La Michoacana Paleteria y Neveria Redefines Frozen Delights as it Helps You Survive Summer

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Zachary Fagenson
Cucumber and chili, and corn paletas.
In a low-slug strip mall near Krome Avenue in Homestead, the steel-and-glass front door of La Michoacana Paletería y Nevería swings open into an orange-and-gray-tiled shop. A half-dozen flat-screen TV sets blare Spanish-language news and telenovelas as you make your way to a long display case holding row after row of ice pops and cream bars. The $2 frozen treats (cash only) come in a rainbow of flavors, such as blended mamey, sweet tomato salsa, or rompope -- a popular Mexican drink similar to eggnog with ground almonds instead of booze.

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The Vagabond Hotel's Pool Bar Is Open for Business

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Paul Schroeder's Vagabond Collins.
The much-anticipated pool bar at Vagabond Hotel is officially open for business. The place received its liquor license just this week and is ready to welcome the neighborhood and hotel guests in the newly renovated, retro-luxe space.

While the pool is open to hotel guests only, the hotel's bar will be serving classic American cocktails to guests and locals alike. Beverage manager Paul Schroeder makes the Vagabond Collins with vodka, homemade lemon lime juice, and simple syrup with angostura bitters.

"We are bringing ingredients in-house and making all our own juice, grenadine, and simple syrups," said Schroeder. He added that there would be no molecular gastronomy at the bar, just simple classic cocktails, and that guests will be impressed with the happy-hour prices and operating hours, which are still in the works.

Regular prices for cocktails range from $12 to $14 with well drinks priced at $10. The pool bar hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Developer and preservationist Avra Jain told us she is taking special care to keep the noise down out of respect for neighbors.

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Ocean Deli Market in South Beach: Try the $5 Lunch Box

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Photos by Carina Ost
This box is $5.
South Beach may have copious amounts of overpriced restaurants, but if you want the best deal in town: follow the construction workers.

Ocean Deli is a neighborhood bodega with liquor, snacks and substantial subs made with Boar's Head meat. But something funny happens during the lunch hours. Hoards of workers head to the glass case and point to things to fit in a white box. They then ignore the main line and head to the door, giving a guy who is like a bouncer a five-dollar bill and exiting with their box in a plastic bag. It is a secret society of inexpensive made-to-order lunch boxes.

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The Mighty Stands Out With a Funky Lineup of House-Made Sausages

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Zachary Fagenson
The Nearly Vegetarian at The Mighty filled with risotto, mushrooms and chopped walnuts.
There seems to be a gastropub on every Miami street corner nowadays. Anyone can order Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon, fill a cooler with offbeat craft beers, and cover the walls with red brick.

That's as far as most places take it. But at The Mighty, a pocket-size spot on Coral Way once occupied by neighborhood watering hole Jada Coles, chef Fernando Echevarri stuffs a sausage casing with a creamy blend of tender risotto studded with crunchy toasted walnuts
and meat-like cubes of earthy roasted mushroom.

See also: The Mighty: A Coral Gables Craft Beer, Cocktail, and Sausage Bar Opening in May


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Burgerlove in Brickell Key: For the Love of Honest Food

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All photos by Carla Torres
There is no such thing as too many burgers, except maybe when you're trying to make up your mind on which one to order at Burgerlove, the newest addition to Brickell Key.

Burgerlove opened this past Tuesday and is the brainchild of Vanessa Diaz, who also owns the Juicery Bar next door. Diaz wanted to bring something to the island that was healthy but indulgent. "There's lot of kids and families here," she says. "Burgers seemed like a natural fit."

See also: Choices Kitchen Hosting Free Cooking Class Featuring Field Roast Grain Meats

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Why Wynwood Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

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Photo by Carla Torres
Wynwood, why you so cool? Even in this scorching summer heat, you keep us refreshed with all of your laid-back bars that don't overcharge for drinks. When I've gone over my limit and need something to sober me up on the weekends, you stay up late like a doting mom and comfort me with shroom buns and pillows of corn bursting with chicken salad and avocado. And on weekday morning, just the aroma of your freshly roasted coffee beans gets my creative juices flowing.

Sure, you're still growing and developing, but I think you've come a pretty long way. You have a vibrant personality, you are prolific in art, you are particular about what you eat, and you are a beer snob. You even make your own bread. One might say you're the ultimate hipster. But you know better than to label yourself anything, which is why you've got all of these great nicknames -- the Arts District, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater.

All of which together make up the best dining neighborhood in Miami. Here are more than ten reasons why.

See also: Sunset Harbour Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood, and Here's Why

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How Tea Can Change Your Life, According to Master Tsai of Coconut Grove's Zen Village

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Believe it or not, there's more to tea than Oprah's Starbucks Teavana line. Tea's healing history dates back a whopping 5,000 years, and ancient wisdom suggests its influence can be life-altering.

This potential impact on our modern lives is what Master Tsai, of Coconut Grove's Zen Village, is looking to share with over-stressed, over-burdened Miamians.

The cozy, interfaith community center has a tea room, where Tsai leads tea ceremonies, pours steaming cups of aged blends and schools folks on proper teaware.

See also: Ticety Iced Tea Bar Coming to Coral Gables

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Wynwood Brewing's First Anniversary: Block Party and Bottle Release

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Photo by David Minsky
Thumbs up and a cheers to Wynwood Brewing's first anniversary of production.
One year has elapsed since the opening of Miami's first production craft brewery, and to celebrate , Wynwood Brewing Company is shutting down the block and throwing a party in front of the brewery this Saturday.

From noon to 10 p.m. August 16, the party will include food trucks, DJs, art, and (of course) beer. The section of NW 24th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be closed during those ten hours. However, the taproom will be open from noon to midnight. Tickets will be available for $5 per pour.

See also: Wynwood Brewing Company Announces Expansion, More Brews

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Miami Mediterranean Cuisine Is the Best Place for a Gyro in SoBe

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Photos by Carina Ost
Fresh off the spit.
If you're going to Sultan Mediterranean Cuisine in SoBe for your gyro, kebab, and falafel fix, you're doing it wrong. The far lesser-known place Miami Mediterranean Cuisine has tastier food, is open late (2 a.m.), offers free delivery (if the order is over $15), and costs about half the price.

It may have an unoriginal and forgettable restaurant name, but its food is memorable because it's packed with fresh flavors.

See also: Jerusalem Deli & Cafe in North Miami: Try the Hummus and Baklava

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Tuesday Is National Oyster Day: Get the Best Shucking Deals Around Town

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Courtesy of Devon Seafood & Steak
Sixteen different oysters? Why yes, don't mind if we do.
Look alive, Miami. It's time for another made-up food holiday and all the prime-priced perks that come with it.

If you're all about shucking and slurping, then get excited: National Oyster Day is tomorrow. Tons of places are serving up specials in celebration of the briny aphrodisiac. Whether you want to grab a bar stool and keep them coming or oyster hop around the block, here's some Miami spots serving up tasty mollusks for a steal.

See also: River Oyster Bar Moving Out of Brickell in 2015

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