Social Media Never Tasted So Good

October 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm (Florida, Fort Lauderdale, marketing, networking, social event, Social Events & Networking, social media, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Last night’s Himmarshee Twineup Take 2 at Himmarshee’s Side Bar in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale was a “pairing-and-pouring adventure!” The event featured three wine flights paired with passed appetizers, and was sponsored by Matthew Horbund, @mmwine, and Jan Idelman, @janIdelman.

If you’re looking for a classy alternative to the normal tweetup setting, this is an idea for you – wine, food, friends. There were prizes given away sponsored by PokenGirl and Pickchur, and along with the price of the tasting everyone received a coupon for $20 off of a $60 food or wine purchase at the venue.

To start the evening we had a 2008 Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County. This light, crisp wine paired well with the petit crab cakes with pickled habenero tartart and island spiced shrimp and yucca croquettes with drunken mango salsa.

The second flight was an Australian born 2005 Hope Shiraz. This Shiraz was more fruity and less peppery than most tend be. The pairing for this was amazing! It was a duck confit & sweet potato empanada with vanilla-shiraz macerated cherries.

The final tasting was a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tahuantinsuyu from Mendoza, Argentina – one of my favorite regions, especially for Malbec! This was paired with mushroom & cambazola toasts with oil cured campari tomatoes.

The evening had a mix of good food, good wine, and good conversations – what more could you ask for? It was nice to meet @PamRockSoFl @enzobalc, @stacykinney, @SisterMary, and thanks to @mmWine and @jidelman for hosting the event! If you missed this twineup, information on the November one will be posted at A Good Time With Wine.

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Cool Beans – A Tale of the Coffee Tasting Tweetup

October 15, 2009 at 12:05 am (Florida, Fort Lauderdale, networking, social event, Social Events & Networking, social media, South Florida, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Are you tired of attending tweetups for the masses? Here’s a new spin on the twitter universe – a coffee tasting tweetup. Think of a wine and cheese paring party, but with coffee and cookies. And what overworked designer, developer, geek, or business maven doesn’t like a good cup of coffee? The best part of an event like this is that there is a smaller turnout than many other social media events allowing for more chances to meet and converse with new people.

If you don’t follow what I’m saying, imagine this: you’re a social media newbie, maybe more introverted than some, and decide to go to a social media event. You stand in a corner doing your best wallflower impression and don’t know how to break the ice with people who are part of the “in crowd.” I mean you don’t want to linger like an awkward stalker outside of an ongoing conversation, and busting into someone’s chitchat that you don’t know can come off wrong or just seem rude. An event in a more intimate setting with a small group is a great way to expand your social circle and your comfort zone in unison. So why not hold smaller gatherings to help welcome newbies and make new friends

Tonight’s event was held at Caffe Rustica next to the Gateway Theater in Ft. Lauderdale. The coffee shop was like the Cheers bar, Wings café counter, and Central Perk from Friends all combined into a charming little spot with less drama and better coffee. If they didn’t know your name when you came in, they knew your twitter handle when you left.

We were a little late, so we had some catching up to do. The tasting had started with India Mneb it was like a strong tea, more refreshing than you get from your get-out-of-bed in the morning variety joe. Next up was Brazil Morenhina Formosa made with the Raisin Process – Jim the owner/barista is very knowledgeable in the art of beverage preparation and shared a little about the history, roasting style, and background of each brew. Third tasting was Guatemala Acatenenango Gesha a little stronger than the others, but still very good. The final flight was the strongest (and favorite of mine – the 3 cup-a-day drinker) Ethiopa Bonko made with a Wet Process. This coffee was much more robust than the others, some might say it’ll get you up in the morning and give you a shave, but I just think it was a good strong coffee.

Between flights and after all the rounds had been finished the small group of coffee lovers sat around discussing a variety of interesting topics from camera equipment to anecdotes of everyday life. My favorite conversation centered around Starbucks’ new instant coffee. The most insightful part of the discussion came when someone quipped that they didn’t know what Starbucks’ taste testing ads were supposed to prove. Are they raising the bar for instant coffee or lowering the standard by which we hold our $8 sugar infused creation of fast food-like coffee? If you think about it it’s either one or the other. It’s like up-selling your product while simultaneously devaluing it.

I’d like to thank @CaffeRustica for hosting the event and @MoreWillie for organizing it. It was nice to meet @DavideDiCillo, @ggadventures, and @stefaniwhylie, and apologies to those who I didn’t get your handle. I look forward to the next foray into the world of the caffeinated arts, whenever that may be.

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Photo Walk’n – South Beach Winner

August 1, 2009 at 11:46 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Florida, free, Miami, networking, News, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sorry for the procrastination, but I am happy to announce the winner of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, South Beach edition. The winning photo was taken by Michelle Brecher:

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The competition was stiff! Other photographs of note are shown here:


All the entries can be viewed on the Photo Walk page, and all the photos from the walk are available for viewing on our Flickr page. Thanks to everyone who participated in the photo walk, it was a lot of fun!

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Photo Walk’n – End Game

July 19, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Environmental Graphic Design, Florida, free, Miami, networking, News, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Scott Kelby’s Second-Annual Worldwide Photo Walk finally arrived. The South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, walk was awesome! We had more than 35 photographers show up with all kinds of photo-taking apparatuses. I stayed with a small group for most of the walk. We covered Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue before meeting up with the rest of the group at Jerry’s Famous Deli.

While at Jerry’s we had the opportunity to get some lunch, re-energize in a little air conditioning, and show each other what photographic finds we acquired while we socialized. From what I saw both the talent base and humor of the group were very strong. Everyone I talked to had a good time.

After lunch a group of us continued our shooting excursion for a few more hours until we were all exhausted from the heat. My small group headed over to Washington Avenue and stopped in for a visit at the Wolfsonian Museum, their current exhibition, Sun Stroke Stimulus, seemed to be a fitting theme for the day – a future post will cover our findings there.

Having shot South Beach several times I shied away from shooting my normal architectural subjects and concentrated more ephemeral topics like graffiti, modes of transportation, etc. Viewing South Beach at a more intimate scale is quite different than shooting whole buildings and panoramas like what I’m used to. It was a fun challenge to broaden my horizons by narrowing my view.

Overall I think the day was a success. A few photo walkers continued on to more photo walks in other areas, or to explore on their own hitting areas like Wynwood, the Holocaust Memorial, and Lincoln Road. I look forward to the next one, whenever it may be.

(For all the information regarding this photo walk and it’s contests click here)

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Photo Walk’n – Final Countdown

July 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, free, Miami, networking, News, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Worldwide Phot Walk

The Scott Kelby Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is tomorrow morning. This event is so big it got covered by USA Today!

Here are some final updates for the South Beach group:

Make sure you can log in to the site as soon as possible (you received your username & password when you signed up) . This is where you will upload the photos for a chance to win some prizes.

Before the walk

  • Get directions to South Beach if you’re not familiar with the area
  • Make sure your batteries are charged, memory sticks are cleared, etc.
  • Drink plenty of water before the walk
  • Dress comfortably – walking shoes, hats, etc.
  • Try to get to the Starbucks (1455 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 – at the North end of Lummus Park) early, we will be taking a group photo before everyone heads out.

During the walk

  • STAY SAFE!
  • Watch where you’re walking while shooting – traffic, pedestrians, uneven ground surfaces, etc may be hazards.
  • Stay away from areas that you’re not comfortable in – dark alleys and the like
  • Drink plenty of fluids and take a break if necessary.

After the walk

  • Meet up with us at Jerry’s Famous Deli if you have the time.
  • Log on to the site and upload NO MORE THAN TWO of your favorite photos to be entered in the competition. (Edited photos are more than welcome)

Deadlines

  • July 25, 11:59 pm EST: Deadline to upload your image(s) for consideration. No photos received after this time will be considered in the contest.
  • August 17: The grand prize winner and 10 honorable mentions will be announced on the Worldwide Photo Walk website.

Side competitions and other fun stuff

Tropicolor/Shoot Miami Photo Contest:

  1. We’re getting a 15% discount from Tropicolor for any of their services, so when you pay for your prints, make sure you ask for it!
  2. Besides submitting your prints online, you can go into the store and use their kiosks to print directly to their printers – it’s cheaper ($0.29 for a 4×6 print, $0.25 with the discount) and may be more convenient for some!
  3. If you can’t make it down to the store, but would still like to participate, you can submit your photos online and then call in after you’ve placed your order and give them your credit card number. Unfortunately, they don’t accept payments online at the moment, so you’ll either have to come into the store and pay (and if you’re already there, why not just use their kiosks?) or do it over the phone.
  4. They should have a special bin set aside for our contest photos – just ask them to put your photos in there! (Don’t forget to have your name and email address written on the print envelope.)
  5. Any questions email: photocontest.shootmiami@gmail.com

iPrintfromHome Special Offer:

Anyone else who wants to join us is welcome to. If they are not registered they cannot compete for the Scott Kelby prizes, but the Tropicolor and iPrintfromHome offer still stands

You can download the South Beach points of interest map here.

We hope to have a safe and fun walk. Happy shooting!

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Photo Walk’n – Part 4, The Map

July 7, 2009 at 8:04 am (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, free, Graphic Design, Illustration, Miami, networking, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

South_Beach_MapScott Kelby’s Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is nearly here. In order to help those of you attending the South Beach walk, we have created a map indicating places that may be of interest during the walk. The locations are ones where we have had photographic luck in the past, but no one is required to visit any of these during the walk.

The starting and ending locations are designated with stars, and four of South Beach’s parking garages are marked as well. Photographic reference for some of the designated locations can be found here.

For more information on the South Beach walk, please, visit the Photo Walk section of this blog, or the Photo Walk Website.

Hope to see you all there, and happy shooting!

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Photo Walk’n – Part 3

July 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm (Art Event, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, Miami, networking, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

face_mounted_printWe’re less than 2½ weeks away from Scott Kelby’s Second Annual Worldwide Photo Walk! I’m sure some people have checked out the prizes list on the website, but I’ve been approached by the organizers of Shoot Miami about a side contest for those participating in my walk (or any of the Miami walks).

Here’s the skinny:
Send a photo taken on that day to Tropicolor Photographic and Digital Lab on Miami Beach to be printed at 4” x 6” (49 cents), and put in the comments section that it is for the Worldwide Photo Walk contest (we’re working on the exact verbage to use). That’s it, you’re entered.

But what can I win?
Well, boys and girls you will be entered to win one of three Diasec, aka PlexiFoto, prints:
1st place: 30” x 45” a $515 value
2nd place: 24” x 36” a $330 value
3rd place: 20” x 30” a $230 value

For more information check out the Shoot Miami message board.

Click here all posts regarding the South Beach Photo Walk

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Shooting Miami Through a Pint of Guiness

June 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm (Art, Art Event, Education, free, Miami, networking, photo walk, photography, social event, Social Events & Networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Last night was my first venture to a Shoot Miami Meetup. Anytime you get a group of people together who are passionate about one topic, good discussions are sure to follow.  In attendance were people hailing from a wide variety of camera platforms – Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc – and photographic experience levels.

The upstairs room of John Martin’s Irish Pub in the Gables was filled with photographic portfolios from the members. Some of these photographs yielded stories of photographing gators from a few feet away, painting with light, and macro (or micro, depending on platform) shooting techniques referencing a variety of subject matters.

The gathering was informative and helpful. ZiZi, the group leader, is heading up the Photo Walk along Lincoln Road on the 18th of July – I’ll be leading the South Beach walk around the same time. They have a Fourth of July outing planned for Miami Beach, as well as a meetup for the Miami – Homestead Speedway FARA Race in early August.

I look forward to doing more with this group in the future. The seem very low-key and willing to share ideas and techniques.

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