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The hibiscus tea lemonade from the Hollywood Chillbar is as good as it looks. (📸: Lance Dixon/The New Tropic)
SOMETIMES IT’S WORTH CROSSING THE COUNTY LINE.
Broward can feel like it’s a world away, but it’s really just a trip up I-95. And when you get there, you’re guaranteed to experience great food, drink, and more. One of the best places to do that is Hollywood. It’s just past the county line and home to one of the best farmers markets in SoFlo: the Yellow Green Farmers Market. It stands out for having a super diverse mix of great food, fresh produce, toys, hand goods, and a rotating variety of vendors.
EXPLORING THE MARKET: Definitely plan to get there early if you want to secure a good parking spot. The super popular market is only open on weekends and has a limited number of spots. There are hundreds of booths selling everything from produce to paella. We’d recommend stopping by to get some bubble tea at Bubble the Tea Bar, then browsing the huge collection of spices at Spice Junkie for all your matcha and turmeric needs.
If you want something a little more refreshing, check out Exotic Juices for everything from dragonfruit to guanabana juices. For something with more kick, check out the frozen sangria at Amber’s Tropical Escape.
WHERE TO GRAB A BITE: The standout restaurant at the market is the Chillbar. The staff is super friendly and the rotating menu is filled with great food and drink. You can start with one of their freshly made lemonades or go more boozy and try one of their mimosas (with flavors like mango honey and ginger raspberry). They serve brunch all day and we’d recommend one of their omelettes or the Chillbar Benedict.
IF YOU WANNA EXPLORE MORE: If you wanna take a short drive over to downtown Hollywood, you can hit a few cool restaurants like The Tipsy Boar and the Social Room. Then head over to Cinquecento Pizza Gelato & Cafe for a little dessert.
AND THE #HOLLYWOOD INSTA-GRAMMY GOES TO: … @thomasproco for making us green with envy over as he posed with a massive melon he found at the market. And fun fact from this photo: watermelons have genders and longer melons (like the one in the pic) are male.
Planning to hit up Yellow Green and Hollywood this weekend? We made a little map for you.
Tag us on Instagram (@thenewtropic) if you decide to make the trip! And stay tuned next week for a look at some more cool spots to check out by Hollywood Beach.
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WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
Time’s up. As the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted a woman when he was in high school gains more attention and scrutiny, Democratic leaders in Washington are calling for action. They want an investigation into the incident in addition to the coming testimony by both Kavanaugh and the alleged victim before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing Kavanaugh’s nomination. Sen. Bill Nelson is part of that call. Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott, where you at? (Tampa Bay Times)
Pay up. Federal authorities have fined the contractors who designed and built FIU’s collapsed pedestrian bridge more than $80,000 for failing to provide a safety line or evacuate workers when the bridge began showing cracks. One worker was killed and five more were seriously injured when the bridge collapsed on March 15 (five drivers were also killed). This ruling is not the same thing as being faulted for the bridge collapse, though – the investigation on that is still pending. (Miami Herald)
Who runs the world? Girls. Florida is leading the whole country in growth of women-owned businesses since 2007, according to data from the last U.S. Census, and it’s the SoFlo region that’s basically carrying the state. Next up: Georgia, Michigan, and Tennessee. h/t to Giovanni Serrano for sending this our way! (Palm Beach Post)
Salty about #Saltbae. On Tuesday night, Nicolas Maduro wandered into Salt Bae’s restaurant in Turkey, where the celebrity “chef” served the Venezuelan president with his usual pizzaz. When Sen. Marco Rubio (ICYMI, a very outspoken critic of socialist dictators like Maduro) found out, he wasn’t having it – especially when he realized out that Nusret Gökçe also owned a restaurant in Brickell: Nusr-Et steakhouse. Rubio took to Twitter to call him a “weirdo” and share the restaurant’s name and address, a lowkey suggestion to do… something… to it. Countywide outrage ensued. It got so heated that Yelp had to temporarily shut down reviews on Nusr-Et’s Yelp page – something the company says it does when the reviews have nothing to do with the food. (Miami Herald)
Red alert. Red tide reappeared in Anna Maria Island this weekend, one of the areas on the Gulf Coast that suffered from the algae bloom this summer but appeared to finally be in the clear. The red tide has left dead fish and mammals, cloudy water, and odorous smells up and down 130 miles of Florida’s west coast this summer, and it’s showing no signs of abating. Northwest Florida just reported a bloom this week. (Miami Herald)
A little bit of chicken fried. Got a hump day hankering for fried chicken? This rundown of the 13 best fried chicken spots in the 305 is clutch. We’re especially happy to see Washington Avenue dive Krispy Krunchy on the list, which has helped deliciously soak up the alcohol from many late nights at neighboring Mac’s Club Deuce over the years. (Eater)
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
🎥Friday: Head to Ethiopia with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)
🌱Friday: Talk food sustainability and dine courtesy of Hungry Harvest (Allapattah)
🚘Wednesday, Sept. 26: Eat Italian, set #apartmentgoals, and test drive a Tesla at this BoConcept after-hours event (Brickell)
🎶Thursday, Sept. 27- Sunday, Sept. 30: Immerse yourself in RAW POP UP / LAB’s multisensory experiment of art, music, technology, and performance art. – 20 percent off if you use this link (Brickell)
🎥Thursday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept 30: Catch works from the Caribbean’s most cutting-edge filmmakers at the Third Horizon Film Festival (Wynwood)
🍖Enjoy some BBQ and sangria under the sunset (Wynwood)
🎨Take a painting class at the Bass (South Beach)
🗒️Play bingo with Miss Toto (Wynwood)
🎤Jam at an open mic and drum circle (Allapattah)
🎸Catch Electric Kif and Groove Orient at the Yard (Wynwood)
🗣️Discuss how art can help shape communities (Downtown)
🎵Learn all about this year’s Buskerfest (Allapattah)
🗳️Talk voter rights at The Standard (South Beach)
👩🎤Check out Laganja Estranja at Poplife Social (Downtown)
🌳Make or check out a pop-up park at Park(ing) Day (Various locations)
🎥Catch a screening of “The Gospel According to André” (South Beach)
🎙️Party with Patrick and the Swayzees (South Beach)
💡Watch a laser lights show (Downtown)
🖼️Explore the Bass Museum after dark (South Beach)
🎤 Talk immigration with Jorge Ramos and Jose Antonio Vargas, America’s “most famous undocumented immigrant” (Coral Gables)
🎶Catch some Argentinian indie-folk-electronica at the Bandshell (North Beach)
🎭Catch a new season of microtheater focused on the Tinder era – through Oct. 14 Downtown)
🎻Pull back the curtain at the New World Symphony Open House (South Beach)
🎵See ADULT. And Plack Blague perform at Gramps (Wynwood)
🎺Celebrate the launch of a new WDNA jazz show (Coconut Grove)
🎸Jam to Police cover band, Zendatta, at the Yard (Wynwood)
💃Spice up Sunday with some salsa (Little Havana)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.
THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY.
We’ll catch you mañana.
– The New Tropic