This Week's Best Eats and Drinks: Iron Fork Chefs' Battle and La Latina Goes to Pubbelly

This week we say hello to August, which happens to mark the commencement of Miami Spice, but we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves. It's Monday and things can only get better.

From a Pubbelly and La Latina "arepada" collaboration to the annual Iron Fork showdown and Miami Spice kick off event, there's plenty to do before July leaves us for another year.

Just don't eat or drink too much. August looks equally eventful.

See also: Five Reasons You Need to Go to New Times' Iron Fork 2014


Cafecito Time at Marriott Stanton

If you happen to be in South Beach and at the Marriott Stanton at 3:05 p.m. on Mondays, make sure to claim your cup of java. To commemorate Miami's official cafecito time, the hotel is giving guests a gratis pick-me-up. It's also a way to show tourists how serious we take our cafecito breaks. Well done, Marriott.

Burger Beast Food Truck Rally for a Cause

It's no secret that blogger Sef Gonzalez loves food trucks. He also loves giving back to the community, so he's partnered with Common Threads for a special edition of Food Trucks at Arts Park tonight. The 14 participating trucks, which include Ms. Cheezious, B.C. Tacos, Sugar Yummy Mama, and Jefe's Original and more have all agreed to sell a healthy item with all proceeds going to Common Threads. It's a bit of a hike in Hollywood, but it's for a cause. Rally starts at 5:30 p.m.

Peruvian Independence Day

The country famous for cooking raw fish in lime juice is celebrating their independence today, and so are SushiSamba and La Mar. Order up a specialty pisco sour at SushiSamba and get a complimentary ceviche. That's even better than happy hour.

La Mar's got a whole independent menu to celebrate Independence Day (see what we did there?) today and Tuesday. It includes aji de gallina, carapulcra, and pisco sours.

See also: Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day at La Mar


Swine & Arepas

Pubbelly meets La Latina in an "Arepada" on Wednesday as part of a Pubbelly pop-up series. This one-night-only event starts at 9 p.m. and goes till late night (2 a.m.), because street food is mandatory past midnight. The menu features $8 finger food classics from La Latina and Pubbelly-style inventions, as well as $7 sides. Nosh on a reina pepiada (chicken salad & avocado) or a cangreja pepiada, which Jose Mendin is subbing with blue crab salad instead of chicken. Don't worry, there will also be chicharrones.

The Dutch's Caja China Battle

What do you get when you put together three chefs who all have their own Caja China? An epic battle of whole animals. As part of The Dutch's summer series, Bourbon, Beer & Cue, executive chef Conor Hanlon has invited Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (Gastropod) to cook out in the W's grove backyard. It's not really a battle as much as friendly fun, but we'll pretend. Oh, and did we mention Andrew Carmellini is judging hosting? The Caja China battle and Bourbon, Beer & Cue finale costs $55 per person (including taxes and gratuity) and starts at 7 p.m.


Setai Wine Series

Setai is hosting a wine dinner series, and this Thursday is your chance to drink your Italy. For $150, guests get to sample five Tuscan treasures from Castello Banfi young winery accompanied by a myriad of passed around hors d'oeuvre and four courses that include Maine diver sea scallops and porcini rissotto. Reception starts at 7:30 p.m.

Iron Fork

You'll want to be at the Hyatt Regency this Thursday, unless sampling offerings from Miami's hottest restaurants and getting a glimpse into their Miami Spice offerings isn't your thing. Yeah, we thought so. Don't miss Todd Erickson (Haven & HuaHua's Taqueria) and Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) as they go knife to knife for the battle of Iron Fork and the prized skillet of excellence. What will the secret ingredient in their basket be? Buy your ticket and find out for yourself. Eating starts at 7 p.m.

See also: Iron Fork 2014: Aaron Brooks and Todd Erickson Talk Strategy

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