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–Mr Kream Wynwood has a pretty unique vibe for an ice cream place. Run by a group of Miami DJs, the shop is the perfect place for those with a serious sweet tooth and an ear for rap.
-The shop is just over a year old and has become very popular.
-Ice cream flavors are named after famous rap stars. An example?: 2 Live Blue.
-The stated goal is to give people a great desert while also teaching them about hip hop culture and history.
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By Sean Moran
On Sunday the two matchups for the second College Football Playoff were announced. The No. 1 seed Clemson Tigers will the face No. 4 seed Oklahoma Sooners at 4 p.m. Eastern in the Capital One Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
The Alabama Crimson Tide, the No. 2 seed, will face off against the third seeded Michigan State Spartans in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at 8 p.m., also on New Year’s Eve. Both games will be televised on ESPN.
Both games look to be great matchups, but there are also some interesting off the field storylines that will make this year’s college football playoff even more interesting than last year.
#1 Clemson vs #4 Oklahoma: This game is a rematch of last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl during which Clemson stomped Oklahoma 40 to 6. It was a sweet win for Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who faced his former team for the first time since he was fired in 2011. Clemson dominated the game from the very beginning as Oklahoma only managed to gain 275 yards of total offense.
Clemson hopes to do the same thing this year as it again boasts one of the nation’s best defenses. Led by players such as defensive tackle Shaq Lawson and safety Jayron Kearse Jr., Clemson has the nation’s 5th ranked passing defense, is 7th in total yards allowed per game, and has recorded over 38 sacks, good enough for 12th in the nation (NCAA statistics).
But outside of North Carolina and Florida State, Clemson hasn’t’ faced an offense as good and with as many athletes as Oklahoma’s.
But Clemson’s offense is just as good if not better this year under the reigns of true sophomore quarterback and Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson.
Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney have had a great season and have finally put to rest the slur of “Clemsoning”.
Last year, Watson missed the bowl game after tearing and playing with a partially torn ACL during the season’s final month, but he’s been playing like a man possessed this year. Watson won the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award, as he threw for 3500 yards, rushed for nearly 900, accounting for 41 touchdowns.
Bob Stoops looks to get some payback for last year’s embarrassing lose and earn a shot to win his second national championship. The Sooners’ offense, under the direction of coordinator Lincoln Riley, has torched teams in the air and on the ground. Former walk-on Baker Mayfield, considered by many to be a Heisman snub, has played fantastic and running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon (a coveted high school player who sat out his freshman year for a domestic violence incident) are two of the better backs in the country. Senior wide out Sterling Shephard has also been one of the best wide receivers in the country during his four years in Norman.
Despite the Big 12’s reputation as pass happy, basketball on turf, Oklahoma fielded one of the better defensive units in the nation. The Sooners held opposing offenses to less than 21 points per game, recorded the 4th most sacks in the nation (38), and forced 26 turnovers (NCAA statistics). Eric Striker, properly named, is one of the nation’s premier pass-rushing linebackers, and cornerback Zack Sanchez has recorded six interceptions this year.
With two high powered offenses I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned into a track meet where the team with the ball last wins.
But if it’s soggy or raining in Miami, defense could ultimately determine who wins.
Clemson and head coach Dabo Swinney have had a great season and have finally put to rest “Clemsoning”, but I’m going with Oklahoma in this game. The Sooners are much more battle tested after having played in a fairly strong schedule against the Big 12 and a decent Tennessee team out of conference.
Final score prediction: Oklahoma 42-Clemson 35
#2 Alabama vs #3 Michigan State: Clemson and Oklahoma will be fast paced with lots of scoring, but this game will be more reminiscent of “old man football”. Both teams like to play smash-mouth football by running the ball down opponents’ throats on offense and stifling them with tough defense.
This game features another matchup of a coach going against his former school as Nick Saban leads the Crimson Tide against the Spartans. From 1995-1999 Saban led Michigan State and also employed current Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio. These two teams last met in the 2011 Capital One Bowl, a 49-7 Alabama victory.
These teams are so similar in regards to their playing style and philosophies, but Alabama just has better talent.
The Crimson Tide really has only one strategy on offense: giving Derrick Henry the ball. Henry has been a monster this year, shredding defenses on his way to one of the best seasons in the history of college football. Even when they know it’s coming, defenses have been unable to stop him. He broke Herschel Walker’s single season SEC rushing record with 1,986 yards and his 23 rushing touchdowns are currently tied for the SEC record with Tim Tebow and Tre Mason.
With teams selling out to limit the rushing attack and Henry, Alabama has enough of a passing attack to make them pay.
Jacob Coker hasn’t lived up to the enormous hype and expectations of Alabama fans, but he does enough to win games by avoiding turnovers and scrambling to avoid sacks. Calvin Ridley, a talented true freshman wide receiver, emerged as a playmaker alongside Ardarius Stewart and tight end O.J. Howard.
What hasn’t already been said about Alabama’s defense? Arguably the most talented front seven in the nation, the Crimson Tide are loaded on the defensive side of the ball.
In the secondary, Eddie Jackson has flourished after a move from corner to safety and Cyrus Jones has become an elite corner and return man. Linebacker Reggie Ragland draws comparisons to Bama greats Don’t’a Hightower and CJ Mosely, while the defensive line has potential NFL first round draft picks Johnathan Allen, A’Shawn Robinson, and Jarran Reed. This defense is simply lights out with the only concern being Kirby Smart’s possible source of distraction as he tries to balance his new job as Georgia’s head coach.
Michigan State follows a blueprint similar to Alabama on both offense and defense. Senior quarterback Connor Cook was receiving preseason Heisman buzz, but battled injuries and inconsistency all year. As the winningest QB in Spartan history, Cook has big game experience and when he’s hot he can beat anyone in the country. True freshman LJ Scott, the hero of the Big 10 Championship game, emerged as the leading running back this year and looks to continue his success against the best run defense in the nation.
Although they lost some talent to the NFL last year, Michigan State once again had one of the best defenses in the nation. Shilique Calhoun was a terror on the defensive line as he tallied up 10.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss and the Spartans ranked 7th in the nation in rush defense and turnovers forced.
These teams are so similar in regards to their playing style and philosophies, but Alabama just has better talent.
Michigan State prides itself on recruiting overlooked players to develop and coach up, while Alabama annually recruits the best athletes in the nation and produces numerous NFL draft picks. If this were 2013 or last year, I think Michigan State would have a great chance to win this game but they’ve been inconsistent at times this year (struggled against Western Michigan, barely beat Michigan, and lost to Nebraska). Meanwhile, Alabama has been out for blood since their home loss to Ole Miss in September.
Final score prediction: Alabama 23-Michigan State 10
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By Allyn FarachOn June 12th, 2016, a man entered a gay bar called Pulse and started firing, killing 49 people.The response was almost immediate, with people stepping up to donate blood, money, and time to the cause.You can still help even as the event falls farther out of the headlines.There are various charities and blood donation centers, but what do they need now?One response was from Pulse itself.The club’s website was replaced with a page directing people to a PayPal set up for the employees, who aren’t working while the club is closed.“For those of you wanting to help the staff, the Pulse Employee Recovery Fund provides assistance to employees who have been affected by this tragedy and will continue to have monetary needs during our time of recovery. All money goes directly to the Pulse employees to assist with their daily needs while they are out of work.” the page reads. Sara Brady, the spokesperson for Pulse, elaborated “…(The employees) can’t work because (the) club isn’t open. They are also emotionally traumatized which will impact their ability to get new jobs…they need to heal.”Another way that people have been looking to help is with blood donations.Shortly after the shooting, people were lining up at OneBlood buildings donate blood, food, and time.Pat Michaels, spokesperson at OneBlood says that the best way that people can help is to schedule.“Keeping the appointments are the thing that we’re asking people to do: to make the appointment and to keep the appointment going in the future,” Michaels said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “It does help us keep things even and not have a lot of people waiting for a long period of time. In the initial hours after the tragedy in Orlando, we had people standing in line for hours, waiting to donate blood.”Calling ahead or scheduling an appointment online ensures that the process goes smoother and faster.Michaels also asks that people continue to donate and volunteer regularly.Blood has a short shelf life and needs to be replenished regularly.“But certainly, the thing that we want people to do if you’re eligible to donate blood is to make the commitment to do this going forward,” Michaels said.Cover Photo Credit: Governor Tom Wolf/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)Post Views: 20
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The Weekly Nibble is presented by MIAbites every week featuring upcoming food and drink events in and around the Miami area. This is the final week of Miami Spice which wraps up on September 30th, so take advantage of the $23 Lunch and $39 Dinner specials offered at over 180 restaurants.
Thursday September 24th- MO Bar+Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental hosts Iphoneography 101 class from 6- 7:30 to help you take better food pics with tips from top Instagrammers @BrianLadder and @OasisJae. $35 includes cocktail and signature sushi roll. MO Bar + LoungeMandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami, FL 305 913 8358.
Thursday September 24th- Verde Community Gardens and Market opens its new Verde Kitchen Café in Homestead. Helmed by Chef Adri Garcia, the Verde Kitchen Café will offer a variety of fresh items grown and sourced locally. Verde Café’s menu items feature the likes of umami sliders, made with grass-fed beef from Ocala, to baked goods and leafy choices like the farmhouse salad, made with red dragon fruit, sunflower shoots and microgreens. Verde Kitchen Café is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday. Verde Community Farm, Market and Café. 12690 SW 280th St., Homestead.
Thursday September 24th- Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant is pleased to announce their second Somm Slam with 50 Eggs/Swine where head “Wine-O,” Heath Porter of Uvaggio will go pour-to-pour against neighboring Wine Director, Daniel Toral. Wine buffs will be able to enjoy three different dishes accompanied by one wine pairing each from Porter and Toral. Attending guests will be able to partake in the event by choosing the winning sommelier. The showdown begins at 7 PM with limited seating. Cost per person is $100; which includes the reception, three courses with a total of six wines and dessert. Uvaggio Wine Bar 70 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL.
Friday September 25th– Circa 39 Boutique Hotel hosts it’s final Vino & Vinyasa with yogi Mike Dannheim. Hour long yoga class in courtyard is followed by wine tastings and light snacks from Jules Kitchen. $25 in advance $30 at door. Circa 393900 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 538 4900.
Tuesday September 29th- In anticipation of the November opening of TALDE Miami Beach at Thompson Miami Beach, Miamians may savor TALDE sooner than November with a one-night only TALDE Miami Beach pop-up on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., at Thompson Miami Beach’s charming poolside bungalow, 1930s House. Limited to 40 seats, this exclusive dining experience will give guests a chance to sample some of TALDE’s signature dishes by Top Chef alum and restaurateur Dale Talde. Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and bar), includes four courses, one bottle of TALDE staple Brooklyn Sorachi Ace beer from Brooklyn Brewery, as well as one complimentary copy of the cookbook per ticket. Seating is limited and should be reserved in advance by visiting https://taldemb-popup.splashthat.com/. 1930’s House at Thompson Miami Beach 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 605 4041.
Tuesday September 29th– Lure Fishbar, is celebrating National Bourbon Month with a one-night-only pairing dinner on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM. Executive Chef John Iatrellis has created an extravagant six-course menu of seasonal specialties to be perfectly paired with Old Forester bourbons, by Bar Director Rob Ferrara. Bourbon lovers and food enthusiasts alike will enjoy the delicious menu, featuring lobster stuffed squash blossoms with bourbon-lavender honey, bourbon glazed black grouper, bourbon braised short ribs and more priced at $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Lure Fishbar at The Loews Miami Beach 1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL. 305 695 4550.
Tuesday September 29th- The Crafts Spirits Festival and AFROHEAD Rum present the BareKnuckle Bartender™ 2015 Battle Royal Final at 8 pm at Radio Bar in Miami Beach. The top five BareKnuckle Bartenders in Miami will compete to make their best cocktail using AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum. The winner of the competition will be crowned BareKnuckle Bartender 2015 Champion and bragging rights. Participants include: Leo Holtzman – Wunderbar/Circa 39, Ricardo Rodriguez – Finka Table & Tap, Alex Aportela – Finka Table & Tap, Jack Reynolds – Broken Shaker/27, Tyler Kitzman – Sweet Liberty. This event is free and open to the public. Radio Bar 814 1st St. Miami Beach, FL.
Wednesday September 30th– MO Bar + Lounge hosts High West Whiskey Expert Natalia Cardenas for DIY Old Fashioneds at MO Bar + Lounge from 6-8 pm. Guests will be using a variety of fun ingredients including maple syrup and chocolate bitters with MO Bar’s house Voodoo Whiskey blend. Tickets are $15 per person and advanced RSVP is also strongly suggested. MO Bar + Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami FL 305 913 8288.
Wednesday September 30th– The Federal Food, Drink & Provisionslaunches Oktoberfest Beer Feast on Wednesday September 30th to celebrate the successful end of Miami Spice, and to kick off Fall 2015. The Oktoberfest Beer Feast dinner menu will feature homemade pretzels, gator schnitzel, pickled herring, cheese soup and beer pairings by some well-loved Florida breweries. The Federal Food & Drink. 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 305 758 9559,
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The Barcelona inspired newly opened KLIMA Restaurant and Bar debuts its daily Happy Hour just in time for the upcoming season. Resident mixologist at KLIMA, Raffaele Mitrugno, together with Executive Chef David “Rusti” Rustarazo, have created a unique food and beverage happy hour bar menu for locals, visitors and restaurant guests to enjoy during any evening occasion with family, friends or to let off steam with co-workers after a hard day at the office. Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday, KLIMA now offers a number of drink specials that includes any house liquor, signature cocktail or wines by the glass for $8 each. To accompany the drinks are a series of custom-made Tapas style plates and other Mediterranean inspired dishes available at the bar and lounge area A variety of salads and Raw Bar plates are also available on the bar menu. KLIMA 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 786 453 2779.
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