New Times' Pairings Is September 18: List of Restaurants, With More to Come

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Wine and food pair together for a perfect evening of flavor.
Pairings, New Times' annual celebration of the best of South Florida food pairings, is back with some great updates and a host of fantastic restaurants participating.

This seventh-annual Pairings returns to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 18, with more than 40 top restaurants serving their best, paired with fine wines from around the globe, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

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Rick's Lobsta Bar Opens Inside Camelot Nightclub Offering New England-Themed Fare

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Camelot's membership card gets you access to the lounge.
South Florida restaurateur and nightlife maven Rodney Mayo is celebrating the grand opening of his 13th establishment this Labor Day weekend at Camelot in downtown West Palm Beach.

But -- even though it serves food -- Camelot isn't a restaurant. It's also not a nightclub. And it's not really a lounge either. It's sort of like a blending of all three, something unique to South Florida's nightlife scene.

See Also: Camelot Officially Opens Tonight in West Palm Beach (Photos)

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Florida Beer: A Selection Of Labor Day Recommendations

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Labor Day and beer go together like malt, hops, yeast, and water.
It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.

Normally every Friday on this blog, we highlight a single beer that is usually new, seasonal, or a pick of the core selection of a brewery in our fair state. So yes, it's 'a beer' from somewhere nearby.

For this holiday entry, I'd like to share a few recommendations of beers we've most likely already reviewed, but will provide an easy way for you to drink local this long weekend. After all, when there's other food preparations taking up valuable brain space, it's easier to let someone else do the heavy thinking before you crack open a cold one and fire up the grill.

See also: Florida Beer: Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale From Due South Brewing

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International Bacon Day at Rhino Doughnuts

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Labor Day is a time honored holiday that celebrates the men and women of America's working class. It's a day of reflection, a day in which we pause a moment to pay our respects to those whom, day-in and day-out, toil away at industries of various sizes to make life comfortable for the rest of us middle-class, office jockeys.

So what better way to honor your fellow working man that with the consumption of pork fat in non-traditional grub?

After all, this weekend is not just Labor Day. On Saturday August 30th, America also celebrates another long-standing cultural import: bacon.

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Five Best Food and Drink Events Labor Day Weekend: Brew Bus Tour, Cajun Festival, and White Hot Labor Day Brunch

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The Brew Bus is calling us: Edgar Revuelta (left, driver), Caplan, and Brew Bus South Florida attendants Kimberly Johnson and Matt Davis.
Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.

Whether you're hoping to watch some burger brawls, get decked out in your best pimp attire, or longing to listen to some live music while throwing back mimosas on Sunday morning, there's something for you to do in South Florida this Labor Day weekend.

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Chef Julien Gremaud to Open Avocado Grill

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Choosing copper antiques in Italy for Avocado Grill.
Chef Julien Gremaud is opening his first solo restaurant, Avocado Grill, in West Palm Beach this fall. The chef named the restaurant after one of Florida's most prolific fruits because, "they are a healthy, South Florida staple that complement the menu's coastal, farm-to-table cuisine. We are also featuring a unique, indoor grilling experience. It seemed like a perfect pairing."

See also: Ten Best Lunch Spots in Palm Beach County

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American German Club Names Lindsay Bierman Miss Oktoberfest 2014

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Lindsay Bierman is Miss Oktoberfest 2014.
It's official: There's a new Miss Oktoberfest 2014, and the best part is her last name. The American German Club of the Palm Beaches has named Palm Beach County native (and appropriately monickered) Lindsay Bierman as the club's second Miss Oktoberfest and good will ambassador.

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Ten Best Lunch Spots in Palm Beach County

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Lunch: the glorious second meal of the day and a chow-down most Americans are forced to fit into an hourlong (in all reality more like 30-minute) break from work. Which means if you're not brown-bagging it from home, there are a few necessities to keep in mind when eating out for lunch.

If you're a worker bee, it needs to be fast. If you're always on the go, it needs to be easy. And if you're a luncher on a budget, it doesn't hurt if the meal doesn't put a dent in your wallet either.

From West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, there are literally dozens of restaurants, delis, and fast-casual spots that make for a good lunch stop. The ones that make this list are the places that offer a little something out of the ordinary while managing to meet all of the luncher's basic needs.

Here are the best places to grab lunch in Palm Beach County.

See Also: Ten Best Lunch Spots in Broward County

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Starbucks to Food Babe: No Plans to Put Real Pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Only in America can a drink achieve pop-culture star status. And yes, of all the drinks in the world, the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has gone there and owned it. With its own hip moniker (AKA the PSL), a Tumblr page all its own, and a Twitter account with close to 84,000 followers, it's basically become the Britney Spears of the beverage world: simultaneously loved, hated, and gossiped about.

And -- like anything extremely popular, delicious, and all-American -- the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte has also become the target of yet another Food Babe investigation by sensationalist food blogger Vani Hari.

See Also: Starbucks Releases the Pumpkin Spice Latte Early, If You Have Passcode

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Sun Life Stadium Taps Broward Restaurants For New Food Lineup UPDATED

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BurgerFi loves the "Fins"
It looks like we're in for a winning football season at Sun Life Stadium -- for dining.

The home of the Miami Dolphins has made a distinct change to its roster of food options for the 2014 season, with the promise of delivering high quality food and good prices.

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