Christmas is just ten days away, which means you probably spent your entire weekend shopping for gifts and eating nothing but pretzels and mall food. It's OK, Monday is here, and with the new week come a slew of eating and drinking opportunities.
Take it easy with dinner and a movie. Choose from sushi followed Chris Rock's latest comedy or an al fresco screening of Vertigo whilst drinking wine and noshing on cheese overlooking Biscayne Bay. In the mood for something more rambunctious? Get your craft beer with Boulevard Brewing as they celebrate their arrival to the state of Florida with a five-course pairing dinner at the Loews. Or watch a couple of Miami's top toques battle it out on the bocce court.
Regardless of which avenue you take, the week starts now.
Chefs Duke it Out on the Bocce Court at Bocce Bar
Leave it to chefs to have secret talents in addition to cooking, like playing bocce. Bocce Bar has been putting its front yard court to good use by inviting the city's top toques to throw it down (literally). And today, the second Bocce Tournament finals are taking place with Shikany and Bocce duking it out for bragging rights and steal the throne from the first winner and current reigning Bocce king, Salumeria 104. Enjoy Bocce's happy hour whilst watching Daniel Tackett and Michael Shikany go head to head. Finals kick off at 5 p.m.
Chris Rock and Sushi at Sushi Samba Coral Gables
Sushi Samba's dinner and a movie series continues, and this time it's a comedy you'll be watching -- a comedy written, directed, and starring Chris Rock. So expect to laugh a lot. The film is Top Five, and you can watch it before or after a three-course meal at Sushi Samba Coral Gables just blocks away from the Gables Cinema. Choose from salmon tiradito, miso soup, soy braised short ribs, viva samba roll, chocolate banana cake, and mochi. All this and the movie will only set you back $39, which is better than buying tickets, a soda, and popcorn. You can book tickets by visiting gablescinema.com. If you're doing dinner before the movie, you might want to give yourself at least 75 minutes to chow down.
Up until last month, Boulevard Brewing wasn't available anywhere in Florida. But now that they are part of the Duvel/Ommegang family, they've decided to host a beer dinner to celebrate their arrival in the Sunshine State. On Wednesday, Preston's at the Loews will be one of the first to pair five of their beers, including the award-winning Tank #7 saison farmhouse ale. Chef Jason Prevatt has come up with a menu that includes frisee salad, scallop tiradito, braised short rib, and a banana torte, which will all be paired with one of Boulevard's craft brewskies. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and costs $50 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 305-604-5442 to reserve.
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Wine, Cheese, and Vertigo at PAMM
If you've never seen Alfred Hitchcock's greatest masterpiece, Vertigo, Thursday is your chance to screen the film under the stars while taking in one of the best views that Miami has to offer as Perez Art Museum kicks off third Thursdays at PAMM: Movies (Not Really) About Museums. Sounds ingenious, right? It is. Especially considering Stephen Starr and Verde have taken it upon themselves to provide movie theater concessions for purchase. Only these concessions go beyond the usual popcorn and include wine and cheese. If you have Vertigo and need something a bit stronger, a full bar will be on deck to calm your spirits with spirits. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Arrive early so you can claim a good seat on the stairs and bring a blanket. Baby it's cold outside.
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