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Five Best Food and Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: Sick Puppy Love, Romantic Dinners, Gospel Drag Queens, and More

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 laugh, love, lust, or party your heart out, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

See also: More Food and Drink Events in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

5. Laffing Matterz: With a Vengeance

Along with the giggles, Laffing Matterz: With a Vengeance is serving up more calories in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This is America, after all.

With each performance, guests can choose from entrées such as grilled mahi-mahi, butternut squash ravioli, and lamb osso buco to enjoy with their salads and challah rolls. Drinks, appetizers, and desserts will be sold separately.

While you take a stab at your lamb shank, the comedians will skewer everything from Obamacare to global warming to Paula Deen. Think of it as Saturday Night Live but with more singing and less sucking. -- By Kristin Bjornsen

4. Sunday Gospel Brunch

It doesn't have to be a hetero birthday party to bring you to Lips, a place ballsy enough to tag "the Ultimate in Drag Dining" right next to its name -- making it seem like it's actually part of the name. You don't have to wait for a bachelorette party. Lips isn't the first place you think of for a typical Sunday brunch, but, every now and then, it should be. Just because it's Sunday, go to Lips. Just because you live here, go to Lips, for Gospel Brunch.

3. NYY Valentine's Day Dinner for Two

Valentine's Day is supposed to be about showing that special someone how much you care -- it's doesn't have to include spending tons of money. To make it easier on the wallet, NYY Steak is offering a three-course dinner for $150 per couple. It includes smoked lobster and scallop salad, Chateaubriand and lobster tail, choice of two sides, and a chocolate trio for dessert. -- By Sara Ventiera

2. The Anti-Valentine's Day Affair

Screw Valentine's Day. Well, just for this event, at least. Living Room hosts its first anti-Valentine's Day occasion for single folks. Couples are the outcasts here. All must don wristbands in either green, yellow, or red. Green means you're ready to mingle, yellow implies that you're on the fence, and red means you're taken. Other parts of the festivities include music by DJ Richie Rich, champagne specials, and a signature Valentine's Day cocktail, Blush, from Living Room. -- By Natalya Jones

1. Valentine's Day Good-Lovin' Roundup

Because, quite frankly, just one Valentine's Day event just isn't enough. Here's our round-up of some of the best V-Day events to be found from hilarious, err, romantic improv to a black tie gala. Do it all, then do it.

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor at [email protected].

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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