South Florida Weekend Guide: July 15 – July 17

Strike A Pose: The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swimwear shows start Friday, July 15 in Miami Beach. Watch the models strike a pose on the runway, see the latest trends in swimwear fashion and attend a few swanky parties around town. Some events are “invite only” but you don’t need to be VIP to attend the events below.

Glam It Up: MAKE UP FOR EVER is hosting a “Lash Lounge” Party at Sephora in South Beach on  Saturday July 17th from 4:00-7:00 PM. Sephora South Beach, (721 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139) Stop by the store to customize your own pair of faux lashes and even have the pros help you apply them.  Call (305) 532-0904 for more details.

Drink More Wine: Enjoy 9 World-Class wines with dinner (or lunch) for an $25 at The Capital Grille. The Generous Pair Event is going on now until September 4th.  For more information click here.

Socialize: New Times Broward-Palm Beach will host a Tweet-Up at Rare Las Olas (401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) on Friday, July 15th. In order to enter you must say the magic words New Times at the door. No magic words, no entry. You will also get free cocktails and appetizers for two hours — from 7 to 9 p.m For more info on Rare Las Olas, call 954-527-3365 or visit rarelasolas.com.

Get Real“Art of the People: 20th Century Social Realism” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real; Boca Raton FL) every week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from now until September 11. For more details Call 561-392-2500, email info@bocamuseum.org, or visit bocamuseum.org.

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Hello Weekend! South FLA Happenings June 24 -26

It’s finally Friday! This weekend is the perfect time:

To Attend: If you have the attention span of a Twitter update, Summer Shorts at the Adrienne Arsht Center is made especially for you.  See seven of the nation’s best plays in one funny, fresh, and fast paced program. For details click here.

To See:The Art of Caring” opens up at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, June 26th and runs through September 25. The blockbuster photography exhibit includes 200 pictures of life’s most pivotal moments. Tickets cost $10 or less. Call 954-262-0241, or visit moafl.org.

To Drink: The Summer Craft Dinner Series at Himmarshee Bar and Grill (210 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale) kicks off Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm. For $35 you will get to sip gulp four of the most popular specialty beers from Widmer Brothers and indulge in tacos, sliders, and pork tenderloin. For more details call 954-524-1818.

To Help: The Macy’s Chef A-Go-Go Food Truck is hitting the streets of Miami on Tuesday, June 28th and features local chef Michelle Bernstein. From 5:30pm to 10pm participants will enjoy tasty treats while helping a good cause. Proceeds donated at the event will help Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. For every $1 donated, Feeding America can help provide seven meals to those in need on behalf of local food banks.

To Pencil In: Miami Spice returns on Monday, August 1 st and lasts until the end of September. The mouth-watering affair allows patrons to enjoy three-course meals at some of Miami’s hottest restaurants for a fraction of the price. To see participating restaurants click here.

This Weekend: Can’t miss events in Palm Beach, Broward & Miami Dade Counties

Friday, May 13th
Sushi & Summer Stroll from 5:30PM – 8:30 PM

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
400 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL   33446
561-495-0233 

Sushi & Summer Stroll  – Walk around the beautiful grounds of the Morikami Museum and Gardens at your own pace and listen to the sounds of the Taiko drums in the background. Prefer to take a seat? For only $2 additional purchase a seat for the Taiko drumming performance by Fushu Daiko. Hungry? Grab a bite in the Cornell Café where they serve a delicious assortment of sushi, noodles, teriyaki, and more. This event reoccurs once a month through September.

Admission Fees:
$7 for adults (ages 18+)
$5 for kids (ages 4-17)
FREE for members & kids 3 & under

Saturday, May 14 
Great American Bake Sale & Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom Exhibition
 from 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden 
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Phone: 305.667.1651

Great American Bake Sale & Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom Exhibition
Head to the beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables this Saturday for a day of strolling the expansive gardens and viewing of their extensive collections of rare tropical plants (including palms, cycads, flowering trees, tropical fruit trees, vines, and succulents).
This weekend only they are also hosting the Fairchild’s Artist in Bloom exhibition with over 150 original oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and botanical illustrations for viewing and purchase.

After spending the day in the garden you’ll surely have worked up an appetite, so stop by the National Blogger Bake Sale, presented by Share our Strength to help End Childhood Hunger and pick up a treat or two from our fellow South Florida Bloggers, Bakeries, and Restaurants including:  Cupcakes Nouveau, 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Freakin’ Flamingo, Dunkin’ Donuts of South Florida and more! Don’t forget to enter to win a gift certificate for WokStar Eleanor Hoh’s wok cooking classes for 2, or dinner for 2 at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Another beautiful day in paradise surrounded by nature, accompanied by baked goods to support ending childhood hunger: sounds like a sweet deal to us.

Admission Fees:
Admission to Fairchild includes all of the garden exhibits and a narrated tram tour (subject to availability).
When available, walking tours and shuttle service are also included in admission.

Adults  $25
Seniors (65 and over)   $18
Children 6-17  $12
Fairchild members and Children 5 and under are Free

Sunday, May 15th
Downtown Open Market from 11AM – 4PM

Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza
308 S. Federal Hwy
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Corner of S. Federal Hwy & S. Mizner Blvd.
(Same location as Saturday’s Boca Raton Green Market)

Head over to Royal Palm Plaza this Sunday to support your local artists, crafters, independent designers, musicians, vintage and antique dealers, specialty food and unique local businesses! It is fun for the whole family, including pets too. With over 50 vendors you are sure to find things like:

  • Vintage clothing and accessories
  • Natural bath and body goodies
  • Handmade indie crafts
  • Specialty pets items
  • Handmade & vintage jewelry
  • Flea market finds
  • Art
  • Baked goods…. and more!
  • Including a visit by Feverish Ice Cream

Admission Fees:
FREE event & parking

Presented by StitchRock (Indie Craft Fair & Bazaar & Family Vintage (Vintage Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry & Home Décor for the Entire Family).

Sunday, May 15
Battle of the Brides from 11AM to 1PM
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Grab some popcorn or a Corona and watch 50 blushing brides battle it out to win a dream wedding at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.  The event starts promptly at 11am and includes a bouquet toss, cupcake eating contest, and a bridal tug-of-war. The last bride standing will win a 75 person dream wedding at the Sheraton and with over 50 competing brides we are sure there will be some hair pulling, name calling, and bridezilla moments you won’t want to miss. Oh and rumor has it one of the Foodies On The Fly contributors might just grab her designer knee pads and most reliable pair of stilettos to battle it out…

Admission fees:
FREE to attend 

Everything is Bigger in Boca: Gourmet Food Truck Expo

The Gourmet Food Truck Expo took place in Boca Raton last night and it was a huge success. We heard there were over 800 2000(!) people in attendance and we believe it! The traffic on Airport Road was backed-up to Glades and cars were being redirected into neighboring parking lots. Although parking was relatively easy, the movie theater had plenty of room; the lines to order food were unbelievable! The food was worth the wait.

The event was filled with trucks and foodies from all over Palm Beach county waiting patiently (and sometimes impatiently) in lines that lasted over an hour. Since this wasn’t our first (Food Truck) rodeo we planned ahead. We knew where we wanted to go and what we wanted to order. So, we schlepped our bistro table, pink chairs, tablecloth, platter, and candelabra through the crowded parking lot (in heels mind you), set up, and strategically split up, so we could order from two different trucks without wasting any time.

Our trucks of choice, Dim Ssäm à gogo and The Mexican Gourmet. When things quieted down we also tried Feverish Ice Cream.

Dim Ssäm à gogo by Sakaya Kitchen – The line of hungry patrons awaiting this Asian fusion truck was considerably longer than many of the other trucks, so we queued up with high expectations.

A perfect combination

On the menu: Kimchi Egg Rolls with Ginger Hot Sauce (2) $6 and Angus Beef “Kalbi” Short Rib Taco (2) $7

What we thought: The egg rolls were crispy on the outside and had a satisfying crunch when bitten into. The interior revealed an array of fresh veggies (all vegetarian) and it paired well with the ginger hot sauce, that was sweet and spicy.

The short rib tacos were just utterly amazing, and an excellent value, as they came two per order and were each full size. The soft flour tortillas housed Angus beef that tasted like it had been marinating for days, and was paired with a spicy sauce for a bit of a kick. Topped with cilantro, crunchy bean sprouts and sesame seeds these tacos were absolutely delicious and absolutely, positively worth the wait!

Website: Dim Ssäm à gogo by Sakaya Kitchen
Twitter: @SakayaKitchen
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The MexZican Gourmet – The long line at this food truck didn’t detour us from waiting either. We’ve seen The MexZican Gourmet around at other truck roundups and always wanted to try them out, so we knew we had to suck it up and wait.

Puebla Chicken Tacos

On the menu: Puebla Chicken tacos  (2) $5

What we thought: The made-to-order tacos were piled high with tender chicken and layered on a soft corn tortilla. Topped with fresh cilantro, onions and served with a small sample of an amazing hot sauce, these tacos were simply delicious! And they perfectly completed our Mexican-Asian Food truck experience.

Website: The MexZican Gourmet – Simply Authentic
Twitter @TheMexZican
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Watermelon Popsicle

Feverish Ice Cream – Small truck, big flavor. It’s not the size of the truck that matters… In this case Feverish’s owners opted for a smaller truck purposely and is one of the top 10 eco-friendly Food Trucks in the US.

On the menu: Watermelon Popsicle $3

What we thought: To cool down our taste buds after our Asian-Mexican fusion dinner. It was ultra-refreshing and full of big sweet watermelon pieces. A perfectly sweet ending to the day. As the days are getting hotter, we highly suggest a trip to Feverish to cool off.

Website: Feverish Gourmet Popsicles and Ice Cream
Twitter @FeverishMiami
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Mother Trucker- The Food Truck Review Part 2

Are food trucks here for the long haul or a flat tire away from being a foodie trend? Today Foodies on the Fly is continuing the Food Truck try-eat-athon to engage our readers and help support the trucks, so they won’t drive away! We’ve tempted you with our favorite bites from: CheeseMe Mobile, Aaron’s Catering Express, Montaco Truck, Sugar Rush, and Slow Food Truck. And today we are enticing you with The Purple People Eatery, The Rolling Stove, Divan Bakery, Sugar Rush (must you tempt us so, we had to come back!), and Sugar Yummy Mama. More trucks to follow in the coming weeks. As always, we love to eat and share (our experiences, not our Cake Pops…). Enjoy!

The Purple People Eatery– On the Menu: Homemade Iced Jasmine Green Tea, Black and Blues (Blackened Buffalo Mini Burger topped with Creamy Bleu Cheese, Crispy Shallots, Homemade Pickled Peaches, and Barbeque Sauce) with Sweet Potato JoJos (Sweet Potato Wedges tossed with Chili Salt. Served with Sour Orange Aioli.)

Black and Blues Burger

What we thought: The Jasmine Green Tea had a smooth jasmine fragrance and flavor. Its light mellow essence was a welcome departure from the traditional soda fare. The Black and Blues buffalo slider had a wonderful savory/sweet combination with the addition of tart bleu cheese and shallots balanced against the pickled peaches & barbeque sauce. Buffalo meat contains 70 – 90% less fat than beef, so you won’t feel guilty about the toppings.

Sweet Potato JoJos

The Sweet Potato JoJos were simply fantastic. As sweet potato fans, we knew we had to try these. The chili salt and sour orange aioli take these to another level. Unlike your standard fried potato, we recommend eating these with a fork.

Website: The Purple People Eatery
Twitter: @PurplePPLeatery
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Purple People Eatery (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

The Rolling Stove– On the Menu: Chicken Crispers (Cap’n Crunch encrusted chicken fingers & fries)

Chicken Crispers

What we thought: The Cap’n pushed this chicken from good to great. The Crispers contained a good balance of sweet and salty. The fries were perfectly seasoned and slightly crunchy. Both were paired with honey mustard and a sauce that we couldn’t quite figure out if it was ketchup, barbeque, or a hybrid of the two. It was sweet and tangy, but lighter than most BBQ blends.

Website: The Rolling Stove
Twitter: @TheRollingStove
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Rolling Stove on Urbanspoon

Divan Bakery– On the Menu: Iced Caramel Macchiato and Caramel Flan

Divan Bakery,Sugar Yummy Mama, SugarRush

What we thought: We were excited to see the Divan truck, finally a mobile coffee station to go with all of our desserts! The Nespresso machine blended and whirred our Macchiatos to perfection and they were drizzled with caramel on top. Sticking with the caramel theme, we opted for Carmel Flan to accompany them. The Flan, a traditional Latin American treat, was done with perfect consistency and sweetness.

Website : Divan Bakery
Twitter: @divanbakery
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Sugar Rush– On the Menu: Bananas Foster Bread Pudding {pictured on silver platter above, on right}

What we thought: When we saw the tweet proclaiming Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, we knew Sugar Rush had to be included in our outing again.  We were awestruck when we saw 2 different bread pudding options, and later learned of a third, but decided to go with the one that immediately made us swoon, the Bananas Foster. An excellent choice, it was the most decadently delicious bread pudding EVER, topped with a bourbon caramel glaze.

Website: Sugar Rush
Twitter: @SugarRushMIAMI
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Sugar Yummy Mama– On the Menu: Cake Pops- Velveteen (red velvet cake with cream cheese) and Chocolate Toffee {pictured on silver platter above, middle}

What we thought: The Cake Pops were ah-maz-ing! The Velveteen was a light and airy red velvet cake encased in a white chocolate/cream cheese coating with red sprinkles on top. The Chocolate Toffee was a slightly denser chocolate cake enrobed in milk chocolate rolled in bits of toffee. These are perfectly sized bites that can be consumed without a hint of guilt.

Website: Sugar Yummy Mama
Twitter: @SugarYummyMama
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Sugar Yummy Mama (Mobile Truck) on Urbanspoon

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Mother Trucker- The Food Truck Review Part 1

The food truck craze is spreading like wildfire in South Florida and we are 100% on board for the Food Truck movement. So, what makes food trucks so appealing? Maybe it’s the fresh gourmet (oftentimes local) menu items, accessibility to top chefs, or just the witty names & edgy graphics.  Whatever it is, we are willing to try them all and have complied a list of the trucks and food we tasted…so far!

CheeseMe Mobile– On the Menu: The McShane (a house speciality piled high with Pulled Barbecue Pork, Ruthie’s Slaw and Vintage Cheddar Cheese on Garlic Texas Toast)

Ginger Raspberry Drink and the McShane

What we thought: We were told the McShane was their best seller and after one bite we could see why. The tender pulled barbecue pork was topped with cole slaw and melted cheddar cheese. Instead of the Garlic Texas Toast we opted for toasted Brioche and were not disappointed. With all the fixings this sandwich reminded one Foodie of a Pittsburgh classic and we both agreed it was worth every calorie. Make sure to grab a handful of napkins when enjoying this one…it can get a little messy.

Website: Cheese Me Mobile Grilled Cheese and Sliders
Twitter: @CheeseMeMobile
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Cheeseme Mobile (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

Aaron’s Catering Express– On the Menu: Ginger Raspberry Beverage (pictured above with the McShane)

What we thought: Trying every food truck can be exhausting or dehydrating. Instead of trying a food item from Aaron’s we decided on a drink.  The Ginger Raspberry is a refreshing carbonated beverage that has a hint of mint and a lot of flavor. Similar to a Mojito minus the rum… and sugar cane… and cute umbrella straw… add raspberry, mmm maybe not so Mojito-ish, but definitely delish.

Website: Aarons Catering Express
Twitter: @aaronsfoodtruck
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Montaco Truck – On the Menu: Steak Taco (grilled sirloin steak with minced onion, salsa roja, and cilantro), Taco Playa (grilled chicken, avocado puree, pico de gallo, lettuce, crema, and salsa verde) and the Beaner (black bean purée slice of avocado tomatoes, cilantro and cotija cheese)

Steak, Chicken, and the Beaner

What we thought: This laid back taco truck is sure to please.  From the cool pink and yellow color palate to the freshly made tacos, homemade chips, and friendly staff. These tacos included super-fresh salsa and warm tortillas. The addition of avocado is always appreciated as well! Although diminutive in size, they were large on flavor. Foodies recommend trying an assortment of tacos, since their menu includes a variety!

Website: Montaco
Twitter: @montacotruck
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SugarRush – On the Menu: Cake N’ Shake (vanilla or chocolate ice cream, blended with milk, & your choice of red velvet, vanilla, or chocolate cake, topped with whipped cream & sprinkles), Thrilla in Vanilla, (Madagascar bourbon vanilla cake topped with a vanilla bean buttercream) and Mudslide Cupcake (chocolate coffee cake, filled with Kahlua whipped cream, topped with Bailey’s irish cream buttercream, drizzled with chocolate & crushed oreo cookies).

Red Velvet Shake with a side of Mini Cupcakes

What we thought: There are not enough words to describe the awesomeness of the Red Velvet Cake N’ Shake. It was not to sweet, easy to sip through a straw and absolutely a must try! The cupcakes were also really good (You can’t go wrong with the Thrilla. After one bite, you’ll be wondering why “Vanilla” was ever a synonym for bland, because this cake is anything but.) For $1.10 you can try a few minis or for $5.00 you can indulge in three deep-fried cupcake treats.

Website: SugarRush
Twitter:@SugarRushMiami
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Slow Food Truck: What we tried- Mini Caramel Bacon Cupcakes

Mini Caramel Bacon Cupcakes

What we thought: Bacon is everywhere right now and these mini cupcakes are a great introduction to the newest food trend. The combination was sweet and savory and we thought these little gems would be the perfect addition to the most important meal of the day…breakfast.

Website: Slow Food Truck
Twitter: @SlowFoodTruck
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Foodies on the Fly…Literally!

Each year, instead of creating a mere list of resolutions, I create a manifesto. Since my manifesto contains aspirations for a more complete life most items remain and new ones are added year after year.

One mainstay on the list is “Conquer your fears” and “Do” instead of “Watch”. Well, this weekend I did just that with a little help from my supportive BF. To combat a fear of heights I’ve challenged myself to test my boundaries and try new experiences to lessen this fear. I’ve gone skiing (the chairlift was a particular source of unease for me), flown in an open cockpit bi-plane, and recently taken up aerial yoga.

Saturday, I did something I’ve always thought incredible, yet never imagined I would ever have an opportunity (or desire!) to do: I took flying trapeze lessons. (Cue the circus music!)

The Flying Trapeze School in Bayfront Park, Miami offers an all abilities 2-hour class that teaches you basics: the knee hang, back flip somersault, and if you are ready, an attempted catch with one of their certified instructors at the end of the class.

As excited as I was to learn to swing, I was engulfed by an ocean of fear at, of all things, climbing up the ladder to the platform. My heart racing and irrational thoughts whizzing through my mind- I almost admitted defeat before I was even 10 feet off the ground. (NOTE: The FTS is very safety oriented and you are strapped into a harness the entire time.) Glancing over at my BF who gave me an encouraging smile, my stubbornness alone got me up the ladder to the platform.

On the platform, I was met with another flood of menacing thoughts; What if I slip off the platform? Is it possible to bounce off the net? What happens if I immediately lose grip of the fly bar? Are those carabineers locked in tight? Does this harness make me look too “hippy”? I hope he gets a good photo!

Back to reality… Chalked hands – check. Bent knees – check. Hips forward – check. Gripped fly bar – check. Ok…. Jump! Wait. Ok… Jump! – check!!!!

 

Image Source: The Flying Trapeze School.

Wow, I’m flying! Or, soaring? Or… whatever, but I am doing it! I did not let go of the fly bar, and am on the trapeze just like a Cirque du Soleil performer, only with MUCH less makeup and sparkly spandex.

Now what was I supposed to do again? Listen. Yes. Listen to the instructor. Ok, legs up! Now I bend my knees, lean backwards and hook my knees over the bar (theoretically). I missed it the first time. I was confused that “legs up” meant knees up and over the bar, but (spoiler alert) I got it on my second try. After your legs go over and your knees grip the fly bar (make sure it’s r-e-a-l-l-y tight!) you drop your hands, arch your back and swing backwards stretching your hands out to an imaginary partner. The next move involves a complete reverse, where you return your hands to grip the bar, unfold your legs and return to hanging position.

Finally the swing is completed with a somersault. To achieve this best you kick forward-backward-forward in one position, drop the bar, grip your knees and tumble onto the mat.

After roughly 6 turns practicing these moves you graduate into attempting a catch. How it works: The catcher swings on a separate fly bar towards the flyer. Once the flyer after grips the fly bar with their knees and swing backwards they outstretch their arms and are caught just below the wrists by the catcher. Next the flyer unlocks their knees, comes apart from their fly bar and is soaring over the net held by the catcher until they release and drop to the net.

Unfortunately for this flyer, it was not meant to be. I grasped fingertips with the catcher, remained on my fly bar and somersaulted to the net. My ever-so-talented BF, looking able to run away and join the circus tomorrow, completed 2 perfect catches. I am so proud!

Overall, it was an exciting, heart-pounding, fear-obliterating day for the both of us. (Seems BF had a secret fear of heights too!) If you are looking for an excellent way to conquer your fears, bond with a loved one, or step outside of your comfort zone (and off a platform), the flying trapeze is an excellent option. We’ll be back and maybe we’ll see you there.

The Flying Trapeze School
Bayfront Park
301 North Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida 33132
www.theflyingtrapeze.net
786.239.8775

Disclaimer: No Foodies were harmed during this event.