Bullz-Eye Bikini Team hits 5 Star Island

The Bullz-Eye Bikini Team made a stop at the beautiful 5 Star Island in Miami Beach at the home of world renowned developer Thomas Kramer for some fun in the sun and some amazing photos. Brittany Myers and Megan Kelley took a break from their own photo shoots to take some photos together overlooking Miami Harbor.

As seen on VH1′s “The Fabulous Life” and considered “The World’s Most Expensive Party House” by Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Thomas Kramer’s design masterpiece, “5 Star Island” is a fitting name for this 29,000 square feet palatial estate built in 1995 on two prime acres of Star Island, Miami Beach.

We were blown away by the beauty of 5 Star Island when we arrived. This exclusive property boasts unmatched views of Downtown Miami, Palm Island and Miami Harbor. 5 Star offers an unparalleled location and backdrop for private events, weddings, and productions and is also available for luxury short or long-term leasing.

We loved the eclectic yet sophisticated ambiance of the property, which features museum-quality antiques and sculptures. The pool is spectacular and the view is amazing. It’s the ultimate location for a luxurious afternoon in the sun or an elegant party in the evening. We had a great time there and Thomas Kramer was an gracious host.

Thomas Kramer, also known as TK, is a visionary developer and investor. TK saw the potential of South Beach in the early 1990s and then developed South Pointe, a cluster of luxury highrises at the southern tip of South Beach. Check out the video below and learn more about TK’s amazing career as an investor and developer. You can also follow TK’s exploits on his new blog.

  

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2011 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab Gallery

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Bullz-Eye is rolling in a 2011 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab and this is one beast of a truck. This workhorse boasts a Duramax 6.6 liter V8 Turbo Diesel with an Allison 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. Oh, Did we mention the truck looks great too! Check out these pics of our Steel Green Metallic test vehicle and look out for our upcoming review!

  

Drink of the Week: Highballs

Because it’s the start of the Memorial Day Weekend, traditionally a big time for picnics and barbecues, we’re going to keep it extra simple this week. So simple a “recipe” in the usual sense isn’t even required.

highball gin and tonicHighballs are not any one particular drink but any cocktail comprised of an alcoholic base and a much larger proportion of some non-alcoholic beverage. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t bother with a lot of highballs because there’s not much point in giving you a recipe for, say, rum and coke or a 7 and 7 (just in case you’re extremely new to booze, that’s 7-Up and Seagram’s 7 whiskey).  Your basic highball is 1-2 ounces of booze, a mixer to taste — about five or six ounces, maybe, and some ice. You can throw in a garnish of your preference, like a lime or lemon wedge, if you want to get fancy.

We’re making an exception this weekend because highballs really are the easiest cocktails to make if you’re going to be outdoors and away from the conveniences of home. Yes, it’s possible to drag your cocktail shaker, measuring shot glass, plenty of ice cubes (which you’ll be quickly tossing), assorted bitters, garnishes, and — most tricky of all– the appropriate type of glasses with you on a picnic. However, we’ve tried it and had fun with it, but it was no picnic. Yes, you can use plastic champagne glasses in place of martini glasses and it won’t be bad, but it’s still a lot of work, those plastic champagne glasses cost a few bucks, and they will never be the same as an actual chilled glass right out of  your freezer.

Of course, cocktail snobs look a bit downward on many of the most popular highballs — you’ll never see James Bond ordering a Jack Daniels and Coke, but then again you’ll never see him gnoshing on a Hoffy’s or Hebrew National at a picnic, either. Nevertheless, there are many beverages in the highball family with a degree of nobility that Bond and even snootier folks have been known to favor. For starters, no one should look down on you for your Scotch or bourbon and soda. (Depending on liquor laws and enforcement in your community, however, police officers may feel otherwise.)

If you really want to kick it old-old-old school, try taking some ginger ale along with the usual cola and lemon lime sodas. Dry ginger ale (not too heavy on the ginger) was the mixer of choice during prohibition, when most liquor was not of high quality; it still works very nicely. Canada Dry and Canadian whiskey was our grandmother’s beverage of choice and we think the old lady kind of knew what she was doing. (We love heavier, more gingeriffic, ginger ales like Vernor’s and ginger beers, and they are frequent cocktail ingredients, but they might not be as reliable mixers in a simple picnic setting.)

Better yet, the immortal gin and tonic is one highball you can knock back with pride, and not just because it’s a favorite of English aristocracy, as seen on “Masterpiece Theater.” Even back when we were young and foolish and appreciated neither gin nor tonic water, somehow the combination of the two of them made one of the delightful warm weather alcoholic beverages we’d fall back on, and we still love them. An especially good version of this uses Hendrick’s Gin, a terrific mid-priced premium gin made in Scotland — most gins are strictly English — that uses a cucumber infusion. As for garnishes, the usual lime wedge will work just fine, but a slice of cucumber stolen from whoever’s making salad really kicks this drink to life. Vodka and tonic is obviously another popular choice here.

Screwdrivers — orange juice and vodka or gin — are impossible to mess up — unless you put in more than 1-2 ounces of  booze, in which you case you probably don’t really care what it tastes like anyway. And while a gin or vodka and tonic won’t actually cure malaria with the tiny amount of quinine that it contains, we are fairly certain the vitamin C in the orange juice will be sufficient to ward off scurvy. Trust us, nothing can ruin a picnic faster than a bad case of scurvy.

  

Friday Video – Blur, “Bank Holiday”

Wouldn’t it be great if all bank holidays actually came with a six-pack of beer?

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend, everyone. And if you have kids, take them to see “Kung Fu Panda 2.” It’s awesome.

  

All Work and No Playlist: Hey Champ singer Saam Hagshenas’s favorite songs

Welcome to a new piece here at the Bullz-Eye blog, where we ask musicians to tell us which songs get their mojo risin’, as it were. Our inaugural subject is Saam Hagshenas, lead singer and guitarist of Chicago synth-rock trio Hey Champ, whose 2010 album Star is still in heavy rotation at BE headquarters and whose new EP Anything at All hit digital shelves earlier this month. It might not surprise you to hear that some Chicago house made the cut, but so did Led Zeppelin. Dude’s got diverse tastes, to be sure.

“Inspiration Information,” Shuggie Otis

Not only does it illustrate Shuggie’s amazing knack for songwriting, but it also seamlessly blends funk, soul, and psychedelic. Not to mention the guy went and pulled a Stevie Wonder, recording basically all the instruments himself while still a teenager.

“Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” Led Zeppelin

This track is just so damn raw. If anyone ever disagrees with the absolute fact that this band is the Godfather of heavy metal and hard rock, make ‘em check this one out. Bonham’s thunderous drumming, the precision in Page’s and Jones’ musicianship, and Plant’s ridiculous range and blues-rock crooning make this a definite favorite.


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