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BEAT THE CLOCK, FROM $ 5 TO $ 7, AT SPRIS CORAL GABLES.
Spris in Coral Gables, the offshoot of the Lincoln Road Eatery in South Beach is pepping up the Gables with a fun concept; the Beat the Clock meal which allows customers to pay the price of their meal according to what time they order. For example: order the Pizza Romana with anchovies & capers (listed at $8.95) or any other pizza at 5:30 p.m. and pay $5.30; or order cappellini pomodoro, gnocchi pesto or penne vodka (normally $9.95) at 6:30 p.m. and pay $6.30. There are some small limitations (one meal per guest and no substitutions) but get there anytime between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. sharp and you'll enjoy delicious yummies at rock bottom prices. And if you remember Valter Romeo, the Italian GM at Spris, Miami Beach and wondering what became of him, he's now charming clients at the Coral Gables locale. Another Spris special is Wednesday Wine Night, when you can get 50% off on all the wines listed.
Spris's summer events are planned to include vino samplings and special dining packages accompanied by film screenings. Under the Tuscan Sun will be shown simultaneously on their three overhead TV screens during their Tuscan night special. Spris, 2305 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables or call 305-444-3388. (BY MARGUERITE GIL)

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI CELEBRATES FATHER'S DAY IN STYLE On June 20th, The Mandarin Oriental, Miami strives to please Dads with a Sunday Brunch at Azul and with spa specials. The Father's Day Brunch will be a sumptuous display of specialties such as Oriental duck salad; lobster with avocado; Kobe Beef burger stuffed with foie gras; and veal shank osso bucco with saffron risotto. Dads and company will also enjoy buffets laden with smoked seafood and sushi, steamed Chinese dim sum, omelettes made to order, pancakes and waffles, house-made pastries and breads and sweets and confections. Brunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $65 for adults and $25 for children. For restaurant reservations: (305) 913-8254.
For a Father's Day gift, spa packages run from a 3 hour- package ($385) of Facials, sea salt and oil scrubs, aromatherapies, massages and a therapeutic marine hydrotherapy bath, to a 5 and a half hours Holistic Spa Package ($650) with all of the above as well as a Personal training session, a Shiatsu or Thai Massage in one of the luxurious Oriental Spa Suite, a Holistic manicure & pedicure and a Spa Bento Box lunch served poolside. Gift certificates are available. For more information, call The Spa at (305) 913-8332.

SONESTA HOTELS PAMPER DADS AND KIDS IN JUNE: "DADS AND GRADS MONTH."
For Father's Day Brunch on June 20, Dads eat free for parties of 3 or more. Throughout the month of June, at any of the three Sonesta Hotels in Miami, Graduates receive a free brunch, for parties of 3 or more, and a free lunch or dinner at the Coconut Grove hotel when showing their diploma and a photo ID.
The Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort's Aquanox Spa pampers Dads and their Graduate kids with 20% off its Gentleman's Facial. Graduates must bring ID and Diplomas.
The Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort , 18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach. 305-692-5600. Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne, 350 Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne. 305-361-2021. Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove, 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. 305-529-2828

BOCA RESORT'S 13th ANNUAL FOOD & WINE APPRECIATION WEEKEND, July 2-4, 2004,
brings together an all-star epicurean team. "An Epicurean Journey to the New World," presented in partnership with Gourmet magazine, draws on the talents of some of the world's most acclaimed chefs, vintners and sommeliers to offer a weekend packed with culinary pleasures and an impressive schedule of interactive culinary demonstrations and wine seminars.
The Resort & Club's Executive Chef James Reaux, Food and Beverage Director Nick Nickolas and Resort Wine Director Charlie Arturaola have enlisted the support of an all-star epicurean team, including guest chefs Frank Morales of Zola in Washington, D.C.; Waldy Malouf of BEACON Restaurant & Bar in New York City; Zach Bell of Café Boulud in Palm Beach; and Jody Klocko, Godiva Chef Chocolatier. This year's guest sommeliers and wine experts include Michael Green, wine consultant for Gourmet magazine; Bernabe DeLuna of The Highlands Inn in Carmel, Calif.; Bernard Sun from Montrachet in New York; Jaime Smith from Aureole at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas; and Karen King from Grammercy Tavern in New York.
For information and reservations, please call the Boca Raton Resort & Club at (888) 495-BOCA or (561) 447-3000, or visit www.bocaresort.com

MONTHLY MONDAY LABORATORY NIGHT AT BISCAYNE WINE MERCHANTS
Monday Laboratory Nights at the tiny 50-seat Biscayne Wine Merchants Bistro & Market are hopping with food, wine and fun. "It is always on Monday, but only once a month," specifies Alan Kratish, one of the organizers who is also the Halby Marketing Florida Sales Manager. Each diner orders his/her own entree from the eclectic menu and, "in what must be every server's worst nightmare, our waiter, Mr. Frank, provides us with separate checks," concludes Nuccio Nobel, a long time habitué of the monthly feast prepared by owner Jan Boxer-Sitko and his wife Esther. Exotic cuisine or popular dishes such as Roast duck with honey jalapeño glaze or Shrimp with sherry ginger sauce are washed with great number of wines, some "mystery wines." The golden rule: Every person or couple brings a bottle of wine, masked by a paper bag or other wrapper, which they think would be interesting to share with the group; and absolutely no discussions about religion, politics or sports. "Depending on the group's size and earnestness, sometimes we have a serious discussion and analysis of the wines," explained Kratish. "More often than not, we just drink them." There is no cover charge and no reservations are required. Notification for each event is made via e-mail a week ahead. Biscayne Wine Merchants Bistro & Market, 738 NE 125th St., North Miami. 305-899-1997.

LANGUAGE NIGHT WITH DINNER AT MOSAIQUES
Mosaiques, the charming 55-seat restaurant in the Biscayne Corridor has started a Language Night program on
Thursday, June 10,and every Thursday thereafter. "It is inspired by the renowned foreign language program at Vermont's
Middlebury College, to give people the opportunity to speak a second language in a fun and relaxed atmosphere," explained Joaquin Martinez, co-owner of Mosaiques, and a graduate of Middlebury College. Patrons call in advance to reserve a place at either the Spanish, French, Italian, English or Portuguese table for dinner. Once seated, diners start conversations in the language of their table. Waiters assigned to each table will also speak that table's designated language. There is no minimum language requirement for Language Night, which is open to singles, couples or groups. Mosaiques, 6927 Biscayne Blvd., (305) 759-2001.

HOT SUMMER, COOL CUISINE, HALF PRICE AT ASIAN FUSION TSUNAMI, PALM BEACH.
TSUNAMI has announced its summer specials: The "Sushi Summer Sensation" and "Three-Way Seduction" menus. Summer Sushi Sensation - sushi, sashimi and rolls are offered at half-price all summer long, from Sunday to Thursday all night, and Friday & Saturday until 7:00 p.m.
Three-Way Seduction Menu - three perfectly balanced courses, with three selections for each course for $ 33.00 plus a weekly chef's special, from Sunday to Thursday all evening, and Friday & Saturday until 7:00 p.m. TSUNAMI'S Summer Hours: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 - 10:00 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. 651 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach. 561-835-9696, www.tsunamirestaurant.com.

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