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The Ten Tastiest Ways to Cool Off in Miami

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There’s nothing quite like the lethal combination of sweltering heat and humidity to say, “Welcome to Miami!” One step outside and — bam! — it hits you in the face like a warm, wet washcloth.

Most people complain. Others absolutely love it. But the best thing to do is adapt. After all, we survived the wrath of July, the hottest single month in Miami history, slightly dehydrated and sunburnt, but for the most part unscathed. The bad news is the temperature won't drop anytime soon.

So instead of letting this continual heat wave dampen plans, it’s time to kick your creativity into overdrive — just like your sweat glands — and cool off the tastiest way: with the best food, drinks, and fun in town.
1. Indulge in hip-hop ice cream at Mr. Kream. Head to flava town! Wynwood’s first-ever hip-hop ice-cream shop, Mr. Kream, offers frozen treats such as craft beer floats, shakes, and the main attraction: ice-cream flavors with names like A$AP Rocky Road, Fat Joe Pistachio, and LL Cool Crunch. Sit back, relax, and even dance to DJ-spun tunes in a fashionable, air-conditioned space covered in graffiti and pictures of the biggest rappers of past and present. 2400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-659-4541;
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The Walk Down Alameda cocktail
Photo by Amanda Lee, courtesy of the Broken Shaker
2. Sip and dip at the Broken Shaker. Sun worshippers, this one’s for you. Skip a dip in the ocean and retreat to the Broken Shaker for a leisurely day at the pool, which is open to all guests of the Freehand, the Broken Shaker, and 27 Restaurant. Sip an array of inventive cocktails made by top-tier mixologists, or go ham on a punch bowl for just $7. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727;
3. Enjoy post-iPic movie dinner and drinks at the Tuck Room. For heat haters, catching a flick is usually at the top of the list of ways to escape the sun’s relentless beating. At North Miami Beach’s iPic, you can order food and drinks while watching a movie. But save your appetite for the Tuck Room, conveniently located inside the theater. The modern speakeasy was created by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard and serves everything from mango-and-habanero barbecued baby-back ribs ($14) to steak frites ($23) to lobster rolls ($20) to ahi tuna poke ($17). 3701 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach;  786 563-7061;
4. Scarf down a Cuban hot dog at Marlins Park. Besides being fully air-conditioned and covered by a retractable roof, Marlins Park has also hit a home run in the food-and-booze department. If it’s essential ballpark grub you’re looking for, try an elevated version with a Cuban twist at the High Cheese food truck. For a real crowd pleaser, try a Nathan’s all-beef half-pound frank inside a pressed Cuban sandwich on bread from Zak the Baker. 501 Marlins Way, Miami; 305-480-1300;
5. Get cultured at PAMM, and then satisfy your hunger at Verde. Escape the oppressive heat at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Because perusing modern art collections and exhibitions of the 20th and 21st Centuries really works up an appetite, refuel at Verde, PAMM’s waterfront restaurant and bar. It offers sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and a creative menu inspired by local and seasonal ingredients to complement the museum's artwork. 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-8282;
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Maureen Aimee Mariano is a freelance food writer for Miami New Times. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida before making her way back to the 305, the city that first fueled her insatiable appetite.