If you're into mangoes, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival is kind of a big deal. This ode to the fleshy tropical fruit is mango-mania for the general public, but the Grower's Summit portion of the affair is exponentially more intense. The pre-festival summit br ... More >>
The 2014 edition of Best of Miami is live and it's filled with over 300 of our favorite restaurants, bars, shops...and people. Although we love everything about Miami (especially its restaurants), you know what we really love? The booze. From the perfect bloody mary to the best new bar, our Best ... More >>
Round two has just started in the match that pits Chef Bee and Oishi Thai against John Kunkel and 50 Eggs. Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, better known as Chef Bee, has responded to a lawsuit filed against him and his restaurant Oishi Thai on August 27, 2013 by former employer 50 Eggs Restaurant Company L ... More >>
Piyarat Arreeratn is not in the kitchen. Tonight, the boyish chef with spiky hair roams the dining room at his family-run restaurant, Oishi Thai. He pats a blond kid on the head, wipes down an empty table, and bounces around asking guests if everything is all right. Chef Bee, as he is commonly known ... More >>
In Thailand, New Year's is celebrated very differently than in Miami. As part of the multiday festivities, Thai people clean their houses, avoid cursing, apologize to friends and family for bad behavior, and splash water on each other (very respectfully, we're told). Miamians, by contrast, generally ... 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 >>
The Colonel is killing tigers.Greenpeace International has released a report accusing Kentucky Fried Chicken of using food packaging made with wood from rainforest trees in Indonesia.According to the report, independent tests were conducted on KFC food boxes in China, Indonesia, and the United Kingd ... More >>
Mango season is upon us, which means these sweet, succulent fruits will be falling from trees, rolling under cars and rotting on sidewalks throughout Miami. Every year, an abundance of this fleshy tropical fruit strikes our city, and locals with mango trees are overwhelmed.In an attempt to save Moth ... More >>
Enrique Gomez de Molina's sculptures are to die for. Literally.The Miami-based artist was charged today with illegally smuggling exotic animal parts -- including birds of paradise and the world's cutest animal, a slow loris -- into Florida from Indonesia. Then he stitched, glued, and stuffed the par ... More >>
HippyHoundDogAll decked out for FoodstockThis past weekend we set back the clock one hour. This coming weekend, we're setting the clock back even farther ... to 1969, a time when hippies chanted "make love, not war," traded love beads and ate street food. Let's put it this way, hippies were the ... More >>
Here are ten things that I learned on my summer vacation to Thailand: 1. In Mae Salong, I discovered that there is such a thing as black chicken. The color is natural from the breed, and it tastes like the regular chicken does here: fresh and delicious without all the hormones and stuff pumped into ... More >>
Manila Rice If you've been kvetching about the same old, same old night after night, we hear you. Everyone lapses into "food boredom" now and then. If eating the same food all the time has gotten you down, you might want to visit Manila Rice at BTTR tonight for some more-than-authentic Fili ... More >>
Manila Rice Cecille Pangan with her Manila Rice TruckWith a "Miami Vice" color scheme (hot pink lettering on a black background), Manila Rice makes its debut this evening on the corner of NE 144th Street and Biscayne Boulevard from 6 to 11 p.m. Ted Lederman and Cecille Pangan are partners, ... More >>
State agencies close every year on Veteran's Day, yet schools remain open. Some Florida lawmakers want to change that with the altruistic day that kids will spend the day visiting veterans and watching parades. Note to politicians: kids who get the day off from school just play Wii and watch Wiza ... More >>
Photo by Riki AltmanLeggo my gado gadoNow that you've pounded down more fruitcake, egg nog, and sugar cookies than you care to remember, try eating something good for you, like Icebox Café's gado gado. Robert Siegmann and Andrea Landini--whom we interviewed last week, remember?--discovered this dis ... More >>
"It just taste Irie--One Love."Madonna swears by it and invested $1.5 million in it. And Coke and Pepsi have acquired companies who sell it. But if you're looking for coconut water, you don't need to go any further than Allapattah and JCS Reggae Country Style Brand's Jelly Coconut Water (wi ... More >>
New Barbu and decades-old Siam Lotus Room have each met the same fate. The latter, South Miami's answer to Boston's Green Monster, lured drivers on U.S. 1 with its' lima bean coloring and owner Atchana Capellini's famous coconut shrimp -- along with other Thai dishes derived from her family recip ... More >>
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Barbecue guru Steven Raichlen. Memorial Day is upon us, and just in time for grilling season barbecue expert Steven Raichlen has released a new cookbook devoted to cooking outdoors. Planet Barbecue! covers grilling in 60 countries; Raichlen personally visited 53 of them for his research. Dishes s ... More >>
We take it all back -- all the vitriol regarding the lack of a public process for the new stadium, all the accusations of backroom deals, dirty money, and no-bid contracts. Build the Marlins whatever they want. This team is amazing. 3-0? How about 162-0? How about just by watching them on TV, I was ... More >>
Originally from Buffalo, New York, in the late Eighties, Malevolent Creation flew south and quickly became ensconced in the Sunshine State's hugely unlikely but now-legendary death metal scene. It quickly scored a coveted deal with Roadrunner Records, then the ultimate home for death metal, early gr ... More >>
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You could be he. I figure I'm getting too fat, drunk, and impossibly snotty to hold this job much longer, so I hereby give readers a heads up. If you're planning to try to oust me from my oystershell- and hamhock-encrusted throne as Food Critic at Broward-Palm Beach New Times, there's a handy wiki ... More >>
Learn the secret language of succulents at the Rare Fruit Conference.
People of Miami – put down your Presidentes. (Ok, you can finish them, first). Keep the bottles. You will soon be filling them with delicious beer of your own creation. Tomorrow is the ninth annual “Teach a friend to homebrew day.” While it hasn’t officially been recognized as a nati ... More >>
Lightweights need not apply Traveling the world, knocking back copious amounts of alcoholic beverages, and pocketing $200,000 in the process -- doesn't sound much like hard work, does it? But for one pair of lucky bastards this could soon become a full-time job -- well, for a year, anyway. ... More >>
Celebrate MLK Day by candlelight
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