Ten reasons to be thankful you live in Miami

By | November 24th, 2010 | 10 Comments

Miami Favs Turkey drawing

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked irrepressible optimist Megan Ann Harmon over at Miami Favs if she’d contribute ten reasons to be thankful to live in Miami. “Only ten?” she said. We knew we had the right person for the job. Here’s her list.

The beach is my front yard

And it happens to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the things I can do on the beach are endless. I can watch the sunrise, run, stroll, surf, paddle board, wind surf, jet ski, kite board, play almost any sport, pass out on a Boucher Brothers’ lounger, drink daiquiris, walk hand-in-hand with a handsome Latino, stare at the chiseled bodies on the gay beach, attend concerts, festivals, and rallies, etc., etc., etc. Basically, the beach in our front yard is my playground.

The Everglades is my back yard

There is only one of its kind, and it’s here in Miami. If you thought our front yard was fun, think of this as your eco-adventure. You can watch meteor showers and stare at the stars, bike through mangroves, kayak, hike, go bird/gator watching, or take an air-boat ride through the swamp. Very few people ever get to see the miraculous eco-system that is the Everglades. We live in it.

The sun also sets

I can see the two most beautiful scenes of the day — sunrise and sunset – in a single day because I live in Miami. It’s an amazingly Zen experience to watch the sun come up on South Beach and then drive an hour to Key Largo to see the spectacle in reverse. And it’s worth the time. Nature does all the work. I just sit back, relax, and enjoy. And if I’m at Sundowners, that’s usually with a beer in hand, listening to a live band. Magical.

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Top Ten Miami Thanksgiving Weekend Events

By | November 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Thanksgiving is a time to convene with family and express your gratitude for the good in life. The long Thanksgiving weekend is an opportunity to have a damn good time (provided the tryptophan overdose doesn’t immobilize you). Here are the top ten events from Wednesday to Sunday in chronological order.

1. Gobble Wobble @ Blue Martini (Wednesday, starts 5 p.m.)

Two cans of food or $5 to benefit Florida’s needy will get you into Blue Martini Brickell for free signature drinks and an open vodka bar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s an odd and perhaps inappropriate trade-off, but everyone wins in the end. Learn more HERE.

2. The 8th Annual ’80s Prom @ The Vagabond (Wednesday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.)

Get an early jump on Turkey Day with Sweat Records’ “unabashedly cheesy and radical” annual Thanksgiving eve party, which will feature a DJ playing the best (or worst) of the ’80s in the Vagabond’s ballroom, bar, and garden, and $5 Heinekens and Prom Punch all night. Learn more HERE.

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Comic #12: Thanksgiving

By | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment

My Thanksgiving