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Not too many of us down here in Miami are the Mayflower types, which means that for most of our families, Thanksgiving has a special little SoFlo twist.

Maybe your turkey is a mojo turkey or it’s brined in jerk seasoning. Maybe the only way you eat pumpkin is in flan, your stuffing is packed with jalapeños or your sweet potatoes are replaced with breadfruit.

As we head into our all-day feasts, we want to hear how your family brings their heritage into this American holiday.

Snap a photo and share the story behind your food and non-food related traditions on this Facebook thread, or add it to Insta and tag @thenewtropic.

We’ll highlight our favs next week when we emerge from our food coma. 😴


A huge shock. The Trump administration is ending Temporary Protection Status for Haitians who have been displaced since their country’s devastating earthquake in 2010. This will impact many Haitian families in South Florida and around the country, as residents are now expected to return to Haiti by July 2019. Opponents argue that Haiti still isn’t ready financially or infrastructurally to take back nearly 60,000 residents. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said, “over my dead body” will students be pulled out of Miami’s public schools. (New York Times, Miami New Times, NBC6)

Plus, why some people are upset by this decision. Patricia Elizee, the immediate past president of the Haitian Lawyers Association, explains why she thinks this was the wrong call made by the Trump administration.

The votes are in. It’s been 16 years since Joe Carollo held elected office, but he just won yesterday’s runoff election for District 3’s commission seat. He’ll be taking the place of his younger brother, Frank Carollo, whose term is up. (Miami Herald)

BRB, maybe? Cuban president Raúl Castro has said he plans to retire in February 2018. But some speculate that he may be reluctant to step down due to ailing relations with the U.S., destruction from Hurricane Irma, and a shrinking economy, among other pressing challenges. Miami Herald has the story on the transition of power — or possible lack thereof.

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The more you know. The famed Fountainhead yacht is back in Miami. It’s been touted as Mark Cuban’s yacht for years, but it’s actually owned by Sears CEO Eddie Lampert — Cuban says he doesn’t even own a boat. (Curbed Miami)

Teach needs more than apples. A new study shows that one in four adjunct or part-time professors in Florida struggles to put food on the table. Many go without health insurance and some also face homelessness. That’s why some faculty members are making efforts to unionize. (Miami Herald)

Pardon all the turkeys. Not everyone eats turkey on Thanksgiving, so thankfully, there are plenty of Miami restaurants offering vegan options. If you’re choosing to forgo the fowl tomorrow, check out this list of alt-turkey dinners. (Miami New Times)

It’s all about the sUshi. The Miami Hurricanes’ turnover chain has inspired rap songs, an IPA and now, sushi. South Florida Sushi Maki locations are selling a green-and-orange sushi roll in honor of the iconic chain. (Local 10)

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According to our super scientific poll in yesterday’s newsletter, the thing you’re all most excited for this Thanksgiving is not Black Friday, rice and beans or even family and friends… it’s not having to commute 😂.

We hear ya, and we’re taking a vehicle and work break with you, too. See you Monday morning!

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