Valeria Nekhim Lease
Valeria Nekhim was born in the Ukraine and raised in Montreal — a city famous for its year-round farmers’ markets and multicultural cuisine. Inspired by the amazing food around her, Valeria started the column "Val's Bites" for her college newspaper. It highlighted affordable eats for students and cemented her love affair with food writing. After graduating with a degree in journalism, Valeria moved to Manhattan, another culinary capital, where she ate her way through the entire city. Romance brought her to Miami in 2013, and a month into her move, she began writing for Miami New Times’ food blog. As someone who grew up idolizing food critics, Valeria is grateful for the opportunity to be a restaurant reviewer. That said, her favorite part of the job is stepping inside the world of chefs and restaurateurs and learning their stories. When she's not cooking, eating, thinking/writing about food, Valeria can be found dreaming about designer shoes and trips to the Amalfi Coast.
4 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
Only four months after opening, restaurateur Danny Serfer's new North Miami Beach restaurant, Mignonette Uptown, has lost its chef de cuisine, 26-year-old Anthony Ciancio. Serfer says the departure was “amicable,” but it might be a blow to his new...
12 days ago | First Bites
Rust in Wynwood focuses on small plates with a global influence.
18 days ago | Seafood
Upscale seafood restaurant Lobster Bar Sea Grille has opened up a new location in South Beach.
21 days ago | Cheap Eats
"Meraki" is a term Greeks use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, and love. It entails putting a little of yourself into whatever you do, and that's precisely what owner Alex Karavias did with Meraki Greek Bistro (142 SE First Ave.,...
29 days ago | Concerts
Miamians are invited to submit sights and sounds that represent Miami for the New World Symphony's Project 305. It will then be made into an orchestral performance and film.
29 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
In Forte dei Marmi, Italy, the sidewalks are made of marble, and the surrounding Apennine mountains are covered with the white rock. Though a recently opened South Beach restaurant is named for the Tuscan seaside town, its real draw is a softer, s...