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.
3 days ago | First Bites
Luke's Lobster has sailed into Miami and is officially open for business at Brickell City Centre. What began as a pint-size shop in Manhattan's East Village in 2009 has grown to include locations in Washington, D.C.; Boston; Philadelphia; and even...
8 days ago | Art
Award-winning costumer Patricia Field has curated a line of art fashion to exhibit at the White Dot Gallery in Wynwood during Art Basel and throughout December.
15 days ago | Desserts
How one Miami entrepreneur went from a career in finance to launching a fine-chocolate company that's approved by the Salty Donut and other popular Miami bakeries.
17 days ago | First Bites
Menin Hospitality has opened another concept right next door to its popular Bodega Taqueria y Tequilla. Ricky's has arcade games, great cocktails, live music, and a carnival-themed menu.
17 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
One of the first ideas for a planned Southeast Asian restaurant at the Setai Hotel was bento boxes. But executive sous-chef Vijayudu Veena proposed offering something from his native India instead. Thali — Hindu for "plate" — refers to a round sta...
1 month ago | Fashion
Those who know Miami-based costumer Cori Mizrahi won’t be surprised to learn she landed her first gig out of college while perusing the racks on Lincoln Road. The extroverted Tulane graduate was trading style tips with a fellow shopper when the ge...