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Ten Best Burgers in Miami

Categories: Top List

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Photo courtesy of Swine
Beautiful burger.

Somewhere between the buns and beef, the magic of a burger happens. Bite in and you have a complete meal and a piece of Americana between your fingertips.

Miami has all kinds of crazy patty varieties, with salmon, turkey, and shroom burgers. And like everyone else, we have named the best ones before, but it has been almost three years, and this list is so much richer. A gift for the holidays, here are the Magic City's ten best classic burgers.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers


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Shaquille O'Neal Bakes Holiday Cakes in an Easy Bake Oven (Video)

Categories: Holidays

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Shaq-A-Claus bakes with his Easy Bake Oven.
Shaquille O'Neal (or Shaq, as the world knows him) is many things.

Shaq Fu is a basketball great, a movie star, even a part-time law enforcement officer. Now, the larger-than-life personality can add two more "occupations" to his extensive resume: Easy Bake Oven chef and Shaq-A-Claus.

See also: Officer Shaq: What's Inside the Personnel File of Miami's Tallest Cop?


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Circa 39 Opens: Cricket Nelson's Holiday Libation (Recipe)

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Carla Torres
So you're throwing a holiday party but want to serve something other than store bought tonic and gin or vodka. How about a fruity and refreshing handcrafted pitcher of booze that will have everyone wondering if you picked up a side job as a mixologist?

The drink we're referring to is Pavan's Memory Lane, and it was created by cocktail muse Cricket Nelson. You might know Nelson from the Broken Shaker and now Circa 39, which recently soft-opened. The lady barkeep competed in a Pavan competition last November and won the regional portion for her creative take on an Indian-inspired libation.

Now she can't get enough of the French liqueur made from muscat grapes and a touch of orange blossom. We got a schooled by Nelson herself on how to make this nostalgic creation.

See also: A Lesson in the Art of Martini Making by London Bartender Jack Hubbard


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Brasserie Central in the Gables: Literal Garlic Bread, French Onion Soup, and Steak Tartare

Categories: First Bites

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All photos by Carla Torres
Brasserie Central: oozing in Frenchness
Walk into Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central and you just might feel like you're in Paris rather than in Merrick Park. The intimate eatery exudes the warmth and charm of the traditional French Bistro, especially if you sit at the communal table or snag a minute two-top in the back corner. The low ceiling in just this area and a bird's eye view of the entire restaurant makes it the best seat in the house.

The only problem is you'll have to pace yourself with ordering from the vast menu because your table won't fit more than two plates at once. That's more of a reason to take your time - order up a glass of wine, some charcuterie, pate, and then really dive into the traditional French fare. There's lots of it.

See also: Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central Opens Today

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La Savina Mediterranean Cafe & Grill to Open at Mondrian in January

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Picture this: you're taking in breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay whilst sipping on a roasted rosemary old fashioned and cutting into a char-grilled 24-ounce Neinam Ranch grass-fed ribeye that's been char-grilled to the point of perfection. Sounds nice, eh?

Keep picturing it till January when La Savina Café & Grill opens at the Mondrian, bringing a taste of the inspired cuisine of the Spanish island of Formentera and a slice of the Mediterranean to South Beach.

See also: J. Wakefield Brewing Company Brews First Official Batch

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Ralph Pagano's Naked Lunch Coming Soon

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Laine Doss
Ralph Pagano gets "naked" again.
Ralph Pagano, owner of Naked Taco, the South Beach Mexican restaurant with a party vibe and chef-driven food, is opening Naked Lunch at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park.

The restaurant, a combination deli and diner, will open some time in the end of January 2015 and will be open Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Naked Lunch will also offer free parking.

See also: Naked Taco's Weekend Brunch: Eggs and Tequila Crush Your Hangover

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Ted's at YoungArts Opens Today

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YoungArts via Facebook
Ted's at YoungArts opens.
Ted's at YoungArts, the artistic and culinary collaboration between the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) and Starr Restaurants Catering Group, soft opens today, December 17, in Miami's YoungArts tower building.

Dubbed an "intimate cultural lounge and eatery," the space allows guests to try unique dishes while experiencing visual and performing arts performances curated by YoungArts. Programs involving various media like dance; photography; video installation; popular, classic and jazz music; and spoken word will be explored.

See also: Ted's at YoungArts, a Gastro-Entertainment Venue, to Open in December

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Azul's Interactive Cooking Classes: Preparing Three Courses With William Crandall

Categories: Cooking Classes

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All photos by Giovanny Gutierrez
Show me the meat.
On Saturday I woke up bright and early at to make it to the first installment of Azul's interactive cooking class series. While 9:30 a.m. seemed a bit too early, welcoming pastries and French-inspired sangria made my morning grouchiness vanish almost instantly.

To go with the holiday-focused theme, executive chef William Crandall created a three-course menu that exemplifies Azul's flavors and techniques but that would be easy for participants to recreate in their home kitchens. "I want you to be able to do this for people you invite over for dinner," began Crandall.

See also: Updated: Veganaroma Holiday Cooking Class Rescheduled for December 20


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STK Miami: Flood Delays Opening Until 2015

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STK Miami
STK Miami: Setback to reopening.
STK, the sultry South Beach steakhouse that was set to reopen at 1 Hotel & Homes, has run into a major setback.

The restaurant, which was supposed to open in December, according to parent company the ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., sustained water damage after a hotel subcontractor broke a sprinkler head above the restaurant.

See also: STK to Reopen at 1 Hotel & Homes December 12

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J. Wakefield Brewing Company Brews First Official Batch

Categories: Booze Hound

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Photo by David Minsky
J. Wakefield Brewing Company is Miami's third brewery to open in 2014.
This year has been good for the beer industry in Miami. Three breweries opened and the latest, J. Wakefield Brewing Company, even received official recognition from the city of Miami.

In a Facebook post dated December 12, the brewery displays what appears to be its official building certificate from the City of Miami. Brewery owner Johnathan Wakefield and crew are not wasting any time. On Monday they started brewing their first beer, a "huge" batch of Nothing Imperial Stout, a heavy Russian imperial stout sitting at 13 percent alcohol-by-volume.

See Also: Kush Taps Rare Keg of J. Wakefield, Stone Brewing Collaboration 'Hot Lil Miami Tart' July 10

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