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Milk & Cookies Cocktail Recipe

A Miami cold-front is not one to be compared with other cities, such as Chicago. However, it is the perfect excuse to stay in and watch movies while cuddled in blankets. Why not enjoy a homemade cocktail courtesy of Matador Bar? This milk and cookies recipe will satisfy your sweet cravings. Milk & Cookies Recipe by Matador Bar Ingredients: – 2 oz Absolut Elyx – 1.5 oz condensed milk – 0.75 oz Espresso – 2 egg whites Directions: Combine all the ingredients with ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain out the ice and shake again to fluff up the egg whites. Pour into an old-fashioned milk bottle and serve with warm, homemade cookies. Matador Bar is located with The Edition at 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL For more information, please visit

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Guide to Miami’s 2016 NYE Events

Ring in the New Year in style with delicious food, over-the-top firework shows, and great music in the presence of amazing company.  Cantina La Veinte New Year’s Eve Bash When: Thursday, December 31st Where: Cantina La Veinte Tickets: $475 per person Additional Information: Four-course dinner served; Creations by Chef Santiago Gomez Five Star New Year’s Eve When: Thursday, December 31st Where: 1000 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island Tickets: Additional Information: Hosted by Eric Milon; Powered by Michael Capponi’s InList app; White & gold theme; Performance by German DJ Robin Schulz; Valet parking available New Year’s Eve 2016 Celebration When: Thursday, December 31st at 8:00pm Where: Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita Tickets: Miami Fireworks New Year’s Yacht Party 2016 When: Thursday, December 31st at 8:30pm Where: InterContinental, 100 Chopin Plaza Tickets: NYE with Pamela Anderson When: Thursday, December 31st at 9:00pm Where: Fifty Lounge at The Viceroy Tickets: Erick Morillo When: Thursday, December 31st at 10:00pm Where: Club Space Tickets: Soho Bay Restaurant NYE When: Thursday, December 31st Where: Soho Bay Restaurant Tickets: Four-course meal prepared by Chef Ricky Sauri. Guests can choose between two packages, one at $275 per person including the four-course meal and a bottle of Moet Chandon per two people and another at $375 per person including the four-course meal and a bottle of Dom Perigean per two people Additional Information: Special guest: Julio Iglesias, Jr. and Pamela Anderson; Performances by Big Brooklyn Red and DJ Troubles; For reservations, call (305)618-2788

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The Weekend Guide: 12/24-12/27

Christmas Eve Dinner at The Biltmore Hotel When: Thursday, December 24th at Where: The Biltmore Hotel Prices: French four-course meal: $115 per person; French six-course meal: $145 per person; Italian three-course meal: $105 per person Additional Information: French Prix fix dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chef Gregory Pugin; Italian dishes prepared by chef Beppe Galazzi To make reservations call (305)445-8066 Miami Heat vs New Orleans Pelicans When: Friday, December 25th at 12:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: Jingle Beach When: Saturday, December 26th at 12:00pm-5:00am Where: Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr. Tickets: $30 Additional Information: 21 and over; Tech-house party Third Annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival When: Saturday, December 26th-31st Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema Tickets: Admission for opening night: children $10 & adults $15; General tickets: children $5 & adults $10; MICFF festival pass: $50 Additional Information: Various films from around the world will be featured; Workshops for children of all ages; Face painting; Balloon animals Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies When: Sunday, December 27th at 7:00pm Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $45-$105; Sebastian Ingrosso When: Sunday, December 27th at 11:00pm Where: Story Nightclub Tickets: $40;

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The Filling Station: Reimagining American Bar Food

By Alyse Mier The Filling Station is quite the institution, dedicated to making the best bar food in the area. A long-time fixture in Miami, it recently found a new home in Oakland Park, it’s still dedicated to taking the typical hamburger and making it anything but typical. With over 60 food items to choose from on the menu and a selection of over 30 craft beers, it’s no doubt you’ll need a few minutes to process everything. Below is a list of some must have menu items: The Lazy Sunday An unusual blend of S’tart sour beer and Sprite makes for one of the most refreshing drinks, which is perfect for this South Florida weather. The Beer Flight Having trouble navigating through the beer options? Bartender, Mitchell Feigeles, will create a personalized beer flight based on your preferred flavor profile. He’ll also create a flight of the best creations brewed by local breweries. Sweet Corn Fritters Imagine popcorn reinvented. These sweet corn fritters are perfect little portions of creamed corn fried to golden perfection and served with their made in house Savannah Sauce. Porky Tots The Filling Station’s claim to fame is their tots. Their beloved Porky Tots are fried to perfection with a crunchy, salty surface and a steamy, fluffy filling. The tots are blanketed with a layer of smoked pulled pork, cheddar cheese sauce and sour cream. The Burgatti Burger Aptly named, the Burgatti because the chef thought of anything you could possibly want or need in a burger. This Sargento award-winning burger is topped with two slices of pepper jack cheese, two slices of cheddar cheese, peppered bacon, balsamic caramelized red onions, garlicky mustardy mayo and a sunny side up egg. To explore the vast menu options visit The Filling Station at 3200 NE 12th Ave, Oakland Park

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The Weekend Guide: 12/18-12/20

Gingerbread House Making When: Friday, Dec. 18th at 5:30-7:30pm Where: IKEA – 1801 NW 117th Ave, Miami, FL 33172 Tickets: $10 (includes all supplies); For group reservations, contact the store at Additional Information: Buy gingerbread house kit & supplies on-location Call 888-888-4532 or visit Shawn Mendes Concert When: Friday, Dec. 18th at 7:00pm Where: BB&T Center Tickets: 3 Men & a Baby…Grand: A Toast to Sinatra When: Friday, Dec. 18th at 8:00pm Where: Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Tickets: $40-$45 Call 305-466-8002 or visit Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors When: Friday, Dec. 18th at 8:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: The Weeknd Offical After Party at LIV Nightclub When: Saturday, Dec. 19th at 11:00pm-5:00am Where: LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami Beach Tickets: Gables Bike Tour: Holiday Tour When: Sunday, Dec. 20th all day Where: Coral Gables Museum Tickets: Adults: $10; Museum members & children under 12: $5; RSVP: 305-603-8067 Additional Information: Tour includes Merrick Park, Biltmore Way, & Coral Gables Methodist Church; Holiday eggnog provided; Bike rentals & helmets available at No Boundaries; Tours are about two hours Miami Jingle Bell Jog 5k When: Sunday, Dec. 20th at 7:30am Where: Tropical Park Tickets: Adults: $35; Children: $20 Additional Information: Runners encouraged to dress as Santa Claus; Complimentary Santa suits & bells on-location; Candy cane medals awarded; Holiday-themed refreshments provided; Children’s 5k begins at 8:30am; You can pick up you packages the day before at SoleRunners from 9:00am-6:00pm La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel When: Sunday, Dec. 20th at 10:00am-10:00pm Where: Bayfront Park Tickets: Free admission Additional Information: Tapas bar, a Spanish market featuring local and imported items, four food kiosks, smaller carts, & outdoor bar Call 305-358-7550 or visit Miami Heat vs Portland Trail Blazers When: Sunday, Dec. 20th at 1:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets:

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Coconut Grove Welcomes a New Dining Experience: 33

By Justina Coronel Coconut Grove has just been sprinkled with a bit more flavor. A new refreshing dining experience, called 33, opened its doors on Saturday, December 5th, 2015. This Peruvian influenced theme will give guests true quality of delicious flavors with no more than six ingredients, as “attention to taste” is Chef Sebastian Fernandez’s key ingredient to his own success. The menu will even change depending on availability, which will bring a variety not only to the menu but also to the palate. Chef Fernandez and his wife, Leslie, transformed the place into more of an open and inviting space for guests to enjoy. Walking in, guests will be able to notice the large illuminating sign behind the bar titled ‘SED,’ meaning thirsty in Spanish; the bar itself was even designed by Fernandez using reclaimed wood from pallets and copper. To Fernandez, the name ‘33’ means more than the grove’s zip code, which is ‘33133’, but more a sense of belief, in which he truly believes that the number is lucky. But, the food that Fernandez provided is more than just luck. His touch in coordinating flavors together is a special skill providing guests a pure tour of Peruvian flavors and the use of international techniques and influences. Two dishes include classics such as the causa limena and the ceviche de corvina. The causa limena incorporated purple potato, fresh ahi tuna, avocado, and aji Amarillo sauce. The standard Peruvian dish, the ceviche, had lime, ginger, cilantro, red onions, and aji Amarillo for a bit of a kick. The plates are meant to share in order for guests to try all the different types of tastes flourished into the recipes. Make sure to attend 33 because after tasting these Peruvian dishes, you will truly feel lucky. 33 is located at 3195 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove

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5 Local Restaurants Featuring Thanksgiving Dining

By Justina Coronel ‘Tis the season to feel blessed and for this Thanksgiving, there is no need to be stressed because there are five amazing restaurants that are offering delicious Thanksgiving dinner specials. Seaspice: This indulgent menu for $75 is created by Executive Chef Angel Leon. Course 1 features three starters including pan-seared foie gras. Course 2 includes slow-cooked free-range turkey to slow-cooked lamb chuck, then finish it off with dessert of warm sweet potato clafoutis to tocinillo de cielo. Mandarin Oriental: The Mandarin will have a full menu for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. The MO Bar and La Mar will even have a holiday event, in which bar manager Steve Minor will have a special take on cookies and milk “Alfajores and Coquito” and Diego Oka will have a hangover cure cooking class including the secrets of Leche de Tigre. Novecento: Guests can pre-order or dine with a deposit of $50 for parties up to six or $100 for larger groups. The menu is $39 per person, including one glass of sangria, chardonnay, or cabernet sauvignon. BLT Prime: This new American steakhouse in Doral has a menu with a range of food items at $75 for adults and $40 for children. Three starters will be of choice, including a Kabocha squash risotto to lead into entrees of roasted turkey or striped bass. Lastly, dessert features a delicious pumpkin tart or a velvet chocolate rocky road. Thompson Miami Beach: Guests will be able to enjoy an amazing time at TALDE with a $25 holiday special Thanksgiving Ramen for 2, served with creamed spinach wontons to mushroom gravy tare. Also, in the Thompson Hotel is Seagrape, which has a prix-fixe, family style dinner for $65 per person. Items include over roasted turkey breast to braised short rib.

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Weekend Guide: 11/19-11/21

Watch the Miami Heat win, then celebrate with a beer favorite Oculto or get inspired by the fantastic physique competitions. If that isn’t enough, you can listen to lovely music at a benefit concert or shop ’til you drop! Miami Heat vs Sacramento Kings When: Thursday, Nov. 19th at 7:30pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: Oculto Presents Garden of Hedon When: Thursday, Nov. 19th at 9:00pm Where: Vizcaya Gardens Tickets: RSVP at Additional Information: Dress in black 2015 NPC National Championships When: Friday, Nov. 20th at 1:00pm until Saturday, Nov. 21st 5:00pm Where: James L. Knight Center Tickets: StyleMarket Hosting Outdoor Bazaar When: Saturday, Nov. 21st 12:00pm-5:00pm Where: Downtown Dadeland, 7250 N. Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33156 Guitars Over Guns “Choose Your Sound” Benefit Concert Presented by Miami Marlins When: Saturday, Nov. 21st at 7:00pm Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach Tickets: Additional Information: Hosted by NBC 6’s Roxanne Vargas Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers When: Saturday, Nov. 21st at 8:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets:

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The Weekend Guide: 11/12-11/14

Destination Fashion Kick Off Party When: Thursday, November 12th at 6:00-9:00pm Where: Bal Harbour Shops Additional Information: Annual fundraiser benefitting spinal cord research; appearances by NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, Tommy Lee Jones, Emilio & Gloria Estefan, & Brittany & Christian Slater; live concert; fashion show; live auction; launch of 2016 Women of Substance & Style Miami Heat vs Utah Jazz When: Thursday, November 12th at 7:30pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets: Jason Derulo Concert When: Friday, November 13th at 8:00pm Where: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tickets: Color Run 5k When: Saturday, November 14th at 9:00am Where: Sun Life Stadium Registration: $45 per runner Additional Information: Photo stations; followed by the Finish Festival with music; Shine Tour gift kits; keepsakes such as shirts; shiny tattoos, shine powder packets, & gold finisher’s medal Coral Gables Food, Wine & Spirits Festival When: Saturday, November 14th at 4:00pm Where: Bossa Nova Tickets: $39/2-day access Additional Information: 100 companies & 200 brands will be featured; spirits tent, wine tent, beer garden, culinary square, seminars & demonstrations The Fourth Annual Savor the Season When: Saturday, November 14th at 6:00-11:00pm Where: Brickell World Plaza Tickets: $100 Additional Information: Benefits the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Feeding South Florida, & the University of Miami Center for Autism & Related Disabilities Alejandro Fernandez Concert When: Saturday, November 14th at 8:00pm Where: AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets:

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Top Seasonal Beers of Fall

By Justina Coronel Among the midst of the fall spirit and pumpkin spice and everything nice, make sure to enjoy the most delicious seasonal brews made for you. 1. Abita Brewing Company Pecan Harvest Ale: This fine ale is brewed with a mix of pale, biscuit, Munich, caramel malts, and Willamette hops. Flavorful Louisiana roasted pecans are also added in order to give the brew a subtle nutty flavor. Great food pairings involve seafood, red meat, and of course nuts. For more information, visit 2. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale: This smooth brown ale is brewed with pumpkin meat, spices, and brown sugar to give you the ultimate flavors of pumpkin and caramel. Great food pairings would be the classic Thanksgiving dishes such as turkey, stuffing, or lamb but you can also combine it with roasted duck, dessert dumplings, or sharp cheddar cheese. For more information, visit 3. Samuel Adams OctoberFest: This rich flavor deep golden amber colored beer is a classic blend of hearty melts of deep yet smooth flavors of caramel. Octoberfest is a malt lover’s heaven due to its blend of four roasts of barley to create sweet flavors of caramel and toffee. For more information, visit 4. Founders Brewing Company Harvest Ale: With the first sip, your mouth is embraced with a juicy hop presence that is incorporated with fresh citrus and then followed by a toasted malt undertone. For more information, visit 5. AleSmith Evil Dead Red: Just like the sound of the name, this beer is deep blood-red in color, but with an aroma of pine and citrus. These hops balance the sweetness and richness of the brew’s caramel malts. A great combination to eat with this brew would be with caramel apples or toffee. For more information, visit their Instagram page: @AleSmithBrewing These amazing brews are seasonal, so be sure to make time to crack a beer and enjoy the moment this time of year.

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Best 5 New Restaurants in Miami

November-December Issue 2015 By Justina Coronel With so much culture and flavor in the city of Miami, it is hard to choose which restaurants to visit. This guide provides five amazing and delicious restaurants that offer savory meals and will have your taste buds craving for more. Check out what is in store! Sugar Factory The infamous Sugar Factory American Brasserie, which is known for its extravagant presentations and candy shop, has officially opened in Hotel Victor on 1144 Ocean Drive. A team of world-class chefs created a vast menu from yummy burgers to the creamy mac and cheese that melts in your mouth. The legendary desserts top off the menu by including the famous King Kong Sundae, which serves up to 12 people. It contains 24 scoops of ice cream drizzled with caramel, fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, and also with sprinkles, chewy gummy bears, soft marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, toasted walnuts, whipped cream, fresh sliced bananas and crushed waffled cones. Oh, and to top it all off it has giant swirly candy pops sticking out of the whole extravaganza. Sugar Factory is legendary for its premium cocktails. From the signature smoking candy goblets to the S’Mores Martini, a cocktail that has chocolate and marshmallows garnished with a graham cracker rim, to the Sour Apple Lolly Martini, that has a lollipop in the glass with a Pop Rocks rim for some extra kick. This new restaurant is definitely bringing some sugar to the Miami spice. For more information on Sugar Factory, please visit Sugar Factory is located at 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139 Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina The Villa, Casa Casuarina, which was formerly the Versace Mansion, introduced a new Italian Mediterranean influence fine dining restaurant called Gianni’s at The Villa. Lunch and private occasions are available by appointment but guests are now welcomed at the front gates to witness rich jewel tones, magnificent mosaics, and exquisite sights that only a few have seen before. Mathias Gervais, the Executive Chef of The Restaurant at Setai, teamed up with Executive Chef Thomas Stewart to create a delicious Italian menu. Three unique dining areas accommodate the guests. One location is the patio that overlooks the elegant Mosaic Garden and contains the largest medusa on property that leads to the 54-foot long pool, comprised of more than one million mosaic tiles, in which thousands are 24 karat gold. Gianni’s also offers an intimate Onyx bar that serves cocktails in a lounge like atmosphere to go along with the excellent ambiance for the restaurant. For more information on Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina, please visit Gianni’s at The Villa Casa Casuarina is located at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Apeiro Kitchen & Bar Located in Midtown Miami at 3252 NE 1st Avenue, Apeiro Kitchen & Bar provides a Mediterranean cuisine by the chef and co-owner David Blonsky. The contemporary menu is inspired by the rich cultures of the Mediterranean countries. From lamb kefta kabobs, that have house-ground spice lamb with tzatziki sauce and koshari rice to roasted lamb chops that have a rosemary-lavender rub with butter bean and broccolini ragout, this menu will make you feel as if you travelled to the Mediterranean area. Apeiro means “infinite” in Greek and this new amazing restaurant will make you come continuously and infinitely. For more information on Apeiro Kitchen & Bar, please visit Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is located at 3252 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33137 Quality Meats Quality Meats opened this Winter in the heart of South Beach at a historic Art Deco hotel at 1501 Collins, Miami Beach. The Executive Chef and partner Craig Koketsu offers a menu with elements of a classic butchery that includes large cuts of meats that are either carefully cured, smoked, or aged in-house. Two meaty dishes include the roasted veal shank, that is from the Butcher’s Cut feature and is served with the black truffle pappardelle and the second is the aged 18-ounce tender bone-in sirloin. Guests can enjoy their meals in the main dining room that seats 120, in the outdoor patio that fits 70, or in the private dining room that accommodates events for 15-50 guests. They truly put quality into their meats. For more information on Quality Meats, please visit Quality Meats is located at 1501 Collins, Miami Beach, FL 33139   Bazi Bazi is a modern, Asian-inspired restaurant located at 1200 Collins Avenue. The theme is an elegant reminiscent of Hong Kong in the 1930’s with décor that is modern and sleek touched with gold accents. Chef Michael Pirolo diced up the menu with an interpretation of Asian classic cuisines and a modern twist. One of the Chef’s Specialties include the “Bazi Style” Peking Duck for two consisting of whole farm raised duck that is able to be served in three different ways. After an Asian-inspired meal, there is no better way to finish the meal than by trying the Pandan Rice Pudding for dessert, which contains fried bananas, candied cashews, and lemongrass caramel. For more information on Bazi, please visit Bazi is located at 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Click here to view this post in MSM’s November/December digital issue

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The South Beach Food & Wine Festival is Back & Ready to Attack

By Justina Coronel It’s that time of year of food galore with so much more. Celebrating 15 years, the Food Network & Cooking Channel presents the Wine and Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF) on February 24-26, 2016. The signature white tents are perfectly nestled and stretched on the sands of South Beach and are there to provide the most glorious tastes for the ultimate foodies. February 24, 2015: On the first day of the festival, a new edition is added to the mix with the Festival’s new Taste For Lauderdale Series with Seaside Eats hosted by Robert Irvine at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. The series will have a selection of intimate dinner experiences that are being held in various Fort Lauderdale restaurants featuring renowned chefs with a variety of culinary personalities. February 25, 2015: Kicking off this day will commence with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the beach house by Emmy Award-Winning Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis. Thirty of the nation’s best chefs will be there to take attendees on a delicious tour of true and authentic Italian samples that are also accompanied by Folonari and Campari Italian spirits. February 26, 2015: The Amstel Light Burger Bash, a fan-favorite, is presented by Schweird & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray after 10 years. This event will bring the country’s leading burger experts to come together to construe scrumptious and burgerlicious combinations in order to compete for top honors. Also, new Festival Events in 2016 include: Grilled Cheese Happy Hour hosted by Laura Werlin & Ms. Cheezious Midnight Breakfast hosted by Chrissy Teigen & Fireman Derek Dessert Party hosted by Duff Goldman Croquetamania hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten Like Water for Chocolate Screening & Conversation with Screenwriter Laura Esquivel Not only are you enjoying a bite, but you are also helping the student of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management because all the proceeds from the festival benefit their program. To date, the festival has raised more than $22 million for the school. Make sure not to miss this event where you can devour mouth-watering samples of every type of food selection tied with a perfectly paired fine wine; there is no better way to enjoy your time to dine. For more details: The Festival’s exclusive MasterCard® presale period begins on Monday, October 5 at 9:00 AM EST online at or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). Public ticket sales for the 2016 Festival open at midnight on Monday, October 19.

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