Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Yelp's Makin' a List, Checking it Twice (Part One)
December 16
Know how to survive the holidays?

Cheers with beers!

Yelp Beer Club Meets Tomorrow
Sweaty Stockings
Sweaty Music:

Sweat Stocking Stuffer Holiday Party
I feel pretty
oh, so pretty...

America The Beautiful Screening
Get yo' green on!

Eco Drive Party
A holiday classic:

Miami City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, but if you’ve left your shopping to the last minute, chances are you’re feeling more like Ebenezer Scrooge than jolly ol' Saint Nick. Before you get all bah-humbug, take a gander at this Weekly and let Yelp's naughty 'n' nice little elves direct you straight to the prezzies.

For the Nester:
Cindy W raves Arango is "the perfect store for design-o-philes who work in the creative industry or fetish-ize beautiful, functional objects in their home decor." Esther G is a huge fan of Bagua's Asian and global-inspired goods and kitschy treasures – no wonder she gets 90% of her gift shopping done there! Of course you could also follow Liz T's lead and pop into temporary pop-up shop Luminaire X to find unique design pieces... or maybe a $3K coffee table book?!?

For the Aspiring Chef:
Help your foodie friends slice and dice their way to culinary perfection with cooking lessons. Justin P turns to Chef Jean-Pierre Cooking School to learn the fundamentals. The best part? At the end of these Kitchen 101 classes, students get to chow down on their creations! Similarly, la scuola é bella at Casa Toscana, where Chef Sandra Stephani instructs on Italian eats every Saturday.

For the Wine-O:
Make it easy on yourself and your loved ones by opting for that magical, universally-welcomed gift that's a perfect fit your boss, your best friends, and everyone in between. Nicole M scores bottles for her wine aficionado pals with a little help from her friends at Wolfe's, while Kathy G fills cabinets with Cabernet at W Wine Boutique – with buys under $15, in vino veritas, indeed.

For the Geek:
For the biblio/cinema-philes in your life, Dan B points us in the direction of Books and Books in Coral Gables, "possibly the best bookstore you will go to, anywhere." And one of their author-autographed copies makes a special gift even more special-y-er. For film buffs, how about a membership with Miami Beach Cinematheque? The gift of the classic silver screen will make him forget about why mishaps like Four Christmases and Beverly Hills Chihuahua happen.
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Picks of the Week
Reviews we liked this week.
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Chris C. on Santa's Enchanted Forest
"Mix carnival food and Christmas, and you have what Santa's enchanted forest is. If you drive on the Palmetto in the evening anywhere from September through January, than you've seen it. They have beautiful lights and tasty food. Sure there are rides too, which some are fun, but the main reason for…"
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Michelle C. on The Clot Family Christmas House
"TIP*** This house is off of SW 120 Street, about a mile East of Palmetto High School. You will probably have to park on SW 120 Street, and then walk to the house.

This house is actually published in a book. It is the largest private Christmas display in America (or, at least it was when the book got…"
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Gustavo A. L. on Romanicos Chocolate
"We saw this place in the food network and immediately made a bee line there - what's funny is that owner was sort of bewildered that they had been featured on national TV -

Anyhow, this place is it !! The assortment is unbeatable, mind you, Chocolate is a product of the Americas and these guys…"

Fresh Lists
The newest of our users' favorites.
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The Village of Merrick Park
"Upscale shopping at its best."
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Mary Brickell Village
"This long awaited open-air shopping center has developed into a fresh alternative to South Beach and the Grove. A great place for downtown office workers and locals alike -- here's the scoop on where to eat and shop in my 'hood."
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You know how you have your comfort spots? These are mine...
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