Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Coca-Cola Life: Stevia Sweetened Coke Available at Fresh Market

    Coca-Cola Life is here, Miami! For the first time, the stevia-sweetened soda is available in South Florida, as of yesterday, August 25. The soda, sweetened with a blend of sugar and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract, caused a sensation in 2013 when it was launched in Argentina and Chile. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Vegan Drinks Night This Friday at Choices Cafe UES

    Despite popular misconception, not all vegans are teetotalers. The meatless masses like to cut loose and get a little social lubrication just like everyone else -- we just don't like fish bladders in our beer. Hence the inspiration behind Vegan Drinks, a nationwide meetup group for like-minded herbi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Go Meatless This Thursday for Meatout

    There's no question that plant-based eating is on the rise, with everyone from Al Gore to Beyonce giving veganism a go. And from farm-to-table eateries to frozen meat substitutes, it's becoming increasingly easier to make with the herbivorous eating. So how about ditching your meat-diction for one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Smoothie King Is Terrible for You

    Not long ago, I set foot in my first and last Smoothie King. At the time, I was a smoothie-making fiend in my own home, gulping down bags of expensive organic frozen berries like flappers guzzled bathtub gin. So I was psyched when I walked in the door of this "Nutritional Lifestyle Center" at 14200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts: Pumpkin "Cheezecake," Pecan Pie, Pecan Caramel Truffles (Recipes)

    Thanksgiving can be rough for vegans. Even side dishes tend to be packed with animal products, like chicken broth and heavy cream. But expend a little effort, and it's not as tough as you might imagine to concoct a cruelty-free menu. Short Order's own Camille Lamb is the Whole Foods Coral Gables' h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    25. Keith Kalmanowicz of Earth N' Us Farm

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Authentically EATalian Restaurants Weekend Features Twelve Popular Local Eateries

    Authentically EATalian Restaurants Weekend takes place this weekend -- Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28 -- and features 12 popular Miami restaurants. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce wants to introduce Americans to the true Mediterranean diet, considered by experts to be one of the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Homemade Hummus & Collard Wraps: Cheaper, Tastier, and Healthier (Recipe)

    After getting bored with my usual overly salty store-bought tub o' hummus, which is one of the only varieties around that's made without added oils (read this scholarly rant by Dr. Joel Fuhrman to see why I shun all extracted oils --- including olive and coconut --- whenever possible), I recently be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Mountain Dew Breakfast Beverage: How Bad is It?

    Soft drink powerhouse PepsiCo has announced the launch of a new breakfast beverage by Mountain Dew.Kickstart is being touted as an "entirely new beverage," which is sort of not true. The beverage, which blends juice and the favorite soda of hyped-up children and frat boys everywhere, actually starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Miami Vegan Ultra Athlete to Munch Hummus, Sweet Potatoes During 62-Mile Race in Asia

    Chad Weller, a Miami-based ultra athlete and running coach, has kept to a vegan diet for 18 of his 35 years on earth. He's been an endurance runner for 15 of those, and has competed in more than one hundred races to date, 10 of which were 100-milers. He's got 20 races and two more 100-mile competiti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Bunnie Cakes to Open Vegan Bakery in Wynwood

    Mariana Cortez, owner and founder of Bunnie Cakes, began selling vegan baked goods from her home in 2009. Since then, she has expanded to a production facility on NE 59th Street. It's there that she offers treats by special orders to clients. She also sells wholesale to many of Miami's restaurants a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 13, 2012
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    August 31, 2012

    UMiami Study: Heavy Drinkers Work Out Harder Than Non-Drinkers

    You really want that six pack? Maybe you should down a six pack every night. According to a new University of Miami study, people who report heavy drinking habits work out harder than moderate drinkers and non-drinkers. This also might explain why the University of Miami gym is so damned packed all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Three Cool Raw Vegan Soups for the Hottest Days of Summer

    A few months ago, before temperatures skyrocketed, I received a copy of Eat Raw, Eat Well, a cookbook by Douglas McNish containing 400 raw, vegan, and gluten-free recipes. I took a look at the cover - it pictures swirls of colorful raw vegetable "pasta" shaved from the original plants, an effect sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    How to Kick Your Sugar Addiction

    Elizabeth Garner (name has been changed) is a complete hottie, even by South Beach's ridiculously tough standards. Her butt sits high and tight, her arms are defined, her tummy's toned and her thighs are lean and muscular. She wouldn't mind me saying that she has a great rack, too. Peering through s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Vegans Can Carbo-Load, Too, at LA's Real Food Daily

    In my normal, South Beach-dwelling, plant-eating life, carbs play an important but purposely limited role. In my experience, the best way to get fat on a vegan diet is to increase the ratio of grains to vegetables in your diet dramatically. I try to stick to one to one and a half cups of strictly wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Subway to Launch Vegan Sandwich Line

    Subway is rolling out three new vegan sandwich options, in response to increased demand for meals on the go sans animal products. The Malibu Greek, Sweet Riblet, and Italian Black Bean subs are slated to roll out in select Subway locations in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Compassion Over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Bombshell 70-Year-Old Raw Vegan Annette Larkins Leads Us to Fountain of Youth

    ​The outside of Annette Larkins' pastel-pink Kendall home looks like it belongs to a grown-up Barbie doll.In a way, that's not far from the truth. Larkins' curvaceous chest-to-waist-to-hip ratio must be close to that of America's favorite figurine. One big difference, though, is that there's no pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Michael Schwartz's Farm to Table: Lack of Vegan Food Crushes Dreams

    ​The phrase "farm to table" to me implies lush green produce being wrenched from the ground, maybe run under a garden hose, and then plopped onto your waiting plate.Apparently, I need to consult my rural dictionary, because what happened to the locally sourced and fresh fruits and veggies between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Arsenic in Brown Rice Syrup Panic: Media Scare Americans Off Organic Food, Back to High Fructose Corn Syrup

    ​I'm effin' pissed. Discovery News published an article yesterday titled "Organic Foods Can Be Loaded with Arsenic." Lots of similar headlines soon popped up all over the Web.For the casual reader, this header could be translated as, "healthy foods poison you." I know the first things I think ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Om Nom Nom Cookies Bring Vegan Deliciousness from Miami to Miami

    ​Delicious vegan cookies, you say Impossible! Well, was impossible. Now that Miami has Om Nom Nom cookies, no one will be able to question the ability of a vegan treat to shine. First spotted by Short Order at Panther Coffee, these desserts may be lacking animal products, but they lose nothin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Don't Let the Holidays Kill You: Eat Slow, Control Your Portions, Live Another Year

    ​The chain of holidays at the end of the year is good of an excuse as any to party up and overindulge, which also means you can plan to bring on the weight gain!Not so fast. Between the cookies, candy canes, pastries, egg nog and Yorkshire pudding, there's no question that holiday foods aren't the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Former Vegan Chef at Red the Steakhouse Does Tofu Three Ways

    ​There's a perception that the vegan diet, which excludes all animal products, is incompatible with fine dining. In this new series, the Beet Reporter aims to see whether Miami's tastiest restaurants are prepared to feed vegans with something more than boring garden salads.I doubt many vegans have ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2011
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    September 19, 2011

    Burger King's Free Ice Cream: Contributing to Child Obesity?

    Burger KingBurger King is giving away free ice cream. Bad for kids?​Miami-based Fast food giant Burger King has announced a free ice cream giveaway in celebration of their foray into a full line of frozen treats, just in time for after-school snacking.From now until October 9, customers who order ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Apple Fries and Milk: Are Parents Buying Into the New Burger King Kids Meal?

    Wikimedia CommonsWe can tell this guy grew up on BK kids meals.​As part of the National Restaurant Association's Kids Livewell Initiative, 19 chains across the United States have ensured that your bratty kid will never again whine incessantly for another kids meal.These fast food places -- among t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2011
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    May 23, 2011

    Forks Over Knives: A Case Against Animal Food Products

    Dr. Pam Popper in Forks Over Knives.​Forks Over Knives is a new food documentary that makes you take a long, hard look at what you eat. It follows filmmaker Lee Fulkerson, an average middle-aged man with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, who decides to treat his conditions with a "whole fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    The ANDI Scale: Thrive vs. Burger King

    via ThriveTreats at Thrive.​A friend and I recently lunched at Thrive (1239 Alton Rd., Miami Beach). We split two entrées and a fresh juice. Our bill came to about $32. For $16, we each had half a portobello mushroom "pizza" topped with cashew nut cheese, a half portion of sweet potato and black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Subway Cuts Even More Sodium Out of Its Sandwiches -- Big Whoop

    via FlickrDon't eat Subway -- eat fresh!​As a connoisseur of truly fresh subs -- I love a Philly cheesesteak loaded with onions, mushrooms, and green peppers on a whole-wheat hoagie with lettuce, tomatoes, and hot peppers -- when I hear the words eat fresh in a Subway commercial or read them on an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    New Study Shows Maple Syrup High In Antioxidants

    Dr. Navindra Seeram​At a recent annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, scientists announced findings that suggested maple syrup contains as many as 54 antioxidants. Lead researcher Dr. Navindra Seeram, from the University of Rhode Island, has been studying the relationship between plants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Ciao Bella's New Novelties Debut in Time for Summer

    via Ciao Bella​Ciao Bella, "America's Gelato," recently introduced Belgian chocolate s'mores and blueberry passion sorbet bars. The novelties retail for $4.99 to $5.99 a box.The Belgian chocolate s'mores have a staple graham cracker outside, which, as one might imagine with a frozen product, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Homestead Farmers Market: A Real Farm-to-Table Experience

    ​A lot of farmers' markets display beautiful fruits and vegetables, but look closely and you might see boxes marked "grown in Colombia" or anywhere else that's not local. If you want to shop for produce that was still in the ground or on the vine as of this morning, the Homestead Farmers Marke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Miami is One of America's Soberest Cities

    ​Miami has an image of hedonism, but the city rarely makes any list concerning alcohol. In fact, The Daily Beast now tells us we're one of America's soberest cities. Sure, we're only 23, but how did we even end up on the list in the first place?

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2011

    Waffles and Records: a Talk with Lolo

    It's about the food, not the plates!​While everyone's sucking down greasy maple syrup covered bacon at Sunday brunch a group of people more conscious of the fact that meat is murder gather at Sweat Records for the Waffle Party. This isn't just your run of the mill waffle party (if there is such a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Revealed: USDA Plot To Kill Americans With Cheese!

    "Domino's Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino's to develop a new line of pizzas with 40 perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in South Florida

    Riki Altman​Vegan restaurants in Miami are rare. For the most part, they cater to a granola-munching, Birkenstock-wearing demographic, but neglect the rest of us who just like to eat. Maybe veganism would be more widely accepted if it struck a balance between looking appetizing and providin ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 29, 2009
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    February 27, 2009

    Bill McCollum Bravely Keeps Us Safe From Misleading Enviga Claims

    State Attorney Generals love to get together and kick some class action ass over sort of inane things. It is the service they have been called too. Yesterday, it was announced that Florida and 25 other states have come to a settlement with Coke, Nestle and Beverage Partnership Worldwide , the make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2007
  • Blogs

    December 24, 2007

    Two Americas, Continued

    In my restaurant review this week (Two Americas), I wrote that “While a ‘food revolution’ has indeed taken place, only middle-class and wealthy people can afford to purchase the real quality goods (To wit: Last week I swooned at the check-out line upon realizing I’d just paid eight dollars f ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 26, 2007

    Vegetarian Valhalla

    On South Beach, something new, something Guru

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Is "Healthy" Food Healthier than "Fast"? Not Always

    That's a wrap! But how healthy is it? A few months back I was drawn in by the slick smoothie and sandwich-wrap marketing madness, and ditched my daily burger with fries and a Coke for a supposedly healthier alternative. I started frequenting places like Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Planet Smoothie and ... More >>

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    The Fat of the Lens

    From man-breasts and money comes a local documentary film star

  • Dining

    April 29, 2004

    Getting What You Pay For

    Low-calorie, low-price, low-taste food at Bites on Wheels

  • Dining

    June 12, 2003

    Granny Feel Okay

    For local health-food-joints, Granny's fares darn well

  • Dining

    January 30, 2003


    Another fresh and fine café to add to the growing mix of good lunchtime choices

  • Finest Foods

    May 11, 2000

    Best Health Food Store

    Whole Foods Market

  • Finest Foods

    May 11, 2000
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