Babylon Turkish Restaurant: Authentic Cuisine and Belly Dancing

All photos by Laine Doss
Miami Beach is transformed into the hanging gardens of Babylon.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon remain the most mysterious of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, which can still be visited, scholars and historians are still debating over whether the gardens ever existed at all. Whether fact or fiction, the gardens are legendary for their lush beauty and it's fitting that Babylon Turkish Restaurant was named after them.

The restaurant, which opened about two months ago in South Beach, features a gorgeous garden courtyard, with trees covered in lights and glass evil eyes for good luck.

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Aaron Brooks Cooking Class at Edge: Chef Has Lost 20 Pounds (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
Ready. Set. Cook.
Aaron Brooks is one of 12 Miami chefs participating in the Fit to Fight weight loss challenge, which is just two weeks shy of coming to a close. So far the executive chef of Edge Steak & Bar has lost a whopping 20 pounds, most of which he attributes to his new found diet.

In order to share the wealth (or weight loss tactics), the chef brought back his popular cooking classes and decided to give it a healthy twist. Short Order was invited to Saturday's festivities, where we learned a thing or two about healthy eating, and must-have kitchen essentials.

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Divino Ceviche Celebrates Third Anniversary With New Menu

Photo by Neil Vazquez
Divino Ceviche celebrated its third anniversary at its cozy Gables location with a pisco-addled shindig. To commemorate the occasion, chef-owner Christian Encalada invited his close friend chef Frabricio Pareja of North Miami Beach's Cholo Ceviche and Grill. Together they concocted a menu that highlighted some of Peruvian cuisine's lesser known staples as well as the locally renowned ceviche.

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Lokal Yappy Hour Tonight: Drink $5 Florida Beer With Your Dog

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Courtesy of LoKal
Take your dog to happy hour.
In honor of man's best friend and a great cause, Lokal is introducing the first ever Yappy Hour today. Yappy hours are a thing in Fort Lauderdale and basically invites your dog to drink with you at happy hour. OK, so maybe your dog doesn't drink but he keeps you company.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m. today, five dollars will get you a golden beer ticket to Florida kegs that can't be found anywhere else (not even at the breweries providing them) except Lokal. Because of the restaurant's close relationship with brewers, the pet-friendly and environmentally conscious burger-and-beer neighborhood joint is able to get these rare releases.

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This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Bourbon Pairing Dinner and $1 Beer

Photo by Jacob Katel
This with bourbon.
If you were one of the many at Broken Shaker's Bloody Mary competition yesterday, then we feel your pain this Monday. We hope you didn't say anything about no drinking till the weekend, because this week starts with bourbon and ends with beer. From a bourbon pairing dinner at Meat Market tomorrow night to $1 Chang beers at Sriracha House on Thursday, this week is a fluid one.

Don't worry, there's plenty of food to be had too.

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Miam Cafe & Boutique: European Cafe Life Comes to Wynwood

All photos by Laine Doss
Miam's turkey and avocado club on Zak the Baker bread ($10).
Two years ago, Miam Cafe's owner, Alexis Jacot, was on vacation with his wife from Switzerland, when he fell in love with the idea of opening a cafe in Wynwood. The former Proctor & Gamble executive noticed a vacancy inside the Wynwood Building and, right then and there, made a deal to snag the space.

"This neighborhood, and especially this building, are so special. I fell in love. I have a hospitality background, and always wanted to open a cafe, and everything was pointing in that direction so I just jumped!"

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Boxing and Brunch, Giant Jackfruit, and Italian Tailgating

Categories: Weekend Guide

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
They look spooky, but they taste like Juicy Fruit!
Happy Friday. If you've been inside just about any store, you've noticed pumpkins, ghouls,and candy on display -- which means that Miami is gearing up for fall -- even though it's still about a grillion degrees outside.

With fall come some amazing activities like football (and tailgates!), walks in the garden (with rare tropical fruit), and punching the hell out of something (followed by lunch and cocktails). Sounds amazing!

Your weekend starts now!

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Sam Adams Octoberfest Moves to Soho Studios on September 19 and 20

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This year's Sam Adams Octoberfest will be celebrated indoors at Soho Studios in Wynwood.
The fifth annual Sam Adams Octoberfest in Miami will be held at Soho Studios in Wynwood on September 19 and 20. It has been taken over by Tony Albelo of Social House Events and Javi Zayas of Zevents.

The details of the switch are a bit murky, but the past four years of the Sam Adams-sponsored Octoberfest celebration in Miami has not kept with tradition, says Albelo, who has attended the festival in Munich in the past. He contends it should be celebrated indoors over here as it is in Germany.

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Five Best September Miami Spice Menus

Categories: Miami Spice

Photo by Carina Ost
These quails are adorable, but they'll cost you.

Have you been late to indulge in Miami Spice meals? Have no fear, some of the September menus were worth waiting for.

While it isn't necessary to change up your spice menu from August to September, some restaurants choose to do so, and we are grateful. (There are even those who do it weekly -- winking at you, Tongue & Cheek and the Forge.)

While August may have been a bit of amateur hour (see the grudging), September menus just feel more serious. And with less than three weeks left, it is time to make your reservations for the five most exciting new menus. Bonus: All of these restaurants are at hotels, so you can continue to splurge and get a room if you are too stuffed (or intoxicated) to drive home.

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Miami Pastry King Antonio Bachour to Open Brickell Cafe

Antonio Bachour.
On the heels of releasing his second cookbook, the tireless, social media-happy Antonio Bachour will open his own eponymous bakery and café on Brickell Avenue.

Bachour, who will remain executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, finalized plans for his 1,700-square-foot space at 600 Brickell Ave. late Thursday night and aims to open by summer 2015.

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