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The Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is upon us, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village.

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We’re pairing up our six New Tropic readers with experts and resources to help them rise to our Wellness Challenge. We’ll be sharing out some updates soon so challah back!

Plus, we’re rolling in with more tips from Baptist Health dietitian Amy Kimberlain. This time she gives us just what we kneaded — the info on whether going gluten-free is a “do” or a “doughn’t.”

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Is enough enough? Was Parkland enough to motivate Florida legislators to actually take steps to regulate guns more? Maybe. They’re at least talking about it more seriously than ever before. Republicans and Democrats alike are drafting legislation to limit access to semi-automatic rifles –  the first attempt to limit gun access in more than a decade. Here’s why it’s so hard to change gun laws here. (Miami Herald, NYT)

Miami to Wakanda. Local mother Sope Aluko quit her corporate job nine years ago to pursue her dream: an acting career. This year she landed a role in Black Panther. (Local 10)

Fake news. For real. Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris was talking on Twitter with victims of the Douglas High attack when some terrible people doctored screenshots of her tweets to make it look like she was asking for pictures of bodies and whether the shooter was white. To be clear: She was not. But that didn’t stop the thousands of attacks she received on social media for hours afterward. (Buzzfeed)

Is there a catch? Venezuelan Prime Minister Nicolas Maduro says he’ll reopen the Miami consulate so that our Venezuelan residents can vote in the upcoming election. Chavez closed the consulate in 2012. (AP)

Wanna do something about it? Revolution Live is throwing a benefit concert for Douglas High on Friday, with all the proceeds going to the victims. The Miami-Dade Dems, Women’s March, and gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine are renting buses on Feb. 26 to drive anyone who wants to rally for gun reform to Tally. Plus, here’s legislation you can take action on, even if you can’t head to the capital. (Instagram, Miami-Dade Dems)

Drop a beat. Although they don’t have permits yet, the founders of the Okeechobee Music Festival are gaining lots of support for their plan to bring a pop music festival to South Beach right after Art Basel leaves town. They say they want to feature everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Jimmy Buffet. (Miami Herald)

Bad math. Local developer Avra Jain, best known for her gorg renovation of the Vagabond Hotel, is finishing up her first affordable housing project in Little Haiti, and she’s got a message for policymakers: You’ve got to fix the affordable housing system. Despite low-interest loans and subsidies, Jain’s company is still losing about $50,000 per unit. “The math just doesn’t work,” she says. (The Real Deal)

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Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Orchestra Miami.

🎶 Music & MiMo at the Vagabond Hotel! Orchestra Miami presents a poolside performance at the Vagabond Hotel! Great mid-20th century American music meets MiMo- drink specials!

Kick off the weekend with a FREE concert by the legendary José Feliciano in the Design District’s Palm Court on Friday, February 23 at 6 p.m Learn More ».
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We just want to make sure that all you record heads out there saw Sweat Records’ gorgeous guide to all our local record stores. Props for the beautiful design, and mega props for opening 13 years ago and playing a key role in building our awesome vinyl community. Way to go, friends.



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