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Enjoy The Last Week Of Miami Spice At These Hot Events

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

The Weekly Nibble is presented by MIAbites every week featuring upcoming food and drink events in and around the Miami area.  This is the final week of Miami Spice which wraps up on September 30th, so take advantage of the $23 Lunch and $39 Dinner specials offered at over 180 restaurants.

Thursday September 24th-  MO Bar+Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental hosts Iphoneography 101 class from 6- 7:30 to help you take better food pics with tips from top Instagrammers @BrianLadder and @OasisJae.  $35 includes cocktail and signature sushi roll.  MO Bar + LoungeMandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami, FL  305 913 8358.

Thursday September 24th- Verde Community Gardens and Market opens its new Verde Kitchen Café in Homestead.  Helmed by Chef Adri Garcia, the Verde Kitchen Café will offer a variety of fresh items grown and sourced locally. Verde Café’s menu items feature the likes of umami sliders, made with grass-fed beef from Ocala, to baked goods and leafy choices like the farmhouse salad, made with red dragon fruit, sunflower shoots and microgreens. Verde Kitchen Café is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday. Verde Community Farm, Market and Café. 12690 SW 280th St., Homestead.

Thursday September 24th- Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant is pleased to announce their second Somm Slam with 50 Eggs/Swine where head “Wine-O,” Heath Porter of Uvaggio will go pour-to-pour against neighboring Wine Director, Daniel Toral.  Wine buffs will be able to enjoy three different dishes accompanied by one wine pairing each from Porter and Toral.  Attending guests will be able to partake in the event by choosing the winning sommelier. The showdown begins at 7 PM with limited seating. Cost per person is $100; which includes the reception, three courses with a total of six wines and dessert. Uvaggio Wine Bar 70 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL. 

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Friday September 25th– Circa 39 Boutique Hotel hosts it’s final Vino & Vinyasa with yogi Mike Dannheim.  Hour long yoga class in courtyard is followed by wine tastings and light snacks from Jules Kitchen. $25 in advance $30 at door. Circa 393900 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 538 4900.

Tuesday September 29th- In anticipation of the November opening of TALDE Miami Beach at Thompson Miami Beach, Miamians may savor TALDE sooner than November with a one-night only TALDE Miami Beach pop-up on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., at Thompson Miami Beach’s charming poolside bungalow, 1930s House. Limited to 40 seats, this exclusive dining experience will give guests a chance to sample some of TALDE’s signature dishes by Top Chef alum and restaurateur Dale Talde. Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and bar), includes four courses, one bottle of TALDE staple Brooklyn Sorachi Ace beer from Brooklyn Brewery, as well as one complimentary copy of the cookbook per ticket. Seating is limited and should be reserved in advance by visiting https://taldemb-popup.splashthat.com/. 1930’s House at Thompson Miami Beach 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 605 4041.

Tuesday September 29th– Lure Fishbar, is celebrating National Bourbon Month with a one-night-only pairing dinner on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM. Executive Chef John Iatrellis has created an extravagant six-course menu of seasonal specialties to be perfectly paired with Old Forester bourbons, by Bar Director Rob Ferrara. Bourbon lovers and food enthusiasts alike will enjoy the delicious menu, featuring lobster stuffed squash blossoms with bourbon-lavender honey, bourbon glazed black grouper, bourbon braised short ribs and more priced at $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Lure Fishbar at The Loews Miami Beach 1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL. 305 695 4550.

Tuesday September 29th- The Crafts Spirits Festival and AFROHEAD Rum present the BareKnuckle Bartender™ 2015 Battle Royal Final at 8 pm at Radio Bar in Miami Beach. The top five BareKnuckle Bartenders in Miami will compete to make their best cocktail using AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum. The winner of the competition will be crowned BareKnuckle Bartender 2015 Champion and bragging rights.  Participants include: Leo Holtzman – Wunderbar/Circa 39, Ricardo Rodriguez – Finka Table & Tap, Alex Aportela – Finka Table & Tap, Jack Reynolds – Broken Shaker/27, Tyler Kitzman – Sweet Liberty. This event is free and open to the public.  Radio Bar 814 1st St. Miami Beach, FL.

Wednesday September 30th– MO Bar + Lounge hosts High West Whiskey Expert Natalia Cardenas for DIY Old Fashioneds at MO Bar + Lounge from 6-8 pm. Guests will be using a variety of fun ingredients including maple syrup and chocolate bitters with MO Bar’s house Voodoo Whiskey blend. Tickets are $15 per person and advanced RSVP is also strongly suggested. MO Bar + Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami FL 305 913 8288.

Wednesday September 30th– The Federal Food, Drink & Provisionslaunches Oktoberfest Beer Feast on Wednesday September 30th to celebrate the successful end of Miami Spice, and to kick off Fall 2015.  The Oktoberfest Beer Feast dinner menu will feature homemade pretzels, gator schnitzel, pickled herring, cheese soup and beer pairings by some well-loved Florida breweries.  The Federal Food & Drink. 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 305 758 9559, 

New and Ongoing:

The Barcelona inspired newly opened KLIMA Restaurant and Bar debuts its daily Happy Hour just in time for the upcoming season.  Resident mixologist at KLIMA, Raffaele Mitrugno, together with Executive Chef David “Rusti” Rustarazo, have created a unique food and beverage happy hour bar menu for locals, visitors and restaurant guests to enjoy during any evening occasion with family, friends or to let off steam with co-workers after a hard day at the office.  Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday, KLIMA now offers a number of drink specials that includes any house liquor, signature cocktail or wines by the glass for $8 each. To accompany the drinks are a series of custom-made Tapas style plates and other Mediterranean inspired dishes available at the bar and lounge area   A variety of salads and Raw Bar plates are also available on the bar menu. KLIMA 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 786 453 2779.

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm dates, pricing and specific details )

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The Best Places To Eat In Miami This Upcoming Week

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Each week MIAbites will present the Weekly Nibble, a compilation of food events and happenings in and around Miami. Important to note, that we are winding down on the last two weeks of Miami Spice, so if you have yet to enjoy the special menu offerings of $39 Dinner and $23 Lunch this is the Last Call.  Read our MIAbites “Spice Advice” here.

Thursday September 17-  For the final Robata Rub Thursday at SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables, Executive Chef David Sears welcomes Special Guest Chef: Andres Barrientos The Official Smoke Whisperer of Miami Smokers. To complement SUSHISAMBA’s robata dishes and true to Miami Smokers style, menu highlights include Okeechobee Wild Boar Sausage with spiced aioli, guacamole purée, orange supreme, arugula, pickled peppers and a Pork Skirt Steak with sun ripe tomatoes, frisée, lardon crumble, creamed yucca purée by Chef Barrientos. Priced at $55 pp the meal includes 5 Robata selections and 2 cocktail pairings by Ocucaje Pisco.  SUSHISAMBA 180 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables, FL305 448 4990.

Friday September 18th–  The Forge Miami Beach welcomes the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast”  for an evening that begins with a tasting reception featuring an exciting lineup of Miami’s finest chefs, including Timon Balloo, Cindy Hutson, Brad Kilgore, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and Cesar Zapata. Then, enjoy a unique four-course seated dinner designed by James Beard Award Winners Rocco DiSpirito and Christopher Lee, with Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro. Evening emceed by award-winning Miami Herald food editor Evan S. Benn. Tickets are $250.  The Forge 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL

Saturday September 19th–  Benefiting the United Way of Miami, The Intercontinental plays host to the Second Annual Young Leaders’ B.Y.O.B.‘Build Your Own Brunch’ from 11-2 pm..  An interactive cooking and eating experience led by Chef Bradley Kilgore of Alter and two of his culinary friends: Chef Roel Alcudia of The Cypress Room and Chef William Crandall of the soon-to-open Izzy’s Fish and Oyster. Miami Herald food editor and new Young Leaders member, Evan Benn, will host the cooking extravaganza. Spend a Saturday with friends learning to make the perfect brunch, from start to finish. Tickets are $100 for Young Leaders and $125 GA.  The Intercontinental  100 Chopin Plaza. Miami, FL

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Saturday September 19th–  Sur La Table, the retail destination for those with a passion for cooking and a love for food, will welcome the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” into its kitchens for the third consecutive year. Free in-store activities of the day will include cooking demos by Taste America All-Star and James Beard-Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito, along with chef Cindy Hutson, who will showcase a recipe prepared with Lifeway Kefir. For the full schedule of events and more information, please visit www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/miami Sur La Table Mizner Park 438 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL.

Saturday September 19th– 180 Degrees at The DRB  is teaming up with the local organization, Caring about the Strays, for a special evening from 4-8 pm to help the non-profit’s mission.  Volunteers for the program nurse abandoned or injured strays providing deserted animals with veterinarian consultations and necessary vaccinations.  Chef Ryan Martin, a huge advocate of the rescuing program, wanted to create this event to help raise awareness to the cause in hopes that dogs, cats and other potential companions will find a new home.  A minimum donation of $10 will go towards the non-profit which includes one free draft beer as well as happy hour privileges with beer and wine for 50% off a glass. 180 Degrees 501 NE 1st Ave, Miami, Florida 33132.

Saturday September 19th-  Dinner Lab, the New Orleans based pop up dinner club concept is hosting Viaje -an Asian culinary voyage with a Mexican chef featuring Chef Santiago De La Fuente of Miami, who has created a menu that exemplifies global influences through the flavors of Asia, the techniques of the French and thru the eyes of the Mexican chef and culinary journey. Priced at $70 pp, Dinner Lab invites MIAbites readers to join for free using this link https://dinnerlab.com/signup/MIAbites

Saturday September 19th –   Digest Miami’s RESCHEDULED Beach Feast presented by Afrohead Rum at the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach celebrates Miami Spice with an oceanfront party featuring delicious bites, cocktails and music! From 7- 9 pm $45 General Admission: Includes entry at 8PM, unlimited food samples and one (1) complimentary Afrohead Rum cocktail. $100 VIP Access: Includes early entry at 7PM, unlimited bites, access to the private rooftop cabana deck presented by Afrohead Rum and a private VIP bar experience featuring complimentary Afrohead Rum cocktails. Digest Miami members get discounted admission. Tickets available on Eventbrite. The Surfcomber 1717 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.

Sunday September 20th  September is National Bourbon Month, so check out specialty cocktails at Dolce Italian, The Drawing Room and Makoto, but don’t pass up the Boozy Bourbon Brunch on Sunday September 20th 1-3 pm at 27 Restaurant. $75 pp includes 4 courses and 4 cocktails. Reservations required.  27 Restaurant @FreehandMiami 2727 Indian Creek Drive. Miami Beach. FL 305 531 2727. 

Wednesday September 23rd- Every fourth Wednesday of the month, The Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest brings together some of the city’s finer food trucks, including GastroPod, Ms. Cheezious, Sakaya Kitchen, and Mushaboom. Local restaurants get in on the action too, this time Lou’s Beer Garden, Sazon, El Tumi de Oro, Mixturam, and others. There’s also music, but you can’t eat that. Feed your belly and your ears from 5 till 10 p.m. There’s no charge for admission, but you have to pay for the food. North Shore Park Band Shell 7275 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL33141 305-861-3616

Looking Ahead…

Thursday September 24th-  Following up on the success of the inaugural “Somm Slam” with The Genuine Hospitality Group, Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant is pleased to announce their second Somm Slam with 50 Eggs/Swine where head “Wine-O,” Heath Porter of Uvaggio will go pour-to-pour against neighboring Wine Director, Daniel Toral.  Wine buffs will be able to enjoy three different dishes accompanied by one wine pairing each from Porter and Toral.  Attending guests will be able to partake in the event by choosing the winning sommelier. The showdown begins at 7 PM with limited seating. Cost per person is $100; which includes the reception, three courses with a total of six wines and dessert.Uvaggio Wine Bar 70 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL. 

( Information provided by numerous sources and subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm pricing, details and availability ) 

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Tailgate In Style: Here Are The Best Miami Food Events For This Upcoming Week

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Each week MIAbites will feature The Weekly Nibble, highlighting “foodie” events and special promotions for the upcoming week.  Please note that specific details, dates and prices are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm event details.

Saturday September 12th – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is hosting their #ArtsLaunch2015 with all day events. Farmers Market, Free food Tastings at Café at Books & Books, Brunch at Brava!, Interactive workshops with New World Symphony and Miami City Ballets and lots more. Visit website for complete schedule of events. Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL.  

Saturday September 12th– Ortanique on the Mile. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chef Cindy Hutson will host an interactive cooking class at her restaurant, Ortanique on the Mile. This hands-on cooking experience with Hutson will teach guests to create recipes like Baby Gulf Shrimp SaladNew Zealand Lamb Korma and Puttin’ On The Ritz Pie. Price: $108 pp (includes tax and gratuity). Ortanique on the Mile 278 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL. 305 446 7710

Sunday September 13th–  BLT Prime is hosting a Tailgating for a Cause event., Dolfans can celebrate the beginning of football season in style with a fun and charitable Tailgate Season Kickoff Cooking Class & Lunch at BLT Prime.  Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward will lead the interactive culinary experience which will begin at 11AM with handcrafted cocktail making followed by a step-by-step demo of the menu including Grilled NY Strip with Onion Marmalade, Summer Squash Skewers and Honey Cake with Grilled Figs, all the while guests will indulge in complimentary beverages.  The three-hour class includes a cooking demonstration on the Champion’s patio outdoor grills, followed by lunch and Dolphins vs. Redskins season opener watch party. The class is priced at $75 per person and all proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital.  BLT Prime at the Trump National Doral Miami, 4400 NW 87th. Doral, FL.

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Monday September 14th-   Marion, the new neighborhood meeting place one block south of Mary Brickell Village opens Monday, September 14, 2015 for dinner only, Starting Monday, October 5th the restaurant will be opening for lunch and dinner, from 11am to 11pm.  Serving up fare and products of the highest quality, handpicked by Executive Chef Jean Paul Lourdes, patrons have the option to sit down and dine on exquisite Mediterranean fare or grab-and-go one of the restaurant’s savory rotisserie chickens or its variety of pastries and other gourmet food items. Lourdes brings with him an impressive culinary pedigree, having worked at three-star Michelin restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, London and Hong Kong.   Marion 1111 SW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 786 717 7512.

Thursday September 17th Yelp Miami hosts “Big Bite in Little Haiti”.  From 8-10 pm, Big Bite event brings together the city’s top toques, bakers, and chocolate makers to fight for your vote in the “Best Bite” competition. Join us at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for flowing wine and local brews, live artist demos and surprise performances, all in the heart of the emerging Little Haiti neighborhood. For the full lineup of over 30 participating vendors and to RSVP, check out Yelp Events! Free entrance.  Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 NE 59th Terrace. Miami, FL.

 Looking ahead…

Friday September 18th–  The Forge welcomes the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” for an evening that begins with a tasting reception featuring an exciting lineup of Miami’s finest chefs, including Timon Balloo, Cindy Hutson, Brad Kilgore, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and Cesar Zapata. Then, enjoy a unique four-course seated dinner designed by James Beard Award Winners Rocco DiSpirito and Christopher Lee, with Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro. Evening emceed by award-winning Miami Herald food editor Evan S. Benn. Tickets are $250.  The Forge 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL

Saturday September 19th–  Benefitting the United Way of Miami, The Intercontinental plays host to the Second Annual Young Leaders’B.Y.O.B.‘Build Your Own Brunch’ from 11-2 pm..  An interactive cooking and eating experience led by Chef Bradley Kilgore of Alter and two of his culinary friends: Chef Roel Alcudiaof The Cypress Room and Chef William Crandall of the soon-to-open Izzy’s Fish and Oyster. Miami Herald food editor and new Young Leaders member, Evan Benn, will host the cooking extravaganza. Spend a Saturday with friends learning to make the perfect brunch, from start to finish. At your table, you and your friends will follow along with our chefs and team up to cook each course, and then enjoy your culinary creations. Helping you along the way are culinary arts students from Johnson & Wales University who will teach you a few tricks of the trade, as well. Tickets are $100 for Young Leaders and $125 GA, with deadline to purchase Tuesday September 15th.  The Intercontinental  100 Chopin Plaza. Miami, FL

Saturday September 19th–  Sur La Table, the retail destination for those with a passion for cooking and a love for food, will welcome the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” into its kitchens for the third consecutive year. Free in-store activities of the day will include cooking demos by Taste America All-Star and James Beard-Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito, along with chef Cindy Hutson, who will showcase a recipe prepared with Lifeway Kefir. Stores will also offer book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, and productdemos and tastings from national Taste America sponsors. For the full schedule of events and more information, please visit www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/miamiSur La Table Mizner Park 438 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL.

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm )

The above was produced by MIAbites, one of the leading sources for food news in South Florida. Be sure to visit their website for more great information. 

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Exclusive: Man Claims That South Carolina McDonald’s Served Him With Moldy Cup

In an exclusive interview with Rise News, the man behind a viral Facebook post claiming that a South Carolina McDonald’s served him a moldy tea, stood by his comments even as the fast food giant seemed to reject his claims.

Brandon Benjamin posted to Facebook on September 1 that he had purchased a meal the night before at a McDonald’s located at 2390 Chestnut St in Orangeburg, SC. His message was colorful and quickly went viral:

“STOP eating McDonald’s and getting they’re [sic] tea. I went to McDonald’s last night and got myself a McChicken and peach cream pie with a $1 tea. I left my tea in the fridge thinking it’ll be alright tomorrow. I was ABSOLUTELY DISGUESTED [sic] with what I found in my cup. After taking 2 sips, it didn’t taste right at all. I poured out the tea and found this!!!!!!,” Benjamin wrote describing the photos he posted with the message.

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In both a phone interview and in a Facebook message conversation, Benjamin stood by his comments and said that he was shocked by what he said was in his cup.

“Mold, gunk, bacteria was stuck alongside the inside of the cup,” Benjamin said. “I began to feel sick to my stomach after seeing what I took two large sips of.”

Benjamin also said that he was experiencing stomach issues that he believes to be related to the alleged moldy cup.

“There was quite a nasty smell- it was really horrible,” Benjamin said.

He also said that he was a longtime customer of that particular McDonald’s as it is close to his place of employment.

“This is my main location [McDonald’s] and they know who I am there,” Benjamin told Rise News. “I went through the drive-through. I went home and the tea tasted a little bitter on the drive there.”

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Benjamin said that he has kept the cup as “evidence” and that he would be willing to take a lie detector test if asked to prove his level of truthfulness.

Rise News‘ request for comment to McDonald’s was forwarded to a public relations firm who provided a statement from the local owner and operator of the Orangeburg location in question.

“Operating a safe and clean restaurant for our customers is a top priority, and we take any complaints very seriously,” store owner Emory Main said. “When the customer returned to the restaurant the day after his purchase and brought it to our attention, our subsequent review of our equipment and operations lent no support to the customer’s allegations. We continually review our comprehensive operations to ensure our customers have the best restaurant and food experience.”

Benjamin said that he had in fact returned to the store to show the on call manager the cup.

“They offered me another tea and a free meal, which disgusted me,” Benjamin said.

“This could happen to anyone else. My family has talked to me about getting a lawyer which I may do,” Benjamin said.

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Millennials Rejoice: McDonald’s Will Now Serve Breakfast All Day

By Allyn Farach

Your quest for an Egg McMuffin just got a lot easier. McDonald’s announced that it would start serving breakfast all day throughout the United States.

“All Day Breakfast is the number one request we hear from customers,” McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa McComb said in a press statement. “In fact, More than 120,000 people tweeted McDonald’s asking for breakfast throughout the day in the past year alone. We’re excited to make this dream a reality this year.”

The program went into effect last year at select chains to test how well all day breakfast would sell. Safety issues were also considered, as issues of grill space for both breakfast and lunch menu options were tested. McDonald’s added a rolling cart for eggs to ease workers with the transition.

Some menu options were also removed from the original breakfast menu to make room for lunch options as well. The announcement comes after news that McDonald’s has been doing badly in previous quarters, which led to the closing of several McDonald’s chains across the United States.

In response to such, McDonald’s President Mike Andres told USA Today that “The turnarounds we have seen in the past, both in the U.S. and around the world, there always is a catalyst that starts the turnaround…We believe that all-day breakfast could be the next big thing.”

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