Danielle Alvarez

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    August 31, 2010

    MiniBAR Closes After Questionable Inspection

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​MiniBAR, the cool midtown hangout just north of NE 36th Street,  has run into some big problems. Now it's closed. On August 19th,  the place's Facebook page thanked patrons and made a brief mention of a requested health inspection.  Then during the inspec ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Hot Plates: Josh Del Valle at Sra. Martinez

    Photo By Danielle Alvarez​Josh Del Valle is fresh from the big city. The line cook made the move from NYC to Miami just four months ago to rub shoulders with Michelle Bernstein. He has a boyish charm and culinary finesse. But before attending The French Culinary Institute, the 27-year-old mi ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Hot Plates: Veronica Gessa at Mercadito

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Veronica Gessa is a sassy and well accessorized Mercadito hostess. She's of Cuban descent and is a Miami native.The spunky 21-year old lures in patrons nightly with her long black hair and sultry dark eyes. And she boasts a confidence level only seen in locals. As she sta ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    The Sicilian in Miami Lakes Will Be Sold Soon

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Picking a place for dinner in Miami Lakes usually consists of having to choose between the lesser of two restaurant chain evils. Outback or Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza tonight?  And the authentic food search is about to get even tougher. The owners of the area's best ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Miami Code Enforcers Keep Food Trucks Truckin'

    Courtesy of Grill Master Cafe​There's a reason why food truck operators update their Twitter feeds more often than Justin Bieber. The mobile food providers constantly have to find new places to post up. And they are using social networking to keep their customers updated on their whereabouts. The ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010
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    August 3, 2010

    George's in the Grove and on Sunset Are All About George

    Photo By Danielle AlvarezGeorge-Eric FargeSometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Georges-Eric Farge did.So the French native moved to Miami, opened two restaurants, and named them after himself. George's in the Grove has been in business since 2008. And George's on Sunset opened o ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    July 21, 2010

    The Funk at Caffe Vialetto in Coral Gables

    Photo By Danielle AlvarezThe Funk "This dessert is the funk!"No, Short Order has not let the cast of Jersey Shore in on our dining research. The most popular dessert at upscale, Coral Gables fusion eatery Caffé Vialetto is named "the Funk." And rightfully so. The other most ordered sweet item is ca ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Plato Royale: Battle of Yuca Frita, Havana Harry's vs. Casa Larios

    Americans have potatoes. Cubans have yuca. So in Miami, you can find the root vegetable pretty much everywhere arroz y frijoles are sold. The starch can be boiled or fried but must be drenched in mojo (a sauce prepared with heavy amounts of garlic, olive oil and citrus juices) to be legitimate.Local ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Hot Plates: Nicola Abbate at Villagio in Merrick Park

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Nicola Abbate hails from Cesentico, Italy. But for the past nine years, while working for the Villagio Company, he has been making South Florida women blush and overtip. Today, as part owner, Abbate manages Villagio Restaurant's Village of Merrick Park loca ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Plato Royale: Hummus at Mykonos and Books & Books

    Hummus was around during ancient Egyptian times. Cleopatra was probably hand-fed the stuff between grapes while men fanned her. So how is it that after thousands of years of practice, so many eateries prepare crappy renditions of the simple dish? Locally, you can find plenty of spots that need new h ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Christy's Mega Shrimp Cocktail

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Christy's in Coral Gables serves shrimp that look as juiced up as the male stars of Jersey Shore. Locals often frequent the upscale eatery on the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Malaga Street simply for the shrimp cocktail. It gives new meaning to the famed oxymoron ... More >>

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    July 5, 2010

    Hot Plates: Brittany Smith at Sushi Samba

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Brittany Smith is a long-legged blonde who struts around Sushi Samba while serving raw fish to Miami's most beautiful people.The 28-year-old is originally from Michigan but found a home on Lincoln Road three years ago. In her scanty black dress, the tall and svelte server ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Worst Bread in Miami: GreenStreet, Randazzo's, and Others

    Photo by Danielle AlvarezCPK's sad carbs​Some local restaurants are slacking when it comes to the breadbasket. Though entrées are just fine at many of these locales, staff overlooks a critical aspect of the dining-out experience. Bread is usually a diner's first taste of an eatery and sets the ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Plato Royale: Battle of White Wine Sangria, Jaguar vs. Por Fin

    Photo by Danielle AlvarezWhite wine sangria at Jaguar​Plato Royale usually compares and critiques food. But in this edition, it's all about sangria. The punch-like concoction is traditionally made with Spanish red wine from the Rioja region. But white wine sangria, sangria blanca, is a cool and c ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Classified Margaritas at Talavera

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Talavera Cocina Mexicana is keeping secrets. While the cilantro margarita may be wildly popular, its recipe might as well have been developed by government intelligence.In reality, seasoned bartender Damien St. Lawrence conjured up the cocktail recipe 10 years ago. He got ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Hot Plates: Lucas Cardillo at Scarpetta

    Photo By Danielle AlvarezLucas "Luca" Cardillo is a 32-year-old, tall and suave Argentinean who strives to create the ultimate dining experience for everyone he serves at Scarpetta. He pays attention to detail, looks you in the eye, and can make anyone, male or female, feel sexy. His bright smile an ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    La Crema de las Empanadas' Outstanding Patacones

    Most foodies usually turn their noses up and their fancy palates away from dining inside shopping centers. But every once in a while, when something is really worth it, they'll suck up their gourmet pride and dine within reach of Subways and dollar stores. La Crema de las Empanadas is a place worth ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Plato Royale: Battle of Churros, Sra. Martinez vs. Morro Castle

    Photo by Jacquelynn D. PowersChurros at Sra. Martinez​Virtually everyone in Miami has enjoyed a churro at one point or another. If you haven't, please continue on into Broward County where you belong. While they originated in Spain, the fried dough treats are also widely popular throughout Latin A ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Hot Passion at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge

    Photo By Danielle AlvarezGet hot, passionate and then drunkWhile it may sound like, and most likely is the name of a Web site that requires you to be over 18 to enter, Hot Passion is also the name of a wildly popular cocktail served at Cafeina in Wynwood. Since its opening this winter, the place has ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    miniBAR: Small Bites & Big Taste

    Photo By Danielle Alvarez​From real estate to cars to implants, bigger is usually better in Miami. But at miniBAR in the Design District, all things small are standing their ground. Identifiable by its arched black canopy and typewrite-font lettering, the restaurant was opened by owner and ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Sweat Records Hosts a Vegan Waffle Party

    Photo By Danielle Alvarez​The question, "Hey, are you here for the waffle party," isn't something you hear every day inside the muraled walls of Little Haiti vinyl provider Sweat Records. But this past Saturday afternoon, the quirky record store/ venue/vegan coffee shop hosted a vegan waffle party ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    HalfMoon Empanadas Delivers Quality Downtown

    Photo by Danielle Alvarez​Apparently, when traditional empanadas are stuffed with bacon cheeseburgers and priced lower than happy meals, demand skyrockets. HalfMoon Empanadas has been successfully serving both classic and Americanized crescent-shaped treats to the South Beach crowd since 200 ... More >>