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Five Best Food and Drink Events in South Florida This Weekend: Sushi 101, Radio-Active Soul Brunch, 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 pick up some new kitchen skills as part of your New Year's resolutions or want to earn brownie points from your football-loving significant other while brunching it up, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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5. Las Olas Art Fair

This weekend, one of the biggest street events around, the Las Olas Art Fair, returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale. Sure, it's not Basel, but who needs the traffic and pretension anyway? This is a fair in the South Florida tradition. It has a calm, lazy, SoFla vibe. Stroll the boulevard while admiring paintings, statues, jewelry, and crafts made by more than 250 artists from 30 states. The Las Olas Art Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Las Olas Boulevard, between SE Sixth Avenue and SE 11th Avenue. Admission is free, and a portion of all proceeds from the festival benefits the Las Olas Association.

4. Beats - Booze - Brunch

Being in a relationship is all about compromise. Sometimes you have to give up something you enjoy, or put up with something you don't, to make your sweetheart happy. Other times you don't. This is one of those other times. Kapow! Noodle Bar hosts brunch every Sunday with $15 bottomless Mimosas and Tito's bloody mary bar. A special brunch menu is available, in addition to the regular menu. But this isn't brunch with Nana, or the girls from SATC. DJ Misha Samson will be on hand to to provide "Sunday Shoutin" background music until the football game comes on. Now, everyone gets to enjoy their Sunday.

3. Sushi 101

Getting healthier is the most prominent resolution for the new year. You need to eat well to do so -- learning how to make foods for yourself always helps. For those looking to find a salubrious new skill, Publix Aprons Cooking School in Plantation is hosting a special hands-on sushi class for $50 per person on Friday, January 3, at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. -- By Sara Ventiera

2.. First Friday Food Trucks

On the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., Flamingo Gardens hosts the First Friday Food Trucks. Local favorites like Latin Burger, Nacho Bizness, Billy Bob's Corn, Flour Power, Kratos Greek, Dolci Peccati Gelato, Zombie Ice, Jefe's Original Fish Tacos & Burgers, Purple People Eatery, El Rincón del Coquí, Mojo on the Go, Red Zeppelin, Big Ragu, El Orgullo Latino Kitchen, and more will be in attendance. If your friends have a hard time picking something out of that lineup, you better start looking for new ones. Adult beverages are available for purchase in the beer and wine tent. For your entertainment, DJ Mike will be onsite spinning. Parking and entrance are free. Flamingo Gardens is located at 3750 S. Flamingo Road in Davie. Call 954-473-2955, or visit -- By Sara Ventiera

1. Sharon Jones Soul Brunch Presented by Radio-Active Records

Celebrate the first brunch of the new year with an exclusive Sharon Jones preview listening party for the release of her latest record, Give The People What They Want from Daptone Radio-Active Records from noon to 5 p.m at Radio Active Records. Enjoy breakfast from Eggstatic Food Truck and free mimosas (courtesy of Radio-Active). The South Florida Soul Club will be spinning classic soul and funk as well as the Sharon Jones catalogue, including her new record. While you're there you can pre-order the record coming out next Sunday and receive a free colored vinyl 45 single only available to customers at this event. Every pre-order will enter your name into a raffle to win a Give The People What They Want test pressing. There will also be free stickers and posters (while they last). There's no cover and all ages are invited.

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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