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.
5 days ago | Interviews
If you've lived in Miami long enough, you understand that operating a successful restaurant for many years in this city is quite the feat. This past month, however, Andiamo in the MiMo district celebrated its 16th birthday. What's the secret? Mana...
1 month ago | Restaurant Reviews
Plates emerging from the kitchen at Tatel Miami, the 3-month-old restaurant inside the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, are something to behold. A signature dish is a Spanish omelet with truffles. It's prepared by mixing potato confit with organic eggs a...
2 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
At Estefan Kitchen in the Design District, a trio of musicians kicks things up a notch as soon as the clock strikes 9. A young woman in barely there shorts and her father dance salsa beautifully, while next to them a gentleman in his late 80s star...
2 months ago | First Bites
Kiki on the River is one of the year's most anticipated openings in Miami, and after kicking things off with lunch, the eatery has officially commenced dinner service. With a prime location overlooking the Miami River, Kiki boasts spectacular wate...
2 months ago | Chef Interviews
Celebrity chef Jeremiah Tower, of Stars and Chez Panisse fame, discusses the new documentary about his life.
3 months ago | Chef Interviews
Via Emilia 9 in South Beach prides itself on serving authentic regional cuisine from the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. Just north of Tuscany, the region includes cities like Bologna, Parma, Ferrara, and Modena. The name Via Emilia refers to the ...