The good news is it's a short work week. The bad news: you're even more exhausted by the time it comes around. Whether you partied it up over the extended weekend or just laid low, it's always relaxing to get that extra day away from the office. If you're looking to make the next work week fly by, we have suggestions. From cooking classes with a celebrity chef to cheap eats to fancy wine tastings, Broward and Palm Beach counties have options that will entertain your mind and occupy your taste-buds.
Labor Day Party With Fourth Dimension
If you're smart -- and we think you are -- you're going to be spending your Labor Day at the beach. Chances are if you're sober enough to stay out, you're not going to be traveling too far. Keep it local with South Florida reggae band Fourth Dimension at Sandbar Monday night. The music starts at 9 p.m.
Sandbar is located at 900 Sunrise Lane in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-990-7578, or visit sandbarfortlauderdale.com.
You probably blew the bank over the long weekend -- and there's a good chance you'll be feeling pretty lazy by the time Tuesday rolls around. Cheap some cheap tacos at a number of local places. Check out Tin Fish in West Palm Beach, or T-Mex Cantina in Fort Lauderdale. For a more complete list of Taco Tuesdays check out our list at blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2013/06/taco_tuesday_ten_south_florida_spots_with_deals
Cheese tastes good in everything -- cake, donuts, bagels, sandwiches, pizza, whatever -- the more the better. On Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., New York Grilled Cheese is hosting Cheese-A-Rama to benefit the Smart Ride. Hosted by drag queens Daisy Deadpetals and Nicole Halliwell, the event will feature plenty of grilled cheese, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and more.
New York Grilled Cheese is located at 2207 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call 954-564-6887, or visit newyorkgrilledcheese.com.
Few restaurant foods are actually healthy. Sushi is. The only problem: it can be freaking expensive. Not at American Social on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Men get unlimited regular sushi for $19.95, ladies get it for $14.95. Individual rolls are just 6 bucks.
American Social is located at 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954- 764-7005, or visit americansocialbar.com.
Being a healthy vegan is hard work -- and it certainly doesn't stimulate the taste-buds if you don't know how to cook. On Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m., Whole Foods Market Boca is teaching wannabe vegan cooks how to do it properly. The cost to attend is $10.
Whole Foods is located at 1400 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Call 561-447-0000, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Michelle Bernstein Cooking Course
We dare you to find someone in South Florida who doesn't adore Michelle Bernstein. The much beloved South Florida chef, restaurateur, and host of Check, Please! is teaching a cooking class to amateur aspiring chefs on Thursday. At Publix Apron's Cooking School at 6:30 p.m., Bernstein will be live and in the flesh. The cost to attend is $60 per person.
Publix Apron Cooking School is located at 5050 Champion Blvd. in Boca Raton. Call 561-994-4883, or visit publix.com/aprons.
Gourmet Truck Expo at Miramar Square Mall
Get your eat on in Miramar on Thursday night. From 6 to 10 p.m., at Miramar Square Mall the food trucks are taking over the parking lot with tons of food options (obviously), live DJ, balloon artist for the kiddies, local business vendors, and more. The roundup is free to attend.
Miramar Square Mall is located at 12162 Miramar Parkway in Miramar.
Benziger Family Wine Tasting
Wines differ dramatically from region to region. Heck, they can have flavor profiles that are worlds apart even in the same town. To really get the feel for a winery, you need to check out more than just a wine or two. On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rustic Cellar that's exactly what they plan to do. For $30 per person, guests can taste their way through the Benzinger wine portfolio with rep. Josh Young.
The Rustic Cellar is located at 409 Southeast Mizner Blvd. in Boca Raton. Call 561-392-5237, or visit rusticcellar.com.
Most people have been to a social; you know, one of those boring networking events that forces you to engage in mindless chitchat. This is the exact opposite. The soulcial hosted by Ingrid B is all about bringing back the soul to dining. Starting at 8 p.m. at Piano, the event features live soul music while you dine. Admission is free with RSVP.
Piano is located at 5805 SW 57th Way in Hollywood. Call 954-792-8722, or visit pianohollywood.com.
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