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.
9 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
Looking to plan your next trip to Italy? Just ask one of the enthusiastic waiters at Sapore di Mare, Italian for "Taste of the Sea," for recommendations. With the exception of one international trainee, every staff member at the quaint Coconut Gro...
13 days ago | Food Industry
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14 days ago | Food News
It's noon in downtown Miami and there's a line of business professionals at Clove Mediterranean Kitchen (195 SE 3rd Ave.). But don't worry, the folks behind this month old fast-casual spot are experienced and in no time you'll be at the ...
29 days ago | Food Industry
"I'm tired of being a pioneer," said Jeremiah Bullfrog to an enthusiastic audience last week at the Langford Hotel. The Gastropod chef-owner was one of five panelists invited by Disrupt Miami to discuss the city's ever-evolving culinary scene. He ...
1 month ago | Chef Interviews
Most of us already post photos of foods we like on social media, so why not take it one step further for a good cause and post a selfie with a fruit or vegetable. Just be sure to use the hashtag #DrinkGoodDoGood because every time you do, &n...
1 month ago | Healthy Eating
Much like New Year's, the beginning of a fresh school year is the perfect time for children, teens and adults to get healthier. There's always room for improvement in the nutrition department, and packing a healthy lunch is a struggle nearly every...