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COVER STORY
1 2 Wheels Are Better Than 4
COMMENTARY
6 Feedback: Letters
12 Jack King: The Season for Swindles
OUR SPONSORS
10 BizBuzz
COMMUNITY NEWS
26 The Great Car Park Heist
26 A Dreadful Year in the Village Beautiful
28 "Off the Grid" Goes Off the Charts
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61 Events Calendar
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62 Surrounded by Water
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64 Kids and the City: Trick or Treat: Miami Edition
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~ Letters to
Let the Murals Fly!
In response to author Terence Cantarel-
la's reply to my letter about his story on
the City Inn ("Mural, Mural on the Wall,"
August 2010), I would like to point out
that the certificate of occupancy revoked
by the county was not for the building as
a whole.
The revoked certificate was for
the building's stucco permit. For some
reason, the county issues a certificate of
occupancy with each permit.
As the attorney for the building's
owner, I should also note that we have
now received from the county a permit
for the wall mural.
John C. Dellagloria
Miami

School Board Politics:
Bare-Footed, Not Bare-
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I am writing about Mark Sell's article
in August 2010 edition related to the
Miami-Dade School Board's District
2 race ("It's About The Kids, So May
the Best Candidate Win"). Prior to
the article, I did not know a lot about
the candidates, but after reading, I
thought it would be a good idea to do
my own research.
I was really concerned about what
I learned about Ronda Vangates. How
she made it to the runoff is beyond me.
She was embroiled in the cover-up of the
sexual assault of a student. There is a
grand jury report that really lays out the
gory details of this sad affair.
As if the fact that she was entangled
in the mess was not bad enough, there
is a Channel 4 story online where she
is throwing a shoe at a school board
employee.
As a parent I could never allow
someone who practices such poor judg-
ment to make decisions about the future
of my children.
Andrea Campbell
North Miami

Gaspar, He Means
You No Harm
I am writing in response to Gaspar
Gonz~lez's September BT column "The
Changing Season." Even though I am
one of the three Biscayne Park commis-
sioners he is consistently critical of, after
reading his latest article I think he would
be surprised at how many things he and
I would agree on or at least be able tO


the Editor


Upper Eastside
Townhall Meeting
On Wednesday, October 20,
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado,
Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and
representatives from the police
department, code enforcement,
capital improvements, planning
department, and NET offices will
take your questions at the second
Upper Eastside Quarterly Town-
hall Meeting.
All city residents are welcome
to the gathering, which will be held
at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion
Post #29, 6445 NE 7th Ave. (en-
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The event is being sponsored
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association president Jack Spirk at


find a common ground.
Of course, to find that common
ground, as I have mentioned before, we'd
actually have to speak to each other, and
unfortunately he has yet to get in touch
with me to have any sort of dialogue. I
am not tough to find. My email address
is banderson~i~biscayneparkfl.gov.
He could leave a message at Village
Hall: 305-899-8000.
Ask anyone. I'm quick to return
phone calls. I won't put my cell phone
in this letter, but he can get it by calling
Village Hall. We're a small town it's not
hard to find someone if you really want
to. The only way newcomers and longer-
time residents can come together for the
future of our village is if we actually
communicate.
So I am left with wondering if it
is Mr. Gonz~lez who does not want his
preconceived notions of how things are
or should be to be challenged in anyway.
That's a shame because I would like to
assure him that I, too, come in peace and
mean him no harm.
Commissioner Bob And'erson
Village ofBiscayne Park

Gaspar, He Welcomes You!
I enjoy Gaspar Gonzalez's Biscayne
Park column in Biscayne Times. I for one
welcome the baby boomers to the village.

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Letters
Cotne no pag 6

I hope I'll have the opportunity to teach
some of their children soccer or T-ball in
the near future.
Since 1987 I've run a youth sports
program at the park at the Ed Burke
Recreation Center. A few of my players
these past few years are actually the chil-
dren of players I coached in the 1980s
and 1990s.
Joe Demadet
North Miami

From Sincerely Fred to
Dear Gaspar
Dear Gaspar: Is it clear to BT read-
ers that you and I are having a private
conversation, but that you have chosen
that we should have that conversation in
public? When I write to or about you, I
always refer to you by name. You're free
to do the same with me.
I said before, and I say again, wel-
come to the 'hood. Welcome to you, to
your wife, to your toddler, and to your new
neighbors and their toddlers. The more the
better. And let it be said clearly: Thank you
for inhabiting and enlivening BP houses
and for enriching the neighborhood.
Interestingly, you correctly identi-
fied some important community dynam-
ics, but you often misattributed them. Let
me give you some examples. "For years,
downtown Miami Shores was a pretty
stultified place, purposely designed to
be the least interesting destination in
Miami-Dade because a lot of old-timers
didn't like the idea of outsiders coming
to their community to do anything. As
a result, Shores residents suffered right
along with the perceived undesirables."
This is precisely part of the BP
dynamic now, except it seems clear you
misunderstand who are the curmud-
geons. As you correctly pointed out, it
isn't always the oldest-timers who are
most stodgy and ill-tempered. There is
a faction here (curiously, it's exactly the
one you seem to think is open, wel-
coming, and helpful) that doesn't want
anyone or anything, except itself, in BP.
This faction was behind lowering
the speed limit, more or less expressly
at the time for the purpose of inhibit-
ing commuters ("cut-throughs" was the
term that was used at the time) from
driving on BP streets. This faction
agitated to shut down the public park, or
at least the basketball courts, because
some of them didn't like noise and the


utterances of teenagers.
As you allude to, this faction hit
on the idea of a phIs1\.11 s plan," as you
call it, which was allegedly supposed
to improve safety. In actual fact, expert
consultants recommended against the
plan, because our streets are too narrow
to accommodate a bike or walking path,
and the real purpose behind the idea was
the same as lowering the speed limit: to
make navigating BP streets so cumber-
some that people just wouldn't bother.
You probably recall the recent
discussion of a public sculpture, in
which members of this very same Small
Group" tried to come up w th reason
after reason that the idea was not a good
one. Again, the intended result was to
keep BP plain, uninteresting, and not
the "exciting" destination you, I, and
others seem to appreciate it might be.
The Park should be so uninteresting that
it wouldn't even interest people who live
here. This faction never literally pro-
posed erecting signs saying "Biscayne
Park: Keep Out," but clearly, that was
the idea.
As for your encouragement for more
community involvement, I'm glad to hear
it, and I welcome you onboard one of my
pet projects. My reasoning here is this:
Having BP elections in the odd-numbered
years, when there are no general elections,
not only costs BP a lot of money, but it
results in a pathetically low turnout. I
thought we should change the BP charter
to move elections to even-numbered
years, so when everyone is at the polls for
lots of other reasons, they'd be there for
BP elections as well. We'd save money
and dramatically improve voter turnout.
That's the increased community partici-
pation you and I cherish. Unfortunately,
I've gotten some resistance. Your friend
and his sidekick on the commission don't
think it's a good idea. (Do me a favor: ask
them why. And let me know.)
By the way, Gaspar, how do you
know there are "plenty of empty chairs"
in the audience section of the commis-
sion meetings? You're very infrequently
there yourself. Look, you live in Bis-
cayne Park. Instead of trashing us, and
me, in the BT, why don't you come to
meetings and speak up, like others of us
do? We want you there. I want you there.
You're an interesting voice. Get up and
disagree with me. It's fine. Just don't
take these pot shots from the BT fortress.
It's nasty, and it's not really fair.
Fred' Jomas
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By Jack King
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Gottlieb, who runs the city's film office.
Could be that Crespo thinks he should
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The Cutler-Crespo e-mails weren't
having much effect. People well knew
what they were up to and really didn't give
a damn. They needed a new twist, and they
found it in Coconut Grove bar owner John
El-Masry, who is also pissed off at Sarnoff.
El-Masry hosted a campaign fund-
raiser for Sarnoff and says he raised more
than $80,000. Nobody else involved in
the fundraiser thinks it was that much.
Seems that every time the story is retold,
the number gets kicked up a notch.
Sarnoff and El-Masry were friends
until the city commission changed the
closing time
for bars in the
Grove from Today, with the Int
5:00 a.m. to whatever you wan
3:00 a.m. Sar- matter how prep
noff supported Just hit the
the move. El-
Masry became
incensed with
him, telling all who would listen that he
raised 80 grand for Sarnoff and expected
the commissioner to help him, not hurt
him. It wasn't long before Cutler and
Crespo met up with El-Masry.
Still fuming over Sarnoff and his
bar's lost revenue, El-Masry learned
that Sarnoff practiced law out of a home
office and that the size of the office and
the number of employees might be in
violation of the city code. Then he went
to work, calling everyone he could about
the issue, berating both city attorney
Julie Bru and code enforcement officials.
They finally buckled and issued
Sarnoff a notice of violation, despite the


fact that they never conducted an inspec-
tion and couldn't even find the paperwork
Sarnoff gave them when he applied for the
appropriate licensing. Tumns out the city
couldn't find Sarnoff's paperwork (and
many other records) because it was stored
with a private company. The city was way
behind on payments for storage, so the
company denied access to all its records.
Within hours the city rescinded the
violation notice, but the story certainly
wasn't over. New Times staff writer
Francisco Alvarado, who obviously got
the same e-mails from the Cutler-Crespo
gang, wrote a story very similar to the
e-mail. It was posted online and then
made it into the paper's print version.
Unfortunately
he missed
rnet, you can say the fact that
with impunity, no the notice
terous it may be. had been
end btton.rescinded.
Alvarado
then penned
an "open
letter" to the United States Attorney saying
that Samnoff deserved a federal investiga-
tion, followed by another piece arguing
that Samnoff should be recalled. His pieces
contained numerous copies of deeds, city
codes, and the like, but he evidently didn't
have some other documents that legally
modified the situation and cast it in an
entirely different light. I obtained them the
hard way: I asked Sarnoff for copies.
Weeks after this affair was dead as
a doornail, the South Florida Business
Journal jumped on the codewviolation story,
but with a different twist. Their headline
read, "Samnoff Fundraising Could Be Dif-
ficult." And just who were their sources for


this information? How about Frangois Illas,
former chief of staff to Manny Diaz (and
no friend of Samnoff), and BT columnist
Frank Rollason, who ran against Sarnoff
for the District 2 commission seat. Not
exactly unbiased observers. Forget the fact
that Sarnoff has already raised nearly a
quarter of a million dollars.
I should note that code-enforcement
actions include a grace period during
which the alleged violator can correct the
problem. If you correct it, there is no vio-
lation. In this case, there was no violation
because there was no notice of violation.
This certainly hasn't slowed down
Sarnoff's noisy detractors. They just
keep coming. The Cutler-Crespo tag
team has moved on to other things (as
has most of the public), but El-Masry
and Alvarado are still after Sarnoff.
It used to be that you had to own a
newspaper or a radio station to bad-
mouth someone in a big way. Today,
with the Internet, it is very easy and very
cheap. You can say whatever you want
with impunity, no matter how preposter-
ous it may be. Just hit the send button.
When you give money to a politician,
how much of it is an investment in good
government and how much of it is a bribe
for special favors? That question has been
asked and left unanswered for many years.
Should we have a law that says donations
below a certain amount leave the politi-
cian free to do as he or she wishes? And
donations over that amount obligate the
politician to do the donor's bidding?
What should we do about all this?
Do we just shrug and say: "That's politics
in America." I don't know. Got any ideas?

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ever since we decided to select our
Leaders by voting for them. The
two messiest parts have been the name-
calling and buying favors. More than
two centuries later, it's still that way, but
the messy stuff has been elevated to an
art form, and it has become much easier
make a mess. Right now in the City of
Miami, we have a politician who has run
afoul of both those really messy parts.
City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has
been inundated with smarmy e-mails for
months from a gentleman named Brent
Cutler, a guy who has gained notoriety
around city hall and Coconut Grove for his
e-mails, many of which he sends under dif-
ferent names. He's still pissed off because
Sarnoff drubbed his favored candidate
for the city commission. That candidate,
Linda Haskins, was also the personal
favorite of former Mayor Manny Diaz.
Haskins thought she was a shoo-in
for the job because Diaz raised thou-
sands of dollars for her campaign. For-
tunately for Miami residents, Diaz and
Cutler only had one vote each and
that's pretty much all Haskins got. The
campaign money she spent worked out
to about $162 per vote. I think that might
be a world record.
Cutler kept up the e-mail cam-
paign and got a few allies along the way.
One of them is convicted bank robber
Al Crespo, who fancies himself to be
the guru of all things in Florida's film
industry. His most recent claim to fame
has been writing e-mails to anyone who
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Start at Government Center's Cultural Plaza
) North on NW 2nd Avenue to NW 2nd Street
) West on NW 2nd Street, under I-95, to
Lummus Park) Explore the park, then north
on NE N. River Drive to NW 5th Street) East
on 5th Street to NW 2nd Avenue ) North on
2nd Avenue to NW 14th Street) East on 14th
Street to NW 1st Court ) North on 1st Court
to 19th Street (detour east for city cemetery)
) North on 1st Court to 23rd Street (murals) )
West on 23rd Street to NW 2nd Avenue )
North on 2nd Avenue to 24th Street (murals)
) East on 24th Street (murals) to N. Miami
Avenue) North on Miami Avenue to 29th
Street) East on 29th Street to NE 2nd Avenue
) South on 2nd Avenue to 28th Street ) East
on 28th Street to Biscayne Boulevard ) South
on Biscayne Boulevard sidewalk (Bacardi
buildings) to 20th Terrace ) Optional: East on i
20th Terrace to Margaret Pace Park) South a
on Biscayne Boulevard sidewalk (Arsht Center)
to Bicentennial Park) Optional: Explore park's NW
waterfront views) South on Biscayne Boulevard
to Bayfront Park) West on Flagler Street back
to Government Center.



Start on NE 76th Street just inside guard gate )
East on 76th Street / Belle Meade Boulevard to
NE 9th Avenue) North on 9th Avenue, over bridge,
to Belle Meade Island ) Loop back to 76th Street/
Belle Meade Boulevard ) East on Belle Meade
Boulevard to 72nd Terrace) West on 72nd Terrace
to NE 7th Avenue ) North on 7th Avenue to 76th
Street ) Exit Belle Meade west on 76th Street to
NE 4th Court ) South on 4th Court to 54th Street
) Cross over railroad tracks to Biscayne Boulevard
) South on Biscayne Boulevard sidewalk to 50th
Terrace ) East on 50th Terrace to Morningside
Park) Explore park, then exit on 55th Terrace)
West on 55th Terrace to 5th Avenue) North on 5th
Avenue to Biscayne Boulevard ) North on Biscayne
Boulevard to NE 62nd Street ) West on 62nd
ocia- Street to NE 2nd Avenue ) North on 2nd Avenue
f the two blocks to Little Haiti Soccer Park ) Exit soccer
park south on 2nd Avenue to 59th Terrace ) East
e. on 59th Terrace to Little Haiti Cultural Center )
;so- Exit cultural center east on 59th Terrace to NE 4th
king Avenue ) North on 4th Avenue to 61st Street )
d at the East on 61st Street to 5th Avenue ) North on 5th
Some Avenue to 76th Street ) East on 76th Street to
Belle Meade starting point.


but also the joy of feeling the breeze,
interacting with fellow Miamians, and
discovering new and spectacular sights.
Happy cycling!

DOWNTOWN / WYNWOOD
Dario Gonzalez and Olga Cano meet me
at Miami's Government Center for this
ride from downtown to Wynwood to Bis-
camne Boulevard and back. My son and I
have arrived by Metrorail, bicycles in tow.
There is ample parking in the area on
the weekends, especially in the public lots
under the I-95 on ramps and off ramps.
The covered garage behind the library is
free when you use the library and get your
parking receipt validated there.
As organizers of the Open Streets
Bike Miami Days (next event: November
14), Gonzalez and Cano are a civic force
to be reckoned with. They'll also lead a
"Graffiti by Bike" tour of Wynwood next
month (November 13, 10:00 a.m., Al-
lapattah Metrorail station), and another
coinciding with Art Basel in December.
Gonzalez and Cano aren't just
advocates for better bicycling in Miami.
They're activists who attend govern-
mental meetings at all levels, voicing
the need for better infrastructure to
encourage alternative transportation.

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Continued from page 1

rail system has at least two bike racks in
each car. Cyclists pop their bikes onto
the back wheel and hook them into place.
No seats are blocked.
We also know that Greater Miami
has tremendous potential for biking, if
for no other reason than the flat land-
scape, but also because you can bike here
year-round. So at a time when automo-
bile congestion grows each year, and as
gas prices rise (along with our dependen-
cy on fossil fuels), it just makes sense to
encourage bicycles in our urban areas.
This story can be seen as a modest
effort toward that encouragement: Five
interesting rides that get BT readers out
of the house and onto the streets (with
helmets and caution!) to explore neigh-
borhoods and establish a two-wheeled
presence in our four-wheeled world.
Following Florida's bicycle laws
is one of the keys to safe cycling. The


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My fellow travelers on these excur-
sions made the rides pleasant and more than
just a pedal from park to park. Dario Gon-
zalez and Olga Cano of the Miami Open
Streets team, Kathryn Moore of the South
Florida Bike Coalition, Felipe Azenha of
TransitMiami.org and his wife Olga Ramos,
Hank Sanchez-Resnik of the Green Mobil-
ity Network, and historian Seth Bramson
provided companionship and valuable
commentary. It's good to know there are
individuals and organizations in Miami we
can support that address alternative mobility
in this car-dependent society.
Riders should understand the risks
involved in hopping on two wheelS,


assume car drivers do not see you.
Use sidewalks when roadways are too
dangerous. Weekends and holidays mean
less car traffic and better biking.
Treasures await the intrepid cyclist
traveling on and off Biscayne Boule-
vard. Parks, stunning bay views, vibrant
neighborhoods, amazing outdoor murals,
attractions, and eateries are often just
blocks off the thoroughfare, and yet there
are few way faring signs to tell people
about them. On these five journeys, riders
will experience jarring transitions from
safety to danger, commercial to residen-
tial, shade to blazing sun, beauty to blight.


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Start at Bayfront Park) South along
bayfront to riverwalk and public art) West
o r iver~walk and sisakI kto Brickela Aenue

Circle) South on Brickell Avenue (east
sidewalk) to Brickell Park) Follow park path
to Biscayne Bay, then loop back) South on
Brickell Avenue sidewalk to Presbyterian
Church (south side) ) East on sidewalk to
Biscayne Bay) South on sidewalk to Brickell
Key Drive) East on Brickell Key Drive to
waterfront path at Mandarin Oriental Hotel
) Follow waterfront path around perimeter
of Brickell Key) West on Brickell Key Drive
to Brickell Avenue) South on Brickell
Avenue (sidewalk) to SE 10th Street) West
on 10th Street to S. Miami Avenue for pit
stop ) South on S. Miami Avenue past
Simpson Park (optional stop) ) Continue
south on S. Miami Avenue to SE 25th Road
) East on 25th Road to Brickell Avenue)
South on Brickell Avenue (east sidewalk) to
Rickenbacker Causeway) Cross causeway
to gated entrance to Brickell Avenue)
South on Brickell Avenue to Alice Wainwright
Park) Explore park and loop back north on
Brickell Avenue) North on Brickell Avenue
to start point at Bayfront Park.


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ue adventure from the broad plaza
r, that links the library, the Miami
IW. Art Museum, and the Historical
to Museum of Southern Florida
stery (now HistoryMiami). The
;tery, cultural complex was designed
by acclaimed architect Philip
Johnson and opened in 1982.
We bike west just a few *
blocks from the grit of Government
Center to the seven-acre green and calm of
Lummus Park, steps from the Miami River.
The historic buildings in the park tell a story
of our past the William English slave
plantation house, also known as Fort Dallas, 4
dates back to the late 1840s. Years ago it


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Start at East Greynolds Park) South on
Biscayne Boulevard (east sidewalk) to 163r
Street) East on 163rd Street (north sidew~
Oleta River State Park) Explore park, inclu
mountain-bike trails (registration required)
Exit park to 163rd Street west (south bike l
facing traffic) ) West on 163rd Street to Bl~
Marlin Fish House and kayak concession fo
pit stop ) Continue west on 163rd Street to
Dixie Highway) North on W. Dixie Highway
Ancient Spanish Monastery) Explore mona
and adjacent Diefenbach Park) Exit monas
return to East Greynolds Park.



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Gonzalez is an FIU researcher on public
policy, specializing in urban issues re-
lated to transportation. Cano is a trained
architect. They are passionate about the


Start at El Portal Village Hall) South on Park Drive to NE 85th Street) West on 85th Street
to junction with 86th Street ) West on 86th Street to NE 4th Avenue ) North on 4th Avenue
to 96th Street ) East on 96th Street across Biscayne Boulevard ) Continue east on 96th
(now called Shoreland Boulevard) to N. Bayshore Drive ) South on Bayshore Drive to 94th
Street ) West on 94th Street to 12th Avenue ) Pink House option: South on 12th Avenue
to 93rd Street, east to Bayshore Drive, north on Bayshore Drive to dead end ) North on
12th Avenue to 96th Street) West on 96th Street to NE 6th Avenue ) North on 6th Avenue
to NE 5th Avenue Road ) West on 5th Avenue Road (Shoreland Company house at 9760) )
Continue to 96th Street, then west on 96th Street to NE 4th Avenue ) North on 4th Avenue
to 98th Street) West on 98th Street (Shoreland Company houses at 276, 273) to NE 2nd
Avenue )South on NE 2nd Avenue to 96th Street) East on 96th Street to NE 5th Avenue )
South on 5th Avenue to 87th Street and El Portal Village Hall.


city core and the public art in Wynwood.
Around 9:00 a.m. on Labor Day,
Gonzalez, Cano, my seven-year-old son
Yehuda, and I head off on our urban


was relocated to the park. Early settlers
built the Wagner homestead house in the
park shortly before the outbreak of the Civil
War. The park also houses the Miami Police


Department's equestrian unit. You can see
the horses in their corrals.
Like a lot of Miami, the neighbor-
hood's architecture is a hodgepodge.


The Scottish Rite Temple looms enig-
matically across the street from the park.

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Vintage apartments and a rooming house
on NW 3rd Street remind us of another
era. Historians say this used to be the
city's finest address. Now I think the area
is best known for riverfront restaurants
like Garcia's and Casablanca.
Leaving the park, we follow the
river upstream along NW N. River Drive
to NW 5th Street, then zigzag under I-95
and up NW 2nd Avenue through Over-
town, confidently taking up an entire
traffic lane on this holiday morning. In
the residential area, a rooster struts by.
We exchange greetings with pedestrians
and admire a well-tended "Roots in the
City" community garden. The neighbor-
hood is made up of a variety of modest
housing, punctuated by a bright cluster
of tidy cottages Cano explains were built
by Habitat for Humanity.
The rising heat induces us to skip a
worthy detour to the 11-acre Miami City
Cemetery (c. 1887), located just south of
Temple Israel between NE 2nd Avenue
and N. Miami Avenue. There cyclists
can enjoy the parklike setting and stroll


The "Wynwood Walls" project is a
bright and eclectic collection of outdoor
murals from renowned artists commis-
sioned by developer Tony Goldman, who
owns many buildings in Wynwood. You
can find the murals along NW 2nd Avenue
between 25th and 26th streets. More
works, many sponsored by the arts group
Primary Flight, can be seen in the area
bounded by NW 2nd Avenue and NW 5th
Avenue, between 22nd and 28th streets.
We linger at a mural created by
Phoenix, Arizona-based artist El Mac and
Retna, from Los Angeles. Primary Flight
curated this enormous work on NW 24th
Street (near the Dorsch Gallery), which
depicts a boy crouching down.
El Mac used a palette of black, white,
and gray. Calligraphic lettering contributed
by Retna surrounds the boy and fills up the
entire wall around him. The lettering, Gon-
zalez explains, is inspired by the American
Southwest's Chicano culture.
Throughout Wynwood there
are unexpected moments of aesthetic
pleasure more murals, brightly
colored art galleries but compared to
Biscayne Boulevard, it feels rough and
neglected. However, a few locally owned


restaurants can make up for that. My
companions recommend Clive's Caf6,
a homey, 30-year-old diner featuring
Jamaican specialties. (For a complete
listing of Wynwood restaurants, turn to
the BT's "Dining Guide," page 70.)
After making our way over to
Biscayne Boulevard and biking south,
my son and I are too pooped to investi-
gate the amazing Bacardi buildings, or
to take advantage of the beautiful bay
views and public art at the dog-friendly
Margaret Pace Park (1745 N. Bay shore
Dr.). Still, the ride down the Boulevard
with Yehuda is pleasant. The sidewalks
are mostly clear, so we stick to them.
"We're at the place where they have
the music," Yehuda says. I'm pleased at
my son's recognition of landmarks like the
Adrienne Arsht Center. A few blocks south
we marvel at artist John Henry's monu-
mental blue steel sculpture Je Souhaite at a
remnant slip of the old port of Miami, be-
tween Bicentennial Park and the American
Airlines Arena. The water view beyond is
also lovely. (Biking around Bicentennial
Park is an excellent detour.)

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among the headstones of many Miami
pioneers, names such as Tuttle, Burdine,
Peacock, Duval, Sewell, and Jackson.
Today, however, our goal is to see
the murals of Wynwood, larger-than-life
works by internationally known artists
like El Mac, Big Boy, Shepard Fairey,
Retna, and Johnny Robles. The best area
to see the art is off NW 2nd Avenue,
with a concentration of works on and
around NW 23rd Street.


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As we pedal south along the Boule-
vard streetscape and enjoy the geometric
shapes of Brazilian artist Roberto Burle
Marx, we share our bicycling achievement
with the sculpture of fellow achiever Juan
Ponce de Leon, the first European to enter
Biscayne Bay. Then meander through
Bay front Park, zip down Flagler Street,
and head back to Government Center.

UPPER EASTSIDE
The Belle Meade neighborhood is a pic-
ture of suburban serenity sitting just off
Biscayne Boulevard at NE 76th Street.
It is lush and manicured. Neighbors look
out for each other. A guard watches who
comes and goes, though the streets are
open to the public.
New Belle Meade residents Felipe
Azenha and Olga Ramos, who also
happen to be newlyweds, accompany my
son and I on this ride from their neigh-
borhood to Morningside Park, then over
to Little Haiti.
They are very proud to show Yehuda
and me their bucolic community. Belle


Meade and Belle Meade
Island are old by Miami
standards, though a number
of the houses are con-
temporary. In fact there's
an interesting range of
architectural styles. The
oldest homes were built in
the 1930s. Sidewalks line
most every street. Traffic
is spare. Trees shade the
roadways. Take care not to
block driveways when you
park and unload your bikes.
Azenha and Ramos
work in banking, but
they're also very civic- Little Haiti
minded Miamians. Azenha
writes primarily about bicycling for the
Transit Miami blog. He just started a
masters degree program at the University
of Miami's real estate development and
urban design program. Professors there
are famous for teaching New Urbanism,
which promotes the restoration of cities
and the creation of human-oriented, liv-
able, and walkable communities. Every-
where Azenha goes he sees possibilities
for making Miami more people-friendly.


Ramos' first visit to
the park, and on this
la weekend morning, it
M sparkles. People are
playing soccer, tennis,
baseball, and bicycling.
A rollerblader struts his
stuff. Others enjoy the
~bay views. A family
rides a wave runner in
.... -the bay while their kids
splash in the water. The
-.. grandmothers chat on
the seawall.
On our way back to
the Boulevard, Morning-
side's gorgeous Mediter-
ranean Revival homes
make us feel like we're on a movie set. Then
it's up the Boulevard and west to Little Haiti
and its still-new soccer park, which includes
FIFA-regulation playing and practice fields.
It's also equipped with a750-seat bleacher
with concessions and bathrooms. All are
empty during our visit. We join a young girl
and her mom as they bike laps around the
jogging path. Other parents look on as their

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Cultural center.


And of course he sees the need for
simple things like crosswalks and bike
lanes. On our ride, we encounter few.
After a pleasant meander through
Belle Meade, and crossing over a small
bridge to explore Belle Meade Island, we
head west on 76th Street and bid fare-
well to the thick tree canopy, though the
ride down NE 4th Court is surprisingly
shady. We're on our way to Morningside
Park, a waterfront gem. It is Azenha and


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children enjoy the playground.
We'se close to the lively and colorful
commercial district of Little Haiti includ-
ing the Caribbean Marketplace, shuttered
for years but anticipating a revival. Entic-
ing aromas from garliclw dishes fill the air
outside the numerous restaurants. We turn
onto NE 59th Terrace and stop at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center. The recently opened
complex boasts striking architectural design
by Bernard Zyscoviclx bright, eye-catching
murals; plus state-of-the-art theater and
exhibition spaces. Azenha and Ramos
discover a used furniture vendor across the
street. They're in the market for a table.
The return ride up NE 5th Avenue
and over to the Boulevard gives us a
chance to stop for cold drinks and pas-
tries at the family-owned Le Caf6. The
Vagabond Motel's MiMo presence looms
over the caf6's outdoor dining terrace.
Stopping here gives Azenha and
Ramos a chance to talk about city devel-
opment and the frustration Azenha has
experienced trying to lobby the Florida
Department of Transportation. Through


the Transit Miami blog, he is
imploring FDOT to lower the
speed limit on Brickell Avenue
as the road is repaved. "The I~
speed limits there are too high," ~~
Azenha says. "FDOT has to do
the right thing."
Making that busy street
more pedestrian- and bicycle-
friendly would be a first for
FDOT, which has a well-
deserved reputation for giving
priority to cars. Azenha hopes
that pressure on the agency Beach
from empowered Miamians will
influence decision-makers to slow things
down in their neighborhoods.
"And what about bicycling on Bis-
cayne Boulevard?" I ask.
Azenha rolls his eyes and shakes
his head as cars whiz past.

NORTH MIAIMI BEACH
My cycling companion for this ride.
Hank Sanchez-Resnik, is the kind of
retiree Miami needs. He has a keen sense
of adventure. For exercise he regularly
bikes 60 miles a day from his home on
Key Biscayne. He utilizes his bike for


can see challenges before we even
begini. Studying a map, I antici-
-pate riding on narrow sidewalks
and bike paths next to eight-lane,
high-speed thoroughfares. For
that reason it is just too dangerous
a ride for children.
We start our journey in the
parking lot of East Greynolds
Park, which is a pleasant nature
preserve with a dog-run area, a
dock on Maule Lake for fishing,
and some paths winding through
the wooded areas. The greenery
keeps down the temperature. You
can barely hear the din of traffic on Bis-
cayne Boulevard.
We steel ourselves for the ride
to Oleta River State Park, first on the
eastern sidewalk of the Boulevard, then
the northern sidewalk along NE 163rd
Street. It's not exactly a relaxing ride, but
relatively safe. Then we experience a jolt
upon leaving 163rd for Oleta.
We've passed through some kind of
urban worm hole. All is quiet, natural,
soothing. The bicyclist's two-dollar

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Years before coming to Miami, San-
chez-Resnik founded the advocacy group
Bicycle Friendly Berkeley in California.
Here he channels his discontent with
Miami's bicycling infrastructure into the
Green Mobility Network, where he sits
on the board of directors.
Our ride this day has as its goal a
pleasant excursion linking three attractions:
East Greynolds Park, Oleta River State
Park, and the Ancient Spanish Monastery.
with the goal of seeing if we could connect
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DOWNTOWN / BRICKELL
Kathryn Moore, the director of the South
Florida Bike Coalition, is my companion
for this ride. We meet at Bayfront Park
by the enormous (and costly) fountain
designed by Isamu Noguchi, who created
the entire park. Our ultimate destination:
Alice Wainwright Park near Vizcaya.
Cycling south along the park's
pedestrian walkway, we take in views of
the bay and the Port of Miami. We don't
know which way to look, at the glisten-
ing water or the public art, like the chil-
dren's wave sculpture evoking sea life.
We pass by the Julia Tuttle "Mother
of Miami" sculpture too quickly to
notice that her skirt is decorated with
significant Miami images: local flora
and fauna, and scenes depicting Native
Americans and African Americans, who
were among the area's first settlers. Then
we are on the path wrapping around the
Intercontinental Hotel and One Miami
condo building, from Biscayne Bay to
the Miami River. This broad walkway
hosts a spectacular collection of public
art, including pieces by Jos6 Bedia,

Continued on page 24


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entrance fee seems more like a humble
offering to Mother Nature.
The park may be best known for its
15-miles of off-road bicycling trails, but
it is also picnic heaven. We pedal past
mangrove forests. People swim and fish
off the park's sandy beach. The picnic
tables, grills, and pavilions are empty on
this weekday morning, but we can imag-
ine the crowds during the weekends.
Bicycling the path out to the rustic,
air-conditioned rental cabins, we are
surrounded by shady, fragrant pines.
There we meet Warren Lopez, a Hondu-
ran barber and experienced cyclist now
based in Miami. He is training for an
ambitious bicycle tour of South America.
"Tell people to be careful when bicycling
here in Miami," he warns. Sanchez-
Resnik hands him a Green Mobility
Network flyer in hopes of recruiting a
future advocate.
Exiting the park, we decide to use the
bike lane instead of the sidewalk on the
north side of 163rd Street. With cars going
by so fast and so close, it is unnerving.


That unease can be alleviated with a pit
stop at the Blue Marlin Fish House. A
concession within the park and right on the
Oleta River, the Blue Marlin offers smoked
fish and cold beer in an open-air setting
that is more Florida Keys than North
Miami Beach. Very refreshing.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery, on
W. Dixie Highway, is officially known
as the Monastery of St. Bernard de
Clairvaux. Getting here by bike isn't so
easy, and the monastery itself, like many
things in Miami, is imported and some-
what spurious.
Here's the short version: It was built
in Segovia, Spain, during the 12th Centu-
ry. In 1925 William Randolph Hearst pur-
chased it with the idea of dismantling it
stone by stone and bringing it to America.
However, Hearst's fortunes soured and his
pile of stones, which had been packed in
11,000 wooden crates, was sold at auction.
They sat in storage until the 1950s, when
they were brought down here, this time
with the idea of putting the thing back
together as a tourist attraction.
Now it is a working church but
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agement is saying: Cyclists not welcome.
Our verdict: A stop here could be worth
it if combined with a picnic, especially
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Continued from page 22

Edouard Duval Carrid, Michelle Wein-
berg, Glexis Novoa, and other stars of
Miami's art scene.
From the vantage point of the Brick-
ell Avenue Bridge, we can gaze down
upon the mystical Miami Circle, which
now looks more like an overgrown,
vacant lot. If all goes well, though, work
will soon begin on the project that will
turn it into a valued and intriguing his-
toric site, open to the public.
Keeping to the east sidewalk, we
bike the short distance to Brickell Park,
a sliver of green with a pleasant view of
the bay and Brickell Key. Next we wiggle
through a narrow public-access walkway
from Brickell Avenue to the bay, along
the south side of the First Presby terian
Church. A bay front walkway leads us to
the Brickell Key Bridge and a leisurely
ride around the perimeter of the island on
a beautiful path that affords great water
views to the south and east.
From here we bike down Brickell
Avenue and over to the bustling commer-
cial area along S. Miami Avenue, where


we make a pit stop for
cool drinks at Mary
Brickell Village. On
the road again, head-
ing south on S. Miami
Avenue, we pass a
wall of green that
marks the boundary
of Simpson Park, a
beautiful remnant of
the hardwood ham-
mock that covered
the entire Brickell
neighborhood. Former Shorel
This stretch of S.
Miami Avenue, well shaded and lined
with grand old homes, boasts the only
bike lane of our route, which makes a
huge difference in terms of safety. That
sense of security ends when we must
return to Brickell Avenue and cross the
wide river of auto traffic that flows into
and out of the Rickenbacker Causeway.
On the other side is a nearly hidden
gateway that leads to a quiet and lovely
stretch of Brickell Avenue and the
entrance to Alice Waimvright Park. This
park is a true urban oasis, with tropi-
cal landscaping, an ancient coral bluff


rafters with Florida memorabilia. If there
were a bicycle somewhere in that garage,
he would be hard pressed to find it.
Bramson, who lives in Miami
Shores, has authored 18 books on South
Florida locales, ethnic groups, and
railroads. His latest is Hallandale Beach,
Florida: For More Than Ninety Years
Broward County's City of Choice. He
also leads a walking tour of his neighbor-
hood through the Dade Heritage Trust,
and shows me a route that hits scenic and
historical highlights in the area.
He recommends we begin at El
Portal's Village Hall (500 NE 87th St.).
From there it's downhill toward the
Little River and the hidden commu-
nity of Sherwood Forest. As the name
suggests, Sherwood Forest is a tranquil
and lush neighborhood more Georgia
than Florida, as Bramson puts it. Span-
ish moss hangs from 75-foot live oaks.
It feels cooler than the rest of the city.
There are charming gingerbread houses
with chimneys.
On the quiet and residential 85th
Street is a site of ancient significance.

Continued on page 26


and Company hotel, Miami Shores.

some 20 feet high, and broad vistas of
Biscayne Bay. It's also the perfect place
to rest before beginning the trek back
up Brickell Avenue to our start point at
Bayfront Park.

MIAMI SHORES / EL PORTAL /
BISCAYNE PARK
Historian, professor, and author Seth
Bramson is my guide for this winding
ride through El Portal and Miami Shores.
There's only one problem: Bramson
doesn't bike. I don't know if he even has a
bike. His garage is literally crammed to the


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An elevated circle there is thought to
be a burial mound for seventh-century
Tequesta Indians. This Miami-Dade
County Historic Site is a monument to
their civilization. On a bench under the
moss-covered trees, bikers can pause
and contemplate an area that Bramson
tells me was a center of Tequesta life.
Declared an historic site in the 1920s, the
mound was the first such archeological
discovery in the area to be protected with
that designation.
We continue along canopied 85th
Street, past a riverfront home allegedly
owned by rocker Iggy Pop, and double
back on 86th Street, then up NE 4th
Avenue. A ride through tiny El Portal is a
chance to see single-family cottages and
bungalows from the 1930s and 1940s, as
well as birds that love the river and pea-
cocks that have the run of the place.
At NE 96th Street in Miami
Shores we head east toward Biscayne
Bay. Past NE 10th Avenue the street
becomes Shoreland Boulevard, so
named for the Shoreland Company,


established in 1923. Those were boom
years in the Miami area, and Shoreland
capitalized on them by turning pine-
apple, grapefruit, and coontie farmland
into sprawling residential develop-
ments. Bramson's book Boulevard of
Dreams comprehensively documents
the dramatic changes. Today in the
Shores, there are more than 40 histori-
cally designated homes built by the
Shoreland Company. A number of them
can be seen along this ride.
Shoreland Boulevard ends at North
Bay shore Park, a narrow, waterfront strip
of trimmed grass and benches that pro-
vides sweeping views of Biscayne Bay.
At this point, along N. Bayshore Drive,
we begin to loop back to Miami Shores
west of Biscayne Boulevard, along broad
streets lined with towering oak trees and
beautiful homes built in a wide variety of
architectural styles, from English Tudor
to colonial Georgian to Mediterranean
Revival to Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired
modern. (One of the Shores's most
distinctive homes lies east of Biscayne
Boulevard, on a cul-de-sac at 9325 N.
Bayshore Dr. It is the "Pink House," one
of the first projects of the legendary firm


Arquitectonica. Built in 1978 as a home
for the parents of one of the firm's found-
ers, it is a must-see on any architectural
tour of Miami.)
As we backtrack on 96th Street,
we're as excited as birdwatchers finding
rare species as we come across Shore-
land homes. Their quaint architectural
touches make them stand out from their
1950s-era neighbors. Excellent examples
can be found at these addresses: 9760 5th
Avenue Rd., 276 and 273 NE 98th St., 52
NE 98th St., and 284 and 339 NE 96th St.
A former Shoreland Company hotel
(421 Grand Concourse) is another part of
Miami Shores history. Architect Robert
Law Weed designed the expansive
building, now a condo, in Mediterranean
Revival-style, with arched windows and
tiled roof. Shore-


private homes. But the hurricane of 1926
put an end to that dream. Rumors that Al
Capone stayed at the hotel, Bramson tells
me, are false.
Energetic riders should make
the Village of Biscayne Park, 15
blocks north, a detour or even a destina-
tion. The area features many cul-de-sacs,
well-landscaped streets, verdant medi-
ans, and park areas. Those who need to
reboot should pedal over to Mooie's ice
cream parlor at the corner of NE 2nd
Avenue and 96th Street. After that, it's
an easy ride down NE 5th Avenue and
back to El Portal Village Hall.

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The Great Car Park Heist


M~iami & mayor is ready to grab a very big bag of cash, if voters let him


Noriega says salaries and pensions
Make up 90 percent of the city's budget,
| but only 41 percent of MPA's. The MPA
also has initiated personnel cuts and
salary freezes, he notes, resulting in more
than $ million going to the city this
g year.
S"We [the city] cut $24 million in
salaries and $40 million in pensions,"
counters Regalado, who questions
why nine MPA employees (out of 210)
receive six-figure salaries totaling $1.5
million annually. That includes Noriega's
$270,000 in pay and benefits.
Regalado freely admits money is the
main reason he wants to take control of
the MPA. To fill a budget gap of more than
$100 million -and boost cash reserves
to $90 million, as required by the state -
city officials are scrambling to find money
anywhere they can, including relieving the
Community Redevelopment Agency of at
least $10 million meant to combat blight in
Overtown and the Omni area.
Arthur Hertz, CEO of Wometco
Enterprises, has served on the MPA board

Continued on page 32


By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

On November 2, voters in the City
of Miami will be asked to decide
Oif elected officials or a board of
volunteers should control 31,000 city-
owned parking spaces, 11 garages, 86
surface parking lots, and the millions of
dollars they generate.
A referendum on parking may sound
arcane compared to other election races
that day like who should be Florida's
next governor but the outcome
could affect the future cost of parking
in Miami, the city's financial health,
and even the level of corruption in city
government.
On one side of the debate is Mayor
Tomis Regalado, who believes the
semi-autonomous Miami Parking
Authority (MPA), also known as the
Department of Off-Street Parking,
should be ruled by elected servants of
the people instead of its current inde-
pendent board and executive staff. Cur-
rently the cash-strapped city is only en-
titled to parking fines (which are shared


Miami Parking Authority's Art Noriega: "The city has not shown the
ability to manage its own operations."


shared with the county) and whatever
"excess revenue" isn't sucked away by
debt service on MPA's parking bonds or
by operating expenses. "We believe we
can streamline that department and do
as we have done with every other City
of Miami department," insists Regala-
do. "Reduce the fat, reduce the salaries,
reduce the expenses."


On the other side are MPA officials,
who accuse these same elected servants
of seeking to squeeze a profitable agency
in order to clean up their own financial
mess. "The city has not shown the ability
to manage its own operations," says Art
Noriega, the MPA's CEO for the past 11
years. "Independently the MPA is rnm very
well. We have an incredible reputation."


Shores has been ravaged' by the recession


By Mark Sell
Special to BT


Shores danced into life last
October with a big street party
on NE 2nd Avenue: 5000 people, reggae,
cool jazz, French cuisine, wine, ice cream,
face-painting, and TV crews. One year on,
Village Place celebrates its first birthday
October 2 with just enough energy to
blow out a candle and make a wish for
prosperity.
Last year's bold dream of a bustling
retail center with specialized boutiques,
restaurants, services, and even cinemas
has collided with a nightmarish recession.
Vacancy signs abound, and commercial
foreclosures mean octogenarian landlords
with names like Bennett and Everett are
taking back their eponymous buildings.
Hopeful talk of new sewer lines to replace
septic tanks must wait for better times.
Yet all is not lost.


Scan remember. A successful litigation
Boutique, Harke Clasby & Bushman, has
Moved from downtown Miami and es-
tablished itself at the southeast corner of
S97th Street. Other professional services
4"are said to be moving into the area.
No one has paid more dearly than
SRuben and Gladys Matz, the very people
Swho purchased much of downtown
Miami Shores in 2004 with an $18.4-mil-
lion investment and tried to stimulate a
more vibrant neighborhood with unique
shops and services.
They could not fight the recession.
In August they were forced to give back
Sthe Bennett Building on the 9500 block's
east side to George Bennett, the original
owner and founder of Bennett Electric.
They are in foreclosure proceedings on
the Everett Building, on the west side of
the 9600 block, which is poised to return
to its owner and former Miami Shores
Mayor Henry Everett, age 84 and now a

Continued on page 34


Alex Rodriguez at his new Flower Bar: "First there was 18 months of
road work. Then the recession hit. I couldn't survive with that rent."


Surviving tenants are regrouping,
some of them moving into cheaper quar-
ters with the return of downtown landlord
George Bennett, age 86, debt-free and


therefore able to charge lower rents.
Some are staying put. Nearly all report
an uptick in traffic since Labor Day,
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COMMnUNVITY IVEWS


Our September cover story, "Off
the Grid," by Jim W. Harper,
Generated more mail and more
comment than anything the BT has pub-
lished in recent years. Obviously there is
tremendous interest in alternative sources
of energy and more eco-friendly homes
generally.
Many readers appreciated the
pioneering efforts of the three individu-
als highlighted in the story Albert
Harum-Alvarez, Skip Van Cel, and Spike
Marro. Just as many were frustrated to
read about the governmental obstacles
they faced.
Below is a sampling of the comments
we received, many from readers outside
the BT's distribution area. Those are
followed by some links to Internet sites
provided by Spike Marro, which he gath-
ered while doing research for his home's
solar-panel project.

Rain Water? Not If It's Free
Jim W. Harper's "Off the Grid" article
was very refreshing. I really liked how he
emphasized that it was not easy to build


Jim Harper did a very
Good job capturing the frus-
4"tration and hardship of the
Sforward-thinking homeown-
oers, while at the same time
Keeping me interested enough
that I'm now thinking in the
future I'd like to implement
some of these ideas into my
own home.
The only thing this article
se has lacked were some simple tips
that regular homeowners could
implement. I would have liked
a small list of tips that I could use at my
house that were less expensive and that I
could do fairly quickly.
Thanks to this article, I have begun
researching some of the simple ways I
can make a difference and save myself
some money. I will definitely look into
collecting rain water and using that to
water my garden.
In the newspapers, I have seen very
few "earth friendly" reports, and I'm
pleased that Biscayne Times did an article
on such an important topic. I hope you


will keep up the good work and continue
publishing stories like this one.
Jeniffer Miranda
Davie

Political Interests Just
Won't Like It
I am a Miami-Dade resident and I found
"Off the Grid" very interesting. I like the
way Jim Harper focuses on the theme.
I read it and now I'm interested in having
more information. As Mr. Harper says,
"Hybrid homes may be the next big thing."
This led me to think: Wouldn't it
be better if we had solar energy and
ecologically friendly houses? Does this
have something to do with political and
economic interests?
Indeed it would be better to have
them, but economic issues are stronger.
Obviously governmental entities like
Miami Dade Water and Sewer and others
won't like this idea.
Sabrina Velez
Kendall

Continued on page 36


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

a "green house." I also liked Skip Van
Cell's idea of collecting water and using
it for irrigation, though it makes me sad
that he will not be allowed to flush his
toilets with rain water. Out of the whole
article, that was my favorite part because
it was completely outstanding and origi-
nal. I'm sure the only reason the county
did not allow him to flush with rain water
is because they cannot charge him for it.
I also really enjoyed the part about his
house having a "butterfly roof." Very
ingenious and smart.


Parks As Shields

One thing registered sex offenders can 't tolerate: public green space


By Margaret Griffis
BT Contributor

Series of well-intentioned laws
designed to protect children may
Ae having the opposite effect in
the Miami neighborhood of Shorecrest,
where new regulations are unintention-
ally concentrating sexual offenders. A
controversial condo's resuscitated plan
for a park, however, may just be the oasis
the neighborhood is looking for.
In the wake of the 2005 sexual assault
and murder of Jessica Lunsford in Homo-
sassa, many Florida communities sought
measures to prevent similar tragedies. The
state had already told offenders they could
not reside within 1000 feet of schools,
playgrounds, and other child-friendly
locations, but several Miami-Dade mu-
nicipalities stretched that buffer zone to a
purposefully excessive 2500 feet. Much
of the county subsequently became off
limits, driving about 100 offenders into a


boundaries extend from Biscayne Boule-
vard to Biscayne Bay, and from the Little
River north to Miami's city limits at NE
87th Street.
Sergio Torres, administrator for the
City of Miami's homeless assistance
program, says the Miami-Dade County
Homeless Trust, which was delegated
with finding emergency housing, relocat-
ed 15 of the 96 evicted offenders straight
into Shorecrest. The remaining offenders
were moved into Allapattah, Homestead,
and unincorporated parts of Miami-Dade.
Other offenders soon moved into the
neighborhood. Indeed the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement's Sexual Of-
fenders and Predators website (http://of-
fender.fdle. state.fl.us/offender/homepage.
do) shows small clusters throughout the
county. Most of them contain between 9
and 15 individuals. However, the thickest
concentration is in Shorecrest, in a small

Continued on page 38


If this vacant lot becomes a park, it could end Shorecrest's influx of sex
offenders.


troll-like existence under the west bridge
of the Julia Tuttle Causeway.
Earlier this year, however, county
officials responded with an ordinance
that superseded the Byzantine mu-
nicipal ones. The 2500-foot restriction
remained in place around schools, but
the belt around the other focal points was


loosened to the state's 1000-foot rule.
The causeway dwellers were forced out,
which may have saved Miami's national
image, but precious little new housing
became available.
Without a school or playground
to shield it, Shorecrest sat particularly
exposed. The neighborhood's unofficial


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time lump sum. "If you really want to see
a horror story," he says, "go look at what
happened when Chicago sold out to a pri-
vate industry. Rates went up five times."
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deal to lease Chicago's 36,000 parking
spaces for 75 years to a partnership led
by Morgan Stanley purportedly moti-
vated Mayor Richard Daley to nix his run
for a seventh term. In exchange for $1.15
billion, the lease allowed the group,
called Chicago Parking Meters, to raise
rates by more than 400 percent over the
next five years and then "at the pace of
inflation for the next 70 years," accord-
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calculates that Chicago Parking Meters
will bring in $11.9 billion.
Regalado insists he won't hand over the
city's public parking to a private business.
Miami might consider asking the private
sector for a loan, Regalado says, using the
city's parking facilities as collateral, but he


Goldman Sachs. "They gave actual
presentations with plwsical documents,"
Noriega says, though he's not sure how
far the discussions have progressed. "The
lines of communication" with city hall,
he explains, have been cut.
Since those meetings last year, Re-
galado says, he has not met with anyone
else regarding Miami's parking facilities,
nor is he considering the proposals from
Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. "We
get pitched [ideas] every day," he says.
Arthur Hertz predicts that even if the
city ends up running the parking agency,
costs will go up: "They have higher labor
costs and higher pension costs. They'll
start raising all kinds of rates, and that
will be an opportunity for [privately
owned] garages to raise their rates, and
before you know it, parking costs will
start going up exponentially. You will
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Miami's parking system has been
insulated from the meddling of elected
officials since 1955, when the Florida
legislature created the Department of
Off-Street Parking. By 1968 the sovereign
nature of the department was codified in
Continued on page 34


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resident of Clearwater.
The Matzes still own the 9700 build-
ing on the street's west side, with tenants
A&A Village Treasures, an unusual shop
with carefully chosen jewelry, art, lo-
tions, and scents run by gentlemen with
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40 percent, which they can afford to do be-
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- Alex Rodriguez, owner of the Flower
Bar had been getting ready to bolt the
neighborhood altogether for Midtown, or
possibly for a space two blocks north on
2nd Avenue, until he changed his mind.
"I came into downtown Miami Shores
three years ago, just before they tore up
NE 2nd Avenue for construction," Rodri-
guez says. "If I didn't have the outside
institutional work with hotels, I never
would have made it. First there was 18
months of road work. Then the recession
hit, which hurt us even more. I couldn't
survive with that rent."
Then Sean Saladino, owner of
Mooie's ice cream parlor at the southeast
corner of 96th Street, urged Rodriguez
to speak with Higgins. "Sean told me I'd
be crazy to move, and Jack gave me an
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a cofounder with Saladino of the Village
Place Merchants' Association. So he has
moved the shop right next door to Moo-
ie's and is now open for business. "When
adjoining businesses feed off each other,
you've got a game-changer," he adds.

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the city's charter, which required that the
agency be led by a five-member board
whose members must have "an outstand-


But by July 29, at Regalado's request,
the Miami City Commission approved a
referendum to dissolve the Department of
Off-Street Parking and hand all its assets
and revenues to Miami. "We had no idea
this was going to happen" says Jami
Reyes, chair of the MPA board. "Just
weeks before...we approved a resolution
to become partners with the city. We were
surprised how this came about."
Noriega wasn't. "I think all along
[Regalado] wanted to do that," he says.
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all about "the ability to control opera-
tions, and with that ability you have the
ultimate level of influence. You can con-
trol personnel. You can control contracts
that are issued all of that."
Regalado complains that the MPA
answers to no one but itself. For example,
the city commission doesn't appoint the
MPA board. Instead the volunteer board
members, who serve five-year terms,
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send those names to the commission for
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the power to approve or reject the MPA s
budget, Regalado says city officials don't
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With battle lines draw, Regalado and
MPA officials are making their case to

Continued on page 41


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I just wanted to make a conunent about
Mr. Harper's article on "green" houses. In
my opinion it was very well written, and
that attracts readers. It talks about the pros
and cons of having ecological houses; and
does so by using personal conunents from
those who actually are in that market and
know the subject.
I think every Florida citizen needs to
rea tis rtcle Popl frgt about how

care of our enviromnent; and
I think this is a good way to
inform citizens that there are
SOlutiORS.
Florida citizens would
like to hear more about new
techniques and solutions on
this subject, because it helps
them reduce their bills. In my
opinion this is a good first
step for creating conscious-
ness. I definitely would like
to see more of Jim Harper's Harum-A
articles about enviromnental porches
solutions in Bisca177e Times.
Gilad Gaviovski


Building Permits: Pain
and Agony
I thoroughly enjoyed "Off the Grid" by
Jim W. Harper. Having listened to the
news and read many articles about "going
green" and alternative energy, I found
this article both insightful and easy to
grasp and understand.
Normally when I find myself read-
ing about solar panels, energy costs,
and helping the enviromnent, I am left
confused, but "Off the Grid" explained
everything clearly while also being en-
joyable to read.
Being a Florida resident and having
vicariously experienced the pain and
agony associated with building permits, I
could easily relate. I very much enjoyed
reading about the different people and
their experiences with building houses
that incorporate "green" technology.
The article left me educated and in-
spired to use the sun to my advantage.
4shton Lynn Steffanci
~iaimi
The Must Be a Downside to
Going Off the Grid, No ?
I am writing is response to the article "Off


the Grid." First I want to conunend Jim W.
Harper for his insight into a topic that ben-
efits the pocketbooks of homeowners and
also the enviromnent. In these times of
excessive temperature all over the world,
and economic downturn especially here
in the United States, Mr. Harper couldn't
have picked a better topic.
However, I was hoping for an insight
into the details of how much money is
saved on an average on a house that is
fully off the grid, compare to one that
is not. I believe putting a figure on how
much is saved in a year between both
types of houses would give readers a


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better perspective on how much we
waste each year by not going green. Such
perspective, I believe, will prompt people
to action. As the saying goes, "In these
difficult times, every penny counts."
I was hoping that Mr. Harper would
have investigated more on the hassle or
the challenges the three pioneers faced
with Miami-Dade County. We need to
know exactly what kind of challenges
are out there, and how we the people can
ensure that such roadblocks are not there
for people who want to save money and
save the enviromnent.
Furthermore, I would have liked
it if Mr. Harper had shed more light
on the shortfalls of going off the grid.
Looking at the weather patterns of the
United States, especially those of Flor-
ida: what are the chances of damage in
the face of thunderstorms, excessive
rainfall, and hurricanes?
Once again, I want to say thanks to
your writer and to Biscayne Times for
shedding more light on an issue that
deserves more attention than it is get-
ting presently.
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area bordered by NE 79th Street, NE
Bayshore Court, Little River Drive, and
NE 10th Avenue.
A September 21 search on the site
found 42 offenders living there and within
one-quarter mile of that cluster. About 14
are considered "predators," which means
they are repeat sexual offenders, use
plwsical violence, or prey on children. The
whereabouts of 392 other offenders are
unknown. Could they be in Shorecrest too?
This past April tensions flared at a
heavily attended Upper Eastside townhall
meeting when the topic of sexual of-
fenders was broached. Many Shorecrest
residents were alarmed by one building
where offenders allegedly occupied ten
units. They were desperate for immediate
action that, le-
gally, could not
be taken under Sex offenders c
the new rules. Shorecrest would b
Mayor Tombs and with the lack o
Regalado, who they could be trapl
presided over
the gathering,
even admitted.
"It's unfair to punish one ZIP code against
another because of schools and parks."
Shorecrest Homeowners Association
president Jack Spirk, who helped orga-
nize the meeting, said, "I feel sorry for
the people who are so full of fear. When
this started I wanted to remove some of
the hysteria [through the townhall], but
it all kind of backfired. Now I think that
the people who came to the meeting were
So turned off and felt so powerless that
they're not involved anymore."
While tweaking county regulations
will require concentrated effort from
residents and officials, there potentially
remains an easier solution: a new park.
As part of a deal with the city, the Re-
lated Group of Florida was to have traded
8 One-acre property for the right to build
the waterfront Oasis on the Bay con-
dominium just north of NE 79th Street.
Two empty lots on the south side of 79th
Street would be handed over for city use.
A new park there could prevent more of-
fenders from moving into the cluster.
Unfortunately, Related bowed out
of the project thanks to the real estate
crash, and returned all the lots, future
condo, and park, to City National Bank
of Florida early last year. The park
project seemed terminated, but at a July
27 homeowner's meeting, Spirk happily


announced the park idea was still on the
table. Thanks to an automatic extension
under the new Miami 21 zoning code, the
original project permit is now active until
2012, including the park giveaway.
With the slim chance that the Oasis
condo will move forward, though, the
city would have to work out a new deal
with the landowners. (Currently the
bank.) Spirk also told homeowners that
the city is angling to rework the deal so
that a more suitable development might
take its place. Many Shorecrest residents
were antagonistic towards Oasis, particu-
larly its out-of-scale towers.
Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff
confirmed negotiations were taking
place and emphasized the city's will-
ingness to see it through: "I'd love to
see a park there. We were the ones who
tried to promote a park. We had four
billboards
taken down
rrently living in in preparation
Grandfathered in, for it, so sure,
available housing, the park is a
ed there for years. great idea. It's
a good spot
for a park.
We'd just
have to do a good job of maintaining the
park once we get it."
Even if the park opens tomorrow, the
sex offenders currently living in Shorec-
rest would be grandfathered in, and with
the lack of available housing elsewhere,
they could be trapped in the neighbor-
hood for years. Should residents live in
absolute terror until the next regulatory
fix? Probably not.
A 2003 Department of Justice study
found that only 5.3 percent of offenders
were rearrested for asex crime within
three years of release. Almost half of those
arrests occurred within the first year of
freedom. Rearrested child molesters came
in at an even lower 3.3 percent of the
study participants.
Even more significant for Shorecrest
parents is a 2000 DOJ study that suggests
"stranger abuse" of juveniles is relatively
rare. Only 7 percent of the offenders were
unknown to their victims. Sadly, family
members perpetrated more than one-third
of the attacks. The rest were friends and
other acquaintances. As long as parents
remain informed and aware, their chil-
dren can remain reasonably safe. This is
true of any neighborhood.


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Off the Grid
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The Government Preaches,
but Then Makes Life Hell
I would like to congratulate your
paper on such an astute article. "Off the
Grid" was a truly insightful piece that
clears up the misconceptions of altema-
tive resources. While the government
preaches to us to switch away from oil,
they continue to be sticklers over permits
and building ordinances making our
lives a living hell. Mr. Harper did a great
job covering the story and exposing the
truths, using three great examples as to
just how difficult going "green" really is.
Most people don't have that kind
of time or money, especially when the
state's rebate funds go bankrupt.
Again, it was a great article. Thank
you for it.
4ustin Tager
Davie


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


really answered many doubts
that, unconsciously, Ihad
in my mind, especially the
one that says, "If in South
America we live with no
A/C: why, if we have the
technology and resources to
do it, do we have to still live
under A/C here?
Cesar Chuquizuta
Miami

The Soaring Cost
of Going Sola~r


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Skip Van Cel's "smart" house is a wo
prog ress.

Livin g Without A/C ?
Millions Do It NoW
I have to say I was not so enthusiastic
when I came across "Off the Grid," but
after reading the first lines, I could not
stop. I was learning this new way to save
money and save the planet, and how the
whole process actually works.
According to the article, Mr. Skip Van
Cel "intends to install a 6000-watt solar-
panel system and a tankless water heater
that he estimates will keep his electric
bill under $50 in August." That is just
amazing, especially since it looks he has a
house bigger than the average in Miami.
The story of the other two "dreamers"
is also fantastic.
The article was very critical and well
narrated, especially since it put the state
and their rebate program on the spot. It haS


Mr. Harper made some great
points about solar energy and
the idea of going green. I had no idea it was
so tough to build energy-efficient homes in
Miami-Dade County. It's hard to believe
that you need so many permits just to make
your dream come true. The worst part about
the solar panels is that they're so expensive.
All in all, I enjoyed reading this
article. It was a fun read and taught me a
lot about solar power. I look forward to
reading more related articles.
Jer~mth Murias
Miramar



High Cost and Higher Risk
I found Jim W. Harper's "Off the
Grid" to be somewhat reassuring, in the
way that he talks about some options we

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www.nrel.gov (National govermnent agency)
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www.305green.com (Local home energy audit)
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have to produce electricity. Mr. Harper
shows that we do not have to rely on oil,
the cause of multiple recent disasters in
the Gulf of Mexico.
However, by the looks of it, it seems
as though not many people will be able to
afford converting their home's sources of
electricity to solar energy or geo-thermal
energy. Although there is a program that
reimburses those who convert to solar
energy, it is not very promising.
This investment would be quite risky
for those who aren't part of the wealthier
class of our conununity; not to mention


the time and the hassle with the county to
get the permits to make these conversions.
"Off the Grid" gave much insight to
people who may be looking for ways to
avoid participating in the oil consump-
tion of our nation and of the world.
There just needs to be cheaper and
easier ways to do it.
David Pollo
South Miami

An Electorate with a
MemOry? Aw, Shucks!
"Off the Grid" was an excellent and
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civic associations and the media. Although
state law forbids public money being used
to influence elections, it doesn't prevent
cities and agencies from hiring lawyers.
So the MPA retained Thomas Tew, of the
well-known Miami firm Tew Cardenas.
His fee: $525 per hour. Officially Tew's
task is to .di ii the board as to what
fiduciary duties they have on bond offer-
ings," in particular a $72.6 million obliga-
tion co-signed by city and MPA officials.
Unofficially, his September 1 letter
to Regalado and city commissioners read
like a veiled warning that the MPA board
intended to fight the referendum effort. He
also pointedly reminded the elected of-
ficials that they're facing a host of serious
issues: an investigation by the Securities
and Exchange Commission, a severe
downgrade of city bonds by Moody's, and
threatened intervention by the governor
if the city doesn't get its financial house


in order. Tew also prompted TD Bank,
trustee of Miami's parking bonds, to issue
its own warning about the city doing any-
thing that could harm bond holders.
Caught in the middle of this dispute,
along with bond holders and anyone who
parks at a Miami meter, is Cmaig Robins, CEO
of Dacma, the company that controls much
of the meal estate in Miami's Design District.
Since 2004, Robins has wanted to build a
parking garage on a 32,000-square-foot parcel
of land at 3800 NE 1st Ave. in a joint venture
with the MPA, which owns the property. Now
he wants to buy the land outright for $1 mil-
lion. Noriega is reconunending that the board
wait until after the November 2 election.
Robins, however, doesn't want to
wait. In fact he's already talked to the
mayor, who says he's ready to work with
Robins, or sell him the land. "A garage
will serve the area," Regalado says.
The MPA board is scheduled to vote
on the matter at its October 6 meeting.

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Says Saladino: "When Bennett
moved back in, he cut everybody's rent.
Now I've got a fixed rent for three years
and lower security [deposit], which is
$10,000 less out of my pocket. I can play
catch-up and breathe a little. The Matzes
are great people, but they bought at prime
and had a huge mortgage to pay. We're
not The Gap or Starbucks."
Jane Spinney, who has built a following
with her early-education music classes at
Miss Jane's Music Studio, is also moving
to the Bennett Building from her space in
the Matzes' 9600 building. She'llbe next to
Matt Pack's Impact Total Fitness, a personal-
training studio that has just signed a lease.
Village Place generally is in the midst
of a rethink. Street events, once intended
as a monthly feature, are on hold. While a
May 29 street fair drew a healthy crowd,
merchants now are reluctant to shell out
$4000 for street closures and village
overtime. Saladino says he will soon
reconvene the merchants' association for
a meeting to review and revise strategy as
the 2010-2011 season begins.
In the meantime, Rumeur clothing
boutique on 96th Street has relocated to
Biscayne Boulevard at 18th Street. The
popular Sugar Bubble day spa and salon
-- a Matz tenant also on 96th Street has
closed and may soon reopen elsewhere.
"These are challenging and difficult
times," says Jim McCoy, a commercial


real estate broker, former Miami Shores
mayor, and Shores Chamber of Com-
merce president. He has been among
Village Place's strongest champions; he
is also a partner with Matz in the Everett
Building. "The commercial market rely-
ing on mom-and-pop tenants is getting
hit hardest," McCoy explains. "We all
have to hunker down as best we can and
wait for the sun to come out. That means
rethinking street events, getting creative,
and working with landlords. This is a
unique community worth fighting for
and protecting."
The Miami Shores Village Council
has supported a thriving downtown, but
cannot draw in tenants. Downtown's
greatest booster, former councilman
Donald Shockey, lost his urban planning
job around the time of his April 2009
election, was unemployed for nearly a
year, and finally found a new job in his
field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Longtime Miami Shores Council-
man Steve Loffredo, a 20-year tenant in
the 9999 Building, has arguably replaced
Shockey as downtown's most devoted
advocate on the council. He is noticing
more professional activity, but knows that
downtown is a tough slog. "The efforts of
a number of motivated people are going
to keep everybody going," Loffredo says.
"Considering the blows the district has
taken, it's doing okay. We just have to
hang tough for the long pull."

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solar electric, of course,
is great for the boondocks, but
not viable in urban settings
with cheap electricity. Why
1 the public should subsidize
linwater greenenthusiasts is beyond me.
irrigation The adicle shows the dire
need for a national energy police
in the interest of eal people, one
that looks ahead 50 years and more.
This would call for leadership spanning
decades, and an electorate with a memory.
Aly, shucks.
Ulrich Michel
Miami

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t's Friday, there are 27 dogs in
here, and I couldn't even speak
"with nw mother if she called me
right now," said Helen Fajardo, owner
of Aventura's premier salon, Pet Poodle.
"Can you call me later?"
It's like that every day for Fajardo,
whose clientele is predominantly the
privileged pets of Aventurans. I know
this because I am guilty. I bring in nw
dog about once a month. Most "parents"
visit even more frequently.
"Every two lveeks is average:' Fajardo
said before being drowned out by a rous-
ing chorus of barking. "Quiet!" she said
sharply. Upon command, approximately
15 yapping pups simultaneously shut up.
The second coming of the Dog Whisperer'?
Maybe. Or perhaps it's simply practice. On
any given day, she has as many as 20 dogs
in her spacious grooming and boarding
digs. "I could tell you stories:' she says


In a culture that spends
lavishly on pets, it should
come as no surprise there
are boutiques like TeaCups
Puppies, located in Pembroke
Pines. TeaCups offers such
fabulous designer clothing
and accessories that Aven-
turans will actually venture
all the way out there to buy
Fluffy that hot new outfit.
Where else can you find a
Posh Pooch Python Carry
Bag for just $1495, or a
$4000 Swarovski Crystal
Romance Dress?
Personally I cannot bring
., self to put nw pup in a
dress, sweat pants, or a pump-
kin costume. In Aventura, I'm
in the minority.
"Look, it's a Rio Leopard bikini!"
said my friend Linda, thrusting her

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knowingly. "My clients.
they're all a bit...."
What she means,
what goes unspoken, is
that they're all bit crazy.
On a daily basis in
Aventura, I see pup-
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ties, doggie play dates,
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sold from a special
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priced at $50, $60,
$100. You pick the
collar and then add rhinestone letters and
charms, select your clasp, and there's
your dog's custom-made accessory. I
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four-pound Maltese, Lucy, at me. lIln t
she to die for?"
What could I possibly say to that?
"Yup, she sure is."
Then one of her friends caught up
with us. She was pushing a stroller.
So I peeked in to check out the baby.
Very cute. A little more hair than I first
expected. So I asked the question: "Whw
the stroller? Can't she walk? Dogs should
walk. Exercise. Right?"
"We go for walks but she just had her
toenails done and I don t want her feet to
get dirty," she explained, giving me a look
that suggested I rvas crazy for asking.
Oh, that makes sense. Of course!
What was I thinking? (I wish someone
would wheel me around after a pedicure.)
On a more serious note, my dear
friend Laurie not so long ago found out
both of her beloved golden retrievers
were stricken with cancer. She tried
every treatment under the sun, and for
her dog Charlie it is working. But sadly
for her baby girl, after spending perhaps
thousands and thousands of dollars


trying to save her, Laurie had to call it
quits. And it wasn't the money. The dog
simply had had enough. Once the vet let
her know holy uncomfortable she was,
Laurie knew the time had come.
She never dressed them up or made
them attend fundraisers, but she loved
those dogs with such a passion that she
would do anything, including admin-
istering shots, living through chemo
and radiation, and parting with large
amounts of money, to keep them alive.
That I understand.
What I do not understand is puppy
birthday parties and "weddings." But up
here in Aventura, they are very popular.
Two dozen women, husbands in tory, dogs
dressed up in designer duds the likes
of which many children and adults will
never own, commonly will head over to
an expensive restaurant and order special
doggie birthday cakes (all organic, of
course) after a three-course mongrel meal.
I mean, I love nw dog. I buy her
birthday presents. But a full-blown party
with guests and gifts? Doesn't that seem
a bit extreme?
This past May I attended "Spring
Fling at Bal Harbour's La Gollue," which


benefited the Humane Society of Greater
Miami. More than 20 women dined,
some with their "kids," some without. I
actually brought mine. She was well-
groomed, devoid of any outfitting be-
sides her pink, blinged-out collar, and the
luncheon ivas lovely. I am all for helping
a good cause and will donate to almost
anything related to animal ivelfare, espe-
cially if, like this one, the focus is really
on humans.
Sometimes the lines between animal
welfare and human welfare get blurred.
Friends of ours recently bought a new
pup, a one-pound Chihuahua. "Killer,"
as they lovingly call him, is the small-
est furry creature I have ever seen. "He
officially just became a 'service' dog,"
announced his "dad," beaming with
pride. (The term o\\il no I" I have learned.
is now considered derogatory just ask
PETA.) "I can take him into any restau-
rant, anywhere," dad continued.
Well "' I replied, trying to suppress the
sarcasm in my voice. "That's incredible."
Why be sarcastic? Because nw friend
is a 200-pound man, a hulking guy I
would never be able to drag out of a burn-
ing building. What is this 16-ounce pooch


going to do? Pick up the phone and dial
911? Give him CPR? C'mon.
To make matters even worse, the little
guy had a shock collar around his neck.
"I'm teaching him not to bark," said my
friend. "He has to know who's boss."
Really? Couldn't Killer learn about
barking without the boss zapping him
with jolts of electricity?
I am a hard-core animal lover. I have
two cats and a dog. As far as I am con-
cerned, my 18-month-old Yorkie is the
sweetest, best-natured, and prettiest dog
on the planet. Granted, she was supposed
to be a teacup, weighing in at four pounds,
and we believe she may be a Schnorkie
(Schnauzer/Yorkie mix), weighing in at
a whopping 14 pounds, but she is still the
cat's meowy It's just that she's a bit spoiled.
Okay, extremely spoiled.
On the other hand, when I look at
friends, neighbors, and acquaintances
around the neighborhood, it puts every-
thing in perspective.
I may be crazy about my Yorkie, but
that doesn't make me certifiably crazv.
Does it?

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for this Halloween issue, but I have
one nonetheless or I would have
had one, if the latch on my tool shed
hadn't been quite as sturdy as it was. It
happened the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Wanting to put some yard clippings out
for pick-up the next day, I'd gone to my
shed to retrieve my rake. Reaching for
the padlock, I discovered someone else
had recently been there.
The latch that holds the lock in place
had been worked on, as if someone had
tried to pry it off its hinge. I had last been
in the shed on Saturday, so I knew my
unwanted guest had visited me in the last
two days. It made sense. A quiet street to
begin with, a long holiday weekend, not a
lot of people around a perfect opportu-
nity to try to break in to a house.
And I have no doubt that was the
plan. The shed was just the warm-up, the


place where the
would-be crook
would acquire the
tools necessary to
get into the house.
(This approach
allows thieves
to drive around
without any tools
on them so, if
they're stopped
by police, there's
no evidence
they're up to any-
thing.) Another
home in Biscayne
Park, just a few
blocks from mine,
had been burglarized in such a fashion in
early August.
The episode only confirmed what
a lot of us already know, and what vil-
lage police have been warning us about
since the spring: Biscayne Park, like
just about every other community in


all breathed a sigh of relief. But as
my experience and local crime re-
ports demonstrate, we're kidding
ourselves if we think the problem
disappeared with those arrests.
In fact all you have to do is
look around to see that criminals

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was staring through the picture

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when a car pulled up in front of
the house and a young guy, maybe
18 or 19, got out of the back seat.
He walked over to my car, which
was parked in the driveway, pressed his
nose against one of my rear windows
and started to check out the contents.
This was in broad daylight, on a Sunday,
at a house where people were clearly

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home, in a neighborhood that, while not
Biscayne Park, is not far array. (My folks
live near Barry University.)
I opened the front door, leaned out,
and asked him if I could be of some
assistance. The kid almost broke his
neck getting back into the car, which
then sped array. If I hadn't been looking
out of the living room window at that
precise moment, he might have made
off with a baby seat, a Johnny Cash
greatest hits CD, and 65 cents out of
the ashtray. A pretty laughable take -
except I rvould have had to pay for a
new car window.
These days, there appear to be more
and more people out there trying to take
what isn't theirs. That's usually what
happens in times of economic gloom.
As I write this, the papers are reporting
that the number of Americans living in
poverty is at a 50-year high, and we all
know about unemployment. Times get
tough, people get desperate or, since
this is Miami we're talking about, inore
desperate than usual.


What's the good news? Unlike a
lot of places, we have our own police
department. I know some residents like
to complain about it I've heard the
rumblings about officers making too
much money and occasionally making
headlines for the wrong thing (lawsuits
brought by former officers for wrongful
termination, the department's alleged
involvement in the real-life Father
Alberto telenovela last year)
- but it's also true that a lot
Th
of people move here because
Biscarne Park has its own mC
police department. tr
I'll be the first to admit I That'
wasn't always a fan. Before
moving here, nw only experi-
ence with Biscayne Park's
Finest was being stopped on Griffing
Boulevard for, well, being on Griffing
Boulevard. Seems the officer didn't
like the way I had turned onto Griffing
from NE 6th Avenue. He didn't say I
was speeding (I rvasn't), or had failed
to signal (I hadn't), or really anything
other than, "Take it easy when you come
around that corner." Okar, officer. You,
too. It looked like too many cops with


given that we live on one of the less traf-
ficked streets in Biscayne Park. And I've
noticed that they've been stepping up
surveillance of other areas, like the park
and the eastern edge of the village along
the railroad tracks.
Biscayne Park Police have also
shown they're resourceful. In addition
to the usual patrolling, the department
recently instituted a new community
policing initiative whereby other village
employees sanitation workers, the
code enforcement officer, the village
manager who are routinely out on the
street can phone in reports of suspicious
activity. (Hard times call for innovative
strategies; the department's operating
budget for the upcoming fiscal year
shows roughly a ten percent reduction
from its actual budget for 2009-10.)
As for what the rest of us can do to
make their job easier: Lock your doors,
keep an eye on your neighbors' houses,
and call 305-595-6263, the police's non-
emergency number, if you see any thing
suspicious. Because rve don t need any
more scary stories, close calls or otherwise.

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not enough to do.
But I've been won over, and not just
because I live here. For one thing, if
village police didn't have enough to keep
them busy before, they do now. A quick
survey of the crime blotter shows break-
ins, or attempted break-ins, have become
an almost daily occurrence. Sometimes
the cops get there before any damage
is done; on August 13, for example,


lese days, there appear to be
,re and more people out there
~ying to take what isn't theirs.
s usually what happens in times
of economic gloom.


Biscayne Park Police arrested a man for
allegedly casing the Church of the Res-
urrection in the early morning hours.
And when a crime does occur, they
have shown themselves to be responsive.
After the incident at nw place on Labor
Day weekend, the police department put
nw house on a watch list, which means
it gets a little more attention from the
officers on patrol, a good idea anyway


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Don't Tick Me Off

We 've been overrun by hordes of those creepy little blood-sucking critters


By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor


accurately, growing
a little shaggy.
But I can't
worry about that
now. Sure, Miami
Shores is an
economic disas- .
ter. And yes, the ..
roots of my blonea r sande

mixture of mouse- '
brown and steel
gray. I no doubt
need to worry .
about the depreci-
ating value of my
property and .
make an appoint-
ment with my stylist.
Whatever. I've got bigger problems.
And I do mean bigger. In the words of
my housekeeper Angelica, who comes
once a week, my problem is "huge."
That's the word she left in a note on my
counter, the one saying, "The dogs and


My husband, the kids, and I
knew about the ticks before she
did, just barely. We'd found them
on the dogs we have three of
the precocious, er, precious little
yappers for the first time just
a day or two before her weekly
advent. We picked so many of
them out of the papillon's fur that
.... the poor dog quite frankly shook
-i his head at me when I tried to
give him a pat of affection later
on that night.
Most of the ticks Angelica
had found, especially those
on the dogs' bedding (I really,
truly hope she didn't mean
our sheets and blankets), were
probably dead. Jon had washed the
pups with flea-and-tick shampoo and
then rubbed them with an organic tick-
killing rinse. It seemed to do the trick,
though it was only temporary. We were

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Received the horrifying news through
voice mail, as I couldn't answer my
Cell phone at school: Sugar Bubble,
the day spa in Miami Shores, had closed.
Abruptly, with no real warning. Actu-
ally, that was the second voice mail in
two days. The first was to tell me that my
standing appointment had been can-
celed because my technician had left for
another job. My eyebrows and toenails, it
seemed, had been summarily deserted.
In fact, my whole body is going
through abandonment issues. The con-
temporary clothing emporium Rumeur
Boutique, across the street from Bubble,
had moved away only a few days earlier.
Given that I have about an hour a week
to spend on my personal appearance, I've
been relying on these two Shores retailers
to keep me semi-groomed. Now, along
with Miami Shores's Village Place, I
suppose I'llbe falling to pieces. Or more


the beds have ticks everywhere." The
"huge" was careted in above the word
"ticks," like an afterthought except I
could sense that she wrote it after she'd
found yet another creature, this one most
likely swollen with the blood from one of
my babieS.


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clearly due for another monthly hit of
Frontline Plus, the only topical solution
that seems to work.
The difficulty was, neither Jon nor I
could get to the vet or a pet supply store
to buy the goods until the weekend.
We both work so many hours that it's a
miracle our kids still recognize us. We
had to resort to a "tick pick" every time
we took the dogs out. This, of course,
alerted us to the larger problem at hand:
No matter where we walked the dogs,
even in our own backyard, there were
hordes of eight-legged, voracious bugs
just waiting to leap on the unsuspecting
mammals, insert their filthy mouths, and
feed. (It doesn't help that all three of our
dogs like to roll in the grass.)
South Florida has small black ticks
that move quickly and look like spiders.
They like dogs mostly I haven't found
a single one on any of my four cats -
and while I can't see any evidence on us,
they will bite humans. If you've never
picked one off a dog, consider yourself
unnauseated. I'm fine with plucking


them off when they're normal size. It's
as easy as eyebrow hairs. But if I come
upon them too late, when they're blown
up with blood like parade balloons and
sticking out of the dogs' fur at 90-degree
angles, I give up on any feminist ideal I
ever had and call for Jon.
Small or big, they get tossed into
a glass of hot water to boil or drown,
whichever comes first. Though I re-
member my
dad always
burning them in the decade tha~
when we in Miami Shores. I'
pulled them a tick explosion. N
out of my dwelling neighb
dogs up in
New Jersey -
particularly
memorable was the time our Siberian
husky had a tick on her tongue -
there's really no need for matches or
elaborate schemes. The ticks down
here have very little chance of carrying
Lyme disease. Sometimes I just flush
them down the toilet.
Getting bitten over and over again,
even without the threat of serious dis-
ease, is no flea circus for the animals.


Often they'd have red bumps where the
ticks had been. This is usually an allergic
reaction from being bitten in the first
place; the bumps disappear later. But
the discomfort, plus the chance that we
could miss one or that a tick brought
into the house could bite a kid and
yes, no matter how minuscule, there is
always the possibility of a tick-borne ill-
ness prompted us to buy and apply the
prophylactic as
soon as we
we've been living could.
e never seen such Still, there
r have my Village- remained the
Irs and friends. question about
what to do
with the lawn.
In the decade
that we've been living in Miami Shores,
I've never seen such a tick explosion. Nor
have my Village-dwelling neighbors and
friends, who all agree there's been an over-
whelming amount of the pests, most likely
owing to a hot, wet, humid summer.
Even in deer-infested New Jersey,
where ticks are prevalent, you might
come home from a romp in the woods
with one or two of the parasites on your


dog or on your own sock. But here in
suburban Miami Shores? We go out
for a quick, five-minute pee break and
there'll be 20 ticks digging into a small
dog. That's an unusual number, to say
the least.
The only real solution is for ev-
eryone to spray their yards and swales
individually, or to have the Village
bear the cost of spraying once the
council has been made aware of the
problem. Somehow, given the copious
Other difficulties we are facing, I don't
see the latter happening. So we now
have the privilege of eliminating ticks
on our own.
If you plan on doing this, as we do,
be sure to ask the company you use
about organic options. You might not
care if your yard remains chemical-free.
But rain cannot only spread tick popula-
tions, it can wash pesticides into your
neighbors' yards. And if they have fruit
trees or gardens they've been trying to
maintain naturally, you just might wind
up ticking them off. Even if all you
meant to do was kill some ticks.

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and we'll have many candidates and
issues to consider on election day,
Tuesday, November 2. I'll refrain from
dabbling in the candidate forum since,
by this time, most of you have made up
your minds anyway. History shows us
that we pick most candidates on the basis
of their personalities (love 'em or hate
'em), and that specific issues have little to
do with our choices.
There are, however, several ballot
measures that should be decided on the
basis of facts rather than rhetoric, by
a process of clear-headed rationality
rather than sky-is-falling fear mongering.
Below are several important issues and
my recommendations.
Abolishing the Miami Parking
Authority First a clarification: This
is a proposed City of Miami charter
amendment, and on the ballot the MPA


is referred to as the
"Off-Street Park-
ing Department."
Simply put, this is
all about money and
having the power to
control it. Right now r "'
the MPA has it and
Miami's mayor and .. I .1
city commissioners nrps '^ *
want it.
So the question Y s
is this: Do you want
a commission that NO
has done a pitiful job
overseeing Miami's
finances to now control another cache of revenues
money that owes its existence to a group money be
of independent professionals who have their facile
done a good job managing their business Reese Go
and are operating in the black? Springs G
Years ago the city had what were such ente
called Enterprise Departments. These They
were departments that were financially skimming
self-sustaining, generating their own to compe


. general fund. A series of financial audits
led to the city commission's collective
wrists being slapped and admonished
that they cannot move around this "re-
stricted" money at their whim.
So what did they do? They abolished
the enterprise departments, took the
money, spent it till the well ran dry, and
then complained that the facilities were
in poor condition and either sold them
off, privatized them, or demolished
them because they were too expensive to
maintain.
Now Miami's elected officials have
set their sights on the cash being pro-
duced by the Miami Parking Authority
and the city's Community Redevelop-
ment Agencies. We voters will have no
say in the fate of the CRAs, but we do
have a choice regarding the MPA.
Frank's Pick Vote NO. The Parking
Authority should remain semi-auton-
omous and encourage its independent

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board of directors to help out the city
within sound financial practices share
a little more, but keep enough in reserve
for those rainy days the city commission
and administration seem to think will
never come.
State Constitutional Amendment
4 Widely known as "Florida Hometown
Democracy," this is a grass-roots effort
that essentially gives us, the voters, the
last say in any land-use changes for the
purpose of development.
Back in the mid-1980s, the state
legislature recognized that unbridled
growth was quickly reaching epidemic
proportions. In response, legislators
passed the Growth Management Act,
which required, among other things, that
all of Florida's municipal and county
governments develop Comprehensive
Land Use Plans. Those plans were to be
submitted to the state for approval.
The idea behind this initiative was
that growth plans throughout the state
should be in sync so development could
(and should) go forward with the best


interests of the entire state taken into
consideration. So far, so good.
Local governments were required
to follow their plans, but were allowed
to review and revise them every seven
years so they could adapt to changing
conditions. The problem was that the pe-
riodic tweaking was left to local elected
officials the same people whose
primary interest was being re-elected so
they could hang onto power.
Enter the developers and their
lobbyists carrying sacks of gold,
which they poured into the election
campaigns of those politicians who
promised to make changes to their
comprehensive plans changes that
would allow developers' projects to
proceed regardless of potentially nega-
tive impacts on the community.
We are now living with the conse-
quences of the latest surge of unbridled
growth right here in our own Miami
neighborhoods. We have empty condo
canyons and skyscrapers looming over
bungalows. People have lost their jobs
and lost their homes.
Frank's Pick Vote YES. The result
of approving this amendment will not be


the disaster predicted by guess who
- developers and their lobbyists. More
jobs will not be lost. Growth will not be
brought to its knees. Voters will not be at
the ballot box every other day, either. It
is time for the pendulum of development
to swing the other way for a change. It's
time to let the people have a seat at the
very table our taxes are funding.
State Constitutional Amendments
5 and 6 These two proposed companion
amendments to Florida's constitution,
aimed at redistricting, are another ex-
ample of what I call the "fed-up" syn-
drome. Every ten years, following the
U.S. Census, Tallahassee politicians use
the redistricting process to draw safe
seats for themselves and their friends in
the U. S. House of Representatives.
Our state constitution contains no
rules or standards to guard against politi-
cal mischief in redistricting. The result?
In the past three statewide elections,
with a cumulative total of 420 legislative
seats at stake, only three incumbents
were defeated. Now, this could simply
mean that in 417 cases, the politicians
were doing such a fabulous job that
voters overwhelmingly supported their


re-election. Think so?
Or it could mean that the system
itself has become so distorted it needs a
complete overhaul.
These two amendments do just that,
laying out rules for how districts can be
drawn, taking into account population,
demographics, and municipal boundar-
ies so all individuals living in the same
geographic area have the same repre-
sentative. It will eliminate the creation
of districts based on party affiliation or
political affinity.
Frank's Pick Vote YES. Here we
have a couple of amendments whose
time has come. With these, "We, the
People" will have meaning once again in
our political process. Let us decide how
we want to be represented.
Some people say the important thing
is that you vote regardless of how you
vote. I say it's important that you vote
as an informed taxpayer, that you vote
wisely, and that you vote in your own
best interest.
If you don't look out for yourself,
don't expect someone else to do it for you!

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When it comes to friends, you
really can't go wrong with
Clementine and Pervius. They
are honest and respectful. They have no
"boundary issues" and keep their com-
mitments. They are happy to share their
home with rou. They even have a certain
Goth flair. They can't help it. They are
dead and buried.
I might use the excuse that Hallow-
een is almost here as a reason for why
I have taken so heartily to spending a
great deal of time in cemeteries here
in the MUFT (Merciless Un-Frozen
Tundra) that is Binghamton, New York.
I could say that I am doing "research"
for a ghoulish graveyard Halloween
installation in my backyard with which
to spook all the kiddies on the night of
the witching hour. But the truth is, my
love for cemeteries is a year-round affair.
More specifically, I enjoy the cemeteries


better
Scement-and-stone multitiered home of
Stacked dead folks. Essentially these
people are living out eternity in a struc-
t ure not unlike what most of them occu-
Spied during their waking hours. They are
Interred in The Final Condo.
The cemeteries in the MUFT are rich
With history (I recently visited the one
Where Mark Twain is buried, in Elmira,
Sa 30-minute drive from the MUFT
proper) and host wonderful landscapes
with big, bold trees. They serve as excel-
lent venues for spotting rabbits, wood-
chucks, squirrels, and birds. The tomb-
stones are beautiful, with weather-worn
inscriptions and moss-covered statues.
Perhaps one of the most attractive
offerings of a MUFT cemetery is the
lack of people who are alive. So there are
no screaming babies. No conversations
you would rather not overhear. There is
just the wind passing softly through the
huge oaks, the occasional chattering of

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has to offer that Miami does not.
The cemeteries in Miami are, for the
most part, new, much like the city itself,
and therefore devoid of character. You


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squirrels, and the breaking of branches
when a wild turkey struts through the
underbrush.
It says a whole lot about a city when
some of the most pleasant spots to visit
are where the dead reside. Granted, living
in one of the bleakest places in the nation
will challenge a person's ability to find
entertainment. Living in Miami presents
no such challenge. You can call Miami
many things, some of which are phrases
that begin with adjectives that end in "ing"
and start with words which aren't fit to be
printed here. But it is an entertaining and
most definitely unbleak place.
Enjoying cemeteries more than areas
where the living co-exist may speak to
what a city lacks, but it also says a lot about
the people who populate those cities.
One of the famous (and most funny)
lines from the early 1980s Stephen King
horror novel adapted-movie Pet Sematary
is "Sometimes dead is better." In the movie,
this bit of dialogue applies to animal spirits.
In case you hadn't noticed, at times this
logic also applies to people.


While misanthropy is no new buddy
of mine, I have discovered, in my role as
a Miami-to-New York (and back again)
scholastic snowbird this year, a new addi-
tion to my already crowded misanthropic
library. Here is that bit of knowledge: It
doesn't matter where you live, whether it
is the sunny subtropics of Miami or the
cumulus prison of the MUFT, the mes-
sage and method that living people often
employ when killing off a friendship is the
same: Insincerity, indifference, and when
taken to task, cowardice. Thus they are
bound to disappoint you.
This brings me to my next point:
People, while alive anyway, tend to
really suck. And not in a good way, like
one of the popular classifications of the
un-dead: the vampires.
However, there are similarities be-
tween the ways vampires kill their prey
and people kill their friendships. It starts
off the same. Like vampires, people will
manipulate you and "glamour" you with
their charm. They will serenade you
with their sweet-sounding fibs before
they reveal themselves.
The difference lies in the kill. A
vampire attack is violent. They bite a live


person and leave them for un-dead, as a
pale, soon-to-be writhing shell. (That's
fine; chances are the person wasn't
much more than that to start with.) But
through the act of suffering this assault,
the living person is granted eternal life,
during which he or she gets to feed on
other people who are probably al-
ready soulless consumers of the planet's
now limited resources.
Here's another point: All vampires
consume is blood. Thus they are the
unlikely but ultimate friend to the envi-
ronment. Now, live people. Sigh... They
are a complete waste. They attack you
with the most unkind of weapons: indif-
ference. Like the vamps, they leave you
bleeding, hollow, and drained, but sans
any reward.
Gee, do I sound bitter?
Well, I say this after losing two good
friends within the space of six months,
one Miami-based, one MUFT-based.
Alas, I can't even blame the vampires.
Their exit strategies from my life, similar
to a vampiric feasting, were unexpected
and hardly original. They certainly were
not dramatic enough to warrant a tub
of buttered popcorn like, say, a proper


vampire flick might.
In fact they both told me to piss off
in that same old, dull, default way that
is the hallmark of the human species:
cowardice. One friend of several years
decided, in a ghostlike way (ironically),
to disappear from my life bit by bit
until our friendship was an apparition
- a faint hint of what it used to be. The
Other one tried to conveniently disap-
pear in a similar cowardly manner, but
I called her out on it until she fabri-
cated a story as an explanation.
Lame? Yup. Typical? Yup. Human?
Oh, yeah.
So not only was there no bloody
attack, there was no honest explanation
for their behavior. Not even after the
fact. No closure. At least you definitely
get closure when attacked by a vampire.
When attacked by people? Good luck.
And that is the beauty of Clementine,
Pervius, and their ilk buried in those
beautiful, sprawling cemeteries: They
are dead. They are fearless. They are, fi-
nally, at peace. And when I share in their
company, so am I.

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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek M~cCann
let in the humidity. She visited
a neighbor for 15 minutes and
returned to find her front gate
damaged and her home burglar-
izedby one ofthe Boulevard's -
opportunistic slime balls. Maybe
she just wanted the attention of
Miami's Finest and her manu-
factured ordeal documented
here in Crime Beat? Well, she
gotit, and the slime who did the
dirty deed remains at large.


The Virtues of Sharing
400 Block of AE 37th Street
It's hard to find a good roommate,
especially in Miami. Many take the
"share everything" principle too far. For
example, on one steamy Miami evening,
the victim in this roommate debacle
heard a loud bang outside his home and
looked out his window to see that his
trusty roommate had broken into his car
and was ready to drive off. He immedi-
ately called police, ran outside, and man-
aged to detain his future ex-roommate
until officers arrived. Car keys were
fortunately returned, and the spurned car
thief will now "share everything" in the
county jail. His unshared belongings at
home will be on the street.

Wide Open and Beckoning
600 Block AE 73rd Street
It's one thing to leave your door unlocked,
but it is quite another to leave your door wide
open. This hapless half-wit (sorry, victim) left
her home and her door open we gather to


drive off, but dealership personnel man-
aged to stop him. He claimed he d already
paid over the phone. As the attendant
checked the veracity of this assertion, the
man successfully drove off. The dealership
still has his original keys. Calls to the man
were not returned. Crime Beat asks: With
such an exorbitant "routine maintenance"
bill, who is really the crook?

Credit Crunch Leads
to Arrest
601 Biscavne Blvd.
Diner ranup a $200 bill at a restaurant and
triedto pay by credit card. Credit card was
declined. Diner claims his credit limit was
lowered, so they ran the card for $150 and it
was accepted. However, he did not have the
additional $50. Management gave him an op-
portunity to call his friends but he refused (or
sadly, he had no friends). Police were called
and they arrested him. Friendless and without
credit, he now has a criminal record.

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Horny Devil or Apple Lover?
400 Block of AE 28th Street
Intruder woke up victim in his bedroom and
asked if his name was Irving and if he was
gar. Victim answered Ko to both questions,
but intruder did not believe it and asked him
to get his ID (we believe he thought it would
say "gay" on his driver's license). Victim
managed to distract suspect and jumped
out the window. By the time police arrived
at his home, he found his Apple laptop
missing. The suspect, who was wearing


gloves, did not leave fingerprints. The real
gay Irving, wherever he may now be, was
not available for comment.

COstly Car Care
CR uses C file
2000 Block ofAE 2nd avenue
A man dropped off his car at his dealership
for routine maintenance. The bill came to
$716! So much for "routine." When the
vehicle was brought to him, he got into
the car with his own key and attempted tO


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In Your Facebook
NE 11th Street and 1stAvenue
At a local nightclub, a woman placed her
purse on the dance floor. We guess her
valuables were not as important as grind-
ing away to really bad music. Upon later
checking her purse, she could not locate
her cellular phone. When she arrived
home, she checked her Facebook account
and saw that one of her online "friends"
had posted a picture on the victim's
Facebook site. The picture showed her
holding the victim's cellular phone in her
hand and laughing. The victim called
police. We presume her next move was to
defriend her thieving Facebook pal.

More Boulevard
Friendships
100 Block of NE 65th Street
More and more often, friends are turn-
ing on friends, as evidenced in this very
column. This time, a kindly woman
invited her friend over for breakfast. As
she slaved over the stove, this friend stole
a gold chain and charm from her living


room. The friend left in a hurry, before
the eggs were even cooked. Final advice
to Boulevard residents: Lock your doors,
hold your purse, stay off Facebook, and
lose your so-called friends.

The Future of Healthcare?
5100 NE 2ndAve.
Caretaking can be a thankless job with
little in the way of money or benefits,
which can lead to unexpected conse-
quences. An elderly woman hid some
money in the top drawer of her bedroom
dresser. When her home health aide
came by for her twice-weekly visit, the
money went missing, as did the aide.
There are no witnesses to this crime
and no arrests have been made. As the
population ages, is this what we can look
forward to?

Another Classic Boulevard
Motel Adventure
7100 Block of :, s....) ,,. Boulevard
A man called police to report his wallet
missing from a motel room he shared
with another man. The wallet went
missing when the duo were in jail (just
another type of motel). They returned


and found the manager holding their
laptop for failure to pay their room
charges. The man later located his wallet
but noticed he was missing jewelry. So
for these motel victims we have jail time,
robbery, and failure to pay rent. The only
other thing missing here is the obligatory
hooker, but we're pretty sure she was on
her way.

Club Madonna Floor Show
7700 Block of !:, s....) ,,.- Boulevard
Two males approached an employee
at this strip club and ordered him to
the floor. They handcuffed him and
tried to break into the ATM machine,
without success. (Those machines are
tough.) They removed the handcuffs
and ran off.

Thieves Hit ATM Jackpot
3400 Block ofN. Miami Avenue
As noted last month, those cutesy Target
security uniforms seem to be just for
show. The ATM machine in front of
Target was stolen! Unlike the unsuccess-
ful duo at Club Madonna, someone actu-
ally made off with the money machine.
Quite amazingly, there are no witnesses


to this incident, which suggests that
anything is possible. If a crook sets his
mind to something, he can achieve his
greatest dreams at least in Miami,
where eyewitnesses don't have eyes and
security guards don't guard.

Kindness Bites Back, Again
8300 Block ofNE 3rdAvenue
Opportunists are everywhere, ready
and willing to rip you off. This man
allowed a stranger to use his phone
to make a "quick" phone call. He
then asked for it back, to which the
unappreciative caller cursed him and
asked him Ilow\ the f *** are you
going to do me this way?" The caller
then summoned five of his hoodlum
friends, who surrounded the victim.
Fortunately the now-phoneless man
managed to get away and filed a police
report. Repeated calls to his stolen
phone yielded no response. We implore
Miami residents: Think twice about
befriending strangers.


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How a Work of Art Becomes a Place of Learning
Take some big canvas tents and turn loose some truly inspired artists


By Anne Tschida
BT Contributor


of Cit6 Soleil, L Athletique d'Haiti,
whose soccer fields now house thousands
of homeless quake victims, old and
young. They would provide tents to func-
tion as temporary classrooms, but with
a twist: The tents would be colorfully
painted, according to Antuan, "to lift


of Fundaci6n Manos del Sur, which,
through corporate donations, concen-
trates on aiding underprivileged kids in
Latin America.
Like Antuan, she's passionate about
"Base Paint." The strong history of visual
arts in Haiti, she notes, made an artistic
collaboration for such a relief effort a
natural. "The tents will continue to be
an art installation as well as functioning
school rooms," she says, "as you will be
able to see them on the ground and also
while flying in and out" of Port-
au-Prince (the tent schools will be
just two miles from the interna-
tional airport).
Montes explains how the
painted exteriors will also bright-
en the interiors of the classrooms
when the sun shines through. But
mostly, she says, they will simply
be shelter: "Right now the chil-
Sdren don't even have any privacy,
especially the girls they have no
w\ here to change."
Before the tents take off for Haiti,
dlies will be documented on film and
ilulbited at a location yet to be deter-
nunelid. Organizers would like to find a
Im pei, grassy area connected to an art
institution or university. In the meantime,
the public is encouraged to stop by and
check it all out.
They might encounter the well-
known Cuban-born artist Jos6 Bedia de-
veloping his yellow-and-black tent. "The
finished product will represent some
deities that are directly linked with effort
and sacrifice," according to Bedia.
Pedro Barbeito de-
sc ribed his images at
lie agth: "I used images
,9li from Haiti's past
g~ found online and
manipulated them
in Photoshop to
create a narrative
that puts into dia-
logue Haiti's past
and present, and
underscores the
need for reconstruc-
lion and technologi-
edl resistance. He calls
Ilus p~ie ... -ne" 1492 in reference
to thei 01I1 I J.I of` Enlopeans and to a

Continued on page 57


he metal doors
on both sides of
Tthe warehouse
are wide open and the
giant fans are helping <
with the cross breeze,
but the fumes from the
heavy yellow paint that
artist Leonel Matheu is
using are still getting to
him. He has to readjust
his respirator mask and sund v
back every so often. As ;I 1~il19It
train roars past just outsjiide hei hal to
shout over the din: "But 1it .1I oll o\ -
this is the most incredible andi impoltant
project."
Matheu is one of the dozen interna-
tional artists who are painting ten huge
canvas tents, each one of which will be
able to seat about 30 children and serve
as temporary classrooms in earthquake-
ravaged Haiti. The paint and the material
for the tents are very specific in that they
must withstand Haiti's extreme weather;
the curator and instigator of this proj-
ect, called "Base Paint," has made sure
of that. He goes by the singular name
of Antuan, and he too competes with
another train when describing an
undertaking that truly is incredible.
From a distance, the tent
Antuan is painting appears to be
covered in what resembles a striped,
black-and-white bar code. On closer
inspection, however, there are colors
within the stripes, the colors of the
Haitian flag. The painting is called
Barcode Koir, a take on the horrific
system that dictated the lives of slaves in
French colonies, called the Code Koir.
Antuan is collaborating with another
artist on this tent, Elba Luis Lugo. It
was Lugo who wrote the introduction to
the project: "Base Paint is a utilitarian
installation of goodwill for the children
of Port-au-Prince from the artists of the
world, playing literally on the concept
of base paint: A core to build upon, an
educational facility pigmented with the
components of creativity, scholarship.
and care."
In fact this whole project is brim-
ming with a tremendous amount of
thought, dedication, and care. And


cleatq,
much of it
stems from Antuan, a
native of Cuba whose
work is infused with
ecological and political
themes (he was also
commissioned to sculpt
Cuba's gift to the Pope
back in 1997).


the spirits" of a devastated population
and "give a breather to Haitian children."
The day before the painting began in
Sthe warehouse space donated by Cov-
erings Etc., on NE 4th Court and
.76th Street in Miami, Paulina
Montes was surveying the scene.
She's the euecutive director
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Pedro Barbeito


After the earthquake, he got together
with an organization to which he had
previously donated work, the nonprofit
Step by Step Foundation, and another
child-welfare group, Fundaci6n Manos
del Sur. They in turn reached out to an
after-school sports program in the im-
poverished Port-au-Prince neighborhood


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Tents
Continued from page 56

pre-Columbian spirit god of Hans
The duo of Ruben Millares and I
Antonia Wright will cover
their tent in vibrantly
colored words and poems
written in English and
Krevol "to emphasize the
importance of reading and '
the power of literacy" in a
country where one of every
two adults can't read. Haitian ,
artist and activist Edouard -
Duval Carrid will apply his
distinctive evocation of Haitian
mythology to another tent's walls
and roof.
The yellow paint that Mathets
was starting to apply will eveniu-
ally form a landscape that "g ix e .1
vision from the sky symbolizing the
geographical location of Haiti in the
world," he says.
It's plain that this group of art-
ists, who hail from across the Carib-
bean and Latin America, have put
much time and effort into their cre-
ations; they've tried to understand the


the right direction.
Tc e I lilld Islv school equipment and
ult pplies for the students, there
\ II be an art auction, likely
willeztime in November
I llany works have
already been donated).
Then, after the
tents are exhibited
around the time of

I be hippe offArt Basel, they'll

possibly coinciding
with the one-year
anniversary of the
quake. Rebuilding
structures is only part
ol' the renewal process,
.Icesdalng to Antuan: "Chil-
drenI i mllinds .Ind souls should also
be iebull~

Pay a visit while the artists and volun-
teers work their magic on the canvas
tents during October, in the open bay
next to Coverings Etc. 7610 NE 4th Ct.,
Miami; 305-757-6100.

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political, social, and environmental
history of the troubled land they are
offering to help. And while the atmo-
sphere is spirited in the warehouse this
late September day, the reality of what
Haiti faces is never far away. The ten


tents will offer refuge and educational
opportunities to 300 or so children,
but more than 3000 schools were de-
stroyed or damaged in the earthquake.
Healing Haiti is a daunting task. "Base
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WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT
ART + DESIGN NIGHT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9

101/EXHIBIT
101 NE 40th St, Mlaml
305-573-2101
www 101exhibit com
Through October 6 Aaron Morgan Brown
October 9 through November 20 Gabriel Grun
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

12345 WEST DIXIE STUDIO AND GALLERY
12345 W Dlxle Hwy, North Mlaml
305-895-2956
www l2345westdlxie com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

ABBA FINE ART
233 NW 36th St Mlaml
305-576-4278, www abbafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS
2630 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-438-0220
www alejandravonhartz net
Through October 30 "Color Chimate" with Matthew
Deleget and David E Peterson

AMIY ALONSO GALLERY
750 NE 124th St North Mlaml #2
305-975-6933, www alonsored com
Through October 20
"CON-SCIENCE? -Art Exhibition" by Carla Fache
Reception October 20, 8 to 11 p.m.

ART FUSION
1 NE 40th St Mlaml
305-573-5730, www artfusiongallery com
October 9 through December 22
"FUSION Vll ENLIGHTENED SYNCHRONICITIES
with various artists
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARTFORMIZ
171 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-572-0040, www artformz net
October 2 through 30
"Come Hither" with Natasha Duwin, Donna Haynes,
and Mary Larsen
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

ARTSEEN GALLERY
2215 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-237-3559
http //artseenspace wordpress com/
Call gallery for exhibition Information

BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX
561 NW 32nd St Mlaml
305-576-2828, www bacfl org
October 8 through November 1 illustratedd" with
Jean-Paul Mallozzl, Luls Diaz, Mike Rivamonte, Dan
Flla, and Hugo Patao and "Parapraxis" with Orlando
Estrada, Samuel Gaultlerl, Crlstina Molina, Theda G
Redd, and Rosemarle Romero
Reception October 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL
180 NE 39th St, #210, Mlaml
By appointment Info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
October 9 through December 31
"catapult can can" by Jessle Gold
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

BASHA GALLERY
795 NE 125th St North Mlaml
305-891-4624
www bashagallery net
October 1 through November 20 "ART SHOP LOVE
with Eddle Arroyo, Beatrice Findlay, Allyson Krowitz,
Noreen Morelll, Karl Snyder, and Pedro Wilson
Reception October 29, 7:30 to 10 p.m.


BERNICE STEINBAUMI GALLERY
3550 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-573-2700
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through October 30
"Memoirs of the Future" by Tatlana Parcero
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

BORINQUEN ART GALLERY
100 NE 38th St Mlaml
305-491-1526, www borinquenhealth org I
Through October 9
"Symphony of Colors (A Journey Through
My Colorful Roots)" by Igal Fedlda
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m. Gen
dig ita
BOTTERO STUDIO
17 NW 36th St Mlaml
305-573-6303
October 9 through October 31
"The Love of the Poet" by Daniel Bottero

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

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

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

CALIX GUSTAV GALLERY
98 NW 29 St Mlaml
305-576-8116
www callxgustav com
Through November 19
"Morker" with Johan Bjorkegren, Ingrid Ellasson,
Jennifer Baslle, and Birds Are Nice

CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART
158 NW 91st St Mlaml Shores
305-490-6906, www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
October 15 through November 14
"a sense of place" curated by Guerra de la Paz with
Francis Acea, John Ballly, Ananda Balingit-LeFils,
Cassle Marle Edwards, Mark Messersmith, Jonathan
Rockford, and Douglas Volsin
Reception October 15, 7 to 11 p.m.

CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION
541 NW 27th St Mlaml
305-571-1415
www visual org
October 9 through November 18
Darby Bannard, Andy Gambrell, George Bethea, Sean
Smith, Kathleen Staples, Kerry Ware, and David Marsh
Reception October 9, 7 to 9 p.m.

CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-292-0411
www charest-welnberg com
Through October 6
"Why were you born?" with various artists
October 9 through November 21
Rob Fischer
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

CHRISTOPHER MIIRO GALLERY
71 East Flagler St Mlaml
305-741-0058
www christophermlrogallery com
October 28 through November 14
"Improving Everyday Life For The Majority" by Nicholas
Arehart
Reception October 28, 7 to 10 p.m.


DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE
51 NW 36th St Mlaml
305-573-9994
www dotflftyone com
Through November 5
"'pautas' (rules)" by Omar Barquet


DPMI GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-576-1777
www dpmgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

EDGE ZONES CONTEMPORARY ART
47 NE 25th St Mlaml
305-303-8852
www edgezones org
Call gallery for exhibition Information

ETRA FINE ART
10 NE 40th St Mlaml
305-438-4383
www etrafineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY
2247 NW 1st Pl Mlaml
305-448-8976
www snitzer com
Through October 4
"Glacler" by Gavin Perry
October 9 through November 1
Naoml Fisher
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

GALERIE HELENE LAMIARQUE
125 NW 23 St Mlaml
305-576-6095
www galerlehelenelamarque com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

GALERIE SCHUSTER MIIAMII
2085 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
786-266-2445
www galleryschuster com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

GALLERY DIET
174 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-571-2288
www gallerydlet com
October 9 through November 6
"Pre-city" with Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza
Reception October 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

GALLERY I/D
2531 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-778-4568
www galleryld com
Through October 20
"Wildfire" by Sasha Bezzuboy
October 27 through November 24
"Freetown Reborn" by Bobby O'nelll
Reception October 27, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

GIOVANNI ROSSI FINE ART
2628 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
561-251-1375
www glovannlrossifineart com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

GODONAMIERICA
1 NE 40th St #5, Mlaml
786-362-5546
www godonamerica com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE
3326 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-576-1645
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through November 20
"5th New Medla Festival" with Jonathan Rockford,
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Art Listings


Moreno and Ernesto Oroza, Pre-City,
l composite, 2010, at Gallery Diet.


CITY LOFT ART
61 NE 40th St Mlaml
305-438-9006, www cityloftart com
October 9 through January 31
"HOW TO MAKE LOVE STAY" by Divna Pesic
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

CS GALLERY
787 NE 125th St North Mlaml
305-308-6561, www chirinossanchez com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY
2234 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-8110
www castilloart com
October 9 through November 6
"Time Bomb" by Pepe Mar and "VOID" by Zol
Galtanidou
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS
2043 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-576-1804
www dlfinearts com
Through October 5 "Reformas" by Alejandra Padilla
Through November 6
"Fermatic Pandemic" by Charles Clary
October 9 through November 6
"Landscape To Be Defined" by Silvia Rivas
Reception October 9, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY
3938 NE 39th St Mlaml
305-573-4046
www diasporavibe net
October 5 through October 9
"Collectors' Night" with various artists
October 14 through November 18
"Young Artists From Busan" with various artists
Reception October 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Reception October 14, 7 to 10 p.m.

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
171 NE 38th St, Mlaml
dv@dimenslonsvarlable net
dimenslonsvarlable net
Through October 23
"Blophlla" by Nellie Appleby

DINA MIITRANI GALLERY
2620 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
786-486-7248
www dinamitranlgallery com
Through October 30
Kanako SasakI
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

DORSCH GALLERY
151 NW 24th St Mlaml
305-576-1278
www dorschgallery com
October 8 through November 13
"The Making of a Porous Body" by Rene Barge, "8-
Four-9" by Robert Thlele, and "The Illusion of Plans" by
Brian O'Connell
Reception October 8, 7 to 10 p.m.





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Art Listings
Continued from page 58

Xavier Cortada, Miru Klm, Venessa Monoklan, Gladys
Trlana, Antonia Wright, and Ruben Millares
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY
2294 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-989-3359
www haroldgolengallery com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

INTERFLIGHT STUDIO
250 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-573-1673
www Interflightstudlo com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

KABE CONTEMPORARY
123 NW 23rd St Mlaml
305-573-8142
www kabecontemporary com
Through November 20
"Journey" with Magdalena Correa and HlrakI Sawa

KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY
46 NW 36th St Mlaml
305-448-3060
www lurle-kavachnina com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

KELLEY ROY GALLERY
50 NE 29th St Mlaml
305-447-3888
www kelleyroygallery com
Through October 6
"Mlaml Inspirations" with Fran Bobadilla and Mlml Bates
October 9 through November 6
"Light and Life Nature's Passionate Journey" by
Sandra Muss
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.


LOCUST PROJECTS
155 NE 38th St Mlaml
305-576-8570
www locustprojects org
Through October 16
"Break-Through Miaml" by Valerle Hegarty
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

LYLE O. REITZEL GALLERY
2441 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-1333
www artnet com/reltzel html
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIIAMII ART SPACE
244 NW 35th St Mlaml
305-438-9002
www mlamlartspace com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

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

MIIAMII INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART AND
DESIGN
1501 Biscayne Blvd Mlaml
305-428-5700, www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIIRIAMI FERNANDES GALLERY
3620 NE 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-9531, www mirlamfernandes com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

MIUSEO VAULT
346 NW 29th St Mlaml
305-571-1175
www museovault com
Call gallery for exhibition Information


NEW WORLD GALLERY
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd St Mlaml
305-237-3597
Through October 7
New World Faculty Exhibition with Lulsa Basnuevo,
Carol K Brown, Felicia Carllsle, Greg Davis, Tony
Fernandez, Christy Gast, Kathleen Hudspeth, Michael
Loveland, Rosarlo Martinez-Canas, Annette M Plskel,
Karen Rlfas, Loulse Romeo, and Fred Snitzer
October 22 through December 17
"NWSA Exhibition 3rd Interpretation The Film Poster"
with various artists
Reception October 22, 6 to 9 p.m.

NINA TORRES FINE ART
2033 NW Ist PI Mlaml
305-395-3599
www ninatorresfineart com
October 6 through 24
"Panorama" by Carlos Mercado
October 27 though November 10
Oscar Oramas
Reception October 6, 7 to 10 p.m.
Reception October 27, 7 to 10 p.m.

0. ASCANIO GALLERY
2600 NW Second Ave Mlaml
786-200-4315
www oascanlogallery com
Through October 3
Carlos Cabeza

OHWOW
3100 NW 7th Ave Mlaml
305-633-9345
www oh-wow com
Through October 9
"No Cause" by
Arl Marcopoulos

Continued on page 60


Pepe Mar, Time Bomb, mixed
media (detail), 2010, at David
Castillo Gallery.


KUNSTHAUS MIIAMI
3312 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-438-1333
www kunsthaus org mx
October 9 through November 27
Gulllermo G6mez-Pena, Gilberto Esparza, Santiago
Echeverry, Aldo Guerra, and Andr~s Michelena
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

LILIENTHAL ART STUDIOS
96 NW 29th St Mlaml
305-573-2002
www Ilanalillenthal com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

LITTLE HAITI CULTURAL CENTER
212-260 NE 59th Terr, Mlaml
305-960-2969
October 1 through November 5
"Art Never Ends" by Sklp Van Cel
Reception October 1, 6 to 9 p.m.


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PANAMIERICAN ART PROJECTS
2450 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-2400, www panamericanart com
Through October 16
Carlos Estevez and Carlos Gonzalez
October 21 through December 7
"Trajectories/Trayectorlas" by Luls Cruz Azaceta
Reception October 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART
2219 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml
305-573-2900, www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition Information

SAMMNER GALLERY
82 NE 29th St Mlaml
305-441-2005, artnet com/sammergallery html
Call gallery for exhibition Information

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

STASH GALLERY
162 NE 50th Ter, Mlaml
305-992-7652, www myspace com/stashgallery
Call gallery for exhibition Information

SWAMIPSPACE GALLERY
3821 NE 1st Ct, Mlaml
swampstyle@gmall com
October 9 through October 31
"Glngersnap" with Samuel Lopez De Victorla, Devin U
Caserta, Sebastian Castro, and more
Reception October 9, 7 to 10 p.m.

UNIVERSITY OF MIIAMII PROJECTS SPACE
2200 NW 2nd Ave Mlaml


305-284-2542
Call gallery for exhibition Information

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

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

YEELEN ART GALLERY
250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Mlaml
954-235-4758, www yeelenart com
Ongoing "Aylti Krlye" by Jerome Solmaud

MIUSEUMI & COLLECTION EXHIBITS

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Mlaml Ave Mlaml
305-455-3380, www clfo org
Through November 7 Iln Transition 2010 CIFO
Grants & Commissions Exhibition" with Marco Maggl,
Elida Tessler, Tatlana Blass, Eugenla Calvo, Runo
Lagomarsino, Glsela Motta and Leandro Llma, Jorge
Pedro Nunez, Ivim Pulg, and Gabriel Slerra
October 23
"CDs In 3D A Family Cultural Spot at CIFO"
Reception October 23, 1 to 3 p.m.

DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION
CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE
23 NE 41st St Mlaml
305-576-6112, www delacruzcollection org
Through October 2 "Abandoned" by Karen Rlfas
October 1
Lecture with Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker
Lecture October 1, 7 p.m.


FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST
ART MUSEUM
10975 SW 17th St, Mlaml
305-348-2890
thefrost flu edu
Through October 3
"After History" by Jacek J Kolasinski and "DEMONS
nurture/nature" by Kathy Dambach
October 13 through January 2
"Embracing Modernity Venezuelan Geometric
Abstraction" with Omar Carreno, Carlos Cruz-Diez,
Narciso Debourg, Gertrude Goldschmidt (Gego),
Elsa Gramcko, Carlos Gonzalez Bogen, Gert Leufert,
Mateo Manaure, Alfredo Maraver, Nedo, Ruben Nunez,
Alejandro Otero, Mercedes Pardo, Jesus Rafael Soto,
Victor Valera, Oswaldo Vlgas, and more
October 13 through December 5
"Selections From ANOM IE 1492-2006" by Arnold
Mesches
October 13 through January 2
"Sequentia" by Xavier Cortada
October 13 through January 2
"La Habana Moderna" with various artists

LOWE ART MIUSEUMI, UNIVERSITY OF MIIAMI
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 Miaml" with various
artists

MIIAMII ART MUSEUM
101 W Flagler St Mlaml
305-375-3000
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through October 17
"New Work Mlaml 2010" with Kevin Arrow, Felecla
Chlzuko Carllsle, Jim Drain, Lynne Golob Gelfman,
Michael Genovese, Jacin Glordano, Guerra de la Paz,
Adler Guerrier, Don Lambert, Gustavo Matamoros,
Beatriz Monteavaro, Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza,


Peggy Nolan, Fablan Pena, Christina Pettersson,
Vickle Plerre, Manny Prleres, Christopher Stetser,
Talking Head Transmitters, Robert Thlele, Mette
Tommerup, Frances Trombly, Tatlana Vahan, Marcos
Valella, Viking Funeral, and Michelle Welnberg
Through November 7
"Focus Gallery Purvis Young" by Purvis Young

MIUSEUMI OF CONTEMPORARY ART
770 NE 125th St North Mlaml
305-893-6211
www mocanoml org
Through November 7
Plvot Points IV Selections From MOCA's Permanent
Collection with various artists
Through November 19
"Menagerle" by Shinique Smith

THE MIARGULIES COLLECTION
591 NW 27th St Mlaml
305-576-1051
www margulleswarehouse com
October 22
"Heart Happening" benefit auction for the Lotus House
Women's Shelter
Reception October 22, 7 to 10 p.m.

THE RUBELL FAMIILY COLLECTION
95 NW 29th St, Mlaml
305-573-6090
www ru bell fa milycoll ect o n co m
Call for exhibition Information

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

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Events Calendar


ART & CULTURE


Before All the From Buen
Interesting WrinkleS
Are Smoothed Out '
Commercial photographer
Simon Hare turned his lens
on the people who live and
work in Buena Vista, and the
result is the exhibit Buena
Vista: East of95, showing
through October 29. He
said he wanted to reveal
one of Miami's most
diverse and historically
rich areas at a moment of
change. Hare describes his
project as "a portrait, taken
one person at a time, of a
spicy, bubbling, human
cauldron before it becomes
a bland suburban soup."
Yes, please. At the quirky Emanuel Ax w
location of the ACND Gal-
lery of Art on the grounds of Archbishop
Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949
NE 2nd Ave.; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday; 305-751-8367.

Looks Like the Beatles,
Sounds Like the Beatles,
but Wait...
It was way more than 20 years ago
today that the band began to play, but
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles wants to
bring the Beatle-past into a multi-media
present. This won't just be four blokes
standing on stage shaking their heads.
No, this show incorporates a backdrop of
video clips from the 1960s including
vintage TV commercials live camera
zoom-ins, lots of lights, and walls of
sounds. Oh, and chronologically the
timeless tunes of John, Paul, George, and
Ringo. From Friday, October 8 through
Sunday, October 12, 8:00 p.m. at the
Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House.
Tickets from $25 to $69. Go to www.
arshteenter~org or call 305-949-6722.

Bebop at the Beach
If you're looking for soaring solos and
intricate improvisations, drop by the
Third Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz
Fest. On Friday, October 15, pianist
Tony Sona brings his trio to the Acqua-
lina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Ave.
from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.; cost $25. On
Saturday, October 16, a number of
well-known performers, including sax
masters Ed Calle and Jesse Jones, Jr.,


lifestyles. At Legion Park, 6447 NE
7th Ave., from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Reg-
ister by calling 3-1-1 or visiting green.
miamidade.gov.

Some Scary Enchanted
Evenmng
Up for some haunted trails and some
creepy family fun? Not in a house, but
in 22 acres of park? Then Halloween
at North Miami's Enchanted Forest
Park is the place for you. Skip the
Justin Bieber costumes for the kids
and get creative! There will be a Fun
Zone and games and activities, and
maybe even a few ghouls lurking along
the park's spooky trails. From 7:00 to
11:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29 at
1725 NW 135 St.; www.northmiamifl.
gov/c ommunity/celeb rate.

Sounds of Brazil in
the Aria
Brazilian superstar Djavan has just
released his Aria, which can be the cul-
minating melodic segment of an opera or
in this case, the name of his latest album.
While Djavan has created classics during
his tenure at the top, here he interprets
the songs of other greats such as Gilber-
to Gil and Chico Buarque. His arias will
fill the air in concert on Friday, October
29 at 8:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Miami
Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; tickets
from $33.50; 1-800-745-3000.

Piano Legend Meets MTT
and NWS
The New World Symphony may be pre-
paring for its new Frank Gehry-designed
home, but in truth it doesn't matter
where we hear Miami's most exciting
orchestra, especially when it is joined by
one of the world's most exciting pianists,
Emanuel Ax. Born in Ukraine to Holo-
caust survivors, Ax has created unique
interpretations of classic and contempo-
rary composers, while playing regularly
with such greats as Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac
Stern. On Saturday, October 30 and
Sunday, October 31, Ax, together with
Michael Tilson Thomas, will work his
magic on Brahms in the Knight Concert
Hall at the Arsht Center. For ticket infor-
mation and prices go to www.arshteenter.
org or call 305-949-6722.


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~ I ad fel itthrothr hough a botanica,
take the stage for the the Bay of Pigs Museum. The tour runs
jazz fest at Samson Oceanfront Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Satur-
(rain or shine), 17425 Collins Ave. from day, October 16, leaving from the Torch
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.; cost $15. And to cap it Monument, 1305 SW 8th St. Members $20,
off, the jazz brunch on Sunday, Octo- nonmembers $25; 305-375-1621 or www.
ber 17 features Troy Roberts on sax at historymiami.org.
the Newport Beachside Resort, 16701


Collins Ave. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m.; cost $22.95. For details go to www.
sunnyislesbeachmiami .com/j azz or call
305-792-1952.

Our Ballet's Big Birthday
Founded a quarter of a century ago by
Edward Villella, the Miami City Ballet
is today considered one of the best in the
land. To celebrate its 25th anniversary
year, the ballet will put on quite a show.
On three evenings, from Friday, Octo-
ber 15 through Sunday, October 17, the
company performs Fanfare, with chore-
ography by Jerome Robbins and music
by Benjamin Britten; Bugaku, choreo-
graphed by George Balanchine; and
Theme and Variations with Balanchine's
choreography to the music of Tchai-
kovsky. At the Arsht Center, 8:00 p.m.
For tickets and price ranges go to www.
arshteenter.org, or call 305-949-6722.

A Lot of Little Havana
Great cities are made up of great neighbor-
hoods, and Little Havana is one of the best.
But do you really know that much about
our historic Cuban heartland? Stroll along
with the Little Havana Cuban Cuisine &
Culture Walking Tour from HistoryMi-
ami's guide Pepe Menendez and discover


It's All Gospel and It'S
All Free
At the Arsht Center, Free Gospel
Sunday will kick off this month with
Shirley Caesar and the Miami Mass
Choir, along with the 93rd Street Baptist
Community Church Choir. To hear live
music of this caliber Caesar has won
multiple Grammys and has released
more than 30 albums, while the choirs
are some of the best anywhere for
free is itself a godsend, gospel or not.
The inspiration starts at 4:00 p.m. on
Sunday, October 17 at the Knight Con-
cert Hall; www.arshteenter.org.

How to Make Your Home a
Little More Green
Our tip of the peninsula may be tropi-
cal, but it's far from green. So Miami-
Dade County is putting your tax
dollars to work by hosting workshops
chock full of information and incen-
tives to help you cut waste and save
money. The Home Energy Savings
Workshop comes our way on Wednes-
day, October 20. The first 50 to sign
up will get a free energy tool kit; the
rest will get free fluorescent light bulbs
- and facts on energy-bill reduc-
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By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Some of the spoil islands of Bis-
cayne Bay are actually unspoiled,
While others have earned nick-
names such as "Beer Can Island." They
are called spoil islands because they
were created by dredging projects that
dumped the muck and "spoils" into giant
piles.
These manmade islands had their
moment in the international spotlight
in 1983, when they became pretty in
pink. The artists Christo and Jeanne-
Claude, whose trademark was wrapping
monumental objects, surrounded 11 of
them with floating, shiny fabric. From a
distance, they looked like bonsai forests
surrounded by spills of Pepto Bismol.
The pink rings stretched seven miles
from downtown to North Miami. Two
weeks later, they were gone forever.
There is a feeble reminder of that
quintessential Miami Moment on one
of the installation's central spoil islands.
Near the dock of Pelican Island, under
the shade of a gumbo limbo tree, lies an
odd, concrete square. The drab, discol-
ored block perhaps initially pink -
includes a barely legible, cursive inscrip-
tion: "Surrounded Islands, 1980-1983."
Underneath this inscription are the
signatures of Christo and Jeanne-Claude,
plus two handprints.
This sad little slab seems almost
worse than no reminder at all. No expla-
nation, no visual cues it's just a block


A ferry may or may not be available
i~ to whisk visitors to Pelican Island. It
runs every fourth Saturday and on days
when pavilions are rented, when you
Might get lucky and avoid the fee of $3
Sfor adults and $2 for children. Call 305-
S754-9330 and ask for the Pelican Island
Skipper.
The island has a small dock for ar-
rivals but not for fishing. Camping is not
allowed as it is on other spoil islands.
Likewise, swimming here is not encour-
aged by the rocky and mostly mangrove-
choked shoreline. This place is far from
your regular beach scene.
Hiking around the ten-acre island
is possible but not recommended. An
overgrown, pebbled path cuts through
the thick vegetation and leads to sev-
eral forlorn picnic benches and piles of


A rare stretch of sandy shoreline on Pelican Island.


on which to stub your toe.
What is worth noticing on Peli-
can Island are the three teepee-style
pavilions that can be used for free on
a first-come, first-serve basis. The roof
of one pavilion can be seen from the
nearby causeway, and they are even
more impressive from the inside. The
wooden beams gather at the top in a cir-
cular pattern, and underneath this circle
hangs a pseudo chandelier of wood
beams. The circular pattern is echoed in
the wood floor.
The two large pavilions could ac-
commodate dozens of people each, while
a smaller one shelters one picnic table.
All three pavilions feature wooden decks.


The dock at Pelican Island: Boats,
yes, fishing, no.


timber. Watch out for rusty nails. Also
watch out for large spiders.
Back at the teepee area, a sizable
white-sand volleyball pit has poles but
no net, so bring your own volleyball
net and ball. A few grills allow for
barbeques, but be forewarned that there
are no water fountains or spigots to help
clean up any messes.
Parties of 50 people or more will
need to reserve a pavilion for a mini-
mum charge of $184 plus boat shuttle
fees. The fourth Saturday of the month
may be busy owing to the ferry running.
But during weekdays and the low season,
finding enough picnic benches for mod-
erate gatherings should be no problem
- at no charge.
Cross under the causeway, heading

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Three spacious picnic pavilions
can be rented, but be aware: No
running water, no restrooms.

Tucked into the island's forest, they are
much more private and impressive and
than your typical facility at most parks.
The island location beckons the
adventurous but does not provide succor
for the frail. In other words, there are
no bathrooms. And the only way to
get there is by boat, the closest launch
being Pelican Harbor Marina on the 79th
Street Causeway. Both the island and the
marina are administered by the Miami-
Dade County Parks and Recreation
Department. The marina is home to the
bird-rescue center called Pelican Harbor
Seabird Station. Pelican Island is also
considered a sanctuary for pelicanS.


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Pelican Island
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south, and you see Pelican Harbor Park
and its busy boat launches. A large spoil
island blocks the view of downtown. On
closer inspection, the island is actually
three islands that become two during
low tide. A narrow strip connects the
two larger islands, and pelicans gather
here when the strip is exposed. The third
island appears to be a tangle of man-
groves without any solid ground yet.
These three unnamed, unmarked
islands are strictly for the birds. Hun-
dreds of birds and several species
abound, including pelicans, ibis, herons,
vultures, and frigate birds the large
black birds with pointy tails and bright
red throats. Herons come in all colors
- brown, blue, green, gray. Even the
pelicans vary in shade from white to
slate, although I believe all of them
technically are brown pelicans.
Because the waters around them are
quite shallow, the only way to see these
islands up close is via a lightweight
vessel. There are no docks, no beaches,
and almost no open spaces to park a


of nature, of course, because
they sit in Miami's watery
backyard. Visitors deposit a
certain amount of trash, espe-
cially on Pelican Island, but
the collection of debris near
the shoreline makes it clear
that most litter is washing
up with the waves. Sandals,
bottles, dolls, planks it's
all here. The roots of every
mangrove tree hide a treasure
chest of trash.
The fact is that most trash
floats, and no island in the
te to world is untouched. The spoil
ended islands in Biscayne Bay may
be trashier than most, but they
also demonstrate the resilience
of nature. They have become sanctuaries
for wildlife in the middle of a metropolis.
They offer some of the greenest green
space in all of Miami.
The inaccessibility of these islands
helps to preserve them. Connect the dots
with a bridge to the mainland prefera-
bly a pink bridge and it will be all over.

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pouches. What sound do pelicans make?
In addition to birds, these islands
have thick vegetation. The Miami-Dade
Department of Environmental Resources
Management spent years pulling out the
exotic plants that had overtaken them,
and replaced them with mangroves and
other native plants. There is hardly an
Australian pine in sight.
The islands are not pristine preserves


South of Pelican Island and the
causeway are a trio of mangrove
islets that are home to all manner
of birds.

kayak or canoe.
Drifting close to the island reveals
a cacophony of squawks. High-pitched
chirps and loud cal\\i echo from the
shadows of the mangroves, while the
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We have become our parents, and in this case, it v a hoot


By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor

Princess, a Skittle, a punk
rocker, Alexis from Dynasty,
Aone of three blind mice, a sexv
devil, a monkey baby, WordGirl, and
Hello Kitty. These characters represent
nw Halloween costumes past, present,
and future.
Originally from Arizona, I moved
nw family to Miami by way of Honolulu.
Having always lived in warm-weather
climates, Halloween has represented
more to me than a night to dress in
costume. There is a sense of freedom
cloaked in my stery, all wrapped up with
a nice change in the weather.
Costumes and candy. How do you
beat a holiday with that pair at the root
of it? As I make nw annual pilgrimage to
the attic for the Halloween decorations, I
can't help but reflect on how the holiday
has come full circle for me as a parent.
A close friend recently mused that
what she remembered most about her early
Halloweens was the feeling of adventure
at "going out with friends at night, being
on our own, and being something else."
Her comment was actually sobering, as it
made me realize that we both came from
a town and time that allowed for children
to run around the neighborhood with a
feeling of security. My current neigh~bor-
hood in Miami's Buena Vista East isn t
exactly Mayberry, but parents on our street
pride ourselves on being able to walk with
our children from house to house to yell,
"Trick or treat!" at neighbors' doors and
earn their goodies.
In retrospect, we broke all of today's
rules when I was young. We wore black


at night, we didn't
have LED any-
;i,, ,, we knocked
on strangers'
doors, and ate the
umvrapped and
uninspected candy
they gave us. Man.
it was exciting!
These days
Miami offers fami-
lies quite a few
safe alternatives
to my old-school
choice of going
door to door. (I'm
lucky to know nw
neighbors well,
so our kind of
Halloween may
not be the best for
everyone.) Much
like Buena Vista
East, the Village of
Miami Shores is a community that gets
behind the holiday in a collaborative war
by sponsoring a Halloween event that
attracts people from all around Miami.
There are carnival rides, bounce houses,
and obstacle courses, as well as the req-
uisite costume contest.
Zoo Miami seems especially fond
of Halloween, hosting several events
celebrating the occasion. "Spooky Zoo
Nights" is an after-hours family event,
while "Zoo Boo" features zoo activities
sprinkled with some extra fun.
Halloween "Spooktacular" at Jungle
Island is another option, and families can
trick-or-treat their way around the Miami
Children's Museum's 14 galleries at their
"Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash."


into full-blown adulthood, my friends and
I would hold a much-anticipated Polaroid
scavenger-hunt pub crawl. We would labor
over creating our hunt photos, whose witty
instructions involved current events and
double-entendres: "Snap a shot of four or
more Monica Lewinskis at the Gap."
Today I've returned to the tradi-
tion of pumpkin patches, corn mazes
(both of which are available in Miami),
handmade costumes, candy, and a fully
adorned front yard. I've embraced what
was once nw mother's role of creating
whatever intricate Halloween costume
nw kids envision. My treat is their ex-
citement at the anticipation of the night.
Last year our daughter Matilda's
obsession with PBS's WordGirl was at its
peak. Heroes, villains, and mere mortals
were equally impressed with our authentic
re-creation of the WordGirl costume. We
were so swept up in it all that we decided
to dress our other daughter (then eight
months) as WordGirl's sidekick, Huggy
Face the monkey. My husband and I
dressed as WordGirl's two nemeses, the
Butcher, complete with a necklace of sau-
sages, and Doctor Two Brains (appropriate
since hubby is a professor).
This Halloween, Matilda has asked
to be Hello Kitty, which is a comfortable
few steps away from the crazy Lady Gaga
getup she first requested. I imagine next
week she will want to be something else.
And I can see the next decade consisting of
battles about why she and her sister can t
dress as amateur porn stars, why they can t
go out alone, and why bobbing for apples
may have been okay in my day but is now
off icially considered disgusting.

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As a child, my favorite part of Hallow-
een was that nw mother allowed me to be
anything I wanted. (Normally she chose all
my daily outfits.) She would get onboard
wholeheartedly with whatever hare-
brained idea I came up with, and she would
execute it in minute detail. Two costumes
that particularly stand out are the Skittle
(an M&M was not unique or fruity enough
for me) and Alexis from Dynasty. In one, I
could t sit down all day, and in the other, I
had free reign to act snotty and talk with a
horrible British accent.
As I grew older, nw quirky choice of
Halloween costumes continued, but the
tradition of trick-or-treating was aban-
doned for a more age-appropriate custom:
the pub crawl. Through college and well


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By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor


Miami for the past 50 years, I'm
still often surprised to discover
a mature tropical tree that is very un-
common in South Florida. For decades
I've been driving through the same
neighborhoods, and every once in a
while I have one of those windshield
moments that makes me stop my car
and take a closer look.
Often I come upon healthy, mature
trees that are great landscape specimens
but are very rarely grown here. Most of
these trees are on older residential proper-
ties. I ve seen wonderful ficus species and
striking flolvering/fruiting trees. When the
day comes for these old houses to be de-
molished to make way for new structures, I
hope these trees are not lost or damaged.
The photo accompanying this
column is of a species of ficus whose
fruit grows directly on the trunk and
branches of the tree. Many tropical spe-
cies, including some very ornamental
ficus, have this unique characteristic
known as cauliflory, in which flowers
and fruit grow directly out of trunks or
branches. This particular tree is near
where I live, and I drive by almost every
day but never noticed it until another un-
common tree growing nearby came into
flower and I stopped to photograph it.
I vorry about this tree being so close
to the road. I'm sure it'll only be a matter
of time before a driver decides to run his
car into it. The loss of trees along our road-
ways is pretty sad and sadly common.
A couple of months ago I had the
opportunity to attend a lecture that


featured a researcher
who has done exten-
sive work on holy trees
respond to damage
from extreme pruning
or impact from vehicles.
Vehicular-impact studies
were originally done to
determine what happens
to commercially grown
forest trees during me-
chanical harvesting. This
is very similar to what
happens on a construc-
tion site from vehicles
and machinery.
Driving over root
systems causes soil
compaction, which The cauliflor
reduces oxygen and neighbor's y
moisture availability to
tree roots. When low
overhanging branches are broken or
torn off, the resulting damage to the
branch and trunk connections can
instigate rot that may eventually travel
through the main trunk, causing the
tree to break or collapse in time.
Impact by vehicles or heavy equip-
ment can scrape off large chunks of bark
from tree trunks, exposing the tree to
fungi and rot. Often the damage may
seem superficial, but decline can prog-
ress rapidly and the trees can be dead in
a few years.
Holy many times have you looked at
a new development after completion and
noticed the original trees that had been left
onsite during construction (or had been
relocated) showed sparse growth and the
leaves seemed much smaller than they had
been before construction started?


This around reaction was
.~ the result of the healthy -cells
Still attached to the underly-
ing ivood beginning to grow,
Which led to a better recovery
Than would occur with other
Treatments, such as painting
or being left uncovered. The
formation of this surface
callus is a tree's response to
large-scale superficial wound-
ing. The key apparently is to
cover the wound as soon as
possible the quicker it's
done, the better the response.
This work was done in a
temperate climate, but the
results ivere very positive on
many species tested during the
growing season.
I have not yet tried this
method, but I keep thinking
about the Bvrsonlina crassifolia next to
the road, with its beautiful flowers that
change from yellow to red. I rvill be
ready with a large black plastic bag and
staple gun (to fasten the plastic to the
surrounding intact bark) to cover up any
damage from a misdirected car or truck.
Those of you rvith trees in front of
your home, or any responsible contrac-
tors who might run accidentally into a
tree, give this method a try and let me
know what happens.

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ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@
tropicaldesigns. coin.

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rous fruit of Ficus fistulosa growing in a
rard.

In such cases, I'll bet the con-
struction barriers (if any existed)
had been too small or had simply
been ignored and trampled by equip-
ment. Holy often do you see piles
of fill dumped around trees that sit
for months? Holy often do you ever
see someone watering a tree left on
a construction site? There a lots of
factors that affect the health of trees,
especially when we've damaged them.
The researcher and his team per-
formed a study of roadside trees in
Germany that had wounds caused by
traffic accidents, where the bark had
been torn off a very familiar sight
here in Miami. The team found that if
the damage was covered with an opaque
plastic wrap while the trunk was still
moist (within two weeks or less), a sur-
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By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

very breath you take, every
move you make, I'll be
"Ewatching you." While this
line from a popular song written by
Sting was about obsessive love, the lyrics
could equally be applied to your dog. Did
you know you are training your dog even
when you are not trying to train him?
Every move you make sends a message
to your dog and unofficially trains him to
behave a certain way.
Let's take a look at some popular,
passive training that goes on in the aver-
age pet home. Some of this may look
familiar to readers of this column, but it
may also make you acutely aware of all
your actions.
Did you know your dog distinguishes
your Monday-through-Friday work week
from your weekends? This is one of my
personal favorites, and it applies to every
single dog owners who keeps the nine-
to-five routine.
Certainly your dog doesn't maintain
a Blackberry calendar or really know
days of the week. But on the weekends
you linger in bed a little longer. Maybe
the coffee pot doesn't come on automati-
cally. You don't hop in the shower first
thing, or head off to the gym in a rush.
Most important, you don't put on binding
clothes with high-heeled shoes, shave, or
use makeup.
You are lounging casually in Satur-
day morning sweat pants, and that can
only mean one thing: dog park! Or some
Other sort of poochie time activity and
togetherness that makes his tail wag


around while they are talking on the
phone, letting Rocky pull them to a tree
only a couple of feet away because they
want him to finish his business quickly
so they can return to the house, which
also teaches the dog that walks end after
you eliminate, so better hold it in longer!
The same holds true for dogs who
are in the habit of jumping up on people.
You don't want the dog to jump, so for
months you practice "sit to greet" train-
ing. Then upon returning home from a
long trip away from your best friend,
he barrels toward you, leaps up on you
- and you pet him! The next morning
you're still happy to see him (if he's not
already sleeping in your bed), and now
you pat your chest for him to jump up,
pet him, then coo, "Okay, I know, come
on down, come down...." All this in your
lovey-dovey, doggie-talk voice.
What a confusing set of signals
humans send! Your dog will probably
continue jumping. It's fun, natural for
dogs, and it gets him a load of attention
to boot!
Do you tell your dog to stay off the
furniture when you are home, but you
just know he is sprawled out on it when
you're away? Same thing with your dog
pawing through the kitchen wastebas-
ket? He doesn't know it is wrong. What
he has learned is that doing such things
in front of you is dangerous. When you
aren't there, these activities are safe
and fair game! Do you follow through
on what you ask of your dog? If you
don't, he learns that your words have
no meaning.
Ladies, do you get nervous when you
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with glee. Your sweat pants and relaxed
demeanor also signify that your dog
will not be left alone for hours on end.
In fact the human behaviors described
above (showering, shaving, putting on
formal clothes) usually are the precur-
sors to separation-anxiety symptoms for
a dog; they paint the picture of impend-
ing aloneness.
Something similar happens when
packing for a trip. If your dog sees you
pack suitcases and then you leave, he
will associate suitcases with you leaving
him. I often hear an owner say, "Rocky
was mad at me for leaving, and he peed
in the house." Actually Rocky was prob-
ably just nervous from your absence, or
the person watching him didn't keep his
potty schedule.


The point is that small gestures can
mean big things. Whether you brush
your teeth first thing in the morning
could alert your dog to what kind of day
might lie ahead.
Many times I encounter people I
refer to as "untraining owners," those
who get in the way of their dog's train-
ing progress. One example: Pulling on
leashes during walks.
I am called for help because dogs are
ripping owners' arms out of their sockets
as Rocky rushes to a tree to smell the
delectable scents left by other dogs. The
owners work on the program and follow
the prescribed treatment for a while, but
then real life sets in again. They slowly
start wavering, slipping back into old
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walk with your dog past strange men or
at night? Guess what your dog knows
it. From your slightly altered breathing
to your change of pace, tightening of the
leash, or even a rise in your blood pres-
sure, your dog can sense you are uncom-
fortable. Repeated often enough, this can
teach your dog to be uncomfortable in
those settings too, and to display some
(undesirable) behavior of his own.


Even squinting your eyes to hone
in on an object, your dog is on it and is
watching you. Do you shoot him a look
after being startled by a loud noise? Do
you get agitated and jump up when the
door bell rings? Your dog can sense it,
and he may start barking more with
every knock or ring of the bell.
More examples of unintended train-
ing: All those treats you give your dog for
no particular reason? That teaches him he
doesn't have to work to get a paycheck,
and certainly doesn't have much need for


you. Life is a candy store, so why listen to
anyone? People give him what he wants
when he wants it simply for being cute.
Do you praise him with an unin-
spired, monotone "good dog" voice
for something likeable he did? Do you
reprimand him for something he did
wrong, but can barely hold back laughter
because it was actually funny? In either
case, he knows you don't really mean it.
Your dog is observing you every
moment, learning from your behavior.
From your smallest breath to pulling on


sweat pants to tightening your grip on his
leash, you are unofficially training him.
Remember, you are not alone. Your
dog is there too, and he is watching you!

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 lisa (I ,lri, al.. gr see ?.. .com, or
visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline. com

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There's More to Italy Than Pizza and Chianti
Red, white, and you: Agreeable wines for $12 or less


By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Mention Italy and most people
will likely think of Tuscany.
Mention the red wines of Italv
and it's even more likely most people
will think of Chianti. Ah, the power of
branding.
Despite being No. 2 in Italian
wine production (to Montepulciano
d Abruzzo), Chianti is the muscle-bound
bully on the backs of matchbook covers,
kicking sand in the faces of all those 98-
pound weakling red varietals.
But just as France is more than Bor-
deaux and Napa is more than Cabernet
and Spain is more than Rioja and Australia
is more than a gazillion bottles of sweet,
grapey plonk with cute, stupid animals on
the label, so too is Italy about a lot more
than the wine that's on the list of every piz-
zeria from Brooklyn to Ulan Bator.
For example, in Sicily there's the
robust, inky Nero d'Avola (named after
a town in the far southern reaches of
Sicily). On another island, Sardinia,
there's Cannonau (Grenache) and Cari-
gnan (occasionally bottled as a varietal
in California). Piedmont is known for
the Nebbiolo grape, used to make Bar-
baresco and the famed Barolo, and also
for the much lighter-bodied Dolcetto.
The region of Abruzzo contributes the
ubiquitous Montepulciano.
Even in Tuscany, Chianti is outranked
in terms of prestige by Brunello (made
from 100-percent Sangiovese) and the still-
trendy Super Tuscans, typically blends of
Sangiovese and other Italian varietals with
New World grapes such as Cabernet Sauri-
gnon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.


Unfortunately
the cost of Brunellos
and Super Tuscans
is well beyond the
means of most mere
mortals. But that
doesn t mean we
can t explore the
range and diver- ,,.,
sity of Italian reds "
that aren t Chianti .
without spending '
a month s worth of
food and rent money.
Beginning
off the coast of
Italy, in Sicily and
Sardinia, we have
the 2008 Lamura
Nero d'Avola and
the 2008 Cantine di Dolianova Monica
di Sardegna. Rich, inky, and robust,
Nero d Avola is not a wine for the faint
of palate, and the Lamura is no excep-
tion. Aromas and flavors are of tangy
blackberry and blueberry fruit with faint
undertones of spice and pepper.
The Dolianova is just the opposite,
lighter in color, with Beaujolais-like
cherry-raspberry aromas and a distinct
whiff of cinnamon. The spice is a bit
more subdued on the palate but still adds
complexity to the raspberry-ish fruit.
Serve it chilled at your next barbecue.
A couple of other wines on the lighter
side are the 2009 Antica Corte Val-
policella and 2009 Casa Sant'Orsola
Dolcetta d'Alba. The Valpolicella is very
young and very tart, tasting like under-ripe
strawberries and raspberries with a sharp,
almost citrus bite. It's a little green to drink
on its own but would be better with food.


Though the
same vintage, the
Dolcetta is much
friendlier to drink:
that youthful
drinkability, in
fact, is one of the
characteristics of
the grape. It's a
simple and refresh-
~t~~ing wine, noth-
ing too fancy or
complicated, with
plurmmy-berry
flavors and a hefty
dollop of sweet
spice, especially
cloves. Think of it
as an all-purpose
wine, playing well
by itself or with most anything from full-
flavoed fishto liglter meats.
From Abruzzo comes two examples
of that region's famed grape: Mon-
tepulciano. Both the 2009 Velenosi
Quattro Mani and 2008 Pozzi reflect
the varietal's typical vivid cherry color,
medium body, and bright, tangy cherry-
berry fruit. Both also hint at black olives,
tobacco, and spice, and finish with a
vaguely citrus-y acidity that leaves your
taste buds primed for more. (Don't con-
fuse them with Vino Nobile di Montep-
ulciano, a much more sophisticated and
expensive wine made from Sangiovese
grapes grown around the town of Mon-
tepulciano in Tuscany.)
And speaking of Tuscany, here are a
pair of wines that represent the region's
new winemaking philosophy. The 2008
Antinori Santa Cristina and 2008
Strade Vecchie are labeled "Indicazione


Geografica Tipica," a category created
by the Italian government to recognize
wines not made in the traditional (and le-
gally mandated) style but are a cut above
everyday table wine.
What earns these wines the I.G.T.
designation is the addition of New World
grapes to Sangiovese ten percent
Merlot for the Santa Cristina, ten percent
Cabernet Sauvignon for the Strade Vec-
chie. You can taste the difference those
varietals bring to the finished product.
The Santa Cristina shows off Merlot's
softer, rounder fruit. The Strade Vecchie
does the same for Cabernet's more fo-
cused and tannic flavors. But the essence
of Sangiovese crisp acidity, cherry
and plum fruit, nuances of smoke and
earth still shines through, even if it's
not Chianti.

The Pozzi and Strade Vecchie can
be found at the North Miami Beach
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525) for
$7.99 and $11.99, respectively. Both
the Casa Sant'Orsola and Quattro
Mani are $10.99 and available at
Cellars Wine & Spirits Warehouse
(21055 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura,
305-936-9433. The North Miami
Beach Total Wine & More (14750
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270)
carries the Cantine di Dolianova
($11.99), Antica Corte ($9.99), and
Casa Sant'Orsola ($8.99), while
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Professor of Theology
Biscayne Park
Absolutely! It is our right
and responsibility to vote
for our government of-
ficials, and it is so conve-
nient in our society. So I
take advantage of that. I
have a real concern for our
environment and not get-
ting into offshore drilling
with the lack of prepared-
ness that we've experi-
enced in the recent past.


Akira van Egmond
Personal Trainer
Little Haiti
No, I cannot vote because
I am not a citizen of the
United States. I trust that
the system will work
without my single vote. I
cannot hold dual citizen-
ship and though I have
lived in this country since
I was six, the benefits of
maintaining my Dutch
citizenship outweigh the
benefit of becoming of-
ficially American.


Victor Lavoct
Unemployed
Morningside
No. I am not a citizen of
the United States and it's
the law that I cannot vote.
I see the advertisements
on the TV and I listen to
the candidates and see
what they are doing. I
have been a resident here
for a long time, so hope-
fully soon I will gain
official citizenship and
then I will vote.


Jane Spinney
Music Studio Owner
Miami Shores
I am planning to vote
again in November. I
think it's important to
exercise our right as U.S.
citizens to vote, even
though I don't really like
politics myself. I always
hope that I'm picking the
candidates who have the
community's best inter-
ests in mind and not
their own agendas.


Laura Zurro
Nutritional Consultant
North Miami
Yes, I usually vote, but
first I want to take the time
to look at who is running
and who is not. I haven't
had a chance to do much
research yet. Voting is
especially important to
me because my husband,
who is not a US citizen,
cannot vote. We are
particularly interested in
issues regarding the envi-
ronment and education.


Mathew Freeman
Creative Designer
Midtown
Actually, I am going to go
vote this time really
just to keep the Tea
Party people out. l used
to follow MoveOn.org
during the Bush years, but
I got sick of them. One
I'm still watching is Alan
Grayson [Dem., Florida
Congressional District 8].
He's got cojones. I think
on the ballot they should
include who is a lawyer
and who is not.


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Brickell / Downtown

Abokado
900 S. Miami Ave., 305-347-3700
Hamachi chiles rellenosl, Shiso leaf "nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kalware sprouts, and other Asian
Ingredientsl, The Vlva, a sushl roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds
Latin sabor (Jalapeio, cilantro), wraps It In a flour tortilla,
amd gtamnsdhes It withaheat (ospla n ow crarbsmix)lu Mlaml
Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place Is surely one Prices are
higher than at neighborhood sushl spots, but In keeping
with Abokado s Mary Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

Acqua
1435 Brickell Ave.

3ou Saos OHotel
Originally an Itallan/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs In 2006,
resulting In a complete menu renovation Thalland s
famed sense of culinary balance Is now evident through-
out the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-
Inspired) menu, In dishes Ilke 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 Ilvely wasabl aloll 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) Isnt ta glamorous dining setting But
we d eat outside From the expansive terrace of the
Eplc condo and hotel on the Mlaml River, the views of
Brickell s high-rlses actually make Mlaml look Ilke 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-celling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more Ilkely 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 sashiml, Maine crab, avocado
tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan
lamb Is three preparations (grilled chop, harlssa-marl-
nated loln, 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
(M~laml 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 onlon toast, some surprisingly solid Asian
fusion Items, and a cocktail Is one of Mlaml s more relax-
Ing experiences $$-$$$


K'Chapas
1130 Normandy Dr.
305- 864-8872
Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space
Is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -- but not fusion The
Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to
country Most Big Food comes from Peru fresh ceviches,
classic cooked entrees But it~s the Venezuelan breakfast/
snack Items that keep us coming, especially signature
cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find
In restaurants These most pancakes, made from ground
corn kernels Instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty
white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and
savor $-$$






9540 NE 2nd Ave*
305-754-3666
"Nd friendly"~ generally means restaurants will tolerate young-
sters Moole~s, an Ice cream parlor plus, posit~vely pampers
them, from the cute play area out back (equipped with
old-school toys Ilke giant bean bags) to a children s~ menu
that doesn t condescend (Who says kids don t appreciate
pizzas with fresh mozzarella) For grown-ups there are sophis-
ticated salads and sandwiches Ilke a turkey, pear, garlic oil,
and brle paninI on housebaked bread Just don t neglect
Moolds mainstay Ice cream, dense yet creamy-soft Blue Bell
Plstachlo almond Is our pick $




Senor Cricket
2286 NE 123rd St.
305892-7490
There~s Tex-Mexfood, and authentic Mexican food This fes-
tive eatery has both, with particular peoplepleasing points
goingto the former Junk food chains have given It a bad rap,
but the best is tasty fusion fare, and If diners stck to Tex-Mex
combo platters, they can stuff themselves silly for under ten
bucks At dinner, meanwhile, purists can enjoy platters of
pork carnitas and other classics Tip for tlpplers Palr margarl-
tas with queso fundido melted cheese with chorizo) for one
of Ilfds great gullty pleasures $-$$




to $40 DeuS (an 115% alcohol Belglan methode
Champenoise brew) But for those favoring solid snacks,
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 styllsh setting In Mlaml s historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,
which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
pork tenderloln to a platter of Kobe minl-burgers, all cost

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1 NE nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indoneslan food Isn t easy to find In Miaml,
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 rUsttafel,
a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condl-
ments to be heaped on rice Note bring cash No plastic
accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad s 25th floor, The Bar s picture-windowed
space Is not just a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it s an elegant sandwich bar, at night if~ sa raw bar
(with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar
srvn elo othhat~s ust t B sque ardufor tapas beudt
small plates They range from traditional Items Ilke cod
fish equlxada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to Inventive Inspirations Ilke fole gras and goat cheese-
stuffed empanadas $$$

bistro e
485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373
A full power lunch from a Michelln-starred chef for $159
Sounds unbelievable, but you~ II find just such a dally special
(like corn/lalapeho soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, alry cheesecake,
and a pint of beer) at blstro e, daytme name for Michael
Islks dinr-ol new dlgeaterytEos Te name chnge
menu Among fa la carte temptations pork belly tacos, a
Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brlsket/gruyere sandwich with
dipping julce Breakfast too, from 6 30 a m $$-$$$

Botequim Carioca
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-675-1876
If Brazil s cuisine were defined by the USA~s Brazllan res-
taurants, the conclusion would be that Brazllan people eat
nothing but rodlzlo (all-you-can-eat meat), and weigh, on
average, 400 pounds This Brazllan pub broadens the plc-
ture, with a menu that offers entrees, especially at lunch,
but highlights Brazllan tapas -- mega-minl plates meant
for sharing Must-not-misses Include pasteles filled with
shrimp and creamy catuplry cheese, beautifully seasoned
bolinho de bacalau (fried salt cod dumplings), and alplm
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 Ilke the hefty cafe con leche
martinis But don t overlook chef Gully 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 $$

Cafe Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358
Though the Mandarin Orlental 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 sa big selection of artisan sakes
$$$-$$$$$


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RES TAURANT LI STINGS


The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 239.


BRICKELL / DOWNTOWN

SuViche
49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097
This small JapanesePeruvian place serves food Influenced by
each nation distinctly, plus Intriguing fusion Items with added
Caribbean touches Cooked entrees, all Peruvian, Include an
elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes
In peppery cream sauce) But the emphasis is on contem-
porary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvetyaji amarillo chill
sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushl rolls, which get pret
ty wild When was the last time you encountered a tempura-
battered tupna.avocado and scheln makl topped with Peru~s





MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICT

Gigi
3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520
As befits Its location In artful, working-class Wynwood, Glgl
has minimalist modern diner ambulance paired with truly
creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from
Top Chef contender Jeff Mclnnis (formerly of the South Beach
Rltz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices From a menu encom-
passing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled
goodies, and raw Items, highlights Include pillowy-light roast
pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the world s best BLT, featur-
Ing Asian bun "toast" thick pork belly slices rather than bacon,
and housemade pickles There~s$2 beer, too $-$$

Joumou Caf6
4424 NE 2nd Ave., 305-542-0646
Upon entering this recently renovated rustic restaurant, the
wave of Intense spice aromas wafting through the space
serve notice that the "contemporary Halt~an-American" cul-
sine served here is something special Along with signature
joumou soup (pumpkin with beef, dumplings, and veggles)
and other Haltlan classics, you can also get all-American com-
fort food, plus occasional fusion Items Ilke zesty Krevol spiced
burgers Low prices, warm ambulance, and Prest~ge beer
make this a great place for group gatherings $-$$



Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern Inventionl, 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
Specialtles Include flash-marinated raw seafood cre-
ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish
In citrus-splked chill/cream sauce) But traditional fusion
dishes Ilke Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed
with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamarl) 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 foodl The DRB serves 400 beers
from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon












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either $18 or $23 And the price Includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats Ilke 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 Lorle (of PS14) and partner Brian
Bastl, this hip hangout was designed to entice downtown
workers to Ilnger after office hours And even without the
expansive, casual-chic space as balt, Internationally award-
winning Itallan plzza chef Massimo Fablo Brunl s exquisitely
alry, burn-blistered ples, made from homemade dough,
could do the trick The rest of the organically oriented
menu May also great, but with pizzas Ilke the cream/mush-
room-topped Blanca beckoning, we II never know $-$$$

Eos
485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Unlike their Michelln-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, In Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakls and restaurateur Donatella Arpala has Influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged Is Psilakls
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
slble So sklp the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly
custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin rlsotto,
or any raw seafood Item, especially the unique marlin with
plstachlo, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

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 biscults with rich sausage gravy, a
friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl Whilegiall 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 desserts
dally are featured, from a roster topping 150 chocolate pecan


Indochine
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1525
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restau-
rant Into hip hangout Coplous special events draw every-
one from downtown business types to the cou ntercultu re
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 sushl
rolls For bigger appetites, there are Thal curries and
Vietnamese specialtles Ilke 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 Mlaml Shores lsting)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Itallan restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer In revitalizing downtown
With alternatives Ilke amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnollotl
In sage butter sauce and cllantro-spiced white bean/veg-
etable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer
Porclello and Horatio Olivelra continue to draw a lunch
crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on
through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer s Liquid Lunch,
a vodka martin spiked with sweetened espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four In the morning, nothing quells the munchles Ilke a
Crazy Burger, a Colomblan take on a truckers burger beef
patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried
egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun "Whle this tiny places
late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu Is more so In addition to Colomblan clas-
sics, there~sa salad Nicolse 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, Indicate
a great meal to come But when Mlamlans encounter such
bread -- crackling crust outside, most, aromatic, aerated

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ple, lemon bars, potato candles, seven-layer cookies, and Jack
Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you
won~twanttoshare $-$$

Fratelli Milano
213 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-2300
Downtown Isn t yet a 24/7 urban center. but it~s experl-
encing a mint explosion of eateries open at night That
Includes this family-owned rlstorante, where even new-
comers feel at home At lunch it~s almost Impossible to
resist paninl, served on foccacla or crunchy clabatta, even
the vegetarian version bursts with complex and comple-
mentary flavors During weekday dinners, try generous
plates of rlsotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus, home-
made pastas Ilke seafood-packed fettuccine al scogllo, or
delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula $$-$$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608
This festively decorated Indoor/outdoor blstro packs a
lot of party spirit Into a small space, a large variety of
food onto Its menu To the familiar Latin American/Itallan
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 blstro s especially known for Imaginative meal-size
salads, Ilke one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado,
apple, blue cheese, raisins, candled 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 Mlaml River, diners can view the
retail fish market Best preparations are the simplest
When stone crabs are In season, Garcla s claws are as
good as Joe s but considerably cheaper The local fish
sandwich Is most popular 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 ravioll
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 Ilke grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-
dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-
bolled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially
lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins,
apples, and basll, an Itallan twist $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
This expansive Indoor/outdoor Brazllan eatery Is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wlelding
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-
dltlonal surprise unusual sauces Ilke sweet/tart passion
fruit or mlnt, 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 gullt-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 At just over two bucks aplece,
they re a money-saving moveable feast $

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Mlaml River makes this
ultra-upscale Itallan 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 freebles that's a trademark of Manhattan s II
Mullno, originally run by II Gabblano s owners The rest
of the food Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioll with black
truffles, Worth every penny $$$$$


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Continued from page 71


Interior -- It~s Ilkely not from a restaurants own kitchen. but
from La Provence Buttery croissants and party-perfect pas-
tries are legend too Not so familiar Is the bakeryis cafe com-
ponent, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic
tastes But French Items Ilke pan bagnats (essentially salade
Nlgolse 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, charcuterle/plate, 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 sklp dessert Superb sweets Include rich almond/
fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional
Madelelnes, alry layered mousses, and addictive minl-mac-
aroon sandwich cookies with dally-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 ambl-
tlous, dally-changing menu of fare that's geographically
eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners
get a choice of about ten entrees (substantial stuff Ilke
steak au polvre with Madelra cream sauce and roasted
potatoes, or pignolla-crusted salmon with DIgon mustard
sauce, potatoes, and veggles), plus soup or salad and
housemade dessert For just $9 99 Told ya $

MIA at Biscayne
20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-642-0032
Atthis expansive, ultra-glam restolounge, the eclectic, mostly
small-plate menu ranges from the expected (grilled skirt steak
with chimichurrl, new-style cevches, and luxe sushl rolls) to a
small but tantalizing selection of chef Gerdy Rodriguez~ssigna-
ture creations Lunch fare Includes modernized "Minuta" fish
sandwiches (avocado/habanero vinalgrette-dressed hamachi
on nonl Kalser rolls), while dinner offers edgier Inventions Ilke
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 Mannyis Steakhouse, Mlami~s Chophouse retains
basically everything but the famed name (from the original
Mannyis In Minneapolls), and remains Mlaml~s most Inten-
tlonally masculine steakhouse Here, ensconced In your
black leather booth, everything Is humongous dry-aged
choice-grade steaks Ilke the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavor-
ful 40-ounce bone-in rlbeye, described as "part meat, part
weapon"), king crab legs that dwarf the plate, cocktaillshrimp
that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted
cocktails that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frall $$$$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamalca, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade Island specialtles to
downtown office workers and college students since the
early 1990s Most popular Item here might be the week-
day lunch special oflerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes Ilke a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry


Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life Is complicated Food should be simple That~s owner
Armando Alfano s philosophy, which Is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
it~s also the formula for the truest traditional Itallan food
(Alfano halls from Pompell), it~s fitting that the menu Is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Itallan 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 ist St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute eateryis chefs/owners (one CIA-trained,
both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional
purism, Instead utllzing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked
rotlsserle smoker to turn out their personalized style of
slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion rlbs, 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 holsin 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 Sushl 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 eateryis tenth anniversary and
Mlaml multiculturalism "sushl tacos" (fried gyoza skins
with fusion fillings Ilke 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 Thal food till 9 00 p m dally Tasty classics Ilke
the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman)
come custom-spiced -- mild to authentically brain-searing
-- and are so affordable there s no gullt In splurging on
superb house specials Ilke 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 Ilve 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,
Ilke a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloll A meat-
smoker In back turns out tasty rlbs $$

Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hang-
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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 eatery~s 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 Ilke a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly Ilme-marinated grouper with Jalapeios, basil, and
the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab
ravioll 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 Miaml, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters Ilke lump crab cakes with his
own Ilghtly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche
The dally-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 Antonlo Ellek and N colas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual Items Ilke
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pltas to lemonade Is made
fresh, from scratch, dally $-$$

Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St.
305-373-8080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued rlbs
(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 afl-
clonados consider our town s tastiest souse And It would
be unthinkable to call It quits without homemade sweet
potato ple 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 gentrlfled amenities At lunch chicken salad Is a
favorite, dinner s strong sult Is the pasta lst, ranging
from Grandma Jennie~s old-fashioned lasagna to chichi
flocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday s $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town s
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$

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 lve giraffe, the food s
actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot


The concept Is prlx 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 carpacclo with horseradish/mus-
tard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top
playhouse desserts, one with a luscious creme fralche Ice
cream pop $$$$

Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
The first U S venture of a hoteller from Naples, this stylish
Little place Is open Monday through Saturday for dinner
as well as lunch Amblance Is fashionably cool Milanese
rather than effusively warm Neapolitan The food too Is
mostly contemporary rather than traditional But In true
Itallan style, the best stuff stays simple an antipasto plat-
ter of Imported cold cuts with crostinl and housemade
marinated veggles, crisp-fried calamarl and shrimp, alry
gnocchl with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted
bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil $$-$$$

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 Indlan
specialtles rarely found In Mlaml s basically north Indlan
restaurants The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely
priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosal (lacy rice
crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker
pancakes, layered with onions and chills, both served with
sambar and chutney $$

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 Ilke soft-shell
crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade
There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes
diners, Ilke short rlbs 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 Ilst and numerous artisan beers on
tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave.
786-425-1001
This expansive Indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rlence 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 Sardlnla The main fare Is
Imaginative sandwiches on fresh breads, an especially
delicious creation features slow-braised short rlbs, 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 $


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but restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of It as a neigh-
borhood blstrolounge "The food Is mostly modernized
Itallan. with Latin and Asian accents a prosclutto-and-fig
plzza with Brazllan catuplry cheese. gnocchi served either
as finger food (fried. with calamata olive/truffle aloll). or
plated with orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-
sauced meatballs with rlfgawt for Grandpa Vlnnie. too
$$-$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun")
Irlsh pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach
Waxy~s. the location Is far superior -- on the Mlaml River,
with waterfront deck And none of Mlaml s Irish eater-
les 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
veggles on the menu. this Asian fast-food eatery. owned
by Shal Ben-Ami (a Miss Ylp and Domo Japones veteran)
May Initially seem akin to those airport Orlental 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 Mlaml River restolounge has a London parent on
San Pellegrino s Ilst of the world s best restaurants. and a
similar menu of world-class. Izakaya-style smallish plates


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 -- Ilke
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 approprl-
ate fruits. veggles. nuts. olives. prepared spreads. and
breads $$

Clive's Caf6
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 Jamalcan specialtles. the Intensely spiced grilled
lerk chicken has been the main Item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas. eye-opening onlon/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

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(robata-grilled Items. sushl, 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 Caf6
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-
clally. the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying
authentic fare Ilke baleadas (thick corn tacos). tajadas
(Honduras s take on tostones). rich meal-in-a-bowl soups
packed with seafood or meat and veggles. and more $

Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel),
305-536-6414
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component. but
floor-to-celling 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 Boursln 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 Ilke a hefty fried
or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll. with
remoulade sauce $$-$$$

Bengal
2010 Biscayne Blvd.
305-403-1976
At this Indlan eatery the decor Is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls. tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts Modern Indlan Culsine"
to match the look Classicists. however. needn t worry
America s favorite familiar north Indlan 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) Culsine Is similarly geared to the area s
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch. tapas and larger Internationally themed Spanish,
Itallan. or French charcuterle platters at night Though the
place Is small and family-run friendly. chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks Ilke the figclutto arugula. gor-
gonzola dolce. caramelized onions. pine nuts. fresh figs.
and prosclutto Free parking behind the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.
305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery Ilke this one which serves
supremely satisfying blstro food were within walking
distance of every Mlaml resident. we d be a helluva hip
food town Like true Parlslan blstros. its open continu-
ously. every day. with prices so low that you can drop In
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pite) with a crusty
baguette. steak with from-scratch frites. salmon atop rata-
toullle. 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
Blstro 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
pites. sinfully rich pork rlllettes. superb salami, and other
charcuterle classics) are Irresistible. and a buttery-crusted.
custardy qu iche plus perf ectly d ressed salad costs little
more than a fast-food combo meal As for Postel s home-
made French sweets. If you grab the last Parls-Brest. a
prallne butter-cream-filled puff pastry. we May have to kill
you $-$$


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the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
Ilke their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth lalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically Invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
Most of the seating In this cool Ilttle breakfast/Iunch 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 Elsmann s Design
District mint empire, this upscale fish house Is Intended
to be product-driven rather than chef-driven, a place
where you~ II find some of Mlaml 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 Ilke Alaskan hallbut with preserved
lemon rlsotto and lemongrass nage, the menu features
Elsmann 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-
gle burgers, and free peanuts while you walt Which you
will, just a bit. since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available In double or one-patty sizes, they~ re well-done
but spurtingly lulcy, 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 Itallan cafe has been packed since the moment
It opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken
Lyon s pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln
Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what Its
neighborhood needed The restaurants artisan saluml,
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 specialtles Ilke Venetlan-style calves Ilver,
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 prosclutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinalgrette) at this concealed cafe,
hidden on the Venetla condo s mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets dally for the
freshest of Ingredients, and their breads (plus lght-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelll chocolate cake) are
all baked In-house On Saturdays the grrrls II even deliver
you an elegant (yet Inexpensive) breakfast In bed $


Hurricane Grill & Wings
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133
This Florida fast/casual chain became an Instant hit In
Midtown Mlaml 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 "bone-
less wings," really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces),
accompanied 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, Including salads But hey, celery Is salad, right $$

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488
The first new restaurant In the Wynwood Cafe District,
this stylish Indoor/outdoor Itallan hangout Is as casually
cool as one would hope and as affordable There~s
a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and
respectable vino for under $30 And few can resist
delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas Ilke the creative
Dolce e Plccante or orgasmic Carbonara Pastas are
fresh, produce Is largely local, the mosalc-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 Ilsting)

Latin Caf6 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 Valenclana from Spain, which many
Mlaml eateries consider a Latin country What justifles the
new millennium monlker Is the more modern, yupplfled/
yucafled ambulance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads Ilke 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 paninls, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) Include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggle wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

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 dally Niceties
Include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $


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 onlon/pepper/llme salsa),
and yuca In hot yet fruity rocoto chill 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 Ilke plion 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 Ilke lemon-
crusted wild berry ple, and a hip beer and wine Ilst $

Main Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-571-9044
Th Is very upscale Brazllan steakhouse has all the fea-
tures you expect, Including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Malno apart from
typical rodlzlo palaces Is Its family-run feel, Intimate rather
than Intimidating, plus Its attention to every detail While
It~s rare at most rodlzlo joints to get meat done less than
medium, Malno 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-
clals Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

Maitardi
163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak
Plaza s original tenant, Brosla, this more Informal, Inex-
pensive, and straightforwardly Itallan concept of veteran
Lincoln Road restaurateur Grazlano Sbrogglo 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 plzza creations, plus a vintage meat slicer dispens-
Ing wild boar salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other
artisan saluml Other Irresistibles fried artichokes with
lemony aloll, seafood lasagna with heavenly dlll-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 alry 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 Mlaml lsting)

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave.
786-369-0423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge,


favorite Is the carnitas (Julcy braised pork, spicy chill 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 celerlac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onlon 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 Ilst 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
Venetla 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 dally 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 Ilmited late-night
menu provides plzza, wings, rlbs, 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 Belglum 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 Plcasso
chorizo, prosclutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach,
and basil on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and
crafted edibles Include salads, dally soups, several pastas
(like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $

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

Pizzavolante
3918 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-5325
At this tiny plzza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Elsmann s
I nspired topping combos and aston ish ingly h igh-q uality
Ingredients prove that star-chef skills are not wasted on
humble fare Carnivores must try the Cacclatorinl, an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with Indescribably rich guancla-
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festooned with grafflti-style murals designed to evoke a
Lim6n y Sabor bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously
3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739 smooth margaritas But the main must-haves here are
In this dramatically renovated space, the room Is now tacos, encased In a rarity genuinely made-from-scratch
Ilght and open, and the food Is authentic Peruvian, with corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed Of 11 varleties, our


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pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Itallan tomatoes For meatless ples, we recommend the
Blanca, a thyme-seasoned plzza 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 In" locals~ hangout vibe But this Ilvely
Itallan spot Is actually a great addition to the neighbor-
hood The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with
toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosclutto/
arugula would be draw enough But pastas also please
diners~ choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and
extras And the price Is right, with few entrees topping
$20 The capper It~s open past midnight every day but
Sunday $$

Primo Pizza Miami
3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555
Just a few years ago, chain plzza joints were dominant
most everywhere Today many places now offer authen-
tic Itallan or delicate designer pizzas But a satisfying
Brookyn-style street slicel, Fuhgedit Thankfully that's
the speciality of this Indoor/outdoor pizzeria blgslices
with chewy crusts (made from Imported NY tap water)
that aren t ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold
lengthwlse, and medium-thick -- sturdy enough to support
toppings applied with generous all-American abandon
Take-out warning Plcking up a whole plel, Better bring the
SUV, not the Morris Mini

Prosecco Ristorante
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-438-2885
Its sheltered location, In a showroom buildings central
atrium, makes Prosecco not the Design District~s easlest-
to-find Itallan eatery/enoteca But the owner s longtime
experience In Tom Blllante restaurants Ilke Carpacclo
tells you the place Is a people-pleaser, with food and
wine that's accessible, affordable, and worth the hunt
Beautifully garnished carpacclos (like mustard-vinalgrette-
dressed smoked salmon with baby beets, purple potatoes,


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-dally 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 cou nter and enormous
breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs
with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy
and Georgla 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
dally 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 Bernsteln has opened In the
area But it~s no absentee celebrlty-chef glg Bernsteln
Is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch Is obvious In nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers Include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with fig Jam, white bean stew, crisp-coated
artichokes with lemon/corlander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced
by tiny pickled salads $$$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE ist Ave.,786-369-0353
This chic Indoor/outdoor space Is an offspring of Lincoln
Road s SushlSamba 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


and a soft-cooked egg), pastas Ilke ricotta and spinach-
stuffed agnolotti with sage/butter sauce, and similar
temptations ensure you~ II return $$$


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 Elsmann s
vinegar-basted North Carolina-style pulled pork, his
tender-firm (rather than Inauthentically falling-off-the-
bone) dry-rubbed spareribs, succulently fatty brlskets, and
julcy chickens Tabletop housemade sauces (particularly
a piquant mustard-cider St Louls 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 dally from quality fresh Ingredients French
Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his
menu, so we d advise Immedlately grabbing some crispy
Korean chicken wings and Chinese-Inspired, open-faced
roast pork buns with sweet chill sauce and homemade
pickles $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushl and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won tfind exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushl/sashiml favorites, though In
more Interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura makl, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad $$-$$$


range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo
to Intensely smoky-rich short rlbs At the dally happy hour,
select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple klmchl)
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 minimal
Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared
than those found elsewhere In Miaml, Ilke delicate but
flavorful yu pan quall Molst sea bass fillet has a beautifully
balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly
sweet/saltysauce And Peking duck Is served as three tra-
dltlonal courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauteed
with crisp veggles, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
This venerable wine shop and blstro, 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 $$


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Andiamo
5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andlamo Is also part of Mark Soyka s 55th
Street Station which means ditching the car (in the
complexes 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 ples (from a flaming open
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executive chef Frank Cr upl s famed Philly cheese steak
sandwiches Also available are salads and paninl plus rea-
sonably priced wines and beers, Including a few unusually
sophisticated selections Ilke Belglum s Hoegaarden $$

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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 Ilke anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy aloll But don t neglect large
plates Ilke whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or
branzlno). 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 Import~s third
Mlaml 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-
stic kers a nd. at brea kfast. fluffy peca n/ma ple-ga rn shed
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 Ilke this rustic
Indoor/outdoor Brazllan 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. feljoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats
But the everyday menu. ranging from unique. tapas-like
pastels to hefty Brazllan 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 Ilke onlon soup. escargot. dally fresh oysters,
boeuf bourgulgnon (think Ultimate Pot Roast). Nicolse
salad. quiche. and homemade creme brilee A respectable
beer and wine Ilst Is a welcome addition. as Is the house-
made sangrla 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 Haltlan classics Ilke grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtall stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood Is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce). lambl frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch). pois-
son gros sel (local snapper In a spicy butter sauce). garlic
or Creole crabs The Mlaml branch has outdoor tlkl-hut
dining $-$$

DeVita's
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This Itallan/Argentine plzzerla. housed In a charming bun-
galow and featuring a breezy patio. covers multicultural


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 Favorlte Items Include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dlll 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 diners nutritional needs $$

Go To Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914
This friendly. family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers
original surprises Ilke 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. Silver 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 rlb eye. sides Include fries and beer-battered onlon
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 Ilquor. but the beer Ilst
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 Mlaml restolounge. or Ilke anything else In Mlaml
Forbidding from the outside. on the Inside it~s Ilke a time-
trip to a cabaret In pre-WWll Berlin bordello-red decor.
romantically dim Ilghting. show-tune Ilve plano bar enter-
tainment. and to match the ambulance. elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush. home-style fried chicken Is just Ilke 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 Blstro. 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 Vegetarlans will love the organic portabella
foccacla Dine either Inside the architect designed restau-
rant or outdoors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$


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

Moonchine
7100 Biscayne Blvd.
305-759-3999
Like Its Brickell-area sibling Indochine. this friendly Asian
blstro serves fare from three nations Japan. Thalland.
and Vietnam Menus are also similar. splt between tradl-
tlonal dishes Ilke pad Thal and East/West fusion creations
Ilke the Vampire sushl roll (shrimp tempura. tomato. cllan-
tro. roasted garlic) But It also carves out Its own Identity
with original creations. Including yellow curry-spiced fried
rice Nearly everything Is low In sodium. fat. and calories
A large rear patio Is Inviting for dining and entertainment
$$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
786-220-9404
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshl Moshl Is
a cross between a sushl bar and an Izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor Is the
food s unusually upscale quality Sushl ranges from
pristine Individual niglrl to over-the-top makI rolls Tapas
are Intriguing. Ilke 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 Ilke Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indlan 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 Ilght bites
Is along with other lures Ilke 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 minl-burgers with chipotle ketchup. a brle.
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 Krls Wessel~s Inten-
tlonally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant.
you can enjoy regional wildlife Ilke 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 Ilmited. but several signature specialtles.
If available. are not to be missed BBQ shrimp In a tangy
Worcestershire and cayenne-splked butter/wine sauce.
Irresistible mint conch fritters. and homemade Ice cream
$$-$$$


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bases If the Old World Rucola plzza (a classic Margherita
topped with arugula. prosclutto. and shredded parmesan)
doesn t do the trick. the New World Especial (a Latin
ple with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) Just might Also
available are pastas. salads. sandwiches. dinner entrees
(eggplant parmiglana with spaghettl. 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 Boulevardl, From the day It opened.
people have been Ulning up for this stand s sauce-gar-
nished. all-beef. soy veggle. turkey. and chicken hot dogs
The 22 varleties range from simple to the elaborate (the
Athens. topped with a Greek salad. Including extra-virgin
olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations Ilke
the VIP. which Includes parmesan cheese and crushed
pineapple New addition thick, Julcy burgers $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St.
305-758-5351
Minestrone. sure But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup Similarly many Itallan-American plzzerlas offer
entrees Ilke spaghetti and meatballs. but East Side also
has pumpkin ravioll In brown butter/sage sauce. wild
mushroom ravioll. and other surprisingly upscale choices.
Including Imported Peronl beer As for the plzza. they are
classic ples. available whole or by the slice. made with
fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (con-
sidered the top American plzza 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-Bano~s owners are Indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palaclos de los
Jugos -- which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are most tamales. tasty sandwiches
(especially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon). rich
flan. and the fresh tropical julces that justify the afore-
mentioned excesses For even heartier eaters. there sa
changing buffet of dally 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 Ilke the Renato (pro-
sclutto. hot capplcola. pepper Jack cheese. red peppers,
and Romano cheese dressing). an elaborate almond-
garnished Chinese chicken salad. H&H bagels. the world s
best. flown In from NYC And the car cleaning are equally
gentrlfled. especially on Wednesdays. when ladles are
pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine
while they walt $

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
Ilke vegetarian blue corn tacos. desserts Ilke sweet potato
ple. and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties $


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

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

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 sushl-bar specialtles plus a small selec-
tlon of Thal and Japanese cooked dishes. there are a few
surprises. such as a unique lobster makI that's admittedly
huge In price ($25 95). but also In size six ounces of
crisp-fried lobster chunks. plus asparagus. avocado. let-
tuce. toblko (flying fish). masago (smelt) roes. and special
sauces Thal dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces. ranging from traditional red or green cur-
rles 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 Ilke La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with
cilantro aloll and caramelized onions on housemade foc-
cacla) Dinner features a range of small plates (poached
figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle)
and full entrees Ilke sake-marinated salmon with bonlato
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 Abble
Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs
grown on the bakeryis window sills Bernardos span con
lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are
legend But she also crafts treats not found at average
Cuban bakeries. Ilke pizzas using housemade Indlan naan
bread Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats pro-
duced by a few friends candles. 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 Ilttle luncheonette services big appetites


Along with the usual grilled churrascos. there~s bandeja
palsa. Colombla s sampler platter of grilled steak. sau-
sage. chicharron. fried egg. avocado. plantains. rice. and
beans Don t miss marginally daintler dishes Ilke sopa de
costilla. If this rich shortrib bowl Is among the dally home-
made soups Arepas Include our favorite corn cake the
hefty Aura. stuffed with chorizo. chicharron. carne des-
mechada (shredded flank steak). plantains. rice. beans,
and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
155179th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085
Established In 1975. this Mlaml 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 fa la carte favorites Ilke the
All-American fisherman s platters. or global specials Ilke
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 Mlaml s
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs. the Sushl Dell"
restaurant component Is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michlo Kushl serves up some sushl found
nowhere else In town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushl 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 sushl cre-
ations also tempt. as do dally entrees $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882
(See North Mlaml lsting)

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-friiendly. homemade pastas. made dally. remains the
main draw for Its large and loyal clientele Choices range
from homey. meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioll with


creamy lobster sauce. with occasional forays Into creative
exotica such as seaweed spaghettinl. 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 could 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 Mlaml / Upper Eastside lsting)




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-Itallan Indulgence rather than
Itallan simplicity crabmeat ravioletti In lobster cream
sauce. black squid Ink Ilnguinl heaped with seafood
Though romantic enough for dates. the place Is quite kid-
friendly and on the terrace. they II even feed Fldo $$$

Lemon Twist
908 71st St., 305-865-6465
In warm weather. we Ilke to hit this French blstro for
either a cornichon-garnished charcuterle platter (Includ-
Ing mouthwatering Rosette de Lyons salami, hard to find
In Miaml) or the frlsee salad with lardons and poached
egg Add Iles flottantes (merengue Islands on a creme
anglalse pond) and a glass of wine. et vollal A perfect
Parlslan Ilght supper But there s honest heftier fare.

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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 sa casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether it~s garlicky scampl. 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 Ilke regulars after
a few minutes. thanks to the staffs Itallan 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 gnocchl with pesto or better yet.
delicate fagottinl beggar s purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$

ChBen-huyae
15400 Biscayne Blvd.
305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here. If they must
But the specialty Is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine
So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample
Caribbean Mexico s most typical dish cochinlta plbil?
Cheen s authentically succulent version of the pickle-
onlon-topped marinated pork dish Is earthly aromatic
from achlote. tangy from bitter oranges. and meltingly
tender from slow cooking In a banana leaf wrap To
accompany. try a lme/soy/chill-spiced mlchelada. also
authentically Mexican. and possibly the best thing that
ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246
(See Mlaml lsting)

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too. Ilke 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 eateryis executive chef Is best-selling Thal
cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr. you d expect
major medla hype. fancy South Beach prices. and a fancy
SoBe address Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day
Longsomboon (an old Thal school pal who d moved to
Miaml) at this unpretentious. authentic (no sushl) 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 $$-$$$



C~te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Mlaml neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant Ilke this low-priced Ilttle French Jewel The
menu Is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants. cripe,
soups. sandwiches. salads. sweets. and a few more sub-
stantial specials Ilke a Tunislan-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-
tlon to details 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 mint chain Is
fast becoming the Sushl Joint That Ate Mlaml And why do
Mlamlans eat here Not ambulance There Isn t any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest. where foodles
know their fish. tout the seafood s freshness. we listen
There are some surprisingly Imaginative makis. Ilke the
Maharaja. featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry


Mayo And where else will you find a stacked sushl (five
assorted makis) birthday cake $-$$

Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363
Formerly members-only. the restaurant/lounge facllties
of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public -
always. lunch and dinner Not surprisingly. ambulance 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 ahl tuna tower. a lavish
candled-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 Ilke a blstro 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 Ilke mlnt/
plstachlo-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with srlracha aloll,
plus reviving old favorites Ilke pork tenderloln with glnger-
caramel sauce $$-$$$



Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If It~s Sunday. It must be sancocho de gallina. Colombla s
national dish If It~s Saturday. It must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups. full meals In a bowl For Colomblan-
culsine novices. a bandeja palsa (sampler Including rice,
beans. carne asada. chicharron. eggs. sauteed sweet
plantains. and an arepa corn cake) Is available every day,
as are antojitos little whims." smaller snacks Ilke cho-
rlzo con arepa (a corn cake with Colomblan sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place Is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,


one can t actually buy a gun here The nickname refers
to Its location next to a firearms shop But there sa lot of
other stuff aside from bagels here. Including a full range
of sandwiches and wraps Breakfast time Is busy time,
with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular But
what's 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 Howle Klelnberg. whose Indoor elec-
tric smoker turns out mild-tasting ~cue that ranges from
the expected pulled pork. rlbs. brisket. and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggle plates There are also creative
comfort food starters Ilke 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 Ilttle 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for Its Ilmited menu of terrifically tasty
treats. Marlo and Karina Manzanero s cafe Is now In
more sizable and atmospheric quarters But the friendly,
family-run (and kid-friendly) ambulance remains. as do the
authentic Yucatan-style specialtles Standouts Include
poc-chuc. a marinated pork loln. tacos al pastor. stuffed
with subtly smoky steak. onlon. cilantro. and pineapple,
sinful deep-fried tacos dorados. and signature burritos,
Including the Maya. filled with julcy cochinlta plbll, 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 spicler. Szechuan-style standards Ilke kung po
shrimp. ma po tofu. and General Tso s chicken And there
are a few Imaginative new Items. Ilke the Intriguingly
christened Shrimp Lost In the Forest." Singapore curried
rice noodles. crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts.
and Mongollan beef (with raw chills and fresh Orlental
basil) Delivery Is available for both lunch and dinner $$


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D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located In a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen din-
ner entrees, fresh-baked apple ple, and, oddly, a whole
section of Caesar salad varlations But it~s also a secret
source for Chinese food, mostly chow mlen/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 Mlaml locals The hefty half-
pounders on fresh brloche buns Include a scrumptious
patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onlon marmalade
The Fireman Is a jalapeio/chipotle scorcher There are
even turkey and veggle varlations Other draws are hand-
cut fries, beer-battered onlon rings, a top-drawer beer Ilst,
budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acous-
tics, 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
Mlaml s first, there sa full stock of vitamins and nutrl-
tlonal supplements But the places hearty soups, large
varlety of entrees (Including fresh fish and chicken as well
as vegetarian selections), Ilghter bites Ilke miso burgers
with secret "sun sauce" (which would probably make old
sneakers taste good), and dally 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 julces, 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 Halti home to a real restaurant (though a very


Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal s Restaurant and later
with II Migllore), local chef Neal Cooper s neighborhood-
oriented Itallan 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 blstro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinalgrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with
lemon/caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and
fole 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 plzza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicllan, topped with veggles and/or "meat buster" Imita-
tlon meats), it~s also offers a full range of breakfast/
lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many
dalry and seafood Items too Admittedly the cutesle
names of many Items baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr
salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr May cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr Itself Is one helluva
high-octane veggle burger $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-
thin designer plzza with wisps of smoked salmon (or
similar fluff) doesn t do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00
a m,. Steve s has, since 1974, been serving the kind of
comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour As In
Brooklyn, tomato sauce Is sweet, with strong oregano
flavor Mozzarella Is applied with abandon Toppings are
stuff that give strength pepperoni, sausage, meatballs,
onions, and peppers $

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd.
305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene Inside) Is
named for Its feature Item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style Items Ilke
terlyakI fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried
chicken and veggles, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings In


Informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offer-
Ing numerous traditional Haltlan dishes, including jerked
beef or goat tassot and an Impressive poisson gros sel (a
whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various
veggles and spices) But the dish that still packs the place
Is the grlot marinated pork chunks simmered and then
fried till they're mostly tender Inside, crisp and Intensely
flavored outside $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambulance, 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 Ilke mojo-marinated lechon asado,
topped with onions, and Julcy ropa vieja are translated
on the menu, not the plate, and fancler creations Ilke
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 Itallan-
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 ambulance, notably the red leatherette
booths, add to Mama s charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641
At this North Mlaml Institution (opened In 1969) food Is
Itallan-American, not Itallan-Itallan spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmiglana, 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 Mlaml s
Midtown neighborhood and In North Bay Village $


tangy sauce There s also an all-you-can-eat deal sushl
(Individual niglrl or makI rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked Items for $14, three bucks more for sashiml
Instead of sushl $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd.
305-940-1808
No frozen plzza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
Imported designer Ingredients either The ples are New
York-style, but the dough Is made fresh dally, and the
cheese Is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America s
finest plzza topper) Also on the menu are Itallan-
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 Ilke 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 Mlaml
cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork
$$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd.
305-891-1451
The grlddle has been fired up since 1954 at this Indle
fast-food joint, and new owners have done Ilttle 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 Ilke 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 $-$$

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Yes Pasta!
14871 Biscayne Blvd.
305-944-1006
The space. formerly a Pasha s. Isn t posh But minimalism
fits a partially self-service Itallan 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 funghl e tartufl (wild mush-
rooms In truffle sauce). decadent Alfredo. creamy yet
clean-tasting Flamlnla (pureed yellow peppers with black
pepper). and more Also available are panini (on excellent
bread). salads. soups. Imported saluml or cheese platters
desserts. and several wines $$

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Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.
305-945-1722
Blg 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 Ilke peppery black bean clams. sauteed mustard
greens. and steamed whole fish with ginger and scal-
Ilons. plus Chinese-American egg foo young Default
spicing Is mild even In Szechuan dishes marked with
red-chill Icons. but don t worry. realizing some Ilke It
hot. the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat
levels upon request $$

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located Inside Oleta River State Park. this casual outdoor
eatery Is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
Item Is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing In 1938. available In three varleties
salmon. mahl mahl. and the signature blue marlin But
the smokehouse now also turns out rlbs 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 5


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 wont 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. antiblotics,
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 wlmps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela. originally from British Guyana. the wrapper Is
a far more substantial and tasty rotl. a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread Is probablylerk chicken. bone-in pieces In
a spiced stew of potatoes. cabbage. carrots. onions. and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other cur-
rles from which to choose Take-out packages of plain rotl
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-
tlons of Chinese food In the NY metropolitan area Before
bland faux-Cantonese dishes After lighter. more fiery
fare from Szechuan and other provinces This Mlaml
outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized
Items. but don t worry Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns,


Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-947-0064
After sushl chefs close up their own restaurants for the
night. many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home
cooking. served In grazing portions Try glistening-fresh
strips of raw tuna can be had In maguro nuta mixed
with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso
mustard sauce Other favorites Include goma ae (wilted
spinach. chilled and dressed In sesame sauce). garlic
stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender
steak bits). or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chill sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$
Heelsha
1550 NE 164th St.
305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl dishes Ilke fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onlon. green pepper. and pickled mango)
or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa. Bangladesh s
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar. it~s because
chef/owner Blthl Begum and her husband Tlpu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renalsa
Their menu s mix-and-match option allows diners to pair
their choice of meat. poultry. fish. or vegetable with more
than a dozen regional sauces. from familiar Indlan styles
to exotica like satkara. flavored with a Bangladeshl citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-945-2244
(See Mlaml Shores Ilsting)l,
Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd.
305-948-9080
Specialtles Ilke shawarma. spinach ples. kebabs. hum-
mus. and klbbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bul-
gur) are native to many M middle East cou ntries. but when a
Lebanese chef/owner. Ilke this eatery~s Sam Elzoor. Is at
the helm. you can expect extraordinary refinement There
are elaborate dally specials here. Ilke lemon chicken or
stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides. but even a com-
mon falafel sandwich Is special when the plta Is also
stuffed with housemade cabbage and onlon salads. plus
unusually rich and tart tahina $-$$

Kabobji
3055 NE 163rd St.
305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahinl sauce In fact that
alone Is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright. cheery eatery~s delightfully onlony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced. and reassuringly fresh-
tasting. raw klbbl 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 mint 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 Indlan fare Kormas are properly soothing and
vindaloos are satisfactorily searing. but the kitchen will

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Empire~s Special Duck. cold sesame noodles. or similar
pleasantly spicy specialtles. and you II be a happy camper,
especially If you~ re an ex-New Yorker $$
Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse
3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall)
305-957-9900
The rodlzlo formula Is familiar Pay one price ($39 90
for dinner. $29 90 at Sunday brunch). then eat till you
drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive
selection of beef. pork. lamb. poultry. sausage. and fish
(16 varleties at dinner. 5 at brunch) carved tableside
by costumed walters What spectacularly differentiates
Flamma Its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway But
also spectacular Is a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner
deal with a coupon available at Flamma Unbelievable but
true $$$$

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 specialtles. 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 nlk-
kel (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Ylmura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina. and for those with
no fear of cholesterol. pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2255
When Sla and N cole Hemmatl bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Plerre 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 Mlaml-Dade Institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots. meatloaf
In tomato sauce or boeuf bourgulgnon 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 Mlaml s first sushl restaurants. Hiro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel. an extensive menu of both sushl
and cooked Japanese food. and late hours that make It
a perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushl
menu has few surprises. but quality Is reliable Most
exceptional are the nicely priced yaklton,. 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
17-4984W. xie Hwy.
Tiny. true. but there~s more than just sushl at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makls are the
mainstay (standard stuff Ilke Callfornia rolls. more
complex creations Ilke multi-veg futomakl. and a few
unexpected treats Ilke a spicy Crunch & Callente makl),
available la la carte or In value-priced Individual and party
combo platters But there are also bento boxes featuring
tempura. yakltorl skewers. teriyaki. stir-fried veggles. and
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adjust seasonings upon request They aim to please Food
arrives unusually fast for an Indlan eatery, too $$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St.
305-949-2339
The specialtles 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 Ilve fish swimming In two tanks
by the dining room entrance There s also a better-than-
average selection of seasonal Chinese veggles The menu
Is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the
place Is usually packed with Asians. Is to see what looks
good on nearby tables, and point $$

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

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-945-6381
It~s ust a small area between the wines and the frldge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service In this
cafeterla-style space But when negotiating this Interna-
tional gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has
depleted your energies, it~s a handy place to refuel with
eggplant parmesan and similar Itallan-American classics,
housemade from old family recipes J ust a few spoonf uls
of Wednesdayis hearty pasta faglole, one of the dally
soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that plzza master Carlo Is manning the wood-
fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispest ples
outside Napoll $-$$

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave.
305-653-3377
This Is Mlaml 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 Ilngering 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


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 rlbs and pa pel duck
(roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day arelulcy, 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 Itallan market, with
saluml, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
Ilke addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aloll, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria What~s Important All
components feel and taste authentically Itallan Just don t
miss the coal-oven plzza Superior toppings (Including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly Ilght
yet chewy crust make Racks~ ples a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave.
305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your Idea of food porn one of
the Carnegle Dell s mile-high pastrami sandwichesl, Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the "Carnegle-style"
monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound
of succulent meat (really 14 pounds, we weighed It), for
a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish 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 minl-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


choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, boulllon, 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 $$$

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 Mongollan pork, spicy
garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish
with ginger and scallion), International oddities (plzza,
plantains, pigs-In-blankets), plus sushl, 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 There s an Inexpensive take-out
option, too, and reduced kids~ prices $

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338
At this stylish Thal/sushl 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 sashiml" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu Includes some Thal-Inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzhing
filet mlgnon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

Paquito's
16265 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery could t
be easier to overlook Inside, however, Its festivity Is
Impossible to resist Every Inch of wall space seems to be
covered with South of the Border knickknacks And If the
kitschy decor alone doesn t cheer you, the quickly arriving
basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the marlachi
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
Ilke alborndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700
"Saving the earth one plzza at a time" Is the motto at this
franchise of the only plzza chain to require third-party
organic restaurant certification at all locations Their
gluten-free crusts make It mighty friendly to plzza 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 freebles $-$$


Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu
offers dim sum, served until 4 00 p mA Ilve tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes Ilke lobster with ginger and
scallion Recently Installed a Chinese barbecue case,
displaying savory Items Ilke crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee
& Tea House
237 NE 167th St.
305-654-4008
At this unique Talwanese eatery, run by a trio of Talpel-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats
In the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock Imita-
tlons made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But
don t mock It till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smokln~ duck, with slices that mlmic the charcuterle Item
down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggles 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 (f resh fruits) to the welrd (grass lelly, 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 taploca balls that, slurped through large-dlameter
straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St.
305-944-9697
Open until 1 00 a m every day except Sunday (when Is
closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North
Mlaml Beach s Chinatown" strip has become a popu-
lar late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian
restaurants And why not3 The food Is fresh, nicely pre-
sented, and reasonably priced The kitchen staff Is willing
to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff Is
reliably fast Perhaps most Important, karaoke equipment
Is In place when the mood strikes $-$$

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Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625
Coal Is what it~s all about here a coal-fired oven (like
that at Lombardl s. Patsy~s. John s. or Grimaldl s In New
York) producing the Intense 800-degree heat to turn
out. In mere minutes. a ple with the classic thin. crisp-
bottomed. beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary plzzerlas crave Expect neither bargain-
chain prices. a huge selection of toppings. nor much else
on the menu Anthonyis 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 specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/dell,
which. since 1988. opens at 6 30 a m -- typically sell-
Ing out of flagels In a couple of hours Since you~ re up
early anyway. sample elaborately garnished breakfast
specials. Including unusually 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 varlations. at all the rest of Tom Blllante s eateries
(Rosalla. Villagglo. Carpacclo). right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes Ilke carpacclo al sal-
mone (crudo. with portobellos. capers. parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and Ilnguine 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)

At8 2or~bo 6t k a venture In the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mlna. a multiple James Beard
award winner. steakhouse fare Is just where the fare
starts There are also Mlna s Ingenlous signature dishes,
Ilke an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
ple. a raw bar. and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don t neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged
Angus. 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe." swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe. and butter-poached prime
nib. 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 ellminating from the menu
the Bahamlan lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements Ilke tandoorl-spiced rock lobster. along with
what might be the ultimate mac n cheese lobster crab
macaroni In a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms. scal-
Ilons. and parmesan The famous dessert souffle~s flavor
changes dally. but It always did $$$$$

HI Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
305-792-2902
This attractive trattoria gets the food right. as well as
the ambulance As In Italy. dishes rely on Impeccable
Ingredients and straightforward recipes that don t over-
complicate, cover up. or otherwise muck about with that
perfection Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and
mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else Nelther does
the signature Pollo 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
Al leo le- leasing menu ofnty u'aleThat and apatnes~ie
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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
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15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama. this sushl spot seems to have
taken Its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-celling
drapes. for starters The sushl Ilst. too. Is over the top.


featuring monster makls Ilke the Cubble Comfort spicy
tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura. plus avo-
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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 sushl bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too That
said, the sushl Is Impressive, mainly because seafood
Is delivered dally and all except the shrimp Is fresh, not
frozen (as Is customary at most Mlaml sushl places) Also
notable All sauces are housemade Cooked makls Ilke a
crunch-topped Mlaml Heat are most popular, but it~s as
sashiml 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 specialtles 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 dally 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 $$-$$$

Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
73 NE 167th St.
305-4056346
Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted
bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent.
Not at th is modest-looking vegan (da iry-free vegeta rian)
restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfast's
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 yea r-
old. She cleaned her plate. $$


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" Ilst. 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 mint chain salutes
America s great grill restaurants of yesteryear. with pro-
digious portions of charbrolled meats and seafood. plus
classics Ilke creamy chicken pot ple New retro dishes are
added quarterly. but our favorite remains Sunday nights
prime rlb special a $32 hunk of Julcy beef that II take
care of Monday~s 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 tradl-
tlonal 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 Mlaml s best $$-$$$

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 It just so evokes the classic NY dells
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 Mojm) spirit shines
here $$

Peppermill on the Waterway
3595 NE 207th St.
305-466-2016
Charming Alpine decor and elegant yet accessible tra-
dltlonal 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 hollandalse and creamed spinach. or
for super-splurgers. lobster thermidor While seafood Is
a specialty. butter-sauteed breaded schnitzels Ilke the
chicken Holstelner (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 Milltello He has been executive
chef at Ruml. and cooked at NYC s James Beard House
Armed with those Impressive credentials. Fredel and
his wife launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat)
aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable
Consider It proven Florlbbean-style seafood Is the spe-
clalty fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry
sauce. rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze.
yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinalgrette Forget
Its strip-mall location 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 ples with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to
fold In half for neat street eating Unlike chains. though.
this Indle Is accommodating. so If you want your crust
thin and crisp. Just ask Also featured are Itallan-American
entrees Ilke baked manicotti that'ss manl-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 $$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-8955
(See Mlaml / Upper Eastside lsting)


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