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We still don’t understand why people feel the need to disobey the flight attendants when onboard an airplane. We’ve seen it time and time again, and we’re pretty sure there’s never a case where a passenger is rewarded for his or her bad behavior. The latest instance of not following directions comes to us from Miami where a Canadian passenger just couldn’t stay in his seat.
It sounds like this 24-year-old gentleman though it was a great idea to rush to the front of the plane upon touching down in Florida after arriving from Jamaica. Apparently he was pretty darn disorientated, and he refused to sit back down after being asked to do so by the flight attendants. He was “subdued,” but we’re not exactly sure what that entailed. Although we have to imagine it wasn’t too pleasant.
As for punishment, the passenger faces federal changes, including messing with a flight crew. However, we just think he needs to go back to Kindergarten to learn about the importance of being nice and following directions.
[Photo: Lars Plougmann]
[Photo: Lars Plougmann]
When she's not at South Beach's style central, The Webster, the boutique's owner and co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil is busy soaking up the best her adopted hometown has to offer.
With her new The Webster at Target Collection hitting stores this Sunday, we can now look (almost) as chic as Laure, but how do we get a taste of her fabulous, sun-drenched life? We asked the design guru what she recommends to any visitors hitting up South Beach for a warm-weather weekend.
I love starting my day by riding my beach cruiser along the beach and getting a Cuban coffee at David's Cafe on my way to the South of 5th Street beachalso called 'Brazilian Beach'for a swim. Beach cruisers are just the ideal way to go from one place to the next in South Beach and you can easily rent them everywhere at street stations like in Paris.
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This one's called The Roaring Twenties and Thirties in Miami Beach (they had us at roaring) and it's a collection of vintage photographs by Claude Matlack, who worked in Miami and Miami Beach between 1918 and 1942. During the twenties, his lens was focused on the beauties of the beach, and the gents who hung around them in matching dorky bathing suits.
The series on display, which comes from the Historical Museum of South Florida, is located at MIA's Central Terminal E, level 2, just before and just past the security checkpoint.
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Outside of the times Miami is hosting the buzzy Art Basel fair each December, we don't usually think of the city as particularly artsy. And we certainly don't have art galleries on our mind when we're rushing through the hordes at Miami International Airport to reach our gate.
On a recent spin from Terminal E to Terminal D, however, we were stopped in our tracks--by art.
As you can see, it wasn't the predictable kind either--no vintage black-and-white aviation photos or homespun pieces done by local kids (not that there's anything wrong with either of those...).
No, this was a series of paintings that placed dogs in the context of familiar and famous artworks.
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If you're a hardcore baseball fan, you're no doubt ensconced in all the high drama of spring training (jokes!) but us? We're stadium stalking. On the Internets, anyway.
The brand spankin' new Marlins Park opened this week, and while we haven't had a chance to get over there for a demo game yet, we were mighty curious about what it looked like on the inside. (On the outside, it looks like a giant white spaceship. Not as cool as the old Orange Bowl, in our opinion.)
Thanks to some snap-happy fans and the beauty of Instagram, we were able to get a sneak peek from inside Marlin Park from the comfort of our own desk. Looks...big and kinda slick, right?
The retractable roof even got a workout on its debut, thanks to some shitty weather in Miami on Tuesday nightit was activated about 30 minutes into the MIAMI Marlins (yeah, get used to that) demo game against the University of Miami. According to USA Today, the strong winds during batting practice saw balls flying into the concourse. So, yeah, good job they have that roof!
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Aside from the opportunity to gawk at power boats, mega-yachts and all the tanned, leathery rich people who own them, the five-day event is a great excuse to drink alongside sailors and said tanned rich people. After all, you never know when you may get an invitation to party on someone's yacht.
Here are our top picks for where to drink during Boat Show weekend:
1. Monty's: This outdoor raw bar with a pool is located at the Miami Beach Marina, making it an awesome year-round choice for tiki-bar drinks and stone crabs. This weekend, it will be a zoo, but in the merriest of ways. Considering the cost of some of the boats docked alongside it, Monty's is refreshingly laidback and often rowdy.
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First it was Crocs, now it's crabs. Yep, if we were playing Jeopardy, the answer is: What are last-minute purchases you can make at Miami International Airport?
Crabs is no euphemism either, folks. We're talking stone crabs. Those delicious big claws that you can only get in South Florida between October and May. Only now you don't have to hit up the famous joints like Joe's Stone Crab in South Beach to get your claw on. The opening of The Shoppes at Ocean Drive in Terminal D means you can now grab a crab on the way to your gate.
This sprawling, all-purpose storeessentially a glorified NewsLink outletsells claws from George Stone Crab, which also takes online orders and ships its crabs all over the U.S. and Canada.
We already hinted at it, but now there's a few additional details. Fly through MIA this month and you may just wind up on a new show being filmed at the terminal for the Travel Channel. It doesn't have a title yet, but the show will take viewers behind the scenes of the airport, one of the country's biggest. Producers claim that the show will: "...feature an unprecedented cross section of an exciting airport staff as they deal with the stresses of getting over 100,000 strangers through its airport safely, every day."
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Art Basel is now underway in Miami; technically the center of it all is South Beach, but there are fairs and exhibitions and installations and events all over the city. We'd like to tell you not to drive because traffic is a bee-yotch but then, taking a cab is not the best idea if you want to save some money to buy art.
With no good public transport options to get around, other than slow and unreliable buses, Miami's best bet for transport during this time may be a scooter or our old friend, DecoBike.
As for what not to do, we've got some tips in that department, too. Right this way...
5. DON'T forget the satellite fairs: It's not all about the official showArt Basel Miami Beach, at the Miami Beach Convention Centeralthough the art fair is worth browsing even if you don't have deep pockets. (Keep your eyes peeled for celebs. Names as varied as Will Ferrell and Sylvester Stallone have been spotted.) But definitely make time for some of the more manageable, potentially more interesting, side fairs that have cropped up in the shadows of ABMB. The best include NADA, Scope and Design Miami/.
Don't fret: we're sure there are still rooms available. We're talking books. As in those chunky bound boxes of paper you still occasionally see people reading at the airport. OK, we jest. (And love our Kindle as much as we love a spankin' new hardcover!).
No joke, though: Miami is swarming with authors this weekend--in fact, some of them are already here, as the Miami Book Fair International kicked off on Sunday. (Sorry, kids, you already missed Roseanne Cash and Harry Belafonte. Yes, they sing--but they write books, too!)
The fair's 'money days', however are tomorrow through Sunday, when the big names will be giving readings and sitting on panels to talk about all things lit.
The events are held at Miami Dade College downtown (directions and stuff here) and many of them are free. Some of the headliner events do require tickets (even if they are free), and while some are sold out, you still have a shot of getting in if you head to the door before the event.
Between December 1st and December 4th, Art Basel Miami Beach will host more than 260 galleries from around the world for the most important annual art event in the U.S.
Well-known artists and emerging talent will be showcased at various venues throughout Miami, including the Miami Beach Convention Center, which will house the Art Nova, Art Positions, and Art Kabinett portions of the festival.
Advance tickets for Art Basel are available via Ticketmaster. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach with no service charge. The theater box office is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. Standard one-day tickets are $40, permanent passes are $85, and evening ticket (valid from 4 p.m.) are $28.
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In our frequent travels through Miami International Airport, we've only been to the American Airlines Admirals Club on a handful of occasions. But what we have learned is that all Admirals Clubs are not created equal.
When you have a choice between three loungesas you do at MIA if you're flying Americanyou may just opt for the one closest to your gate. But, not so fast! There are pros and cons to these lounges: size, crowd, amenities, etc.
To help you navigate the sprawling land of AA at MIA, here's a little breakdown of what you'll find at each AA clubhouse: