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The Weekend Guide

mercadito!

Taste the sensations.

SAVOR
Mercadito
What:
The Southern Mexican restaurant (New York City, Chicago) with 3-D graffiti-art walls and a fresh-market attitude opens today.
Why: Apple-almond guacamole, tilapia tacos with chile poblano and tomatillo-garlic mojo, and shrimp with tangerine and roasted jalapenos in citrus-guajillo broth. Plus, fresh fruit margaritas like pineapple cilantro and poblano blueberry.
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 3252 NE 1st Ave., Midtown (786-369-0430).

Lazy Breakfast at La Marea 
What:
For birds who don’t care about the worm, chef Gonzalo Rivera (a Michael Mina protege) starts the day late.
Why: Rice Krispies French toast with dulce de leche, bananas, and cocoa; crab cake Benedict with corn biscuit and cilantro hollandaise; and huevos rancheros on sweet potato tortilla.
When: Daily, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: The Tides, 1220 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach (305-604-5070).

ENTER
The Forbidden City
What:
Asian-American singers, dancers, chorus lines, magicians, strippers, and musicians.
Why:
Inspired by nightclubs and cabarets of 1930s-1950s San Francisco.
When: Sat., 7 p.m.-midnight.
Where:
Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi, 1720 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (305-534-7905).

CELEBRATE
Italian Artistry
What:
A cooking demo and tasting by chef LeRoy Bautista of Angelique Euro Cafe, a sampling of seventeen Italian wines for $17, and a showcase of cars by (who knew?) the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.
Why: Proceeds benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
When: Sat. Cooking demo, 4 p.m.; car display, 4-7 p.m.; wine tasting, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Demo, Mia Cucina, 107 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (305-444-7383); cars, b/t Galiano St. & Ponce de Leon Blvd.; tasting, Angelique Euro Cafe, 117 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (305-529-9922).

ATTEND
The Hearts and Stars Gala
What:
Performance by founding Fugees member Pras; Grey Goose cocktails; and catering by Pasha’s, Dolores but You Can Call Me Lolita, and DeVito South Beach.
Why: Benefits The Little Lighthouse Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida.
When: Sat., 7-11 p.m.
Where: Casa Malinka, 17 N. Hibiscus Island Dr., Hibiscus Island, Miami Beach. Tickets online at rmhcsouthflorida.org.

throw a party!

It’s a good weekend for an old-fashioned house party. And we have a slew of party-planning ideas to help you pull it off.

Photo: Courtesy of Mercadito 

LOCATIONS
Angelique Euro Cafe
117 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Mia Cucina
107 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
3252 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33137
786-369-0430
Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi
1720 Collins Ave
Catalina Hotel
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Hearts and Stars Gala
17 N Hibiscus Island Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
1220 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-604-5070
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