Cantina La Veinte: High-End Mexican Restaurant Opens Next Monday in Brickell

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Seems like Miami is hungry for high-end Mexican food. At least that's what the folks behind Cantina La Veinte think. Part of Cinbersol Group, which has opened over 30 concepts in Mexico, this is Cantina La Veinte's first U.S. location (the other three are all in Mexico City).

Like the restaurant, the menu is grand. There's stuffed chiles, salads, earthy appetizers, ceviche, colossal soup bowls, and other seafood. There's also plenty of Mexican objets d'art for purchase.

See also: Mexico City Restaurant Cantina La Veinte Opening Brickell Location

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Bonefish Grill Unveils New Menu with Mario Lopez, Real Housewives, and Spicy Tuna Bowls

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Smile, meet dimples.
The countdown is on. Though Florida's own, Bonefish Grill, will debut their new menu on July 29, this past Saturday, Short Order was invited on a boat with a bunch of Bravo-leberites and Mario Lopez to taste test new menu items.

The new menu has a handful of new items sprinkled into every section, with introduction of some brand new categories including bowls, deluxe sides, and dessert flatbread. Some highlights were the Wild Orchid Hawaiian and the Fresh Pineapple Martini, the Spicy Tuna Bowl, Porcini Mushroom Ravioli and the S'mores Flatbread.

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Hemingway's Birthday: Make the Original Papa Doble From Havana's Floridita Bar

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Make a Papa Doble. Toast to Hemingway's 115th birthday.
Today marks Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday. The author/adventurer who called South Florida home for a number of years, is nearly as well known for his prolific drinking as his writing.

In fact, much of the Tales of the Cocktail seminar, Floridita: Cradle of the Daiquiri, focused on Hemingway's influence on the famed Havana bar where bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert invented the daiquiri.

Cocktail historians David Wondrich and Jeff "Beachbum" Berry shared insight into the beginnings of this cocktail, which surged in popularity first during Prohibition, when wealthy Americans would fly or cruise to nearby Cuba to spend the day imbibing, forgoing the sights of the island to spend the day looking into a cocktail glass. The island nation's tourism industry grew, with tourists staggering out of Sloppy Joe's, which was considered to be the "American" bar in Havana.

See also: Toast Ernest Hemingway's Birthday With These Cocktails

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Broken Shaker's James Seyba Talks Black Watermelons and Buns in the Oven

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Seyba brings home the bacon.
Prior to joining the Broken Shaker last November, James Seyba got his tutelage under Michael Schwartz while working as a sous-chef at Michael's Genuine before moving to New Orleans as chef de partie at Asian bistro Lucky Rooster. Seyba has shaken up (pun intended) the menu twice since settling in at the Freehand Miami.

Seyba and his sous-chef, Anthony Ciancio (also from Michael's Genuine), are working on keeping the Shaker's garden well stocked so that by the time harvesting season peaks, their produce is ready and in full swing. We stopped in to try his summer fare and chat about the the Shaker's indoor restaurant, new kitchen, and rooftop garden.

See also: Broken Shaker's New Chef, James Seyba, Creates Menu Designed to Pair with Cocktails

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Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Its Doors With Farewell Bash

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Last month's announcement that Choices Cafe's Brickell location is closing has left plant eaters across South Florida crying into their quinoa. But it's not all sad-face emojis. The vegan eatery is planning a celebratory sendoff.

Fans and friends will gather Saturday, July 26, to say so long to three years of tasty eats and compassionate choices. Food, fun, and fond nostalgia are in order.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Ice Cream at Icebox Cafe, Dinner and a Movie at SushiSamba

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Not-so-happy Monday. The weekend came and went too fast -- another year, another Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week in the books.

If you missed the action, don't feel so bad. You got to skip out on deadly traffic, nightmarish parking, and walking through puddles with shoes in hand -- what some people will do for models in swimsuits and free drinks. Luckily, there's plenty going on this week to make up for the weekend, and it starts with ice cream.

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Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

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OMG, quick! Someone secure the drink cart!
OK Miami, if you're thirsty for a crafted cocktail, maybe this is a good time to just order a shot and a beer.

It's that time of year when bartenders from all over the world converge on the Crescent City for five days of debauchery and drinking -- better known as Tales of the Cocktail.

In actuality, TOTC is a huge learning tool for Miami mixologists. The multi-day event is a way for bartenders to discover new spirits and small batch distillers, learn techniques, network, and get a pulse on upcoming trends and pick the brains of peers throughout the world.

And, yes, there are some pool parties, revelry, and lots of hungover mornings. After all, you are getting a group of bartenders together in New Orleans -- this ain't exactly a Boy Scout jamboree.

So, this weekend may be a good time to learn a little more about, say, the craft beer scene in Miami. Trust me, when your favorite mixologists come back with some new recipes and skills, you'll be glad you waited.

Here are just some of the bartenders and industry people in NOLA for the weekend:

See also: Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Opens in Brickell

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Prost: The best of the wurst.
Brickell is turning into one big beer and sausagefest with the opening of Prost Wurstgrill and Bierhouse.

The restaurant was opened by a group of German investors, led by Michael Sponaugle, last week with a limited "soft opening" menu. Prost is now open daily for dinner and will open for lunch and dinner with an expanded menu on July 30.

See also: Bistro BE Coming to Miami: Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, and Beer Galore

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Sud Swap Returns Saturday at Gramps with Cigar City Brewing

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Last month we took a drive down to Wynwood to check out the monthly Sud Swap, an outdoor beer bazaar featuring local homebrewers, beer traders, artists, musicians, and anyone creative who loves a good craft beer.

This month, it will be blowing all previous ones out of the water.

See also: Biscayne Home Brew & Carry Out Opens in MiMo District

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H2Ombre Brave the Bar Competition: Vote for Your Favorite Cocktail

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Get wet at H2Ombre.
If the staggering heat of our Miami summer is getting to you and you don't have a pool in your backyard, maybe you should consider heading to the Adrienne Arsht Center for a refreshing dip at the theater.

H2Ombre is playing at the Miami entertainment complex and it's an interactive show that features loud music, strobe lights, fog machines, lots of people suspended in mid-air, and water. In fact, the Arsht Center asks you to wear clothes that can get wet and rubber soled-shoes for the performance -- a far cry from the silk cocktail dresses and teetering heels we're used to wearing for an evening of live theater.

See also: Ten Best Happy Hours in Miami

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