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

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A De La Vega in the Park

Become Your Dream (same image as my tee at home)

Several years ago I visited New York with my friends for the very first time over my birthday weekend. While looking for a place to grab brunch, my favorite meal any day, on St. Mark’s Place we came across a few chairs on the sidewalk with spray-painted names and inscriptions, like Chairnobyl, Charonimo, and The Chairminator and stickers with inscriptions like “Become your Dream” adorning them.

Immediately intrigued, I walked over to inspect and found the De La Vega Museum (which sadly, has since closed) in the East Village. Inside, amongst the original and repro drawings, paintings, and other wares was none other than the artist himself, James De La Vega. (In case you don’t want to click the link- DeLa Vega is a street or graffiti artist, depending on whom you ask, whose random chalk drawings and murals pop up all around NYC. )

After thoroughly checking out all the pieces I settled on some stickers, notebooks, and a small poster. Upon hearing it was my birthday and we were visitors from Florida, we were given T-Shirts to wear back home, awesome! (Although the stickers have been stuck and the notebooks written in, I still have and proudly rock my “Become Your Dream” tee.)

Just last month, while in the city (and my first time in Central Park!) I spied a chalk drawing that looked suspiciously like a De La Vega. BF in tow, we raced over to the jogging path, and noticed that it was in fact a De La Vega! We happily spent the next half hour locating, photographing and tweeting the chalk-art in the jogging path, while attempting not to get run over. The fruits of our efforts are here for you to enjoy:

        

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Keep your eyes open around the city, and maybe you will find a De La Vega too!