Thanksgiving in Miami: Reasons We're Thankful To Live in Miami

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With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, now seems like a good time to give thanks to a few of the things that make Miami so great. Miami is one of the top destinations for tourists and travelers looking to take a break from the rise-and-grind life, but for those of us who call the 305 home 365 days a year, it's more than just a one week getaway, it's a way of life.

This is the time of the year when the rest of the country unpacks their winter clothes and ties chains to their tires -- or at least that's what I've seen on TV, still not real sure how that works. It's also the time the year where we realize how lucky we are, not only for the weather, but for getting to live in such a beautiful area with so many things to do.

So this Thanksgiving we take timeout to give thanks to you, Miami. Here are a few things that make you so special to us, and we thank you.

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Download the New Best Of App

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Want to know where to go and what to do in Miami? Your essential mobile guide -- also known as our Best Of app -- just got better. You already know you can count on the Best Of app to offer restaurant, shopping and nightlife recommendations from Miami New Times' expert critics. Now the app has been redesigned to be faster, sleeker, and packed with even more carefully curated local content. Not only can you find the best burger or martini in town, you can scan critics' picks and other recommended options in those and dozens of other categories. And now that we've combined our Best Of database with our comprehensive local listings, you can always find something nearby. Wherever you are in Miami, the Best Of app is your window to what's around you. It's fast, it's fun, and it's still free. Download it today.

Best of Miami 2013 Is Live: Check Out All the Winners Here

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Who is the best politician in Miami? What about the best Marlins, Dolphins, and Panthers players? Or the best people-watching in town, the finest parking in Miami Beach, the greatest picnic spot and kayak trip?

Wonder no more. Miami New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue is live on the web today, and hits stands later this week. We've compiled more than 300 staff picks for the crème de la crème of the Magic City, not to mention the final results from more than 6,000 reader votes for their favorites in town. Check it out for yourself, and let the debates begin!

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- Best of Miami 2013

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Best of Miami 2013 Preview: Best Blog

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Great news, Miami. Next week, our latest Best of Miami issue hits the stands, and it is a galactic-sized monster, packed with more than 330 picks for the Magic City's greatest restaurants, bars, clubs, people and places. The issue hits stands next Thursday and the web next Tuesday, but in the meantime we're previewing a few select winners. Today: Best Blog.

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Last Chance To Vote in the Best of Miami Readers' Poll

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Listen, people: If there's one thing we know about you, it's that you have an opinion. And you live in Miami, so you're not shy about sharing it. Do you think Afrobeta is a better band than Jacuzzi Boys? Does the Abbey sling tastier drinks than the Broken Shaker? Do you buy your ropa vieja at Puerto Sagua or Casa Lario's?

We want to know, but this is your last chance to vote in the Best of Miami reader's poll. Voting ends at midnight tonight!

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Pacers Outlast Heat 99-92, Even Series 2-2

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The Indiana Pacers beat the Heat Tuesday night 99-92 in a game that provided Heat fans with enough testicular torsion to last a lifetime. With the Spurs already in the clubhouse, the NBA sent Joey Crawford his Verne Troyer penis-looking face out to throw his entire bag of fouls onto the Heat's ball sack. In total, 30 fouls were called on the Heat, including 21 on the starting five, none more important than the sixth on LeBron James with under 57 seconds to play in a close game.

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Best of Miami Readers' Poll: The Final Round Is Open for Business

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One month ago, we put out the challenge: Tell us, Miami, all about your favorite DJs, your spot for ceviche, fried chicken and late-night grub, your go-to bar for a legit cocktail, and the jukebox you can't live without. Tell us what you love in the Magic City, we asked. And damned if you didn't come through big time. We've tallied the thousands of nominations, and now it's here: the final round of our 2013 Best of Miami Readers' Poll, when you get to vote among the top five nominees in each category to pick a winner.

Who's the best a.m. talker in town? Dan Le Batard or Joe Rose? Or could one of the dark horses (Marc Hochman, Subhash Kateel, or Jorge Sedano) take the title? Where's the best bar in South Beach? The Abbey? The Clevelander? Or newcomers Clandestino, the Foxhole, or the Broken Shaker?

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-- Vote for the 2013 Best of Miami Awards


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Best of Miami Reader's Poll Is Open: Tell Us About Your Favorite Spots, You Slackers

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For the past 25 years, our Best of Miami issue has been telling you about our town's greatest places to get drunk, eat barbecue, dance your pants off, and pretty much do all the other things that make life in Miami worth living. But here's the thing: We need your help, you eaters, drinkers, dancers and life-livers of Miami-Dade County. 

Our Best of Miami reader's poll is open! Now we need you to tell us about all your favorite spots. Do it!

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Miami New Times Best Investigations of 2012: A Wrongly Charged Boxer, Corrupt Mayors and Bogus Pot Busts

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Boxer Yathomas Riley got out of prison thanks to a New Times investigation this year. 
Here at Riptide we do plenty of joking about mugshots and celebrating the sheer insanity that is life in the Sunshine State. But Miami New Times' staff writers also spend months investigating the kinds of stories that daily newspapers just don't have the time or resources to focus on any more.

In 2012, New Times investigations helped free a pro boxer who'd been in jail for more than two years on questionable charges, exposed Miami-Dade police for orchestrating a deadly raid and a shady pot bust, shone a light on doping at horse tracks and more. Our best investigative work of 2012:

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Best of Miami 2012 Issue Is Live!

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Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® 2012 issue June 14 in newsstands.

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It's the afternoon you've been waiting for, Miami -- New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue is now live on our website! Today you can read about more than 300 of our favorite places to eat, the top shops, the craziest art, and the most noteworthy people in the Magic City. Whatever you're interested in, we've got you covered.

Is ink your thing? Try Salvation Tattoo. Ready to strap on the Speedo and head to the best pool? It's at the Raleigh Hotel's. From our best band -- O'Grime -- to the best local boy made good -- legendary smuggler turned medical pot activist Robert Platshorn -- it's all here.

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