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Talavera, Indomania, Daniel Boulud, Chocolate and Marijuana

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Indomania Will Take August Off
Pieter Both, proprietor of Indomania Restaurant on Miami Beach, will be taking his annual vacation back home to Amsterdam -- meaning that, as per usual, the restaurant will be closed for the month of August. He also wrote to remind me that ever since I mildly mocked Indomania's abbreviated rijsttafel in my initial review, it has been expanded to grand rijsttafel proportions. I wrote back saying that I would try to check it out soon -- anonymously.

This Is What A Deal Looks Like
"At Daniel Boulud's Upper East Side gem, treat yourself to Chef Gavin Kaysen's ultra-seasonal three course prix fixe lunch. Market inspired menus change weekly. $24 per person all summer long."

More On Boulud
A poem on the great chef's anticipated arrival in downtown Miami:
Waiting For Boulud
Daniel Boulud,
Where are you?

Talavera Is Not Fast Food
I recently mentioned that Talavera was coming to Coral Gables, and suggested that a press release description made it sound as though it would be another Mex casual/fast food joint. Said release was sent out by a group touting Gables dining, not Talavera. I was set straight, and now I'll set you straight:

"Newest addition to the Jaguar Ceviche family is Talavera Restaurant...a delightful blend of old and new world Mexico. Talavera will feature a variety of popular Mexican dishes with recipes originating in street markets and signature restaurants from Mexico City. Items will be prepared from authentic ingredients found in the breadbaskets of Mexico. The restaurant is slated to open late July and will be located at 2299 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (on the corner of Giralda)."

So How Come When You Eat Chocolate You Don't Crave Weed?
"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can't remember what they are." ~Matt Lauer (on NBC's Today Show)

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