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Cool Off at Peacock Garden Café

Light seafood entrees and chilled soups top the café’s recently refreshed menu.

June 19, 2012

Coconut Grove's Peacock Garden Café has some cool new cuisine to counteract the season's scorching temperatures. Executive chef Oscar del Rivero has conjured up a series of chilled soups to reflect the eatery's secret garden ambiance. Guests can savor white grape gazpacho or chilly shrimp and avocado soup while basking in the shade of Peacock's oversize umbrellas. Just as light, but not quite as low in temperature, are the restaurants new grilled seafood selections. Choose from perfectly seared salmon with salsa verde or tuna with pressed potato, crab salad, and herbs. Top off an evening of alfresco eats with Peacock's signature basil sangria. Order a pitcher of sangria on weekdays between 4 to 7 PM and receive a gratis order of hummus and crudité. 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, 305-777-2340



Life-Size Lego Art in Hollywood

Lawyer-turned-sculptor Nathan Sawaya builds colorful works of art.

June 19, 2012

Nathan Sawaya's "The Art of the Brick" fuses childhood nostalgia with introspective reflection by manipulating Legos into large-scale sculptures. With over 25 unique works on display, "Brick" is currently on view at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (through August 19). Once a shirt-and-tie lawyer, Sawaya left the boardroom to work for the iconic toy brand before branching out on his own. Works in the exhibit focus on the human form, such as a sculpture of a couple kissing, a young boy grasping a ball, and even the faces of Mount Rushmore. Other designs lean more toward the whimsical, playful side of life, such as a row of Crayola crayons and a multi-colored peace sign. 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954-921-3274



Breakfast at Isa Boutique

Channel your inner Holly Golightly with Saturday morning shopping and cocktails at Isa.

June 18, 2012

Indie fashion hub Isa Boutique will debut its new Saturday summer shopping series on June 30 (11 AM-3 PM) with a resort and swimwear trunk show by local style maven Lorie Lester.

Isa's debut Saturday soirée will slash prices on summer staples while also pampering guests via complimentary braiding by Blo Dry Bar and mini makeovers courtesy of Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge. Shoppers will also enjoy music by DJ Willie, cocktails by Fragoli Passionne, and the chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

Lester's coveted contemporary designs are among the latest labels that now call Isa home. Other new designers carried in the boutique include Allison Chomer, Mandalynn Swimwear, and Zenati Handbags. 3400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-558-8027



Roofless Records at MOCA

Music at MOCA welcomes Roofless Records for an alfresco indie concert.

June 18, 2012

Miami-based indie label Roofless Records will take its cutting edge cult sounds to the MOCA courtyard on Wednesday, June 20 for the latest installment of the museum's music series. From 7-9 PM, Roofless will roll out a set by DJ Matt Preira, a Dio Kerr Jazz Ensemble jam session, and an experiential sound performance by Radio Test #1. The open-air concert is free with museum admission.

MOCA's monthly midweek series was established to highlight collaborations with local cultural preservation organizations and musical groundbreakers. Since 2007, Roofless Records has made its mark by producing innovative music in an old-school format; all Roofless Records releases are on vinyl or cassette tape. The label has also emerged as a well-known conceptual event production company. 70 N.E. 125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211



Meat Market Menu Pops Up at Heat Games

Cheer on the Big 3 while sampling Meat Market's new NBA Finals menu.

June 15, 2012

Meat Market's Asian barbecue lamb ribs

Fans of the Miami Heat and Meat Market are in luck, the Lincoln Road steakhouse has partnered with the AmericanAirlines Arena to create a pop-up menu to be served inside venue's suites and flagship lounges.

What can “White Hot” hungry spectators expect? Chef Sean Brasel's exclusive menu includes marinated deckle steak with red chili pepper dipping sauce; white truffle beef tar-tare; and lobster mashed potatoes. Those who've already purchased non-suite seating can hit up the concession stands for Meat Market's succulent Asian barbecue lamb ribs.

The Heat has guaranteed home games Sunday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 19 (dates subject to change) so tasting time is limited. 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000



The Rusty Pelican Reprises Brunch

Crab cake Benedict and duck confit hash top the eatery’s revamped à la carte brunch menu.

June 15, 2012

Banana cinnamon French toast at The Rusty Pelican

The Rusty Pelican will reprise its signature brunch this Saturday (June 16) with a new à la carte menu and handcrafted cocktails. Highlights include clever twists on traditional brunch dishes, like crab cake Benedict, duck confit bacon hash, and banana cinnamon French toast. Also available are the Pelican’s popular small plates and sandwiches. Rather than the typical bottomless mimosas, the eatery offers handcrafted cocktails, like Virginia Key Punch made with two types of rum, Coco Lopez, and fresh orange and pineapple juices. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne, 305-361-3818


Weekend Recommender: June 15-17

Big Night in Little Haiti returns, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami pops up at The Fillmore, and more.

June 14, 2012

Big Night in Little Haiti returns this Friday

Big Night in Little Haiti
Friday, June 15, 6-10 PM
Positioning itself as one of Miami's signature monthly cultural events, June's edition of Big Night in Little Haiti welcomes songwriter James Germain. A vocalist with operatic training, Germain’s Baroque-style sound has become synonymous with Haitian music. Guests can also peruse the center's engaging art collection and chow on authentic Creole eats. 212 N.E. 59th Terrace, Miami, 305-960-2969; bignightlittlehaiti

Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami
Saturday to Sunday, June 16-17
Miami's Cuban Classical Ballet troupe will take up a weekend-long residency at The Fillmore for a unique and elegant Cuban and Spanish fusion dance performance. Dubbed “Spanish Classical Night,” the show was first performed in Spain. Tickets begin at $35.50. 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7300; cubanclassicalballet.org

Spa Month Sneak Peek at Agua
Through June 30
Miami Spa Month may not kick off until July 1, but that's not stopping Delano's Agua Spa from revving up its pampering perks. Through June 30, the rooftop spa will offer deep discounts on its new Kesari Saffron Glowing Facial ($99), Vitamin Boost Facial ($99), and Just the Two of Us couples massage ($105). 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-674-6100; delano-hotel.com



3 Cocktail-Fueled Dining Events

Pull up a chair at one of these Miami restaurants for inspired cuisine and cocktail pairings.

June 14, 2012

Rums at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Rum Dinner Series at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Monday, June 18, 7:30 PM
Sugarcane will host Miami Rum Club as the first featured distillery for its new Rum Dinner Series. The rum-makers will help curate a specialty five-course dinner and cocktail pairing, beginning with a “mix-and-muddle" interactive session. They're even tossing in a hand-rolled cigar as the evening's keepsake. Price is $75 per person. 3250 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786-369-0353; sugarcanerawbargrill.com

Culinary & Cocktail Dinner at Meat Market
Monday, June 25, 7:30 PM
Lincoln Road's premiere steakhouse will team up with superstar mixologist John Lermayer to serve a five-course contemporary dinner with cocktail pairings. Courses will include Scottish salmon served with a vanilla nectar and pineapple juice daiquiri, as well as prime rib-eye steak alongside a whisky, ginger, and Granny Smith cider julep. Price is $65 per person. 915 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-0088; meatmarketmiami.com

Don Julio Tequila Dinner at Mercadito Midtown
Wednesday, June 27, 8:30 PM
For June, Mercadito’s once-monthly dinner series is all about Don Julio. Guests will share four family-style courses, all made with seasonal ingredients and grilled with Don Julio tequila. Dishes include diver scallops, mesquite baby back ribs, and sweet corn flan. Price is $45 per person. 3252 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430; mercaditorestaurants.com


New Eats: BLT Steak Lightens Up

The SoBe steakhouse goes surf and turf with new raw bar and sushi offerings.

June 13, 2012

BLT Steak

Beginning Thursday (June 14) BLT Steak at The Betsy Hotel will serve up new raw bar and menu options to counterbalance its generally meat-centric cuisine. Crafted by Indonesian sushi chef Insih Rudapin, seafood options will be both local and sustainable and will include oysters, Alaskan king crab, salmon, ceviche, littleneck clams, and mussels. The new additions will be available during lunch and dinner, alongside weekly blackboard specials, which will be prepared by chef de cuisine Matthew Oetting. New to the BLT team, Oetting comes to Miami from NYC, where he tended the line at Trump Hotel SoHo. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-0044



Father's Day Finds

Three no-fail gifts that dad will actually use.

June 12, 2012

Dads are notoriously hard to shop for, so we've conjured up a list of local gifts to ease your search for the perfect Father’s Day present.


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