This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: National Coffee Day, Pumpkinpalooza, and Pubbelly Goes Vegan

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Celebrate National Coffee Day with Joe and Leticia Pollock.
If you're dragging all through work today, it can only mean one thing: it's Monday. Put some pep in that step with a cup of joe -- today is national coffee day. That is bound to get you excited for what else the week has in store. From Mignonette's oyster happy hour to a Michael Pirolo and Todd Erickson pumpkin fest and even a Pubbelly and Jugofresh collab. Nope, you're not still dreaming. Week starts now.

See also: National Coffee Day Is Monday: Where to Get Free Java

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Drink Pink in October and Support Breast Cancer Awareness

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Drink pink in October.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, with charity walks, fundraisers, and benefits planned. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with over over 220,000 women in the United States being treated for the disease each year.

Although that's a staggering statistic, early prevention and treatment is the key to a good prognosis -- and raising money and awareness is a great way we can all play the part in supporting the organizations who support patients and search for a cure.

Several lounges in Miami are participating in a "drink pink" campaign, where you can help fight breast cancer just by enjoying a rose-colored cocktail. For each pink drink, a portion of proceeds will benefit a specific cancer organization.

See also: Lilt Lounge at the Epic: Oysters, Caviar and Champagne Cocktails

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Concrete Beach Beer Available in Stores; Brewery Still Not Open

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Concrete Beach's Rica wheat IPA and Stiltsville lager is available in Miami, although the brewery is not open.
Concrete Beach Brewery opened its doors to the media for a sneak preview last week, although its will not be open to the public for at least another month.

But in the meantime, beer from the Wynwood brewery is already being sold in shops around Miami. How is this possible? The answer is simple: because Concrete Beach is a part of Boston Brewing Company (technically) and because the parent organization's vast resources, the product is made in a larger facility in Cincinnati, according to a spokesperson for the brewery.

See Also: Sneak Peek of Concrete Beach Brewery in Wynwood, Opening Later This Fall

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Miami Gastropubs Risk Steering the Trend the Wrong Way

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Inside southwestern Miami's Finka Table & Tap.
Miami today is replete with truffle oil fries, Brussels sprouts studded with pork bits, and fried-egg-crowned burgers. From the beach to the suburbs, from north to south, scores of restaurants all serve the same predictably heavy fare under the gastropub banner.

The concept was borne of England's pub culture. Chefs with haute cuisine pedigrees made food as much a priority as drink, and started serving upmarket fare in unpretentious settings. A slow collection of gastropubs began shaping up in America starting in the 1990s and the trend seemed to mushroom when April Bloomfield opened the Spotted Pig in New York City in 2004. It rooted in Miami, one could argue, in 2010 when three guys opened a pork-heavy place called Pubbelly in Miami Beach's then-forgettable Sunset Harbour neighborhood.

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Lure Fishbar to Host Botran Rum Mixology Showdown Today

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The Botran Rum Mixology Showdown is coming to Miami at Lure Fishbar.
The Botran Rum Mixology Showdown pits mixologist versus mixologist at Lure Fishbar in a competition to make the best cocktail with Botran rum.

Today's competition is open to the public and runs from noon to 3 p.m. Simone Caporale, who was named International Bartender of the Year at this year's Tales of the Cocktail, will be emceeing the competition.

See also: Emilio Estefan and Botran Rum Join Forces for Miami Nights

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Pubbelly Going Vegan for One Night Only October 2

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No pig heads on this menu, unless they're made of tofu.
In a sign that the times are most definitely a' changin', the kings of pork are embracing plants. Notable Miami Beach eatery Pubbelly (whose owners were once called the Sovereigns of Swine by the New Times), is going vegan.

In partnership with Jugofresh, the team is hosting a pop-up vegan spread on October 2. For $60 a pop, attendees can dig into animal-free eats by chefs Jose Mendin and Paco.

See also: Chef Paco of Jugofresh Cooks Up Creative Vegan Eats for Conscious Bite Out Dinner

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Ted's at YoungArts, a Gastro-Entertainment Venue, to Open in December

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Ted's at YoungArts: a "gastro-entertainment venue."
The YoungArts campus is launching an interesting space, come December.

Ted's at YoungArts is being billed as an "intimate cultural lounge and eatery," by Paul T. Lehr, the National YoungArts Foundation's president and CEO.

See also: Bacardi Buildings Sold to National YoungArts Foundation for $10 Million


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Bulleit Bourbon Dinner: Crispy Oysters and Bourbon Pomegranate Baby Back Ribs

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Cheers to Bourbon month
Last night, Bulleit and Chat Chow TV teamed up with Rob Ferrara and John Latrellis of Lure Fishbar for a bourbon-pairing dinner that included potent drinks and delicious food.

It's the second year in a row that Bulleit, Chat Chow, and Ferrara partake in the event with the first held at Swine last year. "Last year's dinner was so foie heavy I don't know how anyone is alive," said Ferrara as he kicked things off last night. "But tonight, we're really excited to be cooking you the food we love to do."

See also: Eating House, Broken Shaker Alum Steve Santana Opening Miami Beach Taqueria

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Batch Gastropub Brunch: All-You-Can-Drink and Chicken & Waffles for $20

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What do you say to chicken and waffles at Batch Gastropub in Brickell along with all-you-can-drink for $20?

See also: Ten Best Chicken & Waffles in Miami

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Parties, Brunch, and Miami Spice Last Call

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Thrill to the magic of J&G Grill's cuisine this weekend for your Miami Spice encore.
This week was pretty exciting in the Miami food scene, rainy days notwithstanding. This weekend is no slouch, either, with a host of free events, openings, and, of course, the last weekend in which to indulge in a three-course Miami Spice meal.

Weekend starts now!

See also: Miami Spice 2014: Ten Best Sunday Brunch Deals

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