What do you drink with a 75-foot-long Cuban sandwich? When you’re the guy responsible for creating the world-record Dagwood on Saturday at the inaugural Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival, the answer is odd and understandable.
“Café con leche,” Miramar Bakery co-owner Alejandro Recio says of the hot, sugary shot he grew up with in Havana. “When you’re Cuban, you’ve got to have it. I don’t care what anyone says: It’s a drug.”
It was Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Bill Julian who approached Miramar Bakery about helping him in his quest to break the record he read about in the Latin Times newspaper in Tampa’s Ybor City: 49 feet. Something of an institution, the bakery has been serving Cuban delicacies (flan cheesecake and pastries are a specialty) since Recio’s partner, Mario Cortes, opened it in the same Hollywood location on State Road 7 in 1983.
“It’s called Miramar Bakery because of the residential neighborhood in Havana,” Recio says. “Mario didn’t realize there was a city close by named Miramar.”
The bakery will move on March 1 to a new location nearby (370 S. State Road 7) due to widening of the road, a bittersweet occasion for Recio and Cortes.
“Everything happens for a reason. It’s new. Hopefully it will be better, and we get more clientele,” Recio says.
To make a 900-inch sandwich, the bread guy at Miramar Bakery will start baking at 2 a.m., creating 53 24-inch loaves that will be layered with 51 pounds of ham, pork and Swiss cheese, a gallon of pickles and a gallon of mustard. Each loaf will be trimmed and lined up snugly to give it the appearance of a continuous sandwich.
Recio will get there at the start of the 4 p.m. festival, and thinks he and his three helpers will have the sandwich ready in about an hour.
And if someone else makes a 76-foot Cuban sandwich, Recio is ready to set the record again.
“If it’s for a good cause, which this is, I’m willing,” he says.
Admission is free for the festival, which will take place at the Cultural Community Center (410 SE Third St., Hallandale Beach), but slices of the sandwich will be sold to raise funds for the Hallandale Beach Kiwanis Club’s charities, which benefit local children.
There also will be food from Padrino’s Cuban Bistro, Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar, Don Lolo’s Latin Cuisine, El Tamarindo, A Touch of Cuba, Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine, Senor Café and Allcoffee, and Latin bands will entertain. More info: COHB.org.
If Willie Nelson weren’t playing the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Friday, he’d be in the crowd for Antigone Rising at The Stage in Miami. The New York-based lesbian country-rock band fronted by Miami native Nini Camps will be offering fresh material from the first of two imminent EPs, “Whiskey & Wine – Volume 1,” due out March 25. The evening, which includes the Diane Ward Band, promises a special energy. As Camps said via Facebook this week: “So excited to be playing in Miami! Packing up shoes and guitars and headed out soon! Start the conga line!” The Stage is at 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Tickets: $12 advance, $16 at the door. Info: TheStageMiami.com. The “Whiskey & Wine” EPs are a Pledge Music project with unique benefits for those who pledge (from copies of the EPs to a Skype drum lesson to your name in the liner notes). Five percent of the band’s earnings from the EPs will go to GLAAD. For more information, go to PledgeMusic.com/projects/antigonerising.
Photographer Bob Adelman will lead a discussion of “The Movement,” his extraordinary exhibition of civil rights photography at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. As evocative as his pictures are, Adelman’s intimate memories of Birmingham, Selma and towering figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin and Malcolm X are easily worth several thousand words. Hit the link for a Bob Adelman interview. More info: MOAFL.org.
Country singer Hunter Hayes, who brought the house down with his new anti-bullying song “Invisible” at the Grammy Awards last Sunday, will perform during an evening of family-friendly activities that will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center 13421 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington. The event offers dining, shopping, a petting zoo, face painters and carousel rides. General-admission tickets cost $35, with parking $20. Info: EquestrianSport.com.
PUNXSUTAWNEY VS. HOLLYWOOD
If you’ve watched much of ESPN’s interminable Super Bowl coverage, you may have seen one of their interviews conducted against a backdrop of Times Square, where the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has been tormenting bundled-up visitors with a massive billboard with “Bye Bye Chilly, Hello Sunny” layered over a beach scene. Similar anguish can be inflicted on Northern friends when you Facebook your pictures from Sunday’s 10th annual Groundhog’s Day swim on Hollywood Beach, where the water rarely gets colder than 80 degrees. The charity event will take place from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the Ocean Alley Restaurant and Bar (900 Indiana St.), and includes breakfast and a souvenir T-shirt for swimmers (the swim is at 7:30 a.m.). Entry is $12, with proceeds going to the Hollywood Beach Business Association Charity Fund. And, yes, you can buy a T-shirt without going in the water for an additional $12. Two-hour parking will be free before 8 a.m. at Hollywood Beach Parking Garage at Oceanwalk (101 N. Ocean Drive). Info: 954-929-9334, VisitHollywoodFL.org.
JIMMY BUFFET'S GREAT DAY
If that were not enough, Jimmy Buffett called into the always entertaining radio-TV sports-yak "Dan Patrick Show" the other day when financier Warren Buffett was a guest. Which is funny enough, but in response to a question from Patrick (who would Jimmy rather hang out with: Warren or himself?), Jimmy proceeded to describe for the listeners his “pretty good day,” which began with catching “a big wahoo” in Bimini and ended with a Miami Heat game (they beat the Celtics), after which he called into Patrick’s show to talk to “cousin Warren,” presumably sitting by a fire in balmy Nebraska. Buffett and the Coral Reefers will bring a little sunshine to the Cruzan Amphitheatre on April 26, with tickets ($30-$157) on sale 10 a.m. Friday at all Ticketmaster outlets.
New Belgium’s newest wheat beer, Snapshot, will have a release party at Tap 42 Bar and Kitchen (1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, when you’ll get half-off on a pint if you bring in your worst school picture for posting on Tap’s “Snapshots of Shame” wall. Info: 954-463-4900, Tap42.com.
HE IS LEGEND
Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday for another memorable Grammys performer, John Legend, who will play the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on April 23. Get tickets, which start at $31, from the box office at Kravis.org or 800-572-8471, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Tickets are on sale 10 a.m. Friday for Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on May 4. Boca Raton’s favorite drummer and his band will celebrate father John Bonham’s music with some of his favorite Zeppelin songs, which are probably yours, too: “Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," “Lemon Song,” "When The Levee Breaks," "Rock and Roll" and "Kashmir." A familiar but no less powerful highlight will be his video duet with his father on “Moby Dick.” Tickets are $49, $39 and $29 at all Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 800-745-3000. Info: MyHRL.com.
FREE WATER TAXI
The Water Taxi is offering free service from select stops to the ever-popular SunTrust Jazz Brunch on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. The music will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with taxi service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. between the event and stops at Mangos restaurant, Smoker Park, Las Olas Riverfront and Esplanade Park. Info: 954-828-5363, FortLauderdale.gov.
XXX MARKS THE SPOT
Because we know you keep track of these things, the Exxxotica 2014 porn fest is scheduled to return to the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale May 2-4. Info: ExxxoticaExpo.com.