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    Oh, Canada by the Bay - Pangea

    On this ratty but rallying stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, in a neighborhood where the most popular restaurants have long been referred to by acronym (KFC, IHOP, and so on), the log-cabin-like Canadian-outpost exterior of Pangea stands out like Dudley...

    by Lee Klein on March 29, 2001
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    Fake Padding - Spot a pumped-up meal a mile away

    Most of us appreciate padding in one form or another. Hockey players like it in their shin guards. Flat-chested women who can't afford surgery look for it in bras. Victims of carpal tunnel syndrome depend on it to cushion sore wrists and elbows. I fi...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 29, 2001
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    More and Less a Success - Ocean Grill

    The Japanese tend to take a less-is-more approach to eating. Americans prefer to think in terms of more is more (which probably is why our populace is among the most bloated in the world), though a growing health consciousness has had a moderating ef...

    by Lee Klein on March 22, 2001
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    Miami and New York: Let's Really Compare - It's not a party until someone lights up

    I'll admit it right from the start: New York is a great restaurant town. How could it not be? The place is huge, with zillions of eateries of every type. Out of the zillion, just by virtue of the odds, trillions are bound to be good. Billions are ver...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 22, 2001
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    Side Dish - Signs of spring

    In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ... a small world: Although he'd initially been hired by Dennis Max as the executive chef of Max's Place in Bal Harbour Shops, Mark's Place and Mark's in the Grove alumnus Doug Riess neve...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 22, 2001
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    High Noon - Skyline Cafe

    Just as the lit-up-at-night, I.M. Pei-designed Bank of America tower stands apart from the rest of Miami's skyline, its in-house restaurant, Skyline Cafe, makes other downtown lunch spots seem commonplace by comparison. It's literally on another leve...

    by Lee Klein on March 15, 2001
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    The Beef on Tainted Bovine - Mad cow disease, part 3

    Bovine-CJD -- might you already have it?" asks the Official Mad Cow Disease Home Page (www.mad-cow.org). The site goes on to explain that "early warnings [include] insomnia, memory loss, depression, anxiety, withdrawal, and fearfulness." If we go by...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 15, 2001
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    A Yellowtail of Two Cities - Bond St. Lounge

    Bond St. Lounge is the South Beach outpost of Manhattan's megasuccessful nouvelle Japanese sushi and sake restaurant. There are differences to be sure. Whereas the Big Apple Bond St. is an elegantly minimalist three-floor emporium, the one here is in...

    by Lee Klein on March 8, 2001
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    Too Close for Comfort? - Cattle-ist for reform

    In Texas 1222 cattle were quarantined this past January after accidentally being fed the pured carcasses of other cattle. In Vermont the United States Department of Agriculture seized 355 sheep imported from Belgium that were suspected of carrying p...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 8, 2001
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    Side Dish - The next Lincoln Road and more

    If you've been wondering where the next "Lincoln Road" is going to develop, get your minds off the beaches (South and North) and head to the shores. Miami Shores, that is. Zoning has been approved and renovations scheduled for NE Second Avenue, the c...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 8, 2001
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    It's a Mad Mad Mad Cow World - Scary brain food

    In the Survivor II episode "Suspicion," contestants were asked to eat all manner of unsavory (according to the Western palate, anyway) foodstuffs for the so-called immunity challenge. Most, amid a few grimaces, were successful at downing their portio...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 1, 2001
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    SoSe in SoBe - Suva

    The main wall is what grabs your attention as you enter Suva, adorned as it is by three looming, luminous ten-by-ten-foot panels colorfully depicting Polynesian tribal masks. In front of these are gauzy white curtains running from floor to high ceili...

    by Lee Klein on February 22, 2001
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    Kind-Altering Plants - Veggies au naturel

    On the walls of the weathered office at Green Cay Produce, ecologist Barry Commoner's "Informal Laws of Ecology" have been transcribed in calligraphy and framed. The document, the first line of which states in true Zen fashion, "Everything is connect...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 22, 2001
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    Side Dish - Gossip for foodies

    The ghost of Mayya continues to haunt us: The defunct restaurant recently was touted in Nation's Restaurant News' special "50 Cities that Sizzle" issue as one of many in Miami that have celebrity owners (Billy Bean). The same paragraph included info ...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 22, 2001
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    Yambo Ya-Ya - Yambo Restaurant Tipico Nicaragense

    When we came upon Yambo, I yahooed with excitement. It's a hopping, bopping, most colorful Nicaraguan joint that, despite the crowd lining up at an outdoor counter to get food, surely couldn't be known by too many outside the periphery of this funky ...

    by Lee Klein on February 15, 2001
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    The Chocolate Factor - Time to make the sweets

    The appointment had been arranged by the public-relations people, and my instructions were clear. I was to appear at JoAnna's in the Grove, the three-month-old sister location of gourmet grocery and bakery JoAnna's Marketplace in South Miami, at 6:00...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 15, 2001
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    Catch a Rising Star - Azul

    Azul is a two-month-old 120-seat restaurant in the $100-million Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key, actually housed on the side of the hotel, along with another eatery, Caf Sambal, in a patinaed structure. The restaurant's interior , elegantly accent...

    by Lee Klein on February 8, 2001
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    It's in the Can - Romancing Miami's restrooms

    I can't think of anything less romantic than getting pregnant in a restaurant bathroom. So I suppose I can cross Boris Becker off my list of potential valentines, though the love child that resulted from his restroom tryst no doubt will be glad to th...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 8, 2001
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    Side Dish - Give and take

    Yeah, it's nice to pay tribute to the ones you love. But instead of spending 25 bucks on some mediocre faux-French chocolates this Valentine's Day, consider taking that cash and sending it to India. Not because there are children starving there (thou...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 8, 2001
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    Finger-Licking Spanuban - Las Culebrinas Restaurant

    I was befuddled by the only word emblazoned beneath the restaurant's name, right on the menu's front page: tapas. Having always assumed the first Las Culebrinas, on West Flager, was a Cuban restaurant, I naturally projected likewise for this second v...

    by Lee Klein on February 1, 2001
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