How Chef Vince Navarrete Feeds Marlins Park

Sep 26, 2014
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Baseball is “America’s pastime”. The sport is filled with nostalgia and American history from Jackie Robinson and Derek Jeter to the disco demolition and your neighborhood little league team.

But, it’s the food that brings everything together.

Baseball was part of my introduction to American culture growing up. I would listen to games on the radio with my grandfather in Brooklyn, sitting on the porch during the summer eating ice cream or passing around a bag of Funyuns.

Breaking Bread At Zak The Baker's Before Rosh Hashannah

Sep 24, 2014
Photos by Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Between colorful murals and art galleries, the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the air in Wynwood. And though the sign on the building simply reads "Bakery," inside Zak the Baker's Wynwood café, a lot more is going on than at your average corner bake shop.  

"Sometimes I take a step back and look on what we've done and I'm quite proud. I'm pleased with the direction," says Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker. "I'm grateful for the way the community has supported this project, just seeing it grow from the garage to where it is today." 

Aroma Triggers

Sep 20, 2014

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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.

09/18/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with John Mariani, restaurant and travel columnist for Esquire Magazine and the Huffington Post.  He has been called “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.   We discuss the state of the restaurant industry in the US. He wrote a scathing article “What is Bon Appetit Magazine trying to sell us?” referring to their 50 nominees for the best restaurants of 2014.  He questions their assumption that fine dining is dead. We talk about their concept of hipster restaurants; the overpriced food and what America wants when dining out. 

Five Miami Restaurants To Compete On New Bravo Show

Sep 17, 2014
Image Courtesy of Bravo

Looking for the country's best new restaurant, Bravo, the reality TV network behind Top Chef, will give five Miami dining spots a shot at glory. 

Hosted by current Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Best New Restaurant will premiere in January. The show, featuring 16 restaurants from across the nation, pits eateries against each other in everything from food to decor and hospitality. 


Sep 13, 2014
Norman Van Aken


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Use on almost any preparation you would use a regular barbeque sauce on. Experiment!

Can also be used as a potent dipping sauce for fried and savory items.

Yield: 1 3/4 Cups 

·         2 Cups orange juice, reduced to a near syrup (about ¼ Cup, cooled somewhat)

·         ½ Cup Koshi Miso Paste (We use ‘Marukome Boy Koshi Smooth Paste’)

·         2 Tablespoons Dark Roasted Sesame Oil

·         1 Tablespoon soy sauce

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At Mad Chiller, a pop-up coffee-shop-cum-art-gallery, culture is on the menu alongside locally roasted coffee and organic liege waffles.

The Mad Chiller coffee chariot – not to be mistaken for an ordinary cart – has been rolling into local arts events for nearly two years, but now the chariot will become immobile. Mad Chiller will be taking up permanent residence at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design on Sept. 12.

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Juan Valdez and his burro aren’t just symbols of Colombia’s world-famous coffee.

They’re the faces of what is arguably the most effective and democratic institution in Colombia: the National Coffee Growers Federation. The federation – which owns the Juan Valdez brand – offers a glimpse of what the war-torn South American country might be more like if it ever achieves peace.

Octopus Balls

Sep 6, 2014
Norman Van Aken