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–Enchanted Place is one of South Florida’s most unique community traditions.
-A group of around 30 houses on North Miami’s NE 137th Terrace go all out each December by putting up thousands of lights and holiday decorations.
-Tens of thousands of people travel from around the area to drive down the street and take a picture with Santa Claus.
-The tradition started in the late 1980s as a neighborly rivalry between Ken DiGenova and a few of his friends. It quickly grew to the entire street and has lasted 29 years.
-DiGenova puts many of the lights up himself and he organizes the effort each year.
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Location: 1600 NE 137th Terrace, North Miami
Time: Sunset to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free (Voluntary donations to a local charity are collected if you want to give)
-Santa Claus will be on the street to take pictures every night until Christmas.
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Monday January 18th– Beginning January 18th, Red Ginger in SoFi will be offering a new lunch menu from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The new menu will feature both ongoing favorites and new additions including entrée salads, rice bowls and bento boxes perfect for a quick sit down lunch, delivery or pick up. Menu highlights will include the Salmon & Crab Buns, Lobster Banh Mi, Wagyu Beef Burger, and Japanese IPA Tempura Seabass. Also offered will be four rice bowl options with a choice of Vegetables, Grilled Chicken, Duck Confit or Tiger Prawns plus four bento box options (Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki, and truffle salmon maki). In addition, Red Ginger has expanded the dinner menu to include a robata steak selection and seafood dishes like the Lobster Pad Thai. Red Ginger 736 First Street Miami Beach FL. (305) 433-6876
Thursday January 21st – BLT Prime Miami will partner with local home-grown beer makers M.I.A. Brewing for a five course dinner featuring seasonal beers from the Doral-based brewery and tap room. Miami Herald Food Editor Evan Benn, a national beer writer for Esquire, Beer Advocate and other publications, will serve as host for the event; The evening will get underway at 7 PM on Thursday, January 21. Priced at $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, reservations are required at 305-591-6066. BLT Prime Trump National Doral
4400 NW 87th Ave Miami, FL 33178.
Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd– In preparation for the upcoming 2016 Miami Marathon on Sunday, January 24 , Scarpetta, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, will offer marathon runners ( or anyone for that matter ) a special $45 “Carb-Up” 3 course prix-fixe menu. The menu is only available from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. The three-course menu is a delicious way to power up before the big run; specially crafted to ensure runners’ muscles are fueled and energy levels are up for optimal performance. Among the menu items starter choices included are their popular creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushroom and main courses choices include their Spaghetti with tomato and basil and Duck & Foie Gras Ravioli. Scarpetta 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 877 326 7412.
Saturday January 23rd– StripSteak by Michael Mina at The Fontainebleau kickoffs off their 2016 Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner series with a decadent five-course menu prepared by StripSteak chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, complemented by seven different wines from Darioush. Darioush Khaledi and his wife Shahpar founded Darioush in 1997. The Darioush Estate has flourished over time and is now comprised of 120 acres in Southern Napa Valley spanning the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll American viticultural areas. Each of the five courses will be paired with a different varietal from the label. Priced at $225 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, the luxurious evening will begin at 8 p.m. Strip Steak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 877 326 7412.
New and Ongoing:
GK Bistronomie in Wynwood just launched their new happy hour. Specials include craft cocktails for $5 and all beers and select wines are 1/2 price – offered every day from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GK Bistronomie serves Peruvian dishes offering a selection of tiraditos, ceviches, appetizers and main courses. The outdoor “kitchen bar” serves classic Peruvian sours including Pisco, Chicha and Passionfruit. GK Bistronomie 218 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127 786 477 5151
Le Zoo, Stephen Starr’s newest South Florida restaurant, is excited to announce the debut of its new brunch menu Saturday and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Located in the Bal Harbour Shops, Le Zoo transports diners to the French bistros of days gone by and offers a relaxed atmosphere amongst the hustle and bustle of the nearby shops. The menu offers a wide selection, including delicious egg dishes like eggs benedict and poached egg basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto. In addition to traditional brunch fare like French toast topped with pineapple and freshly baked pastries, Le Zoo will be serving up French classics like French onion soup gratinée, escargots, and steak frites. An extensive raw bar and inspired cocktail list round out the menu to offer the ideal weekend brunch experience. Le Zoo 9700 Collins Ave Bal Harbour, FL 33154 (305) 602-9663
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By John Massey
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has made several claims regarding the utility of NATO in relation to its costs.
This is a strange claim indeed.
While Trump has said he would through the sheer will of his personality achieve Defense Department reform, which was tried and failed by the last two presidents, simultaneously increasing the size of the military across the board seems to indicate the result would be an increased military budget.
Regardless of the hypothetical effects on defense spending of a Trump administration, and the missing logic as to why the United States would need a larger military when it would be disengaging from the world, accurately assessing how much the American contribution to European defense actually costs would be a worth while endeavor.
Donald Trump has not taken the time to do this.
First, lets look at the easiest metric to measure American contributions to NATO, the direct funding of the alliance.
According to the funding page of NATO’s website, direct funding for the alliance is decided “in accordance with an agreed cost-sharing formula based on Gross National Income” of which the United States has agreed to foot 22.1446% of the bill.
So what is the grand total of NATO’s budget? The budget is divided into three sectors: civil, military, and the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP).
The civil budget broadly covers both PR and diplomacy. The military budget provides funding for staff colleges, communally owned assets like deployable radar, and administrative functions.
The NSIP provides for constructing various military assets which could not be reasonably funded by national defense budgets, including harbors and runways.
The budgets set forth in June of 2015 indicate that the civil budget is about €222 million ($251 million), the military budget at €1.16 billion ($1.31 billion), and the NSIP at €690 million ($780 million).
Adding these all together we get a total budget of about €2.03 billion ($230 billion). Already this is a very small number in terms of US spending, but the US only foots a little over one fifth of this, which comes out at around $500 million.
In contrast, Mr Trump has claimed that his border wall would cost in the range of $8 billion, not including maintenance.
This claim is also largely understood to be underselling the true cost for a fixed fortification, of which his apparent idol General Patton is noted as remarking on such structures as a “monument to the stupidity of man”.
Regardless, it seems that between the build up within United States, and the $8+ billion ineffectual wall, the United States’ $500 million to NATO seems downright microscopic.
Perhaps then Mr. Trump is referring to the nearly $600 billion US defense budget, which outspends the next few countries combined, including a number of allies.
So this must be what Mr. Trump is referring to, right? The US spends close to as much as the rest of the alliance, therefore the United States is being ripped off.
This is certainly a reasonable viewpoint, if you consider the 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii, United States Forces Korea (USFK), or the US 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan as contributing to European defense.
While these assets might be used in a large conflict in Europe, if it were to last long enough, they are of little deterrent value in the Pacific.
A Reasonable appraisal of the American footprint in Europe will look at assets in or around Europe.
Using the Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) cost as a rough average, we can begin the calculate the costs of the US Army in Europe. At 16 brigades, and our rough approximation of $285 million for full readiness over a year, leaves us $4.56 Billion. Note we are making the annual cost of the European Dental Command as expensive as a combat unit.
The one battalion of US marines in Europe can also be easily factored in, at $55 million.
The US Air Force combines its commands in Europe and Africa. As a result we will count Air Force assets in Djibouti in addition to Europe.
This gives us 26 squadrons, which for simplicity’s sake we will count universally as F-16s, despite Pavehawks being less expensive to fly, and F-15s slightly more expensive to fly. Our DoD numbers give us $135 million per year, resulting in annually $3.51 billion per year.
This number may be fudged based on the limited information available on maintenance costs for various aircraft, but will do well as a stand in for our purposes of a rough estimate.
The cost of US Navy forces is even less readily available The Center for New American Security claims that a Carrier group costs $6.5 million per day to operate, which comes out at about $2.37 billion per year.
The US Navy had twelve surface ships in the Mediterranean in October of 2015, which for our purposes we will equate to two Carrier groups, which include two attack subs, four to six surface ships, plus an aircraft carrier with a compliment of aircraft.
The cost for our substitution is $4.74 billion.
The total cost of American assets in europe is about $13.36 billion per year.
That includes all the indirect costs of European defense, and direct NATO funding. This is of course not the exact value.
This is a rough estimate through open source channels that is willing to substitute jets for helicopters, and two carrier groups for a dozen surface ships.
That’s a small chunk of the overall defense budget, that is of significant strategic value. For reference, that’s in the ballpark of Italy’s contribution to European defense, and less than half of much maligned Germany’s contribution.
The Americans are not being taken for a ride by NATO.
This begs the question; why is the presumptive Republican nominee not able to have someone crunch publicly available numbers to assess the bargain price that the United States buys a Europe whole free and at peace for?
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