Monday, September 15, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for New Experiences - A Day at the Races

Miami life is constantly begging for our attention. There is so much to do at any given moment that our social calendars can border on a "Honey Do" list. It is ironic, then, that Miami-ans can still suffer from occasional boredom. A boredom caused partially by an overwhelming amount of social stimuli and partially by a monotonous routine. Today, we help you sort through the social white noise and fight boredom by sharing with you an experience that breaks our norm: horse racing.

We do not consider ourselves horse people or gamblers, but we are fans of new experiences. So, without any prior knowledge of the sport, we joined America's Best Racing for a day at Gulfstream Park's thoroughbred race track. Our biggest surprise was learning that there is a large horse racing community in Miami that gathers from Thursday through Sunday at Gulfstream Park. But don't be intimidated by the regulars - most are welcoming of new fans. Plus, thanks to America's Best Racing, we picked up 5 tips so you can also join in on the fun:

Monday, September 8, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - A Jetsetter's Guide to Chic Travel

The #ThankYouMiami team is gearing up for four months of travel around the U.S. so we are ruffling through our closet picking out the clothes that will make it into our suitcases and that will get us through roadtrips, plane trips, and everywhere in between. Dressing for travel can and should be chic, so we put together one outfit that exemplifies everything we look for in a travel outfit to inspire you. Read the excerpt from our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column below and click on the photo to see the full feature.

Will you be traveling before the holidays? Where will you be going? If not, where would you like to go? What are your go-tos for a travel outfit? How do you achieve a comfortable and versatile look? What are you favorite trends of the moment? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Dining Experiences - La Boca House

In Miami, meals are better defined as dining experiences. Eating is as much about delicious food as it is about enjoying great music, a killer vibe, and good company. Last night's media tasting at La Boca House in Brickell was overflowing with all four. We look forward to eating our way through La Boca House's full menu after their September 12th grand opening!

We started the evening by making new friends with other attendees over a cold mason jar of Floridian, a craft brew from south Florida brewing company Funky Buddha. When the lights dimmed, our newly formed media family gathered around the table for eight dishes inspired by so many cultures and ingredients it kept us on our toes all night. The lively chatter at the table oscilliated between compliments on the superb musical selection to in-depth discussions about local social issues. La Boca House's ambiance made the experience of dining with strangers easy and enjoyable - like sharing a meal with old friends. We shared our Miami stories, fawned over the food, and laughed our way out of awkward moments.

At the end of the night, pleasantly satisfied, we reluctantly rolled each other out of the restaurant. Lucky for you, we did not leave without documenting our favorite dishes and drinks for all of posterity! Check them out below. A huge thank you to La Boca House's amazing staff and to our new Miami friends for a night well spent!

#ThankYouMiami Must-Have: Tuna Nachos. Tortilla chips fried to order covered in layers of fresh tuna, house guac, seaweed salad, black olives, capers, ginger slices, and a dollop of sour cream.
Coconut-And-Lime Beef and Chicken Skewers. Grilled tender beef and chicken marinated in coconut milk and lime juice, skewered with okra, and served with our house BBQ-Ketchup sauce.
#ThankYouMiami Must-Have: Miami Mac Don Bowl. Stove top avocado mac and cheese with house-made pepper jack cheese sauce and cilantro.
Red Tagliolinni. Red tagliolinni pasta in a cream sauce, topped with smoked salmon, lime, and caviar.
The House Burger and Blue Cheese Fries. 8 oz. of grilled Kobe beef with brie cheese, cucumber, pepper, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and truffle mayonnaise.
Lamb Shank. Oven-cooked lamb shank in a red wine sauce and a bed of creamy saffron risotto.
Triple Shot. Your choice of a shot glass of Hennessy, Grand Marnier, and Carmel Liquor served with moist marble cake, topped with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream.
#ThankYouMiami Must-Have: Caramelized Crepe. Thin crepe over a layer of caramelized and flambée rum bananas and green apples, topped with a scoop of french vanilla ice cream.

What is your favorite neighborhood to visit for a great meal? What is your favorite Brickell restaurant? Which dish from La Boca House are you most excited to try? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Fashion - A "Premios Tu Mundo" Fashion Emergency

Last week we suffered a last minute fashion emergency that got our adrenaline going. We share all of the details in the format of a "Thank You" letter to the Forever 21 store on Lincoln Road which stepped in to save the day. Read the excerpt from our latest #ThankYouMiami for Fashion column below and click on the photo to see the full feature.

La semana pasada sufrimos de una emergencia de moda que nos subió la adrenalina. Te compartimos todos los detalles en el formato de una tarjeta de agradecimiento a la tienda de Forever 21 en Lincoln Road quién nos salvo al último minuto. Lee el extracto de nuestro nuevo artículo para #ThankYouMiami for Fashion y dale click a la foto para ver todo el artículo.

Do you also struggle with keeping white clothes clean? Where do you turn during your fashion emergencies? What clothing items are your musts for a fashionable night out on the town? What are you favorite trends of the moment? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for a Global Connection - "Good Morning, Miami"

The world's eyes are on Miami. So, when London-based artist IMPREINT was looking to expand his global art project "Portraits", it is no surprise his sights landed on our sunny shores. This summer, IMPREINT tapped the #ThankYouMiami team to kick start the Miami segment of the exhibition called "Good Morning, Miami". Learn more about the project below and join us by submitting your own photo holding a balloon by December 16, 2014 to impreint [at] gmail [dot] com. If you post it on Instagram, make sure to tag @ThankYouMiami and #IMPREINT for your chance to be featured on the #ThankYouMiami Instagram page.

IMPREINT is an artist who believes "art has to have a social impact". In 2012, while he was working on painting a collection of 1,000 balloons, IMPREINT saw the painted balloons as people - each one different and imperfect, yet beautiful. Inspired by his balloon collection, he created the one-year project "Portraits" to visualize the human element behind his art and to unify an international audience through photographs with a single, plain-colored balloon. The balloons in the photographs are a reminder of the constants that transcend the geographical and cultural differences of its participants and that connect all humans as citizens of planet Earth.

We are honored to submit the first photo for "Good Morning, Miami", every detail of which is intended to show the world how amazing our city is. The white balloon adds a touch of Miami chic to an outfit showcasing pieces from local style purveyors Ohm Boutique, Razön, and Thrifter Miami. The background highlights Miami landmarks, including the Port of Miami and the killer downtown Miami skyline. Through these elements, Miami responds to IMPREINT's call by saying "Good Morning, World". And, the world looks back in amazement.

Good Morning, Miami! A gorgeous view of the Port of Miami & the Downtown Miami skyline from South Pointe Park in Miami Beach. Photo credit: Brad Wells.

Bamboo Sunnies - Razön
Coin Dangle Earrings - Thrifter Miami
Leah Knit Tank - Ohm Boutique
Overalls (Similar) - H&M
Sandals (Similar) - Steve Madden