Happy 2014, everyone. Even though today is technically a workday, we bet not a lot is getting accomplished at the office today.
This weekend is a mellow one to ease you into the first busy week of the year. That doesn't mean there's no fun to be had, but it's all about drinking and dining outside, taking a tour, and enjoying the new year with friends and family.
Dinner and Drinks Under The Stars
Have you heard about the winter storm that's pummeling the Northeast? There's already two feet of snow in Boston, flights are cancelled, and highways are closed. Meanwhile, tonight's local forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a low in the 60s. In other words, perfect weather to Instagram a selfie of you having dinner outside to make all your friends back in New York jelly.
Tonight from 7 to midnight, Coral Gables' Giralda Under the Stars turns part of the City Beautiful into one giant outdoor dining area, complete with live entertainment. Choose to eat at more than a dozen restaurants or simply grab a cocktail at the bars set up along the waywhile you listen to great music and enjoy the fact that it's not snowing here.
Wine Down With Live Music
After spending the entire day taking down the holiday lights (it seemed like a good idea to go for the Christmas Vacation theme at the time), you're exhausted! May we suggest listening to the smooth song stylings of Bryan Gonzalez at Schnebly Redland's Winery. Buy a bottle of Avo-Vino (a crisp, dry wine made from avocados) and some barbecue and listen to some Latin/pop fusion.
Brian sings from 6 to 10 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults; $5 for kids. Buy a bottle of any Schnebly wine at Publix or Total Wine, bring the receipt and admission is free (but you can't bring the wine to drink at the winery -- sorry).
Jewish Food Walking Tour
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Before the hipsters and the party people, members of the "Tribe" flocked to Miami Beach for sun and fun. And, of course, ya gotta eat!
That makes Miami rich in Jewish food culture (yes, there was a time when you couldn't get pork products on everything). Explore Jewish food and the stories behind it at the Jewish food walking tour this Sunday, January 5, at 11 a.m. The tour starts at the Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU and takes you on a culinary journey to Jewish-owned restaurants like My Ceviche, Aroma Espresso Bar, Pita Loca, and Joe's Stone Crab. You'll also hear about historic Jewish businesses and restaurants like the Nemo Hotel, Goldstein & Gilbert's, and Famous and Friedman's. At $46 per person, it's such a deal!