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 | Chef Interviews
Most chefs keep a few culinary tricks up their sleeves for special events and good customers, and chef Bee at NaiYaRa is no exception. His otoro tartare isn't listed on the menu, but enough people have come to know about it that it's become the re...
6 days ago | Food News
If you like Buena Vista Deli, you'll love Cafe Creme in North Miami (750 NE 125 St.). Located right next door to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cafe Creme is a new French restaurant, bakery, and soon to be bar from the founders of ...
6 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
Gone are the grasshoppers, beef hearts, and sweetbreads. Now there are houndstooth-check seats, a new menu, and even a name change. Vagabond Kitchen & Bar (no more "Restaurant" in the moniker) in the MiMo District is heir to the place that che...
12 days ago | Desserts
You don't need to be in a position of power to enjoy Marion's new power-lunch buffet priced at $24 per person. All you require is an appetite, because the Mediterranean eatery in Brickell knows how to do a buffet. French owners Mathieu Massa ...
18 days ago | Business
Most independent Miami restaurants such as Zak the Baker, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, and MC Kitchen have already taken to social media to announce they will be closed all day today in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Many hope to re-open on Friday ...
1 month 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...