Monday means the end of your sabbath. Yes, that alarm this morning is real -- it wasn't a dream. And, absolutely, you better believe that work is calling, your phone is blowing up from emails (curse those who reply to all), and you're wondering why you didn't call in sick.
But you know the greatest thing about Mondays? They are your eternal "second" chance, to start with a clean slate. This week, you can begin with a barbecue and we'll move upward from there.
Latin Barbecue Pop-Up at Bulldog Barbecue
Better to start the week off fun with something out of the ordinary. Like going to Howie Kleinberg and Ted Mendez's Latin barbecue pop-up tonight, for example. The Bulldog Barbecue and Grove Isle toques are serving up a family-style dinner at Aventura's Bulldog location. $50 per person includes smoked chicken and queso fresco empanadas with guava barbecue sauce; crispy fried shrimp with orange aji panka glaze and fresh garden herb salad; brisket vaca frita with congri, fried egg and vegetable escabeche; wood-grilled hog snapper with Florida tomatoes, avocado and olives; "pork squared" which consists of Cuban spice-rubbed charcoal roasted shoulder, loin, belly, and ribs, with yellow chicharron, rice and sour orange mojo; and for dessert, caramelized banana brownie checkerboard sundae with fresh whipped cream and fudge. Reservations begin at 6 p.m. and you can call 305 940.9655 to make one.
Happy Hour at PB Steak
Mass text your closest friends to meet you at PB Steak for happy hour one day this week. Not only will you be able to catch up with each other, but it'll also give you something to look forward to during the week. That way your calendar doesn't look like that of a dreary workaholic's. Take Wednesday, for example. It's the best day to split up your week with half-priced cocktails and raw bar items, snacks, and small plates from Jose Mendin. Munch on $1.50 oysters, $3 steak tartare sliders, dates avec chorizo with spicy tomato and goat cheese ($6) and $3 frita cubana sliders, among plenty more. Did we mention half-priced cocktails?
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Oyster Happy Hour at Oak Tavern
From 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily, Oak Tavern is serving up half-priced east and west coast iced oysters. Five bucks gets your bar drinks and cocktails include drinks like Gilligan's Island with Prosecco and French ginger beer, the Green Mile with plymouth gin, cucumber, and chile, and the Dublin Breeze with Jameson, cointreau, and grapefruit. For those looking for a little more sustenance, small plates, housemade charcuterie, and pizzas are also available on the menu.
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