Things to Do in Miami: Food and Drink Events This Weekend February 5-7, 2021

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It’s Super Bowl weekend in Miami. Watch the game outdoors at one of Miami’s restaurants or bars. Timon Balloo’s Mrs. Balloo is also making her debut at the Wharf, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is returning to the Aventura Mall and the Biltmore is relaunching its famous Sunday brunch with champagne.

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Seating at Wharf Fort Lauderdale.

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Mrs. Balloo opens at Wharf Fort Lauderdale

Together with the Breakwater Hospitality Group, James Beard Award nominee chef Timon Balloo will introduce Ms. Balloo this weekend at the reopened Wharf Fort Lauderdale. Ms. Balloo is dedicated to the wife of Chef Balloo, Marissa, whose home cooking offers consistently Asian flavors from Japan, Thailand and China. At the wharf, the food truck offers a variety of poke and sushi bowls, dim sum and bao rolls, including crispy pinko shrimp, pork dumplings and Asian street corn. After this weekend’s debut, Mrs. Balloo will be open Thursday through Sunday during the venue’s regular business hours. 20 W. Last Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; wharfftl.com.

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Don’t miss the Hello Kitty Truck in the Aventura Mall.

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in the Aventura Mall

The mobile Hello Kitty Cafe kicks off its east coast tour in 2021 by returning to Miami on Saturday bringing a new batch of desserts, drinks, souvenirs, and limited edition collectibles. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the truck with groceries and collectibles will be parked in front of the Aventura Mall near the Slide Tower. The new items on board include hand-decorated cookie sets, litter cups and Hello Kitty canvas bags. Other best-selling items include stainless steel thermos flasks, sprinkled t-shirts, arched water bottles, and branded lunch boxes. The truck has implemented various COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing markings, frequent disinfection, and contactless transactions. Saturday, February 6, 11 am to 8 pm at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; sanrio.com.

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Bachour’s small cake

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Baker’s Dozen: A Sweets Social at Doral Yard

Spend your afternoon this Saturday strolling the Doral Yard and Main Street in downtown Doral, enjoying baked goods from local bakeries and artisans. Participants include Bachour, Bunnie Cakes, Big Dough Cookies and Lucali Cakes Miami. Enjoy samples from 13 providers with an all-inclusive ticket and vote for your top selection. The seller with the most votes lands a popup in Doral Yard. Plus, bring your puppy and stop at the Woofgang bakery for dog-friendly treats. Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Doral Yard, 8455 NW 53rd St., Doral; thedoralyard.com. Buy tickets through eventbrite.com.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hakkasan.

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Chinese New Year in Hakkasan

The Hakkasan in Miami Beach will celebrate the Lunar New Year with an ox year-themed menu that revolves around the principles of peace, love and sharing. The limited items are served via a Prix Fixe menu (US $ 108). Highlights include seared fried duck rice, steamed scallops, and white chocolate mousse with tangerine gel. Available through February 15 at Hakkasan, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-326-7412; hakkasan.com.

The Biltmore's Sunday brunch is back.

The Biltmore’s Sunday brunch is back.

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The Biltmore is restarting the Sunday brunch

The Biltmore is a Miami icon, known for its famous champagne brunch. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant had to pause the weekly event. Now the hotel has restarted brunch with socially distant protocols, limited seating, and a new a la carte menu instead of a buffet. Guests have the option to choose from a $ 90 board option, where various brunch options are hand-picked and brought to their table, or they can choose a single item from the menu. Reservations must be made in advance by booking online or by calling ahead. 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-8066, ext. 2407; biltmorehotel.com. The brunch is served in three seats on Sundays at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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The terrace at Shuckers

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Check out the outdoor Super Bowl at these Miami restaurants

This Sunday at 6:30 p.m., the Kansas City Chiefs will battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Buccaneers’ home turf, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Any other year, Tampa’s relative proximity to Miami could tempt local football fans to hit the road, but a global pandemic coupled with reduced capacity and high ticket prices makes watching Super Bowl LV in Miami your best bet. Good thing many Miami restaurants offer outdoor experiences with plenty of TV monitors, beer, and food. Here are the best places to watch Sunday game outdoors.

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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).

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