Make Vegan Lasagna, Chocolate Mousse at VeganAroma's Cooking Class This Saturday

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Raw vegan lasagna.
If your vegan cooking skills are limited to tossing salads and pouring soy milk on cereal, it's time to step things up a notch. You're a grown ass person with fully functional motor skills -- surely you're capable of more.

Luckily, VeganAroma, the cozy little vegan eatery on SW Eighth Street, is willing to show you something a little more sophisticated. This Saturday afternoon, they'll school eager pupils on how to make lasagna, kale quiche, chocolate mousse, and more.

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Tongue & Cheek's Kitchen Collab with Brandon McGlamery Brought Rabbit in Every Form

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Photos by Carina Ost
Last night was the kick off this summer's session of Kitchen Collab at Tongue & Cheek. Chef Jamie DeRosa and Chef Brandon McGlamery of Luma on Park and Prato in Winter Park joined forces on one grand menu. Unlike other chef collaborations you may see, where the duo of chefs switch off on courses, these two chefs had their hands on each dish from a multitude of text messages, calls, and emails. For this iteration of the dinner series, DeRosa is focusing on Orlando and wants people to "think outside the mouse" and on the region's other dining options.

When he began the series last year he focused on Broward and Palm Beach County and Chef Paula DeSilva was in attendance, as she was a previous collaborator that kicked it off last time around. Short Order was also invited to taste the two talents merge in this one night only dinner event.

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Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Have you caught mango fever?
Thousands of people braved the humidity and sunburn to celebrate all things mango at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival this weekend.

The festival attracts both locals and visitors obsessed with the fleshy tart/sweet fruit, who came to devour everything from mango bread to mango wine and immerse themselves in mango-scented soaps and mango candles.

If purity is your thing, actual mangoes were on sale, as well. From sliced green Colombian mangoes that resembled a cross between jicama and a green apple to rare and exotic varieties on the auction block, people clamored for their favorite Kent and Alphonso mangoes to eat at the festival or take home.

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International Mango Festival: A Tasting Guide to Casturi, Totopuri, Angie, and More

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Delicious mangoes -- and knowledge -- to be discovered.
If you're into mangoes, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival is kind of a big deal. This ode to the fleshy tropical fruit is mango-mania for the general public, but the Grower's Summit portion of the affair is exponentially more intense.

The pre-festival summit brings mango growers from across the globe together to share knowledge and get schooled. This year's event brought folks from Texas, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Haiti and lots of other locales to the grounds of Fairchild last Friday.

We popped in and got a chance to check out the oodles of mangoes on display, taste some special varieties and learn a little about some lesser-known varieties from the experts and growers. Check out our newfound mango knowledge:

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Tongue & Cheek Relaunches Kitchen Collab with Brandon McGlamery on Monday

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Chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek
'Tis the season of summer romance and Chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek is bringing that fleeting joining-forces mentality back to his kitchen with the return of Kitchen Collab. This dinner series pairs DeRosa with an accomplished chef for a one night only multi-course meal.

"This summer's dinner series we are focusing on chefs from the Orlando area. These chefs are badass! All are James Beard nominated and all are very excited to come to Miami and throw down," DeRosa said.

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Buddha Meets Cuba For Beer-Pairing Event at Sergio's in Doral

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Sergio's, the self-styled new American cafe with Latin flavor, is bringing some of Broward County's finest to Doral with a Beer Flights + Delights pairing this Friday, July 11.

For the price of an entree and a couple of drinks out, the Cuban-American restaurant will offer four different "bites," or appetizer-like samplers, each artfully paired with a full pint of beer from The Funky Buddha Brewery. If you've never been to one of the six Sergio's locations, which stretch from Hialeah Gardens to Kendall, this might be the meal to try out what they have to offer.

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Bacon Bash at Nikki Beach: Bask in the Bacon-Wrapped Glory (Photos)

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All photos courtesy Tony Guerra
Chocolate-covered bacon. Lick it up.
Imagine the Swine & Wine festival at the Biltmore Hotel, but with less wine and more bikini-clad bodies. This past weekend, Nikki Beach masterfully combined mojitos, bacon, and live DJs to create a uniquely Miami Fourth of July celebration. The pig binge was part of the Annual IndepenDANCE pool and beach parties, but this was the first ever bacon bacchanalia. Guests in beach-yet-club-friendly attire came for the food and stayed for the party as DJs David Tort, David Solano, and LA Riots took the outdoor stage later that night.

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Get Doritos Loaded, Mtn Dew Solar Flare at Midnight Tonight, Hours Before the Rest of the Country

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7-Eleven
It's here!
We all know living in Miami comes with its own unique set of perks.

We enjoy year-round beach days, have a great basketball team, and can usually spot a Kardashian any time we head over to South Beach.

Plus, we're the first kids on the block to get our hands on the new Doritos Loaded. Last week, the Doritos Lounge rolled into town, giving our fair city a taste of the new snack. If you didn't get the opportunity to try them at the exclusive RSVP-only 7-Eleven events, you've got a second chance tonight.

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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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Inaugural Bacon Beach Bash: Bikini Bods and Bacon Grease at Nikki Beach

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Courtesy of Nikki Beach
These girls are raving for bacon.
In a city obsessed with appearances as much as pork, it was only a matter of time before someone thought to put the two together. The inaugural Bacon Beach Bash will take place this Saturday, July 5, as part of 'Murica's birthday celebration at Nikki Beach. Because if there's one thing Americans like more than taking a bite out of a burger and washing it down with some beer, it's a slab of bacon on said burger.

A tie-in with the famed IndepenDance pool and beach parties, Bacon Beach comes with a side of uhntz-uhntz. You can dance and burn off the grease while sporting your teeny-weeny bikini or Euro trunks, bro.

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