Gabriela Machado Launches Paladar Dinner Series

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Paladar's Gabriela Machado and Uvaggio chef Bret Pelaggi prep the cheese course.
The whole affair was a little mysterious. An email invite to dinner at an unnamed location by an unnamed chef.

Taking the challenge, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the chef who was returning to the Miami dining scene was none other than Gabriela Machado, the chef behind Copperbox Culinary Atelier, the combination culinary proving ground/pop-up dinner party that the chef hosted from her Wynwood space.

Machado closed Copperbox just when she learned all she could from it, telling Short Order that she the project was a way for her to hone her skills, not only on a culinary level, but business-wise and people-wise.

"I came from Venezuela four years ago without knowing anybody. Copperbox was a studio for me. For me to be a better chef, I needed to have a studio to learn. It was an experiment and a test to learn about Miami and learn about what I needed to know to grow. It was me learning and learning the United States. It developed into something beautiful."

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IKEA Miami Opens Today: Here's What to Expect (Photos)

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Jeanette Mendez and Valerie Aguilar camp out for the IKEA Miami grand opening.
Although IKEA Miami doesn't open its doors until 9 a.m. today, already there are hundreds of people in line, some camping out for more than 24 hours.

What inspires such fandom for a furniture store?

It could be the free sofas that the Swedish megastore is giving to the first 39 people in line this morning, or it could be the promise of being part of a "happening" that spans the course of three days and includes giveaways, music, and food samplings.

IKEA spokesperson Joseph Roth says these store openings are so monumental because there are so few of them. "This is only the 39th store we've opened in the U.S. Other outlets open that many in just one metropolitan area."

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Freddo: Argentine Helado Coming to Lincoln Road

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Helado from Argentina is coming to Lincoln Road.
Freddo, the Argentine helado company, is coming to Miami Beach.

The premium helado, considered a cross between American ice cream and Italian gelato, has been a staple of Argentine families since 1969. The brand is available in six South American countries and the United Kingdom in more than 150 stores. Now it's tackling the U.S. market with a premier location in, uh, Charleston, South Carolina.

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American Social: Fort Lauderdale Gastropub to Open Brickell Location

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American Social to open a second location in Brickell.
American Social, the Las Olas gastropub that features dozens of craft beers and tap tables, is expanding to Brickell.

American Social, or AmSo, will open just after Labor Day at 690 SW First Ct. on the ground floor of the Neo Vertika building. The Miami-area location, nearly triple the size of the original Fort Lauderdale gastropub, will feature 6,500 square feet of interior space, 3,000 square feet of canopied waterfront space, and 200 square feet of dock -- in case you want to arrive by boat. In addition, a private room for up to 50 guests comes complete with water views and a gas-burning fireplace. Co-owners Paul Greenberg and Rick Mijares chose Brickell for their second location because the neighborhood spoke to them. According to Greenberg, Brickell is an "evolving, thriving, and visually stunning area of Miami. Our new location is a large, beautiful space right on the Miami River. We could not have asked for better real estate."

The two have tapped designer Laurie Mijares to decorate the new restaurant. Mijares helped develop the AmSo Las Olas concept.

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IKEA Miami Opens Wednesday: Free Stuff All Week, Including Meatballs for a Year

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IKEA Miami opens tomorrow.
IKEA Miami opens tomorrow at 9 a.m. sharp, and already people have set up camp in an attempt to be among the first 2,500 people in line for some pretty fantastic giveaways, including free sofas to the first 39 people to walk through the door, armchairs for the next 100, and $10-to-$250 gift cards for the first 2,500 people in line.

In addition to the giveaways, IKEA is offering buy-one-get-one-free deals on hot dogs, frozen yogurt, and cinnamon buns, while supplies last.

Selwyn Crittendon, IKEA Miami's store manager, expects the line to grow exponentially as the day ends. "You get more people after work, but we're prepared. It's been a long time coming, and I look forward to greeting everyone come tomorrow morning." The store has set up bathroom trailers with running water and designated smoking areas to make overnighters comfortable.

NBC Miami reports that more than a dozen people have pitched tents and beach chairs by the furniture giant's 416,000-square-foot store in the hopes of getting one of the coveted prizes. At least one thing is for sure: These early birds have snagged one of the 1,500 parking spots -- something that will probably be a hot commodity come sunrise Wednesday.

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The Seven Dials American Gastropub Opens in Coral Gables

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There's a new gastropub in town, and its chef and owner was the former toque at the Local Craft Food and Drink.

Andrew Gilbert, who also worked the kitchens of Michy's and Sra. Martinez, quietly opened the Seven Dials last week on a quiet street in Coral Gables.

"My wife and I have been looking for a restaurant space for four years, and we found it on the same street we live," Gilbert says. "We didn't even realize the street went down this far."

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Vicky Bakery and Cafe Coming to Coral Gables

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Delicious Cuban pastries and more coming to Coral Gables.
Vicky Bakery, the Miami-based chain that features classic Cuban treats, is coming to Coral Gables with an expanded concept.

The new location will not only feature their famous pastelitos, cakes, and pastries, but it will offer a full-serve cafe on premises.

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Burgerlove in Brickell Key: For the Love of Honest Food

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."

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Campania & Moye: Sardinia Enoteca Owners to Open Two New Restaurants

Sardinia is about to get two siblings.
Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante is the sleeper staple for rustic Italian in South Beach. Since 2006, the place has served up some of the best bowls of pasta in Miami at reasonable prices. The restaurant, consistently lively, was put into the forefront when the sleepy little Sunset Harbour neighborhood where it had settled in suddenly became a boomtown and a mecca for "foodies" with the installation of neighbors like Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, and Lucali.

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Vagabond Hotel Opens Today; Restaurant Coming in October

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The Vagabond: Fully restored to her MiMo greatness.
The completion of Biscayne Boulevard's Vagabond Hotel culminates with a party this evening to celebrate the MiMo beauty's full restoration.

The Vagabond Restaurant will follow shortly, with an opening slated for sometime in October.

See also: Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

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