11 Things to do in Miami this Valentine’s Day
The pressure is on! Valentine’s Day is in less than two weeks. Luckily, the best things to do in Miami are just a click away. Whether you are single or paired up, below you’ll find deals for the Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival, discounted tickets to South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and more. Let’s begin!
This four-day event, the Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival, celebrates Greek culture and customs, from the world-famous food to the spirited folk music and dancing. While line-dancing Zorba-style around the booths hawking handicrafts, visitors can pause to sample traditional dishes such as gyros, souvlaki, and homemade pastries, all washed down with Greek beer, wine, or ouzo. Four-day tickets for 2 starting at $10!
This is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift for the coffee lover. Your loved one (or you), will enjoy indulgent flavors of Banana Foster Flambe, Pumpkin Vanilla Creme, Salted Caramel, Cinnamon Churro, Caramel Truffle Sundae, and Frosted Oatmeal Cookie. Check out the flavor lovers’ single-serve coffee here.
MyMMs.com turns an iconic candy-coated chocolate into a delicious greeting card and conversation piece by emblazoning M&Ms with everything from Valentine’s Day wishes, birthday greetings, and wedding congratulations to graduation portraits and holiday messages.
Yes, South Beach Food & Wine Festival takes place after Valentine’s Day. But I’m sure your partner will remember this gift, for a long time to come. On the final day of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine, Andrew Zimmern, the Bizarre Foods TV personality and two-time James Beard Foundation Award winner, hosts Lucky Chopsticks. During the event celebrating late-night Asian bites, guests nibble on sushi, dumplings, and dim sum, and sip libations. The party also includes live entertainment.
I know Valentine’s Day is usually a time to heat things up, but cool things down a little and head over to Miami’s first ice bar and fire lounge. Cozy up in a glamorous faux fur and heat things up at the experimental cocktail fire lounge. Definitely, a unique and unforgettable date idea!
Pamper yourself at co-ed bath house-Turkish and Russian Bath. Spa professionals exfoliate skin with applications of Dead Sea Salt or Turkish soap scrubs, while bathers relax from invigorating treatments in the Finnish sauna or the bubbling waterfall Jacuzzi. After guests get clean and fully refreshed, they satisfy appetites at the attached Russian cafe with meals of borscht, smoked salmon, and blintzes.
Segafredo Brickell is a testament to the versatility of coffee. On weekend mornings, mugs of java steam alongside brunch plates of crab cakes and fried eggs. Come dinnertime, though, ristrettos and macchiatos mark a fitting punctuation to meals of pizza, chicken parmesan, and homemade pappardelle pasta with braised short ribs. And afterwards, specialty espresso drinks shift to fit the nightclub ambiance; coffee mingles with sambuca and mint cream in a Montecarlo, or with ice, sugar, and a liquor of your choice in custom Shakeratos, so named for the maracas in which they are mixed. Check it out here.
Juniper enhances its elegant beach-house-style layout with an impressive spread of Mediterranean–influenced cuisine. The seafood paella is a perennial favorites because of its flavorful blend of toasted israeli couscous, clams, shrimp, and chorizo. Other dishes, such as cedar-plank salmon and lamb shank with caramelized onions, are just as popular, gracefully tiptoeing the line between the restaurant’s regions of inspiration. Juniper on the Water also offers beautiful sunset views as well as outdoor waterfront dining.
Tatiana Restaurant & Cabaret Show carefully choreographs a journey through the nobility and flair of Russia’s history. Like an Eastern European palace, its opulence stretches through three levels and 10,500 square feet, adorned with grand-cathedral balconies, Murano glass fixtures, and an ornate ceiling hammered with 24-karat gold accents that took artists four months to complete. And yet, this splendor can be quickly eclipsed once dinner begins. From à la carte and prix fixe menus, up to 600 guests dine on traditional Russian cuisine that includes a cold beet borscht, but is not limited to it.
During shows that pay homage to Russian culture, Moulin Rouge, and Las Vegas–style cabarets, the performers twirl through smoke and light on and off a stage that can rise six feet in the air to aid performers in midshow slam dunks. The house band continues to wail after the smoke has cleared, opening up the dance floor for couples who can pas de deux into the wee morning hours. Learn more here.
Bistro 1902’s creative burgers, baguettes slathered with sweet olive butter, and fresh scallops made the Sun Sentinel take notice, along with the chef’s meticulous eye to tableside detail. Amid the dining room’s exposed-brick walls laden with Parisian-themed art prints, affable servers wend in and out of tan-colored booths and sleek black tables to ensure that hungers remain sated and thirsts quenched. Meanwhile, staffers keep patrons hydrated as they refill goblets with selections from the extensive wine list, ensuring the perfectly paired washing down of decadent bites and the rinsing of hands after finger-painting re-creations of Monet’s Water-Lily Pond on the tablecloth. Check it out here.
For a more simple and tasty date, check out this Italian Dinner at Panaretto Trattoria. Pizzas are topped with classic mushrooms and bacon, as well as more eclectic ingredients such as truffle cream, cured prosciutto ham, and stracchino cheese. The menu also offers traditional Italian entrees, including housemade gnocchi and chicken marsala. For lighter appetites, freshly baked ciabatta bread serves as the base for sandwiches stuffed with meatballs and honey baked ham. In celebration of the myriad dishes made from scratch on the menu, the eatery sells jars of housemade pesto, bolognese, and tomato sauces for customers to enjoy at home or while serving on jury duty.
Enjoy! Be sure to let me know if you check out any of these Valentine’s Day ideas.[sbscrbr_form]