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Umbrella Sky has moved on, but lots of selfie opportunities at this Coral Gables event

Umbrella Sky has moved on, but lots of selfie opportunities at this Coral Gables event

We no longer have the Umbrella Sky Project, but we have another reason to visit Giralda Plaza, an impressive art exhibition site and endless selfies.  Giralda Under The Stars is the latest Coral Gables event.

One of your favorite Coral Gables event is back: 9th Annual Giralda Under The Stars.

Coral Gables event Giralda Under The Stars

The six – month outdoor dining experience begins on the first Friday of November and runs through April. This annual shindig is occurring during our two seasons when it is not as hot as the other two seasons (although we would still recommend bug spray).

The culinary crowd, presented by Diageo, goes down to Giralda Plaza, on Giralda Avenue between Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Galiano Street.

What that means: from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can dine on the outdoor patio and enjoy the City Beautiful from the vantage point of the front row seat.

“Giralda Under the Stars has has always been a popular series for the community and complements our one-of-a-kind offerings,” said Taciana Amador, executive director of the Coral Gables Business Improvement District, which organizes GUTS. “Capturing the true essence of Giralda Plaza, this is the perfect opportunity for families and friends to experience the newly enhanced Downtown Coral Gables outdoor culinary scene.”

Visitors  can expect menu items from such diverse, local restaurants as Miss Saigon Bistro,  Pasion del Cielo, KAE by Chef Landa Talavera and Threefold Café.

Admission to this event, including live music, is free and tickets are not needed, but participating restaurants encourage customers to book.

Umbrellas not required.

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Sweet Lovers Being Seduced by Mojo Donuts in South Florida

Sweet Lovers Being Seduced by Mojo Donuts in South Florida

South Miami is becoming the donut capital of South Florida.

Mojo Donuts, which brought its image of wild flavors from Pembroke Pines to Westchester two years back, will open a third doughnut shop at one of the most noticeable intersections in South Florida.

It will impart space to the up and coming 3 Chefs and a Chicken at the southeast corner of U.S. 1 and Red Road, actually in Coral Gables, however over the road from the core of South Miami. There, Mojo will be inside close proximity of two other artisan donut shops. Salty Donut, which began the gourmet donut furor in Miami, plans for a second area in South Miami, at the old Fox’s Lounge, not a long way from Honeybee Doughnuts, the first boutique donut shop to the scene in South Miami.

What’s more, here’s a reward: The previous Wendy’s area at 6601 SW 57th Ave. — which sold for $9 million out of 2015 — will incorporate a spot for one of Miami’s best new ice cream producers, Sweet Melody. It has been serving its desserts nearby Mojo Donuts at its Westchester store and at the Wharf on the Miami River. They hope to be open before the finish of September.

“We’re really excited about it. We think it is going to be an amazing place for us,” Mojo co-proprietor Jimmy Piedrahita said.

Mojo Donuts will open a third donut shop in Coral Gables, near South Miami.

Mojo Donuts made a grand entrance with sweet lovers when it opened in Pembroke Pines in 2013 with flavors like creme brulee with torched top, maple-bacon bars, guava and cheese and its 420 Munchies, a glazed coated yeast donut covered with chocolate, Snickers crumbles and potato sticks. They have created in excess of 200 unique flavors and show between 40-to-50 on some random day.

That is the place Piedrahita found them and talked the proprietors into giving him a chance to open a spot in Miami, where he added fried chicken to the menu. His fried chicken sandwich on a flame broiled donut was highlighted on Guy Fieri’s prominent Food Network show, “Diners,Drive-ins and Dives.”

Piedrahita as of late began growing the Westchester store to make a perpetual spot for Sweet Melody after clients cherished having Mojo Donuts with a side of ice cream. Sweet Melody’s imaginative flavor mixes incorporate cheesecake ice cream with Maine blueberries; Belgian chocolate with liquor and chocolate cake and Gorgonzola ice cream with apple-fig jam and pralines.

“We are really diversifying the donut,” Piedrahita said.

That pits three donut shops in direct rivalry. Be that as it may, Piedrahita trusts every donut creator will build up its own dedicated following.

“There’s room for everyone,” he said. “You can have any kind of donut you want. And I love it. I think it can be good for everyone.”

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It doesn't get more farm-to-table than at the Swank Farm annual dinner series. Photograph by Papp Photo.

Swank Farm in Loxahatchee Groves is conveying back its family-style farm-to-table dining series, Swank Table, which starts on November 18 and extends out through 2019. In excess of 80 commended culinary experts from South Florida and past will take an interest in this period of occasions, featuring produce from the hydroponic homestead claimed by Darrin and Jodi Swank.

Swank Table is a progression of 18 signature occasions, all fund-raising for neighborhood foundations. The recently declared season incorporates a 3030 Ocean Reunion Dinner, including the food of gourmet expert Dean James Max and a few of the acclaimed nearby chefs who came up through that eatery’s kitchen. Notwithstanding South Florida-based gourmet experts, this period of Swank Table will welcome culinary bosses from Milwaukee, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and Louisville.

Swank Farm visit, following an exceptional dinner

Every feast on the farm— situated around 90 minutes north of Miami — unites top culinary experts, mixologists, winemakers and brewers, making for genuinely paramount encounters. The menus are comprehensive and all-nearby, fusing items from accomplice farms and crisply collected Swank Farm vegetables. Furthermore, every occasion starts with a voyage through the ranch driven by the Swanks, trailed by a dinner in their specially crafted horse shelter.

Swank Farm’s new occupant culinary specialist, Sam Horrocks, will work close by the visitor chefs. Horrocks likewise will have exceptional informal breakfasts on Easter and Mother’s Day, highlighting fun activities for children and boundless mimosas, Bloody Marys and specialty lagers for grown-ups.

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