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100 Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar ItalianAmerican classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$Mary Ann Bakery1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333Dont be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes in the window. At this small Chinese bakery the real finds are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried ground beef. Prices are under a buck, making them an exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals. Theres one table for eat-in snackers. $The Melting Pot15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$New China Buffet940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-inblankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thaiinspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$PK Oriental Mart255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between I-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter, serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping sauces included. Weekends bring the biggest selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pei duck (roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous fat). Available every day are juicy, soy-marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all. But no worries; a counterperson will chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces. $Racks Italian Kitchen3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-bite description impossible. Its part Italian market, with salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out prepared foods; part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially enjoyable on the waterfront deck); part ristorante (pastas and other Big Food); part pizzeria. Whats important: All components feel and taste authentically Italian. Just dont miss the coal-oven pizza. Superior toppings (including unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light yet chewy crust make Racks pies a revelation. $$Roasters & Toasters18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegie-style monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we weighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$The Rumcake Factory2075 NE 163rd St., 786-525-7071When ex-Louisianan (and ex-Dolphins player) Larry Robinson and his Cuban-American wife Elena started a catering company in Miami Lakes, their mouthwateringly moist Caribbean-style buttered rum/walnut-glazed rum cake instantly became the star attraction. But after relocating to a real (if tiny) restaurant space in BT territory, the Factory now features a small supporting cast of Cajun fare scrumptious enough to upstage the star. Always available: authentic remoulade-dressed New Orleans po-boy sandwiches (shrimp, catfish, fried turkey), and humongous house-smoked chicken wings. Rotating specials include hearty gumbo, jambalaya, and BBQ ribs. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT SShing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, 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. $-$$Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tunas Raw Bar and Grille17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modestlooking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/ sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana 14872 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At Roman-native Flaminia Morins casual, family-friendly eatery, the specialty is pasta yo ur way. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (including gluten-free options), then one of 15 sauces ranging from traditional carbonara to inventions like Mozzarella Filante (creamy tomato sauce with melted cheese); la carte meat, seafood, or veg add-ons are also available. Build a full Italian feast with antipasti, salads, six secondi (entres), and desserts. Budget diner alert: Check out Monday-Friday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayo-dressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Caffe Da Vinci1009 Kane Concourse; 305-861-8166After renovations in 2010, this old favorite (since 1989) reopened with a hip new lounge -but no fixes to what aint broke, notably handmade artisanal pastas sauced with high quality ingredients. Choose luxe stuffed models (like crab-filled ravioli with rich lobster sauce) or relatively pristine preparations like linguini with garlic, wine, and fresh littlenecks. Eating light? Make a meal of lavish salads or starters like true beef carpaccio -dressed, like the original from Venices Harrys Bar, with creamy mustard sauce rather than mere olive oil. $$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats 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/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre 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 deli specialty known to humankind. $$Bella Luna19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argu ment from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$ www.trattoriailmigliore.com

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102 Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Il Migliore2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 05-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature 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. $$-$$$Fresko19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and contemporary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393 Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. When confirmed cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ Heavy Burger 19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-932-7555Sure, South Beach is our towns burger capital, if youre judging by high profile. But if creativity is what counts, no joint bangs a gong like homeboy Mark Panunzios place, where the concept is: Nothing goes together better than heavyweight burgers and heavy-metal music. What rocks us: a fire-grilled, 10 oz. Motley Burger (with cheddar, applewood bacon, tomato, Bibb lettuce, and frizzled plus raw onions on a challah roll; upon request, chipotle aioli was cheerfully substituted for BBQ sauce). Get handcut cheese fries, too, and get wasted on craft beer. $$ Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410 At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$ The Grill on the Alley19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Mahogany Grille2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an international clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007. Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany. The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora regions: Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miamis best. $$-$$$Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll find no gloppily sauced, Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp). For adventurers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs James Beard House. Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable. Consider it proven. Floribbean-style seafood is the specialty: fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette. Forget its strip-mall location. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$Pizza Roma19090 NE 29th Ave. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are Italian-American entres like baked manicotti (thats mani-goat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Playwright Irish Pub801 Silks Run Rd. #2597, 954-457-7563 The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park, are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thai-inspired spring rolls. 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John to Christian: You, My Friend, Cant Grow Up Too SoonI have fun sometimes guessing how mature a journalists analytical skills are, and Here are some excerpts that showcase high-rise customers, their generic sheen carefully can easily diminish the writers The honesty of communicating insecurity is the most impressive, yet the word yourself Apple from the turn of the century that I would diagnose a hint of insecurity, I held the door for a group of young, overdressed couples and received not Its a well-written sentence that showcases lack of writer perspective and Anyone who has carefully studied terrupting two men that werent speaking Were too young, too hungry for genuine is a contradiction of words packed into and Edgewater, as well as many other Christian is routinely too young, too hungry to make the meaning of the and its an excellent revenge against imJohn M. Steria WynwoodYou Got to Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive also commented on the fact that three hoping this quiets some of my MiMo tinually predicted a doomsday scenario crossing a lot safer up at the Shorecrest Commentary: LETTERS rfrntRubber Duck Reindeer Races Photos with Santa Arts and Crafts Fun for the whole family!REINDEER RACES! 3401 N. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127 Continued on page 22

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22 While I am also in favor, as they are, levard, why cant we start appreciating that feeds us all the time? Sarnoff just won this past election hands hood with improvements and provided some people have, do you think hes going to donate to their causes? Alex Adams, our citys preservation Most recently, a small group of folks in approach issues in a more positive light, and that we work on projects in a more someone, or some agency, makes an Jack Spirk Upper Eastside Preservation Coalition ShorecrestHow Not to Design a Bank Building for an Historic District its same old cookie cutter storefront that is so reminiscent of the less-than-stellar attempt to shine with a Miami Modern architectural sparkle? Perception is reality, and Chase would do well to execute on that and to recon Showing a genuine interest in and making the added effort toward looking and Daniel Thornton Belle Meade After Decades of Arguing for Casinos, Im About to Get Lucky Seven months after I arrived here, time the parimutuels were included Lowell Richman, president Casino Gambling, Inc. MiamiOur Motto: Feel Better Sooner community and are grateful for the patients in the Shores and surrounding continually updating our insurance plans Commentary: LETTERS Continued from page 20 Biscayne Dental Center WELCOMES Dental Center Dr. Brad SantelliBoard Certified in Orthodontics Braces $500 off$1000 off Most Insurances Accepted No Referrals Required Hablamos su idioma No Bank or Credit Check Orthodontics Saturday Appointments Available Now Offering Orthodontics Continued on page 57

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24 Commentary: URBANIASouth Beach 2.0Midtown Miamis urban lifestyle is being commoditized, repackaged, and sold at a markupBy Christian Cipriani BTisecting the heart of our Magic avenue, everything is getting cheesier, is a highly controlled, upscale environment long its renters will last is also in question; Over the past year, Midtown has developed a growing nightlife compoAlan Roth and Tommy Pooch, nightlife veterans, and while theyve set out to create something un-South The venue instead has all the markpop remixes, a crowd that looks like its auditioning for Entourage is the new for awesome late-night dining with with promoters and people who have a into an internationally recognized dance investor trying to cash in on a neighand youll hit Miamis newest hotspot is why I had to see what everyone keeps their feet around its uneven concrete sure in the idea that the Ricochet crowd which once occupied a tiny sliver next shkas looks like someone hosed down a dank, cavernous warehouse, gave it a ardor, you cant manufacture atmodevelopers who saw the potential of lifestyle once an organic phenomenon is commoditized, repackaged, and The kids who made living and hangward, traipse across the street and check Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Silvia Ros

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26 Commentary: PICTURE STORYOldest House of Worship Still Saving SoulsA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul George Special to the BTGrace Methodist Church repre sented a pillar of old Lemon City, the homesteading community tional trappings of an emerging frontier community, including the Lemon City Church, later renamed Grace Methodist Church, is Miami-Dade Countys oldest In this photograph, taken in Septemits second home, is seen emerging from City was a working-class community with Deep South roots and a predomitian refugees replacing many white Haitian United Methodist Church, and continues to serve a large Haitian community amid an area of Little Haiti To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@ historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, #1989-011-3169

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32 In just two years, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have rede ned the public role of private art collectorsBy Anne TschidaPhotos by Silvia Ros In just two years, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have rede ned the Going Public

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When the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space opened two years ago, just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, art space to take in the latest addition to Miamis growing art infrastructure. A design feat of John Marquette, the windows was the new home of the collection of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, who have a highly regarded selection of contemthe nations most prominent collectors. ed to the haunting photography and video ta. Much of the center space was devoted to work from another famous contempoone piece consisted of two stacks of paper, on one which was written Nowhere (Both died untimely, early deaths.) Among the impressive array of international art, there was also work from current Miami residents Cesar Lei Rodriguez. Visitors got the feeling that this new private collectors space was closely tied In the past two years, the de la Cruz have pressed the edge of mainstream and a travel and scholarship program that New York to Berlin. It has given over evenings to improvised music (including a night of musicians who normally play and started a residency program. At the internationally known artists and curafrom most art institutions nationally. day, the de la Cruz Collection space in an active player in the development of almost Byzantine world of art politics. vast private collections in Miami are superior to the museums here, some also think that has hindered the growth or our in their formative years. But this is where the de la Cruz space has surprised initial skeptics. attending workshops, or sitting in the in Miami, there is a constant stream of visitors. It doesnt get much more Someone coming on a tour or just stopping in last year at this time would have encountered a video Herbert Hoover Dyke the video taps around limestone pilings, egrets, and steel grates, creating a musical Some say the Hoover dike is a great Everglades, and ugly too. Others, who reference the massive say it is a life-saver. It was an alternawhat they mean. Room, which is set aside to highlight Herbert Hoover Dyke was commissioned that there is a lot of community involvea super interesting educational program, where artists give workshops on topics that interest them, rather than a set curWorld School of the Arts, the Design and Architecture High School, and University of Miami through the process of confor a few months, which was a thrill for the folks who made the project. It looked really great in the space, since it was Karen Rifas in the Project Room, which of oak leaves and pine needles collected over the years. Rifas asked visitors, leaves, which she hung on a wall. Of course, there are no real matchWhen you rummaged through the leaf piles, other little pieces of nature turned up, such as sticks and seeds. Rifas toyed with and what we classify in our world. An intimate view of the world was revealed with multimedia artist Kevin Arrows installation Using old-fashioned snapshots, he created an old-fashioned slide show of a Continued on page 34

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couples travels, in which they wave and such as the Kremlin in Russia and the and the old photographs evoked memories of our own. ing off their art collection for on Key Biscayne (during previous Art Basels, getting into the house party there and now also at their space. As she tion, Rosa de la Cruz maintains that the of, not a replacement for, their home Both spaces hold part of our colenthusiast. Aside from collecting the ny, including from what is now known Oehlen, John Bock, and Jonathan Meese. His installations, featuring collages crammed with pop-culture references, dou Center in Paris. He also has an increasingly close connection to Miami, thanks initially to the de la Cruzes. In 2005 the couple let Meese run wild in their home, stapling images to the walls and then painting all over them. Last year, during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami As it turns out, Meese played a role in another of the de la Cruz initiatives Going PublicContinued from page 33 Herbert Hoover Dyke

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the second year this summer, the de la Cruz Collection sponsored a New World Venice. In Berlin we organized visits to museums, monuments, and artists studios Jonathan Meese welcomed through a matching grant from the Knight is essential for the students education. In order to enrich their culture and knowl the national and international art scene. access to world-class museums, galleries, On a separate trip, the de la Cruzes also traveled with a group of Miami art ists and art students to Princeton Univer sity to see a major retrospective of Kurt 20th-century avant-garde artist yes, gluing together train tickets and candy wrappers, and eventually also delved into architecture, which led to his famous ilys home in Hanover. It was destroyed Although the structure itself disappeared, it continued to have an impact on 20th-century movements, which not just Snitzer put on a show this year called who are in the de la Cruz Collection.All of this is evidence of the grownational and international, that the de la Cruzes have helped to foster. Collection Contemporary Art Space, coWorkshop and Museum in Philadelphia, which included artists from Miami and Rosa de la Cruz since 2004, when Rosa, along with developer and collector Craig at our space, result of Strouds enthusiasm was a show Yanez points to another distinctive aspect of the de la Cruz operation. Even though were not a museum or foundaOf course, many art spaces would go derscores another way in which Rosa and rules that seem to govern the art world. in Miami-Dade County and the Keys, as Continued on page 36

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tler in Puerto Rico), he and his wife can fund their Contemporary Art Space at a very high level. Director Yanez was a judge in this time ever, the festival was opened up to participants from across the country. to the de la Cruz Collection to show for a month, giving the festival that much Bonnie Clearwater [director of MOCA] Moore Space, and she liked the idea Another Optic Nerve judge this year Going PublicContinued from page 35 Continued on page 38

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Room dedicated to local art, he will work Art Basel. Artists are invited to propose Cruz. Its an integral part of our mission to In keeping with the Project Spaces machetes, and meat in their work. Long in the hole! Long says Rosa de la Cruz read Going PublicContinued from page 36 HEAT YOUR POOL FROM $1.00 A DAY PERFECT TEMP TECHNOLOGYTHE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO HEAT YOUR POOL MONTHLY PAYMENT STARTING AT $98 A MONTH FREE INSTALATION ($295 VALUE)W.A.C. *With this coupon expires on 12.31.11 STARTING AT $98 A MONTH FREE INSTALATION ($295 VALUE W.A.C. *With this coupon expires on 12.31.11 FREE LIQUID SOLAR BLANKET3 Month Supply $50 Value SPAS STARTING AT $99 A MONTH! W.A.C. EXPIRES 12-31-2011 Vacation at home for the Holidays Sale! YEAR END CLEARANCE SALE WITH UP TO 36 MONTHS FINANCING 305-893-4036 rfntPOOL SERVICE POOL REPAIRS POOL RENOVATIONS HOT TUBS & SWIM SPAS HEATER & SUPPLIES OZONATORS AUTOMATED CONTROLS PATIO FURNITURE SALT CHLORINATORS COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED 50 TRUCK SERVICE FLEET Continued on page 40Family of Man

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As anyone who has visited the space and seen Rosa de la Cruz actively installation, its clear she has a hands-on, daily interaction with the art, and what is month for Art Basel, de la Cruz says it at least in delivery. Rather than doing a she says, this years overall pattern could tion, the pattern dissolves and the indi was given the previous Project Room a name taken from one for a show at New Yorks Museum of which once announced times and destina tions in South Boston. In this case, how and airport signs are now digital), and to Sanchez-Calderon often comments of the state of man, on our relationship to the Going PublicContinued from page 38 Continued on page 42

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44 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORThe People Have Spoken (Okay, Call It a Whisper)Analysis of Miamis District 2 election reveals the runaway winner: ApathyBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterArmed with a campaign war chest totaling $509,300, which was nearly $200,000 more than all four of his challengers combined, Marc Sarnoff raked in 53 percent of the vote on November 1, enabling his re-election to the District 2 seat on the Miami City Commission without a runoff. It was a great victory, I thought, his campaign team, especially his wife, ting our message out there and staying positive. Sarnoffs win, however, was not in District 2, a diverse and eclectic area that includes some of the Miamis most Grove to the Upper Eastside. In fact voter turnout in the district was a pitifully poor eight percent. Only 5431 of the districts 45,901 registered voters went to the polls or mailed in absentee ballots. Of those, 2873 voted for Sarnoff. According to Sean Foreman, associate professor of political science at Barry University and an expert in state and local politics, with such a low turnout, Sarnoffs victory can hardly be called a mandate. Its nothing to be proud of, says Foreman, but a win is a win. Frank Rollason, vice president of the Belle Meade Homeowners Association and a BT columnist, contends that Sarnoff is not so popular outside his Coconut Grove home base and the Brickell area, which, thanks to the incumbents efforts, received a $4 million park. Rollason believes, were so apa thetic they didnt bother voting. Dont you think people are disil lusioned with the political pro is so corrupt, no one in govern ment wants to listen to you, and then, come election time, people Foreman, who doesnt live in Miami, moderated a forum among the District 2 candi dates. In his view, there was a good deal of anti-Sarnoff sentiment within District 2. A lot of people thought he was arrogant, lost touch with certain parts of the district, or wasnt true to his word, he says, adding that Sarnoff actu many opponents: For Sarnoff to have four challengers was a all the criticism and know that from his unpopularity. Even with a divided opposition, Sarnoff captured less than 50 percent of the vote in 14 of the 37 precincts in District 2. Among the neighborhoods where at least half the vote went to Sarnoffs challengers were Belle Meade, Shorecrest, Wynwood, Park West, downtowns Central Business District, Coral Way, and West Grove. In four precincts Sarnoff was outright defeated by a challenger. Donna Milo, a Republican and former member of the citys Planning election with a total of 789 votes. But in precinct 504, which covers much of the Belle Meade neighborhood where Milo lives, she received 109 votes, compared to Sarnoffs 96 votes. Milo, the lone candidate living outside the Coconut Grove area, also won big in precinct 577, located in the Coral Way neighborhood, receiving 124 votes. Sarnoff got 95 votes. Rollason theorizes that the predominately Hispanic neighborhood responded to Milos Spanishlanguage radio advertisements. Adds Sarnoff: Milo walked that area two or three days a week. She saw some people there 11 times. (Milo could not be reached for comment.) Kate Callahan, a healthcare consul 1067 votes. Yet she snagged top position in the Upper Eastsides precinct 502 with 46 votes. By contrast, Sarnoff received only 39. A precinct divided into three noncontiguous zones, the 502 represents portions of Belle Meade and Shorecrest, where its possible that Callahan may endorsement of anyone but Sarnoff. Rollason, a former city administrator who ran against Sarnoff in 2006, says Continued on page 48BT map by Marcy Mock 502 502 999 599 537 536 534 539 536 984 996 568 998 546 540 578 577 584 583 995 502 590 978 977 504 592 516 595 538 544 NE 87 St NE 79 St NE 71 St NE 61 St NW 29 St NW 20 St Venetian Cswy 836 E Flaglet StSW 22 Ave NW 27 Ave NW 37 Ave SW 42 AveJulia Tuttle CswyBiscayne BlvdBrickell AveS Dixie HwyCITY OF MIAMI COMMISSION DISTRICT 2

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King Mango Strut Invades Wynwood!On Saturday, December 10, a new incarnation of the Groves satirical parade will hit the streets well, not exactly the public streetsAll in the FamilyAt North Miamis Biscayne Landing, the faces are as familiar as those on dollar billsBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterIf youre strolling along a Wynwood sidewalk this coming Second Saturday afternoon, and you encounter someone with a green crocodile head wearing a loud suit and tie, do not be alarmed. Its with zombie art critics, an Anthony Weiner look-alike, walking slot machines, the Angry 1%, and other assorted characters who take humor very seriously. After almost three decades of spoofing celebrities, current events, and life in general by dressing up and marching down the streets of Coconut Grove, the King Mango Strut will make its debut in gritty Wynwood on December 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of NW 22nd Street and NW 2nd Avenue. Wynwood is a perfect place for us original strutters to stage our simple, barebones, green event with no motorbusiness owners and artists there have welcomed us with open arms. Among those embracing the strut are Wynwood property owners David I like the gregariousness of the event. I think it is great. So smitten is Lombardi that hes let his three-acre lot, which often hosts monthly events during Second Saturdays. Mango Strut will convene at Wynwood as a live band performs, the strut will be transformed into installation art. It will be the walls and say things like Need more blood. And Anthony Weiner will continue taking pictures of his crotch. well. Nancy Liebman, acting president of the MiMo Biscayne Association, says her group plans to spoof the 35-foot height limit imposed on the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District. At press time, their skit, like the rest of the parade, was still evolving, but it will probably involve hats. It is such a hoot that hes doing it in Wynwood, Liebman up there as there are in the Grove. performance artist and curator, says the participation in the King Mango Strut. Hell perform in the guise of his alter ego, Strut that will show a different side of what people are used to seeing in the But the inauguration of the Wynwood King Mango Strut doesnt signal the end of the lampooning festivities in Coconut take place in the Grove on December 31 at 2:00 p.m., beginning at corner of Com modore Plaza and Main Highway. In keeping with the surrealist drama that characterizes King Mango, although both parades will be using the King Mango name, theyre being run by sepawant my kind of parade in the Grove why my permit was revoked in 2009. But this is familiar territory for BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterF Biscayne Landing, a city-owned and dear to my heart. Now Celestin is profiting from that dream. Since May 17, Celestins contractmonth supervising the maintenance and decontamination of Biscayne Landing, a Biscayne Bay campus at 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Celestin, a licensed general contractor with a masters degree in architecture and engineering from the University of Haiti, says he has all the necessary permits needed to restart clean-up efforts. We are moving forward and by the middle of [December] we will be in full operation, Celestin says. By next year, we will have a clean site on hand. on revenue from Biscayne Landing to balance the citys budget. Without the $19 million developer Michael Swerdlow has Continued on page 50 Continued on page 52BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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46 A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation MIAMI rfr ntbn ntnnrbn bn nrb nnn nnn nb nr nn nbb nt rnt r nnnn n n f n r n nnnbnr r b bnnt n ntb fn $2.9 Million 31 ProjectsCongratulations to the 2011 winners who will help bring South Florida together through the arts. More at KnightArts.org BT ContributorRobert Dunn speaks in a warm, mile-a-minute Georgia accent, glad to discuss anything under the sun while making sure his guests are comfortable and well served. Perhaps attendant. Ironically, the last few years the 51-year-old Dunn. Back in 2008, like today, Dunn was living in a modest Upper Eastside house, driving an old Ford, and spend Airways, where he has worked as a company for his dog and a sitter for his house, the openly gay Dunn invited Edguardo Ruben Bork, a friend and sometimes lover, to be his roommate. says Dunn, but the airline veteran realized something was amiss when names began arriving at the house. He recalled that his wallet had gone miss alarm went off. When he checked his credit report, Dunn discovered that he appeared to be a victim of identity theft. Not wanting drama, he amicably parted ways with nightmare, however, was only beginning. One line Dunn found on his credit report was for a $50,000 BMW convert ible purchased on an installment plan by Gustavo Ecenarro, whom Dunn knew only as Borks boyfriend. Dunn was listed as the co-signer on the loan. Dunn surmised the co-signer was actually Bork, posing as him. (Attempts to reach Bork and Ecenarro for this story were unsuccessful.) Dunn approached the dealership where the purchase had been made, Crash LandingA Miami ight attendant discovers hes the victim of identity theft then things get really turbulent Continued on page 54

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48 he hosted an informal meet-and-greet for Callahan at his home, but did not campaign for anyone. But Rollason says his neighbors would sometimes ask him who he planned to vote for. And so hed tell them. Whoever was going to beat Sarnoff was going to come out of the Grove, Rollason says. And of the Grove candidates, Rollason felt that Callahan, who had the second-largest campaign chest in the race ($144,200), had the best chance to win. Williams Armbrister, a retired FP&L foreman with the smallest campaign account ($1205) and the fewest votes overall (190), managed to tie Sarnoff in precinct 585, which covers the West Grove. Sarnoff and Armbrister, who campaigned to protect the historic Bahamian-American community from overdevelopment, each received 43 votes. Michelle Niemeyer, a Coconut Grove in the general election with 531 votes, but failed to win any precincts. She also couldnt draw more than 30 votes in any precinct outside the Grove. Sarnoff, meanwhile, garnered far more than 50 percent of the vote from precincts in Coconut Grove (except West Grove), Brickell, the Venetian Islands, Edgewater, Palm Grove, Morningside, and Bayside. Precincts within Coconut Grove, where Sarnoff snagged the largest share of votes, had voter turnouts surpass ing 15 percent. Although Precinct 581, which covers Vizcaya, Mercy Hospital, and Virginia Key, has only 443 voters, its turnout was the best in the elec tion: 39 percent. Of the precincts 125 votes for Sarnoff, fully 59 percent were absentee ballots. Sarnoff, in fact, overwhelmed his op ponents in terms of absentee ballots. He collected 1279 absentee votes while his four opponents combined received 1010. ballots, Rollason says. When they showed the absentee ballots and earlyanyone was going to catch up to him at the polls. Sarnoff did particularly well with absentee ballots in Brickell, receiving 65 percent of them (341) cast within precincts 541, 569, 995, and 996. plaint with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics regarding the Downtown Development Authoritys Downtown Votes campaign, which collected information on voting patterns of downtown and Brickell area residents and encouraged them to send absentee ballots to the According to Niemeyer, the DDA, a taxpayer-supported agency chaired by Sarnoff, violated state statues by allowing the commissioner to sit in on meetings discussing the Downtown Votes program. Sarnoff says the DDAs voter drive was enacted more than a year ago and insisted that no one in his campaign Even if there were no absentee ballots, he says, we would have won with 51 percent of the vote. that the downtown-Brickell area had a dismal turnout of about six percent. DDA issue, Sarnoff says. No one got the message out to them [downtown residents] to vote. strongest support came from neighborhoods with the most full-time, propertyowning residents throughout District 2. that they know he would insist District 2, which supplies 78 percent of Miamis revenue, deserves a return on their taxes: People who pay taxes get services, and that includes parks, better streets, and sidewalks. Elvis Cruz, president of the Morn ingside Civic Association, says Sarnoffs support for the 35-foot height limit for future development along the MiMo Bis cayne Boulevard Historic District earned him support from residents living in the Upper Eastside. Other factors that may have helped Sarnoff were his sponsor ship and passage of a domestic-partner ordinance in the City of Miami and his responsiveness to infrastructure requests, Cruz writes in an e-mail to the BT District 2Continued from page 44 classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature. Continued on page 56

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march in the Orange Bowl Parade as the Mango Marching Band. But the parades mainstream organizers werent impressed with a cassette tape of them playing kazoos while wearing cardboard mango heads during the Goombay Festival, another Grove mainstay. cialist Bob Dobson, and other Coconut Grovites decided to throw their own themselves, posed as teens carrying ghetto-blaster radios, Cosmic Claus and his nearly topless helpers, the South Florida Dog Walkers and (close behind) the Pooper Scooper Brigade. From then on, the King Mango Strut marched in Coconut Grove every December like clockwork, mocking news events and satirizing local issues. It even outlasted the 67-year-old Orange Bowl Parade, which ceased to exist in 2002. Strut in action ten years ago. While hanging out with a group of 50 adolescent fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, he saw gangs of zany, costumed middle-age folks (in their 30s and 40s) were doing something really goofy and learned that what hed witnessed was an event called the King Mango Strut. He became a follower, but says he noticed a King Mango Strut everyone has come to laugh at in the Grove has become a laughable bastardization of the original ideal, he sniffs. blamed on a Mangohead civil war. Fol lowing the death of Dobson in 2004, the Mango Strut, Inc., had two directors: two had different ideas about how the parade should operate. Around 2006 she started asking to expand the parade, to increase its budget, and in my opinion to was stuck in the past. I told her wed been very successful in the past. And so it went. the King Mango Strut name and logo, splintered off from Baldwin and formed ers. But that year and the next, the City of Miami opted to give the King Mango Strut permit to Baldwins group instead of respond to messages seeking comment.) In an attempt to reclaim what he saw closed off for an antique car show. Among the participants was South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard. But the mayors presence didnt stop a city King Mango StrutContinued from page 45 Continued on page 54 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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100-year lease deal with him, the city may have to lay off as many as 100 employees It will also cost the city $619,000 site. (A $31 million county bond issue reimburses the city for environmental remediation and monitoring costs.) But the longer the city holds the site, the more money Celestin makes overseeing a half-dozen companies who provide security, maintenance, environmental monitoring, and ground clean-up. Celestins contract ends once Swerdlow residential buildings, stores, restaurants, on the property. suggested that remediation work at Biscayne Landing be completed prior to signing a deal with a developer. Marcellus made the argument at the end of a turbulent November 22 city council meeting that stretched past midnight, says Councilman Scott Galvin. He was advocating for halting further negotiations with Swerdlow, spending nine months to clean up the land, [predicting that] once the land was clean, the value would be greatly increased, Galvin says. It would also mean nine more months of money in Celestins pocket. Mayor Andre Pierre wasnt sure where Marcellus was headed with his really clear what exactly he wanted the council to discuss. Marcelluss proposal at its next meeting on December 13. Marcellus could not be reached for comment. Celestin, reached by the BT after the November 22 meeting, denies any knowledge of Marcelluss proposal. I only talked about the process of remediation and how many months it will take, he says. Marcellus is a political ally of Celes celluss Facebook page, the councilman was campaigning for Celestin in his failed Republican candidacy for state senator. ported Celestin obtaining the Biscayne Landing management contract. Celestin also has a pre-existing relationship with Swerdlow. In September Swerdlow paid him $10,000 and bought the mortgage of a house owned by the former mayors construction company at 396 NW 159th St. for $400,000 as part of a 150-unit townhouse land venture. later, Swerdlow sued to foreclose on the nalized this past May, Celestin rents the house from Swerdlow, who holds title to the property. Both Celestin and Swerdlow claim their differences are behind them. I loaned the guy too much money am I supposed to hate him for it? Swerd low quips. motion claiming that Celestin steadfastly refused, after numerous written and oral requests, to execute a warranty deed to the property as agreed. been proposed on what was originally city hired a company called Munisport site as a 24-hour dump that accepted everything from yard clippings to medical waste. tion Agency shut down the dump in 1982 and placed it on the notorious Superfund list. After the city spent $6 million to somewhat remediate the land, the EPA took the tract off its list in 1999. However, the countys Department of Environmental Resources Management continues to monitor the site, which retains high levels of ammonia and methane. as mayor, the city picked Swerdlow and Boca Developers to build 6000 highend condo units, 100,000 square feet of retail, and a hotel on the site. According to the Miami Herald negotiations over the original 200-year Biscayne Landing lease included private meetings between Celestin and Swerdlow. In 2006, Boca Developers bought Swerdlows interest in Biscayne Landing for an undisclosed sum. Boca Developers managed to build two 24-story towers before defaulting on more than $196 million worth of mort gages in 2009. es tried to sell the lease to at least four rfrrfntffbrf fttfrfnrrnrtntnnrf frnrrrnrfntbn rrfn t rrtb ffttftffn t t ft rftnrr n rbbrrbb rrbbbrfbrrb rtfn Biscayne LandingContinued from page 45 Continued on page 57

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORPlayers $350 for holding a parade on public property would have cost about $20,000 to pull a parade permit for the So I started thinking, We need to reinvent what were of taking over a public street, the Wynwood King Mango Strut will take place on private prop erty. No city permit required. do it early in the evening, before [the Second Saturday art walk] gets packed. Although the parade was Wynwood has plenty of creative and youthful energy for the strut to prosper. Besides, he points out, Some of the cant walk very well. For it to continue, we have to pass it on to a new generation. Paralegal Mylene Barrientos, a ten-year follower of the King Mango Strut who feels the event lost some of its plans to defect to the Wynwood strut this year. Her boyfriend will be former Congressman Anthony Weiner. what part shell play. Maybe a manatee driving a boat over humans, she muses. But she still plans to watch the Coconut Grove strut, too. A lot of my friends are still in it, and I always socialize and party parade. I hope they both do well. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com AventurAjewelry & coin,Inc. www.aventurajewelry .com 19275 Biscayne Blvd., Booth #22 Aventura | FL 33180 305.933.2646 rfntWatchesb f Rare Coinsnr r r nf Gold Platinum Silver INSTANT CASH Paying Top Dollarr REWARD b Michael Freiman, CPNr t King Mango Strut Continued from page 50 Lauderdale BMW in Fort Lauderdale, explaining that Ecenarro and Bork had Dunn, didnt seem to care. As far as it was concerned, it had gotten its money. based BMW Financial Services. Dunn remained optimistic that spite learning that the dealership had no showroom video of Ecenarros visit, which might have revealed the identity of the co-signer. (A BMW representative had driven the car down to Dunns home, records, he could prove he had been in New Hampshire that day. Dunn attempted to explain the situa separate report for them, thinking the issue would be resolved quickly, as it had been with other duped creditors he noticare, either. According to Dunn, someone he spoke with at BMW Financial instead dismissed the theft of Dunns identity as a lovers quarrel, presumably because all three principals were gay. Dunn futilely sought help from police (no criminal charges have been brought against Bork or Ecenarro) and consumer advocates before turning to lawyer Scott R. Dinin, who, upon hearing Dunns story, immediately took on what he calls the rare black-and-white case late last year. Because the Federal Aviation Administration regulates airlines, notes Dinin, the U.S. government is essentially a witness to Dunns work trip to New Hampshire on the day the sale took place. One phone call to U.S. Airways could have resolved the issue three years ago, but Dinin feels a couple of factors worked against Dunn. One was alleged homophobic bigotry on the part of BMW employees, Crash LandingContinued from page 46 Photo by Francesco LoCastro Continued on page 56

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as evidenced by the lovers quarrel been making his payments, so BMW was getting their money. Even with Dinin representing Dunn, BMW Financial continued to ignore requests for prompt, corrective action. In fact, things were about to get considerably worse. Dunn claims that, when Ecenarro learned that Dunn had retained a lawyer, was then auctioned off at a $15,000 loss that Dunn was liable for as co-signer. BMW informed the credit agencies of the charge off (meaning an uncollectible loss) and Dunns credit score nosedived. Dunn says BMW didnt bother to report any of this to him. He only learned about it by monitoring his credit report. demands for corrective action in April of this year, admitting in a letter that they had determined that Mr. Dunn did not to clear up the matter with the credit agencies within 60 days. As of October, one agency still carried the negative line. Dunn says BMW Financials inadequate response has cost him. He has spent time and money trying to rectify a situation that was not of his making, and he also would have liked to take advantage of historically low interest rates mortgage payments substantially. BMW robbed him of this opportunity by incorrectly keeping his credit score low. and the alleged characterization of his troubles as a lovers triangle, is ing that BMW Financial and Holman Automotive (owners of Lauderdale BMW) were negligent and, in the case of BMW Financial, defamed Dunn in violation of Miami-Dades Human Rights Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. So far, both BMW and Holman are Kenneth I. Paretti, gave the BT the follow wrongdoing as to the dealership at all. It seems to pertain only to [BMW Financial allegations of wrongdoing on behalf of a defendant, its directed solely to BMW Financial Services. BMW Financial, through their attorney, Christopher W. Prusaski, declined any comment beyond the legal response to the suit, which asks the court to dismiss it on technical grounds. In essence, they claim that the Fair Credit Reporting Act intended to help people like Dunn forces all lawsuits of this type up to the federal court level. should he have to take the case to federal court, he can win there. Even if BMW were to offer a settlement now, Dunn says he may not take it. He and Dinin believe there is more at stake here. I want my client to be made whole, however he needs to feel whole says the lawyer. Second, I want to send a message to people throughout this country and especially here in Florida that you cannot discriminate against people because of their sexual preference. And third, we need to send a message to BMW and other big corporations [that], if youre going to do business in this state, its a privilege, it is not a right. Youre here to serve us, not take advantage of us. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com RECEIVER OBTAINS MUCH ANTICIPATED LAND FOR THE OAKS I AT BISCAYNE LANDING! The Condominium Associa on of The Oaks I at Biscayne Landing gratefully thanks Mr. Andrew Hellinger for his hard work, determina on and commitment to obtain the necessary land needed to complete the ameni es package for The Oaks I At Biscayne Landing. The Oaks I At Biscayne Landing can nally plan their community ameni es including a pool, playground, clubhouse and bringing the lifestyle to the community to make it complete says Hellinger.. www.hellingerco.com Crash LandingContinued from page 54 Within Cruzs own precinct, 516, where voter turnout was 14 percent, Sarnoff garnered 124 votes, or 54 percent. Cruz says there would have been more voters had it not been for poor planning by the Miami-Dade Elections Department. Precinct 516s polling station was moved from Morningside Park to Legion the Elections Department, and with only a small, easily missed sign announcing it on Election Day, Cruz writes. I know of several voters who were confused and/ or inconvenienced, some not able to vote because of the switch. Sarnoff is pleased with the support he received from District 2, despite the low turnout and the fact that each vote cost him at least $162. I think a lot of people Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com District 2Continued from page 48

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development teams, including Swerdlow. Finally, on March 31, 2011, after the trust tions, the city reclaimed direct control of Biscayne Landing. for proposals from developers on May 17, the same day Celestin won control of the manage ment contract by a narrow 3-2 vote. Four months later, Swerdlow once again became the de facto winning bidder to develop Biscayne Landing after his only competitor, Ian Bruce Eichner, withdrew his proposal. Mayor Pierre is reluctant to restart the bidding process, unless current negotiations with Swerdlow fail. I am negotiating a contract with a developer and that is where I am at, he says. If the negotiations fail, then well look at other options. Attorney Dellagloria scoffs at the notion that Biscayne Landing can be fully remediated in less than a year, as no such thing as the site will be cleaned up in nine months, says Dellagloria, a site is today as it will be tomorrow. Anyone who alleges or believes that there will be a brand-new world nine months from now has no grasp of the actual situation. Real estate analyst Mi chael Cannon agrees Biscayne Landing is no short-term task. Cannon, who evaluated the sites conditions for the city in 1999, compares Biscayne estimate will take nearly 30 years, and more than $45 million, to clean up. Bisrequires a gigantic company, Cannon asserts. I wish them the best of luck. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Biscayne LandingContinued from page 52 Anyone who alleges or believes that there will be a brand-new world nine months from now has no grasp of the actual situation. participate with your plan, it may be that the plan is not giving out new contracts or is offering substandard rates. Kathy Sanchez Medi-Station Urgent Care Center Miami ShoresGaspar: A One-Sided Columnist in a Two-Sided WorldI think being a neighborhood correspondent for Biscayne Times would be its a position that carries a great deal of responsibility. Gaspar Gonzlez usually writes about issues that our village, Biscayne Park, is dealing with. He often divides our commissioners, referring to the three or the two, parroting the viewpoints of the two. expressed the viewpoints of the three. Being a small village, our commis sioners are available. I feel it is a disservice to write about issues that Biscayne Park is dealing with without explaining both sides. He is quick to state what a commissioner is against but fails to reveal why. the varying points of views and present them without bias. Yes, lets deal with the issues, but it is only fair to our village and respectful to our commissioners to investigate and present both sides. Lynn Fischer Biscayne Park Journalism 101: Get the Name Right!Editors note: In last issues cover story Into the Fire, about Miami-Dade Colleges new Miami Culinary Institute, we misspelled the name of a member of rect spelling is Rudi Sodamin. A Community News story in the same issue misspelled the name of Alaska Coffee Roasting Company coplaced her business in the Publix shopping center when in fact it is part of the nearby Navarro shopping center at 13130 Biscayne Blvd. We regret the errors. Continued from page 22

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMITime for Plan B FIUs president backs away from opening the Arch Creek East Nature Preserve trail to trafc for nowBy Mark Sell BT ContributorFlorida International University President Mark Rosenberg ran into a buzz saw November 22 before the North Miami City Council when he began to make his case for turning the Arch Creek East Nature Preserve trail back into a road linking 135th Street to FIU. As soon as he said 135th Street, the standing-room-only crowd in North Miamis council chambers erupted into boos, catcalls, and heckles. After a three-hour public hearing, the council voted 5-0 to keep the nature trail open. So 135th Street is off the table for now. Rosenberg had raised the issue in early November, only to have his head handed to him at the public meeting. Vote aside, Rosenberg maintains that FIUs expansion plans for the Biscayne Bay campus demand a second entrance. His new master plan calls for doubling the size of the 7800-student campus over the next ten years. Enrollment at the 46,000-student university the schools main campus is in West Miami-Dade is growing by 2000 students a year. Ive got a year-and-a-half to solve this, he explained during a November 10 interview in the lunchroom at FIUs new and growing 60,000-square-foot down town Brickell campus. I need help. What the genial Rosenberg did not appear to need was a war. He prefers consensus. He is respected within the uni versity, among his peers, and in Tallahas see, where, until recently, he was chancellor of the state university system. (But he is also no pushover, as he proved years ago as FIU provost under sharp-elbowed ex-president Modesto Mitch Maidique.) Rosenbergs vision is to turn the Biscayne Bay campus into an educational village, with a possible new campus for Miami-Dade College and ever-stronger links to the adjoining David Lawrence Elementary and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School. He envisions expanding the universitys popular Kovens Center into a destination corporate meeting facility with lodgings for attendees. Over the next decade, the 62-yearold Rosenberg wants to double the size of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Hospitality and Tourism, dramatically expand the School of Environmental Arts and Society (i.e., math, engineering, and the sciences), and add student housing. If he doesnt get that second entrance soon, he has said, hell shift his focus to the main campus nearly 25 miles away. That means encroaching onto the 86 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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acres now occupied by the youth fair and forging closer ties with the more amenable and adjoining City of Sweetwater. Not that North Miami hasnt been willing to meet Rosenberg half way. The access route preferred by residents and the city council would go through 143rd Street from Biscayne Boulevard, through Biscayne Landing, and over wetlands via is glad to work with it, if and when he secures the land. But Rosenberg says the 143rd Street route, as a short-term solution, is too expensive ($25 million-plus), iffy (permitting issues over wetlands), and would gave North Miami $24 million tomorrow. He adds that widening 151st Street wont do the trick, and that opening 156th Street (by the sewage treatment plant) presents environmental problems. And remember, he needs his road now Whats the rush? For Rosenberg, certain considerations just wont wait: emergency access, alternate evacuation routes, two slow-speed school zones on campus, and the inevitable development of Biscayne Landing. In the same way we work with Sweetwater, we want to work with the City of North Miami, Rosenberg says. We want to be good neighbors. We want to make this a win-win for the community. with FIU live in the City of North Miami. We have 300 new faculty coming on board at the Biscayne Bay campus over the next ten years, and 40 percent of them would consider living in North Miami. This is what many communities dream of. To keep those dreams from becoming nightmares, however, Rosenberg and FIU will have some damage to repair. The 135th Street opening issue left a scar. Residents saw FIUs plan to convert their quiet street into a thoroughfare as an assault on their fragile property values and the neighborhoods peaceful character. They have also complained that FIU waited until the last minute to reveal its intentions. For them, opening that road (pictured here) decimates painstaking work by the Arch Creek East Neighborhood Association (ACENA), former Mayor Kevin Burns, Councilman Scott Galvin, Sally Heyman to turn the old main road on the failed Munisport project into a nature trail and preserve it in perpetuity, beginning in 2007. Galvin, Burns, and other current and comparisons between FIU and two other local institutions that work at weaving themselves into the fabric of their communities: Barry University and Johnson and Wales University. They [FIU] are in the City of North Miami, but do not participate, says Galvin, a proud FIU grad who has led the charge against his alma mater on the nature-trail issue. They dont come to chamber luncheons. They dont do the Thanksgiving parade. Its unfortunate that they have to pick a their introduction to the community. Galvin believes FIU might still try to secure the preserve land through eminent domain by working in Tallahassee. Residents remain wary. The preserve is for everybody to come and enjoy, says Ilana Burdick, expresident of ACENA, who is ready to lie down in front of the bulldozers. If its gone, its gone. And you cant get it back. This is brazenly stealing from the work ing class. We are trying to have peace and quiet. People come here because of the environment. Why do they keep looking at our street? Its our neighborhood. Its our only jewel, and they are stealing the jewel. The residents take great pride in North Miamis only preserve, which has become a popular escape not only for residents of densely packed 135th Street, but for FIU students and other visitors on skates, bicycles, and feet. Nature lovers bring their binoculars to catch the migrating birds, the wood storks, and the manatees. Rosenberg says he gets the message: The issue was brought up in the appropriate public-policy forum. The vote was decisive and clear. Its time to turn the page and move on. We intend to be good neighbors. I have a mantra: When a horse is dead, dismount. Yet the conversation about the second access road is probably far from over. Rosenberg, after all, is fond of quoting an other favorite mantra: At FIU, were good at turning the impossible into the inevitable. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARKVote for MeThe ve candidates for Biscayne Park Commission tell us why theyre right for the jobBy Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorWith an election this month, I thought it would be worthwhile to turn my column over to the candidates who are running and hear what they had to say about the issues, opportu nities, and challenges that are motivating them. Below are statements from incum bent commissioners Bob Anderson and Al Childress and challengers Clediner Su preme Dorvil, Noah Jacobs, and Barbara Bernard declined to run for re-election.) The statements are solely their own. register of commission votes is available your own minds, and please come out and vote. Voting will take place Tuesday, December 6 at the Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Ct. See you at the polls. Bob Anderson Print shop manager (retired) Resident since 1978 With the support of our residents, I have worked hard to achieve many improvements for our village. Examples: increased com down; improved drainage for safer streets; new Public Works facility; 6th Avenue Its important to prepare myself with all facts on issues we face, listen to our residents, then make decisions based on whats good for our entire village in the long run, not just today. Our residents expect progress, not just talk. Being a commissioner means being hands-on in our community. Whether helping at holiday events, or meeting with residents to address their concerns, I am there. I am working on boundary changes that will allow all our children to attend Miami Shores Elementary. Its crucial we develop procedures to stop abandoned properties from being an economic burden on our residents. As I and my fellow candidates should know, our residents expect their commissioners to be hands-on, committed, involved. I will continue to work Albert (Al) Penn Childress Director, Department of Code Compli ance, City of Doral Resident since 1989 My wife, Kitty, and I have had the pleasure of living and raising our sons in Biscayne Park since 1989. We love rfrntrb nrfr rrbbr rr nrfr ff rfn tbbb Promotions are not honored during blackout dates: Monday, December 12th through Saturday, December 31st 2011.fn t bbn ff bf rffn tbt nfb nrnfr rtbbbf f rr

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the Village of Homes and the people who make up our wonderful community. Both my sons chose to complete their Eagle Scout projects in Biscayne Park. Public service has always been part of our lives. Part of my service has been as the previous Special Magistrate and as the chair of the Code Enforcement Board for the village. My educational back ground includes an MBA degree from the University of Miami and an MPA from Florida International University. Biscayne Park is a unique community that is blessed with an excellent, hardworking staff. I have been privileged to work with these commendable people for the past two years and seek to continue my involvement as commissioner. My focus has been to work with the staff in 1) reducing our crime rate by 60 percent this past year; 2) reducing our taxes; and 3) continuing to improve our medians and parks. Clediner Supreme Dorvil Medical student at Barry University Resident since 2010 Fellow residents of Biscayne Park, I would like to take this opportunity to present to you my perspective on possible ways we socially. Given the opportunity to serve as your commissioner, I intend on putting forth every effort to unite our community, our taxes, maintain our elite police force, stop the bickering among our leaders, and provide more activities for our children. My overall goal is to improve our village, allow the residents to have their opinions heard, and work for the best interest of our village. I truly believe that it starts by listening to each others views in order to formulate a Biscayne Park perspective. I can be reached at 305-7414648 or csupremed@gmail.com. Its okay to disagree. Our different perspectives are what make us human. Noah Jacobs Teacher Resident since 2004 Dear Biscayne Park Residents: A change in our government is needed. If we re-elect the current commission, the views of the residents will continue to be disregarded, to our detriment. There is currently a majority on the commission that seems to be scared of questions from the residents of our community. I was raised to question issues and back my decisions with facts. Since we are a village of only about 3000 residents, some think we have to accept what large entities such as utilities or surrounding municipalities tell us. those running for re-election, subscribe to that theory, according to their previous votes. I am running for a commission seat because I wholeheartedly disagree with that line of thinking. When outside forces push forward an agenda that could lower our property values, I will put our residents interests ahead of any other interest. Biscayne Park deserves good and open government and I intend to provide it. Please vote for me, Noah Jacobs, on December 6th. Barbara Watts Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History and the Honors Col lege, Florida International University Resident since 1987 Biscayne Parks origins are rooted in botanical beauty and harmonious civic engagement. Our government should uphold this past as it looks to the future. The commissions current majority has made decisions that are detrimental to our village. We need new commissioners to end the commissions partisanship and redress its mistakes. We cannot revoke the regretful FPL franchise agreement. However, we can reverse the commissions placid acceptance village, lowering property values. We should also revisit the capital improvement fee North Miami charges for repair of its water treatment plant. North Miami has used these funds for other pur poses, so oversight and control are needed. Additional concerns include limitations im posed upon discourse at commission meet ings and in village newsletters and expan sion of our tree canopy, which will improve our environment and property values. Good government is rooted in vision, transparency, and accountability my goals for the commission. It also requires public involvement. As commissioner, I will seek the opinions and expertise of our residents before making decisions that affect us all. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Veggie D-DayIts not in her nature, but our correspondent nally raises the white ag on being the neighborhood organics ladyBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorDecember, Im usually up to my neck in vegetables. And Im not stacked in small and large waxed boxes, ed agriculture deliveries would arrive Saturday morning. And Ive been a site tomatoes all weekend. I am not coddling fromage guinea pigs. generations, one Ive lived by since I was ageable mess. rfr ntb rr fttrtnf ttb bttb t

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aAUU pdating the Menu A year of openings, closings, and questions By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorWhere did the year go? Was it just a moment ago that January rolled in and we were embarking on 2011? I know they say that, as you get older, time goes faster, but this is ridiculous. So as we come to the end of yet another year, lets see whats come, gone, and gone down in Aventura. I believe that what brings Aven turans together is their love of the city, as well as food, shopping, and politics. For the sake of avoiding argument, I will forego the political angle in this months column and focus on the less contentious subjects. I want to begin with my favorite: food. On the restaurant front, there were plenty of places that came and went. Loehmanns Plaza had a bunch of changes, as Ruby Tuesday and Einstein Bros. Bagels left, making room for Heavy Burger came into the troubled space that was the Ivy (then Bar Rosso). And while its sign still hauntingly hangs upon the building, Avenue 29, Aventuras answer to nightlife, failed miserably, leaving Justins Bar and Lounge the only nightspot in town. The healthy rivalry of Mos Bagels versus Bagel Cove Restaurant and Deli will get another competitor quite soon. Opening directly across the street from Mos is New York Bagel Deli and, from dough is Irwin Silbowitz. This past April, Chef Al lens closed its doors after more than 25 years in the neighborhood. Unbelievably (sort of), this closure came on the heels of the restaurants recent renovation, an attempt to make it a bit younger and hipper. Guess not. Instead Chef Allen is going after the travel set with Burger Bar in the

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66 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGEDrill, Baby, Drill!Dental issues can put a hole in your holidays By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIts holiday time and what do we Miamiams all ponder when the holidays are here? What kinds of thoughts Why, thats easy! Oh, s**t. Another year gone and I still have not a) published my Great American Novel; b) Does anyone even read Great American Novels anymore?; c) No. The Great American Novel has been replaced by a blog lamenting the loss of the Great American Novel. No? Okay, maybe that is something only I think about. Theres always the fact that the holidays rank up there as one of the times of the year with the highest suicide rates. So much to celebrate! So much joy! So little rope, pills, blades, ammo. Fa la la! No? Okay, I know everyone thinks about food. Those lavish spreads featuring all kinds of factory-farmed (read: tortured) birds and pigs, the very same creatures that appear so happy in childrens elementary school construction-paper cutouts and crude Crayola drawings. You know, the ones that adorn the doors of proud parents refrigerators and freezers, while the carcasses of the slaughtered inside slowly develop a thin crust of postmortem frostbite. Oh, no? That doesnt rank as a top concern? Hmmm. Okay. Heres one. Dental surgery. I know that tops everyones holiday checklist! In case you have never tried it, I highly recommend scheduling a copious amount of dental surgery during a preholiday block when you think you will have enough time to recuperate but then you dont because some stupid complication arises, making you feel about as wonderful as the penned-up animals destined to be holiday meals. Look, Im no stranger to dental procedures. And I am no stranger to dental procedures gone horribly wrong. Right about now, I would also like to interject that I am very picky about my dental specialists. No, I do not patronize nor have I ever patronized one of those Calle Ocho creeps you hear about on Channel 7 news. And I have seen dentists, endodontists, and oral surgeons all over Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom Specializing in residential, commercial & industrial lighting products. State of the art LED and energy saving lightbulbs. 305.423.0017 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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Miami-Dade. And Im going to tell you, with the results I get, Im starting to wonder if I should just head to Calle Ocho for a great deal. You know, save some money for stocking stuffers? Im not sure where to start with the dental woes. Ill err on the safe side and begin with birth. My cheap parents yes, it always starts there; arent you glad opted out of sealants when I was a kid. It was a scam, my dad said. So my teeth went unprotected. Maybe this is the time to mention I never even saw a dentist until I was 12 years old or so. Is that normal? Maybe in Eastern Europe. But here? Didnt think so. To be fair, genetics played a role in my slowly going-to-pot mouth, too, as a few dentists have pointed out that my teeth are shaped for trouble. Theyre all slanted the wrong way; decay loves that. least my father gave in to my begging for those. My mother just told me the gaps in my teeth made me look like Lauren Hutton and, as such, were an asset. Oh, yes, she went there. The braces corrected the jack-olantern look, but eroded my molars. Oops! When those puppies came off, I dont know how many cavities a frownthat point on, it was all just an expensive dipped misery before, one by one, my teeth took their revenge. of you who think that competitiveness among medical professionals is restricted to the cosmetology industry, think again. Dentists love to drill ya open and cluck their tongues in disgust. Apparently Ive had many dentists over the years do half-assed jobs and just cement me back on up! Examples: Oh, dear. Who did this? Why, they left an entire chunk of metal behind in there! This is one of the sloppiest-looking crowns Ive ever seen. No wonder you have a problem there! Yup. Inevitably, every new oral professional who enters my mouth has an opinion. I just sit there, numb, bloody gauze shoved in my cheeks so I look like some kind of half-run-over, roadkill chipmunk, shrugging. I have never been able to keep up with all the work done on my mouth. Cer tain moments and facts stick out, though. Like the time I had a Nazi dentist rape my mouth. This one was based in South Miami and, while using equipment from 1952, decided to make an impression. When the cold water hit my tooth, which needed a root canal (teeth that require root canals are extremely sensitive to hot and cold), and I tried to move it, he clamped his hand down on my jaw to keep it there. Hmmm. Then there was the Coral Gablesbased endodontist who gleefully scraped some nasty puss out of said infected socket and, while I was stuck in the chair, proceeded to hold it under my nose and urge me to Smell it! Smell that infection! Thats the culprit. Ah, memories. Which brings me back to the present. This time I needed an extraction. My rear, right molar the procedure was done, my jaw started aching. This pain came in waves and, at full swell, felt like someone had decided to chisel a dolphin-shaped ice sculpture out of my jaw. After beating my jaw with My North Miami-based dentist conDry socket occurs at the extraction site when your gum does not form a blood clot over the hole in your jaw, thus leaving your mouth innards, including bone and nerve, open to anything: hot, cold, food particles. As far as pain goes, it ranks. I mean, there is natural childbirth, getting a Prince Albert, watching Here is another condition that affects only a small percentage of the population. (And, well, I guess thats me!) I was given more Vicodin and antibiotics, plus an oral antibiotic that I had to shoot down onto my exposed bone twice daily via a syringe-like instrument. Thats fun. healing, I have learned my lesson: No involved dental work after September. Oh, and, in the spirit of giving, be kind to the dentist. After all, guess which profession proudly boasts the highest suicide rates, and not just during the holidays? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 6301 Biscayne Blvd Ste 103 Miami, FL 33138 (305) 756-8070 r The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

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68 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEHowdie Ya DD o ?The trafc stop of a Miami cop by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper raises questions about professional courtesy and moreBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorAs most people who dont live under a rock are aware by now, there was a much-publicized Florida Highway Patrol trooper back on October 11. of Hollywood. Actually, hurrying is an understatement, considering that going at more than 120 miles per hour on the Florida Turnpike. Yes, you read that correctly: 120 mph in a 70 mph zone. I think 120 should be looked upon as not hurrying. As the story has unfolded, the phenomenon of so-called professional courtesy between police agencies has become a topic of conversation. Several years ago I was traveling with a police northbound on the turnpike. He was booking it at about 90 mph. All of a sudden, he slowed dramati cally, pulled off to the shoulder of the road, and stopped. I thought there might until a FHP trooper pulled in behind us. must be a cop. To which my friend re plied, Yes, I saw you behind the bushes and there was no sense in making cold. The trooper chuckled, thanked my friend for pulling over, chided him for speeding on his road, then asked him to slow it down. And that was that. Professional courtesy. This case, however, has a different tone. Here, we apparently have a FHP trooper on routine patrol going with the the doubt and put his speed at 100 mph, Saint Martha Yamaha2011-2012 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director St. Martha in the Shores 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores Meet the artists at our after-concert reception in The Atrium, included with your tickets. All programs are subject to change without notice. SHELLY BERG headlines with TIERNEY SUTTON, Jazz Weeks Vocalist of the Year, performer at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ms Suttons jazz singing is soft as silk and smooth as fine bourbon an extension of spiritual meditation. Music includes Amazing Grace and other pieces from their CDs, holiday classics, and the World Premiere of Shelly Bergs own original Meditation for two pianos (with PAUL POSNAK) commissioned by St. Martha. This will be an emotional, unforgettable, totally enjoyable holiday concert. Commissioned work sponsored by The Miami Salon Group, Inc.Sat., December 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.TO PURCHASE TICKETSVisit www.saintmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or purchase at church office or at doorMeditations in JazzSHELLY BERG & TIERNEY SUTTON rfntbnb4571 Weston Road Weston Commons Shopping Center 954-217-864419015C Biscayne Blvd Aventura Grand Cove Center 305-692-2201

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which brings us back to a basic algebra problem: If car X is traveling at 100 mph and car Y is traveling at 70, how long will it take car Y to catch up to car X? Well, duh, the answer is never. Instead, the question is how much faster than car X must car Y travel to catch up with car X, and is car Y placing more people in harms way by pursuing car X? Regardless of the mathematical answer, Trooper Watts made the decision that the marked police vehicle was, in fact, endangering other drivers and decided to initiate pursuit. Now, we have all traveled the turnpike and most of us have had a lead foot now and then and, when we do, we keep an eagle eye out for the howdies. Howdies, you ask? What means that? Well, years ago, FHP troopers born and raised in North Florida would be assigned to South Florida and, when these country boys would pull over a car, their initial words were usually Howdy, sir or Howdy, maam. Therefore they came to be known as howdies. But I digress. The point is, how he was speeding, unknowingly pass a marked FHP car and not instinctively take his foot off the gas? One has to assume that he saw the car and just did not give a damn. Keep in mind he was hurrying because he was going to be late for an off-duty assignment his words, not mine. We all know the outcome of the the cop and the cop continued to ignore the trooper. I guess, at some point, it became painfully obvious to the speedgoing to extend the proper professional courtesy and pulled over. In my opinion, the trooper acted in a safe and prudent manner by pulling her weapon and ordering the occupant out of the car. Since the offending driver had ignored her lights and siren, the trooper could not be sure that he shows that the troopers gun was quick ly holstered and the speeding driver cuffed, which, to me, makes sense. At that point, she still did not really know what she was dealing with. In retrospect, we now know we had not A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.com Receive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Maninicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY Mon-Thurs 16701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort for the purpose of preventing a crime or rushing to the aid of an injured motorist, mind you, but to avoid being late for an off-duty assignment. No wonder the trooper was pissed! This guy not only put his life and other drivers lives in danger, but that of the trooper, who was just doing her job. So what happens? The speeding cop lawyers up, instead of manning up and taking his lumps for the dumb-ass decision to speed recklessly down the highway. The acting Miami police chief goes on TV and states that he does not that he obviously made a stupid mistake. driving recklessly and was merely trying to get out of the troopers way by speeding up, to sort of clear her path. As I recall, the drivers handbook that we all studied before we could obtain our drivers license states that, when an emergency vehicle with warning lights and siren approaches from the rear, you are to slow down and pull over to the right in order to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. I dont recall the passage that says, Or you can put the pedal to the metal and haul ass, provided you stay a safe distance in front of the emergency vehicle. In the meantime, blog postings cies are showing an alarming disregard for professional courtesy. There have been sophomoric comments regarding the attractiveness, or lack thereof, of the female trooper, as well as some disturb ing warnings about what might happen if the FHP stops the wrong Miami police car. Thats a lot of manufactured B.S. for an incident that, fortunately, resulted in little more than an adrenalin rush for the trooper, his own police department, and the residents of the City of Miami. Then Like the rest of us would have to do. Or maybe the judge will allow him to go to ment enough! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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70 Culture: THE ARTSOff the Basel Path 2011Some recommended stops on the mad dash through Miamis art weekBy Melissa Wallen BT ContributorWith so many events vying for our attention during Art Basel week, it can be overwhelming exciting and interesting. Here are a few that could have great potential. Converging Harmonies Miami International Air port on your way to or from Art Basel Miami Beach, take a moment to look around. The western wall of the pedestrian walkway has been reimagined; its previously solid wall is now a series of interconnected panels of colored glass. This elaborate installation, titled Harmonic Convergence by Chris topher Janney, replaces an earlier instal lation from the artist commissioned by Miami International Airport in 1997. A trained musician, Janney has long ex plored the relationship between architecture, light, and sound, creating what he has de scribed as synesthetic art. While basking in the illuminating glow at MIA, you can hear the sounds of singing birds, the low rumble of thunder, and the aggravated chirp of tree frogs. The brilliant light and sound show is a soothing subtropical abstraction: This is what it feels like to arrive in South Florida, ready for both the circus and the swamp. During Basel, you can catch Janneys exhibition Architecture of Air at the Moore Building in the Design District. The program will include a concert and panel discussion focusing on space, time, and aesthetics. The discussion will begin at 3:00 p.m. on December 3, and will be followed by a screening of Janneys What Is a Heart? A live performance featuring the Persuasions and L.A.-based Y LUV begins at 9:00 p.m. Architecture of Air by Christopher Janney Through December 4 The Moore Building 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-572-0866 Art in the Great Outdoors Art Basels Art Video programming will utilize the New World Centers 7000-square-foot projection wall. You can relax outdoors for free at SoundScape Park, the high-tech, 2.5-acre green space facing Frank Gehrys spectacular new building, home of the New World Sym phony. Over the course of three nights, six different screenings will take place, each with a theme borrowed from art theory. Some familiar themes: landscapes, Ameri cana, and the painterly. Artists featured in the programming Tracy Emin, Dara Friedman, Martha Rosler, Cory Arcangel, Laurel Nakadate, Christian Jankokwski, and Ryan McGinley. Art Video Wednesday, November 30; Friday, December 2; and Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. SoundScape Park at New World Center 500 17th St., Miami Beach General Practice If youre looking to crawl under the radar and rage a bit, check out General Practice, an alternative, artist-run space located in the Buena Vista residential neighborhood west of the Design District. Drown, a noise/drone show organized by artist and curator Carlos Rigau, will offer local and visiting artists a cool spot to experiment and create on their own terms, a welcome respite from stuffy gallery decorum. Its going to get heavy, so BYOB and be ready for the waves of pummeling sound. Par ticipating bands and noisemakers include Viking Funeral, Slashpine, Stagg, Holly Hunt, the Ice Machine and Swift, Balls carf, M.B.Evans, and possibly a surprise appearance by the Miami P.D. Drown Thursday, December 1, 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. General Practice 3930 NW 2nd Ave., Miami Funner Projects at de la Cruz Amped up on a steady diet of MacGyver episodes and trouble, co-founders Justin Long and Robert Meatball Lorie of erick duo has set out to do something extraordinary: Have fun. Converging Harmonies Entrance Romance (It Felt like a Kiss)

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Its a concept these artists feel is too often undermined in the process of making art. Long and Lorie will stage performances accompanying their installation, Maintain Right in the project room of the de la Cruz Collection. The star of this installation is their 14-foot-long crossbow, which will shoot planks of wood through the air, aimed directly at upon being pummeled, creating an abstraction of what was Basel, Long and Lorie will brandish their machetes from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., hoping to instill a sense of ous situations can arouse. Maintain Right by Funner Projects, with Justin H. Long and Robert Lorie Through March 10 De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 Wynwood Walls Miami has become a Mecca for grafarea, highlights some of the best. Property owner Tony Goldman and curator the project since 2009, commissioning Wynwood Walls NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th Street, Miami Gallery Diet Clifford Owens this had no idea how far it would take him. Currently a professor at Yale, Owens has been busy preparing for as well a book regarding his work. In the midst of preparations, Owens took spent a week here in Miami, where he took the opportunity to get to know the locals up close and at times full frontal. become completely engaged in the work, in an honest and challenging abandonment of ease this group of near strangers found together during Owenss stay here in October. Youll see some familiar Miami faces. Photographs with an Audience Miami by Clifford Owens Through December 22 Gallery Diet 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 Material Witnesses losophy behind materialism, allowing the materials at work to amplify their own sig1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. will feature a It Aint Fair: Materialism December 1 through 4 OHWOW 100 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-633-9345 Tom Tom Magazine and Needless Records is a great rhythm section, and this year Tom Tom Magazine want to show their appreciation for the ladies will take place at Churchills Pub, showbetween sets. Tickets at the door cost $7, or buy presales for $5 here: http://tomtom Tom Tom Art Basel December 3, 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Churchills Pub 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-757-1807 Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Its a concept these artists feel is too often undermined in the process of making art. Long and Lorie will stage performances accompanying their installation, in the project room of the de la Cruz Collection. The star of this installation is their 14-foot-long crossbow, which will shoot planks of wood through the air, aimed directly at Photo by Martha CooperPhotographs with an Audience (Miami) Topsy Turvey

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72 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ART FAIRS Aqua Hotel 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 206-399-5506 www.aquaartmiami.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 Midtown Miami NE 1st Avenue at 30th Street 212-268-6148 www.artasiafair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $20 Miami Beach Convention Center 1901 Convention Center Dr. 305-674-1292 www.artbaselmiamibeach.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, noon to 8 p.m. December 4, noon to 4 p.m. Admission: $23-$85 Midtown Miami NE 1st Avenue at 31st Street 520-529-1108 www.art-miami.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $15 Catalina Hotel 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 347-957-2743 www.artnowfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. December 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free Surfcomber Hotel 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-438-9200 www.artsforabetterworld.com Through December 4 Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: $10 Art Deco Welcome Center 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 305-895-9652 www.burstartfair.org Through December 5 Hours: December 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 2 through 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. December 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $10 donation Miami Beach Convention Center Meridian Avenue and 19th Street 305-572-0866 www.designmiami.com Through December 4 Hours: Through December 3, noon to 8 p.m. December 4, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $25 2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami 917-650-3760 www.fountainartfair.com Through December 4 Hours: noon to 7 p.m. Admission: $10 Dorchester Hotel 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 212-674-6095 www.inkartfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free Deauville Beach Resort 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 212-594-0883 www.newartdealers.org Through December 4 Hours: December 1, 2 to 8 p.m. December 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free Sadigo Court Hotel 334 20th St., Miami Beach 212-604-0519, www.poolartfair.com December 2 through 4 Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Admission: Free The Ice Palace 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami 212-255-2327 www.pulse-art.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1, 1 to 7 p.m. December 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $15 Midtown Miami 3011 NE 1st Ave., Miami 917-273-8621, www.reddotfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $15 Midtown Miami NE 1st Avenue at 30th Street 212-268-1522 www.scope-art.com Through December 4 Hours: Through December 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $20 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.sculptmiami.com Through December 4 Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: Free 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami 973-452-3283 www.seven-miami.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free Greenview Hotel 1671 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 312-612-2270 www.vergeartfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 and 2, noon to 8 p.m. December 3, noon to 7 p.m. December 4, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $10 47 NE 25th St., Miami 305-303-8852 www.zonesartfair.com Through December 3 Hours: December 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: Free GALLERIES 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com December 2 through February 8: Undertow by Jason Shawn Alexander 12345 West Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-895-2553 www.dixieimageworks.com Through January 31: Resurrection II with Paul Morris and Randy Burman 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Ongoing: Natures Pulse by Debra Holt 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Through January 21: Faces of China by Tom Salyer 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-587-0172 www.albertolinerogallery.com December 1 through January 4: Caleidoscopio with Pedro Sandoval, Santiago Betancur, Dario, Luis Jimenez, Paola Restrepo, Dana Milik, Adriana Carvalho, David Zalben, Breceda, Moleiro, and Romgo 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through January 28: The Eyes, Sometimes by Karina Peisajovich 750 NE 124th St., North Miami 305-975-6933 www.alonsored.com Call gallery for exhibition information 1 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com Through December 21: Fusion VIII Synesthesia with various artists 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com/ December 1 through 4: Hotbed Miami 2011 with various artists A Piece of Me with various artists Dozen Roses

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2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Through January 1: Collectors Delight with Carlos Cruz Diez, Fernando Botero, Jesus Soto, Alexander Calder, Alejandro Otero, Cornelis Zitman, Nicolas Shoffer, Oswaldo Vigas, Victor Valera, Alirio Palacios, James Mathison, Luisa Richter, and Arturo Correa 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Through January 20: Woman to Woman with Julie Davidow, Carol Prusa, Vickie Pierre, Sara Stites, Samantha Salzinger, Francie Bishop Good, Felice Grodin, Michelle Weinberg, Elizabeth Cerejido, and Mia Leonin Small Works Show with various artists 180 NE 39th St., #210, Miami Through January 1: Mary, Richard, Clouds and Dirt by Richard Haley 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-2700 www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com Through January 7: A Critique of Established Attitudes Towards Aging & Beauty by Aurora Molina New Work by Peter Sarkisian Fleeced by Holly Lynton 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through December 31: Dream Catcher II with Emilio Garcia, Zhanna Kadyrova, Pablo Lehmann, Taro Hattori, and SYN group 100 NE 38th St., Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Ongoing: Group Show with H-Allen Benowitz, Franois Gracia, Clarice de Souza, David Tupper, Sharon Dash, and Hector Maldonado, and Creatos Aetas by Kourtney Eugene Brown 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through January 8: MDCC North Campus 1970s Faculty Exhibition with Jim Couper, Elmer Craig, Duane Hanson, Charles Hashim, Shirley Henderson, Michael Klezmer, Salvatore La Rosa, Peter McWhorter, Ron Mitchell, Gary Monroe, and Robert Thiele 189 NE 39 St. #120, Miami 212-947-4557 Through December 4: Inventory 02: Soul Does Matter with Jacob Brillhart, Chen Chen/Kai Wiliams, Paul Clemence, Paul Kopkau, Lemon Yellow, LMNOQ, Berge Malikian, Mr.O, Ernesto Oroza/Gean Moreno, Luis Pons, and Michelle Weinberg 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Ongoing: Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture by Susanna Caldwell 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www .cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com December 1 through January 27: You Are Here Forever curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud 758 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Ongoing: Group Show with Vanessa Baumgertner, Adriano Nicot, Ramon Muoz, and Monica Atucha Through January 5: Danny Esquenazi 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415 www.visual.org Through December 17: Beyond the Daily Life by Guerra de la Paz 250 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-292-0411 www.charestweinberg.com Through February 29: Black Sculpture by Fernando Mastrangelo 71 E. Flagler St., Miami 305-741-0058 www.christophermirogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami www .cityloftart.com Call gallery for exhibition information 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through December 31: Dont Get High on Your Own Supply with various artists 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through February 4: Thoughts, Meditations, Acts by Xawery Wolski 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305 573-4046 www.diasporavibe.net December 1 through 4: We the Artists with various artists 171 NE 38th St., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net dv@dimensionsvariable.net Through December 23: Duets by Domingo Castillo 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through January 20: Minimally Baroque curated by Chuck Ramirez and Patricia Ruiz-Healy 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com Through January 21: Full Salute by Mette Tommerup Modern Trance by Martin Murphy 51 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through January 10: Poetics of Expansion: Nine Views of Contemporary Argentine Photography with Juan Sebastian Bruno, Bruno Dubner, Marcelo Grosman, Ignacio Iasparra, Cecilia Lenardn, Jorge Mio, Oligatega, Guillermo Ueno, and Alejandra Urresti 47 NE 25th St., Miami 305-303-8852 www .edgezones.org Call gallery for exhibition information 2732 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 754-422-5942 www.elitearteditions.com December 3 through 20: Art Basel Season with Ana Sanz, Anica, Diana Albadan, Marisa Leicach, Fabiana Pea, Francisco Ceron, Mauro Arbiza, and Jerome Valbuena 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 December 1 through 31: Highlights for 2012 with various artists 172 W. Flagler St., Miami Through December 4: Porque, Cazador? with Annie Blazejack, Leo Castaeda, Reinier Gamboa, David Olivera, Ramon Lopez, Nicole Serize, and Juan Travieso 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through December 17: Change by Cristina Lei Rodriguez 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Through January 20: Recent Works by Claude Viallat New Sculpture by ORLAN 2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-266-2445 www.galleryschuster.com December 3 through 23 The Photography of Menno Aden Black Sea

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601 NE 107th St., Miami Shores 305-610-3921 Through January 15: Wondering by London Tsai 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com December 1 through January 2: Art Basel Miami 2011 Exhibition with Michael Perez, John Pate, John Pate N., Sean Murdock, Jonathan Dvoretz, and Henry Souto, featuring Jos Yossi, Mariella Sosa, and Matt Stock 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through December 22: Photographs with an Audience Miami by Clifford Owens 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-778-4568 www.galleryid.com Call gallery for exhibition information 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www .garynader.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2628 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 561-251-1375 Call gallery for exhibition information 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami www.hardcoreartcontemporary.com info@hardcoreartmiami.com Through February 4: Down & Under with Consuelo Castaeda, Gaston Ugalde, and Milton Becerra 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 147 NW 36th St, Miami (305) 576-4266 www .iconartimages.com December 1 through 4: Icons of Entertainment and Sports with Erika King, Gary Longordo, Bill Toma, Kirk Maggio, Debbie Samson, Alan Maltz, Roberto Rabanne, Donna Wayman, Robert Holton, and Valdimir Gorsky 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com Through February 26: Astilla en el Ojo by Rodrigo Echeverri Calero 282 NW 25th St., Miami Space Lighting Studio 305-573-0208 www.jgplatform.com Through December 4: Addictive with Ferdie Pacheco, Luisita Pacheco, Adam Rush, Sergik, and Richard Kurtz 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through January 15: Vaisman 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com December 3 through February 3: Black Collection by Salustiano 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com Through January 28: Sculpture by Albert Paley Inner Journey by Heriberto Mora Group Show with John Henry, Dolly Moreno, Kevin Paulsen, Neltje, Tom Seghi, Sandra Muss, Linda Lee Johnson, Antonio Ugarte, and Sebastian Spreng Through December 4: V1-V3 by Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com Through February 2: Is Art an Antidepressant? with various artists 155 NE 38th St., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through December 31: Billboard Project by Agustina Woodgate Through December 17: Cores and Cutouts by Ruben Ochoa 3030 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-9995 http://maormiami.org Through January 31: On the Edge of Light with various artists 36 NW 36th St., Miami 305-775-9683 www.miamiartsalon.com Call gallery for exhibition information 244 NW 35th St., Miami 305-757-6000 www.miamiartspace.com Through December 4: Elements with Henrique Souza, Francisco Chediak, Cecilia Moreno-Yaghoubi, Dennis Carbee, Alvaro Daza, Pedro Diaz, and Vertical River, curated by Adriana de Moura 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Through December 16: Memento Mori by Arturo Rodriguez and Alejandro Anreus 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 Through December 4: Selections from the Permanent Collection and Cintas Fellows Collection with various artists Through January 8: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through December 15: Ralph Provisero: Maquettes and Drawings by Ralph Provisero 500 College Terr., Homestead 305-237-5000 www.mdc.edu/homestead Call gallery for exhibition information 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Through January 15: Faculty Exhibition with Jennifer Basile, Antonio Chirinos, Alberto Meza, and Yomarie Silva 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-428-5700 www .artinstitutes.edu/miami Through December 3: Through the Eyes of Love with Barry Gross, Alejandro Cuadra, Ali Miranda, Janet Muller, Noah Jones, Jonathan Brooks, and Marco Gonzalez Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 516-532-3040 www.michaelperez-artist.com Call gallery for exhibition information 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-572-0866 www.bridgehouseevents.com Through December 4: Architecture of the Air: The Sound and Light Environments of Christopher Janney by Christopher Janney 180 NE 39th St., Miami 786-512-4130 www.morefunnerprojects.blogspot.com Call gallery for exhibition information 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com December 1 through January 9: New York-New York by Paul Ching-Bor Urban Life in Cuba-Colombia by Camila Malo Pop Art World with Swarovski Crystals by Milani New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Through December 16: Works of Eight with various artists 1800 N. Bayshore Dr ., Miami 305-395-3599 Through January 28: International Art Exhibition with various artists 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Through December 17: Great Masters with Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar, Victor Vasarely, Bernar Venet, and Carlos Cabeza Logbook

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3100 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-633-9345 www.oh-wow.com December 1 through 4: It Aint Fair: Materialism with Daniel Arsham, Justin Beal, Anna Betbeze, Ashley Bickerton, Scott Campbell, Genovese, Luis Gispert, Angel Otero, Jos Parl, Sara Rahbar, Ryan Reggiani, Bert Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Aurel Schmidt, David Benjamin Sherry, Lucien Smith, Agathe Snow, Jessica Stockholder, Nick van Woert, and Aaron Young 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through December 5: Fragments by Jos Manuel Fors 2311 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 www.miguelparedes.com Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2900 www.praxis-art.com Through December 31: Barbed by Guerra de la Paz 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com December 1 through January 31: Here Lies Georges Wildenstein with Marc Bijl, Retna, Michael Vasquez, Miru Kim, Cleon Peterson, George Sanchez-Calderon, Manny Prieres, Andrew Nigon, Scott Shannon, Christina Pettersson, Shelter Serra, How & Nosm, Kenton Parker, Cole Sternberg, Edouard Nardon, and Jel Martinez 3252 NW 1st Ave., Suite 101, Miami www.gggexhibit.com 305-751-9641 December 1 through 4: Alkanoglu, and Billi Kid 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html Through January 30: The Forms of Light by Romulo Aguerre 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami 305-600-4785 www.sohostudiosmiami.com Call gallery for exhibition information 150 NE 42nd St., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Through December 4: TYPOE, Agustina Woodgate, and Santiago Rubino 255 NW 25th St., Miami December 3: Gallery Opening by John Jonsheski 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 www.myspace.com/stashgallery Call gallery for exhibition information 3821 NE 1st Ct., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Through December 5: The Ephemera of ABMB by Oliver Sanchez 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 www.tonywynn.com Ongoing: Patriotica by Tony Wynn 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com December 1 through February 25: Isolations with Lilly McElroy, Dana Meilijson, Rodolfo Vanmarcke, and Missy Nuzzo 2200 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-284-2542 Call gallery for exhibition information 201 NE 39th St., Miami 305-576-6960 Call gallery for exhibition information NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th Street 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and avaf December 4: Pop Up Shop with various artists 55 NW 30th St., Miami www.casalin.org December 1 through 4: Rapture: The Day After with various artists 250 NW 23rd St., Unit 306, Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com December 1 through 31: Possession by Jerome Soimaud 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www .artcentersf.org Through January 1: Center of Attention with resident artists 2100 Collin s Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through February 12: Laurent Grasso December 1 through March 4: Beauty Business by Erwin Wurm 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 www.cifo.org Through March 4: Frames and Documents: Conceptualist Practices: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection with various artists 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists Through March 10: Maintain Right by Funner Projects, with Justin H. Long and Robert Lorie 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through December 4: Afro-Victimize by Tirzo Martha Through January 8: Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen with various artists iPM009 by Magdalena Fernndez The Florida Artist Series: Humberto Calzada: The Fire Next Time by Humberto Calzada Through February 19: Color on Color with various artists Through March 18: Tour de France/Florida: Contemporary Artists from France in Floridas Private Collections 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Through January 31: Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds with Augurari Editions, Rodolfo Andaur, Hackworth Ashley, Spring Break, Monserrat Rojas Corradi, Cat Dove, Viking Funeral, Andrea Galvani, Jay Hines, Scott Hug, Karlo Ibarra, Carlos Irijalba, Brookhart Jonquil, Jason Keeling, Kristin Korolowicz, Liz Magic Laser, Nicolas Lobo, Gean Moreno, Richard Mosse, Ernesto Oroza, Gaston Persico, Manny Prieres, Print and Paste Collective (FAU), Megan Riley, Tom Scicluna, Joaquin Segura, SOMA, Natika Soward, Lara Stein Pardo, Suzanne Stroebe, Third Streaming/Yona Baker, Cecilia Szalkowicz, TM Sisters, and Pinar Yolacan 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through January 15: China: Insights with Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin Through April 22: Women, Windows, and the Word: Diverging Perspectives on Islamic Art with various artists Through September 23: Saintly Blessings: A Gift of Mexican Retablos from Joseph and Janet Shein with various artists 101 W. Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection Through January 1: Schneebett by Enrique Martinez Celaya American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgolds Paintings of the 1960s by Faith Ringgold Through March 18: Focus Gallery: Marcel Duchamp by Marcel Duchamp, curated by Rene Morales 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-621 1 www.mocanomi.org Through February 12: Pivot Points V by Teresita Fernandez Through February 19: Rolling Stop by Mark Handforth 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Through April 28: New Exhibitions with various artists 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through July 27: American Exuberance with various artists Through December 4: Incubation by Jennifer Rubell Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 www.worldclassboxing.org Through February 11: Love Trips: A Triptych on Love by Jillian Mayer Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Hypnosis is powerful because it directly accesses the subconscious mind and reprograms it just as you would a computer. 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76 It Takes a Village to Meet SantaTwo poles collide on Friday, December 2 at the Miami Shores Winterfest. Kids are encouraged to bring their wish lists for Santa, before being whisked from the subtropics to the North Pole. There will train, and craft stations (with the obliga Go to www.miamishoresvillage.com.Chalk One Up for MiMo On Sunday, December 4 vendors, food trucks, performers, and artists will help create MiMo Art in the Park starting which will be created throughout the will be a guided district tour starting at mimoartinthepark.com.Setting the Night Aglow worms, or lightning bugs, but whatever the become harder to see in our urbanized and Friday, December 9 during the Creatures of the Night Hike along with who knows what other animals minute presentation on the nightlife of www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.A Classic Take on a Classic BalletThe Nutcracker troupe puts on some version of it during Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11 at the A Taste of Historic Overtown That would be the historic black neighborhood of Overtown, which once was a thriving entertainment and commercial center. On Sunday, December 10 historian Paul George will take visitors to Overtown Walking Tour and Peoples Bar-B-Que Little Rivers Big CelebrationIt has taken a while for Miami-Dade to El Portal Little River Celebration Day Saturday, December 10 contact littleriverelportal@gmail.com.What Floats Your BoatHoliday Boat Parade and Toy Drive as evening falls on Saturday, December 17 in a much broader area, from South Beach over to downtown Miami, although the miamioutboardclub.com.Jazz Headliners Black bird Medi tations in Jazz an intimate evening of Saturday, December 17 Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR An Elfs Warped View of the World The Santaland Diaries Thursday, December 8 through Friday, December 23 Stage, it stars Michael McKeever. www.arshtcenter.org. Light Up a Life Friday, December 2 through Saturday, December 31 the dazzling Holiday Lights 2011 will be draped from trees and A New Years Eve Youll Actually Remember Saturday, December 31 p.m. Before midnight, the big orange ball will inch up the

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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN AA Prickly PropositionSome cacti bear edible fruit just watch out for those tiny, hair-like spines called glochids By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorIve always enjoyed growing cacti and other succulents. Unfortunately our local climate is very humid and many of these species will rapidly succumb to fungal issues in our landscapes. Some do grow well here, and Ive learned not only to grow them in proper locations with excellent drainage, adequate lighting, and sometimes under cover (so they dont get wet when it rains), but also to appreciate how well they protect themselves against overenthusiastic horticulturists. Most cacti and many other succulent plant species have spines that can cause of some nasty barbs over the years, but what I consider even worse are those cacti that have glochids instead of spines (although some insidious cactus species have both). Glochids are usually felt before they are seen. These tiny, barbed, hair-like spines can brush off onto your skin or clothes and cause hours of aggravating pain and itching. If it looks like soft fuzz on a cactus, make sure you dont touch it. I use duct tape to attempt to pull glochids off my skin. Dont scratch! It seems once they enter your skin, they can break off, and that is when the aggravation really begins. Glochids can also work through loose material (your clothes), so dont think youre protected by what youre wearing. One cactus that grows well in South Florida is the prickly pear. There are many species in the genus Opuntia that are native to countries throughout North, Central, and South America. This very tough, adaptable plant can be found growing well in the most inhospitable conditions, where nothing else will grow. The name, of course, should alert you to the possibility of spines, but some species have only glochids and, from a distance, look quite harmless. There are dozens of prickly pear species and variet ies, and many of them have an edible fruit commercially in tropical and subtropical climes worldwide for their food value. Recently I purchased some prickly pear fruit in a local Hispanic supermarket, where they are known as pera del cactus In other Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, they may be called tuna When I came across these in the store, I gingerly picked them up one by one, to make sure that the glochids had been removed. (Glochids can be removed by rolling the fruit in sand or immersing it for a prolonged period in water.) I picked some that were ripe, so that evening I took the fruit, which were about four inches long and a couple of inches thick at the center, cut off the ends, and peeled the thick skin off to reveal a sweet, red, juicy, jellylike substance with tiny cactus seeds imbedded inside. I then took the jelly and mashed it in a strainer to allow the red juice to drip out into a bowl. This took about an hour. My favorite chef, Monica, drizzled the juice over slices of brie cheese atop water wafers and then sprinkled the cheese with black lava salt. This appetizer went very well with a couple of glasses of inexpensive Pinot Noir. cereal. Try it in a smoothie or vodkabased drinks. There is also another part of this cactus that is edible: the leaves, or cactus pads. These cactus pads were apparently once consumed by sailors to avoid scurvy on long oceanic voyages. They were thus spread to tropical countries around the world. In Mexican cuisine, they are known as nopales or nopalitos and used in dishes like huevos con nopales or tacos de no pales I also found these in the Hispanic crunchy when cooked and, to me, tastes like a green pepper. It can be quite tasty with other condiments. The leaves are supposed to contain beta-carotene, iron, vitamin C, and calcium. The prickly pear cactus was once cultivated on a very large scale because of an insect called cochineal, which fed off the juices of this plant. The crimsoncolored dye, carmine, which is now used for cosmetics and food coloring, comes from this insect. (The next time you drink a red fruit drink, read the ingredient label. If it says carmine or cochineal is used as a food coloring, you are drinking crushed insects.) Pretty impressive for something that will grow in a corner of your yard where nothing else will. Do not buy cactus pads if they look dried out or wrinkled, and make sure, before you cook them, that all of the glochids and spines have glochids in your mouth or throat. ipal arborist, director of horticulture at Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@ tropicaldesigns.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Jeff Shimonski 305.246.0200rffn tfbrrfrrrfr nrrrftb

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78 Out of Africa, Into MiamiJane Goodall urges us to stop monkeying around and get serious about the environmentBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorJane Goodall is freezing. Trapped inside the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove, her tiny frame cannot stand the extreme air conditioning. Lets go outside, she says, so that we can talk in comfort. Dame Jane Goodall, 77 years old, a global icon, can handle extreme conditions. She spent decades living among chimpanzees in Tanzania, and her mangled thumbnail proves it. Nowadays she travels the world constantly; the day before this interview, she barely escaped But the Miami-style A/C is killing her. She opens her hotel rooms window for relief, but she has an even simpler solution. If you dont need it, turn it off, she says. Goodall is here to address leaders from Latin America and about 100 other attendees at a forum sponsored by the Americas Business Council Foundation. Speakers at the three-day event include Jeb Bush and Lance Armstrong, but So what does the chimpanzee lady say? Oh, oh, oh, aw-aw-aw! Her impression of how a chimpanzee says good morning warms the heart. Next she reveals that the worlds oldest chimp, 73-year-old Little Mama, lives up the Beach County. Her second topic is overpopulation. Unlike humans, her chimpanzee family has maintained a fairly constant number vations. They are not overpopulating their environment, she says. Humans, however, are to the point of self-destruction. It really is scary to hear that the seven billionth child was born, says Goodall, referring to a United Na tions announcement in November. For her, the planet faces three main problems. They are poverty, wealth, and overpopulation. The rural poor do desperate things such as cutting down forests to survive. Surely no country has worse problems than Haiti, social and environmental, she says. The wealthiest populations consume resources insatiably, and that lifestyle Whats more, the human population keeps expanding and pushing the boundaries of sustainability. If we continue like this, what will the future be for our great-great grandchildren? asks Goodall. Her solution? Children. Goodalls own foundation created a youth-inspired program in Tanzania that has spread worldwide. Roots and Shoots has clubs at two schools in north Miami-Dade Miami Country Day and Hubert O. Sibley Elementary and at more than 150 locations across Florida, in all 50 states, and in 120 countries, including China. Goodalls passion for this program seems to equal that for her chimpanzee research. Children tell her they feel their future has been compromised. Yet she determination to save the planet. The most important thing is the growing awareness of young people around the world, she says. She feels hopeful that they may be reaching a critical mass and, instead of just educating them, she calls for informing and empowering. In addition to young people, Goodall names three other reasons for hope: the resilience of nature, the human brain, and the human spirit. In Africa she has seen how micro-credit can allow local businesses to grow in sustainable ways and how the educa tion of girls is vital for stabilizing population growth. (Birth rates drop as education rises.) We cant shy away from population growth, she says. Its a fact. Even in places with explosive popula tion growth, local people recognize the problem. Goodall tells a story about men in Africa who request vasectomies and villages that cry out for education: When we introduced family planning, the vil lages said, Why didnt you come before? As for the human intellect, she believes in its power, but she also advocates for a reconnection to the compassion of the human heart: How come were destroying our only home? We have lost something I call wisdom. So what does all this mean for us in South Florida? Number one, our students need to learn the truth about the environment. Teachers need to step up. Schools need to reach out. They can start by contacting the Environmental EducaSecond, we can use our connections to Haiti and other needy populations in our hemisphere to support the education of girls and of communities in need of family planning. Third, we can reattach our heads to our hearts by paying greater attention to the traditions of Native Americans and to early Floridians. They knew how to live without air conditioning. Fourth, we should switch quickly to solar energy and promote green buildings, because buildings are the biggest consumers of energy. Dont discount the power of even small gestures, like recycling plastic bags. All the little things seem small, but awareness levels are rising, says Goodall. Today we can turn off the A/C in her honor. Goodall holds out hope that the sun will warm her from the cranked-up air conditioning in her room. She is opening the door. Lets follow her outside. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com www.santassingers.comPRESENTSFOR RATES AND AVAILABILITY CALL 305-757-6500 OR EMAIL singers@missjanesmusic.com Santas SingersAN ADULT A CAPPELLA GROUP SINGING TRADITIONAL CAROLS AND POPULAR HOLIDAY SONGSPerfect for ofce parties, private functions Photo by Michael Neugebauer

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY TT he Call to Blog Our columnist joins the ranks of parents sharing their experiences on the Web By Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI asked a friend what she was doing with her family over the holidays. I was expecting to hear something like, Were hitting the Nutcracker , or Going to Santas Enchanted Forest, but instead she simply said, I have to check The idea of blogging is so dark and mysterious to me. I know, I know. Blogging is so 2002. I just havent caught on to the concept. Im not a good test audience for our generation of changing media. I still read an actual newspaper, cover to cover, every morning. There is something visceral about holding a paper and a cup of coffee that digital media will never replace. My husband says that blogs creep him out in the same way that the people who share too much on Facebook creep him out. While I, too, could do without the habitual posts about dentist appointments, vegetable shopping, and whats for breakfast, my fascination with parent blogs began as an endeavor to understand them for professional advantage. Since my day job at the Adrienne ways to show off our family programming, I thought this knowledge would be a good addition to our marketing arsenal. What exactly is a blog and why are mommies and daddies everywhere tippity-typing away, creating them? likely reading this column in your trusty print edition of the BT you too might like a quick Brewe-torial on blogging. Here are some of the questions I had Q: Why blog? Is it an acronym? A code? A: Its shorthand for Web log. When someone pointed that out to me, I felt like an idiot. Q: What makes it different from just posting an article? A: Sometimes it is just an article on a Website. Sometimes its like a diary, or a series of Facebook posts, or just a whole lotta promotional giveaways and advertisements. There is a wide interpretation of the blogging concept. For example, theres Tropic of Mom, a Miami mommy blogger who uses her blog like a captains log, accompanied by iPhone pictures. Her blog is made up of quick comments about her day, the kids birthday parties, the rain, cupcakes. Nothing transformative, but Ill bet her mother-in-law is thrilled to be so informed. Alternately, theres A Mom, a Blog, and the Life In-Between. This Miami mom writes a deeply personal blog about raising her son and the emotions resulting from the break-up of her marriage and her hopes about the future. The prose is sweet and melancholy, but getting through even a single posting is a commitment, as they can run more than a few screen pages. Theres Ask Miami Moms, which is really just a rudimentary site with a feed of Facebook posts: Who needs a nanny? Does anyone know anything about the Seaquarium workshop? sleep through the night. Any advice? Momsmiami.com has a few wonderful bloggers with different takes on parenting. My favorite is Mama Sass, who has a witty take on raising her two kids. Her posts also appear as print articles, hence my knowledge of her. My search revealed that, save for the above mentioned blogs, the majority of parent bloggers are inconsistent. Some have compelling posts, but stop in February 2009 or, say, April 2010. Did they lose interest? Did they run out of story ideas? Funding? So mysterious. Q: Do bloggers talk to us or with us? A: Now, this is where it gets interesting. Although interaction is not a age visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets. With subject matter that involves the ways we raise our kids, readers are sure to have opinions, and this is the perfect forum. National parent blogger Lisa Belkin built an award-winning blog for the New York Times with the belief that parents wanted more talk about parentwould talk to the readers, she writes, but within weeks I realized it only made sense to talk with them and then get out of the way and let them talk to one another. She has written 1216 posts and, from that, garnered 52,574 comments. Q: How do parent bloggers find the time? A: Well, that is a whole different article, but I suspect many of these bloggers need an outlet at the end of their day. There is so much to share and, hey, write what you know, right? With that said, I have an announcement to make: What started as a marketing research project has ended in inspiration. I am now taking Kids and the City interactive! Follow my new blog on Twitter @ BTkidsnthecity for more deep and not-so-deep parenting insight, #thing sourkidssay, and re-tweets of cool stuff you are sure to like. See you in the blogosphere! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com ianopresto plus www.pianopresto.musicteachershelper.comWeekly private piano instruction For beginner, intermediate, or adult Three mini-music classes Children 3 to 9 years old Call to schedule a free first lesson!786.468.9871 Richard A. Foltz, instructor

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80 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatDesperate Dog Lovers on the Loose7700 Block of NE 2nd Avenue Sometimes our criminals completely indulge themselves without restraint. A man secured his business leaving his two ferocious guard dogs to patrol the area. The guard dogs went missing later that night after the propertys padlock was broken and mystery intruders removed 45 pieces of plywood from the premises. Amazingly, there are no witnesses who saw this bountiful loot removed. There are no leads in this case, but that wood could be used to build quite a nice doghouse. Slippery Criminals Strike Again700 Block of NE 79th Street Someone broke into the rear of East Side Pizza, pried open the grill, and removed 40 gallons of used cooking oil. It is not known how the perpetrator transported the oil out of the area. While we support the recycling movement and turning used cooking oil and other waste into biofuels, we must once again acknowledge that Miami crooks will steal anything your toilets.Does This Count As Bilingual?1500 Block of NE 1st Avenue On routine prostitution patrol, an underprostitute. She offered him a blow job, for oral sex. That price was $40. However, she had another special offer: She noted that f***ing was street slang translations of this little-known secret language. The lady of the night was arrested. Side note: On NE 63rd Street and Biscayne, a f*** only costs $60, according to another police report. Were just saying.No Translation NecessaryNE 75th Street and NE Miami Court bother translating. Prostitute offered, in broken English, a d*** suck for $20. lady was arrested. (Is it us, or do the prices fall the farther north one goes?)Bathroom Bandit Relieves Woman of Her Load401 Biscayne Blvd. We now have to watch out for criminal slime when Mother Nature calls. The victim noticed a woman restroom as she entered a stall. When police report made sure to tell us that she urinated), the suspect busted the stall door open, aimed a golden gun at the victims head, and demanded she give her all that she had. The victim handed over $200, her Blackberry, and other items. The suspect then left the area. Suspect is still at large. Please be aware of your surroundings. Since Compiled by Derek McCann WERE HIRING! Biscayne Times is looking for a full-time, experienced account executive for display advertising. Small, enthusiastic staff. Loyal readers and advertisers. Tremendous growth potential. Some house accounts available. Base salary plus generous commissions. Serious money to be made. Please send rsum to publisher Jim Mullin at jim.mullin@biscaynetimes.com.

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nothing appears to be sacred anymore, maybe its better to hold it in.Gas Station Fashionista Sports Gun, Scowl12300 Biscayne Blvd. Man wearing a hood on a hot Miami day walked into a gas-station store at 1:30 in the afternoon. He calmly selected several alco holic beverages from the cooler. The clerk asked him to remove his hood, to which the man responded, Are you serious? Shut the f*** up and open the register! He then pro duced a black revolver and ordered the clerk to hand over the money in the register. The clerk gave him the $400 he had. The gunwielding slime made off on foot. Johnson and Wales University cameras caught him running northbound on NE 17th Avenue. Note to store clerks and the general public: Never assume someone is just making a fashion statement. This is Miami. Business Sure It Wasnt an Angry Meter Reader?400 Block of NE 143rd Street Victim was away from home when she received a call from her alarm company. She went back to her house and noticed that all the power was off. Someone had thrown a large rock through her bedroom window, removed the FPL meter from the backyard causing the main power to shut off then left the scene when the alarm rang. The damaged meter was found several feet away. Remarkably, it was still running. (Were joking. We kid be cause we love.) Police Hope to Catch Them RedHanded14500 Block of NE 6th Avenue Burglars illegally entered a vacant apartment by kicking in the wood panel that covered the air conditioning wall opening. Once inside, they stole six electrical power cords and 10 one-gallon cans of red paint. They made their exit through the same A/C opening. Were not sure what they will use the red paint for, or even what the black-market rate is for such paint. But if you see someone selling red paint out of their car (not farfetched for North Miami), you may want to call police.Too Fit To Quit12500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Woman was strolling down the Boulevard when a gray car pulled up alongside her and the occupant grabbed her purse. The woman refused to let go of her bag even as the car began to drag her. She eventu ally fell to the ground. The contents of her purse scattered. A passenger in the car grabbed her wallet from the ground and the two muggers drove off. Undeterred, the victim ran after the car, and was heard to scream You a**holes! by a witness. Victim later claimed she chased the car all the way from Sans Souci to 125th Street. That is quite a distance. The car got away, but Miami crooks beware: Victims are getting in better shape all the time. Vacuum Thief Makes a Clean Getaway300 Block of NE 79th Street Victim was upstairs eating lunch with his family when a neighbor called to inform him that his home was being burglarized. When the victim ran downstairs, he saw the subject, holding his fan and vacuum cleaner, jumping the fence. The subject ran into a neighboring establishment, exiting a few minutes later without the items. When police questioned the business owner, he was extremely evasive and denied ever seeing the items, or knowing the subject. Rumors abound that he may be an accomplice, but no arrests have been made.Dont Talk to Strangers Ever600 Block of NE 87th Street Victim met an apparent woman on Biscayne Boulevard and they conversed for a few minutes. Victim went on his way. However, the woman followed him home, and brought some friends with her. She knocked on victims door and the victim, thinking it was his roommate, opened it. The woman then jumped him and began punching him in the face. The two other subjects came in and did the same, before one went to the kitchen and took the microwave. All three immediately left after securing this item. Now the trio can really enjoy those Hot Pockets. We suggest that readers never talk to anyone on the Boulevard after all, it is the Boulevard. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com GENERAL CONTRACTOR PAINTING CONTRACTOR HANDYMAN DIVISION Interior & Exterior Residential & Commercial Buildouts and Renovations Churches & Luxury Homes Licensed & Insured305.751.4447215 NE 97th St., Miami Shores 33138 www.fabinteriorexterior .com LIC# GCG1506675 CC00BS00302

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82 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETSGood Owners, Better DogsBeing responsible, smart, and communicating clearly is the key to raising a great poochBy Lisa Hartman BT ContributorI know many dogs and even more dog owners. Working in both New York (in the Hamptons) and South Florida means meeting diverse groups of people and being exposed to many different beliefs on how to raise dogs. For starters, there seem to be more people in the north who take pride in the rules of the area. Except for the summer season, dogs are allowed to run free on beaches almost anywhere in the Hamptons, provided they are under voice control and owners pick up after them. I must say, I have taken my own dogs to more than 20 different beaches there, as well as many state parks. Almost all stores in the Hamptons welcome dogs as well. Compare that to Miami. South Beach is extremely dog friendly, as are a few other places (such as the Bal Harbour Shops). Most beaches, however, are not, and places and times of beaches accepting dogs are limited at best. The reason? In New York, I see people pick up after their pets constantly and even, when necessary, after other peoples dogs. There is rarely any litter of any sort to clean up on New Yorks beaches, and when there is, its usually the result of out-of-town kids leaving juice cartons, balloons, and plastic cups lying around, which locals also clean up. They want to keep wildlife safe, their beaches beautiful, and their dogs welcome on them. Many times in South Florida, I experience the opposite: People looking the other way or pressing their iPhones tighter to their ear when their dogs are

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doing their business, conveniently not noticing that their pets are making a de posit in a public place, and hence, absolv ing themselves from having to pick it up. This is especially true when people feel there is nobody watching them. And while both sexes are guilty of this, men down here are the worst, much less likely than women to pick up after their dogs. The same holds true for dog owners allowing their unruly dogs to bother people or other dogs in public places. Certainly Im not making any blanket statements. There are responsible and irresponsible dog owners everywhere. ences his or her dogs chances in life. Because New York dog owners are generally more considerate of others and the environment, their dogs are given more freedom to enjoy running on the beaches off leash, go into town, restaurants, and many other areas they choose. This leads to more exercise options for the dog, precious opportunities for socialization, and a more stimulating life. All of this, in turn, helps owners have a better-behaved pet that is a pleasure to be around. No poop no stepping in anything unpleasant or that spreads disease or attracts insects and no obnoxious behavior means nobody complains, and more doggy privileges are granted. And so irresponsible owners behavior will determine their dogs quality of life. Do you have a pit bull or another maligned breed? Somewhere a few bad apples spoiled it for your pet, and now more of them are in shelters than can Whats more, your friendly and sweet red-nosed pit is probably pooch non grata in certain places even whole towns and cities providing her with fewer opportunities to exercise and develop social skills, and thus a vicious cycle is born. Good dog owners are not just respon sible, they also give clear communication to their dogs regarding what they want so their dogs have boundaries and know their limits. You want to meet someone, Fido? You must sit to greet them. Do you want to be free to run loose on the beach? You must come back when I call and listen to other instructions. Good dog owners are fun and fair and teach with positive reinforcement so the dogs want to listen, know what is expect ed of them, and are not afraid of coming when theyre called. They make time for their canine charge daily, and provide them with an interesting life. Training is essential, and training dogs before there is a problem is the best way to prevent a problem. So is building a solid relation ship of mutual trust and respect. Some of the best-behaved dogs I see in my Hamptons neighborhood belong to local workers: builders, plumbers, and landscapers. Many of them started bringing their dogs to work from the time they were pups. They are very bonded to each other and therefore the dogs generally stick close even though all the ones I have seen were off the leash. These dogs know Sit, Stay, and Come. That may be all they know, but they respond to those commands well and there is no confusion about what theyre supposed to do. By bringing their dogs to work daily, these workers are creating highly social animals, as they get to meet many different people and other animals and are tion and landscaping equipment. In fact, they are such cool customers that I was able to use two of these dogs on a modeling shoot. They did great! latest book, I found myself working with dogs that dont even know Sit, bark uncontrollably, and sometimes get kicked out of restaurants for yowling their heads off. (In such cases, it should be the owners task to remove the dog from the establish ment so as to not bother other patrons.) Better dogs are made, not born. Its up to the human member of the team to be responsible for promoting behavior that will allow a dog to partake of beaches, restaurants, and other destinations in their town. If dog owners are unhappy with their pets behaviors, the only person anyone has to look after, and possibly change, is themselves. Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer, behavior specialist, and author of Dial a Dynamite Dog. You can reach her at lisa@lisathedogtrainer.com, or visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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84 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Park in Need Is a Park IndeedHighland Village Community Center, a resource for neighborhood kids, could use a helping handBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorA funny thing happened on the way to Target. Like a cartoon rabbit that makes a wrong turn at Albuquerque, or in this case at Kentucky as in Kentucky Fried Chicken I turned with trepidation into an enclave known as Highland Village. Ah, Highland Village. Sounds like a quaint little town perched high atop the Swiss Alps. But this village sits in a town with no elevation and, despite the towns name of North Miami Beach, no beach. The area is not quite a village, either. Highland Village is known, in common parlance, as a trailer park. Now hold on a minute. I know what youre thinking. Theres a park within a trailer park? Must be trashy. Well, Highland Villages park is no Disneyland, but neither is it a toenail clipping of Satan. This park, known as the Highland Village Community Center, is simply a homely, orphaned child who needs to be adopted. Think of Puss in Boots with conjunctivitis and tattered fur. Cue the weepy Sarah McLachlan music for this adoption plea: Please, Colonel, dial 305-948-2957 now and sponsor this park. Do I have to tell you why? Let me count the whys. Highland Village Community Center, a humble, two-room recreation building, stands in the middle of this rectangle of grass. Inside the recreation building are kids who have come home from school, but for some reason they congregate here instead of in their trailers. Free programs lure the after-school crowds daily. The program for young students has one of the best acronyms Ive ever come across: HYPER. It stands for Helping Youth Progress Though Education and Recreation. (Also, of course, for hyper, as in these kids are extremely hyper.) The program for students in kindergarten every day from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. When the clock strikes 6:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays, grab your pompoms and join the free cheerleading program! Sis! Boom! Bah! Also on Wednesday at 6:00, older teenagers can join the Teen Program. Im somewhat disappointed in that name, as I was hoping for another catchy acronym, like HORMONES. Teenagers also have Game Night every Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Kids have another way to congregate program might be called CRAWL, for Watch me crawl under the fence. In our age of hyper-security, the CRAWL method of penetrating a border has a quaint feel to it, almost like stealing goat cheese from a Swiss buffet. The lights in the park at night, however, discourage such unruly activity. Besides, theres a much better option down the street: Jump into the woods surrounding the trailer park and anonymity is yours. The trailer park borders the edge of the mangrove swamp that blends into the campus of Florida International University and the (still underdeveloped) Biscayne Landing. That fantasy project has not realized its grandiose plans, but a few years ago it inspired the rumor that the trailer park would become dust in its wind. Didnt happen. Just last year the community park was upgraded with pigeon plums and other trees planted around its border. This year the neighborhood is receiving an upgrade to its sewer system. These investments indicate that both the park and the trailer park are staying put. Inside its rectangle of fencing, most of Highland Village Community Center is open grass, and men gather here regularly for pick-up games of soccer. One edge of the park boasts a high net above the standard fencing, presumably to catch wayward soccer balls. The park also contains two count em, two One pair in the corner has fancy tarps over the observation decks. Strangely, the courts are completely fenced in, as if to keep out the 99 percent. In addition, the courts are slightly elevated three feet above sea level and next to a storm-water pumping station. Like all of mystery: My dear, why are you here? The kiddie playground has a pastelcolored plastic kingdom, and it features the worlds smallest climbing wall. Seriously, infants could crawl higher. Reaching nary a foot above the ground, the walls climbing rocks look like wads of gum stuck on HIGHLAND VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTER13621 NE 21st Ave. North Miami Beach 305-948-2928 Hours: Noon-9p.m. (M-F), 5p.m. (Sat.) Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: No Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No YesPark Rating BT photos by Jim W. Harper Highland VillageNE 135th StBiscayne Blvd NE 137th St NE 135th TerrNE 20th Ave

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the side of a paper coffee cup. This wall is one very small step for mankind. To reduce the impact of infants re-entering the atmosphere from their ten-inch orbit, the ground here is covered by chopped-up bits of tire or some such springy material. The whole area looks like a graveyard for charcoal sticks. Another surprise is the two industrial picnic benches in the middle of the park. Not your typical concrete ensemble, these monsters are painted a smooth brown and look like giant Tetris pieces that could never be moved. Cockroaches and these tables will survive nuclear war. The basketball court and the sandpit volleyball court round out the available sporting options. A plaque on the side of the recreation building states that the park was rededicated in 1996. Next to that plaque is a yellow sign listing the parks rules, such as No loitering or congregating on site. Doesnt that last one sort of defeat the purpose of a community center? Bless this parks little heart. Pobrecito It would have been easy to trash this place in Park Patrol, but whats the point? Its not going to draw outsiders or win any awards, and it does serve the many kids living around it. Besides, its not really trashy. I saw very little litter; it appears fairly clean. Some caring business or person in the covered by a blue tarp, and the tortured fencing. I believe it would be appreciated. Now, how do I get out of here? Oh yes, follow the smell of fried chicken, and keep my eye on the Target. Im back in the lowland. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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86 Columnists: VINOBy Bill Citara BT ContributorChampagne has always had this image as a one-percent thing. who crashed the world economy sitting around some four-star restaurant shoveling caviar onto blini while slurping buckets of Cristal. Or corporate executives celebrating their purchase of the entire Perignon. Or our erstwhile public servants toasting their cushy new lobbying gigs with magnums of Veuve Clicquot. Well, screw em. This column is all about sparkling wine for the rest of us, the 99 percent. And even given our budget limitations, theres an amazing amount of really good bubbly out there. Honest. If you skip the big names and concentrate on small French and Spanish producers, you In fact, the nonvintage (NV) NV Saint-Germain Brut my favorite sparkler of the tasting is such a hard time recommending that anyone in the 99 percent buy a more expensive prestige label. The rest of the wines werent exactly chopped grapes, either. Across the board, which included wines from relatively obscure vintners like Saint-Germain and huge sparkling-wine houses like Segura Viudas, the qualityto-price ratio was impressive. Id be happy to let any of these wines occupy a place on my table. And not just for the holidays. At these prices you dont have to be a one-percenter to afford the magic of bubbles. Theres no better place to start than with that Saint-Germain Brut. (Note: Total Wine tells us the label recently changed to Saint-Reine. Same bubbly, new name.) Though not technically Champagne the winery is outside the Champagne region, in Burgundy it seduces right from the start with aromas of green apples, citrus, and melon, the fruit underscored by hints of yeast and minerals. All those aromas carry through to the palate, where theres a certain richness that sets it apart from more austere French sparklers and also makes it a better match with a variety of foods. From Frances Loire Valley comes the NV Franois Montand Brut Ros Its delicate, pale pink color belies its berries and raspberries, mellowed a bit by soft Meyer lemon-orange acidity. While fruit dominates on the front of the adding a needed complexity. The only vintage sparkler of the tasting was the Cuve Jean Philippe 2008 Brut from the Languedoc. You can really taste the age on this one a bit earthy, a bit yeasty-toasty, a faint whisper of caramel. The fruit is all red and acidity is very much in the background. At our price point you dont often get a vintage bubbly, so while the earthytoasty elements of this wine may not appeal to everyone, it does make for an interesting bunch of bubbles in the glass. Ive gotten on my horse about Segura Viudas before, but its NV Brut Reserva is so on-point Ill just have to do it again. In my humble opinion, theres no sparkling-wine house that does as good a job of turning out well-made, well-priced bubbly as this mammoth Spanish vintner. At $10 a bottle, this is one of the best wine deals on the market. Its scented with green apples, lemon, lime, and melon, a touch of minerals, and the toasty aroma of fresh-baked bread. The bubbles are and it has the body to play well with food. If you really want to get to the value segment of the market, pick up a bottle (or a case) of the Jaume Serra Cristalino NV Brut. Made in the traditional method fermented in the bottle at eight bucks a pop, its cheaper than many inferior wines made by the bulk fermentation, or charmat, process. The most notable aspect of the Cristalino is its rich, almost creamy texture, though youve also got to like its clean apple-citrus A much different wine was the Piper Sonoma NV Brut Though California wines have a reputation as being fruit-driven, this wine showed off the crisp, bracing acidity more typically seen in Old World wines. Its pinprick bubbles practically dance in your mouth, and minerals come together seamlessly. If youre a one-percenter, it would pour nicely with caviar or a stack of foreclosed mortgages. ITS NOT JUST A LIQUOR STORE! $5 OFF Excludes wines on promotion. Limit one coupon per customer. Expires 12-24-11 VINTAGE LIQUOR & WINE BAR SPECIAL SAVINGS CLUB VINTAGE REWARD PROGRAM Bubbly for the 99 Percent Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAcqua1435 Brickell Ave., 305-381-3190, Four Seasons HotelOriginally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this comfortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006, resulting in a complete menu renovation. Thailands famed sense of culinary balance is now evident throughout the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/ white soya-dressed salad of shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed with spicy Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtimes rare tuna burger with lively wasabi aioli and wakame salad. For dessert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard. $$$$$Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterraneaninfluenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners pre fer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/ sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel) 1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500On the Conrads 25th floor, The Bars picture-windowed space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views. At lunch its an elegant sandwich bar; at night its a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but here theres nothing mere about the generously portioned small plates. They range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-sauted Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904 Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, gingerdressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ bistro e 485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373A full power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15? Sounds unbelievable, but youll find just such a daily special (like corn/ jalapeo soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy cheesecake, and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name for Michael Psilakis dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos. The name change emphasizes lunchtimes wholly different, globally influenced menu. Among la carte temptations: pork belly tacos, a Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brisket/gruyere sandwich with dipping juice. Breakfast, too, from 6:30 a.m. $$-$$$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothieswilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/ grain salads and homemade-from-scratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace 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 theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Chophouse Miami300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442 The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flashmarinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Damn Good Burger20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub component remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. The liquid nitrogen tanks are gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere aims for a retro all-American feel to match the fare: burgers (from a hormone/antibiotic-free ground Angus chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800 Just two words -- Daniel Boulud -should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant. If they can find it. (Hint: The mysterious Avenue of the Americas is really Biscayne Boulevard Way. Dont ask.) Downtowns db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistros signature foie gras/ short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexicanstyle with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfastbrew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 293. MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWNBanana & Leaf234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTBasanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety of chef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ NORTH MIAMI BEACHGinza Japanese Buffet16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-youcan-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mixand-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-formoney is a given. $$AVENTURA/HALLANDALE Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga mini-tea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elabo rately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$rf ntntbnf nttnf tnt ff t tf fnf fff

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Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23. And the price includes an appetizer -no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus house made tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eternity Coffee Roasters117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981 Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Eos485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean region, and even Latin America. Unchanged is Psilakis solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste accessible. So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck. $$$-$$$$Finnegans River401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other sur prises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ First Hong Kong Caf117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/ beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$First & First Southern Baking Company109 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-6446 How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the course of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage gravy, a friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl. While yall will also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc.), highlights here are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking favorites -especially homemade sweets. More than two dozen desserts daily are featured, from a roster topping 150: chocolate pecan pie, lemon bars, potato candies, seven-layer cookies, and Jack Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you wont want to share. $-$$ Fratelli Milano213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Fresco California Bistro1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its menu. To the familiar Latin American/Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious). Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistros especially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed. $$ Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave., 305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hardboiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The softcrusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/ mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Il Gabbiano335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect power lunch/ business dinner alternative to steakhouses. And the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the flood of freebies thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Indigo / Table 40100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000Long known for its power-lunch buffet -including hot entres, carving station, custom pastas, packed-to-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -the InterContinental Hotels Indigo restau rant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining: Table 40. The charming, glassed-in wine cellar (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingre dients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)Jackson Soul Food950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710 With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706 Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. 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Also loccted in South Beach: 305.531.6068 and Oakland Park: 954.772.0555NEW LOOK, HIROS SUSHI EXPRESS BIGGER IS BETTER! Redesigned and moved to old Yakko-San17040-46 W. Dixie HighwayPH: 305.949.0776 or 305.949.4685 FAX: 305-949-4727Click your online order and get delivery right to your door www.sushiexpress.comMon.-Fri. 11 a.m. till 12 a.m. | Sat. & Sun. 1p.m.-12a.m.DINE IN TAKE OUT CATERING DELIVERY Going Green! Real Plates No More Plastic FAMILIES WELCOME We now have 50 dine-in seats! Specializing in regional Japanese Cuisine, focusing on small tapas-like plates you will not find on menus anywhere else.NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH Business Hours: After Hours Dining25years in business in North Miami Beach305.947.00643881 NE 163rd StreetNorth Miami Beach, Intracoastal MallVisit us online atwww.yakko-san.comNot affiliated with Hiros Restaurant on 163rd street rfntbfffb

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truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultracrusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ LouLou Le Petit Bistro638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404When Indochines owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his Asian spot to open this charming French eatery in the same space, it was a return to his roots. He and his daughter, for whom the place is named, come from Nice. Youll be transported, too, by dishes like lamb shank with flageolets (known as the caviar of beans), duck leg confit on a bed of mouthwatering green lentils from Le Puy, a classic moules/frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle from the savvy wine list, and, of course, salade nioise. $$-$$$Martini 28146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from a husbandwife chef team, serves what might well be the most impressive meal deal in town. From an ambitious, daily-changing menu of fare thats geographically eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners get a choice of about ten entres (substantial stuff like steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and housemade dessert. For just $9.99. Told ya. $ Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrumptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088 Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a newstyle ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars coldwater oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how Guilt-Free $10 OFF any purchases over $50 or more with this ad ealthy food isnt just about celery and carrots. It can include delicious pastas, juicy turkey and savory stuf ng, amazing casseroles and yes, luscious desserts all made from scratch! e only use natural and organic ingredients to ensure each meal is fresh, nutritious and absolutely delicious! Call us today and ask about our healthy, gourmet meals and family-style dinners-to-go! MAKING A DIFFERENCE! *Chef Susan Sadaka (left) was recently featured on CBS-Univision 41 New York for Cooking Matters *Sisters in Pink joined Michelle Obama at the White House for the Launch of Chefs Move to Schools 16679 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33162 305.949.5883 | 786.271.9060 www.Sistersinpink.com

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long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweetsauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Pashas1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The 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 Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Peoples Bar-B-Que360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs (enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown institution. But the chicken is also a winner, plus theres a full menu of soul food entres, including what many aficionados consider our towns tastiest souse. And it would be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade. $-$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/ bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horserad ish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-thetop playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crisp-fried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Sandwich Bar40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622This cool hideaway has a limited menu. Which is a good thing when it means everything served is solidly crafted by handson chef/owners, two of whom amassed sous-chef chops at Cioppino and Sardinia. The main fare is imaginative sandwiches on fresh breads; an especially delicious creation features slowbraised short ribs, caramelized onions, and melting muenster and provolone cheeses. Finish with fine-shaved Aloha Ice topped with fresh fruit and other full-flavored syrups, all house made, plus rich condensed milk. A sno-cone for sophisticates. $ Scalina315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a power-dining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soi Asian Bistro134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643 From the owners of Calle Ochos hip Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Thai/ Japanese cuisine. Traditional Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style. But most intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yellow noodles with sauted shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions -mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing the cloying sweetness. $$ Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. 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. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/

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mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the musthaves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/ spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles Munchkinland, this downtown insiders secret serves serious Thai food till 9:00 p.m. daily. Tasty classics like the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-spiced -mild to authentically brain-searing -and are so affordable theres no guilt in splurging on superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce. The young chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served. $$ Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciuttoand-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake slid ers are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Waxy OConnors690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993 Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garliccoated 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, too! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more. $Andalus35 NE 40th St., 305-400-4422Early publicity pegging this place (in Pacific Times former space) as a tapas bar seemed to set it up as direct competition for nearby Sra. Martinez. Its actually quite different, with emphasis divided between small-plate lounging and full fine-dining meals. And regardless of size, dishes arent contemporary riffs on tradition but authentic regional specialties. Subtly nutty jamon pata negra (the Rolls-Royce of cured hams) or salmorejo (Cordobas Serrano ham/egg-enriched gazpacho) truly take your taste buds on a trip to Andalucia. On weekends, food is served till 4:00 a.m. $$$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter nationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: aru gula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Blue Piano4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of exper tise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. 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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros 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 pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 Biscayne Blvd., 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchy-crusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has served for more than 30 years. Since about 1990, though, when owner Pearline Murray (Ms. Pearl to regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has been the main item here. Other favorites: savory rice and pigeon peas; eye-opening onion/vinegar-flavored escovitch fish; sweet plantains; and cabbage that redefines the vegetable. $Crumb on Parchment3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. And for morning people, the savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shallot sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $Delicias Peruanas2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of the same family. The food is as tasty as ever, especially the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter. As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes: tallerin saltado and tallerin verde. $$Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022 While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza KitchenShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weirdseeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$18th Street Caf210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood caf is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes the small space feel expansive -fitting, since the menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch only, the caf, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entres like secret-recipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing home made soups, varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now so is delivery. $$Five Guys Famous Burger and FriesShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Fratelli Lyon 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901This Italian caf has been packed since the moment it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyons pioneering Lyon Frres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its neighborhood needed. The restaurants artisan salumi, cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so outstanding that you cant help wishing it also had a retail component. Entres include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy. $$$Gigi3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff McInnis (formerly of the South Beach Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches (like

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rf n tfb f fr1 1/2 lb. LOBSTERwith salad & 2 sides$24.95ff btfb r305-466-2016 r prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local mar kets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept: more than 35 heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing with wings and other things (including white-meat boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 20002501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/ starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its care fully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a spe cialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/ pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Maitardi163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak Plazas original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inexpensive, and straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran Lincoln Road restaurateur Graziano Sbroggio seems a more universal lure for the Design Districts central town square. The mostly outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burning oven producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations, plus a vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other artisan salumi. Other irresistibles: fried artichokes with lemony aioli; seafood lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce. $$-$$$Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes 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 tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself. $$-$$$ Mario the Baker250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228(See North Miami listing)Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466 What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treat-packed special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced

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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 Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/ outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American abandon. Take-out warning: Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini.Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/ sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/ ponzu oil, and many more. Especially recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad. $$-$$$Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily 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. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Sra. Martinez4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area. But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig. Bernstein is hands-on at both places. Her exu berant yet firmly controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are frequently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/ coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Sustain3252 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-424-9079Is it possible for a restaurant to be sincerely eco-conscious without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic resto lounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with considerable humor. Fare includes playful items like wet fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, housemade soft pretzels with mustard and orange blossom honey, and a Mile Salad that seems almost like a game show in its challenge: All ingredients must come from within a 50-mile radius. At brunch dont miss the glazed sin-a-buns. $$-$$$$ Tapas y Tintos3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates, from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats; varied croquetas, including beautifully smooth spinach) to sophisticated (crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip; the witty Popeye y Olivia, garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood entres, all add up to entertaining eating even without this tapas/wine bars live entertainment. This second T&T feels less nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original. Great for dates, business lunches, or very happy hours. $$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor 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 Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307 Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail shop. A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4:00 p.m. daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too. Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/ Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Anise Taverna620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929Since the owners of this rustic riverbank spot are the husband/wife team behind Ouzos, its not surprising that Greek food and festivity are the main lure for locals. But Anises expanded menu, centering on meze (the Middle Eastern term for shareable small plates) though not neglecting Big Food like lamb shank or whole grilled fish, also includes dishes from other Mediterranean countries: Italys spaghetti with bottarga (tuna roe); spicy Moroccan merguez sausage with fava pure; whole sardines with fennel vinaigrette, evoking Portugal. Frequent special events make for added fun. $$-$$$ Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Le Caf7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551For anyone who cant get over thinking of French food as intimidating or pretentious, this cute caf with a warm welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade crme brle. A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the housemade sangria. Top price for entres is about $14. $-$$Chef Creole200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken spe cial seafood is the specialty here: crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining. $-$$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with aru gula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Europa Car Wash and Caf6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357Giving new meaning to the food term fusion, Europa serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with croissants, and Chevron with Techron. Snacks match the casual chicness: sandwiches like the Renato (prosciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese dressing); an elabo rate almond-garnished Chinese chicken salad; H&H bagels, the worlds best, flown in from NYC. And the car cleanings are equally gentrified, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine while they wait. $Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Gourmet Station7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time to cook, has been popular for years. But the Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main reason: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you. Favorite items include precisiongrilled salmon with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food. Food is available la carte or grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual diners nutritional needs. $$Go To Sushi5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, 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. $Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. 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. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014 Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (winepoached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd.305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more techniqueintensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/ West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweetsavory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Red Light7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessels intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes). Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is limited, but several signature spe cialties, if available, are not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010Owned by two couples (including former Village Caf chef Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former space of Frankies Big City Grill, and fulfills much the same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-friendly place with affordable prices. The menu includes wraps and elaborate salads of all nations. But simple yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai fiume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail franaise (egg-battered, with lemon-caperwine sauce) are the must-haves here. $$-$$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restau rant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. Now the arrival of new executive and pastry chefs plus a wine-wise general 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 fromscratch preparation. (The meatloaf gravy, for instance, now takes 24 hours to make.) Unique desserts include signature sticky date pudding, a toffee-lovers dream. And the wine list features new boutique bottles at the old affordable prices. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S UVA 696900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuh Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-caf and lounge has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang out. Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahi-mahi with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacia). Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full entres like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who coowns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at aver age Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEBocados Ricos1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, theres bandeja paisa, Colombias sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans. Dont miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily homemade soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese. $-$$The Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, home made pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Trio on the Bay1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/outdoor waterfront space, but thats hard to imagine once youve experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely doesnt play second fid dle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace and multiroomed indoor space whose walls are full of photos of their clientele, including national and local celebs. Particularly popular are homemade pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than Italian simplicity: crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood. Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the terrace, theyll even feed Fido. $$$KChapas1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly 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 entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist 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. $-$$Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys exec utive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches else where in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ Village Caf9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211After closing for several months in early 2009, this caf, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a luncheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been reopened. The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticars original sous chef) serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with sriracha aioli, plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with gingercaramel sauce. $$-$$$NORTH MIAMILos Antojos11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For Colombiancuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauted sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims, smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and veggie plates. There are also creative comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets. Sides include refreshing slaw; beans studded with burnt ends (the most intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks); and sweet potato or chipotlespiced fries. The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655Despite Miamis burger bar overload, this one from Howie Kleinberg, adjacent to his BBQ joint, stands out thanks to toppings like candied bacon, caramelized banana jam, and mayo thats flavored, like Southern red-eye gravy, with strong coffee. Bravehearts race for the infamous Luther burgers components -cheddar, bacon, fried onion, secret sauce, and a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut bun; calories are more than double a Big Macs. And the thin-sliced, thickly crunch-crusted, deep-fried jalapeos will keep you coming back for more, should you live past the first order. $$Canton Caf 12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly Cantonesebased dishes. However, there are also about two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tsos chicken. And there are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly christened Shrimp Lost in the Forest, Singapore curried rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts, and Mongolian beef (with raw chilis and fresh Oriental basil). Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner. $$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor tratto ria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Flip Burger Bar1699 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 mustnot-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipo tle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer CATERING SPECIAL 15% OFFYour first catering order of $75 or moreOffers Exp 12/31/11 With This AD$2.00 OFFEntree After 4PM Monday-Friday & All Day Long Saturday & Sunday!

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beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165 Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Le Griot de Madame John975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojomarinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For 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 meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oildrenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Mario the Baker13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is ItalianAmerican, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New York-style medium-thincrusted pizzas; the top topping here is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed garlic. New branches are now open in Miamis Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899 Since 2006, South Beachs original Rice House has been serving up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad topped with Persian-style marinated/char-grilled meat, poultry, seafood, or veggie kabobs -for very little money. This branch of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Steves Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Venezia Pizza and Caf13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here. No imported designer ingredients either. The pies are New York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered Americas finest pizza topper). Also on the menu are Italian-American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to change the time-tested formula except to stretch operating hours into the night and expand its classic menu to include a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats. Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is still a traditional Philly. Drippin good burgers, too. And unlike MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good grease. $-$$Yes Pasta!14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-and-match. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and glu ten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo Garden1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown

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strip because of its superior dcor. But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauted mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but dont worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ China Restaurant178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine in the world wont scratch the itch. So the menu here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic you could name, is just the ticket when nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with comfortingly thick gravy). $-$$Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont have to be bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what the company calls food with integrity. The fare is simple, basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/ tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124 Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318 In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, espe cially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall), 305-957-9900The rodizio formula is familiar: Pay one price ($39.90 for dinner, $29.90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16 varieties at dinner; 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed waiters. What spectacularly differentiates Flamma: its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway. But also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma. Unbelievable but true. $$$$El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futo maki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succu lently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle rfntbrbrffnnfbnbrbrrrffrrntb r f n f t 899 NE 125th street 305-891-0123 -a Monday thru Saturday 8:30m4:00pm Open Mon-Sat forBreakfast & lunch brought to you by the Vega Brothers, creators of The original Cane A Sucre in the Design District and UVA 69 Restaurant and Lounge



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100 Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar ItalianAmerican classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$Mary Ann Bakery1284 NE 163rd St., 305-945-0333Dont be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes in the window. At this small Chinese bakery the real finds are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried ground beef. Prices are under a buck, making them an exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals. Theres one table for eat-in snackers. $The Melting Pot15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$New China Buffet940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-inblankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thaiinspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$PK Oriental Mart255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between I-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter, serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping sauces included. Weekends bring the biggest selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pei duck (roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous fat). Available every day are juicy, soy-marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all. But no worries; a counterperson will chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces. $Racks Italian Kitchen3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-bite description impossible. Its part Italian market, with salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out prepared foods; part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially enjoyable on the waterfront deck); part ristorante (pastas and other Big Food); part pizzeria. Whats important: All components feel and taste authentically Italian. Just dont miss the coal-oven pizza. Superior toppings (including unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light yet chewy crust make Racks pies a revelation. $$Roasters & Toasters18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegie-style monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we weighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$The Rumcake Factory2075 NE 163rd St., 786-525-7071When ex-Louisianan (and ex-Dolphins player) Larry Robinson and his Cuban-American wife Elena started a catering company in Miami Lakes, their mouthwateringly moist Caribbean-style buttered rum/walnut-glazed rum cake instantly became the star attraction. But after relocating to a real (if tiny) restaurant space in BT territory, the Factory now features a small supporting cast of Cajun fare scrumptious enough to upstage the star. Always available: authentic remoulade-dressed New Orleans po-boy sandwiches (shrimp, catfish, fried turkey), and humongous house-smoked chicken wings. Rotating specials include hearty gumbo, jambalaya, and BBQ ribs. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTSShing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, 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. $-$$Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tunas Raw Bar and Grille17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modestlooking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/ sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana 14872 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At Roman-native Flaminia Morins casual, family-friendly eatery, the specialty is pasta yo ur way. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (including gluten-free options), then one of 15 sauces ranging from traditional carbonara to inventions like Mozzarella Filante (creamy tomato sauce with melted cheese); la carte meat, seafood, or veg add-ons are also available. Build a full Italian feast with antipasti, salads, six secondi (entres), and desserts. Budget diner alert: Check out Monday-Friday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayo-dressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Caffe Da Vinci1009 Kane Concourse; 305-861-8166After renovations in 2010, this old favorite (since 1989) reopened with a hip new lounge -but no fixes to what aint broke, notably handmade artisanal pastas sauced with high quality ingredients. Choose luxe stuffed models (like crab-filled ravioli with rich lobster sauce) or relatively pristine preparations like linguini with garlic, wine, and fresh littlenecks. Eating light? Make a meal of lavish salads or starters like true beef carpaccio -dressed, like the original from Venices Harrys Bar, with creamy mustard sauce rather than mere olive oil. $$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd., 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats 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/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre 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 deli specialty known to humankind. $$Bella Luna19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argu ment from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$ www.trattoriailmigliore.com

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102 Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Il Migliore2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 05-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature 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. $$-$$$Fresko19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and contemporary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakametopped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a light-crusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infu sions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393 Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. When confirmed cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ Heavy Burger 19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-932-7555Sure, South Beach is our towns burger capital, if youre judging by high profile. But if creativity is what counts, no joint bangs a gong like homeboy Mark Panunzios place, where the concept is: Nothing goes together better than heavyweight burgers and heavy-metal music. What rocks us: a fire-grilled, 10 oz. Motley Burger (with cheddar, applewood bacon, tomato, Bibb lettuce, and frizzled plus raw onions on a challah roll; upon request, chipotle aioli was cheerfully substituted for BBQ sauce). Get handcut cheese fries, too, and get wasted on craft beer. $$ Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410 At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$ The Grill on the Alley19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Mahogany Grille2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an international clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007. Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany. The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora regions: Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miamis best. $$-$$$Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll find no gloppily sauced, Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp). For adventurers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs James Beard House. Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable. Consider it proven. Floribbean-style seafood is the specialty: fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette. Forget its strip-mall location. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$Pizza Roma19090 NE 29th Ave. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are Italian-American entres like baked manicotti (thats mani-goat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Playwright Irish Pub801 Silks Run Rd. #2597, 954-457-7563 The vintage Old World look and convivial atmosphere of this new pub, located in the Village at Gulfstream Park, are more traditionally Irish than most of the menu, which ranges from penne with marinara sauce to Thai-inspired spring rolls. But fish and chips are always crisp-coated and satisfying; potato leek soup is the real thing; and the crab cakes (crab meat mixed with just enough celery, onions, and peppers for interesting texture) are so good youll be thinking Maryland, not Dublin. $$ Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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John to Christian: You, My Friend, Cant Grow Up Too SoonI have fun sometimes guessing how mature a journalists analytical skills are, and Here are some excerpts that showcase high-rise customers, their generic sheen carefully can easily diminish the writers The honesty of communicating insecurity is the most impressive, yet the word yourself Apple from the turn of the century that I would diagnose a hint of insecurity, I held the door for a group of young, overdressed couples and received not Its a well-written sentence that showcases lack of writer perspective and Anyone who has carefully studied terrupting two men that werent speaking Were too young, too hungry for genuine is a contradiction of words packed into and Edgewater, as well as many other Christian is routinely too young, too hungry to make the meaning of the and its an excellent revenge against imJohn M. Steria WynwoodYou Got to Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive also commented on the fact that three hoping this quiets some of my MiMo tinually predicted a doomsday scenario crossing a lot safer up at the Shorecrest Commentary: LETTERS rfrntRubber Duck Reindeer Races Photos with Santa Arts and Crafts Fun for the whole family!REINDEER RACES! 3401 N. Miami Avenue Miami, FL 33127 Continued on page 22

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22 While I am also in favor, as they are, levard, why cant we start appreciating that feeds us all the time? Sarnoff just won this past election hands hood with improvements and provided some people have, do you think hes going to donate to their causes? Alex Adams, our citys preservation Most recently, a small group of folks in approach issues in a more positive light, and that we work on projects in a more someone, or some agency, makes an Jack Spirk Upper Eastside Preservation Coalition ShorecrestHow Not to Design a Bank Building for an Historic District its same old cookie cutter storefront that is so reminiscent of the less-than-stellar attempt to shine with a Miami Modern architectural sparkle? Perception is reality, and Chase would do well to execute on that and to recon Showing a genuine interest in and making the added effort toward looking and Daniel Thornton Belle Meade After Decades of Arguing for Casinos, Im About to Get Lucky Seven months after I arrived here, time the parimutuels were included Lowell Richman, president Casino Gambling, Inc. MiamiOur Motto: Feel Better Sooner community and are grateful for the patients in the Shores and surrounding continually updating our insurance plans Commentary: LETTERS Continued from page 20 Biscayne Dental Center WELCOMES Dental Center Dr. Brad SantelliBoard Certified in Orthodontics Braces $500 off$1000 off Most Insurances Accepted No Referrals Required Hablamos su idioma No Bank or Credit Check Orthodontics Saturday Appointments Available Now Offering Orthodontics Continued on page 57

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24 Commentary: URBANIASouth Beach 2.0Midtown Miamis urban lifestyle is being commoditized, repackaged, and sold at a markupBy Christian Cipriani BTisecting the heart of our Magic avenue, everything is getting cheesier, is a highly controlled, upscale environment long its renters will last is also in question; Over the past year, Midtown has developed a growing nightlife compoAlan Roth and Tommy Pooch, nightlife veterans, and while theyve set out to create something un-South The venue instead has all the markpop remixes, a crowd that looks like its auditioning for Entourage is the new for awesome late-night dining with with promoters and people who have a into an internationally recognized dance investor trying to cash in on a neighand youll hit Miamis newest hotspot is why I had to see what everyone keeps their feet around its uneven concrete sure in the idea that the Ricochet crowd which once occupied a tiny sliver next shkas looks like someone hosed down a dank, cavernous warehouse, gave it a ardor, you cant manufacture atmodevelopers who saw the potential of lifestyle once an organic phenomenon is commoditized, repackaged, and The kids who made living and hangward, traipse across the street and check Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Silvia Ros

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26 Commentary: PICTURE STORYOldest House of Worship Still Saving SoulsA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul George Special to the BTGrace Methodist Church repre sented a pillar of old Lemon City, the homesteading community tional trappings of an emerging frontier community, including the Lemon City Church, later renamed Grace Methodist Church, is Miami-Dade Countys oldest In this photograph, taken in Septemits second home, is seen emerging from City was a working-class community with Deep South roots and a predomitian refugees replacing many white Haitian United Methodist Church, and continues to serve a large Haitian community amid an area of Little Haiti To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@ historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, #1989-011-3169

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32 In just two years, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have rede ned the public role of private art collectorsBy Anne TschidaPhotos by Silvia Ros In just two years, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have rede ned the Going Public

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When the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space opened two years ago, just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, art space to take in the latest addition to Miamis growing art infrastructure. A design feat of John Marquette, the windows was the new home of the collection of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, who have a highly regarded selection of contemthe nations most prominent collectors. ed to the haunting photography and video ta. Much of the center space was devoted to work from another famous contempoone piece consisted of two stacks of paper, on one which was written Nowhere (Both died untimely, early deaths.) Among the impressive array of international art, there was also work from current Miami residents Cesar Lei Rodriguez. Visitors got the feeling that this new private collectors space was closely tied In the past two years, the de la Cruz have pressed the edge of mainstream and a travel and scholarship program that New York to Berlin. It has given over evenings to improvised music (including a night of musicians who normally play and started a residency program. At the internationally known artists and curafrom most art institutions nationally. day, the de la Cruz Collection space in an active player in the development of almost Byzantine world of art politics. vast private collections in Miami are superior to the museums here, some also think that has hindered the growth or our in their formative years. But this is where the de la Cruz space has surprised initial skeptics. attending workshops, or sitting in the in Miami, there is a constant stream of visitors. It doesnt get much more Someone coming on a tour or just stopping in last year at this time would have encountered a video Herbert Hoover Dyke the video taps around limestone pilings, egrets, and steel grates, creating a musical Some say the Hoover dike is a great Everglades, and ugly too. Others, who reference the massive say it is a life-saver. It was an alternawhat they mean. Room, which is set aside to highlight Herbert Hoover Dyke was commissioned that there is a lot of community involvea super interesting educational program, where artists give workshops on topics that interest them, rather than a set curWorld School of the Arts, the Design and Architecture High School, and University of Miami through the process of confor a few months, which was a thrill for the folks who made the project. It looked really great in the space, since it was Karen Rifas in the Project Room, which of oak leaves and pine needles collected over the years. Rifas asked visitors, leaves, which she hung on a wall. Of course, there are no real matchWhen you rummaged through the leaf piles, other little pieces of nature turned up, such as sticks and seeds. Rifas toyed with and what we classify in our world. An intimate view of the world was revealed with multimedia artist Kevin Arrows installation Using old-fashioned snapshots, he created an old-fashioned slide show of a Continued on page 34

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couples travels, in which they wave and such as the Kremlin in Russia and the and the old photographs evoked memories of our own. ing off their art collection for on Key Biscayne (during previous Art Basels, getting into the house party there and now also at their space. As she tion, Rosa de la Cruz maintains that the of, not a replacement for, their home Both spaces hold part of our colenthusiast. Aside from collecting the ny, including from what is now known Oehlen, John Bock, and Jonathan Meese. His installations, featuring collages crammed with pop-culture references, dou Center in Paris. He also has an increasingly close connection to Miami, thanks initially to the de la Cruzes. In 2005 the couple let Meese run wild in their home, stapling images to the walls and then painting all over them. Last year, during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami As it turns out, Meese played a role in another of the de la Cruz initiatives Going PublicContinued from page 33 Herbert Hoover Dyke

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the second year this summer, the de la Cruz Collection sponsored a New World Venice. In Berlin we organized visits to museums, monuments, and artists studios Jonathan Meese welcomed through a matching grant from the Knight is essential for the students education. In order to enrich their culture and knowl the national and international art scene. access to world-class museums, galleries, On a separate trip, the de la Cruzes also traveled with a group of Miami art ists and art students to Princeton Univer sity to see a major retrospective of Kurt 20th-century avant-garde artist yes, gluing together train tickets and candy wrappers, and eventually also delved into architecture, which led to his famous ilys home in Hanover. It was destroyed Although the structure itself disappeared, it continued to have an impact on 20th-century movements, which not just Snitzer put on a show this year called who are in the de la Cruz Collection.All of this is evidence of the grownational and international, that the de la Cruzes have helped to foster. Collection Contemporary Art Space, coWorkshop and Museum in Philadelphia, which included artists from Miami and Rosa de la Cruz since 2004, when Rosa, along with developer and collector Craig at our space, result of Strouds enthusiasm was a show Yanez points to another distinctive aspect of the de la Cruz operation. Even though were not a museum or foundaOf course, many art spaces would go derscores another way in which Rosa and rules that seem to govern the art world. in Miami-Dade County and the Keys, as Continued on page 36

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tler in Puerto Rico), he and his wife can fund their Contemporary Art Space at a very high level. Director Yanez was a judge in this time ever, the festival was opened up to participants from across the country. to the de la Cruz Collection to show for a month, giving the festival that much Bonnie Clearwater [director of MOCA] Moore Space, and she liked the idea Another Optic Nerve judge this year Going PublicContinued from page 35 Continued on page 38

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Room dedicated to local art, he will work Art Basel. Artists are invited to propose Cruz. Its an integral part of our mission to In keeping with the Project Spaces machetes, and meat in their work. Long in the hole! Long says Rosa de la Cruz read Going PublicContinued from page 36 HEAT YOUR POOL FROM $1.00 A DAY PERFECT TEMP TECHNOLOGYTHE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO HEAT YOUR POOL MONTHLY PAYMENT STARTING AT $98 A MONTH FREE INSTALATION ($295 VALUE)W.A.C. *With this coupon expires on 12.31.11 STARTING AT $98 A MONTH FREE INSTALATION ($295 VALUE W.A.C. *With this coupon expires on 12.31.11 FREE LIQUID SOLAR BLANKET3 Month Supply $50 Value SPAS STARTING AT $99 A MONTH! W.A.C. EXPIRES 12-31-2011 Vacation at home for the Holidays Sale! YEAR END CLEARANCE SALE WITH UP TO 36 MONTHS FINANCING 305-893-4036 rfntPOOL SERVICE POOL REPAIRS POOL RENOVATIONS HOT TUBS & SWIM SPAS HEATER & SUPPLIES OZONATORS AUTOMATED CONTROLS PATIO FURNITURE SALT CHLORINATORS COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED 50 TRUCK SERVICE FLEET Continued on page 40Family of Man

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As anyone who has visited the space and seen Rosa de la Cruz actively installation, its clear she has a hands-on, daily interaction with the art, and what is month for Art Basel, de la Cruz says it at least in delivery. Rather than doing a she says, this years overall pattern could tion, the pattern dissolves and the indi was given the previous Project Room a name taken from one for a show at New Yorks Museum of which once announced times and destina tions in South Boston. In this case, how and airport signs are now digital), and to Sanchez-Calderon often comments of the state of man, on our relationship to the Going PublicContinued from page 38 Continued on page 42

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44 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORThe People Have Spoken (Okay, Call It a Whisper)Analysis of Miamis District 2 election reveals the runaway winner: ApathyBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterArmed with a campaign war chest totaling $509,300, which was nearly $200,000 more than all four of his challengers combined, Marc Sarnoff raked in 53 percent of the vote on November 1, enabling his re-election to the District 2 seat on the Miami City Commission without a runoff. It was a great victory, I thought, his campaign team, especially his wife, ting our message out there and staying positive. Sarnoffs win, however, was not in District 2, a diverse and eclectic area that includes some of the Miamis most Grove to the Upper Eastside. In fact voter turnout in the district was a pitifully poor eight percent. Only 5431 of the districts 45,901 registered voters went to the polls or mailed in absentee ballots. Of those, 2873 voted for Sarnoff. According to Sean Foreman, associate professor of political science at Barry University and an expert in state and local politics, with such a low turnout, Sarnoffs victory can hardly be called a mandate. Its nothing to be proud of, says Foreman, but a win is a win. Frank Rollason, vice president of the Belle Meade Homeowners Association and a BT columnist, contends that Sarnoff is not so popular outside his Coconut Grove home base and the Brickell area, which, thanks to the incumbents efforts, received a $4 million park. Rollason believes, were so apa thetic they didnt bother voting. Dont you think people are disil lusioned with the political pro is so corrupt, no one in govern ment wants to listen to you, and then, come election time, people Foreman, who doesnt live in Miami, moderated a forum among the District 2 candi dates. In his view, there was a good deal of anti-Sarnoff sentiment within District 2. A lot of people thought he was arrogant, lost touch with certain parts of the district, or wasnt true to his word, he says, adding that Sarnoff actu many opponents: For Sarnoff to have four challengers was a all the criticism and know that from his unpopularity. Even with a divided opposition, Sarnoff captured less than 50 percent of the vote in 14 of the 37 precincts in District 2. Among the neighborhoods where at least half the vote went to Sarnoffs challengers were Belle Meade, Shorecrest, Wynwood, Park West, downtowns Central Business District, Coral Way, and West Grove. In four precincts Sarnoff was outright defeated by a challenger. Donna Milo, a Republican and former member of the citys Planning election with a total of 789 votes. But in precinct 504, which covers much of the Belle Meade neighborhood where Milo lives, she received 109 votes, compared to Sarnoffs 96 votes. Milo, the lone candidate living outside the Coconut Grove area, also won big in precinct 577, located in the Coral Way neighborhood, receiving 124 votes. Sarnoff got 95 votes. Rollason theorizes that the predominately Hispanic neighborhood responded to Milos Spanishlanguage radio advertisements. Adds Sarnoff: Milo walked that area two or three days a week. She saw some people there 11 times. (Milo could not be reached for comment.) Kate Callahan, a healthcare consul 1067 votes. Yet she snagged top position in the Upper Eastsides precinct 502 with 46 votes. By contrast, Sarnoff received only 39. A precinct divided into three noncontiguous zones, the 502 represents portions of Belle Meade and Shorecrest, where its possible that Callahan may endorsement of anyone but Sarnoff. Rollason, a former city administrator who ran against Sarnoff in 2006, says Continued on page 48BT map by Marcy Mock 502 502 999 599 537 536 534 539 536 984 996 568 998 546 540 578 577 584 583 995 502 590 978 977 504 592 516 595 538 544 NE 87 St NE 79 St NE 71 St NE 61 St NW 29 St NW 20 St Venetian Cswy 836 E Flaglet StSW 22 Ave NW 27 Ave NW 37 Ave SW 42 AveJulia Tuttle CswyBiscayne BlvdBrickell AveS Dixie HwyCITY OF MIAMI COMMISSION DISTRICT 2

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King Mango Strut Invades Wynwood!On Saturday, December 10, a new incarnation of the Groves satirical parade will hit the streets well, not exactly the public streetsAll in the FamilyAt North Miamis Biscayne Landing, the faces are as familiar as those on dollar billsBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterIf youre strolling along a Wynwood sidewalk this coming Second Saturday afternoon, and you encounter someone with a green crocodile head wearing a loud suit and tie, do not be alarmed. Its with zombie art critics, an Anthony Weiner look-alike, walking slot machines, the Angry 1%, and other assorted characters who take humor very seriously. After almost three decades of spoofing celebrities, current events, and life in general by dressing up and marching down the streets of Coconut Grove, the King Mango Strut will make its debut in gritty Wynwood on December 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of NW 22nd Street and NW 2nd Avenue. Wynwood is a perfect place for us original strutters to stage our simple, barebones, green event with no motorbusiness owners and artists there have welcomed us with open arms. Among those embracing the strut are Wynwood property owners David I like the gregariousness of the event. I think it is great. So smitten is Lombardi that hes let his three-acre lot, which often hosts monthly events during Second Saturdays. Mango Strut will convene at Wynwood as a live band performs, the strut will be transformed into installation art. It will be the walls and say things like Need more blood. And Anthony Weiner will continue taking pictures of his crotch. well. Nancy Liebman, acting president of the MiMo Biscayne Association, says her group plans to spoof the 35-foot height limit imposed on the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District. At press time, their skit, like the rest of the parade, was still evolving, but it will probably involve hats. It is such a hoot that hes doing it in Wynwood, Liebman up there as there are in the Grove. performance artist and curator, says the participation in the King Mango Strut. Hell perform in the guise of his alter ego, Strut that will show a different side of what people are used to seeing in the But the inauguration of the Wynwood King Mango Strut doesnt signal the end of the lampooning festivities in Coconut take place in the Grove on December 31 at 2:00 p.m., beginning at corner of Com modore Plaza and Main Highway. In keeping with the surrealist drama that characterizes King Mango, although both parades will be using the King Mango name, theyre being run by sepawant my kind of parade in the Grove why my permit was revoked in 2009. But this is familiar territory for BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterF Biscayne Landing, a city-owned and dear to my heart. Now Celestin is profiting from that dream. Since May 17, Celestins contractmonth supervising the maintenance and decontamination of Biscayne Landing, a Biscayne Bay campus at 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Celestin, a licensed general contractor with a masters degree in architecture and engineering from the University of Haiti, says he has all the necessary permits needed to restart clean-up efforts. We are moving forward and by the middle of [December] we will be in full operation, Celestin says. By next year, we will have a clean site on hand. on revenue from Biscayne Landing to balance the citys budget. Without the $19 million developer Michael Swerdlow has Continued on page 50 Continued on page 52BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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48 he hosted an informal meet-and-greet for Callahan at his home, but did not campaign for anyone. But Rollason says his neighbors would sometimes ask him who he planned to vote for. And so hed tell them. Whoever was going to beat Sarnoff was going to come out of the Grove, Rollason says. And of the Grove candidates, Rollason felt that Callahan, who had the second-largest campaign chest in the race ($144,200), had the best chance to win. Williams Armbrister, a retired FP&L foreman with the smallest campaign account ($1205) and the fewest votes overall (190), managed to tie Sarnoff in precinct 585, which covers the West Grove. Sarnoff and Armbrister, who campaigned to protect the historic Bahamian-American community from overdevelopment, each received 43 votes. Michelle Niemeyer, a Coconut Grove in the general election with 531 votes, but failed to win any precincts. She also couldnt draw more than 30 votes in any precinct outside the Grove. Sarnoff, meanwhile, garnered far more than 50 percent of the vote from precincts in Coconut Grove (except West Grove), Brickell, the Venetian Islands, Edgewater, Palm Grove, Morningside, and Bayside. Precincts within Coconut Grove, where Sarnoff snagged the largest share of votes, had voter turnouts surpass ing 15 percent. Although Precinct 581, which covers Vizcaya, Mercy Hospital, and Virginia Key, has only 443 voters, its turnout was the best in the elec tion: 39 percent. Of the precincts 125 votes for Sarnoff, fully 59 percent were absentee ballots. Sarnoff, in fact, overwhelmed his op ponents in terms of absentee ballots. He collected 1279 absentee votes while his four opponents combined received 1010. ballots, Rollason says. When they showed the absentee ballots and earlyanyone was going to catch up to him at the polls. Sarnoff did particularly well with absentee ballots in Brickell, receiving 65 percent of them (341) cast within precincts 541, 569, 995, and 996. plaint with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics regarding the Downtown Development Authoritys Downtown Votes campaign, which collected information on voting patterns of downtown and Brickell area residents and encouraged them to send absentee ballots to the According to Niemeyer, the DDA, a taxpayer-supported agency chaired by Sarnoff, violated state statues by allowing the commissioner to sit in on meetings discussing the Downtown Votes program. Sarnoff says the DDAs voter drive was enacted more than a year ago and insisted that no one in his campaign Even if there were no absentee ballots, he says, we would have won with 51 percent of the vote. that the downtown-Brickell area had a dismal turnout of about six percent. DDA issue, Sarnoff says. No one got the message out to them [downtown residents] to vote. strongest support came from neighborhoods with the most full-time, propertyowning residents throughout District 2. that they know he would insist District 2, which supplies 78 percent of Miamis revenue, deserves a return on their taxes: People who pay taxes get services, and that includes parks, better streets, and sidewalks. Elvis Cruz, president of the Morn ingside Civic Association, says Sarnoffs support for the 35-foot height limit for future development along the MiMo Bis cayne Boulevard Historic District earned him support from residents living in the Upper Eastside. Other factors that may have helped Sarnoff were his sponsor ship and passage of a domestic-partner ordinance in the City of Miami and his responsiveness to infrastructure requests, Cruz writes in an e-mail to the BT District 2Continued from page 44 classicalsouthorida.orgClassical Music. Its In Our Nature.Just like all of us, classical music lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature. Continued on page 56

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march in the Orange Bowl Parade as the Mango Marching Band. But the parades mainstream organizers werent impressed with a cassette tape of them playing kazoos while wearing cardboard mango heads during the Goombay Festival, another Grove mainstay. cialist Bob Dobson, and other Coconut Grovites decided to throw their own themselves, posed as teens carrying ghetto-blaster radios, Cosmic Claus and his nearly topless helpers, the South Florida Dog Walkers and (close behind) the Pooper Scooper Brigade. From then on, the King Mango Strut marched in Coconut Grove every December like clockwork, mocking news events and satirizing local issues. It even outlasted the 67-year-old Orange Bowl Parade, which ceased to exist in 2002. Strut in action ten years ago. While hanging out with a group of 50 adolescent fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, he saw gangs of zany, costumed middle-age folks (in their 30s and 40s) were doing something really goofy and learned that what hed witnessed was an event called the King Mango Strut. He became a follower, but says he noticed a King Mango Strut everyone has come to laugh at in the Grove has become a laughable bastardization of the original ideal, he sniffs. blamed on a Mangohead civil war. Fol lowing the death of Dobson in 2004, the Mango Strut, Inc., had two directors: two had different ideas about how the parade should operate. Around 2006 she started asking to expand the parade, to increase its budget, and in my opinion to was stuck in the past. I told her wed been very successful in the past. And so it went. the King Mango Strut name and logo, splintered off from Baldwin and formed ers. But that year and the next, the City of Miami opted to give the King Mango Strut permit to Baldwins group instead of respond to messages seeking comment.) In an attempt to reclaim what he saw closed off for an antique car show. Among the participants was South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard. But the mayors presence didnt stop a city King Mango StrutContinued from page 45 Continued on page 54 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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100-year lease deal with him, the city may have to lay off as many as 100 employees It will also cost the city $619,000 site. (A $31 million county bond issue reimburses the city for environmental remediation and monitoring costs.) But the longer the city holds the site, the more money Celestin makes overseeing a half-dozen companies who provide security, maintenance, environmental monitoring, and ground clean-up. Celestins contract ends once Swerdlow residential buildings, stores, restaurants, on the property. suggested that remediation work at Biscayne Landing be completed prior to signing a deal with a developer. Marcellus made the argument at the end of a turbulent November 22 city council meeting that stretched past midnight, says Councilman Scott Galvin. He was advocating for halting further negotiations with Swerdlow, spending nine months to clean up the land, [predicting that] once the land was clean, the value would be greatly increased, Galvin says. It would also mean nine more months of money in Celestins pocket. Mayor Andre Pierre wasnt sure where Marcellus was headed with his really clear what exactly he wanted the council to discuss. Marcelluss proposal at its next meeting on December 13. Marcellus could not be reached for comment. Celestin, reached by the BT after the November 22 meeting, denies any knowledge of Marcelluss proposal. I only talked about the process of remediation and how many months it will take, he says. Marcellus is a political ally of Celes celluss Facebook page, the councilman was campaigning for Celestin in his failed Republican candidacy for state senator. ported Celestin obtaining the Biscayne Landing management contract. Celestin also has a pre-existing relationship with Swerdlow. In September Swerdlow paid him $10,000 and bought the mortgage of a house owned by the former mayors construction company at 396 NW 159th St. for $400,000 as part of a 150-unit townhouse land venture. later, Swerdlow sued to foreclose on the nalized this past May, Celestin rents the house from Swerdlow, who holds title to the property. Both Celestin and Swerdlow claim their differences are behind them. I loaned the guy too much money am I supposed to hate him for it? Swerd low quips. motion claiming that Celestin steadfastly refused, after numerous written and oral requests, to execute a warranty deed to the property as agreed. been proposed on what was originally city hired a company called Munisport site as a 24-hour dump that accepted everything from yard clippings to medical waste. tion Agency shut down the dump in 1982 and placed it on the notorious Superfund list. After the city spent $6 million to somewhat remediate the land, the EPA took the tract off its list in 1999. However, the countys Department of Environmental Resources Management continues to monitor the site, which retains high levels of ammonia and methane. as mayor, the city picked Swerdlow and Boca Developers to build 6000 highend condo units, 100,000 square feet of retail, and a hotel on the site. According to the Miami Herald negotiations over the original 200-year Biscayne Landing lease included private meetings between Celestin and Swerdlow. In 2006, Boca Developers bought Swerdlows interest in Biscayne Landing for an undisclosed sum. Boca Developers managed to build two 24-story towers before defaulting on more than $196 million worth of mort gages in 2009. es tried to sell the lease to at least four rfrrfntffbrf fttfrfnrrnrtntnnrf frnrrrnrfntbn rrfn t rrtb ffttftffn t t ft rftnrr n rbbrrbb rrbbbrfbrrb rtfn Biscayne LandingContinued from page 45 Continued on page 57

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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORPlayers $350 for holding a parade on public property would have cost about $20,000 to pull a parade permit for the So I started thinking, We need to reinvent what were of taking over a public street, the Wynwood King Mango Strut will take place on private prop erty. No city permit required. do it early in the evening, before [the Second Saturday art walk] gets packed. Although the parade was Wynwood has plenty of creative and youthful energy for the strut to prosper. Besides, he points out, Some of the cant walk very well. For it to continue, we have to pass it on to a new generation. Paralegal Mylene Barrientos, a ten-year follower of the King Mango Strut who feels the event lost some of its plans to defect to the Wynwood strut this year. Her boyfriend will be former Congressman Anthony Weiner. what part shell play. Maybe a manatee driving a boat over humans, she muses. But she still plans to watch the Coconut Grove strut, too. A lot of my friends are still in it, and I always socialize and party parade. I hope they both do well. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com AventurAjewelry & coin,Inc. www.aventurajewelry .com 19275 Biscayne Blvd., Booth #22 Aventura | FL 33180 305.933.2646 rfntWatchesb f Rare Coinsnr r r nf Gold Platinum Silver INSTANT CASH Paying Top Dollarr REWARD b Michael Freiman, CPNr t King Mango Strut Continued from page 50 L auderdale BMW in Fort Lauderdale, explaining that Ecenarro and Bork had Dunn, didnt seem to care. As far as it was concerned, it had gotten its money. based BMW Financial Services. Dunn remained optimistic that spite learning that the dealership had no showroom video of Ecenarros visit, which might have revealed the identity of the co-signer. (A BMW representative had driven the car down to Dunns home, records, he could prove he had been in New Hampshire that day. Dunn attempted to explain the situa separate report for them, thinking the issue would be resolved quickly, as it had been with other duped creditors he noticare, either. According to Dunn, someone he spoke with at BMW Financial instead dismissed the theft of Dunns identity as a lovers quarrel, presumably because all three principals were gay. Dunn futilely sought help from police (no criminal charges have been brought against Bork or Ecenarro) and consumer advocates before turning to lawyer Scott R. Dinin, who, upon hearing Dunns story, immediately took on what he calls the rare black-and-white case late last year. Because the Federal Aviation Administration regulates airlines, notes Dinin, the U.S. government is essentially a witness to Dunns work trip to New Hampshire on the day the sale took place. One phone call to U.S. Airways could have resolved the issue three years ago, but Dinin feels a couple of factors worked against Dunn. One was alleged homophobic bigotry on the part of BMW employees, Crash LandingContinued from page 46 Photo by Francesco LoCastro Continued on page 56

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as evidenced by the lovers quarrel been making his payments, so BMW was getting their money. Even with Dinin representing Dunn, BMW Financial continued to ignore requests for prompt, corrective action. In fact, things were about to get considerably worse. Dunn claims that, when Ecenarro learned that Dunn had retained a lawyer, was then auctioned off at a $15,000 loss that Dunn was liable for as co-signer. BMW informed the credit agencies of the charge off (meaning an uncollectible loss) and Dunns credit score nosedived. Dunn says BMW didnt bother to report any of this to him. He only learned about it by monitoring his credit report. demands for corrective action in April of this year, admitting in a letter that they had determined that Mr. Dunn did not to clear up the matter with the credit agencies within 60 days. As of October, one agency still carried the negative line. Dunn says BMW Financials inadequate response has cost him. He has spent time and money trying to rectify a situation that was not of his making, and he also would have liked to take advantage of historically low interest rates mortgage payments substantially. BMW robbed him of this opportunity by incorrectly keeping his credit score low. and the alleged characterization of his troubles as a lovers triangle, is ing that BMW Financial and Holman Automotive (owners of Lauderdale BMW) were negligent and, in the case of BMW Financial, defamed Dunn in violation of Miami-Dades Human Rights Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. So far, both BMW and Holman are Kenneth I. Paretti, gave the BT the follow wrongdoing as to the dealership at all. It seems to pertain only to [BMW Financial allegations of wrongdoing on behalf of a defendant, its directed solely to BMW Financial Services. BMW Financial, through their attorney, Christopher W. Prusaski, declined any comment beyond the legal response to the suit, which asks the court to dismiss it on technical grounds. In essence, they claim that the Fair Credit Reporting Act intended to help people like Dunn forces all lawsuits of this type up to the federal court level. should he have to take the case to federal court, he can win there. Even if BMW were to offer a settlement now, Dunn says he may not take it. He and Dinin believe there is more at stake here. I want my client to be made whole, however he needs to feel whole says the lawyer. Second, I want to send a message to people throughout this country and especially here in Florida that you cannot discriminate against people because of their sexual preference. And third, we need to send a message to BMW and other big corporations [that], if youre going to do business in this state, its a privilege, it is not a right. Youre here to serve us, not take advantage of us. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com RECEIVER OBTAINS MUCH ANTICIPATED LAND FOR THE OAKS I AT BISCAYNE LANDING! The Condominium Associa on of The Oaks I at Biscayne Landing gratefully thanks Mr. Andrew Hellinger for his hard work, determina on and commitment to obtain the necessary land needed to complete the ameni es package for The Oaks I At Biscayne Landing. The Oaks I At Biscayne Landing can nally plan their community ameni es including a pool, playground, clubhouse and bringing the lifestyle to the community to make it complete says Hellinger.. www.hellingerco.com Crash LandingContinued from page 54 Within Cruzs own precinct, 516, where voter turnout was 14 percent, Sarnoff garnered 124 votes, or 54 percent. Cruz says there would have been more voters had it not been for poor planning by the Miami-Dade Elections Department. Precinct 516s polling station was moved from Morningside Park to Legion the Elections Department, and with only a small, easily missed sign announcing it on Election Day, Cruz writes. I know of several voters who were confused and/ or inconvenienced, some not able to vote because of the switch. Sarnoff is pleased with the support he received from District 2, despite the low turnout and the fact that each vote cost him at least $162. I think a lot of people Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com District 2Continued from page 48

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development teams, including Swerdlow. Finally, on March 31, 2011, after the trust tions, the city reclaimed direct control of Biscayne Landing. for proposals from developers on May 17, the same day Celestin won control of the manage ment contract by a narrow 3-2 vote. Four months later, Swerdlow once again became the de facto winning bidder to develop Biscayne Landing after his only competitor, Ian Bruce Eichner, withdrew his proposal. Mayor Pierre is reluctant to restart the bidding process, unless current negotiations with Swerdlow fail. I am negotiating a contract with a developer and that is where I am at, he says. If the negotiations fail, then well look at other options. Attorney Dellagloria scoffs at the notion that Biscayne Landing can be fully remediated in less than a year, as no such thing as the site will be cleaned up in nine months, says Dellagloria, a site is today as it will be tomorrow. Anyone who alleges or believes that there will be a brand-new world nine months from now has no grasp of the actual situation. Real estate analyst Mi chael Cannon agrees Biscayne Landing is no short-term task. Cannon, who evaluated the sites conditions for the city in 1999, compares Biscayne estimate will take nearly 30 years, and more than $45 million, to clean up. Bisrequires a gigantic company, Cannon asserts. I wish them the best of luck. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Biscayne LandingContinued from page 52 Anyone who alleges or believes that there will be a brand-new world nine months from now has no grasp of the actual situation. participate with your plan, it may be that the plan is not giving out new contracts or is offering substandard rates. Kathy Sanchez Medi-Station Urgent Care Center Miami ShoresGaspar: A One-Sided Columnist in a Two-Sided WorldI think being a neighborhood correspondent for Biscayne Times would be its a position that carries a great deal of responsibility. Gaspar Gonzlez usually writes about issues that our village, Biscayne Park, is dealing with. He often divides our commissioners, referring to the three or the two, parroting the viewpoints of the two. expressed the viewpoints of the three. Being a small village, our commis sioners are available. I feel it is a disservice to write about issues that Biscayne Park is dealing with without explaining both sides. He is quick to state what a commissioner is against but fails to reveal why. the varying points of views and present them without bias. Yes, lets deal with the issues, but it is only fair to our village and respectful to our commissioners to investigate and present both sides. Lynn Fischer Biscayne Park Journalism 101: Get the Name Right!Editors note: In last issues cover story Into the Fire, about Miami-Dade Colleges new Miami Culinary Institute, we misspelled the name of a member of rect spelling is Rudi Sodamin. A Community News story in the same issue misspelled the name of Alaska Coffee Roasting Company coplaced her business in the Publix shopping center when in fact it is part of the nearby Navarro shopping center at 13130 Biscayne Blvd. We regret the errors. Continued from page 22

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMITime for Plan B FIUs president backs away from opening the Arch Creek East Nature Preserve trail to trafc for nowBy Mark Sell BT ContributorFlorida International University President Mark Rosenberg ran into a buzz saw November 22 before the North Miami City Council when he began to make his case for turning the Arch Creek East Nature Preserve trail back into a road linking 135th Street to FIU. As soon as he said 135th Street, the standing-room-only crowd in North Miamis council chambers erupted into boos, catcalls, and heckles. After a three-hour public hearing, the council voted 5-0 to keep the nature trail open. So 135th Street is off the table for now. Rosenberg had raised the issue in early November, only to have his head handed to him at the public meeting. Vote aside, Rosenberg maintains that FIUs expansion plans for the Biscayne Bay campus demand a second entrance. His new master plan calls for doubling the size of the 7800-student campus over the next ten years. Enrollment at the 46,000-student university the schools main campus is in West Miami-Dade is growing by 2000 students a year. Ive got a year-and-a-half to solve this, he explained during a November 10 interview in the lunchroom at FIUs new and growing 60,000-square-foot down town Brickell campus. I need help. What the genial Rosenberg did not appear to need was a war. He prefers consensus. He is respected within the uni versity, among his peers, and in Tallahas see, where, until recently, he was chancellor of the state university system. (But he is also no pushover, as he proved years ago as FIU provost under sharp-elbowed ex-president Modesto Mitch Maidique.) Rosenbergs vision is to turn the Biscayne Bay campus into an educational village, with a possible new campus for Miami-Dade College and ever-stronger links to the adjoining David Lawrence Elementary and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School. He envisions expanding the universitys popular Kovens Center into a destination corporate meeting facility with lodgings for attendees. Over the next decade, the 62-yearold Rosenberg wants to double the size of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Hospitality and Tourism, dramatically expand the School of Environmental Arts and Society (i.e., math, engineering, and the sciences), and add student housing. If he doesnt get that second entrance soon, he has said, hell shift his focus to the main campus nearly 25 miles away. That means encroaching onto the 86 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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acres now occupied by the youth fair and forging closer ties with the more amenable and adjoining City of Sweetwater. Not that North Miami hasnt been willing to meet Rosenberg half way. The access route preferred by residents and the city council would go through 143rd Street from Biscayne Boulevard, through Biscayne Landing, and over wetlands via is glad to work with it, if and when he secures the land. But Rosenberg says the 143rd Street route, as a short-term solution, is too expensive ($25 million-plus), iffy (permitting issues over wetlands), and would gave North Miami $24 million tomorrow. He adds that widening 151st Street wont do the trick, and that opening 156th Street (by the sewage treatment plant) presents environmental problems. And remember, he needs his road now Whats the rush? For Rosenberg, certain considerations just wont wait: emergency access, alternate evacuation routes, two slow-speed school zones on campus, and the inevitable development of Biscayne Landing. In the same way we work with Sweetwater, we want to work with the City of North Miami, Rosenberg says. We want to be good neighbors. We want to make this a win-win for the community. with FIU live in the City of North Miami. We have 300 new faculty coming on board at the Biscayne Bay campus over the next ten years, and 40 percent of them would consider living in North Miami. This is what many communities dream of. To keep those dreams from becoming nightmares, however, Rosenberg and FIU will have some damage to repair. The 135th Street opening issue left a scar. Residents saw FIUs plan to convert their quiet street into a thoroughfare as an assault on their fragile property values and the neighborhoods peaceful character. They have also complained that FIU waited until the last minute to reveal its intentions. For them, opening that road (pictured here) decimates painstaking work by the Arch Creek East Neighborhood Association (ACENA), former Mayor Kevin Burns, Councilman Scott Galvin, Sally Heyman to turn the old main road on the failed Munisport project into a nature trail and preserve it in perpetuity, beginning in 2007. Galvin, Burns, and other current and comparisons between FIU and two other local institutions that work at weaving themselves into the fabric of their communities: Barry University and Johnson and Wales University. They [FIU] are in the City of North Miami, but do not participate, says Galvin, a proud FIU grad who has led the charge against his alma mater on the nature-trail issue. They dont come to chamber luncheons. They dont do the Thanksgiving parade. Its unfortunate that they have to pick a their introduction to the community. Galvin believes FIU might still try to secure the preserve land through eminent domain by working in Tallahassee. Residents remain wary. The preserve is for everybody to come and enjoy, says Ilana Burdick, expresident of ACENA, who is ready to lie down in front of the bulldozers. If its gone, its gone. And you cant get it back. This is brazenly stealing from the work ing class. We are trying to have peace and quiet. People come here because of the environment. Why do they keep looking at our street? Its our neighborhood. Its our only jewel, and they are stealing the jewel. The residents take great pride in North Miamis only preserve, which has become a popular escape not only for residents of densely packed 135th Street, but for FIU students and other visitors on skates, bicycles, and feet. Nature lovers bring their binoculars to catch the migrating birds, the wood storks, and the manatees. Rosenberg says he gets the message: The issue was brought up in the appropriate public-policy forum. The vote was decisive and clear. Its time to turn the page and move on. We intend to be good neighbors. I have a mantra: When a horse is dead, dismount. Yet the conversation about the second access road is probably far from over. Rosenberg, after all, is fond of quoting an other favorite mantra: At FIU, were good at turning the impossible into the inevitable. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARKVote for MeThe ve candidates for Biscayne Park Commission tell us why theyre right for the jobBy Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorWith an election this month, I thought it would be worthwhile to turn my column over to the candidates who are running and hear what they had to say about the issues, opportu nities, and challenges that are motivating them. Below are statements from incum bent commissioners Bob Anderson and Al Childress and challengers Clediner Su preme Dorvil, Noah Jacobs, and Barbara Bernard declined to run for re-election.) The statements are solely their own. register of commission votes is available your own minds, and please come out and vote. Voting will take place Tuesday, December 6 at the Ed Burke Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Ct. See you at the polls. Bob Anderson Print shop manager (retired) Resident since 1978 With the support of our residents, I have worked hard to achieve many improvements for our village. Examples: increased com down; improved drainage for safer streets; new Public Works facility; 6th Avenue Its important to prepare myself with all facts on issues we face, listen to our residents, then make decisions based on whats good for our entire village in the long run, not just today. Our residents expect progress, not just talk. Being a commissioner means being hands-on in our community. Whether helping at holiday events, or meeting with residents to address their concerns, I am there. I am working on boundary changes that will allow all our children to attend Miami Shores Elementary. Its crucial we develop procedures to stop abandoned properties from being an economic burden on our residents. As I and my fellow candidates should know, our residents expect their commissioners to be hands-on, committed, involved. I will continue to work Albert (Al) Penn Childress Director, Department of Code Compli ance, City of Doral Resident since 1989 My wife, Kitty, and I have had the pleasure of living and raising our sons in Biscayne Park since 1989. We love rfrntrb nrfr rrbbr rr nrfr ff rfn tbbb Promotions are not honored during blackout dates: Monday, December 12th through Saturday, December 31st 2011.fn t bbn ff bf rffn tbt nfb nrnfr rtbbbf f rr

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the Village of Homes and the people who make up our wonderful community. Both my sons chose to complete their Eagle Scout projects in Biscayne Park. Public service has always been part of our lives. Part of my service has been as the previous Special Magistrate and as the chair of the Code Enforcement Board for the village. My educational back ground includes an MBA degree from the University of Miami and an MPA from Florida International University. Biscayne Park is a unique community that is blessed with an excellent, hardworking staff. I have been privileged to work with these commendable people for the past two years and seek to continue my involvement as commissioner. My focus has been to work with the staff in 1) reducing our crime rate by 60 percent this past year; 2) reducing our taxes; and 3) continuing to improve our medians and parks. Clediner Supreme Dorvil Medical student at Barry University Resident since 2010 Fellow residents of Biscayne Park, I would like to take this opportunity to present to you my perspective on possible ways we socially. Given the opportunity to serve as your commissioner, I intend on putting forth every effort to unite our community, our taxes, maintain our elite police force, stop the bickering among our leaders, and provide more activities for our children. My overall goal is to improve our village, allow the residents to have their opinions heard, and work for the best interest of our village. I truly believe that it starts by listening to each others views in order to formulate a Biscayne Park perspective. I can be reached at 305-7414648 or csupremed@gmail.com. Its okay to disagree. Our different perspectives are what make us human. Noah Jacobs Teacher Resident since 2004 Dear Biscayne Park Residents: A change in our government is needed. If we re-elect the current commission, the views of the residents will continue to be disregarded, to our detriment. There is currently a majority on the commission that seems to be scared of questions from the residents of our community. I was raised to question issues and back my decisions with facts. Since we are a village of only about 3000 residents, some think we have to accept what large entities such as utilities or surrounding municipalities tell us. those running for re-election, subscribe to that theory, according to their previous votes. I am running for a commission seat because I wholeheartedly disagree with that line of thinking. When outside forces push forward an agenda that could lower our property values, I will put our residents interests ahead of any other interest. Biscayne Park deserves good and open government and I intend to provide it. Please vote for me, Noah Jacobs, on December 6th. Barbara Watts Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History and the Honors Col lege, Florida International University Resident since 1987 Biscayne Parks origins are rooted in botanical beauty and harmonious civic engagement. Our government should uphold this past as it looks to the future. The commissions current majority has made decisions that are detrimental to our village. We need new commissioners to end the commissions partisanship and redress its mistakes. We cannot revoke the regretful FPL franchise agreement. However, we can reverse the commissions placid acceptance village, lowering property values. We should also revisit the capital improvement fee North Miami charges for repair of its water treatment plant. North Miami has used these funds for other pur poses, so oversight and control are needed. Additional concerns include limitations im posed upon discourse at commission meet ings and in village newsletters and expan sion of our tree canopy, which will improve our environment and property values. Good government is rooted in vision, transparency, and accountability my goals for the commission. It also requires public involvement. As commissioner, I will seek the opinions and expertise of our residents before making decisions that affect us all. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Veggie D-DayIts not in her nature, but our correspondent nally raises the white ag on being the neighborhood organics ladyBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorDecember, Im usually up to my neck in vegetables. And Im not stacked in small and large waxed boxes, ed agriculture deliveries would arrive Saturday morning. And Ive been a site tomatoes all weekend. I am not coddling fromage guinea pigs. generations, one Ive lived by since I was ageable mess. rfr ntb rr fttrtnf ttb bttb t

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aAUU pdating the Menu A year of openings, closings, and questions By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorWhere did the year go? Was it just a moment ago that January rolled in and we were embarking on 2011? I know they say that, as you get older, time goes faster, but this is ridiculous. So as we come to the end of yet another year, lets see whats come, gone, and gone down in Aventura. I believe that what brings Aven turans together is their love of the city, as well as food, shopping, and politics. For the sake of avoiding argument, I will forego the political angle in this months column and focus on the less contentious subjects. I want to begin with my favorite: food. On the restaurant front, there were plenty of places that came and went. Loehmanns Plaza had a bunch of changes, as Ruby Tuesday and Einstein Bros. Bagels left, making room for Heavy Burger came into the troubled space that was the Ivy (then Bar Rosso). And while its sign still hauntingly hangs upon the building, Avenue 29, Aventuras answer to nightlife, failed miserably, leaving Justins Bar and Lounge the only nightspot in town. The healthy rivalry of Mos Bagels versus Bagel Cove Restaurant and Deli will get another competitor quite soon. Opening directly across the street from Mos is New York Bagel Deli and, from dough is Irwin Silbowitz. This past April, Chef Al lens closed its doors after more than 25 years in the neighborhood. Unbelievably (sort of), this closure came on the heels of the restaurants recent renovation, an attempt to make it a bit younger and hipper. Guess not. Instead Chef Allen is going after the travel set with Burger Bar in the

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66 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGEDrill, Baby, Drill!Dental issues can put a hole in your holidays By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIts holiday time and what do we Miamiams all ponder when the holidays are here? What kinds of thoughts Why, thats easy! Oh, s**t. Another year gone and I still have not a) published my Great American Novel; b) Does anyone even read Great American Novels anymore?; c) No. The Great American Novel has been replaced by a blog lamenting the loss of the Great American Novel. No? Okay, maybe that is something only I think about. Theres always the fact that the holidays rank up there as one of the times of the year with the highest suicide rates. So much to celebrate! So much joy! So little rope, pills, blades, ammo. Fa la la! No? Okay, I know everyone thinks about food. Those lavish spreads featuring all kinds of factory-farmed (read: tortured) birds and pigs, the very same creatures that appear so happy in childrens elementary school construction-paper cutouts and crude Crayola drawings. You know, the ones that adorn the doors of proud parents refrigerators and freezers, while the carcasses of the slaughtered inside slowly develop a thin crust of postmortem frostbite. Oh, no? That doesnt rank as a top concern? Hmmm. Okay. Heres one. Dental surgery. I know that tops everyones holiday checklist! In case you have never tried it, I highly recommend scheduling a copious amount of dental surgery during a preholiday block when you think you will have enough time to recuperate but then you dont because some stupid complication arises, making you feel about as wonderful as the penned-up animals destined to be holiday meals. Look, Im no stranger to dental procedures. And I am no stranger to dental procedures gone horribly wrong. Right about now, I would also like to interject that I am very picky about my dental specialists. No, I do not patronize nor have I ever patronized one of those Calle Ocho creeps you hear about on Channel 7 news. And I have seen dentists, endodontists, and oral surgeons all over Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom Specializing in residential, commercial & industrial lighting products. State of the art LED and energy saving lightbulbs. 305.423.0017 BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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Miami-Dade. And Im going to tell you, with the results I get, Im starting to wonder if I should just head to Calle Ocho for a great deal. You know, save some money for stocking stuffers? Im not sure where to start with the dental woes. Ill err on the safe side and begin with birth. My cheap parents yes, it always starts there; arent you glad opted out of sealants when I was a kid. It was a scam, my dad said. So my teeth went unprotected. Maybe this is the time to mention I never even saw a dentist until I was 12 years old or so. Is that normal? Maybe in Eastern Europe. But here? Didnt think so. To be fair, genetics played a role in my slowly going-to-pot mouth, too, as a few dentists have pointed out that my teeth are shaped for trouble. Theyre all slanted the wrong way; decay loves that. least my father gave in to my begging for those. My mother just told me the gaps in my teeth made me look like Lauren Hutton and, as such, were an asset. Oh, yes, she went there. The braces corrected the jack-olantern look, but eroded my molars. Oops! When those puppies came off, I dont know how many cavities a frownthat point on, it was all just an expensive dipped misery before, one by one, my teeth took their revenge. of you who think that competitiveness among medical professionals is restricted to the cosmetology industry, think again. Dentists love to drill ya open and cluck their tongues in disgust. Apparently Ive had many dentists over the years do half-assed jobs and just cement me back on up! Examples: Oh, dear. Who did this? Why, they left an entire chunk of metal behind in there! This is one of the sloppiest-looking crowns Ive ever seen. No wonder you have a problem there! Yup. Inevitably, every new oral professional who enters my mouth has an opinion. I just sit there, numb, bloody gauze shoved in my cheeks so I look like some kind of half-run-over, roadkill chipmunk, shrugging. I have never been able to keep up with all the work done on my mouth. Cer tain moments and facts stick out, though. Like the time I had a Nazi dentist rape my mouth. This one was based in South Miami and, while using equipment from 1952, decided to make an impression. When the cold water hit my tooth, which needed a root canal (teeth that require root canals are extremely sensitive to hot and cold), and I tried to move it, he clamped his hand down on my jaw to keep it there. Hmmm. Then there was the Coral Gablesbased endodontist who gleefully scraped some nasty puss out of said infected socket and, while I was stuck in the chair, proceeded to hold it under my nose and urge me to Smell it! Smell that infection! Thats the culprit. Ah, memories. Which brings me back to the present. This time I needed an extraction. My rear, right molar the procedure was done, my jaw started aching. This pain came in waves and, at full swell, felt like someone had decided to chisel a dolphin-shaped ice sculpture out of my jaw. After beating my jaw with My North Miami-based dentist conDry socket occurs at the extraction site when your gum does not form a blood clot over the hole in your jaw, thus leaving your mouth innards, including bone and nerve, open to anything: hot, cold, food particles. As far as pain goes, it ranks. I mean, there is natural childbirth, getting a Prince Albert, watching Here is another condition that affects only a small percentage of the population. (And, well, I guess thats me!) I was given more Vicodin and antibiotics, plus an oral antibiotic that I had to shoot down onto my exposed bone twice daily via a syringe-like instrument. Thats fun. healing, I have learned my lesson: No involved dental work after September. Oh, and, in the spirit of giving, be kind to the dentist. After all, guess which profession proudly boasts the highest suicide rates, and not just during the holidays? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 6301 Biscayne Blvd Ste 103 Miami, FL 33138 (305) 756-8070 r The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

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68 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEHowdie Ya DD o?The trafc stop of a Miami cop by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper raises questions about professional courtesy and moreBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorAs most people who dont live under a rock are aware by now, there was a much-publicized Florida Highway Patrol trooper back on October 11. of Hollywood. Actually, hurrying is an understatement, considering that going at more than 120 miles per hour on the Florida Turnpike. Yes, you read that correctly: 120 mph in a 70 mph zone. I think 120 should be looked upon as not hurrying. As the story has unfolded, the phenomenon of so-called professional courtesy between police agencies has become a topic of conversation. Several years ago I was traveling with a police northbound on the turnpike. He was booking it at about 90 mph. All of a sudden, he slowed dramati cally, pulled off to the shoulder of the road, and stopped. I thought there might until a FHP trooper pulled in behind us. must be a cop. To which my friend re plied, Yes, I saw you behind the bushes and there was no sense in making cold. The trooper chuckled, thanked my friend for pulling over, chided him for speeding on his road, then asked him to slow it down. And that was that. Professional courtesy. This case, however, has a different tone. Here, we apparently have a FHP trooper on routine patrol going with the the doubt and put his speed at 100 mph, Saint Martha Yamaha2011-2012 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director St. Martha in the Shores 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores Meet the artists at our after-concert reception in The Atrium, included with your tickets. All programs are subject to change without notice. SHELLY BERG headlines with TIERNEY SUTTON, Jazz Weeks Vocalist of the Year, performer at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ms Suttons jazz singing is soft as silk and smooth as fine bourbon an extension of spiritual meditation. Music includes Amazing Grace and other pieces from their CDs, holiday classics, and the World Premiere of Shelly Bergs own original Meditation for two pianos (with PAUL POSNAK) commissioned by St. Martha. This will be an emotional, unforgettable, totally enjoyable holiday concert. Commissioned work sponsored by The Miami Salon Group, Inc.Sat., December 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.TO PURCHASE TICKETSVisit www.saintmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or purchase at church office or at doorMeditations in JazzSHELLY BERG & TIERNEY SUTTON rfntbnb4571 Weston Road Weston Commons Shopping Center 954-217-864419015C Biscayne Blvd Aventura Grand Cove Center 305-692-2201

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which brings us back to a basic algebra problem: If car X is traveling at 100 mph and car Y is traveling at 70, how long will it take car Y to catch up to car X? Well, duh, the answer is never. Instead, the question is how much faster than car X must car Y travel to catch up with car X, and is car Y placing more people in harms way by pursuing car X? Regardless of the mathematical answer, Trooper Watts made the decision that the marked police vehicle was, in fact, endangering other drivers and decided to initiate pursuit. Now, we have all traveled the turnpike and most of us have had a lead foot now and then and, when we do, we keep an eagle eye out for the howdies. Howdies, you ask? What means that? Well, years ago, FHP troopers born and raised in North Florida would be assigned to South Florida and, when these country boys would pull over a car, their initial words were usually Howdy, sir or Howdy, maam. Therefore they came to be known as howdies. But I digress. The point is, how he was speeding, unknowingly pass a marked FHP car and not instinctively take his foot off the gas? One has to assume that he saw the car and just did not give a damn. Keep in mind he was hurrying because he was going to be late for an off-duty assignment his words, not mine. We all know the outcome of the the cop and the cop continued to ignore the trooper. I guess, at some point, it became painfully obvious to the speedgoing to extend the proper professional courtesy and pulled over. In my opinion, the trooper acted in a safe and prudent manner by pulling her weapon and ordering the occupant out of the car. Since the offending driver had ignored her lights and siren, the trooper could not be sure that he shows that the troopers gun was quick ly holstered and the speeding driver cuffed, which, to me, makes sense. At that point, she still did not really know what she was dealing with. In retrospect, we now know we had not A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.com Receive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Maninicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY Mon-Thurs 16701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort for the purpose of preventing a crime or rushing to the aid of an injured motorist, mind you, but to avoid being late for an off-duty assignment. No wonder the trooper was pissed! This guy not only put his life and other drivers lives in danger, but that of the trooper, who was just doing her job. So what happens? The speeding cop lawyers up, instead of manning up and taking his lumps for the dumb-ass decision to speed recklessly down the highway. The acting Miami police chief goes on TV and states that he does not that he obviously made a stupid mistake. driving recklessly and was merely trying to get out of the troopers way by speeding up, to sort of clear her path. As I recall, the drivers handbook that we all studied before we could obtain our drivers license states that, when an emergency vehicle with warning lights and siren approaches from the rear, you are to slow down and pull over to the right in order to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. I dont recall the passage that says, Or you can put the pedal to the metal and haul ass, provided you stay a safe distance in front of the emergency vehicle. In the meantime, blog postings cies are showing an alarming disregard for professional courtesy. There have been sophomoric comments regarding the attractiveness, or lack thereof, of the female trooper, as well as some disturb ing warnings about what might happen if the FHP stops the wrong Miami police car. Thats a lot of manufactured B.S. for an incident that, fortunately, resulted in little more than an adrenalin rush for the trooper, his own police department, and the residents of the City of Miami. Then Like the rest of us would have to do. Or maybe the judge will allow him to go to ment enough! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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70 Culture: THE ARTSOff the Basel Path 2011Some recommended stops on the mad dash through Miamis art weekBy Melissa Wallen BT ContributorWith so many events vying for our attention during Art Basel week, it can be overwhelming exciting and interesting. Here are a few that could have great potential. Converging Harmonies Miami International Air port on your way to or from Art Basel Miami Beach, take a moment to look around. The western wall of the pedestrian walkway has been reimagined; its previously solid wall is now a series of interconnected panels of colored glass. This elaborate installation, titled Harmonic Convergence by Chris topher Janney, replaces an earlier instal lation from the artist commissioned by Miami International Airport in 1997. A trained musician, Janney has long ex plored the relationship between architecture, light, and sound, creating what he has de scribed as synesthetic art. While basking in the illuminating glow at MIA, you can hear the sounds of singing birds, the low rumble of thunder, and the aggravated chirp of tree frogs. The brilliant light and sound show is a soothing subtropical abstraction: This is what it feels like to arrive in South Florida, ready for both the circus and the swamp. During Basel, you can catch Janneys exhibition Architecture of Air at the Moore Building in the Design District. The program will include a concert and panel discussion focusing on space, time, and aesthetics. The discussion will begin at 3:00 p.m. on December 3, and will be followed by a screening of Janneys What Is a Heart? A live performance featuring the Persuasions and L.A.-based Y LUV begins at 9:00 p.m. Architecture of Air by Christopher Janney Through December 4 The Moore Building 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-572-0866 Art in the Great Outdoors Art Basels Art Video programming will utilize the New World Centers 7000-square-foot projection wall. You can relax outdoors for free at SoundScape Park, the high-tech, 2.5-acre green space facing Frank Gehrys spectacular new building, home of the New World Sym phony. Over the course of three nights, six different screenings will take place, each with a theme borrowed from art theory. Some familiar themes: landscapes, Ameri cana, and the painterly. Artists featured in the programming Tracy Emin, Dara Friedman, Martha Rosler, Cory Arcangel, Laurel Nakadate, Christian Jankokwski, and Ryan McGinley. Art Video Wednesday, November 30; Friday, December 2; and Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. SoundScape Park at New World Center 500 17th St., Miami Beach General Practice If youre looking to crawl under the radar and rage a bit, check out General Practice, an alternative, artist-run space located in the Buena Vista residential neighborhood west of the Design District. Drown, a noise/drone show organized by artist and curator Carlos Rigau, will offer local and visiting artists a cool spot to experiment and create on their own terms, a welcome respite from stuffy gallery decorum. Its going to get heavy, so BYOB and be ready for the waves of pummeling sound. Par ticipating bands and noisemakers include Viking Funeral, Slashpine, Stagg, Holly Hunt, the Ice Machine and Swift, Balls carf, M.B.Evans, and possibly a surprise appearance by the Miami P.D. Drown Thursday, December 1, 10:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. General Practice 3930 NW 2nd Ave., Miami Funner Projects at de la Cruz Amped up on a steady diet of MacGyver episodes and trouble, co-founders Justin Long and Robert Meatball Lorie of erick duo has set out to do something extraordinary: Have fun. Converging Harmonies Entrance Romance (It Felt like a Kiss)

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Its a concept these artists feel is too often undermined in the process of making art. Long and Lorie will stage performances accompanying their installation, Maintain Right in the project room of the de la Cruz Collection. The star of this installation is their 14-foot-long crossbow, which will shoot planks of wood through the air, aimed directly at upon being pummeled, creating an abstraction of what was Basel, Long and Lorie will brandish their machetes from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., hoping to instill a sense of ous situations can arouse. Maintain Right by Funner Projects, with Justin H. Long and Robert Lorie Through March 10 De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 Wynwood Walls Miami has become a Mecca for grafarea, highlights some of the best. Property owner Tony Goldman and curator the project since 2009, commissioning Wynwood Walls NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th Street, Miami Gallery Diet Clifford Owens this had no idea how far it would take him. Currently a professor at Yale, Owens has been busy preparing for as well a book regarding his work. In the midst of preparations, Owens took spent a week here in Miami, where he took the opportunity to get to know the locals up close and at times full frontal. become completely engaged in the work, in an honest and challenging abandonment of ease this group of near strangers found together during Owenss stay here in October. Youll see some familiar Miami faces. Photographs with an Audience Miami by Clifford Owens Through December 22 Gallery Diet 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 Material Witnesses losophy behind materialism, allowing the materials at work to amplify their own sig1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. will feature a It Aint Fair: Materialism December 1 through 4 OHWOW 100 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-633-9345 Tom Tom Magazine and Needless Records is a great rhythm section, and this year Tom Tom Magazine want to show their appreciation for the ladies will take place at Churchills Pub, showbetween sets. Tickets at the door cost $7, or buy presales for $5 here: http://tomtom Tom Tom Art Basel December 3, 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Churchills Pub 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-757-1807 Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Its a concept these artists feel is too often undermined in the process of making art. Long and Lorie will stage performances accompanying their installation, in the project room of the de la Cruz Collection. The star of this installation is their 14-foot-long crossbow, which will shoot planks of wood through the air, aimed directly at Photo by Martha CooperPhotographs with an Audience (Miami) Topsy Turvey

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72 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ART FAIRS Aqua Hotel 1530 Collin s Ave., Miami Beach 206-399-5506 www.aquaartmiami.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 Midtown Miami NE 1st A venue at 30th Street 212-268-6148 www.artasiafair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $20 Miami Beach Convention Center 1901 Convention Center Dr 305-674-1292 www.artbaselmiamibeach.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, noon to 8 p.m. December 4, noon to 4 p.m. Admission: $23-$85 Midtown Miami NE 1st Avenue at 31st Street 520-529-1108 www.art-miami.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $15 Catalina Hotel 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 347-957-2743 www.artnowfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. December 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free Surfcomber Hotel 1717 Collin s Ave., Miami Beach 305-438-9200 www.artsforabetterworld.com Through December 4 Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: $10 Art Deco Welcome Center 1001 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 305-895-9652 www.burstartfair.org Through December 5 Hours: December 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 2 through 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. December 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $10 donation Miami Beach Convention Center Meridian Avenue and 19th Street 305-572-0866 www.designmiami.com Through December 4 Hours: Through December 3, noon to 8 p.m. December 4, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $25 2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami 917-650-3760 www.fountainartfair.com Through December 4 Hours: noon to 7 p.m. Admission: $10 Dorchester Hotel 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 212-674-6095 www.inkartfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: Free Deauville Beach Resort 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 212-594-0883 www.newartdealers.org Through December 4 Hours: December 1, 2 to 8 p.m. December 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free Sadigo Court Hotel 334 20th St., Miami Beach 212-604-0519, www.poolartfair.com December 2 through 4 Hours: 3 to 10 p.m. Admission: Free The Ice Palace 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami 212-255-2327 www.pulse-art.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1, 1 to 7 p.m. December 2 and 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $15 Midtown Miami 301 1 NE 1st Ave., Miami 917-273-8621, www.reddotfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $15 Midtown Miami NE 1st Avenue at 30th Street 212-268-1522 www.scope-art.com Through December 4 Hours: Through December 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $20 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www .sculptmiami.com Through December 4 Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: Free 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami 973-452-3283 www.seven-miami.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 through 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free Greenview Hotel 1671 W ashington Ave., Miami Beach 312-612-2270 www.vergeartfair.com Through December 4 Hours: December 1 and 2, noon to 8 p.m. December 3, noon to 7 p.m. December 4, noon to 6 p.m. Admission: $10 47 NE 25th St., Miami 305-303-8852 www .zonesartfair.com Through December 3 Hours: December 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: Free GALLERIES 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www .101exhibit.com December 2 through February 8: Undertow by Jason Shawn Alexander 12345 West Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-895-2553 www.dixieimageworks.com Through January 31: Resurrection II with Paul Morris and Randy Burman 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Ongoing: Nature s Pulse by Debra Holt 4949 NE 2nd A ve., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Through January 21: Faces of China by Tom Salyer 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-587-0172 www.albertolinerogallery.com December 1 through January 4: Caleidoscopio with Pedro Sandoval, Santiago Betancur, Dario, Luis Jimenez, Paola Restrepo, Dana Milik, Adriana Carvalho, David Zalben, Breceda, Moleiro, and Romgo 2630 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through January 28: The Eyes, Sometimes by Karina Peisajovich 750 NE 124th St., North Miami 305-975-6933 www.alonsored.com Call gallery for exhibition information 1 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-5730 www .artfusiongallery.com Through December 21: Fusion VIII Synesthesia with various artists 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com/ December 1 through 4: Hotbed Miami 2011 with various artists A Piece of Me with various artists Dozen Roses

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2441 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Through January 1: Collectors Delight with Carlos Cruz Diez, Fernando Botero, Jesus Soto, Alexander Calder, Alejandro Otero, Cornelis Zitman, Nicolas Shoffer, Oswaldo Vigas, Victor Valera, Alirio Palacios, James Mathison, Luisa Richter, and Arturo Correa 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Through January 20: Woman to Woman with Julie Davidow, Carol Prusa, Vickie Pierre, Sara Stites, Samantha Salzinger, Francie Bishop Good, Felice Grodin, Michelle Weinberg, Elizabeth Cerejido, and Mia Leonin Small Works Show with various artists 180 NE 39th St., #210, Miami Through January 1: Mary, Richard, Clouds and Dirt by Richard Haley 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-2700 www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com Through January 7: A Critique of Established Attitudes Towards Aging & Beauty by Aurora Molina New Work by Peter Sarkisian Fleeced by Holly Lynton 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through December 31: Dream Catcher II with Emilio Garcia, Zhanna Kadyrova, Pablo Lehmann, Taro Hattori, and SYN group 100 NE 38th St., Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Ongoing: Group Show with H-Allen Benowitz, Franois Gracia, Clarice de Souza, David Tupper, Sharon Dash, and Hector Maldonado, and Creatos Aetas by Kourtney Eugene Brown 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through January 8: MDCC North Campus 1970s Faculty Exhibition with Jim Couper, Elmer Craig, Duane Hanson, Charles Hashim, Shirley Henderson, Michael Klezmer, Salvatore La Rosa, Peter McWhorter, Ron Mitchell, Gary Monroe, and Robert Thiele 189 NE 39 St. #120, Miami 212-947-4557 Through December 4: Inventory 02: Soul Does Matter with Jacob Brillh art, Chen Chen/Kai Wiliams, Paul Clemence, Paul Kopkau, Lemon Yellow, LMNOQ, Berge Malikian, Mr.O, Ernesto Oroza/Gean Moreno, Luis Pons, and Michelle Weinberg 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www .susannacaldwell.com Ongoing: Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture by Susanna Caldwell 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com December 1 through January 27: Y ou Are Here Forever curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud 758 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Ongoing: Group Show with Vanessa Baumgertner, Adriano Nicot, Ramon Muoz, and Monica Atucha Through January 5: Danny Esquenazi 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415 www.visual.org Through December 17: Beyond the Daily Life by Guerra de la Paz 250 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-292-0411 www.charestweinberg.com Through February 29: Black Sculpture by Fernando Mastrangelo 71 E. Flagler St., Miami 305-741-0058 www.christophermirogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami www.cityloftart.com Call gallery for exhibition information 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through December 31: Dont Get High on Your Own Supply with various artists 2043 N Miami A ve., Miami 305-576-1804 Through February 4: Thoughts, Meditations, Acts by Xawery Wolski 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305 573-4046 www.diasporavibe.net December 1 through 4: We the Artists with various artists 171 NE 38th St., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net dv@dimensionsvariable.net Through December 23: Duets by Domingo Castillo 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through January 20: Minimally Baroque curated by Chuck Ramirez and Patricia Ruiz-Healy 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com Through January 21: Full Salute by Mette Tommerup Modern Trance by Martin Murphy 51 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through January 10: Poetics of Expansion: Nine Views of Contemporary Argentine Photography with Juan Sebastian Bruno, Bruno Dubner, Marcelo Grosman, Ignacio Iasparra, Cecilia Lenardn, Jorge Mio, Oligatega, Guillermo Ueno, and Alejandra Urresti 47 NE 25th St., Miami 305-303-8852 www.edgezones.org Call gallery for exhibition information 2732 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 754-422-5942 www.elitearteditions.com December 3 through 20: Art Basel Season with Ana Sanz, Anica, Diana Albadan, Marisa Leicach, Fabiana Pea, Francisco Ceron, Mauro Arbiza, and Jerome Valbuena 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 December 1 through 31: Highlights for 2012 with various artists 172 W. Flagler St., Miami Through December 4: Porque, Cazador? with Annie Blazejack, Leo Castaeda, Reinier Gamboa, David Olivera, Ramon Lopez, Nicole Serize, and Juan Travieso 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through December 17: Change by Cristina Lei Rodriguez 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www .galeriehelenelamarque.com Through January 20: Recent Works by Claude Viallat New Sculpture by ORLAN 2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-266-2445 www.galleryschuster.com December 3 through 23 The Photography of Menno Aden Black Sea

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601 NE 107th St., Miami Shores 305-610-3921 Through January 15: W ondering by London Tsai 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com December 1 through January 2: Art Basel Miami 2011 Exhibition with Michael Perez, John Pate, John Pate N., Sean Murdock, Jonathan Dvoretz, and Henry Souto, featuring Jos Yossi, Mariella Sosa, and Matt Stock 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www .gallerydiet.com Through December 22: Photographs with an Audience Miami by Clifford Owens 2531 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-778-4568 www.galleryid.com Call gallery for exhibition information 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader .com Call gallery for exhibition information 2628 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 561-251-1375 Call gallery for exhibition information 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami www.hardcoreartcontemporary.com info@hardcoreartmiami.com Through February 4: Down & Under with Consuelo Castaeda, Gaston Ugalde, and Milton Becerra 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 147 NW 36th St, Miami (305) 576-4266 www.iconartimages.com December 1 through 4: Icons of Entertainment and Sports with Erika King, Gary Longordo, Bill Toma, Kirk Maggio, Debbie Samson, Alan Maltz, Roberto Rabanne, Donna Wayman, Robert Holton, and Valdimir Gorsky 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com Through February 26: Astilla en el Ojo by Rodrigo Echeverri Calero 282 NW 25th St., Miami Space Lighting Studio 305-573-0208 www.jgplatform.com Through December 4: Addictive with Ferdie Pacheco, Luisita Pacheco, Adam Rush, Sergik, and Richard Kurtz 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through January 15: V aisman 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com December 3 through February 3: Black Collection by Salustiano 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com Through January 28: Sculpture by Albert Paley Inner Journey by Heriberto Mora Group Show with John Henry, Dolly Moreno, Kevin Paulsen, Neltje, Tom Seghi, Sandra Muss, Linda Lee Johnson, Antonio Ugarte, and Sebastian Spreng Through December 4: V1-V3 by Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com Through February 2: Is Art an Antidepressant? with various artists 155 NE 38th St., Miami 305-576-8570 www .locustprojects.org Through December 31: Billboard Project by Agustina Woodgate Through December 17: Cores and Cutouts by Ruben Ochoa 3030 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-9995 http://maormiami.org Through January 31: On the Edge of Light with various artists 36 NW 36th St., Miami 305-775-9683 www .miamiartsalon.com Call gallery for exhibition information 244 NW 35th St., Miami 305-757-6000 www.miamiartspace.com Through December 4: Elements with Henrique Souza, Francisco Chediak, Cecilia Moreno-Yaghoubi, Dennis Carbee, Alvaro Daza, Pedro Diaz, and Vertical River, curated by Adriana de Moura 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Through December 16: Memento Mori by Arturo Rodriguez and Alejandro Anreus 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 Through December 4: Selections from the Permanent Collection and Cintas Fellows Collection with various artists Through January 8: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson 1 1380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Through December 15: Ralph Provisero: Maquettes and Drawings by Ralph Provisero 500 College Terr., Homestead 305-237-5000 www.mdc.edu/homestead Call gallery for exhibition information 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Through January 15: Faculty Exhibition with Jennifer Basile, Antonio Chirinos, Alberto Meza, and Yomarie Silva 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-428-5700 www.artinstitutes.edu/miami Through December 3: Through the Eyes of Love with Barry Gross, Alejandro Cuadra, Ali Miranda, Janet Muller, Noah Jones, Jonathan Brooks, and Marco Gonzalez Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 516-532-3040 www.michaelperez-artist.com Call gallery for exhibition information 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-572-0866 www.bridgehouseevents.com Through December 4: Architecture of the Air: The Sound and Light Environments of Christopher Janney by Christopher Janney 180 NE 39th St., Miami 786-512-4130 www .morefunnerprojects.blogspot.com Call gallery for exhibition information 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www .myragalleries.com December 1 through January 9: New York-New York by Paul Ching-Bor Urban Life in Cuba-Colombia by Camila Malo Pop Art World with Swarovski Crystals by Milani New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Through December 16: Works of Eight with various artists 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 Through January 28: International Art Exhibition with various artists 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Through December 17: Great Masters with Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar, Victor Vasarely, Bernar Venet, and Carlos Cabeza Logbook

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3100 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-633-9345 www.oh-wow.com December 1 through 4: It Aint Fair: Materialism with Daniel Arsham, Justin Beal, Anna Betbeze, Ashley Bickerton, Scott Campbell, Genovese, Luis Gispert, Angel Otero, Jos Parl, Sara Rahbar, Ryan Reggiani, Bert Rodriguez, Amanda Ross-Ho, Aurel Schmidt, David Benjamin Sherry, Lucien Smith, Agathe Snow, Jessica Stockholder, Nick van Woert, and Aaron Young 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through December 5: Fragments by Jos Manuel Fors 231 1 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 www.miguelparedes.com Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes 2219 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-573-2900 www.praxis-art.com Through December 31: Barbed by Guerra de la Paz 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com December 1 through January 31: Here Lies Georges Wildenstein with Marc Bijl, Retna, Michael Vasquez, Miru Kim, Cleon Peterson, George Sanchez-Calderon, Manny Prieres, Andrew Nigon, Scott Shannon, Christina Pettersson, Shelter Serra, How & Nosm, Kenton Parker, Cole Sternberg, Edouard Nardon, and Jel Martinez 3252 NW 1st Ave., Suite 101, Miami www.gggexhibit.com 305-751-9641 December 1 through 4: Alkanoglu, and Billi Kid 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html Through January 30: The Forms of Light by Romulo Aguerre 2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami 305-600-4785 www.sohostudiosmiami.com Call gallery for exhibition information 150 NE 42nd St., Miami 786-271-4223 www .spinelloprojects.com Through December 4: TYPOE, Agustina Woodgate, and Santiago Rubino 255 NW 25th St., Miami December 3: Gallery Opening by John Jonsheski 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 www.myspace.com/stashgallery Call gallery for exhibition information 3821 NE 1st Ct., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Through December 5: The Ephemera of ABMB by Oliver Sanchez 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 www.tonywynn.com Ongoing: Patriotica by Tony Wynn 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com December 1 through February 25: Isolations with Lilly McElroy, Dana Meilijson, Rodolfo Vanmarcke, and Missy Nuzzo 2200 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-284-2542 Call gallery for exhibition information 201 NE 39th St., Miami 305-576-6960 Call gallery for exhibition information NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th Street 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and avaf December 4: Pop Up Shop with various artists 55 NW 30th St., Miami www.casalin.org December 1 through 4: Rapture: The Day After with various artists 250 NW 23rd St., Unit 306, Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com December 1 through 31: Possession by Jerome Soimaud 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org Through January 1: Center of Attention with resident artists 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through February 12: Laurent Grasso December 1 through March 4: Beauty Business by Erwin Wurm 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 www.cifo.org Through March 4: Frames and Documents: Conceptualist Practices: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection with various artists 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-61 12 www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists Through March 10: Maintain Right by Funner Projects, with Justin H. Long and Robert Lorie 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through December 4: Afro-V ictimize by Tirzo Martha Through January 8: Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen with various artists iPM009 by Magdalena Fernndez The Florida Artist Series: Humberto Calzada: The Fire Next Time by Humberto Calzada Through February 19: Color on Color with various artists Through March 18: Tour de France/Florida: Contemporary Artists from France in Floridas Private Collections 1035 N. Miami A ve., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Through January 31: Four Minutes, Thirty-Three Seconds with Augurari Editions, Rodolfo Andaur, Hackworth Ashley, Spring Break, Monserrat Rojas Corradi, Cat Dove, Viking Funeral, Andrea Galvani, Jay Hines, Scott Hug, Karlo Ibarra, Carlos Irijalba, Brookhart Jonquil, Jason Keeling, Kristin Korolowicz, Liz Magic Laser, Nicolas Lobo, Gean Moreno, Richard Mosse, Ernesto Oroza, Gaston Persico, Manny Prieres, Print and Paste Collective (FAU), Megan Riley, Tom Scicluna, Joaquin Segura, SOMA, Natika Soward, Lara Stein Pardo, Suzanne Stroebe, Third Streaming/Yona Baker, Cecilia Szalkowicz, TM Sisters, and Pinar Yolacan 1301 Stanford Dr ., Coral Gables 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through January 15: China: Insights with Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin Through April 22: Women, Windows, and the Word: Diverging Perspectives on Islamic Art with various artists Through September 23: Saintly Blessings: A Gift of Mexican Retablos from Joseph and Janet Shein with various artists 101 W Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection Through January 1: Schneebett by Enrique Martinez Celaya American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgolds Paintings of the 1960s by Faith Ringgold Through March 18: Focus Gallery: Marcel Duchamp by Marcel Duchamp, curated by Rene Morales 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 www .mocanomi.org Through February 12: Pivot Points V by Teresita Fernandez Through February 19: Rolling Stop by Mark Handforth 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www .margulieswarehouse.com Through April 28: New Exhibitions with various artists 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through July 27: American Exuberance with various artists Through December 4: Incubation by Jennifer Rubell Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 www .worldclassboxing.org Through February 11: Love Trips: A Triptych on Love by Jillian Mayer Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Hypnosis is powerful because it directly accesses the subconscious mind and reprograms it just as you would a computer. 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76 It Takes a Village to Meet SantaTwo poles collide on Friday, December 2 at the Miami Shores Winterfest. Kids are encouraged to bring their wish lists for Santa, before being whisked from the subtropics to the North Pole. There will train, and craft stations (with the obliga Go to www.miamishoresvillage.com.Chalk One Up for MiMo On Sunday, December 4 vendors, food trucks, performers, and artists will help create MiMo Art in the Park starting which will be created throughout the will be a guided district tour starting at mimoartinthepark.com.Setting the Night Aglow worms, or lightning bugs, but whatever the become harder to see in our urbanized and Friday, December 9 during the Creatures of the Night Hike along with who knows what other animals minute presentation on the nightlife of www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.A Classic Take on a Classic BalletThe Nutcracker troupe puts on some version of it during Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11 at the A Taste of Historic Overtown That would be the historic black neighborhood of Overtown, which once was a thriving entertainment and commercial center. On Sunday, December 10 historian Paul George will take visitors to Overtown Walking Tour and Peoples Bar-B-Que Little Rivers Big CelebrationIt has taken a while for Miami-Dade to El Portal Little River Celebration Day Saturday, December 10 contact littleriverelportal@gmail.com.What Floats Your BoatHoliday Boat Parade and Toy Drive as evening falls on Saturday, December 17 in a much broader area, from South Beach over to downtown Miami, although the miamioutboardclub.com.Jazz Headliners Black bird Medi tations in Jazz an intimate evening of Saturday, December 17 Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR An Elfs Warped View of the World The Santaland Diaries Thursday, December 8 through Friday, December 23 Stage, it stars Michael McKeever. www.arshtcenter.org. Light Up a Life Friday, December 2 through Saturday, December 31 the dazzling Holiday Lights 2011 will be draped from trees and A New Years Eve Youll Actually Remember Saturday, December 31 p.m. Before midnight, the big orange ball will inch up the

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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN AA Prickly PropositionSome cacti bear edible fruit just watch out for those tiny, hair-like spines called glochids By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorIve always enjoyed growing cacti and other succulents. Unfortunately our local climate is very humid and many of these species will rapidly succumb to fungal issues in our landscapes. Some do grow well here, and Ive learned not only to grow them in proper locations with excellent drainage, adequate lighting, and sometimes under cover (so they dont get wet when it rains), but also to appreciate how well they protect themselves against overenthusiastic horticulturists. Most cacti and many other succulent plant species have spines that can cause of some nasty barbs over the years, but what I consider even worse are those cacti that have glochids instead of spines (although some insidious cactus species have both). Glochids are usually felt before they are seen. These tiny, barbed, hair-like spines can brush off onto your skin or clothes and cause hours of aggravating pain and itching. If it looks like soft fuzz on a cactus, make sure you dont touch it. I use duct tape to attempt to pull glochids off my skin. Dont scratch! It seems once they enter your skin, they can break off, and that is when the aggravation really begins. Glochids can also work through loose material (your clothes), so dont think youre protected by what youre wearing. One cactus that grows well in South Florida is the prickly pear. There are many species in the genus Opuntia that are native to countries throughout North, Central, and South America. This very tough, adaptable plant can be found growing well in the most inhospitable conditions, where nothing else will grow. The name, of course, should alert you to the possibility of spines, but some species have only glochids and, from a distance, look quite harmless. There are dozens of prickly pear species and variet ies, and many of them have an edible fruit commercially in tropical and subtropical climes worldwide for their food value. Recently I purchased some prickly pear fruit in a local Hispanic supermarket, where they are known as pera del cactus In other Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, they may be called tuna When I came across these in the store, I gingerly picked them up one by one, to make sure that the glochids had been removed. (Glochids can be removed by rolling the fruit in sand or immersing it for a prolonged period in water.) I picked some that were ripe, so that evening I took the fruit, which were about four inches long and a couple of inches thick at the center, cut off the ends, and peeled the thick skin off to reveal a sweet, red, juicy, jellylike substance with tiny cactus seeds imbedded inside. I then took the jelly and mashed it in a strainer to allow the red juice to drip out into a bowl. This took about an hour. My favorite chef, Monica, drizzled the juice over slices of brie cheese atop water wafers and then sprinkled the cheese with black lava salt. This appetizer went very well with a couple of glasses of inexpensive Pinot Noir. cereal. Try it in a smoothie or vodkabased drinks. There is also another part of this cactus that is edible: the leaves, or cactus pads. These cactus pads were apparently once consumed by sailors to avoid scurvy on long oceanic voyages. They were thus spread to tropical countries around the world. In Mexican cuisine, they are known as nopales or nopalitos and used in dishes like huevos con nopales or tacos de no pales I also found these in the Hispanic crunchy when cooked and, to me, tastes like a green pepper. It can be quite tasty with other condiments. The leaves are supposed to contain beta-carotene, iron, vitamin C, and calcium. The prickly pear cactus was once cultivated on a very large scale because of an insect called cochineal, which fed off the juices of this plant. The crimsoncolored dye, carmine, which is now used for cosmetics and food coloring, comes from this insect. (The next time you drink a red fruit drink, read the ingredient label. If it says carmine or cochineal is used as a food coloring, you are drinking crushed insects.) Pretty impressive for something that will grow in a corner of your yard where nothing else will. Do not buy cactus pads if they look dried out or wrinkled, and make sure, before you cook them, that all of the glochids and spines have glochids in your mouth or throat. ipal arborist, director of horticulture at Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical Designs of Florida. Contact him at jeff@ tropicaldesigns.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photo by Jeff Shimonski 305.246.0200rffn tfbrrfrrrfr nrrrftb

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78 Out of Africa, Into MiamiJane Goodall urges us to stop monkeying around and get serious about the environmentBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorJane Goodall is freezing. Trapped inside the Ritz-Carlton in Coconut Grove, her tiny frame cannot stand the extreme air conditioning. Lets go outside, she says, so that we can talk in comfort. Dame Jane Goodall, 77 years old, a global icon, can handle extreme conditions. She spent decades living among chimpanzees in Tanzania, and her mangled thumbnail proves it. Nowadays she travels the world constantly; the day before this interview, she barely escaped But the Miami-style A/C is killing her. She opens her hotel rooms window for relief, but she has an even simpler solution. If you dont need it, turn it off, she says. Goodall is here to address leaders from Latin America and about 100 other attendees at a forum sponsored by the Americas Business Council Foundation. Speakers at the three-day event include Jeb Bush and Lance Armstrong, but So what does the chimpanzee lady say? Oh, oh, oh, aw-aw-aw! Her impression of how a chimpanzee says good morning warms the heart. Next she reveals that the worlds oldest chimp, 73-year-old Little Mama, lives up the Beach County. Her second topic is overpopulation. Unlike humans, her chimpanzee family has maintained a fairly constant number vations. They are not overpopulating their environment, she says. Humans, however, are to the point of self-destruction. It really is scary to hear that the seven billionth child was born, says Goodall, referring to a United Na tions announcement in November. For her, the planet faces three main problems. They are poverty, wealth, and overpopulation. The rural poor do desperate things such as cutting down forests to survive. Surely no country has worse problems than Haiti, social and environmental, she says. The wealthiest populations consume resources insatiably, and that lifestyle Whats more, the human population keeps expanding and pushing the boundaries of sustainability. If we continue like this, what will the future be for our great-great grandchildren? asks Goodall. Her solution? Children. Goodalls own foundation created a youth-inspired program in Tanzania that has spread worldwide. Roots and Shoots has clubs at two schools in north Miami-Dade Miami Country Day and Hubert O. Sibley Elementary and at more than 150 locations across Florida, in all 50 states, and in 120 countries, including China. Goodalls passion for this program seems to equal that for her chimpanzee research. Children tell her they feel their future has been compromised. Yet she determination to save the planet. The most important thing is the growing awareness of young people around the world, she says. She feels hopeful that they may be reaching a critical mass and, instead of just educating them, she calls for informing and empowering. In addition to young people, Goodall names three other reasons for hope: the resilience of nature, the human brain, and the human spirit. In Africa she has seen how micro-credit can allow local businesses to grow in sustainable ways and how the educa tion of girls is vital for stabilizing population growth. (Birth rates drop as education rises.) We cant shy away from population growth, she says. Its a fact. Even in places with explosive popula tion growth, local people recognize the problem. Goodall tells a story about men in Africa who request vasectomies and villages that cry out for education: When we introduced family planning, the vil lages said, Why didnt you come before? As for the human intellect, she believes in its power, but she also advocates for a reconnection to the compassion of the human heart: How come were destroying our only home? We have lost something I call wisdom. So what does all this mean for us in South Florida? Number one, our students need to learn the truth about the environment. Teachers need to step up. Schools need to reach out. They can start by contacting the Environmental EducaSecond, we can use our connections to Haiti and other needy populations in our hemisphere to support the education of girls and of communities in need of family planning. Third, we can reattach our heads to our hearts by paying greater attention to the traditions of Native Americans and to early Floridians. They knew how to live without air conditioning. Fourth, we should switch quickly to solar energy and promote green buildings, because buildings are the biggest consumers of energy. Dont discount the power of even small gestures, like recycling plastic bags. All the little things seem small, but awareness levels are rising, says Goodall. Today we can turn off the A/C in her honor. Goodall holds out hope that the sun will warm her from the cranked-up air conditioning in her room. She is opening the door. Lets follow her outside. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com www.santassingers.comPRESENTSFOR RATES AND AVAILABILITY CALL 305-757-6500 OR EMAIL singers@missjanesmusic.com Santas SingersAN ADULT A CAPPELLA GROUP SINGING TRADITIONAL CAROLS AND POPULAR HOLIDAY SONGSPerfect for ofce parties, private functions Photo by Michael Neugebauer

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY TT he Call to Blog Our columnist joins the ranks of parents sharing their experiences on the Web By Crystal Brewe BT ContributorI asked a friend what she was doing with her family over the holidays. I was expecting to hear something like, Were hitting the Nutcracker , or Going to Santas Enchanted Forest, but instead she simply said, I have to check The idea of blogging is so dark and mysterious to me. I know, I know. Blogging is so 2002. I just havent caught on to the concept. Im not a good test audience for our generation of changing media. I still read an actual newspaper, cover to cover, every morning. There is something visceral about holding a paper and a cup of coffee that digital media will never replace. My husband says that blogs creep him out in the same way that the people who share too much on Facebook creep him out. While I, too, could do without the habitual posts about dentist appointments, vegetable shopping, and whats for breakfast, my fascination with parent blogs began as an endeavor to understand them for professional advantage. Since my day job at the Adrienne ways to show off our family programming, I thought this knowledge would be a good addition to our marketing arsenal. What exactly is a blog and why are mommies and daddies everywhere tippity-typing away, creating them? likely reading this column in your trusty print edition of the BT you too might like a quick Brewe-torial on blogging. Here are some of the questions I had Q: Why blog? Is it an acronym? A code? A: Its shorthand for Web log. When someone pointed that out to me, I felt like an idiot. Q: What makes it different from just posting an article? A: Sometimes it is just an article on a Website. Sometimes its like a diary, or a series of Facebook posts, or just a whole lotta promotional giveaways and advertisements. There is a wide interpretation of the blogging concept. For example, theres Tropic of Mom, a Miami mommy blogger who uses her blog like a captains log, accompanied by iPhone pictures. Her blog is made up of quick comments about her day, the kids birthday parties, the rain, cupcakes. Nothing transformative, but Ill bet her mother-in-law is thrilled to be so informed. Alternately, theres A Mom, a Blog, and the Life In-Between. This Miami mom writes a deeply personal blog about raising her son and the emotions resulting from the break-up of her marriage and her hopes about the future. The prose is sweet and melancholy, but getting through even a single posting is a commitment, as they can run more than a few screen pages. Theres Ask Miami Moms, which is really just a rudimentary site with a feed of Facebook posts: Who needs a nanny? Does anyone know anything about the Seaquarium workshop? sleep through the night. Any advice? Momsmiami.com has a few wonderful bloggers with different takes on parenting. My favorite is Mama Sass, who has a witty take on raising her two kids. Her posts also appear as print articles, hence my knowledge of her. My search revealed that, save for the above mentioned blogs, the majority of parent bloggers are inconsistent. Some have compelling posts, but stop in February 2009 or, say, April 2010. Did they lose interest? Did they run out of story ideas? Funding? So mysterious. Q: Do bloggers talk to us or with us? A: Now, this is where it gets interesting. Although interaction is not a age visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets. With subject matter that involves the ways we raise our kids, readers are sure to have opinions, and this is the perfect forum. National parent blogger Lisa Belkin built an award-winning blog for the New York Times with the belief that parents wanted more talk about parentwould talk to the readers, she writes, but within weeks I realized it only made sense to talk with them and then get out of the way and let them talk to one another. She has written 1216 posts and, from that, garnered 52,574 comments. Q: How do parent bloggers find the time? A: Well, that is a whole different article, but I suspect many of these bloggers need an outlet at the end of their day. There is so much to share and, hey, write what you know, right? With that said, I have an announcement to make: What started as a marketing research project has ended in inspiration. I am now taking Kids and the City interactive! Follow my new blog on Twitter @ BTkidsnthecity for more deep and not-so-deep parenting insight, #thing sourkidssay, and re-tweets of cool stuff you are sure to like. See you in the blogosphere! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com ianopresto plus www.pianopresto.musicteachershelper.comWeekly private piano instruction For beginner, intermediate, or adult Three mini-music classes Children 3 to 9 years old Call to schedule a free first lesson!786.468.9871 Richard A. Foltz, instructor

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80 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatDesperate Dog Lovers on the Loose7700 Block of NE 2nd Avenue Sometimes our criminals completely indulge themselves without restraint. A man secured his business leaving his two ferocious guard dogs to patrol the area. The guard dogs went missing later that night after the propertys padlock was broken and mystery intruders removed 45 pieces of plywood from the premises. Amazingly, there are no witnesses who saw this bountiful loot removed. There are no leads in this case, but that wood could be used to build quite a nice doghouse. Slippery Criminals Strike Again700 Block of NE 79th Street Someone broke into the rear of East Side Pizza, pried open the grill, and removed 40 gallons of used cooking oil. It is not known how the perpetrator transported the oil out of the area. While we support the recycling movement and turning used cooking oil and other waste into biofuels, we must once again acknowledge that Miami crooks will steal anything your toilets.Does This Count As Bilingual?1500 Block of NE 1st Avenue On routine prostitution patrol, an underprostitute. She offered him a blow job, for oral sex. That price was $40. However, she had another special offer: She noted that f***ing was street slang translations of this little-known secret language. The lady of the night was arrested. Side note: On NE 63rd Street and Biscayne, a f*** only costs $60, according to another police report. Were just saying.No Translation NecessaryNE 75th Street and NE Miami Court bother translating. Prostitute offered, in broken English, a d*** suck for $20. lady was arrested. (Is it us, or do the prices fall the farther north one goes?)Bathroom Bandit Relieves Woman of Her Load401 Biscayne Blvd. We now have to watch out for criminal slime when Mother Nature calls. The victim noticed a woman restroom as she entered a stall. When police report made sure to tell us that she urinated), the suspect busted the stall door open, aimed a golden gun at the victims head, and demanded she give her all that she had. The victim handed over $200, her Blackberry, and other items. The suspect then left the area. Suspect is still at large. Please be aware of your surroundings. Since Compiled by Derek McCann WERE HIRING! Biscayne Times is looking for a full-time, experienced account executive for display advertising. Small, enthusiastic staff. Loyal readers and advertisers. Tremendous growth potential. Some house accounts available. Base salary plus generous commissions. Serious money to be made. Please send rsum to publisher Jim Mullin at jim.mullin@biscaynetimes.com.

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nothing appears to be sacred anymore, maybe its better to hold it in.Gas Station Fashionista Sports Gun, Scowl12300 Biscayne Blvd. Man wearing a hood on a hot Miami day walked into a gas-station store at 1:30 in the afternoon. He calmly selected several alco holic beverages from the cooler. The clerk asked him to remove his hood, to which the man responded, Are you serious? Shut the f*** up and open the register! He then pro duced a black revolver and ordered the clerk to hand over the money in the register. The clerk gave him the $400 he had. The gunwielding slime made off on foot. Johnson and Wales University cameras caught him running northbound on NE 17th Avenue. Note to store clerks and the general public: Never assume someone is just making a fashion statement. This is Miami. Business Sure It Wasnt an Angry Meter Reader?400 Block of NE 143rd Street Victim was away from home when she received a call from her alarm company. She went back to her house and noticed that all the power was off. Someone had thrown a large rock through her bedroom window, removed the FPL meter from the backyard causing the main power to shut off then left the scene when the alarm rang. The damaged meter was found several feet away. Remarkably, it was still running. (Were joking. We kid be cause we love.) Police Hope to Catch Them RedHanded14500 Block of NE 6th Avenue Burglars illegally entered a vacant apartment by kicking in the wood panel that covered the air conditioning wall opening. Once inside, they stole six electrical power cords and 10 one-gallon cans of red paint. They made their exit through the same A/C opening. Were not sure what they will use the red paint for, or even what the black-market rate is for such paint. But if you see someone selling red paint out of their car (not farfetched for North Miami), you may want to call police.Too Fit To Quit12500 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Woman was strolling down the Boulevard when a gray car pulled up alongside her and the occupant grabbed her purse. The woman refused to let go of her bag even as the car began to drag her. She eventu ally fell to the ground. The contents of her purse scattered. A passenger in the car grabbed her wallet from the ground and the two muggers drove off. Undeterred, the victim ran after the car, and was heard to scream You a**holes! by a witness. Victim later claimed she chased the car all the way from Sans Souci to 125th Street. That is quite a distance. The car got away, but Miami crooks beware: Victims are getting in better shape all the time. Vacuum Thief Makes a Clean Getaway300 Block of NE 79th Street Victim was upstairs eating lunch with his family when a neighbor called to inform him that his home was being burglarized. When the victim ran downstairs, he saw the subject, holding his fan and vacuum cleaner, jumping the fence. The subject ran into a neighboring establishment, exiting a few minutes later without the items. When police questioned the business owner, he was extremely evasive and denied ever seeing the items, or knowing the subject. Rumors abound that he may be an accomplice, but no arrests have been made.Dont Talk to Strangers Ever600 Block of NE 87th Street Victim met an apparent woman on Biscayne Boulevard and they conversed for a few minutes. Victim went on his way. However, the woman followed him home, and brought some friends with her. She knocked on victims door and the victim, thinking it was his roommate, opened it. The woman then jumped him and began punching him in the face. The two other subjects came in and did the same, before one went to the kitchen and took the microwave. All three immediately left after securing this item. Now the trio can really enjoy those Hot Pockets. We suggest that readers never talk to anyone on the Boulevard after all, it is the Boulevard. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com GENERAL CONTRACTOR PAINTING CONTRACTOR HANDYMAN DIVISION Interior & Exterior Residential & Commercial Buildouts and Renovations Churches & Luxury Homes Licensed & Insured305.751.4447215 NE 97th St., Miami Shores 33138 www.fabinteriorexterior .com LIC# GCG1506675 CC00BS00302

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82 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETSGood Owners, Better DogsBeing responsible, smart, and communicating clearly is the key to raising a great poochBy Lisa Hartman BT ContributorI know many dogs and even more dog owners. Working in both New York (in the Hamptons) and South Florida means meeting diverse groups of people and being exposed to many different beliefs on how to raise dogs. For starters, there seem to be more people in the north who take pride in the rules of the area. Except for the summer season, dogs are allowed to run free on beaches almost anywhere in the Hamptons, provided they are under voice control and owners pick up after them. I must say, I have taken my own dogs to more than 20 different beaches there, as well as many state parks. Almost all stores in the Hamptons welcome dogs as well. Compare that to Miami. South Beach is extremely dog friendly, as are a few other places (such as the Bal Harbour Shops). Most beaches, however, are not, and places and times of beaches accepting dogs are limited at best. The reason? In New York, I see people pick up after their pets constantly and even, when necessary, after other peoples dogs. There is rarely any litter of any sort to clean up on New Yorks beaches, and when there is, its usually the result of out-of-town kids leaving juice cartons, balloons, and plastic cups lying around, which locals also clean up. They want to keep wildlife safe, their beaches beautiful, and their dogs welcome on them. Many times in South Florida, I experience the opposite: People looking the other way or pressing their iPhones tighter to their ear when their dogs are

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doing their business, conveniently not noticing that their pets are making a de posit in a public place, and hence, absolv ing themselves from having to pick it up. This is especially true when people feel there is nobody watching them. And while both sexes are guilty of this, men down here are the worst, much less likely than women to pick up after their dogs. The same holds true for dog owners allowing their unruly dogs to bother people or other dogs in public places. Certainly Im not making any blanket statements. There are responsible and irresponsible dog owners everywhere. ences his or her dogs chances in life. Because New York dog owners are generally more considerate of others and the environment, their dogs are given more freedom to enjoy running on the beaches off leash, go into town, restaurants, and many other areas they choose. This leads to more exercise options for the dog, precious opportunities for socialization, and a more stimulating life. All of this, in turn, helps owners have a better-behaved pet that is a pleasure to be around. No poop no stepping in anything unpleasant or that spreads disease or attracts insects and no obnoxious behavior means nobody complains, and more doggy privileges are granted. And so irresponsible owners behavior will determine their dogs quality of life. Do you have a pit bull or another maligned breed? Somewhere a few bad apples spoiled it for your pet, and now more of them are in shelters than can Whats more, your friendly and sweet red-nosed pit is probably pooch non grata in certain places even whole towns and cities providing her with fewer opportunities to exercise and develop social skills, and thus a vicious cycle is born. Good dog owners are not just respon sible, they also give clear communication to their dogs regarding what they want so their dogs have boundaries and know their limits. You want to meet someone, Fido? You must sit to greet them. Do you want to be free to run loose on the beach? You must come back when I call and listen to other instructions. Good dog owners are fun and fair and teach with positive reinforcement so the dogs want to listen, know what is expect ed of them, and are not afraid of coming when theyre called. They make time for their canine charge daily, and provide them with an interesting life. Training is essential, and training dogs before there is a problem is the best way to prevent a problem. So is building a solid relation ship of mutual trust and respect. Some of the best-behaved dogs I see in my Hamptons neighborhood belong to local workers: builders, plumbers, and landscapers. Many of them started bringing their dogs to work from the time they were pups. They are very bonded to each other and therefore the dogs generally stick close even though all the ones I have seen were off the leash. These dogs know Sit, Stay, and Come. That may be all they know, but they respond to those commands well and there is no confusion about what theyre supposed to do. By bringing their dogs to work daily, these workers are creating highly social animals, as they get to meet many different people and other animals and are tion and landscaping equipment. In fact, they are such cool customers that I was able to use two of these dogs on a modeling shoot. They did great! latest book, I found myself working with dogs that dont even know Sit, bark uncontrollably, and sometimes get kicked out of restaurants for yowling their heads off. (In such cases, it should be the owners task to remove the dog from the establish ment so as to not bother other patrons.) Better dogs are made, not born. Its up to the human member of the team to be responsible for promoting behavior that will allow a dog to partake of beaches, restaurants, and other destinations in their town. If dog owners are unhappy with their pets behaviors, the only person anyone has to look after, and possibly change, is themselves. Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer, behavior specialist, and author of Dial a Dynamite Dog. You can reach her at lisa@lisathedogtrainer.com, or visit www.pawsitivelypetsonline.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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84 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Park in Need Is a Park IndeedHighland Village Community Center, a resource for neighborhood kids, could use a helping handBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorA funny thing happened on the way to Target. Like a cartoon rabbit that makes a wrong turn at Albuquerque, or in this case at Kentucky as in Kentucky Fried Chicken I turned with trepidation into an enclave known as Highland Village. Ah, Highland Village. Sounds like a quaint little town perched high atop the Swiss Alps. But this village sits in a town with no elevation and, despite the towns name of North Miami Beach, no beach. The area is not quite a village, either. Highland Village is known, in common parlance, as a trailer park. Now hold on a minute. I know what youre thinking. Theres a park within a trailer park? Must be trashy. Well, Highland Villages park is no Disneyland, but neither is it a toenail clipping of Satan. This park, known as the Highland Village Community Center, is simply a homely, orphaned child who needs to be adopted. Think of Puss in Boots with conjunctivitis and tattered fur. Cue the weepy Sarah McLachlan music for this adoption plea: Please, Colonel, dial 305-948-2957 now and sponsor this park. Do I have to tell you why? Let me count the whys. Highland Village Community Center, a humble, two-room recreation building, stands in the middle of this rectangle of grass. Inside the recreation building are kids who have come home from school, but for some reason they congregate here instead of in their trailers. Free programs lure the after-school crowds daily. The program for young students has one of the best acronyms Ive ever come across: HYPER. It stands for Helping Youth Progress Though Education and Recreation. (Also, of course, for hyper, as in these kids are extremely hyper.) The program for students in kindergarten every day from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. When the clock strikes 6:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays, grab your pompoms and join the free cheerleading program! Sis! Boom! Bah! Also on Wednesday at 6:00, older teenagers can join the Teen Program. Im somewhat disappointed in that name, as I was hoping for another catchy acronym, like HORMONES. Teenagers also have Game Night every Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Kids have another way to congregate program might be called CRAWL, for Watch me crawl under the fence. In our age of hyper-security, the CRAWL method of penetrating a border has a quaint feel to it, almost like stealing goat cheese from a Swiss buffet. The lights in the park at night, however, discourage such unruly activity. Besides, theres a much better option down the street: Jump into the woods surrounding the trailer park and anonymity is yours. The trailer park borders the edge of the mangrove swamp that blends into the campus of Florida International University and the (still underdeveloped) Biscayne Landing. That fantasy project has not realized its grandiose plans, but a few years ago it inspired the rumor that the trailer park would become dust in its wind. Didnt happen. Just last year the community park was upgraded with pigeon plums and other trees planted around its border. This year the neighborhood is receiving an upgrade to its sewer system. These investments indicate that both the park and the trailer park are staying put. Inside its rectangle of fencing, most of Highland Village Community Center is open grass, and men gather here regularly for pick-up games of soccer. One edge of the park boasts a high net above the standard fencing, presumably to catch wayward soccer balls. The park also contains two count em, two One pair in the corner has fancy tarps over the observation decks. Strangely, the courts are completely fenced in, as if to keep out the 99 percent. In addition, the courts are slightly elevated three feet above sea level and next to a storm-water pumping station. Like all of mystery: My dear, why are you here? The kiddie playground has a pastelcolored plastic kingdom, and it features the worlds smallest climbing wall. Seriously, infants could crawl higher. Reaching nary a foot above the ground, the walls climbing rocks look like wads of gum stuck on HIGHLAND VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTER13621 NE 21st Ave. North Miami Beach 305-948-2928 Hours: Noon-9p.m. (M-F), 5p.m. (Sat.) Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: No Yes Night lighting: Yes Swimming pool: No YesPark Rating BT photos by Jim W. Harper Highland VillageNE 135th StBiscayne Blvd NE 137th St NE 135th TerrNE 20th Ave

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the side of a paper coffee cup. This wall is one very small step for mankind. To reduce the impact of infants re-entering the atmosphere from their ten-inch orbit, the ground here is covered by chopped-up bits of tire or some such springy material. The whole area looks like a graveyard for charcoal sticks. Another surprise is the two industrial picnic benches in the middle of the park. Not your typical concrete ensemble, these monsters are painted a smooth brown and look like giant Tetris pieces that could never be moved. Cockroaches and these tables will survive nuclear war. The basketball court and the sandpit volleyball court round out the available sporting options. A plaque on the side of the recreation building states that the park was rededicated in 1996. Next to that plaque is a yellow sign listing the parks rules, such as No loitering or congregating on site. Doesnt that last one sort of defeat the purpose of a community center? Bless this parks little heart. Pobrecito It would have been easy to trash this place in Park Patrol, but whats the point? Its not going to draw outsiders or win any awards, and it does serve the many kids living around it. Besides, its not really trashy. I saw very little litter; it appears fairly clean. Some caring business or person in the covered by a blue tarp, and the tortured fencing. I believe it would be appreciated. Now, how do I get out of here? Oh yes, follow the smell of fried chicken, and keep my eye on the Target. Im back in the lowland. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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86 Columnists: VINOBy Bill Citara BT ContributorChampagne has always had this image as a one-percent thing. who crashed the world economy sitting around some four-star restaurant shoveling caviar onto blini while slurping buckets of Cristal. Or corporate executives celebrating their purchase of the entire Perignon. Or our erstwhile public servants toasting their cushy new lobbying gigs with magnums of Veuve Clicquot. Well, screw em. This column is all about sparkling wine for the rest of us, the 99 percent. And even given our budget limitations, theres an amazing amount of really good bubbly out there. Honest. If you skip the big names and concentrate on small French and Spanish producers, you In fact, the nonvintage (NV) NV Saint-Germain Brut my favorite sparkler of the tasting is such a hard time recommending that anyone in the 99 percent buy a more expensive prestige label. The rest of the wines werent exactly chopped grapes, either. Across the board, which included wines from relatively obscure vintners like Saint-Germain and huge sparkling-wine houses like Segura Viudas, the qualityto-price ratio was impressive. Id be happy to let any of these wines occupy a place on my table. And not just for the holidays. At these prices you dont have to be a one-percenter to afford the magic of bubbles. Theres no better place to start than with that Saint-Germain Brut. (Note: Total Wine tells us the label recently changed to Saint-Reine. Same bubbly, new name.) Though not technically Champagne the winery is outside the Champagne region, in Burgundy it seduces right from the start with aromas of green apples, citrus, and melon, the fruit underscored by hints of yeast and minerals. All those aromas carry through to the palate, where theres a certain richness that sets it apart from more austere French sparklers and also makes it a better match with a variety of foods. From Frances Loire Valley comes the NV Franois Montand Brut Ros Its delicate, pale pink color belies its berries and raspberries, mellowed a bit by soft Meyer lemon-orange acidity. While fruit dominates on the front of the adding a needed complexity. The only vintage sparkler of the tasting was the Cuve Jean Philippe 2008 Brut from the Languedoc. You can really taste the age on this one a bit earthy, a bit yeasty-toasty, a faint whisper of caramel. The fruit is all red and acidity is very much in the background. At our price point you dont often get a vintage bubbly, so while the earthytoasty elements of this wine may not appeal to everyone, it does make for an interesting bunch of bubbles in the glass. Ive gotten on my horse about Segura Viudas before, but its NV Brut Reserva is so on-point Ill just have to do it again. In my humble opinion, theres no sparkling-wine house that does as good a job of turning out well-made, well-priced bubbly as this mammoth Spanish vintner. At $10 a bottle, this is one of the best wine deals on the market. Its scented with green apples, lemon, lime, and melon, a touch of minerals, and the toasty aroma of fresh-baked bread. The bubbles are and it has the body to play well with food. If you really want to get to the value segment of the market, pick up a bottle (or a case) of the Jaume Serra Cristalino NV Brut. Made in the traditional method fermented in the bottle at eight bucks a pop, its cheaper than many inferior wines made by the bulk fermentation, or charmat, process. The most notable aspect of the Cristalino is its rich, almost creamy texture, though youve also got to like its clean apple-citrus A much different wine was the Piper Sonoma NV Brut Though California wines have a reputation as being fruit-driven, this wine showed off the crisp, bracing acidity more typically seen in Old World wines. Its pinprick bubbles practically dance in your mouth, and minerals come together seamlessly. If youre a one-percenter, it would pour nicely with caviar or a stack of foreclosed mortgages. ITS NOT JUST A LIQUOR STORE! $5 OFF Excludes wines on promotion. Limit one coupon per customer. Expires 12-24-11 VINTAGE LIQUOR & WINE BAR SPECIAL SAVINGS CLUB VINTAGE REWARD PROGRAM Bubbly for the 99 Percent Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAcqua1435 Brickell Ave., 305-381-3190, Four Seasons HotelOriginally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this comfortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006, resulting in a complete menu renovation. Thailands famed sense of culinary balance is now evident throughout the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/ white soya-dressed salad of shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed with spicy Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtimes rare tuna burger with lively wasabi aioli and wakame salad. For dessert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard. $$$$$Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterraneaninfluenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners pre fer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/ sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel) 1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500On the Conrads 25th floor, The Bars picture-windowed space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views. At lunch its an elegant sandwich bar; at night its a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but here theres nothing mere about the generously portioned small plates. They range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-sauted Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904 Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, gingerdressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ bistro e 485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373A full power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15? Sounds unbelievable, but youll find just such a daily special (like corn/ jalapeo soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy cheesecake, and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name for Michael Psilakis dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos. The name change emphasizes lunchtimes wholly different, globally influenced menu. Among la carte temptations: pork belly tacos, a Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brisket/gruyere sandwich with dipping juice. Breakfast, too, from 6:30 a.m. $$-$$$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothieswilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/ grain salads and homemade-from-scratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace 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 theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Chophouse Miami300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442 The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flashmarinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Damn Good Burger20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub component remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. The liquid nitrogen tanks are gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere aims for a retro all-American feel to match the fare: burgers (from a hormone/antibiotic-free ground Angus chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800 Just two words -- Daniel Boulud -should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant. If they can find it. (Hint: The mysterious Avenue of the Americas is really Biscayne Boulevard Way. Dont ask.) Downtowns db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistros signature foie gras/ short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexicanstyle with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfastbrew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 293. MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWNBanana & Leaf234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTBasanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety of chef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ NORTH MIAMI BEACHGinza Japanese Buffet16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-youcan-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mixand-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-formoney is a given. $$AVENTURA/HALLANDALE Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga mini-tea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elabo rately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$rf ntntbnf nttnf tnt ff t tf fnf fff

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Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23. And the price includes an appetizer -no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus house made tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eternity Coffee Roasters117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981 Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Eos485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean region, and even Latin America. Unchanged is Psilakis solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste accessible. So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly custardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck. $$$-$$$$Finnegans River401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other sur prises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ First Hong Kong Caf117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/ beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$First & First Southern Baking Company109 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-6446 How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the course of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage gravy, a friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl. While yall will also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc.), highlights here are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking favorites -especially homemade sweets. More than two dozen desserts daily are featured, from a roster topping 150: chocolate pecan pie, lemon bars, potato candies, seven-layer cookies, and Jack Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you wont want to share. $-$$ Fratelli Milano213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Fresco California Bistro1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of food onto its menu. To the familiar Latin American/Italian equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-Mex but more health conscious). Menu offerings range from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but the bistros especially known for imaginative meal-size salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado, apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken on a mesclun bed. $$ Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave., 305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hardboiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The softcrusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/ mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Il Gabbiano335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect power lunch/ business dinner alternative to steakhouses. And the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the flood of freebies thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Indigo / Table 40100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000Long known for its power-lunch buffet -including hot entres, carving station, custom pastas, packed-to-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -the InterContinental Hotels Indigo restau rant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining: Table 40. The charming, glassed-in wine cellar (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingre dients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)Jackson Soul Food950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710 With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706 Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. 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Also loccted in South Beach: 305.531.6068 and Oakland Park: 954.772.0555NEW LOOK, HIROS SUSHI EXPRESS BIGGER IS BETTER! Redesigned and moved to old Yakko-San17040-46 W. Dixie HighwayPH: 305.949.0776 or 305.949.4685 FAX: 305-949-4727Click your online order and get delivery right to your door www.sushiexpress.comMon.-Fri. 11 a.m. till 12 a.m. | Sat. & Sun. 1p.m.-12a.m.DINE IN TAKE OUT CATERING DELIVERY Going Green! Real Plates No More Plastic FAMILIES WELCOME We now have 50 dine-in seats! Specializing in regional Japanese Cuisine, focusing on small tapas-like plates you will not find on menus anywhere else.NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH Business Hours: After Hours Dining25years in business in North Miami Beach305.947.00643881 NE 163rd StreetNorth Miami Beach, Intracoastal MallVisit us online atwww.yakko-san.comNot affiliated with Hiros Restaurant on 163rd street rfntbfffb

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truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence1064 Brickell Ave., 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultracrusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ LouLou Le Petit Bistro638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404When Indochines owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his Asian spot to open this charming French eatery in the same space, it was a return to his roots. He and his daughter, for whom the place is named, come from Nice. Youll be transported, too, by dishes like lamb shank with flageolets (known as the caviar of beans), duck leg confit on a bed of mouthwatering green lentils from Le Puy, a classic moules/frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle from the savvy wine list, and, of course, salade nioise. $$-$$$Martini 28146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from a husbandwife chef team, serves what might well be the most impressive meal deal in town. From an ambitious, daily-changing menu of fare thats geographically eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners get a choice of about ten entres (substantial stuff like steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and housemade dessert. For just $9.99. Told ya. $ Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrumptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088 Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a newstyle ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars coldwater oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how Guilt-Free $10 OFF any purchases over $50 or more with this ad ealthy food isnt just about celery and carrots. It can include delicious pastas, juicy turkey and savory stuf ng, amazing casseroles and yes, luscious desserts all made from scratch! e only use natural and organic ingredients to ensure each meal is fresh, nutritious and absolutely delicious! Call us today and ask about our healthy, gourmet meals and family-style dinners-to-go! MAKING A DIFFERENCE! *Chef Susan Sadaka (left) was recently featured on CBS-Univision 41 New York for Cooking Matters *Sisters in Pink joined Michelle Obama at the White House for the Launch of Chefs Move to Schools 16679 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33162 305.949.5883 | 786.271.9060 www.Sistersinpink.com

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long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweetsauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Pashas1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The 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 Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Peoples Bar-B-Que360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs (enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown institution. But the chicken is also a winner, plus theres a full menu of soul food entres, including what many aficionados consider our towns tastiest souse. And it would be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade. $-$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/ bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horserad ish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-thetop playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crisp-fried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Sandwich Bar40 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-0622This cool hideaway has a limited menu. Which is a good thing when it means everything served is solidly crafted by handson chef/owners, two of whom amassed sous-chef chops at Cioppino and Sardinia. The main fare is imaginative sandwiches on fresh breads; an especially delicious creation features slowbraised short ribs, caramelized onions, and melting muenster and provolone cheeses. Finish with fine-shaved Aloha Ice topped with fresh fruit and other full-flavored syrups, all house made, plus rich condensed milk. A sno-cone for sophisticates. $ Scalina315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a power-dining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soi Asian Bistro134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643 From the owners of Calle Ochos hip Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic Thai/ Japanese cuisine. Traditional Thai curries and familiar sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style. But most intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried yellow noodles with sauted shrimp plus slivered peppers and onions -mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replacing the cloying sweetness. $$ Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. 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. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/

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mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the musthaves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/ spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel152 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9748Inside a colorful courtyard that rather resembles Munchkinland, this downtown insiders secret serves serious Thai food till 9:00 p.m. daily. Tasty classics like the four curries (red, green, panang, and massaman) come custom-spiced -mild to authentically brain-searing -and are so affordable theres no guilt in splurging on superb house specials like crisp-coated duck or fresh snapper (whole or filleted) in tamarind sauce. The young chef has a heavenly hand at tofu, too, so vegetarians are very well-served. $$ Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciuttoand-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake slid ers are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Waxy OConnors690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993 Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garliccoated 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, too! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more. $Andalus35 NE 40th St., 305-400-4422Early publicity pegging this place (in Pacific Times former space) as a tapas bar seemed to set it up as direct competition for nearby Sra. Martinez. Its actually quite different, with emphasis divided between small-plate lounging and full fine-dining meals. And regardless of size, dishes arent contemporary riffs on tradition but authentic regional specialties. Subtly nutty jamon pata negra (the Rolls-Royce of cured hams) or salmorejo (Cordobas Serrano ham/egg-enriched gazpacho) truly take your taste buds on a trip to Andalucia. On weekends, food is served till 4:00 a.m. $$$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter nationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: aru gula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Blue Piano4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of exper tise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. 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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros 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 pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 Biscayne Blvd., 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchy-crusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has served for more than 30 years. Since about 1990, though, when owner Pearline Murray (Ms. Pearl to regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has been the main item here. Other favorites: savory rice and pigeon peas; eye-opening onion/vinegar-flavored escovitch fish; sweet plantains; and cabbage that redefines the vegetable. $Crumb on Parchment3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. And for morning people, the savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shallot sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $Delicias Peruanas2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of the same family. The food is as tasty as ever, especially the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter. As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes: tallerin saltado and tallerin verde. $$Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022 While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza KitchenShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weirdseeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$18th Street Caf210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood caf is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes the small space feel expansive -fitting, since the menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch only, the caf, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entres like secret-recipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing home made soups, varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now so is delivery. $$Five Guys Famous Burger and FriesShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Fratelli Lyon 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901This Italian caf has been packed since the moment it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyons pioneering Lyon Frres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its neighborhood needed. The restaurants artisan salumi, cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so outstanding that you cant help wishing it also had a retail component. Entres include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy. $$$Gigi3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff McInnis (formerly of the South Beach Ritz-Carlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches (like

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rf n tfb f fr1 1/2 lb. LOBSTERwith salad & 2 sides$24.95ff btfb r305-466-2016 r prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local mar kets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept: more than 35 heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing with wings and other things (including white-meat boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 20002501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/ starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens. Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its care fully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a spe cialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/ pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8. Also available: big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Maitardi163 NE 39th St., 305-572-1400Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak Plazas original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inexpensive, and straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran Lincoln Road restaurateur Graziano Sbroggio seems a more universal lure for the Design Districts central town square. The mostly outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burning oven producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations, plus a vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino, bresaola (cured beef), and other artisan salumi. Other irresistibles: fried artichokes with lemony aioli; seafood lasagna with heavenly dill-lobster sauce. $$-$$$Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes 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 tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself. $$-$$$ Mario the Baker250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228(See North Miami listing)Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466 What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treat-packed special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced

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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 Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/ outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American abandon. Take-out warning: Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini.Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/ sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/ ponzu oil, and many more. Especially recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad. $$-$$$Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily 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. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Sra. Martinez4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area. But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig. Bernstein is hands-on at both places. Her exu berant yet firmly controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are frequently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/ coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Sustain3252 NE 1st Ave. #107, 305-424-9079Is it possible for a restaurant to be sincerely eco-conscious without being self-righteousness? It is at this casual/chic resto lounge, where dedication to local, sustainable food comes with considerable humor. Fare includes playful items like wet fries (with mouthwatering gravy), corn dogs, housemade soft pretzels with mustard and orange blossom honey, and a Mile Salad that seems almost like a game show in its challenge: All ingredients must come from within a 50-mile radius. At brunch dont miss the glazed sin-a-buns. $$-$$$$ Tapas y Tintos3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates, from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats; varied croquetas, including beautifully smooth spinach) to sophisticated (crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip; the witty Popeye y Olivia, garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood entres, all add up to entertaining eating even without this tapas/wine bars live entertainment. This second T&T feels less nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original. Great for dates, business lunches, or very happy hours. $$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor 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 Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307 Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail shop. A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4:00 p.m. daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too. Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/ Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Anise Taverna620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929Since the owners of this rustic riverbank spot are the husband/wife team behind Ouzos, its not surprising that Greek food and festivity are the main lure for locals. But Anises expanded menu, centering on meze (the Middle Eastern term for shareable small plates) though not neglecting Big Food like lamb shank or whole grilled fish, also includes dishes from other Mediterranean countries: Italys spaghetti with bottarga (tuna roe); spicy Moroccan merguez sausage with fava pure; whole sardines with fennel vinaigrette, evoking Portugal. Frequent special events make for added fun. $$-$$$ Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Le Caf7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551For anyone who cant get over thinking of French food as intimidating or pretentious, this cute caf with a warm welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade crme brle. A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the housemade sangria. Top price for entres is about $14. $-$$Chef Creole200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken spe cial seafood is the specialty here: crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter sauce), lambi fri (perfectly tenderized fried conch), poisson gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic or Creole crabs. The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut dining. $-$$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with aru gula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Europa Car Wash and Caf6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357Giving new meaning to the food term fusion, Europa serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with croissants, and Chevron with Techron. Snacks match the casual chicness: sandwiches like the Renato (prosciutto, hot cappicola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese dressing); an elabo rate almond-garnished Chinese chicken salad; H&H bagels, the worlds best, flown in from NYC. And the car cleanings are equally gentrified, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine while they wait. $Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Gourmet Station7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time to cook, has been popular for years. But the Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main reason: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you. Favorite items include precisiongrilled salmon with lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food. Food is available la carte or grouped in multimeal plans customized for individual diners nutritional needs. $$Go To Sushi5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, 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. $Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. 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. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014 Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (winepoached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd.305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more techniqueintensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/ West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweetsavory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Red Light7700 Biscayne Blvd.,305-757-7773From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessels intentionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant, you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-orange-marinated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes). Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is limited, but several signature spe cialties, if available, are not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-1010Owned by two couples (including former Village Caf chef Marlon Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former space of Frankies Big City Grill, and fulfills much the same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-friendly place with affordable prices. The menu includes wraps and elaborate salads of all nations. But simple yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai fiume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of cream) or yellowtail franaise (egg-battered, with lemon-caperwine sauce) are the must-haves here. $$-$$$ Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restau rant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. Now the arrival of new executive and pastry chefs plus a wine-wise general 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 fromscratch preparation. (The meatloaf gravy, for instance, now takes 24 hours to make.) Unique desserts include signature sticky date pudding, a toffee-lovers dream. And the wine list features new boutique bottles at the old affordable prices. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS UVA 696900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuh Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-caf and lounge has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang out. Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant sandwiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahi-mahi with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacia). Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full entres like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who coowns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at aver age Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEBocados Ricos1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, theres bandeja paisa, Colombias sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans. Dont miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily homemade soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese. $-$$The Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global specials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, home made pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Trio on the Bay1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/outdoor waterfront space, but thats hard to imagine once youve experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely doesnt play second fid dle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace and multiroomed indoor space whose walls are full of photos of their clientele, including national and local celebs. Particularly popular are homemade pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than Italian simplicity: crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood. Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the terrace, theyll even feed Fido. $$$KChapas1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly 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 entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist 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. $-$$Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys exec utive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches else where in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ Village Caf9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211After closing for several months in early 2009, this caf, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a luncheonette (but with the same bargain prices), has been reopened. The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticars original sous chef) serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with sriracha aioli, plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with gingercaramel sauce. $$-$$$NORTH MIAMILos Antojos11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For Colombiancuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, carne asada, chicharron, eggs, sauted sweet plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little whims, smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with Colombian sausage). And for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters, made to order. $$Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and veggie plates. There are also creative comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets. Sides include refreshing slaw; beans studded with burnt ends (the most intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks); and sweet potato or chipotlespiced fries. The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655Despite Miamis burger bar overload, this one from Howie Kleinberg, adjacent to his BBQ joint, stands out thanks to toppings like candied bacon, caramelized banana jam, and mayo thats flavored, like Southern red-eye gravy, with strong coffee. Bravehearts race for the infamous Luther burgers components -cheddar, bacon, fried onion, secret sauce, and a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut bun; calories are more than double a Big Macs. And the thin-sliced, thickly crunch-crusted, deep-fried jalapeos will keep you coming back for more, should you live past the first order. $$Canton Caf 12749 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2882Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly Cantonesebased dishes. However, there are also about two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tsos chicken. And there are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly christened Shrimp Lost in the Forest, Singapore curried rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts, and Mongolian beef (with raw chilis and fresh Oriental basil). Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner. $$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor tratto ria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Flip Burger Bar1699 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 mustnot-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipo tle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer CATERING SPECIAL 15% OFFYour first catering order of $75 or moreOffers Exp 12/31/11 With This AD$2.00 OFFEntree After 4PM Monday-Friday & All Day Long Saturday & Sunday!

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beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165 Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Le Griot de Madame John975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojomarinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For 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 meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oildrenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Mario the Baker13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is ItalianAmerican, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New York-style medium-thincrusted pizzas; the top topping here is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed garlic. New branches are now open in Miamis Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899 Since 2006, South Beachs original Rice House has been serving up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad topped with Persian-style marinated/char-grilled meat, poultry, seafood, or veggie kabobs -for very little money. This branch of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Steves Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Venezia Pizza and Caf13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here. No imported designer ingredients either. The pies are New York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered Americas finest pizza topper). Also on the menu are Italian-American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs, simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indie fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to change the time-tested formula except to stretch operating hours into the night and expand its classic menu to include a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats. Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is still a traditional Philly. Drippin good burgers, too. And unlike MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good grease. $-$$Yes Pasta!14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-and-match. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and glu ten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo Garden1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown

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strip because of its superior dcor. But the menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like peppery black bean clams, sauted mustard greens, and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus Chinese-American egg foo young. Default spicing is mild even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chili icons, but dont worry; realizing some like it hot, the chefs will customize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ China Restaurant178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine in the world wont scratch the itch. So the menu here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic you could name, is just the ticket when nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with comfortingly thick gravy). $-$$Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont have to be bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what the company calls food with integrity. The fare is simple, basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/ tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124 Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318 In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, espe cially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse3913 NE 163rd St., (Intracoastal Mall), 305-957-9900The rodizio formula is familiar: Pay one price ($39.90 for dinner, $29.90 at Sunday brunch), then eat till you drop from a groaning salad/appetizer bar and a massive selection of beef, pork, lamb, poultry, sausage, and fish (16 varieties at dinner; 5 at brunch) carved tableside by costumed waiters. What spectacularly differentiates Flamma: its setting on the Intracoastal Waterway. But also spectacular is a Monday-Thursday two-for-one dinner deal with a coupon available at Flamma. Unbelievable but true. $$$$El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futo maki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succu lently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle rfntbrbrffnnfbnbrbrrrffrrntb r f n f t 899 NE 125th street 305-891-0123 -a Monday thru Saturday 8:30m4:00pm Open Mon-Sat forBreakfast & lunch brought to you by the Vega Brothers, creators of The original Cane A Sucre in the Design District and UVA 69 Restaurant and Lounge