Bar Lab and Norwegian Cruise Line Expand Boozy Partnership

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All photos by Cassie Glenn
The "Get Away" with vodka, watermelon, citrus, herbs, and bitters.
ar Lab's Gabriel Orta may not be an avid cruiser but he is tapping into the minds of those that love to sail at sea by expanding a previously announced partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. Now, cocktails crafted by Bar Lab will soon be available on board all of Norwegian's ships year-round.

Orta also will train bar managers and bartenders, and collaborating with the Norwegian Corporate Development Team to create new cocktails for Norwegian's shore side Test Bar. Short Order was invited to a kick-off cocktail party at the Broken Shaker to chat with Orta, sip some cruise-inspired drinks, and get more insight into this expanded program.

See also: Norwegian Getaway: Bar Lab Cocktails, Dining by Geoffrey Zakarian on Board

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Miami Grill: Miami Subs Gets Pitbull-Approved Rebranding

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In the '90s, no sight was more welcome among angst-ridden suburban teens than the Greek diner disguised in neon and palm fronds known as Miami Subs. For decades, the Magic City has been a Petri dish for successful fast-food franchises to experiment with off-beat concepts to take to mass market. From Burger King to Pollo Tropical, several iconic eateries had their start as local chains. However, Miami Subs' time in the cultural consciousness was cut short long before it hit its prime.

For awhile, like the Metromover and the Seaquarium, Miami Subs seemed to be going the way of other bloated remnants of the town's Reaganite boom years. But ardent fans of all things tzatziki are rejoicing now that the Miami chain is under new management, which plans to inject some life into a franchise chain that used to supply Madonna and friends with wings and Dom Perignon through a drive-thru window conveniently open at 3 a.m.

See also: My Ceviche Opens Today in South Miami

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Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day Monday at La Mar

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Pisco Sours and Peru's independence.
In 1821, Peru became the last colony in South America to gain independence from Spain. How best to celebrate, you ask? Why, with food, music, and Pisco, ¬°hermanos!

While we know it's hard to disentangle yourself from the comforting arms of classics like tangy ceviche and aromatic lomo saltado, La Mar will serve up a couple of authentic dishes that are worth branching out for.

See also: La Mar: Peruvian Classics Elevated to Haute Cuisine

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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Exotic Staycation Edition

Categories: Weekend Guide

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Photo by Laine Doss
Travel to the Bahamas without leaving Miami this weekend.
Have you taken your summer vacation yet? If you've been meaning to travel to far-off exotic places, maybe this weekend is the time to indulge your inner travel-hog -- right here in Miami.

Watch a Bahamian Junkanoo parade while enjoying fresh conch salad; enjoy a delicious Asian brunch; or celebrate Peru's independence -- without that annoying trip through airport security. It's all going down this weekend in Miami.

Weekend starts now! Enjoy your summer "staycation."

See also: Bimini Restaurants: Joe's Conch Shack, Sherri's Beach Bar, and Stuart's

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Bianco Gelato: Organic, Authentic Gelato in Coconut Grove

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Bianco Gelato -- organic, authentic gelato comes to Coconut Grove.
Summer in Miami means long sun-scorching days and humid nights. Most of us hibernate in our air conditioned dens, coming out to brave the elements only for something essential -- like freshly made, authentic Italian gelato made with organic ingredients.

Bianco Gelato, opening today in Coconut Grove, is providing a delicious and healthful way to cool off.

See also: Eccolopops Brings Italian Gelato, Pops to Downtown Miami (and Our Dogs Too)

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Food Critic Wanted for Broward/Palm Beach New Times

Categories: News, The Critic

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Photo by Rosy Outlook | Flickr cc
New Times Broward Palm Beach is looking for a restaurant critic.

The ideal candidate will have experience both reporting about food and writing long-form restaurant criticism.

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My Ceviche Opens Today in South Miami

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My Ceviche South Miami
My Ceviche opens its third location today.

The restaurant, which features freshly made ceviche from wild-caught seafood in a casual setting by an award-winning chef, comes to South Miami, with dine-in, take-out, and catering services.The 1,600 square foot location, decorated in friendly citrus colors, seats 70 guests, including 26 seats on an outdoor patio. The restaurant, which opened its first shop in the spring of 2012 in a tiny South Beach space, is also planning a fourth location in Coral Gables.

See also: My Ceviche Owners Acquire Latin Burger & Taco Restaurant

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One Empanada to Rule Them All: Where to Find Empanadas de Pabellon

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The empanada de pabellon from La Latina in Midtown.
Argentineans, Cubans, Colombians, please accept my apologies. Your empanadas pale in comparison to Venezuela's beef, bean and sweet plantain-filled empanadas de pabellon.

Yes, your empanadas are delicious. Their flaky crusts, either baked or fried, are tantalizing. The savory fillings -- from Cuban picadillo to the cream, chicken, and walnuts in Argentinian chicken pot pies -- just don't match the addictive, perfect interplay of ingredients inside the pabellon.

See also: National Ice Cream Month: Mantecado, Mamey, and Azucar's Miami Flavors

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Loba in MiMo: Zesty "On Guard" Swordfish and Frida's Secret Brownie Brittle (Photos)

Categories: First Bites

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All photos by Carla Torres
Loba is Spanish for she-wolf, which is exactly what Jessica Sanchez is. "The name came to me in a moment in my life where I felt like I evolved into what my definition of a loba is," says the 28-year-old restaurant owner. "Someone who just fights and hunts for what they want. Someone who doesn't let fear get in the way of their pursuit."

Nothing has stopped the former financial analyst and real estate agent from following in the footsteps of her parents and opening her own restaurant. The concept for the food -- Latin spice meets Southern comfort -- is as unassuming and humble as Sanchez and the rest of her team.

Short Order was invited to get a taste of Loba's offerings.

See also: A Look at Loba: Latin and Literary Flavors Meet Friday in MiMo

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ABC Restaurant Supplies: Outfit Your Kitchen Like a Chef

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
It's a culinary scavenger hunt.
Home cooks know all too well the woes of cheap kitchen equipment. There's the Dutch oven whose enamel begins chipping after only a few forays into a 300-degree oven; the sautée pan with the hot spot that burns part of your omelet and leaves the other half just barely cooked.

This isn't to say every kitchen should be fitted out with the over-priced, perfectly marketed doodads and useless tools that line the shelves at Williams-Sonoma or Bed Bath and Beyond. The rubber-handled mango pitter that both stores push like cheap freebase to itchy junkies is the most useless thing since vibrating weight loss belts.

What you want is quality stuff that can stand years of abuse. Look to the kitchen supply stores along North Miami Avenue just west of the Adrienne Arsht Center. Sure, they're a collection of musty warehouses without pretty displays or 20 percent off coupons. What they all do have, however, is a lineup of pots, pans, bowls and every other kind of kitchen tool imaginable all designed for the harshest environment: the professional commercial kitchen.

See also: Pans, Knives, and Tom Cruise on Miami's Restaurant Supply Row

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