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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This Week’s Coming Attractions :: June 17 – June 22

This Week is the perfect time…..

To Strut: Palm Beach Style Rocks – Jazz on the Palm, Clematis Street will take place Friday, June 17 from 7pm to 10pm. Join Virginia Lang from Wild 95.5 as she emcees the event while models and firefighters strike a pose on the runway.

To Cook: Unleash your inner Julia and take a culinary class on Saturday, June 18 at the gorgeous Biltmore hotel in Miami. Create delicious food in their professional kitchen while learning from the pros.

To Brunch: Spoil Dad on Sunday, June 19th at Big City Tavern, City Oyster & Sushi Bar or City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill.  The restaurants are launching three new weekend brunch menus that include a delicious array of options and $12 unlimited Mimosas (with purchase of entrée).

To Eat: Go meatless on Monday, June 20th at Sustain Restaurant and Bar in Miami. Their food is delicious. Don’t believe us, check out this review.

To Learn: Bring the whole family and participate in the Moonlight, Sea Turtles and you event at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science on Tuesday, June 21. The hand-on adventure begins at 9pm and you will learn interesting facts about nesting, threats and conservation. For additional Sea Turtle walks call 954-713-0930.

To Drink: Texas De Brazil in Miami will be hosting a one-of-a-kind savory summer cocktail class on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30pm. Guests will learn how to make traditional Brazilian cocktails including Texas De Brazil’s signature Caipirinha. Space is limited and you must be 21 or older to register. Call 305-695-7702 for more information.


Meatless Monday-South Florida Restaurant Edition

The dreary weather from the weekend has cleared and another Meatless Monday is upon us. But who wants to be stuck in the kitchen when the sun is shining and the air is still reasonably cool? To give you a reason to escape the indoors without sacrificing you meatless morals, we’ve listed a few South Florida vegetarian friendly restaurants for you to enjoy. You can thank us later!

The Raw Kitchen, 509 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach (561) 820-0144
Located between North Rosemary Avenue and North Quadrille Boulevard this veggie-fied restaurant serves an array of Vegan and Vegetarian meals including the Asian Noodle Bowl ($16) noodle zucchini with julienned carrots,  spinach, mushrooms, scallions and red peppers in a ginger garlic sauce, Spinach Pizza ($17) sprouted buckwheat crust, housemade nut cheese, fresh garlic, spinach and sliced mushrooms, and Banana Obsession, ripened banana ice cream with raw cacao sauce and candied pecans.  The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:30AM – 4PM and dinner is served Wednesday – Saturday from 5PM-10PM

Darbster, 8020 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach (561) 586-2622
This hip bistro serves up an innovative menu that is sure to please both vegetarians and mainstream diners.  The waterside deck offers guest an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the reasonably priced menu makes taking a break even more enjoyable.  Some options include the Kale Salad ($8) kale, seeds, sprouts, lady slipper apples with a light dressing, Enchiladas (11.95) cheeze and onion in an authentic sauce with beans, rice, & fresh guacamole, and a variety of desserts priced from $4.50 -7.25.

Sublime Restaurant and Bar, 1431 North Federal Highway (954) 615-1431
Located in Fort Lauderdale, this swanky eatery serves up posh vegetarian fare that has locals and celebrities coming back for more.  Their award winning menu includes Crispy Eggplant Rollatini ($11) “ricotta”, “mozzarella”, garlic and “butter”, BBQ Cheddar Brick Oven Pizza ($12) house-made bbq sauce, red onions, cheddar “cheese” and cilantro, plus sushi, salads, and desserts.

Juice and Java, 21316 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton (561) 825-2230
This bright cafe is a hop, skip, and jump away from the Boca Town Center mall and offers guests a massive menu of meat-free options. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Juice and Java has you covered. Check out our review here to see for yourself.

Mac n’ Vegetarian Food Truck, Roaming the streets of Miami (305) 791-6226
We heard that there is a food truck roaming the streets of Miami serving up vegetarian cuisine. Their menu includes 4 Cheese Mac ($5) cheddar, fontina, gruyere and percorino, Veggie Mac ($6) lite cheddar, parmesan, portobello mushrooms and roasted garlic and broccoli plus gluten-free sides and a creative list of drinks.

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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Want more reviews? Click here.

Can you handle it? 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt – Boca Raton

16 Handles, Boca Raton, FL

16 Handles, a New York based self-serve frozen yogurt shop, recently opened up in University Commons on Glades Road in Boca Raton. The modern shop offers customer’s 16 tempting flavors of frozen yogurt and over 40 sweet topping options.

The interior of the store is bright and cheery and there are LCD screens with animated flavor and nutrition facts above each self-serve yogurt machine. So, if you are concerned with diet restrictions you can research before you pull the handle.

A Peek Inside

What we Thought – Arriving to a place that boasts 16 yogurt flavors and over 40 toppings can be a daunting task, but we tackled the handles like born professionals and emerged with wonderfully tasty treats to enjoy on this beautiful day.

So what did we order? With so many options to choose from and two huge cups to fill, we opted for two different smorgasbords of yogurt.

Combination 1

Combination 1 (prepared by S)

Always indecisive, I couldn’t consider just one or two flavors, nope, I opted for two complete flavor profiles of the following:

Option 1: A classic combination as any: Chocolate & Peanut butter. I paired the Chocolate Eruption & Peanut Butter yogurt with mini peanut butter cups and both the chocolate & peanut butter drizzle on top for a wonderfully sweet, salty concoction.

Option 2: The Red Velvet & NY Cheesecake went together perfectly.  How can you have red velvet cake without the cream cheese icing, it’s sacrilegious! The coconut crunch on top gave added texture and sweetness along with the marshmallow drizzle, lightly applied as a crowning touch.

Combination 2

Combination 2 (prepared by T)

Arriving with an open mind and leaving with a clutter of frozen goodness. My cup was (partially) filled with a small sample of Vanilla Sky, Peanut Butter, Heath Bar Toffee and Red Velvet. Probably not paired together perfectly but definitely delicious either way.  I opted to top my creation with mini chocolate chips (my guilty pleasure), rainbow sprinkles (for color) and a drizzle of sweet caramel (just because).

Overall, we both agreed that the yogurt did not have the artificial aftertaste found at many “froyo” stores and the flavors were true to their descriptions. We enjoyed our experience and plan on stopping by again soon to see what other flavors they have on tap!

Note: You may have to act tactfully if you choose to place multiple yogurt options in a cup. The yogurt will melt and mix, so be sure to place complimentary flavors beside each other.

16 Handles
1400 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561-672-7649

Hours
Mon-Thurs 12PM – 11:00PM
Fri & Sat 11AM – 11:30PM
Sun 12PM – 10PM

The Food Trucks Are Heading North

Clear your calendars because the food trucks are coming to Boca!

On Wednesday, May 11th the trendiest food craze to hit the streets of South Florida will be rolling into Palm Beach County for the Gourmet Food Truck Expo. The event will take place at Boomer’s on Airport Road in Boca Raton and will include music, dancing, and delicious street food, starting at 6:00PM.

The line up includes 25 trucks serving up everything from Truffle Mac N’Cheese Bites to Miso Burgers and everything you can dream of in between. With so many options there is sure to be a food truck to satisfy every palate.

Check out the list of trucks and read our reviews below.

Who will be there:
4 Alarm Pizza
 – A classic pizzeria on wheels
Aaron’s Catering Express {Check out our review here}
Big Kahuna – Ice cream, shaved ice and frozen yogurt
The Blue Tree Cafe – Healthy cuisine
Bru’s Room Traveler – A rolling version of the local sports bar
Catered Bliss – Sandwiches and burgers
Caza Crepes – French crepes and galettes
Che Grill – Argentine cuisine
Chef on Wheels – 1 – American/Italian cuisine
Curbside Gourmet {Check out our review here}
Divan Bakery {Check out our review here}
Dog Eat Dog – Gourmet hotdogs
Dim Ssäm à gogo – Asian inspired cuisine
Feverish Ice Cream – Ice cream and gourmet popsicles
Giuseppe’s Italian Sausage – Sausage and pepper heros
Grillmaster Cafe – Burgers, fritas, and more
Kona Ice – Frozen treats
The MexZican Gourmet – Authentic mexican cuisine
Mobile Cigars – A mobile cigar store
Nacho Mama’s Grill – Tacos and more
PS 561 – New England style hot dogs and more
Red Koi – Asian cuisine
Shao Roma – Romanian cuisine
Sir Pizza – Gourmet pizza
Slow Food Truck {Check out our review here}
Sugar Yummy Mama {Check out our review here}

For more information visit www.gourmettruckexpo.com