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Serving the communities along the Biscayne Corridor, including Arch Creek East, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena
Vista, Design District, Downtown, Edgewater, El Portal, Hibiscus Island, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Momingside, North Bay Island,
North Miami, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands

Volume 6, Issue 12

In 1938 a future king met his fate on the Boulevard
B. Aniolini G.arcia C('.arbonell

Mildred Gaydon left Frank
White's Casino, a fashion-
able after-hours club at
10990 Biscayne Blvd., and began
driving south on the Boulevard to take
her gentleman friend, Don Alfonso de
Borb6n, back to the Miami Colonial

Hotel, where he had been living for
the past year. The time was around
3:00 a.m. The date was Tuesday,
September 6, 1938.
Mildred, known as "Merry Millie,"
was the popular, 25-year-old ciga-
rette girl at Don Dickerson's Pirate's

Den, a raucous nightclub located on
a branch of the Miami River. She had
spent that Labor Day evening with
Don Alfonso in their usual routine
- after dinner and a movie, they had
visited a couple of nightspots before
returning home.

Driving south on the dark Boulevard,
a two-lane stretch of asphalt running
through an undeveloped portion of
northeast Miami, they had just passed the
Little Farm sheds at 84th Street (which
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Should Have Been Riding
the Rails Long Ago
Terence Cantarella's cover story "Wait-
ing For the Train" was a great article
(January 2009). Thank God someone else
is aware that studying the FEC corridor
for possible commuter trains should have
been done long ago.
Can you believe that Miami charges
one of the highest fares for bus travel
in the nation? Remember the previous
county mayor said that if we voted for
a sales tax increase, bus fares would be
basically free for the folks who use this
overpriced system? What a joke!
Bill Clark
Belle Meade

Riding the Rails Is a
Visionary Solution
Regarding "Waiting for the Train," it's
nice to see this transportation solution
being addressed in the media. I too have
been following the issue over the years
and I think Miami Shores years ago
declined to have a commuter station built
in its fair burg. How short-sighted.
By the way, here are links to some vi-
sionary solutions for South Florida mass
transit. The first one paints a great picture
about what life could be like if the FEC

corridor was used for commuter rail
with a stop at "Freedom Tower Station"
rail-in-our.html). The second one looks at
creating a monorail connection between
Miami and the Beaches (http://miami-
Margaret Griffis's story about
Bunny Yeager in the same issue ("She
Remembers Bettie") reminds me that I
discovered her in the early 1960s, when
I, like thousands of other randy boys,
came across her series of books on
how to shoot the nude. I can't remem-
ber learning anything except that Ms.
Yeager sure knew how to take pictures
of naked women.
Bunny is as legendary as Bettie Page,
but unlike Bettie, Bunny is alive and well
and living right here in "Biscayne City."
She deserves a parade!
D.C. Copeland
Miami Beach

Bunny and Bettie and
America's First Bikini
Like Don Bailey, whose tribute to Burt
Reynolds's 1971 Cosmo nude still adver-
tises his flooring business, Bunny Yeager
is a classic Miami story. Every few years

a newspaper or magazine remembers
there is an icon in our backyard, and
Bunny once again recounts the tale of
hand-sewing the first bikini in America,
and of course helping launch Bettie Page
to stardom or infamy, depending on
who you ask.
On hearing of Bettie's death, I im-
mediately thought of Bunny, who I once
had the pleasure of interviewing. She
is gracious and engaging, and always
happy to talk about her old friend Bettie.
Even today she still takes pictures of
local girls and runs a Website devoted to
her photography.
After the interview, Bunny gave me
two autographed books of her work and
a signed self-portrait from her modeling
heyday. After a lot of procrastinating
and moving, I finally framed it and it
now hangs in my home. Every visi-
tor loves seeing "The World's Prettiest
Photographer," and I get to tell the story
all over again.
Thanks, Bunny, for taking us all
down memory lane. And sorry about
Bettie. She will be missed.
Christian Cipriani

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Frank Rollason: Clean Government in Five Easy Steps..............20
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Your Garden: From Garbage to Garden..................................... 39
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We're Shorecrest, Not
Fisher Island, So Give Us a
Break, Okay?
I have a couple of comments regarding
Jim W. Harper's "Park Patrol" review of
the Shorecrest dog park ("A Tale of Two
Minis," January 2009) and that empty piece
of beautiful land along E. Dixie Highway
in Shorecrest. And also about comparing
our neighborhood to Belle Meade.
1. Belle Meade is a gated, middle- to
upper-class neighborhood, gentrified
with a long and wonderful history of
neighborhood participation. Shorecrest
is a lower- to middle- to upper-income
neighborhood with many immigrant
families who are living below the poverty
line and are struggling.
We in Shorecrest can hear the
mixed rhythms of Creole, Spanish, and
English; and the wonderful crow of the
rooster in the early morning. We also
have a couple of streets in Shorecrest
where there is extensive drug and gang-
related activity. The police are address-
ing this issue in many ways, but resi-
dents on these streets, usually Haitian
immigrants who often come to the U.S.
terrorized from gang activity in Haiti,
are very scared of the repercussions.
Most are good, hard-working folks who
help their families back home and con-
tribute to their new country.
Belle Meade residents don't have
to contend with this, although perhaps
in the past they did. Belle Meade is also
lucky to have some great activists, such
as Fran and Frank Rollason, who con-
tribute to the whole Upper Eastside. We
adore them for it. We'll get there, but it's
unfair to admonish Shorecrest.
2. If Jim Harper had done his
homework, he would have learned of the
efforts made by the former Shorecrest
homeowners' board to get the dog park
approved in the first place. It was one
resident who fought the idea of installing
a bench in the park because she didn't
want people loitering near her home.
People do use the park for their dogs,
though it would be wonderful to have a
bench there. Maybe this will become one
of our goals for 2009.
As for that beautiful, vacant piece
of land that is fenced off along E. Dixie
Highway, which Harper suggested could
be made into a park: That is private prop-
erty. It would be very sweet if the owners
would donate the property as a park. At

least they keep up the appearance of it,
even though the chain-link fence is ugly.
Unfortunately it's not within the control
of our neighborhood to do much about
making it into a park. But perhaps we
can appeal to the owners to make it into
a park, at least during this downtrodden
economy when development is unlikely.
In 2008 the Shorecrest Homeown-
ers' Association accomplished the
following: Installation of speed bumps
on NE 81st Street, which took years of
effort. Installation of a new Shorecrest
community sign on NE 10th Avenue at
NE 87th Street. The planting of 20 oak
trees, donated by the city, throughout
our neighborhood. The launching of a
Shorecrest homeowners Website. The
demolition of a former fish restaurant at
Biscayne Boulevard and 87th Street that
had become a drug den and hangout for
derelicts. The initiation of Crime Watch
meetings (a continued goal in 2009). And
donations to the Phyllis Miller Elemen-
tary School toy drive and Adopt-a-Class-
room program.
That's a lot for a neighborhood
where, sadly, few residents participate in
our association. But just wait until you
see the list of goals we have for 2009!
Maggie Steber, secretary
Shorecrest Homeowners 'Association

We're Shorecrest and We're
Thanks so much for Margaret Griffis's ar-
ticle "Teachers vs. Attorneys: Guess Who
Got the Money" (January 2009), about
the Adopt-A-Classroom program and our
wonderful neighborhood Phyllis Miller
Elementary School. I would encour-
age everyone to make a small donation
(minimum $25 to adopt a teacher) to the
school of their choice. In these tough
economic times, our children and their
teachers need our support more than ever.
Regarding Jim Harper's article "A
Tale of Two Minis": Five years ago the
Shorecrest Mini Park was an undefined
eyesore with a street running through it.
Finally our homeowners' association and
a few dedicated volunteers worked with
the city to design and implement what
you see today.
The potential park that Mr. Harper
mentioned is privately owned and will,
one day, be developed. I doubt the city
would appropriate the funds to purchase
the property even if it were for sale.
Jack Spirk

We're Shorecrest Too, and
We Own That Beautiful
Piece of Land, So
Let's Talk!
Jim W. Harper, in "A Tale of Two Minis,"
noted that Miami has fewer parks and
open space per capital than most Ameri-
can cities. He went on to suggest that,
given the current depressed real estate
market, now may be an opportune time
to acquire several unbuilt parcels for
public parks and open space. His article
mentioned and included a photograph of
an undeveloped 3.5-acre, tree-covered,
coastal-ridge parcel located on E. Dixie
Highway in Shorecrest as having prime
park potential.
As one of the property's owners,
we applaud that idea and Mr. Harper
for trying to make lemonade out of a
currently sour situation. At the time the
property was purchased, we hired an
arborist to help us save all the trees. And
when it came time to remove the dilapi-
dated homes and clean the site, rather
than bulldozing everything, we invited
the neighborhood to take many of the
property's wonderful plants and small
palms for their yards.
As owners, we work hard with our
fine neighbors to maintain the grounds of
the property in excellent condition so it
is an asset to Shorecrest, because we live
here too.
A park would be a wonderful asset
for Shorecrest. We are open to exploring
this option with the Shorecrest Hom-
eowners' Association, the Upper Eastside
Miami Council, and City of Miami staff.
It takes everyone in the Upper East-
side to make positive things happen. We
encourage the kind of ideas expressed
in Mr. Harper's "Park Patrol" column,
and hope more readers take the lead to
encourage neighborhood interest and
enthusiasm for positive changes.
Michael Maxwell
Maxwell and Partners Real Estate

Activists vs. Lobbyists =
David vs. Goliath
Frank Rollason's column "Stand Up and
Be Heard! Or Maybe Not" (January 2009)
was wonderful for getting a mental x-ray
of the different types of reactions gener-
ated by "apathists," activists, extremists,
wackos, lobbyists, et al. Our friend Frank
initiated an excellent debate on citizen

participation and the value of understand-
ing the personal, professional, and col-
lective voices responsible for ringing the
liberty bell in our great democracy.
I would like to offer some additional
views on the topic of "activists," since
I have been labeled as such and lumped
together with the "wild herd" that cannot
be broken but must be separated for
finger-pointing and identification.
As advocates we are not officially
accepted, since the two minutes we're
given to express our formal views on an
issue do not match the time lobbyists
get to generate a compelling case before
commission members, overriding the
taxpayers' voices and votes if they
were even allowed those in the first place.
(Mr. Norman Braman, a patriot, speaks
to this matter in his recent legal briefs, in
which he questioned "fast-track politics"
and bundles of projects that seem to have
appeared as if by some magic wand pass-
ing over the taxpayers' heads.)
It is a waste of time to try advocat-
ing for truth when a project is in the bag
and the political drive-through window
has signage allowing only the rich and
famous. Advocates are not allowed a
fair playing field on which to activate
participation in a positive and productive
manner. The Citizens Bill of Rights is
simply not being enforced.
Advocates are activists who resist the
bartering away of our taxpayer assets to
special interests, who attempt to protect
our democracy from ruin. They are true
American patriots who express their great
love and passion for their nation in a con-
structive, instructive, and protective way
by reminding government officials of their
responsibility to uphold the rule of law.
Doris Hall

The Melodrama That Is
Miami Politics
Regarding Frank Rollason's definition of
activists and their counterparts: Outstand-
ing discourse! While Webster's definition
is somewhat psychological (Apathist One
who is destitute of feeling), Frank's more
modern interpretation is perfect for local
politics anywhere.
And there is this from the Urban Dic-
tionary: Apathist 1. One who is apathetic.
They may be disinterested through their
own intention or naturally uncaring. In
severe cases this may lead to a distinct
lack of effort toward all tasks. Chronic

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be sure to have a look at the life-affirming
work of February's artist of the month,
young Venezuelan painter Nestor Paz.
Like our produce season, South Florida's
wedding season is backward. Peak is winter,
not June. And national stationery companies
might not know or care, but local Let-
terHeads does. The shop is offering two
specials for February brides (or whoever is
paying the bills): Order wedding invitations
from trend-setting Arabella Papers and re-
ceive free reply cards. Order 100 thank-you
cards from luxury stationers William Arthur
and get an additional 25 free.
To celebrate the grand opening of its
luxe 11,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor
Midtown Miami facility (which includes
a fifth floor "Sky Deck" with lap pool and
Internet lounge), Asian-inspired Shuichi
Take Fitness Club is throwing a house-
warming party on Wednesday, February
4, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The event will
feature complimentary drinks as well as
samples from a menu of healthy eats cre-
ated exclusively for the club by Pasha's.
(Note: For those who feel it best to delay
their fresh start on fitness till the next day,
there is an after-party at the Forge restau-
rant in Miami Beach.)
The same folks who brought you Ouzo,
the popular Miami Beach Greek restaurant,
have settled into Miami's Upper Eastside.

They're calling their new place Anise
Taverna, and it's located in a familiar
old spot along the Little River, just off
Biscayne Boulevard. They've been open
long enough to work out the kinks and are
ready to welcome you for a special Valen-
tine's Day dinner: "Romance by the River."
Candlelight, soothing water, a bottle of
wine sounds like all the essential ingre-
dients are in place.
Personally our idea of the ultimate ro-
mantic experience is breakfast in bed with
bagels, nova, and cream cheese an expe-
rience facilitated by February's special offer
from David Cohen at Bagels and Compa-
ny: Buy a dozen of their hand-rolled bagels
and get another dozen bagels, or a pound
of cream cheese, free. The second dozen
comes in mighty handy if there's someone
else sharing this romantic repast. If not, a
coupon enabling you to score the additional
dozen later is also an option.
No longer do lovers of nicely priced
Far Eastern furniture and art objects have
to make the long trek to the Far North
(Hollywood). Chantik Imports, which
carries not just Indonesia's familiar, centu-
ries-old traditional designs but also unique,
artisan-personalized modem work (and
even encourages customers to offer input
into their own custom-designed pieces),
now has a Biscayne Boulevard showroom.
And to celebrate the opening, says firm
spokesperson Stuart Gitlin, a sale running
throughout February offers prices of up to
35 percent off.


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Adam's Veterinary
672 NE 79th St
Page 45
Junior's Pet Grooming
2500 Biscayne Blvd
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Pet Portraits 3I
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Smiling Pets
7310 Biscayne Blvd
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Douglas Elliman
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Miami Beach
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Tumberry International
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Ariston Restaurant
940 71st St
Miami Beach
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Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd
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Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St
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Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave
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C6te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave
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Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd
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Dunkin' Donuts
5128 Biscayne Blvd
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Le Caf4
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Laurenzo's Italian Market
16385 W Dixie Hwy
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Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St 9th floor
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3221 NE 2nd Ave
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Pizza Fiore
2905 NE 2nd Ave
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Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St
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River Oyster Bar
650 S MiamiAve
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Simplee Salad
7244 Biscayne Blvd
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UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd
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Upper Eastside Green Market
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Ver Daddy's Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd
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YiYa's Bakery
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It's not too early to reserve for Valen-
tine's Day at Ariston, where dinner will
include four courses of Greek specialties,
two glasses of Mionetto Prosecco, live
music by cellist Erick Riesgo, free entry
into a raffle, and for female Valentines, a
rose. Meanwhile last summer's Miami
Spice deals continue with three specially
priced ($17.50-27.50) tasting menus, two
featuring conventional three-course din-
ners, the other highlighting assorted meze
(tapas) platters. All include wine.
After more than three years at 110th
Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Teak Only
(a family-owned company that offers out-
door teak furniture and also unique items
for inside the home, all crafted in central
Java) is moving. But no worries. It's just 27
blocks south. "We'll be inside Don Bailey
Flooring, which will increase our hours,
exposure, and better access for our custom-
ers," explains owner Doug Tannehill.
Long known for its excellent, eclectic
wine stock (and expert advice on selecting
same), Laurenzo's Italian Market is rein-
stituting weekly wine tasting, every Friday
from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The themed events
will feature either wines from one wine-
maker or from one country. For specifics
about upcoming tasting, plus wine specials
at the store, join the wine director's mailing
list: laurenzoswinen@aol.com.

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Unanswered Questions About Race
The older you are, the harder it is to change

By Jack King
BT Contributor

With the election of Barack
Obama in November, I began
to wonder whether the state
of racism in the United States would
really begin to change. Racism in this
country can be very subtle. You can see
it everywhere, but you can't always put
your finger on it.
We have what amounts to a separate-
but-equal system, but not the one that was
in place in the 1950s and 1960s. That one
was certainly separate, but in no way was
it equal. This one is more like separate but
equal if you have the capability and
sometimes the luck needed to get yourself
up to the equal level. No matter what you
do, it is still separate. Why is that?
I had to look back in my own life to
find answers, and there seem to be two
incidents that would point me in the right
direction for understanding what is going
on today. The first one took place in my
early teens and was a defining moment
that shaped my philosophy of life. Some
older kids were walking by my house
one day and I asked what was up. "We're
going over to throw rocks at the [expletive
deleted for those who may be offended]."
I was invited along and readily went, be-
cause it was cool to hang with the older guys.
When we got to what was then
referred to as "colored town," the rock-
throwing commenced. After a few min-
utes, I asked the older kids why we were
throwing rocks. "Well, you know, they're
[expletive deleted again]."
Gaining no intelligent answer, I put
the rocks down and walked home. It was
one of the first times in my life I stopped

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a reasonable
response. And it
was the first time
that the awful
glare of man's
inhumanity to
man hit me right
in the face.
Years later, in
my freshman year
at the Univer-
sity of Florida,
I was strug-
gling through a
particularly rough
class. When the
mid-term grades came out, I was near the
bottom, along with a large group of very
white, very beer-drinking friends. At the
top was a young lady who was black. She
was articulate, smart, good looking even
to us (and we thought we had very high
standards in such matters), and she offered
to help us with
our studies. I have lots of bla
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was: How There must be a
did she ever
dget into he person who would
get into the
University of
Florida, in 1963?
Occasionally the "why" questions escaped
me, especially in young boy packs, but we
took her up on the offer because we had a
greater cause: to stay out of Vietnam.
It worked, and we got to hang around
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of asking her out
with the guys
to drink even
more beer. She
politely declined.
That brought
two more "why"
questions: Why
didn't she want
to hang around
with us, and why
did she help us in
the first place?
And that
brings us to the
present. I have
lots of black
but none I can
call a buddy. We
are all sociable together, but do not really
socialize. Granted, I'm not the easiest
person to get along with, but there must be
at least one black person who would like
me as a friend. And so I've been wonder-
ing whether I'm taking this too personally.
Probably I am. This is not just about me.
It's about all
k acquaintances, of us.
a buddy. We are There's
It really socialize. no question
least one black that President
Obama has
ke me as a friend.
set the tone
for interper-
sonal rela-
tions among all races, colors, and creeds.
But he's at the top and that's easier to do
when you're looking down rather than up.
Back to one of my "why" questions:
Why would any group of people we
enslaved, killed off, and generally treated

worse than a pack of mongrels want to
have anything to do with us? That kind
of stuff doesn't go away easily.
On the up side of this discussion, I
was struck by a comment Colin Powell
made in an interview a few weeks ago.
He was talking about the election of
Obama and observed that the people who
were the driving force in his victory, the
under-30 crowd, really had no firsthand
knowledge of Vietnam, Desert Storm,
or just about anything that happened
before 1990. He is so right, and that's
why race relations are so much better
among young people than they are with
my generation.
So what to do about my generation?
Do you write us off? In the Civil Rights
era of the 1960s, I often thought the
only way we could achieve true equality
was to start in kindergarten and move up
one year at a time. Unfortunately that's
not the way governments work when
they finally identify a problem and try
to resolve it. They say many mea culpas
and throw tons of money at it. But the
truth is that most people simply can't
change as fast as governments would
like them to.
Which brings me to a sad reality. The
mixed-marriage couple living in a trailer
park is doing a far betterjob with race re-
lations than the ex-hippie, Vietnam/civil
rights era, aging boomer. And the prob-
lem is on both sides of the racial divide.
This is a situation in which everyone is
right and everyone is also wrong.
There may not be an answer in my
lifetime, but that doesn't mean I'll stop
asking "Why?"

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What's the worst gift you've ever been given by a sweetheart?

Compiled by Victor Barrenechea

BT Contributor

Katya Tsvetkova
Getting;,. rii,,i, is the
worst, I think. I'm a very
easy-going girlfriend.
Even if it's a bad gift, I
think at least they tried.
It's just the thought that
counts. I'm not very into
the whole Valentine thing
because I'm from Russia
and my ex-boyfriend was
from Russia. It was only
later that we started ex-
changing gifts, because it's
not our culture, it's really
American. But the holiday
is picking up everywhere
around the world.

Sinuh6 Vega
Restaurant Owner
Buena Vista
I think the worst gift was
a shirt that had no tags
and smelled like it had
been worn already you
know, it had the smell
of sweat. I guess with
this person, I was always
getting a bad shirt every
year. And then to top it all
off, this one time I get this
sweaty shirt, which was
even more insulting.

An electric toothbrush. He
had one himself, so I guess
he just wanted to pass
along the "good times." It
was so unromantic. It's not
that it's such a terrible gift
- I liked it and I use it -
it's just that he was killing
me with practicality. He
meant well, not to throw
the guy under the bus
or anything. Just next
time he should be a little
more romantic.

Tasha L6pez de Victoria
North Miami
I got a rose made out of
surf wax once. And it
smelled bad. It had fin-
gerprints, was very badly
made and had nail imprints
all over it. It was used wax
and very smelly surf wax.
It looked like earwax. He
was just so proud of it.
He would stalk me, too. I
didn't really like him.

Tom Hoffmann
Upper Eastside
Probably a "couples book."
It's a book that has like
different questions [about
you and your lover], and
has things like, "Place a
picture of you and your
significant other here and
write a caption." It's to
keep memories or some-
thing. It was really corny.
It's just something Hall-
mark made. Valentine's
Day is a bunch of crap
made up by Hallmark to
get boyfriends in trouble.

Valerie Duardo
Visual Merchandiser
A sex toy. It was a little,
cheap, key-chain vibrator.
It's not really practical. I'd
rather get jewelry. I just
thought it was inappropri-
ate, too, because it was
someone I wasn't really
dating seriously. It was just
an awkward, standoffish
kind of thing. I'll never
talk to him again. I didn't
like him in the first place.

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Tragic Drama
Continued from page 1

now houses a coin laundry) when a
northbound truck's lights blinded Millie.
Startled, she veered right to avoid a colli-
sion, but faulty steering on her car caused
the wheels to lock. She then overcom-
pensated, veering left to keep from going
off the pavement, and crashed into a util-
ity pole on the east side of the Boulevard
at 82nd Street.
The front end of Millie's 1930 Model
A Ford was smashed, and both of the
vehicle's occupants were a little banged
up, though their injuries didn't appear
to be life-threatening. Don Alfonso
was conscious, but had suffered a skull
fracture and traumatic shock, conditions
most healthy 31-year-old men could
survive. As someone afflicted with hemo-
philia, however, he was not completely
healthy. In fact within hours he would
be pronounced dead at Victoria Hospital.
Despite Don Alfonso's death-bed plea
that his dear friend not be blamed for the
accident, Millie would be charged with
The accident happened too late to
make that morning's Miami Herald,
but the afternoon Miami Daily News
played the story big, on the front page,
with this headline: "Count Dies From
Accident Injuries. Spanish Nobleman
Is Fatally Injured As Car Hits Pole. He-
reditary Disease Thought Responsible
For Death After Bruises In Boulevard
Crash; Girl To Be Questioned." Don Al-
fonso, though, was not your run-of-the-
mill European aristocrat. By birthright,
he was to inherit the Spanish throne and
would one day become that country's
king. For the next four days, the world's
press descended upon Miami to report
details of the fatal accident.
Proclaimed Prince of Asturias at his
birth in Madrid's royal palace on May 10,
1907, Don Alfonso was the first-born son
of King Alfonso XIII (1886-1941) and
Victoria Eugenia de Battenberg (1887-
1969), granddaughter of Queen Victoria
of England. Like her better-known
cousin, Alix of Hesse, later Tsarista Alex-
andra of Russia, both were carriers of the
hemophilia gene, a legacy they inherited
from Queen Victoria and passed on to
their sons.
Alexandra and her husband, Tsar
Nicholas II, attempted to control their
son's hemophilia through the mysti-
cal powers of a charismatic monk
known as Rasputin, whose abuse of

royal patronage became a factor in the
downfall of the house of Romanov and
the rise of communist rule in Russia.
Don Alfonso's parents learned from the
errors of their Russian cousins and did
a better job of managing the condition
that eventually afflicted two of their
sons. But then as now, there was no cure
2. for hemophilia and the uncontrollable
bleeding that could result from even
/ I .routine bruises.
King Alfonso XIII ruled until 1931,
when the social unrest that would lead
to the Spanish Civil War prompted the
royal family to flee into exile. The crown
prince, while a patient at a Swiss sani-
tarium in 1933, fell in love with a Cuban
beauty named Dofia Edelmira Sampedro
y Robato, whose wealthy father owned
a sugar mill in the present-day province
of Cienfuegos. But Dofia Edelmira was a
commoner, and Spanish law forbade the
heir to the crown from marrying a com-
moner. So Don Alfonso, following his
heart and pressured by his father, abdicat-
ed his right to the throne. He and his true
'. Ii love, both 27 years old, were married in
Switzerland and took the title Count and
,w Countess of Covadonga. Don Alfonso's
-younger brother, Don Juan, was named

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Continued from page 14

the new Prince of Asturias.
Don wAlfonso's marriage to Dofia
Edelmira began falling apart after just
a year, following the death in an auto-
mobile accident of his youngest brother,
Don Gonzalo, who also suffered from
hemophilia. (The accident bore many
eerie similarities to his own car crash
four years later.)
According to the unpublished memoirs
of the Countess of Covadonga, Don Al-
fonso became irrational after he instructed
his Swiss bodyguard/nurse, Gottfried Sch-
weizer, to administer morphine dosages
to numb the psychic pain of his brother's
loss, even though he was not in physical
pain. Unable to change this behavior, a
terrified Dofia Edelmira fled to Cuba, but
after exchanging many letters and a case
of Scotch, the couple reconciled. Don
Alfonso arrived
in New York in
May 1935, and Don Alfonso was not
Dofia Edelmira
Do Edelmira aristocrat. For the
joined him
there. The world's press desce
press reported report details


that the two
had decided
to move to Hol-
lywood to work in motion pictures.
But after several months in New
York, they moved instead to Havana,
with Gottfried Schweizer in tow, where
Don Alfonso nearly died after an attempt
to lance a cyst on his leg provoked
severe bleeding. During this crisis, Dofia
Edelmira confirmed her previous suspi-
cions that Schweizer, who disliked life
in Cuba, exerted his own Rasputin-like
influence over her husband. When Don
Alfonso and Schweizer sailed for New
York en route to Paris, Dofia Edelmira
stayed behind in Havana.
On landing in New York, his leg still
in a cast, Don Alfonso announced that he
had taken an advisory position with Brit-
ish Motors Ltd. Shortly afterward he was
photographed in nightclubs accompanied
by the stunning fashion model Marta Ro-
cafort y Altuzarra, daughter of a Havana
dentist. Faced with this outrage, Dofia
Edelmira filed for divorce in Havana, set-
ting off a huge scandal.
During the summer of 1936, as Spain
descended into war, Don Alfonso was
frequently in the New York papers after
British Motors encountered financial dif-
ficulties and he borrowed money against

the crown jewels to help bail out the
company's president. Matters were made
worse when a summons for his arrest
was issued for failure to appear in court
regarding a traffic violation. Meanwhile
his bother Juan, the new crown prince,
and his father were making news of a dif-
ferent sort. They were actively trying to
assist Generalissimo Francisco Franco's
side in the Spanish Civil War.
In August 1936, Don Alfonso was
once again hospitalized with uncon-
trolled bleeding. This time his mother
and sister rushed to his bedside as the
press kept a tally of the number of blood
transfusions he received. With his moth-
er's assistance, all the sordid matters in
New York were settled and Don Alfonso
returned to Cuba by the end of that year.
It was probably during a stopover in
Miami on his way to Havana that he met
Mildred "Millie" Gaydon.
By May 1937, Don Alfonso and
Dofia Edelmira
were divorced.

your run-of-the-mill Two months
later he mar-
ext four days, the ried Mart
ried Marta
ded upon Miami to Rocafort in
f the accident. a lavish civil
with a guest
list headed
by Cuban President Federico Laredo Bru.
This second marriage, however, began
to disintegrate after just two weeks, and
ended in another contentious Cuban
divorce several months later.
In the fall of 1937, Don Alfonso
and his new bodyguard, Jack Fleming,
left Cuba and set up camp at the Miami
Colonial Hotel at 146 Biscayne Blvd.,
which today is known as the Riande Con-
tinental Miami Bayside Hotel. Shortly
after arriving, he visited the Pirate's
Den, described in a contemporary review
as a "private-styled night club where
patrons are encouraged to break bottles
and release inhibitions," and where the
staff dressed in period costumes as part
of the entertainment. (The site, at 2300
NW 14th St., is now home to the Miami
Police Benevolent Association's banquet
and park facility.) Don Alfonso became
a regular, and would ask the band to play
his favorite song, "There's a Tavern in
the Town." He also renewed his acquain-
tance with "Merry Millie" and her sister
Mary, who together ran the tobacco and
hat-check concessions.
Don Alfonso, his allowance reduced
by legal and medical bills, as well as

From the collection of Myrna and Seth Bramson: The Colonial Hotel on
Biscayne Boulevard at NE 2nd Street, where Don Alfonso was living at

the time of the crash.

alimony payments to Dofia Edelmira
and the impact of the Spanish Civil War
on the family's finances, was forced to
maintain a low profile in Miami, quietly
going out for a night on the town with the
Gaydon sisters and later just with Millie.
In April 1938, he traveled to New York to
appear on the radio program Ripley Be-
lieve It or Not, but that kind of publicity
was, for him, now a thing of the past.
The worsening political situation
made a return to Europe difficult, and
Don Alfonso discussed with Millie the
possibility of taking off for the South
Seas. There was talk of a romance, and
Don Alfonso did give Millie a charm

bracelet on the night before the car ac-
cident, but by all accounts theirs was a
platonic relationship.
Don Alfonso and Jack Fleming ap-
parently visited Madam Sherry's, then
Miami's second-best brothel, located
just off Biscayne Boulevard at NE 54th
Street. (See "Madam Sherry's Moorish
Castle," BT, May 2008.) Madam Sherry
told Robert Tralins, coauthor of her
memoir, Pleasure Was My Business, that
Don Alfonso had a preference for heavy
women and that she hired a prostitute
named Jewell to address his desires.

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Jewell reportedly was much taken with
Don Alfonso and became distraught
when she learned about Millie Gaydon's
relationship with him.
Jewell in turn blamed Millie for Don
Alfonso's death and claimed that Millie
was part of a conspiracy to murder him,

since Generalissimo Franco, then leading
his troops to victory in the bloody Span-
ish Civil War, was going to reinstate him
as monarch. (A restoration of the Spanish
monarchy was indeed under discussion
in 1938, but Don Alfonso's chances of
regaining the throne, even if he had re-
mained married to Dofia Edelmira, were
minimal. His poor health and the fact

that his marriage to Dofia Edelmira had
produced no children were major strikes
against him.)
"Jewell" was probably Madam
Sherry herself, a pleasingly plump,
middle-age seductress, who may or may
not have satisfied Don Alfonso's physical
needs and ended up becoming infatuated
with him. But Dofia Edelmira, Marta

Rocafort, and Millie Gaydon, the three
women identified as love interests in Don
Alfonso's life, were all svelte, strikingly
beautiful women. So why would he be so
taken with a 170-pound madam?
Speculation about Don Alfonso's
female preferences aside, there was no

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question he was with Millie as they left
Frank White's Casino in the early-morning
hours of September 6, 1938. After crashing
into the utility pole where today's Bistro
82 is located, Don Alfonso and Millie were
rushed by ambulance to Jackson Memorial
Hospital's emergency room. Millie was
treated for bruises and released.
According to the Miami Daily News,
the emergency room physician admin-
istered a small amount of morphine
to stabilize his condition and quoted
Don Alfonso as saying he had taken
four or five grains of morphine (about
one-third of a gram) daily for the past
year because of his hemophilia. The
doctor wanted to have him admitted to
the hospital so his condition could be
monitored, but Don Alfonso insisted on
being released in order to be treated by
his personal physician.
Over the doctor's objections, body-
guard Jack Fleming took Don Alfonso
back to his room at the Colonial Hotel,
where he was examined by his personal
physician, who found his condition so

serious that he had him immediately
admitted to Victoria Hospital at 955 NW
3rd St. He died there at noon, calling for
his mother and insisting to Fleming that
he had distracted Millie Gaydon as the
truck was approaching and that he was the
one responsible for causing the accident.
The possibility that his death would create
problems for Millie was a cause of im-
mense distress during his last moments.
Ironically, the cause of death, as recorded
by Don Alfonso's doctor, was
not uncontrolled bleeding but Shoi
rather "skull fracture and result- Alf
ing traumatic shock."
That same afternoon Judge
Thomas Ferguson issued a war-
rant charging Millie with man-
slaughter, pending a coroner's
inquest scheduled for the end of
that week. The wife of Don Dickerson,
Millie's employer, came to the city jail to
post bond for her, but Justice Ferguson
released her on a promise not to leave the
court's jurisdiction.
Don Alfonso's mother, in London at
the time, contacted the U.S. Ambassador,
Joseph Kennedy, and through him asked
Daniel J. Mahoney, editor of the Miami

Daily News and a personal friend of Don
Alfonso, to handle the funeral arrange-
ments with the W.H. Combs Funeral
Home. Don Alfonso was laid to rest
dressed in a white sharkskin suit. Father
F.D. Sullivan from downtown Miami's
Gesu Catholic Church recited prayers
over the coffin at the funeral home before
the cortege wound its way down Bis-
cayne Boulevard and past the Colonial
Hotel on its way to Graceland Memorial

rtly after arriving in Miami, Don
onso visited the Pirate's Den,
"nightclub where patrons are
:ouraged to break bottles and
release inhibitions."

Park, on SW 8th Street in Coral Gables.
There he was entombed in a crypt that,
according to the cemetery's archives,
Mahoney had purchased for $400 on
behalf of the estate.
On the day of the funeral, the
Miami Herald published an editorial
that summed up Don Alfonso's days
in Miami: "Once more, dramatic news

and history are written in Miami, and
this time it is history that concerns the
world, a history that involves nations
and monarchs. For here was climaxed
and concluded the career of a man born
to be king..., [that] ended violently and
yet prosaically, like that of many a com-
moner, in an automobile crashed against
a utility pole. Tragic melodrama of the
middle years of history; drama under the
Miami moon, under the tropic sun."
Although Marta Rocafort, who had
married a Miami Beach police officer,
was living in Miami, she did not attend
the funeral. Dofia Edelmira was too dis-
turbed to attend but was represented by
her brother-in-law. She subsequently paid
to have the marble marker on the crypt
inscribed. Daniel Mahoney, Jack Fleming,
the Gaydon sisters, Millie's attorney Otto
Stegeman, and W.D. Bartlett, a former
slot machine operator and close friend
of Don Alfonso, were the only mourners.
Employees of the funeral home served as
pall bearers. Family members in Europe
sent floral arrangements, as did Don
Alfonso's Cuban doctors and the staff of

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the Colonial Hotel.
At the coroner's inquest, Millie
Gaydon was absolved of the manslaugh-
ter charges and she quickly disappeared
from the front pages of the world's news-
papers. Initially she remained in Miami,
then moved to New Mexico, where she
joined the U.S. Women's Army Corps
during World War II.
During the 1950s, three of Don Al-
fonso's siblings visited his grave during
Miami stops while visiting the U.S. and
Cuba. Following the 1975 restoration of
the Borb6n dynasty in Spain after Fran-
cisco Franco's death, King Juan Carlos,
Don Alfonso's nephew, began making
plans to bring back to Spain the bodies
of all the Spanish royals who had died in
exile. But before that could happen, the
royal pantheon at El Escorial, outside
Madrid, had to be expanded.
King Alfonso XIII's body was
repatriated from Italy in 1980. In 1985
the other tombs were ready, and in a
carefully timed ceremony, the royal
remains were flown in over two days:

Millie's wrecked Model A Ford at
the scene of the accident.

Queen Victoria Eugenia from England,
the Infante Gonzalo from Austria, the
Infante Jaime from Switzerland, and Don
Alfonso from Miami.
Col. Luis Fernandez de Mesa y de
Hoas, special envoy from Don Juan de
Borb6n, Don Alfonso's brother, arranged
for Rivero Funeral Home to exhume and
ship Don Alfonso's body to El Esco-
rial. According to the funeral home's
Enrique Rivero, when the crypt was
opened on the morning of April 23, 1985,
Don Alfonso's remains were revealed to

Don Alfonso's crypt as it appears to(
Graceland Memorial Park.

have not completely decomposed, and
fragments of the white sharkskin suit
remained. The body was transferred
to a coffin and a wake was held that
evening at Rivero Funeral Home on SW
8th Street, where the rosary was recited
before many local dignitaries, as well
as Dofia Edelmira, who had moved to
Miami after the Cuban revolution.
The following day, Don Alfonso was
escorted to Miami International Airport

by a motorcycle honor guard
of officers representing every
police department in Miami-
Dade County. While the Spanish
Consul, Emilio Marti Martiny,
and Colonel Fernandez watched,
the coffin was loaded into the
7 cargo hold of an Iberia 747 and
flown overnight to Madrid. On
April 25, 1985, Don Alfonso was
:. finally laid to rest with all the
S honors due a crown prince of
Dofia Edelmira remained in
touch with the royal family, and
lay at despite her divorce, retained the
title Countess Covadonga. She
died in Miami in 1994, as had
Marta Rocafort a year earlier.
Neither was buried in Don Alfonso's
crypt, which, according to Jose Vera
of Graceland Memorial Park, remains
empty and the property of Don Alfonso's
The fate of Mildred "Merry Millie"
Gaydon could not be determined. If still
alive, she would now be 95 years old.

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affliction is as yet incurable. 2. Someone
whose political and/or religious beliefs
stem from a lack of care.
Frank's take on the melodrama that
is Miami's political scene hits all the
right nails on their heads! One example:
The correct balance must come from
the willingness of the folks at the top of
the command chain to follow the Miami
Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan.
That's why it's there.
Paul Mann
Coconut Grove

Rev. George McRae: An
Inspiration for 50 Years
Although I am not a Christian, I was
most inspired to read Kathy Glasgow's
article about Rev. George McRae, who
is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the
ministry ("After 50 years, Still Going
Strong," January 2009). The work that
Reverend McRae has done for recovering
addicts is a valuable contribution to soci-
ety. I wish he could get some recognition
in the national media.

Also the fact that Reverend McRae
excelled in his ministry despite a severe
stuttering problem makes him a role
model for young people who are facing
similar challenges. The Reverend did
not let his speech problem hold him back
from pursuing his dreams in any way.
There is a famous article that can be
found on the Internet called "Reflections
of a Stuttering Rabbi" by Rabbi Mark
Glickman. It chronicles Glickman's trials
and tribulations while leading a congre-
gation despite stuttering.
Also someone brought to my attention
an article entitled "Stuttering Shouldn't
Stop a Religious Vocation" that appeared
in The Catholic Post, the newspaper for
the diocese of Peoria, and later appeared
in other newspapers around the country.
The article explained how priests and nuns
did not let stuttering hold them back in
their religious vocations.
People who stutter should not let this
speech problem stand in the way of their
desired profession, whatever that may be.
There are many successful speech thera-
pies available. The Website of The Stut-
tering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.
org) has a national directory of qualified
speech therapists, in addition to several

streaming videos and many download-
able brochures. Also their books and
DVDs are read and viewed all over the
world. This nonprofit organization offers
a Spanish-language version if its website:
In this day and age of so many nega-
tive articles appearing everywhere in the
press and on television news, reading
Kathy's story this morning will make
my day more positive. I wish Reverend
McRae many more years helping addicts
and other people in need. The beauty
of his legacy is that no one can put a
number on the countless lives he has
turned around over 50 years.
Michael Y Shapiro
Boca Raton

Chilly Winter Recipe:
Homemade Ice Cream
Wendy Doscher-Smith's Ice Cream Nazi
article was a treat to read ("In the Land
of No Sun," December 2008). But I think
she had better get used to the idea that
store-bought ice cream will be in her
future unless she learns that Miami isn't
compatible with upstate New York cold
weather, especially when one is an ice

cream connoisseur, as she and Jeremy
seem to be.
I'm afraid she will have to learn to
eat crow during these winter months,
when the other ice cream store owners
are in Miami enjoying the most perfect
weather we've had in years. She deserted
us and now she's paying the price. Yes,
$8 for two cones is a bit hard on the
wallet, but so is $10 to see a movie in
South Florida.
Wendy, start learning to make your
own ice cream so on a cold winter day
you can keep busy and get even with the
Ice Cream Nazi at the same time.
Sue Lynn

Correction: Dialing Yoga in
the Park
In last month's "Culture Briefs," we some-
how managed to transpose a couple of digits
in the telephone number for yoga instructors
Anamargret Sanchez and Vanessa Van Dyne,
who offer free yoga classes Saturday morn-
ings in Legion Park (Biscayne Boulevard at
66th Street). Here are the correct numbers
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Clean Government in Five Simple and Easy Steps
Okay, so they may be simple, but they 're never easy

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

It's no illusion that every time we
open the paper or turn on the tube,
it seems we hear about government
corruption. It's reality. Just this morning
I opened the local paper to find that we
have three individuals currently serving
on Miami's Downtown Development
Authority who have potential conflicts of
interest because they want to do busi-
ness with the city. Not one of them chose
to resign from his volunteer position.
Rather each sought a waiver from the
city commission. Why? In order to con-
tinue their public service, of course!
Conflicts of interest and opportuni-
ties for corruption (or the "appearance"
of them) aren't limited to the local level.
They pervade our very existence. We've
become so numb to such shenanigans
that we shrug them off. It's just business
as usual. We have a Speaker of the House
in Tallahassee up to his eyeballs in a deal

with a college that hired him at more than
$100,000 per year after he steered tens
of millions of taxpayer dollars to the col-
lege. So how does he address the growing
controversy? He resigns from the college
job, not from the Speaker's position or

from the legislature itself.
This is a kind of Matrix movie
reality in which those of us living inside
the Matrix are fed crap and kept happy,
but remain ignorant. Which may explain
why we're seeing our elected officials

doing more and more brazen stuff. Just
recently we had the case of three mayors
from up the road in Broward and Palm
Beach counties who attended a confer-
ence in Miami and charged their local
communities for staying overnight be-
cause the 35-mile trek was just too gruel-
ing for their frail little bodies. One even
complained that traffic congestion would
have forced him to get up at 4:00 a.m. If
these public servants regularly had to
fight the traffic they helped create with
their pro-development policies, maybe
they'd actually do something about it.
Well, if they won't, we will. And I
have a few suggestions.
1. Elect honest representatives.
After you stop laughing, think about
how nice it would be to have a feel-
ing deep in your gut that the person
you elected truly is devoted to the best
interests of the community. How we
accomplish this consistently is unclear,

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but if we could figure out how to do it,
most of our problems with corruption
would disappear.
2. Elected officials must stop
meeting with lobbyists. A novel idea,
I know. But don't forget there's no re-
quirement that our elected leaders meet
privately with lobbyists. They could
simply take the position that lobbyists
have nothing to say to them that can't
be said at a public meeting. Imagine the
dialogue between, say, a city commis-
sioner and a lobbyist about a proposed
high-rise development adjacent to a
residential community if the project had
to be pitched in the sunshine? What kind
of secret deal could be negotiated with a
whole bunch of public flies on the wall?
How would our commissioner extract
that extra little perk or campaign contri-
bution or job for a friend without reveal-
ing himself or herself to be a slimeball?
Could be kind of fun, don't you think?
3. Institute mandatory term limits.
This is an issue I continually harp on. To
me it's a no-brainer. Some communities

have term limits already, but those
that do could improve upon them. For
instance, in the City of Miami, we have
a two-term limit of four years each, for
a total of eight years. The reality is that
as soon as an individual is elected, he or
she immediately begins running for the
second four-year term. I say eliminate the
second four years and make it a one-term,
six-year office. If elected officials can't
put their stamp on their chosen issues in
six years, they shouldn't be there in the
first place. At the county commission,
there are no term limits, so we've ended
up with political dynasties, individuals
who are virtually impossible to remove.
Dynastic politicians survive by falling in
line with those who financially support
them, which makes it extremely dif-
ficult for newcomers to succeed. County
commissioners will do nearly anything
to protect the status quo. Just look at the
rules they've tried to impose in order to
thwart the will of the public, the latest
being their failed attempt to curtail recall
petition drives.
4. Remove elected officials from
the bid process. This one would turn the
system on its head, but just think about

it. Why should elected officials have any
say over who is awarded a contract to
perform work for a local government?
That responsibility should lie firmly
with the administration, whether it's a
manager or a strong mayor. Our local
administrators are certainly in a more
professional position to evaluate bid
responses and make decisions about
who receives contracts. Actually they
do that currently, but they can only offer
recommendations to the elected body
- to be accepted or, as happens all too
often, rejected. The logical question then
becomes: How do our elected officials
decide who gets what? By voting in the
best interests of taxpayers? The real
answer is simple: It's not their job to con-
trol who gets contracts. It's theirjob to
legislate policy for the administration to
follow. Period. They make the rules and
the administration follows those rules.
In other words, the politicians chart the
course and the administration pilots the
boat. Neither should perform both jobs
because each has inherent conflicts. The
navigators may want to get to a distant
island but the pilots may be too tired
to go that far. If navigator and pilot are

one and the same, what do you think the
chances are the boat will ever get to that
distant island? Elected officials do have
the ultimate power, if you will, by way of
the budget process. By setting policy and
approving dollars, they alone determine
if a project is worthy of going forward.
Without those approvals, administrators
cannot award anything because they
won't have been authorized to do so and
they would have no money.
5. Make the offices of the auditor
general and head of the ethics com-
mission elected positions. This removes
internal politics from the two watchdog
agencies that oversee our public officials,
both elected and appointed. Again, this
would seem to be a simple solution to
eliminating any conflict between those
who scrutinize public servants and the
public servants themselves, who have the
power to fire them if they get ticked off.
Just remove the problem altogether.
Now a final question: What are the
chances any of these changes will be
implemented? Answer: They want ice
water in Hell, too!

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Life on the Streets of the Shores

For one feline, it was a felicitous experience

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

I rarely look at anything while I'm
brushing my teeth first thing in the
morning. But this particular school
day I woke up with my eyes 20-20,
thanks to having fallen asleep with con-
tacts in (I know, bad girl). And so I was
perusing the lawn when I saw a black cat
slink by, almost hugging the eastern wall
of the house.
Ordinarily I'd take no notice, this
being Miami Shores, de facto Hame-
lin for stray felines. But I took another
glance for a couple of reasons: Most of
the cats who now call my yard their own
are males, and the only black one is a big
tom with even bigger cojones who has
no reason to skulk, as he is the first to
proudly proclaim night after night. And
the second? From the double take I could
sort of see before it disappeared that the
cat wasn't completely black but tortoise-
shell with golden-tipped fur, skinny and

maybe even balding in a couple of places,
kind of like -
"Hey, Jon," I pointed. "Doesn't that
kitty look a lot like Riley?" As I've
mentioned in this column before, Riley
is our feral cat. We adopted her (more

like kidnapped, from her point of view)
on South Beach in 1993 when she was a
starving-to-death, six-month-old kitten,
and she's never recovered. With each
successive animal we've added to the
family, and that includes the children

who are quite possibly the most threaten-
ing of all the species she's ever encoun-
tered, Riley has retreated even more.
Today she lives as far away from the
rest of the clan as possible upstairs,
behind a bookshelf and only comes
out for bodily functions. She's nearly
16 years old, and some of our closest
friends have never even seen her.
Jon, who was running water for his
shower, looked a bit sheepish. "That's
because it is Riley." He quickly ducked
into the curtain of water that he hoped
would shield him from my questions, in-
credulity, and worry or all three. As if.
So how the hell did the cat who
avoids all contact with the outside world
wind up, well, in the outside world? How
would we get her back into her seques-
tered environment?
It appears that Riley escaped when
one of my daughter's friends left a back
door open. I still find this astonishing.

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Like all our other lovable beasts, that cat
must have had innumerable chances to
get outdoors over the years. Because I
run a more-or-less (admittedly chaotic)
open house with guests, babysitters,
housekeepers, and friends, I've found my
pets occasionally misplaced. I once came
home from a very long day of work,
opened the refrigerator, and one of the
cats jumped out. But Riley? A reliable
hermit, all the way.
Coaxing her back inside would be
another problem entirely. While you can
occasionally stroke her if she's particu-
larly hungry and you happen to be the one
holding the feed bag, Riley's instincts are
purely feral, honed by generations of an-
cestors. Corner her and you'll find your-
self in a feline version of The Exorcist.
Indeed, Riley is so fearful of being
trapped that she will not only bite the
hand that feeds her, she'll puncture it and
infect it with bartonella bacteria and who
knows what else. Though we were able
to spay her initially, she doesn't go to the
vet, a state of affairs for which Doctor

Yao should thank me. Bribery doesn't
work either; she's too wary a creature
to be tricked by something yummy. To
move her to Miami Shores, I had to
hire a raccoon catcher to cage her, and
it was done not with bait but with force.
We chased her into one room, then the
raccoon catcher got close enough to get
a loop around her head. I'll never forget
the sight of her lifting that squalling, ter-
rified cat and shoving her into the cage.
It was entirely awful, and the trauma
stayed with both of us for a long time.
The point being, we couldn't get
Riley back into the house. Every time we
saw her and approached her, she'd hide
under the deck. If I left open the French
doors that led to the deck, the other
animals would run out. I'd lock them up
at various points and swing the doors
wide so she'd be alone, but the skittish
cat wouldn't budge. She became just as
attached to her spot under the deck as
she was to the bookcase. We shrugged
and began feeding her on the deck. After
more than 15 years inside a house, Riley
became an outdoor cat.
I worried, of course. She hadn't
had shots since she was six months old,

including rabies. She had no claws. For
the past six months she'd been losing
weight along with her coat. In fact she
might be dying, possibly of cancer. (I
fear finding her body one day, but for
obvious reasons diagnosis and treatment
aren't options.) Perhaps she actually
found her way outside so she could run
off and die as animals do. When Riley
eventually disappeared six weeks later,
Jon and I figured this was the case, or
that she had been killed.
Meanwhile, the big black tom ate her
food that we continued, faithfully, to put
out every day.
Then one day about two weeks later
I was eating lunch when I felt a stare.
Riley was looking at me through the
French doors. She mewed for food, so
I headed outside with the bag of kibble.
And instead of running from me, she
hung around purring! while I filled
her bowl. She allowed me to stroke her
head. Operating on a whim, I picked
up her bowl and tip-toed back inside.
She followed me until one of the dogs
lunged at her, at which point she raced
off. I placed her bowl back outside and
she returned immediately and ate, then

lay down on the deck and continued to
watch me.
The next day, the same thing.
Encouraged, I locked up the barking
canines. She approached the doors and
glanced in before fleeing. I repeated this
for five days until, two months after she
ran away, Riley calmly padded into the
house and up the stairs to her bookcase.
Today Riley is a different cat. She
walks instead of skulks. She sleeps
on my daughter's bed during the day
and associates with the other cats; she
particularly likes the newest member of
the household, a very shy, male Turkish
Angora. The other day she greeted me at
the door with the other cats and the dogs,
and then let me pet her without hissing
or spitting.
I don't know what happened to Riley
on the streets of Miami Shores, but
the result is that she now appreciates
what she has. Apparently even a nearly
16-year-old feral cat can change. It makes
me optimistic at a time when pessimism
rules, when nothing but the blooming
mango trees look bright.

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More Dangerous Than Possum Pyres and Roving Santeros

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

It occurred to me the other morning
that I am living through an episode
of every B-horror flick I have ever
seen. Only this one won't end. There
no remote to mute the tortured scream
There are no credits. And the popcorn
stale. You see, on that particular mor
ing, as I sipped my unspiked coffee ai
looked outside through my large, pan
windows, I spied the Grim Reaper.
He looked younger than I expected
and the walk was more of a lope than
rigid death shuffle. But it was him. I'i
sure of it. It was the hat that gave it ax
Black (of course), pointy at the top, ai
hooded around the face.
I placed my mug down and dashed
off to the bathroom to check my hair
and makeup. I surely did not plan on
going down all bed-headed. However
the Grim Reaper loped along, passing
my house. This specific Reaper had n

You may think of it as frozen water, but up here it is Death in Waiting
the hard varieties, such as Death by Slip
and Fall. Death by Spinning Out on Ice
S-4.. -- and Hitting Pole/Bridge/Median. Also
g ....... Death by Debilitating Back Injury Due
e To Excessive Shoveling. And Death by
Homicidal Snowplow Drivers (who are
is - honorary members of the exclusive club
as. e "La Familia de Miami Metrobus Driv-
n is ers"). And of course Death by Losing an
I- Eye To Falling Icicles.
nd Then there are the soft-serve variet-
Sel ies, including but certainly not limited
to Death by Claustrophobia, Death by
d, Suicide Brought on by Lack of Suf-
a -ficient Sunlight/Vitamin D, Death by
m Suffocation Due To Required Amounts
vay. of Layered Clothing, Death by Shock of
nd New York State Property Taxes (which
interest in me or my dogs or ferret. I'm scary thing is, in actuality they are just rival or may even beat Miami's); Death
d not surprised. trying to skirt death themselves. by Chapped Lips/Dry Skin, and Death
The fact is that, unlike Biscayne Park That is because, especially in winter, by Snow-Glare Blindness.
and environs, up here, in the Merciless death is everywhere in upstate New And it is for these reasons I have
Frozen Tundra (MFT) that is Bingham- York. And as it turns out, death comes decided that this place is infinitely more

ton, New York, there are, quite literally,
Grim Reapers on every corner. The truly


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dangerous than Biscayne Park and
environs, despite the fact that certain un-
named former neighbors of mine on the
outskirts of BP created a dead-opossum
pyre on the sidewalk, and despite of
roving Santeros, gangs, and summertime
temperatures that actually melt eggs on
asphalt. (Really true! Try it!)
It only makes sense that the Grim
Reaper and his kin would choose a nesting
ground like this, one that is, for all practi-
cal purposes, an aesthetic ghost town. Or
at least, in my view, a place ghosts would
feel comfortable inhabiting, because it is
not really suited for the living. For example,
asphalt streets, like Michael Jackson, do
not maintain their God-given shade of
black. They, like Michael Jackson, turn
progressively more white (from necessary
road-saltings) as winter progresses.
For another example, things here go
Crash! day and night. Usually it is some
random piece of ice falling off your car
or off of a roof after melting slightly. Or
it is some brat bullying another kid with
a fierce snowball tirade. Either way it

is startling, and I suspect the real Grim
Reapers benefit from a hardy chuckle over
such shattering outbursts. Then there are
the eerie snow swirls that occur after the
blizzard halts, and a breeze (usually with
a -12 wind-chill factor) blows by, and the
fine white particles band together into
what I can only describe as a Mist of
Doom. Think: The Fog.
Being trapped inside a living snow
globe may be fine for reindeer, shut-ins,
and the agoraphobic, but for this Miami
girl it is down-
right unnatural.
So is ice ac- Unlike Biscayne Pa
cumulation. At here, in the Merci
first I assumed (MFT), there are,
a demure Reapers on
attitude and
rebuffed the
many tools o'
winter, like snow shovels and boots with
menacing, cleat-like structures that are
required to clear a path simply in order to
leave your house. Then I almost slipped
on my driveway. Then I got pissed.
Out came the shovels, brooms, and
at one point the oversized coarse salt
shaker (nice blunt edge on that one,


good for whacking smug, walkway
snow appendages).
What I used to regard as a benign
substance reserved for complimenting
root beer, ice has been transformed into
a deadly WMD in the FMT
I am no longer innocent. I will never
look at frozen water the same way again.
Here, ice is a by-product of Ma Nature
that is to be approached with as much wari-
ness as your psycho ex- who keyed your
car and then ate the evidence. I give it the
respect, even
k and environs, up it deserves.
ss Frozen Tundra ThenItryto
jite literally, Grim kill it.
very corner. Ice is the
very reason
my husband
now has a
new nickname for me. Not honey or
sweetie or love bunkins. Mangler. That
is me. I rightfully earned this reputation
after smacking the thing I had formerly
known as concrete, which had morphed
into a two-inch-thick ice-skating rink.
Smacked it repeatedly for two hours
until it was clear.

It was beyond cathartic. It was tran-
scendental. At one point, sweat dripping
down my numb face, I found myself
going old-school Britney on the ice and,
while shaking my plastic shovel at it,
asking no, demanding to know if it
"wanted a piece of me."
That was not a rhetorical question.
And as the ice cap that used to be my lawn
did not answer me, I interpreted it as in-
subordination and continued whacking and
whacking until I hit soft earth. Unfrozen
tundra. Wow. I didn't even know it still
existed. So I did a happy dance. Then I fell
on my ass. Oops. Missed a patch of death.
I am aware this method of de-icing
may sound excessive, but it is necessary.
Besides, picking up the dog poop in your
house because your furry friends refuse
to go ankle deep in a snow cone that
used to be their lawn? That gets old. And
it wears on the soul.
Come to think of it, maybe next time
I will invite one of the Reapers into my
house. After all, they could probably use
a cup of tea. And chances are the Mist of
Doom will not faze them.

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Tiny Little Burgers Make a Big Comeback
North Miami 53-year-old Royal Castle is back in the slider business

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

Though the lunchtime crush has
long passed on a recent Saturday
afternoon at Arnold's Royal Castle,
veteran manager Carlene Cunningham
is still dashing around in a tear. When a
new, and still very green, cook slaps one
of the recently reopened eatery's signa-
ture tiny burgers (known to the initiated
as sliders) on the griddle atop coal-black
onions, she lets out a primordial shriek
of a sort not heard since the release of
Jurassic Park.
"How many times do I have to tell
you? This is not our system! This means
burnt burgers," Cunningham scolds, flip-
ping the thin, square patty off the offend-
ing veggies with one hand, dumping a tub
of water on the hot griddle with the other
as she scrubs vigorously with her spatula.
"She tell it like it is. With a Castle
burger, you need that grease. But it's
gotta be good grease," chuckles a woman
at Royal Castle's counter.
The counter, like almost everything
else in the diminutive (950 square feet)

Wayne Arnold himself at the griddle: "We're doing twice as good as
before the fire, about 1100 sliders a day."

couldn't manage that."
The final bill turned out to be more
than $200,000. "We had to make the
structure hurricane-compliant. The origi-
nal iron plumbing pipes were crumbling,
so we couldn't just attach new PVC.
It's all new plumbing. We put in new
walls, a whole roof, a floor, booths, all

slider in 1953 when my family moved to
Miami, and there were Royal Castles all
over town. But I still eat a couple a day.
The mayor is a frequent customer, too."
Except for one other Royal Castle
(not affiliated, and serving a quite dif-
ferent burger), Arnold's is Miami-Dade
County's only remaining Castle.

What is it about an old-fashioned
slider that makes even dignified govern-
ment officials go weak in the knees?
Not Kobe beef, for sure. Nor the foie
gras, truffles, or other luxury ingredients
topping the so-called "sliders" on today's
trendiest menus. In fact most high-end
"sliders" (like those at Table 8, or the
$23 four-pack at Prime One Twelve)
aren't sliders at all, but rather overly
lean clones of regular hamburgers, often
cooked rare. They're mere mini burgers.
True sliders, based on the model
invented by White Castle in 1921, were
so-named because of their grease compo-
nent, which makes them slide right down
your gullet and, say many, explosively
right out the other end. Hence sliders'
other traditional nickname: gut-bombs.
The diminutive patties (roughly 12 per
pound) are also thin, a quarter of an inch
vital, says Arnold.
"We make them like Royal Castle
originally did since 1938," the owner
notes: square, preformed patties on the
liberally oiled griddle; a mountain of

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Citizens on Patrol Are Volunteers in Need
They extend the reach ofpolice, but don't have much reach thcnlc'lves

By Andrew Leins
Special to BT

P radel Denis and the men and
women of Citizens on Patrol, Little
Haiti chapter, gather at dusk for
their block assignments. On this evening
they are meeting at the corer of NE 1st
Avenue and NE 43rd Street, just north
of the Design District in the neighbor-
hood known as Buena Vista East. They
all wear blue polo shirts or windbreak-
ers with "Police Volunteer" printed on
the back. Soon they'll break into small
groups and begin walking the streets
of this racially and ethnically mixed
community with its lush tree canopy and
collection of historic old Spanish Revival
homes and modest bungalows. They'll be
on patrol from about 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Citizens on Patrol, or COP, is not a
Neighborhood Watch group. Nor are its
members the type who would take the law
into their own hands. They are ordinary

Pradel Denis (rear) and Schiller Jerome (right) with volunteer members
of the Little Haiti chapter of Citizens on Patrol.

people who care enough about their commu-
nities that they devote time to patrolling the
streets as extra eyes and ears for the Miami
Police Department. In fact they've all been
screened and trained by the department.
Aspiring volunteers must be over the
age of 18 and either live, work, or own a
business in the City of Miami. After pass-
ing a criminal background check, they

must then complete an eight-hour police
training course and commit to serving a
minimum number of hours each week.
They have no powers of arrest, are not al-
lowed to patrol later than 11:00 p.m., and
are advised by police to avoid getting di-
rectly involved in crime-fighting. Instead
they are supposed to observe and report
to police anything suspicious they see.

Despite these constraints, it is a rigorous
program, and it requires a significant
amount of dedication to the task.
Each of Miami's five commission
districts has a Citizens on Patrol chapter,
but the largest by far is this one, in Dis-
trict 5, with more than 75 active mem-
bers. (In the entire city, there are just 120
COP volunteers.)
Pradel Denis is one of their lead-
ers. An imposing figure, he looks like
he could be a real police officer. But by
profession he is an engineer, and he also
happens to be president of the Buena
Vista East Historic Neighborhood As-
sociation. Denis believes in the COP pro-
gram, but thinks it's time for an upgrade.
For one thing, he'd like to see more
financial support from the police depart-
ment, which oversees Citizens on Patrol.
"If this program were properly structured,"
he says, "we could make a big dent on
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Go North, Young Artist!

The Upper Eastside and Little Haiti attract creative talent at affordable prices

By Anne Tschida
Special to BT

Construction barriers have disap-
peared from the thoroughfare,
more restaurants have popped
up, and pedestrians have reemerged. But
another noticeable shift in the makeup of
the neighborhoods bordering Biscayne
Boulevard in the Upper Eastside may
be taking place, in the form of a cultural
Thanks to Art Basel and the Adrienne
Arsht Center for the Performing Arts,
most talk of a culture hub in Miami has
focused on Wynwood, and rightfully so.
But something is happening to the north
that could change or expand our
artistic landscape.
One example: the stretch of NE 4th
Court between 71st and 79th streets, in
the colorful warehouses lining the west
side. That's where experimental perfor-
mance artist Octavio Campos is opening
up a multidisciplinary event and studio
complex, to be called The Platform.
Right now it's still pretty raw, but the
developer and owner of many of these
warehouses, Ofer Mizrahi, is rehabbing
the area, preserving some of the indus-
trial feel of the warehouses, but modern-
izing them in an eco-friendly manner. Oh,
and there are houses and trees just across
the street. It all made Campos fall in love
at first sight.
Campos, who heads up Camposition,
a nonprofit arts organization dedicated
to new work, had been shopping around
for a bigger space than his digs in Little
Havana. His natural first choice, he
says, was Wynwood. But he ran into
one headache after another, including
unairconditioned spaces and Art Basel in-
terlopers outbidding him, even though he
would be a permanent presence and not a
December-only resident.
Then fate led him to Mizrahi's prop-
erty. It's down the street from the Israeli
businessman's corporate showroom for
Coverings Etc., an international company
that sells natural stone and mosaics, is
proud to be part of the "green build-
ing" movement, and sits in a stunningly
restored, slate-gray warehouse. "That
was it. I found a match [with Mizrahi],"
effuses Campos. "He gets it," he says
about the sophisticated aesthetic of these


Performance artist Octavio Campos tried Wynwood but was outbid by
Basel interlopers. Then he discovered NE 4th Court.

Ofer Mizrahi's NE 4th Court
warehouse complex of studios and
offices also includes an indoor
soccer field.

spaces, likening them to the architecture
of Berlin and Chicago.
Campos, whose theatrical produc-
tions are themselves sometimes com-
pared to Berlin-style cabarets and are per-
formed worldwide, already has lined up
likely residents for what he says will be
"the first center for interdisciplinary arts
dedicated entirely to new and boundary-
pushing work." People such as sound-
artist Gustavo Matamoros, musician
Alfredo Triff, and choreographer Heather
Maloney, who has eyed the neighboring
indoor soccer field that Mizrahi installed

Railroad Arts, off NE 2nd Avenue
in Little Haiti, offers artist studios
for as little $150 per month.

as a prospective performance location.
During the day, The Platform will be
studio-space for artists, and on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday nights it will be
open for performances by the residents
and others, and might just include a
10:00 p.m. cabaret show by Campos
himself. All of it coming, says Campos,
about mid-March.
Already ensconced on NE 4th Court
are architect Richard Levine, a trom-
bone player, and a skateboard designer.
It will be a "campus" for the arts, pre-
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A little farther north, at 531 NE 82nd
Terr., one of Wynwood's most popular
galleries will be transplanting. Anthony
Spinello is moving his operation uptown
for a variety of reasons, but he knows what
he will be gaining a pedestrian-friendly
neighborhood with some foliage and res-
taurants. For better and worse, Wynwood
remains a lonely place to stroll, to grab a
cup of coffee, or to find shade. Campos and
Spinello will be able to walk to any number
of places, and visitors to their places will
be able to do the same. Spinello plans his
first exhibition for February 13.
A little west and a bit south, next to
the train tracks on NE 1st Place, develop-
er Denis Peters is unveiling his sprawling
studio and exhibition complex, Railroad
Arts. Behind walls already covered in
commissioned murals are artists' studios
for $800, and soon-to-be smaller spaces
for a whopping $150. Peters began
developing places specifically with
artists in mind a decade ago in Wyn-
wood, along with well-known Wynwood
property owner David Lombardi. And
now, he says, it's a natural progression
for him to move north, where there are
still undeveloped properties. "I want it to
be totally dedicated to local artists and
creators, and I want to keep it affordable"
Peters explains, after describing the twin
pleasures of his life as "art and culture,
sprinkled with real estate."
One project he's already planned.
"Wait, are you ready?" he asks. "The
Miami Art Idol." Together with the New
World School of the Arts and Miami In-
ternational University of Art and Design,
a jury will choose a single winner from
one of the schools ("Remember, it's
Idol, so there can only be one!" Peters
exclaims) who will then get a free studio
for a year.
One of the larger spaces, he says,
will be used as a gallery and exhibition
space for artists in the complex. Expect
an official unveiling of Railroad Arts,
along with a Website, sometime in
It's too early to say which of the
projects will succeed, and art scenes
tend to be organic, never really planned,
and often fleeting. But something seems
to be percolating, and it could be an
interesting brew.

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crime in the city." As currently structured,
however, the volunteers receive no radios
or flashlights from the city, nor do they
receive any mode of transportation or
reimbursement for gas. (The city does
provide the blue polo shirts.)
"Priority number one," says Denis,
"is to have a direct [radio] channel with
the police. We need radios, and licensing
for the radio signal." As it is, volunteers
must use their own cell phones to alert
police to potential trouble.
On this night, after receiving their
block assignments, the volunteers form
into groups of four. Each has a radio, but
only to communicate with each other.
(The radios and their operating costs
were made possible by a grant from Sant
La, the nonprofit community organiza-
tion serving Little Haiti.) The streets
are very quiet, the Design District to
the south mostly deserted. There is little
chatter on the radios, only routine checks.
Nonetheless, every block in Buena Vista
East will be covered, and every home

watched with care.
Schiller Jerome, who lives in Buena
Vista East and is a member of the neigh-
borhood association's board of directors,
shares Pradel Denis's enthusiasm for the
COP program. "People feel safer when
they see them around," he says. "They
go outside." In the months since the
volunteers began patrolling his neighbor-
hood, at Jerome's request, "we saw crime
drop substantially during the hours they
were patrolling," he says. Also like Denis,
Jerome believes the program should be
better funded. "There's money available
to assist them," he asserts, "but it's not
being used." To his mind, it would be
money well spent.
"With the current budget cuts,
services still need to be maintained,"
Jerome notes. "The city needs to tap into
all available resources. They [the COP
volunteers] can monitor quality-of-life
issues, code enforcement, community
safety, and they can help guests to the
area, assist them with directions and
make them feel safe."
Recently Jerome met with District 5
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones to

discuss Citizens on Patrol. In preparation
he gathered information on similar volun-
teer programs from cities all across Florida.
He pointed out that the City of North
Miami provides patrol cars for their Citi-
zens Mobile Patrol, whose members have
direct radio contact with the city's police
department. Says department spokeswom-
an Sgt. Patricia Fishel: "This is an effective
tool for community policing. They're the
eyes and ears of the community."
Commissioner Spence-Jones was
impressed enough with Jerome's advo-
cacy that she asked the city manager and
police department to carefully consider
his ideas, as well as look at programs in
other cities. She asked them to provide
the commission with a feasibility and
cost-analysis report by April 1. Spence-
Jones says that if the report finds there
will be a budget impact, she'll recom-
mend the commission address it during
the midyear budget briefing. If there
is no budget impact, then plans for the
upgrades Denis and Jerome would like to
see could begin quickly.
In the meantime, the Little Haiti
patrol volunteers continue their work

with no compensation or benefits of
any sort. Denis believes that if some
incentives were in place, more people
would volunteer. "We have one man
who has been volunteering for 12
years, and he hasn't received any
compensation," he says. "If the city
would give some reward, that would
be a nice touch."
Recognition like that, Denis argues,
would also encourage younger men to
join. Today there are few. "They may see
their father or cousin doing this and think
that they are getting nothing out of it," he
says. "The young people don't see that
they are helping their community. They
want to know what is in it for them. But
it's up to the community to get organized
and stop crime."
Schiller Jerome estimates that each
member of the Little Haiti COP chapter
puts in an average of 12 hours every
week. That's manpowerW the city can
use to its advantage. In addition, he says,
it has intangible benefits: "It creates a
sense of ownership in the community."

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diced, reconstituted dried onions on top
(many more than White Castle uses).
When the thing's flipped and immediately
topped with a soft bun, the slider's skinni-
ness enables the sizzling onions' flavor to
completely permeate both meat and bun.

"When I bought the place, I did cut
down the percentage of fat in the meat a
little, from 25 percent to about 20 percent,"
says Arnold. "But you have to have the fat,
even if it isn't so good for you."
Bill Gross agrees. Now a New Yorker,
Gross was driving into town to run the Miami
Marathon on January 25 when he spotted the
Royal Castle sign from the highway. "I grew

up in Miami. My first slider was a Royal
Castle, 47 years ago. I don't eat any fast
food stuff anymore," explains the fit-looking
runner. "But I just had to pull off the road for
some sliders -plural."
Most customers since the eatery's
reopening are equally enthused, says
Arnold, downing four or so sliders on the
premises and then getting a six-pack to

go ($4.99 for regular Castles, $5.99 for
cheese Castles). "We're doing twice as
good as before the fire, about 1100 slid-
ers a day. It's a wonderful, unique taste
that makes you want to eat more than
one. So business is booming. Mostly I'm
just grateful to the CPA to be back open."

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Belle Meade Homeowners
Margret Tynan, president
rosemsadie@aol com, 305-759-3848
Brentwood Neighborhood Association
Carlos A Carrillo, Jr
786-287-3110, brentwoodna@gmail com
Buena Vista Heights
Evelyn Andre, president
evy33127@yahoo com
Buena Vista East Historic
Neighborhood Association
Pradel Denis, president
bvehna@gmail com, 305-754-6781
Buena Vista Homeowner's Association
Julia Colas, president
kendj@bellsouth net
Citizens on Patrol
Fred St Amand, chairman
fred@paxvilla com
305-754-5454, 786-236-1545 Cel
Communities United

Hattie Willis, executive director
hwillis5@bellsouth net
Lake Belmar Home Owners Association
Manuel Fente, president
305-379-4900, mfente@fentelaw com
www lakebelmar org
Little River Neighborhood
Lavon Williams, president
dlavon@yahoo com
Magnolia Park
Geoffrey Bash
gbash@bellsouth net, 305-401-9001
Miami Neighborhoods United
Grace Solares, president
gsolares@mlaminu org
www mlaminu org
Morningside Civic Association
William Hopper, president
casadeco@comcast net
Neighborhood of Edgewater Area Residents
Richard Strell, president
mlamlwater@gmail com
Neighbors of Oakland Grove
Agusto L Newell, president
newella@fiu edu, 305-751-2415

Palm Bay Condominium Inc
Bill Mathisen, president
wemath@bellsouth net
Palm Bay Towers
Jorge Bosch, president
jorge@jjbymb com
Palm Bay Yacht Club
Paul Kushuklan, president
pbycc@bellsouth net
Palm Grove Neighborhood
Bob Powers, president
bob_powers@bellsouth net
Palm-Hibiscus-Star Islands Association
Tim W Rose Jr, executive director
Tim Rose@phsislands org
Shorecrest Homeowner's Association
Millie Santana, president
shorecrestvolce@aol com
Upper Eastside Miami Council
Henry Patel, president
alymichel2002@yahoo com
www uppereastsidemiaml org

Venetian Causeway
Neighborhood Alliance
Barbara K Bisno, president
bbisno@comcast net
305-374-2566 / 786-390-4134

El Portal Homeowners Association
Ana More, president
305-494-6978, anamore8@gmail com

Miami Shores Property Owners Association
Bekky Leonard, president
tiger_mom@hotmall com
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Beverly Hilton, president
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Arch Creek East Neighborhood Association
Ilana Burdick, president
archcreekeast@aol com
archcreekeast com, 305-945-1704

Michael McDearmald, president
mlke@actiontitleco com
Enchanted Place
Ken Di Genova, president
ephoa@bellsouth net
Keystone Point Homeowner's Association
Bruce M Gibson, president
bgsofla@hotmail com
Karen de Leon, secretary
secretarykpha@juno com
www keystonepoint org
Sans Soucl Gated Homeowner
Ernle Long, president
Elong@aventurapolice com

Sunkist Grove Homeowners
Joyce Mumford, president
joycemumford@bellsouth net
Westside Neighborhood
Clarence Merke, president

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Sealed bids for the construction of the following project will be received by the Village Clerk's Office, Village of El Portal, 500 NE 87th
Street, Portal, FL 33138 until 2:00 PM on February 17, 2009. Any Bids received afterthe time specified will not be accepted. A
mandatory Pr-Bid Meeting will be held on February 10, 2009 at 10am in the Portal Village Hall (500 NE 87th Street, E Portal,
Florida 33138). A recommendation of the lowest responsible bidder for the bid award will be presented to the Village Council at a
Special Council Meeting on March 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM.

All material furnished and all work performed shal be in accordance with the Drawings, Specifications and Contract Documents pertain-
ing thereto, which may be obtained at or examined from (Wewing Onfy):
Craig A. Smith & Associates of Florida, Inc. Village Clerk, Vilage of d Portal
7777 Glades Road, Suite 410 500 NE 87th Sheet
Boca Raton, FL 33434 E Portal, FL 33138
(561) 314-4445 (305) 795 7880
A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 will be required for each set of Contract Documents.
Checks are to be made payable to Craig A. Smith & Associates, Inc.
Bidders will confine their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. Each bidder will submit with this bid
evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or qualified by examination to be so licensed. Bidders who fail to
include proper evidence of licensure wil be considered non-responsive and their Bid will be discarded.
Each bid must be submitted in TRIPLICATE (ONE ORIGINAL & TWO COPIES) and accompanied by an acceptable Bid Bond or Certi-
fled Check, in an amount equal to at least five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid payable to the Village of El Portal, Florida, as a guar-
antee that if the bid is accepted the bidder will execute the contract and file acceptable performance and payment surety bonds equal
to one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price within ten (10) days after written notice of the award of contract
Contractors currently in default on a construction contract or currently in Litigation with the Village of El Portal or another municipality
may not submit a Bid Proposal for this Contract. Contractors submitting a bid under any of the circumstances mentioned will be
rejected as being non-responsive.
No bidder may withdraw their bid for a penod of ninety (90) days after date set for opening of the bids.
There will be a MANDATORY pre-bid conference on February 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the Village of l Portal, Village Hall,
500 NE 87th Street Florida 33138.
The Village reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities in any bid, and delete any portion of the project whenever
such action is in the interest of the Village.
If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the specifications, it is the bidder's responsibility to seek clarification
from the Village. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the Village.
Village Council has the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Bids must be sealed and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked:

February 2009

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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann

How to Get Rid of
Belle Meade
Victim was alone in her home when she
heard a rattling noise emanating from the
kitchen. Fearing for her life, she called upon
an invisible sibling to spook the intruding
presence. In a strong yet purposely hushed
voice she exclaimed, "Sister, get your gun!"
Hearing this, the burglar immediately exited
the home, leaving the startled homeowner
safe and secure. Criminals know full well
that in Miami, anyone can be packing.

Mother and Child Reunion
Not Likely
A woman came home and discovered
that her bedroom had been ransacked
and several items were missing. The
point of entry was through a wall-
mounted air-conditioner. She admitted to
police that she knew her son was behind
the break-in as she had evicted him a

week earlier because he was continuous-
ly downloading pornography to her com-
puter. But it turns out the son had not
been "legally" evicted, and his driver's
license matched the address in question,
so there was no cause for arrest. The
computer, no surprise, was not damaged
during the course of the "burglary."

Stolen Cannabis Sparks
Police Inquiry
400 Block NE 24th Terrace
Upon entering his home, this stoner saw
that his kitchen window was broken and
the door was slightly ajar. Nothing was
taken save "a small amount of cannabis."

The victim expressed optimism that the
pilfered weed would be returned. The
thieving pothead evidently did not get
the munchies as all items in the victim's
refrigerator were accounted for.

More Evidence That
Men Are Dogs
It is one thing to rob someone, but quite
another to pretend you are in love with
someone in order to rob them. This scoun-
drel initiated a relationship with a very
young woman, sweeping her off her feet in
classic Boulevard fashion. He came to her
home one evening, then engaged in sexual
intercourse with her while the babysitter
was in another room. As he was leaving,
lover man stole jewelry resting on a night-
stand. The suspect later took to bragging
to a witness about his exploits (make that
exploitation). Police were called and the
romancing thief was arrested.
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Crime Beat
Continued from page 30
Next Time, Be Home
for Delivery
400 Block ofNE 70th Street
Signing for a package matters, right? An
expensive electronic device was being
delivered to a home by Federal Express,
but the intended recipient was not home.
A kindly neighbor allegedly took the lib-
erty of signing for the package. However,
when the rightful purchaser asked for
the package, the neighbor claimed she
never signed for the package, despite her
name and signature being confirmed by
FedEx. Amazingly, no arrests have been
made, which begs a question: What's the
purpose of signing for a package?

Watch Those Valets!
100 Block ofNE 40th Street
After a man received his car back from
a valet parking attendant, he noticed that
the tire-sensor light was on. He checked
all four tires and even took the car to an
auto shop, but nothing could be found to
indicate that something was wrong with
the tires. Days later, however, the man

opened his trunk and discovered that
his spare tire was missing. At least the
technology works.

The Unobservant Mind
6600 Block of i: J i..... i,. Boulevard
Man got into a cab after leaving a
downtown nightclub. Unexpectedly
there were two females in the back seat.
Apparently hoping to make the most
of the situation, he asked the cabbie to
take him to the most "happening place"
in Miami. The driver asked for his
credit card as collateral. The passenger
then asked the cab to stop so he could
buy cigarettes. When he returned after
his cigarette purchase, the cab was
nowhere to be seen. Police asked for a
description of the driver, of the women,
of the cab ui,,i ri,,,. The man could
only recall that "the cab was yellow."

Pay Up!
500 Block ofNE 62nd Street
A businessman hired a contractor to
install windows at a construction site.
After installation, the businessman said
he didn't have full payment and told the

contractor's crew he'd get the rest in a
day or two. The next morning witnesses
saw the crew remove the windows and
carry them into a waiting vehicle. The
businessman then received a phone call
and was told, "Pay up and we'll make
things right." At least they didn't break
his legs. By press time payment had not
been made and the windows had not
been returned. Just another day in the
world of inscrutable Miami contractors
and their unreliable clientele.

One-Night Stand
Becomes One-Night
Robbery Yet Again
7200 Block oJ i:, _.. ..i ic- Boulevard
Our victim picked up a "date" at a local
singles haunt and decided he wanted
to take this relationship further. He
booked a room at a local Boulevard
motel and got to know her better. Af-
terward his new squeeze suggested he
take a shower. As he was showering,
she extracted $225 from his wallet and
disappeared into the night. Experienced
Boulevard partiers never carry more
than $20 in their wallets.

Boyfriend's Shady
300 Block NE 24th Street
Woman arrived home and found that
her boyfriend had two new friends over.
One of the friends brandished a handgun,
casually spinning it around. The other
blithely inhaled a marijuana cigar. Not
approving of these new pals, the woman
left the home. When she returned an
hour later, she saw the irksome twosome
loading her personal belongings into
their car. She called police. Time she
unloaded that irksome boyfriend.

Sympathy for the Drunk?
An off-duty police officer observed a
man remove a bottle of rum from behind
a nightclub's bar, then slowly walk
outside with it. The officer approached
the man, who was clearly inebriated. He
forthrightly admitted he had just stolen
the bottle. A cry for help from a helpless
drunkard? Perhaps, but he was promptly
arrested anyway.

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The High Cost of Selling Art
Miami premier international gallery shuts its doors

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor
Just take a drive up Biscayne Boule-
vard and you'll notice a disturbing
contrast to what was happening
only a year and a half ago. Where once
the Boulevard seemed to be lined with
promise newly opened shops, bou-
tiques, and restaurants today you
see more and more empty storefronts
with "for lease" signs in their windows,
a clear indicator of economic woes. It's
often said that the art market is nor-
mally one of the last to experience the
effects of economic downturns like that
in evidence along the Boulevard and
elsewhere. So when the first big inter-
national gallery to set up shop in Miami
closes its doors, you can take it as a sign
of troubled times ahead.
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, the
acclaimed Paris-based gallery that
opened a Miami branch in 2005 to great
art-community fanfare, is officially on
hiatus. They're calling it a year-long-sab-
batical with plans to reopen for Art Basel
2009, but the gallery's future after that
remains uncertain. "Because of the eco-
nomic crisis, it's not a good time to keep
the gallery open," says assistant director
Kristia D. Moises, who adds that many
collectors are reluctant to spend money
on art in this bleak economic climate.
Miami was a very dif-
ferent place in 2004, when
Emmanuel Perrotin was Gal
thinking of opening a new accla
space. The Paris gallery had open
been making a name for itself gre
since early 1990s, helping to
launch the careers of interna-
tionally renowned and high-
selling art stars such as Takashi
Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan. Art
Basel Miami Beach was only begin-
ning to shine a light on Miami, where
Wynwood was something like the wild
west of contemporary arts, with a scene
quickly developing around alternative
and artist-run spaces like as the Dorsch
Gallery and Locust Projects, not mention
now-defunct names like Rocket Projects
and The House, operated by artists Tao
Rey, Bhakti Baxter, Martin Oppel, and
Daniel Arsham. Those last three would
eventually be represented by Perrotin,
but not before Oppel and Arsham would

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Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin on NW 30th Street and NW 2nd Avenue in

form the successful yet short-lived artist-
run Placemaker Gallery. As Miami's
creativity began to crescendo, it seemed
to be only a matter of time before the art
world would take notice.
Oppel clearly remembers meeting
Perrotin around this time, and could see
the gallery owner's excitement about the
burgeoning Miami scene. "He looked at
my work, as well as other Miami artists,
and invited us to show in a group show
at his gallery in Paris," Oppel recalls.
Says Arsham: "He just saw some-
thing happening here and decided to do
this exhibition."

erie Emmanuel Perrotin, the
imed Paris-based gallery that
ed a Miami branch in 2005 to
at art-community fanfare, is
officially on hiatus.

The show was called "Miami Nice,"
and was curated by prominent Miami
collector George Lindemann, featuring
all local talent. "A little after that show,"
remembers Oppel, "he asked some of us
to do solo shows with him."
By this time, Perrotin was repre-
senting Baxter, Oppel, Arsham, and
another leading Miami artist, Naomi
Fisher. (Fisher parted ways with the gal-
lery in 2006.) Next the gallerist purchased
a 13,000-square-foot Miami Modern
building that used to be an unsuspect-
ing 1950s refrigerator warehouse in the

local artists to be represented by Perrotin
shortly after the opening of the Miami
space, laments the gallery's closing. "I
think it's disappointing," she says. "It
might make Miami more local in terms
of what gets shown. That was our
glimpse into that world. Miami doesn't
really have that connection to the rest of
the art world. There really isn't another
space that does that."
The final group show came to a close
last month, and already the gallery's opera-
tions are being dismantled. Gallery direc-
tor Gen Watanabe has left. Other employ-
ees have been released. While the future
of the gallery's relationship with some
Miami artists may still be uncertain, most

up-and-coming Wyn-
wood area and trans-
formed it into a gallery
that would be very ambi-
tious in scope, twice the
size of the one in Paris.
The first show took place .
during Art Basel 2004, -
but the gallery didn't
officially open until
December 2005.
"It was a beautiful
space," comments Arshanm
"I was ecstatic. I was partic-
ularly excited about seeing
exhibitions from artists in
Europe who we wouldn't
usually get to see."
Indeed the great
strength of the gallery
was its ability to bring in
internationally known
artists such as Peter
Coffin, Aya Takano, and
Paola Pivi, effectively
creating a dialogue with
Miami's own emerg-
ing scene. "It gave local -
collectors an even larger
opportunity to view art Cristina Lei Rodriguez's Pirate Booty at Perrotin:
that's not usually seen "Miami doesn't really have that connection to the
there and is not acces- rest of the art world."
sible in Miami unless
it's during Basel time," assistant director will continue to be represented in Paris.
Moises points out. Because Perrotin still owns the building
With the gallery now on indefinite will not abandoned. In fact it will soon b
sabbatical, it seems Miami is losing an available for events on a rental basis.
important link to the outside art world.
Cristina Lei Rodriguez, one of the first Continued on page 33

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High Cost
Continued from page 32
"People are not necessarily investing
in art right now," says Arsham. "I think
it's difficult. Rather than losing money
for a while, it's better to cut your loses
and come back. We'll see what happens."
Moises notes that foreign collec-
tors made up a majority of the gallery's
buyers, and most came to town
but once a year. "The bulk of
the year's business and traffic One
is usually during Basel," she not ei
says. But one Art Basel show, especi
whether it's busy or slow, is it
not enough to keep any gallery
afloat, especially one as big as
Perrotin's, with its high carry-
ing costs and expensive upkeep. Further
exacerbating the problem, according
to Moises, is the fact that many foreign
collectors are now unwilling to travel
because of the state of the economy.
As might be expected, the finan-
cial crisis is also having an impact on
smaller galleries. Says Brook Dorsch of
Wynwood's Dorsch Gallery: "I've been
doing this for 17 years. I've seen a lot of
galleries come and go, and I definitely
think there are going to be galleries that

are affected by it. I can say that Decem-
ber was not as good as it was in years'
previous. But my gallery has never been
as dependent on sales as others."
Still working a full-time job to supple-
ment his gallery, Dorsch is able to put up
shows that feature more challenging work.
"It's not all about the commercial end," he
says. "It's about artists totally experimenting."

Art Basel show, busy or slow, is
enough to keep any gallery afloat,
ally one as big as Perrotin's, with
s carrying costs and upkeep.

Daniel Arsham agrees with this line
of thinking. "I think the galleries and
artists [in Miami] need to take risks in
order to propel the city to where it could
be," he says. "This is the sort of time
when artists in Miami will band together.
It's a really brilliant time for artists now."
As the economic downturn continues,
not only will more galleries close, but so
will other businesses, which creates vacant
spaces that artists can transform into af-
fordable studios and exhibition spaces. "In

Gallery receptions made the most of the spacious building and outdoor area.

every downturn there is some opportunity,"
says Dorsch. "I'm optimistic about it."
Perhaps a new scene will emerge that
is centered around fresh, new artist-run
alternative spaces. Who knows? Maybe
it will evolve into a scene as vibrant and
exciting as the one that originally at-
tracted Emmanuel Perrotin to Miami.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin will no
longer be used as an art gallery, but the
space, with its kitchen and large yard,
will be available to rent for special events.
For more information call 305-576-0595
or visit www.wynwoodartgarden.com

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101 NE 40th St, Miami
305-573-2101, www 101exhibit com
Through February 20
"Trsmegistus" by Marilyn Manson

233 NW 36th St, Miami
www abbafineart com
Through February 10
"Recent Installation and Photographs" by Jayoung Yoon
February 14 through March 11
"Forces of Nature" by Suzan Woodruff
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

2134 NW Miami Ct, Miami
www alejandravonhartz net
February 14 through March 29
"Everything is Borrowed" by Jalme Gill
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

2033 NW 1st PI Miami
www amayagallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
Through March 8
"Exploration of the Spirit" with various artists
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
Through March 8
"Exploration of the Spirit" with various artists
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

111 NW 1st St, Suite 625, Miami
www mlamidadearts org
Call gallery for exhibition information

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www artrouge com
Through February 11
"From Warsaw to Mexico City via New York" with Luls
Sanchez, Leseks Skorskl, and Ben Freeman
February 14 through March 11
"Art of Deception abstract and ethnic sculptures and
paintings" with Terence Carr, Dee Sands, and John
Reception February 14, 7 to 11 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www artformz net
Through February 8
"Creatures" with Natasha Duwin, Natalia Reparaz, and
Ray Paul
February 14 through March 9
"Faith, Fear, and Fortune" with PJ Mills and Ramon
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

561 NW 32nd St, Miami
305-576-2828, www bacfl org
February 13 through March 1
"NWSA9@BAC" jurled exhibition with various New
World School of the Arts
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

4141 NE 2nd Ave #202, Miami
www artnet com/bgillman html
Call gallery for exhibition information

3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

598 NE 77th St, Miami
Through February 27
"Last Works of Maximo Caminero" by Maximo

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol
Through March 14
"OTHERWORLD" by Guerra de la Paz

541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www charest-welnberg com
Through February 7
Solo show by Marc Seguin
February 14 through April 4
Solo show by Larry Estridge
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www chelseagalleria com
Through February 9
"eARTh Part Two TERRA" with John Westmark, John
Mack, Eduardo and Mirta del Valle, TONEL, Scherer
and Ouporov, Tina Spiro, and Helga Griffiths
February 14 through March 10
"Walking on Air" by Garle Waltzer
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

282 NW 36th St, Miami
wwwdamlenb com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www castilloart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
Through February 7
"Spill-Over" with Felice Grodin, Perry Hall, Gye-Hoon
Park, Udo Noger, Silvia Rivas, Sterz, Karna Wisnleska,
and Xawery Wolski
"Fantastic Voyage" with Luls Alonzo-Barklgia, Carlos
Betancourt, Vicenta Casan, Rablndranat Diaz Arjona,
Michael Loveland, Marc Hello, Cecilia Paredes, and
Michael Scoggins
"$9990" with Luls Alonzo-Barklgia, Serglo Bazan,
Carlos Betancourt, Trlsha Brookbank, Vicenta Casan,
Clifton Childree, Julie Davidow, Tulio De Sagastizabal,
Rablndranat Diaz Arjona, Nina Ferre, Felice Grodin,
Jill Hotchkiss, Rosa Irigoyen, Laura Kina, Michael
Loveland, Katrin Moller, Marc Hello, Cecilia Paredes,
Silvia Rivas, Graclela Sacco, Jorge Simes, Nicole
Soden, Gulllermo Srodek-Hart, Sterz, Annie Wharton,
Karna Wisnlewska, and Xawery Wolski

Radcliffe Bailey, Storm at Sea,
piano keys, African sculpture,
model boat, paper, acrylic, glitter,
gold leaf, 2007, at the Miami Art
February 14 through March 7
"Pigment Coast" by Darlo Basso
Reception February 14, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
February 12 though March 25
"Juxtaposition" with Hubert Neal Jr, Francesca
Lalanne, and Adrienne Chadwick
Reception February 12, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com
Through February 28
"A Perfect Human" curated by Milena Hoegsberg
and Megha Ralapati with Zhao Bandl, Martin Basher,
Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S Davidson, Joergen Leth,
Patrick McElnea, and Sreshta Premnath
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

51 NW 36th St, Miami
www dotflftyone com
February 14 through March 30
"Bazaar" by Pancho Luna
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

7520 NE 4th Ct, Miami
Through March 1
"Textures of the Soul" by Nestor Paz
Reception February 16, 6 to 10 p.m.

47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
February 14 through February 28
"FIFTEEN" curated by Berta Jayo with Luls Bezeta,
David Buob, Svea Duwe, Lulse Johnson, Yoshlaki
Kalhatsu, Marlena Kudlicka, Dirk Lang, Marco Mlersch,

Charo Oquet, Grit Ruhland, Jasper Sebastian Sturup,
Joao Simoes, and Tom Sklpp
Reception February 14, 8 to 11 p.m.

151 NW 36th St, Miami
www elitearteditions com
Call gallery for exhibition information

10 NE 40th St, Miami
www etrafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
February 14 through March 9
"Sculpture Without A Skin" by Yasue Maetake
Reception February 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydlet com
Through February 7
"Counters" by Abby Mannock
February 14 through March 7
"The Best of Intentions" by Daniel Milewski
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

62 NE 27th St, Miami
www garynader com
Call gallery for exhibition information

3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through March 7
"Daily Scenes" by Ignacio Goltla, "La Ventana
Indiscreta VI" by Alexis Perez Montero, and a group
show with various artists from Valencia
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 a.m.

Temporary location
314 NW 24th St, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

164 NW 20th St, Miami
www onemansho com
February 14 through March 30
"Abstractions" by Julio Blanco
Reception February 14, 7 to 10 a.m.

50 NE 29 St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through February 28
Solo show by Solle Yli-Mayry

2249 NW 1st PI, Miami
www kevinbrukgallery com
Through February 13
"Deal or No Deal" by Mika Tajima
February 14 through March 11
"PAINTHINGS" curated by
Sam Gordon with Lecla Dole-Recio,
Jake Ewert, and Jacob Roblhcaux
"48 Hours in Miami" by Sam Gordon
Reception February 14, 7 to 11 p.m.

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3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
Call gallery for exhibition information

6900 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

105 NW 23rd St, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through February 28
A solo show by Lornel Beltran and a solo show by Mike
Reception February 14, 7 to 11 p.m.

98 NW 29th St, Miami
www lulsadelantadomlaml com
Through February 28
"Hidden Treasures" by Jose Noguero

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-1333, www artnet com/reltzel html
Call gallery for exhibition information

126 NE 40th St, Miami
www mlamlartgroup com
Call gallery for exhibition information

Dario Basso,Voz Sobre Amarillo,
oil, acrylic, varnish, 2008, at Diana
Lowenstein Fine Arts.

244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-438-9002, www miamiartspace com
February 12 through March 27
"Cars of Cuba" by H Allen Benowitz
Reception February 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

300 NE 2nd Ave, Bldg 1, Room 1365, Miami

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www mdc edu
February 5
"Focus the Nation" lecture by Xavier Cortada
February 7 through March 1
"African-American Art Exhibit" with various artists
Lecture February 5, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www mymlu com
Through February 13
"Visual Art's MFA Graduate Exhibition" by Andrew
February 20 through March 14
"Luclano Franchi Memorial Exhibition" by Luclano

3100 NW7th Ave, Miami
www oh-wow com
February 13
"Confection" Charity Bake Sale Art Exhibition to benefit
the Daily Bread Food Bank with Jim Drain, Aranzazu
Gayoso, Michael Genovese, Jason Hedges, Alvaro
Ilizarbe, Susan Lee-Chun, Nick D Lobo, Justin Long,
Lee Materazzl, Hugo Montoya, Bert Rodriguez, Leyden
Rodriguez-Casanova, TM Sisters, Jen Stark, Jonathan
Thomas, and Kyle Trowbridge
Reception February 13, 7 to 11 p.m.

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Through February 28
"Click" with Ananke Asseff, Oscar Bony, Carlos
Gallardo, KADIR, Rickee Mahoney, Glan Paolo Minelli,
Elsa Mora, Ronald Moran, Vik Muniz, Santiago Porter,
and Pablo Soria

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information

81 NW 24th St, Miami
www puzzlementart com
Ongoing show with Kevin Brady, Manuel Carbonell,
Nichole Chimentl, Carter Davis, Stephen Gamson,
Raquel Glottman, Jim Herbert, Jennifer Kaiser, Alex
Palva Lopez, Andy Pledllato, Tomy F Trujillo, Jonathan
"Depoe" Villoch, and Glancarlo Zavala

531 NE 82nd Terr, Miami
www spinellogallery com
February 13 through March 7
Reception February 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

162 NE 50 Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

66 NE 40th St, Miami
www stevemartinfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2020 NW Miami Ct, Miami
www twentytwentyprojects com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

2144 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
www untitled2144 com
Through February 4
"ARTITALIA" with Luca Artioli, Andrea Blanconi,
Maurizio Galimbertl, Emanuela Gardner, Domiziana
Girdano, Patrizia Guerresi Malmouna, Benedetta
Pignatelli, and Alberto Rizzo

10 NE 3rd St, Miami
www wallflowergallery com
myspace com/wallflowergallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

3322 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www whitevinylspace com
Call gallery for exhibition information


CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miaml Ave, Miami
www clfo org
Through March 1
"The Prisoner's Dilemma Selections from the Ella
Fontanals-Cisneros Collection" with Francis Alys,
Barbara Kruger, Alexander Ap6stol, Rafael Lozano-
Hemmer, Alexandre Arrechea, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle,

Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, Daniel Joseph
Martinez, Judith Barry, Prscilla Monge, Paolo
Canevar, Carlos Motta, Stan Douglas, Antoni
Muntadas, Jimmle Durham, Shiin Neshat,
Cao Fei, Julian Rosefeldt, Regina Jose
Galindo, Laurle Simmons, Carlos Garalcoa,
Eve Sussman, Mathilde ter Heijne, Frank
Thlel, Thomas Hirschhorn, Susan Turcot,
Jenny Holzer, and Monlka Weiss

11200 SW 8th St, Miami
http //thefrost flu edu/
Through February 28 "Intersections" by
Florenclo Gelabert
Through March 1 "Modern Masters from
the Smithsonian American Art Museum" with
various artists
Through March 9 "Drawing in Space The
Peninsula Project Illustrated" by John Henry
Through April 4 "Simulacra and Essence The
Paintings of Lulsa Basnuevo" by Lulsa Maria

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through April 5
"Los Artes de Mexico" with various artists

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through February 22
"Objects of Value" with various artists
February 22 through May 24
"NeoHooDoo Art for a Forgotten Faith" with
various artists

Daniel Milewski,Black Square on White
Ground, chenille, 2008, at Gallery Diet.

770 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-893-6211, www mocanoml org
Through March 1
"Purchase Not By Moonlight" by Ann Sala

404 NW 26th St, Miami
305-893-6211, www mocanoml org
Through March 21
"The Possibility of an Island" with Cory Arcangel,
Davide Balula, Tobias Bernstrup, Heman Chong, Peter
Coffin, Matias Faldbakken, Cao Fel, Kim Fisher, Claire

Fontaine, K48, Chris Kraus, Crlstina Lei Rodriguez,
Nicolas Lobo, Martin Oppel, Philip (a novel written by
Mark Aerial Waller, Heman Chong, Cosmln Costinas,
Rosemary Heather, Lelf Magne Tangen, Francis
McKee, David Reinfurt, and Steve Rushton), LisI
Raskin, Julika Rudelius, and Mungo Thomson

591 NW 27th St, Miami
www margulieswarehouse com
Through April 25
"Hurma" by Magdalena Abakanowicz, "Western Union
Small Boats" by Isaac Julien, "Oil Rich Niger Delta"
by George Osodl, and "Photography and Sculpture A
Correlated Exhibition" with various artists

95 NW 29th St, Miami
www rubellfamilycollection com
Through May 30 "30 AMERICANS" with Nina Chanel
Abney, John Bankston, Jean-Michel Basqulat, Mark
Bradford, lona Rozeal Brown, Nick Cave, Robert
Colescott, Noah Davis, Leonardo Drew, Renee Green,
David Hammons, Barkley L Hendricks, Rashld
Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James
Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Wangechi Mutu, William
Pope L, Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna
Simpson, Shinique Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Henry
Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara
Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, and
Purvis Young

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami, 305-438-9908
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February 26 to March 22, 2009

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Culture Briefs

Cuba in Sound and
Miami Light Project celebrates its
20th anniversary and the diversity
of contemporary Cuban music with
the second annual Global Cuba Fest
February 6-8, three nights of perfor-
mances by some of the best innovators
of the Cuban form. Two-time Grammy
winner Albita kicks off the festival
with a broad range of musical styles,
from her country roots to timba. On
Saturday singer-songwriter Alex Cuba
will present his uniquely cross-cultural
brand of Cuban music, which mixes
rock, pop, and soul. Jazz saxophon-
ist and composer Yosvany Terry
closes the festival on Sunday with his
driving, rhythmic quartet. All shows
begin at 8:00 p.m. at the North Beach
Band Shell (7275 Collins Ave., Miami
Beach). Tickets for individual perfor-
mances are $20; a festival pass is $50.
Purchase them online at www.miami-
lightproject.com or call 305-576-4350.

You, the Kids, and the Arsht
Center Free!
Looking for an afternoon outing that
doesn't cost a dime? Want to stimu-
late your kids' imaginations beyond
Facebook and Playstation? How about
inspiring an appreciation for the fine art
of storytelling? The Arsht Center for the
Performing Arts provides the answer
with Family Fest First Saturdays Febru-
ary 7 (and each first Saturday through
May). Bring the kids for outdoor arts
and crafts, hands-on demonstrations in
theater production, plus performances
and a variety of activities. The fun
runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at
the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.,

The Redland's Bounty:
Exotic and Delicious
No part of the continental United States
enjoys the unique climate of the Red-
land, that rural stretch of horse country
and agriculture just north of Homestead.
Fruits and vegetables from many far-
flung parts of the globe flourish there.
For more than 25 years the Fruit and
Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) has
raised awareness of the area through its
annual Redland Farm Tour. Guided by
park manager Chris Rollins, guests will

travel through the Redland using their
own vehicles, driving in caravan forma-
tion, to visit a number of orchards and
farms. The tour is Saturday, February 7,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are
$25 per person. Visit www.fruitandspi-
cepark.com or call 305-247-5727.

Sunset and Moonrise in
One Easy Paddle
Get off the couch and out on Biscayne
Bay! You can do it on Sunday, Febru-
ary 8, by joining Crandon Park's Sunset
and Moonlight Kayak Adventure on
Key Biscayne. You'll paddle (kayaks
and equipment provided) out onto the
bay to watch the sunset. Then, thanks
to felicitous celestial timing, you'll head
through Bear Cut and around the bend
for a spectacular view of the rising full
moon. Tickets are $40 per person (ages
nine and up). Adventurers are asked to
wear closed-toe water shoes. The guided
tour floats from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Reser-
vations are required and space is limited,
so don't delay. Call 305-361-6767.

Hip-Hop History and
Dance: Simply Brilliant
The Lehman Theater at the Miami-
Dade College north campus (11380
NW 27th Ave.) will host The Break/s:
A Mixtape for Stage, a multimedia ex-
travaganza that depicts the evolution of
hip-hop through the eyes of a man who
grew up to its rhythm. Using dance,
film, music, and projected images, New
York performance artist Marc Bamuthi
Joseph's personal narrative expresses
his fascination with the history of this
genre and its effect on his own life.
The show has been called "riveting"
and "brilliant." Here's what the New
York Times had to say: "Mr. Joseph is
a naturally captivating dancer, moving
with transfixing grace.... The perfor-
mance is gloriously eloquent." The

Breaks is recommended for ages 16
and up and will be on stage Febru-
ary 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are
$5 for Miami-Dade College and New
World School of the Arts students and
staff, and $18, $22, and $26 for the
general public. Call 305-237-3010.

Golden Oldies Will Rock
the Shores
You may not have heard of George
Goehring, but if you're of a certain age,
you've heard his music. He was one
of those prolific songwriters from the
1950s and 1960s who worked in New
York's Tin Pan Alley, cranking out one
hit after another. Goehring gave Connie
Francis her mega hit "Lipstick on Your
Collar." Gene Pitney scored big with
"Half Heaven, Half Heartache," as did
the Platters with "The Mystery of You."
Goehring has put together a captivating
show called My Life in the Brill Build-
ing (where songwriters labored) that
includes music and tall tales from that
great period of American popular music.
Goehring and his band roll into Miami
Shores for one night, February 20. The
show takes place at the Shores Com-
munity Center and begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20. Call 305-758-8103 to
reserve a seat.

Crazed Bikers Invade
The Bike Miami movement is gaining
momentum. If you haven't yet enjoyed
the fun of biking or skating or even
strolling along downtown streets with
no automobile traffic, you'll have an-
other chance on February 21, when the
city-sponsored Bike Miami Days hosts
its first Saturday event. One Sunday
each month since last November, from
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the city has
blocked traffic on S. Miami Avenue
from Brickell to downtown, and on
Flagler Street from Biscayne Boulevard
to (most recently) the Miami River.
Bicyclists have swarmed over the empty
streets like frisky puppies taken off the
leash. This month it'll be on a Saturday
to coincide with Flagler Fest, another
celebration of all things Miami. For up-
dates and more information, including
where to park, how to rent a bike, where
to have lunch, and much more, visit

Pan Am and the Wings of
Miami: A Tour
Did you know that Florida helped
pioneer aviation in the United States?
Did you know that Miami itself played
a crucial role? You can learn all about
that and more from a brand-new tour
organized by the Historical Museum of
Southern Florida. They're calling it the
Pan Am Artifacts and Aviation in South
Florida Coach Tour. Pan American
World Airways was created in 1927 with
a single route: Key West to Havana. Over
the next several decades, the airline set
the standard for commercial flight. Pan
Am's list of industry breakthroughs is
long (visit www.panam.org), and until its
demise in 1991, it maintained a special
place in the American psyche. The His-
torical Museum's Paul George and Jorge
Zamanillo will take visitors on a guided
tour to see memorabilia donated to the
museum by the airline and to visit the
Wings Over Miami Museum at the Ken-
dall-Tamiami Executive Airport, where a
number of historically significant planes
are on display. The tour takes place
Saturday, February 21, from 9:30 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $39 for HMSF
members, $44 for nonmembers. Reser-
vations are required. Call 305-375-1492.

Big Boulevard, Small Bites
Eat your way through the MiMo Historic
District on Saturday, February 28, as
the second of four Taste of MiMo events
offers up samples from Boulevard
restaurants between noon and 5:00 p.m.
Small dishes ranging in price from $2
to $5 will be available at, among other
places, Le Caf6, Ver Daddy's, Moon-
chine, Moshi Moshi, Che Soprano's,
Wine 69, Casa Toscana, Kingdom, Anise
Taverna, Uva 69, and Red Light. For
details call 305-609-4288 or visit www.

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Haircuts: They're Either Trauma or Treat

By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

Crazy as it may sound to some
of you, my kids, at ages three
and five and a half, just got
their first haircuts. Yes, on Christmas
Day, while those of you who partake in
those festivities gathered 'round your
trees, we met Hannah Lasky of Hannah
& Her Scissors at her space in Arcayne
Salon at 55th Street Station. Armed with
two knotty-headed kids and a bottle of
Prosecco, the whole mishpacha (Yiddish
for family), including my mom, arrived
for the big day.
A fixture on South Beach during its
early renaissance, Hannah, who is also
a painter, has been cutting my hair since
our move back to Miami in 2004. I went
to her a year after Goldi's birth, and she
chopped off my hair, which hadn't been
cut since before my pregnancy. I donated
it to Locks of Love.
It was around this time that Hannah
decided to move off the Beach and out
of her own salon. I went to her a couple
of times between pregnancies and then
again a year after Izzi was born, when
my hair was once more ready to be do-
nated to Locks of Love in what seemed
to have become a ritual for me.
When I called Hannah about the spe-
cial appointment for my kids asking
her to work on a national holiday I
wondered if I was making a mistake,
that perhaps I should take them to one of
those places that specializes in children's
haircuts, people accustomed to dealing
with screaming and tears. But given
my usual complicated schedule, I had
only that day to get the deed done, and

In this case it was a pleasure, and I learned something new

I was pretty sure
I wouldn't find a
kiddie salon open
on December 25.
Plus I liked the idea
of a family stylist.
Hannah, who
graciously came
to work for us on a
holiday, was abso-
lutely amazing with
the kids. She had a
special seat insert to
raise them up high
enough for her to
cut, and she made
them feel special and comfortable without
patronizing them or speaking to them like
they were babies. My kids' comments
upon the first major snips:
Goldi, with the initial chop of a good
eight inches all the way around: "I feel
so fresh!"
Izzi, upon the very first
cut, which created bangs: "I Arm
can see!" and
Hannah went on to give mishpa
them age-appropriate and
stylish looks. Although baby
hair and beautiful ringlets were
gone (she also did a good job
dealing with me, the emotional mom),
their hair looked healthier and incredibly
cute. She gave us tips about care, and then
I learned for the first time in four years
of visits, that Hannah had her own line of
kids' hair-care products.
The products, which are currently
being redesigned and repackaged, have
been around since 1997, when her popu-
lar salon was located on Lincoln Road. "I
realized that I needed to work with a line

that I could really believe in, that worked
together and left the hair feeling natural
and healthy," she says of the kid-friendly
products, made from a host of natural,
parent-approved ingredients, including
spirolina and aloe vera.

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a bottle of Prosecco, the whole
cha (Yiddish for family), including
Smom, arrived for the big day.

Her newest product is called Han-
nabanana, and is specifically for infants
but also intended for older babies and kids.
It is an all-natural, tearless, nonallergic,
vegan, hair and body wash with a mild
banana scent. Another product is her Mist,
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It's always great to discover locally
based kid-product entrepreneurs. I re-
cently came across another. Not long ago I
bumped into an old classmate from Brook-
lyn, who is now here in town. Turns out
she, Karen Rappaport, and her business
partner, Denise Goldman, Miami Beach
moms of two each, have created My Royal
Heinie, a kid-business selling really smart
and stylish baby products which are, if I
may be so bold, state-of-the-art. In particu-
lar the products, including their new diaper
bag, incorporate into their designs a refill-
able, integrated SmartWipes dispenser. At
the moment they're looking for 100 moms
to whom they can give a free bag with the
following announcement:
"Are you a W.O.M.A.N. in the know?
Do friends consider you the go-to gal for
advice on the latest products? Are you
always among the first to know about
the next best thing? We want you to join
W.O.M.A.N. (Word-of-Mom Ambassa-
dor Network). W.O.M.A.N. is a national
team of Mom Ambassadors spreading the
word about My Royal Heinie. As a mom-
owned company, we strongly believe in
the power of Word-of-Mom. We want
to connect with other moms who love to
find great products and want to share their
finds. If you love My Royal Heinie, you'll
be excited to tell other moms about it.
And they'll be happy you did.
"Join W.O.M.A.N. and we'll send
you a free My Royal Heinie diaper purse
to use and enjoy! Register at www.my-
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Spread the word. Support local pro-
ducers of kids' products!

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From Garbage to Garden

Vegetables, fruits, spices

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Last year I had to plant an organic
vegetable garden at Jungle Island
for a large cooking and food event.
It had been years since I had grown veg-
etables, but I remembered the success I'd
had at Parrot Jungle with many species
of food plants that had been grown on
top of our compost pile. It was sort of an
accident that vegetables were used. My
main purpose had been to keep weeds
from growing on top of this large pile of
finished compost, and some of the plants
worked very well. They grew as ground
covers, with long tendrils like vines,
such as the different species of melons,
cantaloupe, and sweet potatoes.
Eventually we added to that list of
food plants things like peppers, bush
beans, cherry tomatoes, and jalapefios.
The quality of the vegetables and fruit
was excellent, and they were never fertil-
ized or sprayed with pesticides.
For the new organic vegetable garden,
I decided to plant in compost, but since
the park doesn't have the extra space
for a large composting operation, it was
necessary to purchase compost. I had 20
tons shipped in and dumped.
It arrived at bit hot and unfinished,
so I left it to sit for a couple of weeks to
let all the micro organisms finish their
work and allow the pile to cool off. The
feedstock used in making compost first
goes through a very hot stage, a result of
the heat generated by micro organisms
devouring the organic matter, and each
other. This hot stage can be deadly for
plants. Even freshly chipped tree mulch
goes through a hot stage. I have seen large,

mature trees killed
by the heat generated
from mulch piled on
top of their root zones!
After a couple of
weeks, the compost
was placed in large
containers that were
sunk halfway into
the ground. I prefer to
use containers as this
keeps the compost
from mixing with the
surrounding soil and
keeps bad organisms
out and away from the
plant roots. Planting in
containers is also a con-
venient way to grow
vegetables and spices in
small spaces like patios
and balconies.
I wanted to grow

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variety of plant spe- ground seeds.
cies, and began with
the aromatic spices. Last year I visited
the Peace Garden in Sharm el-Sheikh,
Egypt. This is a very large, ethno-botan-
ical collection of native and naturalized
herbs that have been collected through-
out Egypt and the Sinai. While walking
through this large site, I was amazed
at the great variety of rich fragrances I
encountered. For the garden at Jungle
Island, I chose different varieties of basil,
coriander, oregano, dill, rosemary, and
other spices along with the typical tomato
plants, malanga, and papaya. The garden
was a success and is now a permanent
addition to the park.
I have always been interested in the
science and art of composting. There

are many ways to compost aerobic
or anaerobic, in-vessel or window. You
can even use earthworms. This is called
vermicomposting, which uses these
little critters to turn organic wastes into
very high-quality compost. It is one
of the best ways to compost kitchen
wastes, paper, and cardboard. The
only organic wastes that should not be
composted this way are meat and milk
products, because of potential bacterial
issues. The worms eat the garbage, and
as it passes through their bodies, the
micro organism within digest (compost)
the material and pass it through. The
resulting byproduct makes an excellent
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Recently I wanted to start a small,
clean composer at home because we
grow vegetables and need a source of
compost. We also dump quite a bit of
food waste and organic material in the
garbage each week, and this is definitely
a great resource. I purchased a small
vermicomposter and a couple of pounds
of earthworms online and got started.
We now are not only recycling our food
and junk-mail waste, but we have a great
product in which we plant and grow our
vegetables and spices.
The worms will continue to reproduce,
and they also make great additions to a
garden. In fact, earthworms are a sign of a
healthy soil. They not only digest organic
matter and turn it into a nutritious sub-
strate, but they also help to aerate the soil.
The tunnels they create aid in decom-
pacting the soil and allow much needed
oxygen and water to reach plant roots.
Eight years ago, when I first
started working at Jungle Island and
was moving in trees, I never observed
earthworms in any of the excavations we
made. The soil was highly compacted
and very poor in organic matter. Now,
after years of adding hundreds of yards
of mulch to the garden each year (to de-
compose), every time it rains or we dig
a hole to put in more plants, we always
find earthworms. We have created one
very large organic garden.

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World-Class Gluttons
)n it comes to pigging out on just about everything, we're tops

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
First the good news. Over the past two
decades, the amount of paper each
American consumes has declined.
Yeah for us! The obvious bad news is that
our population has grown, thereby erasing
the savings we might have gained per
capital. Overall consumption of paper has
actually increased. Boo-hoo.
Some more good news: The rate of
energy consumption is growing slower
in the U.S. than in rapid-growth econo-
mies such as China and India. Yeah! The
obvious bad news is that we started out
at such high levels of consumption that
these two developing countries, despite
having populations much larger than
ours, still consume much, much less
energy than we do. Dagnabbit!
International comparisons can get
twisted, and statistics can bore you in
many ways, so let's get real. We are a
disposable society. When we get tired


of a car, we trade it in for an upgrade.
When our television isn't flat enough,
we acquire something with "digital" in
the title and show it off to the neighbors.
When our friends earn less money than
we do, we drop them for a more fashion-
able crowd.
But those cars, televisions, and
people do not disappear after disposal.
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back to haunt us as pollution (especially
ex-friends, who can mutate into "fren-
emies.") Frankly, nothing in this world is
truly disposable. Biodegradable, some-
times. But disposable, never.
America is addicted to stuff Oil,
paper, energy, toys big and small,
meat, shoes you name it. We tend
to consume more of it than any other
country on earth (see sidebar "We're



Number One!"). Our rate of consump-
tion is calculated at 32 times higher than
the rate of poor nations, which may be
understandable considering our relative
wealth. But what is disturbing is that
our consumption patterns trounce other
developed (mostly European) nations, in-
cluding those with a very high standard
of living. America's heritage may be
mostly European, but its level of waste is
in a class by itself.
When it comes to consumption,
America is the bad guy. Per-capita con-
sumption of paper in the U.S. is nearly
twice the level of the United Kingdom.
An average American uses more than
three times the amount of gasoline con-
sumed by an average Japanese. Some-
thing is clearly wrong with our habits.
The worst element of this addiction
is that the rest of the world wants to copy
our unsustainable, grotesque, gluttonous
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American Dream. But if everyone lived
like an American, like a Miamian -
well, you would not be reading the BT
right now. You would be waging a war
for fresh water and clean food.
If you would rather not wage another
war for natural resources, the time has
come to make a change. Everyone across
America, and each of us living right here
along the Biscayne Corridor, must learn
to sit down, shut up, and stop trashing
this planet.
Here are some practical steps you
can take right now.
Eat less meat. Meat takes a lot of
energy to produce, and most people
survive just fine consuming it only
occasionally. If you are an addict, try
the meatless patch one day a week
without red meat. Eat more beans and
eggs instead.
Flush less. Do you really need to
flush every time you look at a toilet?
Consider flushless urinals, low-flow
toilets, or simply using the bushes. Urine
is mostly water anyway. In the privacy

of your own home, you can conserve this
way: If it's yellow, let it mellow.
Go native. When buying new plants,
choose the native varieties. They don't
need constant watering and maintenance,
and they are hurricane-proof. Plus they
support native wildlife.
Drive less. You did it when gas
prices went up, and you probably felt
better, right? People who drive less and
walk more are healthier, period. Don't
drive to 7-Eleven for another Big Gulp.
Stay home and drink water instead.
Turn off the A/C. When you're not
home, let things heat up a little. Program
your thermostat higher than 80 degrees
during those hours you're away. Train
yourself to adapt to a slightly higher

temperature at other times, such as 78 de-
grees. We live in Miami, after all. We're
accustomed to the heat. As Beyonc6 says,
a little sweat never hurt nobody.
Buy less. Less is more, and often less
is healthier. Less processing and packag-
ing of food is better. Choose the whole
apple instead of the little slices in a
plastic bag. A smaller car consumes less
gasoline, and a smaller house needs less
energy. A homemade gift may be less
attractive than one made in China, but it
will always be worth more.
Reuse before recycling. Think
cloth napkins instead of disposable
paper. Think of sharing one computer
and printer among many users. Think
of maintaining that old jalopy instead of

Per-Capita Consumption U.S. United Kingdom Sweden Japan Argentina
Gas in liters (2000) 1679 480 600 449 119
Meat in kg (1998) 122 76 71 42 98
Paper in kg (2000) 331 189 280 250 45
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buying a new one. Think "use it until it
breaks," and only then recycle it.
Listen to children. Today's kids are
much better educated about environmen-
tal issues than we adults are, and they
can adapt quickly to a more sustainable,
less wasteful lifestyle. As Whitney says,
let them lead the way.
Over it? It's hard not to get completely
frustrated and overwhelmed when point-
ing the finger at ourselves and screaming,
"We're destroying planet Earth, and it's
the only Earth we have!" But we do have
choices and the power to change.
Instead of the world's greatest glut-
tons, we could become the world's great-
est conservers. Let's become known for
having the highest growth rate of saving,
not destroying. Instead of disposing of
our material wealth, let's learn how to
use and reuse it.
Please, please do not throw this
copy of Biscayne Times into the garbage.
Recycle it. Or better yet, pass it around.
Give it to a friend at work. Spread the
word! Share a paper, save a tree, and
preserve our Earth and dignity.

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Hidden Park, Open Views

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Imagine for a moment that the entire
dappled shoreline of Biscayne Bay
had been designated a public space,
as most of our beaches are, and how the
people would gather here every day at
sunrise and sunset to walk their dogs, con-
tort themselves into yoga positions, and
let the children run free. Most people in
Miami cannot do that, but the lucky deni-
zens of the hidden and historic neighbor-
hood of Bayside have their own slice of
waterfront where they can, and do, bask in
the daily ritual of "sunrise, sunset" to
borrow from Fiddler on the Roof.
This lovely spot is their little secret,
too. No sign on Biscayne Boulevard
points out that a City of Miami park sits
just two blocks to the east, nor does it
register on the city's Parks and Rec-
reation Website. (Also missing from
the city's Website is an active link to
the 2007 Parks Master Plan. Oops....)
Recently upgraded as part of a drainage
project, Baywood Park is a delight only
for those in the know.
And it is delightful, but it could have
been, should have been, so much more.
The park's open seawall is choked at
both ends, particularly at the southern
corner where a crazed razor-wire "door"
stands on permanent lockdown, hover-
ing over the bay. In fact the entire length

The lucky residents ofBayside have this lovely spot

to thcllcl\c'lve


Safe, quiet, and a great waterfront view. Who could ask for more?

As it stands, Baywood Park is 1.9
green acres framing the calm indigo
waters of Biscayne Bay. The lights of
downtown and Miami Beach twinkle in
the distance, although the park is only
open officially from sunrise to sunset.
Also officially according to the
parks department "list of don't" sign
standing next to the "welcome" sign -
no domestic animals are allowed. Last
time I checked, dogs were domesticated,
so it stands to reason that many, many of
the neighbors here are blatantly thumb-
ing their nose at the law. I even saw an
unleashed Chihuahua named Rocco
scampering through the grass (not across
the grass, as the blades were taller than
he). At both ends of the park are boxes of
free pooper-scooper bags, which cater to
the enemy. The people I talked with said
that no one has had a problem with dogs
in the park for several years.
And what's up with the name

of fencing here is covered in razor wire,
as if the Clipper condos, adjacent to the
park, anxiously expected some kind of
amphibious assault.
At the park's northeastern border is
The Wall. On the other side of this five-
foot concrete curtain lies the burial site
of the Prescott mansion, which had been
empty for years and was torn down after
Hurricane Katrina. Now it is an empty
lot with gorgeous views and creepy

The view south toward downtown Miami.

concrete ruins of what must have been
a grand entrance. This waterfront lot is
selling for a cool $3.5 million, according
to Barclay's Real Estate Group.
Next to that vestigial acre is another
empty lot of equal size that has been
slated for multiple residences. What a
shame. If the City of Miami had bought
these two lots several years ago when
they were relatively affordable, it could
have nearly doubled the size of Baywood
Park and made it the envy of the East.

Baywood? There are a few mangroves
huddled along the seawall and a row of
royal palms standing at attention, but I
could see no woods or even shade trees
to speak of. The park is slated to receive
more shade trees as part of the city's
Parks Master Plan (the one that has gone
missing), but don't count on it. After the
drainage project that disrupted the park
last year, some skinny trees were planted,

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but it appears that the lion's share of new
trees, mostly sable palms, went into the
medians along 69th and 70th streets.
Baywood Park tends to attract an upscale,
family-friendly crowd. One character I met
there, a middle-age man who declined to pro-
vide his name, was cleaning up litter from the
rocks below the seawall. When asked why, he
said it was onbehalf of Mother Earth and that
everyone should be responsible. Yes he can!
As the sun set on bucolic Bayside,
a youthful man and woman curled into
poses on colorful yoga mats laid out in
the pasture. They live in the neighbor-
hood and visit twice a week, along with
their friend Matias Debuno, who kicked
around a soccer ball.
"I love it. It's quiet and safe. This area
is much better than north and west," said
Debuno, who hails from Argentina and
has lived in Miami for one year. When
asked about much larger Legion Park,
three blocks to the south, Debuno and his
friends seemed unaware of its presence.
Baywood Park offers much better,

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more wide-open views of Biscayne Bay
than Legion Park, and its seawall is
clean and sturdy. But the water remains
at a distance. It is possible to jump the
wall and slither down to the rocks below,
but the wall makes the park useless for

watercraft, including kayaks.
Parking is readily available on the
street alongside the park, but the signage
can be confusing. One sign next to
several clearly marked parking spaces
states that there is no parking at any time,

while another sign a few paces away
qualifies the no parking edict as applying
only between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and
6:00 a.m. To park or not to park at the
park? That is Bayside's question.
There is also a discrepancy between the
newer and wider southern seawall and the
older, narrower northern seawall. Not that it
really matters. But I did find litter in the park
two days in a row, which does matter. For the
most part, though, the park sparkles.
What really lingers is the view,
which is one of Miami's best -- even
though it remains something of a secret.

Park Event
On Saturday, February 21, the Bayside
Residents Association will sponsor a
mini festival at the park to kick off a
drive to establish a unique entrance to
this historic neighborhood. Festivities
run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Assorted poli-
ticians are scheduled to speak around
2:30, so time your arrival or departure
accordingly. For more information visit

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Entertainment vs. Reality
Isn 't it amazing what those TV dog trainers can do!

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Every week I meet new customers

who have given armchair dog-
training a try. Here are the kinds
of comments I hear from them: "But
Caesar said to hiss and jab two fingers in
his neck. It worked with the dog on the
show." Or this: "The English woman said
to make a silly noise and turn around.
The dog on TV seemed to understand,
but my stubborn dog didn't get it." And
more of the same.
It is easy to see why these shows are
so incredibly seductive. There are atmo-
spherics. Intense, horror-flick music plays
as The Trainer enters the room (think
Jaws). There are startling close-ups of the
growling, snapping dogs, who are prob-
ably even more inflamed because a bunch
of strangers have invaded their homes and
shoved cameras in their faces. The star of
the show either rollerblades with several
dogs at once, wears a skin-tight domi-
natrix outfit complete with high-heeled
boots (even while walking an unruly
Great Dane), or has access to all manner
of state-of-the-art hidden cameras, gad-
gets, and gizmos. It's all too dramatic.
However, what really makes televi-
sion training shows fun for people to
watch is the fact that, by the end of the
program, the previously uncontrollable
dog appears to be miraculously trans-
formed. That's right 30 to 60 minutes
and presto! A new dog! Even less time
when you consider commercials. Won-
derful! And best of all, armchair viewers
don't have to get dirty in the process.
Simply put, it's entertainment.
On the show To Catch a Predator,


everyone wants to see the part where
they actually catch the predator. On
American Idol, the more antisocial
or poorly trained the participant, the
better the
ratings. The
same holds The star of the shot
for dramas,
which is why with several dogs
almost every skin-tight dominant
other un- with high-hi
scripted reality
show uses an
formula that leaves viewers praying their
favorites are not voted into oblivion, and


keeps them coming back week after
week. It's entertaining.
Two years ago there were no less
than five dog-training shows on the air at
the same time.
When people
either rollerblades would ask my
opinion of a
once, or wears a
specific show,
x outfit complete I would say I
eled boots. prefer those
with educated,
trainers, and
would name the programs. But be-
cause the shows were straightforward

and didn't rely on theatrical gimmicks,
nobody had heard of them.
One example was Barking Mad on
the Animal Planet channel. This was
a wonderful show, produced in Britain
and since discontinued, in which skillful
trainers worked with all kinds of ani-
mals, from horses to iguanas. There was
no melodrama or showmanship, which,
alas, may have contributed to its demise.
For it's undeniably true that the more a
show gains attention (or notoriety), the
more a network is going to run with it,
cashing in while it's a hot commodity.
Some seem to be on the air around the
clock, instantly fixing peoples pet prob-
lems at even 2:00 a.m.
My experience as a professional
trainer likely accounts for the fact that
I always seem to be watching programs
other people never see, while avoid-
ing those popular shows in which my
critical eye easily sees through the
staged "reality." Just last week a man
at a pet-clothing boutique was talking
about an episode of lt's Me or the Dog
(another Animal Planet show I do like,
by the way). He was commenting that
the featured dog was one of the worst
he'd ever seen. It ate everything in the
house and knocked everybody down.
It didn't like the husband, and always
snapped at him. He couldn't believe the
trainer was able to fix the dog and in
just one show!
Funny, but I saw things very dif-
ferently. The dog ate everything in the
house because the kids and the adults
left boxes of doughnuts everywhere
and no one supervised him. The dog

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knocked everyone down because, when
he was young, family members would
hold food over their heads and laugh as
the puppy tried to jump up for it. Cute
then, dangerous later. The dog didn't
hate the husband; the poor thing was
frightened of him. Gaining back trust
would take time.

insane they didn't seem real. Any wonder
they had pet problems?
A friend of mine, whom I sometimes
counsel on his dogs, recently said he wants
to get one of them, his schnauzer, onIt's
Me or the Dog.
"But he doesn't have a problem," I re-
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the Dog that featured a family with two
wild Great Dane puppies. The adults used
walkie-talkies to communicate with each
other. They allowed themselves to be
dragged around and knocked over by the
dogs. And they yelled and were hysterical
all the time. You couldn't ask for a better
mess of a television family! They were so

wouldn'tt ask for a better mess of a
vision family! They were so insane
didn't seem real. Any wonder they
had pet problems?

animal-training program, but remember
that, for the most part, it is not magic.
It's entertainment.

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spicy Szechuan citrus sauce (accompanied by a chorizo-flecked
plantain mash), or lunchtmes rare tuna burger with lively
wasabi aloli and wakame salad For dessert few chocoholics
can resist a buttery-crusted tartfilled with sinfully rich warm
chocolate custard $$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay But
diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw bar and
open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts imagnatve Hgobal
creations many of them combinations, to satisfy those who
want it all One offering A Study in Tuna," includes tuna includes tuna sashimi,
Maine crab, avocado tempura, and caviar, with several Asian
sauces Moroccan lamb is three preparations (grilled chop,

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1624 79th St. CdUctia

Middle Eastern pastry stuffed with braised shank), plus feta and
smoked eggplant Finish with a vanilla souffle your way a choice

109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easyto find in Miami,,downtown
has secretstashes small joints catering to Asian-Pacific cruise-
ship and construction workers Opened circa 2002, this cute,
exotically decorated cafe has survived and thrived for good
reason The homey cooking is delicious, and thefriendlyfamily
feel encourages even the tmid of palate to try something new
Novices will want Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a mix and-match

Once you're hooked, therds great gado-gado (veggies in peanut

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad s restaurant/lobby level 25th floor, the expan-
sive, picture-windowed space around the corner from the corner from the check-
in desks used to be just a lobby extension Now its The Bar,
which is notjusta watering hole with panoramic views At lunch
its an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintos Thats
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Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29ih A Bl.

chef Michael Gillgan, there nothing mere about the generous-
ly portioned small plates They range from traditional items like
cod fish equixada (a zingy bacalao salad) and saffron-sautped

goat cheesestuffed empanadas, or Asian-inspired soft-shell
crab in airytempura batter $$$

Blu Pizzeria e Cucina
900 S. Miami Ave. (Mary Brickell Village)
305-381-8335; www.blurestaurantsgroup.com

Eastside (of Manhattan) interior If hats too formal, opt for a
casual pato table while you study the menu over an order of
warm, just-made gnocchettb (zeppole-like bread sticks, with pro-
sciutto and savory fontna fondue dip), or creamy-centered supply
alla romana (porcini-studded tomato and mozzarella rice cro-
quettes) And don't worry The place looks upscale, but prices of
even the fanciestseafood or veal entries don't exceed $20 The
fare fashioned by chef Ricardo Tognozzi (formerlyfrom La Bussola
and Oggi) is wide-rangng but as the name suggests, you can't go
wrong with one of the thin-crusted brick-oven pizzas, whether a
traditional margherita or inventive asparagi e granchi (with lump
crab, lobster cream, mozzarella, and fresh asparagus) $$-$$$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358; www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
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casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more spectacular
dining settingthan the upscale Azul, upstairs, owingtothe
option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the
waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and
Mediterranean accents (sushi, plus create fusion dishes like
tangerine-anise spiced short ribs with scallion pancake, or a
tempura-battered snapper sandwich with lemon aloli) For the
health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedo-
nists theres a bigselection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$

Caribbean Delight
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving
her traditional homemade Island specialties to downtown office
workers and college students since the early 1990s Most
popular item here might be the weekday lunch special ofjerk
chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread pattes), but
even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot,
and chayote curry All entrees come with rice and peas, fried
plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry doubly true
thanks to the home-baked Jamaican desserts $

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
Its hard to figure why a Mediterranean/Latn restaurant (with
Asian touches) would be named after a line in a 1950s novel
about a New England pedophile But everything else about
this casually stylsh spot is easy to understand -and easy
on the wallet All entrees cost either $18 or $23, a price that
includes an appetizer- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats
like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello
mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplanttimbales And all
desserts, from tiramisu to mango carpaccio with lemon creme,
are a bargain $2 50 The best seats in this hip hangout, housed
in the old Firehouse 4, are on the rooftop patio $$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of
party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its
menu, and a very large amount of informal retro California-style
fusion food onto its plates To the familiar Latn American/
Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-
Mex but more health conscious) Menu offerings range from
designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistrds
especially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one fea-
turing mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins,
candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack Is the real thing No wor-
ries about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the
rustic outside dining deck overlooking the Miami River,
diners can view the retail fish market to see what looks
freshest Best preparations, as always when fish Is this
fresh, are the simplest When stone crabs are in season,
Garcla's claws are as good as Joe's but considerably
cheaper The local fish sandwich Is most popular grou-
per, yellowtail snapper, or mahl mahl, fried, grilled, or
blackened The place is also famous for its zesty smoked-
fish dip and its sides of hushpuppies $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 S. Miami Ave., 305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery at Brickell Plaza
is more sleekly contemporary than most of Miami's rodizio
joints, but no worries The classic sword-wielding gauchos are
here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef,
chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish --16 cuts at dinner,
12 at lunch And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34)
is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses, plus additional accompa-
niments -- like irresistible cheese bread -- served tableside A
pleasant, nontraditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/
tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chut-
ney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-
upscale Italian spot (especially the chic outdoor terrace) the
perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative for those
wanting something beyond steakhouses And the culinary
experience goes way beyond the typical meat market, thanks in

part to the flood of freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's
II Mulino, originally run by II Gabbianos owners (Free starters
A generous hunk of parmegiano-reggiano with aged balsamic
dip, assertively garlickyfried zucchini coins, and tomato-topped
bruschette) The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mam-
moth And the champagnecream-sauced housemade ravioli
with black truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
Indochine has succeeded by morphingfrom mere restaurant into hip
hangout Copious special events (art openings, happy hours with DJs,
classic movie or karaoke nights, wine or sake tastngs) draw every-
one from downtown business typesto the counterculture crowd Not
that therds anything "mere about the range of food served from
three Asian nations Light eaters can snack on Vietnamesesummer
rolls or Japanese sushi rolls, including an imagnative masagocoated
model with mango spicytuna, and cilantro For bigger appettes,
there are Thai curries and Vietnamese specalties like pho, nchlyfla-
voed beef soup with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in
Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000
(See Miami Shores listing)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800, www.laloggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm-feeling Italian restau-
rant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown,
when it first opened, eating options in the courthouse area
were basically a variety of hot dog wagons With alternatives
like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnollot in sage butter sauce,
cllantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truf-
fle oil, and souffle di granchi (crabmeat souffle atop arugula
dressed with honey-mustard vinaigrette), proprietors Jennifer
Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd
that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the
afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid Lunch, a vodka mar-
tini spiked with sweetened espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the post-clubbing
munchies like a Crazy Burger (a heart-stopping Colombian
take on a truckers burger beef patty bacon, ham, moz-
zarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn
pancake bun") unless its a Supermoon perro, a similarly
overloaded hot dog For less dainty eaters, theres a bandeja
paisa, a mountainous construction containing char-grilled
steak, pork belly, pork-enriched beans, rice, plantains, eggs,
and arepas One hardly knows whether to eat it or burrow in
to spend the rest of the night While this tiny place's late hours
(till 3 00 a m Thursday, 6 00 a m Fridayand Saturday) are
surprising, the daytime menu Is more so In addition to all the
cholesterol-packed Colombian classics, there's a salad Nicoise
with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and
other yuppie favorites $-$$

Latitude Zero
36 SW 1st St., 305-372-5205
Potted plants are the only sign outside this narrow storefront
thatthe room inside is worlds more charming than standard
downtown Latin eateries This urban oasis is an artsy little white
tablecloth place (with alternating red tablecloths warming up the
feel), but with no-tablecloth prices While much of the menu is
Miami's generic Latin mix, there la a separate Ecuadorian section
that's a playlst of that country culinary greatest hits Standouts
encebollado, a centuriesold fishermen's soup given national
individuality byyuca and zingy hits of lime, lighter caldo de bola,
veggie-packed broth with plantain dumplings, and cazuelas, thick
layered casseroles of mashed plantains and tomatoenriched
seafood No clue? Trya bandera, a mixed plate of Ecuador's
most distnctive dishes, including shrimp ceviche $$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think Argentine cuisine" Is a synonym for
beef and more beef," this popular eaters wide range of
more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a
revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for tradi-
tionalists, but the menu Is dominated by creative Nuevo
Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-
marinated grouper with jalapenos, basil, and the refreshing
sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with
creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are entree salads
like the signature Ensalada Novecento skirt steak slices
(cooked to order) atop mixed greens coated in rich mustard
vinaigrette with a side of housemade fries $$-$$$

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Red, White, and You

Agreeable wine for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

If you've heard anything about Spanish
wines, you've probably heard of Rioja.
It's the vinous equivalent of paella -
ubiquitous, tasty, damn hard not to like.
But just as Spanish cuisine runs a lot
deeper than saffron-colored rice cooked
with assorted meats and shellfish, so too
does Spanish winemaking encompass a
lot more than the Tempranillo-based wine
produced in the region south of Spain's
Cantabrian mountains.
Red varietals like Garnacha, Garna-
cha Tintorera, Carinena, Monastrell, and
Bobal, as well as such "world varietals"
as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are
grown in regions from Almansa to Ju-
milla to Navarra.
A lot of these regions and wines
may not have the cachet of Rioja, but
they make up for it in very reasonable
prices for well-made wines that partner
especially well with food. Don't expect
any 15-percent-alcohol fruit bombs like

many of the inexpensive wines from
California and Australia. Instead these
Spanish bottles are light- to medium-
bodied, with tangy, restrained fruit and
relatively high acidity.
In the price-to-value department, it's
tough to beat the 2007 Bodegas Borsao,
which sells for the princely sum of nine
bucks. Fresh, simple, almost candied fruit
aromas carry through to the palate, where
it sits lightly but quite pleasantly. This is
the perfect wine to chill and take to the
beach. Or just drop a few ice cubes into it;
even the Wine Police won't care.
One of the new-style Spanish wines
is the 2007 El Prado from Valencia. A
blend of 70 percent Tempranillo and
30 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, like
the Borsao it's also very approachable,
though with a firmer structure and some
vaguely funky aromas that blow off after
a few minutes of being opened.
Or sometimes they don't, like the
2005 Castillo de Almansa. Unusual in
that it's exclusively Garnacha Tintorera,
it's also odd in that it's so unrelievedly

earthy it tastes like a spoonful of
dirt was dissolved in each bottle. On
the other hand, you might be able to
grow tomatoes in it.
So never mind that one.
Take a ten spot and pick up a
bottle of one of Spain's best-
known bargains, Torres's
"Sangre de Toro" ("Blood of
the Bull"). Not only do you get
a nifty little plastic bull tied
around the neck, but the 2006
vintage delivers surprisingly
complexity for the price, with
notes of toast, cassis, and anise
in the nose, and flavors of tart
cherries shaded by mint and
anise. A very nice wine, even
without the toy.
A pair of 2004 vintages mine rather
heartier territory. The Vifia Rubican
Crianza dishes a stiff shot of oak and
firm tannins to go along with its minty,
cherry-berry fruit; while the Carchelo
Monastrell (Mourvedre in most of the
rest of the world) plays up that grape's

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Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem more
All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack But while
many dishes (including popular sides like bacon-enriched
hash browns and fried green tomatoes) are identical at all
Oceanaires, menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal (formerly at
Merrick Park's Pescado) supplements signature starters like
lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style
grouper ceviche The daily-changing 15-20 specimen seafood
selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pom-
pano, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the raw
bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305416-5116
The original branch on Miami Beach's Lincoln Road was
instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast
food made with no trans fats or other nutritional nasties is
served at the three newer outlets The prices are low enough
that one might suspect Pasha's was conceived as a tax writeoff
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by
founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes range from
common classics like falafel and gyros to more unusual items
like muhammara (tangy walnut spread), silky labneh yogurt
cheese, and chicken adana kebabs with grilled vegges and
aloli sauce Everything from pltas to lemonade is made fresh,
from scratch, daily $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back several
generations) are the main draw at this Overtown institution But
the chicken is also a winner, plus there's a full menu of soul
food entrees, including what many aficionados consider our
town's tastestsouse Sides include collards, yams, and soft
mac and cheese And it would be unthinkable to call it quits

without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding plus a
bracingflop half iced tea, half lemonade $-$$

15 SE 10th St.
305-374-9449; www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutonary-era barn (moved from Vermont),
this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's first gentrlfled
amenities At lunch chicken salad (with pignolias, raisins,
apples, and basil) is a favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta
list ranging from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to
chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) featuring an
omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads,
and more remains one of our town's most civilized all-you-
can-eat deals $$

Prime Blue Grille
315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-5901
This truly 21st-century steakhouse targets today health-
minded gourmets by serving only certified-organic Brandt beef
- antibiotic- and hormone-free, as well as dry-aged, butchered
in-house, and smoke-seared by Prime Blues intense wood-
burning grills and ovens For noncarnivores, the menu gives
equal time to fish, all caught wild, and offers dozens of cooked
vegetable and salad options, including build-your-own Therds
also a raw bar and a small steak/seafood retail counter The
decor is as modern as the menu Instead of the stuffy men's
club look, you have a soaring, light-hued, open-plan, indoor/
outdoor space, with panoramic Miami River view $$$$

Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave.
The cozy, terracotta-tled dining room (and even more charming
outdoor dining terrace) indeed evoke the south of France But
the menu of French bistro classics covers all regions, a Greatest
Hits of French comfort food country-style pate mason with onion
jam, roasted peppers and cornichons, steak/frites (grilled rib-eye
with peppercorn cream sauce, fries, and salad), four preparations
of mussels, a tarte tatin (French apple tart with roasted walnuts,
served a la mode) Deal alert An early-bird prx-fixe menu (5 30-
7 30 p m) offers soup or salad, entree, dessert and a carafe of
wine for $44 per couple $$$-$$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
This casually cool Miami River-area jewel is a full-service
seafood spot as evidenced by tempting menu selections like
soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remou-
lade There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes
diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster
fans will still find it difficultto resist stuffing themselves silly on
the unusually large selection of bivalves (often ten varieties per
night), especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked
- fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego To
accompany these delights, theres a thoughtful wine list and
numerous artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
A branch of the original Rosa Mexicano that introduced New
Yorkers to real Mexican food (not Tex-Mex) in 1984, this
expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience
that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top $20
The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive
but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't fear, though
nachos aren't available, there is nothing scary about zarape
de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas,
topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or
Rosa's signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside A
few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries $$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple Thats owner
Armando Alfands philosophy, which is stated above the entry
to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since its also the
formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from
Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authenti-
cally straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entrees such as
spinach- and ricotta-stuffed crepes with bechamel and tomato
sauces There are salads and sandwiches, too, including one
soy burger tojustify the other half of the places name The
most enjoyable place to dine is the secret open-air courtyard,
completely hidden from the street Alfano serves dinner on
Thursday only to accompany his Thursday Night Live" events
featuring local musicians and artists $-$$

Taste of Bombay
111 NE 3rd Ave.; 305-358-0144
No surprise that a place called Taste of Bombay would be an
Indian restaurant And depending mostly on the predominant
nationalities of downtown construction workers at any given
time, Taste of Bombay has also served sushi, Philippine, and
Chinese food Best bet, though, is the all-you-can-eat Indian
buffet lunch spread, featuring six changing entrees (a mix of
meat, poultry, fish, and vegetable curries) plus veggie pako-
ras, rice, salad, chutneys, hot naan bread, and a dessert The
place looks plain outside, but its pleasantly exotic enough
inside for a bargain business lunch $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198; www.tobacco-road.com
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay
bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best
known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues
But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on week-
ends till 4 00 a m) The kitchen is especially known for its chil,
budget-priced steaks, and burgers, including the mega-mega
burger, a trucker-style monster topped with said chill plus ched-
dar, mushrooms, bacon, and a fried egg There's also surpris-
ingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with
lemon aioli A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs, perfect
accompaniment to the blues $$


Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this
Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger,
better, and busier than it looks Unlike many Latin American
eateries, which serve a multinational melange, this one stcks
close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends
especially the two casual dining rooms are packed with families
enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Honduras's take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed
with seafood or meat and veggies, and more To spend ten bucks
on a meal here, one would have to be a sumo wrester $

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black-cherry/cassis character, with nu-
ances of mushrooms, olives, and anise.
It might be a little much for paella, but
that's not the only dish in the sea.

Get the Bodegas Borsao at
Laurenzo's Italian Market in
North Miami Beach for $9
(16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-
6381), and the El Prado and
Vifla Rubican at North Miami's
Total Wine & More for $5.99
and $11.99, respectively
(14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
354-3270). The Biscayne
Commons Publix (14641
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
2171) carries Sangre de Toro
for $9.99, while the Carchelo
Monastrell costs $10.99 and the
Castillo de Almansa goes for
$9.99 at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
in North Miami Beach (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525).

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2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is date-worthy, with the typical
garish brass/tapestry/elephants everywhere replaced by a
cool, contemporary ambiance: muted gray and earth-tone
walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts
"Modern Indian Cuisine" to match the look. Classicists,
however, needn't worry Some dishes' names are unfamil-
iar, but America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are
here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and
presented with modern flair. Definitely don't miss starting
with salad-garnished Deshi Samosas (which come with ter-
rific cilantro/mint dip) or ending with mango kulfi, Indian ice
milk. All meats are certified halal, Islam's version of kosher
- which doesn't mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat
here, but Muslims can. $$$

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, located on the ground floor of one of
midtown's new mixed-use condo buildings, the decor is a
stylish mix of contemporary cool (high loft ceilings) and Old
World warmth (tables made from old wine barrels). Cuisine is
similarly geared to the area's new smart, upscale residents:
creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger
internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie
platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run
friendly, Venezuelan-born chef Alfredo Patino's former execu-
tive chef gigs at Bizcaya (at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove)
and other high-profile venues are evident in sophisticated
snacks like the figciutto, a salad of arugula, gorgonzola dolce,
caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free
parking in a fenced lot behind the building. $$

Bleu Moon
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-373-8188
Deep inside the Doubletree Grand, this restaurant, which
has panoramic Biscayne Bay views and an outdoor deck,
is one of the few upscale dinner spots near the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts. The eclectic menu is more

Mediterranean than anything else, from old-fashioned favor-
ites like lasagna to contemporary creations like gnocchi with
sun-dried tomatoes, sweet pea puree, pine nuts, and ricotta
salata. But a few seafood sauces reflect Asian influences,
and tropical Latin touches abound. Some of the most charm-
ing dishes are modernized American, and done well enough
to make you nostalgic for 1985: creamy (but not gunky)
lobster bisque, lump crab cake with fried capers, and a retro
arugula salad with caramelized walnuts, bacon, gorgonzola,
fresh berries, and raspberry vinaigrette. $$$$

163 NE 39th St., 305-531-8700
The reputation that Arthur Artile amassed after years
as executive chef at Norman's and Chispa has made
the Design Districts Brosia an instant hit. The menu is
Mediterranean-inspired, with a few items like gazpacho
Caprese fusing cuisines, but most retaining regional
individuality: Moroccan mussels in curry broth; shrimp
and clams (with garlic, chorizo, and sherry) that scream
"Spain!" The stylish space is a draw, too. Inside, all mahog-
any, leather, and luxuriant intimacy; outside, seating on an
extensive patio shaded by a canopy of old oaks. And the
convenient all-day hours (even breakfast) give it the feel of
a real neighborhood restaurant. $$$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one -- which serves
supremely satisfying Italian, American, and French bistro
food -- were within walking distance of every Miami resident,
we'd be a helluva hip food town. Located in the intimate
space that formerly housed Restaurant A, its the love child
of Quebequoise chef Claude Postel and his wife Callie, who
runs the front of the house with exuberantly friendly charm.
Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, everyday
(until midnight!), with prices so low (starters $5-8, entrees
$8-15) that one really can drop in anytime for authentic ril-
lettes (a scrumptious spiced meat spread, like a rustic pate)
with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon
atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials.
Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. And it's well worth
a drive. $$

3612 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7877
This Design District old-timer has hung on for close to 20 years
as the District has gone through its mood swings. But its no
worse for the wear. The upstairs/downstairs space looks good
as new, and is still almost impossibly cute. The menu, chalked
daily on a blackboard, still features well more than a dozen
typical French bistro specials like chicken Dijonaise or almond-
crusted trout in creamy lemony beurre blanc. And the salads,
soups, and sandwiches are still, invariably evocative. Rough-
cut pate de champagne, topped with cornichons on a crusty
buttered baguette is an instant trip to Paris. Though weekend
nighttime hours were instituted several years ago, dinner is an
on-again, off-again thing, so call first $$-$$$

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is familiar -
sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfastfood, and pastries, plus
coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place.
Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspa-
pers (like the Biscayne Times: tuna salad with hummus, cucumber,
roasted peppers, arugula, and sprouts on multgrain bread), giving
diners somethingto chatabout For those whdd rather Have It
Their Own Way both sandwiches and salads can be do-it-yourself
projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, gar-
nishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as it was
at the original Delicias, run by members of the same family,
eight blocks north on the Boulevard. There are differences here,
notably karaoke on weekends and a kitchen that doesn'tshut
down till the wannabe American Idols shut up, around 2:00
a.m. But the food is as tasty as ever, especially the reliably fresh
traditional ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but
cooked, a mammoth jalea platter (lightly breaded, fried seafood
under a blanket of marinated onions- the fish and chips of your
dreams). As for nonseafood stuff, no one who doesn't already
know that Peru practically invented fusion cuisine (in the
1800s) will doubt after sampling two traditional noodle dishes:
tallerin saltado (Chinese-Peruvian beef or chicken lo mein) or
tallerin verde (Ital-Latin noodles with pesto and steak). $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
305-381-8006; www.l8thstreetcafe.com
Mostof the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room is in
a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes
the space feel expansively light-filled, and quite nicely gentrifies
its whole evolving Midtown block. This pioneering place deserves
to survive, even if just considering the roast beef sandwich with
creamy horseradish an inspired classic combination that
makes one wonder why more places in this town don'tserve it
(Well debate later.) Other culinary highlights of the classic SixS"
repertoire (soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, smoothies, spe
cials) might include a turkey/pear/cheddar meltsandwich, and
really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies. $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
Like the West Coasts legendary In-N-Out Burger chain, this
East Coast challenger serves no green-leaf faux health food.
You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher
dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait.
Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon
order, not steam-tabled Available in double or one-patty
sizes, there well-done but spurtinglyjuicy, and after loading
with your choice of 15 free garnishes, even a "little" burger
makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also
superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes; a chang-
ing sign reports the spuds' point of origin. $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
305-572-2901; www.fratellilyon.com
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment it opened.
No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon's pioneering Lyon
Freres gourmetstore on pregentrified Uncoln Road (1992-97),
anotherjoint that was exactly what its neighborhood needed. The
restaurants artisan salumi, cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils,
and more on the ingredient-driven menu are so outstandingthat
one can't help wishingthis restaurant also had a retail component
Well, maybe later. Meanwhile console yourself with the sort of

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salamis and formagg you II never find in the supermarket (as
well as rarefinds like culatello prosciutto royaty), including a
mWed antipasto esplosione that would feed Rhode Island Entrees
include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specalties ike
Venetian-style calves liver, rare found outside Italy $$$

28 NE 40th St.; 305-573-3355
After a couple of years in hiatus, this Design District restolounge
has reopened in the same outdoor courtyard space What's
new "MediterAsian" chef Michael Jacobs and a menu that trav-
els beyond pan-Asian and Mediterranean influences into the
Americas Entrees range from lowbrow comfort food (cunningly
reinvented mini pot pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-
seared, authentic Kobe steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar
selections include ceviches and a large seafood platter (lobster,
shrimp, and lump crab with housemade dipping sauces)
Theres also a snack menu (pristine coldwater oysters, a crab
salad timbale, parmesan-truffle shoestring fries, mini-Kobe
burgers) served till the wee hours, providing a welcome alterna-
tive to the Boulevard's fast food chains $$-$$$$$

Kafa Caf6
3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-0114
Opened in late 2007 by a brother/sister team (both originally
from Ethiopia, via San Francisco), this casual spot is located
in the stylish indoor/outdoor, multi-roomed Midtown space
formerly housing Uva and Stop Miami Nothing on the break-
fast and lunch menus tops $8, and portions feed an army (or
several starving artists) Signature item is the formidable Kafa
Potato Platter -- a mountain of wondrously textured home fries
mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion, and cheese, eggs
(any style), fresh fruit, and bread accompany Lunch's burg-
ers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches (like the roast beef
supreme, a melt with sauteed mushrooms, onion, sour cream,
and cheddar on sourdough) come with homemade soup
or other sides, plus fruit Not full yet? The pair has recently
expanded to include night hours with an authentic Ethiopian
dinner menu, plus beer and wine selections $-$$

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches, with
a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America,
such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood),
or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries
consider a Latin country Whatjustifies the new millennium
moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafled ambiance,
encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck Delivery is
now available $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the spar-
kling freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into constructing these mostly healthy snacks Entree-size
salads range from an elegant spinach salad (with goat
cheese, pears, walnuts, and raisins) to chunky homemade
chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens a hefty help-
ing of protein without typical dell-style mayo overload
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban, but the deceptively rich-tasting light salad
cream that dresses a veggie wrap might tempt even hard-
core cholesterol fans to stick with the sprouts $-$$

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly
Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only
breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neigh-
borhood It's now open for dinner six nights a week, serving
Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices Dishes like
pfion and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive
stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average
$5-$8 Also available big breakfasts and salads, hearty
soups, housemade pastries like lemon-crusted wild berry
pie, and a hip beer and wine list $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the features
one expects at a rodizio-style restaurant, including all-you-
can-eat meats carved tableside and a lavish buffet of salads,
sides, salumi, and hot prepared dishes What sets Maino
apart from typical rodizio palaces is its family-run feel, intimate
rather than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail
(immediately obvious in the classy rustic/elegant decor, high-
lighted by striking onyx accents -- bars, tabletops, and more)
While its rare at most rodizio joints to get meat done less
than medium, Maino's eager-to-please servers here are happy
to convey custom-cooking preferences to the kitchen -- and
they're English-speaking, too One other welcome difference
As well as the one-price (hefty) feast, there are a la carte start-
ers and pastas for lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some
lunch specials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305438-0228
(See North Miami listing)

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
Long-awaited and an instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-
oriented restaurant from Michael Schwartz, founding chef of
Nemds in South Beach, offers down-to-earth fun food in a com-
fortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting Fresh, organic
ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cuttng-edge
(crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and
chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food deviled eggs,
homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole
wood-roasted chicken Theres also a broad range of prices and
portion sizes ($4-$8 for snacks and small plates to $24-$39 for
extra-large plates) to encourage frequent visits from Ilght-bite as
well as pig-out diners Michael's Genuine also features an eclec-
tic and affordable wine list, and a full bar, with cut-rate weekday
happy hour cocktails $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
There's no sign out front, but this family-owned Irish pub,
on the pool deck of a waterfront condo building across

from the Miami Herald, for more than 15 years has been a
popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and
others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks (not to
mention a billiard table and 17 TV screens) Regulars know
daily specials are the way to go Depending on the day, fish,
churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all pre-
pared fresh Big burgers and steak dinners are always good,
and happy hour appetizers (like meaty Buffalo wings) are
always half-price Additionally, a limited late-night menu pro-
vides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-8003
Ultra-thin, crisp-crusted pizzas as good as Piola's in South
Beach Made-from-scratch daily specials like green bean
and parmesan soup, or prosciutto and mozzarella-stuffed
gnocchi that you really have not seen on every other menu in
town A homemade white chocolate/raspberry cake, choco-
late ganache cake, and other pastries to die for High-quality
ingredients, wine and beer, low prices, enthusiastic hands-on
owners committed to arts-oriented creativity A comfortable
hang-out atmosphere This tiny cafe, where "processed food"
is a dirty word, has it all except a high-visibility location or
media hype So discover it for yourselves (There's ample
free street parking, too) $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed cafe are for
sale And for those who don't have thousands of dollars to shell
out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get
you art on a plate, including a Picasso chorizo, prosciutto, man-
chego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette
Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily
soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled
with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-3800
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection

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of coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture and
one helluva good cup ofjava Also served breakfast and
lunch sandwiches, imaginative salads, soups, homemade
pastries and creamy fresh-fruit smoothies With tables,
sofas, and lounge chairs inside an old Midtown house, plus
free wireless Internet access, the space is alsojust a pleas-
ant place to hang out Owner Carmen Miranda (real name)
says beer and wine will soon be available $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knows Jonathan Eismann's original, now-defunct
Pacific Time, for many years Lincoln Road's only serious
contemporary restaurant The question is How different
is its new incarnation? Very, and it's all good, starting with
far superior acoustics (no more voice-shredding conversa-
tlonsl), an admirably green ecological policy, and a neigh-
borhood-friendly attitude (including kid-oriented dishes,
plus continuous service of inventive small plates and bar
snacks) The food is also more intriguing simultaneously
complexly refined and accessibly clean While the addition
of Mediterranean influences to PT's former Pacific Rim
menu may sound confusing on paper, trust us A meal
that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with prosciutto,
soft-cooked egg Milanese, and preserved lemon, plus an
Asian-accented creamy corn/leek soup with Peeky Toe
crab dumplings, coriander, and mustard oil makes perfect
sense on the tongue $$-$$$$

3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Those seeking dainty designer pizzas can fuhgeddaboudit here
At this New York-style pizzeria (which has roughly the same
menu as North Beach's original Pizzaflore, but independent
ownership), its all about heftiness A special slice/soda deal
features two pizza triangles bigger than most Miami mini-
skirts Whole pies come medium (large), large (huge), and
extra-large (think truck tire) And with fully loaded pizzas like
the Supreme Meat Lover priced only a few bucks more than
a basic tomato/ cheese, it pays to think big about toppings
too Other Italian-American fare is also available, notably pas-
tas and subs $-$$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
Relatively few people except hotel guests and condo resi-
dents are familiar with the Grand's restaurants (except for
Tony Chan's) The imposing, cavernous lobby just doesn't
have that do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively
Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighbor-
hood The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with top-
pings ranging from classic pepperoni to trendy prosciutto/
arugula would be draw enough But pastas are also
planned to please diners' choice of starch, with mix-and-
match sauces and extras And the price is right, with few
entrees (whether traditional veal plccata or seared ahl
tuna) topping $20 The capper Its open past midnight
every day but Sunday $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated decor at
this small but sleek restolounge, which offers South Beach
sophistication without the prices or attitude, thanks to charm-
ing proprietor Marlo Cicilia Among the seafood offerings, you
won't find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/
sashimi favorites are here, but in more interesting form, thanks
to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicysrlracha, garlic/
ponzu oil, and many more Especially recommended the yuzu
hamachi roll (chopped Pacific yellowtail with scallions, sesame,
roe, citrusy dressing, and refreshing shiso leaf), the lobster
tempura maki (with veggies, chive oil, and an oddly wonderful
tomato sauce), and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hotand-
sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this diner, which Is
so classic it verges on cliche Open since 1938, its still popular
enough that people line up on Saturday morning waltng for
a seat at the horseshoe-shaped counter (there are no tables)
and enormous breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes
and eggs with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with
gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict all in mountainous portions The lunch menu is a roll
call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu
and go for the daily blackboard specials $-$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, a huge bay-
side condo/resort hotel, looks far too glitzyto serve anything but
politely Americanized Chinese food The presentation is indeed
elegant buttheAmerican dumbing-down is minimal Many
dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those
found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail
(minced with mushrooms in lettuce cups) Moist sea bass fillet
has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro,
and subtly sweet/salty sauce And Peking duck is served as three
traditional courses crepewrapped crispyskin, meat sauteed with
crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$$-$$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design Districtspot is
run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman who
was previously a wine distributor His former gig led to connec-
tions that mean if wine lovers don't find the bottle they want
in W's selection of roughly 200-labels (which emphasizes bou-
tique and organic growers), Blanchet can probably get it within
24 hours Food is sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club
sandwich with pancetta and sun-dried tomato aloli, smoked
duck salad with goat cheese croutons and a poached egg,
and chocolate fondant At night there are tapas $-$$

Zuperpollo Biztro Reztocafe
3050 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-8485
Occasionally there's a sign out front of the office building
housing this bistro, indicating that a branch of the popular
Uruguayan eatery Zuperpollo (on Coral Way, since 1986) is
within Otherwise, since the restaurant opened in 2006, locals
have basically had to intuit its presence way in back, past a
guard desk and an elevator bank, behind an unmarked door
Once there, diners discover an extensive pan-Latin menu of
breakfast food, salads, substantial meat and fish entrees,
homemade pastas and soups, desserts, and sandwiches,

including Uruguays famed chivito, sometimes called a heart
attack on a bun" beef, bacon, ham, eggs, mozzarella, plus
sauteed mushrooms and red peppers And naturally, from the
rotisserie, there's the zlgnature zuper chicken $-$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside car
wash, Andlamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th Street
Station which means ditching the car (in the complex's
free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no problem even
if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned while consuming
the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open oven) that are this
popular pizzeria's specialty Choices range from the simple
namesake Andlamo (actually a Margherita) to the Godfather,
a major meat monster Extra toppings like arugula and goat
cheese enable diners to create their own designer pies Also
available are salads and panini plus reasonably priced wines
and beers (including a few unusually sophisticated selections
like Belgium's Hoegaarden) $$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street, formerly known for its live bait and
auto repair shops, is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture
enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/out-
door Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially bustling on nights
featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the
fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes
Brazil's national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus
fresh and cured meats But the everyday menu, ranging from
unique, tapas-like pastels (shrimp and hearts of palm-stuffed
turnovers) to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and
budget-priced $$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as intmi-
datngor pretentous, the cute cafe with a warm welcome, and
family-friendly French home cooking a the antidote Nofancyfood
(or fancy prices) here, just classic comfort food like onion soup,
escargot dallyfresh oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultmate
Pot Roast), Nicose salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee
A respectable beer and wine list B a welcome addition, as is the
housemade sangria Top price for entrees B about $14 $-$$

5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-3930
When this atmospheric little neighborhood oasis opened, the
formula was Cuban cooking at lunch, Catalan tapas at night
The menu is now more uniform contemporary Spanish and
pan-Latin tapas, sandwiches, salads, sides, and entrees at all
hours, just a far more elaborate selection at night The tapas
list is especially impressive, with all the usual Hispanic meat
and cheese favorites but also an unusually large selection of
seafood and vegetarian items such as espinaca a la catalaia
(spinach sauteed with pine nuts and raisins) Must-not-miss
items include ultra-creamy croquetas (ham, cheese, chicken,
spinach, or bacalao), grilled asparagus with aloll, and habit-
forming Brazilian cheese bread $-$$$

Captain Crab's Take-Away
1100 NE 79th St., 305-754-2722
The drive-through window says fast food," and so do
this long-lived seafood shack's low prices And indeed

there are three Captain Crab's Take-Aways (the others
are in Carol City and Fort Lauderdale), all related to the
sit-down Crab House restaurants But there the resem-
blance to McFauxFood ends For about the price of a
bucket of the Colonel s chicken you can get a bucket of
the Captain's savory garlic crabs The King's burger meal
or the Captain's similarly priced fried (or garlic boiled
or New Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No contest Also
popular crab cakes and conch (fried or in fritters and
chowder) For fish haters, spicy or garlic chicken wings
are an option, for kids, cut-price first mate" meals $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at Norman's
(and briefly ran the Indian Creek Hotels restaurant) before
opening this Upper Eastside jewel, a wine market/eatery
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by a wine
room/garden for tasting events and private dining Stefani
travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, limited-producton
wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan-tasting daily special
dishes with honest, authentic flavors, such as grilled wild boar
sausages with lentil croquettes Favorites that show up often
on the menu include pear and ricotta raviolini with sage but-
ter sauce, grilled eggplant slices rolled around herbed goat
cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and a light ricotta tart with
lemon and rosemary $$$

Che Sopranos
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7548282
This branch of a Miami Beach Italian/Argentine pzzeria, housed
in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy pato, covers
multicultural bases If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic
Margherlta topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded
parmesan) doesn't do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin
pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might Also avail-
able are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees (eggplant
parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentnean potato
salad), and desserts (tramisu or flan) $

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St.
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but wildly popular establish-
ments While some meatier Haitian classics like grlot (fried
pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a
$3 99 roast chicken special is a hard deal to resist the
glistening fish display that greets diners as they walk in
makes it clear that seafood is the specialty here crevette
en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambl
frl (a mountain of perfectly tenderized fried conch), poison
gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or
Creole crabs Note for ambiance-seekers The Miami branch
has outdoor tlkl-hut dining, North Miami's outlet, a former
Carvel, has the same food but lacks the tropical charm $-$$

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433
What could Induce downtown businessmen to drive to the
Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables just feet from
the busy Boulevard? From the day it opened, people have been
lining up, even in summer's sweltering heat for this stand's
sauce-garnished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot
dogs The 22 varieties range from simple (the Classic, with

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ketchup, relish, and chopped onion) to the elaborate (the
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin olive oil
dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations like the VIP, which
includes parmesan cheese and crushed pineapple $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entrees
like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin
ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli,
and other surprisingly upscale choices The East Side Salad
includes goat cheese, walnuts, and cranberries, quaffs
include imported Peroni beer As for the pizza, they are clas-
sic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum
tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top
American pizza cheese) Best seating for eating is at the shel-
tered outdoor picnic tables $

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd.
Giving new meaningto the food term 'fusion," Europa serves
up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with croissants, and
Chevron with Techron Those who remember this former no-frills
fillingstation only as one of the Boulevard's cheapestsources of
brand-name gas will be astonished atthe invitngly expanded interi-
or Snacks match the casual chicness sandwiches like the Renato
prosciuttoo, hot capplcola, peperjack cheese, red peppers,
and Romano cheese dressing), an elaborate almond-garnished
Chinese chicken salad, H&H bagels, the world's best flown in from
NYC And the car cleanings- done by hand, notfinish-scratching
machines are equally gentrlfled, especial on Wednesdays
"Ladies Day" when women are pampered with $10 detail washes
and gasses of sparkling wine while they wait $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Low profile would be an understatement for this place Housed
in a yellow buildingthats tucked in back of a parking lot behind
a small grocery store, its nearly invisible from the street Inside,
though, it has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous
servings of inexpensive AfroCaribbean vegan food Rastafarl
owner Immanuel Tafarl cooks up meat and dairy-free specials,
like Jamaican pumpkin/chayote stew in coconut milk, that
depend on what looks good at that mornings produce market
Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains
(plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven
bucks Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos,
desserts lke sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring
organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage pattes $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time
to cook, has been trendy for years But the GourmetStation
has outlasted most of the competition Main reason decep-
tive healthiness These are meals that are good for you, yet
taste good enough to be bad for you Favorite items include
precision-grilled salmon with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean
turkey meatloaf with homemade BBQ sauce sin-free com-
fort food For lighter eaters, there are wraps and salads with
a large, interesting choice of dressings Food is available a la
carte or grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual
diners nutritional needs $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
(See North Miami Beach listing)

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most
important American diner tradition Breakfast at any hour
Admittedly the place closes at4 00 p m but still There are
blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles for sweet-tooth eaters,
eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas for
those preferring savories, and a full range of sides biscuits
and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oat-
meal Also available are traditional diner entrees (meat loaf,
roast turkey liver and onions), plus burgers, salad platters,
and homemade chicken soup $-$$

7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-1392
A real car wash with meticulous detailing takes time But kill-
ing an hour is a pleasure at this stylish car wash/tapas bar,
where the elegant light fare occasionally even outshines the
hand-washed automobiles Vegetarians do especially well,
with crusty baguette sandwich combos like brie, walnuts, and
honey, or another featuring grilled artichokes and buttery St
Andre cheese Lower carb items range from an imported olive
assortment to an antipasto platter with Spanish Cantimpalo
chorizo, manchego cheese, and garbanzos There are break-
fast and dessert pastries too Beverages include organic
coffee and soy chain lattes, as well as wines and an extensive
beer list featuring Belgian brewskis On Thursday nights the
car wash transforms into a chic lounge until 2 00 a m $-$$

6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0074
This newly renovated, indoor/outdoor sports bar serves
low-priced but high-quality steaks, plus more typical bar
food that's actually far from the usual premade, processed
stuff Philly cheese steak sandwiches, big enough for two,
are made from hand-sliced rib eye, sides include fries and
beer-battered onion rings, but also lightly lemony sauteed
spinach And the burgers rule, particularly the Doomsday,
a cheese/ bacon/mushroom-topped two-pound monster
that turns dinner into a competitive sport But even the
smallest Queenburger (a half-pounder that's no sissy) is a
perfectly seasoned contender No hard liquor, but the beer
list makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy The
kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which turns
out designer pizzas (greater in variety, lesser in cost on the
lunch menu, in effect till 4 30 p m ) and crisp-skinned roast
chickens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, surprisingly low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$

The Lunch Room
7957 NE 2nd Ave., 305-722-0759
Hidden in Little Haiti, this Thai/Japanese spot, which opened
in 2005, remains one of the Upper Eastside's best-kept
secrets But chef Michelle Bernsteln (of Michys) and other
knowledgeable diners wander over from the Boulevard for
simple but perfect pad Thai, chill grouper (lightly battered

fillets in a mouthwatering tangy/sweet/hot sauce), silky
Asian eggplant slices in Thai basil sauce, and other remark-
ably low-priced specialties of Matilda Apirukpinyo, who
operated a critically acclaimed South Beach Thai eatery in
the 1990s Though the casually cute indoor/outdoor place
is only open for weekday lunches, "cantina" dinners can be
ordered and picked up after hours $

6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a resume that
includes top-chef ggs at upscale eateries like Azul, notto
mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey
restaurant in an emerging (butfar from fully gentrlfled) neigh-
borhood Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond
gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croqu-
etas Though most full entrees also come in half-size portions
(at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast Tableto-
table conversations about the food are common, something
that only happens at exciting, if not flawless, restaurants And
at this one, the star herself is usually in the kitchen Parking in
the rear off 69th Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area older sibling Indochine, this friendly indoor/
outdoor Asian bistro serves stylish fare from three nations
Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split
between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion
creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato,
cilantro, roasted garlic) But the cafe also carves out its own
identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced
Moonchine fried rice or Popeyes Salad (spicy tuna, avocado,
spinach, masago roe, sesame seeds, and a scrumptious
sweet/hot klmchee dressing) Nearly everything is low in sodi-
um, fat, and calories except desserts (notably the chocolate
bomb) There's also an impressive sake list too Comingsoon
a large rear pato for dining and entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
Spruced up" is a supreme understatement for the space,
formerly the Haitan hole-in-thewall Fidele Now a boutique
Japanese eatery, this younger sibling of South Beach old-tmer
Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya
(Japanese tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is
the food's unusually upscale quality Butthis isn't surprising given
the owners' previous work Toshi Funhata and Hiro Terada were
executive chefs atSushiSamba and Doraku, Yani Yuhara is an
ex-Benlhana manager Sushi ranges from pristine plain individual
nigri (all the usuals plus rarer finds like toro) to over-thetop maki
rolls like the signature Moshl Moshi (tuna, white tuna, salmon,
avocado, masago, tempura flakes, spicy mayo) Tapas also go
beyond standards like edamame to intriguing dishes like arablki
sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank with a superior
pop/spurt factor, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they re popular Japanese homecooking items And rice-based
plates likeJapanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types)
satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

Pineapple Blossom Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8328
The interior of this pineapple-yellow building is a soothing
oasis offering traditional full English tea service or a more
zingy tropical fruit-flavored Caribbean variation Whether your
chosen brew is steaming Earl Grey or pineapple-mint iced tea,
the scones (with thick cream and jam), tea cakes, cookies,
and desserts, are hometown treats Owner Frances Brown is

a pastry chef There's more substantial fare, too Innovative
wraps like Caribbean shrimp salad with tropical fruit salsa,
salads such as warm goat cheese with fresh greens, toma-
toes, dried cranberries, and candied cashews Also offered are
tempting take-out baskets like the Tea for Two (with tea, jam,
scones, and cookies), great for gifts or for at-home teas $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
Only in Miami From the rustc al fresco deck of chef Krls
Wessel's intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront
restaurant located in a refurbished old motel, you can enjoy
regional wildlife like manatees (Florida's own half mammal/
half meatloaf) while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range
from cuttng-edge (sour-orange-marinated, sous-videcooked
Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-
breaded Old South fried green tomatoes) The menu is limited,
which makes sense with a chef-driven place, and it changes
daily which also makes sense at an ingredient-driven place But
several signature specialties, if there available, are notto be
missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne
spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and
homemade ice cream $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party
noises emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this
German restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man
gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninvit-
ing stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time The fare
includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst,
hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst)
with homemade mustard and catsup, savory yet near-
greaseless potato pancakes, and, naturally, schnitzels, a
choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties
served with a half-dozen different sauces $$-$$$

Simplee Salad
7244 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-3100; simpleesalad.blogspot.com
This is actually a restaurant within a restaurant Sushi Square
But don't be confused There's an explanation The original
eatery's Paris-trained chef/co-owner Julien Durosiln wanted
to open for lunch, but couldn't lower sushi prices to lunchtime
levels without compromising quality So he decided on a mid-
day morph from sushi bar to salad bar Choose a green (mixed,
romaine, or spinach), load on four choices from an extensive
list of veggies, fruits, nuts, olives, and cheeses, pick a dressing,
all housemade (tangy ranch, creamy-rich gorgonzola, and exotic
sesameginger are especially good), and pay six bucks -or an
extra $3 if you want an added protein like shrimp or marinated
white anchovies If doing it yourself is a brain strain, there are
also two daily chef-created salad combos $

5556 NE 4th Court
305-759-3117; www.soykarestaurant.com
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credited
with almost single-handedly sparking the revitalization of
the Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside Now that the hype
has calmed down, Soyka remains a solid neighborhood
restaurant that, like restaurateur Mark Soyka's previous
ventures (notably Ocean Drive's pioneering News Cafe
and the Van Dyke on Lincoln Road) is a perfect fit for its
area Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food like meat-
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slaw, a wild mushroom/smoked mozzarella pizza, or a
Cobb salad may not be revolutionary fare, but Soyka
continues to thrive while more ambitious, nationally publi-
cized restaurants like OLA have come and gone $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the fairly standard menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a
small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there
are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki that's
admittedly huge in price ($25 95), but also in size six
ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avo-
cado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and
special sauces Also popular are red and orange dragon
rolls, similarly sauced makis of fried shrimp plus veggies,
topped with, respectively, raw tuna and salmon Thai
dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces,
ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inven-
tive, such as an unconventional honey sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Owned by the Vega brothers (chef Michael and art-
ist Sinuhe) of Cane a Sucre now defunct, but one of
Midtown Miami's first cool, contemporary cafes this
more ambitious yet casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and
lounge serves the same purpose on the Upper Eastside,
helping to transform a commuter strip into a hip place to
hang out The menu has grown more sophisticated along
with the neighborhood Lunch includes a variety of salads
and elegant sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered
mahi-mahl with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions on
housemade foccacia) Dinner features a range of small
plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey
balsamic drizzle) and full entrees like sake-marinated
salmon with boniato mash, Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy
spinach Drink specials and live music on weekends

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd.
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in com-
mon English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey and lime,
not bunuelos") Buttaco fillings range from the commonplace
(ground beef, shredded chicken) to more unusual pork in
chil verde, fried potato, or Baja battered fish (authentically
garnished with Mexican crema and cilantro-spiked cabbage)
And all offerings can be loaded with other garnishes from the
kitchen (refried beans, cheese, crema) or less perishable offer-
ings from a salsa bar For the heath-minded, oils are nonhydro-
genated, and sauces/seasonings are all housemade and free
of preservatives $

Wine 69
6909 Biscayne Blvd.
From the name, one might think this isjust a wine shop
Its actually about wine, food, and art, and how they work
together Wines, about 200 labels, are available retail (at
35-50 percent of their marked prices, which are for in-
house drinkers), with 40 sold by the glass But the place's
specialty is comparative flights of various wine types from
different regions Food, designed for pairing, includes a
new $25 three-course dinner But the menu is mostly light
bites with intriguingly inventive touches a seared Cajun
tuna salad with wasabi sauce, crab cakes with Asian
srlracha chill sauce, a three-cheese souffle Especially
impressive are some nicely priced cheese/charcutene
platters, served with fig tapenade, cornichons, fresh fruits,
bread, and multiple sauces And the art part encompasses
revolving exhibits, plus an art lecture series featuring wines
picked by owner Ben Neji to compliment the art $$

Barchetta on the Bay
160179th St. Causeway, 305-861-2228
Location, location, location The truth of the old real estate
cliche could not be better illustrated than at this reasonably
priced Italian restaurant While pastas like lobster ravioli in
tomato/cream vodka sauce are under $20, and no meat
or seafood entree exceeds $30, the spectacular setting on

Biscayne Bay is priceless Floor to ceiling picture windows
serve as the expansive indoor dining space's rear wall, but
the primo seats are outdoors, in sheltered banquettes and
patio tables where the water view, and carefree tropical
party feel, is unimpeded $$-$$$$

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for housing the Happy Stork
Lounge, this little luncheonettejoint services big appetites
Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there an especially
belly-bustng bandeja paisa (Colombia's sampler platter of
grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg avocado, plantains,
rice, and beans) But do not miss marginally dainter dishes
like sopa de costlla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily
changing homemade soups Arepas include our favorite corn
cake the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, came
desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans,
and cheese Garnished with even more over-the-top abandon
are Colombian-style hot dogs like the Perro Rico, topped with
chicharron, chorizo, cheese, a quail egg, and pineapple to can-
cel out the cholesterol Hal But who cares? Strap on the med
emergency bracelet and bring it on $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway; 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is, nevertheless, widely consid-
ered Miami's premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the
Sushi Deli" restaurant component is nothing more than a
lunch counter to the left of the entrance But chef Michio
Kushi, who worked for years at the Sushin, Miami's first full-
service Japanese restaurant, serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style sushi
- layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, more rice, and marinat-
ed fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into
lovely one-bite sandwich squares While raw fish is always
impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations
also tempt, as do daily entrees, like curried beef stew, that
typify Japanese home cooking $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway
(See North Miami listing)

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway
305-866-1238; www.oggicaffe.com
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta
factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as
well as a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of bud-
get-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the
main draw for its large and loyal clientele Choices range
from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with
creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative
exotica such as seaweed spaghettini (with sea scallops,
shitakes, and fresh tomatoes) For those tempted by too
much, ultra-accommodating servers have been known to
allow half orders of two pastas $$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570
Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach
bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel The joint dates from
South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes
vibe not to mention the pool tables and jukebox couldn't
be farther from SoBe glitz The food ranges from classic bar

favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed
shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta,
or fresh, not frozen, fish And since about half of the estab-
lishment is sheltered, the bites and bay view rock even when
the weather sucks $-$$

Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

940 71st St., 305-864-9848
It took a Greek place (Ouzos, which moved to bigger SoBe
quarters in 2007) to break the curse of this former restaurant
jinx location And Ariston continues the lucky streak with clas-
sical Greek cuisine based on recipes of coowner Thanasis
Barlos's mom Noni Barlou, and executed by CIA-trained chef
Alexia Apostolidis Skip the menu's puzzling Italianesque and
generic Euro-American selections and concentrate on authentic
treats like the lightest, most savory whipped tarama (caviar
spread) west of Athens, ultra-rich tzatzlki (Greek yogurt with
cukes, garlic, and olive oil), bracing avgolemono (egg-thickened
chicken/lemon soup), char-grilled sardines with greens and
citrus dressing or an inspired eggplant/ground beef moussaka,
bound here with an almost sinfully custardy bechamel $$-$$$

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run North Beach
landmark has now taken over the block, with an outdoor ter-
race and mult-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of
photos of their clientele (including national and local celebs)
Particularly popular are homemade pastas, sauced with
Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than Italian simplicity crab-
meat raviolett in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini
heaped with seafood Veal dishes, such as piccata with white
wine-lemon-caper sauce, are also a specialty Though romantic
enough for dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the
terrace, they'll even feed Fido $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.,
When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook
author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major media hype,
fancy South Beach prices, and a fancySoBe address Instead
Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai
school pal who'd moved to Miami) atthis unpretentious,
authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place Some standout dishes
here (like shrimp and corn cakes with plum sauce, deep-fried
sweet and sour fish, and roast duck with tamarind sauce) are
featured in the chef's latest tome, Vatch's Thai Kitchen, but
with Tamarind's very affordable prices (especially at lunch), you
might as well let the man's impeccably trained kitchen staff do
theworkforyou $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave.
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches
elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast

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becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But when
friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their
fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen And though the
bargain prices, and many menu items, are similar to those at
other fast-food sushi places, there are some surprisingly imag-
inative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and
drizzles of curry mayo And where else will you find a stacked
sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave.
305-757-6453; www.villagecaferestaurant.com
Theres an official Village Hall a few blocks up the road, but a
popular vote would probably proclaim Village Cafe the commu-
nity center of Miami Shores Few residents can resist starting
the workday with unique breakfast treats like a pressed panini
of ham, Brie, and caramelized apples Later locals gather over a
balsamic-dressed cranberry blue chicken salad (a grilled breast
on romaine with gorgonzola, walnuts, and dried cranberries),
pan-fried blue crab cakes with beurre blanc and crisp cayenne-
fried onions, wonton-topped salmon Oriental, or homemade
pasta As for dessert, the pastry case speaks for village resi-
dents Let them eat (fresh-baked) cakel $-$$

Cote Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112
If every Miami neighborhood had a neighborhood restaurant
like this low-priced little French jewel, itd be one fantastic
food town The menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast
croissants, crepe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and
a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brlk
(buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes,
and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad But everything is
homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impec-
cable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous
attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold
together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-892-1411
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are thick
chicken soups, full meals in a bowl But veggies and garnishes
vary, and this modest Colombian eatery is a handy spot to
comparison-test such typical stews Adventuresome eaters may
want to try another Saturday special, mondongo (tripe soup,
similar to Mexico's menudo) For Colombian-cuisine novices,
a Bandeja Paisa (sampler including rice, beans, came asada,
chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and an arepa corn
cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims,"
smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with
Colombian sausage) And for noncarnivores there are several
hefty seafood platters, made to order $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one
can't actually buy a gun here The nickname refers to its loca-
tion next to a firearms shop But there's a lot of other stuff
aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches

and wraps Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut
pancakes especially popular But whats most important is
that this is one of the area's few sources of the real, New
York-style water bagel crunchy outside, challengingly chewy
inside Those puffy half-donuts most places pass off as
bagels aren't even contenders $

13408 Biscayne Blvd, 305-947-6339
Buied in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard, Bamboche
is worth the hunt on one of those head-splittng Saturdays, for a
Haitian specialty not found in manyarea restaurants bouillon tet
cabrlt a soup packed with greens (like spinach, cabbage, cress,
string beans) and root veggies that is reputed to be a miraculous
hangover remedy Along with bouillon, weekend specials include
more unusual dishes like fritay, fried street snacks Haitian stan-
dards (griot tassot) are available daily as are fresh-squeezed
juices, lattes, and almost two dozen desserts $

Bar-B-Que Beach Sports Bar & Grill
12599 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-3141
On Friday nights, there's karaoke atthis expansive eatery though
from the decor mixingWild West rusticity with Key Westflip-
flops dangling from the ceiling -- its hard to know whether to
brush up your Jimmy Buffett medley or Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
There are specials the other six days of the week as well,
from early-bird discounts to open-mike nights to kids-eat-free
Tuesday But don'tforgetthe biggestdraw the barbecue, hon-
est stuff that has been low-temperature smoked for 12 to 14
hours tll tender yet resilient Ribs are meaty (except for the aptly
named, bargain-priced bucket of bones," and while chopped
pork may not totally satisfy North Carolina pulled pork purists,
nothing within a 1000-mile drive ever does Biggest winners suc-
culent sliced brisket and delightfullyjuicy chicken $$

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty treats,
Marlo and Karlna Manzanero's cafe is now In more siz-
able and atmospheric quarters But the friendly, family-run
(and kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the authentic
Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include poc-chuc, a pork
loin marinated in sour orangejuice and topped with pickled
onions and chiltomate sauce (roasted tomato/chill), tacos al
pastor, stuffed with subtlysmoky steak, onion, cilantro, and
pineapple, sinful deep-fried tacos dorados (like fat flautas),
and signature burritos, including the Maya, filled with juicy
cochinita pibil, refried beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd, 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly Cantonese-
based dishes, ranging from all the old Chinese-American classics
(chop suey moo goo gai pan, pu pu platters) through newer
Americanized fusion favorites like honey garlic chicken, teriyaki
beef, and crab Rangoon Butthere are also about two dozen spic-
ier, Szechuan-stye standards like kung po shrimp, ma po tofu,
and General Tsos chicken And there are a few imaginative new
items, like the Intriguingly christened Shrimp Lost in the Forest"
Singapore curried rice noodles, crispyshrimp with honey-glazed
walnuts, and Mongolian beef (with raw chils and fresh Oriental
basil) Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica

tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the fresh-
ness of Its seafood (much of It from Capt Jim Hanson's
own fishing boats, which supply many of Miami's most
upscale eateries) Now there's a casual but pleas-
antly nautical side dining room with booths, and more
recently added, a sushi bar stocked largely with flown-
in Japanese fish just as pristine as the local catch
Whether it's garlicky scampi (made with sweet Key
West shrimp), housemade smoked fish dip, grilled yel-
lowtail (or some more exotic local snapper, like hog or
mutton), perfectly tenderized cracked conch, or conch
fritters (with just enough batter to bind the big chunks
of Bahamian shellfish), everything is deftly prepared
and bargain-priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad
Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor
trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars
But even newcomers feel like regulars after about ten
minutes here, thanks to the staff's genuinely Italian ebul-
lhence The delightful Italian accents don't hurt, either As
for the menu offerings, they're mostly classic comfort foods
with some contemporary items as well Housemade pastas
are good enough that low-carb dieters should definitely
temporarily fuhgeddaboudit, especially for the tender gnoc-
chi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini -- beggar's
purses" stuffed with pears and cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some of the usual Tex-Mex dishes at this
cute spot, if they must But the specialty is Mayan-rooted
Yucatan cuisine So why blow bucks on burritos when one
can sample Caribbean Mexico's most typical dish cochinita
pibil? It's currently LA's trendiest taco filling (and morning-
after hangover remedy) But that city couldn't have a more
authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped
marinated pork dish than Cheen's earthily aromatic
from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, meltingly tender
from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap To accompany,
try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically
Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to
dark beer $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.; 305-893-4246
(See Miami listing)

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be bad
for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what
the company calls food with integrity" The fare is simple,
basically tacos and big burritos soft flour or crisp corn
tortillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken
chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented
pork carnitas, all with choice of fresh garnishes But these
bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/
flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones) Additionally, all pork,
plus a large and growing percentage of the grill's beef and
poultry, is raised via humane and ecologically sustainable
methods And the food, while not the authentic Mex street
stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too $

D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run bya Chinese
American family serves mostly basic American diner fare burg-
ers, sandwiches, about a dozen dinner entrees, fresh-baked apple
pie, and, oddly a whole section of Caesar salad variations But its
also a secretsource for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop
suey-type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant with garlic
sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in authenticity $-$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sia and Nicole Hemmat bought the Gourmet Diner from
retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s,
they added Hanna's" to the name, but changed little else
about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-
Dade institution since 1983 Customers can get a cheese
burger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf
bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes,
or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing For oysters
Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains
the ideal dinner date destination $$-$$$

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Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St.
Atthis friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miami's
first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supple-
ments But the place's heartysoups, large variety of entrees
(including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selec-
tions), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce"
(which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and
daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy An under-ten-
buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair,
now blue-hair, crowd Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smooth-
ies complete the menu $-$$

13488 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-9334
Half sushi/sashimi, half cooked Japanese dishes, the
menu is relatively small but covers most of the traditional
favorites and a few surprises Popular makis include the
Dream (shrimp tempura, avocado, Japanese mayo, and
masago), the vegetarian Popeye spicy spinach roll, and the
deep-fried Crispy, a priceless salmon and veggie roll Among
cooked items, there's a large list of teryakis, and a few
dishes prepared with a different twist panko-breaded
pork or chicken katsu cutlets, for instance, that eschew the
standard sweet sauce for curry $$

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hum-
mus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur,
arguably the world's most interesting meatball) are native
to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese
chef/owner, like this eatery's Sam Elzoor, is at the helm,
you can expect extraordinary refinement There are elabo-
rate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cab-
bage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel
sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with
housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually
rich and tart tahina For home cooks, there's also a lim-
ited selection of imported spices and staples $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little
Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one,
and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous tradi-
tional Haltan dishes, includingjerked beef or goat tassot and
an impressive poison gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt
before poaching with various veggies and spices) But the dish
that still packs the place is the grlot marinated pork chunks
simmered and then fried till they re moistly tender inside, crisp
and intensely flavored outside $

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
Lke its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit as
much for being a hip hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex
food Though Lime is now franchising, the chain's concept B fast
casual" rather than fast fod meaning nice enough for a night
out It also means ingredients aren't canned-type crapola Seafood
tacos are aboutas exotic as the standard menu gets, butthe mahl
mahi for fish tacos comes fresh, never frozen, from a local supplier,
and salsas are housemade daily Niceties include lowcarb tortillas
for dieters and many Mexican beers for partiers $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd
305-899-9069; www.littlehavanarestaurant.com
In addition to whitetablecoth ambiance thatsseveral steps up in ele-
gancefromthe majortyof neighborhood eateries, this placefeatures
live Latin entertainment and dancing making t a good choice when
diners want nightout notjusta meal Its also good choice for
diners who don't speak Spanish, butdon't worryabout authentciy
Classic Cuban homestye dBhes like mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu,
notthe plate and fancier creations like pork filet in tang tamarind
sauceseem universal crowd-pleasers $$$

Maleewan Thai & Sushi
2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0393
Redecorated (tasteful bamboomatted walls, silk flowers) since the
days- many days- this space was occupied by the kosher sushi
spotTani Guchi's Place, Maleewan is nowa cozy neighbors nook
at which to enjoy all the standard Japanese and Thai selections
Cooked sushi is the strongsuit here, particular the signature
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Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been
drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with pro-
digious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter
savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain
of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters All
pasta or meat entrees come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and
either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, toma-
toes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner
in itself Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leather-
ette booths, add to Mama's charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305-891-7641
At this North Miami Institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meatballs,
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs No
imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New
York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top topping here
is the savory housemade sausage And no one leaves with-
out garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed gar-
lic ($4 a dozen, $3 per half-dozen, which won't even last the
ride home) New branches are now open in Miami's Midtown
neighborhood and in North Bay Village $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branches
of this chain (originating in Maitland, Florida, in 1975) are
generally the only places to go for this blast-from-the-past
eating experience Fondues are available a la carte or as full
dip-it-yourself meals Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese
fondue, proceed to an entree with choice of meat or sea-
food, plus choice of cooking potion herbed wine, bouillon,
or oil, finish with fruits and cakes dipped in your favorite
melted chocolate Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who
drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table compan-
ions, so go with those you love $$$

North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd
For most chefs a Miami-to-Manhattan move is generally
considered one of those offers you can't refuse But after
helming several NYC restaurants for China Grill Management,
the homegrown married team of chef Dewey and sommelier
Dale LoSasso returned to do their own thing in their own
neighborhood The menu is creative comfort food" a shrimp
waffle with basil butter, steak and eggs" (a grilled NY strip
with truffled goat cheese frittata, herb demiglace, and hash
browns), a stone crab hot dog the chef invented for a Super
Bowl party The award-winning wine list inspires playfully
themed pairing events like an Italian food/wine Godfather"
dinner But its not South Beach, so prices are reasonable,
and parking is free $$$-$$$$

Nuvo Kafe
13152 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-1441
Though the neighborhood is decidedly ungentrfied, the interior
of this cafe is an oasis of cultivated Caribbean cool and subtly

sophisticated global fare Haltan-born, Montreal-schooled chef
Ivan Dorval formerly cooked at the Oasis Cafe in Miami Beach,
as well as the Delano, and the varied background is reflected
in cuisine that's chiefly creative Caribbean but with influences
from the Middle East, Asia, Greece, and Italy Homemade,
health-oriented dishes include velvety ginger pumpkin bisque,
unusually refined conch fritters (light batter, monster chunks of
conch), West Indies crab cakes with citrus atoli, and a signature
lavish, but onlyslightlysinful, Citadel Raw Fruit Pie $$-$$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
Atthisstylish, dramatically minimalist Thai/sushi spot the regu-
lar Thai and Japanese dishes are as good as anywhere in town
But the way to go is the menu of specials, many of which clearly
reflect the young chef's fanatc devotion to fresh fish, as well as
the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinat-
ed black cod, rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even
Nobu Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightlysurfaceseared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) Formerly all Japanese-
influenced, the specials menu now includes some Thai-inspired
creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass
curry and sizzlingfilet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

La Paloma
10999 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0505
Step into La Paloma and youII be stepping back in time, circa
1957 Adorned with antiques (some even real) and chandeliers,
the over-thetop plush decor was the American finedining ideal
- half a century ago (though actuallythe place only dates from
the 1970s) Cuisine is similarly retro-luxe old-fashioned upscale
steaks, chops, and lobster, plus fancier Continental fare If
you have a yen for chateaubriand, duck a I'orange, oysters
Rockefeller, French onion soup, trout almondine, wiener schnit-
zel, and peach Melba, its the only place in town that can deliver
them all A huge wine list fuels the fantasy $$$$

16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't be
easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is impossible
to resist Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with
South of the Border knickknacks And if the kitschy decor alone
doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not
packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout
margaritas will Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-
size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find
traditional preparations like albondigas spicy, ultra-savory
meatballs $$-$$$

14871 Biscayne Blvd., 786-923-2323
(See Miami Brickell / Downtown listing)

Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-4443
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which fortu-
nately chose to open its first U S outlet in our town One bite
of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded fougasse, or
another of the signature artisan breads transports you right
back to France As authentic as the boulangene breads are,
the patisserie items like flan normande (a buttery-crusted,

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almond-topped apple-and-custard tart) arejust as evocative
For eat-in diners, quite continental soups, salads, and sand-
wiches are equally and dependably French $$

2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known for its
pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted Sicilian,
topped with veggies and/or meat buster" Imitation meats), its
also offers a full range of breakfast/lunch/dinner vegetarian
cuisine of all nations, with many dairy and seafood items too
Admittedly the cutesle names of many items baygels, berger-
rbite, Cezarrrr salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may
cause queasiness But the schmopperrr itself is one helluva
high-octane veggie burger $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our area's
few Vietnamese restaurants, its hard to bear a grudge at
a friendly, casual neighborhood place that offers monster
ten-ounce char-grilled burgers, with potatoes or salad, for
$8 50, steaks, plus a side and a sauce or veg topper, for
nine bucks at lunch, $15 to $18 75 (the menu's top price)
at night, and three-dollar glasses of decent house wine
Many other grilled meat and seafood items are also offered,
plus pastas, salads, gooey desserts, and specials (events as
well as food) $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
Atthe end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin
designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff)
doesn't do the trick Open till 300 or 4 00 a m, Steves has,
since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas
people crave at that hour As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is
sweet, with strong oregano flavor Mozzarella is applied with
abandon Toppings are stuff that give strength pepperoni,
sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers $

Sun City Caf6
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-6955
Super-stuffed crepes, made to order from scratch, are the
main specialty here some sweet (the Banana Split fresh
strawberries, sliced bananas, candied walnuts, Ice cream,
and Nutella or dulce de leche), some savory (the Sun
City Steak beef, mushrooms, onions, red peppers, Swiss
cheese, and Al sauce) But there's also a smaller selection
of custom-crafted wraps, salads, sandwiches, and sides,
plus smoothies, coffee drinks, even beer or wine Free WI-FI
encourages long, lingering lunches $

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck Delano-like sheer floor-
to-ceiling drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over
the top, featuring monster makis the Cubbie Comfort
(spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus
avocado, jalapenos, and cilantro, topped with not one but
three sauces wasabi teriyaki, and spicy mayo), the Volcano,
topped with a mountain of tempura flakes, the spicy/sweet

sauce-drenched Hawaiian King Crab, containing unprec-
edented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pine-
apple To drink there are boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene inside) Is
named for its feature Item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style items like
teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried
chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
tangy sauce There's also an all-you-can-eat deal sushi
(individual nigirl or maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked Items for $14, three bucks more for sashimi
instead of sushi $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd.
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
imported designer ingredients either The pies are New
York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's
finest pizza topper) Also on the menu are Italian-American
pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple sal-
ads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast,
fried fish, or a steak $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd.
This old-timer's menu reads like a textbook on how to please
everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to
Chinese-American tojust plain American Appetizers include
honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A crab-claw
starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries
Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pep-
per shrimp (authentically shell-on) And snowbirds will be
pleased to find a number of dishes that are mainstays of
Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami cold
sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork, Lake
Tung Ting shrimp, and peppery kung po squid $$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd.
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 atthis inde fast-
food joint and new owners have done little to change the
timetested formula exceptto stretch operating hours into the
night and expand its classic grlddled-or-fried-things menu to
include a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad, plus
a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats Otherwise the
famous steak sandwich is still a traditional Philly thin-sliced
beef, cheese, and onions on a buttered Italian roll (with tasty
housemade sour cream/horseradish sauce served on the
side so as notto offend purists) Extras like mushrooms are
possible, not imposed Drippin good burgers, too And unlike
MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the
good grease $-$$

14316 Biscayne Blvd.
Its appropriate that the name of this small strip-mall sushi
spot refers to Japan's first and only sparkling sake some-
thing most Americans have never heard of, making the
reference pretty much an insider'sjoke Since opening
several years ago, the restaurant itself has been one of

our town's best-kept secrets But the perfectionist chef/
owner's concentration on quality and freshness of ingre-
dients has made Zipang the pick of sushi cognoscenti like
Loews's executive chef Marc Ehrler, who has named the
unpretentious place his favorite Miami eatery, while admit-
ting the obvious Nobody knows it" $$-$$$

Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this
veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th
Street Chinatown" strip because of Its superior decor
But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic
dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauteed mustard
greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scal-
lions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young Default
spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with
red-chill icons, but don't worry, realizing some like it
hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat
levels upon request $$

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St.
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery (which is covered, but otherwise open-air) is a rare
surprise for nature lovers, especially since an eager-to-
please young couple took over the daytime-only conces-
sion, upgrading the menu, at the start of 2008 The fea-
tured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
first started producing in 1938 three varieties (salmon,
mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin), available in a
sampler, salads, sandwiches/wraps, or a delightfully mild
smoked fish dip that may be Miami's best But the smoke-
house now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket Other
new additions include roasted red pepper hummus, crab
cakes, a delightfully light homemade Key lime chiffon pie,
daily specials, and on weekends, fish fries (with live music)
For basic diners there are burgers and hot dogs Entry
is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park
entrance No admission fee $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese
cuisine in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu
here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-
American classic you could name, is just the ticket when
nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed
almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with
comfortingly thick gravy) $-$$

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far
more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe
made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for the flat-
bread is probablyjerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced
stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chick-
peas But there are about a dozen other curries to choose
from, including beef, goat, conch, shrimp, trout, and duck
Take-out packages of plain roti are also available, they trans-
form myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
Somehow, when setting off to try Key Biscayne restau-
rants (like Miami's original Gran Inka), we never make it
past Jimbo's So luckily, the newer branch of this upscale
Peruvian eatery offers the same menu Though diners will
find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more ele-
gantly than most in town (notably a picture-perfect causa
con camarones, mashed potatoes layered with shrimp),
the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique
Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from
recipes by Peru's influential nikkel (Japanese/Creole) chef
Rosita Yimura an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de
corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de
oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

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Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi
and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it
a perennially popular snack stop after a hard night at the
area's movie multiplexes (or strip clubs) The sushi menu
has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most exceptional
are the nicely priced yakiton, skewers of succulently soy-
glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables, the unusu-
ally large variety available of the last makes this place a
good choice for vegetarians $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, butthere's more than just sushi at this mostly take
out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the mainstay
(standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like
mult-vegfutomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy
Crunch & Caliente maki), available a la carte or in value-priced
individual and party combo platters But there are also bento
boxes featuring tempura, yakiton skewers, teriyaki, str-fried veg-
gies, and udon noodles Another branch is now open in Miami's
Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the
night, many come here for a bite of something different
The specialty is Japanese home cooking, served in graz-
ing portions so diners can enjoy a wide variety of the
unusual dishes offered Standard sushi isn't missed when
glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro
nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming
honey-miso mustard sauce Dishes depend on the market,
but other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled
and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild
young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps
just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chill sauce Open
till around 3 00 a m $$

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393, www.heelsha.
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango)
or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's because
chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa
Their new menu's mix-and-match option also allows din-
ers to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable
with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar
Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a
Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange Early-bird
dinners (5 00 to 6 30 p m) are a bargain, as some dishes
are almost half-price Lunch is served weekends only
except by reservation, so call ahead $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Miami Shores listing)

JC Food
1242 NE 163rd St., 305-956-5677
Jumbo's regular menu offers a large percentage of hard-
to-find traditional Chinese home-cooking specialties
(many using fresh and preserved Asian vegetables) pork
with bitter melon, beef with sour cabbage, chicken with
mustard green, cellophane noodle with mixed-vegetable
casserole Still, most diners come for dim sum, a huge
selection served at all hours These small plates include
chewy rice noodle rolls filled with shrimp or beef, leek
dumplings, crisp-fried stuffed taro balls, savory pork-
studded turnip cake, pork/peanut congee, custard crois-
sants, and for the brave, steamed chicken feet $$

Kyung Ju
400 NE 167th St., 305-947-3838
Star of the show at this long-lived Korean restaurant
(one of only a handful in Miami-Dade County) is bulgogi
The name translates as fire meat," but isn't a refer-
ence to Koreans' love of hot chills Rather it refers to
Korean-style barbecue, which is really not barbecued but
quickly grilled after long marination in a mix of soy sauce,

sesame, sugar, garlic, and more Lovers of fiery food can
customize with dipping sauces, or the eatery's many little
banchan (included side dishes, some mild, others mouth-
searing) Pa jun, a crispy egg/scallion-based pancake, is
a crowd-pleasing starter And if the unfamiliarity seems
too scary altogether, there's a selection of Chinese food

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmo-
spheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside
(especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths)
has been a popular destination for reasonably priced
north Indian fare Kormas are properly soothing and
vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will
adjust seasonings upon request They aim to please Food
arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too $$

King Buffet
316 NE 167th St., 305-940-8668
In this restaurants parking lot, midday on Sundays, the colorful
display of vivid pinks, greens, and blues worn by myriad families
arriving for dinner in matching going-to-church outfits is equaled
only by the eyepoppingly dyed shrimp chips and desserts dis-
played inside on the buffet table Though there's an a la carte
menu, the draw here is the 100-item (according to advertise-
ments) all-you-can-eat spread of dishes that are mostly Chinese,
with some American input Its steam-table stuff, but the price is
right and then some $5 95 for lunch, $8 95 for dinner $-$$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St., 305-949-2339
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbe-
cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed
in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes,
the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by
the dining room entrance There's also a better-than-aver-
age selection of seasonal Chinese veggies The menu is
extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place
is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good
on nearby tables, and point Servers will also steer you to
the good stuff, once you convince them you're not a chop
suey kinda person $$

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
Its just small area blocked off by grocery shelves, buried
between the wines and the frdge counters no potted palms,
and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style snack space But
when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed
shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy
place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-
American classics, steam-tabled but housemade from old fam-
ily recipes Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta
fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person
shoppingfor hours $-$$

Lemon Fizz
16310 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-6599
Like wraps? Then you'll love this Middle Eastern cafe's
version made with saj, a circular Syrian flatbread similar
to pita but much thinner, moister, and all-around better
Upon order, diners can watch the chef custom-cook their
saj (on a scorching-hot, flying-saucer metal dome of the
same name), then roll the beautifully surface-blistered
bread around one of 27 stuffings, including za'atar and
EVOO, brined olives and labneh (creamy yogurt cheese),
falafel, steak, even dessert fillings like strawberries and
Nutella Also available soups, salads, and substantial
globally topped rice bowls, plus fresh fruitjuices and
smoothies $

Little Saiwwgon
16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but it's still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since
it ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically
in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef
noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments
that make it notjust a soup but a whole ceremony), and
many other Vietnamese classics The menu is humon-
gous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
in the window At this small Chinese bakery the real finds

are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried
ground beef Prices are under a buck, making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals There's one
table for eat-in snackers $

Matador Argentinean Steakhouse
3207 NE 163rd St.
With Latin parilla places spreading here as fast as kudzu,
its hard to get excited about yet another all-you-can-eat
meat spread But Matador offers far more for the money
than most One dinner price ($24 95, $27 95 weekends)
includes a salad bar of more than 30 Items, unlimited
grilled proteins (many cuts of beef, sausages, chicken,
pork, assorted veggies, and even fish upon request),
crunchy steak fries, a dessert (typically charged extra
elsewhere), and even more fun, a bottle of quite quaf-
fable wine per person $$$

Panya Thai
520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage
of genuine Thai food in and around Miami But Panya's
chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional
and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere Plus he doesn't
automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to
please Americans Among the most intriguing moo khem
phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with
fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya
salad, a study in sour/sweet/savory balance), broad rice
noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chill/garlic sauce and
fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped Diamond Duck in tangy
tamarind sauce $$-$$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St.
While there are three other sizable Asian markets on
this strip between 1-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK
has the only prepared-food counter, serving authentic
Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping sauces
included Weekends bring the biggest selection, includ-
ing barbecued ribs and pa pet duck (roasted, then deep-
fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous
fat) Available every day are juicy, soy-marinated roast
chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast
ducks hanging, as tradition dictates, beaks and all
But no worries, a counterperson will chop your purchase
into bite-size, beakless pieces $

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave.
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food pornography
one of the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches?
Well, Roasters will dwarf them Even a mouth like Angelina
Jolie's couldn't fit around a Carnege-style" monster contain-
ing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat
(really 14 pounds, we weighed it), for a mere 15 bucks All
the other Jewish deli classics are here too, includingjust-sour-
enough pickles, just-sweet-enough slaw, silky hand-sliced
nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite
mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour
cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Open late (12 30 a m most nights) since 1990, Sang's
has an owner who previously cooked in NYC's Chinatown,
and three menus The pink menu is Americanized Chinese
food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The white
menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese
fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole,
tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone
with sea cucumber The extensive third menu offers dim
sum, served until 4 00 p m A limited live tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scal-
lion More recently installed a Chinese barbecue case,
displaying savory Items like crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St, 305-654-4008
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats
in the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imita-
tions made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But
don't mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smoking duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie item

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down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles, including appealingly
chewy curried chow fun As for the rest of the name icee
is shaved ice, an over-the-top dessert that's a sort of a
slurpee sundae, with toppings that vary from the familiar
(fresh fruits) to the weird (grass jelly, sweet corn, kidney
beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding) And the bubble tea
is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup (as opposed
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refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango, taro,
even actual tea), all supplemented with signature black
tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter straws,
are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St; 305-944-9697
Open until 100 a m every day except Sunday (when is
closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North
Miami Beach's Chinatown" strip has become a popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not? The food is fresh, nicely pre-
sented, and reasonably priced The kitchen staff is willing
to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is
reliably fast Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment
is in place when the mood strikes $-$$

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Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
The last four digits of the phone number actually spell
COAL" And that's what it's all about here -- a coal-
fired oven (like that at Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's,
or Grimaldi's in New York) producing the intense
800-degree heat to turn out, in a mere three or four
minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-bottomed,
beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the above

legendary pizzerias crave -- at any cost Expect neither
bargain-chain prices, a huge selection of toppings
(these aren't the kind of clunky crusts you overload),
nor much else on the menu except a hefty salad and
some onion-topped chicken wings that are also coal-
oven tasty Anthony's does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's identi-
cal to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and,
with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's
eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to
the typeface But no argument from here In a mall a
setting more accustomed to food court, steam-tabled
stuff dishes like carpaccio al salmon (crudo, with
portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/toma-
to dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce
with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit
familiar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides (duck fat friesl) for noncarnivores to
assemble a happy meal But don't neglect the steak -
flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American
Kobe," swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and but-
ter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection under the
supervision of on-site executive chef Andrew Rothschild,
formerly of the Forge, meaning he knows his beef (Mina
himself is absentee) $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave; 305-935-2900
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true dish-
es And it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would freak
out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu the
Bahamlan lobster and crab cakes (with tropical fruit
chutney and vanilla beurre blanc) But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac' cheese lobster crab
macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902
Reminiscent of an intimate Tuscan villa, chef Neal
Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well
as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable
ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't over-
complicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with
that perfection Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil
and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else Neither
does the signature Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs
and cooked under a brick, require pretentious fancifica-
tion And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a
hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla
Toscana, fried herb-sprinkled French fries Located west
of Biscayne Boulevard in the Davis Plaza shopping mall,
across from Ojus Elementary School $$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St.
Formerly Ruby and Jean's Soul Food Cuisine, a popular
but strictly neighborhood cafeteria, Mahogany Grille has
drawn critical raves and an international as well as local
clientele -since retired major league outfielder Andre
Dawson and his brother Vincent Brown acquired the place
in early 2007 The diner decor is gone, replaced by white
tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany The food is a sort
of trendy yet traditional soul fusion, heaping platters from

several African diaspora regions Carolina Low Country
(buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream
gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and
the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken)
The chicken is perhaps Miami's best, made even better
with the Grille's waffles $$-$$$

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777; www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef
at Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his partners
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it now proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty,
dishes like fried Bahamian cracked conch with fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, and yellowtail
snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette and a potato/leek
croqueta Don't let the strip-mall location fool you The
restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh,
an antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made
notorious, on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi On
the menu ten different premium soups each day (from
a rotating list of about 50) The selection is carefully
balanced among meat/poultry-based and vegetarian,
clear and creamy (like the eatery's signature shellfish-
packed lobster bisque), chilled and hot, familiar (chicken
noodle) and exotic (mulligatawny) All soups come with
gourmet bread, fruit, and imported chocolate Also available
are salads, sandwiches, and wraps, a la carte or in soup-plus
combos $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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