Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Ice Cream, and Farm Freshness

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Here we are, at the end of the first real workweek of the year. Even though most of us had days off for the holidays, they were most likely spent shopping, entertaining family, and decorating.

That means this is likely the first weekend in a month when you have no plans. That's great! Reserve one day for a little house-bound vegetation, and then get busy.

There's much to do this weekend, from drinking local beer to taking a cooking class.

Weekend starts now!

See also: MIA Brewing to Open Taproom Friday

Two New Miami Taprooms Open

Have a hankering for an after-work beer? Good news, folks: The long-anticipated MIA Brewing taproom opens today in Doral with several beers to choose from, including ones with tongue-in-cheek names like Miami Weiss, Tourist Trappe, Edenboc, Blue Monster, and My L'il Brony. The taproom is open Friday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is located at 10400 NW 33rd St., Suite 150, Doral.

J. Wakefield Brewing Company in Wynwood is also soft-opening its taproom. According to the brewery's Facebook page, tickets will be sold at $6 per person, with each ticketholder receiving two beers -- an eight-ounce specialty pour and a 12-ounce flagship pour. The brewery is open Friday, January 9, from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, January 10, from noon to midnight. It's located at 120 NW 24th St., Miami.

See also: Tonight: Gravity Brewlab, J. Wakefield Brewing, and MIA Brewing Open to the Public

Carvel Grand-Opening Celebration

There are multitudes of ice-cream shops around Miami, but for many diehards, the only place to get a true cone is Carvel. The first-ever ice-cream-store franchise is simply the best place for fresh, frozen soft-serve custard and ice-cream cakes. The newest Carvel shop, located at 12224 SW Eighth St., is celebrating its grand opening throughout week, beginning Saturday, January 10. There's a different special each day, starting with Saturday's deal -- buy one shake, get one for 80 cents; and Sunday's special -- buy one sheet cake, get an Oreo L'il Rounders six-pack for 80 cents. Ice-cream purists can't resist a soft-serve chocolate/vanilla swirl cone with sprinkles. Worth the trip.

Ortanique Cooking Class

If your New Year's resolution is to use your kitchen for something other than beer storage, check out chef Cindy Hutson's cooking class at Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables this Saturday, January 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You'll learn how to make Cuban-style bacalao fritters with Scotch bonnet peppers and roasted garlic aioli; pan-roasted local yellowtail steamed with fresh coconut milk, Caribbean vegetables, and Jamaican pumpkin wata; and key lime coconut squares with apple pie ice cream. Each course will be paired with champagne or wine, so you'll also learn about pairings as you cook.The class is limited to 24 people, and the cost is $108 per person. To reserve a spot, call 305-446-7710.

Doral Farmers' Market

If you're craving fresh produce, local honey, organic foods, and even a refreshing coco shake, head to Doral Farmers' Market this Sunday, January 11. The market, located on the corner of NW 41 Street and NW 97 Avenue, is filled with vendors offering local and freshly made pastas, prepared foods, and fruits and veggies straight from the farm -- in Doral! The market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit doralmarket.com.

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