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Where To Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

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Photo courtesy of: Big City Tavern

Photo courtesy of: Big City Tavern

Not sure to celebrate this mouthwatering holiday? Here are a few of our favorite spots celebrating this absolutely marvelous day!

Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Bacon makes everything better, right? Throw in a sunny side up egg and Big City Tavern's Bacon Marmalade Grilled Cheese is a dream come true. With melted Havarti cheese on sourdough and a side of waffle chips, this over-the-top version of the classic sandwich is a surefire hit on National Grilled Cheese Day and every other day. ($13; lunch only)

Grease Burger Beer & Whiskey Bar
213 Clematis St. | West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Grease Burger's Triple Decker Grilled Cheese packs a triple punch with Muenster, American, and queso blanco melted on country white bread. Wash it down with one of Grease Burger's 100+ beers and National Grilled Cheese Day might become your new favorite holiday. ($8.95)

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar & Pizzeria
1032 East Las Olas Blvd. | Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301

Louie Bossi's puts an Italian spin on the sandwich staple with their Quattro Fromaggi Panini. A melty mix of provolone, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, and fontina is topped with an egg and pressed to perfection. Fair warning, extra napkins may be required! ($13.50; lunch only)

Radio Bar
814 1st St. | Miami Beach, FL 33139

Radio Bar is located in the South of Fifth neighborhood and adds to the rapid bar trend in Miami. Radio’s ambiance is refreshingly unique, offering a friendly spot to enjoy a craft cocktail while dancing to eclectic tunes.Feeling hungry while you sip on that craft cocktail? Indulge in one of our delectable grilled cheeses to satisfy your hunger cravings! Try the Inside Out, with sharp cheddar cheese inside & out served with Radio’s popcorn ($6.00); the Lego, with a tasty Eggo waffle, cheddar cheese, bacon & egg served with maple syrup ($8.00) and if you’re in a spicy type of mood, try the Spicy Crunch Nacho, monterey jack cheese, spicy sweet chili Doritos and served with Cool Ranch Doritos ($7.00). 

Ms. Cheezious
1915 Ponce de Leon Blvd. | Miami, FL 33134

Coral Gables is about to get cheezy! That’s because the geniuses behind Ms. Cheezious are rollin’ their grilled cheese-loving empire onto Ponce – but we’re talkin’ a second brick-and-mortar restaurant. And, they are opening up today, for National Grilled Cheese Day! In fact, anyone who visits them on day one, and orders a “Must Have” melt, will receive a free Sixpoint Brewery beer (and this goes for Ms. Cheezious in MiMo too). Both carnivores and vegetarians alike can savor satisfying “Ms. Cheezious® Must Haves” like the Pesto Melt with house pesto, tomato, and provolone cheese on parmesan-crusted sourdough bread; BBQ Pulled Pork Melt with house-made BBQ pulled pork and sharp cheddar cheese on Texas toast; Crabby Cheese Melt with fresh-made-real-deal crab salad and sharp cheddar cheese on sourdough bread; Croqueta Monsieur with ham croquettes, tavern ham, Swiss cheese, and béchamel on sourdough bread; and Frito Pie Melt with house chili, American cheese, jalapenos, onions, and Fritos on sourdough bread. Craving something sweet? Go for the S’Mores Melt with roasted marshmallows and salted chocolate hazelnut spread and graham cracker crumble on sourdough bread. 

Work Up a Sweat While Getting a Tan at Delano South Beach

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Photo courtesy of: Delano South Beach

Photo courtesy of: Delano South Beach

Who wouldn't want to vacation at the Delano South Beach? Whether you are visiting from another state or country, or maybe you are a local Miamian looking for a staycation Delano South Beach is the place to go. Even more now so that they have added their “Sand, Body & Mind” kit to their offerings!

Some of us want to stay active both physically and mentally when we are on vacation, and the Delano South Beach helps you stay focused on just that with their new kit. A vacation should certainly be relaxing, but Delano South Beach recommends guests do more than lie on the pristine beach of Miami and drink sparkling rose all day. Exercise, spa treatments and a healthy diet can also improve your mood and make you more energized throughout the day. That extra energy will help to make you as good as new when it is time to return home.
 
So, let’s talk about the “Sand, Body & Mind” amenity kit, shall we? It is essentially packed with everything any health-seeking traveler could need. Whether it’s an early morning workout, rejuvenating spa treatments or just wanting to enjoy the breathtaking views of the beach while meditating on the sand.
 
This specialized kit includes the following menu of on-property amenities and services to choose from:

- A cold-pressed Juicee juice and açaí bowl every morning to pack more nutrients into your day.

- Schedule of fitness programs available at hotel to strengthen the body:

Thursday – Beach Cross Bootcamp - This fun beach fitness camp integrates mixed training modalities that include: interval aerobic and functional strength conditioning, core training, plyometrics, cardio-boxing and a basic Yoga cool down. Shoes are optional. 60 MIN. All levels. I personally took this class and loved it!

Friday – Beach Body Blast - A high energy, total body workout for both muscular strength, endurance and of course, the mid-section. The non-stop movement will keep the heart rate up for a fabulous one-hour, high energy sculpting session. 60 MIN. All levels

Saturday – Yoga Flow - A deep vinyasa flow with attention to alignment. Develop a sense of mind-body connection, and build self-confidence in your poses, as you gain strength & flexibility. Enjoy a wonderful hour of inner peace. 60 MIN. All levels.

Personal Training + Private Yoga upon request

Photo courtesy of: Delano South Beach

Photo courtesy of: Delano South Beach

- Agua spa treatments for complete relaxation:

Mimosa Facials ($125)

30 Minute Express Massages ($100)

Waterless Manicures & Pedicures ($30 & $45)

Scrub & Rub consisting of a 30-minute Lemon Basil Scrub followed by a 60-minute-Deep Tissue or Swedish Massage for $200 (a 25% savings) 

Whether you are looking to stay fit and energized throughout your stay at the Delano South Beach, or maybe you just want a quick pick-me-up with a spa treatment their new “Sand, Body & Mind” kit is the perfect match!

Best Ways To Beat The Miami Heat

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Written by: Sam Brannan of Trulia

Things are heating up in Miami and the snowbirds are starting their annual migration home. For visitors and locals of the Magic City, the question is how to survive the sweltering late spring and summer days.  Fortunately, neighborhoods like the up-and-coming Brickell, the eclectic Wynwood or the historic Coral Gables present numerous “cool” and engaging options. 

Miami Beach
There are conventional ways to beat the heat in Miami Beach, but there’s also exciting alternatives that you might not have considered. Miami Beach offers many water sport activities great for cooling off. Rent a jet ski for the day from one of many rental locations along Miami Beach. Or channel your inner Iron Man by trying out the Aqua Jet experience. Located in South Pointe, this trending activity is exhilarating. The water jetpack unloads 1,000 gallons of water while propelling you toward the sky. It takes some practice, and with the guidance of a trained instructor, you’ll be taking in the picturesque views of Downtown Miami and South Beach while hovering high above the water. 

Wynwood
Looking for something to do with the family? Wynwood is a growing art and foodie community fostering new creative businesses, art galleries and performance art spaces like nowhere else in Miami. A good way to cool off before checking out the arts of Wynwood is to grab some ice cream at Lulu’s where your desert is made from scratch right in front of you. The shop uses liquid nitrogen to fast-freeze your ice cream to create smaller ice crystals, resulting in a much smoother and rich frozen treat. Join the thousands who come out for the Second Saturday Art Walk in the cool evening to admire the Wynwood Walls, where over 80 artists representing 16 countries have transformed plain warehouse walls into a magnificent outdoor museum. Grab some delicious comfort food from the Mr. Cheezious food truck, or micro-sandwiches from the Bocaditos food truck while taking in the live music. 

Brickell
If you’re looking for something to do without the kids, the lively nightlife scene in Brickell has skyrocketed in popularity, making a go-to location to cool off with evening cocktails. Check out Blackbird Ordinary – contrary to its name, everything about this bar is out-of-the-ordinary. With a distinct colonial tavern appeal, Blackbird Ordinary delivers with original cocktails like the Blackbird, a delicious combination of sweet tea vodka, lemonade and blackberries. If originality is important, be sure to stop by Drogerie, a unique and vintage bar in Brickell that applies chemistry to mixology. With ingredients like botanicals and herbs combined with top-of-the-line liquor, Drogerie’s inventive cocktails are created with beakers and glass bottles that you might see in a science lab. 

Coral Gables
The historic city of Coral Gables, is one of the nation’s first planned communities. “The City Beautiful” offers a wide variety of activities to escape the summer heat. The Venetian Pool, a coveted attraction for visitors, is over 90 years old and is still open to the public today. The 820,000-gallon pool was created in 1923 to be part of a grand casino resort, but now exists today for the cooling off pleasure of travelers and Miami locals alike. Made mostly from coral rock, there are carved-out caverns where you can escape the hot sun or immerse yourself in the pool’s two waterfalls. In July, the annual International Mango Festival is held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical garden. Visitors can try refreshing mangoes from places all over the world like Southeast Asia, the Middle-east, and the Caribbean. There’s a ton of activities for kids like having their faces painted, partaking in a yoga class and workshops on tropical plants.

Need I Say More: All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan King Crab

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Photo courtesy of: Lique Miami

Photo courtesy of: Lique Miami

Written by: Tyler Sminkey

Lique Miami, set alongside the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway where boats and yachts float by, brings you a feast many of us only dream about…All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan King Crab. That’s all the giant king crab legs, steamed or chilled, fit for royalty and paired with shellfish starters!

The restaurant & lounge located at 3957 NE 163 Street in North Miami Beach has introduced a menu offered every Tuesday evening from 6pm until Midnight for $77.77 per person with some of the best Alaskan King Crab you can get your claws on. You start with King Crab Crostini (similar to a flatbread pizza and loaded with fresh crab meat), followed by a succulently rich and thick King Crab Bisque or King Crab Caesar Salad – again loaded with more than sufficient amounts of king crab meat!

Then the main event is served – you can request your legs steamed or chilled and they come to you with a delicious side of sauces including cocktail sauce, garlic butter, parmesan cream sauce, hollandaise, and tartar sauce. (Personally we just enjoyed a little bit of garlic butter – they don’t need much more!)

Lique features Mediterranean-inspired plates as well as a full sushi bar and raw bar. The waterfront view is perfect for a mid-week date night with handcrafted cocktails and a romantic view. Free valet parking PLUS boat docking is available and the restaurant is open 7 days a week with a European-style brunch on weekends.

The Sarsaparilla Club Finally Opens It’s Doors On Miami Beach

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Rock Shrimp Laksa

Rock Shrimp Laksa

The long anticipated wait is over! Since last year we were all patiently waiting for renowned Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth to open their second restaurant together, The Sarsaprilla Club. Located in the former Morimoto space, it should be familiar ground for many.

Neither McInnis nor Booth are new to the culinary or restaurant scene. McInnis, whom is actually from Florida, was previously at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach before becoming a contestant on Top Chef: Season 5, and Booth, Australian-born, was the sous chef at Khong River House before also appearing on Top Chef: Season 11. Having opened their well-known restaurant Root & Bone in New York, and working together a Gigi and Yardbird, it only made sense to open up shop here in Miami.

Pork Belly Buns

Pork Belly Buns

McInnis and Booth decided to focus their cuisine on modern American cooking, with a touch of dim sum! The whole dining experience is honestly really fun and enjoyable. You walk into a beautiful space this has just wonderful décor. And, as you are making it to your seat you a re getting a sneak peak at the dim sum carts making their way to each table. I immediately gravitated towards the beet & short rib dumpling, pork belly bacon steamed buns, and the corn 3 ways – everything amazing. 

Corn 4 Ways

Corn 4 Ways

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Now, for the main course I decided to focus on some bigger plates that both chefs were both known for and proud to share with their guests. Here I ordered the short rib meatloaf, fried chicken (of course), and, my favorite, the rock shrimp laksa. This last plate was so flavorful you’ll be dreaming about it for days!

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Let’s talk about dessert, right? Even if you aren’t a chocolate cake person, because to be honest I’m not, you have to try the Sarsaparilla chocolate cake. This bad boy comes with rainbow root chips that are glazed in honey butter and sea salt. Totally out of this world. And, the ricotta fritters with bourbon-salted caramel is a must!

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Ricotta Fritters

Ricotta Fritters

Not to mention, they have a great handcrafted cocktail list that is sure to please everyone’s taste buds. My personal favorite was the No Money, No Honey.

No Money, No Honey Cocktail

No Money, No Honey Cocktail