Nom News: July 10, 2015

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July 10, 2015

Each Friday, we’ll be compiling South Florida food-related news and events that we couldn’t fit on the site earlier in the week. Want to be included in next week’s roundup? Shoot us an email at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

Here’s your weekly dose of nom.

Caring About the Strays Fundraiser at 180°
OMERTA Cucina Comes to Doral
Dolce Italian Expands Happy Hour Menu
Wapo Taco Opens in Coral Gables
Christmas in July With Batch and Radio Lollipop
TiramesU Moves to South of Fifth
AFROHEAD Rum Summer Cocktails
Pinkberry Launches Summer Happy Hour

Caring About the Strays Fundraiser at 180°

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From 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 180 Degrees at the DRB in Downtown Miami will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Caring for the Strays, a non-profit animal rescue group. For $10, you get a draft beer and assorted appetizers. Guests can expect a gift basket raffle, happy hour deals and pets for adoption on the patio.

RSVP at events@caringaboutthestrays.org or 305-889-0840.


OMERTA Cucina Comes to Doral

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OMERTA Cucina has opened in Doral, bringing fantastic fusion cuisine to the city. The restaurant offers international tapas that fuse Spanish, Latin and Asian influences. OMERTA’s menu is divided in distinct sections that each has its own flavorful identity.

Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Hernando Cely, who previously worked at local favorites Bulla Gastrobar and Vagabond Restaurant. Aside from the food, patrons can enjoy a variety of entertainment in the venue’s Micro Theater, including comedy shows and mini-plays. Get more information on their Facebook page.


Dolce Italian Expands Happy Hour Menu

Dolce Italian at the Gale South Beach has expanded its successful happy hour just in time for summer with new thirst quenching cocktails. The new cocktails ($8) include the Veneto Spritzer mixed with Belvedere vodka, Aperol, lemon bitters and tonic water, a signature Dolce Sour composed of Grappa, Campari, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white, and the Bicicletta blended with Campari, Pinot Grigio, Martini Bianco Vermouth and soda water.

Guests can enjoy the handcrafted cocktails with a selection of delicious appetizers including Dolce’s wood oven Margherita Pizza; Broccoli e Salsiccia Pizza with broccoli rabe and Italian sausage; Zingara Pizza with spicy salami, peppers and onions; Dolce’s signature Dolce Meatballs, and many more Italian bites served daily from 4 – 8 p.m. for $8. An assortment of wines by the glass will also be available for $8 as well as Peroni draft for $4.


Christmas in July with Batch and Radio Lollipop

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Batch Gastropub is teaming up with Radio Lollipop to bring Christmas cheer to Brickell a few months early. On July 31st at 7 p.m., Batch will host Christmas In July, a teen toy drive benefitting the patients of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. For every unwrapped teen gift donation a guest brings, Batch will gift them a free drink. Kick off the summer with a little holiday cheer at the Christmas in July party!

This is a teenager-focused gift drive by the request of Radio Lollipop. Gifts like fuzzy socks, journals, craft kits, card games, books, art supplies, and puzzles are greatly appreciated. Batch Gastropub will also be accepting and collecting donations from local businesses. A $100 Bar Tab is being offered to the business that brings in the most donations, so come out and lend a helping hand! For more information, email events@batchmiami.com.


Wapo Taco Opens in Coral Gables

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Wapo Taco!, the Mexico City taqueria already making waves in Hallandale Beach, Florida for its authentic, always fresh, incredibly tasty appetizers, tacos, specialties, sides and desserts, is bringing its delectable housemade street food to Coral Gables at 2526 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, with an open-to-the-public Grand Opening Celebration featuring free pastor tacos and Mexican beer from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015. Brought to the United States by veterans of the Mexican capital’s most notable taqueria, the 2,000 square foot, 80-seat Coral Gables locale will also launch an enticing new menu with tried and true favorites from their stockpile of perfected family recipes and refreshing new items.

“In my hometown, a taqueria is a place for all,” states Francisco Musi, cofounder of Wapo Taco!. “Likewise, Wapo Taco is a place for diversity – our inviting, relaxed environment, delicious assortment of made-from-scratch dishes, unique flavors, and affordable prices – are meant for all to enjoy, and we are excited to bring that to beautiful Coral Gables.”

Musi is obsessed with staying true to what he feels has made his family’s taquerias so successful (fresh, quality ingredients, daily made-from-scratch salsas, marinades, stews and tortillas, and ancient Mexican cooking methods/ingredients) and although time-consuming and labor intensive, vows to endure using these ideologies. Diners at Wapo Taco! can thereby count on mouthwatering staples such as all-natural corn tortillas made fresh on a comal griddle from Mexico, fresh beef cooked atop an always lit charcoal grill, authentic pastor-seasoned pork and chicken roasted on a spit fire grill, daily housemade salsas, authentic Mexican crema and more.

 

TiramesU Moves to SoFi With New Partnership

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Soon-to-open in its new South of Fifth location at 101 Washington Avenue, TiramesU, the 27-year old South Beach landmark restaurant, introduces new partner Valeria Longoni and will preview select menu items during the South of Spice event on July 28th. Graziano Sbroggio of Graspa Group continues to coach new owner-operator Valeria Longoni and Executive Chef Fabrizio Pintus as they work on the last strides towards opening.

Longoni along with the Graspa Group team is managing the build-out of the restaurant as well as structuring logistics for internal operations and staffing. The completely renovated and expanded space on the corner of Washington Avenue and 1st Street will seat 75 customers inside and will include a generous bar area serving specialty and creative cocktails.

“We are so excited to be joining the neighborhood,” states Longoni. “We are looking forward to being part of the South of Fifth experience for residents and visitors alike. Our emphasis will continue to be on delicious food, prepared with care and thoughtfulness as well as a friendly ambiance.”

On Tuesday July 28th, 2015 TiramesU will participate in the South of Spice event setting up for one night only at the Williams McCall Gallery located at 110 Washington Avenue. Chef Pintus will prepare three bite-size menu items: Tartare di Capriolo, a venison tartare with raspberries and mango, Carpaccio di Capesante, a scallop carpaccio with fruit salad and the Tiramisu Cioccolato e Peperoncino, a chocolate and red pepper tiramisu.

Summer Cocktails With AFROHEAD Rum

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Get through a scorching-hot summer with AFROHEAD Rum’s new concoction, the Summer Rum Punch. The combination of premium dark aged rum with grapefruit juice, lime juice and a hint of tarragon brings a refreshing taste of summer to your lips. Whether you are kicking it back on the beach or having an epic pool party, this tangy yet sweet potion will transport your taste buds back to the Caribbean. This Summer Rum Punch is sure to bring an unexpected vibrant taste to your summer.

Below, you’ll find the recipe. AFROHEAD Rum is available throughout the Bahamas, Florida, Tennessee and www.VintageLiquor.com.

Summer Rum Punch
1 bottle AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum
1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup simple syrup
1/2 cup aperol
1 cup soda water

To finish the punch, add thin slices of orange, grapefruit, lemons, and some fresh tarragon for punch garnish.


Pinkberry Launches Summer Happy Hour

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Pinkberry, the one-of-a-kind frozen yogurt brand is swirling up a fun, festive, always refreshing taste experience this summer! Pinkberry has launched its newest summer flavors – Strawberry Margarita and Blueberry!

Strawberry Margarita – An alcohol-free fruity, citrus flavor made with real strawberries and lime juice. Enjoy with our triple berry sugar salt topping for a fun margarita-like experience.

Blueberry – A fresh and fruity flavor made with real blueberries.

And the summer fun doesn’t stop there! From July 6th through July 30th,  Pinkberry is hosting HAPPY HOUR! Throw your inhibitions into the wind – customers can enjoy 1/2 off any medium or larger Pinkberry, Monday-Thursday 5 pm- 7 pm at participating locations.