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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Eat, Drink, Shop

Happy Black Friday, everyone. Now that stores are open on Thanksgiving, maybe we can actually find a parking spot at the mall today (we're not counting on it).

This weekend mandates that you shop 'til you drop with day-after-Thanksgiving sales and "shop small" Saturday. Sunday? Take the day off and enjoy a leisurely brunch -- a mimosa never tasted so good!

See also: Ten Best Miami Brunches

Shopping and Eating at Village of Merrick Park

This Black Friday, skip the mega-mall and head over to Village of Merrick Park. Sure, this tony outdoor mall isn't known for bargain-basement prices, but there are plenty of deals to be had (and the fact that you're not being shoved around by a woman in a Grinch sweatshirt is priceless). In between stores, take a Key lime pie break at C'est Bon and relax. The little cafe on the second floor of the indoor/outdoor shopping palace also serves coffee drinks, salads, and paninis. Just the motivation you need for round two of "maxing out our credit cards."

See also: C'est Bon Serves Delicious Key Lime Pie in Coral Gables

Chanukkah Latkes

The much-hyped Thanksgivukkah came and went, never to be seen again for 70,000 years, but Hanukkah is still here and it's time to eat latkes! Celebrate the festival of lights with a serving of potato pancakes this weekend. You can make them at home with Danny Serfer's recipe or...better yet... go down to Blue Collar and get them fresh with a serving of applesauce for $9. Josh's Deli also serves latkes with caramelized apples for $6.95. Just like Bubbe used to make.

See also: Thanksgivukkah Latkes, Hors D'Oeuvres, and Leftovers, Danny Serfer Style

Shop Small Saturday

It may be some made-up holiday by American Express, but the idea behind it is brilliant -- and helps our local economy. Instead of going to those big-box retailers for mass-produced items, consider spending your dollars at local merchants. Put down that Starbucks travel mug and get Aunt Helen a pound of Panther coffee. Forget that generic nut platter -- send the folks up north a few bottles of tropical wine from Schnebly Redland's Winery or some hand-crafted sweets from Buena Vista Chocolate & Wine. You've just finished your holiday shopping by keeping it local!

Sunday Brunch

You've just dropped your parents off at the airport and, while it was a fun weekend, you're exhausted after a weekend of cooking, entertaining, and shopping. You need a bloody mary... or a mimosa... or both. Treat yourself to a fabulous brunch. La Gloutonnerie's unlimited (and classy) buffet won Miami New Times' best brunch 2013 award and it's a solid choice. For $49, you'll enjoy freshly baked pastries, carving stations, salads, and two glasses of champagne or mimosa. Bliss!

See also: Ten Best Miami Brunches

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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