John Linn

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    June 20, 2013

    Funky Buddha: Game-Changing Local Beer Now in Miami

    The bar at Lokal was three deep at 8 p.m. yesterday. Filled with people wearing beer branded T-shirts, the little Coconut Grove restaurant that specializes in grass-fed beef burgers and craft brews was hosting Miami's first tap takeover by Funky Buddha Brewery. The Oakland Park brewery presented se ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Sustain and Cigar City Brewery Team Up for Six-Course Dinner Pairing

    Photo by billwisserphoto.comNext Wednesday, local food meets local booze.On August 24, Tampa's Cigar City brewery will team up with locally sourced restaurant Sustain for a six-course pairing dinner inspired by Cigar City's unique brews."It's about as Florida a beer as you can get. It definitely res ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Following South Florida's Food Truck Trend

    Photo by Candace WestJim Heins, owner of Latin Burger & Taco.​While this week, Miami New Times is celebrating our inaugural Miami People issue, our sister paper, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, has a feature that explores South Florida food trucks.Former food critic John Linn focuses on the meal ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Iron Maiden Tour Party at Rock 'n' Roll Ribs, Vince Neil at Feelgoods

    Run to the Ribs!​Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is hitting the road with his band at the end of the month, and so the restaurant he co-owns, Rock 'n' Roll Ribs, is throwing a Memorial Day Weekend bash on May 30. Broward-Palm Beach Food editor John Linn has more details here and a really enticin ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Destination: Food... Chicharron tacos @ Tacos al Carbon

    Each week on Destination: Food, Short Order pays tribute to the restaurants - dives and chichi joints alike - that serve South Florida's "go-to" meals. These are dishes that you think about when you're toiling at work; that you still taste in your mouth hours after you've finished them; that you'd b ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    The Friday Martini Weekly Wrap-Up

    Man, I need a drink. Sure it's noon and I haven't even had breakfast, but what with the restaurant delays, Calle 8 hangover, and John Linn's beer coverage, it just seems like the right thing to do. Get the details on what's gone on this week with the Friday Martini Weekly Wrap-Up.

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    March 12, 2009

    Beer of the Week: Lakefront Brewery's New Grist

    Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Short Order will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it: How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer you'd like featured in Beer of ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of February 26, 2009

    "Never have I seen a law that motivates people to break the law more than this one."

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    February 16, 2009

    Valentine's Recap in Pictures

    Many of you probably spent a romantic Valentine's Evening at a fine restaurant, supping on foie gras and fine wine. And that's all good. But here's an alternate view of Valentine's Day - a less expensive option for leaner times. This simple meal of salad, cheeses, good olives, fresh bread, and wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Florida Trend Dispenses Golden Spoons

    Christine's runs away with a SpoonFlorida Trend's 2009 Dining Guide is out, with a new editor in chief: Chris Sherman has replaced Robert Toff as the dispenser of Golden Spoons. This year's guide cites plenty of South Florida gems among the 20 Best New Restaurants. In Fort Lauderdale: Christine's an ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Revisiting Marumi Sushi

    A couple months back, we reviewed Marumi Sushi, a small but very authentic Japanese restaurant hiding in the western wilds of Plantation. I loved it then: nowhere else in Broward can you get this kind of unfiltered, unapologetic view of the food that Japanese folks actually dig into, and nowhere in ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Christine's and New Times Hosts Artisan Brands Pairing Tonight

    Tonight, New Times and Christine's Restaurant  are presenting a complimentary tasting and pairing for Artisan Brands, a distributor of small batch, artisan spirits that's just moved into South Florida. Christine's chefs  Bill Bruening and Tom Repetti will be throwing down a spread of passe ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Last Night: The Ritz Carlton's Wine Room and Scotch Bar

    New Times was graciously invited to an evening of pampering and boozing last night courtesy of the Ritz-Cartlon Fort Lauderdale's (semi) new and much improved wine bar. And it went.... well, how do you think it went? We were pampered. We were boozed. It was an all around lovely evening, and I would ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    An Interview With Ted Allen

    C. StilesNectar Lounge at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek was host to the Christmas-ey dessert party, Sweet Dreams, this weekend. The event featured a huge spread of sugary cakes, candies, flash-frozen ice cream, and dessert sushi, which you can check out by viewing our slide show. But it also fea ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Fun With Dickerdoodles (NSFW)

    Penny ArcadeEach year around Christmas, the Mecca of all gaming sites, Penny Arcade, throws a little contest called Dickerdoodles. The concept is pretty simple: A dickerdoodle is essentially a snickerdoodle in the shape of a penis. The object of the contest is to submit the funniest picture of your ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Ted Allen Tonight at Nectar

    A reminder to all you forgetful foodies out there: Tonight and tomorrow, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy and Iron Chef America alum Ted Allen will be at Nectar Lounge in  Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, signing copies of his latest cookbook, The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes. Th ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Upgrading the Ol' Grill

    I've used and abuse my poor Weber (Thermos make) grill over the years -- slow cooking pork for hours on end, roasting peppers for bold salsas, and grilling hundreds of steaks, chops, and burgers has taken its toll on the big hunk of metal. So when I set out to grill some chicken the other day, I was ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    New Brew: Beer Events and the Fresh Beer Times

    I was just reading the latest installment of the Fresh Beer Times newsletter, put out bi-monthly by Fort Lauderdale's own distributor of fine, hopped products Fresh Beer, Inc, and I have to say that it kicks ass. It comes out on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, and covers everything from ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008

    More Turkey-Shaped Objects to Drool Over

    Every so often, Robbin Slocum, wife of our Managing Editor Ed Newton, treats the editorial department to one of her delicious rum cakes. These things are no joke. First off, they're doused in enough tasty, fermented cane that if you had a post gustatory smoke after eating a slice you'd be in danger ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Culinary Travels in Costa Rica: Part 3

    I'm going to wrap up this short little porthole into Costa Rican cuisine talking a little bit about everything -- probably in a very rambling, tangential sort of way. Just a fair warning. Native fruit is definitely one of the more unique aspects of eating in Costa Rica. You've got your average trop ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Culinary Travels in Costa Rica: Part 1

    A view of Volcan Arenal from a hiking trail that traverses old lava flow from its 1992 eruption. Arenal is the third most active volcano in the world. We hiked through rainforests and gasped at volcanoes, lounged on white sand beaches and wound our way around perilous mountain passes. Oh yes, we al ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Eight Essential Pantry Items for the Home Cook

    Herdy gerdy flurdy... oh sorry, wrong chef. So you cook at home quite a bit: you're always making fresh pies for when your family comes to dinner, crafting soups out of odds and ends you found in your vegetable crisper, and entertaining friends with your artful grilling techniques. But if you're li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Pairings is this Week!

    Don't forget that New Times' ultimate food and wine event, Pairings, is coming to the Broward Center this Thursday night. Tickets are just $29 if you order online now, as opposed to $40 at the door, so get yours fast. Click here to get a more info on the event, plus the cool prizes you can win for s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    Happy Halloween! And what are you supposed to be? You may have noticed this week has been heavy on the booze. Well, I thought I'd keep that theme going with a post on one of my favorite drinks, the Charlie Brown. It's basically a Black and Tan, only instead of pouring a base of Bass Ale and topping ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    The Great Voodoo Tiki Tequila Taste Test

    Two frosty bottles of Voodoo Tiki. Drink up. We have a tradition around the New Times offices called Beer Fridays, where we basically reserve the last two hours of a workweek to drink in excess. It's a good tradition, as you might imagine, and it was upheld this past Friday when we sampled two bott ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    Adventures in Tailgating, Part 2: Beer Braised Sausage Hoagies

    It's football season, folks, which mean it's time to bust out the propane grills, load up on ice, and hit the pavement for a little tailgating. Last week, we showed you how to craft spicy lamb chili that you could make ahead of time and then warm up at the game. This one is even easier: beer braised ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    New Benihana Location to Open in Coral Springs in 2009

    "Don't think about dropping it, don't think about dropping it..." If you ever needed any proof that the recession is hitting the middle class the hardest, just take a spin around Coral Springs. The sleepy burg - once the ultimate destination for budding family units - is literally covered with the ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Tuesday Morning Question: How Often Do You Try New Restaurants?

    What passages, what fantasies lie just beyond the unknown road? TMQ is back, folks, and today we've got a good one for you: If you're like me, you go out to eat at least 4-5 times a week -- once or twice for dinner, and about two to three times to grab lunch while at work. That adds up to a lot of ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    And the Football Gods Said, "Let There Be Tailgating!" And it Was Good.

    The Gods' Messiah on Earth. We're now a few weeks into an interesting NFL season, one in which the lowly Dolphins have already won a game! Their victory two weeks ago against New England was a celebration-worthy event, and will no doubt fuel the fires of many a tailgater heading to Dolphins Stadium ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    Rick Roll'd By a Birthday Cake!

    Up top: The faux German chocolate covering, Bottom: Astley gets the drop on us again. It’s happened to all of us: You get an email from a coworker, click the link that says “Cutest video of cats dressed as humans ever!” then those hauntingly cheerful drums start up. You’ve been Rick Roll’ ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Fort Lauderdale Water Contamination and You

    Murphy's Law works after all: No sooner then we preach the benefits Florida's clean tap water in this very publication, the hand of the Almighty descends from on high and dumps a bunch of industrial lubricant into Fort Lauderdale's water supply. Now, residents and restaurateurs alike are scrambling ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Pairings Tickets Available at a Reduced Price

    Shameless self promotion alert: Tickets for New Times own upcoming foodie event, Pairings, are available now, folks. So run on over to our Pairings minisite and get hooked up for an evening of sampling from nearly a dozen fine restaurants like 3030 Ocean, Capital Grille, Kuluck, and Cafe Seville. (C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Blog Watch: Stuff from All Over

    My soul mate, the great J. Wellington Wimpy. This week, on the (dun dun dun!!!!) BLOG WATCH: All Purpose Dark skips town. Hey, it sounds like a good idea. Labor day weekend is upon us, and I know I'm definitely due for a road trip. Naples sounds nice, but I get the feeling the West Coast as well a ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Monday Morning Question: The Go-To Haunt

    go-to joint, sushi, crawfish, cajun, Rosey baby, South port, ninja sushi, monday morning question

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    August 20, 2008

    Wrap up: Purple Pie Launch Party at Pink Ghost

    If you weren't at Pink Ghost Saturday night you missed one hell of treat: Not only was it the premier of the Ghostie's Eight-by-Eight art show, but it was also the launch party for the Purple Pie Company, a very DIY-style operation run by Miami gal, Alex Van Clief. There was beautiful pop art from t ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008

    Those Fresh Oysters are Frozen

    Carl Gussow, "Oyster Girl" John Linn and I noticed something fishy about the "oysters on the half shell" we ordered from Jackson's Steakhouse the other night. Our waitress told us they were Gulf oysters, which you know can't be safe to eat raw in August. The water warms up and makes those suckers ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008

    Monday Morning Question: Sending it Back

    I know everyone is probably scrambling this morning to get ready for Fay, but you still need something to take your mind off the impending doom, right? Well here's a burning MMQ to bring those thoughts back to happier places. Well not so much happy as disgusted. Last week I had a meal with my fath ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008

    Christine's Stag's Leap Wine Tasting and Prix Fixe Menu

    The secret to eating out lately? Maybe it's to save your bucks on the small trips to restaurants and then splurge on one great meal, a la the Stag's Leap Dinner on Thursday, August 21 at Christine's Restaurant? You could think of it as your personal last supper, if that helps. For $80 a head plus ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Monday Morning Question: Terrible Restaurant Names

    This morning I got started wondering about the worst restaurant names I've ever encountered. I guess the whole thing had its roots in Thai restaurants -- for some reason, this one type of cuisine seems to employ more bad puns and lazy wording than Carlos Mencia. I mean, the first time you saw a plac ... More >>

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    August 8, 2008

    Weekly Purge #5

    This week's regurgitations: Who knew Gail's sis could make such a mean pot of fish stew? Yum! Eating in Downtown Hollywood on a budget can be fun. Mmm, I dream of cancha. We showed you where to catch lobster that won't kill you (at least, it's far less probable). South Florida's bloggers really ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    Weekly Purge: Edition #4

    It's official: Short Order is now a month in, folks! This is an occasion. We need balloons, party favors, and naked baby pictures! Gosh, you guys remember 4 weeks ago when we were baby bloggers? That was cute. Now we're like, in that semi-grownup awkward phase, where one arm is longer than the other ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    Rock Band and Beer: Two great tastes that...

    Left to right:SweetWater 420 Pale Ale, SweetWater Georgia Brown, Clipper City Oxford Class Organic Amber Ale, Clipper City Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night, a very happy mug Over the weekend I hung out with my sister and her boyfriend and played some Rock Band at their house. My sister and I took turns ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    Weekly Purge: Edition #3

    What a week it's been. There are some Fridays where all you want to do is slink into a stiff drink and start the weekend a dozen or so hours early, and boy is this one of them. Gail was on vacay in the Big Apple this week, but still managed to come up with some great posts (details below, natch) whi ... More >>

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    July 21, 2008

    Homebrew: Grilled Pizzas

    This weekend, the gang and I got together to watch some UFC action (Anderson Silva? Still unbeaten in the UFC!), and decided it would be the perfect night to grill up some pizzas. Grilling pizza is perfect for a party of people because (1) You can do a lot of the work in advance, meaning it's ver ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008

    Weekly Purge: Edition #2

    Another week in the books at Short Order, and we're (surprisingly... or not?) still having a blast doing this thing. Look for some big changes coming soon -- next week, we're going to hip you to a schedule of when you can expect to see reoccurring posts like Homebrew and everyone's favorite, Weirdy ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    Fourth of July Feast

    Hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July -- I know I did. This year I threw a little shindig at my house to celebrate. So I invited the crew from work, friends, and family down to Casa de Linn with the intention of giving them something a little bit special: Honest to goodness chopped pork ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    To Catch a Shrimp Thief

    Life in the New Times' offices is often exciting -- but nothing could have prepared us for what unfolded today. A coworker who shall remain unnamed brought in a spiral party platter of cocktail shrimp for lunch; the kind where all the little buggers are arranged around the tray in perfect fashion, ... More >>

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    March 10, 2008

    Blitzen Trapper at Langerado

    Part psycho, part Jane's Addiction Blitzen Trapper March 8, 2008 Langerado Better than: A wake-up call from the hippie jam band tenting next door After a night of blustery winds and torrential rain ruined any chance for restful sleep at Langerado, day 3 of the fest kicked off with a set that was ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2007

    Amateur Hour at the Asylum

    Nijinsky deserves better than this hambone production

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