Friday, November 27, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: DIY Cucumber Shot Glasses

Full disclosure: we suck at DIY. We rarely get the motivation to make something ourselves we can buy online or pick up at a store. The few DIY projects we have attempted in the past have been either cast aside unfinished or have ended in fiasco. But, there is something about being bombarded all day with DIY videos by Buzzfeed and company that makes you think "That looks easy! I can make that!"

The tutorial video that inspired this post showed up on our newsfeed at the right time. For weeks we had been desperately waiting for the perfect occasion to pop open our unopened bottle of Rolling Stones Jose Cuervo (the bottle commemorating the Rolling Stones' historic, Jose Cuervo-fueled 1972 North American tour.)  It is a testament to our creativity—and perhaps our desperation—that we made this video that occasion. After all, the instructions were for transforming cucumbers into Mexican snack cups, not tequila shot glasses.

Whatever you choose to fill them up with (we're partial to using Cuervo), this is an easy and fun Sunday Funday activity to try with friends. We'll leave you with the original video for instructions because our DIY-ing should definitely not be emulated. But we'll also leave you with the photos from our attempt as encouragement to those of you who are also not good at DIY. If all else fails, do as we would have done: eat the ingredients and make yourself one of these Cuervo + Rolling Stones inspired cocktails.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for the A+E District

Can you believe Miami's Arts and Entertainment District is turning one? When we first introduced you to the A+E District in March, we called it Miami's new up-and-coming cultural epicenter. In the months since our claim, NR Investments, the District's developer, has delivered on their commitment to not only construct buildings, but also spur a community in the area. They have transformed the emerging neighborhood between Downtown and Wynwood into a Miami hotspot and earned their programming a permanent spot on our social calendars.

The first event we attended at the A+E District—although we didn't know it at the time—was the launch of NR Investment's collaboration with SHFT Studio at the Filling Station Lofts. You may also remember this momentous occasion as the time we got to interview Adrian Grenier for Société Perrier. During this very early interaction, we learned two things about the team behind the A+E District: 1) they know how to throw awesome events; and, 2) like us, they're all about local love. After all, they had PALO! perform live on an outdoor terrace overlooking the Miami skyline. Can you say, #winning?

The past year has built on the social traction they gathered in their early days, while staying true to their focus on promoting local. They have hosted everything from live art competitions showcasing local artists to yoga classes taught by locals for locals to flea markets featuring local vendors. Through their killer programming, they are giving Miami's creatives a platform to launch their talents, as well as fostering a sense of community that for many of us had previously been lacking. Judging by the exponential increase in participation at A+E District events (some of them, like the yoga soundscape, sell out within minutes), it is safe to Miami is a fan.

"We have been humbled by the overwhelming support for the Arts + Entertainment District in the past year," says Ron Gottesmann, Principal of NR Investments and one of the visionaries of the A+E District. "Our events have truly brought the community together in a celebration of music, culture, the arts, and all that Miami has to offer. The A+E District has created a niche in Miami that didn't exist before, and we are excited to continue our programming and grow the neighborhood into a place where locals live, work, and play."

As locals who have witnessed the A+E District's vision at work, we are excited to continue supporting its growth and being a part of its movement. We are also psyched to see what events it has in store for us this year, starting with it one year anniversary celebration this Saturday, November 28. While we won't be able to attend (ICYMI, we're in Panama for the week), we hope you will join other locals in toasting a successful first year and kicking off what promises to be a fruitful and fun second year!

Have you been to the A+E District? What event(s) did you attend? Which one was your favorite? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Monday, November 23, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for 4 Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving in Miami

Can you believe Thanksgiving week is here? We're having a minor meltdown thinking about how quickly this year has gone by, but simultaneously jumping for joy because tomorrow we leave to celebrate the holiday in Panama. (Basically, as Ron Burgundy would say, we're in a glass case of emotions.) Before we leave, we want to leave you with some Thanksgiving in Miami intel. We've already given you a Miami-inspired Thanksgiving outfit idea, so here are four tips for celebrating the holiday in our beautiful city.

1. Family and friends in town? Take everyone out for pre-Thanksgiving bonding so they can air out their grievances early and you can enjoy Thursday's meal in peace. If your group needs some liquid courage, your best option is Better Days' complimentary booze buffet (yes, you read right) which will be available on Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. You're welcome, Miami!

2. If you're feeling indulgent, give thanks Miami-style over a decadent prix-fixe menu like Seaspice's three-course Thanksgiving Day menu which includes options like pan seared foie gras, slow-cooked lamb chuck and a warm sweet potato clafoutis for $75 per person. A ton of local restaurants (3030 OceanMeat MarketThe DutchLure FishbarQuattro to name a few) offer delicious and varied dine-in options so, if you shop around, you'll find one to meet your price and food needs. Google is your best friend on this one.

3. For those of you who want to celebrate at home but don't want to or can't cook, Toscana Divino has you covered with Thanksgiving Dinner To Go. For $160 plus tax and gratuity, you get all the deliciousness of holiday home cooking—a whole herb and citrus roasted turkey, turkey gravy, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, butternut squash gnocchi, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie—in oven-ready containers and instructions for easy pre-heating at home. You need to call them ASAP to reserve since it sells out every year.

4. Whether you're hosting dinner or headed to someone else's house for dinner, simplify your life by picking up dessert. Miami's vegan options, like Bunnie Cakes and Jugofresh, have the benefit of not only being easy, but also more delicious and better-for-you. On Thursday, Bunnie Cakes will have an array of vegan pies and cupcakes available for pick-up at their store. (Guarantee your order by e-mailing your selection to orders [at] bunniecakes [dot] com.) Similarly, Jugofresh is bringing back their now Vogue-featured raw Thanksgiving pies which you can pre-order at any of their stores. #winning!

Where will you be celebrating Thanksgiving? Do you host dinner? What are your Thanksgiving tips? Traditions? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Friday, November 20, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Spending One Day in Key Largo

Ever have a day when you wake up wanting to go somewhere—explore a different setting—but you can't come up with where to go? Or worse, you come up with a destination (for us it's Bali or Japan), but it is not realistic or feasible, at least not immediately? Those are the days we end up sulking around, talking about what we would do if teleporting was a "thing" or if we had a private jet, and end up doing absolutely nada

For our collective sakes, we present to you a one-day itinerary to Key Largo that our contributor Brad Wells put together for Localeur. Next time you find yourself in the aforementioned wanderlust conundrum remember we have a lot of beautiful places to discover or re-discover within short distance from Miami. Key Largo is only one of at least three easily-reachable road trip destinations we've amassed in our arsenal of affordable, spur-of-the-moment getaways. Brad's recommendation is here to remind you of the four worthwhile places you've been missing (or that have been missing you since your last visit) down south.

Have you been to Key Largo? What are some of your must-visit Key Largo spots? What is your favorite road trip destination from Miami? Why? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#ThankYouMiami How-To: Giving Back on Give Miami Day 2015

Rejoice, South Florida! Give Miami Day is upon us in less than 24 hours. The annual one-day event, which is the brainchild of The Miami Foundation, lets us rub our pennies together as a community to make mucha mula for local non-profits. This means tomorrow you will have the opportunity to donate within your budget and make a sizable financial impact on the causes you support. This means tomorrow you will have the opportunity to get involved in and make a difference in your community from the comfort of your own couch. This means tomorrow you can bring bonus money from The Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation, and their partners to our community by donating as little as $25.

Last year Give Miami Day made history by raising $5.2 million for 520 local non-profits from more than 19,000 donors. From tomorrow 12 a.m. EST through Friday 12 a.m. EST, it is up to us to break our own record by giving more and to more causes. There are more than 500 organizations vying for our support. If you're overwhelmed, we've provided some suggestions by category below. And don't forget to check out the prize schedule, which will help you time your contribution so your favorite organization(s) win(s) awesome bonus prizes!

If you support the arts, consider:
1. Bakehouse Art Complex
2. Life Is Art
3. Locust Projects

If you enjoy cultural programming, consider:
1. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
2. Buskerfest
3. Miami City Ballet
4. New World Symphony
5. O Miami Poetry Festival

If you believe in empowering and helping youth, consider:
1. City Year
2. Do The Right Thing
3. Educate Tomorrow
4. Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation
5. Project Ready for School

If you support environmental education, consider:
1. The Big Blue & You
2. The CLEO Institute
3. Coral Morphologic
4. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
5. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

If you support environmental conservation, consider:
1. Everglades Foundation
2. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
3. Friends of the Everglades
4. Miami Waterkeeper
5. Pelican Harbor Seabird Station

If you're into fashion, consider:
1. Becca's Closet
2. Dress for Success
3. Style Saves

If you enjoy independent films, consider:
1. FilmGate Interactive
2. O Cinema

If you support sustainable entrepreneurship, consider:
1. EcoTech Visions

If none of the above connect with you, consider:
1. Awesome Miami
2. Dade Heritage Trust
3. Feeding South Florida
4. Give Miami Day Bonus Pool
5. HandsOn Miami
6. Friends of the Underline