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Selection of fresh-baked pastries
Selection of fresh-baked pastries
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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Christmas 2018 Edition

Happy holidays, Miami. Many restaurants and breweries will host themed dinners, brunches, and events this week. Be sure to make reservations, because seats will likely fill quickly. Plus, Nightlife Brewing Company and Spanish Marie will debut seasonal beers Wednesday, and Habitat at the 1 Hotel will throw a breakfast pajama party.

Christmas cupcakes.
Christmas cupcakes.
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Bunnie Cakes Bakery Pops Up in Downtown Doral. Miami's iconic plant-based purveyor of sweet and savory treats will host its first-ever pop-up just in time for the season of eating. The Wynwood-based business is now selling vegan and gluten-free cupcakes in the downtown Doral Holiday Center through today, December 24, in case you need some last-minute Christmas treats. The pop-up is in addition to a full menu of holiday treats available at the main Bunnie Cakes location. Customers can order everything from Christmas cakes to wreath cookies to seasonal mini cupcakes and more. The team is even making vegan pan de jamón, a Venezuelan tradition. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, December 24, at 8551 NW 53rd St., Doral; 786-268-9790; bunniecakes.com.

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Roast and Toast at the Tank. Get an early start on your holiday dinner and head to the Tank on Christmas Eve. The brewery has teamed up with the National Pork Board and Hialeah's La Caja China to host a one-night event where customers can hang out, enjoy music, sip Tank’s brews, and roast their own pork. For $325, the Tank will provide caja chinas, succulent pork, and everything else needed to prepare a holiday feast. All that's left is showing up and roasting. Also included is a growler filled with one of the Tank's core beers, as well as a barbecue kit containing utensils, marinades, and a 40-pound pig. Noon to 4 p.m. Monday, December 24, at the Tank, 5100 NW 72nd Ave., Miami; 786-801-1554; thetankbrewing.com. Tickets cost $325 via eventbrite.com.

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Christmas at Azabu is a Japanese-inspired affair.
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Christmas 2018: Miami Restaurant Guide. The festive season is here — a time to eat, drink, and be merry. If a no-cook Christmas is at the top of your wish list, here's the best present of all: a guide to Miami restaurants that will serve delicious, stress-free meals that go beyond the typical holiday fare. Whether you're craving Japanese-inspired dishes or authentic Cuban Christmas food, check out this list for the best Miami Christmas menus. Prices do not include tax and tip. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Christmas 2018 Edition
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Festivus-Themed Beers at Nightlife Brewing Company. Seinfeld fans will be thrilled to know NightLife Brewing Co. is making two Festivus-themed beers that will be tapped Friday, December 26. The Airing of Grievances IPA will have hints of pine, and Feats of Strength stout will be brewed with blackberries. Both will be sold on draft in the taproom for $7 per pint and $4 during happy hour. Wednesday, December 26, at Nightlife Brewing Company, 1588 NW Seventh St., Miami; 786-787-2337; nightlifebrewing.com.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Christmas 2018 Edition
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Seasonal Beers at Spanish Marie. The day after Christmas, Spanish Marie Brewing will release four seasonal iterations of its brown ale: Churros, Arroz Con Leche, Coquito, and Flan. Each will cost $8 to $9 per pint, depending upon which you choose. Wednesday, December 26, at Spanish Marie, 14241 SW 120th St., Miami; 786-502-2180; spanishmariebrewing.com.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Christmas 2018 Edition
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Miami's Best Christmas and Holiday Treats. The holidays are a time to overindulge in sweets. From festive Christmas-tree cupcakes to rich, truffle-filled panettone, these confections are guaranteed to sate your seasonal sweet tooth and fill your heart with cheer.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Christmas 2018 Edition
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Breakfast in Pajamas at Habitat. Christmas Day, wear your pajamas to Jose Mendin's Habitat at the 1 Hotel for an indulgent breakfast spread. Expect a pastry and bread station, a sushi bar, omelets and meat, Belgian waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, and a festive-themed room filled with holiday treats. Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, December 25, at Habitat at the 1 Hotel, 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 1hotels.com.

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Miami Christmas 2018 Brunch Guide. Christmas in the Magic City is well, magical, and the dining options are cheerful and plentiful. Because the only thing better than a Christmas feast is indulging in a second flavor-packed meal, many Miami restaurants will open their doors early December 25 for brunch. Here's where to go for eggs and mimosas after unwrapping your presents.

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New Menu Items at Kings Doral. Looking for a way to entertain your friends and family during the holidays? Enter Kings Doral, a multifaceted dining and entertainment venue. Kings' restaurant recently launched a new menu of comfort food, including Impossible cheeseburger empanadas — plant-based "meat" and "cheese" inside flaky dough; pulled-pork sliders on mini potato rolls with fried onions, house-made pulled pork, and barbecue sauce; tomato bisque with focaccia, fried mac 'n' cheese, grilled cheese, and handmade mozzarella sticks; and a maple bourbon waffle sundae made with vanilla ice cream, toasted walnuts, maple bourbon caramel sauce, and a sugar-baked, chocolate-dipped waffle. After your meal, take your pick of 14 ten-pin bowling lanes, four private bowling lanes, a full-service lounge called the Rum Room, and karaoke in the Flamingo Room. 3450 NW 83rd Ave., Doral; 844-494-9400; kings-de.com.

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Happy Hour at Pisco y Nazca. The restaurant's "Hora Loca" is now available daily from 4 to 7 p.m. in Kendall and 5 to 7 p.m. in Doral. Sip half-priced wine, beer, and house liquors, and snack on $4 bites. Be sure to sit at the bar — that's the only place the specials are available. Various locations; piscoynazca.com.

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