Raul Medina Jr. walks into a Starbucks in Hollywood's Young Circle and asks for a cup of black coffee with light hazelnut syrup and exactly two ice cubes. Better-known as DJ Raw, Medina brought hip-hop to Miami from his native South Bronx and founded Hoodstock, a free, big-name festival in Wynwood i ... More >>
We're almost to the point when shopping for presents becomes a mad, desperate scramble to find something for the people left on your list. But there's nothing lamer than giving (or getting) a pointless gift you'll never use. Remember the fruitcake gag? Gag us. So to make your life a little easier, ... More >>
Yesterday was one hell of a washout. And Saturday, there was more humidity than we thought was physically possible. So, basically, what we're trying to say is we can't wait for fall to arrive so we can at least enjoy, like, two "cold fronts" and wear boots or something. #MiamiProblems Unfortunately ... More >>
Move over, corporate coffee chains and crappy pizza joints -- Urban Oxy has moved into South Beach. The locally focused café serves cold brew, homemade pizza-by-the-slice, and fresh-baked pastries -- much-needed additions to the tourist-trap-ridden Washington Avenue. The rapidly expanding chain op ... More >>
The human body is approximately 65 percent liquid, which means we inevitably do a lot of drinking to keep that waterlogged equilibrium. Whether it's the recommended allowance of H20 or copious quantities of booze, there's lots of the wet stuff constantly flowing down our gullets. So proper drinkwa ... More >>
Charismatic Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. owner, Karen Tuvio, recently invited us not only to a tasting at her North Miami shop, but also to watch her roast coffee beans in the coolest contraption since the flux capacitor. This isn't VIP treatment -- patrons are also invited to watch on select dates vi ... More >>
Publix customers in Florida can now redeem paperless coupons for small discounts on store items, but the technology is not available in Miami -- yet. Only Publix stores in Ocala are equipped with new technology that can accept the digital coupons.
Giotto Pizza opened on West Avenue in South Beach about a year ago, but I just made it in for the first time this past weekend. The storefront is bookended between a Starbucks to the left and the kosher West Avenue Cafe to the right. Outdoor tables of the three venues line up side by side, those of ... More >>
Looks like Lincoln Road institution Zeke's Roadhouse has sold its last brew. Employees say that Sunday night was the beer den's final curtain, adding that they were told the owner is ready to move on.We were unable to reach Zeke's proprietor for comment, but this isn't the first time the place has b ... More >>
It's nice to find a Miami Beach business that cares about locals. So what if summer isn't "season" for South Beach tourism? West Avenue Cafe thinks its loyal local customers are worth catering to, and they're doing so by rolling out a new gluten-free, totally vegan menu that will delight plant-based ... More >>
That way to Suckville!Festivals are sort of the Costco of live music. Take, for example, the upcoming 2012 edition of Coachella. If you purchased individual concert tickets for every artist on the lineup, the cost would far exceed the festival's more-or-less $400 fee. But when you visit Costco t ... More >>
The World Trade Center in the sunlight.As I walked into Dunkin' Donuts yesterday to grab a coffee in Miami, I noticed pumpkin doughnuts for sale. Suddenly a little frisson ran down my spine. I was transported back to a sunny morning almost a decade ago in New York. Around 9 a.m. on that fateful S ... More >>
For years, Miami has had a stranglehold on America. Sure, they had their crappy Starbucks and fancy, yuppy coffee roasters. But we had cafe Cubano, cafe con leche, cortaditos, la gasolina de la tarde.....But now J.M. Smucker has bought the local -- actually historically Cuban -- brand that ... More >>
Camille LambGerman transplant Rima Gerhard clings to her latte.Guilt-ridden java guzzlers, take heart: a recent study in Sweden showed the risk of certain types of breast cancer was significantly reduced in post-menopausal women whose daily coffee intake was higher than five cups a day. Other stu ... More >>
We all love baseball, but did we all really have to pay for a new stadium when Marlins owners had plenty of cash on hand?Anger over public spending is all the rage these days. Unemployment checks? Undeserved. The Obama stimulus plan? An abomination. Now Carlos Alvarez is facing a fierce recall c ... More >>
In and around Miracle Mile, there is no shortage of solid restaurants, ranging from an Irish pub (John Martin's) to steak houses (take your pick here, here, and here) to Italian (upscale or family-style) to casual (and packed). Just about every mood, preference, and price can be ... More >>
D'Andrea's family is watching, so eat up.Read part one of our interview with Michael D'Andrea here.New Times: Most unusual food combination you've ever created or been served?Michael D'Andrea: My Macaluso's meatball salad: the hot meatball and marinara sauce with the cold romaine and my mom's dre ... More >>
It's all in the eyes. And the balls.If the Staten Island accent and amber peepers don't get you, Michael D'Andrea's meatballs certainly will. And then there's his unyielding appreciation for his mama. "My Mom, our last meal was my food," he'll tell you with a glint in his eye. Macaluso, by the wa ... More >>
Cold coffee. Ice. It should be simple.An iced coffee should consist of two things: (1) Ice. (2) Refrigerated coffee. Not hot coffee, because that melts the ice and invariably turns the drink into a watered-down, 2 Girls 1 Cup-style gag-inducing experience within fifteen minutes.It's simple, ... More >>
How many times has this happened? Desperate for a caffeine jolt, you stumble into a Starbucks and order a $2 tall coffee. As usual, your wallet is bereft of cash, so you whip out the debit card to pay the bill. courtesy Channel R, via Wikimedia CommonsIn your sleep-deprived state, you forge ... More >>
Miami's own Burger King will kill its BK Joe brand to start selling Seattle's Best, a Starbucks company, at 7,250 BK's around the U.S. [MarketWatch]Chef Michael Harr, former executive corporate chef for Miami-based Celebrity Cruises, will now work for Gaylord National Convention Center in Washington ... More >>
An artist's interpretation of this story.It's something Miamians don't like to think about, but it's true: There exist a few unfortunate souls who are forced to periodically travel to Broward County for reasons related to work, Panthers games, and ex-wives. Now they have a bus. Miami-Dade Transi ... More >>
MiMos Vagabond Market is bringing the boulevard back.
The South Florida band is a long way from Kendall.
Used to be that you couldn’t name ten worthwhile restaurants at which to dine in Coconut Grove. Still can’t, but we’re getting closer. When Ideas Restaurant opened two years ago it gave the food-deprived neighborhood its’ first fine upscale establishment since the nineties. The recently open ... More >>
Miami is awash in power beverages. Might as well drink up!
Sweat Records hangs on for its third year.
The rich get richer foods, the poor get poorer foods.
Miamis indie epicenter is back, bigger and better than ever.
Chipotle Mexican Grill offers tasty fare thats good for your conscience
Gabe Pendas wants to save college kids a bundle. And this brawler might just do it.
The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4200 calories a day and a Koran
When people complain, we listen
When art imitates life a little too closely
A dog would think a dude wearing a necklace made of bones was advertising his prowess as a kindred hunter ...
Indie heatseekers the Thermals bring it fast and furious
Which reminds me, there's a little café down south ...