Have you taken your summer vacation yet? If you've been meaning to travel to far-off exotic places, maybe this weekend is the time to indulge your inner travel-hog -- right here in Miami.
Watch a Bahamian Junkanoo parade while enjoying fresh conch salad; enjoy a delicious Asian brunch; or celebrate Peru's independence -- without that annoying trip through airport security. It's all going down this weekend in Miami.
Weekend starts now! Enjoy your summer "staycation."
Saturday and Sunday Brunch at Khong River House
There's only one thing better than Sunday brunch on a lazy weekend and that's Sunday brunch...on Saturday.
Khong River House has just launched brunch -- available on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Menu items include "places and bowls" like the moo shu breakfast wrap ($15), scrambled eggs with ground pork and shrimp served with a Chinese cucumber salad; a beef short rib omelet ($16), wok-fried short rib with potato, bell pepper, and cilantro, served with a Thai Boran salad; and Laotian drunken noodles ($16-20).
Want to turn things up a notch? Bottomless Thai bloody marys, classic bloody marys, mango bellinis, and mimosas are $19.99.
Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival
The Bahamas is Miami's closest neighbor, with its nearest island, Bimini, just a little more than 50 miles from us. The problem, of course, is that those 50 miles are across water.
Of course, there are planes and boats that can take you there, but for a quick "getaway" for some conch salad and a cold Kalik, it's a better idea to head over to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park for the 38th annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival. On Saturday, July 26 from noon to 9 p.m., enjoy Miami's best Junkanoo bands, the Royal Bahamian Police Band, and Bahamian food! Admisison is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under get in free.
South Florida Peruvian Festival
July 28 commemorates Peru's independence won by José de San Martín. How should you celebrate? With lots of music and food at the South Florida Peruvian Festival.
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On Sunday, July 27 from 11 a..m. to 10:30 p.m. The Miami Airport Convention Center turns into one big Peruvian party with art, music, and dance. Of course, there's also plenty of food. Participating restaurants include Aroma a la Brasa; Aromas del Peru; Sr. Ceviche; Divino Ceviche; Flor de la Canela; Sabor Latino, and Cholo's. Expect lots of ceviche, salchipapas, lomo saltado, and maybe even a taste of cuy.