Hemingway's Birthday: Make the Original Papa Doble From Havana's Floridita Bar

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Make a Papa Doble. Toast to Hemingway's 115th birthday.
Today marks Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday. The author/adventurer who called South Florida home for a number of years, is nearly as well known for his prolific drinking as his writing.

In fact, much of the Tales of the Cocktail seminar, Floridita: Cradle of the Daiquiri, focused on Hemingway's influence on the famed Havana bar where bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert invented the daiquiri.

Cocktail historians David Wondrich and Jeff "Beachbum" Berry shared insight into the beginnings of this cocktail, which surged in popularity first during Prohibition, when wealthy Americans would fly or cruise to nearby Cuba to spend the day imbibing, forgoing the sights of the island to spend the day looking into a cocktail glass. The island nation's tourism industry grew, with tourists staggering out of Sloppy Joe's, which was considered to be the "American" bar in Havana.

See also: Toast Ernest Hemingway's Birthday With These Cocktails

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International Mango Festival: A Tasting Guide to Casturi, Totopuri, Angie, and More

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Delicious mangoes -- and knowledge -- to be discovered.
If you're into mangoes, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival is kind of a big deal. This ode to the fleshy tropical fruit is mango-mania for the general public, but the Grower's Summit portion of the affair is exponentially more intense.

The pre-festival summit brings mango growers from across the globe together to share knowledge and get schooled. This year's event brought folks from Texas, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Haiti and lots of other locales to the grounds of Fairchild last Friday.

We popped in and got a chance to check out the oodles of mangoes on display, taste some special varieties and learn a little about some lesser-known varieties from the experts and growers. Check out our newfound mango knowledge:

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

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Argentinian Empanadas and Dutch Gouda: Traditional Eats for the World Cup Semifinals

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What's the one dish that Argentines miss the most when living abroad? Well, if you talk to Maximiliano Alvarez of Fiorito, there's too many to choose from:
mollejas (sweetbreads), provoleta cheese with chorizo, milanesas, and empanadas, just to name a few. Fair enough. But when we press harder, he has the most to say about the empanadas, which are derived from his father's recipe:

"He used to make it with hanger steak, cutting the meat himself and he'd put in hardboiled egg and olives, but people here [in Miami] didn't like that so we took it out."

While Fiorito's may not be the biggest restaurant (they seat about 70), nor the one with the most LED screens (two), if you want to have one of the most emblematic foods of Argentina, surrounded by passionate locals rooting for their madre patria, then this is the place to watch the Argentina-Netherlands game at 4 p.m. today.

See also: Brazilian Bites and German Wurst: Traditional Eats for the World Cup Semifinals

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Brazilian Bites and German Wurst: Traditional Eats for the World Cup Semifinals

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Queijo coalho, a salty cheese produced in northeastern Brazil -- now at Sushi Samba Dromo for World Cup snacking.
For fans who have been following the 2014 World Cup, this is the last week to savor the glory, drama, and mayhem of all things fútbol. And what better way to do that than with some authentic bites from each country? Whether you're rooting for Brazil or Germany, we've got you covered for today's 4 p.m. match.

See also: World Cup 2014: Where to Eat, Drink, and Watch the Finals

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The Healthy Bacteria Craze: Fermented Foods and Probiotic Drinks

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Whether they're pickled in a dirt hole for several months, jarred in the back of your pantry, or just fell off the back of a VitaCoco truck, fermented foods have made waves as tasty and health conscious treats. From coconut water and quinoa, to dairy and and beans, any dietary staple can be infused with the cultured brilliance of fermentation. But what exactly is it?

Fermented is a euphemism for rotten or spoiled. Around the turn of the century, canadian dentist Weston A. Price popularized the consumption of fermented fare as a remedy for oral and digestive maladies. He traveled the world, documenting the indigenous foods of various cultures and noting their health effects. Recently, with the appearance of kombucha -- a bubbling mushroom tea that will get you buzzed and cure whatever ails you -- fermented products have slowly made there way back into the collective epicurean consciousness.

See also: Pitaya: Step Aside Acai, There's a New Superfood in Town

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With Macarons, the Price Isn't in the Bite

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Georges Berger of Chocolate Fashion.
Unwrapping a designer box of imported macarons at Lincoln Road's Laduree is an experience in and of itself. The Paris-based pastry company recently launched a South Beach offshoot of its century-old operation.

Not to be confused with the coconut macaroons your grandmother passes out during Passover, these french cookies come in a variety of colors and flavors. With a little less than six months since its debut, the verdict is in: We love these artful and delectable sweets but can't stand the hefty price tag. How can two cookies sandwiched between a sweet filling cost almost as much as a diner burger? Short Order tracked down a local patisserie expert to deconstruct the multicolored madness.

See also: Laduree, French Pastry Shop, Now Open on Lincoln Road

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The Miami Marathon Is in February: Train Your Stomach With This Infographic

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Laine Doss
The sun rises at the start of the Miami Marathon.
Each year, the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon sees 25,000 athletes bounding through the streets of our fair city. This year, the race takes place on February 2, 2014 and, while that may seem far away, training starts now.

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Five Stress-Relieving Foods for Heat Game 7: Guacamole to Popcorn

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Oh, Ray Allen, you three-point god, you.
While the rest of Miami -- and the nation for that matter -- was wondering whether the Heat would finally show the Spurs who's boss during overtime Tuesday night, all we could think about was where we could find a massive slice of fudge cake or pint of cookie-dough ice cream. Because we're stress eaters. And stress eating is a serious problem.

To get ourselves through the big Game 7 showdown tonight, we're asking the guests at our Miami Heat watch party to bring five of our favorite stress-relieving foods. Here's a look at an alternative to the usual beer and wings. They'll keep your stress levels lower and your fragile little heart a lot happier too.

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Five Food Traditions to Ring In the New Year

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While mentions of food around New Year's are often limited to diatribes about holiday overindulgence and plans to forego various edibles in the coming year - food also plays a pivotal role in the cultural introduction of a dawning year.

Various countries and cultures around the world have specific food traditions designed to ring in the new year. So if you're looking for a tasty way to celebrate 2013 that stays true to your heritage, here are some options. May your new year be eternally delicious!

Read also:
- Year in Review: Miami Food Scene 2012
- The Year in Meat! (2012)

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Mosquito Season Is Here: Tame Bites With Vinegar, Meat Tenderizer, and Tea

Categories: Food Facts
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Did it get you? Here's how to stop the maddening itch.
Mosquito season is here. Fueled by the heavy rains last week, eggs are hatching at an alarming rate, causing the little monsters to swarm south Florida, making life difficult for everyone who wants to enjoy a cool drink on their porch after a long day.

Mosquitoes aren't just annoying, they're carriers of some nasty diseases like West Nile virus, malaria, and dengue fever, according to the Mayo Clinic.

What to do if one of those nasty bloodsucking insects takes a bite? Although there are dozens of chemical-based remedies at the drug store, your kitchen has a host of remedies that are just as effective, a lot cheaper, and better for you and the environment. Next time a mosquito gets you, try one of these home remedies:

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