Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend
So we're all still here! More rent! More bills! More traffic!
But you see, you should tell those sarcastic, cynical grinches that while we still have to deal with
the same things we had to deal with before bills, and traffic, and rent and stuff, Christmas is Tuesday. That means while they're wallowing with Anti-Climactic-Post-Apocalyptic Syndrome, you will be busy gathering the preparations to make yourself yet another successful Miami Christmas.
Why emphasize Miami Christmas? Because we're one of the few cities that have the option of going to the beach after opening presents Christmas morning.
Take that, grinches.
This could be you!
Coconut Grove's Candy Cane Village: For Miamians, it's a little difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. It's hot outside. Palm trees are everywhere. Every mall Santa has a sunburn. Miami will never be Christmas-authentic. But, fake snow machines do exist -- so there is that. Peacock Park will be transformed into a Christmas Winter Wonderland tonight complete with "ice" skating, food trucks, and HOPEFULLY Elf impersonators. It's up to you to make that chocolate maple syrup spaghetti concoction if you can find all the components from food trucks. Tell all your friends it's delicious. They'll never second guess your badassery again.
Food Truckalypse: So, since we're all still here and the world didn't end in a fiery blast like the Mayans said it would, the apocalypse jokes should be laid to rest for good. But not before we find ways to incorporate the word "apocalypse" into everything we say -- given we survived such a cataclysmic catastrophe. There will be plenty food trucks at Amelia Earhart Park to nip your post-end of the world appetite in the butt. Best of all, you don't have to worry about having to choose who you'll have your last meal from.
Roll 'em out fresh!
Knaus Berry Farm: I know we tell you to go to Knaus almost every weekend, but now, more than ever, it's CRUCIAL that you make the haul over. There are few things better than warm, fresh made cinnamon rolls on Christmas. Whether you eat them Christmas Eve, or warm them up for Christmas morning, there is just nothing that can beat them. So, you should probably buy a couple boxes worth so there's enough -- for you. And, like, everyone else. If they want.
Make [Better] Twinkies One of the perks of having America's most adorable pastry chef in our city is that she takes goooood care of her locals. Twinkie loss got you down? No worries. Super Hedy has a solution for that and it one-ups Hostess. So in the end, you win. Hedy's Twinkies involve red velvet and coconut. Must we go on?
Gift Shopping (ugh...): Don't know if you've checked out our Holiday category, but it's chockfull of anything and everything you need to take care of your last minute gift shopping. I, for one, have not even braved the attempt to hit the mall, but with Short Orders guides, shopping should be a breeze. Whether you're looking for a cheap gift under 10 bucks, or a lavish gift for the royalty of your life, we've got a gift for everyone and their uncle.
Also, don't forget to make your reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. Space is bound to be limited at this point.
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