The Big Game is finished and chances are you're still hungover. When you finally make it through the worst workday of the year so far, why not hit the streets for a bite to eat? Or perhaps a little hair of the dog? Even if you can't manage to pull it together today, there's a whole week-load of great food and drink out there.
We're serving up fair food (literally the best for hangovers), food trucks, and guilt-free food with a message. You can wake up early to do your civic duty, or stay up late to try a slew of adult beverages. There's even some romantic dinners lined up, for those of you looking to sweep your special someone away before the crowded hoards ruin the ambience. Check it out.
South Florida Fair
Monday gets a bad rap. Why not spice it up? Just because the Super Bowl is behind us, doesn't mean you can't fit a little party into your plans. The South Florida Fair (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) is in full-effect, and everyone knows the best part about fairs is the food! Just don't fill up on elephant ears and turkey legs before you get on Gravitron. All those noms taste way better the first time - trust us. The fair is open Monday, and every weekday, from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 11, and free for kids younger than 5. Call 561-793-0333 or visit southfloridafair.com.
Food Truck Invasion Family Night
People still can't get enough food truck, and Plantation wants their community to get in on the fun. Every Tuesday night, you can let your kids run wild and eat your fill at Plantation Heritage Park (1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation). This week's menu offers food, snack and desserts from 22 delicious participants, including 2 Jive Turkeys, Che Grill, Liquid N2 Ice Cream, Monster Burgers, The Rolling Stove and much more. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and stays open until 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, so what are you waiting for? Call 305-612-7779 or visit foodtruckinvasion.com.
The Art of Wine: Pop Art
What pairs well with Warhol? Find out Wednesday when the Boca Museum of Art takes you on a wine-tasting tour of Pop Art. Certified sommelier and wine educator Stephanie Miskew will teach you a thing or two about everyone's favorite grape juice while centering your flavorful adventure around the Museum's permanent collection. The two-hour, multi-sensory experience kicks off at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $35 to $40 dollars. Call 561-392-2500 or visit BocaMuseum.com.
Two Brothers Brewing Company Tasting
These two brothers, Jim and Jason Ebel, founded their brewery in 1996, so they must know a thing or two about cooking up a delicious beverage. Luckily for us, they want everyone to imbibe and be merry. Take your mouth on a bubbly ride and try any and all of their four offerings: Domaine DuPage French Country Ale, Prairie Path Ale, Cane and Ebel Hopped-up Red Rye Ale, and Bitter End Pale Ale. But that's not all! They're pairing the brews with goodies from their host The Sybarite Pig's (20642 State Road 7, Boca Raton)kitchen, and you can even order off the full menu. The special tasting begins at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight. Tickets are $30. Call 561-883-3200 or visit eventbrite.com.
GMO Free Florida & (MAM) Monthly Meeting
If you really care about what you eat, you should care about where your food comes from. What's the whole organic movement about? What exactly are genetically modified foods (GMOS)? Meet the folks in your community fighting for accurately-labeled products and learn where you can find ethically-raised, organic meats and produce. GMO Free Florida and Millions Against Monsanto invite you to get involved and educate yourself at their monthly meeting Thursday at 7p.m. at Riverside Market (608 S.W. 12 Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Visit facebook.com/events.
Pre-Valentine's Dinner Dance
Don't worry fellas, you still have a couple weeks until the big day, but your special someone wants to be romanced right now. February is a month-long commitment, people. Show your partner you don't need a holiday to show them how you feel with a special three-course dinner at CJ's Island Grill (606 Lake Ave., Lake Worth). Enjoy a performance from the Dance Lake Worth studio, then round out the evening with a complimentary introductory lesson. Find the ballroom or Latin style you were born to pull-off. After all, everyone loves a dancer. The event begins at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $29.95. Call 561-577-1793 or visit Lake Worth Studio Dance on Facebook.
Tower Forum Breakfast: Are We Approaching Transportation Gridlock?
Traffic in south Florida sucks. We all know it. It's daily conversation. But why just grunt about it? Why not do something about it? The local, county and regional transportation authority want you to get more involved in civic responsibility, and their serving you tasty breakfast foods toward that goal. Learn about the situation from professionals and voice your concerns and opinions at the Tower Club (100 S.E. 3 Ave, Ft. Lauderdale). Just make sure you get there early. Doors open at 7 a.m., and the program begins at 7:45 a.m. Parking is free but Tower Forum non-members must pay a $35 admission fee. Call 954-417-8770 or visit towerforum.org.
Monthly Wine Tasting & Pairing - for Lovers
Again we say, why should Valentine's Day get all the love? Treat your lover to a dazzling dinner at the Backyard Bar (511 N.E. 4 St., Boynton Beach), as German master chef Michael Ober serves up a carefully-designed menu paired perfectly with the best in the Bar's collection. Menu items include Blue Point oyster unfused with hibiscus teat and pistachio, and bacon-buddled monkfish. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $30 per person. Call 561-339-2444 or visit cordonbleucatering.com.
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