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  • Conspicuous Consumption

    published December 28, 2006

    The P.R. was relentless. Paradiso, the Lake Worth restaurant owned by Chef Angelo Romano, was celebrating its tenth birthday all season long with... More >>

  • To the N9Nzzzzzzzzz

    published December 21, 2006

    When restaurants fail, they don't always do it spectacularly. Sometimes it's just a slow, gloomy slide into mediocrity, and if you happen to be... More >>

  • Your Fish Is My Command

    published December 14, 2006

    How you feel when you hear the words McCormick & Schmick's depends a lot on context. If you're engaged in a discussion with your broker... More >>

  • Remembrance of Things Pasta

    published December 7, 2006

    You know the story. French author Marcel Proust is having tea one day. He dips a piece of cookie — a sugary, scalloped confection called a... More >>

  • Late-Night Bites

    published November 30, 2006

    News is trickling back from the Big Apple: The City That Never Sleeps has developed narcolepsy. Friends report emerging from an evening meeting in... More >>

  • Thanksgiving Feasts

    published November 23, 2006

    "Authentic Mexican? You'd be eating grubs rolled in a tortilla. Fried grasshoppers. Tripe." Eduardo Pria didn't think Norte Americanos... More >>

  • The Television Hi-Life

    published November 9, 2006

    Once upon a time, I made a fool of myself on national TV. In the early '90s, I appeared as a guest on CNBC's tabloid talk show Real... More >>

  • What Would Bruno Eat?

    published November 2, 2006

    I should have been researching schnitzel and strudel recipes, but I got sidetracked by YouTube video clips: Sasha Baron Cohen's fey-gay Austrian... More >>

  • Eat My Meat

    published October 26, 2006

    A chic Miami Beach vixen, black-eyed and golden-skinned, maybe 20 years old and all of a hundred pounds, sits alone at El Rey Del Chivito. Menu in... More >>

  • Everything's Coming Up Rosa

    published October 26, 2006

    I planted four pepper plants last weekend — serranos, poblanos, sweet reds, and pequins. But my Mexican next-door neighbor, Roberto, tells me... More >>

  • Diner at Eight

    published October 26, 2006

    Completely against my better judgment, I've developed a grudging respect for Burt Rapoport. This is a guy I'd love to hate — he's got a... More >>

  • Everything's Coming Up Rosa

    published October 19, 2006

    I planted four pepper plants last weekend — serranos, poblanos, sweet reds, and pequins. But my Mexican next-door neighbor, Roberto, tells me... More >>

  • Pizz-Off, Manhattan!

    published October 12, 2006

    Boo-hoo-hoody-hoo-hoo. If I hear one more transplanted New Yorker whinging and sniveling about how there's no good pizza in South Florida,... More >>

  • Grading Antipasti on a Curve

    published October 5, 2006

    I'm getting bitch-slapped all over the place lately. I've gotten a slew of letters in the past couple of weeks suggesting I need to find myself... More >>

  • Japan a Go-Go

    published September 28, 2006

    Some people make it all look so easy. Whatever it is — dressing like a minx on a pitiful budget, whipping up a 30-minute layer cake... More >>

  • Parlez-vous American?

    published September 21, 2006

    I'm hoping my intuition about Spontané proves right: We have here a manageably sized restaurant owned by a pair of creative young chefs who... More >>

  • Unsolved Mysteries of the (Foodie) Universe

    published September 14, 2006

    Mystery Number One: With more than half a million Cubans living in South Florida, why is it almost impossible to find a cheap, decent dish of... More >>

  • High Steaks

    published August 31, 2006

    I'm going to put my cards on the table: I'm not a big fan of steak houses. I have good friends who continuously scan the Internet for airfare... More >>

  • Dali, Back to Your Drawing Board

    published August 24, 2006

    Jorge Luis Fernandez calls himself "The Dali of the Kitchen." The comparison makes sense, because Fernandez, the chef at La Barraca in... More >>

  • Sunfish, Twofish

    published August 17, 2006

    It's 10 o'clock on opening night at the Sunfish Grill, and the bar is hip-deep in ladies of a certain age. They're gussied up in turquoise taffeta... More >>

  • Hot or Not?

    published August 10, 2006

    "Handsome is as handsome does." Somebody's wise old grandmother said that. Not my grandma; she was too busy pounding back snifters of cognac... More >>

  • Saki-to-Me

    published August 3, 2006

    The girl who serves us our sake is a Sexy Kitty. Her name is Tuesday, she weighs about 80 pounds, and she's one of a stable of "burlesque"... More >>

  • Soul Kitchen

    published July 27, 2006

    50 lbs. cornmeal 10 lbs. bran (optional) 200 lbs. sugar 12 oz. yeast 200 gal. water In Eastern Tennessee, that... More >>

  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    published July 20, 2006

    There's something human beings really hate to do all by ourselves. We don't like to dine alone. When we venture out to eat, let us have at least... More >>

  • Some Like It Hot

    published July 6, 2006

    TGIMS! Or Thank God It's Mango Season. Some heavenly creature long ago peered down at us suffering fools as we slogged through the swamps,... More >>

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