Remember Tamagotchis? The digital pet key chains of the late ‘90s that kids couldn’t get enough of? Chances are you had a lanyard with a dozen or more of these egg-shaped pets attached that you obsessed over and took everywhere. The all-consuming toy faded away, as most trendy toys do, but Bandai Co., the original manufacturer of the digital pet, just released a brand new app, Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. to celebrate Tamagotchi's Sweet 16!
Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones the free app is just as fun—and needy—as the original. The handheld app is based on the original toy and operates with its original 3 buttons that at first you’re likely to not remember how to use. The little creature is still pixelated and now with push alerts your pet is bound to live a little longer than they used to. You still feed, clean up after, play with, and give your pet medicine just as you did when you were in elementary school. The updated Tamagotchi features different shells and creatures that you’re able to unlock as you raise, and most importantly keep alive, more pets. The new app is also a lot more interactive and allows you to play games with your pet, different colored egg shells, take screenshots to show your Instagram followers just how mature you are, and other new features. Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. also allows you to play in the old school egg mode or the new updated app style.
Allen Susser is one of Miami’s most celebrated chefs who helped put the 305 on the culinary map before anyone ever thought of calling Miami by its area code. Part of the original “Mango Gang” that included Chef Michelle Bernstein and Chef Norman Van Aken, the James Beard Award-winning Chef Susser was known for pioneering the use of tropical and Caribbean ingredientsthings that grew plentifully in South Florida—into fine dining, creating a cuisine that was known for a while as “Floribbean”. His namesake restaurant in Aventura was a favorite for years until it finally closed its doors, and fans have been wondering what this local gastronomic icon will be doing next. Well, it seems as if Chef Allen Susser is taking a departure from the mango-centric cuisine he has been known for to bring us a more casual, more comforting, and less tropical concept: grilled cheese sandwiches. Tomorrow, March 8th, sees the opening of Chef Susser’s Midtown Miami eatery, Daily Melt. If you’re skeptical about Chef Allen’s new approach, then Daily Melt is willing to win you over with a free sandwich tomorrow!
Philadelphia singer, Res is making her way back into the music scene as a solo artist. She gained recognition in 2001, when she released her debut album How I Do on MCA Records and peaked at number one on The Billboard Dance Chart with hit single "They Say Vision." After parting ways with her label, Res is back and ready to rebuild her career as an indie artist. Currently, the singer has joined forces with longtime collaborater Talib Kweli on their hip-hop/electro project, Idle Warship.
Is the second weekend of Ultra Music Festival facing some major opposition? Legally speaking, yes.
The City of Miami is making a bold move against Ultra with a resolution to prevent Bayfront Park from hosting the second leg of the two-weekend festival. The resolution faults the festival with traffic and noise complaints, as well as disrupting commerce for local businesses and daily life for residents.
As we all know, Ultra has already sold a massive about of weekend two tickets (ticket holder right here!) so let’s hope the City of Miami can come to an agreement with our beloved festival.
David Guetta is constantly making moves. Having just made history by winning the first American Music Award for "Favorite EDM Artist," the French powerhouse is back at it with a video for his latest single "Just One Last Time" off his album Nothing But The Beat 2.0. Accompanied with the chilling vocals of Taped Rai, the video tells a fiery and emotional tale.
Say ahoy to Tideline Water Taxi, the city by the bay's first water taxi service taking passengers to docks in SF, Marin and a couple of points in between. Sale from pier to pier and harbor to harbor versus riding along the curvy, narrow, rollercoaster streets of SF with cranky cab drivers.
Operating at small scale now, the convenient cab on the water has plans to bring a fleet of bigger, custom boats from Maine in just a few months. And, come America’s Cup time, they’ll offer mega-yacht transfers.
The end of August marked a great occasion for the Glaze Teriyaki chain. Hailing from Seattle, Glaze Teriyaki showcases delectable Japanese/Korean street food to metropolitan areas. Glaze Teriyaki opened its first restaurant in Midtown East in New York in 2010, and after much success, the branch has expanded to Union Square.
Owner Paul Krug and Chef Dennis Lake joined forces to open this second location downtown. The menu at the Union Square location remains the same as its Midtown sister, and trust us, this is a good thing. The simple menu consists of traditional teriyaki plates, where you can choose from chargrilled chicken thigh or breast, Japanese bbq hangar steak, organic salmon, pork loin, wok vegetables, or soy maritnated tofu as your main entree. Served over a bed of short grain white or brown rice, along with a side salad, the dish is a steal, with prices from $6.75-$9.50. The dish comes with so much food, it's enough for two meals. Pair with it some side dishes and you'll leave a happy customer. Sides range from $3-$5 with options like edamame, cold sesame soba noodles, shishito peppers cucumber salad, crispy gyoza, and spicy Asian bbq pickles. Chef Dennis Lake is passionate about the Glaze Teriyaki franchise and sure knows how to whip up some good grub. Another plus of dining at Glaze Teriyaki, besides the fact that it's quick and affordable, is that the restaurant is dedicated to using all natural proteins and local products whenever possible.
Toni Marie Ricci got the surpise of her life when she found out she was married to a mobster. Michael 'Mikey Scars' DiLeonardo wooed her in, but forgot to metion that he was a Gambino capo working for John Gotti, Jr. After discovering that her husband had an illegitimate child with his mistress, Toni Marie did not get mad - instead, she got even - by testifying against her ex-husband at his trial. Toni Marie was recently on the hit show, I Married a Mobster, which features a different woman each episode, who shares her story about the rise and fall of their marraige. We chat with Toni Marie about her reasons for doing the show, what she's up to now, and the importance of advocating for women who have suffered abuse.
Summer in the city can be tough...annoyingly humid days followed by torrential downpours, no one in sight on the weekends, and the same ol' shtick going on every day. Do something a little different from hitting the nearest bar and binge drinking all night -- check out one of these six great shows going on throughout the month of August. And if you still feel the need to drink till you pass out, well, at least you got some good theater in before the lights went out.
On July 25th, I had the pleasure of attending the Fourth Annual To Live & Dine in Miami event benefitting the Chapman Partnership, which has aided homeless South Floridians in employment, housing, and job training thus getting their lives back in order and helping them to support themselves. The event is presented by MIAMI Magazine each year, and this year it was hosted by Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud of DB Bistro Moderne. I had the chance to meet him in person, and while I'd like to think that I'm not prone to being starstruck, I'm slightly embarassed to say that I found myself stumbling over syllables and gushing to the acclaimed chef about how much I love him and his cuisine, and how it was the first haute cuisine restaurant I had been to, and it changed my life, and how great of an honor it was to meet him. I guess when in the presence of a great chef like Daniel Boulud, any foodie's decorum will simply dissolve.