food

Liberty City
10:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Pioneering Integration, Jumbo's Did Not Survive

Jumbo's owner has decided to fry his last shrimp after almost six decades.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Jumbo’s, a fixture of Miami's Liberty City, will serve its last batch of fried shrimp Wednesday. The diner has been open almost every hour since its first shift in 1955.

The restaurant gained a reputation for its bold move to integrate its staff in 1967, and owner Bobby Flam once saw a bustling dining room filled with black and white patrons. But the past decade has seen slowing business and crumbling décor.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Vaca Frita

Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word on Food. Airdate: July 19, 2014.

Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.

''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be 

  getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."

He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"

"Si!"

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Vaca Frita

Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word on Food. Airdate: July 19, 2014.

Before I looked at him I heard his voice. He was ordering from the blackboard menu.

''Vaca Frita please with moros" he added. American accent all the way. But he knew he was going to be 

  getting rice and beans when he requested those items. Confidence all the way. He was told in Spanglish, "you get y una mas 'Side'."

He responded. "Do you have Maduro Plantains?"

"Si!"

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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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Summer Fruit
7:08 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

International Mango Festival Uses Auction As Education

Some mangos on display at the auction during the International Mango Festival.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

Over the weekend, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden hosted the 22nd annual International Mango Festival.

The highlight of the festival was what organizers say is the world's only mango auction.

But according to Dr. Richard Campbell, director of horticulture at Fairchild and auction co-host, the festival is not just for buying and selling mango products. It's educational.

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LeBron James
6:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Burger Formerly Known As "Bron" Is Now "Gone"

The Gone burger was formerly known as the Bron burger.
Credit Carla Javier / WLRN

A local restaurant called OneBurger in Coral Gables created the Bron Burger back when LeBron James first announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat.

The ingredients are listed on a big sign on the wall:

  • Kaiser roll ("Kaiser is the German word for king.")
  • Kobe beef ("Cuz Bron eats Kobe for dinner.")
  • Swiss cheese
  • Onion ring ("Brother gonna wear some rings," the sign reads.)
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mustard
  • Jalapeños ("Dude loves the heat")

Well...

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Botanical Garden
3:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

International Mango Festival Features Auction, Colombian Mangos

Credit Miami Herald

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will host the 22nd annual International Mango Festival this weekend in Coral Gables. 

This year's festival is curated by Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma, of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. 

According to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden marketing associate Brooke LeMaire, the festival planners anticipate over 9,000 visitors across the two day event.

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Health
5:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

New Law Changes How Often Florida Food Establishments Are Inspected

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A state law changing how frequently restaurants are inspected unannounced goes into effect today. Under the new law, restaurants will be ranked on a scale from one to four. Restaurants rated as a four will receive four unannounced inspections. 

The rankings will be based on establishment type as well as history of past violations. 

Beth Frady is the deputy communications director at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. She says the new law will increase efficiency in inspections.

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Food Banks
12:18 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Local Food Distrubutor Gets Funding Increase

Homestead-based Farm Share received an extra $500,000 this year to go towards food transportation.
Credit Creative Commons

A Homestead-based food-assistance program called Farm Share received a $1.5 million check last week. State Rep. Kionne McGhee delivered the money, which was allocated in this year’s state budget. This is a $500,000 increase from last year’s state contribution.

Farm Share uses inmate and volunteer labor to sort, package and deliver food to churches, soup kitchens or other organizations across the state that use and distribute food to those in need. It provides the food for free, unlike many other food distribution organizations.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
2:29 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Foods Of India

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word On Food. Airdate: June 7, 2014.

‘A Word on Food’ is done with words of course. Where would I be without them? Our blonde-haired, blue-eyed granddaughter Audrey is not yet two yet she is teaching me to try more communication...

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
1:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Caviar

Containers filled with caviar.
Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear the latest edition of A Word on Food. Airdate May 31, 2014.

You don’t eat caviar because you’re hungry. But the portion set before us at a dinner the other night was certainly capable of staving off a serious quantity of pang.

We all eye’d the curvaceous morsels of edible hedonism. They were caviar-stuffed, chive-tied crêpes perched upon the base of empty, over-turned, long stemmed Riedel wine glasses. This caviar presentation was done in the style of the legendary “beggars purses” as created by Chef Barry Wine the once-upon-a-gilded-time owner of the ‘Quilted Giraffe’ restaurant of New York City.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
12:40 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Caramelization

Pictured from left to right, Onions in a skillet going through the cooking process of caramelization.
Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word On Food. Airdate: May 24, 2014

Inevitably I have a conversation with nearly every chef that comes to work with me as well as the students who attend my cooking classes. It has to do with a cooking term “caramelization”.

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Local Breweries
8:28 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Why Are Craft-Beer Lovers So Obsessed With Their Brew?

About 20 beer-tenders worked the bar at the Funky Buddha's first anniversary party in Oakland Park. Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Maria Murriel WLRN

I always struggle to explain how enthusiastic beer geeks are about the beers they love. Yes, it's like being passionate about any other hobby: Craft beer is a community in which beer-obsessed people, myself included, get excited to befriend others who share their favorite breweries.

But the devotion of craft-beer fans still always surprises me.

At the first anniversary of the Funky Buddha Brewery last Saturday, I spotted a handful of familiar faces, Scott Rain among them. He's one of the usual suspects at these craft-beer events. Usually, he's with his friend Jeff Davis.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Taste of the Nation, Ballet Hispanico, Annual Hukilau and Florida Keys Calendar

05/30/14 - Friday on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser talks about Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and their “No Kid Hungry” mission. Choreographer Rosie Herrera speaks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about  Ballet Hispanico’s world premiere coming to the Arsht Center. Contributor, Chris DeAngelis, previews the 13th Annual Hukilau coming to Fort Lauderdale in mid-June. Chef Norman Van Aken stirs up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
10:57 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Nachos

A plate of crispy nachos.
Credit Norman Van Aken

Click play to hear this week's edition of A Word On Food. Airdate: May 17, 2014.

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