We have a lot -- perhaps an excess, really -- of National _______ Days in this country. If it isn't National Talk Like a Pirate Day, it's National Appreciate Your Furniture Day or some other such thing. (OK, we kind of love the former. Arrgh!) Most people roll their eyes at this, but when 4/20 come ... More >>
When you think of July Fourth celebrations, there are two things that immediately come to mind -- fireworks and Nathan's hot dogs. This Independence Day, the sausage status quo will change when South Florida's own P.S. 561 will take their place as the new "official" hot dog at Coney Island in Broo ... More >>
The Blue Bell ice cream factory has been churning out creamy frozen treats in much the same way for over a century. The Texas-based company no longer hand cranks its ice cream, but the main ingredients remain milk, cream, sugar, and fruit -- much like when the company started in 1907. In fact, the ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will vote tonight on whether to allow a nearly 100-year-old tree to be moved so a developer can build a 960-unit apartment complex called Marina Lofts on the New River. The site is west of the Broward County Jail and the Downtowner saloon, near the Pirate Republic ... More >>
Before the barbecues and the fireworks, Americans tuned in to ESPN for one of the best sporting events of the year. No, we're not talking baseball or tennis or racing. We're talking about the 98th annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest, held at the hot dog king's flagship Coney Island restaurant. ... More >>
Tomorrow afternoon, the world's most prolific eaters will converge on Coney Island for the 98th annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Championships. About 40,000 people are expected to watch Joey Chestnut, the number-one-ranked eater in the world, defend his title for the seventh time. Last year C ... More >>
For a long time, Halloween was all about the kiddies. But in today's Peter Pan complex of a society, growing up and letting go of the games and traditions of our youth never seems to happen. And so Halloween has grown up, too. Instead of silly pranks and adorable ghosts, we've got gory horror f ... More >>
Twenty-eight-year-old Joey "Jaws" Chestnut of San Jose, California, won his sixth consecutive hot-dog-eating title yesterday at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating championship by eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes.For those of you into math -- that's 6.8 hot dogs every minute! The contest, now in its ... More >>
Who's it gonna be -- New England, with its creamy chowders, lobster rolls, and clam bakes? Or New York, home to hot dogs, pizza, and wings?Oh, sorry. You thought we were talking about the Patriots and the Giants? We're looking forward to the game, sure, but we gotta admit, it's all about th ... More >>
By misscharo at Flickr.comSonya Thomas at the 96th Annual Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating ContestCould you eat 40 hot dogs in 10 minutes? Would you want to?There is one woman who can. Competitive eater Sonya Thomas, aka the "Black Widow," chowed her way to victory today to win the first- ... More >>
How many sliders can you eat? There are almost three dozen competitive eating events on the International Federation of Competitive Eating website (yes, the IFOCE really exists), and hundreds of other food battles are fought each year at state fairs, colleges and charity events ... More >>
World of Beer is blowing up this week. There's tons going on at the always-busy Coconut Creek watering hole, enough to keep you occupied almost every day of the week. The happenings start tonight at 7 when local brewer Bob Gordash, owner of Gordash Beer Co., will stop in to sample his latest beer ... More >>
Flickr: USA TODAY / H. Darr BeiserMaybe the Supreme Court needs to spend a day at the beach before they give their ruling.These are the nation's most eminent legal minds? Read this article in today's New York Times, about the U.S. Supreme Court's debate over whether to allow the state to claim be ... More >>
That's homemade footage of the world's largest cruise ship, seen leaving it's birthplace of Turku, Finland, bound for Fort Lauderdale. Set to make its posh premiere December 1 out of Port Everglades, Royal Caribbean's $1.2 billion, 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas offers titanic luxury, minus lurk ... More >>
Don't call it the Titanic, but there's a new history-making ship soon to make a posh premiere in Fort Lauderdale. On December 1, Royal Caribbean's $1.2 billion, 5,400 passenger Oasis of the Seas will cruise out of Port Everglades. Nearly four football fields long, boasting 18 decks, with a crew of 2 ... More >>
Paul Giamatti brings the wit, but the film lacks something deeper.
Photo: IcrazyaznlFor Pembroke Pines snowbirds love was born at the top of this ride 50 years ago.No, I don't have evidence (yet) that this blog made a love connection between USF's star-crossed kicker and the dangerously distracting coed from Fort Lauderdale. But I have found real-world proof tha ... More >>
The barrage of burgers continues unabated. Two more Five Guys are poised to proffer their patties to the public -- one in the old Dogma space at Washington Ave. and 15th Street in South Beach, the other in Aventura Mall. But a bigger burger banner headline is that Govind Armstrong and the folk ... More >>
You Regurgitate, You Lose
Pig out on some dogs
The Warriors nicely complements the bloody cult classic that inspired it.
In Donald Margulies' vision of the American meltdown, comedy quickly becomes nightmare
Arlo Guthrie and the Klezmatics unearth Woody's Yiddish side
Who You Gonna Call?
Hollywood's Joe LaRue has choked down strange stuff to become one of the world's elite eaters
Costco Wholesale Inc.
Water, water everywhere
Boca's Museum of Art gets several new looks
Exhibit evokes carny sideshows in a 'non threatening' but 'edgy' way
Alice, Blood Money (Anti-)
The loving and loathing of a poofy rhino informs Death to Smoochy
Double Rainbow Dessert Cafe
Coney Island Joe's Sabrett Hot Dogs & Gabila's Knishes
Aronofsky's follow-up to Pi is a brutal personal movie about the horrors of drug addiction
Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero
"Revisiting the Beat Generation With David Plumb"
Eros Loft at Adult Video Warehouse
CORE Ensemble performs Houdini: Memories of a Conjurer
June 11 - 17, 1998