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IN THIS ISSUEMiamis King: Jack Is Back! p. 24 New Years BizBuzz Bargains p. 28 Donald Soffer invented Aventura and built an empire for his children, who are scrambling to save itpage 34 Family & Fortune January 2012 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 11

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DINING GUIDE252 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants! Page 74 Famous All Over Again rf ffnrft IN THIS ISSUERumors of Walmart p. 31 254 Restaurants! p. 72 rfnntbrbtnftbfbtttrtrftnnfn IN THIS ISSUE 10 New Advertisers! p. 12 258 Restaurants! p. 71 That Was Then That Was Then Miami does have a history, and there s a place you can go to see itBy Margaret Grif sPhotos by Silvia Ros NEW THIS ISSUEPicture Story Images of our past p. 14 rfnrtnbrrtrrn n April 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 2 IN THIS ISSUEVote May 10 North Miami Vote May 24 Everywhere rf rrntbnnfr May 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 3 For all things Yogurbella nd us on Twitter, Facebook and Yelp IN THIS ISSUEFollow That Story! p. 30 268 Restaurants 6 New p. 65 Easy to nd homegrown produce? No. Worth the effort? Yes. By Jim W. Harperpg. 18 June 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 4 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUEThe BT Hits 100 p. 12 Aventura on Fire p. 46 272 Restaurants p. 70 pg. 18Who We Are pg. 18 Who We Are What the U.S. Census tells us about life along the Biscayne Corridor page 20 www.biscaynedentalcenter.com July 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 5 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUE14 New Advertisers p. 16 278 Restaurants, 8 New p. 76 Who We Are Part 2: What the U.S. Census tells us about life in Aventura, Biscayne Park, El Portal, Miami Shores, North Miami, and North Miami Beach page 20 For all things Yogurbella nd us on Twitter, Facebook and Yelp August 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 6 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE NEW THIS ISSUE120 Advertisers, 96 Pages Our Biggest Issue Ever! In ve short years, the Arsht Center has gone from money pit to big-time hitpage 20 www.biscaynedentalcenter.com Ask about our $39New Patient Special!! September 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 7 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE NEW THIS ISSUE Christian Ciprianis Urbania p. 20 Mark Sells North Miami p. 56 A City of Two TalesTHERE IS THE AFFLUENT BUT SHRINKING WHITE NORTH MIAMI, AND THERE IS EVERYTHING ELSE P. 28 October 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 8 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUE128 Advertisers! p. 26 291 Restaurants! p. 88 104 Pages: Biggest Ever! rf nntrnbtr tf P. 30 November 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 9 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUEBizBuzz Holiday Treats p. 28 293 Restaurants, 7 New p. 87 rfnt bb rfnt December 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 10 Thank You!As we enter a new year, we thank you, our loyal readers and advertisers, for your ongoing support. Because of you, 2011 was the most successful year in our history. Throughout the year, we achieved many new milestones: We welcomed a record 150 new advertisers to Biscayne Times, from furniture showrooms and restaurants to doctors, dentists, and real estate professionals. Our page count hit 100 with the October issue and continues to climb, while our revenues in 2011 increased more than 20 percent over 2010. Editorial coverage of some 40 neighborhoods along the Biscayne Corridor has expanded, as has our team of award-winning journalists. The BTs Dining Guide now includes nearly 300 restaurants in our distribution area, far outpacing any other publication. This January issue caps a year of unprecedented circulation growth. We are currently delivering 30,000 copies of Biscayne Times each month. Many of those additional copies are now in the hands of thousands of residents whove recently moved into new condominiums from downtown to Midtown. Were distributing even more copies in and around Aventura, to the citys dynamic condo communities and to more than 2000 upscale single-family homes west of Biscayne Boulevard. As of this issue, we are hand-delivering the BT to nearly 16,000 single-family homes and some 140 condominiums from Brickell to Broward. Today we conservatively estimate that at least 75,000 individuals living and working along the Biscayne Corridor read Biscayne Times each month. We owe this success to you, and we are very, very grateful. All of us at Biscayne Times wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Sincerely,Jim Mullin, publisher and editor

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COVER STORY 34 Family & Fortune: The Soffers of Aventura COMMENTARY 20 Fee dback: Letters 24 Mi amis King: Jack King 26 Christian Ci priani: Urbania 32 Picture Story: Miami River 115 Years Ago OUR SPONSORS 28 BizBuzz COMMUNITY NEWS 50 New Life for a Grand Old Theater 51 Check Your OilPainting? 52 No Piece of Cake: Ness German Bakery 54 Criminals Only Past This Point! NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 60 Gaspar: Still the Season 62 Jen: Whos in Your Wallet? 64 Frank: 2011s Good, Bad, and Ugly 66 Wendy: Barely There 68 Mark: Top of the Heap 70 Shari: Living with the Lemming Effect ART & CULTURE 72 Anne Tschida: Booty Call at Sundance 74 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums 77 Events Calendar POLICE REPORTS 78 Biscayne Crime Beat PARK PATROL 80 Top 10 All-Star Parks COLUMNISTS 82 Pawsitively Pets: Doggys To-Do List 84 Going Green: Caring for Mother Earth, Glamorously 85 Kids and the City: A Promising Year 86 Your Garden: Life and Limb 87 Vino: Dirt-Cheap Reds Can Surprise You DINING GUIDE 88 Re staurant Listings: 298 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants 305-538-8835 | www.miamibeachhealth.org | Healthcare made easy.Serving the medical needs of the Miami Beach community for more than 35 yearsMiami Beach Community Health Center North | 11645 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 103-104, Miami, FL, 33181 PUBLISHER & EDITOR r CONTRIBUTORS fntrnSenior Writer nrnr bArts Editor r rtt tr rr nn nrrr rn rn BUSINESS M anager ANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r A rt RT director DIRECTOR rn r A dvertising DVERTISING design DESIGN rrr CIRCULATION r rr PRINTING rCONTENTSPO Box 370566, Miami, FL 33137 www.biscaynetimes.com rfnftbfrfft nbb F orOR A dvertisingDVERTISING informationINFORMATION callCALL 305-756-6200 51 52 66Serving communities along the Biscayne Corridor: Arch Creek East, Aventura, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista, Coventry, Design District, Downtown, Eastern Shores, Edgewater, El Portal, Enchanted Lake, Hibiscus Island, Highland Lakes, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Morningside, North Greynolds, North Bay Island, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Oak Forest, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Sky Lake, Sparling Lake, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands

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Elected Ofcial to Parks Critic: Thanks, but Were Doing Just Fine Without YouJim W. Harper really has chutzpah, coming into the area of Highland Village, with trepidation no less, and giving sarcastic criticism of a long-standing neighborhood in North Miami Beach (A Park in Need Is a Park Indeed, December 2011). And yes, thats Beach because when the city changed its name back in the 1930s from Fulford by the Sea, we had beachfront property in our municipality. I guess we should have changed back the name knowing you would mock us some 80 years later. While Highland Village is not the Swiss Alps you might have expected in Miami-Dade County, it is home to some 600 working-class residents and snow birds mainly from Canada who live here during the winter. And by the way, they is why theyre here. The Village, which is also known in my dictionary as a community, includes mobile homes, single-family homes, and multi-family developments. The Com munity Center houses many activities for the children as well as provides a meeting place other than city hall. This may not be a state-of-the-art facility, but it is bustling with activity and suits its purpose. Most residents appreciate their center and realize that something is better than nothing. Obviously you werent raised with those principles. As for why the children congregate there after school instead of their trailers, gee it may be because NMB offers a safe place to go where they can do their homework and play while their parents are at work and making an honest living to provide for their families. NMB prides itself on our Leisure Services Department, directed by Paulette Murphy. Murphy and her staff in neighborhoods throughout our citys Our city, like many municipalities across our great nation, has its fair share of economic woes, and we would love to put a whole lot of money into our commu nity centers and play areas. We are taking care of the Highland Village community for the children and residents in our city. It is a sad commentary to see a published writer like Mr. Harper make fun of lowereconomic neighborhoods like Highland Village, a small local community where hard-working, taxpaying families provide a warm and caring environment for their children and extended families. We dont need outsiders poking their without you. The only good thing that could come out of your crude comments is that someone will hear your plea and immediately respond by sponsoring an upgrade to the Highland Village Park. Councilwoman Barbara Kramer City of North Miami BeachLending New Meaning to Forking Over the DoughI really enjoyed Pamela Robin Brandts story about the new Miami Culinary Institute at Miami-Dade College (Into the Fire, November 2011). It was so interesting, in fact, that I went online to the BT Website and reread her story about Miamis other two college cooking campuses, FIU and Johnson & Wales (Kitchen Clash, November 2010). One thing that I wish Brandt had explored in more detail: tuition costs. I was shocked to learn from the earlier story that one years tuition at Johnson & Wales costs about $24,500. Thats incredible! Compare it to FIUs in-state tuition of $5100. I checked after reading the story and learned that Johnson & Wales is a places like University of Phoenix, Kaplan, and others. Theyre now facing a federal crackdown because so many students default on their federal student loans. Still, can young students really afford $25,000 a year to learn how to be a cook? It will take them a lifetime to pay back the cost of their Johnson & Wales education. Thats why I was so interested to see what Miami-Dade College was going to offer at its new Miami Culinary Institute and what it will cost. Certainly, I thought, it would be far less than $25,000 per year. Indeed it was, by about half. To earn a two-year degree from MCI, according to Brandts article, the cost would be $24,000. But still, thats $12,000 per year! I had imagined that if MDC were smart, it would keep tuition costs down and attract students right away. I was thinking I might even be one of them, although I have no ambitions to be a professional chef. Now Ill have to rethink everything. It seems learning to cook is so popular that even a two-year program like Miami Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 22

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22 Culinary Institutes is pricey. Too pricey. Thomas Elrod MiamiAn Inn of InequityWow! Finally reading Terence Cantarellas article about the City Inn hotel took me right back to a place that, at one plex, August 2008). Everything he said was spot on I liter a year, with my ex and three-year-old child. We had a bad drug addiction and every thing there was so convenient to catering to our needs. It was horrible. The owner knew everything that went on there! Even went on right in front of him. OMG! Anyway, yeah, that was indeed a a lot of time, will, and determination to get back on my feet after I landed there. I wouldnt wish my worst enemy to land in a place like that. Name Withheld by Request MiamiSome Letters from 2011 That Didnt Get Published Until Now A Lesson For the Beach: Parks, Not Par Threes Harpers cover story The Trouble with Golf (April 2011), as a new par-three course costing taxpayers $3 million is in the planning stages. I wonder what are the yearly losses at our two 18-hole public golf courses? Maybe this is a wake-up call? Instead of another golf course, Miami Beach should build a park with activities that attract a larger range of residents. Darren Mink Miami BeachBuckle Up, Humankind, Its Going To Be a Bumpy RideJim W. Harpers Going Green column in the March 2011 issue (The Sun Orbits Our Flat Earth) was a refreshing dose of truth-telling. Future generations will look back with incredulity on the complacency of our current crop of politicians. Rather than recognize what is certainly the gravest threat humanity has faced in recorded history, theyve abdicated their responsibilities as leaders. Actually, imagining future generations faith in our species survival potential, which is no longer automatic. We of the carbon-burning countries are moving the entire planet toward conditions that human beings have never before experienced. Some profess contransformed climate. Sure, given enough time, and a climate that changed gradually over many millennia. Instead, our radical energy consumption has us headed for the geological impact a planetary car crash, as it were. And the climate-change deniers in our political and media systems are making sure that none of us will be wearing our seat belts. Warren Senders Medford, MassachusettsClaws: Would You De-Finger A Child, Shari?I read Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramers personal essay Cat Fight (August 2011) and was left wondering why her motherin-law wanted the option of declawing a cat. Having this information would have made it a stronger commentary as it would have given us insight into what her mother-in-law was experiencing. The commentary did note that having the option to declaw should be a personal one, between owner and cat, akin to a mother deciding on circumcision for her son. Its an interesting analogy, but circumcision is the removal as declawing. Declawing a cat or any Because its an amputation, I would suggest that if PetSmart in Aventura adopted to people who were going to declaw cats, it would be like a foster agency allowing a person to adopt a child when those parents planned to cut dramatic but, I think youll agree, a more As a long-time cat owner, Id also remind them that contrary to popular myths, cats are incredibly trainable. A little bit of two-sided tape on furniture or rugs will upset a cat to the point that they will often sulk and look for their actual scratching pad. Its my experience that that cat a new home, with someone who has the time and energy to train the pet. Daisy Hernandez HialeahCommentary: 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

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24 Commentary: MIAMIS KINGSome Things Never ChangeThings like mud-slinging, fear-mongering, political stupidity, and savage ideologues By Jack King BT ContributorIts been nearly a year since Ive writ ten about the political scene. I think I just got tired of all the bull, how politics had deteriorated into nonstop mud-slinging and character assassination. It used to be that the way to get ahead in politics was to make your case better than your opponent. Now its all about making your opponent look worse than you. Fear-mongering about people who dont look or sound like you is also being used relentlessly and ruthlessly. Starting with the top, we have a president who is liked by 50 percent of the country and hated by the other 50 percent. Under normal circumstances, that wouldnt be very good for President Obama, but when you put it in context namely, that 100 percent of Americans think congress sucks hes actually doing pretty well. Floridas congressional delegation gets along okay when theyre dealing with Florida issues. To translate, it means bringing home the bacon in the form of federal projects. Sure, they all say they want to cut taxes and slash the budget, but not in their home state. However, last month Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart attached a rider to a massive, trillion-dollar spending bill that would have tightened restrictions on travel to Cuba, reversing Obamas loosen ing of harsh restrictions that had been put in place by President George W. Bush. Obama, in no mood to put up with such silliness, threatened a veto. Enter Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa, who intellectually slapped the hell out of Diaz-Balart and his two congressional cronies, Ileana RosLehtinen and David Rivera, who co-spon sored the rider. Castor didnt have a tough job outwitting these three clowns. Why would Diaz-Balart, who supposedly works for the citizens of this country, do something guaranteed to kill the spending bill? That would have shut down the federal government, which would have (among many other nasty things) cut off Social Security payments to thousands of his constituents, many of them fellow Cuban Americans. Anything to hurt his uncle, Fidel Castro. Now, how much more stupid can this guy be? Well, hes good at this sort of thing, so theres more. After the amendment is stripped out of the bill, he issues a statement calling President Obama the appeaser-in-chief. Never mind that it was his own Repub lican colleagues in Congress who removed the amendment, not the president. That didnt stop Diaz-Balart. And then to top it off, he turned around and voted for the bill. Way to go Mario. Even your brother wasnt that stupid. Ive been on a Marco Rubio watch since he got elected, and so far he seems to be with the Republican leadership. Philosophi cally, I dont have much in common with him, but hes avoided those ideological traps that can mess you up in Washington. Does anyone remember what happened to former Sen. Mel Martinez right after he was elected? It was during the Terri Schiavo mess. The woman was over whether the doctors should pull the was a circus like no other. Example: We had a U.S. Senator who was a doctor diagnosing the womans condition by watching her on television. Martinez was marched out in front of the television cameras (and there were tons of them), handed a statement to read that he had never seen, and was ordered by Repub lican leaders to read it. From the look on his face, it was pretty evident he did not agree with it, but he continued on anyway. Marti nez walked away and never came back. No doubt he didnt like what had happened to him, and only complained privately. Nevertheless his career as a U.S. Senator was dead. He never got any important committee assignments and probably never had his telephone calls resigned from the U.S. Senate, ostensibly to spend more time with his family. Martinez is a good man who was savaged by the Republican ideology machine, which demands that you win at all costs and take no prisoners even if theyre your brothers. It looks like Rubio has managed to sidestep this, and I hope so. Its not easy to stay out of the Republicans meat grinder if you dont march in formation with them. Keep working on it, Marco. In the December issue of Biscayne Times there was a story about the Miami District 2 city commission race won by Marc Sarnoff (The People Have Spoken Okay, Call It a Whisper). In my opinion, it was heavy on BS and light on fact. So next month Ill be doing an tions for him, send them to the feedback address below and Ill ask them. Its good to be back. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com For more information, visit www.miamiparking.com. Department of Off-Street Parking (DOSP)SAVE ON PARKING IN THE CITY OF MIAMIPAY BY PHONENow available at all meters and many parking lots in the City of Miami. Sign up for free: www.paybyphone.com or call 866-990-PARK (7275).

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26 Commentary: URBANIADowntown from the GroundDitch the car and hit the streets in the heart of the Magic CityBT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorF set my sights on exploring down town Miami. Im something of a phi listine when it comes to appreciating this area. In 2008 I slipped out of a contract landed about 25 blocks north in Edgewater. This was when condos were rising but only a few decent shops and restaurants had taken a gamble on a new downtown. Today it still feels torn between grime and glitz, like so many neighborhoods on this side of the bay, but on a Saturday jaunt through our central grid, I found myself surprised by what I found. To begin, I had to do this right: I ditched my car in front of the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College and committed to an afternoon of public transportation and walking. This was, sad to say, a novelty. In six years, Ive never set foot on a bus, train or the Metromover. It was only when I bought a bike that I began noticing everything I missed by car. On my walk to the Metromover stop in the cut-out base of Loft II, I bumped into old friends and their new baby. This set a nice tone for the afternoon, one of hope that the new downtown fostered a normal, crack-free urban lifestyle. On the platform, I pored over a map but couldnt make heads or tails of it (Im notoriously bad with directions). A in its beak. I smiled and hopped aboard the Metromover with a tourists enthusiasm. Of course I was excited; I had no idea where I was going. I went north, apparently, and got off at NE 11th Street. Sandwiched between two of the citys largest, most exclusive condo towers is Miami Pawn. Id never been to a pawnshop and it was time to change that. To my left and right, I could see untold millions in wealth; directly behind and in front of me were fear, poverty, crime, violence, and addiction. like few others. The interior of a pawnshop isnt the sleazy, suspicious place you see in movies. Its more like a high-end Salvation Army, that same moth-ridden stench swirling around its unwillingly donated merchan dise. I bookmarked a few pieces of DJ gear and hopped back on the Metromover. For a guy who never really goes down town, I ended up there a lot in December. The night before this little adventure, I lounge at the Four Seasons. But like those towering medieval walls I remember from Oxford, which open onto serene, mani downtown lives behind closed doors or in the case of the Four Seasons, up in the air, where location becomes meaningless. The sounds, smells, and sights of downtown are livelier from the ground: buildings, less-than-historic jewelry malls, reams of watch emporiums, musty shops stacked ceiling-high with cheap shoes, speed-walking businesspeople passing slow-walking vagrants. Its truly buzzing with life and Milano serve authentic, mouth-watering Italian; the 24-hour Manolo & Rene Cafetera is a must-have late-night munching experience; Cvi.Che 105 is ceviche like youve never seen and the list goes on. I found some real gems on my walk. Shoe Gallery, at 244 NE 1st Ave., is a funky cultural hybrid: skateboard ing meets hip-hop meets indie, and its stocked with some of the coolest shoes and threads Ive seen in Miami. After my visit there, I had lunch at Bryan in the Kitchen, at 104 NE 2nd Ave. The charming caf/bakery was bustling on this sunny afternoon, no doubt with people whod moved downtown in just the past few years. Bryan serves delicious, well-priced food worth waiting for, and I was happy to see cupcakes a confectionery harbinger of the neighborhoods rising fortunes. I would have gone further on the Metromover but the truth is I couldnt than our public transit systems, but like many people, I havent had to learn. cisco, driving in Miami is practical and convenient. But imagine a water taxi along the coast of Biscayne Bay from the Upper Eastside to Coconut Grove, or a ferry to Miami Beach. I think people in Miami would eat this up. Despite the schizophrenic mix downtown Miami is getting better and better. Going around without a car isnt ideal but its certainly possible, and Ill probably do it again sometime probably by bike. Downtown still has a bad reputation, so if you havent been there in a while, check out MiamiDDA.com for some tips on where to begin. For those of you not entirely convinced, perhaps I can entice you with next months column: an exploration of its historic architecture. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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28 Our Sponsors: J anuaryA NUARY 2 012By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorHere we are again in a new year, the time for resolutions to work on everything weve dreamed about getting organized, living better, looking better, maybe just eating better. Anything that doesnt cost a mint, since we blew most of the bank account on last months holidays. Fortunately BT advertisers, as always, have special deals ing whats left in your wallet. How about starting the year by receiving up to $10,000 to support your Mom and Pop small-business grants are available this month in Miami-Dade County Commission District 2 and District 3. See this issues ads from the Neighbors and Neighbors Association (180 NW 62nd St.) for dates and district be picked up and accepted, as well as the dates for the mandatory workshops exFor additional info, contact NANAs Lawanza Finney at 305-756-0605. Looking to kick off the new year in a new home? For the perfect upscale prop erty, call new advertiser George Kluck (305-608-5269), who has been ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents nation wide since 1990 and specializes in luxury homes in all the most desirable neighbor hoods from Aventura to Coral Gables. If leasing is your preference, consider a oneor two-bedroom unit in the completely restored MiMo gem, East Wind Apartments (7400-7420 NE 6th Ct., 305-757-7588), another new advertiser. Amenities in the pet-friendly complex range from safety features like burglar alarms and intercom to appearance niceties landscaped courtyard, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and more. And the Upper Eastside location is tops for restaurants and nightlife. secure community residential situation, Vi Living (19333 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, ViLiving.com) offers on-site, 24-hour care on three levels, from simple assisted living (including housekeep ing and maintenance, plus a culinary program with a classically trained chef) to full skilled nursing care. Theres a plethora of social and recreational activities, too. Maybe your old house just needs some renovation a kitchen or bathroom remodel; some striking crown molding; replacing those old doors with 30 coats of paint that dont close after May when summer humidity kicks in. The licensed expert to call is David Hester (786-294-0954), in business for more than 30 years and known for being on time and on budget. He does all manner of construction, but interior renovations are his fave. now, if not sooner? Take a road trip to Endura Hardwood Flooring (1942 Tigertail Blvd., Dania, 954-410-3981). installation is available; prices are very competitive; and delivery is fast. Or perhaps youd just like to hold onto your home, whatever its condition? Well, you remember attorney Jake Miller (305-758-2020) and his free consultations regarding conventional or short-sale real estate closings, foreclosures, or bankruptcies right? What you might not remember, though, is his new address (11900 Biscayne Blvd. free guest parking. Hey, every little bit helps, right? Home improvement is one thing. Self-improvement? Now, thats a bit trickier, because we must do it ourselves. Darn. Cant we get someone else to do it for us? Not really, but Miami Beach Com munity Health Center is sure helping out this month and/or recognizing folks who already have. On January 9, theres the 11th annual CAEAR (Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief) Coalition Partnership Awards dinner; those interested in attending 8835, x1602). And on January 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the MBCHC hosts a free health fair at its North Health Center (11645 Biscayne Blvd.). Offerings include free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and many more services, plus refreshments, entertainment, and giveaways. Call Anna Pierre (305-538-8835, x1641) for more info. Readers will also receive a free cholesterol screening when they call for an appointment with new advertiser Daniel Leon, MD whose brand-new medical suite is in the Shoreview Building (9999 NE 2nd Ave. #204, 786-497-4440). A primary-care physician, Dr. Leon specializes in all areas of internal medicine (including preventive healthcare) and BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible Continued on page 30

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accepts most major insurance. Got a weight problem, and all the nasties that go with excess poundage energy loss, depression, anxiety, etc.? Attend one of the free one-hour seminars of Dr. Lee S. Barbach (1717 N. Bayshore Dr. #240), a new advertiser, on January 11 or 18 at 6:30 p.m. Both discuss weight loss and metabolic conditions. For reservations: 1-888-924-7664. For further info: www.iWishiFeltBetter. com/weight-loss. either, at new advertiser Steel Gym (5580 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7591), a famed location is at Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex. Welcome to the hood, sonal trainers, who design one-on-one diet and training programs, are all independent contractors whom patrons pay directly; hence there are no outrageously priced packages. Related congratulations are also due to commercial and residential Realtor Brian Carter (305-582-2424) of Majestic Properties, an old friend and advertiser, for bringing Steel to our part of town. If exercise sounds like too much work, Fernando Maestre, owner of Beach Beauty (6685 Collins Ave., 305-864-8838) suggests a way to renew yourself with no effort whatsoever on your part: The salon features the only anti-aging Red Light Therapy bed in Miami. Relax while the magical mystery device reverses sun damage and reduces wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production. The treatment also claims to help acne, age spots, and scars. A new advertiser, Fernando wants to introduce BT readers to his expansive facility and the Red Light procedure by offering some hefty discounts: $99 for a months worth of treatments; $199 for three months. Then there are the health issues associated with (ugh) aging. Thats where Jeff D. Hackmeier & Associates comes in (305-893-4488). Jeff has been in the insurance business for more than 30 years, which has led him to become a specialist in long-term-care insurance. Jeff notes that this past November, the Obama Administration halted the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, which eliminated any chance of a government-sponsored long-term-care program. Considering that 63% of seniors will need some type of long-term care after age 65, thats troubling news. But there are still plenty able. Give him a call for more details. If its not old age, its something else like a car accident. If youve been in one, you know that a few days or weeks later, youre actually feeling worse than that awful day. Soreness, stiffness, cramped muscles. What you need is massage therapy from a certiauto insurance will pay for it? True fact. Body Well Therapy (305-350-7751; www.bodywelltherapy.com) specializes in just such relief, and best of all, their licensed therapists come to your home. Since 2005, theyve rubbed thousands of clients the right way. To help readers welcome the new year with a truly gleaming smile, Dr. Valeria Soltanik at The Art of Dentistry (2999 NE 191st St. #350, 305-466-2334) is offering a special price this month on Zoom whitening: $289 (normally $400) with mention of the BT At Inner Balance Mind Body Studio (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383advertiser, January brings two special events. On January 27 at 7:00 p.m. physician Nancy Clark presents a talk and demo on treating neck and back pain with acupuncture; admission is just $3 for BT readers, but do call to reserve a space. And drop in the following night, January 28, for the studios grand-openfor yoga attire, memberships, and more. Consult www.innerbalancemindbody. com for further details. With the addition of several new independent local retail outlets, By Nature (www.buynaturepetfoods.com) has just made it more convenient to keep your pets healthy in the new year. As well as old friend Biscayne Pet House (10789 Biscayne Blvd.), the all-natural and organic dog and cat foods are now stocked by Pets Best (14109 S. Dixie Hwy.), Animal Crackers downtown (280 NE 2nd St.), and Marys LB (13295 W. special, too: Buy ten bags of dry food and get one free. to celebrate just once, several days ago. Luckily, Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar (18800 NE 29th Ave. #10; 786-787-9030) is giving readers another Our Sponsors: J anuaryA NUARY 2 012 Biz BuzzContinued from page 28

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chance on January 23, Chinese New considered a year of good fortune in health and wealth with special combo dishes. See this issues ad in our Dining Guide for details. Though only a couple of months old, new advertiser Blu Sushi (600 Silks Run Rd., 954-744-4398) is already attracting critical attention and discerning diners to its Village at Gulfstream Park location. Edible attractions, in addition to the un usual makis, include small plates like lob ster tacos with basil cream aioli, or shrimp with sriracha/teriyaki beurre blanc. And you might not expect a place specializing in outrageous cocktails to also feature a kids menu, but youd be wrong. Its not too early to start planning those February 5 Super Bowl parties. And to ensure that everyone in the household can enjoy the game instead of being stuck in the kitchen, let Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-2435) put together your platters generously overstuffed sandwiches, fruit, everything but the beer. To really remind ourselves why we live in Miami, theres nothing like brunching outdoors in the middle of winter on a terrace overlooking balmy Biscayne Bay, while much of the rest of the USA freezes. This is especially true when the fare includes dishes like wild Florida shrimp with artisan Anson Mills cheddar/bacon/tomato grits and a unusual temptations offered at the new Sunday brunch, beginning January 8, at Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Cswy., 305-866-1234). Brunching hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eating out neednt be prohibitively expensive when entertainment is built in, as it is at Anise Taverna (620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929) on nights when Upcoming performances are scheduled for January 17 and February 21. And for those with a yen for foreign travel, just not the budget, the restaurant will take your taste buds on a grand tour on this months Mediterranean Mondays. Barcelona on January 9; Sardinia, January 16; Cyprus, January 23; and, on January 30, Egypt. Man does not live by bread alone, nor woman. We want wine. So our recommendation is that you plan this months grocery shopping trips to Laurenzos Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) to happen on Saturday afternoons when, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be wine tastings a different assortment each week. And now that South Floridas growing season is in full swing again, dont forget to across the parking lot. Speaking of vino, downtown Miamis popular Italian restaurant, Fratelli Milano is offering BT readers a free glass of wine with dinner entres, Monday through Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., throughout the month. Just tell them you saw their ad in our Dining Guide. Veteran advertiser Yogurbella (Shops at Midtown Miami, 305-576-1002) plus 50 fresh toppings which, since the place is self-serve, patrons can pile on to their hearts content. And this month the Midtown shop also offers a chance to win an iPad2. Just log onto Facebook and be announced at the end of January. Another chance to be a winner is Shops at Midtown Miami Through January 25, the Shops will be hosting a VIP free parking giveaway (12 individual year-long passes, each valued at $900, for unlimited parking in Midtowns garage). To enter, like the Shops@ Midtown Miami on Facebook, and explain what you most like about your car. The passes will prove especially new tenants: Irene Maries Angel Bags (3401 N. Miami Ave. #130); Blo Dry Bar (3301 NE 1st Ave. #102); and Moloko, Art of Coffee (3201 N. Miami Ave. #103), whose grand opening is scheduled for January 6. Something still missing in your life? If its spiritual growth that youre seeking, welcome new advertiser and internationally known former television star Rev. Alberto Cutie and The Church of the Resurrection Blvd., 305-893-8523), an Episcopal church self-described as walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions where all are welcome. Sundays 9:30 services are in English; noons are en espaol. Check out www.churchoftheresurrection.org for further info. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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Commentary: PICTURE STORYMiami River 115 Years AgoA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul George Special to the BTThis pristine photograph of the mouth of the Miami River and its verdant banks dates to 1897, which was the year following the incorporation of the City of Miami. In the foreground are the splendid cent Royal Palm Hotel. Across the river lies Brickell Point, named for the family that owned todays Brickell Avenue neighborhood. One of the buildings representing the familys trading post is visible. In the rear of the photograph, jut ting into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, is the future Point View, which, by 1912, was the name for an upscale neighborhood of wood-frame, singlefamily homes. Today the same area hosts a much different scene, ranging from the posh Epic hotel and condominium on the north bank of the river to the famed Miami Circle and the towering Icon Brickell complex on the south bank. The river in 1897 was also wider at the mouth than it is today, owing to 20th Century. 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 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.

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34 Aventura was dreamed up by Donald Soffer. He built it and they came. By the thousands. Now his children are ghting to protect it. Family & FortuneBy Erik Bojnansky

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36 Seeking to raise more funds, Brandeis hired former all-star football player Benny Friedman as coach and allowed him to recruit players without regard for grades. Brandeis was a very tough school to get into, academically, and I had never taken a written exam in my life. I had a C-plus average and never had a foreign language, Soffer added. There was no way I could have gotten into Brandeis without football. But once there, skating by was no longer an option. We had to take the same classes as the rest of the student body, there was no basket weaving like there is today, Soffer continued. Out of the 60 guys who were brought in, 35 kids couldnt keep them in school. Soffer stuck it out and graduated with an economics degree in 1955. (In 2008 he donated $15 million to Brandeis University, the largest gift in the colleges history.) Following graduation, Soffer was immediately recruited by the San Francisco 49ers, but he decided to decline the $6500-a-year offer. I was pretty good, but I really didnt want to play pro fessional football, Soffer told ABM. Instead he went back home and built shopping malls for his fathers company, Oxford Development. Right out of college Don co-developed a 180,000-square-foot mall in Pittsburgh. Ten years later, in 1965, he helped build indoor mall.It was Harry Soffer who introduced his son to his next frontier: South Florida. In 1967 Harry and a group of investors bought 785 acres of land for $6 million. Back then the three square miles that would become Aventura consisted of mangroves, Australian pines, mosquitoes, scattered tourist cabins, and the Point East retirement community at 183rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Much of the inves tors land holdings were also underwater. Naturally, I got the job of developing it, Donald Soffer told ABM. Upon looking at the land, Donald remarked to his father that developing it would be an adventure, says Seth Bramson, a local author and historian who interviewed the younger Soffer for an as-yet-unpublished book about Aventura. The name stuck. (Aventura is Spanish for adventure.) Even then, Soffer saw the lands potential. He wanted more than just a middle-class-type development, Bramson says. He had the idea of having a very glamorous high-life development. The centerpiece of this future wonderland for the upper class was Aventura Country Club, which would be Soffers napkin design. the wetlands and rezone the land from residential single family to high-rise development, a feat that would raise hell from environmentalists and controlledgrowth advocates today. Fortunately their task was made easier by Gov. Claude Kirk, a self-described tree-shaking son of a bitch who was im We preyed on his boastfulness, Soffer told South Florida CEO He presented it to the cabinet like it was his idea. Then we got all the permits we needed. By 1969 Metro-Dade County approved Soffers master plan, which allowed for the construction of 23,900 condo units. The golf course helped sell the plan. The philosophy we worked out with the county was to allow for vertical structures and preserve the open land, George Berlin, then an associate of Arlen Realty, told the Miami Herald in 1988. Soffer also offered to donate land to the tion, a library, and a causeway to Sunny Isles Beach. The zoning enabled the investors, who operated as DonArl of Florida, to sell portions of this new frontier to other chased the land for $5500 an acre in 1967, but sold parts for as high as $2 million an acre in 1981, according to the Herald phase of Aventura Country Club. Then, Family & FortuneContinued from page 35 Continued on page 38Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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38 from 1971 to 1977, DonArl constructed 4000 condo units around the golf course. But Soffers father didnt live to see many of those new condo projects completed. Harry Soffer died in 1972 at the age of 63. Differences in building philosophies eventually tore apart the DonArl partnership. New York-based Arlen Realty and Development wanted to build quickly and cheaply. Soffer was so infuriated by Arlens mediocre building designs that he changed the name of Aventura Country Club which, by 1980, had two 18-hole golf courses, a marina, tennis courts, and luxury hotels to Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, in Scotland. He felt that they [Arlen] were diluting the brand, says a source close to the Soffers current company. When DonArl split in 1977, Soffer called his half of the company Turnberry Associates. Berlin opted to work for Turnberry, where he oversaw the companys projects in Aventura until his death in 2008 at the age of 85. Six years later, Arlen Realty defaulted on a $39 million mortgage and went into Chapter 11. Soffer snatched up chunks of Arlens 68 acres of land from the com panys backers, including the site of the future shopping mall. Time proved Don to be right, Berlin told the Herald .Aventura Mall was a superstar even before the mall itself of1983, three months before the rest of the mall opened, Lord & Taylor held a $1000-per-couple black-tie gala. With $125,000 was raised for Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Herald Macys in South Florida, J.C. Penneys, Sears, and 200 smaller stores were open. Just a third of the size it is today, Aventura Mall still quickly eclipsed northeast Dades 11 other shopping centers. Today it is among the nations top-grossing lion square feet. Turnberry Isle Resort was also hitting its stride as a playground for the rich and famous, thanks to the famous attracting the rich. You invite celebrities, you give them free room and board, and you create a celebrity image, Soffer told the Herald in 1997. Among those reported to visit Turnberry in the 1980s were James Caan, Jack Nicholson, O.J. Simpson, Ted Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Elton John, Bob Hope, Burt Reynolds, Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor, the Bee Gees, and Madonna. In his recent ABM interview, Soffer recalled that Turnberry was the hottest place on Earth. Every property Ive opened has had a great party. Im great with parties. I had Arab sheiks and 737s, he said. Every major player in Europe and America came. But Soffer wasnt happy when a 1987 Vanity Fair article claimed the resort was frequented by shady celebrities, geous women who received, as a Herald article described, free club memberships in return for helping wealthy men relax. Soffer initially denounced the total lies, but years later admitted to the Herald : At one point, Turnberry Isle was the place everybody wanted to be. With any kind of thing, you get the groupies. The drug thing then was just getting started. yachts docked at Turnberry Isle marina. One vessel in particular was an 82footer named Monkey Business which Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, a promising Democratic presidential candidate, chartered in 1987 during his fateful voyage to Bimini with model Donna Rice. When the married Hart was photographed with Rice on his lap, his campaign was derailed. Soffer, who has said he never met Hart, put the yacht on the market for a million dollars. Following the Hart scandal, the atmosphere at Turnberry Isle Resort mellowed. Instead of wild parties, there were family-friendly townhomes and special courses for future mothers. Its no longer, and mostly has never been, the swinging thing, Soffer told the Herald The glitzy crowd has changed themselves. People are not as crazy as they used to be. Overall, Turnberrys image of South Florida has showed the world what a nice place this is. By 1988 Soffer had sold half his interest in Turnberry Isle Resort to Rafael Hotels for $20 million. Sometime in the early 1990s, following an $80 million renovation project, Soffer sold the other half to the hotel group. I felt at the time the hotel luxury business wasnt doing well, Soffer told the Herald It was more advantageous to have them buy the hotel, and I had other properties.Interested in giving the store away, Soffer assigned his two children increased responsibilities at Turnberry Associates in the late 1990s. His daughter Jacquelyn Jackie Soffer started overseeing leasing operations in Aventura Mall, a task that the 45-year-old University of Colorado graduate continues to this day. Jeffrey Soffer was put in charge of new condo developments and groomed to be the companys new face. Now 44 years old, Jeffrey began working for his father when he was 17. He described himself as a kid who couldnt sit still in a 2005 South Florida CEO article. Hating school, Jeffrey dropped out of a Gainesville community college and founded the Champion Marine boat dealership in 1986. Three years later, Jef frey, an ex-powerboat racer and licensed pilot, sold the boat dealership and rejoined his dads company, where he pushed for Turnberrys expansion. Sure, my dad helped me. He started me in the business, he told South Florida CEO But I took it to a whole different level. That new level included buying back Turnberry Isle Resort, then owned by a Family & FortuneContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40 Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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mont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club, in 2005, and investing $150 million to refurbish the property. As part of the deal, Turnberry Isle agreed to keep Fairmont as the operator for the next 25 years, unless the company defaulted on its obligations. That same year Jeffrey Soffer bought the 920-room, circa 1954 Fontainebleau Hotel (where Turnberry was already building two condo towers) from hotelier Stephen Muss for $325 million. But it was Las Vegas where Jeffrey sought to make his mark. In 1997 building high-rise condo towers in that desert city. Seven years later he claimed to have made more than a billion dollars Place. By 2004 there were 50 high-rise condo projects being proposed by other developers, including a contingent from South Florida. Family & FortuneContinued from page 38 LAW OFFICES OF JAKE MILLER, LLC PHONE ADDRESS EMAILON THE WEB AT Call 305.758.2020 To Reserve Your Seat Now!NEW HOMEOWNER RESCUE PROGRAMSThis seminar will discuss new government & lender incentives: DATES: Tuesday, January 10 & 24 | TIME: 6-7p.m. LOCATION: 11900 Biscayne Blvd, SUITE 618, Miami, FL 33181 To RSVP send your name, email, and phone number to RSVP@JakeMillerLaw.com or... Continued on page 42 Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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Ive been there almost ten years, he told South Florida CEO I was there when nobody was. how Jeffrey Soffer redeveloped the Fon tainebleau Miami Beach. Transforming the crusty old Fontainebleau into a modern resort cost nearly $1 billion. The renovation increased the number of rooms to 1500, cre ated space for 11 restaurants and nightclubs, and added a 40,000-square-foot spa. Everythings brand-new, from the plumbing to the drywall, he told the Herald in 2007. The only thing you have here in this hotel thats old is the concrete. ment paled in comparison to the resorts sequel, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, where Soffer intended to use $3 billion in borrowed money to erect a 100,000-square-foot casino, a 3300seat theater, and a 3800-room resort. He planned to use the Las Vegas locaFontainebleau resort and casino brand. By the time the recession hit, he had But even as the national economy worsened, Jeffrey was throwing elaborate parties. In December 2007, he threw himself a $2 million 40th Family & FortuneContinued from page 40 Continued on page 44Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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44 birthday party at Turnberrys aviation facility at Opa-locka Executive Airport. Performers included KC and the Sun shine Band and Prince. It wasnt just a quick sampling of Princes greatest hits, either, nightlife columnist Lesley Abra vanel reported for the Herald It was a mind-blowing, full-blown concert. Then in November 2008, Jeffrey hosted a $5 million weekend bash inaugurating the grand reopening of the Fontaineb leau, which included a Mariah Carey concert and a Victoria Secrets fashion show hosted by Heidi Klum. A Turnberry Associates insider credits Jeffreys aggressive business style for the companys growth. Turnberry did ridiculously well, says the source, who requested anonymity. His business acumen and history are pretty strong. His timing? Not so strong. Las Vegas Fontainebleau was being built when Las Vegas was becoming the worst market in the country, the source adds. Every project out there in 2008 and 2009 got slaughtered.Jeffrey Soffer may have hoped to turn the Fontainebleau Miami Beach into a casino. In the summer of 2008, Turnberry contributed $30,000 to a political action committee that sought the legalization of gambling in resorts with more than 800 rooms. But with the fall of Lehman Broth projects, Soffers priority was saving the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. He sold a 50 percent interest in the Miami Beach Fontainebleau for $375 million to Nakheel Leisure, a Dubai government-owned resort company that is run by Hamza Mustafa. Soffer then sank $200 million into the Las Vegas resort to fund cost overruns, an April 2009 Miami Herald article reported. when lenders cut off funding, provoking lenders for the rest of the $800 million in promised loans. In turn, he was sued by several title companies that had insured the $3 billion in loans, claiming the worth of his Las Vegas companies while limiting damages to the rest of the Turnberry empire. The title companies demanded up to $1 billion in damages from Soffer and Turnberry Associates. A holding company for Lehman Brothers also sued Jeffrey Soffer and Fontainebleau Resorts LLC, which owned both Fontainebleau resorts, for $298 million, according to the Las Vegas Sun claiming they personally guaranteed loans for a retail component for the Las Vegas project. Soffer told the Sun he considered those guarantees invalid since Lehman refused to fully fund his loans. (Fontainebleau Resorts LLC has since been dissolved.) For a time the Fontainebleau Miami Beach was also threatened with foreclosure. Already being sued for Family & FortuneContinued from page 42 Continued on page 46 Phone: 954-410-3981www.enduracolor.com Turnberry Associates

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46 $65 million by contractors who claim they were not paid, a $660 million construction loan came due in August 2009. The hotel was saved from fore closure after Turnberry and its part ners promised to invest another $100 million into the Fontainebleau as part of a restructuring plan, according to Bloomberg News In May 2010, in the midst of the Vegas meltdown, Turnberry Associates Bruce Weiner, who had worked there for Turnberrys senior vice president for nearly a decade. The companys lawsuit accuses them of accepting a salary, bonuses, and other payments from Turnberry Residential during all of the time that [they were] actually working against Turnberrys interest. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, which they co-developed with Starwood, allegedly behind Turnberrys back. We are entitled to whatever piece of St. Regis Weiner and Vollrath are entitled to, says attorney Michael Olin, who is representing Turnberry Associates in their suit against the former employees. Weiner and Vollrath countersued in March 2011, asserting they always had a right to pursue independent projects and claiming they owned a piece of several Turnberry projects. They accused Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer of not paying them their fair ing millions on a grandiose lifestyle. Both Soffers, the suits point out, have a small air force of private jets, propeller aircraft, and a helicopter. Jeffrey owned a 257-foot yacht, exotic sports cars, racing boats, and a 4900-acre ranch in Aspen, the suit claims, while Jackie assembled an ex travagant art collection and a second home in Aspen. They are also demand the Soffers dating back to 2004. (At torneys for Weiner and Vollrath did not return phone calls for comment.) Olin says the former Turnberry executives are just trying to embarrass Jeff, adding, Im still wondering why they never bothered to bring a claim against us until after we sued them for taking our corporate opportunities. Ironically, Jeffrey Soffer once considered them his most trusted associates, Olin says: Jeff treated them like family and made them wealthy men. And they did not do likewise for him. Adds a source close to Turnberry Associates: When the world goes bad, friends are. Family & FortuneContinued from page 44 Continued on page 48 BT photo by Silvia Ros

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48 Despite the numerous lawsuits swirling around Turnberry Associates, a dent the Soffers have survived the worst, asserts there is no liability exposure to Aventura Mall, and maintains that the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is on see what sticks. This source also insists healthy: All of Turnberrys assets are performing, from an operation al perspective, close to its peak. Signs that Turnberry Associates is becoming aggressive once again are cropping up, too. On Sunday, August 28, 2011, after struggling for control of Turnberry Isle Resort, the Soffers the resorts website and reservation system, removed the name Fairmont from all resort material, and issued a press release announcing that Turnberry Associates was now managing the resort itself. Later that same Sunday, Fairmont executives checked into Turnberrys hotel in an effort to maintain its right to manage the resort, the chain claimed in a federal lawsuit. By 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, the Fairmont executives were being escorted off the property by security guards. As a result of the incident, Fairmont and Turnberry Associates are once again facing each other in court. At Aventura Mall there is none of that turbulence. Jackie Soffer is successfully attracting more luxury brand stores, once found only at Bal Harbour Shops. Among the high-fashion brands now leasing store space in the mall are Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Lacoste, and Michael Kors. Mall revenues for 2011 are up 50 percent over 2010, according to a company source. Theres also speculation that Turnberry Associates still wants to bring casino gambling to the Miami Beach Fontainebleau. A major hint: Gaming industry consultant Emanuel Pearlman sits on the resorts board of directors. Fontainebleau was developed with CEO of Majestic Properties, a real estate company that operates in Miami Beach and Aventura. And though the number of developers seeking unlimited casino rights is growing, Morr thinks the Fontainebleau is there is gambling on Miami Beach, it should be at the Fontainebleau. The company source pleads ignorance as to whether gambling is being sought at the Fontainebleau, but insists the resort is making plenty of money without it: Fontainebleau Miami Beach is as good as it gets. Its a trophy property. In fact the Soffers are still so enamored of the Fontainebleau brand that last month they changed the name of their aviation operation at Opa-locka Execu tive Airport from Turnberry Aviation to Fontainebleau Aviation, which boasts The Soffers have been leasing hangar facilities, once used for its own aircraft, to other corporate jet owners since the mid-2000s. Now plans are in place to expand the aviation side of the family empire. Its great! says the company source. They just bought a fuel farm! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Saint Martha Yamaha2011-2012 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director TO PURCHASE TICKETSVisit www.saintmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or purchase at church office or at door. For more information call 305-458-0111 or 305-751-0005 January 29, 2012 at 3 p.m.THE ROSE ENSEMBLE TheROSE ENSEMBLE Family & FortuneContinued from page 46 BT photo by Silvia Ros

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50 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORNew Life for a Grand Old TheaterDowntown Miamis Gusman Center will host a summer concert series for free!By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterDowntown Miami residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy free concerts and help support the continuing operation of a historic landmark thats under new management. The free monthly DWNTWN Miami Concert Series will kick off a new summer session in May at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 174 E. Flagler St. Since 2009, the original DWNTWN concerts, sponsored by Miamis Downtown Development Authority (DDA), have attracted big crowds and musical guests such as the Spin Doctors, Arturo Sandoval, the Jake and Elwood Blues Brothers Revue, the Spam Allstars, and various other jazz, rock, reggae, and R&B acts to Bayfront Parks Tina Hills Pavilion. But owing to the summer swelter, the outdoor concerts are only held from October to April. (On January 13 at 6:00 p.m., three local groups will appear: band Jahf, and the Afro-Colombian electronic group Afro Kumb.) In order to continue year-round, were partnering with the Gusman Center, explains Javier Betancourt, deputy director of the DDA, a taxpayerfunded organization tasked with promoting the downtown areas economic development. Giving the partnership a big boost is a $100,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. The grant, to be released over the next three years, requires a matching investment, so the DDA is putting another $100,000 toward the summer series. Some of that anticipated $200,000 The DDA will be renting its 1567-seat Olympia Theater at a rate still to be determined. Margaret Lake, the theaters execu tive director, says she suggested years ago that the DDA hold a few of their events at the Gusman. Shes thrilled the agency has taken her advice. This gives Gusman the opportunity to host an audience that may not have been inside the theater before, so were incredibly excited, Lake says in an e-mail to the BT The theater can certainly use the money and publicity, especially after having lost a prominent benefactor: the City of Miami. Built in 1926 and originally known as the Paramount Movie House, which acoustically superb and visually spec tacular, with the concert hall designed as an ornate courtyard, complete with turrets and towers and a dome of night sky featuring twinkling stars and drifting clouds. In 1975, its owner, Maurice Gusman, donated the theater and its adjoining on the condition that it be managed by the Miami Parking Authority, a semiautonomous agency. Gusman reportedly insisted on this arrangement in hopes of shielding the theater from the citys political machinations. At the time, philanthropist Mitchell Wolfson, a friend of Gusman, chaired the parking authoritys board of direcof the theaters $1.4 million annual operating budget but could not designate how those funds were spent. the city was no longer able to afford the Gusmans $475,000 annual subsidy. To keep the theater open, the MPA and city turned over the Gusman to Olympia Herman Echevarria, a former Hialeah city councilman who owns the BVK/ Meka advertisement agency. Aside from managing the theater, Olympia Center, Inc. also solicits donations for the venue, a job that was once reserved for Friends of the Gusman, a 27-year-old charity. This past October, Olympia Center the theater, explains Lake, adding that, so far, the new managers have risen to the challenge. We are on track for our to exceed our goals, she declares. However, the Gusman needs to tap a variety of funding sources, she adds: The Gusmans present and future is not only dependent on donations, grants, and subsidies, but most importantly income that comes from the rental of the theater. So its no surprise Lake is grateful the DDA will be using the Gusman during the summer, an off-season period when fundraising and events are scarce, thanks to the heat and the threat of hurrirental income, in addition to the concession sales and potential donations to the theater, she notes. Lake expects the concert series to help neighboring businesses as well. These are free events to the public, but we can be assured there will be money spent downtown, she says, citing a recent report by Americans for the Arts, arts and cultural events spend $27.79 per person above the cost of admission nationwide. A patron attending an arts event may pay to park the car in a garage, purchase dinner at a restaurant, eat dessert after the show, and return home to pay the babysitter, Lake explains. This generates related commerce for local businesses such as restaurants, parking garages, hotels, and retail stores. Knight Foundation has supported the DWNTWN Miami Concert Series. In 2009 the DDA received $150,000 from the foundations Knight Arts Challenge, a program that hands out matching grants to organizations and individuals community. Betancourt, the DDAs deputy direcseries attracted crowds to surrounding businesses as well as restaurants and shops across the street. He says the summer season at the Gusman can help activate the Flagler Street corridor. Supporters of the Gusman have been applying for Knight Arts Challenge grants every year since the program was created in 2006. 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Check Your Oil Painting?The Dezer Schauhalle gallery and car collection combines two great passions in one eye-popping space BT ContributorMiami is a city of beautiful women, expensive cars, A-list celebrities, a surprising number of good artists, and lots of cash of that). Its what drew Art Basel here a decade ago and continues to bring in also pull in a new museum and gallery that will be the envy of the art world? The newly opened Dezer Collection Museum and Pavilion hopes to answer To describe Michael Dezer, the man behind the museum, as a lover of cars is a huge understatement, along the lines of calling Biscayne Bay a lovely puddle. He owns more than 600 cars more than many dealerships many of them (almost) priceless classics. And along with run-of the-mill Duesenbergs and Rolls Royces, Dezers collec tion includes vintage am phibious cars, century-old bicycles, military vehicles, and a vast asMuch of the collection focuses on one of Dezers favorite eras, the 1950s. Dezer got his start in advertising after he came to the United States from Israel in 1962. He eventually moved on to real estate and is probably best known sea district in the 1970s. His remarkably successful career allowed him to indulge in a passion hed developed back in Tel just a bus drivers son. In the 1980s, Dezer began purchasing collectible cars en masse, recreating his beloved 1950s in a Chelsea warehouse. He called it Dezerland. Dezers son, Gil, inherited his fathers dual love of cars and deal-making. While the younger Dezer enjoys Porches and road rallies, South Floridians are more likely to be familiar with Gils other high-octane pursuit real-estate development. In 2002 the Dezers, father and son, partnered with Donald Trump to transform Sunny Isles Beachs charming, if sleepy, motel row. The trio replaced about 2100 feet of oceanfront 1950s-era buildings with a controversial wall of condo-hotel developments. (Even though the projects were branded with the Trump name, Gil is mostly in charge.) Rumors that the principals had cozied up to Sunny Isles politicians and Russian oligarchs didnt throw cold water on the project, which was a dream come true for Gil, who had long admired Trump, another suc cessful son of real estate developer. It was in Sunny Isles that the Dezer auto collection was housed until last year. Having outgrown its 18,000-squarefoot space there, the collection needed new digs. A deal to buy a 1950s-era warehouse property in North Miamis industrial district set back the Dezers almost $7 million, but then, the purchase involved three other properties in addition to the warehouse. The 600 automobiles and other memorabilia were soon moved into the two-acre complex at 146th Street, beside the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, a block west of Biscayne Boulevard. a budding car museum and art gallery to be located in a warehouse zone so far from the epicenter of Miamis art scene, Photo by Oscar Hidalgo Continued on page 56 An ensemble of classic cars and star cars including two Batmobiles and a General Lee customized Dodge from The Dukes of Hazzard greeted the guests in the parking lot.

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By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorWhat is arguably the best gingerbread outside of Germany is made at Ness Konditorei Bakery, a neighborhood institution that sits on the bend at NE 118th Street, at the W. Dixie Highway. But owing to changes in the neighborhoods demographics, competition from supermarket bakeries, natural disaster, personal hurdles, and the recession, less of that gingerbread along with varieties of bread, apple strudel, and coffee cake is rolling out of the ovens these days. Run by mother-and-son team Helga and Ray Ness, the authentic German bakery has stood at 11801 W. Dixie Highway, on a sliver of unincorporated Miami-Dade wedged between Miami Shores and North Miami, since the Nesses opened it 40 years ago. Despite a loyal clientele, business started a backward slide about a decade ago, and has slowed to a trickle. Were sitting in a hole, the 73-yearold Helga says. Now a handful of devoted locals Musician, Biscayne Park resident, and ten-year bakery regular Bill Gordon is spearheading a fundraising effort to save Ness Konditorei. (Konditorei is German for pastry shop.) Gordon and others will start with some much-needed cosmetic work on the building. They plan to cover up the current dilapidated sign and, depending on what MiamiDade codes permit, either install a new metal one or paint one on the south-facing side of the building. The group hopes to have the signage done this month. In addition, theyre paying for ad vertising to help generate business. In all, Gordon estimates the cost of the improve ments to be between $500 and $1000. These are hard-working, decent people who deserve a break in the form of some new, steady customers who appreciate what they add to our taste world, Gordon says. My ultimate goal is to see them have more customers. Its a pity to see their stock often so low. I want people to stop by and discover how good their stuff is. Miami Shores resident and bakery enthusiast John Watt agrees, and is tired of seeing independent businesses like Ness Konditorei go under. This is a grassroots effort, Watt says. Their style is so unique, and you cant get some of these things anyplace else. Like Gordon, Watt favors the traditional style apple strudel, or apfelstrudel On a recent day, one customer waltzed in and ordered a half-dozen of the pastries. On another day, a steady stream of customers purchased multigrain and farmers rye bread, stollen, a loaf-shaped holiday cake, and pecan pies. One of them, Emilie Slater, was a former employee who started working at the bakery at age 15 to make extra money. That was in the late 1970s. Helga taught me every work ethic I know, says Slater, who is now in the entertainment business in California. This place used to have a line [to order baked goods] and people would come from all over to get cakes. Glancing around, she adds, Im sad. There used to be twice as many cases. The bakery is indeed a bit bare. While house-made pastries, cookies, and breads are still available (in addition to deli items and prepackaged cookies and candies), in one display case there are doilies with nothing on them. A hot serving area features German dolls. Signage is faded. Helga says shes embarrassed because there used to be so much more. All of Slaters birthday cakes came from the bakery, although she was Helga is no longer accepting cake orders, even though she gets requests for them. She halted the thriving cake business because of a general lack of interest and One customer, Julie Sumitaro, refers to Helga as Mrs. Ness and says she has known her for 30 years. Sumitaro drives from Aventura to buy German pastries because what Ness does is a specialty, to German culture and food by a friend. The friend died three years ago, but Sumitaro still makes the drive to Ness. If the demand is there, why not deliver the goods? Helga says she would need to hire more help and do more advertising, but the money isnt there. Her son, Ray, who lives with her in their house behind the bakery, has not drawn a salary in nine years. The Nesses are also waiting for ing inspection, due in February.No Piece of CakeCan a once-thriving neighborhood bakery survive a string of bad luck and changing tastes? BT photos by Wendy Doscher-Smith Continued on page 57

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54 By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterFor 23 years, the only way to enter Belle Meade by car has been to drive past a security guardhouse at NE 76th Street, a couple of blocks east of Biscayne Boulevard. All other streets leading into the Upper Eastside neighborhood are barricaded to traf home invader from riding his bike through one of the landscaped barri cades and robbing a couple at gunpoint in September 2010. The incident was enough for 92 percent of Belle Meade homeowners to sign a petition asking for the installation of a fence around their neighborhood of 400 homes. Now, more than a year after the home-invasion incident, the city will install fences on top of street barricades along NE 6th Court between NE 72nd Terrace and NE 77th Street, according to Jeovanny Rodriguez, assistant director of Miamis Capital Improvement Programs (CIP). Installation is anticipated to begin mid-March 2012, Rodriguez writes in an e-mail to the BT Project completion is mid-April 2012, weather permitting. But the abbreviated fences wont deter anyone who wants to enter Belle Meade. Federal, state, and county laws forbid public streets from blocking pedestrians, bicycles, and wheelchairs, so each fence will have swinging, un locked gates. simple as that, says Margaret Tynan, president of the Belle Meade Homeown ers Association. What the hell is it good for? Tynan may think fences with gates are useless, but most of her neighbors still want them. Francisco Becerra, a Belle Meade resident since 1995, is hopeful the laws will be tweaked to allow homeowners to lock the gates sometime in the future. For now, even with the gates, the fence is better than nothing, he says. Still, this wasnt the kind of security Belle Meade homeowners had in mind when Tynan and Belle Meade Homeowner Association vice president Frank Rollason circulated a petition last year. It sought permission to install a six-foothigh fence that would run the full length of NE 6th Court, not just atop individual barricades, thus preventing anyone from entering Belle Meade except through 76th Street. And while the security turn anyone away, a description of any vehicle or person who passes through can be obtained. Belle Meade residents had intended to pay for the fence, but Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes Belle Meade and the rest of the Upper Eastside, vowed to have the city pay for the project if more than 70 percent of homeowners supported the plan. There was precedent for Sarnoffs promise. In 2009 the Miami City Commission decided to invest $1.7 million building a ten-foot-tall, half-mile-long wall around Coral Gate, a neighborhood near SW 8th Street and 22nd Avenue, attended the walls unveiling when it was completed in May 2010. But a spokesman for the MiamiDade Public Works Department told the BT never informed the county of either the Coral Gate wall or plans for a Belle Meade fence. After being tipped off by a concerned citizen this past January, proposed fence illegal and demanded the demolition of the Coral Gate wall. (See Tear Down This Wall, March 2011.) Continued on page 59 Criminals Only Past This Point!Does it make sense for taxpayers to spend $70,000 on security fences with swinging gates? BT photo by Jacqueline Doulis

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56 the choice harkens back to Dezers early days in then-industrial Chelsea. Helmut Schuster, proprietor of Galerie Schuster Berlin/Miami and now curator of the gallery portion of the Dezer space, says, I think its a perfect location. Its not far away from MOCA [the Museum of Contemporary Art] and the young, independent, new art spaces around 125th Street. In addition, FIU is important, and well cooperate with them in the future. Im sure the art map in Miami will change completely in 2012. This new area is as strong as Wynwood or the Design District. Its also ideally located for the Dezer realty empire, which stretches from Sunny Isles to Miami Beach (not includSchuster himself stumbled across the collection a few months ago when he was simply driving by and let his curiosity lead him into the parking lot. (The main building is covered in low-relief classic car murals.) After seeing the car collection and speaking with the elder Dezer, Schuster followed up a few weeks DezerContinued from page 51 Continued on page 58 Photo by Oscar Hidalgo

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The trouble for the bakery started with Helgas husbands death in 2003. Roy Ness was also a baker. After that tragedy, my mind was not there, Helga recalls. We were married for 43 years and always working together. The couple moved from Hamm, Germany, to the United States in 1960, making their start in Gary, Indiana, before relocating to South Florida and building the bakery business from scratch. Helga remembers when the only businesses around them were gas stations. Now, amid the auto body and repair shops and convenience stores that have sprung up in the area, there is a Haitian bakery just to the south. (Mama Jennies, the popular Italian eatery, is also nearby.) As the neighborhood changed, crime increased. Helga says she has had a gun in her face seven times over the course of the four decades she has been there. Ray, who is 44, remembers when an intruder broke into their house and spent hours ransacking the place. To top it all off, Hurricane Wilma damaged the building and put them out of commission for several months. Helga thinks thats when a lot of people forgot about them. Some of the problems the Nesses face are not uncommon to mom-andpop businesses. Ron Welsandt, executive director of the North Miami Chamber of Commerce, has lived in nearby North Miami since 1988 and is familiar with the bakery. Back when they put their bakery there, it was very close to Miami Shores, which has always been upscale, and people always went there, Welsandt says. But Welsandt notes the changing de mographics of the area. According to the 2010 census, Hispanics make up 27 percent of the population of North Miami, while blacks constitute 59 percent. Only 12 percent are non-Hispanic white. Not exactly a recipe for success if youre an Old World-style German bakery. Although Haitians and other ethnic groups might be more inclined to gravitate toward establishments catering to Nesses need to beef up their marketing strategies and create a new business plan. In a word, they need to adapt. Welsandt points out that social media marketing is a necessity now. The old phrase, If it aint broke, a high-tech business world, he says. Its too bad. Weve seen businesses in North Miami that have been here forever just go away. For their part, the Nesses do not appear interested in social media. Ray views Twitter as an invitation for robbers. Moving locations is also not an option. Im 73 years old, Helga says. Im not going to move anyplace. So the bakerys future may well come down to the good intentions and efforts of some longtime devotees. And the fact that, as Julie Sumitaro puts it: Some of Ness other place. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BakeryContinued from page 52 PHONE (305) 384-6233 ADDRESS 12550 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 800 Miami, FL 33181 EMAIL rossmanagementgp@aol.comCall 305.384.6233 To Reserve Your Seat Now!LEGAL & IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION AND SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME OPPORTUNITY This seminar is designed to help you:Have a Will prepared or revised at No Cost to you the security and protection of legal advice and representation for less than $1 per day Supplement your incomeDATES: Monday, January 9, 23 | TIME: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, January 12 | TIME: 6-7 p.m. Saturday, January 21 | TIME: 2-3 p.m. ROSS MANAGEMENT GROUP

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58 rehearsals and performance. This year the Gusman was among 56 for a battle of the bands event that was to be co-produced by Sweat Records, a Little Haiti-based independent music store and coffee lounge. In the end, however, Battle of the Bands wasnt among the 31 ideas to receive grants from the foundations $3 million pot of funding. So what sort of acts will the DDA book at Gusman? Thats still being considered. Its a little early to have the bands lined up yet, Betancourt says, although hes sure the lineup will include a mix of local and national acts performing in a variety of musical genres, just like the rest of the concert series. Another challenge Betancourt notes is that, unlike Bayfront Park, the Olympic Theater has limited seating. Were ticketing feature, he says. Such tickets, For more information on the concert series, visit www.dwntwnmiamiconcertseries.com. 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 Gusman CenterContinued from page 50 later and proposed that the space host a show built around the Miami photographer who, along with her famous subject maybe this could be the place where I calls Schuster, because there was such a connection to the 1950s. I thought, Okay lets do a little more. Lets put Bunny this place. retrospective to Dezer, he found himself on the receiving end of a counterproposal: Did Schuster want to become the spaces curator? Schuster was unsure if he could handle the extra work, but ultimately couldnt pass on the deal. At about 35,000 square feet (out of a total 250,000 square feet of exhibition space in the complex), the now-christened Dezer Schauhalle is one of the largest private galleries in the world. Schuster suspects its even larger than the world famous Gagosian do anything small. Although the museum wasnt set to timed to coincide with Art Basel Miami DezerContinued from page 56 Continued on page 59

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that may at least deter criminals from entering Belle Meade, something supported by Roberta Quinn, a Belle Meade resident since 2005. I am for any type of security, she says. with county and state regulations is also increasing the price. Belle Meade received estimates as low as $12,000 for a long fence with no gates, says Rol lason, a former city administrator and BT contributor. In contrast, Rollason is hearing from municipal employees that the gated fence will cost city taxpayers as much as $70,000. Rodriguez insists the work for the fence has not been priced, but admits it will likely cost more than $13,000. The fence job also wont be bid out, but prepared by one of four contractors pre-selected to do capital improvements costing less than $150,000. Ironically, criminal incidents in Belle Meade declined by 29 percent between 2010 and 2011, says Miami Police Commander Manuel Morales, who oversees patrols in the Upper Eastside. During that same period, burglaries attempted car break-ins fell from nine to seven, and vandalism plummeted from 22 to 15, Morales says. However, crime is up in eight of the citys ten Neighborhood Enhancement Team areas, Morales notes. The rest of the Upper Eastside has seen crime increase by ten percent from 2010. Among the more recent incidents was an armed rob bery in Morningside on December 8, 2011, in which two thieves armed with semiautomatic pistols swiped a Louis Vuitton wallet and a cell phone from a couple who had just returned from dinner. Tynan says outsiders walk the streets of Belle Meade all the time, as evidenced by the empty beer bottles found on the swales: They always come in and they will try every car door to see if its unlocked. Still, Tynan thinks there are more affordable ways to prevent crime in Belle Meade than a fence that cant restrict access. For starters, dont leave anything thief, she says. But she also understands why her neighbors still want the fence theyve cause we have a lot of children living here, she says. The whole make-up in ently. Where it was once an adult community, now it is not. Maybe the gates will deter thieves, who knows? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rfrrfntffbrf fttfrfnrrnrtntnnrf frnrrrnrfntbn rrfn t rrtb ffttftffn t t ft rftnrr n rbbrrbb rrbbbrfbrrb rtfn CriminalsContinued from page 54 Beach thrilled partygoers. An ensemble of classic cars and star cars including two Batmobiles and a General Lee customized Dodge from The Dukes of Hazzard greeted the guests in the parking lot, while cocktail waitresses many never displayed before, entertained them on the inside. The opening shows the Future and Ich bin ein Berliner, featuring rising art students from Berlin. ing takes place in February, when the James Bond collection is revealed. Not only will patrons see custom automobiles that would be greatly coveted even without the Bond connection, the staff is also preparing airplanes, motorcycles, underwater vehicles, and other rare memorabilia for display. The opening for that exhibit will celebrate the 60th birthday of the James Bond franchise. Bond novel, Casino Royale in February 1952.) When it is fully operational, the complex will also house an event center capable of accommodating 1500 guests. When not socializing, guests and for that matter, all visitors to the gallery will have plenty to take in. Besides the auto collection and art gallery, there is an indoor drive-in movie theater, a mini bowling alley, a retro diner, a sweets shop, and a gift store. And of course, artwork is for sale, as are some of the cars. Bring your checkbook. Retrospective to the Future and Ich bin ein Berliner run through February 29 at the Dezer Schauhalle, 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami, 954-270-7404. Admission is free. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com DezerContinued from page 58

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARK SS till the S S easonFor our correspondent, the holidays go into overtimeBy Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorThis being the January issue, readers of this column might expect a looking-back or looking-forward column, but the truth is, my family and I will still be knee-deep in the holiday season when this issue hits lawns and mail rooms, and for some time thereafter. No, were not the kind of folks who run out the day after Thanksgiving to purchase our tree, or who make a habit of Christmas in July, so that the holidays will just go on forever. (Not that theres anything wrong with that.) In fact, our little later than the average familys. We usually dont get in the spirit, or even pick up a tree, until after December 15. The reason were still celebrating is that, for us, the season includes a few more dates than most peoples. Part of the reason for this is cultural. My parents are Cuban and, in addition to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, growing up, I also celebrated Three Kings Day. Marking the arrival of the Three Wise Men, or Magi, in Bethlehem following the birth of Christ, Three Kings Day, also known as the Feast of Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6. Thats 12 days after Christmas plus a night for all you carolers out there. Its not, strictly speaking, a Cuban holiday. For generations of children throughout Latin America (as well as Spain), January 6 was the equivalent of Christmas morning here the day presents were unwrapped. As a child, this effectively meant I got two Christmases every year. As a nod to my American upbringing, December 25 was the day I opened most of my presents. (Never on Christmas Eve. No, no, always on Christmas morning.) But then, on January 6, something else would magically appear for me under the tree, which was still up.

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Whos in Your Wallet?A history of ID theft and phony charges have taught our correspondent to stay on top of her credit cardsBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorI have to admit it took us a while, that townhouse, a full dozen of them, I attribMasterCard and Visa would mail out ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERSMom and Pop Small Business Grant Program For Miami-Dade County District 3 Grant Money Available! Up to $10,000 Per Business Applications available January 9, 2012 through January 24, 2012 PICK UP APPLICATIONS AT: Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Vice Chairwoman District Office 5400 NW 22 Avenue Suite 701 Miami, FL 33142 Phone: 305-636-2331 Attn: Akeem Brutus Or Neighbors And Neighbors Associ ation (NANA) 180 NW 62 Street Miami, FL 33150 Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district03 There will be a mandatory information/ workshop meeting explaining the application and requirements held on Tu esday, January 24, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Center 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Room110. Please be on time! Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 24 Jan. 27, 2012 by 5:00pm Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA No late applications will be accepted! For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605 Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA) Please submit 1 original completed application marked ORIGINAL and 1 copy completed application marked COPY. We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records! ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERSMom and Pop Small Business Grant Program For Miami-Dade County District 2 Grant Money Available! Up to$7,500 Per Business Applications available January 2, 2012 through January 17, 2012 Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district02 Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 17 Jan. 20, 2012 by 5:00pm Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA No late applications will be accepted! For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605 Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA) Please submit 1 original completed application marked ORIGINAL and 1 copy completed application marked COPY. We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!PICK UP APPLICATIONS AT: Commissioner Jean Monestimes r District Office 900 NE 125 Street, Suite 200 Miami, FL 33161 Phone: 305-694-2779 Attn: Mac-Kinley Lauriston Or Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA) 180 NW 62 Street Miami, FL 33150 There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the application and requirements held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:00 p.m. at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church 2330 NW 93rd Street Please be on time!

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to an area around the old Bakery Center, before we lost the trail.) Recovering from identity theft is neither simple nor easy. You have to alert the IRS, your banks, and your credit agencies that you are you, and no one else is you but the burden of proof is on you. It seems like it should be the other way around, but, remember, youre not the clever thief. Youre just the law-abiding citizen who never would have thought of this kind of scheme in the photos of you doing everything from drink ing a beer to having a baby, it wasnt that easy to prove your own existence. You also have to think about putting safeguards in place (that, quite frankly, should already be there), like little pop-up tags that alert the cashier department stores and gas stations. The cation, it happened to be by the same salesgirl who had assisted the thief, who was long before online shopping, and the crook was never asked for photo ID. The salesgirl remembered my unusual name, but she thought I was the crook. You can imagine her confusion when I turned out be Caucasian, and Jewish. Once established, these tags should never expire unless you request them to count still operates even though the card that was stolen was actually from Burdines.) But they can be ignored. In fact, it was only recently that I was asked for ing thats where I was born and raised, and thats where my identity was stolen again not too long ago. (Foreshadowing!) I was reminded of this quest to clear my name and my credit while reading the Miami Herald in December. The couple who had a similar problem with identity theft this past year, a fact they taxes and found out that a criminal had already done just that in their place, and collected their refund. Its already time the frustrations that go along with trying to re-establish ones identity, they still havent received their money. It was as I was relating this miserable story to my husband, and simultaneously recalling our own epic horror which haunted us even as we tried to sell our South Beach condo and buy sheepishly admitted something: You know the credit card we dont really use? Well, the banks been calling and leaving messages. I havent really had time to call them back, so Ive sort of been with them. Turns out, someone charged $22,000 on our card. been taken from a store in Jersey we had visited over Thanksgiving. (Flashback: enough.) The $22,000 was charged in three increments at a nearby Target. Still, nearly $8000 worth of merchandise per visit is pretty substantial, especially when you dont even have a physical card to show. Didnt that raise the checkout clerks eyebrows at all? Well, no. So how do you prevent this kind of thing from happening to you? Especially if you live in a perceived high-income criminals are more likely to snoop tant who communicates with the IRS, sible so your legitimate information is known to the computer system. From my own experience, I know that you should call your credit agencies (usually two or three that follow your ratall your charge and credit accounts, even if they havent been anonymously vandalized. Shred docu ments that are going in the trash, even those would-be credit card accounts that youre not accepting. collar, technology-based crime, that dont take out credit for a rainy day because the only life youre going to be stretching a rainbow over is the thiefs, who is pretending to be you until youre not worth an empty pot of gold to piss in. Next month: Crime in Miami Shores, from the trenches or the driveways. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2011Our correspondent looks back on the year that wasBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorHappy New Year to all! As we enter on the Upper Eastside over the past year, keeping in mind that these are my takes. The Good spearheaded by neighbor Jo Wilder and Group, led by Laura Muoz. The neigh the kiddies. owners Shirley and Walter Diaz, stands been reborn, with positive results, as parking lot. The other motels would do neighborhood, and the Upper Eastside in general, thanks in large part to our Thank you, Commander Morales! The Bad under the Julia Tuttle Cause way to the Upper Eastside is an insult. Hardly a week goes by up and down the Boulevard, thanks to COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980 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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these government entities work together to share poles and cut down on the eye pollution, as has been proposed for years by Belle Meade resident Steve Hagen. The Ugly volving the question of who is ultimately responsible for any taxes as a result of leasing space in the parking garages, is a travesty. It is just inconceivable that no one in the city administration, on the would be former Mayor Manny Diaz) picked up on the language that left the city holding the bag again It is either the height of incompetence or it is complicity before the fact. One or the other. tion of Miami Fire Department Division Chief Veldora Arthur for mortgage fraud has brought another scandal to the City of Miami, and a particularly painful wound to yours truly. As a past black female member of our department betrayed the trust placed in her. She has brought shame upon the city, the department, and the black community, which was so proud of her accomplishments. dollars is inexcusable. She was a role model to many, and now only serves as an example of greed and self-indulgence. Art Museum for Jorge M. Prez is somewhere between ugly and silly. Mr. Prezs installment plan for the payment of his millions, which in cludes artwork from his collection in lieu of cash up front, is quite the cats meow. Keep in mind, this is the same individual who wrangled $4.2 million out of the City of Miami to help defray the costs of bay-walk improvements at one of his down town high-rise projects. Why? Because it was just too expensive for him to absorb the cost of the amenities himself. So the city, under then Mayor Manny Diaz, forked over the millions to help out poor Jorge. If Mr. Prez really wants to be philanthropic, perhaps he might consider reimbursing the city for the bay-walk improvements in cash, not artwork. I mean, as long as he is in such a giving mood. Perhaps the city might just con sider naming that portion of the public bay-walk the Jorge M. Prez Promenade. Certainly has a nice ring to it, does it not? business district to a developer to bring in a Publix and a block of high-rise con dential community has to be one of the biggest insults ever to the black commu the principal developer as godlike and spiritual, saying he would certainly keep his word on all promises to the commu like and spiritual, not a developer who, though he may be an honorable person, is in business to make money. intrinsic thread in the fabric of the City of Miami. Its the duty of our city leaders to ensure that these last vestiges of our founding communities be preserved, not whittled away in search of the almighty dollar. With this type of leadership, there will eventually be no Bahamian Village the leaders of the city and shame on all residents for allowing this to happen. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGEBarely TT hereAn Art Basel fashion show goes very, very wrong By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIm standing outside, naked except for pasties and combat boots that scream, If you value your balls, then you best back off. Im surrounded by people in various states of dress and undress, distress and undistress, bustling around me. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the hum. The hum of chaos. The wind blows, causing the whiteits last breath. To my left is a plastic table. On top there are palettes of makeup in every conceivable color. Crammed below are totes of personal belongings. My body is being spray painted primarily with silver. Thats because, for my part in this show, I am a robot. Ive got my arms (non-mechan ical) up in the air, so as not to smudge, as the whisshhh noise of the airbrush pumps pigment onto my bare skin. Welcome to the behind-the-scenes of a fashion show at Art Basel. Truly behind the scenes? Yes. For example: It is 7:00 p.m. The show was supposed to go on at 6:00 p.m. Oops. But this is only the beginning. Because that hum of chaos I just reserved for just these types of occasions. Let me enlighten you. When the lights and music go on, its show time and, no matter what kind of adolescent nonsense, including but not limited to displays of diva-dom, extreme refusing to perform, drug snorting/shooting/smoking, or weapon-brandishing occur, the show, as they say, must go on. Now, if you arrived just a few hours early, or if you could act as a proverbial 19015C Biscayne Blvdin the Aventura Grand Cove Shopping Center305-692-22014571 Weston Roadin the Weston Commons Shopping Center954-217-8644 Long Term Care Insurance BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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68 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMITop of the HeapThe Swerdlow Group has big plans for developing North Miamis big landll By Mark Sell BT ContributorBiscayne Landings future boils down to one stark fact: The City of North Miami needs money, and the Swerdlow Group has it. The posturing and shadowboxing of November have given way to pressure to close the deal so Swerdlow can get develop the property, and start making money. Mayor Andre Pierre and most of the city council want to speed things along. The deal could close as early as mid-January, as late as March. Michael the real labor of love begins. Once the deal is complete, Swerdlow will wire $21.5 million to the city, sparing it more than 100 employee layoffs and painful service cutbacks. Then Swerdlow will spend lots of money: $50 million to clean out the old municipal dump and get the ground and infrastructure ready, and $200 million to build 800,000 square feet of big-box retailer space on 81.5 acres directly behind Target. By mid-2014, expect to see stores for Less, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, BrandsMart, Kohls, perhaps even a Walmart, if not Ikea. Negotiations are well along with retailers; some have signed letters of intent. The complex will resemble Browards 107-acre Oakwood Plaza that runs a mile east of I-95, between Stirling Road and Sheridan Street. Swerdlow successfully developed that property, as well as partnered to build A spine road will snake from Biscayne Boulevard and 143rd Street through the shopping center to 151st Street, connecting to the road that leads from 151st to the 25-story Biscayne Landing twin towers, which by then should have a pool, 14,000-square-foot community center, and lakeside park and promenade. Swerdlow plans a high-end, assisted-living facility for seniors just to the towers northwest, and an independent-living complex just to the southeast. will have a good view of the project, as it will level out at a grade about ten feet higher than the Boulevard, or 17 feet above sea level. Expect a prominent entrance on the widened 143rd Street and more turn lanes on the Boulevard, and the same at the corner of 151st Street.

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If Florida International University can succeed in getting permits a tall order through wetlands the spine road will link to a new entrance running to FIU, via an overpass through wetlands and mangroves. If FIU is not lobbying for this in Tallahassee already, you can bet it will ramp up efforts after the holidays. On the Biscayne Landing side, the start almost instantly this spring: Dig 32 wells from 7 to 70 feet deep, 150 feet apart. These wells will extract ground water with small levels of ammonia (17 parts per billion) and push it into an injection well running 3300 feet into the ground, far below aquifers, into a boulder zone through impermeable substrata rock. Four similar injection wells at the sewage-treatment plant just to the north dump waste to the same location a kilometer into the earth. The idea is to keep ammonia from seeping into Biscayne Bay, just 2000 feet to the east. These wells should be completed by late 2012. To the south and north, from Highland Oaks in North Miami Beach or from the balconies of the twin Biscayne Landing towers expect to hear groaning, grinding, and pounding from bulldozers, cranes, and other heavy equipment, as they level out the hillocks and ridges, unearth garbage 23 feet deep from the old dump, and pound nonbiodegradable diapers, wood, concrete, plastics, glass, and yard clippings. To pulverize that garbage, giant cranes will drop 15,000-pound weights 60 feet, compounding and compressing in a process called deep dynamic compaction. This compressed trash, webbed together, will undergird the roadway and the 50 percent or so of the site that will be capped, or topped with asphalt, concrete, or buildings to ensure that any contaminants from the garbage do not get into the air. Already about 300 to 400 feet of the Biscayne Landing road as been compacted in this way. Once this is done, in the second half of 2013, crews will lay in the utilities: electricity, sewer, and water, followed by the construction of the big-box stores of the parking lot. At the Biscayne Landing Oaks towers, by mid-2012, the Swerdlow Available at ne boutiques worldwide. For the location nearest you please contact: 1.800.226.6362 or info@ribkoff.com Group will likely present plans to the Oaks condominium association for a swimming pool and clubhouse. By this time, Swerdlow will be a controlling presence in the building, as the developer is now in advanced negotiations to buy the 160 unsold units in the 383-unit complex. As part of the deal, Swerdlow will build the community center and a plaza with a coffee shop. Swerdlow is also now in talks with three adult-care providers to build a luxury assisted-living facility along 151st Street, and an independent-living facility nearby. Since utilities and infrastructure are already in place, this higher-end version of John Knox Village in Pompano Beach will probably come online in early 2014. Two parks totaling 14 acres are part of the plan, too. In addition to a lakeside promenade near the twin towers, a second park, of about six acres, including a ball corner of the property near Highland Oaks. This, in sum, is Phase I of the Residential development will come last; perhaps a mid-market rental complex for individuals and families, if and when the more than half the 184 acres and should Swerdlow even has a plan to suppress that wafts from the sewage-treatment ters, as they unclog rags and grit blocking the tubes, a nasty job that requires open ing the vents for their own safety. Michael Swerdlow and two other executives toured the plant, and Swerdlow, appalled, has promised to pay for on-premises equipment to minimize, if not eliminate, the stink in exchange for a break in impact fees. Everything Swerdlow does is designed to enhance the propertys value and thereby make money: Lure proven retailers to a coveted location, collect rents while the city and county get the then, sometime around 2022 or 2023, sell the whole property at a substantial Then, perhaps, the Swerdlow Group will move on to the next conquest. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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70 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aA Living with the Lemming EE ffectIn Aventura, people are born to swarmBy Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorIve lived in Aventura since 2004. Not very long in the grand scheme of things, but long enough to realize that Aventura is an anomaly. It is profoundly different. Different from what? Well, almost anything, anywhere. Nothing that should apply, does. Things that dont make sense, do. Even the people are how to put this surreal. Aventura is one of the only places you can pull into a gas station (I go to the Mobile on Biscayne and 191st Street) and see 25-year-olds gassing up Bentleys and Aston Martins, and 75-year-olds with comb-overs posing by their convertible Porches. Naturally, there are a plethora of garden-variety BMWs and Mercedes. Meanwhile, youll see women drop $750 on a pair of Christian Louboutins at Nordstrom, but complain about the price of tomatoes at Publix. ( Oy, $2.98 a pound? Outrageous! ) Now, put those same tomatoes in Whole Foods, increase the price by two bucks a pound, and people cant buy them fast enough! I think much of this is a result of the it, do it, or deem it okay, others are quick to follow. Granted, not a phenomenon unique to Aventura, but this town is certainly a place where acceptance is important, rules dont necessarily apply, and reality goes out the window more often than not. Dont get me wrong. Its not that I dislike this place. In fact Aventura has lots of appealing qualities. For instance, its centrally located. I can be in Fort Lauderdale or South Beach in 20 minutes. It is safe and clean. And we have a hospital, guaranteeing that if a hurricane knocks out power, were sure to be Our demographics may surprise some. Contrary to popular belief, we are made up of a variety of ethnicities, religions, and age groups. There are even some less-than-rich residents who slipped in. The median age actually appears to be dropping. Broadly speaking, most people who live here have made and are not afraid to spend as long as they frequent the places everyone goes, Lemming Effect. After all, thats how a business becomes the place to dine or meditate or groom your pet or shop. Yes, Aventura has a ton of shopping. There are the small shops like Jessie (a real crowd favorite), Wink, SoMi, 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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Starstruck Style, and C. Madeline (the most famous vintage shop in town). Some are new and some have been here for years. Some will last and some wont. And of course there is The Mall rias Secret, the Gap, Banana Republic. Cookie-cutter stores with cookie-cutter clothes. I know Ill choose the independent entrepreneur every day. But hey, thats just me. The same applies to restaurants. There are small family or individually owned places like Pilar, Timo, Etzel Itzik Deli, Barrio Latino, and Juice & Java. Love these. They are original, personal, and fresh. Then there are the safe and familiar chains, including Houstons, P.F. Changs, and Mortons. They stand adjacent to each other along Biscayne Boulevard, forming a kind of culinary theme park. And they are always jammed. A huge new Olive Garden just opened front and center on the Boulevard, where Fuddruckers used to be. Really ? Is this a favored dining destination for people who supposedly want only the best? Im not judging. Im just saying. As a born-and-bred Manhattan girl who has been a writer for more than 20 years, I will always side with the little guy. I understand why people feel comfortable in chain outlets, but let me not digress too far. The point is that if Aventura locals, both young and old, have traveled and seen, tasted and experienced amazing and unique things, why gravitate toward the typical? Is it the business itself, or are there other factors? Lets consider location. Any business operating west of Biscayne Boulevard is tract die-hard Aventurans, giving literal meaning to wrong side of the tracks. No rhyme or reason. Its simply not in vogue. At least not yet Not until that one then it starts looking good. However, opening a hair salon or lounge in one of the well-known centers may increase chances for success, but prime location alone is no guarantee. The recently opened Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is lovely, spacious, and well-appointed. Its location at the foot of 188th Street places it in a neighborhood that is home to Aventuras largest concen tration of youthful professionals. Between the Artech, Atrium, and Uptown Lofts condominiums, I can honestly say Ive never seen anyone older than 50 on the block. But will they walk down the street for live drama or symphonic music? Or will they prefer to party around the corner at Avenue 29, the newly opened night club? Perhaps both. Local entrepreneurs are desperately seeking ways to keep the youthful and young-at-heart here in town. So I began posing a question: What would make you a loyal customer to any kind of business? After asking more than a dozen people, the consensus answer was this: Give us something good. Something good? Does that mean the service? The concept? The quality? The cool factor? That proved to be much more complicated. Ive watched many small businesses restaurants, clothing stores, hair salons, gift shops open with the promise of great success, only to have their hopes and dreams die painful deaths. Asian World Fusion (the leastknown but best local Chinese) closed in mere months. Richard & Co., after years in business, has departed and been replaced by a new hopeful called Zen Zen Salon. Yogen Frz, a gimmicky yogurt store, opens its doors just as That Cool Caf, which offered delicious yogurt, has closed for the summer after less than two years in operation. Shall I go on? So what does it take to make it in this town? At this point, I still cant answer the question, but I promise, as I probe more deeply into this city and its residents, I will try. Along the way, and with your help, I hope to uncover intriguing trends, quirks, tips, and obscurities. Maybe Ill even expose some of those things we just dont talk about here in Aventura. Editors note: Experiencing a bit of dj vu? Thats because this was Sharis debut column, 17 months ago. She did have a fresh column ready for this issue, but it got zapped, along with her comput tion just before she set sail on a cruise. looming deadline. We were hoping for a shipboard miracle, but we ran out of time. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 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

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72 Culture: THE ARTSBooty Call at SundanceThe Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke has a group of local lmmakers riding high on the festival circuitBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorA festival in the United States, Sundance, which starts on January 19, The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke was selected as one of only 64 short a rising star on the local arts scene, script Cocaine Cowboys The U and Square Grouper Freaky Times right, and puts a spotlight on cultural of a new year. La Jete takes place in a post-nuclear-war world. In this updated version, Uncle Luke around these parts has successfully fought for the right of free speech of all But then the Turkey Point nuclear power a radioactive wasteland, which Uncle As Nasty as They Wanna Be with Leyva in the past. In his younger Converging Harmonies I Am Your Grandmother rrffntbttf Photos courtesy of Jillian Mayer

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little indie production. Thats when Evan Rosenfeld of Rakontur got involved, pull ing Campbell into the project. Campbell, Mayer says, also worked well within her own artistic exploration: I was into the fact the he plays with notions of identity and public personas, which is something I address in my own work. Mayer is predominantly a video artist who incorporates performance and installation into her work. Shes represented by the David Castillo Gallery in Wynwood and currently has a solo show at the home of the Scholl Collection, World Class Boxing, through January. A previous short she made with Leyva, called I Am Your Grandmother was an eye-catcher in 2011 at the Castillo Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary eventually, on the Internet, becoming a viral hit. Grandmother has been making a tour of Guggenheim museums, screening in New York, Bilbao, and Berlin. As Mayer was developing her artistic vision in a blossoming visual arts scene over the past decade, Leyva was graduating from the New World School of the Arts High School, where he had helped work, called UnMinced. While he and school, some of them wanted to capitalize on what they felt was a talented pool enced by an increasingly vibrant Miami. So Leyva returned to found the alternative Borscht Film Festival, which, according to the group, is a quasi-yearly event held at iconic Miami venues that telling Miami stories that go beyond the typical portrayal of the city as a beautiful, but vapid party town, forging the cinematic identity of the city. Now entering its eighth year, Borscht has evolved from a loose and amorphous entity into something far more solid. In 2011 Sundance picked up the animated short Xemoland made by Borscht alum and Key Biscayne native Daniel Cardenas, about a seven-year-old boys alternative universe on that well-to-do screened at international festivals this past year. The exposure has paid off: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has recognized the Borscht mission, and has awarded it a $150,000 Knight Arts Challenge matching grant. making duo Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben, has thrown support behind the festival as well. Leyva and Icollaborate on almost all our creative projects in one way or another, says Mayer. But this They were really positive and encouraged in general. Hence this project involving contributions from across Miamis contem porary cultural spectrum music, writing, Now the group is packing its bags for Sundance. Just what the broader culture will make of Luther Campbell and Mi amis freaky world is anyones guess. But with projects such as this, Miami artists are cultivating a unique identity for themselves and their hometown. Says Mayer, who will be one of the team on a plane out West later this month: Were really excited to bring booty-bass music to Utah! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Life and Freaky T imes

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74 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIES 101/EXHIBIT 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through February 8: Undertow by Jason Shawn Alexander 12345 WEST DIXIE STUDIO AND GALLERY 12345 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-895-2553 www.dixieimageworks.com Through January 31: Resurrection II with Paul Morris and Randy Burman ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Ongoing: Natures Pulse by Debra Holt ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Through January 21: Faces of China by Tom Salyer ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-587-0172 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through January 4: Caleidoscopio with Pedro Sandoval, Santiago Betancur, Dario, Luis Jimenez, Paola Restrepo, Dana Milik, Adriana Carvalho, David Zalben, Breceda, Moleiro, and Romgo January 2 through 31: Untouched with Pedro Sandoval, Nelly Del Rio, Santiago Betancur, Dario, Luis Jimenez, Moleiro, Romgo, Orkomo, Suarez Molinares, and Alex Garcia Reception January 14, 2 to 10 p.m. ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through January 28: The Eyes, Sometimes by Karina Peisajovich AMY ALONSO GALLERY 750 NE 124th St., North Miami 305-975-6933 www.alonsored.com Call gallery for exhibition information ART FUSION 1 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com January 2 through March 19: Odyssey 2012 with various artists Reception January 14, 6 to 10 p.m. ARTSEEN GALLERY 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com/ Call gallery for exhibition information ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Through January 31: 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, Arturo Correa, and Jorge Segui BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX 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 BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 180 NE 39th St., #210, Miami By appointment: info@ Through January 14: Mary, Richard, Clouds & Dirt by Richard Haley BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY 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 January 14 through February 29: This Is Not Taxidermy by Enrique Gomez de Molina Reception January 14, 2 to 9 p.m. BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com January 11 through February 27: Levitation by Victor Sydorenko Reception January 11, 6 to 9 p.m. BORINQUEN ART GALLERY 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 BRIDGE RED STUDIOS / PROJECT SPACE 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through January 29: 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 Reception January 8, noon to 4 p.m. BUTTER GALLERY 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information CALDWELL / LINFIELD GALLERY & STUDIO 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Ongoing: Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture by Susanna Caldwell CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Through January 29: You Are Here Forever with Robert Melee, Franklin Evans, Greg Lindquist, Suzanne Stroebe, Hackworth Ashley, Ernesto Burgos, Pinar Yolacan, Edgar Serrano, David Brooks, and Renata Padovan, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud CARIDI GALLERY 758 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Through January 31: Danny Esquenazi CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415, www.visual.org Through January 14: Travelers in Time by Lluis Barba CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-292-0411 www.charestweinberg.com Through February 29: Black Sculpture by Fernando Mastrangelo CHRISTOPHER MIRO GALLERY 71 E. Flagler St., Miami 305-741-0058 www.christophermirogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information CS GALLERY 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Ongoing: Group Show with various artists CURATORS VOICE ART PROJECTS 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com January 5 through 14: Time & Place by Susy Iglicki DANIEL AZOULAY GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information DEZER SCHAUHALLE MIAMI 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami 954-270-7404 www.dezerschauhalle.com Through February 29: Retrospective to the Future by Bunny Yeager Ich bin ein Berliner with various artists, curated by Verena Tafel and Helmut Schuster DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami Through January 31: Thoughts, Meditations, Acts by Xawery Wolski Reception January 14, 6 to 10 p.m. DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305 573-4046 www.diasporavibe.net January 1 through March 31: New Possessions: Caribbean Artists in the US. Call to artists in the Diaspora with various artists DIMENSIONS VARIABLE 171 NE 38th St., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net dv@dimensionsvariable.net January 14 through February 18: The Unit by Alice Raymond Reception January 14, 7 to 10 p.m. DINA MITRANI GALLERY 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 Swimming, Smoking, Crying

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www.dinamitranigallery.com Through January 20: Minimally Baroque curated by Chuck Ramirez and Patricia Ruiz-Healy DORSCH GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com Through February 3: Full Salute by Mette Tommerup Modern Trance by Martin Murphy DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 51 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through January 10: Argentine Photography with Juan Sebastian Bruno, Bruno Dubner, Marcelo Grosman, Ignacio Iasparra, Cecilia Lenardn, Jorge Mio, Oligatega, Guillermo Ueno, and Alejandra Urresti ELITE ART EDITIONS 2732 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 754-422-5942 www.elitearteditions.com January 14 through 30: Reception January 14, 6 to 10 p.m. ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 FLAGLER ART SPACE 172 W. Flagler St., Miami FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com January 10 through February 4: Reception January 10, 6 to 9 p.m. GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Through January 20: New Sculpture by ORLAN GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI 2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-266-2445 www.galleryschuster.com THE GALLERY AT MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 601 NE 107th St., Miami Shores 305-610-3921 Through January 15: Wondering by London Tsai GALLERY 212 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com January 6 through February 11: Hysterical Sublime by Richard Hoglund Reception January 6, 6 to 9 p.m. GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com 2628 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 561-251-1375 GREY AREA 130 NW 24th St.,   Miami www.greyareamiami.com HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami www.hardcoreartcontemporary.com Through February 4: Down & Under with Consuelo Castaeda, Gaston Ugalde, and Milton Becerra Reception January 14, 7 to 10 p.m. HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 Through February 26: Astilla en el Ojo by Rodrigo Echeverri Calero JG PLATFORM GALLERY 282 NW 25th St., Miami Space Lighting Studio 305-573-0208 KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through February 25: 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Through February 3: Black Collection by Salustiano Reception January 14, 7 to 10 p.m. KELLEY ROY GALLERY 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 KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506, www.galerieleliamordoch.com Through February 2: Is Art An Antidepressant? with various artists LOCUST PROJECTS 155 NE 38th St., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through January 28: Cores & Cutouts by Ruben Ochoa MAOR GALLERY 3030 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-9995 http://maormiami.org Through January 31: MIAMI ART SALON 36 NW 36th St., Miami 305-775-9683 www.miamiartsalon.com MIAMI ART SPACE 244 NW 35th St., Miami 305-757-6000 www.miamiartspace.com MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, CENTRE GALLERY 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, FREEDOM TOWER 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 Through January 8: by Kadir Nelson MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, GALLERY NORTH 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu MIAM-DADE COLLEGE, HOMESTEAD ART SPACE 500 College Terr., Homestead 305-237-5000 www.mdc.edu/homestead MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, KENDALL GALLERY 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Through January 15: Antonio Chirinos, Alberto Meza, and Yomarie Silva DESIGN 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-428-5700 www.artinstitutes.edu/miami MICHAEL PEREZ POP ART GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami 516-532-3040 www.michaelperez-artist.com Through February 1: Together Series by Michael Perez MORE FUNNER PROJECTS 180 NE 39th St., Miami 786-512-4130 MYRA GALLERIES 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com Through January 31: New York-New York by Paul Ching-Bor Pop Art World With Swarovski Crystals by Milani Emptiness

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76 NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 January 26 through February 24: ALLTOGETHERNOW: Explorations in Digital Art and Video with various New World School of the Arts students Reception January 26, 6 to 9 p.m. NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 Through January 28: International Art Exhibition with various artists Reception January 14, 8 to 10 p.m. NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information O. ASCANIO GALLERY 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Through January 15: The Visionary Eye: Contemporary Masterworks with Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar, Victor Vasarely, Bernar Venet, and Carlos Cabeza PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through February 4: Urbanitas with Gustavo Acosta, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Tony Berlant, Luis Camejo, Carlos Estevez, Jos Manuel Fors, Carlos Gallardo, Milton George, Gory, Santiago Porter, Magnus Sigurdarson, and Tracey Snelling PAREDES FINE ARTS STUDIO 2311 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 www.miguelparedes.com Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes Reception January 14, 7 to 11 p.m. PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2900 www.praxis-art.com Through January 14: Fly Over by Teresa Diehl PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com 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 Reception January 14, 7 to 11 p.m. SAMMER GALLERY 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html Through January 30: The Forms of Light by Romulo Aguerre SPINELLO PROJECTS 150 NE 42nd St., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information STASH GALLERY 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 www.stashgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 3821 NE 1st Ct., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information TONY WYNN MODERN ART GALLERY 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 www.tonywynn.com Ongoing: Patriotica by Tony Wynn THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Through February 25: Isolations with Lilly McElroy, Dana Meilijson, Rodolfo Vanmarcke, and Missy Nuzzo WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS FINE ART 201 NE 39th St., Miami 305-576-6960 Call gallery for exhibition information WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 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 YEELEN ART GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Unit 306, Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition informationMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org January 7 through February 19: Potential Amendments with Jenny Brillhart, Vincent Hemphill, and Moira Holohan Reception January 7, 7 to 10 p.m. BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through February 12: Laurent Grasso Through March 4: Beauty Business by Erwin Wurm CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) 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 DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 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 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 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 LEGAL ART 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 LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI 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 January 28 through March 25: From the Vault: Building a Legacy 60 Years of Collecting at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami with various artists Reception January 27, 7:30 to 10 p.m. MIAMI ART MUSEUM 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 22: Schneebett by Enrique Martinez Celaya Through March 18: Focus Gallery: Marcel Duchamp by Marcel Duchamp, curated by Rene Morales January 15 through February 26: If the Face Had Wheels by Dana Schutz Reception January 14, 6 to 9 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 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 THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Through April 28: New Exhibitions with various artists THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through July 27: American Exuberance with various artists WORLD CLASS BOXING 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 Forecaster WERE HIRING! 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Mad About MacbethMad Cat Theatre is the rebel of the local stage scene, its original and off-off-off Broadway productions sparking up Miami for the past decade. Headed by Paul Tei (who has a recurring role on TVs Burn Notice ), Mad Cat now makes its home at the new Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). To kick off the 2012 season, the company debuts Macbeth and the Monster about little Macbeth being read a bedtime story so scary he might shout, Out, out damned classic! The play comes from Los Angeles playwright Angela Berliner, the director of spiritual West Coast cousin LEnfant Terrible theater group. Mini Macbeth runs through Sunday, January 8 and, unlike previous performances, this one is for all ages. For tickets, go to www.madcattheatre.org.Fresh-Air Markets to Spare All those processed, tasteless vegetables, fruits, and breads in the grocery aisle have created an interest in organic, fresh, and native foods hence the number of open-air farmers markets. Every Thurs day in January (through March), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., North Miami holds its market at the MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St.). A little farther south, the Barry University Green Market sets up shop Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at NE 2nd Ave. and 115th St., with bonsai and orchid arrangements accompanying the usual organic fare. And then there are the two year-round markets close to BT ter ritory: Normandy Village at the fountain on 71st Street (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and the new Brickell Green Market at Central Park, 1300 S. Miami Ave. (Satur days, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).Heavenly ChoirIf you havent heard yet, Seraphic Fire is one of the best cultural bets in town. Made up of singing professionals from all over the contemporary, sacred to secular, the all-star ensemble is celebrating its tenth anniversary. To commemorate this notable birthday, the choir will appear at churches in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, from Wednesday, January 11, to Sunday, Janu ary 15 Bike Back in TimeWant to see what South Florida looked like when Native Americans navigated the bay, One of the best-preserved slices of Old Florida is Bear Cut in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Designated an environmental study area, the hammocks and oceanfront wilderness of Bear Cut are the real (original) thing. Go exploring on a Miami-Dade County EcoAdventures Bike Tour on Sunday, January 15 Starting at 1:30 p.m., the bike ride also takes in the old Crandon Park Zoo site (now Crandon Gardens) and the Village of Key Biscayne. Meet up at 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Reservations are required. Please call 305-365-3018.What, You Cant See a Movie With Your Mother? The Miami Jewish Film Festival is back for a 15th year, at venues that include the Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, the Regal South Beach Cinema, and the Sun rise Cinema in Broward. The Jewish thread can be broad, from political and historical come from a surprising number of countries. The Roundup about an especially dark moment in World War II, was from France, while a popular favorite was an Israeli-German production about a corpse in a bakery. The festival runs from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, January 29 For schedule and tickets, go to We Can Dance If We Want ToOne of the most remarkable and distinguished dance events in Miami, now in its 12th edition, is the annual danceAble production. It has long left the curiosity factor behind, and shown the world what a group of dancers, including those with disabilities, can do. This year AXIS Dance Company recently featured on So You Think You Can Dance will premiere Full of Words co-produced by Tigertail Productions and the Florida Dance Association. The mixed-ability troupe will create a dialogue using their bodies and movements on Saturday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $35. For more informa tion, please go to www.tigertail.org.Lets Meet in the LobbyDowntown Miami, despite its high-rise renaissance, is still largely unexplored terrain, especially when it comes to the districts historic buildings. That can be corrected on Monday, January 30 with a tour of some of the more spectacular lob bies in town, including those of the Ingra ham and Alfred DuPont buildings. Cour tesy of HistoryMiami, Michael Pearlman will lead Hungry for History: Elegant introducing the uninitiated to the grand style of the early 20th Century. The tour runs a lunchtimefriendly 11:00 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $20; $30 for nonmembers. Meet at Histo ryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St. For more in formation or to reserve your space, e-mail citytours@historymiami.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Play It Again, CarmenBizets Carmen playing at the Aven tura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6 is one of the most performed operas of all time, and with its Toreadors Song one of the most famous in opera history. Melodrama is part of the genre, but the story of Carmen the gypsy woman and her tor tured lover, Jos, took it to new heights, music. Ballet Etoile does not intend to tone it down, with partially clothed dancers who drive home the point that passion can be as much about destruc tion as it is about love. Shows are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $32. Please visit www.aventuracenter.org. Return to the AvenueA decade ago, local performance artist, dancer, and writer Teo Castellanos burst onto the scene with the one-man stage show NE 2nd Avenue Its wit and energy thrilled audiences, and it went on to win a prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival award before touring the world. For its tenth anniversary, the Haitian jitney driver, Puerto Rican drug dealer, Cuban rafter, and other characters return home, this time to the Carnival Studio at the Arsht Center (1444 Biscayne Blvd.), from Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 21 For tickets and show times, go to arshtcenter.org. Fired Up For FlamencoFlamenco has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it one of the most popular forms of dance for both concerts and lessons. The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1444 Biscayne Blvd.) gives a nod of its own the form with the Arte Flamenco Festival running Saturday, January 7, to Sunday, January 15 It will kick off with Suma Flamenco Miami Gala featuring both local and international musicians and dancers, and culminate with Mi Calle Flamenco straight out of Andalusia. All events will be at the Carnival Studio Theater. Times vary. Please consult www.arshtcenter.org.

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78 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatLocksmiths Pick Their Victims100 Block of NE 11th Street Things are bad out there, and theyre only getting worse. At this establishment, someone picked the lock of the front door and subsequently changed the lock on two separate occasions. There is video of the incidents. Victim thinks its an inside job perpetrated by a disgruntled ex-employee who hired a locksmith to do the deed. Sound equipment is now missing from the business. There are no real leads, but the owner is going to take the video to police. The lesson to be learned here is that your friendly neighborhood locksmith will sell out to the highest bidder. Apparently its not personal, just business as usual in Miami.Forget the Laptops, I Want to Know About His Hemorrhoids100 Block of NE 82nd Terrace Doctor had secured his practice, but that a side door had been pried open. Though there was computer equipment in Miami lowlifes have now compromised the personal information of patients. Did you know that, on the black market, mediShould you receive a random phone call from someone trying to sell you Viagra for your penile dysfunction, know that you are not alone your neighbors likely know about this, too.If You Build It, They Will Take It2700 Block of NE 2nd Avenue This business owner wanted to beautify her business by planting trees around it. Were living in Miami, and were here, in part, to celebrate the wonders of nature. The problem is that the celebration of nature is a popular theme. Upon arriving one morning, the business owner discovered that all the trees were missing, leaving unseemly holes in their absence. Robbers had brazenly removed the trees, likely in an effort to make their own home or crack house pleasing to the eye. In the Garden of Eden that is Miami, not even Adam could have envisioned a world where sinners would actually take the whole tree.Scary Moment in Palm Grove100 Block of NE 80th Terrace This serious Crime Beat entry should serve as a reminder to Miami residents Compiled by Derek McCann

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to be wary of their surroundings. A man was parking his car when he was approached by two gun-wielding robbers. The door of the car was unlocked, so the crooks were able to open it and reach into the mans pocket, taking $400 in extra caution, no matter where you are. There are armed bandits in Miami looking for victims. Its all they do. All day. This is only one of several incidents to have occurred along the Biscayne Corridor in the past month.Will a Footlong Fit in That Bag?200 Block of NE 3rd Street While some criminals rob banks for a living, there are others who aim slightly lower. Man wearing a black baseball cap and dark sunglasses walked into a Subway and ordered a sandwich, then claimed he had a bomb in his bag and was going to blow up the store unless the cashier handed over the money. The cashier was apparently unimpressed with the lame bomb threat and pressed the alarm button. The man ran out of the store. He didnt even get his sand wich. The only thing taken was the labor required to make the sandwich. If you were a criminal and had a bomb, would you seriously target Subway for your big payday? Blimpie locations are now on notice.Take My Car, Please7000 Block of N. Miami Avenue Man got out of his car and entered the convenience store of the Shamrock Gas station. He left his keys in the ignition because he was only going to be a minute. Unbeknownst to him is that, in Miami, a minute is 57 more seconds than the average criminal needs to steal your wheels. Criminals are in perpetual queue here, waiting for their next score especially the easy ones. The car was quickly stolen and the man was stranded. We gather this so-called victim just wanted his insurance company to buy him a new car. Good luck with that.Makeup Bandit Leaves Only Lipstick Trace 4800 Biscayne Blvd. The holiday season has passed and what better gift to have given than makeup. pretty, after all. A man placed Maybelline products inside his bag while he was walking down the makeup aisle at CVS. Another customer noticed this and told store personnel. The man then made a run for it, but store security gave chase, forcing him to drop the bag. The makeup was returned to the shelves. Guess his woman had to go with a more natural look this holiday season. Maybe They Were Just Helping Him Move200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Our victim was moving out of his resi dence when he placed a bunch of items next to his car rather than placing them in his car, under lock and key. He went back upstairs and gathered more items, only to discover, upon his return, that his belongings were gone. There is video of the incident, as this happened in a garage. What a way to say goodbye to a neighbor!Unlike Buses, Miami Crooks Run on Schedule7500 Block NE Miami Court Man was waiting for the bus when he really have to do something about the long waits for buses.) He was rudely awakened by four men punching him in the face. They dragged him from the bench and continued to punch him in the face, causing multiple injuries. They then took his wallet. Strangely, they only used the wallet to further pummel his face, dropped the wallet, then ran off. That must have been some wallet. No leads in this case. The man reportedly is still waiting for his bus.Ride Rage79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard Bus driver let a man on a bus who angrily asked, How much? When told about the two-dollar fare, the man re fused to pay. Bus driver told him to get off the bus and began to close the door. Once the door closed, the incensed man kicked the door, causing the glass to shatter. The bus driver drove away. We know. We cant believe it, either. Two bucks to ride a bus? Thats if it shows up, of course. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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80 Columnists: PARK PATROLAll-Star ParksThe top ten green spaces in Miami-Dade By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorHeres an easy New Years resolution to keep: Visit the best parks in town. ultimate bucket list of which neighborhood parks deserve your patronage. Plan to visit one per month, or hit them all in less than two weeks. Its your choice and these are your parks. You paid for them. Miami-Dade County beats the City of Miami on this list, four parks to three, but there is also a hidden winner: the City of North Miami. Within a few miles parks, including number one. As the nations only professional local park critic, I have been honored (and paid) to visit and review a new park every month since March 2007. With more than 50 parks under my belt, I feel parks in Biscayne Times territory northeast Miami-Dade. All parks are rated four trees or above. This list centers on the mainland around the Biscayne Corridor and excludes Miami Beach. So from Biscayne Boulevards peak in Aventura to its terminus downtown at the Miami River, here are the best parks according to Park Patrol. In reverse order, and with a new nickname for each, they are: 10. Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University: The Free Oleta. Although not technically a park, the campus is public property and used frequently by the public. Regular dog and human walkers know to avoid the buildings and head for the quiet trails at the end of 135th Street. A few years ago, these folks pressured the university to abandon plans to pave over the trails, but now FIU is at it again, saying it needs the trails for an access road. Well see about that. The trails begin with an environmental preserve that leads into mangrove forests, over canals, and alongside one of the largest open stretches of glistening Biscayne Bay to be found anywhere. And unlike the other Oleta, its neighboring state park, this one is completely free. 9. Highland Oaks Park: The Anti-Mall. Escape the madness of Aventura Mall at this nearby park with some surprisingly thick elements of nature. Operated by Miami-Dade County and adjacent to schools of the same name, Highland Oaks has a side for sports soccer, beach volleyball, baseball and a side for strolling around the lake. The ducks here are fat and happy. 8. East Greynolds Park: Dogs n Mud. Not to be confused with the number two park on this list, East Greynolds is also known as the doggie park. One dog parks in the county, the Northeast Regional Dog Park lies east of Biscayne Boulevard and takes up about a third of the parks space, while other sections offer thick woods or pockets along the bay, where is an entrance fee, and the large half of the dog park has mud issues, but it also offers doggie baths and showers. 7. Morningside Park: Loops on the Bay. This hidden pearl on 55th Terrace saved the Upper Eastside shoreline from the fate of neighborhoods north of 79th Street, where the bay is untouchable owing to an unbroken string of private residences. Its also the areas best public launch for a boat or kayak. Mingle with the locals by speaking their language: Tennis, anyone? 6. Margaret Pace Park: Thrones on the Bay. This excellent location earns the title of biggest gainer from its makeover in 2003, which included the installation of a set of towering ceramic thrones decorated by local art students. These eight acres on the water offer everyone in the Omni/Edgewater communities a place beach volleyball, and tennis and be seen walking the dog. 5. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park: Horsing Around in Town. Not to be confused with Santas (Dis-) Enchanted Forest! One block west of the 135th Street Starbucks and the Boulevard, this sizeable spread in North Miami has a little of everything and a lot of mature oak trees. It keeps good company with Arch Creek Park (number three) and the street of tasteful holiday lights, Enchanted Place. Who knew we had horse stables this close to Target? BEST PARKS IN NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADEPark Rating BT photos by Jim W. HarperOleta River State Park State Greynolds Park County Arch Creek Park County Belle Meade Mini Parks City of Miami Enchanted Forest City of North Miami Margaret Pace Park City of Miami Morningside Park City of Miami East Greynolds Park County Highland Oaks Park County FIUs Biscayne Bay Campus State University

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4. Belle Meade Mini Parks: Little Hood that Could. W hile these two parks are quite modest, they offer something that most Miami neighborhoods lack: spaces for daily for parents, and the other park opens the gate for dog owners. While technically run by the City of Miami, these parks are clearly the property of the neighborhood. It took a local hero, and a village, to occupy that little dog park. 3. Arch Creek Park: La Flaca . Like a Venezuelan beauty queen, this While diminutive, it excels in natural beauty and the quality of its native plants. By preserving the forested Biscayne Boulevard of yesteryear, this park poses the question: What happened to the rest of Miami? It would seem that the other beauty queens were scalped. 2. Greynolds Park: Long and Winding Road. One of the oldest parks in South Florida, Greynolds could be called our noble gray lady. The parks many roads and walking paths wind around a golf course, a covered bridge, a bird sanctuary, a villa on the lake, and many pavilions in the woods. Drive, bike, jog, walk, or paddle along the pinkie of Oleta River. 1. Oleta River State Park: El Gordo . As a 1000-acre state park, Oleta ranks as Floridas largest urban park, and on par with its best. It is our areas Central Park, and actually larger than the one in New York. While hardly a neighborhood park, Oleta is the tropical mangrove forest that faces a strip mall. It is the contradiction that is Miami. Its also the best place in town for a barbecue. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Shira Abergel in Alices Adventures in Wonderland/Photo by Pavel Antonov, 2010rf ntb rf nt Feb 1 March 11, 2012

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82 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETSDoggys TT o-Do L L i stTheres no end to the number of activities out there for your pet By Lisa Hartman BT ContributorLast month Hilary Swank was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show talking about her latest movie. Ellen, knowing full well that Hilary is an animal lover with a menagerie of pets at home, presented her with a gift for her in a tank all day, hoping to have something to do or something interesting to footage on Ellen over hurdles, went through hoops, and even navigated through weave polls. Of course, it was all a put-on. But as doctored as the footage may have been, why not have an agility that matter? Boredom, lack of physical activity and, especially lack of mental stimulus are the causes of most of the problems we see with our pets. So its always important to seek out new adventures for our furry (or scaly) friends, to give them a more interesting life. For those who havent gotten the memo, doggy dock diving has hit South Florida. The doggy beach where the fun happens is located in Hollywood, facility has a big manmade lake in which seen dock diving for dogs, its quite exciting. Jumps are measured in distance or height, usually with an emphasis on distance. Generally it is for toy-driven dogs that like the water. Many owners start teaching their dogs to jump by tossing a toy into the water for the dog to go after. Small tosses lead to bigger tosses, and the dogs are enthusiastically encouraged to jump. The dock dive and water dog park is currently open Saturdays and Wednesdays from

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Pups, a South Florida group dedicated to bringing you more activities for your dog is at the helm of this wonderful enterprise (www.p-pups.com). Can your dog catch a Frisbee? Disc dogging is another fun activity that has gained tremendous popularity. There are even national and international competitions where the best of the best compete. Freestyle is where you develop a choreographed routine of disc catches, tricks, and fancy dance moves all set to music. The distance competition, on the other hand, is just that: You need to throw the Frisbee a certain distance, and your dog must catch it and bring it back to you as many times as possible in the allotted amount of time. For this, owners must acquire a skill as well that of learning to throw the disc properly so your dog can catch it. Competi tions and clinics are held several times a year and, as luck (and our weather) would have it, some of the best competing disc doggers reside in South Florida. Check it out when you can, or just take the leap and get your dog involved. Perhaps your dog isnt a jock, but very friendly, well behaved, and brings smiles to all he meets? Being a therapy dog may be his calling. Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the best are with the Canine Assisted Therapy Program, or CAT for short. With CAT, dogs must pass the American Kennel Clubs Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test before moving on to more cally for therapy dogs. Dogs are evaluated for their strengths and special areas where they might excel. For example, some dogs do better with children, while others might work better with the elderly. There are tests to see how well the dogs listen to their owner, and how they handle wheelchairs, people with disabilities, and anything else that may come into play. Team building with your dog is emphasized, which is at the forefront of all training, obedience and sports included. Therapy or get on their mailing list, contact them at www.cat-dog.org. They may not learn to rub two sticks not, there are Dog Scout troops across the country, including in Florida. Dog Scouts can earn badges just like Boy or Girl Scouts can. Scout owners must agree to adhere to rules of conduct, such as always setting a good example (picking up poop, following leash laws) and being kind to dogs and other dog owners in public. They even have drill teams where dogs perform obedience behaviors in tandem. The best place for more information on Dog Scouts of America is the parent website, www.dogscouts.org. Agility competitions are probably the fastest-growing and most addicting animal sport in the country. An agility in a different order every time. The dog handler is allowed to walk the course beforehand and strategize on the best and fastest way to lure the dog through, as speed and accuracy are judged. All of this takes time to learn and much practice for the dog and handler to to take on the various obstacles, such as jumping through hoops, running through chutes, and walking over dog walks. But agility is not just for dogs. Cats enjoy it, too, and are usually lured by a shiny toy the owner shakes over the obstacles. I have also seen pet pigs tackle agility courses, and I am sure other pet versions are not far behind. Whatever your pets strengths or weaknesses, there is an activity out there for you and your furry friend that will strengthen the relationship between you and provide lots of fun in the process. 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 r fntbt tr r tr trbbbrtbtrt tnt t rb Agility competitions are probably the fastest-growing and most addicting animal sport in the country.

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84 Caring for Mother Earth, GlamorouslyWhat the environmental movement needs is a little pizzazz By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorGlamorous people of Miami, unite to save the planet! The green movement needs a makeover. Its signature color is fading like a dead Kermit the Frog settling into rigor mortis. People are so distracted by the economy of Miss Piggy (Wall Street) and her wardrobe (Washington) that they cant see the giant frog of death in front of their faces. It isnt easy being green when your life force has gone gray. The traditional centers of power in the U.S. are so 2011, and so very, very anti-green, and that is why the new and improved environmental movement must begin here. Who better than the fash ionistas of South Florida to force out the frumpy and bring on the fabulousness for Mother Earth? Lets replace green with teal. Lets replace litter with glitter. This is the dawning of the Age of heading to a dictionary near you, signisuccessful on this planet that we own it and affect everything on it. Now we need to step up and take responsibility for keeping our home healthy. Why not do it in style? Style gets attention. Did you know that Kim Kardashians next wedding leaves? That statement, while absurd and false, will get more attention on Google than anything else written in this article. Lets throw in Charlie Sheen saying the environment is losing and maybe this column can start trending. Miami, as the gateway to the Americas, should also become a gateway to the extreme, sparkling beauty of Caribbean coral reefs and Amazon rainforests. Instead of just a green city, we should become The Emerald City. For example, Miami does Halloween in great style, and this Halloween I was very inspired by a couple of ecofrom palm fronds and other found materials. These biodegradable costumes looked both scary and fashion-forward, and they stole the show from the drag queens on Lincoln Road, who are stuck in last centurys polyester. Could granola become the new Halloween candy? The worlds contemporary art scene has landed here, and the next Andy Warhol will likely be discovered in Miami. Art Basel has its fair share of eco-artists who recycle objects, such as using vintage matchbook covers as tiny canvases. But some of the events green satellite fairs 2009s Green Art Fair and 2010s Art Basil farmers market More basil in Basel would be welcome for the next edition of Miamis most fabulous week. The highest green note for 2011s Art Local artist and environmentalist Luis Valenzuela, who formerly organized the Green Art Fair, put together a series of catwalks and parties of wearable art. He says that the fashion industry has embraced environmentalism. Valenzuelas sustainable clothing is on display nightly at the Adrienne Arsht Center, as he designed its uniforms and manufactured them locally of recycled plastic. He has also designed gowns for Miss Earth U.S.A. (Theres a pageant for Miss Earth? Now were talking!) While were dropping names, Donna Karan, along with Mr. Valenzuela, lent her status last year to Sustainotopia, an emerging green festival in Miami scheduled to take place this year from April 19 to 25. Maybe they can get longtime Miami Beach resident and green activist Matt Damon to appear. Matt Damon is considered one of the greenest celebrities on earth. He even supports World Toilet Day! Get him together with Gloria Estefan and we have the makings of We Save the World, the follow-up to We Are the World. (Also featuring Green Day!) Back to reality The beauty of coral reefs will soon engulf Miami International Airport. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded $150,000 to the Miami Science Museum and local aquarium artists Coral Morphologic to create a new multimedia installation. Ive actually developed something called the South Beach Garbage Diet to help people reduce their level of waste, but Im not sure the real diet doctor would appreciate the reference. Have his lawyer call me. Why does the environmental move ment need more glamour? It doesnt, but people do. Much of cutting-edge envi ronmental awareness is driven by science, and the scientists are too busy keeping up their end of the bargain to waste their time appearing on talk shows. So we need cians to step up their levels of awareness and infuse their work with it. Style and celebrity will not save the planet, but they have the power to attract. The environmental movement needs to tap that renewable energy source, because the worlds top celebrities will continue to get attention, and they can, in who actually deserves it: Mother Earth. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. 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 Photograph by Manuel Correa

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY AA Promising YY e ar Resolutions can benet every member of the familyBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorAh, January, so full of potential and optimism. Its time to look back on last year and make our list of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the new year. A good friend of mine told me that she had one resolution to lose her baby weight by March. She is a textbook illustration of why our resolutions, even the most outrageous, seem to me the best possible way to start a new year. Lets eat more salad! Lets make it home from work in time to take our kids to the park! Lets compost and buy organic! These promises to ourselves put us in a place where we can envision, and even attain, the better person inside us all. They pull us out of ruts, they reverse lingering bad habits, and, over and over again, they propel us into a new year full of hope. The thing Ive learned over the years is to not be too greedy with my resolutions. I know damned well I wont train for a marathon, yoga gives me a headache, and just because I shell out the monthly gym membership doesnt mean Ill emerge into 2012s swimsuit season with Megan Foxs bod. Below are some ideas that might inspire your list of resolutions. Memory Making: We all try to plan majestic adventures and big events, but there is no way of knowing what will stick with our kids. We made a resolution to take a real family vacation a few years back. We planned for months, packed for days, and traveled 6000 miles to Australia. We spent two weeks petting koalas and taking in all the Outback had to offer. When we returned, my mom asked our then two-year-old, Matilda, about her favorite part of the vacation. Her response, after three minutes of silent deliberation, was: The airplane! More than the vacations to Disney World and trips to the zoo, your kids fondest memory might be of the box that the biggest gift came in, rather than the gift itself. Stuff Editing: Now that the kids have a mountain of new holiday booty, its the perfect time to prune the busted, ing toys at the bottom of the toy box and under the couch. We went nearly a week last year trying to identify the covert location of a mysterious voice that erratically chanted, Kentucky is the Bluegrass State! Even though I knew it was an interactive puzzle that our kidless friends gave to the girls one Christmas past, the haunting, battery-drained was the voice activated? What is she really trying to tell us? Whether you tiptoe to the toy box under the cover of night, or wait till the kids are at a play date to break out the garbage bag, the broken crayons and gameless game pieces have to go. If a toy hasnt been played with in a year, it will likely not be played with again. There are hundreds of South Florida charities that would happily take gently used toys. Go to www.donationtown.org, where they will schedule a pick-up and deliver to charities of your choice. Connect and Discuss: Talking to your kids seems like a sad resolution, but we are busy, dude! The other night, my neighbor, Susan, was driving home her four-year-old, Savannah, who proceeded to barrage her with questions: Mommy, why do we have oatmeal for breakfast? Mommy, why do we have cats and not dogs? Mommy, why do we have to wear shoes? Susan was lost in thought about her own day and what to make for dinner and found herself on autopilot with her responses to the questions. I dont know, she managed repeat edly. Out of nowhere, Savannahs voice broke through Susans internal rhetoric with: Mommy! You dont know anything do you? Autopilot seems like a natural when our minds are jammed with a thousand things, our e-mail inbox is bursting at the seams, and we may be picking up the kids from school on our way to the grocery store, before heading back home to cook dinner before the neigh borhood association meeting. This year were going to vow to take one big yoga breath and ask, What were the best and worst parts of your day? I want this way solicits details. This year we plan to include the kids in our resolution-making. If we share even our personal resolutions with each other, we can cheer each other on toward theres nothing more powerful than peer pressure from your three-year-old. Happy New Year to you and your family. Heres to 2012 the year I win that triathlon, write my memoirs, quit my day job, and open an organic winery! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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86 Columnists: YOUR GARDENLife and LimbTips for assessing a trees general healthBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorAbout a year-and-a-half ago, while driving home from work on U.S. 1, I casually looked over in the direction of the access road on the other side of the Metrorail tracks. There was a pickup truck and a police car stopped in the middle of the road. Nothing unusual about that, except for the fact that the bed of the pickup truck had been smashed by a tree trunk that had broken off the base of a nearby tree. I was glad no one appeared to be injured. It was very fortunate for the driver of the pickup truck, because if the trunk had fallen onto the cab, the outcome might have been very different. The funny thing is, I had made note of that particular tree several years earlier because of its size, species, and trunk structure. Rather than a single trunk, the tree had several large trunks emerging from the base, and I often wondered how strong the basal trunk connections would remain as the canopy of the tree grew and got heavier. How would this tree deal with windy conditions as it grew above the Metrorail structure? Recently I spoke in front of an audience of very prominent citizens and business owners on the general health of a certain group of trees that had been slated for removal by the city, to be replaced by newer and healthier trees. These trees had already been in conclusions, after having visually inspect ed the trees. Removal of mature trees is always a controversial issue. Usually they are in the way of a new development or expansion of infrastructure and the de take down the trees or butcher them than to come up with another, better solution. Many trees that are targeted for remov al likely would have had many good years ahead of them, and almost all of us agree mature trees with character really make a appear healthy from those that do not. I recently attended the conference of the American Society of Consulting Ar borists, where I was able to hear some very interesting and informative lectures. One of those lectures was on the biomechanics of trees. How are trees able to deal with stress from wind and other environmental issues and still stand up? How do roots and branches adapt to resist injury from storms, car accidents, or poor pruning? Today there is a lot of published material that addresses tree stress, and arborists who keep abreast of these publications are in a better position to judge the general health of a tree. There are standards and best-management practices that should be followed not only by arborists, but by municipalities, homewho put trees and the maintenance of them out for bid. Most of the trees I inspected that were marked for removal had poor branch structure, which they brought with them from the nursery. They all had very poor pruning cuts, most of which had developed into large pockets of decay. And they had been planted into holes that were too small and would never support their root systems as they grew. There are published tree-planting standards to follow, and these were obviously not followed when the trees were There are also recommendations and best-management practices for the evaluation of risk in trees. Methodical visual inspections and, if warranted, invasive internal inspections that may involve excavation of a root system, different methods of drilling into the roots, branches, or trunk of a tree, even sonar, can be used to determine the risk a tree may pose to life and property. The next time you speak with an arborist or landscape architect, ask them an engineering concept that can be used to describe and anticipate the buckling of tall trees owing to excessive height and thin trunks with poor taper. Ask about how trees can often escape dangerously large oscillations due to high wind loads, unless the tree has an inherent risk with all trees, but there is also much science that allows us to better anticipate the failure of trees or branches. Not everyone gets this concept. After the hearing, when I was walking out to my car with a friend, an elegant woman dressed in a very recherch style came screaming at us. Oh, how we had sold the I remarked to my friend: Prudence BT photo by Jeff Shimonski FREE 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH THIS AD!!Have you come to a crossroads in your life? Is it time for a game change? Have you lost your passion?If you would like to break through the "blahs" and re-create your life with passion, we can arrange a 30 minute session to brainstorm a plan of action for you.Are you ready to... CATHERINE PATRICK, certified in hypnosis & personal coaching

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Columnists: VINOBy Bill Citara BT ContributorI pulled my MasterCard from my wallet and it burst into tears. Then I balance in my checking account and the hard drive crashed. So I went to the bank and asked the teller to check how much I had in savings. She laughed. The holidays will do that to you. Or Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years and gifts and parties and dinners Terminal. Deader than Mitt Romneys personality. ever strong drink we can afford. Which brings up the subject of this months Vino: good wine for the economically chal I think that covers just about all of us. So what we did about it was to go reds. We even knocked two bucks off our about as cheap as strong drink gets before sliding down the slippery slope of and beer. Whats really encouraging about our selections isnt just their penny-pinching four of our seven wines two from case of and drink throughout the year. 2009 Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec lot better than its $10 price tag. It starts off with a complex blast of aromas leather cradled on the palate by soft tannins and a tangy cherry acidity. If youre looking for a wine to go with your grilled vacio Just as Malbec is the iconic grape 2010 Anakena from Chiles Rapel Valley is even cheaper with the grapes characteristic earthyin check; pour it at your next barbecue or with a hearty tomato-sauced pasta. Inexpensive California wines can be Rock and Gnarly Head were smack on. Castle Rocks 2009 Central Coast Pinot Noir delivers an astonishing taste able price. In the nose its all raspberpronounced whiff of tea. On the palate it adds a touch of spice and approachable tannins and acidity. I approached the 2010 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel with more than a with enough alcohol to spontaneously showed off the balance and drinkability so many of its competitors lack. subtlety to its intense blackberry-plum fruit and cloves and white pepper giving nuance to all that this time its the Hoya de Cadenas 2007 Reserve Tempranillo whose fruit has withered leather. You might smoke want to drink it. side were the La Tancia 2009 Chianti and 2010 Cave de Rasteau Ortas Cote du Rhone The La Ortas opens with a shot of candy appleacidity bearing faint traces of pepper and of fatty meats and lusty sauces. hear my MasterCard crying. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Dirt-Cheap Reds Can Surprise YouRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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88 MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAcqua 1435 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. $$$$$Area 31 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans 901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrusdressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf 109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf 234 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 supermar ket sushi by far. $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 cheesestuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904 Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ bistro e 485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373A full power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15? Sounds unbelievable, but youll find just such a daily special (like corn/ jalapeo soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy cheesecake, and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name for Michael Psilakis dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos. The name change emphasizes lunchtimes wholly different, globally influenced menu. Among la carte temptations: pork belly tacos, a Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brisket/gruyere sandwich with dipping juice. Breakfast, too, from 6:30 a.m. $$-$$$ Bon Fromage 500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen 104 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. $-$$ Caf Bastille 248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal 500 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. $$$-$$$$$Chophouse Miami 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Crazy About You 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442 The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of shortlived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105 105 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 flash-marinated 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. $$ Damn Good Burger 20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub component remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. The liquid nitrogen tanks are gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere aims for a retro all-American feel to match the fare: burgers (from a hormone/antibiotic-free ground Angus chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$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. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer 255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From 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. $$$Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tar tar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eternity Coffee Roasters 117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek microroastery 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. $ Eos 485 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. $$$-$$$$Finnegans River 401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other surprises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 298. MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWNCavas Wine Tasting Room 900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Fado Irish Pub 900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$ Hibachi Grill 45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagaine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ NORTH MIAMIAlaska Coffee Roasting Co. 13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ NORTH MIAMI BEACHTanias Table 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$rfnt ntbnfnt tnftn tf f t tff nffff

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First Hong Kong Caf 117 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. $$First & First Southern Baking Company109 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-6446 How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the course of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage gravy, a friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl. While yall will also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc.), highlights here are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking favorites -especially home made sweets. More than two dozen desserts daily are featured, from a roster topping 150: chocolate pecan pie, lemon bars, potato candies, seven-layer cookies, and Jack Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you wont want to share. $-$$ Fratelli Milano 213 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 Bistro 1744 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. $$ Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market 398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe 154 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 balsamicdressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse 901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas 192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523 When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Il Gabbiano 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultraupscale 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. $$$$$Indigo / Table 40 100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000Long known for its power-lunch buffet -including hot entres, carving station, custom pastas, packed-to-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -the InterContinental Hotels Indigo restau rant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining: Table 40. The charming, glassed-in wine cellar (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingredients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi 120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)Jackson Soul Food 950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar 2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill 401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, 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 Lounge 68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the 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 Provence 1064 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 home land. $$La Sandwicherie 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcute rie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell 188 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. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus 25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ LouLou Le Petit Bistro 638 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

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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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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 28 146 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. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant 236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popu lar item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrumptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf 900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro 1035 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. $$$-$$$$Novecento 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi 200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-goround? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pega Grill 15 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 (par ticularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Pashas 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Peoples Bar-B-Que 360 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. $-$$ Perricones 15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-caneat deals. $$Pieducks 1451 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 charblistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/deliveryonly 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. $$Prelude Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown 353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crisp-fried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine 33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar 650 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. $$$Rosa Mexicano 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-andhabanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Sandwich Bar 40 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 hands-on 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 slow-braised 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 housemade, plus rich condensed milk. A snocone for sophisticates. $ Scalina 315 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! $$$$

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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. $$ Soya & Pomodoro 120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar 204 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 dryrub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/ habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flashmarinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche 49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel 152 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. $$ Tobacco Road 626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budgetpriced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meatsmoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Tre Italian Bistro 270 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 prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, espe cially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders 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. $$$-$$$$Waxy OConnors 690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particu larly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town 119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging 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/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant 1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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 crowdpleaser. 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. $Andalus 35 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 finedining 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. $$$Basanis 3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal 2010 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. 18 1800 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 internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: aru gula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ 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. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with 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 Deli 4590 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

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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. $-$$ Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so butteryrich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar 1633 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. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos 3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant 2004 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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course 3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf compo nent nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf 2818 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 Parchment 3930 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. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co. 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $Delicias Peruanas 2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of the same family. The food is as tasty as ever, especially the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter. As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes: tallerin saltado and tallerin verde. $$Egg & Dart 4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While 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. $$$ Egyptian Pizza Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$18th Street Caf 210 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: dailychanging homemade 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. $$Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Fratelli Lyon 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901This Italian caf has been packed since the moment it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyons pioneering Lyon Frres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its neighborhood needed. The restaurants artisan salumi, cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so outstanding that you cant help wishing it also had a retail component. Entres include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy. $$$Gigi 3470 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. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich 555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria 3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown Miami Buena 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 wingshaped 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? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen 2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf 2506 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, crunchycrusted 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 Provence 2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 2000 2501 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. $$

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Lemoni Caf 4600 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. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor 3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon 185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres 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. $Maitardi 163 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 Bistro 4312 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 Baker 250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228(See North Miami listing)Mercadito Midtown 3252 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 Drink 130 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. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan 3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/ Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treat-packed special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia 555 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. $-$$Morgans Restaurant 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art 2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks 3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami 3451 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.Salad Creations 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchef-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. $-$$ Sakaya Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ 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 Fiesta 2929 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. $-$$ S & S Diner 1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Sra. Martinez 4000 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 exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are fre quently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This 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

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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. $$-$$$Sustain 3252 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 restolounge, 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. $$-$$$$ Tapas y Tintos 3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates, from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats; varied croquetas, including beautifully smooth spinach) to sophisticated (crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip; the witty Popeye y Olivia, garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood entres, all add up to entertaining eating even without this tapas/wine bars live entertainment. This second T&T feels less nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original. Great for dates, business lunches, or very happy hours. $$$Tony Chans Water Club 1717 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 else where 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 Bar 3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified 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. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from worldfamous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restau rant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo 5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Anise Taverna 620 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 share able 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 Biscayne 6789 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 creamycentered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Boteco 916 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. $$Le Caf 7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551For anyone who cant get over thinking of French food as intimidating or pretentious, this cute caf with a warm welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade crme brle. A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the housemade sangria. Top price for entres is about $14. $-$$Chef Creole 200 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 special 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. $-$$DeVitas 7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill 7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza 731 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 Caf 6075 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. $ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANT S Garden of Eatin 136 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 Station 7601 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. $$Go To Sushi 5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Jimmys East Side Diner 7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro 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 (wine-poached 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 cho lesterol 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 Lounge 709 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. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys 6927 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. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf 7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more techniqueintensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweetsavory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge 5582 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 Light 7700 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 specialties, if available, are not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irre sistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante 8601 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 Haus 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant 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. $$-$$$Soyka 5556 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 from-scratch

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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 Siam 5582 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. $$$UVA 69 6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuh Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-caf and lounge has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang out. Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant sandwiches like La Minuta (beerbattered mahi-mahi with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacia). Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full entres like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery 646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEBocados Ricos 1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, theres bandeja paisa, Colombias sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans. Dont miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily homemade soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese. $-$$The Crab House 1551 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-youcan-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. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli 1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker 1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe 1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, home made pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill 1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam 1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay 1601 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 fiddle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski cre ated 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. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace and multi-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of photos of their clientele, including national and local celebs. Particularly popular are homemade pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than Italian simplicity: crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood. Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the terrace, theyll even feed Fido. $$$KChapas 1130 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. $-$$Lous Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys exec utive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market 908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-caneat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet 9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticu lous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ 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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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? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club 10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ NORTH MIAMILos Antojos 11099 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 Colombian-cuisine 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. $$Bagels & Co. 11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and veggie plates. There are also creative comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets. Sides include refreshing slaw; beans studded with burnt ends (the most intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks); and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced fries. The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Bulldog Burger 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655Despite Miamis burger bar overload, this one from Howie Kleinberg, adjacent to his BBQ joint, stands out thanks to toppings like candied bacon, caramelized banana jam, and mayo thats flavored, like Southern red-eye gravy, with strong coffee. Bravehearts race for the infamous Luther burgers components -cheddar, bacon, fried onion, secret sauce, and a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut bun; calories are more than double a Big Macs. And the thin-sliced, thickly crunch-crusted, deep-fried jalapeos will keep you coming back for more, should you live past the first order. $$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. $$ Captain Jims Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ 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 trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole 13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Flip Burger Bar 1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-notmiss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas 1821 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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165 Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun 2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Le Griot de Madame John 975 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 mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies 11720 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

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light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched 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. $-$$Mario the Baker 13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is ItalianAmerican, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New York-style medium-thincrusted pizzas; the top topping here is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed garlic. New branches are now open in Miamis Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $Pastry Is Art 12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge 12409 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 Pizza 12101 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 Caf 13452 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. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant 12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich 13105 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. $-$$Yes Pasta! 14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-and-match. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo Garden 1232 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 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. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ China Restaurant 178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine in the world wont scratch the itch. So the menu here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic you could name, is just the ticket when nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with comfortingly thick gravy). $-$$Chipotle Mexican Grill 14776 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 & Grill 1127 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 love lier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop 16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124 Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY 3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318 In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, espe cially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse 3913 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. $$$$El Gran Inka 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional spe cialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet 16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-for-money is a given. $$Hannas Gourmet Diner 13951 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 Restaurant 3007 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express 17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futo maki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha 1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succu lently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli 16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusu ally rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji 3055 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 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. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant 514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace 330 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. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill 14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf 16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar ItalianAmerican classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon 16752 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. $-$$

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Mary Ann Bakery 1284 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 Pot 15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain 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. $$$New China Buffet 940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-blankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai 14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai 520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intrigu ing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos 16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$PK Oriental Mart 255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between I-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter, serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping sauces included. Weekends bring the biggest selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pei duck (roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous fat). Available every day are juicy, soymarinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all. But no worries; a counterperson will chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces. $Racks Italian Kitchen 3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-bite description impossible. Its part Italian market, with salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out prepared foods; part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially enjoyable on the waterfront deck); part ristorante (pastas and other Big Food); part pizzeria. Whats important: All components feel and taste authentically Italian. Just dont miss the coal-oven pizza. Superior toppings (including unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light yet chewy crust make Racks pies a revelation. $$Roasters & Toasters 18515 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 we ighed 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. $$The Rumcake Factory 2075 NE 163rd St., 786-525-7071When ex-Louisianan (and ex-Dolphins player) Larry Robinson and his Cuban-American wife Elena started a catering company in Miami Lakes, their mouthwateringly moist Caribbean-style buttered rum/walnut-glazed rum cake instantly became the star attraction. But after relocating to a real (if tiny) restaurant space in BT territory, the Factory now features a small supporting cast of Cajun fare scrumptious enough to upstage the star. Always available: authentic remoulade-dressed New Orleans po-boy sandwiches (shrimp, catfish, fried turkey), and humongous house-smoked chicken wings. Rotating specials include hearty gumbo, jambalaya, and BBQ ribs. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant 1925 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 ite ms like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supple mented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Sushi House 15911 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. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake 13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tunas 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin 73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San 3881 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. $$Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana 14872 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At Roman-native Flaminia Morins casual, family-friendly eatery, the specialty is pasta yo ur way. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (including gluten-free options), then one of 15 sauces ranging from traditional carbonara to inventions like Mozzarella Filante (creamy tomato sauce with melted cheese); la carte meat, seafood, or veg add-ons are also available. Build a full Italian feast with antipasti, salads, six secondi (entres), and desserts. Budget diner alert: Check out Monday-Friday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia Bay Bistro 1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayo-dressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Caffe Da Vinci 1009 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. $$$ Open Kitchen 1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm 9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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. $$Bella Luna 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argument from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$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, CATERING SPECIAL 15% OFFYour first catering order of $75 or moreOffers Exp 1/31/11 With This AD$2.00 OFFEntree After 4PM Monday-Friday & All Day Long Saturday & Sunday!

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swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Cadillac Ranch Village at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/ sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom 19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantro-lime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Il Migliore 2576 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. $$-$$$Fresko 19048 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 contempo rary 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). $$Fuji Hana 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393 Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. When confirmed cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ 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. $$ Kampai 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga mini-tea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$The Grill on the Alley 19501 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. $$$$$ Mahogany Grille 2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an international clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007. Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany. The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora regions: Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miamis best. $$-$$$Mos Bagels & Deli 2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar 18800 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. $$-$$$Pilar 20475 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 Roma 19090 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 Siam 19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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IN THIS ISSUEMiamis King: Jack Is Back! p. 24 New Years BizBuzz Bargains p. 28 Donald Soffer invented Aventura and built an empire for his children, who are scrambling to save itpage 34 Family & Fortune January 2012 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 11

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DINING GUIDE252 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants! Page 74 Famous All Over Again rf ffnrft IN THIS ISSUERumors of Walmart p. 31 254 Restaurants! p. 72 rfnntbrbtnftbfbtttrtrftnnfn IN THIS ISSUE 10 New Advertisers! p. 12 258 Restaurants! p. 71 That Was Then That Was Then Miami does have a history, and there s a place you can go to see itBy Margaret Grif sPhotos by Silvia Ros NEW THIS ISSUEPicture Story Images of our past p. 14 rfnrtnbrrtrrn n April 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 2 IN THIS ISSUEVote May 10 North Miami Vote May 24 Everywhere rf rrntbnnfr May 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 3 For all things Yogurbella nd us on Twitter, Facebook and Yelp IN THIS ISSUEFollow That Story! p. 30 268 Restaurants 6 New p. 65 Easy to nd homegrown produce? No. Worth the effort? Yes. By Jim W. Harperpg. 18 June 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 4 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUEThe BT Hits 100 p. 12 Aventura on Fire p. 46 272 Restaurants p. 70 pg. 18Who We Are pg. 18 Who We Are What the U.S. Census tells us about life along the Biscayne Corridor page 20 www.biscaynedentalcenter.com July 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 5 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUE14 New Advertisers p. 16 278 Restaurants, 8 New p. 76 Who We Are Part 2: What the U.S. Census tells us about life in Aventura, Biscayne Park, El Portal, Miami Shores, North Miami, and North Miami Beach page 20 For all things Yogurbella nd us on Twitter, Facebook and Yelp August 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 6 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE NEW THIS ISSUE120 Advertisers, 96 Pages Our Biggest Issue Ever! In ve short years, the Arsht Center has gone from money pit to big-time hitpage 20 www.biscaynedentalcenter.com Ask about our $39New Patient Special!! September 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 7 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE NEW THIS ISSUE Christian Ciprianis Urbania p. 20 Mark Sells North Miami p. 56 A City of Two TalesTHERE IS THE AFFLUENT BUT SHRINKING WHITE NORTH MIAMI, AND THERE IS EVERYTHING ELSE P. 28 October 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 8 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUE128 Advertisers! p. 26 291 Restaurants! p. 88 104 Pages: Biggest Ever! rf nntrnbtr tf P. 30 November 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 9 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE IN THIS ISSUEBizBuzz Holiday Treats p. 28 293 Restaurants, 7 New p. 87 rfnt bb rfnt December 2011 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 9 Issue 10 Thank You!As we enter a new year, we thank you, our loyal readers and advertisers, for your ongoing support. Because of you, 2011 was the most successful year in our history. Throughout the year, we achieved many new milestones: We welcomed a record 150 new advertisers to Biscayne Times, from furniture showrooms and restaurants to doctors, dentists, and real estate professionals. Our page count hit 100 with the October issue and continues to climb, while our revenues in 2011 increased more than 20 percent over 2010. Editorial coverage of some 40 neighborhoods along the Biscayne Corridor has expanded, as has our team of award-winning journalists. The BTs Dining Guide now includes nearly 300 restaurants in our distribution area, far outpacing any other publication. This January issue caps a year of unprecedented circulation growth. We are currently delivering 30,000 copies of Biscayne Times each month. Many of those additional copies are now in the hands of thousands of residents whove recently moved into new condominiums from downtown to Midtown. Were distributing even more copies in and around Aventura, to the citys dynamic condo communities and to more than 2000 upscale single-family homes west of Biscayne Boulevard. As of this issue, we are hand-delivering the BT to nearly 16,000 single-family homes and some 140 condominiums from Brickell to Broward. Today we conservatively estimate that at least 75,000 individuals living and working along the Biscayne Corridor read Biscayne Times each month. We owe this success to you, and we are very, very grateful. All of us at Biscayne Times wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Sincerely,Jim Mullin, publisher and editor

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Elected Ofcial to Parks Critic: Thanks, but Were Doing Just Fine Without YouJim W. Harper really has chutzpah, coming into the area of Highland Village, with trepidation no less, and giving sarcastic criticism of a long-standing neighborhood in North Miami Beach (A Park in Need Is a Park Indeed, December 2011). And yes, thats Beach because when the city changed its name back in the 1930s from Fulford by the Sea, we had beachfront property in our municipality. I guess we should have changed back the name knowing you would mock us some 80 years later. While Highland Village is not the Swiss Alps you might have expected in Miami-Dade County, it is home to some 600 working-class residents and snow birds mainly from Canada who live here during the winter. And by the way, they is why theyre here. The Village, which is also known in my dictionary as a community, includes mobile homes, single-family homes, and multi-family developments. The Com munity Center houses many activities for the children as well as provides a meeting place other than city hall. This may not be a state-of-the-art facility, but it is bustling with activity and suits its purpose. Most residents appreciate their center and realize that something is better than nothing. Obviously you werent raised with those principles. As for why the children congregate there after school instead of their trailers, gee it may be because NMB offers a safe place to go where they can do their homework and play while their parents are at work and making an honest living to provide for their families. NMB prides itself on our Leisure Services Department, directed by Paulette Murphy. Murphy and her staff in neighborhoods throughout our citys Our city, like many municipalities across our great nation, has its fair share of economic woes, and we would love to put a whole lot of money into our commu nity centers and play areas. We are taking care of the Highland Village community for the children and residents in our city. It is a sad commentary to see a published writer like Mr. Harper make fun of lowereconomic neighborhoods like Highland Village, a small local community where hard-working, taxpaying families provide a warm and caring environment for their children and extended families. We dont need outsiders poking their without you. The only good thing that could come out of your crude comments is that someone will hear your plea and immediately respond by sponsoring an upgrade to the Highland Village Park. Councilwoman Barbara Kramer City of North Miami BeachLending New Meaning to Forking Over the DoughI really enjoyed Pamela Robin Brandts story about the new Miami Culinary Institute at Miami-Dade College (Into the Fire, November 2011). It was so interesting, in fact, that I went online to the BT Website and reread her story about Miamis other two college cooking campuses, FIU and Johnson & Wales (Kitchen Clash, November 2010). One thing that I wish Brandt had explored in more detail: tuition costs. I was shocked to learn from the earlier story that one years tuition at Johnson & Wales costs about $24,500. Thats incredible! Compare it to FIUs in-state tuition of $5100. I checked after reading the story and learned that Johnson & Wales is a places like University of Phoenix, Kaplan, and others. Theyre now facing a federal crackdown because so many students default on their federal student loans. Still, can young students really afford $25,000 a year to learn how to be a cook? It will take them a lifetime to pay back the cost of their Johnson & Wales education. Thats why I was so interested to see what Miami-Dade College was going to offer at its new Miami Culinary Institute and what it will cost. Certainly, I thought, it would be far less than $25,000 per year. Indeed it was, by about half. To earn a two-year degree from MCI, according to Brandts article, the cost would be $24,000. But still, thats $12,000 per year! I had imagined that if MDC were smart, it would keep tuition costs down and attract students right away. I was thinking I might even be one of them, although I have no ambitions to be a professional chef. Now Ill have to rethink everything. It seems learning to cook is so popular that even a two-year program like Miami Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 22

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22 Culinary Institutes is pricey. Too pricey. Thomas Elrod MiamiAn Inn of InequityWow! Finally reading Terence Cantarellas article about the City Inn hotel took me right back to a place that, at one plex, August 2008). Everything he said was spot on I liter a year, with my ex and three-year-old child. We had a bad drug addiction and every thing there was so convenient to catering to our needs. It was horrible. The owner knew everything that went on there! Even went on right in front of him. OMG! Anyway, yeah, that was indeed a a lot of time, will, and determination to get back on my feet after I landed there. I wouldnt wish my worst enemy to land in a place like that. Name Withheld by Request MiamiSome Letters from 2011 That Didnt Get Published Until Now A Lesson For the Beach: Parks, Not Par Threes Harpers cover story The Trouble with Golf (April 2011), as a new par-three course costing taxpayers $3 million is in the planning stages. I wonder what are the yearly losses at our two 18-hole public golf courses? Maybe this is a wake-up call? Instead of another golf course, Miami Beach should build a park with activities that attract a larger range of residents. Darren Mink Miami BeachBuckle Up, Humankind, Its Going To Be a Bumpy RideJim W. Harpers Going Green column in the March 2011 issue (The Sun Orbits Our Flat Earth) was a refreshing dose of truth-telling. Future generations will look back with incredulity on the complacency of our current crop of politicians. Rather than recognize what is certainly the gravest threat humanity has faced in recorded history, theyve abdicated their responsibilities as leaders. Actually, imagining future generations faith in our species survival potential, which is no longer automatic. We of the carbon-burning countries are moving the entire planet toward conditions that human beings have never before experienced. Some profess contransformed climate. Sure, given enough time, and a climate that changed gradually over many millennia. Instead, our radical energy consumption has us headed for the geological impact a planetary car crash, as it were. And the climate-change deniers in our political and media systems are making sure that none of us will be wearing our seat belts. Warren Senders Medford, MassachusettsClaws: Would You De-Finger A Child, Shari?I read Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramers personal essay Cat Fight (August 2011) and was left wondering why her motherin-law wanted the option of declawing a cat. Having this information would have made it a stronger commentary as it would have given us insight into what her mother-in-law was experiencing. The commentary did note that having the option to declaw should be a personal one, between owner and cat, akin to a mother deciding on circumcision for her son. Its an interesting analogy, but circumcision is the removal as declawing. Declawing a cat or any Because its an amputation, I would suggest that if PetSmart in Aventura adopted to people who were going to declaw cats, it would be like a foster agency allowing a person to adopt a child when those parents planned to cut dramatic but, I think youll agree, a more As a long-time cat owner, Id also remind them that contrary to popular myths, cats are incredibly trainable. A little bit of two-sided tape on furniture or rugs will upset a cat to the point that they will often sulk and look for their actual scratching pad. Its my experience that that cat a new home, with someone who has the time and energy to train the pet. Daisy Hernandez HialeahCommentary: 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

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24 Commentary: MIAMIS KINGSome Things Never ChangeThings like mud-slinging, fear-mongering, political stupidity, and savage ideologues By Jack King BT ContributorIts been nearly a year since Ive writ ten about the political scene. I think I just got tired of all the bull, how politics had deteriorated into nonstop mud-slinging and character assassination. It used to be that the way to get ahead in politics was to make your case better than your opponent. Now its all about making your opponent look worse than you. Fear-mongering about people who dont look or sound like you is also being used relentlessly and ruthlessly. Starting with the top, we have a president who is liked by 50 percent of the country and hated by the other 50 percent. Under normal circumstances, that wouldnt be very good for President Obama, but when you put it in context namely, that 100 percent of Americans think congress sucks hes actually doing pretty well. Floridas congressional delegation gets along okay when theyre dealing with Florida issues. To translate, it means bringing home the bacon in the form of federal projects. Sure, they all say they want to cut taxes and slash the budget, but not in their home state. However, last month Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart attached a rider to a massive, trillion-dollar spending bill that would have tightened restrictions on travel to Cuba, reversing Obamas loosen ing of harsh restrictions that had been put in place by President George W. Bush. Obama, in no mood to put up with such silliness, threatened a veto. Enter Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa, who intellectually slapped the hell out of Diaz-Balart and his two congressional cronies, Ileana RosLehtinen and David Rivera, who co-spon sored the rider. Castor didnt have a tough job outwitting these three clowns. Why would Diaz-Balart, who supposedly works for the citizens of this country, do something guaranteed to kill the spending bill? That would have shut down the federal government, which would have (among many other nasty things) cut off Social Security payments to thousands of his constituents, many of them fellow Cuban Americans. Anything to hurt his uncle, Fidel Castro. Now, how much more stupid can this guy be? Well, hes good at this sort of thing, so theres more. After the amendment is stripped out of the bill, he issues a statement calling President Obama the appeaser-in-chief. Never mind that it was his own Repub lican colleagues in Congress who removed the amendment, not the president. That didnt stop Diaz-Balart. And then to top it off, he turned around and voted for the bill. Way to go Mario. Even your brother wasnt that stupid. Ive been on a Marco Rubio watch since he got elected, and so far he seems to be with the Republican leadership. Philosophi cally, I dont have much in common with him, but hes avoided those ideological traps that can mess you up in Washington. Does anyone remember what happened to former Sen. Mel Martinez right after he was elected? It was during the Terri Schiavo mess. The woman was over whether the doctors should pull the was a circus like no other. Example: We had a U.S. Senator who was a doctor diagnosing the womans condition by watching her on television. Martinez was marched out in front of the television cameras (and there were tons of them), handed a statement to read that he had never seen, and was ordered by Repub lican leaders to read it. From the look on his face, it was pretty evident he did not agree with it, but he continued on anyway. Marti nez walked away and never came back. No doubt he didnt like what had happened to him, and only complained privately. Nevertheless his career as a U.S. Senator was dead. He never got any important committee assignments and probably never had his telephone calls resigned from the U.S. Senate, ostensibly to spend more time with his family. Martinez is a good man who was savaged by the Republican ideology machine, which demands that you win at all costs and take no prisoners even if theyre your brothers. It looks like Rubio has managed to sidestep this, and I hope so. Its not easy to stay out of the Republicans meat grinder if you dont march in formation with them. Keep working on it, Marco. In the December issue of Biscayne Times there was a story about the Miami District 2 city commission race won by Marc Sarnoff (The People Have Spoken Okay, Call It a Whisper). In my opinion, it was heavy on BS and light on fact. So next month Ill be doing an tions for him, send them to the feedback address below and Ill ask them. Its good to be back. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com For more information, visit www.miamiparking.com. Department of Off-Street Parking (DOSP)SAVE ON PARKING IN THE CITY OF MIAMIPAY BY PHONENow available at all meters and many parking lots in the City of Miami. Sign up for free: www.paybyphone.com or call 866-990-PARK (7275).

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26 Commentary: URBANIADowntown from the GroundDitch the car and hit the streets in the heart of the Magic CityBT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorF set my sights on exploring down town Miami. Im something of a phi listine when it comes to appreciating this area. In 2008 I slipped out of a contract landed about 25 blocks north in Edgewater. This was when condos were rising but only a few decent shops and restaurants had taken a gamble on a new downtown. Today it still feels torn between grime and glitz, like so many neighborhoods on this side of the bay, but on a Saturday jaunt through our central grid, I found myself surprised by what I found. To begin, I had to do this right: I ditched my car in front of the Wolfson Campus of Miami-Dade College and committed to an afternoon of public transportation and walking. This was, sad to say, a novelty. In six years, Ive never set foot on a bus, train or the Metromover. It was only when I bought a bike that I began noticing everything I missed by car. On my walk to the Metromover stop in the cut-out base of Loft II, I bumped into old friends and their new baby. This set a nice tone for the afternoon, one of hope that the new downtown fostered a normal, crack-free urban lifestyle. On the platform, I pored over a map but couldnt make heads or tails of it (Im notoriously bad with directions). A in its beak. I smiled and hopped aboard the Metromover with a tourists enthusiasm. Of course I was excited; I had no idea where I was going. I went north, apparently, and got off at NE 11th Street. Sandwiched between two of the citys largest, most exclusive condo towers is Miami Pawn. Id never been to a pawnshop and it was time to change that. To my left and right, I could see untold millions in wealth; directly behind and in front of me were fear, poverty, crime, violence, and addiction. like few others. The interior of a pawnshop isnt the sleazy, suspicious place you see in movies. Its more like a high-end Salvation Army, that same moth-ridden stench swirling around its unwillingly donated merchan dise. I bookmarked a few pieces of DJ gear and hopped back on the Metromover. For a guy who never really goes down town, I ended up there a lot in December. The night before this little adventure, I lounge at the Four Seasons. But like those towering medieval walls I remember from Oxford, which open onto serene, mani downtown lives behind closed doors or in the case of the Four Seasons, up in the air, where location becomes meaningless. The sounds, smells, and sights of downtown are livelier from the ground: buildings, less-than-historic jewelry malls, reams of watch emporiums, musty shops stacked ceiling-high with cheap shoes, speed-walking businesspeople passing slow-walking vagrants. Its truly buzzing with life and Milano serve authentic, mouth-watering Italian; the 24-hour Manolo & Rene Cafetera is a must-have late-night munching experience; Cvi.Che 105 is ceviche like youve never seen and the list goes on. I found some real gems on my walk. Shoe Gallery, at 244 NE 1st Ave., is a funky cultural hybrid: skateboard ing meets hip-hop meets indie, and its stocked with some of the coolest shoes and threads Ive seen in Miami. After my visit there, I had lunch at Bryan in the Kitchen, at 104 NE 2nd Ave. The charming caf/bakery was bustling on this sunny afternoon, no doubt with people whod moved downtown in just the past few years. Bryan serves delicious, well-priced food worth waiting for, and I was happy to see cupcakes a confectionery harbinger of the neighborhoods rising fortunes. I would have gone further on the Metromover but the truth is I couldnt than our public transit systems, but like many people, I havent had to learn. cisco, driving in Miami is practical and convenient. But imagine a water taxi along the coast of Biscayne Bay from the Upper Eastside to Coconut Grove, or a ferry to Miami Beach. I think people in Miami would eat this up. Despite the schizophrenic mix downtown Miami is getting better and better. Going around without a car isnt ideal but its certainly possible, and Ill probably do it again sometime probably by bike. Downtown still has a bad reputation, so if you havent been there in a while, check out MiamiDDA.com for some tips on where to begin. For those of you not entirely convinced, perhaps I can entice you with next months column: an exploration of its historic architecture. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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28 Our Sponsors: J anuaryANU ARY 20 12By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorHere we are again in a new year, the time for resolutions to work on everything weve dreamed about getting organized, living better, looking better, maybe just eating better. Anything that doesnt cost a mint, since we blew most of the bank account on last months holidays. Fortunately BT advertisers, as always, have special deals ing whats left in your wallet. How about starting the year by receiving up to $10,000 to support your Mom and Pop small-business grants are available this month in Miami-Dade County Commission District 2 and District 3. See this issues ads from the Neighbors and Neighbors Association (180 NW 62nd St.) for dates and district be picked up and accepted, as well as the dates for the mandatory workshops exFor additional info, contact NANAs Lawanza Finney at 305-756-0605. Looking to kick off the new year in a new home? For the perfect upscale prop erty, call new advertiser George Kluck (305-608-5269), who has been ranked in the top 1% of real estate agents nation wide since 1990 and specializes in luxury homes in all the most desirable neighbor hoods from Aventura to Coral Gables. If leasing is your preference, consider a oneor two-bedroom unit in the completely restored MiMo gem, East Wind Apartments (7400-7420 NE 6th Ct., 305-757-7588), another new advertiser. Amenities in the pet-friendly complex range from safety features like burglar alarms and intercom to appearance niceties landscaped courtyard, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and more. And the Upper Eastside location is tops for restaurants and nightlife. secure community residential situation, Vi Living (19333 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, ViLiving.com) offers on-site, 24-hour care on three levels, from simple assisted living (including housekeep ing and maintenance, plus a culinary program with a classically trained chef) to full skilled nursing care. Theres a plethora of social and recreational activities, too. Maybe your old house just needs some renovation a kitchen or bathroom remodel; some striking crown molding; replacing those old doors with 30 coats of paint that dont close after May when summer humidity kicks in. The licensed expert to call is David Hester (786-294-0954), in business for more than 30 years and known for being on time and on budget. He does all manner of construction, but interior renovations are his fave. now, if not sooner? Take a road trip to Endura Hardwood Flooring (1942 Tigertail Blvd., Dania, 954-410-3981). installation is available; prices are very competitive; and delivery is fast. Or perhaps youd just like to hold onto your home, whatever its condition? Well, you remember attorney Jake Miller (305-758-2020) and his free consultations regarding conventional or short-sale real estate closings, foreclosures, or bankruptcies right? What you might not remember, though, is his new address (11900 Biscayne Blvd. free guest parking. Hey, every little bit helps, right? Home improvement is one thing. Self-improvement? Now, thats a bit trickier, because we must do it ourselves. Darn. Cant we get someone else to do it for us? Not really, but Miami Beach Com munity Health Center is sure helping out this month and/or recognizing folks who already have. On January 9, theres the 11th annual CAEAR (Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief) Coalition Partnership Awards dinner; those interested in attending 8835, x1602). And on January 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the MBCHC hosts a free health fair at its North Health Center (11645 Biscayne Blvd.). Offerings include free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and many more services, plus refreshments, entertainment, and giveaways. Call Anna Pierre (305-538-8835, x1641) for more info. Readers will also receive a free cholesterol screening when they call for an appointment with new advertiser Daniel Leon, MD whose brand-new medical suite is in the Shoreview Building (9999 NE 2nd Ave. #204, 786-497-4440). A primary-care physician, Dr. Leon specializes in all areas of internal medicine (including preventive healthcare) and BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible Continued on page 30

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accepts most major insurance. Got a weight problem, and all the nasties that go with excess poundage energy loss, depression, anxiety, etc.? Attend one of the free one-hour seminars of Dr. Lee S. Barbach (1717 N. Bayshore Dr. #240), a new advertiser, on January 11 or 18 at 6:30 p.m. Both discuss weight loss and metabolic conditions. For reservations: 1-888-924-7664. For further info: www.iWishiFeltBetter. com/weight-loss. either, at new advertiser Steel Gym (5580 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7591), a famed location is at Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex. Welcome to the hood, sonal trainers, who design one-on-one diet and training programs, are all independent contractors whom patrons pay directly; hence there are no outrageously priced packages. Related congratulations are also due to commercial and residential Realtor Brian Carter (305-582-2424) of Majestic Properties, an old friend and advertiser, for bringing Steel to our part of town. If exercise sounds like too much work, Fernando Maestre, owner of Beach Beauty (6685 Collins Ave., 305-864-8838) suggests a way to renew yourself with no effort whatsoever on your part: The salon features the only anti-aging Red Light Therapy bed in Miami. Relax while the magical mystery device reverses sun damage and reduces wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin production. The treatment also claims to help acne, age spots, and scars. A new advertiser, Fernando wants to introduce BT readers to his expansive facility and the Red Light procedure by offering some hefty discounts: $99 for a months worth of treatments; $199 for three months. Then there are the health issues associated with (ugh) aging. Thats where Jeff D. Hackmeier & Associates comes in (305-893-4488). Jeff has been in the insurance business for more than 30 years, which has led him to become a specialist in long-term-care insurance. Jeff notes that this past November, the Obama Administration halted the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, which eliminated any chance of a government-sponsored long-term-care program. Considering that 63% of seniors will need some type of long-term care after age 65, thats troubling news. But there are still plenty able. Give him a call for more details. If its not old age, its something else like a car accident. If youve been in one, you know that a few days or weeks later, youre actually feeling worse than that awful day. Soreness, stiffness, cramped muscles. What you need is massage therapy from a certiauto insurance will pay for it? True fact. Body Well Therapy (305-350-7751; www.bodywelltherapy.com) specializes in just such relief, and best of all, their licensed therapists come to your home. Since 2005, theyve rubbed thousands of clients the right way. To help readers welcome the new year with a truly gleaming smile, Dr. Valeria Soltanik at The Art of Dentistry (2999 NE 191st St. #350, 305-466-2334) is offering a special price this month on Zoom whitening: $289 (normally $400) with mention of the BT At Inner Balance Mind Body Studio (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383advertiser, January brings two special events. On January 27 at 7:00 p.m. physician Nancy Clark presents a talk and demo on treating neck and back pain with acupuncture; admission is just $3 for BT readers, but do call to reserve a space. And drop in the following night, January 28, for the studios grand-openfor yoga attire, memberships, and more. Consult www.innerbalancemindbody. com for further details. With the addition of several new independent local retail outlets, By Nature (www.buynaturepetfoods.com) has just made it more convenient to keep your pets healthy in the new year. As well as old friend Biscayne Pet House (10789 Biscayne Blvd.), the all-natural and organic dog and cat foods are now stocked by Pets Best (14109 S. Dixie Hwy.), Animal Crackers downtown (280 NE 2nd St.), and Marys LB (13295 W. special, too: Buy ten bags of dry food and get one free. to celebrate just once, several days ago. Luckily, Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar (18800 NE 29th Ave. #10; 786-787-9030) is giving readers another Our Sponsors: J anuaryANU ARY 20 12 Biz BuzzContinued from page 28

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chance on January 23, Chinese New considered a year of good fortune in health and wealth with special combo dishes. See this issues ad in our Dining Guide for details. Though only a couple of months old, new advertiser Blu Sushi (600 Silks Run Rd., 954-744-4398) is already attracting critical attention and discerning diners to its Village at Gulfstream Park location. Edible attractions, in addition to the un usual makis, include small plates like lob ster tacos with basil cream aioli, or shrimp with sriracha/teriyaki beurre blanc. And you might not expect a place specializing in outrageous cocktails to also feature a kids menu, but youd be wrong. Its not too early to start planning those February 5 Super Bowl parties. And to ensure that everyone in the household can enjoy the game instead of being stuck in the kitchen, let Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-2435) put together your platters generously overstuffed sandwiches, fruit, everything but the beer. To really remind ourselves why we live in Miami, theres nothing like brunching outdoors in the middle of winter on a terrace overlooking balmy Biscayne Bay, while much of the rest of the USA freezes. This is especially true when the fare includes dishes like wild Florida shrimp with artisan Anson Mills cheddar/bacon/tomato grits and a unusual temptations offered at the new Sunday brunch, beginning January 8, at Trio on the Bay (1601 79th St. Cswy., 305-866-1234). Brunching hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eating out neednt be prohibitively expensive when entertainment is built in, as it is at Anise Taverna (620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929) on nights when Upcoming performances are scheduled for January 17 and February 21. And for those with a yen for foreign travel, just not the budget, the restaurant will take your taste buds on a grand tour on this months Mediterranean Mondays. Barcelona on January 9; Sardinia, January 16; Cyprus, January 23; and, on January 30, Egypt. Man does not live by bread alone, nor woman. We want wine. So our recommendation is that you plan this months grocery shopping trips to Laurenzos Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) to happen on Saturday afternoons when, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., there will be wine tastings a different assortment each week. And now that South Floridas growing season is in full swing again, dont forget to across the parking lot. Speaking of vino, downtown Miamis popular Italian restaurant, Fratelli Milano is offering BT readers a free glass of wine with dinner entres, Monday through Thursday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., throughout the month. Just tell them you saw their ad in our Dining Guide. Veteran advertiser Yogurbella (Shops at Midtown Miami, 305-576-1002) plus 50 fresh toppings which, since the place is self-serve, patrons can pile on to their hearts content. And this month the Midtown shop also offers a chance to win an iPad2. Just log onto Facebook and be announced at the end of January. Another chance to be a winner is Shops at Midtown Miami Through January 25, the Shops will be hosting a VIP free parking giveaway (12 individual year-long passes, each valued at $900, for unlimited parking in Midtowns garage). To enter, like the Shops@ Midtown Miami on Facebook, and explain what you most like about your car. The passes will prove especially new tenants: Irene Maries Angel Bags (3401 N. Miami Ave. #130); Blo Dry Bar (3301 NE 1st Ave. #102); and Moloko, Art of Coffee (3201 N. Miami Ave. #103), whose grand opening is scheduled for January 6. Something still missing in your life? If its spiritual growth that youre seeking, welcome new advertiser and internationally known former television star Rev. Alberto Cutie and The Church of the Resurrection Blvd., 305-893-8523), an Episcopal church self-described as walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions where all are welcome. Sundays 9:30 services are in English; noons are en espaol. Check out www.churchoftheresurrection.org for further info. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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Commentary: PICTURE STORYMiami River 115 Years AgoA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiamiBy Paul George Special to the BTThis pristine photograph of the mouth of the Miami River and its verdant banks dates to 1897, which was the year following the incorporation of the City of Miami. In the foreground are the splendid cent Royal Palm Hotel. Across the river lies Brickell Point, named for the family that owned todays Brickell Avenue neighborhood. One of the buildings representing the familys trading post is visible. In the rear of the photograph, jut ting into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, is the future Point View, which, by 1912, was the name for an upscale neighborhood of wood-frame, singlefamily homes. Today the same area hosts a much different scene, ranging from the posh Epic hotel and condominium on the north bank of the river to the famed Miami Circle and the towering Icon Brickell complex on the south bank. The river in 1897 was also wider at the mouth than it is today, owing to 20th Century. 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 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.

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34 Aventura was dreamed up by Donald Soffer. He built it and they came. By the thousands. Now his children are ghting to protect it. Family & FortuneBy Erik Bojnansky

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36 Seeking to raise more funds, Brandeis hired former all-star football player Benny Friedman as coach and allowed him to recruit players without regard for grades. Brandeis was a very tough school to get into, academically, and I had never taken a written exam in my life. I had a C-plus average and never had a foreign language, Soffer added. There was no way I could have gotten into Brandeis without football. But once there, skating by was no longer an option. We had to take the same classes as the rest of the student body, there was no basket weaving like there is today, Soffer continued. Out of the 60 guys who were brought in, 35 kids couldnt keep them in school. Soffer stuck it out and graduated with an economics degree in 1955. (In 2008 he donated $15 million to Brandeis University, the largest gift in the colleges history.) Following graduation, Soffer was immediately recruited by the San Francisco 49ers, but he decided to decline the $6500-a-year offer. I was pretty good, but I really didnt want to play pro fessional football, Soffer told ABM. Instead he went back home and built shopping malls for his fathers company, Oxford Development. Right out of college Don co-developed a 180,000-square-foot mall in Pittsburgh. Ten years later, in 1965, he helped build indoor mall.It was Harry Soffer who introduced his son to his next frontier: South Florida. In 1967 Harry and a group of investors bought 785 acres of land for $6 million. Back then the three square miles that would become Aventura consisted of mangroves, Australian pines, mosquitoes, scattered tourist cabins, and the Point East retirement community at 183rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Much of the inves tors land holdings were also underwater. Naturally, I got the job of developing it, Donald Soffer told ABM. Upon looking at the land, Donald remarked to his father that developing it would be an adventure, says Seth Bramson, a local author and historian who interviewed the younger Soffer for an as-yet-unpublished book about Aventura. The name stuck. (Aventura is Spanish for adventure.) Even then, Soffer saw the lands potential. He wanted more than just a middle-class-type development, Bramson says. He had the idea of having a very glamorous high-life development. The centerpiece of this future wonderland for the upper class was Aventura Country Club, which would be Soffers napkin design. the wetlands and rezone the land from residential single family to high-rise development, a feat that would raise hell from environmentalists and controlledgrowth advocates today. Fortunately their task was made easier by Gov. Claude Kirk, a self-described tree-shaking son of a bitch who was im We preyed on his boastfulness, Soffer told South Florida CEO He presented it to the cabinet like it was his idea. Then we got all the permits we needed. By 1969 Metro-Dade County approved Soffers master plan, which allowed for the construction of 23,900 condo units. The golf course helped sell the plan. The philosophy we worked out with the county was to allow for vertical structures and preserve the open land, George Berlin, then an associate of Arlen Realty, told the Miami Herald in 1988. Soffer also offered to donate land to the tion, a library, and a causeway to Sunny Isles Beach. The zoning enabled the investors, who operated as DonArl of Florida, to sell portions of this new frontier to other chased the land for $5500 an acre in 1967, but sold parts for as high as $2 million an acre in 1981, according to the Herald phase of Aventura Country Club. Then, Family & FortuneContinued from page 35 Continued on page 38Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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38 from 1971 to 1977, DonArl constructed 4000 condo units around the golf course. But Soffers father didnt live to see many of those new condo projects completed. Harry Soffer died in 1972 at the age of 63. Differences in building philosophies eventually tore apart the DonArl partnership. New York-based Arlen Realty and Development wanted to build quickly and cheaply. Soffer was so infuriated by Arlens mediocre building designs that he changed the name of Aventura Country Club which, by 1980, had two 18-hole golf courses, a marina, tennis courts, and luxury hotels to Turnberry Isle Resort and Country Club, in Scotland. He felt that they [Arlen] were diluting the brand, says a source close to the Soffers current company. When DonArl split in 1977, Soffer called his half of the company Turnberry Associates. Berlin opted to work for Turnberry, where he oversaw the companys projects in Aventura until his death in 2008 at the age of 85. Six years later, Arlen Realty defaulted on a $39 million mortgage and went into Chapter 11. Soffer snatched up chunks of Arlens 68 acres of land from the com panys backers, including the site of the future shopping mall. Time proved Don to be right, Berlin told the Herald .Aventura Mall was a superstar even before the mall itself of1983, three months before the rest of the mall opened, Lord & Taylor held a $1000-per-couple black-tie gala. With $125,000 was raised for Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Herald Macys in South Florida, J.C. Penneys, Sears, and 200 smaller stores were open. Just a third of the size it is today, Aventura Mall still quickly eclipsed northeast Dades 11 other shopping centers. Today it is among the nations top-grossing lion square feet. Turnberry Isle Resort was also hitting its stride as a playground for the rich and famous, thanks to the famous attracting the rich. You invite celebrities, you give them free room and board, and you create a celebrity image, Soffer told the Herald in 1997. Among those reported to visit Turnberry in the 1980s were James Caan, Jack Nicholson, O.J. Simpson, Ted Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger, Elton John, Bob Hope, Burt Reynolds, Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor, the Bee Gees, and Madonna. In his recent ABM interview, Soffer recalled that Turnberry was the hottest place on Earth. Every property Ive opened has had a great party. Im great with parties. I had Arab sheiks and 737s, he said. Every major player in Europe and America came. But Soffer wasnt happy when a 1987 Vanity Fair article claimed the resort was frequented by shady celebrities, geous women who received, as a Herald article described, free club memberships in return for helping wealthy men relax. Soffer initially denounced the total lies, but years later admitted to the Herald : At one point, Turnberry Isle was the place everybody wanted to be. With any kind of thing, you get the groupies. The drug thing then was just getting started. yachts docked at Turnberry Isle marina. One vessel in particular was an 82footer named Monkey Business which Colorado Sen. Gary Hart, a promising Democratic presidential candidate, chartered in 1987 during his fateful voyage to Bimini with model Donna Rice. When the married Hart was photographed with Rice on his lap, his campaign was derailed. Soffer, who has said he never met Hart, put the yacht on the market for a million dollars. Following the Hart scandal, the atmosphere at Turnberry Isle Resort mellowed. Instead of wild parties, there were family-friendly townhomes and special courses for future mothers. Its no longer, and mostly has never been, the swinging thing, Soffer told the Herald The glitzy crowd has changed themselves. People are not as crazy as they used to be. Overall, Turnberrys image of South Florida has showed the world what a nice place this is. By 1988 Soffer had sold half his interest in Turnberry Isle Resort to Rafael Hotels for $20 million. Sometime in the early 1990s, following an $80 million renovation project, Soffer sold the other half to the hotel group. I felt at the time the hotel luxury business wasnt doing well, Soffer told the Herald It was more advantageous to have them buy the hotel, and I had other properties.Interested in giving the store away, Soffer assigned his two children increased responsibilities at Turnberry Associates in the late 1990s. His daughter Jacquelyn Jackie Soffer started overseeing leasing operations in Aventura Mall, a task that the 45-year-old University of Colorado graduate continues to this day. Jeffrey Soffer was put in charge of new condo developments and groomed to be the companys new face. Now 44 years old, Jeffrey began working for his father when he was 17. He described himself as a kid who couldnt sit still in a 2005 South Florida CEO article. Hating school, Jeffrey dropped out of a Gainesville community college and founded the Champion Marine boat dealership in 1986. Three years later, Jef frey, an ex-powerboat racer and licensed pilot, sold the boat dealership and rejoined his dads company, where he pushed for Turnberrys expansion. Sure, my dad helped me. He started me in the business, he told South Florida CEO But I took it to a whole different level. That new level included buying back Turnberry Isle Resort, then owned by a Family & FortuneContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40 Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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mont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club, in 2005, and investing $150 million to refurbish the property. As part of the deal, Turnberry Isle agreed to keep Fairmont as the operator for the next 25 years, unless the company defaulted on its obligations. That same year Jeffrey Soffer bought the 920-room, circa 1954 Fontainebleau Hotel (where Turnberry was already building two condo towers) from hotelier Stephen Muss for $325 million. But it was Las Vegas where Jeffrey sought to make his mark. In 1997 building high-rise condo towers in that desert city. Seven years later he claimed to have made more than a billion dollars Place. By 2004 there were 50 high-rise condo projects being proposed by other developers, including a contingent from South Florida. Family & FortuneContinued from page 38 LAW OFFICES OF JAKE MILLER, LLC PHONE ADDRESS EMAILON THE WEB AT Call 305.758.2020 To Reserve Your Seat Now!NEW HOMEOWNER RESCUE PROGRAMSThis seminar will discuss new government & lender incentives: DATES: Tuesday, January 10 & 24 | TIME: 6-7p.m. LOCATION: 11900 Biscayne Blvd, SUITE 618, Miami, FL 33181 To RSVP send your name, email, and phone number to RSVP@JakeMillerLaw.com or... Continued on page 42 Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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Ive been there almost ten years, he told South Florida CEO I was there when nobody was. how Jeffrey Soffer redeveloped the Fon tainebleau Miami Beach. Transforming the crusty old Fontainebleau into a modern resort cost nearly $1 billion. The renovation increased the number of rooms to 1500, cre ated space for 11 restaurants and nightclubs, and added a 40,000-square-foot spa. Everythings brand-new, from the plumbing to the drywall, he told the Herald in 2007. The only thing you have here in this hotel thats old is the concrete. ment paled in comparison to the resorts sequel, the Fontainebleau Las Vegas, where Soffer intended to use $3 billion in borrowed money to erect a 100,000-square-foot casino, a 3300seat theater, and a 3800-room resort. He planned to use the Las Vegas locaFontainebleau resort and casino brand. By the time the recession hit, he had But even as the national economy worsened, Jeffrey was throwing elaborate parties. In December 2007, he threw himself a $2 million 40th Family & FortuneContinued from page 40 Continued on page 44Turnberry Associates Turnberry Associates

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44 birthday party at Turnberrys aviation facility at Opa-locka Executive Airport. Performers included KC and the Sun shine Band and Prince. It wasnt just a quick sampling of Princes greatest hits, either, nightlife columnist Lesley Abra vanel reported for the Herald It was a mind-blowing, full-blown concert. Then in November 2008, Jeffrey hosted a $5 million weekend bash inaugurating the grand reopening of the Fontaineb leau, which included a Mariah Carey concert and a Victoria Secrets fashion show hosted by Heidi Klum. A Turnberry Associates insider credits Jeffreys aggressive business style for the companys growth. Turnberry did ridiculously well, says the source, who requested anonymity. His business acumen and history are pretty strong. His timing? Not so strong. Las Vegas Fontainebleau was being built when Las Vegas was becoming the worst market in the country, the source adds. Every project out there in 2008 and 2009 got slaughtered.Jeffrey Soffer may have hoped to turn the Fontainebleau Miami Beach into a casino. In the summer of 2008, Turnberry contributed $30,000 to a political action committee that sought the legalization of gambling in resorts with more than 800 rooms. But with the fall of Lehman Broth projects, Soffers priority was saving the Fontainebleau Las Vegas. He sold a 50 percent interest in the Miami Beach Fontainebleau for $375 million to Nakheel Leisure, a Dubai government-owned resort company that is run by Hamza Mustafa. Soffer then sank $200 million into the Las Vegas resort to fund cost overruns, an April 2009 Miami Herald article reported. when lenders cut off funding, provoking lenders for the rest of the $800 million in promised loans. In turn, he was sued by several title companies that had insured the $3 billion in loans, claiming the worth of his Las Vegas companies while limiting damages to the rest of the Turnberry empire. The title companies demanded up to $1 billion in damages from Soffer and Turnberry Associates. A holding company for Lehman Brothers also sued Jeffrey Soffer and Fontainebleau Resorts LLC, which owned both Fontainebleau resorts, for $298 million, according to the Las Vegas Sun claiming they personally guaranteed loans for a retail component for the Las Vegas project. Soffer told the Sun he considered those guarantees invalid since Lehman refused to fully fund his loans. (Fontainebleau Resorts LLC has since been dissolved.) For a time the Fontainebleau Miami Beach was also threatened with foreclosure. Already being sued for Family & FortuneContinued from page 42 Continued on page 46 Phone: 954-410-3981www.enduracolor.com Turnberry Associates

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46 $65 million by contractors who claim they were not paid, a $660 million construction loan came due in August 2009. The hotel was saved from fore closure after Turnberry and its part ners promised to invest another $100 million into the Fontainebleau as part of a restructuring plan, according to Bloomberg News In May 2010, in the midst of the Vegas meltdown, Turnberry Associates Bruce Weiner, who had worked there for Turnberrys senior vice president for nearly a decade. The companys lawsuit accuses them of accepting a salary, bonuses, and other payments from Turnberry Residential during all of the time that [they were] actually working against Turnberrys interest. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, which they co-developed with Starwood, allegedly behind Turnberrys back. We are entitled to whatever piece of St. Regis Weiner and Vollrath are entitled to, says attorney Michael Olin, who is representing Turnberry Associates in their suit against the former employees. Weiner and Vollrath countersued in March 2011, asserting they always had a right to pursue independent projects and claiming they owned a piece of several Turnberry projects. They accused Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer of not paying them their fair ing millions on a grandiose lifestyle. Both Soffers, the suits point out, have a small air force of private jets, propeller aircraft, and a helicopter. Jeffrey owned a 257-foot yacht, exotic sports cars, racing boats, and a 4900-acre ranch in Aspen, the suit claims, while Jackie assembled an ex travagant art collection and a second home in Aspen. They are also demand the Soffers dating back to 2004. (At torneys for Weiner and Vollrath did not return phone calls for comment.) Olin says the former Turnberry executives are just trying to embarrass Jeff, adding, Im still wondering why they never bothered to bring a claim against us until after we sued them for taking our corporate opportunities. Ironically, Jeffrey Soffer once considered them his most trusted associates, Olin says: Jeff treated them like family and made them wealthy men. And they did not do likewise for him. Adds a source close to Turnberry Associates: When the world goes bad, friends are. Family & FortuneContinued from page 44 Continued on page 48 BT photo by Silvia Ros

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48 Despite the numerous lawsuits swirling around Turnberry Associates, a dent the Soffers have survived the worst, asserts there is no liability exposure to Aventura Mall, and maintains that the Fontainebleau Miami Beach is on see what sticks. This source also insists healthy: All of Turnberrys assets are performing, from an operation al perspective, close to its peak. Signs that Turnberry Associates is becoming aggressive once again are cropping up, too. On Sunday, August 28, 2011, after struggling for control of Turnberry Isle Resort, the Soffers the resorts website and reservation system, removed the name Fairmont from all resort material, and issued a press release announcing that Turnberry Associates was now managing the resort itself. Later that same Sunday, Fairmont executives checked into Turnberrys hotel in an effort to maintain its right to manage the resort, the chain claimed in a federal lawsuit. By 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, the Fairmont executives were being escorted off the property by security guards. As a result of the incident, Fairmont and Turnberry Associates are once again facing each other in court. At Aventura Mall there is none of that turbulence. Jackie Soffer is successfully attracting more luxury brand stores, once found only at Bal Harbour Shops. Among the high-fashion brands now leasing store space in the mall are Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Lacoste, and Michael Kors. Mall revenues for 2011 are up 50 percent over 2010, according to a company source. Theres also speculation that Turnberry Associates still wants to bring casino gambling to the Miami Beach Fontainebleau. A major hint: Gaming industry consultant Emanuel Pearlman sits on the resorts board of directors. Fontainebleau was developed with CEO of Majestic Properties, a real estate company that operates in Miami Beach and Aventura. And though the number of developers seeking unlimited casino rights is growing, Morr thinks the Fontainebleau is there is gambling on Miami Beach, it should be at the Fontainebleau. The company source pleads ignorance as to whether gambling is being sought at the Fontainebleau, but insists the resort is making plenty of money without it: Fontainebleau Miami Beach is as good as it gets. Its a trophy property. In fact the Soffers are still so enamored of the Fontainebleau brand that last month they changed the name of their aviation operation at Opa-locka Execu tive Airport from Turnberry Aviation to Fontainebleau Aviation, which boasts The Soffers have been leasing hangar facilities, once used for its own aircraft, to other corporate jet owners since the mid-2000s. Now plans are in place to expand the aviation side of the family empire. Its great! says the company source. They just bought a fuel farm! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Saint Martha Yamaha2011-2012 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director TO PURCHASE TICKETSVisit www.saintmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or purchase at church office or at door. For more information call 305-458-0111 or 305-751-0005 January 29, 2012 at 3 p.m.THE ROSE ENSEMBLE TheROSE ENSEMBLE Family & FortuneContinued from page 46 BT photo by Silvia Ros

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50 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORNew Life for a Grand Old TheaterDowntown Miamis Gusman Center will host a summer concert series for free!By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterDowntown Miami residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy free concerts and help support the continuing operation of a historic landmark thats under new management. The free monthly DWNTWN Miami Concert Series will kick off a new summer session in May at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 174 E. Flagler St. Since 2009, the original DWNTWN concerts, sponsored by Miamis Downtown Development Authority (DDA), have attracted big crowds and musical guests such as the Spin Doctors, Arturo Sandoval, the Jake and Elwood Blues Brothers Revue, the Spam Allstars, and various other jazz, rock, reggae, and R&B acts to Bayfront Parks Tina Hills Pavilion. But owing to the summer swelter, the outdoor concerts are only held from October to April. (On January 13 at 6:00 p.m., three local groups will appear: band Jahf, and the Afro-Colombian electronic group Afro Kumb.) In order to continue year-round, were partnering with the Gusman Center, explains Javier Betancourt, deputy director of the DDA, a taxpayerfunded organization tasked with promoting the downtown areas economic development. Giving the partnership a big boost is a $100,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. The grant, to be released over the next three years, requires a matching investment, so the DDA is putting another $100,000 toward the summer series. Some of that anticipated $200,000 The DDA will be renting its 1567-seat Olympia Theater at a rate still to be determined. Margaret Lake, the theaters execu tive director, says she suggested years ago that the DDA hold a few of their events at the Gusman. Shes thrilled the agency has taken her advice. This gives Gusman the opportunity to host an audience that may not have been inside the theater before, so were incredibly excited, Lake says in an e-mail to the BT The theater can certainly use the money and publicity, especially after having lost a prominent benefactor: the City of Miami. Built in 1926 and originally known as the Paramount Movie House, which acoustically superb and visually spec tacular, with the concert hall designed as an ornate courtyard, complete with turrets and towers and a dome of night sky featuring twinkling stars and drifting clouds. In 1975, its owner, Maurice Gusman, donated the theater and its adjoining on the condition that it be managed by the Miami Parking Authority, a semiautonomous agency. Gusman reportedly insisted on this arrangement in hopes of shielding the theater from the citys political machinations. At the time, philanthropist Mitchell Wolfson, a friend of Gusman, chaired the parking authoritys board of direcof the theaters $1.4 million annual operating budget but could not designate how those funds were spent. the city was no longer able to afford the Gusmans $475,000 annual subsidy. To keep the theater open, the MPA and city turned over the Gusman to Olympia Herman Echevarria, a former Hialeah city councilman who owns the BVK/ Meka advertisement agency. Aside from managing the theater, Olympia Center, Inc. also solicits donations for the venue, a job that was once reserved for Friends of the Gusman, a 27-year-old charity. This past October, Olympia Center the theater, explains Lake, adding that, so far, the new managers have risen to the challenge. We are on track for our to exceed our goals, she declares. However, the Gusman needs to tap a variety of funding sources, she adds: The Gusmans present and future is not only dependent on donations, grants, and subsidies, but most importantly income that comes from the rental of the theater. So its no surprise Lake is grateful the DDA will be using the Gusman during the summer, an off-season period when fundraising and events are scarce, thanks to the heat and the threat of hurrirental income, in addition to the concession sales and potential donations to the theater, she notes. Lake expects the concert series to help neighboring businesses as well. These are free events to the public, but we can be assured there will be money spent downtown, she says, citing a recent report by Americans for the Arts, arts and cultural events spend $27.79 per person above the cost of admission nationwide. A patron attending an arts event may pay to park the car in a garage, purchase dinner at a restaurant, eat dessert after the show, and return home to pay the babysitter, Lake explains. This generates related commerce for local businesses such as restaurants, parking garages, hotels, and retail stores. Knight Foundation has supported the DWNTWN Miami Concert Series. In 2009 the DDA received $150,000 from the foundations Knight Arts Challenge, a program that hands out matching grants to organizations and individuals community. Betancourt, the DDAs deputy direcseries attracted crowds to surrounding businesses as well as restaurants and shops across the street. He says the summer season at the Gusman can help activate the Flagler Street corridor. Supporters of the Gusman have been applying for Knight Arts Challenge grants every year since the program was created in 2006. 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Check Your Oil Painting?The Dezer Schauhalle gallery and car collection combines two great passions in one eye-popping space BT ContributorMiami is a city of beautiful women, expensive cars, A-list celebrities, a surprising number of good artists, and lots of cash of that). Its what drew Art Basel here a decade ago and continues to bring in also pull in a new museum and gallery that will be the envy of the art world? The newly opened Dezer Collection Museum and Pavilion hopes to answer To describe Michael Dezer, the man behind the museum, as a lover of cars is a huge understatement, along the lines of calling Biscayne Bay a lovely puddle. He owns more than 600 cars more than many dealerships many of them (almost) priceless classics. And along with run-of the-mill Duesenbergs and Rolls Royces, Dezers collec tion includes vintage am phibious cars, century-old bicycles, military vehicles, and a vast asMuch of the collection focuses on one of Dezers favorite eras, the 1950s. Dezer got his start in advertising after he came to the United States from Israel in 1962. He eventually moved on to real estate and is probably best known sea district in the 1970s. His remarkably successful career allowed him to indulge in a passion hed developed back in Tel just a bus drivers son. In the 1980s, Dezer began purchasing collectible cars en masse, recreating his beloved 1950s in a Chelsea warehouse. He called it Dezerland. Dezers son, Gil, inherited his fathers dual love of cars and deal-making. While the younger Dezer enjoys Porches and road rallies, South Floridians are more likely to be familiar with Gils other high-octane pursuit real-estate development. In 2002 the Dezers, father and son, partnered with Donald Trump to transform Sunny Isles Beachs charming, if sleepy, motel row. The trio replaced about 2100 feet of oceanfront 1950s-era buildings with a controversial wall of condo-hotel developments. (Even though the projects were branded with the Trump name, Gil is mostly in charge.) Rumors that the principals had cozied up to Sunny Isles politicians and Russian oligarchs didnt throw cold water on the project, which was a dream come true for Gil, who had long admired Trump, another suc cessful son of real estate developer. It was in Sunny Isles that the Dezer auto collection was housed until last year. Having outgrown its 18,000-squarefoot space there, the collection needed new digs. A deal to buy a 1950s-era warehouse property in North Miamis industrial district set back the Dezers almost $7 million, but then, the purchase involved three other properties in addition to the warehouse. The 600 automobiles and other memorabilia were soon moved into the two-acre complex at 146th Street, beside the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, a block west of Biscayne Boulevard. a budding car museum and art gallery to be located in a warehouse zone so far from the epicenter of Miamis art scene, Photo by Oscar Hidalgo Continued on page 56 An ensemble of classic cars and star cars including two Batmobiles and a General Lee customized Dodge from The Dukes of Hazzard greeted the guests in the parking lot.

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By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorWhat is arguably the best gingerbread outside of Germany is made at Ness Konditorei Bakery, a neighborhood institution that sits on the bend at NE 118th Street, at the W. Dixie Highway. But owing to changes in the neighborhoods demographics, competition from supermarket bakeries, natural disaster, personal hurdles, and the recession, less of that gingerbread along with varieties of bread, apple strudel, and coffee cake is rolling out of the ovens these days. Run by mother-and-son team Helga and Ray Ness, the authentic German bakery has stood at 11801 W. Dixie Highway, on a sliver of unincorporated Miami-Dade wedged between Miami Shores and North Miami, since the Nesses opened it 40 years ago. Despite a loyal clientele, business started a backward slide about a decade ago, and has slowed to a trickle. Were sitting in a hole, the 73-yearold Helga says. Now a handful of devoted locals Musician, Biscayne Park resident, and ten-year bakery regular Bill Gordon is spearheading a fundraising effort to save Ness Konditorei. (Konditorei is German for pastry shop.) Gordon and others will start with some much-needed cosmetic work on the building. They plan to cover up the current dilapidated sign and, depending on what MiamiDade codes permit, either install a new metal one or paint one on the south-facing side of the building. The group hopes to have the signage done this month. In addition, theyre paying for ad vertising to help generate business. In all, Gordon estimates the cost of the improve ments to be between $500 and $1000. These are hard-working, decent people who deserve a break in the form of some new, steady customers who appreciate what they add to our taste world, Gordon says. My ultimate goal is to see them have more customers. Its a pity to see their stock often so low. I want people to stop by and discover how good their stuff is. Miami Shores resident and bakery enthusiast John Watt agrees, and is tired of seeing independent businesses like Ness Konditorei go under. This is a grassroots effort, Watt says. Their style is so unique, and you cant get some of these things anyplace else. Like Gordon, Watt favors the traditional style apple strudel, or apfelstrudel On a recent day, one customer waltzed in and ordered a half-dozen of the pastries. On another day, a steady stream of customers purchased multigrain and farmers rye bread, stollen, a loaf-shaped holiday cake, and pecan pies. One of them, Emilie Slater, was a former employee who started working at the bakery at age 15 to make extra money. That was in the late 1970s. Helga taught me every work ethic I know, says Slater, who is now in the entertainment business in California. This place used to have a line [to order baked goods] and people would come from all over to get cakes. Glancing around, she adds, Im sad. There used to be twice as many cases. The bakery is indeed a bit bare. While house-made pastries, cookies, and breads are still available (in addition to deli items and prepackaged cookies and candies), in one display case there are doilies with nothing on them. A hot serving area features German dolls. Signage is faded. Helga says shes embarrassed because there used to be so much more. All of Slaters birthday cakes came from the bakery, although she was Helga is no longer accepting cake orders, even though she gets requests for them. She halted the thriving cake business because of a general lack of interest and One customer, Julie Sumitaro, refers to Helga as Mrs. Ness and says she has known her for 30 years. Sumitaro drives from Aventura to buy German pastries because what Ness does is a specialty, to German culture and food by a friend. The friend died three years ago, but Sumitaro still makes the drive to Ness. If the demand is there, why not deliver the goods? Helga says she would need to hire more help and do more advertising, but the money isnt there. Her son, Ray, who lives with her in their house behind the bakery, has not drawn a salary in nine years. The Nesses are also waiting for ing inspection, due in February.No Piece of CakeCan a once-thriving neighborhood bakery survive a string of bad luck and changing tastes? BT photos by Wendy Doscher-Smith Continued on page 57

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54 By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterFor 23 years, the only way to enter Belle Meade by car has been to drive past a security guardhouse at NE 76th Street, a couple of blocks east of Biscayne Boulevard. All other streets leading into the Upper Eastside neighborhood are barricaded to traf home invader from riding his bike through one of the landscaped barri cades and robbing a couple at gunpoint in September 2010. The incident was enough for 92 percent of Belle Meade homeowners to sign a petition asking for the installation of a fence around their neighborhood of 400 homes. Now, more than a year after the home-invasion incident, the city will install fences on top of street barricades along NE 6th Court between NE 72nd Terrace and NE 77th Street, according to Jeovanny Rodriguez, assistant director of Miamis Capital Improvement Programs (CIP). Installation is anticipated to begin mid-March 2012, Rodriguez writes in an e-mail to the BT Project completion is mid-April 2012, weather permitting. But the abbreviated fences wont deter anyone who wants to enter Belle Meade. Federal, state, and county laws forbid public streets from blocking pedestrians, bicycles, and wheelchairs, so each fence will have swinging, un locked gates. simple as that, says Margaret Tynan, president of the Belle Meade Homeown ers Association. What the hell is it good for? Tynan may think fences with gates are useless, but most of her neighbors still want them. Francisco Becerra, a Belle Meade resident since 1995, is hopeful the laws will be tweaked to allow homeowners to lock the gates sometime in the future. For now, even with the gates, the fence is better than nothing, he says. Still, this wasnt the kind of security Belle Meade homeowners had in mind when Tynan and Belle Meade Homeowner Association vice president Frank Rollason circulated a petition last year. It sought permission to install a six-foothigh fence that would run the full length of NE 6th Court, not just atop individual barricades, thus preventing anyone from entering Belle Meade except through 76th Street. And while the security turn anyone away, a description of any vehicle or person who passes through can be obtained. Belle Meade residents had intended to pay for the fence, but Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district includes Belle Meade and the rest of the Upper Eastside, vowed to have the city pay for the project if more than 70 percent of homeowners supported the plan. There was precedent for Sarnoffs promise. In 2009 the Miami City Commission decided to invest $1.7 million building a ten-foot-tall, half-mile-long wall around Coral Gate, a neighborhood near SW 8th Street and 22nd Avenue, attended the walls unveiling when it was completed in May 2010. But a spokesman for the MiamiDade Public Works Department told the BT never informed the county of either the Coral Gate wall or plans for a Belle Meade fence. After being tipped off by a concerned citizen this past January, proposed fence illegal and demanded the demolition of the Coral Gate wall. (See Tear Down This Wall, March 2011.) Continued on page 59 Criminals Only Past This Point!Does it make sense for taxpayers to spend $70,000 on security fences with swinging gates? BT photo by Jacqueline Doulis

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56 the choice harkens back to Dezers early days in then-industrial Chelsea. Helmut Schuster, proprietor of Galerie Schuster Berlin/Miami and now curator of the gallery portion of the Dezer space, says, I think its a perfect location. Its not far away from MOCA [the Museum of Contemporary Art] and the young, independent, new art spaces around 125th Street. In addition, FIU is important, and well cooperate with them in the future. Im sure the art map in Miami will change completely in 2012. This new area is as strong as Wynwood or the Design District. Its also ideally located for the Dezer realty empire, which stretches from Sunny Isles to Miami Beach (not includSchuster himself stumbled across the collection a few months ago when he was simply driving by and let his curiosity lead him into the parking lot. (The main building is covered in low-relief classic car murals.) After seeing the car collection and speaking with the elder Dezer, Schuster followed up a few weeks DezerContinued from page 51 Continued on page 58 Photo by Oscar Hidalgo

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The trouble for the bakery started with Helgas husbands death in 2003. Roy Ness was also a baker. After that tragedy, my mind was not there, Helga recalls. We were married for 43 years and always working together. The couple moved from Hamm, Germany, to the United States in 1960, making their start in Gary, Indiana, before relocating to South Florida and building the bakery business from scratch. Helga remembers when the only businesses around them were gas stations. Now, amid the auto body and repair shops and convenience stores that have sprung up in the area, there is a Haitian bakery just to the south. (Mama Jennies, the popular Italian eatery, is also nearby.) As the neighborhood changed, crime increased. Helga says she has had a gun in her face seven times over the course of the four decades she has been there. Ray, who is 44, remembers when an intruder broke into their house and spent hours ransacking the place. To top it all off, Hurricane Wilma damaged the building and put them out of commission for several months. Helga thinks thats when a lot of people forgot about them. Some of the problems the Nesses face are not uncommon to mom-andpop businesses. Ron Welsandt, executive director of the North Miami Chamber of Commerce, has lived in nearby North Miami since 1988 and is familiar with the bakery. Back when they put their bakery there, it was very close to Miami Shores, which has always been upscale, and people always went there, Welsandt says. But Welsandt notes the changing de mographics of the area. According to the 2010 census, Hispanics make up 27 percent of the population of North Miami, while blacks constitute 59 percent. Only 12 percent are non-Hispanic white. Not exactly a recipe for success if youre an Old World-style German bakery. Although Haitians and other ethnic groups might be more inclined to gravitate toward establishments catering to Nesses need to beef up their marketing strategies and create a new business plan. In a word, they need to adapt. Welsandt points out that social media marketing is a necessity now. The old phrase, If it aint broke, a high-tech business world, he says. Its too bad. Weve seen businesses in North Miami that have been here forever just go away. For their part, the Nesses do not appear interested in social media. Ray views Twitter as an invitation for robbers. Moving locations is also not an option. Im 73 years old, Helga says. Im not going to move anyplace. So the bakerys future may well come down to the good intentions and efforts of some longtime devotees. And the fact that, as Julie Sumitaro puts it: Some of Ness other place. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BakeryContinued from page 52 PHONE (305) 384-6233 ADDRESS 12550 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 800 Miami, FL 33181 EMAIL rossmanagementgp@aol.comCall 305.384.6233 To Reserve Your Seat Now!LEGAL & IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION AND SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME OPPORTUNITY This seminar is designed to help you:Have a Will prepared or revised at No Cost to you the security and protection of legal advice and representation for less than $1 per day Supplement your incomeDATES: Monday, January 9, 23 | TIME: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, January 12 | TIME: 6-7 p.m. Saturday, January 21 | TIME: 2-3 p.m. ROSS MANAGEMENT GROUP

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58 rehearsals and performance. This year the Gusman was among 56 for a battle of the bands event that was to be co-produced by Sweat Records, a Little Haiti-based independent music store and coffee lounge. In the end, however, Battle of the Bands wasnt among the 31 ideas to receive grants from the foundations $3 million pot of funding. So what sort of acts will the DDA book at Gusman? Thats still being considered. Its a little early to have the bands lined up yet, Betancourt says, although hes sure the lineup will include a mix of local and national acts performing in a variety of musical genres, just like the rest of the concert series. Another challenge Betancourt notes is that, unlike Bayfront Park, the Olympic Theater has limited seating. Were ticketing feature, he says. Such tickets, For more information on the concert series, visit www.dwntwnmiamiconcertseries.com. 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 Gusman CenterContinued from page 50 later and proposed that the space host a show built around the Miami photographer who, along with her famous subject maybe this could be the place where I calls Schuster, because there was such a connection to the 1950s. I thought, Okay lets do a little more. Lets put Bunny this place. retrospective to Dezer, he found himself on the receiving end of a counterproposal: Did Schuster want to become the spaces curator? Schuster was unsure if he could handle the extra work, but ultimately couldnt pass on the deal. At about 35,000 square feet (out of a total 250,000 square feet of exhibition space in the complex), the now-christened Dezer Schauhalle is one of the largest private galleries in the world. Schuster suspects its even larger than the world famous Gagosian do anything small. Although the museum wasnt set to timed to coincide with Art Basel Miami DezerContinued from page 56 Continued on page 59

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that may at least deter criminals from entering Belle Meade, something supported by Roberta Quinn, a Belle Meade resident since 2005. I am for any type of security, she says. with county and state regulations is also increasing the price. Belle Meade received estimates as low as $12,000 for a long fence with no gates, says Rol lason, a former city administrator and BT contributor. In contrast, Rollason is hearing from municipal employees that the gated fence will cost city taxpayers as much as $70,000. Rodriguez insists the work for the fence has not been priced, but admits it will likely cost more than $13,000. The fence job also wont be bid out, but prepared by one of four contractors pre-selected to do capital improvements costing less than $150,000. Ironically, criminal incidents in Belle Meade declined by 29 percent between 2010 and 2011, says Miami Police Commander Manuel Morales, who oversees patrols in the Upper Eastside. During that same period, burglaries attempted car break-ins fell from nine to seven, and vandalism plummeted from 22 to 15, Morales says. However, crime is up in eight of the citys ten Neighborhood Enhancement Team areas, Morales notes. The rest of the Upper Eastside has seen crime increase by ten percent from 2010. Among the more recent incidents was an armed rob bery in Morningside on December 8, 2011, in which two thieves armed with semiautomatic pistols swiped a Louis Vuitton wallet and a cell phone from a couple who had just returned from dinner. Tynan says outsiders walk the streets of Belle Meade all the time, as evidenced by the empty beer bottles found on the swales: They always come in and they will try every car door to see if its unlocked. Still, Tynan thinks there are more affordable ways to prevent crime in Belle Meade than a fence that cant restrict access. For starters, dont leave anything thief, she says. But she also understands why her neighbors still want the fence theyve cause we have a lot of children living here, she says. The whole make-up in ently. Where it was once an adult community, now it is not. Maybe the gates will deter thieves, who knows? Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rfrrfntffbrf fttfrfnrrnrtntnnrf frnrrrnrfntbn rrfn t rrtb ffttftffn t t ft rftnrr n rbbrrbb rrbbbrfbrrb rtfn CriminalsContinued from page 54 Beach thrilled partygoers. An ensemble of classic cars and star cars including two Batmobiles and a General Lee customized Dodge from The Dukes of Hazzard greeted the guests in the parking lot, while cocktail waitresses many never displayed before, entertained them on the inside. The opening shows the Future and Ich bin ein Berliner, featuring rising art students from Berlin. ing takes place in February, when the James Bond collection is revealed. Not only will patrons see custom automobiles that would be greatly coveted even without the Bond connection, the staff is also preparing airplanes, motorcycles, underwater vehicles, and other rare memorabilia for display. The opening for that exhibit will celebrate the 60th birthday of the James Bond franchise. Bond novel, Casino Royale in February 1952.) When it is fully operational, the complex will also house an event center capable of accommodating 1500 guests. When not socializing, guests and for that matter, all visitors to the gallery will have plenty to take in. Besides the auto collection and art gallery, there is an indoor drive-in movie theater, a mini bowling alley, a retro diner, a sweets shop, and a gift store. And of course, artwork is for sale, as are some of the cars. Bring your checkbook. Retrospective to the Future and Ich bin ein Berliner run through February 29 at the Dezer Schauhalle, 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami, 954-270-7404. Admission is free. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com DezerContinued from page 58

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: BISCAYNE PARK SS till the SS easonFor our correspondent, the holidays go into overtimeBy Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorThis being the January issue, readers of this column might expect a looking-back or looking-forward column, but the truth is, my family and I will still be knee-deep in the holiday season when this issue hits lawns and mail rooms, and for some time thereafter. No, were not the kind of folks who run out the day after Thanksgiving to purchase our tree, or who make a habit of Christmas in July, so that the holidays will just go on forever. (Not that theres anything wrong with that.) In fact, our little later than the average familys. We usually dont get in the spirit, or even pick up a tree, until after December 15. The reason were still celebrating is that, for us, the season includes a few more dates than most peoples. Part of the reason for this is cultural. My parents are Cuban and, in addition to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, growing up, I also celebrated Three Kings Day. Marking the arrival of the Three Wise Men, or Magi, in Bethlehem following the birth of Christ, Three Kings Day, also known as the Feast of Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6. Thats 12 days after Christmas plus a night for all you carolers out there. Its not, strictly speaking, a Cuban holiday. For generations of children throughout Latin America (as well as Spain), January 6 was the equivalent of Christmas morning here the day presents were unwrapped. As a child, this effectively meant I got two Christmases every year. As a nod to my American upbringing, December 25 was the day I opened most of my presents. (Never on Christmas Eve. No, no, always on Christmas morning.) But then, on January 6, something else would magically appear for me under the tree, which was still up.

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sS Whos in Your Wallet?A history of ID theft and phony charges have taught our correspondent to stay on top of her credit cardsBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorI have to admit it took us a while, that townhouse, a full dozen of them, I attribMasterCard and Visa would mail out ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERSMom and Pop Small Business Grant Program For Miami-Dade County District 3 Grant Money Available! Up to $10,000 Per Business Applications available January 9, 2012 through January 24, 2012 PICK UP APPLICATIONS AT: Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Vice Chairwoman District Office 5400 NW 22 Avenue Suite 701 Miami, FL 33142 Phone: 305-636-2331 Attn: Akeem Brutus Or Neighbors And Neighbors Associ ation (NANA) 180 NW 62 Street Miami, FL 33150 Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district03 There will be a mandatory information/ workshop meeting explaining the application and requirements held on Tu esday, January 24, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Center 5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Room110. Please be on time! Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 24 Jan. 27, 2012 by 5:00pm Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA No late applications will be accepted! For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605 Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA) Please submit 1 original completed application marked ORIGINAL and 1 copy completed application marked COPY. We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records! ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERSMom and Pop Small Business Grant Program For Miami-Dade County District 2 Grant Money Available! Up to$7,500 Per Business Applications available January 2, 2012 through January 17, 2012 Applications online at www.miamidade.gov/district02 Completed applications will be accepted from Jan. 17 Jan. 20, 2012 by 5:00pm Hand deliver application to District Office or NANA No late applications will be accepted! For additional information contact: Lawanza Finney 305-756-0605 Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA) Please submit 1 original completed application marked ORIGINAL and 1 copy completed application marked COPY. We suggest you keep a copy also, for your records!PICK UP APPLICATIONS AT: Commissioner Jean Monestimes r District Office 900 NE 125 Street, Suite 200 Miami, FL 33161 Phone: 305-694-2779 Attn: Mac-Kinley Lauriston Or Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA) 180 NW 62 Street Miami, FL 33150 There will be a mandatory information/workshop meeting explaining the application and requirements held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:00 p.m. at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church 2330 NW 93rd Street Please be on time!

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to an area around the old Bakery Center, before we lost the trail.) Recovering from identity theft is neither simple nor easy. You have to alert the IRS, your banks, and your credit agencies that you are you, and no one else is you but the burden of proof is on you. It seems like it should be the other way around, but, remember, youre not the clever thief. Youre just the law-abiding citizen who never would have thought of this kind of scheme in the photos of you doing everything from drink ing a beer to having a baby, it wasnt that easy to prove your own existence. You also have to think about putting safeguards in place (that, quite frankly, should already be there), like little pop-up tags that alert the cashier department stores and gas stations. The cation, it happened to be by the same salesgirl who had assisted the thief, who was long before online shopping, and the crook was never asked for photo ID. The salesgirl remembered my unusual name, but she thought I was the crook. You can imagine her confusion when I turned out be Caucasian, and Jewish. Once established, these tags should never expire unless you request them to count still operates even though the card that was stolen was actually from Burdines.) But they can be ignored. In fact, it was only recently that I was asked for ing thats where I was born and raised, and thats where my identity was stolen again not too long ago. (Foreshadowing!) I was reminded of this quest to clear my name and my credit while reading the Miami Herald in December. The couple who had a similar problem with identity theft this past year, a fact they taxes and found out that a criminal had already done just that in their place, and collected their refund. Its already time the frustrations that go along with trying to re-establish ones identity, they still havent received their money. It was as I was relating this miserable story to my husband, and simultaneously recalling our own epic horror which haunted us even as we tried to sell our South Beach condo and buy sheepishly admitted something: You know the credit card we dont really use? Well, the banks been calling and leaving messages. I havent really had time to call them back, so Ive sort of been with them. Turns out, someone charged $22,000 on our card. been taken from a store in Jersey we had visited over Thanksgiving. (Flashback: enough.) The $22,000 was charged in three increments at a nearby Target. Still, nearly $8000 worth of merchandise per visit is pretty substantial, especially when you dont even have a physical card to show. Didnt that raise the checkout clerks eyebrows at all? Well, no. So how do you prevent this kind of thing from happening to you? Especially if you live in a perceived high-income criminals are more likely to snoop tant who communicates with the IRS, sible so your legitimate information is known to the computer system. From my own experience, I know that you should call your credit agencies (usually two or three that follow your ratall your charge and credit accounts, even if they havent been anonymously vandalized. Shred docu ments that are going in the trash, even those would-be credit card accounts that youre not accepting. collar, technology-based crime, that dont take out credit for a rainy day because the only life youre going to be stretching a rainbow over is the thiefs, who is pretending to be you until youre not worth an empty pot of gold to piss in. Next month: Crime in Miami Shores, from the trenches or the driveways. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2011Our correspondent looks back on the year that wasBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorHappy New Year to all! As we enter on the Upper Eastside over the past year, keeping in mind that these are my takes. The Good spearheaded by neighbor Jo Wilder and Group, led by Laura Muoz. The neigh the kiddies. owners Shirley and Walter Diaz, stands been reborn, with positive results, as parking lot. The other motels would do neighborhood, and the Upper Eastside in general, thanks in large part to our Thank you, Commander Morales! The Bad under the Julia Tuttle Cause way to the Upper Eastside is an insult. Hardly a week goes by up and down the Boulevard, thanks to COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980 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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these government entities work together to share poles and cut down on the eye pollution, as has been proposed for years by Belle Meade resident Steve Hagen. The Ugly volving the question of who is ultimately responsible for any taxes as a result of leasing space in the parking garages, is a travesty. It is just inconceivable that no one in the city administration, on the would be former Mayor Manny Diaz) picked up on the language that left the city holding the bag again It is either the height of incompetence or it is complicity before the fact. One or the other. tion of Miami Fire Department Division Chief Veldora Arthur for mortgage fraud has brought another scandal to the City of Miami, and a particularly painful wound to yours truly. As a past black female member of our department betrayed the trust placed in her. She has brought shame upon the city, the department, and the black community, which was so proud of her accomplishments. dollars is inexcusable. She was a role model to many, and now only serves as an example of greed and self-indulgence. Art Museum for Jorge M. Prez is somewhere between ugly and silly. Mr. Prezs installment plan for the payment of his millions, which in cludes artwork from his collection in lieu of cash up front, is quite the cats meow. Keep in mind, this is the same individual who wrangled $4.2 million out of the City of Miami to help defray the costs of bay-walk improvements at one of his down town high-rise projects. Why? Because it was just too expensive for him to absorb the cost of the amenities himself. So the city, under then Mayor Manny Diaz, forked over the millions to help out poor Jorge. If Mr. Prez really wants to be philanthropic, perhaps he might consider reimbursing the city for the bay-walk improvements in cash, not artwork. I mean, as long as he is in such a giving mood. Perhaps the city might just con sider naming that portion of the public bay-walk the Jorge M. Prez Promenade. Certainly has a nice ring to it, does it not? business district to a developer to bring in a Publix and a block of high-rise con dential community has to be one of the biggest insults ever to the black commu the principal developer as godlike and spiritual, saying he would certainly keep his word on all promises to the commu like and spiritual, not a developer who, though he may be an honorable person, is in business to make money. intrinsic thread in the fabric of the City of Miami. Its the duty of our city leaders to ensure that these last vestiges of our founding communities be preserved, not whittled away in search of the almighty dollar. With this type of leadership, there will eventually be no Bahamian Village the leaders of the city and shame on all residents for allowing this to happen. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I AT LARGEBarely TT hereAn Art Basel fashion show goes very, very wrong By Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIm standing outside, naked except for pasties and combat boots that scream, If you value your balls, then you best back off. Im surrounded by people in various states of dress and undress, distress and undistress, bustling around me. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the hum. The hum of chaos. The wind blows, causing the whiteits last breath. To my left is a plastic table. On top there are palettes of makeup in every conceivable color. Crammed below are totes of personal belongings. My body is being spray painted primarily with silver. Thats because, for my part in this show, I am a robot. Ive got my arms (non-mechan ical) up in the air, so as not to smudge, as the whisshhh noise of the airbrush pumps pigment onto my bare skin. Welcome to the behind-the-scenes of a fashion show at Art Basel. Truly behind the scenes? Yes. For example: It is 7:00 p.m. The show was supposed to go on at 6:00 p.m. Oops. But this is only the beginning. Because that hum of chaos I just reserved for just these types of occasions. Let me enlighten you. When the lights and music go on, its show time and, no matter what kind of adolescent nonsense, including but not limited to displays of diva-dom, extreme refusing to perform, drug snorting/shooting/smoking, or weapon-brandishing occur, the show, as they say, must go on. Now, if you arrived just a few hours early, or if you could act as a proverbial 19015C Biscayne Blvdin the Aventura Grand Cove Shopping Center305-692-22014571 Weston Roadin the Weston Commons Shopping Center954-217-8644 Long Term Care Insurance BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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68 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMITop of the HeapThe Swerdlow Group has big plans for developing North Miamis big landll By Mark Sell BT ContributorBiscayne Landings future boils down to one stark fact: The City of North Miami needs money, and the Swerdlow Group has it. The posturing and shadowboxing of November have given way to pressure to close the deal so Swerdlow can get develop the property, and start making money. Mayor Andre Pierre and most of the city council want to speed things along. The deal could close as early as mid-January, as late as March. Michael the real labor of love begins. Once the deal is complete, Swerdlow will wire $21.5 million to the city, sparing it more than 100 employee layoffs and painful service cutbacks. Then Swerdlow will spend lots of money: $50 million to clean out the old municipal dump and get the ground and infrastructure ready, and $200 million to build 800,000 square feet of big-box retailer space on 81.5 acres directly behind Target. By mid-2014, expect to see stores for Less, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, BrandsMart, Kohls, perhaps even a Walmart, if not Ikea. Negotiations are well along with retailers; some have signed letters of intent. The complex will resemble Browards 107-acre Oakwood Plaza that runs a mile east of I-95, between Stirling Road and Sheridan Street. Swerdlow successfully developed that property, as well as partnered to build A spine road will snake from Biscayne Boulevard and 143rd Street through the shopping center to 151st Street, connecting to the road that leads from 151st to the 25-story Biscayne Landing twin towers, which by then should have a pool, 14,000-square-foot community center, and lakeside park and promenade. Swerdlow plans a high-end, assisted-living facility for seniors just to the towers northwest, and an independent-living complex just to the southeast. will have a good view of the project, as it will level out at a grade about ten feet higher than the Boulevard, or 17 feet above sea level. Expect a prominent entrance on the widened 143rd Street and more turn lanes on the Boulevard, and the same at the corner of 151st Street.

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If Florida International University can succeed in getting permits a tall order through wetlands the spine road will link to a new entrance running to FIU, via an overpass through wetlands and mangroves. If FIU is not lobbying for this in Tallahassee already, you can bet it will ramp up efforts after the holidays. On the Biscayne Landing side, the start almost instantly this spring: Dig 32 wells from 7 to 70 feet deep, 150 feet apart. These wells will extract ground water with small levels of ammonia (17 parts per billion) and push it into an injection well running 3300 feet into the ground, far below aquifers, into a boulder zone through impermeable substrata rock. Four similar injection wells at the sewage-treatment plant just to the north dump waste to the same location a kilometer into the earth. The idea is to keep ammonia from seeping into Biscayne Bay, just 2000 feet to the east. These wells should be completed by late 2012. To the south and north, from Highland Oaks in North Miami Beach or from the balconies of the twin Biscayne Landing towers expect to hear groaning, grinding, and pounding from bulldozers, cranes, and other heavy equipment, as they level out the hillocks and ridges, unearth garbage 23 feet deep from the old dump, and pound nonbiodegradable diapers, wood, concrete, plastics, glass, and yard clippings. To pulverize that garbage, giant cranes will drop 15,000-pound weights 60 feet, compounding and compressing in a process called deep dynamic compaction. This compressed trash, webbed together, will undergird the roadway and the 50 percent or so of the site that will be capped, or topped with asphalt, concrete, or buildings to ensure that any contaminants from the garbage do not get into the air. Already about 300 to 400 feet of the Biscayne Landing road as been compacted in this way. Once this is done, in the second half of 2013, crews will lay in the utilities: electricity, sewer, and water, followed by the construction of the big-box stores of the parking lot. At the Biscayne Landing Oaks towers, by mid-2012, the Swerdlow Available at ne boutiques worldwide. For the location nearest you please contact: 1.800.226.6362 or info@ribkoff.com Group will likely present plans to the Oaks condominium association for a swimming pool and clubhouse. By this time, Swerdlow will be a controlling presence in the building, as the developer is now in advanced negotiations to buy the 160 unsold units in the 383-unit complex. As part of the deal, Swerdlow will build the community center and a plaza with a coffee shop. Swerdlow is also now in talks with three adult-care providers to build a luxury assisted-living facility along 151st Street, and an independent-living facility nearby. Since utilities and infrastructure are already in place, this higher-end version of John Knox Village in Pompano Beach will probably come online in early 2014. Two parks totaling 14 acres are part of the plan, too. In addition to a lakeside promenade near the twin towers, a second park, of about six acres, including a ball corner of the property near Highland Oaks. This, in sum, is Phase I of the Residential development will come last; perhaps a mid-market rental complex for individuals and families, if and when the more than half the 184 acres and should Swerdlow even has a plan to suppress that wafts from the sewage-treatment ters, as they unclog rags and grit blocking the tubes, a nasty job that requires open ing the vents for their own safety. Michael Swerdlow and two other executives toured the plant, and Swerdlow, appalled, has promised to pay for on-premises equipment to minimize, if not eliminate, the stink in exchange for a break in impact fees. Everything Swerdlow does is designed to enhance the propertys value and thereby make money: Lure proven retailers to a coveted location, collect rents while the city and county get the then, sometime around 2022 or 2023, sell the whole property at a substantial Then, perhaps, the Swerdlow Group will move on to the next conquest. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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70 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aA Living with the Lemming EE f fectIn Aventura, people are born to swarmBy Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer BT ContributorIve lived in Aventura since 2004. Not very long in the grand scheme of things, but long enough to realize that Aventura is an anomaly. It is profoundly different. Different from what? Well, almost anything, anywhere. Nothing that should apply, does. Things that dont make sense, do. Even the people are how to put this surreal. Aventura is one of the only places you can pull into a gas station (I go to the Mobile on Biscayne and 191st Street) and see 25-year-olds gassing up Bentleys and Aston Martins, and 75-year-olds with comb-overs posing by their convertible Porches. Naturally, there are a plethora of garden-variety BMWs and Mercedes. Meanwhile, youll see women drop $750 on a pair of Christian Louboutins at Nordstrom, but complain about the price of tomatoes at Publix. ( Oy, $2.98 a pound? Outrageous! ) Now, put those same tomatoes in Whole Foods, increase the price by two bucks a pound, and people cant buy them fast enough! I think much of this is a result of the it, do it, or deem it okay, others are quick to follow. Granted, not a phenomenon unique to Aventura, but this town is certainly a place where acceptance is important, rules dont necessarily apply, and reality goes out the window more often than not. Dont get me wrong. Its not that I dislike this place. In fact Aventura has lots of appealing qualities. For instance, its centrally located. I can be in Fort Lauderdale or South Beach in 20 minutes. It is safe and clean. And we have a hospital, guaranteeing that if a hurricane knocks out power, were sure to be Our demographics may surprise some. Contrary to popular belief, we are made up of a variety of ethnicities, religions, and age groups. There are even some less-than-rich residents who slipped in. The median age actually appears to be dropping. Broadly speaking, most people who live here have made and are not afraid to spend as long as they frequent the places everyone goes, Lemming Effect. After all, thats how a business becomes the place to dine or meditate or groom your pet or shop. Yes, Aventura has a ton of shopping. There are the small shops like Jessie (a real crowd favorite), Wink, SoMi, 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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Starstruck Style, and C. Madeline (the most famous vintage shop in town). Some are new and some have been here for years. Some will last and some wont. And of course there is The Mall rias Secret, the Gap, Banana Republic. Cookie-cutter stores with cookie-cutter clothes. I know Ill choose the independent entrepreneur every day. But hey, thats just me. The same applies to restaurants. There are small family or individually owned places like Pilar, Timo, Etzel Itzik Deli, Barrio Latino, and Juice & Java. Love these. They are original, personal, and fresh. Then there are the safe and familiar chains, including Houstons, P.F. Changs, and Mortons. They stand adjacent to each other along Biscayne Boulevard, forming a kind of culinary theme park. And they are always jammed. A huge new Olive Garden just opened front and center on the Boulevard, where Fuddruckers used to be. Really ? Is this a favored dining destination for people who supposedly want only the best? Im not judging. Im just saying. As a born-and-bred Manhattan girl who has been a writer for more than 20 years, I will always side with the little guy. I understand why people feel comfortable in chain outlets, but let me not digress too far. The point is that if Aventura locals, both young and old, have traveled and seen, tasted and experienced amazing and unique things, why gravitate toward the typical? Is it the business itself, or are there other factors? Lets consider location. Any business operating west of Biscayne Boulevard is tract die-hard Aventurans, giving literal meaning to wrong side of the tracks. No rhyme or reason. Its simply not in vogue. At least not yet Not until that one then it starts looking good. However, opening a hair salon or lounge in one of the well-known centers may increase chances for success, but prime location alone is no guarantee. The recently opened Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is lovely, spacious, and well-appointed. Its location at the foot of 188th Street places it in a neighborhood that is home to Aventuras largest concen tration of youthful professionals. Between the Artech, Atrium, and Uptown Lofts condominiums, I can honestly say Ive never seen anyone older than 50 on the block. But will they walk down the street for live drama or symphonic music? Or will they prefer to party around the corner at Avenue 29, the newly opened night club? Perhaps both. Local entrepreneurs are desperately seeking ways to keep the youthful and young-at-heart here in town. So I began posing a question: What would make you a loyal customer to any kind of business? After asking more than a dozen people, the consensus answer was this: Give us something good. Something good? Does that mean the service? The concept? The quality? The cool factor? That proved to be much more complicated. Ive watched many small businesses restaurants, clothing stores, hair salons, gift shops open with the promise of great success, only to have their hopes and dreams die painful deaths. Asian World Fusion (the leastknown but best local Chinese) closed in mere months. Richard & Co., after years in business, has departed and been replaced by a new hopeful called Zen Zen Salon. Yogen Frz, a gimmicky yogurt store, opens its doors just as That Cool Caf, which offered delicious yogurt, has closed for the summer after less than two years in operation. Shall I go on? So what does it take to make it in this town? At this point, I still cant answer the question, but I promise, as I probe more deeply into this city and its residents, I will try. Along the way, and with your help, I hope to uncover intriguing trends, quirks, tips, and obscurities. Maybe Ill even expose some of those things we just dont talk about here in Aventura. Editors note: Experiencing a bit of dj vu? Thats because this was Sharis debut column, 17 months ago. She did have a fresh column ready for this issue, but it got zapped, along with her comput tion just before she set sail on a cruise. looming deadline. We were hoping for a shipboard miracle, but we ran out of time. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com 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

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72 Culture: THE ARTSBooty Call at SundanceThe Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke has a group of local lmmakers riding high on the festival circuitBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorA festival in the United States, Sundance, which starts on January 19, The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke was selected as one of only 64 short a rising star on the local arts scene, script Cocaine Cowboys The U and Square Grouper Freaky Times right, and puts a spotlight on cultural of a new year. La Jete takes place in a post-nuclear-war world. In this updated version, Uncle Luke around these parts has successfully fought for the right of free speech of all But then the Turkey Point nuclear power a radioactive wasteland, which Uncle As Nasty as They Wanna Be with Leyva in the past. In his younger Converging Harmonies I Am Y our Grandmother rrffntbttf Photos courtesy of Jillian Mayer

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little indie production. Thats when Evan Rosenfeld of Rakontur got involved, pull ing Campbell into the project. Campbell, Mayer says, also worked well within her own artistic exploration: I was into the fact the he plays with notions of identity and public personas, which is something I address in my own work. Mayer is predominantly a video artist who incorporates performance and installation into her work. Shes represented by the David Castillo Gallery in Wynwood and currently has a solo show at the home of the Scholl Collection, World Class Boxing, through January. A previous short she made with Leyva, called I Am Your Grandmother was an eye-catcher in 2011 at the Castillo Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary eventually, on the Internet, becoming a viral hit. Grandmother has been making a tour of Guggenheim museums, screening in New York, Bilbao, and Berlin. As Mayer was developing her artistic vision in a blossoming visual arts scene over the past decade, Leyva was graduating from the New World School of the Arts High School, where he had helped work, called UnMinced. While he and school, some of them wanted to capitalize on what they felt was a talented pool enced by an increasingly vibrant Miami. So Leyva returned to found the alternative Borscht Film Festival, which, according to the group, is a quasi-yearly event held at iconic Miami venues that telling Miami stories that go beyond the typical portrayal of the city as a beautiful, but vapid party town, forging the cinematic identity of the city. Now entering its eighth year, Borscht has evolved from a loose and amorphous entity into something far more solid. In 2011 Sundance picked up the animated short Xemoland made by Borscht alum and Key Biscayne native Daniel Cardenas, about a seven-year-old boys alternative universe on that well-to-do screened at international festivals this past year. The exposure has paid off: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has recognized the Borscht mission, and has awarded it a $150,000 Knight Arts Challenge matching grant. making duo Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben, has thrown support behind the festival as well. Leyva and Icollaborate on almost all our creative projects in one way or another, says Mayer. But this They were really positive and encouraged in general. Hence this project involving contributions from across Miamis contem porary cultural spectrum music, writing, Now the group is packing its bags for Sundance. Just what the broader culture will make of Luther Campbell and Mi amis freaky world is anyones guess. But with projects such as this, Miami artists are cultivating a unique identity for themselves and their hometown. Says Mayer, who will be one of the team on a plane out West later this month: Were really excited to bring booty-bass music to Utah! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Life and Freaky Times

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74 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS WYNWOOD GALLERY WALK & DESIGN DISTRICT ART + DESIGN NIGHT GALLERIES 101/EXHIBIT 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through February 8: Undertow by Jason Shawn Alexander 12345 WEST DIXIE STUDIO AND GALLERY 12345 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami 305-895-2553 www.dixieimageworks.com Through January 31: Resurrection II with Paul Morris and Randy Burman ABBA FINE ART 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Ongoing: Natures Pulse by Debra Holt ACND GALLERY OF ART 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Through January 21: Faces of China by Tom Salyer ALBERTO LINERO GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-587-0172 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through January 4: Caleidoscopio with Pedro Sandoval, Santiago Betancur, Dario, Luis Jimenez, Paola Restrepo, Dana Milik, Adriana Carvalho, David Zalben, Breceda, Moleiro, and Romgo January 2 through 31: Untouched with Pedro Sandoval, Nelly Del Rio, Santiago Betancur, Dario, Luis Jimenez, Moleiro, Romgo, Orkomo, Suarez Molinares, and Alex Garcia Reception January 14, 2 to 10 p.m. ALEJANDRA VON HARTZ FINE ARTS 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through January 28: The Eyes, Sometimes by Karina Peisajovich AMY ALONSO GALLERY 750 NE 124th St., North Miami 305-975-6933 www.alonsored.com Call gallery for exhibition information ART FUSION 1 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com January 2 through March 19: Odyssey 2012 with various artists Reception January 14, 6 to 10 p.m. ARTSEEN GALLERY 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3559 http://artseenspace.wordpress.com/ Call gallery for exhibition information ASCASO GALLERY 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com Through January 31: 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, Arturo Correa, and Jorge Segui BAKEHOUSE ART COMPLEX 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 BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL 180 NE 39th St., #210, Miami By appointment: info@ Through January 14: Mary, Richard, Clouds & Dirt by Richard Haley BERNICE STEINBAUM GALLERY 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 January 14 through February 29: This Is Not Taxidermy by Enrique Gomez de Molina Reception January 14, 2 to 9 p.m. BLACK SQUARE GALLERY 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com January 11 through February 27: Levitation by Victor Sydorenko Reception January 11, 6 to 9 p.m. BORINQUEN ART GALLERY 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 BRIDGE RED STUDIOS / PROJECT SPACE 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through January 29: 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 Reception January 8, noon to 4 p.m. BUTTER GALLERY 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information CALDWELL / LINFIELD GALLERY & STUDIO 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Ongoing: Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture by Susanna Caldwell CAROL JAZZAR CONTEMPORARY ART 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Through January 29: You Are Here Forever with Robert Melee, Franklin Evans, Greg Lindquist, Suzanne Stroebe, Hackworth Ashley, Ernesto Burgos, Pinar Yolacan, Edgar Serrano, David Brooks, and Renata Padovan, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud CARIDI GALLERY 758 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Through January 31: Danny Esquenazi CENTER FOR VISUAL COMMUNICATION 541 NW 27th St., Miami 305-571-1415, www.visual.org Through January 14: Travelers in Time by Lluis Barba CHAREST-WEINBERG GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-292-0411 www.charestweinberg.com Through February 29: Black Sculpture by Fernando Mastrangelo CHRISTOPHER MIRO GALLERY 71 E. Flagler St., Miami 305-741-0058 www.christophermirogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information CS GALLERY 787 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-308-6561 www.chirinossanchez.com Ongoing: Group Show with various artists CURATORS VOICE ART PROJECTS 2509 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-357-0568 www.curatorsvoiceartprojects.com January 5 through 14: Time & Place by Susy Iglicki DANIEL AZOULAY GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information DEZER SCHAUHALLE MIAMI 2000 NE 146th St., North Miami 954-270-7404 www.dezerschauhalle.com Through February 29: Retrospective to the Future by Bunny Yeager Ich bin ein Berliner with various artists, curated by Verena Tafel and Helmut Schuster DIANA LOWENSTEIN FINE ARTS 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami Through January 31: Thoughts, Meditations, Acts by Xawery Wolski Reception January 14, 6 to 10 p.m. DIASPORA VIBE GALLERY 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305 573-4046 www.diasporavibe.net January 1 through March 31: New Possessions: Caribbean Artists in the US. Call to artists in the Diaspora with various artists DIMENSIONS VARIABLE 171 NE 38th St., Miami 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net dv@dimensionsvariable.net January 14 through February 18: The Unit by Alice Raymond Reception January 14, 7 to 10 p.m. DINA MITRANI GALLERY 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 Swimming, Smoking, Crying

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www.dinamitranigallery.com Through January 20: Minimally Baroque curated by Chuck Ramirez and Patricia Ruiz-Healy DORSCH GALLERY 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.dorschgallery.com Through February 3: Full Salute by Mette Tommerup Modern Trance by Martin Murphy DOT FIFTYONE ART SPACE 51 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through January 10: Argentine Photography with Juan Sebastian Bruno, Bruno Dubner, Marcelo Grosman, Ignacio Iasparra, Cecilia Lenardn, Jorge Mio, Oligatega, Guillermo Ueno, and Alejandra Urresti ELITE ART EDITIONS 2732 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 754-422-5942 www.elitearteditions.com January 14 through 30: Reception January 14, 6 to 10 p.m. ETRA FINE ART 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 FLAGLER ART SPACE 172 W. Flagler St., Miami FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com January 10 through February 4: Reception January 10, 6 to 9 p.m. GALERIE HELENE LAMARQUE 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Through January 20: New Sculpture by ORLAN GALERIE SCHUSTER MIAMI 2085 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-266-2445 www.galleryschuster.com THE GALLERY AT MIAMI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 601 NE 107th St., Miami Shores 305-610-3921 Through January 15: Wondering by London Tsai GALLERY 212 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-431-1957 www.gallery212miami.com GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com January 6 through February 11: Hysterical Sublime by Richard Hoglund Reception January 6, 6 to 9 p.m. GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com 2628 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 561-251-1375 GREY AREA 130 NW 24th St.,   Miami www .greyareamiami.com HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami www.hardcoreartcontemporary.com Through February 4: Down & Under with Consuelo Castaeda, Gaston Ugalde, and Milton Becerra Reception January 14, 7 to 10 p.m. HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 Through February 26: Astilla en el Ojo by Rodrigo Echeverri Calero JG PLATFORM GALLERY 282 NW 25th St., Miami Space Lighting Studio 305-573-0208 KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through February 25: 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Through February 3: Black Collection by Salustiano Reception January 14, 7 to 10 p.m. KELLEY ROY GALLERY 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 KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506, www.galerieleliamordoch.com Through February 2: Is Art An Antidepressant? with various artists LOCUST PROJECTS 155 NE 38th St., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through January 28: Cores & Cutouts by Ruben Ochoa MAOR GALLERY 3030 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-9995 http://maormiami.org Through January 31: MIAMI ART SALON 36 NW 36th St., Miami 305-775-9683 www.miamiartsalon.com MIAMI ART SPACE 244 NW 35th St., Miami 305-757-6000 www.miamiartspace.com MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, CENTRE GALLERY 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, FREEDOM TOWER 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 Through January 8: by Kadir Nelson MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, GALLERY NORTH 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu MIAM-DADE COLLEGE, HOMESTEAD ART SPACE 500 College Terr., Homestead 305-237-5000 www.mdc.edu/homestead MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, KENDALL GALLERY 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Through January 15: Antonio Chirinos, Alberto Meza, and Yomarie Silva DESIGN 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-428-5700 www.artinstitutes.edu/miami MICHAEL PEREZ POP ART GALLERY Shops at Midtown Miami 516-532-3040 www.michaelperez-artist.com Through February 1: Together Series by Michael Perez MORE FUNNER PROJECTS 180 NE 39th St., Miami 786-512-4130 MYRA GALLERIES 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com Through January 31: New York-New York by Paul Ching-Bor Pop Art World With Swarovski Crystals by Milani Emptiness

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76 NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 January 26 through February 24: ALLTOGETHERNOW: Explorations in Digital Art and Video with various New World School of the Arts students Reception January 26, 6 to 9 p.m. NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 Through January 28: International Art Exhibition with various artists Reception January 14, 8 to 10 p.m. NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information O. ASCANIO GALLERY 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Through January 15: The Visionary Eye: Contemporary Masterworks with Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar, Victor Vasarely, Bernar Venet, and Carlos Cabeza PANAMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through February 4: Urbanitas with Gustavo Acosta, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Tony Berlant, Luis Camejo, Carlos Estevez, Jos Manuel Fors, Carlos Gallardo, Milton George, Gory, Santiago Porter, Magnus Sigurdarson, and Tracey Snelling PAREDES FINE ARTS STUDIO 2311 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-534-2184 www.miguelparedes.com Ongoing: Elements of an Artist by Miguel Paredes Reception January 14, 7 to 11 p.m. PRAXIS INTERNATIONAL ART 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2900 www.praxis-art.com Through January 14: Fly Over by Teresa Diehl PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com 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 Reception January 14, 7 to 11 p.m. SAMMER GALLERY 82 NE 29th St., Miami 305-441-2005 www.artnet.com/sammergallery.html Through January 30: The Forms of Light by Romulo Aguerre SPINELLO PROJECTS 150 NE 42nd St., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information STASH GALLERY 162 NE 50th Terr., Miami 305-992-7652 www.stashgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 3821 NE 1st Ct., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information TONY WYNN MODERN ART GALLERY 3223 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 786-536-9799 www.tonywynn.com Ongoing: Patriotica by Tony Wynn THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Through February 25: Isolations with Lilly McElroy, Dana Meilijson, Rodolfo Vanmarcke, and Missy Nuzzo WOLFGANG ROTH & PARTNERS FINE ART 201 NE 39th St., Miami 305-576-6960 Call gallery for exhibition information WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 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 YEELEN ART GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Unit 306, Miami 954-235-4758 www.yeelenart.com Call gallery for exhibition informationMUSEUM & COLLECTION EXHIBITSARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org January 7 through February 19: Potential Amendments with Jenny Brillhart, Vincent Hemphill, and Moira Holohan Reception January 7, 7 to 10 p.m. BASS MUSEUM OF ART 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through February 12: Laurent Grasso Through March 4: Beauty Business by Erwin Wurm CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) 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 DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE 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 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FROST ART MUSEUM 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 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 LEGAL ART 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 LOWE ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI 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 January 28 through March 25: From the Vault: Building a Legacy 60 Years of Collecting at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami with various artists Reception January 27, 7:30 to 10 p.m. MIAMI ART MUSEUM 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 22: Schneebett by Enrique Martinez Celaya Through March 18: Focus Gallery: Marcel Duchamp by Marcel Duchamp, curated by Rene Morales January 15 through February 26: If the Face Had Wheels by Dana Schutz Reception January 14, 6 to 9 p.m. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 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 THE MARGULIES COLLECTION 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 www.margulieswarehouse.com Through April 28: New Exhibitions with various artists THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Through July 27: American Exuberance with various artists WORLD CLASS BOXING 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 Forecaster WERE HIRING! 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Mad About MacbethMad Cat Theatre is the rebel of the local stage scene, its original and off-off-off Broadway productions sparking up Miami for the past decade. Headed by Paul Tei (who has a recurring role on TVs Burn Notice ), Mad Cat now makes its home at the new Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St.). To kick off the 2012 season, the company debuts Macbeth and the Monster about little Macbeth being read a bedtime story so scary he might shout, Out, out damned classic! The play comes from Los Angeles playwright Angela Berliner, the director of spiritual West Coast cousin LEnfant Terrible theater group. Mini Macbeth runs through Sunday, January 8 and, unlike previous performances, this one is for all ages. For tickets, go to www.madcattheatre.org.Fresh-Air Markets to Spare All those processed, tasteless vegetables, fruits, and breads in the grocery aisle have created an interest in organic, fresh, and native foods hence the number of open-air farmers markets. Every Thurs day in January (through March), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., North Miami holds its market at the MOCA Plaza (770 NE 125th St.). A little farther south, the Barry University Green Market sets up shop Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at NE 2nd Ave. and 115th St., with bonsai and orchid arrangements accompanying the usual organic fare. And then there are the two year-round markets close to BT ter ritory: Normandy Village at the fountain on 71st Street (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and the new Brickell Green Market at Central Park, 1300 S. Miami Ave. (Satur days, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).Heavenly ChoirIf you havent heard yet, Seraphic Fire is one of the best cultural bets in town. Made up of singing professionals from all over the contemporary, sacred to secular, the all-star ensemble is celebrating its tenth anniversary. To commemorate this notable birthday, the choir will appear at churches in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, from Wednesday, January 11, to Sunday, Janu ary 15 Bike Back in TimeWant to see what South Florida looked like when Native Americans navigated the bay, One of the best-preserved slices of Old Florida is Bear Cut in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. Designated an environmental study area, the hammocks and oceanfront wilderness of Bear Cut are the real (original) thing. Go exploring on a Miami-Dade County EcoAdventures Bike Tour on Sunday, January 15 Starting at 1:30 p.m., the bike ride also takes in the old Crandon Park Zoo site (now Crandon Gardens) and the Village of Key Biscayne. Meet up at 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Reservations are required. Please call 305-365-3018.What, You Cant See a Movie With Your Mother? The Miami Jewish Film Festival is back for a 15th year, at venues that include the Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, the Regal South Beach Cinema, and the Sun rise Cinema in Broward. The Jewish thread can be broad, from political and historical come from a surprising number of countries. The Roundup about an especially dark moment in World War II, was from France, while a popular favorite was an Israeli-German production about a corpse in a bakery. The festival runs from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, January 29 For schedule and tickets, go to We Can Dance If We Want ToOne of the most remarkable and distinguished dance events in Miami, now in its 12th edition, is the annual danceAble production. It has long left the curiosity factor behind, and shown the world what a group of dancers, including those with disabilities, can do. This year AXIS Dance Company recently featured on So You Think You Can Dance will premiere Full of Words co-produced by Tigertail Productions and the Florida Dance Association. The mixed-ability troupe will create a dialogue using their bodies and movements on Saturday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $35. For more informa tion, please go to www.tigertail.org.Lets Meet in the LobbyDowntown Miami, despite its high-rise renaissance, is still largely unexplored terrain, especially when it comes to the districts historic buildings. That can be corrected on Monday, January 30 with a tour of some of the more spectacular lob bies in town, including those of the Ingra ham and Alfred DuPont buildings. Cour tesy of HistoryMiami, Michael Pearlman will lead Hungry for History: Elegant introducing the uninitiated to the grand style of the early 20th Century. The tour runs a lunchtimefriendly 11:00 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $20; $30 for nonmembers. Meet at Histo ryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St. For more in formation or to reserve your space, e-mail citytours@historymiami.org. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR Play It Again, CarmenBizets Carmen playing at the Aven tura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St.) on Thursday, January 5 and Friday, January 6 is one of the most performed operas of all time, and with its Toreadors Song one of the most famous in opera history. Melodrama is part of the genre, but the story of Carmen the gypsy woman and her tor tured lover, Jos, took it to new heights, music. Ballet Etoile does not intend to tone it down, with partially clothed dancers who drive home the point that passion can be as much about destruc tion as it is about love. Shows are at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $32. Please visit www.aventuracenter.org. Return to the AvenueA decade ago, local performance artist, dancer, and writer Teo Castellanos burst onto the scene with the one-man stage show NE 2nd Avenue Its wit and energy thrilled audiences, and it went on to win a prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival award before touring the world. For its tenth anniversary, the Haitian jitney driver, Puerto Rican drug dealer, Cuban rafter, and other characters return home, this time to the Carnival Studio at the Arsht Center (1444 Biscayne Blvd.), from Thursday, January 19, through Saturday, January 21 For tickets and show times, go to arshtcenter.org. Fired Up For FlamencoFlamenco has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it one of the most popular forms of dance for both concerts and lessons. The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1444 Biscayne Blvd.) gives a nod of its own the form with the Arte Flamenco Festival running Saturday, January 7, to Sunday, January 15 It will kick off with Suma Flamenco Miami Gala featuring both local and international musicians and dancers, and culminate with Mi Calle Flamenco straight out of Andalusia. All events will be at the Carnival Studio Theater. Times vary. Please consult www.arshtcenter.org.

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78 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatLocksmiths Pick Their Victims100 Block of NE 11th Street Things are bad out there, and theyre only getting worse. At this establishment, someone picked the lock of the front door and subsequently changed the lock on two separate occasions. There is video of the incidents. Victim thinks its an inside job perpetrated by a disgruntled ex-employee who hired a locksmith to do the deed. Sound equipment is now missing from the business. There are no real leads, but the owner is going to take the video to police. The lesson to be learned here is that your friendly neighborhood locksmith will sell out to the highest bidder. Apparently its not personal, just business as usual in Miami.Forget the Laptops, I Want to Know About His Hemorrhoids100 Block of NE 82nd Terrace Doctor had secured his practice, but that a side door had been pried open. Though there was computer equipment in Miami lowlifes have now compromised the personal information of patients. Did you know that, on the black market, mediShould you receive a random phone call from someone trying to sell you Viagra for your penile dysfunction, know that you are not alone your neighbors likely know about this, too.If You Build It, They Will Take It2700 Block of NE 2nd Avenue This business owner wanted to beautify her business by planting trees around it. Were living in Miami, and were here, in part, to celebrate the wonders of nature. The problem is that the celebration of nature is a popular theme. Upon arriving one morning, the business owner discovered that all the trees were missing, leaving unseemly holes in their absence. Robbers had brazenly removed the trees, likely in an effort to make their own home or crack house pleasing to the eye. In the Garden of Eden that is Miami, not even Adam could have envisioned a world where sinners would actually take the whole tree.Scary Moment in Palm Grove100 Block of NE 80th Terrace This serious Crime Beat entry should serve as a reminder to Miami residents Compiled by Derek McCann

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to be wary of their surroundings. A man was parking his car when he was approached by two gun-wielding robbers. The door of the car was unlocked, so the crooks were able to open it and reach into the mans pocket, taking $400 in extra caution, no matter where you are. There are armed bandits in Miami looking for victims. Its all they do. All day. This is only one of several incidents to have occurred along the Biscayne Corridor in the past month.Will a Footlong Fit in That Bag?200 Block of NE 3rd Street While some criminals rob banks for a living, there are others who aim slightly lower. Man wearing a black baseball cap and dark sunglasses walked into a Subway and ordered a sandwich, then claimed he had a bomb in his bag and was going to blow up the store unless the cashier handed over the money. The cashier was apparently unimpressed with the lame bomb threat and pressed the alarm button. The man ran out of the store. He didnt even get his sand wich. The only thing taken was the labor required to make the sandwich. If you were a criminal and had a bomb, would you seriously target Subway for your big payday? Blimpie locations are now on notice.Take My Car, Please7000 Block of N. Miami Avenue Man got out of his car and entered the convenience store of the Shamrock Gas station. He left his keys in the ignition because he was only going to be a minute. Unbeknownst to him is that, in Miami, a minute is 57 more seconds than the average criminal needs to steal your wheels. Criminals are in perpetual queue here, waiting for their next score especially the easy ones. The car was quickly stolen and the man was stranded. We gather this so-called victim just wanted his insurance company to buy him a new car. Good luck with that.Makeup Bandit Leaves Only Lipstick Trace 4800 Biscayne Blvd. The holiday season has passed and what better gift to have given than makeup. pretty, after all. A man placed Maybelline products inside his bag while he was walking down the makeup aisle at CVS. Another customer noticed this and told store personnel. The man then made a run for it, but store security gave chase, forcing him to drop the bag. The makeup was returned to the shelves. Guess his woman had to go with a more natural look this holiday season. Maybe They Were Just Helping Him Move200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Our victim was moving out of his resi dence when he placed a bunch of items next to his car rather than placing them in his car, under lock and key. He went back upstairs and gathered more items, only to discover, upon his return, that his belongings were gone. There is video of the incident, as this happened in a garage. What a way to say goodbye to a neighbor!Unlike Buses, Miami Crooks Run on Schedule7500 Block NE Miami Court Man was waiting for the bus when he really have to do something about the long waits for buses.) He was rudely awakened by four men punching him in the face. They dragged him from the bench and continued to punch him in the face, causing multiple injuries. They then took his wallet. Strangely, they only used the wallet to further pummel his face, dropped the wallet, then ran off. That must have been some wallet. No leads in this case. The man reportedly is still waiting for his bus.Ride Rage79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard Bus driver let a man on a bus who angrily asked, How much? When told about the two-dollar fare, the man re fused to pay. Bus driver told him to get off the bus and began to close the door. Once the door closed, the incensed man kicked the door, causing the glass to shatter. The bus driver drove away. We know. We cant believe it, either. Two bucks to ride a bus? Thats if it shows up, of course. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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80 Columnists: PARK PATROLAll-Star ParksThe top ten green spaces in Miami-Dade By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorHeres an easy New Years resolution to keep: Visit the best parks in town. ultimate bucket list of which neighborhood parks deserve your patronage. Plan to visit one per month, or hit them all in less than two weeks. Its your choice and these are your parks. You paid for them. Miami-Dade County beats the City of Miami on this list, four parks to three, but there is also a hidden winner: the City of North Miami. Within a few miles parks, including number one. As the nations only professional local park critic, I have been honored (and paid) to visit and review a new park every month since March 2007. With more than 50 parks under my belt, I feel parks in Biscayne Times territory northeast Miami-Dade. All parks are rated four trees or above. This list centers on the mainland around the Biscayne Corridor and excludes Miami Beach. So from Biscayne Boulevards peak in Aventura to its terminus downtown at the Miami River, here are the best parks according to Park Patrol. In reverse order, and with a new nickname for each, they are: 10. Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University: The Free Oleta. Although not technically a park, the campus is public property and used frequently by the public. Regular dog and human walkers know to avoid the buildings and head for the quiet trails at the end of 135th Street. A few years ago, these folks pressured the university to abandon plans to pave over the trails, but now FIU is at it again, saying it needs the trails for an access road. Well see about that. The trails begin with an environmental preserve that leads into mangrove forests, over canals, and alongside one of the largest open stretches of glistening Biscayne Bay to be found anywhere. And unlike the other Oleta, its neighboring state park, this one is completely free. 9. Highland Oaks Park: The Anti-Mall. Escape the madness of Aventura Mall at this nearby park with some surprisingly thick elements of nature. Operated by Miami-Dade County and adjacent to schools of the same name, Highland Oaks has a side for sports soccer, beach volleyball, baseball and a side for strolling around the lake. The ducks here are fat and happy. 8. East Greynolds Park: Dogs n Mud. Not to be confused with the number two park on this list, East Greynolds is also known as the doggie park. One dog parks in the county, the Northeast Regional Dog Park lies east of Biscayne Boulevard and takes up about a third of the parks space, while other sections offer thick woods or pockets along the bay, where is an entrance fee, and the large half of the dog park has mud issues, but it also offers doggie baths and showers. 7. Morningside Park: Loops on the Bay. This hidden pearl on 55th Terrace saved the Upper Eastside shoreline from the fate of neighborhoods north of 79th Street, where the bay is untouchable owing to an unbroken string of private residences. Its also the areas best public launch for a boat or kayak. Mingle with the locals by speaking their language: Tennis, anyone? 6. Margaret Pace Park: Thrones on the Bay. This excellent location earns the title of biggest gainer from its makeover in 2003, which included the installation of a set of towering ceramic thrones decorated by local art students. These eight acres on the water offer everyone in the Omni/Edgewater communities a place beach volleyball, and tennis and be seen walking the dog. 5. Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park: Horsing Around in Town. Not to be confused with Santas (Dis-) Enchanted Forest! One block west of the 135th Street Starbucks and the Boulevard, this sizeable spread in North Miami has a little of everything and a lot of mature oak trees. It keeps good company with Arch Creek Park (number three) and the street of tasteful holiday lights, Enchanted Place. Who knew we had horse stables this close to Target? BEST PARKS IN NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADEPark Rating BT photos by Jim W. HarperOleta River State Park State Greynolds Park County Arch Creek Park County Belle Meade Mini Parks City of Miami Enchanted Forest City of North Miami Margaret Pace Park City of Miami Morningside Park City of Miami East Greynolds Park County Highland Oaks Park County FIUs Biscayne Bay Campus State University

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4. Belle Meade Mini Parks: Little Hood that Could. Wh ile these two parks are quite modest, they offer something that most Miami neighborhoods lack: spaces for daily for parents, and the other park opens the gate for dog owners. While technically run by the City of Miami, these parks are clearly the property of the neighborhood. It took a local hero, and a village, to occupy that little dog park. 3. Arch Creek Park: La Flaca . Like a Venezuelan beauty queen, this While diminutive, it excels in natural beauty and the quality of its native plants. By preserving the forested Biscayne Boulevard of yesteryear, this park poses the question: What happened to the rest of Miami? It would seem that the other beauty queens were scalped. 2. Greynolds Park: Long and Winding Road. One of the oldest parks in South Florida, Greynolds could be called our noble gray lady. The parks many roads and walking paths wind around a golf course, a covered bridge, a bird sanctuary, a villa on the lake, and many pavilions in the woods. Drive, bike, jog, walk, or paddle along the pinkie of Oleta River. 1. Oleta River State Park: El Gordo . As a 1000-acre state park, Oleta ranks as Floridas largest urban park, and on par with its best. It is our areas Central Park, and actually larger than the one in New York. While hardly a neighborhood park, Oleta is the tropical mangrove forest that faces a strip mall. It is the contradiction that is Miami. Its also the best place in town for a barbecue. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Shira Abergel in Alices Adventures in Wonderland/Photo by Pavel Antonov, 2010rf ntb rf nt Feb 1 March 11, 2012

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82 Columnists: PAWSITIVELY PETSDoggys TT o-Do LL is tTheres no end to the number of activities out there for your pet By Lisa Hartman BT ContributorLast month Hilary Swank was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show talking about her latest movie. Ellen, knowing full well that Hilary is an animal lover with a menagerie of pets at home, presented her with a gift for her in a tank all day, hoping to have something to do or something interesting to footage on Ellen over hurdles, went through hoops, and even navigated through weave polls. Of course, it was all a put-on. But as doctored as the footage may have been, why not have an agility that matter? Boredom, lack of physical activity and, especially lack of mental stimulus are the causes of most of the problems we see with our pets. So its always important to seek out new adventures for our furry (or scaly) friends, to give them a more interesting life. For those who havent gotten the memo, doggy dock diving has hit South Florida. The doggy beach where the fun happens is located in Hollywood, facility has a big manmade lake in which seen dock diving for dogs, its quite exciting. Jumps are measured in distance or height, usually with an emphasis on distance. Generally it is for toy-driven dogs that like the water. Many owners start teaching their dogs to jump by tossing a toy into the water for the dog to go after. Small tosses lead to bigger tosses, and the dogs are enthusiastically encouraged to jump. The dock dive and water dog park is currently open Saturdays and Wednesdays from

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Pups, a South Florida group dedicated to bringing you more activities for your dog is at the helm of this wonderful enterprise (www.p-pups.com). Can your dog catch a Frisbee? Disc dogging is another fun activity that has gained tremendous popularity. There are even national and international competitions where the best of the best compete. Freestyle is where you develop a choreographed routine of disc catches, tricks, and fancy dance moves all set to music. The distance competition, on the other hand, is just that: You need to throw the Frisbee a certain distance, and your dog must catch it and bring it back to you as many times as possible in the allotted amount of time. For this, owners must acquire a skill as well that of learning to throw the disc properly so your dog can catch it. Competi tions and clinics are held several times a year and, as luck (and our weather) would have it, some of the best competing disc doggers reside in South Florida. Check it out when you can, or just take the leap and get your dog involved. Perhaps your dog isnt a jock, but very friendly, well behaved, and brings smiles to all he meets? Being a therapy dog may be his calling. Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the best are with the Canine Assisted Therapy Program, or CAT for short. With CAT, dogs must pass the American Kennel Clubs Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test before moving on to more cally for therapy dogs. Dogs are evaluated for their strengths and special areas where they might excel. For example, some dogs do better with children, while others might work better with the elderly. There are tests to see how well the dogs listen to their owner, and how they handle wheelchairs, people with disabilities, and anything else that may come into play. Team building with your dog is emphasized, which is at the forefront of all training, obedience and sports included. Therapy or get on their mailing list, contact them at www.cat-dog.org. They may not learn to rub two sticks not, there are Dog Scout troops across the country, including in Florida. Dog Scouts can earn badges just like Boy or Girl Scouts can. Scout owners must agree to adhere to rules of conduct, such as always setting a good example (picking up poop, following leash laws) and being kind to dogs and other dog owners in public. They even have drill teams where dogs perform obedience behaviors in tandem. The best place for more information on Dog Scouts of America is the parent website, www.dogscouts.org. Agility competitions are probably the fastest-growing and most addicting animal sport in the country. An agility in a different order every time. The dog handler is allowed to walk the course beforehand and strategize on the best and fastest way to lure the dog through, as speed and accuracy are judged. All of this takes time to learn and much practice for the dog and handler to to take on the various obstacles, such as jumping through hoops, running through chutes, and walking over dog walks. But agility is not just for dogs. Cats enjoy it, too, and are usually lured by a shiny toy the owner shakes over the obstacles. I have also seen pet pigs tackle agility courses, and I am sure other pet versions are not far behind. Whatever your pets strengths or weaknesses, there is an activity out there for you and your furry friend that will strengthen the relationship between you and provide lots of fun in the process. 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 r fntbt tr r tr trbbbrtbtrt tnt t rb Agility competitions are probably the fastest-growing and most addicting animal sport in the country.

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84 Caring for Mother Earth, GlamorouslyWhat the environmental movement needs is a little pizzazz By Jim W. Harper BT ContributorGlamorous people of Miami, unite to save the planet! The green movement needs a makeover. Its signature color is fading like a dead Kermit the Frog settling into rigor mortis. People are so distracted by the economy of Miss Piggy (Wall Street) and her wardrobe (Washington) that they cant see the giant frog of death in front of their faces. It isnt easy being green when your life force has gone gray. The traditional centers of power in the U.S. are so 2011, and so very, very anti-green, and that is why the new and improved environmental movement must begin here. Who better than the fash ionistas of South Florida to force out the frumpy and bring on the fabulousness for Mother Earth? Lets replace green with teal. Lets replace litter with glitter. This is the dawning of the Age of heading to a dictionary near you, signisuccessful on this planet that we own it and affect everything on it. Now we need to step up and take responsibility for keeping our home healthy. Why not do it in style? Style gets attention. Did you know that Kim Kardashians next wedding leaves? That statement, while absurd and false, will get more attention on Google than anything else written in this article. Lets throw in Charlie Sheen saying the environment is losing and maybe this column can start trending. Miami, as the gateway to the Americas, should also become a gateway to the extreme, sparkling beauty of Caribbean coral reefs and Amazon rainforests. Instead of just a green city, we should become The Emerald City. For example, Miami does Halloween in great style, and this Halloween I was very inspired by a couple of ecofrom palm fronds and other found materials. These biodegradable costumes looked both scary and fashion-forward, and they stole the show from the drag queens on Lincoln Road, who are stuck in last centurys polyester. Could granola become the new Halloween candy? The worlds contemporary art scene has landed here, and the next Andy Warhol will likely be discovered in Miami. Art Basel has its fair share of eco-artists who recycle objects, such as using vintage matchbook covers as tiny canvases. But some of the events green satellite fairs 2009s Green Art Fair and 2010s Art Basil farmers market More basil in Basel would be welcome for the next edition of Miamis most fabulous week. The highest green note for 2011s Art Local artist and environmentalist Luis Valenzuela, who formerly organized the Green Art Fair, put together a series of catwalks and parties of wearable art. He says that the fashion industry has embraced environmentalism. Valenzuelas sustainable clothing is on display nightly at the Adrienne Arsht Center, as he designed its uniforms and manufactured them locally of recycled plastic. He has also designed gowns for Miss Earth U.S.A. (Theres a pageant for Miss Earth? Now were talking!) While were dropping names, Donna Karan, along with Mr. Valenzuela, lent her status last year to Sustainotopia, an emerging green festival in Miami scheduled to take place this year from April 19 to 25. Maybe they can get longtime Miami Beach resident and green activist Matt Damon to appear. Matt Damon is considered one of the greenest celebrities on earth. He even supports World Toilet Day! Get him together with Gloria Estefan and we have the makings of We Save the World, the follow-up to We Are the World. (Also featuring Green Day!) Back to reality The beauty of coral reefs will soon engulf Miami International Airport. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded $150,000 to the Miami Science Museum and local aquarium artists Coral Morphologic to create a new multimedia installation. Ive actually developed something called the South Beach Garbage Diet to help people reduce their level of waste, but Im not sure the real diet doctor would appreciate the reference. Have his lawyer call me. Why does the environmental move ment need more glamour? It doesnt, but people do. Much of cutting-edge envi ronmental awareness is driven by science, and the scientists are too busy keeping up their end of the bargain to waste their time appearing on talk shows. So we need cians to step up their levels of awareness and infuse their work with it. Style and celebrity will not save the planet, but they have the power to attract. The environmental movement needs to tap that renewable energy source, because the worlds top celebrities will continue to get attention, and they can, in who actually deserves it: Mother Earth. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. 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 Photograph by Manuel Correa

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Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY AA Promising YY ea r Resolutions can benet every member of the familyBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorAh, January, so full of potential and optimism. Its time to look back on last year and make our list of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the new year. A good friend of mine told me that she had one resolution to lose her baby weight by March. She is a textbook illustration of why our resolutions, even the most outrageous, seem to me the best possible way to start a new year. Lets eat more salad! Lets make it home from work in time to take our kids to the park! Lets compost and buy organic! These promises to ourselves put us in a place where we can envision, and even attain, the better person inside us all. They pull us out of ruts, they reverse lingering bad habits, and, over and over again, they propel us into a new year full of hope. The thing Ive learned over the years is to not be too greedy with my resolutions. I know damned well I wont train for a marathon, yoga gives me a headache, and just because I shell out the monthly gym membership doesnt mean Ill emerge into 2012s swimsuit season with Megan Foxs bod. Below are some ideas that might inspire your list of resolutions. Memory Making: We all try to plan majestic adventures and big events, but there is no way of knowing what will stick with our kids. We made a resolution to take a real family vacation a few years back. We planned for months, packed for days, and traveled 6000 miles to Australia. We spent two weeks petting koalas and taking in all the Outback had to offer. When we returned, my mom asked our then two-year-old, Matilda, about her favorite part of the vacation. Her response, after three minutes of silent deliberation, was: The airplane! More than the vacations to Disney World and trips to the zoo, your kids fondest memory might be of the box that the biggest gift came in, rather than the gift itself. Stuff Editing: Now that the kids have a mountain of new holiday booty, its the perfect time to prune the busted, ing toys at the bottom of the toy box and under the couch. We went nearly a week last year trying to identify the covert location of a mysterious voice that erratically chanted, Kentucky is the Bluegrass State! Even though I knew it was an interactive puzzle that our kidless friends gave to the girls one Christmas past, the haunting, battery-drained was the voice activated? What is she really trying to tell us? Whether you tiptoe to the toy box under the cover of night, or wait till the kids are at a play date to break out the garbage bag, the broken crayons and gameless game pieces have to go. If a toy hasnt been played with in a year, it will likely not be played with again. There are hundreds of South Florida charities that would happily take gently used toys. Go to www.donationtown.org, where they will schedule a pick-up and deliver to charities of your choice. Connect and Discuss: Talking to your kids seems like a sad resolution, but we are busy, dude! The other night, my neighbor, Susan, was driving home her four-year-old, Savannah, who proceeded to barrage her with questions: Mommy, why do we have oatmeal for breakfast? Mommy, why do we have cats and not dogs? Mommy, why do we have to wear shoes? Susan was lost in thought about her own day and what to make for dinner and found herself on autopilot with her responses to the questions. I dont know, she managed repeat edly. Out of nowhere, Savannahs voice broke through Susans internal rhetoric with: Mommy! You dont know anything do you? Autopilot seems like a natural when our minds are jammed with a thousand things, our e-mail inbox is bursting at the seams, and we may be picking up the kids from school on our way to the grocery store, before heading back home to cook dinner before the neigh borhood association meeting. This year were going to vow to take one big yoga breath and ask, What were the best and worst parts of your day? I want this way solicits details. This year we plan to include the kids in our resolution-making. If we share even our personal resolutions with each other, we can cheer each other on toward theres nothing more powerful than peer pressure from your three-year-old. Happy New Year to you and your family. Heres to 2012 the year I win that triathlon, write my memoirs, quit my day job, and open an organic winery! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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86 Columnists: YOUR GARDENLife and LimbTips for assessing a trees general healthBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorAbout a year-and-a-half ago, while driving home from work on U.S. 1, I casually looked over in the direction of the access road on the other side of the Metrorail tracks. There was a pickup truck and a police car stopped in the middle of the road. Nothing unusual about that, except for the fact that the bed of the pickup truck had been smashed by a tree trunk that had broken off the base of a nearby tree. I was glad no one appeared to be injured. It was very fortunate for the driver of the pickup truck, because if the trunk had fallen onto the cab, the outcome might have been very different. The funny thing is, I had made note of that particular tree several years earlier because of its size, species, and trunk structure. Rather than a single trunk, the tree had several large trunks emerging from the base, and I often wondered how strong the basal trunk connections would remain as the canopy of the tree grew and got heavier. How would this tree deal with windy conditions as it grew above the Metrorail structure? Recently I spoke in front of an audience of very prominent citizens and business owners on the general health of a certain group of trees that had been slated for removal by the city, to be replaced by newer and healthier trees. These trees had already been in conclusions, after having visually inspect ed the trees. Removal of mature trees is always a controversial issue. Usually they are in the way of a new development or expansion of infrastructure and the de take down the trees or butcher them than to come up with another, better solution. Many trees that are targeted for remov al likely would have had many good years ahead of them, and almost all of us agree mature trees with character really make a appear healthy from those that do not. I recently attended the conference of the American Society of Consulting Ar borists, where I was able to hear some very interesting and informative lectures. One of those lectures was on the biomechanics of trees. How are trees able to deal with stress from wind and other environmental issues and still stand up? How do roots and branches adapt to resist injury from storms, car accidents, or poor pruning? Today there is a lot of published material that addresses tree stress, and arborists who keep abreast of these publications are in a better position to judge the general health of a tree. There are standards and best-management practices that should be followed not only by arborists, but by municipalities, homewho put trees and the maintenance of them out for bid. Most of the trees I inspected that were marked for removal had poor branch structure, which they brought with them from the nursery. They all had very poor pruning cuts, most of which had developed into large pockets of decay. And they had been planted into holes that were too small and would never support their root systems as they grew. There are published tree-planting standards to follow, and these were obviously not followed when the trees were There are also recommendations and best-management practices for the evaluation of risk in trees. Methodical visual inspections and, if warranted, invasive internal inspections that may involve excavation of a root system, different methods of drilling into the roots, branches, or trunk of a tree, even sonar, can be used to determine the risk a tree may pose to life and property. The next time you speak with an arborist or landscape architect, ask them an engineering concept that can be used to describe and anticipate the buckling of tall trees owing to excessive height and thin trunks with poor taper. Ask about how trees can often escape dangerously large oscillations due to high wind loads, unless the tree has an inherent risk with all trees, but there is also much science that allows us to better anticipate the failure of trees or branches. Not everyone gets this concept. After the hearing, when I was walking out to my car with a friend, an elegant woman dressed in a very recherch style came screaming at us. Oh, how we had sold the I remarked to my friend: Prudence BT photo by Jeff Shimonski FREE 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH THIS AD!!Have you come to a crossroads in your life? Is it time for a game change? Have you lost your passion?If you would like to break through the "blahs" and re-create your life with passion, we can arrange a 30 minute session to brainstorm a plan of action for you.Are you ready to... CATHERINE PATRICK, certified in hypnosis & personal coaching

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Columnists: VINOBy Bill Citara BT ContributorI pulled my MasterCard from my wallet and it burst into tears. Then I balance in my checking account and the hard drive crashed. So I went to the bank and asked the teller to check how much I had in savings. She laughed. The holidays will do that to you. Or Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years and gifts and parties and dinners Terminal. Deader than Mitt Romneys personality. ever strong drink we can afford. Which brings up the subject of this months Vino: good wine for the economically chal I think that covers just about all of us. So what we did about it was to go reds. We even knocked two bucks off our about as cheap as strong drink gets before sliding down the slippery slope of and beer. Whats really encouraging about our selections isnt just their penny-pinching four of our seven wines two from case of and drink throughout the year. 2009 Nieto Senetiner Reserva Malbec lot better than its $10 price tag. It starts off with a complex blast of aromas leather cradled on the palate by soft tannins and a tangy cherry acidity. If youre looking for a wine to go with your grilled vacio Just as Malbec is the iconic grape 2010 Anakena from Chiles Rapel Valley is even cheaper with the grapes characteristic earthyin check; pour it at your next barbecue or with a hearty tomato-sauced pasta. Inexpensive California wines can be Rock and Gnarly Head were smack on. Castle Rocks 2009 Central Coast Pinot Noir delivers an astonishing taste able price. In the nose its all raspberpronounced whiff of tea. On the palate it adds a touch of spice and approachable tannins and acidity. I approached the 2010 Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel with more than a with enough alcohol to spontaneously showed off the balance and drinkability so many of its competitors lack. subtlety to its intense blackberry-plum fruit and cloves and white pepper giving nuance to all that this time its the Hoya de Cadenas 2007 Reserve Tempranillo whose fruit has withered leather. You might smoke want to drink it. side were the La Tancia 2009 Chianti and 2010 Cave de Rasteau Ortas Cote du Rhone The La Ortas opens with a shot of candy appleacidity bearing faint traces of pepper and of fatty meats and lusty sauces. hear my MasterCard crying. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Dirt-Cheap Reds Can Surprise YouRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

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88 MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAcqua 1435 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. $$$$$Area 31 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Azul 500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans 901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrusdressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf 109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf 234 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 supermar ket sushi by far. $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 cheesestuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese 801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904 Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ bistro e 485 Brickell Ave., 305-503-0373A full power lunch from a Michelin-starred chef for $15? Sounds unbelievable, but youll find just such a daily special (like corn/ jalapeo soup, a grilled-cheese BLT, airy cheesecake, and a pint of beer) at bistro e, daytime name for Michael Psilakis dinner-only new Aegean eatery Eos. The name change emphasizes lunchtimes wholly different, globally influenced menu. Among la carte temptations: pork belly tacos, a Korean BBQ prawn salad, or a brisket/gruyere sandwich with dipping juice. Breakfast, too, from 6:30 a.m. $$-$$$ Bon Fromage 500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Bryan in the Kitchen 104 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. $-$$ Caf Bastille 248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal 500 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. $$$-$$$$$Chophouse Miami 300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ Crazy About You 1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442 The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of shortlived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105 105 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 flash-marinated 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. $$ Damn Good Burger 20 Biscayne Blvd., 305-718-6565At restolounge MIA, the hip, high-tech nightclub component remains the same, as does much of the restaurant spaces mod dcor. The liquid nitrogen tanks are gone from the kitchen, however, and the atmosphere aims for a retro all-American feel to match the fare: burgers (from a hormone/antibiotic-free ground Angus chuck/brisket/short rib blend), with choice of housemade sauce plus customizable toppings ranging from pickles to pork belly. Also available: veggie burgers, dogs, salads, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and standard sides. Rich malts and shakes come regular or adult (spiked). $$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. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer 255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From 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. $$$Elwoods Gastro Pub 188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tar tar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eternity Coffee Roasters 117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek microroastery 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. $ Eos 485 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. $$$-$$$$Finnegans River 401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other surprises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck, including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella tables and lounge chairs where its easy to while away many happy hours. The menu is the same array of bar bites served by South Beachs older Finnegans, but angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingy jalapeo-studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack choice. $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 298. MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWNCavas Wine Tasting Room 900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Fado Irish Pub 900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$ Hibachi Grill 45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagaine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ NORTH MIAMIAlaska Coffee Roasting Co. 13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffee-growing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ NORTH MIAMI BEACHTanias Table 18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$rfnt ntbnfnt tnftn tf f t tff nffff

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First Hong Kong Caf 117 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. $$First & First Southern Baking Company109 NE 1st Ave., 305-577-6446 How Southern is this restaurant/bakery? During the course of one breakfast of fluffy biscuits with rich sausage gravy, a friend from Italy, we swear, developed a drawl. While yall will also find familiar fare (burgers, salads, etc.), highlights here are traditional and/or reinvented country cooking favorites -especially home made sweets. More than two dozen desserts daily are featured, from a roster topping 150: chocolate pecan pie, lemon bars, potato candies, seven-layer cookies, and Jack Daniels pound cakes, which are perfect for parties, though you wont want to share. $-$$ Fratelli Milano 213 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 Bistro 1744 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. $$ Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market 398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe 154 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 balsamicdressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse 901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas 192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade 1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523 When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Il Gabbiano 335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultraupscale 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. $$$$$Indigo / Table 40 100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000Long known for its power-lunch buffet -including hot entres, carving station, custom pastas, packed-to-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations -the InterContinental Hotels Indigo restau rant now has a hip offspring intended for private dining: Table 40. The charming, glassed-in wine cellar (actually in the kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental technique with local seasonal ingredients. Highlights: tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs; lavish lobster salad with grilled mango; and a seductive fresh corn gazpacho. $$$-$$$$$ Iron Sushi 120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000(See Miami Shores listing)Jackson Soul Food 950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar 2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill 401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, 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 Lounge 68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the 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 Provence 1064 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 home land. $$La Sandwicherie 34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcute rie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell 188 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. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus 25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ LouLou Le Petit Bistro 638 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

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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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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 28 146 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. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant 236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popu lar item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf 1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrumptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf 900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro 1035 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. $$$-$$$$Novecento 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room 900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$Ozzi Sushi 200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-goround? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pega Grill 15 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 (par ticularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Pashas 1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Peoples Bar-B-Que 360 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. $-$$ Perricones 15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-caneat deals. $$Pieducks 1451 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 charblistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/deliveryonly 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. $$Prelude Adrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Puntino Downtown 353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661The first U.S. venture of a hotelier from Naples, this stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as lunch. Ambiance is fashionably cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan. The food too is mostly contemporary rather than traditional. But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays simple: an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with crostini and housemade marinated veggies; crisp-fried calamari and shrimp; airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh basil. $$-$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine 33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar 650 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. $$$Rosa Mexicano 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-andhabanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Sandwich Bar 40 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 hands-on 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 slow-braised 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 housemade, plus rich condensed milk. A snocone for sophisticates. $ Scalina 315 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! $$$$

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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. $$ Soya & Pomodoro 120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar 204 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 dryrub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/ habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki 1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flashmarinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche 49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Thai Angel 152 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. $$ Tobacco Road 626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budgetpriced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meatsmoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Tre Italian Bistro 270 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 prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse 777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, espe cially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders 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. $$$-$$$$Waxy OConnors 690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particu larly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town 119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging 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/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ Zuma 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant 1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ 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 crowdpleaser. 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. $Andalus 35 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 finedining 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. $$$Basanis 3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal 2010 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. 18 1800 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 internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: aru gula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Blue Piano 4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7919The address suggests a street-corner location, but this casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock. Its well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very personally hands-on involvement of its four owners, whose individual areas of expertise encompass food, wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly. The music is muted, encouraging conversation; wines are largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low mark-ups. And the small-plates menu features delectably different dishes like the McLuvvin, a meld of savory Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail egg and chipotle cream -supremely satisfying. $$ 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. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with 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 Deli 4590 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

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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. $-$$ Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so butteryrich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar 1633 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. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos 3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant 2004 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. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course 3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf compo nent nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf 2818 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 Parchment 3930 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. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co. 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $Delicias Peruanas 2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of the same family. The food is as tasty as ever, especially the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter. As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes: tallerin saltado and tallerin verde. $$Egg & Dart 4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While 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. $$$ Egyptian Pizza Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings, its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with marinated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics. Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$18th Street Caf 210 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: dailychanging homemade 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. $$Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Fratelli Lyon 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-2901This Italian caf has been packed since the moment it opened. No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyons pioneering Lyon Frres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its neighborhood needed. The restaurants artisan salumi, cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so outstanding that you cant help wishing it also had a retail component. Entres include properly al dente pastas, plus some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver, rarely found outside Italy. $$$Gigi 3470 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. $-$$ The Girrrlz of Sandwich 555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo) 305-374-4305Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups, sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed caf, hidden on the Venetia condos mezzanine. Owners Ana Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crusted empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are all baked in-house. On Saturdays the grrrlsll even deliver you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed. $Harrys Pizzeria 3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown Miami Buena 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 wingshaped 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? $$ Jimmyz Kitchen 2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf 2506 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, crunchycrusted 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 Provence 2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 2000 2501 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. $$

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Lemoni Caf 4600 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. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill Shops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor 3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon 185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres 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. $Maitardi 163 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 Bistro 4312 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 Baker 250 NE 25th St., 305-438-0228(See North Miami listing)Mercadito Midtown 3252 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 Drink 130 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. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan 3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/ Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treat-packed special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia 555 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. $-$$Morgans Restaurant 28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar 1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Orange Caf + Art 2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks 3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Primos 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami 3451 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.Salad Creations 2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchef-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. $-$$ Sakaya Kitchen Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ 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 Fiesta 2929 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. $-$$ S & S Diner 1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Sra. Martinez 4000 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 exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu. Items are fre quently reinvented. Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego croquetas with fig jam; white bean stew; crisp-coated artichokes with lemon/coriander dip; and buttery bone marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tiny pickled salads. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This 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

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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. $$-$$$Sustain 3252 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 restolounge, 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. $$-$$$$ Tapas y Tintos 3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-0506With about 50 different generously sized traditional tapas plates, from simple (imported Spanish cheeses and cured meats; varied croquetas, including beautifully smooth spinach) to sophisticated (crisp-fried soft-shell crab with aioli dip; the witty Popeye y Olivia, garlicky wine-sauced chickpeas with spinach and olive oil) plus complex salads, paellas, and charbroiled meat and seafood entres, all add up to entertaining eating even without this tapas/wine bars live entertainment. This second T&T feels less nightclub and more neighborhood than the South Beach original. Great for dates, business lunches, or very happy hours. $$$Tony Chans Water Club 1717 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 else where 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 Bar 3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified 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. $-$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar 2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from worldfamous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restau rant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo 5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Anise Taverna 620 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 share able 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 Biscayne 6789 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 creamycentered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Boteco 916 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. $$Le Caf 7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551For anyone who cant get over thinking of French food as intimidating or pretentious, this cute caf with a warm welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is the antidote. No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade crme brle. A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as is the housemade sangria. Top price for entres is about $14. $-$$Chef Creole 200 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 special 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. $-$$DeVitas 7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill 7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza 731 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 Caf 6075 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. $ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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Dining Guide: RESTAU rR ANTS Garden of Eatin 136 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 Station 7601 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. $$Go To Sushi 5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Jimmys East Side Diner 7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale 7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro 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 (wine-poached 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 cho lesterol 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 Lounge 709 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. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys 6927 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. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf 7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more techniqueintensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine 7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweetsavory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge 5582 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 Light 7700 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 specialties, if available, are not to be missed: BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irre sistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice cream. $$-$$$Revales Italian Ristorante 8601 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 Haus 1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant 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. $$-$$$Soyka 5556 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 from-scratch

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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 Siam 5582 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. $$$UVA 69 6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuh Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-caf and lounge has helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang out. Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant sandwiches like La Minuta (beerbattered mahi-mahi with cilantro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacia). Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full entres like sake-marinated salmon with boniato mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery 646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEBocados Ricos 1880 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-4889Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites. Along with the usual grilled churrascos, theres bandeja paisa, Colombias sampler platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and beans. Dont miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily homemade soups. Arepas include our favorite corn cake: the hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, carne desmechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese. $-$$The Crab House 1551 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-youcan-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. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli 1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Mario the Baker 1700 79th St. Causeway, 305-867-7882(See North Miami listing)Oggi Caffe 1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, home made pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Shuckers Bar & Grill 1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam 1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay 1601 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 fiddle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski cre ated 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. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace and multi-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of photos of their clientele, including national and local celebs. Particularly popular are homemade pastas, sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than Italian simplicity: crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood. Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-friendly and on the terrace, theyll even feed Fido. $$$KChapas 1130 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. $-$$Lous Beer Garden 7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys exec utive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market 908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-caneat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$ MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet 9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticu lous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ 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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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? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club 10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ NORTH MIAMILos Antojos 11099 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 Colombian-cuisine 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. $$Bagels & Co. 11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and veggie plates. There are also creative comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets. Sides include refreshing slaw; beans studded with burnt ends (the most intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks); and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced fries. The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Bulldog Burger 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655Despite Miamis burger bar overload, this one from Howie Kleinberg, adjacent to his BBQ joint, stands out thanks to toppings like candied bacon, caramelized banana jam, and mayo thats flavored, like Southern red-eye gravy, with strong coffee. Bravehearts race for the infamous Luther burgers components -cheddar, bacon, fried onion, secret sauce, and a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut bun; calories are more than double a Big Macs. And the thin-sliced, thickly crunch-crusted, deep-fried jalapeos will keep you coming back for more, should you live past the first order. $$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. $$ Captain Jims Seafood 12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ 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 trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae 15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole 13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Flip Burger Bar 1699 NE 123rd St., 305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-notmiss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas 1821 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. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St., 305-895-0165 Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun 2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Le Griot de Madame John 975 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 mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies 11720 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

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light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched 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. $-$$Mario the Baker 13695 W. Dixie Highway, 305-891-7641At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is ItalianAmerican, not Italian-Italian: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs. No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New York-style medium-thincrusted pizzas; the top topping here is the savory housemade sausage. And no one leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed garlic. New branches are now open in Miamis Midtown neighborhood and in North Bay Village. $Pastry Is Art 12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge 12409 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 Pizza 12101 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 Caf 13452 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. $-$$Wongs Chinese Restaurant 12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich 13105 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. $-$$Yes Pasta! 14871 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At this fast/casual Italian eatery, the specialty is mix-and-match. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (whole wheat and gluten-free options available), then one of 15 sauces. Our personal pick is carbonara, correctly creamy-coated (via egg thickening, not cream overload); Bolognese is a wise choice for those who like sauces rich and red. Many options exist for vegetarians and pescatarians as well as carnivores, all clearly coded on the menu. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo Garden 1232 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 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. $$Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, and the signature blue marlin. But the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket. Other new additions include weekend fish fries. Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main park entrance. No admission fee. $ China Restaurant 178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine in the world wont scratch the itch. So the menu here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-American classic you could name, is just the ticket when nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with comfortingly thick gravy). $-$$Chipotle Mexican Grill 14776 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 & Grill 1127 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 love lier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop 16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124 Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY 3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318 In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, espe cially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$Flamma Brazilian Steakhouse 3913 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. $$$$El Gran Inka 3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional spe cialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet 16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mix-and-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-for-money is a given. $$Hannas Gourmet Diner 13951 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 Restaurant 3007 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. $$ Hiros Sushi Express 17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futo maki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha 1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succu lently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus mix-and-match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange. $$-$$$Iron Sushi 16350 W. Dixie Hwy..305-945-2244(See Miami Shores listing)?Jerusalem Market and Deli 16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusu ally rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji 3055 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 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. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant 514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace 330 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. $$ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill 14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf 16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar ItalianAmerican classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon 16752 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. $-$$

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Mary Ann Bakery 1284 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 Pot 15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain 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. $$$New China Buffet 940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-in-blankets); plus sushi, salad, and pastry/ice cream bars. And the price is sure right. Lunch is $6.75 ($7.75 Saturday and Sunday). Dinner features more seafood, $9.55. Theres an inexpensive take-out option, too, and reduced kids prices. $Oishi Thai 14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai 520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intrigu ing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos 16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$PK Oriental Mart 255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between I-95 and Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter, serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate dipping sauces included. Weekends bring the biggest selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pei duck (roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free of subcutaneous fat). Available every day are juicy, soymarinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork, and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all. But no worries; a counterperson will chop your purchase into bite-size, beakless pieces. $Racks Italian Kitchen 3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-bite description impossible. Its part Italian market, with salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out prepared foods; part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially enjoyable on the waterfront deck); part ristorante (pastas and other Big Food); part pizzeria. Whats important: All components feel and taste authentically Italian. Just dont miss the coal-oven pizza. Superior toppings (including unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light yet chewy crust make Racks pies a revelation. $$Roasters & Toasters 18515 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 we ighed 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. $$The Rumcake Factory 2075 NE 163rd St., 786-525-7071When ex-Louisianan (and ex-Dolphins player) Larry Robinson and his Cuban-American wife Elena started a catering company in Miami Lakes, their mouthwateringly moist Caribbean-style buttered rum/walnut-glazed rum cake instantly became the star attraction. But after relocating to a real (if tiny) restaurant space in BT territory, the Factory now features a small supporting cast of Cajun fare scrumptious enough to upstage the star. Always available: authentic remoulade-dressed New Orleans po-boy sandwiches (shrimp, catfish, fried turkey), and humongous house-smoked chicken wings. Rotating specials include hearty gumbo, jambalaya, and BBQ ribs. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant 1925 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 ite ms like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supple mented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square 54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Sushi House 15911 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. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake 13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tunas 17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin 73 NE 167th St. 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews sparkle with vivid flavors. Especially impressive: mock meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many carnivorous competitors. Skeptical? Rightly. But we taste-tested a Philly cheese steak sandwich on the toughest of critics -an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San 3881 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. $$Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana 14872 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-1006At Roman-native Flaminia Morins casual, family-friendly eatery, the specialty is pasta yo ur way. Choose one of seven fresh or dried pastas (including gluten-free options), then one of 15 sauces ranging from traditional carbonara to inventions like Mozzarella Filante (creamy tomato sauce with melted cheese); la carte meat, seafood, or veg add-ons are also available. Build a full Italian feast with antipasti, salads, six secondi (entres), and desserts. Budget diner alert: Check out Monday-Friday lunch specials, two courses plus drink for $8. BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia Bay Bistro 1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayo-dressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Caffe Da Vinci 1009 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. $$$ Open Kitchen 1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm 9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza 17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$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. $$Bella Luna 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argument from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$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, CATERING SPECIAL 15% OFFYour first catering order of $75 or moreOffers Exp 1/31/11 With This AD$2.00 OFFEntree After 4PM Monday-Friday & All Day Long Saturday & Sunday!

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swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$Cadillac Ranch Village at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/ sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom 19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantro-lime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Il Migliore 2576 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. $$-$$$Fresko 19048 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 contempo rary 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). $$Fuji Hana 2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Gourmet Carrot3599 NE 207th St., 305-749-6393 Since the first Gourmet Carrot -a healthy and kosher but not at all preachy eatery -opened in South Beach, its menu expanded to include many red-meat items. The same is true of this new Waterways mall branch. When confirmed cholesterol-careless carnivores like ourselves opt voluntarily for an eaterys veggie burgers (a brown rice/lentil/veggie blend more satisfying than beef), or remarkably juicy ginger-mayo-dressed chicken burgers, over normal hamburgers, based solely on flavor -well, religion aside, thats a major miracle. $$$ 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. $$ Kampai 3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina 17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga mini-tea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$The Grill on the Alley 19501 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. $$$$$ Mahogany Grille 2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an international clientele since retired major league outfielder Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place in 2007. Today its white tablecloths and, naturally, mahogany. The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora regions: Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean (conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South (lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken). The chicken is perhaps Miamis best. $$-$$$Mos Bagels & Deli 2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar 18800 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. $$-$$$Pilar 20475 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 Roma 19090 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 Siam 19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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