Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Miami Buzz | Serena Williams Debuts The First Annual Ultimate RUN

photo credit: Serena Williams

The newly crowned 18-time grand slam winner and beautiful tennis superstar Serena Williams will join thousands of avid running enthusiasts from South Florida and around the country for the first annual Serena Williams Ultimate RUN South Beach, on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

In support of Serena Williams Fund which provides assistance to families affected by violent crimes and providing underprivileged youth around the world, the Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) 5K Run/Walk and Ultimate KIDS Dash will bring together runners of all ages.

We asked Serena why she chose Miami to debut the Ultimate RUN and she said "Miami is very close to my heart- I've lived and trained here throughout my career- and it's such an electric and diverse city."

On Sunday, December 14th, Ocean Drive will be CLOSED to traffic for the Ultimate RUN's start and finish lines. The course will take runners through Miami's renowned South Beach scene. Joining Serena will be number of high profile athletes and celebrities. This event is open to all ages, registrants of the Ultimate RUN will receive a premium, Nike tech, gender-specific Ultimate RUN shirt and custom artisan Ultimate RUN finisher medal and so much more.

Registration is now open at at and via twitter @theultimaterun 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

[Event Recap] Oprah's "The Life You Want Weekend" in Miami, FL

"With the rising of the sun, you ask, What will I make of this NEW day?"- Oprah

I can honestly say that I had one of the best weekends of 2014 at Oprah's "The Life You Want" Tour here in Miami, FL.  I was overly excited to see Oprah and all of her trailblazer friends in "real life". The entire weekend's experience was life changing not only for myself, but it was life changing for my friends who shared it with me.

The Traymore Gin Bar Debuts its Inaugural Happy Hour in Miami Beach

photo credit: Elizabeth Renfrow

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at the newly opened Metropolitan by COMO Miami Beach has debuted its inaugural Happy Hour at the Traymore Gin Bar, just in time for the holiday season. The Traymore Gin Bar offers more than 40 imported gins from around the world and is considered the FIRST of its kind in Miami Beach.

Head bartender of The Traymore Gin Bar, Jack Araque, together with Executive Chef Jonathan Lane have created a unique food and beverage happy hour bar menu for locals, visitors and hotel guests to enjoy during any evening occasion with family, friends or to let off steam with co-workers after a hard day at the office. Between the hours of 5:00pm and 7:00pm, seven days a week, The Traymore Gin Bar now offers a number of drink specials that includes any Signature Cocktail for $10 each; Select Wines by the glass for $8 and House Liquor for $8. To accompany the discounted drinks menu are a series of custom-made Bar Bite Specials that include a Cuban Sandwich ($7), Chicken Croquettes ($8) and Florida Tomate Basil Bruschetta ($8). 

Guests are able to enjoy The Traymore Gin Bar experience at Metropolitan by COMO within the Art Deco-inspired space of The Traymore Restaurant – designed and re-imagined by Italian designer Paola Navone. Introduced to the historic district of Miami Beach as the first of its kind, The Traymore Gin Bar offers a unique gin cocktail menu of seven innovative libations, developed by head bartender, Jack Araque, who has more than ten years of hospitality experience in New York and Miami, formerly of Four Seasons hotel. These cocktails have been carefully crafted using a combination from the bar’s eclectic collection of more than 40 domestic and international brands from around the world. 

photo credit: Mitchell Zachs

The Traymore Gin Bar’s signature cocktail menu offers the following...

“Traymore 1939” (Noilet’s Gin, Rosemary Syrup, Orange Curacao, Grapefruit, Pomegranate) 

“Singapore Sling” (Miami Style) (Gordon’s Gin, Bendictine, Cointreau, Cherry, Pineapple)

“Blood Orange Beluga” (Beluga Vodka, Aperol, Orange, Orange Bitters)

“Sleeping Volcano” (Jose Cuervo Tequila, Habanero, Syrup, Lime, Cucumber, Canton, Cilantro

“Caipirinha by COMO” (Leblon Cashaca, Lime, Coconut Foam and a pinch of sugar for good luck!)

“Collins Park” (209 Gin, St. Germain, Lemon, Watermelon, Basil)

“Popcorn” (Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Frangelico, Creme de Cacao, Popcorn Syrup)

A special selection of domestic and imported beers and spirits are also available and discounted valet parking also applies for restaurant guests. The Traymore operates a fully licensed bar until 2:00am on Friday and Saturday and until 1:00am Sunday through Thursday.

As the number one restaurant in Miami Beach on Trip Advisor, The Traymore Restaurant and Bar continues to set the standard for sophisticated and approachable dining in South Florida. Reservations can be made by calling 305-695-3600, by emailing or via Open Table. The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is located at 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

For more information, visit .

Monday, October 27, 2014

[MIAMI BUZZ] KLIMA Restaurant and Bar Set to Open in Miami Beach

Miami, get ready for a new Spanish restaurant inspired by exceptional eating from the Mediterranean and Barcelona. My mouth is watering already!

Klima Miami announces the opening of Klima Restaurant and Bar. The newly renovated historic property (formerly Tosca) is located at 210 23rd street, Miami Beach, FL 33139,  on 23rd street and adjacent to Collins Avenue in Miami Beach and is set to open in November 2014.

The 122-seat restaurant property, encompassing a total of 7,700 square-feet, will feature two levels – a ground floor restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor dining areas, as well as a second floor members-only club scheduled to open in Spring 2015. KLIMA Miami, together with Albert Ventura, gastronomic advisor,  and Chef Rustarazo, Klima's executive chef, have created a uniquely eclectic menu that will offer a blend of contemporary and international fare inspired by the Mediterranean and Barcelona regions. The culinary vision for KLIMA Restaurant and Bar will reflect the roots of the founders while combining the very best in local ingredients sourced from premium South Florida suppliers.

The floor of the restaurant’s main dining area will be of a natural oak throughout, while dining tables and chairs will be made from a sleek, beige colored white oak wood, combined with a “Caoba” tropical red wood. A select number of larger dining tables will be of a premium quality black or brown tinted marble, also imported from Barcelona. An ideal pre or post dinner lounge area will feature comfortable chairs and sofas next to oak wood coffee tables. Artwork selected and imported by both founders, together with strategically placed lamps and indoor potted plants, will ensure guests experience a “cozy” dining environment that will be themed by dimly lit shades of brown throughout the interior of the restaurant.

The outdoor pérgola (veranda) will include oak wood dining tables and chairs and cane ceiling sections, some of which will be transparent to allow views of the star-lit sky. Trailing plants and outdoor greenery will climb the iron metal framework towards the indoor dining room, creating a harmonious contrast between the two areas. Furnishings made of natural raw materials throughout the restaurant property will complement individual design elements inspired by different regions of the world.

We asked Yago Giner, who is the co-founder and managing partner of KLIMA Miami on why they decided to bring the restaurant to Miami Beach and he said, “The incredible climate in South Florida is what appealed to us most of all. Our vision for KLIMA originates from life and culture in the Spanish and Mediterranean coastal region, and we feel Miami Beach has a vibrant and increasingly discerning culinary community with a yearning for authenticity. Our menu will consist of contemporary seasonal dishes as well as traditional Mediterranean recipes, some of which will be adapted to the local market from a deeply rooted Barcelona origin. Working with the most excellent regional suppliers to incorporate the very best local ingredients will be of utmost importance to appeal to South Florida residents as well as the broad spectrum of international visitors.”

Visit for more information on the opening day of KLIMA Restaurant and Bar. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[BUZZ EVENT] 100 Black Men of South Florida College and Career Expo

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 the 100 Black Men of South Florida and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools will host their 4th annual College and Career Expo at the Miami Dade County Fair and Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165.

Over 5,000 students from Miami-Dade County are confirmed to attend the Expo. The 100 Black Men of South Florida hope to get students excited about education and provides the pathways and resources for making positive career choices. Representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will be onsite to provide information about applying for college. There is an opportunity for some students to get accepted on the spot, with application fees waived and scholarships on the spot. Students will have an opportunity to attend workshops, discuss admissions requirements along with applying for scholarships.  Senior students attending the Expo will need copies of the following (A) High School Transcripts (B) ACT/SAT Scores; and (C) two letters of recommendations.

PLEASE NOTE: The expo is specific to High School students under the age of 19 years old. Each student must be accompanied by a parent or Chaperone for entry.

Students are encouraged to register at

Friday, October 3, 2014

Your Complete Guide for the 2014 Miami-Broward Carnival

It's that time of year again when thousands celebrate pageantry through color and fantasy, vibrant costumes are seen everywhere, infectious Soca music and electrifying sounds of steel bands are heard in South Florida. Carnival is a real and tangible layer of the Caribbean heritage that contributes to the arts, music, history and cultural identity of Caribbean people.

On Sunday, October 12, 2014 Miami Carnival will be celebrating 30 years of at the Miami Dade County Fair and Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165. There will be numerous events leading up to Miami Carnival and we have your complete guide!

SUNDAY, October 5, 2014
The Junior Carnival Parade of Bands at Central Broward Regional Park 3700 NW 11th street.Lauderhill, FL 33311. Event is from 1pm-8pm and the parade begins at 2pm. Admission is $10 and parking is FREE. Junior Masquerade Band Competitions, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Steel Orchestra, Food and Drinks and Arts and Crafts on sale

FRIDAY, October 10, 2014
The Panorama Competition/Kings, Queens, Individuals will be held at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th street, Lauderhill, FL 33311 from 4pm-11pm. Admission is $10.00.

SATURDAY, October 11, 2014
The Official J'ouvert will be held at Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th street in Lauderhill, FL 33311. 7am-2pm. Admission: Advanced Tickets are $15.00

SUNDAY, October 12, 2014
The Miami Broward Parade of Bands and Concert at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165. 11am-11pm

For additional information on each event, directions to events and to purchase tickets visit 

Monday, September 22, 2014

[Now Hiring] Walmart To Hire More Than 60,000 Seasonal Associates

Walmart understands how busy their stores can get around this time of year leading up to the holidays and they want to ensure that customers have an easier and more convenient shopping experience by hiring 60,000 seasonal associates for the holidays and providing more hours for their current employees.

According to Walmart's Chief Operating Officer, current associates who are interested in working additional hours this season will have priority access in their store.  Also they are committed to having more checkout lanes open during their peak shopping hours between Black Friday and Christmas.

Candidates interested in applying for a position can go into their nearest store or apply by visiting 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

IKEA Miami Continues Grand Opening Celebrations with Additional Giveaways!

IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer and my favorite store to spend HOURS in, opened its doors to their first Miami store on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Customers were able to line up in front of the store 48 hours before the grand opening for their chance to receive a FREE iconic EKTORP sofa and a POANG armchair. Twenty-four hours after the opening, customers had the chance to receive a free queen size mattress and free home delivery for the purchases they made that day. 

But the festivities are not quite over! 

On Friday, August 29, 2014 the following giveaways will take place...

* Meatballs for a Year- The first 39 adults (one per immediate family) in IKEA Miami will receive a voucher for the equivalent of a weekly meatball meal for a family of four at IKEA Miami's Restaurant through next year, expiring on August 21, 2015. (Side Note: Their meatballs are EVERYTHING)

* Swedish Food Shopping Spree- The next 100 adults (18 or older) in IKEA Miami will receive an IKEA Food tote bag and a voucher to fill the bag up with whatever they want from IKEA Miami's Swedish Food Market. 

* A Cold Sweet-ish Treat- The first 305 visitors (in honor of Miami's area code) in IKEA Miami will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day in the Exit Bistro.

* Kids Eat Free- Children 12 and under can eat for free at IKEA Miami 


* Enter Our Home, Enter to Win- Now until Sunday, August 31st, visitors to IKEA Miami may enter a drawing to win one of ten $450 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. 

* Play Big If You're Little- Face-painting for kids, caricature artists, music and entertainment will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Miami now until Sunday, September 1st. 

If you plan on bringing your children but don't necessarily want them running around the store and driving you nuts while you shop (hey lets be real here!), IKEA Miami has Smaland which is a supervised children's play area for kids, 37"-54" in height, that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest; additional play areas throughout the store, offering activities for kids shopping with parents; A "Children's IKEA' are in the showroom that also offers fun, interactive play!


-The IKEA Restaurant opens 30 minutes earlier than the store for a full hot breakfast, including scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon for only 99 cents. 

- The 600-seat restaurant also offers lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, with a diverse menu, including traditional Swedish specialties such as the popular IKEA Swedish meatballs, seafood plates, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, as well as vegetarian dishes too. 

-Menu choices for kids include a child's portion of Swedish meatballs or macaroni and cheese, while baby food and bibs are available for even younger visitors. 

-A bistro near the store's exit serves hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages.

- The Swedish Foodmarket offers Swedish delicacies, snacks and treats, and even frozen Swedish meatballs (the same delicious ones used in the restaurant) to purchase and then prepare at home. 

IKEA Miami is the Swedish company's 2nd store and restaurant destination in South Florida and 4th in the state of Florida. The 416,000-square-foot IKEA Miami was built on 14.6 acres adjacent to Dolphin Mall, near both the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and Florida's Turnpike, in the City of Sweetwater. Don't worry about finding parking because they have approximately 1,500 parking spaces available. 

The 2015 IKEA Catalog has arrived and it highlights bedrooms and bathrooms and so much more. Copies are available when you make your way down to the all new IKEA Miami. 



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