Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day Monday at La Mar

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Pisco Sours and Peru's independence.
In 1821, Peru became the last colony in South America to gain independence from Spain. How best to celebrate, you ask? Why, with food, music, and Pisco, ¡hermanos!

While we know it's hard to disentangle yourself from the comforting arms of classics like tangy ceviche and aromatic lomo saltado, La Mar will serve up a couple of authentic dishes that are worth branching out for.

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Bastille Day: Five French Eateries in Miami for the Non-Elite

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Larry Hoffman | Flickr cc
Célébrons!
"Let them eat cake."

These immortal words supposedly spoken by Marie Antoinette still live on today, but now we can take them literally. On July 14, 1789, inspired by the American revolution, the French people finally rose up against King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, stormed the Bastille, and kicked the aristocracy out on their rich asses. Celebrate this victoire du peuple by eating an inexpensive, delicious French meal at one of these Miami locales on Monday.

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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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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Fourth of July Edition

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Photo by Laine Doss
Eat like a patriot.
Happy birthday, America. You look great for a lady turning 238. Seriously, Independence Day is here and that means picnics, beach days, brunches, cocktails, and fireworks.

Here's our guide to the best places to eat and drink this long holiday weekend. Weekend starts now!

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Proper Sausages Now Offers Proper Pickles, The All-American For Your July Fourth Cookout

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Proper Sausages need Proper Pickles.
If you're planning your Fourth of July cookout, you might just want to make a pit-stop at Proper Sausages in Miami Shores.

The little sausage shop run by Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann that offers house-made artisan sausages from quality meats and spices, fresh bacon, craft beer, wine, and other picnic staples now sells house made pickles and mustards.

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Fourth of July Fireworks and Fare: Where to Dine and Watch the Big Shows

Categories: Holidays

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Photo by Laine Doss
Fireworks from the Rusty Pelican.
On Fourth of July, nearly every city in South Florida celebrates with spectacular fireworks in the evening.

While grabbing a blanket and packing a picnic is fun, sometimes you just want to watch the fireworks at a restaurant, cocktail in hand. Whether you head to these restaurants before the big show or stay for an intimate view of the colorful night sky, these are the restaurants (and one boat) with the best fireworks-watching deals in Miami.

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Make Super Easy Vegan Coleslaw for Fourth of July (Recipe)

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
T-minus 24 hours until Fourth of July festivities kick off. And shiiiiiiit, you totally forgot about the vegan dish you promised to dole out at your neighbor's hipster barbecue. Considering the contents of your fridge (some sad-looking celery and a bottle of ketchup), this might present a problem.

Instead of desperately scrambling for store-bought something you can pass off as your own, whip up a batch of vegan coleslaw. One quick grocery run and six minutes of prep time later, you'll be golden. Not only is it the easiest thing ever, it's chock full of kale and brussels sprouts -- so you'll totally impress your green-eating pals.

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Fourth of July Cocktails: A Toast to Our Founding Fathers

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A toast to our independence
Fourth of July is here and on Friday we'll celebrate our country's 238th birthday with hot dogs, picnics, fireworks, and cocktails.

Cocktails, you say? Of course. After all, our founding fathers loved a good nip. Legend has it that the father of our nation, George Washington, loved his daily rations of wine and whiskey so much his wooden teeth would get stained. Thomas Jefferson's estate at Monticello housed both a winery and a brewery.

And let's not forget Benjamin Franklin who is oft quoted in bars as saying "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria."

So, this Independence Day, let's toast to our founding fathers and life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good cocktail. Here are some patriotic libations to get you started:

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National Ceviche Day Saturday: Five Deals and Specials to Celebrate

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Marinated goodness.
Ahh, ceviche. You truly deserve your own holiday. Soaking in citrus and spice, this is one of South Florida's favorite dishes to slurp down. Lucky for us, it's never hard to come by -- it's even sold out of the back of people's trucks down here. If you prefer to celebrate National Ceviche Day this Saturday with a little ambiance, however, Miami's got several places with specials and deals to better enjoy the Peruvian signature.

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Father's Day Brunch in Miami: A Guide to Meat, Beer, and Cigars for Dad

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A father's feast.
Father's Day is this Sunday, and chances are your dad might want nothing more than to stay on the La-Z-Boy and watch the game. But the recliner will always be there -- these Father's Day brunch specials will not. This Sunday, forgo buying yet another tie and show Dad some love by treating him at one of the restaurants below.

There's something on this list for every dad or abuelo, whether he's into brunch or is more of a steak-dinner guy. For bonus points, throw in a hand-rolled cigar and maybe a round of golf to boot. Note: Reservations are strongly suggested, and tip and tax are generally not included.

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