Very Social by Daniella Veras

Daniella Veras

daniellaverasBorn and raised in New York and now resident of Downtown Miami, Dani Veras, is an Educator, Epicurean, Live Music Junkie, Incorrigible iPhoneographer, and Social Media Maven. A self-proclaimed sucker for charity, she will walk / run / climb stairs / eat / drink for a good cause. Her varied background, knowledge base, and resourceful problem-solving earned her the sobriquet MacGyver of Business Development.

Her atomic energy, positive attitude and spirit are magnetic as she creates connections and builds relationships with ease. Dani can be found tweeting, tumbling, touting, instagramming, pinning, soundtracking and salsa-dancing all over Miami.
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  • National Bacon Day Specials in Miami

    This Saturday is National Bacon Day!! We have included some great spots to celebrate America’s most drooled over meat. Swine Southern Table & Bar: In celebration of National Bacon Day, Swine will be offering a Bacon Bloody Mary as part of its bottomless beverage program ($19.99) during its extended brunch offerings for Labor Day (Saturday through Monday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). In addition, guests can enjoy the signature Swine Old Fashioned ($15) made with bacon washed Old Overholt rye, maple syrup and house-made Swine bitters; as ...

  • H2ombre is an Epic Experience
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    H2ombre is a groundbreaking and exhilarating show that intertwines EDM, acrobatics, creative graphics, street art and good ole fashioned water into quite a majestic feast for the eyes. The performers are determined to whip the crowd up into a frenzy and unleash a boisterous, soaking wet dance party. We do not want to spoil the show so we shall keep our review short, but there are spoiler pics and videos below. If you can’t help ...

  • Photos of the Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
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    The 22nd Annual International Mango Festival was a succulent celebration this year. The mangos of Colombia were honored and the abundant harvest could be tasted all over the park.  The festival transpired over two days and included an exquisite mango inspired brunch, yoga, children activities, lectures, cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tasting among many more events. The Edward mango, one of Miami’s sweetest and sexiest was voted as the fan favorite in the Mango Tasting Room. At the ...

  • Taste of the Nation South Florida Captivates
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    Taste of the Nation South Florida Review & Photos Photographs by Paula Echevarria South Florida (the non-confederate flag waving part of our paradise state) has been elevated into a serious “Foodie” region. While we are still anxiously awaiting our first Michelin Star, we do possess exquisite food, sexy chefs and a deeply diverse restaurant scene with an eclectic compilation of stellar dishes.If you were unfamiliar with how fantastic our restaurants truly are then Taste of the Nation South ...

  • Planet Kitchen Food and Wellness Tour
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    Planet Kitchen celebrated its maiden voyage of its Planet Kitchen Healthy Organic Food, Drink and Wellness Tour, highlighting a growing trend towards healthy and sustainable living in South Florida. It also showcased local farms, markets, restaurants and businesses who make real food and drinks to heal us naturally from the inside out.  We started our tour at Trio Studio, located in between Wynwood & the Design District (Midtown) in Miami. There we had a wonderful grounding meditation to start our journey followed by  an ...

  • Toro Toro Miami Review
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    Toro Toro is an Exquisite Experience You only get one chance to make a first impression and Toro Toro at the Intercontinental Hotel floored us in all respects.  We were joined by Maria the Foodaholic for a remarkable dining experience at this stunning locale. She co-authored this review with us. From the moment we stepped into the lobby, we were taken aback by the gorgeous beige marble décor lining the walls, and the captivating neon lights around vivid color changing screens. The gargantuan ...

  • Summer Dining Series at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
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    Wynwood Kitchen and Bar has launched a European summer tasting menu. We swung by to try the Spanish menu last month. Currently, they are serving German dishes, and will serve Portugal treats in August. The Duck Prosciutto was a brand new flavor for us.  When the salty, bacon like duck meat was combined with the San Simon and Tetilla cheese and the crunchy toast it was delightful. The Quince paste jam (similar to guava) tied everything together splendidly. The ...

  • Miami Beach Taqueria Celebrates One Year Anniversary With New Happy Hour

    Huahua’s Happy Hour Specials to Launch Tuesday, July 1   Huahua’s Taqueria, the laid-back Mexican eatery from the guys at HaVen Hospitality Concepts, will celebrate its one year anniversary by launching a new Happy Hour on July 1, 2014. The playful taqueria will be offering an array ofdelicioso food & drink specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.Drink specials include $3 beers from Huahuas’ list of authentic Mexican cervezas such as Corona, Dos Equis, ...

  • A Stay in a Historic Castle in San Gimignano, Italy
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    Feel the Ancient Castle Energy San Gimignano (or Sangiin local parlance) is an ancient walled city with impressive Game of Thrones like towers spanning up to the heavens. The town is located atop a mountain overlooking a 360 degree view of serene picturesque landscapes, which amplifies its gravitas and sheer elegance. Although most of the original 72 towers have not withstood the test of time, the city is still very much intact and a handful of towers still reign over the ...

  • Amigos For Kids Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night
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    Celebrity Domino Night Sizzles Celebrity Domino Night was a sensational party that had the guests eating, drinking, playing and dancing the night away. Almost 2,000 guests partied to support an amazing charitable cause on June 14th at Jungle Island. Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night is an annual fundraising celebration that supports Amigos For Kids, a benevolent charity that helps children who are abused and neglected. The event was filled with Latin heart throbs and sexy Novella stars, heaps of great ...

  • Love is Blind, Coral Gables Review
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    Love at First Sight When you enter Love is Blind you are going to be dazzled by the sheer coolness and ingenuity of the restaurant. It boasts a funky motif that successfully intertwines ancient art with a trendy, funky and sexy vibe. In case you are tripping out (ref: Forgetting Sara Marshall Clip), there are smooth furry walls, blowup octopus like chandeliers, head bust sculptures with papal crowns and mounted bull skulls proclaiming pearls of wisdom such as “All you ...

  • Burger Brawl Review
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    Burger Brawl’s Best Burgers Burgers have experienced a glorified Renaissance period over the past decade. We are proud that Miami has been a staunch contributor to this deliriously delicious movement. This city has introduced Pincho Factory’s Toston Burger and Quesadilla Burger, Swine’s orgasmic Swine Burger and Eating House’s celestial Carbonara Burger. All these superb and unique creations are MUST-tries for legit burger aficionados and almost all were present at Burger Brawl. The Miami ambassador and undisputed King of the burger scene is the Burger Beast. ...

  • Ostaria Boccadoro, Venice, Italy Review
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    Ostaria Boccadoro has the Best Seafood in Venice By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Strolling along the narrow sidewalks off the beaten tourist path, we were not sure if we were lost or just mesmerized by the color and novelty of this place. That is until we came across a quiet little square where we found Ostaria Boccadoro. Do you know how you can gauge the freshness of a seafood restaurant? When, as you are having a ...

  • I Terzi di Siena Review
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    Enjoy Celestial Views at I Terzi di Siena By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Siena is a gorgeous city in the Tuscan region of Italy, rich with tradition, food and majestic landscapes and architecture. We spent an amazing two days and one night at I Terzi di Siena which is a beautiful place to really absorb the allure of Siena. I Terzi is conveniently located near Piazza di Campo (Campo Square), which is the center of town. A cool ...

  • L’osteria di Giovanni in Florence, Italy Review
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    L’osteria di Giovanni will Delight your Palates By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras L’osteria di Giovanni is an impressive, third generation family run restaurant in Florence. The food was outstanding, the service was marvelous and the ambiance was so refined and welcoming. It exuded a very trendy vibe with famous art adorning the walls.  It is a beautiful restaurant located just north over the Ponte alla Corraria Bridge on the north side of Florence. We had the ...

  • The Chianti and Truffle Tour in Florence, Italy
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    The Chianti and Truffle Tour is Sensational By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras The Chianti and Truffle Tour, run by the astute and charming Vittorio Del Bono Venezze, is one of the best tours we have ever been on.  He picks you up in Florence and takes you to San Miniato to experience truffle hunting, followed by a great truffle lunch and capped off by a visit to a marvelous boutique winemaker for a wine course ...

  • Ristorante Dorando in San Gimignano, Italy Review
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    Ristorante Dorando is a Small Town Gem By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras   Ristorante Dorando is a delectable spot located in the nostalgic, ancient walled city of San Gimignano. Dorando has earned a reputation as one of the best places to dine at in this quaint city and is included in the city’s Michelin Guide. The restaurant’s 14th century arched brick walls and ceiling lends it a historically gorgeous veneer. It was such a joy to ...

  • Ristorante Grotta di Santa Caterina in Siena, Italy Review
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    A Charming and Scrumptious Restaurant in Siena By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Ristorante Grotta di Santa Caterina is a stellar spot run by a wonderful father and son team. The son, Francesco, manages this charming restaurant that is rich with culinary and equestrian history. Chef Bagoga was a famous jockey that decided after his retirement to cook professionally and has become an award winning chef. This delicious little restaurant is under an arched brick roof that is ...

  • Tre Cristi in Siena, Italy Review
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    Tre Cristi Embodies the Soul of Tuscan Food By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Tre Cristi exemplifies the true soul of Etruscan food in Siena. It is the oldest restaurant in the city dating back to 1830 — that’s 184 years in business offering fresh and tasty Tuscan cuisine at very reasonable prices. The structure emits a classic, refined and warm vibe. A man and woman comprise a chef team that will take your mouth into ...

  • A Great Place to Stay in Florence, Italy
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     By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Florence is an amazing city and we had a stupendous time there. Florence hotels can be very expensive so we decided to use airbnb and found a great apartment right in the middle of the city that was very reasonably priced. The owner Monica was so sweet, professional and gave us great tips and insights for enjoying the city. We had a superb location in the heart of Florence ...

  • Il Ridotto in Venice, Italy Review
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    Il Ridotto is an Absolute Gem By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras   Il Ridotto is located just behind the sumptuous St. Mark’s Basilica in gorgeous Venice. This trendy spot just received its first vaunted Michelin Star this year and we have a feeling another one is on its way soon. The restaurant’s light brick walls imbue a rustic ambiance with a modern chic décor seating 24 inside. The warm, humble and camera-shy Chef Gianni Bonaccorsi greeted us ...

  • When in Rome, Rent in Rome
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    Vacation in Rome like a Local with Rent in Rome By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Rome is one of the best cities in the world to visit. The food is magnificent, the architecture is sublime and there are copious amount of historical sites and energy to take in. It is very easy to figure out the best to sites to see in Rome but people really struggle with where to stay. Hotels are very expensive, ...

  • Ristorante Life in Rome Review
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     Ristorante Life Loves to Feed you Exquisite Slow Food By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Ristorante Life is a superb establishment located in the nicest area (The Rodeo Drive) of Rome. Life is run by Clemente and Giovanna, a brother and sister sommelier team that is committed to the institution of Slow Food. The beauty and philosophy of Slow Food, which started in Italy involves preserving and promoting local foods and centuries-old traditions of gastronomy and ...

  • Osteria Personale in Florence Review
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    Osteria Personale is an Absolute Revelation By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Osteria Personale is a visionary masterpiece. The owner Matteo Fantini is a former veterinarian turned brilliant chef and mad scientist that has prolifically pushed culinary taste, texture and creativity to an unchartered territory of innovative deliciousness. Florence is home to many amazing restaurants that cook traditional Italian food, but that’s not what you’ll find here. The affable Mateo has taken traditional dishes and reimagined ...

  • Florence Food Tour Review
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     By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras The Florence Food Tour was a great tour that really gives you a sense of the cuisine of Florence while simultaneously enlightening you and stuffing you to the gills. Benedetta was our born and raised local tour guide. She gave us a very interesting and educational tour. Stop one was Cafecito time. Chiaro Scuro is known as one of the best espresso bars in Florence. Chiaro has an eclectic spectrum ...

  • La Pergola is the Quintessence of Fine Dining in Rome
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    La Pergola Will Be the Best Meal of Your Life By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras The über brilliant German Chef Heinz Beck has impacted culinary history in a profoundly gifted manner. Chef Beck’s Three Star Michelin restaurant La Pergola is a gastronomic haven of unparalleled degree. Beck and his ridiculously talented team of 20 create masterpieces that fuse exquisite art, brilliant culinary science and the most delectable food on the planet to create the finest ...

  • The Taste of Tuscany Wine Tour in Florence
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     A Fun and Hilarious Tour By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras We have been on loads of tours. Some awesome, some shitty and some even dangerous. The Taste of Tuscany Wine Tour from Italy on a Budget Tours was our best ever and we highly recommend and even demand that you get on it. The combination of fun, hilarity, education, activities and value for your Euro makes this tour a MUST do while in Florence. Italy on ...

  • Luxury Italian Kitchen Brand Veneta Cucine Revealed Newly Renovated Showroom With Chic Relaunch Event

    Italian Staple Hosted Unveiling Event of North Miami Showroom MIAMI – April 29, 2014 – On Thursday, April 24, the internationally-acclaimed luxury Italian kitchen brand Veneta Cucine unveiled its newly renovated showroom with a chic relaunch event. The 2,000-square-foot space was revealed among 300 guests in an evening entailing Italian design and innovation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The much-anticipated event featured a live cooking demonstration by co-host and renowned Chef Philippe Fiore, who has been the ...

  • Sapori del Lord Byron in Rome is an Experience of Grandeur
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    By Ari Kane, Photographs by Daniella Veras Our first true Italian meal was at the luxurious Sapori del Lord Byron. This resplendent restaurant is located in the five-star Lord Byron Hotel, about a 10-minute drive north of the touristic Roman circle. It boasts only 32 rooms and prides itself on being an under the radar establishment frequented by politicians and affluent foreigners. Sapori is included in the Rome Michelin Guide and has an antique, yet modern-aristocratic ...

  • Fifth Annual Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami All-Star Charity Tennis Event Photos

      The 2013 Sony Open men’s and women’s winners returned to The Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami for the fifth consecutive year in an unprecedented, intimate gathering of the world’s top tennis players. The gathering was held on the afternoon of March 18th and allowed 24 amateur players the opportunity to test their skills in a Round Robin qualifying tournament in which the winners earned a chance to play against and alongside ...

  • Hearts & Stars Gala Brings out Miami’s Sexiest

    Miami’s finest, sexiest and most charitable flocked to Billy Dean’s Villa this past Saturday night March 15 for the 5th annual Hearts and Stars Gala 2014. This popular gala is thrown to benefit The Little lighthouse Foundation, a benevolent charity that assists children and their families in South Florida who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. This support is derived from recruiting and educating passionate, caring, socially conscious South Floridians, and then deploying them to beneficiary charities. This year’s gala ...

  • Sprung Beer Festival 2014

    Sprung Beer Fest Unleashes the Fun When March rolls around and the rest of the country is still wallowing in their miserable frozen tundra existence, Miami is having one of its most festive months. While most Miamians are enthralled by “molly-fied” Ultra Music Fest & Winter Music Conference, debaucherous Spring Break, and March Madness tourney brackets, we actually get the most amped up about Sprung! This past Saturday, March 8th on a literal gorgeous f*cking day, the unlimited beer tasting was packed with ...

  • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Debuts in Miami

    Do you know what the litmus test for a great Asian restaurant is?  Take a look around and see if Asians are actually eating there.  At any given time Gyu-Kaku is packed with Asians and has even obtained quite a bit of popularity with Miami locals.  This restaurant opened in Brickell this past January and is already packed, without even advertising. Gyu-Kaku  is Japanese BBQ heaven! Japanese BBQ or Yakiniku is when there is a grill in the middle ...

  • R House Opens in Wynwood

    The beloved Wynwood art district is continuing to thrive and has really elevated its game with the arrival of R House. R House is a beautiful new concept that flawlessly intertwines sumptuous cuisine, vibrant art and talented musicians into a serene and gratifying setting.  Chef and owner Rocco Carulli describes it as a “full sensory experience” and he has definitely succeeded in his goal of utter immersion. The restaurant is alluring, commodious and incorporates vivid and radiant ...

  • Dinner Lab Miami Now Open for Adventurous Foodies

    Dining in a Boxing Gym There is a severe crisis afflicting the affluent and dedicated foodies of our country — they are running out of new places to eat!! Fear not, because the Dinner Lab has opened and has now come to Miami to alleviate this existential catastrophe. “The Dinner Lab is a membership-based social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who are looking for something different from the traditional restaurant experience. Whether it happens on the ...

  • Sea Salt and Pepper with a Side of Swank

    Courtesy of Thehulltruth.com We are admirable proponents of aquatic-side dining. It adds a touch of serenity to the meal and amplifies the experience. We were fortunate enough to have a Chef’s tasting at the new Sea Salt and Pepper in the company of our new friends who happen to be a foodie writer couple like us. Do you know what happens when four foodies get together to dine? No leftovers. Situated right off of the Miami River by ...

  • Swamp Stomp at Tobacco Road
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    Tremendously Talented Musicians Perform at Tobacco Road In this day and age where it is prohibitively expensive to experience some truly amazing non local music, it was so beautiful to see good ole Tobacco Road offering up a melodic solution. The literal Miami institution which has been around for over 100 years hosted the 7th Annual Swamp Stomp that brought together some of the best bands you have probably never heard. For $10, YES ONLY $10, one could partake in a superb ...

  • Photographs of Eats and Beats

    Eats & Beats was the answer to the out of control prices and ostentatiousness that the Sobe Wine and Food Festival has become. The event was created to give locals a place to eat great food and hear awesome music for an affordable and reasonable price. Congratulations on a kickass party Eats and Beats, see you next year.         Sharing is Caring

  • Ikura Sushi Lounge – A Diamond in the Raw

    Ikura Sushi is Well Worth the Trip Courtesy of Ikura Sushi We discovered Ikura Sushi Lounge while perusing through the restaurants listed on Local Dines, a fabulous website that offers discounted gift certificates for some really good spots. It was a veritable joy to dine there. The restaurant feels like a modern, cozy yet upscale-ish living room. The ever-so-talented chef is in the back corner for all to admire, working up his unique and creative slants on sushi. Three out ...

  • Miami Bridge’s Notte di Carnevale

    Miami Bridge Hosts a Fantastic Notte de Carnavale at the JW Marriot Marquis In Miami, February is Gala month. There are galas for cancer, diabetes and any other major cause you can think of. There was one that really touched our hearts and it was the fabulous Notte di Carnevale party that was thrown to benefit Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services. For over two decades, this benevolent organization has run Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for at-risk ...

  • You’ll Be Addicted to Food Junkies on Wheels

    Southern Cookin’ Done Right While the Deep South does so many things ridiculously wrong – confederate flags, incest, obesity, hygiene, literacy – when it comes to incredible cooking, they excel like SEC football. Southern Home style cooking is one of our favorite culinary genres. We all know the venerable Yardbird exquisitely serves it, but what if you desire a quick bite or do not want to spend over $50 chowing down on some appealing southern cuisine. Well, let ...

  • Brickell’s Oceanaire: Sumptuously Sexy Seafood
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    A Charismatic, Caring and Talented Chef There are a plethora of exquisite dining options available in Miami with new venues popping up every month. So when we want to act like Gordos, besides scrumptious food and a comfortable ambiance, it is nice to find sincere and passionate chefs who are committed to the environment and sustainability. Chef Kareem Anguin of The Oceanairedefinitely fits that bill. Though he moved to Miami when he was 12, you can see and taste the ...

  • Highway to Hops with Miami Brew Bus
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    First, we met in Coconut Grove at Lokal for a nice long ride to Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. Next stop is M.I.A Brewing, and lastly at Wynwood Brewing.  Then, we finish off back at Lokal after having worked up a serious appetite from all the beers. About the breweries on the tour, here’s a description from the Miami Brew Bus website: FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY Founded in 2010, Funky Buddha Brewery began as a brewpub, lounge, ...

  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne Reveals $2 Million Makeover

    Featuring Renovated Wet Areas, Fitness Center and Debut of Contemporary Spa Menu With Vegan Services MIAMI, FL - The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne reveals a $2 million makeover this season, further enhancing the tropical oasis destination spa. Welcome to Miami’s Updated Destination Spa Led by internationally recognized, Coral Gables design firm Gettys, the 20,000 square foot luxury spa welcomes guests to an updated arrival experience with a mosaic waterfall feature, modern gold fixtures and contemporary art displays. Wet areas, including ...

  • Heineken Light Your Night – Miami, FL

    Heineken® Light partnered with the award-winning Tecne Collective to bring Heineken “Light Your Night” to Art Basel Miami,  December 3 to December 7.  Heineken “Light Your Night” serves as a platform for local and international artists to interpret Heineken Light’s “Bounce” campaign through the use of light. The creations, by local and internationals artists, were showcased in a series of events including a monumental video mapping experience, kinetic light motion installations, and an interactive light show challenge. Heineken ...

  • Gaping Void at the Light Box

    “Hugh’s first ever art show, “I’m Not Delusional: The Art of the Entrepreneur” featured nearly 300 new and classic images that tell the story of entrepreneurship.” – See more at Gaping Void   Sharing is Caring

  • Problem Kids Win Ultimate Miami Band 2013

    Super Talented Problem Kids are the 2013 Ultimate Miami Band Let us set the f*cking record straight: Miami has a fantastic local music scene! If you are unaware of this it is because your musical taste blows or you do not frequent awesome local music venues like PAX and The Stage to experience these kick-ass bands. TheProblem Kids or (PK) are an incredibly talented band that symphonically intertwines hip-hop, roots rock and Caribbean salsa into sick tunes. This past Thursday November 7th, PK ...

  • Easter Seals of South Florida Festival of Chefs 2013

     25th Annual festival of Chefs When an event combines tasty cuisine and a cause we believe in, we will definitely be there with forks in hand. Easter Seals of South Florida, is a wonderful organization that “provides exceptional services to ensure that all children and adults with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.” They help kids with disabilities learn how to take care of ...

  • Scrumptious Burgerliscious Returns for a Third Bite

    Very few events induce as much anticipated excitement as a nectarous burger orgy feast… well maybe a real orgy. We are still salivating as we type this review of Burgerliscious 3 (literally took a break to eat a burger while writing this). This bodacious burger bonanza returned on November 7th for the third straight year at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables. Guests were privy to devour appetizing burgers from over 20 participating Coral Gables ...

  • Photos of Halloween on Lincoln Road – 10/31/13

    Aahhh Halloween, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” The weather is breaking, the holidays are approaching, people are festive and costumes are super-duper fun. From the debaucherous slutty ones to the over the top grandiose ones, to the creative smile inducing ones, we adore costumes. The best spot to see all these lovely costumes is always Lincoln Road and this year was the most packed ever, with streets so crowded by 10:00 that ...

  • Passage to India Pop-up Restaurant Closing and Diwali Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton

    On Sunday, Nov 3 as A Passage to India celebrated Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday, with delectable feasting, gift exchanges and fireworks to mark the occasion. Different regions of India celebrate Diwali a bit differently, commemorating struggles of different gods, but all have as their common theme the triumph of good over evil We enjoyed live performances, traditional clay lamps, firecrackers and complimentary henna application.  A Passage to India is a pop-up Indian restaurant at the ...

  • Photos of the Reel Horror Ball: AMC’s The Walking Dead at the Moore Building – 10/31/13

    Reel Horror Ball Presented AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’  brought the zombie apocalypse to Miami. This fifth installment of the Reel Horror Ball event series took place Oct. 31st at The Moore Building in the Design District. Party goers dressed to kill as “walkers” and other eerie characters at this ultimate zombie takeover experience. Throughout the evening, multiple DJs performed and revelers were be able to get a firsthand glimpse of actual props from the hit television show. ...

  • Grovetoberfest 2013 at Peacock Park

    Grovetoberfest is Always a Wild Pleasure by Ari Kane. Beer is fun! Beer drinkers are usually chill and when you put them all together at a festival, it almost always equates to a gay ole time. Miami Beer fests are great ways to break away from the uppity restaurant and club scene and get trashed with legit, down-to-earth, jovial people. Grovetoberfest returned to Coconut Grove for its third year in a row hosting over 200 great beers from ...

  • An Evening of Art and Beauty at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

    On Thursday, October 17, both hotel and local guests celebrated an evening of beauty, glamour and relaxation, enlivening all of the senses at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. Guests refreshed with spa teasers and learned beauty tips from the fresh additions to the new menu including: Carita Paris, Pino, Shankara, Moroccan Oil, NuFACE, Clarisonic, Eminence and makeup consultations by CHANEL, provided by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. As the sun set over the Miami skyline, guests enjoyed libations ...

  • Carlos Mencia at Magic City Casino

    Carlos Mencia is still funny as shit Despite legions of shitalkers saying otherwise, Carlos is a funny fuckin bastard. He had a hilarious set at a sold out Magic city Casino this past October 18th. He joked about sharks talking shit to the girl who got her arm bit off surfing and then went back into the water. Americans needing to staple their stomachs shut when they should just hire starving Africans to hit the food ...

  • SAVE Dade’s Annual Halloween Ball at the MBCC

    Save Dade’s annual Halloween Ball takes place every year the Saturday prior to Halloween. Formerly known as Hellrotika, the annual Halloween extravaganza is known for the extravagant costumes and has become a tradition of the Jet Set in the South Florida community. “Whether you are gay, straight, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, this party  features an environment of inclusion and acceptance like no other event in South Florida, said Tony Lima, SAVE Dade’s executive director.  Nobody that ...

  • Vizcaya Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

    The Vizcayans hosted their 27th annual Halloween Sundowner, the premier Halloween Party in Miami and highly anticipated annual fundraiser benefiting Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Guests enjoyed complimentary liquor, wine and beer, canapés, dancing under the stars to a live band and a DJ, costumes watching and the thrill of Vizcaya after dark. There was also a costume contest judged by reps from Miami New Times, Yelp and Brickell Magazine, and awards for an array of categories. Unlike any other South Florida ...

  • The Dark Dining Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball Dazzles Miami

    Sexy & Scrumptious Dining in the Dark The talented Chef Adrianne Calvo compiled quite a delectable feast for all the senses with her legendary Dining in the Dark at the Coral Gables Country Club this past September 20th 2013. She threw an Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Ball  to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event was adorned and saturated with magnificent ostentatiousness  and scrumptiousness. Dining in the Dark consisted of a seven course meal where patrons consumed their meal ...

  • A Palatable Passage to India at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

    Scrumptious Indian Fare Popping Up for a Month at The Ritz Coconut Grove While Miami has cranked out some sterling places to eat the past few years, we have heard complaints that one must travel to the foreign land of Broward County to get legit Indian food. Well, we are happy to to report that for the next month you can save yourself the trip and head to  The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami for Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru’s A Passage ...

  • Color Me Wrong at Color Mob 5K

    We love unique events and were long overdue for some much-needed exercise so we thought we would check out the Color Mob 5K at Oleta River State Park this past Saturday August 17th. The Color Mob is basically a 5K combined with the Holi Festival (Indian Festival of Color).  So imagine this — as you are running your course, you come across multiple stations where people throw colored powder at you. Sounds like it could ...

  • Gabriel Iglesias Cracks up Magic City Casino

    Gabriel Iglesias Cracks up Magic City Casino Magic City Casino has turned into quite a stupendous spot, hosting fun, delectable and hilarious events. Gabriel Iglesias is on the road and brought his favorite stand-ups from “Stand-Up Revolution” with him. We caught up with Gabriel Iglesias (a.k.a. Fluffy not Fluffer) at the Stage 305 there and fell in love with this cake-fingering comedic treasure. The Stage 305 was set up with stadium seating and table seating accommodating 758 people. There ...

  • Photographs from Slava’s Snow Show Preview and Tweet Seats

    It’s Snowtime in Miami! Following sold-out engagements in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Barcelona, Madrid, London, New York and a record-breaking run at the Ziff Ballet Opera House five years ago, the internationally acclaimedSlava’s Snowshow returns to Miami July 31– August 25. A cross between Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group, this entertainment phenomenon takes audiences on an alluring 90-minute journey that is “pure magic…an evening of enchantment and fun!” (The Express) The breathtaking show created by Slava, ...

  • Photographs of Bazaar Noir sponsored by Dos Equis at Grand Central

    Love, Hope, Strength invites you to a night of culinary oddities, exotic beasts, and enigmatic strangers. Grand Central was transformed into a market inspired soiree guaranteed to test your wits and tempt your senses. Sip on complimentary Dos Equis as live music and unexpected encounters transport you to the Bazaar Noir. We received these cute little passport cards that we took with us to every station to have punched.  It wasn’t that easy though. You had to try one ...

  • Photographs of the Pool Boy Pool Girl Competition at the Clevelander Marlins Stadium
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    This past weekend we had the privilege of attending an awesome competition that involved, twerking, swimsuits, beer pong, liquor and laughter otherwise referred to as just another day at The Clevelander at Marlins Park. We were asked to judge the Pool Boy and Pool Girl Competition and had an absolute blast. The Clevelander opened up a location at the Marlins Stadium, where fans can eat awesome food, drink, swim in the pool and get up ...

  • Photographs of International Mango Festival at Fairchild Botanical Gardens

      International Mango Festival at Fairchild By Andreina Troconis Photo credits: Daniella Veras and Andreina Troconis Every July we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the International Mango Festival  at Fairchild Tropical Gardens.  Such a treat the King Mango is, that  despite the rain droves of  people showed up at this venue this past Sunday, July 14th, 2013 .  Mango Tree owners, mango connoisseurs and aficionados like my friend and I, were in for a very refreshing afternoon. Mangoes from  several ...

  • Photographs of Boca Burger Battle

    Despite the rain, there was an excellent showing at Boca’s Burger Battle. Check out the delectable images below…    Boca Burger Battle’s 2013 Winners are: Judge’s Pick for “Best Grill Master” went to: 1st place – Bite Gastrotruck 2nd place – Potions In Motion 3rd place – Shake Shack Judge’s Pick for “Best Alternative Grill Master” went to: 1st place – 4th Generation People’s Choice for “Best Boca Burger” went to: 1st place – Morton’s Steakhouse 2nd place – Rebel House 3rd place – Potions In Motion Sharing ...

  • Labor Days DVD Release Showcase
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    By Ari Kane The stars of the award-winning web series “Labor Days” performed in a special comedy showcase celebrating the “Labor Days – Season One” DVD release.  “Labor Days” features some of South Florida’s funniest comedians and we saw them live at the Miami Improv for a special ONE NIGHT ONLY comedy showcase! We will highlight some of our favorite performers. Lisa Corrao joked about how she recently moved back in to her parents house and now ...

  • Photographs of 1st Annual Salsa and Bachata Fetish Party at Moonchine
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    Negro Fino Productions and Dj Jorge Charun hosted the 1st Annual Salsa/ Bachata/ Kizomba Fetish Party at Moonchine. It featured live burlesque shows, costumes, and of course, lots of dancing.       Sharing is Caring

  • Photographs of ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night
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      AMIGOS FOR KIDS HOSTED SOLD OUT ING MIAMI CELEBRITY DOMINO NIGHT Amigos For Kids, the Miami-based nonprofit organization that aims to prevent child abuse and neglect by valuing children, strengthening families and educating communities, hosted its signature annual fundraiser, ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night on the evening of Sat., June 15 in Miami, Fla. More than 2,000 guests took part in the sold-out event, celebrated by many as “Miami’s most popular fundraiser.” “Amigos For Kids is grateful to have celebrated one of our ...

  • Photographs from Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana Award Ceremony at Mia Cucina 5/15/2013

    Italian cuisine has always been an important tool for the promotion of Italy and has effectively promoted not only Italian products but also the Italian economy and culture the world over. Italian cuisine is appreciated by Americans and local restaurants serving it are often preferred destinations for a fine dining experience. Thus restaurants have a significant role to play in this promotional exercise and thus it is required that those serving authentic Italian cuisine are ...

  • Photographs of Ultimate Miami Dessert Competition featuring Rob Schneider at Magic City Casino 05/04/2013
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    ULTIMATE MIAMI DESSERT COMPETITION FEATURES ROB SCHNEIDER Rob Schneider performed at the Ultimate Miami Dessert competition where finalists will competed for a cash prize of $5,000 and the title of Ultimate Miami Dessert on Saturday, May 4  at Stage 305 at Magic City Casino – 450 NW 37 Avenue in Miami, FL 33125. The panel of judges at the Ultimate Miami Dessert competition included Where Magazine South Florida editor, Aurora Rodriguez, and radio personality and co-host of 610AM WIOD’s ...

  • Photographs of Ultimate Miami Comedian featuring Jon Lovitz at Magic City Casino 05/03/2013
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    Miami’s Ultimate Comedian Forrest Shaw Crowned Emmy nominated comedian, Jon Lovitz, performed at the Ultimate Miami Comedian competition where finalists competed for a cash prize of $5,000 and the title of the Ultimate Miami Comedian.  The event took place on Friday, May 3 at 9pm at  Stage 305 at Magic City Casino.  The panel of judges at the Ultimate Miami Comedian included Where Magazine South Florida editor, Aurora Rodriguez and radio personality and co-host of 610AM WIOD’s South Florida’s First News, ...

  • Photographs from UnderGROUND Miami Annual Fundraiser to Benefit the Fertile Earth Foundation
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    On Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, Fertile Earth Foundation (FEF), a Florida based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, best known for its composting and waste reduction initiatives, along with The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted their 2nd Annual “Underground Miami” fundraising event  to benefit Fertile Earth. Fresh off their success with the Ladies of Manure 2013 Calendar, the ladies of FEF will got us to rethink all our waste with specially commissioned art installation made with — you ...

  • Photographs from Brew at the Zoo 05/04/2013

    Miami’s largest beer festival returned last weekend, showcasing 100-plus local, international, and craft beers, live national acts, interactive games, animals, food and fun! New Times Brew at the Zoo featured national touring acts like Naughty by Nature, with hits like O.P.P and Hip Hop Hooray, performed live as well as Uncle Luke live on stage.    Sharing is Caring

  • Photographs and Review of Cochon 555 at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami
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      The EDGE Steak Bar Prevails at Cochon 555   If you are a swine lover, a bad Jew or just Cuban, you are going to feel like a jackass for missing Cochon 555 this past Sunday April 21st. Cochon 555 returned to Miami a second year in its five year history at the Four Seasons in Brickell. The traveling tour  gathers five chefs, five pigs, and five wineries at ten cities throughout the country promoting sustainable farming of heritage ...

  • Review of 2013 South Beach Comedy Festival

    South Beach Comedy Festival 2013 was a Riot As seen on on Hedonist/Shedonist Besides intense, euphoric, mind-numbing orgasms, laughter is most likely humanity’s favorite activity. We had the distinct pleasure of attending the South Beach Comedy Fest this past week and absolutely adored it. The event, hosted by Comedy Central, is in its eighth magical year and is a veritable treat for South Beach. Aubery Kessler did a phenomenal job running it and we would like to take ...

  • Photographs from Inaugural Dishcrawl Miami

    The First Ever Miami Dishcrawl Was A Blast Who doesn’t love a pub crawl? With the exception of recovering alcoholics, mormons, fanatical Muslims, or otherwise lame people– Everyone loves a fucking pub crawl. That’s why we were elated at the notion of a Dishcrawl, a group of foodies crawling to multiple restaurants to pound some damn good food. Dishcrawl made it’s Miami debut, Wednesday, April 17th where more then 30 guests bounced around Bickell sampling it’s fares. This time we ...

  • Photographs of Fabulous Miami Monthly Multichamber Event @ MPP Brickell Restaurant – April 3

    Fabulous Miami Monthly Multichamber Event @ MPP Brickell Restaurant – April 3 The Chambers of Argentina, Camacol, Coconut Grove, Colombia, Chile, Greater Doral, Downtown Miami & Brickell, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Junior Chamber International, Medley,Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Sweetwater, along with Brickell Rotary Club, celebrate the Monthly Multichamber of Commerce networking event. Mix and mingle with local professionals, promote your business, share your ideas, expand your network and have fun!   Sharing is Caring

  • Photographs of Spoken Soul Festival & Brunch

    Spoken Soul Festival is three days of philanthropy, showcase, and support. The main SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase Vol. 6 celebrates SWAN DAY 2013. Support Women Arts NOW! Winner of Miami New Time’s “Best of Miami” Best Event to Meet Intelligent Women, is featured some of the most talented women artists of South Florida. This free event showcased twelve women artists inside the historic Gibson Miami Showroom. For more information, check out: www.spokensoulfestival.com Spoken Soul Festival Gibson Miami Showroom 2751 North ...

  • Photographs of The Big Bliss at the Center of Grace

    So many times we forget that unless we take care of ourselves, we can’t fully help anyone else.  Enter The Big Bliss —  a spiritual spa day that will give you access to more peace, balance, and bliss. Join Hay House Author, Jennifer Grace, and her Dream Team of Wisdom Professors and Wellness Wizards who will work their magic to deliver you a day of rejuvenation and retreat. Day/Weekend Passes all included a delicious Raw Foods Lunch, Gentle Movement Classes, ...

  • Adventures of the Foodaholic’s 1 Year Anniversary Celebration at NoVe Kitchen & Bar
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    If you are looking for a verified, solid restaurant to devour some complimentary cuisine and drinks, do we have a marvelous tip for you! Find a food bloggers party and get your freeloading-ass on that coveted guest list! We had the privilege of attending Maria, The Foodaholic’s, First Blogiversary celebration for Adventures of the Foodaholic at NoVe Kitchen and Bar on March 13th. Maria’s blog, ”Adventures of the Foodaholic”,  is a joy to peruse, loads of real informative ...

  • Photographs of Sprung! Spring Beer Festival 3/9/2013
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    Beer festivals are a lot like open-minded college girls & South Beach guys — they can go either way. Sometimes they blow (as did a recent local beer festival that shall remain nameless) - or as is the case with, Sprung! Spring Beer Festival, they can kick major ass. This past Saturday, March 9th Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park hosted 150 spring and summer craft beers from well-known, talented breweries like Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn Brewery, Kona, Magic Hat, Shiner, Shipyard and ...

  • Photographs from 2nd Annual HeartCamp Unconference at Hotel Urbano Brickell

    The 2nd Annual HeartCamp Unconference at Hotel Urbano Brickell on Saturday, February 2, 2013.   HeartCamp is held during American Heart Month they discussed the physical, emotional, spiritual and creative aspects of the heart, with a focus on relationships of all kinds — relationship to the heart, body, self, others and soul. Topics include heart health, nutrition, sex, romance, career, parenting and many more.   Sharing is Caring

  • Photographs from Yelp’s Streetopia

    …and on the Eighth Day God Created Yelp by Ari Kane (@Aricurian) and Daniella Veras (@DaniellaVeras & @_DaniMiami) For all the competition about which new tech company reigns supreme we have a memo for you: Yelp Rules. Forget Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon etc. Nobody treats their members better than Yelp. Yelp has a sterling reputation for great reviews and throwing badass parties for its special members. This past Thursday, January 31st they pulled off one the best events of the year, ...

  • Photographs of Betty Alvarez’s Birthday Party at Crave on 1/29/13

    Check out these pics of Betty Alvarez’s Birthday Party at CRAVE in Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.  Happy Birthday Betty!! Huge thanks to CRAVE, Freedom Concierge Services and Mega City Events.   Sharing is Caring

  • Photographs of Grand Opening at the Hoxton featuring Cat Shell

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  • Photographs of 7th Annual International Chocolate Festival

    by Ari Kane (@Aricurian) We spent this past lovely winter Saturday, January 25th at the serene Fairchild Botanic Garden for its 7th Annual International Chocolate Festival.  The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a tropical oasis off of Old Cutler Road that sports a beautiful collection of trees, plants and wildlife. The chocolate festival was an event for all ages held over three days. The venue provided chocolate tastings, Whole Foods sponsored chocolate beer tastings, a chocolate ...

  • Photographs from PULSE 2.0: Late Night at the New World Symphony

    by Ari Kane (@Aricurian) & Daniella Veras (@DaniellaVeras & @_DaniMiami) Pulse is a once-a-year cross-genre event at the New World Center.  Pulse 2.0 featured Miami-based DJ Sean Drake who joined the New World Symphony for an amazingly unique musical night. Pulse also featured a vocalist for the first time – world renowned-native Miami soprano Elaine Alvarez, her celestial voice reverberated throughout the adoring crowd   The event was designed to integrate contemporary classical music with electronic music into ...

  • Photographs Venue Magazine Cover Launch Party at The Hoxton

    So after the lovely engagement party, fundraiser celebrating Barcardi heir Gian Luis Barcardi and his lovely fiancee Kazandra Vega, we swung by The Hoxton (formerly Lucky Clover) to join in on the fun and festivities at Venue Magazine’s Cover Launch Party. The site has been transformed from Irish Pub  to swanky Hampton’s Beach House.  Beautiful people were abound, including my favorite housewife and Executive Editor for Venue Magazine, Alexia Echevarria. She is always so warm and ...

  • Photographs of Philanthropic Engagement Celebration for Gian Luis Bacardi and Kazandra Vega 1/12/13

    Gian Luis Bacardi, heir to the Bacardi global spirits and beverage conglomerate, will celebrate his engagement to fiancé, Kazandra Vega, on the evening of January 12, 2013 at the newly-opened Safi Restaurant in downtown Miami. Along with commemorating the love story of the young couple, the evening will served as an occasion to honor the charitable work of eight distinguished South Florida women and support Food for the Poor, an applauded non-profit that Gian’s mother, Kimberly ...

  • Evo Love Exhibit at the Eleazar Delgado Studio.

    Made a quick cameo at the Evo Love Exhibit at Eleazar Delgado Studio in Wynwood last week. Sadly, I missed the drummers, the dancers, and the live psychic readings. I did get to check out this very vibrant installation that was reminiscent of a real, neighborhood botanica. It’s only going on for a couple more days, so be sure to swing by…   Sharing is Caring

  • The Dome Restaurant Presents Moscow Disko Wednesdays 1/9/13

    The Dome Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, an environmentally conscious, farm-to-table eatery and caviar bar on Miracle Mile, is thrilled to announce Moscow Disko – a new weekly party celebrating food, music, and the arts, all in the heart of Coral Gables. Hosted by local author, Ily Goyanes (Miami New Times, Miami International Book Fair, Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica) and musically curated by Billboard DJ and Producer, Maximus 3000 (Miami Beach Pride, White Party, Winter ...

  • Ultimate Miami Food Truck Competition at Magic City Casino

    Food Truck Culinary Mastery on Display at Magic City Casino by Ari Kane (@Aricurian) & Daniella Veras (@_DaniMiami) There are few better ways to start off the New Year then forsaking your weight loss resolutions and devouring exquisite food like a starving Rwandan.  This past Saturday, January 5th we were granted this opportunity courtesy of Magic City Casino and Ultimate Miami. The Ultimate Miami Food Truck Battle was the third part of a seven part series held ...

  • Erin MIA’S Birthday * Fashion Forward * A Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Show to Benefit KGKG ‘Food For The Poor’

    Erin MIA’S Birthday * Fashion Forward * A Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Show to Benefit KGKG “Food For The Poor” at Dapur Asian Tappas Restaurant/Lounge, 1620 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33005 A Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Show with Special Guest Host, Miss South Florida USA, Gianina Acevedo.Nicole Shelley Models Presents: Ready to Wear Spring 2013 Runway Fashions by: * Lingerie/Swimwear by Lingerini www.Lingerini.co * Designer Eyewear by InSight Optics * Contemporary Ready-to-Wear by Elektrik Boutique * Decadent Evening wear by SHA ...

  • The Half-Naked Truth About Miami Velvet

    by Ari Kane (@Aricurian) & Daniella Veras (@_DaniMiami) Hedonist Shedonist When one first arrives to this 20,000 square foot spot, it is much like any other weekend at a swanky nightclub.  Dozens of well-dressed patrons wait in line to enter past the enormous black-suited gatekeepers.  Scantily clad women in mile-high heels and sultry teeny dresses arrive arm-in-arm with their companions. Yes, we are all very familiar with this typical Miami scene.  What you may not be familiar ...

  • Burgerliscious – The Second Course
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    by Ari Kane (@Aricurian) & Daniella Veras (@_DaniMiami) Burgerlicious, living up to its catchy name, was truly defuckinlicious. This scrumptious soiree was held outdoors at the Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables.  The beautiful balmy winter night was ideal for this epicurean grilling forgy (food orgy).  The crisp, cool weather gave South Floridians a chance to don their finest skiwear while New Yorkers rocked their “You Call This Cold?” t-shirts.  This venue, unlike past burger shindigs, ...

  • New Soul Of Miami Contributor: Daniella Veras
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    Welcome to new contributor: Dani Veras Born and raised in New York and now resident of Downtown Miami, Dani Veras, is an Educator, Epicurean, Live Music Junkie, Incorrigible iPhoneographer, and Social Media Maven. A self-proclaimed “sucker for charity,” she will walk / run / climb stairs / eat / drink for a good cause. Her varied background, knowledge base, and resourceful problem-solving earned her the sobriquet “MacGyver of Business Development.” Her atomic energy, positive attitude and ...

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