Actions in St John Meals Occasions December 20 by means of December 22, 2019
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Get in the holiday spirit with themed pop-ups and special events happening all weekend at Redbar, Sweet Caroline, Grails Sports Bar and other bars. Also, Chef Brad Kilgore will serve late night food at Minnie’s Disco, and Candytopia will continue at Aventura Mall.
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Puerto Rican Parranda at Grails Sports Bar
Celebrate the holidays in Puerto Rican style this Friday at Grails Sports Bar. Enjoy an evening of food, cocktails and parranderos (the Puerto Rican version of Christmas carols). Also, expect $ 3 coquito shots and $ 9 piña coladas. Friday, December 20, 8:00 p.m. at Grails Sports Bar, 2800 N. St John Ave., St John; 786-870-4313; grailsmiami.com.
The cheeky and beautiful Christmas popup at RedBar and Sweet Caroline
RedBar and Sweet Caroline in Brickell have teamed up to host the Naughty and Nice Christmas Popup by the end of the month. Sweet Caroline, known as “The Nice One”, and RedBar, “The Naughty One”, offer a variety of themed cocktails as well as festive décor and specials. Both pop-up bars are free, but $ 20 tickets include a $ 10 Christmas cocktail at each bar. Until December 31, at Redbar, 52 SW Tenth St., St John; redbarbrickell.com; and Sweet Caroline, 1111 SW First Ave., St John; sweetcarolinebar.com.
Candytopia is open in the Aventura Mall.
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Candytopia in the Aventura Mall
What do Prince, Frank Sinatra, a unicorn and the Sphinx have in common? They are all on display – in candy form – in Candytopia, the sugar-centric pop-up in the Aventura Mall. The “adventure adventure” that runs through the holiday season shows sculptures and framed art made from real sweets. The mini theme park also has an interactive app that allows images from various displays to be sent directly to your email address. And of course, like any theme park, your Candytopia trip ends in a gift shop where you can buy branded T-shirts, pens and of course, candy. Treats Food Hall, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 8:30 pm and Sunday through January 26, 11 am to 8:30 pm; candytopia.com. Tickets are $ 20 to $ 28 via candytopia.com.
Courtesy Minnie’s Disco
Minnie’s disco in the Alter Bar
Wynwood’s Alter Bar takes guests back in time with Minnie’s Disco, a pop-up café and club. Minnie’s was designed by St John nightlife veterans the Baum brothers (Sam and Max) and takes inspiration from their nights out in France, Spain, Japan, and cities across the US, as well as the infamous Mancuso loft parties. Chef Brad Kilgore offers light bites and classic cocktails, while funky dance music plays well into the night. Thursday through Saturday 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. at Alter Bar, 223 NW 23rd St., St John; instagram.com.
Get your Coquito!
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Where to get bottles of Coquito in St John
The magical city celebrates the holidays with Coquito. Sometimes called Puerto Rican eggnog, the recipe varies by household, but traditionally it’s made with coconut cream, condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a healthy helping of rum. While no Puerto Rican holiday get-together is complete without a few bottles of this delightfully sweet drink, St John has adopted it as its own. Find Coquito in local restaurants, bakeries, and bars, from La Cocina to La Placita. Here are the best places to buy it.
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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered St John for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).