Food and Drink
Miami's food scene has once again been recognized as one of the best in the country.
Driving the news: A total of nine Miami restaurants, chefs, bakeries and bars were announced yesterday as semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard Awards.
The 305 is getting three new Wawas this year.
What's happening: The Philadelphia-area chain of gas stations and convenience stores is opening new locations in Hialeah and Homestead this spring, the Miami Herald reports.
Making weekend plans? Here are four events to keep on your radar:
Festival of Chocolate: Pair specialty chocolates with sips of bourbon, indulge in choco-cocktails and unwind with a chocolate-infused massage at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden tomorrow and Sunday. There will be kids' activities, a "chocolate lab" and food vendors. Entry: $25 for adults, $12 for children.
It's going to get chilly this weekend, with temperatures dropping to the 40s.
Why it matters: Apart from falling iguanas, cold weather in Miami means freshly fried churros and hot chocolate dip.
Twin brothers and retired NFL stars Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have opened a new distillery in Allapattah.
Driving the news: Tropical Distillers, at 2141 N.W. 10th Ave., is an 8,000-square-foot space with a pink tasting room, a 30-seat cocktail bar and a gift shop.
We're a little more than a week away from kicking 2022 out of the club like some dude wearing shorts and a fitted hat.
- In the spirit of gatekeeping, we thought it'd be appropriate to compile an inaugural list of what's in and what's out in Miami as we head into the new year.
I had never tried omakase — wherein a chef selects pieces of sushi for the diners — until this Friday, when I was invited to try Sushi By Bou's new Miami location.
Driving the news: Sushi By Bou, which has a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and locations in three other states, opened at SLS Brickell on Dec. 1.
I went to a Heat game last week and noticed a new food vendor at FTX Arena: the trendy Vietnamese restaurant Phuc Yea.
State of play: Usually when I catch a game on an empty stomach, I either go for Papa John's or Bodega Taqueria, both good choices to pair with a cold beer.
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