Smoothie King Opens in Oakland Park; Get a Free Smoothie While Supplies Last

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Another staple of the New Orleans market is now making its way to South Florida. Smoothie King, which has existed in the Crescent City for at least four decades, is opening its newest location in Oakland Park today.

It was only last week that NOLA Brewing Co., another New Orleans-based company, announced that it will be entering the South Florida market. Smoothie King was built on making and serving gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan fruit smoothies and the option to add powdered boosters such as protein powder. The new location will be marked by a grand opening celebration until noon today (Wednesday, October 29) and a free smoothie giveaway while supplies last.

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Brooklyn Brewery Cofounder Steve Hindy Discusses South Florida's Brewing Future

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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Steve Hindy (second right) joins South Florida brewers for an industry discussion.

On Tuesday evening, the Brooklyn Brewery held an event at Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. in Miami as part of MASH week, an series of events to highlight different aspects of local culture (and some Brooklyn beers) in 12 cities across America.

On this night, Brooklyn Brewery cofounder Steve Hindy joined Raymond Rigazio, founder of Abbey Brewing; Jose Mallea, president and cofounder of Biscayne Bay Brewing; Johnathan Wakefield, eponymous founder of Johnathan Wakefield Brewing; Peter Schnebly, owner of Miami Brewing; and Dustin Jeffers, head brewer at Delray Beach's SaltWater Brewery to discuss in front of a crowd their histories, their thoughts, and their ideas about the craft beer industry in Florida and at large.

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Italian Lounge and Eatery DaVinci's of Boca Celebrates Ribbon Cutting November 5

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DaVinci's of Boca, a new family-owned Italian restaurant and lounge located at Town Center at Boca Raton, will be celebrating its official ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 5.

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Amaize: New Fast-Casual Arepa Eatery Coming to Doral

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Amaize will open in Doral in November.
There isn't much you can't put a fast-casual spin on these days, from burritos and burgers to salads and pizza.

Now, the fast and easy concept is taking over another Latin favorite: the arepa. A new, one-of-a-kind eatery known as Amaize will open in Doral in November with a menu featuring customizable arepas and cachapas offering a variety of gourmet Latin- and American-inspired fillings.

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Saltwater Brewery Joins the Brooklyn Brewery's Steve Hindy for a Talk With Miami Brewers

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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Steve Hindy (with book) speaking at a previous Mash event.

What happens when the cofounder of the Brooklyn Brewery makes his way to Miami for a few days of craft-beer-oriented fun? You get a meeting of industry minds, which is what is going down tonight in Doral at the Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. (8000 NW 25 St., Suite 500, Miami).

Starting at 7 p.m. October 28, Steve Hindy, a longtime veteran of the American craft-beer scene, will be joining our homegrown and local talents for an evening of history, beer samples, and some book-selling (to the tune of The Craft Beer Revolution, Hindy's newest book).

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Madras Café Is Short on Service but Delivers Where It Counts: On Your Plate

Categories: Review

Candace West
Owner Soye Thomas

A country of vast cultural dimension, tradition, and ethnic diversity -- and the fact that its people speak up to 17 languages and close to 1,000 dialects -- India is living proof variety is the spice of life.

In no facet of Indian life is this more true that in its gastronomy, which offers a wide range of diversity as you travel from north to south. And yet, here in the States, many Indian restaurants serve only the rich, buttery dishes of northern India, or Punjabi-style fare, never attempting the more exotic fare of the southern climes.

At Madras Café in Pompano Beach, the specialty is South Indian cuisine, a distinctly different set of dishes. If tikka masala and tandoori are all you've ever known, the menu at Madras is a welcome departure from the usual.

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Boca's La Ferme Introduces New Craft Cocktail Menu

La Ferme
Mixologist and bar manager James Serra.

"James is one of the most talented mixologists we have ever worked with," says La Ferme's owner Bobby Shapiro in his latest news release. "Owning Flex Mussels in Manhattan and a number of other restaurants over the years, we've worked with quite a few mixologists, and James' cocktails are well worth trying."

And so James Serra's tenure as mixologist and bar manager at the modern Mediterranean eatery begins -- with a public vote of confidence and admiration from owner Bobby of the Shapiro family, seasoned restaurateurs of the U.S.'s eastern seaboard and Canada with past enterprises like La Louisiana, Dayboat, and Texarkana, among others, under their belts.

The Boca restaurant, with its stylized look reminiscent of a Stanley Kubrick film set and accentuated with artworks by Alex Katz, Mel Ramos, and Shepard Fairey, among others, is a staunch proponent of localized sourcing to supplement its imported fare. And with the changing seasons, it will be a drink and food pair-up destination worthy of tracking.

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Fort Lauderdale's Neptune Cigars Offers First Cigar Pairing Dinner

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Neptune Cigars in Fort Lauderdale will host its first cigar pairing dinner on November 1.
Pairing dinners are all the rage right now. From local craft brews and boutique bottles of wine to hand-crafted cocktails, there seems to be no end to the limitless combinations you can make with food and drink.

But what about food and cigars?

Fort Lauderdale's Neptune Cigars will host its first cigar pairing dinner this weekend, offering fans of cigars -- and good food and drink -- a unique opportunity to enhance the experience of enjoying food, drink, and cigars together.

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Argyle Coffee Joins Growing Roasting Community in Fort Lauderdale

Categories: Coffee Talk

Argyle Coffee Roasters Facebook page

Chain coffeehouses continue to be all the rage -- after all, when it comes to pleasing American palates, consistency seems to be the most important factor, and chains certainly offer that. But slowly, in the same way we've changed our attitudes toward "craft" and "artisanal" products, coffee is having a quiet resurgence among connoisseurs and those who simply want to enjoy refined tastes and lend an economic hand to their immediate community and not the Seattle boardroom of a company that may or may have not started as a mermaid porn purveyor (according to this Robot Chicken sketch anyways).

With a growing population of roasters like the charity-oriented Restore Coffee Roasters within the Christ Fellowship church at the Boynton Beach mall and Calusa Coffee Roasters on Commercial Boulevard taking hold this year, this is a change that can't be ignored.

Joining in is Argyle Coffee Roasters, brainchild of Costa Rican owner Manny Carrera. He's looking to defrock the modern mentality of having coffee on the go with the Ticos' more casual approach to coffee drinking -- a pura vida culture revolving around the cup's power to bring family, friends, and strangers to a table for friendly conversation.

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South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: A Murder Mystery Dinner, the 13th Annual Grand Ghoul, and More

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Wine Wave
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 dress up for Halloween during a murder mystery dinner, learn to make seasonal pumpkin eats, or attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

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