Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Craft Cocktails, a Beer Festival, and Baked Alaska

Happy Friday! It looks like Miami is done with the rain and tornado threats and has come out the other side of the rainbow.

Take advantage of this weekend's good weather and head to a beer festival, scarf down a bowl of ramen, or learn the art of crafting the perfect cocktail. 

Whether you want to enjoy authentic Italian bruschetta or try a decadent baked Alaska, the next few days are filled with indulgences.

The weekend starts now!

Ramen in the City Beautiful
Ramen is the ultimate soothing dish. There's nothing better than digging into a steaming bowl of broth, noodles, and vegetables. The only thing better is a well-crafted bowl made with fresh noodles and homemade broth. That's what you'll experience at Ichimi, which opens this Friday, January 29, at 2330 Salzedo St. in Coral Gables. The restaurant will feature gyoza, izakaya dishes, and ramen. Grab a beer and watch the noodle-making machine, one of only ten in the United States, crank out ramen. Ichimi will be open for lunch weekly from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner will be served Monday and Tuesday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 6 to 11:30 p.m.

Art of Crafting Cocktails at the Regent Cocktail Club
First there was baseball and rock fantasy camp. Now would-be bartenders can make their mixology dreams come true at the Regent Cocktail Club this Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m. You'll learn techniques, spirit lore, and some basic recipes at this class, featuring Avión tequila. After being shown the proper way to make a cocktail, you'll have your turn behind the bar. Not only will you be able to drink all the cocktails you make, but you'll also take home valuable skills you can use to wow your friends. The class costs $85 per person and includes drinks, materials, and bites by Dolce Italian. To reserve your spot at the bar, call 786-975-2555 or visit regentcocktailclub.com.

Bruschetta Night at Via Verdi
Via Verdi welcomes chef Paola Ugolini and her bruschetta. From 6 to 10 p.m., enjoy a selection of freshly baked bruschetta, including the "Nico" bruschetta with caponata — an octopus bruschetta with tapenade cream and spicy chili. For dessert, there's a Nutella crostata with pear. 

Celebrate Baked Alaska Day
Chances are you've had baked Alaska only on a cruise or at a very traditional wedding. The dessert, made with ice cream, cake, and meringue, was once the flashiest ending to a decadent meal, but now it's nearly a relic. The dessert, said to have been created at Delmonico's to celebrate America's acquisition of the Alaskan territory, is being celebrated this Monday, February 1, Baked Alaska Day. All weekend long, from Saturday, January 30, through Monday, February 1, the Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering complimentary baked Alaska to all diners who purchase an entrée. If you haven't had this dessert, it's about time you experienced this dramatic treat.

Miami Beer Festival
Sample South Florida's best beers at the Miami Beer Festival. The festival, held Saturday, January 30, at Marlins Park from 5 to 9 p.m., features unlimited tastings from breweries cross the U.S. Most exciting is the chance to try beers from both established breweries like Concrete Beach and homebrewers who have yet to achieve their dreams of opening a commercial operation. In addition to offering beer, the festival will also feature DJs, food trucks, and games. Tickets cost $40 for general admission and $50 for VIP — which grants an extra hour, beginning at 5 p.m. — and can be purchased at miamibeerfestival.com

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