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NEW THIS ISSUEOur New Correspondent p. 58 A Record 325 Restaurants p. 83 CALL 305-756-6200 FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ADVERTISING SPACE Farewell, My Lovely Miami Herald Glorious past, gloomy present, fretful future pg 26 April 2013 www.BiscayneTimes.com Volume 11 Issue 2

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COVER STORY 26 Farewe ll, My Lovely Miami Herald COMMENTARY 12 Feedback: Letters 16 Gaspar on Chicago vs. Miami 18 Jac k King: Hold on to Your Wallets 20 Christian on Florence vs. Miami OUR SPONSORS 22 Biz Buzz: April 2013 COMMUNITY NEWS 52 INS building and Biscayne Plaza sold 52 Gre en popcorn opens big doors 53 Arc hitectural active design arrives NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 56 Fra nk Warns of Rising Sea Levels 58 Ada m Warns of Unanswered Ultra Questions 60 Mark Sell Warn s of the NoMi Tsunami 62 Jen Warns of Squatters in Miami Shores 64 Jay Warns of Old Folks as Victims ART & CULTURE 66 Anne Tschida o n 15 Years of Locust Projects 68 Melissa Wallens Galleries + Museums 71 Events Calendar: Gay Pride and Clean Parks POLICE REPORTS 72 Derek McCanns Biscayne Crime Beat PARK PATROL 74 Jim W. Harp er: Amazing Crandon Gardens COLUMNISTS 76 All Things Animal: Ripping Apart Lobsters 78 Going Green : How Green Is Your Life? 79 Kids and the City: Mothers Know Breast 80 Your Garden: Dead Trees Can Give Life 81 Vino: Chardonnay Not from California 82 Dish: Two New Five-Star Restaurants DINING GUIDE 83 Re staurant Listings: 325 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants PUBLISHER & EDITOR r CONTRIBUTORS fntrnSenior Writer nrnr bArts Editor r tnrt t tr rr nn n nrr rnrn BUSINESS M anager ANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r r rr A rt RT director DIRECTOR rn r A dvertising DVERTISING design DESIGN rrr CIRCULATION rrr PRINTING rCONTENTSPO Box 370566, Miami, FL 33137 www.biscaynetimes.com rfnftbfrfft nbb F orOR A dvertisingDVERTISING informationINFORMATION callCALL 305-756-6200 53 58 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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A Rational Christian on Christianity?An openly antitheist screed in a community newspaper?!? The End Times must be nigh (Rethinking Religion by Christian Cipriani, March 2013). Or is this a sign of the dawning of the long overdue Rational Spring in the super power of god-bothering, 95 percent of whose population believe their god created the uni verse; 40 percent of whose population believe he did so in the last 10,000 years? Hope springs eternal. Oh, and before I forget, and what is it U.S. politicians must close with when Shruti Chatterji AventuraMore People Like Christian on ChristianityOutstanding! Kudos to Christian Cipriani for such a sober, right-on, superb, hit the nail on the head article. We need more people writing and being published with actual common sense like him. Ernie Garcia MiamiA Bigoted Christian on ChristianityChristian Ciprianis Rethinking Religion is nothing more than a rambling anti-religion screed. Please explain what skepticism of Darwinian evolution taught in a handful of American public schools Can Cipriani please identify the religions that he claims are engaged in battle? If he is using the term battle of ideas, then it is a tremendously good thing that people with different religious beliefs are discussing their differences. Or does he think that freedom of speech and thought should be limited to liberal atheists? I am not a scientist, so Im not going to pretend to know how were irreversibly screwing up the environment. However, if you believe that the environment is ir reversibly screwed up, it doesnt seem like there is much point to changing things now. Maybe that is why the people who talk so much about environmental issues live no differently from those who think global warming is a hoax. Ciprianis assertion that faith is anath ema to reason is wrong. He probably doesnt understand faith, and based on his commen tary, he certainly doesnt use reason. His view of history has little connec tion to reality, and his assertion is fantasy that across the world, theres an almost perfectly inverse relationship between the importance of religion and general prosperity. I suggest he look at all the countries, such as China, North Korea, ernments, and their general prosperity. Over the past 100-plus years, the greatest threat to peace, happiness, and human progress has been from atheism, not religion. The greatest mass murderers of all time have all been atheist. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, just to mention a few, all shared Ciprianis views of religion. Lumping all religions together and ascribing all the problems of the world It is bigotry. Jerome Hurtak, Esq. North MiamiOut of Commission: SpenceJones Is No Friend to District 5With respect to your cover story Now Showing: Magic City Madhouse (March 2013) and Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, I cant argue if its true or not that just about everyone in Miami conspired argue that if they had succeeded, the people in District 5 would have been better off. No one knows whether her accusations are true, but we can analyze her behavior are two accusations she made that should constituents repulsed by her candidacy. She asserts that funds designed to help small businesses in impoverished areas wound up in her bank account. Why? deserved the money more than existing gling to survive looked to their government for help. Unfortunately, the very people they thought were helping them were, in reality, competing against them. If you need any further evidence that this was a horrible decision, see which businesses are still surviving. Was it the Caf Soul that got the $50,000 or her constituents, Timbuktu Market Place and Osun Village? If you think Spence-Jones deserved it because of her superior business experience, then try having dinner at Caf Soul. Unfortunately it disappeared faster than the $50,000. Spence-Jones also claims that she was being kept off the city commission because she would have voted to keep Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 14

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former Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito on the job. Chief Exposito was the worst police chief in the history of the City of Miami. Under his watch, eight unarmed constituents of SpenceJones were shot and killed. Just think if eight unarmed citizens of the City of and killed. Do you think their political to keep the police chief on the job? Unfortunately for the citizens of District 5, with friends like Spence-Jones, they dont need enemies! Alfred Mcknight El PortalA Decade of Procrastination Finally EndsThe column by Biscayne Times publisher Jim Mullin got me thinking (After Ten Years, Its Clear That ReExaggerated, March 2013). Lets go back ten years, when this paper landed on my driveway and I said, Why do they deliver these rag newspapers? (That is when it was quite common to get many on your driveway every month.) With my high level of curiosity, I looked and I read it thoroughly, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Now, ten years later, I am looking forward to my next copy, still reading the entire thing, and for those many years I have been visiting and spending money with the BT s advertisers, passing on the word to others if we had a good experience. Since the age of the big boxes, my hus band and I have chosen to spend our money at local mom and pop businesses, and your paper provides us with many to choose from. Your paper is also a source of lots of how stupid people are when I read it, but I work with the public, so I realize this. It has taken me ten years to write this, as I have enjoyed your paper from the very beginning and I have been meaning to contact you regarding this. Pattie Solomon Sans SouciDoes Stephen Ross Think Were All Suckers?I am writing in response to Frank Rollasons article Pigskin Politics (March 2013), about the Dolphins request for $200 million, and the question for readers: What project would you propose for the sum of $200 million of public money? First, there is the greater question. Should we be taxing anyone to give money to a private citizen who will not invest his own money in his own business because he does not believe it is a good investment? This evaluation is by the Dolphins own management. Miami-Dade County relies heavily of tourism and conventions to create jobs, but taxes on visitors have consequences. New York City learned the hard way after its in crease in resort taxes on hotels drove trade shows and conventions to other cities. Further, studies done by American facilities to hotel occupancy indicate that on days when sport events are held. On the question of how to spend $200 million that might best serve the community, I offer this: First, because the convention/trade show business is a large part of local ing a larger convention center. This would enable Miami to attract the large trade shows and conventions that would love to come to Miami but avoid the city because we dont have a facility to house these events. I know this to be true because I have attended these large shows and have asked the sponsors. Next, we should give a portion of the increased resort tax to Jackson Hospital. This would help cover costs for all the nonpaying tourists and visitors who use Jackson. Arent there undocumented immigrant visitors, too? Then we should set aside an amount to pay for the extra police needed to manage the increase in population that tourism causes. Also we should set aside monies to pay for the extra lifeguards needed to make our beaches safe for these same tourists. Currently local resident taxpayers are supporting the added costs to fund the infrastructure needed to support the tourists. Hello! Keep in mind the Dolphins stated that one reason they want to improve their stadium is so they can increase the price of tickets to their loyal fans. Thats another Hello, Suckers! circa 1950s. Ralph Camerlengo Miami ShoresCommentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 12

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Commentary: CULT FOLLOWINGTaxi to the Bright SideA cab ride through Chicago suggests Miami has a long way to go, and a lot to learn By Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorOn a recent trip to Chicago, I found myself riding with a particularly chatty cabbie, one who delighted in trumpeting the Windy Citys offerings. Rather than talk to me the best deep-dish pizza, or even where I might hear some Chicago blues, though, he stuck to more prosaic subjects. Chicago has the best public trans portation of any city in the world, he said, as we drove across town. Aside from the citys elevated train system (the famed El), he noted, there are multiple bus lines running in each direction. If you miss your bus, all you have to do is walk two blocks and catch another one. My cabbie also talked schools. Conceding those in Chicago proper were going through tough times more than 50 are slated to close owing to a budget crisis he nevertheless raved about the schools in neighboring burbs like Naperville and Hinsdale. Some of the best ing me at my destination. The encounter made me laugh, not because its unusual to meet a cabbie with an outsize attachment to his hometown, but because I imagined what a similar conversation might sound like in a Miami taxi: Miami? Oh, man, weve got the best beaches anywhere. And the a fairly quiet ride. (Unless the subject of, say, strip clubs came up.) Why is that? Well, it might be be cause, unlike Miami, Chicago has things vibrant parks system the city recently committed to rebuilding 300 playgrounds and these inspire a certain civic pride. In Miami we also have civic pride, of course, but its largely limited to the weather, for which we take an inordinate amount of credit. Eighty-degree days in December? Cant get those up north. Many will proclaim, somewhat defensively, that you cant compare Miami to Chicago. Chicago was founded in the 19th Century; Miami didnt become a real city until the middle of the 20th Century. Hey, were still in the process of becoming a real city. Some of that is fair (historically unde niable, even), but consider that a number of Chicagos impressive achievements have come in the past 15 to 20 years, among them the transformation of a section of train yard into one of Americas great public spaces, Millennium Park. Fifteen years ago, Miami also had a moribund train yard located close to its downtown. Instead of building a park, we built a mall and called it Midtown Miami. Its nice, its convenient, but its still a mall. So, yes, Miami is young, but like parents always tell their kids, you can only use that as an excuse for so long; at some point, you have to start taking responsibility for the choices you make. For those who dont think Chicago is a good comparison because its too historic and too big a city though, ironically, some people here never tire of talking about Miami as if it were Manhattan South take a decidedly smaller urban center: Pittsburgh. (The population of Pittsburgh is 307,000 to Miamis 408,000; Pittsburghs home county, Allegheny, has 1.2 million residents to Miami-Dades 2.6 million.) Pittsburgh, one could argue, didnt have the advantage of being a new city. Thirty years ago, it was just the opposite: a crumbling one, dependent on an industry, steel, in precipitous decline. Today Pittsburgh is widely considered one of Americas most livable cities by some estimates, its most livable thanks to a boom in its science and technology economy, anchored by the University of Pittsburgh and CarnegieMellon University. Pittsburgh reinvented itself, and not in the past 50 or 60 years, but in just the past few decades. Ive been there; rr ffntbft frtfbnntf rfff ntntbt t Pittsburgh has great museums (including thriving nightlife scene. Ill also add it managed to build what may be the prettiest Major League ballpark in America, PNC Park, in 2001. And it did so for $216 million, approximately $284 million in todays dollars, or about half what Marlins Park cost. things in a big way, often to our detriment. Why have a centrally located park when you can build a whole Midtown? Why not spend half-a-billion bucks for a baseball stadium? (And while were at it, some might say, why not build a $200 million art museum, and worry about the art later?) Miami could learn a lot from big cities like Chicago and smaller ones like Pittsburgh namely, how to prioritize and invest in those things that actually translate to a higher quality of life: education, urban infrastructure, public transportation, and green spaces. Or we can keep trying to impress everybody by building world-class (our favorite adjective) this and thats. Its the former that would give our cab drivers something to talk about. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Commentary: MIAMIS KING By Jack King BT ContributorIts that time of year when you might want to hold on to your wallet a little tighter. The Florida legislature is in session. In spite of being run by conserva tive Republicans for the past few years, it always costs us money when they meet. Plus we always get the usual crazies acting it because Tallahassee is so far away. How far away? Well, one-third of Floridas population is more than an eight-hour drive from the capital and another third are more than four hours away and thats a problem. Studies have shown that the farther away a state capital is from population centers, the more apt the legislature and civil servants are to misbehave. They do that well and often in Tallahassee. So how in the hell did we get Tallahassee as our capital? It began more than 150 years ago, when the two major towns in Florida were Pensacola and St. Augustine. Tallahassee was right in the middle. In 1845 you could go there with a sack of money and buy all the slaves you wanted. Now you can go to Tallahassee with a sack of money and buy all the legislators you want. Some things just never change. A lot has happened in Tallahassee since 1845, but thats a story for another column or a ten-volume history of Florida so lets fast forward to 2012. scene after his health-management comoff the federal government via Medicare fraud. Not to worry. He had enough money stashed away to spend $70 million getting himself elected governor. His tenure has been marked by blus tery comments that scared even Republican stalwarts. Over time, hes had to walk back nearly every one of them, prompting some to wonder if he was a graduate of Ringlings Sarasota clown college. Now, in response to many polls show ing he has no chance of being re-elected, for Florida then reversing course and accepting the program. If you think Scott cant get any worse, think again. In a move that many thought was brilliant, he selected Jennifer Carroll as his lieutenant governor. She was young, former military, a legislator, female, and black. What could go wrong? Apparently lots. Integrity Florida, a watchdog group, ments and found that her net worth was all over the map: $271,000 in 2004; $23 million in 2005; a staggering $202 million in 2006; then a freefall to $520,000 and liabilities, and no explanation. The craziness triggered closer examination, which revealed that she was Allied Veterans of the World. Doesnt sound bad, until you consider that its been a front for a string of Internet cafs (online gambling) that was funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to Allied, investigators to track the money, much of which was showered on Florida politiwas actually spending less than two percent of its income on charitable causes. Dozens of people have been arrested, nearly 50 strip-mall Internet cafs have been shuttered, Jennifer Carroll has resigned, and our pious legislators have been scrambling to return dirty money and outlaw the business. Thanks, governor. Youre doing a heck of a job, Scotty. make sure Florida remains a Third World state, especially when it comes to natural resources, available for plunder to whomever has the biggest sack of money. House is planning to undo years of federal litigation and negotiation that resulted in Sugar] accountable. Its a sad testimony to the power of the radical right that cast its spell, holding the state in a fog of amnesia. ates as an enclosed political sphere with its own oxygen money and its own divorced from the people. The result is a for the radical right. Protecting the rights That is not, however, how it is pitched to citizens, voters, or to the media. These are reasonable businessmen. These are job creators. These are men of faith. These qualities are etched in the marketing that pitched Rick Scott to the governors mansion and a host of telegenic young Republicans whose Fox News like Sen. Marco Rubio. Orlando doesnt look so bad as the capital of Florida. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Strange Things Happen in Places FarawayTheres a reason the state capital is in Tallahassee

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Commentary: URBANIA By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorI was driving around in late February, doing last-minute errands before my wedding. On the radio was a story about a private prison company that spent $12 million for naming rights to the Flori da Atlantic University football stadium. No longer content to live in the to market to consumers bother shelling out money to have its name on the side of a stadium? If supporting the team was what mattered, they could have simply donated money. Only brands that grow market share from being top-of-mind should bother with naming rights. And even then, it brings a dubious return on investment. This kind of vanity branding is usually reserved for Fortune 500s synonymous with a particular city (as demonstrated by Pittsburghs Heinz Field, for example). sponsor a university stadium albeit a small, regional one is an ego investment. Having their brand in patrons and no one gets a warm, fuzzy feeling about prison because they had an enjoyable afternoon watching football. In another local story buzzing the press, developer Jorge Perez, CEO of a hefty package of art and cash to the newest, still-under-construction Miami Art Museum, in exchange for having it named the Perez Art Museum Miami. And Im sure he could care less about the criticism. It will pass in a year or two, and his name will be on a landmark for the next century. Philanthropy is a way to transform wealth into immortality. Andrew Carnegie didnt leave his name on the side of a shopping center. He left it on universities, concert halls, and museums. Long after great men and women die, they trust their names to live on in association with high culture and the public good. (Hats off to Adrienne Arsht, who turned the downtown arts center that bears her name into a true tongue twister.) So we have philanthropists who buy a cultural legacy for generations, and we have corporations that play the short game, hyper-marketing their brands thoughtful public for different reasons, but the latter is getting out of control. Do you know where the Dolphins play? Most people say Dolphin Stadium, or, if they can remember that far back, ally on name number seven: Sun Life Stadium. This makes Marlins owner and sports pariah Jeffrey Loria almost look good, since at least his stadium is called Marlins Park (for now). Id like to see evidence that these sales for the sponsoring company. Are Airlines because the Heat are winning? I was lucky enough to spend the in France and Italy, and I was blown away by ancient egos. People truly never change. Everywhere one sees insane country, generations living and dying around one unending project. On the south side of the Arno River sits Palazzo Pitti, built by a banker who essentially ran Florence. Supposedly, he wanted a house so big the Medici Palace is a room wrought with gilded woodwork that took 200 years to complete. grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. Luca Pitti and his ilk werent striving for a future good. I enjoy looking at their treasures with awareness that they were, at best, acts of unbridled ego and, at worst, absurd presents to religious hypocrites. Elsewhere we saw the Roman Pan theon (temple to all gods), which has the name of the ancient commissioner, statesman, and general Marcus Agrippa inscribed on a frieze, and the Colosseum, which was known as Amphitheatrum Fla vium, culled from the family name Fla vius of Vespasian and Titus, who oversaw the beginning and end of its construction. In Paris, we saw the Louvre, a name which may refer to its size; and Versailles, an old French place-name that refers to working the earth. Most attractions we visited were named for leaders and locations. Its notable that Versailles wasnt named for the egomaniac that built it. If it were built today, it would be called the Sun King Ultra Palace, featuring the LVMH Hall of Mirrors VIP Lounge. What will our current institutions be called in 500 years? Nothing, probably. We no longer create structures to last as long as Roman temples. Todays entrepreneur-kings and four-year emperors will have to be content with not-sopermanent immortality. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Not Brand New People and companies love to put their names on things and always have BT photo by Christian Cipriani

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22 Our Sponsors: APRIL 2013By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorS about newsy things happening at advertisers businesses, we always try to start with an introduction thats timely often something pegged to a holiday. This year, though, April seems mighty short of holidays, according to the calendar on our desk. Theres April Fools Day, of course. them believable. And we cant start by saying, This month advertisers have no great deals to offer you, no fun events happening, nothing at all youd be interested in, so dont even bother reading this column. Please. Readers would know thats a crock (suitable only for April 4, Tell a Lie Day) before we even yelled, April Fool! As usual, our advertisers have a ton of great stuff to offer this month. Read on. not, youd miss David Laurenzos special Lau renzos Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381): Pizzaolo Don Vito will craft you a 16-inch authentic Neapolitan thin-crusted pizza, regularly $14.99, for just $9.99. David also invites readers to two Italian holiday-related April celebrations that make it clear we need a better desk calendar. For centuries, he says, Venices Feast Day of San Marco, on April 25, has been highlighted by a feast with up to 80 courses at the Palazzo Ducale on St. Marks Square. Laurenzos will serve the signature dish risi bisi (risotto with spring peas and prosciutto), regularly $12, for $6.99. And on town of Teola to dine on gnocchi made from roughly 1400 pounds of potatoes. At Laurenzos caffe, small or large bowls of homemade gnocchi, normally $5.99 and $10.99, will go for $2.99 and $5.99. Actually, Italians indulge in a lot of April food-focused festivities, includ contests (think discus throwing, but with inspired to throw a mini festival of your own this month, two new advertisers can provide a much better theme. To keep the Italian thing going, contact Piccolo Pizza (2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893famous pies, his catering items are something of a best kept secret, but theres a full range of elegant yet nicely priced (like Capreses featuring fresh mozzarella), quiches (classic Lorraine or spinach), designer salad platters, seasonal fruit trays, mini pizza bites, and more. Or turn your festival even a catering from returning advertiser Lime Fresh Mexican Grill (three locations in BT territory: 3201 N. Miami Ave. #100, 305-949-8800; 7 W. Flagler St., 305-7890252). Youll get the same tacos, burritos, and quesadillas as at this fast-casual chains restaurants, packaged in easyto-transport setups that double as party serving trays. Possibilities range from individual box lunches through large bar. Sides, too. Speaking of stuff that was news to us: Check out the impressive food menu at new advertiser Blue Martini (900 S. 305-981-2583). With more than 40 martinis on the lounges drinks menu, we expected a few snacks to soak up the gin. tatoes and tomato salad were a surprise, as was a late-night menu thats served till closing which, on weekends, is practically breakfast time. Yes, breakfast is not just martinis anymore, even, evidently, when they include fruit. So youll want to check out Bagels & Company all the weekday eat-in breakfast specials David Cohen is offering this month a different combo every day, with only one similarity: very lavish generousness for the price. The Sunday gospel brunches at returning advertiser City Hall the Restaurant heres something you might not know: Restaurateur Steve Haas has just instituted a daily happy hour (5:00-7:00 p.m.) with 2-4-1 wine, beer, and well drinks; a vodka special; and a most affordable ($6$9) bar menu of imaginative plates. Somehow in our previous descrip tions of B Sweet (20 NE 41st St., 305918-4453), before this new breakfast/ lunch caf became a new advertiser, we enthused about 30-year veteran pastry chef Tom Worhachs desserts, fresh salads, and sandwiches on homemade French breads but forgot all about his home made soups. These change daily, so you on Fridays, when, by popular demand, early to score a bowl (only $4.50). Despite an unlikely location on the edge of Wynwood, Jean Pauls House (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373), a charmingly renovated old Miami bungalow, has become a favorite romantic dinner/cozy business lunch destination Continued on page 24BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

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24 Our Sponsors: APRIL 2013for local foodies in the know. They also know that the creative ceviches and tiraditos of contemporary American/ Peruvian chef Jean Paul Desmaison are must-haves. For dining deals, sign up with new advertiser Primecard (800-444-8872, www.primecard.com/join). The card grants discounts of up to 50% at thousands of restaurants, retailers, and travel destina tions no hassles, no expiration dates. yourself celebrating if youre among the best and brightest real estate agents. Its called a fabulous new job. Dennis Esposi to at Century 21 King Realty is marking 50 years in business by continuing to hire new agents to help the company keep up with the tail end of the buyers market. Call him (305-751-6161) for an interview, and wish him a happy anniversary. If youre beside yourself trying to get compensated for property damage to your home, the Insurance Justice Lawyer Scott R. Dinin (595 NE 69th St., 855-346-4652) wants you to know that he and his team are now accepting property-damage and condo water-damage cases from clients all over Florida. Owing to the complicated and timeconsuming nature of such claims, too many people dont pursue their right to full compensation, Scott says. Hell deal with insurance companies aggressively, and wont charge till you win. For elderly people no longer able to live without assistance, simply staying in Visiting Angels (305-505-2294, www. VisitingAngels.com/MiamiFL) provides a full range of temporary or long-term non-medical home care solutions, from housekeeping to hygiene/dressing assis tance. Call anytime through April 30 for a complimentary Home Safety and Fall Prevention assessment. Whether youre currently looking to buy or sell your home, Robbie Bell info), an EWM broker associate specializing in urban lifestyles and relocation, has developed an ingenious solution. For buyers, shes offering complimentary 90-minute tours of neighborhoods from Miami Shores to Wynwood. Want to your property on her drive-by itinerary. For nonprofessionals, interest in real estate typically has to do with buying/ others who live in our young city are excited by the bigger picture actually taking part in developing it for maximum livability. If you want to be a leader, innovator, and entrepreneur in real estate development, the University of Miami School of Architecture has a one-year Masters in Real Estate + Urbanism graduate program that combines the fundamentals of real estate development with livable-community planning and edu/about.html for information. Readers who live or work in El Portal will want to check out this issues ad for a week-long El Portal Community Design Charette, open to all residents, property owners, or business owners including those with no formal training in urban planning. Its enough just to have an interest in the villages current issues, and desire to share your vision for the future. The design workshops run May 4-10. Contact village manager Jason Walker (jwalker@ villageofelportal.org, 305-795-7880) for more info. For those whose interest in real estate stops at roughly the boundaries of your own lawn, Bobs Lawnmower (15270 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-3578) has some special deals this month to keep the grass in check, with minimum effort on your part. Kawasaki power products receive $25 cash-back rebates. And theres also a rebate (ending April 30) on Snapper riding mowers. Those looking for a somewhat larger ride should hurry over to the new location of Adrenaline Motorbikes (830 NE 79th St., 786-317-4192), famed for cycle/ scooter service and repairs. Adrenalines expanded showroom has enabled a great selection of pre-owned bikes in top condition, including, at press time, a 2005 Kawasaki 650RR with only 2600 miles for $2800. Run, dont walk, if you want to ride it home. kinda look like we were driving our motor scooter indoors; simple vinegar keeps the tiles pretty, but the grout is another story. Fortunately The Grout Doctor (18191 NW 68th Ave. #112; 786-522-5433) is celebrating his seventh anniversary of curing sick grout in our area, with a special discount if you menWith summer heat approaching fast, youll want to ensure your pool is in shape, too. So take advantage of BizBuzzContinued from page 22 Recherchons agents immobiliers francophones expriments Now recruiting experienced RealtorsVisit our new Morningside storefront at 5781 Biscayne Boulevard Ios on the Bay 2Bedroom corner $465,000Architectural gem! Ultramoderne 5-story boutique residence right on the bay with a fabulous bayfront pool. This 1398 sq ft cutting-edge corner unit has huge indoor/outdoor living areas with high ceilings and lots of light! Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539Bay front studio with million-Dollar location $175,000Direct, unobstructed bay views from this remodeled 400 sq ft studio in the Venetia Condo, just minutes from South Beach via the Venetian Causeway. Located right next to the planned new complex of the Genting Group. Amazing upside potential!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539Shenandoah Multifamily building $649,00010-unit multifamily building in great Shenandoah neighborhood, close to Calle Ocho and the Roads. Great location close to shops and highways yet in low density area surrounded with historic single family homes. 100% occupancy, 8% cap rate, great upside potential!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539Little Haiti 8-unit multifamily building $550,000Completely renovated building close to red-hot Design District. All new electrical, plumbing, roof, central A/C, appliances, bathrooms, tiles and windows. 16 secured parking spaces. Great rental income and upside potential. 13% cap rate. Great for section-8 tenants.Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539 Midtown multifamily building $460,0005-unit property in red-hot Biscayne corridor close to midtown and design district. BACK ON MARKET! Great upside potential, 100% occupancy, 10% cap rate. HOT HOT HOT! Act now!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539 BACK ON MARKET!Morningside adorable 2be/1ba condo $199,000Live in Miamis most sought after gated community for under $200k? Its possible! Dont miss this amazing opportunity and enjoy all the amazing amenities of Miamis largest bay front park: Tennis courts, basketball, bay front pool, boat ramp, kayak. All redone unit with bamboo oors and granite kitchen with SS appliances. William Harbour 786 247 1185 UNDER CONTRACT

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spring savings on all pool maintenance equipment and products, from cleaners Pinch A Penny (9071 wide sale of 15% off on everything runs April 18-21. to School Here? department: Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-9403922), a grade 6-12 private school whose students have foreign travel opportunities every spring, reports that kids are cur the south of France, Pisa, Florence, and Rome. To entertain those of us stuck at home, Allison will present its annual open-to-the-public talent show at North further info: www.allisonacademy.com. Assuming that April in Pisa is not a possibility, HistoryMiami formerly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492) offers fascinating educational time trips through Miamis past, both off-site in historical neighborhoods and on-site in the museums galleries. Play Historical Trivia at Wine Down Wednesdays, Miamis only cultural happy hour. Explore old Miamis Seminole culture, aviation history, mobsters, fashion trends, much more. Visit www.historymiami.org for further info. Meanwhile another advertiser, the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St.) is focusing, this month, on website, www.mocamiami.org, to learn about MOCAs free creative career programs for teens. MOCA also has programs for adults and families. To explore todays fashion possibilities, visit just-relocated, bigger, and better R. M. Fabrics Boutique (901 NE 79th St., 305-687-0966) on April 18, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for a Fashion Designer Night Out. Highlighted by a live fashion show at 8:00 p.m., the evening will also feature a special guest designer and light refreshments from local vendors. This month Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.) offers two separate events, for kids and for adults. On May 11, from 9:00 provides 5th graders to7th graders an intensive day exploring broadcasting, creative writing, and science experimentation. Sign up at: bit.ly/spartanbootcamp2. And on April 26, the school (including unlimited driving range use, lunch, and a multi-contest tournament) the Spartans-for-Spartans scholarship program. For sponsorship info or registration, call Elvita Reigosa (305-6248534, ext. 212). Theres always all-ages fun at LoudGirl Exchange to trade clothes, art, and ideas, but the shop especially invites you and the kids to two upcoming events. On April 14, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., theyll be making 20, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., look for Loudthe Little Haiti Cultural Center. Celebrate Pet Owners Independence Day, April 17, by letting Rios Pet Spa (19030 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-935-5551) take doggie off your hands for the day. Rios does boarding and play days in its cordial kennel facilities, as well as grooming. There couldnt be a more appropriate way to recognize National 8-Track Tape Day (April 11) than tuning in to new ad vertising partner WDNA-FM (88.9) Its now South Floridas premiere jazz station, but when WDNA began broadcasting in 1980, it was from a trailer in Homestead using 8-track tapes. As a noncom mercial public radio station, DNA does depend on listener support, and its spring www.wdna.org to contribute (and score fabulous musical thank-you gifts). It didnt surprise us to learn that April 15, income tax deadline, is also Rubber Eraser Day; we go through cases tax forms. Instead, Michael and Olga Fidlin at Miami Finance Center (12573 faultlessly do it for you or for just $25, (And if youre forming a new corporation, theyll handle all paperwork for $295, all state fees included.) Finally: April 15 is also when voter registration closes for North Miamis May 14 plus city council representatives in Dis trict 2 and District 3. That explains the campaign ads in this issue and the yard signs all over town. We cant tell you who to vote for, but we do urge you to register, if you havent already, and vote. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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26 Farewell, My Lovely Miami Herald Our once-great daily newspaper is abandoning its namesake city and heading for an uncertain future By Erik BojnanskyBT photo by Silvia Ros

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Going to the Miami Herald s alumni gathering on March 20 was a heartwarming experience for former El Nuevo Herald executive editor Barbara Gutierrez. It was very much like a high school reunion, says Gutierrez, who worked on and off at the Miami Herald and the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald between 1980 and 2001. Pictures of Herald employees hung on the walls of the front lobby at 1 Herald Plaza, many of them, like myself, who werent there anymore, she says. But most of all, there were lots of enthusiastic embraces from old friends and colleagues who hadnt seen each other for years. To us it was our home for many, many years, University of Miami. It wasnt that it was a beautiful building. To me it had memories. In every corner of that building there is a memory. When the event was proposed a few months ago on the Herald s Alumni Facebook page, some former employees predicted that three people would attend. The reunion was scheduled for the middle of a weekday. Yet close to 1000 Heraldites showed up, many of whom former executive editors Tom Fiedler and Doug Clifton. Tim Chapman worked at the Miami Herald as a reporter and photographer for 40 years, until he retired this past December. But he wasnt willing to make the commute for the reunion from his new home in the Keys. To him, 1 Herald Plaza represents what the Herald once was: a competitive, award-winning newspaper that served as a watchdog for the public interest. Now, Chapman says, the paper is a shadow of its former self and he has vowed never to set food near the building again, except to see it razed. I hope they have fun, Chapman says of his fellow alumni just prior to the reunion. The only fun Ill have is when they bulldoze the son of a bitch. The Miami Herald has called 1 Herald Plaza home since 1963. Its where the paper won 19 of its 20 Pulitzer Prizes. Its where activists, developers, and politicians journeyed to sway public opinion. were unearthed, memorable features crafted, and history made. That ends in May. The Genting Group bought 1 Herald Plaza, the nearby Boulevard Shops, and 14 acres of land from the McClatchy Company, the Herald s latest owner, for $236 million in 2011, and the developers plans for the bayfront dont include retaining the building. As Herald business writer Elaine Walker reported March 14: By the end of this year, the bayfront site where The Miami Herald now stands will be reduced to vacant land ready for redevelopment. The demolition of the Herald Groups plans to turn the site into a luxury hotel with up to 500 rooms and several hundred luxury condos edged by a pedestrian bay walk. If the Malaysian-based company has its way, the resort projects the conglomerate has built around the world. Ironically, the Herald s editorials once railed against casino gambling. Now its the states legislative leaders who seem reluctant to expand gambling in Florida, and Gentings gaming hopes remain in limbo. The Miami Herald El Nuevo Herald as well as a studio for radio station for WLRN will take up residence in Doral, in a 158,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by the U.S. Armys Southern Command, 12 miles west of 1 Herald Plaza. Continued on page 28 BT photo by Silvia Ros Courtesy of Knight Foundation

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28 Once the move is completed, probably in late May, the Herald will be located outside Miamis city limits for will also trade its view of Biscayne Bay, the Miami skyline, and close proximity to restaurants and stores, the Adrienne Arsht Center, the American Airlines Arena, and Museum Park for neighbors that include a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Southern Command (which moved to a nearby site), and a cow pasture. The new building reportedly features state-of-the-art technology, backup gen erators, bullet-proof glass, and a gym. But when Tim Chapman heard there wont be a dedicated police desk with a scanner, he decided the time had come to retire. He even canceled his subscription. The Herald used to cover the news, Chapman says. Now they just pretend to do it. John Dorschner, another longtime writer at the Herald disagrees with Chapmans views on the newspapers decline. For decades Dorschner was the star feature writer at Tropic magazine. When Tropic folded in 1998, he moved to the business section. His last beat was covering the Jackson Health System. The people who are here are still doing very good journalism, Dorschner says. There are fewer of them and its a challenge. But I think, especially when compared to other papers, theyre still doing some serious journalism. Dorschner also decided not to head February 27. Im 68 and I worked here 42 years, he tells the BT during a brief go. A Miami Shores resident, Dorschner admits that the commute to Doral was kind of a part of my decision to retire. Several other editorial staffers have either left or declared their intention to leave within the past year. They include investigative reporter Scott Hiaasen, who is reportedly seeking a career in law; roving correspondent Frances Robles, who left in November to join the New York Times ; school board specialist Laura Isensee, now working for Houston public radio; features and obituary writer Elinor Brecher (who will retire in the fall); Broward courts reporter Diana Moskowitz, who left to become a freelance writer in Los Angeles; and investigative editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Sallah, now with the Washington Post But this latest exodus is nothing compared to the number of layoffs and buyouts that occurred at the paper between 2008 and 2011, when nearly 600 jobs were eliminated, about 100 of them in the newsroom. Few full-time journalists have been hired since, according to a Herald reporter. Instead, reporting duties are increasingly handled by part-time journalists and interns. Remaining Herald employees are also required to take an unpaid furlough week every six months. All of this comes from corporate, says the same reporter, who has asked do a story on the Herald it would be how corporate in Sacramento has set up what I call the death spiral. Its inexorably leading to the Herald s demise. By Sacramento, the reporter means Sacramento, California, which is the corporate base of the McClatchy Company, a newspaper group founded in 1857. In June 2006, the McClatchy chain, which owned 12 daily papers at the time, bought Knight Ridder, a chain with 32 newspapers across the country, including the Herald for $4.5 billion and the assumption of $2 billion of Knight Ridders debt. McClatchy is a dolphin swallowing a small whale, a media New York Times at the time. By March 2008, McClatchy was hemorrhaging. It was $2.4 billion in debt, and its stock, once as high as $70 a share, was trading below $1. In December 2008, the New York Times reported that McClatchy was interested in selling not just the Herald s land and building, but the newspaper operation itself. They overpaid for Knight Ridder, and now [McClatchy] is too far in debt, says Jim DeFede, a reporter for CBS4 and a former Miami Herald columnist. The Herald able enough to meet the companys needs. The sale of the 1 Herald Plaza property did help McClatchys bottom line. Of the $236 million McClatchy received from Genting, $165 million went to fund the com panys pension liabilities, while $65 million was used to pay off bond holders, according to Herald reports. The rest, $6 million, will be used to fund the move to Doral. The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) is investing another $12 Miami HeraldContinued from page 27 Continued on page 30 Herald Herald New York Times Herald Herald Toledo Blade Washington Post BT photo by Erik Bojnansky BT photo by Silvia Ros

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30 million toward the newspapers new home at 3511 NW 91st Ave. The new next 15 years from GPA-I, a Memphisbased company. MHMC also bought six acres of adjacent land from GPA-I for $3 million for its printing presses, which, according to workers on site, performed a successful test run on March 19. Phased moves from 1 Herald Plaza to Doral reportedly could begin April 26. Last year MHMC president and Herald publisher David Landsberg told readers that McClatchys investment in the Doral location was a positive sign. McClatchy fully believes in us, and they obviously understand the opportunity that exists in this marketplace, he said in a January 2012 Herald column. Lets thank McClatchy for the investment and faith they have shown in us. appears to have improved. Its bonded debt is down slightly to $1.7 billion, while its stock price hovers around $3 a share. Last month McClatchy acquired Tru Measure, a Colorado-based company that tracks the effectiveness of Internet ad campaigns, including that of McClatchys online marketing tool impressLocal. McClatchy also launched a pay wall called Subscriber Plus last year. Subscribers pay $69.95 a year in exchange for unlimited access to the Miami Herald s website. During a conference call with investors on February 7, Pat Talamantes, McClatchys CEO, predicted that Subscriber Plus will earn $20 million a year for the company. However, overall revenue for the Miami HeraldContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32

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32 percent compared to 2011s fourth quarter. pay down the debt, Talamantes said the and alluded to such ideas as regional centralization and exploring additional outsourcing opportunities. Biscayne Times recently contacted McClatchy for more details on those ideas and the companys plans for its Miami holdings, but Peter Tira, McClatchys communications director, referred media inquiries back to the Herald. Were a decentralized company and weve been that way for 150 years, he said. All those kinds of questions are best answered by the Miami Herald . However, the Miami Herald declined numerous requests for comment. We are really not doing any media until we get closer to our move, explained publisher Landsberg in an e-mail to the BT We would be happy to reach out to you then. In spite of the cuts, the Herald remains the primary source of news for Miami-Dade County, notes University of Miami journalism professor Joseph Treaster, who was a Herald reporter ing on a 30-year career with the New York Times per, he says. Theres no news organization that comes close to it in Miami. The Herald has fans among the pillars of the community too. Theyre an important institution and they are the major newspaper of the community, says Norman Braman, CEO of Braman Enterprises. They wield a lot have the ability of causing a lot of things to happen. For example, Braman credits the Herald s reporting for preventing the re-election of then-Congressman David Rivera, who is now under federal criminal investigation. Braman also praises the Herald for its scrutiny of former Hialeah Mayor Miami HeraldContinued from page 30 His Experience & Outstanding Leadership HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN NORTH MIAMI! KEEP BLYNNVOTE ON MAY 14 rffntbtr nrttnt tbttttt tttttr rtttt nrrtt btrbttt rtttn rrtttt t tt ttbtr He gets the job done! BLYNN FAMILYCommunity Leaders agree: Political advertisement paid for and approved by Michael Blynn for North Miami City Council, District 2 Continued on page 34 Herald

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ed Ponzi schemer Luis Felipe Perez. The Herald certainly enjoys a solid reputation for its reporting from the Caribbean and Latin America. You cant get the coverage about Cuba that the Herald does [anywhere else], Treaster says. Jim Wyss is sending in great stuff from Latin America, and [the Herald] has very, very good coverage from Haiti. He also cites El Nuevo Herald s Juan Tamayo, who reports from Cuba and elsewhere and worked at the Herald for years; and Carol Rosenberg, who has been covering the Guantanamo Bay prisoner arrived in 2002. Martin Merzer, a Miami Herald reporter from 1979 to 2008, maintains that the paper still puts out good stories phers, and editorial cartoonists. Run ning down a list of a dozen names in an e-mail sent from his home in Tallahas see, he says, Any newspaper in this nation would be delighted to have those people and others like them who still work in the Herald newsroom. Unfortunately, the newsroom cant do nearly as much as it once did, Merzer writes. Whats left of the staff seems heavily weighted toward interns, and much of the daily report seems thinly re ported and/or misplayed. Also, the Herald has been getting badly beaten on some sports scandals and other stories lately. Merzer notes that as the papers edit ing ranks thinned, the papers technical quality has diminished, with frequent typos, grammatical and punctuation errors, erroneous geographical references. Arnold Markowitz, a Herald reporter from 1967 until 2001, notes that the paper no longer has enough staff to cover Miami effectively from any place, the city limits. Last I heard the city desk Miami HeraldContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36 Herald Herald

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was down to ten reporters. There may be fewer now. When management isnt allowed to replace people who leave, and those remaining have to take two-week unpaid furloughs, what can you expect? The Herald s online stories attract decent readership; according to the industry sources, 6.8 million unique browsers visited the website in 2012, while El Nuevo Herald received 1.3 million unique visitors. But despite this, there is ample evidence that the Herald for many years has been steadily losing readers of the print edition. In July 1989, the authoritative Audit Bureau of Circulations (now the nonprofit Alliance for Audited Media) measured the Herald s weekday paid circulation at 424,563. By late September 1998, that By 2008 the weekday paid circulation was down to 240,223. As of September 30, 2012, it had dropped to 135,532. Thats a circulation plunge of 290,000 over 23 years, a period during which the population of Miami-Dade County increased by some 660,000 people. One humiliating result was that the paper had to remove a boastful slogan that ran across its masthead each day: The Foremost Daily Newspaper of Florida. (The St. Petersburg Times topped the Herald s circulation and market penetration in the late 1990s.) David Lawrence, the Herald s publisher from 1989 to 1999, stresses that the papers management has done a stances. Im particularly impressed with David Landsberg, [ Herald executive editor] Mindy Marques, and [editorial board editor] Myriam Marquez, he says. Theyve learned to do the best they can with diminished resources. Lawrence admits that the thought of 1 Herald Plaza being demolished is that the Herald can put out as good a paper in Doral as it did in Miami. Im optimistic about all of this, he says. The Herald is still making money. Its not as though its losing money. The Herald will still employ 700 people or so, and put out a paper seven days a week. (Still, back in 1998, the Herald employed 2000 people.)The Miami Herald seen better days, but at least it has a pulse. The same cant be said for the 12 daily newspapers that have been shuttered since March 2007, according to NewspaperDeathwatch.com, a website run by Paul Gillin, a senior fellow of the California-based Society for New Communications Research. The fallen include the 126-year-old Cincinnati Post the 138-year-old Tucson Citizen and the Miami HeraldContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38 www.kevinburns4mayor.com / facebook: elect kevin burns mayor Info: 786-663-3658 VOTE MAY 14th Miami Herald Courtesy of the Florida Memory Project

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38 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News Nearly 20 more have either gone completely online or no longer publish daily, according to the website. The Christian Science Monitor became a print weekly in March 2009 and is transitioning toward an online-only platform. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press home-deliver print editions, but not daily, and are transitioning into daily online news sites. The New Orleans Times-Pic ayune publishes print editions just three times a week. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is now published online only. According to the website Paper Cuts (newspaperlayoffs.com) run by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Erica Smith, approximately 200 newspapers (including dailies and weeklies) across the country have either ceased operations or no longer produce print editions since 2007. Local publications on the list include the Boca Raton News the Coral Gables Gazette and the South Florida Blade Among other dire news for the newspaper industry, between 2008 and early 2010, eight major newspaper chains declared bankruptcy, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. Among them was the Tribune Company, owner of Chicago Tribune the Sun-Sentinel in Broward, the Los Angeles Times 12 other newspapers, and ten television and radio stations. Investor Sam Zell ran up $13 billion in debt a year or so after he bought the Tribune Company in 2008. As part of its reorganization plan, the company plans to sell off its newspapers. newspaper industry has shed thousands of jobs. Using data she collected, Smith told the St. Louis Journalism Review that at least 39,781 layoffs and buyouts occurred within the newspaper industry between January 1, 2008, and July 2012. The number may have been as many as 50,000, she added, since some print pubthey still make money, but their revenue has been declining for about six years, says Gillin of NewspaperDeathwatch. com. Not helping matters is the massive debt the big chains accumulated when they purchased dailies, weeklies, and other media companies during the 1980s and 1990s, he explains. The newspaper industry, along with the rest of the econo my, contracted, and these papers suddenly found that they couldnt pay off their debt. Miami HeraldContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40 Miami Evening Record Herald Photos courtesy of the Florida Memory Project

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The Internet poses another challenge to print publication. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of most newspaper advertising still comes from print ads, according to a February 2013 Editor & Publisher article. And a study released in late 2012 by the Pew Research Center concludes that newspaper readership is on the decline. When asked Where did you get your news yesterday? only six percent of 18to 24-year-olds said they received news from print sources. Those ages 40 to 49 totaled just 16 percent, and for those between 50 and 64 years old, the total was still just 30 percent. Pew also found that 56 percent of Americans surveyed in 1991 got their news from down to just 29 percent. During that February 7 conference call with investors, McClatchy CEO Pat Talamantes assured listeners that his company was making the transition from print to digital. Although total ad revenue was down 6 percent for McClatchys newspapers, digital advertising went up 4 percent, he said, and digital advertising made up 20 percent of total advertising revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 19 percent for the same period in 2011. But even shifting to the Internet may not be enough to help McClatchy and other newspaper companies. Trends indicate that the public is moving away from newspapers altogether, and from television news. Though digital news consumption is up, news consumption in general is dropping. The Pew study noted that 29 percent of those younger than 25 say they got no news yesterday, either from digital news platforms, including cell phones and social networks, or traditional news platforms. People are apparently spending more time on social networking and game sites than on news-gathering sites. Marketingcharts.com reported on January 30 that nearly one in three marketers participating in an American Marketing Association survey plans to reduce its ad focus from newspapers. Meanwhile 82 percent of respondents plan to turn more to mobile media, primarily cell phones. Its all going to cell phones, says Jay Fredrickson, a former Miami Herald advertising account executive who now works as an advertising sales manager for hibu.com. Thats really ultimately pers. Smart phones are going to totally dominate the entire advertising market. Actually, the path of the advertising market is unclear, argues Tim McGuire, a journalism professor at Arizona State University and past editor of the Minne apolis Star Tribune a former McClatchy paper. The fact that gets overlooked is that advertisers are pretty friggin confused right now, too, he says. They used to understand exactly how to reach audiences. They might be confused about it now. Miami HeraldContinued from page 34 Continued on page 42 Miami Today Herald Miami News

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Confusion in the ad market is more bad news for newspaper companies because advertising has been subsidizing newspapers for the last 100 years, McGuire notes. That standard advertising model may not be as lucrative for online publications, according to the Pew Research Centers data in September 2012. An online Atlan tic article noted, Since 2003, print ads have fallen from $45 billion to $19 billion. Online ads have only grown from $1.2 to $3.3 billion. Stop and think about that gap. The total ten-year increase in digital advertising isnt even enough to overcome the average single-year decline in print ads since 2003. Ugh. Ironically, the Herald s executives had a glimpse of the future decades ago. The papers previous corporate owner, Knight Ridder, invested $50 million experimenting with electronic media in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Called Viewtron, the idea was to send Miami Herald and Associated Press stories to a subscribers computer through special terminals and software. The service was expensive, yet the number of subscribers increased from 3000 in 1983, when it was launched in South Florida, to 20,000 in 1986, according to a March 1986 Info World article. Knight Ridder determined so the project was killed. It was ahead of its time, far ahead of its time, says Sam Terilli, former special counsel for the Miami Herald who is now an associate professor for UMs School of Communication. And Viewtron was far more primitive than the Internet. Todays product-sellers dont need traditional media newspapers, magazines, and broadcast television as much as they used to. [Businesses] have their own web pages and other avenues of commerce, Terilli says. There are other ways to get to consumers, like social media, mobile. That affects where advertisers go. Finally, Miami-Dade County is a particularly tough news market, says Terilli. Its a very decentralized market. How much does someone living in West Kendall have in common with someone in North Miami Beach? This is a multiple geographic market in multiple communities, and its hard to be everyones local newspaper. There are also the language barriers, which is why the Herald introduced the supplement El Miami Herald in 1975, then as the expanded El Nuevo Herald in in 1998. new platforms and multiple markets may not be enough to save the Miami Herald A Pew Center Research Project for Excellence in Journalism report in January 2013 concluded that all their cost-saving measures arent helping the newspaper owners. Cuts in newsroom staff, and the Miami HeraldContinued from page 40 Continued on page 44 rfr nrt rb bfb brb fbb brbtf rtrtf fb THE ONLY REAL GYM IN MIAMIrtrbtrtbfbr Herald Herald

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resulting reduction of news coverage, do not go unnoticed, and consumers are speaking with their wallets. Nearly onethird 31% of people say they have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to, according to the survey of more than 2000 U.S. adults in early 2013, the report states. And those most likely to have walked away are better educated, wealthier, and older than those who did not in other words, they are people who tend to be most prone to consume and pay for news. Former Herald reporter Martin Merzer maintains that the rise of the Internet and the recession hurt his paper, and that poor management decisions compounded the disaster. For example, access to ever-changing online news pages was free, while the Herald still charged for its print version, which had a slower, almost obsolete news cycle. Thats a mistake most other newspapers around the country made, he adds, although the Herald s website did charge an archive fee to retrieve older stories. Another mistake, according to Merzer, was the campaign to downsize the Herald s newsroom through attrition during the 1990s, when the Internet was still in its infancy. Now, as the Herald prepares to charge for online content, he says, readers will be offered less original material to read. A large newsroom produces more stories and art than a smaller newsroom, making the newspaper more dynamic, more relevant, and more important to its readers, Merzer says.In a way, the Herald owes its very ex istence to failure and miscalculation. In 1901, Frank Stoneman, the father of author and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and A.L. LaSalle started the Orlando Daily Herald Orlandos economy was still wrecked by the Great Freeze of 1895, in which winter storms destroyed the citrus crops, so the two men moved south to Miami and founded the Miami Evening Record Business was so good that Stoneman and LaSalle bought a two-story building at S. Miami Avenue and Second Street to serve as the Evening Record By 1907, they had bought the struggling Miami Morning News and the Miami Morning-News Record was born, paid for, in part, by loans from railway baron and Miami pioneer Henry Flagler. fortunately, LaSalle and Stoneman chose a recession year to plunge into debt, wrote author Nixon Smiley in his 1974 book Knights of the Fourth Estate Frank Shutts, the founder of the court-appointed receiver of the MorningNews Record convinced Flagler that he himself should take ownership of the paper to counter anti-Flagler stories that routinely appeared in another local paper, the Miami Metropolis Flagler reluctantly agreed, but only if Shutts would sign on as publisher of his new venture. On December 1, 1910, Shutts renamed the paper the Miami Herald and hired Frank Stoneman as editor. A couple of years later, when Flagler objected to Shutts using Herald funds to purchase a car and provide the salary of a chauffeur, Shutts responded by offering to buy the paper for $29,000. The deal closed in 1912, but Shutts was forced to borrow more money to replace printing equipment and expand circulation, which he doubled from 2000 at the time of his purchase to 4000 in 1917. (The 1910 U.S. Census records that fewer than 5500 people were living in Miami, according to HistoryMiami.) Twenty-seven years later, Shutts was trying, through a broker, to sell bonds to Miami HeraldContinued from page 42 Continued on page 46 Heritage Spotlight:Joe Zeytoonian CONCERT: MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE EAST SATURDAY, APRIL 20 AT 1PM Musician Joe Zeytoonian and special guest artists, Elizabeth Ayoub, Syrian qanun player Elias Kilzi and percussionist Myriam Eli, will showcase classical Egyptian music and Lebanese singing.FREE ADMISSIONFAMILY FUN DAY: ARABIC RHYTHMS SATURDAY, MAY 11 FROM 12-5PM Experience Middle Eastern culture and enjoy music and dance demonstrations, try your hand at playing traditional drums, and have a go at danse Orientale (belly dancing).FREE ADMISSIONWORKSHOP: DOUMBEK DRUMMING SATURDAY, JUNE 15 FROM 1-2:30PM Joe Zeytoonian will teach you the basics of doumbek, a hand-drum commonly heard in Arabic, Turkish and other musical styles. Beginners welcome. Register online or 305-375-4590. HISTORYMIAMI MEMBERS: $15 NON-MEMBERS: $20 HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130 Herald

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Herald s debt. The purchaser was to have been John Knight, who published Akron Beacon Journal and Massillon Independent in Ohio with his brother James. But instead of buying the bonds, John Knight journeyed to Miami with a counteroffer: He wanted to buy the Herald. On October 15, 1937, the John and James Knight bought the Herald from Shutts for $2.25 million. By that time, Miami had three daily papers: the Miami Herald the Miami News and the Miami Tribune Within a couple of months, John Knight made Miami a two-newspaper town. He bought the Tribune and then closed it, sold off the papers printing press and building, hired half of its staff (three reporters, an editor, a photographer, and a circulation manager), and laid off the rest. In 1942 the Herald hired Lee Hills, an editor who believed that a good newspaper should be the conscience of the community and become involved in community affairs while reserving the right to criticize, according to a December 2012 article in Preservation Today the magazine of the Dade Heritage Trust. Under Hills leadership and the Knight brothers encouragement, the Herald launched a series of exposs targeting Greater Miamis illegal gambling parlors, corruption of local and state politicians, and the enrichment of organized crime syndicates traced back to Chicago. The reporting, which included extensive coverage of the U.S. Senate Crime Investigating Committees hearings on Miamis gambling parlors, earned the Herald in 1951. The Herald had a direct hand in the demolition of two gambling houses, the Frolics Club and the Little Palm Club. Their structures, as well as various other buildings along 631 feet of bayfront, were razed in the late 50s, after the Herald pur chased the properties to construct a $30 million building for news operations. That building never should have been built on the bay, acknowledges former Herald lawyer Terilli. Besides calling it an aesthetic travesty Terilli contends that 1 Herald Plaza made no sense in terms of business having a printing plant and facility backed up against the bay on the eastern edge of Miami, as opposed to a strategic facility in the suburbs. James Knight, who oversaw the construction, built big because he wanted to be sure the new building would not only withstand hurricanes but also future growth, all the way up to 1980. For decades, the Herald had been growing rapidly. In 1937, when the Knights bought the paper, it had an average circulation of 55,000. Its workforce had grown from 383 to 1113 in August 1958, when Herald executives announced their intention to move from 200 S. Miami Ave. The massive new building opened in 1963, and the paper kept growing, both in staff and in reputation. In 1974 Time magazine included the Miami Herald in its list of top ten U.S. dailies. That same year, 1 Herald Plaza became the head quarters of Knight Ridder, the public company formed after the merger, also in 1974, of the Knight and Ridder newspaper chains. Assisting in the business marriage was Alvah Chapman, who had been the Herald s president and publisher since 1969 (and no relation to photographer Tim Chapman). Chapman would go on to become CEO of Knight Ridder from 1976 to 1989 (he died in 2008). While publisher Chapman enhanced the business reputation of the Herald and Knight Ridder (as well as the Herald s power base in the community through the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the mysterious Non-Group of local powerbrokers in the 1980s), reporter Gene Miller helped build the Miami HeraldContinued from page 40 Honoring St. Martha Yamaha Concert Series Founder Father Federico CapdepnSATURDAY, APRIL 6, 8PMShelly Berg, Carmen Bradford, Tierney Sutton perform the jazz vespers Convergence that combines elements of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism, that the Dalai Lama commissioned, Shelly composed, and all three performed at its world premiere in Los Angeles. Plus a new work by Shelly based on Thomas Cahills writings (How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews ). Dont miss Shelly playing and Carmen and Tierney singing their favorite works, and other surprises! This one-time-only incredible night finished with candlelight, champagne and special desserts with the artists in the Atrium will help keep our ticket prices low, our popcorn free, and our school programs thriving. Donations $50 and $100. Or gather with friends for a reserved 10-seat sponsor's pew! Honoring series founder Father Federico Capdepn, the evening will include the dedication of pages from a Holocaust-surviving Torah and a 13th Century French pocket Bible, with matching passages of the Deuteronomy Ten Commandments.St. Martha in the Shores 9301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami Shores, FL 33138 RESERVATIONS OR DONATIONS: CHURCH OFFICE, OR VISIT SAINTMARTHA.TIX.COM OR CALL 1-800-595-4849. QUESTIONS? CALL 305-751-0005 OR 305-458-0111 Friend us on Facebook! Saint Martha Concerts Continued on page 48

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papers journalistic reputation. Working in the newsroom between 1957 and 2001, Miller brought the Herald its second and third Pulitzers, in 1967 and 1976. As editor, he recruited recent graduates from colleges around the country. They had some of the best and brightest at the Herald , says UM profes sor Treaster. Former reporter Merzer recalls those glory days as well: We had a large, energetic and ambitious Broward bureau. We had numerous state bureaus, stretching along both coasts from Key West to Tallahassee. We had resident correspondents in many parts of Latin America and in the Middle East and in China. Jay Fredrickson, who worked at the paper between 1981 and 1991, remembers the bravado that reached to have a slogan at the Miami Herald , he remembers. It was I am from the Miami Herald and I can ruin your day if I wanted to. Thats how powerful that newspaper was. If somebody did something bad, it was front page on the local section. You might as well head out of town.Michael Lewis, veteran editor and publisher of the business weekly Miami Today believes that the Herald s golden age ended when the Miami News shut down on December 31, 1988. It was the very existence of the Miami News he maintains, that made the Herald as good a news organization as it was. With a circulation no higher than 90,000, the News where Lewis worked as assistant managing editor, was by far the smaller of the two daily papers. We were extremely competitive, Lewis says. I personally felt that the Miami News was a better newspaper. We were undermanned, had a much smaller staff, but we had the same high-quality stories. Making the two newsrooms all the more competitive was the fact that the Miami Herald and the Miami News were housed in the same building. In 1966 the News owned by Cox Newspapers, which also published the Palm Beach Post was losing money. But instead of seeking to eliminate the competi tion, Herald owner John Knight sought to sustain it. Knight felt strongly that cities needed two newspapers that offered alterna tive voices, wrote Howard Kleinberg, the last editor of the Miami News in Preserva tion Today Knight worked out a deal with Cox Newspapers in which the Herald handled distribution and ad sales for the News but the newsrooms remained separate, an arrangement that allowed the paper to stay alive another 22 years. For John Morton, a Marylandbased newspaper industry consultant, the downturn for the Herald and the rest of the Knight Ridder chain began when Alvah Chapmans successor, Jim Batten, died suddenly of a brain tumor in 1995. Under Battens leadership, Knight Ridder was very journalistically oriented, Morton says. He cared more Miami HeraldContinued from page 46 Continued on page 50 Herald

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50 about the quality of its journalism than the quality of its net earnings. Arva Moore Parks, a local histoHeritage Trust, describes Batten as a newspaper mans newspaper man. He had great respect from everyone in town, including me she recalls. If he hadnt died, the Herald wouldnt be in the pickle its in now. With Battens passing, P. Anthony Tony Ridder became CEO. The former publisher of the San Jose Mercury News had risen within the Knight Ridder company and was appointed president of Knight Ridders newspaper division in 1986, earning the nickname Darth Ridder among reporters for his insistence on costAt the time [1986], Chapman was worried that Knight Riddermight be a target for one of the corporate raiders then roaming the landscape, Devin Leonard wrote in a December 2001 Fortune had to rein in costs even then analysts carped about the companys fat payrolls but Chapman and his lieutenants were too much the products of the old Knight culture to take on the companys strongwilled editors. Ridder was different. He considered it a personal challenge to Within this new budget-driven environment, reporters and editors began to leave the Herald in droves, and when were eliminated, wrote Jim DeFede, then a staffer at Miami New Times in 1995. When I look back on that story, I thought that was going to be the low point of the Herald , DeFede says today. Now it looks like the good-time salad days for the Herald . Indeed, Tony Ridder may have been percent at the Herald and employees from circulation and production were getting pink slips. But so far the journalists werent being laid off. Ridder told Fortune that he wanted the newspapers within the chain to live within their means, instead of being subsidized by the money-making papers. Still, like the Knight executives of old, he tended to be reluctant to lay off reporters. The truth is that hes pleasing no one, declared Leonard in the 2001 Fortune article, not his journalists, and not Wall Street either, which looks at margin of 18.4% and wonders why it cant get its margins up to 25%. Complaining loudest for those higher Naples-based Private Capital Management and leader of a frustrated group of shareholders. In March 2006, Sherin newspaper stocks, gave Ridder an ultimatum: Sell the companys shares or face a hostile takeover. Knight Ridder lacked a dual-stock structure, like that of the New York Times Company and McClatchy, which protects the interests of a companys founders. Ridder put the company up for sale and began telling potential buyers, according to an August 2006 New York Times story, that with a 5 percent cut of Knight Ridders 18,000-person workforce, $150 million could be saved, rent 20 percent. Besides owning 32 newspapers, Knight Ridder had partial ownership of Apartments.com, and CareerBuilder. com back in 2006. (Seven year later, the few bright spots in a McClatchy investor report from February of last year.) Knight Ridder had real estate as well, including 1 Herald Plaza and surrounding land, which, thanks to the Adrienne Arsht Center, had become attractive to developers. (The Herald had champi oned the development of a performing arts center and even donated land for it in 1992.) So the Knight Ridder package valuable assets. Still, the price was steep, and McClatchy was the only bidder for the company, paying $67.25 a share, a rate that was more than nine times media analyst Ken Doctor in 2009. Other companies entertained the idea of buying Knight Ridder but had backed away after seeing cracks in the companys business model, Doctor wrote. cial analysts, Gary Pruitt, McClatchys CEO at the time, remained upbeat. We the current sentiments on Wall Street, but rather to look at facts and look at April 20 April 20 TICKETS ON SALE NOW! // 305.237.3010 // WWW.MDCLIVEARTS.ORG Were in a golden age of jazz-tango fusion, and bassist Pablo Aslan is one of the main reasons. JAZZIZ 8PM // THE COLONY THEATREPABLO ASLAN QUINTET PABLO ASLAN QUINTETThe Rebirth of Jazz Tango Miami HeraldContinued from page 48 Continued on page 51

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evidence and make long-term decisions for the company based on what the evidence shows, he told Herald staffers during a June 2006 visit. Because newspapers are out of favor, we feel we got a bargain in acquiring Knight Ridder. A former Herald sales executive cant help but be amused when recounting that day to the BT He was Mr. Cheerleader, the sales exec laughs. He was saying, Oh, this is going to be great. This is going to be fantastic. Who was the most skeptical? The reporters. And they were right. To pay for Knight Ridders assumed debt. McClatchy sold 12 of its newly acquired Knight Ridder papers for $2 billion, including Tony Ridders old paper, the San Jose Mercury News The Miami Herald was among the 20 Knight Ridder papers kept because McClatchy deemed Miami a growth market. But by February 2007, CEO Pruitt was acknowledging in a press release that times were turbulent for media companies. In an effort to reduce the debt following the Knight Ridder sale, McClatchy sold the Minnesota Star Tribune for $530 million. Less than a decade earlier, McClatchy had paid $1.2 billion for the paper. mum on reports that it was looking to sell the Herald. In December 2008, Jorge Prez, CEO of the Related Com panies, had acknowledged to a Herald reporter that he and Florida Crystals CEO Alfonso Fanjul had spoken to McClatchy about buying the Herald although nothing has materialized. executive refused to respond to what she called market rumors, even from her own companys reporters.Local media consultant Seth Gordon wouldnt be surprised if the Herald is still for sale. Every time theres cost-cutting, I think maybe theyre dressing it up to be sold, Gordon says. He thinks the paper might be better in local hands. That way the Herald s owners can have a forge a new relationship with readers and build new business ties. Former Herald editor Bob Radzie wicz, now a UM journalism professor, disagrees that the paper will be sold, noting that the Herald s investment in Doral is proof that the paper intends to stick around. McClatchy wouldnt be investing any more money in the Herald if they didnt feel it was going to be a McClatchy operation. One problem with corporate-owned newspapers is that they are infested with debt, says Arizona State journalism professor McGuire. Wipe out the $1.6 billion in debt, and McClatchy newspapers are in good shape, he says. Its debt thats overwhelming every newspaper company. McGuire predicts that locally based web operations with small staffs will spring into existence. The news ecosystem is going to expand, he says. People want more stuff. The challenge, though, news operation to make money. In spite of the debt that established newspapers have taken on, and the revenue lost to the web, media analysts say existing newspapers still have value, including name recognition, experienced staffs, and circulation lists. The lists have all the value, maintains Gillin of NewspaperDeathwatch.com. Theres also the sense among investors that the market may have bottomed out for publicly traded newspaper companies. Its hard to imagine that their value is going any lower than it is right now, he says. So what does the future hold for the Miami Herald ? Something called the Miami Herald years and probably in ten years, though no one can say what form it will take, Martin Merzer states. Twenty years? Im not so sure. Nowadays, photographer Tim Chap man is more concerned with the past. Twenty years ago he discovered that Herald archivists were more likely to throw away old photographic negatives and pictures than to save them. So he worked out a deal with Herald execu tives to allow photographers to keep their pictures. At his home Chapman now has many thousands of pictures stacked in boxes. Those photos, Chapman is certain, have value. They provide a window to Miamis past, a time when newspapers people relied on them for vital information. Chapman intends to donate the collection to a local organization that will preserve and catalogue them, so that, years from now, the era of powerful, Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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52 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORGoing, Going, Gone!Both the old INS building and Biscayne Plaza across 79th Street have been soldChanging the Planet One Kernel at a TimeShawnee Chassers green popcorn is hitting the big timeBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterThe 12-story building at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street once served as the headquarters of a real estate company that caused an envi ronmental disaster in the Everglades. After that, it was where immigrants came to stand in line for long hours in an effort to obtain green cards or political asylum from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. And then: nothing. It has sat empty Last summer a pair of sibling developers quietly bought the building, commonly known as the INS building, and a small Goodwill-anchored retail strip uring out what theyre going to do with it, but one of their company executives assures the BT that they believe in the Upper Eastside and the rest of Miamis Biscayne Corridor. We love that neighborhood, and were happy and humble to have found a site and take part in the areas exciting renaissance, says Justin Toal, chief of the Edgewater-based Fifteen Group. And how are they going to be part of that renaissance? Ask them again in a few months. I think in the next quarter we should have a much better idea about our plans, Toal says. Founded inside a Fort Lauderdale warehouse in 1992 by Mark and Ian Sanders, the Fifteen Group started out as a consulting company for commercial and resort property owners in New York, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands. By 1996 the Sanders brothers were buying properties, accumu lating a portfolio of 20,000 residential units across the nation, according to the companys website. Since 2008 the Fifteen Group has been seeking to build a $2 billion residential and retail project called New Wyvernwood in East Los Angeles. Theyve also been very busy in Miami. In November 2010, the Sanders brothers snatched up six acres of land ing at N. Miami Avenue and 36th Street from Scott Podolsky and Alex Forkosh for $5.3 million. Nine months later, in August 2011, the Fifteen Group bought a foreclosure BT photos by Silvia Ros By Harriette Yahr Special to the BTLiving in a treehouse in the middle of Little Haiti was the furthest thing from Shawnee Chassers mind when she arrived in glitzy Los Angeles in the late 1960s to pursue her dream of becoming a movie star. Walking across the country for a political cause seemed equally far removed from reality. But Chassers life has never followed a prefab path. And at age 62, after checking off plenty of atypical boxes on her lifelong have done list, shes now doing what any self-proclaimed hippie still full of energy does shes launched a green business to help change the world, one kernel at a time. Drop into any Whole Foods Market thumb Popcorn, an addictive mix of organic popcorn and health food staples, such as nutritional yeast and spirulina. Its hard not to eat the whole bag in shelves. On a recent trip to the Aventura store, there were no more bags in stock. Brent King, regional grocery coordinator, says Whole Foods is always looking for unique local food producers who share their commitment to offer the highest-quality products. Shawnees passion to create a tasty and nutritional us, which is evident by its popularity with our customers and team members. Turning hobbies into business ventures is popular these days. Whether Continued on page 54 Continued on page 55

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By Helen Hill Special to the BTA few years ago the message You are where you live alluded to the sophisticated lifestyles offered by new condominium developments. Now the concept of Active Design, integrating architecture, planning, and personal health in cities, neighborhoods, and individual buildings, takes living well to a whole new level. The Center for Active Design   i n New York evolved as a response to the current public health epidemics of obesity and related chronic diseases. By increasing opportunities for daily physical activity and healthy eating, urban designers can play a crucial role in preventing and controlling these problems. For example, did you know that just two additional minutes of stair-climbing enough calories to offset the average U.S. adults annual weight gain? Studies indicate that improving access to places for physical activity can result in a 25-per cent increase in the number of people who exercise at least three times a week. In New York City, strategic improvements to public spaces resulted in a 161-percent increase in the number of people who walk and bike regularly. Active Design also offers an economic ing costs through increased energy over elevators, bikes instead of cars, or physical activity instead of screen time, they burn calories instead of electricity and carbon fuels. The three-year-old guidelines for Active Design are the product of a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects, AIA New York, New York City agencies like the Department of Health, private-sector architects and developers, and academic partners. In the big picture, urban design strategies create neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor spaces that encourage walking, bicy cling, and recreation. In new the placement and design of stairs, elevators, and indoor and outdoor spaces sets the scene for active living. Many of the guidelines strategies can be applied to existing buildings as well. These include unlocking the doors to stairwells so people can walk up and down. (Implementing a key card or code system for security usually inhibit easy access, can be redesigned to open and close when required in an emergency.) Getting people to use the stairs can be as simple as making the environment more appealing with paint, artwork, and visible signage. Biking becomes more desirable when there are designated places to securely store bikes, while safe recreational spaces invite childrens play. The community as a whole can enjoy growing fresh, healthy herbs and vegetables in roof-top or street-level gardens. While the exercise facilities and social rooms recommended by the guidelines are already featured in most Miami multifamily buildings, Miami. Active Design is still new here, and its guidelines have yet to be formally adopted. Designed for northern climes, they may need some adaptation to South Floridas tropical climate and different recreational opportunities. Rick Bell, executive director of the AIA New York Chapters Center for Architecture and a conference organizer for the Center for Active Design, says that Miamis great advantage is an extraordinary climate that allows for outdoor activities year-round. Physical activities become part of everyday life instead of only at weekends, he notes. Exercise is more than a treadmill or stationary bike in the bedroom. Bell believes that single-family neigh borhoods function better as mixed-use communities, with clusters of stores and places to get a cup of coffee or a snack. Nobody is going to walk two miles to get a bagel, but half-amile is doable, he says, adding, communities should have shaded benches for resting and perhaps contemplative mini gardens and other amenities to make walking pleasurable. Bell was a featured speaker at a recent event held downtown at Miami-Dade Colleges Wolfson Campus. Organized by the Miami chapter of the AIA, the panel brought together Bell; Dr. Karen Lee, director of the Built Environment and Active Design Program for the New York City Health Department; Karen Hamilton of the South Florida Regional Planning Council; David Weller, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organi zation; and Karen Weller, RN, director of Community Health and Planning, Miami-Dade Health Department. Moderator Bernard Zyscov ich, head of Miami-based Zysco vich Architects, had a special designed the new classroom building on the Wolfson campus. incorporate Active Design guide lines and be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for an Innovation in Design credit, awarded for exemplary performance in green design. We accepted the challenge to incor porate the Active Design guidelines be cause of an even bigger challenge to our community young people in Miami and South Florida have a statistically higher rate of obesity and related health Hide the Elevators The concept of Active Design in architecture comes to Miami Continued on page 54 Photos by Robin Hill

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54 livelihood, its out of the kitchen and into the weekend farmers market or local bistro or sometimes national chain. Think of the microbrew beer craze (Miami has jumped on that wagon), or the spate of chocolatiers, artisan bakers, or whisky distillers now making the foodie rounds. Portlandia the hilarious eco-hipster satire airing on IFC (with clips on Hulu) riffed off artisanal popcorn this past season. For Chasser the impetus to start her business was neither trend nor the economy. In 2008 big change started in. She moved off of her brother Ray Chassers Earth-N-Us Farm in Little Haiti, where she had lived (in a multilevel treehouse) for 15 years. And in a pivotal and heartbreaking moment the next year, her son, Joshua Braden Levy, died. Chasser was devastated. At the same time, she felt the pull of life. Josh taught me that we only have a short time on this planet, she says. You only have today. He kicked my be here now philosophy into high gear. So where did Chasser turn for inspira tion to get something going in life again? She didnt have to look far. For years shed been making popcorn with special ingredients and brown-bagging it for movie outings with friends and serving it up to her kids and grandkids. Everyone in her circle loved it, including her son Josh. Why wouldnt everyone else? Plus her inspiration had a pedigree. In 1969 Chasser left her hometown of Miami (she attended Miami Norland Senior High) to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. It ended up being the political climate of the times, not the movie world, that transformed her life. part of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl , Chasser recalls, so I thought I was the greatest star ever. When I got to L.A., I was totally disillusioned. Everyone wanted to know my body size and body weight, and I didnt think that had anything to do with my talent. It was one disillusionment after another until I started meeting political activists, and I realized Id met my tribe. So Chasser decided to dedicate her life to creating peace on earth and headed over to UCLA to join the Vietnam war protests. She was still wearing her false eyelashes, she says, but soon ditched those for bare feet. And while others brought peanut-butter sandwiches along for fuel, Chasser brought her popcorn. In 1986 Chasser signed onto the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament, walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., with her young kids, Wren and Josh, in tow. Her popcorn, which people referred to as her famous popcorn back then, fed hundreds along the nine-month trek, and was cooked up in a roving kitchen. As to the recipe, Chasser says shes added different ingredients nutritional yeast (the B-12 supplement), garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and more year after year, with the goal of creating she added was spirulina, a blue-green algae touted as having a wide range of Chasser says her biggest challenge is convincing people that green stuff can taste good. Its not easy being green, she laughs, then gets earnest. She really believes in her product. Once people taste it, they say, Wow, it really is good. Thats whats kept me going all these years how people love it once they try it. Even my best friends who eat at Burger King. (Chasser also points out her popcorn which takes its greenget when you dig into a bag contains As for the business operation, its down-home, which makes sense for a company with an unpretentious CEO who still lives in a backyard treehouse (I cant live inside) and spends her life off-line (We should be connecting more with the soil, not a computer). At a recent pop and bag session held at an industrial kitchen near Aventura, where she rents space, a friendsand-family assembly line worked the goods: measuring ingredients, mixing in freshly popped corn, bagging, sealing, Art Friedrich, who assists Chasser with day-to-day responsibilities, con to all 19 Whole Foods throughout Florida. Theyre in the application process for national distribution with Whole Foods, and Chasser is excited about the new store opening on Biscayne Boulevard at 123rd Street. Its located not far from her North Miami home, which will make checking shelves for stock a lot easier. Chasser talks about the similarities be tween running a business and her previous incarnations as an actress and peacenik and treehouse designer, and even when she her kids around the country. Ive always been a go-forward person, she says. If I didnt have a project, my life didnt work. This is just another project for me. The fact that its such a big project, I have been injected and this is from my son Josh with the reality its a short time were here and I need to hurry up. together with opening a homeless shelter for women, which she hopes the popcorn will fund, but thats a future chapter of her story. Vegan, kosher, 95-percent organic, and gluten-free, Shawnees Greenthumb Popcorn is currently available in all local Whole Foods, as well as mom-and-pops such as The Honey Tree and the Upper Eastside Farmers Market. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com PopcornContinued from page 52 Active DesignContinued from page 53 i ssues than most other areas of the coun try, says Zyscovich. This issue requires both education and action, therefore a stu dent services and classroom building with center and food service, provided a won derful opportunity to make a difference. Building #8 on NE 2nd Street blends well with the original 1960s building across the street, and is compatible with other Miami-Dade College buildings that rely on the use of durable, low-maintenance, pre-cast concrete panels. However, the material is used more creatively here, with panels moving in and out on different levels, creating street-facing walls with implied movement. At the ground level, the line of pre-cast concrete undulates above an uninterrupted glass wall and makes the building appear to hover above the not uniform, but expand where there is a College-age students appreciate buildings that allow them to feel a part of their environment in this case, a vibrant campus in an international city, says Thorn Grafton, director of sustainable initiatives at Zyscovich Architects. The buildings transparency rises way, which anchors the space directly adjacent to the entry doors. The open stairway is designed as a sculptural element, to encourage students to walk up and down and enjoy social engagement and views of the urban campus. The elevators, per Active Design guidelines, are intentionally less prominent, located in the rear corner of the building. Another innovative design feature Continued on page 55

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judgment that gave the brothers control of 25 unsold units within the bankrupt Platinum condo at 480 NE 30th St. and an adjacent 2.7-acre bayfront site zoned for a high-rise. That same month, the Fifteen Group paid $9.1 million for a twoacre site at 3131 NE 7th Ave., where the proposed 300-unit ICE II condominium was to have been built. Then in June 2012, the Fifteen Group bought the old INS building and its 122,600-square-foot parcel from nanced the purchase with a $3.5 million loan from BridgeInvest a month later. All of these land buys have been made within or near neighborhoods the Fifteen Group is excited about. We are very bullish on the Biscayne Corridor, Midtown Miami, Edgewater, the Design District, and the MiMo District, Toal says. But right now, the Fifteen Group has no set plans for any of these sites. I think the beauty of this market is that Toal beams. There are so many exciting possibilities that were letting the market come to us a little bit. Interesting things may be afoot just across the street from the INS building, too. On March 26, the Biscayne Plaza shopping center was sold by developers Allan Greenwald and Edward Easton. At press time, Greenwald and Easton had not revealed the identity of the buyer or the sale price, except to say that included in the deal were several acres of land front ing the Little River. Greenwald and Easton have owned the shopping center since 1983. It was built in 1954 on what had been a strawberry farm, and enjoyed great popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. In more recent years, however, have been largely vacant, tempting some visionaries to imagine a high-rise, mixeduse community in its place. In fact plans for 2470 housing units and 200,000 square feet of retail were submitted to the city in 2005, though nothing materialized (see the BT s At the Corner of Yesterday and Tomorrow, June 2010). The old INS building across from Biscayne Plaza has its own storied past. was the Gulf American Corporation, a boiler-room operation that specialized in selling Florida swampland to naive Americans and foreigners who dreamed of building their vacation homes in the Sunshine State. In an attempt to build Golden Gates Estates on thousands of acres of land near the Everglades in Collier County, Gulf American drained wetlands, paved roads, and burned tens of thousands of oaks, pines, and cypress trees. Only a few homes were built in the 1970s, and environmentalists blamed the canals that Gulf American Corporation had dug (without permits) for the wetlands loss of billions of gallons of freshwater. and Naturalization Service operated in the building beginning in 1979. Then, after Miami Avenue, the INS made the 79th Street building its new headquarters in May 1983. The federal agency, now known as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, remained there for the next 25 years, until the fall of 2008. The CIS now in Kendall, Hialeah, and Liberty City. Following the agencys departure, the prospect of re-purposing the 79th Street building captured the imagination of college students. In 2010 three students from Florida Atlantic Universitys School of Urban & Regional Planning proposed turning it into a MiMo Arts Center consisting of a museum dedicated to the post-World War II architectural style, and ground-level restaurants and retail. Also in 2010, a team of Barry University business students suggested turning the building into an indoor sporting venue bowling, swimming, indoor soccer, and more. (For more on the sports haven scenario, see the BT s Five Big Ideas for the MiMo District, April 2010.) Jeff Morr, CEO of Majestic Properties, thinks the old INS building could although if he were the developer, hed convert it to a residential building. You could have loft-style apartments and high ceilings, he says, making a comparison to The Bank, a mixed-use loft project in a former bank building near to Biscayne Plaza at 8101 Biscayne Blvd. Or the former INS headquarters could be knocked down. Says the Fifteen Groups Justin Toal: Were not committed to keeping it, and were not committed to destroying it. Were trying to identify the best use of the property. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Gone!Continued from page 52 Active DesignContinued from page 54classroom: Extra-wide upstairs hallways have small break-out alcoves with tables and chairs, so students can work together in groups or study on their own. Coding constraints meant the main, open staircase could only service levels, so it was decided the buildings the last three levels. To meet the Active windows offering rooftop views and glimpses of cruise ships at the Port of Miami. Signage encourages users to continue on the stairs all the way to the Some changes were made to plans at the request of the college. Exterior spaces created by the buildings undulating faade, originally planned become inaccessible, roofed areas, and a proposed running track on the buildings roof did not meet budget requirements. Looking to the future, Miami is joining progressive cities across the nation growing their transportation choices. A bike-share program following on Miami Beachs successful program ( two million rentals in not quite two years) and an increase in pedestrian investments will help to imple ment some of the basics of Active Design. AIA Miami is working with partners to later this year, with a full day of program ming that it hopes will raise the visibility of Active Design practices here. See centerforactivedesign.org/conferences. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photos by Erik Bojnansky

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADERising to the OccasionGlobal warming, and its impact on sea levels, needs to be addressed locallyBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorSo the other night Im watching a documentary on Alaskan polar bears on the Smithsonian channel. (I have no life, its true.) In this riveting presentation, it was made clear the ice polar bears as they make their way from frozen sea cap to frozen sea cap in search of food (seals) are becoming scarcer. Many of the bears drown from exhaustion because they just cannot tread the cold sea any longer. And why, ing scarcer? Global warming. I know, I know. Some of you may think I have jumped on the Al Gore bandwagon and am pushing all kinds of panic buttons, but this is just not the case. What has me following the global-warming situation is the resulting rise in sea level and the impact it will eventually have on the East Coast and, in particular, on South Florida. Speaking of panic, it will only become a panic situation if our elected kick the can down the road as an issue to be handled by the next set of elected ofdebt and you see how well thats going.) Anyway, back to the animals that serve as a barometer of climatic conditions, much like the proverbial canary in the coal mine. In the case of global warming, other animals are silently sounding the alert. ing primarily due to a lack of food. Climate change is having an impact on the food chain, and the coldest regions of our big blue marble are the most sensitive to the changes. While the polar bears are located to the north in the Arctic, penguins are located in the southern region of Antarctica. On March 11, NBC had a segment on the nightly news concerning the plight of the penguins. Apparently, over relatively recent geological periods, there has been a ten-degree temperature Video still courtesy RED Studios Digital Imagery and Animation

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catastrophic for the penguin population, so much so that their numbers have dropped by more than 90 percent. Why? Global warming. You see, as the temperature rises, the amount of algae growing under the ice cap dwindles, resulting in an adverse impact on the next organism in the food chain, krill. At this point there is 80 percent less krill than there was when the climate was much colder. Well, who penguins? Only the largest mammal left in the sea: the whale. During the cold season, the whales migrate to the poles and feed upon krill to gain fat in order to survive the long migration back to warmer climates, where they bear and raise their young, before once again heading back to the colder waters to pig out on krill. It appears that the pigging-out times are quickly ending. Warmer climate equals fewer algae; fewer algae equals fewer Lets bring this subject a little closer to home. On March 10, the front page of the Miami Herald featured an article headlined Deep Trouble, which began: A lot of highly developed coastal property could be under water sooner than you think. (Editors note: For a comprehen sive look at how sea-level rise will affect the Biscayne Corridor, see BT senior writer Erik Bojnanskys cover story Lost in a Rising Sea, September 2012.) The Herald articles primary focus group called Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, challenging Miami-Dades $1.5 billion plan to repair the countys aging sewage system. The crux of the suit is that the county is ignoring the inevitable sea rise as it spends millions of taxpayer dollars to plants, located in South Dade, North Miami, and on Virginia Key. The county argues the current work will buy several decades of time and, anyway, it doesnt have the funding to accomplish longer-range work. The position of several scientists studying the sea-level issue is that its apparent sea rise is proceeding at a rate faster than what had been anticipated even four short years ago. Here are a few stats that should make you start thinking: Between 2031 and 2042 (18-29 years from now) a one-foot rise is expected. Between 2048 and 2066 (35-53 years), a two-foot rise is expected. Between 2063 and 2085 (50-72 years), a three-foot rise is expected. Between 2094 and 2112 (just 99 years), a six-foot rise is expected. So what do we do? Well, there is a consortium of engineers, scientists, and other professionals from Palm Beach County to Monroe County studying the issue and formulating a plan. Just as President John F. Kennedy made a moon landing a top national priority in the 1960s, so too must President Obama make it a national priority to address catastrophic sea-level rise, which is clearly on the way. In the January 2013 issue of Roll ing Stone writer Jeff Goodell pointed out that, among all the tests President gest failure was climate change. After promising in 2008 that his presidency would be the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal, President Obama went silent on the most crucial issue of our time. If one subscribes to the bumper sticker philosophy, Think Globally, Act Locally, I submit its time for some heat to be turned up under the butts of our of some value to shoot off an e-mail to the president, it may be of more value and state reps what they are doing to bring a relevant action plan into being. After all, it will be a waste of time and money to rebuild a crumbling national infrastructure of bridges, roads, and water and sewer systems if it will all be under water by the time our childrens children are middle age. I will leave you with a quote from Dr. Harold Wanless, a University of Miami geology professor who has studied sealevel rise in South Florida for the past 40 years: At some point, and I hope its this year, Miami-Dade government and everybody has to start truly recognizing that were in for it; that this is coming. Couldnt have said it better myself. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Allison ACADEMYFounded in 1983 Accredited by: AISF, SACS/CASI, AdvancED, MSA NCPSA 305.940.3922 ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTfor summer school June 17 July 25, 2013

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNAnd the Beats Go On Once again, the Ultra Music Festival brings big money and big headaches to downtown MiamiBy Adam Schachner BT ContributorThe downtown streets were over run with shocking Day-Glo yellow, green, and orange masses. Flam boyant youth descended on Miami in droves. The unusually brisk mid-March nights did not discourage the faithful from wearing minimalist getups; there would be plenty of body heat where they were going. Ground-shaking bass beats pounded from stages at Bayfront Park, invading eardrums throughout downtown. Ultra Music Festival had returned. Ultras annual extravaganza represents both a celebration and a burden for Miami. Debate precedes its yearly arrival, and its continued contract with the city. Argu ments bounce back and forth like so many dancing concert goers. Advocates for the recognition. Those who dont roll with that rhythm see a messy drain on resources, berating off the downtown skyline. Add to the mix this years expanded menu of Ultra festivities two weekends, ing common ground are compounded. ment, as the virtues and frustrations associated with the festival are discussed a senior staffer for Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose District 2 includes Bay fering that the commissioner has gone on the record opposing the second weekend. Theres too much pressure on the area. Yet the possibility that Ultra is doing more and more things right every year from residents that it is greatly improved Certainly the revenue from the event is enough to buy it some reconsideration. says, the event brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for overtime pay. That was bigger than we heard back in October, when the second weekend was approved. undeniable. The thing that people fail to recognize, asserts Tim Schmand, Bayfront Parks executive director, is that Bayfront receives no government funding. Events like Ultra or the [MercedesBenz] Corporate Run allow us to fund our programming. You cant run a park on bake sales. Last year Ultra netted Bayfront Park $455,000 over one weekend. Schmand predicts the added weekend this year will more than double park revenue. Ultra also brings jobs downtown. Cleaning cost for the crew is $298,708. Solid waste is $33,000, Schmand informs. And that is all paid for by Ultra Music Festival. The crews are over 100 local workers. BT photo by Adam Schachner 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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While Ultra offers the trappings of a jet-set lifestyle more typically associated with Ibiza or Sao Paulo, it also carries club cultures stigmas. Attendees are criticized as wild or morally ambiguous. Yearly rumors that the latest designer drugs will be readily available terrify the parents of and their loosened wallets, but the at traction extends far beyond Bayfronts Klipsch Amphitheater. Amid the behav ioral tumult, downtown residents coexist tent duntz-duntz-duntz of drums and bass. downtown; noisily colorful groups lined the streets close to Bayfront. The distinct some would say negative impact Ultra had on the citys functioning became apparent. Miamis very layout was forced to change in order to accommodate Ultras monumental crowds. Police transformed Biscayne Boulevard into a circuit crossing. Fencing and partitions corralled partygoers into a winding path off the separating pedestrians from cars. southbound lanes. Cars navigated around hordes of glowing participants who traveled by Metrorail and Metromover (an exponential boost to transit ridership). between shows. These alterations embody the dual routine was altered, many of these disrup tions provided substantial income. Down celebrants. Music tourists crammed hotels. Service staffs logged overtime. According to an often cited study conducted by Coral Gables-based business consultants the Washington Economic Group, Ultra brings the city roughly $79 million every concert series. Each year brings in about 900 jobs related to the event. This year those numbers no doubt will increase, owing or hate it, the city is dancing to Ultras Ultra is rapidly becoming a Miami tradition. The name itself is symbolic: Ultra suggests the extensiveness of the festivals hype and its followers limitless devotion, yet it also represents the sizable revenue produced during the festivities. Bystanders to this years phenomenon can attest to its enormity. Eddie Padilla, executive director of the business and promotion collaborative Downtown Miami Partnership, recognizes the opportunities for increased going to restaurants and businesses downtown, says Padilla. Initially, the nitely a positive impact. The economic boost is welcome, but, as Padilla notes, there is also a com munity to consider. Downtown residents previously have voiced their concerns over noise, the need for increased law enforcement, and excessive trash. The residents have had some impacts, Padilla The Downtown Miami Partnership dilla points out that its incumbent upon everyone impacted to voice their opinions positive and negative so we can put forth challenges for the upcoming years. Miami. After disco went mainstream, there was still a following for it on Miami Beach, which was ground zero for dance music in Miami. What Ultra has done is move it out of the clubs and into a larger position. mous support or an enthusiastic welcome Concerned residents are therefore against the promise of continued funding for one of the citys signature attractions, Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIUnnatural DisasterThe Biscayne Landing tsunami is about to hit before voters can have a sayBy Mark Sell BT ContributorSurfs up, and the City of North Miami May 14 election campaign signs are already washing ashore deadline isnt until April 8. But the Biscayne Landing tsunami is The pressure is on to wrap up the preliminary site plan this month before the election, while the developers can still deal with a relatively amenable city council. If, say, Carol Keys were to beat Michael Blynn in District 2, and Kevin Burns were to succeed Andre Pierre as mayor, the developers might face a distinctly cooler reception. But there is no telling who will win in a crowded and As many know, developers Michael Swerdlow, Richard LeFrak, and Oleta Partners LLC stormed the beaches last August and handed the City of North Miami $17.5 million-plus, saving the mu go to work on a 20-year epic project to develop 184 acres on the southeast corner of 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. That project has morphed into a retail, residential, and auto mall Godzilla (with adult-care facilities now back in the picture), preparing for the spine road that will link 143rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard with 151st Street. (An additional elevated road over wetlands linking Biscayne Landing with Florida International University re mains just talk, for now.) Oleta Partners met sharp resistance March 5 at the planning and zoning commis sion meeting, which declared their develop ment plan an abomination, with spirited support from council candidate Keys, activist Carol Prager, and mayoral candidate Burns. On March 12, planning and zoning commission member William Prevatel, an architect and urban planner (and the one who dubbed Biscayne Landing the tsunami), fought a bad cold and came before the North Miami City Council at midnight like the Masque of the Red Death, saying of the project: This is insane, and youre all going to pay for it. Biscayne Landing project manager Herb Tillman, ever the gentleman, kept his cool and announced a March 19 community workshop at the sales center at 151st and Biscayne, with an April 30 Kobi Karp Architecture Saint Martha Yamaha2012-2013 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director Internationally acclaimed concert and recording artist, Cuban-American pianist JUANA ZAYAS plays Schumann ( Arabesque Op.18, Carnaval Op. 9), Ginastera (Sonata ), Cervantes, Lecuona, and, with PAUL POSNAK, Gershwins Cuban Overture. Recipient of top prizes at the Peyrellade Conservatory of Music in Havana, the Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique in Paris, and the International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, Ms. Zayas has performed with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Zeeuws Orchestra, Madrids Orquesta Sinfnica de Radio Televisin Espaola, and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; at Serate Musicali, Lincoln Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her playing brims with ardor, fire, and sparkling virtuosity. And her technical equipment certainly ranks among the most formidable of todays leading pianists. David Mulbury, American Record GuideApril 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.JUANA ZAYAS TO PURCHASE TICKETS visit www.stmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or 305-751-0005 or purchase at church office or at door.Meet the artists at our after-concert reception in the Atrium, included with your tickets.

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sSHH ow Well Do You Know Your Neighbors? Illegal squatters are moving into the Shores, and were all paying the priceBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorEver wonder how outsiders view Miami in general, and places like Miami Shores, in particular? If so, feel free to read the recently posted travel article in the New York Times titled Miami, My Way. Written by a woman who claims to be an expert on classic, uncool Miami simply because shes visited nine times over the past two decades, the wrongheaded piece is angering residents across the board. For one thing, the writer got some facts wrong. She calls the region southern Florida, rather than the widely accepted South Florida. She misspells a restaurants name. She cites a Kmart on Lincoln Road in 1991, instead of the Woolworths that it actually was, and has no idea the city limits dont include Homestead and the Keys, which are part of her Miami. For another, the tone of the piece is Manhattan-centric condescension, as though Miami is just another borough of New York City. She agrees with a friend (whom she calls a veteran of Art Basel) that most of the allegedly cool stuff in Miami is actually stuff for New Yorkers who go there it doesnt have to do with Miami. She claims that trying out a list of Manhattan-chef-recommended new restaurants is useless because in my opinion, if youre going to Miami for food that is more exotic than crab claws and Key lime pie, you are probably overthinking it. Ouch. But what really infuriates me, and a whole bunch of other locals, is this: She describes Coral Gables, a neigh borhood of multimillion-dollar homes, as lushly decayed. Im sure the residents of Coral Gables are insulted to hear that their stringently monitored city is actually decayed. But hey, she didnt describe Miami Shores that way. Why should we be concerned? Like Miami Shores the Village Beautiful to the Gables City Beautiful homeowners in the Gables pay some of the highest property taxes in Miami-Dade County. Published, misguided statements not only harm the Gables, they hurt equiv alent communities that banks, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents compare to the Gables. Just try to sell your house rfntff rfn tnbn nrf ntbnrr nnn rr r r rfnrnr r r r rnn

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or renegotiate your mortgage with lushly decayed hanging over your roof. What else harms our homes values, especially in Miami Shores? Foreclosures. Houses abandoned by their owners and left to the banks, who dont monitor them until something goes wrong. And in both the Gables and the Shores, as well as all over the Upper Eastside and in similar neighbor hoods in Broward and Palm Beach counties, what goes wrong is that squatters move in. Between 2012 and 2013, the phenomenon of people moving into a house they dont own or have a valid lease to rent has become more prevalent. Several factors contribute: the poor economy, causing families to squat out of necessity; unscrupulous criminals posing as landlords; and drug rings looking to Id like to muster up some sympathy for well-intentioned squatters like my husband and I when we bought Mango House. We had no choice but to move in early, after the seller declared bankruptcy. But it seems ill-intentioned squatters are the more dominant kind. Indeed, this past July, NBC 6 reporter Willard Shepard helped to bust squatters living illegally on NW 100th Street; he was told by Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad that similar situations are occurring at four homes in the same neighborhood. Shepards next piece? It could very well be on the alleged squatters who last month moved into a foreclosed home, left vacant for the past year, on NE 92nd Street. The loudly barking Afghan hound that used to patrol the property was effective at keeping away strangers, but the family moved out of state and, of course, took the dog with them. The lack of defenses, plus the public availability of foreclosure records, made the home vulnerable. Fortunately, observant neighbors proactive homeowner wrote about it in a letter he distributed to everyone in the area. Two individuals were observed breaking into and entering the property, he wrote. Neighborshave since observed these same two individuals having the locks changed on the property, moving furnishings, and establishing utility service on the premises...and what appear to be drug-related transactions occurring on the property. Im impressed with the vigilance of my neighbors, who called police and the broker on the property, who has power of attorney. While the police cant do much except try to catch the men committing criminal acts, the broker can start eviction proceedings. The reason why police are somewhat helpless in these matters has to do with an archaic adverse possession law, which was put on the books centuries ago to help farmers, working land they didnt own, claim it after seven years. Its kind of like a common-law marriage, except between squatter and house. Many are taking advantage of this law, though a bill Only the owner of the house, the one holding the deed or the bank has the power to prove trespassing, thus enabling the police to make an arrest. But neighbors can be surprisingly effective. and the police, at least so they can moni tor the property. Also notify your Neigh borhood Watch group, if you have one. The second step is bringing the situation to widespread attention. While it may seem counterintuitive to let the general public know about houses in foreclosure and thus expose the properties to potential problems, and your own home to falling values its important to focus the lens on those houses that are already illegally occupied in order to stem the tide of squatters. aware. Squatters tend not to care about the house itself maintaining its appearance or keeping it up to code so in that regard While it might hurt the actual homeowner in the long run liens can affect the sale of a house if the house is in foreclosure For examples, see the March minutes of the Miami Shores Code Board meeting; its very instructive not only in terms of the damage the squatters can do to a home, but how many Miami Shores properties are currently in code violation. If youre trying to negotiate a mortgage, this is important information. Paying attention is, quite simply, the best way to keep Miami Shores from by ignorant outsiders as lushly decayed. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rf ntbbbb rfrntbb t f f rff

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aA Someone EE lses ProblemMiami Lakes addresses the nancial exploitation of seniors, something Aventura should have done long agoBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorThe Town of Miami Lakes was need for resident input on most matters, Miami Lakes has at least eight citizen the special requirements or interests of its or friends do not know how to respond, or are too embarrassed to publicize the ful the people of Miami Lakes had the wherewithal to address what is also an assists the senior in bathing and dressing, prepares meals, cleans the condo, does to the doctor and, once in while, to a resWe are Pace... Partners Academics Catholic Empowerment The Tradition of Excellence Continues! Enroll Today!Be a part of the Spartan tradition... 305-623-7223, ext. 342 or visit www.PaceHS.com to get the enrollment process started. A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.comSPA PACKAGEReceive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Manicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY$99$50 MASSAGE Mon-ThursCALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT305-749-210016701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

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as sharp as before. The only person the senior sees on a regular basis is the aide. The aide becomes the seniors best friend. Suddenly, the aide is paid two or three times her original wage. The senior writes checks for a down payment on a new vehicle for the aide. The senior also pays the monthly car payments. (After all, the aide has to have reliable transportation.) More checks are written for the aides household purchases, maybe even for a down payment on a new house. After a time the senior is unable to write checks. So the aide writes them, and the senior signs them without question. You can easily guess how this story ends. One of the seniors children visits, re views the bank accounts, and, to his horror, realizes his mother may not have enough money on which to live out her years, par ticularly if, at some point, she is going to require admittance to a care facility. If the senior didnt sign appropriate estate documents when she was fully competent, legal guardianship proceedings have to be initiated to obtain control of the seniors accounts. The guardianship proceeding is expensive, embarrassing, and intrusive. Four strangers a court-appointed lawyer and three healthcare professionals have to visit the senior to evaluate whether she retains her mental competence. Of course, there are variations on this story. Sometimes a child is taking care of her mothers affairs and writing checks out of a joint account or under power of attorney. That child, or her culties. Checks are written to satisfy the childs debts. Thats what the mother would have done under the circumstances, if only she could fully grasp them, right? The other children get wind of this. Lawyers are hired, nasty letters are written, and So how do the good people of Miami Lakes tell us to prevent this problem? By having seniors adopt a set of carefully drawn estate planning documents while they are fully competent and clearly able to state their intentions, in the event they later become incapacitated. First, a senior should execute a power of attorney, which enables a matters in the event she no longer wishes, or is competent, to do so. Beware, though. The power of attorney is an extremely powerful document. In certain cases, the agent appointed under the power of attorney can change the seniors estate plan, and in all cases the agent can act on behalf of the senior by writing checks or rearranging investments, even when the senior is fully competent and wants to continue to manage her own affairs. Accordingly, its important the appointed agent and/or her partner have no abuse problem. If the senior wishes to appoint one child to the exclusion of others, there among the children, so that the children not acting as the agent have no reason to question the actions of the agent. Also the agent should have some experience Second, the senior should create a living trust to which most, if not all, of her assets are transferred. A living trust is a document under which the senior is the remains in control of the assets so long as she remains competent. Thus there is no danger that anyone can take over her The senior can use the assets in the trust for any purpose. However, if the senior is no longer able to handle her affairs, no mortifying guardianship proceeding is required. Instead, a letter from a doctor who knows her well and perhaps one from another physician, such transfer powers to a successor trustee. The same rules in selecting an agent under a power of attorney should apply in selecting a successor trustee. If a quali company may be a good choice. These are particularly experienced in saying no to friends and relatives who may want to borrow money from the senior. If the approximately 9000 Aventura seniors take this advice from the people of Miami Lakes, there will be no Aventura story to tell anymore. The people of Aventura should thank the people of Miami Lakes. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Culture: THE ARTSCulture Lab After 15 years, experimental art space Locust Projects is still pushing boundaries, and producing intriguing resultsBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorDuring Art Basel Miami Beach this past December, Chicagobased rising art star Theaster Projects in the Design District for a week or so, making his Soul Manufac turing Corporation That exhibit was an experiment in craft creation: Gates and several companions he called skilled workers made ceramics and woodworks and discussed the value of labor, the nature of urban interventions, and the evolution of race relations with anyone who passed by. It was hugely popular. Meanwhile, at the main Basel fair in the convention center on Miami Beach, Gatess work was prominently displayed in the booths of his Chicago Gates and his Soul landed at a perfect time, providing an appropriate was gearing up for its 15th anniversary, the exhibit was a great example of what nity, and what it promises to continue to bring. Its mission from inception was to give space to noncommercial, experimental art, to artists both local and national who really would have no other place to play with some of their alternative concepts, and then serve up that work to the public. worth looking back on, as a number of its exhibitions were crucial to Miamis artistic development. In 1998, long before Basel arrived and before Wynwood was even a whisper in the cultural world, three scene needed a space where art could be shown without necessarily being sold. At the time, the galleries that mattered most were in Coral Gables, but Elizabeth Withstandley, Westen Charles, and the artist known as COOPER found a cheap, abandoned warehouse on NW 23rd Street in Wynwood. It was pretty scary, says Charles, recalling the neighborhood. The windows in the place were blown out and water was leaking everywhere in the But because nobody knew what pilation of their own work. That soon changed. As the three artists had gone to school in the Northeast, they brought down some New York artists, and an audience began to trickle in. We didnt have a lot of expectations back then, says Charles. We just wanted it to be artist-friendly. As he remembers it, in those early days, people came to exhibits and stayed all night. (There was no other place to go in the neighborhood.) Art ists, art lovers, gallery owners, and collectors took notice of the unique crowd and work that was materializing. Some of the installations blew people away, others left them scratching their heads. Thats the nature of experimental: If Drawn from the Everglades Photos courtesy of Locust Projects

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you knew the outcome, it wouldnt be an experiment. Other galleries popped up in the previously desolate neighborhood and, after Basel picked Miami as its U.S. home, Wynwood took off. Running Locust became a full-time job, albeit one with no pay. Basically, we couldnt afford it anymore, says Charles. But with the help of cultural promoters such as Dennis Scholl and Mary Luft, they were able to form a While the experience of visiting Locust lost a little bit of its rawness along with the surrounding neighborhood the space became a focal point of the local art world. Artists from all over began sending in proposals, and professional directors were needed. In Sheldon, along with a number of imporFour years ago this month, Kaplan Gallery in New York, was hired. Just as she arrived, she recalls, she was shown the boxes that would be carted off to the new Locust Projects space in the pleasure of packing up, she says with a laugh. Unlike the patched-up warehouse with the huge metal gate that would be cranked up on opening nights, the new space in the Design District had streetfacing windows and a door. One of the remarkable exhibits that took over the new space came from New York-based Valerie Hegarty, who, using paper, photography, and trompe loeil painting, turned the gal lery into a vision of a post-hurricane world. There were pastel-colored tiles somewhat intact, a beautiful sea in the background, and birds jumping around what might have been your living room, now destroyed. Another stunner was the pink-car immersive, beautiful piece. Other ex hibits were not so successful. But again, taking chances means not everything is going to work, and why a Locust Projects is needed in any respectable arts town. The room where Theaster Gates set up his urban corporation is the latest lo cation for Locust. Its still in the Design District, only now on N. Miami Avenue. est home yet, with room for a library and several exhibition spaces. The reaction from artists on our new space Sheldon. They seem to think it is an open, friendly space. Friendly, but still cutting-edge. Example: the current installation at Locust, from New Yorkers Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen. Drawn from the Everglades and through our own childhood desires to play with it. A giant, all-green paper sculpture covers the massive space. It is a mangrove, or whatever verdant world you grew up with, the one that beckoned you to dive into it and carve out your own little place, back when you were free and young. And Locust continues to push the envelope in other ways. It has launched a Knight Arts-funded billboard project, highlighting the artwork of both local and internation al artists on billboards around town, instigated a lecture series with topnotch speakers, and coordinated some art-film nights with O Cinema. in keeping with Locusts founding mission to give room to alternative art and also be a place to hang out and talk about it. Adds founding father Charles, who, while not running Locust anymore, remains involved: Locust Projects was always more an idea a place for ideas than a space. Drawn from the Everglades, by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen, runs through April 26 at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave.; 305-576-8570; www. locustprojects.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Valerie Hegartys 2010 Breakthrough Miami at his Soul Manufacturing Corporation An Uneven Floor

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68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through April 13: Paintings by Chase Westfall 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Through April 11: Candyland by Marco Casentini 4949 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Call gallery for exhibition information 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through April 4: Santiago Betancur Z 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through April 6: Drywood with Gean Moreno, and Ernesto Oroza 2242 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-576-1 150 Through April 1: Secrets by Luis Gonzalez Palma April 11 through June 9: Dissolving The Form by Ariel Toledano? Private Matters by Julian Pardo and Jesus Petroccini? 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com April 1 through June 17: Subjects of Splendor with various artists 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaugaleria.com Through April 7: Acordes Cotidianos by Francisco Bellorin 171 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-4009 www.jacques-harvey.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3597 http://artseenspace. wordpress.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com/site Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Through April 4: Recently Acquired with various artists 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Call gallery for exhibition information 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through April 9: Monuments by Kyu-Hak Lee April 13 through June 1: Gold Chains and Champagne by Ryan McCann 100 NE 38th St., Suite 3, Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Call gallery for exhibition information 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through April 7: Reset by Judith Page, Deborah Schneider, and Ward Shelley 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 6, Miami 305-571-8100 www.buzz-art.net 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www.susannacaldwell.com Through June 1: Mahogany Sculptures and Sculptural Offering Bowls carved from Florida Hardwoods by Susanna Caldwell 785 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www .cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Through May 5: Reigning Men by David Rohn Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through April 6: The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell by Pepe Mar April 11 through May 4: Far From Apple Hill by Francie Bishop Good 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 April 13 through May 31: The Empire of Light by Fabiano Parisi and Sterz 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-536-7801 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net April 11 through May 20: Antoine Lefebvre and P. Scott Cunningham 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com April 11 through June 7: Illuminations by Kanako Sasaki 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through April 30: Tipping Point by Nina Dotti 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 Call gallery for exhibition information 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com April 12 through May 11: In a Perfect World by Brookhart Jonquil Relay (Flow) by Rene Barge 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 Call gallery for exhibition information 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Call gallery for exhibition information 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www.galeriehelenelamarque.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 516-532-3040 www.gallery212miami.com Through April 13: Art Walks the Runway with various artists Yellow Leotard Your House Fast! Any Condition, Any Location 305 894 6192 E nglish & EspanolDade & Broward Homes | Condos | Multi-Family Eddie, Alekxey, Mercedes & Ivan

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com April 11: Timber, lakes by Nicolas Lobo GARY NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com April 5 through July 30: Masters New Acquisitions with various artists GENERAL AUDIENCE PRESENTS 769 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-467-0941 www.generalaudiencepresents.com Through May 4: Fun with your new head by Robert Pruitt GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART 2239 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-456-5478 Call gallery for exhibition information HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1645 www.hardcoreartmiami.com Through June 1: No Hard Feelings by Chanoir Personal is Political with Fernando Arias, Milton Becerra, Henry Bermudez, Efren Candelaria, Manuela Covini, Leslie Gabaldon, Mariana Monteagudo, Magnus Sigurdarson, Ruben Torres Llorca HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Through April 6: Bunny and Betty with various artists IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com Through April 22: Light Begins in Darkness by Natasha Gray and Jos Placido Domingo JUAN RUIZ GALLERY 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com April 6 through June 15: Disassembling Paradise by Sergio Vega KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Call gallery for exhibition information KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery. com Through April 20: Soaring by Jae Hahn KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com Call gallery for exhibition information LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through April 26: Drawn from the Everglades by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen Limonene by Hannah Whitaker MARKOWICZ FINE ART 114 NE 40th St., Miami 786-362-5546 Call gallery for exhibition information 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through May 4: A Life`s Work by Arnold Mesches Through May 31: Transcending Narratives of Humanity Selected works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists, curated by Natalie Perez 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Call gallery for exhibition information MYRA GALLERIES 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com Call gallery for exhibition information NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-2 37-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 April 1 through 26: Poesia Visual Contemporanea with various artists NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information NOW CONTEMPORARY ART 175 NW 25th St., Miami 305-571-8181 www.nowcontemporaryart.com Through April 30: Carolina Ponte 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information ONCE ARTS GALLERY 170-C NW 24th St., Miami 786-333-8404 www.oncearts.com Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, and Patricia Chaparro OXENBERG FINE ART 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-854-7104 www.oxenbergart.com Call gallery for exhibition information PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through April 13: There: Postcards from Havana by Gustavo Acosta Natural Mechanic by Carlos Gonzalez PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com www.primaryprojectspace.com Call gallery for exhibition information PROJECTS GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Ste 208, Miami 267-303-9652 www.projectsgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 www.robertfontainegallery.com April 13 through May 4: Nick Gentry SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Through April 6: L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E by Sinisa Kukec SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 150 NE 42nd St., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information In a Perfect W orld rf ntnbnrn nn tfbf rf nfff rtn nfnn nntr frf rfntb f n rtr rtfrnn rrr b ftntfbb r frntbttbrf rffnnt bnfnnf rfn n bffnnnn tbb tnfnn rr rr

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70 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS UNDER THE BRIDGE 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami 305-978-4437 Call gallery for exhibition information 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art Call gallery for exhibition information 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres 2233 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-576-5335 April 13 through May 31: Absolute Zero by Jonathan Huxley NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny 294 NW 54th St., Miami 954-235-4758 Call gallery for exhibition information 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-674-8278 Through May 26: 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through July 21: various artists April 12 through August 11: Rufus Corporation by Eve Sussman 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 April 8 through May 12: City Metaphors by Miquel Navarro 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-531-8700 Ongoing: Chestler 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112 Ongoing: Cruz with various artists Ongoing: Carlos Alfonzo Through May 11: 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through April 7: The Healing Spirits of Water with various artists Through April 14: with various artists Through May 19: The Seminole Paintings by Eugene Savage Through May 20: Through June 23: 1035 N. Miami Ave., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through April 21: Adapting and Adopting: Waves of Change as East Contemporary Japanese Art with various artists Through February 9: Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from The Voyages of Captain James Cook with various artists 101 W. Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Modern and Contemporary Art Through May 12: New Work Miami 2013 with Morales and Diana Nawi Through June 2: artists MUSEUM OF 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-621 1 Through May 5: Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting with various artists 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 Through April 28: by Katherine Hinds 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 Through August 2: Alone Together with various artists 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami 305-250-9133 Call gallery for exhibition information 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Il Mondo Che Non V edo

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Still Tempting After All These YearsOh, what a temptress can do. While the Carmen of all time. On Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 at the Gusman Center for the Perform A Night of Heavenly Music Convergence does. Com Convergence Saturday, April 6, at 8:00 p.m. at the Church series. Go to www.saintmartha.tix.com.Magic Carpet Ride Aladdin and the Magic Lamp Sunday, April 14 A Walk on the Historic Side East of Biscayne: Edgewater Walking Tour Sunday, April 14 from Good Clean FunInvasive animal species have made as part of Eco-Action Days at Greynolds Park weather is still cool. It all happens on Saturday, April 20 A Show of Gay Pride Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Monday, April 8, through Sunday, April 14 should It Takes Five to Tango Saturday, April 20 with his Pablo Aslan Quintet formance in an excellent concert season Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com .Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR TransAtlantic Beats at the Bandshell 2013 Heineken TransAtlantic Festival Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6 to www.transatlanticfestival.com. What Rhymes With Cool?O, Miami poets Esperanza Comes to TownEsperanza Spalding Radio Music Society Friday, April 19

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72 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannWhatever Floats Your Flat-Screen700 Block of NE 79th Street Being a boat dealer may sound glamorous, and maybe it is. But there are headaches involved, such as weirdoes running around your property. A man entered this boatyard and proceeded to run from boat to boat, as if he were on some sort of bizarre yachting vacation. His version of a sea outing was to steal His deeds were picked up by security cameras, yet security could not stop him. Police were called. They set up a perimeter search, to no avail. There is no known accomplice, but the suspect carried three Another Crazy Incident Downtown1000 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Clueless woman lost her parking receipt and was told it would cost $50 to retrieve her car. She objected. Police were called. She told police she would pay the fee, but then got into her car and attempted to drive away without paying. Police managed stop her. She became, according to the police report, cided to subdue her. Crime Beat does not know what they did, but apparently she still had enough energy to throw her body around the back of the police car. At the jail, she claimed she was having a seizure. Rescue workers responded. While Crime Beat can sympathize with someone who is charged a pointless and punitive fee, we also know that a criminal record (and possible Baker Acting) is a lot worse.This Crime Is Under Construction6100 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Miamis Finest responded to a report of a theft of an air-conditioning unit; thieves apparently stole it from the roof of a building at approximately 3:00 in the morning. To make matters worse, it was the third time in the last week this building has been hit. The scene was contaminated by hulking but inept construction workers, so no fingerprints. Three burglaries committed at this address in a week? Maybe a demolition company should be called in to end the misery.Art by God, Theft by Scum3705 Biscayne Blvd. A science nerd surveyed a meteorite rock for sale at the Art by God store. He expressed great interest and wanted to learn more. We guess he had questions like What meteor did it break off from? and How many billions of years old is it? 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

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Fair questions from a science geek, but in Miami, geeks can be just as scummy as hoods. When the kindly employee went to help another customer, she returned to along with the rock. No doubt the thief is a Star Wars freak, so the rock is likely located in a dive apartment far, far away.Livin La Vida Criminal601 Biscayne Blvd. At the Premio Lo Nuestro awards show at the American Airlines Arena, Latin stars were honored for their contributions to music. One woman, feeling the love in the air, had to use the bathroom and left her jacket on the back of her chair. You would think Univi sion would be watching out for this sort of thing, but someone stole that jacket. The jacket contained the womans cell phone and her drivers license. Regrettably, there are no witnesses. This probably happened during Ricky Martins number. Thieves know no one can take their eyes off Ricky. Coffee, Tea, Or My Things?7800 Block of N. Bayshore Drive A woman invited her next-door neighbor to her abode for coffee. This is a great way to start a friendship. In such a setting, one can talk about anything. Unfortunately, the deep conversation became a deep cleaning of the owners items. Things went missing and the owner accused her guest of taking them. The two began to yell at one another. Police were called and the she said/she said debacle continued. No one was arrested, but somehow, we suspect these neighbors have a little less faith in humanity. Another Promising Legal Mind Wasted1000 Block of NE 84th Street Police saw a homeless man carrying a black bag while walking away from a home. They stopped him. Guess they not be carrying a black bag, walking away from a residence not his own. In this case, the police were right. The man spontaneously offered: I did not break into that house. The bag was sitting right there in front of the door, so I took it. Police promptly arrested him and, just like that, another person is now in the Miami-Dade lockup. Somehow taking because he did not damage or burglarize the home. Nice try.A Pretty Good Night Out, Except for the Ending300 Block of Biscayne Boulevard This drunk (of course) got into a beautiful Range Rover with his new girlfriends (of 20 minutes) and began having some fun in the back seat. Well, during a particular sex act, one girlfriend took his wallet while the other slipped his $5000 Rolex off his wrist. They also took his cell phone. Before he had a chance to grasp any of this, they dropped him off and promised to come back for him. They never did. Post Ofce Refuses to Stamp Out Crime7600 Block of NE 3rd Place We know this happens, but rarely is it reported. A suspicious woman paced nervously around victims mailbox, looking in various directions. After several minutes, she opened the mailbox and removed the victims mail. She then went running full speed into a waiting vehicle. (Yes, there was a waiting vehicle, because one mans junk mail is another mans treasure.) No arrests have been representatives told police they will not be responding to the incident. Guess they would have to raise the price of stamps to pay for those types of investigations.All That and a Free Night In Jail, Too? 1700 Block of N. Bayshore Drive A woman had a lively time consuming food and drink. After all we go through, shouldnt we all eat, drink, and be merry once in a while? You dont even need money. Just run up a tab and sneak out without paying. Thats what this woman did. Maybe youll get away, or maybe youll be stopped by police. In this case, it was the latter. The woman did not help all that merriment, why become hostile?) She went out with style, readers, yelling all the way to the police car and, likely, later vomiting in the jailhouse toilet. But a criminal record. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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74 Columnists: PARK PATROLOf Gorillas and GhostsAt Crandon Gardens, the remains of the old Crandon Park Zoo provide a scenic, somewhat spooky backdropBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorAre you over Miami? Think youve seen everything? Well, let me suggest that your Miami bucket list cannot be complete without this item checked off: Visit the haunted zoo. The zoo in question, now known as Crandon Gardens, is both haunted and hauntingly beautiful, an apt microcosm of our mangled metropolis. The oldtimers will remember this place as the Crandon Park Zoo, and newcomers will discover the cages and other ruins of that zoo as ghostly interlopers in a lush and photo-ready backdrop. This hidden garden in plain sight is one of the most beautiful locations in South Florida, yet it is shockingly devoid of visitors. Wedding photographers know about it and regularly bring their clients here for photo shoots, without the need to pay for privacy. The privacy comes by default, because practically no one seems to know this park exists. Not that Crandon Gardens is off the beaten path. It occupies 30-odd acres inside of Key Biscaynes Crandon Park, one of the areas most popular parks and the setting for the annual Sony Open tennis mega-event (which explains the the botanical garden may be that it gets bypassed in favor of the parks other attractions, such as the beach, cabanas, picnic areas, nature center and preserve, expansive tot lot. With all that, who has time to relax in a garden? But you must, especially bird-lovers. The free-roaming exotic birds are superior to those that can be viewed at lakes, the wide-open animal cages, and the surreptitious art. The strange and the beautiful collide here as if arranged by master surrealist Salvador Dali. Back in 2003, the BT s current editor was editor-in-chief of the weekly New Times and he named Crandon Gardens Best Public Park. Still, it remains obscure. It has no Website. Its name is not mentioned on Miami-Dades Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces website. A Google search for Crandon Gardens brings up 289 results, whereas a search for the much smaller Miami Beach Botanical Garden brings up 122,000 results. by accident. I did it while riding my bike to the farthest end of a massive parking lot. In fact, I couldnt tell you how to drive to Crandon Gardens, as the closest potential entrance seems to be permanently closed. It is marked by a large, seemingly unused yellow gatehouse. (Perhaps, at night, a phantold me to enter at the South Beach gate and ask for directions. (Note: Crandon on weekdays and six dollars My directions are: Drive as far south as possible and, when you see the empty yellow building, youre there. Better yet: Arrive by bike or on foot, and its free. Bikes here are ideal. Once inside, you will be on your own. No signs inside the gardens tell you where you are or simply have to wander around and discover it for yourself. Be safe. Dont be surprised if you attract a gaggle of geese or a pod of peacocks. People clearly feed the birds regularly, and they know how to work the system. Their aggressive friendliness, however, may frighten small children. The red-headed cranes, much taller than a child, are a bit more quisite. Their bodies don sleek gray tuxedos and taper to a thin neck topped by a hat of scarlet red. These are Sandhill cranes, the same ones on display at Zoo Miami. nested in the garden, but they have been killed by rare American crocodiles, according to Valerie Cassidy, founder of the defunct Gardens of Crandon Park Foundation and a longtime volunteer caretaker of the gardens. you ever heard a male peacock vibrate his feathers in full array? Perhaps if you live in El Portal, but for those of us who dont live in a bird sanctuary, a freeroaming peacock remains astonishing. I was entranced when one peacock, strutting alongside a lake, put on a 15-minute show of courtship. The peahens, on the other hand, were not impressed. pose, the most remarkable sight at Crandon Gardens is the vestige of the zoo that closed in 1980. In the back are pits surrounded by coral rock. Cages appear BT photos by Jim W. Harper CRANDON GARDENS AT CRANDON PARK6747 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-5421 Hours: Sunrise to sunset Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: No No Night lighting: No Swimming pool: No Playground: No Entrance fee: $5 weekdays; $6 weekendsPark Rating Crandon BlvdCrandon Blvd

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prehistoric; some are painted with murals and have been left wide open, allowing visitors to pose like monkeys at some ghoulish, unauthorized Art Basel event. You have to ask yourself: Why are these abandoned cages still here? Like many Miami stories, this one gets complicated. It follows the saga of the Matheson family, which owned most of Key Biscayne when it was a coconut plantation. Dade County Commissioner Charles Crandon persuaded them to donate nearly 1000 acres to the public, and Crandon Park opened in 1947. In the late 1980s, the Matheson family sued the county over the development of the tennis stadium, already under construction, and they supposedly gained the authority to block any future plans they didnt like. (Family spokesman Bruce Matheson has most of which have been ignored.) Artemas Richardson of Olmstead Associates (of New York Central Park fame), created a master plan for the park and gardens. Fights ensued over various aspects, including the gardens, which were slated to become a hybrid of lush landscapes and art. To piece together what really happened over the past few decades would make for a James Michener-style novel and might require the insights of a psychic medium. The gardens were left for volunteers to salvage. As for their future, who knows? If you look carefully there, you ago, it was empty. On a visit this year, it featured a combination painting/mosaic of the Virgin Mary. Who did this? Why? This place offers shadows and seduction questions, not answers. So dont ask why. Simply submit to Miamis hidden tropical kingdom. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rrrf rf nrtbbbrr brrfbrbf rbtb rfbbfb nbrrbnnr ntfntbbtt

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76 Columnists: ALL THINGS ANIMALA Nasty Shell Game Coming face-to-face with a crustacean killer in the Florida KeysBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIt takes a bit of living, but eventually anyone with half a brain realizes that evil is everywhere at all times, and no, it does not look like a little red man who carries a pitchfork. Sometimes, though, evil does hunt little red nonhumans. It is exactly this form of evil that I encountered on an otherwise beautiful late afternoon in the Keys. My husband, Jeremy, and I towed Big Betty, our canoe, behind our little Subaru, destined for Marathon. Thinking back, the only thing missing from this potential Subaru commercial-in-the-making was a dog. Of which we have plenty. However, the dogs remained at home. Minutes after checking in to our hotel, we took Big Betty over to the nearest put-in. Owning a canoe is great, but all the niggling details that go along with it arent. Preparing the canoe, hooking up the canoe to the trailer, making sure the canoe is on the trailer properly as you drive (which requires many rearview mirror glances) in addition to the more than occasional roadside stopping when it isnt gets old. No fan of niggling details, Im the assigned documenter/photographer. Upon arrival, I scope out the put-in. There are usually plenty of photos taken before we even launch. Since we arrived in Marathon at days end, the only canoeing action involved sunset. We hurriedly threw on our swimsuits in order to make this happen. Had I known what lurked at the put-ins edge, I assure you that analyzing the bathroom tile grout in our room would have been my choice of activity. At the put-in I noticed a scrag gly, longhaired guy in his mid-20s at mediately struck me. I expected to see a procession of multi-legged critters beginning the March Out of the White got zoom. While focusing on Dirt Head, I failed to notice the bag near him. Dirt Head noticed me, though, smiled, and said, This is the best part! Confused, I replied, Of what? Dirt Head smiled again, and I noticed a twinkle in his eye (I know its a clich, but I swear I saw it): I get to rip their heads off! Just as I was registering this new and disturbing bit of information (unless their heads off for art projects), a cheery blonde woman came up to us. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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Dirt Head: You want to see them? Cheery Blonde: Sure! Dirt Head reached into his bag and plucked out maybe nine lobsters. He lined them up in a row on the dock. The lobsters sat there, looking sluggish and dejected. Still, I was enchanted by their shapes and colors and immediately started taking pictures. Much like the time when my hairstylist chopped layers into my hair, and I watched wet pieces of hair fall into my lap and then I didnt know what. That time, it was the re alization that my hair was no longer ponytailworthy. This time, it was the lobsters fate. I took a bunch of photos of the soonto-be-doomed lobsters, noticing Cheery Blonde doing the same. This awoke me from my snap-happy stupor. Me: What is this? Dirt Head: The best part. I get to rip their heads off. Want to help me? [Note No. 1: I actually think Dirt He really thought Id be interested in beheading live creatures.] Me (staring in shock and horror): Im a vegetarian. Dirt Head: So, you wanna? Me (eyes widening): What!? [Note No. 2: At that moment it didnt occur to me that Dirt Head could be that If this had been a NatGeo urban nature special on Land-Dwelling Mammal Hu manoids of the Florida Keys, the Britishaccented narrator might have said, Before striking, the protective animal-loving Then I heard Cheery Blonde: If shes a vegetarian, the last thing she wants to do is rip their heads off! Standing just feet from Lobster Dahmer Dirt Head seemed like too innocuous a nickname for this character I had forgotten about the Cheery Blonde. Now I looked at her, then looked down at the lobsters, one of which was trying to crawl away, toward the parking lot. Poor, confused crustacean. a crazed, homicidal look): What? You trying to get away from me? Me: Of course hes trying to get away from you. No reply. Lobster Dahmer was busy snatching the helpless lobster. [Note No. 3: Florida lobsters cannot pinch like Maine lobsters, meaning Lobster Dahmer was no brave hunter.] Disgusted, I surveyed the scene: Line of lobsters. Out of element. Suffocating. Op tions: Kick them back in? No. That might kill them, too. Take them away? No gloves. How many can I scoop up at once? Survey says: Lobsters will likely be plated tonight. Cheery Blond retrieved a white pail for Lobster Dahmer. Me (grim, resigned): Is that for the heads? Cheery Blonde: For the tails. Me: Why? Cheery Blonde: Thats the part we eat. Me: What about the rest? Cheery Blonde: Oh, the heads are thrown back. Were not the only ones who eat them. Me: So they will not go to waste then? Other animals will eat their remains? Lobster Dahmer: Hey! Im an animal. I need to eat! I shifted my eyes slightly in his direction, and scowled. Cheery Blonde (running interference): Well, probably not. Enter Jeremy: See? I told you it takes forever to set up the canoe. He greeted Cheery Blonde and Lobster Dahmer. Then he leaned in toward me, still smiling, and mumbled, Dont Lobster Dahmer began his ugly work, ripping heads off before joyfully reaching up high and rocketing them into Florida Bay. Some of them he treated as if they were stones going for a little lake skip. Me: So, you enjoy ripping heads off puppies, too? Lobster Dahmer: Why? You got a puppy that needs his head ripped off? I looked at him, tired and sorry this half-wit was these lobsters executioner. They deserved better. Oh, forget it. I told him. Youyou are justbellicose! I stomp off. Bellicose? More like psychotic. Cheery Blonde trailed behind me. But, you know, lobsters are the cockroaches of the sea. Plus I make a mean lobster macaroni and cheese! (She smiled.) Youd love it. Really. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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78 How Green Is My Lifestyle?Our resident eco-writer takes stock of his everyday habitsBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorStop reading this if youve heard my life story before. Im kidding. Not that I could tell you my story in a few paragraphs, but I can reveal some personal achievements that demonstrate my commitment to living the principles that I write about. These are continuous challenges. It is much easier to talk the talk than to walk this green walk. I was inspired to take inventory of my personal habits by someone who recently challenged my green credentials because I could not assign a number to my carbon footprint. (Who can?) I have tried to calculate it, and I have found that various standards lead to various results. I would appreciate knowing which calculator to use so that I can compare my footprint to an average adult in Africa. I am American and, by default, Americans have very high environmen tal footprints, double that of our British counterparts and other Europeans that have the same standard of living. Double! Until our nation cuts consumption in half, we cant even begin to discuss footprints. But we can talk about personal responsibility, which is an all-American value. Here is how I have tried to practice what I preach. tion possible for a Florida-friendly yard from the states agricultural extension service. Thats a big deal to me, because it took a decade to achieve. Starting with a landscaper who favored native plants, the transformation involved letting go of a traditional South Florida yard. No grass. No sprinto fertilize. No fuss. Besides being easy to maintain and earth-friendly, a yard dominated by Florida natives is also the most beautiful, in my humble opinion. It reminds me of my childhood in western Boca Raton, where the snakes slithered across the sugar sand on dappled shadows cast by slash pines. Wild Florida is beautiful Florida, and landscaping can capture a small slice of it. My transportation habits have also changed. After my old bike was stolen from Barry University a few years back, I bought a new one for $300 and have probably saved at least that much on short trips that would otherwise require gasoline. I take shuttle buses as often as possible, and I have kept my 1999 car in good shape. When that one dies, my next My travel addiction has also faded. country for a meeting or across continents for a vacation. But now I think about balancing and replacing such adventures with local meetings and staycations. The good thing about my previously travel-heavy lifestyle is that I have seen are in comparison to the rest of the world. We take so much for granted, particularly how much we take and take and take. Food footprints are important, and telling. Because photosynthesis is the basis of sustainability, going green means leaning toward vegetarian ism. Although I remain an omnivore, I have become vegetable-strong and a committed locavore. I gave up certain seafood, reduced my meat-based meals, and try to avoid highly processed foods from unknown origins. This struggle never ends. When I walk to CVS or Publix, I carry reusable bags. When I go out for coffee, I either bring a mug or carry a recycling bin. Yes, I also turn out the lights when I leave a room. (Dont you?) I try to practice the three Rs in priority order. Before I recycle, I try to reuse, which means switching from paper napkins to cloth and from paper towels to rags. Before I reuse, I try to reduce, which means installing a lowa rain barrel in the backyard. It means creating a compost pile, instead of tossing waste into the garbage. items, and, lastly, recycle. I do all these things, yet I fail to achieve sustainability because I am a mid dle-class American. I habitually purchase and consume many things that I dont need from unknown, faraway places. Thankful ly most of the earths seven billion people are much less wasteful than we are. So to all the readers who think they are green, take a look in the global mirror, a funhouse mirror that makes Americans look very fat. Except in this case it isnt an illusion. Our collective footprint is massive. So why not give up and live fat and happy until I die? For me, mindless consumption does not bring much happiness. I have a suspicion that more and more people are waking up to this realization. We have been raised to consume, but we can eating them. My name is Jim, and I am a recovering materialist. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com University of Florida

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Mother Knows Breast How you feed your infant is your choice, even if you have to ght for it By Crystal Brewe BT ContributorSomeone recently commented to me that a local university was progressive because it designated Progressive ? So if a business designates a space for you to relieve your bowels or microwave your Hot Pocket, is that also progressive? I breast-fed each of my children for say breastfeeding has positive physical and psychological effects on mother and milk-production issues, pain, and a mulbaby needed formula, I felt I had failed and a lactation consultant had a knockroom that ended with them taping a tube attached to a bottle of formula to my the baby and my milk-makers while still became singularly important to me, railed against anyone who gave me the stink eye when I fed my child while in reaction for this? Is our society so puritanical that bans images of breastfeeding if nipples too? All this fuss over a little areola? Understanding this public stigma, I so as not to offend the weirdos who conthe Gathering Place in Miami are helping new parents understand and navigate is imperative during the early days of Place fosters an environment of nurturunites parents and strengthens their who produce more than their babies can is pro sharing the task of Historically, wet nurses were frequently called upon when mothers maintained the importance and credibility of breastfeeding but underwent a paradigm shift with the advent of new cultural ideals an occupation for lower-class women and A co-worker of mine astutely pointed out that there were probably a mom who breast-fed two babies, she just superwomen out there able to feed their own kids and Age community, of which my husband and I considered ourselves fringe memold, we were invited to an adults only had a three-month-old, graciously offered pumped-with-love breast milk and told them to call if they needed anything Engorged from four hours away from my new baby, I returned to a hapand friend proudly told me she had fed You fed her? Did she mean the breast milk I left or that she with my own emotional boundary on the didnt me as much as it did, but every time I relay feels right, but make sure you are clear For more information about the Gathering Place, go to www.theplacewegather.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rfntt tbt rfntbn tftt ntnntt tnnnftntb

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80 Home, Dead HomeA decaying tree can provide a wonderful habitat for wildlife just make sure youve got a place for it to fall when the time comesBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorWhen I drive home every day, I pass by a small, well-known plant and animal sanctuary. Something that always catches my eye is a very tall, dead, and still-standing pine tree. It is probably 40 feet tall and has been dead for at least a couple of years. One of the things I do for a living is evaluate trees for their overall health and structural stability, so I cant help but mentally measure the probability of this tree failing at some point, and wondering what its likely targets would be. A target is people, animals, or property that could possibly be struck and damaged if and when a tree, or parts of it, fail. We all know that, at some point, a dead tree will fall down. So why are dead trees sometimes intentionally left standing (and did the property owner agent)? The dead pine tree I mentioned easily could fall onto a well-traveled sidewalk or adjacent road. Just this past month a superior court judge in California upheld a $7.6 mil lion jury verdict against a city for not taking care of a palm tree that ended up toppling over in a storm in 2010, striking a man standing in his yard and paralyzing him. The photo that accompanies this article shows a squirrel on the trunk of a dead palm, checking me out. Shes stand ing just below her nest, a hollow cavity in the trunk. This palm succumbed to the fungus ganoderma a couple of years ago and, since it is in an isolated section of my yard at home, I decided to leave the 25-foot-tall trunk as a habitat for wildlife. My experience tells me dead palm trunks typically will remain standing a couple of years before they fall down under their own weight, but I check the stability of this one every couple of weeks. When I deem the trunk too unstable, I will just push it over. (Thats how I found out the squirrels had moved in; they got really fussy one day when I pushed on the trunk, rattling their home.) Meanwhile Ive been watching a series of animals nest in a single hollow on this trunk. A family of red-bellied raised two babies to maturity. Next came a pair of screech owls that chased out nonnative starlings that had been checking out the cavity. That was really cool. The owls raised three babies. I would see the family gather in neighboring trees in the evening once the babies on their own), at least for a month or so came the squirrel family, which currently inhabits the trunk and has already raised a couple of offspring. I know this trunk will not last much longer, but it has been valuable as a wildlife habitat. Dead trees are a big thing in wildlife conservation. I once read an academic paper published in a serious forestry journal on how to create dead wood and snags in the canopies of tall forest trees so birds would have more nesting areas. The paper described how students infected shotgun shells with various species of wood decay ing fungi and shot the bullets into the upper trunks of trees. It was a very interesting read, but Im not sure how successful they were. Woodpeckers are able to excavate a cavity in dead and decaying wood for a nest and, after they have raised their brood, other species can utilize the cavity for their own purposes. This is why many people leave dead trees standing. My wildlife habitat palm trunk was an excellent example of leaving a dead tree for a highest and best use, and I plan to keep dead trunks standing in my yard as long as possible. (I also utilize dead tree trunks to cult to inoculate the wood with the fungus mycelium, the stringy white or black threads that grow throughout the wood that are actually the body of the fungus). But since Im also aware of the serious consequences of a falling tree, Im very careful about what surrounds these trees. If I owned or managed the property where that tall dead pine tree resides, I would have removed the top 20 feet or so of the tree, so when it fell, it would not reach the sidewalk or street and possibly injure people or damage property. Those of you who have enough yard space to give native wildlife a home in dead trees, remember to keep an eye on what surrounds the tree, in preparation for the day it comes down. BT photo by Jeff Shimonski

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By Bill Citara BT ContributorSay California and you probably think of Los Angeles and Hollywood, San Francisco and the and the Sierra Nevada, the wine country and the gold country, actors turned But this is down the aisles of your local wine shop to see why Chardonnay is considered to Charybdis of the latter, starting leaner and lighter and ending with the richer France, the 2011 DAutrefois a nice wine, though a little tart, with a 2012 Excelsior Australian product, the Nugan Estate 2011 Chardonnay Carrying its weight proudly, Thierry and Guys 2011 Fat Bastard show off a noseful of vanilla, of tropical fruit, peach, and pear Both the 2010 Porta Reserve 2010 Bodega Elena and luscious tropical and stone fruit Char Thorny Rose 2010 Chardonnay a wine apricot, vanilla and toast, and a pinch of is what you get, which is not at all a bad Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Beta Electronics Audio & Video Repair Center We service and repair most modern and antique stereo Hi-Fi Turntables Speakers Hi-Fi Stereo Consoles Reel to Reels Factory Authorized Service Pardon My ChardonnayRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less Accounting and Income TaxStudents and Singles with one W-2 Taxes for just$45Extensions for $25*With this BT adTaxes for just$115*With this BT adSelf-Employed Independent Contractors Freelancers INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAXES Bookkeeping Payroll Form New Corporations Notary PublicMiami Financial Center12573 Biscayne Blvd. N Miami, FL 33181786.329.995022 years in South Florida English & Russian spoken

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82 Out of the Kitchen, Into the SpotlightFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorLast month was an award-winning one for restaurants and chefs in Biscayne Times territory, not just locally but nationally. The most surprising accolade came from Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide ), which town/Brickell restaurants: the Mandarin Azul predictably, but eight-seat indie Japanese jewel Naoe linary legends like Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se) and Joel Robuchon. And last month OpenTable named one-woman show in the dining room. the list, one from our side of the pond: Hedy Goldsmith May 7. Meanwhile, check out her playful desserts, like lemon creamsicle pots de crme, at Michaels Genuine Food & Drink (like tarragon-spiked Florida citrus chess Cyprus Room There are numerous other intriguing OPENINGS Biscayne Tavern downtown gastropub, a project from renowned restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow be complete until mid-April, the place Southern comfort meets urban fusion. Most intriguing snacks so far: housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue; eggplant fries with tomato jam; a poached duck egg on frise with hog jowl lardoons, candied walnuts, mustard/shallot dressing. Temaris hand balls. Used for sport but also consid ered folk art, the decorated balls are made eatery, temaris are bite-size balls made from sushi rice plus artful Asian/Latin American fusion toppings as delicious Tokyo (spicy tuna, almonds, tobiko, stripes of huancaina sauce); Machu Picchu (white Appetizers and entre specials, too. Daily Melt Grilled Cheese Month, the perfect time to try this self-billed ultimate grilled touting Allen Susser as the chef behind the place. The connection is purely through his restaurant and hospitalbrought to Chef Allen. The aim here is a simple, tasty menu that can be dupliThat is, to create consistent chain food. made grilled-cheese goodness without melted cheese, burnt bread, etc. And prices are a fraction of those at gourmet grilled-cheese food trucks. Kouzina Greek Bistro formerly occupied by Tapas & Tintos, this familiar to Miamians for her fresh, topboth traditional (hummus, tzatsiki) and unusual (bacalao croquettes with garlic pure and roasted beet coulis). Mercato MC Kitchen, this just-opened artisanal market and breakfast/lunch caf is for diners who want a quicker bite, or out standing take-out. Pressed for time? How cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-baked quiches, plus salads and a daily changing soup. Market items include interesting jams, craft beers, SIDE DISH days to score Freddy and Danielle sausages. Proper Sausages now has a beef, Florida-brewed beers, and on weekends, prepared foods. Hungry for more food news? See alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr. 786-452-1637 Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered croquante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells highrises 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. $$$-$$$$Azul500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomyaccented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel) 1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500On the Conrads 25th floor, The Bars picture-windowed space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views. At lunch its an elegant sandwich bar; at night its a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but here theres nothing mere about the generously portioned small plates. They range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-sauted Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794 From trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (originator of Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro), this small spot draws a hip crowd with its affordable menu of redesigned traditional Thai dishes, wildly imaginative sushi makis, and unique signature Asian fusion small plates. Highlights include taste bud-tickling snapper carpaccio; an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, crisp rice noodles); blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled with spicy-sweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce; greed-inducing bags of gold, deep-fried wonton beggars purses with a shrimp/pork/mushroom/ waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce. $$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very French-feeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents. For the healthconscious, the menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 selfservice dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Chophouse Miami300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887 With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or creative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/ fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 325.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff NEW THIS MONTH MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWNCeviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/ pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$Momi Ramen5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392Banish all thoughts of packaged instant ramen. Perfectionist chef/owner Jeffrey Chen (who cooked for more than a decade in Japan), changes his mostly ramenonly menu often, but constants are irresistibly chewy handmade noodles; soups based on creamy, intensely porky tonkotsu broth (made from marrow bones simmered all day); meats like pork belly and oxtail; and authentic toppings including marinated soft-cooked eggs, pickled greens, more. Other pluses: Its open 24/7, and the ramen ranks with the USAs best. Minuses: Its cash only, and the ramen might be the USAs most expensive. $$$MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTFeverish Gourmet Pop ShopShops at Midtown Miami 3552 NE 1st Ave., 305-482-1832When kids are sick, you take them to a doctor. If your inner child feels feverish, though, the cure is Felecia Hatchers handcrafted, vegan-friendly, natural and organic frozen treats -popsicles reinvented for grownups. At this literal mom-and-pop shop, Hatcher and husband Derek Pearson offer more than 25 changing flavors, some spiked (like locally sourced mango with bourbon), others just sophisticated (pineapple basil, strawberry balsamic, chocolate banana). No artificial flavors, no refined sugars. Particularly playful inner kids can customize with coatings ranging from nuts to truly nuts: pop rocks, potato chips, and more. $ UPPER EASTSIDESweet Saloon7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999At this dessert/snack/cocktail bar, from the owner of Moonchine, youll find live and DJ entertainment, too, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.-assuming you can find the place, that is. Its above the pan-Asian eatery, up a hidden back staircase. Asian savory snacks include dumplings, edamame, krab rangoons, satays. Desserts range from homey American (NY cheesecake, mini cupcakes) to continental (strawberries melba, housemade Belgian waffles, a shareable chocolate fondue/fruit platter). Actually, some cocktails double as desserts (a Godiva dark chocolate martini) or Asian savories (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$NORTH MIAMICity Slickers807 NE 123rd St., 305-891-6565If you hear hoagie and instantly think $5 footlong, this health-minded gourmet sub shop will be a revelation. Instead of processed proteins and sad pre-prepared toppings inside factory-produced rolls, you get fresh-baked white, grain, or sundried tomato breads generously stuffed with quality meats (including rotisserie turkeys/ chickens and rare roast beef made in-house), sparklingfresh veggies, and more than a dozen imaginative dressings. Choose a signature sub or build your own. There are also signature or DIY salads and homemade soups, plus craft beers or wines to accompany.

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Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flashmarinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800Just two words -- Daniel Boulud -should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant. If they can find it. (Hint: The mysterious Avenue of the Americas is really Biscayne Boulevard Way. Dont ask.) Downtowns db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistros signature foie gras/short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23. And the price includes an appetizer -no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/ leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Dominique Bistro-Club1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859At typical restolounges, the resto part often gets the short end of the stick. But not at this chic but friendly spot, where Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Pariss Le Cordon Bleu, plus his wife Dominque and her brother Jos Sigona, welcome diners with Frances best-known bistro classics: coquilles St. Jacques (tender scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce); a precisioncooked entrecte rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Caf de Paris butter; crme brle (from scratch) or macaron cookies (from heaven). No velvet ropes, and club music isnt cranked till 11:00 p.m. $$$ Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eos485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Originally opened by Michelin-starred New Aegean chef Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chefs departure into a more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus Greekinspired innovations. Now inspiration comes mainly from Spain and Italy, with nods to Morocco and Latin America. Best bets include a tasting platter of Spanish cheeses and cured meats; a pistachio-garnished salad featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula; crispy parmesan risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip; and olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken. At lunch burgers and upscale sandwiches are added. $$$-$$$$Eternity Coffee Roasters117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Fado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$Finnegans River401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other 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. $$ First Hong Kong Caf117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Fratelli Milano213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine 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 Singaporestyle 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. $-$$ The Hoxton1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2730Though inland (and reportedly inspired by old England), this urban beach bar/grill has the relaxing, refined-rustic ambiance of a classic New England hangout, and upscaled down shore food to match: Maine lobster rolls, on brioche rather than hot dog rolls; a luxe take on Qubcoise poutine (fromscratch fries with Vermont cheddar and duck confit gravy); an especially lavish clam bake. Also appealingly different from the Miami norm: frequent live bands of many musical genres in the comfortable lounge area, plus almost spookily competent service. $$$Il Gabbiano335 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 mar ket, 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. $$$$$Jackson Soul Food950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, for merly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, 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 Lounge68 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 Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich co okies with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ Machiya3252 NE 1st Ave. #116, 786-507-5025Originally called Machiya Ramen Noodle House, this eaterychanged its name -and really, the place is not so much a ramen joint as a contemporary izakaya (lounge featuring Japanese hot and cold small plates plus sushi), with a few added ramen bowls. Most of the menu is a mix of todays popular favorites, like Kobe sliders, and unique inventions. Wildest: wasabi-spiced tuna pizza. Our faves: fatty salmon makis (lightly seared salmon belly with shrimp tempura, asparagus, and yuzu sauce); rich miso-braised short ribs; steam buns with rock shrimp and spicy aioli.Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$

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Naoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263 Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultrafresh. $$$$OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredientdriven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various macand-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/ goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how 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. $-$$Pashas1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Peoples Bar-B-Que360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs (enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown institution. But the chicken is also a winner, plus theres a full menu of soul food entres, including what many aficionados consider our towns tastiest souse. And it would be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade. $-$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified ame nities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pier 9494 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary cau sas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025 Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingredients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ Pollos & Jarras115 NE 3rd Ave., 786-567-4940From Juan Chipoco, Peruvian chef/co-owner of seafood-centric Cvi.Che 105, this stylish but affordable two-level restaurant is centered around pollo a la brasa, as a huge rotisserie oven attests. Grilled steaks, unique sandwiches, anticuchos, and varied starters and sides are also served, but the must-notmiss is rotisserie chicken, marinated in roughly a dozen-anda-half seasonings before a self-basting spin on the spit cooks it to incomparable juiciness. Its served with crisp fries and a substantial salad. Meals also come with a complimentary cup of aguadito -assertively cilantro-spiked chicken rice soup. $$ Porketta43 NE 3rd Ave., 305-372-0034Warm, juicy, served with succulent pieces of crisp crackling, herb-stuffed Italian porchetta (pronounced porketta) roast, at its best, is hard to find even in much of Italy except during festivals. But every day is a festival here, where the real thing (not the dry deli-style pork roll slices that often pass for porchetta) is featured on a plate with broccoli rabe and cannellinis; in the hefty Bombardino sandwich; or in three mini-sandwiches, convenient for sampling the places three sauces. Several salads and carpaccios placate porkophobes. $-$$PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$Reggae Tacos93 SE 2nd St., 786-425-9558 For diners on the go, who want food fast but not typical fast food, this places Mexican-Jamaican fusion specialties are ideal. Taco or burrito shells encase inventive jerk pork (with mango, pickled onions, and cabbage), scotch-bonnet beef with avocado/cheddar salsa, vinegar/spice-marinated escovitch veggies, curried goat, and other island dishes that are normally plated entres, transforming them into playful portable packages. And do save some stomach space for deep-fried festival, sinfully scrumptious cornmeal mini-doughnuts sweetened with both vanilla-spiked honey and powdered sugar. $ Rincon Escondido2697 Biscayne Blvd., 305-438-9300On a quick drive-by, this eatery surrounded by still-ungentrified storefronts rather resembles a hole-in-the-wall Latin cafetera. Inside, though, the look is rustic-chic, and the menu features some of Miamis most refined traditional or creative Spanish tapas. We love the open-faced sandwiches, particularly montaditos de boquerones (with fresh anchovies and brunoised veggies). Traditionalists will find patatas bravas satisfyingly spicy; braver experimenters should try bombas de queso (fried cheese balls with sweet orange blossom sauce), actually alarming in name only. $$-$$$The River Oyster Bar650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a power-dining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/ mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$TIKL Raw Bar & Grill1450 Brickell Ave. #110, 305-372-0620 From restaurateur Claudio Giordano and chef Simon Stojanovic, the team behind longtime South Beach seafood favorite Altamare, this eatery is similar in food genre (contemporary American), though more global influences, especially from Asia, are evident here. Additionally, rather than serving conventional three-course meals, TIKLs menu focuses on small plates: creative crudos (like hamachi with yuzu, wasabi, and olive oil powder), plus robata-grilled and otherwise cooked items. Standouts: garlic/citrus-spiked local white shrimp with sweet shishito peppers; Thai curried mussels with crisped sushi rice; sinful bacon toast. $$$-$$$$

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Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Top Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100Inside this better burger spot, dcor is so charmingly 1950s retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox. What you actually find: hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus patties (or alternatives like veggie burgers, a lightlybreaded chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce; prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those at junkfood joints; and old-school service -the kind that comes with a smile. $ Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710 Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience. But the places strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -upscaled refine ments of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and crema fresca; fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam; more. $$$-$$$$$ Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic Europeantype technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/ cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but resto lounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistro lounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former prot gs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$ Waxy OConnors690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puffpastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging 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! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robatagrilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Acme Bakery & Coffee3451 NE 1st Ave. #103, 786-507-5799 From Pious Pig Restaurant Group (whose other ventures include Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea! and the creative/rustic Federal Food, Drink & Provisions), this cozy bakery/caf is, again, just what its neighborhood needed. The specialty is homemade artisan breads, from Colonial-era Sally Lunn to crusty sourdough made with wild midtown Miami yeasts; these honest loaves make the places breakfasts, served all day, and lunchtimes sandwiches (like meatloaf and cheddar with onion marmalade) superior. Coffee is single-origin stuff from Wynwoods Panther. Also available: gift baskets featuring housemade preserves and pickles. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more. $B Sweet20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment building, husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karina Gimenez serve up warm welcomes and playfully inventive breakfast, lunch, and snack fare: bacon-wrapped egg and cheese cups; pressed Philly steak panini; an elegant yuzudressed smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 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. $$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Bloom2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5443Miamis most innovative art district is the perfect setting for this hip hangout, whose mad-genius menu proves that food is indeed one of the creative arts. Reinvented Latin/Asian street foods from chef Ricky Sauri (ex-Nobu) include spicy Spam-topped rice cakes; tuna tartare in seaweed tacos; a reina pepiada arepa, whose traditional mild chicken filling is replaced by shredded duck, avocado, tangy-sweet tamarind sauce, and Japanese mayo; an especially elegant Korean bibimbap; a vegan shitake-pumpkin tamale with nutty, cheesy natto sauce. For liquid art aficionados: cocktails like the eyepopping Tequila Beets (featuring roasted beet juice). $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supreme ly satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sand wiches (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 ParisBrest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 Biscayne Blvd. 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchycrusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has served for more than 30 years. Since about 1990, though, when owner Pearline Murray (Ms. Pearl to regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has been the main item here. Other favorites: savory rice and pigeon peas; eye-opening onion/vinegar-flavored escovitch fish; sweet plantains; and cabbage that redefines the vegetable. $

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Crumb on Parchment3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/ caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. And for morning people, the savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shallot sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza KitchenShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially 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. $$The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ 18th Street Caf210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood caf is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes the small space feel expansive -fitting, since the menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch only, the caf, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entres like secret-recipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing homemade soups, varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now so is delivery. $$Five Guys Famous Burger and FriesShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Georges Kitchen & The Loft3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophistication bar at his new two-story restaurant/lounge. But the real star is Michelin-starred chef Steven Rojas, who combines French technique and personal creativity for dishes like Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco sauce, a green pea pot de crme jar with bacon marmalade (accompanied by butterfried baguette slices for spreading), soy-glazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and caper-sprinkled short rib tartare, the meats richness cheekily upped by poached bone marrow and caviar. Brunch and lunch items are equally ingenious. $$$Gigi3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff McInnis (formerly of the South Beach RitzCarlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and house made pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; woodoven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept: more than 35 heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing with wings and other things (including white-meat boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jean Pauls House2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$La Latina3509 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-9655At last, an authentic Venezuelan arepera (purveyor of home made arepas, with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggie fillings) that isnt out in the boonies -and decidedly isnt a dive. With colorful dcor concocted from recycled objects, this space, though small, has truly eclectic, Midtown style. The signature corn cakes, crisped outside and fluffy inside, put sodden supermarket specimens to shame. And cachapas (softer, sweeter corn pancakes folded around mozzarella-like fresh cheese) or bollarepitas (cheese-stuffed deep-fried corn cakes, with tangy nata dip) may be even tastier. $-$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 20002501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/ starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size

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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 richtasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its care fully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwesternstyle fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepitacrusted 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 lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden -diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself. $$-$$$ MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948 Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MCs food modern Italian -neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of our towns hottest tickets. But tasting tells the tale. Marinos food incorporates her entire culinary background, from her Nonnas traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarellos famed contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating here uniquely exciting. Particularly definitive: lunchtimes piadenas, saladlike seasonal/regional ingredient combinations atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients from zaatar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$ Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treatpacked special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maplebasted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dogfriendly, too. $$-$$$Oak Tavern35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818 With a festively lantern-lit oak tree on the outdoor dining patio and stylishly playful lamps mimicking oaks inside, chef/ restaurateur David Bracha of River Oyster Bar has transformed a previously cold space to warm. Food is equally inviting. The mostly small-plates seasonal menu roams the globe from supreme Vietnamese bahn mi (with pork belly and foie gras) to down-home buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and home made charcuterie. If available, dont miss Hawaiian-inspired steelhead poke; substituting the salmonlike but more delicate trout for the usual tuna transports this crudo to heavenly heights. $$-$$$ Orange Caf + Art2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pasta FoliesShops at Midtown Miami3252 NE 1st Ave. #118, 786-382-0205In France the word folie can mean extravagant. More often it means madness. Its the latter translation that first comes to mind when perusing the menu of this French Rivera pasta/ pizza fast-casual chain, whose concept is pastas, plus pizzas, from around the world -even Italy. Dont expect authenticity from the more exotic toppings; they basically contain one typical ingredient (along with a generic onions/peppers/veg assortment): bean sprouts in Thailands spaghetti, pineapple in Balis, curry sauce on Indias. Do expect super-fresh sauces, made daily. Friendly staffers and fun. $$Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548 Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/ outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American abandon. Take-out warning: Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini. live healthy | live right | live strongCALL US TO PRE-ORDER FOR FAST PICK-UP649 ne 79th st. miami fl 33138 | 786/542-1622OPEN mon-sat 8AM-7PM | guarapojuicebar@ gmail.comPARK IN OUR SIDE LOT | ADDITIONAL PARKING NEXT DOOR AT MARKY'S RUSSIAN STORE featuringg remedies organic blend of fruit & vegetable juices wheatgrass shots power protein smoothies a variety of protein & supplementsFREE Delivery with your order of $20 or more FREE Wi-Fi in our Backyard Lounge Buy 1 Large, Get 1 Small FREE Juice/Smoothie of the Day @GuarapoJuiceBar Follow us

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Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/ sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/ ponzu oil, and many more. Especially recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 1043451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soupsto-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Shokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resources caf was better known for people-watching than for its standard sushi/Thai menu. But as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/outdoor space is charming, but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street foods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings; savory pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or chilled, are especially appealing. $$-$$$ South Street Restaurant & Bar4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474In the historic Buena Vista post office building, this neo-soul food restaurant features family recipes from chef Amaris Jones, a Philly native. Along with tasty traditional favorites like fried chicken or shrimp and cheese grits with low-country gravy, there are lightened classics (green tomatoes that are grilled, not fried, with basil cream aioli), plus a few items whose street cred seems to come from a Soul Train stop at the Bryn Mawr Country Club (surf and turf). Food comes with a soul soundtrack befitting the lounge vibe. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/ fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail shop. A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4:00 p.m. daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too. Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 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 restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part 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. $$Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhoodfocused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Buddha Sushi Bar1071 NE 79th St., 305-677-3633While the setting is still more low-rent/high-speed causeway than restaurant row, this stylish, much-more-than-sushi spot definitely brings the street giant steps toward destinationdining status. The invention and skill shown in makis like the Fruity (shrimp, salmon, tuna, whitefish, roe, asparagus, and peaches, dressed with creamy mustard sauce), or small plates like shrimp crullers with a red wine reduction, isnt surprising considering the crafter is Michael Asalie, original chef at downtowns Little Lotus. Order from the menu or grab something from the circulating sushi river, whatever floats your boat. $$$ Chef Creole200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken 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. $-$$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/ chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sausage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeastern-inspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Go To Sushi5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Gourmet Station7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time to cook, has been popular for years. But the Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main reason: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you. Favorite items include precision-grilled 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. $$Iron Side Caf7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551Located in the Little River business (meaning warehouse) district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory, this eatery is easy to miss. But it shouldnt be missed. Both the cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque settings for artfully plated, seriously organic and locally sourced fare from Nuno Grullon, original exec chef at Metro Organic Bistro. Particularly recommended: tuna tartare with a unique spicy lemon dressing; ossa buco featuring flavorful grass-fed beef from Gaucho Ranch right down the road. Saturday BBQ/gallery nights are especially hip. $$-$$$Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$ 1800 Biscayne Blvd, #105 (Located at 1800 Biscayne Plaza) WWW.3CHEFS-MIA.COM Specializing in Chinese & Vietnamese Cuisine 20 NE 41st Street, MiamiIn the Design District305.918.4453 Daily Lunch Specials Soup & Sandwich $8

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La Cigale7281 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 cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma pro duces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, includ ing yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese homecooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$Namaste7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-9050With food served from steam-table-type stations, plus plastic utensils and plates, this neighborhood Indian place is definitely no frills. But its also excellent value for the money, especially if you go for the all-day $8.99 special, which includes two entre items plus sides for which most Indian restaurants charge extra: rice, choice of bread (garlic naan recommended), and refreshing raita. Invest some of your savings in BhelPapri chat, a savory snack featuring crisp chips topped with cilantrospiked chickpeas, onions, potatoes, yogurt, and piquant tamarind sauce. $-$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a fullfledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless bone less half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$Uvas6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Formerly UVA 69, this casual-chic caf/lounge, a MiMo neighborhood pioneer, has changed its name and original owners, but remains an all-day-to-late-night hangout. And menu strong points also remain, from fresh-baked pastries and breads to elegant cross-cultural sandwiches (particularly two Latin-inspired upgrades: a classic Cuban with French ham, cornichons, and a baguette; and la minuta, a beer-battered fish fillet on focaccia with cilantro aioli). Whether diners opt for full entres or make a meal of small plates, the subtle global blending makes fusion make sense. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEThe Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global spe cials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis pre mier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. Whil e raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Oggi Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$ Shuckers Bar & Grill1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/outdoor waterfront space, but thats hard to imagine once youve experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely doesnt play second fid dle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels poolpatio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several house made 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. $$-$$$Rouge CineCafe908 71st St., 305-865-5955 This friendly cafs dcor is indeed playfully red, and the cine refers to vintage films projected unobtrusively on a wall. But the main attraction is the French and Moroccan food, both genres as authentically homey as youll find in the homes of those cuisines. For hearty eaters, exotically spiced tagine stews, like lamb with prunes, are the way to go. Grazers will find Rouges bocaditos (evocatively French saucisson sec, or Moroccan merguez sausage with grilled onions and hot harissa sauce, both on crusty Boulart bread) irresistible -as are housemade desserts. $$-$$$ Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive 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,

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authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$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. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, custom-cut -not presliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$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/Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas, since they connect and diners can order from either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting cue ranging from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingredients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and home made sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Caminito Way1960 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8322Open since 1999, this bakery-caf is particularly known for its European-influenced homemade Argentine pastries. So come early to pick from the widest variety of savory empanadas (plumply stuffed and admirably delicate -no leaden crusts here) or sweet facturas (Argentinas most popular breakfast items). They sell out fast. What some might not know is that despite its small size, Caminitos also crafts tasty big food: elaborate salads; hefty baguette sandwiches, like choripan sausage with chimichurri; pastas; major meat or poultry entres. For lighter lunches, try tartas (quiches), also perfect party food. $-$$Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succu lent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Evios Pizza & Grill12600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-7699Family-owned and operated, this indoor/outdoor pizzeria is also family-friendly, right down to the size of its NY-style pies (sold whole or by the slice), which range from large to roughly the diameter of a ferris wheel. And toppings, ranging from meat-lovers to veggie-loaded, are applied with awe-inspiring abundance. Since tastes do vary, the menu also includes a cornucopia of other crowd-pleasers: burgers (including turkey with a unique mustard-spiked cranberry sauce), entre-size salads, burritos or quesadillas, wings, hot or cold subs and succulent self-basted lamb/beef gyros with tzatziki. $ Fish Fish13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124Heres what makes this elegantly warm restolounge and seafood market not just an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worth-the-drive dining destination: Both local and cold-water fish and shellfish, including stone crab and lobster from owners Melvyn Franks and Rebecca Nachlass own Florida Keys plant, that are always fresh, never frozen (except some shrimp). For home cooks, the market offers all delivered-daily catches on the menu. But dont miss chef Oscar Quezadas simple and perfect preparations, including lightly battered, crispy tempura shrimp; sophisticated fish and chips (featuring Atlantic cod, not cheapo fish); bracing ceviches; and, for carnivores, shepherds pie topped with ethereal whipped potatoes. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$ 1035 N. 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Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-tenbuck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Il Piccolo Caf2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538Talk about a neighborhood institution. The owners of this longtime Italian eatery remember frequent visits from Miami native Michelle Bernstein and her parents -when the celebrity chef was a kid. The place is still child-friendly, and though the piccolo space is indeed small, portions are prodigious. Most dishes will evoke nostalgia, including our own favorite whitewine-sauce-drenched sin -lemony egg-battered veal piccata with capers and artichokes. But there are surprises not found at most old school red-sauce joints, too, like lunchtimes surprisingly tasty Cuban sandwich. $$Le Griot de Madame John975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Los Antojos11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For 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. $$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899Since 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. $$ Smashburger14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denverbased chain, touted as the nations fastest-growing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Tiny Thai House12953 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-1646The space is tiny. The menu, which features Thai specialties but includes sushi plus Japanese appetizers and entres, is not. Despite the huge selection of sushi/Thai restaurant standards, though, dont overlook items harder to find in America, like floating noodle soup, a popular street food from Thailands boat-based market stalls; similar in savor to Vietnamese pho, the dish contains beef, bean sprouts, and noodles heaped in umami-rich beef broth. Among the nicely priced sushi selections, the Mylo roll (tuna, salmon, crab, avo cado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this nostalgic hangout. New owners have made some changes, including a dcor/ambiance upgrade (theres now a patio lounge, with music) and an expanded menu featuring contemporary comfort foods like fire-grilled pizzas with fresh toppings (homemade mozzarella, etc.), several salads, and veggie burgers. But timetested road food favorites remain: big beef burgers, hot dogs, and of course, Woodys famous cheesesteak, done traditional Philly-style with shaved ribeye. You can even get Cheese Whiz. To drink, there are nine draft beers plus old-school shakes. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo Garden1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown 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. $ Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont have to be bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what the company calls food with integrity. The fare is simple, basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/ flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $ JOIN THE DESSERT REVOLUTION!FLAVORS CHOCOLATE SALTED COCONUT PINEAPPLE BASIL STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE MANGO BOURBON WATERMELONAVAILABLE FOR NEXT EVENT, WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS. BOOK ONE FOR OUR CARTS TODAY!305-482-1832 MANGO@FEVERISHPOPS.COM WWW.FEVERISHPOPS.COM TWITTER: @FEVERISHMIAMI FACEBOOK: @FEVERISHPOPS HANDCRAFTED GOURMET POPS VEGAN FRIENDLY ORGANIC AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS

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Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -alto gether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Takeout packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland fauxCantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-youcan-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mixand-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-formoney is a given. $$Green House Organic Food Restaurant3207 NE 163rd St., 305-594-6787The name sounds a bit healthfoody, but theres no crunchy granola here. Argentine-born, globally traveling chef Marcelo Marino, whos also an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Miami, uses only organic and/or sustainable produce and proteins to serve upscale avant-garde fusion fare: halibut atop traditional French Nantua (creamy lobster) sauce, with lemongrass/saffron-infused faro risotto; octopus with delicate black radish tempura and coconut/pineapple/tea foam; and similar stuff requiring mad skills in both classic cooking and molecular gastronomy. Breads, cheeses, and cured meats are all made in-house, too. $$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popu lar after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly takeout spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently 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. $$-$$$Jerusalem Market and Deli16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ KoneFood387 NE 167th St., 305-705-4485Cones contain ice cream. Kones, however, contain anything and everything edible -at least at this eatery, locally founded (though the original concept of ultimate portable convenience meals, in sealed flatbread cones, came from Italy). In their melting-pot American version, kone fillings range from breakfast items like huevos rancheros to Thai chicken, chicken curry, coconut shrimp, kones kon lechon (slow-roasted pork with mojo), various pizzas, BBQ, chicken Florentine, healthy green salads, more. There are even desserts like a flambed apple Kone la Normande. Authentic Belgian frites, too. $ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteriastyle space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your ener gies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$The Melting Pot15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$New China Buffet940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-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 Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/ owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/ or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt auto matically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a partysize fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225Racks has a new owner and a new name. Italian chef Rocco Soprano is bringing his authentic Italian flavors and style to a lovely setting. Well have more details next month, but we know the specialties include Italian steaks, seafood, and an oyster bar. One thing that wont change: the coal-fired pizza oven, which reliably turns out an astonishingly light yet chewy crust that makes the pies a revelation. Especially enjoyable is the waterfront deck. $$Roasters & Toasters18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegie-style monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particularly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sports Grill2995 NE 163rd St., 305-944-4552Like the other five locations of this popular local mini chain (which originated more than 20 years ago), NMBs family-friendly sports bar/grill has walls lined with flat-screen TVs and a menu packed with all the classic game-watching munchies, some with Old South twists, like jalapeo poppers with pepper jelly dipping sauce. Must-haves are the charbroiled special wings, meaty and mild. But for those who prefer more highly spiced wings, there are six additional varieties. Cool down with a craft beer from a list that changes weekly to avoid boredom. $-$$Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingre dients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popu lar, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied dailychanging menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal LadiesWho-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Tunas17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this 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 yearold. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grou per with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japanese-inspired 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. $$$ Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/ effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ L e Pine1052 Kane Concourse, 305-861-1059This upscale Lebanese restaurant serves dishes with the sort of understated sophistication that makes clear why Beirut was called the Paris of the East. Youll find familiar Middle Eastern favorites, but many have refinements that lift them above average: pita thats housemade, charmingly fluffy when warm from the oven; falafel incorporating flavorful fava beans with the usual ground chickpeas. Especially appealing are more uncommon items like crisp-fried cauliflower with tahini, fateh (a chickpea casserole iced with thick yogurt), and buttery cheese/herb-filled sambusak pastries. Finish exotically with a hookah. $$-$$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusually flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs. For the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every other delectable deli specialty known to humankind. $$BagelWorks18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of handsliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled protein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than hand-rolled, are freshly baked all day. $$ Bella Luna19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. 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to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argu ment from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi600 Silks Run Rod., 954-744-4398Even hard-core sushi-bar addicts must admit that many such establishments suffer from a certain sameness. Not Blu. At this restolounge in the Village at Gulfstream Park, part of a mini-chain originating in southwest Florida, the specialty makis are outdone in outrageousness only by extravagant cocktails. Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350 Its not surprising that this Florida-based better burger franchise is one of Americas fastest-growing. With dcor thats relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for fast-food junkburgers, whats not to love? There are also vegetarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus accessories including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Fresko19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and 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). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$The Grill on the Alley19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Il Migliore2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature Pollo Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a brick. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries. $$-$$$ Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga minitea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$Luca B ella19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-792-2222In the space that once housed Chef Allens, this trattoria offers a crowd-pleasing combination: dcor with white-tablecloth elegance, yet the family-friendly feel of a classic checkered-tablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinara-sauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumb-coated pan-fried chop with a topping of bracing balsamic reduction-dressed mesclun. $$$Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll find no gloppily sauced, Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp). For adventurers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs James Beard House. Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable. Consider it proven. Floribbeanstyle seafood is the specialty: fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette. Forget its strip-mall location. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$Pizza Roma19090 NE 29th Ave. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are Italian-American entres like baked manicotti (thats mani-goat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)SUNNY ISLES BEACHAlba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gnudi is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split, a game enabling tables to win their meals for free. $$$$ Chef Philip Ho16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581Who even knew that the late Rascal House had an ocean view? Diners may have to eat standing up to glimpse water over the dunes from the panoramic caf windows of the gourmet market that replaced the Rascal, but you know youre on a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach. The big, bright cafs menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily spe cials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/ raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mangopapaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Piazzetta17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-6816You cant help feeling optimistic about a tourist towns food scene when its resort restaurants, which generally walk the middle of the road, get creative. And it doesnt get much more creative than this stylish restaurant and Italian market, which bills itself as a trip to an Italian-inspired little market square, but which, along with artisanal salumi plus pizzas and pastas, serves sushi. Particularly tasty: the native Neapolitan pizza chefs truffled taleggio and mushroom pies; meltingly tender braised short ribs; an impeccable market-driven meat and cheese platter. $$$St. Petersburg Deli17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okroshka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ Timo17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008Since opening in 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussy Italian/Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food at this hot spot, created by chef/owner Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Allens and Marks South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Dont bother reading them. Andriolas dishes speak for themselves: a salad of crisp oysters atop frise, cannelloni bean, and pancetta; foie gras crostini with a subtle caramelized orange sauce; a blue crab raviolo with toasted pignolias and brown butter; or a woodoven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:00pm Saturday 5:30-11:00pm www.jeanpaulshouse.com 2426 NE 2nd Ave | Miami FL 33137 | Tel. 305.573.7373

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A Rational Christian on Christianity?An openly antitheist screed in a community newspaper?!? The End Times must be nigh (Rethinking Religion by Christian Cipriani, March 2013). Or is this a sign of the dawning of the long overdue Rational Spring in the super power of god-bothering, 95 percent of whose population believe their god created the uni verse; 40 percent of whose population believe he did so in the last 10,000 years? Hope springs eternal. Oh, and before I forget, and what is it U.S. politicians must close with when Shruti Chatterji AventuraMore People Like Christian on ChristianityOutstanding! Kudos to Christian Cipriani for such a sober, right-on, superb, hit the nail on the head article. We need more people writing and being published with actual common sense like him. Ernie Garcia MiamiA Bigoted Christian on ChristianityChristian Ciprianis Rethinking Religion is nothing more than a rambling anti-religion screed. Please explain what skepticism of Darwinian evolution taught in a handful of American public schools Can Cipriani please identify the religions that he claims are engaged in battle? If he is using the term battle of ideas, then it is a tremendously good thing that people with different religious beliefs are discussing their differences. Or does he think that freedom of speech and thought should be limited to liberal atheists? I am not a scientist, so Im not going to pretend to know how were irreversibly screwing up the environment. However, if you believe that the environment is ir reversibly screwed up, it doesnt seem like there is much point to changing things now. Maybe that is why the people who talk so much about environmental issues live no differently from those who think global warming is a hoax. Ciprianis assertion that faith is anath ema to reason is wrong. He probably doesnt understand faith, and based on his commen tary, he certainly doesnt use reason. His view of history has little connec tion to reality, and his assertion is fantasy that across the world, theres an almost perfectly inverse relationship between the importance of religion and general prosperity. I suggest he look at all the countries, such as China, North Korea, ernments, and their general prosperity. Over the past 100-plus years, the greatest threat to peace, happiness, and human progress has been from atheism, not religion. The greatest mass murderers of all time have all been atheist. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, just to mention a few, all shared Ciprianis views of religion. Lumping all religions together and ascribing all the problems of the world It is bigotry. Jerome Hurtak, Esq. North MiamiOut of Commission: SpenceJones Is No Friend to District 5With respect to your cover story Now Showing: Magic City Madhouse (March 2013) and Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, I cant argue if its true or not that just about everyone in Miami conspired argue that if they had succeeded, the people in District 5 would have been better off. No one knows whether her accusations are true, but we can analyze her behavior are two accusations she made that should constituents repulsed by her candidacy. She asserts that funds designed to help small businesses in impoverished areas wound up in her bank account. Why? deserved the money more than existing gling to survive looked to their government for help. Unfortunately, the very people they thought were helping them were, in reality, competing against them. If you need any further evidence that this was a horrible decision, see which businesses are still surviving. Was it the Caf Soul that got the $50,000 or her constituents, Timbuktu Market Place and Osun Village? If you think Spence-Jones deserved it because of her superior business experience, then try having dinner at Caf Soul. Unfortunately it disappeared faster than the $50,000. Spence-Jones also claims that she was being kept off the city commission because she would have voted to keep Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 14

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former Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito on the job. Chief Exposito was the worst police chief in the history of the City of Miami. Under his watch, eight unarmed constituents of SpenceJones were shot and killed. Just think if eight unarmed citizens of the City of and killed. Do you think their political to keep the police chief on the job? Unfortunately for the citizens of District 5, with friends like Spence-Jones, they dont need enemies! Alfred Mcknight El PortalA Decade of Procrastination Finally EndsThe column by Biscayne Times publisher Jim Mullin got me thinking (After Ten Years, Its Clear That ReExaggerated, March 2013). Lets go back ten years, when this paper landed on my driveway and I said, Why do they deliver these rag newspapers? (That is when it was quite common to get many on your driveway every month.) With my high level of curiosity, I looked and I read it thoroughly, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Now, ten years later, I am looking forward to my next copy, still reading the entire thing, and for those many years I have been visiting and spending money with the BT s advertisers, passing on the word to others if we had a good experience. Since the age of the big boxes, my hus band and I have chosen to spend our money at local mom and pop businesses, and your paper provides us with many to choose from. Your paper is also a source of lots of how stupid people are when I read it, but I work with the public, so I realize this. It has taken me ten years to write this, as I have enjoyed your paper from the very beginning and I have been meaning to contact you regarding this. Pattie Solomon Sans SouciDoes Stephen Ross Think Were All Suckers?I am writing in response to Frank Rollasons article Pigskin Politics (March 2013), about the Dolphins request for $200 million, and the question for readers: What project would you propose for the sum of $200 million of public money? First, there is the greater question. Should we be taxing anyone to give money to a private citizen who will not invest his own money in his own business because he does not believe it is a good investment? This evaluation is by the Dolphins own management. Miami-Dade County relies heavily of tourism and conventions to create jobs, but taxes on visitors have consequences. New York City learned the hard way after its in crease in resort taxes on hotels drove trade shows and conventions to other cities. Further, studies done by American facilities to hotel occupancy indicate that on days when sport events are held. On the question of how to spend $200 million that might best serve the community, I offer this: First, because the convention/trade show business is a large part of local ing a larger convention center. This would enable Miami to attract the large trade shows and conventions that would love to come to Miami but avoid the city because we dont have a facility to house these events. I know this to be true because I have attended these large shows and have asked the sponsors. Next, we should give a portion of the increased resort tax to Jackson Hospital. This would help cover costs for all the nonpaying tourists and visitors who use Jackson. Arent there undocumented immigrant visitors, too? Then we should set aside an amount to pay for the extra police needed to manage the increase in population that tourism causes. Also we should set aside monies to pay for the extra lifeguards needed to make our beaches safe for these same tourists. Currently local resident taxpayers are supporting the added costs to fund the infrastructure needed to support the tourists. Hello! Keep in mind the Dolphins stated that one reason they want to improve their stadium is so they can increase the price of tickets to their loyal fans. Thats another Hello, Suckers! circa 1950s. Ralph Camerlengo Miami ShoresCommentary: LETTERS LettersContinued from page 12

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Commentary: CULT FOLLOWINGTaxi to the Bright SideA cab ride through Chicago suggests Miami has a long way to go, and a lot to learn By Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorOn a recent trip to Chicago, I found myself riding with a particularly chatty cabbie, one who delighted in trumpeting the Windy Citys offerings. Rather than talk to me the best deep-dish pizza, or even where I might hear some Chicago blues, though, he stuck to more prosaic subjects. Chicago has the best public trans portation of any city in the world, he said, as we drove across town. Aside from the citys elevated train system (the famed El), he noted, there are multiple bus lines running in each direction. If you miss your bus, all you have to do is walk two blocks and catch another one. My cabbie also talked schools. Conceding those in Chicago proper were going through tough times more than 50 are slated to close owing to a budget crisis he nevertheless raved about the schools in neighboring burbs like Naperville and Hinsdale. Some of the best ing me at my destination. The encounter made me laugh, not because its unusual to meet a cabbie with an outsize attachment to his hometown, but because I imagined what a similar conversation might sound like in a Miami taxi: Miami? Oh, man, weve got the best beaches anywhere. And the a fairly quiet ride. (Unless the subject of, say, strip clubs came up.) Why is that? Well, it might be be cause, unlike Miami, Chicago has things vibrant parks system the city recently committed to rebuilding 300 playgrounds and these inspire a certain civic pride. In Miami we also have civic pride, of course, but its largely limited to the weather, for which we take an inordinate amount of credit. Eighty-degree days in December? Cant get those up north. Many will proclaim, somewhat defensively, that you cant compare Miami to Chicago. Chicago was founded in the 19th Century; Miami didnt become a real city until the middle of the 20th Century. Hey, were still in the process of becoming a real city. Some of that is fair (historically unde niable, even), but consider that a number of Chicagos impressive achievements have come in the past 15 to 20 years, among them the transformation of a section of train yard into one of Americas great public spaces, Millennium Park. Fifteen years ago, Miami also had a moribund train yard located close to its downtown. Instead of building a park, we built a mall and called it Midtown Miami. Its nice, its convenient, but its still a mall. So, yes, Miami is young, but like parents always tell their kids, you can only use that as an excuse for so long; at some point, you have to start taking responsibility for the choices you make. For those who dont think Chicago is a good comparison because its too historic and too big a city though, ironically, some people here never tire of talking about Miami as if it were Manhattan South take a decidedly smaller urban center: Pittsburgh. (The population of Pittsburgh is 307,000 to Miamis 408,000; Pittsburghs home county, Allegheny, has 1.2 million residents to Miami-Dades 2.6 million.) Pittsburgh, one could argue, didnt have the advantage of being a new city. Thirty years ago, it was just the opposite: a crumbling one, dependent on an industry, steel, in precipitous decline. Today Pittsburgh is widely considered one of Americas most livable cities by some estimates, its most livable thanks to a boom in its science and technology economy, anchored by the University of Pittsburgh and CarnegieMellon University. Pittsburgh reinvented itself, and not in the past 50 or 60 years, but in just the past few decades. Ive been there; rr ffntbft frtfbnntf rfff ntntbt t Pittsburgh has great museums (including thriving nightlife scene. Ill also add it managed to build what may be the prettiest Major League ballpark in America, PNC Park, in 2001. And it did so for $216 million, approximately $284 million in todays dollars, or about half what Marlins Park cost. things in a big way, often to our detriment. Why have a centrally located park when you can build a whole Midtown? Why not spend half-a-billion bucks for a baseball stadium? (And while were at it, some might say, why not build a $200 million art museum, and worry about the art later?) Miami could learn a lot from big cities like Chicago and smaller ones like Pittsburgh namely, how to prioritize and invest in those things that actually translate to a higher quality of life: education, urban infrastructure, public transportation, and green spaces. Or we can keep trying to impress everybody by building world-class (our favorite adjective) this and thats. Its the former that would give our cab drivers something to talk about. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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Commentary: MIAMIS KING By Jack King BT ContributorIts that time of year when you might want to hold on to your wallet a little tighter. The Florida legislature is in session. In spite of being run by conserva tive Republicans for the past few years, it always costs us money when they meet. Plus we always get the usual crazies acting it because Tallahassee is so far away. How far away? Well, one-third of Floridas population is more than an eight-hour drive from the capital and another third are more than four hours away and thats a problem. Studies have shown that the farther away a state capital is from population centers, the more apt the legislature and civil servants are to misbehave. They do that well and often in Tallahassee. So how in the hell did we get Tallahassee as our capital? It began more than 150 years ago, when the two major towns in Florida were Pensacola and St. Augustine. Tallahassee was right in the middle. In 1845 you could go there with a sack of money and buy all the slaves you wanted. Now you can go to Tallahassee with a sack of money and buy all the legislators you want. Some things just never change. A lot has happened in Tallahassee since 1845, but thats a story for another column or a ten-volume history of Florida so lets fast forward to 2012. scene after his health-management comoff the federal government via Medicare fraud. Not to worry. He had enough money stashed away to spend $70 million getting himself elected governor. His tenure has been marked by blus tery comments that scared even Republican stalwarts. Over time, hes had to walk back nearly every one of them, prompting some to wonder if he was a graduate of Ringlings Sarasota clown college. Now, in response to many polls show ing he has no chance of being re-elected, for Florida then reversing course and accepting the program. If you think Scott cant get any worse, think again. In a move that many thought was brilliant, he selected Jennifer Carroll as his lieutenant governor. She was young, former military, a legislator, female, and black. What could go wrong? Apparently lots. Integrity Florida, a watchdog group, ments and found that her net worth was all over the map: $271,000 in 2004; $23 million in 2005; a staggering $202 million in 2006; then a freefall to $520,000 and liabilities, and no explanation. The craziness triggered closer examination, which revealed that she was Allied Veterans of the World. Doesnt sound bad, until you consider that its been a front for a string of Internet cafs (online gambling) that was funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to Allied, investigators to track the money, much of which was showered on Florida politiwas actually spending less than two percent of its income on charitable causes. Dozens of people have been arrested, nearly 50 strip-mall Internet cafs have been shuttered, Jennifer Carroll has resigned, and our pious legislators have been scrambling to return dirty money and outlaw the business. Thanks, governor. Youre doing a heck of a job, Scotty. make sure Florida remains a Third World state, especially when it comes to natural resources, available for plunder to whomever has the biggest sack of money. House is planning to undo years of federal litigation and negotiation that resulted in Sugar] accountable. Its a sad testimony to the power of the radical right that cast its spell, holding the state in a fog of amnesia. ates as an enclosed political sphere with its own oxygen money and its own divorced from the people. The result is a for the radical right. Protecting the rights That is not, however, how it is pitched to citizens, voters, or to the media. These are reasonable businessmen. These are job creators. These are men of faith. These qualities are etched in the marketing that pitched Rick Scott to the governors mansion and a host of telegenic young Republicans whose Fox News like Sen. Marco Rubio. Orlando doesnt look so bad as the capital of Florida. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Strange Things Happen in Places FarawayTheres a reason the state capital is in Tallahassee

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Commentary: URBANIA By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorI was driving around in late February, doing last-minute errands before my wedding. On the radio was a story about a private prison company that spent $12 million for naming rights to the Flori da Atlantic University football stadium. No longer content to live in the to market to consumers bother shelling out money to have its name on the side of a stadium? If supporting the team was what mattered, they could have simply donated money. Only brands that grow market share from being top-of-mind should bother with naming rights. And even then, it brings a dubious return on investment. This kind of vanity branding is usually reserved for Fortune 500s synonymous with a particular city (as demonstrated by Pittsburghs Heinz Field, for example). sponsor a university stadium albeit a small, regional one is an ego investment. Having their brand in patrons and no one gets a warm, fuzzy feeling about prison because they had an enjoyable afternoon watching football. In another local story buzzing the press, developer Jorge Perez, CEO of a hefty package of art and cash to the newest, still-under-construction Miami Art Museum, in exchange for having it named the Perez Art Museum Miami. And Im sure he could care less about the criticism. It will pass in a year or two, and his name will be on a landmark for the next century. Philanthropy is a way to transform wealth into immortality. Andrew Carnegie didnt leave his name on the side of a shopping center. He left it on universities, concert halls, and museums. Long after great men and women die, they trust their names to live on in association with high culture and the public good. (Hats off to Adrienne Arsht, who turned the downtown arts center that bears her name into a true tongue twister.) So we have philanthropists who buy a cultural legacy for generations, and we have corporations that play the short game, hyper-marketing their brands thoughtful public for different reasons, but the latter is getting out of control. Do you know where the Dolphins play? Most people say Dolphin Stadium, or, if they can remember that far back, ally on name number seven: Sun Life Stadium. This makes Marlins owner and sports pariah Jeffrey Loria almost look good, since at least his stadium is called Marlins Park (for now). Id like to see evidence that these sales for the sponsoring company. Are Airlines because the Heat are winning? I was lucky enough to spend the in France and Italy, and I was blown away by ancient egos. People truly never change. Everywhere one sees insane country, generations living and dying around one unending project. On the south side of the Arno River sits Palazzo Pitti, built by a banker who essentially ran Florence. Supposedly, he wanted a house so big the Medici Palace is a room wrought with gilded woodwork that took 200 years to complete. grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. Luca Pitti and his ilk werent striving for a future good. I enjoy looking at their treasures with awareness that they were, at best, acts of unbridled ego and, at worst, absurd presents to religious hypocrites. Elsewhere we saw the Roman Pan theon (temple to all gods), which has the name of the ancient commissioner, statesman, and general Marcus Agrippa inscribed on a frieze, and the Colosseum, which was known as Amphitheatrum Fla vium, culled from the family name Fla vius of Vespasian and Titus, who oversaw the beginning and end of its construction. In Paris, we saw the Louvre, a name which may refer to its size; and Versailles, an old French place-name that refers to working the earth. Most attractions we visited were named for leaders and locations. Its notable that Versailles wasnt named for the egomaniac that built it. If it were built today, it would be called the Sun King Ultra Palace, featuring the LVMH Hall of Mirrors VIP Lounge. What will our current institutions be called in 500 years? Nothing, probably. We no longer create structures to last as long as Roman temples. Todays entrepreneur-kings and four-year emperors will have to be content with not-sopermanent immortality. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Not Brand New People and companies love to put their names on things and always have BT photo by Christian Cipriani

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22 Our Sponsors: APRIL 2013By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorS about newsy things happening at advertisers businesses, we always try to start with an introduction thats timely often something pegged to a holiday. This year, though, April seems mighty short of holidays, according to the calendar on our desk. Theres April Fools Day, of course. them believable. And we cant start by saying, This month advertisers have no great deals to offer you, no fun events happening, nothing at all youd be interested in, so dont even bother reading this column. Please. Readers would know thats a crock (suitable only for April 4, Tell a Lie Day) before we even yelled, April Fool! As usual, our advertisers have a ton of great stuff to offer this month. Read on. not, youd miss David Laurenzos special Lau renzos Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381): Pizzaolo Don Vito will craft you a 16-inch authentic Neapolitan thin-crusted pizza, regularly $14.99, for just $9.99. David also invites readers to two Italian holiday-related April celebrations that make it clear we need a better desk calendar. For centuries, he says, Venices Feast Day of San Marco, on April 25, has been highlighted by a feast with up to 80 courses at the Palazzo Ducale on St. Marks Square. Laurenzos will serve the signature dish risi bisi (risotto with spring peas and prosciutto), regularly $12, for $6.99. And on town of Teola to dine on gnocchi made from roughly 1400 pounds of potatoes. At Laurenzos caffe, small or large bowls of homemade gnocchi, normally $5.99 and $10.99, will go for $2.99 and $5.99. Actually, Italians indulge in a lot of April food-focused festivities, includ contests (think discus throwing, but with inspired to throw a mini festival of your own this month, two new advertisers can provide a much better theme. To keep the Italian thing going, contact Piccolo Pizza (2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893famous pies, his catering items are something of a best kept secret, but theres a full range of elegant yet nicely priced (like Capreses featuring fresh mozzarella), quiches (classic Lorraine or spinach), designer salad platters, seasonal fruit trays, mini pizza bites, and more. Or turn your festival even a catering from returning advertiser Lime Fresh Mexican Grill (three locations in BT territory: 3201 N. Miami Ave. #100, 305-949-8800; 7 W. Flagler St., 305-7890252). Youll get the same tacos, burritos, and quesadillas as at this fast-casual chains restaurants, packaged in easyto-transport setups that double as party serving trays. Possibilities range from individual box lunches through large bar. Sides, too. Speaking of stuff that was news to us: Check out the impressive food menu at new advertiser Blue Martini (900 S. 305-981-2583). With more than 40 martinis on the lounges drinks menu, we expected a few snacks to soak up the gin. tatoes and tomato salad were a surprise, as was a late-night menu thats served till closing which, on weekends, is practically breakfast time. Yes, breakfast is not just martinis anymore, even, evidently, when they include fruit. So youll want to check out Bagels & Company all the weekday eat-in breakfast specials David Cohen is offering this month a different combo every day, with only one similarity: very lavish generousness for the price. The Sunday gospel brunches at returning advertiser City Hall the Restaurant heres something you might not know: Restaurateur Steve Haas has just instituted a daily happy hour (5:00-7:00 p.m.) with 2-4-1 wine, beer, and well drinks; a vodka special; and a most affordable ($6$9) bar menu of imaginative plates. Somehow in our previous descrip tions of B Sweet (20 NE 41st St., 305918-4453), before this new breakfast/ lunch caf became a new advertiser, we enthused about 30-year veteran pastry chef Tom Worhachs desserts, fresh salads, and sandwiches on homemade French breads but forgot all about his home made soups. These change daily, so you on Fridays, when, by popular demand, early to score a bowl (only $4.50). Despite an unlikely location on the edge of Wynwood, Jean Pauls House (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373), a charmingly renovated old Miami bungalow, has become a favorite romantic dinner/cozy business lunch destination Continued on page 24BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

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24 Our Sponsors: APRIL 2013for local foodies in the know. They also know that the creative ceviches and tiraditos of contemporary American/ Peruvian chef Jean Paul Desmaison are must-haves. For dining deals, sign up with new advertiser Primecard (800-444-8872, www.primecard.com/join). The card grants discounts of up to 50% at thousands of restaurants, retailers, and travel destina tions no hassles, no expiration dates. yourself celebrating if youre among the best and brightest real estate agents. Its called a fabulous new job. Dennis Esposi to at Century 21 King Realty is marking 50 years in business by continuing to hire new agents to help the company keep up with the tail end of the buyers market. Call him (305-751-6161) for an interview, and wish him a happy anniversary. If youre beside yourself trying to get compensated for property damage to your home, the Insurance Justice Lawyer Scott R. Dinin (595 NE 69th St., 855-346-4652) wants you to know that he and his team are now accepting property-damage and condo water-damage cases from clients all over Florida. Owing to the complicated and timeconsuming nature of such claims, too many people dont pursue their right to full compensation, Scott says. Hell deal with insurance companies aggressively, and wont charge till you win. For elderly people no longer able to live without assistance, simply staying in Visiting Angels (305-505-2294, www. VisitingAngels.com/MiamiFL) provides a full range of temporary or long-term non-medical home care solutions, from housekeeping to hygiene/dressing assis tance. Call anytime through April 30 for a complimentary Home Safety and Fall Prevention assessment. Whether youre currently looking to buy or sell your home, Robbie Bell info), an EWM broker associate specializing in urban lifestyles and relocation, has developed an ingenious solution. For buyers, shes offering complimentary 90-minute tours of neighborhoods from Miami Shores to Wynwood. Want to your property on her drive-by itinerary. For nonprofessionals, interest in real estate typically has to do with buying/ others who live in our young city are excited by the bigger picture actually taking part in developing it for maximum livability. If you want to be a leader, innovator, and entrepreneur in real estate development, the University of Miami School of Architecture has a one-year Masters in Real Estate + Urbanism graduate program that combines the fundamentals of real estate development with livable-community planning and edu/about.html for information. Readers who live or work in El Portal will want to check out this issues ad for a week-long El Portal Community Design Charette, open to all residents, property owners, or business owners including those with no formal training in urban planning. Its enough just to have an interest in the villages current issues, and desire to share your vision for the future. The design workshops run May 4-10. Contact village manager Jason Walker (jwalker@ villageofelportal.org, 305-795-7880) for more info. For those whose interest in real estate stops at roughly the boundaries of your own lawn, Bobs Lawnmower (15270 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-3578) has some special deals this month to keep the grass in check, with minimum effort on your part. Kawasaki power products receive $25 cash-back rebates. And theres also a rebate (ending April 30) on Snapper riding mowers. Those looking for a somewhat larger ride should hurry over to the new location of Adrenaline Motorbikes (830 NE 79th St., 786-317-4192), famed for cycle/ scooter service and repairs. Adrenalines expanded showroom has enabled a great selection of pre-owned bikes in top condition, including, at press time, a 2005 Kawasaki 650RR with only 2600 miles for $2800. Run, dont walk, if you want to ride it home. kinda look like we were driving our motor scooter indoors; simple vinegar keeps the tiles pretty, but the grout is another story. Fortunately The Grout Doctor (18191 NW 68th Ave. #112; 786-522-5433) is celebrating his seventh anniversary of curing sick grout in our area, with a special discount if you menWith summer heat approaching fast, youll want to ensure your pool is in shape, too. So take advantage of BizBuzzContinued from page 22 Recherchons agents immobiliers francophones expriments Now recruiting experienced RealtorsVisit our new Morningside storefront at 5781 Biscayne Boulevard Ios on the Bay 2Bedroom corner $465,000Architectural gem! Ultramoderne 5-story boutique residence right on the bay with a fabulous bayfront pool. This 1398 sq ft cutting-edge corner unit has huge indoor/outdoor living areas with high ceilings and lots of light! Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539Bay front studio with million-Dollar location $175,000Direct, unobstructed bay views from this remodeled 400 sq ft studio in the Venetia Condo, just minutes from South Beach via the Venetian Causeway. Located right next to the planned new complex of the Genting Group. Amazing upside potential!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539Shenandoah Multifamily building $649,00010-unit multifamily building in great Shenandoah neighborhood, close to Calle Ocho and the Roads. Great location close to shops and highways yet in low density area surrounded with historic single family homes. 100% occupancy, 8% cap rate, great upside potential!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539Little Haiti 8-unit multifamily building $550,000Completely renovated building close to red-hot Design District. All new electrical, plumbing, roof, central A/C, appliances, bathrooms, tiles and windows. 16 secured parking spaces. Great rental income and upside potential. 13% cap rate. Great for section-8 tenants.Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539 Midtown multifamily building $460,0005-unit property in red-hot Biscayne corridor close to midtown and design district. BACK ON MARKET! Great upside potential, 100% occupancy, 10% cap rate. HOT HOT HOT! Act now!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539 BACK ON MARKET!Morningside adorable 2be/1ba condo $199,000Live in Miamis most sought after gated community for under $200k? Its possible! Dont miss this amazing opportunity and enjoy all the amazing amenities of Miamis largest bay front park: Tennis courts, basketball, bay front pool, boat ramp, kayak. All redone unit with bamboo oors and granite kitchen with SS appliances. William Harbour 786 247 1185 UNDER CONTRACT

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spring savings on all pool maintenance equipment and products, from cleaners Pinch A Penny (9071 wide sale of 15% off on everything runs April 18-21. to School Here? department: Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-9403922), a grade 6-12 private school whose students have foreign travel opportunities every spring, reports that kids are cur the south of France, Pisa, Florence, and Rome. To entertain those of us stuck at home, Allison will present its annual open-to-the-public talent show at North further info: www.allisonacademy.com. Assuming that April in Pisa is not a possibility, HistoryMiami formerly the Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492) offers fascinating educational time trips through Miamis past, both off-site in historical neighborhoods and on-site in the museums galleries. Play Historical Trivia at Wine Down Wednesdays, Miamis only cultural happy hour. Explore old Miamis Seminole culture, aviation history, mobsters, fashion trends, much more. Visit www.historymiami.org for further info. Meanwhile another advertiser, the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St.) is focusing, this month, on website, www.mocamiami.org, to learn about MOCAs free creative career programs for teens. MOCA also has programs for adults and families. To explore todays fashion possibilities, visit just-relocated, bigger, and better R. M. Fabrics Boutique (901 NE 79th St., 305-687-0966) on April 18, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for a Fashion Designer Night Out. Highlighted by a live fashion show at 8:00 p.m., the evening will also feature a special guest designer and light refreshments from local vendors. This month Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.) offers two separate events, for kids and for adults. On May 11, from 9:00 provides 5th graders to7th graders an intensive day exploring broadcasting, creative writing, and science experimentation. Sign up at: bit.ly/spartanbootcamp2. And on April 26, the school (including unlimited driving range use, lunch, and a multi-contest tournament) the Spartans-for-Spartans scholarship program. For sponsorship info or registration, call Elvita Reigosa (305-6248534, ext. 212). Theres always all-ages fun at LoudGirl Exchange to trade clothes, art, and ideas, but the shop especially invites you and the kids to two upcoming events. On April 14, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., theyll be making 20, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., look for Loudthe Little Haiti Cultural Center. Celebrate Pet Owners Independence Day, April 17, by letting Rios Pet Spa (19030 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-935-5551) take doggie off your hands for the day. Rios does boarding and play days in its cordial kennel facilities, as well as grooming. There couldnt be a more appropriate way to recognize National 8-Track Tape Day (April 11) than tuning in to new ad vertising partner WDNA-FM (88.9) Its now South Floridas premiere jazz station, but when WDNA began broadcasting in 1980, it was from a trailer in Homestead using 8-track tapes. As a noncom mercial public radio station, DNA does depend on listener support, and its spring www.wdna.org to contribute (and score fabulous musical thank-you gifts). It didnt surprise us to learn that April 15, income tax deadline, is also Rubber Eraser Day; we go through cases tax forms. Instead, Michael and Olga Fidlin at Miami Finance Center (12573 faultlessly do it for you or for just $25, (And if youre forming a new corporation, theyll handle all paperwork for $295, all state fees included.) Finally: April 15 is also when voter registration closes for North Miamis May 14 plus city council representatives in Dis trict 2 and District 3. That explains the campaign ads in this issue and the yard signs all over town. We cant tell you who to vote for, but we do urge you to register, if you havent already, and vote. Something special coming up at your busi ness? Send info to bizbuzz@biscaynetimes. com. For BT advertisers only.

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26 Farewell, My Lovely Miami Herald Our once-great daily newspaper is abandoning its namesake city and heading for an uncertain future By Erik BojnanskyBT photo by Silvia Ros

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Going to the Miami Herald s alumni gathering on March 20 was a heartwarming experience for former El Nuevo Herald executive editor Barbara Gutierrez. It was very much like a high school reunion, says Gutierrez, who worked on and off at the Miami Herald and the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald between 1980 and 2001. Pictures of Herald employees hung on the walls of the front lobby at 1 Herald Plaza, many of them, like myself, who werent there anymore, she says. But most of all, there were lots of enthusiastic embraces from old friends and colleagues who hadnt seen each other for years. To us it was our home for many, many years, University of Miami. It wasnt that it was a beautiful building. To me it had memories. In every corner of that building there is a memory. When the event was proposed a few months ago on the Herald s Alumni Facebook page, some former employees predicted that three people would attend. The reunion was scheduled for the middle of a weekday. Yet close to 1000 Heraldites showed up, many of whom former executive editors Tom Fiedler and Doug Clifton. Tim Chapman worked at the Miami Herald as a reporter and photographer for 40 years, until he retired this past December. But he wasnt willing to make the commute for the reunion from his new home in the Keys. To him, 1 Herald Plaza represents what the Herald once was: a competitive, award-winning newspaper that served as a watchdog for the public interest. Now, Chapman says, the paper is a shadow of its former self and he has vowed never to set food near the building again, except to see it razed. I hope they have fun, Chapman says of his fellow alumni just prior to the reunion. The only fun Ill have is when they bulldoze the son of a bitch. The Miami Herald has called 1 Herald Plaza home since 1963. Its where the paper won 19 of its 20 Pulitzer Prizes. Its where activists, developers, and politicians journeyed to sway public opinion. were unearthed, memorable features crafted, and history made. That ends in May. The Genting Group bought 1 Herald Plaza, the nearby Boulevard Shops, and 14 acres of land from the McClatchy Company, the Herald s latest owner, for $236 million in 2011, and the developers plans for the bayfront dont include retaining the building. As Herald business writer Elaine Walker reported March 14: By the end of this year, the bayfront site where The Miami Herald now stands will be reduced to vacant land ready for redevelopment. The demolition of the Herald Groups plans to turn the site into a luxury hotel with up to 500 rooms and several hundred luxury condos edged by a pedestrian bay walk. If the Malaysian-based company has its way, the resort projects the conglomerate has built around the world. Ironically, the Herald s editorials once railed against casino gambling. Now its the states legislative leaders who seem reluctant to expand gambling in Florida, and Gentings gaming hopes remain in limbo. The Miami Herald El Nuevo Herald as well as a studio for radio station for WLRN will take up residence in Doral, in a 158,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by the U.S. Armys Southern Command, 12 miles west of 1 Herald Plaza. Continued on page 28 BT photo by Silvia Ros Courtesy of Knight Foundation

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28 Once the move is completed, probably in late May, the Herald will be located outside Miamis city limits for will also trade its view of Biscayne Bay, the Miami skyline, and close proximity to restaurants and stores, the Adrienne Arsht Center, the American Airlines Arena, and Museum Park for neighbors that include a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Southern Command (which moved to a nearby site), and a cow pasture. The new building reportedly features state-of-the-art technology, backup gen erators, bullet-proof glass, and a gym. But when Tim Chapman heard there wont be a dedicated police desk with a scanner, he decided the time had come to retire. He even canceled his subscription. The Herald used to cover the news, Chapman says. Now they just pretend to do it. John Dorschner, another longtime writer at the Herald disagrees with Chapmans views on the newspapers decline. For decades Dorschner was the star feature writer at Tropic magazine. When Tropic folded in 1998, he moved to the business section. His last beat was covering the Jackson Health System. The people who are here are still doing very good journalism, Dorschner says. There are fewer of them and its a challenge. But I think, especially when compared to other papers, theyre still doing some serious journalism. Dorschner also decided not to head February 27. Im 68 and I worked here 42 years, he tells the BT during a brief go. A Miami Shores resident, Dorschner admits that the commute to Doral was kind of a part of my decision to retire. Several other editorial staffers have either left or declared their intention to leave within the past year. They include investigative reporter Scott Hiaasen, who is reportedly seeking a career in law; roving correspondent Frances Robles, who left in November to join the New York Times ; school board specialist Laura Isensee, now working for Houston public radio; features and obituary writer Elinor Brecher (who will retire in the fall); Broward courts reporter Diana Moskowitz, who left to become a freelance writer in Los Angeles; and investigative editor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Sallah, now with the Washington Post But this latest exodus is nothing compared to the number of layoffs and buyouts that occurred at the paper between 2008 and 2011, when nearly 600 jobs were eliminated, about 100 of them in the newsroom. Few full-time journalists have been hired since, according to a Herald reporter. Instead, reporting duties are increasingly handled by part-time journalists and interns. Remaining Herald employees are also required to take an unpaid furlough week every six months. All of this comes from corporate, says the same reporter, who has asked do a story on the Herald it would be how corporate in Sacramento has set up what I call the death spiral. Its inexorably leading to the Herald s demise. By Sacramento, the reporter means Sacramento, California, which is the corporate base of the McClatchy Company, a newspaper group founded in 1857. In June 2006, the McClatchy chain, which owned 12 daily papers at the time, bought Knight Ridder, a chain with 32 newspapers across the country, including the Herald for $4.5 billion and the assumption of $2 billion of Knight Ridders debt. McClatchy is a dolphin swallowing a small whale, a media New York Times at the time. By March 2008, McClatchy was hemorrhaging. It was $2.4 billion in debt, and its stock, once as high as $70 a share, was trading below $1. In December 2008, the New York Times reported that McClatchy was interested in selling not just the Herald s land and building, but the newspaper operation itself. They overpaid for Knight Ridder, and now [McClatchy] is too far in debt, says Jim DeFede, a reporter for CBS4 and a former Miami Herald columnist. The Herald able enough to meet the companys needs. The sale of the 1 Herald Plaza property did help McClatchys bottom line. Of the $236 million McClatchy received from Genting, $165 million went to fund the com panys pension liabilities, while $65 million was used to pay off bond holders, according to Herald reports. The rest, $6 million, will be used to fund the move to Doral. The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) is investing another $12 Miami HeraldContinued from page 27 Continued on page 30 Herald Herald New Y ork Times Herald Herald T oledo Blade W ashington Post BT photo by Erik Bojnansky BT photo by Silvia Ros

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30 million toward the newspapers new home at 3511 NW 91st Ave. The new next 15 years from GPA-I, a Memphisbased company. MHMC also bought six acres of adjacent land from GPA-I for $3 million for its printing presses, which, according to workers on site, performed a successful test run on March 19. Phased moves from 1 Herald Plaza to Doral reportedly could begin April 26. Last year MHMC president and Herald publisher David Landsberg told readers that McClatchys investment in the Doral location was a positive sign. McClatchy fully believes in us, and they obviously understand the opportunity that exists in this marketplace, he said in a January 2012 Herald column. Lets thank McClatchy for the investment and faith they have shown in us. appears to have improved. Its bonded debt is down slightly to $1.7 billion, while its stock price hovers around $3 a share. Last month McClatchy acquired Tru Measure, a Colorado-based company that tracks the effectiveness of Internet ad campaigns, including that of McClatchys online marketing tool impressLocal. McClatchy also launched a pay wall called Subscriber Plus last year. Subscribers pay $69.95 a year in exchange for unlimited access to the Miami Herald s website. During a conference call with investors on February 7, Pat Talamantes, McClatchys CEO, predicted that Subscriber Plus will earn $20 million a year for the company. However, overall revenue for the Miami HeraldContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32

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32 percent compared to 2011s fourth quarter. pay down the debt, Talamantes said the and alluded to such ideas as regional centralization and exploring additional outsourcing opportunities. Biscayne Times recently contacted McClatchy for more details on those ideas and the companys plans for its Miami holdings, but Peter Tira, McClatchys communications director, referred media inquiries back to the Herald. Were a decentralized company and weve been that way for 150 years, he said. All those kinds of questions are best answered by the Miami Herald . However, the Miami Herald declined numerous requests for comment. We are really not doing any media until we get closer to our move, explained publisher Landsberg in an e-mail to the BT We would be happy to reach out to you then. In spite of the cuts, the Herald remains the primary source of news for Miami-Dade County, notes University of Miami journalism professor Joseph Treaster, who was a Herald reporter ing on a 30-year career with the New York Times per, he says. Theres no news organization that comes close to it in Miami. The Herald has fans among the pillars of the community too. Theyre an important institution and they are the major newspaper of the community, says Norman Braman, CEO of Braman Enterprises. They wield a lot have the ability of causing a lot of things to happen. For example, Braman credits the Herald s reporting for preventing the re-election of then-Congressman David Rivera, who is now under federal criminal investigation. Braman also praises the Herald for its scrutiny of former Hialeah Mayor Miami HeraldContinued from page 30 His Experience & Outstanding Leadership HAVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN NORTH MIAMI! KEEP BLYNNVOTE ON MAY 14 rffntbtr nrttnt tbttttt tttttr rtttt nrrtt btrbttt rtttn rrtttt t tt ttbtr He gets the job done! BLYNN FAMILYCommunity Leaders agree: Political advertisement paid for and approved by Michael Blynn for North Miami City Council, District 2 Continued on page 34 Herald

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ed Ponzi schemer Luis Felipe Perez. The Herald certainly enjoys a solid reputation for its reporting from the Caribbean and Latin America. You cant get the coverage about Cuba that the Herald does [anywhere else], Treaster says. Jim Wyss is sending in great stuff from Latin America, and [the Herald] has very, very good coverage from Haiti. He also cites El Nuevo Herald s Juan Tamayo, who reports from Cuba and elsewhere and worked at the Herald for years; and Carol Rosenberg, who has been covering the Guantanamo Bay prisoner arrived in 2002. Martin Merzer, a Miami Herald reporter from 1979 to 2008, maintains that the paper still puts out good stories phers, and editorial cartoonists. Run ning down a list of a dozen names in an e-mail sent from his home in Tallahas see, he says, Any newspaper in this nation would be delighted to have those people and others like them who still work in the Herald newsroom. Unfortunately, the newsroom cant do nearly as much as it once did, Merzer writes. Whats left of the staff seems heavily weighted toward interns, and much of the daily report seems thinly re ported and/or misplayed. Also, the Herald has been getting badly beaten on some sports scandals and other stories lately. Merzer notes that as the papers edit ing ranks thinned, the papers technical quality has diminished, with frequent typos, grammatical and punctuation errors, erroneous geographical references. Arnold Markowitz, a Herald reporter from 1967 until 2001, notes that the paper no longer has enough staff to cover Miami effectively from any place, the city limits. Last I heard the city desk Miami HeraldContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36 Herald Herald

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was down to ten reporters. There may be fewer now. When management isnt allowed to replace people who leave, and those remaining have to take two-week unpaid furloughs, what can you expect? The Herald s online stories attract decent readership; according to the industry sources, 6.8 million unique browsers visited the website in 2012, while El Nuevo Herald received 1.3 million unique visitors. But despite this, there is ample evidence that the Herald for many years has been steadily losing readers of the print edition. In July 1989, the authoritative Audit Bureau of Circulations (now the nonprofit Alliance for Audited Media) measured the Herald s weekday paid circulation at 424,563. By late September 1998, that By 2008 the weekday paid circulation was down to 240,223. As of September 30, 2012, it had dropped to 135,532. Thats a circulation plunge of 290,000 over 23 years, a period during which the population of Miami-Dade County increased by some 660,000 people. One humiliating result was that the paper had to remove a boastful slogan that ran across its masthead each day: The Foremost Daily Newspaper of Florida. (The St. Petersburg Times topped the Herald s circulation and market penetration in the late 1990s.) David Lawrence, the Herald s publisher from 1989 to 1999, stresses that the papers management has done a stances. Im particularly impressed with David Landsberg, [ Herald executive editor] Mindy Marques, and [editorial board editor] Myriam Marquez, he says. Theyve learned to do the best they can with diminished resources. Lawrence admits that the thought of 1 Herald Plaza being demolished is that the Herald can put out as good a paper in Doral as it did in Miami. Im optimistic about all of this, he says. The Herald is still making money. Its not as though its losing money. The Herald will still employ 700 people or so, and put out a paper seven days a week. (Still, back in 1998, the Herald employed 2000 people.)The Miami Herald seen better days, but at least it has a pulse. The same cant be said for the 12 daily newspapers that have been shuttered since March 2007, according to NewspaperDeathwatch.com, a website run by Paul Gillin, a senior fellow of the California-based Society for New Communications Research. The fallen include the 126-year-old Cincinnati Post the 138-year-old Tucson Citizen and the Miami HeraldContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38 www.kevinburns4mayor.com / facebook: elect kevin burns mayor Info: 786-663-3658 VOTE MAY 14th Miami Herald Courtesy of the Florida Memory Project

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38 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News Nearly 20 more have either gone completely online or no longer publish daily, according to the website. The Christian Science Monitor became a print weekly in March 2009 and is transitioning toward an online-only platform. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press home-deliver print editions, but not daily, and are transitioning into daily online news sites. The New Orleans Times-Pic ayune publishes print editions just three times a week. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is now published online only. According to the website Paper Cuts (newspaperlayoffs.com) run by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Erica Smith, approximately 200 newspapers (including dailies and weeklies) across the country have either ceased operations or no longer produce print editions since 2007. Local publications on the list include the Boca Raton News the Coral Gables Gazette and the South Florida Blade Among other dire news for the newspaper industry, between 2008 and early 2010, eight major newspaper chains declared bankruptcy, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. Among them was the Tribune Company, owner of Chicago Tribune the Sun-Sentinel in Broward, the Los Angeles Times 12 other newspapers, and ten television and radio stations. Investor Sam Zell ran up $13 billion in debt a year or so after he bought the Tribune Company in 2008. As part of its reorganization plan, the company plans to sell off its newspapers. newspaper industry has shed thousands of jobs. Using data she collected, Smith told the St. Louis Journalism Review that at least 39,781 layoffs and buyouts occurred within the newspaper industry between January 1, 2008, and July 2012. The number may have been as many as 50,000, she added, since some print pubthey still make money, but their revenue has been declining for about six years, says Gillin of NewspaperDeathwatch. com. Not helping matters is the massive debt the big chains accumulated when they purchased dailies, weeklies, and other media companies during the 1980s and 1990s, he explains. The newspaper industry, along with the rest of the econo my, contracted, and these papers suddenly found that they couldnt pay off their debt. Miami HeraldContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40 Miami Evening Record Herald Photos courtesy of the Florida Memory Project

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The Internet poses another challenge to print publication. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of most newspaper advertising still comes from print ads, according to a February 2013 Editor & Publisher article. And a study released in late 2012 by the Pew Research Center concludes that newspaper readership is on the decline. When asked Where did you get your news yesterday? only six percent of 18to 24-year-olds said they received news from print sources. Those ages 40 to 49 totaled just 16 percent, and for those between 50 and 64 years old, the total was still just 30 percent. Pew also found that 56 percent of Americans surveyed in 1991 got their news from down to just 29 percent. During that February 7 conference call with investors, McClatchy CEO Pat Talamantes assured listeners that his company was making the transition from print to digital. Although total ad revenue was down 6 percent for McClatchys newspapers, digital advertising went up 4 percent, he said, and digital advertising made up 20 percent of total advertising revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 19 percent for the same period in 2011. But even shifting to the Internet may not be enough to help McClatchy and other newspaper companies. Trends indicate that the public is moving away from newspapers altogether, and from television news. Though digital news consumption is up, news consumption in general is dropping. The Pew study noted that 29 percent of those younger than 25 say they got no news yesterday, either from digital news platforms, including cell phones and social networks, or traditional news platforms. People are apparently spending more time on social networking and game sites than on news-gathering sites. Marketingcharts.com reported on January 30 that nearly one in three marketers participating in an American Marketing Association survey plans to reduce its ad focus from newspapers. Meanwhile 82 percent of respondents plan to turn more to mobile media, primarily cell phones. Its all going to cell phones, says Jay Fredrickson, a former Miami Herald advertising account executive who now works as an advertising sales manager for hibu.com. Thats really ultimately pers. Smart phones are going to totally dominate the entire advertising market. Actually, the path of the advertising market is unclear, argues Tim McGuire, a journalism professor at Arizona State University and past editor of the Minne apolis Star Tribune a former McClatchy paper. The fact that gets overlooked is that advertisers are pretty friggin confused right now, too, he says. They used to understand exactly how to reach audiences. They might be confused about it now. Miami HeraldContinued from page 34 Continued on page 42 Miami Today Herald Miami News

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Confusion in the ad market is more bad news for newspaper companies because advertising has been subsidizing newspapers for the last 100 years, McGuire notes. That standard advertising model may not be as lucrative for online publications, according to the Pew Research Centers data in September 2012. An online Atlan tic article noted, Since 2003, print ads have fallen from $45 billion to $19 billion. Online ads have only grown from $1.2 to $3.3 billion. Stop and think about that gap. The total ten-year increase in digital advertising isnt even enough to overcome the average single-year decline in print ads since 2003. Ugh. Ironically, the Herald s executives had a glimpse of the future decades ago. The papers previous corporate owner, Knight Ridder, invested $50 million experimenting with electronic media in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Called Viewtron, the idea was to send Miami Herald and Associated Press stories to a subscribers computer through special terminals and software. The service was expensive, yet the number of subscribers increased from 3000 in 1983, when it was launched in South Florida, to 20,000 in 1986, according to a March 1986 Info World article. Knight Ridder determined so the project was killed. It was ahead of its time, far ahead of its time, says Sam Terilli, former special counsel for the Miami Herald who is now an associate professor for UMs School of Communication. And Viewtron was far more primitive than the Internet. Todays product-sellers dont need traditional media newspapers, magazines, and broadcast television as much as they used to. [Businesses] have their own web pages and other avenues of commerce, Terilli says. There are other ways to get to consumers, like social media, mobile. That affects where advertisers go. Finally, Miami-Dade County is a particularly tough news market, says Terilli. Its a very decentralized market. How much does someone living in West Kendall have in common with someone in North Miami Beach? This is a multiple geographic market in multiple communities, and its hard to be everyones local newspaper. There are also the language barriers, which is why the Herald introduced the supplement El Miami Herald in 1975, then as the expanded El Nuevo Herald in in 1998. new platforms and multiple markets may not be enough to save the Miami Herald A Pew Center Research Project for Excellence in Journalism report in January 2013 concluded that all their cost-saving measures arent helping the newspaper owners. Cuts in newsroom staff, and the Miami HeraldContinued from page 40 Continued on page 44 rfr nrt rb bfb brb fbb brbtf rtrtf fb THE ONLY REAL GYM IN MIAMIrtrbtrtbfbr Herald Herald

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resulting reduction of news coverage, do not go unnoticed, and consumers are speaking with their wallets. Nearly onethird 31% of people say they have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to, according to the survey of more than 2000 U.S. adults in early 2013, the report states. And those most likely to have walked away are better educated, wealthier, and older than those who did not in other words, they are people who tend to be most prone to consume and pay for news. Former Herald reporter Martin Merzer maintains that the rise of the Internet and the recession hurt his paper, and that poor management decisions compounded the disaster. For example, access to ever-changing online news pages was free, while the Herald still charged for its print version, which had a slower, almost obsolete news cycle. Thats a mistake most other newspapers around the country made, he adds, although the Herald s website did charge an archive fee to retrieve older stories. Another mistake, according to Merzer, was the campaign to downsize the Herald s newsroom through attrition during the 1990s, when the Internet was still in its infancy. Now, as the Herald prepares to charge for online content, he says, readers will be offered less original material to read. A large newsroom produces more stories and art than a smaller newsroom, making the newspaper more dynamic, more relevant, and more important to its readers, Merzer says.In a way, the Herald owes its very ex istence to failure and miscalculation. In 1901, Frank Stoneman, the father of author and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and A.L. LaSalle started the Orlando Daily Herald Orlandos economy was still wrecked by the Great Freeze of 1895, in which winter storms destroyed the citrus crops, so the two men moved south to Miami and founded the Miami Evening Record Business was so good that Stoneman and LaSalle bought a two-story building at S. Miami Avenue and Second Street to serve as the Evening Record By 1907, they had bought the struggling Miami Morning News and the Miami Morning-News Record was born, paid for, in part, by loans from railway baron and Miami pioneer Henry Flagler. fortunately, LaSalle and Stoneman chose a recession year to plunge into debt, wrote author Nixon Smiley in his 1974 book Knights of the Fourth Estate Frank Shutts, the founder of the court-appointed receiver of the MorningNews Record convinced Flagler that he himself should take ownership of the paper to counter anti-Flagler stories that routinely appeared in another local paper, the Miami Metropolis Flagler reluctantly agreed, but only if Shutts would sign on as publisher of his new venture. On December 1, 1910, Shutts renamed the paper the Miami Herald and hired Frank Stoneman as editor. A couple of years later, when Flagler objected to Shutts using Herald funds to purchase a car and provide the salary of a chauffeur, Shutts responded by offering to buy the paper for $29,000. The deal closed in 1912, but Shutts was forced to borrow more money to replace printing equipment and expand circulation, which he doubled from 2000 at the time of his purchase to 4000 in 1917. (The 1910 U.S. Census records that fewer than 5500 people were living in Miami, according to HistoryMiami.) Twenty-seven years later, Shutts was trying, through a broker, to sell bonds to Miami HeraldContinued from page 42 Continued on page 46 Heritage Spotlight:Joe Zeytoonian CONCERT: MUSIC OF THE MIDDLE EAST SATURDAY, APRIL 20 AT 1PM Musician Joe Zeytoonian and special guest artists, Elizabeth Ayoub, Syrian qanun player Elias Kilzi and percussionist Myriam Eli, will showcase classical Egyptian music and Lebanese singing.FREE ADMISSIONFAMILY FUN DAY: ARABIC RHYTHMS SATURDAY, MAY 11 FROM 12-5PM Experience Middle Eastern culture and enjoy music and dance demonstrations, try your hand at playing traditional drums, and have a go at danse Orientale (belly dancing).FREE ADMISSIONWORKSHOP: DOUMBEK DRUMMING SATURDAY, JUNE 15 FROM 1-2:30PM Joe Zeytoonian will teach you the basics of doumbek, a hand-drum commonly heard in Arabic, Turkish and other musical styles. Beginners welcome. Register online or 305-375-4590. HISTORYMIAMI MEMBERS: $15 NON-MEMBERS: $20 HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida 33130 Herald

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Herald s debt. The purchaser was to have been John Knight, who published Akron Beacon Journal and Massillon Independent in Ohio with his brother James. But instead of buying the bonds, John Knight journeyed to Miami with a counteroffer: He wanted to buy the Herald. On October 15, 1937, the John and James Knight bought the Herald from Shutts for $2.25 million. By that time, Miami had three daily papers: the Miami Herald the Miami News and the Miami Tribune Within a couple of months, John Knight made Miami a two-newspaper town. He bought the Tribune and then closed it, sold off the papers printing press and building, hired half of its staff (three reporters, an editor, a photographer, and a circulation manager), and laid off the rest. In 1942 the Herald hired Lee Hills, an editor who believed that a good newspaper should be the conscience of the community and become involved in community affairs while reserving the right to criticize, according to a December 2012 article in Preservation Today the magazine of the Dade Heritage Trust. Under Hills leadership and the Knight brothers encouragement, the Herald launched a series of exposs targeting Greater Miamis illegal gambling parlors, corruption of local and state politicians, and the enrichment of organized crime syndicates traced back to Chicago. The reporting, which included extensive coverage of the U.S. Senate Crime Investigating Committees hearings on Miamis gambling parlors, earned the Herald in 1951. The Herald had a direct hand in the demolition of two gambling houses, the Frolics Club and the Little Palm Club. Their structures, as well as various other buildings along 631 feet of bayfront, were razed in the late 50s, after the Herald pur chased the properties to construct a $30 million building for news operations. That building never should have been built on the bay, acknowledges former Herald lawyer Terilli. Besides calling it an aesthetic travesty Terilli contends that 1 Herald Plaza made no sense in terms of business having a printing plant and facility backed up against the bay on the eastern edge of Miami, as opposed to a strategic facility in the suburbs. James Knight, who oversaw the construction, built big because he wanted to be sure the new building would not only withstand hurricanes but also future growth, all the way up to 1980. For decades, the Herald had been growing rapidly. In 1937, when the Knights bought the paper, it had an average circulation of 55,000. Its workforce had grown from 383 to 1113 in August 1958, when Herald executives announced their intention to move from 200 S. Miami Ave. The massive new building opened in 1963, and the paper kept growing, both in staff and in reputation. In 1974 Time magazine included the Miami Herald in its list of top ten U.S. dailies. That same year, 1 Herald Plaza became the head quarters of Knight Ridder, the public company formed after the merger, also in 1974, of the Knight and Ridder newspaper chains. Assisting in the business marriage was Alvah Chapman, who had been the Herald s president and publisher since 1969 (and no relation to photographer Tim Chapman). Chapman would go on to become CEO of Knight Ridder from 1976 to 1989 (he died in 2008). While publisher Chapman enhanced the business reputation of the Herald and Knight Ridder (as well as the Herald s power base in the community through the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the mysterious Non-Group of local powerbrokers in the 1980s), reporter Gene Miller helped build the Miami HeraldContinued from page 40 Honoring St. Martha Yamaha Concert Series Founder Father Federico CapdepnSATURDAY, APRIL 6, 8PMShelly Berg, Carmen Bradford, Tierney Sutton perform the jazz vespers Convergence that combines elements of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism, that the Dalai Lama commissioned, Shelly composed, and all three performed at its world premiere in Los Angeles. Plus a new work by Shelly based on Thomas Cahills writings (How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews ). Dont miss Shelly playing and Carmen and Tierney singing their favorite works, and other surprises! This one-time-only incredible night finished with candlelight, champagne and special desserts with the artists in the Atrium will help keep our ticket prices low, our popcorn free, and our school programs thriving. Donations $50 and $100. Or gather with friends for a reserved 10-seat sponsor's pew! Honoring series founder Father Federico Capdepn, the evening will include the dedication of pages from a Holocaust-surviving Torah and a 13th Century French pocket Bible, with matching passages of the Deuteronomy Ten Commandments.St. Martha in the Shores 9301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami Shores, FL 33138 RESERVATIONS OR DONATIONS: CHURCH OFFICE, OR VISIT SAINTMARTHA.TIX.COM OR CALL 1-800-595-4849. QUESTIONS? CALL 305-751-0005 OR 305-458-0111 Friend us on Facebook! Saint Martha Concerts Continued on page 48

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papers journalistic reputation. Working in the newsroom between 1957 and 2001, Miller brought the Herald its second and third Pulitzers, in 1967 and 1976. As editor, he recruited recent graduates from colleges around the country. They had some of the best and brightest at the Herald , says UM profes sor Treaster. Former reporter Merzer recalls those glory days as well: We had a large, energetic and ambitious Broward bureau. We had numerous state bureaus, stretching along both coasts from Key West to Tallahassee. We had resident correspondents in many parts of Latin America and in the Middle East and in China. Jay Fredrickson, who worked at the paper between 1981 and 1991, remembers the bravado that reached to have a slogan at the Miami Herald , he remembers. It was I am from the Miami Herald and I can ruin your day if I wanted to. Thats how powerful that newspaper was. If somebody did something bad, it was front page on the local section. You might as well head out of town.Michael Lewis, veteran editor and publisher of the business weekly Miami Today believes that the Herald s golden age ended when the Miami News shut down on December 31, 1988. It was the very existence of the Miami News he maintains, that made the Herald as good a news organization as it was. With a circulation no higher than 90,000, the News where Lewis worked as assistant managing editor, was by far the smaller of the two daily papers. We were extremely competitive, Lewis says. I personally felt that the Miami News was a better newspaper. We were undermanned, had a much smaller staff, but we had the same high-quality stories. Making the two newsrooms all the more competitive was the fact that the Miami Herald and the Miami News were housed in the same building. In 1966 the News owned by Cox Newspapers, which also published the Palm Beach Post was losing money. But instead of seeking to eliminate the competi tion, Herald owner John Knight sought to sustain it. Knight felt strongly that cities needed two newspapers that offered alterna tive voices, wrote Howard Kleinberg, the last editor of the Miami News in Preserva tion Today Knight worked out a deal with Cox Newspapers in which the Herald handled distribution and ad sales for the News but the newsrooms remained separate, an arrangement that allowed the paper to stay alive another 22 years. For John Morton, a Marylandbased newspaper industry consultant, the downturn for the Herald and the rest of the Knight Ridder chain began when Alvah Chapmans successor, Jim Batten, died suddenly of a brain tumor in 1995. Under Battens leadership, Knight Ridder was very journalistically oriented, Morton says. He cared more Miami HeraldContinued from page 46 Continued on page 50 Herald

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50 about the quality of its journalism than the quality of its net earnings. Arva Moore Parks, a local histoHeritage Trust, describes Batten as a newspaper mans newspaper man. He had great respect from everyone in town, including me she recalls. If he hadnt died, the Herald wouldnt be in the pickle its in now. With Battens passing, P. Anthony Tony Ridder became CEO. The former publisher of the San Jose Mercury News had risen within the Knight Ridder company and was appointed president of Knight Ridders newspaper division in 1986, earning the nickname Darth Ridder among reporters for his insistence on costAt the time [1986], Chapman was worried that Knight Riddermight be a target for one of the corporate raiders then roaming the landscape, Devin Leonard wrote in a December 2001 Fortune had to rein in costs even then analysts carped about the companys fat payrolls but Chapman and his lieutenants were too much the products of the old Knight culture to take on the companys strongwilled editors. Ridder was different. He considered it a personal challenge to Within this new budget-driven environment, reporters and editors began to leave the Herald in droves, and when were eliminated, wrote Jim DeFede, then a staffer at Miami New Times in 1995. When I look back on that story, I thought that was going to be the low point of the Herald , DeFede says today. Now it looks like the good-time salad days for the Herald . Indeed, Tony Ridder may have been percent at the Herald and employees from circulation and production were getting pink slips. But so far the journalists werent being laid off. Ridder told Fortune that he wanted the newspapers within the chain to live within their means, instead of being subsidized by the money-making papers. Still, like the Knight executives of old, he tended to be reluctant to lay off reporters. The truth is that hes pleasing no one, declared Leonard in the 2001 Fortune article, not his journalists, and not Wall Street either, which looks at margin of 18.4% and wonders why it cant get its margins up to 25%. Complaining loudest for those higher Naples-based Private Capital Management and leader of a frustrated group of shareholders. In March 2006, Sherin newspaper stocks, gave Ridder an ultimatum: Sell the companys shares or face a hostile takeover. Knight Ridder lacked a dual-stock structure, like that of the New York Times Company and McClatchy, which protects the interests of a companys founders. Ridder put the company up for sale and began telling potential buyers, according to an August 2006 New York Times story, that with a 5 percent cut of Knight Ridders 18,000-person workforce, $150 million could be saved, rent 20 percent. Besides owning 32 newspapers, Knight Ridder had partial ownership of Apartments.com, and CareerBuilder. com back in 2006. (Seven year later, the few bright spots in a McClatchy investor report from February of last year.) Knight Ridder had real estate as well, including 1 Herald Plaza and surrounding land, which, thanks to the Adrienne Arsht Center, had become attractive to developers. (The Herald had champi oned the development of a performing arts center and even donated land for it in 1992.) So the Knight Ridder package valuable assets. Still, the price was steep, and McClatchy was the only bidder for the company, paying $67.25 a share, a rate that was more than nine times media analyst Ken Doctor in 2009. Other companies entertained the idea of buying Knight Ridder but had backed away after seeing cracks in the companys business model, Doctor wrote. cial analysts, Gary Pruitt, McClatchys CEO at the time, remained upbeat. We the current sentiments on Wall Street, but rather to look at facts and look at April 20 April 20 TICKETS ON SALE NOW! // 305.237.3010 // WWW.MDCLIVEARTS.ORG Were in a golden age of jazz-tango fusion, and bassist Pablo Aslan is one of the main reasons. JAZZIZ 8PM // THE COLONY THEATREPABLO ASLAN QUINTET PABLO ASLAN QUINTETThe Rebirth of Jazz Tango Miami HeraldContinued from page 48 Continued on page 51

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evidence and make long-term decisions for the company based on what the evidence shows, he told Herald staffers during a June 2006 visit. Because newspapers are out of favor, we feel we got a bargain in acquiring Knight Ridder. A former Herald sales executive cant help but be amused when recounting that day to the BT He was Mr. Cheerleader, the sales exec laughs. He was saying, Oh, this is going to be great. This is going to be fantastic. Who was the most skeptical? The reporters. And they were right. To pay for Knight Ridders assumed debt. McClatchy sold 12 of its newly acquired Knight Ridder papers for $2 billion, including Tony Ridders old paper, the San Jose Mercury News The Miami Herald was among the 20 Knight Ridder papers kept because McClatchy deemed Miami a growth market. But by February 2007, CEO Pruitt was acknowledging in a press release that times were turbulent for media companies. In an effort to reduce the debt following the Knight Ridder sale, McClatchy sold the Minnesota Star Tribune for $530 million. Less than a decade earlier, McClatchy had paid $1.2 billion for the paper. mum on reports that it was looking to sell the Herald. In December 2008, Jorge Prez, CEO of the Related Com panies, had acknowledged to a Herald reporter that he and Florida Crystals CEO Alfonso Fanjul had spoken to McClatchy about buying the Herald although nothing has materialized. executive refused to respond to what she called market rumors, even from her own companys reporters.Local media consultant Seth Gordon wouldnt be surprised if the Herald is still for sale. Every time theres cost-cutting, I think maybe theyre dressing it up to be sold, Gordon says. He thinks the paper might be better in local hands. That way the Herald s owners can have a forge a new relationship with readers and build new business ties. Former Herald editor Bob Radzie wicz, now a UM journalism professor, disagrees that the paper will be sold, noting that the Herald s investment in Doral is proof that the paper intends to stick around. McClatchy wouldnt be investing any more money in the Herald if they didnt feel it was going to be a McClatchy operation. One problem with corporate-owned newspapers is that they are infested with debt, says Arizona State journalism professor McGuire. Wipe out the $1.6 billion in debt, and McClatchy newspapers are in good shape, he says. Its debt thats overwhelming every newspaper company. McGuire predicts that locally based web operations with small staffs will spring into existence. The news ecosystem is going to expand, he says. People want more stuff. The challenge, though, news operation to make money. In spite of the debt that established newspapers have taken on, and the revenue lost to the web, media analysts say existing newspapers still have value, including name recognition, experienced staffs, and circulation lists. The lists have all the value, maintains Gillin of NewspaperDeathwatch.com. Theres also the sense among investors that the market may have bottomed out for publicly traded newspaper companies. Its hard to imagine that their value is going any lower than it is right now, he says. So what does the future hold for the Miami Herald ? Something called the Miami Herald years and probably in ten years, though no one can say what form it will take, Martin Merzer states. Twenty years? Im not so sure. Nowadays, photographer Tim Chap man is more concerned with the past. Twenty years ago he discovered that Herald archivists were more likely to throw away old photographic negatives and pictures than to save them. So he worked out a deal with Herald execu tives to allow photographers to keep their pictures. At his home Chapman now has many thousands of pictures stacked in boxes. Those photos, Chapman is certain, have value. They provide a window to Miamis past, a time when newspapers people relied on them for vital information. Chapman intends to donate the collection to a local organization that will preserve and catalogue them, so that, years from now, the era of powerful, Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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52 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORGoing, Going, Gone!Both the old INS building and Biscayne Plaza across 79th Street have been soldChanging the Planet One Kernel at a TimeShawnee Chassers green popcorn is hitting the big timeBy Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterThe 12-story building at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street once served as the headquarters of a real estate company that caused an envi ronmental disaster in the Everglades. After that, it was where immigrants came to stand in line for long hours in an effort to obtain green cards or political asylum from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. And then: nothing. It has sat empty Last summer a pair of sibling developers quietly bought the building, commonly known as the INS building, and a small Goodwill-anchored retail strip uring out what theyre going to do with it, but one of their company executives assures the BT that they believe in the Upper Eastside and the rest of Miamis Biscayne Corridor. We love that neighborhood, and were happy and humble to have found a site and take part in the areas exciting renaissance, says Justin Toal, chief of the Edgewater-based Fifteen Group. And how are they going to be part of that renaissance? Ask them again in a few months. I think in the next quarter we should have a much better idea about our plans, Toal says. Founded inside a Fort Lauderdale warehouse in 1992 by Mark and Ian Sanders, the Fifteen Group started out as a consulting company for commercial and resort property owners in New York, the Bahamas, and the Virgin Islands. By 1996 the Sanders brothers were buying properties, accumu lating a portfolio of 20,000 residential units across the nation, according to the companys website. Since 2008 the Fifteen Group has been seeking to build a $2 billion residential and retail project called New Wyvernwood in East Los Angeles. Theyve also been very busy in Miami. In November 2010, the Sanders brothers snatched up six acres of land ing at N. Miami Avenue and 36th Street from Scott Podolsky and Alex Forkosh for $5.3 million. Nine months later, in August 2011, the Fifteen Group bought a foreclosure BT photos by Silvia Ros By Harriette Yahr Special to the BTLiving in a treehouse in the middle of Little Haiti was the furthest thing from Shawnee Chassers mind when she arrived in glitzy Los Angeles in the late 1960s to pursue her dream of becoming a movie star. Walking across the country for a political cause seemed equally far removed from reality. But Chassers life has never followed a prefab path. And at age 62, after checking off plenty of atypical boxes on her lifelong have done list, shes now doing what any self-proclaimed hippie still full of energy does shes launched a green business to help change the world, one kernel at a time. Drop into any Whole Foods Market thumb Popcorn, an addictive mix of organic popcorn and health food staples, such as nutritional yeast and spirulina. Its hard not to eat the whole bag in shelves. On a recent trip to the Aventura store, there were no more bags in stock. Brent King, regional grocery coordinator, says Whole Foods is always looking for unique local food producers who share their commitment to offer the highest-quality products. Shawnees passion to create a tasty and nutritional us, which is evident by its popularity with our customers and team members. Turning hobbies into business ventures is popular these days. Whether Continued on page 54 Continued on page 55

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By Helen Hill Special to the BTA few years ago the message You are where you live alluded to the sophisticated lifestyles offered by new condominium developments. Now the concept of Active Design, integrating architecture, planning, and personal health in cities, neighborhoods, and individual buildings, takes living well to a whole new level. The Center for Active Design   in New York evolved as a response to the current public health epidemics of obesity and related chronic diseases. By increasing opportunities for daily physical activity and healthy eating, urban designers can play a crucial role in preventing and controlling these problems. For example, did you know that just two additional minutes of stair-climbing enough calories to offset the average U.S. adults annual weight gain? Studies indicate that improving access to places for physical activity can result in a 25-per cent increase in the number of people who exercise at least three times a week. In New York City, strategic improvements to public spaces resulted in a 161-percent increase in the number of people who walk and bike regularly. Active Design also offers an economic ing costs through increased energy over elevators, bikes instead of cars, or physical activity instead of screen time, they burn calories instead of electricity and carbon fuels. The three-year-old guidelines for Active Design are the product of a collaboration between the American Institute of Architects, AIA New York, New York City agencies like the Department of Health, private-sector architects and developers, and academic partners. In the big picture, urban design strategies create neighborhoods, streets, and outdoor spaces that encourage walking, bicy cling, and recreation. In new the placement and design of stairs, elevators, and indoor and outdoor spaces sets the scene for active living. Many of the guidelines strategies can be applied to existing buildings as well. These include unlocking the doors to stairwells so people can walk up and down. (Implementing a key card or code system for security usually inhibit easy access, can be redesigned to open and close when required in an emergency.) Getting people to use the stairs can be as simple as making the environment more appealing with paint, artwork, and visible signage. Biking becomes more desirable when there are designated places to securely store bikes, while safe recreational spaces invite childrens play. The community as a whole can enjoy growing fresh, healthy herbs and vegetables in roof-top or street-level gardens. While the exercise facilities and social rooms recommended by the guidelines are already featured in most Miami multifamily buildings, Miami. Active Design is still new here, and its guidelines have yet to be formally adopted. Designed for northern climes, they may need some adaptation to South Floridas tropical climate and different recreational opportunities. Rick Bell, executive director of the AIA New York Chapters Center for Architecture and a conference organizer for the Center for Active Design, says that Miamis great advantage is an extraordinary climate that allows for outdoor activities year-round. Physical activities become part of everyday life instead of only at weekends, he notes. Exercise is more than a treadmill or stationary bike in the bedroom. Bell believes that single-family neigh borhoods function better as mixed-use communities, with clusters of stores and places to get a cup of coffee or a snack. Nobody is going to walk two miles to get a bagel, but half-amile is doable, he says, adding, communities should have shaded benches for resting and perhaps contemplative mini gardens and other amenities to make walking pleasurable. Bell was a featured speaker at a recent event held downtown at Miami-Dade Colleges Wolfson Campus. Organized by the Miami chapter of the AIA, the panel brought together Bell; Dr. Karen Lee, director of the Built Environment and Active Design Program for the New York City Health Department; Karen Hamilton of the South Florida Regional Planning Council; David Weller, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organi zation; and Karen Weller, RN, director of Community Health and Planning, Miami-Dade Health Department. Moderator Bernard Zyscov ich, head of Miami-based Zysco vich Architects, had a special designed the new classroom building on the Wolfson campus. incorporate Active Design guide lines and be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for an Innovation in Design credit, awarded for exemplary performance in green design. We accepted the challenge to incor porate the Active Design guidelines be cause of an even bigger challenge to our community young people in Miami and South Florida have a statistically higher rate of obesity and related health Hide the Elevators The concept of Active Design in architecture comes to Miami Continued on page 54 Photos by Robin Hill

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54 livelihood, its out of the kitchen and into the weekend farmers market or local bistro or sometimes national chain. Think of the microbrew beer craze (Miami has jumped on that wagon), or the spate of chocolatiers, artisan bakers, or whisky distillers now making the foodie rounds. Portlandia the hilarious eco-hipster satire airing on IFC (with clips on Hulu) riffed off artisanal popcorn this past season. For Chasser the impetus to start her business was neither trend nor the economy. In 2008 big change started in. She moved off of her brother Ray Chassers Earth-N-Us Farm in Little Haiti, where she had lived (in a multilevel treehouse) for 15 years. And in a pivotal and heartbreaking moment the next year, her son, Joshua Braden Levy, died. Chasser was devastated. At the same time, she felt the pull of life. Josh taught me that we only have a short time on this planet, she says. You only have today. He kicked my be here now philosophy into high gear. So where did Chasser turn for inspira tion to get something going in life again? She didnt have to look far. For years shed been making popcorn with special ingredients and brown-bagging it for movie outings with friends and serving it up to her kids and grandkids. Everyone in her circle loved it, including her son Josh. Why wouldnt everyone else? Plus her inspiration had a pedigree. In 1969 Chasser left her hometown of Miami (she attended Miami Norland Senior High) to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. It ended up being the political climate of the times, not the movie world, that transformed her life. part of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl , Chasser recalls, so I thought I was the greatest star ever. When I got to L.A., I was totally disillusioned. Everyone wanted to know my body size and body weight, and I didnt think that had anything to do with my talent. It was one disillusionment after another until I started meeting political activists, and I realized Id met my tribe. So Chasser decided to dedicate her life to creating peace on earth and headed over to UCLA to join the Vietnam war protests. She was still wearing her false eyelashes, she says, but soon ditched those for bare feet. And while others brought peanut-butter sandwiches along for fuel, Chasser brought her popcorn. In 1986 Chasser signed onto the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament, walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., with her young kids, Wren and Josh, in tow. Her popcorn, which people referred to as her famous popcorn back then, fed hundreds along the nine-month trek, and was cooked up in a roving kitchen. As to the recipe, Chasser says shes added different ingredients nutritional yeast (the B-12 supplement), garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and more year after year, with the goal of creating she added was spirulina, a blue-green algae touted as having a wide range of Chasser says her biggest challenge is convincing people that green stuff can taste good. Its not easy being green, she laughs, then gets earnest. She really believes in her product. Once people taste it, they say, Wow, it really is good. Thats whats kept me going all these years how people love it once they try it. Even my best friends who eat at Burger King. (Chasser also points out her popcorn which takes its greenget when you dig into a bag contains As for the business operation, its down-home, which makes sense for a company with an unpretentious CEO who still lives in a backyard treehouse (I cant live inside) and spends her life off-line (We should be connecting more with the soil, not a computer). At a recent pop and bag session held at an industrial kitchen near Aventura, where she rents space, a friendsand-family assembly line worked the goods: measuring ingredients, mixing in freshly popped corn, bagging, sealing, Art Friedrich, who assists Chasser with day-to-day responsibilities, con to all 19 Whole Foods throughout Florida. Theyre in the application process for national distribution with Whole Foods, and Chasser is excited about the new store opening on Biscayne Boulevard at 123rd Street. Its located not far from her North Miami home, which will make checking shelves for stock a lot easier. Chasser talks about the similarities be tween running a business and her previous incarnations as an actress and peacenik and treehouse designer, and even when she her kids around the country. Ive always been a go-forward person, she says. If I didnt have a project, my life didnt work. This is just another project for me. The fact that its such a big project, I have been injected and this is from my son Josh with the reality its a short time were here and I need to hurry up. together with opening a homeless shelter for women, which she hopes the popcorn will fund, but thats a future chapter of her story. Vegan, kosher, 95-percent organic, and gluten-free, Shawnees Greenthumb Popcorn is currently available in all local Whole Foods, as well as mom-and-pops such as The Honey Tree and the Upper Eastside Farmers Market. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com PopcornContinued from page 52 Active DesignContinued from page 53 is sues than most other areas of the coun try, says Zyscovich. This issue requires both education and action, therefore a stu dent services and classroom building with center and food service, provided a won derful opportunity to make a difference. Building #8 on NE 2nd Street blends well with the original 1960s building across the street, and is compatible with other Miami-Dade College buildings that rely on the use of durable, low-maintenance, pre-cast concrete panels. However, the material is used more creatively here, with panels moving in and out on different levels, creating street-facing walls with implied movement. At the ground level, the line of pre-cast concrete undulates above an uninterrupted glass wall and makes the building appear to hover above the not uniform, but expand where there is a College-age students appreciate buildings that allow them to feel a part of their environment in this case, a vibrant campus in an international city, says Thorn Grafton, director of sustainable initiatives at Zyscovich Architects. The buildings transparency rises way, which anchors the space directly adjacent to the entry doors. The open stairway is designed as a sculptural element, to encourage students to walk up and down and enjoy social engagement and views of the urban campus. The elevators, per Active Design guidelines, are intentionally less prominent, located in the rear corner of the building. Another innovative design feature Continued on page 55

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judgment that gave the brothers control of 25 unsold units within the bankrupt Platinum condo at 480 NE 30th St. and an adjacent 2.7-acre bayfront site zoned for a high-rise. That same month, the Fifteen Group paid $9.1 million for a twoacre site at 3131 NE 7th Ave., where the proposed 300-unit ICE II condominium was to have been built. Then in June 2012, the Fifteen Group bought the old INS building and its 122,600-square-foot parcel from nanced the purchase with a $3.5 million loan from BridgeInvest a month later. All of these land buys have been made within or near neighborhoods the Fifteen Group is excited about. We are very bullish on the Biscayne Corridor, Midtown Miami, Edgewater, the Design District, and the MiMo District, Toal says. But right now, the Fifteen Group has no set plans for any of these sites. I think the beauty of this market is that Toal beams. There are so many exciting possibilities that were letting the market come to us a little bit. Interesting things may be afoot just across the street from the INS building, too. On March 26, the Biscayne Plaza shopping center was sold by developers Allan Greenwald and Edward Easton. At press time, Greenwald and Easton had not revealed the identity of the buyer or the sale price, except to say that included in the deal were several acres of land front ing the Little River. Greenwald and Easton have owned the shopping center since 1983. It was built in 1954 on what had been a strawberry farm, and enjoyed great popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. In more recent years, however, have been largely vacant, tempting some visionaries to imagine a high-rise, mixeduse community in its place. In fact plans for 2470 housing units and 200,000 square feet of retail were submitted to the city in 2005, though nothing materialized (see the BT s At the Corner of Yesterday and Tomorrow, June 2010). The old INS building across from Biscayne Plaza has its own storied past. was the Gulf American Corporation, a boiler-room operation that specialized in selling Florida swampland to naive Americans and foreigners who dreamed of building their vacation homes in the Sunshine State. In an attempt to build Golden Gates Estates on thousands of acres of land near the Everglades in Collier County, Gulf American drained wetlands, paved roads, and burned tens of thousands of oaks, pines, and cypress trees. Only a few homes were built in the 1970s, and environmentalists blamed the canals that Gulf American Corporation had dug (without permits) for the wetlands loss of billions of gallons of freshwater. and Naturalization Service operated in the building beginning in 1979. Then, after Miami Avenue, the INS made the 79th Street building its new headquarters in May 1983. The federal agency, now known as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, remained there for the next 25 years, until the fall of 2008. The CIS now in Kendall, Hialeah, and Liberty City. Following the agencys departure, the prospect of re-purposing the 79th Street building captured the imagination of college students. In 2010 three students from Florida Atlantic Universitys School of Urban & Regional Planning proposed turning it into a MiMo Arts Center consisting of a museum dedicated to the post-World War II architectural style, and ground-level restaurants and retail. Also in 2010, a team of Barry University business students suggested turning the building into an indoor sporting venue bowling, swimming, indoor soccer, and more. (For more on the sports haven scenario, see the BT s Five Big Ideas for the MiMo District, April 2010.) Jeff Morr, CEO of Majestic Properties, thinks the old INS building could although if he were the developer, hed convert it to a residential building. You could have loft-style apartments and high ceilings, he says, making a comparison to The Bank, a mixed-use loft project in a former bank building near to Biscayne Plaza at 8101 Biscayne Blvd. Or the former INS headquarters could be knocked down. Says the Fifteen Groups Justin Toal: Were not committed to keeping it, and were not committed to destroying it. Were trying to identify the best use of the property. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Gone!Continued from page 52 Active DesignContinued from page 54classroom: Extra-wide upstairs hallways have small break-out alcoves with tables and chairs, so students can work together in groups or study on their own. Coding constraints meant the main, open staircase could only service levels, so it was decided the buildings the last three levels. To meet the Active windows offering rooftop views and glimpses of cruise ships at the Port of Miami. Signage encourages users to continue on the stairs all the way to the Some changes were made to plans at the request of the college. Exterior spaces created by the buildings undulating faade, originally planned become inaccessible, roofed areas, and a proposed running track on the buildings roof did not meet budget requirements. Looking to the future, Miami is joining progressive cities across the nation growing their transportation choices. A bike-share program following on Miami Beachs successful program ( two million rentals in not quite two years) and an increase in pedestrian investments will help to imple ment some of the basics of Active Design. AIA Miami is working with partners to later this year, with a full day of program ming that it hopes will raise the visibility of Active Design practices here. See centerforactivedesign.org/conferences. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com BT photos by Erik Bojnansky

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56 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADERising to the OccasionGlobal warming, and its impact on sea levels, needs to be addressed locallyBy Frank Rollason BT ContributorSo the other night Im watching a documentary on Alaskan polar bears on the Smithsonian channel. (I have no life, its true.) In this riveting presentation, it was made clear the ice polar bears as they make their way from frozen sea cap to frozen sea cap in search of food (seals) are becoming scarcer. Many of the bears drown from exhaustion because they just cannot tread the cold sea any longer. And why, ing scarcer? Global warming. I know, I know. Some of you may think I have jumped on the Al Gore bandwagon and am pushing all kinds of panic buttons, but this is just not the case. What has me following the global-warming situation is the resulting rise in sea level and the impact it will eventually have on the East Coast and, in particular, on South Florida. Speaking of panic, it will only become a panic situation if our elected kick the can down the road as an issue to be handled by the next set of elected ofdebt and you see how well thats going.) Anyway, back to the animals that serve as a barometer of climatic conditions, much like the proverbial canary in the coal mine. In the case of global warming, other animals are silently sounding the alert. ing primarily due to a lack of food. Climate change is having an impact on the food chain, and the coldest regions of our big blue marble are the most sensitive to the changes. While the polar bears are located to the north in the Arctic, penguins are located in the southern region of Antarctica. On March 11, NBC had a segment on the nightly news concerning the plight of the penguins. Apparently, over relatively recent geological periods, there has been a ten-degree temperature Video still courtesy RED Studios Digital Imagery and Animation

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catastrophic for the penguin population, so much so that their numbers have dropped by more than 90 percent. Why? Global warming. You see, as the temperature rises, the amount of algae growing under the ice cap dwindles, resulting in an adverse impact on the next organism in the food chain, krill. At this point there is 80 percent less krill than there was when the climate was much colder. Well, who penguins? Only the largest mammal left in the sea: the whale. During the cold season, the whales migrate to the poles and feed upon krill to gain fat in order to survive the long migration back to warmer climates, where they bear and raise their young, before once again heading back to the colder waters to pig out on krill. It appears that the pigging-out times are quickly ending. Warmer climate equals fewer algae; fewer algae equals fewer Lets bring this subject a little closer to home. On March 10, the front page of the Miami Herald featured an article headlined Deep Trouble, which began: A lot of highly developed coastal property could be under water sooner than you think. (Editors note: For a comprehen sive look at how sea-level rise will affect the Biscayne Corridor, see BT senior writer Erik Bojnanskys cover story Lost in a Rising Sea, September 2012.) The Herald articles primary focus group called Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, challenging Miami-Dades $1.5 billion plan to repair the countys aging sewage system. The crux of the suit is that the county is ignoring the inevitable sea rise as it spends millions of taxpayer dollars to plants, located in South Dade, North Miami, and on Virginia Key. The county argues the current work will buy several decades of time and, anyway, it doesnt have the funding to accomplish longer-range work. The position of several scientists studying the sea-level issue is that its apparent sea rise is proceeding at a rate faster than what had been anticipated even four short years ago. Here are a few stats that should make you start thinking: Between 2031 and 2042 (18-29 years from now) a one-foot rise is expected. Between 2048 and 2066 (35-53 years), a two-foot rise is expected. Between 2063 and 2085 (50-72 years), a three-foot rise is expected. Between 2094 and 2112 (just 99 years), a six-foot rise is expected. So what do we do? Well, there is a consortium of engineers, scientists, and other professionals from Palm Beach County to Monroe County studying the issue and formulating a plan. Just as President John F. Kennedy made a moon landing a top national priority in the 1960s, so too must President Obama make it a national priority to address catastrophic sea-level rise, which is clearly on the way. In the January 2013 issue of Roll ing Stone writer Jeff Goodell pointed out that, among all the tests President gest failure was climate change. After promising in 2008 that his presidency would be the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal, President Obama went silent on the most crucial issue of our time. If one subscribes to the bumper sticker philosophy, Think Globally, Act Locally, I submit its time for some heat to be turned up under the butts of our of some value to shoot off an e-mail to the president, it may be of more value and state reps what they are doing to bring a relevant action plan into being. After all, it will be a waste of time and money to rebuild a crumbling national infrastructure of bridges, roads, and water and sewer systems if it will all be under water by the time our childrens children are middle age. I will leave you with a quote from Dr. Harold Wanless, a University of Miami geology professor who has studied sealevel rise in South Florida for the past 40 years: At some point, and I hope its this year, Miami-Dade government and everybody has to start truly recognizing that were in for it; that this is coming. Couldnt have said it better myself. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Allison ACADEMYFounded in 1983 Accredited by: AISF, SACS/CASI, AdvancED, MSA NCPSA 305.940.3922 ACCEPTING ENROLLMENTfor summer school June 17 July 25, 2013

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58 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNAnd the Beats Go On Once again, the Ultra Music Festival brings big money and big headaches to downtown MiamiBy Adam Schachner BT ContributorThe downtown streets were over run with shocking Day-Glo yellow, green, and orange masses. Flam boyant youth descended on Miami in droves. The unusually brisk mid-March nights did not discourage the faithful from wearing minimalist getups; there would be plenty of body heat where they were going. Ground-shaking bass beats pounded from stages at Bayfront Park, invading eardrums throughout downtown. Ultra Music Festival had returned. Ultras annual extravaganza represents both a celebration and a burden for Miami. Debate precedes its yearly arrival, and its continued contract with the city. Argu ments bounce back and forth like so many dancing concert goers. Advocates for the recognition. Those who dont roll with that rhythm see a messy drain on resources, berating off the downtown skyline. Add to the mix this years expanded menu of Ultra festivities two weekends, ing common ground are compounded. ment, as the virtues and frustrations associated with the festival are discussed a senior staffer for Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose District 2 includes Bay fering that the commissioner has gone on the record opposing the second weekend. Theres too much pressure on the area. Yet the possibility that Ultra is doing more and more things right every year from residents that it is greatly improved Certainly the revenue from the event is enough to buy it some reconsideration. says, the event brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars for overtime pay. That was bigger than we heard back in October, when the second weekend was approved. undeniable. The thing that people fail to recognize, asserts Tim Schmand, Bayfront Parks executive director, is that Bayfront receives no government funding. Events like Ultra or the [MercedesBenz] Corporate Run allow us to fund our programming. You cant run a park on bake sales. Last year Ultra netted Bayfront Park $455,000 over one weekend. Schmand predicts the added weekend this year will more than double park revenue. Ultra also brings jobs downtown. Cleaning cost for the crew is $298,708. Solid waste is $33,000, Schmand informs. And that is all paid for by Ultra Music Festival. The crews are over 100 local workers. BT photo by Adam Schachner 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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While Ultra offers the trappings of a jet-set lifestyle more typically associated with Ibiza or Sao Paulo, it also carries club cultures stigmas. Attendees are criticized as wild or morally ambiguous. Yearly rumors that the latest designer drugs will be readily available terrify the parents of and their loosened wallets, but the at traction extends far beyond Bayfronts Klipsch Amphitheater. Amid the behav ioral tumult, downtown residents coexist tent duntz-duntz-duntz of drums and bass. downtown; noisily colorful groups lined the streets close to Bayfront. The distinct some would say negative impact Ultra had on the citys functioning became apparent. Miamis very layout was forced to change in order to accommodate Ultras monumental crowds. Police transformed Biscayne Boulevard into a circuit crossing. Fencing and partitions corralled partygoers into a winding path off the separating pedestrians from cars. southbound lanes. Cars navigated around hordes of glowing participants who traveled by Metrorail and Metromover (an exponential boost to transit ridership). between shows. These alterations embody the dual routine was altered, many of these disrup tions provided substantial income. Down celebrants. Music tourists crammed hotels. Service staffs logged overtime. According to an often cited study conducted by Coral Gables-based business consultants the Washington Economic Group, Ultra brings the city roughly $79 million every concert series. Each year brings in about 900 jobs related to the event. This year those numbers no doubt will increase, owing or hate it, the city is dancing to Ultras Ultra is rapidly becoming a Miami tradition. The name itself is symbolic: Ultra suggests the extensiveness of the festivals hype and its followers limitless devotion, yet it also represents the sizable revenue produced during the festivities. Bystanders to this years phenomenon can attest to its enormity. Eddie Padilla, executive director of the business and promotion collaborative Downtown Miami Partnership, recognizes the opportunities for increased going to restaurants and businesses downtown, says Padilla. Initially, the nitely a positive impact. The economic boost is welcome, but, as Padilla notes, there is also a com munity to consider. Downtown residents previously have voiced their concerns over noise, the need for increased law enforcement, and excessive trash. The residents have had some impacts, Padilla The Downtown Miami Partnership dilla points out that its incumbent upon everyone impacted to voice their opinions positive and negative so we can put forth challenges for the upcoming years. Miami. After disco went mainstream, there was still a following for it on Miami Beach, which was ground zero for dance music in Miami. What Ultra has done is move it out of the clubs and into a larger position. mous support or an enthusiastic welcome Concerned residents are therefore against the promise of continued funding for one of the citys signature attractions, Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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60 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIUnnatural DisasterThe Biscayne Landing tsunami is about to hit before voters can have a sayBy Mark Sell BT ContributorSurfs up, and the City of North Miami May 14 election campaign signs are already washing ashore deadline isnt until April 8. But the Biscayne Landing tsunami is The pressure is on to wrap up the preliminary site plan this month before the election, while the developers can still deal with a relatively amenable city council. If, say, Carol Keys were to beat Michael Blynn in District 2, and Kevin Burns were to succeed Andre Pierre as mayor, the developers might face a distinctly cooler reception. But there is no telling who will win in a crowded and As many know, developers Michael Swerdlow, Richard LeFrak, and Oleta Partners LLC stormed the beaches last August and handed the City of North Miami $17.5 million-plus, saving the mu go to work on a 20-year epic project to develop 184 acres on the southeast corner of 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard. That project has morphed into a retail, residential, and auto mall Godzilla (with adult-care facilities now back in the picture), preparing for the spine road that will link 143rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard with 151st Street. (An additional elevated road over wetlands linking Biscayne Landing with Florida International University re mains just talk, for now.) Oleta Partners met sharp resistance March 5 at the planning and zoning commis sion meeting, which declared their develop ment plan an abomination, with spirited support from council candidate Keys, activist Carol Prager, and mayoral candidate Burns. On March 12, planning and zoning commission member William Prevatel, an architect and urban planner (and the one who dubbed Biscayne Landing the tsunami), fought a bad cold and came before the North Miami City Council at midnight like the Masque of the Red Death, saying of the project: This is insane, and youre all going to pay for it. Biscayne Landing project manager Herb Tillman, ever the gentleman, kept his cool and announced a March 19 community workshop at the sales center at 151st and Biscayne, with an April 30 Kobi Karp Architecture Saint Martha Yamaha2012-2013 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director Internationally acclaimed concert and recording artist, Cuban-American pianist JUANA ZAYAS plays Schumann ( Arabesque Op.18, Carnaval Op. 9), Ginastera (Sonata ), Cervantes, Lecuona, and, with PAUL POSNAK, Gershwins Cuban Overture. Recipient of top prizes at the Peyrellade Conservatory of Music in Havana, the Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique in Paris, and the International Music Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, Ms. Zayas has performed with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Zeeuws Orchestra, Madrids Orquesta Sinfnica de Radio Televisin Espaola, and the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; at Serate Musicali, Lincoln Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her playing brims with ardor, fire, and sparkling virtuosity. And her technical equipment certainly ranks among the most formidable of todays leading pianists. David Mulbury, American Record GuideApril 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.JUANA ZAYAS TO PURCHASE TICKETS visit www.stmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or 305-751-0005 or purchase at church office or at door.Meet the artists at our after-concert reception in the Atrium, included with your tickets.

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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA mM I SHORE sSHH ow Well Do You Know Y our Neighbors? Illegal squatters are moving into the Shores, and were all paying the priceBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorEver wonder how outsiders view Miami in general, and places like Miami Shores, in particular? If so, feel free to read the recently posted travel article in the New York Times titled Miami, My Way. Written by a woman who claims to be an expert on classic, uncool Miami simply because shes visited nine times over the past two decades, the wrongheaded piece is angering residents across the board. For one thing, the writer got some facts wrong. She calls the region southern Florida, rather than the widely accepted South Florida. She misspells a restaurants name. She cites a Kmart on Lincoln Road in 1991, instead of the Woolworths that it actually was, and has no idea the city limits dont include Homestead and the Keys, which are part of her Miami. For another, the tone of the piece is Manhattan-centric condescension, as though Miami is just another borough of New York City. She agrees with a friend (whom she calls a veteran of Art Basel) that most of the allegedly cool stuff in Miami is actually stuff for New Yorkers who go there it doesnt have to do with Miami. She claims that trying out a list of Manhattan-chef-recommended new restaurants is useless because in my opinion, if youre going to Miami for food that is more exotic than crab claws and Key lime pie, you are probably overthinking it. Ouch. But what really infuriates me, and a whole bunch of other locals, is this: She describes Coral Gables, a neigh borhood of multimillion-dollar homes, as lushly decayed. Im sure the residents of Coral Gables are insulted to hear that their stringently monitored city is actually decayed. But hey, she didnt describe Miami Shores that way. Why should we be concerned? Like Miami Shores the Village Beautiful to the Gables City Beautiful homeowners in the Gables pay some of the highest property taxes in Miami-Dade County. Published, misguided statements not only harm the Gables, they hurt equiv alent communities that banks, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents compare to the Gables. Just try to sell your house rfntff rfn tnbn nrf ntbnrr nnn rr r r rfnrnr r r r rnn

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or renegotiate your mortgage with lushly decayed hanging over your roof. What else harms our homes values, especially in Miami Shores? Foreclosures. Houses abandoned by their owners and left to the banks, who dont monitor them until something goes wrong. And in both the Gables and the Shores, as well as all over the Upper Eastside and in similar neighbor hoods in Broward and Palm Beach counties, what goes wrong is that squatters move in. Between 2012 and 2013, the phenomenon of people moving into a house they dont own or have a valid lease to rent has become more prevalent. Several factors contribute: the poor economy, causing families to squat out of necessity; unscrupulous criminals posing as landlords; and drug rings looking to Id like to muster up some sympathy for well-intentioned squatters like my husband and I when we bought Mango House. We had no choice but to move in early, after the seller declared bankruptcy. But it seems ill-intentioned squatters are the more dominant kind. Indeed, this past July, NBC 6 reporter Willard Shepard helped to bust squatters living illegally on NW 100th Street; he was told by Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad that similar situations are occurring at four homes in the same neighborhood. Shepards next piece? It could very well be on the alleged squatters who last month moved into a foreclosed home, left vacant for the past year, on NE 92nd Street. The loudly barking Afghan hound that used to patrol the property was effective at keeping away strangers, but the family moved out of state and, of course, took the dog with them. The lack of defenses, plus the public availability of foreclosure records, made the home vulnerable. Fortunately, observant neighbors proactive homeowner wrote about it in a letter he distributed to everyone in the area. Two individuals were observed breaking into and entering the property, he wrote. Neighborshave since observed these same two individuals having the locks changed on the property, moving furnishings, and establishing utility service on the premises...and what appear to be drug-related transactions occurring on the property. Im impressed with the vigilance of my neighbors, who called police and the broker on the property, who has power of attorney. While the police cant do much except try to catch the men committing criminal acts, the broker can start eviction proceedings. The reason why police are somewhat helpless in these matters has to do with an archaic adverse possession law, which was put on the books centuries ago to help farmers, working land they didnt own, claim it after seven years. Its kind of like a common-law marriage, except between squatter and house. Many are taking advantage of this law, though a bill Only the owner of the house, the one holding the deed or the bank has the power to prove trespassing, thus enabling the police to make an arrest. But neighbors can be surprisingly effective. and the police, at least so they can moni tor the property. Also notify your Neigh borhood Watch group, if you have one. The second step is bringing the situation to widespread attention. While it may seem counterintuitive to let the general public know about houses in foreclosure and thus expose the properties to potential problems, and your own home to falling values its important to focus the lens on those houses that are already illegally occupied in order to stem the tide of squatters. aware. Squatters tend not to care about the house itself maintaining its appearance or keeping it up to code so in that regard While it might hurt the actual homeowner in the long run liens can affect the sale of a house if the house is in foreclosure For examples, see the March minutes of the Miami Shores Code Board meeting; its very instructive not only in terms of the damage the squatters can do to a home, but how many Miami Shores properties are currently in code violation. If youre trying to negotiate a mortgage, this is important information. Paying attention is, quite simply, the best way to keep Miami Shores from by ignorant outsiders as lushly decayed. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rf ntbbbb rfrntbb t f f rff

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64 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR aA Someone EE lses ProblemMiami Lakes addresses the nancial exploitation of seniors, something Aventura should have done long agoBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorThe Town of Miami Lakes was need for resident input on most matters, Miami Lakes has at least eight citizen the special requirements or interests of its or friends do not know how to respond, or are too embarrassed to publicize the ful the people of Miami Lakes had the wherewithal to address what is also an assists the senior in bathing and dressing, prepares meals, cleans the condo, does to the doctor and, once in while, to a resWe are Pace... Partners Academics Catholic Empowerment The Tradition of Excellence Continues! Enroll Today!Be a part of the Spartan tradition... 305-623-7223, ext. 342 or visit www.PaceHS.com to get the enrollment process started. A New Aveda Concept Salonwww.SevenSeasSpaSalon.comSPA PACKAGEReceive...30 Minute Massage 30 Minute Facial Manicure and Pedicure Complimentary Valet Complimentary Champagne Access to Tiki Hut on the beachALL forDAY$99$50 MASSAGE Mon-ThursCALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT305-749-210016701 Collins AvenueLocated at the Sunny Isles Beach inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

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as sharp as before. The only person the senior sees on a regular basis is the aide. The aide becomes the seniors best friend. Suddenly, the aide is paid two or three times her original wage. The senior writes checks for a down payment on a new vehicle for the aide. The senior also pays the monthly car payments. (After all, the aide has to have reliable transportation.) More checks are written for the aides household purchases, maybe even for a down payment on a new house. After a time the senior is unable to write checks. So the aide writes them, and the senior signs them without question. You can easily guess how this story ends. One of the seniors children visits, re views the bank accounts, and, to his horror, realizes his mother may not have enough money on which to live out her years, par ticularly if, at some point, she is going to require admittance to a care facility. If the senior didnt sign appropriate estate documents when she was fully competent, legal guardianship proceedings have to be initiated to obtain control of the seniors accounts. The guardianship proceeding is expensive, embarrassing, and intrusive. Four strangers a court-appointed lawyer and three healthcare professionals have to visit the senior to evaluate whether she retains her mental competence. Of course, there are variations on this story. Sometimes a child is taking care of her mothers affairs and writing checks out of a joint account or under power of attorney. That child, or her culties. Checks are written to satisfy the childs debts. Thats what the mother would have done under the circumstances, if only she could fully grasp them, right? The other children get wind of this. Lawyers are hired, nasty letters are written, and So how do the good people of Miami Lakes tell us to prevent this problem? By having seniors adopt a set of carefully drawn estate planning documents while they are fully competent and clearly able to state their intentions, in the event they later become incapacitated. First, a senior should execute a power of attorney, which enables a matters in the event she no longer wishes, or is competent, to do so. Beware, though. The power of attorney is an extremely powerful document. In certain cases, the agent appointed under the power of attorney can change the seniors estate plan, and in all cases the agent can act on behalf of the senior by writing checks or rearranging investments, even when the senior is fully competent and wants to continue to manage her own affairs. Accordingly, its important the appointed agent and/or her partner have no abuse problem. If the senior wishes to appoint one child to the exclusion of others, there among the children, so that the children not acting as the agent have no reason to question the actions of the agent. Also the agent should have some experience Second, the senior should create a living trust to which most, if not all, of her assets are transferred. A living trust is a document under which the senior is the remains in control of the assets so long as she remains competent. Thus there is no danger that anyone can take over her The senior can use the assets in the trust for any purpose. However, if the senior is no longer able to handle her affairs, no mortifying guardianship proceeding is required. Instead, a letter from a doctor who knows her well and perhaps one from another physician, such transfer powers to a successor trustee. The same rules in selecting an agent under a power of attorney should apply in selecting a successor trustee. If a quali company may be a good choice. These are particularly experienced in saying no to friends and relatives who may want to borrow money from the senior. If the approximately 9000 Aventura seniors take this advice from the people of Miami Lakes, there will be no Aventura story to tell anymore. The people of Aventura should thank the people of Miami Lakes. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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66 Culture: THE ARTSCulture Lab After 15 years, experimental art space Locust Projects is still pushing boundaries, and producing intriguing resultsBy Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorDuring Art Basel Miami Beach this past December, Chicagobased rising art star Theaster Projects in the Design District for a week or so, making his Soul Manufac turing Corporation That exhibit was an experiment in craft creation: Gates and several companions he called skilled workers made ceramics and woodworks and discussed the value of labor, the nature of urban interventions, and the evolution of race relations with anyone who passed by. It was hugely popular. Meanwhile, at the main Basel fair in the convention center on Miami Beach, Gatess work was prominently displayed in the booths of his Chicago Gates and his Soul landed at a perfect time, providing an appropriate was gearing up for its 15th anniversary, the exhibit was a great example of what nity, and what it promises to continue to bring. Its mission from inception was to give space to noncommercial, experimental art, to artists both local and national who really would have no other place to play with some of their alternative concepts, and then serve up that work to the public. worth looking back on, as a number of its exhibitions were crucial to Miamis artistic development. In 1998, long before Basel arrived and before Wynwood was even a whisper in the cultural world, three scene needed a space where art could be shown without necessarily being sold. At the time, the galleries that mattered most were in Coral Gables, but Elizabeth Withstandley, Westen Charles, and the artist known as COOPER found a cheap, abandoned warehouse on NW 23rd Street in Wynwood. It was pretty scary, says Charles, recalling the neighborhood. The windows in the place were blown out and water was leaking everywhere in the But because nobody knew what pilation of their own work. That soon changed. As the three artists had gone to school in the Northeast, they brought down some New York artists, and an audience began to trickle in. We didnt have a lot of expectations back then, says Charles. We just wanted it to be artist-friendly. As he remembers it, in those early days, people came to exhibits and stayed all night. (There was no other place to go in the neighborhood.) Art ists, art lovers, gallery owners, and collectors took notice of the unique crowd and work that was materializing. Some of the installations blew people away, others left them scratching their heads. Thats the nature of experimental: If Drawn from the Everglades, Photos courtesy of Locust Projects

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you knew the outcome, it wouldnt be an experiment. Other galleries popped up in the previously desolate neighborhood and, after Basel picked Miami as its U.S. home, Wynwood took off. Running Locust became a full-time job, albeit one with no pay. Basically, we couldnt afford it anymore, says Charles. But with the help of cultural promoters such as Dennis Scholl and Mary Luft, they were able to form a While the experience of visiting Locust lost a little bit of its rawness along with the surrounding neighborhood the space became a focal point of the local art world. Artists from all over began sending in proposals, and professional directors were needed. In Sheldon, along with a number of imporFour years ago this month, Kaplan Gallery in New York, was hired. Just as she arrived, she recalls, she was shown the boxes that would be carted off to the new Locust Projects space in the pleasure of packing up, she says with a laugh. Unlike the patched-up warehouse with the huge metal gate that would be cranked up on opening nights, the new space in the Design District had streetfacing windows and a door. One of the remarkable exhibits that took over the new space came from New York-based Valerie Hegarty, who, using paper, photography, and trompe loeil painting, turned the gal lery into a vision of a post-hurricane world. There were pastel-colored tiles somewhat intact, a beautiful sea in the background, and birds jumping around what might have been your living room, now destroyed. Another stunner was the pink-car immersive, beautiful piece. Other ex hibits were not so successful. But again, taking chances means not everything is going to work, and why a Locust Projects is needed in any respectable arts town. The room where Theaster Gates set up his urban corporation is the latest lo cation for Locust. Its still in the Design District, only now on N. Miami Avenue. est home yet, with room for a library and several exhibition spaces. The reaction from artists on our new space Sheldon. They seem to think it is an open, friendly space. Friendly, but still cutting-edge. Example: the current installation at Locust, from New Yorkers Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen. Drawn from the Everglades and through our own childhood desires to play with it. A giant, all-green paper sculpture covers the massive space. It is a mangrove, or whatever verdant world you grew up with, the one that beckoned you to dive into it and carve out your own little place, back when you were free and young. And Locust continues to push the envelope in other ways. It has launched a Knight Arts-funded billboard project, highlighting the artwork of both local and internation al artists on billboards around town, instigated a lecture series with topnotch speakers, and coordinated some art-film nights with O Cinema. in keeping with Locusts founding mission to give room to alternative art and also be a place to hang out and talk about it. Adds founding father Charles, who, while not running Locust anymore, remains involved: Locust Projects was always more an idea a place for ideas than a space. Drawn from the Everglades, by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen, runs through April 26 at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave.; 305-576-8570; www. locustprojects.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Valerie Hegartys 2010 Breakthrough Miami at his Soul Manufacturing Corporation An Uneven Floor

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68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 101 NE 40th St., Miami 305-573-2101 www.101exhibit.com Through April 13: Paintings by Chase Westfall 233 NW 36th St., Miami 305-576-4278 Through April 11: Candyland by Marco Casentini 4949 NE 2nd A ve., Miami 305-751-8367 www.acnd.net Call gallery for exhibition information 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com Through April 4: Santiago Betancur Z 2630 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Through April 6: Drywood with Gean Moreno, and Ernesto Oroza 2242 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-576-1150 Through April 1: Secrets by Luis Gonzalez Palma April 11 through June 9: Dissolving The Form by Ariel Toledano? Private Matters by Julian Pardo and Jesus Petroccini? 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-5730 www.artfusiongallery.com April 1 through June 17: Subjects of Splendor with various artists 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaugaleria.com Through April 7: Acordes Cotidianos by Francisco Bellorin 171 NW 36th St., Miami 305-573-4009 www .jacques-harvey.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2215 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-237-3597 http://artseenspace. wordpress.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com/site Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Through April 4: Recently Acquired with various artists 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Call gallery for exhibition information 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through April 9: Monuments by Kyu-Hak Lee April 13 through June 1: Gold Chains and Champagne by Ryan McCann 100 NE 38th St., Suite 3, Miami 305-491-1526 www.borinquenhealth.org Call gallery for exhibition information 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through April 7: Reset by Judith Page, Deborah Schneider, and Ward Shelley 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 6, Miami 305-571-8100 www.buzz-art.net 8351 NE 8th Ct., Miami 305-754-2093 www .susannacaldwell.com Through June 1: Mahogany Sculptures and Sculptural Offering Bowls carved from Florida Hardwoods by Susanna Caldwell 785 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-202-5554 www.caridigallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Through May 5: Reigning Men by David Rohn Shops at Midtown Miami Store # 120 Buena Vista Blvd., Miami 305-576-1977 www.danielazoulaygallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through April 6: The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell by Pepe Mar April 11 through May 4: Far From Apple Hill by Francie Bishop Good 2043 N. Miami A ve., Miami 305-576-1804 April 13 through May 31: The Empire of Light by Fabiano Parisi and Sterz 3938 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-536-7801 www.diasporavibe.net Call gallery for exhibition information 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net April 11 through May 20: Antoine Lefebvre and P. Scott Cunningham 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com April 11 through June 7: Illuminations by Kanako Sasaki 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through April 30: Tipping Point by Nina Dotti 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 Call gallery for exhibition information 151 NW 24th St., Miami 305-576-1278 www .emersondorsch.com April 12 through May 11: In a Perfect World by Brookhart Jonquil Relay (Flow) by Rene Barge 50 NE 40th St., Miami 305-438-4383 Call gallery for exhibition information 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Call gallery for exhibition information 125 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-582-6067 www .galeriehelenelamarque.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 516-532-3040 www.gallery212miami.com Through April 13: Art Walks the Runway with various artists Yellow Leotard Your House Fast! Any Condition, Any Location 305 894 6192 E nglish & EspanolDade & Broward Homes | Condos | Multi-Family Eddie, Alekxey, Mercedes & Ivan

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Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com April 11: Timber, lakes by Nicolas Lobo GAR Y NADER FINE ART 62 NE 27th St., Miami 305-576-0256 www.garynader.com April 5 through July 30: Masters New Acquisitions with various artists GENERAL AUDIENCE PRESENTS 769 NE 125th St., North Miami 786-467-0941 www.generalaudiencepresents.com Through May 4: Fun with your new head by Robert Pruitt GREGG SHIENBAUM FINE ART 2239 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-456-5478 Call gallery for exhibition information HARDCORE ARTS CONTEMPORARY SPACE 3326 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1645 www.hardcoreartmiami.com Through June 1: No Hard Feelings by Chanoir Personal is Political with Fernando Arias, Milton Becerra, Henry Bermudez, Efren Candelaria, Manuela Covini, Leslie Gabaldon, Mariana Monteagudo, Magnus Sigurdarson, Ruben Torres Llorca HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Through April 6: Bunny and Betty with various artists IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com Through April 22: Light Begins in Darkness by Natasha Gray and Jos Placido Domingo JUAN RUIZ GALLERY 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com April 6 through June 15: Disassembling Paradise by Sergio Vega KA VACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Call gallery for exhibition information KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery. com Through April 20: Soaring by Jae Hahn KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists LELIA MORDOCH GALLERY 2300 N. Miami Ave., Miami 786-431-1506 www.galerieleliamordoch.com Call gallery for exhibition information LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through April 26: Drawn from the Everglades by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen Limonene by Hannah Whitaker MARKOWICZ FINE ART 114 NE 40th St., Miami 786-362-5546 Call gallery for exhibition information 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Bldg. 1, Room 1365 305-237-3696 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdc.edu Through May 4: A Life`s Work by Arnold Mesches Through May 31: Transcending Narratives of Humanity Selected works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection with various artists, curated by Natalie Perez 1 1380 NW 27th Ave., Miami 305-237-1532 www.mdc.edu Call gallery for exhibition information 1110 SW 104th St., Miami 305-237-2322 www.mdc.edu/kendall Call gallery for exhibition information MYRA GALLERIES 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 631-704-3476 www.myragalleries.com Call gallery for exhibition information NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-2 37-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA T ORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami 305-395-3599 April 1 through 26: Poesia Visual Contemporanea with various artists NORMAN LIEBMAN STUDIO 2561 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-573-3572 www.norman-liebman-studio.com Call gallery for exhibition information NOW CONTEMPORARY ART 175 NW 25th St., Miami 305-571-8181 www.nowcontemporaryart.com Through April 30: Carolina Ponte 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information ONCE ARTS GALLERY 170-C NW 24th St., Miami 786-333-8404 www.oncearts.com Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, and Patricia Chaparro OXENBERG FINE ART 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-854-7104 www.oxenbergart.com Call gallery for exhibition information PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400 www.panamericanart.com Through April 13: There: Postcards from Havana by Gustavo Acosta Natural Mechanic by Carlos Gonzalez PRIMARY PROJECTS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 104, Miami www.primaryprojectspace.com www.primaryprojectspace.com Call gallery for exhibition information PROJECTS GALLERY 250 NW 23rd St., Ste 208, Miami 267-303-9652 www.projectsgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 www.robertfontainegallery.com April 13 through May 4: Nick Gentry SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Through April 6: L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E by Sinisa Kukec SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 150 NE 42nd St., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information THE LUNCH BOX GALLERY 310 NW 24th St., Miami 305-407-8131 www.thelunchboxgallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information In a Perfect World rf ntnbnrn nn tfbf rf nfff rtn nfnn nntr frf rfntb f n rtr rtfrnn rrr b ftntfbb r frntbttbrf rffnnt bnfnnf rfn n bffnnnn tbb tnfnn rr rr

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70 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS UNDER THE BRIDGE 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami 305-978-4437 Call gallery for exhibition information 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Suite 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art Call gallery for exhibition information 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres 2233 NW 2nd A ve., Miami 305-576-5335 April 13 through May 31: Absolute Zero by Jonathan Huxley NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny 294 NW 54th St., Miami 954-235-4758 Call gallery for exhibition information 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737 Call gallery for exhibition information 305-674-8278 Through May 26: 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through July 21: various artists April 12 through August 11: Rufus Corporation by Eve Sussman 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380 April 8 through May 12: City Metaphors by Miquel Navarro 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami 305-531-8700 Ongoing: Chestler 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-61 12 Ongoing: Cruz with various artists Ongoing: Carlos Alfonzo Through May 11: 10975 SW 17th St., Miami 305-348-2890 Through April 7: The Healing Spirits of Water with various artists Through April 14: with various artists Through May 19: The Seminole Paintings by Eugene Savage Through May 20: Through June 23: 1035 N. Miami A ve., Suite 200, Miami www.legalartmiami.org Call gallery for exhibition information 305-284-3535 www.lowemuseum.org Through April 21: Adapting and Adopting: Waves of Change as East Contemporary Japanese Art with various artists Through February 9: Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from The Voyages of Captain James Cook with various artists 101 W Flagler St., Miami 305-375-3000 www.miamiartmuseum.org Ongoing: Modern and Contemporary Art Through May 12: New Work Miami 2013 with Morales and Diana Nawi Through June 2: artists MUSEUM OF 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211 Through May 5: Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting with various artists 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051 Through April 28: by Katherine Hinds 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 Through August 2: Alone Together with various artists 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami 305-250-9133 Call gallery for exhibition information 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Il Mondo Che Non Vedo

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Still Tempting After All These YearsOh, what a temptress can do. While the Carmen of all time. On Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 at the Gusman Center for the Perform A Night of Heavenly Music Convergence does. Com Convergence Saturday, April 6, at 8:00 p.m. at the Church series. Go to www.saintmartha.tix.com.Magic Carpet Ride Aladdin and the Magic Lamp Sunday, April 14 A Walk on the Historic Side East of Biscayne: Edgewater Walking Tour Sunday, April 14 from Good Clean FunInvasive animal species have made as part of Eco-Action Days at Greynolds Park weather is still cool. It all happens on Saturday, April 20 A Show of Gay Pride Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade Monday, April 8, through Sunday, April 14 should It Takes Five to Tango Saturday, April 20 with his Pablo Aslan Quintet formance in an excellent concert season Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com .Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR TransAtlantic Beats at the Bandshell 2013 Heineken TransAtlantic Festival Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6 to www.transatlanticfestival.com. What Rhymes With Cool?O, Miami poets Esperanza Comes to TownEsperanza Spalding Radio Music Society Friday, April 19

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72 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannWhatever Floats Your Flat-Screen700 Block of NE 79th Street Being a boat dealer may sound glamorous, and maybe it is. But there are headaches involved, such as weirdoes running around your property. A man entered this boatyard and proceeded to run from boat to boat, as if he were on some sort of bizarre yachting vacation. His version of a sea outing was to steal His deeds were picked up by security cameras, yet security could not stop him. Police were called. They set up a perimeter search, to no avail. There is no known accomplice, but the suspect carried three Another Crazy Incident Downtown1000 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Clueless woman lost her parking receipt and was told it would cost $50 to retrieve her car. She objected. Police were called. She told police she would pay the fee, but then got into her car and attempted to drive away without paying. Police managed stop her. She became, according to the police report, cided to subdue her. Crime Beat does not know what they did, but apparently she still had enough energy to throw her body around the back of the police car. At the jail, she claimed she was having a seizure. Rescue workers responded. While Crime Beat can sympathize with someone who is charged a pointless and punitive fee, we also know that a criminal record (and possible Baker Acting) is a lot worse.This Crime Is Under Construction6100 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Miamis Finest responded to a report of a theft of an air-conditioning unit; thieves apparently stole it from the roof of a building at approximately 3:00 in the morning. To make matters worse, it was the third time in the last week this building has been hit. The scene was contaminated by hulking but inept construction workers, so no fingerprints. Three burglaries committed at this address in a week? Maybe a demolition company should be called in to end the misery.Art by God, Theft by Scum3705 Biscayne Blvd. A science nerd surveyed a meteorite rock for sale at the Art by God store. He expressed great interest and wanted to learn more. We guess he had questions like What meteor did it break off from? and How many billions of years old is it? 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

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Fair questions from a science geek, but in Miami, geeks can be just as scummy as hoods. When the kindly employee went to help another customer, she returned to along with the rock. No doubt the thief is a Star Wars freak, so the rock is likely located in a dive apartment far, far away.Livin La Vida Criminal601 Biscayne Blvd. At the Premio Lo Nuestro awards show at the American Airlines Arena, Latin stars were honored for their contributions to music. One woman, feeling the love in the air, had to use the bathroom and left her jacket on the back of her chair. You would think Univi sion would be watching out for this sort of thing, but someone stole that jacket. The jacket contained the womans cell phone and her drivers license. Regrettably, there are no witnesses. This probably happened during Ricky Martins number. Thieves know no one can take their eyes off Ricky. Coffee, Tea, Or My Things?7800 Block of N. Bayshore Drive A woman invited her next-door neighbor to her abode for coffee. This is a great way to start a friendship. In such a setting, one can talk about anything. Unfortunately, the deep conversation became a deep cleaning of the owners items. Things went missing and the owner accused her guest of taking them. The two began to yell at one another. Police were called and the she said/she said debacle continued. No one was arrested, but somehow, we suspect these neighbors have a little less faith in humanity. Another Promising Legal Mind Wasted1000 Block of NE 84th Street Police saw a homeless man carrying a black bag while walking away from a home. They stopped him. Guess they not be carrying a black bag, walking away from a residence not his own. In this case, the police were right. The man spontaneously offered: I did not break into that house. The bag was sitting right there in front of the door, so I took it. Police promptly arrested him and, just like that, another person is now in the Miami-Dade lockup. Somehow taking because he did not damage or burglarize the home. Nice try.A Pretty Good Night Out, Except for the Ending300 Block of Biscayne Boulevard This drunk (of course) got into a beautiful Range Rover with his new girlfriends (of 20 minutes) and began having some fun in the back seat. Well, during a particular sex act, one girlfriend took his wallet while the other slipped his $5000 Rolex off his wrist. They also took his cell phone. Before he had a chance to grasp any of this, they dropped him off and promised to come back for him. They never did. Post Ofce Refuses to Stamp Out Crime7600 Block of NE 3rd Place We know this happens, but rarely is it reported. A suspicious woman paced nervously around victims mailbox, looking in various directions. After several minutes, she opened the mailbox and removed the victims mail. She then went running full speed into a waiting vehicle. (Yes, there was a waiting vehicle, because one mans junk mail is another mans treasure.) No arrests have been representatives told police they will not be responding to the incident. Guess they would have to raise the price of stamps to pay for those types of investigations.All That and a Free Night In Jail, Too? 1700 Block of N. Bayshore Drive A woman had a lively time consuming food and drink. After all we go through, shouldnt we all eat, drink, and be merry once in a while? You dont even need money. Just run up a tab and sneak out without paying. Thats what this woman did. Maybe youll get away, or maybe youll be stopped by police. In this case, it was the latter. The woman did not help all that merriment, why become hostile?) She went out with style, readers, yelling all the way to the police car and, likely, later vomiting in the jailhouse toilet. But a criminal record. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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74 Columnists: PARK PATROLOf Gorillas and GhostsAt Crandon Gardens, the remains of the old Crandon Park Zoo provide a scenic, somewhat spooky backdropBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorAre you over Miami? Think youve seen everything? Well, let me suggest that your Miami bucket list cannot be complete without this item checked off: Visit the haunted zoo. The zoo in question, now known as Crandon Gardens, is both haunted and hauntingly beautiful, an apt microcosm of our mangled metropolis. The oldtimers will remember this place as the Crandon Park Zoo, and newcomers will discover the cages and other ruins of that zoo as ghostly interlopers in a lush and photo-ready backdrop. This hidden garden in plain sight is one of the most beautiful locations in South Florida, yet it is shockingly devoid of visitors. Wedding photographers know about it and regularly bring their clients here for photo shoots, without the need to pay for privacy. The privacy comes by default, because practically no one seems to know this park exists. Not that Crandon Gardens is off the beaten path. It occupies 30-odd acres inside of Key Biscaynes Crandon Park, one of the areas most popular parks and the setting for the annual Sony Open tennis mega-event (which explains the the botanical garden may be that it gets bypassed in favor of the parks other attractions, such as the beach, cabanas, picnic areas, nature center and preserve, expansive tot lot. With all that, who has time to relax in a garden? But you must, especially bird-lovers. The free-roaming exotic birds are superior to those that can be viewed at lakes, the wide-open animal cages, and the surreptitious art. The strange and the beautiful collide here as if arranged by master surrealist Salvador Dali. Back in 2003, the BT s current editor was editor-in-chief of the weekly New Times and he named Crandon Gardens Best Public Park. Still, it remains obscure. It has no Website. Its name is not mentioned on Miami-Dades Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces website. A Google search for Crandon Gardens brings up 289 results, whereas a search for the much smaller Miami Beach Botanical Garden brings up 122,000 results. by accident. I did it while riding my bike to the farthest end of a massive parking lot. In fact, I couldnt tell you how to drive to Crandon Gardens, as the closest potential entrance seems to be permanently closed. It is marked by a large, seemingly unused yellow gatehouse. (Perhaps, at night, a phantold me to enter at the South Beach gate and ask for directions. (Note: Crandon on weekdays and six dollars My directions are: Drive as far south as possible and, when you see the empty yellow building, youre there. Better yet: Arrive by bike or on foot, and its free. Bikes here are ideal. Once inside, you will be on your own. No signs inside the gardens tell you where you are or simply have to wander around and discover it for yourself. Be safe. Dont be surprised if you attract a gaggle of geese or a pod of peacocks. People clearly feed the birds regularly, and they know how to work the system. Their aggressive friendliness, however, may frighten small children. The red-headed cranes, much taller than a child, are a bit more quisite. Their bodies don sleek gray tuxedos and taper to a thin neck topped by a hat of scarlet red. These are Sandhill cranes, the same ones on display at Zoo Miami. nested in the garden, but they have been killed by rare American crocodiles, according to Valerie Cassidy, founder of the defunct Gardens of Crandon Park Foundation and a longtime volunteer caretaker of the gardens. you ever heard a male peacock vibrate his feathers in full array? Perhaps if you live in El Portal, but for those of us who dont live in a bird sanctuary, a freeroaming peacock remains astonishing. I was entranced when one peacock, strutting alongside a lake, put on a 15-minute show of courtship. The peahens, on the other hand, were not impressed. pose, the most remarkable sight at Crandon Gardens is the vestige of the zoo that closed in 1980. In the back are pits surrounded by coral rock. Cages appear BT photos by Jim W. Harper CRANDON GARDENS AT CRANDON PARK6747 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-5421 Hours: Sunrise to sunset Picnic tables: Yes Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: No No Night lighting: No Swimming pool: No Playground: No Entrance fee: $5 weekdays; $6 weekendsPark Rating Crandon BlvdCrandon Blvd

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prehistoric; some are painted with murals and have been left wide open, allowing visitors to pose like monkeys at some ghoulish, unauthorized Art Basel event. You have to ask yourself: Why are these abandoned cages still here? Like many Miami stories, this one gets complicated. It follows the saga of the Matheson family, which owned most of Key Biscayne when it was a coconut plantation. Dade County Commissioner Charles Crandon persuaded them to donate nearly 1000 acres to the public, and Crandon Park opened in 1947. In the late 1980s, the Matheson family sued the county over the development of the tennis stadium, already under construction, and they supposedly gained the authority to block any future plans they didnt like. (Family spokesman Bruce Matheson has most of which have been ignored.) Artemas Richardson of Olmstead Associates (of New York Central Park fame), created a master plan for the park and gardens. Fights ensued over various aspects, including the gardens, which were slated to become a hybrid of lush landscapes and art. To piece together what really happened over the past few decades would make for a James Michener-style novel and might require the insights of a psychic medium. The gardens were left for volunteers to salvage. As for their future, who knows? If you look carefully there, you ago, it was empty. On a visit this year, it featured a combination painting/mosaic of the Virgin Mary. Who did this? Why? This place offers shadows and seduction questions, not answers. So dont ask why. Simply submit to Miamis hidden tropical kingdom. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rrrf rf nrtbbbrr brrfbrbf rbtb rfbbfb nbrrbnnr ntfntbbtt

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76 Columnists: ALL THINGS ANIMALA Nasty Shell Game Coming face-to-face with a crustacean killer in the Florida KeysBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIt takes a bit of living, but eventually anyone with half a brain realizes that evil is everywhere at all times, and no, it does not look like a little red man who carries a pitchfork. Sometimes, though, evil does hunt little red nonhumans. It is exactly this form of evil that I encountered on an otherwise beautiful late afternoon in the Keys. My husband, Jeremy, and I towed Big Betty, our canoe, behind our little Subaru, destined for Marathon. Thinking back, the only thing missing from this potential Subaru commercial-in-the-making was a dog. Of which we have plenty. However, the dogs remained at home. Minutes after checking in to our hotel, we took Big Betty over to the nearest put-in. Owning a canoe is great, but all the niggling details that go along with it arent. Preparing the canoe, hooking up the canoe to the trailer, making sure the canoe is on the trailer properly as you drive (which requires many rearview mirror glances) in addition to the more than occasional roadside stopping when it isnt gets old. No fan of niggling details, Im the assigned documenter/photographer. Upon arrival, I scope out the put-in. There are usually plenty of photos taken before we even launch. Since we arrived in Marathon at days end, the only canoeing action involved sunset. We hurriedly threw on our swimsuits in order to make this happen. Had I known what lurked at the put-ins edge, I assure you that analyzing the bathroom tile grout in our room would have been my choice of activity. At the put-in I noticed a scrag gly, longhaired guy in his mid-20s at mediately struck me. I expected to see a procession of multi-legged critters beginning the March Out of the White got zoom. While focusing on Dirt Head, I failed to notice the bag near him. Dirt Head noticed me, though, smiled, and said, This is the best part! Confused, I replied, Of what? Dirt Head smiled again, and I noticed a twinkle in his eye (I know its a clich, but I swear I saw it): I get to rip their heads off! Just as I was registering this new and disturbing bit of information (unless their heads off for art projects), a cheery blonde woman came up to us. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith

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Dirt Head: You want to see them? Cheery Blonde: Sure! Dirt Head reached into his bag and plucked out maybe nine lobsters. He lined them up in a row on the dock. The lobsters sat there, looking sluggish and dejected. Still, I was enchanted by their shapes and colors and immediately started taking pictures. Much like the time when my hairstylist chopped layers into my hair, and I watched wet pieces of hair fall into my lap and then I didnt know what. That time, it was the re alization that my hair was no longer ponytailworthy. This time, it was the lobsters fate. I took a bunch of photos of the soonto-be-doomed lobsters, noticing Cheery Blonde doing the same. This awoke me from my snap-happy stupor. Me: What is this? Dirt Head: The best part. I get to rip their heads off. Want to help me? [Note No. 1: I actually think Dirt He really thought Id be interested in beheading live creatures.] Me (staring in shock and horror): Im a vegetarian. Dirt Head: So, you wanna? Me (eyes widening): What!? [Note No. 2: At that moment it didnt occur to me that Dirt Head could be that If this had been a NatGeo urban nature special on Land-Dwelling Mammal Hu manoids of the Florida Keys, the Britishaccented narrator might have said, Before striking, the protective animal-loving Then I heard Cheery Blonde: If shes a vegetarian, the last thing she wants to do is rip their heads off! Standing just feet from Lobster Dahmer Dirt Head seemed like too innocuous a nickname for this character I had forgotten about the Cheery Blonde. Now I looked at her, then looked down at the lobsters, one of which was trying to crawl away, toward the parking lot. Poor, confused crustacean. a crazed, homicidal look): What? You trying to get away from me? Me: Of course hes trying to get away from you. No reply. Lobster Dahmer was busy snatching the helpless lobster. [Note No. 3: Florida lobsters cannot pinch like Maine lobsters, meaning Lobster Dahmer was no brave hunter.] Disgusted, I surveyed the scene: Line of lobsters. Out of element. Suffocating. Op tions: Kick them back in? No. That might kill them, too. Take them away? No gloves. How many can I scoop up at once? Survey says: Lobsters will likely be plated tonight. Cheery Blond retrieved a white pail for Lobster Dahmer. Me (grim, resigned): Is that for the heads? Cheery Blonde: For the tails. Me: Why? Cheery Blonde: Thats the part we eat. Me: What about the rest? Cheery Blonde: Oh, the heads are thrown back. Were not the only ones who eat them. Me: So they will not go to waste then? Other animals will eat their remains? Lobster Dahmer: Hey! Im an animal. I need to eat! I shifted my eyes slightly in his direction, and scowled. Cheery Blonde (running interference): Well, probably not. Enter Jeremy: See? I told you it takes forever to set up the canoe. He greeted Cheery Blonde and Lobster Dahmer. Then he leaned in toward me, still smiling, and mumbled, Dont Lobster Dahmer began his ugly work, ripping heads off before joyfully reaching up high and rocketing them into Florida Bay. Some of them he treated as if they were stones going for a little lake skip. Me: So, you enjoy ripping heads off puppies, too? Lobster Dahmer: Why? You got a puppy that needs his head ripped off? I looked at him, tired and sorry this half-wit was these lobsters executioner. They deserved better. Oh, forget it. I told him. Youyou are justbellicose! I stomp off. Bellicose? More like psychotic. Cheery Blonde trailed behind me. But, you know, lobsters are the cockroaches of the sea. Plus I make a mean lobster macaroni and cheese! (She smiled.) Youd love it. Really. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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78 How Green Is My Lifestyle?Our resident eco-writer takes stock of his everyday habitsBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorStop reading this if youve heard my life story before. Im kidding. Not that I could tell you my story in a few paragraphs, but I can reveal some personal achievements that demonstrate my commitment to living the principles that I write about. These are continuous challenges. It is much easier to talk the talk than to walk this green walk. I was inspired to take inventory of my personal habits by someone who recently challenged my green credentials because I could not assign a number to my carbon footprint. (Who can?) I have tried to calculate it, and I have found that various standards lead to various results. I would appreciate knowing which calculator to use so that I can compare my footprint to an average adult in Africa. I am American and, by default, Americans have very high environmen tal footprints, double that of our British counterparts and other Europeans that have the same standard of living. Double! Until our nation cuts consumption in half, we cant even begin to discuss footprints. But we can talk about personal responsibility, which is an all-American value. Here is how I have tried to practice what I preach. tion possible for a Florida-friendly yard from the states agricultural extension service. Thats a big deal to me, because it took a decade to achieve. Starting with a landscaper who favored native plants, the transformation involved letting go of a traditional South Florida yard. No grass. No sprinto fertilize. No fuss. Besides being easy to maintain and earth-friendly, a yard dominated by Florida natives is also the most beautiful, in my humble opinion. It reminds me of my childhood in western Boca Raton, where the snakes slithered across the sugar sand on dappled shadows cast by slash pines. Wild Florida is beautiful Florida, and landscaping can capture a small slice of it. My transportation habits have also changed. After my old bike was stolen from Barry University a few years back, I bought a new one for $300 and have probably saved at least that much on short trips that would otherwise require gasoline. I take shuttle buses as often as possible, and I have kept my 1999 car in good shape. When that one dies, my next My travel addiction has also faded. country for a meeting or across continents for a vacation. But now I think about balancing and replacing such adventures with local meetings and staycations. The good thing about my previously travel-heavy lifestyle is that I have seen are in comparison to the rest of the world. We take so much for granted, particularly how much we take and take and take. Food footprints are important, and telling. Because photosynthesis is the basis of sustainability, going green means leaning toward vegetarian ism. Although I remain an omnivore, I have become vegetable-strong and a committed locavore. I gave up certain seafood, reduced my meat-based meals, and try to avoid highly processed foods from unknown origins. This struggle never ends. When I walk to CVS or Publix, I carry reusable bags. When I go out for coffee, I either bring a mug or carry a recycling bin. Yes, I also turn out the lights when I leave a room. (Dont you?) I try to practice the three Rs in priority order. Before I recycle, I try to reuse, which means switching from paper napkins to cloth and from paper towels to rags. Before I reuse, I try to reduce, which means installing a lowa rain barrel in the backyard. It means creating a compost pile, instead of tossing waste into the garbage. items, and, lastly, recycle. I do all these things, yet I fail to achieve sustainability because I am a mid dle-class American. I habitually purchase and consume many things that I dont need from unknown, faraway places. Thankful ly most of the earths seven billion people are much less wasteful than we are. So to all the readers who think they are green, take a look in the global mirror, a funhouse mirror that makes Americans look very fat. Except in this case it isnt an illusion. Our collective footprint is massive. So why not give up and live fat and happy until I die? For me, mindless consumption does not bring much happiness. I have a suspicion that more and more people are waking up to this realization. We have been raised to consume, but we can eating them. My name is Jim, and I am a recovering materialist. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com University of Florida

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Mother Knows Breast How you feed your infant is your choice, even if you have to ght for it By Crystal Brewe BT ContributorSomeone recently commented to me that a local university was progressive because it designated Progressive ? So if a business designates a space for you to relieve your bowels or microwave your Hot Pocket, is that also progressive? I breast-fed each of my children for say breastfeeding has positive physical and psychological effects on mother and milk-production issues, pain, and a mulbaby needed formula, I felt I had failed and a lactation consultant had a knockroom that ended with them taping a tube attached to a bottle of formula to my the baby and my milk-makers while still became singularly important to me, railed against anyone who gave me the stink eye when I fed my child while in reaction for this? Is our society so puritanical that bans images of breastfeeding if nipples too? All this fuss over a little areola? Understanding this public stigma, I so as not to offend the weirdos who conthe Gathering Place in Miami are helping new parents understand and navigate is imperative during the early days of Place fosters an environment of nurturunites parents and strengthens their who produce more than their babies can is pro sharing the task of Historically, wet nurses were frequently called upon when mothers maintained the importance and credibility of breastfeeding but underwent a paradigm shift with the advent of new cultural ideals an occupation for lower-class women and A co-worker of mine astutely pointed out that there were probably a mom who breast-fed two babies, she just superwomen out there able to feed their own kids and Age community, of which my husband and I considered ourselves fringe memold, we were invited to an adults only had a three-month-old, graciously offered pumped-with-love breast milk and told them to call if they needed anything Engorged from four hours away from my new baby, I returned to a hapand friend proudly told me she had fed You fed her? Did she mean the breast milk I left or that she with my own emotional boundary on the didnt me as much as it did, but every time I relay feels right, but make sure you are clear For more information about the Gathering Place, go to www.theplacewegather.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rfntt tbt rfntbn tftt ntnntt tnnnftntb

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80 Home, Dead HomeA decaying tree can provide a wonderful habitat for wildlife just make sure youve got a place for it to fall when the time comesBy Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorWhen I drive home every day, I pass by a small, well-known plant and animal sanctuary. Something that always catches my eye is a very tall, dead, and still-standing pine tree. It is probably 40 feet tall and has been dead for at least a couple of years. One of the things I do for a living is evaluate trees for their overall health and structural stability, so I cant help but mentally measure the probability of this tree failing at some point, and wondering what its likely targets would be. A target is people, animals, or property that could possibly be struck and damaged if and when a tree, or parts of it, fail. We all know that, at some point, a dead tree will fall down. So why are dead trees sometimes intentionally left standing (and did the property owner agent)? The dead pine tree I mentioned easily could fall onto a well-traveled sidewalk or adjacent road. Just this past month a superior court judge in California upheld a $7.6 mil lion jury verdict against a city for not taking care of a palm tree that ended up toppling over in a storm in 2010, striking a man standing in his yard and paralyzing him. The photo that accompanies this article shows a squirrel on the trunk of a dead palm, checking me out. Shes stand ing just below her nest, a hollow cavity in the trunk. This palm succumbed to the fungus ganoderma a couple of years ago and, since it is in an isolated section of my yard at home, I decided to leave the 25-foot-tall trunk as a habitat for wildlife. My experience tells me dead palm trunks typically will remain standing a couple of years before they fall down under their own weight, but I check the stability of this one every couple of weeks. When I deem the trunk too unstable, I will just push it over. (Thats how I found out the squirrels had moved in; they got really fussy one day when I pushed on the trunk, rattling their home.) Meanwhile Ive been watching a series of animals nest in a single hollow on this trunk. A family of red-bellied raised two babies to maturity. Next came a pair of screech owls that chased out nonnative starlings that had been checking out the cavity. That was really cool. The owls raised three babies. I would see the family gather in neighboring trees in the evening once the babies on their own), at least for a month or so came the squirrel family, which currently inhabits the trunk and has already raised a couple of offspring. I know this trunk will not last much longer, but it has been valuable as a wildlife habitat. Dead trees are a big thing in wildlife conservation. I once read an academic paper published in a serious forestry journal on how to create dead wood and snags in the canopies of tall forest trees so birds would have more nesting areas. The paper described how students infected shotgun shells with various species of wood decay ing fungi and shot the bullets into the upper trunks of trees. It was a very interesting read, but Im not sure how successful they were. Woodpeckers are able to excavate a cavity in dead and decaying wood for a nest and, after they have raised their brood, other species can utilize the cavity for their own purposes. This is why many people leave dead trees standing. My wildlife habitat palm trunk was an excellent example of leaving a dead tree for a highest and best use, and I plan to keep dead trunks standing in my yard as long as possible. (I also utilize dead tree trunks to cult to inoculate the wood with the fungus mycelium, the stringy white or black threads that grow throughout the wood that are actually the body of the fungus). But since Im also aware of the serious consequences of a falling tree, Im very careful about what surrounds these trees. If I owned or managed the property where that tall dead pine tree resides, I would have removed the top 20 feet or so of the tree, so when it fell, it would not reach the sidewalk or street and possibly injure people or damage property. Those of you who have enough yard space to give native wildlife a home in dead trees, remember to keep an eye on what surrounds the tree, in preparation for the day it comes down. BT photo by Jeff Shimonski

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By Bill Citara BT ContributorSay California and you probably think of Los Angeles and Hollywood, San Francisco and the and the Sierra Nevada, the wine country and the gold country, actors turned But this is down the aisles of your local wine shop to see why Chardonnay is considered to Charybdis of the latter, starting leaner and lighter and ending with the richer France, the 2011 DAutrefois a nice wine, though a little tart, with a 2012 Excelsior Australian product, the Nugan Estate 2011 Chardonnay Carrying its weight proudly, Thierry and Guys 2011 Fat Bastard show off a noseful of vanilla, of tropical fruit, peach, and pear Both the 2010 Porta Reserve 2010 Bodega Elena and luscious tropical and stone fruit Char Thorny Rose 2010 Chardonnay a wine apricot, vanilla and toast, and a pinch of is what you get, which is not at all a bad Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Beta Electronics Audio & Video Repair Center We service and repair most modern and antique stereo Hi-Fi Turntables Speakers Hi-Fi Stereo Consoles Reel to Reels Factory Authorized Service Pardon My ChardonnayRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less Accounting and Income TaxStudents and Singles with one W-2 Taxes for just$45Extensions for $25*With this BT adTaxes for just$115*With this BT adSelf-Employed Independent Contractors Freelancers INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE TAXES Bookkeeping Payroll Form New Corporations Notary PublicMiami Financial Center12573 Biscayne Blvd. N Miami, FL 33181786.329.995022 years in South Florida English & Russian spoken

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82 Out of the Kitchen, Into the SpotlightFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorLast month was an award-winning one for restaurants and chefs in Biscayne Times territory, not just locally but nationally. The most surprising accolade came from Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide ), which town/Brickell restaurants: the Mandarin Azul predictably, but eight-seat indie Japanese jewel Naoe linary legends like Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se) and Joel Robuchon. And last month OpenTable named one-woman show in the dining room. the list, one from our side of the pond: Hedy Goldsmith May 7. Meanwhile, check out her playful desserts, like lemon creamsicle pots de crme, at Michaels Genuine Food & Drink (like tarragon-spiked Florida citrus chess Cyprus Room There are numerous other intriguing OPENINGS Biscayne Tavern downtown gastropub, a project from renowned restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow be complete until mid-April, the place Southern comfort meets urban fusion. Most intriguing snacks so far: housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue; eggplant fries with tomato jam; a poached duck egg on frise with hog jowl lardoons, candied walnuts, mustard/shallot dressing. Temaris hand balls. Used for sport but also consid ered folk art, the decorated balls are made eatery, temaris are bite-size balls made from sushi rice plus artful Asian/Latin American fusion toppings as delicious Tokyo (spicy tuna, almonds, tobiko, stripes of huancaina sauce); Machu Picchu (white Appetizers and entre specials, too. Daily Melt Grilled Cheese Month, the perfect time to try this self-billed ultimate grilled touting Allen Susser as the chef behind the place. The connection is purely through his restaurant and hospitalbrought to Chef Allen. The aim here is a simple, tasty menu that can be dupliThat is, to create consistent chain food. made grilled-cheese goodness without melted cheese, burnt bread, etc. And prices are a fraction of those at gourmet grilled-cheese food trucks. Kouzina Greek Bistro formerly occupied by Tapas & Tintos, this familiar to Miamians for her fresh, topboth traditional (hummus, tzatsiki) and unusual (bacalao croquettes with garlic pure and roasted beet coulis). Mercato MC Kitchen, this just-opened artisanal market and breakfast/lunch caf is for diners who want a quicker bite, or out standing take-out. Pressed for time? How cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-baked quiches, plus salads and a daily changing soup. Market items include interesting jams, craft beers, SIDE DISH days to score Freddy and Danielle sausages. Proper Sausages now has a beef, Florida-brewed beers, and on weekends, prepared foods. Hungry for more food news? See alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com

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MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr. 786-452-1637 Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered croquante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells highrises 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. $$$-$$$$Azul500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay. But diners prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where glo betrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-part dishes -some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh wasabi, hibiscus granita, and Asian pear), as one would expect from the Mandarin Orientals top eatery. But most of Huffs dishes are strongly European-influenced, primarily by New Spanish cuisine. Elegant, playfully molecular gastronomyaccented almond gazpacho with foie gras snow, or eggs, bacon & toast (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, truffled potato, and speck air) tell the story. $$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel) 1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500On the Conrads 25th floor, The Bars picture-windowed space is not just a watering hole with panoramic views. At lunch its an elegant sandwich bar; at night its a raw bar (with pristine coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos. Thats just the Basque word for tapas, but here theres nothing mere about the generously portioned small plates. They range from traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron-sauted Spanish artichokes to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-stuffed empanadas. $$$Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794 From trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (originator of Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro), this small spot draws a hip crowd with its affordable menu of redesigned traditional Thai dishes, wildly imaginative sushi makis, and unique signature Asian fusion small plates. Highlights include taste bud-tickling snapper carpaccio; an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, crisp rice noodles); blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled with spicy-sweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce; greed-inducing bags of gold, deep-fried wonton beggars purses with a shrimp/pork/mushroom/ waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce. $$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-fromscratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very French-feeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Caf Sambal500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its casual hotel restaurant, many consider it a more spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the waterfront. The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents. For the healthconscious, the menu includes low-cal choices. For hedonists theres a big selection of artisan sakes. $$$-$$$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 selfservice dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Chophouse Miami300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, described as part meat, part weapon); king crab legs that dwarf the plate; cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster whole; two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex. Not for the frail. $$$$$ The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887 With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or creative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/ fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 325.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff NEW THIS MONTH MIAMIBRICKELL / DOWNTOWNCeviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/ pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$Momi Ramen5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392Banish all thoughts of packaged instant ramen. Perfectionist chef/owner Jeffrey Chen (who cooked for more than a decade in Japan), changes his mostly ramenonly menu often, but constants are irresistibly chewy handmade noodles; soups based on creamy, intensely porky tonkotsu broth (made from marrow bones simmered all day); meats like pork belly and oxtail; and authentic toppings including marinated soft-cooked eggs, pickled greens, more. Other pluses: Its open 24/7, and the ramen ranks with the USAs best. Minuses: Its cash only, and the ramen might be the USAs most expensive. $$$MIDTOWN / WYNWOOD / DESIGN DISTRICTFeverish Gourmet Pop ShopShops at Midtown Miami 3552 NE 1st Ave., 305-482-1832When kids are sick, you take them to a doctor. If your inner child feels feverish, though, the cure is Felecia Hatchers handcrafted, vegan-friendly, natural and organic frozen treats -popsicles reinvented for grownups. At this literal mom-and-pop shop, Hatcher and husband Derek Pearson offer more than 25 changing flavors, some spiked (like locally sourced mango with bourbon), others just sophisticated (pineapple basil, strawberry balsamic, chocolate banana). No artificial flavors, no refined sugars. Particularly playful inner kids can customize with coatings ranging from nuts to truly nuts: pop rocks, potato chips, and more. $ UPPER EASTSIDESweet Saloon7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999At this dessert/snack/cocktail bar, from the owner of Moonchine, youll find live and DJ entertainment, too, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.-assuming you can find the place, that is. Its above the pan-Asian eatery, up a hidden back staircase. Asian savory snacks include dumplings, edamame, krab rangoons, satays. Desserts range from homey American (NY cheesecake, mini cupcakes) to continental (strawberries melba, housemade Belgian waffles, a shareable chocolate fondue/fruit platter). Actually, some cocktails double as desserts (a Godiva dark chocolate martini) or Asian savories (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$NORTH MIAMICity Slickers807 NE 123rd St., 305-891-6565If you hear hoagie and instantly think $5 footlong, this health-minded gourmet sub shop will be a revelation. Instead of processed proteins and sad pre-prepared toppings inside factory-produced rolls, you get fresh-baked white, grain, or sundried tomato breads generously stuffed with quality meats (including rotisserie turkeys/ chickens and rare roast beef made in-house), sparklingfresh veggies, and more than a dozen imaginative dressings. Choose a signature sub or build your own. There are also signature or DIY salads and homemade soups, plus craft beers or wines to accompany.

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Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flashmarinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ db Bistro Moderne345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800Just two words -- Daniel Boulud -should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine to run, not walk, to this restaurant. If they can find it. (Hint: The mysterious Avenue of the Americas is really Biscayne Boulevard Way. Dont ask.) Downtowns db is an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original NYC db Bistros signature foie gras/short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes like crusted pompano with garlic/parsley veloute. $$$-$$$$ The Democratic Republic of Beer255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161The food here? Beer is food! The DRB serves 400 beers from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon to $40 DeuS (an 11.5% alcohol Belgian mthode Champenoise brew). But for those favoring solid snacks, tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini with dip (cheese recommended); chorizo with homemade cilantro Mayo; or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa. Sadly for breakfast-brew enthusiasts, the DRB isnt open that early. But it is open late -till 5:00 a.m. $$D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost either $18 or $23. And the price includes an appetizer -no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/ leek tart with Portobello mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales. The best seats are on the glam rooftop patio. $$$Dominique Bistro-Club1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859At typical restolounges, the resto part often gets the short end of the stick. But not at this chic but friendly spot, where Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Pariss Le Cordon Bleu, plus his wife Dominque and her brother Jos Sigona, welcome diners with Frances best-known bistro classics: coquilles St. Jacques (tender scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce); a precisioncooked entrecte rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Caf de Paris butter; crme brle (from scratch) or macaron cookies (from heaven). No velvet ropes, and club music isnt cranked till 11:00 p.m. $$$ Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eos485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Originally opened by Michelin-starred New Aegean chef Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chefs departure into a more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus Greekinspired innovations. Now inspiration comes mainly from Spain and Italy, with nods to Morocco and Latin America. Best bets include a tasting platter of Spanish cheeses and cured meats; a pistachio-garnished salad featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula; crispy parmesan risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip; and olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken. At lunch burgers and upscale sandwiches are added. $$$-$$$$Eternity Coffee Roasters117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina Garcess sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone possessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food. A changing selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties from the Garces familys Colombian farm; most others from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces slow-pour regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits, chocolate, and more. The espresso is so smooth sugar isnt necessary. Other treats: flaky chocolate-stuffed cigars and other locally baked pastries. Free parking. $ Fado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on miniboxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$Finnegans River401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill. But an actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway has other 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. $$ First Hong Kong Caf117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665Old Hong Kong saying: If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies, its edible. And nowhere is this truer than in this historically international trade ports cafs -meaning fast-food restaurants. Typical menus present hundreds of items that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and most other nations. So believe us: At this caf, whose head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty. $$ Fratelli Milano213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins, apples, and basil, an Italian twist. $$Grimpa Steakhouse901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly contemporary, but no worries. The classic sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish. And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses. A pleasant, nontraditional surprise: unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous chimichurri. $$$$-$$$$$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine 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 Singaporestyle 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. $-$$ The Hoxton1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2730Though inland (and reportedly inspired by old England), this urban beach bar/grill has the relaxing, refined-rustic ambiance of a classic New England hangout, and upscaled down shore food to match: Maine lobster rolls, on brioche rather than hot dog rolls; a luxe take on Qubcoise poutine (fromscratch fries with Vermont cheddar and duck confit gravy); an especially lavish clam bake. Also appealingly different from the Miami norm: frequent live bands of many musical genres in the comfortable lounge area, plus almost spookily competent service. $$$Il Gabbiano335 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 mar ket, 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. $$$$$Jackson Soul Food950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food breakfast institution now has only one drawback: It closes at 1:00 p.m. Never mind, night owls. If youre a first-timer here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy beef sausage, and youll set multiple alarm clocks to return. Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are also must-haves. And hearty Southern breakfast staples like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make breakfast seem like lunch, too. $ Jamn, Jamn, Jamn, 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Kork Wine & Cheese Bar2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval dimly lit dcor alone, including a subterranean wine cellar/party room, for merly a WW II-era bomb shelter. Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accompaniments. Both are available to go. Kork is as much market as lounge. But with a stock of roughly 5000 bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe artisanal cheeses -curated by a cheese sommelier wholl create perfect pairings -who needs more? $$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, 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 Lounge68 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 Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. Not so familiar is the bakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich co okie s with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., Suite 7, 305-789-9929 (See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing.)Little Lotus25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani -paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find but seems destined to become one of our towns toughest tables to book. Two talented chefs, whose credits include Morimoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san, create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that look remarkably artful and taste like theyre about ready to take on Iron Chef Morimoto himself. Saucing, often with multiple but balanced potions, is especially noteworthy. The prices? A steal. $-$$ Machiya3252 NE 1st Ave. #116, 786-507-5025Originally called Machiya Ramen Noodle House, this eaterychanged its name -and really, the place is not so much a ramen joint as a contemporary izakaya (lounge featuring Japanese hot and cold small plates plus sushi), with a few added ramen bowls. Most of the menu is a mix of todays popular favorites, like Kobe sliders, and unique inventions. Wildest: wasabi-spiced tuna pizza. Our faves: fatty salmon makis (lightly seared salmon belly with shrimp tempura, asparagus, and yuzu sauce); rich miso-braised short ribs; steam buns with rock shrimp and spicy aioli.Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$

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Naoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263 Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultrafresh. $$$$OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredientdriven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various macand-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/ goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how 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. $-$$Pashas1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Peoples Bar-B-Que360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs (enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown institution. But the chicken is also a winner, plus theres a full menu of soul food entres, including what many aficionados consider our towns tastiest souse. And it would be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea, half lemonade. $-$$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified ame nities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pier 9494 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary cau sas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025 Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingredients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ Pollos & Jarras115 NE 3rd Ave., 786-567-4940From Juan Chipoco, Peruvian chef/co-owner of seafood-centric Cvi.Che 105, this stylish but affordable two-level restaurant is centered around pollo a la brasa, as a huge rotisserie oven attests. Grilled steaks, unique sandwiches, anticuchos, and varied starters and sides are also served, but the must-notmiss is rotisserie chicken, marinated in roughly a dozen-anda-half seasonings before a self-basting spin on the spit cooks it to incomparable juiciness. Its served with crisp fries and a substantial salad. Meals also come with a complimentary cup of aguadito -assertively cilantro-spiked chicken rice soup. $$ Porketta43 NE 3rd Ave., 305-372-0034Warm, juicy, served with succulent pieces of crisp crackling, herb-stuffed Italian porchetta (pronounced porketta) roast, at its best, is hard to find even in much of Italy except during festivals. But every day is a festival here, where the real thing (not the dry deli-style pork roll slices that often pass for porchetta) is featured on a plate with broccoli rabe and cannellinis; in the hefty Bombardino sandwich; or in three mini-sandwiches, convenient for sampling the places three sauces. Several salads and carpaccios placate porkophobes. $-$$PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$Reggae Tacos93 SE 2nd St., 786-425-9558 For diners on the go, who want food fast but not typical fast food, this places Mexican-Jamaican fusion specialties are ideal. Taco or burrito shells encase inventive jerk pork (with mango, pickled onions, and cabbage), scotch-bonnet beef with avocado/cheddar salsa, vinegar/spice-marinated escovitch veggies, curried goat, and other island dishes that are normally plated entres, transforming them into playful portable packages. And do save some stomach space for deep-fried festival, sinfully scrumptious cornmeal mini-doughnuts sweetened with both vanilla-spiked honey and powdered sugar. $ Rincon Escondido2697 Biscayne Blvd., 305-438-9300On a quick drive-by, this eatery surrounded by still-ungentrified storefronts rather resembles a hole-in-the-wall Latin cafetera. Inside, though, the look is rustic-chic, and the menu features some of Miamis most refined traditional or creative Spanish tapas. We love the open-faced sandwiches, particularly montaditos de boquerones (with fresh anchovies and brunoised veggies). Traditionalists will find patatas bravas satisfyingly spicy; braver experimenters should try bombas de queso (fried cheese balls with sweet orange blossom sauce), actually alarming in name only. $$-$$$The River Oyster Bar650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fireroasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a power-dining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/ mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiraditos; addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip. Also irresistible: four festive new sake cocktails. $$-$$$ SuViche49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097 This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion items with added Caribbean touches. Cooked entres, all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce). But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$TIKL Raw Bar & Grill1450 Brickell Ave. #110, 305-372-0620 From restaurateur Claudio Giordano and chef Simon Stojanovic, the team behind longtime South Beach seafood favorite Altamare, this eatery is similar in food genre (contemporary American), though more global influences, especially from Asia, are evident here. Additionally, rather than serving conventional three-course meals, TIKLs menu focuses on small plates: creative crudos (like hamachi with yuzu, wasabi, and olive oil powder), plus robata-grilled and otherwise cooked items. Standouts: garlic/citrus-spiked local white shrimp with sweet shishito peppers; Thai curried mussels with crisped sushi rice; sinful bacon toast. $$$-$$$$

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Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-priced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Top Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100Inside this better burger spot, dcor is so charmingly 1950s retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox. What you actually find: hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus patties (or alternatives like veggie burgers, a lightlybreaded chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce; prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those at junkfood joints; and old-school service -the kind that comes with a smile. $ Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710 Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience. But the places strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -upscaled refine ments of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and crema fresca; fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam; more. $$$-$$$$$ Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic Europeantype technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/ cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but resto lounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistro lounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale powerlunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tu yo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former prot gs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$ Waxy OConnors690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for fun) Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the location is far superior -on the Miami River, with waterfront deck. And none of Miamis Irish eateries offers as much authentic traditional fare. Especially evocative: imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with housemade brown bread; puffpastry-wrapped Irish sausage rolls; lunchtimes imported Irish bacon or banger butty sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce. $$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging 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! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robatagrilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over drinks. Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ Acme Bakery & Coffee3451 NE 1st Ave. #103, 786-507-5799 From Pious Pig Restaurant Group (whose other ventures include Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea! and the creative/rustic Federal Food, Drink & Provisions), this cozy bakery/caf is, again, just what its neighborhood needed. The specialty is homemade artisan breads, from Colonial-era Sally Lunn to crusty sourdough made with wild midtown Miami yeasts; these honest loaves make the places breakfasts, served all day, and lunchtimes sandwiches (like meatloaf and cheddar with onion marmalade) superior. Coffee is single-origin stuff from Wynwoods Panther. Also available: gift baskets featuring housemade preserves and pickles. $$ Adelitas Caf 2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne) this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside its bigger, better, and busier than it looks. Unlike many Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser. On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas (Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more. $B Sweet20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment building, husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karina Gimenez serve up warm welcomes and playfully inventive breakfast, lunch, and snack fare: bacon-wrapped egg and cheese cups; pressed Philly steak panini; an elegant yuzudressed smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 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. $$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$Best Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Bloom2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5443Miamis most innovative art district is the perfect setting for this hip hangout, whose mad-genius menu proves that food is indeed one of the creative arts. Reinvented Latin/Asian street foods from chef Ricky Sauri (ex-Nobu) include spicy Spam-topped rice cakes; tuna tartare in seaweed tacos; a reina pepiada arepa, whose traditional mild chicken filling is replaced by shredded duck, avocado, tangy-sweet tamarind sauce, and Japanese mayo; an especially elegant Korean bibimbap; a vegan shitake-pumpkin tamale with nutty, cheesy natto sauce. For liquid art aficionados: cocktails like the eyepopping Tequila Beets (featuring roasted beet juice). $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supreme ly satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sand wiches (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 ParisBrest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 Biscayne Blvd. 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchycrusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Clives Caf2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall has served for more than 30 years. Since about 1990, though, when owner Pearline Murray (Ms. Pearl to regulars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk chicken has been the main item here. Other favorites: savory rice and pigeon peas; eye-opening onion/vinegar-flavored escovitch fish; sweet plantains; and cabbage that redefines the vegetable. $

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Crumb on Parchment3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/ caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. And for morning people, the savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shallot sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. $-$$ The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf is familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ Egyptian Pizza KitchenShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050Pizza, pita -hey, theyre both flatbreads. So while many pizzas do indeed, as this halal places name suggests, have initially 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. $$The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ 18th Street Caf210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood caf is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that makes the small space feel expansive -fitting, since the menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch only, the caf, though closed weekends, now serves dinner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entres like secret-recipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing homemade soups, varied burgers, layered international salads, inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now so is delivery. $$Five Guys Famous Burger and FriesShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Ave., 305-571-8341No green-leaf faux health food here. You get what the name says, period, with three adds: kosher dogs, veggie burgers, and free peanuts while you wait. Which you will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order. Available in double or one-patty sizes, theyre well-done but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of free garnishes, even a little burger makes a major meal. Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut in-house from sourced potatoes. $Georges Kitchen & The Loft3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophistication bar at his new two-story restaurant/lounge. But the real star is Michelin-starred chef Steven Rojas, who combines French technique and personal creativity for dishes like Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco sauce, a green pea pot de crme jar with bacon marmalade (accompanied by butterfried baguette slices for spreading), soy-glazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and caper-sprinkled short rib tartare, the meats richness cheekily upped by poached bone marrow and caviar. Brunch and lunch items are equally ingenious. $$$Gigi3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As befits its location in artful, working-class Wynwood, Gigi has minimalist modern diner ambiance paired with truly creative contemporary Asian-influenced comfort food from Top Chef contender Jeff McInnis (formerly of the South Beach RitzCarlton) at surprisingly low prices. From a menu encompassing noodle and rice bowls, steam-bun ssams, grilled goodies, and raw items, highlights include pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and house made pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/sustainable produce and artisan products; woodoven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This Florida fast/casual chain became an instant hit in Midtown Miami owing to a winning concept: more than 35 heat-coded sauces and dry rubs meant for custom-tossing with wings and other things (including white-meat boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic blue-cheese dip and celery. It would be silly to not pair your main with garlic/herb-butter parmesan fries. There are many other items, too, including salads. But hey, celery is salad, right? $$ Jean Pauls House2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the creative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$La Latina3509 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-9655At last, an authentic Venezuelan arepera (purveyor of home made arepas, with a variety of meat, cheese, and veggie fillings) that isnt out in the boonies -and decidedly isnt a dive. With colorful dcor concocted from recycled objects, this space, though small, has truly eclectic, Midtown style. The signature corn cakes, crisped outside and fluffy inside, put sodden supermarket specimens to shame. And cachapas (softer, sweeter corn pancakes folded around mozzarella-like fresh cheese) or bollarepitas (cheese-stuffed deep-fried corn cakes, with tangy nata dip) may be even tastier. $-$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Latin Caf 20002501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838The menu is similar to that at many of our towns Latin cafs, largely classic Cuban entres and sandwiches, with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a Latin country. What justifies the new millennium moniker is the more modern, yuppified/yucafied ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic wooden deck. $$Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/ starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-size

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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 richtasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its care fully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwesternstyle fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion and pepitacrusted 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 lemoncrusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden -diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself. $$-$$$ MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948 Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MCs food modern Italian -neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of our towns hottest tickets. But tasting tells the tale. Marinos food incorporates her entire culinary background, from her Nonnas traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarellos famed contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating here uniquely exciting. Particularly definitive: lunchtimes piadenas, saladlike seasonal/regional ingredient combinations atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients from zaatar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$ Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely made-from-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor setting. Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to simple comfort food: deviled eggs, homemade potato chips with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Ming Yuan3006 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6466What this tiny (three booths plus counter seats) Wynwood place serves isnt authentic Chinese cuisine. Its Chinese immigrant cooking: Americas original Cantonese-based chop sueys and egg foo youngs plus later, spicier but also Americanized Szechuan/Hunan-inspired 1970s inventions like Mongolian beef and General Tsos this-or-that. But all the above (ordered extra-spicy if you like heat), plus crab rangoons and treatpacked special fried rice, are truly tasty. And since almost everything on the menu comes in several sizes, with even small being substantial, prices are unbeatable. $-$$ Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced contemporary American cuisine compelling enough to attract hordes. Dishes are basically comfort food, but ultimate comfort food: the most custardy, fluffy French toast imaginable; shoe string frites that rival Belgiums best; mouthwatering maplebasted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -definitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dogfriendly, too. $$-$$$Oak Tavern35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818 With a festively lantern-lit oak tree on the outdoor dining patio and stylishly playful lamps mimicking oaks inside, chef/ restaurateur David Bracha of River Oyster Bar has transformed a previously cold space to warm. Food is equally inviting. The mostly small-plates seasonal menu roams the globe from supreme Vietnamese bahn mi (with pork belly and foie gras) to down-home buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and home made charcuterie. If available, dont miss Hawaiian-inspired steelhead poke; substituting the salmonlike but more delicate trout for the usual tuna transports this crudo to heavenly heights. $$-$$$ Orange Caf + Art2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont have thousands of dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso: chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette. Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Pashas 3801 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pasta FoliesShops at Midtown Miami3252 NE 1st Ave. #118, 786-382-0205In France the word folie can mean extravagant. More often it means madness. Its the latter translation that first comes to mind when perusing the menu of this French Rivera pasta/ pizza fast-casual chain, whose concept is pastas, plus pizzas, from around the world -even Italy. Dont expect authenticity from the more exotic toppings; they basically contain one typical ingredient (along with a generic onions/peppers/veg assortment): bean sprouts in Thailands spaghetti, pineapple in Balis, curry sauce on Indias. Do expect super-fresh sauces, made daily. Friendly staffers and fun. $$Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548 Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-off-the bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt have that do drop in locals hangout vibe. But this lively Italian spot is actually a great addition to the neighborhood. The pizzas alone brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Primo Pizza Miami3451 NE 1st Ave., 305-535-2555Just a few years ago, chain pizza joints were dominant most everywhere. Today many places now offer authentic Italian or delicate designer pizzas. But a satisfying Brookyn-style street slice? Fuhgedit. Thankfully thats the speciality of this indoor/ outdoor pizzeria: big slices with chewy crusts (made from imported NY tap water) that arent ultra-thin and crisp, but flexible enough to fold lengthwise, and medium-thick -sturdy enough to support toppings applied with generous all-American abandon. Take-out warning: Picking up a whole pie? Better bring the SUV, not the Morris Mini. live healthy | live right | live strongCALL US TO PRE-ORDER FOR FAST PICK-UP649 ne 79th st. miami fl 33138 | 786/542-1622OPEN mon-sat 8AM-7PM | guarapojuicebar@ gmail.comPARK IN OUR SIDE LOT | ADDITIONAL PARKING NEXT DOOR AT MARKY'S RUSSIAN STORE featuringg remedies organic blend of fruit & vegetable juices wheatgrass shots power protein smoothies a variety of protein & supplementsFREE Delivery with your order of $20 or more FREE Wi-Fi in our Backyard Lounge Buy 1 Large, Get 1 Small FREE Juice/Smoothie of the Day @GuarapoJuiceBar Follow us

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Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/ sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/ ponzu oil, and many more. Especially recommended: the yuzu hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 1043451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot prepared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soupsto-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Shokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resources caf was better known for people-watching than for its standard sushi/Thai menu. But as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/outdoor space is charming, but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street foods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings; savory pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or chilled, are especially appealing. $$-$$$ South Street Restaurant & Bar4000 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-5474In the historic Buena Vista post office building, this neo-soul food restaurant features family recipes from chef Amaris Jones, a Philly native. Along with tasty traditional favorites like fried chicken or shrimp and cheese grits with low-country gravy, there are lightened classics (green tomatoes that are grilled, not fried, with basil cream aioli), plus a few items whose street cred seems to come from a Soul Train stop at the Bryn Mawr Country Club (surf and turf). Food comes with a soul soundtrack befitting the lounge vibe. $$$ Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave.,786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/ fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food. But the American dumbing-down is minimal. Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail. Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, ginger, cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce. And Peking duck is served as three traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$Vintage Liquor & Wine Bar3301 NE 1st Ave. #105, 305-514-0307Gentrified ambiance, a remarkably knowledgeable staff, and a hip stock (including global beers as well as liquor and wine, plus gourmet packaged foods to accompany), and self-service wine dispensers for sampling make this an enjoyable retail shop. A wine/cocktail/tapas bar, open from 4:00 p.m. daily, makes it an enjoyable neighborhood hangout, too. Tapas include beef carpaccio, bruschetta cones, varied salads and empanadas, a daily ceviche, and fresh-made sandwiches. And remember to ask about special events: karaoke Thursdays, monthly wine dinners, tastings, more. $-$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolate-covered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 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 restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-chorizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part 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. $$Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhoodfocused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$Buddha Sushi Bar1071 NE 79th St., 305-677-3633While the setting is still more low-rent/high-speed causeway than restaurant row, this stylish, much-more-than-sushi spot definitely brings the street giant steps toward destinationdining status. The invention and skill shown in makis like the Fruity (shrimp, salmon, tuna, whitefish, roe, asparagus, and peaches, dressed with creamy mustard sauce), or small plates like shrimp crullers with a red wine reduction, isnt surprising considering the crafter is Michael Asalie, original chef at downtowns Little Lotus. Order from the menu or grab something from the circulating sushi river, whatever floats your boat. $$$ Chef Creole200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner Wilkinson Sejours two tiny but popular establishments. While some meatier Haitian classics like griot (fried pork chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3.99 roast chicken 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. $-$$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/ chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sausage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeastern-inspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats nearly invisible from the street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean vegan food. Large or small plates, with salad and fried sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are served for five or seven bucks. Also available are snacks like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry waffles with soy sausage patties. $Go To Sushi5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with spinach, rice noodles, and sizable slices of poultry. Health ensured, you can the enjoy a guiltless pig-out on Fireballs: fried dumplings of chicken, cabbage, and egg, crusted with quills -really a delectable crunchy noodle mix. $Gourmet Station7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with no time to cook, has been popular for years. But the Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition. Main reason: deceptive healthiness. These are meals that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for you. Favorite items include precision-grilled 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. $$Iron Side Caf7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551Located in the Little River business (meaning warehouse) district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory, this eatery is easy to miss. But it shouldnt be missed. Both the cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque settings for artfully plated, seriously organic and locally sourced fare from Nuno Grullon, original exec chef at Metro Organic Bistro. Particularly recommended: tuna tartare with a unique spicy lemon dressing; ossa buco featuring flavorful grass-fed beef from Gaucho Ranch right down the road. Saturday BBQ/gallery nights are especially hip. $$-$$$Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas; and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$ 1800 Biscayne Blvd, #105 (Located at 1800 Biscayne Plaza) WWW.3CHEFS-MIA.COM Specializing in Chinese & Vietnamese Cuisine 20 NE 41st Street, MiamiIn the Design District305.918.4453 Daily Lunch Specials Soup & Sandwich $8

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La Cigale7281 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 cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma pro duces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like sparkling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, includ ing yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweet-savory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese homecooking items. And rice-based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$Namaste7420 Biscayne Blvd., 786-536-9050With food served from steam-table-type stations, plus plastic utensils and plates, this neighborhood Indian place is definitely no frills. But its also excellent value for the money, especially if you go for the all-day $8.99 special, which includes two entre items plus sides for which most Indian restaurants charge extra: rice, choice of bread (garlic naan recommended), and refreshing raita. Invest some of your savings in BhelPapri chat, a savory snack featuring crisp chips topped with cilantrospiked chickpeas, onions, potatoes, yogurt, and piquant tamarind sauce. $-$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a fullfledged eatery. Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours. Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup; a brie, turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette; and what many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless bone less half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$Uvas6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Formerly UVA 69, this casual-chic caf/lounge, a MiMo neighborhood pioneer, has changed its name and original owners, but remains an all-day-to-late-night hangout. And menu strong points also remain, from fresh-baked pastries and breads to elegant cross-cultural sandwiches (particularly two Latin-inspired upgrades: a classic Cuban with French ham, cornichons, and a baguette; and la minuta, a beer-battered fish fillet on focaccia with cilantro aioli). Whether diners opt for full entres or make a meal of small plates, the subtle global blending makes fusion make sense. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $NORTH BAY VILLAGEThe Crab House1551 79th St. Causeway, 305-868-7085Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired by Landrys in 1996 and is now part of a chain. But the classic dcor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths, outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days. Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20 lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics will be happiest sticking to la carte favorites like the All-American fishermans platters, or global spe cials like Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally. $$$-$$$$Japanese Market and Sushi Deli1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143Inside a small market that is widely considered Miamis pre mier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. Whil e raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entres. $Oggi Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$ Shuckers Bar & Grill1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570Cheap eats and a million-dollar view is the sound bite manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel. The joint dates from South Beachs late 1980s revival, but the kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldnt be farther from SoBe glitz. The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)Trio on the Bay1601 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1234Several ventures have failed in this expansive indoor/outdoor waterfront space, but thats hard to imagine once youve experienced this stunning incarnation as an exciting yet affordable restaurant/nightclub where food definitely doesnt play second fid dle to entertainment. Former Crystal Caf chef Klime Kovaceski created the original menu, and among his dishes still available is the filet mignon atop surprisingly pistachio-studded barnaise sauce. Now there is a range of Mediterranean offerings as well, from grilled calamari steaks to mahi picatta. $$$NORTH BEACHCaf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ KChapas1130 Normandy Dr., 305864-8872Formerly the Peruvian restaurant Pachamama, this space is now both Peruvian and Venezuelan -but not fusion. The Venezuelan sisters who run the place keep dishes true to country. Most Big Food comes from Peru: fresh ceviches, classic cooked entres. But its the Venezuelan breakfast/snack items that keep us coming, especially signature cachapas, somewhat similar to arepas but harder to find in restaurants. These moist pancakes, made from ground corn kernels instead of just corn meal, are folded over salty white cheese for a uniquely bold balance of sweetness and savor. $-$$Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels poolpatio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several house made 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. $$-$$$Rouge CineCafe908 71st St., 305-865-5955 This friendly cafs dcor is indeed playfully red, and the cine refers to vintage films projected unobtrusively on a wall. But the main attraction is the French and Moroccan food, both genres as authentically homey as youll find in the homes of those cuisines. For hearty eaters, exotically spiced tagine stews, like lamb with prunes, are the way to go. Grazers will find Rouges bocaditos (evocatively French saucisson sec, or Moroccan merguez sausage with grilled onions and hot harissa sauce, both on crusty Boulart bread) irresistible -as are housemade desserts. $$-$$$ Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive 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,

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authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$The Wine Market908 71st St., 305-865-6465This rustic-chic wine shop, tapas bar, and restaurant is the sort of place that every emerging neighborhood needs. The wine stock isnt huge but the selection is thoughtful, with many bottles priced from $10 to $20. Take it home or pay a small corkage fee and drink on-premises over a meal centered on typical Parisian bistro entres like steak or moules frites (the latter regularly available all-you-can-eat). If youd prefer going the tapas bar route, highlights include a silky cognac/truffle chicken liver mousse and battered shrimp with remoulade sauce to make your own poboy crostinis. $$-$$$MIAMI SHORESCte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami. And why do Miamians eat here? Not ambiance. There isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods freshness, we listen. There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry Mayo. And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$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. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, custom-cut -not presliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$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/Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas, since they connect and diners can order from either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting cue ranging from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingredients such as mayo flavored like red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted fresh-baked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and home made sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness of its seafood, much of it from Capt. Jim Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Caminito Way1960 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8322Open since 1999, this bakery-caf is particularly known for its European-influenced homemade Argentine pastries. So come early to pick from the widest variety of savory empanadas (plumply stuffed and admirably delicate -no leaden crusts here) or sweet facturas (Argentinas most popular breakfast items). They sell out fast. What some might not know is that despite its small size, Caminitos also crafts tasty big food: elaborate salads; hefty baguette sandwiches, like choripan sausage with chimichurri; pastas; major meat or poultry entres. For lighter lunches, try tartas (quiches), also perfect party food. $-$$Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood regulars. But even newcomers feel like regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staffs Italian ebullience. Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with some contemporary items as well. Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottini beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succu lent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Chef Creole13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246(See Miami listing)Evios Pizza & Grill12600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-7699Family-owned and operated, this indoor/outdoor pizzeria is also family-friendly, right down to the size of its NY-style pies (sold whole or by the slice), which range from large to roughly the diameter of a ferris wheel. And toppings, ranging from meat-lovers to veggie-loaded, are applied with awe-inspiring abundance. Since tastes do vary, the menu also includes a cornucopia of other crowd-pleasers: burgers (including turkey with a unique mustard-spiked cranberry sauce), entre-size salads, burritos or quesadillas, wings, hot or cold subs and succulent self-basted lamb/beef gyros with tzatziki. $ Fish Fish13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124Heres what makes this elegantly warm restolounge and seafood market not just an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worth-the-drive dining destination: Both local and cold-water fish and shellfish, including stone crab and lobster from owners Melvyn Franks and Rebecca Nachlass own Florida Keys plant, that are always fresh, never frozen (except some shrimp). For home cooks, the market offers all delivered-daily catches on the menu. But dont miss chef Oscar Quezadas simple and perfect preparations, including lightly battered, crispy tempura shrimp; sophisticated fish and chips (featuring Atlantic cod, not cheapo fish); bracing ceviches; and, for carnivores, shepherds pie topped with ethereal whipped potatoes. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-not-miss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$ 1035 N. 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Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a planned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-tenbuck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Il Piccolo Caf2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538Talk about a neighborhood institution. The owners of this longtime Italian eatery remember frequent visits from Miami native Michelle Bernstein and her parents -when the celebrity chef was a kid. The place is still child-friendly, and though the piccolo space is indeed small, portions are prodigious. Most dishes will evoke nostalgia, including our own favorite whitewine-sauce-drenched sin -lemony egg-battered veal piccata with capers and artichokes. But there are surprises not found at most old school red-sauce joints, too, like lunchtimes surprisingly tasty Cuban sandwich. $$Le Griot de Madame John975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333When Madame moved her base of operations from her Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offering numerous traditional Haitian dishes, including jerked beef or goat tassot and an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt before poaching with various veggies and spices). But the dish that still packs the place is the griot: marinated pork chunks simmered and then fried till theyre moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely flavored outside. $Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Los Antojos11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombias national dish. If its Saturday, it must be ajiaco. Both are thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl. For 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. $$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899Since 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. $$ Smashburger14730 Biscayne Blvd., 786-406-6614Two things distinguish the griddled patties of this Denverbased chain, touted as the nations fastest-growing better burger restaurant, from other better burgers: a nod to local tastes (like toppings of fried chorizo and potato fritas), and the smashing technique, producing an appealing thickly crusted exterior. Got burger overkill? Substitute chicken, or have a salad. An added draw: unusual veggie sides, which go beyond regular and sweet potato fries to crisp onion strings, veggie frites (carrots, string beans), and an Old South fish-camp classic: fried pickles. $-$$Steves Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Tiny Thai House12953 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-1646The space is tiny. The menu, which features Thai specialties but includes sushi plus Japanese appetizers and entres, is not. Despite the huge selection of sushi/Thai restaurant standards, though, dont overlook items harder to find in America, like floating noodle soup, a popular street food from Thailands boat-based market stalls; similar in savor to Vietnamese pho, the dish contains beef, bean sprouts, and noodles heaped in umami-rich beef broth. Among the nicely priced sushi selections, the Mylo roll (tuna, salmon, crab, avo cado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-American to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$Woodys Famous Steak Sandwich13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this nostalgic hangout. New owners have made some changes, including a dcor/ambiance upgrade (theres now a patio lounge, with music) and an expanded menu featuring contemporary comfort foods like fire-grilled pizzas with fresh toppings (homemade mozzarella, etc.), several salads, and veggie burgers. But timetested road food favorites remain: big beef burgers, hot dogs, and of course, Woodys famous cheesesteak, done traditional Philly-style with shaved ribeye. You can even get Cheese Whiz. To drink, there are nine draft beers plus old-school shakes. $$NORTH MIAMI BEACHBamboo Garden1232 NE 163rd St., 305-945-1722Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this veteran is many diners favorite on the 163rd/167th Street Chinatown 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. $ Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont have to be bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what the company calls food with integrity. The fare is simple, basically tacos and big burritos: soft flour or crisp corn to rtillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/ flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $ JOIN THE DESSERT REVOLUTION!FLAVORS CHOCOLATE SALTED COCONUT PINEAPPLE BASIL STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE MANGO BOURBON WATERMELONAVAILABLE FOR NEXT EVENT, WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS. BOOK ONE FOR OUR CARTS TODAY!305-482-1832 MANGO@FEVERISHPOPS.COM WWW.FEVERISHPOPS.COM TWITTER: @FEVERISHMIAMI FACEBOOK: @FEVERISHPOPS HANDCRAFTED GOURMET POPS VEGAN FRIENDLY ORGANIC AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS

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Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -alto gether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Takeout packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland fauxCantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus other expected traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique. Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes by Perus influential nikkei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura: an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with rich olive sauce). $$$-$$$$ Ginza Japanese Buffet16153 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-2192Highlighting the lunch and dinners spreads at this all-youcan-eat Japanese buffet are a hibachi station (where chefs custom-cook diners choice of seafood or meat), plus many types of maki rolls and individual nigiri sushi, both featuring a larger variety of seafood than at many sushi bars -not just salmon and tuna but snapper, escolar, surf clam, snow crab, and more. But there are also steam-tabled hot Japanese and Chinese dishes; an array of cold shellfish and salads with mixand-match sauces; and desserts. Selections vary, but value-formoney is a given. $$Green House Organic Food Restaurant3207 NE 163rd St., 305-594-6787The name sounds a bit healthfoody, but theres no crunchy granola here. Argentine-born, globally traveling chef Marcelo Marino, whos also an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Miami, uses only organic and/or sustainable produce and proteins to serve upscale avant-garde fusion fare: halibut atop traditional French Nantua (creamy lobster) sauce, with lemongrass/saffron-infused faro risotto; octopus with delicate black radish tempura and coconut/pineapple/tea foam; and similar stuff requiring mad skills in both classic cooking and molecular gastronomy. Breads, cheeses, and cured meats are all made in-house, too. $$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popu lar after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly takeout spin-off of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available la carte or in value-priced individual and party combo platters. But there are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles. Another branch is now open in Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succulently 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. $$-$$$Jerusalem Market and Deli16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and kibbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner, like this eaterys Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement. There are elaborate daily specials here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus unusually rich and tart tahina. $-$$Kabobji3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484This place makes a very good tahini sauce. In fact that alone is reason enough to visit. We prefer ours with this bright, cheery eaterys delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma. They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw kibbi naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare). Its hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters and wraps, but theres also a roster of full entres (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores. $$Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$King Palace330 NE 167th St. 305-949-2339The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room entrance. Theres also a better-than-average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies. The menu is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point. $$ Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ KoneFood387 NE 167th St., 305-705-4485Cones contain ice cream. Kones, however, contain anything and everything edible -at least at this eatery, locally founded (though the original concept of ultimate portable convenience meals, in sealed flatbread cones, came from Italy). In their melting-pot American version, kone fillings range from breakfast items like huevos rancheros to Thai chicken, chicken curry, coconut shrimp, kones kon lechon (slow-roasted pork with mojo), various pizzas, BBQ, chicken Florentine, healthy green salads, more. There are even desserts like a flambed apple Kone la Normande. Authentic Belgian frites, too. $ Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)Laurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteriastyle space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your ener gies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it ensures fast turnover. Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make it not just a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other Vietnamese classics. The menu is humongous. $-$$The Melting Pot15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$New China Buffet940 North Miami Beach Blvd., 305-957-7266The venue (a former Bennigans) is clean, casual, and not kitschy. The all-you-can-eat fare is voluminous -scores of Chinese dishes (recommended: Mongolian pork, spicy garlic shrimp, and surprisingly authentic steamed fish with ginger and scallion); international oddities (pizza, plantains, pigs-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 Thai14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338 At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob: broiled miso-marinated black cod; rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce; even Nobu Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/ owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/ or rare dishes not found elsewhere. Plus he doesnt auto matically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ rfntbrbrnfffnnfbnbrbr ORIGINALBAVARIANBIERGARTEN

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Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a partysize fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Racks Soprano Caf & Italian Restaurant3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-917-7225Racks has a new owner and a new name. Italian chef Rocco Soprano is bringing his authentic Italian flavors and style to a lovely setting. Well have more details next month, but we know the specialties include Italian steaks, seafood, and an oyster bar. One thing that wont change: the coal-fired pizza oven, which reliably turns out an astonishingly light yet chewy crust that makes the pies a revelation. Especially enjoyable is the waterfront deck. $$Roasters & Toasters18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354Attention ex-New Yorkers: Is your idea of food porn one of the Carnegie Delis mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well, Roasters will dwarf them. Consider the Carnegie-style monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound of succulent meat (really 1.4 pounds; we we ighed it), for a mere 15 bucks. All the other Jewish deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served with sour cream and applesauce. $$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is willing to customize dishes upon request, and the serving staff is reliably fast. Perhaps most important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood strikes. $-$$Slices Pizza & Pasta13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5684While pizza by the slice is common street food in every city in the USA, this informal Italian eatery offers a variation particularly appropriate to Latin American-influenced Miami: slices served rodizio-style. Brazils traditional rodizio restaurants feature many different grilled meats, served tableside by a continuing parade of waiters till diners cry uncle. Here the concept is the same, with dozens of varieties of pizza (plus several pastas) replacing the beef. $$ Sports Grill2995 NE 163rd St., 305-944-4552Like the other five locations of this popular local mini chain (which originated more than 20 years ago), NMBs family-friendly sports bar/grill has walls lined with flat-screen TVs and a menu packed with all the classic game-watching munchies, some with Old South twists, like jalapeo poppers with pepper jelly dipping sauce. Must-haves are the charbroiled special wings, meaty and mild. But for those who prefer more highly spiced wings, there are six additional varieties. Cool down with a craft beer from a list that changes weekly to avoid boredom. $-$$Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken its cue from Philippe Starck: sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for starters. The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingre dients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are most popu lar, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied dailychanging menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal LadiesWho-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Tunas17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com The reincarnated Tunas has gained new owners, a new name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a new chef, Rolf Fellhauer, who spent 28 years at the famed La Paloma. He has added his touch to the menu, with delicacies such as Oysters Moscow, mussels Chardonnay, and Grouper Brittany. Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish from local waters. Open daily till 2:00 a.m., the place can get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is open till closing, Tunas draws a serious late-night dining crowd, too. $$-$$$ Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this 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 yearold. She cleaned her plate. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grou per with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ BAY HARBOR ISLANDSAsia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse; 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japanese-inspired 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. $$$ Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/ effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ L e Pine1052 Kane Concourse, 305-861-1059This upscale Lebanese restaurant serves dishes with the sort of understated sophistication that makes clear why Beirut was called the Paris of the East. Youll find familiar Middle Eastern favorites, but many have refinements that lift them above average: pita thats housemade, charmingly fluffy when warm from the oven; falafel incorporating flavorful fava beans with the usual ground chickpeas. Especially appealing are more uncommon items like crisp-fried cauliflower with tahini, fateh (a chickpea casserole iced with thick yogurt), and buttery cheese/herb-filled sambusak pastries. Finish exotically with a hookah. $$-$$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast specials, including unusually flavorful homemade corned beef hash and eggs. For the rest of the day, multitudes of mavens devour every other delectable deli specialty known to humankind. $$BagelWorks18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of handsliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled protein add-ons. Bagels, while machine-made rather than hand-rolled, are freshly baked all day. $$ Bella Luna19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall, 305-792-9330 If the menu here looks familiar, it should. Its nearly identical THAI LUNCH SPECIALS $7.99 Monday-Saturday till 3:30pmSINGHA BEER 2 FOR $5So Popular We Extended it!All Day Long through April DINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY PARTY CATERINGOpen 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner Mon-Fri 11:30AM 11PM; Sat-Sun 12:30PM 11PM305-758-05167941 biscayne blvd., miamiSee our extensive Thai & Sushi menu atwww.SiamRiceThaiAndSushi.com Follow us on

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to that at the Upper Eastsides Luna Caf and, with minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billantes eateries (Rosalia, Villaggio, Carpaccio), right down to the typeface. But no argu ment from here. In a mall a setting more accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al salmone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices, and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of fresh, albeit familiar, air. $$-$$$Blu Sushi600 Silks Run Rod., 954-744-4398Even hard-core sushi-bar addicts must admit that many such establishments suffer from a certain sameness. Not Blu. At this restolounge in the Village at Gulfstream Park, part of a mini-chain originating in southwest Florida, the specialty makis are outdone in outrageousness only by extravagant cocktails. Yes, there are California rolls. But why be bored when you have an alternative like Kin-SO: tempura king crab salad, tuna, and avocado with scallions, smelt roe, and tempura flakes, plus mayo and sweet eel sauce. $$$ Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts. There are also Minas ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal. But dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350 Its not surprising that this Florida-based better burger franchise is one of Americas fastest-growing. With dcor thats relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for fast-food junkburgers, whats not to love? There are also vegetarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus accessories including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Caf Bistro @ Nordstrom19507 Biscayne Blvd. #15, 305-937-7267In the days before quick-bite food courts, upscale department stores had their own real restaurants, civilized oases where Ladies Who Lunch took leisurely respite from shopping. In todays Women Who Work times, those restaurants (and privileged ladies) are anachronisms, but this room, hidden on Nordstroms second floor, is a relaxing time-trip back. Enjoy creamy crab bisque, extravagant salads (shrimp with cilantrolime dressing; pear, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with cherry balsamic vinaigrette), or a retro-modern club sandwich. Organic ingredients from local purveyors are emphasized. $$$Fresko19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and 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). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$The Grill on the Alley19501 Biscayne Blvd. (Aventura Mall), 305-466-7195Ensconced in a leather booth, with dark hardwood everywhere and a massive bar dispensing two-fisted drinks, youd never know you were dining in a shopping mall -or in the new millennium. This upscale mini chain salutes Americas great grill restaurants of yesteryear, with prodigious portions of charbroiled meats and seafood, plus classics like creamy chicken pot pie. New retro dishes are added quarterly, but our favorite remains Sunday nights prime rib special: a $32 hunk of juicy beef thatll take care of Mondays meals too. $$$$$ Il Migliore2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-792-2902This attractive trattoria gets the food right, as well as the ambiance. As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable ingredients and straightforward recipes that dont overcomplicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfection. Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild mushrooms needs nothing else. Neither does the signature Pollo Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a brick. And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries. $$-$$$ Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restau rant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Estancia Argentina17870 Biscayne Blvd., 305-932-6477At this market/restaurant, theres a small but quality selection of Argentine grocery staples and wines, plus a butcher counter where backyard BBQers can find everything necessary for a parrillada party. Alternatively, grab a table and let La Estancia do the cooking -anything from tapas and elegant miga minitea sandwiches to hefty grilled parrillada plates. Most irresistible, though, are the savory and sweet baked goods, especially elaborately frosted layer cakes and delicately crusted empanadas plumply stuffed with hand-cut flank steak, mushrooms in onion sauce, much more. $-$$Luca B ella19088 NE 29th Ave., 305-792-2222In the space that once housed Chef Allens, this trattoria offers a crowd-pleasing combination: dcor with white-tablecloth elegance, yet the family-friendly feel of a classic checkered-tablecloth eatery -and Italian-American comfort food to match. Highlights: Mickeys Meatballs (named for owner Mickey Maltese), a meal-size marinara-sauced starter featuring whipped ricotta and creamy mascarpone; veal Bella Luca, mixing modern and traditional influences via a hefty breadcrumb-coated pan-fried chop with a topping of bracing balsamic reduction-dressed mesclun. $$$Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys dearth of authentic Chinese food, this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents. Owners Jin Xiang Chen and Shu Ming (a.k.a. Mr. Chef) come from Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll find no gloppily sauced, Americanized-Cantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp). For adventurers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs James Beard House. Armed with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to prove that top restaurants can be affordable. Consider it proven. Floribbeanstyle seafood is the specialty: fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette. Forget its strip-mall location. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$Pizza Roma19090 NE 29th Ave. 305-937-4884Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat street eating. Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just ask. Also featured are Italian-American entres like baked manicotti (thats mani-goat, for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called bullets, to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind. $$Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)SUNNY ISLES BEACHAlba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gnudi is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split, a game enabling tables to win their meals for free. $$$$ Chef Philip Ho16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/ potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581Who even knew that the late Rascal House had an ocean view? Diners may have to eat standing up to glimpse water over the dunes from the panoramic caf windows of the gourmet market that replaced the Rascal, but you know youre on a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach. The big, bright cafs menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily spe cials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/ raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale ItalianAmerican place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinnerfor the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a renovated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mangopapaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Piazzetta17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-6816You cant help feeling optimistic about a tourist towns food scene when its resort restaurants, which generally walk the middle of the road, get creative. And it doesnt get much more creative than this stylish restaurant and Italian market, which bills itself as a trip to an Italian-inspired little market square, but which, along with artisanal salumi plus pizzas and pastas, serves sushi. Particularly tasty: the native Neapolitan pizza chefs truffled taleggio and mushroom pies; meltingly tender braised short ribs; an impeccable market-driven meat and cheese platter. $$$St. Petersburg Deli17080 Collins Ave., 305-947-9696Dont expect fancified stuff like menus, or the English language, at this informal market/cafe. If theres signage identifying the prepared foods behind the counters, its in Russian, and daily dishes are pretty much what the cooks feel like making. So look and point. Wed suggest pointing at cold yogurt-based soups like tangy okroshka (with cukes, egg, scallions, potatoes, and dill) or holodnik (similar, with beets added); eggplant roulades, stuffed with spiced shredded carrots, are also a refreshing summer dish. Hot choices include meatballs in rich cream sauce and chicken Kiev. $$ Timo17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008Since opening in 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussy Italian/Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food at this hot spot, created by chef/owner Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Allens and Marks South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Dont bother reading them. Andriolas dishes speak for themselves: a salad of crisp oysters atop frise, cannelloni bean, and pancetta; foie gras crostini with a subtle caramelized orange sauce; a blue crab raviolo with toasted pignolias and brown butter; or a woodoven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ Open: Monday-Friday 11:30am-10:00pm Saturday 5:30-11:00pm www.jeanpaulshouse.com 2426 NE 2nd Ave | Miami FL 33137 | Tel. 305.573.7373

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