Bon Appétit! Celebrate Julia Child's Birthday with a Quiche Lorraine

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Julia Child, Influencer
"I think every woman should have a blowtorch."

Today marks what would have been Julia Child's 102nd birthday. If not for Julia -- chef, cookbook author, television host, accidental feminist -- the food world wouldn't be what it is today. If not for Julia, Americans might still be eating TV dinners and boiled hot dogs.

To celebrate her, we've chosen to share a fairly simple and classic recipe we hope you'll try to recreate at home: quiche Lorraine. The great thing about the quiche is that you can make up your own concoctions, and as Julia said, "it is practically foolproof."

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Six Mango Dishes to Try in Miami: Sushi, Foie Gras, and Hedy Goldsmith Dessert

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Courtesy of Bulla Gastrobar
From buying buckets on the side of the road to snatching handfuls from a neighbor's tree, this time of year makes Miami go a little mad for mangoes. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will celebrate these juicy fruits at the 22nd Annual International Mango Festival on July 12 and 13, but you don't have to wait until then to indulge in the season.

Local restaurants are taking advantage of the surplus of mangoes and their sticky-sweet goodness. Here are six South Florida dishes that make the most out of this year's bounty.

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Bodegon 71: Try the Juice, Arabian Empanadas, and Dulce de Leche Conitos

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Photos by Carina Ost
Filled with dulce de leche.
I've already declared my love for dining in North Beach and Normandy Isle, and now there's a new favorite spot in the neighborhood. Bodegon 71 offers seemingly endless empanadas, along with juices, smoothies, decadent desserts, and much more.

This family-run restaurant is still waiting for a wine and beer license, but in the meantime, I've tasted a majority of the items on the menu. And virtually every dish and juice shines.

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Five Must-Try Rabbit Dishes in Miami

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Carina Ost
Braised Florida rabbit
Beneath the floppy ears and cotton-ball tail of a rabbit is some seriously delicious meat. It truly does taste like chicken -- only leaner and slightly sweeter. Or perhaps it's like a more healthful duck.

Other bonuses: Because rabbit is still a "boutique meat," most local restaurants use Florida rabbits from family-run farms where the animals are raised on a clean herbivore diet without the use of hormones or steroids. Plus, there appears to be no shortage, as we all know how well rabbits procreate.

If this season's offering of chocolate bunnies -- Easter is this Sunday, April 20 -- has you jonesing for the real savory deal or you simply want to taste the meat for the first time, we have five must-try rabbit dishes.

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Toscana Divino in Brickell Introduces Three-Course Weekday Lunch for $23

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Salmon tartare.
If your weekday lunch needs a makeover from that sad microwaveable frozen meal or wrinkly brown paper bag, head to Toscana Divino in Mary Brickell Village.

A couple of weeks ago, this sleek Italian eatery launched L'originale: Lunch Italiano, offering a rotating three-course lunch menu for $23 on weekdays. The restaurant, commissioned in part by the city of Florence and the region of Tuscany, offers the senses an affordably priced minivacation from mundane workweek meals.

See also: Toscana Divino: Tuscany Is the Star at This Brickell Eatery

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A Little Bit of Philly in Virginia Gardens: Try the Cheesesteak and Meatball Sub

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Carina Ost
Legit cheesesteak.
Miami Springs is home to some wonders between bread. Take, for example, the "outside is in" burger at JR's Gourmet Burgers or the fried chicken sandwich at Crackers Casual Dining. However, neighboring Virginia Gardens has a contender as strong as Rocky Balboa.

A Little Bit of Philly is home to a cheesesteak that will knock you out. The menu at this joint is small but mighty: pizza, stromboli, calzones, cold subs, hot subs, grinders, and party puffs. Relax, the last two are G-rated, though the language in the joint might require some parental guidance. It's a place to eat subs, drink beer, and bust balls. What else would you expect from a spot that channels the City of Brotherly Love?

See also: Bacon Jam at Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs

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Doggi's in Silver Bluff: Try the Cachapa

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Carina Ost
Corn pancake beats corn cake.

At an arepa bar, it's hard to think outside the crisp goodness of an arepa, but at Doggi's, try another Venezuelan delicacy.

Sure, the place proffers large, tasty arepas with fillings ranging from Guayanés cheese to pabellón criollo ($6.50 to $9.89). However, the cachapa ($8.49) just might capture your heart and taste buds.

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A&G Burger Joint in Sweetwater: Try the Nica

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Carina Ost
This is the Nica.
"You drove all the way to Sweetwater for a burger?" The answer is yes. And we'd do it again in an artery-clogged heartbeat.

After compiling a list of Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers, we were told that A&G's Burger Joint was "outta hand." We headed over and our hands, mouth and stomach runnethed (ran?) over.

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Jennifer's Cafeteria: Baleada Beats Breakfast Burrito

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Carina Ost
Baleada with chorizo.
There's nothing worse than driving around aimlessly and starving on a Sunday afternoon. You want to steer clear of the brunch crowds and at the same time find something filling and affordable.

On a recent Sunday, I thankfully found Jennifer's Cafeteria in North Miami Beach. I walked into a pretty, busy restaurant that was filled with only women. It was some kind of bizarro world; even all of the children were girls. It was a strange sight, but the estrogen levels mellowed me as I got familiar with the menu.

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Bacon Jam at Crackers Casual Dining in Miami Springs

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Carina Ost
Spread this love on everything.
A trip to Miami Springs requires maneuvering over one way canals and a circle park, but it is so worth it. We came for the deep fried bread pudding and fried chicken at Crackers Casual Dining but we stayed for the bacon jam.

This homey restaurant serving delicious Southern comfort food is run by a hospitable husband-and-wife team. The inside dining room feels like you are in someone's home, and the enormous covered patio makes you feel as if you are on vacation awaiting a luau.

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