one shopper said.

"But I don't know how great it is to walk around with a big Pornhub logo on your shirt," he added.

In a retail climate where some brick-and-mortar stores are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of online competition, it's unique to see a website opening a physical shop, shoppers pointed out.

A customer who gave her first name as Gill was checking out the store Friday with her friend and boyfriend.

She had heard of the opening on Chinese social media, and said she liked the clothing options on display. "It's really rare to hear of a website opening a pop-up store," she said.

Other shoppers said they were drawn to the pop-up through curiosity. 

Pornhub's debut retail store opened on Black Friday and will run through to Dec. 20. Visitors to the shop must be 18 or older.

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<![CDATA[Need Ideas for Turkey Day Leftovers? Try 'The Gobbler']]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:45:33 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/IMG_05051.jpg

The Thanksgiving feast may be over, but that doesn't mean there isn't any food left to go around.

New York City eatery Made Nice has come up with a recipe for a day-after sandwich that's almost as good as the actual meal.

This is how you can replicate "The Gobbler."

And if you don't have any leftovers left, you can stop by Made Nice Friday before 10 p.m. to pick one up while supplies last.

DIRECTIONS

  • Drizzle olive oil over two thickly cut slices of bread.
  • Toast at 350° for 4 minutes.
  • Shred leftover turkey meat and warm on the stove with gravy over low heat for 3 minutes. 
  • Place stuffing on top of one slice of toasted bread.
  • Top with warm turkey.
  • Finish with cranberry sauce and an extra spoonful of gravy.
  • Place second slice of toasted bread on top and cut in half.



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<![CDATA[Here's What NYC's $76,000 Thanksgiving Dinner Includes]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:22:42 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/most-expensive-turkey-1122.jpg

Think your Thanksgiving spread is going to be extravagant? It's got nothing on one New York City restaurant's turkey day offering.

CNBC reports that The Old Homestead Steakhouse is offering a $76,000 Thanksgiving spread for 10 people, complete with $100 worth of imported oysters, Wagyu beef lollipops that cost $475 per pound, sweet potatoes topped with $1,500 worth of caviar and gravy mixed with a $3,300 bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. 

But that's not all — the meal also comes with four tickets to the Broadway hit "Hamilton," a $7,500 shopping spree, a two-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and a $20,000 watch, so you can always remember the occasion. 

And the meal will, of course, include turkey. If that sounds a little pedestrian, don't worry: The bird is free-range, organic, retails for about $105 per pound and is blasted with $17-per-ounce Italian olive oil and a blend of Middle Eastern spices.

"When you spend $76,000 on a Thanksgiving dinner, you're not just buying dinner," said co-owner Mark Sherry. "You're creating memories."

Sherry adds that two groups have already bought the package, which has been offered at slightly lower price points over the last three years. 

He also told CNBC that the restaurant would offer more traditional Thanksgiving packages that run about $100 per head. 



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<![CDATA[The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Through the Years]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:59:05 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cmscroppedparadetbt.jpg The iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is kicking off the holiday season Thursday for the 91st year in a row.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide: Fun With Tech]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:55:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/188*120/flexi-cam-translator.jpg

Whether we like it or not, technology finds its way into all parts of our lives. From entertainment to health to home security, electronic devices are there to make things sound better, encourage us to do better, or just go out and have fun.

We’ve got a variety of tech devices that could work for a wide range of people on your holiday shopping list. Unfortunately, there are no jet packs yet, but there is something that will make you feeling as if you are flying in space.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700
When it comes to headsets, there needs to be a balance between performance and comfort for gamers who need something for the long play.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 puts both together for a powerful headset that you will want to wear for hours. The 700 for Xbox and PC also uses Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless technology to directly connect to the console, which means no more dongles sticking out of the Xbox.

The 50mm over-the-ear speakers provide clear, crisp sounds in games, letting players feel surrounded by the action instead of just what is in front of them. Turtle Beach has a Superhuman Hearing feature that increases important noises in a game like soft footfalls or a weapon reloading.

For comfort, the 700 is outstanding. They are extremely lightweight and have just enough tension not to feel like your head is being crushed.

Blackout Spark
Whether your gift recipient is a streaming pro or just someone who likes to be heard during their podcast, the Blackout Spark SL from Blue is a great microphone that would thrill any gamer or streamer.

The Blackout Spark is designed for a wide range of recording sessions. The microphone pattern is designed to reduce background noise and is the perfect choice for a single speaker. Filters eliminate computer or console noises, while an inhibitor will help keep voices clear during the most intense battles.

If providing a clear and quality listening experience is key for your recordings, the Blackout Spark will upgrade any streaming rigs or home recording studios. For musicians, the Spark works well with acoustic or electric guitars, drums, wind instruments, pianos, and bowed instruments. Experiment with placement to get the best results.

It has an XLR connector, so you’ll need something to connect directly to a computer. The Icicle converts the XLR to a USB and acts as a pre-amp for the Blackout Spark. It works with Mac and PC computers without hassle, and it doesn’t require driver installations.

Security Cameras With Flair
It seems everyone wants to know what’s going on in their house when they aren’t there. From home security to detect threats to keep an eye on the family pet, internet cameras are becoming more prevalent. But which to choose?

If you want something a little secretive while standing in plain sight, the Canary All-in-One looks like a simple black cylinder but packs a wide range of sensors to keep you in the know about the conditions inside your home.

There is a high-definition camera to capture any movement, an air monitor that lets you know what the temperature and air conditions are like, and a remote-activated siren to frighten unwanted visitors away.

There is no physical installation involved. Just set the Canary on a shelf or table, plug in the power, connect to the internet, and you are done! The companion app lets users watch live with their camera and record video when something happens. It also lets people call for help from the app if they see a situation in their home.

If you want something a little more whimsical, the Minion Flexi Cam provides live video streaming, night vision to catch those nocturnal activities, two-way audio and motion sensor capabilities. However, it also brings a Minion into your house, complete with catch phrases and a bright yellow face.

The camera is small and unassuming. If not for the bright yellow cover, it could very easily be overlooked. However, the look of a Minion isn’t nearly as much fun as the voice of a Minion.

You can have the camera say one of the Minions’ many famous catchphrases from their movies with the push of a button. If you have your own saying, use the microphone’s filter to make your own voice sound like a Minion.

While obviously useful as a security camera, the motion detection can be tuned to record only pet movements. The night vision function also spies on your pets’ activities while you are sleeping.

The flexible mount allows for multiple viewing angles from one location. All monitoring is done through a smartphone app for peace of mind even when away from home.

Vertical Mouse
The trend toward vertical desks was intended to help with posture and alleviate back issues caused by sitting so much. Why not apply that to your computer mouse?

Evoluent offers the VerticalMouse 4, the perfect gift if you know someone who is on the computer and complains about wrist or arm pain. The design of the mouse puts the forearm in a neutral position instead of a twisted position for a normal mouse.

While it might seem a bit weird, the configuration of the buttons makes it very comfortable to use. It is like you are shaking hands with your computer though the VerticalMouse. The six-button design is great for designers or gamers who want to program their mouse for their work.

A small USB receiver plugs into the side of the computer, eliminating wires to the mouse and creating a greater freedom of movement for the user. It is a great gift to show someone you care about their physical well-being.

X-Wing Drone
Any “Star Wars” fan has always dreamed about flying in space in the same T-65 X-Wing fighter that Luke Skywalker used to blow up the Death Star (the first one). Propel’s officially licensed “Star Wars” drones let anyone take control of a X-Wing, TIE fighter, or speeder bike.

Even before you can take to the sky, special packaging majestically plays official music from the movies to herald the arrival of your drone. The box also doubles as a display stand, complete with lighting from below to accentuate the details of the X-Wing.

The power is in the performance of the drone. There are multiple speed settings to get beginners up and running quickly, and hot buttons help pilots before aerial stunts with ease. Auto starting and auto landing help protect your ship during liftoffs and landings.

Pilots can also gather with friends and activate their “weapons” for a virtual dogfight in the sky. Collisions are not encouraged, but the vision of X-Wings and TIE fighters in the air and battling is enticing.

Make sure to adhere to all laws regarding drone flights.

G-Shock S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker
Fitness watches are moving toward looking more like regular time pieces than outlandish wrist tech. G-Shock offers a new look with upgraded technology to help your gift recipient to be stylish and healthy.

The new S Series Ani-Digi Step Tracker automatically keeps track of steps but also offers different display readouts to help anyone keep on pace. A non-active alert keeps people moving toward their goal.

A hand shift feature moves the clock hands out of the way to provide a clean view of the digital health display. However, it is the G-Shock style that makes this more than just a fitness tool.

The watch is water- and shock-resistant with a bright LED light, dual time, daily alarms, stopwatch and full calendar to 2099. It also has a 3-year battery life to keep you charged.

There are four new colors of mint, pink, white and classic black, each with white face accents, in addition to colors associated with military styles, olive green, tan, and dark grey. Other colors from G-Shock’s past are also available.

Interactive Control Dinosaur
Since the Dinobot characters in the “Transformers” cartoons in the 1980s, the merging of dinosaurs and robots has always been a source of joy for kids and grown-up kids. Robotosaur lets you control the action while also providing some autonomous responses all on its own.

The robot that resembles a Tyrannosaurus Rex stands about 10 inches tall and is ready to command. With its remote control, kids can make it move across the floor with spins, shakes, stomps and tail wags. Built-in sound effects help increase the enjoyment.

However, the Robotosaur can get tired, and it will yawn when it is ready for a nap. While in sleep mode, it snores and lets everyone know that the king of dinosaurs needs its beauty rest.

Powered by two AAA batteries, the Robotosaur is ready to make its presence known while remaining under your control. The fun will not go extinct.



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<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Guide: From Video Games to Board Games]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:32:41 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/185*120/Switch_SuperMarioOdysseyEdition_pkg_01.jpg

This holiday season, buying a gift for a gamer has never been easier while simultaneously being tougher because of all the great choices available. From more powerful video game consoles to mysterious board games, anyone who likes to play is bound to have one of these choices on their gift list.

Bundles that package games and specially designed hardware can make shopping easier, and there are some outstanding games that can provide many hours of entertainment.

There are sure to be Black Friday and holiday special pricing for many of these items. Check with your favorite retailers to see the current costs and availability.

‘Minecraft’ Xbox One S Bundle/Xbox One X
Blocky adventures that are only limited by your imagination await in “Minecraft” for the Xbox One, but what if you really wanted to highlight your enthusiasm for the game? The Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle contains everything needed for the would-be world building, including your very own creeper.

In addition to the game, the bundle contains a specially decorated Xbox One S console with a creeper staring at you from the controller. There is also the Redstone graphics pack, which contains skins and textures to add variety to your building efforts, and a vertical stand for the console to show it off properly.

The game, which was the bestselling game for the Xbox 360, can also be played across platforms, including Windows 10, mobile devices, and soon on the Nintendo Switch, so players can play with their friends no matter what devices they have.

If it is more gaming power you seek, the Xbox One X is the more powerful console available right now. With a built-in 4K Blu-Ray player, premium audio through Dolby Atmos, and faster processing and memory for smoother gameplay, the Xbox One X is the perfect gift for someone who wants their games to look and play the best way possible.

While all Xbox games can be played on the new console, some titles will be optimized to take advantage of the additional console features. In addition, any accessories that worked for the Xbox One will work with the Xbox One X.

‘Destiny 2’
“Destiny 2” packs itself with more content, more choices and more time that you are going to sink into a game that hooks you from the start and never wants to let go. Don’t worry. That’s a good thing.

Instead of Light, players will be trying to increase their power levels through the equipment they acquire. There are many ways of gaining new strength, including new public missions, where players collectively work to defeat a very large and complicated foe.

There are new group missions released weekly, and the planetary challenges change often. The mission beacons are still around, offering bite-sized adventures if you are waiting for the next public mission to arrive.

“Destiny 2” continues to find ways to keep players challenged, interested and engaged. New expansions, available through a separate Expansion Pass, will challenge everyone to dive in.

The game is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Nintendo Switch Bundle
It has been a long time since everyone’s favorite gaming plumber, Mario, has had a new adventure to explore. “Super Mario Odyssey” has Mario trying to rescue Princess Peach (yes, again) from the clutches of Bowser, who wants to marry her.

The game features various kingdoms for Mario to travel, exploring new areas and making new friends, like Cappy, a spirit that helps Mario capture opponents or find new pathways. The game is only available on the Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo has made it easy to get everything in one package.

The Nintendo Switch bundle contains the console and dock with red left and right Joy-Con controllers, matching the color of Mario’s hat. There is a digital download for the game, and a special red carrying case featuring Cappy looming over a map of the kingdoms.

It is the perfect selection for anyone who loves Mario and has been waiting for the right moment to get the Nintendo Switch console, which was released in March.

‘Tomb of Annihilation’
Not all games are electronic, and some players actually prefer gathering around a table with friends to enjoy some shared adventures.

“Tomb of Annihilation,” the 5th and latest edition "Dungeons and Dragons" adventure from the talented people at Wizards of the Coast, gives everyone a chance to face a global phenomenon that is forcing the most powerful and influential characters to come face-to-face with their own mortality.

Something or someone has created a curse that will not let dead people be raised and is slowly wasting away those who have been brought back from the dead previously. There will be monsters many players have never faced before, including zombie dinosaurs!

The city of Chult is a beacon of light, color and excitement. The residents are flush with life, enjoying good food and fun. Adventurers will find contact and quests aplenty, but don’t miss the dinosaur races.

The race for the tomb will thrill experienced players but is balanced enough for beginners to also dive in and enjoy solving puzzles, combating enemies and creating their own stories.

‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’/’Assassin’s Creed Origins’
Two games, which on the surface appear to be wildly divergent, are exciting tales of triumph, tragedy and legend set in unique environments. However, “Middle-Earth: Shadow of War” and “Assassin’s Creed Origins“ have very similar features, including hours of adventuring fun.

“Shadow of War” is set in the fantasy universe of JRR Tolkien’s stories of hobbits, rings and monsters. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” draws its storyline from some of the most prominent moments in time during Ancient Egypt.

Both games offer open worlds with plenty of room and quests to explore. The main character uses a sword (or some handheld weapon), a bow and the ability to jump from very high places. In one game you can dominate your enemies, while in the other you can assassinate your foes, but each does rely on stealth for its most effect method of fighting.

There is an entertaining and immersive storyline for players to follow, and there are dozens of side quests to complete and items to collect. Memorable enemies will challenge players.

These are not games that will be finished in an afternoon. These are novels in video game format to be savored and enjoyed while you direct the actions. What story do you want to tell?

Both games are available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

‘Call of Duty: WWII’ PlayStation 4 bundle
“Call of Duty: WWII” takes players into some of World War II's most iconic battles. Then, pair that adventure with a limited-edition PlayStation 4 to really show off your interest in historical warfare with a camouflaged console.

The game features historical combat from the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day, Liberation of Paris and Battle of the Bulge. As a member of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, you will take part in missions along the Western Front in the European theater.

The gameplay aims to be more realistic with more accurate movement options from real soldiers, and a health system that relies on your squadmates, instead of regeneration, to keep you on your feet.

The limited-edition PlayStation4 has a camo-styled exterior for the console as well as the DualShock 4 controller. Despite the attempts at hiding, the PlayStation4 will stand out and makes for a great conversation starter as well as a powerful gaming device.

The bundle is available now with both the decorated PS4 and the game included.

'Betrayal at Baldur's Gate'
"Betrayal" is a word often used during "Dungeons & Dragons" gameplay. Whether setting up for an adventure or waiting for that rogue to finally go all-in against the party, betrayal makes perfect sense for a brand new board game featuring the thrill of D&D combined with one of the best horror board games ever.

“Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate” puts players into that iconic city to survive the threats and encounters that abound in Baldur’s Gate. It seems pretty straight forward, until an evil turns player against player and changes the dynamic of what survival really means.

Based off the “Betrayal at House on the Hill” gameplay, adventurers will have changing scenarios, monsters, location tiles and more to help them create a singular adventure in the new board game.

Stocking Stuffer
If you need just a little something to accentuate a gift or want to help a gamer, KontrolFreek offers a selection of thumbsticks, grips and accessories for console players. A variety of textures, sizes and comfort are available.

They also have screen protectors for the Nintendo Switch, and grips to wick away sweat during those long, intense gaming sessions. Check out their bundles for deals on multiple products to make holiday shopping easy and inexpensive.



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<![CDATA[Widow of Grateful Dead's Longtime Lawyer Auctions Rare Items]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:06:47 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/Grateful+Dead+Banners+1989.jpg The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band.

Photo Credit: Stremmel Auctions]]>
<![CDATA[SEE INSIDE: Aaron Hernandez's Home Sold for $1M]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:43:36 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/182*120/a211.jpg Aaron Hernandez's former mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, has been sold for $1 million to a real estate investor. The Boston Herald reports that Arif Khan bought the home for about $300,000 lower than the asking price. The 5,647-square-foot residence includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a wet bar, a hot tub, a sauna, a finished basement, a theater room and an in-ground pool.

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<![CDATA[This Flamin' Hot Turkey Will Spice Up Your Thanksgiving]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:36:36 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cheetos+Turkey.jpg

We've heard of deep-fried turkey, smoked turkey and there are even online tutorials on how to microwave a turkey, but a Flamin' Hot Cheetos turkey? That's a new one.

Reynolds Kitchens has posted the recipe for this crazy concoction online and says there are just seven steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place hot puffed cheese sticks in a food processor and process until fully crushed. You can also add to a zip top bag and roll with a rolling pin until sticks are completely crushed.
  3. Brush oil or butter on turkey and coat with the crushed chips. (Beware of Cheetos stains!) 
  4. Add 1 tsp of flour to the Reynolds® Oven Bag and place in a large roasting pan that is at least 2 inches deep.
  5. Carefully slide turkey into the oven bag, making sure the opening of the bag is facing the end of the roasting pan, and not facing up. The bag should be inside the pan, not hanging over the edges of the pan.
  6. Close oven bag with the included nylon tie, and cut six 1/2 inch slits in the top of the bag
  7. When your turkey reaches an internal temperature of 180°F in thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone, remove from oven and let stand in oven bag for another 15 minutes. Cut open the top of the bag and carefully remove turkey from the bag, and place onto a cutting board. Lifting works well by inserting one carving fork into each end of the turkey.

In the end you'll have a bright red bird ready to pair with all of your classic Thanksgiving fixings and a fiery stain on your tongue.

If hot Cheetos aren't your thing, Reynolds says you can also mimic the crusted turkey effect with Cool Ranch Doritos or Funyuns.

Would you try this flamin' hot turkey? Tell us what you think on Facebook here.

See Reynolds' full post here.



Photo Credit: Reynolds Kitchens]]>
<![CDATA[Know Your American Pizza Types by Region]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:52:29 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+PIZZA+BY+REGION+THUMB.jpg

A staffer for NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio nearly caused a citywide uproar when he tweeted out that he preferred Chicago-style deep dish pizza over New York City's famous slice. And whether you prefer a cracker thin crust or a big foldable slice, a thick layer of cheese or a slice drowning in sauce, we can all agree that pizza is the best. Here are some popular styles of pizza.

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<![CDATA[These Are the Best Credit Cards to Use for Holiday Shopping: Study]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:25:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453488546.jpg

It's that time of year again, and with a third of Americans planning to spend at least $500 on holiday shopping this season, according to WalletHub, many are looking for deals. Retailers offer plenty, but so do credit card companies. 

WalletHub looked at 1,000 credit cards to come up with the best eight to use for your holiday purchases. 

Here they are, according to WalletHub


  • Initial Bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Ongoing Rewards: Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer
  • 0% Purchases: Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card
  • Store Discount: Kohl's Credit Card
  • Ongoing Store Rewards: GAP Store Card
  • Extended Warranty: Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer
  • Price Protection: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Purchase Protection: Citi® Diamond Preferred® Card




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<![CDATA[Here’s How to Cook Your Holiday Turkey Safely]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:28:35 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-15+at+9.23.48+AM.png

Follow these tips to ensure your holiday turkey is both safe and delicious.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Black Friday Retailers Revealed (And Traps to Avoid)]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:17:34 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453488546.jpg

Black Friday is nearly upon us, and holiday shoppers everywhere are no doubt twitchy with anticipation. But how best to focus one's efforts amid the mania? 

WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers’ 2017 Black Friday ad scans to identify the stores offering the biggest discounts in various product categories such as appliances, jewelry and toys. 

The overall average discount for Black Friday is 37 percent, the personal finance website found, so consumers are advised to target that as a threshold in order to avoid Black Friday traps. 

Here are the Top 10 Black Friday retailers, based on average percent discount, according to WalletHub: 

  • Kohl's (66.32%)
  • JCPenney (66.30%)
  • Belk (62.75%)
  • Stage (60.82%)
  • Shopko (55.93%)
  • Bealls Florida (52.78%)
  • Sears (50.09%)
  • Macy's (45.58%)
  • Fred Meyer (43.88%)
  • AAFES (37.25%) 

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Among the top 10, Kohl's saw the biggest percentage jump over last year's average discount, from 58.1 percent to 66.3 percent, while Macy's saw the biggest decline, averaging a 45.6 percent discount this season compared with 63.4 percent last year, WalletHub found. 

The best deals fell within the "apparel and accessories" category, which had discounts on 28 percent of all offers, whereas only 1.62 percent of the "consumer packaged goods" category had discounts. "Computers & phones" came in second, followed by "appliances." 

See the full report here and check out each retailer's rank in the various product categories.

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<![CDATA[Which One Has to Go? Little Debbie Hints at Treat Change]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:36:49 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/little-debbie-twitter.jpg

A popular snack food brand is publishing cryptic hints that it could be eliminating one of its treats from store shelves.

Tennessee-based Little Debbie's social media team tweeted Wednesday a photo of four desert cakes — Christmas Tree cakes, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Honey Buns and Nutty Buddy bars — with the caption, "one gotta go forever..."

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The post quickly gained thousands of comments, with people offering rather passionate opinions on which cake should be axed.

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The next day, a second tweet followed up, "We didn't say it would be easy."

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McKee Foods, Little Debbie's parent company, hasn't offered an announcement and has not yet said how a decision would be made.

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Photo Credit: @LittleDebbie
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<![CDATA[Comedian Mike Myers Lists NYC Penthouse for $13.95M ]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:54:32 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mike+Meyers+Penthousepsd.jpg Comedian Mike Myers' stunning Soho penthouse has gone on the market, listed with a price tag of $13.95 million.

Photo Credit: Tim Waltman of Evan Joseph Images for Compass/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[You Can Really Have Breakfast at Tiffany's]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:04:48 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/tiffany+ny.jpg

You can actually have breakfast at Tiffany's. 

The luxury jeweler introduced its "first ever retail dining concept," called The Blue Box Cafe, last week as it unveiled a fourth-floor renovation of its Fifth Avenue flagship store in Manhattan. 

Decked out in the famed Tiffany blue, the new cafe features a simple menu -- subject to change throughout the seasons -- of American classics made with regionally sourced ingredients and "reinvented to be uniquely Tiffany," the jeweler said. 

For breakfast, diners can enjoy coffee and croissant for $29, served along with a choice of avocado toast, truffled eggs, buttermilk waffle or a smoked salmon bagel. Lunch is a flat $39 fee and includes an appetizer and sandwich- or salad-style entree. 

Vanity Fair described it as feeling as if you're dining inside one of Tiffany's iconic blue boxes. The cafe will be open during regular business hours. Eater published the full menu. 

The redesigned fourth floor also houses Tiffany's new Home & Accessories collection, as well as a baby boutique, a fragrance laboratory and more. 

"Both the café and redesign of the Home & Accessories floor reflect a modern luxury experience,” Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer, Tiffany & Co., said in a statement. “The space is experimental and experiential – a window into the new Tiffany.”



Photo Credit: Tiffany & Co.]]>
<![CDATA['Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Lists NYC Penthouse for Rent]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 13:43:29 -0500 see the full listing with Corcoran here. ]]> see the full listing with Corcoran here. ]]> https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hammpenthouse14.jpg "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm's sublime Upper West Side penthouse is available for rent starting in December at $14,955 a month. Take a look inside.

Photo Credit: Corcoran]]>
<![CDATA[Farewell to Disney's California Screamin' Coaster]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:10:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/197*120/PixarPier_Birds-Eye-750x422.jpg

It's the end of an era for Disney California Adventure as the Anaheim park says farewell to its coaster California Screamin' to make way for a Pixar-themed ride, the park announced Thursday.

That means shutting down the popular coaster, as well as other attractions, in order to make the changes.

The "Incredicoaster," and "Incredibles" themed ride, is part of a transformation of Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

There will also be four new "imaginative neighborhoods," new entertainment, foods, drinks and stuff to buy.

The Pixar-specific village will debut during Pixar Fest, and event that kicks off April 13, 2018.

The revamping of the coaster comes just ahead of "The Incredibles 2" hitting theaters in June 2018.

The Incredicoaster will feature new special effects, music, and new scenes.

But wait - there's more. Buzz and Woody fans can start getting excited as well. One of the four new "neighborhoods" at the park will be "Toy Story Mania!"

An "Inside Out" neighborhood will also have Disney fanatics jumping for "Joy."

In preparation for all the big changes, California Screamin', along with Mickey's Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk and Sideshow Shirts, will close Jan. 8.

"Little Mermaid" fans also have to say goodbye to Ariel's Grotto restaurant as well as the Cove Bar on Jan. 8. They'll be transformed into a Pixar lounge.

But those aren't the only changes.

Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumping Jellyfish, Goofy's Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure will all be revamped into the new village called Paradise Park.



Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog
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<![CDATA[New Razer Phone Offers Gaming With Powerful Display: Review]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:17:13 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/razor+phone.jpg

A new smartphone wants to raise the level of mobile gaming with a bolder display and more power. The Razer Phone, an Android smartphone, boasts a 120Hz display and a large battery to keep users energized for hours of use and gaming.

The new device has a UltraMotion display with a refresh rate that is double most other smartphones. The 5.72-inch LCD screen is designed for no lag or stuttering while producing clear and colorful images.

The phone has an aluminum body and is powered by Android Nougat with 8GB of RAM. While it contains a 4,000 mAh battery, it also remains cool to the touch, thanks to internal thermal diffusers.

But the Razer Phone is designed to be a video and gaming device. Dual rear 12 megapixel cameras provide amazing images at nearly any distance. Dolby Atmos brings cinematic audio through two front speakers with dedicated amplifiers.

But what about the games?

Razer is partnering with Square Enix, Tencent and others to provide exciting and competitive gaming to smartphones. “Arena of Valor,” a multiplayer online battle arena, will let players battle each other in team fights.

"The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development," said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. "Arena of Valor brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game."

Other popular titles include “Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition,” “Tekken,” “World of Tanks Blitz,” and “Titanfall: Assault.” The games are being optimized for the Razer Phone to run from 60 frames per second up to 120 frames per second, keeping the action clean and responsive.

The phone will be priced at $699.99 in the United States, and preorders begin on Nov. 1. The phone will go on sale at Razerzone.com, select Microsoft Stores, and Amazon.com on Nov. 17.



Photo Credit: Razer]]>
<![CDATA[New $200 Sam Adams Beer Is Illegal in 12 States]]> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:24:25 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/utopias.png

Samuel Adams just released a new limited-edition beer (at $199 per bottle) with an alcohol content so high, it is illegal to sell in 12 states.

The Boston brewery announced the beer called Utopias would be released to stores in early November.

Only 13,000 bottles of Utopias, a beer with an alcohol content of 28 percent, more than 10 percent above the legal limit of some states, will be distributed in the entire country -- minus the dozen states where it's illegal.

You won't be able to find it in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont or Washington, where state liquor laws bar it from being available for sale.

Interested? The brewery describes the beverage as "reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness." 



Photo Credit: Samuel Adams]]>
<![CDATA[Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Selected]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:28:13 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-30+at+3.55.21+PM.png

A giant Norway Spruce from State College, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Here's a closer look at the majestic tree.

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<![CDATA[Teal Pumpkins Help Allergic Kids Feel Included]]> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:30:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-30+at+1.10.36+PM.png

Residents are putting out teal pumpkins to help kids with allergies know where they can find treats they can enjoy.

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