Tequila Express Tours Talavera, Tarpon Bend, Bulla and More

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Photos by Carina Ost
Tequila from the lowland.

Last night, we got the full tequila treatment aboard the Tequila Express as we were transported to four hotspots in the Gables and the Grove: Tarpon Bend, Talavera, Peacock Garden Cafe and Bulla.

Throughout the stops we were briefed on tequila: the basics, production, mixology and food pairing. While it may have been the slightest bit educational, it was mostly fun. We screamed out answers to trivia questions as the wheels went round and the shots of tequila went down.


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Sense Beach House Hosting Free Plant-Centric Cuisine Workshop Tomorrow

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It's January, and while most of the rest of the country is freezing its collective ass off this weekend, you can spend Saturday basking in warm sunshine while learning about plant-based living at Sense Beach House's stunning rooftop -- all for free.

Attendees at Sense's Plant-Theory Living Cuisine Workshop will get schooled on the ins and outs of a healthier lifestyle, detoxing, juicing and other good stuff to help keep those New Year's resolutions intact.

See also: Vegan Pages, Plant-Based Professional Directory, Launches in Miami

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La Terrase in South of Fifth Charms With Its Lush Setting

Categories: First Bites

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Photos by Jose de las Casas
Winner winner, chicken dinner.
French technique is at the heart of many cuisines, yet it's difficult to find a restaurant that executes it properly. Enter La Terrase, an anything but nondescript eatery in Miami Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood. Located directly across from Joe's, La Terrase hides in plain sight. The smell of coq au vin emanates from its charming terrace, laden with green shrubs and white linens.

Chef Lisandro Sanabria is at the helm here. His experience includes five years in the kitchen of Casa Tua and a year and half at the long-standing Coconut Grove French bistro Le Bouchon, as well as Café Bastille. Though Sanabria is actually Argentinean, he admits, "I love to eat and cook French food."

See also: Brasserie Central in the Gables: Literal Garlic Bread, French Onion Soup, and Steak Tartare

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Miami's Best Eats & Drinks This Weekend: Booze, Burgies, and the Big Game

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Super Bowl madness, in cake form.
This Sunday is the big game, and though your brain may be trained on only thoughts of the New England Patriots taking on the Seattle Seahawks, there's a lot more going on.

Investigate new spirits and beers, chow down on food truck fare, or enjoy a lovely brunch on the farm. Then finish the weekend off with the Super Bowl!

Weekend starts now!

See also: Super Bowl 2015 Watch Parties in Miami

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Whole Foods Market Proposed for Sunset Harbour

Categories: News

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Photo by Carina Ost
Whole Foods Market's fresh, local produce might be headed to the Sunset Harbour neighborhood.
Is Whole Foods Market bringing a megastore to South Beach?

According to the South Florida Business Journal, real-estate developer Crescent Heights is proposing to build a Whole Foods Market at 1901 Alton Rd. The market would be within walking distance to two Publix stores and the Fresh Market in Sunset Harbour.

See also: Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Opens Tomorrow (Photos)

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Filling Station & Garage Bar Leaves Miami for Oakland Park

Categories: Restaurant News

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The Filling Station owner Adam Feigeles says the new location of his restaurant in Oakland Park should complement Funky Buddha Brewery, located a short distance away.
After six years of operating out of a two-story location in downtown Miami, the Filling Station & Garage Bar is getting some new digs in Broward County.

But don't worry -- everything, including the menu and the decor, will remain the same, says owner Adam Feigeles, who was looking to start fresh with his restaurant.

See also: The Filling Station Expanding, Seeking New Home for Reggae Tacos

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Craft Spirits & Beer Tasting Event Returns This Weekend

Categories: Booze Hound

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Photo by Laine Doss
Drink local.
Craft Spirits & Beer returns to Miami this weekend in a different location and with a new format.

The event, which spotlights the artisanal, will take over the Fillmore Miami Beach January 30 and 31, with Friday reserved for the trade only and Saturday open to the public.

See also: Craft Spirits and Beer: Miami Gets a Taste of Artisan Spirits

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La Nuit en Rosé Festival Brings Three Days of Drinking to the Beach

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Courtesy of La Nuit en Rose
This could be you.
If you have plans this weekend, you might want to cancel them. Unless those plans include attending the La Nuit en Rosé Festival, which is bringing all things bubbly and pink to the newly opened Miami Beach Edition for three back-to-back days of drinking.

The first festival dedicated solely to rosé champagnes and wines, La Nuit en Rosé will bring about 60-plus wineries and chateaus under one roof for your sipping pleasure.

See also: 27 Restaurant & Bar Launches Brunch: Tres Leches French Toast and Panther Coffee Cocktail

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Islas Canarias in Little Havana Sold

Categories: News

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Forty years in the making.
For nearly 40 years, Islas Canarias has been supplying Miami with the best croquetas north of Cuba. But now, the landmark Little Havana location that started the wave of Cuban restaurants circa 1977 has been sold to the owner of Caribe Café Restaurant.

You know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Which is exactly what Caribe's chef and owner, Juan Alvarado, has done by buying into his competition. "Luck put this in my path," he says. "I have no idea how."

See also: Miami's Ten Best Cuban Restaurants


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Bravo's Best New Restaurant: The Federal Advances

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Chef Zapata in the kitchen.
Bravo's Best New Restaurant has hit its stride. In the first episode, a lot of the rules weren't explained.

This week, it felt like host, judge, and executive producer Tom Colicchio took his own advice, because the episode was tighter, with more structure and better editing.

Like the first episode, two restaurants were highlighted. Miami's the Federal Food Drink & Provisions went up against Austin's Swift's Attic, with each culinary team competing for a feature in Bon Appétit, a $100,000 spot at a Las Vegas food festival, and the title of "Best New Restaurant."

See also: Bravo's Best New Restaurant: Dolce Italian Advances

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