The Verdict Is In :: What To Do In SoFL 7/8 – 7/11

Friday, July 8thSushi & Stroll at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach) Stroll the beautiful gardens at your leisure while indulging in the delicious fare from the Cornell Café. Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 561-495-0233 or http://www.morikami.org
Restaurant SuggestionBlueFin Sushi and Thai Grill, 6694 Parkside Drive, Parkland or 861 Yamato Road, Boca Raton

Saturday, July 9th“Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television” at the Norton Museum (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) every week Tuesday through Sunday. Get up close and personal with costumes from popular movies like Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. There will be special presentations every Thursday and film viewings on Saturday. Admission is free for museum members and children 12 and under, $5 for visitors age 13 to 21, and $12 for adults. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Restaurant SuggestionBuccan, 350 S. Country Road, Palm Beach

Saturday, July 9th – Sunday, July 10th -Celebrate Mangos of Hawaii at Fairchild’s 19th Annual International Mango Festival (10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy lectures, indulge in tropical smoothies and take part in the world’s only mango auction. Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under. Non-member tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children ages 6-17. For more information call 305-667-1651.
Restaurant Suggestion: On Saturday only, Miami’s top restaurants, caterers and businesses alike will be sampling their best mango dishes and products. Arrive early for this free sampling as this is the festival’s most anticipated event.

Sunday, July 10thRiverhouse Ghost Tour at the Stranahan House (335 SE 6th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale) at 7:30 p.m. Tour the historic Stranahan House and hear tales of the life during the great depression. The tour starts in Frank Stranahan’s home and includes a river boat ride where you’ll hear even more unforgettable stories of Fort Lauderdale’s greatest ghosts, including one who haunts the Downtowner Saloon to this very day. You must reserve your spot in advance by calling 954-524-4736.
Restaurant SuggestionRocco’s Tacos, 1313 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Monday, July 11thFlying Yoga at the South Florida Circus School (15161 NE 21st Avenue; North Miami Beach) Fly through the air with the greatest of ease with the help of master-level circus performers. The aerial fitness classes cost $25 and are held daily at 9 a.m.
Restaurant SuggestionLime Fresh Mexican Grill, 14831 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami

Rocco’s Tacos – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

After an unsuccessful trip to Miami to track down the food trucks on Friday, Foodies on the Fly headed north to Ft. Lauderdale. Our new destination, Rocco’s Tacos-1313 East Las Olas Blvd (954-524-9550), the recently opened Mexican restaurant and Tequila bar on Las Olas. After two hours in the car we couldn’t wait to try the infamous eatery.

We arrived around 2pm, were quickly seated, and started our order with Tableside Guacamole ($12). Unfortunately ours was prepared out of sight, a disappointment but overlooked once we started dipping the lightly seasoned tortilla chips into the wonderfully prepared creation. (Side Note: Rocco’s guacamole and chips make everything better!)

The two items ordered included the Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Chicken and the Durango Combination entrée. Two very different options, picked since they were something we haven’t tried at the other two locations.

The Contenders!
Durango Combination ($14) BBQ pork tostada, crispy tortilla bottom layered with a mound of juicy, smoked pulled BBQ pork, topped with a light dash of sour cream sauce and pickled red onions. Skirt steak taco, soft tortilla filled with grilled skirt steak, lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, pickled red onions & cotija cheese (This cheese is so good!). Quesadilla con queso, tortilla filled with chihuahua cheese and grilled. Very delicious on its own, but top it with some guacamole and BBQ pork YUM!

Spinach Salad with Honey Lime Chicken ($12) Cabarales Blue Cheese, crispy bacon, thinly sliced green apples, watercress, red onion and red chile vinaigrette. The creamy blue cheese, crisp apples and tender honey lime chicken was a flavorful combination and definitely recommended if you are looking for a lighter option for lunch.

The verdict:
Rocco’s tableside guacamole and chips alone are reason enough to visit, but their pork is hands down, the best in South Florida. It is so moist, flavorful, and delicious. Aside from our picks, Rocco’s serves tacos, burritos, hamburgers, and much more. A must try if you are looking for a casual Mexican restaurant with a fun atmosphere in Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, check out their website!

 

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Events, Openings And Things To Do This Weekend

February 18-20
Miss Yip Chinese Café (900 Biscayne Boulevard) will celebrate their grand opening today. The festivities start at 4pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony and continue until 7pm with complimentary cocktails and snacks.  RSVP is required. Please RSVP to missyip@cm-publicrelations.com.

The highly anticipated opening of Rocco’s Tacos in Ft.Lauderdale (313 E. Las Olas Blvd) will take place this Friday with a V.I.P. event starting at 8pm.  All are welcome so stop by and sip some tequila, enjoy a live Mariachi band, and party until 2am! The restaurant will officially start serving food on Saturday.  Check out their website for details.

Tennis on the Avenue- If you plan on heading down to Delray Beach this weekend don’t be surprised if you see flying tennis balls.  Enjoy a free tennis match between John McEnroe and Mats Wilander from 5:30-6:30pm tonight. For more information click here.

If you get hungry, Foodies on the Fly suggests stopping by Dada (52 N Swinton Ave) Their menu includes crab cakes, fresh salads, seafood and steak. Prices range from $5-30

Coconut Grove Arts Festival: February 19th -21st Coconut Grove will host one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals.  Sample fine cuisines, meet and talk to artists, and enjoy live music.  Tickets cost $10.

Looking for something FREE to do in Boca Raton? Head over to Mizner Park( 590 Plaza Real) on Saturday from 5pm-11pm for a Free Benefit Concert. Clarence Clemons and Temple of Soul will host “Rock’n The Hard Place”.  Enjoy music, a silent auction and world-renowned artists including Arthur P. Strout, Nate Burnz, and Johnny Wattson. For more information click here.

Hungry? Try out RACKS Downtown Eatery + Tavern. Their crab cakes are amazing! Don’t believe us? Check out this post.

West Palm Beach Waterfront is hosting the Red Bull Aerial Thrill Show Sunday, February 20th. Other events scheduled for that day include live musical performances, Firefighter Chili Cook-Off, and much more.  The festivities start at 3pm.

Sunday Brunch at the International Polo Club- Check out the players, the horses and the fashion while enjoying a delicious brunch this Sunday at the Polo Club in Wellington, FL. Tickets can be purchased online

Foodie Tip: If you are in the Nespresso Grande Pavilion this Sunday make sure to stop by and see Florida Builder Appliances/Miele (one of this seasons scrumptious sponsors). Chef Ursula from Divine Dining will be there preparing incredible light bites.

Did we miss an event? Or post something wrong! Let us know and we’ll revise our list!