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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Trader Joe's Announces Pembroke Pines Opening Date

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Laine Doss
Trader Joe's is coming to Pembroke Pines.
Hey, Pembroke Pines -- there's food shopping in your future.

Trader Joe's just announced the opening day of its Pembroke Pines location. On Friday, October 10, at 8 a.m., the doors will open to the shopping paradise.

See also: Trader Joe's Announces Opening Dates for Three Palm Beach County Locations


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Sunny Anderson to Host South Florida Book Festival Event

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Laine Doss
Sunny Anderson is coming to Fort Lauderdale.
Food Network star Sunny Anderson is truly a renaissance woman. The host of Cooking for Real and The Kitchen is also a frequent contributor on Today and the Rachael Ray show and is the author of Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food For Real Life.

See also: Ten Best Gastropubs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


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Tucker Duke's Summer Brewmaster Series Offers Multicourse Dinners Paired With Craft Beer

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Photo by CandaceWest.com

Burger joint Tucker Duke's Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach is striving to marry America's comfort food with its comfort beverage of choice, beer, for a series of craft-beer-oriented multicourse dinners.

Starting on Tuesday, July 8, at 8 p.m., the small and local establishment run by Cutthroat Kitchen winner Chef Brian Cartenuto, will feature a four-course meal with snacks paired with beers from Cigar City Brewing.

See also: Tucker Duke's Lunchbox Offers Unpretentious, Small-Town Food


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Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates Birthday With Live Music; Burger Badge Bash; Free Burgers for Dad

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Hard Rock Cafe
Show your badge -- get this burger for under a buck.
It's hard to believe, but the Hard Rock Cafe is 43 years old. The rock-themed restaurant is celebrating its birthday with a blowout weekend extravaganza that manages to celebrate its musical roots and honor our local police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

This weekend, it's all about the music, as the Hard Rock Cafe, located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, hosts three nights of tribute bands.

See also: Hard Rock Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Gets an Updated Menu

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Drink Beer, Save a Puppy (or Kitty) at Due South Brewing Co.

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All photos courtesy Tri-County Animal Rescue
April...looking for love.
Wook at this widdle face. This is April and, in case you're looking for love, she's available for adoption at the Tri-County Animal Rescue, a boutique no-kill animal shelter in Boca Raton.

Tri-County Animal Rescue is home to many cats and dogs just waiting for the right family to come along. They take in strays, surrendered animals, and rescues from high-kill shelters and provide them with care until they find a forever home...maybe yours?

Whether or not you have the room or commitment to adopt, there's a simple way to help the dogs and cats who call this place a temporary home. By drinking beer.

See also: Best Brewery: Due South Brewing Co.

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Paul Castronovo to Host the OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida

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Courtesy Paul Castronovo
Foodie (and radio host) Paul Castronovo with chef Allen Susser.
Big 105'9's resident foodie, Paul Castronovo is set to host this year's OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida tonight, May 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center.

Joining Castronovo are a team of celebrity chefs and some of South Florida's best restaurants -- all serving up bites to benefit Make A Wish, Special Olympics, and the Orange Bowl Youth Leadership Academy.

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BC Cafe Turns One: Brett Chiavari on the First Year

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BC Tacos
BC Cafe's Brett Chiavari and Travie McCoy
BC Cafe, the brick and mortar version of caveman-themed BC Tacos food truck is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, May 17.

We asked the cafe's Brett Chiavari what challenges and highlights he experienced in the past year, and how the cafe differs from his food truck experience. Here's what he said.

See also: Tastemaker #27. Brett Chiavari of BC Tacos

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Guy Harvey Conservation Village at Tortuga Music Festival Showcases Sustainable Seafood

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Courtesy Guy Harvey Village
Chef Andres Avayu believes in sustainable seafood.

Sure the Tortuga Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is one fine two-day party featuring Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, and Dierks Bentley performing, but the festival also has a mission attached to it.

See also: Make Your Own Free Custom Tic Tac Packs at Tortuga Music Festival


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Make Your Own Free Custom Tic Tac Packs at Tortuga Music Festival

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Tic Tac USA
It's like minty nirvana.
Are you the kind of person who likes variety? Did you ever buy a few packs of mints and mix them up into one bowl (you scoundrel)?

If you're that kind of "daring" person who can't choose between spearmint or peppermint because you want them both, check at the Tic Tac "My Pack Tour" station this weekend at the Tortuga Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

See also: Tortuga Music 2014 Festival Lineup Announced!

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