Miami's Five Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend

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This weekend, everyone's favorite junior high read The Great Gatsby will be opening up for the second time in theaters. Naturally, Miami thought it was only appropriate to curate a few cocktail- and Roaring Twenties-themed parties and affairs at a few of our local establishments.

Ladies, throw on your finest flapper dress and non-skanky heels. Gentlemen, put on a tailored suit and make yourself look like a Dapper Dan Man.

And make room for martinis.

Mint Juleps at Serendipity 3

Assuming you're a fan of all of Leonardo DiCaprio's cinematic portrayals, you'll more than likely find yourself heading to the theater for a weekend showing of The Great Gatsby. At Regal Cinema 18 Lincoln Road, movie tickets cost about $15. That hurts when you're just going to see a movie, but this weekend, consider the 15 bucks to go half towards your cinematic adventure, and half towards a mint julep over at Serendipity 3. Or you can think of it as your bourbony-goodness fun pass -- whichever you prefer. From Friday to Sunday, take your Great Gatsby ticket stub to Serendipity 3, and receive a Backyard Bourbon mint julep. All you need is the stub and a liking for free booze. Ummm, done and done.

Exposition de Empanadas

Feeling a little guilty for gorging on good eats this week? No worries. We're with you. Yesterday we had a Bulgogi Burger from Sakaya (after avoiding it for 7 months) and today we feel like we committed the biggest sin. Ugh. Sucks. Anyway, you should get in some exercise this weekend to help your conscience (and maybe your waistline, but we're not finished yet, so...). Saturday, gear up your bikes for Emerge Miami's Critical Mass -- EMPANADAS edition. Yes. This Saturday's Emerge Miami Critical Mass: Exposition Empanadas includes stops for empanadas around Wynwood and Little Haiti. One of the stops is at Miami favorite La Latina, where gluten-free Venezuelan empanadas reign supreme. The meeting point is at Allapattah Metrorail Station at 10:00am and you can RSVP on Facebook. Bring your own bikes, about $10-$15 for your empanadas, and an apetite. OK, so maybe this isn't the best way to clear your conscience of your devilish weekday eats. But, whatever. We don't judge.

Taste of Haiti

Earlier this week, some co-workers were trying to decide where to grab lunch. Haitian food was everyone's top choice that day. We decided against it because one of us remembered that this weekend, Taste of Haiti will be taking place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. From 3pm to 11pm on Saturday, Taste of Haiti will be serving up the country's most delicious creations as part of Haitian Heritage Month. Think griot and soupe de giraumon... and probably some pwason fris. Mmmm... we're into it. Admission is free (yes!) and the cultural extravaganza will include not only food, but also arts and crafts, music, and of course, bounce houses. Pack up the tots, muster up an apetite for food you've probably never been able to imagine, and be prepared for some Haitian delight.

Food Truck Round Up at Second Saturday

The most common misconception about Second Saturday Artwalk is that it's only enjoyable to art lovers and people with tattoos or handlebar mustaches. This is simply not the case, guys. If you happen to be an art lover with tattoos and/or a handlebar mustache, that's fantastic, but if you're not, don't worry. Artwalk is still the place to be this saturday night. Food trucks pile on food trucks at the Artwalk food truck round up. Get your Ms. Cheezious and Purple People Eatery on. Or have a pie from Fireman Derek. Or some tacos from El Jefe's Original. The possibilities are almost endless at the round-up, and no matter what you're craving, you'll find something to satiate yourself while you're there. Now, if you're looking for some serious avant garde expressive food art with naked hipsters, a unicorn, and fireworks, perhaps this particular food truck happening is not for you. But, we do live in Miami, so... something like that will probably turn up somewhere soon.

Mother's Day Brunch

Hey, have you thanked your mom lately? It's cool if you haven't, but you probably should really soon, all things considered SUNDAY IS MOTHER'S DAY AND YOU COMPLETELY FORGOT. Anyway, we have a few lists to help you out if you're stuck in a rut on the Friday before Mother's Day. Go pick out a nice card (the tear-jerking ones work best). Buy her some nice flowers (they love orchids!) and take the woman who housed you in her womb for nine months to brunch. Here's a list of the best Mother's Day brunch deals in Miami. If you're looking at this too late, and you've called and every place is booked, first, blame no one but yourself for procrastinating. Second, wipe off your tears and check out our list of the best last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas that ma's sure to enjoy. Whether is a box of cookies, a box of sausages (hey, your mom was a woman before she became a mom, you know), or a box of local jams, she's bound to put a smile just because you thought of her. Like mom always said, "It's the thought that counts." But if it doesn't, a dozen Mojo donuts should do the trick.

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