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    Spur Crazy

    Remember that old saw, "You can't judge a book by its cover"? Sure, it's a cliche, but like all cliches it has a basis in truth. We all make assumptions based on appearances, every day of our lives. Even in these politically proper Nineties, when eve...

    by Jen Karetnick on April 24, 1997
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    Family Fair

    Late in the afternoon, look at the sky: cerulean blue, marred like a bruise with the portent of thunderstorms. A sure sign of summer. But how can that be when the tourist season hasn't ended yet? Daylight Savings Time, a marker that to most of t...

    by Jen Karetnick on April 17, 1997
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    Midday at the Oasis

    This past fall, when I took a job as an elementary school teacher, I didn't give any thought to what havoc this career move would wreak on that most sacred hour of the day: lunchtime. In the grade-school biz we get half an hour, which is often chisel...

    by Jen Karetnick on April 10, 1997
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    Good As Gold

    As human beings, we're all pretty much assured that whatever happens to us has, at some point, happened to somebody else. An experience can be wonderful or horrifying, but it's almost certainly not unique. Simply by virtue of being able to use our th...

    by Jen Karetnick on April 3, 1997
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    Readers Digest

    As I inched my way toward my master's degree in poetry at the University of California in Irvine, I took solace in one thing: After every brutal workshop in which we deconstructed each other's work until at least one of us cried in the bathroom and t...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 27, 1997
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    A Touch of Brass

    I was strolling down the transformed Lincoln Road on a recent weekday evening, winding my way among the outdoor cafe tables and marveling at how much the artsy ol' mall now looks like Boca Raton, when I got caught up in the crowd near South Beach Bra...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 20, 1997
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    None Pho Me, Thanks

    In an American Express TV commercial, a young man hosts his first business dinner in a posh restaurant. At the conclusion of the meal, which has been successful so far, he cavalierly hands a credit card to the waiter. Cut to the server, holding the c...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 13, 1997
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    Putting the Sir in Sirloin

    Boy, am I sick of being a woman. Seems like everywhere I go in this macho town, someone's got to do something or say something patronizing to remind me of my gender. I go jogging, I get kissing sounds and catcalls -- even at five o'clock in the m...

    by Jen Karetnick on March 6, 1997
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    Weight and Si

    Chef-proprietors rise up in all manner of ways. Some go the academic route, attending culinary school and scoring internships under well-known chefs. Others work their way up the line, discovering a love for cooking accidentally, perhaps as an end pr...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 27, 1997
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    In the Swim

    "Look at that!" my husband said in disgust, pointing to a boutique blazing light from a corner of South Atlantic Boulevard, the erstwhile Fort Lauderdale Strip. "Can you believe that?" I looked. The place was open and seemed to be attracting a st...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 20, 1997
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    Bal Harbour Blues

    I don't know if it was a result of navigating through the closely packed tables or just innate clumsiness, but our server at Coco's Sidewalk Cafe seemed born to bobble. He dribbled water on the floor, knocked over a glass of our wine on his tray, and...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 13, 1997
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    You Can Go Home Again

    So you're an inventive, creative chef, tops in your field. You finally run your own place, and you're doing fusion things with regional ingredients no one in South Florida has ever seen before. You're booked to the max every night with reservations. ...

    by Jen Karetnick on February 6, 1997
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    Just Add Water

    "You could really learn some food-avoidance behaviors in this place," my friend Rick said when we walked into six-week-old Cafe Aqua, located between Euclid and Pennsylvania avenues on the newly revamped Lincoln Road. He peered at the moray eel, nurs...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 30, 1997
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    Miso Hungry

    I'm of two minds about reviewing Japanese restaurants. On the one hand, I relish the opportunity. I adore the cuisine, particularly the raw stuff, and think that, at least in terms of sushi, Miami's Japanese eateries offer some of the freshest fi...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 23, 1997
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    'Tis the Seasoning

    Info: 'Tis the Seasoning By Jen Karetnick While waiting for our table, my guests and I glanced around at the racks of wine, the gleaming deli cases displaying imported meats and cheeses, the shelves of pastries scenting the market portion of Perri...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 16, 1997
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    No Pause for Claws

    Howie paused momentarily at the edge of the crowd, waiting for his field of vision to clear. He danced right, then faked left, spinning away from one obstacle after another. Then he spied an opening and took off, darting through the defensive line an...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 9, 1997
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    Another Year Devoured

    The start of the new year is a season as much for reflection as for anticipation. Past failures especially take on life all over again, a reincarnation that may prove uncomfortable for some. But it is this assessment, painful though it may be, that r...

    by Jen Karetnick on January 2, 1997
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    There's the Pub

    Some say that good teachers can teach anything. I happen to think that's true, to a point. Successful teaching does depend on imparting information in a clear and logical fashion. But knowledge of (or love for) what you're giving lessons in is not ex...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 26, 1996
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    Something Old, Something Noodle

    One year, when my parents claimed to be too tired to go out on their anniversary and consume a four-star meal, my sister and I decided to supply it for them in the comfort of their own dining room. We could be as elegant as any restaurant, we told ea...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 19, 1996
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    A Confederacy of Munches

    I had been looking forward to reading Pat Conroy's latest best seller, Beach Music, for two reasons: I admire Conroy's flowery style, and the Southern-boy protagonist in this novel, Jack McCall, is a food and travel writer. Devouring page after page ...

    by Jen Karetnick on December 12, 1996
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