Riki Altman

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    February 27, 2012

    Balls in Our Mouths: Mark Oldman and Daniel Holzman Mix 'Em Up

    ​Around 100 folks at Saturday's South Beach Wine & Food Festival seminar with Meatball Shop owner Daniel Holzman and international wine personality Mark Oldman left with more than they probably hoped for: five balls in the mouth and all the alcohol a groupie should swallow by noon. The event w ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Brunch at Sea Was Smooth Sailing

    Mother Nature relented just in time yesterday; rain came down as guests of the Brunch at Sea arrived, but then it stopped moments before boarding. Immediately upon entering the ship, diners buzzed around, moving from station-to-station in an effort to try one of everything being offered while being ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Charlie Trotter Tribute Dinner

    Photo by Riki AltmanHey, Trotter! No peeking! ​Five hundred dollars per ticket was too much for our budget to allow, but we still wanted to experience last night's South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tribute Dinner honoring Charlie Trotter and Piero Antinori so we snuck into the kitchen for a beh ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Sex on a Plate at New Eating House Pop-Up

    Photo by Riki AltmanThey've got a bone for you, lady."I want to have sex with this bone marrow," uttered the gal sitting on the barstool next to us as she closed her eyes and bit down on a tanned toast round topped with chimichurri and glistening globes of savory, meaty fat. "Seriously, if this was ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Chinese New Year Edition of "Where It At?"

    Photo by Riki AltmanAnd you said you'd never try this dish...​And what the heck is it? Here's a hint: This posting was intended to coincide with the 2012 Chinese New Year, which began yesterday. And, no, these parts never belonged to a dragon. If anyone is a particular fan of this dish (besides yo ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Rusty Pelican: From Ruby Tuesday to Gem of an Eatery

    Photo by Riki AltmanD.I.Y. tartare? Yes, please!​Right off the bat, we have a confession: We never ate at the former Rusty Pelican before the recent remodeling. We feared it would be musty inside and found it a schlep to trek out to Virginia Key. Also, the menu didn't look any more appealing than ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Next Week: Samoas Tops in South Florida; Try New Savannah Smiles

    ​Our hearts were hopeful as we searched through our freezer praying to find just one last box of Thin Mints. But, alas, we were left cookie-less; those crumbly Chips Ahoy and stale Oreos with the red filling were worthless.When would those freakin' Girl Scout cookies be on sale again? A quick chec ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    High Steaks BBQ: Shining Service, Blah Brisket

    Photo by Riki AltmanWalk through the doors of High Steaks BBQ, which opened just a few months ago near the Magic City Casino, and you'll find a new kitschy-cute restaurant with wood rafters and copper-topped tables. A server greets you with a big, welcoming smile, and next thing you know, you're sit ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Appear Less American While Eating Your Way Through Paris

    ​Paris wouldn't be the same for American foodie visitors if it weren't for Wendy Lyn. An ex-pat who moved from Florida's panhandle nearly two decades ago, she unpacked in Paris, immersed herself in the local food scene and met all its major players, then never looked back. Today she is the go-to f ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Chocolat Chaud and More Chocolate in Paris (Photos)

    ​Paris is known less for its chocolate than its fromages and saucissons, it's true, but there's one culinary treasure that many visitors unfortunately miss out on only because they don't know to order it: chocolat chaud. Now those of you who took French language classes know that "chocolat chaud" ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Bulldog Burger's New Menu is Curseworthy

    Photo by Riki AltmanYes, that would be a [bleep]ing fabulous, [bleep]ing glazed bun you're drooling over.​Trying to cut back on cursing in front of the kiddies? Good luck avoiding that while you take a bite into Howie Kleinberg's new take on the Luther burger. "Holy [bleep]!", "Damn, this is [blee ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Iron Side's Got Food But No Chef

    Photo by Riki Altman​Wandering around the ultra-cool, still largely undiscovered Iron Side during last night's Campus Collective had us wondering why no chef has opened a restaurant in the district. Last night's show of culinary talent is enough proof that, well, people here eat. (Even the especia ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Amuse's Hands On in the Kitchen is the Perfect Date Activity

    Photo by Riki AltmanChef Wells demonstrating proper wonton-stuffing techniqueWe really didn't know what to expect when Chef Danny Wells at Amuse Restaurant & Lounge invited us into his lair to take part in the Hands On in the Kitchen program. What exactly were our hands going to be on? Would we ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    National Deli Bribes Bloggers With Free Hot Dogs

    Photo by Riki AltmanWe couldn't decide which end to start on​It's true: a blogger's attention can be bought. Our affection? Not necessarily. But a gift of free food is usually welcome (as long as it ain't worth an arm and a leg). The public relations rep for National Deli hot dogs figured this out ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Versailles' 40-Year Anniversary Party

    Photo by Riki Altman​Last night, 300 VIPs and hundreds of hungry Versailles' diners flooded the intersection of Calle Ocho and SW 36th and 37th Avenues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Miami's most popular Cuban restaurant.

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    July 12, 2011

    First Bites at Kane Steakhouse: Meat, Sweets & Seaweed

    Photo by Riki Altman Duck, duck, duck, steak?Whoo boy. Another steakhouse. Yippee. That's what we thought when we received the invitation from the new Kane Steakhouse's public relations company to come in and chow down. Now we're never ones to turn down a free meal but, really, a new steakhou ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    NeMesis: Micah Edelstein's Latest Innovation

    Photo by Riki Altman Micah Edelstein's wizardry can be enjoyed via the exposed kitchen pass-through at her new restaurant. ​We didn't know when we walked through the doors of neMesis Urban Bistro last Friday night that we were the first customers. Ever. When co-owner Harald Oechsner acknowl ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Caviar, Fiddlehead Farms, and Gourmet Fare in New Brunswick

    Photo by Riki Altman The answer to "What the heck are those rolled-up green things?" is delivered after the jump.And last, part three of Riki's trip to Atlantic Canada. Check out part one here and part two here.In New Brunswick, I recently visited Breviro Caviar, the only captive breeding fac ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Rope-Growing Mussels in Prince Edward Island

    Photo by Riki AltmanPlucked fresh from the seaHere's part two of Riki's trip to Atlantic Canada. If you missed part one, go here.After getting our fill of funnel cake at Ship to Shore, we were taken to Prince Edward Aqua Farms in Malpeque Harbour to see not only how blue mussels are farmed but also ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Prince Edward Island: Mussels, Oysters and Clams

    Photo by Riki AltmanThis is part one of writer Riki Altman's visit to Atlantic Canada. Unlike her trip to Bangkok, this excursion did not involve ping pong balls, broccoli pies, nor drinks with bosoms.I recently traveled to Prince Edward Island (PEI) and New Brunswick with E. Michael Reidt, the much ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    5 Napkin Burger: A Preview

    Photo by Riki AltmanHow much cloth would we have to sacrifice?​Could the Original 5 Napkin burger really live up to its name? Short Order had to know. So we stopped by the restaurant on Lincoln Road, named for the aforementioned entree and slated to open Thursday, demanding a bite of the star sele ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Thailand's Unusual Food Markets (Pictures)

    Photo by Riki Altman​This is the last post in writer Riki Altman's three-part series about her visit to Bangkok. If you missed parts one and two, you can either click the links or just hop a plane and check it out for yourself.Located about an hour outside of Bangkok are two fascinating outdoor fo ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Next Big Trends: Collagen Beauty Drinks, Dried Lizards, and Frozen Sharks

    Photo by Riki AltmanIf you missed the first part of our travel log from Thailand, click here to find out more about condom salad and cooking with poo.The annual THAIFEX World of Food Asia show is an international trade fair held annually in Bangkok in late May and June. It's an offshoot of ANUGA, th ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Condom Salads and More in Bangkok

    Photo by Riki Altman'scuse me, waiter, but there seems to be a rubber in my salad...​Editor's note: In a three-part series, intrepid Short Order writer Riki Altman will share the good, bad, silly, remarkable, and entirely inedible highlights of a just finished trip to Thailand.Thanks to an incredi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Mouthgasms At the New Gelato Nostro in Brickell

    Photo by Riki Altman Can you see why we love it?​When we heard another gelato parlor was opening, our first reaction was "Snore! Miami needs another frozen treat shop like Kevin Federline needs another child support payment." But then Gelato Nostro's rep swore to us the gelato was the real ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Tinga Recipe for Tonight's Cinco de Mayo Soirees

    Photo by Riki AltmanLet your tongue tangle with this tinga​Today is the big Cinco and the culmination of our recipes. Yesterday you got a taste of grasshopper guacamole so now we'll share something a little more tame and lacking legs: the tinga. It may sound like a dirty word, but in truth it's ju ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Grasshopper Guacamole for Cinco de Mayo

    Photo by Riki Altman Guess which ingredient could hop off the plate?Since we're all about Mexico this week, here's a recipe from the luxurious Maroma Resort and Spa near Cancun to consider. What I call "grasshopper guac," the resort's chef, Juan Pablo Loza, refers to it as Marona-style guacam ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Learn to Make Jonathan Eismann's La Familia Pizza

    Photo by Riki AltmanWanna learn to make this work of art? Soon you can.We have a whopper of a two-part interview with Chef Jonathan Eismann next week, where we'll discuss everything from what happened to his mini Miami restaurant empire to what he's up to next. But since it's Friday, we thought we s ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    For Sean Bernal's Wedding, Love (Doesn't) Bite

    Love Bites is a regular column on Short Order. Find other installments here.This week's column is going to focus on the nuptials of one of my favorite Miami chefs, Sean Bernal, and his lovely bride, Natalie, formerly the marketing specialist at Whole Foods in Coral Gables... and, of course, the vitt ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Cafeina's Brunch & Bazaar Sundays

    Photo by Riki Altman​Did you know that our local hipster hideaway, Cafeina, is now offering Brunch & Bazaar Sundays? Neither did we, so we felt it was our obligation to investigate. Thankfully some kind restaurant reps offered to treat us to a meal there a few Sundays ago, so now we can report ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Food Porn from Asian Cultural Festival

    Photo by Riki AltmanThai donuts: You'd have to be lacking taste buds to hate these.​​If you've ever dreamed of eating your way through the fast food stations of Asia, make sure you hit next year's Asian Culture Festival, which takes place annually at Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. Sure the ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Food Porn from Wine Dine Design

    Photo by Riki AltmanThe Blue Group started with this green dish. And that was the beginning of the confusion.Wine Dine Design was held last night in the ever-growing Design District, home to a handful of our city's most popular eateries. Here's how the event worked: Ticketholders gathered in fro ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach Was Feh

    Photo by Riki AltmanKC wasn't really shaking any booty, but he had a few girls on stage doing the job.​It's no secret that different types of crowds are attracted to particular events offered during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Those who love schwag and want to drink their ticket pric ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Michael Symon Wins Burger Bash Again, Celebrity-Sightings Abound

    He hit the B Spot again.View more photos from the Amstel Light Burger Bash at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach here.​"Last year it was pastrami. This year it's salami. It's meat on meat, baby!" is what Michael Symon had to say last night as he accepted his second consecutive People's Choice Award at l ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: The Unofficial Short Order Burger Bash Awards

    Photo by Riki AltmanNo we're not all professionally trained in the culinary arts like those who handed out the official honors last night, but we know our way around food and the celebrities who hawk it. Therefore we deem ourselves qualified to bestow upon last night's Burger Bash entrants the follo ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Dufresne, Conant, Burrell and Others Spotted at Star-Studded Scarpetta Soiree

    Photo by Riki AltmanMelissa D'Arabian, Scott Conant, Anne Burrell, Sunny Anderson, and Maile Carpenter, editor in chief of Food Network Magazine.​The 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival didn't officially start until this morning, but Food Network magazine snuck in a star-studded soiree last ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Food Fun at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival

    What good is an art show without food? No good, we say. Here's a glimpse of some ways our eats got represented at this weekend's Coconut Grove Arts Festival.Photo by Riki AltmanIs this really a piece of furniture or just the way someone justifies all those late night Pinot Noir binges? Artist Aaron ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Chef Araiza's Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe

    Photo by Riki AltmanConsider picking up your croissants from the new Zona Verde at Alliance Française.​Hosting a lonely hearts party for Valentine's Day? Whip up a batch of Chef Andrea Sans Araiza's Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding and watch the phenylethylamine fly. Or, if you do have a specia ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Where It At? Restaurant or Porn Shop (Semi-NSFW)

    Photo by Riki Altman​Trust us, it's a restaurant. But by the look of the art work, it could easily be a place where there are video booths in the back for viewing porn. But there isn't constant smell of disinfectant here. So, where it at?

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    January 20, 2011

    The Villa By Barton G. (AKA Marriage Proposal Central): A First Taste

    Photo by Riki AltmanPour some sugar on me, baby!Gentlemen, we know you probably already spent thousands of dollars more than you ever anticipated on that little sparkly stone, but fork out a few more bucks if you want to make sure she accepts your proposal this Valentine's Day, take her to The Villa ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    El Gran Inka's Pisco Sour Recipe

    Photo by Riki AltmanThis drink's good for you because, uh, it has eggs in it.​Want to celebrate a successful day in the kitchen? After downing some ceviche and your avocado reina with rocoto pepper aioli -- you know, that recipe we shared yesterday?--you will probably be ready for a few sips of a ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Spartico's Story in Pictures

    Photo by Riki Altman​As reported last month, the new Spartico opened in Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove. The menu is influenced by Jonathan Eismann. We didn't love the pies here as much as Pizza Volante's, but perhaps in time this resto will find its groove.

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    December 29, 2010

    First Bite of Cha Cha Rooster at Lords South Beach

    Today marks the grand opening of Cha Cha Rooster at Lords South Beach at Nash. Now there's a mouthful, huh?Speaking of full mouths, Cha Cha invited us to preview their menu so we took a few pics for ya last week.Photo by Riki AltmanAdora greeted guests at the bar and helped them get acclimated to th ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Art Basel Food Tattoos, Painting and Sculpture!

    Last night's meanderings around the Design District/Wynwood area made us hungry for some good art. Thankfully we got our fill.Photo by Riki AltmanNow here's some art us Short Order folks can really appreciate...​

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    November 9, 2010

    Broward vs. Miami-Dade: Who Has the Best Burger?

    Photo by Riki AltmanThe winner!​I just love a challenge. Actually, it's fairer to say I love being the guest judge at a challenge when other people have to cook for me. Who wouldn't want that gig? I not only get a free meal (or the equivalent of three or four meals, which is most often the case), ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in South Florida

    Riki Altman​Vegan restaurants in Miami are rare. For the most part, they cater to a granola-munching, Birkenstock-wearing demographic, but neglect the rest of us who just like to eat. Maybe veganism would be more widely accepted if it struck a balance between looking appetizing and providin ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Chef Jeremiah Wins Deering Battle of the Prune

    Photo by Juan CabreraFull moon and full stomachs at Deering EstateEpicures of all ages made the long haul out to the Deering Estate Saturday night for Wine on Harvest Moon, the annual fundraising event benefiting The Deering Estate Foundation. They enjoyed food samplings, drank free-flowing wine, an ... More >>

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    October 23, 2010

    House of India Damaged by Smoke

    Photo by Riki AltmanHouse of India's entrance at approximately 9:30 a.m. today​House of India, the popular Coral Gables restaurant that has delivered kormas, curries, and kabobs to diners for 35 years, is cordoned off this morning as police and firefighters investigate the damage caused by smoke l ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Miami Heat Home Opener: A Recipe

    Photo by Riki AltmanWrap it up--just like the Heat.These recipes are from Levy's Restaurants, the Chicago-based company that handles all the food you'll eat next week at the American Airlines Arena, when the Miami Heat plays its home opener. If you're too lazy to make these simple recipes at home, l ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Snapshots From Last Night's Signature Chefs & Wine Event

    Last night's Signature Chefs and Wine Extravaganza at Jungle Island to raise money for the March of Dimes is deserving of some commentary, so without further ado: Photo by Riki AltmanThe award for the most unexpected dish goes to Michael Bloise from American Noodle Bar (ETA early November) for his y ... More >>

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