• Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    How Tea Can Change Your Life, According to Master Tsai of Coconut Grove's Zen Village

    Believe it or not, there's more to tea than Oprah's Starbucks Teavana line. Tea's healing history dates back a whopping 5,000 years, and ancient wisdom suggests its influence can be life-altering. This potential impact on our modern lives is what Master Tsai, of Coconut Grove's Zen Village, is look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Lan Pan Asian Cafe: Banana-Coconut Bubble Tea Is the Best Thing Ever

    It's thanks to Lan Pan Asian Cafe that I discovered the joys of boba tea about a year ago (I was totally behind the eight ball, I know). I was utterly enamored with their taro variety -- a creamy, lavender-hued, frozen dream. When I made the transition to veganism back in January, I was bummed to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Ticety Iced Tea Bar Coming to Coral Gables

    Everyone knows that Miami is a coffee-lover's paradise. You can get a solid cafecito in just about any neighborhood. What Miami really lacks is a solid tea presence -- with the exception of Teavana, there aren't a ton of places in South Florida that focus exclusively on tea. European founders Valeri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Tea Oh Five This Weekend: A Tea Pop-Up by JoJo Tea

    Miami needs more tea parties. Chances are you've had JoJo Tea at one of their many partners. They pretty much curate a local tea program and act as a "tea sommelier" to our culinary landscape. And now, the brand whose slogan is to stimulate creativity to energize intellect through seriously good t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    The Healthy Bacteria Craze: Fermented Foods and Probiotic Drinks

    Whether they're pickled in a dirt hole for several months, jarred in the back of your pantry, or just fell off the back of a VitaCoco truck, fermented foods have made waves as tasty and health conscious treats. From coconut water and quinoa, to dairy and and beans, any dietary staple can be infused ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Oprah Chai Launches at Starbucks and Teavana, Our Soul Steeps

    Between cafecitos and coladas, Miami is not a tea town. If you are one of the few that doesn't partake in coffee drinking, the Magic City can make you feel a little lonely. Thankfully, once again, Oprah has come to the rescue to grace us with enlightenment. She has teamed up with Starbucks and Tea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Try Vegan Bubble Tea at North Miami's Shing Wang

    When I made the decision to go vegan, I was as mentally prepared as possible to sacrifice milk and dairy, but there were a few favorite items that made the choice more challenging. Namely, cheese, Wet Willie's Bahama Mamas, and boba milk tea. For anyone not lucky enough to have experienced the wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Five Reasons to Drink Tea from Michael Ortiz of Miami's JoJo Teas

    In a society dominated by Starbucks, coffee gets all the media love. But what about that other hot beverage -- the one that cultures have been drinking for, oh, 3,000 years or so? The one that Buddhist monks swear by? The one they drink religiously on Downton Abbey? Tea ringing a bell? Despite what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Fox News on Trayvon Martin: "You Could Probably Kill Somebody With Skittles"

    With George Zimmerman's trial starting in Central Florida this week for the murder of Miami-area teen Trayvon Martin, the controversial case has rocketed back to the headlines. Fox News, however, appears to have taken a novel approach to its coverage of the tragedy, and recently invited a guest on w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Biltmore's Afternoon Tea: High-Class Living for Only $20

    More and more these days, we hear Miami touted as a "World-Class City." Putting marketing copy aside, it isn't really a town to which you'd attach adjectives like old world, el;egant, or classy. So it's not the kind of place you'd expect daily afternoon tea accompanied by live classical music from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Love & Vegetables Vegan Pop-Up: Beet-Red Quinoa and Blueberry Polenta in Little Haiti

    When my little posse and I rolled up to the fence surrounding Earth N Us Farms in Little Haiti, I wore a confident face in an attempt to reassure my obviously skeptical guests.The truth is, though, that I was nearly as apprehensive about the vegan pop-up event we were about to attend as they were. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    momoCHA Tea House: Bubble Tea In SoBe

    My first visit to momoCHA Tea House on Española Way lasted about one minute. I ordered a Bubble Milk Green Tea, but was told that the tapioca pearls wouldn't be ready for another 40 minutes. So I switched my order to a fruit-based, rather than milk-based, tea, and asked for boba pearls instead of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Health Drink Kombucha: Fermented Tea to Get Your Guts in Order

    Kombucha is fermented tea crawling with live and active cultures. And it is taking up ever more shelf space in the beverage aisle at Whole Foods. Why? It may help restore health to your digestive tract and give you an immune boost.Probiotics are not just for yogurts anymore. In fact, they haven't be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Tea Cakes, Finger Sandwiches, Antiquity Galore: Cauley Square Tea Room

    By BevPictures, FlickrVery Tim Burton-esque.​To many, a trek to Cauley Square in Redland is akin to a journey back in time. It is after all an intact historic village in a modernized world.Originally a pioneer village camp, fueled solely by the railway workers building tracks toward Key West in 19 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    EVOS Fast-Casual Restaurant: Fast Food That Won't Kill You

    All photos by Laine DossEVOS features hormone-free and organic food that even your kids will like.​On a recent hunger-filled and cranky drive to Pinecrest for a day of shopping, we passed EVOS' little green storefront on U.S. 1 and gave it a try. EVOS is clean, with cute Lichtensteinesque posters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Miami is 92% Honest, According to Iced Tea-Based Social Experiment

    ​Yesterday, Honest Tea, a beverage brand owned partially by Coca-Cola, set up kiosks across 12 cities in America stocked with chilled bottles of its iced tea. Though, instead of an actual cashier, the company only placed a clear plastic box near the center with a sign asking for a dollar in exchan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Rush Limbaugh Announces "Two If By Tea" Iced Tea

    The dittos are coming...the dittos are coming...​Radio Talker and blowhard Rush Limbaugh just announced his brand new line of Paul Revere-inspired iced teas, "Two If By Tea." It's available in four varieties - regular, diet, raspberry, and diet raspberry. All of them feature all natural ingr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Banh Mi, Bubble Tea, Mock Smoked Duck at Shing Wang

    Lee KleinHalf a banh mi​In December, we wrote about Shing Wang having introduced banh mi sandwiches on its vegetarian-friendly Chinese menu. "I'll be heading up to 167th real soon to check out these new items," I vowed. Well, I made it up there yesterday, which to me is "real soon," although folks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Starbucks Trenta Inspires Taiwanese Animation

    Starbucks' unveiling of Trenta, the 31-ounce iced coffee, iced tea, and iced tea lemonade option that debuted in 14 states yesterday, has generated plenty of buzz. It was a trending topic on Twitter, the envy of 36 states, and the inspiration for Taiwan's Next Media Animation's (NMA) "Starbucks Supe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Starbucks Introduces 31-Ounce Trenta Cup, Fails Italian Class

    Not the Trenta cup.​Today, suburbia's corporate crack dealer, Starbucks, is rolling out a 31-ounce option for iced coffee, iced tea, and iced tea lemonade in 14 states, and Florida made the cut. But Short Order isn't racing to the nearest 'bucks to order up a super-sized iced latte just yet--we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Kombucha Won't Get You Drunk. And It's Back.

    ​Some beverages have a history in medicine. Coke can trace its origin back to the late 19th century when it was sold as a medical elixir. 7-Up launched in the 1920s, originally contained lithium, and was marketed as a mood stabilizer and hangover cure. Today, both of these household names and are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Churchill's Pub is Our World Cup Breakfast Headquarters

    Jacob Katel8 a.m champion breakfast: two eggs, sausage, bacon home fries, toast, bottle of Budweiser - $9.25​Early this morning while Argentina was tricking on the Republic of Korea (Argentina 4 - 1), Short Order was drinking beer and grubbing English breakfast at Churchill's Pub. Owner Dave Danie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Heat's Kenny Hasbrouck Was Charged with DWI After Drinking Two Long Island Iced Teas

    via​Point guard Kenny Hasbrouck is the newest member of the Miami Heat, signing with them on  March 16th out of the developmental league, but he's already found himself in a drunk driving scandal. The charges date back to February 5th, before the Heat signed the former Siena Col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Bubbles 'n Ice Opens Today, New SoBe Mex Opens "Soon"

    Lee Klein​Just as Little Italy and Chinatown intersect in New York City, bubble teas and Italian ices are coming together at Bubbles 'n Ice. Some 30 flavors of the former (including fruits, teas, and specialties like pb & jelly) and 60 of the latter (cotton candy, dulce de leche, etc.) will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Bubbles 'N Ice, Bubble Tea and Italian Ice, Coming Soon To North Miami Beach

    Jacob KatelHuband and Wife Yoav Anisz and Miriam Lach in their soon to open shop.​Bubbles 'N Ice (3061 NE 163rd Street) in North Miami Beach is opening soon, and that means plenty of premium Bubble Tea, Philly style Italian ice, and more combinations thereof than you can shake a widemouth straw at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Archive Diver: Tiger Tiger Teahouse and Trip Wire Bombing

    via Miami New Times archives November 23 - 29, 2009. Click for fullsize.​Tiger Tiger Teahouse opened on Biscayne Boulevard in 1969. The restaurant then moved to South Miami, the location the ad at right advertises, closed for a year, and then reopened on the 79th street causeway in North Bay Villa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Deals & Squeals: Salsa Fiesta, Sushi Maki, Coral Gables Thursdays

    ​Salsa Fiesta Debuts TodayOwners Cesar Olivo and Adriana Pérez Benatar are hosting the grand opening of their Salsa Fiesta Urban Mexican Grill today. The fast casual eatery is located on 29th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, just a block north of the New Times offices. The modern industrial-style r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Motley Crue and Cruefest Bands Get Organic Backstage - Groupies Love Chocolate

    image via​Nothing says backstage lounge at a heavy metal show like booze and groupies right? Well amend that to add green tea mate, organic, single origin Sumtran coffee, puffed fruit, and premium chocolates. Miami company Explorer's Bounty has struck a deal with Backstage Artis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Lunch with Wine at Eos: $25

    The review of Eos in this past week's New Times was exceedingly positive. One of the things we like about the place is how eminently reasonable the pricing is. Now, at lunch at least, it gets even better with a 3-course prix fixe lunch menu for $25. Plus beverage. And wine. And complimentary valet. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Kitchen Prank: Cook Drinks Habanero Iced Tea

    image via johnwinkelman's flickrHey eaters, guess what, while you're off in the dining room eating spaghetti at your favorite restaurant there's a whole universe of drama spinning in the kitchen. An entire Greek tragedy may have played out over your plate as it went out. One great tradition is the k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Boca Bubble Tea -- A Ward Family Production

    Boca Bubble Tea from MiamiNewTimesBlogs on Vimeo.Boca Bubble Tea is an informal festival operation run by the Ward family. Bubble Tea is flavored sugar water with tapioca pearls at the bottom. Listen to Mr. Ward tell you about it.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Bill McCollum Bravely Keeps Us Safe From Misleading Enviga Claims

    State Attorney Generals love to get together and kick some class action ass over sort of inane things. It is the service they have been called too. Yesterday, it was announced that Florida and 25 other states have come to a settlement with Coke, Nestle and Beverage Partnership Worldwide , the make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Tea Time At Starbucks

    On January 3rd, Starbucks rolled out a quintet of new Tazo full leaf tea beverages that are now available in all stores nationwide. Yesterday the coffee chain hosted "TeaTime events", which is a civilized way of saying "free samples". I headed to the most scenic of our Starbucks, at 14th Street and ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2008

    The Unreal Deal

    Fresh, flavorful, healthful Chinese food — plus bubble tea! — at an excellent price.

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007
  • Dining

    November 2, 2006

    Doubly Bubbly

    For tea and sandwiches, Tapioca is worth tracking down

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2006
  • Calendar

    January 26, 2006
  • Finest Foods

    May 12, 2005
  • Calendar

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    February 5, 2004

    Mr. Tea

    Anyone for that hot cuppa cha

  • Finest Foods

    May 15, 2003


    The Secret Sandwich Co.

  • Dining

    November 28, 2002

    Afternoon DIY Delight

    Throw a holiday-time High Tea party -- it's finger-food-licking good

  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Tea for View, View for Tea

    Right luve, ta for the full tea at the Biltmore's exquisite lobby

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Foodaholics Anonymous

    It's all there, and you never knew!

  • Finest Foods

    May 17, 2001

    Best Afternoon Tea

    The Biltmore Hotel

  • Finest Foods

    May 17, 2001

    Best Fried Chicken

    People's Bar-B-Que

  • Finest Foods

    May 11, 2000

    Best Flop

    People's Bar-B-Que

  • Recreation

    May 13, 1999
  • Dining

    November 10, 1993
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