The Kitchen Sink: Lifefood Gourmet, Konexpress, Seafood and Summer Soirees, Monday Delights, and Mango Cafe

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Michael Schott
It's not a burger, it's piece of mind on a plate (that tastes good, too)
Fresh from our inbox to your computing devices, we're serving up some local food news you can chew.  Digest these restaurant announcements and offers as you make Labor Day plans:

Lifefood Gourmet now open Sundays: The place that put an end to second guessing vegan is now open from noon to 6 p.m. on the day of rest. To celebrate its inaugural Sunday service, Lifefood Gourmet is slashing your bill like it does your preconceptions about its onion fritters, nori crisps, apple fries, and signature hemp tortillas & chips.   Just mention the promotion at the register and get 10 percent off your bill. (305) 856-6767, 1248 SW 22nd Street, Miami (Shenandoah.)

Konexpress opens on SoBe: Sushi Samba Dromo rings a bell as Thrillist Miami blasts Brazilian-Japanese Konexpress into our inboxes.  But will it thrill us?  Lay down the taste gauntlet yourself on Friday when this hybrid first employs the skilled hands of Blade Sushi's former chef to roll up tasty vittles into seaweed "Kones."  One thing's for sure: Dan Akroyd would surely approve of these conical incarnations, which are offered hot, cold, and sweet. (305) 420-5809, 445 Espanola Way, South Beach.
 
Catch this "Seafood Soiree": South Florida is known for its fresh seafood; New Zealand, for its Sauvignon Blanc. The two meet at Neomi's Grill on Monday, September 14, for the Seafood Soiree Wine Dinner with Executive Chef Sean Bernal of The Oceanaire Seafood Room, winemakers Dan Dineen of Maude Wines and John Kavanagh of Neudorf Vineyards, and of course the talented chefs in the host kitchen. Trump International Beach Resort, Neomi's Grill, 18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach; Welcome at the bar - 6:30 p.m., dinner - 7:00 p.m.; $79.00 per person, inclusive of tax and service charge; For reservations or more information, including the menu, contact (305) 692-5770.
 
Shuichi Take Fitness Club's Summer Soiree:
Now we know that Miami has a celebrity fitness coach named Shuichi Take and that NBA San Antonio Spurs star Roger Mason Jr. and recording artist CeCe Segarra are devoted followers.  Wait -- who are they?  Know 'em or not, they're coming together for a celebration of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida at Shuichi Take's HQ -- an Asian-inspired indoor and outdoor state-of-the-art club dubbed Miami's first environmentally-focused fitness facility.  A mere $5 minimum donation is required to attend, and you get to chow on grub from chef wunderkinds and nearby neighbors, Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz.  All proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. Shuichi Take Fitness Club, 3250 NE 1st Ave., Suite 504; Thursday, September 3, 7 - 10 p.m. Please RSVP to Patty Escobar at (954) 967-9474 ext. 311 or pescobar@sflawish.org.

Monday Delights at Chef Creole: In an outdoor social setting with a local flair, XX chromosomes will get you complimentary bites of Bahamian and Creole creations by Chef/Owner Wilkinson "Ken" Sejour.  Stop in on Mondays for shrimp creole, conch salad, fish fillet, and creole-seasoned fried shrimp -- even the wine is flowing freely for the ladies! Locations: 13105 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami - (305) 893-4246; 200 NW 54th Street, Miami - (305) 754-2223; 20356 NW 2nd Avenue (441), Miami - (305) 651-4761; chefcreolewestdixie@gmail.com.

The Mango Café at Redland Fruit and Spice Park
Opens: Open only for lunch and late afternoon dining, The Mango Cafe serves up Florida tropical cuisine overflowing with seasonal, locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables found in the Redland agricultural community. Local chef Brian Cullen lets the ingredients shine with fresh tropical fruit mélange salad featuring cottage cheese and banana bread along side exotic fresh fruits from the Fruit and Spice Park. In addition to fruit smoothies and shakes, Café specialties include the Florida Lobster Roll, Shrimp Tacos, an assortment of salads, sandwiches, entrees, and dessert items like Mango Passion Cheesecake and Fresh Homemade Key Lime Pie. Indoor seating is available, but if it's not too muggy or buggy, enjoy the park's beauty and lush landscaping by sitting outside.  The Redland Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187th Avenue in Homestead, FL and can be reached by calling 305-247-5727. The Mango Café is open seven days a week, except Christmas Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It is available for special events for up to 25 people inside the Café, or up to 200 people at a different location within the Fruit and Spice Park.  Customized catering menus are also available for parties on or off the premises.  Dining reservations are not required. 

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