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 >>
Last week, I was having a cappuccino at Brew Urban Café in Fort Lauderdale's Victoria Park when an acquaintance I knew only as Brian, who is about 40 and was wearing a bright-orange jersey, said hello. His tattooed friend plopped down at the table across from us. The friend opened his laptop and li ... More >>
E. Howard Hunt was a key political figure during the 1950s and 60s. He graduated from Brown University, served in WWII and joined the CIA in 1949. Stationed in Mexico City, he supervised conservative William F. Buckley. In Guatemala, he helped overthrow the government, partly by airing radio broadca ... More >>
This being South Florida, ya takes yer mystical experiences where ya finds 'em. So it was in a nondescript Boynton Beach medical building last Friday night that two dozen local souls gathered to get the lowdown on the much-talked-about Mayan calendar and its supposedly apocalyptic implications. In t ... More >>
This video has been sent to me a couple of time this week, filmed during a visit to Immokalee, Florida by Daniel Klein of The Perennial Plate. It's where a third of the country's tomatoes are grown for grocery sales.During his visit, Klein interviews Lupa Gonzalo from Guatemala, a tomato picker and ... 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 >>
Ingrid Pastorius, who was married to virtuoso electric bassist Jaco Pastorius between 1979 and 1985, died on Monday from complications following an aortic aneurysm, according to a source close to the family. She was 61.
Oceana Coffee debuted last week in Tequesta, one of the only local roasters in the area. It's the brick-and-mortar result of three years of work for Amy and Scott Angelo, who spent time tasting beans, learning sourcing, experimenting with roasters, and building the cash to start the shop. The cou ... More >>
On L.A.'s Skid Row, a generational war over how to teach the American children of illegal immigrants
Flicker user: VeronicaCastillo.comThe Everglades Club is an institution on Worth Avenue.The Great Recession and soaring unemployment rates haven't stopped Florida businesses from hiring cheap, temporary labor from abroad, federal visa records show.In Tampa, one company imported 40 electricians. I ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big heart. But not this big.
John LinnI'm a coffee fanatic. But, like Jimmy, I refuse to drink "shit." Insta-coffee? No thanks. Folgers? Please. Nearly anything preground? Step back with that, son.Yes, when it comes to coffee, I have some distinct preferences. I like quality, whole roasted beans. I like them ground fresh bef ... More >>
Let's check out the local headlines:First degree murder charges for 16-year-old Berenice Juarez, accused of stabbing to death her mother's boyfriend, Gilardo Ramos Paz, in the parking lot of a Winn Dixie in Delray Beach. Paz was reportedly married, with a wife and five children in Guatemala. Repo ... More >>
Flickr: anita gtThe government of Guatemala has issued a public protest based on immigration officials' actions in Riviera Beach.A Guatemalan immigrant in Jupiter is facing deportation after Federal Express employees in Riviera Beach opened a package, inspected its contents, then reported a possi ... More >>
A verdict is expected this week in the civil suit against Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart for flying an illegal immigrant patient out of the country in 2003 after he had accumulated some $1.5 million in medical bills that were unlikely to be paid. Luis Jimenez, who is Guatemalan, was workin ... More >>
A rape shines a harsh light on life at Palm Beach's oldest country club.
Signing an aging soccer star didn't do the trick. Maybe two stars from Cuba will finally draw some fans to Miami FC bleachers.
Criteria is simple:A great chef who made his or her mark in Miami and then moved on. David Bouley doesn't qualify, as he wasn't actually doing the cooking at Evolution. Carmen Gonzalez of the departed Carmen's might make my top ten, but I don't think of her as being in quite in the same league as th ... More >>
Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, and that shoul ... More >>
The Boca Museum scurries to match all the fine Latin American art exhibitions around
Two miles, two wonderful meals
Me gusta Saffrón
Jo Clark's latest venture, Thai Jo, is set to open in West Palm's CityPlace this summer next door to the new Taverna Opa.
Planting Seeds of Hope
Protesters say illegals take our jobs, bring in leprosy, and, grrr, sell ice cream from bicycles
Don't Believe the Claptrap
Los Tigres del Norte sing the tales of those who can't tell them
Go ahead. Corporatize the Day of the Dead
I Choose Freely, Knucklehead
Fledgling Guardian Angels get the call from gang-riddled Lake Worth
Saint Aaron to the rescue in Haiti
Who are the next Guatemalans to be whisked back to a land they remember in nightmares?
Rosa Gonzalez trudged through a desert and toiled in the fields. Now she's in for a real trial.