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Jen Karetnick

The New Urban Garden
Garden of Eating: The Best Restaurants Growing Their Own Food

For most folks in the restaurant and bar business, the urban garden – a patch of produce tended in the middle of a metropolis – was born out of necessity. This meant that for whatever reason, the chef or mixologist in question couldn’t find a particular type of rare herb, or have enough of carved radish garnish at the ready, or keep a particular berry fresh and vital for when it was required for that special drink or dish.


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Digging into South Beach with Chef Danny Grant
Digging into South Beach with Chef Danny Grant

French-trained, Chicago-based chef Danny Grant was hardly flying under the radar when, at his restaurant RIA, he became the youngest U.S. chef to score Michelin stars two consecutive years in a row, as well as snag the coveted Food & Wine Best New Chef honor in 2012. Thus his opening of 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, located on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, was long anticipated by foodies in the region. Here, he tells us about the lure of


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Fusion at Carol’s Cucina & Vino
Fusion at Carol’s Cucina & Vino

We’re all familiar with the Argentine-Italian culinary connection, but Brazilian-Italian? That’s a twist for some of us here in Miami. Pizza topped with Brazilian calabrese? Coxinhas made with rice to resemble arancini? Carne seca lasagna? Yes, Virginia, there’s a new kind of exotic in town.


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Taste of Spain: Bulla Gastrobar
Taste of Spain: Bulla Gastrobar

There are tapas and then there are tapas with style and purpose. Bulla, a popular gastrobar located in Coral Gables that is colloquial Spanish for “chatter” or “gossip,” is certainly living up to its name. Owned by Carlos Centurion, who created the erstwhile but much-beloved Por Fin, and executed by Miami native chef Luis Quant.


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Up-and-Coming Costa Rica
Up-and-Coming Costa Rica

Costa Rica may be known for its coffee, but if you ask those who live and travel there, it should be respected for a on a much deeper culinary level than that. And now, thanks to two culinary tasting tours, you can have the chance to experience what insiders know: Costa Rica, as a destination for epicures, es muy delicioso.


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Divas del Azúcar Premieres Tonight!
Divas del Azúcar Premieres Tonight!

We all know sugar is sweet, but a diva? “Sweetness” isn’t usually the quality that earns a prima donna her title.


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Happening: Miami Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show
Happening: Miami Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show

Given the Latin American origins of both cacao and its byproduct, chocolate, it makes perfect sense for Mario Pi, a native Miamian born to a Cuban parent, to launch a trade show celebrating it. Now, thanks to the success of his debut festival, which was born in the Magic City as the The Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, denizens and visitors can experience more than 70 vendors and chefs at the re-christened Miami Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show.


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La Mar by Gaston Acurio
La Mar Brings Peruvian Flavor to Miami's Shore

In Peru, where he’s penned 20 national bestsellers and won culinary awards too prestigious and numerous to delineate (including the best restaurant in Latin America), celebrity chef Gaston Acurio is as household a name as salt. Throughout the world, he’s known as the proprietor of 35 restaurants in 12 countries, which makes him practically an ambassador of Peruvian cuisine.


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Miami Foodcrawling: Peruvian Restaurants
Miami Foodcrawling: Peruvian Restaurants

Forget Brazil (for now). Disregard Argentina (if you can). The World Travel Awards named Peru “South America’s Leading Culinary Destination” – for the second year in a row. Just as they did in 2012, the powers that be believe that Peru, with its amazing natural selection of flora and fauna all ready to be turned into lomo saltado and tiradito, is the clear go-to for the on-the-go epicure.


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Swine & Wine with Chef Jose Mendin at SOBEWFF
Swine & Wine with Chef Jose Mendin at SOBEWFF

When you’re the owner of a popular South Beach restaurant group that opens, on average, a new establishment every eight months, what to cook for a Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF) event may not be foremost in your mind.


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