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We’re booking tickets for the biggest food event of the year, planning Super Bowl soirees and attending the annual chocolate festival. You know, just another typical month in Miami. Here’s what to bring up next time you’re at brunch.

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Photo courtesy of South Beach Wine and Food Festival

1. You Can Now Put Your SOBEWFF Tickets on Layaway

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) is set to return in February, and lucky for you, there’s still time to purchase tickets. If your holiday spending has you on a budget, we have some good news: SOBEWFF has introduced payment plans. Purchase tickets online and select the option to pay for the total in two installments. Maybe we can attend that $500 dinner with world-renowned chef Mauro Colagreco after all. Ugh, dreams do come true.

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2. Hedy Goldsmith Is Now in Charge of the Kitchen at Verde

When was the last time you visited the Pérez Art Museum Miami and dined at the on-site restaurant, Verde? Well, here’s something that may entice you to return: Hedy Goldsmith has just been named executive chef of the museum’s waterfront restaurant. The two-time James Beard finalist will lead the kitchen at the New American spot, creating a brand-new lineup of sweet and savory items. We can’t wait to see what she’ll dish up next. Keep an eye out as her new menu is expected to launch in a few weeks.

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3. The Super Bowl Is Headed to Miami

You may not be able to score tickets to this year’s Super Bowl (which will take place right here in Miami), but that doesn’t mean you can’t rally your friends for an evening of wine while jamming to Jennifer Lopez and Shakira during halftime. If you’re up for the challenge, venues across Miami are expected to host various Super Bowl parties, including Miami Heat star Shaquille O’Neal

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4. Did Someone Say Chocolate Festival?

PSA: There is a Chocolate Festival, and it’s happening in January at Fairchild, complete with samples from artisan chocolatiers and culinary demos by local chefs. The three-day extravaganza will include everything from a pop-up chocolate milkshake shop to chocolate and cocktail pairings and learning seminars.  

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Photo courtesy of Janine Booth

5. Janine Booth’s Salt Scrubs Are Here to Stay

Chef Janine Booth of Root & Bone, Stiltsville Fish Bar and Mi’talia makes more than just food—she’s also created a line of homemade salt scrubs. Find three different versions inside each of her three restaurants, including a key lime and coconut scrub at Stiltsville, a sweet tea and lemon version at Root & Bone, and an olive oil and sunflower variety at Mi’talia. To buy a jar, ask the hostess in any of the restaurants. Rumor has it there’s more where that came from. Make sure you’re following @thesunnysideuplifestyle to stay updated.

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