November is in full swing, as is Miami's famed "season"—of tourists, of part-time residents, of fun events, of new restaurants. You've already missed a lot in the month's first week so we figured we'd bring you up to speed so you can make the most out of its remaining weeks. After all, there are only a few weeks left to make 2015 your best Miami year yet. Whether you're into food, culture, exercise, or helping others, we hope you're amping for November in Miami because there is a lot to look forward to!
1. Pinch Kitchen is officially open. The "freestyle American eatery", the brainchild of two Pubbelly Restaurant Group alums, has taken over the digs previously held by Biscayne Diner at 8601 Biscayne Boulevard. We stopped by on opening day to check it out and discovered nothing but signs of a promising future. For starters, the Pinch Kitchen team killed it with the décor which combines a modern look with pieces that have a history—the pictures on the wall are real photos depicting their families history. Their bar selection is also on point thanks to options by Miami's own M.I.A. Brewing and Cigar City, including a hard cider we're dying to try. And finally the dinner menu, which will soon be joined by a lunch and a brunch menu, is chock-full of exciting dishes (the kind that make your mouth water when you read them on the menu) we can't wait to try.
2. Nikki Beach Miami has a brand spanking new addition to their famous Sunday brunch: a Bloody Mary Bar. The bar, which joins numerous stations of fresh sushi, homemade pasta, waffles, custom omelets and more, offers more than 14 unique bloody mary creations and a Build Your Own Bloody (BYOB) option at $8 each with brunch. As part of yesterday's Sunday Funday itinerary, we brunched at Nikki Beach and tried two of their bloody mary creations: the Bloody Maria and the Bloody Ceasar. Granted they were two of the most traditional options on the menu, but they were two really solid bloodies which is what we wanted. If you're feeling more adventurous, we recommend choosing from the bottom of the menu which has wilder options like the Japanese Mary (blazing wasabi, fish sauce and rice wine vinegar infused bloody mary mix, served with Tyku Sake and garnished with pickled ginger, wakame salad, and a sprig of scallion).
3. Yelp Helps has joined forces to host a Feeding South Florida food drive this week in honor of the holiday season. Tonight (Monday, November 9), Yelp Miami will be having a kickoff party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lulu's Nitrogen Ice Cream where they will be accepting donations of unopened food items such as peanut butter, cereal, pasta, rice, canned vegetables/meats/soups, etc (see full list here). Those that donate during the event will get free ice cream. The rest of the week, everyone that donates will get 50% off their ice cream purchase. Yelp's goal is to source over 1,000 pounds of food.
4. The Color Run will shine on Miami this Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. The happiest 5k on the planet, known for its paint chucking ways, gives us the perfect excuse to get some quality time with our best friend Morgan outside of eating and drinking. And, while it is not a serious race, it has the added benefit of pushing us to get some exercise while we're at it. If you're free Saturday morning, you will want to join us—trust. At a minimum it will make for incredible Instagram photos (wink, wink)!
5. The Miami Book Fair International returns for its 32nd year on November 15. This event is the oldest and largest gathering of authors in Miami, who come from all over the world to read from their books, answer our burning questions, and sign autographs. There are seven full days of programming for kids and adults which culminate in a Street Fair weekend that takes over downtown Miami from November 20-22.