Archive for the ‘Miami’ Category

July 8th, 2011

How Do You Like Your Mangos?

Do you like them a little tart? Or intensely sweet? Spicy or aromatic? If you ask Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s senior tropical fruit curator, Richard Campbell, a mango should be sweet and also a little tart. Not so for his fellow curator, Noris Ledesma, who prefers her mangos to taste sweet as honey. When it [...]

April 15th, 2011

Welcome the Miami Culinary Institute

Hiding behind a giant apron, the new Miami Culinary Institute in downtown Miami awaited its unveiling yesterday morning. Outside, guests helped themselves to non-alcoholic spritzers and small bites inside a large tent set up in a blocked-off section of Northeast Second Avenue in front of the school. Stilt walkers in chef’s coats moved among the [...]

November 1st, 2010

Knaus Berry Farm, A Reason to Love November

November is here. While most of the country bids farewell to farmers markets and extols the beauty of leaves turning orange, we in South Florida celebrate that temperatures are starting to drop to the low 80s and farmers markets are about to come back for the season. We also anticipate November for the return of [...]

October 15th, 2010

Local Food in Miami: Think We’re Not Making Progress?

On a Monday morning last July, a group of 100, maybe 150, people gathered in a room at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus for the first Greater Everglades Community Food Summit. “This gathering is a historic occasion,” conference organizer Mario Yañez said in his opening. “It marks the beginning of a true local food movement.”

July 8th, 2010

For the Love of Mangos: A Visit to Fairchild Farm

I couldn’t tell you what type of mango I grew up eating. In fact, until I arrived in South Florida I wasn’t aware of the immense variety of mangos that exist and that are grown – albeit not commercially – right here at the Fairchild Farm in Homestead.
Formerly known as Williams Grove, Fairchild Farm is [...]

December 3rd, 2009

Tasting Basel: Artful food by the Wild Feasties

Wild Feasties, a collective of artists and naturalists, will be serving artful tastings at Verge, an art fair at The Catalina Hotel starting tonight. “The Feasties” produce performance-based installation projects focused on creating and consuming delicious, local foods. Here’s what one of the founders, Eliza Stamps, had to say about the project.

September 21st, 2009

Cupcake store coming to downtown

The girls from 2 Girls and a Cupcake are setting up shop in Downtown Miami and they’re opening up their storefront to the public with a 24-hour cupcake-a-thon that kicks off at midnight on Friday, Sep. 25. Cupcakes will be going for $1.99 each and proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation.
I met Eileen and [...]

July 28th, 2009

It’s Miami Spice time again [Updated]

It’s that time of year again. Miami Spice 2009 kicks off this Saturday, August 1 with about 100 restaurants offering three-course lunch and/or dinner menus for $22 and $35 plus tax and gratuity.
Once upon a time, I looked forward to this time of year, especially in earlier days when Miami Spice was a chance for me [...]

June 29th, 2009

Los sabores del mercado Venza in pictures

Lately I’ve found myself caught in the South Florida rains quite a bit. It happened yet again yesterday at Toyota’s Los Sabores del Mercado Venza.  The rain surely deterred many from coming, which in a way made it better for those who attended because we were able to watch the chefs and taste the food [...]

June 21st, 2009

A hot afternoon in the Redlands

The sun was beating down hard today at the Redlands Summer Fruit Festival. D and I arrived at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead a little after noon to check it out. There were more people than I expected and lychee everywhere.

June 8th, 2009

Miami Pizza Crawl Part II (Updated)

For round two of the pizza showdown, 28 diners met up at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Aventura at 6 p.m. to begin the tasting. We then made our way to Pizza Fusion in North Miami Beach and ended at Racks Italian Bistro and Market .
It worked the same as last time, except with more [...]

May 28th, 2009

Pizza crawl part I (Updated)

All that buzz about pizza in Miami led Frodnesor of Food for Thought to organize a pizza crawl around various (many relatively new) pizza joints in the city. Last night D and I went to the first crawl, where in the company of 13 other diners we tasted the pizzas of Joey’s in Wynwood, Jonathan Eismann’s Pizza [...]

May 23rd, 2009

Rain or shine, Robert is Here

Dark skies didn’t deter D and I from taking a mini-excursion to Homestead this afternoon. I wanted to see if a visit to Robert is Here would give me some ideas for a locally inspired pie. This fruit stand, which has been around since 1960, carries an array of tropical fruit, numerous jellies, marinades and [...]

January 17th, 2009

It’s market time in Coral Gables

The Coral Gables Farmers Market in front of City Hall kicks off today and will run every Saturday through March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A gardening demonstration will be held each market day at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m a cooking demonstration with local chefs. See pictures from my visit last [...]

November 15th, 2008

Now cooking at the Miami Book Fair

The Miami Book Fair International street fair is going on this weekend and like in previous years it brings its share of food reads. If you go, don’t miss…
Saturday, November 15
10:00 a.m. ~ Fabulous Food
Sheila Lukinson on Ten: All the Foods We Love and Ten Perfect Recipes for Each and Steven Raichlenon The Barbecue Bible: [...]

September 5th, 2008

Get your restaurant news delivered

You may have heard that Sara over at All Purpose Dark has a new gig at UrbanDaddy Miami, a daily e-zine that brings lots of interesting tidbits to your inbox. So far, I’m loving their food section. From a new pizza bar opening up in South Beach to a “test-kitchen-like” restaurant inside Naomi’s Grill at the Trump International [...]

July 11th, 2008

Summer’s here, grab a mango

This week I’m seeing mangos everywhere. Thanks to Rick’s SFDB, I found two delicious recipes using my favorite fruit. And then I realized it’s that time again. Time for Fairchild Tropical Garden’s International Mango Festival.
Last year, a fellow blogger questioned my spending $20 to go see mangos during mango season. In these difficult times, $20 [...]

July 2nd, 2008

Miami New Times food blog

The Miami New Times has launched a food blog called Short Order.  It seems that they’ve brought the food-related posts from Riptide into it but now all food posts will go there. This might mean more frequent food blogging and yes, more Lee Klein. The New Times Broward-Palm Beach critic, Gail Shepherd, will also be contributing. I’ve added it to my [...]

June 30th, 2008

How ’bout ‘em cupcakes

Who would’ve known there’s so much love for cupcakes in Miami? On Saturday, 10 fortunate Chowhound readers/posters got together at one generous cupcake lover’s home to taste cupcakes from nine local “cupcakers.” What followed were two hours of overindulgence finished with a sugar coma.

April 14th, 2008

Go-to places in Miami

Well, I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks now and, as always, I’m taking my time to get back into the swing of things. In fact, I think my brain is still in vacation mode. I couldn’t delay it any longer, however. Today, the new issue of Food&Wine awaited me at home. It [...]

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