Sunday, March 29, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for #Foodie Friends

Last week Miami's tourism season culminated in a whirlwind of people, events and mischief so it was a rough one for us at #ThankYouMiami HQ. Thankfully Mitch from popular Miami food blog Mitch and Mel Take Miami gave us an excuse for a hump day happy hour. We joined him on Wednesday to drink, eat, and answer 15 questions for their blog's monthly #Foodie Friends feature. Over a delicious blackberry Marg, we shared our thoughts on a wide range of topics, including Miami, food, travel, hobbies, and happiness. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature!


If you could ask us one question, what would it be? What did you think of our answers? Do you agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Authentic Miami Gifts

Whether you're a Miami resident or you're in Miami on vacation, you are one lucky son of a gun. Everyone you know is peppered around the globe in a place that is likely boring and/or freezing and here you are in our sunny shores having the time of you life. So, when it comes time to go home or to visit your friends abroad, it is only fair that you come home with amazing gifts that give your friends a taste of paradise.

If the word souvenirs immediately made you think of neon "I'm in Miami B..." t-shirts and other tacky gifts, you're not alone. On the surface, Miami souvenirs are cheap, tasteless, and covered in neon. But, if you put some brain power into it, you will find authentic Miami souvenirs that don't suck. We shared four of our favorites with Localeur. Read the excerpt below and click on the photo for the full feature.


Which of the four places will you visit next time you need a Miami souvenir? What place that was not mentioned do you like to visit for Miami keepsakes? What do you get there? What other recommendations would you like us to share through Localeur? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Themed Weeks - Miami Music Week 2015


Miami is in the peak of tourism season right now so naturally everything here is absolutely insane: the traffic, the people, the amount of activities going on at once and, as a result, our schedules. This week in particular has been a whirlwind of chaos, which explains why we are a day late in talking about the topic du jour: Miami Music Week. The internationally anticipated celebration of electronic music began unleashing its heavy bass and sick beats yesterday and, according to social media, the energetic masses are raging harder than ever before.

This year we're choosing where we spend our energy carefully so we've been keeping a watchful eye on the announcements and marquees. Here are the three events we are most looking forward to this year:

When: Tuesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 28
Where: 6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Why: As Miami Beach celebrates its first hundred years, there is no better place than this historic Miami Beach hotel to throw the 30th Annual Winter Music Conference (WMC). As the official WMC host, the Deauville will welcome some of our favorite EDM heavy hitters (i.e., Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki). Additionally, for the first time, the host hotel will bridge WMC's business and party worlds by not only holding pool parties and DJ spin-offs, but also exhibits of the music industry's newest technology and the International Dance Music Awards. For WMC tickets and more information, please visit http://wintermusicconference.com/.

When: Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 29
Where: 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Why: Ian Schrager's Basement Miami, in partnership with THUMP, is kicking off its first Miami Music Week with a stellar line-up. We are particularly psyched for the weekend sets featuring Questlove, DZA, and Dennis Ferrer. On its closing night, Basement Miami promises the appearance of a very special guest. If their track record is any indication, we anticipate the caliber of this special guest to be worth the gamble. For tickets and more information, please visit http://basementmiami.com/events.

When: Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 29
Where: 1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Why: Since we left college, we rarely make appearances at Mansion. However, every once in a while, they surprise us with a killer event or headliner that we just cannot miss. This year's Miami Music Week line-up includes Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Martin Garrix, and Nicky Romero so we're dusting off our tightest bandage dress and heading to Mansion. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.mansionmiami.com/dev/.

Which Miami Music Week events are you most looking forward to? Will you be attending any of these events? Who are you most excited to see perform? If Miami Music Week is not for you, what do you plan to do instead? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet @ThankYouMiami.

Monday, March 23, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Supporting Local Talent - A Blank Canvas

Miami has a new up-and-coming cultural epicenter: the Miami Arts and Entertainment District or A&E District. Since its recent inception, the developing neighborhood has hit the ground running with a constant stream of arts, music, and nightlife programming that put our packed social calendars to shame. This past weekend, the A&E District hosted an event called "A Blank Canvas", a 90-minute art battle produced by Miami's Independent Thinkers (MIT). We stopped by in our Perrier capacity to cover the scene and snap some photos of Miami's killer style.

The event was fun, engaging, and made us proud to be Miami locals. On par with the A&E District and MIT's missions, "A Blank Canvas" promoted local artists and banded the Miami community together to choose the battle champion. And, Miami's artists really stepped up to the plate. Everyone from DJ Patrick Walsh and MC Komakozie to the four competing artists absolutely killed it. A special congratulations to Jenny Perez who the crowd crowned as the night's winning artist. Read the excerpt and click on the photo for the full Perrier feature.


Where you at "A Blank Canvas"? Who was your favorite artists? What other A&E District events have you attended? What did you like about those events? What other Miami neighborhoods do you like to frequent? What do you enjoy doing there? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - Coral Gables Fashion Week

Alert the media: yesterday we left the beach! Our destination? Coral Gables for the first ever Coral Gables Fashion Week. The journey was rough (we sat in traffic for almost two hours), but well worth it. We spent the evening drinking bubbly, eating delicious sweets, and shopping our way through Miracle Mile. We even took a pit stop at Swine Southern for a drink with our non-Miami Beach resident friends.

Tonight was only the first night so read the excerpt below and click on the photo for our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column in which we share everything you need to know to seize the last two days of Coral Gables Fashion Week. Happy shopping!


Did you participate in tonight's Coral Gables Fashion Week events? Which events did you attend? What was your favorite part of the event? What great deals did you discover? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!