Estrella Damm Tapas Journey: Three Tapas and a Beer for $20 Through September

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All photos by Carla Torres
Yes, you will have an Estrella Damm.
When was the last time you had three plates and a beer for $20? If that sounds familiar, you probably participated in last year's Estrella Damm Tapas Journey, which took lovers of the Barcelona beer through Wynwood for a taste of Spanish culture.

Estrella Damm has brought back the tour, extended it to Brickell and downtown, and added a bunch of Spanish restaurants, allowing you to eat and drink like a true Spaniard. Short Order was invited to sample some of the tour's tapas.

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The Good of Miami Spice 2014, Part One

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Get your fill of Mediterranean fish at Milos.
Another steamy summer, another Miami Spice. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is back with the oft-beloved, sometimes maligned dining deals that help fill restaurants during the slow summer months and give less well-to-do diners a way to eat in the city's most lavish spots at a fraction of the price.

Things are bit different this year. Gone is the dual-tiered system that didn't insult any restaurant, but slotted some into a less costly "fine dining" group and others into a higher priced "luxury dining" category. This year lunch is a flat $23 and dinner $39. One chef says this will help cover restaurants' food costs a bit, which hopefully will translate into better menus.

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Taste of Doral: Local Favorites and Chains Offer Deals Throughout July

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From arepas to pasta, it's all part of Taste of Doral.

Coral Gables Restaurant Week just ended, and Miami Spice begins in one month. So where can you find discounted prix fixes in the interim? Try the third-annual Taste of Doral. Organized by the Doral Chamber of Commerce, the event is intended to boost economic development while exposing visitors and residents alike to the food culture of the city. Besides, don't South Beach and Wynwood get enough of your love?

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World Cup 2014: Miami's Brazilian-Themed Dishes, Drinks and Deals

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The 2014 World Cup began on Thursday in Sao Paulo, and fĂștbol fans officially are in game-watching mode. To celebrate Brazil's second time hosting the World Cup, restaurants are creating special Brazilian-themed menus and items. Get in on the deals and specials with this guide, from a classic picanha steak to a two-for-one caipirinha deal.

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Coral Gables Restaurant Week Begins Today: Meal Deals, Classes, and More

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Foodies congregate at the Westin hotel for Taste of the Gables.
Coral Gables Restaurant Week begins today, offering Miami residents dining deals at 35 area restaurants. Similar to Miami Spice, restaurants offer locals the opportunity to dine at a discount by featuring prix fixe lunch, dinner, and even brunch deals for the duration of the event, which continues through June 29. CGRW also offers several special ancillary events, such as cooking classes and limited attendance dinners.

It all started last Thursday with Taste of the Gables, a food and drink festival where attendees were able to sample food from 20 of the CGRW participating eateries. A record turnout this year proves yet again that Miami has more to offer than Midtown and Wynwood as dining destinations. You don't have to travel east of I-95 for a good restaurant and picturesque neighborhood.

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Keep Calm and Clambake On at Tongue & Cheek

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When you think summertime in Miami, odds are lobster clambake doesn't register. Now, thanks to the folks at Tongue & Cheek, our balmy, sweaty, uncomfortable season will get a decidedly cool New England makeover.

Created by chef Jamie DeRosa, this is a big departure from his daily dinner specials, or family meals.

"[The series] just spawned from my wife, who's from Rhode Island," DeRosa said. "And when we met was one of the first times I ever was introduced to Massachusetts, if you will, to Boston and New England, and I fell in love with the casualness of a summer picnic."

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Biscayne Tavern Offers New Weekday Lunch Special, Plus a Chocolate Chip Cookie

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The tavern burger does not play.

If you're looking for a meal deal that doesn't skimp on service or flavor, check out the new "speedy weekday lunch special" at Biscayne Tavern in downtown Miami.

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the casual eatery is offering your choice of one of its seasonal salads or savory sandwiches for $13.50. You also get one thick, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie "to go" -- a rule that isn't strictly enforced. If you ask nicely, you can eat your cookie before you head back to work.

We were recently invited to gauge whether or not this lunch special was the real deal, so we popped in for a quick lunch.

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Find Love at $20 Whole Foods Pinecrest Dinner

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Table Manners: Supper Club soiree
Whole Foods is known for many things -- clean eating, high prices, and as the number one place to look for love. So for date night tonight, look no further than Table Manners: Supper Club for a Cause in Whole Foods Pinecrest. Not only will you be contributing to a good cause and eating dinner for quite possibly the least amount of money you'll ever shell out at Whole Foods, but there's a chance you'll meet someone who shares the same love of greens as you at this communal family-style dinner.

In honor of earth month, tonight's Table Manner's dinner follows the theme of eating seasonally. All dish options are environmentally sustainable and made using ingredients currently in season and flourishing. With two seating times (6 & 7:30 p.m.), there's no excuse as to why you can't make it.

We talked to Alina Roche, marketing team leader about the monthly installment that's just $20 a pop.

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Roots & Freens: Gourmet, Organic Food Delivered To Your Doorstep

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At Roots & Freens, organic all the way is the motto. Chef and copartner Carlos Torres has a resumé that spans a decade in the kitchens of top toques Douglas Rodriguez, Michelle Bernstein, and Michael Mina.

Now he's bringing healthful and gourmet cuisine and cold-pressed juices right to your door, at least until he opens his storefront at the Lab in Wynwood in two months.

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Get a Free Lobster Tail at Whole Foods Plus Valentine's Recipe

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With Valentine's Day just a couple of days away, you're probably scrambling to get reservations at one of the many places offering a romantic dinner for two priced at less than $100 per person.

Let's face it though, going on to dinner for Valentine's Day is overrated. The kitchen is more often than not trying to flip tables as fast as possible, wait times are obscene, the service is lackluster and the food is rarely the same as on a regular night.

The solution? Don't wait till after dinner to slip into something more comfortable. A home cooked meal; especially one that consists of a little surf and turf and ends with strawberry ice cream will impress your sweetheart more than any fancy restaurant dinner. To celebrate the love, all Whole Foods stores in Florida are offering a free lobster tail with the purchase of any dry-aged steak tomorrow and Friday, and the perfect herb roasted lobster and steak recipe to go with it.

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