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Pierre Fitch & Ralph Woods Interview & Photos

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Two of the hottest porn stars in the world, Pierre Fitch and Ralph Woods, will make a special appearance at  Johnny’s on Thursday, February 17. This will be the first time the two close friends have appeared together on stage, live in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to his porn career, Fitch has been traveling the world for the last year-and-a-half as a deejay and we caught up with him in Mexico just days before his arrival in Fort Lauderdale.

“I’m excited about being in Florida and looking forward to meeting Sean [David] from Johnny’s and everybody at Johnny’s Bar,” said Fitch. “We’ve had so much snow up here that I’d rather be in Mexico and Florida. I can get a tan and everything. I’ve got the heaters running right now.”

Fitch has been in Fort Lauderdale before but he admits it’s been several years since he’s been here. Also, this is the first time both he and Woods have appeared together on stage in Florida even though he says, “me and Ralph are best friends and we see each other all the time.”

After appearing at Johnny’s, Fitch will be resuming his deejaying career spinning in North Carolina, Toronto, Berlin, Brazil then returning to Mexico.

“I had to take a few months off, though, as it became a little overwhelming after my Australia trip where they filmed a documentary on my deejay career.” Fitch said. He is also working on selling a reality show pilot which has already been filmed.

Finally, Fitch is also opening an online store in the next few weeks,, where he says you can purchase his toys, clothing line and DVDs. He also has two new DVDs which will appear in the store when it opens. Fitch’s deejay website is

Unlike Pierre, Ralph is no stranger to Johnny’s in South Florida having worked there for seven months a few years ago.

“It feels great to be coming back down there because I’ve been wanting a vacation from Canada and I can’t wait to see all my friends have a few laughs and party and have fun. And I’m looking forward to seeing Sean again and everybody.”

Pierre Fitch and Ralph Woods at Johnny's

Pierre Fitch and Ralph Woods made a Presidents Day weekend appearance at Johnny's Gay bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL

View Johnny's Photo GalleryPierre Fitch and Ralph Woods

Ralph went on to say that he really liked it down here as the weather was amazing and he could go to the beach any time he wanted. He also said that he missed the great restaurants and clubs and just hanging out with his friends.

Ralph returned to Montreal in early 2009 to study massage therapy where he is now a licensed massage therapist and has his own business.

Don’t miss Pierre Fitch and Ralph Woods at Johnny’s Bar in Fort Lauderdale for a special night of excitement Thursday, February 17. Advance tickets are available for a special VIP private meet and greet, $50 in advance or $75 at the door (if there are still some available) which includes top shelf open bar from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, hors d’oeuvres plus free admission to Saturday and Sunday shows. 


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Bill's Underwear Auction Generates Over 12k for Tuesdays Angels

For over 20 years, Tuesday's Angels has given emergency assistance (rent, electric and more) to financially needy people affected with HIV/AIDS in Broward County. In addition, they give grants to other HIV/AIDS organizations to provide direct assistance and services to their clients. What makes Tuesday’s Angels unique is that 100% of money donated is used to assist those in need. All other expenses and fees are paid either by Board Members or interest income. Every dollar they receive goes directly to help men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete presented a check from the proceeds of this year's Bartenders, Boxers & Briefs underwear auction at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors. The live underwear and silent auction generated $12,317 that will directly benefit people living with HIV/AIDS in Broward County. Tuesday's Angels is an outstanding example of the difference that people can make in helping others and the the next Bartenders, Boxers & Briefs benefit is less than a year away! 

Impulse Group Presents "i am"

Impulse Group South Florida speaks up with the highly anticipated "i am" event at Broward Center for the Performing Arts September 13th 2014

In an area boasting one of the largest numbers of Gay residents in the country, how do you present an advocacy message with an impact beyond that of facts murmured behind a podium?  Since the inception of the Impulse Fort Lauderdale Chapter in 2013, followed by its expansion to incorporate all of South Florida this year, the newly renamed Impulse Group South Florida has prided itself on bold, thought provoking and innovative forms of HIV prevention-targeted advocacy and marketing that does just that.  Impulse Group South Florida’s newest event, “i am,” takes place at the renowned Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on September 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm, and promises to present an advocacy message that will capture guests like never before.  In what will be their most POWERFUL event yet, audio and visual elements will immerse guests into six intimate, compelling, and real stories of men and women of all walks of life, within or supporting the Gay HIV positive and negative community.

At “i am,” Impulse Group South Florida invites its guests to a cocktail reception complete with signature mixed drinks, open bar, hors d'oeuvres and music by DJ Misha.  Members and advocates of the Gay community will meet and interact before being presented with the main attraction: a mix of visual components, music, and advocacy that will move them as it challenges the way they look at HIV awareness and prevention. The audience will be impacted by powerful and true stories that provide a broadened understanding of how HIV affects everyone.

I am a friend, I am supporter, I am a fighter, I am a sister, I am in a serodiscordant relationship. …i am

“The more we talk about HIV and speak freely, the more we empower others to do the same. We're a community regardless. It is not ok to segregate or discriminate and the only way we are going to break through that is by talking about it” – A.J. Alegria – Impulse Group South Florida President

You can find out more about the Impulse Group and check out photos from past events on Mark's List here: Impulse Group South Florida

Hotel Gaythering Hosts Game Night Wednesdays

Are you a beer drinker? Hotel Gaythering hosts $2 PBR Wednesdays every week from 9 pm to 1 am. For all the game aficionados out there, join your friends for board games, group trivia & video games & more. Grab a coffee, lounge around, or sip on $5 well cocktails everyday from 5 to 9 pm. The Bar is a soda gun-free zone. At Gaythering, Coca-Cola tastes like Coca-Cola and Soda Water tastes like Soda Water. You can find out more about the night and get the location, right here: Hotel Gaythering Hosts Game Night Wednesdays

Twist Presents "Double Trouble" Thursdays Featuring DJ Paulie

Featuring beats by DJ Paulie, Twist presents "Double Trouble" Thursdays every week. Enjoy 2-4-1 drinks until 3 am. Twist is located in the popular Washington Avenue nightlife district in the heart of South Beach. The club is within easy walking distance of major hotels, shopping and restaurants and sits in the middle of the city's "National Art Deco Historical District." More information about Twist after the Jump: Twist Presents "Double Trouble" Thursdays Featuring DJ Paulie

Pandora Events Presents "Drag Out"

Are you ready to express yourself? Featuring beats by DJ Carli Nicholas, Pandora Events & Out Miami present "Drag Out" at Gramps Bar in Wynwood on Friday, August 29 during Labor Day Weekend.  Alison Burgos, Amy Alonso & Yesenia Leon, are the women behind Pandora Events and this powerhouse lesbian event production company from South Beach have created and/or produce some of the hottest women’s soiree’s in the country. More information after the Jump: Pandora Events Presents "Drag Out"

Reading Queer Festival: Sacreligion

Reading Queer seeks to reveal Miami as a center for queer literature with an annual week-long literary festival led by nationally and locally recognized queer writers who create hybrid, genre-bending works that address queer identity. This inaugural Reading Queer Festival is the first ever of its kind in Miami and runs from August 22nd to the 30th, culminating with a performance at the Garden with headline poet L. Lamar Wilson, who has just published his first collection of poems, Sacreligion. This book was selected by Lee Ann Brown for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, and individual poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the 2011 Beau Boudreax Poetry Prize. Sacreligion will be read from in the garden on Saturday, August 30 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Click here for the full schedule of performances. Use this link to find the location of the MBBG: Reading Queer Festival: Sacreligion at Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Bourbon Street Pub Hosts "Golden Plunger Awards"

Hosted by Jessica Grabbit, Bourbon St. Pub in Key West hosts the "Golden Plunger Awards" on Saturday, August 30 at 7 pm. This Key West tradition recognizes some of the most colorful people in the community. Featuring guest entertainers, enjoy appetizers & drinks specials all evening long. Be sure to get all the details of what's going on after the Jump: Bourbon Street Pub Hosts "Golden Plunger Awards"

G.Bar's Labor Day Weekend

Featuring music by DJ Shannon C, join the gang at G.Bar during She Bar Fridays on August 29 for a special Labor Day Weekend evening highlighting the sexiest femme & sexiest stud contest. Each winner receives $50 cash prize & $50 bar tab. Ladies drink free until midnight. Doors open at 9 pm. $5 cover. The party continues on Saturday, August 30 with international sensation Fantine performing her hit "Reservation For Two" live. Sip on $1 drinks from 9 pm to 11 pm. More information about G. Bar after the Jump: G. Bar's Labor Day Weekend

Club Boi Celebrates Labor Day Weekend 2014

Mark you calendars. Club Boi celebrates Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, August 30 with at the "Work Hard, Play Hard" party. Club Boi is a Gay nightclub with sexy strippers, dancing and great DJs spinning Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Rap, Reggae, Soca, Latin and other urban inspired music. Be sure to check out all the details after the Jump: Club Boi Celebrates Labor Day Weekend 2014

Jamboree Lounge Presents "Under Construction"

On Saturday, August 30, Jamboree Lounge, a neighborhood Gay bar located on Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami's MiMo district, hosts "Under Construction: Labor Day Weekend" featuring music by resident international DJ Lannier Alvarez. Hosted by bartender Josue, don't miss performances by Marilyn Dion and enjoy great drink specials all night. More information after the Jump: Jamboree Lounge Presents "Under Construction"

Black Wear Party Celebrating Discotekka's 7th Anniversary

Discotekka, Danny Villar and Milancita invite you to celebrate Discotekka's 7th Anniversary in fine style with the "Black Wear Party" on Saturday, August 30 starting at 11 pm. The annual all black event features the sounds of DJ Sushi, DJ Carlos G, DJ Pride & DJ Jalil Z.  Be sure to check out all the details after the Jump: Black Wear Party Celebrating Discotekka's 7th Anniversary

Palace Presents "Sabados Gigantes"

Featuring appearances by Adora & DJ Josh Riptide, join the gang at Palace for "Sabados Gigantes" every Saturday starting at 2 pm. Also, don't miss the new Saturday night bender starting at 6 pm with Tiffany Fantasia, performances by Michael M and music by DJ Sushiman. Find out all the details and more about Palace after the Jump: Palace Presents "Sabados Gigantes"

White Party Week™ 2014 Tickets On Sale Now!

Witness the rebirth of “The White Party” as they celebrate the event's 30th Anniversary “Diamond Jubilee” outdoors at the new Perez Art Museum Miami. That's right White Party returns to a stunning outdoor location on Biscayne Bay this year. Spinning the event will be the legendary DJ David Knapp who will be accompanied by the premier performance of the White Party Symphony. The special 30 year musical journey will create the perfect mood as visitors enjoy the nighttime skyline of downtown Miami, Miami Beach and the Port of Miami. The scene will be high fashion and includes complimentary cocktails all night long along with hors d’oeuvres from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Buy 2014 White Party Week Tickets NowGet your outfits together and prepare for the all new White Party. The tradition and celebration of White Party lives on! You can get tickets using the blue "Buy Now" link or get more information and see hundreds of previous White Party Photos on Mark's List here: White Party Week™ 2014 Tickets On Sale Now!

Score's Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza

Score's Labor Day 2014 Weekend kicks off on Friday, August 29 with Filthy Gorgeous Fridays' "Work Hard Play Hard" party featuring music by DJ AB & Mac. Hosted by The Pennyback Boyz, sip on $6 Becks and let it all out on the dance floor.  

What's your fetish? You have the chance to show it off on Saturday, August 30 at "Fetish Labor Day" with beats by DJ Erez Ben Ishay (Tel Aviv) & DJ Rafael Barreto (Brazil). Dress code: Black. More information after the Jump: Score's Labor Day Weekend Events

Rock Hard Mechandise Labor Day Weekend Sale at Johnny's

Looking for some swag on sale this Labor Day Weekend?  Stop by Johnny's on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 for 50% off on all Rock Hard merchandise. Also, don't miss 2-4-1 Fireball shots on Saturday and the Amateur Strip Contest on Sunday. VIP members receive free drinks, buffet, raffle & giveaways on Sunday from 5 to 8 pm. Check out all the details and find out more about Johnny's after the Jump: Rock Hard Merchandise Labor Day Weekend Sale at Johnny's

Labor Day Weekend at Palace

Forget about work this Labor Day and get ready to 'Werk' it at Palace all weekend long. Start the weekend off right with Drag Madness featuring TP Lords & Carlos Dali on Friday at 4 pm. Join Adora & DJ Riptide on Saturday starting at 2 pm for Sabados Gigantes, and then save your energy for the Saturday Night Bender with Tiffany Fantasia & DJ Sushiman starting at 4 pm. Sunday is all about Brunchic hosted by Noel Leon and the Sunset T Dance starting at 4 pm with DJ Mika. Enjoy a special Labor Day T-Dance on Monday with DJ Latrice Perry and drag shows hosted by Missy Meyakie Lepaige. You can find out more about Palace right here: Labor Day Weekend at Palace

Latinos Salud & CDC Messages4Men Study

Messages4Men is a study to try out short health messages among black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). The goal is to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develop better health information messages for these populations, based on new and emerging information. Latinos Salud is the CDC's Fort Lauderdale partner.

Latinos Salud was founded in 2008 to create a safe space for Latino Gay guys and their partners to find friends, support, and resources. The agency’s 13 staff members hail from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Whether they’re meeting one-on-one or staging a community event, Latinos Salud staff members work to make a stronger community.

There’s also a very serious purpose behind the agency’s work. The greater Ft. Lauderdale area (Broward County) currently ranks first in the nation in its rate of new HIV infections, and second in its rate of new AIDS cases. Latinos Salud’s programs give guys the skills they need to stay safe from HIV or to live healthier with HIV.  From the moment you enter here, you are treated like family.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please visit the “Get Started” page to find out if you’re eligible.

City Hall, Miami's Eclectic Urban Restaurant

Heading to Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for a show like this summer's mega-hit H2OMBRE? Just a few blocks north of the performing arts center, on Biscayne Boulevard, is is an eclectic, urban inspired restaurant designed to appeal to diners who love down home dishes updated for a city with a sophisticated palate. City Hall features an assortment of decadent and creative house specialties like the Grilled Pork Chop with bourbon whipped sweet potatoes and Creole mustard reduction,  the Chicken "Limon" with lemon-butter sauce over fresh linguine or the House Blend Meatloaf with with chorizo-maple mac and cheese, crispy onions, and natural gravy. IF you're a dessert fanatic, save room, this is your place! The Warm Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with bourbon anglaise had the friends we were dining with digging in and begging for more. The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mousse Cake with crispy wafers imprisoned in chocolate was ridiculously good. You can get the location and reservation link on Mark's List here: City Hall, Miami's Eclectic Urban Restaurant

Center on Halsted & CDC Messages4Men Study

Messages4Men is a study to try out short health messages among black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM). The goal is to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develop better health information messages for these populations, based on new and emerging information. The Center on Halsted is the CDC's greater Chicago area partner.

The Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center. The staff is dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

Center on Halsted works hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment with programs and services for the entire community. Their programs range from volleyball, dance performances and cooking classes to rapid HIV testing, group therapy and vocational training. We partner regularly with other organizations and groups from across Chicago and the nation to provide additional programming for the community.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please visit the “Get Started” page to find out if you’re eligible.

Beat the Miami Beach Heat in Style with Rufskin

The summer 2014 men's swimwear collection is in stock at Rufskin on Washington in Miami Beach's hip Gay and Lesbian shopping and nightlife neighborhood. Rufskin exemplifies the brand's commitment to outfitting the athletic man. Built on the foundation of being at once vintage, sexy, masculine, athletic, futuristic and above all well crafted, you can count on Rufskin to make that tight gym bod look as good as it can. You can get the address and find out more on Mark's List here: Rufskin Athletic Men's Clothing

Bodytek Fitness Interval Training in Wynwood

Bodytek Fitness in Wynwood uses a new and revolutionary total body workout program which is scientifically designed to significantly improve your fitness level through interval cardio training and strength training. That means that Bodytek is not just a workout. It's scientifically proven that interval training is the most effective way to boost your metabolism and burn off unwanted fat. You can find the location of Bodytek Fitness after the Jump: Bodytek Fitness Interval Training in Wynwood

Let's Get Soaking Wet -- H2OMBRE at Arsht Center

We've seen the premier and H2OMBRE Rocks the Summer! 

From the creators of De la Guarda comes the biggest event of Summer 2014 – H2OMBRE! Heart-pumping electronic music, aerial acrobatics, extravagant visuals, and water (more than 6,000 gallons a show!) transform the Center into an alternate universe where the audiences step onto the stage and are engulfed in a 360 degree experience!

Arsht Center Direct Ticket LinkWith state-of-the-art three-dimensional projection screens and monstrous inflatables, H2OMBRE is a wild follow up to the Arsht Center’s success with Fuerza Bruta. You’ll join the adventure as heroes have epic battles with mythical beasts and brave the elements!

The Jerusalem Post called H2OMBRE "A Multi-media extravaganza!" and the Argentina Independent declared "The soaked audience swayed and screamed with enthusiasm!" 

You can get more information on Mark's List here: H2OMBRE Leads Summer Lineup at Arsht Center! 

Inspire Yoga, Sundays at The Dali

Join Inspire Yoga every Sunday at The Dali – a remarkable environment where Dali’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga. Classes are held in the Raymond James Community Room or Avant-Garden, both with incredible views of the waterfront. 

Classes are vinyasa/ashtanga-based incorporating pranayama (breath work), asana (posture work), meditation and relaxation. Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome. Practice as gentle or advanced as desired. Please arrive early on a light stomach, bring a mat and towel, and come ready to be inspired. Don’t have a mat? We have several on hand to lend. Enter through the Cafe Gala doors (Eastside Garden entrance) starting at 11:30AM.

Cost: $10 members and students, $15 non-members. Visit the galleries on the same day for only an additional $6. Please purchase tickets at Admissions and bring your receipt to class. 

You can get the location of the Dali Museum on Mark's List here: Inspire Yoga, Sundays at The Dali

#SpreadOrangeLove with Damrak Gin at Village Pub

#SpreadOrangeLoveSip, Snap & Share! Lucas Bols, makers of Damrak Gin, Mark's List and Village Pub have teamed up to bring you #SpreadOrangeLove. Simply snap a photo and hashtag it with #SpreadOrangeLove while you're at Village Pub. Lucas Bols will donate a portion of all Damrak Gin sales at Village Pub to Smart Ride when you... Sip, Snap, Share #SpreadOrangeLove. You can find out more about the program and Village Pub after the Jump: #SpreadOrangeLove at Village Pub

#SpreadOrangeLove at Village Pub

Sip, Snap & Share! Lucas Bols, makers of Damrak Gin, Mark's List and Village Pub have teamed up to bring you #SpreadOrangeLove. Simply snap a photo and hashtag it with #SpreadOrangeLove while you're at Village Pub. Lucas Bols will donate a portion of all Damrak Gin sales at Village Pub to Smart Ride when you... Sip, Snap, Share #SpreadOrangeLove. You can find out more about the program and Village Pub after the Jump: #SpreadOrangeLove at Village Pub

Oxford Exchange, Gourmet Market, Restaurant & Bookstore

Originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Plant Hotel, located across the street, the historic Kennedy Boulevard building, now called Oxford Exchange, has gone through several adaptations in its 122-year history. In the 1920s, an arcade of shops ran through the center of the building from Kennedy to Grand Central, foreshadowing a future realized upon the building’s reopening in 2012 as a bookstore, event space, restaurant, coffee and tea shop. Bay area diners have come to expect an incredible dining experience at Oxford Exchange. The kitchen offers simple yet perfectly prepared meals and seasonal foods that feature locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible.

Chicago's Progress Bar Celebrates LGBT Chicago

The objective at Progress Bar is to create a venue that is more than a bar. The message is definitive and wrapped in hand created visuals designed to remind everyone how far we’ve come as an LGBT community. Progress and moving forward. together. With  a unique blend of talent that creates the incredible Progress Bar experience, the business is a concept unlike anything folks on Halsted have ever seen. The sexy bar is engineered to be visually impactful and conceptually profound in almost every way. With wide, open windows and an expansive floor plan, the space flows, breathes and welcomes Boystown. You can find out more about progress Bar on Mark's List here: Chicago's Progress Bar Celebrates LGBT Chicago 

Chef Greg Baker's, The Refinery in Seminole Heights

About 20 years ago, a young cook named Greg Baker, looked at his co-worker and peered into the high end restaurant's dining room, looked down at the freshly tattooed black widow spider on his forearm, thumbed through the last of his paycheck in his pocket and said "good food is wasted on people who can afford it."

This moment is when the vision of The Refinery, a restaurant in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood came together. The concept that good food, prepared by professionals who are passionate about food and cooking it, who spend their off time learning new techniques, who get giddy during morel season, should be made available to everyone. Whether you are thumbing through the last of your paycheck or whether you're sitting on a million dollars, good food is a necessity, not a right, and it is The Refinery's mission to provide that to you.

Want to know more? You can find the restaurant's location and check out more after the Jump: Chef Greg Baker's, The Refinery in Seminole Heights

Honey Pot Hosts 6th Annual Labor Day Weekend "Glow Party"

Featuring special guest DJ Ranny, Honey Pot hosts its 6th Annual Labor Day Weekend "Glow Party" on Sunday, August 31 starting at 9 pm. Enjoy thousands of L.E.D. & Glow giveaways, amazing props & decor by Mathieu and super sexy blacklight dancers. Sip on $1 drinks from 9 to 10 pm. No cover until 10 pm & $5 after 10 pm. Honey Pot is proud to be located right in the heart of the famous GaYbor entertainment district and within easy walking distance to the bay area's biggest gay and lesbian hotspots.  More information after the Jump: Honey Pot Hosts 6th Annual Labor Day Weekend "Glow Party"

Bourbon Street Pub Hosts Labor Day "Luau Weekend"

Bourbon St. Pub in Key West celebrates Labor Day with a special "Luau Weekend" from Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1. Join the gang for afternoon & nightly pool parties, the Saturday night foam party in the Garden Bar, the Saturday night amateur strip contest in the Main Bar, Hawaiian drink specials, the Men of Bourbon nightly, early evening shows with Jessica Grabbit, VJ/DJ Gary Nolan & VJ/DJ Neil. The Bourbon St. Pub Complex now consists of the original Bourbon St. Pub, 801 Bourbon Bar, Pizza Joe's and the New Orleans House. Be sure to get all the details of what's going on after the Jump: Bourbon Street Pub Hosts Labor Day "Luau Weekend"

Village Pub's Labor Day Weekend

Party all Labor Day Weekend at Village Pub with 2-4-1 drinks all day long until 9 pm on Saturday, August 30, the Retro T-Dance from 4 to 9 pm & Latin Rhythms from 9 pm to close on Sunday, August 31, and "Dragicide" hosted by Misty Eyez on Monday, September 1. More about Village Pub after the Jump: Village Pub's Labor Day Weekend

Boardwalk's "Men at Play" Labor Day Weekend

Join Boardwalk and some of the sexiest studs around for "Men at Play" from Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31. Also, come out and vote on the the "Village People Employee Challenge" on Sunday, August 31. Hosted by Auntie Mame, enjoy a free BBQ from 6 to 8 pm, 2-4-1 cocktails from 3 to 9 pm and $1 draft beer from 5 to 8 pm. More information about Boardwalk bar in Fort Lauderdale after the Jump: Boardwalk's "Men at Play" Labor Day Weekend

Kitchen Gardening Seminar at Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Learn the basics of starting your own edible garden and prepping existing food gardens for the vegetable season. This is a free talk given by Les Dames d'Escoffier member Julie Petrella Arch. Julie is the executive director of the edible community garden at Merrick House in Coral Gables and will tell you how you can save money and have tastier, fresher and healthier food in your kitchen this year. After the presentation, get your hands dirty with Miami Beach Garden Club President, Cindy Hill, who will be leading a practical seed-planting activity covering the very basics and building blocks of gardening. The event takes place on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 am until noon. You can get the location on Mark's List here: Kitchen Gardening Seminar at Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Rufskin Fashion & Swag at the Betsy

Scott Hauser presents a rooftop party at the Betsy, South Beach. The event happens on the spectacular rooftop deck overlooking Ocean Drive, Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The party starts at 10:00 pm on Saturday, September 6th with create your own S'Mores and includes a Rufskin fashion show. At midnight the party moves downstairs into B Bar with DJ Chilly on deck until 4:00 am. The first 30 people through the door (at B Bar) will get a Rufskin swag bag.  

Rufskin started out in a garage in San Diego and grew from its original artisan denim line into a global menswear company with lines that include swimwear, underwear and athletic wear. The lines are built on the foundation that they are at once vintage, sexy, masculine, athletic, futuristic and above all, made better than any other men's clothing lines. The new Miami Beach location brings the brand to America's leading LGBT beach destination. You can get the location and more info on Mark's List here: Rufskin Fashion & Swag at the Betsy

AIDS Walk Tampa Bay 2014 at Vinoy Park

It's time to form a team or start lining up sponsors for your walk... or you can simply donate. By walking, running or donating to the annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay, you will help to provide much-needed resources to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, an HIV/AIDS organization that supports patients and members across the entire Tampa Bay Area. With your amazing support and the support of the Tampa Bay community, the Tampa Bay area can make a real difference to the many people impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The 11th Annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. Registration starts at 8:00 am, the Walk starts at 10:00 am. More information and registration link after the Jump: 2013 AIDS Walk Tampa Bay

Critics Love Shorts Gone Wild 2 at Empire Stage

Shorts Gone Wild 2 is a collaboration with two South Florida based theatre companies, Miami's City Theatre and Fort Lauderdale's Island City Stage. The shorts are performed at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. The shows use 6 actors, 8 playwrights, 4 directors, and a set and costume design team to whip up 8 short plays centered around personal, political and social LGBT topics that are sometimes provocative, sometimes funny and always completely entertaining.

Buy Tickets to Summer Shorts 2 at Empire StageAccording to the Sun Sentinel: "Eight shorts add up to one riot!" The Miami Herald says this: "fun, hilrarious, touching, unsettling (and) sweet."

Shorts Gone Wild 2 has it roots in last summer's highly acclaimed Shorts Gone Wild. South Florida Theatre League selected City Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli and Island City Stage’s Andy Rogow for the 2013 Silver Palm Award for Theatrical Excellence for the inaugural 2013 production. Shorts Gone Wild was also named as the outstanding LGBT Theatre piece of the 2013 season.

Sp if you're looking for a great night out use the ticket link to get a ticket and if you need the location or more information about Empire Stage use this link: Critics Love Shorts Gone Wild 2 at Empire Stage

Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show

The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show happens the first Sunday of every month and features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles of interest. Attendance is free. Vehicle registration is $20. To pre-register for the Dream Car Classic, visit Vehicles also will be registered the morning of the show as space permits. Participation limited to 85 vehicles. Awards for the Top 30 vehicles and the People's Choice Award. The September event takes place on Sunday the 7th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. You can find the location of the ArtsPark on Mark's List here: Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show

Scandals Saloon's Sunday T-Dance

Sundays are all about dancing. Featuring beats by DJ Katastrophy & Lil P, join Scandals Saloon every week for Sunday T-Dance from 4 to 11 pm. Enjoy happy hour prices all day long and $10 beer blast from 3 pm to close. If that wasn't enough fun, join Andy and Ricky at 9 pm for karaoke. Don't miss out on the action. More information after the Jump: Scandals Saloon's Sunday T-Dance

Rosie's Infamous Sunday Funday Brunch

Every Sunday Funday‬, ‪‎Rosie‬'s in ‪Wilton Manors‬ serves up some of the best reasons to get out of bed. See and be seen at Sunday Brunch while digging into some of the tastiest pancakes, waffles and eggs Benedict in the area. If breakfast food isn't your style, try a delicious burger, wrap or salad. Are you on a liquid diet? Order a hurricane bucket to quench your thirst, toast the morning with a refreshing mimosa or chug down a Bloody Mary to fend off that nasty hangover. Be sure to get all the details about Rosie's Sunday Brunch menu after the Jump: Sunday Brunch at Rosie's

Bill Tyson's Annual Auto Maintenance Packages

Regular maintenance for your car is extremely important and can prevent larger, costlier issues later on that could affect the longevity and even the resale value of your vehicle. Every car needs regular oil changes, tire balancing, rotation and alignment along with cabin air filter replacement. Bill Tyson's annual maintenance package gets you 2 tire rotate and balances, up to 4 standard oil changes, 1 alignment and 1 cabin air filter. Full price, these services would cost you $382.92, but you save 40% with the annual package and only pay $229.99. You can find the two convenient Palm Beach locations using these links:

Artisan Coffee & Slicers at the Alchemist

The Alchemist at the Eucalyptus Gardens in Wilton Manors serves freshly made, hand roasted "Artisan Coffee" and "Slicers", aka open faced sandwiches.

The coffee is fresh roasted and prepared in a syphon. What's a syphon? Well, think back to 9th grade chemistry class and picture the Bunsen burners, glass beakers and the variety of objects that you used in your scientific experiments. It's actually an interesting and amazing process with a resulting coffee that is gentler, less bitter and has no acidic taste. 

You can check out the food and get the location after the Jump: Artisan Coffee & Slicers in Wilton Manors at the Alchemist

Scarfone's Coal Fired Pizza in Wilton Manors

Scarfone's features a contemporary blend of Italian cuisine including the house specialty, coal fired pizza. The pizzas are served traditional style or flat bread and whole wheat crust is available. Tasty pasta dishes are also served including favorites like Penne Ala Vodka, jumbo sized handmade meatballs that are served in a delicious San Marzano tomato sauce and Coal Fired Oven Wings accompanied with caramelized onions, chiabata bread & whole pieces of tender garlic that will keep you coming back to Scarfone's for more. You can get the location and vote for the things you like about Scarfone's on Mark's List here: Scarfone's Coal Fired Pizza in Wilton Manors

Climax Sundays are Back at Vinyl

Club Vinyl Climax Sundays 2014 DenverThe largest LGBT rooftop patio party in the nation is back in full force for it's 2014 season! DJ Tatiana, fire pits, hookah, go-go dancers, the best view of the city, grilled food, theme parties and free on-street parking. What more can you ask for? There no cover for people 21+, 18+ Welcome. You can get the location and deets on Mark's List here: Club Vinyl's Climax Sundays Summer 2014 Return

Elemental, Wynwood's Shop of Wonders

Elemental, the "Shop of Wonders", opened its doors in 2007 with a mission to bring joy and imagination into people's hands and homes. The store quickly filled a creative niche missing in Miami for the exploration of concepts and ideas; a design store with an art gallery component, featured as "a place that triggers your imagination" by local newspapers and magazines. Featuring objects of smart design, flawless industrial production and reasonable prices, Elemental delivers innovative and humorous objects for daily life that live and breathe a contemporary attitude, function and narrative.

You can get the location and take a virtual tour on Mark's List here: Elemental, Wynwood's Shop of Wonders

Brazilian Artist Laura Vinci First American Solo Exhibition

Brazilian artist Laura Vinci makes her American solo exhibition debut at ArtCenter/South Florida with Untitled (from the series Papèis Avulsos, “Loose Papers”) at the Richard Shack Gallery through September 7. She is known as a sculptor, interdisciplinary artist, draughtswoman and engraver.

Vinci’s public installations have been exhibited across Europe, Australia, Brazil and throughout Latin America. Her work has been featured twice at Art Basel Miami Beach. A new book about the artist has recently been published by APC/Cosac Naify, which according to the publisher celebrates Vinci’s works which often deploy ephemeral materials. Hallmarks of Vinci’s work are changes of state, passages, transitions and metamorphoses of elements. The artist is renowned for subverting materials away from what they are normally known to represent. For her exhibition at ArtCenter, Vinci’s installations work together as an organic whole, similar to a body.

The exhibition is on view now and will continue through September 7th. You can get the location and details on Mark's List here: Brazilian Artist Laura Vinci First American Solo Exhibition

Full Moon Drum Circle at Young Circle ArtsPark in Hollywood

Check out this month's FullMoon Drum Circle in Hollywood's ArtsPark at Young Circle. It happens every month on the full moon and this month's lunar event will take place Monday September, 8th. The drum circle begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. Bring a drum or percussion instrument to the ArtsPark and participate in the guided drum circle. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Palm Court (West Side). You can get the location and more information about the ArtsPark on Mark's List here: Full Moon Drum Circle at Young Circle ArtsPark in Hollywood

13|Even Hosts "Raiders of the Lost Grapes"

Get ready for a wine & food tasting extravaganza. 13|Even hosts "Raiders of the Lost Grapes" on Tuesday, September 9.  The restaurant features an amazing Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. What's on deck? $5 Flatbreads, $5 Empanadas (we love 'em), $2.50 Session Lager, $2.50 Session Black, $2.50 Magic Hat Drafts and $5 Select Wines. Borrowing from many styles of cuisine and cultures, the menu is filled with updated and classic international and a little bit of American fare. You'll also find about 40 different kinds of craft beer being served along with over 40 kinds of wine, ready to pour. Location and lots more info after the Jump: 13|Even Hosts "Raiders of the Lost Grapes"

Erasure Begins World Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach

Erasure's Andy Bell and Vince Clarke
Immediately following the release of their latest studio album, The Violet Flame, Erasure's Vince Clarke and Andy Bell will begin their world tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Recorded in New York and London and produced by Richard X, The Violet Flame follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Snow Globe, and is the band’s sixteenth studio album release. The first single from the 10-track album will be released in mid July.
Erasure’s Violet Flame Tour hits The Fillmore Miami Beach on September 12th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 6th at 10am on Ticketmaster or at

You can get venue location and more information after the Jump: Erasure Violet Flame World Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach


How 'bout Sushi & A Stroll, Summer Walks At Morikami Museum

Florida's Summer Guide
Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can't be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden, and you've got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach! Join Mark's List every second Friday evening from May through September. 2014 dates include May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12, 2014. You can get the location and learn a lot more about this amazing museum on Mark's List here: Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks at Morikami Museum

The Butcher Shop, Wynwood's Beer Garden & Grill

The Butcher Shop in Miami's Wynwood Arts District is bringing the old fashioned butchery back. The concept merges a gourmet retail butcher shop with a restaurant and a beer garden, creating a unique experience unlike any other restaurant in South Florida. The Butcher shop sells only the best cuts of Certified Prime Black Angus Prime (the best of the best), all natural hormone-free organic chicken along with a selection of store made and smoked sausages. You can take the meats home or they'll cook them for you. On our most recent trip to the Butcher Shop, we decided to do just that, let them cook it for us!

Wondering what we thought? You can check out our review after the Jump: The Butcher Shop, Wynwood's Beer Garden & Grill

Live Music, Comedy & Merriment: Gramps Bar Wynwood

Here's what Gramp's isn't: a Gay bar. So now lets talk about what Gramps is: Gramps is a cool, trendy, urban, hip neighborhood style bar that features some of the best live music, stand-up comedy, DJs, cultural events like movie nights and karaoke and general merriment in South Florida. The bar is located in Wynwood, Miami's hip graffiti covered neighborhood that some say has a vibe reminiscent of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Maybe its the other way around, maybe Williamsburg reminds them of Wynwood. Whatever.

If you're looking for a great night out, don't care whether you're in an "all Gay" atmosphere and are just looking for some good times with interesting people, Gramps should definitely be on your radar... not Gaydar. You'll meet the Miami live and let live crowd that's more interested in the kind of creative things you've got in your head than in your pants. You can find out ore about Gramps on Mark's List here: Live Music, Comedy & Merriment: Gramps Bar Wynwood

Theater in the Gardens: Dying City

Dying City is an original play by Christopher Shinn, following a young therapist a year after her husband's death, when she is confronted by his twin brother who she has been avoiding.

The Washington Post calls the play "A low-simmering psychological mystery, the sort of sophisticated evening that comes to a satisfying end without the burden of a thorough explanation."

This free community theater performance is presented by the non-profit theater group, Ground Up & Rising, who describe their vision as "talking to their audience, where so many choose to preach." Showtimes are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m on Sunday, September 7, Saturday September 13 and Sunday the 14. 

You can get the location of the botanical gardens here: Theater in the Gardens: Dying City

“Dam” That Mule, Chill Summer Cocktail

Damrak Gin delivers a tasty alternative to ordinary cocktails and as everybody knows... Gin is in! Here's a way to impress your guests with a chill summer thirst quencher.

1.5 oz Damrak Gin
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.25 oz Orange Juice
Ginger Beer

Mix all the ingredients directly in the glass except the ginger beer. Add ice then top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Wynwood's Shop of Wonders, Elemental

Elemental, the "Shop of Wonders", opened its doors in 2007 with a mission to bring joy and imagination into people's hands and homes. The store quickly filled a creative niche missing in Miami for the exploration of concepts and ideas; a design store with an art gallery component, featured as "a place that triggers your imagination" by local newspapers and magazines. Featuring objects of smart design, flawless industrial production and reasonable prices, Elemental delivers innovative and humorous objects for daily life that live and breathe a contemporary attitude, function and narrative. You can get the location and take a virtual tour on Mark's List here: Wynwood's Shop of Wonders, Elemental

Dream, Wilton Manors Wine, Sake & Champagne Lounge

Dream Wine Bar and Lounge, located in Wilton Manors, is a  wine, champagne, sake bar, lounge, gallery and experimental free state all rolled into one exceptional place. Owner Gary Bouvier explains, “Every single visit to Dream is a unique experience. Whether it’s the music, performances, art, music or guests themselves, at Dream everything revolves around stimulating your senses and releasing your creativity.” The new wine lounge was instant must do on the Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors weekend social circuit. The lounge draws a mixed crowd of wine and beer fanatics along with folks simply looking for a place to kick off an evening of nightclubbing or bar hopping. You can find more after the Jump: Dream, Wilton Manors Wine, Sake & Champagne Lounge

Panther Coffee, Wynwood's Hip, Urban Brew

Located in the heart of Wynwood, on the corner of 24th Street and 2nd Avenue, Panther Coffee is a Miami-based coffee roaster, retailer and wholesaler. The neighborhood is hip, urban and more than a little funky and Panther Coffee fits right in specializing in small-batch roasting and incredible coffee based drinks like lattes, cappuccinos and espresso. They also serve beer and wine along with homemade snacks like cookies and brownies.

Beyond being hip, urban and funky, the neighborhood is an eclectic collection of galleries and other art oriented shops alongside places like auto body shops and nondescript warehouses. There are also some of Miami's best restaurants including places like Joey's, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and The Butcher Shop. You can find out more about this gourmet den of coffee after the Jump: Panther Coffee, Wynwood's Hip, Urban Brew

Chillin' Summertime Cocktail: the Damrak Dragonfly

Simple drinks make a refreshing statement on hot summer days in the South. Liquors with light flavors like Damrak gin, let the taste of the mixer stay center stage so that the cocktail truly beats the summer heat. If you're looking for a nice change from a Gin and Tonic, this is it:

Fill a highball glass almost all the way to the top with ice cubes. Add the Damrak Gin and ginger ale and then garnish with a wedge of lime.

Ice cubes
1/2 measure Damrak gin
4 measures ginger ale
1 lime wedge

Plant the Future, Wynwood's Plant Filled Urban Oasis

Can you imagine anything more fascinating than being able to see into the future? How about building it? Harvesting it? Or better yet, planting it?

Plant the Future offers a unique and fresh take on the concept of indoor and outdoor gardening. From vertical gardens that fill rooms with greenery and life in small, narrow spaces to terrariums and container gardens filled with interesting cactus, succulents, mosses and blooming plants, Paloma Teppa and Plant the Future bring a passion that fuses art, design, architecture and nature to transform mundane urban spaces into exceptional nature filled rooms and outdoor gardens. Paloma constantly pushes the barrier of her artistic expression through new and innovative creations, often turning every day household castoffs into intriguing, living objects d'art. 

You can get the location and links to shop for terrariums and other living arrangements after the Jump: Plant the Future, Wynwood's Plant Filled Urban Oasis

Trip Advisor Readers Name Zoo Miami One of World's 25 Best Zoos

Zoo Miami is a Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner. That's right , Trip Advisor readers have named Zoo Miami as one of the world's 25 best zoos. Other outstanding zoos in the United States include Denver, San Diego and St Louis. Miami's Metro Zoo offers visitors over 100 exhibits spread out over 740 total acres. The zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, representing over 500 species, 40 of them on the endangered species list. Visitors can peruse the collection on over 3 miles of walkways, but getting around the zoo is easy. There are bikes for rent and for an aerial view of Zoo Miami, hop on the air-conditioned Monorail. With four convenient stops throughout the Zoo, the Monorail is a great way to see and learn about the animals. You can get the location and ticket link on Mark's List here: Trip Advisor Readers Name Zoo Miami One of World's 25 Best Zoos

You can check out the full worldwide list on Trip Advisor here: Trip Advisor World's 25 best Zoos

French Comfort Food at La Bonne Crêpe in Fort Lauderdale

Two sisters, Lori and Suzie have been the proprietors of this charming, award-winning, traditional French crêperie since 1993. La Bonne Crêpe has the inviting feel of quaint restaurants found in the rolling, grape-covered hills of the French countryside. Crêpes are the French version of comfort food and the menu at La Bonne Crêpe has the most serious selection of crêpes I've seen since moving to the United States a few years ago. You'll find crêpes made with chicken, ham, ground sirloin, fish, seafood, several kinds of cheese, a huge assortment of vegetables and of course eggs. For those of you not into crêpes, the breakfast menu also includes waffles, pancakes, French toast and traditional egg dishes. Lunch and dinner include plenty of sandwiches, over a dozen salads and about 20 entrees that include everything form chicken and fish to Filet Mignon. The soups are incredible. And let’s not forget to mention the dessert crêpes! Wondering where this bastion of great French comfort food can be found? Take the Jump: French Comfort Food at La Bonne Crêpe in Fort Lauderdale

Designer Sunglasses at Island City Eyecare, ICE

From Coach, DKNY and Prada to Calvin Klein, Bvlgari and Dior, Island City Eyecare in Wilton Manors is your source for designer eyewear and fashionable frames that compliment your life and your style. Four optometrists serve you in this one location. Services include comprehensive eye care with extensive knowledge in Diabetes and HIV related vision issues. You can get the address and find out more after the Jump:  Designer Sunglasses at Island City Eyecare, ICE

Sunday Service at Floppy Rooster

The Floppy Rooster's all nude, all male feast of men continues on Sundays with Sunday Service, a great way to wind down your weekend. The party starts at  8:00 pm and features $4 well drinks and $3 domestic beers all night. Cover is only $5 before midnight and there's an amateur cock fight with $500 in cash and prizes every third Sunday of the month. And no worries, there's something going on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday too!  Floppy Rooster is located just 15 minutes from downtown Miami . You can find out more on Mark's List right here: Floppy Rooster's Sunday Service

World Outgames Reception

Join us for the second World Outgames Miami Community Reception on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center B Ballroom (2nd level). Enter the convention center via Washington Avenue entrances.

Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a 2 for 1 cash bar while mingling with fellow World OutGames Miami supporters. Learn about the preparations being made to welcome 15,000 participants in 2017. You can find out more about the games on Mark's List here: World Outgames Miami Beach September 2014 Reception

Growl Fridays: Bear Appreciation Weekly Party at Bill's

Looking for something on the rugged side? Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors hosts Growl Fridays: Bear Appreciation party, a weekly party that attracts some of the hottest bears in South Florida. Enjoy $2 well drinks & draft beer, $3 Fireball or Jagermeister shots, and Bill's burger combo special for on $7 from 7 to 9 pm.  Make sure to check out all the details after the Jump: Growl Fridays: Bear AppreciationWeekly Party at Bill's

Hollywood's September Third Saturday Art Walk

Saturday, September 20th and the 3rd Saturday of every month from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm, the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency presents their monthly Art Walk. Visit downtown Hollywood's many fine art galleries & shops while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music, murals and more! There are artists and performances along Harrison Street and Hollywood Boulevard as well in Young Circle. You can get a map and more details on Mark's List here: Hollywood's Third Saturday Art Walk

Beachfront Luxury Fort Lauderdale Style, W Fort Lauderdale

Within a stylish sensory multiplex designed as the abstraction of a sailboat in full sail, W Fort Lauderdale infuses stylish soul to where sophistication never ends. Choose your own adventure or go with the flow—you're never far from sophisticated entertainment, world-class dining, trendy shopping and top-flight professional sports. If staying in means floating away on waves of magical moments, so close to the beach you can almost feel the Atlantic lap gently at your toes, The W  is happy to oblige. You can find out more about the hotel and make a reservation on Mark's List here: Beachfront Luxury Fort Lauderdale Style, W Fort Lauderdale

Jump Squats & Lunges Build Lower Bodies

Calisthenics are a tried and true, surefire way to a simple, quick muscle pump. Calisthenics, or body weight exercises, consist of movements that use the weight of your body as resistance to work against. Using short bursts of intense training and just a few exercises, you can get an efficient muscle building workout for just about all your muscle groups. Just as push-ups and pull-ups can jack up your upper body muscle groups, so too there are lower body calisthenics that can give you quads of steel and a butt to die for! You can read the article after the Jump: Jump Squats & Lunges Build Lower Bodies

Facial Rejuvenation at Resnik Skin Institute, Dr Barry Resnik

The Resnik Skin Institute is conveniently located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Aventura. Dr. Barry Resnik maintains a full clinical practice in adult dermatology, cutaneous surgery, tumescent liposuction, laser surgery, hair transplant surgery or hair removal and cosmetic surgery. The doctor is experienced in issues associated with HIV/AIDS, including facial rejuvenation. You can find out more about this LGBT Friendly medical practice on Mark's List here: Facial Rejuvenation at Resnik Skin Institute, Dr Barry Resnik

Hot for Holland

Everybody knows Gin is in! Here's a great new recipe for a chill summer cocktail.

2 oz Damrak Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Bols Peach Schnapps
3 Dashes Cayanne Pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and give a good hard shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cayenne/salt rim.

Dietitian Elena Rodriguez Joins the Push Fitness Team

If you're looking for personal attention and trainers that motivate you to pursue your fitness goals, the trainers at Push Fitness are Fort Lauderdale's best bet. From Yoga to the innovative BodyBlast classes and of course personal training, Push Fitness is Fort Lauderdale's best gym.

The most recent addition to the elite push fitness team is dietitian Elena Rodriguez. Elena, who holds a a B.S. degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, is now available for private nutrition counseling. You can get the location and find out more about this great gym on Mark's List here: Dietitian Elena Rodriguez Joins Push Fitness

Eat Big & Get Big Muscles

“You’ve gotta eat big to get big!” That’s what all the bodybuilders say in the gym. Now it is quite possible to consume 3,000 calories and get big and beefy and stay trim. It is also possible to pig out on 3,000 calories and be overweight. The difference is in what you eat and how you eat. The good news is there are some great foods that can help you build muscle size and stay healthy and trim as well. Eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day will also help speed up your metabolism and help you store less fat. Those meals also need to consist of the right foods that will help you to have energy and build muscle. You can find out more about the 8 thinks you should eat more of to Eat Big & Get Big Muscles

"Best Burger in America" at Hollywood's Le Tub

Established November 2nd 1959 as a Sunoco gas station and closed during the energy crunch of the early 1970s, Le Tub Saloon is a legendary burger joint and bar on the intracoastal waterway in Hollywood Florida. You won't find anything else like this on earth. That's our promise to you!

GQ named the 13oz, 100% sirloin burger, that's cooked on an old school outdoor grill, the best burger in America. If that's not enough, the burger has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, included in the book "Hamburger America", chatted up by Rachel Ray and called one of "The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die." Seriously. Steve, Le Tub's owner and chief burger cook knows the recipe for his success, it's the slow cooking and the secret seasonings that make his burgers world famous and a huge hit.

You can find the location and more on Mark's List here: "Best Burger in America" at Hollywood's Le Tub

From Caviar-Topped Cold Water Oysters to Short Rib Ravioli, Dome is Divine

The Dome Restaurant and Lounge in Coral Gables offers food made from the finest fresh ingredients. Florida farms. Unique combinations. Think pistachio garlic bread crumbs. Guava flavored cream cheese. Spicy lime garlic sauce. An exceptional taste-sensation is conveniently located in Coral Gables. Be among the fans that have experienced the uncommon flavor of this modern, environmentally-conscious restaurant. With automatic wine pairings, digital menus and twist of Latin flavor, the Dome Restaurant is the first of its kind. Using only the freshest ingredients, Dome cultivates unique flavor combinations. From caviar-topped cold water oysters to short rib ravioli in a blueberry reduction sauce - every dish on their menu is unique and marked by a subtle Latin twist. You'll definitely experience a different kind of dining. You can find out more about this award winning restaurant here: From Caviar-Topped Cold Water Oysters to Short Rib Ravioli, Dome is Divine

St Pete's Waterfront Showplace, The Vinoy Hotel

The showplace of the waterfront, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is the only luxury St. Petersburg, Florida hotel on the West Coast with the combination of a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex. Ideally situated on the water and just minutes from St. Pete beach, the Vinoy hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is a fine example of 1920's Mediterranean Revival architecture that has earned it a National Register of Historic Places designation. Boasting unparalleled elegance, superb service and grand surroundings, this hotel in St. Petersburg, FL will make every guest feel special. With spacious guest rooms combining the elegance of the past with the amenities of the present, this hotel in Tampa Bay is truly unique. Presenting innovative cuisine that highlights Mediterranean flavors and new American cooking, the resort restaurants are sure to delight. More, including reservation link on Mark's List right here: St Pete's Waterfront Showplace, The Vinoy Hotel

Chihuly Exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens

Chihuly Denver Botanic Garden 2014Denver Botanic Gardens presents the Rocky Mountain Region's first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly's sculptures will add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens' 24-acre downtown Denver urban oasis. Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for ambitious architectural installations around the world that include cities, museums and gardens.
The garden's hours will be extended through the summer to accommodate the crowds expected. Summer hours will run June 14 to September 28 and be from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday & Sunday. The Chihuly exhibition runs through November 30th and the gardens hours will return to normal after September 28th. 

You can find out more about the gardens and Chihuly exhibition on Mark's List here: 2014 Chihuly Exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens

Chihuly Denver Botanic Garden 2014


Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn Resort Belize

While best known for The Godfather films in the United States and Europe, in Belize, the name Francis Ford Coppola is synonymous with eco-luxury. Along Belize’s central coastline, on the quiet Placencia Peninsula, Coppola’s Turtle Inn ( is a thatch-roofed beachfront retreat that rivals the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts. Located near the world’s second largest barrier reef, snorkeling and diving trips are often high on the agenda here. Yet those seeking more than underwater rhapsody will revel in the full gamut fun-in-the-sun activities, from floating sundecks, to the al fresco spa mega-pavilions, to the four themed on-site restaurants and bars. Yu can get the location and check out more photos here: Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn Resort Belize

Atlantic Properties Realtor Kip Reynolds

Atlantic Properties is an innovative, synergistic real estate company in Wilton Manors where local business owners network and promote their business through a unique real estate brokerage environment. If you're looking for a fantastic agent to help guide you through your purchase of a new home in Fort Lauderdale, Kip Reynolds, P.A., ABR should be your first choice. Whether you're looking for a condo, townhouse or detached home, Kip has the knowledge of the South Florida real estate market and will help you find your dream home.  You can get Kip's contact information after the Jump: Kip Reynolds Atlantic Properties. Fort Lauderdale

Cheeseburger Baby, Great Burgers on Miami Beach

Cheeseburger Baby is said to be the oldest burger bar on Miami Beach. Maybe it is, they opened in 2001. It's not a fancy place, unless you think white tile, mirrors and graffiti style murals are fancy. The menu is pretty basic. Cheeseburgers with American, Cheddar, pepperjack or Swiss cheese. Obviously you can leave the cheese off, which would make it a Hamburger Baby. Jay-Z once proclaimed  that Cheeseburger Baby is his burger bar of choice in Miami. Oh. And Kanye West, T.I. and a bevy of well known athletes, like David Beckham, and stars routinely turn up in this now legendary Washington Avenue burger joint. If you want to know more, you can find them on Mark's List here: Cheeseburger Baby, Great Burgers on Miami Beach

Florida's Oasis in the Sky, Four Seasons Miami

With 70 floors, the Four Seasons Miami is the tallest building in Florida. The views from the buildings higher floors are unobstructed over Biscayne Bay and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Often called the “Magic City,” Miami is the world’s gateway to Latin America. Travelers can explore a subtropical paradise alive with Art Deco architecture and an exciting fusion of South and Central American, Caribbean and North American culture. Of the hotel's many complimentary services and amenities, the finest is the multilingual staff expertly schooled in the finest traditions of international hotel keeping. Make a reservation and find out more after the Jump: Florida's Oasis in the Sky, Four Seasons Miami

Hollywood's Uber Glam Hotel, the Diplomat

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida, with its sleek glass exterior and stunning contemporary lobby, is actually part of an exciting historical continuum that began a half century ago with The Diplomat, a luxury hotel opened on this site in 1959. The hotel was technically opened in 1958 as the 150-room Envoy by supermarket tycoon Samuel Friedland. But it found its groove in the decades to come, after Friedland expanded it to 370 rooms, entrusted it to the care of his daughter and son-in-law, the Cowans, and renamed it The Diplomat.  A ritzy and opulent retreat, The Diplomat quickly made Hollywood, Florida a popular destination for the rich, famous and anyone seeking a little glamour with their surf and sun. During the Cowans’ tenure, the hotel saw performers from Bing Crosby and Maurice Chevalier to Woody Allen, Bob Neuhart, Liza Minnelli and Kenny Rogers in the renowned Café Crystal or the more intimate Tack Room. The hotel, rebuilt and revived in grand splendor can be found on Mark's List here: Hollywood's Uber Glam Hotel, the Diplomat

Candela Inspired Cuban, Spanish & Italian Restaurant

Don’t you just love finding fantastic places to have a meal that are affordable to eat at more than once in a while?  Well, just over the bridge on NE 6th, across from K Mart you will find Candela Latin and Mediterranean Restaurant.  This small restaurant makes you feel cozy and warm so that you want to get to know the owner, Armand,o and his wife and family. The kabobs are amazing, fresh and grilled to perfection. They also have pan-seared fish fillets, Ropa Vieja, Rib Eye Palaomilla, Cuban Style Slow Roasted Pork, Grilled Chicken Breast with vegetables, Picadillo Habanera con Tostones (a Havana style ground beef stew) and double fried Plantains, as well as plenty of other things that will make your mouth water. You can get the location and find out more on Mark's List here: Candela Inspired Cuban, Spanish & Italian Restaurant

Celebrate Orgullo 2014 Gay Latin Pride North Beach

Celebrate Orgullo® is conceived and organized by a group of volunteers who decided that it was time for Miami Beach to lead the way in honoring the cultural contributions of the LGBT Hispanic community. The event is free and open to the public, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefit the Unity Coalition's LGBT Youth Scholarship Fund and the year round programming of the Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Inc. This year's event takes place Saturday October 4th at the North Beach Bandshell at 73rd and Collins. You can get more information about this annual evewnt after the Jump: Celebrate Orgullo 2014 Gay Latin Pride North Beach

Save the Date! River City Pride Jacksonville

In 1978, nine years after the Stonewall riots that gave birth to the gay rights movement, Jacksonville celebrated its’ first Gay Pride Festival with a large picnic at Willow Branch Park, thus becoming yet another city nationwide to be out and proud. The festival was eventually moved to its current site at Riverside Artist Square. The 2014 edition of River City Pride takes place on Saturday (Pride Parade) and Sunday (Pride Festival), October 4th and 5th. You can get the location and more info right here: Save the Date! River City Pride Jacksonville

Photo credit: Facebook, River City Pride

Deco Drive's Famous Betsy Hotel

Dramatically situated on Ocean Drive alongside its many Art Deco neighbors, Miami Beach's famed Betsy is a distinguished historic landmark hotel. An incredible boutique hotel, Betsy's 61 rooms and suites are private beachside havens with sensory details, imaginative amenities and unique, inspirational design.

Elegant and relaxing tropical interiors, reminiscent of South Beach in its first heyday, along with an intimate courtyard pool produce an experience that is timeless, unforgettable, and passionately low-key. The Deck on the rooftop of The Betsy offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and a wellness Garden and Spa with the full gamut of spa treatments. Cocktails and light fare are offered on The Deck and at the Lobby Bar that adjoins the hotel Salon. 

This is just the beginning! To find out more about this South Beach landmark or to book a room, use this link: Deco Drive's Famous Betsy Hotel

Florida's First Seed Food & Wine Festival - Miami

Seed Food & Wine Festival (SFWF) is the first plant-based food and wine festival in Florida. October 18th is Festival day and regardless of whether you are vegan, veggie-curious or just dig meatless Monday, anyone who enjoys fresh, locally-sourced food will appreciate SFWF. Thousands of enthusiastic festival-goers will converge in Midtown Miami for an all-day outdoor celebration of plant-based living. The lineup of talent includes virtually every major chef, author and proponent of eco-conscious plant based living. Festival Day will feature wine and craft beer tastings, food sampling, lifestyle products, crafts, a yoga lounge, a farmer's market, the VIP spirits lounge and a main stage. There will also be two tents featuring a variety of workshops and cooking and gardening demos. Recycling, green living and sustainable practices will be showcased during the afternoon as well.

You can get the details and find the cadre of chefs and authors that will be attending the festival after the Jump: Florida's First Seed Food & Wine Festival - Miami

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Florida's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors (affectionately referred to as WilMa) is a city within the larger city of Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Manors is home to one of America's largest year-round populations of Gay and Lesbian residents. In the past decade downtown Wilton Manors has evolved into a nearly one mile long corridor of Gay and Lesbian owned, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. The main street, Wilton Drive, is closed several times a year for LGBT festivals and events that are sponsored by Mark's List. The larger of the events are Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors in June and Wicked Wilton, a Halloween event that attracts tens of thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world. You can check out a map of the Gayborhood and get information on virtually every business "on the Drive" here: Florda's LGBT Gayborhood, Wilton Manors

Going OUT in Fort Lauderdale?

Here's are direct links to restaurants, bars and nightclubs that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Fort Lauderdale 13|Even, Alibi, Bill’s, Boardwalk, Cubby Hole, Dapur, The Drive, Hunters, Infinty Lounge, The Manor, Rosie’s, Scandals Saloon, Sidelines Sports Bar, The Stable, Village Pub. Interested in more Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors information? If you live in another city, or you didn't allow us to know your location, you can switch the view of this page by using this link: Gay and Lesbian Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors Florida

Going OUT in Miami or Miami Beach?

Here's are the links to bars and restaurants that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Miami & Miami Beach: Azucar, The CabaretDiscotekkaEros LoungeJamboree Lounge,  PalaceScore, and Twist.

Going OUT in Tampa or Ybor City?

Here's are direct links to restaurants, bars and nightcubs that support Mark's List so you can check out what's up if you're going OUT in Tampa and Ybor City: G. Bar, Honey Pot, Ybor Social Club. Interested in more Tampa and Ybor City information? If you live in another city, or you didn't allow us to know your location, you can switch the view of this page by using this link: Gay and Lesbian Tampa and Ybor City

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