Lilt Lounge to Open at the Epic

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Morning Tear
Lilt Lounge, a sophisticated cocktail lounge inside the Epic, is set to open tomorrow. An alternative to the club scene of South Beach, Lilt intends to create a new social experience in downtown Miami by blending libations with art and music.

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Ikea Hack Ideas for Your Kitchen: Diaper Genie Countertops and Bamboo Stick Knife Stands

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Since everyone and their mothers can't seem to stop talking about the new Ikea opening up in the Sweetwater/Doral/Unincorporated Dade, we at Short Order are providing you with some helpful Ikea hacks, straight from the DIY gurus at Ikea Hackers. These alternative uses for common Ikea products will not only change the way you look at a diaper genie forever, but will also leave you wondering how much free time some people must have on their hands.

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Boxelder Craft Beer Market to Open in Wynwood

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Nicole and Adam Darnell: The duo behind Boxelder craft beer.
Wynwood is certainly becoming Miami's mecca for beer. Wynwood Brewing Company has been serving up beer and tours for months, while Concrete Beach and J. Wakefield are working on their respective venues. Next on tap, however, is Boxelder Craft Beer Market, a craft beer purveyor set to open in Wynwood this fall.

The craft beer market and tap room is the brainchild of husband-and-wife duo Nicole and Adam Darnell, two professionals in the art industry who decided to pursue their mutual lifelong love of beer. Even the name of their market relates to the growing beer scene in Wynwood.

See also: MIA Brewing Company Opens for Production

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

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Cantina La Veinte opens next Monday the Icon
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 more than 30 concepts in Mexico, this location is Cantina La Veinte's first U.S. outpost (the other three are all in Mexico City).

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

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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 its new menu July 29, this past Saturday, Short Order was invited on a boat with a bunch of Bravo-lebrities and Mario Lopez to taste-test new menu items.

The new menu has a handful of new items sprinkled into every section, with the introduction of some new categories including bowls, deluxe sides, and dessert flatbread. Some highlights are the wild orchid Hawaiian and fresh pineapple martini, the spicy tuna bowl, the porcini mushroom ravioli, and the s'mores flatbread.

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Magical, Tasty New Food Items at Universal's Diagon Alley

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There are so many wonderful aspects of the Harry Potter universe -- duh, there's magic! -- but one of the most satisfying things is the food.

Throughout the novels, author J.K. Rowling fabricates her fair share of magical creatures as well as delectable wizarding food. We can't naturally concoct any fantastic beasts, but with a little imagination and some flour, sparks can fly in the kitchen.

When planning the latest expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando, senior vice president of revenue operations Ric Florell and executive chef Jayson worked together to conjure up dishes that are both authentic to wizards and delicious for muggles.

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Loba: Latin Spice and Southern Comfort Headed to MiMo

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Here, fishy fishy.
Not everyone grows up dreaming of owning their own restaurant and the desire to feed hungry folks who sometimes complain simply for the sake of complaining. No, it takes a special breed of person to dream about owning and operating a restaurant. Meet Jessica Sanchez, a financial analyst who took the plunge in 2013 and quit her 9-to-5 to pursue her dream.

She's opening Loba, which means "she-wolf" in Spanish, in Miami's MiMo district come early May. The 28-year-old Colombian grew up in the restaurant industry, acquiring years of experience and know-how from her parents, who owned Patacon, a chain of Colombian restaurants.

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Matt Kuscher on Kush: "We Are Aiming to Have Florida's Best Craft Beer Selection"

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Matt Kuscher.
Matt Kuscher wanted to leave the corporate life after working for Houston's for many years. Taking a leap of faith, he ventured off and opened Lokal in Coconut Grove in 2011, offering straightforward food made from sustainable and local ingredients paired with good beer. It helped that he brought David Rodriguez on board as head of the craft program. Lokal was an instant hit.

Three years and a brew bus later, the duo is opening its third venture this Friday. Kush (short for "Kuscher") aims to become Wynwood's go-to spot for drinking, eating, and art. With a small menu of about 15 items, Kush concentrates on the beer. "We want to be the best craft beer selection in all of South Florida," Kuscher says.

Matt recently chatted with Short Order about local boar, Kush brownies served with a bag of greens, his favorite beer, and his plans for Kush to become Wynwood's beer mecca.

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Eats & Beats Caters to Locals During SOBEWFF; Short Order Readers Get Discount

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The Moore Building has one of the most beautiful interior spaces in the city.
Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in Miami knows what areas to avoid during certain times of the year. Unless you are in the mood to dodge throngs of tourists and spend exorbitant amounts of money, South Beach is a no-no during the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival February 20 through 23. Eats & Beats organizers are looking to give locals a home to start the weekend.

"The idea behind Eats & Beats is to have an event for locals during one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year," says event organizer Emi Guerra. "It gives locals a place to go without spending a ton of money and provides local businesses an opportunity to showcase their products."

Taking place February 22 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight over a sprawling four floors in the Moore Building in the Design District, Eats & Beats will feature 22 restaurants, four bakeries, five breweries, and 16 liquor and wine brands showcasing the best of their wares.

"We are looking to feature as many over-the-top items and local favorites as we can," says PR/marketing guru Liza Santana of Creativas Group. "Different types of ceviches, croquetas, risottos, and even chocolate. The restaurants featured are going to be like pieces that fit into a puzzle."

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The River Seafood & Oyster Bar Launches Brunch This Sunday

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Roasted oysters? Yes, please.
If someone asked you to describe your ideal brunch, your answer would probably involve eggs, oysters, charcuterie, and French toast.

Oh, and of course, booze.

Well, beginning this Sunday, the River Seafood & Oyster Bar will serve all of the above.

There will also be a smorgasbord -- an oversize wooden board topped with enough food to feed four to six people. It includes jamón serrano; manchego cheese with carrot salad and honeycomb; marinated olives; rabbit pâté with cornichons, whole-grain mustard, and pickled onion relish; crab salad ravigote; bacalao croquettes with saffron aioli; and much more. This "starter" will set your group back $90.

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