While the rest of Miami preps for another relaxing weekend on the beach, you're frantically crossing things off your kids' back-to-school check list.
Number 2 pencils. Notebooks. Folders. Loose-leaf paper. Note cards. Backpacks. That horrific One Direction binder your daughter is begging for.
It's all enough to be a suitable stand-alone form of birth control, honestly. Lest we forget the entire other part of going back to school: Every kid's gotta eat lunch.
The young whippersnappers will barter for chocolate pudding cups and negotiate for a Big Grab of Cheetos, but you should take matters into your own hands and pack a more health-conscious lunch come this school year. Your snarky, forever-single-and-childless friends at Short Order will help.
XO, Aunt Short Order
Whole Foods Back-to-School
Whole Foods Market in Pinecrest is hosting a back-to-school celebration this Saturday, August 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There you'll find a schedule of events to help parents with last minute tendencies. At 8 a.m., the first 100 kids will receive a free Whole Foods Market book bag with back-to-school items inside. Who knows what the goodies will be but since it's Whole Foods, it's bound to be good stuff. From 11 a.m. - noon: Get some hands-on help with lunches. Maria Massana, a healthy eating specialist, is hosting demonstrations for parents and kids on how to make healthy, tasty school lunches. From noon - 2 p.m. there will be a storewide sampling featuring healthy and creative lunchbox items. You can sample free products throughout the store, vote for your favorites and enter to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card. The first 100 customers to turn in their ballot will receive a free thermal lunch bag.
Fair enough, so brownbag shopping for your kids' lunches sounds more like a panic attack than a good time waiting to happen. We feel you. But, listen, we consulted with the city's top toques to give you some neat ideas for inspiration. Your kid's lunch neighbor sitting across the table will have a whole wheat turkey and cheese sandwich, a bag of chips, and a juice box. Your kid, on the other hand, will have a specially curated lunch experience inspired by the likes of chefs Allen Susser and Jose Mendin. Try a simple falafel wrap that's as easy as rolling into little balls and wrapping in a spinach wrap. Or a homemade flatbread with cheese and veggies. Our personal favorite that we'll be trying out this year [on the days we're summoned to babysit] is an apple banana nut cereal bar which looks just as tasty as it sounds, and the recipe doesn't look hard to boot. Check all of the recipes out here: Short Order's Back to School Brownbags
Hooray for Honey Bees at Fairchild Bees are super underrated. There's always that one earthy, hippy locavore person on one of your social media feeds that reposts that article about bees being the most important joint in the world's eco system. Saturday will be a day in bees' honor at Fairchild Gardens. From 11:30 to 1p.m. there will be an Edible Garden tour held with nifty info on the active beehive. Meanwhile, the fruit market at Fairchild will be selling fruit smoothies, honey, beeswax cream, beeswax candles, banana-honey bread and more. On Sunday, catch a presentation and educate yourselves on the decline of the honeybee population in the US.
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Wine Class at Edge
Tonight, get boozy and fancy at the Four Seasons Miami. Edge will be hosting a wine class and tonight's show and tell will be all about wines from Austria and Germany. Class takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and the price is $20 per person. Make sure you bring cash! Taste ten wines by theme, grape type, region or country of origin, and the class includes a complimentary artisanal cheese platter to accompany your wine-tasting experience.
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