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    August 22, 2012

    Food Coverage Changes

    For more than a decade, New Times has offered South Florida's most extensive food coverage. From our food blogs, Short Order and Clean Plate Charlie, to Voice Places directory of restaurants to our weekly reviews, the coverage equals or betters any in the American Southeast. Journalism awards have c ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Golden Matzah Bowl Names The Best Balls In South Florida

    ​The third annual Forest Trace Golden Matzah Bowl was held yesterday March 22. Over 100 people turned out at the upscale resort retirement community to watch both local restaurants and individuals compete for the coveted golden matzah bowl prize. Also at stake were cash donations to the winners' c ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    The Food Of A Place

    ​One of the things I like about this gig is observing how a region's food culture reflects the demographics, education, priorities, and values of the people who call it home. So when I was asked to write this week's review as a companion piece to Lee Klein's reflection on Miami, my response was t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    What's New for the Holidays? Some Drink Links

    slashfood​Get Crafty: Craft booze is booming, according to Good Magazine, as a result of the recession: "The Second Great Depression has been just as effective as the first at driving Americans into the soothing arms of a strong drink. Only this time around, our options for getting tanked are a lo ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Salsa Fiesta Opens Second US Location in Pembroke Pines

    ​Salsa Fiesta opened its second US location in Pembroke Pines last Wednesday, six months past a projected March opening due to construction delays. CEO and owner Cesar Olivo introduced the sixth location of his fast food chain from Venezuela to Miami in 2009, reported Miami New Times critic, Lee K ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Bourdain Gets Wonky, Celebs Tip Poorly, and Other Weekend Links

    There's a mid-August languor in food news. Despite the slow going, here's a handful of link worthy stories on food and drink from around the internets. @noreservationsBourdain says his first tattoo in Greek reads, "I suspend judgment." Think he did when he saw his mug on someone's arm?​Not ju ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Order Up: Miami Spice

    Scarpetta is one of our dozen recommended Spice deals.​This week we're skipping a Dish review in lieu of a column on Miami Spice. The annual prix-fixe meal deal is designed to draw in diners during the slow summer/fall months and incorporates some of Miami-Dade's better-known restaurants (119 all ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Recapping the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

    Jacob Katel​Our sister blog, Short Order, has a ton of coverage and post-game analysis today of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.Miami New Times restaurant critic Lee Klein dishes up the Top Five Screw-Ups of SBWFF 2010, and while a famous food celeb dropping trou is not among them, there ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Order Up: The Sordid History of the South Beach Wine & Food Fest

    ​This week we're putting off our normal restaurant review in favor of a guest column from Miami New Times' own award-winning restaurant critic, Lee Klein. It's a great read on the history of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off in Miami tomorrow and runs through Sunday, Februa ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    The Friday Martini Weekly Wrap-Up

    Man, I need a drink. Sure it's noon and I haven't even had breakfast, but what with the restaurant delays, Calle 8 hangover, and John Linn's beer coverage, it just seems like the right thing to do. Get the details on what's gone on this week with the Friday Martini Weekly Wrap-Up.

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    January 8, 2009

    Karu & Y Tries Again

    I could never get it straight: Was Karu the restaurant and Y the lounge, or vice versa? No matter now, as the reopened venue's newly christened restaurant name is Seecomar's at Karu & Y, which I thought was a misspelling of Seacomber's until I saw that the new owner's name is Clive Seecomar. Kar ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Tap Tap Sunday

    This Sunday evening, recording artist Farah Juste will be at Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant on South Beach for "a CD signing and celebration". Ms. Juste's career as a passionate singer of Haitian folk songs took off with her debut solo album in 1977, and since then she has performed from Paris to Switze ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Burger King Stinker

    There are bad ideas, very bad ideas, unspeakably horrible ideas -- and then there is Burger King's Flame, a men's cologne being touted as "the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat". The fragrance is currently being sold in New York and online for $3.99, and though the aromatics of c ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Christmas Dinner -- Hold The Death

    This time of year brings all manner of helpful hints, like how to truss a turkey, or how to make your gingerbread men look like Scarlett Johansson (I made that second one up, but you know what I mean). Tips on avoiding food-borne illness are especially prevalent, as they should be -- an estimated 5, ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Another Day, Another Restaurant Debut...

    Miami DJ Cedric Gervais and partner Juan Carlos Dominguez are opening their Hed Kandi Lounge tonight. Located in the former Afterglo space (1200 Washington Avenue, Miami), this "gastro-lounge" will showcase molecular gastronomy. For those who aren't sure what this means, let's just say that the phot ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    ...And Another

    Rybak's Café premieres tonight at at 177 SW 7th Street in Miami (at the bottom level of the Latitudes building, just off Brickell Avenue). The 204-seater is being billed as "a laid back, uniquely hip bistro, featuring creative, moderately priced international cuisine, a classy bar/lounge, live ente ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Epic Opening Tonight

    Area 31 makes its debut tonight on the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue's Epic Hotel. Executive chef is John Critchley, who trained under Boston's renowned chef Ken Oringer (Clio) and was known to make a mean morcilla at his own Beantown tapas bar. The sommelier is Emily Wines (from San Franciscos's Fi ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    The Grill At The Setai Relaunches

    The interior of The Grill at The Setai (as well as The Restaurant portion) is arguably one of the most beautiful in Miami-Dade. When it comes to the Zen-like outdoor pods-on-the-pond dining area there is no argument -- this is the most beautiful al fresco setting. The cuisine here has always been am ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Asia de Cuba Set For SoBe

    This coming Monday, December 8th, Asia de Cuba will debut in the Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Avenue). This China Grill Management concept first appeared eleven years ago in New York CIty's Morgans Hotel, and has since branched out to The Mondrian in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, The Clift in San F ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Single Malts At Two Chefs

    Art Basel brings so much cool stuff to Miami each year, but also throngs of people and a whole lot of hype. Tonight, however, far from the madding crowd, Two Chefs in South Miami will be offering a single malt sampling that is eminently reasonable in price: Twenty dollars will allow you to "Taste 5, ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Restaurant Preview 2

    Michelle Bernstein's Sra. Martinez will be debuting this Monday in the  Design District. On Tuesday the Wynwood hood, which has been quiet as an empty canvas concerning food, will finally have a restaurant: Joey's, a contemporary Italian café at 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue. Developer Joey Goldman and ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Michelle Es Señora Martinez

    Michelle Bernstein had wanted to name her upcoming Design District restaurant “Buena Vista”, as it is located in the historic Buena Vista Post Office, and would also fit the Spanish nature of the place. Alas, there is already a Buena Vista Cafe, so Michelle has decided to call her tapas eatery S ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Chile At The Raleigh

    Lee Klein I won’t blame Pro Chile, a trade group promoting the wares of that lush Latin American country, for my eyeglasses being lost. I had them when I arrived for the Taste Chile! lunch being held at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. I had put them on to read the labels of Chilean food imports ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    N’awlins South Beach Style

    Ahnvee, a Cajun-Creole restaurant and “laid-back lounge” will open at 621 Washington Avenue (the old “Strand” location) in late-2008/early 2009. Executive chef Tom Azar, most recently having served the same function at Emeril’s Miami Beach, will be putting out skillet cornbread with honey ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    Drinking Our Way Through the Miami International Wine Fair

    Lee Klein The 2008 Miami International Wine Fair featured the usual aisles of wines and wine sellers, and the usual throngs of wine enthusiasts, and the usual clique of ink-stained wretches like myself who were there to scribble some notes while, of course, drinking wine (I actually used a tape rec ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    Eismann Enters The Pizza Biz

    Come January, chef Jonathan Eismann of Pacific TIme fame will be opening Pizzavolante (“flying pizza”) at 3918 N. Miami Avenue, in the Design District. According to Eismann, the contemporary-styled 900 square foot space will be offering “creative wood-oven pizza” with organic and local ingre ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    SoBe Wine/Food Fest Tix Go On Sale

    Tickets for the 2009 South Beach Wine and Food Festival go on sale this coming Monday, October 27. We mention this because in past years tickets have sold out very quickly -- especially for the more popular events, such as Rachel Ray’s Burger Bash ($200), Bubble Q ($350), and Wine Spectator’s ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    Herald Health Tips

    This past week the Miami Herald’s “Diet and Nutrition” page featured a “Nutrition Quiz” that touted the benefits of niacin. These include raising “good” HDL cholesterol by as much as 35% -- “plus, it purportedly helps your skin and hair”. What specific foods does this quiz -- which ... More >>

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    October 22, 2008

    Pizza Rescues Earth!

    “Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time” is the motto of Pizza Fusion, the first ever organic pizza franchise that is getting set to open at 14815 Biscayne Boulevard in mid-November. The Fort Lauderdale based restaurant chain offers pizza, ciabatta sandwiches, salads, desserts, and organic beer ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    A New Palacios Downtown?

    El Palacio de los Jugos, which makes the best batidos, arepas, lechon asado -- heck, let me just say it’s my favorite Cuban joint in town -- is negotiating a lease for a new location across the street from the Federal Courthouse in downtown Miami. Owners Beatrize and Reinaldo Bermudez hope to have ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    Michy's Clarification

    This morning, I erroneously reported that Michy's was moving into the Domo Japones space. Michelle logged on to set the story straight: Hi Lee, Just so you and everyone knows, Michy's is not and never will be moving. We are opening a Tapas Restaurant, a dream for my husband David and I for a long ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    Bloody Good Dinner

    Dinner and a murder mystery with Edna? On October 14, North One 10 Restaurant’s “Evening With Edna Buchanan” will pair the cool mystery novelist with a “crime fiction inspired” dinner provided by Dale and Dewey LoSasso and crew. The event will presumably provide the author with an intimat ... More >>

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    September 22, 2008

    Oktoberfest Without Beer

    The beginning of the PR release looked promising: “Prime Blue Grille is celebrating Oktoberfest – in true Prime Blue Grille fashion – with the return of their popular program Endless Pours, every Saturday and Sunday in October.” Wow! In honor of the great beer fest the steak house would ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Dinner on a Farm

    Courtesy of Paradise Farms Organic The autumn season is rolling in, a time when crisp humidity fills the Florida air and we can almost smell the pumpkins and squashes and other odorless vegetables growing bountifully on our farms. It is a time when crunchy apples fall from trees -- presumably somew ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008
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    September 10, 2008

    A Feast Through Eastern Europe, Part 4: Skopje Restaurants

    Lee Klein It was half-past midnight, and folks in the photo above were lining up for late-night street snacks. Actually, they pretty much queue up day and night at this bakery that has been operating for over one hundred years, and now is one of just a few Macedonian-owned businesses in this Alban ... More >>

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    September 9, 2008

    A Feast Through Eastern Europe, Part 3

    Friends in Skopje, Macedonia, and in nearby Dracevo, are like family to my wife and I; we’ve been here quite a few times over the years. So many people invite us to their homes for dinner that it becomes a rare occasion to eat in restaurants. We did dine at some, which I’ll get to tomorrow, but ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008
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    July 31, 2008
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    July 30, 2008

    Blog Watch: The Times They Are A'Changin'

    Short Order is starting off a new, weekly feature called Blog Watch, where we'll bring you the best of what's going down on food blogs across South Florida. This week, bloggers seem to be talking about a guy with black robes and a scythe visiting restaurants as well as cooking from home... wonder if ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Buca's Bogus Bargain

    National chain restaurant Buca di Beppo, with 89 outlets nationwide (including one in Miami Lakes), is marking its 15th anniversary from now until August 10 by offering 15 of its original dishes “at classic pricing that recalls better days when gas was just $1.16 a gallon and movie tickets were a ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008

    Weekly Purge: The Short Order Recap, Edition #1 Week two of Short Order is just about in the books, and what a week at that. We've been posting our arses off around New Times, probably because we're just so pent up. This Short Order thing you see here was a long time coming, you see -- ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    Rendezvous With A Rip-Off

    Words of dining advice: Always ask how much the verbally recited daily specials cost. Or pay the consequences. For Peter and Neil, a vacationing couple from Danbury, Conn., the consequence was a nearly $300 tab for dinner at Rendezvous On The Beach (in the Beacon Hotel on Ocean Drive). They chose R ... More >>

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    January 29, 2004

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