Happy Valentine's Day. This holiday, which initially honored religious martyrs, is now a celebration of love, so whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two, having drinks with friends, baking a heart-shaped pizza for your kids, or just planning to cuddle your pup -- we wish you a sweet day.
Let's not forget that this is also President's Day Weekend, which means the 51st annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival and Miami International Boat Show are in town.
Much to do. Let's get started, shall we?
See also: Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami
The big day is today and, unless you've made some insane no-holidays pact with your significant other, you'd best be making plans for this evening. Luckily, there are many ways to celebrate and Short Order's got you covered.
If you're looking for a gift, nothing says "I love you" like a new BMW, a five-carat diamond, or a trip to Paris....unless it's a box of fine chocolate. We can't help you with the car or the jewelry, but we have put together a list of the sweetest treats in Miami:
Nothing's more romantic than a decadent multi-course dinner and our local restaurants are going overboard with tasting menus that include lobster, oysters, foie gras, and lots of chocolate. We've compiled a few lists to get you started on the road to love:
Before dinner, why not start the evening with a romantic cocktail or two? These special libations feature honey, rose petals, and a little spice to heat things up:
Then again, there's nothing sexier than having an intimate dinner, made by your own two hands:
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
The 51st annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival is this weekend, with a mile-long stretch of some of the finest artists in the world displaying their works at Peacock Park and along Bayshore Drive. Each year, thousands of people come to buy or just browse the hundreds of exhibitors. Of course, there's artistry in food, and the festival celebrates that at its culinary pavilion, where some of Miami's best chefs demonstrate their skills for you. Hourly demonstrations run from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. all weekend long, and participating chefs include Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House); Chef Irie (Irie Spice, Inc.); Letty Alvarez (LA Sweets); Oscar del Rivero (Talavera Restaurant, Jaguar Ceviche, and Peacock Garden Cafe); Ramesh Kaduru (Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove) and others. For a full demonstration schedule, click here. The festival is open daily from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and admission is $15 per day; Residents of zip code 33133 pay only $5; children under 12 are free.
Free Bloody Marys
It's a long President's Day weekend and that means one thing...Bloody Marys. There's nothing quite like one of these spicy libations to breathe life back into your withered, tortured, hungover soul. The only thing better than a bloody on the weekend...is a free bloody and that's just what's going down in Coconut Grove. The truck will be parked by GreenStreet Cafe and Lulu on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information (and a killer recipe for you DIY'ers), check this out:
Boat Show Eats
The Miami International Boat Show takes over the Miami Beach Convention Center and many marinas this weekend, so you can lust after a bunch of mega-yachts that cost approximately the same amount of coin as an entire neighborhood. Tickets for adults are $20 a day and children under 15 get in free if accompanied by an adult. A five-day pass costs $85. The shows are generally open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Visit miamiboatshow.com for details. After you've checked out all the boats, you'll be hungry. Here's a handy-dandy list of our favorite South Beach restaurants to try: