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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend

Chilly this morning, huh?

This city is at her finest when we have 80-degree weather one day and 60 degrees the next. Makes us feel like L.A. but without all the earthquakes and cold ocean water.

The weekend is supposed to be lovely. Sure, there's a drizzle or two expected on Saturday, but it won't take much to plan well. Plan like a Miamian, we mean.

Here now are Miami's best eats and drinks this weekend. From beer to birthdays to brunch, here are the best things to do!

A free reminder of Miami's rich artistic and architectural history is never a bad thing. Ever. That's why when Art Deco Weekend rolls around, we make it a point to go every single year. It's not that the buildings change. It's not that the vendors change or the parade varies much. It's that it all stays the same. Why wouldn't we embrace a constant in our city that's seeing more and more change every day? And, yea, the art is awesome. And the parade is entertaining. And there are unmissable plates of food to be had around. And the shirtless firemen are hot. But, you know, it's all about the cultural importance and history.

Beer. It's tough to live with it, and it's tougher to live without it. Have you ever noticed how many occasions revolve around beer? Take festivals like Oktoberfest out of the occasion for a second. We mean in the casual sense. How many times do you hear "let's discuss this over a beer," or "wanna go grab a beer," or "I could really use a beer right now." It's instilled in our mind as the optimal go-to for a less stressful environment. Now, with that in mind, strongly consider heading out to the Miami Beer Festival. Not only will it give you an excellent opportunity to visit the Marlins Stadium that you paid for, but more than 50 breweries from around the world will be there with a tap of craft and a glass for you. Who says no to a pub the size of a baseball stadium? Those aren't hyperbolic terms.

If you get a cake and candles every year for your birthday, it's only natural to spread the love and celebrate a restaurant's birthday with the same excitement. OK, it's totally fine to be a little jealous considering they're aging isn't as apparent as ours. But their wallpaper chipping is like our greying, so it evens out. This week, two Miami staples have turned a year old. Last year, Blue Collar and The Federal opened during the same week. It was the first time Miami had ever been introduced to food of its kind. If you haven't been back since they first opened, shame on you. If you haven't been at all, shame on us. Haven't we expressed our love for both enough to convince you? Head on over to see what one year of age and wisdom has done to the food and the vibe.

Last Sunday, OTC launched their brunch service. Think eggs Benedict ($9.50), vanilla French toast ($9.50), "steak and eggs" where by "steak" we mean delicious short ribs ($14)... the pricing could not be any more attractive given we don't make enough money to indulge in $75 a head brunches. We struggle just like you. Take advantage of the fact that "affordable" and "brunch" are rarely put in the same sentence together. Did we mention the bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and champagne for just 15 bucks. Bargain eating is so rewarding.

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