Tuesday, June 1

Check(ers) it Out!

If you live in South Florida and love Checkers you're going to salivate when you hear this:

South Florida residents will be the first in the nation to experience Checker's new Flavor Built Menu with six new insanely craveable Flavor Built Burgers, fully-loaded with mouthwatering quality ingredients. Some of the ones that caught our eye were:

A.1. ® Prime Time Steakhouse – Parmesan butter, pile on seasoned grilled onions, Cheddar cheese and top it all off with A.1. ® Thick & Hearty Steak Sauce.

Backwoods B-B-Q – This burger is stacked with peppered bacon, fried onion rings, Ranch Dressing, Cheddar cheese, smoky BBQ sauce and our own special blend of BBQ spices for a down-home taste.

Yummm...Just don't over do it...beach season is here.

Click here for the Checkers location serving Flavor Built Burgers closest to you.

Monday, May 10

Some SATC and Skyy Vodka Please!

Want to be one of the first to watch Sex and the City 2 for free?...then keep reading.

SKYY Vodka is hosting a complimentary screening of the newest installment of SATC at the Regal Cinemas in South Beach on Wednesday, May 26th (the day before official release) at 8 p.m. preceded by a happy hour at Van Dyke's at 5:30 pm.

Complimentary tickets are currently available to reserve by clicking here. First come, first serve!

You're welcome, ladies.

Van Dyke's [846 Lincoln Road]
Regal Cinemas South Beach 18 [1100 Lincoln Road]

Color Us Well

A new charitable project called Color Us Well recently donated over 200 coloring books to patients at Joe DiMaggio and Miami Children's Hospital to help them get inspired and find a message of hope.

To celebrate the artists and those who participated in touching the lives of hundreds of young patients, Color Us Well will host an event this Thursday, May 13th at the Viceroy Hotel’s Club 50 from 6:30-9:30 pm.

The $10 entry will go to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and if you're one of the first 50 guests then you get a complimentary drink in addition to drink specials for the evening. You really can't say no to a good cause and free drinks.

For more info, please click here.

Wednesday, April 28

Mums for Mom

And so the countdown begins. . .to Mother's Day (my mom's favorite holiday behind her birthday and Christmas). So, I guess I probably shouldn't get her the same set of flowers I gave her last year, right? In that case, I'll head over to LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics in Aventura Mall to pickup some fun goodies for her. In fact, I heard through the grapevine that they are planning a special Mother's Day Celebration on the big day!

So instead of the same 'ole roses, I'll give her LUSH's mum products -- cute flower-inspired bath bombs and more (which I received to try out). Check out LUSH.com for more information. . .or catch me and my mom at their Mother's day Celebration on May 8th at the LUSH store in Aventura.

See ya there!

Tuesday, April 27

Essential Miami Summer Tools

Miami summers are brutal...especially to our skin. Excessive exposure to the sun and the ridiculous MIA temperatures burn and dry our skin and it is not pretty.

So I introduce (or re-introduce...for those of you who already use these products) to you Vaseline's new Aloe Fresh line that protects, hydrates, and moisturizes your skin*

The line consists of:
  • Vaseline® Aloe Fresh Hydrating Lotion:This body lotion hydrates and leaves your skin feeling light and not sticky (which is a plus since Miami summers=muginess which =stickiness).
  • Vaseline® Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Gel: This gel is the perfect soother for those long days out on the beach, boat, or pool where a) you think you're too cool for sunscreen b) fell asleep out in the sun or c)too drunk to notice/care (happens more often than you think) and you get home looking like a lobster and in lots of pain.
  • Vaseline® Aloe Fresh Protecting Lotion with SPF 15: This one was our favorite. Leaves the skin hydrated, isn't sticky, and most importantly...it HAS SPF! I put it on for an outdoor party recently because I didn't want to burn but I also didn't want to smell like sunscreen and this lotion did the trick.
This summer...these products should be just as essential to us as our tans and accents.

*strictlyMIA recently went to dinner with other Miami-based bloggers hosted by Unilever (such a good time!) and received a bag (I'm talking the mother of all goodie bags) filled with Unilever products to try out.

Tuesday, April 20

Just in Time for Summer: Miami's First Alcoholic Ice Pops

I'll admit it, I'm still a kid at heart. To this day, I eat Fla-vor-Ice (you know, the flavored icee sticks that were a must-have for your Miami summers) with the enjoyment of a twelve year old. I'm surprised I hadn't come up with the idea of mixing a bit of alcohol with it, but thank goodness someone else did -- well, sorta.

Some Miami folks created FrostShot -- the perfect combination of alcohol and flavored ice. With five flavors such as Caribbean Passion, Extreme Lime and Cherry Bomb and an alcohol content of 10 percent, this is a necessary addition to the beach must-have list. Make your way over to Crown Wine and Spirits in North Miami to try it out for yourself.

strictlyMIA's newest blogger. . . .Black Bombshell

Monday, April 12

Seven at The Raleigh

In honor of their 70th anniversary this year, The Raleigh is offering $7 :
  • Martinis
  • Cocktails
  • Small Bites
  • Valet Parking
Available seven days a week (throughout the year) from 4pm – 8pm.

The Raleigh: 1775 Collins Ave. [Miami Beach]

Wednesday, April 7

Artwalk Detour

While you're out on your much anticipated "Second-Saturday of every month" artwalk this weekend, make sure to stop by Cafeina Gallery and check out Crystal Monoliths, a group exhibition brought you by Morfiq Studio (8-12 pm).

The exhibit showcases contemporary artists whose work is of a clear distinct voice and technical execution.

Some of the extremely talented artists showcasing that night include:

  • Jose Mertz
  • Johnny Robles
  • Francesco LoCastro
For more info, visit morfiqstudio.com

Cafeina Gallery: 297 NW 23rd St. [Wynwood]

Friday, March 26

Project Prom Dress

Ladies, have any prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and formalwear hanging in your closet collecting dust? I've got the perfect thing for you...Project Prom Dress at Village of Merrick Park.

From April 8th through April 11th (12 pm to 7 pm), pass by Village of Merrick Park and drop off your gently-worn evening gowns and accessories. The gowns and accessories donated will give girls from the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program the opportunity to create their ideal prom look.

Project Prom Dress collected over 400 gowns last year so let's try to top that this year.

Drop Off Location: Village of Merrick Park
Garden Level, next to Coach
358 San Lorenzo Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida

Thursday, March 25

Wii Love It!

Nintendo recently sent us over the new Wii Fit Plus to check out and we loved its new features! I've owned a Wii now for about two years now and its my favorite console out there after the Nintendo SNES (I had mine until recently but it finally broke...needless to say I was devastated).

One of the first games we bought was the Wii Fit because my mom and I were trying to lose weight in the comfort of our home. I must admit I only lost three pounds but I definitely had fun doing so with all the activities it provides.

Fast forward two years and along comes the Wii Fit Plus, which includes new balance and aerobic games and new strength training and yoga activities . Some of the new added features that I love are the calorie counter and the free run, which lets you run for longer periods of time at your own pace (I was recently training for a 5K and this option helped alot).

To learn more about the Wii Fit Plus, click here.

Note: While Nintendo did send us the Wii Fit Plus, it in no way swayed the fact we've always been a huge fan of Nintendo.