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    June 10, 2011

    This Weekend: Redland Summer Fruit Festival

    Paula NiñoTake a little trip down to our farmland this weekend for the Fruit & Spice Park's Redland Summer Fruit Festival.Fruits are the stars of the show at the park's annual event. Sample and buy Florida's delicious mangoes, lychees, bananas, jackfruit, sapodilla, and other exotic fruits. The ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Get Your Panther Coffee Starting This Saturday

    Paula Niño​The wait is over. After temporarily opening during Art Basel and Wynwood art walks, Panther Coffee will open for good this Saturday, June 11. Permitting delays kept owners Joel and Leticia Pollock from permanent operation of their coffee shop earlier this year as planned. The P ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Alphabite Truck Debuts at Taste of the Grove This Weekend

    Paula Niño​Alphabite, the new Miami Culinary Institute's food truck, will make its first official appearance at Taste of the Grove this weekend. The student-run truck was out during the unveiling of the Miami-Dade College school's new building in downtown yesterday. Andrew Alvarez, a student who ... More >>

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    April 9, 2011

    Crawfish Boil This Sunday at The Stage

    Paula Niño​We must give props to Lizzie Easton for coming up with the idea for Family Style Sundays at The Stage. It gives parents who otherwise may not go out much a chance to listen to live music, grab a drink at the bar (hopefully at least one parent is staying sober) and get a bite to eat whi ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Blog Watch: Ideas In Food, Twitter & Turnips

    Paula NiñoThese are no turnips​Twitter served as inspiration for several South Florida food bloggers last week. The Chowfather concludes that Twitter is killing his blog so he sums up all his 140-character food and restaurant thoughts for 2011 in one post. Over at Chadzilla, author Chad Galiano, ... More >>

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    February 26, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Dim Sum & Disco, Dancing and Bites

    Paula NiñoMing Tsai plates his vegetarian soba noodle sushi​When we arrived at Dim Sum & Disco at The Setai last night, guests lined up around the restaurant's open kitchen to taste the small bites prepared for the evening, but as the clock ticked past midnight the party moved to courtyard wh ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Best 100 Dishes - Raaga Cart's Gandules en Escabeche

    As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to After the jump, find our other choices.Paula Niño​If the girls of the al ... More >>

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    January 17, 2011

    Blog Watch: Cobaya, Burgers and Pancakes

    Paula NiñoGiant oyster with habanero-citrus cauliflower by chef Joshua Marcus at the latest Cobaya dinner​Food for Thought offers a recap of the latest Cobaya dinner at Chow Down Grill.Chadzilla suggests we check out American Noodle Bar and Pastry is Art.Les Dames d'Escoffier are holding the ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Now Open: Green Table Artisan Kitchen & Bistro

    Paula NiñoGuacamole with radishes and baked cumin tortilla​Green Table Artisan Kitchen & Bistro opened its doors to the public yesterday in the small space that Whisk Gourmet called its home for several years. As we wrote in November, owner Monica Rios created a menu using mostly local and or ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Blog Watch: Top This and Top That

    Paula NiñoSakaya Kitchen pork buns​Top bites of 2010 at Food for Thought, The Chowfather and Miami Restaurant Power Rankings.Sakaya Kitchen's blog rates the bloggers that wrote about the restaurant in 2010.Chadzilla prepares fried tripe.Redland Rambles writes about a new documentary about organic ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    The Blue Piano Brings Wine, Tapas and Music to Buena Vista

    Paula Niño​The small strip on Northeast Second Avenue between 45th and 46th Street just became livelier. Not only do you have Buena Vista Bistro, Buena Vista Deli and Lemoni Café. Now there's a place to get a glass of wine and listen to live music. I stepped inside The Blue Piano Music Lounge & ... More >>

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    December 4, 2010

    Have a Street Food Picnic at Friends With You's Rainbow City

    Paula NiñoMs. Cheezious sweet meltdown, crabby cheese melt and sweet potato fries​We couldn't wait to check out Rainbow City, the 40-piece installation by the artistic duo Friends With You (Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III). The giant playground opened to the public yesterday for Art Basel and ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Art Basel Sights: Fresh Market at Graffiti Gone Global

    Paula Niño​There's no shortage of food-related art in the fairs taking place during Art Basel. We like this bright, colorful sign at the Graffiti Gone Global and SushiSamba Fresh Produce exhibit. Inside the bodega-like market you'll find merchandise, books and food on the walls.

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    December 1, 2010

    Breakfast Basel-Style at Jennifer Rubell's "Just Right" Food Installation

    Paula NiñoMy bowl of "Just Right" porridge​In today's Scene Eating, Trina Sargalski talks to Jennifer Rubell about her "Just Right" exhibit for Art Basel. Short Order was there this morning to get some warm breakfast.After walking through the Rubell Collection building and into its courtyard, I e ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Eden South Beach Opens Tonight

    Paula NiñoEden's main dining room​That was quick. Three months after taking over the former Talula locale, the owners of Eden South Beach are ready to swing its doors open to the public tonight. Gone is the dark, rustic feel of the former place. The space now has a more airy feel with black til ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Icebox Express Now Open at Miami International Airport

    Paula Niño​Twenty-five minutes before boarding I was just nearing my gate at Miami International Airport. This was the first time I had ventured near the single-digit gates of American Airlines Terminal D and I was hungry. After being told at the express window of a Mexican restaurant that taco ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Iron Fork 2010: Jose Luis Flores Takes the Pan; Short Order Award Winners Announced

    Paula NiñoChef Jose Luis Flores​View photos from Iron Fork 2010 at Grand Central here.De Rodriguez Cuba's Jose Luis Flores won the 2010 Iron Fork title last night in a battle against defending champ John Critchley of Area 31. The chefs were given 45 minutes to prepare one appetizer and one entree ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Where It At? Greek Salad

    Paula Niño​Since Lee Klein is on vacation, we thought we'd bring you one of his regular features. Why does he get to have all the fun? And we made it really, really easy. This is a Greek salad. Where it at? We know, all you get is bragging rights, but humor us and leave your best guess in the com ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Are Exposed Kitchens Entertaining or Distracting?

    Photo by Michael McElroyChef Jeff McInnis in Gigi's exposed kitchen.​Bloggers Paula Nino and Riki Altman disagree about the merits of exposed kitchens. What follows are their disparate views:Paula's P.O.V.:There's something exciting about watching a chef and his team working behind the line to cre ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Winners of the Second Annual Burgie Awards

    Paula NiñoLatin Burger & Taco's Jim Heines accepts his Burgie ​The Burger Beast rolled out the red carpet last night for the people behind his favorite South Florida comfort food. Okay, maybe there wasn't a red carpet but last night's 2nd Annual Burgie Awards at Transit Lounge weren't without ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Fall for the Arts Street Food Extravaganza in Pictures

    Paula Niño​Food trucks started rolling into the Arsht Center at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, lining up neatly in front of the center's opera house. Most truck owners said they were on very little sleep and no food, but they were eager and ready to feed the droves of hungry people who would soon arri ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Burger Beast's Nine Favorite Food Truck Items

    Photo by Paula NiñoThe Burger Beast​When a dozen or so food trucks lined up on NE 13th Street this past Sunday for the Fall for the Arts Festival, Sef Gonzalez --  the ground beef aficionado behind -- stood by and watched proudly. A burger that represents Miami's true spice ( ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    The Weekly Wrap-Up: Labor Day Weekend Edition

    Paula NiñoDaydreaming ...​Are you desperately waiting for the clock to strike five so you can get your Labor Day weekend on? Kill some time by reading what you missed this week on Short Order.Bring back the McRib!Looking for restaurants to try? How about Joumou, Sawadee or Gigi?We talk to the man ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Gigi: Noodles, BBQ and Much More in Midtown

    Paula NiñoHalf of my Gigi BLT​Gigi opened in Midtown last Friday and Short Order finally made its way there to give it a try. Described as serving "cutting-edge, high-performance, communal comfort food," we weren't sure what to expect, but we enjoyed every bit of our visit.Gigi is the work of Ami ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    The Weekly Wrap-Up: Maggots and Nostalgia

    Paula NiñoWall art at Indomania​You thought we were joking when we wrote that People's Bar-B-Que served a few corrections officers chicken with maggots, but health inspectors backed us up when they shut down the restaurant the very next day. Here's what else you missed this week on Short Order.

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    August 11, 2010

    At Tinta y Cafe, Cuban Cafe Meets Coffeehouse

    Paula Niño​When the Santamarina family came up with the idea of opening Tinta y Café, they had zero experience in the restaurant industry. They just decided to open one to see what happened, according to Carlos Santamarina, whose aunt and father thought of the concept. Experienced or not, they d ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Liberty Caffe: Casual Eats at the Coral Gables Country Club

    Paula NiñoFoccacia chicken club ​Ladies -- and gents -- will love to lunch in the sunny room that now houses Liberty Caffe at the Coral Gables Country Club. Located in what once was a members-only space, the airy cafe surrounded by large arched windows is a great spot for a casual lunch in an ele ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Chow Down Grill: Fresh, Asian-Inspired Fare in Surfside

    Paula NiñoChop Down Chop​Chow Down Grill has been serving Asian-inspired fare in Surfside for a little over a month but the restaurant has already created quite a bit of buzz. The small, cozy restaurant is the creation of Joshua Marcus, who formerly worked in the kitchens of BLT Steak and China ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Yes Pasta! Design Your Own Pasta

    Paula Niño​First, choose from seven types of noodles. Then, choose from 15 sauces. And finally choose an add-on if you'd like one. Sound gimmicky? Perhaps, but despite the concept this North Miami restaurant serves tasty bowls of pasta. Yes Pasta! is located in a shopping plaza on Biscayne Boule ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    A Preview of Norman's 180 in Coral Gables

    ​As Lee Klein reported earlier today, chef Norman Van Aken's new restaurant, Norman's 180, will open in Coral Gables tonight. It's a homecoming of sorts for Van Aken, whose return to the neighborhood has been highly anticipated. And he's very happy to be back. Short Order got a peek of the restaur ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Chef Nicola Corra's Rigatoni with Eggplant, Basil and Aged Ricotta

    Paula NiñoThe winning dish​ This recipe prepared by Quattro Gastronomia Italiana chef Nicola Corra was the crowd favorite at the second installment of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce's Italian Cooking Show. It's a simple recipe with big flavors, good for a weeknight meal or even to make for ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Quattro's Chef Makes Winning Dish at Italian Cooking Show IV

    Paula Niño​Chef Nicola Carro's rigatoni with eggplant, basil and aged ricotta was voted the best dish of the evening in last night's Italian Cooking Show - a cooking/demo of dishes showcasing the regional cuisine of Italy organized by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce. Carro of Quattro Gastr ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Xixón Serves Good Spanish Food at New, Larger Location

    Paula Niño​It's sometimes a little scary when a restaurant you like decides to go bigger. There's always that fear that quality may suffer, that it'll lose its essence, that it may not be "what it used to be."But for Spanish restaurant, Xixón (pronounced SHE-shon), it seems like moving from the ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Home Cooking: Roast Chicken Breasts with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

    Paula Niño​"Chicken again?" That was my uncle's line to my grandmother each time she served him lunch regardless of whether it was chicken or steak. Not very funny perhaps, especially not to my grandmother, who just rolled her eyes and walked away. Chicken is so easy as a dinner staple because, y ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Cool Restaurant Interiors: The Lost & Found Saloon

    Paula Nino​ What we love about The Lost & Found Saloon's interior is its quirk, charm and personality. With its cowboy inspired décor, it looks like something that could come out of a Western save the flat-screen TVs behind the bar showing surfing movies. The design is the work of the four ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    John Martin's St. Patrick's Day Street Fest in Pictures

    With a ratio of food tents to beer tents of about one to five, it was obvious that food wasn't the priority at the John Martin's St. Patrick's Day celebration last night. Short Order knew that but still swung by to check out the food and drink a Harp in the process.Paula NiñoCorned beef sandwich​ ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    A Bike Tour of Redland Farms

    About 80 people gathered at Bee Heaven Farm bright and early Saturday morning for a bike tour of four Redland farms. The jaunt was organized by Slow Food Miami. Paula Niño​First on the tour was Fancy Koi farm, followed by Going Bananas, Teena's Pride, and Bee Heaven Farm. The 7.5-mile ride d ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Chefs with a Purpose Haiti at Hotel InterContinental in Pictures

    Paula Niño​Some 12 chefs came together last night at the InterContinental Miami to raise funds for International Firefighters Assistance in Chefs with a Purpose: Haiti, hosted by Channel 4 and the InterContinental. While some of the toques advertised, like Tim Andriola and Cindy Hutson, were not ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Cool Restaurant Interiors: Fratelli Lyon

    You wouldn't expect the interior of a restaurant housed inside an Italian home design showroom not to be cool. Fratelli Lyon's décor is sleek and industrial with clean-lined furniture, flatware and decorative accents from the Driade store.​Orange place mats and tables and chairs provide a pop of ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Lulu, Sidewalk Cafe Coming to the Grove

    Paula Niño​If you've driven past the billboard on the corner of US1 and 27th Avenue recently, -- you know, the one that typically tells you that if you lived in the Grove, you'd be home -- you may have noticed that it now advertises a restaurant. "Lulu", it reads, "coming Spring 2010, a new side ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Behind the Scenes at Chef Michael Schwartz's Cookbook Photo Shoot

    I arrived at the Wynwood studio of Miami artist Betty Rosado shortly after lunch one afternoon last week. The beautiful two-story home with wood floors, high ceilings, and lots of sunlight was the site of the weeklong photo shoot for chef Michael Schwartz's cookbook, due out in 2011.Paula Niño​Up ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Colombian Restaurant La Moon Closes Gables Outpost

    Paula Niño​For lease signs now grace the windows of La Moon restaurant on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Calls to the restaurant's phone number were forwarded to its Eighth Street location, where an employee confirmed the Gables spot closed last week. The restaurant must have been hurting, for on my ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Fatburger on the Mile

    Paula NiñoBaby Fat Burger​Is it me or does Miracle Mile has a lot more casual eateries now than ever before? The second Florida location of California chain, Fatburger, opened Saturday on the strip, and we obligingly stopped in for lunch. Burger options range from Small (Baby Fat Burger) to XXXL ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Il Grissino Ristorante Now Open in Coral Gables

    Photo by Paula Niño​It was by sheer accident that we stumbled upon a newly opened Il Grissino Ristorante in Coral Gables. Just more than a week old, the Italian restaurant occupies the space that formerly housed La Gastronomia and an adjoining shop. There's one thing the new place has certainly d ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Coconut Grove Rib Man Moves from Backyard to Storefront

    Paula Niño​Driving down Grand Avenue, the only thing that might clue you into the existence of Golden Ribs is a sign standing on the street's median. Tucked in between a hair salon and a barber shop, the small space in West Coconut Grove is the new home to long-time rib man, Calvin. He's a man of ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Alligator Meat, Cocktails in a Pouch, Caffeinated Drinks and More at the Americas Food & Beverage Show

    Paula Niño​About 6,500 food buyers and distributors showed up at the 12th Annual Americas Food & Beverage Show in Miami Beach yesterday to check out food and drink products from close to 300 exhibitors from the U.S. to Algiers. Walking around the huge marketplace at the Miami Beach Convention ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Mayor Carlos Alvarez Introduces 'Redland Raised' Brand, Gives His Publix Some Love

    Photo by Paula NiñoThe Redland Raised logo.​Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez loves his Publix. And its store manager, John Navarro, too. "Johnny...I'm giving you a plug, your bosses are here. Best manager Publix has," Alvarez said of Navarro addressing media, Publix employees, and producer ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Grass-Fed Beef From the Uruguayan Pampas to Your Door

    Paula Niño​We could go on about the morality of eating grass-fed beef (if you watched Food Inc., you know cows confined to feedlots eating corn aren't very happy or healthy). But a better argument for buying grass-fed simply may be better taste and nutritional value. It was the taste of U.S. bee ... More >>

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