Celebrate Heat season with new RedFrog Bar at AmericanAirlines Arena

The fast-paced action of the Miami Heat and those monster slam dunks from King James deserve to be celebrated with a tasty libation and thanks to the new RedFrog Bar at the AmericanAirlines Arena there’s a new way to toast great plays and victories.

Basketball fans can thank Carnival Cruise Lines, who as partners of the two-time defending NBA champion Heat, decided the best spot to expand their on-board signature brand watering hole was the AAA.

RedFrog beerVisit the 100 Level where you’ll find the RedFrog Bar and Carnival’s private label brew the ThirstyFrog Red, a rich-colored draught beer with toasted notes from the fine caramel and black malts used during the brewing process. The medium-bodied beer has a malty, slightly sweet taste that’s well balanced with elegant European grown Noble aroma hops.

At the 400 Level RedFrog they up the ante with signature cocktails like the Rum Runner Jumper — a blend of two Bacardi rums, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice, bitters and grenadine. The mojito, a Miami fave, gets a makeover with spiced rum and brown sugar and the Painkiller packs a punch with two Bacardi rums, coconut syrup and orange and pineapple juice.

Cheer on (and toast) the Miami Heat to a third NBA championship at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd.

Sightseeing four-wheel limo style

Looking like a Jeep/Limo hybrid, the tricked out ride used for the Tons of Fun Tours offered throughout Miami by Florida Jeep Tours provides an unforgettably unique experience.

JeepClimb aboard the eight-passenger vehicle, complete with captain’s chair for an open-air and also air conditioned tour of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods. Ride through the celebrity playground that is South Beach, take in the serene and natural setting of Key Biscayne, the thriving young hot bed of condominium lifestyle with bustling nightlife and restaurants in Brickell, tour the artsy and urban area of Wynwood and the old-Florida, yacht-filled and still somewhat bohemian Coconut Grove.

Here’s a breakdown of what they offer:

Miami’s Best Jeep Tour is a three-hour tour that takes you across Biscayne Bay on the historic Venetian Causeway through some of the 32 man-made islands that dot the Bay, over to South Beach, playground of the rich and famous and home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world. There is also a similar albeit shorter two-hour nighttime tour that showcases the area’s glowing neon and pulsing all-night-long party atmosphere.

The two-hour South Beach Jeep Tour follows the same route as above then heads back to Miami via the MacArthur Causeway past Star Island and Palm Island, the home, past and present, to celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Al Capone, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Gloria and Emilio Estefan and Marc Anthony.

To book a tour visit their website here.

The December Art Basel Takeover

The art season kicks into gear in October but it truly heats up in early December when Miami’s streets are overrun with art collectors in town to catch the latest cutting edge art that Art Basel has to offer.

It’s just four days — December 5-8 — but the whirlwind and mayhem that surrounds the event is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. The best advice is to map out a schedule way in advance in order to hit all the highlights.

Courtesy of Art Basel

Courtesy of Art Basel

The satellite fairs on Miami Beach, in Wynwood, the Design District and countless other neighborhoods are as much the place to see and be seen than the actual Art Basel event at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

And truly, just driving around the city provides a taste of Basel madness. Past years have featured giant neon alligators climbing the Freedom Tower, oversized neon pink shells strategically placed throughout the city and beachfront containers that serve as exhibition space. Public sculptures dotted the streets and were an unexpected surprise, a way for Basel to reach the masses.

For a complete rundown of events, fairs and parties, visit www.artbasel.com/en/miami-beach.

Refine your sweet tooth with handmade designer candy from Papabubble

Papabubble is a unique candy shop that prides itself on its craft of candy. Made by hand, the hard candy of Papabubble includes many different varieties. You can even customize your own candy to include flowers designs and even your own name! Come to this original candy shop that puts a twist on the candy making business!