Emily Codik

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    October 16, 2014

    Ten Best Dinners Under $15 in Miami

    The economy is improving, but let's face it -- the recovery has yet to hit the young, urban demographic. It's a constant struggle out there, made no easier by the desire to treat your date to the standard weekend dinner out on the town. Between valet, drinks, appetizers, mains, dessert, and tip, the ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Why Wynwood is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

    Wynwood, why you so cool? Even in this scorching summer heat, you keep us refreshed with all your laid back bars that don't overcharge for drinks. When I've gone over my limit and need something to sober me up on the weekends, you stay up late like a spoiling mom and comfort me with 'shroom buns and ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Bastille Day: Five French Eateries in Miami for the Non-Elite

    "Let them eat cake." These immortal words supposedly spoken by Marie Antoinette still live on today, but now we can take them literally. On July 14, 1789, inspired by the American revolution, the French people finally rose up against King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, stormed the Bastille, and k ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: New Places, Best Of, and Yappy Hour

    The weekend is here and there's celebration in the air (also humidity). Need something to do over the weekend? We suggest toasting to summer, hanging with your four-legged best friend, or checking out a hot new restaurant. For even more ideas, pick up our just-released Best of edition, which give ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    May 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The restaurant scene, much like the weather, warmed up in Miami with several interesting additions to the community and two welcome re-openings. Even in Miami, it's rare for a celebrity to announce a restaurant's opening, but that's just what happened this month. NFL legend (and restaurant partner ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Ten Best Plantain Dishes in Miami

    It sounds crazy, but in the rest of the country, people don't go bananas for plantains. They occasionally eat a banana from their fruit basket or pop one for potassium, but that's it. They have no clue about the banana's more angular, greener, thick-skinned, less sweet, and consumed-when-cooked cous ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Ali Lauria and Chris Padin: Miami's Professional Foragers

    Ali Lauria thought everything would arrive unscathed. It was not long before rush hour on a sunny January evening when she stacked 30 dozen eggs on the passenger seat of a silver Dodge Ram and drove north from Homestead on Florida's Turnpike. Filled with strawberries and tomatoes, the pickup truck's ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Jugofresh: Now Open in Wynwood (Photos)

    Remember Beyonce's controversial "Beysus" Instagram? During a recent visit to Miami, Mrs. Carter hopped onto Jugofresh's Wynwood counter and snapped a photo in front of an Andy Warhol-inspired 'Last Supper' mural. And then the Internet exploded. "It's been controversial for Beyonce, but it hasn't ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Key West: Where to Score the Best Hogfish, Donuts, and Shrimp

    An inky, flooded road skirts the edge of a trailer park on Stock Island, a square mile swath of land just east of Key West. Two men in rubber overalls stomp through the water, sheets of rain smacking their bright-orange suits. They head toward Hogfish Bar & Grill, a rickety restaurant beside the old ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Eat, Drink, Shop

    Happy Black Friday, everyone. Now that stores are open on Thanksgiving, maybe we can actually find a parking spot at the mall today (we're not counting on it). This weekend mandates that you shop 'til you drop with day-after-Thanksgiving sales and "shop small" Saturday. Sunday? Take the day off an ... More >>

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    November 9, 2013

    Box Park Announces Closing

    Box Park, the Brickell restaurant serving adventurous dishes, is closing its doors as of Sunday, November 10. An anonymous source tells Short Order the reason behind the abrupt shuttering is a disagreement between partners. Apparently, staff was given a week's notice regarding this turn of events. ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Hidden Gems

    These places aren't made for out-of-towners. They're made for Miamians. And that's why we keep them a secret. We take our family, perhaps a friend or a date. But that's it. We don't want these places disrupted by rowdy crowds. What follows are the top ten hidden gems in Miami. See also: Gabose in ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Bunnie Cakes Serves Vegan Lunch, Will Debut Brunch in September

    When Mariana Cortez opened Bunnie Cakes in February, it became the first vegan bakery in Miami. But the heart-spangled café was not Cortez's debut into vegan sweets. For years, she had been selling treats -- like gluten-free guava cupcakes -- from home. Now, six months after launching her storefro ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Top Ten Ingredients and Where to Find Them

    You're scanning a menu, and a word jumps out at you. One specific food item in one specific dish that you now can't help but order. It's like a trigger. The thought of that ingredient has turned on a switch in your brain. The phrase "Pick me" plays over and over in your head for no apparent reason. ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend

    Is it safe to say that Tropical Storm Andrea was a real pisser for those of us in Dade County? Here we were thinking there would, at the very least, be downpours overnight, maybe a little flash flooding, a power flicker or two. But, no. Nothing. The only thing that happened was our satellite went ou ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Southern Social and Anise Beer Tasting

    As the nation's beer junkies close out another run of American Craft Beer Week, it's time for a few more beer events and some serious carb unloading. We know this sounds scary. But after all that beer, it's necessary.

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    May 9, 2013

    Top Ten Places to Take Out-Of-Towners

    Hey there, tour guide. Looking to show your out-of-towners a good time? Frozen drinks at Wet Willie's sure sound like fun. How about Cuban sandwiches at Versailles and Sunday brunch on Lincoln Road? Or, perhaps, a drive to the Everglades for fried alligator. Yes, it's gamey. Yes, it tastes like chic ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Dena Marino's Mercato Disappoints

    The employee at Dena Marino's Mercato was busy. He played on his iPhone, filled out his W-4 form, and stared diligently into open space. He did not want to be interrupted. So I left the Design District breakfast and lunch spot with a few unanswered questions. See also: - Dena Marino Launches Mercat ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Fritas Cubanas

    An original frita cubana couples Cuban bread with a spiced beef patty, seasoned with cumin, paprika, and pepper. Some add chorizo to the mix. Others cap meat with an American-style hamburger bun. Despite minor variations, one thing remains consistent: Papas fritas, deep-fried and grease-slicked juli ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Acme Bakery & Coffee Is Closing

    After only nine months in operation, Acme Bakery & Coffee is closing its doors this Sunday, April 28. The bakery with a vintage vibe specialized in sourdough loaves and jams. But the little shop had its share of trials.The 35-seat restaurant was hindered by high rents and, although there seemed ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Inexpensive Restaurants

    Miami is a city laden with restaurants of little value. There are stylish joints, the kind where mediocre $24 tuna tartares and $30 chicken breasts, filled with fontina and foie gras, are the norm. There are hackneyed Asian concepts, the type where $20 sushi rolls are packed with fried shrimp, douse ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Medialunas Calentitas: Uruguayan Crescents, Milongas, and Empanadas in Brickell

    Medialunas Calentitas debuted quietly in Brickell nearly three months ago. The fledgling restaurant chain from Punta del Este, Uruguay has locations in its founding city, as well as Montevideo and José Ignacio. It has a presence in Paraguay and Brazil, too. Its Brickell outpost, located at 919 Bric ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Miami's Best Fried Chicken: A Top Ten List

    Eating fried chicken is no tidy affair. Golden brittle breading bursts after a gentle nibble. Bits of crust cascade beneath your chin. Juices flow. Fingers glisten. Lips gleam. (Call this gloss pollo frito; it sure as hell beats Chanel.) In Miami, a city brimming with restaurants of diverse ethnici ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Ten Best Miami Brunches

    The debate over whether the best meal of the day is lunch or breakfast has been going on for millennia. Intense battles have broken out over the issue. But one day, a peaceful being came up with a compromise for the rivaling sides. The settlement was "brunch," a perfect middleman between the morning ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Cuban Restaurants

    ​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. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® online at Miami is a city of exceptional things. It's where early mo ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Big Pink: South Beach Late-Night Dining Spot Refreshes Interior, Expands Booze and Breakfast Menu

    It was past dusk in early November and the windows at Big Pink -- South Beach's staple for late-night fare -- were covered with butcher paper. When we peaked through the open doors, we saw significant remodeling being done. Floors were gutted; the ceiling was in different stages of disarray; and dus ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    La Camaronera: Miami Seafood Staple Launches Table Service, Plans to Open for Dinner Soon

    Fish fry fanatics, we have some fantastic news. Three weeks ago, La Camaronera, the acclaimed West Flagler refuge for tostones, breaded shrimp, and fried fish roe, expanded its space and launched its inaugural table service. In the past, patrons seeking a taste of Miami's freshest, local sea creatu ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Watermelon Radish: What's In Season at the Farmers Market?

    Yesterday, nestled among boxes bursting with green lettuce, potted rosemary, and fresh dill at Bee Heaven Farm's stand at the Pinecrest Gardens Farmers Market, there was a root vegetable that resembled a stunted parsnip or a pale rutabaga. It was round and thick, about two inches in diameter, and it ... More >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Mandolin Aegean Bistro Owners Launch Organic Garden and Announce Plans for New Eatery, Poor Man's Lobster

    At Mandolin Organic Garden, Ahmet Erkaya shades his eyes from the gleaming afternoon sun. He walks towards a young cranberry hibiscus plant and rapidly pulls a leaf from the vibrant violet-red herbage. He eagerly hands it over for me to sample. "He's completely obsessed with this plant," says his wi ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend

    The weekend's here, folks! And in its wake come hot and tasty things going on around the 305. This weekend we have everything from a Buffalo Brown show to a whole lotta beer, to a beer heaven's weekend inauguration, to famers' markets (where beer is probably sold). Really, why ask for anything m ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Peruvian Restaurant MPP Brickell Opens on 7th Street

    MPP Brickell opened on November 3 on the first floor of the Neo Vertika building on SW Seventh Street. The location, which was once occupied by the Mediterranean eatery, Andu, underwent some significant renovations. The space kept Andu's basic layout, but the decor is less futuristic and more class ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Machiya Ramen Noodle House: Pricey Eats in Midtown

    Machiya Ramen Noodle House has been open since October 15. "We hope you enjoy our soft opening menu." These are the words printed on their single-sheet of offerings. For diners, this means a couple of things. First, the menu isn't definitive. Second, the staff is in training, and the kitchen is pro ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Review: Pinecrest Gardens Farmers' Market

    This market inside the lush Pinecrest Gardens is home to as many as 65 vendors during the high season, which begins December 1 and ends in mid-May. One of them is Copperpots, a tiny company owned by Tom Wilfong and his girlfriend, Vanessa Safie. Together, they produce jams and marmalades with flavor ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    Italian Gelato is Full of Artificial Ingredients

    A five-foot fluorescent sign depicts an ice cream cone topped with pink, green and ivory gelato. Across many of Rome's narrow cobble-stone streets, gelato shops announce their presence with illuminated signs that also list words like artisanal and natural. Inside the shops, displays feature overflow ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Hookers, Arroz Negro, and Chiringuitos: Welcome to Marbella, Spain

    "150 euro for each," demanded a tall Romanian prostitute. She stood on the side of a bustling alleyway in Marbella, Spain's Puerto Banús. Her hair was greasy, streaked with blonde highlights with creeping thick dark brown roots. Her accent was thick and her clothing was tight -- jeans studded with ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Doma Polo Bistro: Great Start Argentine Style

    Ulises Ledain opened Doma Polo Bistro this past August 23, but he's actually been in the restaurant industry in Miami for over a decade. Previously, Ledain was involved with Dolce Vita, the gelato-café with locations across Miami. For eight years, he also served many financial and consulting roles ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Lee & Marie's Cakery Company: South Pointe's New Farm-Fresh Lunch Spot

    Lee & Marie's Cakery Company -- a hybrid bakery, restaurant and coffee shop -- opened up a few weeks ago with a perfectly crafted concept. It serves Panther Coffee, sources fresh ingredients from local farmers, and even benefits a great cause. The eatery proudly supports adults with autism spect ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Acme Bakery & Coffee: Finally Great Bread and Pastries Starting September 14

    See also: Acme Bakery & Coffee to Open in Midtown, Will Serve Panther Coffee, Pastry Chef Cindy Kruse Out of Acme Bakery & Coffee. Miami needs a good bakery. In fact, Miami just needs good bread. Before you start naming an endless array of mediocre bakeries in the comments section of this ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Crumb on Parchment: Design District vs. The Webster

    See also: Michelle Bernstein Brings Crumb on Parchment to Miami Beach. Michelle Bernstein has a knack for opening Crumb on Parchment at inorganic locations. The lunch spot's first location is in the Design District, in the middle of a design shop complex. With its mismatched tables, chairs and couc ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Kevin Cory of Naoe Talks Jet Setters, Locals and Moving From Sunny Isles Into Brickell Key

    If you weren't looking for Naoe, you probably wouldn't notice the Japanese restaurant on the side of Brickell Key drive -- the manicured, handsome block on the isle of Brickell Key. There's no sign for the small spot, and it's setting seems rather mismatched among its neighbors: a market place, real ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    New Times Changes Up Food Team

    For more than a decade, New Times has offered South Florida's most extensive food coverage. From our food blogs -- Short Order and Clean Plate Charlie -- to the Voice Places directory of restaurants to our weekly reviews, the coverage equals or betters any in the American Southea ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    Giancarla Bodoni of Escopazzo: How to Master Risotto

    All photos by Emily CodikIf making perfect risotto were a race, it would be a marathon, not a sprint. The cooking process is all about maintaining a watchful hand, and a careful dedication to teasing the starch out of each rice grain. In fact, if a restaurant serves a risotto less than fifteen minut ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Local Fruit: The Secret Ingredient For a Perfect Batido

    All photos by Emily CodikI've had my share of batidos. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, my mother would always whip up thick shakes with produce from her favorite street-side fruit carts. She'd add the fruit, milk and ice to a blender and serve a simple, yet delicious, batido. The chilled drink ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Best Fats for Baking Pies: Butter, Shortening & Coconut Oil Battle It Out

    Emily CodikAfter inquiring about trans fats at supermarket and restaurant bakeries and receiving unsatisfactory response, I devised a blind fat taste test. I baked identical pies, with the same filling (fresh strawberries), but with different fats.I tested the following 100 percent artificial trans ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Trans Fats: New York Bans It, Florida Lets Anybody Use It

    Flickr CCShoppers entering the Fresh Market in Coconut Grove are greeted with vibrant flowers, elegant wooden fixtures and mellow classical music.The bakery section features organized stacks of sugar cookies, fruity pies and loaf cakes, all placed in a very sweet, delicious way.But, if you take a cl ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Pink Slime and Now Mad Cow? Skip the Beef, Opt for a Homemade Veggie Burger Instead

    Emily CodikVeggie Burger from Green Gables CaféOn Tuesday, the USDA confirmed the detection of Mad Cow disease in a California dairy cow. Even though the agency also announced that American beef and milk continue to be safe for consumption, reports have already surfaced of countries like Indonesia ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Sam Gorenstein's Tips on Fresh Fish, Part Two: Learn to Fillet with Finesse

    Filleting fish has become borderline passé among home cooks. The practice is commonly viewed as a forgotten technique that is reserved solely for restaurant kitchens, guided by master chefs and expert fishmongers.But there is definitely a general curiosity about the subject. During the time that I ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Top Five Local, Tropical Fruits In Season Now

    All photos by Emily CodikRobert, the owner of Robert Is Here, the timeless fruit stand and farm in Homestead, knows all about the variety of local Florida produce. He's been a grower for more than 50 years. Since it can be tricky to get to know the selection Robert is here to list the top five local ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    New Downtown Miami Publix: Does It Deserve Being Ranked Third in the Nation?

    Hipsters and dog owners in midtown and downtown can now rejoice. Publix has finally opened a convenient location in the Omni area. No longer will denizens have to visit the jam-packed outpost on Biscayne at 48th Street. The new location, at 1776 Biscayne Blvd., features both a liquor store and a pha ... More >>

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