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.
1 month ago | Desserts
A guide to buying handmade chocolates in Miami for Valentine's Day.
2 months ago | Food News
Miami is getting its very own Italian food hall. La Centrale is slated to open this fall inside Brickell City Centre. The name was revealed earlier this week, along with some other details about the three-story, 38,000-square-foot concept.
2 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
Stephen Starr knows how to put diners at ease so they can relax and enjoy the show. The man responsible for Makoto, the Continental, and Le Zoo has a new Miami Beach eatery, Upland. Located south of Fifth Street, it is arguably his most comfortabl...
2 months ago | First Bites
American Harvest, a healthy, fast-casual concept, has opened at Brickell City Centre.
3 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
In a 2010 segment of 60 Minutes, chef José Andrés told Anderson Cooper "meat is slightly boring" while "vegetables and fruits are sexy." The pioneer of molecular gastronomy didn't share his thoughts on fish during the interview, but his latest eat...