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Publication Date: October 2009
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www.BiscayneTimes.com


Volume 7, Issue 8


By Erik Bojnansky
Photos by Silvia Ros
R member that time, not so long
ago, when developers made
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rocketed, and condo-opening parties Yet collapse it did, thanks in part to
were A-list spectacles? Back then it a global meltdown of financial markets,
looked like luxury communities would but also to absurdly wild real-estate
be popping up on every block. So diz- speculation in South Florida.
zying was the pace that few thought the Among the few who foresaw the
boom could suddenly collapse into a impending doom was local real-estate


consultant Peter Zalewski, a former
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COVER STORY
1 Suspended Habitation
COMMENTARY
6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
OUR SPONSORS
8 BizBuzz
NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
20 Jen Karetnick: Don't Trash It, Donate It
22 Wendy Doscher-Smith: Eros Interrupted
24 Frank Rollason: The Blame Game
COMMUNITY NEWS
26 41st Street Oaks Live to See Another Day
27 Shores CC: Once Exclusive, Now Inclusive
28 Green Market: From Soup to Nuts, from Apples to Zucchini
POLICE REPORTS
34 Biscayne Crime Beat
ART & CULTURE
36 Miami to Art World: Come on Down!
38 Art Listings
41 Culture Briefs
PARK PATROL
42 Roberto Clemente Park: Inspire the Neighborhood
COLUMNISTS
44 Your Garden: Look! Up in the Tree! It's a...Cactus?
39 Kids and the City: Mixing It Up in Miami
40 Pawsitively Pets: Stop Pinching My Arm!
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48 Restaurant Listings: Eight new eateries this month!
50 Wine: Red, White, and You and Sauvignon Blanc


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Flawless
As the subject of the Biscayne Times
September cover story ("The World
According to Seth"), I'd like to say that
Myrna and I thought the writing of
Margaret Griffis and the photography of
Silvia Ros was nothing short of superb.
And unlike articles on history that
have appeared in the Miami Herald, in
which I usually have to write to correct
errors, the only minor error in the entire
piece was in a photograph of me holding
a plate. The plate shown is the service
plate from the Fleetwood Hotel on
Miami Beach, not the Flagler-built Royal
Palm Hotel in Miami.
Other than that, flawless.
Seth H. Bramson
Miami Shores

According to Rebecca:
Viewable
I read with interest Margaret Griffis'
article on Seth Bramson and his remark-
able collection. Seth has always been
generous in lending objects to the His-
torical Museum of Southern Florida for
exhibitions, for which we are grateful.
I would like to assure Biscayne
Times readers that when materials are
given to the Historical Museum, we do
not "hide the items in a basement, where
only the occasional scholar would see it."
Most items that are not on display can
still be seen by the interested visitor in
the museum's research center, which is
open to one and all. To browse our cata-
logue, or to look at a selection of images
from our collections, go to hmsf.org/
collections-visiting-archives.htm. Then
come visit us and take a look at some of
our "hidden treasures."
-Rebecca A. Smith
Curator ofResearch Materials
Historical Museum of
Southern Florida

According to Glenn:
Bizarre
I thank Biscayne Times for Erik
Bojnansky's article "King Mango Strut
Strife: Not Funny" (September 2009).
While some of the facts were "off," it
captured the essence of our parade's
bizarre, unfortunate situation.
When Bill Dobson and I started it,
we wanted a weird, small-town parade


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in this big city. We got one for 27 years.
Now it may be becoming something else,
one with a rapidly rising budget, jokes
that aren't funny, and one in which any
yahoo on a Harley can participate.
All we need to put on December's
Strut 2009 is $22,000. Would this fine
publication like to sponsor it?
The Strut may be ending, but hey, if
it does end, we had a helluva good run.
Glenn Terry
King Mango Strut co-founder
Coconut Grove

According to Elvis:
Limits
In Frank Rollason's column about
the 35-foot height limit proposed by
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for the
MiMo Historic District ("The Beast That
Cannot Be Tamed," September 2009),
he asked, "Where the hell did that come
from? Was he attempting to make good
on some campaign promise to Morning-
side activist Elvis Cruz, a proponent of
such limits?"
The answer is a resounding yes.
Marc Sarnoff promised all voters, not
just me, to bring a 35-foot height limit
to the Upper Eastside. It was a central
part of his 2006 campaign, a campaign
he went on to win with 65 percent of the
vote, then got re-elected the following
year with 90 percent of the vote.
The 35-foot height limit will not
create the doom and gloom Rollason pre-
dicts, the same way similar height limits
did not harm Ocean Drive, Lincoln Road,
Key West, New Orleans' French Quarter,
and other historic areas. Just the opposite
is true. The height limit will protect the
integrity of the MiMo district, as well as
the residential areas on either side. It will
encourage sincere investors and discour-
age speculators.
Rollason is correct when he writes
that parking issues have arisen. However,
the culprit has been the hundreds of
parking meters recently installed along
the Biscayne Corridor. For reasons I
don't understand, the MiMo Association
favors those parking meters, even though
common sense dictates that getting rid of
them as an incentive to bring customers
to the district would help the Boulevard's
businesses thrive and would decrease
spillover parking into the neighborhoods.
Elvis Cruz
Morningside






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Part zombie-infested insane
asylum, part dance club.
That'd be the Asylum, a
new name for SAVE
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Meanwhile, speaking of scary,
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top hair salons refuse to tackle children's
cuts. But no need for your little monster
to look like a werewolf all month long.
At the new location of Hannah & Her
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Hannah Lasky is offering an October
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While you and your kids are getting
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October also means Oktoberfest, and
this year the Doggie Bag Caf6 at Smil-
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Blvd.; 305-754-0844) is celebrating with
a "Dog-toberfest" fundraiser on October
24. The 4:00 p.m. party starts at the cafe,
which has so far raised more than $10,000
for local animal rescue organizations,
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It's not easy to persuade even a basi-
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So immortalize the event by calling Pet
Portraits by Tim McCarron (305-807-
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We know what you were think-
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Florida Grand Opera (fgo.org or 800-
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before visiting the company's Website.
Our thought: "No way could we afford
it." Surprise! In fact we were floored to
find that single-performance tix start at
$10, a price that drops to eight bucks -
less than a movie ticket! with a season
subscription. And yes, we're talking real
seats, not Standing Room.
For those who favor alternative
performing arts, swing by the season
kickoff party of Tigertail Productions
(tigertail.org) on October 6. The free
music-video-food-performance event is
at downtown's River Lounge in the Epic
Hotel. Other imminent events are the
October 15 launch of Tigertail's seventh
South Florida poetry annual, and an Oc-
tober 24 jazz concert by the Netherlands'
noted Third Man Trio.
After a tough September 17 elimination
round, two bands from BT advertiser Live!
School of Music (2180/2 NE 123rd St.; 305-
993-0191) will face bands from Beach High
at a final Battle of the Bands on October 4.
Sponsored by the Surfside Tourist Bureau,
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uled to headline an October
at the Gusman Center (174 E
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thority. So park your sandal
clogging shoes, and show up
Proceeds will benefit Jackso
Hospital.
Congratulations to adve
Friiz (100 S. Biscayne Blvd.
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smoothies will hold up fine.
With free parking; free
dirt-cheap beer, wine, and mi
tasty bar nibbles (including B
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and trendies from across the
fact it's the sort of secret plac
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lawyer Frantz Olivier's The
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cf, adjacent to Olivier's law
.* practice looks like a ge-
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patrons walk in to d6cor
Including a waterfall, mul-
tiple handcrafted wooden
bars, leather couches, and
Frantz's extensive art col-
lection. By early 2010, The
Office will transform into a
members-only club. Right
Pes now it's undergoing velvet-
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Coaching candidates to attain
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A Mayor Loses It, a Newspaper Flubs It
Alvarez shrieks at the Miami Herald, which is getting dumber daily


By Jack King
BT Contributor


Couple of weeks ago a fight broke
out at county hall. No, it wasn't
one of those grand fisticuff
events involving a commissioner and a
lobbyist. This one was between Miami-
Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and
the Miami Herald. Seems like the mayor
took offense to the Herald having some
reporters snooping around his private
domain namely, the mayor's offices
on the 29th floor. They were looking for
more employee raises as Alvarez was
spouting county poor mouth.
Alvarez called the Herald most of
the names in the book, even telling them
they were a failed business on the verge
of bankruptcy. The more he ranted, the
more I thought it sounded like what
the Herald should have said to him. In
essence, it was the proverbial pot calling
the proverbial kettle black. All I could
think was that the second estate (the
politicians) was badmouthing the fourth
estate (the news business), and neither
one of them is in very good shape.
And if you think through it a little
further, the first and third estates are
not in such great shape either. That's the
church and the people.
Before this tiff came about, the
Herald sent out their new local colum-
nist dujour, Myriam Marquez (now also
editorial page editor), and she wrote a
piece saying that, in her opinion, Miami
Mayor Manny Diaz had done a far better
job running his government than Alvarez
had done running his. For the life of me, I
can't understand how she ever came to that
conclusion. My only guess is that, since


she's put in just four years at the paper,
she hasn't yet been able to find city hall to
actually interview Diaz. Someone should
tell her that Miami City Hall is in another
town- Coconut Grove.
The greater question is how did we
end up with these two incompetents as
mayors? I'm beginning to think the elec-
tion process could be somewhat flawed
because it does not include an easy way
to get rid of elected officials. We need a
method by which we vote against politi-
cians, not just for them. That's already
in place for appellate judges (should or
should not retain), but I'm not sure just
how it would work with politicians. How-
ever, I do think it definitely should apply
to incumbents who are running unop-


I'm beginning to think the elect
process could be somewhat flav
We need a method by which we
against politicians, not just for tl



posed for re-election. They should get
an up or down vote, not just an up vote
where a single vote would re-elect them.
In so many areas, the electorate
has been sold a bill of goods. Look at
the "strong mayor" form of government
we have in both the city and the county.
Before our current mess, we had elected
commissioners and a mayor who was
really just a glorified commissioner who
got to cut ribbons and kiss babies. The
governments were in fact run by managers
who worked for the commissions. Piss off
a majority of commissioners and the man-
ager was gone. It wasn't great, but at least


there was some grass-roots accountability.
About 15 years ago we were told
that we needed a professional politician/
manager to run the government, one
who answered directly to the people. It
sounded plausible and we all bought it.
Somehow it never translated into what
we were sold, and even after several
modifications, we ended up pretty much
where we began, only now with hun-
dreds more employees, many new levels
of bureaucracy, and virtually no ac-
countability to the electorate.
Alvarez, who essentially doesn't
have a job, now has a staff of 62. Fifteen
years ago, the county mayor's office had
80 percent fewer employees. The City of
Miami's now-bloated mayor's office had
a secretary and a couple of aides.
What do all these new people
ion actually do? Why don't we let
ved. them all go and see what jobs
iote truly need to be done?
hem.
And now back to the
Herald. Last month Biscayne
Times published a story writ-
ten by Erik Bojnansky about problems
within the so-called leadership of Coco-
nut Grove's King Mango Strut, the goofy
little annual parade that lampoons just
about everything and everybody ("King
Mango Strut Strife: Not Funny"). The last
two surviving directors of the nonprofit
corporation that controls the Strut have
been at odd for several years and have
been unable to come to an agreement
about the future management of the
parade. Actually, management may be
the wrong word. How about operation?
The BT story was straightforward
and laid out the issues between co-founder


Glenn Terry and long-time Strutter Antoi-
nette Baldwin. This was by no means the
first story about Strut problems, as they
have been well documented on local blogs,
including New Times's "Riptide 2.0."
Several days after "Strut Strife,"
the Herald ran a front-page story about
the Strut, written by veteran reporter
Chuck Rabin. The article was basically a
rehash of the BT story, an indication that
the Herald once again had been caught
sleeping on another good local story. But
the article had one glaring omission:
Rabin failed to note that Glenn Terry
was also a Herald columnist. This was
not just an omission; it was an egregious
journalistic error.
However, the Herald, in its match-
less fashion, found a way to make it even
worse. A week later Terry circulated an
e-mail message defending his position
and making him look as if he had noth-
ing to do with the parade's problems. A
week after that, the exact same piece
showed up in the Herald as Terry's
bi-weekly column in the Grove/Gables
"Neighbors" section.
It was nothing more than a soft-core
hatchet job on Baldwin, and nobody at
the Herald even noticed. Forget that there
were factual errors throughout the column,
including a comment that Terry never made
money running the parade. The Herald
obviously has cut so close to the bone they
have no editors left who can read and write.
Proof of that is evident every day.
Local politicians are in the toilet. The
Miami Herald is in the toilet. Is it time to
get rid of the politicos and close down Mi-
ami's Only Daily, and then start all over?

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How much do you rely on computers?

Compiled by Victor Barrenechea -BT Contributor


Brisje Graves
\r,.. , o ,,i, ,Associate
Omni
A lot. For instance, my
computer doesn't work
right now and I have
homework to do. I can't
live without it. It's very
convenient and you can get
answers very quick on the
Internet. You don't have to
rely on anyone. It's hard
to remember what my life
was like before computers.


Gustavo Marshall
Chiropractic Physician
Downtown
Excessively. I use them for
business. I even have an
iPhone. I use everything in
it, from the calculator to the
timer. This is attached to
me and I feel naked without
it. The Internet has become
tied in with everything
about my business. Without
computers the demands of
society would outweigh
the amount of time on my
hands. It would be too much
without the use of these
tools. I need technology. I
need computers.


Yutta Kenney
Stay-at-Home Mom
Upper Eastside
Not very much at all. I don't
have one. But if I need
information, sometimes I'll
download it on my phone. I
need a human voice when
I speak to someone. And I
think the Internet demands
too much personal infor-
mation from you, and that
makes me wary. My whole
life I've been in computer-
affiliated employment. I
have computer knowledge,
but I've never had one of
my own. I've made it this
far without one.


Japhet Cintron
-Il .',. r,,n Consultant
Midtown
More than I care to. I wake
up looking at my e-mail,
and my entire day depends
on computers, from taking
care of my clients' needs to
receiving news of the day
to staying in touch with
family. But I'm not a big
fan of computers. I try to
use them as little as pos-
sible. I'd rather have face-
to-face interaction. I think
life without computers
would be excellent. We'd
have better social skills,
more time for each other


Aoife O'Neill
Bartender
Miami Shores
One hundred percent. Basi-
cally, if I'm at home, I'm
on Facebook, constantly
checking it. I'd feel like
I wasn't connected to the
rest of the world if I didn't
have my laptop. I guess it's
true that instead of actually
meeting people and having
real conversations, we're
doing it all virtually. But
I suppose that makes it
easier to talk to people if
you don't really know them
that well. Without comput-
ers life would be boring


Roderick Kenney
Executive Chef
Upper Eastside
About 80 percent. Pretty
much everything we do in
business is done by com-
puter. I buy online. We get
our ratings online. We do
a lot of advertising online.
I play around on it. I buy
clothes on it. Everything's
at the reach of a finger. I
don't have to drive. I don't
have to leave the house if
I don't want. Realistically,
we're very fortunate to
have the Internet. It saves
a lot of time.


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that home prices are stabilizing, but he
says the market is still "rough," especial-
ly for new projects that cost developers
$300 per square foot or more to build.
Now they have to settle for $200 per
square foot, or even less. According to
Zalewski, a likely scenario for high-rise
condos already built is that developers
will sell their vacant units in bulk to
investors, who will use them as rentals.
Looking on the bright side, Seth
Gordon, a publicist who represented sev-
eral Miami developers, says the boom
"brought great progress" and believes that
Miami's empty buildings will soon be
"filled to the rafters."
"The real estate market didn't crash
in Buffalo because nobody ever built
anything in Buffalo," Gordon says. Going
to the bull pen for a baseball analogy, he


adds, "You know who strikes out the
most? Those who hit the most home runs."
But what about the developers who
simply struck out? "To a developer, not
making money is like getting killed,"
Gordon acknowledges. "But most of
those guys raised capital from other in-
vestors, so it's usually not a tremendous
amount of their own capital." Although
a few companies may lose properties to
foreclosure, or be forced into bankruptcy,
individual developers will do just fine. "I
don't think any developer is going to end
up in the poor house," Gordon says.
Regardless of their individual fates,
Miami developers have left us with quite
a few projects that once held great prom-
ise but today are, in one form or another,
suspended. The BT selected a few of
them for a closer look. There are many,
many more, of course, that were snuffed
out by the crash or are now struggling to
stay alive.


Biscayne Landing
15051 Royal Oaks Lane, North Miami
Developer: Originally Michael Swerdlow, later Boca Developers
Status: Two towers occupied; 188 acres undeveloped


n the 1950s, Florida politicians
thought the best way to promote
North Dade and honor the cultural
and national achievements of the West-
ern Hemisphere was to invest taxpayer
money to plan for a permanent world's
fair on 1600 acres near the Oleta River.
Called Interama, it would include
assorted plazas and landmarks, such
as a 1000-foot-tall tower, an under-
water tunnel, and a heavy-rail system
that would take people to someplace
or other. Eventually federal and state
officials realized that Interama was
a bad idea and the land was divided


Before Boca Developers deliver
its promise to build a guard house(
swimming pool, it surrendered al
160 unsold units in a foreclosure



up between Oleta River State Park,
Florida International University, and,
after paying $12 million for almost 300
acres, the City of North Miami.
In 1972 North Miami decided to
lease its acreage to a company called


Munisport, which promised to create a
championship golf course. Instead the
land became a poorly run landfill where
toxic chemicals and biomedical waste
were buried along with other refuse.
When the federal government
finally removed Munisport from its
Superfund cleanup list in 1999, city of-
ficials caught the Interama bug again and
dreamed of building an amphitheater,
an Olympic training field, schools, and
housing atop the former dump.
Enter Michael Swerdlow, who,
in 2003, won the right to construct a
193-acre mini city that would include a
charter school and library. He
would call it Biscayne Land-
d on ing. Swerdlow brought in a
e and company called Boca Devel-
bout opers as a partner, and got a
action. 200-year lease to construct as
many as 5999 living units and
at least 100,000 square feet of
commercial space.
In exchange, the developers prom-
ised to provide one affordable housing
unit in North Miami for every new unit
they built at Biscayne Landing, and
they'd also kick in $20 million for parks
and arts programs. Meanwhile, North


Miami officials created a community
redevelopment district encompassing
much of the city, the idea being that new
projects would be funded by tax rev-
enues collected at Biscayne Landing.
After buying Swerdlow's share of
the project, Boca Developers took out
mortgages totaling nearly $200 million,
then constructed two 25-story residential
towers with 373 units between them.
When the Oaks at Biscayne opened in
2007, about 200 of the condo units had
been sold.
Yet even before Boca Developers
delivered on its promise to build a guard
house and swimming pool, the company
surrendered about 160 unsold condo units
to iStar Financial in a "friendly," $29
million foreclosure action. Then this past
August 31, Credit Suisse foreclosed on the


remaining 188 acres of undeveloped land
in order to recoup its $35 million mortgage.
North Miami officials are not ex-
pecting tax revenues anytime soon from
the unbuilt 5629 condo units, though
they are counting on some $18 million
for parks from Credit Suisse by the end
of October, says North Miami Council-
man Scott Galvin.
Then there's the matter of 370 af-
fordable housing units promised to the
city. "That's been a major bone of con-
tention and discussion at our [commu-
nity redevelopment] meetings," Galvin
says. "There have been some successful
rehabs of existing homes, but nowhere
near the amount of new or rehabbed
housing that we should have."


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Kubik
5582 NE 4th Ct., Miami
Developer: LAB Developers
Status: Unbuilt
A construction crane stands ready
to bring about "Innovation
Cubed," as promised by a nearby
billboard. Yet there are no workers in
that vacant lot across the street from
Mark Soyka's bustling commercial com-
plex known as 55th Street Station. Just
uncut grass, a few scrawny trees, and an
empty construction trailer.
This is where LAB Developers
hopes to build Kubik, a twin 16-story
condominium offering buyers 304
"adaptable" and "innovative" loft living
spaces between $300,000 and $2.5
million. Planned amenities include an
"urban tropical forest," an herb garden,
a cinema, a sunrise meditation terrace,
and a wine cellar. A plastic model of
Kubik was once proudly displayed in
LAB's sales office at 55th Street Station.
LAB may have vacated its Upper
Eastside sales hub, but it hasn't disap-
peared. In a phone interview from his
office in Palm Beach, Paul Murphy, one
of LAB Developers' partners, says they
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City Commission has also, repeatedly,
approved Kubik's 130-foot-tall design,
which LAB Developers will have a right
to build until the year 2014, says Luciana
Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Miami's
Planning Department.
Unless, that is, Kubik's opponents
emerge victorious. The Morningside
Civic Association has been fighting Kubik
since 2004, arguing that design guidelines
limit building heights to 35 feet along
that stretch of Biscayne Boulevard. After
years of seesaw legal wrangling, Kubik's
fate is in the hands of the Third District
Court of Appeal. "They were supposed
to give us a decision on June 1," Murphy
sighs. "The courts are backlogged."
Elvis Cruz, an outspoken member
of the Morningside Civic Association,
says a 130-foot-tall building is simply
incompatible with his neighborhood. The
Morningside group, he insists, won't
back off, even if the appeals court rules
against them. "We're in this for the long
haul," he says. Aiding their stubborn-
ness is the fact that their lawyers, also
Morningside residents, are waiving their
legal fees.
But Zalewski of Condo Vultures
thinks time is on Murphy's side: "He can
play hardball with the neighbors and get
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Oasis on the Bay
7951 NE Bayshore Ct., Miami
Developer: The Related Group of Florida
Status: Dead

n those banners that haven't
yet been ripped to shreds by
Mother Nature, you can still
see the alluring promise of "Sparkling
Days, Shimmering Nights." But behind
the fence from which the banners hang?
Only barren land, two Clear Channel
billboards, and a pile of construction
material. Nearby is a disheveled struc-
ture surrounded by yellow tape and a
Japanese-inspired garden that is slowly
being overtaken by weeds.
For three years the structure served
as the sales center for Oasis on the Bay as
the Related Group sought to build two 20-


Despite strong opposition, Mia
blessed the project and granted
ownership of a block-long stretch
the public street that divided his
parcels.


story towers on nearly four acres of land in
a project that would include a health spa, a
restaurant, a 20-boat marina, a couple of
infinity-edge pools, and a 12-seat DVD
movie theater. Sensing that the market was
oversaturated, in 2005 prolific developer
Jorge Perez promoted Oasis as something
of a financial oasis for the middle class.


Most of the planned 475 units had price
tags between $200,000 and $300,000.
In spite of strong opposition from
nearby Shorecrest homeowners, the City of
Miami blessed the project in 2006 and even
granted Perez ownership of a block-long
stretch of NE Bayshore Court, the public
street that divided his twin parcels of land.
And then everything went to heck.
"We were not able to get a construction
loan and we are not moving forward with
our entitlements. We gave the land back
to City National Bank [six months ago],"
says Related Group project coordinator
Eric Fordin. Asked if the proj-
ect's failure had anything to
mdo with the market downturn,
Perez Fordin replied, "What do you
:h of think?"
twin Other than noting that
the sales center "is already
being dismantled, so to speak,"
Fordin would not comment
further. Calls to City National Bank
were not returned. Luciana Gonzalez
of Miami's Planning Department, says
building rights at the Oasis site are
vested until March 2010, and could be
extended two additional years.

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Tomas Regalado Will Put the City

Back on the Right Track


* Making people part of the process
Enacting a policy of true listening shall be the guiding principle of our City
government. The two-minute rule that limits the time allotted to residents
when speaking before the City of Miami Commission must be abolished. It's
an unfair measure that has been enforced while special interests receive hours
of attention before commissioners behind closed doors. We shall establish
democratic regulations where the people of Miami are encouraged to voice
their concerns and assist in determining the future of our city.

* Pursuing responsible growth in commercial areas
A fundamental change is needed to make the economy work for both residents
and businesses established in our commercial areas. The first step should be
the creation of incentives geared towards bringing solid enterprises to our
neighborhoods. We need to deliver new opportunities for incoming small
businesses while still providing motivation for our older businesses to grow. It's
time to set out on an essential massive policy, which builds a strong economy
based on decent work, fair pay and success within our city boundaries.

* Promoting growth and controlled development
We shall build towards a future where the benefits of development will be
shared by all;where the charm of a growing city is in harmony with our neighbor
hoods; and where our residents, not outside developers or interests, determine
the future of our city.

* Holding the line against raising property taxes
Without a doubt, we all need property tax relief. We need to fix the current tax
burden with comprehensive plans that would replace any additional money
expected from more tax revenues. We must provide tools for job creation and
investment, and we should cut unnecessary government spending and waste,
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excellence that are expected. All city employees and department heads should
show interest, responsibility and pride in all functions related to their
performance as servants of the people. It shall be understood and put into
effect that as public servants we have an obligation to provide our residents
with the expected services they pay for.

* Promoting opportunity for all citizens
There can be no more business as usual,no more unfair policies that,under the guise
of progress and development, place special interests over the needs our residents.

*Increasing neighborhood vigilance
Public safety is the first obligation of city government. There should be zero
tolerancefor street crime. Ourcitydeservesa strong policedepartment. Aggressive
crime enforcement shall lead vigilance in all of our residential neighborhoods
and commercial areas.

* Improving housing opportunities for seniors and
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Everglades on the Bay
244 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Developer: Cabi Developers
Status: Slightly occupied
he sales team at Everglades on $1 million. Selling
the Bay has been very busy. So points: a lobby filled
busy they didn't notice that a with Romero Britto
glass panel on the sales office's 14th art; an 1100-space
floor balcony had shattered one windy parking garage;
and stormy September afternoon. When and an eighth floor,
the BT, visiting the high-rise at the 100,000-square-
moment shards of glass rained down on foot "amenity deck"
the sidewalk, informed sales and mar- boasting two pools,
keting consultant Joanne Adams of the a spa, and a tiki bar.
accident, she was grateful but too busy Cabi Develop-
for an interview. ers managed to rake
She and her colleagues have their in deposits for 93
work cut out for them. Of 850 units, only percent of the units by
80 had been sold by September 2, accord- the time the build-
ing to news reports. The previous month ing was topped off
Cabi Developers had filed for bankruptcy, in 2008. According
seeking protection from hundreds of to the South Florida
creditors who are chasing after a reported Business Journal,
$500 million in liabilities, among those depositors were at least three
This massive condo complex was prominent City of Miami employees city
named after the 377-room Everglades attorney Julie Bru, Capital Improvements
Hotel, built in 1926 and imploded by Program spokeswoman Danette Perez, and
Cabi Developers in 2003. They replaced firefighter union head Robert Suarez.
it with two 49-story towers, whose units And then Cabi's leader, 39-year-
originally were priced from $166,000 to old Mexican developer Jacobo Cababie,


died of a heart attack in June 2008. As
Cababie's brothers took over his empire,
which included other projects in Miami,
Aventura, and Los Angeles, the real
estate market tanked and Everglades
buyers including Bru, Perez, and
Suarez backed out of their contracts.


Cabi Developers filed for bankruptcy
in August soon after Bank of America
sought to foreclose on a $256 million
mortgage. Federal bankruptcy Judge
Laurel Isicoff has scheduled a hearing
for October 7.


los on the I
720 NE 62nd St
Developer: Bluestone Developmer
Status: Two units o


The concept: Offer buyers a chance
to be "far from the city's com-
motion, yet within minutes of
downtown Miami and the Beaches."
Part of that formula was to keep things
small. Ios on the Bay's two towers stand
just three-
stories tall and
contain a total Most los buyers or
of 45 units. their contracts. A
Omar Garban, family of four lives
,*" a real estate
associate with second unit is oc
associate with
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erties, reports
S- that los was 95 percent "sold out" in pre-
construction, when units were marketed
for between $550,000 and $3 million.
a IBut los was not immune to the
B jy crash. Prior to its completion last year,
., Miami most buyers opted not to close on their
it Group contracts, Garban says. As of September,
occupied a family of four lives in one unit while a
second unit is occupied part-time.


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But Garban says los's lender is work-
ing with the Fort Lauderdale developer,
allowing for markdowns of 45 percent.
The new los unit prices, he reports, range
from $215,000 to $1.5 million. On the
los job for two months, Garban says he's
making prog-
ress. "People
ed not to close on like it a lot,"
of September, a he notes.
"Four sold in
n one unit while a our sold in
five weeks.
upied part-time. That's pretty
That's pretty
good right
now.
Aside from the down market, another
obstacle for los is its location, at least in
the opinion of Peter Zalewski of Condo
Vultures. The project is hidden away at the
bayfront end of a cul-de-sac in a low-rise
neighborhood. "It's a nice project," says
Zalewski, "just in the wrong location."

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NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS: MIAMI SHORES


Don't Trash It, Donate It


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor


Suspected I was in the right place
when, after walking into Art &
Fashion Showcase on Biscayne Bou-
levard, just over the Miami Shores line
into North Miami, I immediately spotted
the early-1980s designer blouse with the
Daffy Dan's tag still attached.
Daffy Dan's was located in my
rather pretentious hometown of Liv-
ingston, New Jersey. During my forma-
tive years, which were also in the early
to mid-1980s, it sold eclectic designer
samples, one-offs, and racks of odd sizes
for astonishingly low prices. I liked it
even more because my NYC bedroom
community peers shopped at Bloomie's
and other mall department stores, where
the elitist-priced outfits beckoned the
less, well, artistically driven. And while
Daffy's, as it became formally known
in 1987, is these days a clothing, acces-
sories, and home-goods empire with 21


stores all over the
Northeast, I still
browse there every
time I visit my
folks.
The price tag
bearing the store's
older name, Daffy
Dan's, confirming
the blouse as pre-
1987 and therefore
an authentic col-
lectible, lent me a
private chuckle. I
felt an even more
pleasant jolt of serendipity when I began
to chat with owner Jenni Gordon, who
had opened the boutique only a couple of
days before I wandered in, she said.
As it turns out, Art & Fashion Show-
case is a nonprofit organization. All of the
goods in the store high-quality stuff
ranging in purpose and style from an
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me, though her grandmother and father,
who had been handling the organization,
had been turning the money mostly into
scholarships for college-age students, she
was interested in expanding her reach.
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that I've taken ajob teaching at Miami Arts,
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located in the Design District. I'm fortunate
enough to have been given two rooms in
the building, one for my classroom and
one that I'm making into a lounge, where I
teach the kids how to workshop each other's
poetry and fiction This is also where we will
eventually run the school's literary journal
and do the yearbook. The problem is, it's
a plain white box of a room: no windows,
no furniture, no relief from the uninspiring
landscape of fresh plaster. So I've been doing
some decorating. And in order to do this on
a teacher's salary, I've been thrift-shopping
quite a bit.
For me this is no hardship. Not only
do I love a bargain for good material,
instilled in me from my Daffy Dan
days, I have a fondness for old things
so much so I co-authored a craft/
sewing book with a designer from New
York called Born-Again Vintage, even
though I've never gone much beyond
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Donate It
Continued from page 20

Miami Shores, where there's practical-
ly guaranteed to be multiple moving,
estate, or garage sales every weekend,
has been a good source of stuff for
me. And at this point I've been to, or
know about, nearly every consignment,
vintage, antique, thrift, and donation
shop in the area, including the North
Miami Goodwill Superstore & Dona-
tion Center. Opened this past summer,
the North Miami Goodwill Superstore,
11990 W. Dixie Hwy., represents what
all of their larger thrift stores will
look like in the future: high ceilings,
brightly lighted, with clothes divided
into size- and sex-appropriate sections
like a department store. Plus, as my
daughter says, "It doesn't smell bad."
I don't care much about odors -
there's always dry cleaning and Febreze -
as long as there aren't any moths or other
destructive insects. And yes, I have flipped
through racks of "vintage" clothing where
moths have risen in a fluttering swarm, and
the owners just shrug (or worse, berate me)
when I tell them.


For this quest, I haven't encountered
any unpleasantness. Quite the oppo-
site, in fact. I've never had so much fun
scoring funky paintings, throw pillows,
and foot stools at relatively low cost. It's
amazing how generous folks like Jenni
Gordon and Donna Ashby Clark of the
Upper Eastside's Divine Trash, become
when you
talk about
teaching. Just I'll leave it to som
mentioning the the perfect location
word "kids" boutique in the hi
got me pillows sale-happy
for them to
sit on from
Gordon, and
Clark donated a large canvas in addi-
tion to knocking prices down on other,
smaller pieces. At both sites, I've been
invited to hold readings for my MAC
students, which will be such a thrill for
them and for me.
Another place I've been haunting,
Grubstake/GIVE Good Works (giveg-
oodworks.org) also operates as a charity
organization. It takes donations of furni-
ture and goods, for which you can deduct
fair-market value from your taxes, and


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either gives them to families in need or
sells them at its Wynwood Art District
thrift store on 24th Street and N. Miami
Avenue, about 15 blocks from my school.
This place is a treasure trove, crammed
with the history of 50 households at any
given time, and it's a hoot to wander
through the ever-changing merchandise.
Even closer
to my school
one else to scout and Miami
for a funky vintage Shores, Lotus
art of our garage- House Thrift
community. (lotushouse-
shelter.org)
debuted at the
end of Sep-
tember on NW 36th Street. Lotus House
is a shelter for homeless women and chil-
dren, and the shop's proceeds go toward
maintaining it. Sited in a former art
gallery and done up in colors usually re-
served for cotton candy, it's also staffed
by Lotus House residents, giving them
valuable work experience the prover-
bial two birds with one thrifty stone. You
know I'll be a frequent customer, and not
for the ovenware, either. After working
in pajamas for 13 years as a freelance


writer, my teacher's wardrobe could use
some enhancement. And I don't think I'll
be getting donations for that.
Naturally, with my taste for vintage,
I've always thought about opening a store
of my own. Miami Shores Village would
be the ideal place for it, and I've got such
a collection of everything from cribbage
boards to milk glass that I could probably
stake it with items from my own house.
Then again, I've made my commit-
ment to educate teens about writing fiction
and poetry, and making them comfortable
while they read and critique each other's
work a scary prospect for most of them.
So I'll leave it to someone else to scout
the perfect location for a funky vintage
boutique in the heart of our garage-sale-
happy community, perhaps even during
the christening of our new Village Place,
scheduled for Friday, October 2.
By the time you read this, the celebra-
tion will over, but know that I was there,
playing at Miss Jane's Music Studio with
the Miami Shores Flute Ensemble, using
my 30-year-old flute. Which, come to think
of it, is a collectible.

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NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS: BISCAYNE PARK


Eros Interrupted
When the dark and frozen North snuffs out libido, it time to fight back


By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

If a Fountain of Youth existed, I'd
estimate its location to be in the 305
area code. It's odd. Miami-Dade has
a large population of retirees. And you
haven't truly experienced Miami until
you've sat in a restaurant booth and
overheard an elder complaining about
hemorrhoids or a looming "procedure."
Or if you're lucky, both chats will pop up
just as you're about to take a bite of your
pork won-ton. Granted, the probability
of this event occurring increases once
you enter the 954 and especially the 561
area codes, but Miami is no slacker when
it comes to appetite-suppressing chitchat.
You might think all that surround-
sound maturity makes you feel older
than your years. But no! If I stole a coin
from said fictitious Fountain of Youth
every time old folks in South Florida
actually made me feel young, I'd be one
wealthy woman.


On the other hand, here in Bing-
hamton, New York, the MFT (Merciless
Frozen Tundra), I aged 15 years in 12
months. The population here is much
younger than anywhere in South Florida,
especially Biscayne Park. So what gives?
As usual I have thought through this.
So here goes.


This Older Than I Really Am
sensation: Is it because of the epidemic
number of teenage pregnancies in this
area? Maybe. It's kind of unsettling to
constantly see 16-year-olds not only with
a "bump" but pushing at least one other
child around in a stroller. It's downright
depressing. For a moment I will forgo


the sociological implications of what this
says about the MFT and just add that
being a 35-year-old childless woman in
New York's Southern Tier makes me
more of a novelty than a Good Humor
truck in Somalia. Well, at least I'm mar-
ried. I think that lone fact saves me from
witch" status.
Perhaps this feeling of premature
aging is due to the MFT wardrobe
requirements? The ratio of flesh to fabric
is probably comparable to those of the
mummies that will soon make their Hal-
loween appearance. Don't get me wrong.
I do like hats, scarves, and mittens. But
let's get serious. Strappy heels and sun-
dresses compared with long, puffy coats
worthy of the Michelin Man?
Being a native Miamian, I'm gonna
say it straight: I like to show the goods.
Girls like attention. That's right. I like
my breasts and I like to show them off.
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Eros
Continued from page 22

them. So shoot me. You can snicker all
you want because I feel no shame.
But up here the girls receive no
notice. How could they? Just try tossing
the word "cleavage" around. In the MFT,
people mistake it for that kitchen knife
used for hacking up animal carcasses
during hunting season. Proof: One day
this past summer (all eight weeks of it),
I went into a Target with an exposed
shoulder. A guy working there almost
walked into a display of toaster ovens.
That is not a compliment, people. That is
just sad.
Let's talk about Northern Propagan-
da, the "Great White Myths" that people
who live in cold climates tell themselves
each winter.
Myth #1: Covering up is really sexy.
Well, maybe if you're an Eskimo. For the
rest of us not encased in ice I say this:
What a bunch of frostbite crap. Know
what else is sexy? The Puritans. Yeah.
They really knew how to whoop it up
and get down. (Now, as I noted earlier,
there are an awful lot of kids having


kids here. However, that has more to do
with a lack of sex education, ignorance,
and arcane religious beliefs than cold air
making people want to fornicate.)
Myth #2: The cold makes you want
to snuggle up and have sex. Body heat
and all that. Oh, please. I don't come
in from a 20-degree day (that is still
warm here) and want to "do it." I want
to defrost, a process akin to offering up
your extremities to ravenous armies of
red ants. Once the defrost is done, I'll
tell you what I am ready for, and it is not
a roll in the hay. It's called getting my
tropically reared and now popsicled ass
on a plane as fast as possible. I do not
become randy. I do not want to snuggle. I
become angry. I want to destroy.
Here is a recent example: Three
consecutive days of gray skies and
rain, typical MFT behavior. What did
I do? I am not a particularly violent
person, but when pushed, I throw and
I break. So I played softball with my
husband's prized, homegrown toma-
toes. I grabbed the bubblegum-pink bat
usually reserved for playing ball with
my dogs, positioned myself on the back
porch and one by one there they


went: Toss, smack, smash. Toss, smack,
smash. Toss, smack, smash.
I watched with pleasure as red pulp
and juice ran down the taupe garage
walls. Then I went to where the flaccid
fruit landed, reclaimed the remnants,
and hurled the gooey mass once more.
I dropped the bat and wiped my fore-
head, leaving a trail of seeds above my
eyebrows.
Now the leaves are falling, and so
is my libido. I am not a biologist and I
have not written a thesis, but in my case
there seems to be a direct correlation
between the hibernation of animals and
the hibernation of my vagina. This is,
in a word, distressing. Especially when
you consider the MFT sees a ten-month
winter. Especially when you consider
that when I lived in Miami, I was not a
dried-out, shriveled-up version of myself.
Of course, you do not need a Ph.D. in
psychology to know that environment
affects libido, and that desire itself origi-
nates in the brain.
Still, I have been to doctors about
this problem of mine. Every one of them
has told me to leave the MFT Psy-
chologists, psychiatrists, gynecologists,


general practitioners. Some feebly
suggest I "embrace winter sports." The
frosty look on my face answers that one.
"Don't get me wrong," my doctor
said last week, surveying me wearily, "I
am not trying to kick you out of New
York, but "
Recently a phlebotomist performed
my hormone panel. Since moving to the
MFT my levels of estrogen and testoster-
one have declined. So there we have it!
The MFT is literally robbing me of my
womanly juices.
What is the answer to feeling
younger, to getting the va-jay-jay oper-
able again? I can increase my estrogen.
I can shiver through fewer layers. But I
woke up this morning and, as I do each
morning, pulled back the window shade
with that "kid-on-Christmas-day" hope
for sun. And there it was. A big, bright
answer.
I extended my hand, palm out, fin-
gers spread, placed it flat on the warm
glass, and exhaled. And the answer came
to me.
I'm coming home.

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The Blame Game


Pensions for Miami fire
By Frank Rollason i
BT Contributor


'm sure many of you have been fol-
lowing the City of Miami's trials and
tribulations dealing with its budget.
By the time this edition of Biscayne
Times hits the street, the budget will be
set for the new fiscal year. Our city and
county millages (tax rates) will have
been set, painful cuts will have been
made, and it'll be all over but the crying.
In the midst of all the consternation,
the city administration has contended
that employee pensions have caused the
financial turmoil. If you believe that, I
know of a bridge in Brooklyn you might
want to buy. The city's pension dilemma
was a long time in the making from
way back when the city had control of
the various pension boards. From the
days when it was common practice for
administrators to allow their banking and
investment buddies to dump their under-
performing stocks in the fire and police


fighters and police officers did not create the mess we're in today


pension funds. From a time when the city
was illegally pulling out pension profits to
pay Workers Compensation claims.
The unionized firefighters finally
had enough of this foolishness. When
the problems couldn't be corrected
through the negotiation process, they
filed a class-action law suit (the so-called
Gates Suit) against the city. The fire-
fighters prevailed in their endeavor, and
part of the settlement was to have more


firefighters and police officers than city
administrators on the pension board.
As we all know, pendulums never sit
still in the center. This time the pendu-
lum swung far toward favoring employ-
ees, and there it has been for these many
years years, by the way, in which
investment returns on these pension
funds outperformed any previous years
when managed by city administrators.
Most of today's financial mess is a result


of the city failing to make appropriate
payments when the market was up. The
city basically spent the money instead of
saving for the inevitable rainy day. And
now it's pouring!
Recently the Miami Herald pub-
lished an editorial called "How To Fix
the Pension Mess," which was pretty
general in its approach because it dealt
with the issue on a statewide basis. Since
I am most familiar with the City of Mi-
ami's pension system, I thought I'd take
a stab at explaining a couple of the most
important issues affecting it.
First, income earned from overtime
work does not count toward pensions, so
all the overtime going to firefighters and
police officers we've read about has no
impact on increasing their pension benefits.
Second, the city's Deferred Retire-
ment Option Plan, known as DROP,
benefits both the city and the employees
who participate in it. Essentially, DROP

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Continued from page 24

allows veteran city employees to officially
"retire" but then to continue working at
their jobs, earning their normal salaries
- but not increasing their pensions.
Some people believe that DROP
provides for an employee to receive a
job promotion and corresponding salary
increase just before retiring, thus boost-
ing the employee's pension benefits.
Not true. However, there is a provision
that guarantees certain city employees
(union members) a five-percent pay raise
just before retirement. It is retroactive
one year and does in fact increase the
employee's pension benefits.
This DROP salary bump is afforded
to most nonunion employees, too, at the
discretion of the city manager. Though
included in the union contracts, it's a
provision that could be subject to nego-
tiations without compromising the tenets
of the DROP program itself.
There is a popular perception that
the DROP program costs taxpayers
more money than ordinary retirement.
This is not the case. For employees to


enter DROP, they must have reached
the required age and number of years
of service for ordinary retirement. All
employees in the DROP plan are offi-
cially retired and thus not eligible to gain
more credits to increase their pensions.
The DROP pension is the same as if the
employee took ordinary retirement -
except the employee continues to work
without increasing his pension benefit.
DROP employees do not directly
receive their pension payments as they
continue to work for the city. Their
money goes into one or more investment
plans selected by the employees (thus
the "deferred" part of the plan) and ac-
cumulates tax-deferred interest like a
401(k) or IRA until they completely
sever their employment relationship with
the city. Once an employee, or rather
a retiree, begins to draw on the money
that has accumulated, he or she must pay
taxes on it as ordinary income.
The advantage for employees is obvi-
ous a tax-sheltered investment that
grows while they continue working. The
advantage for the city is that it continues
to have the service of seasoned em-
ployees with institutional knowledge of


city operations, yet it can do so without
increasing employees' pension benefits
in later years, when benefits accrue at
the highest rate. The advantage for the
pension system itself is similar to the
city's: The employees have retired and so
benefits cannot be increased.
Considering the amount of time it
takes to recruit, hire, and train firefighters
and police officers, the DROP program
doubles as a valuable planning tool. It gives
city officials a chance to look ahead in the
hiring process. They can predict when and
how many new employees they'll need to
bring aboard to keep these two vital de-
partments adequately staffed. In fact they
know several years in advance, so the new
positions can be budgeted for the fiscal
year actual vacancies will occur. Theoreti-
cally this should curtail the huge overtime
costs that now seem to be required in order
to keep police on the streets and fire trucks
in service.
Also consider that you can't really
be a police officer or firefighter in the
private sector. For these employees to
perform their duties, they need extraordi-
nary powers, which can only be granted
and controlled by a governmental entity.


While most City of Miami employees
can find similar work in the private
sector, this is not the case for police of-
ficers or firefighters.
So before anyone goes off half-
cocked, ranting about killing the
pensions, keep in mind that this these
are benefits afforded to those who have
chosen to stand between you and di-
saster for most of their lives. These are
the men and women who will run into
burning buildings when the roaches
and rats are literally racing in the other
direction, or who will place their body
between you and a hail of bullets -
that thin blue line between civil order
and anarchy.
Why would they do this? Because
that is simply what they do. It is in
their blood, and they are proud to do it.
How many of us would have climbed
those stairs at the World Trade Center
that fateful day for $35 an hour and the
chance at a decent pension when you
are still young and fit enough to enjoy
the fruits of your bravery? Not too
many, I suspect.

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The 41st Street Oaks Live to See Another Day
SOr maybe another century, thanks to a couple of activists and many Miami tree lovers


By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor

On NE 41st Street, in the heart
of Miami's Design District,
two majestic, 80-foot-tall
Southern Live Oaks, estimated to be
nearly 100 years old, narrowly es-
caped the chainsaw last month thanks
to two Biscayne Corridor residents
tired of witnessing the destruction of
Miami's sparse tree canopy.
On August 26, Miami's Code
Enforcement Department posted a sign
on a vacant lot at 28 NE 41st Street
announcing the approval of an applica-
tion to cut down the two stately oaks.
The applicants, art collectors Carlos
and Rosa de la Cruz, hoped to make
room for several more vehicles in a
soon-to-be-built parking lot on their
property, across the street from their
new museum, which will showcase
their world-renowned collection of
contemporary art.
The approval did come with some
conditions. Under the city's Master Tree
Plan, an initiative that aims to restore
Miami's denuded tree canopy, the de
la Cruzes were required to either pay
money into Miami's Tree Trust Fund or
plant new replacement trees on their land.
The number and size of the required
replacement trees was determined by
a formula based on the diameter of the
trees being removed. In the case of the
41st Street Oaks, the formula was either
26 trees that are 12 feet tall, or 19 trees
that are 14 feet tall.
Since those replacement trees
couldn't reasonably be placed on their
property, the de la Cruzes agreed to hire


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leaped into action when they learned
the trees were to be destroyed.

a contractor and have them planted in a
public park instead the cost of which
could have easily exceeded $10,000.
But George Perez, a local photog-
rapher and lover of trees, and Miryam
Rojas, who owns property adjacent to
the future parking lot, felt that plant-
ing younger, smaller trees elsewhere
in the city was a poor compromise for
cutting down such regal, long-stand-
ing oaks.
Less than 48 hours after Code
Enforcement posted the notice on the de
la Cruzes' property, Perez called Mi-
ami's historic preservation officer, Ellen


Miryam Rojas's diagram of one
possible solution.


Uguccioni to find out how the city's
decision could be appealed. She told him
to put his objections in writing and bring
them to her office, along with a check
for $150, the hefty fee prescribed by the
city. He filed the paperwork on Monday,
August 31, effectively stalling the trees'
demise until his appeal could be consid-
ered by the city's Historic and Environ-
mental Preservation Board at one of their
upcoming monthly meetings.
Rojas followed suit, submitting not
only a written appeal, but also sketches
showing various ways the trees could be in-
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Both Perez and Rojas cited a sec-
Stion of Miami's zoning code (Article 8.1,
entitled "Tree Protection") in their letters
- which aims to ensure that "the design
Sand construction of all development ac-
tivity is executed in a manner consistent
with the preservation of existing trees
to the greatest extent possible." After
reviewing the paperwork filed for the de
la Cruzes' application, Perez and Rojas
noted that efforts to preserve the trees
were certainly not taken "to the greatest
extent possible."
The BT's September article "Solid
as an Oak Tree, Dead as a Door Nail,"
which chronicled the plight of the 41st
Street Oaks, triggered "a virtual flood
of communications from city residents,"
according to historic preservation of-
ficer Uguccioni. Among the letters was
one from the Buena Vista East Historic
Neighborhood Association, which is ad-
jacent to the proposed parking lot. "The
city has aimed for years to encourage
the growth of a substantial tree canopy,"
wrote association president Brenda
Kuhns Neuman, "and destruction of this
tree is clearly adverse to that noble and
practical interest."
Bob Brennan, a well-known Miami
tree expert and chief arborist at Fairch-
ild Tropical Botanic Garden, wrote
directly to Rosa de la Cruz with his
concerns after inspecting the "twin"
trees: "I am sure you have artworks
made by people who spent years, maybe
lifetimes, creating images and objects
to please the eye and perhaps soothe
the soul. But I have yet to encounter
manmade art that can change the earth's

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Once Exclusive, Now Inclusive

The Miami Shores Country Club throws open its doors to one and all


By Mark Sell
Special to BT


T his month the Miami Shores
Country Club will celebrate its 70th
birthday by opening its doors to
the general public. That means friendly
people on good behavior will be welcome,
whether Shores residents or not. The club
will still have golf and tennis member-
ships, which entitle members to price
discounts and other perks. The so-called
social-membership program will also con-
tinue for those who don't play either sport.
But now virtually anyone can walk
through the front doors at 10000 Biscayne
Blvd. for a drink, a meal, some music, or
just some people-watching. No member-
ship required. By "virtually," the club
means everyone who adheres to the "casu-
ally elegant" dress code: no flip-flops, tank
tops, T-shirts, jeans, or shorts. This, after all,
is a country club where a certain decorum is
still expected amid the Georgian columns,
silken wallpaper, and heavy drapes.
However, old walls both real and
imagined are tumbling. "We should have
done this years ago," says Alberto Pozzi,
the club's general manager since 1991.
"There are a lot of people who never set
foot in here, and that includes Miami
Shores residents."
Pozzi is the tall, 55-year-old, worldly
Uruguayan-bom fellow with the trademark
handlebar mustache you see at the club six
days a week, year in and year out. "We are
extremely excited at the changes that are
taking place," he says. "We look at this as a
tremendous opportunity to reposition the fa-
cility to reflect the needs of the community."
Economics, of course, compels the
change. The old model no longer works.


Now you too can enjoy a $4 happy-hour martini at the country cl
great oval bar.


For one thing, tennis and golf have been
in national decline. Florida golf courses
were closing during the 2001-2006 real-
estate bubble to make way for developers
who never developed. Just up the street,
the Williams Island golf course is over-
grown with weeds rather than 825 town-
houses. Recent South Florida golf course
casualties are legion: California Club,
Presidential, Fontainebleau, Miramar, and
Raintree are just part of the list.
The Miami Shores Country Club is
not likely to become yet another casualty,
but it has dropped below break-even,
with about $3.5 million in revenue this
year, down from $3.8 million two years
ago. "For us to start to breathe easy, we


need to be in the $3.6 to $3.7-mi
range," says Pozzi, responsible f
of 75 who try to keep greens anc
ties pristine on a tight budget. "1
not a last-ditch move by any me
it's time to do something."
The country club and Villag
Miami Shores operate as an ecoi
cally intertwined public-private
ship, and always have. The villa
the country club's 110 acres and
the land to the club. Under the c
25-year lease, which expires in
club, run by Professional Course
agement (Pozzi's employer), pay
village $25,000 a year for the fir
million in revenue, another $50,'


1; the first $100,000 above $3.6 million,
4
Sand another $25,000 for every $100,000
- b above that. When the club took in some
$3.8 million two years ago, the village
Sgot $100,000. This year the village will
g get only $25,000. So the club's success is
Very much in the village's interest.
At its September 1 meeting, the Miami
Shores Village Council gave the club its
unanimous blessing to open the doors.
The seven-member country club advisory
board, weighted with baby boomers in
their 50s and early 60s, saw no other way.
"The bar and dining room are underuti-
lized, and that's the fourth leg of the table
needed to make the club successful -
along with golf, tennis, and banquets,"
said board member Jesse Walters, age
53. "Members still can keep any status or
bragging rights, so keeping social mem-
berships seemed a good compromise."
Added 58-year-old board member
ub's Bob Swan: "This place is a diamond in
the rough. It has one of the most beauti-
ful bars in Miami. It has great golf, great
million tennis. A lot of people didn't feel they
or a staff were welcome. They are welcome."
d facili- Historically, not everyone has been
This is welcome at the Miami Shores Country
ans, but Club. From its opening in November
1939 through the 1950s, membership was
e of capped and restricted to property owners
nomi- in Miami Shores. Two generations ago,
partner- deed restrictions on residences prohibited
ge owns African Americans and Jews from owning
leases property in the Shores, and thus they
current were also banned from membership at the
2025, the country club. Perceptions of prejudice and
Man- exclusivity ran deep, though that world
s the changed long ago. Today Miami Shores


st $3.6
000 for


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From Soup to Nuts and Apples to Zucchini
S The Upper Eastside Green Market finds a new home and (we hope) new life


By Margaret Griffis
BT Contributor


When the Upper Eastside Green
Market reopens October 31,
fans of the farmers market will
not only enjoy the Halloween-themed
flavor of opening day, they'll also be
pleasantly surprised to find the market
has moved down to the 55th Street
Station commercial complex. Plans are
nearly complete to transfer the market
from Legion Park to its new home in
the south parking lot of Soyka's Restau-
rant at 5556 NE 4th Ct., where a more
compatible atmosphere could boost at-
tendance and provide the weekly market
with a permanent home.
The Upper Eastside Green Market is
just one of several area open-air ven-
tures produced by Claire Tomlin and her
Market Company. Her stable of farm-
ers markets brings local produce and
other products to residents of Surfside,
Pinecrest, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, and
Normandy Isle in Miami Beach. Tomlin
organized her first market on Miami
Beach's Lincoln Road Mall in 1995.
For the past two years, the Upper
Eastside market has positioned itself at
Legion Park, Biscayne Boulevard at 66th
Street. "The first year went extraordinari-
ly well," recalls Tomlin, who says she's
pleased to remain within the Biscayne
Corridor. "Lincoln Road has been excel-
lent, but it's a different kind of market.
It's a tourist destination."
The second year at Legion Park,
however, didn't quite meet expectations.
Tomlin can't specify the reasons behind
a marked drop-off in attendance. "I've
never been able to figure that out," the


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Claire Tomlin with Commissioner Marc Sarnoff in September 2008:
Legion Park didn't work out, but maybe Soyka will.


veteran market organizer admits, though
she suspects that a combination of a
weak economy and competition from
another market at the nearby Vagabond
Motel contributed to the decline.
Tomlin says the City of Miami was
expecting her market to use Legion Park
for a third season this winter, but some
of the negative aspects were too much to
overcome. "Parking and bathrooms were
a real issue for us," Tomlin concedes.
The decline in attendance may have also
contributed to the loss of several vendors.
Of the 30 original merchants, only 15
returned for a second season. Although
Tomlin insists those vendors who left all


had "legitimate reasons" for quitting the
market (at least two moved out of town,
while a third simply retired), the decrease
in products and services only hastened
the downward spiral.
While Legion Park may have been a
beautiful spot for both vendors and cus-
tomers, the new location at near Soyka
Restaurant provides more than enough
amenities to make up for any loss of
landscaping. "There's a real synergy at
the new place," Tomlin says. "There are
restaurants. There are people already
going there. Parking will be wonderful.
We've got bathrooms right there, so that
will be better for vendors and guests.


"We've got a lot of support from
Mark Soyka and his crew," she contin-
ues. "All his merchants are thrilled we're
coming. They're going to help us market
it and we're all excited by it."
Ryan York, director of operations at
55th Street Station, could not agree more.
"It's something we always hoped and
wished to have a market here at the sta-
tion," he says. "We came in from the Beach,
and being familiar with the Lincoln Road
market, we always thought that the Station
should have a market. It seems like a logi-
cal, natural concept. It reinforces the station
as being the 'hub' of the Upper Eastside,
and then while [customers] are here visit-
ing the market, there's a good chance they
might say, 'Okay, it's lunchtime.' Maybe
they snacked a little at the market. They
may decide to go to Soyka's or stop at the
lounge and have a drink.
"We never really quite connected
with Claire and her markets until
recently," York recounts. "They were
starting to look for a new home and they
approached us. Mark and I both very
much welcomed the idea. We met several
times. They've been working on getting
the necessary permits and so forth. From
what I understand, the process is close
to being complete, although they did
run into an issue about being limited to
four times a year. They're trying to get a
variance or whatever from the almighty
people in city hall to allow it to go on
many more times than four."
Although Tomlin says she doesn't
want to jinx the process by discussing
the permitting hurdle, she explains that
the market "has to go before the city

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is just 48 percent non-Hispanic white, 25
percent black, and 22 percent Hispanic.
By the late 1970s, social patterns had
shifted. Doctors and bankers, faced with
the demands of the marketplace, stopped
knocking off for Wednesday afternoon
golf and martinis. When women entered
the labor force in great numbers, the ranks
of bridge tables and Welcome Wagons
were decimated. Day-long Saturday golf
sessions with the guys or gals fell prey to
soccer and baseball duty, and the retirees
who once migrated to Miami shifted to
Broward, Palm Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach,
and the West Coast.
When
Pozzi arrived
in 1991, the "This place has
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present, though welcome. They
somewhat
fearful of West
Indian im-
migration roiling North Dade (including
Miami Shores), flat-lined or declining
property values, and lingering memories
of the 1980 McDuffie riots. Jackets and
ties were still required for Sunday brunch.
Pozzi remembers catching hell for trying
to loosen that restriction on a hot June day.
As a 50-year member of the club, Car-
olyne Cadwalader has been through it all,
and she confesses mixed feelings about the
recently announced changes. She'd prefer
at least a token required membership, but
on balance she welcomes them. "Some
of our groups have been priced out of the
club," she says. "Who can pay for $50 din-
ners with the 7-percent tax and 20-percent
gratuity? But they are making improve-
ments, with better food, better menus, and
HDTVs for sports. The jazz nights are


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very nice, with wine tasting and very nice
hors d'oeuvres. And I'd love to see more
of the crowd in their 40s and 50s. Did
you see that Biscayne Times article on the
Dancemasters dance studio? Why not have
more dance nights starting with a half-
hour lesson? I'll bet the community would
love that."
Cadwalader could be right, given the
recent popularity of competitive danc-
ing. But while Alberto Pozzi and others
ponder that option, visitors without
memberships will soon learn that club
parking is free, with valets only emerging
for Fridays, Sunday brunches, and certain
special occasions.
Prices and offerings have changed to
accommodate both the Great Recession
and the Upper
Eastside's
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are welcome." means anyone
can now enjoy
a $4 Skyy
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or $3 Heineken from the great oval bar
overlooking the driving range during the
daily 4:00-7:00 p.m. happy hour. For the
Friday-night jazz sessions in the dining
room (7:00-10:00 p.m.), you can order
the $14 pan-roasted Asian salmon or the
$9 churrasco wrap. Lunch runs Tuesday-
Sunday, with all items under $10. The
popular Sunday brunch (11:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m., reservations required) costs $18, and
is free for kids under 12.
As for golf, the club's mainstay, it has
been open to the public for 20 years, a round
with cart costing $60. But through October
31, any South Florida duffer can get an even
better deal: $35 for a round, a cart, a bucket
of balls, lunch, and two-for-one drinks.

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commission for a resolution, but [Com-
missioner] Marc Sarnoff's office is on
top of helping us with that." She is posi-
tive the market will open as scheduled.
Getting permission to open at Legion
Park was a protracted and complicated
process. The three years spent obtaining
permits to operate within a public park
were met with legal obstacles and some
public opposition. Instead of envisioning a


focal point that could act as a deterrent to
some of the area's less desirable elements,
the market's foes feared excessive noise
and traffic jams, among other concerns
that could spoil the beauty of the park.
Some Upper Eastside neighbors simply
did not like the idea of a for-profit business
operating in a public park, even if other-
wise underutilized. But the project also
had its boosters among local residents and
activists including, Sarnoff, who worked
toward getting it off the ground. The
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taking a wait-and-see
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chef, an orchid vendor, a Turkish foods
merchant, a soap-maker, a bread baker,
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flowers, pasta, marinades, nuts, jellies,
and jams will also be sold.
The market is also recruiting yoga
instructors, antique dealers, and massage
therapists. But as always, fresh organic
and conventional produce from local
farmers will be the centerpiece.

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temperature or provide food and shelter
to creatures large and small. Only living
art can do that."
Not long after the onslaught of protest
letters, code enforcement's sign disap-
peared from the 41st Street lot and word
reached the BT that the de la Cruzes had
changed course, deciding to spare the oaks
and design their new parking lot around
the monumental trees. When reached by
phone, property owner Rosa de la Cruz
would not comment on the current status
of the plans, saying that her construction
team, CDC Builders, was handling every-
thing. (The BT was unable to reach CDC
for comment before press time.)
According to Miryam Rojas, who
dealt with the Historic and Environmen-
tal Preservation office for her tree-remov-
al appeal, the de la Cruzes are working
with the city zoning department to have
their "parking requirement" reduced so
they can accommodate the oaks. Based
on the size of their museum, the city re-
quires them to provide a certain number
of parking spots. Since the trees will


occupy several of those spaces, they need
the requirement lowered before they can
be issued an occupancy permit. Despite
repeated attempts, the BT was unsuc-
cessful in reaching an authoritative code
enforcement official who could elaborate
on the negotiations.
Had the de la Cruzes decided to fight
Perez and Rojas' appeal, they would
have had to go before the city's Historic
and Environmental Preservation Board
and convince them that removal of the
trees was absolutely necessary. But with
Art Basel Miami Beach closing in, and
a planned museum opening date in early
December, the appeal process could have
easily delayed construction of the parking
lot and disrupted the de la Cruzes' plans.
Miryam Rojas is delighted by Rosa
and Carlos de la Cruz's decision to
keep the trees. "I've usually found that
reputable builders are indeed approach-
able when it comes to questions and
concerns of neighbors adjacent to their
projects," she says. "I truly believe no
regrets will be had. 'The Twins' are truly
irreplaceable works of art. But then again,
the proof is in the pudding. I need to see
the parking lot completed with the trees


standing in the middle."
George Perez shares her enthusi-
asm, and his experience has led him
to believe there needs to be a way for
residents to monitor tree-removal per-
mits in Miami. "The thing is," he says,
"you don't really know a tree is going to
be cut down until ten days beforehand,
and only if you happen to see the city's
notice on the property."
He goes on to suggest that he may
start some kind of citizens watch group.
For now, though, he's sticking to what


he does best: "I've decided to start a
photo project on urban trees. It's easy to
appreciate a beautiful tree in a meadow,
but if it's in a junk yard, you don't even
notice it."
With a vast collection of exquisite
contemporary art, the de la Cruzes new
museum will almost certainly become a
popular attraction in the Design District.
Their towering twin oaks, however, may
prove to be one of their greatest assets.

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Paramount Bay
2066 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami
Developer: Royal Palm Communities
Status: Unoccupied


neighbors towering over the new
concrete canyon along N. Bayshore
Drive, Paramount Bay is big, really big.
Reaching 555 feet at its tallest point, the
L-shaped tower contains 346 residences, a
two-level fitness center, a 4' --sica movie
theater, nightclub spaces, pedestrian retail,
and a rooftop pool.
But during a recent visit, the only
signs of life were lighting fixtures in the
ceiling of the three-story lobby and a securi- r.
ty guard posted at the mouth of the condo's
parking garage. Carlos Gutierrez, director
of sales, explains that Paramount will get
its temporary certificate of occupancy in
October and that the sales team hopes to
commence "closings" in November.
Officially Paramount Bay sold 75 per-
cent of its units at around $600 a square foot.


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developer Daniel Kodsi is in the process of
renegotiating prices. "We will arrive with a
S win-win situation with each buyer," Gutier-
rez says, adding that Paramount's case is
different from other projects. "The building
was designed for owner-occupants, residents,"
-' Gutierrez insists. "It is not an investor build-
ing. People bought in order to use it."
One charming feature promised in
early promotional materials no longer exists:
a grand 1920s house featured in the comedy
There's Somiething.rI lAut Mary. The stately
home was the last survivor of an upscale
neighborhood once known as Miramar,
which thrived from roughly 1910 through
the 1920s. Developers erased Miramar's
elegant mansions and replaced them with
today's high-rises.
Kodsi wanted to preserve the home
I and use it as a retail and restaurant com-
plex called "The Mary House at Edgewa-
ter." Those plans were dashed in March
2008, when a 14,000-pound crane fell
from the 37th floor and smashed into the
house, killing two construction workers.
Deemed unsafe by the city, the structure
was demolished months later.
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The Filling Station
N. Miami Avenue at 17th Street, Miami
Developer: The Filling Station Lofts LLC
Status: Partially built
This project's snazzy Website
makes a bold promise: "Lofts.
Done Right." Actually it should
read: "Lofts. Done Halfway." The
incomplete Filling Station seems frozen
in time. According to David Lombardi,


a Wynwood property owner and
developer, the ten-story, 77-unit
project was topped off, windows
were being put in, and stucco
Applied when work suddenly
stopped in March.
The owner is Daniel Holtz,
who bought the land in 2003 for
$800,000. (His father, Capital
Bank founder Abel Holtz, was
convicted in 1994 of lying to a
grand jury about public corruption
Sin Miami Beach.) Holtz's company
later got a $26.9 million mortgage
from Ocean Bank. Versa Capital pur-
chased the mortgage, and this past August
began foreclosure proceedings. If Versa
is unable collect, the partially built Filling
Station will be sold at auction. Leaving the
Wynwood property half-done in the mean-
time would be "really stupid," Lombardi
opines. "The way it is now, the money that
was spent is all at risk. Leaving a building
open that way it's a catastrophe."

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Compiled by Derek McCann


Give Me Back My Ring!
Omni
A woman came to police headquarters to
file a complaint against her husband the
knave had filed for divorce and did not give
back her wedding ring! The ring, accord-
ing to the wife, was very important to her.
(Remembering past glories?) She wanted
charges filed immediately, but police
instructed her to wait for divorce court and
the judge's decision The ring has yet to be
retired as her future ex-hubby is likely
flashing his jewels all around town.

Anything Can Be Stolen,
but Can It Be Fenced?
NE 5th Avenue and 69th Street
Boulevard travelers may have noticed
work crews setting up surveying and
measuring equipment at various inter-
sections (tying up traffic as a result).
Well, in this case, the workers apparently
turned their backs for just a moment, and
in that instant their equipment vanished.
They searched the immediate area, but to


no avail. Who knew there was a black-
market demand for surveyor's gear?

Social Security Nightmare
.4'-4 Biscayne Blvd.
Not having the right documentation
requested by the local Social Secu-
rity office is trouble enough, but it's
much worse when you can produce no


documents whatsoever. This man, wait-
ing for his appointment, emptied his
wallet and pockets and placed all his
important documents on the chair next
to him, including a bus pass. He took his
eyes off of the documents for a minute or
so, and when he looked back, the docu-
ments had vanished not unlike the
surveyor's equipment.


Great Hire!
100 Block ofNE 44th Street
This victim left her home secured, but later
received a call from a neighbor indicating
that two people had kicked open her door. A
K-9 unit was called in but the suspects were
long gone. The neighbor could not give a
good description of the suspects because she
"did not get a good look at them." However,
she offered that several homes had been
broken into recently after a local crack
addict had been hired to do yard work.

Getting Lower and Lower
200 Block ofNE 29th Street
Miami sleaze is oozing in all parts of
the city, and it seems to be getting worse.
A disabled man in a wheelchair called
police after someone stole his knapsack
from the back of his chair. This hap-
pened on a Metrobus. There are no leads,
but we believe divine intervention will
take care of the slimeball who did it.
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Taking Advantage of the
Elderly: Lowest of the Low
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
An elderly woman had hired a care-
taker to assist her in her advancing
age. The caretaker decided to assist her
in other ways by borrowing her purse
in order to pay some of her future ex-
employer's bills too bad the older
woman did not have online bill pay.
After several days had passed, the el-
derly woman was forced to file a police
report. There are no other suspects as
the purse-snatcher was the only person
who had keys to the apartment.


English Translator Needed
6500 Block oJ i: ... ,, i- Boulevard
According to this police report, "victim
satted that someone dtook (stole) he
Metro PC.S. cellphone." We get it. The
typing job was outsourced to a country
where labor is cheap but English is not
spoken or understood.


This Is Just Dumb!
NE 2nd Avenue and NE 54th Street
A man was waiting patiently for his pre-
scription to be filled at Walgreens. When
his name was called, he went to the
counter, leaving his wallet on his chair.
When he turned around and went back
to his seat, the wallet was gone. At least
he got his prescription. Now how about
something for that splitting headache?

More Publix Stories
4870 Biscayne Blvd.
What would "Crime Beat" be without its
monthly Publix theft fix? This time, in-
stead of stealing deodorant, a man picked
out a fancy car brush, then stashed it in his
briefcase. He actually had a briefcase. The
man made no attempt to pay and walked
past all the registers. He was arrested in
the parking lot. Value of the brush: $14.99.
He can't even sell it to make partial bail
since it was returned to the shelves.

Creative Way Not To Pay a Tab
90 NE 11th St.
Suspect was hanging around the
bar ordering drinks. But when the


bartender turned around, he reached
over the bar, grabbed a bottle of Grey
Goose vodka, and walked away. Police
were flagged down and the dolt could
not deny it. He was actually holding
the bottle in his hand. No surprise he
was arrested on the spot.

New Miami Selling Point:
Conscientious Citizens
1000 Block oJ i: ... ,,i- Boulevard
Witness observed a man snatching and
riding off on a bike that did not belong
to him. Fortunately the witness was able
to hail a nearby police car and officers
were able to catch the thief. The bike
was returned to its rightful owner. Hard
to believe sometimes, but yes, there are
good people in Miami.

As If FPL Didn't Have
Enough Problems
6812 Biscayne Blvd.
A man wearing an FPL shirt entered this
gas station's mini market and told the
attendant he needed to check the electric
meter. As the attendant and the FPL man
left the store, another man slipped into


the office and stole a truckload of cash.
Both subjects got away.


Why Does This Happen?
7600 Block ofNE 6th Ct.
Our victim let two men into his apart-
ment. The visitors then asked their
host if he had two dollars to spare.
The victim told the duo that he had no
money. This proved to be somewhat
prophetic, because after they left, the
host reported to police that $100 was
missing from his wallet.


A Bus Driver's Agony
8400 NE 2ndAve.
Driving cranky customers around town
can be a trying experience for anyone.
However, when they steal from you -
well, that's another matter entirely. This
bus driver had her purse stolen by one of
her esteemed passengers. Unfortunately
she could not pinpoint the thief was
because, in her words: "There were too
many passengers.

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CULTURE


Miami to Art World: Come on Down!


The Fountainhead Residency brings
By Victor Barrenechea I B l
BT Contributor 1


Miami's emerging contemporary
arts scene has a lot going for
it- youth, energy, cultural
cross-pollination, even good weather.
But it suffers from one vexing problem:
isolation. We're down here; the rest of
the art world is out there. Part of that is a
factor of geography, but it's also simply
a matter of being new. Yes, the global art
cognoscenti descend upon the city every
December with Art Basel Miami Beach,
but our own local art often seems to get
lost in the commotion.
Many people understand that engage-
ment with the outside art world is es-
sential for growth and maturity. Without
that, Miami's art scene risks slipping
into irrelevancy. Fortunately a number
of local galleries and cultural institu-
tions showcase contemporary talent
from all over the world. If that's a good
thing, why not take it one step further
and bring artists themselves to Miami?
That's exactly what husband-and-wife
collectors Dan and Kathryn Mikesell
have been doing since March 2008,
when they launched their Fountainhead
Residency program.
The Mikesells have both worked in
the computer software industry (Dan
currently runs Oracle's communications
division in Latin America), and both
share a love of art. Kathryn notes that
Dan's parents were art collectors, and re-
calls that Dan himself "had a few pieces
when we met but it's just gone crazy
since then. It's only grown."
Indeed their home could be easily
mistaken for an art gallery, with works
on display in every room, including the
garage, where Purvis Young paintings
cover the walls. Even their two children's
bedrooms are decorated with works of
art the kids have chosen for themselves.
Clearly this is a family immersed in art.
But as Kathryn explains, purchasing art
and hanging it on the wall wasn't enough.
"We really wanted the opportunity to
get to know the artists whose work we
collect," she says. "There's something re-
warding about seeing the artist's process
from start to finish."
Since their marriage 11 years ago,
the Mikesells have lived in the Upper
Eastside's Morningside neighborhood,


though they've been in their current
home for just five years. When a three-
bedroom house across the street went
on sale in 2006, they bought it with the
intention of making it a place for their
parents to live once they got older and
needed more care.
But what to do with the home in
the meantime? Rather than rent it, they
decided to do something radically dif-
ferent. Why not let artists use it for


free? Thus was born the Fountainhead
Residency, a program that allows select
artists to live and work in the house for up
to two months at a stretch. Since it opened
its doors, the Fountainhead Residency
has hosted more than 40 artists, many
from New York and Boston, but also from
Berlin, Chicago, London, Barcelona, and
Los Angeles, among other locales.
Some artists are invited person-
ally by the Mikesells, while others are


puts them up, and turns them loose


' selected through an application process.
Still more are recommended by fellow
artists, local galleries, or other institu-
tions. The program, says Kathryn, also
"supports all the local museums and
nonprofits by hosting their artists." An
artist may be coming to town for an
Exhibition at the Bass Museum, Miami
Art Museum, or even an alternative
space like the Bas Fisher Invitational,
and the residency puts them up while
they install their show. Last summer,
for instance, the Mikesells hosted the
internationally known, L.A.-based artist
Fritz Haeg, who was participating in
the Museum of Contemporary Art's
"Convention" show. The Fountainhead
Residency has also forged a special
partnership with the nonprofit Locust
Projects, and houses all the gallery's
out-of-town guest artists.
For many artists, however, the
residency is a just welcome opportunity
to work in a fresh, new environment. "It
gives people the chance to get out of
their daily grind and to have a change of
scenery," says Kathryn.
Typically there are two artists stay-
ing at the three-bedroom home who've
been invited, and another who is in
Miami for an exhibition or special event.
Most residents work in the 2300-square-
foot house, sharing the living room,
family room, and dining area, utilizing
the spaces in a variety of ways. Kath-
ryn recalls L.A.-based artist W. Tucker
hunched over on his knees and drawing
on the floor. The 400-square-foot garage
is also used as a studio.
Other artists may prefer to be away
from their living environment and opt
instead to work at the Fountainhead
Studios at 7339 NW Miami Ct. These
studios, though, are typically rented out
by the Mikesells to Miami artists at af-
fordable prices.
In exchange for round-trip air fare and
free housing, all artists agree to allow the
Fountainhead Residency to choose one
work created during their stay and add it
to the residency's permanent collection.
Eventually the growing collection will be
loaned to museums and showcased during
Art Basel Miami Beach.
Between the processing of applica-
tions, efforts to coordinate with local

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Artist W. Tucker working at the residency.


French artist Richard Hoglund, currently in residency.


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Fountainhead Residency
Continued from page 36
galleries, keeping the house clean and
stocked with towels, dishes, and other
basics, running the program is quite
time-consuming. "To do it well," says
Kathryn, "it's almost a full-time job."
All that work seems to be appreciated
by the artists, many of whom are visit-
ing Miami for the first time.
Though Morningside is centrally
located amid all of Miami's popular art
hubs, it is a kind of urban oasis, with its
quiet, tree-lined streets and proximity
to Biscayne Bay and the city's largest
bayfront park. Kathryn says some artists
have enjoyed their stay so much, they've
considered moving here. "I can tell you
that six of the artists who've come down
have considered moving," she says,
adding that four of them are now trying
to do just that.
Another appealing aspect of the
program is the opportunity for visitors
to interact with local artists. Miami's
art scene is small compared to many
other cities, which fosters a certain
camaraderie. As Dan Mikesell de-
scribes it: "It's very collaborative.


I TH SESO DRAW NAR.


Miami artists know
each other and often
work together. They
don't compete at all."
For example, earlier this
year, when New York
artist Tom McGrath was
at the residency for a
show at David Castillo
Gallery, he was able to
spread the word about
colleague Kristopher
Benedict, which led to
a Benedict show with
artist Peter LaBier at
Gallery Diet. Says Artist at hor
Kathryn: "Open up the Fountainheai
dialogue between art-
ists, and the sky's the limit."
The opportunities run both ways.
When international artists and Fountain-
head residents Mike Swaney, Ronald
Cornelissen, and W. Tucker needed
someone to help them with tools for their
project, Miami artist Lun-yi Tsai stepped
up. This collaboration ultimately led to a
proposed group show featuring the four
artists, to take place in Beijing, China,
next year.


e: An interior snot of the
d Residency house.


Dan and Kathryn Mikesell have yet
more plans for strengthening Miami's
ties to the outside art world. The Foun-
tainhead Residency, they say, will soon
host curators from the U.S. and Europe
who will tour the studios of local artists.
"Unless you live here, you really don't
know what Miami has to offer," says
Kathryn. "The benefit I think [Foun-
tainhead] has provided us and the art
community has been priceless."


Dan and Kathryn Mikesell.


Adds her husband with a smile: "It's
a good way to spend some money."

For more information visit
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101 NE 40th St, Miami
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Emmy Cho
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171 NW 23rd St, Miami
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Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

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561 NW 32nd St, Miami
305-576-2828
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October 9 through October 26
"Blurring the Line" with various artists
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

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180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
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BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY
3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-2700
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October 10 through November 7
"Glass Cities" by Courtney Johnson
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

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8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
305-754-2093


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October 17 through June 30
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture" by
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CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St, Miami
305-571-1415
www visual org
Through October 17 "Clarence John Laughlin
American Master" by Clarence Laughlin

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-292-0411
www charest-welnberg com
Through October 5 "Spit-Polishing a Starless Sky/Outer
Space" with Bhakti Baxter, Nicolas Lobo, Gean Moreno,
Daniel Newman, Ernesto Oroza, and Gavin Perry
October 7 through November 21
"Into The Void The Ballad of the Martyr as Told by
Ingres" with Robert Davis and Michael Langlols
Reception October 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

CHELSEA GALLERIA
2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-576-2950
www chelseagalleria com
Call gallery for exhibition information

CITY LOFT ART
61 NE 40th St, Miami
305-438-9006
www cityloftart com
Through December 31
"The Golden Twenties" with Ekaterina More
Reception October 10, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

CS GALLERY
787 NE 125th St North Miami
305-308-6561
www chirinossanchez com
Call gallery for exhibition information

DAMIEN B. CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
282 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-4949
wwwdamlenb com
Call gallery for exhibition information


DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-8110
www castilloart com
Through October 3 "You might sleep, but you will never
dream" by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and "Flowers
and Terrorists" by Amir Fallah
October 10 through November 7
"Everyday Travails" by Adler Guerrier
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

DELUXE ART GALLERY
2051 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-200-4971
Call gallery for exhibition information

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1804
www dlfinearts com
October 10 through November 7
"Dewdrop Cloud Machine" by Chris Natrop
October 10 through November 28
"Fugitive Dreams" by Cecilia Paredes
Reception October 10, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St, Miami
305-573-4046
www diasporavibe net
October 8 through December 17
"Native Intelligence" by Aimee Lee
Reception October 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW24th St, Miami
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
October 10 through November 14
"New Work" by Jenny Brillhart, "Venting" by Richard
Haden, and "Recorded Eyesight" by John Sanchez
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-9994
www dotfiftyone com
Through October 30
"Girls With Guns" by Natalie Silva and "Fissure
Postcard" with Patricio Gonzalez Bezanilla and Juan
Crlstobal Gonzalez Bezanilla
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

EDGAR ACE GALLERY
7520 NE 4th Ct, Miami
305-877-2401
Call gallery for exhibition information

EDGE ZONES CONTEMPORARY ART
47 NE 25th St, Miami
305-303-8852


www edgezones org
October 10 through October 31
"Menagerie The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Lulse
Johnson
October 10 through November 10
"Sharing the Press Miami" with Astrld Dalins, Regina
Jestrow, Lucinda Linderman, Jose Perez, Hans Rasch,
Brian Reedy, Gregg Rivero, Javier Sasleta, Kar
Snyder, Barry Sparkman, Tom Virgin, and Kim Yantis
Reception October 10, 7 to 11 p.m.

ELITE ART EDITIONS GALLERY
151 NW 36th St, Miami
305-403-5856
www elitearteditions com
Call gallery for exhibition information

ETRA FINE ART
10 NE 40th St, Miami
305-438-4383
www etrafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

FACHE ARTS
750 NE 124th St, North Miami #2
305-975-6933
wwwfachearts com
Through October 9
"SEXPLORATION" with Carla Fache and R E Sanchez

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st PI Miami
305-448-8976
www snitzer com
Through October 24 "American Odyssey" by Natalya Laskis
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288
www gallerydlet com
Through October 3
"Steam" by Hills Snyder and "Dolos" by Miller &
Shellabarger
October 3 through November 7
"My faith yes my faith" by Richard Hoglund
Reception October 3, 7 to 10 p.m.

GARY NADER FINE ART
62 NE 27th St, Miami
305-576-0256
www garynader com
Call gallery for exhibition information

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1645
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
ongoing "New Media festival '09 ,IV Edition" with various
artists and "Anti-Art Man" by Manano Costapeuser

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery com
Through October 3
"Go Ape Shit" by Thorsten Hassenkamm

ICON ART IMAGES GALLERY / STUDIO
147 NW 36th St, Miami
305-576-4266
www cashappeal com
Call gallery for exhibition information

INTERFLIGHT STUDIO GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St Loft 206, Miami
305-573-1673
www flightstudlogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29 St, Miami
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

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Continued from page 32

KEVIN BRUK GALLERY
2249 NW 1st PI Miami
305-576-2000
www kevinbrukgallery corn
Through October 17
"(IV) 369 (Luna)" by Jesse Bransford
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.
KUNSTHAUS MIAMI
3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-438-1333
www kunsthaus org mx
Through November 20
"Departure and Return" by Luls Kerch
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.
LEITER GALLERY
6900 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-389-2616
Call gallery for exhibition information
LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St, Miami
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
Through October 17
"WHIRL CRASH GOI" by the TM Sisters
Performance October 10, 8 p.m.
LUIS ADELANTADO GALLERY
98 NW 29th St, Miami
305-438-0069
www luisadelantadomiami com
Call gallery for exhibition information
LURIE-KAVACHNINA GALLERY
46 NW 36th St, Miami
305-448-3060
www lurle-kavachnina com

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"Hispanic Heritage Exhibition" with Alonso
Mateo, Joel Rojas, Ferran Escote, Carlos
Qulntana, and Rosario Glovanini
LYLE O. REITZEL GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-1333
www artnet com/reitzel html
Through October 12
"Shuffle" solo show by Luciano Goizueta
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.
MARIO FLORES GALLERY
12502 NE 8th Ave North Miami .
561-201-2053 "-..
www marofloresgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information
MIAMI CENTER FOR THE
PHOTGRAPHICARTS Adl
1601 SW 1st St, Miami
305-649-9575 dim
www mcpagallery com Gal
Call gallery for exhibition information
MIAMI ART GROUP GALLERY
21 NW36th St, Miami
305-576-2633
www miamiartgroup com
Ongoing Solo exhibition by James Kitchens
MIAMI ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-438-9002
www miamlartspace com
October 10
"Miami Art Guide Group Show" with various artists
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.
MIAM-DADE COLLEGE, CENTER GALLERY
300 NE 2nd Ave,
Bldg 1, Room 1365, Miami
305-237-3696


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Through November 7
Solo show by Cundo Bermudez
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART AND
DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-428-5700
www mymlu com
October 8 through October 24
"Miami-Dade County Public School Art Teacher's
Exhibition" with various artists
Reception October 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
MUSEO VAULT
346 NW 29th St, Miami
305-571-1175
www museovault com


October 10 through November 5
"Dust to Life" by Shie Moreno
Reception October 10, 6 to 10 p.m.
OUR HOUSE WEST OF WYNWOOD
3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-490-2976
www oh-wow com
October 31 through November 14
"Devil's Disciple" by Neckface
Reception October 31, 8 to midnight
PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400
www panamericanart com
Through October 3
Gustavo Acosta and Carlos Gonzalez
October 10 through November 7
Paul Manes and Armando Marino
Reception October 10, 6 to 9 p.m.
PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2900
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information
PRESSITON ART GALLERY
4100 N Miami Ave, Miami
786-925-2930
www pressitonart com
Through October 17
Solo show by Barry Gross
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.
PUZZLEMENT GALLERY
81 NW 24th St, Miami
917-929-8559
www puzzlementart com
Ongoing show with Kevin Brady, Manuel Carbonell,

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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

SPINELLO GALLERY
155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-271-4223
www spinellogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

STASH GALLERY
162 NE 50 Terr, Miami
305-992-7652
www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

STEVE MARTIN STUDIO
66 NE 40th St, Miami
305-484-1491
www stevemartinfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

SWAMPSPACE GALLERY
3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
swampstyle@gmall com
October 10 through October 11
Collage Installation by Oliver Sanchez

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-284-2542
Call gallery for exhibition information

UNTITLED 2144
2144 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
305-576-2112
www untitled2144 com
Call gallery for exhibition information


WALLFLOWER GALLERY
10 NE 3rd St, Miami
305-579-0069
www wallflowergallery com
myspace com/wallflowergallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS FINE ART
201 NE 39th St, Miami
305-576-6960
www wrpfineart com
Through November 14
"Women in Photography" with Helmut Newton, Bert
Stern, Nobuyoshl Arakl, and David LaChapelle

YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
954-235-4758
www yeelenart com
Through November 22 "Kanzo" by Jerome Solmaud

MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018N Miam Ave, Mami
305-455-3380
www clfo org
Through November 8 "Shifting Constructs CIFO 2009
Grants and Commissions Exhibition" with Miguel Amat,
Gabriel Antolinez, Suwon Lee, Juan Carlos Leon,
Ricardo Rendon, Jose Rulz, Dora Longo Bahia, and
Oscar Munoz

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
11200 SW8th St, Miami
305-348-0496
http //thefrost flu edu/
Through October 4 Geoffrey Olsen
October 9 through December 7 "En Vista" with
Eduardo del Valle and Mirta G6mez
October 9 through January 10 "The Missing Peace
Artists Consider the Dalai Lama" with various artists
and "I a c u n a in t e s t i m o n y" by Navjot Altaf


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media on paper with resin, 2009, at
the Bakehouse Art Complex.

LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
305-284-3535
www lowemuseum org
Through October 4
"Through the Lens Photography from the Permanent
Collection" with various artists
October 30 through January 24
"Kitchen Dreams" by Ricky Bernsteln and "Tree of
Paradise Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire"

MIAMI ART MUSEUM
101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
305-375-3000
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through October 11
"Recent Acquisitions" with various artists


October 9 through January 17
"Gulllermo Kultca Everything, Paintings and Works on
Paper, 1980- 2008" by Gullermo Kultca

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-893-6211
www mocanoml org
Through November 8
"Pivot Points 3" with Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rita
Ackermann, Cory Arcangel, Roni Horn, Hank Willis
Thomas, Uta Barth, Lothar Baumgarten, Dawoud Bey,
COOPER, Gregory Crewdson, Tracey Emin, Anna
Gaskell, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Adler Guerrier, Dan
Flavln, Mark Handforth, Nancy Hayes, Zoe Leonard,
Allan McCollum, Yoko Ono, Catherine Ople, and
Richard Pettibone

THE MARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051
www margulieswarehouse com
Call for operating hours and exhibit information

THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-6090
www rubellfamilycollection com
Call for operating hours and exhibit information

WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-438-9908
www worldclassboxing org/
Through October 30
Solo show by Paul Pfelffer
Reception October 10, 7 to 10 p.m.


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Culture Briefs


Siriusly Fun!
In 1609 Galileo crafted a telescope
powerful enough to spy on Jupiter's Mg
moons and Saturn's rings. Four-
hundred revolutions around the sun
later, the world celebrates the mile-
stone with the International Year of i
Astronomy. The Shops at Midtown
Miami (3401 N. Miami Ave.) ob-
serves the festivities with a series of
educational, artistic, and entertain- "
ing events, including an astropho-
tography competition and exhibit.
"Stars Over the Shops at Midtown
Miami" runs from October 3 to 18. A
Greater Miami Humane Society fundraiser
and adoption will also take place on Oc-
tober 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more
information visit www. ShopMidtownMi-
ami.com or call 305-573-3371.

Vowels Not Necessary For Fun
The DWNTWN Miami Concert Series
kicks off season two of thisfree series
with a trio of local favorites at the Tina
Hills Pavilion in Bayfront Park (301 N.
Biscayne Blvd.) Taking the stage Friday,
October 9, at 5:30 p.m. will be Su6nalo.
Their blend of Latin, rock and hip-hop will
shake your hips until it's time to rock to
the pop sounds of Fancy Me Yet. Closing
the show is roots reggae jammers Jahf6.
Food and drink will be available. Click
www.dwntwn.com or text DWNTWNR to
878787 for the latest information.

Red Priest Pays Homage to
Vivaldi and Halloween
The instrumental English group Red Priest,
hailed for its lively Baroque chamber music,
is also well known for its onstage theatrics.
Dressed in creepy costumes and playing the
recorder, harpsichord, violin, and cello, the
musicians will perform their "Nightmare
in Venice" concert at St. Martha's Church
(9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores)
Saturday, October 17. Featuring Vivaldi's
,.,ioi, ii,.. concerto, the Devil's Trill sonata
by Tartini, and more. (Vivaldi, by the way,
was nicknamed the Red Priest for his bright
red hair.) Tickets are $10-$20. Concert
begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 800-595-4849 or
visit saintmartha.tix.com and redpriest.com.

Up in the Sky! It's a...
What Is That Thing?
The Kitetoberfest Kite Festival returns
this year to Haulover Park (10800 Collins


Ave.). The popular event took a
breather while the park and Bill
Bird Marina were being renovated,
but hundreds of crazy and amaz-
ing kites will again fly over the
green grass on Sunday, October
18. Among scheduled events are
kite-flying competitions, paper-
kite-building classes, and candy
drops. The event, which runs from
noon to 4:00 p.m., is free. Kites,
spinners, and windsocks will be on
sale for those who didn't bring their own
high-flyers. For more information, call Dan
Ward of Skyward Kites at 305-893-0906
or visit www.skywardkites.net.

Phenomenal World Music
Bela Fleck of Bela Fleck and the Fleck-
tones, whose incomparable skills on the
banjo has earned him eight Grammys,
takes a brief hiatus from his band of over
20 years to join two of music's preeminent
instrumentalists, Edgar Meyer and Zakir
Hussain. The trio plays in concert at the
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
(174 E. Flagler St., downtown) October
18. Hussain, who may have surpassed his
father's genius on the tabla, the dual drum
of India, is considered the world's best.
Unparalleled on the double bass (a.k.a. the
stand-up bass), Meyer himself has three
Grammys. Tickets are $22-$52. Concert
begins 8:00 p.m. Call 305-672-5202 or visit
www.rhythmfoundation.com.

Shakespeare's Cross-
Dressing Classic Given a
New Bent
Barry University's Fine Arts Department
(11300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) pres-
ents the comedic play 7L,,. ihrl .il Project
October 23-25. Adapting Shakespeare's
7... ili .hi, director Hugh Murphy re-
tains the timeless writing but kicks it up a


notch by setting the story in New Orleans,
circa 1967's Summer of Love. Expect
laugh-out-loud difficulties in the below-
the-belt department, as well as a dizzying
number of subplots. Shakespearean music
ties the hilarity to the past, but also be
prepared for Beyonce and Flo Rida as well.
Free admission. No reservations. Call 305-
899-3423 for show times and details.

Beat the Drum For Jazz
In 1967, at age 25, avant-garde Dutch
jazz percussionist and multi-instrumen-
talist Han Bennink received the Nether-
lands' most prestigious jazz award. Four
decades later, still intensely creative,
he won last year's prestigious European
Jazz Prize. Presented by Tigertail Pro-
ductions, Bennink and his band, Third
Man Trio, bring their high-energy impro-
visation to the Byron Carlyle Theater
(500 71st St., Miami Beach) Saturday,
October 24 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15
for students/seniors, $25 for general ad-
mission, and $50 for patron tickets. Call
305-324-4337 or visit www.tigertail.org.

For a Halloween Scare, the
Kids Will Go, but Only if
They Dare
Whatever happened to the spooky fear
Halloween was meant to instill? It's
out there, but you have to hunt for it.
Hint: The City of North Miami's annual


Halloween Haunted Trails at En-
chanted Forest Park (1725 NE 135th
St., North Miami). Bring the little
ones in costume Friday, Octo-
ber 30. With thoughts of ghouls,
goblins, and such, their hearts will
definitely be pounding, wondering
if the boogie man lurks behind the
next tree. There will also be food
and hayrides. Admission for kids
under age four is $3; over that it's
$5. Hours 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Call
305-895-1119.

Nicole Henry, Chanteuse
Extraordinaire
When you first hear Nicole Henry
sing, you wonder where has someone
this good been? But it's where she's
going that's bound to make her greatest
headlines. Stints in South Florida (UM
grad, singing in local choirs, and our
Center for the Performing Arts) led to
worldwide tours, praise from Billboard
magazine, and a musical career that's all
that jazz. Returning to where she got her
start, she gives back at the Museum of
Contemporary Art's Jazz at MOCA (770
NE 125th St., North Miami) Friday, Oc-
tober 30. Thefree performance begins
at 8:00 p.m. Call 305-893-6211 or visit
www.nicolehenry.com.

Take My Zombie, Please!
Witches and monsters will again waltz
down Biscayne Boulevard this October 31
for MiMoWEEN, the MiMo Biscayne As-
sociation's yearly celebration of all things
trick-or-treat. A 10:30 a.m. walking tour
that begins at the Vagabond Motel (7301
Biscayne Blvd.) kicks off the day's events.
Spend the rest of the afternoon sampling
low-priced tidbits at participating restau-
rants and enjoying kid-friendly activities
along the Boulevard from 55th to 77th
streets. A few parent-friendly establish-
ments will offer themed cocktails for those
aching feet. And don't forget to whack a
few balls at the ghoulishly decorated putt-
putt course at the Upper Eastside Garden
(7244 Biscayne Blvd.). A full list of activi-
ties is available at www.MiMoBoulevard.
org, or call 305-758-6144.


Compiled by BT intern Brian Horowitz
and contributor Margaret Griffis

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Inspire the Neighborhood

When the dust clears, Roberto Clemente Park should be the pride of Wynwood


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The Caribbean bustle of Miami
surrounds Roberto Clemente Park.
Chickens patrol front yards while
men discuss baseball outside Los His-
panos Supermarket. Salsa rhythms come
and go with the passing cars. But inside
the park, all is quiet except for construc-
tion in one corner. The roof and walls
are already in place for Wynwood's new
community center. It is named in honor
of a 100-year-old community activist
still living in the neighborhood: the
Dorothy Quintana Community Center at
Roberto Clemente Park.
Two great names that go great together.
Dorothy Quintana has called the
traditionally Puerto Rican neighbor-
hood home for more than 50 years. Her
house has served as a shelter for new
immigrants, a health clinic, and a soup
kitchen. In recent years, she spoke out
about the disgraceful dilapidation of
nearby Roberto Clemente Park and
its former community center building,
named after her in 2002, which lacked
even a functional restroom and was torn
down for the new construction.
Roberto Clemente, also of Puerto
Rican heritage, was the first Latin player
inducted into Major League Baseball's
Hall of Fame. He played 18 years for the
Pittsburgh Pirates and died tragically in
a plane accident in 1972 while en route
to deliver supplies to victims of an earth-
quake in Nicaragua. In his honor, MLB


Midtown Miami (background) is close but also distant. On the right is the
main baseball backstop God's glove.


awards the annual Roberto Clemente
Award for humanitarian service.
The Miami park bearing his name,
however, is far from winning any
awards. A WPLG-TV (Channel 10)
news expos in August 2008 showed
images of squalor, and placed the
blame squarely on the City of Miami's
mayor and commissioners. A few
weeks later, ground was broken for
the new community center. But the
remainder of the park appears forgot-
ten and is begging for some TLC.
As the only sizable park in the
historically impoverished commu-
nity of Wynwood, Roberto Clemente


Simple solution to a problem too
often solved with a chainsaw.

has failed miserably to set a positive
example for the neighborhood. The
area has none of the flair of Edgewater,
the mixed residential and commercial
neighborhood to the east, with its
modern and popular Margaret Pace
Park on Biscayne Bay. Although only a
few blocks from the Shops at Midtown
Miami, the park feels worlds away.
Instead of condos and Target, think
modest houses and corner bodegas.


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor


Biscayne Times www.BiscayneTimes.comOctober 2009


The $1.8 million community
center will change the park dramati-
cally, and perhaps inspire more revi-
talization in Wynwood.
Most of the construction is secured
behind fencing, but other threats to the
Safety of current park visitors need to be
addressed immediately. Along the park's
eastern front, two picnic tables have
flipped their lids, thereby exposing thick
metal posts with sharp edges. One table
top sits forlornly in a corner, waiting to
be stolen or vandalized.
Next to the kiddie splash park,
opened in 2004 (note the pointless signs
warning of 0' water depth), a small
fenced-in area is littered with what looks
like plastic jugs of chlorine and other
debris. Some jugs have faded from a red
color to orange, indicating they have
been outside for a long time. Someone
could easily climb the fence and make an
even greater mess.
Speaking of vandalism, the sidewalk
near the basketball courts sports some
very colorful language. A water foun-
tain has also been defiled. These are not
safety concerns, but it does make you
wonder about security at the park.
Security would probably be much
less a problem if the fence along the
park's northern border had a nice big
hole in it, one you could easily look
through. Yes, a hole that would reveal
the county Police Operations Bureau
station right next door. Make that hole a
double, as the police station has its own
barbed-wire fence running alongside
the park's fence. The mere presence of
police cars parked near the playground -
if you could see them would send the
message that this park is being watched.
On a typical Saturday afternoon,
though, it appears that hardly anyone is
paying attention to the park. One young
woman from the city's parks department
was standing in front of a trailer that
serves as a temporary office, which she
would not allow me to enter, and one kid
whizzed by on a bicycle. Head count:
two. Number of baseball fields: two.
Every visitor gets his own diamond!
Adjacent to the park department's
trailer is another gray, forlorn trailer
housing the office of the Wynwood/
Edgewater NET (Neighborhood

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PARK PATROL


Roberto Clemente
Continued from page 42

Enhancement Team). These two enti-
ties will be very happy to move into the
new community center, though the city's
entire NET system could be dismantled
to save money.
The 8500-square-foot center's plans
include a meeting hall, computer lab, and
fitness room. Outside, small pavilions
are already in place. If the finished build-
ing looks anything like its design by
Astorino, Inc., it will be quite attractive.
The center's rendering shows the exist-
ing fence, which is so sturdy that it keeps
everyone out and gives the appearance
of permanent lockdown. The only access
point into the park is through the small
parking lot adjacent to the construction
site. The locked main entrance faces the
community center and has lost some of
its lettering, thereby welcoming visitors
to "CLEMENTE -RK."
The existing fence wins points on
NW 2nd Avenue, however, because of
two clever cut-outs that accommodate
large tree trunks. By building around the
tree instead of trimming it, the City of


Rendering of the Dorothy Quintana Community Center, now under construction.
Rendering of the Dorothy Quintana Community Center, now under construction.


Miami got this one right.
The park has ample barbecue grills
and several picnic benches. The most
outstanding feature is behind home plate
on the main baseball field. A soaring
chain-linked, spherical arch watches
over the field and gives the impression
that overthrown balls are landing in
God's big glove.
Some artistic touches grace the side-
walk along NW 2nd Avenue, including a


series of colorful, Latin-inspired mosaics
set into the sidewalk. An interesting
mural facing the street adorns a wall and
shows what appears to be a silhouette of
Roberto Clemente with a tree growing
out of his head. Below him perches the
symbol of Puerto Rico, the Coqui frog.
Every September the organiza-
tion Aspira of Florida uses the park to
celebrate Roberto Clemente Day, an
event also recognized by Major League


Safety alert: The city needs to
attend to this hazard immediately.

Baseball on September 2. This year the
celebration was a little crowded and a
little messy owing to the construction site.
Come September of next year, Ro-
berto Clemente Day should be a day to
celebrate a park worthy of his name. It
should also have a completed commu-
nity center worthy of the name Dorothy
Quintana. Having lived for 100 years,
she deserves to see her wishes fulfilled.

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COLUMNISTS. YOUR GARDEN


Look! Up in the Tree! It's a...Cactus?


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Tropical garden never seems
complete without a few epi-
phytes (air plants) growing up
in the trees. One of the most interesting
but often neglected groups of epiphytes
to cultivate are those found in the cactus
family. Usually you think of giant sa-
guaros and barrel cactus in the desert as
being representative of the cactus family,
but this is certainly not the case.
While most cactus are terrestrial,
there are a number of species that grow
as epiphytes or hemi-epiphytes. Epi-
phytes are plants that grow on top of
other plants and have no roots in the
ground. Hemi-epiphytes can either start
in the ground and climb into a tree or
start in a tree and eventually root in the
ground. None of the epiphytes men-
tioned here are parasites; they hold onto
the tree for support only.
All cactus are confined to the New
World with one exception, Rhipsalis
baccifera. This is an attractive epi-
phytic species with small fruit that may
have been carried to the Old World in
the digestive tracts of migratory birds.
Another epiphytic species is Hylocereus
undatus, better known as Pitaya (actually
the common name given to many species
of fruit-bearing epiphytic cactus). This
particular species is probably native to
Mexico and Central America but is now
grown around the world for its delicious
fruit. Both the plant and fruit are known
as Pitaya.
If, while traveling in a tropical
country, you've found on your breakfast
plate a large, round, smooth-skinned red


When you think of air plants, cactus doesn 't come to mind


fruit with whitish pulp
filled with small black
seeds, it's likely from
an epiphytic cactus,
and it's delicious.
Other species of these
tree-dwelling cactus
have skin and pulp of
various colors, leading
to a wide choice of
tasty and visually ap-
pealing fruits.
The cultivated
Pitaya have no spines
or glochids on their
fruit, which makes
them much easier
to handle and eat.
Glochids are modi-
fied spines, tiny hairs
that have the qualities


The flower of the Pitaya, or night-blooming cereus,


of fiberglass. You in all its glory.
don't feel them at first
touch, but will become annoyed by them
real quick. Many species of cactus have
glochids instead of the typically hard,
blood-letting spines.
Here in South Florida, Pitaya (or as
the old-timers call it, night-blooming
cereus) was once fairly common on
many residential properties. My old
house had a huge live oak that hosted
an immense amount of this thin, spiny
cactus up to about 40 feet. Sometimes
I would come home late at night and be
greeted by the spectacle of hundreds
of open, dinner-plate-size flowers and
a delightful fragrance. All the flow-
ers would wilt at daybreak, and they
only last a single night. Cactus bloom
mostly at night to take advantage
of nocturnal pollinators, and that is


certainly the best time to appreciate
their striking flowers.
Pitaya can eventually grow into a
large and heavy mass in the canopy
of a tree. The live oak at my house
blew down in Hurricane Andrew and
I'm sure the great amount of extra
weight from the cactus contributed to
its demise. While a small amount of
cactus should not be a problem, I've
seen branches of various tree species
fail under a mass of cactus. Depending
on the tree and branch structure, it's a
good idea to periodically remove some
of the excess weight of any epiphyte
when it gets too big.
All of the epiphytic or hemiepi-
phytic cactus I'm familiar with are
easily propagated from cuttings. You


till now


Scan either use an entire stem segment
. or a section of a few inches. When-
2 ever I've propagated cactus, I let the
Cutting dry for a few days in a shady
spot. I prefer to lay the stems flat on
the soil, making sure the nodes (where
L the spines come out or would come
out) are in contact with the soil. This is
usually where the roots grow out.
I use a soil mix with coarse sand
and a small bit of compost. But I don't
use peat moss in the soil mix because
it eventually breaks down and will
hold too much moisture for the cactus,
which require excellent drainage. If
you're going to keep them in contain-
ers or grow them in the ground, make
sure the roots never have to tolerate
saturated soil.
Some species are loaded with spines
(Pitaya) while others are not. The cactus
with brightly colored flowers, which we
commonly see during the holidays, are
hybrids of Schlumbergera species and
have no spines. These species are very
easy to propagate but remember, be
careful with the water! They seem to rot
overnight when kept too wet.
By the way, you may have noticed
that I only used the word "cactus" in
this article. Even though the Latin plural
of cactus is cacti, I prefer to use the
uninflected plural cactus, which is also
correctly used in English.

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Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
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By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

or families of mixed-heritage,
culture, and faith, a certain
consciousness help to fuse and bal-
ance cultural and spiritual identity. One
such family with whom we've sorted
organic and taken swimming lessons
at Morningside Park is Edwidge "Judy"
DeJean-Subirats and Fernando Subirats
and their kids Amelie, who is in first
grade, and newborn Kian.
While Judy's roots are Haitian, Fer-
nando is Cuban. Early in their relation-
ship, while living in New York City,
they thought nothing of the fact that
they were an interracial couple. As in
Miami, it was not uncommon there. Now
as parents in their hometown of Miami,
surrounded by a small progressive com-
munity, they are just another mixed-race
family. Says Judy: "Most of my friends
are mixed heritage. There are so many
families like us down here."
Judy, like many of us, believes it's
important her kids understand that all
people are different, that even with
same skin color, we're not all the same.
Families come in all different shapes and
colors and configurations.
Both cultures are preserved in the
Subirats household, as Amelie is learn-
ing Spanish at school and Haitian Kreyol
and French at home. They eat lots of
different ethnic foods and foster a real
connection to the larger world, often
referencing a globe in their discussions
at home. A strong commonality in heri-
tage shared by Judy and Fernando and
their extended families is their Roman
Catholic faith.


Mixing It Up in Miami

- In a town this diverse, interracial couples are no big deal -


Enter Swirl, a nonprofit group
that describes itself as "a national
multi-ethnic organization that
challenges society's notions of
race through community building,
education, and action." Jen Steven,
founder of the Miami chapter, got
involved in order to create a sense of
community for her son, Nico, who
is of mixed-heritage, thanks to his
mom, who is white, and his dad Von,
who is black and Jewish thanks
to both of them.
Because of Swirl, Jen says,
Nico now responds with confi-
dence to other kids who may ques-
tion his mixed heritage. "My son,"
she notes, "has about 50 other kids to
point to and say, 'What are you talking
about?'"
The organization's activities really
center around the children. Together
Swirl families hit the beach, have bar-
becues, make field trips to the zoo. Jen
says when she founded the local chapter,
she didn't have any preconceived notions
of what people might want it to be. As it
turns out, the families are not so much
interested in politics as simply meeting
and getting together with other families.
This is probably a result of the fact that,
in Miami, these families are, as Jen puts
it: "Totally normal. We're very much a
shade of brown in Miami."
While there is not much stigma
attached to mixed families here, and
therefore perhaps less a need for advoca-
cy, Swirl members do celebrate Loving
Day, which marks the anniversary of the
Supreme Court's unanimous 1967 ruling
that state laws prohibiting interracial
marriage were unconstitutional. (The


A


case is known as the Loving decision,
for the Virginia couple Mildred and
Richard Perry Loving who were
the plaintiffs. Swirl uses it to educate
children about the history of interracial
families.)
As for what impact having an inter-
racial president has on our country and
the families involved in Swirl, Jen says,
"We welcome people who self-identify
however they want, so it's interesting
that our country has labeled our presi-
dent black when he's interracial. Having
a president who is mixed heritage and
especially black is bringing out an
overtone of racism. But having Barack
Obama as president is a positive role
model for mixed children who can say,
'I can be anything. I don't need to be
limited by race.'"
Like the Subirats, the Steven family
shares a common background through
their spiritual heritage, and Jen tells me
they meet many mixed-heritage and
interfaith families at their synagogue.


But for Jim
Wilets and Luis Font,
dads of one-year-old
Daniel, culture, heri-
tage, and spirituality
are a big mixed bag.
Jim, who is Anglo,
S. feels very strongly
"' that being Jewish
has been a big factor
in his life. Luis, who
a is Puerto Rican,
was raised Catho-
lic. "When we got
married," Jim says,
"it was a Jewish cer-
emony, not a horrible
clash of cultures. Catholic-Jewish tends
to work well because both are kind of
neurotic and not about white bread and
American cheese." Bring on the brisket
and black beans!
Daniel is both black and white, and is
being raised amid the cultural traditions of
both his dads. To amplify and connect to
his own biological African roots, Daniel
has been given the name Mandela as one
of his middle names. Daniel is learning to
speak English and Spanish, and Jim also
plans for him to learn Hebrew.
While Swirl is a great resource for
mixed-heritage families, Interfaithfam-
ily.com is a great resource for interfaith
families. The site features essays on
and resources for living as an interfaith
family through life cycles, relationships,
and making choices. For more informa-
tion about Swirl, check out their Website
(www.swirlinc.org) or contact Jen Steven
at jennifers@ swirlinc.org.

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COLUMNISTS: PAWSITIVELY PETS


Stop Pinching My Arm!


By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

We all know that living with animals
is tough. They require as much emotional
support as they do physical exercise and
daily upkeep. They display behaviors that
are all too often misread by the humans
in their lives. But many times owners find
themselves frustrated with their pets -
canines in particular when they are
certain their dogs are doing something
on purpose, or that the dogs "know" they
shouldn't be doing something.
Some humans might begin analyz-
ing, for example, why their dog barks
obsessively in
public, caus-
ing them em- What can I do if th
barrassment. believe their pets
Or why their being said to then
dog picks are acting out and
fights with
other dogs.
Their pet, they
believe, should know better than to do
something like that. Their pet, they feel,
is being unappreciative.
"How can you do this to me after all
I do for you? After all Iput up with from
you? I rescued you!"
Thoughts like this are common
among dog owners, especially when the
problem is embarrassing or when time
and money have been spent on practice
and training in a specific area. Resent-
ment and anger usually follow, and then
it's just a countdown until the owner
starts punishing the dog, verbally or
physically or both.
But what can I do as a dog trainer


e
ur
,
sh


SHow to train a human
if the dogs' owners truly believe their
pets understand what is being said to
them, and that the dogs are acting out
on purpose and should be punished? Or
what if the owner is confused regarding
what method to use in training, positive
or negative? What do I do?
I turn the tables on them.
It's called the Training Game. II
essentially train the owner to do a task
just as a dog would be trained without
speaking. Dogs, after all, do not come
to their training with knowledge of a
human language.
First I decide on the lesson, like
having the owner turn on a light switch
or a lamp. Next
I train him in
dogs' owners truly the old-school
understand what is way, using
and that the dogs negative or
would be punished? punishing
reinforcement.
But I do not
actually tell
him that -just as I cannot explain to
a dog how anything works. I used this
very example with a client last year: I
trained him to turn on a desk lamp.
Every time the owner took a wrong
step away from the desk lamp, I deliv-
ered a punisher. In this case, I pinched
his arm. The dog's owner went to sit on
the sofa. Pinch. He went toward the chair.
Pinch. Looking around the room, the
owner again thought I must want him to
do something with the sofa and returned
to it. Pinch! Even after just three light
pinches, I could see the owners' frustra-
tion and anger rising. He paused, and
then headed for the television remote


that dogs can live with


control. Pinch. Fuming, he flew around
and irately yelled at me: "Why do you
keep pinching my arm? Stop it!" His
nostrils were flaring.
My, isn't it easy to provoke humans
to aggression!
After that emotional outburst, I
switched my tactics and began to train
the owner using positive reinforcement.
As he didn't learn that I wanted him to
turn on the desk lamp in the first exer-
cise, I kept that as our goal. Almost casu-
ally, my owner looked in the direction of


the lamp. "Good!" I said, and gave him
a quarter.
Surprised and still not clear about my
wishes, he began walking in circles. He
walked past the now ominous sofa. I did
nothing. He gingerly glanced at the chair and
cautiously walked by it. Again I said nothing.
Looking for inspiration, the owner
surveyed the room, glancing back to
the corner where the lamp was perched
on a desk. "Good!" I exclaimed for the
second time, and happily gave him
another quarter.
You could almost hear the gears
turning in my dog owner's head. He
looked over toward the lamp again. An-
other quarter. For reassurance, he looked
again. Another "Good!" from me and yet
another quarter for him.
Now the owner was happy and
excited, and moved toward the desk
confidently. As he moved in the right
direction, I continued to give him posi-
tive reinforcement. Another dollar richer
as he arrived at the desk, he thought for a
second, sat on the desk chair, and looked
at me. I said nothing but smiled at him.
I waited, but not for long. He looked
back at the lamp, turned the switch, and
the light came on. Jackpot!
"Very good!" Quarter, quarter, quar-
ter, quarter!
Using the positive training model,
it's easy to see how the trainee remains
motivated and unafraid in trying to
understand what you want. You can also
bet that the he will eagerly repeat the be-
havior in the future. He also learned that
training is fun and rewarding, which will
carry over to the lessons that follow.
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Stop
Continued from page 46

On the other hand, in the negative
game, our human became stressed, frus-
trated, and finally aggressive. And that
was following only a few mild upper-arm
pinches. Imagine if I had used a choke
chain on him! He might have shut down
and completely stopped trying. Or he
might have actually tried to physically
assault me. It's a sure bet that with punish-
ers in the learning stage, the trainee is not


looking forward to the next lesson.
The Training Game serves its pur-
pose in dem-
onstrating to
owners what The best part of t
the learning that owners are n
experience
experience toward their dog:
is like from
an animal's understanding of
an animal's
point of view,
and how, even
with rewards, you can still be unclear
as to what behavior is wanted. You will


he
nor
s a
the


need to practice the behavior and reward
it numerous times before the student is
sure of your
expectations
Training Game is and more con-
e compassionate fident in his
movements.
nd have a better movements
But the
learning process. best part of
best part of
the Training
Game is that,
after playing, owners are always more
compassionate toward their dogs and


have a better understanding of the learn-
ing process.
And that helps to create an owner
dogs can live with.

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer for
Pawsitively Pets. You can reach her at
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also keep up with her and her dogs on
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garnishes it with heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami
hasn't tended to initiate too many food firsts," but this
Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place is surely one Prices are
higher than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keeping
with Abokado's Mary Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

Acqua
1435 Brickell Ave., Four Seasons Hotel
305-381-3190
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006
resulting in a complete menu renovation Thailand s
famed sense of culinary balance is now evident through-
out the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-
inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/white soya-dressed
salad of shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed with
spicy Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtimes rare tuna
burger with lively wasabi aioli and wakame salad For des-
sert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

Andcu
141SW 7th St.
786-871-7005
www.andurestaurant.com
This space's futuristic fairyland decor, highlighted by hang-
ing glass pendants, makes it popular as a stylish hangout
as much as a restaurant and loungers are rewarded with
a bar menu ranging from the traditional (zataar-spiked
hummus) to the trendy (artichoke puree with feta), cala-
mar with Meyer lemon brown butter is especially recom-
mended Tip While entrees and sides on the changing
main menu are also mostly Mediterranean, some of the
kitchen's best shots stretch the concept considerably So
don't miss the fries with chipotle/Key lime aloli $$$


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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
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Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant
(named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas
to South America) isn't a glamorous dining setting But
we'd eat outside From the expansive terrace of the
Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of
Brickell s high-rises actually make Miami look like a real
city Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the
most Impressive The food is Impeccably fresh regional
fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style
The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't
have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

Azul
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 imag-
inative global creations many of them combinations,
to satisfy those who want it all One offering, "A Study
in Tuna," includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado
tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan
lamb is three preparations (grilled chop, harlssa-marl-
nated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory sweet Middle
Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

Bali Cafe
109 NE 2nd Ave.
305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami,
downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to
cruise-ship and construction workers This cute, exotically
decorated cafe has survived and thrived for good reason


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ments to be heaped on rice Note bring cash No plastic
accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave.
305-503-6500
On the Conrad's 25th floor. The Bar's picture-windowed
space is not just a 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 pintxos Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there's nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional Items like cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-
stuffed empanadas $$$

Blu Pizzeria e Cucina
900 S. Miami Ave. (Mary Brickell Village)
305-381-8335
www.blurestaurantsgroup.com
If the super-sleek Interior Is too formal for you, opt for a
casual patio table while studying the menu over an order
of warm gnocchetti bread sticks, or creamy-centered sup-
pli alla roman (porcini-studded tomato and mozzarella
rice croquettes) The place looks upscale, but prices of
even the fanciest entrees don't exceed $20 The fare is
wide-ranging, but you cant go wrong with one of the thin-
crusted, brick-oven pizzas, whether a traditional margher-
ta or inventive asparagi e granchi (with lump crab, lobster
cream, mozzarella, and fresh asparagus) $$-$$$

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Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358; www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered ter-
race directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired,
with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the
health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices
For hedonists there's a big selection of artisan sakes
$$$-$$$$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
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 week-
day lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), 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 $

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
www.doloreslolita.com
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,
which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
nnork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe minl-burgers all cost


downtown workers to linger after office hours And even
without the expansive, casual-chic space as bait, interna-
tionally award-winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fablo
Bruni's exquisitely airy, burn-blistered pies, made from
homemade dough, could do the trick The rest of the
organically oriented menu may also great, but with pizzas
like the cream/mushroom-topped Bianca beckoning, we'll
never know $-$$$

Eos
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel)
305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakis'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly cus-
tardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or
any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

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 To the familiar Latin 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 bistro's especially known for imaginative meal-size
salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado,
apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken
on a mesclun bed $$


Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
www.grimpa.com
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
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 A pleasant, nontra-
ditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-373-0063
www.ilgabbianomiami.com
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace)
the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative
to 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 Gabbiano's owners The rest
of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

Indochine
638 S. Miami Ave.
305-379-1525
www.indochinebistro.com
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restau-
rant into hip hangout Copious special events draw every-
one from downtown business types to the counterculture
crowd Not thattheres anything "mere" about the range


La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
305-373-4800
www.laloggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown
With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti
in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/
vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, 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 martini spiked with sweetened espresso
$$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St.
305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies
like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's
burger beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce,
tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake
"bun While this tiny place's late hours (till 6 00
a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime
menu is more so In addition to Colombian clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna,
seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie
favorites $-$$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr.
305-372-2333
www.leboudoirmiami.com
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seri-
ously, with choices ranging from quality cheese,
charcuterie/pate, or smoked salmon platters to chic
Continental and complete American breakfasts


either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market of food served from three Asian nations Light eaters can At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced
- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats likeSerrano ham 398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765 snack on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi tartines are irresistible But sophisticated salads
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this rolls For bigger appetites, there are Thai curries and and homemade soups make the choice tough And
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplanttimbales The best venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries Vietnamese specialties like pho, richly flavored beef soup do not skip dessert Superb sweets include rich
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$ about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$ tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses,
Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with
168 SE 1st St. When stone crabs are in season, Garcia's claws are as Iron Sushi daily-changing fillings $-$$
305-960-1900; www.eccomiami.com good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish 120 SE 3rd Ave.
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Red, White, and You

SAgreeable winefor $12 or less


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Be careful what you wish for. With

the heat and humidity of South
Florida summer draped upon us
like a rubber overcoat, lobster season
cranking into gear, and stone crab
season just around the calendar corner,
what better time to swirl and slurp my
way around a bunch of crisp, refreshing,
moderately priced Sauvignon Blancs?
Uh, maybe later?
Sometimes the best-laid plans of
mice, wine writers, and other verminjust
go straight to hell, like when a judiciously
chosen assortment of well-regarded, well-
pedigreed wines Sauvignon Blancs, for
example turns from the anticipated love-
fest as a less-expensive, more satisfying,
food-friendlier alternative to Chardonnay
into a disappointing journey through bottles
of bad wine, dirty wine, and mediocre wine.
Why? I have no clue. A Google
search and a couple of phone calls yielded
no reasons why 2007 and 2008 vintages
in California, New Zealand, and South
America should produce more than the
usual number of crummy or odd-tasting
Sauvignon Blancs, and I couldn't find any
evidence that any of the vintners whose
products I tasted had fallen on particu-
larly hard times, so maybe it was just the
(bad) luck of the draw.


Better mine than yours, right?
True, there were a couple of bright
spots. The 2008 Nobilo "Regional Col-
lection" for one. It delivered everything
you want in a New Zealand SB -intense,
palate-cleansing grapefruit-gooseberry
flavors; bracing acidity; a clean, citrusy
finish. Pouring it with crab or lobster
or scallops or any rich fish would only
make it taste better.
Another pleasant wine and a good
deal at $8.99 is the 2008 Chateau
Montet White Bordeaux. It fools you a
little, with the kind of rich, fruity aromas
more typical of California Sauvignon
Blancs, but when you take a sip it's got
all the steely, lemony minerality that's
characteristic of its French compatriots.
Now we leave pretty good and go
to okay.
Another French SB was the 2007
St. Martin, though hailing from the
Languedoc rather than Bordeaux. It's
aromas green apple, smoke, a subtle
floral note fooled you too. Fooled you
into thinking it would be as interesting
in your mouth as it was in your nose.
Not bad, mind you, but merely a simple,
serviceable French white whose chief
attribute is its $7.99 price tag.
An Argentine SB, the 2008 Bodega
Norton, showed promise too, with an
initial burst of tangy lemon-lime and
green apple fruit. Then an odd, soapy


flavor began
to show up,
along with a
faint bitterness
at the back of
the palate, as
if some of the
lemon-lime pith
had made it into
the bottle.
One more
passable wine
was much more
of a disappoint-
ment, if only
because of its
history. Back in t
the late 1970s and
early 1980s, Ken-
wood Vineyards' -
Sauvignon Blanc
was the Califor- -i &
nia benchmark
for the varietal,
consistently win-
ning awards and
winning con-
verts away from
Chardonnay. Now
its taut, lively,
grassy-herbal-citrusy character has been
watered down to the point that it's just
another inoffensive but hardly compelling
mass-market SB.


Wow, man. Bummer.
And speaking of bummers, let's
talk about a pair of Sauvignons from
the Marlborough region of New Zea-
land, the 2008 Brancott and Cupcake.
The Brancott, normally my go-to SB,
had just gone bad and was completely
undrinkable. The Cupcake swear
to God tasted like dirt. Not dirty. A
mouthful of dirt.
So I poured it down the drain and
popped open a beer.

Get the St. Martin, Chateau
Montet, and Cupcake at the
North Miami Total Wine & More
for $7.99, $8.99, and $9.99
respectively (14750 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-3270). The
Kenwood, $9.99, and Nobilo,
$9.97, can be found at North
Miami's Crown Wine & Spirits
(12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-
9463), while the Norton can be
had at the Biscayne Commons
Publix for $7.99 (14641 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-2171). Finally
the Brancott costs $9.99 and
is available at the Aventura
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525), as
well as Total Wine.

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Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-938-9000
www.mannyssteakhouse.com
Formerly Manny's Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains
Miami's most intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
rlbeye, described as "part meat, part weapon"), king crab
legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails
that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frail $$$$$
Novecento
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
www.bistronovecento.com
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
"beef and more beef," this popular eaters wide range
of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will
be a revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here
for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative
Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapenos, basil, and
the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab
ravioli with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are
the entree salads $$-$$$


Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave.
305-372-8862
www.theoceanaire.com
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish
shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments 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 pompa-
no, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the
raw bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$
Pasha's
1414 Brickell Ave.
305-416-5116
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low
enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pitas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$
Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St.
305-373-8080
www.peoplesbarbque.com
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 afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse And it would
be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet
potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half
iced tea, half lemonade $-$$
Perricone's
15 SE 10th St
305-374-9449
www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrlfled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a
favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta list, ranging
from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi
flocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town's
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$
Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave.
305-373-1940
The cozy dining room (and even more charming outdoor
terrace) evoke the south of France But the menu of
French bistro classics covers all regions country-style
pate mason with onion jam, roasted peppers, and
cornichons, steak/frites (grilled rib-eye with peppercorn
cream sauce, fries, and salad), and four preparations
of mussels Deal alert An early-bird prlx-fixe menu


(5 30-7 30 p m ) offers soup or salad, entree, dessert,
and a carafe of wine for $44 per couple $$$-$$$$
The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
305-530-1915
www.therivermiami.com
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as
evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs
with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There
are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes din-
ers, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But oyster
fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on
the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are
served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito but-
ter, chorizo, and manchego There's also a thoughtful wine
list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$
Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave.
786-425-1001
www.rosamexicano.com
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rience 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-habane-
ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar-
garitas ensure no worries $$$

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Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St.
305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
it's also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), it's fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

Taste of Bombay
111 NE 3rd Ave.
305-358-0144
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 cur-
ries) plus veggie pakoras, rice, salad, chutneys, hot naan
bread, and a dessert The place looks plain outside, but
it's pleasantly exotic enough inside for a bargain busi-
ness 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 weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$


Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

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, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
cially, the 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 $

Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel)
305-536-6414
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but
floor-to-ceiling windows and a multi-level layout means
every table has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find par-
ticularly enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus
and Boursin cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried
eggs and cheese on black beans) Lunch and dinner
menus are a "greatest hits" mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar
salad), featuring appealing local accents like a hefty fried
or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll, with
remouladesauce $$-$$$

Bengal
2010 Biscayne Blvd.
305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine"
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and
presented with modern flair 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, the decor is a stylish mix of


contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables
made from wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to
the area's smart new 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,
chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the
figclutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions,
pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto Free parking behind
the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.
305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking
distance of every Miami resident, we'd be a helluva hip
food town Like true Parisian bistros, it's open continu-
ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Captain Joe Seafood & Pasta Grill
3401 N. Miami Ave.
(Shops at Midtown)
305-573-6111
This Shops at Midtown eatery begins at 8 00 a m with
with eggs, pancakes, French toast, and bagels After
that its a seafood-oriented menu of fast-casual food
Best values are combo platters such as shrimp and a
grilled kebab, a hefty fried or grilled fish sandwich, or
a Caribbean paella The last is more like a pilaf than
Spain's saffron-rich creation, but is packed with enough
mussels, fish, calamari, chicken, and small shrimp to feed
two $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd.
305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches


and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
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 nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family 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
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
305-381-8006
www.18thstreetcafe.com
Most of 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 expansive This
pioneering place deserves to survive, even if just con-
sidering the roast beef sandwich with creamy horserad-
ish an inspired classic combination that makes one
wonder why more places in this town don't serve it
Other culinary highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar
melt sandwich, and really sinful marshmallow-topped
brownies $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave.
(Shops at Midtown)
305-571-8345
www.fiveguys.com
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
gle burgers, and free peanuts while you walt Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtingly julcy, and after loading with your choice of
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 $

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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 gourmet store on Lincoln
Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its
neighborhood needed The restaurants artisan salumi,
cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so
outstanding that you can't help wishing it also had a retail
component Entrees include properly al dente pastas, plus
some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver,
rarely found outside Italy $$$

Grass
28 NE 40th St.
305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian
and Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees
range from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot
pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-seared, authen-
tic Kobe steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar selections
include ceviches and a large seafood platter There's 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
alternative to the Boulevard's fast food chains $$-$$$$$

The Girrrlz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
305-374-4305
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups,
sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette
sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe,
hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls'll even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
305-438-0488
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District,
this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually
cool as one would hope and as affordable There's
a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and
respectable vino for under $30 And few can resist
delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative
Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara Pastas are
fresh, produce is largely local, the mosaic-centered decor
is minimalist but inviting And no need to be wary of the
warehouse district at night Valet parking is free $$-$$$

Kafa Cafe
3535 NE 2nd Ave.
305-438-0114, www.kafamidtown.com
Operated by a brother/sister team (both originally from
Ethiopia), nothing on the breakfast and lunch menus tops
$8, and portions feed an army (or several starving art-
ists) Signature item is the formidable Kafa Potato Platter
- home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion,
and cheese, accompanied by eggs, fresh fruit, and bread
Lunch's burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches
come with homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit
Dinner features an authentic Ethiopian menu, plus beer
and wine selections $-$$


Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-3838
www.latincafe2000.com
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, yuppifled/
yucafled ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
3201 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
305-576-5463
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an
instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout
as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept
is fast casual" rather than fast food meaning nice
enough for a night out It also means ingredients are
always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the
menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from
a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St.
305-576-1008
www.thelostandfoundsaloon-miami.com
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friend-
ly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-
only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its
neighborhood Its now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices
Dishes like pinon 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 fea-
tures you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from
typical rodizio palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
it's rare at most rodizio joints to get meat done less than
medium, Maino will cook to order One other welcome
difference There are a la carte starters and pastas for
lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch spe-
cials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
305-438-0228
(See North Miami listing)


Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St.
305-573-5550
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-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 There's also a broad range of prices and portion
sizes to encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also
features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar
$$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor
305-374-5731
www.mikesvenetia.com
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a
popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journal-
ists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and
drinks Regulars know daily specials are the way to go
Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey
with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night
menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m
$-$$

iMoriano
3221 NE 2nd Ave.
786-953-8003
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Ultra-thin, crisp-crusted pizzas Made-from-scratch spe-
cials like green bean and parmesan soup, or prosciutto
and mozzarella-stuffed gnocchi that you really have not
seen on every other menu in town High-quality ingredi-
ents, wine and beer, low prices, enthusiastic hands-on
owners committed to arts-oriented creativity A comfort-
able hang-out atmosphere This tiny cafe, where pro-
cessed food" is a dirty word, has it all except a high-visi-
bility 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, manchego 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
www.outofthebluecafe.net
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-
friendly, independent neighborhood cafe serves a full
selection of coffee drinks made with the award-winning
beans of Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works
directly with artisan growers to encourage sustainable
agriculture Also served breakfast and lunch sandwich-
es, 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 also just a pleas-
ant place to hang out $


Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
www.pacifictimemiami.com
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time,
for many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and it's all
good, starting with far superior acoustics, an admirably
green ecological policy, and a neighborhood-friendly
attitude While the addition of Mediterranean influences
to the Pacific Rim menu may sound confusing, trust us
A meal that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with pro-
sciutto, 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 $$-$$$$

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

Pizzafiore
2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Dainty designer pizzas? At this New York-style pizzeria, it's
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
pastas and subs $-$$

Primo's
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand 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
toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/
arugula would be draw enough But pastas also please
diners' choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and
extras And the price is right, with few entrees topping
$20 The capper It's open past midnight every day but
Sunday $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
305-755-0122
www.sakeroom.com
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-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 classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter 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 The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual sus-
pects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the
daily blackboard specials $-$$

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Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave.
305-573-5474
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper
Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the
area But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernsteln
is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with fig jam, white bean stew, crisp-coated
artichokes with lemon/coriander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced
by tiny pickled salads $$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
305-374-8888
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand,
looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized
Chinese food But the American dumbing-down is mini-
mal Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully
prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like deli-
cate but flavorful yu pan quail 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 crepe-wrapped crispy skin,
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 District spot
is run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman
who was previously a wine distributor His former gig led
to connections that mean if wine lovers don't find the
bottle they want, Blanchet can probably get it within 24
hours Food is sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club
sandwich with pancetta and sun-dried tomato aioli, and
smoked duck salad with goat cheese croutons and a
poached egg At night there are tapas $-$$


Zuperpollo Biztro Reztocafe
3050 Biscayne Blvd.
305-573-8485
www.zuperpollo.com
This bistro is a branch of the popular Uruguayan eatery
Zuperpollo, on Coral Way since 1986 Its way in back,
past a guard desk and an elevator bank, behind an
unmarked door Diners who find it discover an extensive
pan-Latin menu of breakfast food, salads, substantial
meat and fish entrees, homemade pastas and soups,
desserts, and sandwiches, including Uruguay's famed,
overstuffed chivito, sometimes called a heart attack on a
bun And naturally, from the rotissere, there's the zigna-
ture zuper chicken $-$$

Upper Eastside
Andiamo
5600 Biscayne Blvd.
305-762-5751
www.andiamopizza.com
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andiamo 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, along with
executive chef Frank Crupi's famed Philly cheese steak
sandwiches Also available are salads and panini plus rea-
sonably priced wines and beers, including a few unusually
sophisticated selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden $$
Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
305-758-2929
www.anisetaverna.com
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from
their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly
mezze menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to
creative Mediterranean-inspired dishes like anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy aioli But don't neglect large
plates like whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or
branzino), filleted tableside The interior is charming, and
the outdoor deck on the Little River is positively romantic
$$-$$$


Bistro 82
8201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-2995
As with Latin American food, much Middle Eastern res-
taurant fare blurs borders, making it hard to pinpoint
individual countries' culinary characteristics Here, though,
national identity is strong Virtually all dishes, from savory
falafel to sweet k'nafeh (a traditional cheese breakfast
pastry that doubles as dessert), are crafted from the
authentic Lebanese recipes of owner Mona Issa's mom
Casually exotic decor makes the spot dateworthy too,
especially on Saturday nights when belly dancing is fea-
tured $$

Boteco
916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic
indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, it's even more fun
on Sunday, 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 to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and
budget-priced $$
Le Cafe
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm
welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is
the antidote No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just
classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh
oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast),
Nicolse salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A
respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as
is the housemade sangria Top price for entrees is about
$14 $-$$
Canela
5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-3930
When this 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 impressive, with an unusually large


selection of seafood and vegetarian items such as spin-
ach sauteed with pine nuts and raisins Don't miss the
ultra-creamy croquetas, grilled asparagus with aloli, 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 But there
the resemblance 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 For fish haters, spicy or garlic
chicken wings are an option $-$$
Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
www.casatoscanamiami.com
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's before opening this Upper Eastside jewel,
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by a
wine room/garden for tasting events and private dining
Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, Ilmited-
production wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan specials
with honest, authentic flavors, such as grilled wild boar
sausages with lentil croquettes Menu favorites include
pear and ricotta raviolini, grilled eggplant slices rolled
around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and
a light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$

Che Sopranos
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This branch of a Miami Beach Italian/Argentine pizzeria,
housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy
patio, covers multicultural bases If the Old World Rucola
pizza (a classic Margherlta topped with arugula, pro-
sclutto, 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 available are pastas, salads,
sandwiches, dinner entrees (eggplant parmigiana with
spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad),
and desserts (tiramisu or flan) $

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Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments
While some meatier Haitian classics like grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambl frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tlkl-hut
dining $-$$

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd.
305-759-3433, www.dogmagrill.com
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 for this stand's sauce-gar-
nished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs
The 22 varieties range from simple 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 New addition thick, juicy burgers $

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,
including imported Peroni beer As for the pizza, they are
classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with
fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (con-
sidered the top American pizza cheese) Best seating for
eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los Jugos
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if it's too good to be true
it isn't El Q-Banos owners are indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palacios de los
Jugos which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are moist tamales, tasty sandwiches
(especially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich
flan, and the fresh tropical juices thatjustify the afore-
mentioned excesses For even heartier eaters, there's a
changing buffet of daily specials and sides $-$$

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357
Giving new meaning to the food term fusion," Europa
serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with
croissants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match
the casual chicness sandwiches like the Renato (pro-
sclutto, hot capplcola, pepper jack 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 cleaning are equally
gentrlfled, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are
pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine
while they walt $

iLCI Corner
5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-5056
Inexpensive yet impeccable fish dishes have been the
specialty at this casual eatery since it was opened, in late


2008, by Cuban-American owners whose dayjobs, as sea-
food wholesalers, ensured freshness There have been
recent changes, like a cafeteria counter to accommodate
rushed lunchers, but no compromises in quality The
Arroz Amarillo con Marlscos behind the glass doesn't get
topped with precision-cooked seafood till the last minute
The Minuta sandwich is a whole yellowtail (served tall-on,
as proof) And there's still no permanent menu, because
here, catches of the day really do change daily $-$$

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building that's nearly invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach
bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean
vegan food 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 like sweet potato
pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with
no time to cook, has been popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive 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 comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

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 at 4 00 p m but still
There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, eggs
any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas, and
a full range of sides biscuits and sausage gravy, grits,
hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal Also available are
traditional diner entrees (meat loaf, roast turkey, liver
and onions), plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade
chicken soup $-$$

Kingdom
6708 Biscayne Blvd.
305-757-0074
This indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks, plus more typical bar food that's actually
far from the usual 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 No hard liquor, but the beer list
makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
www.lunacafemidtown.com
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 and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, unusually low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$


Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make -in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant
where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
flavors An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled
organic meat and fish dishes Try the steak frites -
organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurrl and
fresh-cut fries Vegetarians will love the organic portabella
foccacia Dine either inside the architect-designed restau-
rant or outdoors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appear-
ances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but
far from fully gentrlfled neighborhood Just be glad she
did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly
creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas Though most
full entrees also come in half-size portions (at almost
halved prices), the tab can add up fast The star herself is
usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th Street
$$$-$$$$

Moonchine
7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand,
and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between tradi-
tional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations
like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilan-
tro, roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity
with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried
rice Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories
A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment
$$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl 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 Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
305-758-9932
www.the55thststation.com
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more
a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than
a full-fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of light
bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor
patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galler-
ies part of the reason visitors stay for hours Especially


recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup,
a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty
baguette, and what many feel is the original cafe's
Greatest Hit creamy hummus with warm pita $

One Sumo
7281 Biscayne Blvd.
305-758-7866
The concept here is fast-food Fitness -- capital "F
intended In fact, though some call this minimalist space
a smoothie joint, its numerous drink blends (categorized
by function -- preworkout, low-glycemic, kid-pleasers,
and more, all fruit-sweetened without added sugars) are
deliberately termed shakes to differentiate them from
not-necessarily healthy smoothies Additionally there's
solid sustenance that goes beyond standard gym snacks
Asian-inspired rice or low-carb salad plates, topped with
freshly flash-grlddled beef, chicken, seafood, or veggie
terlyakls $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd.
305-757-7773
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoy-
ing eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge
(sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster
with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old
South fried green tomatoes) Not surprisingly, the chef-
driven menu is limited, but several signature specialties,
if available, are not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce,
irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade Ice cream
$$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd.
305-758-1010
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankle's Big City Grill, and fulfills much the
same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-
friendly place with affordable prices The menu includes
wraps and elaborate salads of all nations But simple
yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai
flume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of
cream) or yellowtail frangalse (egg-battered, with lemon-
caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party nois-
es emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this German
restaurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man gentrification
project, transforming a formerly uninviting 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 dif-
ferent sauces $$-$$$

Soyka
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 Soyka remains
a solid neighborhood restaurant that is a perfect fit for
its area Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food like

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meatloaf with mashed potatoes, crab cakes with spicy-
sweet slaw, a wild mushroom/smoked mozzarella pizza,
or a Cobb salad may not be revolutionary fare, butSoyka
continues to thrive while more ambitious, nationally pub-
licized restaurants have come and gone Take-out orders
and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selec-
tion 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, avocado, let-
tuce, toblko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special
sauces Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green cur-
ries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey
sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-9022; www.uva-69.com
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge
has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to
hang out Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant
sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with
cilantro aloli and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacla) Dinner features a range of small plates (poached
figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle)
and full entrees like sake-marinated salmon with bonlato
mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach
$$-$$$

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd
305-303-9755
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in
common English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey
and lime, not bunuelos") But taco fillings range from
ground beef and shredded chicken to more unusual
pork in chill verde or Baja battered fish (authentically


garnished with Mexican crema and cilantro-spiked cab-
bage) And all offerings can be loaded with other garnish-
es from the kitchen (refried beans, cheese, crema) or less
perishable offerings from a salsa bar For the heath-mind-
ed, oils are nonhydrogenated, and sauces/seasonings are
all housemade and free of preservatives $

Wine 69
6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0122
You might think this is just a wine shop, but it's actually
about wine, food, and art, and how they work together
Wines are available retail (discounted 35-50 percent
for in-house drinkers), with 40 sold by the glass Food,
designed for pairing, includes a $25 three-course dinner
The menu is mostly light bites with intriguingly inven-
tive touches a seared Cajun tuna salad with wasabi
sauce, crab cakes with Asian srlracha chill sauce The art
involves revolving exhibits, plus an art lecture series fea-
turing wines picked by owner Ben Neji $$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most wel-
coming cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa
Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abble
Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs
grown on the bakers window sills Bernardo's pan con
lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are
legend But she also crafts treats not found at average
Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan
bread Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats pro-
duced by a few friends candies, cupcakes, and exotically
flavored flans $



Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork
Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites
Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there's bandeja
paisa, Colombia's sampler platter of grilled steak, sau-
sage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and
beans Don't miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de
costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily home-
made soups Arepas include our favorite corn cake the


hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, care des-
mechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans,
and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway
305-868-7085, www.crabhouseseafood.com
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired
by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain But
the classic decor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths,
outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days
Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20
lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics
will be happiest sticking to a la carte favorites like the
All-American fisherman's platters, or global specials like
Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally $$$-$$$$

Edy's Chicken & Steak
1624 79th St. Causeway
305-864-9958
What differentiates Edys from other chicken joints is
the signature Peruvian polio a la brasa, char-broiled in
a wood-fired rotisserie The rotation makes the bird self-
baste, keeping even the white meatjuicy under its crispy,
nearly fat-free skin Spicing is also superior Owner Edy
Dernovsek's dozen-ingredient marinade recipe came
from a visit to Peru, but has been tweaked with spices
from her hometown Chlang Mai, Thailand The result
is subtly mouth-warming heat absent from average chain
chickens $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated
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 cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882
(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 $$-$$$

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 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 $-$$

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



Ariston
940 71st St.
305-864-9848
Arlston's classical Greek cuisine is based on recipes of
co-owner Thanasis Barlos's mom Noni and executed by
CIA-trained chef Alexia Apostolidis Concentrate on the
menu's 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 $$-$$$

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Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St.,
305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark
has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace
and multi-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 crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream
sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood
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.
305-861-6222, www.tamarindthai.us
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect
major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy
SoBe address Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal who'd moved to
Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neigh-
borhood place Some standout dishes here are featured
in the chef's latest tome, but with Tamarind's very afford-
able prices, you might as well let the man's impeccably
trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$



Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311
www.ironsushi.com
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast 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
There are some surprisingly imaginative 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? $-$$

CBte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The
menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe,
soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more sub-
stantial 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 impeccable ingre-
dients, classic French technique, and meticulous atten-
tion to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold
together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave.
305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a lun-
cheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been
reopened by Shores resident Massimo DeLuca, original
chef/owner Curtis Whitticar's charismatic maitre d' The
kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with head honcho
Adam Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef) serving up
new, globally influenced dishes like mint/pistachio-
crusted lamb or tuna tartare with srlracha aioli, plus reviv-
ing old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-caramel
sauce $$-$$$



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 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 cho-
rlzo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$


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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 location 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 $

Bamboche
13408 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6339
Buried in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard,
Bamboche is worth the hunt on one of those head-split-
ting Saturdays, for a Haitian specialty not found in many
area restaurants bouillon tet cabrt, 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 standards (grlot, 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, though from the decor
- mixing Wild West rusticity with Key West flip-flops
dangling from the ceiling- it's 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, but don't forget the biggest draw the
barbecue, honest stuff that has been low-temperature
smoked for 12 to 14 hours till tender yet resilient Menu
winners succulent sliced brisket and delightfully jucy
chicken $$

The Bridge
2286 NE 123rd St., 305-891-8282
Since the original Mark's Place, eateries in this space
have come and gone rapidly, but with 18 successful
restaurants in Uruguay, The Bridge's owners have con-
fidence in their winning formula Prices are affordable,
ambiance is warm, cocktails are formidable And food is
a crowd-pleasing mix of continental and Latin steakhouse
fare an entrana with fries for traditionalists, a pork chop
with strawberry sauce, apple mash, and glazed carrots
for more elegant tastes Note The chivito sandwich here
(tenderloin steak, bacon, ham, melted cheese, and olives
on a baguette) may be Miami's most satisfying sinful
pleasure $$-$$$

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
www.bulldog-bbq.com
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howle Klelnberg, whose indoor elec-
tric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from
the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads,
and sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans stud-
ded with burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer
barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced
fries The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price
of fame $$-$$$
Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
www.burritosgrillcafe
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty


treats, Marlo and Karma Manzanero's cafe is now In
more sizable 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 marinated pork loin, tacos al pastor, stuffed
with subtly smoky steak, onion, cilantro, and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinlta plbil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$
Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd.
305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about
two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po
shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And there
are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly
christened Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental
basil) Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$

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 freshness
of its seafood, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants Now
there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it's garlicky scampi. smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$
Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.
305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/
outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
regulars But even newcomers feel like regulars after
a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience
Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
some contemporary items as well Housemade pastas are
good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break,
especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottini beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$
Ch6en-huyae
15400 Biscayne Blvd.
305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, 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 cochinlta pibil? Cheen's
authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped
marinated pork dish is earthly aromatic from achiote,
tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow
cooking in a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/
soy/chili-spiced mlchelada, 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)

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D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen din-
ner entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole
section of Caesar salad variations But it's also a secret
source 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 authen-
ticity $-$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St, 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutri-
tional supplements But the place's hearty soups, large
variety of entrees (including fresh fish and chicken as well
as vegetarian selections), 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 smoothies complete the
menu $-$$

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 offer-
ing numerous traditional Haitian dishes, includingjerked
beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson 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 $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd.,305-899-9069
www.littlehavanarestaurant.com
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place fea-
tures live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it
a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a
meal Its also a good choice for diners who don't speak
Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity Classic Cuban
home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like
pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-
pleasers $$$

Maleewan Thai & Sushi
2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0393
Redecorated (tasteful bamboo-matted walls, silk flowers)
since the days many days -this space was occupied
by the kosher sushi spot Tani Guchi's Place, Maleewan is
now a cozy, neighborly nook at which to enjoy all the stan-
dard Japanese and Thai selections Cooked sushi is the
strong suit here, particularly the signature mammoth-size
Maleewan roll, given zing by pickled Japanese squash and
savor by a crispy yellowtail tempura topping If you're crav-
ing more creative fare, check out the handwritten specials
board on your way in $$

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 prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meat-
balls (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 mine-
strone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined
olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in itself
Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette
booths, add to Mama's charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
305-891-7641, www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, 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 top-
ping here is the savory housemade sausage And no one
leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and
smashed garlic New branches are now open in Miami's
Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village $

North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-4211
www.northonel0.com
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 but-
ter, steak and eggs" (a grilled NY strip with truffled goat
cheese frittata and herb demiglace), a stone crab hot
dog the chef invented for a Super Bowl party The award-
winning wine list inspires playfully themed pairing events
Prices are reasonable and parking is free $$$-$$$$

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd.
305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal s Restaurant and later
with II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-
oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While
this cute 32-seat charmer is French, it's no exception,
avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and
nouvelle bistro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with
lemon/caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and
foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect
pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts
for dessert $$$

Sara's
2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
www.saraskosherpizza.com
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" imita-
tion meats), it's 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, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr
salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr itself is one helluva
high-octane veggie burger $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the 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 3 00 or 4 00
a m Steve's 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 $

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., 305-940-1808
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 salads, and a few new protein adds grilled
chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313
The 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 pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on) And New
Yorkers will 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
$$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie
fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to
change the time-tested formula except to stretch operat-
ing hours into the night and expand its classic 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 Drippin' good burgers, too And unlike MacChain
addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good
grease $-$$




Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this vet-
eran 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 scallions, 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 cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin But
the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable
brisket Other new additions include weekend fish fries
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) $-$$

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Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2779
www.chipotle.com
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 But these bites contain no evil
ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics,
growth hormones) And the food, while not the authentic
Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty,
too $

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.
305-770-0434
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 flatbread is probablyjerk chicken, bone-in pieces in
a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other cur-
ries from which to choose Take-out packages of plain roti
are also available, they transform myriad leftovers into
tasty, portable lunches $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
305-940-4910
www.graninka.com
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nik-
kei (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) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2255
When Sla and Nicole Hemmati 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 cheeseburger 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 $$-$$$

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 after-hours snack stop The sushi
menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most
exceptional are the nicely priced yakiton, skewers of suc-
culently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables,


the unusually 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, but there'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 multi-veg futomaki, 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, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, 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 rare taste of Japanese home
cooking, served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh
strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed
with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso
mustard sauce 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 $$

Heelsha
1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
www.heelsha.com
If unusual Bangladeshl 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 menu's mix-and-match option allows diners 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 $$-$$$

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

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 bul-
gur) 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 elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or
stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a com-
mon falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also
stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus
unusually rich and tart tahina $-$$

Kabobji
3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
www.EatKabobji.com
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$


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 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-
average 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 $$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-945-6381, www.laurenzosmarket.com
Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this interna-
tional gourmet market's packed shelves and crowds has
depleted your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with
eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics,
housemade from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily
soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-
fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies
outside Napoli $-$$

Little Saigon
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 $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2228; www.meltingpot.com
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branch-
es of this chain are generally the only places to go for this
eating experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese


fondue, proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus
choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil),
finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate
Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer
in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go
with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4338
www.oishithai.com
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod,
rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even Nobu
Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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), broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening
chill/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped
Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$

Paquito's
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 plat-
ter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find tradi-
tional preparations like albondigas spicy, ultra-savory
meatballs $$-$$$

Pasha's
14871 Biscayne Blvd.
786-923-2323
www.pashas.com
(See Miami Brickell / Downtown listing)

Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd.
305-940-4443
www.paulusa.com
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which
fortunately 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
boulangerle breads are, the patisserie items like flan
normande are just as evocative For eat-in diners, quite
continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are equally
and dependably French $$

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Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700
www.pizzafusion.com
"Saving the earth one pizza at a time" is the motto at this
franchise of the only pizza chain to require third-party
organic restaurant certification at all locations Their
gluten-free crusts make it mighty friendly to pizza fanatics
with food allergies Starters, salads, desserts, and organic
wines/beers are also served And delivery is available in
hybrid cars, of course Specials unique to this NMB fran-
chise include Sunday-Thursday happy hours, a free Kids
Organic Club class on Saturdays, 10 00-1100 a m, and
varied Monday-Wednesday freebies $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St.
305-654-9646
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter,
serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate
dipping sauces included Weekends bring the biggest
selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pet duck
(roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day arejuicy, soy-
marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork,
and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all But no
worries, a counterperson will chop your purchase into
bite-size, beakless pieces $

Racks Italian Bistro and Market
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall),
305-917-7225
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible Its part Italian market, with
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria What's important All
components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave.
305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the "Carnegie-style"
monster containing, 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, including perfectly sour pickles, 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
Sang's has 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 live tank allows


seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and
scallion 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
www.shingwangrestaurant.com
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
down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles 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 bub-
ble tea is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup, the
cold, 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 1 00 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 $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
www.scorchgrillhouse.com
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 pota-
toes 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 $-$$

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 sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top,
featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy
tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avo-
cado, jalapenos, and cilantro, topped with not one but
three sauces wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy mayo Hawaiian
King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like toma-
toes, green peppers, and pineapple Boutique wines,
artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine
$$$-$$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-932-0630
www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a
newly impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-
water oysters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points,


Malpecs, Island Creeks, and more Traditional house
favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish
from local waters Open daily till 2 00 a m, the place can
get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is
open till closing, Tuna's draws a serious late-night dining
crowd, too $$-$$$




Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625
www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
Coal is 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 mere minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-
bottomed, beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary pizzerias crave Expect neither bargain-
chain prices, a huge selection of toppings, nor much else
on the menu Anthonys does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
305-792-9330
www.bellalunaaventura.com
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly
identical 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 dishes like
carpaccio al salmon (crudo, with portobellos, capers,
parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato 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)
786-279-0658
www.michaelmina.net
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 for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don't neglect the steak -flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American "Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave
305-935-2900
www.chefallens.com
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true
dishes And it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser
would freak out his many regulars by eliminating
from the menu the Bahamian lobster and crab cakes
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'n'cheese lobster crab macaroni in a Frls vodka
sauce with mushrooms, scallions, and parmesan The
famous dessert souffle's flavor changes daily, but it
always did $$$$$


II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-792-2902
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right,
as well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impec-
cable ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't
overcomplicate, 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 And even low-carb dieters happily
go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound
of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries
$$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an interna-
tional clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre
Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007
Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany
The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of
food 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 $$-$$$

Pilar
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 wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Floribbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall loca-
tion The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29th Ave., 305-937-4884
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not
Rome's wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New
York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to
fold in half for neat street eating Unlike chains, though,
this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust
thin and crisp, just ask Also featured are Italian-American
entrees like baked manicotti that'ss "mani-goat", for those
not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches,
here called "bullets," to put you in a Sopranos frame of
mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8, 305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notori-
ous, on a Seinfeld episode, as "the soup Nazi On the
menu ten different premium soups each day The selec-
tion is carefully balanced among meat/poultry-based and
vegetarian, clear and creamy (like the eaters 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 $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
305-932-8955
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