The holiday season is upon us. There's laughter in the air, the rain finally stopped, and Miami is filled with colorful lights, Santa sightings at the mall, and plenty of good food and drink. The season, however, can get overwhelming with cookies to bake, relatives coming in from up north, and presents to buy. This weekend, take a breather and do something enjoyable. Grab brunch with friends or take your sweetie to a dinner and a (slightly naughty) show or meet some football legends in person or indulge in all things sugary.
Even better, forget the mall and buy everyone on your list a bottle of handcrafted oil from one of Miami's most creative chefs.
The weekend starts now!
Fooq's Saturday Brunch
Everyone brunches on Sunday, but it takes a real boss to brunch twice a week. At Fooq's, brunching gets a head start with its Saturday service, where chef Bryan Rojas whips up classics like French toast with macerated berries, toasted almonds, spiced chantilly cream, and buttered maple syrup ($12); lox tartine on toasted pumpernickel, soft scrambled egg, creme fraiche, and fresh picked herbs ($14); duck and foie hash with roasted peppers, sweet onions, and sunny-side-up egg ($18); and pasta carbonara with Schellers bacon, parmesano, and black pepper ($18). Enjoy the cooler air (and sun — we have sun, finally!) on Fooq's new outdoor patio. Brunch is served Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Shikany Olive Oils
Christmas is creeping up on you and you still haven't started your gift shopping? If the thought of going to the mall fills you with holiday-induced panic attacks, don't stress out. Instead, pick up a few of these absolutely chef-driven bottles of oils handcrafted by chef Michael Shikany. The chef, who closed one of Miami's most intriguing restaurants last year, is busy doing guest dinners around the country. He's also been infusing oils. There are six different artisanal organic oils to choose from including red peppercorn and lemon verbena, rosemary and cumin, dill and garlic, fennel and star anise, sundried tomato and basil, and shiso and lime basil. Each 16-ounce bottle is $19.99 and nationwide shipping is available so you don't even have to visit the post office. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to place an order.
Meet ESPN's Jon Gruden at Frankey's Sports Bar
Football fans won't want to miss the opportunity to chill with former Oakland Raiders coach and ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden. Gruden, by the way, is reported to be the sports network's highest-paid employee (making a $6.5 million paycheck), but his time is free for you! Just head out to Frankey's Sports Bar at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, December 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. The evening, hosted by WQAM Sports Radio, will also feature former Miami Dolphins tight end Joe Rose. Both personalities will sign autographs and take selfies with you and the entire family. After the signing, stay for UFC Fight #194, which pits Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor in a bout for the featherweight title.
Fifty Shades of Grey Show at Tantalize Miami
We know you won't admit it, but somewhere hidden in some back closet is a dog-eared copy of Fifty Shades of Grey — that utterly terrible work of fan fiction that no one actually claims to have read yet sold over 100 million copies. By the way, that Fifty Shades movie that you never went to see? (Wink, wink.) It grossed $500 million.
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Now, you can live all that delicious sexual tension between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele live and in person at Tantalize Miami. Tomorrow, December 12, the restaurant/cabaret will host a special Fifty Shades show. Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy dinner by executive chef Horacio Rivadero and six different choreographed mini shows throughout the evening — each one based on the movie. Expect a lot of light bondage with ties. After dinner, DJ Kid Moss spins tunes so you can dirty dance with your significant other. Reservations available through opentable.com or call 305-695-1401.
Burger Beast's Sef Gonzalez takes a break from meatier delights for his SugaPie event. This dessert-centric day features Miami's best sweets. You'll sample cakes, pies, cookies, and other heavenly, sugary treats from nearly 30 local bakeries, restaurants, and food trucks. Wash all that delicious decadence down with craft beers and coffees. SugaPie happens this Sunday, December 13, at Magic City Casino's Stage 305 from 3 to 6 p.m.
For a limited time, reduced-price tickets are available for $20 at sugapiemiami.com. Tickets are $40 at the door, and you must be 21 years of age or older to attend.