Chain coffeehouses continue to be all the rage -- after all, when it comes to pleasing American palates, consistency seems to be the most important factor, and chains certainly offer that. But slowly, in the same way we've changed our attitudes toward "craft" and "artisanal" products, coffee is havi ... More >>
We're all about "micro," "craft," "artisanal," and "small-batch" these days. Whether it's cheese, tomatoes, or beer, we've made the swift from large-scale industrial homogeneity to locally produced unique products. Sure, it's also a bit of a political statement -- we're fighting against the corpor ... More >>
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! And with the big day upon us, it's time to reflect on things we're thankful for. Namely: our home state. America loves picking on Florida. And maybe they have good reason. Our crime rate isn't all that great, our politicians are morons, and then there's that whole G ... More >>
Here's more news of the good things in store for South Florida if present climate change trends continue. Not. See also: Dengue Fever Cases in Florida Confirmed That dengue fever you heard about? The creepy disease also known as "breakbone fever" and that is normally confined to places along the e ... More >>
South Florida, we know heat -- and we know how to beat it. Between air conditioning, swimming pools, a dip in the ocean and all these damn ice cream and serve-yourself fro-yo shops, we've got summer meltdowns covered. But enough with the trendy, soft-serve yogurt. When you want the real deal, ther ... More >>
June 28 is National Ceviche Day, a day designated specifically to the worship of lime-marinated fish. A traditional South American dish that can be traced back to the Incas, who preserved fish by covering it with a bath of salt and fruit juice, today, the basic ingredients haven't changed much. All ... More >>
The exclamation point is an official part of the name Kapow! Noodle Bar in Mizner Park. That enthusiasm is brought in no small part by the CEO and co-founder, Vaughan Lazar. Although Lazar was once known for his skills as a DJ spinning house music at club parties across South Florida, today he's be ... More >>
Have you happened to notice the increasingly prolific Salt Life stickers on the back of cars and SUVs? If not, we're wondering where the heck you have been. They're everywhere.Now the ubiquitous Salt Life brand has taken on a new life in the form of a small chain of restaurants. The second location- ... More >>
So, you consider yourself a foodie. But are you an adventurous foodie? You haven't really taken the plunge into becoming a full-fledged gastronome until you've traveled to some far off destination with stories about how you hand-picked coffee berries straight from the tree in Costa Rica.If you think ... More >>
Starbucks has long had a reputation of serving a good albeit expensive cup of coffee. That business model has served the chain well, with each store seeing lines of people trading their hard-earned money for lattes, coffees, and teas. Recently, though, Starbucks outdid itself by introducing its most ... More >>
Frank Biden, Ocean Ridge resident and younger brother of Joe Biden, has been talking for years about developing a country club in northwestern Costa Rica. On Friday, the Tico Times published an article saying backers of the $106 million Guanacaste Country Club "hope to begin construction in the next ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer team has scored a partnership with five food trucks to offer eats this season. Arepabox, B.C. Tacos, Che Grill, Dog Eat Dog, and Dolci Peccati Gelato will park at every home game in the northwest corner of Lockhart Stadium from 5 p.m. until kickoff at 7:30 p. ... More >>
People are particular about coffee, whether they take it light and sweet, black, or muddy. Then there are the matters of beans: how recently they were roasted, whether they're fair trade, or whether any of it matters once they're in the cup, brewed by a Krups machine, a French press, or drip fun ... More >>
zazzle.comMitchell Olin -- the former Broward attorney who jacked more than $380,000 from his clients -- was sentenced to eight years in the slammer yesterday.As a real estate and insurance claims lawyer for seven families, Olin took the money from a trust account belonging to the families and de ... More >>
If you're "full of life" (or something) and are looking to tie one on, then get your full-of-it, party-hearty self over to CityPlace, where the new Pura Vida Lounge & Nightclub (700 S. Rosemary Ave.; 888-561-0232) is bringing a little bit of Costa Rica (AKA "the happiest place on Earth") to W ... More >>
The Magic Kingdom at night.Last week, the Sun Sentinel ran a sad little story about the death of Grad Nite. Do you know about Grad Nite? If not, you're probably not from around here.Grad Nite was an event instituted at Walt Disney World shortly after the park opened, in imitation of a similar eve ... More >>
Subway is beating the crap out of McDonald's to win the title of largest fast-food restaurant chain. According to the Wall Street Journal, at the end of 2010, Subway had 33,749 restaurants worldwide, compared to 32,737 for McDonald's. The number of McDonald's stores was disclosed in an ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big heart. But not this big.
John LinnThe Costa Rican specialty gallo pinto was one of my favorite parts of visiting the Central American country. I ate the stir-fried rice and beans just about every morning in Costa Rica, often accompanied by eggs, fruit, cheese, fresh tortillas, and sour cream. There's nothing like enjoyin ... More >>
That's Boca Raton native and American soccer star Jozy Altidore in an interview he gave late last night to ESPN after the U.S. earned a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica. In doing so, the Americans won the draw, after having qualified earlier for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.The match came after Alt ... More >>
Halfway through this past week's episode of NBC's The Office, while the Michael Scott Paper Co.'s three employees sit on the floor of their closet turned headquarters, swapping stories of personal failure, the character Ryan offers:"I never went to Thailand."It's a reference to an earlier episode in ... More >>
Alexander Rust and Vanessa Palm should have vacationed in South Florida instead of the Bahamas. The pair of 20-something Midwesterners were arrested over the weekend for catching, then grilling and consuming, an endangered iguana in the Exuma Cays. Here in Florida, thou ... More >>
When Manu Chao released his landmark album, Clandestino, in 1998, it was regarded as an instant classic by most people who heard it. The 16-track disc was a funky underground pop album aimed right at the cultural left (and bourgeois right) of Spain, France, South America and Mexico all at once. Bet ... More >>
I'm going to wrap up this short little porthole into Costa Rican cuisine talking a little bit about everything -- probably in a very rambling, tangential sort of way. Just a fair warning. Native fruit is definitely one of the more unique aspects of eating in Costa Rica. You've got your average trop ... More >>
One of Costa Rica's many beach-side sodas, shaded from the hot coastal sun by an umbrella of tall trees. Yesterday I talked a little bit about Costa Rica's plato tipical, casado - and more specifically, rice and beans. Now, when you're producing rice and beans in such quantities as to make it the c ... More >>
A view of Volcan Arenal from a hiking trail that traverses old lava flow from its 1992 eruption. Arenal is the third most active volcano in the world. We hiked through rainforests and gasped at volcanoes, lounged on white sand beaches and wound our way around perilous mountain passes. Oh yes, we al ... More >>
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