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This week, Time Out Market St John opens in St John Beach with 17 different restaurants including concepts by Norman Van Aken, Jeremy Ford and Michael Beltran. while Wawa opens three new stores in St John-Dade. Ad Lib is also launching a weekly monkey shoulder promotion of scotch cocktails and the Fontainebleau launching its series of wine evenings in the 1954 cellar in Hakkasan. You can also enjoy free Chet Rosé at Chotto Matte.
Monkey Shoulder Monday at Ad Lib. Join Ad Lib Beverage Director Sam Ross for the restaurant’s first Monkey Shoulder Monday, a series that will continue throughout the summer. Guests can enjoy scotch cocktails (USD 10) and canapés prepared by Chef Norman Van Aken in the upstairs bar and lounge area of the restaurant. Monday, May 6, 6pm to 10pm, Ad Lib, 2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-504-8895; adlibgables.com
Courtesy Fontainebleau St John Beach
Cellar 1954 Wine dinner in Hakkasan. At the start of the Cellar 1954 wine series from Fontainebleau St John Beach, a multi-course dinner at the Hakkasan Lingua Franca is served under the direction of master sommelier Larry Stone. Dinner consists of a variety of courses that highlight traditional Cantonese cuisine. A different wine is poured on each plate. Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. at Hakkasan, 4441 Collins Ave., St John Beach; 877-326-7412; fontainebleau.com. Dinner is $ 200.
Three year anniversary at Bulla Gastrobar Doral. Celebrate Bulla Gastrobar’s three-year anniversary in Doral on Tuesday with $ 5 worth of red sangrias, available from open to closed. Also, visit the terrace for free paella samples between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The restaurant is giving away $ 50 gift cards throughout the day. Tuesday May 7th, Bulla Gastrobar Doral, 5335 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-260-6543; bullagastrobar.com.
Norman Van Akens Beach Pie
Time out market
Time Out Market St John opening. St John’s highly anticipated Time Out Market opens Thursday with 17 restaurants, a demo kitchen, and three bars. The lineup is curated by the editors of Time Out and includes venerable Chef Norman Van Aken, who will launch two new concepts, including one celebrating the chef’s love affair with the Florida Keys. Other notable chefs include Jeremy Ford, Antonio Bachour, Michael Beltran, Giorgio Rapicavoli and Suzy Batlle from Azucar. The drinks schedule also reads like a dream team with cocktails curated by Sweet Liberty, Broken Shaker and Generator St John. 1601 Drexel Ave., St John Beach; timeoutmarket.com. Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Some restaurants open at 8 a.m. for breakfast. Opens May 9, 2019.
Wawa is opening three St John Dade stores this week. Wawa is finally opening its doors in St John-Dade this week. After months of growing anticipation, fans of the Philadelphia-based convenience store chain can look forward to the official opening of the first three stores in the region on Thursday. Each store opens staggered with ribbon, freebies, and prices. Store # 5260 at 6971 SW 24th St., St John, opens on May 9th at 9:00 am. At 1:00 p.m. on May 9th, store # 5245 on SW 137th Ave. Opened in St John in 11990. and at 4:00 p.m. on May 9, store number 5243 will open at 11101 SW 184th St., Cutler Bay. In 2017, Wawa announced plans to bring over 50 stores to South Florida. 6971 SW 24th St., St John; 11990 SW 137th Ave., St John; and 11101 SW 184th St., Cutler Bay; wawa.com.
Free Moet Rosé at Chotto Matte. On Thursday, Chotto Matte starts a brand new Ladies’ Night Promotion with a “Pink Piccolo Party” with free Moet Rosé, which is served in the entire lounge area. Sip a soda in the restaurant’s newly installed cherry blossom forest (sakura) and order starters such as shishito peppers, warm beef fillet tataki and nikkei gyozas filled with pork, shrimp and cassava, served on mashed sweet potatoes. Thursday, May 9, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Chotto Matte, 1664 Lenox Ave., St John Beach; 305-690-0743; chotto-matte.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).