culture

Food
11:07 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Nu, You Think You Can Cook?

My attempt at my mom's mandelbrot
Credit Alicia Zuckerman/WLRN

Got a bent for babka? A talent for tzimmes? A gift for gefilte fish? A capacity for kugel? 

With the Jewish New Year starting next week, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in South Beach is collecting original recipes from cooks and bakers throughout South Florida. And not just collecting them -- judging them, in its "From My Family's Kitchen" recipe contest this Sunday, Sept. 21. 

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Property Development
5:45 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

When Nearly 60-Year-Old Broward Church Is Gone, Its Garden Might Still Bloom

One of the six plots at the Church of the Intercession's community garden.
Credit Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

The Episcopal Church of the Intercession first opened its doors in Fort Lauderdale in the late 1950s. But churchgoers dwindled over recent years and the church couldn't afford to stay open. Its members celebrated mass for the last time this past Sunday.

Reverend Fred H. Johnson Jr. was called to the church three years ago as a supply priest, something a little like a substitute teacher.

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Music
6:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Puerto Rican Rap Comes To Miami, And It Might Not Be What You Expect

Credit Fuete Billete / Courtesy

Play the video above. The song starts with sandy synths and bass worthy of any indie-electronica act coming through Bardot, until about 24 seconds in. The beat skips a bit and the bass gets harder beneath the first bar of Fuete Billete's rap.

And it's in Spanish.

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South Florida Culture
5:13 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

How South Floridians From Different Countries Get A Taste Of Home Through Rice

Coconut rice is served as a side dish with fish, tostones and salad.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

Click through the photos above to see the different dishes.

By itself, rice is a pretty simple grain. But in South Florida, rice takes on several roles.

For some cultures, it's a side dish, for others it's a main dish or even a delicacy. Below, South Floridians from different countries talk about what rice means to them.

COLOMBIA

Maria Teresa De Arango learned how to make coconut rice when she was 10 years old, from her aunt who lived in Cartagena, a small town off the coast of Colombia.

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Transportation
9:30 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Young Jewish Professionals Now Crowdsourcing Funds To Help Bubbies

Rachel Schapiro, (left) and Hinda Adle, (center) interview Rita Grossman, (right) at a JCS meal site on South Beach. Rachel, and Hinda, are part of a group of young professionals, called the Jewish Community Services Alliance, interviewing seniors. The group is hoping to raise $18,000 by September to receive a $165,000 grant from Florida's Department of Transportation.
Credit Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald staff

Rita Grossman’s lifeline to the outside world is a white mini-bus with big, blue letters that announce: Jewish Community Services of South Florida...Senior Ride.

“I don’t know what I would do without it,” said Grossman, 88, of Miami Beach. She points to her cane propped in the corner of a South Beach community center: “If I wanted to walk anywhere with that, I’d have to start at 8 a.m. and just keep going.”

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Religion
2:26 am
Fri July 25, 2014

As Ramadan Comes To A Close, Local Muslims Come Together To Break Fast

Volunteers at a local mosque prepare plates for iftar, the breaking of the fast at sundown.
Credit Constanza Gallardo / WLRN

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day -- no food or drink. They break the fast with a meal after sundown called iftar. (See our Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition.)

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Politics
2:04 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Sholom & Mohamed: Brothers In Spite Of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Sholom and Moe take a selfie together with their respective flags.
Credit Sholom Neistein

Mohamed Ghumrawi and Sholom Neistein have been friends for six years.

Sholom is Jewish. Mohamed is Muslim and of Palestinian descent. 

"I think it’s interesting how people perceive our friendship," says Mohamed, or Moe for short. "People see us and the first thing that comes to mind is, 'A Palestinian and an Israeli together? What? I must be in the "Twilight Zone".' ”

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Marriage Equality
12:51 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Despite Key West's Gay-Friendly History, Gay Marriage Took This Long

John Huntsman, left, William Lee Jones, center, celebrate at a party in Key West. Doug Mayberry, right, was one of the organizers.
Credit Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

  It only took a few hours for the state Attorney General’s office to appeal Thursday’s Monroe County ruling declaring Florida’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. The appeal means any marriage licenses for gay couples are put on hold.

But Key Westers have been celebrating the decision anyway, calling it a milestone for the island city.

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Culture
7:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

What The Reopening Of The Caribbean Marketplace Means For Little Haiti

Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti.
Credit Miamigov.com

After being shut down for a little over a decade, the newly renovated Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti will bring life back into this tight-knit enclave.

The Marketplace opened in 1990 and closed just nine years later due to structural and financial problems. The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership was involved in the building’s renovation.

Executive director Joann Milord says one of the reasons the Marketplace shut down was the building's lack of air conditioning. That contributed to its physical breakdown --  mold grew and the building started to decay.

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Arts
1:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site

Credit Erick Johnson / The Miami Times

For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the 1950s and '60s, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities. 

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Religion And Culture
6:04 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Unique Eats: Ramadan Edition

Florida International University hosted an open iftar event yesterday, July 3, where Muslims and non-Muslims could experience breaking fast. The event was hosted by the school's Muslim Student Association and PakSA.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, beach gatherings and plenty of food -- so last week, much of America feasted on sizzling hotdogs, watermelon and maybe potato salad.

But South Florida's Muslim community celebrated with fresh fruits, exotic cuisine and prayer.

This year, Independence Day fell on the sixth day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Treasure Hunt
11:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Marketing Group Hiding Free Cash Throughout South Florida

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

The money was hidden at the hospital where Elton Aguilera was born. He and a friend drove over. Once they parked, they ran. "My heart was pounding," he recalls. "I was sweating. Just the excitement, the adrenaline." Not long after, he found a white envelope taped to a fence. It had $50 inside.

Instructions on the envelope encouraged him to take a selfie with the winnings and to follow In South Florida, a local online marketing group.

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Miami Culture
8:34 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Remembering Fallen Young Men With "RIP T-shirts"

Hai Haliva, owner of Studio X, and Ayleen Lopez, a graphic designer, work inside the booth at the USA Flea Market, where they design R.I.P. t-shirts for customers. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

They come to put their dead relatives and friends on a T-shirt.

A young woman clutches a photo of her murdered 16-year-old brother. He grins at the camera, his right hand clutching a gun. Three young men line up to pay homage to one of their friends, a “street soldier,” with his Facebook profile picture.

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Arts
6:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Florida Arts Programs Get Highest Funding Ever From Lawmakers

From "The Hobbit" at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre
Credit Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre

The Actors' Playhouse executive director Barbara Stein says most of the Coral Gables theater's paid performers are from South Florida.

“We hire some people out of New York, too, but our goal is to hire as many capable and qualified for each production Florida based actors that we can,” Stein says.

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Flashback Friday
5:50 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Old Miami Herald Building

The old Miami Herald building started being demolished April 28.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

It's been roughly one year since WLRN-Miami Herald News staff left One Herald Plaza, the former Miami Herald building. 1HP will soon be demolished completely, but the building will always be rife with touching (and bizarre) memories. 

This #FlashbackFriday, WLRN and Miami Herald reporters, editors and human resources staff take us back to their memories of 1HP, with nine things you probably didn't know about the iconic building.    

*Editor's note: The eighth memory in this post contains a graphic, uncensored image.

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