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 Taste Of SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill – Miami, FL

With our reservations confirmed, we arrived at SUGARCANE raw bar grill slightly early and headed to the interior bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Elbow to elbow with what seemed like half of Midtown we were promptly served the Lemongrass: Zonin Prosecco cocktail with housemade thyme honey, fresh lemon and lemongrass infused rum and a custom Elderflower cocktail (off the menu). The beverages were both bright and refreshing, (with Prosecco, you really can’t go wrong) and the introduction of lemongrass and honey was an unexpected delight.

Cocktails at SUGARCANE

Shortly afterward, the iPhone rang (you are called when your table is available) and we were ushered to a bistro table adjacent the bar (reminiscent of ours- sans the signature candelabra & pink chairs). Our waiter presented us with menus and explained that the tapas style menu would be prepared in 3 separate kitchens: a robata grill, sushi station/raw bar, and typical kitchen, and thus all items would arrive when complete to ensure freshness. (Note: SUGARCANE supports local farmers and sustainability efforts. Always a plus when you can dine where local food was sourced.)

After reviewing the extensive menu we decided on the following: Tapas: Heirloom Tomatoes, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Goat Cheese Croquettes, and Kobe Beef Sliders. Robata Grill: Beef Short Ribs. Sushi Rolls: Crunchy Tuna.

Heirloom Tomatoes

The Heirloom Tomatoes arrived first with fresh burrata cheese, strawberries, mixed greens and pinenuts and were topped with a sweet balsamic. The crunch of the nuts and greens perfectly accented the smooth burrata and fresh tomatoes.

Goat Cheese Croquettes

Next to the table: Goat Cheese Croquettes with membrillo marmalade. Not your typical cheese sticks, these lightly coated and fried orbs were much less dense and boasted a mild flavor, accented by the quince underneath.

Crunchy Tuna Sushi Roll

The Crunchy Tuna Sushi Roll followed. This roll pairs rare tuna with avocado and spicy tempura flakes, sesame seeds and sweet chili jelly atop. Served with the requisite ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce on the side. The FOTF were torn with the sweet chili, one for, and one against. Being the pro-sweet chili (combines my love of heat & sweet) I gladly helped myself to more than half. Overall it was my favorite, but there was a close contention with the next plate…

Kobe Beef Sliders

The Kobe Beef Sliders were a close second for my affection. Presented on mini toasted brioche buns and adorned with a fried quail egg. Biting into these tall sliders was tricky, but when the yolk punctured and coated the premium beef with a rich salty glaze, all thoughts of propriety immediately left me as I focused on savoring every bite. (Note: I think it’s pretty much impossible to eat these without making at least a little mess, so focus on your plate, not your partner or date.)

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Speaking of dates… A signature creation of Executive Chef, Timon Balloo, the Bacon Wrapped Dates were a must-try. SUGARCANE’s version were stuffed with manchego cheese and linguica (Portuguese sausage). Another hit for this restaurant with the sweet and savory combination, these dates did not disappoint. Around this time, overheard by a nearby diner “I love SUGARCANE. I bring all my dates here.”

Beef Short Ribs

The final plate of the evening, was the Beef Short Ribs done Korean style from the robata grill. All robata items are traditionally prepared over bincho-tan charcoal and these tend to take a little longer then the other tapas. The short ribs were absolutely worth the (brief) wait and carried a wonderfully smoky flavor.

For two average diners, 6 tapas may be just about the breaking point. We would have loved to have tried more, and will on a return visit, but do recommend all of the above. This FOTF girl’s top three were 1. Crunchy Tuna Sushi Roll 2. Kobe Beef Sliders 3. Heirloom Tomatoes. We also recommend calling ahead or going online for reservations.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill
3252 NE 1st Ave. #115
Miami, FL 33137 (Midtown)
Ph. 786-369-0353
twitter: @sugarcanerawbar

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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 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.


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 

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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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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Click here for Mother Trucker: Part 2

FoodTruck Friday: Foodies headed to MIA

It’s no surprise to anyone who follows us on Twitter that we have a deep love of food trucks. Only problem, most of them are in Miami and we hover between Broward and Palm Beach County… (with full time jobs), although we try to visit them whenever we can. Tomorrow we have planned a special lunch-time excursion to Street Food Fridays . Street Food Fridays is rounding up the local food trucks at the Miami Herald parking lot (N.E. 14th Street (between North Bay Shore Drive and Herald Plaza) in Downtown Miami) between 11:30 -2:30PM tomorrow, April 1st. We hope this isn’t an April’s Fools because we really want to try out some of the new kids.

We’ll be tweeting live tomorrow and stay tuned for next week when we dish about all the wonderful food we ate, along with reviews from Wynwood’s truck excursion including: Aaron’s Catering, CheeseMe Mobile, Montaco, Slow Food Truck, and Sugar Rush.