Less guests than usual? Lack the motivation to cook? Want to skip the hefty clean up this year? Thanksgiving looks different for a lot of us but that doesn’t mean we should desert what is arguably America’s most pleasant holiday! There are plenty of dining options, inside, outside and take out, offered by plenty of Miami’s best restaurants. Read more

With so many small and local businesses feeling the squeeze of this pandemic, more and more Miamians are looking for ways to support them. If you’re aching to purchase locally made goods but not quite ready to give up the ease of immediate delivery, you’re in luck. Vecinos Market is a digital marketplace for Miami’s best products that not only makes it easy to shop local, but to receive too! Choose your preferred delivery day upon checkout and relax until your orders arrive at your door. Read more

The mouthwatering smell of smoke mixed with charcoal lingering in the humid air could only signify one thing — a barbecue. Miami locals know grilling is an international affair. For the rest of the USA, barbecues serve as a representation of American culture, but here in Miami, they also represent Brazilian, Argentine, Haitian, Uruguayan, Cuban, Korean, Jamaican… Well, you get the picture. Read more

Within the constraints of a suffering economy and catastrophic loss of jobs, a silver lining can be seen for some in the form of new local business. Throughout the country, citizens have been forced to get creative to make ends meet. That’s where Beach Baby Green, a Raw Salad Subscription Service, comes in! One of the latest Meal Subscription Plans to emerge from South Florida, Beach Baby Green is the only local salad-based meal delivery service! Read more

Who doesn’t love a good taco place. If you like a good vibe with truly amazing food, then 222 Taco is the place for you. 222 Taco is located in the North Bay Village neighborhood right on the 79thstreet Causeway.  When you step inside you walk towards the left to order your food at the registers, you get a buzzer and then go find a table.  While you wait for the deliciousness to be prepared, they feed your ears with some of the best music I’ve heard in a restaurant in a while.  We went the other day with some friends and we ordered quite a few dishes off the menu. And I have to tell you that their fish tacos were the best I’ve ever had in my life. We had some great margarita and the food was so good that we decided what better place to go to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We went last night, and it didn’t disappoint. The Djs were playing some great music,  the atmosphere was so much fun, and again food and drinks were on point. Read more

To help local restaurants, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has extended Miami Spice through October. The dining program, which traditionally runs August 1 through September 30, is designed to give a financial boost to local eateries during Miami’s slowest months for tourism.

Spice public relations rep Larry Carrino says all restaurants currently participating in Miami Spice are invited to participate in October, but no new restaurants will join. About 90 percent or more of those restaurants are expected to extend the program through Halloween. The GMCVB is still reaching out to restaurants, but fewer than five have declined to continue through next month. The program and price points — $23 for lunch or brunch and $39 for dinner — will not change.

Many Miami establishments are donating funds and supplies to relief efforts — even as they themselves are without power. Here’s a list of places where your dollars and donations can help.

7-Eleven. Various locations. Customers nationwide can join 7-Eleven in its hurricane-relief efforts by adding $1 to in-store purchases or donating online at 7eleven.com/hurricane-relief. All money will be donated to the Red Cross.

Islamorada Beer Company. 2229 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada; 305-440-2162; islamoradabeerco.com. The brewery has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for supplies. Cofounder Jose Herrera says he plans to make as many trips with supplies as he can. So far, the campaign has raised nearly $6,000 of its $10,000 goal. He’s also looking for a few Miami breweries to step up and volunteer to become drop locations for people to leave donated supplies. If anyone is interested in helping, email him at jose@islamoradabeerco.com. Read more

Rising to the top is never a bad thing, and in this case, think rooftops. Naturally, the best way to enjoy captivating skyline views is with a cocktail. If you need a reason to grab a drink, here’s a list of Miami’s five best rooftop happy hours.

1. Whisper Cocktail Lounge. The W Miami’s rooftop terrace on the 50th floor, previously known as Club Fifty, has been rebranded as Whisper Cocktail Lounge. A $5 happy hour featuring on-trend frosé is offered Wednesday through Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The lounge’s weekly event lineup is what really makes this rooftop rise above the rest. Ladies’ night is every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., when women drink the weekly rotating cocktail for free. Thursdays are dedicated to the ’80s and ’90s during Bounce Back Thursday; the themed happy hour features local DJs spinning the best throwback hits, and guests can relive their youth through childhood games and free passed bites. 485 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-503-4400; wmiamihotel.com. Read more

Firm, glistening cubes of watermelon bear a striking resemblance to high-end raw tuna, which is precisely why chef Todd Erickson chose the juicy fruit as the foundation for the restaurant’s vegan poke ($7). To make the dish taste like the Hawaiian raw fish salad, he enhances the watermelon with Asian ingredients such as kombu broth, yuzu vinaigrette, sweet tamari, nori shavings, and sesame seeds. Baby mushrooms and crunchy lotus flower root help round out this refreshing, umami-laden starter.

Erickson is the executive chef at GLAM, which is short for “Green Living Animals Matter.” It opened in midtown earlier this summer, marking the well-known toque’s first foray into helming an exclusively vegan kitchen. Erickson isn’t vegan, but the restaurant’s vegan owner, Janette Miller, sought him out, and the two instantly connected. A former interior designer, Miller recognized that Miami lacked an eatery serving elevated plant-based fare that was also approachable and affordable.

Plomo, Miracle Mile’s first tequila and taco bar that debuted this summer, is now open for brunch Saturday and Sunday. Created by the Atomic Group, known for popular Coral Gables eateries such as Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar and Copper 29, this Mexican-inspired lounge offers bottomless mimosas and sangria paired with a selection of Latin-influenced brunch plates.