Even for Miami Beach, 2,500 pounds of pure cocaine is a lot to be in any one place at one time. The U.S. Coast Guard is unloading the loot, worth an estimated $35 million on the street, at its Miami Beach station today after a historic raid just south of the Dominican Republic.
Happy National Rum Day! Sure, it's another made up holiday, but when there are cheap rum drinks involved do you really care? If you want to get technical, since sugar cane is a major Florida crop...and since rum is distilled from sugar and/or molasses, you could say that rum should be the "officia ... More >>
"What's your favorite restaurant?" That question, recently batted around at our weekly editorial meeting, got us all thinking. If we had to choose one favorite at gunpoint, what would that restaurant be, and why? Each week, a different Short Order blogger will celebrate his or her favorite eatery -- ... More >>
Riptide's Crack Weather Team has just issued this update on Tropical Storm Isaac: 9:45 AM EST/ Wind shear and disorganized flow have hampered Isaac's development, but a dip in low pressure means by that this afternoon Isaac will begin inexorably raging with the blind, horrible fury of a pack of muta ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain is moving on to greener pastures, and our hearts (and stomachs) will follow the writer, chef, and snarkmeister to CNN when he starts his gig at the cable news giant.For now, however, we have an entire new season of No Reservations to look forward to.Since it's Bourdain's last hurrah ... More >>
See also "Scenic Beaches, Dirt Roads, Fresh Fish."Sun-burned tourists ride atop ATVs or horses, casually passing through Las Terrenas' busy, bustling roads. At the former fishing village, both methods of transport coexist naturally, blurring a sense of magical realism within its tropical surrounding ... More >>
To the rest of the world, everything in Miami-Dade County is known as simply "Miami," but the actual City of Miami is one of the smallest main municipalities of a major American metro area by both size and population. That's because historically the area has a flare for incorporating new towns and c ... More >>
Ugh, get ready for the arrival of a bunch of drunk, unruly college students (and not the FIU and UM variety we're already used to dealing with) in a few weeks, because according to a top travel agency, South Beach has now become the third most popular Spring Break location for college students. W ... More >>
Laine DossMast Brothers Chocolates -- Wynwood just got sweeter.Mast Brothers Chocolate is a small boutique factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that makes artisan chocolate.The chocolate is made in small numbered batches from beans specially selected by the brothers who own the company, Rick and Mi ... More >>
Sitting outdoors at Red Light won't cost you a fortune.Last year, we bestowed our Best Restaurant for Outdoor Dining to Cecconi's Miami Beach for its lovely garden patio with retractable roof. And, of course, we like the food there too, a factor too often overlooked in "Best Outdoor Dining" compi ... More >>
Photo by Matt HulsmanHer family motto was "hola, y'all," and for an American girl growing up in Guatemala, Sandra Gutierrez had the best of both worlds; hamburgers for dinner and arroz con leche for dessert. The New Southern-Latino Table (The University of North Carolina Press, $30) reveals her s ... More >>
I'll never forget the dread of marching from kitchen to dining room towards the table I was serving with a bottle of French wine in hand. It was at the Culinary Institute of America's fine French restaurant -- the first time I had ever waited on a table, and the second time I was taking this part ... More >>
"Where is Julio Llanessa!" screamed the lawman's voice on the phone. Ivanhoe Smester was baffled. The Dominican immigrant hadn't spoken to his childhood friend in more than a year, even when Llanessa was arrested for mortgage fraud. So why were U.S. Marshals calling him now? Unbeknownst to S ... More >>
FacebookRey Ruiz. El tipo's tremendo salsero. His musical career started 90 miles east of Key West in Havana, Cuba. As a kid, the baby-faced singer appeared on countless national television programs showcasing his incredible range. He enrolled in the country's famed Conservatorio de Música. ... More >>
While it's not projected to directly hit South Florida, or any part of the state for that matter, Tropical Storm Emily has all the makings of one of those classic, seriously annoying hurricanes. So, even under the best-case scenario, prepare to have a serious dampening damper put on your weekend.
Longevity is far more often the antithesis of punk rock than an adjective used to describe it. But Venezuelan rockers Caramelos de Cianuro don't subscribe to the usual rules. This band has been doing its thing for a very long time now, and it's been doing it well. The group first garnered attent ... More >>
"That voice just now-- what was it?"We like the idea that, in his final hours as the Florida Marlins manager, Edwin Rodriguez spent his time comforting relief pitchers who were terrified of ghosts. It'd be fitting for one of the youngest teams in baseball.
Cesar Carasa's smooth tongue didn't do him any good in court. Late yesterday, a Miami-Dade jury found the former West Miami mayor guilty of exploiting his official position. The loquacious Cuban American politician ran up more than $70,000 in calls to women in the Dominican Republic on his c ... More >>
Though Pacha Massive was born in the Boogie-down Bronx, theirs is a global identity. They build their blend on traditional sounds from each member's roots, like palo (from band member Nova's native Dominican Republic) and cumbia (from the homeland, Colobmia, of the duo's other half). The pair the ... More >>
Historically speaking, he's still in the Asshole Minor Leagues.So Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has apologized-- after much coercion--for not running after a kicked ball and then lashing out at his teammates and manager Fredi Gonzalez. He's been reinstated into his God-given spot in the ... More >>
via Liz and Dave on TravelpodGuess what.People to the south of Miami think America's chemical-laden, hormone-injected, infinite shelf-lifed, processed, packaged, industrially produced, lab-tested, factory-farmed food is crazy.But they eat jungle creatures. Now that's weird. Here are our top 5 rea ... More >>
The city of West Miami has a relatively modest population of approximately 6,100. The mayor, Cesar Carasa, has racked up charges on his city-owned cell phone to the tune of $68,000. That's about $11.15 for every citizen in town. The city has a deal with Sprint that includes ten free city cell phones ... More >>
Big Fish's catch of the day.
Sidestepping sports movie clichés, Boden and Fleck find the sweet spot.
Luis Montealegre poured a café Cubano on Tuesday, paid a delivery guy for croquetas, and peered east a few blocks from his corner cafeteria. There was only blue sky where a $634 million Marlins baseball stadium will soon rise. "This is the poorest part of the city, the one that needs the most h ... More >>
A Miami guy stars in a Sundance film and is sued by angry Dominican dolphin geeks.
University of Miami is clearly not embarrassed about naming its baseball stadium after an admitted steroid user. So much so that Alex Rodriguez is front and center on UM's homepage. The media, admittedly, is being overly hard on Rodriguez, considering more than 100 other players tested positive a ... More >>
On this foreclosure tour, the mortgage crisis is just another money maker.
A vintage punk reunion at Churchill's this weekend.
This trio of restaurants has unexpected brio
Suenalo Sound System
Haiti and Cuba
The cultural-imperialism argument gets complicated
The local International Hispanic Theatre Festival is one of the biggest and best of its kind -- when will South Florida discover it?
Is Spanish for yum
July 23 - 29, 1998
The Tropicana's Thursday-night blackjack tournament floats local gamblers' boat