The weekend is upon us and we are suddenly thwarted into the realization that half the year has nearly passed already.
But where did the time go?!
Luckily, we can forget about all the things we pretty much only have 6 (ish) months left to do before the year's end and bask in the bountiful options our fair city gives us for the next few days.
Rob Schneider is here right now. Cinco de Mayo is Sunday. Mustaches are bound to be aplenty.
Feliz fin de semana!
Food Blogger Bake Sale
If you're feeling charitable, or you're hankering for baked goods, or both, the annual Food Blogger Bake Sale is sure to do you well this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by Tropical Park for some of Miami's food bloggers' homemade creations, and donate a little money and attention to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry charity. Blue Collar, HaVen, Sweetness Bakeshop, Lee & Marie's, Edge Steak & Bar, and a slew of others have donated giveaways and gift certificates for a raffle that will be taking place throughout the entire bake sale. Raffle tickets cost $5 a pop, or $10 for 3. It take just one buck to feed a child 10 nutritious meals. Put your conscience first, put that tax return to good use, and help the bloggers reach their $4,000 goal.
Saturday Night Live veteran and lifelong funnyman Rob Schneider is in town to bestow his sweet, sweet charm on the Magic City. That's almost completely true. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Magic City Casino will be hosting Rob Schneider and Ultimate Dessert Miami. The sugary competition will pit some of Miami's best sugar masters against each other in a mystery ingredient battle. The best part about it is that you, as an audience member, gets to taste test the sweet creations while a panel of judges decided on the winner and the losers. Tickets range from $40 to $75.
Big hats and mint juleps are synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. This year's derby horses may or may not impress you or your wallet, but at Bourbon Steak in Aventura, the $5 mint juleps surely will. Lousiana-style hot wings, beignets with a bourbon pot de creme, and plenty of other delicious bites will be readily available should the races not suffice in the "exciting" department. Throw on your finest say-something hats and head over on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. for a sure-to-be swell time.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those that go to Brew at the Zoo for Naughty by Nature and Uncle Luke, and those that go for the over 100 samplings of beers from around the country. We, of course, are fully aware that there is no such thing as a perfect person in this world, but if there were, he or she would be going to BATZ for both reasons. Because, well, it's self-explanatory. Tickets for New Times' own Brew at the Zoo, which takes place on Saturday at Zoo Miami from 7 to 11 p.m., range from $35 to $85. The event includes live performances by the above-mentioned artists as well as others, and all the beer your can drink. Try crafts from local breweries and find out who will win the homebrew competition for Miami's best local beers.
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Miami may be all guayaberas and dominos most of the time. But every year on the fifth of May, we trade in our guayaberas and cigarros for sarapes and guaraches. We do away with the dominos for a day, and bring out the lotería Mexicana, which, no matter how rich or poor you were growing up, was always played with raw frijoles. The ron is pushed to the back of the liquor cabinet and the añejo and blanco are set on top of the counter. Whether you're celebrating the Mexico-themed holiday with friends, co-workers, or family, the 305 knows exactly how to morph into a paisano de Mexico. So throw on that killer fake mustache and bust out the molcajetes. Head on over to Tobacco Road, Rosa Mexicano, and Sandbar for Miami's Cinco de Mayo happenings. ¡Ándale, pues, güey!
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