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Wednesday
Mar022011

only in south beach: winter party festival

photo by: Vincent & Bella Productions

What began in 1994 as a one-time charity dance, Winter Party Festival has become a week-long event of events benefiting the LGBT community nationally and locally—and it starts today in South Beach.

All this week, March 2-7th, besides DJ dance parties on the beach, DJ dance parties poolside, and DJ dance parties at the hottest spots in town—don’t miss the film retrospective, comedy festival, art exhibit and walking tour of South Beach starting at the Art Deco Welcome Center. Go here for all the details.

Besides having a memorable week, one-third of the proceeds support the efforts of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to take action, build power and create change for LGBT individuals; and the balance benefits local nonprofit organizations. Since 2005, the Task Force has donated almost one million dollars to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of the Miami Foundation (formerly Dade Community Foundation).

Thanks to tameeka, store manager south beach, for this submission.

Monday
Jan312011

10 essentials: the big game

1. An entertainment system with a flat-screen worthy of a big game party.

2. Tivo® to rewatch the best commercials, the half-time show and key plays.

3. Comfortable upholstery that can withstand party elements.

4. Beer—4 on average per person…one for each quarter.

5. Non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks for the designated drivers.

6. City barware—one size fits all.

7. A killer spread—snacks, munchies and veggie/healthy stuff to get everyone through the five-hour broadcast.

8. Potluck dishes and a trophy for the favorite.

9. A contest for picking the MVP and prizes for the winner(s).

10. And don’t forget to invite the neighbors—because it just might get loud.

Wednesday
Dec222010

recipe: shortbread

2 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tblsp coarse, or sparkling, sugar
1/4 tsp salt
optional: icing as desired

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°.

Add flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt into a bowl and blend with a mixer on low speed until blended. Increase to medium and mix until dough is no longer crumbly and just comes together.

Use cookie molds or press dough evenly into a pan and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.

In the pan, cut still-warm shortbread into wedges or slices. Let cool, then flip and separate.

Thursday
Dec162010

hostess gift ideas

Ryan: I would give the recycled bikes, fun/different gift.

Sara: Oliver plates!

Sara: After all of these years, I am still a sucker for the stainless steel snack bowl. I like the small one with the set of appetizer spreaders. Or the set of 3 stacking acrylic boxes filled with hard candy (a different flavor per tier) and tied with a ribbon.

Ali: Elf candle holders and taper candles.

Raymond: Lotus Candleholder or a variety of mini beaker glass bud vases like joyce, or the curve…

Curtis: The bag vase full of fresh flowers. So fun and inexpensive as well.

Judy: A set/4 bloom etched champagne flutes…and most likely in multiples—the price is so good!!

April: I think the beaker glass pitcher, stirrer and marta glasses are super stylish and very affordable! Tres classy!

Tuesday
Dec142010

recipe: egg nog

12 eggs, separated
6 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups bourbon
1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup brandy
2 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar with a mixer for about 10 minutes—until they’re firm and the color of butter. Slowly add the bourbon and brandy.

Cool in the refrigerator before the party—for up to 6 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, stir in the milk and add nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream with a mixer on high—until the cream forms stiff peaks.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Then gently fold the cream into the egg mixture.

After pouring into oliver martini glasses, sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

Thanks to april and curtis, CB2 catalog, for this submission.

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