• For $70, you get a one-hour private lesson from one of the academy's certified instructors at Doral Golf Resort (a $140 value). • For $75, you get a one-hour computer-assisted clubfitting session at Doral Golf Resort (a $150 value). • For $150, you get a one-week junior golf clinic for kids ages 7–13 at the Miami Beach Golf Club (a $300 value).
The Big Heart Paddle challenges philanthropic paddleboarders with 3- and 5-mile races, the proceeds of which benefit Bravery Beads, an organization dedicated to serving children with cancer. Kicking off with a prerace coffee and breakfast, the event is an all-day bash, boasting an array of energy boosters such as a DJ, photo booth, and unlimited free beer from Kona Brewing Company. Party-goers can also nosh on an all-you-can-eat salsa bar from Lime Fresh Mexican Grill and brick-oven pizzas from Fratelli La Bufala. Guests can also watch racers on the sprawling 5-mile course using different types of standup boards, which they'll steer through the water using standard paddles or inflatable pool noodles. Cheer on the 3-mile race, which allows only 12.5-inch stock boards, putting entrants of all experience levels on an even playing field to show off refined paddling techniques or the ability to leap from board to dolphin back.
Back in 1950, when it was still known as the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Frank Sinatra could be seen in the audience acting like average Joes while enjoying song-and-dance shows and boxing bouts. Throughout the following decades, the entertainment mecca has remained a magnet for famous entertainers. In 1964, when the city of Miami asked famed funnyman and honeymooner Jackie Gleason to move his television variety show from New York to Miami Beach, he relocated in a bang-zoom, declaring “Miami Beach audiences are the greatest in the world,” then muttering under his breath, “and New York audiences smell like Art Carney’s hat.” Rechristened as The Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in 1987, the theater hosted the best in Broadway shows, dance and classical-music performances, and concerts throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. In 2007, the venue underwent a multimillion-dollar face- and body-lift, adding even more glitz to the sleek columned entrance and the spacious multichandeliered auditorium. Now merged with California’s famed Fillmore chain, the theater has inherited a rich rock ‘n’ roll history to add to its already lofty annals.
Dedicated to helping artists get music out to future fans, Coast 2 Coast creates and distributes some of the country's most listened-to mixtapes. In addition to working with such hip-hop luminaries as 50 Cent, Nas, and Flo Rida, the organization helps up-and-coming artists spread their rhymes by creating digital downloads and frisbeeing CDs directly into the players of passing cars. An annual convention further opens doors for superstars, with industry panels, parties, and a concert of some of Coast 2 Coast's top artists from the past year.
Every person has a bucket list of long-held desires, and The Bowtie Entertainment Group, LLC, aims to turn each one into reality. Clients contact Bowtie's concierge team hoping to fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime experience: anything from going on an African safari to attending an A-list event to finally exiting the Matrix. After a discussion to find out exactly what a client is looking for, the team gets to work, employing a rolodex of relationships with contacts around the globe to "make the inaccessible accessible," according to the business's website. The mission to provide one-of-a-kind adventures also manifests itself during Bowtie’s lavish parties, which start with an open bar and end at one of Miami's popular nightclubs.
At Sobekick, a boutique boxing studio, wrapped-knuckle students wallop a partner’s punch pads, pummel punching bags, or high-kick invisible targets. Despite all of the aggression in the air, the atmosphere remains friendly as professional fighters and certified trainers help exercisers of all skill levels achieve their fitness goals. To do this, they use personal-training sessions, kickboxing routines, and "wildcard" workouts that could consist of hardcore cardio drills or sincere apologies to bruised punching bags. Sobekick slows things down with yoga classes and tones bodies with specialized classes designed to tighten abs and derrieres.
The breadth of the Atlantic Ocean doesn't impact the reach of Alfredo Patino. As the chef and owner of Bin No. 18, the Miami-based chef draws inspiration from the casual cuisine of European bistros while using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and contemporary technique to lend a bit of New World flair to the ever-changing menus. French, Italian, and Latin American flavors appear throughout Chef Patino's cuisine, adding a global scope to the regionally rooted dishes.
Shareable platters of imported European cheeses and cured meats are served alongside Latin staples, including octopus salad, as well as classic Italian entrees made with homemade pastas. But recreating time-honored classics isn't the only thing that Chef Patino does. He also demonstrates a willingness to experiment by fusing New and Old World influences. This culinary whimsy is evident in the kitchen's modern interpretation of a Cuban sandwich—complete with slow-roasted pork, brie, and fig sauce—which earned a spot on Food & Wine magazine's list of the Best Sandwiches in the U.S.
And much like the European bistros that originally inspired Chef Patino, Bin No. 18 features an extensive wine list. Like his menu, the wine list takes a global approach by including bottles from Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, and Austria, as well as Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington State, California, and Oregon. This variety of options ensures that numerous pairing options are available for diners looking to enjoy a glass with their meal or collection of small plates. CBS Miami was also impressed by the selection, placing Bin No. 18 on its 2011 list of the Best Wine Bars In South Florida.
The Old World inspiration shines through a bit more clearly in the restaurant's décor, which skews more toward a rustic, yet refined ambiance as opposed to a nouveau vibe. Wooden wine barrels sit beside tables with avocado-green chairs, occasionally doubling as small side tables. At the same time, the collection of crystal chandeliers dangling from the ceiling adds a bit of classical elegance to the space.