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1995 Stories by Jen Karetnick

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  • Pasta for Your Perusal

    published December 28, 1995

    I must appear ethnically generic, because people frequently mistake my nationality for something other than what it is. The most memorable time... More >>

  • Third Time Charmed

    published December 21, 1995

    Many people find big, noisy, sophisticated eateries intimidating. I, on the other hand, am scared of the small, cozy, intimate kind. The... More >>

  • Off Tempo

    published December 14, 1995

    I was already planning on grabbing a bite at Tempo in North Miami Beach when an old high school friend of mine from New Jersey called. "I'm in... More >>

  • Sooner or Cater

    published December 7, 1995

    Catering and restaurateuring are similar occupations. Both involve serving tasty meals to finicky clientele. Both require putting in punishing... More >>

  • The Accidental Tourist

    published November 30, 1995

    I don't ever want to be mistaken for a tourist in this town. Unless I'm on Ocean Drive, in which case I don't want to be mistaken for a... More >>

  • With Sick You Get Egg Roll

    published November 23, 1995

    As a young girl, I was sick frequently enough that my mother and I developed a ritual: On the way home from the doctor's office, pockets full of... More >>

  • O Ye of Little Feta!

    published November 16, 1995

    I'm watching The Sound of Music for the zillionth time, and I'm craving Greek cuisine. Okay, I know edelweiss are hardly reminiscent of... More >>

  • Cyan Aura

    published November 9, 1995

    In a recent Vogue magazine article, hotelier Ian Schrager told writer Charles Gandee that his newly renovated property, the 238-room Delano Hotel,... More >>

  • Ostrich Comes to Las Olas

    published November 2, 1995

    First-time restaurateurs Michael Edges and James Sands didn't intend to situate their South African eatery on Las Olas Boulevard. Their concept,... More >>

  • Nibbling Rivalry

    published October 26, 1995

    I met a chef for dinner at Two Sisters Restaurant. A happy coincidence, which I discovered when I got there: He had helped open the restaurant in... More >>

  • Know Matter

    published October 19, 1995

    When it comes to eating out, I'm a trouble magnet. If there's food to be dropped, it'll be my dinner that hits the floor. If there's water to be... More >>

  • Road Works

    published October 12, 1995

    "Wow. This really sucks." My companion gazed at the brokenscape that is now Lincoln Road: muddy rubble where red sidewalks once were, chicken wire... More >>

  • Can't Twin 'Em All

    published October 5, 1995

    When an established restaurant opens a branch, habitues of the original location quite naturally anticipate an equivalent culinary experience... More >>

  • Bake the Grade

    published October 5, 1995

    I've learned English composition from teaching assistants. I've had my teeth cleaned by dental interns. I've had my hair styled by... More >>

  • Asia Consent

    published September 21, 1995

    Soon after I learned to read, I discovered that good food makes good words taste even better. From then on, I could never thoroughly enjoy a book... More >>

  • Irish Lite

    published September 14, 1995

    A friend of mine who'd just returned to the States from Dublin warned me that Murphy's Law Irish Pub & Restaurant is a pseudo-pub. An... More >>

  • Simon Settles

    published September 7, 1995

    I've heard Kerry Simon thinks I hate him. If he harbors that suspicion, it's probably due to the unfavorable opinions I expressed in these pages... More >>

  • Them's Good Eden!

    published August 31, 1995

    Before my visit earlier this month, the last dinner I'd ingested in one of the musty restaurants in Miami Beach's landmark Eden Roc Resort & Spa... More >>

  • Viva Zapata's

    published August 25, 1995

    Zapata's Place slugs the front of its menu with this slogan: "The First Authentic Mexican Gourmet Food in Florida." That's a pretty bold... More >>

  • Yuca Look It Up

    published August 17, 1995

    Douglas Rodriguez is the man. He's a player. He's got it goin' on. The former Yuca chef-partner and originator of nuevo cubano cuisine... More >>

  • Don't Eat It Raw

    published August 10, 1995

    The Old Cutler Oyster Co. & Raw Bar (O.C.'s to its many fans) may be the most delayed comeback story in the annals of Hurricane Andrew lore. The... More >>

  • A Japanese Reprries

    published July 27, 1995

    New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl kicked off a recent food/travel piece about Chinese food in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley with the... More >>

  • Good for What Iles You

    published July 13, 1995

    Bad luck breaks over me like a South Florida thundercloud. My skies could be clear for months at a time and then wham! A car accidents, leaky... More >>

  • Come-on in My Kitchen

    published July 6, 1995

    You gotta give chef Jonathan Eismann credit. A couple of years ago his award-winning creations at Pacific Time were visionary for South Beach,... More >>

  • Linguine Roast

    published June 29, 1995

    The past few years' influx of New York chef-owners and New York customers brought New York prices to Miami eateries. Miami-born restaurants... More >>

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