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 doings, there's something for you to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
ArtsPark at Young Circle and the Broward County Cultural Division have invited the Miami Food Trucks to downtown Hollywood every Monday evening. Curated by Sef "Burger Beast" Gonzalez, the weekly event features a wide range of culinary delights, from cupcakes and ice cream to barbecue, burgers, and grilled-cheese sandwiches. While attendance changes from time to time, expect to see perennial favorites such as Palate Party, the Rolling Stove, Ms. Cheezious, JOJI Yogurt, HipPop's Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Nacho Bizness, and the Health Nut. Bring a blanket, chairs, friends and/or family, and an empty stomach.
The food trucks gather at the Hollywood ArtsPark (1 Young Circle, Hollywood) at 5:30 p.m. every Monday. Admission is free. Call 954-921-3500, or visit hollywoodfl.org/artspark/.
Every Tuesday the folks at Hollywood Vine wine shop open their doors to the locals for a free tasting. Whether you're looking to expand or refine your palate, it's an excellent opportunity to try some new vinos. This week, the knowledgeable staff has carefully selected wines that will pair well with a turkey dinner - we can't imagine why. Wines to be tasted this week will include: NV Graham Beck Rose Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, 2011 Casey Flat Sauvingon Blanc, 2009 Babich Pinot Noir, 2010 McCay Zinfandel, and 2008 Eberle Cabernet. All are available for purchase by the bottle or - if one taste wasn't enough - by the glass.
The free tasting events take place every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hollywood Vine, 2035 Harrison St. in Hollywood. Call 954-922-2910, or visit hvine.com.
When you think of bingo, odds are flaming drag queens with names like Bitter Misty Eyez and The Mean don't pop into your head. If you think this game is just for group-home-bound geriatrics, think again. Lips, "The Ultimate in Drag Dining," has taken its bedazzler and made over the game into what it calls Bitchy Bingo. It takes place every Wednesday and is hosted by two of the club's finest and most fabulous. Everyone who plays will have a chance to win prizes. You can play at the bar for free, but the food at Lips is shockingly good. There's an à la carte menu including $5 frozen Cosmos, or a prix fixe meal for $18.95. There's no cover, but if you are eating, the minimum is $15. Lips is located at 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park. The bar opens at 7 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:30. Call 954-567-0987, or visit floridalips.com.
Burlesque in a coffee shop? You got a problem with that? The ladies of Glamour Goddesses return to Harold's Coffee Lounge to get you all revved up and hungry in a pre-Thanskgiving Burlesque show. There will be performances by Jerlyn Scott and Mallory Brock of Sinsational Pole Dance Studio, hula hoop dance artist Bdub Love, Sofia Luna, Izzy Rich, as well as a bit of stand-up from comedian Pam Bruno. Whether you're looking forward to T-Day and trying to forget about dreading it for a few hours, the Glamour Goddesses promise a "rousing" good time.
Harold's Coffee Lounge is located at 509 Northwood Avenue in West Palm Beach. Show starts at 8 p.m. and donations are welcome. Visit goddessburlesque.com.
Round up the family fragments and wobble on over to the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle. Taking place early Thanksgiving Day, this 5K is sure to start your day off with a burst of smiles and shed the guilt you normally feel after dousing an entire plate in gravy goodness. The funds raised will go to help the childhood obesity cause, and while you are no doubt thinking How can this get any better?... it can. Thanksgiving-themed costumes are encouraged. Time to bust out that pilgrim hat you have been saving for a special occasion and get ready to trot like it's hot.
The third-annual Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle is Thursday at 7:30 a.m. The race takes place on Fort Lauderdale Beach and begins at DC Alexander Park, located at SE Fifth Street. Registration the day of the event is $50 per person, all ages and all categories. Visit turkeytrotftl.com.
You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor at [email protected].