For 21 years, Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll have lived in a modest three-bedroom house in Miami Shores, a quiet village of about 10,000 residents with well-maintained houses and well-manicured lawns. There, the married couple grew vegetables on their front lawn for nearly two decades. Ricketts, ... More >>
When the first shadow skittered across the counter, Chad kept quiet. But as he reached into the cardboard crate to pull out flattened boxes of Stove Top stuffing mix, the dark shapes swarmed. They crawled over his hands. They scampered up his arms. And they weren't shadows. They were cockroaches.
Imagine you live in the burbs, want to build a garden, but don't want to disturb your pristine lawn. So you decide to pot your plants. Sorry, but that's not allowed, according Miami-Dade County zoning officials. Rigo and Eliza De La Portilla were a little shocked to discover this fact recently aft ... More >>
The human body is approximately 65 percent liquid, which means we inevitably do a lot of drinking to keep that waterlogged equilibrium. Whether it's the recommended allowance of H20 or copious quantities of booze, there's lots of the wet stuff constantly flowing down our gullets. So proper drinkwa ... More >>
One of our most important duties here at Short Order is to ensure our readers are made aware when restaurants are not maintaining healthy standards. Unfortunately for restaurant owners, it often takes just a little negligence for violations to occur. Fortunately for patrons, the Florida Department o ... More >>
Miami International Mall has been a favorite in Doral since opening its doors in the early 1980s. The mall was renovated in 2000 and redesigned to go along with the international theme similar to nearby Miami International Airport. Consumers bring their children and frequent the Simon Property Group ... More >>
Florida restaurant inspectors cited Natural Chicken Grill at 95 NW First St. in downtown Miami after rodents were observed. They also whacked El Toro Taco in Homestead for roach activity. Both restaurants received orders to shut down after an unannounced July 10 inspection, but were allowed to reope ... More >>
The White HouseMichelle Obama and Bo in the White House garden.The first lady has written a cookbook with gardening tips. The 256-page book, American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities, is scheduled to be released April 10 in both print and e-boo ... More >>
If you're a fan of growing (legal) herbs in your backyard or you want to start, check out Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's Edible Garden Festival this weekend.The garden will open its gates on Saturday and Sunday to amateur gardeners with ongoing lectures and cooking and gardening demonstratio ... More >>
New York City is under the persistent attack of bedbugs, with even fancy and iconic joints like the Waldorf Astoria hotel, the Empire State Building, and United Nations headquarters succumbing to infestation. There's now evidence that the great bedbug threat may soon be elevating in South Florida ... More >>
So, you haven't heard from us in a while. Doesn't mean rat turds aren't ending up in your lunch break. Brush your teeth and read on to find out who's been busted recently for health code violations at our local restaurants. The following inspections all occurred since October and were serve ... More >>
What do you call a hole-in-the-wall with several cockroaches living harmoniously among rodents? A restaurant closure. Miami health inspectors found more roaches in two restaurants in September than Snoop Dogg keeps in his glove compartment. But only two places were disciplined.Familia Bar & R ... More >>
courtesy of Miami Kitchen GardensIt seems that with all the talk of knowing where your food comes from, the rising concern about obesity and a move toward healthier eating, more people are flirting with the idea of growing their own fruits and veggies. But for people who know nothing about garden ... More >>
Roaches. They're not shy, they love to eat, and some can even quote Kafka. But none of that makes them a good dinner date. So what are they doing at our local restaurants? The same thing as everybody else; grabbing a bite to eat and trying to get laid.Problem is, most of us hate the thought, sigh ... More >>
art by Alex IzaguirreFurry bodies, segmented tails, whiskers from hell, transluscent brown wings, antennas of doom, beady black eyes; these are the visions restaurant inspectors must see in their nightmares.Luckily most of us don't have to bear witness to these images of living disgustitude.On th ... More >>
Can you smell what the rats are cooking, or do you just eat it without knowing? Here are 5 local restaurants nailed by the Florida DBPR with emergency closures. These verdicts halt a restaurant's operations until violations are corrected. They include bad news for judges, cops, lawyers, and regul ... More >>
toon by Alex IzaguirreWe hate to have to tell you this, but if six restaurants have been shut down for rats and roaches so far this month. How many do you think are getting away with it?How many plastic-smiling waitresses have you tipped while they knowingly handed you food that had been in a kit ... More >>
Ever had a termite sandwich? The bread's hard as wood and when you get done there are insect legs stuck in the cracks between your teeth. Here at Short Order we don't wanna see that happen to anyone, unless that's what you ordered. Here's a roundup of recent violations from the world of Dade Coun ... More >>
Geez, who can you trust these days? Definitely not those friendly neighborhood landscapers trying to give you a free estimate on your lawn, according to the Miami PD.Last week, grandparents Santiago and Gladys Rodriguez answered the door at their Coral Gables home just off Coral Way to find two men ... More >>
Roaches. Love em', hate em', eat em'. Or don't, at least not at a North Miami Quiznos location (11850 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami). The restaurant was temporarily closed down on December 4 by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation after inspectors found 12 violations, which t ... More >>
In Liberty City, renters suffer more than perhaps anyone else from the foreclosure crisis.
Tamara Lush "Generally speaking, orchids seem to drive people crazy. The people who love orchids love them madly, but the passion for orchids is not necessarily a passion for beauty. Something about the form of an orchid makes it seem almost more like a creature than a flower. Many orchids are stra ... More >>
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Dirty dishes. Spoiled food. Cockroaches roaming the kitchen. At some local restaurants the proof is in the pudding -- literally.
Today it's an ugly headache. Someday it will be a beautiful source of pleasure. But tomorrow it's still going to be an ugly headache.