Would you like some controversy with your cognac? Last night's celebrity-filled soirée at the Biltmore Hotel -- hosted by Hennessy in honor of Roberto Clemente -- took a strange twist when talk turned from the booze to a simmering baseball controversy in Hialeah. Accused earlier in the day of swin ... More >>
Miami is less than four years removed from an epic real estate crash that wrecked the local economy, but it seems lately new luxury condos are breaking ground every week. Most of the local economy is still in shambles. Unemployment still remains high. The vast majority of local residents are still s ... More >>
Further proving that a still embarrassing number of my fellow gringos assume latin cuisine begin and ends with tacos, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked meteorologist Maria Molina to host a segment celebrating "taco day" because she "grew up on them." Molina it turns out was born in Nicaragua ... More >>
Nicaraguan cooking is best summarized thusly: "This is good. Let's make it great." Consider, for example, empanadas de maduro -- cheese-filled sweet-plantain patties, which sound nice but aren't good enough in their simplest form. So Nicaraguans immerse the half-moons in hot oil until the cheese mel ... More >>
Earlier this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced that he'll be undergoing cancer surgery for the fourth time in less than two years. Chavez, who has held power in Venezuela since 1999, apparently isn't too optimistic about his chances; he's already named a successor to take his position ... More >>
Panther Coffee's Joel Pollock is on the move with a second location in the works in a rising South Beach enclave -- and now plans for another coffee-roasting space in Wynwood. "I'll be vague but we do have another roasting machine we're going to hook up. It's going to be not in this building, but v ... More >>
It's a funny thing finding a barbecue joint in Miami. You never know what you're gonna get.Enter Mad Man Jack's BBQ, a newborn to Miami. It's been open for just over two months, peddling solid Alabama-style 'cue from an unassuming location.Walk in and notice the quintessential "Southern" vibe most b ... More >>
For Robert, Robert Jr. and Robin Burr, rum isn't just a type of liquor, it's a way of life."[Rum] is an incredible spirit," said the elder Robert, the family's patriarch and founder of Miami's Rum Renaissance, which takes place April 16-22. "And now it's experiencing a renaissance of appreciation ... More >>
Ivanna Villanueva, the 19-year-old who struck and killed a 68-year-old woman last October while allegedly under the influence, wants to do community service. The hitch: She wants to do it at Ultra Music Festival next weekend, and the family members of her victim are none too pleased.
Miami is famous (or infamous) for its beaches, toned bodies, and hot nights filled with music. But dancing until dawn, then trying to make it through the day requires massive doses of caffeine. Thankfully, the Magic City is home to some wonderful coffee houses.From the little walk-up windows of d ... More >>
In a few short weeks, the world's eyes will turn to Havana as a powerful but highly controversial leader with millions of devout followers lands to shake hands with Fidel Castro. No, no, not the pope -- he's not coming until sometime this spring. We're talking about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the dour ... More >>
Photo by Matt HulsmanHer family motto was "hola, y'all," and for an American girl growing up in Guatemala, Sandra Gutierrez had the best of both worlds; hamburgers for dinner and arroz con leche for dessert. The New Southern-Latino Table (The University of North Carolina Press, $30) reveals her s ... More >>
Nicaragua-born musician Luis Enrique, hailed as the Prince of Salsa, returned to his Miami home earlier this week after promoting his latest album in Puerto Rico only to find that his home had been ransacked and burglarized. A window had been broken, and furniture in the home had been moved."It' ... More >>
Big Jimmy Johnson news day, we suppose. He wasn't at home during the bizarre standoff at his mansion yesterday, because he's off filming reality TV. The 67-year-old former head coach of the Hurricanes and the Dolphins (and, oh yeah, some sort of team somewhere in Texas) will be a cast member on t ... More >>
The history of pill-pushing is at Advertising for Health.Miami's $15 cocktails are hard to swallow. Here's a list of six free things to do this week so you can leave your ATM card sheathed in your wallet. Monday: Think naïve Harry Potter could use a dose of the real world? Tonight, at Books & ... More >>
image via nataliemaynor flickrNo plata for the platano workers.A federal judge in Miami ruled that $97 million ordered paid by Dole Food Inc. to 150 Nicaraguan workers who claim to have suffered sterility and other injuries due to pesticide cannot be upheld in the U.S.The injuries allegedly stem ... More >>
A cornucopia of world-class works at Gary Nader Fine Art in Wynwood.
image via Wikimedia CommonsFlorida Spiny LobsterLast week I heard a chef say "lobster's cheaper than chicken," which got Short Order wondering about Lobsternomics, the study of the lobster economy as it relates to fishermen, wholesalers and restaurants in South Florida. We'll be delving into the ... More >>
Photos at the Spanish Cultural Center remind us wars linger.
Fish, listen up! Your new neighbors don't trust you.
Luis Montealegre poured a café Cubano on Tuesday, paid a delivery guy for croquetas, and peered east a few blocks from his corner cafeteria. There was only blue sky where a $634 million Marlins baseball stadium will soon rise. "This is the poorest part of the city, the one that needs the most h ... More >>
Tendrils of earthy smoke snake through a room on the edge of Little Havana, past old men in guayaberas slapping dominoes on a folding table and a long counter where a wrinkled 80-year-old brews espresso. Near the front window facing NW Seventh Street, Dionisio Gonzalez gently peels a cured deep-bro ... More >>
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 >>
DJ Craze switches it up.
Week two at the Miami International Film Festival.
Betrayed by the U.S. government and their own country, they want to be remembered.
An outlaw and former spook takes on the Venezuelan dictator
The new, not-entirely-improved lifeguard shacks are making South Beach locals cringe
Flourishing among kitsch, a couple of gems off Calle Ocho
These folks want to stay, but soon they'll have no choice
He left the war behind to enter a whole new controversy
Locals love hot pig
At the Hispanic Theatre Festival, all the Spanish-speaking world was a stage
The local International Hispanic Theatre Festival is one of the biggest and best of its kind -- when will South Florida discover it?
Miami's "Buenos Dias, America" crew
March 19-25, 1998
The ACLU claims Dade County is using a temporary employment law to keep Hispanic day laborers off the job and in jail
In Miami breaking bread has become an intricate part of breaking the law