American Social Fills Steins for Oktoberfest

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There are some people who dress in costume for Oktoberfest and then there are some who just want to drink beer. At American Social, steins will be filled to the brim this year for Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest began last Friday but the stein-fest at American Social starts today. The two-week fall festival is celebrated all over the world by people who strive to emulate German beer drinking habits. Many try, some succeed but a good start usually involves slugging down a beer stein filled with ale or lager.

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Max's Social House to Open Late October in Delray Beach

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Max's Social House will open next month in Delray Beach.
Restaurateur Dennis Max is at it again. The Max Group recently announced the name and concept for its latest restaurant following the recent purchase of the former Ceviche restaurant space -- and before that Falcon House -- in downtown Delray Beach.

The new restaurant is being referred to as "SoHo" -- short for Max's Social House -- and will join the Max family of restaurants that includes Max's Grille in Boca Raton and Max's Harvest in Delray Beach's Pineapple Grove.

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Chic, Upscale Tsukuro Is a Sign That Rowdy Fort Lauderdale Beach Is Ready to Grow Up

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It's come a long way over the past couple of decades, but Fort Lauderdale Beach is still most widely known for its absurd spring-break antics from its heyday. Perms, short shorts, copious amounts of cheap booze: The beach was once a veritable frat house on steroids.

In the late '80s, that all started to change as the powers that be sought to discourage the rowdy riffraff and encourage better-behaved (and more lucrative) tourists. The strip is now interspersed with high-end resorts and eateries.

Even so, a fragment of the "glory days" still hangs on in the historic intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, with the ever-present Elbo Room and other bars clinging to cheap drinks and catering to tourists and local beach bums looking to get rowdy.

Tsukuro owner A.J. Yaari, who is the proprietor of many of the strip's bars and restaurants -- Spazio, Sangrias, Rock Bar, St. Barts Coffee Co., and the infamous watering hole Dirty Blondes -- has experienced the transitions firsthand; he started working on the beach making six bucks an hour at the tail end of the spring-break days.

"When the college students stopped coming, the business owners looked at it like a failure," says Yaari. "I saw an opportunity to start a business."

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Sea Level Restaurant Now Offering Local Chalkboard Specials

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When it comes to dining at the super posh Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, most of us go straight to infamous 3030 Ocean. Hey, with celebrity chefs running the kitchen (formerly three times James Beard nominee and New Times "Best Chef - 2009" Dean Max, currently his protégé, Hell's Kitchen contestant and our pick for "Best Chef - 2014," Paula DaSilva), it's no wonder.

That being said, the stunning oceanfront property offers even more in the dining department, such as casual beachside eatery Sea Level Restaurant, which recently added new chalkboard specials featuring an array of locally sourced ingredients.

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The Funky Buddha Lounge Turns 4; Beer Presents for Everybody!

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Birthdays rock. It's one of the few days when people go out of their way to be nice to you, give you well wishes, and shower you with presents. But when a brewery has a birthday, it makes a boatload of beers to share with friends and loyal patrons. So I guess that makes them hobbits?

This past Saturday, the Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery celebrated four years of making experimental brews by throwing a party chock-full of of its innovative specialty beers. With both sides of the bar open (the traditional lounge space and the roomy/quieter homebrew store area), there was room for around a hundred people, and it slowly filled up over the course of the evening.

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Five Must-Try Vegan Desserts at Trader Joe's


Dessert might be the most daunting of gauntlets for vegans. So many mouthwatering baked goods -- almost all chock-full of eggs, milk, and other animal byproducts. Temptation is everywhere, so what's an herbivore to do?

Trader Joe's to the rescue. The foodie paradise stocks plenty of vegan-friendly sweets to satisfy. Now that they're open in Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach (and coming soon to Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Fort Lauderdale), you can fill your pantry with all kinds of affordable sugar-stuffs, including these five.

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This Week's Best Food and Drink Events: Fall Beer Class, Pairing Dinners, and More

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Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of a spring in your step from some indulgent weekend activities. If not, don't fret; there are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.

Whether you're looking to enjoy a girls' night out, attend a fall beer class, or sample some wine during a pairing dinner, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

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Get Free Coffee During National Coffee Day (and All Week)

Categories: Free Food

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Next Monday is National Coffee Day, and to celebrate, national coffee retailers including McDonald's and Krispy Kreme are offering special deals. And that means free coffee.

The special offers also include the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., which has several Palm Beach County locations brewing up a one-day-only deal in recognition of the national food holiday.

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New Times' Original Beerfest Returns: Last Chance for VIP Tickets

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VIP tickets for Beerfest: Get them while they last.
The New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, returns to Esplanade Park with beer, music, and fun.

On Saturday, October 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., Fort Lauderdale will become the unofficial capital of beer, with more than 100 beers being served by your favorite local, craft, and international breweries, including Funky Buddha, Goose Island, Inlet Brewing, J. Wakefiend Brewing, Lagunitas, Miami Brewing Co., Opus Ales, and Cigar City.

In addition to great beer, Beerfest features interactive games, live music, great food, and a homebrew contest, making this the best beercentric event in South Florida.

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Carvel Opening in Palm Beach Gardens, Offering Deals for a Week

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Over the past few years, dairy has been added to the list of nefarious food items by health food warriors looking to demonize all that's good in the world.

We may think guzzling down a glass of milk while eating cheese pizza is disgusting -- seriously, what are you people thinking? -- however, we're all about all the wonder forms that lactose can take: cheese, butter, cheesecake, crème brûlée, flan, whipped cream, and, of course, the best dairy-filled treat of them all, ice cream.

Palm Beach Gardens is about to get a new ice cream shop this week. Carvel (best-known for those perfect little crunchy things) opened this weekend, and the shop is offering a week's worth of deals to celebrate.

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