Doral Japanese-Peruvian Gem Tira.D.Toss Hides in Plain Sight

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Tacu tacu bites at Tira.D.Toss.
Take a pull of chicha morada -- a sweet, bluish drink made with Peruvian purple corn, pineapple, and orange accented by the spicy aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Nibble an anticucho of a half-dozen juicy, glistening chunks of beef heart seasoned with little more than garlic, salt, and a good sear. Relish the glow of tiki torches and dim string lights.

It's hard to believe you're in a strip mall sandwiched between a Subway and a chiropractor's office.

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Pincho Factory Plans Franchise Expansion

Categories: Food Industry

Photo by Carina Ost
Pincho Factory's tostones burger.
Ever wanted to make a toston burger for your crew? A Pastelito-cradled patty for your people? If you can cobble together a couple hundred thousand dollars you can become one of Pincho Factory's first franchisees.

Nedal Ahmad's humble burger and pincho place has been on somewhat of a tear over the last couple years. There are now three restaurants; one near FIU, one in Coral Gables and the newest under construction in Hialeah. With franchising, there could be many more on the way.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Top Chef Jeff McInnis Sues Miami Herald for Defamation

Categories: Food News

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Jeff McInnis makes chicken!
In an attempt to clear his name, Jeff McInnis, chef/partner at Root & Bone in New York City and former executive chef at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Herald, claiming the South Florida publication was "false and defamatory" in its treatment of a story published one year ago under its "Rumor Mill" column. The chef tells Short Order that the lawsuit is "the route that I was forced to take to clear my name."

According to Courthouse News, McInnis filed a federal complaint in Manhattan last Thursday against McClatchy Management Services, McClatchy Newspapers, and the Miami Herald, claiming an article published October 16, 2013, contained "some pretty horrendous allegations" against him.

See also: Jeff McInnis to Open Root & Bone in New York's Alphabet City

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New York City Wine & Food Festival Reflects Its Host City

Categories: Travel Hog

Photo by Laine Doss
Whole steer on a giant grill? Check! Fabulous skyline? Check!
The New York City Wine & Food Festival just wrapped up four days of parties, events, and tastings, and while there are major similarities between it and its snowbird sister, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, there are also major differences.

True, both festivals are the brainchild of Lee Brian Schrager, and there are twin events like Burger Bash and the Grand Tasting Village, but that's pretty much where the similarities end. The NYCWFF and SOBEWFF are as different as the cities they represent.

I was invited to Manhattan to attend the festival. Here are some of the highlights of the weekend.

See also: SOBEWFF Going to the Dogs: Rachael Ray to Host Canine Cocktail Party

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale Today

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Laine Doss
Meatopia: Coming to South Beach.
Let the food frenzy begin. Tickets for the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale to the general public today.

The festival, which takes place on South Beach's sands and venues around the city, takes place February 19 - 22, with more than 75 different parties, seminars, and tastings planned over the event's four days. SBWFF, which benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University, brings in some of the biggest names in the culinary world, in what may well be the largest "spring break for chefs."

See also: Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

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Seed Food & Wine Festival Day: Miami's Vegans Come of Age

All photos by Hannah Sentenac
With Seed Food & Wine Festival's inaugural run all wrapped up, it's clear that Miami's plant-based culinary community was bigger, stronger, and way more dedicated than anyone probably imagined. Myself included.

With five full days of plant-based soirees, celebrity hosts, chef dinners, and vegan vendors, this was no ordinary veg fest. Basically, it was the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on plants -- just as delicious, just as sophisticated and way friendlier for the waistline, the planet, and our animal friends.

Thousands of people turned up for Saturday's festival day alone. Imagine, South Floridians of all ages, interests and eating habits clamoring for meatless sausage, vegan pork rinds and zucchini noodles ... I can honestly say, never thought I'd see the day.

After this weekend, Miami has undoubtedly earned herself a leadership role in the plant-based revolution.

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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival Sells Out of More Than Just Tickets

Photos by Jose de las Casas
Yesterday, seafood aficionados flocked to Peacock Park to get their hands on stone crabs and celebrate the beginning of the season, as well as enjoy the cool breeze. The second-annual Coconut Grove Seafood Festival sold out all $15 presale and $20 at-the-gate tickets.

Short Order was invited to attend the all-day festivities, which kicked off at 11 a.m. and were supposed to continue until sunset.

See also: Joe's Stone Crab Opens Its Doors for Stone Crab Season Today

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This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Daniel Boulud, Virginia King, and Michael Pirolo

Photo by Carla Torres
Never-ending mussels.
Plenty to do this week, so let's get to it. We'll start off by letting you know Daniel Boulud is in town, and he's cooking up all new fall dishes with locally sourced produce. And, hey, there's a dinner to try the new menu.

Then we'll keep it going by informing you of Broken Shaker veteran Virginia King's whereabouts mid-week. She'll be at Mansion concocting Ilegal cocktails -- Ilegal Mezcal, that is.

And to end your week, Michael Pirolo will be sure to fill you up at Swine on Thursday. Yes, you read right -- Swine. He's the next chef up in 50 Eggs guest chef dinner series. Maybe don't plan anything this weekend so you can recover from the week's events.

See also: First Peek at Tobacco Road's Food Truck

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Seed's Vedge Dinner: Alicia Silverstone, Salt-Roasted Beets, and Korean Eggplant Tacos

Photo by Hannah Sentenac
This weekend, Miami's love for all things meat played second fiddle to the newest star in the culinary constellation: the mighty vegetable.

On Friday night, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, the duo behind Philadelphia's Vedge and just-opened V Street, made kitchen magic with a rainbow-hued spectrum of fresh veggies, from sashimi-thin golden beets to pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe. One-hundred-and-twenty people packed into South Beach's Tongue and Cheek eatery for a sold-out dinner extravaganza.

See also: Alicia Silverstone on Kind Living, Picky Kids, and Seed Food & Wine Festival

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Use This Code and Save $10 On New Times' Beerfest Tickets, On Sale Now

Categories: Booze Hound

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The 17th Annual Original New Times Beerfest is Saturday, October 25.
The 17th Annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, is setting up to be a truly epic local beer event, returning to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park this year with more beer -- and more fun -- than ever before.

Beer brewers from all over the state and the country come to show local drinkers their stuff. Even local homebrewers (and maybe some aspiring professionals) can offer their beers to the suds-swilling public.

See also: Ten Best Dinners Under $15 in Miami

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