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 get some laughs in during the Hard Rock's annual open-mic night, have plans to stop by a farmers' market or two, or want to try a healthy-eating cooking class for Valentine's Day, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Free Food During National Bagel Day
This week, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Panera Bread, and Brooklyn Water Bagels are giving away free food in celebration of National Bagel Day on Monday, February 9. At Einstein, get a free bagel and shmear with drink purchase with coupon. At Panera Bread, get a free bagel with purchase of a coffee, hot tea, espresso drink, or hot chocolate on Saturday through Monday at participating Palm Beach County restaurants. And Brooklyn Water Bagels is baking up an offer in celebration of National Bagel Day. On this special day, the restaurant is thanking its guests for their patronage by providing a free small order of its newest product, Bagel Tasters, ten bite-sized bagels, along with cream cheese, with any purchase. This offer is limited to one free order of Bagel Tasters per customer and will last all day or until supplies run out at participating locations. Think of them as the doughnut holes of the bagel world. For a complete list of restaurant locations, visit brooklynwaterbagels.com/locations.
Free Line Dancing Lessons
Mondays can be a little mundane. While the morning is the most maligned moment of the week, the evenings can follow in the torpor and continue to leave you drained of life. Come to think of it, those cowboy boots in the closet have been collecting dust since you entertained the idea of joining the rodeo years ago. Kill two birds with one stone by dusting off those boots and turning the vapidity of Monday night by joining ringleader and avid line dancer Lisa Spangler at the Firedog Saloon in Fort Lauderdale. At 8 p.m., Spangler hosts a free line-dancing lesson to saloon patrons, and then at 9, she switches over to a couples dance lesson. Swing your partner 'round and 'round, write bad checks all over the place, do-si-do! Free line-dancing lessons start at 8 p.m. Monday at the Fire Dog Saloon, 2871 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-533-6092.
Love Healthy Eating Cooking Class
The new Whole Foods Market in Pompano Beach is hosting one of its first cooking classes. This year, celebrate a healthy Valentine's Day with special recipes designed by Lisa, the store's very own healthy-eating specialist. Space is limited for each; class-sign up at customer service. Whole Foods Pompano Beach is located at 2411 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 954-786-3062. The event takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Music & Dancing Under the Stars
Bring the family (and a blanket) to downtown Hollywood's free outdoor concert series at Young Circle Hollywood's Arts Park. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday starting at 7:30 p.m., enjoy the outdoors and a family-friendly movie. Bring your own food and drink for a picnic under the stars, or stop by one of the area's many restaurants before or after for a bite and a drink. The event is free and open to the public. Young Circle is located at 1 Young Circle Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; 954-921-3500.
YOLO's Tuesday Tini
On Tuesday, February 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., YOLO is introducing the all-new Tuesday Tini's at the outdoor firepit lounge in partnership with Double Cross Vodka. The weekly event features complimentary Double Cross Vodka flowing along with the sultry, soulful sounds of dynamic singer-songwriter Chloe Dolandis. For reservations, call 954-523-1000. YOLO is located at 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.yolorestaurant.com.
Whole Foods Farmers' Market
Every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m., Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale hosts its weekly farmers' market. The outdoor event offers vendors selling produce, artisanal products, and seasonal items presented from various Whole Foods teams. Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-5655.
Have you ever wanted to make your own chocolates? If so, now you can during a special evening at the Secret Garden Cafe in Boynton Beach. Learn how the pros do it from a real pro. NYC's own "Truffle Mistress" will be on hand to show you how it's done. Watch, learn, and then make your very own chocolate-dipped strawberries and other elegant sweets for the sweetest time of year (AKA Valentine's Day). Cost is $25 per person, or $20 for couples. The Secret Garden Cafe is located at 410 E Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach.
Open Mic and Comedy Night at the Hard Rock Improv
Join the Yoga Gangsters team and local comedians as they come together to laugh, drink, sing, monologue, and slam poetry (and maybe a few shots). No yoga pants or asana required. The event has been organized to raise money for the Miami-based nonprofit youth organization empowering youth with the practice of yoga to deliver messages of empowerment around self-respect, self-control, and self-awareness. This year's event will welcome standup comedian Gregg Weiner, as well as Florida comedian JB Ball. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. Find tickets here. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located at 5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood.
Winetasting and Networking
This Thursday, join the Wine Wave in Delray Beach for a special winetasting network event. Get the opportunity to network with other professionals in the South Florida area while you taste and learn about great wine. The event starts at 6 p.m. Entry is $15 per person in advance ($20 at the door). Order tickets at Eventbrite here. The Wine Wave is located at 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-637-4490.
Whole Foods Pembroke Pines Farmers' Market
Every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., the Pembroke Pines Whole Foods Market offers its weekly outdoor farmers' market. More than 40 vendors set up shop at the west end of the parking lot, offering locally grown produce, homemade products, and other unique goodies not found at any grocery store. Guests are invited to come out and shop for some of the freshest products in town while supporting their local vendors and farmers, offering items such as handcrafted jams and jellies; local honey; exotic fruits; hand-poured soy candles; plants, trees, and fresh herbs; freshly made guacamole, ceviche, and salsas; and much more. The Pembroke Pines Farmers' Market is located at 14956 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; 954-392-3500.
Love at First Flight
Do you believe in love at first sight? How about love at first bite? On Thursday, February 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a special winetasting at Whole Foods Pompano Beach (2411 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach; 954-786-3500). Find out if both exist this Monday night. If you're single and looking to mingle, this free event will include live music, craft beer, winetastings, and light bites from La Rachetta (the Whole Foods in-store bar). Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.