Circa 39 Opens: Cricket Nelson's Holiday Libation (Recipe)

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Carla Torres
So you're throwing a holiday party but want to serve something other than store bought tonic and gin or vodka. How about a fruity and refreshing handcrafted pitcher of booze that will have everyone wondering if you picked up a side job as a mixologist?

The drink we're referring to is Pavan's Memory Lane, and it was created by cocktail muse Cricket Nelson. You might know Nelson from the Broken Shaker and now Circa 39, which recently soft-opened. The lady barkeep competed in a Pavan competition last November and won the regional portion for her creative take on an Indian-inspired libation.

Now she can't get enough of the French liqueur made from muscat grapes and a touch of orange blossom. We got a schooled by Nelson herself on how to make this nostalgic creation.

See also: A Lesson in the Art of Martini Making by London Bartender Jack Hubbard


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The Dutch's Conor Hanlon, Miami's Lambassador, Recipes For Barbecue Harissa Lamb and Lamb Bolognese

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The Dutch
If you are looking for a lamb feast, try the Dutch's Winter Wonderlamb dinner on November 13 at 7 p.m. Priced at $45 a person, this dinner party will consist of live-action stations and will feature a menagerie of guest chefs, each debuting their signature lamb dish.

Some interesting facts about Australian lamb: Not only is it very mild and juicy it packs as much as three times more iron than pork or chicken and six times more than fish. It's also raised ethically on pastureland.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles From Tongue & Cheek's Little Monster Mash

Categories: Holidays, Recipes

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Courtesy of Jamie DeRosa
Pumpkin snickerdoodles: No trick, just treats.
Chef Jamie DeRosa loves making treats for the holidays. (Remember his awesome house-made Peeps tutorial?)

So it's no surprise that tomorrow's second-annual Little Monster Mash at Tongue & Cheek will feature all kinds of sweet and spooky treats, with a few tricks thrown in.

The brunch, which is happening tomorrow, October 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features free eats for boys and ghouls under 12 who have their choice of "gobblin" from a menu that includes grilled cheese, mini burgers, chicken fingers, and spooky white pizzas. Grownup holiday selections include bacon and "devil" eggs, Boo-Berry or pumpkin pancakes, or jack o'lantern s'mores.

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Make Your Own Tiki Cocktails for Labor Day, Courtesy of Gui Jaroschy and Trevor Alberts

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Drunken Dragon's Voodoo Lady
So you think you can't make tiki drinks at home? Think again. In celebration of Labor Day, we've rounded up a couple of recipes from the two tiki authorities in town, Gui Jaroschy (Broken Shaker) and Trevor Alberts, to keep you cooled off in this unbearable heat.

"Tiki drinks have always grabbed my attention right away," says Jaroschy, who recently revamped the cocktail menu at SoBe's new Asian gastropub Drunken Dragon.

See also: Coca-Cola Life: Stevia-Sweetened Coke Available at the Fresh Market

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Whole Foods One-Day Rotisserie Chicken Sale: Weekend Recipes for Your Whole Roasted Bird

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Courtesy of Whole Foods
Roasted chicken might just be everyone's go-to comfort meal. In celebration of the crispy yet juicy bird, Whole Foods is hosting a one-day national sale today on their humanely raised, antibiotic-free and all organic seasoned whole roasted chicken.

Five dollars will get you a long way today -- dinner for the whole family or an entire weekend of chicken-filled meals. Whole Foods usually prices birds at $8.99 and today they are going for $5. (that's $3.99 of savings). And in case you're wondering just what to do with a chicken on date night, we've got some tantalizing recipes for you to try. All center on rotisserie chicken.

See also: Ten Best Chicken & Waffles in Miami

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Oolite's Backyard Mango Cocktail and Wessel's BBQ Shrimp: The Perfect Summer Meal

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Photo by Jen Karetnick
Chef Kris Wessel with a bounty of backyard mangoes.
Let's just start by stating the obvious: It's hot and steamy in Miami this time of year. Too hot for tucking into a steakhouse meal of beefy pleasures with buttery sides. This is the time for dining on something lighter. The conundrum is, of course, to find something that's still big on flavor. Even though the temperature and humidity is raging, the last thing I want is some nondescript salad.

On a recent visit to Lincoln Road to pick up a backordered bookshelf, I saw a blackboard sign outside Oolite Restaurant & Bar, which invited passersby to enjoy "In Rightful Hands Wessel's BBQ Shrimp." Between the great suggestion and the fact that the restaurant offered shelter from the blistering sun, I stepped in.

See also: Kris Wessel to Open New Bar A.I.R. (Artist in Residence)

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Whole Foods Hosts Summer Salads Class: Make Raw 'Seasar' with 'Parm' (Recipe)

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Courtesy of Whole Foods South Beach
Summer is all about salads -- hot salads, cold salads, fruity salads; salads made with crisp, verdant lettuce and rainbow-hued veggies; delicious, fresh, bikini-friendly salads. Perfect food for a hot summer day.

And as part of its July raw-meal series It's Alive!, Whole Foods South Beach is hosting a free Summertime Salads class July 30. To prep for your edible adventure, check out this recipe for "seasar" salad dressing and macin' Parmesan pignoli.

See also: Tapas y Taps: Whole Foods Coral Gables' New Boozy Hangout

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Hemingway's Birthday: Make the Original Papa Doble From Havana's Floridita Bar

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Make a Papa Doble. Toast to Hemingway's 115th birthday.
Today marks Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday. The author/adventurer who called South Florida home for a number of years, is nearly as well known for his prolific drinking as his writing.

In fact, much of the Tales of the Cocktail seminar, Floridita: Cradle of the Daiquiri, focused on Hemingway's influence on the famed Havana bar where bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert invented the daiquiri.

Cocktail historians David Wondrich and Jeff "Beachbum" Berry shared insight into the beginnings of this cocktail, which surged in popularity first during Prohibition, when wealthy Americans would fly or cruise to nearby Cuba to spend the day imbibing, forgoing the sights of the island to spend the day looking into a cocktail glass. The island nation's tourism industry grew, with tourists staggering out of Sloppy Joe's, which was considered to be the "American" bar in Havana.

See also: Toast Ernest Hemingway's Birthday With These Cocktails

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Make Vegan Milkshakes for National Ice Cream Month

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Courtesy of Whole Foods Aventura
National Ice Cream Month (July, if you were wondering) can leave vegans feeling a little left out. Sure, we can snag a box of Tofutti or a pint of Rice Dream at the supermarket, but getting anyone to serve us a scoop or mix us up a shake? Dream on.

Luckily, Whole Foods Aventura has our backs. This Sunday, they'll serve vegan milkshakes for $5 from 1 to 3 p.m., in honor of the holiday. But even if you can't make it into the store, you can whip up your own at home with this recipe. Enjoy!

See also: Make Raw Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in Two Minutes

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It's Raining Mangoes: Make Pound Cake With Your Seasonal Haul (Recipe)

Categories: Recipes

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Courtesy Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Across Miami, the mango-ocalypse is in full swing. Poor, innocent fruits are being crushed under cars, picked up by dogs, baked into oblivion on sizzling pavement. It's an overpopulation explosion for our city's ubiquitous tropical fruit, and we all need to do our part in the relief effort.

So snag some mangoes from your local sidewalk and whip up a mango pound cake.The recipe is courtesy of Andrea and Frank Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering & Event Production, who'll be serving up mangoriffic eats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual Mango Brunch (in conjunction with the famous International Mango Festival) in a couple weeks.

See also: Green Mango Cakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipe

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