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12:17 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Key West Food Trucks Get New Rules Proposal

When White Street Station opened for business the city's code enforcers cited the business -- but the case was dismissed because the city had no rules regulating food trucks.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

When two new eateries on wheels opened in Key West this year, the city's code enforcement officers cited them, saying they had not received approval to operate in the historic district known as Old Town.

But a magistrate dismissed those cases, because the city didn't have any rules that govern food trucks.

That could change soon, as a 16-page proposed ordinance gets its first airing this week in front of the city's Planning Commission. The commission will make a recommendation to the city commission, which must approve any new rules before they take effect.

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Food And Dining
1:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Inside Miami Spice 2014

www.ILoveMiamiSpice.com

07/31/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview  Bill Talbert, President and CEO Greater Miami Convention and Business Bureau and John Kunkel CEO of 50 Eggs group owner of 5 concept restaurants – Yardbird, Khong, Swine, Lounge Bar and Lime.  Miami Spice runs for two months – August and September -  $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch. They give us tips on how to navigate the offerings. 
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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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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 and Dining
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Linda Gassenheimer’s “Restaurant Roundabout” May 2014 Edition

Linda Gassenheimer and Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein
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05/15/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critic Jen KaretnikMatt Meltzer, the Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Groupand our favorite wine columnist, Fred Tasker.  We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listener calls about favorite dining spots. Perhaps you have a new bistro to tell us about . . . or a favorite mom and pop pizza place. Listen in . . . Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.

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Milestones
2:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Amid Supplier Labor Strike, Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant In Miami Beach Turns 100

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From gangsters to glamor girls, presidents to princesses and actors to athletes, Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant has run the gamut of diners over its 100 years in operation.

On October 15, the legendary South Beach restaurant opened the doors for dinner service – the first of the stone crab season.

In 1913, Joe’s began as Joe’s Seafood Restaurant, serving fish sandwiches and fries, after Joe and Jennie Weiss relocated from New York to Miami Beach because of Joe’s asthma.

Joe was a waiter and Jennie was the cook.

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Food
3:09 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

The Kogi BBQ truck near the campus of UCLA in 2009.
Matt Sayles AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:46 am

What do restaurant chefs dream of? Most would be satisfied with a great review, a full house every night, maybe a restaurant or three of their own, a television show.

Not Roy Choi.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

South Florida L♡ves Miami Spice

From the Miami Spice Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ilovemiamispice

08/08/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Rolando Aeda of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Steven Haas Chairman of the GMCVB who give us the scoop on this year’s Miami Spice two tier program: luxury restaurants at $39 for a 3 course dinner, $23 for lunch and Fine Dining restaurants at $33 for a 3 course dinner, $19 for lunch.  We discuss the business of Miami Spice and what it brings to the community and get tips on how to enjoy the many offerings.

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Miami Dish
6:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food

This photo of a restaurant in Hialeah was taken just after it was constructed in 1922.
Credit William A. Fishbaugh (State Archives of Florida)

In Miami, everything has to do with migration, especially our food.

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Food and Dining
1:30 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

What’s with the explosion of new restaurants in South Florida?

Linda Gassenheimer
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05/30/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Victoria Pesce Elliott, Miami Herald restaurant reviewer.

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Miami Dish
11:13 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day At The Restaurant: Miami Chefs Weigh In On How Pro Kitchens Can Go Green

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As today is Earth Day, a few Miami chefs chimed in on how they try to reduce waste or recycle at their restaurants.

Jen Chaefsky, owner and general manager of Macchialina:

“Our water glasses are made out of recycled wine bottles. It’s something small, but every little bit helps; plus it’s a cool element that guests love to learn about.”

Sam Gorenstein, chef and owner of My Ceviche:

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Flawed But Fabulous
4:37 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

WLRN Live Chat Tuesday at 11 AM: Tell Us Why Miami Is 'Flawed But Fabulous'

WLRN's recent letter to the NYT sparked an online avalanche of reactions. Join our live chat on Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. when Nathaniel Sadler will hear why you think Miami is 'flawed but fabulous.'
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Well everybody, I have a new assignment. I'm WLRN's Flawed-But-Fabulous beat reporter.

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Miami Dish
11:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Where To Eat In Miami: Restaurants To Add To The New York Times List

Mixed seafood ceviche take-out from My Ceviche in South Beach
Credit Andres Aravena

In her March 22 article in the New York Times, Liesl Schillinger wrote that she wanted to capture the Miami restaurants and tourist haunts that are  "uncool" and serve "the salty fried food, the lime-drenched cocktails." 

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Arts
10:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Chefs Help You Decide Where to Eat In Miami

A screen shot from Chefs Feed
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 A couple of free Smartphone apps give the lowdown on where chefs like to eat, providing an alternative to reviews on Yelp and Google. The Chefs Feed app and the Find. Eat. Drink.  app/website give  recommendations from chefs for the curious eater who wants to know about the hole-in-the-wall spots favored by chefs Jose Mendin of Pubbelly or Michelle Bernstein of Michy's.  The apps are also a good resource for out-of-towners visiting during South Florida's busy tourism season.

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Hopliday Dining
10:56 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Christmas Finds Jews Going Out For Chinese

What's the deal, you’re wondering, with Jewish people and Chinese restaurants on Christmas?

Sun Sentinel religion writer Lois Solomon traces the long history of America's Jewish Christmas dinner and how immigration and cultural diets played a part in creating the tradition. It even found a place in the record of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearing:

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