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EXPRESS LUNCH AT ACQUA, THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL'S RESTAURANT
Is Fast Food gaining ground all the way up to the 7th floor of the flaming new Four Seasons Hotel? To accommodate its growing clientele of business executives, executive chef Marco Bax of Acqua Restaurant is now offering, from Monday to Saturday, a one-option prix fixe express lunch at $22, not including beverage. Served in less than 10 minutes from the time you order, the Bento Box style lunch comes in a red lacquered tray, and includes two appetizers, an entrée, pasta of the day and a trio of mini-desserts. Ours included Mozzarella caprese with yellow and red tomatoes; hearts of palm salad and beef carpaccio with parmesan shavings; two Grilled baby lamb chops with a side of pasta; fruit salad, cheese cake and a luscious chocolate square. The Express lunch menu is slated to change weekly. Acqua is located on the 7th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami. For reservations call: 305-381-3190.

FOR VEGETARIANS AND RAW FOOD LOVERS VEGAN SUNDAYS WITH MUSIC AND DANCE AT THE MARLIN HOTEL. Every Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m., the Tree of Zion health food store and the defunct raw-food restaurant, Food Without Fire, offer an eclectic Vegan menu including Coconut curry tofu, Nori rolls and Vegetable pizzas, non-alcoholic Sugarcame lemon ginger punch, beers and a variety of cocktails to the sounds of a live Reggae Band. Entrée prices range from $6 to $12 and cocktails from $5 to $8. The Marlin, which was recently purchased by the Palm Resorts Group, is planning a $1.5 million renovation to bring the 12 luxury guest suites Marlin Hotel back to its youthful swing. Renovations include a restaurant and lounge and refurbishing of the famous 1500 square foot apartment that belonged to Chris Blackwell into a guest suite. 1200 Collins, South Beach. For more information: 305-604-3595, ext. 101.



FOOD FOR ART AT CACAO RESTAURANT
No more swapping art for food or singing for a crust of bread. Artists are now getting restaurants to help them. Contributing to art this summer; Chef Allen's with Palate to Palette dinners, then Mosaico with the Picasso exhibition, now it is Cacao's turn with a 3-course prix-fixe lunch menu priced at $25 per person that includes admission to MAC or Miami Art Central. The attractive 20,000 square foot exhibition area on Red Road in South Miami is an experimental space for the arts created on the former Montessori School premises. "MAC is made possible by the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation and as a fellow Venezuelan it gives me great pride to see how we are helping to enhance the very fiber of Miami," said Cacao chef/owner Edgar Leal. The CacaoMAC prix-fixe lunch is available Monday through Friday through September 30, 2004. For menus details, email: cacao@dindycopr.com.141 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables.

ALL YOU CAN EAT TAPAS, FREE WINE AND CHEESE TASTINGS, WINE WEDNESDAYS AT SPANISH-THEMED MOSAICO/SALERO/LATIENDA
Olé! Miami is going Spanish: Every Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. with Todo Tapas at Salero Restaurant, where you can eat as many hot and cold tapas off the special menu Chef Carlos Sernaglia creates daily. The cost: $15 per person. Add $20 for a pitcher of Sangria for the todo Spanish experience.

Every Friday, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., La Tienda, a gourmet retail shop featuring delicacies from Spain, offers free tastings of Spanish wines, cheeses, chocolates and other delicacies led by Sommelier/Fromager Alejandro Ortiz.

On Wednesdays, Sommelier Alejandro Ortiz will showcase the wines of Spain at Mosaico with a flight of three wines at $15.00 to accompany dinner entrées.

Salero restaurant and café are part of the Spanish-themed complex housing Mosaico restaurant and La Tienda retail shop 1000 South Miami Avenue. 305-371-3473. www.mosaicorestaurnt.com

IT IS LOBSTER TIME AT THE PALM
The yearly Palm Lobster Time Feast For Two: a 4, 5, or 6 pounds of jumbo Nova Scotia lobster with all the trimmings has been extended till August 15. The cost: $70 for a 4-lb. lobster; $80 for a 5-lb. lobster; $90 for a 6-lb. lobster, includes a complete dinner for two with salad, side dishes and coffee. For information: www.thepalm.com


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