First Bites

Preservation in Sunny Isles: Curing, Pickling and Smoking

At Preservation in Sunny Isles jars of Jersey Gina's Gems are for sale just next to a sprawling L-shaped bar.

The pickle recipe comes from chef Ryan Harrison's mother. He says they contain garlic, dill, white vinegar, salt and sugar, but he won't name the ratios. The more than 30-year-old recipe made its way from his godmother to him before he and partner Nicole Richaud moved to South Florida from Philadelphia to open a restaurant that focuses on technique developed during the centuries before refrigeration.

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Zachary Fagenson became the New Times Broward-Palm Beach restaurant critic in 2012 before taking up the post for Miami in 2014. He also works as a correspondent for Reuters.
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