Finest issues to do in St John: Meals Occasions 2-4. October 2020
Burn your LeBron jersey this weekend and win a free St John Heat jersey in the Batch Gastropub. Try the new Jimmy Butler-inspired coffee cocktail from Black Market. Also, Fireman Derek is launching a range of ice creams in Coconut Grove, and St John Spice extends through October.
Photo courtesy of Batch Gastropub
Lebron Jersey Trade-In in Batch Gastropub
Stop by the Batch Gastropub on Friday (today) and swap your LeBron James jersey for a new St John Heat jersey. Bring the shirt and a $ 20 bill, and Batch Gastropub will provide you with a beer and the option to light the old jersey in its burning keg or toss it in a donation box. You can also expect specialty food and drink, S’Mores, freebies and additional surprises for the night. Feel happy? Take part in Batch’s Pick-the-Score Promo where customers guess the score of the Heat game against LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers. Stay until the end of the game and you can go home with a free Heat jersey. Friday, October 2, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th St., St John; 305-808-5555; batchgastropub.com.
Try Fireman Derek’s new ice cream with a piece of cake.
Courtesy Fireman Derek
Ice cream at Ceman Grove by Fireman Derek
Derek Kaplan’s firefighter Derek’s in Coconut Grove has launched a range of handmade ice creams. Kaplan is a graduate of Penn State University’s Ice Cream School (yes there is) and has created eight unique flavors that can be paired with pieces of cake. Highlights include white chocolate guava cookie dough, salted caramel, lime cake, and chocolate brownie with caramel strudel. Ice cream comes in a 5-ounce cup (one scoop) for $ 4.50 and a 10-ounce cup (two scoops) for $ 8. All flavors are artificial flavor free, high fructose corn syrup and made with milk from rBST-free cows. Fireman Dereks Coconut Grove, 3435 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 786-502-2396; firemandereks.com.
The owners of Phuc Yea, Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata
Courtesy Phuc Yea
Colombian pop-up at Phuc Yea
This Sunday Phuc Yea celebrates its four year anniversary with a Colombia-inspired pop-up. Highlights of the menu include sancocho pho (a brisket-style short rib pho with mixed root vegetables, rice noodles, soy bean sprouts, fresh herbs and jalapeños), Colombian empanadas made from beef and potatoes with lemongrass and chilli oil, and coctel de camarones (a shrimp salad with toastel , charred avocado, and orange) and picada (a crispy chorizo andouille sausage with chicharrón, yucca, pickled red onion, and sriracha aioli.Sunday October 4 at Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-602-3710 ; phucyea.com.
Butler’s Barista Brew
Courtesy Black Market
Butlers Barista Brew on the black market
In the spirit of Jimmy Butler’s love for coffee from St John Heat, Black Market has launched a coffee-themed cocktail: Butler’s Barista Brew. The drink, which has a price tag of $ 10 throughout the NBA finals, consists of rum, sweet vermouth, and cold-brewed organic coffee. Reservations during match days are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 305-400-8023. 168 SE First St., St John; 305-400-8023; blackmarketmia.com.
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Jaya in the Setai
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St John Spice extends through October
St John Spice, the annual culinary promotion that offers three-course prix fixe meals, has been extended to the end of October 2020. This year, the annual program, led by the Greater St John Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), kicked off two months earlier, on June 1st, as part of a larger initiative called St John Shines to help local facilities get some of their business back after the dining rooms of the coronavirus pandemic restaurant closed in March. The program, which offers three-course lunch / brunch ($ 25) and / or dinner ($ 39), typically attracts hundreds of St John restaurants. Despite the waiver of fees and the approval of restaurants that are not members of the GMCVB, the number of participating restaurants was significantly lower this year. Until October 31; miamiandbeaches.com.
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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).