Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Cocktails, Cookware, and Chocolate

Happy Friday. The weather is crisp and clear, which means it's the perfect time to head outdoors.

No, we're not talking about camping. We're talking about eating chocolate, shopping for kitchen treasures, and then having some cocktails for charity. Just make sure you assign a designated driver to take the wheel of your yellow Lamborghini if you've tipped back a few.

See also: Ricardo Trillos of Cao Chocolates on the Fairchild Chocolate Festival, Single-Origin Cacao, and Life as a Chocolatier

The World is your Cocktail

The only thing better than having a well-crafted cocktail is knowing that you're also helping children with life-threatening illnesses at the same time. Drink Around The World, held Saturday, January 25 at the Moore Building, allows you to sample over 100 specialty drinks, cocktails, and spirits from around the world. From 7:30 - 11 p.m., sip custom libations while you enjoy live music, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida. Tickets are $100 at the door, or purchase them in advance for $85 at drinkaroundtheworldfestival.com.

There is Nothing Like a Dame...Garage Sale

Look around your kitchen. Are you using a hand-me-down Crock Pot for everything from pasta to oatmeal? Time to stock up on high-quality professional cookware, ever-so-slightly used by some of the best female chefs in Miami. Les Dames D'Escoffier Miami are hosting their annual garage sale this Saturday, January 25 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Galleria of the Coral Gables Museum. Snag everything from cookbooks to table linens and help the Dames raise funds to help young women start or further their careers in culinary arts. Free admission and parking, but bring plenty of money (or credit cards) so you can shop 'til you drop.

A World of Chocolate

Chocolate. It's romance, comfort, and sensuality combined into one sweet moment of pleasure. Let's face it -- without chocolate, Willy Wonka would just be plain ole' creepy. But chocoholics need not travel to Wonkaville this weekend when Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is hosting the International Chocolate Festival all weekend from Friday, January 24 - Sunday, January 26. Now in its eight year, the festival features food demonstrations, chef lectures, plant sales, a beer garden, a choco-walk, and poetry -- all chocolate-flavored, of course. The festival's hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily and admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17 (free for Fairchild members and active military personnel).

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