Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: Approximately  20

2 Cups plus 2 Tablespoons stone ground yellow cornmeal

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 Cups buttermilk

1 egg

1 teaspoon Escabeche Rub

Oil for Frying

Combine the cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a medium bowl.

Whisk the buttermilk and egg in another bowl.

The EVE auction house in Paris is getting ready to sell off a collection of historical and highly controversial objects.

The collection notably includes a ceremonial war shield, masks, a shrunken head, a warrior jacket adorned with human scalps, ancient jewelry, and ceremonial stones. Most of the collection can be traced back to Native American Indian tribes including the Acoma Pueblo and the Hopi.

US laws prohibit the sale of Native American ceremonial items, but those don’t apply in France.

Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission

  The boat that ran into a patch reef off Key West recently left without reporting the grounding. But it left some pieces behind.

"Essentially, this is a hit-and-run on the coral," said Sean Morton, superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. "We're on the lookout for a very large boat that is missing one prop and has probably a very large dent and damage to the hull on the front."

When Aki Okuda was 14 years old, he ran away from home. But this is not one of those kid-runs-away-and-is-brought-back-and-everything-goes-on stories.

Okuda ran away and stayed away.  

I wanted to go to the farthest place possible from Fukuoka,” he says. “I ended up on Yaeyama islands, the southernmost islands in Japan.”  

Population: about 50.

Daniella Cheslow

The numbers are down, but more than half a million migrants and refugees landed on the Greek island of Lesbos last year alone.

Islanders welcome them generously. But that had a big financial cost.

You see, tourism is a big deal on Lesbos. And summer bookings for this year are down by 70 percent.

Not many people, it seems, want to vacation next to a refugee camp. Reporters Daniella Cheslow and Daniel Estrin are among the exceptions. They reported on Lesbos for The New York Times' Travel section recently.

Why? They were curious.

I was in Japan 14 years ago when a friend from Hiroshima wanted to introduce me to a beloved local food. It had a funny name, a funny taste and a funny appearance. It wasn’t for me.

It’s called okonomiyaki, informally referred to as the Japanese pancake. But it’s unlike any pancake you’ve had before.

The dish has cabbage, egg, fish flakes, scallions, sometimes pork. In Hiroshima they use noodles as a base. Then it’s topped with a type of Worcestershire sauce and Japanese mayonnaise. 

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Sound and stories…

So salty.

That’s our ZipOde, a poetic ode to our zip code here at the studios in Miami: 33132.

Your zip determines the number of words in each line of the poem. So, for us, that’s three words, then three words, one word, three and two.

With our partner O, Miami poetry festival, we asked you to memorialize your own federally appointed numerical designation by writing ZipOdes.

More than 1,100 poems came in and they were a lot of fun to read.

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The biggest game in sports is coming back to South Florida. The Miami Dolphins will host the Super Bowl in 2020, celebrating a century of the NFL. But is this Miami’s game - or is it South Florida's game? Should the branding leave out Broward County?

The baker who predicted a camp's end

May 27, 2016
Jodi Hilton

Earlier this week, Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek border with Macedonia was a sprawling tent village that was home to about 8,500 people.

Now, after a massive police action that began on Tuesday, Idomeni is empty. 

The NGOs are packing up the last of their equipment; workers are clearing the tracks at the train station where people’s tents have blocked train traffic for two months. 

Pots and pans, stuffed animals, shoes and other personal belongings are scattered everywhere — a reminder of the daily life that thrived there just days ago.