The Hyatt Regency of Miami becomes a much more colorful place on the weekend of June 14, when talented tattoo artists and their fans swarm the hotel for TattooLaPalooza. Attendees can bob and weave through a plethora of booths to pick up samples and check out the vendors' various merchandise, such as Hush numbing gel and After Ink lotions. Meanwhile, to the delight of viewers, tattoo artists from across the country will proudly show off their talents on the bodies of eager fans, decorating them with everything from intricate portraits to simple mottos like, "You don't own me, Mom."
Though most visit the festival specifically to get inked by their favorite artist or an artist that impresses them on the spot, TattooLaPalooza offers a range of events for everyone in attendance, such as seminars, live art shows, and plenty of drinks and snacks. Each day of the convention will also feature contests in various categories, such as leg, sleeve, traditional, and even worst tattoo.
As they observe the vibrant exhibits of aquatic life inside the Miami Seaquarium, many guests don't realize that they are walking through a movie set and a hospital. In the onsite lagoon, bottlenose dolphins swim through waters once traversed by Flipper, who filmed several television episodes and films at the venue. The Seaquarium is also recognized as a manatee critical care facility. Its staff has accomplished several historic treatments, including monitoring the conception and arrival of the first manatee born under human care and conducting the first manatee neurological surgery.
These facets of the Seaquarium—along with its many conservation efforts, educational programs, and shows—underscore a united commitment to wildlife consciousness. The animal attractions enable visitors to witness the allure and fragility of oceanic fauna up close, whether they are petting the back of a stingray or washing a dress shirt on the rough back of an 8-foot nile crocodile. Special encounters decrease the distance even further, sending patrons on underwater Sea Treks through the reef display or helping them to lead marine-mammal training routines.
It's hard to pinpoint the biggest personality inside the Seaquarium tanks, but Lolita the killer whale—who performs daily alongside pacific white-sided dolphins—claims the title of heaviest, period. On the other end of the scale, macaws and cockatiels perch around the Tropical Wings section of the park, and endangered sea turtles lounge at Discovery Bay. Elsewhere, a watery playground and three-story ropes course keep legs from growing too wobbly after a trip to Shark Channel or a smooch from a sea lion.
Chef Reni Alves has always found herself amid the freshest foods. She grew up on a lush farm in Brazil before making her way to Johnson & Wales University to earn a culinary degree. Now, as head of Chef Reni Alves Catering, she puts her motto?"Make it happen"?into action by fusing fresh ingredients into multicultural spreads that feed parties big and small. At events, her food stations dish out everything from Moroccan tuna skewers to twice-baked truffle skin potatoes, and roving servers circulate trays of appetizers and general life advice.
In addition to her catering services, Chef Reni also shares her expertise during cooking classes, which mix a laid-back vibe with gourmet cuisine instruction. Participants learn to craft entrees and desserts in the style of Reni's cooking, producing family dinners that they can recreate at home.
If you’re looking to throw a large-scale party but don’t want to bore guests with more of the same snack foods and basic drinks, Chef Youry Tundidor and his team at the family-owned Don Paella Catering can cook up an authentic Spanish paella, Argentinean BBQ or Lechon Asado (pig roast) for all occasions. The cooked-on-location paella comes in several offerings, including the paella Valencia which is a mix of shrimp, sea scallops, calamari, mussels, boneless chicken, chorizo, saffron yellow rice and is garnished with red peppers and green peas. For the pig roast, a giant roaster is set up in your backyard and is attended to by the onsite chef, while a wide selection of tapas and appetizers keep guests satisfied until the main event. Making the cooking part of the party helps to turn your gathering into a great event.
A well-timed dose of cupcakes can make a dull winter bright, bring a smile to the face of a child, and even play a pivotal role in diffusing tensions during an XYZ Affair. Resolve your own diplomatic crisis by appeasing your sweet tooth with today's Groupon. For $6, you get a 12-pack of mini cupcakes from LA Sweets in South Miami, a $12.84 value. There is no purchase limit, so addiction is imminent. However, there is a limit of one redemption per visit to help curb any ensuing mini-cupcake dependency.
The Event Depot's team will do anything to take a party to the next level—they'll even build a snow-covered mountain in the host's backyard. Their snow services transform pockets of Miami into winter wonderlands, converting yards into snowy peaks for sledding or building full-fledged ice-skating arenas.
They also furnish parties with less frosty accessories. Kids frolic in bounce houses and inflatables, and waterslides and dunk tanks keep parties wet and wild. Hosts can even rent the company's indoor and outdoor party venues, saving them the hassle of post-party clean-up and dropping leftover balloon animals off at the pound.