Miami-Dade Residents Can Adopt Two Fruit Trees

Laine Doss
Plant a baby mango tree now. Have mangoes in a few years.
If you had a severe case of mango envy earlier this summer, wishing your home had a tree that produced the sweet, juicy fruit, then all you need is a piece of land and a little patience.

Miami-Dade is holding a tree giveaway on Sunday, September 14, at Miami Dade College's North Campus. From 9 a.m. to noon (rain or shine), homeowners can get their choice of two baby trees, while supplies last.

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This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Bar Wars, Spice Mash-Up Grand Finale

Courtesy of 660
All of this but with sun and barbecue.
Happy Labor Day! For everyone not in the industry, today means an extra day of eating and drinking. And for all those in the industry, today we pay tribute to you and your hard labor. From a Labor Day poolside barbecue to the last Miami Spice mash-up dinner, this is one busy week. And it starts now.

See also: Make Your Own Tiki Cocktails for Labor Day, Courtesy of Gui Jaroschy and Trevor Alberts

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

Photo by Carla Torres
Well aren't you excited that it's a three-day weekend? If you're staying in town and are in need of some food and drink, you might want to check out Lilt, the new lounge at the Epic.

You'll find live music and champagne cocktails poured tableside from a trolling champagne cart. Oh, and don't forget the oysters with green apple caviar and cucumber granite. Don't worry, it's faux caviar.

See also: Lilt Lounge to Open at the Epic

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Cigar City Beer Pairing at Verde: Imperial Stout Limited Release and Grouper Cheeks (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
Beer-pairing dinners attract the most devoted of beer snobs. Only true craft beer lovers would drive down from Fort Lauderdale for one. Especially when the beer involved Tampa brewer Cigar City and the chef happens to be the one who opened the Cigar City brewpub in 2008.

Cigar City rep Eddy Torres joined chef Nicolay Adinaguev at Verde last night for the restaurant's first beer pairing. Short Order was invited to attend the dinner.

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Gabriela Machado Launches Paladar Dinner Series

All photos by Laine Doss
Paladar's Gabriela Machado and Uvaggio chef Bret Pelaggi prep the cheese course.
The whole affair was a little mysterious. An email invite to dinner at an unnamed location by an unnamed chef.

Taking the challenge, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the chef who was returning to the Miami dining scene was none other than Gabriela Machado, the chef behind Copperbox Culinary Atelier, the combination culinary proving ground/pop-up dinner party that the chef hosted from her Wynwood space.

Machado closed Copperbox just when she learned all she could from it, telling Short Order that she the project was a way for her to hone her skills, not only on a culinary level, but business-wise and people-wise.

"I came from Venezuela four years ago without knowing anybody. Copperbox was a studio for me. For me to be a better chef, I needed to have a studio to learn. It was an experiment and a test to learn about Miami and learn about what I needed to know to grow. It was me learning and learning the United States. It developed into something beautiful."

See also: Underground Dining Guide: Kulinary Therapy to Cobaya to Shelley-belly to Copperbox

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Biscayne Bay Brewing Company to Hold First Public Tasting at Key West Brewfest

Categories: Booze Hound

Courtesy of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company will showcase its beers to the public for the first time during this year's Key West Brew Fest.
Another Miami brewery is poised to open in the coming months, yet for the past year the general public has not had a chance to taste any beer from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.

That will change, however, when the brewery is handing out samples of its beer at the Key West Brewfest this weekend. The beer festival kicked off yesterday for the Labor Weekend and ends on Monday. Dozens of Florida beers will be featured, including several from Miami, but Biscayne Bay Brewing is no where to be found on the website.

See also: Biscayne Brewing Company Coming to Brickell/Little Havana, Plans to Open By December

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Bacon Cocktails for National Bacon Day (Recipe)

Categories: Booze Hound

Courtesy Tongue & Cheek
Bacon meets booze. Everyone's happy.
Welcome to the start of a fantastic holiday weekend. This last-hurrah of summer contains not one, but two memorable days.

In addition to celebrating Labor Day, this weekend we pay tribute some something near and dear to our hearts. Bacon!

Saturday is National Bacon Day and, while it may be slightly lesser known than that other holiday, it's a pretty good excuse for a celebration. We imagine a world where National Bacon Day is filled with sales (all bacon half off!); cookouts (with bacon, of course); and parades. (Can you just imagine the marching band decked out in curly tails and snouts?)

Until that day, we're going to raise a glass to our favorite meat candy with some of these bacon-infused cocktails.

See also: Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Labor Day Grilling, Bacon, and Meatballs

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Make Your Own Tiki Cocktails for Labor Day, Courtesy of Gui Jaroschy and Trevor Alberts

Photo by Jose de las Casas
Drunken Dragon's Voodoo Lady
So you think you can't make tiki drinks at home? Think again. In celebration of Labor Day, we've rounded up a couple of recipes from the two tiki authorities in town, Gui Jaroschy (Broken Shaker) and Trevor Alberts, to keep you cooled off in this unbearable heat.

"Tiki drinks have always grabbed my attention right away," says Jaroschy, who recently revamped the cocktail menu at SoBe's new Asian gastropub Drunken Dragon.

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Kaiseki Your Way at N by Naoe

Categories: First Bites

All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Box of treats at N by Naoe.
Kevin Cory's newest undertaking, N, which opened July, is far different from the neighboring Brickell Key omakase temple that earned him bundles of praise.

For most of your $100, hourlong meal at N, you won't see the soft-spoken chef. Also his staff has grown beyond Wendy, Naoe's longtime manager, to include a small troupe who tend your every need. They pour toasty, earthy Sencha tea, a variety commonly use in Japan's orderly tea ceremonies, into diminutive earthenware cups.

See also: N by Naoe Opens on Brickell Key

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Labor Day Grilling, Bacon, and Meatballs

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Courtesy of TK's at Villa Mayfair
Drink up, it's a three day weekend!
Welcome to the unofficial last weekend of summer. To most of the world, this means getting the last beach weekend in before nine months of having to wear wooly sweaters and down jackets. To us, it means glorious 70-degree days are soon to come.

Miami does have one thing in common with our northern neighbors -- a three-day weekend! There's so much planned, you've got to have that extra day to pack it all in. From a master grilling class to a meatball giveaway to a celebration of bacon, here are our picks!

See also: IKEA Miami Opens Wednesday: Free Stuff All Week, Including Meatballs for a Year

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