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
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
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


Bluefin Sushi and Thai – Parkland, FL

After driving all around Miami searching for Food Trucks on Friday and lunching at Rocco’s Tacos in Ft. Lauderdale there was only one way to end the long workweek. Sushi and Sake! advertised a great deal for Bluefin Sushi and Thai but unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to participate in the special and opted to pay full price and I have no regrets.

Bluefin Sushi and Thai (6694 Parkside Drive) is located in a charming little shopping center hidden in Parkland, a quiet equestrian community in Broward County. We arrived around 9pm and the place was filled with patrons. Quickly greeted, we were seated within minutes and handed a menu that included sushi, Thai, and Japanese specialties. The extensive selection was overwhelming at first but without delay I started ordering from the menu.

First up, Spring Rolls ($6), crispy rolls stuffed with fresh vegetables and clear noodles served with sweet and sour sauce. The rolls were served hot and the portion was perfect for sharing.

Next, I ordered a simple Avocado/Cucumber/Asparagus Sushi Roll ($5), prepared with the seaweed outside, the roll was fresh and perfect for anyone who isn’t a fan of anything that swims.

As an entrée I decided to try the Chicken in Basil Sauce ($14), Sautéed basil, bell pepper, hot chili and onions. I ordered it with an extra kick, but all of the dinners on the menu can be prepared however you like (mild, medium, hot, or no spice).  Dinner was delicious, served hot, and left a lasting impression.

Aside from the food, one thing that really stood out was the staff. Everyone working that night was extremely helpful and polite to the clients as well as each other and that made the whole experience even more enjoyable.

The Verdict:
I will definitely return to Bluefin Sushi and Thai and highly recommend that you give them a try. Coupon or not, you will not be disappointed!

Side note: Try the Plum Sake-Tini. This sweet concoction is the perfect match for anything on the menu!

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