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2002 Stories by Jen Karetnick

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  • Feels Like the First Time

    published December 26, 2002

    About five years ago, I was charged with what, at the time, seemed like a perfectly reasonable request: Find the ideal restaurant to review for... More >>

  • Gone South

    published December 26, 2002

    Where, oh where, has my Little Italian Tavern gone? Devoted patrons may have noticed that the homey joint vacated its well-known but rather... More >>

  • The Spice Is Right

    published December 19, 2002

    I have always judged a dish's quotient of spice by my father's head. Balding for as long as I can remember, my dad, who enjoys a bit of zest now... More >>

  • For Pizza's Sake

    published December 19, 2002

    Forget what your mama's always told you: You can have pizza for breakfast. And you don't even have to eat it cold, right out of the fridge.... More >>

  • Aroma therapy

    published December 12, 2002

    What is it with you and Chinese food?" a neighbor recently asked me. Apparently, he'd been observing the steady parade of delivery drivers from... More >>

  • Oooh, that smell follow your nose to Evergreen Spices Inc.

    published December 12, 2002

    Judging from the piles of freshly ground, aromatic spices just waiting to be scooped into jars and taken home for your culinary pleasure, you... More >>

  • Poor Sports

    published December 5, 2002

    In the contact sport that is the restaurant business, the familiar athletic clichés apply, albeit in slightly modified form. For example,... More >>

  • Why Thai?

    published December 5, 2002

    The moniker seems clear enough, but don't be taken in: Thai-An Market (2593 S. State Rd. 7, Pembroke Pines, 954-893-5838) is actually a... More >>

  • Sing it Loud

    published November 28, 2002

    Ah, the benefits of a music education. Now, I'm not such an advocate that I believe anyone can learn to play an instrument. I'm not so sure that... More >>

  • Vintage Vittles

    published November 28, 2002

    Vintage clothing might be the fashion right now. But too often, it seems like once we're all dressed up in someone else's grandma's pencil skirt... More >>

  • Poutine Spirit

    published November 21, 2002

    You know you're getting old when bowling becomes vigorous exercise. And you know you're getting desperate when you crave a dish that's made in the... More >>

  • Yakety-Yak

    published November 21, 2002

    Fans of ye olde yak meat, rejoice. All two of you will be delighted to hear that 'tis the season for a yak burger barbecue, to be held December 7... More >>

  • Ghee Whiz

    published November 14, 2002

    You'd be forgiven if, just by reading the advertisement for the Palace, a two-month-old Indian restaurant on State Road 84 in Davie, you... More >>

  • Bullish on the Moose

    published November 14, 2002

    The coffeehouse is dead. Long live Chocolate Moose Café (9118 State Rd. 84, Davie, 954-474-5040), where you can get a rich cuppa... More >>

  • Raw Power

    published November 7, 2002

    Rare hamburgers, fair warning: Your days are numbered as surely as those of cigarettes in restaurants. Many operators simply won't serve you... More >>

  • The Vote Tastes Like Chicken!

    published November 7, 2002

    Don't rock the vote, baby. Eat it. That's what Wilton Manors mayor and Stork's Bakery and Café owner Jim Stork wants you to do. On November... More >>

  • Weston Goes Gourmet

    published October 31, 2002

    "We have rights too, ya know," a would-be smoker grumbled as he was escorted directly past our table at the Gourmet Diner in Weston and out the... More >>

  • When You Wish Upon Crepe

    published October 31, 2002

    Knowing nothing else about a restaurant but its menu, you'd be forgiven for thinking "Daisy," "Mermaid," and "Cinderella" were items at a... More >>

  • Don't Mess with Tex-Mex

    published October 24, 2002

    If I didn't know better, I would have thought that the three-month-old Cafe del Rio was a setup. Some kind of a test. Or maybe even a... More >>

  • The Stinking Rose of Delray

    published October 24, 2002

    Get ready, get set, get your mouthwash. The fourth-annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest kicks off November 1 at 5 p.m. in downtown Delray,... More >>

  • Smooth as Satine

    published October 17, 2002

    Here are some things I just don't see in every restaurant: A new hire shadowing an experienced server in order to learn the velvet ropes. A... More >>

  • To Dionysus For

    published October 17, 2002

    This is the way to promote an event: Throw four or five pre-event parties for the sole reason of garnering enthusiasm. The Boca Raton Historical... More >>

  • Alligator Tales

    published October 10, 2002

    The alligator lay sprawled across the entranceway to the walking path at Shark Valley, as stopped and unmovable as a battery-dead wristwatch,... More >>

  • No Jacket Required

    published October 10, 2002

    South Floridians have long known the meaning of "casual upscale" dressing; in fact, given our climate, both literal and cultural, we practically... More >>

  • The Bends

    published October 3, 2002

    If I could sum up the newly opened Tarpon Bend in Weston with one onomatopoeic word, it would be a no-brainer: burp. And that's... More >>

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