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Celebrate National Burger Day Thursday

Celebrate National Burger Day Thursday

The Local Craft Food & Drink, Coral Gables poppin’ American Gastropub that just celebrated its fourth anniversary by launching an exciting menu revamp from recently appointed Executive Chef Phil Bryant, formerly of Swine Table & Bar, is celebrating National Burger Day by offering a Burger Day Happy Hour on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dishing out a specially priced version of the burger served at this month’s Burger Brawl, the annual burger extravaganza and contest […]

by · May 27, 2015 · Events, Food, Miami-Dade County
Steep banks on Suwanee at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

Suwanee River: Skip the song; but go for kayaking & camping

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, May 26, 2015 – If you think all there is to the Suwanee River is an old song with problematic lyrics, you’re missing out on one of Florida’s greatest kayaking, canoeing and camping rivers. While it’s a long drive from some parts of Florida, if you can spare a couple of days, the Suwanee will reward you with tranquility, beauty and a paddling trip that is different from rivers and streams elsewhere in Florida. […]

Key West Wacky Regatta (Video)

Key West Wacky Regatta (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, May 24, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — A wacky regatta in Key West, featuring cobbled-together watercraft made of thin plywood and duct tape, attracted 37 entries including a vessel dubbed “First Ferry to Cuba,” skippered by a man costumed as Cuban president Raul Castro. “First Ferry,” an offbeat salute to the recent easing of restrictions for Americans traveling to Cuba, was a standout in Memorial Day weekend’s Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. “Castro” was abruptly drenched when […]

Islamorada Sunrise

Time right to head for the Keys

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, May 24, 2015- There is no better time of year for Floridians to visit the Keys than late Spring. Spring breakers and winter snowbirds have gone home or back to school. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, traffic on the Overseas Highway lightens up, rates go down, sometimes dramatically, and campsites suddenly become available, although savvy Floridians have already booked their camping reservations at the Keys’ four state parks. If you can get away for a […]

The debate begins at The Book Club Play with Barbara Sloan, Paul Tei, Lela Elam, Michael McKeever, Niki Fridh and Stephen G. Anthony (Photo by George Schiavone)

Fine Cast Still Can’t Make Book Club Much Of A Page Turner

By Bill Hirschman,, Special to, May 24, 2015 – Professionalism is the only explanation why this much talent—the cream of South Florida theater from the director to the cast to the creative team — invested itself so deeply into the flawed frippery ofThe Book Club Play at Actors’ Playhouse. Inarguably, there are several laugh lines in Karen Zacarias’ mild smile of a comedy that has been bouncing around regional theaters for a few years. But what makes this mediocre […]

Tracey Conyer Lee

Dramaworks’ “Lady Day” Is A Tour De Force Play With Music

By Bill Hirschman,, Special to, May 22, 2015 – Veil after veil are slowly stripped away from the elegant sophisticated stage persona that is “Billie Holiday” until standing exposed is a blunted devastated victim of racism, sexism and abuse – some imposed and some self-inflicted — in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ incisive Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Although the play occurs during a single club date, actress Tracey Conyer Lee and director J. Barry Lewis successfully chart Holiday’s […]

Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs

America’s best beaches: Four in Florida make annual list but not #1 — again

By Bonnie Gross,, Special to, May 22, 2015 – Four of Florida’s best beaches seem to have bridesmaid syndrome – they’re close, but never in the top spot. Every Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Beach, Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, dominates the Internet with his annual list of the 10 best beaches in the United States. For 2015, the No.1 beach is in Hawaii, as it often is. (The winner: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu.) On the top 10 […]

Photo by Heather Duggan

Divorce: Dead-End Or Detour?

By Heather Dugan,, relationship guru, May 21, 2015 – More men and women are finding themselves in alternate lives they didn’t really plan for. And they’re discovering that…maybe, they didn’t pack so well. Even the most amicable divorce—and few marital disconnects end in a happy handshake—can strand the unprepared on the other side of forty feeling like a roadside ex-con palming the stub of a one-way bus ticket. As painful as a public display of private dysfunction may be, for […]

Florida Folk Festival: May 22 – 24, 2015, way up on the Suwannee

Florida Folk Festival: May 22 – 24, 2015, way up on the Suwannee

By Bonnie Gross & Bob Rountree,, Special to, May 17, 2015 – WHITE SPRINGS — The Florida Folk Festival began with the music: It was 1953, and Pete Seeger and the Weavers had had a big hit recently with  Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene.” Folk music was exploding with acoustic guitar, coffee houses, banjos, beatniks and sing-alongs. Sixty-some years later, the Florida Folk Festival is still held every Memorial Day weekend, and you’re sure to hear plenty of folk music.  But […]

The presidential suite: $120 a night, and ultra-luxury for dogs (PPH photo)

Posh Pet Hotel Caters to Palm Beach’s Richest Pets With Private Bedrooms, Bedtime Readings and Flat Screen TVs!

By Jose Lambiet,, Special to, May 17, 2015 – WEST PALM BEACH — Posh Pet Hotel owner Lincoln Baker is betting that area residents will spend $120 a day to board their dogs. And for that, he plunked down what could be upward of $1 million to transform an old South Dixie Highway CVS pharmacy into the ultimate hotel for dogs and cats, the Posh Pet Hotel. “When someone comes to spend big money at The Breakers or the […]

Former adulterous lovers Amy McKenna and Nicholas Richberg have a reunion while her husband Chaz Mena is in their thoughts  (Photo by Justin Namon)

Affair In Reverse Provides Thoughtful Fodder In “Betrayal”

By Bill Hirschman,, Special to, May 17, 2015 – If God is omniscient, He must be inconsolably sad. Zoetic Stage’s superb production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal puts its audience in that poignant and painful position in which Knowledge is, indeed, the poisoned apple in Eden. Since Betrayal charts the dissolution of an adulterous affair in reverse chronological order, we know at each receding step what will happen to these people. Watching the lovers and the woman’s cuckolded husband, we […]

Crews push their 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats into the Atlantic Ocean off Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015,  (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

First Sanctioned Key West-to-Cuba Sailing Race in 50 Years Begins (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, May 16, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Five teams of American Hobie Cat sailboat racers departed Key West’s South Beach at Saturday morning on a Key West-to-Havana race, believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between the two cities in more than 50 years. The Havana Challenge features 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans, most skippered by Florida Keys-based sailors, navigating more than 90 miles across the Florida Straits to Cuba. “Key West is unique in […]