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34 For the Love of Audio
12 Feedback: Letters
22 Jack King: The Big Lie
24 Christian Cipriani: Why Hate Walmart?
28 BizBuzz
52 Wynwood's Evolutionary Tree
52 District 3: A Norman Conquest?
53 A Tale of Two Vagabonds
64 Jen: Summer Smorgasbord
66 Mark: This Calls for a Mega Party!
68 Shari: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
70 Wendy: Freaky Meeting You Here
72 Frank: A Rising Tide of Trouble
74 Anne Tschida: Guayaberas on Display
76 Melissa Wallen: Galleries + Museums
79 Events Calendar
80 Derek McCann's Biscayne Crime Beat
82 Jim W. Harper: A Haven in Little Havana
84 Picture Story: Flagler Street, 1900
85 Your Garden: Home Is Where the Harvest Is
80 Pawsitively Pets: Summer Survival Guide
82 Going Green: Taking a Pass on Grass
83 Kids and the City: A Hot Topic for Parents
84 Vino: Wines to Put You in the Pink
85 Dish: In Miami's Heat, Some Things Can Bloom
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Commentary: LETTERS

Crazy Idea for the World's
Craziest Intersection
In response to Mark Sell's "Neighbor-
hood Correspondents" column "A Prayer
for Confusion Corner" (June 2012),
here's a crazy idea for the intersections
of NE 125th Street, W. Dixie Highway,
and NE 6th Avenue: Why not have a traf-
fic cop directing traffic between 7:00 a.m.
and 7:00 p.m.? The traffic cop would
cost about $130,000 a year with benefits.
Put him on an elevated platform with a
snazzy uniform. You could also change
the location of the bus stop so the buses
turn a block before 125th Street.
Whatever you do, don't use the same
people who designed Miami Shores's
"pedestrian friendly" renovation of NE
2nd Avenue. People still don't know you
can park on the avenue, and when you do,
you take your life in your hands as cars
whiz by and drivers give you dirty looks
because they think you're parked illegally.
The part of that project that was in
El Portal had a different concept. Instead
of trying to make it pedestrian friendly
(they left out the landscaping, benches,
and wide sidewalks), they created a super
highway with turning lanes so you never
have to slow down. The El Portal section
was apparently designed with some input
from the police department, because that
super highway sure makes the nightly
speed trap a success.
Alfred McKnight
North Miami

Brickell: No Soul, No Spirit, No
Sri Prabha
The essay about Brickell by Craig Chester
was spot on ( N I, uii s Suburbs in the Sky,"
July 2012). My wife and I moved to Miami
and we now live in the area near Balans
restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard, because
we can walk to some local shops and parks.
I have found Brickell too commercial
and isolating. There is no real spirit there,
no real soul.
An exciting, mixed-use area needs
a combination of facilities, like those
the author Richard Florida mentions in
Chester's article.
Sri Prabha

North Miami Pioneers, You Rock!
Thank you Mark Sell, for your article
"Pioneers, One and All" (July 2012). It
was inspiring and beautifully written!
A perfect read on the Fourth of July,
about a disadvantaged urban school
that could.

God bless this amazing country and
the opportunities it provides for all -
including myself.
Nathalie A. Cadet-James

Ode to MOCA
I saw the "MOCA Is Ours" ad in the July
edition of Biscayne Times and wanted to
share my own MOCA experience.
After graduating from high school in
June, I had a teenage version of a midlife
crisis. Because I was planning to take a
year off before attending college, I found
myself with a lot of time on my hands.
Then MOCA came along.
I was first introduced to the museum
by a friend who currently is an intern
there. My first experience with MOCA
was when I attended a panel discussion
about racial discrimination, in March.
After that one visit, I knew it was a
special place. I decided to apply to MOCA's
summer journalism and photojournalism
program, and was accepted. These classes
have provided me with many opportunities,
including being a guest on CBS4.
Participating in these classes has also
enhanced my social skills by placing me
in situations where I must confront my
shyness. They have succeeded in pushing
me out of my comfort zone into a place
where I'm now comfortable meeting new
people, holding up my end of the conver-
sation, and developing new relationships.
Whether I have a career inside or out-
side of MOCA or in art or in journalism, I
will carry these valuable skills I learned
this summer to every endeavor I will
pursue. I am here to tell you: MOCA truly
belongs to everyone. MOCA is ours!
Orrdett Barker
Miami Gardens

Sinking Feeling: Our Fault, but
It's Not Too Late
I read Jim W. Harper's "Going Green"
column in the July issue of Biscayne
Times ("That Sinking Feeling"), and I
found the possibility of Florida sinking
very bad news. In fact, extremely scary.
What will happen to our property?
What will happen to our grandchildren?
This is not something that will happen out
of the blue. We have been warned. People
need to begin thinking about it now.
What better way to think about our
future than to be educated in school? Our
teachers feed us knowledge. Why not tell
us about our future? These greenhouse
effects are serious.
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Commentary: LETTERS

Continued from page 12

Sea levels have already risen nine
inches in 80 years. It is not too late to
reverse this. Yes, it is our fault. We are
doing this to our Earth, and schools should
emphasize the importance of us taking
care of it. Pollution is much more serious
than people think, but if our children are
educated about the damage we are causing
and what it will do to our future, then I'm
sure they can start to fix it.
A special thanks to Harper for
acknowledging the problem and having a
solution. Schools really should establish
a week for their students to study the
ocean or the Everglades. Being educated
on our effects will make a big difference.
Jessica Carvajal

Sinking Feeling: Let the
Educating Begin!
Jim W. Harper's article on the importance
of educating children about the environ-
ment was very informative. As a South
Floridian myself, I know the consequenc-
es of these green-house gases and the lack
of education about them are impacting
me, so this article had great appeal.
Sadly, the teachers in South Florida
worry more about other things that are
not as relevant as something as real as
this, and something that will happen in
our lifetime. I feel like the education on
the environment's consequences needs
to improve or even begin.
I attended high school here and I
have gone through the curriculum. Out
of more than 200 classes offered in my
high school, only one of them dealt with
the environment. This campaign for
better education about the environment
in our schools is essential.
Thank you, Jim Harper, for this arti-
cle and your concern for the South Florida
community. I hope more people will try
to make a change in our community.
Placido Zambrano

Sinking Feeling: Conspiracy of
A comment on "That Sinking Feeling": I am
an 18-year-old freshman attending Florida
International University. I was born here in
Miami but both my parents and my entire
family, aside from my younger brother,
were born and raised in San Andres, Co-
lombia. I am a first-generation student and
I hope to go far in my career. I'm studying

to be an accountant and hope to receive a
masters' degree. In the future, I also hope to
do something that helps make this world a
better place, like helping to feed the home-
less and cleanup the city.
But after reading Jim W. Harper's
"That Sinking Feeling," I found it interesting
that I'd never heard anything in the news
about rising sea levels. I always thought that
Miami was a fine place, and all we had to
worry about was hurricane season. But now
I know it's much more than that.
As usual, the media tries to hide a lot
of facts, making it seem as though there
is nothing wrong here, when in reality
this beautiful city will, in a couple of de-
cades, be washed away. It's sad that the
newer generation is going to come into
the world not knowing this, and before
they figure it out, it will be too late.
The idea that all of your hard work
could be wiped out 50 years from now is
overwhelming, so I can understand why
people would choose to remain ignorant
about the facts of this disaster that will soon
come take place. Just imagine pouring your
sweat and blood into your dream house
with a huge front and backyard, only to
have to jump on top of that house to keep
from drowning. That's an experience I hope
no one has to go through. That's why it's
mandatory that people start preparing for
this catastrophe before it's too late.
Now, I have a couple of questions: Why
is it hard for people to accept this fact?
What can be done so teachers actually talk
about this issue in class? Why will it take 50
years and not less for Miami to drown?
Thank you for publishing "That
Sinking Feeling." People really need to
understand that this is a problem they
must pay attention to, and you honestly
opened my eyes to the reality about
greenhouse gases and how it's affecting
us. You have really made a difference.
Richard Smith

We're Up for Low-Rise
After reading Frank Rollason's column
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the record straight.
About two years ago I attended the
first meeting that was originally request-
ed by the Shorecrest Homeowners As-
sociation, about an alternative to historic
preservation, a meeting not mentioned
in Rollason's column. (I attended the fol-
lowing two meetings as well.)

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Commentary: LETTERS

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At that time, we were invited to de-
velop a plan for a Neighborhood Conser-
vation District (NCD) for the Upper East-
side. But much like the final meeting, it
was disrupted by the voices of a few who
drowned out what was being presented.
So the city came back this time with a
draft of a plan. We could all have input on it.
Once again an unruly group of individuals,
many of whom never even read the draft,
put the project on hold. Compromise? These
people have no interest in compromising,
just delaying or impeding progress.
Under the proposed NCD, there are
few restrictions to homeowners or busi-
ness owners, with a multitude of benefits
and protections. What is wrong with
"protecting and promoting the low-scale
character" of our residential and com-
mercial neighborhoods? There is even a
compromise on the 35-foot-height limit
written into the draft. Mr. Rollason also
neglected to mention that even the MiMo
Business Association endorsed the plan.
In the words of the preservation
officer: "Please give us any constructive
ideas, solutions, opinions to help the
neighborhoods improve physically and
socially. The NCD is a zoning regulation
intended to unify the area's character,
improve environmental benefits, and
offer businesses flexibility to park-
ing that is the most restrictive item to
redevelopment.... I ask each of your
neighborhoods to ask any questions,
understand Miami 21, understand your
current zoning and land use regulations,
and understand the current processes in
place permitting historic districts, water-
front boards, and city charter provisions
that affect everyone. If you have any
question, please give one of our staff a
call. We will be glad to further explain
the current regulations."
So please get all the facts before making
any conclusions. And remember, your invest-
ment and you and your neighbors' quality of
life is what the Neighborhood Conservation
District is all about. Get involved, ask ques-
tions, and make suggestions.
Jack Spirk

Hey, You Biscayne Boulevard
People, Stop Making Such
Stupid Decisions!
I read Jim W. Harper's "Park Patrol"
column titled "A Tale of Two Spaces"
(July 2012) and I loved it. For starters, it

was very catchy. It caught my attention
from the very first sentence. It was en-
tertaining as well, even while imparting
knowledge about what type of parks are
in the area of Biscayne Boulevard.
I may not live near the Boulevard,
but that doesn't stop me from reading
"Park Patrol."
However, I was dismayed to learn
that one of the two parks was created for
the wrong reasons, and another created
in the wrong place. Harper's article cov-
ered the issue, so I won't go into details.
But the people of who live near Biscayne
Boulevard need to make better decisions.
I hope Harper and Biscayne Times
continue to write about parks along the
Biscayne Corridor, because I would love to
know what parks are good for me to enjoy.
Jean Noel
Hallandale Beach

Editor's note: In Jim W. Harper's "A
Tale of Two Spaces," an editing error re-
sulted in the misidentification of an aban-
doned building at NE 79th Street and NE
2nd Avenue. Once known as the Little
River Center, the development housed
a Bank of America branch and govern-
ment offices such as the Department of
Children and Families and South Florida
Workforce. Hurricane Wilma damaged
the structure in 2005 and it has been
empty ever since. We regret the error.

Modest Free Monthly Mag Like a
War Hero? Possible a Stretch...
I want to thank Biscayne Times from the
bottom of my heart for the wonderful
article Mark Sell wrote about the Arch
Creek East Nature Preserve ("Strange
Case of the Missing Signs," July 2012).
The BT is publishes the most caring
news in Miami-Dade County.
Today, the Fourth of July, I placed
a little flag at the sign of the park. You
should have seen the seniors trying to
help me, or thanking me for the flag.
Like many Americans, I am so grate-
ful to this country for its freedom, and
for the people who fought for it. Biscayne
Times, you are like these heroes of war.
You are trying to keep our cities clean and
preserving beautiful areas for the future
generations to enjoy. Our little kids may
not read your magazine, but you are keep-
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Please keep up the good work for them
and you will be blessed for many genera-
tions. Thank you again for the article,
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Commentary: MIAMI'S KING

Truth or Consequences:

It's the American Way

These days, there are no consequences for lying to the public

By Jack King
BT Contributor
or years politicians and public offi-
cials have used "the lie" to support
positions they normally couldn't
defend. Fortunately for this nation, we've
had a very vigorous journalism compo-
nent to keep the liars in tow. Granted,
there were times in the past when it took
a while for lies to bubble to the surface.
But today, with literally no mainstream
news media left in the United States,
liars and their lies have little to fear.
If it weren't for websites like politifact.
com and factcheck.org, we'd have no one
to do the heavy lifting involved in digging
for the truth, an essential ingredient in the
quality of life we so love in this country.
Certainly our local daily newspaper is
horrible when it comes to anything we'd
consider quality journalism. If it weren't
for the Tampa Bay Times and their partner-
ship with the Miami Herald, we'd know
nothing about what happens north of Palm
Beach County, especially in Tallahassee.
The direction for this column was
initiated by a recent full-page ad in the
Herald placed by Parrot Jungle er,
Jungle Island. The ad made some pretty
outrageous claims in support of Jungle
Island's quest to rip more money and
land from the City of Miami. The first
one was that they hosted more than 1300
events a year. That means they hosted
3.5 events every single day of the year.
I'd like to see those guest lists.

Then there was this: Jungle Island
employs more than 600 people. Wow,
that seems like quite a large number for
such a small operation. My best guess
is that includes full-time staff, part-
time workers, contract players, vendors,
friends of vendors, and people who'd like
to work there. That might add up to 600.
There were many more dubious claims,
but I won't bore you.
No doubt you've noticed quite a
number of outlandish claims on the na-
tional political circuit enough to fill a
big, fat book. Let's look at a couple. That
should be enough to get across my point.
A while back, Mitt Romney posted
this on his website: FACT: Women
account for 92.3 percent of all jobs lost
under Barak Obama. That seemed to
be quite a high number, but you'd never
imagine a candidate for President of the
United States of America would simply
make stuff up. Right?
So I started checking around and it
turns out that Mitters was right that
is, if you look at just two months of sta-
tistics. When you look at the entire time
Obama's been in office, the numbers
are quite different. Turns out that men
lost most of jobs in the early part of the
recession. Women didn't start losing jobs
until the back end. Add it all up and the
job loss for women over the entire period
was 39.7 percent.
As we get closer to home, the lies get
even curiouser. Take the City of Miami
Police Department's 2011 annual report,

for example. A local blogger noted that
the numbers didn't seem to add up. I
went to the cop shop website and pulled
up the report. Gosh, some of the num-
bers had been changed from what the
blogger saw, but not too much. Appar-
ently whoever made the "corrections"
had no idea what should actually be in
the report.
The first draft showed 68 murders
and just 32 homicide arrests for 2011.
Revised it shows 68 murders and 30
arrests. But wait... It gets better. In 2010
the murders and arrests were exactly the
same as 2011. What a coincidence! Go to
the robbery column and you have 1866
for 2011 and 1866 for 2010.
Poke around and you'll see that it's
even more bizarre.
Let's assume for a moment that the
newly revised numbers are somewhat
close to being correct. Yes, I know that's
a giant leap of faith, but just for argu-
ment's sake we'll believe them. In which
case, the ratio of reported crimes to ar-
rests is deeply troubling. One disturbing
example: In 2011 there were 130 sexual

batteries reported but only 27 arrests
made. That's a lousy 21 percent convic-
tion rate assuming 100 percent of the
arrests resulted in convictions, which, of
course, is highly unlikely.
It's even more disconcerting when
you consider the overall statistics. In
2011, according to the police department,
there were 27,770 crimes reported and
4281 arrests made these are "Part 1"
crimes, the serious stuff including murder,
sexual battery, robbery, aggravated as-
sault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle
theft. That's a 15-percent arrest rate. Begs
a question, don't you think? Should we
be comfortable with this level of police
performance? Should we be worried that
the truth might actually be worse?
One last statistic. The police made
20,538 "Part 2" arrests for vandalism,
prostitution, DUI, fraud, and so on -
the less serious stuff. It appears the
Miami PD likes the easy things, not the
difficult ones that is, if we can believe
their numbers.

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The Devil's Merchant
What do people really hate about Walmart?

By Christian Cipriani
BT Contributor
or weeks our local news folk
have been feasting on the savory,
low-hanging fruit of the Midtown
Walmart story. If you haven't been paying
attention, people are up in arms because
Walmart wants to open a store at the
south end of the Shops at Midtown Miami.
How dare they! How dare a costly
private development shaken by the finan-
cial crisis seek a stable anchor tenant like
Walmart the world's largest retailer, and
by extension its most financially reliable.
But Walmart is the world's most
hated retailer, the object of a constant
stream of almost exclusively negative
press. "Walmart is coming!" is now a
story so lazy that it writes itself.
To be clear: I don't want a Walmart.
I even signed a petition and sent Miami
City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff an
e-mail asking him to oppose it for two
reasons: 1) Midtown already has big
stores selling cheap stuff, and 2) It's not
the kind of store I want to shop at. But
these are the only two real arguments
against it, and only one isn't my opinion.
Midtown already has big stores selling
cheap stuff Rather than pretend that the
Midtown development is Bal Harbour or
an idyllic farmer's market, let's look at
what's actually there. About 50 percent
of tenants are small local businesses like
Sakaya Kitchen and Vintage Liquor, but
most of Midtown's commercial footprint
is occupied by national and multinational
companies like AT&T, FootLocker, Guess,

Subway, Payless, Mattress Giant, PetSmart,
Sports Authority, and West Elm.
Another Miami publication quoted
someone as saying, "I just don't want
Midtown to turn into a giant strip mall."
For this man I have bad news: It already
is. Midtown is home to a slew of low- to
mid-level retailers, including Ross, Mar-
shall's, Loehmann's, and Home Goods -
stores whose "character" I consider nearly
as down-market as Walmart's. And that
leads us to the second argument, which
has little traction in public discourse.
Walmart isn 't the kind of store I want to
shop at. You can't really bring something
this personal to the table in the media or
at city hall, so smart people like Walmart
critic Grant Stem wrap it in a more objec-
tive-sounding defense of neighborhood
character: "Walmart.. .doesn't fit the image
that so many have worked to create for Mid-
town and the Wynwood Arts District."
So what exactly is this image?
There is no spiritual connection
between Midtown Miami and the
Wynwood Arts District. The latter has
emerged through the push and pull
of two decades, and the former was
bulldozed, planned, and built in one
fell swoop. Midtown has about as much
character as a mall, and one of the first
major tenants on the scene was Target.
The only real difference between
Target and Walmart is a few cents per item
and the power of brand perception. Fifty
years ago, advertising was about demon-
strable facts, but since the 1980s and "Just
Do It," it's been about emotion. Today
we can't sit still long enough to make

Artist's rendering of the proposed Midtown Miami Walmart.

decisions based on facts and information.
We make quick, emotional judgments.
We prefer Target because it's the
kind of store we want to shop at. Why?
Because we like their advertising and
the way they partner with cool design-
ers. Their brand is perfectly calibrated to
resonate with the values of the consumer.
But literate, educated people living east
of 1-95 refuse to think of themselves as
"Walmart shoppers," not even ironically.
(I place myself firmly in this category.)
People don't like Walmart because
it's "evil." They treat workers poorly.
They refuse unions. They squeeze sup-
pliers to the brink of suffocation in order
to offer such low prices. And that Walton
family! Just handing each other money
all day and clogging up the Forbes rich
list. Unfortunately, the facts are that the
Walton family has quietly donated bil-
lions to educational and environmental
causes, and that Walmart also has lower
prices than Target yet pays its employees
comparable salaries and better bonuses.
If you really want to hate a domi-
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suppliers to the brink of suffocation, a
company that openly mistreats workers
for the benefit of consumers then start
hating Apple.
Wait, you love Apple?
Modern consumers believe that
where they shop says something about
who they are, so they feel better support-
ing cool, sexy companies with inspiring
products and leaders. It's just too much
to admit that there is little ethical or
"character" difference between Walmart,
Apple, and Target.
Companies don't really have char-
acter, only their customers do, and the
stereotype of a Walmart shopper is now
a loathsome part of pop culture. We want
to be Apple and Target people. Walmart
is such an easy scapegoat that "Walmar-
tization" has taken on a broader mean-
ing: to exchange lower prices for poor
working conditions.
I'm still waiting to see how they
define "Applization."

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the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating contest,
downing 45 dogs and rolls in ten minutes?
Meanwhile, we had a much more elegant
opportunity to stuff ourselves silly, at
new advertiser Bourbon Steak (19999 W.
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chef Michael Mina restaurant at Turn-
berry Isle Resort, where we ate every
choice on the luxury eatery's 2012 Miami
Spice dinner menu. That's nine dishes,
but really ten since Bourbon Steak turns
Spice's standard three-course menu into
four courses by starting diners off with
three cones of the eatery's famous fries,
each with its own different dipping sauce.
As Spice program veterans know, not all
Spice menus are equal; some offer dishes
lesser in quality of ingredients, portion
quantity, or creativity. Not here, where
dishes include corn ravioli with brown
butter and chanterelles; Wagyu ribeye
with roasted eggplant; and a wild blue-
berry shortcake with ginger shortbread

and local corn ice cream.
After sampling, at July's Taste of
the Nation Miami fundraiser, the fare
of John Sexton, Turnberry Isle's new
overall executive chef, we'd recommend
instead that you try a workout at the
resort's Cascata Grill (786-279-6800).
There, Miami Spice menus, served at
lunch as well as dinner, include dishes
like a crispy cornflake-crusted grou-
per sandwich; coffee/chili-rubbed beef
shortribs with impossibly creamy goat
cheese polenta; and roast duck with
forest mushrooms, Madeira mascarpone,
and fresh herbs from the chef's onsite
garden. Incidentally, this year's Taste
of the Nation, hosted by Turnberry Isle
(305-932-6200), raised a record $95,000
for the childhood hunger organization
Share Our Strength.
Another feast we just tried at an
advertising restaurant: Wednesday's $35
all-you-can-eat lobster dinner at Kitchen
305 (16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110).
While the feast is not just a summer thing,
the seasonal extra-sweet softshell lobsters
served through September are. Do reserve
for early in the night, though, to make sure

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perfectly cooked crustaceans.
August is also a great month to eat
near-endless bagels at a budget-wise price,
thanks to one of the coupon deals in this
issue's ad from Bagels and Company
(11 '1, 4 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435).
Buy a dozen of David Cohen's hand-
rolled beauties and get a dozen free. There
are also three offers for eat-in diners: $2
off tabs of $10 or more; $5 off checks over
$20; and a buy-one-entr6e-get-one-free
deal. All offers are good weekdays only -
and with the ad's coupons only.
If you're up for lighter bites, Buddha
Sushi Bar, a "sushi river" concept from
Brazilian-raised owner Jackson Staack,
who also owns Hippo Bites (1079 NE
79th St. 305-677-3633) right next door,
is scheduled for a late August opening.
Don't plan on having any water fights,
though. Chef Michael Asalie's creations,
including some sushi choices replacing
rice with higher-fiber options, won't
really roll past diners on a river, just
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to already-open Hippo Bites (whose
menu now features sandwiches, pastries,
smoothies, and fresh juices) is a new
treat: bubble tea, very trendy in Taiwan
but hard to find here. What makes this
refreshing drink so amusing, despite
being alcohol-free, is hard to explain.
You just have to try it.
Sushi fans are really scoring big
this month. Welcome to new advertiser
Sakura Hibachi Grill & Bar (1335 NE
79th St. Cswy., 305-751-1688 or 305-
751-9288). The restaurant is celebrating
its grand opening with a gift to readers:
three dine-in deals. Diners get $6 off a
lunch for two adults, $10 off dinner for
two adults, or 20% off the entire check
any day, any time. The discounts are
available with the coupons only.
Summer sure doesn't seem like
summer without BBQ, but who wants
to spend hours cooking 'cue in Miami's
hottest month? Instead, get yourself
and friends over to the Royal Bavar-
ian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St.,
305-754-8002), where chef/owner Alex
Richter is now serving up his famous
dark beer-marinated ribs every Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday. To accompany,
there's lots more beer super-tasty dark
or light German imports, of course.
Attention, ex-New Yorkers: Ever feel
like grabbing a classic crisp-crusted street
slice, slathered with that unmistakable
bold but slightly sweet sauce and real
mozzarella? Only, like, every day, right?
But in these designer-pizza days of dainty
pies only sold whole, where do you go?
Welcome new advertiser King's County
Pizza (18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-
9455), where the pizza is Nc \\ York
tested, New York approved." Naturally,
you can get variously topped whole pies,
too, in three crust styles: Brooklyn's tradi-
tional round Neopolitan; chewy, thick-
crusted Sicilian; and the also square but
thin and crisp-crusted "Grandma"- a
new one on us, but habit-forming.
During the dog days, you won't want
to forget that your dog deserves good eats,
too. Welcome new advertiser Natural
K9 (6400 S. Dixie Hwy., 305-514-0577),
which sells top-end brands of all natural,
organic, and even holistic pet foods, at
bottom-end prices. Fido won't be begging
at your table anymore when he's gobbling
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K9 also carries nonfood pet supplies
ranging from collars and carriers to dog
jewelry and costumes. (Halloween is
coming, after all.)
Shopping is another of our favorite
summer sports, so we thank Dave Widdas
of 360 Furniture Consignments (18340
W. Dixie Hwy., 305-627-3148) for ex-
tending its "summer super sale" through
August, despite our fear that the sale is so
super it might involve too much exertion.
The discount is 20% to 50% off everything
in the whole store. Whew. Meanwhile 360,
which just celebrated its second anniver-
sary, wants to thank the Miami charitable
organizations that added to the store's
success, and to remind churches, rescue
missions, and other charities accepting
donations of furniture, household goods,
jewelry, or artwork that 360 can assist in
turning such donations into cash.
Possibly the ultimate in shopping expe-
riences is buying an ultimate dream home,
and new advertiser Gary Hennes Realtors
(1633 Jefferson Ave., Miami Beach; 305-
532-1558) can help with that. The boutique
realty firm, one of the most successful for
more than 20 years, is especially known
for its upscale listings (luxury homes and
condos with prices as high as $35 million),
but there are also many adorable affordable
offerings that just look luxe. Visit www.
garyhennesrealtors.com for home pix, plus a
photo of a tadpole-size Gary on the beach in
1967, which illustrates the broker's philoso-
phy that the best real estate representation is
local and personality-driven.
If your space is too small for your stuff,
but a bigger place is out of the question,
visit More Space Place (18153 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-792-5060). This new adver-
tiser is America's #1 Murphy bed retailer,
and also carries a wide selection of other
retractable beds. Other space-stretching
solutions include custom closets, garage/
workshop organizers, media centers, and
space-saving home office furniture.
One exertion no one needs at any
time of year is dealing with property-
management hassles. Let new advertiser
Pristine Property Management do
it for you. From enforcing rules and
regulations to cost-effective mainte-
nance, accounting, handling city/county
code compliance, and keeping clients
informed regarding all the above, hassle-
free, full-service management of your
condo or other dwelling is a promise.
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and Resort (16701 Collins Ave., Sunny
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tion" promotions, each for the discounted
rate of $20.12. Until September 3, educa-
tors can choose from four spa treatments
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This school year new advertiser
Monsignor Edward Pace High (15600
NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-7223) pro-
vides students at all academic levels
an increasingly dynamic and futuristic
learning experience via its new one-on-
one iPad Initiative. Though some schools
already use tablets as supplemental tools,
explains dean of academics Rebecca
Bautista, "Pace is taking it one step
further as the first school to create a
completely digital learning environment,
eliminating the need for textbooks. The
iPad, paired with our teachers' innova-
tive instructional activities," Bautista
says, "will challenge students to set new
academic goals."
Many summer camps close by mid-
August, so if you're seeking kid-friendly
fun for the 'tween time till school opens,
bring the whole family to this month's
Midtown Moonlit Movies, presented by
the Shops at Midtown Miami. August's
flicks: Dr. Seuss's the Lorax, on August
8, and The Hunger Games on August 22.
The screenings start at 8:30. Bring beach
chairs or blanket early to get a spot on
the central courtyard's grass.
And on August 18, from 1:00 to 3:00
p.m., LoudGirl Exchange (6621 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-458-5783) will present an event
that's both exciting and educational: a
reading by author Janet Hager from her
children's book Truly Julie. Hager will
hang out for questions and a signing, too.
Wilma Baggesen from First United
Methodist Church (400 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-371-4706) suggests that back-to-
school time could also be back-to-church
time a good time for the whole family
to start again. Featured on August 19, at
11:00 a.m., will be a service for adults,
a "children's church," and a nursery for
younger baby-toddlers.
City of Miami residents who enjoy
expressing their spiritual sides by helping
out Mother Nature can now drive greener
thanks to a new car-sharing program
from the Miami Parking Authority in
partnership with car2go North America:
a network of 240 low-emission, two-
passenger Silii cars" that can be rented

and then left in any legal parking space
throughout the city. After a mere wind-
shield reader swipe of a driver's member-
ship card, terminating the rental, vehicles
become instantly available to new drivers,
who can locate the nearest smart car
through their smart phones. For more info
and membership: Miami.car2go.com.
With an increasing number of gas-
saving motor scooters in BT territory,
we're happy to welcome Adrenaline
Motorbikes (2563 N. Miami Ave., 786-
356-0019), where certified/licensed
mechanic Hernan Nufiez services and
repairs all makes of scoots and cycles.
The friendly shop offers free pick-up and
delivery, too, so no need to feel you're at
the mercy of often unlicensed and unin-
sured "mobile" mechanics' hustles.
Remember the upcoming election
on August 14? It's hard to forget if you
notice the many campaign ads in this
issue. While it's not appropriate for this
column to tell you how to vote, we can
tell you which candidates are advertising
for the first time in this issue: Michelle
Alvarez Barakat, Audrey Edmonson,
Pedro J. Garcia, Ana Maria Pando,
and Pat Santangelo.
Additional new political advertis-
ers include three groups we'll refer to
broadly as political action commit-
tees: Norman Braman's Change for
Miami-Dade Now!, whose ad features
Alison Austin; Citizens for Lower
Property Taxes, whose ad spotlights
Carlos Lopez-Cantera; and MOCA
Yes!, which advocates for a bond issue to
expand North Miami's Museum of Con-
temporary Art. (By the way, just what
are political action committees? They're
darned difficult to define, since legal
challenges and changes keep redefining
their boundaries. Let's just say that for
every campaign-finance law there are a
zillion or so ways to interpret that law.)
Also note the separate ad from
MOCA, which isn't a political action
committee and so can't explicitly tell you
to vote in favor of the museum's ambi-
tious plans for expansion. But who could
say no to more of a good thing?
Again, we're not here to tell you
how to vote, but we do urge you: Vote.
August primaries traditionally have
very low turnouts, and we get why you
wouldn't want to budge from your A/C
unit. But important stuff is at stake.

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Hear the music coming from inside
Beta Electronics almost before I'm
out of my car. Even competing with
the sound of passing traffic on nearby
1-95, the tune is instantly recognizable
- it's "Aquarius," that anthem from the
Age of Peace and Love but I've never
heard this particular version, with its
quirky orchestration. Sticking my head
in the front door, I see Royland Wright
- Roy to his friends and customers -
spinning the record on a gold-toned turn-
table. "It's an Empire," he says, referring
to the make of the record player. "I hear
they're valuable now. I've had this one
for years."
Roy, 67 years old and still fit,
motions me in. I get closer and see
that the record on the turntable is
James Last's The Love Album. Last is
a German composer and bandleader

whose jazz-inflected, horn-heavy sound
acquired a following in 1960s England
as well as former British territories like
Jamaica, where Roy grew up. "This was
always my thing, man," he says, meaning
music in general and horns in particular.
At mid-morning on a steamy July
day, it's too hot for a cup of the Jamai-
can Blue Mountain coffee Roy usually

Wright might just be
the onLy person in
Miami-Dade County
stiLL repairing
vintage stereo
consoLes. The Last of
the Hi-Fi Fixers.

brews while he works fixing old radios,
turntables, and stereo consoles seem-
ing relics of a bygone era. But not here.
"See that one there," says Roy, gesturing
to a long, low, wood-grained Silvertone
console. "This young fellow decided to
overhaul it for his father." Silvertone was
the in-house electronics brand of Sears,
Roebuck and Company; Sears hasn't sold
Silvertone consoles since the early 1970s,
when individual stereo components
began to overtake consoles in popularity.
Roy says the turntable needs a new
on/off switch, adding that it's getting
more difficult to find parts like that.
So far, he's had no luck. The guy who
brought it in told Roy he's willing to wait
as long as it takes. Roy shrugs. It's not
like the guy has much of a choice.
That's because Roy Wright might
just be the only person in Miami-Dade

County and perhaps Monroe, Bro-
ward, and Palm Beach counties still
repairing vintage stereo consoles. The
Last of the Hi-Fi Fixers.

I ound that out the hard way last year,
when my one-year-old son became
curious as to how the shiny black
disk that spun 'round and 'round inside
his grandparents' stereo console could
produce such magical sounds. He'd eyed
the turntable before, but he'd never been
quite tall enough to reach over the side
of the console to where it sat. And then,
all of a sudden, he was.
The sound of the needle scraping
across the record if I'm not mis-
taken, Dionne Warwick singing Burt
Bacharach brought me from the
kitchen table. Entering the living room,
I saw my son smiling with a mixture

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of accomplishment and guilt. My own
feelings were less complicated. I knew
immediately he had wrecked the arm on
the turntable, and that getting it repaired
was going to take some doing.
Things only got worse when, in the
process of removing the turntable for further
inspection, the switch on the bottom of the
turntable the plastic port where the power
connects, the same piece the Silvertone cur-
rently in Roy's shop needs cracked open
(Plastic components do not age well; the less
they're handled, the better.)
The console was a 1969 Motorola.
It wasn't a family heirloom; my parents
had acquired it from a friend only a few
years earlier. But we had all become
comfortable with the warm, familiar
crackle of old records during family
dinners and gatherings. Now that my
son, the budding engineer, had managed

to break the record player essentially
turning the Motorola into a very large,
highly impractical radio I felt respon-
sible for fixing it.
My options, I knew, were limited. A
couple of years before, when the turnta-
ble had needed some basic maintenance,
I was told to take it to a place in Boca
Raton, Everything Audio. For years the
shop had been located in North Miami
Beach, but its owner, Les Goldberg, had
recently moved north.
Les turned out to be a nice old guy
who not only attended to the turntable,
but gave me some good advice for
keeping the unit humming as long as
possible: "Don't turn off the turntable
in between records; keep it spinning.
Most of the wear on the belt comes from
starting up the record player from the
'off' position."

In 1948 CoLumbia
Records introduced
the first 33-1/3 rpm
LP, or "Long-pLaying"
record. It was couLd
fit approximateLy
20 minutes of music
per side.

I had kept Les's business card. Dig-
ging it out, I dialed his number. Instead
of Les, though, I got the electronic voice
of doom: The number you have called is
not in service. Uh-oh. Had Les finally
decided to call it quits? I searched the
Internet to see if Everything Audio had
relocated yet again, perhaps closer to

Miami. No dice. I searched for Les by
name. Nothing.
I thought the hard part was going
to be finding the time to get up to Boca.
Now it looked like I was going to have
to track down someone else who worked
on vintage console components. I'd been
told Everything Audio was "one of the
last places" that did work like that, but
nobody had mentioned the other ones.
Were there other ones?
I went back to the Internet and did
a strategic search for local audio repair
shops that had been in business at least
20 years, figuring that, if they'd been
around since before the ascendance of
the CD and the iPod, there might still be
somebody there who knew how to fix a
console turntable. I must have called a

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dozen places, and got pretty much the
same answer from each one: Console
turntable? We haven't seen one in years.
We don't have anyone who does that any-
more. We used to get those all the time,
but, you know, these days... And then
there was: Why don't you just buy a new
record player? No one even knew the
name of anyone who could help me.
Nevertheless, I kept making calls off
and on for the next several weeks, until
I got around to Beta Electronics. The
name seemed quaintly old school, and it
was on NW 118th Street next to 1-95, not
far from my house. Still, I wasn't expect-
ing much. "You fix stereo turntables?" I
asked the man who answered.
It was too quick an answer, and I was
skeptical. "I'm talking about a turntable
from a vintage console," I explained. "A
40-year-old Motorola; you know, one of
those big pieces people used to have in
their living rooms."
"Yeah, man, I do stereos, turntables
- everything."

Roy Wright: "I'm just focusing on stereos, consoles, vacuum-tube sets
- not many people do that anymore."

That's how I met Roy.
The next day I drove over to Beta
to drop off my turntable. The shop is
located in a block-long industrial stretch
just east of NW 7th Avenue, sandwiched

between an auto-body shop and the
highway. A converted warehouse, it has
no windows which explains why the
door is often left open, to let in natural
light. The front room contains Roy's

desk and an assortment of vintage con-
soles, including, on my first visit there,
an absolute beauty of a Motorola, circa
1960. ("Young guy brought that in," Roy
told me. "He couldn't be more than 28
or so. He had the cabinet restored and
now wants me to work on it.") The back
room is stacked high with old turntables,
receivers, and speakers.
Roy assessed the damage to my turn-
table and said there were two ways to
go: He could try to dig up a replacement
switch which was now the principal
problem or he could see about drop-
ping another turntable into the unit. I
wanted to keep the console as close to
original as possible and told him to look
for a compatible switch.
I'd help him by going on eBay and
Craigslist and trying to find an old
Motorola turntable we could cannibal-
ize. That search eventually led me to a
guy named Dave who lived in Plantation.
Dave wasn't selling a Motorola for parts,
but a 1968 Fisher console that mostly
worked, at a price that compelled me to
make the drive up to Broward.

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The trip also convinced me that
my newfound stereo repairman really
might be the last of his kind. The Fisher
had a beautiful dark wood cabinet with
only a couple of water marks on its lid, I
imagined from somebody at a long-ago
cocktail party setting down a glass on it.
(Never do that, people.) But it also had
some mechanical issues, primarily a left
speaker that faded in and out.
Dave said if I bought the stereo from
him, he'd give me the name of a guy
who could fix the speaker. I told him I
had somebody, a Jamaican dude down
in Miami. Dave smiled and said, "Oh, so
you already know Roy."

Roy Wright's entrance into the
world in 1944 roughly coincided
ith the dawn of the golden age of
audio. Certainly there were record players
before that the phonograph had been
around since the late 19th Century but
what people spun on them bore only a
passing resemblance to the records most
of us remember from our childhoods.

At age 15 he began a correspondence course in electronic fundamentals.
His diploma, from 1962, hangs in his shop today.

Made from a shellac compound, the
standard ten-inch, 78 rpm record popular
for most of the 1940s was thick, heavy,
and featured only one song per side.
Four or five records by the same artist,
containing eight or ten songs total, were
often packaged in something resembling

a book, with the records inserted into
paper sleeves that looked like pages. This
format came to be called an "album."
The name would stick, but a technol-
ogy boom in the late '40s would change
almost everything else about the way
people listened to music.

In 1948 Columbia Records introduced
the first 33-1/3 rpm LP, or "long-playing"
record. It was made of lightweight vinyl
and could fit approximately 20 minutes of
music per side. The company's inaugural
popular-music LP release was The Voice
of Frank Sinatra. (Sinatra would make
especially good use of the new technol-
ogy; his "concept albums" of the 1950s
strung together songs of a similar mood to
memorable effect, as evidenced by album
titles like Songs for Swingin' Lovers, In
the Wee Small Hours, Come Dance With
Me, and others.) The first 45 rpm record
- soon to fuel the rock-and-roll explo-
sion followed a year later, courtesy of
RCA Victor.
Growing up in Kingston during
that era, young Roy, the child of a house
painter and a dressmaker, was steeped
in a diverse musical culture. "I grew up
listening to everything," he remembers.
"We'd listen to Beethoven and Bach and
those boys, because that's what the radio
stations would play, but we'd also tune in
to the Voice of America and listen to the
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on the radio. In the botanical garden,
"you'd have bands in different corners of
the park the police band, the military
band, the Salvation Army brass band.
That's what I liked that raw music
coming through."
In 1956, when Roy was 12, another
son of Jamaica (by way of New York),
Harry Belafonte, became the first record-
ing artist to have a million-selling LP,
Calypso. Recorded music pouring out
of radios, record players, and juke boxes
- was a worldwide industry. And fixing
and maintaining the machines that carried

"I got it from a
woman who was
moving in with her
son. She tried to seLL
it on CraigsList, but
nobody made her an
offer, so she just said,
'Come and get it."'

Conrad-Johnson and Mclntosh amplifiers, Harman Kardon components,
and a Marantz receiver from the early 1970s all await repair.

those sounds around the globe was an
attractive career option for a kid who was
mechanically inclined. "We had a family
friend who tinkered with electronics, and
I just got interested in it," says Roy, who
also had an affinity for cars.
At age 15 he became an apprentice
in an audio store in Kingston: "We sold
Murphy radios British radios, with

these big, table-top receivers. If you had
one of those and a record player, you were
set." He also began a correspondence
course in electronic fundamentals from
RCA Institutes, now the Technical Career
Institute in New York. His diploma, from
1962, hangs in his shop today.
In time, he went to work for a
company that sold Grundig radios and

remained there until 1972, when he
left Kingston for Manhattan. After two
years in New York, he landed in Miami
and joined Hi-Fi Associates, a South
Florida chain of audio stores with loca-
tions in Broward, South Miami-Dade,
and one just north of downtown Miami,
at Biscayne Boulevard and 32nd Street.
"They were big," says Roy, speaking of
the chain. "They were the only store that
had a giant loudspeaker on the roof -
that was their trademark."
Hi-Fi Associates wasn't your aver-
age electronics retailer; it was more like
a technology lab. In addition to selling
stereo components and consoles, the
company designed personalized home
sound systems, developed colored light
displays for dance clubs, and even pro-
vided timing equipment for hot-rod races.
Adding to the scientific vibe, Hi-Fi As-
sociates engineers and techs wore white lab
coats while they worked. The look earned
Roy a nickname. "A co-worker's son started
calling me 'Doctor,'" he says, smiling.
The tag stuck. On a recent visit to Master
Distributors, an electronic components store
he frequents for parts, no fewer than three
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Roy stayed at Hi-Fi until 1984,
when he opened Beta Electronics on
NW 27th Avenue, across the street from
Miami-Dade College's North Campus.
He moved into his current space in 1992,
"the same week as Hurricane Andrew."
In the 20 years he's been there, the
space next door has hosted, by Roy's
count, a plumbing company, a scale-repair
shop, a scooter repair shop, and the cur-
rent auto-body establishment. By contrast,
Roy's business has remained remarkably
consistent, with one notable exception.
"I don't repair TVs anymore," he says.
For one thing, it's cheaper for people
to replace them than to fix them. For
another, "I used to carry them up into my
loft space and fix them there, but they're
heavy and I'm not a young man anymore."
He laughs. No\ I'm just focusing on
stereos, consoles, vacuum-tube sets not
many people do that anymore."
Evidence of Roy's expertise is
visible in his back-room workshop.
Conrad-Johnson and McIntosh ampli-
fiers, Harman Kardon components, and a

Turntable from a vintage console stereo: Search for scarce replacement
parts or maybe drop another turntable into the console.

Marantz receiver from the early 1970s all
await repair.
He walks around the room, care-
ful not to step on the gray-striped stray
cat he's recently adopted, and fiddles
with a knob, turning up the volume on
a vacuum-tube radio he keeps tuned to

classical-music station WKCP-FM. The
sound of strings fills the space. "People
think tube sets have a better sound than
solid-state," he says, making it clear he's
one of those people.
Not every job is brought to him by a
hardcore audiophile. Pointing to a Fisher

tabletop stereo from the early 1990s
- the kind that once featured AM/FM
receiver, double cassette decks, and a CD
player Roy explains, "If the customer
had told me what it was, I would have
told him not to bother, because if you
look at the unit, it's not any great thing.
But he came all the way from Florida
City, so I thought it must be something
sentimental for him."
He figures some of that same
sentiment must be driving the renewed
interest in console stereos. Roy notes that
he's seen more and more of them the past
three years. "People inherit them from
their parents or grandparents, or find
them at garage sales or on the Internet,"
he says. "And they just want to get them
working again. Maybe it reminds them
of something." Then he shrugs as if to
say, "But what do I know?" Roy is a
fixer, not a philosopher.

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tell me about his latest con-
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one-time club DJ-turned-commercial
property agent. "I got it from a woman in
Miami Beach who was moving in with
her son and had to downsize. She tried
to sell it on Craigslist, but nobody made
her an offer, so she just said, 'Come and
get it."' The console, a four-and-a-half-
foot-long unit, has special meaning for
Jackowitch. "It's the same model my
aunt had," he recalls. "When I used to
visit from Boston, I'd sit in front of it for
hours. I wore the tubes out."
His infatuation with his aunt's stereo
- and a childhood spent living upstairs
from an uncle who ran a TV and radio
repair shop out of his home eventually
made a console collector out of Jackow-
itch, whom I first met last year during my
search for the Motorola turntable switch.
He currently owns 16 vintage units, 14 of
them Magnavox models. (The other two
are a Zenith and a General Electric.)
"Magnavox made high-end sys-
tems," he says, explaining his particular
passion. "The craftsmanship of the cabi-
nets, the audio components Magnavox

was way ahead of its time."
A tour through Jackowitch's Hialeah
home, an exemplary mid-20th century
Florida ranch, corroborates his claim.
Blending seamlessly with the modernist
d6cor, the placement of the units brings to
mind the full-color magazine advertise-
ments Magnavox once ran extolling the
aesthetics of their "Spanish, French, Ital-
ian, and Contemporary" consoles, back
when consoles were de rigueur in middle-
and upper-class American homes.
"Magnavox had these styles where
you would never know you were looking
at a stereo," says the 55-year-old. Case in
point: In the living room, there's a 1960s
drum table, which looks like just that a
decorative storage table. Until you open the
doors and out slides a record player. Along
the same lines is a circa 1972 Magnavox
Imperial Armoire. One of Jackowitch's
more recent buys, the Imperial houses a
built-in television set, record player, AM/
FM receiver, and full speakers all hidden
in an armoire-shaped cabinet.
Then there's the jewel of the collec-
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Concert Grand, the absolute state-of-
the-art when it premiered. "It's remote
controlled," says Jackowitch. "You can
change the radio stations, you can change
the volume, you can even change the
records. It sold for about $1200 in 1957,
which was a lot of money then."
He bought it last year from a woman
on Craigslist. "It hadn't been turned
on since 1975," marvels Jackowitch. "I
turned it on which I shouldn't have
- and I heard this 'snap, crackle, pop.'
The woman says, 'Oh, it doesn't work.
Just give me whatever you want for it,'

VinyL aLso appeaLed
to hipsters who came
of age in the '90s as a
way to differentiate
their buying and
Listening habits from
the digitaL masses.

and I was, like, 'No, wait, you have to
give these things a chance to warm up.'"
Jackowitch bought the unit, cleaned the
metal ends on the tubes, and discovered
they all worked. "There are 20 tubes in
this thing all original," he proudly
notes. "You could heat up a house."
He's not sure how many consoles
he'll accumulate the size of his home
serves as a restraint but it won't be
nearly as many as a friend and fellow
collector in Tennessee: "At one time, he
had over 100 consoles. He turned his
two-car garage into a showroom."
There apparently are many collectors
out there. Jackowitch belongs to a Yahoo
group called Magnavox Friends. A meet-
ing place for those who share a devotion
to that brand, the site has almost 1500
members. YouTube videos dedicated to
the care and maintenance of old con-
soles, or featuring owners lovingly show-
ing off their prized possessions, number
in the thousands.
As I've discovered, it's not that
difficult to become a collector. I ended
up buying that 1968 Fisher console
from Dave in Plantation. (Turned out
the problem with the speaker was the


Jackowitch's 1972 Magnavox
Imperial Armoire houses a built-in
television set, record player, AM/
FM receiver, and full speakers.

result of bad capacitors, which happens
with old solid-state units. Roy replaced
the caps and the unit now resides with

my parents, a substitute for their dearly
departed Motorola.) I also bought an-
other console I saw advertised, a 1965
Magnavox Astro-Sonic in an "Italian
Provincial" cabinet. My wife let me
convince her it would go beautifully in
our library.
I don't know that I'll be buying any
more consoles or where I would put
them if I did but I do find myself
occasionally straying onto eBay and
the South Florida edition of Craigslist,
where at any given time there are dozens
for sale, ranging in price from $50, for
units that don't work, to as much as
$1500 for a striking 1964 Zenith model
(alas, available only for local pick-up in
Council Bluffs, Iowa).
It's pretty obvious I've succumbed.
But to w lui The same combination of
nostalgia and mechanical geekery that
I assume drives a lot of other console
junkies. I'm in my early 40s and, like
anyone that age, I grew up with vinyl.
It began with old 45s and LPs passed
down from my siblings Motown,
Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and

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extended to my own youthful record
buying. I still own the Holy Trinity
of early '80s rock and pop albums on
vinyl. (That would be the Police's Syn-
chronicity, Michael Jackson's Thriller,
and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the
U.S.A. I know I'm leaving out Prince's
Purple Rain, but I actually never got
around to buying it. Every song got so
much radio play, it felt unnecessary.)
Digitally downloading music is
convenient, but albums were a
complete experience. There was
the cover art and liner notes, the antici-
pation one felt leaving the record store,
going home, pulling the record out of its
sleeve, and dropping the needle on it. It
was a ritual. And the sound was richer.
Warmer. Fuller.
(I realize there's a strenuous debate
between vinyl lovers and digital down-
loaders over this very point. And while
I'm not looking to enter the fray, I'll just
say this to the downloaders: If you can't
tell the difference, I can't help you.)

Recessed Magnavox turntable plays 78 rpm and 45 rpm records, as well
33 rpm "long play" albums, and stacks them as well.

Perhaps that's the reason vinyl,
unlike, say, rotary phones and typewriters
- those other icons of the analog age -
never really went away. Even after the tri-
umph of CDs in the early 1990s, records
lived on in the club scene, where DJs
preferred the format because the grooves

in the record told them exactly where they
were in a song, making it easier to mix
tracks. Vinyl also appealed to hipsters
who came of age in the '90s and are
now in their late 20s and early 30s as
a way to differentiate their buying and
listening habits from the digital masses.

Now all that underground energy
around vinyl seems to be bubbling to the
surface. According to a recent article in the
New York Times, record sales have been
climbing for the past five years, and sales
of new turntables for people who like
that sort of thing were up 50 percent in
January of this year over January 2011.
All of which begins to explain
why artists as diverse as David Bowie,
the rapper Nas, Fiona Apple, and the
Beach Boys have recently released
vinyl albums. Even the creators of TV's
Mad Men got in on the revival this past
season by having the actress Jessica Pare
sing a kittenish version of the 1960s hit
"Zou Bisou Bisou" to TV husband Don
Draper during a surprise birthday party
for him, then dropping the song on vinyl
the next day.
Given all this, it's little surprise
that vintage consoles have also made a
comeback. I mean, if you're going to play
a record, play a record, no?
Roy Wright is sitting across the table
from me at Ventura Restaurant in North
Miami, a Jamaican and Caribbean joint

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not far from his shop. He's
having a large bowl of the soup
of the day, washing it down
with a Red Stripe, and telling
me a funny story about the time
a few months ago he snuck
some high-end speakers into
the entertainment room of his
home. Camouflaging the speak-
ers, Roy hoped his wife, Veda,
wouldn't notice them. "Man,
she never said a word," he
recounts. "I thought I'd gotten
away with it until I over-
heard her telling my daughter,
'You know what your father
did...'" He lets out a big laugh.
Roy likes talking about his
family. He and Veda have two
grown daughters one is a
nurse, the other a dietician -
and three granddaughters. It's
one of the reasons he thinks
more and more about retiring.
He'd like to have more time
for them.

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Magnavox ads extolled the aesthetics
of their consoles, when consoles were
de rigueur in middle- and upper-class
American homes.


Jackowitch owns one of these 1960s
drum tables, which look decorative, until
you open the doors and out slides a
record player.

The other is that, despite the re-
newed interest in vinyl, business has
been off the past few years. Partly
that's because a lot of people just
assume there's no one left who fixes
old stereos. Only a few months ago,
Roy recalls, he came across a Web-
site for vintage audio collectors and
saw that "some guy in mid-America
was saying nobody in Miami does
this kind of work."
He says he's going to hang in
there a little longer, though. He's
been repairing radios and record
players his whole life and, now that
people are buying and refurbishing
more of the old machines, it seems
like a funny time to stop. "Who
knows?"' Roy speculates. "Maybe
customers will start discovering
me again."
With that, the Last of the
Hi-Fi Fixers takes a final sip from
his Red Stripe and says we should
get back to the shop. He wouldn't
want someone to come by and find
him gone.

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Wynwood's Evolutionary

First there were galleries, then galleries with beer and wine, then

food trucks and entertainment, anc

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Senior Writer
several years ago, gallery owners
in Wynwood began using food, al-
cohol, and music to attract crowds
into the bourgeoning art district on the
second Saturday of every month.
It worked. It worked so well, in fact,
that some gallery owners are now recoil-
ing from the monster they created.
The Second Saturday Art Walk has
mutated into a free-for-all that draws
thousands of revelers in search of spectacle,
live music, something tasty to eat, lots to
drink, and, oh yeah, maybe some art.
It is a huge moneymaker for dozens
of food-truck owners who set up shop on
public streets and private lots. Sidewalk
vendors selling art, crafts, barbecue, and
beer have also jumped into the act.
On August 11, the next step in
the evolution of Wynwood's Second

Saturday (or as some skeptics put it: the
evolutionary dead end), makes its debut.
Its success or failure will depend on how
much business it generates.
Bacchanalia: The Food & Wine Festi-
val at Art Walk will take place on a 30,000
square foot lot at 227-267 NW 24th Street
between 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. At least nine
food trucks and restaurants will feed the
masses. Miami Beach-based talent com-
pany OFM will supply the DJs. Compli-
mentary flavored vodka from Chambord
will be offered, and other forms of alcohol
sold, in a 21-and-over outdoor lounge area.
The works of local artists, some of whom
are from the New World School of the
Arts and the Miami International Univer-
sity of Art & Design, will be featured at
an auction. And a portion of the proceeds
from the event will be given to the Miami
Children's Hospital Foundation.
The event's organizers are Gilbert
Kaplan and David Sadkin, two 25-year-old

Wynwood, July 14: Food trucks on private property but without permits.

University of Florida graduates who once
organized concerts on the UF campus, fea-
turing talents such as Dr. Dre, Lil' Wayne,
and the Dave Matthews Band.
"Originally we wanted to put on a
concert in Wynwood, but the money
that we wanted to put into it was a lot
more substantial than the money that
goes into a food and wine festival,"
Kaplan says. "Talent fees alone are
pretty exorbitant."
But it isn't their love of food, wine,
music, or art that brought them to Wyn-
wood. It was land.

This past May, Sadkin's father, Marty
Sadkin, and developer Marc Kovens
bought parcels totaling 90,000 square
feet, including the site where Bacchanalia
will take place, from Diana Berenson and
David and Elena Weck for $5.7 million.
David Lombardi, a Wynwood developer
and real estate broker who helped arrange
the deal with EWM broker Jeffrey Cohen,
says the new owners are considering a
five-story mixed-use project with office,
retail, and residential lofts.

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District 3: Will It Be a Norman


Commissioner Audrey Edmonson faces two strong challengers

By Mark Sell
BT Contributor
Self-styled billionaire reformer, auto
magnate, ex-football team owner, and
political kingmaker Norman Braman
has targeted District 3's Audrey
Edmonson and three other
Miami-Dade County Commis- Auc
sioners for extinction August 14. B
This is usually not easy comn
to do. Only one incumbent
has been unseated from the
county commission in a regu-
lar election since 1994. That
was corruption-bedeviled Dorrin Rolle,
beaten by Jean Monestime in District 2

in 2010. Back in 1994, Katy Sorenson in
District 8 defeated Commissioner Larry
Hawkins, then embroiled in a sexual
harassment scandal.
This time it's different, thanks to
money. Braman is backing his slate of

irey Edmonson: "I think Norman
3raman is trying to control the
mission. He wants everybody to do
what he wants them to do."

four candidates against the incumbents
with two political action committees

and a man named Braman

with at least $500,000 -
to "level the playing field,"
as he puts it.
If Braman is a po-
litical puppet master, he
insists he's no ventrilo- ]
quist. His only condition -
for support, he says, is ? .:
that each candidate
back Braman's seven- Commissi'
point, charter-reform campaign
"covenant" for greater
governmental transparency, leading
with an absolute limit of two four-year
terms with no retroactivity. That term-
limit provision is scheduled go on the
November 6 ballot.

oner Audrey Edmonson reports a
kitty of more than $188,730.

The county commission in July
fobbed off discussion on other proposed
charter reform provisions until August

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A Tale of Two Vagabonds
There's the motel and there's the nightclub. So where did Sinatra
hang out?

By Terence Cantarella
BT Contributor

O n a sweltering summer
night in 1954, Frank Sina-
tra swaggers into a plush
nightclub on Biscayne Boulevard.
America is booming. Miami is its
ritzy, neon-lit playground. And
Sinatra has the world on a string.
He struts over to the bar,
where his pals Dean Martin,
Jackie Gleason, and Arthur God-
frey are drinking with tanned
showgirls. He orders a Jack
on the rocks, loosens his silk
tie, and settles in to watch the
stage show. Several drinks later,
he's onstage too, snapping his
fingers and belting out his latest '
hits with the house band. It's The
Miami in the Fabulous 50s, and who
impromptu performances by 01' auto
Blue Eyes are part of what gives
the town its glamour.
Where those legendary perfor-
mances took place, however, has been
misreported and wrongly promoted in
the decades since Sinatra and his cuff-
linked crew left the scene.
For many years, local lore abetted
by newspaper and magazine reports -
maintained that one of Sinatra's favorite
late-night hangouts was the Vagabond
Motel at 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Still
standing today, the Vagabond is consid-
ered the jewel of the Boulevard. With
its glamorous, quirky Miami Modern
(MiMo) style, the motel has been fea-
tured in books, received historic designa-
tion by the City of Miami, and has been
nominated for awards by the American
Institute of Architects.
The Vagabond was designed by
one of the top architects of his time in
the Miami area, Barnet Robert Swart-
burg, who also designed the Delano
Hotel in Miami Beach. Built in 1953,
the whimsical, tropical feel of the Vag-
abond was meant to lure vacationing

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notel was a magnet for vacationers
took advantage of the post-war
mobile boom.

families as they drove into town look-
ing for a fun place to stay. Like other
flashy motels on the Boulevard, the
Vagabond had a pool, restaurant, and
cocktail lounge.
It's in that lounge Sinatra is said to
have spent many a wild night.
Former Vagabond owner Eric Silver-
man often touted the motel's supposed
star-studded past. "This place was a
retreat for guys like Sinatra, away from
the spotlight of Miami Beach," he told
the BT in 2008. "It's not like there was
an announcement that he was here. He'd
come to hang out at the bar and maybe
get up and do a number. It was more of a
private thing."
At his office in the motel, Silverman
was fond of pulling out a collection of
photos purportedly showing celebri-
ties Jackie Gleason and Arthur Godfrey
performing together on the motel's stage
in the 1950s. Silverman, who hoped to
reinvent the now-derelict Vagabond, ran
out of money and abandoned the prop-
erty in 2010.

New owner Avra Jain wants to restore the Vagabond to its former glory.

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Opening in 1953, the motel featured the latest in design and amenities.

Local newspapers promoted the
legend, too. In 2006 the weekly SunPost
stated that the "Vagabond is said to
have attracted popular performers of the
time, such as Frank Sinatra." In 2007 the
Miami Herald said the motel "is ru-
mored to have once been the spot where
Sinatra and friends hobnobbed with
showgirls." That same year, the Atlantic
Monthly claimed that "in its heyday, the

Vagabond had a raffish, Rat Pack charm,"
and that Jackie Gleason and Dean
Martin performed in its bar.
Sadly, those tales are all fiction.
While Sinatra and his friends did
indeed imbibe on Biscayne Boulevard,
they didn't do it at the Vagabond Motel.

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A fleeting scene in the documentary Miami Beach: Fabulous 50s shows
The Vagabonds Club with the Freedom Tower behind it.

The Vagabonds opened a club on Biscayne Boulevard and named it for

Jackie Gleason and Arthur Godfrey cutting up with the Vagabonds at
their club.

Continued from page 53

Prominent local historian Seth
Bramson says there's no documentation
to support the illustrious claims: "I doubt
very seriously that Sinatra, Gleason, or
anybody else hung out at the motel. There
would've been no reason for them to."
Antolin Carbonell is a retired
architect and historian who leads walk-
ing tours of the MiMo Historic District.
They start at the Vagabond Motel. He

doesn't believe the stories either: "I've
lived within walking distance of the
Vagabond Motel since 1963. It was just
one of the best of a series of middle-class
motels that competed for clients on price
and location. It was never a glamorous
Miami attorney Michael Tarre
knows for a fact the stories are false.
He's the nephew of Sidney Goldberg,
who built the Vagabond. Tarre spent
much of his youth around the motel in
the 1950s and 1960s, and even worked

as lifeguard at the Vagabond's pool as a
teenager. His father was one of the inves-
tors. "I can assure you," he says, "Frank
Sinatra never showed up at the motel.
There was no place to perform."
The Vagabond's in-house restaurant,
he says, was really just a small coffee
shop that sat no more than 12 people.
Guests stopped in for breakfast and
lunch, but usually dined elsewhere on
the Boulevard at night. The adjacent
cocktail lounge was so small "you could
barely fit a case of Budweiser in there."
And there certainly was no stage.
The Vagabond's floor plans from
1953, on file with the City of Miami
Building Department, reflect those
descriptions. They show a roughly
900-square-foot coffee shop and tiny,
300-square-foot bar/lounge much too
small for any kind of entertainment.
How, then, did a casual, middle-class
family motel hijack history? And where
did Sinatra and his pals really carouse
after hours when they ventured across
the causeway from Miami Beach?
The answer lies in a downtown park-
ing lot.
Two years before the Vagabond
Motel was built, another place with a
similar name the Vagabonds Club -
opened its doors at 732 Biscayne Blvd.,
a block north of the Freedom Tower. A
300-seat supper club with a lounge, stage,
and full kitchen, the Vagabonds Club
was named after its owners, a musical-
comedy quartet called The Vagabonds.

The Vagabonds achieved stardom in
the early 1950s after appearing on the
popular TV show Arthur Godfrey and
Friends. Their club quickly became one
of the hottest spots in town.
Sam Younghans was a friend of The
Vagabonds and regularly hung out at the
club. "Many celebs came to the club," he
recalls. "It was a very popular place in
its time. The last act to perform there
before they shut it down was Tony Ben-
nett. They sold out every night. I was
their stage manager for that show."
Another veteran of the Vagabonds
Club is 95-year-old Shorecrest resident
Ann Carlton, who performed there briefly
with her late husband. She sang and
played accordion. He sang and played
violin. "A lot of people from showbiz like
Jackie Gleason came in there," she says.
"Frank Sinatra, Victor Borge. They'd
sometimes come in and perform free for
the Vagabonds because they wanted them
to be successful. It was really a wonderful
Confusingly, Carlton says she
performed at the motel, not the club. Her
descriptions, however, clearly point to
the downtown club. A recent documenta-
ry about the era, Miami Beach: Fabulous
50s (produced by Pavlov Pictures), shows
a brief clip of the neon-lit club that fits
her descriptions, too.
That same kind of confusion led
to a lawsuit half a century ago. "The

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23, nine days after the election, another
possible indication of Braman's influence.
One perpetual issue is the $6000 a year
county commissioners have been paid
since 1957, an invitation to corruption
or artful use of slush funds in what has
become a full-time job. Voters have re-
peatedly denied commissioners any raise.
Braman's other proposed charter
commandments include proposals
expanding citizen's right to petition,
reducing debt of county operations, and
a ten-year lobbying ban for ex-commis-

Alison Austin, chief executive of the E
Tacolcy Center, reports raising $17,04

sioners, and greater public disclosure.
Charter reform mavens consider some of
Braman's proposals workable, others not.
Braman has designated Bela-
fonte Tacolcy Center chief executive
Alison Austin to run against Edmon-
son. (Tacolcy is an acronym for The
Advisory Committee of Liberty City
Youth.) He has also bank-
rolled Miami Gardens Mayor Ali
Shirley Gibson to run against
Barbara Jordan in District 1,
state Rep. Luis Garcia to face with
Bruno Barreiro in District dis(
5, and Miami-Dade Farm
Bureau president Alice Pena
to challenge Dennis Moss in
District 9. Braman's PACs add more
than $100,000 in money muscle to each
of the candidates' war chests.
Edmonson, who has served since
January 2006, reports a campaign kitty
of $188,730 as of July 13, funded by the
usual prominent lobbyists, law firms,
contractors, and other interests that
do business with the county. It dwarfs


her challengers. She is untainted by
corruption, scandal, malfeasance, or
misfeasance, but is the target of standard
election-year accusations that her votes
and actions serve special interests more
than her constituents.
Six candidates have filed for District
3, which runs along the Biscayne Corridor
from downtown to North Miami and ex-
tends into Overtown, Wynwood, Allapat-
tah, Brownsville, and Liberty City, home
base to most of the candidates. As of July
13, Alison Austin has raised $17,043. Keon
Hardemon, a 28-year-old public defender
from a well-known Liberty City family,
has reported $25,437. Michael Jackson
Joseph has raised $4525,
Eddie Lewis $5437, and
Nadia Pierre $2300.
With so many
candidates, Edmonson's
greatest vulnerability is
not an outright loss but
rather a November 6
runoff against Austin or
perhaps even Harde-
mon, if no candidate
emerges with more than
50 percent of the vote.
Low turnout in the
district, which is mostly
S. within incorporated
Miami, El Portal, and
3elafonte Miami Shores, could
13. work in Edmonson's
favor. Only 11 percent
of eligible voters in the district showed
up for the last election in August 2008.
Hispanic and "Anglo" turnout was even
lower, at six percent in a district that is
55 percent black.
The increasingly spirited county
mayor's race between Miami-Dade
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and county com-

son Austin: "I live and work in
Sinner city, come into contact
people every day, and see the
connect that reflects a lack of

mission chairman Joe Martinez could
boost turnout, as that is the main event
in a long ballot that includes a series of
arcane votes for local Democratic and
Republican committee representatives.
This is the third, and perhaps final,
stage in a five-year quest by Braman,

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who turns 80 on August 23 and remains
vigorous. The former owner of the
Philadelphia Eagles led a failed effort to
oppose public financing for the Marlins
ballpark or to place the matter before a
public referendum. He nonetheless got
some measure of vengeance in spear-
heading a successful March 15, 2011,
recall election against Miami-
Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez Keol
and District 13 Commissioner
and 18-year incumbent Nata-
cha Seijas, over property-tax
hikes accompanied by senior That's
county staff raises. Nearly
90 percent of the voters who
showed up chose to unseat
them in one of the most lopsided recall
elections in American history. Turnout,
strong by Miami-Dade municipal elec-
tion standards, was about 17 percent. (It
may be no coincidence that Alvarez,
Seijas, and the targeted incumbents all
supported public financing of the ball-
park, mostly through the tourist bed tax.)
Activist Vanessa Brito, still not yet
30, masterminded much of the Alva-
rez and Seijas recall efforts behind the
scenes, and is doing the same in Bra-
man's current effort. Braman has also

Keon Hardemon, a graduate of Unive
Miami Law School, has raised $25,43

retained pollster Dario Moreno, a well-
known Florida International University
associate professor.
Braman, whose Biscayne Boulevard
luxury car dealership is in Edmonson's
district, has this to say about the commis-
sioner: "Audrey Edmonson has not looked
out for the residents of District 3. She
has opposed meaningful charter reform.

She has voted for a huge increase in real
estate taxes at a time when people are
hurting. She voted for a giveaway for the
Marlins stadium that will cost $3 billion
before it's all over. Infrastructure has not
been added. She is part of the clique of
lobbyists and interest groups that have
dominated the district."
Edmonson, age 59, has plenty to say
about that. "I think Norman Braman is
trying to control the commission," she

1 Hardemon: "When Edmonson
d for the Marlins stadium deal,
idn't even look at the financial.
the equivalent of failing to take a
deposition before trial."

asserts. "The commission needs to have
people who think for themselves. He
wants everybody to do what he wants
them to do. You can't govern properly if
you govern with fear. Term limits will be
on ballot in November, and people need
to choose for themselves."
As for charter reform, she says, "I
am an elected official. Whatever the
community wants, I want. I'll go with
what community wants."
Edmonson notes that she voted for
a half-millage increase to keep county
programs for people in
need, that the Marlins
bond issue came largely
., 4 from tourist bed taxes for
specific tourism-related
purposes, that she has
brought 7500 affordable
housing units into the
district, and that she has
launched Community
Reinvestment Act proj-
ects for businesses along
Biscayne Boulevard, 79th
Street, and NW Seventh
Avenue. "I'm running
on my record," she says,
"and have delivered to the
rsity of community."
7. Alison Austin and
Keon Hardemon, how-
ever, claim that Edmonson is removed
from her constituents.
Says Austin, a former community
development consultant for the Organiza-
tion of American States who lives in the
Liberty City home where she grew up: "I
live and work in the inner city, come into
contact with people every day, and see they
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While the new owners consider what
to do with the property, David Sadkin
says he and his partner have c clIis\ ec
rights" to the land. Kaplan, who works
at a New York financial consulting firm,
says they plan to earn money on drink
sales, a cut on artwork sales, and fees
from food trucks.
Kaplan admits he never visited
Wynwood during Second Saturdays
until Sadkin showed him around. (Both
partners had been dividing their time be-
tween South Florida and New York City.)
"David saw the potential and I agreed
with him," he says.
Sadkin sees Bacchanalia as a con-
densed version of the art walk. "We
thought it would be a great time to get ev-
eryone in the community, everyone in one
place, to see everything," Sadkin ventures.
Bacchanalia won't be the only out-
door event using food trucks on August
11. Richard Hales, owner of Sakaya
Kitchen and the Dim Ssam a gogo
mobile kitchen, received a waiver from
the Miami City Commission that will

enable him to get permits for monthly
food-truck events on a three-acre lot
located at 265 NW 22nd Street. (City
officials pulled the plug on large
regular events held at that location
last March, after discovering that the
food truck roundups were operating
without the required city permits.)
Rather than paying a fee to
participate in Hales's event or at Bac-
chanalia, many food-truck operators
will likely strike out on their own. At
the July 14 art walk, a number of food
trucks were parked along NW 2nd
Avenue and on Wynwood side streets.
Technically that is not legal.
Food trucks are only allowed to op- IA
erate on properties permitted by the il
City of Miami, says zoning director
Barnaby Min.
Jack Garabedian, owner of Jefe's
Original Fish Tacos and Burgers, says
Miami's policy toward food trucks
during Second Saturdays is inconsistent
and confusing. "It is good one week and
not good another week," he says. "It's
just a little vague at times."
Garabedian adds that food trucks are
good for Second Saturdays, in spite of

Iynwood, July 14: Food truck operating
legally along NW 2nd Avenue.

complaints from some local businesses,
especially gallery owners. "I really do
think that if you get them [food trucks]
off the street, it will probably take
people away from the galleries," he says,
adding an observation that refers to the
monster created a few years ago: "I don't
think people go to the art walk for the
galleries. They go because of the party
and food trucks do have a lot of draw."

Jose Nava Lujambio, a represen-
tative of the Wynwood Arts District
E Association, says most property and
business owners appreciate the food
trucks, but would prefer if they were
restricted to events on private lots
(such as Bacchanalia), where trash
cans and portable toilets are required.
S"We think it functions better that
way," Lujambio says.
S Tyler Emerson-Dorsch of the
respected Dorsch Gallery at 151 NW
24th St. (a Wynwood pioneer that
will be closed for renovations until
October) likes the fact Bacchanalia
has some "involvement in the arts"
and that some proceeds will be
going to a "worthy cause." But she
has mixed opinions about the food
trucks in general.
"There are immediate gains in num-
bers and energy from food truck follow-
ers coming into the neighborhood, but
the ways the visitors interact with local
businesses do not actually contribute to
the economy of many of the brick-and-
mortar businesses in the neighborhood,"

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If you want to change the County

you must change the Commission!
By Norman Braman
Commissioners Audrey Edmonson, Barbra Jordan, Bruno
Barreiro and Dennis Moss have been in power between 7
and 19 years. In that time, Miami-Dade County has been
riddled with scandals, tax increases, bloated government,
corruption, waste and mismanagement.

* They used tax dollars to build a $634 million dollar
baseball stadium for the rich Florida Marlins.
* They raised your property taxes $178 million dollars
at the height of recession and foreclosures.
* They fought real term limits even though the voters
of Miami-Dade County have wanted term limits
for years.
* We have suffered mismanagement of public
funds at the Affordable Housing Authority,
Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami-Dade Transit
and Miami International Airport to name a few.
I Two terms is enough. Up to 19 years in office is
too long!

Let's stop complaining about the Commissioners and do something about it.

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Vagabonds sued us for using the name,"
says Michael Tarre about his family's
motel. "But the name Vagabond isn't
trademarked. In the end, we entered into
an agreement saying the motel won't go
into the nightclub business and the night-
club won't go into the motel business."
The band eventually sold the club
in 1956. It operated as a strip club with
the same name until the Miami City

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are challenged by the disconnect that re-
flects a lack of leadership. I'm the people's
candidate. Fundamentally, much of my
work is centered around organizing people,
and I see myself as a community builder."
Says Hardemon: "When Edmonson
voted for the Marlins stadium deal, she
didn't even look at the financial. As a
lawyer, that's the equivalent of failing to
take a deposition before trial."
Of Austin, he says: "What separates
me from Alison is my training, with an

Commission revoked its license in 1960.
It's not clear when the structure was
demolished, but the site is now an asphalt
parking lot.
A casual researcher today might still
confuse the two Vagabonds, as did former
motel owner Eric Silverman, whose
celebrity photos (downloaded from the
Internet) were clearly taken at the down-
town club, not the motel. Miami's dearth
of historical records and a relatively
young preservation movement make re-
searching the past even more challenging.

MBA and a law degree. I can understand
complex business matters and am trained
in advocacy. Public service has always
been part of my life, and I've come home
to make a difference." (Austin, at age 52,
is pursuing an executive master's degree
at the University of Miami in community
organizing and social change.)
Says Moreno as Braman's pollster:
"Edmonson, unlike some of the others
like Moss, for example, does not have
an overwhelming base. There is a lot
of discontent with her performance on
the commission. She is not as actively
engaged with her constituency as her

But while the Vagabond Club has
fallen to the wrecking ball, the boarded-
up Vagabond Motel now has another shot
at glory. Developer Avra Jain recently
signed a contract to buy the place. She
has hired architect Dean Lewis with
plans to restore it to its mid-century
splendor and attract well-heeled guests.
That prospect makes former Vagabond
lifeguard Michael Tarre happy: "I'm glad to
see Uncle Sid's dream project revived." Uncle
Sid, he says, was a pharmacist and liquor
store owner from Chicago who managed to

predecessor Barbara Jordan was."
But Sean Foreman, an associate pro-
fessor of political science at Barry Univer-
sity, and a local political junkie, does not
count Edmonson out. "Audrey Edmonson
has lots of money and a strong core of
backers," says Foreman. "She hasn't been
a county commissioner that long, so she's
less susceptible to Braman's line of attack
than the others. She's one of the relative
newbies. There's no cloud of corruption
over her, no investigation."
Foreman's verdict on Braman: "I give
him credit for keeping the sustained effort
toward county reform. After the recall

get his dream motel designed by one of the
greatest architects to work in South Florida.
The motel has survived Miami's
ritzy decades and sleazy ones, has hosted
families and prostitutes, has witnessed
festivities and murders, has been dressed
up and boarded up. It's now recognized as
an architectural masterpiece worthy of a
multi-million-dollar renovation.
With a history like that, who needs

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of Alvarez and Seijas, he had to follow
through with changes either to the charter
or to the candidates. Without Braman's
leadership, we wouldn't have this much
emphasis on county charter reform.
"How much of his money, his time,
and his reputation does he want to spend
on this? What if all four incumbents
win, or three out of four? Is it a sign the
county commission is so impenetrable
that it can't be taken down by a reform-
minded billionaire? Nobody else is ready
to pick up that mantle."

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Emerson-Dorsch writes in an e-mail to
the BT "Nevertheless, if these visitors
are not necessarily art collectors, they
are creating demand for other services
and attractions, who are moving to Wyn-
wood in droves. The neighborhood is
changing, and this is good for everybody,
if not immediately for an art gallery."
Fred Snitzer, owner of the well-
regarded Fredric Snitzer Gallery at
2247 NW 1st PI., is ambivalent about
Second Saturdays in general. Sometimes
he doesn't open on Second Saturdays
because art collectors don't want to
deal with the large crowds. "It makes it
congested and difficult to park," Snitzer
says. "It doesn't help us a lot, but it's a
free country. People will do whatever
they want to do. We go with the flow. We
don't want to kill them or boycott them
[the events, street vendors, food trucks].
They're entitled to do whatever they
want to do."
Gilbert Kaplan thinks Bacchanalia
can help bring some order to the chaos
of Second Saturdays, particularly when

it comes to food trucks. Since it is a
permitted event, Kaplan says, food
trucks who sign up with them can avoid
the potential of being hassled by the
police or code enforcement: "For guys
who want to be part of something, who
realize they'll be making their money
back within a half-hour, Bacchanalia is a
good option."
To help ensure a respectable turnout,
Kaplan and Sadkin have hired a street
team of six who will herd people toward
the event. Bacchanalia is also being
promoted on Facebook, SocialMiami.
com (where Sadkin's sister works), and
various blogs and websites.
The event has already had a few
hiccups. Early promotional material
appeared to be seeking fees of $300 for
food trucks and $500 for wine distribu-
tors. Sadkin insists those figures were
meant for the wine vendors only. Food
trucks, he says, will be charged between
$100 and $200. (Richard Hales isn't sure
what he'll be charging food trucks to be
part of his August event, though this past
spring the trucks were paying $125.)
The event was also initially going
to be held on July 14, but Bacchanalia's

Gilbert Kaplan of Bacchanalia: The
Food & Wine Festival at Art Walk.

sponsors insisted on a delay, Kaplan says.
The biggest hurdle, he says, was con-
vincing vendors that he and Sadkin were
not the Concrete Jungle Experiment, an-
other event that was held near NW 24th

Street and 2nd Avenue back in March.
"It was a complete failure," Kaplan
relates. "Every truck that was involved
with it said it was the worst thing they
had done. They wanted to make sure we
were not those same kids."
But will Bacchanalia be a success?
"We're putting a lot of money into it, so
we better hope so," Kaplan replies. "If
we lose money on this and it's a com-
plete failure, we're not doing it again.
If we make money, we're obviously
going to do it again. Future events are
completely dependent on the success
of August 11, and all our partners are
completely aware of that."
Although restaurateur Richard
Hales will be hosting a separate event
with food trucks and entertainment a
few blocks away, he hopes Bacchanalia
is successful. "I wish them all the best,"
Hales writes in an e-mail. "Any event
bringing exposure for Wynwood is a
plus for the community."

For more information about Bacchana-
lia, go to artwalkfoodandwine.com.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI SHORES

Summer Smorgasbord
With Miami Spice rolling into town, and some nearby gourmet
finds, August isn't for the calorie-conscious

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
Preview tasting for the media for
"Miami Spice" the two-month
program of prix-fixe lunches and
dinners offered at hundreds of restau-
rants in Miami began in June. What
this should tell you is two things: 1) Now
in its 11th year, Miami Spice has become
so important to restaurateurs that they
begin working in earnest on their prix-
fixe menus well ahead of time, which
can only bode well for diners, and 2) My
bikini season begins in earnest after the
school year starts, when I once again
become too busy to eat.
During one of these tasting a
fantastic rib-eye at Bourbon Steak in the
Turnberry Isle Resort, where renowned

chef Michael Mina was in attendance to
oversee the menu I got into a discus-
sion with a manager who lives in the
Shores about finding wholesome, natural
products to grill at home.
It's not that difficult, really, to find
seafood around us without resorting to
Publix. My husband stopped on the side
of the road in North Miami the other day,
just a few blocks north of the country
club, and brought home a pound of fresh
shrimp from one of those panel trucks.
Although I've always been suspicious
of that particular source, I have to admit
it turned out to be more than fine. And
there's always Captain Jim's on W. Dixie
Highway in North Miami, where I usually
go for everything from snapper to oysters.
But for the carnivorous grill enthu-
siast in the Shores, options for sourcing

naturally raised beef and poultry are
few and far between. That's one of the
reasons I was so pleased to find Gaucho
Ranch's "grill boutique," located in a
warehouse on NE 2nd Avenue.
About five minutes from El Portal,
Gaucho Ranch is named for the cowboys
who take care of the herds on the pampas,
or plains, in South America, living a
bovine-equine lifestyle alongside them.
It's owned by Argentine Pablo
Liberato, who provides both restaurants

and regular home cooks with naturally
raised, organic, grass-and-clover-fed
products from partner Edwardo Urgal's
100-year-old family farm, La Escalera
Ranch, in Uruguay.
Gaucho offers fresh, wet-aged
wagyu ground beef, filet mignon, strip
steaks, rib-eyes, short ribs, skirt steaks,
and chorizo. They're vacuum-packed,
which means they'll last several weeks
in the fridge. But if you don't use them
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in the freezer. Morcilla (blood sausage)
and chorizo are also available, although
these come frozen.
As for the poultry, the chicken
wings, thighs, and breasts and turkey
tenderloins come from Amish coun-
try, where the Pennsylvania Dutch keep
them free of everything unsavory: anti-
biotics, hormones, and cages. Just like
we would keep our children except we
don't want to eat them.
In addition, a gift shop features tra-
ditional South American woods, knives,
aprons, olive oil, and a DVD on how to
prepare asado A 1,. >, ., the barbecue
for which Argentina is famous.
On the way back from Gaucho Ranch,
you can stop in at the Village Stand, a
cute little shop that readers alerted me to,
on NE 98th Street in Miami Shores. It's
difficult to spot from NE 2nd Avenue, but
turn east and you'll see it.
Beyond artisan cheeses and stock
items such as pasta, the Village Stand
features a number of gourmet products
that work well on the grill olive oils,
marinades, seasonings, hot sauces -
and pickles, chutneys, and relishes to
go with the proteins once they come off

the grill. You can even pick up a gluten-
free brownie mix (or head to neighbor
Enchanting Creations for cupcakes) to
finish off the meal.
Last-minute churrasco cookouts
are a fragrant breeze with these shops
around town. And I've made it even
easier with some homespun recipes for
you (one, naturally, includes mango).
But none of these stores, to be frank, is
inexpensive. So if you'd rather try the
Miami Spice menus around town, feel
free to visit www.ilovemiamispice.com.
At press time no restaurants in or near
Miami Shores, with the exception of the
fabulous Michy's, had signed up. But
that's always subject to change.

Gaucho Ranch Rib-Eye Steaks with
Zesty Maitre D' Butter and Pickled
Crispy Asparagus
It's almost a sin to garnish such rela-
tively lean red beef with butter, but no
one ever said I was an angel. Given the
investment you're putting into your meat,
buy the best butter you can, too. Plugri
always works for me.
1 tablespoon minced, fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon minced, fresh dill

1 tablespoon minced, fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon minced, fresh thyme
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Key lime zest
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 stick unsalted butter, softened but
not melted
4 Gaucho Ranch rib-eye steaks,
seasoned on both sides with salt and
1 jar Tillen Farms pickled crispy as-
paragus (buy at the Village Stand)
In a food processor, pulse the herbs,
red pepper flakes, Key lime zest, orange
zest, salt, and pepper. Add the butter and
mix until blended. Using two teaspoons
(or a pastry bag if you have one), shape
the butter into decorative buttons of
desired shape and thickness onto a pre-
pared waxed tray. Refrigerate the butter
until it hardens.
Grill the steaks to desired doneness
and top each with pats of the prepared
butter. Garnish with two spears each
pickled crispy asparagus. Serve after the
meat has rested for a few minutes and the
butter has begun to melt. Serves four.

Gaucho Ranch Organic Chorizo
"Dogs" with Mango Chimichurri
Buy two packs of chorizo. Depending
on the size of the roll or your appetite,
you may want to double up on these
babies! Besides, this product comes
frozen, so you can always keep the extra
pack if you don't use it, next to your
gallon bags of chopped mangos.
4 (or 8) Gaucho Ranch organic chorizos
4 Cuban-style rolls (substitute any hot
dog or hoagie bun)
1 cup shaved red cabbage
1 cup mango chimichurri (recipe below)
1 jar Peppadew piquant peppers
(buy at the Village Stand)
Grill chorizos until skin crackles.
Spread each roll with 1/2 cup of red cab-
bage. In each roll, lay a chorizo (or two)
on top of the cabbage, then garnish gener-
ously with mango chimichurri. Top with
sliced peppers. Makes four sandwiches.

Mango Chimichurri
For this recipe, go to the online version
of this column at www.biscaynetimes.
com. It's included there.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMI

This Calls for a Mega Party!
The Biscayne Landing deal will net North Miami $17 million -
minus whatever it spends celebrating its good fortune

By Mark Sell
BT Contributor

It was the night before Christmas-
in-July at the North Miami City
Council's final meeting heading into
summer recess.
Visions of sugarplums danced in the
air at the July 10 meeting, with the im-
minent payment of $17.5 million about to
drop through the chimney from Florida
developer Michael Swerdlow's Oleta
Partners to develop Biscayne Landing.
If you're new to this party, Oleta
Partners, a group headed by Swerdlow
and New York mega-developer Richard
LeFrak, is preparing a $500-million,
ten-year development of big-box stores, a
hotel, residences, and an assisted-living
facility on the 184-acre former landfill
at 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

The renewable 99-year-land lease is with
the City of North Miami.
Although the $17.5 million had yet to
be wired to the city on July 10, the main
discussion on the table was scheduling
a Labor Day party celebrating Haitian
heritage (dubbed the "Meganaval") for
$270,650 per year for the next six
Sponsor: Radio Mega (1700 AM).
Proposed footer of the bill: the City of
North Miami. City's proposed share of
profits: zero. Anticipated crowd: 40,000
people and 10,000 cars, with 125th Street
closed from Griffing Boulevard to NE
12th Avenue. Public notice for this pro-
posed council item: four days. Proposed
notice for this gargantuan event: about
seven weeks.
What's more, prior to the meeting,
Radio Mega announced on its website

that Mayor Andre Pierre and council
members Marie Steril and Jean Marcel-
lus had already endorsed it. Yet they
hadn't even voted. Was the fix in?
Now, as many a sinner knows,
sudden riches North Miami's taxable
values have declined, making that $17.5
million from Oleta Partners mighty al-
luring can make people a little crazy,
even do things they might regret in the
morning. Fortunately, morning-after

wisdom prevailed this time, as council
members checked their temptation and
deferred consideration of the Meganaval
at least until they come back from recess
August 28.
"This is exciting and will put
North Miami on the map," said Joe
Celestin, ex-mayor, man-about-town,
and $300,000-a-year manager of the
Biscayne Landing project. "This is an
economic engine."

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True enough, said Mayor Pierre,
just as excited and wholeheartedly for it.
But then Pierre said the Right Thing: "I
would hate to start spending money we
don't have yet." Bingo. Events like this
take a year to plan.
But watch out. They'll be back. And
you can consider this petition among the
first in a procession of supplicants seek-
ing nourishment ladled from the Oleta
Partners tureen (or diving for the trough,
if you will). And you'd hope that, even
with money in hand, the city council
members will curb temptation and dis-
tinguish needs from wants.
So what happens when the money
actually comes?
The way things lean at the moment,
the city would start by establishing a $5
million reserve, which is smart. (City
manager Steve Johnson says that priva-
tizing waste pickup, selling equipment
and land, and cutting or freezing salaries
has erased the previous $6 million deficit
from the city's $41 million budget.)
Then it gets interesting. Johnson
proposes $4 million for "mayor/council,"
which works out to $800,000 per elected
official. Then you've got $1.5 million for

vehicles, $1 million for reduced furlough
days over three years, $1.8 million for a
five-percent pay increase for employees
over three years (not a great raise after
pay cuts of 15 to 20 percent); $1.7 for
"union negotiations" (we talking cops?),
$1 million for citywide capital improve-
ments, $1 million in improvements to
city hall (seriously?), and $500,000 for
information technology.
And presto, you're at $17.5 million
- not to be seen again next year, or the
year after that, or the year after that.
That's why the budget hearings at
yet undetermined dates in late August
and early September will be so criti-
cal, as constituents come forward with
requests for sidewalks, pavement re-
pairs, drainage help, and handicapped
access, not to mention heritage-
affirming carnivals with great music
and interesting food.
"I've had two calls this morning
from groups wanting money," said Coun-
cilman Scott Galvin. "I tell them that
they had better have a good plan ready. I
would rather not spend the money at all
until we have a really close look at what
the needs are."

At the unusually harmonious July 10
council meeting, even Councilman Mi-
chael Blynn, normally a budget Grinch,
sounded like Santa Claus. "I'd like ev-
erybody to know that we'll have money
available at the end of the month," Blynn
said. "I'd like all of you to think about
what you need in your neighborhood to
improve your quality of life. E-mail us."
Carol Keys, a lawyer and former (and
perhaps future) mayoral candidate came
forward as she often does and splashed
ice water on the carnival proposal, with
a broader message on North Miami's
opaque workings. "My concern is the
lack of transparency in our city," she said.
"Mayor, you are right on target. It does
take a year to prepare, and I think the
carnival would be a fantastic addition."
She was just using a soft left jab to
set up a flurry of hard right hooks.
The Radio Mega letter requesting
the carnival had been received in the city
manager's office April 4, she said, yet
the public had not heard about it until the
Friday before the meeting, when it was
put on the city's website.
Why, she asked, did Radio Mega list
three council members in support before

there had even been a vote? Why wasn't
it brought up at the June 28 mayor's
forum for the business community? Why
wasn't the idea run by the North Miami
Chamber of Commerce? Why doesn't
the city do its own carnival, starting at a
smaller scale to work out the kinks? Can
it at least get a share of the profits? Why
make it a privately run event in which
the city doesn't get a piece of the gate?
The fall season will likely signal the
beginning of a debate over the proper
use of the Oleta Partners money that
will lead up to the council and mayoral
elections in May 2013. Add to this the
upcoming December trial of Ricardo
Brutus, the mayor's nephew and cam-
paign manager, who was caught on
tape collecting an envelope of cash in
exchange for a promise to influence city
council votes, and who was charged with
two counts of practicing law without a
license, two counts of grand theft, and
one count of organized fraud.
Where this leads we cannot say, but
there's one sure thing: We'll get our
money's worth of entertainment.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA

Changes in Latitudes,

Changes in Attitudes
Are folks in Miami the snootiest in all of South Florida.

By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
BT Contributor
Anyone with a "normal" job or
worse anyone who works for
themselves knows it's not
easy to get out of the office for lunch
on a regular basis. I'm certainly guilty
of missing the sun for weeks on end as
I throw myself into my various proj-
ects, but lately relaxing has become
more important.
I've been making a real effort to
achieve a balance, so when my dear
friend David texted me that he was in
town for a few days (doing an event at
the Fontainebleau) and wanted to have
lunch, I couldn't say no.

The next day David, who lives in
Orlando, came over to see my condo in
Aventura before we headed to a popular
Sunny Isles salad place. I asked him
why he was staying in Hollywood when
his event was in Miami, and he replied,
"The people are nicer. As you head
toward Miami, people get kind of weird."
"Weird?" I asked. "How so?"
"I don't know," he said, looking
embarrassed. "Just weird.... Like snobby,
nasty. I can't nail it down to one thing.
They're just not nice."
His answer took me aback. "In gen-
eral or in specific situations?" I asked.
"Generally," he said, looking at me
like I should have known. "I mean, it's
much more laid-back in Hollywood than

. "

in Miami, don't you think? The waiters
want to refill your glass, the doorman
smiles when he opens the door. The
manager or whoever was standing by
the door even said goodbye when I left
Publix. Everything in Miami is more of
a hassle. Like people can't be bothered. I
don't know. Do you think it's just me?"
When I thought about the attitudes
he was describing, it really became clear

to me. It swings. Palm Beach is different
from Broward and Broward is different
from Miami-Dade, but I never thought
about it being good versus bad. They
were just different. And furthermore,
there are nuances from town to town.
So after giving his question a respect-
ful amount of consideration, I answered,
"No, it's not you. You're right. I really
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points it out to me."
I've lived in South Florida for nearly
13 years (Aventura for eight) and, while
what he was telling me is not anything I
don't already know deep down, it's not a
daily topic of conversation. Needless to
say, his words got to me.
"What do you think of it here?" I asked.
"Here, as in this restaurant, or as in
Sunny Isles or Aventura?
"All three."
"I can't say, because I've only been
in contact with a few people here, but the
restaurant valet was rude, the waitress
is abrupt, and the restaurant's owner is
nice. Everyone was accommodating at
your condo, but you live there. So far,
everyone in Miami has been seemingly
annoyed about everything. But I've only
been here for a few days. Maybe they
don't like me."
It was then that I decided to begin
experimenting. Did people pick up "at-
titude" as one heads south? Where does
the attitude problem begin and where
does it end? And where does Aventura fit
into the whole thing?
For a week (including one intensive
day) I observed people and took notice of

every nuance of their interactions with
me whether they smiled back when
I smiled first, or the intonation of their
voices when I asked a question, asked
for assistance, or just said hi. I looked at
patrons, store clerks, folks walking their
dogs, people of all ages, those relax-
ing and those working, to see if I could
detect changes in attitude.
I thought I'd figure out just where
the s.nobb%" begins and, knowing that
physical appearance always plays a part
in how people react to you, I began on a
day that I was feeling particularly unat-
tractive. Perfect!
So what happened? It was a lot like
David saw it. There was no attitude in
Hollywood, Dania Beach, or Hallan-
dale Beach until you hit Gulfstream.
There, as I bounced from restaurant
to restaurant, the amount of attitude I
encountered depended on the type of
eatery. Higher-end establishments had
more snootiness; breweries and sports
pubs were super friendly. Not too sur-
prising, but not really okay.
As I moved into Aventura, I found
another divide. There was plenty of nice.
Small business owners in the service

industry were great. Publix cashiers and
baggers generally great. Servers were
also nice. I went into many little shops
in Loehmann's Plaza. One day I went
dressed up; the next day, dressed down.
When I was made up, associates fawned
all over me, but when I was without
make-up, whoa, did attitudes change.
Strangely enough, where I found the
most arrogance was in nail and beauty
salons. It was almost as if they were
trying to test "the new girl."
I won't say where it was, but the
mani-pedi was the most awful two hours
I've ever spent in one place. The tech
didn't speak to me (yes, she spoke fluent
English and yes, I tried starting conver-
sations numerous times to no avail)
and it was as if she went extra slow to
torture me that much more.
It got even worse when I produced
a Groupon. I may be exaggerating a
little, but it was pretty darn uncomfort-
able. And for the record, I am so happy I
already have someone I trust to color my
hair. Aren't those activities supposed to
be warm, fuzzy, and pampering?
So be it. I continued south, stop-
ping at Epicure on A1A, which proved

an excellent experience (with cooked
shrimp at $40 a pound, it should be),
before making my way west to a North
Miami vintage shop, where I picked up
an awesome macram6 bracelet. The pro-
prietors were forthcoming and gracious.
I stopped on Biscayne and 72nd
for sushi. The waiter was fine. My next
stop was in the Design District, where
the first true "snob" sighting occurred.
You've got to love holier-than-thou
home-furnishings dealers. (If I did want
a $3500 area rug, I now know where I
won't be buying it. The same goes for my
bed frame and sofa.)
And so it went. Midtown was sur-
prisingly cool except for one Target
associate. And the Beach is, well, the
Beach. I had no issues, but it can be
intimidating. Brickell was low-key, so I
stopped there.
There's so much more to tell, but for
now, this'll have to do. So what did I learn?
The compass is not the determining factor
- it just seems that way. Snooty comes
from those who think they're all that,
regardless of their ZIP code.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: MIAMI AT LARGE

Freaky Meeting You Here
Our correspondent runs into her ex at a pizza parlor, and has some
second thoughts about her old stomping grounds

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor
Truly disturbing incident of epic
proportions happened to me
some weeks ago, so naturally I
am going to write about it. Then, Friday,
another disturbing incident of epic pro-
portions happened to me. Both incidents
occurred right here in Miami, although
they could have happened anywhere.
And a bonus they're related!
Incident number one: I saw my ex-
boyfriend in a pizza shop.
While that may not sound like
as big a deal as say, finding fictitious
WMDs, and might have registered as
little more than a "Hmmm, well, isn't

that something" moment with most other
people, I am not most other people.
The weird thing is, I'd seen this person
only one other time since we last spoke.
And it was years ago. To be precise, ten
years ago, which is such a long stretch of
time it has its own name: a decade. And it
was in the same pizza place.
Now, I don't know what is in the
pepperoni in those pies I don't eat
meat but I think it's a safe assump-
tion that something mystical is at work.
Or maybe it's mere coincidence to run
into the guy you lost your virginity to,
invested five years of your life in, and
thought (when it became apparent the
relationship was over) that you would at
least exchange holiday cards with, in the

same place you last saw him.
Maybe. Except this is a neighbor-
hood I don't frequent. (More on that in
a minute.) But first, what of these two
chance meetings with the Ex? The first
one was awkward. Not, by all appear-
ances, as much for me as for the Ex, who
seemed terribly anxious and could not
wait to flee. I think I introduced him to
my husband. He snarfed down a piece of

pizza and ran.
This last time, he seemed a bit more
at ease. But he also seemed like more of
a fraud. The first time his hair was still
long, as he had always kept it. This time
it was short and, somewhat eerily to me,
a bit thinning. He also seemed what?
shocked? surprised? to see me. Or
more likely he was thinking about the
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Either way, the first thing he muttered
was: "Nice tattoos."
After a few minutes of chitchat he
pulled out his wallet and showed me a
picture of his kid. I couldn't care less
about babies and I'm not a good liar, so all
I could muster was: \\oW\ We're old!"
Now for the second Incident of Epic
Proportions. As I write this, perched
high on my desk chair, rear end balanced
atop piles of clothing, I am thinking
once more about The Day. My birth-
day. It just happened. Ouch. I believe a
random zipper just snagged my bare-
bottom flesh.
I think I speak for most women
when I say that birthdays lose their
appeal after age 25. Maybe 30. Because
that is the very age women, in this
culture anyway, lose their social value.
It might sound sexist or not fall softly
enough on some Pollyanna's ears, but as
the cliche goes, it's "sad but true."
You can fight it all you want, but
three things will never change: Death,
taxes, and attractive women past their
mid-30s being told they "look good for
their age," as opposed to simply looking
good. Of course, for men, it's a different

story. Men only get better with age. (Oh,
those handsome wrinkles!)
I had a feeing I would not age with
any grace, and sure enough, it's been an
uphill battle. And I only just turned 38.
So unless I drop dead, there is more of
this to come.
But I'm not here to discuss the aging
process and to argue with delusional freaks
who insist I'm wrong. They can rant on the
Letters to the Editor page. Instead since,
at times, I identify with this city more than
anyone or anything else I'm here to
reminisce about Miami's aging process.
Since I was born in 1974, in what
was then just good ol' Coral Gables-
based Doctor's Hospital and is now
HealthSouth Doctor's Hospital, I've seen
a mighty wave of change. While the 305
basics have remained the same great
weather, terrible drivers, shallow people
- neighborhoods have changed, as shift-
ing demographics have forced folks to
settle in areas alongside their o\ in kind "
Of course, I prefer living away from my
own kind. Not that I have a kind. (I'll
just say this: White people scare me.)
Anyhow, one thing I've been
wondering about Miami lately is this: Is

there a hip 'hood? You see, I'm confused.
For example, when I was a miserable
pre-teen and then a miserable teen -
attending public schools for spoiled, rich,
evil children (Southwood Junior High
and Palmetto Senior High), The Falls
shopping center was the place to go to
see movies, mill about, and cause trou-
ble. Of course, this took place in South
Dade (not Miami-Dade), pre-Hurricane
Andrew, pre-Pinecrest incorporation,
pre-Parrot Jungle's move to the concrete
Jungle Island alongside 1-395. In other
words, I'm discussing ancient history.
After I graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida in 1997, I1 took a reporting
job for the Coral Gables Gazette. At
that time it seemed Coconut Grove was
the place to go. Although Coral Gables
seemed to be a decent enough spot to
waste your paycheck, as well.
However, looking back, I think Coral
Gables was always an insular, conserva-
tive, wealthy community. I suspected
that at the time; now, years and many
Miami neighborhoods later, I see I was
right. I think youth had me fooled. Youth
and proximity. I also remember some
bars like Hooligan's in the Dadeland area

being popular. Odd.
But here's the thing: I can't deal
with going south of downtown Miami
anymore. Frankly, it gives me the
creeps. I'm not sure if this is because it
reminds me of my miserable childhood
or because it seems, for lack of a more
original phrase, incredibly lame. It's all
suburbs and Little League and yawn,
yawn, yawn.
Not that there's a lack of those things
north of the Brickell line. It's just that I
can get away from them more easily in
an area like Midtown or Wynwood or
North Miami, where there is a thriving
arts community.
But was southern Dade always a
bastion of boredom? The neighborhoods
south of downtown Miami used to teem
with some young or edgy life, no? Now
when I visit them, they seem mere tidal
pools of ennui.
And you know who still lives there?
My shorthaired, proud-new-father-
shocked-at-the-site-of-tattoos-Ex. And
big surprise: We have never exchanged
holiday cards.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADE

A Rising Tide of Trouble
Before you know it, we'll all have oceanfront property

By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor
he sea is rising, make no mis-
take about it, and the impacts on
South Florida are slowly increas-
ing, too. Some say global warming is a
political hoax perpetrated by the envi-
ronmental left, who blame the corporate
right for the continued pollution of the
atmosphere with heat-trapping green-
house gasses. Regardless of the causes,
there is no disputing the fact that the
sea is rising and Florida will be one of
its first victims.
By the year 2030, it is predicted that
the southern coastline of our fair state
will suffer significant sea rise enough

to cause a mass exodus northward and
inland. Panic will occur much earlier, as
the subtle onslaught already underway
begins to take hold and more and more
of us begin to realize the inevitable. The
blame game and finger-pointing will
evolve into a fright that will have cata-
strophic effects on our local economy
long before the water reaches our doors.
Much of our area will revert to
marshlands, like those that existed mil-
lions of years ago between the land and
the sea. In fact, geologists tell us the
Florida peninsula has been submerged
and has risen some seven times over the
millennia, and this latest threat, some-
what premature by geological standards,
is being accelerated by global warming.

If we look around and take note of our
surroundings, we can see the signs of the
impending changes.
Many of you may not realize it, but
the west side of Miami is a manmade
landmass from approximately 27th
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to lap the shores of Miami along what
is now 27th Avenue and, at one time,

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27th Avenue! There, the Indians would
bring the furs and pelts of indigenous
animals to trade with the white man
for such manufactured goods as weap-
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- not totally due to global warming, but
from the effort by our governments to
protect this vast wilderness as well as
our fresh water supply. The federal gov-
ernment is slowly raising the water level,
which will produce hydraulic pressure,
commonly referred to as "head," that
helps in preventing saltwater intrusion.
Over the course of 100 years, the
Army Corps of Engineers has construct-
ed a system of canals to drain the Ever-
glades and enable development. Then 50
or 60 years ago, the same engineering
giants installed salinity dams within
these canals to prevent or slow saltwa-
ter intrusion, which taints our drinking
water supply and wreaks havoc on the
Glades' ecosystem.
The west side of our city has a
drainage system that dumps rainwater
runoff into the Blue Lagoon Lakes
bordering Miami International Airport;
you see these lakes as you drive along
State Road 836. Funny thing, though, is
that since the feds have been raising the
water table in the Everglades, the gravity
feed of runoff water from the land to the
lakes has been stifled because the level
of the lakes has also risen.

So what was done? The city im-
plored the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District to install huge pumps that
"back pump" this runoff water back into
the Everglades to give temporary relief.
But the onslaught of water continues as
water seeks its own level, as Swiss physi-
cist Daniel Bernoulli established many
years ago in his formulas on hydraulics.
And now there is a project underway
to elevate approximately one mile of the
Tamiami Trail to allow fresh water to
freely shoot across the sawgrass plains
in an effort to reestablish the natural
ecosystem of the Everglades. Marjory
Stoneman Douglas would be proud that
finally there are manmade efforts afoot
to save her precious River of Grass. But
all these manmade efforts pale by com-
parison to those of Mother Nature. The
sea is rising and we, the inhabitants, are
beginning to take notice.
In last month's Biscayne Times,
contributor Jim W. Harper wrote a
column titled "That Sinking Feeling," in
which he implored "local educators to
teach our children that sea-level rise is a
reality, and what to do about it." And in
a Miami Herald article on June 28, it was

announced that "an ambitious effort to
map out a 50-year plan for the sustain-
able growth of seven Southeast Florida
counties is under way."
Of course, topics such as mass
transit, threats to the Everglades and the
region's water supply, sub-par schools,
and an economy dependent on tourism
and real estate development are naturals
for immediate attention. But the elephant
in the room "the uncertain perils
posed by sea-level rise, which the key-
note speaker described as ominous and
terrifying" was at least recognized.
And on July 11, the National Oce-
anic and Atmospheric Administration
released its report on the climate for
2011 and, suffice to say, it was not full
of good news. The plans for addressing
the rising tide in South Florida have yet
to be formulated, but I think it is safe
to assume it will not include a series of
dikes or levies to protect the landmasses
so threatened. Let's face it: We live on a
peninsula that is barely above sea level
in the best of circumstances; to think
that concrete and mortar may be the
answer is to only continue the denial of
what we must inevitably face.

The fundamental short-term ques-
tion in my mind is: When does it become
a bad investment to own property in
South Florida? Think about someone
purchasing a home with a 30-year
mortgage 2030 is only 18 short years
away. Talking about being "underwater"
on your investment could become more
than a financial cliche.
The fact that people are becoming
aware of this is illustrated by a comment
to local blogger "Genius of Despair" on
the blog Eye on Miami. Concerning the
ongoing Parrot Jungle fiasco, Anony-
mous wrote, "This is a short-term fight.
With sea-level rise from climate warm-
ing, Watson Island will disappear into
the sea within a generation!" Couldn't
have said it better myself.
So how are our local county politi-
cians addressing this issue? We have a
question on the upcoming ballot regard-
ing whether the pit bull ordinance should
be rescinded and a straw vote item on
whether we should tax ourselves to help
homeless animals. Yup, that's where
we're at.

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Culture: THE ARTS

The Shirt Off Our Back

A new exhibit at HistoryMiami gives the iconic guayabera its due

By Anne Tschida
BT Arts Editor
Once known as the Historical
Museum of Southern Florida, the
recently renamed HistoryMi-
ami is a gem, whatever it is called. A
prime example of this: the exhibit that
just opened, called "The Guayabera:
A Shirt's Story." A perfect match for
Miami, it's both fun and informative,
and so related to our South Florida world.
One of the three institutions that
sits around a big, open plaza on Flagler
Street in downtown Miami (the other
two are the main branch of the Miami-
Dade Public Library and the Miami Art
Museum, which will be departing next
year), HistoryMiami was first accredited
in 1979, and in 2011 became part of the
Smithsonian Institution Affiliations
Program. Along with temporary exhib-
its and permanent displays chronicling
South Florida's history, the museum
also runs some of the best tours around,
including cultural, ecological, and archi-
tectural excursions.
But back to the guayabera. The
four-pocket, lightweight, straight-lined
shirt is familiar to people here and in
the Caribbean, South America, Mexico,
even the Philippines. The story of how
one shirt reached such iconic status is
fascinating, and told at the museum in
pictures, video, text, and, of course, ver-
sions of the garment in its varied forms
throughout the years.

Clothing has a strong cultural com-
ponent around the globe. In Asia, the
kimono and cheongsam are intricately
tied to Japanese and Chinese cultures;
the kilt is distinctly Scottish; the Leder-
hosen, German. And throughout Latin
American countries, the guayabera is
a signifier, though in different ways
depending on where you are.
Take, for instance, the actual origin
of the shirt. There is controversy over
this, competition even, which the
museum attempts to resolve. One version
posits its birth in Cuba in the 1900s, as a
very practical piece of clothing for rural
dwellers. It is said to have been designed
for the particular purpose of carrying
guayabas in the four pockets, hence the
name guayabera.
But it is also called "the Mexican
wedding shirt," and Mexico makes
claims to its origins as more glamor-
ous attire. The cut of the garment also
closely resembles the Spanish military
uniforms of the colonial era, and in the
Philippines, an early version of the shirt,
perhaps dating back to the Spanish
occupation, has also been documented.
The museum essentially comes down on
the side of Cuba as the original home of
the shirt.
The guayabera became the most
popular menswear item on the island
by the 1950s, what HistoryMiami has
labeled the "heyday" of the shirt in Cuba.
Earlier maligned as a guajiro or
peasant-style garment, by the time

The Cuban model, 1951, sold at the famed El Encanto.

the famous Havana department store El
Encanto started selling it in the mid-20th
Century, the guayabera was considered
essential attire for well-dressed Cubans.
However, as we find out here, it was still
fairly uniform in design and material -
linen and white, with vertical pleating.
But despite its everyman origins, after
the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the guaya-
bera, considered a relic of the old order,

fell out of favor with the new regime.
Production of the shirt virtually
ceased, and the guayabera industry
migrated to Mexico Veracruz and
the Yucatan, in particular. The Mexicans
added their own flair, colorful stitching,
and embroidery that resembled some of
the traditional Mayan clothing. When
then Mexican president Luis Echeverria
donned the item in the 1970s, it reached

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Celia Cruz wore this custom dress at a 1993 fashion show in Miami Beach.

the peak of fashion there.
Further north in Miami, Cuban
exiles had not forgotten the shirt so as-
sociated with their homeland. In one nice
touch, a pair of scissors that once be-
longed to tailor Ramon Puig is displayed.
The most famous guayabera tailor in
Cuba his client roster reportedly
included a Cuban president Puig fled
the island in 1968 and landed in Miami,
to continue his trade. But he had left his
scissors behind, and made a special trip
back just to retrieve them.
Guayabera stores, designers, and fac-
tories proliferated in Miami, and, in the
American tradition, the shirt morphed
into an amazing array of styles, colors,
and materials. The guayabera was no
longer just a long-sleeve white shirt for
men. No. Even the great singer Celia
Cruz put on a black guayabera dress for
concerts, displayed here as part of the
contemporary section of the exhibit.

This is the most playful addition to
the "Shirt's Story." There is a multi-col-
ored women's version that looks more
like a muumuu, a handsome yellow
shirt with blue stitching, and a leather-
jacket version that is barely recogniz-
able when compared to its ancestors.
We see Perry Ellis has gotten into the
guayabera trend, and there is a preview
of Miami-based D'Accord's spring 2013
collection, featuring guayaberas. Little
mannequins wear kids' and toddlers'
variants, and yes, it had to happen -
the exhibit introduces us to guayabera
attire for pets.
The only drawback is that the ex-
hibit is too small. It could have included
a lot more without becoming boring, as
this is clearly a history of much more
than a shirt.
As long as you're here, though, make
sure to check out the rest of the museum.
On the second floor is the permanent

Spanish soldiers stationed in Cuba Cuban designer Emiliano
were issued this shirt, 1895-1898. Nelson created this patriotic
guayabera, 2012.

exhibition of the history of South Florida,
a well-done, diverse documentation of
this bottom end of North America that
both kids and adults should find com-
pelling (or at least parts of it).
While most historical and science
museums include full-scale models of
structures, animals, or landscapes, the
sets here highlight just how complex
and even strange our area was and
is. For instance, there is the portion of
the exhibit that includes an old fishing
boat, which details the Key West sponge
industry. Even if you knew there was
such an industry, the history will still be
a revelation.
You'll find out how the Creek
Indians were forced out of Georgia and
Alabama and ended up in the swamps
of Florida in the 1700s, and through
an elaborate series of mistranslations
became known as the Seminoles.
Along with the various Native Amer-
ican tribes that made Florida home, one
display tracks the succession of other
groups that dominated the peninsula,

from the Spanish, French, and English,
right up to its ultimate annexation by the
United States. Oh, and how about the
history of Spanish forts, starting in St.
Augustine? And if you didn't know al-
ready, Miami itself has a unique, diverse
origin: When incorporated in 1896, 100
of the 502 registered voters were African
Next month HistoryMiami will
unveil a much more contemporary ex-
hibit called "Teen Miami," with photos,
TV spots, articles, and testimonies of the
youthful city's youth, from World War II
to the present.
Who says we don't have history

"The Guayabera: A Shirt's Story" runs
;hi.'", ih January 13 at HistoryvMiami,
101 W. Flagler St.; 305-375-1492; www.
historymiami. org.

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For the third year in a row, serious master drum-
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workshops 24 in all and perform in concert,
from Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August
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from the Caribbean. The local dance troupe Delou
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a year. Delou joins the guests starting at 7:45 p.m.
on Saturday for the "Bridging the Gap" concert,
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Been to the Brickell area lately? It's
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Population Explosion at MAM
There is a strange and beautiful ex-
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Flagler St.) from Korean video artist
Kimsooja, in which the artist, her back


to the camera, stands absolutely still
while masses of people from the world's
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August 18. The film chronicles the great
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population of 24 million in the next eight
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Cost of admission to the museum is $8.
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Miami Is Tutu International
The International Ballet Festival has
brought principal dancers here from
the world over for 16 years, thanks to
Cuban-born-and-trained dancer and
festival director Pedro Pablo Pefia. The
fest kicks off with some films and con-
tinues with up-and-coming dancers and
world-renowned performers, including
companies from Prague in the Czech Re-
public and the Istanbul State Opera and
Ballet from Turkey. It all begins Friday,
August 24, and runs through September
16. For more information on the various
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All the Sounds of Brazil in
One Band
O Rappa pretty much proves that
contemporary Brazilian music is
as much of a mix as its population.
Don't call this mega-band which
has been on hiatus of late a rap or
reggae or rock or funk group. It is all
of those. Now that O Rappa has come
out of hiding, the Rhythm Foundation
will make it possible to see them live
at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the
Jackie Gleason Theater (1700 Wash-
ington Ave., Miami Beach) on Sunday,
August 5 at 8:30 p.m. Maybe the band
will recreate the magic of its 2009
performance in an abandoned garage
in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, when
thousands of people showed up to
groove until the sun came up. Tickets
range from $35 to $50. Go to www.

in Miami-Dade and Broward counties -
go to www.internationalballetfestival.org.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $55.

Monthly Fun on Calle Ocho
Viernes Culturales, or Cultural Fridays, has
become a Miami mainstay, a street festival
that really does reflect much of what makes
our city unique. Some call it kitschy, but many
find it good fun On the last Friday of every
month that's August 31 SW 8th Street,
between 14th and 17th avenues, fills up with
musicians, artists, performers, face painters,
and other entertainment. There may be tango
lessons at Domino Plaza, flamenco danc-
ing at the restaurant Casa Panza, and salsa
and reggae bands on the various stages.
Art galleries and studios open their doors,
while pop-up booths that offer food, cafeci-
tos, and mojitos add to the merriment. It all
takes place from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and
it's free. Go to www.viemesculturales.org.

Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida.
Please send information and images to

August 2012

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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann

If It Looks Like a Crook and
Smells Like a Crook...
400 Block ofNE 30th Street
A man with bad body odor entered an
unlocked, occupied apartment. Smell-
ing the man at the door, the owner told
him to leave immediately, to which
the malodorous man replied, "Sorry,
wrong apartment," before sprinting to
the balcony. From there, he jumped to
the adjacent balcony and tried to make
his way out through the front door of
that apartment. The victim met him
there and an altercation ensued. The
victim removed the smelly man's pants
- which contained a watch, necklace,
identification cards, and burglary tools
- but the smelly man managed to get

away. Victim told police the burglar ap-
peared to be homeless.

It's Enough to Make You Cry
600 Block of NE 79th Street
Video surveillance captured a person break-
ing into the back of a restaurant and stealing
a 50-pound bag of onions. (How does one
run off carrying that much weight?) When
police later stopped the man, he spontane-
ously offered: "I know why you are looking
for me and I should just own up to the fact
that I sold [the onions] to a Haitian restau-
rant. Officer, please charge me with petty
theft; I don't need a felony charge." The
officers promptly arrested him. The onions
were never recovered, but we're sure they
made for some tasty dishes.

Living the Lush Life
100 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Police responded to a taxi fare
dispute of $38. When they ar-
rived, the taxi driver referred
police to a drunken woman caus-
ing havoc in a nearby 7-Eleven.
Police asked her about the fare
and the woman told them she
was too drunk to pay. When
offered the opportunity to get
money from the ATM machine,
she claimed she had no money.
When they attempted to arrest
her, she resisted, causing such
a scene that passing pedestrians and
drivers stopped to gawk. She seemed
to enjoy the attention. Police eventually
placed the histrionic drunk in the back
of their car. The next, not-so-entertain-
ing scene for this woman will be her
gagging over the not-so-private jail toilet
once that hangover kicks in.

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in it. I already smoked it." Thinking his
forthrightness would somehow get him
off, defendant handed the pipe to the
officers, who noticed residue. They also
found a small bag of crack cocaine in the
man's pocket. The man was arrested.

The Sad Ballad of Cheap John
NE 24th Street and NE 2ndAvenue
Police noticed a man loitering on a
notorious dead-end street with a known
prostitute. When stopped, the man threw
a vial of crack cocaine on the ground,
jumped on his bike, and attempted to
escape. Finally flagged down, he told
police: "Man, I'm just trying to get laid
for cheap." He then remarked, "That
ten-dollar rock just got more expensive."
Yes, it did. We guess his need to get
some tail will be replaced by a sleepless,
cold night in the county jail. (Hey, that's
pretty good. We'll save that line for
poetry month.)

Freudian Slip in Police Report?
14000 Block oJ I: '.. 9 ,i..- Boulevard
A woman entered an unmarked police
car and offered the undercover officer
a blo"% job," which apparently is street

slang for oral sex (report made sure to
mention this). Report then states, "At
this poing I gave the take-down signal."

Penny-Ante Thief Strikes It Big
500 Block ofNE 125th Street
In this store's cosmetics department, a
man managed to remove a cash register
from under the counter. Rather than
make an immediate run for it, though, he
took the register to the bathroom, where
he emptied it of its contents $195.27
- and escaped. No arrest has been made,
but there is footage of the incident. Noth-
ing surprises us anymore, but we have to
ask: What kind of crook takes the time
to collect 27 cents in loose change?

North Miami Not a Friendly Town
14800 Block ofNE 18th Avenue
In a city of misfits, it is hard to make
friends. However, these two managed to
stay friends for two years. One day, an
argument ensued (normal in any rela-
tionship), but the male friend took it to
the next level by punching his female
friend in the chest. He then took her
passport and Social Security card. A

warrant has been issued for suspect's
arrest. Do your friends act like this?

In Miami, Nothing Is Too Small
to Steal
100 Block ofNE 78th Street
Video captured this crook stealing a
water hose from a restaurant. (The mind
reels...) No arrests have been made.
Nothing, it seems, is off-limits when
it comes to our criminals. What next?
People stealing sprinkler heads out of
our yards, screens right off our windows,
house numbers from our front porches?
Are we going to have to nail down every
last thing we own? Ring our properties
with electric fences? Where is it going to
stop? Sigh. Keep an eye on your hoses,
folks and secure those portable pools,
just in case.

Glamour Boy Gets Pinched
1700 Block oJ i: ... i9 '1'- Boulevard
Man was seen walking up and down the
aisles of the cosmetics department at
this store, grabbing various items. This
took him several minutes. He then got
in line to pay for some things, but not
the make-up items, which he had placed

in a separate bag. When he made no at-
tempt to pay for the make-up and left the
store, a police officer detained him. Total
amount of cosmetics stolen was $167.
Well, so much for his makeover. Guess
he'll just have to settle for an unseemly
mug shot.

Drawing Needless Attention
NE 3rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard
A man picked up a parking ticket from
the ground, held it up in the air, and
screamed to all passing pedestrians
and cars that he would sell the ticket
for a reduced price. He caused such a
commotion that police stopped him, at
which time a crack pipe fell out of his
pocket. (What is it with crack pipes in
this edition of Crime Beat?) The pipe
contained residue. Oh, and the man
was also in possession of two syringes.
Unable to prove he was a nurse who was
just taking his work home with him, he
was arrested. A note to the man: Next
time, please try to be more discreet. You
are embarrassing the Boulevard's more
reserved crackheads.

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Columnists: PARK PATROL

The In-Between Green

Bordered by Brickell and Little Havana, Southside Park gives area
residents some much-needed breathing room

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Proving once again that the Internet
spins more lies than a mob wife on a
reality TV show, the site Brickellinfo.
com (brought to you by Google) says that
a certain park in that area has 12 tennis
courts, parking, and pavilions. It has none
of that. A real human could tell you the
truth, of course, but a website repeating
what it has collected from other websites
has little basis in reality.
I've spent years grounding my
reviews for "Park Patrol" in reality by
visiting each park at least twice to verify
what actually exists there. Even though
parks may give the impression of stabil-
ity, they are always changing, some for
the better and some for the worse.
This month's park is a permanent
fixture in a part of Miami that needs it
the most. The "Calle Ocho Corridor,"
from Brickell to Little Havana, is notori-
ous for its high density of residents and
lack of open space.
The entire City of Miami consis-
tently ranks near the bottom nationally
on the annual list of city park space com-
piled by the Trust for Public Land. (This
year the bottom slot in the entire nation

was awarded to... Hialeah!) Within
Miami, the avenues around Calle Ocho
are especially park-deprived. So in terms
of park space per resident, we're talking
about the worst of the worst.
Southside Park serves as an emer-
gency exit from this concrete jungle
- literally. Its open, grassy field is used
by helicopters as a landing and launch-
ing pad during disasters, says Barbara
Wade, a manager of the park. Imagine a
chopper flying around the skyscrapers
of Brickell and trying to find a place to
land. To find Southside Park, they can
follow the Metrorail line to the Brickell
station, and this five-acre patch of green
marks the spot.
On a normal, non-emergency day,
Southside Park offers a unique tribute
to history. One of the oldest buildings
in the area, the first Miami High School,
was saved from demolition by the Dade
Heritage Trust and its partners. It was
transferred here in 2003, restored, and
rededicated in 2009. The original build-
ing dates to 1905.
"Old Miami High" is South Florida's
version of the one-room schoolhouse.
About the size of a triple-wide trailer, the
white building has a sloping, wood-shin-
gled roof that covers a full-length porch

The city grew up around Southside Park, making it more valuable than ever.

of wooden floors. At twilight,
visions arise of grandma sitting
on this porch in her rocking
chair. Used today primarily as
park offices and classrooms, the
building has three rooms, clean
bathrooms, and of course, the
main improvement since 1905 -
air conditioning.
Outside the old school-
house, around the corner, sits a
very quiet and peaceful doggie.
Behind him were bowls of food
and water underneath a make-
shift shelter. Tied to a chain, the
doggie denied my repeated re- f.. ,.
quests for an interview. He would U.
neither confirm nor deny if he
owned a human.
Other dog owners flock to "
this park daily to make use of an The v
open grassy field that occupies doub
most of the park, but there are re-
strictions. Check out the two signs
on the southern fence. One says
that dogs are prohibited in the park
during a summer camp that runs
weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. Another sign should say "Keep
off grass," which by itself does not
make sense, but some clever bloke
has altered it further so that it now
reads, "Keep off ass."
The new summer camp arrived
this year and is supervised by Wade,
a coordinator for the city's At-Risk
Youth program. Sixty-one children
enrolled, and they enjoy field trips
to pools and other facilities as well
as the use of the classrooms and
playground within the park. The
playground sits in front of the old
- high school and has solid climbing

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tide-open green space a rarity -
les as a helipad in emergencies.

stations in good condition.
On the playground, one mother with
daughter told me that she used to visit
this park as a child with her mother, and
she emphasized how the park forms a
cornerstone of this neighborhood. By
"neighborhood," she is most likely refer-
ring to the area west of the park, where
low-rise apartment buildings dominate.
East of the park is the Metrorail station,
fronted by the tallest buildings in Florida.
This park straddles the old Miami of
bungalow neighborhoods and the new
Miami of vertical condos and banks.
Little Money, meet Big Money.
Is it safe? Park manager Wade says
she never receives police calls, and
the mother on the playground seems
comfortable. Both make mention of
gang activity in decades past. Wade says

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Park Rating

100 SW 11th St., Miami
Hours: Sunup to sundown
Picnic tables: Yes
Barbecues: No
Picnic pavilions: No
Tennis courts: No
Athletic fields: Yes
Night lighting: No
Swimming pool: No
Playground: Yes

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Miami High School: Dating from 1905, fully

After working hours, the basketball court draws

restored and moved here in 2003. crowds of players from Brickell.

Park and recreation humor: An improvement
on the ungrammatical original?

violent gangs would be intimidated to
visit her park today, and she refers to the
regular crowd of basketball players as
"The Brickell Boys."
The basketball court draws crowds
every afternoon until sundown, when
the park closes. Next to the court are a
few exercise stations for doing stretches
and pull-ups. Huge banyan trees provide
shade over this section.

While the park appears mostly well
maintained, a couple of elements raise con-
cerns. The water fountains are functional
but clogged, and near the eastern fence sits
an abandoned birdbath with still water;
both are potential breeding enviromnents
for mosquitoes. In one fat tree trunk, a
large tire has been inserted in a vertical po-
sition. Are kids climbing on it I'm sure
they are and if so, how secure is it?

Southside Park offers a traditional,
mixed-use neighborhood park near
the center of bustling Brickell, an area
currently struggling to create more
green space (under construction is
Triangle/Flatiron Park; see the BT's
July issue). But even if another five
acres existed, it would be impossible
to duplicate the enjoyment this place
has provided to generations.

Somehow, like the little schoolhouse
on site, Southside Park has withstood
the intense development around it. The
fact that helicopters can use it during
emergencies means that some residents,
one day, may come to this park simply to
survive. In the meantime, they can come
here to escape the concrete.

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Flagler Street Circa 1900
A view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami

By Paul S. George
Special to the BT
Miami was just four years of age
in 1900, when this photograph
was taken. The city's popula-
tion had risen from a few hundred at
the time of incorporation to 1681 by the
dawn of the new century, and Twelfth
Street, today's Flagler Street, seen here
with a surface of dirt and mud, was
in the process of eclipsing Avenue D,
today's Miami Avenue, as the premier
Looking west on E. Flagler Street
near today's First Avenue, the photo
reveals a curious mix of red-brick and

wood-frame buildings, sometimes in-
terspersed with Dade County pine trees.
Miami was still a few years away from
welcoming its first automobiles. Instead,
coaches pulled by horses were available
for transporting passengers from one
point to another.
The developed portion of Flagler
Street stretched for just two blocks, from
east First Avenue to west First Avenue.
Two blocks east of the former was Bis-
cayne Bay. Two blocks beyond west First
Avenue was the winding Miami River.
In the extreme left-hand side of the
photograph, which represents the south
side of E. Flagler Street, stood a business
offering "Hot & Cold Baths." On the

north side, west of the red brick corner
building, is Seybold Bakery, which
remained the city's premier bakery for
many years. That site today is occupied
by the Seybold Building, a bustling
jewelry center.

To order a copy of this photo, please
contact HistoryMiami archives manager
Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@

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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN

Home Is Where the

Harvest Is

Growing food on your property can be fun

By Jeff Shimonski reddish-i
BT Contributor species a
years, bu
W whenever I look at a lawn with on their
an expanse of grass, my first Seve
thought is usually: What a are also
waste of space. I think about all the cool duce, eitl
landscaping that could be done to replace is eaten a
the grass and I also wonder how much their und
labor, cost, and chemical lawn care goes are modi
into that area. that we e
Thankfully, it seems there is a trend I've been
now where homeowners are starting to the swee
grow food on their property, on their ornamen
balconies, or even inside their bathrooms, I knew it
like I do. I'm currently producing red only pre)
and blue oyster mushrooms and lion's down mo
mane. Additionally, I have live oak logs unattract
in my backyard that I have inoculated than a fo
with yellow oyster mushrooms and variegate
Ceiba pentandra logs that will produce Swe
white oyster mushrooms. I expect both vegetable
sets of logs to start producing mush- native to
rooms in a few months, is now fc
With all the rainfall we've had lately, food plain
you can find lots of different species of it batata
vines growing all over our plants and one can
fences. Some of the most attractively appellati
flowered vines belong to the morning tinguish
glory genus Ipomoea. A common species from sof
is the beach morning glory, with its large, I grew u]
trumpet-shaped purple flower, which confuse
can be found on our beaches and on sweet po
beaches throughout the tropics. Two of the Unit
my favorite species are cardinal creeper, of Agrici
Ipomoea quamoclit, with its spiky little labeled a
leaves, and red morning glory, Ipomoea The
coccinea. Both have very attractive Old Wor

and tasty

orange flowers. I have seen these
it Jungle Island throughout the
it they just seem to come and go
own. I've never cultivated them.
ral species of plants in this genus
cultivated for the food they pro-
her through their foliage, which
is a spinach-type vegetable, or
erground tubers. These tubers
fied roots, just like the potato
at, although they are not related.
growing one species for years,
t potato, Ipomoea batatas, as an
tal ground cover. Even though
produced an edible tuber, I'd
iously used it in areas to hold
re aggressive weeds. It's not an
ive plant. It does not get more
ot high and some varieties have
;d or red foliage.
et potato is a warm-weather
e that does not tolerate frost. It is
Central and South America, but
und throughout the tropics as a
nt. Our Hispanic neighbors call
or boniato. In North America
also find it as "yam," but this
on was originally used to dis-
firmer varieties of sweet potato
ter ones. This is probably why
p calling it yam and always got
I when some folks would call it
tato. If you buy this vegetable in
ed States, the U.S. Department
culture requires it always to be
.s s."ccti potato."
true edible yam hails from the
ld tropics. In South Florida, we

have a problem with an invasive vine
called air potato. It is a Dioscorea spe-
cies and the "potato" that hangs on the
vine and is also found in the ground
- has a nasty bitter taste. Do not eat it!
The edible tuberous root on the
sweet potato is long and tapered. The
smooth skin on different varieties can
range in color from yellow to orange
to red to brown to purple. The flesh
inside is also different colors. Varieties
with red, pink, or orange flesh are sup-
posed to be sweeter and moister than
the other varieties.
When I harvested the two sweet
potato tubers shown in the photo that
accompanies this column, I could have
sworn that one of them was a completely
different vegetable a beet. Of course
it's a sweet potato, but its red color and
round shape sure made it look like a beet.
This variety has white flesh.
My favorite chef, Monica, sliced the
sweet potatoes into one-inch strips. She
boiled them until they were about 80-per-
cent cooked. They were then marinated
with herbes de Provence. The resulting

dish was delicious and very nutritious.
I have sweet potato growing in my
yard at home. It's very easy to propa-
gate from either stem or root cuttings,
and it grows very well in sandy, well-
drained, full-sun locations. I've found
that it grows quite vigorously when the
area has been augmented with decom-
posed mulch.
Under good growing conditions, it
should take only about three to four
months before you can pick your first
sweet potatoes. There are also some
varieties that might grow well in a large
container with a small trellis.
So think about that yard with that
expensive-to-maintain and boring lawn.
Why don't you plant some of it with an
attractive variety or two of sweet potato?

7. hin,.,, *,,i is an ISA-certifiedmunic-
ipal arborist, director of horticulture at
Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
Designs of Florida. Contact him atjeff@
tropicaldesigns. com.

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Summer Survival Guide
Helping your pets deal with the hottest, wettest, ugliest weeks of
the year

By Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor
leas and ticks? Yes, this year has
been exceptionally bad, and pets
that have never had a problem with
these pests before are having a terrible
time. It seems the fleas have multiplied
tenfold and fighting them requires an
arsenal of perseverance.
Earlier this summer, even my hair-
less dog was infested with fleas and eggs.
The herbal repellents I typically use were
not working at all. The problem was that,
no matter how I tried to get rid of them,
after a walk the next day, the dogs would

be covered with flea eggs again on their
heads and tails. Some topical solutions
have been shown to not work, and when
they do, they require a few days to actu-
ally kill fleas.
And while I personally do not like
poisoning my dogs with a bunch of prod-
ucts, Jay-J was biting himself all day and
couldn't sleep or get a moment of relief.
I tried as well-rounded an approach as
possible to lessen the problem.
I started with a flea-and-tick sham-
poo to get the eggs and live fleas off. All
bedding was washed, including the dog
bedding in the car. Following a tip on the
DIY channel, I even sprinkled salt on

the carpets and waited 30 minutes before
vacuuming it up. I concocted many new
herbal sprays, including one of neem oil,
geranium, lavender, and orange.
As with many of my friends, I
started rotating between the top-brand
prevention and killer products, figuring
if one didn't work on at least some of the
fleas, the next one would. I added a little

garlic, which is a known repellent, into
my dogs' meals. Nothing seemed to be
working. After all that, the only way I
was finally able to kill the fleas was to
get out of the infested area for a few days
and give the products a chance to work.
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or confine him to your own lawn until
the problem goes away. Two other rem-
edies are ladybugs and chickens. Both
are known to eat fleas and ticks. You can
buy ladybugs online and sprinkle them
around your yard. (As for the chickens,
you can try that, but don't be surprised
if your dogs, like mine, consider them a
food source.)
Mosquitoes, of course, are also a
major problem. They, too, seem to have
become impervious to many repellents.
I've started fighting them with differ-
ent herbal repellents as well, including
adding garlic to the spray. But still the
best way to deal with them is to keep
your pets indoors at dawn and dusk,
when mosquitoes are most active.
Bufo toads are another nuisance, and
best avoided entirely. They like to hang
out near water, which is everywhere
in South Florida. They are very slow
moving and pretty much any dog can
catch them. I stopped walking my dogs
at dawn primarily because my Dalma-
tian would catch them in the early light
(when I couldn't see what he was up to),
sending me running back to the house to
flush his mouth with water from a hose.

Keeping pets cool and avoiding
problems from the heat and sun are
paramount now. Two of the top problem
I see with dogs this time of year are de
hydration and heat exhaustion. I also se
sunburn. Remember that the sun move
during the day and may end up directly
on your dog, whether he is outside or
inside your house.
Sun coming through a window or
a dog in a crate can really
turn up the temperature. I
had this very problem caring
for a reptile in a tank. The
first day I went to check on
him, he was fine. But the
following day I came at about
four in the afternoon; he was
in the direct sunlight stream-
ing through the window and broiling.
Always make sure your pets are away
from windows and streaming sunligh
especially when contained.
Many new products on the market
are designed to help keep pets cool. On
of them is a water bowl called the FroB
The FroBo is known to keep water cool
sometimes for hours. Other products ai
designed to be tied around a pet's neck

and offer a moment of cooling relief.
However you decide to help your pet
as stay cool, fresh water should be readily
- available at all times. If your pet seems
;e lethargic, has light-pink gums, has
s trouble focusing, or seems disoriented, it
might be suffering from heat exhaustion,
dehydration, or worse. Seek veterinary
help immediately.
No summer pet column would be

A thunder desensitization plan
to be practiced months prior to
storm season can help pets get
ready for a big one.

complete without mentioning thunder-
storms and hurricanes. They are a way
t, of life here, and it's our job to help our
animals keep calm during nature's fury.
Whether they feel the changes in the
le barometric pressure, are disturbed by
o. the crackling thunder, or just don't like
being stuck in the house, many pets are
re bothered during bad weather. It is our
duty to make them feel as comfortable as

possible during a storm.
Providing the dog with a pleasurable
distraction (such as a food-stuffed toy)
and not overreacting (the dog will look
for your response) are the first steps to
showing the dog that thunderstorms are
no reason to get spooked. Exercising
them beforehand will also help ease their
stress. In fact, a thunder desensitization
plan to be practiced months prior to
storm season can help pets get ready for
a big one. (For some ideas, go to www.
biscaynetimes.com and search for an ear-
lier PJm\ si\i cl% Pets" column headlined
"Lightning Crashes, Thunder Rumbles,
Fido Freaks.")
The price of living in our South
Florida paradise is a few months of hot
and stormy weather. But with a little
thought and ingenuity, our pets can sail
through it.

Lisa Hartman is a dog-friendly trainer,
behavior specialist, and author of Dial
a Dynamite Dog. You can reach her at
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A Hot Topic for Parents

Confronting the truth about climate change may help your kids
come to grips with it, too

By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor
My in-laws don't normally go
straight to weather talk on
our weekly video chats. We
usually first talk about the dish they
brought to play-reading group or what
was served for lunch at bridge club, but
right before Halloween last year, they
launched straight into talk of a freak
storm that dropped nearly 30 inches of
snow in many parts of the Northeast.
The next week they reported it was
an unseasonably balmy 68 degrees! Now
they're experiencing the worst drought
in 100 years. (Move over tuna casserole!)
How do you not talk about that?
Climate change. Many of us are
divided on the subject. If you happen to
be of the camp that firmly believes this
phenomenon is a fiction, I envy your
Sandra Dee outlook and invite you to
either stop reading now, or continue to
read and have a little giggle.
Is this the biggest problem, or the
biggest lie of our time?
None of us can deny the fact that
Miami is getting hotter. Land is less fer-
tile, the water is tainted with who knows
what, and we can't leave the house with-
out sunscreen.
In the past couple of years, there have
been so many extreme-weather reports
that we would be remiss to not consider
what this means for our children's under-
standing of weather and how their percep-
tion of "normal" is not the same as ours.

When in my (insert mumble here) years
has there been so many reports of tropical
storms, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and
fires? My kids have seven and three years
of experience on this planet, respectively.
Is climate change and extreme weather
their "standard"?
Last month my colleague at the BT,
Jim W. Harper, wrote a sobering, com-
pelling plea to local educators to grapple
with the reality of rising sea levels
("That Sinking Feeling"). As a parent, I
was moved by his flood-emergency pre-
paredness comparison to last century's
under-the-desk, fetal-position drills for a
Soviet nuclear attack.
According to the Natural Resources
Defense Council, Americans make up

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kids to make some changes t(
way we have been living and to ol
discuss why.

just four percent of the world's popula-
tion, but we produce 25 percent of the
carbon-dioxide pollution, by far the
largest share of any country. Clearly
America ought to take a leadership role
in solving the problem, right?
Month after month, I talk about what
it is to be a great parent not only in
my column, but in my day-to-day rela-
tionships. My number-one rule is to re-
member that you aren't raising children,

you are raising adults, and lying to them
won't get them anywhere.
This is happening right now. Things
are scary, yes, but so scary that we
should avoid a conversation about it with
our kids? Sure, it's easier for most of
us to lie, or if not exactly lie, just not to
bring up certain topics.
We teach the public about recycling
and taking "short baths," but we hope
somehow that the stories of our fair
Florida ending up underwater
(none of it drinkable) will go
heir away. But they aren't going
the away. It's easy to say, "Don't
3enly frighten the children with the
doomsday statistics," but the
truth is that to them, destruc-
tion is well... Tuesday. It's
their norm. They can handle it.
It's we parents who are struggling with it.
Why, then, do we continue to thwart
public transportation and sit on the
freeway, one person per vehicle? Why do
we continue to turn our A/C down to 65?
The biggest reason is we feel powerless
to effect change. (There are lobbyists
and politicians who are supposed to be
worrying about this, right?)
The huge changes needed to fix the
problem are much bigger than my office

carpool or recycling my Cook's Illus-
trated. Being powerless is not something
we want to admit to our children. We are
He-Man! We are She-ra! We can move
the couch from there to here and fix the
remote control. Parents aren't supposed
to be powerless, but they are supposed to
be role models.
We want our kids to see us trying. That
seems to be the best way to lead through
example. We want our kids to know we did
what was within our means, and a little bit
more. Listen, we may not toss up a wind-
mill in our backyard this year, but we owe it
to our kids and to their kids to make
some changes in the ways we've been living
and to openly discuss why.
It's easy to throw your coffee
grounds in the compost, to work with
your neighbors on a carpool, to use less
hot water on your laundry, to avoid
bottled water, and to buy organic or local.
Start the conversation by doing; be
an advocate at your kids' schools and in
your neighborhood. They can't help but
make your actions their habits. While
I'm no scientist, I believe as parents we
can help our kids learn how to fix what
previous generations have avoided fixing.

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Columnists: GOING GREEN

Taking a Pass on Grass

To truly go green, consider doing away with your lawn

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
Traveling 1-95 is a pleasure. Not
because of the driving part, but
because of the entering and exit-
ing part. The ramps offer one of the best
places in town to observe native plants.
Irony of ironies, it takes a highway
to teach us what belongs here natu-
rally. The next time you enter or exit a
highway, take a moment to observe the
foliage. Very likely, this landscaping
highlights Florida natives.
Thank you, Florida Department of
Transportation and its current landscap-
ing team. You've taken to heart the
concept of "right plant, right place."
These native plants do very well under
the worst conditions, and what could be
worse than living on 1-95?
Where native plants have become
established, you also notice something
missing. These medians, shoulders, and
curbs are grassless.
Going grassless is one of the best
ways to go green (there's that irony
again). Lawns may look pretty, but in
most cases they cost much more than
they're worth. The standard costs
include sod, an irrigation system, water,
fertilizer, pesticides, lawnmowers
and other clipping equipment, and the
gasoline to run them. The environmental
costs are much higher.
Most landscapers don't want you to
consider this issue. A big lawn guarantees

them the continuous business of mainte-
nance, whereas Florida-friendly landscap-
ing mostly takes care of itself. On the other
hand, a growing demand for native plants
would add jobs to the green economy. In
fact, our area has a major need right now: a
nursery devoted to native plants. (Why let
all the business go to Home Depot?)
An ecosystem loses habitat when
its plants and trees are ripped out and
replaced with a lawn. Butterflies, lizards,
and birds lose their preferred vertical ele-
ments and sources of nutrition, and the loss
of such creatures throws things out of bal-
ance. Unwanted weeds and pests expand.
These cause ever-greater disruptions, in
turn requiring more unnatural interven-
tions. The cycle of death rolls on and on
as the lawn's runoff, including excess
fertilizer and pesticides, flows into local
waterways and eventually into the sea.
Grass belongs in Scotland, the home
of golf, or on broad savannahs, or on
farms to raise livestock. In South Florida,
the only grass that truly belongs here
- sawgrass does not conform to our
concept of a lawn. Its four-foot jagged
strands sprawl and curve like a bad hair
day. But it actually forms very attrac-
tive clumps along some of our highways.
Oh, and there's a little place called the
Everglades where it dominates.
A yard composed of sawgrass would
be a welcome change to the cookie-cut-
ter mentality that a lawn equals success.
South Florida has a different climate
and different flora than the rest of the

continent, and it should be celebrated.
The movement in this direction
has the law on its side. No one can stop
you from removing a lawn and replac-
ing it with native plants that encourage
wildlife habitat. Florida Statute 373.185
for local Florida-friendly landscaping
states that "a local government ordi-
nance may not prohibit or be enforced so
as to prohibit any property owner from
implementing Florida-friendly landscap-
ing on his or her land." Take that to the
angry, ill-informed neighbors.
My yard went grassless years ago,
and I could not be happier with it. The
hearty pine trees and cocoplums stick out
like a green thumb, whereas the neigh-
bor's boring ficus trees and weedy lawns
just sit there. Be jealous of my woods.
Rain is all you need. When I let the grass
wither, I turned off the sprinkler system and
said goodbye to the yard care team. Hur-
ricane Wilma in 2005 did little damage, as
these plants are adapted to the extremes.
Drought? Floods? The greenery persists.
If you still resist removing grass, ask
yourself this simple question: When was
the last time you walked barefoot across
your lawn? Do you spend more time
relaxing in it, or maintaining it? If you're

not enjoying it, why do you keep it?
Learn more about how to change your
landscape by contacting the Florida Ex-
tension Service, the Florida Native Plant
Society, or the Lawn Reform Coalition.
The grassless movement is taking off.
In Britain, the word "sod" is vulgar,
and we can use that term to tell our
lawns to "sod off." Take off the sod and
put in the sawgrass. And horizontal
cocoplums. And beach daisies. And
counties and bay cedars.
The most beautiful parts of Florida
are its natural landscapes, from the sand
dunes to the hardwood hammocks to the
vast stretches of sawgrass. Why not cap-
ture a slice of that beauty for your neigh-
borhood? Plant clumps of sabal palms,
the state tree. Attract butterflies with
purple beautyberries and other plants
that appeal to them. You'll love this type
of garden, and it will love you back.
Go grassless and you earn a status
that applies to few Floridians: a natural-
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August 2012

Columnists: VINO

Wines to Put You in the Pink

This Summer

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

t's not easy being pink. If you're
anywhere to the left of Attila the Hun,
it seems, you're a pinko. Pinkie rings
are worn by dese, dem, and dose guys,
the kind who say things like: "Break his
arms wit da tire iron, Guido." Pink el-
ephants are what you see when you chug
embalming fluid instead of vodka.
Pink eye is a disease that makes
you look like a rose-colored raccoon. A
pink slip is corporate America's way of
saying, "Get lost, sucker. We've shipped
your job off to India." Pink is actually
a human being, apparently some sort
of pop star. And of course, there's the
recent Susan G. Komen controversy,
which gave pink ribbons a bad name.
It's not easy being pink wine, either.
Its biggest problem is the curse of
White Zinfandel, a liquid confection
created by marketing geniuses mostly to
prove that an adult beverage could be as
sweetly insipid as Kool-Aid. Which is a
shame, because pink wine or to put
a tux on this particular pig, ros6 has
much to recommend it. It likes to be
chilled, always a good idea in a tropical
climate. It delivers both crisp acidity and
pleasing fruit, and is also typically lower
in alcohol than most reds and whites,
making it ideal for summertime sipping.
Of course, you can't talk about ros6s
without talking about C6tes de Provence.
This region bordering the Mediterranean,

in the southeast corner of France, is
known for its sunny, warm summers that
help produce bright, ripe, fresh-tasting
fruit. Almost 90 percent of its production
is ros6, and it accounts for around half of
all the ros6 produced in France.
All those bright, sunny fruit flavors
were on tasty display in a pair of Proven-
cal ros6s, the 2011 Chateau Montaud
and the 2010 Domaine de Paris. The
Montaud is one sexy baby, a pale salmon-
colored wine in a sinuously curvy bottle.
Light bodied with relatively low alcohol
(12 percent), it tastes like fresh-picked
raspberries and strawberries. With just a
hint of minerality and mild acidity, it's a
perfect warm-weather wine.
A more bracing acidity and mineral-
ity can be found in the Domaine de Paris.
Fruity aromas are balanced by crisp citrus
and earthy mineral elements, yet in your
mouth the fruit predominates with the acid-
ity coming on later in the lingering finish
This is another good sipping ros6, also one
whose tangy acidity and well-balanced fruit
makes it a fine match with anything from
grilled salmon to raw oysters.
Then there's the 2010 Auguste An-
tonin Cuv6e Farigoul. If you like your
lemon juice straight, no chaser, you'll
like this wine, which teases you with
scents of ripe strawberry and orange
fruit then unloads a wickedly tart acid
bomb on your palate. Perhaps you'll have
a taste for it. I don't.
From France's Loire Valley comes
a ros6 more palatable to my taste buds,

the 2011 Bougrier
Ros6 d'Anjou. This is
almost California-like
in its bold, ripe fruit
- think just-picked
strawberries again -
but on the back palate,
you get that balancing
hit of lemon-lime acid-
ity. It's got some tex-
ture, too almost
creamy in the mouth,
so it can stand up to
meaty fish like tuna
and swordfish, or
lighter meats like
chicken and veal.
And speaking of
California, here are
two ros6s that should
wipe the insipid taste
of White Zinfandel
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The North Miami Total Wine & More (14750 Biscayne
Blvd., 305-354-3270) has the Priola Raboso for
$7.99 and the Sobon Estate and Bougrier for $9.99
each. The Folie a Deux is $10.99 at the Biscayne
Commons Publix (14641 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
2171), while the Cuvee Farigoul can be found at
the North Miami Crown Wine and Spirits (12555
Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-9463) for $10.95. And the
Chateau Montaud and Domaine de Paris are at the
North Miami Beach ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (16355
Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-6525) for $11.99 and $9.99,

mouth. Sobon Estate's 2011 Rezerve
is as engaging as a frisky puppy all
vibrant red cherry and strawberry flavors
with a hint of citrus and minerals, full-
bodied but not flabby, a lovely wine with
California's trademark ripe fruit.
Same goes times two for Folie a
Deux's 2010 M6nage A Trois, a blend
of Merlot, Syrah, and Gewurztraminer.
Lots of plums, cherries, and berries,
with orange-citrus acidity and a slight
floral character from the Gewurz. It's
a great grilled-burger/chicken summer
picnic wine.

And now for something a little differ-
ent: pink wine, with bubbles. And Italian,
too. It's the NV Conte Priola Raboso.
Raboso is a grape grown in Italy's Veneto
region; in this case its evanescence isn't
as long lasting as Champagne's (nor is its
$7.99 price tag as daunting). But it does
deliver the yeasty, mineral nuances of its
more upscale French counterpart, along
with some crisp orange-berry fruit that
might just make it a little easier to be pink.
The wine, that is. Not the pop star.

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Columnists: DISH

Even in Miami's Summer Heat, Some

Things Can Bloom

Food news we know you can use

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor
Blooming in the "edible yard"
of Art Friedrich, manager of
the Upper Eastside Farmers
Market (Saturdays at Biscayne Boule-
vard and 66th Street): avocados, sapo-
dilla, herbs, katuk (a protein-packed
Asian green), and calabaza squash plus
its edible flowers. Even in midsum-
mer, home cooks will find almost two
dozen other local and/or organic produce
choices. Meanwhile, for those who'd
rather not cook in this heat, something
also just bloomed in Wynwood.

Bloom (2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-
5443), without doubt the most anticipated
recent opening in BT territory. The strik-
ing indoor/outdoor hangout serves artful
Latin American and Asian street market
food albeit reinvented upscale ver-
sions. Imagine Venezuela's reina pepiada
arepas with shredded duck, tamarind
sauce, crispy avocado, and Japanese
mayo substituted for the traditional
chicken/avocado mash stuffing. Yes!
100 Montaditos (244 Biscayne
Blvd., 786-787-6834). Just like the
original Spain-to-U.S. transplant that
opened last year in Midtown, including
the Wednesday $1 deal on all montaditos
(mini-baguette sandwiches) and beer.
Power Pizzeria (50 SW 10th
St., 305-381-4446). Fifth location of
a Miami-invented place featuring

"guilt-free pizza." The whole wheat and
white crusts use a formula, created by
nutritionist and founder/local DJ EJ Mar-
tinez, incorporating whey protein into
the dough.
Deli Lane Caf6 & Tavern (921
Brickell Ave., 786-220-7846). It's really
more of a relocation than an opening,
from the cafe's 20-year-old location at
farther down Brickell. All old fave dishes
are here. Main change: addition of a daily
4:00-7:00 p.m. beer and wine happy hour.

When Liza and Gigi Meoli (famed for
their first restaurant, Ouzo's Greek Tav-
erna) closed Anise Taverna in early May
and reopened soon afterward as chef-
driven American joint RiverShack, the
transition's speed was surprising, as was
the Meolis' media statement suggesting
an instantaneous reversal of culinary
philosophy: "Cuisine is no longer de-
fined by country or culture as much as it
is about the 'chef's creation.'"
But surprises keep coming. River-
Shack closed abruptly in mid-July. A sign
on the door says the space will reopen on
August 24 as... Ouzo's Greek Taverna.
Thanks to Liza, here's the back
story: "We got divorced in May. And it
was just too hard to work together."
Gigi took over the Anise space, but
didn't want to continue the Greek/Med
concept without Liza, so he hired two
new chefs, exec David Long and sous
Alan Harst; the shift away from ethnic
cuisine was theirs. Liza went home to

Greece, planning on opening a new
Ouzo's somewhere when she got back.
What Liza says she found upon
returning was too much Boyz Night Out
partying in the kitchen and too little
good cooking or cleaning. Says Liza:
"I decided take back the shack and get rid
of, basically, the men!"
That's except for Anise's chef Ste-
vens Clement, whom Liza rehired. When
Ouzo's (620 NE 78th St., 305-758-2929)
opens, expect authentic favorites, plus
new Greek recipes a very excited-sound-
ing Liza learned on her trip. Buffalo
wings? No. "I don't need to be anyone
else," she says.
Speaking of surprises.... You may
recall, from May's "Dish," Michelle
Bernstein's response to an e-mail from
me checking out a rumor that her tapas
restaurant Sra. Martinez was going bye-
bye: \ o\\ This is news to me.... I'm in
the midst of looking for a new chef and
that's about it!" Two months later, on
July 6, Sra. closed. Wow.

Remember Phuc Yea!, Miami's first
pop-up restaurant, brainchild of Caesar
Zapata and Aniece Meinhold? The team
is now at the Federal Food, Drink &
Provisions (5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
758-9559). But Phuc Yea! has recently
popped up during two Design District
second Saturday gallery walks, at fusion
fashion/music/art shopping mash-up
District Factory (3900 NE 1st Ave., 7:00-
10:00 p.m.). Phuc pops again on August

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11. It could be the last time, so Vietnam-
ese food fans, go.
In its 11th year, Miami Spice is now
rolling again, through September 30. But
there's a difference this year. Instead of
2011's $35 dinner price ($23 for lunch, if
offered), you'll find two tiers of pric-
ing: $33 for dinner ($19 for lunch) at the
program's more casual and affordable
restaurants (Wynwood Kitchen & Bar,
City Hall, etc.) and $39 for dinner ($23
for lunch) at upscale restaurants like db
Bistro Moderne and Bourbon Steak.
While the logic is easy to see, the
Miami Spice's terminology causes
involuntary eye-rolling. Calling casual
restaurants "fine dining" and upscale
places "luxury" is just too reminiscent
of condom sizing from extra-large to
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Folks,
please. Just tell it like it is.
Finally, see this issue's "BizBuzz"
(page 28) for restaurant news from BT
advertisers. Oh, and don't forget to
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August 2012

Restaurant Listings

The Biscayne Corridor's most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 293.

Restaurant listings for the BT Dining Guide are written
by Pamela Robin Brandt (restaurants@biscaynetimes.
com). 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.
$= $10 and under
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Brickell / Downtown

Area 31
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 $$$-$$$$
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase Biscayne Bay But din-
ers prefer ogling the raw-bar-fronted open kitchen, where
globetrotting chef Joel Huff crafts imaginative, often multi-
part dishes -- some Asian-inspired (like oysters with fresh
wasabi, hibiscus granite, and Asian pear), as one would
expect from the Mandarin Oriental's top eatery But most
of Huff's dishes are strongly European-influenced, primar-
ily by New Spanish cuisine Elegant, playfully molecular
gastronomy-accented almond gazpacho with foie gras
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Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import
(Miami's second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its
perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same
simple yet sophisticated global menu The indoor space
can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly out-
door terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes
with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a
lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian
fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's more relax-
ing experiences $$-$$$
Bali Cafe
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, down-
town has secret stashes -small joints catering to cruise-
ship and construction workers This cute, exotically deco-
rated cafe has survived and thrived for good reason The
homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel
encourages even the timid of palate to try something new
Novices will want Indonesia's signature rijsttafel, a mix-
and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to
be heaped on rice Note bring cash No plastic accepted
here $-$$

Banana & Leaf
234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548
Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket
sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and dis-
gruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the grab-and-go
containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump
snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio If
you'd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive
almost as fast There is also limited, tasty Southeast
Asian fare Most unbelievable Prices beat supermarket
sushi byfar $
The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave.,
On the Conrad's 25th floor, The Bar's picture-windowed
space is notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At
lunch it's an elegant sandwich bar, at night it's 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 $$$

Bento Sushi & Chinese
801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904
Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot
(which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates,
but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes
of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation
sort) has been mostly an insider's secret delivery joint
for Brickell residents But it's actually a pleasant place
to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento
box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed
salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus
two mini-entrees (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-
battered tempura especially recommended) Bubble tea,
too' $$-$$$

Bon Fromage
500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632
Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this
cheese and wine cafe/shop is like a pint-size version of
Midtown Miami's Cheese Course, right down to being
officially self-service But it is staffed by accommodating
employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as
servers for eat-in diners The cheese (plus charcuterie)
menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette
sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported
favorites, but don't miss more unusual domestic trea-
sures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like
halloumi, doesn't melt but tantalizingly softens when
heated $$

Bryan in the Kitchen
104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777
This quirky cafe-markets chef/owner is a former smooth-
ie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and
though his eclectic "green gourmet" menu does uniformly
reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it
otherwise could only be described as intensely personal
Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, rang-
ing from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-from-
scratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes
featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky
buns If we had to choosejust one category, we'd sin But
luckily, you can have it all $-$$
Cafe Bastille
248 SE ist St., 786-425-3575
Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very
French-feeling -- and tasting -- cafe is a most civilized way
to start the day Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the
cafe is now open for dinner, too And while the crepes
(both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough
to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras

(with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils
and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au
poivre make it possible to resist $-$$$
Cafe Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8358
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space
as its "casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more
spectacular dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs,
owing to the option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace
directly on the waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a
few Latin and Mediterranean accents For the health-con-
scious, the menu includes low-cal choices For hedonists
there's a big selection of artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$
Cavas Wine Tasting Room
900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027
Like South Miami's predecessor (now closed), this Cavas
is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the
wine-curious Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce,
half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-
service dispensing machines But there's an extensive
selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread "piz-
zas," sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and
cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino
Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added,
including a daily three-course lunch special and some
tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda par-
ticularly recommended) $$-$$$

Chophouse Miami
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
ribeye, 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 $$$$$

Crazy About You
1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101,
The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same
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choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy
shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including
substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with
chorizo and pesto The difference This place, housed
in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an
even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -- including a
million-dollar water view $$$

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food -- a modern invention? Not in Peru, where
native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more
than a century But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches
and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin
Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood cre-
ations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish
in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce) But traditional fusion
dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed
with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun,
as well as surprisingly affordable $$

db Bistro Moderne
345 Avenue of the Americas, 305-421-8800
Just two words -- "Daniel Boulud" -- should be enough for
foodies craving creative French/American comfort cuisine
to run, not walk, to this restaurant If they can find it (Hint
The mysterious "Avenue of the Americas" is really Biscayne
Boulevard Way Don't ask) Downtown's db is an absen-
tee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Jarrod
Verbiak flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original
NYC db Bistro's signature foie gras/short rib/black truffle-
stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes like crusted
pompano with garlic/parsley veloute $$$-$$$$

The Democratic Republic of Beer
255 NE 14th St., 305-372-4161
The food here? Beer is food The DRB serves 400 beers
from 55 countries, ranging from $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon
to $40 DeuS (an 115% alcohol Belgian method
Champenoise brew) But for those favoring solid snacks,
tasty global smallish plates include fried fresh zucchini
with dip (cheese recommended), chorizo with homemade
cilantro Mayo, or steak tacos, served Mexican-style with
onions, cilantro, and spicy salsa Sadly for breakfast-brew
enthusiasts, the DRB isn't open that early But it is open
late --till 5 00 a m $$

D-Dog House
50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770
While it has become increasingly common to find servers
at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point
of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-
the-wall trumps them by replacing servers and in-house
entertainment, too with iPads that accept notjust food
orders and credit cards but music requests You can web
surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the
house specialty supersized hot dogs, most overloaded
with internationally inspired toppings To accompany,
hand-cut fries are a must And have a cocktail There's a
full liquor bar $-$$

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
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 $$$

Dominique Bistro-Club
1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859
At typical restolounges, the resto" part often gets the
short end of the stick But not at this chic but friendly

spot, where Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Paris's Le
Cordon Bleu, plus his wife Dominque and her brother
Jose Sigona, welcome diners with France's best-known
bistro classics coquilles St Jacques (tender scallops
in mushroom/white wine sauce), a precision-cooked
entrecote rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Cafe de Paris
butter, creme brulee (from scratch) or macaron cookies
(from heaven) No velvet ropes, and club music isn't
cranked till 1100 p m $$$

Edge, Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535
Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua,
Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe And
in its fare there's a particularly warm welcome for non-
carnivores Chef-driven seafood items (several inventive and
unusually subtle ceviches and tartares, a layered construc-
tion of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust,
atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad, lobster corn soup
packed with sweet lobster meat, more) and a farm-to-table
produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those
who don't eat beef have no beef $$$$-$$$$$

Elwoods Gastro Pub
188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222
Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes
live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout
a home Made from scratch with artisan ingredients,
traditional Brit bites like fish and chips can't be beat
-- thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served
with hand-cut fries and "mushy [mashed] peas," plus
housemade tartar sauce and ketchup All desserts are
also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth
it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce Tie down your
dental implants They're in for a wild ride $$

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Originally opened by Michelin-starred "New Aegean" chef
Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chef's departure
into a more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus
Greek-inspired innovations Now inspiration comes mainly
from Spain and Italy, with nods to Morocco and Latin
America Best bets include a tasting platter of Spanish
cheeses and cured meats, a pistachio-garnished salad
featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula, crispy parmesan
risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip, and
olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken At lunch
burgers and upscale sandwiches are added $$$-$$$$

Eternity Coffee Roasters
117 SE 2nd Ave., 305-609-4981
Normally we list only full restaurants, but even a (not
so) simple cuppa joe from Chris Johnson and Cristina
Garces's sleek micro-roastery will convince anyone pos-
sessing taste buds that fine coffee can be as complex
as fine wine, and as satisfying as solid food A changing
selection of superior single-origin beans (many varieties
from the Garces family Colombian farm, most others
from Ethiopia and Kenya), roasted in-house, produces
slow-pour" regular brews with amazing nuances of fruits,
chocolate, and more The espresso is so smooth sugar
isn t necessary Other treats flaky chocolate-stuffed
cigars" and other locally baked pastries Free parking $

Fado Irish Pub
900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972
Unlike most Miami "Irish" pubs, which serve mostly
American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or
shepherd's pie, Fado (pronounced fTdoe") has a menu
reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid
standards But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and
contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a
grated/mashed potato pancake Try corned beef rolls (boxty
wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or
smoked salmon on mini-boxty blini," with capers and horse-
radish sauce There's a seasonal menu, too $$

Finnegan's River
401 SW 3rd Ave., 305-285-3030
Pool tables are expected in a sports bar and grill But an
actual pool? And a Jacuzzi? This Miami River hideaway
has other surprises, too, on its extensive outdoor deck,
including a boat dock and a large array of umbrella
tables and lounge chairs where it's easy to while away
many happy hours The menu is the same array of bar
bites served by South Beach's older Finnegan's, but
angus burgers are big and tasty, and zingyjalapeno-
studded smoked-fish dip is a satisfying table-snack
choice $$

First Hong Kong Caf6
117 SE 2nd St., 305-808-6665
Old Hong Kong saying If it walks, swims, crawls, or flies,
its edible And nowhere is this truer than in this historical-
ly international trade port's cafes" meaning fast-food
restaurants Typical menus present hundreds of items
that are local interpretations of dishes from all China, and
most other nations So believe us At this cafe, whose
head chef is from HK, the Indian-style curries, sambal-
spiked Indonesian chow fun, even the borscht (a tomato/
beef, not beet-based version of the Russian soup) are as
authentic as the kung pao whatever, and as tasty $$

Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St., 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 ristorante, where even
newcomers feel at home At lunch it's almost impossible
to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy clabatta,
even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and
complementary flavors During weekday dinners, try gen-
erous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled aspara-
gus, homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine
al scoglio, or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this
venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries
about the seafood's freshness, on their way to the dining
deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail
fish market Best preparations are the simplest When stone
crabs are in season, Garcia s claws are as good as Joe's but
considerably cheaper The local fish sandwich is most popu-
lar grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahl mahl $-$$

Giovana Caffe
154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024
If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway
contained only one item pear and gorgonzola ravioli
dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce we'd
be happy But the cafe, formerly lunch-only but now serv-
ing weekday dinners, is alsojustly famed for meal-size
salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamic-
dressed spinach (with spinach, tomatoes, bacon, hard-
boiled eggs, blue cheese, and almonds), or an especially
lavish chicken salad with pine nuts, golden raisins,
apples, and basil, an Italian twist $$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is
sleekly contemporary, but no worries The classic
sword-wielding gauchos are here, serving a mind-reel-
ing assortment of skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork,
sausages, and fish And included in the price (dinner
$47, lunch $34) is the traditional belly-busting buffet
of hot and cold prepared foods, salad, cold cuts, and
cheeses A pleasant, nontraditional surprise unusual
sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-
based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiqui-
tous chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$

Half Moon Empanadas
192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525
As with South Beach's original Half Moon, you can get
wraps or salads But its this snackerys unique take
on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a
natural for national franchising The soft-crusted, doughy
crescents baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free are
amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken,
either mild or spicy) and creative the bacon cheeseburg-
er, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and
several vegetarian options Atjust over two bucks apiece,
they re a money-saving moveable feast $

Hawa Jade
1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523
When thinking fusion" cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese
don't instantly spring to mind But taking the medieval
Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family
makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa
and this new location in the Jade Residences Golden
Pockets (tofu crepes encasing macadamias, avocado, and
tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts Plus
there are unique combos containing makis plus substan-
tial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad
- not the usual green garnish Housemade desserts with a
French twist are also a pleasant surprise $$

Hibachi Grill
45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223
Imagine a mini-express Benihana This place specializes
in teppanyaki cuisine minus the thrilling (or terrifying)
tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals
of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon
plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini
mix come at bargain prices There are also hefty soups
or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice
bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (includ-
ing tofu) The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump
chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls) Fancy?
No, but satisfying $-$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
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 $$$$$

Indigo / Table 40
100 Chopin Plaza, 305-577-1000
Long known for its power-lunch buffet i- including
hot entrees, carving station, custom pastas, packed-
to-the-gills salad, sushi, and dessert stations the
InterContinental Hotels Indigo restaurant now has
a hip offspring intended for private dining Table 40
The charming, glassed-in wine cellar" (actually in the
kitchen) enables 12-14 diners to watch the action in heat-
shielded, soundproofed comfort while eating creations
by veteran chef Alexander Feher, combining Continental
technique with local seasonal ingredients Highlights
tender house-smoked, stout-braised short ribs, lavish lob-
ster salad with grilled mango, and a seductive fresh corn
gazpacho $$$-$$$$$

Jackson Soul Food
950 NW 3rd Ave., 305-377-6710]
With a recently refurbished exterior to match its classy/
comfy retro interior, this 65-year-old Overtown soul food
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here, order the astonishingly fluffy pancakes with juicy
beef sausage, and you'll set multiple alarm clocks to
return Classic drop biscuits (preferably with gravy) are
also must-haves And hearty Southern breakfast staples
like smothered chicken wings or fried fish do make break-
fast seem like lunch, too $

Jam6n, Jam6n, Jam6n,
10 SW South River Dr.,
From the outside, you know you're walking into the
ground floor of a new condo building But once inside
the charmingly rustic room, you'd swear you're in Spain
Obviously Spain's famous cured hams are a specialty, as
are other pork products on the weekly changing menu,
from a roast suckling pig entree to a fried chorizo and
chickpea tapa But seafood is also terrific Don't miss
bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miami's best rice
dishes seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its
ink) $$-$$$

Kork Wine & Cheese Bar
2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-8899
From the owner of Transit Lounge, a hip hangout long
before the downtown/Brickell revival, this more upscale-
cool venue is worth checking out for its almost medieval
dimly lit decor alone, including a subterranean wine
cellar/party room, formerly a WW II-era bomb shelter
Comestibles are limited to wine and cheese plus accom-
paniments Both are available to go Kork is as much
market as lounge But with a stock of roughly 5000
bottles, and a selection of roughly two dozen perfectly ripe
artisanal cheeses -- curated by a cheese sommelier who'll
create perfect pairings -- who needs more? $$

Largo Bar & Grill
401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706
Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy But it can be fun
to spend a day playing visitor in your own city If you do,
this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a supe-
rior food choice Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty,
familiar favorites solidly prepared You won't go wrong
with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip, inauthentic
but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two
sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish
sandwiches (grouper, mahl, snapper, or daily catch), and
festive cocktails $$-$$$

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800
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 cilantro-spiced white bean/veg-
etable 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., 305-860-6209
Atfour 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 am Friday and Saturday) are surprising,
the daytime menu is more so In addition to Colombian clas-
sics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared
salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites $-$$

La Provence
1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003
Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indi-
cate a great meal to come But when Miamians encounter
such bread -- crackling crust outside, moist, aromatic,
aerated interior -- it's likely not from a restaurant's own

kitchen, but from La Provence Buttery croissants and par-
ty-perfect pastries are legend too Not so familiar is the
bakery's cafe component, whose sandwich/salad menu
reflects local eclectic tastes But French items like pan
bagnats (essentially salade Nigoise on artisan bread) will
truly transport diners to co-owner David Thau's Provengal
homeland $$

La Sandwicherie
34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852
This second location of the open-air diner that is South
Beach's favorite apres-club eatery (since 1988) closes
earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5 00 am Friday and
Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian
sandwiches are the same ultra-crusty baguette stuffed
with evocative charcuterie and cheeses (saucisson sec,
country pate, camembert, etc) and choice of salad veg-
gies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicherie's incom-
parable Dijon mustard vinaigrette Additionally the larger
branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods
(quiches and croques), plus A/C $-$$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcutene/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
Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-mac-
aroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
1 W Flagler St, Suite 7, 305-789-9929
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Little Lotus
25 N. Miami Ave. #107, 305-533-2700
Secreted inside the International Jewelry Exchange, this
eatery (owned by stealth super-foodie Sari Maharani
-- paralegal by day, restaurateur by night) is tough to find
but seems destined to become one of our town's tough-
est tables to book Two talented chefs, whose credits
include Morinmoto (NYC) and hometown fave Yakko-san,
create Japanese, Indonesian, and fusion small plates that
look remarkably artful and taste like they're about ready
to take on Iron Chef Morinmoto himself Saucing, often
with multiple but balanced potions, is especially notewor-
thy The prices? A steal $-$$

LouLou Le Petit Bistro
638 S. Miami Ave., 305-379-1404
When Indochine's owner, Jacques Ardisson, closed his
Asian spot to open this charming French eatery in the same
space, it was a return to his roots He and his daughter,
for whom the place is named, come from Nice You'll be
transported, too, by dishes like lamb shank with flageolets
(known as the caviar of beans), duck leg confit on a bed of
mouthwatering green lentils from Le Puy, a classic moules/
frites, a shared charcuterie platter with a bottle from the
savvy wine list, and, of course, salade nigoise $$-$$$

Martini 28
146 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414
This stylish little lunch-only spot, a labor of love from
a husband-wife chef team, serves what might well be
the most impressive meal deal in town From an ambi-
tious, daily-changing menu of fare that's geographically
eclectic but prepared with solid classic technique, diners
get a choice of about ten entrees (substantial stuff like
steak au poivre with Madeira cream sauce and roasted
potatoes, or pignolia-crusted salmon with Dijon mustard
sauce, potatoes, and veggies), plus soup or salad and
housemade dessert For just $9 99 Told ya $

Miami Art Caf6
364 SE ist St., 305-374-5117
For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only
French cafe serves up evocative baguette sandwiches
(like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives,
and more For those with time to sit, we'd recommend
the savory crepes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad,
or sweet crepe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/
salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown) And
quiches are nicely custardy But there are surprises here,
too, including just a few full entrees, with correctly made
traditional sauces one wouldn't expect at a luncheonette
-- except, perhaps, in Paris $-$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave.,
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 $

Mint Leaf
1063 SE 1st Ave.,
Part of London's famous Woodlands Group, this styl-
ish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of
upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or
India More interestingly, the menu includes not just the
familiar northern Indian "Mughlai" fare served in most
of America's Indian restaurants, but refined versions of
south India's scrum ptious street food We've happily
assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks)
alone And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fill-
ings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala
or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal

Miss Yip Chinese Caf6
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088
Fans of the South Beach original will find the decor different
Most notably, there's an outdoor lounge, and more generally
a nightclub atmosphere But the menu of Hong Kong-style
Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is
familiar Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes
rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does
orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet
And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried
meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering
finger food, shared among friends $-$$$

661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263
Chances are you've never had anything like the $85 prix-
fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Cory's tiny but nation-
ally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny
Isles space with its supreme serenity intact By reserva-
tion only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each,
and omakase (chef's choice) only, meals include a sea-
sonal soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi,
and three desserts Cory personally does everything for
you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade arti-
san soy sauce mix and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-
reelingly fresh nigiri Few eating experiences on earth are
more luxuriant $$$$$

neMesis Urban Bistro
1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911
Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and
harder to describe in standard sound bites But they often
are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark
revivals of iffy neighborhoods Thats our prediction for

this quirkily decorated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed
by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein The intensely
personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global
travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients)
changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include
South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli
pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sausage, hibis-
cus syrup, and maple granules $$$-$$$$

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., 305-372-8862
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem
more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish
shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional
tastes and fish Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supple-
ments signature starters like lump crab cakes with his
own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche
The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection
includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pompa-
no, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the
raw bar's cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

Ozzi Sushi
200 SE 1st St.,
Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been
the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problem-
atic Who knew how long plates had been circulating
on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot
avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and
as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of
diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by
Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-
sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab
roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert
maki $-$$

1414 Brickell Ave.,
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 pitas to lemonade is made
fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$

Pega Grill
15 E. Flagler St.,
From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly
owned North Beach's Arlston, this small spot is more
casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambi-
ance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek
food Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option),
topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens
and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties But
even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly
velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an
olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter $$



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Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-373-8080
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 $-$$
15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrified amenities At lunch chicken salad is a
favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta list, ranging
from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi
fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And
Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town's
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$
1451 S. Miami Ave.,
If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most
in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of
owner Claudio Nunes's kids -- we assume the Pokemon
Psyduck), you'll experience pretty perfect pizza Sadly, not
all brick ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts,
crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but that's what you'll
consistently find here and a newer take-out/delivery-
only Midtown branch And unlike many artisan pizzerias,
Pieducks doesn't get cheesy with cheese quantity (though
we like that extra cheese is an option) Elaborate salads
complete the menu $$
Pier 94
94 SE 1st St.,
Tucked into "The Village," a collection of courtyard eater-
ies far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in
fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corral's
native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and
poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken
in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce) Emphasis is particu-
larly strong on Peru's penchant for fusion food, including
traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-
fries But the chef also fuses classic and creative influenc-
es Try contemporary causes, combining Peru's favorite
starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces $$
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722
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 con-
cept is prix fixe Any three courses on the menu (meaning
three entrees if you want) for $39 Highlights include silky,
tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated
beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive
oil dipping sauces, and over-the-top playhouse desserts,
one with a luscious creme fraiche ice cream pop $$$$
Raja's Indian Cuisine
33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551
Despite its small size and decor best described as
"none," this place is an institution thanks to south Indian
specialties rarely found in Miami's basically north Indian
restaurants The steam-tabled curries are fine (and nicely
priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy
rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam,
thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chills, both
served with sambar and chutney $$
The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as
evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs
with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There
are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes din-
ers, 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 but-
ter, chorizo, and manchego There's also a thoughtful wine
list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$
Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rience that's haute in everything but price Few entrees
top $20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't
fear, though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habane-
ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar-
garitas ensure no worries $$$

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315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933
Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and
the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same build-
ing are inevitable, especially considering similarities like
key personnel from NYC's II Mulino, Mulino-style abun-
dant free appetizers, and a power-dining crowd But why
focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the
river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldo's special-
ties, including an elaborate take on Venice's famed fegato
(calf's liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage
and a balsamic reduction Or maybe an even more evoca-
tive Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangial $$$$
Soi Asian Bistro
134 NE 2nd Ave., 305-523-3643
From the owners of Calle Ocho's hip Mr Yum and 2B Asian
Bistro, Soi sports similar casual-chic ambiance and eclectic
Thai/Japanese cuisine Traditional Thai curries and familiar
sushi rolls are prepared with solid skill and style But most
intriguing are new inventions adding Peruvian fusion flair
to the Asian mix, such as a spicy, tangy tangle of crisp-fried
yellow noodles with sauteed shrimp plus slivered peppers
and onions -- mod mee krob, with jalea-like tart heat replac-
ing the cloying sweetness $$
Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
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 $-$$
Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar
204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute eatery's chefs/owners (one CIA-trained,
both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional
purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked
rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of
slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion ribs, chopped pork,
brisket, and chicken Diners can customize their orders
with mix-and-match housemade sauces sweet/tangy
tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-
Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/
habanero Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as
good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits $-$$
Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will
find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branch's menu
But the must-haves are some inventive new dishes intro-
duced to honor the eaters tenth anniversary- and Miami
multiculturalism "sushi tacos" (fried gyoza skins with
fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chill-garlic sauce, and
sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated Asian/Latin tiradi-
tos, addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/spicy dip
Also irresistible four festive new sake cocktails $$-$$$

49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097
This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influ-
enced by each nation distinctly, plus intriguing fusion
items with added Caribbean touches Cooked entrees,
all Peruvian, include an elegant aji de gallina (walnut-
garnished chicken and potatoes in peppery cream sauce)
But the emphasis is on contemporary ceviches/tiraditos
(those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce particularly),
plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild When
was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered
tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Peru's tradi-
tional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$
Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone),
gay bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has
been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music,
primarily blues But it also offers food from lunchtime
to late night (on weekends till 4 00 a m ) The kitchen is
especially known for its chill, budget-priced steaks, and
burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare, though,
like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$
Trapiche Room
1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656
With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown,
one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, it's not surpris-
ing that this small, second-floor restaurant is something
of a "best kept secret" But it deserves discovery Chef
Maria Tobar hasn't Daniel Boulud's fame, but she does
have classic European-type technical skills, combined
with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately
old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into
21st century fine-dining fare Both decor and service, sim-
ilarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the room's intimacy
makes it a romantic spot for special occasions $$$$


Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"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 neigh-
borhood "bistrolounge The food is mostly modernized
Italian, with Latin and Asian accents a prosciutto-and-fig
pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese, gnocchi served either
as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aloli), or
plated with orange-ginger sauce But there are tomato-
sauced meatballs with rin'gawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too

Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse
777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035
Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale
power-lunch/dinner setting, most prices are quite afford-
able here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced
date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items
like crab-cake "sliders" are half price Most impressive,
though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Truluck's own
fisheries, and way less expensive than Joe's) and other
seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than
impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant
rarities informed and gracious service $$$-$$$$

415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200
Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this
upscale eatery, unlike the cafe downstairs, isn't student-
run Rather it's designed to showcase school ideals --
including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine
The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed
by "New World Cuisine" inventor/MCI instructor Norman
Van Aken (plus former proteges Jeffrey Brana and Travis
Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder
and other pioneering signatures with new inventions
like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or
tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a
delicate sous vide egg $$$$$

Waxy O'Connor's
690 SW 1st Ct., 786-871-7660
While the menu of this casually craic (Gaelic for "fun")
Irish pub will be familiar to fans of the South Beach
Waxy's, the location is far superior -- on the Miami River,
with waterfront deck And none of Miami's Irish eater-
ies offers as much authentic traditional fare Especially
evocative imported oak-smoked Irish salmon with house-
made brown bread, puff-pastry-wrapped Irish sausage
rolls, lunchtime's imported Irish bacon or banger "butty"
sandwiches on crusty baguettes, served with hand-cut
fries, the latter particularly terrific dipped in Waxy's curry
sauce $$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist decor
(with communal seating), and predominance of American
veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned
by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran)
May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam
tables Wrong Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters
(like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-
your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with
bold, fresh flavor The proof a startlingly savory miso beef
salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion dressing Bubble tea,
tool $$

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277
This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on
San Pellegrino's list of the world's best restaurants, and a
similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates
(robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for shar-
ing over drinks Suffice to say that it would take maybe
a dozen visits to work your way through the voluminous
menu, which offers ample temptations for vegetarians as
well as carnivores Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth
pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the
exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks $$$$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant
1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105,
Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese
restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the
fingers of no hands So it's not surprising that most peo-
ple concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare
The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced,
Vietnamese fare Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored
beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-
done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round) All can be
customized with sprouts and fresh herbs Also impressive
Noodle combination plates with sauteed meats, salad,
and spring rolls $$

Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Biscayne)
this Honduran restaurant seems unpromising, but inside

it's bigger, better, and busier than it looks Unlike many
Latin American eateries, this one sticks close to the
source and proves a crowd-pleaser On weekends espe-
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 $

Barrel Wine Cantine
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
This boutique wine market/wine bar, featuring French
small plates, sounds just like this address's former
occupant, W Wine Bar, when it first opened The differ-
ence Instead of W's rotating chefs (including, sometimes,
servers), Barrel's head honcho is Victor Passalacqua, a
Miami fine-dining vet originally schooled by French stars
like Paul Bocuse Charcuterie selections feature imported
cheeses and cured meats hard to find outside France
(like rosette de Lyon salami) plus housemade prepared
salads and an incomparably sinful foie gras terrine
Changing entrees include moules frites, if you're lucky

3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911
Despite this tiny place's modern decor, the family-run
ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the
neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored
hangouts growing up in NJ's Sopranos territory And
low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently
Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resem-
bling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices?
It's an offer you don't refuse Don't refuse garlic rolls,
either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert There's
more complex fare, like chicken a la Francese, too And
they deliver $$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
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 and pre-
sented with modern flair All meats are certified halal,
Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean that obser-
vant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$

Best Friends
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999
On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this
spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian
fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling,
South Miami's Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers The thin-crust,
pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven
cooked, as are "blues," unusual calzones (like the blu
oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, aru-
gula, and fresh tomatoes) Hefty half-pound burgers come
similarly stuffed rather than topped A sheltered patio and
full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge,
too $$

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
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 $$

Blue Piano
4600 NE 2nd Ave.,
The address suggests a street-corner location, but this
casually cool wine bar/bistro is actually hidden midblock
It's well worth the hunt, thanks to the passionate, very
personally hands-on involvement of its four owners,
whose individual areas of expertise encompass food,
wine, and live entertainment, melding all seamlessly The
music is muted, encouraging conversation, wines are
largely small-production gems, sold at comparatively low
mark-ups And the small-plates menu features delectably
different dishes like the McLuvvin', a meld of savory
Spanish sausage and chicharrones, topped with a quail
egg and chipotle cream -- supremely satisfying $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave.,
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, it's 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-
touille, or many changing blackboard specials Portions
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Buena Vista Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistro's
Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion,
with fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants,
and other delights. At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette
sandwiches (containing housemade pates, sinfully rich pork
rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are
irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus per-
fectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo
meal. As for Posterl's homemade French sweets, if you grab
the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry,
we may have to kill you. $-$$

Cafe 46
190 NE 46th St., 305-400-8828
It doesn't look like South Beach's late lamented Joe Allen.
The urban beach bar decor and bohemian vibe actually are
more reminiscent of this space's first restaurant, 190. But
the menu is virtually identical -- no surprise since co-owner/
host Mario Rubeo, plus most kitchen staffers, are Joe Allen
veterans. Revisit faves like matzo meal-crusted chicken,
the famous burger, still-unique dinner salads spotlighting
uncommon ingredients like smoked trout, and fun signa-
ture desserts like Rice Krispy treats. $$$

297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792
This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor
venue is described as an "art gallery/lounge," and some
do come just for cocktails like the hefty cafe con leche
martinis. But don't overlook chef Guily Booth's 12-item
menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly
jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At
one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart
proclaimed it the best she'd ever had. Our own prime
pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so
buttery-rich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$

Catch Grill & Bar
1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414
A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively reno-
vated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic
eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood,
a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying
lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the
outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. It's
worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sus-
tainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper

and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is
free. $$$-$$$$

Cerviceria 100 Montaditos
3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373
Student budget prices, indeed. A first-grader's allowance
would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular
Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive
oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending
not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores
genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add import-
ed Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-
ham slivers. Other options revolve around pates, smoked
salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. There's cheap
draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$

City Hall the Restaurant
2004 Biscayne Blvd., 305-764-3130
After 30+ years spent guiding other owners' restaurants
to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has
opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of
Biscayne Boulevard that's suddenly looking fashionable.
The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie
neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emeril's)
has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an
astonishingly thin/crunchy-crusted pizza topped with
duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly
truffled bechamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with
light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is
refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar
to boot. $$-$$$$

The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave., 786-220-6681
Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop
with complimentary prepared foods, this place's self-ser-
vice cafe component nevertheless became an instant hit.
Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make
even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -- like
bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese,
roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese
platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor prefer-
ence from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropri-
ate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and
breads. $$

Clive's Cafe
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. $

Crumb on Parchment
3930 NE 2nd Ave.,
Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Building's
central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle
Bernstein's bakery/cafe packs 'em in, partly due to
Bernstein's mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-
school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon
curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes
inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian
pickles and kimchi aioli. And for morning people, the
savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shal-
lot sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is
the most important meal of the day. $-$$

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is
familiar sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and
pastries, plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept
differentiates the place. Signature sandwiches are named
after national and local newspapers, including Biscayne
Times, giving diners something to chat about. Sandwiches
and salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an
unusually wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes,
breads, and condiments for the creatively minded. $

El Bajareque
278 NW 36th St.,
Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking
almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-
owned "bajareque" (shack) is one where you definitely

Egg & Dart
4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022
While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Maria's, a Coral
Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family mem-
bers have several Greek islands restaurants) describe
their cuisine as "rustic Greek," there is surprising
sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate
taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crisp-fried smelts
(like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy
and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy
and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze
(snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invit-
ingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends
who enjoy sharing. $$$

Egyptian Pizza Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-571-9050
Pizza, pita -- hey, they're both flatbreads. So while many
pizzas do indeed, as this halal place's name suggests,
have initially weird-seeming Middle Eastern toppings,
its really not surprising that the Giza (topped with mari-
nated lamb, feta, olives, peppers, and pungently spiced
cumin sauce) works at least as well as Italian classics.
Additionally the menu includes interesting Middle Eastern
fare like foul, a hummus-like but lighter Egyptian dish of
favas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. A brick oven
makes both pizzas and homemade pitas superior. $$

18th Street Cafe
210 NE 18th St., 305-381-8006
Most seating in this cool, pioneering neighborhood cafe
is in a giant bay window, backed with banquettes, that
makes the small space feel expansive -- fitting, since the
menu keeps expanding, too. Originally breakfast/lunch
only, the cafe, though closed weekends, now serves din-
ner till 10:00 p.m., with comfort food entrees like secret-
recipe meatloaf joining old favorites: daily-changing home-
made soups, varied burgers, layered international salads,
inspired sandwiches (like roast beef and provolone with
creamy horseradish). Beer and wine is available, and now
so is delivery. $$

want to stop for some of Miami's most tasty, and inex-
pensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
(an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plan- 5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559
tain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from som-
mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great melier/chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata,
take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue
Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up
dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an

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