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Warm weather, bad traffic, store-bought tits, the beach, diversity, rudeness and the women.

Miami in a nutshell according to the people we talked at our VoxPop recording booth during RadioFest at the Wolfsonian on Miami Beach.

It was Spring Break, parking was bad, music was bumping and people were more than willing to spout off the things they love and hate about Miami. (Especially when we were plying them with free coffee in exchange for the conversation.)

Take a listen:

Tortillas

Jul 1, 2017

TORTILLA SOUP WITH SUGARCANE CHICKEN

Norman Van Aken, © 2001

This soup takes a hard left as you head south out of North America and presents a Caribbean flavored chicken with one of the classic soups of Mexico.

(6-29-2017) Today we're joined by Chef Jim Pastor and Mixologist Oscar Amaya from the Rusty Pelican.  They will give tips for a sparkling 4th with food and drink. They have a special party/dinner at the Rusty Pelican for Independence Day.  They bring food and drinks for us to taste. 

Restaurant news: Laine Doss, Miami New Times Food Editor will give her restaurant tips

Dinner in Minutes: Texas Turkey Burger with Corn and Black Bean Salad. Celebrate July 4th with a sparkling burger that gets its bang from jalapeno peppers.

www.dinnerinminutes.com
 

(6-28-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition, with social media law attorney, author, professor & consultant, Ethan Wall.  He’s a legal authority on all things Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram . . . and has advice for companies and individuals seeking how to best market on social media.

Of course, we take your calls.

(6-27-2017) Today’s Topical Currents looks at bicycles as a key to the future of South Florida urban transformation.  Over the last decade bike commuting grew 47-percent in the U.S. . .  and 73-percent in our largest cities.

Another plus for bikes:  48-percent of adolescents who bike are less obese than peers.

We’ve assembled a panel to discuss bikes and South Florida . . . and of course, to take your calls.

(6-26-2017)  Today’s Topical Currents has an expert outlook on the 2017 hurricane season. 

  Veteran General Contractor Kia Ricchi has the essentials for home preparedness measures.

www.thecontractress.com

Black Bean Soup

Jun 24, 2017

black bean soup with roasted squash

Norman Van Aken, © 2011

Yield: 12 Cups

 

6 ounces smoky bacon, diced

2 Tablespoons pure olive oil

1 Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 large Spanish onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced

3 stalks celery, diced

2 Tablespoons toasted and ground cumin seeds (see page 9)

2 bay leaves, broken in half

1 Cup Spanish dry sherry

(6-22-2017) In-studio interview with The Restaurant at the Raleigh Chef, Josh Elliot. Topic: Grilling. He concentrates on grilled foods at the restaurant.   He gives tips on how to grill the perfect, steak, burger, fish, chicken, vegetables.  He also bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Matt Meltzer, Miami Editor for the Thrillist Group will give his restaurant tips.

Dinner in Minutes: Mike Golic’s Barbecue Blitz Chicken Wraps

www.dinnerinminutes.com
 

(6-22-2017) Today it's a “Doreen’s Deals” feature, with Sun-Sentinel Consumer Columnist Doreen Christensen.  Many of her consumer deals are of the digital variety, with discounts by the Big Four mobile carriers and selected Amazon Prime discounts.

(6-20-2017) If you don’t have enough to worry about, consider “Zoonotic” diseases, when illnesses are spread between animals and people.  It’s more common than you think.

Today's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition about pet care, with Dr. Ian Kupkee of the Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, and Animal Behavior specialist, Edel Miedes.

Also, why does a pet just KNOW a vet trip is imminent?  If yours freaks out . . . we have advice about curbing that anxiety.

(6-19-2017) We know sleep is essential for all species.  Most humans have comfortable quarters to attain it, and no reason to fear attack while in bed.  Then why is there often such frustration over it?

Today’s Topical Currents is with journalist and English professor Benjamin Reiss.  He’s written WILD NIGHTS:  How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World.

Can you believe there’s a sleep magazine?  It’s called, Van Winkle’s!

VIETNAMESE SYLED MEATBALLS, (NINH HOA)

Norman Van Aken, © 2007

Yield: 3 pounds of meat to make into variously sized meatballs. (about 66 medium balls)

2 pounds ground pork, (we used pork tenderloin)

9 ounces of ground fatty bacon

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

10 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 Tablespoons ginger, peeled and minced

1 ½ Tablespoons sugar

2 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

1 Tablespoon Nuoc Cham, (see recipe below)

(6-15-2017) Pre-Father's Day conversation with Sushi Maki owner, Abe Ng and his father, Canton owner, Allan Ng. We discuss the role Abe’s father played in his becoming a restaurateur and how his father came to America and started his successful restaurant chain.  They bring food to taste.

Restaurant news: Carols Frias Miami Herald Food Editor

Dinner in Minutes: Open-face steak sandwich – perfect for Dad on his day

www.dinnerinminutes.com

(6-15-2017) Today's pre-Father’s Day Topical Currents features the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida.  It works for the full involvement of fathers in children’s lives, with workshops, conferences . . . and even the Fatherhood Reading Squad.

(6-14-2017) How could a toddler KNOW she’d be a writer? Only a four-year-old with the resolve of Miami-icon, Edna Buchanan.

Today’s Topical Currents profiles the prolific longtime crime reporter, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner.

She’s written some 20 books, mostly best-seller fiction, and was recently awarded a Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award.

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