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Tequila Bay Country Music Festival 2017

Tequila Bay Country Music Festival 2017Sunday, September 3, 11am-11pm – Miami Marine Stadium Park, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne

This Labor Day Weekend Tequila Bay Country Music Festival will combine A-List Country Music Stars, a never-seen-before free-flowing selection of tequila, amazing food and thousands of country music fans, all on the shores of Biscayne Bay – now known as Tequila Bay! Join your fellow music lovers as stars like Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Montgomery Gentry, Tyler Farr, RaeLynn, Brooke Eden, and more take over Miami. The fun and action does not end with the CMA winning artists, there’s much more to enjoy like CASA TEQUILA, a pavilion with dozens of tequilas for you to try. Take a shot, on the rocks or in a margarita – don’t miss the CASA TEQUILA experience. Tequila Bay will feature the perfect food for a waterfront country music concert: BBQ and seafood! We’ve corralled South Florida’s top food trucks and vendors to bring you an award-winning lineup of food. And best of all, share this once in a lifetime experience with thousands of your friends – all soaking in the sun and love of country music. General admission tickets are $55 per person, includes access to CA and SA TEQUILA tequila for all 11pm-2am. #tequilabayfest


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Miami Spice Menu at Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge

Miami Spice Menu at Panorama Restaurant & Sky LoungeMonday, August 7, 11:30am-11pm – Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove

Guests and visitors at Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami can dine while enjoying breathtaking views of beautiful Biscayne Bay  from its eighth-floor location, during Miami Spice, August 1 through September 30. Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, widely recognized as one of the best restaurants in Coconut Grove, has crafted special three-course menus for lunch ($23) and dinner ($39) offering a wide variety of traditional and Bistro with South Floridian & Latin influences cuisine. “We tried to create something fun and different this year, with locally-inspired ingredients, to stand out from the other participating restaurants and really showcase what Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge has to offer” said Executive Chef Christopher Cramer. 

The award winning restaurant’s Lunch Spice Menu features a well-rounded assortment of items from Mexican Ceviche and Grilled Churrasco Steak, Seard Atlantic Salmon, to Tuna Lentil Salad. The mouth-watering Dinner Spice Menu is featuring full-size portion appetizers Grilled Octopus, Pei Black Mussels, and Quinoa & Arugula Salad; main dishes including Shrimp & Rigatoni with Arugula, Pan Seared Corvina Filet, or Porcini Dusted Beef Filet. For desserts choose between Fried Arroz Con Leche and Crème Brûlée Spoon Trio (original, caramel, and Nutella). To make dinner reservations at Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge call 305-447-8256. @SonestaCGMiami


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Miami Spice Menu Preview at National Hotel

Miami Spice Menu Preview at National HotelThursday, July 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm – National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

The National Hotel‘s charming Art Deco restaurant, Tamara’s Bistro, announced new tantalizing menus for Miami Spice, which runs August 1st through September 30th. Helmed by new Executive Chef Matthew McDonald, Tamara’s Bistro presents brunch, lunch and dinner options inspired by Mediterranean countryside cuisine. Those dining Thursday through Sunday evenings will be treated to live entertainment featuring talented vocalists who mesmerize audiences with their rich renditions of both modern and classic hits, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Also, guests can enjoy al-fresco dining from the restaurant’s exterior patio overlooking Miami Beach’s longest infinity-edge pool nestled amongst native palms, bougainvillea and tropical foliage.

Available weekends from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and priced at $23 per person, the Tamara’s Bistro brunch should not be missed. The new brunch menu starts off with the 1939 Breakfast Buffet, which includes charcuterie and cheeses, fresh fruits, a build your own parfait station, assorted breakfast breads, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, breakfast hash and more. Additionally, guests can choose one entrée ranging from Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs, English muffin, ham, hollandaise and breakfast hash; and Blackened Mahi Tacos served with savory slaw, mango salsa, avocado and yuca fries; to the National Burger, which includes an 8oz. certified angus beef patty, choice of cheese, Boston lettuce, heirloom tomato, red onion and fries; among others, to accompany their buffet selections. For dessert, the brunch menu offers a Mango Sorbet with orange blossom water and berries; a decadent Crème Brulee; or a Candied Pecan Cheesecake with Chantilly cream, caramel sauce and strawberries.

Miami Spice lunch, served daily from noon to 5 p.m. is also priced at $23 per person. For a starter, guests can pick from a fresh Watermelon Salad with feta, walnuts, Frisée salad, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic; the Pomegranate Ceviche Martini with marinated Mahi, lime, cherry peppers and cilantro; or the Cucumber Vichyssoise served with radish salad, tomato and Swiss grilled cheese. Entrée options include a Jerked Chicken Caesar Salad with romaine hearts, jerked chicken satays, sundried tomatoes, olives and Parmesan cheese; a Tuna Nicoise Salad with Boston lettuce, ahi tuna, Peruvian potatoes, olives, heirloom tomatoes, anchovy, pickled onion, haricot vert and organic eggs; and the 1939 Burger, featuring grilled Portobello mushrooms, a certified angus beef patty, bacon, melted blue cheese, Boston lettuce, heirloom tomato and red onion, withfries and more. To end, guests can also choose from the Mango Sorbet, Crème Brulee and Candied Pecan Cheesecake.

Miami Spice dinner menu every evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is priced just $39 per person. Starters range from a Tuna Crudo with ahi tuna, watermelon, feta, mint and extra virgin olive oil; to Grilled Oysters with Spanish, Gruyere béchamel and crisp prosciutto; and Smoked Lamb Souvlaki served with grilled pita, tzatziki, and savoy salad. Featured entrees include Paella with saffron rice, assorted seafood, shellfish, sofrito, chicken and sherry fumet; Jerked Pork Chop with cherry chimichurri, Vermont cheddar grits and onion strings; and a Porcini Rubbed Sirloin served with Portobello mushrooms, asparagus tips, confit tomato and pappardelle au poivre. For the grand finale, guests can choose from delicacies like the Mango Tart with flamed orange meringue and fruit graffiti; Profiteroles with pistachio ice cream, strawberry salad and fudge; and Choice of Cheese with honey, raisins on the vine and quince paste. 


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Unveiling of Portraits of El Clasico at Brickell City Centre

Unveiling of Portraits of El Clasico at Brickell City CentreThursday, July 27, 5:30pm-9pm – Brickell City Centre, 701 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Miami Artists Paloma Teppa and Andrew Antonaccio were special guests at the opening of their masterpiece, Portraits of El Clasico. The event held in Brickell City Centre (BCC), Miami’s newest shopping and entertainment mecca, partnered with Plant The Future (PTF), a botanical art gallery and nature-inspired design firm, to bring a first-of-its-kind exhibition of human portraits in moss. Moss Interpretations of Iconic Players from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid included Marcello Vieira, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. A special moss interpretation was also unveiled for celebrity guest, Paolo Maldini.

Portraits of El Clásico were unveiled during a private celebratory cocktail event at CMX on hosted by BCC’s developer Swire Properties Inc, Plant the Future and Relevent Sports.

“With such a historic match like El Clásico being hosted in Miami for the first time, we are honored to have the opportunity to bring together two of our city’s greatest pursuits, football and the arts,” said Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties Inc. “We look forward to welcoming fans of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and art enthusiasts alike to Brickell City Centre to enjoy this exhibit together.”

“We are so grateful to the International Champions Cup, Relevent Sports and Swire Properties for making this unprecedented exhibit possible. We have been looking for the right moment to showcase Paloma Teppa and Andrew Antonaccio’s collaboration in human portraits and are thrilled do so as part of the art initiative surrounding this historic match,” said Yair Marcoschamer, co-founder and Chief Executive Gardener of Plant the Future. “We are hopeful that our moss interpretations of these soccer idols mesmerize the fans almost as much as these players’ amazing feats on the field.”

“The ICC is proud to partner with Plant the Future in presenting Portraits of El Clásico,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “El Clásico Miami is more than just a match, it’s a celebration of culture. This exhibit will give fans a chance to view the stars of El Clásico through a unique lens. We are excited to present the work of Paloma and Andrew to the city of Miami and the thousands who have traveled from all parts of the world to attend this historic match.”

Portraits of El Clásico represents the evolution of Teppa and 2Alas’ collaboration combining Teppa’s whimsical world of plants and 2Alas signature optical art. Teppa and 2Alas first joined forces to create Daylife Swimmer (2015) in the lobby of the 1 Hotel in Miami Beach, followed by Leap (2016) at Impero Caffe at the Innside Hotel in Manhattan. The artists also recentlyunveiled their second framed series and are now producing their sixth Moss Op Art mural.

On Friday July 28, the exhibition will open to the public and will remain on display until Labor Day, September 4, at BCC’s open-air retail center, next to CMX Cinemas on the fourth floor. Portraits of El Clásico is an official event of LaLiga, the International Champions Cup (ICC) and the El Clásico match, which will be taking place for the first time on U.S. soil at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on July 29.

KAOHS 2018 Runway Show

KAOHS Runway ShowFriday, July 21, 10pm – WET at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Doc Martens, fishnets, skateboards, and chokers were all over the KAOHS Swim runway show at the W South Beach’s Wet Deck. Born out of the idea that skate, boho and surf should be combined, the swimwear line launched by Tess Hamilton and Ali Hoffman in 2013 has become an international phenomenon and the styles on the runway indicated nothing less. Edgy, free-spirited, and chic, the styles on the runway are perfect for a surf on Venice Beach or working on the perfect beach bum tan. The California based swimwear line prides itself on its stylish yet functional designs that inspire confidence with their superb fabrics and flawless cuts aimed at complementing any woman’s body.

The collection featured 70’s style bandeau style swimsuits with frills, vibrant, eye catching colors, and enticing patterns and 80’s style grunge Baywatch type bikinis with high waisted cuts, quirky designs and ruffle trimmings. More modern designs with revealing hip hugging cuts were also presented in the boho punk runway show. Playful colors like bright yellows, reds, and white were part of the more free-spirited looks while the edgy sensuality of the softer colors like grey, black, light pink and baby blue emphasized the collection’s fierceness. Combining sultriness with a free-spirited aesthetic caters to every beachgoer from the hippie beach bum to the angelic seductress.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia


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KOA + Silvia Ulson’s 2018 Runway Shows

Silvia Ulson's Runway ShowFriday, July 21, 8pm – WET at W South Beach Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Bringing the vibrancy of Brazilian culture to South Florida, Silvia Ulson ‘s 2018 runway collection combines chic, sophistication with the familiarity of cultural tradition. Headpieces tied bandana style along with bright pink and white laced up shoes added cohesiveness to the stunning looks. Bold one-pieces in a host of colors from orange to gold to baby blue were paraded down the runway in distinctive styles, some with frilly trimmings and a bandeau style and others with a criss crossed halter design. Careful embellishments and designs were visible throughout the presentation, emphasizing the attention to detail that the brand prides itself on and reinforces with each creation. Quality and uniqueness are the key elements of the swimwear line as each piece is made with meticulousness and a dedication to craftsmanship. The designs featured are unlike any other seen at swim week and the distinctly Brazilian elements add an artistic authenticity that the chic beach goer adores.

Free-spirited with a sense of stylish simplicity characterizes the KOA swim runway collection, staying true to the brand’s dedication to a woman’s freedom to live in the moment. Whether there’s a cocktail pool party or a weekend of tanning, the versatile, reversible bikini has a unique design for any occasion. Each look is crafted with a precision that caters to anyone’s beach body, inspiring carefree confidence with each creation. Classic spaghetti straps, trendy ruffles and frills, demure one-pieces and incredible cuts were part of the playful yet sophisticated designs. Striking color patterns and eye catching patterns fuse into the most attention-grabbing swimsuits. Fashion forward functionality mold the looks that the easygoing yet trendy beach goer will be sporting this summer.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

Riviera Live Grand Opening

Riviera Live Grand OpeningThursday, August 17, 9pm-3am – Riviera Venue, 3138 Coral Way, Coral Gables

Those wishing to experience the magic of Cuba can skip the airport security lines and make their way to Miami’s historic Coral Way thoroughfare in the Gables. Here is where the highly anticipated Riviera Live will make its grand debut complete with over-the-top dance numbers, specialty cocktails and an authentic Latin dining experience. Guests can join the celebration on Thursday, August 17th with special appearances by international celebrities, including reggae-ton artist, El Chacal. #RivieraLiveMiami @rivieralivemiami


Whisky Wisemen MIA #ThirdThursday Launch

Whisky Wisemen MIA #ThirdThursday LaunchThursday, August 17, 7pm-10pm – Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove

Join the official launch of Whisky Wisemen MIA and the first #ThirdThursday #SocialWhisky event at Taurus Beer & Whiskey House. Whisky Wisemen MIA is a not-for-profit organization founded on the love for whisky and the desire to share that love with a like-minded community. They will be hosting monthly #ThirdThursday #SocialWhisky events to improve our community by raising funds for local charity. They have partnered up with Taurus Beer & Whisk(e)y House to host these monthly #ThirdThursday events between 7-10 pm. During these events, 10% of your bar tab will be donated to a local charity chosen annually. For this first year, The United Way of Miami-Dade has been chosen as our designated charity. @WhiskyWisemen @Taurus_theGrove

Oak Apparel + Home Grand Opening Event

Oak Apparel + Home Grand Opening EventThursday, August 17, 4pm-8pm – Oak Apparel + Home, 116 Valencia Avenue, Coral Gables

Coral Gables’ newest women’s boutique is officially celebrating their grand opening with discounts, prizes, and an official Oak Apparel + Home Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Welcoming the community with open arms, owners, Kelly Nelson and Nicolle Mailal are determined to have everything ready to go for Coral Gables’ newest home and apparel store celebration. Following their savvy background in retail and marketing, Oak Apparel + Home is ready kick off the season with a bang. Eye catching, natural trendy pieces fill the racks and walls at this new boutique that is sure to have everyone talking about. #OAKMIAMI ­­#OakApparelHome 


Psychological Services Grand Opening Celebration

Psychological Services Grand Opening CelebrationThursday, August 17, 4pm-7pm – Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, 1649 Forum Pl, Ste 2, West Palm Beach

The new program will offer direct life-saving treatment for underinsured/uninsured individuals, provided by post-doctoral fellows, for eating disorders in an outpatient setting. The Alliance will charge a nominal fee for clients based on ability to pay; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds from getting the help they seek. Join for ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 17th with Congressman Ted Deutch, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Lois Frankel, Congressman Brian Mast, WPB Mayor Jeri Tuzzolino Muoio, State Rep. Lori Berman, and other special guests. @AllianceforEDA

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Unveiling of Downtown Miami’s First Complete Street

Unveiling of Downtown Miami's First Complete StreetThursday, August 17, 10am – Corner of CENTRO – Intersection of SE 1 St & SE 2 Ave, Miami

Join for the unveiling of Downtown Miami’s first Complete Streets one-year pilot program. Complete Streets are streets that provide safe access to everyone, no matter who they are or how they travel – walking, biking, taking transit or driving. #SESW1ST #CompleteStreets #DowntownMiami


Sabbia Beach Topping-Off

Sabbia Beach Topping-OffThursday, August 17, 9:30am-11:30am – Sabbia Beach Condos, 730 North Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach

Join to celebrate the topping off of the the first ultra-luxury “toes-in-the-sand” oceanfront residential development in Pompano Beach in almost a decade. Sabbia Beach is topping off the 19-story high project with a palm tree. The topping off event will be attended by Danny Salvatore and Federico Fernandez, principals of Fernbrook Florida, LLLP, developer of Sabbia Beach; Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher; and other top VIPs in the South Florida real estate community. #SabbiaBeach #PompanoBeach@SabbiaBeach

“Team Victoria’s Runway” Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

"Team Victoria's Runway" Benefitting St. Jude Children's Research HospitalWednesday, August 16, 6pm-8pm – Robb & Stucky, 4711 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables

Robb & Stucky, in partnership with Douglas Elliman and Aleren Boutique, hosted an evening of fashion and fun for a great cause. “Team Victoria’s Runway” featured a fashion show starring 10-year-old Victoria, a brave St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient. Set within the luxurious Robb & Stucky Coral Gables showroom, the show featured fashions from Coral Gables boutique Aleren, as well as hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Victoria is a brave little girl who has been battling a brain tumor that is extremely rare in children. She has undergone three surgeries and proton radiation therapy during the past two years. Victoria’s friends and family lovingly call her a “little freak of nature” for her incredible grace, poise and persistence in the face of tremendous adversity. With her incredible strength of spirit, she has made it her mission to help other children and give back to the hospital that has helped her so much: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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FUSION Fashion & Art Gallery Grand Opening, August 10, 4:30pm-9:30m – FUSION Fashion & Art Gallery, 501 Fern St, West Palm Beach

Designers have traveled around the world to show their summer lines in Palm Beach Swim Week this year, which will feature over 18 fashion shows from Aug. 25-27. In preparation for revealing their new pieces, a number of the designers gathered to discuss their work at FUSION Fashion & Art Gallery grand opening event. The fashion to be seen during Palm Beach Swim Week will include resort wear, swimwear, active wear and more created with inspiration from a wide variety of backgrounds. However, Maria Elena Couture and Karen Nottage of Legacy K will be showing new lines that were inspired by women’s lifestyle and their respective family histories. #PalmBeachSwimWeek #ThePalmBeaches #FFAW #PBSW #PBIFW

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Maria Elena Couture will be showing her unique handbag line inspired by her Cuban background and the influence of Cuban women in her life. The beauty in women’s strength and personalities inspired the designer to create bags that can compliment the many facets of a day in the life of a working woman. In the line you will see bags made for the day, the night and in between.

Maria Elena brought her unique handbag line to Palm Beach from New York because she believes the women of south Florida will be able to see parts of themselves in her bags. “The bag you wear tells the world something about you,” she said. She described the south Florida woman as vibrant, animated and communicative, which she hopes to portray in her handbags as well. Each handbag has a different texture, shape, color and feel. #mariaelenacoutureny

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Known as the winning designer of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration ball gown, Karen Nottage is ready to show her new looks for plus size women in Palm Beach Swim Week. Her plus size resort wear line, “CAITLIN ARD,” encourages women to embrace their height and love their curves. Before designing clothes for plus size women, Nottage was a size four model. However, her love for food returned after she got married and started cooking at home with her husband.

Nottage embraced her body’s natural changes at a new stage in her life and wants women of all shapes and sizes to do the same. “These are my genes: voluptuous,” she said. “So this line is for me, and for other tall, plus size women because they deserve to feel sexy too.” With her line, Nottage hopes that curvy women are able to feel comfortable sitting poolside in their own skin. @KarenWilliamsNottage 

Stoli’s Atomic Blonde Cocktail Party, August 8, 7pm-10pm – Kiki On the River, 450 NW North River Dr, Miami

Have you had a chance to see the summer’s blockbuster Atomic Blonde yet? The movie stars Charlize Theron as an MI6 agent who, instead of enjoying shaken-not-stirred martinis, has a preference for Stoli on Ice. She pours herself a glass in the film’s opening sequence as she eases into an ice bath, her body a constellation of bruises, and it’s a Stoli on Ice she orders again at an East Berlin bar filled with KGB agents, shortly before taking home a French intelligence agent by the name of Delphine. Her drink order is as much a trademark as it is a sendup of the James Bond character and a sly wink at spy movies long being the domain of men. Stoli has taken a unique role in helping support the film and to celebrate the exclusive partnership.

Primal Fit 360 Launches the Six Pillars for Success

Primal Fit 360 Launches the Six Pillars for SuccessThursday, August 3, 7am-6pm – Primal Fit Miami, 9531 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores

Primal Fit 360, is not your typical personal training fitness center. While athletes and trainees are often pushing themselves to the limit, Primal Fit puts an emphasis on recovery by offering six unique treatments in the facility for their clients. Besides a professional stretch zone and infrared sauna for heat therapy, Primal Fit provides Normatec compression boots and Cryo therapy in the form of full body restoration, facials and spot treatment.

“You need to think of your body as a bank account,” said Matt Pack, owner of Primal Fit 360 Miami. “Every time you work out, you’re expending energy. You have to put some money in the bank through recovery, and work in as much as you work out.” The Normatec compression boots are used to remove byproducts of a workout like lactic acid by squeezing the lymph nodes in the legs from the feet up, Pack said.

Compression boot therapy and use of the infrared sauna are included in the personal training membership at Primal Fit. Cryo therapy, however, is available at a discounted rate to members. RecoverMe Cryo body restoration therapy and the Cryo-Facial use below freezing temperatures to refresh blood-flow.

In Cryo body restoration therapy, the body goes through a “fight or flight” experience that causes nutrient rich and fresh oxygenated blood to flow throughout your body. This happens because the skin is exposed to nitrogen gas at temperatures between -200 and -250 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold air sends a signal to the brain causing blood from the body’s extremities to be drawn to the vital organs and mid-section as a survival mechanism. The “new” blood flow enables your body to naturally heal itself, and it will last up to five hours post treatment.

While this treatment is helpful for athletes because it is the equivalent of a one-hour long ice bath, Primal Fit has found that Cryo therapy helps a wide range of clients who suffer from chronic inflammation and pain to wean off of medication. This treatment has been shown to help with a variety of conditions including gastrointestinal diseases, arthritis, psoriasis and acne, according to Pack. Nonetheless, he says the therapy only work with consistency. He recommends that clients come three times per week to see a difference.

While it may seem daunting at first, Pack encourages those who have never tried Cryo therapy to give it a chance, because he has seen it change his clients’ lives. Cryo therapy is available at Primal Fit 360 Miami for $70 per session for non-members and $40 per session for members. The facility offers specialized personal training and a recovery regimen all under the same roof.


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