Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Feast of the Sea, a Twilight Dinner Cruise, and More

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Feast of the Sea
The Feast of the Sea seafood festival is this Saturday.
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 are looking to enjoy some seafood at the inaugural Feast of the Sea festival in West Palm Beach, dance the night away, or sail away on a sunset dinner cruise, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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3030 Ocean's La Tasha McCutchen Makes it to Week Two on Hell's Kitchen

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Photo Courtesy Brustman Carrino
While you may think you know everything there is to know about being a chef from watching reality T.V., cooking competition shows are nothing like working in a real kitchen.

Sure, tempers flare whether the cameras are there or not. But in a real-life situation, you'd be hard-pressed to find a chefs teaming up with their competitors or digging through sandcastles to find geoduck clams.

3030 Ocean kitchen supervisor La Tasha McCutcheon can add those skills (or tasks) to her resume. The Hell's Kitchen contestant made it through week one and will be returning to the show to compete next week again.

We got a chance to speak to the amicable chef about week one, Gordon Ramsay, and the Hollywood treatment.

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Mai-Kai Finalist in Cintas' America's Best Restroom Contest, Vote Before October 31

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All photos courtesy of Cintas Corporation
Mai-Kai: Thrones fit for a king.
When deciding on which restaurant to eat at, you probably peruse the menu, consider the cocktails, and the decor. But does the bathroom come into play when making plans for a night out? Maybe it should.

According to Cintas Corporation, the bathrooms play a pivotal part in the success of a restaurant. Which is why it holds an annual search for America's "top toilet", where a team of survey editors search the country for the most creative and clean restrooms.

This year, ten finalists have been chosen from the vast field of hotel, restaurant, and airport bathrooms across this great land and one of them is in our own backyard.

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Five Deals to Try for Flavor Palm Beach

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Time to eat well on the cheap
Who doesn't like eating out? You don't have to cook, you don't have to clean up, and, chances are, a restaurant chef can throw together a much better meal than you'll ever be able to conceive.

The only downside: the money.

For the next month, the cost to dine in many Palm Beach County restaurants is going down exponentially. Flavor Palm Beach is offering three-course meals at select restaurants for one set fee.

Since there are only so many days in the month, you can't sample them all; however, we've rounded up the five best places to try, so you can take save yourself the headache -- or the stomach-ache, at least.

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Boulevard Brewing Company Coming To Florida In October

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Looking for more craft beer to fill your make-a-six pack? Announced today, Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Company will be expanding to Florida in just a few short weeks, bringing the number of states the brewery is distributing to up to 28.

Late last week, the brewery penned an agreement with Brown Distributing, which serves the entire state.

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The Pumpkin Spice Condom Is Fake, But This Bacon Flavored Condom is Real

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Ah, pumpkin spice is in the air -- but sadly, not your bedroom.

Maybe you saw the fake photo of Durex's "newly-released" pumpkin spice condom, and got excited -- only to have your autumnal wet dreams ruined when the company made light of the doctored photo, revealing it as a hoax via Twitter.

Luckily, if you're planning on spicing things up in the bedroom -- yes, even without pumpkin spice-flavored latex -- we're willing to bet there are still plenty of fun food-flavored condoms you may not even be aware of.

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Ten Best Sandwiches in Broward County

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Nicole Danna
The pastrami sandwich from Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach.
For many, the sandwich is the go-to meal. It's simple, easy food, a meal you can hold in your hand. It's perfect for everyone, from kids at recess eating soggy peanut butter and jellies to college kids subsisting on meat-packed subs to late-night shift workers and fridge-foraging bachelors crafting homemade assemblies that would make Dagwood proud.

The best part about the sandwich is the freedom to make it any way you like, with almost any foodstuff shoveled in. Throw together whatever ingredients you can find, and pile it up as high as you can handle it. No rules, no tradition, and no one telling you that's not how it's done. Just eat.

This is a list of the best sandwiches in Broward County, the ones that have managed to perfectly marry bread, meat, cheese, veggie, and condiment into one easy-to-eat vessel. If you're looking for lunch, maybe one of these can help.

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Get Half-Priced Tickets to New Times' Pairings Through Voice Daily Deals

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Christina Mendenhal
Food, wine, beer, and cocktails all meet for a great night out. You're invited.
The seventh annual New Times' Pairings returns to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with an astounding lineup of restaurants.

On Thursday, September 18 from 7 through 10 p.m., enjoy delicious food by some of South Florida's best places to dine, each paired with wines or craft beers.

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UPDATE Rebel House Hosting Duvel / Ommegang Beer Pairing Dinner Postponed

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

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UPDATE: The Rebel House/Duvel Beer & Dinner Pairing has been postponed to mid-October in celebration of Octoberfest. We will update you with more details on the rescheduled event when they are available. You can email wayne@emmunchies.com if you already purchased tickets and would like a refund.

From food under the sea, to food from on top of the sea, and even from the depths of hell, comes a food and beer dinner that will make you wish it weren't Wednesday.

Tonight, September 10th at the Rebel House in Boca Raton, those willing to put down the cash can indulge in a five course Duvel/Brewery Ommegang beer paired dinner at the downtown gastropub.

What's in store?

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The Little House in Boynton Beach Closes Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Taste of History Culinary Tours
The Little House will close this Saturday, September 13.
When Chrissy Benoit first heard news that a historic home in Boynton Beach was being given away to whoever pitched the best business concept for it, the prospect of opening a new eatery was an opportunity the former Havana Hideout owner couldn't refuse.

Not only did Benoit win the contest, but one year later -- in the summer of 2012 -- she had transformed the old home into a bright, cozy eatery appropriately named The Little House, offering diners a menu meant to celebrate Old South Florida.

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