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2002 Stories by Pamela Robin Brandt

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  • We Came for This

    published December 26, 2002

    "This is why we moved to South Beach in the first place!" exclaimed my companion. It's something we used to say to each other frequently... More >>

  • Parrillada Pizza?

    published December 19, 2002

    When Tango Beef Café folded last spring it was surprising that the closure was even noticed. The parrillada had featured an unusually... More >>

  • We Sing for Wah Shing

    published December 12, 2002

    It was not for food that I first, about a year ago, went to Wah Shing Chinese restaurant. It was for karaoke, which had suddenly become hugely hip... More >>

  • The Purpose of Pupusas

    published December 5, 2002

    Although the cuisines of different but neighboring Latin American countries certainly differ more than the cuisines of, say, Vermont and New... More >>

  • Afternoon DIY Delight

    published November 28, 2002

    Maybe it's due to Dickens and Tiny Tim, maybe it's all those British-origin Christmas carols full of hearty tidings of comfort and joy -- the warm... More >>

  • Gimme Eighties Gourmet!

    published November 21, 2002

    This original low-rise Deli Lane (there's a newer branch on Brickell, on the ground floor of one of downtown's skyscrapers) has been around since... More >>

  • New Deli Arrival

    published November 14, 2002

    It seemed not inappropriate to me that the recent opening of Jerry's Famous Deli, in the sleek South Beach space long occupied by the nightclub... More >>

  • Please Eat The Daisies

    published November 7, 2002

    Yep, holiday gift-giving season has arrived, want it or not. And what will all of you workaholics who're too busy to shop be giving this year -- a... More >>

  • Who New, Doraku

    published October 31, 2002

    If you look very hard high up on the ceiling of Doraku, a sophisticated spot with minimalist mode-of-the-moment décor (relying largely on... More >>

  • Kosher + Gourmet = Tasty

    published October 24, 2002

    As a food reviewer who does not keep kosher (I'm not Jewish), but who fields many requests for truly tasty kosher noshes from diners who do, I was... More >>

  • Tea for View, View for Tea

    published October 17, 2002

    Recently I had a houseguest who presented a bit of a challenge in offering her a truly impressive dining experience. She'd grown up with a... More >>

  • Take It Away, Carne!

    published October 10, 2002

    In terms of lunch-hour possibilities, 41st Street is a great place to make a bank withdrawal, but not such a great place to spend same on grub.... More >>

  • Homey Bargain

    published October 3, 2002

    Early last spring I got an e-mail from a reader recommending a restaurant I'd actually noticed myself while reviewing another place in the same... More >>

  • It's All Good Smell

    published September 26, 2002

    Good Chinese take-out is a whole different bag from good Chinese food -- quite literally. Because aside from needing to be slightly undercooked,... More >>

  • Cash Us Out

    published September 19, 2002

    About three months ago I received a press release that began, "If you're not famous, notorious, or a young, beautiful, unescorted woman, be... More >>

  • Cheeseburger Cheeseburger, 1, 2, 3

    published September 12, 2002

    Let's start with the basics: There are three types of "eat-out," as opposed to homemade, burgers. One is the slider, a thin two-biter that slides... More >>

  • Sushi on the Boulevard

    published September 5, 2002

    So you're a couple of New York guys who have just relocated. It's earlier this year. It's lunchtime. You've been doing something-or-other in Miami... More >>

  • Disco Lives

    published August 29, 2002

    Since there's no dance music blaring over this humble luncheonette place, it's hard to figure why Disco Fish is named that. Perhaps the reference... More >>

  • Mucho Gusto

    published August 22, 2002

    The first time I dined at Gusto's, with Victoria, was the evening after she'd put the family cat in the clothes dryer. "The cat went in by... More >>

  • Fit For a Moghul

    published August 8, 2002

    When two Indian restaurants in London won Michelin stars (only rarely bestowed upon ethnic eateries) last year, it initiated a spate of stories in... More >>

  • Hot Spot From the Oven

    published August 1, 2002

    With even Publix serving up subs using premium-brand cold cuts, it's clear there's no shortage these days of sources for sandwiches with pretty... More >>

  • Parrilla Party

    published July 25, 2002

    In Argentina "eat" means meat (per capita consumption is the world's highest), and "meat" means beef. At least so I've heard. I've never actually... More >>

  • Snap To It

    published July 11, 2002

    "I feel like I'm on vacation!" exclaimed one of my three workaholic dining companions, looking slightly puzzled. Perhaps vacations had been so few... More >>

  • What the Doc Shoulda Ordered

    published July 4, 2002

    "First need in the reform of hospital management? That's easy! The death of all dietitians, and the resurrection of a French chef."... More >>

  • Mama Mia, That's Cheap Italian!

    published June 27, 2002

    The birthday dinner's entrée had been prepared especially at the request of the honoree, a tri-coastal sophisticate who divided his time... More >>

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