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Happy Summer 2019! The kick off Summer Edition of Weekly Nibble is here to make sure you are up on all the new openings, new menus and new food happenings in Miami for the next couple of weeks!

July 4th- Celebrate Independence Day in a variety of ways and places.Beaker & Gray

Chef/owner Brian Nasajon and bar director/owner Ben Potts, offers one of the most popular brunch experiences in the burgeoning arts district every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM until 4PM. In celebration of what most people will make an extra-long weekend, Beaker & Gray will be extending its weekend brunch to also offer it on Friday, July 5 from 11AM until 4PM. 2637 N Miami Ave
Miami, Florida 33127

The Confidante Miami Beach

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a party in The Backyard! Jam out to beats from a local DJ from noon to 5 p.m. and get caffeinated with a Red Bull pop-up from 2-4 p.m. Sip on a discounted Confidante Coconut with Malibu and Coconut Redbull for just $15, while enjoying patriotic specials including the Firecracker wings made with sweet chili garlic sauce, black pepper, green onions and an Alabama Dipping Sauce for just $14, and the BBQ Brisket Nachos with chopped smoked brisket, fried wonton chips, black olives, heirloom tomato, scallions, white BBQ drizzle, smoked cheddar cheese sauce and pickled banana peppers for $12. 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

InterContinental Miami

Celebrate the 4th with BBQ and fireworks with the best seat in the house at the InterContinental in Downtown Miami. Head to the luxury hotel’s rooftop pool to enjoy a festive buffet featuring classic BBQ dishes, cocktail specials and live entertainment. Once the sun sets, you’ll be in the perfect spot to watch the fireworks with sweeping views of Biscayne Bay. Of course, a great party wouldn’t be complete without something to take home, so the InterContinental will be providing party favors to all guests who attend. Adult $45, kids 6-12 years old $20. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131

RWSB

W Hotel’s RWSB Executive Chef Josh Gripper will be kicking off the holiday weekend with his annual barbecue series along with Executive Sous Chef Mario Alegre and the rest of the RWSB culinary team, Wednesday, July 3rd from 6:30PM-10PM, with guest chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth (Stiltsville Fish Bar and Root & Bone)who will be cookin’ up some mouthwatering American BBQ with a menu inspired by fare from the husband and wife team’s concepts. W Hotel South Beach 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Rusty Pelican

Known for its dazzling waterfront views, is inviting diners to join them for their top floor Fourth of July celebration. Pricing is as follows (includes one welcome drink of beer or wine; exclusive of gratuity and additional beverages): $65 Adult General Admission; $75 Window Seating (all ages); and $25 per child. From 7PM to 10PM guests can indulge in a lavish dinner buffet. 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Negroni Week – Celebrate this classic cocktail from June 24th -June 30th at the following Miami spots.

This year many are donating percent of proceeds to worthy charities so you can drink for a good cause.

Macchialina

The popular casual Italian taverna helmed by Chef Michael Pirolo will be offering special Negronis throughout the week and closing out on Sunday June 30th with a Bar Takeover by Jaguar Sun with a Negroni fountain! 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Matador Bar and Market at EDITION

The bars at The Edition will showcase their take on the classic cocktail with a portion of the proceeds benefiting their charity partners Surfrider Foundation and No Kid Hungry. Matador Bar is offering a bougie twist on the classic Boulevardier called the Flauntin complete with gold leaf infused ice cubes ($18++) and Market at EDITION is serving up their 100 Years Negroni ($17++) which cocktail aficionados can pair with a Negroni Cupcake for $5++. 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Tanuki

Located in the heart of South Beach, this sushi and Pan-Asian hotspot will be celebrating Negroni Week by offering two variations of Negroni, priced at $15 each. Golden Fields: Hiro Junmai Sake, Campari and Antica Formula, Beekeeper: Barr Hill Cat Reserva, Campari and Gonzalez Bypass. 1080 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

MO Bar at Mandarin Oriental

MO Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Miami is celebrating all month with three specials, each priced at $17. 50% of proceeds will benefit Voices for Children. Negroni by MO Bar: Two Blended Gins, Bitters, Vermouth, and Grapefruit, White Negroni: Two Blended Gins, Lillet Blanc, Dry Vermouth, and Lemon, Strawberry Negroni: Two Blended Gins, Bitters, Vermouth, and Strawberry. 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, FL 33131

1 Hotel South Beach

Celebrate Negroni Week all week long at Drift with special Negroni cocktails, where $1 of each drink sold will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. On Saturday, June 29th, enjoy pre-dinner cocktail specials at Habitat, 1 Hotel's signature restaurant, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Campari at a special Aperitivo Hour. $1 of each Negroni sold will also be donated to the Surfrider Foundation. 2341 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Kaido - portion of the proceeds will benefit https://thegivingkitchen.org

Kakigroni - Campari, Appleton Signature Blend, Sweet Vermouth, Blend of Fruits and Citrus, Mekishiko Negroni - Campari, Espolon Blanco, Sweet Vermouth infused with Umeboshi, Lemon Juice, Egg Glair, Bamboo SaltShiso Negroni - Campari, Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Shiso leaves, Orange expression

Ember – portion of proceeds will benefit https://www.nokidhungry.org

Dante’s boulevard gin format - Gin, Compari, Sweet vermouth, Fluffy Valencia orange juice, 50/50 - Chamomile infused Campari, Gin, Baby’s breath as garnish, A light touch - Mango, pineapple and bell pepper sous-vide gin, Campari, Lillet, Rocks glass, sphere ice, Marigold and pineapple frond as garnish.

Alter - a portion of proceed will benefit https://www.waterforpeople.org

Fragola sbagliata - Campari, house-made strawberry vermouth, prosecco. Pepegroni - Pepperoni washed Campari, Gin Mare, Vermouth, Dehydrated pepperoni slice. Il classico

New Openings and New Menus: Stop by to these new spots or check out some fresh new summer menus.Boia De (which translates to Oh My! in Italian)

A new neighborhood restaurant from chef couple Luciana Giangrandi and Alex Meyer will open to the public with dinner service on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Located at 5205 Northeast Second Avenue in Miami’s up and coming Buena Vista neighborhood; the funky, intimate restaurant is the first brick and mortar concept from the culinary duo. Until last month, they operated La Pollita( now closed), a beloved Mexican food cart in the nearby Design District. 5205 Northeast Second Avenue

Cecconi’s Miami Beach

The Soho House owned modern day classic Italian restaurant, Cecconis, has just updated their menu for the summer. The summer menu includes new additions such as bucatini with sarde, fennel and bottarga, Colorado lamb with sweet peas and fava, wild mushroom pizza, comte cheese and sage and more. Additionally, cocktails such as the Kiwi Island, Tangerine Dream and Smoked Berry have been added to our summer cocktail list. 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

vista

vista, In the Buena Vista neighborhood, introduces a new innovative menu designed by the kitchen’s culinary artist, Chef Giuliano Leverone, that draws inspiration and its products from the rich essence of Miami. The menu focuses on bright and elevated ingredients found in vista’s very own neighborhood, with local ingredients like veggies from Mr. Green’s Season Fresh Farm, freshly carved meats from Miami Purveyors, and desserts from Sullivans Sweet Bakery. 5020 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Vinaigrette Sub Shop

Vinaigrette Sub Shop Is officially opening its doors to the public next Wednesday, June 26th. Known and loved from his Mignonette and Blue Collar fame, Miami Chef Daniel Serfer introduces his third concept in Downtown Miami, inside the historic Alfred I. duPont building. His vision for Vinaigrette is to create classic Italian-American subs that are taken to the next level with high quality ingredients. 159 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131

Happy Place Donuts

Grand Opening of the Happy Place Donuts newest location opens on South Beach’s famed Ocean Drive on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. with reality star, Amara La Negra at the forefront, taking pictures and conducting a meet and greet with fans. Additionally, the first 50 fans in line will receive a free donut. 1144 Ocean Drive Suite 106A Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Brunch is big, in fact – it seems to be the trendiest meal of 2019, and I’m not complaining!  My brunch adventures tend to be #SundayFunday experiences, since I usually spend my Saturday mornings baking and running errands. 

By the time Sunday comes around I’m ready to have an abnormally long meal with bottomless beverages and of course always something sweet.  That’s where French Toast comes in – it’s the perfect brunch entrée, as it’s basically eating dessert for breakfast.  I’ve taken it upon myself to discover the best this city has to offer! So with fanfare I bring your this weeks MIAbites Saturday Sweets!

Jim & Neesie- At the Generator Hotel

Thick slices of local hand cut brioche is soaked overnight in a a custard mix and deep fried with corn starch to perfection, making this the classic but better “like mom used to make” French Toast. Add warm bourbon thyme maple syrup, confectioners sugar, fresh berries or in season peaches, and you are set to face anything the next week throws at you. The Generator 3120 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140

Sweet Liberty - Stuffed Kentucky Whiskey French Toast

Hard to imagine Sweet Liberty during the day, as the bar is what people know it for, but they host a wonderful brunch and feature a decadent, stuffed French Toast – cornflake crusted brioche, fresh bananas and strawberries, vanilla cream, Kentucky whiskey caramel, and Vermont maple syrup with little chocolate pearls on top.

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits – Zak’s Brioche French Toast Sandwich

There’s French Toast and then there’s French Toast that’s worth a drive.  Zak’s Brioche French Toast Sandwich at Burlock Coast is definitely the later.  By Zak, we are of course talking about hometown hero Zak the Baker, who makes any food collaboration an instant hit.  In this dish you can expect homemade jam, candied pecans, and rum butter citrus cream cheese.  RUM BUTTER – count me in, especially since Burlock Coast is known for their amazing Rum Room.  Also, you’re only a crosswalk away from having your toes in the sand after brunch.  Bring your beach gear because you will want to sleep off the happy food coma once you finish this sweet sandwich. Ritz- Carlton 1 N Lauderdale Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Glass & Vine – Coquito French Toast

Everyone knows Chopped Champion, Giorgio Rapicavoli’s brunch game is on point (hello, Captain Crunch Pancakes via Eating House) and there’s no exception when it comes to brunch at Coconut Groves’s Glass & Vine.  The Coquito French Toast is blissfully sweet and absolutely a must order.  Made with coconut milk, cinnamon, and vanilla-maple – once you finish this there’s really no need for dessert, it’s just that good. 2820 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

The Morgan’s Restaurant – Mascarpone & Raspberry Stuffed French Toast

This French Toast is exactly what I picture a “classic” dressed French Toast to look like.  Covered in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar butter, maple syrup, and fresh strawberries.  Simple and sweet – literally.  The best part about this one, is you can get it ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!  Anywhere that serves brunch all the time is a big winner in my book! 28 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

Pinch Kitchen – Stuffed French Toast

“Stuffed” is very much a theme when it comes to the best sweet French Toast dishes.  At Pinch you can find a very guava filled fantasy.  I, personally, don’t like guava (I’m fully aware that this makes me a terrible Miami native), I don’t know what it is, but it’s just not my thing.  However, the boys at Pinch have me seriously questioning my taste when it comes to their brunch baby, brioche bread stuffed with guava, whipped cream cheese, and dusted with plenty of powdered sugar.  It’s the one guava dish that I just can’t get enough of. 8601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

One of my favorite common factors behind all of these delicious options is there is no shortage of Miami love.  Local ingredients and Miami cultural specific flavors like guava, coquito, and key lime are what make these French Toast dishes worthy of ordering again and again.  No brunch is complete without at least one sweet tooth satisfying dish that makes you feel like you immediately need a nap afterwards. 

But then again, we can all admit that after being able to basically eat cake for breakfast, one of the best parts about brunch is going home after and sleeping it off.

Have a great weekend!

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It was Tuesday, and La Placita in MiMo was hosting their Domino Tournament, a weekly event that is held in the outdoor patio seating area from 7 -10 pm. Chef/Owner of Pubbelly and La Placita, Jose Mendin, was there to defend his title, but so were a dozen or more fellow food industry professionals along with some regular passionate players, so the event took on a competitive, yet very festive turn.

We were there for dinner, but it was hard not to stroll outside to see what was happening and to cheer on the players.

La Placita, opened just this year to much fanfare and even more controversy. The building was painted with a huge Puerto Rican flag mural, to celebrate the heritage and resiliency of the Puerto Rican people. The city claims it was painted without all the necessary permits from the Historical and Environment Preservation Board and as recently as March the Placita owners lost the first round in the courts. An online petition to keep the mural has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

The restaurant has had some mixed reviews in terms of food, but on the evening we were there, both the food and ambiance felt authentic and was very good. Large extended families were celebrating birthdays, and in addition to us, there were groups of two and four obviously enjoying themselves in the colorful surroundings filled with Puerto Rican mementos and décor.

Our server was very helpful in explaining and suggesting what to order and we settled on three starters. Alcapurrias with Escabeche de pulpo were tender marinated octopus with 4 large tostones and were very good. The Croquetas de Fricassee Chicken, were hot and full of spicy chicken and came with a creamy dipping sauce. The Sorulittos de Maiz, corn fritters came with a cheese foam to dip.

For main dishes we decided on the traditional Pastelon de Asado, which is a sort of Puerto Rican “lasagne” with layers of sweet plantain, short rib and béchamel sauce. It was not too sweet and chock full of tender short rib with bubbling cheesy béchamel on top.

We also ordered the Lechon Asado de la Casa, which came as a dense square of roasted pork with mojo and chicharron and a side of rice and red beans.

A Spanish Seafood Stew was chock full of fish, shrimp and included a lobster tail in a tomato base over rice, corn and vegetables. And the Chillo Entero, was a crispy whole fried snapper with a light garlic sauce.

All the dishes were flavorful and well prepared and presented. And felt very much like real homestyle cooking, although some of the prices seemed a bit high for traditional comfort food.

We did not try this visit the Puerto Rican classic, Mofongo, of which there are seven proteins to choose from to top the platano green plantain or platano, yuca and sweet plantain base.

Desserts were sweet and also traditional featuring Tres Leches, Bread Pudding, Arroz Con Dulce, Flan and Tambelque, which was a lime and rum custard topped with toasted coconut and pineapple.

If you go, expect a relatively high noise level, a fun, party- like atmosphere, and some good food inspired by our fellow US citizens to the South.

And on Tuesdays, a very spirited night of dominoes.

La Placita

6789 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL

305 400 8173

Valet parking on site for $7

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This year marks the 5th Annual Blended Burger Project™ hosted by the James Beard Foundation.

A Blended Burger is made up of a patty that contains at least 25% fresh mushrooms, and many will find that blended burgers are tastier while being more healthy and sustainable. This years blended burgers even include some completely plant-based burgers as well.

Over 340 restaurants across the country are competing to see who can make the best Blended Burger, and seven are from South Florida

From now thru July 31, be sure to check out Blended Burgers at the following South Florida restaurants and vote online for your favorite(s):

·       Cracked by Chef Adrianne

Chef Adrianne’s Blended Burger is an 8 oz. patty blend of chuck, short rib, shiitake and Portobello mushrooms. It’s topped with hot pepper jelly, American cheese, cracked sauce and shaved white onion served on a bun.

·       LaMuse Café

LaMuse Café’s ErthBurger™ is a guilt-free meatless burger that keeps our mother planet in mind by leaving a lighter footprint. Some of the goodness that makes up an ErthBurger™ includes mushrooms, tree nuts, sprouted grains, cheese, eggs and veggies.

·       La Placita

Chef Jose Mendin's 8 oz. prime blended burger features queso frito, mojo aioli, shiitake mushrooms , and guava ketchup. Topped off with lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun, with a side of tostones. .

·       Rusty Pelican Miami

The Rusty Pelican’s blended burger features wagyu ground beef mixed with wild mushrooms topped with smoked Vermont cheddar cheese, onion jam, rocket arugula, chanterelle mushrooms and whole grain aioli on a toasted buttered brioche bun.

·       United States Burger Service (USBS)

United States Burger Service (USBS) has dubbed their Blended Burger the "Snail Mail" Burger. This meatless burger patty is made with a base of chickpeas and farro, This patty also features a blend of Royal Trumpet, Cremini Mushrooms and Porcini Powder for that "meaty" taste. Their Aquafaba Mayo based "Priority Sauce" and Potato Bun will have you doubting there's no meat in this burger.

·       Vegan Junkie

Located in the Yellow Green Market on Saturdays and Sundays, the Vegan Junkie’s Blended Burger is 100% plant-based. Their “Superfood Burger” is handmade, organic, soy and GMO Free.

Other Florida contenders include The Ravenous Pig in Winterpark, The Shula Burger in Pinecrest and Courier City, and C.W.S Bar and Kitchen in Lake Worth.

The 25 entries that receive the most online votes will advance as finalists. A panel of food experts selected by the James Beard Foundation will determine 5 winners from the top 25 finalist entries with the most online votes. All voting and judging by the panel of experts will be based on the following equally weighted criteria: (1) culinary creativity, (2) best flavor profile and (3) presentation.

The chef with the most votes will have the opportunity to cook at the historic James Beard House in New York City, and this year in honor of the Blended Burger Project's 5th year, each winning chef will be awarded $5,000!

Voting is now open and concludes at 11:59pm ET on July 31 so be sure to vote for your favorite Blended Burger at https://www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote.

 

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James Bond would be very happy to know that June 19th is National Martini Day. Shaken or Stirred. Vodka or Gin (or both). Straight up or on the rocks. Olives or Lemon twist, Apple, Lychee or Chocolate. There are many many options for the martini lover.

Geoffrey Zakarian, author, restaurateur, Food Network star and longtime “Chopped” judge helms the gorgeous oceanside Point Royal at The Diplomat Resort in Hollywood along with Executive Chef Daniel Siegelman, features Coastal American cuisine and a top-notch raw bar. Happy (Oyster) Hour is every day from 5:30-7:30 and offers $2- East Coast oysters, $1.50 Littleneck clams and a variety of other raw seafood, shooters and more including the famous Ugly Burger.

But back to the martini. In honor of National Martini Day, we asked Chef GZ to describe his perfect martini and he selected the Vesper Martini, a vodka and gin version that will equally please devotees of both spirits.

Vesper Martini

1 oz Tito’s Vodka

1 oz Hendricks Gin

.50 oz Lillet Rose

Instructions

1. Pour into a shaker with ice and pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Another martini offered at Point Royal is the slightly sweet and fragrant Lavender Martini:

Lavender Martini

1.5 oz of Ketel One vodka

.50 oz of Lemon juice

.25 oz Lavender Syrup

2 drops of saline water

Instructions

1. Pour into a shaker filled with ice and strain into a martini glass, garnished with a lavender petal.

Point Royal’s Cocktail menu also boasts eleven different hand-crafted cocktails in addition to martinis, plus an extensive wine and beer list.

When we asked Geoffrey about his favorite food pairing with a martini, he didn’t hesitate to recommend Point Royal’s Steak Frites with 8 oz Black Angus Skirt Steak, crispy fries and chimichurri butter.

So however, you want to toast National Martini Day, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal would be a good spot to channel Mr (or Ms) Bond.

Point Royal at The Diplomat Resort

3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019

(954) 602-8750

Complimentary Valet Parking

Watch Geoffrey Zakarian make the perfect gin martini on You Tube. https://youtu.be/USCmxR3B2Rk

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Father’s Day is tomorrow and if you still haven’t bought your Dad a gift, how about making him a homemade Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie with a bottle of his favorite bourbon?

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite pie recipes - Chocolate Pecan Bourbon pie. It’s perfect for any time of year even though I usually save this recipe for Thanksgiving. So save this post for future reference.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (store-bought or homemade)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup light corn syrup

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick)

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (approximately 1 cup)

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions: 
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a deep dish pie plate with the pie crust, set aside.

  • Combine sugar, corn syrup and butter in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until butter melts and sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

  • In a large bowl, combine egg, bourbon, vanilla and salt. Mix thoroughly. Very slowly pour cooled sugar mixture into egg mixture, whisking constantly so that the heat from the sugar mixture doesn’t cook the egg mixture. Add the chocolate chips and pecans and stir to mix well.

  • Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until set and golden on top.

  • Serve warm or chilled.

Happy Father’s Day!

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The eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup is officially underway in France. As soccer fans across the world root for their national teams, we have picked out the best places in South Florida to catch all of the matches.

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus

60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Early morning matches? Not to worry! Fritz & Franz Bierhaus will open early at 7:30 a.m. for all of the matches. The Bierhaus will serve a breakfast menu during the morning matches and the regular menu during the day along with an array of specials depending on the day of the week and the match. Stop by for a 2-liter das boot of beer and some of Miami’s finest German food. Pro-tip: we highly recommend the pretzel and cheese spread while you root for your favorite team(s).

Black Market Miami

168 SE 1st Street, Miami, FL 33131

With over 10,000 square feet of space and plenty of TV screens, Black Market Miami is Miami’s ultimate sports lounge to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This nostalgic Miami sports bar brings back the era of Miami’s sports scene in the 80’s. Black Market Miami features weekday two-for-one happy hours and a food menu that includes hall of fame burgers (we’re talking mac n’ cheese burgers), buffalo wings, cheesesteak sandwiches, Isla Canarias croquetas, buffalo cauliflower bites, and even kale and quinoa salads for those looking to keep it healthy. Just make sure to save room for dessert. Black Market’s fried Oreos will make you feel like a winner regardless of the final score.

South Pointe Tavern

40 South Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Stop by South of Fifth (SoFi) on South Beach for a visit to South Pointe Tavern to watch all of this year's matches and practices each day. The Tavern’s doors open at 8 a.m. and their breakfast menu boasts many morning favorites to include avocado toast (made with Zak's Rye bread, house-salsa and poached egg), traditional eggs Benedict (hollandaise sauce, Canadian bacon, English muffin and optional eggs Florentine or smoked salmon) the Tavern Breakfast wrap (scrambled eggs, mozzarella, onion, bacon or chicken sausage and spinach tortilla) and their pan au chocolat, which pairs perfectly with all of their coffee cocktails. In addition, their regular Tavern menu is served until midnight each day. Happy hour is offered daily Monday thru Friday from 5-7 p.m. and features half off all house liquor and beer & wine by the glass. Their weekly specials also include Taco Tuesday, Whiskey Wednesday and Tiki Thursdays, which pair well with World Cup soccer. Did we mention they are home to Miami’s largest selection of tequila and whiskey?

Quarterdeck

1035 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

With so many games to catch before the winner is crowned, be sure to watch the matches at Quarterdeck where you won’t have to break the bank to eat (and drink) well. Quarterdeck features happy hour with half price on all starters on Monday thru Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and their menu features lunch specials for just $6.99 and dinner specials for just $15.99, which even includes a domestic draft beer or house wine. Wednesdays also feature their BIG wings for just 99 cents each all day. Celebrate your team with their new grapefruit crush or orange crush cocktails just in time for the summer.

With over three weeks left of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, these top South Florida restaurants and bars will be sure to keep you well-fed and well-hydrated during the games.

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Father’s Day 2019 is upon is and there’s still time to do last-minute shopping for the important father-figure in your life. Our MIAbites curated list is sure to please any Dad, Granddad, Dad-to-Be, Husband or just a special guy in your life.

For the Cultural (and cocktail) Enthusiast: Tickets to The AMPARO Experience

This Father’s Day, treat dad to a Miami theatrical experience like no other! The AMPARO Experience tells the story of the Arechabala family’s fight for love, country, legacy and the truth behind the real HAVANA CLUB rum. The show is produced by the Tony Award® winning Broadway Factor and is playing in Downtown Miami until July 28. Did we mention Dad will have the chance to enjoy HAVANA CLUB cocktails before, during and after the show?

For the Beer Lover: Prospect All Purpose Tasting Set

This father’s day dad can crack open a few beers and let dad enjoy a tasting on a new tasting set. This set is good for flights of any of dad’s favorite beverages and is fun for entertaining as well. Beer not included.

www.crateandbarrel.com/prospect-all-purpose-tasting-set; $39.95

For the Guy Who Has a Sweet Tooth: Garcia Nevett Chocolates

Miami has a new chocolatier in town, Garcia Nevett, featuring artisan, hand-made dark chocolate confections and chocolate truffles crated with luxury chocolate from Venezuela and high-quality ingredients found in Miami, Fla.

Their Father’s Day special edition box includes a selection of liquor bonbons (think apple bourbon caramel, cognac de Champagne, and rum vanilla), a bar of 70% dark chocolate, a bag of Per’la Roasters coffee and a bag of sea salt from Jorge Salt Co.

https://garcianevett.com/products/fathers-day-special-edition-box; $60.00

For the Whiskey or Wine lovers: GlobeTrotter Spirits Decanter with Matching Glasses

Who doesn’t want to decant their whiskey or wine in an etched globe decanter? Throw in matching etched glasses and this is the perfect gift for Dad, especially if he has his own officer or library with leather-bound books or even a “man cave” to properly display it in.

https://www.amazon.com/GlobeTrotter-Spirits-Decanter-Matching-Glasses/dp/B01L0LH9IS; $34.99

For the Boater: BoatMaters Drink Holders Plus

Is your dad a boat Captain too? If so, this boat accessory is much more than just your average drink holder. Not only does it hold dad’s favorite beverage in a cup or can, but it also holds a couple of fishing lures, sunglasses or tools. The suction cup mount attaches it to any flat service so dad can take his drink anywhere on the boat.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/boating/boating-accessories/cup-holders-tables/pc/104794380/c/104706180/sc/104286780/boatmates-drink-holder-plus/700354.uts?slotId=11; $14.99

For the Grill Master: Monthly BBQ Box Subscription

If your dad likes to fire up the grill, send him a monthly BBQ Box subscription, which includes carefully picked BBQ sauces and rubs. Each box features one sauce or marinade, one rub or spice, one delicious snack, one sample package of premium wood chips, and a monthly recipe showcasing how to utilize the items in the BBQ Box. Use code DADSDAY for 15% off.

https://bbqbox.com/; $24.99 per month

For the Sports Fan: Marlin’s Tickets

There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than at the Ballpark. Take dad to Marlin’s Park to watch Miami’s favorite fish take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tickets start as low as $10 for a Estrella Jalisco Party Pass and go upwards of $125 depending on where you want Dad to catch all of the action. While you’re visitng the ballpark, don’t forget to take advantage of the amazing dining options and special food & beverage deals. See MIAbites feature for more details.

https://www.mlb.com/marlins/tickets; $15-$125

For the Carnivore: Dinner at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Treat dad to an unforgettable meal at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse located in the heart of downtown Miami. Their signature 28-day, dry aged steaks cooked in their 1,600-degree broiler can’t be beat. Add views of the Miami River and an extensive wine list, which is recognized by Wine Spectator, perfect for toasting to the world’s greatest dad.

315 S. Biscayne Blvd.,

Miami, FL 33131

For the Wine Lover: Personalized Wine for Father’s Day from Etched Wine

Instead the of the typical Father’s Day Hallmark card, celebrate your Dad with the hand etched, hand painted keepsake bottle of Cabernet or Merlot from Etched Wine. The perfect drinkable gift card is only $25 for a limited time with code ETCHED25. That’s 65% off the regular $70 price and you can personalize with any message.

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School’s out. Looking for a fun activity with the kids? Make these desserts with them and get off to a sweet start to summer vacation. This week's Saturday Sweets is all about making something quick (under 3 minutes) using stuff you're most likely to find in your pantry on a regular basis. Mug cakes are exactly what you're looking for. These simple desserts take just a minute to assemble and about the same to cook.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip:
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk

  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter

  • 3 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

Snickerdoodle:
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature

  • 2 tbsp salted butter, melted and cooled

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

For layering/topping:

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Molten Chocolate:
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tbsp heavy cream

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 3 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips

S’mores
  • ¼ cup flour

  • 3 tbsp sugar

  • ¼ tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp cocoa

  • dash salt

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • small splash vanilla

  • 3 tbsp mini marshmallows (divided with half to top after)

  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips or chocolate candy bar (divided with half to top after)

  • 1 graham cracker (divided with half to top after)

  • hot fudge sauce (for drizzle after)

Matcha Latte:
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp matcha powder

  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

  • 2 tbsp fat free milk

  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil

  • 1/2 tsp water

Directions:

Step one: Mix dry ingredients into the mug of your choice

Step two: Add wet ingredients and whisk with fork

Step three: Microwave on high for 1 minute, it may need an extra 15 seconds or so

Step four: Let cool and enjoy!

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The Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables, an autonomous non-profit organization dedicated to advancing commercial vitality in Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile, will kick off its second annual Coral Gables Culinary Month on June 1. Throughout the month, there will be a variety of entertaining activations and dining specials at participating restaurants.

This year also marks the twelfth anniversary of Coral Gables Restaurant Week, taking place June 3-23 during Culinary Month. More than 30 local restaurants, including Ad Lib, MesaMar Seafood Table, Ortanique on the Mile and others, will be offering three-course prix fixe menus at discounted prices and specials during the event's three-week span. While dining at participating eateries, patrons can pick up a “Restaurant Week Passport,” showcasing the participating restaurants, complete with instructions on how to win a gift card to Downtown Coral Gables’ favorite destinations.

“Coral Gables Culinary Month is back with even more ways to enjoy our expanding Downtown Gables restaurant scene,” said Taciana Amador, Executive Director of The Business Improvement District. “With so many events and specials available, including our signature Coral Gables Restaurant Week, there is something for every foodie to enjoy.”

During Culinary Month, popular area restaurants will host special events, from tasting dinners to mixology classes and wine pairings at new and established favorites. There’s also the Bark Crawl, a doggy twist on a bar crawl that will take dog owners and their furry friends on a journey through the district’s restaurants that feature outdoor spaces and offer up refreshing drinks and pet-friendly treats. Surprises are in store with “Freebees on the Freebee,” where unsuspecting Freebee riders will have the opportunity to participate in a Coral Gables trivia challenge and compete for prizes from local restaurants.

To learn more about all the exciting events and happening during Coral Gables Culinary Month, please visit coralgablesculinarymonth.com.

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