Oh hai, Monday -- it's you again. We were hoping this weekend was just a dream, but we woke up this morning realizing LeBron is still gone. You know what eases the pain? Booze. And food.
There's plenty of those things this week to make you forget all about Cleveland and celebrate Miami. From dining blindfolded to celebrating the French Revolution with the kings of swine, here are the week's best eats and drinks.
GastroPod Pop-Up at Eating House
What better way to start the week than with 12 courses? That's exactly what's happening tonight with this underground dinner at Eating House. Chefs Jeremiah Bullfrog and Giorgio Rapicavoli are going all out with a menu that includes blackened duck with black garlic and -- for dessert -- blackberry, hummus "cavatelli," and "peas and carrots." Two seatings (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.) are limited to 25 guests each and going fast. Dinner costs $100 a person, which comes out to less than 10 bones per dish. So what are you waiting for?
Bastille Day at L'echon Brasserie
L'echon only recently opened, but the Pubbelly boys are celebrating France's national holiday at their French brasserie with a special three-course prix fixe for $55 a person. On the menu: vegetable terrine and crisp pork belly with rosemary lamb jus.
Eat in the Dark for a Cause
Nothing like a little adventure on a Tuesday to keep the week from falling flat. Head to Chef Adrianne's for her popular feast for the senses -- well, minus sight -- Dark Dining. It's for a good cause -- all proceeds from this edition of Dark Dining will go to the Live Like Bella foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research. Dinner costs $100 a person and includes seven courses, each paired with a seasonal cocktail. For the first time, Chef Adrianne will extend the dinner back-to-back, so if you can't make it Tuesday, there's always Wednesday. And remember, when you miss your mouth and feed your T-shirt instead, you're helping cure cancer.
Korean BBQ at the Dutch
As part of the Dutch's annual summer series -- Bourbon, Beer and Cue -- this week's barbecue style is Korean. Chef Conor Hanlon and sous-chef Levi Raines are cooking up a feast of banchan (Korean side dishes) to go with bulgogi beef skewers and Korean barbecue pork belly. The magic will happen in the W's outdoor courtyard, dubbed the Grove. Who said barbecue can't be romantic? The family-style dinner, which begins at 7 p.m., costs $40 per person, with $2 PBR tallboys and $9 bourbon cocktails also available.
Martini Tasting at Devon
All the action seems to be in Kendall this Wednesday, and at Devon, you can sip five renditions of secret agent 007's drink of choice while watching the sunset. Martinis are paired with light bites to bring out the flavors: Mint-glazed pork belly is paired with a jalapeño martini; wash down the lamb lollipops with a blueberry martini; and finish the night with a special cookie and dulce de leche martini. The martini tasting costs $40 per person and lasts from 7 to 9 p.m.
Spice Things Up Ahead of Time
Eager for Miami Spice so you can sample some of the city's best restaurants at affordable prices? Two weeks is a long time to wait, but don't fret. At Essensia (the restaurant at the Palms) and Terrazza (the restaurant at the Shore Club), Miami Spice is already underway.
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Terrazza is offering lunch ($23) or dinner ($39). Highlights include dorade (imported Mediterranean sea bream fillet), tuna tartare, and house-made chitarra pasta. At Essensia, guests can enjoy organic and locally sourced roasted yellow tomato gazpacho and their signature eggplant Parmesan.
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