The beige bulb of crackly pastry dough sprinkled with white powder could be hiding anything. You punch a fork into the flaky shell and a wisp of steam fills the air, which is already thick with incense and the blare of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" set to a Middle Eastern rhythm.
It's hard to believe but Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is turning eight in a few months, a rare feat considering that about 30 percent of restaurants are doomed to failure, according to a recent UCF study. So what keeps Michael's Genuine relevant? Restaurateur Michael Schwartz's answer is as genu ... More >>
Few things can make being chained to a desk all day enjoyable. Most of us stare at the clock until one of the most exciting parts of our day rolls around, lunchtime. There's nothing like taking a break to enjoy last night's leftovers or that sandwich you had delivered from the joint down the street. ... More >>
On a recent Sunday, two guests stand in front of a muted TV set near the entry of 15 Steps inside the Eden Roc hotel. They're laughing at America's Funniest Home Videos. Rich amber lighting and plush leather seating fill the center of this first-floor restaurant. An out-of-place communal picnic tab ... More >>
Whole Foods is on a mission. In addition to wresting control of Americans' grocery shopping from the likes of uncouth competitors like Publix and Ralph's, it is also all about healthful eats. And the Health Starts Here (HSH) program is designed to promote just that. HSH is the chain's in-store labe ... More >>
Athletes need protein. For most people, this translates into an overabundance of skinless chicken breast and broiled salmon. But Matt Frazier, the ultra-marathoner behind the No Meat Athlete blog and book, is schooling people on how a plant-based diet can fuel better results. Frazier, who made the ... More >>
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 >>
Miamians are fortunate enough to have access to fresh seafood year-round, but when summer hits, the need for light, refreshing fish and shellfish becomes almost a necessity. We rather munch down on ceviche and shrimp cocktails than baby back ribs and baked potatoes when the temperature hits 90 degre ... More >>
The wafting smell of shawarma and freshly baked pita bread greets customers as they mosey into Oriental Bakery and Grocery. It's one of just a handful of Middle Eastern specialty markets in Greater Miami. In fact, it was the first of its kind in South Florida, having opened 41 years ago. It's ... More >>
Hebe Denis is a certified sommelier, FIU hospitality grad, and most recently one of two Miami cheese connoisseurs who passed the first ever comprehensive (and very challenging) American Cheese Society exam. Now she is one of the very few certified cheese professionals in all of Miami.The exam set ou ... More >>
A few months ago, before temperatures skyrocketed, I received a copy of Eat Raw, Eat Well, a cookbook by Douglas McNish containing 400 raw, vegan, and gluten-free recipes. I took a look at the cover - it pictures swirls of colorful raw vegetable "pasta" shaved from the original plants, an effect sur ... More >>
In this series, the Beet Reporter aims to see whether Miami's tastiest restaurants are prepared to feed vegans with something more than boring garden salads.Barceloneta, the Pubbelly crew's newest gastro-enterprise on 20th Street in South Beach, opened its doors less than a month ago. So, perhaps ... More >>
Lifefood Gourmet, located on the narrow streets of Coral Gables, is a place to learn about all that is raw eating and to be taught about everything from vortex water to tea infusions. The menu, while on the pricey side, offers a complete raw vegan dining experience. The shop is small but has high ... More >>
Camille LambThe entrance fee for a vegan potluck is an animal product-free dish, like this "fruits of the forest quinoa."At 7 p.m. Sunday, Short Order pulled up to the quiet block near Brickell where Om Garden used to be. It was a little dreary outside, but we followed some smiling, healthy looki ... More >>
yumsugar.comThis poke is truly pokable.As promised in our interview with chef Mike Sabin yesterday and Friday, here's the recipe for Prime One Twelve's Hawaiian Tuna Poke. Take this bit of advice--don't use a cheap quality fish. If you can't go all out, just have Sabin make you some, instead. May ... More >>
Photo by Christina StaalstromTry your hand at this dish, it's simple and delicious.Ingredients2 lbs ground beef or lamb, or a mixture of the 21/2 stick of butter1 onion chopped1/2 tsp crushed garlic1 tbsp curry powder1 tsp turmeric2 slices bread crumbled1/4 cup milkzest and juice from 1 small lem ... More >>
Jackie SayetThe Oriental Ceviche battle: La Cofradia (top,) Jaguar (bottom)They're taking over Miami, one lime-cured corvina morsel at a time. You know what I'm referring to... The dish of the moment is ceviche! We are a town obsessed with piles of lipsmacking, citrus-cured seafood ... More >>
In this fiercely competitive market, a new Italian restaurant in SoBe will have to try harder.
It's expensive and mostly satisfying — not enough from a superstar chef.
So consistent, so reliable, so comforting in its predictability.
Business-hippies Ben & Jerry know ice cream cross-branding is a powerful way to push a message and make people smile. Hell, their corporate language refers to the CEO as "chief euphoria officer." With that in mind, they've chosen January as a month of change wherein their famous butter pecan fla ... More >>
This newcomer is more kitten than tiger.
When I first arrived in Miami, I was happy about all the coconuts. I bought a machete and looked forward to lavish coconut-splitting parties, involving rivers of rum and armies of women. The day never came. And now I hate the coconuts. They’re everywhere. And frankly, I’m beginning to thi ... More >>
Peanut Butter Wolf's return is overshadowed by Jay Dee's death
Graze at the Lebanese lounge at South Pointe
Walk around the mall flowers and taste these tapas daisies
Power bagels with peanut butter, there's really nothing like them
Tropical Chinese Restaurant
Decent food, good prices, but slow slow slow service
Treat the maharajah in you to a good old-fashioned Indian feast
Too bad few people know about this ancient Chinese secret
Coconut Grove Farmers' Market
Kong Ming Restaurant