It’s National Margarita Day Somewhere

Of course, it is!

But officially, National Margarita weekend is Feb. 17 to 18, and National Margarita Day is Feb. 22—so you can pretty much party for about a week on that alone.

Here’s some stand outs:

Photo courtesy El Camino
Photo courtesy El Camino

El Camino creates blood orange cinnamon margarita

This concoction isn’t on the El Camino menu, but it will probably be ordered a lot in celebration for the national margarita day(s). The blood orange cinnamon margarita is made with Reposado tequila, lime juice, fresh blood orange and cinnamon agave. Now you know, so you can order it. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily. Just sayin’. El Camino, 15 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561/865-5350.


Photo courtesy Pinon Grill
Photo courtesy Pinon Grill

Piñon Grill’s jalapeño margaritas are half-off on Feb. 22

Catch up with National Margarita Day on Feb. 22 at Piñon Grill, when their jalapeño margaritas are half-off all day. Plus, if you go on Feb. 18, National Drink Wine Day (yep, that’s what it is), you can order a bottle normally $50 or under for half price all that day, too. Piñon Grill, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561/391-7770.


Hilton Ft Laud But First, Dessert

Something different: A dessert margarita?

Well, kind of. The But First, Dessert cocktail (great name!) at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has tequila, triple sec, Kahlúa and chocolate syrup–those are all mixed together–then there’s a giant chocolate-chip cookie, brownie, chocolate-covered strawberry, white- and milk-chocolate swirl stick, and a white chocolate piece on top. The glass is dipped in white icing and covered in rainbow sprinkles. Oh. My. It’s $17 for that, and if that’s first, no dinner is required. Guaranteed. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/414-2222.


Two local chefs nominated for James Beard award

We have so many talented chefs here that sometimes we forget just how lucky we are. Here are two of the many reasons, both with restaurants in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach: Chef Lindsay Autry, co-owner of The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach, and Chef Clay Conley, co-owner of Buccan and Imoto in Pam Beach, and Grato in West Palm Beach, Imoto, are on the James Beard Foundation’s semi-finals list for Best Chef: South. Whoop! Keeping our fingers crossed–both of them deserve it!

Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.


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