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Most Scenic Restaurant in Miami Perfect for Mothers Day

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Sushi Rolls at Beach Bart at Newport Pier pic by Harold Rosario

Most Scenic Restaurant in Miami Perfect for Mothers Day

We found the perfect restaurant to take your mom out for MOther’s Day. It has what I thin is the most scenic view out of all restaurants  in the Miami area. Its called Beach Bar at Newport Pier. Call 5 minutes ahead of arrival to get a seaside seating on the pier. When we went the weather was perfect. South easterly winds made the waters calm and transparent. The menu for non-seafood eaters at Beach Bar is limited but seafood choices are plentiful . Since I’m allergic to seafood it is imperative to have my meal cooked on a separate pan and or grill. The staff is always more than pleased to accommodate my needs.

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The scenic Beach Bart at Newport restaurant in Miami epic by Harold Rosario

We took my mother in law for a late lunch and she loved it. “Its like going on a mini vacation” were her words. Trust me, go at noon or mid after noon, this is the time the waters are a brilliant turquoise and picture opportunities are optimum. One last thing. If parking is scarce, park at the Newport Hotel next door. Its $10 if you spend at least $50 at eh restaurant. Check out the video of our experience at Beach Bar at Newport Beach. Press play below.


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Photos of the Frost Science Museum (Social Night at the Frost)

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Photos of the Frost Science Museum (Social Night at the Frost)

Tuesday  we had a great time at  the new Frost Science Museum which hosted its first social event by invitation only and sponsored by the Miami Downtown and Development Authority. Our first experience and what came to be the highlight of the night was the planetarium’s 4D experience. It took us on a virtual tour of our galaxy. We flew through space, pass our neighboring planets to then finally pierce the earth’s atmosphere. As we made our approach to the city of Miami the crowd cheered with pride. I am getting goose bumps as I write this, for that moment was quite dramatic. Unfortunately the audience was left with a taste for more. A sneak peak of the 4-d 8k visual display was all we were going to get.

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Photos from The New Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum Opening Gala (Pics of Red Carpet Event)

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Joel P. Frost at Opening Night pic by Harold Rosario

The New Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum Opens (Pics of Red Carpet Event)

Yesterday May 6, we had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum in Miami. Everyone was enthusiastic and eager to see the finished museum once and for all. One could feel the pride with in the staff as they greeted you with an open welcome smile and all to ready to answer your needs Here are some pics we took during the Red Carpet portion of the night. More pics of the interior to come soon.

The Frost Science Museum officially opens to the public Monday May 8th. Press here for tickets and details!

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Groupon Deal Of the Month – Taste Buds of India

Lamb Korma at Taste Buds of India Coral Gables pic by Harold Rosario

Lamb Korma at Taste Buds of India Coral Gables pic by Harold Rosario

Groupon Deal Of the Month – Taste Buds of India

What better way to try out the new Sony A6500 mirrorless camera than with some beautiful and colorful cuisine. This month we recommend you guys to try the new Taste Buds of India location in Coral Gables. Groupon is running a great deal which comes out to pretty much 40% of the bill. Located right on Ponce de Leon boulevard, the new location is more inviting than the others, yet its intimate small pleasant environment. As artists we love the presentation of the food and we think you guys will appreciate it too.

What to order

  1. We recommend you try the Lamb or Chicken Korma. Its savory some what stew with cream semi sweet sauce.
  2. Our second recommendation is the Chicken Tikka Masala. Almost like an Italian dish with an Indian twist. If you love Italian food the sauce in this tomato based dish will have you liking your fingers. Which leads me to our third recommendation, butter naan.
  3. Indian tradition uses flat bread as a sort of eatable utensil to eat food with your hands. Order the butter naan and don’t be shy to tear a small piece of naan to scoop up the main course and transport the flavors to your… well… taste buds. Ha ha. Enjoy the picture below taken with the Sony a6500 and 35mm 1.8 lens
  4. *As always, all opinions are my own. We were NOT payed in any way for the mentions of any product or services in the post.

    Chicken Tikka Masala at Taste Buds of India

    Chicken Tikka Masala at Taste Buds of India

Something New this Cinco de Mayo – City Place Doral – May 5th

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This Cinco de Mayo try a new place to celebrate, like the brand new City Place Doral. Its a real cool hang out spot. We had the pleasure to go on its opening and were very impressed, It has a great out door ambiance with bars, restaurants and music for you and family to enjoy. The center piece of the mix-use shopping area is a Vegas style fountain that is synchronized to music and lighting creating a crowd of amazed unlookers.

This Cinco de Mayo they are hosting a bash! DJ Laz, DJ Legato and DJ Kate Lane from Hits 97.3 will be in attendance. Hope to see you there.

 

 

Spring Illustrated – Suggested Exhibit of the Month in Miami

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Its been a while we haven’t had  a noteworthy exhibit. This month is an exception as Ganem Studios puts together “Spring Illustrated” showcasing some of Miami’s top Artists along with others from the emerging scene. Check them out Saturday April 29th in Miami Beach. More details on flyer above.

Works by Artists Including:

Santiago Rubino from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a Miami Local based artist whose work is featured across the city.  The self-taught artist draws inspiration from fashion, nature, geometry, mysticism, and technology. While the style of his illustrations can be described as a mixture of comic book, graffiti and animation, the light strokes of his technique created by his medium of graphite, oil, paint and charcoal, is inspired by traditional Renaissance craftsmanship.

Ricky Powell born and raised in New York City, Powell is a photographer who specializes in the environmental portrait. He graduated with an AA in Liberal Arts from LaGuardia Community College and a B.S. in Physical Education from Hunter College. Though Powell initially rose to fame because of his relationship with the Beastie Boys, he is now well known for his intimate photographs that have been featured in The New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News (New York), The Village Voice, TIME, Newsweek, VIBE, The Source, Rolling Stone, and many other publications.
 
AHOL SNIFFS GLUE, David Anasagasti, a.k.a Alouishous San Gomma, a.ka. Contrary to the name, which is also his moniker for tagging graffiti, AHOL is anything but. Miami local graffiti artist.  AHOL brought depiction of eyes to a totally new level. He became widely known for his stunning murals portraying expansive fields of drowsy eyes, reflecting his unique vision of life, labor and mundane life of the city he loves and calls home.
 
ABTRK is a Cuban American Born and raised in Miami Florida . His Family came to the USA during the 60s during the Pedro Pan and Freedom Flights exiles from Cuba . Abstrk’s work captures your eye and draws you into his pieces with movement and color.With a background in graffiti , Abstrk’s work  consists of forms pulled off of outlines and letter structure as well as traditional fine art. His work can be diverse in subject matter at the same time always relative to his style-isms and shapes . Abstrk’s work can be found on canvas as well as walls throughout the United states and the Caribbean .
 
Homero Ganem is a Colombian artist has developed a unique style where his brush meets his photography. By collaborating imagery with his free hand artwork, he creates an intercommunication that speaks volumes demonstrating a story line that embodies real life with fiction. His exchange between different mediums creates both depth and perception that never replicates.

Wynwood Life Street Festival coming 4/21-4/23 FREE tickets

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MIAMI, FL — Wynwood will see its streets come alive for the fourth annual Wynwood Life! The three-day festival will be held in Miami’s Art and Cultural District and is a true celebration of all things we love about South Florida – Food, Art, Music and Fashion! Twenty thousand people will fill the streets perusing art, crafts, jewelry and over 100 vendors, all while being entertained by live art and music and noshing on local fare from over 40 food trucks!

WynwoodMap.com and The RAW Project will curate the Live Art Stage featuring a wide variety of street artists from around the World. The festival encourages students and emerging artists to take part in the “Emerging Artist Competition”. Wynwood Life is proud to have the Miami Art & Design Education Institute(M.A.D.E.) as the presenting sponsor, because M.A.D.E is known for elevating people’s art and design career to the next level by way of their industry-driven approach to education, through coaching, mentoring, and networking in the heart of Miami’s Art District. In addition, WYN 317 Gallery will be the gallery partner as well as being on the selection committee.

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Over 20 bands and DJs will occupy the Live Music Stage featuring local favorites and hometown bands gone big such as Otto Von Schirach, Tamboka, Jeano Music, Hoy Palloy, Zander and many more.

 

The Style Lounge will offer free services including nail polish changes, a braid station and Henna. The Spot Barbershop will have a pop up for the men, and stylists will showcase multiple fashion shows by local boutiques and fashion bloggers including Koko and Palenki, iShine365, Dyme Lyfe and graciouslylovedllc, to name a few.

 

The Wynwood Culinary Showcasewill feature top restaurants and chefs from the area providing teachable moments such as Chef Cesar Zapata from Phuc yea, who will demonstrate how to cook a whole fish. This year, the stage will also invite South Florida chefs outside of Wynwood who are taking the culinary scene to a higher level. Scheduled to make demos are Max Santiago, Bunnie Cakes, Crave Clean, Copper 29, and more. The Bitter Truth will have a pop up where they’ll carve the ice for each cocktail with a chainsaw, and they will also compete against Employees Only to come up with the “Best Cocktail” at Wynwood Life.

Click below to see a video recap of last year’s celebration. For a complete schedule of performances and artists, visit www.WynwoodLife.com.

WHEN:

Friday, April 21st, 2017 5PM – 3AM
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 12PM – 3AM
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 12PM – 9PM

WHERE:

Mana Front Lots – 2250 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33127

TICKETS & INFO:

FREE – check website for free drink and beer offers!

To receive the latest news, please “Like” their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @WynwoodLife.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dina Allende / Clique PR
305-205-1058
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Best Road Trip Itinerary from Miami (video recap)

 

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It is challenging to venture out when you are at the South East corner of the United States. The choices are pretty limited, if you don’t have an open mind. We in Miami consider a road trip to be a routine car drive to the Florida Keys. I’m guilty of making the same mistake too. This time I chose to go north; way up north. Here is the perfect road trip itinerary for a seven day road trip out of Miami. You will need a healthy car as our trip took us just 100 miles shy of 2000 miles and approximately 30 hrs of driving. Don’t worry, it seems like a lot but this itinerary breaks it down to a comfortable drive. Below is a can’t miss video revealing how the idea of a road trip was conceived and also highlights this itinerary with breathtaking footage captured with the new GoPro Hero 5 and Karma Grip Stabilizer.

We had the Lincoln MKX Black Label Edition for a week and took it on a road trip from Miami to Atlanta, North Carolina, and back. As beautiful as the scenery is in Northern Georgia and the Smoky Mountains, we can sincerely say that one of the top highlights of the trip was cruising in the unmatched luxury of the Lincoln MKX. The adaptive cruise control was an impressive feature we quickly got spoiled to and fell in love with. It made the 30 hours of driving and approximate 200o miles a pleasure by self adjusting to the speed of traffic even breaking and resuming your pre-set speed when traffic slows down. The Lincoln MKX also sports the most comfortable luxury leather seating with 22-way adjustable massage settings and with heating/cooling options, a feature that came in handy all through out our road trip, specially on the leg back to South Florida.

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Road Trip from Miami Itinerary

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Miami to Orlando 4 hrs drive

We did something different this time in Orlando other than the obvious theme parks. Keeping with the “Road Trip” theme, we took the kids Go-Kart Racing at Kissimmee Gator Go-Karts

Day 2 Georgia Aquarium and Martin Luther Kings Jr. Birthplace

Atlanta bound 6 hrs drive

We left at 5 am and made it to Atlanta at 11 am just in time to spend 4 hrs at the largest aquarium in the United States and see MLK’s birth place before darkness set in. Tip: if you are heading to the Aquarium park at the Aquarium official  parking its only $10 compared to $30 at other spots.

Day 3 Stone Mountain 

20 min drive from Atlanta’s Downtown

We slept at the Comfort Inn in Stone Mountain just 5 minutes from the State Park. We had tickets for the snow rides at Snow Mountain but the weather didn’t cooperate. Yet the scenery, even with the dense fog, was breathtaking. We shall be back.

Day 4 Tallulah Falls and the Smoky Mountains

3 hr drive to Asheville , North Carolina

On our way to North Carolina we stopped at Tallulah Falls in North Georgia. A scenic state park with forest trails and a 399 stair descend to a suspension bridge overlooking the falls. This was one of the kids favorite as they put their muscles to the test. After, we took the scenic Blue Ridge Highway to Maggie Valley N.C. and then Asheville. Tip: A nice and cheap hotel in Maggie Valley is the Ramada Inn which has a creek running through its property.

Day 5 Chimney Rock and Savannah, Georgia

You’ll need 6 hrs for this.

Chimney Rock is only 1 hour from Asheville but you’ll want to experience some of the famous Blue Ridge Highway while you are there, which adds about an hour to the trip.

4 1/2 hrs to Savannah

We stayed in Downtown Savannah at the Comfort Suites. at $126 it was expensive but we wanted something close so we could explore the city. To be fair the Comfort Suites is a 10 minute walk from downtown. They rent bikes for ease and pleasure. We tried going to Paula Dean’s restaurant  Lady and Sons but it was near closing and lucked out  with a great pizza place next door. A bit of rude service but the pizza is really good.

Day 6 St. Augustine

3 hrs drive

St. Augustine is a pleasant surprise of a city. Its charming architecture makes for picturesque settings everywhere as you will see in the video below. We ate at the A1A restaurant overlooking the ocean and enjoying a reasonably priced meal.

Day 7 Unfortunately arrive back home

4 1/2 hrs drive

I really expected this Road Trip from Miami to be a grueling trip. However driving turn out to be a relaxing and mind cleansing experience. A huge reason was the pleasure of driving with the new 2017 Lincoln MKX thank you Lincoln for the loan

It is worthy to note that the Lincoln Motor Company Ended the Year on High Note with 10-Percent Sales Gain in U.S.; China Up Nearly Three-Fold. The U.S. increase comes against a backdrop of a luxury market that gained less than 1 percent.

Growth in 2016 for the brand was particularly robust in key luxury markets like Florida, where sales were up 10 percent in 2016; New Jersey, which was up 9 percent; and New York, where sales increased by 13 percent.

Lincoln closed out the year strong in December, with sales up 18 percent compared to December 2015, driven by the all-new Continental. The Continental was responsible for 64 percent of Lincoln’s growth in December.

Sales of Lincoln Continental in December totaled 1,845, up from November’s 1,419, outselling the Audi A6 and the Lexus GS, according to sales data reported by the respective automakers.

Record sales in China, Lincoln, which first introduced its full vehicle lineup in China in 2015, has now become the fastest growing luxury brand in the country.

Lincoln sold 32,558 vehicles in 2016, nearly a three-fold increase over 2015. Its strong performance was supported by Chinese customers’ positive reception to Lincoln SUVs and the growing number of dealerships, which reached 65 in 2016.

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About The Lincoln Motor Company
The Lincoln Motor Company is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. For more information about The Lincoln Motor Company, please visit media.lincoln.com or www.lincoln.com. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/lincoln.

Total Budget For Road Trip out of Miami for 7 days 

Budget: $875 this includes Hotels for 4, food, tickets and gas.

Miles: 2000 approx.

Hours: 30 approx. total

Days Needed: 7 for comfort 4 for quickness

Note: All opinions in this article are mine. I was not paid  by any of the companies mentioned in this article. All expenses for this trip were paid  entirely by me. I would like to thank the Lincoln Motor Company for the opportunity to drive and review the Lincoln MKX.

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Best Road Trip From Miami / Lincoln MKX panoramic moon roof

Talulah Falls, Georgia

Talulah Falls, Georgia

Sunrise in Florida-Georgia border line.

Sunrise in Florida-Georgia border line.

Sunset still of time-lapse of the Lincoln MKX using the GoPro Time-lapse Video mode

Sunset still of time-lapse of the Lincoln MKX using the GoPro Time-lapse Video mode

Nightlapse using the GopRO suction cup on the Lincoln MKX driver side door.

Nightlapse using the GopRO suction cup on the Lincoln MKX driver side door.

 

Visually Stunning Nightlapse Photography with the GoPro Hero 5 and Lincoln MKX (tips and tricks)

Sunset still of time-lapse of the Lincoln MKX using the GoPro Time-lapse Video mode

Nightlapse Photography with the Lincoln MKX and the GoPro Hero 5 ( tips and tricks)

Looking to step up your GoPro skills? Take it to the next level with some features that others are to timid or plain lazy to explore. Not you, “others”. Here are some tips and tricks for getting these stunning slow shutter light trail effects while having your camera mounted on your car. Fortunately, in our case,  we had the new 2017 Lincoln MKX to experiment with and we got some amazing footage with he new GoPro Hero 5. The Lincoln MKX sports an extended moonroof which makes for great panoramic views and this epic picture of light trails painted through its clear see through roof. More about the Lincoln MKX after my 6 top tricks to achieving great nightlapse photowith the Hero 5 and car of choice.

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Photo Bike Tour in Little Havana (recap video and pics)

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Instagrammers at Little Havana Photo Bike Tour 2016 pic by Harold Rosario

Instagram Photo Bike Tour in Little Havana 

This might be the start of something great! I can see in the future someone making a business out of this. The demand is there and so is the quality of the experience. This past Sunday we went on a ride along with fellow photographers from the Instagram community in the revived section of Little Havana. It’s a happening part of town full of locals and tourists who are bused over by double decked buses. The energy in this part of town is electric.

It started as an idea by Marvin aka @Mr.MarvinMiami. We were escorted by Little Havana’s unofficial ambassador @MrMiamiMarvin, who took us around the neighborhood highlights. Oh the bikes! I’m sure you were all thinking that. Yes, Citibike was gracious enough to sponsor the event. They carted over the new Citibikes that are decorated with colorful art by renowned street artist Okuda San Miguel

Keeping it artistic, MrMiamiMarvin took us to The Good Wall of Murals in Little Havana located next to the GoodWill on 8th Street. New to us was the news that there is a famous Banksy just steps away. Relive it with us with the video recap below. Filmed and edited by Harold Rosario of ArtofMiami.com. Special drone footage courtesy of @Gallavanti form Gallivanti.com

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