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1998 Stories by Jen Karetnick

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  • Wish Fulfillment

    published December 31, 1998

    Note: No animals were harmed in the writing of this article. But a helluva lot of plants went down screaming. You see, Wish, the new,... More >>

  • Turning Japanese

    published December 24, 1998

    Humor writer Dave Barry admits he loves sushi. But he can't help making fun of it. In a recent Tropic magazine column he defined sushi as "a type... More >>

  • Forbidden Planeta

    published December 3, 1998

    Up ahead we saw the revolving spotlights -- the kind that cast wasted energy into the night sky in honor of a nightclub opening or a movie... More >>

  • Bread Winner

    published November 26, 1998

    The strangest item I ate in the Peruvian Amazon river basin, where I once spent a week, was not the piranha we'd caught in a tributary off the... More >>

  • Heat Resistant

    published November 12, 1998

    The costliest real estate is that which sits vacant, unleased, or unsold, generating no income for its owner. No one knows that fact of life... More >>

  • A Beef About a Steak House

    published October 29, 1998

    My recent panning of some of Miami's Hispanic eating establishments seems to have gotten folks wondering if I'm a bigot. After my negative reviews... More >>

  • Mediterranean Muddle

    published October 8, 1998

    A few years ago New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl postulated that because Italian restaurants are so common, new ones need an angle in... More >>

  • Eat Your Heart Out

    published October 1, 1998

    Just recently I was sipping a martini at the Deco Bar in the National Hotel during happy hour when a woman approached me, crossing over from the... More >>

  • To the Victor's Go the Spoils

    published September 17, 1998

    Something terrible has happened to Victor's Cafe. I feel sick to be so blunt about it, but not any more nauseated than I was during a... More >>

  • Going Global in the Gables

    published September 10, 1998

    I'm a little ticked off at Food & Wine. To celebrate the magazine's twentieth year of publication, writer Jonathan Hayes chose what he considers... More >>

  • Restaurant 101

    published August 27, 1998

    My husband has a problem with our relatives receiving medical treatment from residents (doctors in training). So when there's an injury in our... More >>

  • From Russia Without Guile

    published August 20, 1998

    I'm always sucked in by the aura of mystery that surrounds Miami's Russian restaurants, several of which have popped up in recent years. Perhaps... More >>

  • High Seas, High Ticket

    published August 6, 1998

    The media's relentless monitoring of the fire aboard the Carnival cruise ship Ecstasy had smoke coming out of my ears. For one thing, the live... More >>

  • Hats Off to Panama

    published July 30, 1998

    Perhaps the last person you'd expect to be running the Panamanian eatery Las Molas, located on the site of a former Nicaraguan restaurant in the... More >>

  • Smells Like Teen Spiritless

    published July 23, 1998

    In the past, the areas around the University of Miami have failed to cater to the undergraduate, live-on-campus student population, which numbers... More >>

  • The Thrill of the Grill

    published June 25, 1998

    South Florida-based cookbook author Steven Raichlen's office looks pretty much like you'd expect. Located in a rectangular cottage behind the... More >>

  • Second Coming

    published June 4, 1998

    In South Florida chefs sometimes mimic the occupational track of major league baseball managers. Get fired from or quit one team/restaurant, hire... More >>

  • Remembrance of Cuba Past

    published May 28, 1998

    As sons and daughters of exiles, some members of the first generation of Cuban Americans to be raised in Miami no doubt feel somewhat cheated --... More >>

  • Here Comes the Neighborhood

    published May 21, 1998

    South Beach neighborhoods are not born. They're made. Witness the latest area to catch developers' fancy: The triangle of land wedged west of... More >>

  • Native Sons

    published May 14, 1998

    "Miami is a big city but a small town," observes Jake Klein, the 26-year-old chef-proprietor of the new South Miami restaurant JADA. He is... More >>

  • Broken English

    published May 7, 1998

    Here's a deeply flawed syllogism. Major premise: Miami is known for its Spanish-speaking population. Minor premise: I live in Miami. Erroneous... More >>

  • Selective Service

    published April 30, 1998

    Talk about your cross-cultural referencing. For a textbook example of good ol' American capitalism in action, look no further than the local... More >>

  • Afternoon Delights

    published April 23, 1998

    I've learned not to take too seriously anything that comes my way via the Internet. Petitions, virus hoaxes, chain letters -- not only are they... More >>

  • Divina Intervention

    published April 16, 1998

    Alejandro Garcia, co-owner of the six-week-old Mexican restaurant Divina, understands that a menu should be more than a utilitarian way to convey... More >>

  • Under the Weather

    published April 9, 1998

    Thank El Nino for providing us with an all-purpose scapegoat. The unusually potent storms associated with the weather phenomenon have wreaked... More >>

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