Paula Nino

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    November 20, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Diners: Where Grease Is King

    Despite the number of Northeastern transplants in Miami, the choice in Miami diners is slim. They are places to get a pizza burger, super crispy French fries hidden under a mound of greasy industrial cheese, or a solid plate of hash browns and over-easy eggs. A few are sprinkled across town, though ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

    Things are about to change in Brickell. Whether it will be for the better remains a mystery. At this moment, several stone-gray, nearly finished highrises loom on the skyline. Work is underway on Brickell City Centre, a massive, Hong Kong-financed gigaplex of shops, restaurants, offices, and hotels. ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Last Night: Pastry Porn and Scotch at Michael's Genuine

    Photos by Paula Niño​​​Last night, in honor of National Scotch Day, Short Order headed over to Michael's Genuine Food & Drink for some seriously old scotch and a tasting of pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith's latest creations.The Macallan brand ambassador Randolph Adams was our host for the even ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    June 13, 2011

    Best of Miami 2011: Best Late-Night Dining

    In anticipation of the upcoming Best of Miami issue hitting newsstands June 16, here is a sneak peek at one category and its winner.Photo by Paula Niño​Best Late-Night DiningGigi3470 N. Miami Ave.Miami

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    June 1, 2011

    May 2011 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Paula NiñoEl Vato Tequila and Taco Bar​And the burgers keep on coming. May saw the opening of two new burger places and more are slated to begin operation this summer. Can we get a little variety here? The good news is there were a few welcome additions, such as Little Lotus, a small restaurant s ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    The Local Opens Tuesday in Coral Gables

    Paula Niño​There's a new place opening in Coral Gables this week, and it's not another chain. Located in the old Randazzo's space on Giralda Avenue, the Local Craft Food & Drink is the idea of high school friends Jose Mallea and Mauricio Lacayo. "We wanted somewhere where people can get a goo ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Bon Appetit Walk-A-Way Café, A Coffee and Lunch Window in Wynwood

    Paula NiñoOwner David Trafton​If your morning commute involves driving along North Miami Avenue and 26th Street, there's a window you can stop by for breakfast and a cafecito.Bon Appetit Walk-A-Way Café opened last week offering pastries, pastelitos and organic egg omelets for breakfast, and org ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Smitten Kittens at the Café at Books & Books and Michy's

    ​Love Bites is a regular column on Short Order. Find other installments here.People, especially my recently divorced friends and those who have spent way too many nights picking pet fur out of their bellybuttons, always ask how I dig up men for my dating pool. The bottom line is this: I take every ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Tasty Libations at Moonshine's Shine & Swine

    All photos by Paula Niño​There was more shine than swine at last night's Original Moonshine Shine & Swine party at the W Hotel. Not that we needed much more food after stuffing ourselves at the Burger Bash, but anyone expecting much food likely left disappointed. There was plenty to drink, ho ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    Miami Needs An Ethiopian Restaurant For Christmas

    Paula NiñoShrimp tibs at the old Sheba​Some of the bloggers at Short Order are creating a holiday wish list for Miami's food scene. Also on the list is better service and a good deli.Querido Niño Dios, I'm going to make it easy on you. What I'd really like this Christmas is for an Ethiopian res ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Blog Watch: Persimmons and Breakfast Fries

    Paula Niño​It seems like South Florida's food bloggers were busy seeing art because it was slow out there last week. Here are the highlights.Miami Herald critic Victoria Pesce Elliott says she would like to have dinner with Jesus. This and more in her interview with South Florida Food and Wine.Sa ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Raaga Cart, A Vegetarian Street Food Alternative

    Paula NiñoJennifer Garcia-Mathews (left) and Frances Llop-Noy (right)​In terms of street food, Art Basel was like the second coming of the Fall for the Arts Festival. Everywhere I turned there were food trucks and carts, some new, some old. One of my discoveries was Raaga Cart at the Miami Indep ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Tonight: Holiday Gifts at Talavera and Jaguar Ceviche

    Get rid of those Monday blues. Christmas just came early.  The owners of Talavera Cocina Mexicana and Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar want to bring you some holiday cheer. Starting tonight through December 24th each table will receive an envelope with a special gift inside.  Be it a free dessert, ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Making Your Own Bacon is Easy

    Paula NiñoRuhlman loves his bacon​Last weekend on a visit to San Francisco, I witnessed cookbook author and food writer, Michael Ruhlman show a room full of bloggers at the California Culinary Academy how to cure bacon. Yup, at home. And yes, it's surprisingly easy. Since I know bacon lovers ab ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Fireman Derek Kaplan Bakes Delicious Pies

    Paula NiñoFireman Derek outside Slice N Ice in Coconut Grove​A 6-foot-2, tattooed firefighter isn't exactly the person one imagines baking pies. Yet that's what Derek Kaplan, a college football player turned firefighter, does when he's not at the city of Miami's Fire Rescue Station 1."I catch a l ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    The Weekly Wrap-Up: Rainy Days

    Paula Niño​Here's something for you to do on a rainy weekend: catch up on what you missed this week on Short Order.LeBron James is not much of a meat eater.Short Order gets a taste of Doggi Style, a Venezuelan fast food cart.Chocolate lovers: indulge in our list of Miami's best chocolate shops.Mu ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    The Weekly Wrap-Up: ¡Que Viva Mexico!

    Paula Niño​Who has the best chilaquiles? El Rinconcito Mexicano or Taqueria El Mexicano?Make horchata with this easy recipe.Food truck mania at Fall for the Arts and Sakaya Kitchen's Dim Ssam a Go Go launch.STK has a new chefEnjoy some Puerto Rican food at El BajarequeMeet Joey and his on-the-go ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Cocktail Recipe: Old World Fashioned

    Paula Niño​Yesterday, we introduced you to Thomas Merolla, who is behind the cocktail list at Solea at the W South Beach and has been preparing delicious cocktails in Miami for sixteen years. If you missed it, you can read the Q&A here. But now, as promised we bring you Merolla's recipe for a ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    The W South Beach's Thomas Merolla Talks Cocktails

    Paula Niño​Thomas Merolla moved to Miami from Providence, Rhode Island sixteen years ago looking for something new and different. He was only 18 but his first job, bartending at the then newly opened Delano Hotel, marked the beginning of a career creating cocktails for some of the hottest spots i ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Wining Down at Club 50 at the Viceroy Hotel

    Paula Niño​Last night, Short Order attended the Miami debut of Wine Down, an event founded in New York by Andrew Levine and former Gourmet wine and spirits consultant, Michael Green. Greek was the theme of the night that welcomed about 200 people to Club 50 at the Viceroy to taste pours from Bo ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Oil Spill Kitchen: A Made-in-Miami Idea in the Running for Pepsi Refresh Grant

    Paula NiñoDuncan and Shipman prepare pork buns and Asian burritos in the Oil Spill (test) Kitchen ​Michelle Duncan and boyfriend David Shipman have been talking about owning a food truck for a while. When not working in the kitchen at Morgan's Restaurant, the couple of Le Cordon Bleu grads spends ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Big Pink and Co.: Hangover Helpers in Miami

    It's 3:30 a.m. and you're on your way home from a night out. Your speech is slurred and you're sweating Grey Goose. No one is laughing at your jokes or joining in on your renditions of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." Worse, you're starving. So where should you direct your designated driver?  In no s ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Miami Spice Preview at Hakkasan, Scarpetta, Gotham Steak

    Paula NiñoHakkasan's crispy Szechuan beef​Last night, Short Order restaurant hopped at the Fontainebleau sampling dishes from the Miami Spice menus that three of its restaurants will offer starting August 1. Having dined at Scarpetta and Hakkasan during Miami Spice last year, I noticed some welco ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Mango Mania at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    Paula Niño​For Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, the best thing to do with a mango is simply eat it. Her favorite way to enjoy them doesn't involve a knife or perfectly cut dice. Instead, she pierces the top of a soft, ripe mango with her nail, puts the fruit to her mouth, squeez ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 18, 2010

    Save the Date for Fairchild's Mango Culinary Conference

    Paula NiñoMango varieties at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Mango Brunch​Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden will open this year's Annual International Mango Festival with a Mango Culinary Conference, a day of panel discussions that pairs Fairchild's tropical fruit experts and local chef ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Breakfast at Jimmy's Eastside Diner

    Paula Niño​ As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    June 15, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Lifefood Platter at Lifefood Gourmet

    Paula Niño​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    May 20, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Supermoon Perro at La Moon

    Paula Niño​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    May 5, 2010

    Target Stores Start Offering Fresh Produce

    Paula Niño​If you've been to Target in North Miami in the past week or two, you may have noticed something different: fresh foods. Bananas, apples, pineapple, meat, salad mixes and other fresh foods now hold a prominent spot in the food section of the store under a sign that reads "fresh grocery. ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Food & Garden Festival at Fairchild This Weekend

    Paula NiñoFairchild Tropical Garden​It's only Monday so you may not be thinking about the weekend yet, but we thought you could use some help planning ahead. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host a series of cooking demos, lectures and panels on local food at its Food & Garden Festival ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Plato Royale: Guacamole at Talavera and Rosa Mexicano

    Guacamole dates back to the Aztecs. These days, it can be found in variations with fruit -- like at Mercadito in Midtown  -- bacon as at El Scorpion (bacon) -- and at Talavera (pork rinds). Short Order took the guacamole at Talavera and at New York-based chain Rosa Mexicano - known for its tabl ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Mooie's Feeds Your Inner Child

    Paula Niño​It's pretty obvious that Mooie's was created with children in mind. Outside the Miami Shores ice creamery, buckets of chalk allow the artistically inclined express themselves on the sidewalk. Small stools in front of the counter let little ones peer into the ice cream cooler. In the ba ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Interview with Pastry Chef Crystal Cullison of Altamare, Part Two

    Paula Niño​This is Part Two of our interview with Altamare pastry chef Crystal Cullison. You can read part one here.What's your favorite dessert to make? My favorite thing to make is my favorite thing to eat is ice cream, it is, ice cream and sorbet and really all frozen desserts. I guess it's be ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Almond Croissant at Buena Vista Deli

    Paula Niño​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    March 24, 2010

    Lazy Breakfast at La Marea at the Tides

    Paula NiñoCoctel de camarones​Feeling like you're on vacation without leaving town is always a good thing. And you can definitely feel like you're on vacation when dining under the sun with all the tourists at a nice hotel on Ocean Drive. La Marea at the Tides South Beach launched the "Lazy Break ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Deals & Steals: BLT Steak, Bourbon Steak, 660 at The Angler

    ​Weighing In On LuluSo the folks from Greenstreet Café put a billboard up announcing their upcoming Lulu restaurant. Paula Nino of Short Order called owner Sylvano Bignon to ask about it, but he wasn't around. Greenstreet manager Eric Boucher was around, and claimed it was "premature" to discuss ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Home Cooking: Nutella French Toast Sandwiches

    Staying in this Valentine's Day? How about breakfast? It's easier than dinner and will probably earn you just as many points with your significant other. Paula Niño​We tried a recipe for Nutella French Toast Sandwiches from Katie Lee's most recent book, The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday O ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Plato Royale: Colombian Hot Dogs at La Perrada de Edgar and Los Perros

    Superperro from Los Perros (left); Colombian perro from La Perrada de Edgar​What makes a hot dog Colombian? These days, it seems like the more outrageous the toppings the better. Whipped cream and plum sauce, anyone?A Colombian hot dog is typically topped with chopped onions, crushed potato chips, ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Old Dirty Dawg at gastroPod Miami

    Paula Niño​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    January 27, 2010

    Home Cooking: Garlic Chilli Wings To Accompany Your Bowl Game

    Paula Niño​I must confess I was a little stumped when asked to prepare a Super Bowl-appropriate recipe for this week's home cook edition. Wings, pizza, nachos, dips are not really part of my everyday repertoire. But I wasn't going to shy away from the task. After looking through cookbooks, I dec ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Home Cooking: A Greek-Inspired Salad for One

    In this week's Home Cooking edition, I get lazy and throw together a salad for one. That's fine by me, because I love salads, and not for health reasons. This one in particular makes a filling lunch or light dinner. I dressed it with vinaigrette made from a recipe in The Greek Cookbook by Tess Mallo ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Plato Royale: The Battle of the Chicken Chop-Chops

    Chicken Kitchen to the left, Chik-N-Grill to the right​It never fails. Whenever old college friends visit Miami, they always want to make a stop at Chicken Kitchen. Maybe it's nostalgia or maybe they sincerely crave the flavors of yellow rice topped with grilled chicken bathed in mustard curry sa ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Home Cooking: Pasta with Tomato, Basil and Garlic

    Paula Niño​So it's pasta. Dressed simply with tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. What's the big deal? I'll tell you. It's comforting, easy to make and relatively inexpensive. It never fails in those "I could care less for cooking" moments. Which typically occur on a weekday night when all you want i ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Plato Royale: Steak Sandwich From Graziano's Market and Patagonia

    Paula NiñoLeft: Patagonia's sandwich de entraña. Right: Graziano's Market steak sandwich.​The steak sandwich: straightforward yet flavorful and incredibly satisfying, a winning combination created simply by marrying a piece of perfectly cooked steak with bread enhanced by simple accompaniments. ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    Baru Urbano Coming to Former Provence Space on Brickell

    Paula NiñoGraffiti on the restaurant's outside wall​A new restaurant is coming to the old Provence Grill space across from Perricone's in Brickell (1001 South Miami Avenue). Its name: Baru Urbano. Owner Nicolas Hoyos, former owner of Macondo on South Beach, says the restaurant will serve interna ... More >>

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    November 30, 2009

    Ole, Tapas & More for the Brickell Office Crowd

    Paula Niño​It's obvious that Ole Tapas & More was created for the Brickell office crowd. The recently opened restaurant is located in the sky lobby at the Four Seasons, where at $5 an hour, parking may run you more than your sandwich. The restaurant opens Monday through Friday only from 7 a.m ... More >>

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    August 1, 2008

    Weekly Purge: Edition #4

    It's official: Short Order is now a month in, folks! This is an occasion. We need balloons, party favors, and naked baby pictures! Gosh, you guys remember 4 weeks ago when we were baby bloggers? That was cute. Now we're like, in that semi-grownup awkward phase, where one arm is longer than the other ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008
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