We remember when Coral Gables used to have a great Art Walk- free wine and appetizers every ten steps, live music, meet and greets, etc. With the passing of time, it saw a dying down. Fortunately for us, First Fridays in the Gables have continued to take advantage of the publicity and host a variety of events. It looks like a very Gables weekend– here’s what we have lined up:
TASTE OF THE GABLES — sample food tastings from 15 Coral Gables restaurants as the unofficial kick-off party to Coral Gables Restaurant Week. Tickets are $15 at the door tonight but, you can go here http://coralgablesrestaurantweek.com/ and grab the last of the $10 tickets. 6-8PM 6/4/10 @ 65 Miracle Mile.
Sushi Maki – Check out free bites and cheap sake 8-11:30PM @ 2334 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Morton’s – Dogfish Head Beer and Cheese Tasting! Sounds like a dream, I know! But, it’s really happening. If that’s not enough- Morton’s is also treating you to tuna tartar canapés, salmon wedges, lamb chops with brie, petite filet mignon sandwiches, and different types of cheese. $45 gets you a seat to the tasting.6-7:30PM 6/4/10 @ 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Books & Books – If Stephanie Meyer is your favorite author and you are willing to share that information in public, you should probably be ashamed of yourself. In other news, we have a great event for you- Books & Books is hosting a Midnight Launch Party of the newest book in the Twilight-esque series-“The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”. Live music, Twilight series trivia contests, costume contests, and prizes are all included in the lure of the fiesta. 9:30- midnight 6/4/10 @ 265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables Restaurant Week starts! I still have a gripe as to why they refer to it as “week”. It lasts for 13 days! Anywho, 30 Gables restaurants are giving their run at three course prix fix lunch and dinner menus. We’ll be stopping by Ortanique on the Mile, Angelique Euro Café, and Graziano’s to check out their menu specials this “week”. 6/7/10 – 6/20/10
A couple tidbits: a) This isn’t the time to hit up the “cheaper” venues because you can cash in on a better deal at restaurant.com. Search the list and when you figure where you want to go type in promo code “eat”. You just paid $3 for a $25 gift certificate. b) sign up for Chef’s Table at Benihana. This month’s perk: the whole shebang (shrimp, mushrooms, soup/salad, rice, etc) as well as hibachi chicken AND filet mignon at 2 for $39.
Outside the Gables—
LASER SHOW— 7:00pm Legends of the Night Sky Family Laser Show, [ 7:30 free star show in the Planetarium followed by free telescopic observing in the Weintraub Observatory from 8 until 10 p.m. Additionally we have a new series of free lectures called FYI at 8 p.m. ] , 9:00pm The Doors, 10:00pm Best of Pink Floyd, 11:00pm Led Zeppelin, Midnight Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets. Tickets for each laser show are $8. The shows are AWESOME but, beware: the later it gets, the more the air smells like Mary Jane, and the higher your chances of seeing a kid pass out in line are (I swear this happened last time I went). Miami Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Avenue
Burlesque/Absinthe Club— promoting itself as an invite only club, email email@example.com for your invite. Opening weekend is always the best time to head out anywhere since they are begging to impress you. Give it a try @ 912 71st St.
Dirty South – Four years ago, I would have been camped outside waiting for 11:00PM to roll around so I could see Dirty South. If you are able to deal with the crowd, head over to Mansion on 6/5/10 @ 1235 WASHINGTON AVENUE
Afrobeta – check them out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6XjxBExes performing at Grand Central 697 N. Miami Ave
Movies at the Icon- 2 for 1 admission (all throughout June) playing Remember the Titans on 6/5/10 7:30pm Icon Brickell Spa @ 465 Brickell Ave
Paragon 13-The new Paragon 13 movie theatre in Coconut Grove is finally ready to open its doors to the public. In case you haven’t heard, the concession stand is selling beer and liquor. They are also allowing you to reserve your seat so that you don’t have to get to the theatre a half hour before your movie. In a nice twist, for a short time: stop by the Grove and spend $30 in any store or $50 in any restaurant and receive two complimentary tickets to check out the theatre