In these times we have to party wherever and whenever we can, so happy day! Here’s how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Miami with party and drink packs that promise to be super tasty and delicious plus a DJ. Plus, Miami restaurants as the new grocery stores, an inexpensive way to dress up your dinner table, how to beautify your spice cabinet, a recipe for DIY limoncello, and important information about Ticketmaster refunds. For more food and beverage news we can really use, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
Have you bought tickets on Ticketmaster to a concert from March through July? Ticketmaster is offering a choice of a refund, a credit for up to 150% of the face value of the tickets for future shows, or an option to donate the tickets to health care workers. The same terms also apply to Live Nation events and those from AEG. IMPORTANT! Ticketmaster is only offering this service from May 1 for a 30 day period.
An inexpensive way to add to the at home dinner experience (and with low maintenance) are some handsome printed paper napkins in limited editions. I came across hudsonest, a NYC based company that does quality dinner, cocktail and guest towel napkins in a go-with-everything neutral design and others with eye popping color. You can order a package individually or by subscription (once a month, three months, etc). They’re priced at $15 for twenty dinner napkins; $13 for 15 guest towel napkins; and $10 for twenty cocktail napkins. For more information and designs, click here.
If your spice cabinet is the disaster that mine is, you’ll appreciate this video on how to make your cabinet beautiful from Miami Culinary Tours. Here’s the link to the You Tube video.
Restaurants and food wholesalers acting as grocery stores. Now you can buy higher quality food products, produce, condiments, vegetarian favorites, meats, you name it, from restaurants. A number of places are selling their inventory to the public. Here’s a list courtesy of Eater Miami of 11 of them you may want to check out. https://miami.eater.com/maps/miami-restaurants-grocery-coronavirus
And in case you missed my earlier post on restaurants offering delivery and take out, check out this link.
Note that a list of new high profile additions is coming up!
Here’s something different to do, make your own Limoncello, the popular Italian after dinner drink. It’s easy, and doesn’t require exotic ingredients. This recipe is from the chic Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese and its Roman restaurant, Settimo.
Recipe: Homemade Limoncello
1/2 quart 95% proof grain alcohol or 100% vodka
2 ½ c water
2 ⅛ c white sugar
1 Cinnamon stick (optional)
1-2 Cardamom pod (optional)
With a peeler, lightly peel the skin from the lemons.
Combine the alcohol with the skins in a glass container. Cover with plastic wrap or use an airtight lid. Let the container sit in a cool place for at least 4 weeks.
After 4 weeks, remove the skins from the alcohol with a strainer and discard. Strain two more times to remove smaller bits of lemon. Set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water and heat until dissolved. Set aside and let cool.
Combine the infused alcohol with the cooled simple syrup.
Add any optional ingredients before corking.
Serve and enjoy!
Cinco de Mayo in Miami Party Celebration Fixings
Here’s the link to one of the most famous mariachi songs, Guadalajara, performed by Mariachi Sol de Mexico, to kick off your Cinco de Mayo in Miami party.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in SouthBeach is offering At Home fiesta kits with tacos, burritos, guac, party decorations, and a large selection of Mexican inspired cocktails. The scoop:
AT HOME FIESTA KITS
- $25 Casamigos Party at Home Kit
- Includes Casamigos x East Imperial Paloma Set, Casamigos Shaker and bar tools, Bodega shot glasses and party decorations
- $25 Michelada Kit
- Includes 5 beers and mix
HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY includes $2 clasico tacos, $3 Mexican beers and $7 bottle cocktails.
ADDITIONAL DRINK SPECIALS
- $30 Margarita Carafe (serves 4-5)
- $7 Frozen Margarita
- $10 Taco Box (includes 2 tacos of choice, chips, salsa & guacamole) –
- $15 Burrito Box (includes 1 burrito of choice, chips, salsa & guacamole)
- $20 Catering Size Guacamole Tray (Feeds 5) – High Res Photo
For more information and to order, click here.
Coyo Taco in Wynwood, Coral Gables, Brickell
.Details: Coyo Taco will be hosting a virtual Cinco de Mayo party with DJ Damaged Goods on Coyo Taco’s Twitch channel. It will be filmed from the back bar of COYO Taco with special guest DJ’s all day. Restaurant bartenders will be making cocktails throughout the day that viewers can follow along and make from home! Guests can follow @coyotaco as more details will be unveiled today. They will also be giving away family style taco kits, margarita gallons and more for those who tune in on Twitch.
In addition to their a la carte menu items, they have created a special family style “build your own” menu serving up to four to six people. Starting at $25, guests can choose their protein, two sides and two sauces. Their alcohol to-go options include selections of one and ½ gallon jugs of Margaritas, ½ gallon jugs of Rose Sangria, make-you-own Michelada Modelo six-packs as well as a selection of beer, wine, tequila & mezcal.
Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach
Details: Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar will offer guests a Cinco de Mayo celebration from home with tacos and drink specials for online ordering, curbside pick-up and delivery. In addition to regular takeout, Rocco’s Tacos will offer the new Taco Box with a choice of 10 or 20 tacos and a special Cinco Fiesta Box offering 12 tacos (3 choices of protein), yellow rice and black beans, guacamole, salsa and Rocco’s seasoned chips and churros for $65. Pre-orders for the Cinco Fiesta Box have begun No Cinco celebration is complete without tequila and Rocco’s is offering refreshing housemade margaritas or bottles of tequila for purchase, ranging from $25 to $55 per bottle. The locations are open for lunch and dinner and guests can simply place orders online at www.roccotacos.com or by calling the locations directly.