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Food and Cooking

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    February 18, 2014

    Lure Fishbar Excels at the Simple Things

    Find a yellowtail jalapeño roll at your neighborhood sushi joint and compare it to the one served at Lure Fishbar. They look similar enough: Coiled nori and rice are crammed with wasabi-spiked fish and then topped with jalapeño. But inside the grand Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the yellowtail tastes d ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    From Burger Bash to the Q, the High-Profile Events at SOBEWFF

    In its 13th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is bigger than ever. Even the most fit fan will likely get exhausted just reading the roster of 70 seminars, parties, and dinners -- up from last year's 50 or so offerings. How does one choose from the extended list of parties hosted by luminar ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge: Animal Prints, Italian Fare, and Pink Drinks

    An homage to both the striking patterns the designer is known for, as well as the man itself, Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge is visual overload. Zebras, leopards, and flowers play together on the tables, seats, and the servers' uniforms. Roberto Cavalli's image is plastered all over the walls, and gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Five Awesome SoBeWFF Events That Aren't Sold Out

    The biggest boozy, bon vivant blowout of the year is almost upon us. Hello South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we've missed your many charms. Even if you're been procrastinating like crazy ahead of the big affair, you're in luck. There are still tickets available to some of the best events. Here ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Mmmm to Open in Wynwood

    "It's somewhat of a miracle," Cathy Vedovi says of the way her new endeavor, Mmmm, came about so quickly. The cafe, located in the former Lester's space at 2519 NW Second Ave. in Wynwood, is set to open any day now. "Hopefully by the weekend," she says as she nearly avoids a head-on collision with ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Versailles Cited For 52 Safety Violations During Routine Inspection

    Of the many cultural artifacts one would think to find at Versailles perched in the heart of Little Havana -- ventanitas, ropa vieja, a strong disdain for Fidel Castro -- mold growing in the ice machine likely isn't one of them. But that, according to a safety report late last month, is just what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Get a Free Lobster Tail at Whole Foods Plus Valentine's Recipe

    With Valentine's Day just a couple of days away, you're probably scrambling to get reservations at one of the many places offering a romantic dinner for two priced at less than $100 per person. Let's face it though, going on to dinner for Valentine's Day is overrated. The kitchen is more often tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami

    Valentine's Day is this Friday, February 14 and if you haven't made your dinner reservations, we suggest you stop whatever you're doing and get on that! Luckily, just about every restaurant in Miami has a special offering. From complimentary champagne to dining in the dark, here's a rundown of roma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Hong Kong Noodles and Hitching Post BBQ Among Six Dade Restaurants Closed for Health Violations

    Hong Kong Noodles in North Miami Beach and Hitching Post BBQ in Hialeah were among six restaurants in Miami-Dade closed last week for health violations. Other restaurants ordered to close include Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach, Mindy Supermarket in Hialeah, Nacha Cafeteria in Allapattah, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Bocce Bar Is Midtown's New Italian Darling

    Timon Balloo doesn't want to dazzle you. At Bocce Bar, he cooks things simply -- braising duck legs in stock before plunging them into a pan with orecchiette, squash, and Parmesan. They are finished in a sauce that's thick enough to coat a wooden spoon and tastes of sage and thyme. They are unencumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Eats N Beats Caters To Locals During SoBeWFF; Short Order Readers Get Discount

    Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Miami knows what areas to avoid during certain times of the year. Unless you are in the mood to dodge obnoxious tourists and pay exorbitant amounts of money, South Beach is a no-no during the upcoming SoBe Wine and Food Festival February 20-23. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Bacon Jam at Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs

    A trip to Miami Springs requires maneuvering over one way canals and a circle park, but it is so worth it. We came for the deep fried bread pudding and fried chicken at Crackers Casual Dining but we stayed for the bacon jam. This homey restaurant serving delicious Southern comfort food is run by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Brunch at Soyka: Live Music, Bottomless Booze, and Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza

    Before the Design District became what it is today, few restaurants dared open north of 36th Street in Miami. Soyka took a chance. In 1999, the restaurant began operating after its owner, the legendary Mark Soyka, purchased the space as a garage for his vintage car collection and then realized the E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Make Perfect Strawberry Ice Cream For Valentine's Day (Photos)

    Know this: When making ice cream, water is your greatest enemy. It forms tiny icicles in your sweet treat, tarnishing its smooth texture with a harsh frost. Worst of all, it sneaks up on you in many ways. Water is in milk, fruits, mix-ins, even on your rinsed ice cream scooper. The key to making p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Recall of Nearly Nine Million Pounds of Beef Could Affect Florida

    A California-based meat processor has issued a recall of nearly nine million pounds of beef products, and Florida is one of the states involved. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, Rancho Feeding Corporation, based in Petaluma, is recalling approximately 8,742,7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Kitchen Hop Takes Off at Mary Brickell Village

    A new concept put together by Zevents called Kitchen Hop kicked off its first event Saturday in Mary Brickell Village. For just $35, guests enjoyed a dish from seven different restaurants: Delores, Brother Jimmy's, Tapas Benidorm, Toscana Divino, Oceanaire, Balan's and Taverna Opa from 2 to 4 p.m.. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Gigi Hosts Valentine's Day for Singles: Leave With Someone New, Get a Free Dessert

    Valentine's Day can be a bummer if you're single. As if you need any reminder love is elusive, cutesy couples haunt you with their cuddling and holding hands. If you're smart, you'll avoid restaurants and movie theaters. But if you're really smart, you'll go to Gigi in midtown. Instead of offering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Five Reasons Brunch Is So Overrated

    Express your unpopular opinion. That Twitter hashtag gave me the courage to admit the unthinkable: I really hate brunch. OK, I know what you're thinking. Whenever I admit this to someone, I'm confronted with looks of disbelief and the follow-up question, "Do you hate puppies?" Though I dressed up ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014
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    February 6, 2014

    Food Network Filming New Show in Miami

    It's all so hush, hush and top secret that we can't share the name, but a new Food Network show about food trucks is filming in Miami tomorrow and next week -- and they're looking for people to be on camera. The competition-type show is looking for people to act as audience, with some people having ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Sumi Yakitori Sold to New Owners, Now Serving Sushi

    Sumi Yakitori was unlike any other restaurant in Miami. Its hamachi was shipped daily from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Its menu featured sautéed tofu skin, whole deep-fried quail, skewered chicken hearts, and wild mushroom kamameshi. There was yakitori -- meats skewered on bamboo sticks and cooke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Ten Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami Under $100 Per Person

    Maybe it's fitting that Valentine's Day's beginnings were filled with tales of saints and martyrs. If you feel forced to celebrate the day with poems, hearts, and flowers, blame it on 18th-century England, where the day evolved into what we now recognize as the opportunity for confectioners and flor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Carol's in Downtown: Affordable Italian-Brazilian Fare

    When Carolina Moura worked long hours as an implementation consultant for restaurants, she would eat at Gigi -- a lot. A regular at the bar, she quickly bonded with sous-chef, Kris Hillborn. In fact, Moura even went so far as to tell him: The day she opens her own place, she's going to hire him as e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Michael Mina 74: Like You're at the Club, But With Really Fancy Food

    Michael Mina 74 might remind you of a nightclub. Lingering behind the ivory counter in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach lobby, a leggy hostess in a tiny red dress is the restaurant's gatekeeper. She subtly eyes you and then escorts you downstairs, her black heels clacking on the marble steps. Inside th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Doma Polo Bistro: Now Serving Tapas Towers

    Would you leave everything you know behind just to help a friend? Hernan Rodriguez traveled 4,408 miles from Buenos Aires to downtown Miami to help Doma Polo Bistro owner Diego Verzino, his friend of 23 years. "That's the way people in Argentina are," Rodriguez says. "We will do whatever we can to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    Norman Van Aken Leaves Tuyo and MDC's Miami Culinary Institute

    Chef Norman Van Aken has stepped down from both his post as director of restaurants at Miami Dade College's Miami Culinary Institute and executive chef at Tuyo restaurant. Van Aken, who recently released his memoir, No Experience Necessary, is busy promoting the book. The chef recently appeared on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    January 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The first month of the new year included the opening of many anticipated restaurants including Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge, the chic Italian bistro by famed designer Roberto Cavalli, and Batch Gastropub, which features upscale takes on pub grub, like chili-glazed chicken wings with blue cheese esp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Miami Marathon Carbo-Loading, Cheering, and Super Bowl Watch Parties

    This weekend is all about sports, and it's your choice. You can be an athlete by running the Miami Marathon or Half Marathon this Sunday, February 2, which takes runners on a 26.2- or 13.1-mile journey from downtown Miami, through South Beach, and then to Coconut Grove before finishing near Bayfront ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    Super Bowl Party Grilling Tips From Meat Specialist Pat LaFrieda Jr.

    Super Bowl Sunday is just a few days away and Miamians have one large advantage over just about any place in the country for the big game -- It's one of the few places warm enough to fire up the grill without your beer freezing inside the can! With grilling for the game in mind, we asked meat maven ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 30, 2014
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    January 30, 2014

    Barmeli Miami: Wine and Tapas in the Upper Eastside

    When Liza Meli closes one restaurant door, she doesn't waste any time opening another one. The former owner of the now-closed Ouzo's Greek Island Taverna, Meli is currently at Barmeli Miami -- a wine shop that serves Mediterranean tapas in Miami's Upper Eastside. Fans of Ouzo's will be pleased to ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014
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    January 30, 2014
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    January 29, 2014

    Hakkasan Debuts Prix-Fixe Menu for Chinese New Year

    This week might be just another week to you, but on the other side of the world, China is gearing up for their big New Year's celebration this Friday, January 31. To welcome the year of the horse, Hakkasanis offering a special family-style, prix-fixe menu for $128 per person all week. On Friday, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Blackbrick in Midtown Serves the Chinese Food You've Been Waiting For

    The best place to sit at Blackbrick is certainly the kitchen bar. From there, you can watch the 63-year-old chef from Hong Kong stir-fry mustard greens in his red-hot wok. The way he works is soothing -- how swiftly he moves and how intently he waits, hands behind his back, while you eat. He hopes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Jerusalem Deli & Cafe in North Miami: Try the Hummus and Baklava

    Cruising on Biscayne Boulevard towards 163rd street in North Miami, Jerusalem Deli & Cafe is undetectable in its strip mall location. But once you discover this holy city-named cafe, you'll be drawn to it forever. After our first encounter, we revisited three times that same week. Now we have plans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Try Funky Buddha's Maple Bacon Coffee Porter at OTC Tonight

    It's Monday. You're tired, the week just got started, and Friday happy hour seems like a lifetime away. But good news! You don't have to wait five more days. Tonight, head on over to OTC from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. and check out a very special happy hour hosted by Esquire beer columnist and Miami H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Is Caramel Coloring in Your Soda Dangerous?

    Coke and Pepsi are deeply ingrained into the world's diet. From the United States to the deepest reaches of Kenya, there's one thing for certain -- wherever you'll find civilization, you'll find someone selling these caramel-hued refreshments. That caramel coloring, by the way, is so iconic that w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl of Guac: Make it for Game Day

    The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 2 and, unless you plan to freeze your ass off in New Jersey, you've got two game day choices in Miami: either go to a restaurant to watch the game or have a house party. If you're hosting a party, there are certain items you absolutely cannot do without: red ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The River Seafood & Oyster Bar's Brunch: We Get a First Bite

    Just two weeks into their new brunch, the River Seafood and Oyster Bar has already made changes to its menu. They've lowered prices and tailored dishes to the mutable wants of hungry patrons. Short Order was recently invited to sample their revamped Sunday feast. Check out the pictures after the ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Ritz-Carlton South Beach Launches New Brunch

    We Miamiams love our Sunday brunch. It's become a tradition -- one we're not willing to give up, and why would we? Brunch is a nice way to treat yourself after a long week of hustling and bustling. And now there's another spot offering up this meal. To reward locals and tourists alike, the Ritz-Ca ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2014
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    January 23, 2014

    Kareem Anguin of Oceanaire Seafood Room Talks Brunch, Seafood, and Miami Dining

    It has been nearly three years since 32-year-oldKareem Anguin took over the reigns at the Oceanaire Seafood Room in Brickell, earning him the title of youngest executive chef at a Landry's-owned restaurant. Short Order was recently invited to try out Oceanaire's newly launched Sunday brunch, and w ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    January 22, 2014

    Ten Best Restaurant Chains Missing in Miami

    Miami is not missing much. About 363 days of beach weather? Check. European tourists in Speedos plucking up overpriced designer items? Check. Damn near every taste, flavor, and kind of restaurant you can think of? Check. There are, however, a few things we lack. Domestic restaurant chains that litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Via Verdi Cucina Rustica: Brunch Dolce Vita Style

    There are so many brunches in Miami, you'd probably have to dine out every Sunday afternoon for a decade to enjoy every one of them. Which, by the way, we have no problem with. We stumbled upon Via Verdi Cucina Rustica's Italian-inspired brunch by happenstance. Hungry for a meal, we passed by the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Lorenzo: Classy Italian Eats in South Beach

    Sitting on the front porch at Lorenzo in South Beach on a bright afternoon, a crew of reality TV stars bickers in French. They reek of cologne and spray-on tan. The leader, a stern man with slick hair and a crisp button-down shirt, looks like a portly Bruce Jenner. His wife, wearing white sunglasses ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Baguettes: Le Royal, Buena Vista Deli, and More

    In France, stopping at the boulangerie for a baguette is like hitting up your neighborhood Cuban café for a colada. It's a daily event. The word "baguette" comes from the Latin word baculum, or "stick," and relates to the bread's long, narrow shape. Simple yet complex in taste, this traditional br ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Latin Burger and Taco's Coral Gables Restaurant Opens (Photos)

    Latin Burger and Taco's brick-and-mortar restaurant is officially open on Coral Gables' Miracle Mile. The restaurant's decor pays homage to both the original food truck and pop culture icons. The Texas-meets-Miami vibe features brown lizard-skin booths embroidered with the Latin Burger long horn l ... More >>

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    January 20, 2014

    Jackson Soul Food in Overtown: Pancakes, Fried Fish, and Smothered Chicken Wings

    Ever since Antwan Wimberly, son of Jackson Soul Food owner Shirlene Ingrahan, was old enough to chew and walk, he has been munching on any and everything off the restaurant's menu. But it hasn't been the food he has enjoyed most. "The best part of working here has been the familiar faces," Wimberly ... More >>

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