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  • Days of Wine and More Wine

    published December 27, 2001

    "Anyone who isn't mad or drunk is just a fool," writes Tuan Ts'ai-Hua in The Feast of Flower-Pattern Wine. In Drinking Alone in the... More >>

  • Dining from A to Zagat

    published December 20, 2001

    You're 61 years old, a big-and-tall kind of guy, gray hair parted on the side, wearing a conservative navy suit and a tie emblazoned with the... More >>

  • McVersity for Money

    published December 13, 2001

    You have to admire the arrogance. When McDonald's unveiled its New Tastes Menu of South Florida about six weeks ago, the response was both... More >>

  • Stocking Duffers

    published December 6, 2001

    So it's that time of year again, and you're as stuck as a wooden stick in a Fudgsicle. You simply have no idea what to give the gastronome in your... More >>

  • BIG Names

    published December 6, 2001

    So what's the deal with all the CAPITAL LETTERS? Joining B.E.D., SUVA, and KISS, AMMO has just opened on Ponce de Leon Boulevard in... More >>

  • KISS But Don't Touch

    published November 22, 2001

    Okay, I've heard enough. Stop telling me it's going to be a slow season, that dining aficionados are destined for disappointment, that nightlife... More >>

  • Miamian Beauty

    published November 15, 2001

    Wearing nothing but a thong, a young woman lay on a table in a seductive pose amid a drift of red rose petals. The open bar was jammed with... More >>

  • New Victims

    published November 15, 2001

    If you're looking for the latest issue of South Florida Gourmet, you might have to look harder, and it's not because your contact... More >>

  • A Dilemma of Sturgeon Proportions

    published November 8, 2001

    So it's been just about two months since the terror attacks, and I've been doing my thing, eating and drinking and chatting up the food folks. And... More >>

  • Back-Door Gal

    published November 1, 2001

    From the Ocean Drive sidewalk, the Tides Hotel looks the way it always does: stately, sedate, reserved. Inside the lobby activities also progress... More >>

  • Who's Cooking?

    published November 1, 2001

    Billboard: Live or Dead. The reaction to my announcement last week that corporate chef Ephraim Kadish had been let go from... More >>

  • Prepared for Foods

    published October 25, 2001

    "Your restaurant! Your war!" wrote Troy Brackett, publisher of, in an impassioned... More >>

  • A Hug: In Miami, No Less

    published October 11, 2001

    Steve Cuozzo, restaurant critic for the New York Post, recently published his view on how to get back to the business of fine dining during... More >>

  • Dish TV

    published October 4, 2001

    I admit I was one of the doubters -- no surprise there -- when I first heard that celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse had been cast as the lead in a... More >>

  • Lights Are Dim, Not Out

    published September 27, 2001

    Even before the catastrophic events of the past weeks, culinary forecasters -- New Times among them -- have been predicting the decline and... More >>

  • Drink in Life

    published September 20, 2001

    As animals we know instinctively that eating is vital to our existence. Hunger is a primal urge. Without food our bodies can't sustain themselves.... More >>

  • Planet Versace

    published September 6, 2001

    Most of us remember the shooting death of Gianni Versace at his Miami home, Casa Casuarina, the way our parents recall the assassination of... More >>

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Nobu

    published August 30, 2001

    The potted palms are empty of greenery. Many of the rooms are bereft of beds. The lobby boasts a silence so profound it's almost religious in... More >>

  • Pretty in Pink

    published August 23, 2001

    The cosmopolitan is dead. I know, I know. I enjoy that particular vodka martini too, vibrant as it is like an Art Deco building on Ocean Drive.... More >>

  • Word to the Unwise

    published August 16, 2001

    What, you believe everything you read? Of course not. As a member of the media, I'm very familiar with what kind of jarred pabulum we're spoon-fed... More >>

  • That Age Barrier Redux

    published August 9, 2001

    A few weeks ago, when I wrote about the 21-and-over policy at Gatsby's, I asked you to spare me your vitriolic opinions on kids and fine dining.... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published August 9, 2001

    While the Murphy bed had yet to be installed, the rest of Rumi was indeed finished enough to open last week, only about ten days later than... More >>

  • Fishy Reaction

    published July 26, 2001

    Miami may be a fabulous place for a free spirit, but it's a darn tough town for a lady. For one thing table manners and dining etiquette are all... More >>

  • Ever Too Young

    published July 12, 2001

    The experience was humiliating. Along with my kids, my husband, and my in-laws, I was turned away from Gatsby's, a month-old restaurant in Davie.... More >>

  • Side Dish

    published July 12, 2001

    I've spent so much time lately looking at the restaurants that haven't opened, readers tell me, it's almost like I've... More >>

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