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03/20/2012 12:41 pm ET | Updated Aug 29, 2012

11/13/2013 3:38 PM EST

Give a coat, get a drink!

We just found out what we're all doing Thursday night!

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11/13/2013 1:27 PM EST

Made you look!

11/09/2013 12:59 PM EST

Dining With A View Is Back

Perched on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel with a view of the Miami River, Area 31 is the kind of aerie we love -- the kind that offers stunning views and delectable, locally-inspired fare in equal measure.

And fortunately for downtown diners, after grabbing a few months' beauty rest the restaurent reopened in October with an updated interior and a new executive chef at the helm. Wolfgang Birk, who previously served as the opening executive chef at Casa Casuarina and Cooper Avenue, now heads up a team that includes charming lead bartender Dean Feddaoui and master sommelier Emily Wines.

On Birk's new menu: chilled melon and cucumber soup ($11), greens from Homestead's famed Paradise Farms ($11), fluke topped with caviar ($14), crab cakes ($16), and bone-on ribeye with crisp yucca potato and bone marrow bordelaise ($42). The lobster wonton ravioli ($28) is a winner, as is roasted lamb ($32), but nowhere was Area 31's new direction toward local, farm fresh raw materials more evident than in a perfectly dressed baby beet and fried goat cheese salad with blood orange and marcona almond shavings ($12). It's a positively stunning combination.

Inside, Area 31 is chic yet comfortable, dressed in neutrals to show off floor-to-ceiling windows and a massive wine installation. On the terrace, the dramatic view's the thing. Tucked at a corner table, the cinematic setting is the sort of place people where people have affairs in films. Surrounding towers sprouting across the river in Brickell give the open air terrace a cozy feel, but views up the Miami River and out to Biscayne Bay don't let diners forget there's no other place like this in the city.

When to go: in addition to dinner (6 p.m. - 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), Area 31 is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. with time-friendly fare including a brisket blend burger ($15) and crispy mahi fish taco ($14). The Terrace Lounge features a DJ on Thursday and Friday nights.

11/04/2013 8:45 AM EST

11/04/2013 8:42 AM EST

WATCH: Critical Mass does Halloween

What city has more fun than us? That's right.

H/T: Miami Bike Scene

10/22/2013 1:31 PM EDT

Win two VIP tickets to Luckyrice!

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We love you, Miami.

We also love food, more food, and booze.

So we're giving away a pair of VIP tickets to Luckyrice, a one-night-only feast celebrating Asian food and cocktail culture presented by Bombay Sapphire East. The November 15 bash at the gorgeous Raleigh hotel will be co-hosted by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Miami's own famous foodster, Michael Schwartz.

Why you want these tickets: over 30 local chefs and bar experts from the likes of Bazaar by José Andrés, Khong River House, Juvia, the Setai Grill, and Phuc Yea will be on hand with their tastiest fare, and VIP status not only guarantees early entry for you and a friend but also comes with access to the VIP Chefs Lounge.

To enter, check twitter.com/HuffPostMiami at 2 p.m. and answer our tweeted question to be included in a random drawing.

This contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older. Your entry must be made before noon Eastern Time on October 23, 2013. You may enter once. One winner will be selected in a random drawing receive two (2) VIP tickets to Luckyrice Miami valued at $125 each.

10/17/2013 11:18 AM EDT

PHOTOS: Amazing Bob Marley exhibit opens!

Curated by the Grammy museum in Los Angeles, a new Bob Marley exhibit at HistoryMiami presents rarely seen artifacts and photos of the reggae legend. The exhibit includes special programming to highlight Marley's ties and impact on South Florida, where he and his once lived.

"Bob Marley Messenger" runs through January 5.

10/14/2013 10:19 AM EDT

Pop-up drive-in opens in Wynwood!

Friday night, the new Blue Starlite Drive-In had its grand opening in Wynwood with a screening of "Back To The Future," projected from a cherry red A 1950s Chevy truck. The pop-up drive-in can hold 20 to 24 cars and has seats near the front of the viewing area.

For a list of upcoming films, click here.

10/14/2013 8:59 AM EDT

PHOTOS: D-Wade and Nas team up

It was a Saturday night in Miami, so you know Dwyane Wade is somewhere looking fresh -- and naturally, we found him hosting a celebration for The GQ Men Book.

Presented by Hennessy V.S., the swank soiree at the SLS Hotel's Hyde Beach included a performance from Nas that got the whole bar bouncing. Spotted in the crowd: actress Gabrielle Union and Wade's Heat teammate Michael Beasley, rocking some bright yellow pants.

10/11/2013 3:00 PM EDT

Can't wait until SBWFF?

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Things are about to get verrrry busy in Miami -- and while we're saving up sleep for the week of Art Basel, the hardest part of anticipation during "the season" is knowing South Beach Wine And Food Festival is on it's way, but we can't taste anything yet!

Fortunately, you won't have to wait to until February for delectable food from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto or Miami's own Michael Schwartz. The pair of celebrated chefs are co-hosting Miami's second annual LuckyRice festival, a one-night-only feast celebrating Asian food and cocktail culture, on November 15 at the gorgeous Raleigh hotel.

LuckyRice, which for four years enjoyed sell-out crowds in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, will bring together mixologists and chefs from our very own whirling culinary world. Asian cuisine will meet Latin flavors by the iconic Raleigh pool as 30 local chefs and bar experts from the likes of Khong River House, Juvia, the Setai Grill, and Phuc Yea turn out their best.

As if the event didn't already sound like the perfect marriage, expect to pick out botanical notes from Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese Black Peppercorn as you sip cocktails from presenting sponsor Bombay Sapphire East.

Guests at the stylish soiree are encouraged to wear "firecracker" or "chili pepper red." Tickets are now on sale at luckyrice.com; general admission is $88 and VIP tickets, which come with earlybird access at 7 p.m. and entrance to the VIP Chefs Lounge, are $125.

LuckyRice at the Raleigh Hotel: November 15 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; luckyrice.com



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Vining @duff_goldman. #SoBeWFF vine.co/v/bgbzIpBDIqw

— Big Gay Ice Cream (@biggayicecream) February 23, 2013

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Just look at these two. We can't even handle the cuteness that is Paula Deen drinking (not alcohol but we like to pretend) on the streets of South Beach in her most cheerful \"Miami colors, y'all!\" She's like every mom rolled into one.

My handsome hubby Michael and sure are enjoying this awesome weather at #SOBEWFF, y'all! ow.ly/i/1yU8E

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Like all celebs, Ms. Deen has a hater, and it's fellow chef Anthony Bourdain, who harshly criticized her for endorsing a diabetes medication after years of cooking unhealthy foods on her show. But doesn't he look so nice when he's sleeping after a long read on the Kardashians?

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America's sexiest city is going to get even more brazen about it Tuesday as Trojan passes out free vibrators on South Beach.

Yes, free vibrators. We know. The condom maker's \"Pleasure Cart\" girls will pass out thousands -- you read right, THOUSANDS -- of free Tri-Phoria and Pulse vibrators February 26th from noon until supplies run out at the NoWhere Lounge at 653 Washington Avenue.

And after the success of the New York (photos below) and D.C. giveaways, here's a pro tip: come early!

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Do you prefer your ice cream a tad gay-er? Brace yourself.

The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop is trucking from New York City's East Village to Miami Beach this weekend for the South Beach Food & Wine Festival.

Nosh on their strange flavors like Salty Pimp or Mexican Afro'gay'to and try their curious toppings like wasabi pea dust, olive oil, etc.

Find it on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Breezeway of the James Royal Hotel.

The public event will serve to raise awareness for marriage equality in Florida. -- AM

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Evolutionary biologist, author, and former HuffPost blogger Richard Dawkins will talk \"The Beauty of Science\" at a free lecture at the University of Miami on March 7. RSVP here.

Dawkins became popular for his 1976 book \"The Selfish Gene\" and is an outspoken atheist. In 2006, he blogged: \"America, founded in secularism as a beacon of eighteenth century enlightenment, is becoming the victim of religious politics, a circumstance that would have horrified the Founding Fathers.\"

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Dawkins will also serve as a visiting professor at the University of Miami's College of Arts and Sciences, thanks to a donation by the Louis J. Appignani Foundation.

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Remember when the only places to drink in Wynwood were the galleries during Art Walk? Then came Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Joey's, and Lester's. Next Wynwood Tavern and Gramps.

Well, lushes, brace yourself: You'll soon have another place to get tipsy.

Zagat reports that Albert Trummer, a barkeep whose was once featured in \"Real Housewives of New York City,\" is opening a speakeasy-style lounge called Trummer’s Drogerie in Wynwood. The exact location is TBA.

Trummer was arrested for reckless endangerment in 2010 after his burning cocktails caused a giant fireball at his NYC bar, Apotheke. --AM

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Who runs the world? Beyoncé. Fresh off a hot GQ cover, an inauguration lip-synching (non)troversy, and a stellar Super Bowl halftime performance, Bey is undoubtedly riding a heat wave of buzz, and soon, you'll be able to see her live onstage!

The music superstar will be gracing Miami with her presence during a stop for her world tour, \"The Mrs. Carter Show,\" at the Triple-A July 10.

At $88 bucks plus tax, you'll be sure to get every dollar worth from the first lady of Roc Nation. -- JF

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After being honored with dainty tea party at the Webster during Art Basel Miami Beach and donating dozens of trees to Haulover Beach's dog park, designer Stella McCartney is planting even stronger roots in the 305. McCartney is opening her first Florida store in Miami at Bal Harbour Shops -- becoming the 21st location internationally. -- AM

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Trust us, you do not want to miss this: Miami's own marine biology-loving artists Coral Morphologic are unleashing their \"FutureHistory\" on the massive Soundscape wall tonight in the park outside the New World Symphony, to kick off the Borscht Film Festival.

The duo, marine biologist Colin Foord and artist/musician Jared McKay, have been producing some of the most captivating work in town by filming and soundtracking corals and other sea animals in their Overtown aquaculture lab. Check out the stunning \"Man O War,\" a collaboration with Animal Collective's Geologist, below.

Thursday night's program includes the first-ever full screening of Coral Morph's \"Natural History\" series, made between 2009 and 2011; the world premiere of their new film, \"Into the Cosmic Flower Garden\"; and three remixed versions of trailblazing underwater filmmaker Jean Painleve's work from 1927-1928.

Best of all, the entire event is free, there's parking available for $1 an hour at the nearby 17th Street Garage, you can bring a picnic blanket and dinner, and there'll be an afterparty at the better-than-ever Broken Shaker bar to follow. Get with the program: it starts at 8 p.m.

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There are just a few short days left to catch an amazing photography show by Colby katz, a MFA student at the University of Miami.

Katz, who was herself a child model and pageant contestant, aims her lens at three women, each with their own unique brand of beauty.

See \"Of Time and Beauty\" through December 14. --AM

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An under-the-radar event that should have attracted more attention last week was Architecture for Dogs, the first ever exhibit of breed-specific furniture. And the Tokyo-based designers produced more than just dog houses -- there were chic dog lounges, bright orange 'cloud suits,' doggie cubby holes, and beyond. --AM

Check out the video:

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The party continues Friday with a design talk by Pharrell Williams, smaller and rawer fairs Seven and Fountain, and a slew of nightlife events: Chromatics play starry-skied Gusman, curious crooner Daniel Johnston at Grand Central, and a Hurricane Sandy Relief concert with Animal Collective.

Read more here. -- AM

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The main fair is officially open to the public, but should you skip it? Plus where to find a 12-min live music video for Nirvana's \"Smells Like Teen Spirit\" in our Thursday Basel guide.

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Scene City: Art Basel Miami Beach Starts With a Bang http://t.co/Yr2jsGwt

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Bas Fisher Invitational brings back their artist-curated Weird Miami tours just in time for the boozy Basel crowd.

This Saturday, local collective Spring Break will guide a mini bus of the curious around the off-the-radar hotspots of Hialeah. There will be two tours: 10:45 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 2:45 - 6 p.m. Pick up and drop off location will be at the NADA Pool Party at Deauville Beach Resort.

The next Weird Miami tour is planned for January (date TBD) and will feature locations picked by artist Tyson Reeder, who will be on exhibit soon at BFI. -- AM

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What a night! We've got the goods from the Art Miami and Context openings here, plus White Cube's star-studded kickoff bash at Soho House. Below, images from the Delano as Tim Nye celebrates his bungalow pop-up gallery.

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Where's Lykke Li rumored to perform tonight? Which fairs opened early? Donde esta Banksy? Read our picks for Wednesday's best Art Basel Miami Beach events.

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We know how it is: you're hopping from tent to tent, and all of a sudden you're starving. You're also somewhere in Midtown, between Scope and Art Miami.

While there's plenty of great staples nearby, from Angelina's to Acme to Sakaya to Taqueria, there's also something new: Samba Pop, a temporary sushi joint from the folks at Sushi Samba. Tucked into the former Sustain space at 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Samba Pop will be open for tiraditos, seviche, sushi and sashimi, bento boxes, and rolls galore -- not to mention $8 cocktails including caipirinhas and mojitos.

Samba Pop is now open from noon to midnight. Check the menu below:

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For Primary Projects Basel exhibit, Miami-born artist Asif Farooq will display over 300 guns he handcrafted from found cardboard -- painstakingly reproducing each mechanical component of firearms from snub-nosed revolvers to M16 assault rifles.

Read more about Asif's Guns here. -- AM

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Fidel and Che are no longer the only mugs decorating Havana's urban landscape. Miami-born artist Jose Parlá teamed up with French street artist JR to adorn city walls with 25 portraits of Cuba's oldest citizens, their weathered faces melding with the weathered walls to evoke the island's rough years since the Cuban revolution.

Installed for this year's Havana Biennial, the project is now the subject of a book, \"Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba,\" published by Standard Press. During Art Basel, the Standard Miami Beach will host a pop-up café to highlight JR and Parlá's work in Havana as well as a book signing party and documentary screening on December 8. Read more here. --AM

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\"Sugar & Gomorrah,\" Peter Anton's reworked carnival installation at Art Miami, opens Tuesday for sticky sweet rides through biblical-esque destruction into a wonderland of oversized banana splits. Read more here.

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\"Sugar & Gomorrah,\" Peter Anton's reworked carnival installation at Art Miami, opens Tuesday for sticky sweet rides through biblical-esque destruction into a wonderland of oversized banana splits. Read More"}]

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