First Peek at Tobacco Road's Food Truck (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
The curtain unveils...
The night of October 25, Tobacco Road will close its doors, ending a century-long run as Miami's most enduring bar, restaurant, and music venue.

See also: Tobacco Road Closing on October 25, Kickstarter Campaign to Relocate Iconic Bar Starts Next Week

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Nutella Food Truck to Stop at Tropicana Flea Market This Weekend

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Nutella's food truck will stop in Miami from August 8 to 10 at Tropicana Flea Market.
Nutella turns 50 years old this year and to celebrate, makers of the hazelnut spread kicked off its half-century anniversary by dispatching its official food truck on a cross-country tour. The treat-bearing truck will make a three-day stop in Miami at the Tropicana Flea Market from August 8 through August 10.

The Spread the Happy truck tour began with a party in New York City, partnering with Dominique Ansel who created the cronut. With each stop, the truck will give away free samples of region-specific food pairings as well as have a chance to get some free swag. Before hitting Miami, the truck visited Tampa and Orlando. Nutella will pair its spread with baguettes and oranges for its Florida stops.

See also: Nutella Ice Cream Arriving at Carvel; Nutella Truck Tour Coming to Miami

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Ikea Bringing Cafecito Truck to Miami: Free Coffee and Furniture Previews

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Ikea via Twitter
Ikea: rolling out design ideas and coffee.
Ikea Miami's mega 416,000-square-foot quasi-city opens this summer in West Miami-Dade and the store, known for its Swedish meatballs and easy-on-the-wallet furniture with next-to-impossible names like Sniglar and Magnarp, is introducing itself to Miami by handing out...cafecito.

We kid you not. The Swedish furniture store is rolling out the Ikea cafecito truck for a little "cafecito time" starting Saturday, July 12. Over the next two weeks, the truck will tour Miami, giving out free coffee and a sneak peek of some Ikea furniture.

Which brings us to the big question -- why not just hand out meatballs and lingonberry jam? Or even Swedish Fish?

See also: IKEA Miami Now Hiring: 350 Jobs Including Food Service Positions

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Study Finds Miami Food Trucks Cleaner Than Restaurants

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Photo by Laine Doss
Stella Vidal Dansby and Stewart Dansby: food truck love.
Question: Which is a safer bet to eat -- a food truck taco or a burger at your local gastropub? If you're one of the people who think a brick-and-mortar restaurant would be cleaner and under more scrutiny by the state, think again.

Florida Watchdog.org has cited a recent study conducted by the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia, that concludes food trucks are just as clean as restaurants. In the report "Street Eats, Safe Eats," the civil liberties law firm reviewed more than 260,000 food-safety inspection reports of both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants in seven cities, including Miami.

According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), "in every city examined -- Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. -- food trucks and carts did as well as or better than restaurants."

See also: Miami Fourth Best Food Truck City in America

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Rum, Vegan Heaven, and Dinner in Paradise

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Courtesy of Love & Vegetables
Why choose between being good or bad? Be both!
This weekend is all about the yin and yang of eating and drinking in Miami. Jimmy Buffet may sing, "I treat my body like a temple...you treat yours like a tent", but we encourage you to do both.

You can enjoy some of our finest local chefs embracing the slow food movement, dine at a farm (there are two farm dinners this weekend), and then drink plenty of rum.

It's all about balance. How can you be good when you haven't really been bad? Weekend starts now.

See also: Rum Renaissance Festival: Judging 19 Rums in Less Than an Hour

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Watch Jon Favreau's Chef Trailer

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Aldamisa
Chef is rolling into Miami.
Jon Favreau's new movie, Chef, will be released on May 9 and we can't wait. Basically, if we could custom make a film, this would be it.

The movie, which features a cast including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, and John Leguizamo, is the story of a chef who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant (owned by a crotchety Dustin Hoffman) to start a food truck named El Jefe Cubanos (Sorry about the grammar, but hey they are gringos)-- in Miami!

See also: Chef Opens SXSW Film Festival; Look at the El Jefe Cubano Food Truck

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Latin Burger & Taco Opening Restaurant in Coral Gables

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Latin Burger is parking on Miracle Mile.
Latin Burger and Taco, the hot pink-and-black roving burger joint, has finally found a permanent parking space after four years of driving around town. Oh, but don't worry..the original truck will still be out and about.

Latin Burger opening a brick and mortar space right on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, in the former BGR: The Burger Joint space. The decor will feature re-purposed barn wood and custom artwork, along with the original food truck's pink flames. The restaurant is scheduled to open sometime in December, 2013.

See also: Best Burger: The Latin Macho at Latin Burger and Taco


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Today: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 FoodiMobile In Miami

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Eat a tacodile. Save the world.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to one of the best loved animated films by kids (and critics), is coming to theaters September 27. In this new movie, Inventor Flint Lockwood finds his invention that made spaghetti tornadoes is alive and well -- and making foodimals! Flint and his friends then find themselves tackling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world - again!

To celebrate the movie, Miami will have two days in which to take on its very own foodimals when the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimobile makes its way to our fair town to give away promotional lunch boxes filled with your choice of a complimentary main course and a side item -- all based on adorable (and edible) characters from the movie.

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Tampa Wants to Break Miami's Food Truck Record: What's Next — Giant Guacamole? UPDATED

Categories: Truck Tracker

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Magic City Casino
Will Miami retain its record?
A lot of world records have been set in Miami.

On October 11, 2009, chefs Michael Schwartz and Allen Susser led a group of high school students to break the Guinness World Record for the largest serving of guacamole. The portion weighed 4,114 pounds, by the way.

And on April 20, 2013 the Magic City Casino set the world record for the largest parade of food trucks, with 62 trucks driving two miles around Miami before serving food to a hungry crowd of about 8,000 people. The event also raised over $1,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which assists children with cancer.

Now, a Tampa food truck promoter wants to break our record by attempting to organize 100 food trucks at the Florida Fairgrounds on August 31.

See also: Magic City Casino Sets Guinness World Record for Food Truck Parade

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Ms. Cheezious Semifinalist in Live With Kelly and Michael's Truckin' Amazing Cook-Off: Vote Now

Categories: Truck Tracker

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Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Vote for Ms. Cheezious to win the Live With Kelly and Michael food truck contest.
Ms. Cheezious, Miami's favorite mobile grilled cheese emporium, is on the cusp of national fame and recognition -- and fans of the food truck can help vote the bikini-clad cheese vixen to victory.

See also:
- Ms. Cheezious on Live With Kelly and Michael: Watch and Vote Now (Video)
-Best of Miami: Best Grilled Cheese 2013

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