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    When in Roma - Sapori di Roma Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria

    Sometimes I imagine other restaurant reviewers sitting plushly in front of giant, high-resolution computer screens, scrolling long lists of dining recommendations e-mailed to them by their well-organized, rigorously maintained network of knowledgeabl...

    by Lee Klein on May 31, 2001
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    Crme de la Kane - The French Bakery

    Kane Concourse is a pretty exciting stretch of road if one is looking for, say, a cardiogram. As far as food goes, though, even Arthur Godfrey Road, with its almost unbroken stretch of banks, is more promising for people looking for a little lunch. C...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 31, 2001
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    Time to Wine Down - Summer cellars

    The start of the rainy season has special significance for those of us fascinated by the food-and-wine scene. And I'm not talking about the fact that we now have moisture falling from the sky, so can expect to be served water instead of having to pla...

    by Jen Karetnick on May 31, 2001
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    So Good Shoji - Shoji Sushi

    When Shoji Sushi opened in mid-March, it was an occasion of great relief. After all, the particular block of lower Collins Avenue on which Shoji is located was perhaps the only one in SoBe that didn't already house two or three sushi bars; weary sout...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 24, 2001
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    Colombian Gold - La Molienda Caf-Bar

    If you live on South Beach, chances are you've walked down Washington Avenue and passed the tiny, triangular-shape La Molienda on many occasions, probably peeking in with piqued curiosity each and every time. It's an unusual space in that it takes th...

    by Lee Klein on May 24, 2001
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    Falling Down the Food Chain - Michael Faber's Under the Skin

    Red tide. Rampant E.coli. Mad cow disease. When it comes to the food chain, what other organisms do we humans have to worry might kill us? Aliens, apparently. That is, if you take your social satire seriously. Author Michel Faber does. In his new ...

    by Jen Karetnick on May 24, 2001
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    Good Moon Rising - Moon Thai and Japanese Cuisine

    Thai food originated in the mountainous valleys of southwestern China, then the homeland of tribes who, between the Sixth and Thirteenth centuries, would emigrate southward into what is now Thailand. Siam River Thai Cuisine originated in North Miami ...

    by Lee Klein on May 17, 2001
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    Pizza Cubano - Montes de Oca

    Next time you have out-of-town visitors who insist on cruising Calle Ocho (invariably a disappointment as a sightseeing site since tourists, not getting that it's just a normal working neighborhood, always expect some sorta cute Disneyworld: Cuba!), ...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 17, 2001
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    Best Also-Rans - And the Kvetchy goes to . . . .

    The Best of Miami issue: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for the breadth and depth of your pages, for your biblical proportions, for your wise (-ass) advice. I love thee to the level of every day's most quiet need to find the ...

    by Jen Karetnick on May 17, 2001
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    Behind the Venetian Mask - Carnevale

    When the former owners of Mezzanotte finally closed that long-running fashionista-favorite restaurant/nightclub last year and opened Carnevale, a self-billed "Venetian caf," two questions instantly occurred to me: Would this really be like eating in...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 10, 2001
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    My Dear Watson - Casablanca and DaArmas seafood markets

    Fresh is the word when it comes to fish, and it doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the seafood shanties in Watson Island Marina, one of the first stops for local commercial fishing boats, would be an opportune place to purchase some of the...

    by Lee Klein on May 10, 2001
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    Star Cooks - Out of the frying pan, into the private kitchen

    So you're a restaurateur, and a successful one at that. You've owned five or six places, mainly in Denver, and have even handled three at one time. But you've trained as a chef, and cooking is in your heart. So you mostly create in the kitchen while ...

    by Jen Karetnick on May 10, 2001
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    Poise in the Hood - Nemo

    Since opening on the southern tip of South Beach in 1995, Nemo has consistently been rated as one of Miami's very best restaurants. Like the proprietors of many of the United States' other highly touted contemporary dining establishments (The French ...

    by Lee Klein on May 3, 2001
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    A Simple Feast - Captain Jim's Seafood

    When dinner hour approaches at Captain Jim's, a friendly fish market that's also an informal (five Formica tables) restaurant, everybody eats in, even if they've just come for take-out. That's because while the crowd waits for orders or service, the ...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 3, 2001
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    MC Chef at the Mike - Kitchen rockers

    So you're a musician, and you have some big dreams. You want to be in a band. You want to record a CD. Maybe you want to own a production company. And you need some cash to make it all happen. What to do, what to do? If you're Joey Ramos, you become...

    by Jen Karetnick on May 3, 2001
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    Side Dish - Surviving South Florida's food scene

    Don't try this with The Weakest Link: If you think executive chefs are too busy dreaming up new dishes to take notice of pop culture, treat yourself to dinner at Astor Place. Chef Johnny Vinczencz has found an innovative way to keep that irritating S...

    by Jen Karetnick on May 3, 2001
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    Skill at the Grill - Red Fish Grill

    Even if the food at Red Fish Grill were only so-so, the restaurant's spectacular setting alone would warrant many visits. Located at the furthest tip of wild Matheson Hammock Park, on the shores of a very nonwild saltwater lagoon (in fact you could c...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on April 26, 2001
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    The Staple of Naples - Bl: La Pizzeria del Sole

    It was in 1899 that Italy's Queen Margherita and King Umberto I, in a public-relations move calculated to foster an affinity with the common folk, took a royal traipse into Naples for some pizza. In their honor the pizzaiolo commissioned for the even...

    by Lee Klein on April 26, 2001
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    A Sweet Deal in a Stuffy Place - Corporate cooking culture

    So you're a chef. You've trained at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, one of the most respected culinary institutions in the United States. You have interned in a variety of foreign lands, including Israel, Hong Kong, China, Jap...

    by Jen Karetnick on April 26, 2001
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    Abbey Road to Morocco - The Abbey Dining Room

    At one time the Abbey Hotel's lobby must have been a graceful space for guests to dawdle in, but not anymore. It's stripped to bare essentials (desk, stairway, elevator), all relegated to the left side of the dapper, Deco, 52-seat Abbey Dining Room. ...

    by Lee Klein on April 19, 2001
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