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What You're Doing This Week- Aug.26- Sept. 2

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    Martini Culture 

    Head to the Raleigh hotel on Tuesday, August 27, from 7-9 p.m. for the hotel's weekly Martini Culture night.  Ranked by Details magazine as one of the "Top 10 Bars in the World," The Martini Bar at the Raleigh Hotel reflects the spirit of the golden age of cocktails. With the launch of Restaurant Michael Schwartz, the hotel is rekindling the magic of its storied past on Tuesday nights from 7-9:00 p.m. with Martini Culture. The Martini Bar comes alive with a selection of new martinis and a featured guest bartender each week to serve as host, with snacks from Restaurant Michael Schwartz served a la carte.
    Baoli Hosts Event for Michael Gongora
     
    South Beach meets the French Riviera at  Bâoli, which will host a cocktail event in honor of Michael Góngora, Cuban- American mayoral candidate, on Tuesday, August 27t from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Góngora was first elected to office in 2006.  He is an attorney at law, a community association lawyer and litigator. A lifelong Floridian, Góngora was born in Coral Gables to a Cuban father and a mother from Birmingham, Alabama.  The two married young, so Góngora’s paternal grandmother cared for him while his parents worked. She taught him Spanish and his grandfather would tell him stories of living in Cuba as a businessman and a city commissioner.  Event attendees will have the opportunity to meet Góngora and acquaint themselves with the Miami Beach City Commissioner on a personal level. Góngora will be present for questions about the mayoral race, and pressing issues. For more information, contact: Laurab@amgwagency.com.
    Makoto @ Pubbelly Dinner Pop-Up 
     
    Two-time James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Jose Mendin and Iron Chef competitor Makoto Okuwa of Stephen Starr’s buzzing Japanese restaurant, Makoto, have brought on The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour for their Izakayabelly pop-up Miami Spice dinner at Pubbelly, taking place Tuesday, August 27, from 6pm-midnight.  Mendin and Makoto will offer a traditional Izakaya (Japanese Pub) menu, and Bachour will offer three sweet endings, all for the promotional Miami Spice price of $33 per person. 
    Mercadito Summer Menu and Taco Tuesdays
    Favorite Mexican Cantina, Mercadito invites diners to try the summer menu, and to get their fill of tasty tacos with the Taco Tuesday celebration.  Starting at 4pm, guests can receive two tacos for only $5.50, with their choice from an array of tasty combinations including estilo baja (crispy beer-battered mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, Mexican-style coleslaw), carne (rosemary-marinated skirt steak, potato-poblano rajas, avocado-tomatillo crema, crispy manchego), pastor (chile ancho rubbed pork, chile de árbol salsa, grilled pineapple) and more.  This month, Mercadito Midtown's Tacos for Strength tacos offer some Cuban flavor, courtesy of Entertainment & Hospitality Strategist Tony Guerra's–Picadillo Rojo taco– that features red bean paste, Cuban-style Picadillo ground beef, criollo sauce, jalapeños, sweet plantains and a Chicharrón topping for crunch.  The cost of August’s featured taco is $16.50 for an order of four tacos. Five percent of sales generated from Tony Guerra’s taco will be donated to Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by 2015. 
    September's Tacos for Strength featured participant will be Tressa Eaton, Editor of Tasting Table New York.   For more information about the summer dinner menu and all of Mercadito's specials, visit:  http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.
    Live Music at the Flat
    For those with an affinity for live music, The Flat has launched an intimate, live music experience every Wednesday featuring local guest musicians curated by renowned South Florida music director Randy Singer.  The Parisian piano lounge is intimate yet sophisticated and is a perfect place to gather and enjoy a drink or two.  Every Wednesday, guest pianists, jazz singers and international singer-songwriters will enliven the long lasting cocktail hours. Brooklyn Red performs Wednesday, August 28.  For reservations or bottle service, please call, 305-531-3528. For more information, visit www.theflatmiami.com.   
    Sean Donaldson Hair's Locks of Love Event
    The Locks of Love charity event at Sean Donaldson Hair will be a night of fun, food, hair styling and mini manicures and will include a pop up shop by Consign of the Times.  All funds will be donated to Locks of Love.  The event takes place on  Wednesday August 28 from 6:00-8:30 p.m at Sean Donaldson Hair (1674 Meridien Avenue, South Beach.  For more information or to RSVP, contact:   info@sfluxuryguide.com.  
    Julien Farel Salon & Spa's Up-Do Bar
    French-inspired, chic salon, Julien Farel Salon & Spa introduces the first Up-Do bar in Miami with a launch party on Thursday, August 29, form 5-8 p.m.  Enjoy complimentary Up-Do styles, hors d’œuvre, wine and cocktails courtesy of Oceannaire, Dolores but you can call me Lolita, Wine Depot 555, Atelier Monnier and Blue Martini.  After its launch on August 29, the up-do bar will be available from September 1st with prices starting at $25.  Julien Farel, Salon & Spa is located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard and offers complimentary parking.