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Lee Klein

Miami New Times' restaurant reviewer for the past decade, and the world's indisputable master of disguise.

Awards

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published April 22, 2010

    "Style Over Steak"

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published July 1, 2010

    "Flapjack Flip-Off X"

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published October 7, 2010

    "Gigi Ingenuity"

  • 2010 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published July 2, 2009

    "Hakkasan's Haute Hong Kong Cuisine"

  • 2010 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published June 25, 2009

    "Flapjack Flip-Off IX"

  • 2009 - Bert Greene Award/International Association of Culinary Professionals, published August 14, 2008

    "Kick the Bottle"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published August 28, 2008

    "Tap Tap"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published December 4, 2008

    "Joe the Restaurant"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published April 10, 2008

    "Doug Rodriguez is Back"

  • 2008 - Bert Greene Award/International Association of Culinary Professionals, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published November 22, 2007

    "Eat Shit and Die"

  • 2008 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published May 10, 2007

    "Chew the Right Thing"

  • 2008 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published May 10, 2007

    "Chew the Right Thing"

  • 2008 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published May 17, 2007

    "Flapjack Flip-Off VII"

  • 2008 - Association of Food Journalists Awards, published May 17, 2007

    "Flapjack Flip-Off VII: Bananarama!"

  • 2007 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published July 13, 2006

    "Foie Wars"

  • 2007 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published December 21, 2006

    "Last Chance Bistro"

  • 2007 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published September 28, 2006

    "Pure and Demure"

  • 2007 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published September 7, 2006

    "The Wonder Boys"

2010 Stories by Lee Klein

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  • New Year's Eve Cocktail Countdown: 24:75...12:00...Lift-Off!

    published Dec 31, 2010

    ​Let's start with the 24:75. That's a cocktail concocted from Beefeater 24, Sencha tea syrup (recipe follows), lemon juice and champagne. Beefeater 24 is a new gin infused with two types of rare tea... More >>

  • Kasha Varnishkas Recipe From The Brooklyn Cookbook

    published Dec 31, 2010

    ​Kasha varnishkas is an Eastern European dish that mixes bow-tie noodles, kasha grain, and caramelized onions. It's a hearty dish served warm, and one that I grew up eating from time to time.When I ... More >>

  • Sneak Review: 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc

    published Dec 31, 2010

    ​A small slice taken from next weeks meaty Cafe review of 1500 Degrees at Eden Roc.Executive chef Paula DaSilva spent a decade as Dean James Max' chef de cuisine at Ft. Lauderdale's 3030 Ocean, and,... More >>

  • The Brooklyn Cookbook

    published Dec 30, 2010

    ​​This is one of the real gems of my cookbook collection, and I'm not just saying that because I'm from Brooklyn. Alright, maybe I am just saying that because I'm from Brooklyn, but how can you no... More >>

  • The Knife Cuts The Wrong Way

    published Dec 30, 2010

    ​My cousin and her husband are in town, and they're staying in Hallandale. They wanted to meet for dinner last night, and preferred that we dine close to where they were at. I chose The Knife; I'd e... More >>

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    Vino & Olio disappoints

    published December 30, 2010

    Vino & Olio is expansive in ambition, extravagant in design, and expensive in price; that's not what the times demand. Most of the... More >>

  • Spiked Hot Cocoa For Christmas Eve

    published Dec 22, 2010

    ​​Enough already with the egg nog -- a barely quaffable drink only when poured in minor proportion to the rum. But here's another holiday beverage idea: Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha Hot Cocoa. It has ... More >>

  • Thomas Keller and Alice Waters Get Their Honey Here. You Should Too.

    published Dec 22, 2010

    ​These famed San Francisco Bay Area restaurateurs get theirs from Marshall's Farm Natural Honey. And so do lucky souls such as my wife and I, who took a short drive south from Napa to tour the prope... More >>

  • True Grit: The Cocktail

    published Dec 22, 2010

    ​The Coen brothers' remake of the John Wayne classic True Grit opens in theaters today, and Wild Turkey Bourbon is ready with a cocktail to match: The Rooster. Named after the irascible main charact... More >>

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    Wynwood Kitchen & Bar: artful and improving

    published December 23, 2010

    Annually, Art Basel inadvertently gives birth to new restaurants in the city. Just as Hollywood lines up blockbuster debuts at the onset of... More >>

  • Christmas at Sam Wo

    published Dec 21, 2010

    ​Every year come Christmas EveIt's no secret where we goTo take our holiday reprieve --Yes, that's right, Sam Wo.Crispy noodles, fluorescent dipWonton soup for Jews to sip.There are no trees with bl... More >>

  • Izzy's Cubi-Thai Cuisine Is Revamped and Ready To Fly
    FEATURED STORY

    Izzy's Cubi-Thai Cuisine Is Revamped and Ready To Fly

    published Dec 21, 2010

    ​Israel "Izzy" Valdes is a single dad whose kids "could never decide where they wanted to eat. It was always either Chinese food, or McDonald's, or stuff like that. So I thought 'If they can't decid... More >>

  • New Christmas Threat: Exploding Pyrex Bakeware

    published Dec 20, 2010

    ​Let's say your Christmas dinner ham has been cooking in a Pyrex glass baking dish at 350 F. Then, when you open the oven door, Boom! Shards of sharp glass explode toward you like some homemade bomb... More >>

  • Christmas Leftover Recipe: Ham with Redeye Gravy

    published Dec 20, 2010

    ​Too early to post a after-Christmas Day recipe, you say? Be prepared is how I counter. Plus I'm not going to be blogging the day after Christmas, so you might as well tuck away this really easy, ab... More >>

  • Shing Wang Sells the Real Banh Mi
    FEATURED STORY

    Shing Wang Sells the Real Banh Mi

    published Dec 20, 2010

    ​When Christine Kelly first opened the doors of North Miami Beach's Shing Wang in April, 2008, it was an all-vegetarian Chinese restaurant -- that also specialized (and still does) in Taiwanese... More >>

  • Morimoto Leads Downtown Napa Revival

    published Dec 17, 2010

    ​Most people use the terms Napa or Napa Valley to describe the wine country north of San Francisco, but most of the more interesting culinary destinations have traditionally been found in Sonoma, St... More >>

  • Zagat 2011 Looks Like Zagat 2009

    published Dec 17, 2010

    It's something of an annual foodie rite to take issue with individual rating choices upon release of each new issue of Zagat. Considering how wide a net is cast, and how many individuals weigh in, the... More >>

  • Sneak Review: Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

    published Dec 17, 2010

    ​A morsel lifted from next week's main plate Cafe review:We were started with a few slices of baguette and a black plastic ramekin of cold, hard butter -- seconds before our Mediterranean appetizer ... More >>

  • Miami Needs Indie Food Shops and Restaurants
    FEATURED STORY

    Miami Needs Indie Food Shops and Restaurants

    published Dec 16, 2010

    ​Fries. Cupcakes. Cocktails. You won't find that trio at any chain restaurant, be it fast food, fast casual, or whatever the latest corporate cookie cutter term for frozen food is these days. ... More >>

  • Ozumo and Piperade: Two SF Gems

    published Dec 16, 2010

    ​During my recent visit to San Francisco described here and here, I visited two of that city's most innovative venues.Piperade (1915 Battery St.) is the more acknowledged of the two, having ... More >>

  • California Wine Lover's Cookbook

    published Dec 15, 2010

    ​Sometimes cookbooks can do more than tell us how to prepare food. For example, a glance at the 1983 publication of California Wine Lover's Cookbook, by Malcolm Hébert and the Wine Institute and Wi... More >>

  • Why The Feast's Rankings Are So Messed Up

    published Dec 15, 2010

    ​It sure took a long time for The Feast Miami to get its website together, enough to take off the BETA tag, but apparently it wasn't long enough to figure out how to rank restaurants properly. I mea... More >>

  • The Eats of San Francisco, Part Two
    FEATURED STORY

    The Eats of San Francisco, Part Two

    published Dec 15, 2010

    Yesterday we touted the Ferry Terminal Market, Chinatown, chocolates, dungeness crabs, public transportation, and tasty salted pig parts. Today we cover a few more recommendable spots to enjoy.Castro ... More >>

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    Soi Asian Bistro: fresh, sunny, and affordable

    published December 16, 2010

    Those tall, glossy glass business and condo towers that cut into the downtown Miami sky, emblematic of the soaring times of not so long ago... More >>

  • The Eats Of San Francisco, Part One

    published Dec 14, 2010

    ​I once made and sold jewelry on the streets of San Francisco. Sometimes I'd sell by Fisherman's Wharf, other times in the courtyard of the Embarcadero Center downtown. Quite a tidy profit was made,... More >>

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