Feel Bad for Your Dad

You go above and beyond for Mother’s Day – flowers, candy, a gift, and a special brunch. And what do you do when Father’s Day rolls around? Speed to your nearest discount retailer to pick up the basics – a short-sleeve shirt, maybe a pair of shorts or slippers, and, of course, silky socks. Dads love socks, right? Wrong, fool. Here’s a news flash: The man who raised you has interests far beyond the latest necktie or button-up polo. He doesn’t subscribe to Silky Socks Quarterly, does he? This year we propose that you figure out what he’s actually into. We’re hitting all the bases with a slew of suggestions that will make your papa genuinely gleeful on his special day.

En route to the kitchen, you stumble past the couch. Your dad is riveted to the tube, watching Tiger Woods blow the birdie. A-ha! Golf! If your pops likes to go out on the green, sign him up for the golf clinic package at ProperForm (1935 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-8818, www.properform.com). For $235 he’ll receive three one-hour individual sessions with a certified trainer to help improve his swing and technique. Does your dad spend Saturday afternoons polishing the rims on his pickup? Then give him tickets to the DUB Custom Auto Show and Concert. Yes, there will be enough rappers to make him yell, “Turn that racket down!” at the stage, but during performances, you can peep the phattest rides and check out the MLB Roadshow, a tricked-out tractor-trailer complete with batting cages, merch, and MLB2K7 videogames. He rocks a weathered “kiss the cook” apron and loves the smell of burning charcoal. Today order up a gourmet feast put together by the Ritz-Carlton’s executive chef, Thomas Connell. The Father’s Day Grill Kit comes complete with baby-back ribs, beef brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, and key lime pie, as well as cooking utensils, an apron, and a sweet cooler – all for a mere $80. And he still gets to be the man and fire up the coals. Call 786-276-4011 to register by Friday, June 15, or just go ahead and reserve a table for any of the fabulous Father’s Day brunches at the Ritz-Carlton’s three stunning locations. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com. Check out our special Father’s Day listings at www.miaminewtimes.com for even more events for dads who love cigars, watches, guayaberas, or special luncheons.
Sun., June 17


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