Weekdays are the worst, unless you live in South Florida, where we refuse to let a moment go by without cramming it full of entertainment.
Whether you're looking to relax and recover from the weekend or would prefer to fill your weekday evening with distracting goings-on, there's something for you to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
When it comes to spending money, most people blow their wads on the weekend. By the time Monday rolls around, there's not much left to go around. Head to Tap 42, if you're looking to get out of the house. Get in on some cheap (but good) burgers on Monday nights. Tap offer $5 Prohibition burgers and veggie burgers every week.
Healthy Eating Class - Summer Soiree
Although we experience at least some beach weather most days of the year, summer is prime bathing suit season -- it's too freaking hot to wear clothes. Chances are you want to look good. To help you keep it light for your next summer get-together, Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a free healthy eating class in the cafe on Monday. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the store's healthy eating specialist is demonstrating some healthy dishes, like avocado and grapefruit salad, black bean mango pico de gallo, and Engine 2 plant strong burgers.
Samuel Adams Beer Dinner
Himmarshee Public House will be hosting a four-course dinner on Tuesday, prepared by Executive Chef Tara Abrams and accompanied by beer provided by the Samuel Adams Brewery. Diners will indulge in their first course with Belgian Session and Traveler Shandy to go along with a choice of salad or a tempura option. Second course offerings include Summer Ale and Rebel IPA along with a choice of New England style lobster roll or crispy calamari taco. The third course includes Grumpy Munk and Boston Lager drink options along with a choice of fish and chips or roasted pork loin. To finish off the meal, Blueberry Hill and Porsch Rocker drink selections along with a choice of dessert: lemon cupcake or strawberry shortcake. The dinner begins at 8 p.m.; the cost is $55 per person and reservations are required. For tickets, call 954-616-5275.
Bugfest-by-the-Sea Dive Festival
In preparation for lobster miniseason, the third-annual Bugfest-by-the-Sea Dive Festival is hosting an honorary party for the spiders of the sea. On Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at El Prado Park, the miniseason kick-off party will bring together divers, food lovers, drinkers, music, and revelers to get the bug hunt going; the miniseason takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. (Divers can bag 12 per person per day.) Scuba Radio host Greg Holt and the Scuba Radio Mermaids are hosting. And guests can sign up for the Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest for a chance to win up to $15,000 in cash and prizes. In addition, attendees can get raffle tickets for the night's drawing, in which two lucky divers will walk away with new dive equipment. There is no cost to attend.
National Lasagna Day
Everyone likes lasagna, and on Tuesday one of the world's most popular pasta dishes is experiencing its day of celebration. That's right, national lasagna day is coming. To honor the occasion, Brio Tuscan Grille is offering half-off all full-sized portions.
Stroll Around the Globe at Savor PGA Commons
Take a gastronomic tour for hump-day this week. PGA Commons is bringing together chefs, mixologists, and the food-loving public from 6 to 9 p.m. For $65 per person, guests can sample cuisine from across the world, from rustic Italian to scrumptious seafood to modern Asian. Vic & Angelo's, Onessimo Fine Art, Spoto's Oyster Bar, Prosecco Café, Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas, and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt are participating.
Kilwin's is bringing JOY to Coral Springs!
While we're all well aware of the fact that we should be more politically involved, it takes a lot to get most of us to a candidates event. Free ice cream, however, could do it. ON Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Joy Carter, candidate for Coral Springs city commissioner seat 5 is hosting an ice cream social at Kilwin's. There is no cost to attend. RSVP is strongly encouraged.
Summer Cheeses and Wine Tastings
Everything changes for the summer, even cheese. On Wednesday, the Cheese Course is hosting free tastings of summer cheese with wine (obvi) at its Plantation and Weston locations. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can sample Fleur Vert, Fromage d'Affinois, Tetilla, and Piav.
Cooking Up Color in the Kitchen
Whether we cook or just know how to order take-out, most of the world wants a high-end kitchen -- blame Cribs. Here's your chance to watch chefs host demos with some of the latest and greatest in luxury kitchen products at DCOTA. Starting at noon, live demos will be held throughout the showrooms and will feature chefs Michael Shikany from his high-end namesake eatery in Wynwood and Todd Lough from Oceans 2000 on Fort Lauderdale beach. RSVP required. Visit dcota.com.
A Walk on the "Wild" Side
Farm-raised animals tend to be less nutritious and contribute to huge environmental issues -- in commercial farms, at least. Try your hand at nature's best at Publix Aprons Cooking School on Thursday. At 6:30 p.m., the school's staff is preparing a menu of all wild foods paired with fine wines. Dishes include mushroom pâté, honey roast duck breast with hazelnut green bean salad, seared salmon with new potatoes and dijon broth, and berry panna cotta. The cost to attend is $45.
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