Miami Rum Renaissance Festival director Robert Burr is what you might call "rum obsessed." The author of Examiner.com's national rum page has about 900 bottles of rum in his private collection, hosts rum cruises on which fans can tour various distilleries at exotic ports of call, and is hosting ... More >>
Halo-halo isn't your typical shaved ice dessert. If you consider Panama's raspao, Italy's granita, Dominican Republic's frio frio, or United States' snow cone, then you already know none of these look anything like a layered, vibrant bowl of halo-halo.
It might look more like Malaysia's ais kacang ... More >>
In January, I wrote about an amazing high-tech submarine race to the bottom of the ocean. In the story, I mentioned how a Hialeah strip club called Porky's had once been the staging ground for an incredible plot to smuggle Colombian cocaine to California in a Russian sub.Then, at the end of August, ... More >>
Back in 2007, the feds indicted a Miami doctor for allegedly writing bogus prescriptions for hydrocodone and other addictive medicines shipped across the country through an online pharmacy. The case was more than solid; in fact, prosecutors gathered more than 400,000 pages of records to bolster thei ... More >>
Former CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles may have beaten charges in Texas last year, but the aging anti-communist operative ain't in the clear just yet.A Panamanian lawyer requested his extradition today on charges that he plotted to kill then-Cuban president Fidel Castro while in Panama back in 200 ... More >>
Tabou Combo's Yvan "Kapi" Andre.Tabou Combo has one of the most revered funk breakdowns in all of musicland. And between the voudou beats, big soul horns, salsa turns, merengue runs, and rockin' drums, this band is the most eclectic kompa crew in the world.
The group started in 1968 under the na ... More >>
via News HeraldSomeone call up Pixar, because boy do we have a situation definitively calling out for some sort of animated movie treatment here in Florida. You see, a female wolf has been hanging around the yard of Panama City resident Nathan Didier. The reason? D ... More >>
Manuel Noriega promised retribution against "Panamanian traitors and their U.S. Masters" One week before his ouster, Panama strongman Manuel Noriega was preparing to crack down on his opponents and rally his troops, according to Prudence Bushnell, at the time U.S. Ambassador to Panama.Bushnell's ana ... More >>
Florida's constitution strictly forbids gays from marrying, but what about the Sunshine State's straights? They're obviously doing such a fine job of upholding the sanctity of marriage, right? Apparently not so. The Daily Beast has compiled a list of "the 50 cities with the worst divorce rates," ... More >>
Poor Manuel Noriega. Sure, it was a rough fall from grace to go from the iron fist ruling all of Panama -- from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all 20 miles in between -- to a jail cell in Miami.
But there was some dignity there, at least. Miami and fallen Latin American strongmen go together ... More >>
Folk Nation isn't just a street gang.According to Wikipedia, "It has been defined in several ways; as music transmitted by word of
mouth, music of the lower classes, music with no known composer."Folk is the music of ramblers and wildcats, grifters and coal miners, killers, thieves, pimps, train ho ... More >>
Jacob KatelNew Times art critic Carlos Suarez De Jesus with bottles in parking lot.What can you say about a job where several liquor companies a year contact the office to hold tasting demonstrations? Fucking awesome.When Ron Abuelo hollered at Short Order to see if we were interested in finding ... More >>
A Cutler Bay man funneled money to the Irish terrorists who murdered two British soldiers in Belfast on Saturday, federal prosecutors say in a complaint unsealed in Miami-Dade court today and obtained by Riptide.Courtesy Wikimedia CommonsAn IRA mural in Belfast. An IRA splinter group took credit for ... More >>
When Manu Chao released his landmark album, Clandestino,
in 1998, it was regarded as an instant classic by most people who heard
it. The 16-track disc was a funky underground pop album aimed right at
the cultural left (and bourgeois right) of Spain, France, South America
and Mexico all at once. Be ... More >>