culture en The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend <p>Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. <a href="">It does get pretty loud during Ultra</a>, after all.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:43:37 +0000 Maria Murriel 29785 at The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend Tell Miley Twerking Started In Miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miley Cyrus planted </span>twerking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the national consciousness last year when she shook herself onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards. But since the pop prodigy performed</span><a href=",0,1361323.story" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;in Miami last weekend, at the AmericanAirlines Arena</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, she should know the provocative dance was born in this city.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:40:54 +0000 Andrea Richard 29469 at Tell Miley Twerking Started In Miami A Word On Food: Fried Chicken <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I was 19, 20 and 21 years of age … I seemed to be on a </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">yo-yo</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> between my boyhood home in Illinois and the place I was seeking. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">sunlight</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">music</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. I wanted </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">good books</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 28878 at A Word On Food: Fried Chicken A Word On Food: Tostadas <p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 28167 at A Word On Food: Tostadas A Word On Food: Cinnamon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The way my mother taught me to make cinnamon toast was to start with raisin bread and toast it to perfection.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She might have timed it by how long it took her to jump into her waitress work uniform before slathering it with rich and creamy Wisconsin sweet butter. Then she&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sprinkled a combination of sugar and cinnamon out of our plastic, yellow &nbsp;‘baseball player’ figurine bottle that was covered with wax paper tucked under a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">red metal lid tha t doubled as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the faux baseball boy’s ‘cap’.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She usually </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">slathered</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> enough butter on the toast so that the cinnamon and sugar mix slide&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over the top of it like grains of sand dancing in the ebb of an ocean wave.</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 27137 at A Word On Food: Cinnamon A Word On Food: Oxtails <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The majority of times I have enjoyed oxtails has been in the classic Cuban dish named, “Rabo </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Encendido.</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” The translation is literally “Lit Tail.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is supposedly&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">due to the spice level in the dish, but unless I make it myself or have it in the home of another chile-loving person, the spice is mild, while the flavor is great. I love the tomato-ey rich stew that I have eaten since venturing into places like “El Siboney” in Key West years ago. I had it there again recently.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 26908 at A Word On Food: Oxtails A Word On Food: Turkey <p>The first&nbsp;time we rolled down Highway 1 in the Florida Keys was 1971. Sometimes you would not see an oncoming car for 10 to 15 minutes. The darkness on those narrow bridges we crossed was nearly overwhelming.</p><p>But above us the constellations came through. The starlight was an explosion of skyward imagery that guided us forth. Now&nbsp;we drive across these islands on the same&nbsp;highway and struggle to find a gap where you hope&nbsp;to find the darkness once again and&nbsp;the attendant miracle of the stars. Returning here, I am reminded of the words of ancient Heraclitus, “<em>No man ever steps in the same river twice&nbsp;</em><em>for it</em><em>’</em><em>s not&nbsp;the same&nbsp;river&nbsp;</em><em>and he</em><em>’</em><em>s not&nbsp;the same man.</em>”</p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Daniel Hicks 26303 at A Word On Food: Turkey A Word On Food: Mojos <p>Many North Americans would look at the word "mojo" in its printed form and pronounce it “mo-joe." In Spanish of course, it's pronounced "mo-ho"&nbsp;because the letter “j” is pronounced as an "h," as in jalapeño.</p><p>The word mojo comes from the word “mojar,” which means, "to wetten”&nbsp;so the usage of mojo&nbsp;can actually be pretty broad in that there are many ways to ‘wetten’ food. Years ago, I took a rather radical departure from the traditions of mojo&nbsp;and made tropical fruit mojos! If mojo meant a thing that would get something wet, I wanted to demonstrate that food that I’d added spices to, especially fish, would be happy swimming in a puree of mango and another dimensional ingredient or so.</p><p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 25425 at A Word On Food: Mojos A Word On Food: Chilau <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A play of light mesmerized me as I lay in bed, savoring the last moments of an unmoored &nbsp;consciousness. I allowed my mind to wander as I simply enjoyed the light show and worked on understanding where it was coming from and how it was working.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The process of cooking is nearly identical for me. The analyst in me came to realize that the fluttering sequences of light and shadow dancing on the unadorned wall placed me in the room that once was my son’s. The light of the early morning sun punctuated by the rhythm of the ceiling fan sought to keep me lulled and sleeping longer.</span></p><p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 25387 at A Word On Food: Chilau A Word On Food: Roast Beef <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The very words themselves call up ancient things. I imagine it on the menu that day in the year 1215 when King John was forced to sign the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Magna Carta</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at </span>Runnymede<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or something Shakespeare’s own mother would have served.</span></p><p>When I fantasize about the words being read in a perfect movie, I hear a voice like Sir Alec Guinness intoning them.</p><p>“Roast Beef.”</p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 25305 at A Word On Food: Roast Beef Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven And Nature Sing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN-TV</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> presents the sensational holiday special&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven and Nature Sing</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;performed by the Fort Lauderdale-based Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida.</span></p><p>Under the skillful baton of Julliard-graduate, arranger and composer Gordon Roberts, the 150-voice chorus produces a rich, blended sound from Baroque and classical scores to popular standards that will be sure to put South Floridians in the holiday spirit.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:01:38 +0000 Daniel Hicks 24911 at Gay Men's Chorus: Heaven And Nature Sing A Word On Food: Taco Lingo <p>I learn words in many ways, but the best may be in <em>eating</em>. The words on the menus and in the cookbooks I have from around the world have helped me conquer at least ‘parts’ of foreign languages.</p><p>I have a good knowledge of French, Italian and even some Japanese, if you allow that food is the central most important aspect of understanding a people’s tongue. My vocabulary was broadened by at least seven new words in Little Havana just the other day at a place blandly&nbsp;named, “Viva Mexico.”</p><p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 25027 at A Word On Food: Taco Lingo A Word On Food: Sandwiches <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I was near a small sandwich stand in an open-air market.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was like many you would see almost anywhere in the world.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A radio was playing a vaguely familiar tune.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Soft drink cans and cigarette packs lined the windows inside the stand where a lady was stuffing soft buns with meats.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a paper napkin dispenser advertising </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">“</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Coca-Cola.</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">”</em></p><p>This sandwich stand happened to be in Florence, Italy.</p><p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Norman Van Aken 24693 at A Word On Food: Sandwiches WLRN TV At PAMM's Opening Day <p>It's been a race against time to open the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in time for South Florida's annual Art Basel extravaganza.</p><p>PAMM&nbsp;is the latest cultural landmark to appear on the shores of Biscayne Bay, and it replaces the old Center for Fine Arts just a few blocks away in downtown Miami.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:26:37 +0000 Daniel Hicks 24621 at WLRN TV At PAMM's Opening Day A Word on Food: Menudo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Long before any Hispanic boy bands tormented or tantalized the radio air waves, the soup/stew&nbsp;Menudo&nbsp;was a siren song sung to me for the first time back in my younger days in a little </span><em>grocería</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> named ‘La Bodega’ in Diamond Lake, Illinois.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Maybe it was the alleged attributes of Menudo being able to cure a hangover that first led me to its pleasures. It must've been something strong to convince me Menudo is <em>not</em> made with things I normally consumed in my boyhood.</p><p>No hangover is required at all anymore for me to long for some of that homemade, restorative soup. And I had a hunch I’d find some of that in Homestead where one can find the best concentration of Mexican food to be found in either the counties of Miami-Dade or&nbsp;Monroe.</p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:04:16 +0000 Norman Van Aken 24540 at A Word on Food: Menudo