😋 How to hack this week’s food and wine fest
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😋 How to hack this week’s food and wine fest

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What Miami is talking about

Coronavirus caution. Florida’s top health officials won’t say how many people have been tested for novel coronavirus in Florida, even as the deadly virus continues to spread. But those same officials said they’ll tell the public if and when a case is confirmed here. You may recall a more transparent process around testing for the Zika virus a few years back. Asked about the difference, Florida’s surgeon general said getting the word out was more crucial then “because mosquitoes can fly” and coronavirus only spreads from person to person. (Miami Herald)

Focus on Fried. Plenty of Democratic lawmakers have made their endorsements known in recent weeks, but lots of eyes are now focused on the state’s agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried. She’s the only Democrat elected to a statewide position in Florida, and pundits and party leaders alike are wondering who she’ll endorse for president. Fried will also be at tonight’s democratic debate in Vegas. 👀 (Politico Florida)

Speaking of state officials. Earlier this week, Florida House leaders sent out 13 subpoenas to current and former members of the state’s domestic violence coalition. Why? Documents and several stories from the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times revealed that the organization paid its former CEO more than $7.5 million in just three years. Meanwhile, some state domestic violence shelters lacked the supplies and necessary resources to provide for victims. (Miami Herald)

From Harlem to the Harlem of the South. Mega chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson is bringing his popular Red Rooster Harlem restaurant from New York to Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. And while there’s plenty of buzz around the restaurant, some longtime mom-and-pop restaurants and business owners wonder if the hype is real and if they’ll see any benefit from the new attention. (Miami New Times)

Rights around the riverbend? Some Florida environmental activists are joining the push to grant legal rights to bodies of water like lakes, rivers, and streams. The idea is that if those bodies are threatened, they can then be party to a lawsuit for folks looking to protect them — strengthening both legal standing and the legal arguments in their favor. State lawmakers seem poised to stop the effort, though, as they discuss a bill that would preempt local governments from pursuing the idea. (Tampa Bay Times)

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“If you can paddle along the ‘ol swimming hole and back, you can learn. All it takes is practice. Patience and practice.” – Wendell Niles

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Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, National YoungArts Foundation.

🎨 YoungArts Miami I Exhibition + Film Screenings On Feb. 27, experience the next generation of artists with a free exhibition opening and film screenings at the iconic YoungArts Campus.


😋 Nom for the 'gram at the soft opening for The Flying Pig restaurant (South Miami)

🗣️ Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Adrienne Edwards, co-curator of the 2021 Whitney Biennial (Little Haiti)

🎨 Practice your drawing skills at this free class inspired by Terence Price's Never Ending Gardens (Sweetwater)


🌿 Perfect your homemade plant-based bowl game with us! Limited spaces, get yours here! (Sponsor)

🔮 Catch a Spanish-only improv tribute to Walter Mercado at Villain Theater (Little Haiti)

🎥 Watch a screening of "My Father's Land", including a discussion on Haitian Immigration issues in the Bahamas curated by Black Lounge Films & One Book, One U RSVP for your free entry (Sponsor)

🎻 From backstage tours, art openings, and outdoor film screenings, Culture Crawl has something for everyone. All events are free unless noted. Click here for Culture Crawl Event listings (Sponsor)

😋 Chow down and groove at the North Beach Social, a pop-up food hall with a live performance by Black Dove (North Beach)

😋 Lounge by the pool the Broken Shaker at this clambake by James Beard Award winning chef, Tony Messina (Miami Beach)


🎼 Puerto Rican singer iLe at the Bandshell Feb 21 Buy Tickets (Sponsor)

🚀 Join New World Symphony for a musical journey with selections from Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Planets and more. Feb. 21, 22 Buy tickets (Partner)

🐶 Find a furry friend and a new record at this pet adoption event at Technique Records (Upper East Side)

🏆 Take on the ping pong master himself, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Market's 5th annual Ping Pong, Pizza, & Peroni Get your paddle ready (Sponsor)


🎶 Groove to Toots and the Maytals and Billy Ocean at Magic City Casino (Flagami)

🛍️ Shop for a cause at this Lotus House Thrift Boutique event (Allapattah)

😋 Nom on African and Caribbean vegan soul food at this food fest (North Beach)


😋 Sip and shop with live music at the Arroz Con Mango market at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)

🎶 Listen to "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" and drink free brews from Wynwood Brewing at the latest Classic Album Sundays (Wynwood)

🎥 Watch a screening of the Oscar-winning, Miami classic "Moonlight" at The Light Box (Wynwood)


🎤 Sing your heart out at Let's Sang karaoke at Gramps (Wynwood)

😻 Learn how to care for your community's cats at this workshop with The Kitten Lady (Doral)

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One more thing…

We’re officially a week away from our Adventures at Awash event! Next Wednesday we’ll head to the Miami Gardens restaurant to get a taste of some Ethiopian cuisine, participate in a coffee ceremony and learn more about the restaurant’s story.

Grab your ticket here to get your seat at the table.

Have a happy Hump Day, y’all!

— The New Tropic

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