February 13th, Galentine's Day, celebrates three important things: waffles, women, and the wise words of Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler's character on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation who created the holiday in 2010. But though the event began in fictional Pawnee, it's time you celebrated the unofficial holiday in real life.
Galentine's Day, as Knope explains it, is the ultimate female friendship celebration. "Oh, it's only the best day of the year," she gushes. "Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
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1. Breakfast at Jimmy’s Eastside Diner. Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope once said, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third." There's no better place in town to "kick it, breakfast-style" with some waffles (or frittatas) than at one of Miami's best all-day breakfast spots, located in the MiMo district. Much like JJ's Diner on Parks and Recreation, Jimmy's serves up breakfast any time of the day. Gather your girls, grab a seat at one of the classic diner's maroon booths, and celebrate Galentine's Day, breakfast-style. Jimmy’s Eastside Diner, 7201 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-754-3692; yelp.com/biz/jimmys-eastside-diner-miami.
2. Spend the Day at the Standard. February 13th is all about "ladies celebrating ladies." Where better to do that than the chic, retro hotel on Island Avenue in Miami Beach? Splurge on a day pass ($75 Monday to Thursday, $125 Friday to Sunday) and enjoy the hotel's infinity pool with an underwater sound system, Roman waterfall hot tub, indoor DIY spa treatments, and more. After you've spent your day relaxing harder than Paris Hilton, join author and executive producer of Writing Class Radio, Andrea Askowitz, for Standard Love Stories February 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. You might find inspiration for your "personalized 5,000-word essays to each of your friends on why they're all awesome" a la Leslie Knope. RSVP for Standard Love Stories here. The Standard, 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717; standardhotels.com.
3. Wine Tasting at Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery. Spending hours on end stuck in Miami's gridlock each day gets real old. After fighting that traffic, you'll need a glass, or five, and a serious escape from the real world with your girls. Spend your day eating and drinking at Miami's best escape from reality. Head to the winery's grandiose tasting room and take a seat at the unique barrel tasting bar. The Ultimate Wine Tasting ($12.95 per person, plus tax) will get you and your alcohol-seeking babes five one-ounce pours of table wines made from tropical fruits such as mango, lychee, guava, passionfruit, and carambola.You'll even get to keep the glass and get half off your next tasting if you bring it back. Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery, 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead; 305-242-1224; schneblywinery.com. Winetastings cost $12.95 plus tax per person.
4. Canoeing and Kayaking at Oleta River State Park. Paddle it out with your "beautiful tropical fish" (which is among "Leslie Knope's top eight terms of endearment") at Florida's largest urban park, located on Biscayne Bay. Explore this incredible slice of paradise and catch a glimpse of wildlife as you ride through scenic mangrove trails and into the waters of North Biscayne Bay. The park also offers off-road bike paths, cabins, pavilions, a beach, a fishing area, picnicking, and more. Pro tip: Bring lots of bug spray. Oleta River State Park, 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305-919-1844; floridastateparks.org/park/Oleta-River.Admission fee is $6 per vehicle (two to eight people) and $4 for single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle. Visit bgoletariveroutdoor.com for rental prices.
6. Free Yoga at Peacock Park. Your gals up north don't have the luxury of celebrating Galentine's Day outside without getting frostbite. So while your long-distance lady friends are doing yoga inside, you and your Miami ones will be relaxing the mind, body, and soul with views of Biscayne Bay courtesy of Dharma Studio. Dubbed the best place for free yoga in Miami by New Times, this no-cost yoga class held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. is a great way to spend time with your
9. Farmers Market at the Wynwood Yard. You and your gal pals have decided to prepare a special Galentine's Day dinner in the name of friendship. But first, you'll need the essentials. Start your evening at the Wynwood Yard as you and your friends shop for fruits, veggies, and more at local booths for that celebratory soiree. The farmers market opens at 5 p.m., which gives you all just enough time to head over
10. Trivia Thunderdome at Gramps. Are the random facts in your brain as useless as a turn signal in Miami? Do you annoy your friends with what they might deem pointless information? If the answer is yes, it's time to drop those knowledge bombs, ladies. Self-described as a "boozy meeting of the minds," Trivia Thunderdome at Gramps covers a range of topics from music, TV, geography, movies, sports, and more. Gals, you have less than a week to round up your brainiac dream team. It's all fun and games until you lose the trivia contest that's worth a bottle of Crown Royal — or worse, a $50 bar tab. Every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.
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