Peeps are Popping Up: Dunkin' Donuts, Bocce Bar, and Tongue & Cheek

Categories: Holidays

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Carina Ost
Peeps on a doughnut.
Some people get excited for candy corn in October and candy canes in December. But when it comes to Easter candy, there is a divide. Some go for chocolate bunnies, others like Cadbury eggs, and yet others prefer Peeps. We are Team Peeps all the way.

We like our Peeps, like we like our peeps -- bright, marshmallowy, and sugar-dusted. Where can you see these little chickadees popping up in Miami? We have the answer!

See also: Easter Brunch in Miami

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Third Annual Ommegang HopChef Competition at the Biltmore April 28

Categories: Booze Hound

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Courtesy of Blaze PR
Brewery Ommegang is busting out with its third annual HopChef Competition at the BIltmore Hotel on April 28, pitting several Miami chefs against each other to see who can make the best beer and food pairing.

Eight prominent Miami chefs are currently in the process of developing their dishes for the event. Just earlier this week at a media-only event, the chefs met at the Biltmore to select their Ommegang beers to be paired with their respective plates.

See also: Ommegang Game of Thrones Release Party and Beer Dinner at R House March 26

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China Grill to Open in Brickell: Innovative Space With Individual Bird's Nests

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Courtesy of RCC Associates
Rendering of China Grill Brickell.
It's been nearly two years since China Grill, the restaurant that in 1995 essentially started Miami Beach's dining renaissance, closed its doors and announced a move to Brickell.

In April 2012, China Grill Management and Jeffrey Chodorow announced China Grill Brickell would open "in the fourth quarter of this year, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of China Grill's flagship New York location."

See also: China Grill Moving From South Beach to Brickell

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Grilled Cheese, Swanky Wines, and Frita Friday

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Courtesy of Veritage Miami
Miami's best chefs are cooking for you at Veritage Miami.
Friday is here and, as always, there's a lot of good stuff going on this weekend.

For starters, how about a loaf of warm, freshly baked bread to start your day? Or maybe you'd rather top off your Friday with a few fritas and cocktails with friends at a kick-ass happy hour?

If you prefer to go swanky, there's the Veritage Miami interactive dinner. Not to worry if you can't rub two nickels together, because we've got free grilled cheese sammies for you too.

Step right this way, ladies and gents, for your weekend guide.

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Caporal Chicken: Fried Chicken Legend Lands in Miami via Cuba, New York

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Fagenson
Simple. Cheap. Worth the drive.
A small fried chicken joint so far west on SW Eighth Street it could be in the Everglades is breaking a lot of hearts on the outer edges of New York City.

Caporal Chicken is tucked inside an easy-to-miss cubbyhole in a remote shopping plaza, where Vincent Herryman turns out piles of juicy, salty, smokey-tasting fried chicken the same way his uncle did in Cuba and later in Washington Heights.

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Eating House to Host 4/20 Dinner for Stoners

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Photo by billwisserphoto.com
Giorgio Rapicavoli celebrates 4/20 with a special menu.
It's no secret that the nation's official views on marijuana are changing for the better. States are ruling for the legalization of medical marijuana, and Colorado recently made history by becoming the first state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. Even Florida might jump on the bandwagon come November. If that happens, expect a lot more "comfort" food on restaurant menus.

Ever a trailblazer, Eating House's chef/owner Giorgio Rapicavoli for a few years has been hosting an annual 4/20 dinner. This year is no exception, with his Coral Gables restaurant opening for a rare, prix fixe Sunday dinner. Sunday, April 20, from 6:30 to 11 p.m., enjoy a special munchies menu, live music, drink specials, and stoner movies.

The prix fixe, served family-style, features a killer munchies menu priced at $42.0 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Special wine and beer selections are $4.20. Do you see a pattern here?


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Jamie DeRosa on Tongue & Cheek's First Anniversary

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Photo by billwisserphoto.com
Tongue & Cheek turns one.
On April 15, Tongue & Cheek, the playful South of Fifth restaurant by chef Jamie DeRosa, will celebrate its first anniversary. Truthfully, it seems like the restaurant has been around a lot longer.

During its brief existence, chef/owner Jamie DeRosa has attracted a faithful clientele of locals -- along with a respectable list of celebrity chefs including Geoffrey Zakarian, Masaharu Morimoto, and Norman Van Aken. He's also run a successful dinner series, Kitchen Collab, where DeRosa partners with other chefs including Lindsay Autry, Robert Irvine, and Van Aken, and has won a host of awards, including a Best of Miami nod for Best Bar Program in 2013.

See also: At South Beach's Tongue & Cheek, Jamie DeRosa Gets Frisky

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I Ate Dog Meat in Vietnam

Categories: Travel Hog

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Dog meat, herbs, fish sauce.
No, I don't know what breed it was. Yes, I know I'm disgusting. It tastes mostly like overcooked lamb. The worst part is actually the mushy gray fermented shrimp sauce that smells like a bowl of anchovies left to bake in the sun for six months.

Now that your basic questions about dog meat -- thit cho (pronounced teet-choh) in Vietnamese -- are out of the way we can dig a little deeper.

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Choices Vegan Kitchen Now Open Near the Airport

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Photo courtesy of Lori Zito, Choices Kitchen
Miami's favorite spot for meatless eats, Choices Vegan Cafe, has given birth a new vegan eatery: Choices Kitchen, a spacious spot on NW 27th Ave.

The new arrival is a twist on the company's other two locales. Instead of a written menu, they'll be offering up a daily plate of vegan eats for $12.

See also: Choices Cafe: Vibrant Fare on Miami's Upper Eastside

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Spring Garden to Glass Cocktails at Rose Bar at Delano

Categories: Booze Hound

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Courtesy Rose Bar at Delano
The Tequilamockingbird. Fresh and literary cocktail.
To kick off the Spring season, Rose Bar at Delano is mixing up a batch of "farm to glass" cocktails.

The libations are created by Delano South Beach's head mixologist, Bernie Waters, who decided that the fresh fruits and herbs coming from local South Florida farms are just too good to not be utilized in a drink. Waters tell us that the inspiration behind the drinks were the colorful fruits. "When in the tropics, people are drawn towards warm, brilliant colors and light spirits, so I wanted to reflect those proclivities in my drinks."

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