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    October 20, 2014

    New York City Wine & Food Festival Reflects Its Host City

    The New York City Wine & Food Festival just wrapped up four days of parties, events, and tastings, and while there are major similarities between it and its snowbird sister, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, there are also major differences. True, both events are the brainchild of Lee Brian Sch ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Brewskis and Claws

    This week's activities swing from seafood to beer back to seafood again, with megafestivals dedicated to both. Whether you're into king crab or stone crab, there's a great feast in the cards. And plenty of beer to wash it all down. Weekend starts now!

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    October 13, 2014

    Barley Works Wins Grovetoberfest Home Brewers' Competition

    As part of a ramp up to Grovetoberfest, the beer-centric festival to be held at Coconut Grove's Peacock Park this Saturday, October 18, held its third annual Miami's Best Homebrew competition. After a panel of judges that included local Miami brewers, restaurateurs, and journalists (myself included) ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co. to Open in Little Havana

    If Chicago has the hot dog and New York has the mile-high pastrami sandwich on rye, Miami's sandwich is the Cuban (although Tampa has its own claims on the lunchtime treat). The origins of the "Cuban" date back to the late 1800's when it was the favorite mid-day meal of Cuban workers in cigar facto ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Yardbird Turns 3 and a Whole Lotta Wine-Tasting

    If you don't have plans for eating and drinking this week, that's about to change. There's plenty to do, from a five-course wine-pairing dinner at BLT Prime, featuring vintage wines personally selected from one of the world's 219 master sommeliers, to Yardbird turning 3 years old and celebrating wit ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Miami Spice for Brunch: Ten Best Deals for your Sunday Funday

    What's the difference between brunch and lunch? By definition, "brunch" is a breakfast/lunch combo. To us, the difference is that lunch is usually something we grab on the run to eat at our desk. Lunch "fuels" us. Brunch, however, is a more relaxed affair. On the weekends, we gather with friends ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Oysters, Marriage Equality, Rum-B-Cue, and a Beer Block Party

    Happy Friday. Let's not think about the week behind us...let's think of all the possibilities this weekend brings. So much is happening this weekend. From the much-awaited opening of Mignonette, the cool, new Edgewater oyster bar to a celebration of National Rum Day at Broken Shaker. Much to do. Y ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Oolite's Backyard Mango Cocktail and Wessel's BBQ Shrimp: The Perfect Summer Meal

    Let's just start by stating the obvious: It's hot and steamy in Miami this time of year. Too hot for tucking into a steakhouse meal of beefy pleasures with buttery sides. This is the time for dining on something lighter. The conundrum is, of course, to find something that's still big on flavor. Even ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail

    Another Tales of the Cocktail is over and Miami bartenders and spirits professionals are back in town after spending nearly a week in the Big Easy drinking, eating, learning, and networking. This year's TOTC was epic, with a strong cadre of South Florida professionals storming the French Quarter to ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to Open in Vegas, Baby

    So all that chow chow about Yardbird flying off to Vegas for a fling is true. 50 Eggs confirmed that Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is opening a location at the Venetian Las Vegas some time early 2015. The restaurant will share much of the same menu and Southern charm, but with a little more space - ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats & Drinks This Weekend: Mangoes, Mojitos, and World Cup Fever

    Congrats. You've made it through yet another work week and sweet, sweet freedom is a mere few hours away. There's much to do this weekend. You could snag a freebie, sample exotic fruit, have a delicious cocktail, celebrate the full moon, or watch the World Cup. Weekend starts now! See also: Worl ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Fourth of July Fireworks and Fare: Where to Dine and Watch The Big Shows

    On Fourth of July, nearly every city in South Florida celebrates with spectacular fireworks in the evening. While grabbing a blanket and packing a picnic is fun, sometimes you just want to watch the fireworks at a restaurant, cocktail in hand. Whether you head to these restaurants before the big sh ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Zak the Baker Takes Us Behind the Bread (Video)

    In this increasingly high-tech world filled with internet startups, venture capitalists, and "masters of the universe" vying for their place at the top of the food chain, let's not forget one of the oldest and most noble professions -- the baker. See also: Zak the Baker's Wynwood Cafe: The Bread's ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Michy's Closes Saturday: Last Chance for a Last Meal

    Michelle Bernstein's Michy's will serve its last dinner this Saturday, June 28. That sounds sadder than it seems, as the chef is revamping the space and menu, with the goal of reopening later this summer. Bernstein made the announcement in in May, saying, "It's time for us to change the look and ... 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 5, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

    Anyone can get behind a bar and mix a drink. For that matter, anyone can walk into a kitchen and prepare a meal. After all, we've all cooked for ourselves at home, haven't we? But, bartenders, like chefs, have many different levels of expertise. While the person who pops your Budweiser can at a be ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Is Porcao Farm to Grill Closed for Good?

    Is Porcao Farm to Grill closed? is reporting the restaurant has closed after being open just about two months, stating that "a walk-by during prime dinner time Saturday night revealed a dark, empty, shuttered restaurant." The answer, however, is not so cut and dry. See also: Porcao F ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Tap 79: New Gastropub Features Beer, Burgers, and Scooby Snacks

    Tap 79 opened just about a month ago on 79th Street, providing a much-needed local haunt to grab a burger and a few beers. The gastropub, located just west of the first bridge to North Bay Village and the beach, takes over the old Buddha Sushi Bar space, and is the younger, more casual brother of wi ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Rum, Vegan Heaven, and Dinner in Paradise

    This weekend is all about the yin and yang of eating and drinking in Miami. Jimmy Buffet may sing, "I treat my body like a treat yours like a tent", but we encourage you to do both. You can enjoy some of our finest local chefs embracing the slow food movement, dine at a farm (there are ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Today

    The reign of peace, love, and ice cream began more than three decades ago in a converted gas station in Burlington, Vermont, where two childhood friends took a risk and opened an ice-cream shop. A year later, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were so surprised and delighted that their endeavor was sti ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Khong River House's Gin and Tonic: No Longer for Dads and Sorority Girls

    The first cocktail I ever had was a gin and tonic. I was 14 (no judgments) and slipped into a bar in Queens with my "older" date. When he asked me what I wanted to drink, my knee jerk reaction was to rattle off what I had seen my father order many times before -- a gin and tonic. I took a sip from ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    1826 Restaurant & Lounge: Gorgeous Food in a Mad Men Setting

    1826 Restaurant & Lounge has been open for only a month, but already the restaurant has been generating buzz. Scarpetta's Nina Compton tweeted pictures of her date night at the restaurant and at a recent awards ceremony, several chefs discussed the restaurant. It could be the restaurant's multi-lev ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    New Times' Fort Lauderdale Beerfest Postponed Until Fall

    New Times' 17th-annual Beerfest has been postponed. The event, which was scheduled for April 5 at America's Backyard in downtown Fort Lauderdale, will be rescheduled for the fall. This announcement in no way affects Brew at the Zoo, which is scheduled for Zoo Miami. Broward's original Beerfest wil ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    SOBEWFF: The Top Ten Unforgettable Moments From the Festival

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is over for another year and, celebrity chefs from the Northeast are flying home for another Polar Vortex even as the giant party tents are being broken down. All that's left of the weekend is a slight hangover, a few goodie bags, and memories. Here are our top ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Where Did the Celebrity Chefs Eat in Miami During SOBEWFF?

    Each year, hundreds of celebrity chefs descend upon our fair city to work and play at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. And, while their dance cards may seem full with all the fabulous parties and events they host and attend while "on duty", there always seems to be just enough free time to g ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Chocolate Toothpaste Is a Real Thing

    In an episode of Bewitched, the television show about witches and admen that predates Mad Men by a few decades, Samantha once again saves her husband Darrin Stephens' hide by inventing "tooth paints", toothpaste in different colors and wacky fruit flavors. The idea was a hit on the show but, apparen ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Beerfest: Get Your Tickets Now With a Special Presale Offer

    It's back! The 17th-annual New Times "Original" Beerfest returns to downtown Fort Lauderdale April 5 with more beer and entertainment than ever before. We're talking more than 100 of the world's best local and international beers -- all yours for the sipping.

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    January 17, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Beer, Brunch, and the Best Manhattan

    You've survived another long workweek, and the weekend is just around the corner. Better bundle up, because you won't want to stay indoors and watch movies with a can of soup. There are plenty of activities, from eating and drinking on camera to partaking in beer-related events (including South Flor ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Food and Drink in Paradise

    The polar vortex may be gone, but we won't forget the day we actually had to wear a sweater. All kidding aside, the rest of the country is still pretty frozen (did you see the pictures of Niagara Falls) and we're looking at a pretty lovely weather with temperatures in the low 80's. That's a pretty ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: 'Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

    This is it, boys and girls. Last call for shopping, holiday parties, and meeting friends for eggnog before Christmas morning is upon us. So, you can either make snow angels for two hours, then go ice skating, eat a whole roll of toll house cookie dough, then snuggle... or you can enjoy a holiday br ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Holiday Cocktails

    Christmas is in the air. Sure it's 80 degrees out, but Miamians are making an effort to bring the North Pole to our backyard with palm trees covered in lights, Santa in Ray-Bans, and spicy cocktails that beg to be savored. These libations, made by some of the best mixologists in Miami, are the epit ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Epicure Gourmet Market: Jason Starkman on the New Coral Gables Location

    Epicure Gourmet Market's newest location in Coral Gables is an ultra-modern take on the flagship Miami Beach location. Located on the first floor of the Gables Ponce complex, the new store is larger and sleeker, featuring an expanded wine selection and large café. The spacious and airy store has t ... More >>

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    December 14, 2013

    Epicure Gourmet Market Opens in the Gables

    It's Saturday. Whatcha got planned? Why not visit the coolest new reinvention of one of Dade's classiest institutions on Le Jeune Road in the Gables? The new place is enormous, with 24,000 square feet of retail space and 240 seats in the cafe. It will have much of the same fine fare you've been sc ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Full Moon Celebration, Santa, and Milkshakes

    The holidays are in full swing! All over Miami, palm trees are covered in lights and Santas are sipping mojitos in the warm sun. We know there are just two shopping weekends left before the big day -- but there are so many other things to do. So reserve some mall time and then take a few moments ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Checkers Robber Hides in Freezer Before Cops Arrive

    Yesterday morning, a would-be thief tried to rob a Miami area Checkers. Instead, he received a "chilly" reception from employees...and police. According to Miami police, at around 6 a.m. on November 4, employees were preparing to open the restaurant, located at 450 NW 42nd Ave. for business, when t ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Sabor Nica in Little Havana: Argument Leaves Two Dead

    An argument between two men at a Little Havana restaurant took a violent turn over the weekend, when one man shot another, then apparently killed himself. This past Saturday evening, a man pulled a gun on another man inside Sabor Nica Restaurant at 49 NW 12th Ave. around 5 p.m., shot the other in f ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Tap Tap Serves the Best Vegetarian Meal Under Ten Bucks

    Tap Tap, the Haitian restaurant that sits at crossroads of the new and old Miami Beach, is nearing its 20th year on earth. The colorful restaurant is a South Beach anomaly. Neither expensive nor trendy and older than most of its brethren ten times over, it manages to stay busy with a healthy mix of ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Beer, Spirits, and a Benefit

    What do you do during the weeks where nothing is going on after work? Don't know? That's because that's never the case. We're lucky that the Magic City is one of the most social cats in the country and she's always got something up her sleeve to get you off the couch and onto the streets. This we ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    New Times' Pairings: Ten Food & Wine Pairings to Look Out For

    New Times' Pairings is tonight, September 26 at the Broward County Convention Center. From 7 - 10 p.m., south Florida's best restaurants will pair with great wines and beers for your eating and drinking enjoyment. If you have tickets, we can't wait to meet you (you can't miss us -- we'll be the one ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Cafecito, Cinema, and Cocktails

    We knew you thought this weekend was all about laying low. After all, school just started and the big "last unofficial party of the summer", Labor Day is next week. But this is Miami, where the sun shines and there's always something to do -- like drinking exotic sriracha-infused cocktails in a re ... More >>

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    August 19, 2013

    Miami Spice: Florida Cookery's Vegetarian-Friendly Lunch

    I have a wonderful friend who lives in Palm Beach. Blame it on easy communication over the Internet, but even though we're only an hour drive from each other, we barely get together in person. So, whenever either of us finds ourselves within 15 minutes of one another, we drop everything and make ti ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Miami Spice: The Ten Best Weekend Deals

    Ahh. Miami Spice. True, it's a great value but like everything in life, the two month-long promotion comes with a few catches -- like the fact that many restaurants don't offer the three-course prix fixe Spice menu on weekends. That sucks, because a lot of us simply have too many things "on our pla ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Tales of the Cocktail: Miami Bartenders Shake Up New Orleans

    Tales of the Cocktail, the multi-day celebration of spirits in New Orleans has wrapped up its 11th annual celebration. The event, which took over the city, features more than 200 curated seminars, tasting rooms, spirited dinners, and competition and mixologists, brand ambassadors, and drinkers come ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Papa's Pilar Launches Rum With a Mystery Cruise to Stiltsville

    When you name your rum after one of the most iconic authors in the world, you'd better be prepared to live up to that name. Papa's Pilar, the first spirit licensed by the Hemingway family and named after Ernest Hemingway's boat, Pilar, is going all out with the concept of adventure. These rums, ava ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Free Drinks Before Heat Watch Party at Elwoods Tonight

    Wow. That last Heat game really took a lot out of us, and tonight's game promises to be just as dramatic. What can we say except: you're going to need a drink. If you haven't pawned your grandmother's ring to buy tickets, we invite you to join up for the Miami New Times' Tweet Up tonight at Elwoods ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Drogerie: Cocktails in a Mad Scientist's Lab at SoBe's Albion Hotel

    The lobby of the Albion Hotel in South Beach is a study in brightness. The walls, terrazzo flooring, and furnishings are crisp white with some striking accent colors. However, just to the right of the reception desk is a heavy red velvet curtain. Step behind it and you are transported somewhere far ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    New Times Tweet Up/Heat Party at Gramps Tonight

    Looking for a place to watch the game tonight? Instead of meeting up, why not Tweet up at Gramps? Tonight, May 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., drinks are on the New Times at our Tweet Up party.

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    May 24, 2013

    Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers: Six Best Places to Watch the Game

    Wednesday evening's playoff game was a true nail-biter. With the clock ticking down in overtime, LeBron James won the game for the Miami Heat with two seconds on the clock! That was just game one! Tonight at 8:30 p.m. the Heat face the Pacers for another white-knuckle game. Tickets are going for a ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    VooDoo BBQ & Grill to Open in Kendall: Free Barbecue for a Year For First 99 Customers

    VooDoo BBQ & Grill is bringing a bit of the Big Easy to Kendall. The fast-casual restaurant with a Cajun vibe, is expanding its South Florida presence with its first Miami-area restaurant at the Palms at Town & Country. A Pembroke Pines restaurant opened this past January. VooDoo opens Sunday, May ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Brew at the Zoo Discount: Angry Union Wins Paul and Young Ron Competition

    There were some tense moments (and a lot of laughs) at Paulie's Kitchen at the Paul and Young Ron studios in Miramar yesterday, as the two radio personalities (and beer-drinking members of their crew) judged five of South Florida's best home brewers. At stake? A table at the Paul and Young Ron Br ... More >>

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