Alberto Cabrera

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    October 13, 2014

    Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co. to Open in Little Havana

    If Chicago has the hot dog and New York has the mile-high pastrami sandwich on rye, Miami's sandwich is the Cuban (although Tampa has its own claims on the lunchtime treat). The origins of the "Cuban" date back to the late 1800's when it was the favorite mid-day meal of Cuban workers in cigar facto ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Ten Best Happy Hours in Miami

    What are the two best words in the English language? No, it's not "free money" (although we'll take that). It's "happy hour." For us workers of the world, happy hour is the one thing we have to look forward to. It's a chance to take a break after work and toss back a few with friends. But, although ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Brunch, and Boobs (For a Cause)

    Weekend's here, guys, and this time it's all about beer, brunch, boobs...and being a nice person. Let us explain. Of course, we're still in the midst of that wonderful celebration known as American Craft Beer Week, so if you're into hoppy IPA's, a good chocolaty porter, or a refreshing lager, there ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Miami Mother's Day Brunch Guide UPDATED

    Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11. It's payback time. Payback for all the laundry and cleaning. Payback for the meals she made for your lazy self. Payback for those twenties she peeled out of her wallet to help pay your electric bill -- after you were way too old to ask for allowance. She did all ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    April 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    April showers not only bring May flowers -- they bring a host of new restaurants to Miami. This month's highlights were AQ by Acqualina, where chef Dewey LoSasso is making his new restaurant in the five-diamond resort local-friendly and Shikany, the long-awaited restaurant that offers degustation me ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Rum, Vegan Heaven, and Dinner in Paradise

    This weekend is all about the yin and yang of eating and drinking in Miami. Jimmy Buffet may sing, "I treat my body like a treat yours like a tent", but we encourage you to do both. You can enjoy some of our finest local chefs embracing the slow food movement, dine at a farm (there are ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Veritage Miami Interactive Dinner: Guests Cooked With Miami's Top Chefs (Photos)

    Anyone who is even remotely into food should also be into cooking classes. Unless, you work in a kitchen yourself, chances are you could always use a few tips and pointers. This past Friday night, Veritage Miami's Interactive Dinner at the InterContinental Miami brought together local culinary ent ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Grilled Cheese, Swanky Wines, and Frita Friday

    Friday is here and, as always, there's a lot of good stuff going on this weekend. For starters, how about a loaf of warm, freshly baked bread to start your day? Or maybe you'd rather top off your Friday with a few fritas and cocktails with friends at a kick-ass happy hour? If you prefer to go sw ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Veritage Miami 2014: Local Chefs Give a Preview

    Veritage Miami kicks off this week. Formerly known as the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival, the four-day event is now its in 19th year. If this is the first time you've heard about it, you have some catching up to do. Luckily, there are plenty of events to get you up to speed. It starts this W ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Behold the McFruffin: Frita Meets McMuffin at Bread Butter

    Alberto Cabrera faced an earth-shattering dilemma. His wife really loves McMuffins -- the breakfast sandwich proffered at every McDonald's near you. But Cabrera, the chef behind Bread Butter in Coral Gables, believed she deserved something greater than this mundane morning meal. "I had to make ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    March of Dimes: Octopus Carpaccio, Pastrami-Cured Fluke, and More (Photos)

    Last night at the Hyatt Regency, dozens of chefs joined forces to raise money and awareness for March of Dimes, an organization that aims to give babies a healthy start in life. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation, and yesterday marked the sweet sixteen for the event. Participa ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    El Rey Takes the Crown at Magic City Casino Frita Showdown

    In a shock to attendees, frita fanatics and the Miami Twitterverse El Rey de las Fritas' Cuban hamburger bested the creation of Ortelio Cárdenas, El Mago de las Fritas, at Burger Beast's first ever Frita Showdown at Magic City Casino Wednesday night. See also: Miami's Top Ten Fritas Cubanas

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    June 27, 2013
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    June 26, 2013

    Bread Butter: Nuevo Cubano Cuisine in Coral Gables

    Alberto Cabrera speaks pure Spanglish. He says pero instead of but. His grandmother is abuela. His landlord? Un viejo cubano -- an old Cuban man. His words drift from English to Spanish in a stream. In his family, he's known as pan con mantequilla (bread and butter). Twenty years ago, during a trip ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    Bread Butter's Alberto Cabrera to Cook With El Mago de las Fritas Tonight

    Old school meets new school tonight at El Mago de las Fritas, the Flagami staple for Cuban hamburgers known as fritas. Owner -- and indisputable frita master -- Ortelio Cárdenas will cook alongside Alberto Cabrera, the chef who's modernizing Cuban cuisine at his Coral Gables restaurant Bread Butt ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    April 5, 2013

    Alberto Cabrera (Of the Local) to Open Frita Shop in the Gables

    After two years of delays, Alberto Cabrera has found a space for his long-discussed Frita Shop at the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Salamanca Avenue. Opening sometime this summer, the shop will be the first of several spots, he said. "It's going to be terribly simple," he said. We're thinki ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Let's Get Spiked! Celeb Chef Volleyball Tournament: Free VIP Tickets UPDATED

    It's not unusual to see people playing volleyball on South Beach's shoreline. But come next week, don't do a double take when the person spiking the ball happens to actually be Spike... as in Mendelsohn.The Top Chef alum (and owner of some of the Presidential family's favorite Washington D.C. restau ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend

    The day after one of the most commercialized dates of the year always seems like a bit of a dud. A joy-kill, if you will. But thanks to Short Order, you can virtually omit all the love drama from your life and start planning your weekend. The forecast says it's going to be a little wet and muggy ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    Bread Butter: Sino-Cuban Pan Con Lechon and a Secret Dining Room

    After several months of planning what turned into two separate restaurants Alberto Cabrera, formerly of Karu & Y and The Local Craft Food and Drink, quietly opened Bread Butter Counter (Pan con Mantequilla) about two weeks ago toward the west end of Miracle Mile. The restaurant's décor and menu ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    December 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The last month of the new year saw a lot of anticipated 2012 restaurants opening under the wire. Ralph Pagano's Alba at Sole On The Ocean provides classic Italian cuisine and fresh seafood with a panoramic ocean view to the northernmost parts of Miami and Miami Beach. Although the official opening i ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    November 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    November in Miami saw many anticipated restaurants opening, and a few closings that had most people surprised, indeed.  Some welcome additions to our local food scene include Dena Marino's MC Kitchen, Myron Mixon's Pride and Joy, and David Bracha's Oak Tavern.Read also:- Florida Cookery: Every ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    October 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Open your windows, turn off your air conditioner and enjoy this glorious weather! It's fall in Miami and as the temperature cools off, the restaurant scene heats up!Already we're seeing restaurants come onto the scene in anticipation of the arrival of snowbirds flying south for the winter, tourists ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Julio Cabrera Goes to Cuba, Makes Hemingway Special at Constante's Grave

    When you woke up this morning, you probably didn't think you'd get the opportunity to visit Cuba and tour rum distilleries. Neither did Julio Cabrera. But he recently got the chance to do so and he's got the pictures to prove it. The Miami mixologist, most recently from the late Sra. Martinez, h ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    September 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    September is a transitional month for Miami. It's the time when tropical storms and hurricanes tend to be their most active (though we had one scare it luckily turned out to be a non-event), snow birds are still up north, and many folks (especially those in the biz) take a break or a quickie vacatio ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    August 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Though generally slow-moving, August in Miami saw a surprising amount of new growth in the restaurant biz.Many restaurants opened including Michelle Bernstein's Crumb at the Webster and the reemergence of pop-up favorite Eating House.Speaking of pop-ups, Dining Room closed its doors on Washington Av ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, July 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings June, 2012The big news in July regrettably revolved around closings: Sra. Martinez said adios in the Design District, David's Cafe II shut down its Lincoln Road branch, and Jamie DeRosa and Geoffrey Zakarian are now both gone from Tudor House, which sort of e ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, June 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings May, 2012And so it came to pass that in the month of June, in the year of 2012, The Bazaar by José Andrés finally opened in the SLS Hotel South Beach. And with it, the also-heralded (if less so) Katsuya by Starck.After numerous permit delays, Macchialina Ta ... More >>

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    June 1, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, May 2012

    May was certainly an eventful month concerning Miami dining. A trio of favorites closed shop (Anise Taverna Rustica, Fratelli Lyon, Sustain Restaurant Bar), and newcomer Mare Nostrum dropped away faster than squid on a stripper pole.There were quite a few openings, the ones of note mostly debuting ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings, April 2012

    The return of Kevin Cory's incredible Naoe and the debut of Josh's Delicatessen & Appetizing were the most notable local openings in April. China Grill's shuttering in South Beach was the big closure (although it will reopen in Brickell). Other than that, our list of exciting establishments ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Miami's Top Five Gastropubs

    ​Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play.​The first gastropub is generally considered to have been The Eagle, in London. Michael Belben and David Eyre launched it in 1991, and it was si ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Despite Fears, Adrienne Grenier Triumphed On Chopped Last Night

    ​Planning a meal in seconds with limited ingredients, based upon a food mystery in a basket, is no easy feat, even for a seasoned professional.Last night on Chopped, Adrienne Grenier beat out a bunch of guys with more experience, who talked a lot of trash, each claiming with bravado that he was c ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Beer Party in the Grove: Grovetoberfest This Saturday

    GrovetoberfestMeet your new best​Beer will bombard Coconut Grove this Saturday for the first-ever Grovetoberfest at Peacock Park this Saturday, October 15th from 4 - 7 p.m.About 100 beers will be available for your drinking pleasure, including the world premieres of Miami's own Schne ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Second Career Ideas For 10 Miami Chefs

    ​With the news that former Pacific Time chef/owner Jonathan Eismann is now a realtor, it seemed like an opportune time to reflect upon potential second careers for other local chefs. After all, we know that the restaurant biz is a bitch, and dining establishments don't last forever, and...well, le ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Michelle Bernstein and Jeremiah Bullfrog on the Closing of El Bulli

    The Kitchen at El BulliLast Saturday, El Bulli, former world's best restaurant and trailblazer for culinary creativity, served its last meal. El Bulli is not dead, however; it will become a private culinary think-tank which plans to catalogue its findings and disseminate the information at chef's co ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    The Local Opens Tuesday in Coral Gables

    Paula Niño​There's a new place opening in Coral Gables this week, and it's not another chain. Located in the old Randazzo's space on Giralda Avenue, the Local Craft Food & Drink is the idea of high school friends Jose Mallea and Mauricio Lacayo. "We wanted somewhere where people can get a goo ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011
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    June 9, 2010

    Behind The Line: STK at The Gansevoort South Beach

    Jacob KatelBite your screen.​STK at the Gansevoort South Beach is the nightlife answer to the steakhouse. A dark lit room, restaurant DJ, velvet ropes, a doorman, stilettos, and silicone all add up to black cards, bottles, and hot fired flesh from land and sea, truffle oil in the air, and the side ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010
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    April 22, 2010

    Oceanaire Seafood Room Brickell Hosts Chef's Club

    Jacob KatelCan you name all these chefs?​ Monday night at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Brickell, Chef Sean Bernal hosted the Chef's Club, a semi-monthly meeting of some of the tri-county's best food talent for eats, drinks, talkin' smack, and hanging out. Just some of the chefs who came through w ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Chefs Club Miami & Whole Foods Market: An Unholy Alliance

    ​"Begun in 2006 as a series of intimate, word-of-mouth chef gatherings at restaurants all across South Florida, Chefs Club Miami -- now boasting a membership of more than 30 of the town's culinary innovators and restaurant industry honchos -- is proud to announce its recent partnership with Whole ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007
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    December 7, 2006

    Artful Digs, Artless Food

    Karu & Y is long on style, mixed on substance

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    September 28, 2006

    Nonapparent Servitude

    A splashy new eatery north of downtown, then reggaeton on Lincoln Road