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BISCAYNE
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CONTENTS
COVER STORY
1 Off the Grid: Dispatches from the Alt Energy Frontier
COMMENTARY
6 Feedback: Letters
12 Jack King: The Season for Swindles
OUR SPONSORS
10 BizBuzz
COMMUNITY NEWS
26 What Would You Pay for 9000 Square Feet?
26 A Rusty Tree Grate Is a Thing of Beauty
28 Don't Call It Street Art
28 Parks Don't Vote, So They're Easy Targets
NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS
34 Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer: The Lemming Effect
36 Gaspar Gonzalez: The Changing Season
38 Jen Karetnick: Today's Entree Special: Sauteed Sonnet
40 Frank Rollason: Not Doomed To Endless Financial Meltdowns
ART & CULTURE
42 Anne Tschida: Experimental Lens on the Landscape
44 Art Listings
47 Events Calendar
PARK PATROL
48 A Serene Circle Amid the Commotion
COLUMNISTS
50 Your Garden: New Guy in Town
51 Kids and the City: The Best Party Ever
52 Pawsitively Pets: Four-Legged Vacuum Cleaners
54 Vino: Chardonnay Does Just Fine, Thank You, Without Oak
55 Word on the Street: Have You Ever Had a Bad Roommate?
POLICE REPORTS
56 Biscayne Crime Beat
DINING GUIDE
59 Restaurant Listings: 235 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants!


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Janine Cohen, Wendy Doscher-Smith,
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Margaret Griffis, Jim W. Harper,
Lisa Hartman, Jen Karetnick, Jack King,
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COMMENTARY: FEEDBACK


SLetters to the Editor


Jabberwocky and the
"Notorious" City Inn
I represent the limited-liability company
that owns the City Inn property and I'm
writing in regard to Terence Cantarella's
recent article entitled "Mural, Mural on
the Wall" (August 2010).
In response to the article, first I
would point out that the characterization
of the hotel as being "notorious"; that
using pejorative terms like "unsavory
characters" and "unsuspecting tourists,"
and alluding to "girls on the corner," is
hardly quality reporting. It is editorial-
izing in the guise of reporting and should
be beneath any publication that wants to
take itself seriously.
More important, and more to the
point, the article was incorrect about
many of the statements made.
The Hotel is closed voluntarily by
the owner; any implication that the county
was responsible is misleading and incor-
rect. The hotel is undergoing renovations
for the upcoming winter season, and any
issues the county has will be resolved.
As to the statement by the county
representative that there is a concern the
latex murals will be flying off the build-
ing in a hurricane, engineers have certi-
fied that the murals can sustain winds of
up to 150 miles per hour.
Finally, the only reason why there
are any violations still outstanding is due
to the county's prior refusal to even issue
permits for matters the Unsafe Struc-
tures Board ordered to be corrected.
Yes, that's right. The county refused to
sign off on permits because they said
there was a "hold" due to the Unsafe
Structures Board Order. Which order,
of course, required the correction of the
maters which were the subject of the
permit requests.
Lewis Carroll would be proud that
his fiction has come to life.
These actions by the county are
the subject of administrative and legal
actions.
The owner has every intention of
reopening and still is considering the
eventual conversion of the hotel into
work force housing.
Hopefully the next article will be
more thorough and balanced.
John C. Dellagloria
Miami

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to Lewis Carroll's disappointment, Mr.


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Dellagloria failed to identify any fiction
in my story. The description of the hotel
was based on my first-hand reporting.
Mr. Dellagloria himself confirmed to
me the county's revocation of City Inn's
certificate of occupancy, which automati-
cally results in closure. And the concern
about high winds was expressed in a
county document and by the Building
Department's spokeswoman.

Chris to Jen: Here's a One-
Way Ticket to Chicago -
My Treat!
I must be a masochist. Why else would I
continue to pick up Biscayne Times each
month and peruse Jen Karetnick's latest
bit of nonsense? Please tell me, Mr. BT
Publisher, you keep printing her garbage
just to get attention.
She's just plain awful. There really
is no other way to describe it.
Her latest griping swill entitled
"The Virtuous Recycler" (August 2010)
implies that washing things out before
you put them in the recycling is simply
too much work. Likewise picking up
after your dog is apparently something
that requires a Ph.D.
Does she really have nothing better
to do than invent things to bitch about?
Neglected pizza boxes are a prob-
lem in her world, but when the Miami
Shores village controller was arrested
for stealing $200,000 of taxpayer money,
she decided to write about how she is
annoyed that living in Miami she is
expected to speak Spanish?
Here's an idea: Write about the
actual problems facing our village. We
have a budget crisis, declining property
values, and a portion of residents who,
like Ms. Karetnick, seem to think that
constant whining is a good substitute
community spirit.
The last time I wrote in, I offered
to help her pack her bags and get out
of Miami Shores. At least now I know
where she can go: Chicago!
She can have all the scent-reducing
mulch and separated recyclables she wants!
( hi,,, Fernandez
Miami Shores

How Much Racism Does It
Take To Be Racist?
I read Jack King's piece "The Assault
on Obama & Company: Nouveau Idiots,

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Letters
Continued from page 6

Many of Them in Florida, Are Leading
the Charge" (July 2010). Interesting con-
cept, but could it be wrongly applied?
Jack's first paragraph was exceed-
ingly offensive to me. How so? His
statement that our country is still "pretty
racist" is misinformed, foolish, and yes,
offensive. Is there still racism in our
country? Of course there is. But is it a
racist country?
A racist country would not have
elected President Obama or the multi-
tude of minorities and women across
this land who hold high office today. I
would venture to guess that there are
very few countries with such a diversity
of representation in government as we
have today.
EJ. Pigna
Miami Beach

So There's This Barrel, and
It's Loaded with Apples,
and One of Them Is Golden
- Or Is That Golden
Delicious? Anyway...
In response to Frank Rollason's column
about the "crooks" of the political
world ("We Can Trust Our County
Commissioners," May 2010), I would
say that some politicians are able to
view the proverbial golden apple and
recognize that it is not theirs to bite. It
is theirs to guard.
Others view it as their reward for
having guarded it. They not only take
a bite, they start taking an apple a day
until the tree is bare and there are no
apples left for the community.
Is it not time to put a fence around
the "golden apple" trees? Do we not
need a gatekeeper as enforcer? I submit
that the gatekeeper, Mayor Tomhs
Regalado, has arrived. And an enforcer
has taken the position of city manager,
Carlos Migoya.
Now what is going to happen to the
rotten apples that spoil the whole barrel?
Isn't it time that we, the public,
become the watchdog of the whole
barrel? It starts by having enough time
to review agenda items before they are
railroaded toward a vote.
Before the whole barrel of ap-
plies is forever spoiled, let's broadcast
the news that the gatekeeper and the
enforcer are making sure that American
apple pie allows for only the finest and
freshest apples.


As for those rotten apples?
Stay tuned!
Doris Hall
Miami

Civic Malady Diagnosed:
Severe Case of Fungus
Among Us
I appreciated Gaspar Gonzflez's excel-
lent review and comments regarding the
Biscayne Park's 30-year contract with
FPL ("Uncivil War," May 2010), which
was unfortunately signed by the Big
Three at our village commission meet-
ing and which has undoubtedly enraged
many residents.
Having lived in Biscayne Park for
20 years now, I have witnessed similar
rather shady things during the terms
of past elected officials. And I have to
wonder if the fault lies in the chairs they
occupy during commission meetings -
especially the mayor's chair.
As soon as these people get into
office, a definite change takes place. It's
like having a fungus among us, and it's
apparently contagious!
With respect to the quip that laws
are like sausages (the less we know about
how they're made, the better we'll sleep
at night), what would I take on my sau-
sage? In the case of the FPL contract, I'd
say horseradish!
We need Gaspar Gonzalez around
to stir things up and tell it like it is.
Thank you. Peace!
Helane Baldwin
Biscayne Park

Tea Party Express Roars
Into Town
To quote Jack King, yes, it is the "Silly
Season" when columnists base their
stories on assumptions rather than facts
("For Sale: One U.S. Senate Seat, Best
Offer!" May 2010).
The Tea Party Express is based in
California, not Washington, D.C. The Tea
Party Express has a lot more members
than money. As a federal political action
committee, we can only raise money from
individuals at less than $5000.
Thus we are required by law to be
a grassroots organization. All of our
donors are a matter of public record.
Unlike other groups that have various
tax-exempt organizations and whose
donors are never fully disclosed, we have
everything out in the open.
Sal Russo, chiefstrategist
Tea Party Express
Sacramento, California


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finally! The kids' summer vacation
has ended. Now yours can start. For
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New advertiser Dr. Dean M.
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This month A & A Village Trea-
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And do check out these treasure hunters'
latest find: strikingly organic-looking
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Antique Plaza (8650 Biscayne Blvd.)
announces the opening of Knollwood
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And contemporary furniture fans
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As a longtime
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vast to describe, so stop by and see for your-
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As a September promotion, La
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79th St. and 780 NW 79th St.) is giving
away a seven-day Caribbean cruise for
two, valued at $3000. Drop in to register
for the drawing.
A deceptively pugnacious mug
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doesn't love a French bulldog? Key-
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month's most unusual advertiser, has
a litter of pedigreed Frenchies for sale.
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What's your beef Burgundy or
burger? At the venerable Gourmet Diner
(13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255)
it's both. This new advertiser offers
French and American comfort-food
classics. During September the diner is
offering BT readers a 10% discount.


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t lie I'b fish tacos at new adver-
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especially at the bustling location
on Buena Vista Avenue in the Shops
at Midtown Miami (305-576-5463).
Coming soon: downtown.
Hola, too, to new advertiser Sefior
Cricket (2286 NE 123rd St., 305-892-
7490), where the margaritas are hefty
and the secret cheese sauce is so addic-
tive that some diners, management sez,
call it "cheese crack."
At Bagels and Company (11064
Biscayne Blvd.), September's coupon
deals include Tuesday 2-4-1 lunches,
half-price "bail-out special" entrees
Wednesday-Thursday, and $5 sandwich-
es on Friday.
If you haven't visited Soyka (5556
NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117) since the
advent of The 55th Street Station
anchor restaurant's new team (executive
chef Paul Suriel, pastry chef William
Newcomb, and GM Patricia Ferraro),
it's time to check out the changes. After
dinner discover the complex's other en-
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COMMENTARY. MIAMI'S KING


The Season for Swindles

Polite/ ian;% with dubious histories, sports teams with financial secrets, homes with topsy-turvy taxes


By Jack King
BT Contributor


Politically speaking, August was a
very bizarre month. Normally this
is the time when everyone goes on
vacation and nobody in public office says
anything. Not this year.
The race for Florida's open U.S.
Senate seat gets curiouser and curiouser.
The August 24 election left us with three
viable candidates: Democrat Kendrick
Meek, Republican Marco Rubio, and
independent Charlie Crist. Now that they
have all pandered to their bases to get
into the general election, watch Meek
and Rubio start moving to the political
center while Crist tries to convince the
electorate he is already there.
This race will be marked not by
who wins, but who loses. Any of the
three could win, but missteps will be key.
And it will be close.
The governor's race has shown that
you can still buy your way into a major
political battle. Alex Sink will represent
the Democrats in November, and very
wealthy political newcomer Rick Scott will
be on the Republican ticket. Scott spent
$50 million to defeat Bill "Howdy Doody"
McCollum, a lifetime political hack who is
the current Florida attorney general.
Sink has lots of work to do if she
wants to be governor, mostly in getting
the Democratic base to show up and vote
in November. In this primary, Republi-
cans outvoted Democrats by a margin of
two-to-one. That doesn't mean Scott will
have an easy time. He is an outsider and
not part of the Republican mainstream.
Scott and Jeff Greene, who was
defeated by Meek for the Democratic


Senate slot, brought a different twist
to this primary election. They are both
exceptionally wealthy and used their own
money to fund their campaigns. And both
came by their money in dubious ways.
Scott was the CEO of hospital and
health-care giant Columbia/HCA, which
was fined a whopping $1.6 billion for
Medicare fraud. He resigned from the
company before the fraud was pros-
ecuted and took with him a voluminous
golden parachute. Greene bet against the
American economy in the derivatives
market (can you say Las Vegas?) and
made billions.
Greene didn't campaign well and
never made much sense. He looks like
an old, fat, white guy on a Thailand sex
tour. Scott appears more normal, but he
will have much explaining to do between
now and November. His pat answer to
the fraud scheme he wasn't aware
of the crimes being committed by his
subordinates is a big fat target for
Democratic operatives, whose mantra
now is: "Fraud is not a 'mistake.'"
There were a number of local
elections taking place, but not many of
interest. One was incumbent county
Commissioner Dorrin Rolle, who was
pushed in to a runoff with Jean Mones-
time. The story was not that Rolle got
the most votes, but why he is not in jail
for running a venerable county-funded
nonprofit group into the ground. Hope-
fully the people in his District 2 will
come to their senses and get rid of him.
There were also several ballot
initiatives to vote for or against. One of
them had to do with getting rid of the
county manager position. It was over-
whelmingly approved. Actually, if the


initiative had included getting rid of the
county mayor and the county commis-
sion, it would have passed by an even
greater margin. Eliminate the flabby,
overstaffed county mayor position and
we'd save ourselves millions of dollars.
One thing that bothers me about
these ballot initiatives is the timing.
Why are they on the ballot in a dead-of-
summer primary election? If they're so
important that they demand voter ap-
proval, why not put them on November's
general-election ballot, when the turnout
is much greater? Let me put on my
cynical hat for a moment: Is it because
politicians don't want the public to see
the measures before they show up on the
ballot? Nah, couldn't be.

Gosh, I can't believe that the Marlins'
ownership lied about their financial books.
We were led to believe they were bleeding
red ink and now we find out they have
actually made a profit of $49 million
over the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Not that
I have ever believed them about any-
thing, but their arrogance is over the top.
Marlins president David Sampson had the
gall to tell a peeved county Commissioner
Rebeca Sosa that "a contract is a contract."
What he really means is: "We screwed all
you people because you're as dumb as a
box of rocks. And by the way, we already
have your money, so get over it."
What I don't understand is how the
Marlins can turn a profit when nobody
goes to their games. It's like a grocery
store not selling anything but still
making money. I can only guess that the
game is fixed.
I'd really like to see the City of
Miami, which is facing a ruinous financial


crisis, declare bankruptcy. That way we
could void the contracts with Marlins and
they could move to Las Vegas to find new
suckers. They'd still have to pay off the
bonds, along with county. Both deserve an
unfinished stadium.

If you are a homeowner, you've
recently received your property tax state-
ment. Like most of you, my house has
decreased in value, but since I have no
intention of selling, that makes little dif-
ference. Or so I thought. It turns out that
through a wonderful state law designed
to limit your taxes when you bought a
more expensive home, you could carry
some of your current tax advantage to
the new place. It is also referred to as the
"Keep Realtors Employed" law.
The law includes a clause that keeps
you paying the same amount of tax even if
your house loses value. If your house loses
a lot of value, you have to pay even more
in taxes to make sure the county and
city governments get the money they want.
My valuation went down about 25
percent. As a result, my taxes will go
up 20 percent. Every time the Florida
legislature meets, we become victims of
the law of unintended consequences.
Even more bizarre, there are recent
sales in my neighborhood that show the
property appraiser has erred by nearly
$200,000 in evaluating my home. I don't
know if this is stupidity or collusion.
Whatever, I now have to fight a battle
with the county to prove that my house is
actually worth more than they say.
If we could only get the legislature
to stop meeting.

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a software development consultant who
lives in Kendall. He built an extremely
ambitious, eco-friendly house across the
street from his previous house. It was
completed in 2008, and now Harum-
Alvarez frequently offers tours of the
"Green House."
The biggest hassle was not the
intricate construction but the agoniz-
ing process of getting permission to
pursue his dream. "It took sevenyears
before we could start to build," he says.
"Miami-Dade is the worst place to build
in the world, for permits. Absolutely
crazy." His experience inspired him to
enter politics. Last month he lost a bid
to become a county commissioner from
District 8. "My message is that Miami-
Dade County should not be the worst
place in the country to permit, but the
best."
With such red-tape obstacles firmly
in place, why would anyone attempt
to build an outside-the-box, energy-
efficient house in Miami? Over time,
energy-efficiency measures can pay for
themselves in savings, and the broader
reasons for a transition to alternative
energy are moving from ripe to rotten.
President George W. Bush told us years
ago that the U.S. was addicted to oil, and
this year the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster
reminded us that the addiction is ruining
lives and life itself.
In South Florida, the time has
come to face our addiction to air-con-
ditioning, or at least to the electricity
that runs it. Cooling our homes has
been getting more and more difficult
and expensive as summertime in South
Florida has progressed from brutal
to ballistic. The last decade was the
world's warmest on record, and the
first six months of 2010 also set a heat
record. On top of the heat, we know
that Florida's electricity rates, cur-
rently among the lowest in the nation,
are guaranteed to rise; that an over-
burdened, outdated energy grid will
usher in an era of brownouts; and that
hurricanes are expected to increase in
intensity. We know all this, and we can
see that it's a recipe for riots, yet we
remain hopeless addicts.
Intent on staying cool in the heat,
another man is following his dream to
build an energy-efficient home, this time
along the Biscayne Corridor. Around
the corner from his current residence in


Abert Harum-Alvarez's high-tech house has a homespun look.


Harum-Alvarez included broad covered porches for shade, and of
course a cool pool.


Shorecrest, Skip Van Cel is putting the
finishing touches on that dream. A visual
artist, real estate entrepreneur, and the
founder of this publication, Van Cel
spent two years doing battle in the City
of Miami. Now he's ready to move in,


settle down, and declare victory.
"I'm going to die in this house," he
likes to say.
Although Van Cel hesitates to admit
it, the process of creating the house
nearly killed his spirit. When he first


submitted construction plans to the City
of Miami in July 2008, he was "hopeful."
Two years later, he feels "worn out and
disgusted."
Taking a more diplomatic tack, Van
Cel rationalizes that "the permit process
took longer because of the unique archi-
tecture." But his rain-capturing, inverted
"butterfly roof" was not the biggest
hurdle. It was his toilets.
Van Cel triumphed by obtaining the
first permit in Miami for cistern-based
toilets ones that would be flushed
using rainwater. But Miami-Dade Water
and Sewer Department said "not so fast."
A series of legal maneuvers left Van Cel
with his hands tied, and he felt com-
pelled to raise the white flag. His toilets
will use the county's water after all.
Harum-Alvarez also fought his
toughest battles over water. After years
of wrangling with state and county
agencies, he prevailed. From below his
dream house, a deep well provides cool
water to run his air conditioning unit
very economically. He believes that all
buildings in the future will have such
geo-thermal systems.

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These two energy-efficient houses,
united in spirit, look like opposites.
The Harum-Alvarez abode is a comfy,
woodsy cottage fit for Goldilocks,
whereas the Van Cel residence is a sleek
white ship sailing into the blue.
Our third dreamer's house is less
expensive and less complicated, but no
less effective. Spike Marro's goal was
to take a pre-existing house just north
of Miami Shores and transform it into
a lean, green, energy-saving machine
primarily through the use of solar
energy. He has been very lucky and very
successful.
Marro's luck was in his timing. This
year he was one of the few people in
Florida to collect the full rebates prom-
ised for investing in a solar-energy system
before the guillotine dropped. Thousands
of other homeowners throughout the state
are losing their heads.
A statewide incentive plan begun in
2006, the Solar Energy Systems Incen-
tives Program, offered large rebates
for the installation of new solar-energy
systems on homes and businesses, but
nearly 16,000 eligible people have
received nothing since the program's
funds dried up last year. These desperate
Floridians are now stuck on a waiting
list that may never award its promised
$53 million in rebates. For an individual
homeowner, the loss could equal upward
of $20,000.
Miami's Marro had been on the
waiting list, but he was near the top and
received his full rebate of $19,500.
Van Cel is not on the list because
he has yet to install his planned solar-
panel system, and now must decide if it
is worth it. Harum-Alvarez is waiting for
the price of solar panels to drop before
expanding wholeheartedly. His home has
one panel that runs the pool pump and a
passive hot water system that collects the
sun's heat directly.
The price of W
photovoltaic solar Ci
panels is not expected
to drop appreciably
because competition
with China has pushed down the cost
"as low as it can really get," according to
Kevin Kohler of Electron Solar Energy
in Miami. But he predicts the rising
cost of electricity will make solar power
a viable choice for most homeowners
by 2015. Kohler claims that a home's


Harum-Alvarez interior: Hot air rises up the stairwell and vents out
through the roof's cupola.


solar-panel system can pay for itself
within six years, though such calcula-
tions are wobbling as a result of the
state's defunct rebate program.
That program has become ammuni-
tion in the race for governor, with inde-
pendent candidate Bud Chiles making


with solar energy systems are very hard
to find in our neighborhoods. "It's really
strange," says Ed Strobel, president of
Sunshine Solar in Fort Lauderdale and
vice president of the Florida Alliance for
Renewable Energy. When searching for
homes with solar-panel projects, he sees


hen he first submitted construction plans to the

of Miami in July 2o008, he was "hopeful." Two year

later, he feels "worn out and disgusted."


it a centerpiece of his campaign. It also
threatens to strangle Florida's fledgling
alternative energy sector, which relied
on the rebates to entice new customers.
The loss of rebates may affect fewer
homeowners along the Biscayne Corridor
than elsewhere. For some reason, houses


mostly empty space from the Broward
County line south to Miami's Coco-
nut Grove. It appears that virtually all
homeowner solar projects in Miami-Dade
County are located south of downtown
Miami, leaning toward wealthier areas in
Kendall and Pinecrest.


Strobel also notes the huge gap
between Miami's history as a national
leader in solar power and its current lack
of alternative-energy production. Before
World War II, approximately half of Mi-
ami's homes used solar-thermal systems
for hot water, Strobel asserts. One system
consisted of copper tanks mounted on
roofs, where the sun would heat the water
they held. Evidence from this era can be
seen in Miami homes with rooftop cu-
polas where the tanks were once housed.
More familiar systems using black tubing
were also abundant.
InA Golden Thread: 2500 Years
of Solar Architecture and Technology,
authors Ken Butti and Ken Perlin claim
that Florida's thriving solar-heating in-
dustry was shut down first by the wartime
demand for copper and later by Florida
Power & Light's successful efforts to have
customers switch to electric water heaters,
which the company sold cheaply.
History also shows that people
could live in Florida without air-con-
ditioning, and both of the multi-story
Van Cel and Harum-Alvarez houses
take advantage of shady overhangs
and summertime breezes from the east.
Harum-Alvarez says that his house "in-
corporates a lot of lessons from Florida
Cracker design," referring to the way
pioneer houses were built.
Instead of throwing out the AC unit,
these dreamers are trying to minimize its use
with good design in combination with 21st
century, alternative technology. Ironically,
the Sunshine State doesn't seem to get it.
The alternative-energy sector is
taking off in other states while suffocat-
ing in Florida. "If I were in a different
state, I'd be fine, but I'm just about done
for," says Paul Farren, who used his life
savings in 2006 to open The Energy
Store, a renewable and alternative-energy
demonstration center in Hollywood. He
says the industry's growth in California is
based on a state mandate to dramatically
increase the use of renewable energy, and
he blames Florida's Republi-
can-led legislature for killing
our solar incentive program.
"The picture has gotten
extremely ugly as far as
return on investment," he
says of Florida's inability to pay its re-
bates. "People are being screwed."
Florida's rebate program was not
funded by the state legislature in 2009
and 2010, although it managed to pay

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some people on its waiting list (like
Marro) with funds from the 2009 federal
stimulus package, the American Recov-
ery and Reinvestment Act.
Nationally, new solar-energy systems
are eligible for a tax credit of 30 percent.


rk in progress.

For a $40,000 system, that would amount
to $12,000. Combined with the state rebate,
a $40,000 system could have been reduced
to a net cost of $8000. Without the state
rebate, the net cost would rise to $28,000.
The high up-front cost to produce
solar electricity discourages most people
from considering it, but smaller, less costly
options are available. A pool can be heated


Van Cel's "butterfly" roof channels rainwater to cisterns, where it will be
used for irrigation and a pond -- but not toilets.


without any of the pricey, blue-and-silver
photovoltaic (PV) panels that people as-
sociate with solar energy. Instead, using
passive solar technology, the pool's water
is pumped through a series of black tubes,
where it collects the sun's heat directly.
Passive solar also works for
household hot water, and has done so for
many decades. The federal 30 percent


tax credit applies, although the state's
previous rebate of up to $500 for is gone.
An average solar thermal system costs
between $3000 and $4000, according to
Kohler from Electron Solar Energy.
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Times contributor Cathi Marro. The
modest house near Barry University in
unincorporated Miami-Dade County has
a photovoltaic system strong enough to
power everything except the AC, and it
includes a bank of batteries that functions
as a generator during power outages.
Marro estimates his high-end,
$60,000 system ultimately cost him
$17,800 out of pocket. He expects it
to pay for itself within ten years. The
5000-watt system has lowered his
monthly electric bill by 60 to 80 per-
cent, or about $150 per month. Marro
monitors and charts everything on
his computer, and has become a true
energy geek. (Going off
the electric grid complete- "If I
ly, while possible, is too
complicated and expensive
to be considered by aver-
age homeowners. Kohler
knows of one woman in
Pinecrest who did it, and some homes
on isolated islands in the Florida Keys
are self-sufficient.)


Van Cel interior: Overhangs provide shade while Prior to World War II, Miami homes commonly featured
windows open to take in breezes. solar thermal systems like this for household hot water.


As to why more of his neighbors
have not taken the leap into solar,
Marro speculates that "people just don't


solar systems. "It really got me moti-
vated," he recalls.
Marro also spent years on reno-


[ were in a different state, I'd be fine, but I'm just a
done for. The picture has gotten extremely ugly.
People are being screwed."


know about it." He educated himself by
attending a National Solar Day event in
Orlando, where he toured houses with


vations that include insulating, hurri-
cane-proof windows, and a metal roof
that turned out to be the perfect fit for


a special type of solar panel. Instead of
boxy rectangles, his 36 PV panels are
long, thin strips that adhere directly
to the metal roof. His
Lbout house was the second
in Florida to install
them. From his experi-
ence, Marro says that
finding a competent
installer is "one of the
main stumbling blocks." He relied
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upon the connections of Paul Farren
from The Energy Store.
Both Marro's rooftop and Harum-
Alvarez's house have generated buzz,
and Van Cel's house can't be far behind.
Instead of a green house, Van Cel
calls his creation a smauii house." He
expects its completion by the end of this
month. Its most intriguing feature is the
butterfly roof, which forms an upright
"V" instead of the traditional A-frame.
Rainwater runs towards the roof's center
and collects into a flume that scuttles it
over the side of the house as a waterfall.
The sound from inside is mesmer-
izing. "Instead of a fireplace,
we have a waterfall," says Van
Cel, who enthuses about the
house as if it were magical. "It Ulti
doesn't resist the weather; it
embraces it."
Rainwater from the roof
and waterfall collects into two cisterns
and will be used for a pond and for ir-
rigation (but not for the toilets). Van Cel
intends to install a 6000-watt solar-panel


Spike Marro's array of solar "cells" are actually Marro's battery backup system kicks in only when the
smooth strips that adhere directly to his metal roof. conventional electricity grid fails.


system and a tankless water heater that
he estimates will keep his electric bill


Their walls are constructed of Insulated
Concrete Forms (ICF), which start out


Marro estimates his high-end, $60,000 system
mately cost him $17,800 out of pocket. He expects i
pay for itself within ten years.


under $50 in August, but the actual sav-
ings remain to be seen.
Both Van Cel and Harum-Alvarez
emphasize the importance of insulation.


as Styrofoam building blocks. The
blocks are filled with rebar and concrete,
and the resulting walls are very sturdy
(hurricane proof) and cooling (lower


energy bills). "It's dead quiet because
of all the insulation," says Van Cel,
who compares it to the silence
inside a home covered in snow.
They work so well that Van Cel
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them in Miami."
Harum-Alvarez adds that
the insurance savings, based on
the super-strong ICF walls, are even greater
than the energy savings from insulation.

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The three efficient houses discussed
here also share a secret that early Florida
homebuilders knew instinctively. The
houses are oriented to maximize natural
summertime breezes from the southeast.
This orientation also minimizes the
western wall that gets hit with afternoon
rays, which are the most intense. The
two newly constructed houses also
feature large porches or outdoor sitting
areas and extensive rooftop overhangs
for shade. All three homes also have
southern-facing roofs, preferred for solar
panels in Northern America.
As my two-bedroom house in
North Miami also has a south-facing
roof, I got excited and collected quotes
for a photovoltaic system from both
Paul Farren of The Energy Store in Hol-
lywood, essentially a one-man opera-
tion, and Kevin Kohler from Electron
Solar Energy, the market leader in
Miami. Here is what I learned:
The first point to absorb is that a
typical rooftop photovoltaic system does
not generate enough electricity to run


In case of fire, you need to kill the electricity, a slightly different procedure
when the sun is producing it.


everything in a household, and alone it
will not get you off the grid. Electricity
from solar energy is a supplement.
The second, obvious point is that
solar panels only create energy during
the daytime. Electricity is very difficult
to store in batteries, so home systems
cannot provide energy at night. Even
Marro's battery backup does not func-
tion at night; it only kicks in when the
grid goes down.


Third, you need a significant
amount of rooftop space to make the
investment worthwhile. The roof on
my house is not large enough to ac-
commodate panels for a 5000-watt
system, so I'd have to settle for less
power and therefore less savings on my
energy bill.
The final cost of a PV system is
highly variable, but instead of thou-
sands of dollars, think in terms of tens


of thousands. With no state rebate
in sight, affordability goes out the
hurricane-proof window. Passive solar
technologies, such as hot-water heaters,
are much more affordable.
The race to solar is not the only
option for saving energy and trying to
live in harmony with the environment
around your home. Take a cue from
the three dreamers in Miami who are
pushing the alternative-energy envelope.
All of them thought of ways to conserve
energy before trying to produce more of
it themselves. They invested in high-
quality insulation, creative ways to reuse
water, and other measures to simplify
their lifestyles.
These early birds have adopted
home-based conservation and renewable
resources. They work with the heat in-
stead of against it. They see the sun less
as a menace to be controlled and more as
an ally that gives us life and new energy.
They are the exceptions. In Miami,
it seems very few people are paying at-
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What Would You Pay for 9000 Square Feet?
Depends on what it is, where it is, and whose money you're using


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
or 25 years Miami's Biscayne Bay/
Miami River Land Acquisition
Fund has been siphoning off a
small percentage of the rent paid to the
city by the owners of downtown's Bay-
side Marketplace. The fund was estab-
lished to enable the creation of waterfront
parks within the city, offsetting the public
land used to build the open-air mall.
As of this year, there was $1,475,542
in this trust, according to city records.
Now, after a quarter-century, Miami
officials are poised to tap into the fund
for the first time. The plan is to buy a
small parcel of land (.21 acres) fronting
the Miami River and across the street
from the historic Miami River Inn at 118
SW South River Dr. The inn and the riv-
erfront property at 109 SW South River
Dr. are owned by Sallye Jude, a well-
known advocate for historic preservation
and park land. It will cost an estimated
$695,000 to create a small park, the bulk
of the money going to the purchase of the
property. Jude's asking price: $475,000.


gravel, cranes, and canopies.
I "Well, it's a blank slate," says Bob
c Weinreb, a project manager for the city.
u "It can become a pocket park with boat
access. It has 68 feet of waterfront bulk-
o head that would allow several small craft
*- to visit or dock there." Plus it's near Jos6


View from First Street Bridge: Can you imagine a park down there, where
the lobster traps are?


The city's plan is to use $521,250
from the land acquisition fund and
supplement that with a $173,750 grant
from the Florida Inland Navigation
District (FIND), a state agency that uses
money from property taxes to improve
inland navigation along Florida's east
coast, the Intracoastal Waterway in par-
ticular. FIND also underwrites municipal


amenities like waterfront parks. Miami's
request for the grant is on the FIND
agenda for its September 18 meeting.
Currently the proposed riverfront
park site, adjacent to the First Street
Bridge, has been filled with smelly
lobster traps belonging to the nearby
seafood wholesaler Miami River Lob-
ster. Instead of grass and trees, it is now


Marti Park in an industrial-residential
area with few parks.
Jude is thrilled the city might buy her
property, which won out over seven other
proposed parcels on the Miami River. She
says she could use the money: "It has been
a very difficult year for us at the hotel."
In 1985 Jude bought and renovated
several historical properties in East
Little Havana. Among them was a
three-story frame house built in 1910.
Jude tried to turn it into a waterfront
restaurant, but in 1990 her $2.2 mil-
lion mortgage was taken over by the
federal Resolution Trust Corporation.
Jude grumbles that the RTC seized the
old house. "I paid them off but they
still got everything. It was a nightmare,"
she says. By the time she regained
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A Rusty Tree Grate Is a Thing of Beauty

Or it will be someday, when it matures, if it doesn 't kill the tree first


By Mandy Baca
Special to BT

R residents and business owners
along Biscayne Boulevard in
and around the MiMo Historic
District endured many long months of
dust, dirt, noise, sidewalk closures, and
traffic congestion during reconstruction
of that part of the roadway. Today, if
you're strolling along those blocks of the
Boulevard, what do you see? Aesthetic
rejuvenation? First-rate amenities? That's
what many residents hoped for, but now
some of them are wondering where their
tax dollars went.
Maria Gainza, who works at Beau
Living home furnishings (8101 Biscayne
Blvd.), says she's thankful the business
successfully survived the slow months
when the sidewalk was ripped out
directly in front of the store. The beautifi-
cation was supposed to bring a variety of
trees and shade to her building, a former
bank renovated as condominiums and


The rust will go away, but the danger to the tree will not.


commercial space and now known as
The Bank. She was also expecting im-
proved walking conditions for customers


and local residents.


a she says as she looks up and down the
I Ail 1P Boulevard. "They're crap, they're ugly.
And where's the shade? They always
J i J | do the same thing. They did this years
ago in the Design District down by 40th
Street, and they'll soon be doing it in
North Bay Village, where I live."
Doug Reiter, a Little Haiti
resident, is one of those people who
regularly walks along the Boulevard.
He has a discerning eye. Take a closer
look at the tree grates surrounding
all those fledgling oaks and gumbo
limbos, he advises. The grates, made
Sof metal, thick and heavy, are all
rusted and have turned a shade of
orange you might call burnt. "I just
want to know what happened," says
Reiter. "A countless number of local
M residents were greatly inconvenienced
by the renovations, and they put in
rusted grates? Come on! It sounds like
somebody didn't do their job. I find it


Gainza steps outside the store and
onto the sidewalk. "I know these trees,"


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Don't Call It Street Art
After the election, candidates have 30 days to remove camPAIN signs -


By Margaret Griffis
BT Contributor
Here at Biscayne Times the one
thing we love as much as free-
dom of the press is the grand
institution of democracy. We have an
appreciation for the arduous process
elected officials go through in seeking
the approval of voters. We also thank the
underdogs for at least giving it shot, even
the scoundrels. (You know who you are.)
But there is one thing about cam-
paign season that we aren't so keen
about: the signs.
They are everywhere, and many
of them never ever disappear. Yes, Joe
Sanchez, we are looking right at you,
and your outdated website, too. Did you
know you and all the other candidates
have, under Florida law, 30 days after
winning, losing, or quitting a campaign
to make a "good faith effort to remove"
those ubiquitous signs?
Let's see now, the Miami mayoral
election took place November 3, 2009, so
by our calculations, Joe, as of September
1 you've been in violation of the law for
exactly 271 days. Weren't you once a law
enforcement officer?


Of course, when the
only penalties for breaking
the "Usage and removal of
political campaign adver-
tisements" law (Florida Stat-
utes, Title IX, 106.1435)
are that former candidates
must pay a local "govern-
mental entity" for cleaning
up their mess, there's not
much incentive for them
to do the work themselves.
You'd think local govern-
ment "entities" would be
motivated to get rid of the
signs and send a bill to the
lawbreakers. That's what
you'd think, anyway.
We're sure many citi-
zens are charitable enough
to let former candidates
- winners and losers alike
- slide a few days or even
weeks, but after that it's
just litter!
The BT will be keep-
ing an eye on all of you
seekers of public office, and we'll be
asking our readers to send us examples
of excessive signage or otherwise tip us


off to scofflaws who violate the 30-day
grace period.
The former candidates should actu-
ally be grateful that Florida law specifies


they are not required to tear bumper
stickers off cars and T-shirts off people.

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Parks Don't Vote, So They're Easy Targets
Historic Arch Creek Park is on the county chopping block


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

A rch Creek Park has
/A been the site of human
. Activity for at least
2000 years, but only in recent
history has the property, unique
among public parks in Miami-
Dade County, faced existential
threats. Each time, civic and
environmental groups have ral-
lied to rescue it, whether from
commercial development, gov- Arch Cre
eminent engineers, or county "Most pe
bureaucrats. Now county busy wit
officials hope Arch Creek's
supporters will come to its aid once again
Located on NE 135th Street just west
of Biscayne Boulevard, Arch Creek Park,


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ek Trust president Carol Helene:
ople in the parks department are
h big parks. We're just a small park."

also known as Arch Creek Nature Center,
consists of 9.4 acres of lush vegetation,
unspoiled hardwood hammocks, winding


trails, a fresh-water creek, rare archeo-
logical sites, and a museum chronicling
its history.
It is owned and operated by the
county and has an annual operating
budget of $180,203, enough to cover
maintenance and repair costs and to pay
one full-time and one part-time employ-
ee to work Wednesday through Sunday
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. But thanks
to an estimated $400 million shortfall for
the 2010-11 budget, which takes effect
October 1, the county proposes allotting
zero dollars for Arch Creek.
Instead, staffers will be assigned "as
needed for fee-based tours, programs,
and appointments," says Edith Torres,
spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Parks
and Recreation Department. The rest
of the time it will fall to volunteers to


maintain the park, run the museum, act
as tour guides, pick up trash, weed out in-
vasive plants, maintain butterfly gardens,
and perform other needed work.
Jim King, supervisor of the county
parks department's EcoAdventures divi-
sion, broke the news to a gathering of
50 Arch Creek supporters on Saturday,
August 14. So far he's gathered the names
of 30 people willing to volunteer for shifts
ranging from two to six hours. He'd like
more. "We could always use volunteers,"
says King. "The more we get, the better
we can work out schedules."
Arch Creek Trust president Carol
Helene says she and her friends can't run
the park alone. "We can help out, but we
can't staff it full-time," she says. Since

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wanted to transform into a restaurant.


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ownership of the house 12 years ago, it
had to be demolished, leaving the vacant
lot now being used by lobstermen.
Jude, who says she spent more than
$500,000 in taxes and bank fees on the
property, thinks its a worthy investment
for the city: "As we get more and more
dense, we need more land to enjoy the
outdoors, instead of being cooped up in
a high-rise."
Fran Bohnsack, executive director
of the Miami River Marine Group, says
she has "a lot of confidence in Sallye
Jude," but less in the city's plans for
her parcel, which is roughly the size


of two regulation basketball courts. "I
don't know, I'm not a parks expert," she
demurs, adding that she has mixed feel-
ings about the "pocket" parks the city has
created along the Miami River. "Some
are better than others," she says. "Jos6
Marti Park is laid out beautifully, but it is
not a well-maintained park."
At press time the city hadn't yet
appraised Jude's property, though the
county appraiser's office estimated it was
worth $242,600 in 2009. And the city is
facing a tight deadline to demonstrate to
FIND that the parcel can be made acces-
sible for boats. Project manager Weinreb
believes that should be easy -just take

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What Can $1.5 Million Buy?
The Miami River/Biscayne Bay Land Acquisition Trust Fund was created in
1985, when Miami's city commission voted to use 16 acres of Bayfront Park to
develop an open-air retail complex that would be called Bayside Marketplace.
The Rouse Company, acclaimed for its commercial waterfront projects in Boston,
Baltimore, and elsewhere, would design and market the project.
Part of the park land Miami wanted to use had been deeded to the city by
the State of Florida in 1947, on the condition that it would never be sold or
leased. A negotiated agreement between city and state allowed Bayside Market-
place to proceed as long as the city set aside at least 7.4 percent of the annual
rent collected from the retail center. It would go into a trust fund to be used
exclusively for buying waterfront property and creating public parks along
Biscayne Bay and the Miami River.
At the top of the city's list of desired properties was a 6.3-acre bayfront parcel
in Coconut Grove known as the Barnacle Addition. Despite years of negotiation
and litigation, plans to buy the property fell through. In 1999 private develop-
ers paid $11 million for the site and built the Cloisters on the Bay residential
community.
Soon thereafter, prices for waterfront land in Miami skyrocketed. "The money
sort of stayed there [in the fund] because nothing could be bought for a million
and a half dollars," explains Bob Weinreb, a Miami project manager.


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Arch Creek Park
Continued from page 28

the 1980s, when the organization boasted
200 members, involvement has dwindled;
today only 40 people are signed up to
receive the trust's newsletter.
King has already reached out to Boy
Scout troops and school groups about
fee-based events and "partnerships." He
also plans to establish a volunteer system
in time for the county commission's
September 13 budget hearing. "We aren't
going to just throw them in there," King
says. "There will be a structure to it, with
rewards and incentives."
Those incentives are still being
considered but could include cook-outs,
plaques, and walking sticks. Another
incentive might be to keep the park
open beyond fee-based tours and special
events. "If we get enough volunteers,"
King explains, "we'll be able to open the
park, especially on weekends."
Arch Creek Park's history includes
archeological evidence of Tequesta tribes
using the site dating back to 500 B.C.
Around 1855, during the Third Seminole
War, Arch Creek became a strategic mili-
tary zone as Capt. Abner Doubleday used
its naturally formed, 60-foot-long lime-
stone bridge to connect his military trail
between Fort Dallas (the future Miami)
and Fort Lauderdale. "People were driv-
ing their cars on it as late as 1973," says
Miami historian Paul George.
In 1895 Henry Flagler laid railroad
tracks near Arch Creek that the CSX rail
company still uses today. With a post
office and regular rail service added by
the Florida East Coast Railway in 1903,
Arch Creek became a town. By 1920
it had more than 300 residents. In the
1950s, it became part of the City of North
Miami as a mobile home community


ek hammock.

called Sea Breeze Park.
In 1957 the Army Corps of Engineers
decided that blowing up the limestone
bridge would be a cost-effective way to
control occasional flooding. The Audu-
bon Society, the Historic Association of
Southern Florida, and the Dade Conser-
vation Council generated enough public
outrage that the Army Corps backed off.
Then in 1972, the Chrysler Automobile
Corporation bought the trailer park and
declared its intent to build a showroom
and garage there. The newly created
Arch Creek Trust worked with other local
groups to have the state's Land Acquisi-
tion Trust invest $822,000 to buy the site.
The state legislature solidified a deal to
create Arch Creek Park in 1973.
And then the limestone bridge col-
lapsed. According to the Arch Creek Trust,
investigators "generally agreed later that
the fall was probably due to constant
vibrations from passing trains, or erosion,
or just old age and decay." After building
a museum and completing a county-led
Youth Conservation Corps effort to plant
500 native trees and carve nature trails, the
county officially opened Arch Creek Park
in 1982. A replica of the limestone bridge,
for which the Arch Creek Trust had raised
$20,000 to build, was dedicated in 1988.
In 1992 the county expanded the park to
its current size.
By the summer of 2009, county of-
ficials saw closing Arch Creek and four
other nature centers as a nifty way to
cut $22 million from the parks budget.
They later restored $8.6 million, but Arch
Creek's staff and operating schedule
were slashed.
Whether Arch Creek will get another
assist this budget cycle is unclear. Thus
far the proposed parks budget names only

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Grates
Continued from page 26

annoying that the people making the
decisions are making bad choices."
Those inconveniences were chron-
icled repeatedly in the BT, the matter
of trees and their installation being
specifically addressed in Erik Bojnan-
sky's "Bring on the Green" (August
2009). More than 200 trees were planted
in sidewalks throughout Miami's Upper
Eastside, including gumbo limbo, black
ironwood, live oak, royal palms, sabal
palms, and Montgomery palms.
The steel grates, 99 of which have
been installed, were not part of the origi-
nal plan developed by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation. Initially FDOT
used a type of concrete covering with
thin slits that allow water to pass through.
Many of them in the MiMo Historic Dis-
trict were decorated with design shapes
reminiscent of the post-World War II
era boomerangs, amoebas, starbursts
- though budget constraints halted that
particular beautification project before it
was completed.


Decorated or not, many of the
concrete grates cracked into pieces
under the weight of delivery trucks and
other vehicles that used the sidewalks
as temporary (and illegal) parking spots.
Fran Rollason, president of the MiMo
Biscayne Association and a strong sup-
porter of efforts to landscape and beautify
the Boulevard, complained to city and
state officials about the broken concrete
grates. They weren't just unsightly, says
Rollason, "they were a tripping hazard."
The City of Miami succeeded in
persuading FDOT that something had to
be done, and thus the introduction of the
metal grates in the upper stretches of the
MiMo District. At first they were a hand-
some slate gray, but then they morphed.
According to FDOT spokeswoman
Maria Palacios, the morphing is expected.
"The grates start out as grey cast iron,"
she explains, "and as time goes by, the
grates turn black. The rusty look is the
initial phase of the natural process in
the maturing of the metal. These natural,
unfinished iron grates are the same style

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a couple of photographs. "The site al-
ready has six to seven vessels tied to the
seawall," he says.
Spencer Crowley, an attorney and
Miami-Dade County's representative to the
Inland Navigation Board, opposes the city's
plan to buy Jude's property for park land. "I
am in favor of acquiring waterfront property
for public use," says Crowley, a Brickell
resident. "But is this the best site and best
use of money? Clearly I believe it is not."
Crowley's doubt is fueled in part by
Miami's abrupt change of heart regard-
ing a much larger, 1.2-acre parcel on the
Little River in Miami's Upper East-
side. The property is owned by former
Biscayne Times publisher Skip Van Cel.
Known as Manatee Bend, the verdant
parcel offers 250 feet of shoreline (see
"Take This Park, Please," July 2010). On
June 29, Miami officials abruptly yanked
their application for a FIND grant to help
purchase Van Cel's property.
Madeline Valdes, Miami's director
of asset management, says she made
the call. "We were concerned with
the increase in sales price," she says.
Van Cel, who bought the property for
$285,000 cash in December 2009, was
asking $635,000 for it. Both the county


assessor's office and a private assess-
ment firm hired by Van Cel valued the
property, located at 485 NE 77th Street
Rd., at $1.1 million.
The city, desperately grappling with a
projected budget shortfall of nearly $100
million, may also walk away from Jude's
property. Commissioner Frank Carollo,
who represents the area surrounding the
Miami River Inn, said at a March 25
city commission meeting that $695,000
"might be too much" to pay for Jude's
property, and balked at estimated yearly
maintenance costs of more than $2000.
He only voted yes, along with the rest
of his colleagues, out of fear of losing
the FIND grant altogether, and after the
city's grants administrator indicated that
it would be possible to redirect the FIND
money to another property "if it's consis-
tent with the guidelines."
Bob Weinreb says he's been instruct-
ed to compile another list of potential wa-
terfront park properties currently on the
market. Van Cel's property might even
get on this new list in the next budget
cycle, but Van Cel insists he's moved on.
"I wish the city the best of luck in all their
endeavors," he says dryly. He's listed his
property for $975,000, almost twice his
asking price for the city.

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Grates
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and finish as those used all over th
of Miami. The aging process is co
with a dark-colored grate that bec
maintenance-free finish."
So the unappealing rust is just
phase the grates are going through
metallic growing pains. But there
other aspects of the protective cov
ings that are causing concern,
particularly as they relate to the
health of the trees. BT garden
columnist Jeff Shimonski, a
well-respected professional
horticulturalist, is among those
who are troubled. "FDOT
should have considered better
alternatives to the steel grates,"
he says, "as there are many
problems associated with them."
Shimonski lists four: trapped
trash, rat infestations, pedestri-
an hazards created when grow-
ing trees push the grates out of
place, and tree damage or death
caused when the metal cuts into
expanding trunks.
"A more water-permeable rubl
product would have been the best
as it can be cut easily to fit any mo
structure," Shimonski adds. "It als
pands as the tree grows. Plus it's c
and trucks can drive over it withoi
ing damage, being that it's a big p
along the Boulevard."
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keeping everything clean. So how's the
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financial crisis, but the casual observer
would have to say, "Not so great." Many
of the metal grates have trapped litter
under their grills, just as Shimonski
warned. Weeds growing up through the
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when used as parking lots.

None of this surprises Maria Gainza "I mean business! I will.
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option, prepared by her earlier experiences with fulle t eXtol
old or the City of Miami in the Design District.
so ex- After the trees were planted and grates
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ut caus- reports, they were well maintained for Forec
problem about two weeks.
Since then, she's had to call the city FErP ClnS
pon- regularly in order to keep her sidewalk
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Arch Creek for staff cuts, but Torres says
other county parks will be targeted as well.
"Due to the recent economic downturn
and other fiscal challenges," she says via
e-mail, "the Miami-Dade Parks and Rec-
reation Department has seen a decrease
in over 20 percent of its subsidy since
[fiscal year 2007-2008]. Accordingly, this
has affected the level of service at many
of the department's parks and facilities."
Since last year the county has depended
on 15,000 volunteers to provide more than
183,000 hours in free labor.
Arch Creek's North Miami neighbors
fear that cuts will attract vagrants. Home-
less people have been known to set up
primitive living quarters in the park, trust


president Helene says. "Several years
ago we had two chickees burned," she
adds. But Torres insists Miami-Dade of-
ficers will continue to patrol the park.
The county is also talking to North
Miami officials. North Miami Mayor
Andres Pierre says he's focused on
making sure the county doesn't let Arch
Creek turn into a "derelict park."
If it were up to Helene, Arch Creek
would keep its current staff and supple-
ment it with volunteers, but she doubts
that will happen. "Most people in the
parks department are busy with big parks,"
she says. "We're just a small park."

To volunteer at Arch Creek Park, call
Jim King: 305-944-6111.

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Living with the Lemming Effect


In Aventura, people are born to swarm


By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
BT Contributor

've lived in Aventura since 2004.
Not very long in the grand scheme of
things, but long enough to realize that
Aventura is an anomaly. It is profoundly
different. Different from-, ihoi Well,
almost anything, anywhere. Nothing that
should apply, does. Things that don't
make sense, do. Even the people are -
how to put this surreal.
Aventura is one of the only places
you can pull into a gas station (I go to the
Mobile on Biscayne and 191st Street) and
see 25-year-olds gassing up Bentleys and
Aston Martins, and 75-year-olds with
comb-overs posing by their convertible
Porches. Naturally, there are a plethora
of garden-variety BMWs and Mercedes.
Meanwhile, you'll see women drop
$750 on a pair of Christian Louboutins at
Nordstrom, but complain about the price of
tomatoes at Publix. ("Oy, $2.98 a pound?
O,, ,,,.. ,,, ) Now, put those same


tomatoes in Whole
Foods, increase the |
price by two bucks a
pound, and people can't
buy them fast enough! !
I think much of
this is a result of the
Lemming Effect: If ,
influential people like
it, do it, or deem it
okay, others are quick
to follow. Granted, not
a phenomenon unique
to Aventura, but this -
town is certainly a
place where accep-
tance is important,
rules don't necessarily
apply, and reality goes
out the window more often than not.
Don't get me wrong. It's not that I
dislike this place. In fact Aventura has
lots of appealing qualities. For in-
stance, it's centrally located. I can be in
Fort Lauderdale or South Beach in 20


minutes. It is safe and clean. And we
have a hospital, guaranteeing that if a
hurricane knocks out power, we're sure
to be among the first to get it back.
Demographics for "The City of
Excellence," as it is deemed by those


who created it, may
surprise some. Contrary
to popular belief, we are
made up of a variety of
ethnicities, religions, and
age groups. There are
even some less-than-rich
residents who slipped in.
The median age actually
appears to be dropping.
Broadly speaking, most
people who live here have
made significant amounts
of money, live well, and
are not afraid to spend
as long as they can find
something worthy. And
they frequent the places
everyone goes, which is
fine even if it's a product of the Lemming
Effect. After all, that's how a business
becomes the place to dine or meditate or
groom your pet or shop.

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Yes, Aventura has a ton of shopping.
There are the small shops like Jessie (a
real crowd favorite), Wink, SoMi, Star-
struck Style, and C. Madeline (the most
famous vintage shop in town). Some are
new and some have been here for years.
Some will last and some won't.
And of course there is The Mall
- filled with chain stores like Victo-
ria's Secret, the Gap, Banana Republic.
Cookie-cutter stores with cookie-cutter
clothes that are the same... everywhere.
Why, I wonder, would someone choose to
shop there, versus a locally owned shop. I
know I'll choose the independent entre-
preneur every day. But hey, that's just me.
The same applies to restaurants.
There are small family or individually
owned places like Pilar, Timo, Etzel Itzik
Deli, Barrio Latino, and Juice & Java.
Love these. They are original, personal,
and fresh. Then there are the safe and
familiar chains, including Houston's, P.F.
Chang's, and Morton's. They stand adja-
cent to each other along Biscayne Bou-
levard, forming a kind of culinary theme


park. And they are always jammed.
A huge new Olive Garden just
opened front and center on the Boule-
vard, where Fuddruckers used to be.
Really? Is this a favored dining destina-
tion for people who supposedly want
only the best? On the other hand, it's a
fitting place to wear a Gap outfit.
I'm not judging. I'm just saying.
As a born-and-bred Manhattan girl
who has been a writer for more than
20 years (most of it food, travel, retail,
and fashion) I will always side with the
little guy. I understand why people feel
comfortable in chain outlets, but let me
not digress too far. The point is that if
Aventura locals, both young and old,
have traveled and seen, tasted and expe-
rienced amazing and unique things, why
gravitate toward the typical?
Is it the business itself, or are there
other factors?
Let's consider location. Any business
operating west of Biscayne Boulevard is
going to find it extremely difficult to attract
die-hard Aventurans, giving literal mean-
ing to "wrong side of the tracks." No rhyme
or reason. It's simply not in vogue. At least
not yet. Not until that one influential mouth


spreads the word, and then it starts look-
ing good. However, opening a hair salon
or lounge in one of the well-known centers
may increase chances for success, but prime
location alone is no guarantee.
The recently opened Aventura Arts
& Cultural Center is lovely, spacious,
and well-appointed. Its location at the
foot of 188th Street places it in a neigh-
borhood that is home to Aventura's
largest concentration of youthful profes-
sionals. Between the Arttech, Atrium,
and Uptown Lofts condominiums, I
can honestly say I've never seen anyone
older than 50 on the block. But will they
walk down the street for live drama or
symphonic music? Or will they prefer to
party around the corner at Avenue 29, the
newly opened nightclub? Perhaps both.
Local entrepreneurs are desperately
seeking ways to keep the youthful and
young-at-heart here in town. So I began
posing a question: "What would make you
a loyal customer to any kind of business?"
After asking more than a dozen
people, the consensus answer was this:
"Give us something good."
Something good? Does that mean
the service? The concept? The quality?


The cool factor? That proved to be much
more complicated.
I've watched many small busi-
nesses restaurants, clothing stores,
hair salons, gift shops open with the
promise of great success, only to have
their hopes and dreams die painful
deaths. Asian World Fusion (the least-
known but best local Chinese) closed in
mere months. Richard & Co., after years
in business, has departed and been re-
placed by a new hopeful called Zen Zen
Salon. Yogen Frtiz, a gimmicky yogurt
store, opens its doors just as That Cool
Caf6, which offered delicious yogurt, has
"closed for the summer" after less than
two years in operation. Shall I go on?
So what does it take to make it in
this town? At this point, I still can't
answer the question, but I promise, as
I probe more deeply into this city and
its residents, I will try. Along the way,
and with your help, I hope to uncover
intriguing trends, quirks, tips, and ob-
scurities. Maybe I'll even expose some
of those things we just don't talk about
here in Aventura.

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The Changing Season
New people, new ideas. It an exciting time around here -for most of us.


By Gaspar GonzAlez
BT Contributor

Is it me, or is there a mini baby boom
occurring in Biscayne Park? My
wife and I have an eight-month-old
son. The three houses directly across
the street from us boast, in order, a
17-month-old, a one-month-old, and a
couple expecting their first later this fall.
The folks on the corner have a toddler
and an older child. Two doors down
from us, there's a three-year-old. And
just next door, there's a tween. Seven
houses, seven (soon to be eight) kids.
And I suspect most of us aren't through
adding to the family.
Magnifying this sense of collec-
tive newness is the fact that four of the
seven families have been in Biscayne
Park less than two years. Indeed, three
of the families including ours have
moved here only in the past eight months.
It's a relatively small sample, to be
sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if a


similar dynamic has
taken hold through-
out the village. There
are quite a few baby
strollers on our streets
these days, and a lot of
young families, many
of whom, I'm guessing,
are relative newcomers
to the village.
Don't look now, but
Biscayne Park might be
on the verge of a trans-
formative moment. New -
people with new ideas,
new energy, moving
in, changing the way
things are done. It's pretty exciting.
Unless, of course, you find it scary. But
more on that in a minute.
Neighborhoods undergo rebirths all
the time. For years, downtown Miami
Shores was a pretty stultified place, pur-
posely designed to be the least interest-
ing destination in Miami-Dade because


a lot of old-timers didn't like the idea
of outsiders coming to their commu-
nity to do anything. As a result, Shores
residents suffered right along with the
perceived undesirables.
When the movie theater closed down
some years back after having gone
to a second-run format it stayed that
way. For the longest time there was almost


nowhere to eat (except for one
greasy spoon on NE 2nd Avenue
which is long gone and Norberto's
Deli, which thankfully is still there).
And retail? A couple of shops here
and there, but they didn't offer
anything anybody really wanted.
Downtown was right.
N' So what happened? Begin-
ning about ten years ago, some
younger families started moving
in. They were joined by gay
couples tired of the South Beach
Lifestyle. Before long, these new
arrivals started wondering why no
one had, you know, done anything
with 2nd Avenue.
Now, only a few years later, there
are a handful of restaurants on the strip,
along with an ice-cream shop, a toy store,
a home store, even a day spa. It's not
exactly Miracle Mile North, but most
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Season
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improvement. And it never would have
happened without an influx of new resi-
dents who had a different idea regarding
what they wanted out of their community.
Which brings us back to Biscayne
Park. What changes are the new arriv-
als here interested in effecting? I don't
purport to speak for all newcomers, but
I have talked to a few of my neighbors.
Some would like to see the village make
the larger medians more child-friendly.
(For example, by enforcing the pooper-
scooper ordinance.) Others like the idea
of finding a way to revive the shelved
pathways plan, so we don't have to
dodge cars while we take our families
for a walk or bicycle ride. Still others
wonder if we shouldn't be doing more
with our public park.
A few of these ideas are bound to
encounter resistance, not because they're
unreasonable, but because some folks
just don't like change of any sort, espe-
cially if it challenges their (perceived)
right to tell the rest of us how things
should be.


It's not necessarily a generational
conflict. There are plenty of longtime
residents on our block and beyond -
some have lived in Biscayne Park for
30 or 40 years who have welcomed
us newbies with enthusiasm. They like
that we've brought our families here and
plan on staying for the long haul (not
to mention that we've bought and fixed
up houses that otherwise might have
remained vacant eyesores in an
awful real estate market). To
them, we're a good indication
that Biscayne Park has a future.
They understand that, even tra
though we may have just ar- e
rived, we're now full-fledged
Parkies, with a vested interest
in making this the best com-
munity it can be. It doesn't mean that
they're ready to turn the village over to
us nor should it but they don't feel
threatened by us, either.
So who does? A small group of
people. Every town has one. It's made
up of those residents who like to think,
by virtue of their office, or their former
office, or their friendship with so-and-
so, that they run the town, and that


only their opinion matters. They claim
to know what the rest of us want or
more accurately, should want and
impose their views accordingly.
They're the ones who faithfully
attend commission meetings, an other-
wise admirable act of participation in
community life except that they go
there primarily to deny the rest of us a
voice in village affairs. To give only one


n't look now, but Biscayne Park
might be on the verge of a
nsformative moment. It's pretty
exciting. Unless, of course, you
find it scary.


example: A few months ago, when the
Florida Power & Light franchise agree-
ment was being debated, approximately
220 residents signed a petition request-
ing that the village sponsor a workshop
to come up with a viable alternative to
renewing the unfavorable 30-year agree-
ment. At the commission meeting where
the signatures were presented, a member
of the Small Group who favored the


franchise agreement got up and suggest-
ed that the commission simply disregard
the petition, since the person who spear-
headed the drive wasn't present.
Some might conclude from such a
shameless bid to silence so many resi-
dents that the Small Group and democra-
cy are not on speaking terms, and they'd
be right. Changing anything around here
is going to take more than a majority of
residents old and new alike wish-
ing it were so. It's going to take majority
involvement. (Commission meetings
might be a good place to start; there are
plenty of empty chairs to go around.)
Talk of greater community participation
no doubt frightens members of the Small
Group; it's the reason they throw around
expressions like "crusade" whenever two or
more people express an opinion contrary to
theirs. So let me offer them some assur-
ances: We new residents come in peace. We
mean you no harm (even if we do have our
own thoughts about what we want for our
community). And while we're not crusaders,
you're at least right about one thing: There
are more of us every day.

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Today's Entree Special: Sauteed Sonnet
Haven't eaten poetry? Wait till you try haiku with hollandaise


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor


To paraphrase Mark Strand, the
fourth U.S. Poet Laureate (1990-
1991): "There is no happiness like
mine [when] I have been eating poetry."
Yes, for some it might seem like
an odd choice for dining. But I do find
myself completely nourished by the
metaphor, satiated by the interplay of
image and language. It's a good thing,
too, because there were times last year,
after school started and I was eating
poetry 24/7, that I didn't have a moment
for any other kind of meal.
Dewey LoSasso, when running his
own North One 10 restaurant on Bis-
cayne Boulevard a couple a years ago,
understood the connection between read-
ing poetry and eating poetry. In an inter-
view given to Belkys Nerey of Channel
7, LoSasso said, "When you mention
poetry, people tend to run the other way,
so we wanted to do it in a fun way."


So he actu-
ally served poetry.
Once or twice a
year, he offered
up such items as
Ashes and Blues
("pass-arounds
during chit-chat"),
the perhaps self-
explanatory Fer-
linghetti Spaghetti,
Grilled Skirt Steak
with a Howl of
Heat (referencing
Allen Ginsberg's
famous poem),
Uncensored Wild
Salmon, and desserts that were styled
after 1950s-1960s Beat poetry: Smok-
ing Cigarettes Hunched Over a Cup of
Coffee (coffee, crema, and shattered
chocolate), and a Rucksack of Filo,
Tropical in Nature. During the evening,
poet Howard Camner would read and
LoSasso, the chef himself, would come


out of the kitchen and join him on guitar,
providing a bluesy beat.
Miami Shores and its environs lost
LoSasso, North One 10, and poetry -
the whole tasty caboodle when Chef
Dewey closed up shop a year ago. He'd
been jinxed since the place opened.
Construction began on the Boulevard
right outside his window as soon as


he debuted, then the economy
crashed as soon as the construc-
tion ended. North One 10 wasn't
an expensive restaurant, but
diners perceived it that way,
probably because of the creativi-
ty of the fare. In truth, most main
courses were under 20 bucks.
We haven't lost Dewey for
good, of course. Miami Shores
residents, who count the LoSasso
family as ours, might have been
the first to hear that Chef Dewey
was taking over the newly
revamped Forge. His time at the
helm of the historic restaurant
has been getting good reviews. I
haven't been in yet yes, to my shame,
and despite my friend-in-poetry's con-
stant invitations but I fully intend to
dine soon on his brand of rhythms and
rhymes. And now that Howl, the movie
centering around Allen Ginsberg's

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controversial poem (which was actually
brought to trial for being "obscene") is
nearing wide release on September 24,
is it possible to hope for a theme dinner
at The Forge? Could we anticipate,
perhaps, a 2010 version of that Grilled
Skirt Steak with a Howl of Heat, and a
little more Uncensored Wild Salmon?
After all, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is
portrayed in the movie as well. Is it too
much to ask for just one more taste of
Ferlinghetti Spaghetti?
You might not think that The Forge is
the kind of place for poetry readings and
eating, but you'd be mistaken. I gave
my very first poetry reading in Miami at
The Forge, way back in 1992. And while
it was a little eclectic gorgeous people
in skimpy clothing drinking Champagne
while I read about picking out papayas in
the open-air supermarkets to bongo beats
- it was also so very, very Miami.
Another intriguing, could-only-
happen-in-Miami poetry-eating experi-
ence occurred a couple of months ago
on South Beach at The Betsy Hotel.


Yes, that Betsy the luxe boutique
lodging formerly known as the Betsy
Ross Hotel. Having opened in 1942, it
is one of the oldest properties on Ocean
Drive and the last surviving example of
"Florida Georgian" architecture in the
area. It is also the place where another
verse-loving chef, Norman Van Aken
(now at Norman's 180 in Coral Gables,
where poetry quotes are etched on the
walls) first made his Mango Gang mark
with his restaurant a Mano. On June
26, in the hotel's B Bar, I attended the
First Annual Poetry Dinner, where
the poets who would read the follow-
ing evening, Ed Skoog and Gregory
Pardlo, were feted in royal style (some-
thing not seen since Victorian ages).
While we savored carnivorous
delights brought down from the lobby's
signature restaurant, BLT Steak, we
poetry diners fielded "verse trivia"
questions and watched a presentation
of "Florida" poems that had been cu-
rated by Neil Baldwin, a distinguished
author, poet, professor, and leader in
arts administration and nonprofit work,
who teaches, works, and lives in New
Jersey. I was shocked and delighted to


find that Baldwin had chosen one of my
poems for the presentation. It was an
unexpectedly palatable treat to eat my
own poetry. Usually I try to consume
the words of others.
After the reading the following eve-
ning, I had a chance to chat with dinner
organizer Deborah Briggs, executive
director if the PG Family Foundation
and vice president for philanthropy and
programs for The Betsy Hotel. As it
turns out, Briggs is sister to The Betsy's
co-owner, Jonathan Plutzik. Their father
was a poet; their mission behind The
Betsy's beautiful facade is to harbor
cultural life.
To that end, they've succeeded admi-
rably. The Plutzik clan which includes
Jonathan's wife and Betsy co-owner
Lesley Goldwasser have been at the
helm of the Academy Award-winning
Music by Prudence documentary tour,
as well as the John Lennon Educational
Tour Bus. Less flashy projects included
the fundraiser they hosted for Doctors
Without Borders (my husband's favor-
ite charity) after the Haiti earthquake,
and the poetry bookmarks, embedded
with i\ ildllo c i seeds, that are placed


in every guest room (along with piles
of recently released publications from
Books & Books).
Naturally, I'd prefer my bookmark
to be embedded with heirloom tomato
seeds, and for The Betsy to be located in
Miami Shores. But who am I to quibble?
We don't have many public lodgings here
anyway, and with the departure of North
One 10, we don't have any creative (with
whatever kind of price tag) eats in the
village vicinity.
And no, I don't count the Village
Caf6, which is pleasant enough, but
expensive for what you get to boot (al-
though I will say Revales, which springs
from similar roots, is excellent quality).
I do harbor hopes, however. Another
Miami Shores restaurateuring family
recently closed their landmark restaurant
on South Beach. Having spoken with the
Randazzos recently for another article,
I know they've been looking for a more
traffic-driven place to relocate Talula,
not to shutter it permanently. Could we
possibly see it spring up, like poetry does
eternally, closer to home?

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Miami Is Not Doomed To Endless Financial Meltdowns
The solution should be simple, but it not: A vision of the future


By Frank Rollason
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W ith the latest episode in the
saga of Miami's financial woes
laid bare for all to see, it's a
good bet the fixes being applied will be
short-lived. Miami will most certainly
face these issues yet again if it continues
on the same reckless path. As part of
the current fixes, our elected officials
considered funneling money from the
Community Redevelopment Agencies to
their commission offices to balance their
budgets, which to no one's surprise are
out of whack owing to personnel costs.
The same problem is undermining the
city's entire administrative structure.
The CRA scheme was quickly
abandoned after an uproar from the
community and the media. Instead the
CRA's executive director was fired. Of-
ficial reason: "A new direction is needed."
Translation: "The old executive director is
not cooperating in allowing us to get our


grubby mitts on all that cash."
The new executive direc-
tor promptly hired a couple
of guys from Commissioner
Marc Sarnoff's office. Sarnoff
says it happened without his
knowledge. (If you believe that,
I know of a bridge in Brook-
lyn you might be interested in
buying.) The two staffers were
given hefty raises by the CRA,
and presto! We have a new
CRA administration to lead us
into the future.
Just as a point of history,
back in December 2005, the
city administration attempted
to remove me as the CRA
executive director and replace
me with the city manager,
Joe Arriola, under the guise of "better
coordination between the CRAs and the
city administration." Translation: City
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was stopped by Commissioners Jeffery
Allen and Tomas Regalado.
In another desperate move, the city is
trying to take control of the semi-autono-
mous Miami Parking Authority, a well-run


cash cow. That proposal will be on the
November ballot. We can only hope it'll be
soundly rejected by the voters.
So why the interest in these two
agencies when it's readily apparent the
city commission has its hands full? The
answer is simple: money. The parking au-
thority and the CRAs have millions avail-
able, and that cash could be used to shore
up the city's floundering general fund.
The general fund is similar to our
own personal checking accounts, which
you and I use on a daily basis to run our
financial lives. The city's general fund
is a very flexible pot of cash, which can
be adjusted almost daily to plug budget
shortfalls or provide money for pet proj-
ects without too much public scrutiny.
Miami works from a "line-item" budget,
which allows for myriad fund-transfer
options with only scant oversight by
administrators and practically none by
elected officials.

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It is only through the city's "Fi-
nancial Integrity" ordinance that some
safeguards are in place. But those safe-
guards can be invoked only if there is
the political will to do so. Rarely do the
city's outside auditors get involved with
issues affected by the Financial Integrity
ordinance, so that leaves Miami's Inde-
pendent Auditor General, Victor Igwe,
as the sole investigator into financial
transactions that may otherwise go un-
noticed. Igwe is a bulldog, as witnessed
by his latest scathing report on the city's
practice of using gas-tax funds to pay
for street lights another questionable
use of money from an outside source de-
signed for one thing but used for another.
However, Igwe is only one guardian in a
hen house full of foxes.
Why does the City of Miami seem
to suffer a serious financial crisis roughly
every ten years? Because the city has no
long-term plan not just a long-term
financial plan, but any kind of long-term
plan. When I say long term, I mean 50 to
100 years down the road. Yes, I said 50 to


100 years!
For those who think this is too long
a period of time to plan for, just think
about our own lives. When we consider
the life spans of our parents, along with
our own, as well as those of our children,
we can easily relate to a 100-year span.
Where do we want to go and how do
we get there?
This is the missing element that
becomes apparent when we try
to understand the shortcom-
ings of not only our city, but our
county, our state, and our nation.
A major part of the long-term-
planning problem is the fact long-
that elected officials are geared
toward short-term planning -
that is, the length of their politi-
cal terms.
In the City of Miami, our elected
officials generally serve a four-year term
and are eligible to be re-elected for a
second four-year term before they are
"termed out." They may not seek a third
term unless they sit out a term before
running again. Another option for an ex-
tended stay at city hall is for a commis-
sioner to run for mayor. If elected, he or


she can repeat two more four-year terms.
The re-election mindset is even more
pronounced at the Congressional level,
where representatives must face voters
every two years. Whether it's a city
commissioner, a county commissioner, a
state legislator, or federal legislator, the
focus is on short-term goals, not where
we as a city or as a society want to be
generations from now.


The City of Miami has no
ong-term plan not just a
term financial plan, but any kind
of long-term plan.



If we did have a long-term plan, we
might expect that officials currently
holding office would tweak it as condi-
tions dictated. But the overall goals of the
plan would remain intact. It would be the
responsibility of our elected officials to
guide us through the maze of governmen-
tal bureaucracies, economic cycles, and
the social changes that are part of life.


Think of it this way: A ship's captain
is given the goal of circumnavigating the
globe. Along the way, the captain may have
to deviate from the original course in order
to stop at this island for repairs or that island
for provisions, but the objective of circum-
navigating the globe would continue to be
the driving force behind the voyage.
I'm not precisely sure how we
get this ship to sail, especially in
local waters, but perhaps a summit of
mayors from all the cities south of Lake
Okeechobee would be a good place to
start. Think about calling these leaders
together for a week to discuss their indi-
vidual issues and what they might do to
help solve problems for their neighbors.
For instance, if we had extensive
rapid transit to distant locales, people
could live where they can afford it and
efficiently commute to urban centers for
work. That's just one example of a highly
desirable goal that requires long-term
planning and cooperation among many
governmental bodies. Unfortunately
we're not likely to see that kind of think-
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Experimental Lens on the Landscape

An artist uses her camera to make a park intervention


By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor

Walking down by the Miami

River, the air was so hot and
still, so thick with humidity
this August evening that it took effort
to move through it. Then the sounds
of Cuban percussion, reminiscent of
a Santeria ceremony, wafted up from
Sewell Park, and flickering lights
became visible through the trees. Actu-
ally, the lights turned out to be in the
trees, and were in fact filmed images of
leaves being projected onto the varied
foliage. It was all too seductive to pass
up, so we didn't.
It's just what Dinorah de Jesus Rodri-
guez wants us to do at some point during
her unique, interventionist artistic park
experience, called Elusive Landscapes,
taking place at area green spaces over
the summer and fall. Rodriguez selected
five urban parks, shot and handcrafted
16mm nature films from each spot, and
collaborated with composer Ricardo
Lastre to come up with site-specific
images and sounds. The idea is to get
people interested in their local ecosys-
tems, and maybe to discover a bit of art
in the process.
At Sewell, seven film projectors were
rolling, one showing a short film of a
boat's travels down the Miami River,
with a tree trunk standing in as the
screen. Other images were more abstract,
and seemed to dance around the leaves.
Down near the river's edge, towering
Royal palms created their own natural
installation, while the music continued
to add a hypnotic element.
This park in Little Havana, with the
lights of downtown reflecting on the
water, was what first inspired the Cuban-
born artist to explore the idea of the
Elusive Landscape. "Maybe I have a per-
sonal attachment to Sewell Park, because
it was the first amazing green space that
I ever experienced when I arrived in
Miami in 1992," says Rodriguez.
The park is also popular within the
Santeria community as a sacred ground
for ceremonies, "due the presence of
Royal palms, grand Poinciana, and
direct access to the waters of the Miami
River," Rodriguez explains hence the
Cuban soundtrack they came up with for
this site. "I began to conceive of doing


Legion Park, July 17: A good crowd to watch films in oak trees.


A Miami River scene with Rodriguez's own superimposed imagery.


something in that park, and from there
the idea grew and expanded."
She decided on seven films for
five locations in different neighbor-
hoods, from North Miami to the Upper
Eastside and over to Miami Beach. "I
wanted spaces that represented Miami's
diverse ethnic populations, as well as
Miami's diverse subtropical ecosys-
tems," says the film and video artist,
who has shown her work internationally
and has been active in the community
for years. "I wanted venues with bodies
of water either directly accessible or
close by, and I also needed areas with
dense foliage and low lighting, for best
visibility of the work."


Rodriguez presented the idea to
granting organizations, and won the
2009 Funding Arts Network/Knight
Foundation New Work Award for
$25,000. Then she got to work scouting.
She first settled on Arch Creek Park,
on NE 135th Street in North Miami. The
particulars of this spot are about "con-
servation of native Floridian species
and the protection of ancient Tequesta
artifacts," she says. "It's a place to see
the 'undeveloped' version of the South
Florida landscape." Then she picked
Legion Park in the Upper Eastside,
which is more about "sports and activi-
ties there are tennis and basketball
courts, a soccer field, a launch for


kayaks and canoes, and an after-school
camp for kids." Along with Sewell Park,
the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and
' Vizcaya completed the grouping.
When Rodriguez entered each park
with her movie camera, she knew some
o images would be unique to the location.
For instance, she captured "a couple
launching a kayak at Legion, a tugboat
pulling a barge along the river at Sewell,
the statues and fountains at Vizcaya."
But she also guessed that other foot-
age would be fleeting. "The landscapes
have inevitably changed between the
time when I filmed them and the time
that I project back onto them," she says.
But that intangibility is something she
wanted to play with, which is where her
artistic expression comes in. She super-
imposed her own drawings and coloring
on the films, "my personal interpreta-
tions of each particular landscape. It's
about how we project our own truths
onto things, but also about the way time
works to alter any possible absoluteness
in anything."
Rodriguez also brought in Lastre
to add another layer of interpretation.
"I wanted the soundscapes to be very
theatrical, to cue people as to how to feel
while they're experiencing this be-
cause people are unaccustomed to seeing
films this way, and they often don't know
how to react to this type of work."
So after the first three events, how
did people react to this type of eco-
system intervention? At the last one
in Sewell Park, neighborhood people
sweated and swatted at the ubiquitous
bugs. They also smiled when they heard
the Santeria-style soundtrack. Kids
seemed to interact the most with both
the manmade and natural objects, while
some adults looked perplexed. More
were in attendance at the previous
Elusive evening at Legion Park, a more
open space whose main tree attraction is
the Florida oak. The first outing at Arch
Creek was perhaps the most elusive, as
visitors had to trek up and down a dark
trail to find all seven projections.
Rodriguez maintains a sense of
humor about it all. Legion Park had a
little more ambient light than expected,
and a generator at first refused to cooper-
ate, but it was "less spooky" than Arch

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Landscape
Continued from page 42
Creek. When working with
living nature, nothing is
predictable. So far, she says,
it has added to the sense of
magic and appreciation of
nature that she has tried to
engender with these evenings.
"I love the questions people
ask me," she says, "the
dialogue that goes on at each
park. The project is a real
conversation-starter."
The dialogue might be
the most expansive and
the landscape the least elu-
sive at the final two events,
as they are some of the most Sewell P
popular outdoor spaces
in Miami. The Miami Beach Botani-
cal Garden will emphasize cultivation,
mostly of unusual plants, while Vizcaya
will highlight the ultimate collaboration
between artificially and naturally cre-
ated beauty. "These venues draw large
audiences and have always traditionally
presented art," she explains. As at each
venue, however, there will always be the


ark by day: Towering Royal palms at the river's edge.


element of the unknown: "It will depend
on how each landscape catches the im-
agery; we will have to play around to get
the best effect at each site."
Finally all of the films plus video
documentation of the events themselves
will be shown in a more traditional
setting at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery in
November. But these elusive escapades


Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez: "I love the dialogue
that goes on at each park. The project is a real
conversation-starter."


really should be experienced in a sub-
tropical Miami park first the hotter,
the stickier, the buggier, the better.

Elusive Landscapes: Saturday, Septem-
ber 11, at the Miami Beach Botanical
Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr.,
Miami Beach; 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Thurs-
day, October 7, at Vizcaya Museum and


Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami;
8:00 to 10:00p.m. COlin,,.ni. exhibi-
tion, November 18 ;hi. ,,gii 25, Diaspora
Vibe Gallery, 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
For more information, visit elusiveland-
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www artfusiongallery com
Through September 22
"TRANSLUMINESCENT FANTASIES" with various
artists
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARTFORMZ
171 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-572-0040
www artformz net
September 4 through October 2
"Con-Figurations Photography & Painting" with Sara
Rytteke, Maxine Spector, and Rossella Ramanzini
Reception September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARTSEEN GALLERY
2215 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-237-3559
http //artseenspace wordpress com/
September 11 through October 1
"Proof The Edge of Earth & Light" by Susan Banks
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX
561 NW 32nd St, Miami
305-576-2828
www bacfl org
September 10 through October 1
"RUTA 2010" with various artists
Reception September 10, 7 to 10 p.m.

BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL
180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
Through September 19
"WEIRD MIAMI" with Autumn Casey, Adler Guerrier,


Jason Hedges, Nicolas Lobo, Justin
Long, Isabel Moros, Peggy Nolan,
and Alyse Emdur
September 19
"WEIRD MIAMI BUS TOURS" artist-
led bus tours with Christy Gast,
Clifton Childree, Kevin Arrow, Adler
Guerrier, and more

BASHA GALLERY
795 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-891-4624
www bashagallery net
September 1 through 30
TRANSITIONS with Michael
Ajerman, Beatrice Findlay, Allyson
Krowitz, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez,
and Kan Snyder

BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY
3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-573-2700
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
September 11 through October 30
"Memoirs of the Future" by Tatiana
Parcero
Reception September 11,7 to 10 p.m.

BORINQUEN ART GALLERY
100 NE 38th St, Miami
305-491-1526
www borinquenhealth org
Ongoing Hector Maldonado


IL


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Tatiana Blass, Metade da fala no chio bacteria
(Half of the speech on the ground drums),
installation, 2010, at Cisneros Fontanals Art
Foundation.


Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

BREVARDS GALLERY
2320 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-5747
www brevards com
Call gallery for exhibition information

BUTTER GALLERY
2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-303-6254
www buttergallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

CALDWELL / LINFIELD GALLERY & STUDIO
8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
305-754-2093
www susannacaldwell com
Ongoing "Seductive Assemblages and Wood
Sculpture" by Susanna Caldwell

CALIX GUSTAV GALLERY
98 NW29 St, Miami
305-576-8116
www calixgustav com
September 11 through November 19
"[morker]" with Johan Bjorkegren, Ingrid Eliasson,
Jennifer Basile, and Birds Are Nice
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART
158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
305-490-6906, www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St, Miami
305-571-1415
www visual org
Call gallery for exhibition information

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Miami, 305-292-0411
www charest-weinberg comr
Through September 11
"Within an Arrow's Range" by Pedro Barbeito

CITY LOFT ART
61 NE 40th St, Miami
305-438-9006, www cityloftart com
September 10 and ongoing "La Femme Fatale" by Ira


Tsantekidou
Reception September 11, 7 to 11 p.m.
CS GALLERY
787 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-308-6561
www chirinossanchez com
Through September 18 "_glitch" with Crls Bozas, Darlo
Posada, Gianfranco Bianchi, Humberto Busto, Juan
Navarro, Raul Lopez Pomares, Tatiana Silvia Sainz
and Tolibia
Curator Xibie Corea

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-8110, www castilloart com
September 11 through October 2
"Profane Expressions" with various artists
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1804, www dlfinearts com
September 11 through October 5
"Reformas" by Alejandra Padilla
Reception September 11, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St, Miami
305-573-4046, www diasporavibe net
Through September 23 "Carib-bean, The Way You
Like It" with Paul Chang, Muriel Jean-Jacques, Carol
Jamie, Susan Mains, Monica Moncrise, Lisa Remeney,
Patricia Roldan, Norma Trimborn, and Brian Wong Won

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
171 NE 38th St, Miami
dv@dimensionsvarlable net
dimensionsvarlable net
September 11 through October 23
"Biophilia" by Nellie Appleby
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

DINA MITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-486-7248
www dinamitranigallery com
September 11 through October 30 Kanako Sasaki
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St, Miami
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
September 1 through October 2
"Bubble Raft" with Bhakti Baxter, Crlstopher Bradley,
Bruce Conkle, Robin Griffiths, Richard Haden, Jay
Hines, Brookhart Jonquil, Sinisa Kukec, Justin H Long,
David Marsh, Daniel Nevers, Matt Nichols, Brandon
Opalka, Cheryl Pope, Ralph Provisero, Calos Rigau,


Audrey Hasen Russell, David Shaw, Shoplifter, Magnus
Sigurdarson, sleeper, Kyle Trowbridge, Toot, and more
Reception September 1, 7 to 10 p.m.

DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St, Miami
305-573-9994, www dotfiftyone com
September 11 through November 5
"'pautas' (rules)" by Omar Barquet
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

DPM GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-576-1777, www dpmgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

EDGE ZONES CONTEMPORARY ART
47 NE 25th St, Miami
305-303-8852, www edgezones org
September 11 through 30 "Off the Record" with Pavel
Acosta, James Bonachea, Carlos Caballero, Celia
and Yunior, Ana Teresa Ferna'ndez, Nuria Guell,
Glenda Leo'n, Yasser Pina, Ernesto Oroza, Katiuska
Saavedra, and T10
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st PI Miami
305-448-8976
www snitzer com
September 10 through October 4
Gavin Perry
Reception September 10, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception September 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE
125 NW23 St, Miami
305-576-6095, www galerlehelenelamarque com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI
2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-266-2445, www galleryschuster com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288
www gallerydiet com
September 11 through October 2
"Into the Mountains" by Krlstopher Benedict
Reception September 10, 6 to 8 p.m.
Reception September 11, 7 to 11 p.m.

GALLERY I/D
2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-778-4568
www galleryid com
September 8 through October 20
"Wildfire" by Sasha Bezzubov
Reception September 8, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

GIOVANNI ROSSI FINE ART
2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
561-251-1375
www giovannirossifineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

GODONAMERICA
1 NE 40th St #5, Miami
786-362-5546, www godonamerica com
Call gallery for exhibition information

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1645, www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through September 4 "IMPACT" by Troy Simmons and
"Tar and Feathered" by Julie Frlel
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Art Listings
Continued from page 44

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

INTERFLIGHT STUDIO
250 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-1673
www interflightstudio corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

KABE CONTEMPORARY


Sinisa Kukec, Exquisite Form, and Ec
installation, 2001-2007, at Dorsch Gal


123 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-573-8142
www kabecontemporary com
September 11 through November 13
"JOURNEY" with Magdalena Correa and Hiraki Sawa
Reception September 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY
46 NW 36th St, Miami
305-448-3060
www lurle-kavachnina corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29th St, Miami
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery corn
Through September 7
Mike Tesch, Antonio Ugarte, and Henry Lautz
September 11 through October 6
"Miami Inspirations" with Fran Bobadilla and Mimi Bates
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

KUNSTHAUS MIAMI
3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-438-1333
www kunsthaus org mx
Call gallery for exhibition information

LILIENTHAL ART STUDIOS
96 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-2002
www ilanalilienthal corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St, Miami
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
September 11 through October 16
"Break-Through Miami" by Valerle Hegarty
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

LYLE 0. REITZEL GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-1333
www artnet com/reitzel html
Call gallery for exhibition information


MAIN LIBRARY 2ND FLOOR EXHIBITION SPACE
101 W Flagler St, Mimai
305-375-2665
www mdpls org
www society4preservation org
Through September 19
"Florida Arcane From the Society for the Preservation
of Lost Things and Missing Time"

MIAMI ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-438-9002
www miamiartspace com
Call gallery for exhibition information

MIAM-DADE COLLEGE, CENTER GALLERY
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Bldg 1, Room 1365
305-237-3696
www mdc edu
Call gallery for exhibition information

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL
UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-428-5700
www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition information

MIRIAM FERNANDES GALLERY
3620 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-9531
www mirlamfernandes com
September 11 through September 25
Metamorphosis by J B Lazzarini
Reception September 11, 7 to 10

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lery. MUSEO VAULT
346 NW 29th St, Miami
305-571-1175
www museovault com
Call gallery for exhibition information

NEW WORLD GALLERY
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd St, Miami
305-237-3597
http //nwsa mdc edu
Through October 7 New World Faculty Exhibition with
Lulsa Basnuevo, Carol K Brown, Felicia Carlisle, Greg
Davis, Tony Fernandez, Christy Gast, Kathleen Hudspeth,
Michael Loveland, Rosario Martinez-Canas, Annette M
Piskel, Karen Rifas, Louise Romeo, and Fred Snitzer

NINA TORRES FINE ART
2033 NW 1st PI, Miami
305-395-3599
www ninatorresfineart corn
Through September 8
Araceli Salcedo
September 11 through September 28
"Mirroring Nature" by Rafael Lopez-Ramos
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

0. ASCANIO GALLERY
2600 NW Second Ave, Miami
786-200-4315
www oascaniogallery com
September 11 through October 3 Carlos Cabeza
Reception September 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

OHWOW
3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-633-9345
www oh-wow com
September 11 through October 9
"No Cause" by An Marcopoulos
Reception September 11, 8 p.m.

PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400
www panamericanart com
September 4 through October 16
"Oblivion" with Carlos Estevez and
Carlos Gonzalez
Reception September 11, 6 to 9 p.m.


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PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW2ndAve, Miami
305-573-2900, www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information

SAMMER GALLERY
82 NE 29th St, Miami
305-441-2005, artnet com/sammergallery html
Call gallery for exhibition information

SPINELLO GALLERY
155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-271-4223, www spinellogallery com
Through September 4
"A Deadly Nightshade" by Krls Knight
Reception September 4, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

SWAMPSPACE GALLERY
3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
swampstyle@gmail com
Call gallery for exhibition information

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-284-2542
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

WHITE VINYL SPACE
3322 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-776-1515
www whitevinylspace com
Ongoing "New Work" by Skip Van Cel

WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS FINE ART
201 NE 39th St, Miami
305-576-6960
wwwwrpfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
954-235-4758, wwwyeelenart com
Ongoing "Ayiti Krye" by Jerome Soimaud

MUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-455-3380, www cifo org
September 2 through November 7
"In Transition 2010 CIFO Grants & Commissions
Exhibition" with Marco Maggi, Elida Tessler, Tatiana
Blass, Eugenia Calvo, Runo Lagomarsino, Gisela Motta
and Leandro Lima, Jorge Pedro Nunez, Ivan Puig, and
Gabriel Sierra
Reception September 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART
SPACE
23 NE 41st St, Miami
305-576-6112, www delacruzcollection org
Through October 2 "Abandoned" by Karen Rifas
September 9 Lecture with Robert Hobbs
Lecture September 9, 7 p.m.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
10975 SW 17th St, Miami
305-348-2890, thefrost flu edu
Through September 5 "Tap-Tap Celebrating the Art
of Haiti" with Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Edouard Duval-
Carrie, FanFan, Gerard Fortune, Jean-Enguerrand
Gourgue, Yvens Leger, Lesly, Fritznel Obin, Gerard
Paul, Jacques Pierrette, Lionel Simonis, Jean
Thermidor, Jacques Valmidor, and Wagler Vital


Kari Snyder, Louis Settee, drypoint,
engraving, and chine-colle on paper,
2010, at Basha Gallery.

Through October 3 "Spiritual Healing Shamans of
the Northwest Coast" with Cicero August, Ken McNeil &
Stan Bevan, Dempsey Bob, Kevin Cranmer, Edward S
Curtis, John Hagen, Aubrey LaFortune, Don Lelooska,
Darren McKenzie, Ed Archie NoiseCat, Bill Reid, Terry
Starr, Ray Watkins, and Reg Williams
September 1 through October 3
"After History" by Jacek J Kolasinski and "DEMONS
nurture/nature" by Kathy Dambach
September 24 through January 2 "La Habana Moderna"
Ongoing "The Figure Past and Present Highlights
from the Permanent Collection" with Carlos Alfonzo,
Jose Bedia, Manuel Carbonell, Edouard Duval-Carrle,
Thornton Dial, Carel Fabrltius, Augustin Fernandez,
Red Grooms, Luls Jimenez, Jacob Lawrence, Auguste
Rodin, Rufino Tamayo, and Purvis Young

LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
305-284-3535, www lowemuseum org
Through October 31 "Jaguar's Spots Ancient
Mesoamerican Art from the Lowe Art Museum,
University of Miami" with various artists

MIAMI ART MUSEUM
101 W Flagler St, Miami
305-375-3000, www miamiartmuseum org
Through October 17 "New Work Miami 2010" with
Kevin Arrow, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Jim Drain,
Lynne Golob Gelfman, Michael Genovese, Jacin
Giordano, Guerra de la Paz, Adler Guerrier, Don
Lambert, Gustavo Matamoros, Beatriz Monteavaro,
Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza, Peggy Nolan,
Fabian Pena, Christina Pettersson, Vickie Pierre,
Manny Prieres, Christopher Stetser, Talking Head
Transmitters, Robert Thiele, Mette Tommerup,
Frances Trombly, Tatiana Vahan, Marcos Valella,
Viking Funeral, and Michelle Welnberg
Through November 7
"Focus Gallery Purvis Young" by Purvis Young

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-893-6211, www mocanomi org
September 16 through November 19
"Shinique Smith Menagerie" by Shinique Smith
Reception September 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

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

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

WORLD CLASS BOXING
Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
305-438-9908, www worldclassboxing org
Call for exhibition information

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Events Calendar


On the Footpath to MiMo
Discovery
The MiMo Biscayne Historic District
isn't the only place to see the exuber-
ant architectural design style known as
MiMo, or Miami Modern. On Saturday,
September 4, the season's first North
Beach Walking Tour will depart from
73rd Street and Collins Avenue, in
search of noteworthy examples of the
MiMo style. The 90-minute tour, orga-
nized by the Miami Design Preserva-
tion League and the North Beach
Development Corporation, will take
you past commercial buildings, the-
aters, hotels, and houses of worship.
Tour time is 10:30 a.m., cost is $20.
Call 305-672-2014.

All Mucked Up and Lovin' It
The Labor Day weekend Clyde Butcher
Muck-About swamp walk and tour has
become a South Florida tradition. The
celebrated photographer, whose black-and-
white images of the Everglades are world
famous, once again hosts a weekend of
walks and talks and open house in the Big
Cypress swamp. Butcher will be in the
onsite gallery all three days, from Sat-
urday, September 4 to Monday, Sep-
tember 6. Wear long pants and old shoes.
Bring bug spray, a complete change of
clothes, and lunch or snacks. Water will be
provided along with a swamp guide. Cost
is $50, which includes a $25 credit for the
photo gallery, while young ones under 18
are free with a paid adult. Reservations are
required. Go to www.clydebutcher.com to
sign up and for directions.

Bedheads, Start Your Engines!
Leave it to Coconut Grove to come up
with the 1-800-411-PAIN Great Grove
Bed Race. And yes, it is what it says.
Teams will jump into homemade beds
on wheels and race down Grand Avenue,
which will be lined by spectators cheer-
ing them on. The beds (and their not so
sleepy drivers) will also participate in a
parade and will be judged on their speed
and creativity of the bed-as-float. Seri-
ously, what good, zany fun. The Family
Pajama Party along Virginia Avenue
starts it all off at 11:00 a.m., followed
by the parade at 1:00 p.m., and the race
at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September
5. Proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning
Charities and UM's Sleep Center. Visit
www.thegreatgrovebedrace.com.


A Little Sufi Night
Music
The music of this traditional
Persian group is derived from
the poetic and instrumental
heritage of Sufism, a mysti- 14
cal branch of Islam, so it's not
surprising that the sounds
of the Homay & Masten
Ensemble are described as
meditative and contemplative as well as
melodic and rhythmic. Incorporating a
wide variety of reed and percussion instru-
ments, along with lyrics from the great
Sufi poet Rumi, the ensemble became one
of the most popular groups in Iran. On
Friday, September 10, Homay & Masten
will mesmerize us as well at the Gusman
Center for the Performing Arts, downtown
Miami, starting at 8:00 p.m. For tickets go
to www.gusmancenter.org/events/ or
call 305-374-2444.

The District Goes Dancing
During this month's Second Saturdays
in the Design District, on September
11, the newly formed Haitian Heritage
Museum will be presenting quite a show
with its Dancin' in the District, featur-
ing Caribbean dance and instruction.
The event starts out with a themed per-
formance, followed by a dance session
that gives the audience a shot at learning
all the dance moves. Finally the audi-
ence gets to pair up with the professional
dancers themselves. From 8:00 to 10:00
p.m. at 4141 NE 2nd Ave. Cost is $10;
www.haitianheritagemuseum.org.

A Six-Hour, Completely
Free, Arts Extravaganza
Get ready for one huge cultural blowout.
More than 100 nonprofit arts groups and


services will be manning
booths, offering discounts and tickets
for the season ahead. Performances and
musical acts will take over two stages.
Food vendors will be out in force. And
children's activities and educational
outlets will be plentiful. That's what is
promised for the first annual Fall for
the Arts event, meant to promote and
highlight all the cultural possibilities
proliferating in Miami-Dade during the
upcoming season. The free fest takes
place Sunday, September 12 from noon
to 6:00 p.m. in the plaza at the Arsht
Center. Go to www.arshtcenter.org for
more information.

Children's Museum
Birthday Bash
Seven years ago the Miami Children's
Museum moved into its new home on
Watson Island, so on Sunday, September
12, you can blow it Happy Birthday wishes
during the Seventh Anniversary Celebra-
tion. From noon till 5:00 p.m., the Arqui-
tectonica-designed building will be open to
more children's fun and games than usual,
while nine giant, robotic, prehistoric crea-
tures roam the museum's earth, part of the
interactive dinosaur exhibit that continues
through the month. Cost is $12 for Florida
residents, free for kids one and under.
Visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org
or call 305-373-5437.


What Has Two Wheels and
Goes Really Fast?
Motorcycle maniacs and those who love
them get their own day at the Home-
stead Miami Speedway on Sunday, Sep-
tember 12, during "Florida Track Days."
Three levels of riding abilities novice,
intermediate, and advanced are
offered up for two on-track sessions
with professional instructors, with
some classroom instruction for the
truly uninitiated. Cost for wanna-be
racers is $205 (includes lunch); for the
audience it's free. Registration begins
at 7:00 a.m. For more information go
to www.floridatrackdays.com.

Sounds Like Art
Art isn't just about seeing anymore.
Audio plays an active part these
days. Just listen to the auditory
sensations from collectives Frozen
Music and Flash Orchestra, who
will be featured in one of the last
Afterhours events, Miami Art Mu-
seum's nighttime outreach during its
Nc \% Work Miami 2010" exhibit. On
Thursday, September 16, the "Eve-
ning of Sound" will be complemented
by visits from artists Mette Tomm-
erup, Adler Guerrier, the Talking Head
Transmitters, and personalized poetry
producers Poem Depot. From 6:00 to
9:00 p.m., at MAM, 101 W. Flagler St.;
$5 for members, $15 nonmembers.
Call 305-375-3000 or go to www.
miamiartmuseum.org.

Complete Pandemonium
The Arsht Center will play host to the
U.S. debut of the latest sensation from
the creators of Stomp, this one called
Pandemonium. It shouldn't disap-
point. Where Stomp pulled beats from
garbage cans and buckets, this time
around instruments will be forged out
of such things as bottles, hair dryers,
traffic cones, and vacuum cleaners.
Oh, and the 25-member "orchestra"
will be joined by a 30-member choir.
From Miami, it will tour the rest of
the nation, so see it here first! From
Thursday, September 16 through
Sunday, September 26, at the Ziff
Ballet Opera House. For tickets and
prices go to www.arshtcenter.org or
call 305-949-6722.

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A Serene Circle Amid the Commotion


On Watson Island, a tranquil Japanese garden co-exists with a busy highway


By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor


Calling Miami "the cocktail of
America," a Japanese business-
man in the 1950s decided that
the city needed a traditional mixer.
Kiyoshi Ichimura called a few friends,
made a massive donation to Miami, and
the Ichimura Japanese Garden was born
in 1961.
Did you know that Miami has an
authentic Japanese garden? You will
be forgiven for not knowing, as the
garden has been moved, downsized,
and otherwise forgotten for many years
in its various incarnations. But like an
indefatigable Hello Kitty with nine lives,
the Ichimura Japanese Garden has risen
again and again.
The current garden sits in a quiet cir-
cular abode next to Jungle Island, which
displaced the garden's original location
when it moved to Watson Island in 2003.
Admission to the garden is free, but
parking on this section of Watson Island
is not. Your best bet is to use Jungle
Island's parking garage, which is cheaper
than the expensive city lot across the
street. Better still, find a way to bike to
the garden.
The garden's only unmistakable
landmark visible from the MacArthur
Parkway is a big white statue of Hotei,
the ancient, Buddha-like, Japanese god
of happiness and good fortune. The
eight-foot, eight-ton granite statue, part
of the original donation by Ichimura,


The parks department didn't respond to a request for translation of the
Japanese characters at the garden's entrance.


stands close to Jungle Island and outside
the rear wall of the garden. On this
wall is inscribed "Ichimura Japan [sic]
Garden, Miami Parks and Recreation,"
the most visible of the park's many
grammatical errors.
Around the bend, the park's en-
trance creates a welcoming and clearly
Japanese space. A lovely stone pagoda
surrounded by short palms stands near
the sidewalk. On the ground leading
to the entrance are a series of bricks
with Japanese names inscribed on them,
apparently referring to park supporters.
Above it a bold white canopy has three
large black characters that appear to be


high-decibel volume.
Stepping into the garden, the world
slows down. It's not exactly quiet be-
cause the MacArthur Causeway is just
outside, but the contrast with the outside
world makes the space a center of con-
centration. Everything is different in
a good way.
The first thing you notice is stillness.
As you're likely to be the only visitor
there, you will also be confronted with
isolation. You are one person inside a
circle with only one opening. You have
stepped into a maze.
The next eye-catching element is
the main pond. Its dark surface, dotted
with lily pads, is calm, contained, and
shrouded by grasses. Boulders congre-
gate around its edge.
Stones are everywhere, and form
the park's foundation as well as its


A quietly crunchy gravel path offers benches for contemplation.


the Japanese script of Kanji.
Another iteration of the garden's
name, Ichimura Japan-Miami Garden, is
inscribed on a rock outside the entrance,
and a bamboo sign above it names the
garden's many major supporters, includ-
ing Jungle Island and Miami's Japanese
sister city, Kagoshima.
A large sign displayed on a bamboo
wall as you enter explains the history
of the garden. A smaller white sign at
the entrance warns visitors in perfect
English: "Parents are welcome to enjoy
the garden with children, but we ask that
you watch them closely as the garden
was not designed to accommodate their
playful ways."
By "children" I think they mean
club kids, misbehaving celebrities, and
anyone else speaking at Miami's normal,


focal points. The pathway is white
gravel, and many walls are formed of
coral rock. Two of the largest open
spaces are mostly gravel punctuated by
only a few boulders.
One of the more unusual elements,
near the entrance, appears to contain
papyrus, and indeed it turns out to be an
elevated pond. The water is hidden by
thick vegetation, and an ugly, exposed
pump in one corner looks unkempt. This
little wetland needs a little attention.
The largest architectural feature,
apart from the outside wall, is an inside
wall that bisects the southwestern sec-
tion into a pie slice. The two-sided wall,
capped by a brown crust, is the striking,

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ochre color of ripe mamey. Instead of
being filled with flowers and plants, the
slice contains only pebbles and rocks.
Scattered throughout the park's
pathways are benches for sitting and
contemplating.
You may want to contemplate the
park's history. The original garden was
created by Kingo Sakamoto, Japan' s
foremost landscape architect at the time,
and it featured bridges, an ancient lantern,
and 500 orchid trees. Opened in Octo-
ber of 1961, a year before the opening
of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden,
the Ichimura garden was closed in 1981
by the City of Miami owing to budget
constraints. In 1988 it reopened with sup-
port from the Ricoh Corporation, which
Ichimura had founded, and a local group
of "Friends of the Japanese Garden."
The website of the Friends of the
Japanese Garden tells this tale of the ugly
1980s: "The influx of homeless began to
use the Garden and the Teahouse as their
homestead. Not only did they live there,
they tore off copper sheets, removed


The garden's main pond is
punctuated with lily pads.


sliding doors, windows, tatami mats, and
sold them off. The Garden looked like a
battle zone."
In 1996 the garden was again closed
by the City of Miami, this time to make
way for the redevelopment of Watson


" ,. '
An interior wall bisects the southwest
section and frames a minimalist rock

Island. The garden reappeared in 2004,
downsized to less than one acre, in its
current location adjacent to Jungle Island.
The redesign was the last project of land-
scape architect Lester Collins Pancoast,
who maintained its circular shape but
added the garden's 15-foot walls.
The garden's Japanese name, San-
Ai-En, translates as "The Abode (or
Spirit) of Three Loves." The three loves
are country, neighbor, and work. Whoa,


Dorothy-san, I don't think
we're in Miami anymore!
Today the garden is either
lush or overgrown, depending
on how you look at it, and it
could use some attention. Is
the City of Miami going to let
it whither away again? Are
the Friends of the Japanese
Garden going to step in to
keep it going?
The interpretive sign at
the park's entrance concludes
with several future goals for
the garden, including restora-
tern tion of the original tea house
garden. and waiting area, a revision of
the elevated pond, and the ad-
dition of a traditional wooden
observation deck over the main pond, as
in the original garden.
Who knows if any of these plans
will ever come to fruition. The odds
are good, however, that the Ichimura
Japanese Garden, even if neglected by
Miami, will rise again. It is a giver and
definitely a keeper.

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New Guy in Town
No welcome mat for this recently discovered pest the gumbo limbo whitefly


By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

t has now been more than three
months without sighting a single fig
whitefly at Jungle Island, where I
work. Last year I saw a number of white-
fly populations building up to the point
where several of our ficus trees would
begin to defoliate, and then the whitefly
would suddenly disappear after being
dispatched by our resident population of
beneficial insects.
As everyone knows, this past winter
was quite cold and many feral exotic
animals and insects were suppressed. I
kept an eye on our ficus, fully expecting
a population resurgence of fig whitefly,
and was eventually rewarded with a
major population explosion in the first
week of May. Three of our ficus trees
were infested, but only for a week or so.
Our population of insect predators just
decimated the fly larvae.
At the time of this writing it has been
three months since I have seen an adult
whitefly or larvae at the park. I believe
like all of our other whitefly invasions
over the years, their populations are
eventually brought under control not
through pesticide use, but by the benefi-
cial insects living in our landscapes.
Now that fig whitefly seems to be
getting under control, let me tell you
about another recent South Florida
whitefly invasion. So far this insect,
Aleurodicus rugioperculatus, is called
the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly. First
collected and identified in Miami-Dade
County in March 2009, it is noticeably
larger than the fig whitefly and seems to
like a broad range of hosts, ranging from


trees to palms.
I saw it in downtown
Miami on a bunch of gumbo
limbo trees, but know from
other sources that it's occur-
ring in Miami Beach and
Coral Gables and elsewhere
on many other species of
trees, shrubs, and palms.
Trees on which the spiraling
whitefly have been found
include black olive, cocoplum,
Brazilian pepper (maybe it
will wipe out this invasive
species), wax myrtle, live
oak, mango, a wide variety of
palms, and various flowering
species of Calophyllum. I'm


sure many other plant species with the
will end up hosting this insect.
The spiraling whitefly lays its eggs in
a distinctive spiraling pattern on leaves
and deposits a white waxy substance
on top of them. The adults congregate
on the undersides of the leaves and
move very slowly, unlike the fig white-
fly, which will fly away at the slightest
disturbance. What I first noticed with
this whitefly was the sticky mess on
the foliage and anything beneath the
infested tree.
After the eggs hatch, the tiny "crawl-
ers" start moving around before they
begin feeding by piercing the leaf with
needle-like mouth parts. This larval
form differs from the fig whitefly, which
is difficult to see. Spiraling whitefly
larvae, some covered with long wax fila-
ments, are easily seen.
Like many other species of insects
that suck nutrients from plants, they
produce hole dc "a sticky, sugary


Spiraling whitefly lays its eggs in a spiral pattern. An
adult is also shown (inset). They are fairly easy to see


naked eye.


substance. This is what causes sooty
mold, a black sticky mold that will grow
anywhere the honei dc"" falls.
When sooty mold grows on top of leaves,
they will be unable to photosynthesize
(produce food for the plant) and will eventu-
ally drop off prematurely. If the source of
the hoinc dic%" dies or is removed the sooty
mold will eventually wear off.
I think we can assume the spiral-
ing whitefly will cause some damage
especially to trees and palms that are
already under stress. We may even see
the very high population numbers that
we saw previously with fig whitefly. The
natural biological controls that we are
now seeing in the landscape for the fig
whitefly will eventually emerge to battle
this new whitefly species. One benefi-
cial insect has already been identified
and I am sure others will be found. We
should embrace a biological management


system instead of a chemi-
Scally based one.
When I visited the site in
a; downtown Miami that had
this new whitefly, I collected
2 a number of gumbo limbo
Leaves with the insects on
them. After two weeks they
all died in the container. I
then filled the container with
water and found floating on
the surface dozens of identi-
cal minute insects. When
I viewed them through a
microscope, I found them to
be the smallest earwigs I've
ever seen. Earwigs come
in various sizes but all have a


large set of pinchers. They are
known to be scavengers and
some eat other insects. These tiny ear-
wigs might have been preying upon the
spiraling whitefly larvae.
The gumbo limbo trees were injected
with a broad-spectrum pesticide soon
after I collected my samples. I hope only
the whitefly was killed and not any bene-
ficial insects, although this is not usually
the case. Beneficial insects are always
fewer in number than the bad insects.
When bombarded with pesticides, the
good guys take longer to bounce back,
prolonging the need to attempt chemical
pest management.

I.I,h,i, *,l,'/ is an ISA-certified
municipal arborist, director of horti-
culture at Jungle Island, and principal
of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact
him atjeiff tropic hde.oign.' c 1in

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COLUMNISTS: KIDS AND THE CITY


The Best Party Ever

A thriving industry has developed around celebrating your child birthday


By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor

n Hawaii, where my five-year-old
Matilda was born, birthdays are out of
control. It is customary for families,
regardless of ethnicity, to hold a lavish and
expensive luau feast to celebrate a child's
first birthday. This tradition is a holdover
from the days when infant mortality rates
were very high and the first birthday was
considered a milestone.
The birthday luau has morphed into
one of Hawaii's most lucrative industries.
When I moved to Miami three
years ago, I was surprised to find that
the birthday-party business is no less
prevalent here. And with the obligatory
bounce house, clown visit, music DJ,
face-painting, and goodie bags, it is no
less expensive, either.
This month Matilda will be six,
and she has announced that she wants a
Barbie party. A party themed on a plastic
blonde bombshell? Not exactly cheap
(especially the accessories) and maybe
not a fantasy I'd want to encourage.
With Matilda's birthday looming and
Everly's second coming quickly thereafter,
I've begun a quest for kiddie party themes
and ideas that go beyond Barbie. What
better way to embark upon my "Kids and
the City" maiden voyage than to merge my
research with a real-life pursuit?
South Florida o.... ""t magazine,
Miami Family magazine, and momsmi-
ami.com all have entire issues devoted
to birthday parties. Next to the sum-
mer-camp special issues, the birthday
party issues are their most profitable.
Strawberry the ( Ion\ n took out a full-
color, half-page ad in all three, and the


Seaquarium, Jungle Island, Zoo Miami,
and Cool-de-Sac were featured promi-
nently in each. A number of websites
like miamibirthdayparty.com list, rate,
and discuss pros and cons of various
locations, themes, and entertainers. You
could spend a lifetime perusing themes
and options.
Kids and parents can be treated to
"gak-making" at the Miami Science
Museum. They can have "up close and
personal experiences with Lolita the killer
whale" at the Seaquarium. They can hire
the Little Farm to set up a petting zoo in
the back yard. They can even enjoy spa
treatments or CD-recordings at some party
venues. While the range of possibilities is
amazing, they have one thing in common:
They're not exactly cheap.
Most of these options start at around
$300, and the packages go up from there.
Throw in invitations, goodie bags, lunch,
cake, balloons, and you'll soon be con-
sidering a second mortgage.
It wasn't until day three of my birth-
day-party quest that my husband (who


read my owner's manual thoroughly and
now knows me well) made a profound
observation. Could it be that I cared
more about the theme than the kids did?
As a diagnosed entertainer-aholic, my
obsession with the perfect party theme
and locale may indeed be more about me
than the birthday girls. But doesn't my
husband understand the immense pres-
sure I feel to create indelible memories
through these elaborate galas? Does he
understand the competition among kids
to have the best party ever?
On the other hand, how many of us
actually remember party themes from
our early birthdays? My eccentric cousin
Kris does. She wistfully relayed the story
of her mother's ingenuity at combining
birthday fun with learning. All the way
into college, they stuck with the same
theme: "Around the world." Kris and her
mother annually would look through an
almanac and together choose a country
as the theme for that year's party. Kris's
mother would research and prepare
cuisine, games, and take-away treats and


trinkets from that country.
Sounds like a lot of work, right? Yes,
but so does hauling ice chests, a mam-
moth lunch spread, birthday cakes, deco-
rations, gifts, and countless accoutre-
ments to the park pavilion only to be
rained out or told you didn't go through
the proper process for securing a permit.
My own childhood birthday memories
aren't about unusual locations or clever
themes or goodie bags or even gifts. They
are the special moments from those parties
that stand out. For instance, when I was
six, my mother sewed an intricate clown
costume and hired a teenage neighbor to
come entertain me and my friends. I knew
who it was, but it was magical nonetheless.
My neighbor Jordan hosted the most
charming party at her house last year for
Romi, her five-year-old. She made the
cake herself, didn't plan a ton of games
or activities, and had a dancer friend
come dressed as Peter Pan, accompa-
nied by his evil nemesis, Captain Hook
(another friend).
The little partygoers were capti-
vated by their own imaginations. There
were 12 Tinker Bells, 8 Michaels, and
7 Wendys all of them enthralled,
beating the life out of Captain Hook
with water noodles and foam swords.
They were truly in another world. I
guarantee you each of those kids will
remember that day when they think
back on their childhoods.
So after my thorough research and
epiphany, what are we doing for Matil-
da's and Everly's parties this year? I'm
still not sure, but I'll let you know after I
call the ice-skating rink.

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COLUMNISTS: PAWSITIVELY PETS


Four-Legged Vacuum Cleaners
Your dog eats every yucky thing in his path? There is hope!


By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Last week I surveyed some of my
Facebook friends for a topic they
would like to see in my column.
As I looked over the many requests, I
decided on one topic I hear about that
isn't often addressed: dogs that pick up
everything.
Some dogs just can't seem to walk
two feet without their noses glued to the
ground, constantly eating things they
find. Owners yelling and pleading with
their dogs to release objects elicit no
response. The dog has his earplugs in
and is a walking Pac-Man, gobbling up
everything in his path.
Obviously a dog picking up virtually
anything it finds is challenging as well as
potentially endangered. The problem is
twofold: Dogs are naturally programmed
to be opportunistic. They are on the
lookout for free food, some more than
others. Because diligently searching the
ground almost always yields .... ,i, ii
interesting, it is self-rewarding for the
dog to graze.
With many dogs, however, the prob-
lem grows more troublesome over time. It
becomes a habit for the dog to be nose-to-
the-ground as that's the most exciting part
of the walk. The owner is busy juggling a
coffee cup and talking on the cell phone
to friends, or chatting with passing neigh-
bors. Little by little the dog gets away
with eating things on the ground. Soon
enough searching the sidewalk or grass or
dirt is a great source of entertainment, his
own newspaper or "P-mail."
Certainly the dog could very well be


trying to compensate for a deficiency of
nutrients in his own food by scavenging the
earth. If you feed your dog various foods
that are high in fillers and empty calories,
he may still feel hungry. You might need to
switch to a more holistic brand, with meat
as one of the first ingredients. More often
than not, though, the dog is just grazing.
As always, the best course of action
is always to stop a problem before it
starts. Dogs are creatures of habit and
fall into patterns quickly, so it's better
to start good habits early. If, from the
beginning, you can be very entertaining
and hold your dog's interest, he'll always
look to you instead of the ground when
you take walks. This also prevents him
from developing the bad habit of pulling
you all over the place.
However, the continual discovery
of chicken bones, breadcrumbs left for


birds, and other delicacies is just too
great a temptation for most canines to
leave for the next dog. If your dog has
already become a vacuum cleaner, suck-
ing up everything in front of him, he will
need to be retrained.
The retraining process usually
involves a multi-pronged approach. For
starters, you will need to break the habit.
It may help to walk in less trafficked
areas, away from his usual feeding zone.
Furthermore, you will have to change
your own behavior. Many owners get
used to stopping every time their dog
stops to investigate something. Unless
you're stopping so the dog can relieve
himself, you should continue walking
regardless of his desire to stop. (After
all, just who is walking whom?) This
will help to stop your dog's ability to
eat things he finds, at least for a while


during your retraining process.
A lightweight plastic basket muzzle
(used in dog racing or Earthdog trials), or a
head halter such as the Gentle Leader, will
be effective in managing your dog. With
the Gentle Leader, you will be leading him
around by the head like a horse, giving you
the control to keep his head off the ground.
Regardless of what helping device
you use, you will need to condition the
dog to be more focused on you. Bring
lots of high-value treats with you and
feed them generously to your dog while
speaking to him happily: "What a hand-
some boy you are!" Treat, treat, treat. If
your rewards are distracting enough, and
if you are irresistibly entertaining, you
will gradually see the dog look for you
to reward him instead of exploring the
ground in front of him.
In addition to these protocols, train-
ing a dog to "leave it" is very helpful.
Start practicing by holding a piece of
meat or other food your dog loves in
your closed fist. Ignore all of your dog's
attempts to taste it licking, pawing at
it, and so on.
When your dog finally gives up on
it and looks away, immediately say,
"Good!" and give him the treat. Repeat
many times. When your dog catches
on, give a name to the request: "Sparky,
leave it." Reward and repeat, using the
name of your request. Always make sure
you have control of the object when prac-
ticing. If the dog bumps it out of your
hand or somehow gets the treat, ignore
your fumble and start again.
Of course, sometimes it's too late to
invoke "Leave it" (meaning do not put
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Vacuum Cleaners
Continued from page 52
your mouth on it). If the dog already has
something in his mouth, you need him to
"Drop it." To practice you'll need some-
thing to trade for the object the dog has
in his mouth, something he finds much
more interesting. With your dog holding
something, place a treat he finds more
appealing next to his nostrils and say,
"Drop it." When he does drop it, praise
him and give him the treat. Repeat this


several times.
Remember to reward and distract
profusely in the training stage.
Rewards give a dog motivation to
do things that seem unnatural to Obv
him. Taking freebies off the street anyth
is natural dog behavior and would
probably keep him alive in the
wild. Rewarding and distracting
him with more attractive alterna-
tives from you helps condition him to pay
more attention to you and less to the ground.
You're training in a better habit.


Understanding a training protocol is
one thing. Executing it successfully can


iously a dog picking up virtually
ing it finds is challenging as well
as potentially dangerous.


be quite another, but it's worth the effort.
Managing Sparky's ability to pilfer
things, redirecting him, rewarding better


behaviors, taking charge of your walks
together, and teaching him to "Leave it"
and "Drop it" will help you in the fight
against his constant grazing.

Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer
and behavior specialist in Miami and the
Hamptons, New York. She is the author
of Dial a Dynamite Dog. You can reach
her at .'.. i,,l l,.., -1 0 .,.. i'.com, or
visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com.

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COLUMNISTS: VINO


Chardonnay Does Just Fine, Thank You, Without Oak
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor
Okay, wine lovers, here's today's
question. Chardonnay and oak:
Love and marriage or Sandra
Bullock and Jesse James? Are Char-
donnay and oak two lovebirds joined
by the bonds of holy matrimony or the
WTF coupling of the movie industry's
chirpy replicant of Rachael Ray and a
professional scuzzball who'd stick it in a
woodchipper if he wasn't afraid it would
come out as sawdust?
Both, actually, though for quite a
while in Eighties and Nineties it was
more WTF than holy matrimony, at least
in California, where far too many Char-
donnays saw more oak than Sherwood
Forest and tasted like a two-by-four
dipped in grape juice. That egregiously
woody style of Chardonnay, emphasizing
oak-driven flavors of toast, vanilla, and
butterscotch over the grape's natural fruit
flavors, spread around the world like
herpes, infecting vintners in Australia,
South America, Italy, and even France.
Luckily that big, fat, stupid style
of Chardonnay did what most big, fat,
stupid things tend to do it began to die
out, slowly being replaced by a more bal-
anced and nuanced Chardonnay, where
oak was but a single part of a sophisti-
cated ensemble rather than one guy with
a Fender Strat and a noseful of Peruvian
flake shredding three chords through a
wall of Marshalls.
A few enterprising vintners went
even further bless their contrary little
hearts and banished oak from the
Chardonnay-making process entirely.
After all, the renowned Chardonnays


of Chablis and
other subregions of
Burgundy rarely see
oak either in fer-
mentation or aging,
and they've only
been considered the
best white wines in
the world for, oh, a
few hundred years.
Our oak-free
Chardonnays don't
quite scale those
heights, but they
do offer a couple
of significant
advantages over
their lumber(ing)
counterparts. One,
they're cheaper, as
buying hundreds if not thousands of oak
barrels is definitely not. And two, you
can really taste the impressive diversity
of Chardonnay's natural fruit flavors,
which range from tart green apple to
ripe mango and papaya, making for an
extremely food-friendly wine.
We're going to follow that progres-
sion here, from light and crisp to fuller-
bodied and lush, starting with, believe
it or not, a Chardonnay from Australia.
Inexpensive Australian wines are typi-
cally flabbier than Kirstie Alley, but the
2008 Wishing Tree Unoaked Char-
donnay could almost be mistaken for a
Sancerre, from its pale, yellowish color
to its aromas and flavors of green apple,
lemon-lime, and grapefruit, and its tart,
mineral finish.
Even more surprising is that this
Aussie product out-tarts a pair of French
Chardonnays from the well-known


French houses
of Drouhin and
Jadot. Joseph
Drouhin's 2008
Macon-Villages
hits you with a
big whiff of funk
straight off. But it
blows away fairly
quickly, revealing
aromas of green
apple and citrus
th that carry over to
your palate, with
a flinty element
from the region's
limestone soil.
The 2008
Louis Jadot,
also from the
Macon-Villages region, reprises those
apple, lemon-lime, and limestone flavors,
though with even a fuller body and riper
fruit (plus a hint of melon). If BP hasn't
killed all the Gulf seafood by the time
you read this, both of these Chardonnays
are as complementary to fresh fish and
shellfish as unpolluted water.
Bridging the crisp-rich border is the
Anakena 2009 Unoaked Chardonnay.
It adds a bit of smoke-dust-minerals to
the expected apple and Meyer lemon fla-
vors, and its soft acidity and fuller body
make it a good introduction to the world
of wood-free Chards.
The next three wines, all New World,
may come as a revelation to Chardonnay
lovers who associate ripe tropical and stone
fruit flavors and rich, creamy textures
with oak fermentation and aging. The La
Vuelta 2009 Unoaked from Argentina is
another wine whose first whiffs -a hit


of diesel and rubbing alcohol can be
discouraging. But given a few minutes to
air out, they leave behind a rich bouquet
apricot, pear, and lemon, and a creamy,
mouth-filling texture.
A Chilean Chardonnay Santa Rita
"120" 2009 goes richer and creamier
than that, with ripe tropical fruit, pear and
orange flavors that dissolve in a long Meyer
lemon-mineral finish.
Of course, when it comes to
Chardonnay, nothing exceeds like
California, especially the Mutt Lynch
2008 "Unleashed," a wine that's remi-
niscent of the over-the-top Kendall-
Jackson style with vaguely sweet ripe
fruit, a creamy, almost viscous texture,
and high (14.5 percent) alcohol level.
Flavors of sun-ripened mango, papaya,
apricot, and pear, with a Viognier-like
floral component, are enough to make
even woodiest enophile respond to the
proposed marriage of Chardonnay and
oak with a simple, "I don't."

The North Miami Beach Total Wine
& More (14750 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-354-3270) carries the Anakena,
Mutt Lynch, and La Vuelta
Chardonnays, all for $7.99, as well
as the Joseph Drouhin for $11.99.
The Wishing Tree Chardonnay
costs $9.95 and the Louis Jadot
retails for $11.97 at the North
Miami Crown Wine and Spirits
(12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-
9463). And the Santa Rita "120" is
available for $7.99 at the Biscayne
Commons Publix (14641 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-2171).

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COLUMNISTS: WORD ON THE STREET


Have you ever had a bad roommate?
Compiled by Cathi Marro BT Contributor


Shirley Gordon
Homemaker
North Miami Beach
Oh, yes! When I first
moved out on my own, I
shared a small efficiency
with a friend. She would
be talking on the phone all
night long and coming in
at all hours of the night. It
was terrible. Needless to
say, she didn't last out the
first month. I never had an-
other roommate after that.


Christopher Nwamah
Student
North Miami
I live with my mom and
I shared a room with my
brother for about a minute,
but there were no prob-
lems. When I do move out,
if I ever have a roommate
who does not take care
of himself, clean up his
messes, and pay his half of
the rent, then I will have to
get a new roommate.


Mercedes Moreno
Vet Technician/
Receptionist
Aventura
I think all brothers are
bad roommates and I have
three of them! They are
messy, inconsiderate, and
very protective of me -
like if I have a phone call
from a guy. Also there
may be some jealousy
since I am the only girl
and I get all the cool stuff
and all they get is crap.


Christian Davies
Student
Miami Shores
Yes, I did last year in col-
lege. I didn't like living
with a dirty, loud Marine
wanna-be who didn't chip
in for the room. He scared
off the lady friends and is
the most famous person on
campus for all the wrong
reasons. I'm looking
forward to having a better
roommate this year.


Liliana Cao
Store Owner
North Miami
No. I lived with my par-
ents and my brother even
when I was in college and
I had no problems with
them. Now I live with my
husband, who is a very
good "roommate." I know
people who have lived
with people who are very
messy and don't share
chores, but thank God I
haven't had that problem.


Marty Holland
Semi-retired
Sunny Isles
I haven't had a roommate
since I was in the army.
For the past 60 years I
have lived with my wife,
who is a nice lady. Even
if they weren't the nicest,
I always made friends
with my roommates in
the army. It's easier to
become friends than to
live as enemies.


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POLICE REPORTS


Biscayne Crime Beat
Compiled by Derek McCann


Pest Control Nightmare
700 Block ofNE 69th Street
It's bad enough to have bugs running
around your condo. In these types
of situations, you need the trusty old
exterminator, but in Miami there is a
price to pay for everything. This woman
arrived home to a spiffy flyer from an
extermination company and a missing
laptop. The woman claimed she was not
the only victim as a neighbor had cash
stolen from her condo the same day.
Usually security travels with extermina-
tors in condo buildings, so it's a mystery
how things could be missing. Over-the-
counter pesticides may be the answer for
those nasty palmetto bugs.

Sad Truth: You Can't Trust
Your Neighbors
500 NE 65th Street
For the umpteenth time: You cannot
leave your doors open in Miami. We
are not in the bucolic countryside
where neighbors help neighbors. This


poor woman retrieved her laptop from
her car and placed it in her apartment.
She left her door wide open as she went
to drop off a load of laundry. When
she returned, the laptop was gone. No
leads in this case, but at least her dirty
clothes weren't stolen.


Vicious Home Invaders on
the Loose
5500 Block ofNE 1st Avenue
Our victim came home after receiving $100
from a wire transfer and saw two strangers
in her living room, rummaging through her
belongings. She screamed at them and told


them to leave. Instead, one of the intruders
punched her in the face. Her boyfriend heard
the commotion and dashed out of the shower,
whereupon he was also beaten and dragged
across the living room floor. Police responded
to the bloodied victims but not before both
scumbags had fled. No arrests have been
made. More evidence that you must keep
your doors locked at all times.

Bus Racks as Bike-Theft
Delivery Platforms
NE 79th and Biscayne Boulevard
Taking public transportation can be a drag,
but it's better than dangerously riding a
bike up Biscayne Boulevard. This passen-
ger hoisted his bike into the rack attached
to the front of the Metro Transit bus and
settled into his air-conditioned seat. When
the bus made a stop at 79th Street, a Bou-
levard opportunist raced up, lifted the bike
off the rack, and quickly pedaled away.
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Crime Beat
Continued from page 56

add this to the prodigious list of bike thefts
along the Boulevard.

Prescription Pills Claim
Another Victim
600 Block ofNE 86th Street
Forget about legalizing marijuana when we
have pharmaceuticals that can do the same
thing. This victim, instead of lighting up,
took one of his prescribed pills and decided
he wanted to sleep on his front porch. Thanks
to the pills, he fell into a deep, deep slumber.
Upon awakening several hours later, he
found that his wallet had been stolen

Beware the Smiling Miamian
100 Block ofNE 11th Street
Woman was at a popular nightspot in hopes
of meeting Mr. Right. A man came along
this night with a glorious smile and perfect
shining white teeth Taken by his charm, she
turned to him and... He grabbed her purse
and took off, disappearing into the crowd.
Staff was unable to detain him for police. Be
on the lookout for people who seem nice and
have wonderful teeth


Return of the Loser Ex-
Boyfriend, Part 213
100 Block NE 78th Street
A woman had broken up with her boy-
friend six months before this incident.
One evening she heard thumping at her
door and was aghast to discover it was
her ex. He pried the door open with a
crowbar and made his way in, exclaim-
ing, "Why you keep trying me!?" He
proceeded to punch her several times in
the legs before leaving. Police offered
the victim safe shelter but she declined,
perhaps not a wise decision with an ob-
sessed man who keeps "trying."

Sobering Up at Taxpayers'
Expense
800 Block oJ i: .... i..- Boulevard
A man refused to pay a $25 taxi fare. He
proceeded to walk away from the cab
as the driver followed him. Pushing the
driver away, he declared, "I don't owe you
nothing!" The driver called police, who
entered the man's apartment and gave him
the opportunity to pay the fare. He refused.
Officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol on
his breath. (Ugh!) He was arrested and is
drying out at the county jail.


Book This on Orbitz?
3500 Block oJ i: I... ,i,.- Boulevard
Promises of low nightly motel rates in
Miami can be alluring for some hap-
less tourists. This victim stayed with his
girlfriend at a Biscayne Boulevard inn,
where he witnessed a man take $325
from his girlfriend's purse. He chased
the thief down the Boulevard and both
were stopped by police. Officers did a
pat-down on the thief and money started
flying out from his crotch area! Three
bags of marijuana also fell to the ground.
He was promptly arrested and the soiled
money was returned to the victim. We
can only hope he later sanitized it.

Man Continues to Terrorize
Target Store
3401 N. Miami Ave.
On several occasions over the past few
months, a persistent criminal has been
stealing items from Target at Midtown
Miami. Despite the cutesy uniforms,
Target security staffers have been unable
to stop his shenanigans. This latest
incident was no different. The suspect
is very quick and is usually armed with
razor blades. Caution is advised.


Exploiting a Bad Situation
NE 71st Street and Biscayne Boulevard
Two bicyclists somehow got into a head-
on collision. As both lay on the ground
nearly unconscious, a sleazebag sneaked
up and stole one of the fallen bikes. The
bike's owner managed to get up and took
the other bike (with permission) in an
effort to catch the thief. Nearby police
caught up with them and the appropri-
ate arrest was made. In his defense, the
perpetrator said that he was "in trouble,"
which is why he took the bike. Trouble?
His troubles are only beginning.

Yet Another Inventive Bank
Account
1800 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
We've seen cars, dressers, medicine
cabinets, and more employed as safe-
deposit boxes by clueless Miamians. In
this recession, the flawed thinking goes,
can we really trust the banks with our
money? This victim hid more than $4000
under a rug in his closet. The money
went missing shortly after he stashed it.
We suggest he check his vacuum cleaner.

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RESTAURANT LISTINGS

The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 235.


Brickell / Downtown

Abokado
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-347-3700
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf "nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian
ingredients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds
Latin sabor (Jalapeno, cilantro), wraps it in a flour tortilla,
and 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., 305-381-3190
Four Seasons Hotel
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 lunchtime's rare tuna
burger with lively wasabi aloli and wakame salad For des-
sert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-524-5234
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 It's 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, harissa-man-
nated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle
Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

Balans
901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village),
305-534-9191
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its
perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same
simple yet sophisticated global menu The indoor space
can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly out-
door terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes
with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a
lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian
fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's more relax-
ing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
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
The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family
feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something
new Novices will want Indonesia's signature rijsttafel,
a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condi-
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 notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it's an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
serving pintxos That's 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 $$$

Botequim Carioca
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-675-1876
If Brazil's cuisine were defined by the USA's Brazilian
restaurants, the conclusion would be that Brazilian people
eat nothing but rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh,
on average, 400 pounds This Brazilian pub broadens
the picture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at
lunch, but highlights Brazilian tapas -- mega-mini plates
meant for sharing Must-not-misses include pasteles
filled with shrimp and creamy catupiry cheese, beautifully
seasoned bolinho de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings),
and alpim frito (house-special yuca fries, the best in
town) $$$

Cafeina
297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792
This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor
venue is described as an "art gallery/lounge," and some
do come just for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche
martinis But don't overlook chef Guily Booth's 12-item
menu of very tasty tapas The signature item is a truly
jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder At
one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart
proclaimed it the best she'd ever had Our own prime
pick melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so
buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure $$

Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358
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
$$$-$$$$$

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern invention? Not in Peru, where
native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more
than a century But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches
and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin
Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood cre-
ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish
in citrus-spiked chill/cream sauce) But traditional fusion
dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed
with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun,
as well as surprisingly affordable $$

The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161
The food here? Beer is food The DRB serves 400 beers
from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon
to $40 DeuS (an 11 5% alcohol Belgian method
Champenoise brew) But for those favoring solid snacks,


NEW THIS MONTH
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BRICKELL / DOWNTOWN

bistro e
485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373
Afull power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15?
Sounds unbelievable, but you'll find just such a daily
special (like corn/jalapefo soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy
cheesecake, and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name
for Michael Psilakis' dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos The
name change emphasizes lunchtime's wholly different, gob-
ally influenced menu Among a la carte temptations pork
belly tacos, a Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brisket/gruyere
sandwich with dipping juice Breakfast too, from 6 30 a m
$$-$$$

First & First Southern Baking Company
109 NE 1st Ave.
305-577-6446
How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the course
of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage gravy, a
friend from Italy we swear, developed a drawl While yall will
also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc), highlights here
are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking favorites
especially homemade sweets More than two dozen des-
serts daily are featured, from a roster topping 150 chocolate
pecan pie, lemon bars, potato candies, seven-layer cookies,
and Jack Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties,
though you won't want to share $-$$

Raja's Indian Cuisine
33 NE 2nd Ave.
305-539-9551
Despite its small size and decor best described as "none,"
this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties
rarelyfound in Miami's basically north Indian restaurants The
steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure
to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety
of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with
onions and chills, both served with sambar and chutney $$


tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini
with dip (cheese recommended), chorizo with homemade
cilantro Mayo, or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with
onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa Sadly for breakfast-brew
enthusiasts, the DRB isn't open that early But it is open
late -- till 5 00 a m $$

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
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
pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost
either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St., 305-960-1900
Masterminded by Aramis Lone (of PS14) and partner Brian
Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice downtown
workers to linger after office hours And even without the
expansive, casual-chic space as bait, internationally award-
winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fablo Bruni's exquisitely


MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICT

Hurricane Grill & Wings
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133
This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in
Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept more than 35
heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing
with wings and other things (including white-meat "boneless
wings," really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompa-
nied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery It would
be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan
fries There are many other items, too, includingsalads But
hey celery is salad, right? $$




New China Buffet
940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266
The venue (a former Bennigan's) is clean, casual, and not
kitschy The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -- scores of
Chinese dishes (recommended Mongolian pork, spicy garlic
shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger
and scallion), international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-
blankets), plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars And
the price is sure right Lunch is $6 75 ($7 75 Saturday and
Sunday) Dinner features more seafood, $9 55 Theres an
inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids' prices $

Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346
Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland
stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent Notatthis
modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and
smoothie bar Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed
pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid
flavors Especially impressive mock meat (and fake fish)
wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors
Skeptical? Rightly But we taste-tested a "Philly cheese steak"
sandwich on the toughest of critics -- an inflexibly burger-crazy
six year-old She cleaned her plate $$


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/mush-
room-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
custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto,
or any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't yet a 24/7 urban center, but it's experi-
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includes this family-owned ristorante, where even new-
comers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible to
resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy clabatta, even
the vegetarian version bursts with complex and comple-
mentary flavors During weekday dinners, try generous
plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus, home-
made pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

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 $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the
retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest
When stone crabs are in season, Garcia's claws are as
good as Joe's but considerably cheaper The local fish
sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper,
or mahl mahl $-$$

Giovana Caffe
154 SE 1st Ave., 305-374-1024
If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway
contained only one item -- pear and gorgonzola ravioli
dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -- we'd
be happy But the cafe, formerly lunch-only but now serv-
ing weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size
salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-
dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-
boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially
lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins,
apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
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 $$$$-$$$$$

Half Moon Empanadas
192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525
As with South Beach's original Half Moon, you can get
wraps or salads But it's this snackery's unique take
on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a
natural for national franchising The soft-crusted, doughy
crescents -- baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -- are
amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken,
either mild or spicy) and creative the bacon cheeseburg-
er, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and
several vegetarian options Atjust over two bucks apiece,
they're a money-saving moveable feast $

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the 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 Gabbianos 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
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 that there's anything "mere" about the range
of food served from three Asian nations Light eaters can
snack on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi
rolls For bigger appetites, there are Thai curries and
Vietnamese specialties like pho, richly flavored beef soup
with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in
Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$


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

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800
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 perhapsjust 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 classics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled
fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other
yuppie favorites $-$$

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indi-
cate a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter
such bread crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic,
aerated interior -- its likely not from a restaurant's own
kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and par-
ty-perfect pastries are legend too Not so familiar is the
bakery's cafe component, whose sandwich/salad menu
reflects local eclectic tastes But French items like pan
bagnats (essentially salade Nigoise on artisan bread) will
truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau's Provengal
homeland $$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously,
with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/
pate, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and
complete American breakfasts At lunch, generously
salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible But
sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the
choice tough And do not skip dessert Superb sweets
include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy
lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses,
and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-
changing fillings $-$$

Martini 28
146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414
This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from
a husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be
the most impressive meal deal in town From an ambi-
tious, daily-changing menu of fare that's geographically
eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners
get a choice of about ten entrees (substantial stuff like
steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted
potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard
sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and
housemade dessert For just $9 99 Told ya $

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-642-0032
At this expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic,
mostly small-plate menu ranges from the expected
(grilled skirt steak with chimichurrin, new-style ceviches,
and luxe sushi rolls) to a small but tantalizing selection
of chef Gerdy Rodriguez's signature creations Lunch fare
includes modernized "Minuta" fish sandwiches (avocado/
habanero vinaigrette-dressed hamachi on non Kaiser
rolls), while dinner offers edgier inventions like confit
pork belly with a panko-crusted egg yolk capsula, the yolk
nitrogen-frozen before frying to achieve a crisp crust and
delightfully improbable oozing interior $$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.,305-938-9000
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 $$$$$

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 $

Novecento
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
"beef and more beef," this popular eaterys 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
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
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
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrified 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
fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday $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 $$

Prelude
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722
Though the opening of Barton G 's elegant performing
arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the food's
actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot
The concept is prix fixe Any three courses on the menu
(meaning three entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights
include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder,
beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mus-
tard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top
playhouse desserts, one with a luscious creme fraiche ice
cream pop $$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U S venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish
little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner
as well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese
rather than effusively warm Neapolitan The food too is
mostly contemporary rather than traditional But in true
Italian style, the best stuff stays simple an antipasto plat-
ter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade
marinated veggies, crisp-fried calamari and shrimp, airy
gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted
bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$

The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
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
diners, 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 butter, 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
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 $$$

Sandwich Bar
40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622
This cool hideaway has a limited menu Which is a good
thing when it means everything served is solidly crafted
by hands-on chef/owners, two of whom amassed sous-
chef chops at Cloppino and Sardinia The main fare is
imaginative sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially
delicious creation features slow-braised short ribs, cara-
melized onions, and melting muenster and provolone
cheeses Finish with fine-shaved Aloha Ice topped with
fresh fruit and other full-flavored syrups, all housemade,
plus rich condensed milk A sno-cone for sophisticates $

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
its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), its 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 $-$$

Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar
204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained,
both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional
purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked
rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of
slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion ribs, chopped pork,
brisket, and chicken Diners can customize their orders
with mix-and-match housemade sauces sweet/tangy
tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-
Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/
habanero Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as
good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits $-$$

Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables
will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branch's
menu But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes
introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and
Miami multiculturalism "sushi tacos" (fried gyoza skins
with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chill-garlic
sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated
Asian/Latin tiraditos, addictive rock shrimp tempura with
creamy/spicy dip Also irresistible four festive new sake
cocktails $$-$$$

Thai Angel
152 SE 1st Ave.
305-371-9748
Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles
Munchkinland, this downtown "insider's secret" serves
serious Thai food till 9 00 p m daily Tasty classics like
the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman)
come custom-spiced -- mild to authentically brain-searing
-- and are so affordable there's no guilt in splurging on
superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh
snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce The young
chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are
very well-served $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198
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,

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like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$

Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hang-
out, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia,
but "restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it as a neigh-
borhood "bistrolounge The food is mostly modernized
Italian, with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig
pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served either
as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or
plated with orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-
sauced meatballs with rin'gawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too
$$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for "fun")
Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach
Waxy's, the location is far superior -- on the Miami River,
with waterfront deck And none of Miami's Irish eater-
ies offers as much authentic traditional fare Especially
evocative imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with house-
made brown bread, puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage
rolls, lunchtime's imported Irish bacon or banger "butty"
sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut
fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxy's curry
sauce $$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor
(with communal seating), and predominance of American
veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned
by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran)
May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam
tables Wrong Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters
(like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-
your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with
bold, fresh flavor The proof a startlingly savory miso beef
salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea,
tool $$

Zuma
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277
This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on
San Pellegrino's list of the world's best restaurants, and a
similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates
(robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for shar-
ing over drinks Suffice to say that it would take maybe
a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous
menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as
well as carnivores Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth
pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the
exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks $$$$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

Adelita's Caf4
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside
it's 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 ciabatta roll, with
remoulade sauce $$-$$$

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
$$$
Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of contem-
porary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from
wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish,
Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night Though the
place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto arugula, gor-
gonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs,
and prosciutto Free parking behind the building $$

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 rillettes (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 $$

Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista
Bistro's Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French
fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond
croissants, and other delights At lunch cornichon-
garnished baguette sandwiches (containing housemade
pates, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other
charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted,
custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little
more than a fast-food combo meal As for Postel s home-
made French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a
praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we May have to kill
you $-$$

The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681
Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop
with complimentary prepared foods, this place's self-ser-
vice cafe component nevertheless became an instant hit
Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make
even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -- like
bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese,
roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo Cheese


platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor prefer-
ence from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropri-
ate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and
breads $$

Clive's Caf4
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall
has served for more than 30 years Since about 1990,
though, when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to
regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their
native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled
jerk chicken has been the main item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-
flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that
redefines the vegetable $

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 Caf4
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
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 pioneer-
ing place deserves to survive, even if just considering
the roast beef sandwich with creamy horseradish an
inspired classic combination that makes one wonder why
more places in this town don't serve it Other culinary
highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich,
and really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies $

Fin
4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Like the other restaurants in Jonathan Eismann's Design
District mini empire, this upscale fish house is intended
to be product-driven rather than chef-driven, a place
where you'll find some of Miami's freshest seafood
Everything on the changing menu was swimming no
more than 48 hours earlier That said, don't expect plat-
ters with fries and slaw From an amuse of tuna tartare
through entrees like Alaskan halibut with preserved
lemon risotto and lemongrass nage, the menu features
Eismann's distinctive Asian and

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
gie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait 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 spurtinglyjuicy 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 $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
305-572-2901
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 restaurant's 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 $$$

The Girrriz 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 Caf4
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 respect-
able 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 $$-$$$

La Provence
2200 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-8002
(See Brickell / Downtown listing)

Latin Caf4 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-3838
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches,
with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin
America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed
seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many
Miami eateries consider a Latin country Whatjustifies the
new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/
yucaflied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf4
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 $-$$

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Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue
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 $
Lim6n y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739
In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now
light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with
seafood a specialty Portions are huge, prices low, quality
high Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo
macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy,
zesty sauce), jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed
seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa),
and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce $$
Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
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 It's 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 $$-$$$$$
Maitardi
163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak
Plaza's original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inex-
pensive, and straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran
Lincoln Road restaurateur Graziano Sbroggio seems a
more universal lure for the Design District's central "town
square The mostly outdoor space remains unaltered
save a wood-burning oven producing flavorfully char-bub-
bled pizza creations, plus a vintage meat slicer dispens-
ing wild boar salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other
artisan salumi Other irresistibles fried artichokes with
lemony aloli, seafood lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster
sauce $$-$$$
Mandolin Aegean Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining
room -- or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered
garden -- diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both
Greece and Turkey Make a meal of multinational mezes
a Greek sampler of creamy tzatzlki yogurt dip, smoky egg-
plant puree, and airy tarama caviar spread, and a Turkish
sampler of hummus, fava puree, and rich tomato-walnut
dip The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with
Mandolin's fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in
itself $$-$$$
Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228
(See North Miami listing)
Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave.
786-369-0423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge,
festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a
bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously
smooth margaritas But the main must-haves here are
tacos, encased in a rarity genuinely made-from-scratch
corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed Of 11 varieties, our
favorite is the carnitas (Juicy braised pork, spicy chili de
arbol slaw, toasted peanuts) A close second the hongos,


intensely flavorful hultlacoche and wild mushrooms, with
manchego and salsa verde -- a reminder that vegetarian
food need not be bland $$-$$$
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 $$-$$$$
Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a
popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journal-
ists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and
drinks Regulars know daily specials are the way to go
Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey
with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night
menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m
$-$$
Morgans Restaurant
28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678
Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home,
Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influ-
enced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough
to attract hordes Dishes are basically comfort food, but
ultimate comfort food the most custardy, fluffy French
toast imaginable, shoestring frites that rival Belgium's
best, mouthwatering maple-basted bacon, miraculously
terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-
glazed), even a "voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich"
-- definitely a "don't ask, don't tell your cardiologist" item
$$-$$$
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, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $
Pasha's
3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)
Pizzavolante
3918 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-5325
At this tiny pizza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Eismann's
inspired topping combos and astonishingly high-quality
ingredients prove that star-chef skills are not wasted on
humble fare Carnivores must try the Cacciatorin, an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancia-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Bianca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$
Primo's
1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't
have that "do drop inm" locals' hangout vibe But this lively
Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighbor-
hood The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with
toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/
arugula would be draw enough But pastas also please
diners' choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and
extras And the price is right, with few entrees topping
$20 The capper Its open past midnight every day but
Sunday $$
Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant
most everywhere Today many places now offer authen-
tic Italian or delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying
Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit Thankfully that's
the speciality of this indoor/outdoor pizzeria big slices
with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water)

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that aren't ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold
lengthwise, and medium-thick -- sturdy enough to support
toppings applied with generous all-American abandon
Take-out warning Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the
SUV, not the Morris Mini

Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-2885
Its sheltered location, in a showroom building's central
atrium, makes Prosecco not the Design District's easiest-
to-find Italian eatery/enoteca But the owner's longtime
experience in Tom Billante restaurants like Carpaccio
tells you the place is a people-pleaser, with food and
wine that's accessible, affordable, and worth the hunt
Beautifully garnished carpaccios (like mustard-vinaigrette-
dressed smoked salmon with baby beets, purple potatoes,
and a soft-cooked egg), pastas like ricotta and spinach-
stuffed agnolotti with sage/butter sauce, and similar
temptations ensure you'II return $$$

Q
4029 N. Miami Ave., 305-227-2378
Unlike most urban barbecue joints, this neo-rustic
roadhouse uses a genuine wood/charcoal-fired Bewley
pit from Texas to flavor its subtly smoky slow-cooked
barbecue And anyone with working taste buds will dis-
cern the difference in chef/owner Jonathan Eismann's
vinegar-basted North Carolina-style pulled pork, his
tender-firm (rather than inauthentically falling-off-the-
bone) dry-rubbed spareribs, succulently fatty briskets, and
juicy chickens Tabletop housemade sauces (particularly
a piquant mustard-cider St Louis potion) are enhancers,
not essentials $$-$$$

Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-8096
This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an
izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake
shop) But why quibble about words with so many more
intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The con-
cept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia,
housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients French
Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his
menu, so we'd advise immediately grabbing some crispy
Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced
roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade
pickles $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Amongthe
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 sriracha, 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 $$-$$$

Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini
chain, this "urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-
casual competitors But there are indeed differences
here, notably pan-Latin options black beans as well as
red, thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a
side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal
nachos) Other pluses include weekday happy hours with
two-for-one beers -- and free parking $-$$


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 $-$$

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 it's no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernstein
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 $$$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353
This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln
Road's SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane
lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than
the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as
three kitchens -- normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill
-- make clear Chef Timon Balloo's LatAsian small plates
range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo
to intensely smoky-rich short ribs At the daily happy hour,
select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi)
are discounted $$-$$$

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
This venerable wine shop and bistro, where diners can
enjoy boutique bottles for retail price plus $15 corkage,
has acquired new owners, a new chef, and a new menu,
which added more globally inspired tapas and entrees
without losing the French classics that made it a neigh-
borhood favorite Outrageously rich croque monsieur
sandwiches, or an admirable steak/frites with peppery
cream sauce, almost make you feel you're in Paris $$


Upper Eastside

Andiamo
5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
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 Cr upi'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
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
$$-$$$

Balans Biscayne
6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191
It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third
Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -- which
has an upside It's easier to get a table here (and to park,
thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln
Road or Brickell This, along with the venue's relatively
large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to
a more relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe The fun
menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a
creamy-centered cheese souffle through savory Asian pot-
stickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished
pancakes) and prepared as reliably well $$-$$$

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 Caf6
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),
Nicoise 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 $-$$

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 griot (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), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining $-$$

DeVita's


bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multi-
cultural bases If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic
Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded
parmesan) doesn't do the trick, the New World Especial (a
Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might
Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner
entrees (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak
with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or
flan) $

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to the
Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables just
feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it opened,
people have been lining up 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 $

La Q-Bana
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-
sciutto, hot cappicola, 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
gentrinfied, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are
pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine
while they wait $

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 $


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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 $$
Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers
original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green
parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avo-
cado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully
healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach,
rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry Health ensured,
you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs fried
dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with
quills -- really a delectable crunchy noodle mix $
Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most
important American diner tradition Breakfast at any
hour Admittedly the place closes at 4 00 p m, but still
There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, eggs
any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas, and
a full range of sides biscuits and sausage gravy, grits,
hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal Also available are
traditional diner entrees (meat loaf, roast turkey, liver
and onions), plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade
chicken soup $-$$
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 $$
Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
It's a restaurant It's a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside it's like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken isjust like mom used to
make in her wildest dreams $$$
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 $-$$$
Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef
resume, not to mention regular Food Network appear-
ances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but
far from fully gentrified neighborhood Just be glad she
did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly
creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas Though most
full entrees also come in half-size portions (at almost
halved prices), the tab can add up fast The star herself is
usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th Street
$$$-$$$$
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


traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion
creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura,
tomato, cilantro, 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 Moshi Moshi is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality 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 $-$$$
News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
305-758-9932
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more a
friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a
full-fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of light bites
is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio
and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part
of the reason visitors stay for hours Especially recom-
mended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie,
turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette,
and what many feel is the original cafe's Greatest Hit
creamy hummus with warm pita $
Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoy-
ing eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge
(sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster
with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old
South fried green tomatoes) Not surprisingly, the chef-
driven menu is limited, but several signature specialties,
if available, are not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce,
irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream
$$-$$$


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 Frankie'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 frangaise (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 biergarten, 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
Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited
with sparking the Upper Eastside's revival Now the arrival
of new executive and pastry chefs plus a wine-wise gen-
eral manager, all Joe Allen veterans, signals a culinary
revival for this neighborhood focal point The concept
is still comfort food, but a revamped menu emphasizes
fresh local ingredients and from-scratch preparation
(The meatloaf gravy, for instance, now takes 24 hours
to make) Unique desserts include signature sticky date
pudding, a toffee-lover's dream And the wine list features
new boutique bottles at the old affordable prices $$-$$$
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
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crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, let-
tuce, tobilko (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
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 mahi-mahl with
cilantro aloli and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacia) Dinner features a range of small plates (poached
figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle)
and full entrees like sake-marinated salmon with boniato
mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach
$$-$$$
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 Abbie
Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs
grown on the bakery's 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
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired
by Landry's 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 $$$-$$$$

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 Dell"
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
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)



Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106
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 $$$

Lemon Twist
908 71st St., 305-865-6465
In warm weather, we like to hit this French bistro for
either a cornichon-garnished charcuterie platter (includ-
ing mouthwatering Rosette de Lyons salami, hard to find
in Miami) or the frlsee salad with lardons and poached
egg Add liles flottantes (merengue islands on a creme
anglaise pond) and a glass of wine, et voilal A perfect
Parisian light supper But there's honest heftier fare,
too, like the steak/frites entrecotee with choice of sauce,
housemade fries, and a salad), and rich fig tarts $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222
When an eatery's executive chef is best-selling Thai
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect
major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a 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 $$-$$$


C6te 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 $-$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311
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? $-$$

Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363
Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities
of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public -
always, lunch and dinner Not surprisingly, ambiance is
retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar
and indoor/outdoor dining room The surprise is the food
-some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes
quite contemporary an Asian ahi tuna tower, a lavish
candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad, and
fresh pasta specials Prices are phenomenal, with dinner
entrees $9 to $17, drinks average $3 to $4 There's live
jazz on Thursday and Friday nights, too $$
Village Caf6
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a lun-
cheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been
reopened The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with
head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef)
serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/
pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with sriracha aioli,
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-
caramel sauce $$-$$$



Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If it's 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-
rizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$
Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
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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 $

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie 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
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 cochinita pibil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes 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 its 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 staff's 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 $$

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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 cochinita 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 michelada, also
authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that
ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$

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

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 $-$$
Flip Burger Bar
1699 NE 123rd St.
305-741-3547
Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach,
are still rare farther north One reason this easy-to-miss
venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals The
hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a
scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion
marmalade The Fireman is a jalapeio/chipotle scorcher
There are even turkey and veggie variations Other draws
are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer
beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-
friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity free parking
$-$$


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, including jerked
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 griot 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
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 It's 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 $$$
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
13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641
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 $

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 frisee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenobloise (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
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 cutesie
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
am 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 to just 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
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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 $-$$

Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd.
305-944-1006
The space, formerly a Pasha's, isn't posh But minimalism
fits a partially self-service Italian eatery centering on a
DIY concept mix-and-match pastas Diners choose one
of seven pasta types, then one of 15 sauces, ranging
from simple tomato/basil to funghi e tartufi (wild mush-
rooms in truffle sauce), decadent Alfredo, creamy yet
clean-tasting Flaminia (pureed yellow peppers with black
pepper), and more Also available are panini (on excellent
bread), salads, soups, imported salumi or cheese platters,
desserts, and several wines $$




Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.
305-945-1722
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this
veteran is many diners' favorite on the 163rd/167th
Street "Chinatown" strip because of its superior decor
But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic
dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauteed mustard
greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scal-
lions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young Default
spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with
red-chili icons, but don't worry, realizing some like it
hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat
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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, mahi 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) $-$$

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be
bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves
what the company calls "food with integrity" The fare is
simple, basically tacos and big burritos soft flour or crisp
corn to rtillas 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 probably jerk 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 $

Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY
3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318
In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that
swallowed Manhattan -- and transformed public percep-
tions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area Before
bland faux-Cantonese dishes After lighter, more fiery
fare from Szechuan and other provinces This Miami
outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized
items, but don't worry Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns,
Empire's Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar
pleasantly spicy specialties, and you'll be a happy camper,
especially if you're an ex-New Yorker $$

Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
305-957-9900
The rodizio formula is familiar Pay one price ($39 90
for dinner, $29 90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you
drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive
selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish
(16 varieties at dinner, 5 at brunch) carved tableside
by costumed waiters What spectacularly differentiates
Flamma its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway But
also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner
deal with a coupon available at Flamma Unbelievable but
true $$$$


El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910
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) $$$-$$$$

G-Coffee
3507 NE 163rd St., 305-956-5556
When a cup of regular American joe is as complex and
boldly flavored as a gourmet coffeehouse's priciest brews
-- but cheaper -- the creator deserves support, especially
when the coffee is organic and the company supports
fair trade and sustainable production To accompany
the admirable coffees and teas, G serves paninis plus
sweets ranging from guava-stuffed croissants to gelato
Service is speedy, but a relaxed ambiance, comfortable
contemporary decor, and free WiFi all encourage luxuriant
lingering $

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255
When Sia 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 chili sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$

Heelsha
1550 NE 164th St.
305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango)
or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's because
chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa
Their 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
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 $$

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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
It's 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, its 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 not just 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
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
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chef's 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
chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped
Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$


basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi
band, or the knockout margaritas will Food ranges from
Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic
Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations
like albondigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700
"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 pei 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 Kitchen
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall)
305-917-7225
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible It's part Italian market, with


salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
Paquito's prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
16265 Biscayne Blvd. like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
305-947-5027 enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part ristorante (pastas
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't and other Big Food), part pizzeria What's important All
be easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
impossible to resist Every inch of wall space seems to be miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
covered with South of the Border knickknacks And if the unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
kitschy decor alone doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving 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 1 4 pounds, we weighed it), for
a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish dell 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 pm 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
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 $

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

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd.
305-949-5588
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our
area's few Vietnamese restaurants, it's 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
$$$-$$$$

Sushi Sake
13551 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4242
Chic Asian-accented decor, video screens, 99-cent drink
deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not
just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too That


said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood
is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not
frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places) Also
notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makis like a
crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but it's as
sashimi that the fish's freshness truly shines $$-$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-932-0630
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 $$-$$$

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Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625
Coal is what its 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 Anthony's does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-935-4029
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather these
crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed)
are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -- and a special-
ty at this bustling Jewish bakery/dell, which, since 1988,
opens at 6 30 a m -- typically selling out of flagels in a
couple of hours Since you' re up early anyway, sample
elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusu-
ally flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs For
the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every
other delectable dell specialty known to humankind $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall
305-792-9330
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly iden-
tical 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 sal-
mone (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
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


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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
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, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffles flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-792-2902
This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the
ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredi-
ents and straightforward recipes that don't overcompli-
cate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfec-
tion Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild
mushrooms needs nothing else Neither does the signa-
ture 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 $$-$$$

Fuji Hana
2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1
305-932-8080
A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese
dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like
the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/
tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a
luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a
longtime favorite But vegetarians -- for whom seafood-
based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield
-- might want to add the place to their "worth a special
drive" list, thanks to chefs' winning ways with tofu and all-
around accommodation to veg-only diets $$-$$$

The Grill on the Alley
19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall)
305-466-7195
Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood every-
where and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks,
you'd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -- or
in the new millennium This upscale mini chain salutes
America's great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with pro-
digious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus
classics like creamy chicken pot pie New retro dishes are
added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights
prime rib special a $32 hunk ofjuicy beef that'll take
care of Mondays meals too $$$$$

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


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Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St.
305-936-8555
While the term "old school" is used a lot to describe
this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually
opened in 1995 Itjust so evokes the classic NY delis
we left behind that it seems to have been here forever
Example Lox and nova aren't pallid, prepackaged fish,
but custom-sliced from whole slabs And bagels are hand-
rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy
poseurs As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the
massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami
sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines
here $$

Peppermill on the Waterway
3595 NE 207th St.
305-466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible tra-
ditional Continental comfort foods make this indoor/
outdoor restaurant a perennially popular special-occasion
place to take the parents Definitely don't tell the folks'
cardiologist about indulging in fine-dining fare from the
precholesterol-obsession era trout almondine with beurre
blanc, salmon with hollandaise and creamed spinach, or
for super-splurgers, lobster thermidor While seafood is
a specialty, butter-sauteed breaded schnitzels like the
chicken Holsteiner (topped with capers, anchovies, and
an egg) are a treat $$-$$$

Pilar
20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777
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 Hemingway's 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's "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 eatery's signature
shellfish-packed lobster bisque), chilled and hot, familiar
(chicken noodle) and exotic (mulligatawny) All soups
come with gourmet bread, fruit, and imported chocolate
Also available are salads, sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

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