National Oyster Day is Today: Five Places Get Your Bivalve Fix

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Candace West
Oysters from Wild Sea.
Today is National Oyster Day and, according to the official website, there are over 100 different varieties and over a million different ways of enjoying them.

Not only do these fruits from the sea taste delicious, they're rich in amino acids, which are vital for a healthy sex life, which may be the basis for the oysters claim as a powerful aphrodisiac.

Whether you like them fried, baked with some cheese, in a shooter, or just slurped out of the shell with a touch of hot sauce, here are some of our favorite places to enjoy our favorite bivalves.

See also: Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille Is the Best Restaurant on Las Olas


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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Palm Beach Airports Named Worst for Food

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Hungry? Tough luck.
There's no joy left in flying. You arrive at the airport rushed and cranky at least two hours before your scheduled flight so you can partially disrobe in front of strangers and get that brand new bottle of contact lens solution confiscated because it's slightly too large.

Once you're past TSA screening, there's not much to do except grab a bite or a drink. Even with the knowledge that all airport food is overpriced and over processed, we still eagerly purchase a coffee or a beer. But what if you're in the mood for a meal or a crafted cocktail? You won't be going here:

See also: Mad Men-Themed Cocktail Lounge To Open at Fort Lauderdale Airport

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Today Is Peruvian Independence Day: Five Best Peruvian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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July is a big month in terms of national celebrations: The U.S. parties it up for Fourth of July (AKA Independence Day), the French guzzle Champagne (or they should) for Bastille Day, and Peru commemorates its Independence Day on July 28 (today).

You've definitely done the whole barbecue-and-fireworks thing. And you've probably indulged in some French fare in honor of the storming of Bastille -- or hopefully attended the annual waiters' race at Pistache. Peruvian Independence Day, on the other hand, we doubt you've experienced.

If you're looking to get down on one of the most revered cuisines in the world for Peru's birthday, here are the five best Peruvian spots in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

See Also: Passport to Peru: Upscale Peruvian Fusion Blends Global Flavors and Techniques With Indigenous Ingredients


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Three Recipes to Indulge in for National Crème Brûlée Day, July 27

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Consider the noble crème brûlée; in its individual ramekin, fortressed against the world with its flambéed shell of sugary glass jealously guarding the wholesome custard from thine whetted mouth. Ah... with the stamina such a dulcet surprise would promise one could be rather steadfast in the composing of poesies in the name of such a splendid and sweet end to any meal.

My father, a gentleman of jolly disposition and good breeding, in a bout of fancy took my family to France in the summer of my sixteenth year. A Francophile byproduct of French colonialism via Lebanon, my father is a French-speaker and lover of French culture and a gourmand of imposing knowledge and exemplary tastes.

On this trip we had the pleasure of lunching at the Au Pied de Cochon brasserie in les Halles, just a short skip from the Rue du Louvre. A fantastic meal by any standards and thoroughly French; slow and multi-layered. While I've never been one for sweets or rather, for ruining such savory splendors with the vulgarity of dessert, I was becoming rather annoyed by the old man's insistence that I "make room for dessert."

See also: Six Places to Get Dairy-Free Ice Cream in South Florida for National Ice Cream Month


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Today is National Doughnut Day: Five Fun Flavors to Try

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Sara Ventiera
The saying goes, "Every dog has his day."

And in this country, every food items has its national holiday too.

Today, the food item favored by cops and Homer Simpson is getting the recognition it deserves.

That's right, it's national doughnut day. Rather than keep going for a plain old fashioned, here are some crazy flavors to sample for this National Doughnut Day.

See Also: Dunkin' Donuts Giving Away Doughnuts Friday

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June Is National Iced Tea Month: Booze It Up With These Pinterest Tea Cocktail Recipes

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Martini Chronicles
Raspberry Iced Tea Martini
Tea may or may not be an integral part of your diet depending on where you're from.

If you're a Brit, we know you're chugging cups of PG Tips all day long.

Southerners: there's probably not a day that goes by without consuming several jugs of sweet iced tea for lunch.

While the herbal beverage isn't quite as important to everyone, it is relaxing and enjoyable -- and a hell of a lot healthier than corn syrup-laden sodas.

Turns out, June is National Iced Tea Month.

And we decided it was about time to revisit the salubrious beverage with some good ole alcohol. We scoured the interwebs (namely Pinterest) in search of boozy iced tea concoctions.

Check them out.

See Also: Memorial Day: Try These Pinterest Pitcher Cocktails For Your Barbecue

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What to Buy Mom: Five Pink Wines (That Aren't White Zinfandel)

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It's kind of sexist, but there is an assumption that all women are into the color pink (though we all know that's not really true).

While the color has come to symbolize all things womanhood -- breast cancer awareness, women's right groups -- it also stands for terrible wine, namely saccharine white zinfandel.

Even though pink (or rosé, really) has become synonymous with the entry-level wines favored among teenage girls and Bill Murray (hint: Bill Murray can do whatever the hell he wants -- you are not Billy Murray), there are actually plenty of rose-hued vinos that are really freaking good.

Here are five rosés to pick up for Mother's Day, that are not white zinfandel.

See Also: Mother's Day in Broward County: Ten Places to Celebrate

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Make Your Own Pizza Hut Derby Hat, Order "Thoroughbred" Sticks

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Enchanting hat made from a Pizza Hut box.
The Kentucky Derby is so much more than a horse race. It's an iconic celebration of all things inherently Southern. Gentlemen wear seersucker suits and drink mint juleps out of pewter cups. Ladies wear flowered dresses and outrageous hats. Horses are showered with roses.

If you're not planning a trip to Louisville, there are Derby watch parties all over South Florida where you can drink bourbon, watch the "fastest two minutes in sports" and wear a silly hat. What? You don't have a hat? You still have plenty of time to get creative. Just pick up the phone, order a pizza from Pizza Hut and break out the glue and scissors.

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National Iced Coffee Day: Five Places to Pick Up a Cold Brew

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Look, we're all about eating and drinking all sorts of things over here, but in today's fast-paced society -- yes, we're busy too -- one consumable reigns supreme: coffee.

No, it's not good for you; however, caffeine is an absolute necessity (and yes, we're well aware that it's an addiction).

Even so, we're not about to stick just any caffeinated beverage down our gullets. No matter what, food and drinks should be savored; it needs to be enjoyable in the process.

Today is National Iced Coffee Day. And to celebrate the best morning (and midafternoon and evening) drink in the world, we compiled a list of the five best places to pick up a cool cup of brew in Broward and Palm Beach.

See Also: National Garlic Day is Tomorrow: Five Awesome Local Garlic Dishes to Try


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National Garlic Day is Tomorrow: Five Awesome Local Garlic Dishes to Try

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Nicole Danna
Sure, it's odoriferous, but garlic is one of the best culinary discoveries known to man.

It adds layers of flavor to every type of food, almost everywhere in the world, and the bulbous plant is known for a multitude of health benefits: antioxidants, respiratory and circulatory benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, food poisoning prevention, vampire preventer - the list goes on.

Basically, it's just awesome.

Tomorrow -- Saturday, April 19 -- is National Garlic Day, a celebration of the world's best cooking ingredient.

To honor the day, we've rounded up the five interesting garlicky food items in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

See Also: Ten Best Buffets in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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