The latest entry in the burgeoning downtown dining scene is Aijó, which opened yesterday on the ground floor of the Jade building in Brickell. The owner is Rene Buroz, a lawyer in his native Caracas, Venezuela; executive chef is Christian Bonilla, who was recently sous chef at Zuma.Aijó translates ... More >>
See also Coral Way Brings the Flavors of the World to Miami, Part One.For a taste of Uruguay, you can skip the 7,000 miles it takes to travel from Greece to the South American country and walk down Coral Way to NW 12th Avenue to Zuperpollo.A wooden sign hanging from the entrance of Zuperpollo, El Ga ... More >>
Read the incredible story of how Eligio Cedeño cheated death and Chávez's security forces to flee Venezuela and start a second life in Miami.Eligio Cedeño finally got his day in court -- or as close to it as he can get while Hugo Chávez is still alive. The Venezuelan banker was imprisoned for th ... More >>
Born to a French social worker momma and a Chileno father escaping a tyrannical regime, Ana Tijoux is a golden-era hip-hop superfan, rapid-fire lyricist, musical activist, party girl, and pop star.
Her youth was spent running wild in the streets of Paris to a rap soundtrack. But at the age of 13, ... More >>
There's no denying that the guy behind the Mariel Boatlift and the Cuban Missile Crisis can cook up a damned devious trick when he wants to. But did Fidel Castro really photobomb the Colombian 1,000 peso bill?Colombia has been rumbling this week with the conspiracy theory that a young Castro's face ... More >>
Everyone plugged into Miami rap has known about Gunplay and his raw, unhinged lyrical style for years.
The longtime Rick Ross running mate and Carol City Cartel member figured prominently on the Triple C's 2009 album Custom Cars and Cycles, and scored a substantial regional hit with his Waka Fl ... More >>
Miami's great economic savior: wealthy Brazilians. The South Americans are visiting the area in droves and buying up everything in sight, including empty condos, fancy clothes, and fast cars. Though, one has to wonder why they prefer coming from their sun drenched, subtropical, Latin-flair cities ... More >>
Hugo Chavez has a new plan to save Venezuela's teetering national economy and it's, uh, shipping giant mountains of gold into Venezuela amid a procession of tanks so he can end the "dictatorship of the U.S. dollar" and possibly "offer President Obama a loan."So how did his grateful people react? ... More >>
Today, Colombia and salsa music lovers around the world are mourning the loss of Joe Arroyo, one of the genre's favorite sons. His wife confirmed on Radio Caracol that the legendary salsero passed away at 7:45 this morning from heart failure.The 55 year old known as "El Joe" had spent the last 29 ... More >>
Longevity is far more often the antithesis of punk rock than an adjective used to describe it. But Venezuelan rockers Caramelos de Cianuro don't subscribe to the usual rules. This band has been doing its thing for a very long time now, and it's been doing it well.
The group first garnered attent ... More >>
via PlusBoliviaRene Sanabria helped smuggle 220 lbs of cocaine into Miami.From top drug cop to accused cocaine smuggler. That's the story of Retired Gen. Rene Sanabria. From 2007 to 2008 he ran Bolivia's anti-narcotics police, and since 2009 has been a top adviser to Evo Morales' Interior Minist ... More >>
via Sky NewsThe scofflaw pigeon.When did Colombia's avian population fall into a desperate life of drug running? First, there was Lorenzo the Parrot, who was arrested last fall for acting as a look-out for a weed and weapons stash. Now comes word this morning that Colombian police have detained a ... More >>
Halloween is right around the corner and we can smell fear around us. Whether it's because of the psychotic neighbor who's decided to reenact SAW in his front yard, or the girlfriend who convinced you that Ken and Barbie is a great couples costume, sometimes you need a string drink on Halloween.S ... More >>
Raspberry, pink grapefruit, bubble gum and now "wild cherri" will be joining the flavored vodka market. Vodka withs something odd mixed in reminds us of the steak and potatoes ice cream we once chowed on in a little mountain place in Venezuela. But that's a story for another day. When you add someth ... More >>
via DEAA 100-foot narco-sub packed with coke, anyone?Amidst all the fireworks, Budweiser and drunken yells of "America, fuck yeah!" this weekend, our Independence Day festivities turned out to be a busy couple days for the drug that built Miami.Not only did Colombian cops seize a full-size, gold ... More >>
Soccer casualty Andrés EscobarTwo men named Escobar, both born in Medellín, both shot to death. The first was Pablo, the cold-blooded drug lord, mass murderer, and soccer obsessive who reigned over Colombia like a bloated, blood-soaked, black-eyed Komodo dragon. The second was Andrés, a futbol ... More >>
Venezuela and Colombia are starting to become the Ned Flandars and Homer Simpson of Latin America: two neighbors with very different world views that are really starting to hate each other.Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez has even implied that if Juan Manuel Santos, the chosen successor of curre ... More >>