An Unforgettable Night At Taste of Tennis Miami at the W South Beach

This past Monday I attended the first inaugural Taste of Tennis Miami presented by Citi®, which was poolside at W South Beach Hotel. Not too shabby for a Monday night, right? While I was walking around I would bump into people like tennis’ winningest doubles team of all time Bob and Mike Bryan, and the I would run into Michele Mazza from II Mulino NY. Pretty awesome, huh?

Besides being at the W South Beach, I also had the opportunity to hang out and speak to some of the chefs who were serving up some delicious bites for the guests – one being Timon Balloo, executive chef over at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. Having worked both abroad, and born to Chinese and Trinidadian parents, Timon really puts his heart and sole to what he offers at his restaurant. And, that really showed at Taste of Tennis. He was serving a local beet salad that was perfectly refreshing for the hot Miami night.

Then I got to speak to Gilberto Arriaza from Gilbert’s Bakery, and all I can say is what an awesome guy! Extremely down-to-earth and just exceptionally cool to talk to. At the event he was serving up mini cakes, and guests were able to choose from multiple sauces to add on top. I chose guava!

 For more information on Taste of Tennis New York and Taste of Tennis Miami, please visit www.tasteoftennismiami.com.

And make sure to check out my full Tastemade video and interviews with both Timon and Gilbert below!

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Me w/ Chef Timon Balloo

The Miami Open Kicks off with Taste of Tennis at the W South Beach

Picture this. You are sitting poolside at the W South Beach and you are talking to your new two good friends, Bob and Mike Bryan (tennis champs). While sipping on a cocktail you are also eating food prepared by culinary masterminds like Timon Balloo, who is the chef behind Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill. On March 23rd you could be doing just that.

Get excited because on March 23rd AYS is pleased to announce the inaugural Taste of Tennis, which is presented by Citi, here in Miami. For 15 years, Taste of Tennis has kicked off the US Open Tennis Championships in New York and it is widely considered the World’s Premier Food & Tennis Experience.

The event is not only going to bring together professional athletes like Feliciano Lopez, Ivo Karlovic, Lucie Safarova, Ekaterina Makarova, but also top chefs. Some of the chefs include Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch) as Exclusive Chef of the Citi VIP Lounge, Paula DaSilva (3030 Ocean), Dustin Ward (BLT Prime), Patricia Yeo (Khong River House), Kerry Heffernan (Wild Fish Direct), Michele Mazza (Il Mulino NY), and Timon Balloo (Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill).

When you get to the event you will be able to munch of food from all of these different chefs, and the tennis players will actually be the ones serving up the food to the attendees. 

“We’re looking forward to celebrating our passions for crafted cocktails/cuisine and of course, to setting the scene here in South Beach. We couldn’t be more excited to host this one of a kind event,” said Rick Ueno, General Manager at W South Beach. 

Plus a portion of the proceeds from the event benefits a local charity of choice. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2015 Taste of Tennis Miami presented by Citi, please visit www.tasteoftennismiami.com.

Photo courtesy of: Taste of Tennis

Photo courtesy of: Taste of Tennis

Photo courtesy of: W South Beach

Photo courtesy of: W South Beach

RandoMiami’s 1 Year Blogaversary

Today is a very special day for me – it's the day RandoMiami turns 1, and I want to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to all of those who read my blog. I never thought in a million years people would actually be interested in reading what I had to say.

Needless to say the blog has undergone several transformations this past year when it relates to both its look and content. RandoMiami started solely as a photo blog documenting occurrences and things that would only happen in Miami. This being anything from seeing la vieja walking down the street to meet her friends with rolos still in her hair, to the bathroom sign at Sergio’s that reads – “Please help keep your baños clean.”

Now RandoMiami is all about sharing my genuine love for Miami's unique culture and culinary offerings with you all, and that is what I will continue doing. 

Besides me just talking about what new Miami restaurants or activities you need to try now I will feature posts from Miami locals who are just as passionate about our city as me. To start off 2015 I’ll be teaming up with a foodie who is also a mommy, a socialite who knows anything and everything about Brickell, and a very talented, creative dude who will be bringing Cuban slang to the next level to share with you.

So stay tuned because RandoMiami is only going to get bigger and better, and I owe it all to you – my readers. 

Love,

Rando


Here are a few of the original photos that were uploaded to RandoMiami when it all began!

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La Nuit en Rosé Champagne Miami Weekend 2015

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After the overwhelming success of the inaugural La Nuit en Rosé event held in 2014 in New York City, the world's first festival dedicated entirely to rosé wines and champagne announces its 2015 program, which expands beyond New York to Miami and Los Angeles – spreading the love of all things pink!

With more than 85 rosé wine labels from 60 wineries in 10 countries –– represented at the 2014 event, La Nuit en Rosé was the largest-ever gathering of rosé producers in the world. More than 2,300 people attended the two-day festival, where they were treated to four separate experiences, each hosted on a luxurious yacht along the Hudson River. And with an international lineup of wineries such as Château d’Esclans (Provence, France), Wines of Corsica (France), Vranken Pommery (Champagne, France), Mulderbosch (South Africa), Wines of Navarra (Spain), Miguel Torres (Chile), Ferrari (Italy) and Lieb Cellar (USA) – the 2015 events are shaping up to be an even more diversified rosé experience.

In addition to expanding to new cities in 2015, La Nuit en Rosé will also offer new ways to celebrate pink wine. Each event will start with a VIP Rosé Wine Pairing Dinner, presented by media sponsor Wine Enthusiast Media, and will be followed by both media/trade and consumer daytime and evening events. The VIP dinners, such as one that will be catered by Jean-Georges Matador Room in Miami Beach at La Vista Terrace at the Miami Beach EDITION, are specifically designed to elevate the experience by showcasing the beauty of the wines alongside an elegant dinner and in the company of some of the people behind the world’s finest rosé wines.

Miami: January 30-February 1, 2015
Los Angeles: June 20, 2015
New York: June 25-27, 2015
*Tickets can be purchased here

To receive a RandoMiami discount on tickets click on the photo below!

RandoMiami Giveaway Alert! Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna Tickets

Just like I promised a few weeks ago I now have two tickets to give away to Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna show in December! Perfect gift for the holiday season.

Just in case you didn't know here is a little info about the show, and make sure to scroll all the way down to submit your entries to win these two tickets to the show!


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Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men washes ashore the island, triggering an epic and emotional story of love between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test and the couple must face numerous demanding trials before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to "mother" in many languages, and luna, which means "moon"; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds.

A TRIBUTE TO THE WORK AND VOICE OF WOMEN

For the first time in Cirque du Soleil's history, Amaluna features a cast that comprises 70% women, with a 100% all-female band. "Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women", explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. "The show is a reflection on balance from a women's perspective", he adds. Writer and Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award (Pippin) and recently named as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2014, says; "I didn't want to build a 'women's agenda' show. I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines." Paulus drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show, including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart's The Magic Flute and Shakespeare'sThe Tempest.

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Two people will be randomly drawn from Rafllecopter. two winners will be chosen on December 2. Good luck!


Even if you don't win you could still purchase tickets! Plus, if you purchase here you save $25 per ticket! Click on the below image to buy them now.

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna Comes To Miami

*Stay tuned for a ticket giveaway for the show Amaluna! Go check out my Instagram for more details.

After the remarkable success of TOTEM in 2013, which I went to go see of course, Cirque du Soleil returns to Miami with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna, which will premiere on December 11 under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sun Life Stadium.

Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil's 33rd production Amaluna is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women.

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance, which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.

In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men washes ashore the island, triggering an epic and emotional story of love between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test and the couple must face numerous demanding trials before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

Quick details you need to know – 
When: Thursday, December 11, 2014 (opening)
Where: Sun Life Stadium
Cost: $30 - $265

For more info and to purchase tickets click here.

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Celebrate Día Del Los Muertos with Clandestino Pub

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. – Seneca

The Day of the Dead, or better known as ‘Día Del Los Muertos’, is celebrated on November 1st – All Souls Day. Even though you may think this is a sad holiday it is anything but that. It is a time to celebrate and honor those who have passed. And you know that here in Miami we are all about celebrating. 

Clandestino Pub in Miami Beach (voted the best bar in Miami Beach 2013) is going to have a pretty big party to celebrate the holiday. They are going to have back-to-back events for Halloween and ‘Día de los Muertos’ tonight and tomorrow starting at 6 p.m. 

Tonight they will have a back-from-the-grave concert starting at 10 p.m. Come dressed in your Halloween best, enter the costume contest, and stay to enjoy a live-music concert by The Bearing and Analog followed by DJ Goose Selektor. A perfect event to attend after you walk Lincoln Road. You know you are going to do that…

And then tomorrow they will celebrate ‘Dia de los Muertos’ by throwing their third annual event with calaveras, face-painting, free shots, an “ofrendas’ altar, and a concert by the Miami band Krisp that will start at 10 p.m. 

So put on your best calavera face and put together an‘ofrenda’ for the Clandestino ‘familiars’ and receive a free shot!

Clandestino Pub
758 Washington Ave | Miami Beach, FL
Facebook: @clandestinopubmiami
Twitter: @clandestinopub
Instagram: @clandestinopub

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Piggy Banks and Swine Southern Table & Bar Are Taking Over Coral Gables

Photo courtesy of: The Coral Gables Foundation

Photo courtesy of: The Coral Gables Foundation

Since September 10th your childhood piggy banks have been taking over Coral Gables for The Piggy Bank Campaign! Coral Gables merchants each have their own piggy bank, which have been personally decorated by a Coral Gables Senior high school student.

The proceeds dropped into the piggy bank will be donated to a charity of the businesses choice, such as PARKnership Fund, Early Child Learning Fund, and many more. This is not only a great way to give back, but also a way to support local businesses.

What’s even better is every time you spot a piggy bank make sure to post a photo and use the hashtag #SpotThePigCG, and whoever posts a photo by November 10th will win a dinner for two at Swine Southern Table & Bar!


ABOUT THE CORAL GABLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. For almost 25 years, The Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables while effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to "The City Beautiful."

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Miami PARK(ing) Day Has Arrived In Downtown Miami

PARK(ing) Day Miami 2013 Photo courtesy of: Urban Impact Lab

PARK(ing) Day Miami 2013

Photo courtesy of: Urban Impact Lab

Today is PARK(ing) Day! You might be wondering, “What is this thing I hear about PARK(ing) Day?” Well, let me tell you a little bit about this really cool day. PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where citizens, activists and artists come together to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public areas for the day.

PARK(ing) Day’s mission to is call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate about how public space is used, and to also improve the quality or urban human habitat. Now, let me tell you – us Miamians know what it is like to live in a crammed space with not much wiggle room. 

This year one of the organizations behind it, Urban Impact Lab, has expanded the set up to 10 spaces around Downtown Miami. These areas include spaces like a giant collaborative poetry book, a game space, reading lounge, and even a mobile wifi spot for those of you who just want to lounge on your laptop while drinking an iced latte.

For more information and a map visit here.

See you guys out there!

 

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On-the-Go Miami Office

There are two main groups of people in Miami (don't get insulted) – the people who absolutely love to work and can't put down their Blackberry without sending “just one more email,” or the people who would rather be in a bathing suit lathered up in Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen on South Beach. 

This guy in the picture is definitely the first. I mean I have heard about people setting up shop in the bathrooms (reference: Bathroom Businessman SNL skit), but in your car? Isn’t that dangerous… 

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