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Serving communities along the Biscayne Corridor: Arch Creek East, Aventura, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista,
Design District, Downtown, Eastern Shores, Edgewater, El Portal, Hibiscus Island, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Momingside, North Bay Island,
North Miami, North Miami Beach, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands



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December 2009

1 Miami's Art Scene: Winners & Losers
6 Feedback: Letters
10 Miami's King: Jack King
12 Word on the Street
8 BizBuzz
20 Jen Karetnick: It's Not Win or Lose, It's How to
Play the Game
22 Frank Rollason: Wish List for a New Year
24 Wendy Doscher-Smith: As Winter Descends,
Heroes Arise
26 Condo Life: Luxurious Comfort or Relentless Conflict?
27 Gardens Grow in Midtown -- At Least for Now
28 The Madonna Mystery
29 They Want To Grow MiMo
34 Biscayne Crime Beat
36 Off the Basel Path 2009
38 Art Listings
43 Events Calendar
46 North Bayshore William Lehman Park: Litterama with a View
48 Your Garden: Nature's Way: It's Not About Chemicals
50 Kids and the City: Miami's Holiday Cultural Buffet
52 Harper's Environment: We Want Your Garbage!
54 Pawsitively Pets: Crime and Punishment: A Dog's Tale
56 Restaurant Listings: Seven new eateries this month!
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SLetters to the Editor

You Shop. We Wrap.

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gift wrap when you show your

Midtown Miami store receipts.

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North Miami Is Missing
Something Most Cities
Have in Abundance:
Parking Meters
I'd like to add another positive point to
Karen-Janine Cohen's November cover
story about 125th Street in North Miami
("125: Strive to Survive"). It's something
that is often overlooked but is an extreme-
ly valuable feature for a destination.
North Miami has free parking!
Dan Lundberg
North Miami

GuardhouseAlternative #1:
Automatic Garage-Door Opener
Christian Cipriani's article about the
armed robbery of Jeff and Yasmin Davis
in the driveway of their Miami Shores
home ("Guns Can Change E\ c i thlinii "
November 2009) revealed an irony. The
Davis couple bought a bayfront house at
a price that was surely well beyond most
people's means. The house was gutted
and rebuilt to their specifications, again
well beyond most people's means.
Ironically, they were able to spend
thousands of dollars on the rebuilding, but
apparently forgot to include an automatic
garage-door opener, which would have
rendered it unnecessary for the wife to
get out of their vehicle to open the garage
door, which is when the robbery occurred.
Now they want a guardhouse built
on NE 96th Street at NE 10th Avenue -
and have other residents pay for it.
Get real.
Ellen Willis
Miami Shores

Guardhouse Alternative #2:
Police Officer in Squad Car
A guardhouse in the Shores that photo-
graphs the license plate of every car that
passes through? Yes! Brilliant!
This idea probably sounded better
in Jeff Davis's head. It's about as effec-
tive as those red-light cameras, which
enforce the law after the crime has been
committed. This certainly does not help
with prevention or with the consequenc-
es of the crime.
How can we feel safer? Most police
departments increase their presence in
areas where the crime rate has gone up.
Police departments generally do this auto-
matically, but when they don't, any resident
can request it. You simply have to ask.

Miami Shores has its own police
department, so there should be no excuses.
Police are here to serve and protect, or so
I've been told, and we give them about
one-third of our municipal budget to do so.
The armed robbery the Davis
family went through is appalling, but it
shouldn't be used as a way to keep track
of law-abiding citizens. Furthermore, the
information collected by a guardhouse
camera is a liability in itself. The added
cost is an unnecessary burden, and it is
simply redundant. One squad car making
rounds can be more beneficial.
Besides, any plate you do identify from
a getaway vehicle is probably going to be that
of a stolen car. Possibly your neighbor's car.
Angel Correa
Miami Shores

When Is a Tree Not a Tree?
When It's a Lollipop
I want to thank Jeff Shimonski for high-
lighting the many reasons why topping
and hat-racking trees should be illegal
("Miami's Chainsaw Massacre," Novem-
ber 2009). I was astonished to read about
all the hazards. Because these practices
can harm the health of the tree, I was
under the mistaken impression that they
were outlawed.
I suggest that Jeff next write an
article about what I believe is another ab-
erration of nature present in South Florida
yards: Trees shaped to look like lollipops.
Nature is the best architect and designer.
We should try to let trees look like trees.
Laura Santamaria

Chronicle of a Disaster
I would like to respond to Frank Rollason's
column about statewide Amendment 4
("Revolutionary Concept: Put Urban Sprawl
to a Vote," November 2009). In 2006 my
hometown of St. Pete Beach became the
first community to adopt a local version of
Amendment 4, a proposal that will appear
before all Florida voters next year.
Our town put its faith in the empty
promises of this amendment's support-
ers. We were told that they just wanted
to "give the people a say" on growth.
But that is not what they wanted to do,
and that is not what happened. Since this
measure was passed, the residents of St.

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BizBuzz: December 2009

Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

iis the season for celebration and
gift-giving, and Hannah Lasky
1 of Hannah & Her Scissors
(9611 NE 86th St.; 305-772-8426) has not
one but two gifts that'll get readers look-
ing excellent for those holiday parties.
Mention the BTfor a 20% discount
on haircuts, plus a free blow dry.
If your home also needs a make-
over, Upper Eastsiders now don't need
to leave the neighborhood for supplies.
New advertiser Biscayne Paint (8221
Biscayne Blvd.; 305-754-0112, in the
MiMo gem that formerly housed Rayco
Auto Interiors) has all the supplies you'll
need except for car upholstery.
Homeowners looking for the
ultimate in luxury should contact new
advertiser Saad Homes (305-829-8992).
The family-owned business has built
more than 250 high-end custom dwell-
ings over the past 30 years. Good news
from patriarch Angel Saad: Prices are
now 20% to 30% lower for both new
construction and major renovations.
To flaunt the fact that here in Miami
we can have our holiday parties on the
patio, Ascot Teak (12951 Biscayne Blvd.;
305-892-2131) is offering BT readers
discounts ranging from 20% to 40% on
their large inventory direct from their own
factory. And there's same-day delivery, too.
Meanwhile, a stylish new col-
lection is scheduled to arrive Decem-
ber 14 at Beau Living (8101 Biscayne
Blvd.; 305-751-1511). To celebrate the
showroom's second anniversary, a sale
offers up to 40% off on all furniture.
Helping to bring eco-friendliness to
the Biscayne Corridor, the Doggie Bag
Caf6 at Smiling Pets Animal Clinic (7310
Biscayne Blvd.; 305-710-7266) will host
"Green Dog Day" on December 13 from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn how to green your
dog with organic foods, eco-friendly sham-
poos, bamboo collars/leashes, and more.
Speaking of innovation, if you haven't
recently visited the decade-old Dancewear
Gallery (845 NE 125th St.; 305-892-9961),
the boutique's space now boasts a dance
studio that's home to the North Miami Arts
Collective. And to celebrate this merg-
ing of two creative visions, BT readers
who make a purchase before December
23 will receive a certificate for free or

reduced-price NOMAC dance classes.
Unity on the Bay (411 NE 21st
St.; 305-573-9191) invites one and all to
experience a holiday showcase at their
candlelight Christmas Eve service. The
evening of friendship, joy, and inspiring
choral music begins at 7:00 p.m. Unity also
hosts a special "Burning Bowl" service
on New Year's Eve at 7:00 p.m. You can
symbolically relinquish the past and write
yourself a new vision for a new year.
Remember the real.life.basic
store on Lincoln Road? Despite its
popularity, the Miami-based dining
and bathware firm closed in order to
concentrate on designing and manu-
facturing. But rejoice! They've just
opened real.life.basic OUTLET (11091
Biscayne Blvd.; 305-891-0888), which
sells the sleek accessories at astonish-
ingly low prices. Warning: The outlet
is only open through high season, and
once the items are gone, tough luck.
When Ponce de Leon searched
the St. Augustine area for the Fountain
of Youth, he was way off. Miami has
the real thing. At the new Youthful
Aging Center (265 NE 24th St., Suite
106; 786-275-5395), board-certified
osteopathic family physician Ana M.
Hernandez supervises personally custom-
ized alternative nutritional and natural-
hormone-replacement therapies designed
to reverse years of metabolic damage,
restoring youthful looks and energy.
Match your good looks with good
health at Medi-Station Urgent Care (9600
NE 2nd Ave.), where the H1N1 (swine flu)
vaccine is in plentiful supply. Walk in. No

appointment needed. Vaccination cost: $15.
One more healthful tip: Those curi-
ous to check out the numerous upgrades
at Midtown's Shuichi Take Fitness Club
(3250 NE 1st Ave.; 305-856-4588) are wel-
come anytime. But a particularly good time
would be December 5, from 5:00-10:00
p.m., when the club aims to raise $10,000
in support of Special Olympics Miami-
Dade. Musical performances, open bar, and
more are yours for a $20-$25 donation.
Although new advertiser WLRN
Radio and Television is licensed to
the school board, it's not just about
kids. Our recent fave TV broadcast:
Weird Florida, a documentary explor-
ing our state's most bizarre secrets.
Everyone talks about mortgage
foreclosures, but Jake Miller (12550
Biscayne Blvd., 8th floor) is doing some-
thing about it. On December 8, at 7:00
p.m., the attorney will present another
of his popular, free \\ uI.l sBest for
You" seminars. For more info and res-
ervations: www.helpmemodifynow.
Duffy Realty has been special-
izing in north Miami-Dade real estate
sales and rentals since 1984. For proof
that experience counts, glance at the
website's gorgeous listings, many with
refreshingly affordable prices, then give
Patrick L. Duffy a call (305-758-5600;
305-904-4803; www.duffyrealty.com).
It may surprise some that 90% of new
advertiser City Lights Cruises' guests
are locals, not tourists. But the company
doesn't offer mere sightseeing tours. Rather
its three-hour cruises aboard luxury yachts

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

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are billed as "the ultimate party on the
water," with amenities like premium bars,
hot appetizer buffets, and DJed music
for dancing. Big New Year's Eve party
coming up! Reservations at 305-372-5040.
Is your patter smooth, but you lack
the moves to follow through? Contact new
advertiser Dancemasters (12390 W. Dixie
Hwy.; 305-893-3010), where you can learn
ballroom and Latin dancing from inter-
national champions. The floating dance
floor is big (3000 square feet) but prices for
group and private lessons are small. They
too are having big New Year's Eve party.
The grass-fed, nutritionally su-
perior Uruguayan beef sold by new
advertiser Gaucho Ranch is a staple at
the best Argentine steakhouses around
town. Now those superb steaks are
also available retail at surprisingly
reasonable prices online and at the
company's warehouse (7251 NE 2nd
Ave., #113; 305-751-0075, www.gaucho-
ranchfoods.com). It's somewhat hidden,
but well worth the hunt. The friendly
folks there provide cooking tips, too.
The Design District's restaurant row
continues to grow with the addition of
new advertiser Mandolin Aegean Bistro
(4312 NE 2nd Ave.; 305-576-6066). BT
readers can celebrate their grand opening
with a 10% discount during December.
Another new advertiser, Go
To Sushi (5140 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-
759-0914), is now offering sushi and
Japanese small plates to go. The healthy
food comes as fast as at neighborhood
greasy-griddle chains, and pricing is on
a par with the far less fresh supermarket
sushi down the block. So why settle?
For the sixth year, Royal Bavar-
ian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th
St.; 305-754-8002) will be serving a
traditional German Christmas Eve
feast from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, De-
cember 24. Check out the whole menu
at www.schnitzelhausmiami.com, but
we'll tell you roast goose is the star.
Finally, the Miami Parking Au-
thority has a gift for those with quick
errands downtown: Parking is now free
for up to 30 minutes at all MPA garages.
And further discount deals are in the
works, says the MPA's Tim Dodson.

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Gone but Not Forgotten Unfortunately
The legacy offormer Miami Mayor Manny Diaz: empty buildings and deep debt

By Jack King
BT Contributor

The era of Mayor Manny Diaz
has finally come to an end, and
none too soon. His reign over the
past eight years has been nothing short
of spectacular. Diaz, also known as
"Concrete Manny" and "Money Diaz,"
promised more things that never materi-
alized, took credit for more accomplish-
ments that weren't his, overspent the city
budget more often, left more projects
incomplete, spent more on useless stud-
ies, and increased his net wealth while in
office better than any other mayor in the
history of Miami. Wow, what a guy!
A lot of people had high hopes for
both the city and Manny when he was
elected in 2001. I didn't. He only got
elected because he was the lone candi-
date running who hadn't been indicted
or previously turned out of office.
His tenure started with some good
news: The post 9/11 economy was in
such bad shape there was nothing he
could do to make it better or worse. So
he got a pass for his first 100 days. But it
wasn't long before he found his real call-
ing: schmoozing developers and handing
out building permits like party favors.
The economy was beginning to heat up
and Manny was ready to start pouring
concrete. And boy, did he pour!
As the boom began, Manny lost track
of what really drives an economy long-
term job growth. Like so many politicians
before him, he didn't seem to understand
that construction projects should be the
seed that grows the economy, not the
economy itself. So to keep things going,
Manny and his minions continued building

anything and everything, long after it
became painfully evident there were no
people to put in the high-rise condos and
no jobs to fill the commercial properties.
Not to worry, Manny said. Keep pouring
that concrete and we'll worry about the
real economy later.
If he had his way, we'd still be
pouring concrete.
Yet even now there are some 15
major projects that have been planned
and permitted in the downtown Miami
and Park West areas. In addition there
are another dozen high-rises that have
not been started as second or third build-
ings in a development. And forget about
the fact that many of the completed
buildings stand vacant because they

Not to worry, Manny said. Keep p(
concrete and we'll worry about th
economy later. If he had his way,
still be pouring concrete.

never sold, or people walked away from
their deposits, or they're in foreclosure.
Mayor Manny obviously never read
the history of Miami in the 1920s, when
speculators were flipping properties
every day, and sometimes every hour.
You never wanted to be the last flippee
before the market crashed.
By 2004 Manny and Miami were
on a roll. He had a majority on the city
commission, so everything he wanted
was just rubber-stamped. Then came a
little bump in the road when Commis-
sioner Johnny Winton lost a one-round
boxing match at Miami International

Airport and was sent packing by the
courts. Not to worry. Manny selected
another minion, Linda Haskins, to take
his place. Unfortunately for Haskins, she
had to actually run for the office several
months later and the natives were getting
restless in Mannyville.
Enter Marc Sarnoff, a Coconut Grove
activist. He took on Haskins and thumped
her quite handily. The amazing thing about
Sarnoff's victory was that Manny got his
developer friends to dump thousands into
Haskins's campaign. When it was all over,
the developers had shelled out about $162
for every vote Haskins got very likely a
new world record.
And in case you've forgotten, Manny,
Winton, and city manager Joe Arriola
(remember him?) decided to buy
some property together and
duringg flip it to one of their developer
e real buddies. They were found out
we'd and the deal fell apart, probably
because they didn't realize their
names showed up in public
records. What a group!
This left Manny a 3-2
majority on the commission, so he was
still getting his way. Only now a lot more
questions were being asked and people
began to notice he still wasn't answer-
ing them. He started lying low and not
making all the personal appearances he'd
been doing several years before.
By 2007 it became obvious that
Manny was having legacy issues, and
wanted some signature projects that would
prompt everyone to think of him when they
saw them. That plan didn't go so well. There
were many, but we'll look at just a few.
Manny was close to the Related
Group, which had several projects going

in Miami. Related's Jorge Perez cut a
deal with Mercy Hospital to buy prime
bayfront land it owned in the Grove so
he could build three very tall condomin-
ium buildings. Perez needed three votes
and Manny delivered three votes. But
opponents sued the city and eventually
the courts overturned the project, saying
the city had failed to take into account
its very own master plan.
The same thing happened with
property along the Miami River. Then
came Manny's great vision for Virginia
Key, which looked something like a
string of five-story parking garages. In
fact it was a string of five-story park-
ing garages. Even the city commission
gagged on that one.
You might wonder how Manny
increased his net wealth during this time.
After all, it's pretty hard to get away with
taking a bribe. On Manny's financial
disclosure form in 2007 there was a small
entry that said he had $400,000 in cash
on hand. He never explained where the
money came from. Let me give it a shot.
Manny is a lawyer. Developers hire
lawyers to close property sales. Manny refers
the closing to another lawyer. The lawyer
pays Manny a finder's fee. Everybody is
happy, and best as I can tell, it is all legal.
So Manny is gone, but he did
manage to leave us a legacy other than
empty buildings with no infrastructure.
It is the Marlins' stadium, a perfect
development project that fits Manny to
a T: We don't need it, it's already over
budget, and we can't pay for it.
What a perfect way to build

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Compiled by Cathi Marro -BT Contributor

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I'm trying to save some
money to buy gifts for
loved ones. I plan on being
very generous this year.
Luckily, I just got a great
promotion. My whole
family meets up at my
grandma's and she cooks
us all dinner. We usually
keep the old traditions,
but this year I will spend
half of Christmas with my
girlfriend's Jewish family.
They have a "What's a Jew
To Do?" party every year.

Tabitha Charles
School Fundraiser
Miami Shores
Each year I decorate my
entire house, every nook
and cranny, inside and out!
We have an old tradition
in our family where we
hang our stockings by the
chimney with care, then
Santa brings them to the
end of our beds when he is
done putting all the gifts
under the tree. This year I
started holiday shopping
early so that I could pay
for the gifts over several
months rather than getting
one big credit card bill for
the month of December.

Keith Artiglere
Construction Consultant
Little Haiti
I believe that whenever
you get something, you
should give back, so once
again this year I will be
doing charity work with
St. Jude's. I also plan to go
back up north and cel-
ebrate all the old traditions
with my family. I like all
the traditions, and even
though finances are tight
this year, I will not skimp
on my family and our
holiday traditions. Things
could be better, but I love
helping my family.

Denyse Fingal
I'll be very busy this
holiday season with school
and work and doing cater-
ing jobs on the side. I think
this year will be worse
than last year for a lot of
people who are unem-
ployed. I don't have family
here, so I'll spend the holi-
days with my boyfriend
and friends. I don't really
buy gifts for people, but I
enjoy cooking for every-
one because food brings
people together.

Bryan Wyrick
North Miami
Right now I'm trying to
figure out which gifts fit
everyone. I won't buy
them until December 24
so I can take advantage
of last-minute sales. I
always end up spending
more than I planned. Even
though the holidays will
be different for some
people because of the
economy, that won't take
away from the emotional
part. I'm sure there will
be fewer gifts under the
tree, but people will still
be thankful.

Anisia Yero
Office Manager
Right after Halloween I
began to clear my house
to make room for my kids,
who are coming home
from college. Our family
loves to honor the old tradi-
tions like early-morning
shopping the day after
Thanksgiving, cooking a
big meal and decorating
the tree together. I'll be
wiser in my gift-buying
this year but will not cut
back on food. I'll make
sure I save enough money
beforehand so that we'll not
go without for the holidays.

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Art Basel Miami Beach The world's largest contemporary art fair is now part
of Miami's cultural lore, starting with the tale of Basel's Miami Beach debut, which
\\as canceled after the attacks of September 11, 2001. It came ashore the following
\ car to great fanfare and fun, and Miami's arts scene has never been the same. Even as
ii nancial bubbles began to burst, it seemed as though the extravagance of the December
super-glam week, where artwork jumped off the walls and into the hands of collectors
big and small, would never diminish. But in fact this year's Art Basel is a somewhat
downsized event, which is fine. A little breathing room at this point is a good thing.

MOCA Over the decade, North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art solidified its
position as the best contemporary museum in the area. (That there is even competi-
tion is another winning point for Miami.) Thanks in large part to the leadership of
its director, Bonnie Clearwater, the museum has built a cohesive collection, with an
impressive number of local artists included, and produced and imported professional,
inspired exhibits. There have been a few missteps. The same roster of local artists
can get repetitive, as can some of the conceptual themes behind recent shows. But
MOCA has made Miami proud.

Dorsch Gallery Brook Dorsch moved
his gallery to a warehouse in Wynwood
in 2000, one of the first to recognize
the area's potential, and hence Miami's
potential. Since its raw beginnings, the
gallery has grown into a handsome yet
still authentic exhibition space. In a break
from the crowd-pleasing, youth-oriented
predilections of Miami, during Basel
the gallery will feature a retrospective
of Robert Thiele, an artist who has truly
grown with Miami. More than 30 years
already. Practically ancient!

Major Art Collectors Miami can
have an inflated image of itself, and Mi-
ami's art collectors can have inflated egos
to match. But in this case, our big and
important collectors really are big and
important and there is no doubt Miami
has benefited. For instance, Micky Wolf-
son's collection was the foundation for the
Wolfsonian-FIU Museum. Dacra Devel-
opment chief and collector Craig Robins
is the force behind Design Miami. Few
cities can boast as many notable private

collections that are open to the public,
such as those of Martin Margulies, the
Rubell family, and Debra and Dennis
Scholl. Their exhibition spaces are now
joined by the brand-new Rosa and Carlos de
la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space
in the Design District. In addition, Tony
Goldman and family will soon take over
the former MOCA Goldman Warehouse to
display works from their private collection.

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quire their works. He has developed a repu-
tation as the man with the eye for young,
cutting-edge artists. This year his gallery
is once again in an exclusive position at
Art Basel that is, at the main show
in the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Snitzer's is one of only two Miami galler-
ies selected to participate this year. (There
used to be a few more, such as Bernice
Steinbaum, Diana Lowenstein, and Genaro
Ambrosino, who were dropped. But then,
they didn't sit in another exclusive posi-
tion occupied by Snitzer on Art Basel's
selection committee.) Like no other gallery,
Snitzer is synonymous with Miami's con-
temporary art scene.

Painting Enough of the hard-to-under-
stand and even harder to sell installation
and conceptual stuff. During an economic
slump it's all painting all the time.

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Galerie Perrotin Aside from Art
Basel itself, no other Miami arrival
was as heralded as this star-studded
French gallery. In 2005 it flung open
the doors of its fabulously renovated
two-story building in Wynwood, after
which Miami's heightened position J
in the art world was supposed to be
cemented forever. But for Emmanuel
Perrotin, Miami turned out to be a
one-week town. After the Basel crowds
departed, others failed to fill in for the

The Living Room The jumbo size outdoor insalliiaion on Ill coi nci of
N. Miami Avenue and 40th Street inthe Desi_'n Disi icl a ,a-'in pink li\ iii1'
room with lamps, curtains, and a big open w ndo\ dc li iljid boli i I lo\ is
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nate our blighted landscape. Commissioned bI DacI. De\ dlopmincii s C (i i,
Robins, the work, created by Roberto Behar and Rosai o N liquaiidltl 1i.111 to
disrepair after Robins sold the property to pi oii nc in NI\ lic\n iibusl .iiK.ssan
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rest of the year. So Perrotin closed his
doors last year. Despite that official clos-
ing, there is a show there, open for one
week during Basel.

Conceptual Art No, it's not dead,
but you could say it's on life support.
Conceptualism, based on the idea that
the concept is as important as the prod-
uct (sometimes simply anything that
is not painting or sculpture) was born
in the latter half of the 20th Century
and gained prominence in recent years,
with the likes of Damien Hirst as its
superstars. Here in Miami, good ex-
amples can be seen at places like David
Castillo Gallery and Locust Projects.
But in this time of the Great Reces-
sion, sprawling, high-concept installa-
tions (and some would say increasingly

Coral Gables The art center of
the last century, the Gables and its art
walk slowed to a crawl, and most of
its important galleries decamped to
Wynwood. Today it is home to only few
interesting outlets, although the work of
some noteworthy Latin artists can still
be found there.

The Containers One of the most
novel and cool contributions from Art
Basel in the early years. International
galleries exhibited their artists in actual
shipping containers arrayed next to
Miami Beach's boardwalk. A sand-filled,
martini-fueled hike among them was
on the must-do list for Basel's opening
night. But the container offerings got
a little musty over the decade, and this
year Art Basel pulled the plug.

Performance Art This exciting art
form and its cadre of daring performers
(talented Miami natives among them)
still can't find much funding or much
of a home, outside of random gallery
opening nights. At the beginning of the
decade, there was promise. Unique in-
teractive spaces such as PS 742 in Little
Havana provided an outlet for local per-
formance expression, while the Moore
Space in the Design District brought in
out-of-towners we'd never seen. It's a
real loss for an art town.

Alternative Art Outlets As Mi-
ami's art scene grew, and more opportu-
nities developed to show work and make
money through the commercial route,
difficult and unprofitable efforts to run
noncommercial spaces lost appeal. A
few artist-run spaces exist today, the Bas
Fisher Invitational being one, but in the
new era, they need grants to survive.

Second Saturdays Over the
decade, art walks through Wynwood and
the Design District, the second Saturday
of each month, morphed into the focal
point of Miami's cultural world. After
Art Basel satellite fairs literally set up
tents, putting the areas on the radar for

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Broward The ugly step-child of South
Florida's art scene no more. Broward
has come into its artistic own with the
arrival the excellent Girls Club gallery in
Fort Lauderdale, the private exhibition
space featuring the collections of Francie
Bishop Good and David Horowitz, and
the revival of the Art and Culture Center
of Hollywood.

New World School of the Arts
This relatively new institution (1987)
boasts graduates who shaped Miami's art
community through national and interna-
tional recognition, along with instructors
who are well-respected artists them-
selves. The unique magnet high school
program and the college component have
made a significant contribution to the
growth of Miami's cultural community
- all this with very limited funding.

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Locust Projects Since 1999 this
nonprofit alternative space has been
providing artists a refuge to make experi-
mental, often site-specific work free from
the demands of the for-profit world. At
its original location in gritty Wynwood,
this could mean shows that were delight-
ful, surreal, or just plain messy. Now

Locust has grown up, got itself a board
of directors, and last spring moved to a
new spot in the Design District, where the
results thus far have been mixed. It now
attracts more crowds and more money,
but also indulges in stuff like tastingg"
with contestants from Bravo's Top Chef
Not exactly the kind of the challenge art
aficionados were looking for.

Terence Riley It seems like only
yesterday that Terry Riley was spirited
way from the Museum of Modern Art
in New York and enthroned as direc-
tor of the Miami Art Museum. Then, a
couple of days later (actually this past
October, three and a half years later),
he announced his resignation, effective
immediately. It seemed abrupt, but upon
reflection Riley had achieved his main
goal: commissioning a new bayfront
museum, designed by renowned Swiss
architects Herzog & de Meuron. If
completed, it's likely to become Miami's
most spectacular building. If not, most
likely for financial reasons, someone else
(not Riley) will be left holding the bag,
along with the myriad other problems
facing our principal public museum.

Dacra s craig Roins
Design District The area has hit
highs and lows as an arts destination
over the past ten years, but now with the
very successful Design Miami fair as
an anchor during Art Basel, and some
cool art galleries back in the neighbor-
hood, it's on a winning streak again.
That means Craig Robins is too. He's
the developer and collector who almost
single-handedly revived the area, and
who has helped fuel it with donated art
spaces and public art through times good
and bad.

Scholl and
'. the Knight
Arts Chal-
lenge There
is serious art
money flowing to
the community from this Miami-based
foundation, and seriously good reasons
to befriend Dennis Scholl, a Miami art
collector, various arts-board member,
and the Knight Foundation's Miami
program director. In that capacity, Scholl
oversees the five-year, $20 million Arts
Challenge, which this month will distrib-
ute $3.7 million to 20 local groups and
individuals. (The winners are announced
elsewhere in this issue of the BT.) That
much money has the power to make and
break, so it's important it is doled out
fairly and equitably.

Dina Mitrani

Art Photography The genre has
always struggled to get some respect,
often considered a not-so "fine" form of
the arts. But Miami has given it some
real cred, with several of our local
collectors having amassed important
compilations. In addition, last year Dina
Mitrani opened a gallery devoted entire-
ly to contemporary art photography. For
the fourth year in a row "photo MIAMI"
will be one of the major satellite fairs in
Midtown during Art Basel.


The Walls of Wynwood Let's face
it Wynwood has always been ugly.
Essentially a warehouse district with
little in the way of architecture or foli-
age of any kind, beauty was only found

indoors. But that is changing with the
proliferation of eye-popping outdoor
murals, some legally commissioned,
others not so legal. The graffiti-inspired
works can be dramatic and wild, or more
somber and figurative. Whatever the
case, they've changed the face of this
urban landscape for the better. And it
will change significantly again during
this year's Art Basel, when collector
and Wynwood developer Tony Goldman
partners with the tiber-cool New York-
based Deitch Projects for a "Street Art
Mural Park." International muralists will
cover Goldman properties to create what
they say will be "one of the largest col-
lections of outdoor art in the U.S."

Wolfsonian-FIU Museum Loosely
devoted to 19th- and 20th-century
design, the Wolfsonian always comes
out on top, not only because of its tightly
curated, niche exhibitions that feature
propaganda art, architecture, furniture,
and even cars; and not only because of
the leadership of longtime director Cathy
Leff; but also because it resides in a
stunning Art Deco building that's fun to
visit whatever the offering. Up for this
Art Basel: exhibits highlighting automo-
bile designs and advertising.

Very Young Artists After jumping
from one gallery or museum show to
another, it can seem that the emphasis in
Miami is less on the art itself and more
on the (young) age of the artist. Emerg-
ing artists, of course, can create exciting,
challenging work with a fresh view, and
Miami has made a name for itself from
just such art. But as a result young artists
too often are shown and promoted pre-
maturely. For the time being, however,
that seems to be a winning calculation.

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Impromptu Art Those first few Art Basels at the beginning of the century threw off sparks of
energy warehouses, streets, nooks and crannies filled with all kinds of crazy exuberance, courtesy
of our own crafters and jesters. Vans were known to park and set up video art screenings on the spot.
The late artist known as K-Man would open his suitcase on various street corners and present "the
world's smallest art fair." The huge OMNI Art event encompassed several blocks west of what is now
the performing arts center warehouses filled with monumental installations, empty lots and streets
taken over by art of all types. George Sanchez created a Le Corbusier model house beneath an 1-395
overpass, and a midnight party ensued. You'll still find pockets of impromptu artistic encounters, but
not quite like that.

SWalking to New Orleans, 2004. Tina Spiro

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visitors and locals alike, increasingly
large and enthusiastic crowds hit the
urban streets art buyers and observers
alike. But a devolution of sorts has taken
place, with fewer art aficionados on
hand and more under-age kids looking
for drinks. It's become so unpleasant for
some that there have been rumblings of
certain galleries not opening at all on the
sacred second Saturday.

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The Moore Space Yet another
unique art space that is no more. Ex-
perimental art and performers found a
welcoming home here in the Design Dis-
trict for eight years, funded by collectors
Rosa de la Cruz and Craig Robins. Given
the dearth of performance spaces in
town, maybe most missed will be those
out-there evenings featuring Joan Jonas,
Kalup Linzy, or Tracy + The Plastics.

what it wants to be. At a time when the
collection remains anemic and public
funding has been drastically cut, MAM
also lost its director, Terry Riley, leaving
it even more rudderless. But if a focused
new director can be found, and if intelli-
gently curated collecting proceeds apace,
and if the new Herzog & de Meuron
building materializes on Biscayne Bay,
MAM will have the last laugh.

Ambrqsino Gallery, 2005

Art Miami Miami's senior contempo-
rary art fair has had a hard time finding
a voice and footing in its 20 years of
existence. The presentation was erratic
and the quality inconsistent, along with
its leadership. And for most of this past
decade, it took place a month after Art
Basel. Talk about bad timing. But last
year it joined in the early-December
bacchanalia, setting up shop under an
impressive tent in Midtown. Great move.
With its new director and owners, better
curation, and cool digs, Art Miami just
might go from loser to winner.

Legacy Galleries At the beginning
of the decade, even before Art Basel
arrived, an artistic scene was sprouting,
and much of it was being nurtured at
spunky local galleries. But as inevitably
happens, when a scene grows, along with
rents, some won't make it. Sadly, the
nurturing homes for many of our native
artists vanished. Most notably missed:
Chris Ingalls, Genaro Ambrosino, and
Leonard Tachmes.

Miami Art Central MAC was the
stunningly beautiful exhibition center
near the University of Miami. Funded by
collector and arts patron Ella Fontanals
Cisneros, it hosted some of the most re-
markable and memorable shows to ever
hit Miami. Alas, it was too good (and
maybe too expensive) to be true, and
closed its doors three years ago, leaving
Miami the poorer for it.

MAM We want the Miami Art Museum
to be a winner. We really do. The
museum has executed some wonderful
shows, and succeeded in promoting good
local art in its excellent Nic\% Works"
series. It's clear that being a dependent of
Miami-Dade County can't be easy, politi-
cally or financially, but MAM has never
been able to articulate a clear vision of

TransEat This quirky "laboratory for
gustatory experimentation and social
action" that housed the "Miami Bureau
of the Food Culture Museum" was run
by Barcelona natives Montse Guillen
and Antoni Miralda, both international
artists and chefs. Hence an opening
evening included artworks mixed with
experimental appetizers made from,
say, bugs. There never has been and
probably never will be again a place
like TransEat.

Emerged Artists In this youth/
child obsessed city, good luck to you if
you have an actual body of work to show
for your artistic endeavors. You might
want to hide that, along with your birth
date. Over the years, work from more
established artists began disappearing at
an accelerated and depressing rate
from museums and especially gallery
walls. Maybe in the "teen" years of the
next decade curators and directors will
again take a chance on emerged artists.

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higher costs, and little progress. Even
die-hard disciples of Amendment 4 have
since reverted back to common sense.
In St. Pete Beach, any proposed change
to our town's comprehensive plan was thrust
onto the ballot. Public planning was re-
placed with political infighting. A parade of
unintended consequences quickly followed.
After adopting our local version of Amend-
ment 4, it wasn't long before we realized that
telephone-book-size comprehensive plans
were not easily condensed into 75-word ballot
questions. The elections were confusing,
chaotic, and expensive for taxpayers.
Many local businesses became victims
of this impossible process. Not surprisingly,
our tourism-based economy began to wither,
and too many families felt the effects. Once
a beacon of prosperity, St. Pete Beach is now
known for its chaotic business climate.
Over time, many voters became
frustrated by the lack of common-sense
progress. As a result, they supported a
plan to reinvigorate our ailing economy.
In a 2008 election, the voters of St. Pete
Beach approved a series of changes to
our local comprehensive plan.
Within 24 hours of the election, the
same interest group that first proposed our
local version of Amendment 4 had filed a
lawsuit to overturn the entire election! To
date, Amendment 4 supporters have filed
nearly a dozen lawsuits and administra-
tive challenges all aimed at invali-
dating the will of the people. All told,
litigation has cost our taxpayers roughly
$500,000. And there is no end in sight.
We do not need to look to Califor-
nia or anywhere else for an Amendment
4 example. We have our very own disas-
ter right here in Florida it's called the
cautionary tale of St. Pete Beach.
Ward Friszolowski
St. Pete Beach

Editor's note: Ward Friszolowski, an
architect, was elected to the St. Peters-
burg Beach City Commission in 1994.
He served as mayor from 2000 to 2008.

I Once Thought You Were
Informative, Interesting,
and Smart and I Still
Think You're Informative
and Interesting
Jenni Person's "Mixing It Up in Miami"
really threw me off (November 2009).

The aforementioned column was about
children, reading, and the Miami Book
Fair International. It had a subheadline
that said, "In a town this diverse, inter-
racial couples are no big deal," yet it didn't
include one word about interracial couples.
I was surprised to read on and notice that
the article was about a completely different
subject. Although I did enjoy reading it, I
must ask: How did this get into print?
Just as I was getting settled on the
idea that Biscayne Times is a well-edited,
informative, and interesting publication,
this happens. It was disappointing.
However, I still think the BT is infor-
mative and interesting, so thank you for that.
Donnamarie Baptiste
Upper Eastside

Editor's note: Ouch! As a result of a pro-
duction error, the headline from Jenni's
October column was repeated in the No-
vember issue. It should have read: "Kids
+ Books = Success: Get your kids hooked
on reading, and have some fun at Miami
Book Fair International." Our apologies.

Informative, Interesting,
Smart and LatinateF
The Biscayne Times has got both the big bad
daily and its weekly rivals beat by a mile
with interesting stuff to read. Any paper
can print run-of-the-mill news, like the
regular hit-and-runs or dumb-ass-decision-
making governmental bodies. But where
else can you read in a single issue (October
2009) hopeful stories about tree huggers
who actually make a difference ("The 41st
Street Oaks Live to See Another Day"). Or
how the recession forced the Miami Shore
Country Club to open their doors to the
public ("Once Exclusive, Now Inclusive").
Or how a couple turned their second home
in Morningside into an artist's retreat
("Miami to Art World: Come on Down!").
Now, what would make the BT a
keeper is to get the garden columnist, Jeff
Shimonski, a guy with ajones for Latin,
to tell us where we can buy a Hylocereus
undatus. The high and mighty Sunday
Miami Herald consistently hypes local
native plants, but invariably fails to tell us
where you can buy them.
DC Copeland
Hibiscus Island

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It's Not Win or Lose, It's How to Play the Game

Being a soccer mom and coach and referee is a challenge

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

I rarely look forward to anything
as much as I did this season's
final soccer game of the Miami
Shores recreation league. But not for
the reasons you might suspect. My
son's team, of which I was one of the
two coaches, wasn't championship
quality, ready to face off against rival
squads. Having won only a couple of
games, we were hardly going out in a
blaze of glory.
No, as much as I adore soccer,
having played it for my entire misspent
youth and much of my equally as mis-
spent adulthood, I'm simply glad to be
rid of my duties. Coaching in the Shores,
where parents who volunteer are also
expected to act as referees, is an exercise
in frustration for those of us who want
our kids to learn the sport as it's sup-
posed to be played that is, according
to the rules.

The problem is that some parents
who coach and therefore referee don't
know the finer points of the game, or
even the broader points. Meanwhile, a
couple of those who do who played
competitively beyond junior varsity in
high school take advantage of that
fact. Meanwhile, others simply don't
care. (For the record, I'm not talking
about the college students and longtime

of the male variety

reminded my kids to switch sides, so
there was some confusion. "Don't we
switch?" I called over to the other coach.
"Nah," he replied. "We haven't done
it all year."
"Well, we should."
"Why? The kids don't know the
By that token, his seven-year-old
son's teacher shouldn't bother to teach
math, because he wouldn't know the
At the season's organizational meet-
ing, codes of conduct were made clear.
With kids seven and eight years old, this
would be a teaching league. We're sup-
posed to follow all the rules of soccer,
with two exceptions: no slide-tackling
and no offside rule. We're supposed to
show the kids how to play a real game
by calling fouls, not always to penal-
ize by giving free kicks but at least to
demonstrate that no, you can't move the

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employees who work for the village's
recreation department. Out of financial
necessity this year more than ever, parent
coaches and refs had to round out their
For one comparatively mild example,
take what happened in the last game.
After halftime, the kids on the opposing
team lined up on the same side of the
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ball while lying on the ground (get up
first); you can't bat the ball out of the
air with your hands (try heading it); you
can't throw in the ball like you're making
a pass in basketball (it must be from
behind your head).
Yet time and again I was the only
legit voice on the sideline calling bad
plays, and no dad coach on the field with
a whistle would blow it foul. When my
fellow coach did call a trip on our own
team one that sent both kids involved
sprawling even though it negated
our goal, the coach on the other team
grinned at him and said, "Really? I
wouldn't have called that."
That same coach, well-versed in
soccer, refused to call a handball even
when his team member kept yelling
across the field: "Coach! I just did a
handball!" But then, he had all sorts of
tricks. He tried to have his goalie and
defender dribble out a goal kick, when
technically the ball can only be touched
by one member of the team until it exits
the penalty box. When I objected, he told

me it was okay because we were playing
by "rec rules."
Sure, youth soccer organizations
adjust FIFA (soccer's governing organi-
zation) rules to fit kids. But it's usually
done for safety reasons, such as no slide-
tackling, or for simplification purposes,
such as playing without offsides (a com-
plicated concept even for some adults,
I've found). The basic tenets that goal
kicks are kicked, not dribbled out of the
box stay in place.
For my efforts that the kids play
fairly and by the rules (note that I've
never really cared if my team wins or
loses), I earned a reputation for being
"difficult," "too intense," and "aggres-
sive." In short, a bitch.
But then, this is what happens
when you're a mom coach in a field
full of dads. Just as in the workplace,
you're either invisible or you're a real
pain in the ass. Consider what hap-
pened at the organizational meeting.
While watching a demonstration on
how to use a defibrillator, my cell
phone rang. It was one of my kids. The
fire-rescue man giving the talk barked
at me: "Ma'am, turn off the phone!"

I ignored him and took the call,
making it as quick as possible, and was
back in time to learn which buttons to
push although I hope I never need to.
I also kept my phone on. I was seething,
but resisted saying anything.
The funny thing is, I got a call later
that evening from the Miami Shores
Recreation Department, asking if I had
attended the meeting. No one had "seen"
me there, despite being the mom coach
who had been reprimanded. I'll bet if I
had opened my mouth, they would have
remembered me.
A lot of the discrepancies between how
the games are played and how, or even if,
the rules of soccer are followed would be
resolved by hiring referees. It would be
very easy and inexpensive to give classes
at the rec center to certify teenagers, then
pay them ten bucks an hour to fairly and
unequivocally oversee our youth sporting
events, including baseball and basketball.
It would also give Miami Shores teenagers
something to do, other than hanging out at
Aventura Mall and spending 70 bucks at
Indeed when I was a high
school junior and senior, I became

a FIFA-certified referee by taking
a class, followed by a test. I earned
back the fees I invested and much
more by refereeing kids' games on
the weekends, both outdoor and
indoor. It was great college-appli-
cation material, and even though
it was one more uniform to add to
my collection (there were Saturdays
when I wore four: my soccer jersey,
my marching-band outfit, my referee
blacks, and my restaurant shirt and
apron), I always enjoyed teaching
younger kids the right way to play.
I still do, though not, perhaps, in
Miami Shores, where not enough moms
are involved in coaching. If there were,
maybe we'd have fewer eight-year-olds
talking trash, pushing, and slide-tack-
ling. I'll wager that the parent who won't
allow it in the house wouldn't allow it on
the field either.
Call me a bitch if you want, but
my son is developing into a good,
clean soccer player who sticks to the
rules of the game. And so far, he's a
gentleman, too.

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By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

By the time this edition of the BT
rolls off the press, we will have
a new mayor and up to four
new commissioners at Miami City Hall.
Congratulations to those who won their
elections. For those who gave it a gallant
effort but lost, I encourage you remain
active in your communities.
Criminal charges brought against
Commissioners Angel Gonzalez and
Michelle Spence-Jones have resulted in
two vacancies that will be filled by ap-
pointment or special election. Either way,
we're going to have four new faces on
the dais at Dinner Key.
This presents an opportunity for city
leaders to take a fresh look at several small-
scale projects that could have a significant
impact on those of us who live in Miami, as
well as those who visit our fine city.
Light up our bridges. This is a project
that has been on my back burner for quite

Wish List for a New Year

Five simple projects Miami brand-new city commission should consider

some time. Everyone enjoys the beauty of
the lighting under the Dodge Island Bridge
between the mainland and the port, as
well as the MacArthur Causeway Bridge
to Watson Island. The violet glow over the
water is truly beautiful. But the old tech-
nology used to light them particularly
the port bridge is expensive to maintain
and to power. However, recent advance-
ments in energy-efficient LED technology

(Light Emitting Diodes) now make it pos-
sible to illuminate the Venetian Causeway
and the Julia Tuttle and 79th Street bridges
at a fraction of the cost.
For example, when the MiMo Bis-
cayne Association had the iconic Cop-
pertone sign restored, it was converted
to LED lighting. This resulted in the sign
weighing less, requiring far less main-
tenance than it did with neon tubes, and

consuming much less electricity. In fact
it costs less than $50 per month to keep
its lights on all night, every night.
LED lighting can also change colors
with the flick of a switch great for
seasonal holidays and sporting events like
Dolphins or UM games, or for causes such
as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Imag-
ine how enchanting our waterways would
look if all the bridges were illuminated.
What a way to welcome visitors to Miami!
Landscape principal roadways
with flowering plants. Here again we're
talking about something not so expensive
in the grand scheme of things, but which
could have a major impact on how our
city is perceived by residents and visitors
alike. As an example, let's consider the
southbound stretch of U.S. 1 from 1-95
down to the border with Coral Gables.
Now that the mahogany tree canopy
has been restored along this part of the
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Andrew it is time to look at the
planting areas that lie between the trees.
These are a natural locations to install
flowering plants along with irriga-
tion, and also up-lighting of the trees.
The trees can be lit with low-voltage
LED, cutting down on power usage and
maintenance. Colorful flowers would be
a pleasant welcome to Miami for visitors
and a brief respite from long and hectic
days at work for daily commuters as they
sit in clogged traffic, block after block,
on their way home from downtown.
Install stamped, decorative cross-
walks. This one is truly a low-budget
item, and would not only improve the
look of intersections but also play an
important role in traffic-calming for
the pedestrians who will soon swarm
over our sidewalks now that the Miami
21 zoning plan has been approved.
The technologies for this are pretty
simple. One method calls for heating
a newly finished layer of asphalt and
stamping it with a pattern, usually bricks
or cobblestones kind of like a waffle

iron. Color and border stripes are then
applied to the crosswalk area.
Another method is even simpler:
Patterned and colored strips of heavy-
duty material are secured atop existing
asphalt, like gluing down a linoleum
floor. Instant decorative and distinctive
crosswalks! These basic enhancements
change the whole look of an intersection
and give an up-scale appearance to both
residential and commercial roadways.
Again, these upgrades can be added to
existing roadways or installed as part of
ongoing resurfacing projects.
Relocate the Bayfront Park laser
tower to one of the islands within the
city's portion of the Intracoastal Wa-
terway. Now, this is probably a bit more
pricey, but still worthy of consideration.
The 100-foot-tall laser tower, one com-
ponent in a 1981 makeover of the park
by artist and designer Isamu Noguchi, is
said to be the largest laser-light installa-
tion in the world. When it was working,
the tower's computer-programmed, mul-
tiple laser beams created mesmerizing
patterns that zoomed out from down-
town Miami to infinity. Today, however,
it sits idle unused and unnoticed by

most parkgoers. (It stands just south of
the amphitheater.)
Now imagine it being relocated to
one of the small spoil islands along the
Intracoastal. First, there is virtually no
light pollution to diminish the grandeur
of the show, and second, it would not
only be visible to residents up and down
the mainland shoreline of Biscayne Bay
but also to tens of thousands of Miami
Beach residents. Perhaps the project
could be a joint venture between Miami
and Miami Beach. One of the most
costly installation expenses would be
the power cable running underwater to
the selected island. But if the light tower
is moved to one of the islands offshore
from Morningside Park, power could be
supplied from the park.
Most of those islands are bird rooker-
ies, and I'm not sure if the laser would
have any negative effects. My guess is no,
but I'm sure someone from the bird world
could shed light on the subject, so to speak.
Install "City of Miami" street
signs. This is another project that could
be implemented in phases or tied in with
road improvements. Something as simple
as a distinctive street sign, with "City

of Miami" and its incorporation date at
the top, can have a dramatic effect. We
see it in Miami Shores and on the signs
in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, which
are easier to read than most. Simple
improvements of this sort give residents
a valued sense of community. When you
live within an incorporated municipality,
you should have reminders that you're
part of something special.
As we look ahead to 2010, these
are just a few ideas for our elected (or
appointed) officials to ponder amid the
budget woes, layoff issues, pension
problems, and corruption trials. There
should always be projects that benefit
ordinary citizens. After all, not everyone
can afford to attend concerts at the Arsht
Performing Arts Center, or buy tickets to
a new Marlins stadium, or drive through
a high-tech tunnel under the bay.
They will, however, probably com-
mute along Biscayne Boulevard or U.S.
1, or simply stroll through their own
neighborhoods where they can see
evidence that civic projects are not just
for the wealthy.

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As Winter Descends, Heroes Arise
In the frozen north, one creature inspires awe: The mighty squirrel!

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

kay, it's official. Yes, I cur-
rently live in the MFT (Merciless
Frozen Tundra) of Binghamton,
New York, but this area also doubles as
the unofficial Twilight Zone. Or I am
just living through an episode of Twin
Peaks? I am definitely playing a part in a
Hitchcock film. You see, The Birds just
visited. But let's back up a second.
I've now lived here for more than one
year. My first BT column about upstate NY
detailed some of the strange happenings in
Endicott, a suburb of Binghamton, where
my husband and I first rented a house.
For example, a teenager who inexplicably
(naturally, I asked him why) felt the need
to wrap himself in aluminum foil and walk
around the neighborhood.
Well, despite the passing of a year, the
locals continue to puzzle me. I have, however,
de-riddled a few of the oddities. Certain man-
nerisms or actions are just regional nuances

that have, over time, evolved into a type of
social vocabulary. Kind of like colloquial-
isms, minus the charm.
Included in the MFT colloquial-
isms is the dropping of consonants when
one speaks, so that the word "but," for
instance, becomes "buhhhh." Another
is the refusal by most of the populace

to walk. Hence the persistent shuffling
that afflicts all age groups, what I call
the muftle. Jeremy has a friend who call
it the Tioga Shuffle, after nearby Tioga
County. But our county's inhabitants al:
are guilty of hunching forward while
putting one foot in front of the other, in
a manner fit for a scene from Michael

Jackson's Thriller video. But other char-
acteristics remain a mystery, an enigma
wrapped in an MFT
Like the bird incident this morning.
Out I go, dogs running before me, eager
to embrace the freezing air. (Them, not
me.) But wait. What's that noise?
S A lot of birds. Tons of them. Gag-
gles? But these aren't geese. Some very
. large bird colony has descended upon
. the trees just beyond my yard, and their
unified squawking merges into one giant
grandpappy of a cacophony that pen-
etrates the morning in an eerie manner
usually reserved for horror movie
soundtracks. Typical MFT
The dogs and I stood transfixed.
This was not something the terripoo
Halo could pursue, not a mere squir-
Is rel to chase. No, this was bigger than
man or canine. But what the hell was it?
so Answer: Who knows?

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The bird incident is hardly alone
among strange occurrences that make
Binghamton an odd locale. In fact I
wrote about another backyard avian
oddity some months back, when starlings
began to fall from the sky and splat! on
our deck. Yet another reason to apply
the now overused texting acronym to the
As fall bends toward winter and the
days become shorter and the nights that
much longer, little oddities morph into
bigger oddities. And I'm not convinced
that unearthing the "real" reason behind
many of them is productive. Mystery
fuels the MFT.
There are seasonal oddities. Some
border on dangerous. As I (unbelievably)
approach my second winter here, I know
the telltale signs. MFTers think they are
immune to the stubborn lack of sun, the
relentless gray days, and the bitter snap
of the brittle air. They are a hardy bunch,
the MFTers, but even they are human,
and thus they require Vitamin D to
remain sane. If sanity meters existed, the

"I am okay!" arrow would now be dip-
ping dangerously low, correlating closely
with the outside temperature. This usu-
ally starts in December and drags on into
January, peaking in February. By then
you'd better be packing more than snow
tires if you are going to leave the house.
For the most part, MFTers are a civi-
lized bunch, big on polite, rarely honking
their horns, quick to apologize if they
block your way in the canned vegetable
aisle of the supermarket. This behavior
is, of course, the complete opposite of
Miami antics, where horn-honking is an
art form and stepping in front of you leads
to stepping on you, kicks to the groin, and
bloody noses. But as the lifeless winter
months drone on, they take their toll on
MFTers, who begin to resemble an angry
mob. Horns are honked, and just like the
MFTer's spirit, noses are broken.
December brings the start of the
MFTers internal breaking point. Problem
is, they rarely recognize it.
As a seasoned Miamian worth her
ocean salt, I am trained to detect outward
hostility spotting it and, hopefully,
diffusing it before things get ugly. Of
course, this gets somewhat muddled when

yours truly is the extremely hostile one,
as I was last late January. I had pulled into
an empty parking lot in front of a diner.
Someone emerged from the diner and told
me not to park there. I argued with him
and then, rather than simply driving away,
I stared him down, along with his lunch
companions, from behind my windshield.
They resumed their diner bustle, exchang-
ing perturbed looks and whispering among
themselves until several booths of patrons
were shooting me daggers. Ah well, Febru-
ary. To be expected, I tell you.
One bunch who not only survive but
thrive in the MFT winters are the squir-
rels. These squirrels are the quarterbacks
of the rodent world. Just as the squirrels
in Miami reflect their surroundings,
and thus are anorexic little things too
busy coiffing their tails to be bothered
with hunting and gathering or setting up
camp, the MFT squirrels are a no-non-
sense group, decked out in work boots
rather than Louboutins, hunkering down
to build nests in the tallest trees, which
will then unnervingly (for me, not them)
sway in the arctic wind all winter.
What is that about? I'm sure there is
a scientific explanation. I could look it

up now and edify all who read this, but
to that I say, "Bah!" To do that would be
to miss the point namely, that these
Schwarzenegger rodents defy freezing
temperatures, strong winds, hail, snow,
and in my opinion, common sense be-
cause they damned well need to in order
to survive. Come to think of it, MFT
squirrels are my heroes. They are hardy,
like the people up in these parts, but
you can bet your ass they do not shuffle
across the streets!
Yes, I am continually amazed and
impressed by the squirrels here. If human
MFTers are tough, the squirrels are
downright bulletproof. They clearly are
not only physically superior, but they excel
spiritually as well. They seem to embrace
their minimalist twiggy condos with quiet,
existential satisfaction. Loneliness does not
faze them. Like astronauts, they are one
with the sky, at peace with atmospheric
infinity. I want to climb up to their swaying
nests and deliver squirt bottles filled with
orange-flavored Tang.
On second thought, maybe I'll wait
till spring.

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If it The Grand, and ifyou're Susan Cohn, it half a million dollars in legal fees

By Brandon Dane
Special to BT

Nine years ago, when Susan
Cohn bought two units on the
41st floor of the Grand Condo-
miniums at 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., she
envisioned a Inl\c'd-l-ui experience" like
those from her past: Water Tower Place
on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago
and Copley Place in the Back Bay section
of Boston. What she got, she says, was
"like living in Russia," where the devel-
oper controlled the condo association
and its all-important board of directors.
"Residents had no say," she recalls. By
most accounts, they still don't.
A Chicago-area native, Cohn is tall
and slender. Her air is a combination of
Midwest sensibility, East Coast refine-
ment, and West Coast tenacity. This is the
result of her life's path from the heartland
to New England boarding school to the
University of California at Berkeley
during the late 1960s and early 1970s,
when the word "protest" actually meant
"I have the best view in Miami," she
says. "Don't you think I want to protect it?"
Indeed from the balcony of her
3000-square-foot penthouse, the stunning
vista pans from Sunny Isles Beach all the
way to Coral Gables.
Her protest at The Grand started in
2004, and includes lawsuits filed by and
against her, as well as legal fees costing
her upward of a half-million dollars. Her
complaints are grounded in the "mixed-
use" aspect of the complex, which by
definition can contain residential, retail,
and commercial elements. In The Grand,
there are residential units, retail shops,

Q the condo association's board of directors
Share a complete sham. Unless that is recti-
Sfied, she says, residents will never have
Control over their quality of life.
. & Pierre Heafey is also Susan Cohn's
next-door neighbor.

and a Doubletree Hotel. Cohn notes,
"The residential aspect of the condo is 66
percent, but we pay 86 percent of the total
management budget." That will amount to
$8.5 million for 2009. (The Grand, includ-
ing the Doubletree, contains 1210 units, of
which 810 are residential. The other 400
are retail and commercial.)
Cohn's refined anger and legal
punches are directed at The Grand Con-
dominium Association, Inc. According to
documents from her most recent lawsuit,
filed this past June, the association and
its board are controlled by Pierre Heafey
- owner of PH Retail, Inc., PH Hotel,
Inc., and DA Investments, Inc. as the

developer of The Grand.
The June lawsuit claims that Heafey's
control over The Grand's board of
directors is being used to mismanage
and redirect money paid to the condo
association by the residential owners to
other of Heafey's interests, like valet and
laundry services used by the Doubletree
and Heafey's other hotel properties,
maintenance and upkeep of the retail
shops, and the conversion of common
areas to private use. It further claims
that several foreclosed residential units
were transferred to DA Investments for
nominal sums. Most important, in Cohn's
view, is the allegation that elections for

In penthouse terms, this means their
front doors are separated by double
elevators but their balconies are only
separated by a dividing wall. "I think he
moved in there to keep an eye on me,"
she says. "It's a cold war."
Until fairly recently, mixed-use
developments in Florida did not func-
tion according to the basic precept of
democracy: majority rule. That changed
in 1995, but only for new developments;
existing places like The Grand were
not affected. The situation remained in
effect until 2007, when the state law was
amended to cover all mixed-use proper-
ties past, present, and future.
Now with the backing of state law,
Cohn says the legal battles boil down
to integrity and fairness. Her idea of the
rights of residential owners in a multiuse
complex like The Grand were shaped
by watching her father's development
company build Water Tower Place, which
opened in 1976 in Chicago. Even today
Water Tower Place includes a Ritz-Carl-
ton, a ten-story shopping mall, and luxury
condos, including one owned by Oprah
Winfrey. Further reinforcing this idea was
Cohn's actual involvement in the manage-
ment of Copley Place in Boston.
Christopher Rogers, a private inves-
tigator and Boston native, knows Copley
Place well and so vouches for Cohn.
"The Copley is a place that is exclusive

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Gardens Grow in Midtown At Least for Now
A landscaper with a vision, a vacantparcel of land, an expansive project with a limited lifespan

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

ere there was once a rail yard
there is now a ten-square-block
community of high-rises and
shopping malls known as Midtown Miami.
And where there was once a 2.5-acre
field of weeds there are now trees, bushes,
and vines some planted in the ground,
many still in their nursery containers.
The manmade jungle that is crop-
ping up along Midtown's NE 36th Street
entrance is being called World Gardens
at Midtown Miami. When completed
in about a year, World Gardens will be,
according to a breathless press release, a
"true fantasy spectacle" with a "sensual-
ity of endless arrays of blossoms and tex-
ture" that will "leave you speechless." A
soft opening of the garden was scheduled
for December 1, just in time for the Art
Basel throngs.
When finished, World Gardens will
consist of nine mini gardens in different
styles, a 100-foot-long reflecting pool
with water lilies and fountains, 75-foot-
tall trees, and "exotic evergreens." The
garden's creators say that visitors will
also encounter live poetry readings, yoga
classes, musical concerts, dance perfor-
mances, and landscaping courses.
Best of all, World Gardens' planners
promise free admission. In fact the public
will soon be urged to contribute to the
effort, either through volunteering their
labor or by contributing money, both of
which are being solicited via www.gar-
densforthepeople.org, a nonprofit group
headed by landscaper Harry Nelson and
former technology-development execu-
tive Jos6 Acosta.

Jos6 Acosta and Harry Nelson, creators of a "true fantasy spectacle
that will leave you speechless."

The catch: World Gardens at Mid-
town is doomed. Once the economy turns
around, the property's owner, New York-
based Midtown Equities, plans to develop
it as an entertainment complex, complete
with multiplex cinema, restaurants, and
retail stores. At most, one acre of the
parcel will remain green space. (Mid-
town Equities, whose principal is Miami
Beach native Joe Cayre, owns most of the
property that was once the Buena Vista
Rail Yard. The Shops at Midtown retail
complex is independently owned by Ohio-
based Developers Diversified Realty.)
Nelson, the creative force behind
World Gardens, says he has been a land-
scape designer for 30 years, specializing
in high-end residences. The Midtown
press release proclaims that his "notable

clientele" includes "Versace and Holly-
wood directors and playwrights." He de-
scribes his Midtown work-in-progress as
a "garden art installation with an educa-
tional purpose" that will serve as a proto-
type for 20-acre, permanent garden parks
he hopes to establish in cities around the
U.S. with the help of volunteers, gener-
ous patrons, and corporate sponsorship.
"I have wanted to do this for 20 years,"
he says. "This garden will literally be
changing the face of landscape design."
According to Nelson, the landscaping
industry, particularly in Florida, is filled
with unimaginative hacks. "Landscapers
need to stop using the same stuff over and
over again just because everyone else is
doing it," he complains. With World Gar-
dens he intends to showcase how he thinks

Landscaping should be done, featuring
] vegetation he says is rarely used in Florida,
like the Japanese blueberry, a hardy plant
That canbe used as a tree or hedge.
Moreover the World Gardens will in-
clude eight distinct styles: Italian, English,
French, Spanish, Japanese, Moden, Fan-
tasy, and Tropical. (Only two of the garden
styles, Fantasy and Tropical, will be ready
in time for the soft opening.) Nelson even
wants to educate underprivileged and
handicapped children, free of charge, on
proper landscaping techniques at World
Gardens. "I want to get more people in-
volved in landscape design," he says.
Acosta, who maintains the (still
evolving) gardensforthepeople.org web-
site and handles logistics for the project,
says inspiration for World Gardens came
from the lack of green space in Miami.
"In the Northeast you have Central Park
or Boston Commons. I didn't see any-
thing like that in Miami," notes Acosta,
who moved back to Florida from Boston
this past January.
After a chance meeting in February,
Acosta hired Nelson to landscape the
backyard of his Miami Shores home.
The two began to talk about creating a
giant garden somewhere in Miami-Dade
County. That's when a third person
became part of the conversation: Deborah
Samuel, a principal broker for Midtown
Miami's commercial and residential de-
velopments and wife of Michael Samuel,
who partnered with Joe Cayre to pur-
chase the old rail yard but has since sold
his interest in the project.
Nelson landscaped a home the Samu-
els owned in South Beach. "We became

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SFootball and topless
By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

If you've driven up or down Biscayne
Boulevard recently, you've probably
noticed a large banner draped across
the marquee of Leroy Griffith's adult-
themed Boulevard Theater. The same
message is repeated in the display win-
dows that once held posters for coming
movie attractions. The message says:
"Watch What's Coming."
So naturally the BT had to ask: "Mr.
Griffith, can you tell us what's coming?"
Deadpan reply: "A new magazine for
the whole Biscayne area."
Heh, heh. Griffith is kidding. Probably.
Though he's mum about what may
be next, chances are good there'll be
nudity involved.
Ever since Griffith purchased the
theater in 1971, it has almost always
been X-rated, whether it be pornographic
movies, naked ladies dancing on a stage,
a gay nightclub with guys gyrating in

The Madonna Mystery

waitresses are out, but only one man knows what next for the Boulevard Theater

G-strings or some combina-
tion of all three.
"It's probably the longest-run-
ning adult establishment," Griffith
says with obvious pride. "I try to
give the people what they want."
The theater's most recent
incarnation was Madonna's
Sports Club, which featured
three bars, five big-screen tele-
visions, a full kitchen, topless
waitresses, free admission, and
VIP rooms. An added bonus:
On Thursday nights, veteran Theat
sportscaster Hank Goldberg held what'!
forth. "He did his two-hour radio libido
show every week there, live,"
says Griffith.
For some reason, however, Goldberg,
women, sports, food, and booze were still
not enough to bring in the crowds. So
on November 15, Griffith shut down the
topless sports bar. (Goldberg has moved
his radio broadcast to Griffith's Club
Madonna on South Beach.)

er owner Leroy Griffith won't say
s coming, but if history is any judge,
will be involved.
Although some neighbors believe
that a strip joint, even one doubling as
a sports bar, just doesn't work in the
Upper Eastside anymore, Griffith blames
the dearth of customers on the public's
outdated perceptions of the Boulevard as
crime-ridden and prostitute-plagued.
And where would the public get
such notions? According to Griffith,

from the media generally and from the
BT specifically.
"If you guys would try to help the
neighborhood, people wouldn't stay
away," he grouses. "The city has cleaned
up the area. It's changing. There are new
motels, new apartments, new medians,
new streets, new restaurants. Don't live in
the past. Some people don't know that it
ain't that bad here."
Griffith's own suggestion for revital-
izing the Boulevard? Casino gambling. "If
you have gambling, you'll have thou-
sands of people come here," he promises.
"There'll be more customers. It'll be a
chain reaction. The hotels will make more
money and the suppliers. The chain
reaction will help the area bring work!"
Until the roulette wheels start spin-
ning, Griffith will continue gambling on
the Boulevard Theater. Look for some-
thing soon. "Watch what's coming!" he
urges. "You'll be surprised!"

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By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor
Efforts are under way to expand the
MiMo Biscayne Historic District
all the way to Miami Shores. Is
that simply logical? Or is it really an at-
tempt to limit development? The answer
depends on who you ask.
At the request of Commissioner Marc
Saroff, the City of Miami's historic
preservation team is analyzing the stretch
of Biscayne Boulevard between 77th and
87th streets to determine if it is worthy
of being designated an historic district. A
report is expected to be completed early
next year, says Ellen Uguccioni, the
city's historic-preservation officer.
Residents of Miami's Shorecrest
neighborhood are taking a keen inter-
est in the matter. Shorecrest is roughly
bounded by 79th Street on the south,
87th Street on the north, from Biscayne
Bay to the Boulevard, and Richard
Laird is the president of its homeowners

hey Want To Grow Mil
officials consider a proposal to expand the Boulevard historic

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Biscayne Plaza: Yes, definitely MiMo.

association. Laird is among those who
think extending the MiMo district north-
ward is just common sense. "MiMo's

historic district is incomplete, and the
reason why it's incomplete is that it does
not include the whole boulevard."

ic district

His neighbors are so enthusiastic
about the prospect of a MiMo district
| expansion that they're exploring the
Possibility of making Shorecrest itself
Sa historically designated neighborhood.
"We are psyched," he says.
S But Nancy Liebman, vice president
of the MiMo Biscayne Association, fears
that historic preservation is being mis-
used to control development. "I totally
suspect they want to keep the whole Bou-
levard at 35 feet," she says, referring to
the height limit now affecting the MiMo
Historic District. "Any professional ar-
chitect will tell you that 35 feet just isn't
going to make it."
Teri D'Amico, an interior designer
who co-founded the Miami Moder
(MiMo) preservation movement for
certain buildings constructed between
1945 and 1965, insists that expanding
the district northward was always the
intention and that restricting height has
nothing to do with the effort. "You have
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friendly," Deborah Samuel recalls. "I
heard him speaking to another gentle-
man about a prototype for the gardens."
Samuel suggested the temporary use of
the vacant Midtown parcel, an idea that
was soon embraced by Joe Cayre. Thus
far Cayre's contribution to the garden
effort has been to give Nelson and Acosta
a three-year lease at a dollar per year
and free access to the complex's water,
electricity, and security.
So who is actually paying for World
Gardens at Midtown Miami? And how
much is it going to cost? Neither Nelson
nor Acosta will say. "The money is the least
interesting thing about it," Acosta sniffs. The
gardensforthepeople.org website claims,
somewhat vaguely, that "through a philan-
thropic effort, funds to support the Gardens
were donated by generous patrons interested
in the design, garden, and art worlds to pro-
vide a public garden for all people."
Any chance Midtown Miami will
shelve the entertainment complex idea
and keep the gardens funded by
donations and built by volunteers? "As


World Gardens will be a very nice amenity for Midtown's condo dwellers
- while it lasts.

a business practicality, probably not,"
Samuel answers, though she believes
"it would be great" if a portion of the
gardens were incorporated into the future
complex. "We have always been involved
with this being an installation," she says.
"That is how it was approached. It's
going to be a great installation for the
community to enjoy."

And if the garden project draws visitors
to Midtown, all the better for Cayre and bro-
kers like Samuel, who hope to create a Lin-
coln Road atmosphere and a restaurant row.
It seems to be working. Injust one month,
four restaurants have moved into Midtown's
retail spaces near World Gardens.
Anthony Barbera, owner of Primo
Pizza, on the east side of World Gardens,

is one of them. "I think it's phenomenal,"
he says. "It's going to do great things for
the area. Countless thousands of people
will come just for the events alone."
Lili Abraham is manager of Captain
Joe's, a fast-casual seafood restaurant on
the west side of World Gardens. She's
a bit more skeptical of the garden's po-
tential as a crowd magnet: "If they have
events, it will be a good idea. If there are
no events, it will be no different [than it
is now]. They need to revive the area."
Juliana Seo, who works at her fam-
ily's Seo Jewelry store, also on the west
side, doesn't care for the trees. "Grass is
better, but that is my opinion," she says,
adding, "That is not a people park, but a
dog park."
Indeed on a recent afternoon, every
single person walking by or through
the evolving World Gardens had dogs.
Evidence of their presence could be seen
scattered along the grass. "Actually,
they're supposed to pick it up," Acosta
says after nearly stepping in a pile. Nc'\
York is a little different. People there are
taught to pick up after their dogs."

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A center dedicated exclusively to chic boutiques

The renovation project for the Luxury Kids Fashion Center in Miami is well under
way. Improvements have begun on the seven boutiques, as mentioned in last
month's issue of Biscayne Times. These specialized, high-end stores should be
ready for a grand opening in January 2010.
That's when Biscayne Boulevard and the City of Miami will become home to a
new concept in kids' fashion, gathering very upscale fashion stores under one roof
and targeting the young, ranging in age from three months to early teens.
The developer is attracting a most exclusive group of retailers, businesses that
have made their names known throughout Europe and elsewhere in the United
States for focusing on alta moda. These retailers will emphasize an extremely


high level of quality in their product lines. Several of the fashion houses already
offer high-end apparel lines for women and men, and now they are making kids'
fashion a priority.
In the international design world, there is a saying: "Those who speak of
fashion, speak Italian ("Chi parla di moda, parla italiano"). And so it should be
no surprise that among the firms expressing interest in Miami's new Luxury Kids
Fashion Center are retailers such as VALENTINO, ARMANI, VERSACE, DOLCE &
Their ideal location just might be in the heart of the Biscayne Corridor.
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Continued from page 26

but draws the masses," he says. "It's got
a Westin, a Marriott, a huge mall, and
an office complex. If she [Cohn] was
involved with the Copley, then she's the
real deal."
Legendary Miami developer Tibor
Hollo, who built The Grand, would
probably have envisioned the complex
following in the footsteps of Water Tower
or Copley Place when he completed it in
1986. Unfortunately for Hollo, the Miami
real estate market hit the skids just after-
ward. By 1988 he'd been forced to reach
an "agreement" with his bank and give
up most of his interest in the property.
Heinz Dinter, who was once a
resident of The Grand and publisher of
Grand Lifestyle Magazine and grandlife-
style.com, has written that while he
praises Hollo's vision of The Grand, he
laments that it "wound up [being con-
trolled by the Canadian-born] Heafey,
who made a deal with the banks that held
the title."
It is no surprise that Heafey and
Dinter are not friends. Court records

indicate that Heafey and his interests
have filed defamation lawsuits against
Dinter for what he has written. A
native of Germany, Dinter, according
to his website, has a host of academic
degrees, including doctorates in eco-
nomics and business administration
from the University of Florida. But the
titles of his
articles about
Heafey read "Anybody with $200
like some- could be on my fl
thing straight know who you're i
off the back That's against the
of a Slayer
album: "The
Developer Is
Your Lord and Master" and "Rape By
Condo: It's a Miracle."
Dinter's most recent blast against
Heafey is headlined "The Grand Score-
board." It reproduces court documents
in the case of United States of America
v. 727870 Ontario, Inc., a Canadian
corporation. The corporation in 1998
ends up pleading guilty to bank fraud and
pays close to a million dollars in fines.
To Dinter's glee, the documents reveal
that Heafey was on the board of directors



of the company, which, he writes, was
"the general partner of the Grand Limited
Partnership at all times during the mate-
rial offense."
Another Grand resident who bought
a unit in 2000 is Tom Cunningham. "Our
condo fees have steadily increased," he
says "When I first moved in, the associa-
tion fees were
$200 a month.
n their credit card Now they're
r. You never even $600 a month.
the elevator with. I've heard all
ondo documents." the rumors
and I'm suspi-
cious." The
condo's board
of directors, he points out, is .AI\ Ij.5 the
same people." The possibility of fraudu-
lent elections seems plausible to him:
"They were sending my ballot to the man
I bought the place from nine years ago
until I complained."
Brendan Grubb, general manager of
The Grand Condominium Association,
Inc., declined to comment about the situ-
ation other than to say, "For me to com-
ment, I would have to get approval from
the board. I work for the Continental

Group, which is employed by the board
to manage The Grand."
Pierre Heafey could not be contacted at
any of the phone numbers listed for him.
Susan Cohn rolls up the sleeves
of her turquoise sweater and leads the
way from her penthouse to the eleva-
tors and a guided tour of the building.
She points across the large atrium at
a cleaning lady opening a door on her
41st floor. "See that?" she asks. "Any-
body with $200 on their credit card
could be on my floor. You never even
know who you're in the elevator with.
That's against the condo documents."
On solid ground in the chandeliered
lobby, there are so many people with suit-
cases it looks more like a disaster-relief
shelter than an upscale residence, despite
the dark woods and sharply dressed con-
cierge staff.
When pressed about her years
of legal battles, she stops and stares
intently. "At some point," she says,
"there's no turning back. It's like being
seven months pregnant."
Then she turns and continues the tour.

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basically 25 buildings in that area that, by
age alone, [justify] the extension of the
district," she says. "Those buildings were
really left out."
Her fellow MiMo movement co-
founder, Randall Robinson, agrees there
are some structures worthy of historic
designation, but he believes there's noth-
ing worth pre-
serving north
of 83rdTer- "MiMo's historic dis
race. "Some and the reason w
people like to is that it does not
use historic Boule
as a way to
control develop-
ment, but that's not what it's for. It's for
the protection of historic architecture,"
says Robinson, now an urban planner in
Fort Lauderdale. "Extending the historic
district beyond the significant architec-
ture devalues historic preservation."
In 2006 the Miami City Commission
created the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard
Historic District between 50th and 77th


streets along the Boulevard. The move
came as a response to residents and
preservationists who wanted to protect
some of the quirky duplexes, offices,
churches, strip malls, and motels from
being demolished and replaced by high-
rises. Although property owners now
need city permission to alter buildings
within the historic district, they can also
benefit from breaks in their property
tax for improving their buildings. As an
added bonus,
Miami com-
rict is incomplete, missioners in
y it's incomplete 2008 waived
include the whole strict distance
'ard." requirements
between busi-
nesses serving
beverages within the district.
Despite the MiMo district's historic
designation, a developer still could
have built as high as 100 feet on sec-
tions of the Boulevard. So during the
recent debate over Miami 21, the mas-
sive overhaul of the city's zoning code,
Commissioner Sarnoff asked that a
35-foot height limit be imposed on the

Biscayne rain & Accessories
(formerly Rayco): Yes, definitely

MiMo district. It was a controversial
idea, but it passed by a vote of 4-1 in
late October and will officially become
law on February 10.

Liebman and the MiMo Biscayne
Association thought a 53-foot height limit
for the district would have been adequate
to allay concerns over out-of-scale devel-
opment, but they couldn't persuade the
commission. "In order for the existing
historic district to come back, there needs
to be a little leeway for new develop-
ment, same as Ocean Drive, which had
a 50 foot height cap," Liebman points
out. "With 35 feet there is no room to do
anything but strip shopping malls. That is
certainly not going to bring the Boule-
vard back."
Sarnoff counters that the 53-foot limit
would have allowed for ground-level
parking pedestals, which could ruin the
integrity of the MiMo district. Other than
that, there is little difference between the
two height limits. Says Saroff: "I find
it super odd that they are pushing 18 feet
more than called for."
Don Bailey, owner of Don Bailey
Floors at 8300 Biscayne Blvd., says he
and his brother were leery of the his-
toric district until they were assured by
Sarnoff's staff that their property taxes

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would actually go down. Now they're
neutral. "I pay $1000 a week in taxes on
one building I bought 12 years ago. The
taxes are overwhelming," he says. And
as for a new historic designation? "It
doesn't make a difference to me one way
or the other. If it stayed the same, I could
probably get more for the property if I
sold it."
Ashok Patel, owner of Motel Blu at
7700 Biscayne
Blvd., doubts
he will get Don Bailey, owner c
much relief says he was leery o0
from the until they were a
$72,000 he
$72 0 he property taxes wou
pays in annual
property taxes.
But he does
see major problems with the 35-foot
height limit, which he says will constrain
the property improvements he can make.
"We might be suing the city," he warns.
"That is not right."
While Patel considers his next move,
Jack Spirk and his partner Richard


Hughes are preparing a preliminary
report on Shorecrest's historic value.
"One of the motivations is to preserve
our neighborhood for future genera-
tions," he says. That includes not only
protecting Shorecrest's 800-plus homes,
many of which were constructed between
the 1920s and 1950s, but stopping the
proliferation of billboards and high-rises
like the proposed Oasis condo towers on
the bay at 79th Street. (That project is
now dead.)
Shorecrest residents see another
threat: the
future of Bis-
f Don Bailey Floors, cayne Plaza,
the historic district the aging
assured that their shopping
center at 79th
d actually go down. center at 79th
Street and the
The Easton
Group once unveiled plans to construct
on the site a mixed-use retail and residen-
tial complex 52 stories high. But Spirk
says he's mainly worried about Miami's
first shopping mall, constructed in
1954, ending up like a similar mall built
around the same time in his hometown

Wendy's: No, definitely not MiMo.

of Levinston, Pennsylvania. Ten years
ago, he says, "They just razed it to the
ground." The land remained vacant until
recently, when a huge Wal-Mart was built
on the site. Spirk says he wants to save
the plaza from a similar fate.
In addition to Biscayne Plaza, the
city's preliminary study has so far found
18 more Boulevard structures north of
77th Street it deems "contributing," or

worthy of preservation. This is ex-
actly what Saroff is hoping to establish.
"Wasn't that the point of the study?" he
asks. "To find out if there are enough
buildings? I'm not jumping the gun here.
I'm saying let's find out if it is warranted.
I'm not an expert at this stuff. That's why
I let the experts do it."

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Compiled by Derek McCann

Just Following Orders, Sir
6900 Block ofNE 5th Avenue
Victim called police in response to a
burglary. Possibly it was a slow-crime day,
but police took the time to lift prints and
actually came back with a match. When
the suspect was located, he claimed he'd
been orderedto take the items, load them
in a cab, and then sell them at a local flea
market. For some reason the cops didn't
buy his feeble story, so he backtracked and
said, "I'll give the TV and the DVD player
back, but they are really mine." Nice offer,
but he was arrested anyway.

Revenue Enhancement
Efforts Foiled
8300 Block of i: ... , i,.- Boulevard
This Laundromat's owner wasn't satis-
fied with just cleaning dirty clothes,
so he installed four slot machines in
hopes of attracting more customers.
Late one night a Boulevard opportun-
ist came by, pried the door open, and
made off with the slots. He then sold

them to a dollar store for $750. The
opportunist admitted to the crime
and was hauled off to jail. The buyer
denied culpability yet could not
explain the presence of the one-armed
bandits in his dollar store. Charges are
pending. No word yet on what other
steps the Laundromat might take to
"bring the customers in." And you were
worried about your dirty underwear?

Perhaps It Was the Thug
200 Block ofNE 62nd Street
A woman woke up and discovered that
her house had been burglarized. She had
fallen asleep, but thought she had secured
her residence. Sound familiar? Well, in
this case, the stolen items had been located
under her pillow! In the middle of the

night, a clandestine thief somehow man-
aged to move her head and grab the goods.
In past "Crime Beat" reports, we have
warned residents to secure their jalousies
and window air-conditioning units. Now
it looks as though we'll also need to say:
Fasten down those pillows. It's going to be
a bumpy night!

Taco Vandal Still at Large
7500 Block of i:... ,, i:.- Boulevard
Police were dispatched to a local taco
shop after an alarm had gone off. They
noticed the drive-thru window had been
shattered, so they checked inside and
found the back office in disarray. At-
tempts were made to contact the alarm-
key holder, but to no avail. The officers
had to leave the scene even though the
business remained unsecured. Amaz-
ingly, no tacos were taken, which makes
no sense as they are some of the best in
the city. Criminals today have no taste.

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In the End, It's Always
About Who Has the
Biggest Weapon
100 Block ofNE 64th Street
The suspect was observed via video
camera entering a homeowner's
backyard. He was immediately ap-
proached by the owner, but the intruder
pulled out a large, heavy flashlight and
attempted to assault the owner, com-
pletely forgetting that, despite Obama's
victory, this is still a red state. In
response, the homeowner drew his gun
and fired a warning shot. The flash-
light-wielding crook took off. Police
set up a perimeter in the neighborhood,
but the violator got away. This seems
to confirm that Obama has not taken
our guns away.

Fight the Power! Poach a
Parking Meter!
1400 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
The City of Miami is always looking
to make a buck, and no wonder, given

that city coffers are just about empty.
One way they try to do it is by install-
ing parking meters in places where
you once could park for free. It takes a
special kind of person to fight back. Or
in this case, a superman kind of person
possessed of superhuman strength.
Six new parking meters were stolen
from this stretch of street, temporar-
ily allowing well-deserving Miami
residents a free place to park. Not that
we advocate this sort of thing (wink...),
but ticket that, Miami!

Criminal Nirvana?
400 Block ofNE 25th Street
In response to these trying times, some
have turned to spirituality. Unfortu-
nately there is growing evidence this
include Biscayne Corridor punks. A
Buddha statue turned up missing from
a woman's front porch. The principal
suspect was a blond guy on roller-
blades (yuppie scum?), whom neigh-
bors had observed skating up and down
the street while seeming to check out
people's homes. Residents are advised
to be on the lookout for a serene blond
on little wheels. And while you're at it,

maybe you should bring in Jesus from
the front yard.

The High Cost of Being Kind
Biscayne Boulevard and 82nd Street
While leaving El Presidente Supermar-
ket, a woman was approached by a man
who claimed to be the manager of the
nearby McDonalds. He asked for a quick
ride over to the fast-food emporium. The
woman kindly agreed to do so. Her purse
was resting under the passenger seat, and
during the course of the short ride, the
Big Mac "manager" managed to remove
an envelope containing more than $2000
in cash. There is no Happy Meal associ-
ated with this incident.

Just Got Dumped, So Let
Me Drink!
100 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Victim recently broke up with her boy-
friend but never recovered the condo key.
The boyfriend, in an effort to avoid her,
came on his own one day and left the key
on a table. However, no self-respecting
Boulevard boyfriend stops there, espe-
cially after being jilted. He also helped

himself to alcoholic beverages and
several other items, including a bamboo
ladder, while vandalizing the condo. Se-
curity cameras caught him leaving with
two white bags of stuff, plus the ladder.
When confronted later, he told police: "I
have receipts for everything!" The of-
ficers were not impressed and arrested
him. The ladder and the booze were
returned to the victim, who probably
needed a drink herself.

He Didn't Have Money,
Why Should He Have
Biscayne Boulevard and 82nd Street
If you are going to skip out on a fare, at
least have a game plan. After hailing a
cab in Miami Beach, the suspect stepped
out the vehicle at his Boulevard destina-
tion and simply walked away. The cabbie
called police. The feckless deadbeat was
found, on the same block, hiding behind
a green City of Miami garbage bin that
miraculously had not yet been stolen. He
was arrested.
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Off the Basel Path 2009

Some recommended stops on the mad dash throz

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

Once again Art Basel Miami Beach
has rolled into town, and once
again the city has worked itself
into a frenzy. As usual, many people will
be scratching their heads, wondering
where to go, what to see. Once you've put
in your time at the Miami Beach Conven-
tion Center, the various satellite fairs, and
the innumerable gallery shows all over the
city (well, maybe not innumerable see
"Art Listings," page 38), be sure to check
out some of the more offbeat art events.
Here is a sampling.

Deitch Projects
New York City's Deitch Projects returns
to Miami with two noteworthy exhibi-
tions. One is a solo show by Francesco
Clemente, the Italian-born painter
whose work veers into surreal and
expressionistic territory, and who came
to prominence in New York in the early
1980s. Clemente became a fixture in the
city's downtown scene, collaborating
with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat
and Andy Warhol. A History of the
Heart in Three Rainbows, on view at the
Goldman Warehouse, is a 180-foot-long
suite of large-scale watercolor paintings
Clemente had labored over for more
than a year.
The Goldman family is also lend-
ing Deitch Projects the use of some
of their Wynwood buildings to create
murals beginning December 3. Several
prominent artists are participating. The
murals will run along NW 2nd Avenue
between 25th and 26th streets, and
will include works by Stelios Faitakis,
Shepard Fairey, David Ellis, Barry
McGee, and Jim Drain. The intent is
that the murals will be permanent addi-
tions to the neighborhood.
Francesco Clemente
December 3 ;li,. ',1,!i February 27
Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26th St., Miami

Video Art
The American Airlines Arena downtown
boasts the largest digital LED display
in the Southeast. With the mammoth
3400-square-foot screen constantly
flickering at passing Biscayne Boulevard

h Miami art week

Arab Woman, 2006 piece by Shepard Fairey, to be updated for outdoor
project at MAM.

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A History of the Heart in Three Rainbows 1.5, watercolor on paper by
Francesco Clemente.

traffic, it was only a matter of time before
someone from the art world figured out
a way to get creative mileage out of it.
Sure enough, local artist George Sanchez-
Calderon, known for his large-scale
public-art installations, has teamed with
the principal owner of ABC Management
Services Inc., Gary Ressler, to display
a series of art videos on the big screen
every night through December 6, from
11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The series kicks
off with Scottish artist Douglas Gordon's
seminal Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
and continues with an emphasis on
video works by local artists such as

the TM Sisters, Kevin Arrow, and
Clifton Childree.
Through December 6
American Airlines Arena
601 Biscayne Blvd.
Jewelry as Art
When Nektar De Stagni noticed certain
Miami artists creating jewelry for their
own personal use, she came up with a
novel idea for an exhibition. "Jewelry
Salon" features one-of-a-kind jewelry
pieces by noted artists normally known
for their work in other media. Pieces by
artists such as Hernan Bas, Cristina Lei
Rodriguez, and Martin Oppel, as well

as national and international artists like
Paola Pivi, Scott Hug, and Tom Sachs,
will be on view at De Stagni's Design
District shop through Art Basel and into
the spring as part of Dacra Develop-
ment's "Limited Edition Experiences."
Through March 1
Nektar De Stagni Shop
155 NE 38th St., Miami, Suite #109

Coinciding with Art Basel events, North
Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art
will unveil a show titled "The Reach
of Realism," which gathers together an
impressive array of intergenerational and
international artists such as Sara VanDer-
Beek, Lars Laumann, Olaf Breuning, and
Gillian Wearing. The show addresses the
impossibility of achieving true reality in
art, despite the artists' sincere attempts.
On view at Miami Art Museum
will be an outdoor project by Shepard
Fairey, the former graffiti artist who was
catapulted to fame with his stylized ap-
propriation of wrestler Andre the Giant,
for his widely popular "OBEY" sticker
campaign, and most recently for his iconic
"HOPE" portrait of Barack Obama, one
of the 2008 election's most recogniz-
able images. His project at MAM is a
20-foot-wide vinyl banner to be displayed
on one of the museum's exterior walls.
It is titled Arab Woman and is an update
of a work from 2006. The piece, loaded
with a strong and unmistakable political
charge, features an image of a woman in a
headscarf, and combines Western graphic
design with an Islamic motifs.
"The Reach ofRealism"
Through February 14
Museum of Contemporary Art
770 NE 125th St., North Miami

Arab Woman
December 3 ;i,i -',-ii 6
Miami Art Museum
101 W Flagler St., Miami

Dorsch Gallery
For some it may be difficult to remember
what Miami's art scene was like before
the arrival of Basel, but the current show

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at Dorsch Gallery is a good place to gain
some perspective. The show is called "30,"
a 30-year survey of the work of Robert
Thiele, a widely respected and influential
Miami artist who was selected to partici-
pate in the Whitney Museum's prestigious
Biennial Exhibition in 1975. As an art
teacher at Miami-Dade College, Thiele
had a direct impact on some local art no-
tables, such as William Cordova and Gean
Moreno. All 5000 square feet of the gallery
will be filled with sculptures, paintings,
and works on paper from 1979 to 2009.
Through January 2
Dorsch Gallery
151 NW 24th St., Miami

Our House West of Wynwood
OHWOW, a gallery gaining notoriety for
its hip parties, has managed to put togeth-
er a very large group show featuring more
than 30 celebrated artists. The show, "It
Ain't Fair," which coincides with a second
exhibition, "Dark Night of the Soul," will
feature photography by iconic filmmaker

David Lynch set to a soundtrack by hip-
hop producer Danger Mouse, collaborat-
ing with reclusive, multi-instrumentalist
home-recorder Sparklehorse. As if that
weren't enough, OHWOW has also pro-
duced a show called "STAGES," another
extensive group exhibition at the new
Marina Blue condominium in downtown
Miami. Proceeds go to the Lance Arm-
strong Foundation.
"It Ain't Fair"
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3100 NW 7th Ave., Miami

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Marina Blue condominium
888 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Alternative Exhibitions
Last October only a handful of people
were lucky enough to catch the sponta-
neous, under-the-radar "Cutting-Edge
Framing" exhibition in a former Design
District frame shop. Curated by Miami-
based Win McCarthy and New York-
based Lola Sinreich, the show featured

Jewelry designed by Italian-born
artist Paola Pivi.

an intriguing mix of emerging local and
national talent. This rolling curatorial
project will now take up residence in a
Design District artist's studio (across the
street from Design Miami) for a continu-
ation of October's show. Some of the
same work will be featured, augmented

Belle Grove by Sara VanDerBeek,
on view at MOCA.

by a number of new artists. Could be
a good indicator of where Miami's art
underground is headed.
"Ciii, i- Edge Framing, Part 2"
Through December 10
3825 NE 1st Ct., Miami

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Art Listings



42 NE 25th St, Miami
www aquaartmiami com
December 3 through 6
Hours December 3, 1 to 7 p m
December 4 through 5, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 6, 11a m to 4pm
Admission $15
Reception December 3, 8 to 11 p.m.

Miami Beach Convention Center
www artbaselmlamlbeach com
December 3 through 6
Hours December 3 through 5, noon to 8 p m
December 6, noon to 6 p m
Admission $20-$75

NE 1st Avenue at 31st Street
Midtown Miami
www art-miami com
December 2 through 6
Hours December 2 through 5, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 6, 11 am to 5 p m
Admission $15

71 NW 36th St, Miami
www artery-miami com
December 2 through 6
Hours December 2 through 5, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 6, 11 am to 5 p m
Admission $10

NE 39th Street at NE 1st Court, Miami
www designmlaml com
December 2 through 5
Hours 11 am to 7 pm

2505 N Miami Ave, Miami
www fountainexhibit com
December 3 through 6
Hours 11 am to7 pm
Admission $5 donation
Reception December 4, 7 to midnight

6701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
www newartdealers org
December 3 through 6
Hours December 3, 2 to 8 p m
December 4 and 5, 10 am to 8 p m
December 6, 10 am to 4pm
Admission Free

3401 N Miami Ave
Shops at Midtown Miami
323-552-7255, www photomlaml-2009 com
December 2 through 6
Hours December 2, 11 a m to 3 p m
December 3 through 5, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 6, 11 a m to 6 p m
Admission $20

1400N Miaml Ave Mami
212-255-2327, www pulse-art com
December 3 through 6
Hours December 3, 1 pm to 8 p m
December 4 through 6, 10 am to 7 p m
Admission $15


Richard Prince, Nuts, acrylic on canvas, 2000, at Rubell Family Collection.

3011 NE 1stAve, Miami
Midtown Miami
www reddotfair com
December 3 through 6
Hours December 3, 11 am to 7 p m
December 4 through 5, 11 am to 8 p m
December 6, 11 am to 6 p m
Admission $10
Reception December 2, 6 to 9 p.m.

2136 NW 1st Ave, Miami
www scope-art com
December 2 through 6
Hours December 3 through 5, 11 a m to 7 p m
December 6, 11 am to 6 p m
Preview December 2, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www sculptmlaml com
December 2 through 6
Hours 11 am to 5pm
Reception December 1, 4 to 10 p.m.


101 NE 40th St, Miami
www 101exhibit com
December 1 through January 9
Jordan Doner
December 2 through January 20
Claudlo Ethos and David Michael Bowers
Reception December 2 and 3, 7 to 10 p.m.
Reception December 4, 5 to 7 p.m.

233 NW 36th St, Miami
www abbafineart com
Through December 23 "ZING"
with various artists

2630 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www alejandravonhartz net
Through February 6
"Beloved Structure The Argentine Legacy" curated by
Eva Grinsteln with Fabian Burgos, Martin Di Paola,
Marcolina Diplerro, Veronica Di Toro, Luclo Dorr, Silvia
Gurfein, Silvana Lacarra, Adriana Minolitl, Karma
Pelsajovich, Pablo Siquler, and Andres Sobrino

601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
December 1 through December 6
Video art with various artists

3900 NE 1st Ave Miami
305-576-5000, www valerericartgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

1 NE 40th St, Miami
www artfusiongallery com
Through December 24
"FUSION VI CREATIVE VIBRATIONS" with various artists
Reception December 13, 7 to 10 p.m.

111 NW 1st St, Suite 625, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www lurle-kavachnina com
Through January 10
"Apothecary Luxe" by Alonso Mateo
December 3 through January 10
Solo show by SALUSTIANO
Reception December 3, 7 to 10 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www artformz net
Through January 5
"Money Makes Art" with Natasha Duwin, Rai Escale,
Donna Haynes, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Rosario
Rivera-Bond, PJ Mills, Ray Paul, Sibel Kocabasl,
Anja Marals, Gulllermo Portleles, Gisela Savdle, and
Henning Haupt
Reception December 5 and December 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

561 NW 32nd St, Miami
www bacfl org
Through December 17 "Sensory Overload" with
various artists and "5X7" with various artists

180 NE 39th St, #210, Miami
By appointment info@basfisherinvitational com
www basfisherinvitational com
December 1 through December 6
"Destruction Quartet" by Jonas Mekas
Reception December 3, 7 to 9 p.m.

795 NE 125th St North Miami
December 1 through January 30
"Opening Event" with Michael Ajerman, Beatrice
Findlay, Allyson Krowitz, and Kar Snyder
Reception December 1, 7 to 10 p.m.

3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
www bernicesteinbaumgallery com
Through January 31
"Hope Yes We Can" by Maria Magdalena Campos-
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

2320 N Miami Ave, Miami
www brevards com
Through March 28
"NonDuality" by John Brevard

2301-2303 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www, buttergallery com
December 3 through January 7
"Sacrificial Offering" by Rick Falcon and "Butter Gallery
Artists Exhibit" with Jahmal Williams, Yurl Tuma, Ahol
Sniffs Glue, Tawnle Silva, and Hubert Kretzschmar

8351 NE 8th Ct, Miami
www susannacaldwell com
Through June 30
"Seductive Assemblages and Wood Sculpture" by
Susanna Caldwell

98 NW29 St, Miami
calix-gustav blogspot com
December 1 through February 2
Yanelis Lopez, Charles Chace, Jonathan Stein, Carl
Pascuzzl, Spunk and The Orange Kittens, and Klaus
Reception December 1, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
www cjazzart com
By appointment carol@cjazzart com
Through December 31
"Ice in the Sun" by the Qulstrebert Brothers

4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
December 3 through December 20
"Migrations Looking South" with Ronald Moran,
Donna Conlon, Patricia Belli, Grupo La Torana, Adan
Valdecillo, Angel Poy6n Call, Danny Zavaleta, Miguel
Angel Madrigal, Regina Galindo, Dalia Chevez, Lucia
Madriz, Betsabe Romero, and Ernesto Salmeron
Reception December 3, 8 to 11 p.m.

541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
December 5
Performance by Disco Monkeys
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www charest-welnberg com
December 1 through February 28
"Herd Thinner" with Slater Bradley, Suntek Chung,
Richard Dupont, Martha Friedman, Sheree

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Hovseplan, Rashld Johnson, Simone Lelgh, Fernando
Mastrangelo, Raha Ralssnia, Seher Shah, Erin Shirreff,
Jeff Sonhouse, and Outtara Watts
Reception December 4, 7 to 9 p.m.

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www chelseagalleria com
Call gallery for exhibition information

7283 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www femmeartmlaml com
December 1 through December 6
"Femmeart Miami" with various artists
Reception December 1, 7 to 11 p.m.; December 2-5,
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and December 6, 10 a.m. to 5

61 NE 40th St, Miami
www cityloftart com
Through December 31
"Light and Colors" with Ekaterina More, Elmar Hund,
and Virginia Erdle

787 NE 125th St, North Miami
www chirinossanchez com
Call gallery for exhibition information

by Paul Pretzer, and "The
Notion of Family" by LaToya
Ruby Frazler
Reception December 5, 7
to 11 p.m.

1100 Biscayne Blvd Miami
December 4
DawnTown Annual
Architecture Ideas
Reception December 4,
8:30 to 10 a.m.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
December 2 through
February 6 Matthew Wein6
"Lapidus Infinitus" by Carlos Mat ei
Betancourt and "Geo- 3D animation,
Graphic" with Luls Alonzo-
Barklgia, John Ballly, Irene
Clouthler, Felice Grodin, Jill Hotchkiss, Laura Kina,
Alberto Latorre, Michael Loveland, Michael Scoggins,
Carlos de Villasante, and Annie Wharton
Reception December 5, 7:30 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
Through December 18
"Native Intelligence" by Aimee Lee
Reception December 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

stein, Chariots of the Gods, 17-minute,
2009, at Kevin Bruk Gallery.

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dinamitranlgallery com
Through December 26 "Twilight" by Carlos Irjalba
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com

DAVID CASTILLO GALLERY I through January 2 "30 by Robert I hlele
2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami DIMENSIONS VARIABLE Reception December 5, 7 to 11 p.m.
305-573-8110 171 NE 38th St, Miami
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December 1 through January 2 Through January 2 51 NW 36th St, Miami
"The Flight of Icarus" by Javier Pinon, "Wild at Heart" "Endlessly Falling" by Agustina Woodgate 305-573-9994

www dotfiftyone com
Through January 12
"Thaw" with Andres Ferrandis and "Purusha" with
Andrea Chehebar

47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
December 2 through December 7
"Zones Art Fair" with David Almelda, George Bethea,
Izlia Fernandez, Lulse Johnson, Charo Oquet, Raul
Perdomo, Gustavo Roman, Lydia Rublo, Sara Stltes,
and Gretchen Wagoner
Reception December 5, 8 to midnight

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

750 NE 124th St North Miami #2
305-975-6933, www fachearts com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2247 NW 1st PI, Miami
305-448-8976, www snitzer com
December 5 through December 31
"Sculpture and Drawings" by Alice Aycock
Reception December 5, 7 to 9 p.m.

120 NE 20th St, Miami
Through March 31 "The Art of Boxing" by Silvia Ros

600 Biscayne Blvd Miami
December 1 through January 29
"Tetralogy" by Maria Martinez-Canas
Reception December 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

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2085 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
786-266-2445, www galleryschuster corn
Call gallery for exhibition information

174 NW23rd St, Miami
305-571-2288, www gallerydlet com
Through December 19
"Second Skin" with Brian Burkhardt, Liz Cohen, Charley
Friedman, Jim Gladstone and Richard Hoglund, Peter
LaBler, Julie Lequin, Pla Lindman, Abby Manock,
Daniel Milewskl, Shana Moulton, and Clifford Owens
Pia Lindman performance December 3, 11 a.m.
Pia Lindman performance December 5, 3 p.m.

2531 NW2nd Ave, Miami
December 1 through January 2
"Basel '09 Group Show" with Sean Hemmerle, Sasha
Bezzubov with Jessica Sucher, Baldomero Fernandez,
Billy Mode, Chris Stain, Adam5100, and Negative
Space Collective
Reception December 3, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Reception December 5, 7:30 to 11 p.m.

2628 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
561-251-1375,www glovannlrossifineart com
Through January 5 "War Beau" by Angelbert Metoyer
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-576-1645, www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through February 6
Julie L Frel, Gladys Tnana, Manela Leal, and Richard Garet
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
Through December 5
"Mass Apeel" with Luls Diaz

147 NW 36th St, Miami
www cashappeal com
Call gallery for exhibition

2417 N Miaml Ave Mami
December 1 through
February 26 S
"Archipelago" with Gean .
Moreno and Ernesto Oroza Raymond Pett

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary com
December 1 through January 15
Solo show by Jose Antonio Hernandez Diez
Reception December 1, 7 to 9 p.m.

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
December 1 through January 15
"Elements x 10" with Sebastian Spreng, Robert
Swedroe, Mike Tesch, Patricia Claro, Antonio Ugarte,
Fran Bobadilla, Miml Bates, Kevin Paulsen, Solle Yli-
Mayry, John Henry, and Henry Lautz
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.


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2249 NW 1st PI Miami
www kevinbrukgallery com
Through January 7
Richard Butler, Daniel Hesidence, Fabian Marcacclo,
Enrlque Martinez-Celaya, Jason Middlebrook, David
Shaw, Matthew Welnstein, and Su-en Wong

3312 N Miami Ave Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
December 5 through January 30
"Tales and Other Nightmares" by Tania Candiani
Reception December 5, 7 to 10:30 p.m.

96 NW 29th St, Miami
www ilanalilienthal com
Through January 6
"Show Of Hands" by Llana Lilienthal

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through December 30
"Decollage" by Francesca DiMattlo
Reception December 1, 6 to 10 p.m.
775 NE 125th St, North Miami
305-799-7123, www lunastarcafe com
December 1 through December 5
Susan Weiss and Susan Feliciano
Reception December 1, 7 to 10 p.m.

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-1333, www artnet com/reitzel html
December 5 through January 30
"Ritual of Passage" by Jose Bedla
Reception December 5, 7 to 9 p.m.

12502 NE 8th Ave North Miami
561-201-2053, www marlofloresgallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

244 NW 35th St, Miami
305-438-9002, www mlamlartspace com
December 3 through December 6
"Organica A Celebration of the Human Body and
Nature in Art and Design" with Carlos Cesar Alves, Ana
Andras, Paul Andras, Daniel Bilodeau, Andre Brandao,
Viktorja Bulava, Jure J Cekuta, Salvador Dali, Alvaro

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Daza, Jack Dowd, Phillip Dvorak, Raul Frontal, Susan
Gott, Bruce Helander, Richard Holton, G Mayo, Flor
Ana Mayoral, Philip Ross Munro, Melanie Prapopoulos,
Diego Rivera, Carlos Rodriguez, Diana Rodriguez,
Gloria Sesana, Marc Sijan, Ryan Paul Simmons, Hunt
Slonem, Ezra Talmatch, Vilijus Valsvila, Gerard Valls,
Andy Warhol, and Robert Wilson
Reception December 3, 7 to 11 p.m.

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

1501 Biscayne Blvd Miami
www mymlu com
Call gallery for exhibition information

222 NW 27th St, Miami
www mlamithinkers com
"Miami's Independent Thinkers" with various artists
Reception December 3, 6 to midnight

346 NW 29th St, Miami
305-571-1175, www museovault com
Through December 28
"Rural Americana" by Randal Levenson

3324 N Miami Ave, Miami
December 3 through December 6
"MyPAC City to City 2009" with Alden Dillard, Amedo
Lasanskl, Bruce Stiglich, Dan Walker, Diane Stiglich,

Ellis Gallagher, Hilton Luclano III, Isaac Aden, Juan
Grlego, Marlene Lopez, Megan Lotts, Nicole Martinez,
Rafael Manresa, Ryan Bonilla, and Vincent Luca
Reception December 3, 6 to 10 p.m.

155 NE 38th St, Miami
786-556-3033, www nektardestagni com
Through March 1
"Jewelry Salon" with Hernan Bas, Scott Hug, Cristina Lei
Rodrigez, Martin Oppel, Paola Pivl, Tom Sachs, Bless,
Brokenfab, Emma Carroll, Confetti System, Femke De
Vrles, Lauren Manoogian, and Nektar De Stagni
3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
305-490-2976, www oh-wow com
December 2 through December 6
"It Ain't Fair" with Rita Ackerman, Tim Barber, Lizzy
Bougatsos, Scott Campbell, Julia Chlang, Barb Cholt,
Peter Chung, Brian Degraw, Brendan Fowler, Ry Fyan,
Cyprien Gallard, Michael Genovese, Todd James,
KAWS, Zak Kitnick, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Ar
Marcopoulos, Adam Marnle, Adam McEwen, Santiago
Mostyn, Neck Face, Kellchi Nitta, Jose Parl6, Erik
Parker, Brad Phillips, Kenny Scharf, Aurel Schmldt,
David Benjamin Sherry, Agathe Snow, Spencer
Sweeney, Eric White, Bobbl Woods, and Aaron Young
and "Dark Night of the Soul" with David Lynch and
Danger Mouse
Reception December 2-6, 8 to midnight

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
305-573-2400, www panamericanart com
Through January 2
"Denarrations" with Rodrigo Facundo, Crstina Lucas,
Aernout Mik, Jorge Perlanes, Tracey Snelling, Vibeke
Tandberg, and Nina Yuen

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
Call gallery for exhibition information

4100 N Miaml Ave Mami
www pressitonart com
December 1 through January 2
"Metamorphoses" by Logan Real
Reception December 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

21 NW 36th St, Miami
December 1 through December 12
"Post-Human Good-bye to Mankind" with Pepa Poch,
George Rodez, Gonzalo Obes, Heather Brillant, Matt
Lamb, Josep Pulgmartl, Adria Nomada, and more
Reception December 1, 6 to 10 p.m.
Reception December 12, 7 to 10 p.m.

82 NE 29th St, Miami
artnet com/sammergallery html
December 1 through December 9
"MADI" with various artists
Reception December 3, 7 to 11 p.m.

250 NW 23rd St, #202, Miami
www sethjason com
December 1 through January 30
"Recent Works" with John Henry and Carl Myers
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

2700 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
December 3 through December 6
"The Public Works" by Shepard Fairey

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www spinellogallery com
Through December 10

"LITTLEST SISTER 09" with Troy Abbott, Zach
Balber, Bhakti Baxter, Sandra Bermudez,
Blackbooks, Pablo Cano, Alejandro Contreras,
Julie Davidow, Reniel Diaz, Jose Felix Perez, Pachi
Glustinian, Michael Glidden, Enrique Gomez De
Molina, Felice Grodin, Alex Heria, Alvaro Ilizarbe,
Krls Knight, David Lerol, Nick Lobo, Lee Materazzi,
Franco Mondini Ruiz, Victor Muniz, Federico Nessi,
Skot Olsen, Christina Pettersson, Kerry Phillips,
Vickle Pierre, Job Piston, Manny Prleres, Retna,
Santiago Rublno, Samantha Salzinger, Oliver
Sanchez, George Sanchez-Calderon, Tawnle Silva,
Jen Stark, Tatlana Suarez, TM Sisters, Vadis Turner,
TYPOE, Tatlana Vahan, Michelle Welnberg, Agustina
Woodgate, and more

162 NE 50th Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
December 2 through December 6
"Burning Bridges" with Sharon Pell, Joe Strasser,
Joseph O'Neal, Brandon Fonville, Geoff Henshall,
Steve Chellis, Ell Thompson, Evo Love, Sarcasmo,
Julian Rodriguez, q u e v z, Jorge "GWIZ" Vlera, Sue
Zola aka Glitter Art Diva, and Godofredo Gonnod
Reception December 3-6, 2 to 10 p.m.

66 NE 40th St, Miami
www stevemartinfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

3825 NE 1st Ct, Miami
December 1 through December 10
Group show curated by Win McCarthy and Lola
Sinrelch with various artists

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3252 NE 1st Ave Miami
www sushisamba com
December 4 through December 6
"Graffiti Gone Global" with 131 Projects, Aiko
Nakagawa, Armogedon 2057, Bill Kid, Crome, Cycle,
David Cooper, Doze Green, Ewok One 5MH, Flip,
Ghost aka Cousin Frank, Jana Joana, Lady Pink, Nina,
Shiro, Smael, Sofia Maldonado, Sulko, and Vitche

3821 NE 1st Ct, Miami
swampstyle@gmall com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

2144 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
www untitled2144 com
Call gallery for exhibition information

10 NE 3rd St, Miami
www wallflowergallery com
myspace com/wallflowergallery
Call gallery for exhibition information

201 NE 39th St, Miami
www wrpfineart com
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Unit 306, Miami
www yeelenart com
December 1 through January 20
"Around Jenin's 210" by Jerome Solmaud
Reception December 4, 7 to 10 p.m.


CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miaml Ave, Miami
www clfo org
December 2 through March 7
"Being in the World Selections from the Ella Fontanals-
Cisneros Collection curated by Berta Sichel with
Chantal Akerman, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Muntean/
Rosenblum, Shirin Neshat, Robin Rhode, Bill Viola,
Francesca Woodman, and more

23 NE 41st St, Miami
www delacruzcollection org
Call for operating hours and exhibit information

11200 SW 8th St, Miami
http //thefrost flu edu/
Through December 7
"En Vista" with Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez
Through January 10
"The Missing Peace Artists Consider the Dalai Lama"
with various artists and "I a c u n a in t e s t i m o n y"
by Navjot Altaf

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org

Through January 24
"Kitchen Dreams" by Ricky Bernsteln and "Tree of
Paradise Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire"

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through January 17
"Gulllermo Kultca Everything, Paintings and Works on
Paper, 1980 2008" by Gullermo Kultca
Through February 28
"Space as Medium" with various artists and
"Metamorphosis" by Carlos Bunga
December 3 through December 6
"Shepard Fairey Arab Woman 2006/2009" by Shepard

770 NE 125th St, North Miami
www mocanoml org
December 1 through February 14
"The Reach of Realism" with Uta Barth, Olaf Breuning,
Tom Burr, Talia Chetrt, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia
Tkacova, Phil Collins, Thomas Demand, Alex Hubbard,
Matt Keegan, Ragnar Kjartansson, Elad Lassry, Lars
Laumann, Adam McEwen, Wilhelm Sasnal, Xaviera
Simmons, Martin Soto Climent, Wolfgang Tillmans,
Sara VanDerBeek, Emily Wardill, Gillian Wearing, Judi
Werthein, and Artur Zmijewski

591 NW 27th St, Miami
www margulieswarehouse com
Through April 30
"Masters of Surrealist Sculpture" with Joan Mir6 and
Isamu Noguchl, "100 Years of Photography 1909-2009"
with Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, Danny
Lyon, Cindy Sherman, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, Jeff
Brouws, Olafur Eliasson, and Anastasia Khoroshilova,
and "Depression Bread Line" by George Segal

95 NW 29th St, Miami
www rubellfamilycollection com
December 2 through May 29
"Beg Borrow and Steal" with Ai Welwel, John
Baldessar, Frank Benson, Amy Bessone, Matthew
Brannon, Maurizlo Cattelan, Peter Coffin, George
Condo, Aaron Curry, John Dogg, Marcel Duchamp,
Gardar Eide Einarsson, Elmgreen and Dragset, Hans-
Peter Feldmann, Urs Fischer, Dan Flavln, Robert
Gober, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Wade Guyton, Guyton
\Walker, Karl Haendel, Peter Halley, David Hammons,
Mark Handforth, Kelth Haring, Rachel Harrison, Richard
Hawkins, Damlen Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan
Horowitz, Thomas Houseago, Rashld Johnson, William
E Jones, Deborah Kass, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons,
Barbara Kruger, Jim Lamble, Elad Lassry, Louise
Lawler, Mark Leckey, Sherrie Levine, Li Zhanyang,
Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, Nate Lowman, Nathan
Mabry, Krls Martin, Paul McCarthy, Allan McCollum,
Adam McEwen, Takashl Murakaml, Cady Noland,
David Noonan, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, Jason
Rhoades, Stephen G Rhodes, Bert Rodriguez, Sterling
Ruby, Thomas Ruff, David Salle, Steven Shearer,
Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, John Stezaker, Philip
Taaffe, Hank Willis Thomas, Piotr Uklanskl, Meyer
Valsman, Kelley Walker, Wang Ziwel, Andy Warhol,
Christopher Wool, and Zhang Huan

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW23rd St, Miami
www worldclassboxing org/
Through January 29
Sylvie Fleury and Raymond Pettibon

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tribute to the Big
Cypress Preserve.
Stoltzfus's film and
Butcher's Big Cy-
press photographs
are being shown at
the Deering Estate
at Cutler (16701 SW
72nd Ave.) through
Thursday, Decem-
ber 31. The county-operated estate is
open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ad-
mission is $10 for adults, $5 for young-
sters. For more information visit www.
deeringestate.org or call 305-235-1668.


The M Ensemble Takes
the Stage
Drama, intrigue, and a journey into
the past are now onstage with the M
Ensemble's production of Gem of the
Ocean. Miami's own African-American
theater company has opened its 38th
season with Pulitzer Prize-winning
playwright August Wilson's drama set
in 1904 Pittsburgh. Playing through
December 20 at 8:00 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday, and 3:00 p.m. mati-
nees on Sundays, Gem centers on seven
eclectic characters struggling with
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The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
congratulates the 2009 winners of the Knight
Arts Challenge. These 20 projects receiving
$3.7 million have the power to transform
the South Florida arts while bringing our
diverse community together.

" Fairchild Tropical Botanic Teatro Avante
Garden Miami Lighthouse for the
" Friends of the Bass Museum Blind andVisually Impaired
" Girls' Club NewWorld Symphony
" The LightBox at Goldman Adrienne Arsht Center for
Warehouse the Perforing Arts
" Locust Projects Sweat Records
" Miami-Dade County United Negro College Fund
Department of Cultural
Affairs Broward County Film
" Vizcaya Museum and Society
Gardens Hannah Kahn Poetry
" Wolfsonian-FIU Foundation
" Florida Grand Opera Kathleen Hudspeth
" Miami City Ballet BankAtlantic Foundation
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a post-Reconstruction culture while
mixing the Bible, voodoo, and humor. It
is the first in Wilson's ten-play "Pitts-
burgh Cycle." General admission is $20.
The M Ensemble's theater is at 12320 W.
Dixie Highway, North Miami. Call 305-
899-2217 for more information.

Basel Does MiMo
Art Basel week is here, and with it throngs
of art aficionados descending on Miami,
including the MiMo Historic District.
December 2-6 that particular stretch of
the Boulevard transforms itself into
ART Miami 2009 and combines creative
expression with tasty food, featuring more
than 30 art exhibitions and restaurants. If
it sounds like too much, worry not. A free
shuttle will be ferrying critics, foodies, and
winos alike up and down Boulevard and
to and from the Wynwood Arts District.
Plan ahead, though, as the shuttle is only
running on Saturday, December 5 from
noon until 6:00 p.m., just in time to see the
"Roses and Petals" show at KOEL, "The
Recaptured Passion of Ignacio Diaz" at

Anise Waterfront Taverna, or the all-fe-
male exhibit "Femme Art Miami" at 7283
Biscayne Blvd., adjacent to Le Caf6 Bistro,
where you can catch your breath over an
order of steak frites. All exhibitions are
free. Visit mimoboulevard.org or call 305-
609-4288 for more information.
An Artist Obsessed, a
Garden Impressed
If you enjoyed Dale Chihuly's exhibition
at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
(10901 Old Cutler Rd.), then you'll love
this year's addition to the garden's visual
arts program: Yayoi Kusama's installa-
tions Flo\ ci s that Bloom at Midnight"
and "Guidepost to the New Space." The
80-year-old Japanese artist achieved in-
ternational renown in part for her lifelong
obsession with dots, often arranged in
mesmerizing patterns she calls "infinity
nets." The Fairchild works, on loan from
New York's Gagosian Gallery, include
large, whimsical floral pieces that stand 5
to 16 feet tall. Yes, they are sprinkled with
polka dots, as are her trademark pumpkins.
The exhibit opens on Saturday, Decem-
ber 5. Call 305-667-1651 or visit www.
fairchildgarden.org. The garden is open
daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Lights
Each December for the past 18 years, a
quiet residential street in North Miami
has transformed itself into one of the
most spectacular displays of holidays
lights in South Florida. The big oak
trees along this stretch of NE 137th
Terrace, just north of Enchanted Forest
Park, form a thick canopy over the street.
This time of year they are laden with
hundreds of thousands of lights, as are
the homes, and together they create a
dazzling, magical tableau of holiday
spirit. From December 5 through
December 31, Holiday Lights 2009 can
be seen for free, though volunteers from
Care Resource, a nonprofit HIV/AIDS
service organization, will be accepting
donations and handing out goodies to
passersby. Access from NE 16th Avenue.
Call 305-576-1234 for more information.

From Israel with Energy
If you're looking for beauty, sensuality, and
art this season, there's only one place to go
- the Batsheva Ensemble's performance
of Deca Dance at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
The show, created by Israeli dancer/choreog-
rapher Ohad Naharin, pushes the boundaries
of dance, mixing synchronized movement

with explosive energy. The show is being of-
fered as a celebration of Naharin's illustrious
career and will run two nights only, Decem-
ber 5 and December 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets
are $25-$95. Call 305-949-6722 for details.

Coral Gables by Trolley
Broadenyour Biscayne Corridor horizons.
Learn a little something about Coral Gables.
You know, George Merrick's legendary "City
Beautiful." Hop on a trolley with historian
Paul George of the Historical Museum of
South Florida, for a fabulous trip back in time
to discover the city's roots. Stops on the tour
include the Venetian Pool Miracle Mile, and
the city's unusual, architecturally themed "vil-
lages," including Chinese, French, and Dutch
South African The tour departs from the
historic Merrick House (907 Coral Way) on
Saturday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. HMSF
members pay $ IIOiinmlnicb rI S4 4. Call 305-
375-1492 to book reservations.

Coral Gables by Canoe
Here's another way to see the Gables: From
the water as part of a fun canoe adventure
filled with history, nature, and exercise. This
guided paddle wends its way along the
historic Coral Gables Waterway and features
intimate glimpses of waterfront mansions
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(for voyeurs), encounters with wildlife (for
naturalists), and a unique view of the Bilt-
more Golf Course (for duffers). Part of the
county park department's EcoAdventures
program, the outing begins at A.D. Barnes
Park (3401 SW 72nd Ave.), where staffers
transport paddlers to the Gables. The tour
begins at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December
6, and every Sunday in December. Price
is $33. For more information visit www.
miamidade.gov/ecoadventures. For reser-
vations call 305-365-3018.

The Nestor Torres Holiday
Concert with a Latin Beat
Back by popular demand, Latin Gram-
my-winning flutist Nestor Torres and
acclaimed pianist Paul Posnak return to
St. Martha Church (9301 Biscayne Blvd.)
on Sunday, December 13, at 3:00 p.m.
to present another richly varied holiday
concert. After sonatas by J.S. Bach and
Prokofiev, the program heats up with
Torres's band joining in forjazz and Latin
standards, plus holiday favorites with a
spicy flavor. It's part of the St. Martha-
Yamaha Concert Series, it's priced right
($10), and it'll likely sell out, so get your

tickets now at www.saintmartha.tix.com or
call 800-595-4849 for more information.

Sway with Sweet Honey in
the Rock
Make sure to create a spot in your calen-
dar for the one-night-only performance
of Holidays with Sweet Honey in the
Rock at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The
foot-stomping, hand-clapping, all-female,
African-American a cappella vocal group
will be performing a rich array of music,
from blues to reggae and even some
ancient lullabies and African chants, all
on December 11 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are
$30 to $60. Call 305-949-6722.

South Dade Sighting: Big
Man, Red Suit, Loud Laugh
Santa is booked on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day, but luckily for young-
sters he's making an early appearance
at one of the most beautiful homes in
Miami the Deering Estate (16701 SW
72nd Ave.), well worth the drive south for
BT readers. On Saturday, December 12
starting at 10:00 a.m., the big guy in the
red suit will host Story Time & Kids
Crafts with Santa. Parents should bring
a camera as Santa will oblige with a
pose. Kids should bring wide eyes and a

big imagination. Mr. Claus's appearance
is complementary with the purchase of
a $10 admission ticket ($5 for kids). Call
305-235-1668, ext. 233.

Balanchine + Tchaikovsky
= A Holiday Classic
Start a holiday tradition, if you haven't
done so already, with the Miami City
Ballet's annual production of The
Nutcracker. This is the famed version
choreographed by George Balanchine
and it includes a cast of more than
100 critically acclaimed international
performers. Our winter holidays just
wouldn't be the same without visions of
sugarplum fairies, ice-skating mice, and
dancing candy canes. The show, being
staged at the Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts, runs from Friday,
December 18, to Wednesday, Decem-
ber 23. Curtain times vary, so check
www.arshtcenter.org for more details.
Tickets range from $20 to $65.

If stirring baroque music is more your
style this holiday season, then head to
the Adrienne Arsht Center for Seraphic
Fire's annual performance of Handel's
Messiah. Miami's acclaimed chamber

choir will thrill listeners one night only,
December 19. The performance begins
at 8:00 p.m. and tickets range from $15
to $75. Don't delay getting your reser-
vations as this special event sells out
every year. Call 305-285-9060 or go to

Big Orange, Big Party,
Bayfront Park
The grand old Orange Bowl Parade may
be just a memory, but not so a big New
Year's Eve party in downtown Miami.
Bayfront Park's annual fiesta is still
going strong and is stillfree. This year,
on Thursday, December 31, at the south
end of the park, there'll be a disco dance
party plus an array of food and bever-
age vendors. (No bottles, cans, coolers
allowed inside the park.) Watch as the
Big Orange climbs up the Hotel Inter-
continental, hitting the top at the stroke
of midnight, when a dazzling fireworks
display will erupt over Biscayne Bay.
Great fun for one and for all!

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Litterama with a View
- North Miami only bayfront park is awash in garbage -

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

This park is pretty. This park is also
pretty ugly. Let me explain. Any park
on Biscayne Bay enjoys a privi-
leged position, and this one peers from its
relatively modest perch in the City of North
Miami across the causeway toward one
the wealthiest communities in the nation.
The island of Indian Creek Village ranks
number eight among the highest-income
places in the U.S., as of the 2000 census.
Anyone who has driven east over the
Broad Causeway, where NE 123rd Street
mutates into 96th Street and the Bay
Harbor Islands, has seen Indian Creek and
its lush golf course and impossibly large
mansions. Reverse the direction across the
bridge, back toward the economic reality
of NoMi, and take the first left to arrive at
North Bayshore William Lehman Park.
This small patch of green features
mature mangroves and other fine shade
trees, but its primary draw was destroyed

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Skeletal remains of a boardwalk destroyed by
Hurricane Wilma.

in 2005 by Hurricane Wilma. The long part of the
wooden fishing dock and walkway that Although t
used to snake into the bay has been re- $28,000 th
duced to a cramped outlook in one corer, of the dest
People still come here to fish, but no longer missed a lI
are they surrounded by water on all sides. Surrol
What they are surrounded by is not so collection
pretty. Looking down from the dock into When
the water, you see a slightly submerged but It appears
fully visible wooden plank, perhaps ten from the t
feet or more in length, that appears to be come fror

Floating garbage also known as waterfront vomit.

former over-the-water walkway.
he City of North Miami spent
is year to clean up the remnants
royed walkway, it looks like they
Irge chunk.
funding this plank is a grotesque
of floating garbage.
e did all this litter come from?
that most of it washed ashore
)ay, which means it could have
n anywhere in the bay or the

ocean. Except for the submerged piece
of walkway, the litter speaks as a general
indictment of the pollution in Miami's
waterways. It's gross, and it places North
Miami officials in a dilemma.
They have been responsible to the larger
environment by maintaining the mangroves
at the shoreline instead of clearing them to
obtain open vistas. But the trees' tangled

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roots are all tangled up in trash It's a Bay-
nanza 911 emergency! (Baynanza is Miami-
Dade County's annual volunteer cleanup of
Biscayne Bay, although it does not typically
address small parks.)
North Miami's capital-improvement
plan includes restoration of the park's
walkway, but those funds may not be
released until 2013. In the meantime, a
clean-up crew is needed to address the
shoreline's litterama.
The skeleton of the boardwalk
remains in place, and this collection of
concrete beams just above the water gives
the impression that an art installation
is taking shape. Sitting atop one of the
beams closest to shore is a lone coconut.
The landside portion of the park
offers about as much as one could expect
in a small space. The nicest element
is the shade offered by mature trees.
Another nice touch is the doggie-bag
dispenser that actually contains bags.
Curiously, the park has two entrance
signs of two different designs, stand-
ing on either side of a small parking lot.

One appears to be the more standard
NoMi sign in off-white with green trim,
whereas the other features white letters
against rustic, dark timber bound by
rope. Both are attractive, but the timber-
rope assemblage is more quirky.
Another quirk is the square concrete slab
in the middle of the grass. Perhaps it served
as the floor of a previous pavilion, but now it

looks lonely. It could use a picnic bench and a
colorful umbrella as a pick-me-up.
The park's size makes it a neighbor-
hood amenity, although its location on
the bay makes it a rarity worthy of a pit
stop. Unfortunately, construction along
123rd Street makes getting there a chore,
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Despite such drawbacks, the name
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Nature's Way: It's Not About Chemicals
A new documentaryfilm tells the story ofa ,matll town that bannedpesticides -and changed the world

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

Afew weeks ago I learned of a
very interesting documentary
that was to be shown at the
Fort Lauderdale International Film
Festival. The movie addressed an issue
that is near and dear to my heart and
health cultivating a lawn without
the use of pesticides or fungicides. The
title was A Chemical Reaction, and I
made plans to see it. I also invited the
producer and director to visit to Jungle
Island and experience nonchemical
horticulture Miami-style.
A Chemical Reaction tells the true
story of how a doctor in a small Cana-
dian community noticed a link between
chemicals that were being used on lawns
and symptoms of disease that were
showing up in local homeowners and
their children. The doctor's very dedi-
cated and persistent efforts instigated
a ground-breaking and effective com-
munity initiative that resulted in the
banning of pesticides for lawns in the
town of Hudson, Quebec, and eventually
throughout the province of Quebec. This
pesticide law was fought by lawn-spray-
ing companies, ChemLawn in particular,
for ten years, all the way to the Supreme
Court of Canada, where it was upheld in
2001. Since then scores of other Canadi-
an cities and towns have banned chemi-
cal pesticides. Last year Home Depot
stores throughout Canada removed the
banned products from their shelves.
I was thrilled when I was able to
host the director and producer of the
movie at the park. They saw firsthand
a large-scale landscape that had been

installed and grown without
pesticides and fungicides.
They heard about our Inte-
grated Pest Management and
Plant Health Care programs
that utilize the "proper
plant-proper site" concept.
I described some of our
cultivation methods, irriga-
tion control, and biorational
control of mosquito larvae.
When they viewed our
two lawn areas, I explained
to them that one of my goals
had been to limit monocul-
tures. If a single plant species
was under pressure from an
insect or disease, it would not
affect a very large portion
of the landscape when or if
the plants died or had to be
removed. It would also be
replaced by the other plant
species surrounding it.
I then explained how our
lawns could be considered
as "banker plant systems,"
with many different types of

tiny flowering plants grow-
ing in the lawn. A habitat had
been created that provided a food source
for beneficial insects. These beneficial
insects are the tiny wasps and flies that
parasitize insects that attack our plants.
The only way a "banker plant system"
will function full-time is if the benefi-
cial insects can easily find a food source
anytime they need it. The best way to
accomplish that is to have many species
of plants that flower at different times
of the day, and plant species that thrive
throughout the year.

Julia butterflies now breed and thrive at Jungle Island, which does not use
horticultural chemicals of any sort.

Another very important component
of this system is not having to spray for
mosquitoes. I am certain that the daily
spraying for mosquitoes we did years
ago had a very detrimental effect on
the population of beneficial insects. At
any given time there are always fewer
predators than prey in a given location.
The smaller populations of insects (the
predators) would be more vulnerable to
being wiped out by pesticide spraying.
A banker plant is specifically associ-
ated with biological control. This concept

was originally used only in greenhouses,
where plants were brought into the struc-
ture and allowed to develop pest infesta-
tions. Biological control agents, predators
or parasitoids, were then released onto the
banker plants, and as they ate the pests (or
paralyzed them for their larvae) and repro-
duced, their progeny spread throughout the
greenhouse and ate the bad guys.
The concept behind development
of the park's landscaping was to grow
a functional landscape that served the
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Nature's Way
Continued from page 48
purposes of providing a tree canopy
that would shade the park, provide the
setting for a botanical garden and zoo,
and create an ecosystem that would
provide a full-time habitat for benefi-
cial organisms that could control any
insect infestation that would drop by
and attempt to wreak havoc.
Our methods behind the landscape
design and development encouraged the

creation of a healthy, functional ecosystem.
Why not expand this concept in the context
of smoke-free hotel rooms? I have
made the point with hotel manag-
ers regarding guests who preferred
smoke-free rooms. Wouldn't hav
you like to offer your guests a s
pesticide-free environment outside rer
in the garden, where their children
can play or where they may host
events and parties?
Later on during our tour, I showed
my guests how the fig whitefly in the

park was being controlled by wasps,
parasitic flies, and lady beetles. As

>res of Canadian cities and towns
e banned pesticides. Home Depot
tores throughout Canada have
noved the banned products from
their shelves.

always I was asked, "Do you release
these beneficial insects on a regular basis

or did you introduce them to the park?"
I replied that they came on their own.
I only provided a habitat in which they
could live and thrive.
For information on where A Chemi-
cal Reaction is showing and to see the
movie's trailer, visit www.safelawns.
org or www.pfzmedia.com. By January
it should also be possible to purchase a
DVD directly from the sites.

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Miami's Holiday Cultural Buffet

Take some of this tradition, mix with that one, add a pinch of another

Halloween was barely over when
the red and green emerged on
store shelves, GAP hipsters
began dancing across our TV screens
to remixed holiday standards, and toy
catalogues from the fiber plastic-and-
batteries to the fiber crunchy-wooden-
wholesome started flowing daily into our
mailboxes. And with it all comes a whole
new chorus of conspicuous consumption
emanating from my kids.
It's a shame it starts so early these
days. It used to feel more special when
Christmas music and eggnog-drinking
kicked in at Thanksgiving, not a month
earlier. It made for a more enjoyable
time anticipating the holiday break,
with its family and friend time even
for this Jewish girl who grew up with
the ritual of annually attending the
New York City Ballet's Nutcracker.
The retail extension of the season is
deflating the spirit of all this.
And like many parents, especially in
these trying economic times, I really want
this season to be about something else.
Even Christopher Radko, king of the retail
Christmas-ornament market, said this in
the Washington Post: "In the go-go days
of the Nineties, I was really into being
successful, and the material side of the
American dream was at the forefront of my
thoughts. Now I'm a regular guy re-exam-
ining what the Christmas spirit really is."
So how do we as parents take the
season beyond the gifts. How can we make
the holiday season sparkle from inside?
In our family, where the winter
holiday celebrated is Chanukah, we


focus on the candle-lighting, the celebra-
tion of light, and of the freedom from
religious persecution the holiday marks.
We also emphasize the gathering of
friends and family. And then, of course,
there is the festivity of dreidel-spinning,
latke-munching, and jelly donut-making.
(Because Chanukah commonly focuses
on the miracle story of oil lasting enough
days to rebuild the Temple after battle
destruction, fried foods are central in
its celebration frying being another
"miracle" of oil.)
We also emphasize sharing, a time to
do for others. In keeping with a Kabbalistic
tradition my Jewish educator partner dug
up, we distinguish the fifth night of Chanu-
kah as a night to give tzedakah, or charity.
Meanwhile, on the nights we do give gifts,
we consciously don't go overboard. And
as for the glitzy gifts that inevitably come

- especially from eager-to-spoil grand-
parents we anticipate that by "making
way for the new," and donate older toys to
charities, a layered lesson in both modesty
and giving.
Morningside mom Judith Williams
celebrates Christmas and Kwanzaa at
home with her nine-year-old son Elijah.
While Elijah does split his Christmas be-
tween his two moms, who are now sepa-
rated, the holiday at Williams's home is a
"Jamaican stay-at-home Christmas." The
environment is about friends and family
gathering with plenty of Rosie's Rum
Cake on hand the holiday specialty of
Diaspora Vibe Gallery's Rosie Gordon-
Wallace, which Williams says is the best
Jamaican rum cake.
But the celebrating doesn't end at
Christmas in their home. Instead, on
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in which donations to the poor are put in
boxes and delivered, but which today in
Jamaica is more commonly known as a
big party day. In addition, for Kwanzaa
(December 26 to January 1) the family
lights the kinara, Kwanzaa's candela-
bra, and reads each night about one of
Kwanzaa's seven principles. Before she
became a mom, Williams didn't observe
Kwanzaa. Her interest "was born out of
a sense of wanting to create a stronger
African-American heritage for my son."
Last year my neighbors Crystal
and Eric Brewe put up holiday deco-
rations that struck me as elegantly
subtle and thus seasonally meaning-
ful. Hanging in front of her family's
Buena Vista East home were several
large, simple ball ornaments easily
five times the size of a standard tree
ornament. Says Crystal: "Eric's a
physicist and I'm an agnostic, so it's
about foods we eat we make cook-
ies together. And about decorations."
In addition to the outdoor decora-
tions I found so appealing, the family
also decks the house bountifully with
simple and generations-old symbols
and ornaments. On their Christmas
tree they hang ornaments from their
own childhoods, including ones they
made themselves. Crystal also deco-
rates the tree with childhood photos of
her sitting with Santa Claus, and now
with her own children's visits with
jolly old Saint Nick. Also on display
is every greeting card the family
receives, so their kids five-year-old
Mathilda and nine-month-old Everly -
can see them throughout the holidays.

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Cultural Buffet
Continued from page 50
Another important tradition in their
family is attending a holiday show of
some sort. They love the family ritual of
getting dressed up for a special occa-
sion. Lucky for Crystal, she now works
as marketing manager at the Adrienne
Arsht Center, so there are plenty of op-
tions available.
For Norma Shelow's family, the
tradition of attending Christmas Eve
children's mass connects them to

the spirit of the season. They began
going to the service during her kids'
early years, and it's still eagerly
anticipated by 18-year-old
Sara, 15-year-old Katy, and
12-year-old Mary.
Additionally the Morn- Norm
inside family marks mom's the
Cuban heritage and dad's abol
Irish heritage by gather-
ing with extended family.
They start off with a tradi-
tional Cuban noche buena dinner on
Christmas Eve, and follow with an

Irish-American Christmas brunch
featuring omelets made to order by
dad Mike, chef and owner of Mike's

ia Shelow aims to instill in her kids
idea that Christmas "shouldn't be
ut shopping and getting into debt."

at Venetia, the popular Irish sports
bar and restaurant on the ninth floor

of the Venetian condominium on NE
15th Street.
Norma Shelow aims to instill in her
kids the idea that Christmas "shouldn't
be about shopping and getting into debt,"
even though they do exchange gifts. Her
family's holiday traditions are rooted in
the values of selflessness and generosity,
but not just at Christmastime. "The spirit
of giving, not just receiving I try to
teach that all year long."

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We Want Your Garbage!

- City of North Miami to residents: We 'll actually pay you for it -

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Only one city in Florida pays its
residents to recycle. Using a
program called RecycleBank, the
City of North Miami enables residents to
earn rewards based on their level of par-
ticipation. It's a win-win-win situation,
as the city's rate of recycling has soared,
its level of garbage sent into landfill has
decreased, and the Earth's anger at list-
less South Florida is subsiding.
As a resident of North Miami, I was
thrilled to receive my new recycling bin
this past February. As large as a trash
can, the green bin with the beige lid
is the handy all-in-one variety. Every-
thing goes in there: plastic, paper, cans,
bottles, cardboard even plastic litter
tossed in my yard gets tossed inside.
When the bin gets picked up, a small
electronic sensor on its front identifies
the residence, and the weight inside is
recorded. This information is passed
on to RecycleBank, which issues points
based on the amount recycled. Just like
a credit-card rewards program, the more
you recycle the more points you earn.
This week I'm expecting my $10
gift card for Panera to arrive in the mail.
Many other local businesses participate
in the rewards program. You also have
the option of donating your rewards to
local schools. The RecycleBank website
tracks your savings to the Earth, too,
claiming that since March my house-
hold's recycling efforts have saved 3.5
trees or 235.5 gallons of gasoline.
The program has been an instant hit in
North Miami, enticing 90 percent of eli-
gible households to recycle. Just last year,

participation in recycling was less than 20
percent, according to the city's director of
public works, Mark Collins. His primary
goal is to reduce the amount of garbage the
city pays to have removed. Eventually he
hopes the program will translate into lower
garbage bills for residents.
RecycleBank's statistics claim that
in the first six months of operation, the
diversion of trash has saved North Miami
$44,245, inspiring the City of Hollywood
to roll out its own RecycleBank program
in February 2010.
Any celebration over increased re-
cycling must be tempered by the reality
that a significant majority of residents in
metropolitan Miami do not recycle. Two
reasons stand out for this state of affairs:
Most waste is produced by the busi-
ness sector, and most businesses do not
recycle even though they have been

mandated to do so by a county ordinance
passed in 1992.
Included under the "business"
umbrella are condominiums, which
are likewise required to recycle but
must hire their own service. City
and county services only extend to
individual residences. The county
estimates that multifamily residences
such as condos produce nearly 25
percent of the area's waste.

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Recycling simply has not become
part of our everyday culture. Think
about it when was the last time you
finished a bottle of water in a public
place and were able to find a recycling
bin? Not even our parks offer canisters
for recyclables. Instead of the conve-
nience and encouragement provided by
RecycleBank, in most places around
Miami, it feels more like Recycle-Can't.
Miami-Dade County upped its
recycling game last year by switch-
ing to all-in-one bins for single-family
residences, but this switch has resulted
in one dilemma: Where to recycle the
tens of thousands old bins? According to
the department of solid waste manage-
ment, those bins can be taken to a trash
or recycling center. In other words, do it
yourself, which in most cases means it's
not going to happen.
The county is celebrating a record
year for recycling tonnage since
it began collections in 1990. The
county also serves 20 municipali-
ties, including Aventura, El Portal,
Miami Beach, North Bay Village,
Sunny Isles, and Surfside. Meanwhile
the City of Miami's program claims
a 42-percent participation rate. That
rate will need to jump to 75 percent
by 2020 to meet the demands of a
state statute passed in 2008. Guide-
lines for achieving this goal are due
next month from the Department of
Environmental Protection.
Some items cannot be collected by
regular residential recycling services,
but there are ways to designate them for
recycling. Consider the following:

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Fluorescent bulbs. Due to their
mercury content, they should not be
placed in either recycling or trash bins.
Take them to Home Depot or to a county
"home chemical collection center" (see
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Small batteries. Although the
county recommends throwing them in
the trash, there are alternatives for all
types of batteries. Ask Radio Shack if
they will accept them. For rechargeable

batteries, Home Depot and other retail-
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Crime and Punishment: A Dog's Tale
SPositive training works, but it s still a negative world out there

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

Afew weeks ago I received a call
from a BT reader asking for help
with his dog. His rather large
female terrier mix, which he'd adopted
two months earlier, was very reactive
when encountering other dogs. He had
been working her but was growing more
angry, frustrated, and embarrassed as
his corrections and use of a choke chain
were not effective. This was leading him
to avoid walking the dog altogether.
Although a reader of this column, he
didn't fully understand science-based,
positive methods or how they can work
with out-of-control dogs. In fact most
people wrongly believe that dog-friendly
methods are for pets with sweet disposi-
tions and that problem dogs need a firm
hand. In theory, he thought, the choke
chain makes sense: Don't like a behav-
ior? Punish it.
But after consulting training books and
working by himself to no avail, he decided
to give me a call. "Hi, Lisa," he said. "I
guess I'm like most people in that I'm
skeptical the positive ;i,,, can work."
Well, yes, and no. Many people seek
me out specifically for the po',II i' c thing."
Others, like this gentleman, have been con-
ditioned over a lifetime to believe punish-
ment is the way to go. No surprise that this
line of thinking is prevalent. We ourselves
live in a punitive society and are consis-
tently punished for bad behavior. Certainly
no cop has ever pulled anyone over to give
them a reward for driving safely.
But let's for a minute try to imagine a
world in which the opposite is true. What

if traffic cops occasionally pulled people
over for going the speed limit and
then gave them a hundred bucks? What
if your insurance premiums were drasti-
cally lowered as a result? I'll bet most
people would be driving the speed limit.
What if someone handed you a valuable
gift certificate for cleaning up after your
dog? I'm pretty sure that behavior would
increase as well.
Several years ago po't.iL\ i'" became
the catch phrase, and trainers every-
where began to claim they were positive,
when in fact most were still punishment-
based trainers. After all, how would
punishment-based trainers advertise?

(Our motto: "Don't complain. Jerk the
chain!") Not very dog-friendly. So they
came up with more marketable terms
such as "natural" and "balanced."
Some trainers need to feel they are in
control by physically dominating a small
domesticated animal (which rewards the
trainer with feelings of power). Others
believe they are positive when they aren't.
Most don't keep up with their education
and only know whatever techniques their
mentor taught them years ago. Interesting-
ly, training is one of the few fields in which
I find this to be common.
Training is equal parts art, science,
and mechanics. You have to be able

to juggle the dog, the leash, and other
necessities while walking in public and
giving feedback to the dog (mechanics).
You have to understand cognitive theory
- how dogs learn, what to do with
them and why, what not to do and why
(science). The art of it comes in know-
ing how to adapt when life throws curve
balls, being able to modify your ap-
proach to fit different owners and dogs.
Certainly all teachers aren't the same.
This is not to say that punishment
can't work. It can. But administering
punishment correctly and effectively
is so difficult it's no wonder it hardly
ever succeeds. The punishment must be
immediate, fit the misbehavior, happen
every time, be severe enough the dog
wouldn't think of doing that again, and
must not be equated with you.
If punishment doesn't work the first
couple times you use it, it's simply not
working. Here's an example: A former
client was squirting her little dog with a
water spray bottle for barking and growl-
ing. She actually brought the bottle with
her and blasted it in public! She had done it
hundreds of times. The dog was obviously
still barking or she wouldn't be carrying
the bottle. But she would see the dog stop
barking when she sprayed it (behavior sup-
pression). However, she didn't seem to real-
ize its failure when her dog barked again
minutes later. This routine was ruining her
relationship with her pet.
One reason positive training is not
the norm is that some people feel there is
a stigma attached to using food rewards.
(Oddly, these same people often see no
stigma attached to punishment.) Another
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reason is that positive training is not con-
sidered s.c \ Yes, there is very little
grandstanding in dog-friendly training,
but when I see a great trainer change the
behavior of a dog, human, dolphin, or
chimpanzee in a subtle way well, it
doesn't get sexier than that.
There is one undeniable side effect of
positive training: the affection that grows
between student and trainer working as

a team. It is great to see dogs building
confidence, with their heads held high, and
owners loving their dogs, who are finally
"getting it." It is the same for the proud dog
who stops mid-training to kiss the trainer
in happiness and love not supplication.
So how is my new client doing with
his terrier mix? Very well thus far. In the
first lesson, I reinforced sitting and calm
behavior. I also showed the dog that when
I'm around, great things happen. After ex-
plaining to the owner what new things we
were going to do and what old practices

we were no longer going to do, we took
the dog outside. Right away an "enemy"
dog appeared. Our canine student did
nothing but wag her tail. The owner was
amazed as she didn't bark or lunge at all.
In our second lesson, we took the dog
off-leash in a park and practiced recalls.
For the first time she didn't just go off on
her own. She wanted to be with us and
learn more. In lesson three, I brought my
dogs. After 15 minutes, the terrier was
walking around the park with my dogs,
not flustered by their presence in the least.

Now her tail wags with every lesson,
and I leave each session covered in
doggy kisses! That is the power of "the
positive thing."

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer for
Pawsitively Pets. You can reach her at
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Facebook at www.profile.to/dogtrainer.

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The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 210.



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Guide are written by Pamela Robin
Brandt. Every effort has been made
to ensure accuracy, but restaurants
frequently change menus, chefs, and
operating hours, so please call ahead
to confirm information. Icons ($$$)
represent estimates for a typical meal
without wine, tax, or tip. Hyphenated
icons ($-$$$) indicate a significant range
in prices between lunch and dinner
menus, or among individual items on
those menus.
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900 S. Miami Ave.,
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf nachos" topped
with raw spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian
ingredients? The Viva, a sushi roll that starts with stan-
dard Japanese (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado), adds

La Provence
1064 Brickell AE.. 716-425.9003

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Latin sabor O(alapeno, cilantro), wraps it in a flour tortilla,
and garnishes it with heat (spicy snow crab mix)? Miami
hasn't tended to initiate too many food firsts," but this
Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place is surely one Prices are
higher than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keeping
with Abokado's Mary Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

1435 Brickell Ave.
Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this com-
fortably elegant, upscale spot switched chefs in 2006,
resulting in a complete menu renovation Thailand s
famed sense of culinary balance is now evident through-
out the global (though primarily Asian or Latin American-
inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/white soya-dressed
salad of shrimp tempura, a tender pork shank glazed with
spicy Szechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtime s rare tuna
burger with lively wasabi aioli and wakame salad For des-
sert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tart filled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

141SW 7th St.
This space's futuristic fairyland decor, highlighted by
hanging glass pendants, makes it popular as a stylish
hangout as much as a restaurant -- and loungers are
rewarded with a bar menu ranging from the traditional
(zataar-spiked hummus) to the trendy (artichoke puree
with feta), calamari with Meyer lemon brown butter is
especially recommended Tip While entrees and sides on
the changing main menu are also mostly Mediterranean,
some of the kitchen's best shots stretch the concept
considerably So don t miss the fries with chipotle/Key
lime aioli $$$

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270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant
(named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas
to South America) isn't a glamorous dining setting But
we'd eat outside From the expansive terrace of the
Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of
Brickell s high-rises actually make Miami look like a real
city It's hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the
most impressive The food is impeccably fresh regional
fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style
The cocktails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't
have to choose one or the other $$$-$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr.
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw
bar and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts imag-
inative global creations many of them combinations,
to satisfy those who want it all One offering, "A Study
In Tuna," includes tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado
tempura, and caviar, with several Asian sauces Moroccan
lamb is three preparations (grilled chop, harlssa-man-
nated loin, and bastilla, the famed savory-sweet Middle
Eastern pastry, stuffed with braised shank $$$$$

901 S. Miami Ave.
(Mary Brickell Village)
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than

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19003 Biscdne BEld.. 305-935-4029

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ts 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-friend-
ly 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 Miami' s
more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave.
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes -small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe
has survived and thrived for good reason The homey cook-
ing is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even
the timid of palate to try something new Novices will want
Indonesia's signature rjsttafel, a mix-and-match collection
of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice Note
bring cash No plastic accepted here $-$$

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave.
On the Conrad's 25th floor. The Bar's 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 That's just the Basque word for tapas, but
here there s nothing mere about the generously portioned
small plates They range from traditional items like cod
fish equixada and saffron-sauteed Spanish artichokes
to inventive inspirations like foie gras and goat cheese-
stuffed empanadas $$$

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Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358, www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered ter-
race directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired,
with a few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the
health-conscious, the menu includes low-cal choices
For hedonists there's a big selection of artisan sakes

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been
serving her traditional homemade island specialties to
downtown office workers and college students since the
early 1990s Most popular item here might be the week-
day lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried
cornmeal bread patties), but even vegetarians are well
served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry
All entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry $

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave.
305-403-3103, www.doloreslolita.com
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No
4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees,
which range from Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-glazed
pork tenderloin to a platter of Kobe mini-burgers, all cost
either $18 or $23 And the price includes an appetizer
-- no low-rent crapola, either, but treats like Serrano ham
croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello mushroom
sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplant timbales The best
seats are on the glam rooftop patio $$$

Ecco Pizzateca & Lounge
168 SE 1st St.
305-960-1900, www.eccomiami.com
Masterminded by Aramis Lone (of PS14) and partner

Brian Basti, this hip hangout was designed to entice
downtown workers to linger after office hours And even
without the expansive, casual-chic space as bait, interna-
tionally award-winning Italian pizza chef Massimo Fablo
Bruni's exquisitely airy, burn-blistered pies, made from
homemade dough, could do the trick The rest of the
organically oriented menu may also great, but with pizzas
like the cream/mushroom-topped Bianca beckoning, we'll
never know $-$$$

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel)
Unlike their Michelin-starred New Adriatic restaurant
Anthos, in Manhattan, this venture of chef Michael
Psilakis and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia has influences
ranging way beyond Greece to the whole Mediterranean
region, and even Latin America Unchanged is Psilakis'
solid creativity, and a beautiful sense of balance that
makes even very unfamiliar combinations taste acces-
sible So skip the safe stuff and go for the luxuriantly cus-
tardy, egg yolk-enriched lobster and sea urchin risotto, or
any raw seafood item, especially the unique marlin with
pistachio, apricot, and house-cured speck $$$-$$$$

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

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave.
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a
lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of
food onto its menu To the familiar Latin American/Italian
equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-
Mex but more health conscious) Menu offerings range
from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but

the bistro's especially known for imaginative meal-size
salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado,
apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken
on a mesclun bed $$

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

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish
And included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the
traditional belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared
foods, salad, cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontra-
ditional surprise unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion
fruit or mint, tomato-based BBQ, and mango chutney,
along with the ubiquitous chimichurrl $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this
ultra-upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace)
the perfect power lunch/business dinner alternative
to steakhouses And the culinary experience goes way
beyond the typical meat market, thanks in part to the
flood of freebies that's a trademark of Manhattan's II
Mulino, originally run by II Gabbiano's owners The rest
of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave.
Indochine has succeeded by morphing from mere restau-
rant into hip hangout Copious special events draw every-
one from downtown business types to the counterculture
crowd Not that there's anything "mere" about the range
of food served from three Asian nations Light eaters can
snack on Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi
rolls For bigger appetites, there are Thai curries and
Vietnamese specialties like pho, richly flavored beef soup
with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and add-in
Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave.
(See Miami Shores listing)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown
With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti
in sage butter sauce and cllantro-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 Lawyer's Liquid
Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso

La Moon
144 SW 8th St.
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like
a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's burger
beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and
a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun While this
tiny place's late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday)
are surprising, the daytime menu is more so In addition

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SAgreeable winefor $12 or less

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If there ever was a year that needed to
be ridden out of town on a rail in an
orgy of drunken revelry, it was 2009.
War, layoffs, bankruptcies, foreclosures,
mass murder, rage, fear, paranoia. Can
famine, pestilence, plagues of locusts,
and the other 471 horsemen of the soul-
sucking apocalypse be far behind?
A nation never needed a collective
drink so badly.
All the more reason, then, to hoist a
glass or several of bubbly to commemo-
rate the year about to depart don't let
the door hit your ass on the way out -
and in hopes that 2010 will see some of
that change we're still trying so hard to
believe in.
Or maybe not. In which case we'll
need to switch to something stronger.
But let's enjoy the bubbly and the holi-
days while they last.
One of the secrets to finding af-
fordable, recession-era champagne (and
we'll use that word interchangeably with
bubbly, sparkling wine, and so on, know-
ing that true champagne comes only from
the Champagne region of France) is to
look outside the well-known brands for

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

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

small French houses you've probably
never heard of. This will likely require
a visit to a serious wine shop or giant
warehouse store with the ability to import
them directly, though it's always worth
checking your local supermarket for
specials or the odd, off-the-drinkin'-path
In that light we have a trio of
French sparklers, all from outside Cham-
pagne. The best and an excellent value
is the nonvintage (all the bubblies in this
tasting are nonvintage) Charles de Fere
Cuv6e Jean-Louis Blanc de Blancs
Brut. Not as austere and steely as others,
it balances a backbone of citrusy acid-
ity with subtle flavors of ripe peaches
and pear and a bit of toast, giving it
restrained lushness unusual in a Brut but
that I find irresistible.
More traditionally Brut, which is
to say drier and leaner, is the Depreville
champagne. Its initial pronounced earthy-
mineral aromas lessen after few minutes in
the glass, where flavors of tart lemons and
green apples mellow their musky charac-
ter. The texture is surprisingly creamy but
the mousse (bubbles) is fairly short-lived.
More sustained bubbles would also benefit
the Francois Montand Brut Rose, though
it does offer up pleasantly candied cherry

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Formerly Manny's Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse
retains basically everything but the famed name (from
the original Manny's in Minneapolis), and remains
Miami's most intentionally masculine steakhouse
Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the
Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in
rlbeye, described as "part meat, part weapon"), king crab
legs that dwarf the plate, cocktail shrimp that could swal-
low the Loch Ness monster whole, two-fisted cocktails
that would fell a T-Rex Not for the frail $$$$$
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" is a synonym for
"beef and more beef," this popular eatery's wide range
of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will
be a revelation Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here
for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative
Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia
(lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapenos, basil, and
the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab
ravioli with creamy saffron sauce Especially notable are
the entree salads $$-$$$
Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave.
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish
shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his
own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche

and strawberry flavors, with yeasty,
citrusy undertones.
Spanish cava can also yield
good values, and while a flier taken
in search of a sweeter-style sparkler,
Freixenet Extra Dry (in the bass-
ackwards terminology of cham-
pagne), foundered on eye-watering,
kerosene aromas, a Brut from the
Spanish house of Poema was a real
find. Though not as rich as the Jean-
Louis, it still showed off ripe fruit
and spice balanced by lemon-lime I
acidity and limestone minerality. At
$8.99 at Publix, it's too easily avail-
able, too good a deal, and too good a
wine to pass up.
For something simpler and fruitier
and a little sweeter, perhaps for that non-
wine lover in your midst, Italian prosec-
co is a worthy choice. The Contine
Riouolo Spago Nero gets the job done
nicely, with a fizzy melange of uncom-
plicated peach, pear, and apple flavors in
crisp, clean-tasting package.
And finally, for a very good deal
on a sparkler that delivers more than its
price point of multilayered flavors and
textures, check out the Piper Sonoma
Blanc de Blancs Brut. It smells of fresh-
baked bread, apples and minerals, and

The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection
includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pompa-
no, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the
raw bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$
1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly
popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food
is served at several newer outlets The prices are low
enough that you might suspect Pasha's was a tax write-off
rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it
was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes Dishes
range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like
muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh
yogurt cheese Everything from pltas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$
Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St.
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs
(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back
several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's
a full menu of soul food entrees, including what many afi-
cionados consider our town's tastiest souse And it would
be unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet
potato pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half
iced tea, half lemonade $-$$
15 SE 10th St
305-374-9449, www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrlfled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a
favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta list, ranging
from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi

presents palate-cleansing tastes
of green apples, lemon-lime, and
gooseberries with yeasty, almost
mushroomy nuances, plus a tart,
lingering finish and bubbles that
stick around for the long haul.
Now bring on the damn

The Charles de Fere and
Depreville sparklers are at
North Miami Beach's Total
Wine & More for $9.99 and
$8.99 respectively (14750
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
3270). The Poema can be
found for $8.99 at the Biscayne
Commons Publix and other
Publix stores with decent wine
selections (14641 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-354-2171). And if you care,
the Freixenet is at many stores,
including the North Miami ABC
Fine Wine & Spirits, also for $8.99.
The North Miami Crown Wine &
Spirits (12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
892-9463) is where you'll find the
Frangois Montand ($10.95) and the
Piper Sonoma ($11.97).

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flocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town's
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Though the opening of Barton G s elegant performing arts
center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the food's actually
more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot The concept
is prx fixe Any three courses on the menu (meaning three
entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights include silky, tarra-
gon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef
carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil
dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one
with a luscious creme fralche ice cream pop $$$$

Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave.
The cozy dining room (and even more charming outdoor
terrace) evoke the south of France But the menu of
French bistro classics covers all regions country-style
pate mason with onion jam, roasted peppers, and
cornichons, steak/frites (grilled rib-eye with peppercorn
cream sauce, fries, and salad), and four preparations of
mussels Deal alert An early-bird prlx-fixe menu (5 30-
7 30 p m) offers soup or salad, entree, dessert, and a
carafe of wine for $44 per couple $$$-$$$$
Puntino Downtown
353 SE 2nd Ave., 305-371-9661
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stylish little place is open Monday through Saturday
for dinner as well as lunch Ambiance is fashionably
cool Milanese rather than effusively warm Neapolitan
The food too is mostly contemporary rather than tra-
ditional But in true Italian style, the best stuff stays
simple an antipasto platter of imported cold cuts with
crostini and housemade marinated veggies, crisp-fried
calamari and shrimp, airy gnocchi with sprightly tomato
sauce, pools of melted bufala mozzarella, and fresh
basil $$-$$$
The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave.
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as
evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell
crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade
There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes
diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese But
oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves
silly on the unusually large selection, especially since
oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-roasted
with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego There's also
a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on
tap $$$
Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave.
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a din-
ing experience that's haute in everything but price
Few entrees top $20 The decor is both date-worthy
and family-friendly festive but not kitschy And
nonsophisticates needn't fear, though nachos aren't
available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato
(roast duck between freshly made, soft corn torti-
Ilas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream
sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole en molcajete,
made tableside A few pomegranate margaritas
ensure no worries $$$

315 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Housed in the stunning space with great water views
originally occupied by Prime Blue Grille, Solymar similarly
pursues the power lunch crowd with steaks and seafood,
but with a stronger Latin accent There's more emphasis
on snacks, too, making happy hour a great time to sam-
ple $2 50 tapas like conch fritters with spicy Argentine
pink sauce and palmito salad, sparkling-fresh Amarillo
chill-spiked Peruvian shrimp ceviche, or festive fish/lump
crab sliders, along with half-off drinks $$$-$$$$
Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St.
Life is complicated Food should be simple Thats owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$
Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave.
305-374-1198, www.tobacco-road.com
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon atoli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$
Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St.
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hang-
out, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia,
but "restolounge" sounds too glitzy Think of it as a

neighborhood "bistrolounge" The food is mostly modern-
ized 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 r'gawt for Grandpa
Vinnie, too $$-$$$
Urbanite Bistro
62 NE 14th St., 305-374-0662
Ambitious but neither pretentious nor pricey, this multi-
room, indoor/outdoor bistro is just the sort of friendly
hangout the neighborhood needs Chef Frank Imbarlina's
menu features hip contemporary fare like natural boar
chops with a savory-sweet soy/chopped pecan crust Fish
fans and vegetarians will find equally enjoyable large and
small plates potato-wrapped local pompano, beautifully
seasoned vegsiu mai, shrimp corndogs with mustard and
mango dips Other pluses include an imaginative late-
night menu and free valet parking $$-$$$
Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct.
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for "fun") Irish
pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach Waxys, the loca-
ton is far superior on the Miami River, with waterfront deck
And none of Miami's Irish eateries offers as much authentic
traditional fare Especially evocatve imported oak-smoked Irish
salmon with housemade brown bread, puff-pastry-wrapped
Irish sausage rolls, lunchtime's imported Irish bacon or banger
"butty' sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut
fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxys curry sauce
Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave.
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor (with
communal seating and predominance of American veggies on
the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned byShai 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-waystr-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls
burst with bold, fresh flavor The proof a startlinglysavory miso
beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea,
too $$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District
Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd.
From 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 espe-
cially, the dining rooms are packed with families enjoying
authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Honduras's take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups
packed with seafood or meat and veggies, and more $
Bay View Grille
1633 N. Bayshore Dr. (Marriott Hotel)
This expansive restaurant has no outdoor component, but
floor-to-ceiling windows and a multi-level layout means
every table has a Biscayne Bay view, which we find par-
ticularly enjoyable in the morning, over a fresh asparagus
and Boursin cheese omelet or huevos a la cubana (fried
eggs and cheese on black beans) Lunch and dinner
menus are a "greatest hits" mix (steaks, pasta, Caesar
salad), featuring appealing local accents like a hefty fried
or blackened grouper sandwich on clabatta roll, with
remoulade sauce $$-$$$
2010 Biscayne Blvd.
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine
to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are
here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced
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halal, Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean
that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims
can $$$
Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd.
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of con-
temporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made
from wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's
smart new residents creative sandwiches and salads at
lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish,
Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night Though the
place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino
offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto arugula,
gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs,
and prosciutto Free parking behind the building $$
Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves
supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking
distance of every Miami resident, we'd be a helluva hip
food town Like true Parisian bistros, its open continu-
ously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in
anytime for authentic rlllettes (a rustic pate) with a crusty
baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop rata-
toullle, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
are plentiful So is free parking $$

Captain Joe Seafood & Pasta Grill
3401 N. Miami Ave.
(Shops at Midtown)
This Shops at Midtown eatery begins at 8 00 a m with
with eggs, pancakes, French toast, and bagels After
that it's a seafood-oriented menu of fast-casual food
Best values are combo platters such as shrimp and a
grilled kebab, a hefty fried or grilled fish sandwich, or
a Caribbean paella The last is more like a pilaf than
Spain's saffron-rich creation, but is packed with enough
mussels, fish, calamari, chicken, and small shrimp to feed
two $
Clive's Caf6
2818 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-0277
Some still come for the inexpensive, hearty American
breakfasts and lunches that this homey hole-in-the-wall
has served for more than 30 years Since about 1990,
though, when owner Pearline Murray ("Ms Pearl" to regu-
lars) and cook Gloria Chin began emphasizing their native
Jamaican specialties, the intensely spiced grilled jerk
chicken has been the main item here Other favorites
savory rice and pigeon peas, eye-opening onion/vinegar-
flavored escovitch fish, sweet plantains, and cabbage that
redefines the vegetable $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd.
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept
differentiates the place Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches
and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd.
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially
the reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who
like their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter
As for nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion
cuisine (in the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle
dishes tallerin saltado and tallerin verde $$
18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room
is in a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes,
that makes the space feel expansive This pioneer-
ing place deserves to survive, even if just considering
the roast beef sandwich with creamy horseradish an
inspired classic combination that makes one wonder why
more places in this town don't serve it Other culinary
highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich,
and really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies $
Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
gle burgers, and free peanuts while you wait Which you
will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtinglyjulcy, and after loading with your choice of
free garnishes, even a little" burger makes a major meal
Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut
in-house from sourced potatoes $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
305-572-2901, www.fratellilyon.com
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment
it opened No surprise to any who recall owner Ken
Lyon's pioneering Lyon Freres gourmet store on Lincoln
Road (1992-97), another joint that was exactly what its
neighborhood needed The restaurants artisan saluml,
cheeses, flavorful boutique olive oils, and more are so
outstanding that you can't help wishing it also had a retail
component Entrees include properly al dente pastas, plus
some regional specialties like Venetian-style calves liver,
rarely found outside Italy $$$
28 NE 40th St., 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian
and Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees
range from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot
pies) to high-status extravagance (stone-seared, authen-
tic Kobe steak) For healthy grazers, raw-bar selections
include ceviches and a large seafood platter There's also
a snack menu (pristine coldwater oysters, a crab salad
timbale, parmesan-truffle shoestring fries, mini-Kobe
burgers) served till the wee hours, providing a welcome
alternative to the Boulevard's fast food chains $$-$$$$$
The Girrrlz of Sandwich
555 NE 15th St., 2nd floor (Venetia condo)
Riot Grrrl DIY spirit shines in the homemade soups,
sweets, salads, and exceptionally tasty warm baguette
sandwiches (like prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, dressed
with a unique sumac vinaigrette) at this concealed cafe,

hidden on the Venetia condo's mezzanine Owners Ana
Oliva and Fadia Sarkis scour local markets daily for the
freshest of ingredients, and their breads (plus light-crust-
ed empanadas and sinful Ghirardelli chocolate cake) are
all baked in-house On Saturdays the grrrls'll even deliver
you an elegant (yet inexpensive) breakfast in bed $

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District,
this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually
cool as one would hope and as affordable There's
a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and
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 decor
is minimalist but inviting And no need to be wary of the
warehouse district at night Valet parking is free $$-$$$
Kafa Cafe
3535 NE 2nd Ave.
305-438-0114, www.kafamidtown.com
Operated by a brother/sister team (both originally from
Ethiopia), nothing on the breakfast and lunch menus tops
$8, and portions feed an army (or several starving art-
ists) Signature item is the formidable Kafa Potato Platter
- home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion,
and cheese, accompanied by eggs, fresh fruit, and bread
Lunch's burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches
come with homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit
Dinner features an authentic Ethiopian menu, plus beer
and wine selections $-$$
Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd.
305-576-3838, www.latincafe2000.com
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches,
with a smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latin
America, such as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed
seafood), or paella Valenclana from Spain, which many
Miami eateries consider a Latin country Whatjustifies the
new millennium moniker is the more modern, yupplfled/
yucafled ambiance, encouraged by an expansive, rustic
wooden deck $$
Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/
salads/starters primer What it doesn't convey is the
freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes
into their use Entree-size salads range from an elegant
spinach (goat cheese, pears, walnuts, raisins) to chunky
homemade chicken salad on a bed of mixed greens
Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed paninls, or
wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a respect-
able Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
3201 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an
instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout
as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food The concept
is fast casual" rather than fast food meaning nice
enough for a night out It also means ingredients are
always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the
menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from
a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St.
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friend-
ly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-
only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its
neighborhood It's now open for dinner six nights a week,
serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices
Dishes like pinon and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotle-
drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or customizable
tacos average $5-$8 Also available big breakfasts and
salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries like lemon-
crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list $
Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd.
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the fea-
tures you expect, including all-you-can-eat meats carved
tableside and a lavish buffet What sets Maino apart from
typical rodlzlo palaces is its family-run feel, intimate rather
than intimidating, plus its attention to every detail While
it's rare at most rodizio joints to get meat done less than
medium, Maino will cook to order One other welcome
difference There are a la carte starters and pastas for
lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch spe-
cials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$
163 NE 39th St.
Though we admired the ambitious approach of Oak Plaza's
original tenant, Brosia, this more informal, inexpensive, and
straightforwardly Italian concept of veteran Lincoln Road
restaurateur Grazlano Sbrogglo seems a more universal lure
for the Design Districts central town square" The mostly
outdoor space remains unaltered save a wood-burning oven
producing flavorfully char-bubbled pizza creations, plus a
vintage meat slicer dispensing wild boar salamino, bresaola
(cured beef), and other artisan saluml Other irresistible
fried artichokes with lemony aoli, seafood lasagna with
heavenly dill-lobster sauce $$-$$$
Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
(See North Miami listing)
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St.
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor
setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$
Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor
305-374-5731, www.mikesvenetia.com
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the
Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular
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who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars
know daily specials are the way to go Depending on the
day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings
are all prepared fresh Big burgers and steak dinners are
always good A limited late-night menu provides pizza,
wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

Orange Cafe + Art
2 NE 40th St.
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed cafe
are for sale And for those who don't have thousands of
dollars to shell out for the local art on the walls, less than
ten bucks will get you art on a plate, including a Picasso
chorizo, prosciutto, manchego cheese, baby spinach,
and basil on a crusty baguette Other artfully named and
crafted edibles include salads, daily soups, several pastas
(like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled with pears and
cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave.
305-573-3800, www.outofthebluecafe.net
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection
of coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture
Also served breakfast and lunch sandwiches, imaginative
salads, soups, homemade pastries, and creamy fresh-fruit
smoothies With tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an
old Midtown house, plus free wireless Internet access, the
space is also just a pleasant place to hang out $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St., 305-722-7369
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time,
for many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant
How different is its new incarnation? Very, and its all
good, starting with far superior acoustics, an admirably
green ecological policy, and a neighborhood-friendly
attitude While the addition of Mediterranean influences

to the Pacific Rim menu may sound confusing, trust us
A meal that includes a butter-grilled asparagus with pro-
sclutto, soft-cooked egg Milanese, and preserved lemon,
plus an Asian-accented creamy corn/leek soup with Peeky
Toe crab dumplings, coriander, and mustard oil makes
perfect sense on the tongue $$-$$$$

3801 N. Miami Ave.
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Dainty designer pizzas? At this New York-style pizzeria, it's
all about heftiness A special slice/soda deal features two
pizza triangles bigger than most Miami mini-skirts Whole
pies come medium (large), large (huge), and extra-large
(think truck tire) And with fully loaded pizzas like the
Supreme Meat Lover priced only a few bucks more than a
basic tomato/ cheese, it pays to think big about toppings
too Other Italian-American fare is also available, notably
pastas and subs $-$$

3918 N. Miami Ave.,
At this tiny pizza/mozzarella bar, Jonathan Eismann's
inspired topping combos and astonishingly high-quality
ingredients prove that star-chef skills are not wasted on
humble fare Carnivores must try the Cacciatorini an
ultra-thin and crispy crust with indescribably rich guancia-
le (cured, unsmoked pork cheek bacon), pungent artisan
pepperoni, grana padano, locally made mozzarella, and
Italian tomatoes For meatless pies, we recommend the
Bianca, a thyme-seasoned pizza whose plentiful cheeses
are beautifully balanced by bitter arugula Bring a crowd
and taste half-a-dozen different mozzarellas $$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't 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 rang-
ing from classic pepperoni to prosclutto/arugula would

be draw enough But pastas also please diners' choice
of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras And the
price is right, with few entrees topping $20 The capper It's
open past midnight every day but Sunday $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St.
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushl/sashiml favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srracha, 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 $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave.
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous
breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs
with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy
and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual sus-
pects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the
daily blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave.
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper
Eastside homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the
area But its no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernsteln
is hands-on at both places Her exuberant yet firmly
controlled personal touch is obvious in nearly four dozen
hot and cold tapas on the menu Items are frequently
reinvented Keepers include wild mushroom/manchego
croquetas with figjam, white bean stew, crisp-coated
artichokes with lemon/coriander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced
by tiny pickled salads $$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand,
looks too glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized
Chinese food But the American dumbing-down is minimal
Many dishes are far more authentic and skillfully prepared
than those found elsewhere in 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 tra-
ditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meatsauteed
with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave.
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot
is run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman
who was previously a wine distributor His former gig led
to connections that mean if wine lovers don't find the
bottle they want, Blanchet can probably get it within 24
hours Food is sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club
sandwich with pancetta and sun-dried tomato aioli, and
smoked duck salad with goat cheese croutons and a
poached egg At night there are tapas $-$$

Upper Eastside
5600 Biscayne Blvd.
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside
car wash, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th
Street Station which means ditching the car (in the
complex's free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no
problem even if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned
while consuming the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open
oven) that are this popular pizzeria's specialty, along with
executive chef Frank Crupi's famed Philly cheese steak
sandwiches Also available are salads and panini plus rea-
sonably priced wines and beers, including a few unusually
sophisticated selections like Belgium's Hoegaarden $$

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Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek
food and festivity for success a good bet, judging from
their wildly popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly
mezze menu ranges from traditional Greek small plates to
creative Mediterranean-inspired dishes like anise-scented
fish croquettes with spicy aioli But don't neglect large
plates like whole grilled Mediterranean fish (dorade or
branzino), filleted tableside The interior is charming, and
the outdoor deck on the Little River is positively romantic

Bistro 82
8201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-2995
As with Latin American food, much Middle Eastern restau-
rant fare blurs borders, making it hard to pinpoint individu-
al countries' culinary characteristics Here, though, national
identity is strong Virtually all dishes, from savory falafel
to sweet k nafeh (a traditional cheese breakfast pastry
that doubles as dessert), are crafted from the authentic
Lebanese recipes of owner Mona Issa's mom Casually
exotic decor makes the spot dateworthy too, especially on
Saturday nights when belly dancing is featured $$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture
enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/
outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially bustling on
nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays,
when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the
menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada, a savory
stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats But the every-
day menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pastels to hefty
Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and budget-priced $$

Le Cafe
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as
intimidating or pretentious, this cute cafe with a warm

welcome, and family-friendly French home cooking, is
the antidote No fancy food (or fancy prices) here, just
classic comfort food like onion soup, escargot, daily fresh
oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think Ultimate Pot Roast),
Nicoise salad, quiche, and homemade creme brulee A
respectable beer and wine list is a welcome addition, as
is the housemade sangria Top price for entrees is about
$14 $-$$

Captain Crab's Take-Away
1100 NE 79th St., 305-754-2722
The drive-through window says "fast food," and so do
this long-lived seafood shack's low prices But there
the resemblance ends For about the price of a bucket
of the Colonel's chicken you can get a bucket of the
Captain's savory garlic crabs The King's burger meal or
the Captain's similarly priced fried (or garlic boiled or New
Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No contest Also popular
crab cakes and conch For fish haters, spicy or garlic
chicken wings are an option $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd.,
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's before opening this Upper Eastsidejewel,
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by a
wine room/garden for tasting events and private dining
Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find exciting, limited-
production wines and inspiration for truly Tuscan specials
with honest, authentic flavors, such as grilled wild boar
sausages with lentil croquettes Menu favorites include
pear and ricotta raviolini, grilled eggplant slices rolled
around herbed goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and
a light ricotta tart with lemon and rosemary $$$

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments
While some meatier Haitian classics like grlot (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 frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic

or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining $-$$

7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282
This branch of a Miami Beach Italian/Argentine pizzeria,
housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy
patio, covers multicultural bases If the Old World Rucola
pizza (a classic Margherlta topped with arugula, pro-
sciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesn't do the trick, the
New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and
boiled eggs) just might Also available are pastas, salads,
sandwiches, dinner entrees (eggplant parmigiana with
spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad),
and desserts (tiramisu or flan) $

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd.
305-759-3433, www.dogmagrill.com
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to the
Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables just
feet from the busy Boulevard? From the day it opened,
people have been lining up for this stand's sauce-gar-
nished, all-beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs
The 22 varieties range from simple to the elaborate (the
Athens, topped with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin
olive oil dressing) to near-unbelievable combinations like
the VIP, which includes parmesan cheese and crushed
pineapple New addition thick, juicy burgers $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure Buta pizzeria menu with carrot ginger
soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entrees
like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin
ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and
other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni
beer As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or
by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande
mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese) Best
seating for eating is atthe sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los Jugos
8650 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-2550
In case you were wondering if its too good to be true -- it isn't
El Q-Banos owners are indeed related to the family that oper-
ates the original three Palacios de los Jugos -- which means
no more schlepping way out west Recommended are moist
tamales, tasty sandwiches (especiallythe drippingly wonderful
pan con lechon), rich flan, and the fresh tropical juices that
justify the aforementioned excesses For even heartier eaters,
there's a changing buffet of daily specials and sides $-$$

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357
Giving new meaning to the food term "fusion," Europa
serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with crois-
sants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match the casual
chicness sandwiches like the Renato (prosciutto, hot cappic-
ola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers, and Romano cheese
dressing), an elaborate almond-garnished Chinese chicken
salad, H&H bagels, the world's best, flown in from NYC
And the car cleaning are equally gentrlfled, especially on
Wednesday, when ladies are pampered with $10 washes
and glasses of sparkling wine while they wait $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building that's nearly invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach
bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean
vegan food Large or small plates, with salad and fried
sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are
served for five or seven bucks Also available are snacks
like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato
pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties $

Gourmet Station
7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with
no time to cook, has been popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive healthiness These are meals
that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for
you Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with
homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most
important American diner tradition Breakfast at any hour
Admittedly the place closes at 4 00 p m, but still There
are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles, eggs any style,
including omelets and open-face frittatas, and a full range of
sides biscuits and sausage gravy grits, hash, hash browns,

even hot oatmeal Also available are traditional diner entrees
(meat loaf, roast turkey liver and onions), plus burgers,
salad platters, and homemade chicken soup $-$$

6708 Biscayne Blvd.
This indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks, plus more typical bar food that's actually
far from the usual processed stuff Philly cheese steak
sandwiches, big enough for two, are made from hand-
sliced rib eye, sides include fries and beer-battered onion
rings, but also lightly lemony sauteed spinach And the
burgers rule, particularly the Doomsday, a cheese/bacon/
mushroom-topped two-pound monster that turns dinner
into a competitive sport No hard liquor, but the beer list
makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not
seem a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery,
but once inside, the charming decor and the staff's ebul-
lient welcome indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy
The kitchen's outstanding feature is a brick oven, which
turns out designer pizzas and crisp-skinned roast chick-
ens Otherwise the menu holds few surprises except
the prices, unusually low for such a stylish place No dish
exceeds $22 $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
It's a restaurant It's a lounge But it's decidedly not a
typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami
Forbidding from the outside, on the inside it's like a time-
trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor,
romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar enter-
tainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated
retro food served with style and a smile For those feeling
flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to
make in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd.
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant
where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
flavors An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled
organic meat and fish dishes Try the steak frites -
organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurrl and
fresh-cut fries Vegetarians will love the organic portabella
foccacia Dine either inside the architect-designed restau-
rant or outdoors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

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

7100 Biscayne Blvd.
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian
bistro serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand,
and Vietnam Menus are also similar, split between tradi-
tional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations
like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilan-
tro, roasted garlic) But it also carves out its own identity
with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried
rice Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories
A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual 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,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

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News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more a
friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a
full-fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of light bites
is along with other lures like an inviting outdoor patio
and rest rooms that resemble eclectic art galleries part
of the reason visitors stay for hours Especially recom-
mended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle ketchup, a brie,
turkey, and mango chutney sandwich on crusty baguette,
and what many feel is the original cafe's Greatest Hit
creamy hummus with warm pita $

One Sumo
7281 Biscayne Blvd.
The concept here is fast-food Fitness -- capital F"
intended In fact, though some call this minimalist space
a smoothie joint, its numerous drink blends (categorized
by function -- preworkout, low-glycemic, kid-pleasers,
and more, all fruit-sweetened without added sugars) are
deliberately termed shakes to differentiate them from
not-necessarily healthy smoothies Additionally there's
solid sustenance that goes beyond standard gym snacks
Asian-inspired rice or low-carb salad plates, topped with
freshly flash-grlddled beef, chicken, seafood, or veggie
terlyakls $-$$

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd.
From the rustic al fresco deck of chef Krls Wessel's inten-
tionally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant,
you can enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying
eclectic regional dishes that range from cutting-edge (sour-
orange-mannated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with
sweet corn sauce) to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried
green tomatoes) Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is
limited, but several signature specialties, if available, are
not to be missed BBQ shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and
cayenne-spiked butter/wine sauce, irresistible mini conch
fritters, and homemade ice cream $$-$$$

Revales Italian Ristorante
8601 Biscayne Blvd.
Owned by two couples (including former Village Cafe chef
Marion Reyes), this eclectic eatery occupies the former
space of Frankle's Big City Grill, and fulfills much the
same purpose in the neighborhood as an all-day, family-
friendly place with affordable prices The menu includes
wraps and elaborate salads of all nations But simple
yet sophisticated Italian specialties like spaghetti ai
flume (with pancetta, tomato, garlic, basil, and a touch of
cream) or yellowtail frangalse (egg-battered, with lemon-
caper-wine sauce) are the must-haves here $$-$$$

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

5556 NE 4th Court
305-759-3117; www.soykarestaurant.com
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credited
with almost single-handedly sparking the revitalization of
the Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside Soyka remains
a solid neighborhood restaurant that is a perfect fit for
its area Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food like
meatloaf with mashed potatoes, crab cakes with spicy-
sweet slaw, a wild mushroom/smoked mozzarella pizza,
or a Cobb salad may not be revolutionary fare, but Soyka
continues to thrive while more ambitious, nationally pub-
licized restaurants have come and gone Take-out orders
and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selec-
tion of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few
surprises, such as a unique lobster maki that's admittedly
huge in price ($25 95), but also in size six ounces of
crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, let-
tuce, toblko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special

sauces Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a
dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green cur-
ries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey
sauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-9022; www.uva-69.com
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe
Vega, this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge has
helped to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang
out Lunch includes a variety of salads and elegant sand-
wiches like La Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with cilan-
tro aioli and caramelized onions on housemade foccacla)
Dinner features a range of small plates (poached figs with
Gorgonzola cheese and honey balsamic drizzle) and full
entrees like sake-marinated salmon with bonlato mash and
Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy spinach $$-$$$

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd, 305-303-9755
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in
common English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey
and lime, not bunuelos") But taco fillings range from
ground beef and shredded chicken to more unusual pork
in chill verde or Baja battered fish (authentically gar-
nished with Mexican crema and cllantro-splked cabbage)
And all offerings can be loaded with other garnishes from
the kitchen (refried beans, cheese, crema) or less perish-
able offerings from a salsa bar For the heath-minded,
oils are nonhydrogenated, and sauces/seasonings are all
housemade and free of preservatives $

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcom-
ing cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo
(who co-owns the place with attorney Abble Cuellar) that
are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bak-
ery's window sills Bernardo's pan con lechon sandwiches
and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend But she also
crafts treats not found at average Cuban bakeries, like
pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread Additionally
Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends
candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans $

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-864-4889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork
Lounge, this little luncheonette services big appetites
Along with the usual grilled churrascos, there's bandeja
paisa, Colombia's sampler platter of grilled steak, sau-
sage, chicharron, fried egg, avocado, plantains, rice, and
beans Don't miss marginally daintier dishes like sopa de
costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily home-
made soups Arepas include our favorite corn cake the
hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, care des-
mechada (shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans,
and cheese $-$$

The Crab House
1551 79th St. Causeway
305-868-7085, www.crabhouseseafood.com
Established in 1975, this Miami fish house was acquired
by Landry's in 1996 and is now part of a chain But
the classic decor (knotty pine walls, tile floors, booths,
outdoor waterfront deck) still evokes the good old days
Though the all-you-can-eat seafood/salad buffet ($20
lunch, $30 dinner) is a signature, freshness fanatics
will be happiest sticking to a la carte favorites like the
All-American fisherman's platters, or global specials like
Szechuan shrimp, that change seasonally $$$-$$$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway, 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the Sushi Deli"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michlo Kushl serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated
fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into
lovely one-bite sandwich squares While raw fish is always
impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

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

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway
305-866-1238, www.oggicaffe.com
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta
factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as
well as a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of

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 ravl-
olh with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into
creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea
scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes $$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1570
Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor
beach bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel Thejoint
dates from South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the
kick-off-your-shoes vibe couldn't be farther from SoBe
glitz The food ranges from classic bar favorites (char-
grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or steamed shellfish) to
full dinners featuring steak, homemade pasta, or fresh,
not frozen, fish $-$$

Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St.,
305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark
has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace
and multi-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of
photos of their clientele, including national and local
celebs Particularly popular are homemade pastas,
sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than
Italian simplicity crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream
sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood
Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-
friendly- and on the terrace, they'll even feed Fido $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
305-861-6222, www.tamarindthai.us
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able prices, you might as well let the man's impeccably
trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Miamians eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
mayo And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five
assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

Cbte Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The
menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe,
soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more sub-
stantial specials like a Tunisian-style brlk (buttery phyllo
pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes)
with a mesclun side salad But everything is homemade,
including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingre-
dients, classic French technique, and meticulous atten-
tion to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold
together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

Village Cafe
9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-759-2211
After closing for several months in early 2009, this
cafe, spruced up to look like a bistro rather than a lun-
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reopened The kitchen has also been rejuvenated, with
head honcho Adam Holm (Whitticar's original sous chef)
serving up new, globally influenced dishes like mint/
pistachio-crusted lamb or tuna tartare with srlracha aioli,
plus reviving old favorites like pork tenderloin with ginger-
caramel sauce $$-$$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-1411
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If it's Saturday, it must be ajiaco Both are
thick chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-
cuisine novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice,
beans, care asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet
plantains, and an arepa corn cake) is available every day,
as are antojitos little whims," smaller snacks like cho-
rlzo con area (a corn cake with Colombian sausage) And
for noncarnivores there are several hefty seafood platters,
made to order $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels,
one can't actually buy a gun here The nickname refers
to its location next to a firearms shop But there's 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
what's most important is that this is one of the area's few
sources of the real, New York-style water bagel crunchy
outside, challengingly chewy inside $

13408 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6339
Buried in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard,
Bamboche is worth the hunt on one of those head-split-
ting Saturdays, for a Haitian specialty not found in many
area restaurants bouillon tet cabrt, a soup packed with
greens (like spinach, cabbage, cress, string beans) and

root veggies that is reputed to be a miraculous hangover
remedy Along with bouillon, weekend specials include
more unusual dishes like fritay, fried street snacks
Haitian standards grott, tassot) are available daily, as
are fresh-squeezed juices, lattes, and almost two dozen
desserts $

The Bridge
2286 NE 123rd St., 305-891-8282
Since the original Mark's Place, eateries in this space
have come and gone rapidly, but with 18 successful
restaurants in Uruguay The Bridge's owners have con-
fidence in their winning formula Prices are affordable,
ambiance is warm, cocktails are formidable And food is
a crowd-pleasing mix of continental and Latin steakhouse
fare an entrana with fries for traditionalists, a pork chop
with strawberry sauce, apple mash, and glazed carrots
for more elegant tastes Note The chivito sandwich here
(tenderloin steak, bacon, ham, melted cheese, and olives
on a baguette) may be Miami's most satisfying sinful
pleasure $$-$$$

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
The BBQ master at this small, rustic room is pugnacious
Top Chef contender Howie Klemberg, whose indoor elec-
tric smoker turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from
the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to hot-
smoked salmon and veggie plates There are also creative
comfort food starters like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads,
and sweets Sides include refreshing slaw, beans stud-
ded with burnt ends" (the most intensely flavored outer
barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or chipotle-spiced
fries The cost is comparatively high, but such is the price
of fame $$-$$$

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1041
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall that
garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically tasty
treats, Mario and Karma Manzanero's cafe is now In
more sizable and atmospheric quarters But the friendly,
family-run (and kid-friendly) ambiance remains, as do the
authentic Yucatan-style specialties Standouts include
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sinful deep-fried tacos dorados, and signature burritos,
including the Maya, filled with juicy cochinita pibil, refried
beans, and pickled onions $$

Canton Cafe
12749 Biscayne Blvd.
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about
two dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po
shrimp, ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And there
are a few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly
christened Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried
rice noodles, crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts,
and Mongolian beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental
basil) Delivery is available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy.
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the freshness
of its seafood, much of it from Capt Jim Hanson's own
fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants Now
there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room
with booths Whether its garlicky scampi. smoked-fish
dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is
deftly prepared and bargain-priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the
Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/
outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly neighborhood
regulars But even newcomers feel like regulars after
a few minutes, thanks to the staff's Italian ebullience
Menu offerings are mostly classic comfort foods with
some contemporary items as well Housemade pastas are
good enough that low-carb dieters should take a break,
especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottini beggar's purses" stuffed with pears
and cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd.
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must
But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why
blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean
Mexico's most typical dish cochinita pibil? Cheen's authen-
tically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinat-
ed pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from
bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in
a banana leaf wrap To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-
spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly
the best thing that ever happened to dark beer $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy.
(See Miami listing)

D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen din-
ner entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole
section of Caesar salad variations But it's also a secret
source for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop

suey-type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant
with garlic sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in
authenticity $-$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St, 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutri-
tional supplements But the place's hearty soups, large
variety of entrees (including fresh fish and chicken as well
as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers
with secret sun sauce" (which would probably make old
sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier
way to get healthy An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is
popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd
Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the
menu $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St., 305-892-9333
When Madame moved her base of operations from her
Little Haiti home to a real restaurant (though a very
informal one, and still mostly take-out), she began offer-
ing numerous traditional Haitian dishes, includingjerked
beef or goat tassot and an Impressive poison 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 grlot marinated pork chunks simmered and then
fried till they're moistly tender inside, crisp and intensely
flavored outside $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd.,305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place
features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making
it a good choice when diners want a night out, notjust
a meal It's also a good choice for diners who don't
speak Spanish, but don't worry about authenticity
Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated
lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja
are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier
creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem
universal crowd-pleasers $$$

Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-3627
For more than 35 years this beloved red-saucejoint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners
with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meat-
balls (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala
topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-
American belly-busters All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty mine-
strone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined
olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in itself
Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette
booths, add to Mama's charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
13695 W. Dixie Highway
305-891-7641, www.mariothebakerpizza.com
At this North Miami institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meat-
balls, lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs
No imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the
New York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top top-
ping here is the savory housemade sausage And no one
leaves without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and
smashed garlic New branches are now open in Miami's
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Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd.
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later
with II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-
oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While
this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception,
avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and
nouvelle bistro fare frlsee salad with lardons, poached
egg, and bacon vinaigrette, truite Grenoblolse (trout with
lemon/caper sauce), consomme with black truffles and
foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome, perfect
pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts
for dessert $$$

2214 NE 123rd St., 305-891-3312
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or meat buster" imita-
tion meats), its also offers a full range of breakfast/
lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many
dairy and seafood items too Admittedly the cutesie
names of many items baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr
salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr itself is one helluva
high-octane veggie burger $-$$

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

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9400
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene inside) is
named for its feature item, big budget-priced bowls of rice
or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style items like
teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with vegetables), curried
chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or gyoza dumplings in
tangy sauce There's also an all-you-can-eat deal sushi
(individual nigirl or maki rolls) plus tempura, teriyaki, and
other cooked items for $14, three bucks more for sashimi
instead of sushi $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-1808
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
imported designer ingredients either The pies are New
York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's
finest pizza topper) Also on the menu are Italian-
American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs,
simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled
chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313
The menu reads like a textbook on how to please
everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese
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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

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-1451
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this indle
fast-food joint, and new owners have done little to
change the time-tested formula except to stretch operat-
ing hours into the night and expand its classic menu to
include a few health-conscious touches like Caesar salad,
plus a note proclaiming their oils are free of trans fats
Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is still a traditional
Philly Drippin' good burgers, too And unlike MacChain
addicts, patrons here can order a cold beer with the good
grease $-$$

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

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers The featured
item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue
began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin But
the smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable
brisket Other new additions include weekend fish fries
Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the main
park entrance No admission fee $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St., 305-947-6549
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese
cuisine in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu
here, containing every authentically inauthentic Chinese-
American classic you could name, is just the ticket when
nostalgia strikes from simple egg rolls to pressed
almond duck (majorly breaded boneless chunks, with
comfortingly thick gravy) $-$$

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2779, www.chipotle.com
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be
bad for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves
what the company calls food with integrity" The fare is
simple, basically tacos and big burritos soft flour or crisp
corn tortillas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or
chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-
scented pork carnitas But these bites contain no evil
ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics,
growth hormones) And the food, while not the authentic
Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty,
too $

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is
a far more substantial and tasty rotl, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in
a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and
more chickpeas But there are about a dozen other cur-
ries from which to choose Take-out packages of plain roti
are also available, they transform myriad leftovers into
tasty, portable lunches $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
305-940-4910, www.graninka.com
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find
ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other
expected traditional specialties, all presented far more
elegantly than most in town, the contemporary Peruvian
fusion creations are unique Especially recommended are
two dishes adapted from recipes by Peru's influential nlk-
kei (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita Yimura an exquisite,
delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and for those with
no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus topped with
rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
When Sla and Nicole Hemmatl bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Mlami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf
in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce,
iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an
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and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it
a perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushi
menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most
exceptional are the nicely priced yakiton, skewers of suc-
culently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables,
the unusually large variety available of the last makes this
place a good choice for vegetarians $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makis are the
mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more
complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few
unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente makl),
available a la carte or in value-priced individual and party
combo platters But there are also bento boxes featuring
tempura, yakitori skewers, teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and
udon noodles Another branch is now open in Miami's
Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy.
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the
night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home
cooking, served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh
strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed
with scallions and dressed with habit-forming honey-miso
mustard sauce Other favorites include goma ae (wilted
spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic
stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender
steak bits), or perhapsjust-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chill sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango)
or Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's
sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's because
chef/owner Bithl Begum and her husband Tipu Raman
once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa
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their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable with more
than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian styles
to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangladeshi citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-2244
(See Miami Shores listing)?

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd., 305-948-9080
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hum-
mus, and klbbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bul-
gur) are native to many Middle East countries, but when a
Lebanese chef/owner, like this eatery's Sam Elzoor, is at
the helm, you can expect extraordinary refinement There
are elaborate dally specials here, like lemon chicken or
stuffed cabbage with a variety of sides, but even a com-
mon falafel sandwich is special when the pita is also
stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads, plus
unusually rich and tart tahina $-$$

3055 NE 163rd St., 305-354-8484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In fact that
alone is reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this
bright, cheery eatery's delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-
garnished wrap of thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma
They also do a beautifully spiced, and reassuringly fresh-
tasting, raw klbbl naye (Middle Eastern steak tartare) It's
hard to resist putting together a grazing meal of starters
and wraps, but there's also a roster of full entrees (with
soup or salad plus starch), including tempting vegetarian
and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St.
Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmo-
spheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside
(especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths)
has been a popular destination for reasonably priced

north Indian fare Kormas are properly soothing and
vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will
adjust seasonings upon request They aim to please Food
arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too $$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St.
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbe-
cue (whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed
in a glass case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes,
the best made with the live fish swimming in two tanks
by the dining room entrance There's also a better-than-
average selection of seasonal Chinese veggies The menu
is extensive, but the best ordering strategy, since the
place is usually packed with Asians, is to see what looks
good on nearby tables, and point $$

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

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this interna-
tional gourmet market's packed shelves and crowds has
depleted your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with
eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics,
housemade from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday's hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily
soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-
fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies
outside Napoli $-$$

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave.
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but it's still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since
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gous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St.
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
in the window At this small Chinese bakery the real finds
are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried
ground beef Prices are under a buck, making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals There's one
table for eat-in snackers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd.
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branch-
es of this chain are generally the only places to go for this
eating experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese
fondue, proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus
choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil),
finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate
Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer
in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go
with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-4338, www.oishithai.com
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
Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

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

16265 Biscayne Blvd.
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't
be easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is
impossible to resist Every inch of wall space seems to be
covered with South of the Border knickknacks And if the
kitschy decor alone doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving
basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi
band, or the knockout margaritas will Food ranges from
Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic
Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations
like albondigas spicy ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$

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Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd.
305-940-4443, www.paulusa.com
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known
simply as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which
fortunately chose to open its first U S outlet in our town
One bite of the crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded
fougasse, or another of the signature artisan breads
transports you right back to France As authentic as the
boulangerle breads are, the patisserie items like flan
normande arejust as evocative For eat-in diners, quite
continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are equally
and dependably French $$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd.
305-405-6700, www.pizzafusion.com
Saving the earth one pizza at a time" is the motto at this
franchise of the only pizza chain to require third-party
organic restaurant certification at all locations Their
gluten-free crusts make it mighty friendly to pizza fanatics
with food allergies Starters, salads, desserts, and organic
wines/beers are also served And delivery is available in
hybrid cars, of course Specials unique to this NMB fran-
chise include Sunday-Thursday happy hours, a free Kids
Organic Club class on Saturdays, 10 00-1100 a m, and
varied Monday-Wednesday freebies $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St.
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter,
serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate
dipping sauces included Weekends bring the biggest
selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pel duck
(roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day are juicy, soy-
marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork,
and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all But no
worries, a counterperson will chop your purchase into
bite-size, beakless pieces $

Racks Italian Bistro and Market
3933 NE 163rd St. (Intracoastal Mall),
The complexity of the Racks concept makes a sound-
bite description impossible It's part Italian market, with
salumi, cheeses, and other artisan products plus take-out
prepared foods, part enoteca (wine bar, featuring snacks
like addictive Portobello fritti with truffle aioli, especially
enjoyable on the waterfront deck), part rlstorante (pastas
and other Big Food), part pizzeria Whats important All
components feel and taste authentically Italian Just don't
miss the coal-oven pizza Superior toppings (including
unusually zesty tomato sauce) plus an astonishingly light
yet chewy crust make Racks' pies a revelation $$

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one of
the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches? Well,
Roasters will dwarf them Consider the Carnegie-style"
monster containing, according to the menu, a full pound
of succulent meat (really 1 4 pounds, we weighed it), for
a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish deli classics are
here too, including perfectly sour pickles, silky hand-sliced

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nova or lox, truly red-rare roast beef, and the cutest two-
bite mini-potato pancakes ever eight per order, served
with sour cream and applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sang's has three menus The pink menu is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu
offers dim sum, served until 4 00 pm A live tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and
scallion Recently installed a Chinese barbecue case,
displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique Talwanese eatery, run by a trio of Talpel-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats
in the budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imita-
tions made from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But
don't mock it till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or
smoking duck, with slices that mimic the charcuterie item
down to convincing faux fat Other main dishes feature
recognizable veggies or noodles As for the rest of the
name icee is shaved ice, an over-the-top dessert that's a
sort of a slurpee sundae, with toppings that vary from the
familiar (fresh fruits) to the weird (grassjelly, sweet corn,
kidney beans, rice balls, chocolate pudding) And the bub-
ble tea is a must-not-miss Using housemade syrup, the
cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors (mango,
taro, even actual tea), all supplemented with signature
black tapioca balls that, slurped through large-diameter
straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

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

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-5588
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when
yet another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our
area's few Vietnamese restaurants, it's hard to bear a
grudge at a friendly, casual neighborhood place that
offers monster ten-ounce char-grilled burgers, with pota-
toes or salad, for $8 50, steaks, plus a side and a sauce
or veg topper, for nine bucks at lunch, $15 to $18 75
(the menu's top price) at night, and three-dollar glasses of
decent house wine $-$$

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, fea-
turing monster makis like the Cubble Comfort spicy tuna,

soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jala-
penos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces
wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy mayo Hawaiian King Crab con-
tains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green pep-
pers, and pineapple Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and
cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine $$$-$$$$

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
305-932-0630, www.tunasrawbarandgrille.com
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new
name, a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a
newly impressive selection of raw-bar specialties cold-
water oysters from the Northeast, plus Blue Points,
Malpecs, Island Creeks, and more Traditional house
favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on fresh fish
from local waters Open daily till 2 00 a m, the place can
get rather festive after midnight, but since the kitchen is
open till closing, Tuna's draws a serious late-night dining
crowd, too $$-$$$

Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
305-830-2625, www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
Coal is what its all about here a coal-fired oven (like
that at Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's, or Grimaldi's in New
York) producing the intense 800-degree heat to turn
out, in mere minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-
bottomed, beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary pizzerias crave Expect neither bargain-
chain prices, a huge selection of toppings, nor much else
on the menu Anthony's does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bar Rosso
19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-933-3418
Bar Rosso calls itself a "vinoteca," and we'd agree the
snappy, made-up word suits this casually stylish wine
bar and restaurant, where the fare is Italian, American,
and Italian-American There are plenty of pastas and
wood-grilled meat and fish entrees, but artfully garnished
cured meat or cheese selections and small plates are the
best way to sample chef Josh Medina's creativity, from
espresso-braised short ribs to salad specials like fresh
golden beets with grilled radicchio, goat cheese, arugula,
and a unique cumin-raisin vinaigrette $$-$$$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
305-792-9330, www.bellalunaaventura.com
If the menu here looks familiar, it should It's nearly iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with
minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in
creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of
fresh, albeit familiar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
786-279-0658, www.michaelmina.net
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot

pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don't neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American "Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave
305-935-2900, www.chefallens.com
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true
dishes And it's doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu
the Bahamian lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese lobster crab
macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right,
as well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impec-
cable ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't
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 Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and
cooked under a brick And even low-carb dieters happily
go to hell in a hand basket when faced with a mound
of potatoes alla Toscana, herb-sprinkled French fries

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St., 305-626-8100
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an inter-
national clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place
in 2007 Today it's white tablecloths and, naturally,
mahogany The menu is a sort of trendy yet tradi-
tional soul fusion of food from several African diaspora
regions Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits
with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean

(conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South
(lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken) The chicken is
perhaps Miami's best $$-$$$

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777, www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman
Van Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef
at Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed
with those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife
launched Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aiming to
prove that top restaurants can be affordable Consider
it proven Florlbbean-style seafood is the specialty fresh
hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock
shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snap-
per with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its strip-mall loca-
tion The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29th Ave., 305-937-4884
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not
Rome's wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-
style pies with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in
half for neat street eating Unlike chains, though, this indie is
accommodating, so if you want your crust thin and crisp, just
ask Also featured are Italian-American entrees like baked
manicotti that'ss "manl-goat", for those not from NJ) big
enough to share, and sub sandwiches, here called "bullets,"
to put you in a Sopranos frame of mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8, 305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notori-
ous, on a Seinfeld episode, as "the soup Nazi On the
menu ten different premium soups each day The selec-
tion is carefully balanced among meat/poultry-based and
vegetarian, clear and creamy (like the eatery's signature
shellfish-packed lobster bisque), chilled and hot, familiar
(chicken noodle) and exotic (mulligatawny) All soups
come with gourmet bread, fruit, and imported chocolate
Also available are salads, sandwiches, and wraps $-$$

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

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