Fairchild Palms 5K 4/4/15

Fairchild Palms 5K
Saturday, 04/04/2015 – 07:30 am –
5K-imageFarichild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
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Cost: $35

Join the Fairchild Palms at the Inaugural “Fairchild Palms 5K” race in one of Miami’s most unique settings set amid 83 acres – Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

Be one of the first to run the course through stunning garden collections and exhibits, in addition to the botanical ambience of a tropical rainforest, dry desert, and the Palmetum, a grove of 1,000 palms. Whether you’re an advanced runner or want to stroll with friends for a cause, experience the artwork of Dale Chihuly and his larger-than-life glass sculptures.

Race timed by Split Second Timing.To register, visit www.fairchildpalms.org

Books and BBQ 3/28/15

Books and BBQ
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm
BOOKS-BBQ-v2Magnolia North Community Park
2123 Ali Baba Avenue,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Free

OLCDC & Bookleggers Library are hosting a fun-filled, family-friendly afternoon at the park, complete with FREE books and $5 BBQ plates! Everyone’s invited!

Bookleggers is a community mobile library based out of South Florida, setting up at rotating venues once a month and giving away free books to the public. As of 2015, Bookleggers Library operates with the generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For those who are new to Bookleggers, the rules are simple:
1) Everyone gets one book for free;
2) We accept trades, a book for a book;
3) Each additional book is $2.

Luciano & Friends Pool Party 3/25/15

Luciano & Friends Pool Party
Wednesday, 03/25/2015 – 03/25/2015 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
MMW_InstaLucianoSLS Hotel / Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: $55

VIP tickets are still only $80, general admission is just $55!

Featuring the one and only LUCIANO plus (in alphabetical order): Argy, D’Julz, Hash Hendrex, Michel Cleis, Valentino Kanzyani, and secret special guests!

Last year’s party also featured Dyed Soundorom, Daniel Sanchez, and more!

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK
Luciano & Friends Pool Party
SLS Hotel Day Time
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Doors open at 12PM
21 & over event, no exceptions!
(must have ID upon entrance)

Nervo Nation & Friends Pool Party 3/27/15

Nervo Nation & Friends Pool Party
Friday, 03/27/2015 – 12:00 pm –
MMW_InstaNervoSLS Hotel South Beach / Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: 130

Pool party featuring NERVO and friends, including (in alphabetical order) Armand Van Helden, Chuckie, Deorro & Panda Funk, Kaz James, Tchami, and Ummet Ozcan… Plus secret special guests!

Special guest DJs last year included Gareth Emery, AutoErotique, Chris Lake, D4NI3L, Diego Miranda, HookNSling, Michael Brun, and Oliver Heldens!

Don’t miss out this year!

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK
SLS Hotel / Hyde Beach Day Time
Friday, March 27, 2015
Doors open at 12PM
21 & over event, no exceptions!
(must have ID upon entrance)

Foxtail Pool Club Las Vegas Presents 3/28/15

Foxtail Pool Club Las Vegas Presents
Saturday, 03/28/2015 – 12:00 pm –
MMW_InstaFoxtailSLS Hotel South Beach / Hyde Beach
1701 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: 100

SLS South Beach & Foxtail Pool Club Las Vegas Present (in alphabetical order): Bynon, Danny Avila, ECTWINS, EDX, Gareth Emery, Michael Woods, Rebecca & Fiona, and R3HAB!

MIAMI MUSIC WEEK Pool Party
SLS Hotel Day Time
Saturday March 28th, 2015
Doors open at 12PM
21 & over event, no exceptions!
(must have ID upon entrance)

SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash 2015

Friday night, a friend and I had the chance to attend the SOBEWFF Amstel Light Burger Bash. Of course, being allergic to sub-par beer, we decided to check out the newest brewery in Wynwood, J Wakefield Brewing for some pre-gaming. Seriously, check that place out!

And while J Wakefield had what looked to be a pretty awesome food truck outside, what it didn’t have was a Ritz-Carlton beach full of awesome chefs preparing gourmet burgers! Oh, or the hot chicks, spectacular band, celebrities (yeah, I got my picture taken with Al Roker and Morimoto!), and thousands of people.

Honestly, you can see who won here. I was a little disappointed with the star power that I and other people love to meet (though not burger quality) compared to when I went in 2013. That year, Morimoto was there but was joined by Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Scott Conant, Michael Symon, Geoffrey Zakarian, Andrew, Zimmern, Anne Burrell, The Sandwich King, and more.

My favorite and the one I cast my vote for was Prime One Twelve (Prime 112). That burger was so juicy and cheesy and delicious! I also enjoyed Red Robin’s burger and Shake Shack too among a handful of others.

Anyway, here are some pictures! I hope to go again next year!

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Fairchild’s 9th Annual Chocolate Festival Feeds Miami’s Mind and Soul

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This weekend Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden lured us to Coral Gables with chocolate – their 9th Annual Chocolate Festival to be exact. Despite the overcast skies, the Garden came alive with live music, international eats, educational programming, and more chocolate than the eye could see. The two-day festival gave Miami families the perfect excuse to enjoy the beautiful grounds, indulge in chocolate delicacies, and learn about the cacao plant. During our visit, we did all these and more. Check out our five favorite moments from this year’s event:

1. Sampling a hot chocolate recipe from the 1750s. American Heritage, an authentic historic line of products from leading food manufacturer Mars, had a tent where we learned how hot chocolate was made from scratch in the 1750s and had the opportunity to sample the recipe. The demonstration included actual recreations of the ingredients and kitchen tools used back then, like the spices and chunk of sugar (wrapped in blue paper) shown below. Did you know that in the 1700s that amount of sugar would last one family approximately 6 months?

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2. Learning about the history of cacao. “The Living History of Cacao and Chocolate” tent, which held presentations every hour on the chronology of cacao from ancient seed to modern candy bar, was the most notable addition to this year’s program. Our timing was off so we missed most of the speakers, but the friendly volunteers at the tent gave us a delicious consolation prize: a banana chocolate smoothie sample!

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3. Exploring the greenhouse. We headed to the greenhouse with the mission of finding and witnessing Fairchild’s cacao tree first-hand. However, the lush vegetation and water features kept us in there for a good hour as we explored the many natural wonders the greenhouse had to offer.

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4. Discovering the Wings of the Tropics exhibition. As we concluded our stroll in the greenhouse, we spotted the conservatory that houses Fairchild’s colorful butterflies and we knew we had to go inside. The exhibition was well-worth the detour – the butterflies were awe-inspiring despite the limited sunshine. Did you know that butterflies are more active on sunny days? They rely on the sun to raise their body temperatures so they can fly.

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5. Enjoying the festival ambiance. Once we had our fill of chocolate, we grabbed a roasted corn on the cob and sat down on the grass to enjoy the harmonious sounds of Solar Dogs, a Coconut Grove-based string band that was our favorite part of last year’s chocolate festival. Sitting there, watching families spending time together, couples dancing, and savoring our delicious corn, we were in absolute festival bliss. Fairchild, you really know how to make us happy!

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