Papa John's Fritos Chili Pizza: Genius or Heinous?

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Papa John's new Frito pie: The end of the world as we know it.
Papa John's has just announced a new product that could either be the next big thing or the start of end times.

According to the Papa John's website, this limited-edition pizza is topped with beef, chili, Roma tomatoes, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, and Fritos.

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Top Chef Jeff McInnis Sues Miami Herald for Defamation

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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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Red Bull Doesn't Actually Give You Wings: Collect Ten Bucks in Class-Action Lawsuit

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That's one way to get off the ground with Red Bull.
In what could be the absolute dumbest case to enter our clogged, overworked legal system, Red Bull North America Inc. has settled two consumer class action lawsuits to the tune of $13 million dollars.

Do the two lawsuits filed with the United States District Court Southern District of New York (Benjamin Creathers vs. Red Bull North America Inc. and David Wolf and Miguel Almaraz vs. Red Bul GMBH, Red Bull North America Inc., and Red Bull Distribution Company Inc.) claim that the carbonated beverages cause you to sprout horns like a bull or maybe lead to deranged humans stampeding like angry cattle? Um, that would be silly. These lawsuits are not "frivolous" like that!

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Taperia Raca Now Closed; Owners "Received an Offer for the Location They Could Not Turn Down"

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Giorgio Rapicavoli
Taperia Raca, the Spanish tapas joint launched earlier this year in MiMo by Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova, is closed.

According to a news release, the owners received an offer on the property they couldn't refuse. The team, however, says this isn't the end of Raca and is planning to look for a new locale.

See also: Taperia Raca: Spanish Tapas on the Upper Eastside

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Starbucks Has Latin-Inspired Treats: Only in Miami

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Starbucks goes guava!
Starbucks, the world's go-to place for trendy lattes, has come up with a line of totally Miami treats unique to our hometown.

According to a Starbucks spokesperson, this new Latin-inspired sabores tradicionales line of pastries and goodies is available only in South Florida for a limited time as part of the coffee company's fall promotion.

See also: Pumpkin Back at Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts


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Pubbelly Going Vegan for One Night Only October 2

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No pig heads on this menu, unless they're made of tofu.
In a sign that the times are most definitely a' changin', the kings of pork are embracing plants. Notable Miami Beach eatery Pubbelly (whose owners were once called the Sovereigns of Swine by the New Times), is going vegan.

In partnership with Jugofresh, the team is hosting a pop-up vegan spread on October 2. For $60 a pop, attendees can dig into animal-free eats by chefs Jose Mendin and Paco.

See also: Chef Paco of Jugofresh Cooks Up Creative Vegan Eats for Conscious Bite Out Dinner

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Jen Karetnick, Lee Schrager, Fabio Viviani Represent at Book Fair 2014

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The Miami Book Fair International is a big deal. Not just for book nerds and wannabe authors, but for foodies, too, since the lineup of chefs, food writers and edible events gets more impressive every year.

The roster for November's fair, announced on Friday night, includes a whole host of Miami's own top culinary talents. Check out the full foodie lineup after the jump.

See also: Book Fair 2014 Includes John Waters, Questlove, Ira Glass, and More

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Starbucks to Test Beer-Flavored Latte at Florida Locations

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Starbucks is testing stout beer lattes at locations in Florida.
In Florida, where coffee-flavored beers are popular, Starbucks wants to test a beer-flavored coffee at select shops. The company has not revealed exactly where it will be sold.

The stout-beer-flavored coffee is called Dark Barrel Latte. Considering coffee is a flavor that's becoming increasingly prevalent in small-batch craft beer, why not pull a switcheroo?

See also: Starbucks Sells Harry Potter-Inspired Butterbeer

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Michelle Bernstein to Host Michy's Pop-Up Dinner at Crumb on Parchment

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Michelle Bernstein is hosting a Michy's pop-up.
Miami's culinary darling is hosting a special pop-up dinner this Friday, and it looks like it's been flying under the radar.

This Friday, at 7:30 p.m., Bernstein will put on the four-course tasting menu with table-side plating at her Design District bistro, Crumb on Parchment. She will personally explain each of the courses to diners.

See also: Michy's Closes Saturday: Last Chance for a Last Meal

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Attorney for Woman Caught in Versailles Sex Scandal: "These Things Have Profound Consequences"

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Ayler Ayala poses for her Facebook page.
More infomation is coming out about the recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Ayler Ayala, a former cashier at Miami International Airport.

The complaint, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, claims she experienced discrimination and harassment by her former employers, Global Concessions Inc., Gateway Airport Concessions Inc., and Airport Concessions Group Inc., all d/b/a Global Miami Joint Venture, that ultimately led to her resigning from her position after suffering an "emotional breakdown" at her workplace in February 2013.

Although the 10-page document also identifies Felipe Valls Sr. in a sex scandal, the Versailles Restaurant patriarch is not listed as a defendant. According to Pelayo M. Duran, an attorney for the plaintiff, Valls was not listed because Ayala didn't come forward soon enough. He did however say information concerning Valls was included because "it's not like we're talking about something that's not relevant."

See also: Harassment Lawsuit: Versailles Owner Felipe Valls Sr. Had Secret Room "Littered With Sex Toys" (Updated With Attorneys' Response)

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