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The Minimalists: Five Ways to Be Happy With Less Stuff

Stuff. So much of our lives are spent wanting it, buying it, trying to keep it. We work 60-hour workweeks so we can fill our drawers and purses and closets and storage units and attics with stuff. We take pictures of our stuff to post on Instagram, spend weekends picking out more stuff to buy, talk about our stuff at cocktail parties.

Sure, we need some stuff. We need to eat stuff, use stuff, and wear stuff (in polite society, anyway). But how much stuff do we really need? And how much of our stuff actually brings value to our lives? That’s the question Ohioans Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus began asking themselves when, in their late 20s, they realized they were outwardly successful but inwardly miserable.

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Summer cocktails list for New Times’ Short Order blog

What is it about summer that so begets boozing? The sizzling temps, the skimpy clothes, the longer days, and sweltering nights — all just goad you to get a good buzz going.

So in the interest of summer imbibing, Short Order spoke to mixologists at some of Miami’s most creative bars for a few refreshing recipes you can create at home.

Cheers to what’s sure to be one hot summer.

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Dining list for New Times’ Short Order blog

Bottomless booze is a beautiful thing. And nothing says Sunday morning hangover cure like free-flowing bubbles (or bloodies). Lucky for the lush among us, there are lots of Miami brunch spots offering weekend libations to soothe that queasy stomach and bring back that pleasant buzz.

So next time Saturday night’s festivities leave you a little worse for the wear, here’s a lineup of eateries where you can get your day drinking on. Cheers.

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Yelp restaurant review

When it comes to killer sandwich options, the herbivorous lifestyle can get a bit … stale. Once you’ve had 3,246 Subway Veggie Delights, eaten your weight in grilled cheese and sunk half your monthly budget on Sublime’s vegan reubens – you long for a little relief. The ample thrill of a corned beef on rye; the moist sweetness of a Monte Cristo; the spicy indulgence of a shrimp po’boy. (fyi, just ‘cuz I choose not to eat meat, doesn’t mean I don’t miss it!)

But alas, such a selection of mouthwatering sammies sans meat is nearly impossible to find. Enter 1909 Cafe, a Bird Road beacon for sub-loving vegetarians 305-wide.

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Miami New Times event preview

When it comes to South Florida, what we lack in hills and valleys we make up for in stunning scenery. So why not take in a bit of that blue-skied beauty with a Key Biscayne Bike Adventure? This two-wheeled jaunt will give you an up-close and personal glimpse of our city’s picturesque barrier island. Let naturalist guides regale you with tales of the island’s history.

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Yelp event review

There are three types of people: those who dig art and know a lot about it, those who dig art and know nothing about it, and those who don’t give a mierda either way.

I am of the second persuasion.

I can sum up my philosophy on the art I like with the wise words of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart:  “I know it when I see it,” (Ok, so he was mostly referring to porn, but the dude had a way with words).

The art-educated (IE, the people who know Britto actually isn’t Miami’s most brilliant citizen) and the art ignorant can walk the streets together, cocktails in hand, Instagram apps poised and ready. The galleries open their doors, showcase their wares and ply Miamians with luscious libations.

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Yelp event review

Hippies, rejoice. The free love, free hugs, free spirited days of the Woodstock era are alive and well (even in Miami). Every month, as the pie in the sky reaches its full glory, dozens of offbeat Miamians gather to dance, drink, drum and bask in the joy of living on a remote stretch of North Beach.

As the drums start to beat, get up to groove. Interpretive dance is the gist of it, so wave your arms, hop around, shake your tail-feather; lose your inhibitions. As Johnny Castle once said, feeeeeel the music. Get liberated.

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Humor guide for New Times’ Cultist blog

While some believe flower children vanished with the advent of the Internet, for many, the Age of Aquarius lives on. Commonly known as hippies, these patchouli-scented throwbacks spread the love wherever they roam. Creatures of the counterculture, they’re most commonly discovered west of the Mississippi — in the streets of Haight-Ashbury, the sands of Venice and the boardwalk of Santa Cruz. But occasionally, plastic peace signs and Grateful Dead tunes can yet be found in the swamps of South Florida.

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Easter list for New Times’ Cultist blog

Easter Sunday is almost upon us, and for plenty of people, that means stiff church pews, guilt-inducing sermons, and forced family time.

All that stuff gets old quick, even among the pious. And we at Cultist are, well, not so pious.

If you’re like us — i.e. you didn’t know Easter was this weekend until your mom called to passive-aggressively ask you which church service you’d be attending — you’re probably looking for ways to spend this Sunday that are a little less traditional. And we’ve got you covered.

Check out these five ways to get your seven deadly sins on this Easter.

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Brand narrative for marketing proposal

South of all you know, across the vast blue ocean, a place like no other awaits. Far from the constraints of the mainland, the Hawaiian Islands’ caressing breezes evoke ancient enchantments. The same magic that enveloped ancient kings surrounds you. Step off the plane; you are charmed. At once, you are an islander. You are home.

Flip flops, sundresses and flowered shirts replace shoes, suits and ties. The hours slow and a peaceful rhythm permeates your days. No rush, no hurry, no incessant demands. Island time is upon you.

From one island to another, warm tropical breezes stir the air, rustling leaves and flowing skirts. The scent of plumeria and pikake hang heavy all around. Palm trees wave and rustle. The lush greenery and limpid blue skies are a constant reminder of your equatorial escape.

Though it is enough to revel in the islands’ beauty; they’re lush greenery, dramatic volcanic cliffs and impossibly blue water, you’ll be moved to explore the wonders of their ancient history. Try your hand at the graceful glory of surfing; soar like an uncaged bird in a parasail; dive beneath azure waves to the colorful habitat deep below. Opportunities to be amazed are all around you.

Each island across Hawaii embodies Aloha, in its own singular way. You can gaze on the majesty of humpback whales off the coast of Maui; meander through the ancient forests of Kauai; sit beachside for the charms of a luau on Oahu; climb the steep volcanic slopes of the Big Island; bask in the pristine wilderness of Molokai or turn back time on the dirt roads of Lanai.

You discover the fabric of a remarkable culture. You learn to speak words that once left the lips of former kings. You embrace ohana, and those you meet are new family. Hospitality is ingrained in the soul of this place – an unsurpassed ability to embrace visitors as friends.

Foreign yet familiar, these rare lands are the embodiment of old and new. This sense of the past dovetails with a vibrant and cosmopolitan culture where it’s possible to shop at the most elite stores, visit world-class museums, dine at unsurpassed gourmet restaurants and still feel immersed in the timeless cycle of tide in/tide out; of breaking waves upon a snow-white beach.

From the soft steps of a hulu wahine to the bold new sounds of a local band, modern creativity meets timeless tradition. The islands are steeped in mo’olelo – the ways and wisdom of generations past. But excitement and modernity will captivate you, too.

Once you feel the force of these enchanted lands, you’ll never be the same again. And the islands await, always.