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THREE GUYS FROM MIAMI CELEBRATE CUBAN FOOD WITH BOOK SIGNING AND ART EXHIBIT AT SENTIR CUBANO

The Three Guys from Miami, Glenn Lindgren, Raúl Musibay, and Jorge Castillo, authors of "Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban" (2004) will be signing copies of their new book, "Three Guys From Miami Celebrate Cuban," on Saturday, September 30th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Sentir Cubano. Their recipes have been included in cookbooks, newspapers, and national magazines. They also have made several appearances on the Food Network, were featured in a Public Television documentary, have appeared on the Travel Channel, and are frequent guests on public radio. They will be interviewed on FOOD & WINE TALK WDNA 88.9FM on Monday, October 2, at 11:06 a.m. . Artist Tony Mendoza will join them with an exhibit of his new collection of artwork, "Little Havana Comida" and his "Little Havana Vignettes" series. Sentir Cubano, 3100 SW 8th St. (Calle Ocho, Little Havana), Miami, 305-644-8870

NEW EXECUTIVE TEAM AT THE GRAND BAY MIAMI, COCONUT GROVE

IThe 177 elegantly appointed Grand Bay Hotel with it oversized guestrooms and stunning views of Biscayne Bay has a new executive team:.Mark Alvarez, who has worked with Florida-based hotel groups including Island Outpost and Magna Hospitality Group, is now General Manager and Gloria Thomas, former Food & Beverage director at The Palms Hotel South Beach, is now Assistant General Manager. She will assist in the daily management and operations of the hotel and F&B; outlets. The hotel’s management team plans include a restaurant launch in fall 2006 and complete renovation in 2007. For more information call 305-858 -9600 or visit www.grandbaymiami.com

DRINKS ON THE HOUSE AT CLARKE’S IRISH PUB, SOUTH BEACH, TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY
To celebrate its first year anniversary on September 5, Clarke’s Irish Pub will offer the first drink on the house from 5 p.m. until the wee hours. Owner Laura Cullen will also be raffling off five $100 bar tabs. While best suited for hanging out, enjoying a pint of Guinness and sharing a couple of appetizers, Clarke’s has a vast lunch and dinner menu which includes fish and chips, authentic shepherd’s pie and a variety of burgers. Clarke’s Irish Pub, 840 First Street, Miami Beach. 305-538-9885

SUSHISAMBA DROMO CELEBRATES BRAZILIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY AND SAKE WEEK ON SOUTH BEACH
This September, Sushisamba Dromo the Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian inspired restaurant on Lincoln Road, is celebrating Brazilian Independence Day and Sake Week. From September 3 - September 7, the restaurant will serve a special spirit, Ipiringa ($11) as well as an Independence Day menu with dishes like: items such as: Acaraje - blackeye pea fritters, shredded short rib, crema nata, scallion and malagueta chile oil ($13); Lobster and Shrimp Moqueca - hearts of palm, dendê oil, asparagus and coconut milk ($27); and Dia da Independencia Roll - rock shrimp tempura, yellow soy paper, braised collard green, mango and malgueta chile maionese ($15). From September 25 – September 28 SUSHISAMBA locations nationwide will celebrate the end of Japan’s sake brewing season by offering a $60 (tax and gratuity not included) sake inspired, five-course omasake menu accompanied by five flights of sake. SUSHISAMBA dromo is open for lunch and dinner from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Monday through Wednesday; to 1 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday and to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch is offered from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. 600 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. 305.673.5337

FULL MOON IN FIJI. A POLYNESIAN PAGEANT AT THE SAGAMORE, SOUTH BEACH
Starting Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 9 p.m. once a month extravaganza falling precisely on a full moon will be held at The Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH MENU AT LA COFRADIA, CORAL GABLES
La Cofradia Restaurant ‘s Chef Jean Paul Desmaison will celebrate his Peruvian roots during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, with a four-course prix fixe menu, paired with wine: fried yuca with huancaina sauce, sole tiradito with Peruvian yellow chili and mandarin crème, lomo saltado risotto and desserts. Cost: $65 per person (tax and gratuity are additional). La Cofradia, 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard (entrance on Andalusia), Coral Gables. (305) 914-1300.

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