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Compass E n t er tainm en t
The fine art of the cocktail party has been
around since the dawn of human civilization,
when cavemen would sit around the campfire,
passing around a mammoth skull full of
fermented, err, well, you’re better off not
knowing. Hosting one of your own is easy and
fun even if you’re currently out of mammoth.
Just keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be
happily on the road to hours of tipsy fun.
1.) You can’t have too much ice. Ice disappears
from cocktail parties like cupcakes in
kindergarten. If you don’t have room in the
freezer, keep a cooler handy just for extra ice.
2.) Design or suggest a few fun non-alcoholic
“mocktails” for any designated drivers. After
all, they deserve to sip something pretty, too.
Key Biscayne can now enjoy its own little taste of “The Boot” since
Miami’s downtown Italian favorite, Puntino, has now opened an island
location. Stop by for a plate of drool-worthy antipasti or to-die-for
Neapolitan favorites in a hip, metropolitan atmosphere; 260 Crandon Blvd.
Suites 29-30, 305.361.6252.
Whether you’re looking for a
laid-back place for an after-
work brew or a hip spot to dance
the night away to live blues
and rock, you’ll find the cure
for what ails you at the Ibis
Lounge in Key Biscayne’s Key
Colony Plaza. Scarf some tapas
and channel your inner Cher
at the karaoke mic whenever
the occasion calls for a little
excitement; 200 Crandon Blvd
3.) Skip on hiring a bartender and let your
friends play mixologist. Bring out a juicer,
have lots of fresh fruit and herbs on hand,
and be prepared to laugh over the inevitable
4.) If the idea of coming up with a sufficiently
stunning array of hors d’oeuvres sends you
into a state of blind panic, consider bringing in
a personal chef for the night and a waitperson
or two to take on canapé-passing duties.
› Liliana Gomez spends
her days as a literary
agent, and her nights as a
serial hostess. Originally
from Colorado, she now
lives in Miami with her
husband and baby twin
girls. Her secret vice is a
lifelong love for karaoke
— and wine.
“A lot of people are afraid of
heights. Not me, I’m afraid
— Steven Wright
22 Drink Up!
As a tribute to his beloved
Shetland Sheepdog, Paul
McCartney recorded an ultrasonic
whistle at the end of the Beatles’
song, “A Day in the Life.” The
sound is only audible to dogs (and
We all know how a breathalyzer
or blood test can reveal how much
you’ve been drinking. But traces
of alcohol can also turn up in
human urine — up to as many as
12 hours after you’ve left the bar.
It’s a proven fact — laughing makes
you healthier. But adults need to
catch up: A 6-year-old child laughs
an average of 300 times a day,
while grown-ups average only 15 to
100, depending on their mood.