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The Cheapest Beer in the NFL

The NFL is one of the most valuable sports leagues on Earth and it’s popularity has made it expensive for fans. Since there are only eight regular season home games for each team and only so many seats in a stadium, ticket prices and concessions can be exorbitantly expensive. So much so that if you’re a Giants fan that wants season tickets, you have to go on a waiting list where you can expect to wait about 40 years. If you want to have a few rounds beers of beer and snacks at the game you’ll probably end up spending as much as you paid for your ticket. Now there is a very good social incentive for beer to be expensive at football games especially when the game is between bitter rivals. Fortunately, The Street recently put together a list of the cheapest per ounce pricing of beer in every NFL stadium this year. If you just want to watch a game with a reasonably priced beer and not get into a drunken fight with a fan of the other team, these are the best teams to go see at home to get the most beer for your buck:

Tie 6: Denver Broncos/New York Giants/New York Jets/Houston Texans/San Diego Chargers/Tennessee Titans/Cincinnati Bengals/Cleveland Browns $0.42 per ounce
5: Minnesota Vikings $0.39 per ounce
Tie 4: New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals $0.38 per ounce
3: Carolina Panthers $0.375 per ounce
2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers $0.36 per ounce
Tie 1: Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints $0.35 per ounce

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Al Capone’s Final House Sells for Over $7 Million

When people think of organized crime in America Al Capone if one of the first figures that everyone thinks of. The Chicago-based crime lord made a fortune in the black market for alcohol in the 1920s and he became the most notorious gangster from the era of Prohibition. In 1931, he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to eight years in Alcatraz. After getting out of prison he bought an estate in Miami Beach for $40,000 in cash where he lived until his death in 1947 at the age of 48.

Well it turns out that Capone and his successors could have made a fortune through more legitimate means with this house. The house where Capone spent the final years of his life recently sold for $7,431,750 according to Zillow. Adjusting for inflation the home’s value appreciated by $6.7 million between the time Capone bought the house and today. The estate has a two guesthouses and a 30′ x 60′ swimming pool and everything was recently renovated to add the most modern of amenities. Even if Capone had lived another 25 years the house’s value would have long since recouped the initial investment. Just consider that if alcohol wasn’t illegal in the 1920s Al Capone would have been a microbrewer instead of a mafia boss, but he still could have become a wildly successful real estate mogul in Miami.

It sure beats Alcatraz as a retirement home.

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Spanish Galleon Visits Fort Lauterdale

The year 2013 has a special anniversary for Florida. Exactly 500 years ago in 1513 the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the shores of Florida and named the land Florida due to the many wild blooming flowers he found there. Florida would then become home to the first permanent European settlement on the continent of North America. One of the many things happening to commemorate this occasion is the visit of a replica of a Spanish galleon to Florida. There is currently a replica of a 1526 Spanish galleon in the marina of Fort Lauderdale available for tours. Though this ship is larger than the caravel that Ponce de Leon used to find Florida, it is a wonderful insight into the types of ships that were used by explorers during the Age of Discovery and you can get a idea of what it was like to be a sailor back in the sixteenth century. Tours of the ship El Galeon are available for free here courtesy of Broward County.

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World’s Most Colorful Cities takes a look at the world’s most colorful cities. Whether a monochromatic yellow or featuring every color in the Crayola box, these cites are guaranteed to brighten your day. Some noteworthy cities include:

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
No, that’s not a rainbow at the foot of Signal Hill: the pops of color making their way up the slopes are typical of Cape Town’s historic Muslim quarter, where the mosques and homes make up a splashy kaleidoscope of aquamarine, fuchsia, and lime. Its Cape Malay community is descended from slaves brought over by the Dutch from Southeast Asia in the 1600s, and residents began painting their homes to celebrate the end of apartheid.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

South Beach, Miami
Neon lights, frothy façades, quirky patterned lifeguard stands, Art Deco buildings—driving along Ocean Drive in Miami is a retro trip back to an era when Technicolor was just bursting onto screens. Flamingo pinks and tropical greens flank the white sand on one side, with azure waters on the other.

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

Rio de Janeiro
In 2010, Dutch artists Haas&Hahn schemed to turn a favela in Rio de Janeiro into a giant canvas for their third project in that city’s slums ( Enlisting the help of local youth, they converted the homes of Favela Santa Maria into a rainbow of staggering proportions, composed of rays in myriad shades radiating across the façades.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Vernazza, Italy
These postcard-perfect pastel pink, lemon yellow, and sea green façades were hit by devastating floods in 2011. While the damage to Vernazza and the four other scenic waterfront villages that make up Cinque Terre was severe, efforts are under way to restore, rebuild—and repaint.

Vernazza, Italy

Vernazza, Italy

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Best French Fries in the United States

Come on admit it, there is nothing better than a crispy, golden brown, salted French fry. Right?

CNN Travel‘s article, lists where to get the “Best French fries in the United States.”

1. Boise Fry Company, Idaho: Their slogan is “Burgers on the Side” and with Idaho being known for their potatoes, this place was destined to have killer fries. Customers can choose from six varieties of potato, then the cut, then the dressing. What could be better than a fry customized to your craving?!

2. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, NYC:This hip place is known for their thrice-cooked chips. Long, medium-thick slices of Idaho russet potatoes are first boiled, then fried twice in a sunflower/canola oil blend. Then they get a pinch of salt. Try them with the restaurant’s Cuban mayo.

3. The Original Hot Dog Shop, Pittsburgh:Known for dishing out fries piled a mile high, The Original Hot Dog Shop makes their fries using hand-cut, and peeled Idaho potatoes which are friend twice in peanut oil. Served perfectly golden and crunch on a cafeteria tray, this place will bring back the nostalgia of the good old days.

4. Duckfat, Maine:Duckfat uses locally grown potatoes for their famous fries which are fried twice in duck fat allowing the outside to get super crisp while the inside remains tender. Served in a paper cone alongside specially made dips like mussel mayo and chopped egg and caper mayo, these fries are unusually made but delicious.

5. Jasper’s Corner Tap, San Francisco: With a menu devoted specifically to fries, this place has to be a winner! Choose your fry, thin, thick, or sweet potato, then your seasoning. Folks say that the smoked cheese fondue that is served as a side for dipping is “to die for.”

6. Pike Street Fish, Seattle: Known for Seattle’s best fish and chips, this place serves hand-sliced fries that are fried to “perfection,” along with delectable dipping sauces. The tangy chili mayo is a favorite. Even better, fries are FREE every third Friday of the month from 5PM to 7PM.

7. The Green Room, South Carolina: The Chef here, Patrick Long, specializes in Parmesan truffle fries, shoestring cut, and immediately tossed in truffle oil after being taken from the fryer. He then finishes them with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

8. Bourbon Steak, Miami: Celeb chef Michael Mina offers mid-thick cuts of potato that are dunked in duck fat for the ultimate flavor and crispiness. An order covers three seasonings and sauce combos including rosemary herb with spicy ketchup, onion-dusted with sour cream sauce, and smoked paprika with smoked BBQ sauce. YUM!

9. Jonesy’s EatBar, Denver: Continually voted as Denver’s best fries, these thick-cut, extra crispy spuds are out of this world. They also come in four “World Famous” and original varieties like Buffalo (loaded in wing sauve and blue cheese crumbles with a side of dressing) and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

10. Thrasher’s, Maryland: Simply put, these are the ultimate “Boardwalk Fry.” These hand-cut fries are freid in peanut oil with the skins still on and served with salk & vineagar in a big bucket. The smallest bucket is 16oz and the largest weighs in at 53oz!

Bourbon Steak, Miami

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Five Places in Miami You Might Not Know About and Must Visit

Miami is a diverse city jam-packed with culture, history, entertainment and more. Travel Section showcases some top Miami locations that visitors may now know about. View the original article here.

1. Venetian Pool: Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, this public pool takes swimming to a whole new level. The 820,000 gallon pool is the only pool to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features loggias, porticos, beautiful grottos, striped pillars, and a Venetian-style bridge.

Venetian Pool

2. Neptune Memorial Reef: Just of Key Biscayne, the Neptune Memorial Reef is the largest man-made reed ever conceived. It was designed to resemble the feel of an Atlantis-style lost city with columns, statues, and detailed structures beneath the water’s surface. Once completed, the reef will span over 16 acres. The creators of the reef, Neptune Society, estimate that the reef will become the final resting place for 100,000 people. It is free and accessible to all visitors.

Neptune memorial reef

3. Ancient Spanish Monastery: The story of this monastery is remarkable! William Randolph Hearst bought the structure in Spain in 1925. He then had it disassembled stone by stone and shipped from Sacramenia to the US. His financial problems caused the pieces to sit in storage for 26 years before they were purchased and put back together by two entrepreneurs in 1953. The monastery serves as an Episcopal church now.

ancient spanish monastery

4. William Wagner House: The oldest house in Miami-Dade County is located in Lummus Park. It was built back in the 1850s when William Wagner was homesteading on a tributary of the Miami River. Visitors are often shocked that anyone could live in such conditions- no air conditioning, screens, and very little comforts.

willaim wagner hosue

5. Coral Castle: This sculpture garden was created by a Latvian immigrant who was jilted by his fiancé, Agnes Scuffs, just one day before the wedding. The sculpture garden was erected in such a strange way that many believe he had supernatural powers. Between the years of 1923 to 1951, he carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock all by himself. It is unknown how Leeskalnin, who was a mere 5 foot tall and only weighed 100 pounds, created and moved the giant stone sculptures. He died without revealing the mystery.

Coral Castle

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Miami Lighthouse Sixth Annual “Walk, Waggle, and Stroll” Dog Walk

This Sunday, March 3rd, Miami Lighthouse is hosting the Sixth Annual “Walk, Waggle, and Stroll” Dog Walk. The event raises awareness for guide dogs and service dogs of all kinds while proceeds support the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

The event will be held at The Shops at Midtown Miami, 3401 North Miami Avenue. Registration begins at 9 AM and the walk starts at 9:30 AM. Walkers are welcome with or without their dogs so if you don’t have a pooch, feel free to attend the event anyway. Registration is $25. Print and fill out a registration form here.

In addition to the walk, scheduled activities include a “Bagel & Bones” breakfast, talented doggie contest and prizes, goodie bags, and live entertainment.

For a fun-filled day of dogs that benefits a wonderful cause, the “Walk, Waggle, and Stroll” is an event you won’t want to miss!

walk waggle and stroll

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50th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival This Weekend- February 16-18, 2013

This Saturday kicks off the 50th  Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival on the streets of Coconut Grove, Florida. The three-day event is the top outdoor fine arts festival in the United States and showcases the works of over 360 of the best artists & craftsmen in the world. The festival offers visitors the chance to meet with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live entertainment all while enjoying the beautiful waterfront views of Coconut Grove.

Gates open daily at 10am and close at 6pm. The event runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive is just south of downtown Miami. Admission is $10 per person per day.

For more information, please visit the official website for the event!

coconut grove arts festival


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Miami International Map Fair

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Miami International Map Fair, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s East Coast. Taking place February 2-3rd at HistoryMiami, (101 C West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130,) this event showcases rare books, antique maps, atlases and panoramas from around the world. There will be lectures by field experts and special events throughout the weekend. You will also be able to purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world. If you have a love of historical artifacts this is an event not to be missed! Daily Admission: HistoryMiami Members: $5, Non-Members: $15 Tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission includes entrance to the international dealer’s marketplace, access to expert opinions on your own map(s) and the opportunity to win door prizes.

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Best Winter Vacations

U.S. News Travel gives readers some great suggestions with their list of 12 places recommended for the Best Winter Vacations. Let’s face it, unless you like freezing, snowy weather and/or skiing, winter in the Northeast is kind of gloomy. It’s dark and cold by the time you get home from work, making it hard to want to do anything in your spare time aside from watching TV in your sweats, which is exactly why you need a winter vacation. Give yourself something to look forward to and a reason to keep trudging to the gym on those frigid nights, as you will need your bathing suit for most of these vacations. However if you enjoy vacationing to wintery destinations, there are some options for you too, (see #’s 9-11 on the list.) As lovers of all places warm and sunny, our pick for your perfect winter vacation is #1, Kauai, Hawaii. If you have yet to visit Hawaii, stop what you are doing immediately and start planning a trip. While we haven’t traveled everywhere just yet, Hawaii is the #1 vacation destination and most beautiful place we’ve been to date. Kauai, known as the Garden Isle, is oldest and most lush of the Hawaiian Islands. With its gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, delicious cuisine, unique wildlife, and laid back Aloha lifestyle, you can’t go wrong.  Be sure to check out all the vacation hot spots on this list and start planning your winter get-away today!

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Nā Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii – Photo courtest of: