Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Scaring Up a Good Time

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This weekend is supposed to give us a break in temperatures, with fall-like evenings. In other words, it's a boo-tiful time to scare up a few guys and ghouls and enjoy Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities around town.

Miami is filled with fiendish delights from costume parties to brunches.

Weekend starts now!

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Halloween Parties

Tonight is Halloween. Time to party like a rock star... or a space alien... or a sexy witch. Once you've decided on the perfect, witty costume, you've got to show it off. There are plenty of parties around town with themes ranging from cosplay to Boogie Nights. Here are some of our favorites:

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Knaus Berry Farm is Open

Knaus Berry Farm's season has begun which means it's time for an afternoon of strawberry picking, and some warm cinnamon buns. It's South Florida's version of visiting apple orchards for a hay ride and it's awesome. Just remember, Knaus is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week except Sunday -- so today and Saturday are your golden opportunities to get a strawberry shake and some fresh air.

Day of the Dead Brunch

Have a Halloween hangover and feel like death? Naked Taco has the cure. Chef Ralph Pagano's palace of all things taco introduces brunch, starting this Saturday -- which happens to also be the Day of the Dead. In Pagano's world that means plenty of tequila sunrises to go with your breakfast burrito and huevos rancheros. A morning DJ mixes up some pop, funk, and soul to go with your jalapeño cheddar cheesy bread. Add hot sauce and cure what ails you.

Scare Up Some Candy Corn Martinis

If anyone tells you that Halloween is a kid's holiday, just remind them of all the themed cocktails out there. From a spiked pumpkin latte to pumpkin mojitos to a candy corn martini, we've curated a list of the tastiest potent potables in Miami. If you're planning your own house party, why not scare up a pitcher of candy corn martinis with this recipe (which calls for infusing vodka with candy corn). The recipe is courtesy of TK's at the Villa Mayfair in Coconut Grove, where they'll be serving up the treat for $8 at their Halloween party. Bonus: come in costume and your first drink is free.

Candy Corn Martini

  • 4 oz. candy corn vodka (infuse vodka with one bag candy corn for three hours in a jar, then strain for candy corn vodka)
  • 2 oz. butterscotch liqueur
  • Candy corn for garnish

Pour candy corn infused vodka, butterscotch liqueur and ice into martini shaker. Shake well and pour mixture into martini glass and add candy corn on the bottom as garnish.

See also: Miami's Best Halloween Cocktails

Brunch with Michael Schwartz

Maybe all this talk of the supernatural has grown thin with you and you just want to have a nice, quiet meal with friends in a gorgeous Eden of a restaurant. Chef Michael Schwartz at your service!

This Sunday, November 1, marks the return of Sunday brunch to Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh Hotel. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a fantastic brunch in what has to be one of the picturesque and lush settings on Miami Beach. Chef de cuisine Molly Brandt pulls out all the stops with menu items that include steamed mussels with spicy tomato broth, chorizo, piquillo peppers, grilled baguette and dill rouille; housemade corned beef hash with a sunny-side up egg, root vegetables, brussels sprouts, brown butter hollandaise; and green eggs and crab with jumbo lump crab, roasted tomato fondue, sweet corn and basil hollandaise. A live saxophonist plays from noon to 3 p.m., so you can tell your friends (honestly) you enjoyed a little afternoon sax on the beach.

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