Five Reasons You Need to Go to New Times' Iron Fork 2014

Categories: Iron Fork

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No chefs were harmed in the making of Iron Fork -- yet.
On Thursday, July 31, New Times' Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, will take place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami, and you don't want to miss all the excitement.

There's much to do at Iron Fork. Of course, there will be lots of noshing on the best bites offered by dozens of restaurants, as well as sipping libations. But there's also entertainment, including the totally awesome Iron Fork chef competition.

If you haven't bought tickets yet, here are five reasons for you to jump on them now.

See also: Iron Fork 2014: Aaron Brooks and Todd Erickson Talk Strategy

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Latin House: Chefs Talk Sangria Don Chu and New Pines Location

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Photo by Cassie Glenn
The "Goddess of Sangria," Maria Rita Rivera.
If you've ventured to Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, we hope you've ordered the sangria. Since January 2013, Latin House has been the proud sole purveyor of Sangria Don Chu, a tasty libation made weekly by Maria Rita Rivera. Originally a "stalker" of chef Michell Sanchez's Latin House food truck (that's what Sanchez lovingly calls the most loyal fans), Rivera befriended Chef M and he became a great ally for her now-growing sangria business.

Short Order sat down with Rivera over a glass (or two) of sangria to talk about her boozy biz and plans for the future. And Chef M stopped by to reveal news about a second Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, set to open soon in Pembroke Pines.

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

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Love & Vegetables Launches Vegan Cooking Classes: First One All About Mangoes

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
From hurtling down from trees, to being sold for big bucks on the auction block, to making their way into entrées all over town, mangoes are so hot right now. Miami is in the midst of its annual mango mania, and what's not to love about it?

For those who can't get enough of the fleshy goodness of this tropical fruit, Keith Kalmanowicz of Love & Vegetables will host a mango cooking class (and tasting) this Saturday. For $75, you can take your mango mastery skills up a notch or two. (And if you're broke, they're also giving away a seat to one lucky Miamian.)

See also: It's Raining Mangoes: Make Pound Cake With Your Seasonal Haul (Recipe)

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MIA Brewing Company Opens for Production

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The MIA brew crew from left to right: Piero Rodriguez, Eddie Leon and Michael Demetrus.
MIA Brewing Company, Miami-Dade County's newest brewery, is officially open for production in Doral.

Owner Eddie Leon received the temporary certificate of occupancy from the City of Doral last week, allowing him to legally use the building as a brewery. The permit lets the brewery produce beer using the existing equipment.

See also: MIA Brewing Company Begins Construction, Hopes to Open By January 2014

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Lokal Serves Brunch for You and Your Dog: Try the Hangover Breakfast and Guava Pop-Tarts

Categories: Brunch Report

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Photos courtesy Matt Kuscher
Breakfast veggie tacos made with local ingredients.
Lokal is one of the busiest neighborhood joints for a burger and a brew in Miami, but even hard-core fans of Matt Kuscher's locally driven joint might opt for eggs and a mimosa on a weekend morning.

Which is precisely the reason for Lokal's "Before One Brunch," served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting August 2. Kuscher, along with Lokal's chef, Spider, is serving brunchy goodness with an added benefit: Ingredients are sourced locally from farms throughout Florida, including the cage-free eggs found in the scrambles and omelets.

See also: Kush: Burgers, Beer, and Bacon Brownies in Wynwood (Photos)

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Miami Bartenders Dominate Tales of the Cocktail

Categories: Booze Hound

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John Lermayer on the balcony of Napoleon House.
Another Tales of the Cocktail is over, and Miami bartenders and spirits professionals are back in town after spending nearly a week in the Big Easy drinking, eating, learning, and networking.

This year's TOTC was epic, with a strong cadre of South Florida professionals storming the French Quarter to take part in cocktail competitions, guest-star at some of New Orleans' best bars and restaurants, and learn a thing or two at seminars that ranged from tastings of rare rums and the connection between James Bond and cocktail culture, to tips for bartenders wanting to shake things up in front of the camera.

Highlights included a full re-creation of the Broken Shaker at the Williams Grant party (where a camel was the guest of honor) and John Lermayer ruling over the annual Mandarine Napoléon Battle of the Sexes competition. Chicago, London, New Orleans, and New York better watch out, because Miami has just proven it's got the chops to be the next great city for cocktails.

See also: Miami Bartenders in NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

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Liberty City Icon Jumbo's, the Temple of Fried Shrimp, Set to Close After Sale

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Jumbo's days, sadly, are numbered.
After leading Miami's desegregation in the '60s, surviving the race riots of the '80s, and persevering despite a pickup truck slamming through its front and killing two customers in 2012, the legendary Liberty City soul food spot Jumbo's will close its doors Wednesday.

Bobby Flam, who took over the restaurant from his father, Isadore, in 1966, has sold the 24-hour fried chicken, shrimp, and conch joint to a developer who plans to build affordable housing on the corner of NW Seventh Avenue and NW 75th Street.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Its Doors With Farewell Bash

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Bistro BE's Belgian Fare: Fruity Beers, Mussel Pots, and Dill-Stuffed Waffles (Photos)

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Drink like a Belgian.
What do you know about Belgian cuisine? Chances are not much. Well, with the opening of Bistro BE in Brickell last Friday, you'll be able to eat your way through the country well known for its waffles.

Short Order was invited to check out Bistro BE's 100 percent Belgian fare and extensive beer selection, which features 70 brews that are, yep, all Belgian. Even the table next to ours had a Belgian soccer player who was bringing his teammates to get a taste of home.

See also: Bistro BE Coming to Miami: Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, and Beer Galore

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At AQ in Sunny Isles Beach, Dewey LoSasso Gets Fancy and Fanciful

Categories: Review, The Critic

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Dewey LoSasso inside AQ's kitchen.
Dewey LoSasso likes to have fun.

At AQ by Acqualina, the stylish restaurant that opened in a towering, Venetian-style Sunny Isles Beach hotel-condo this past April, the mustached chef plays with dishes such as green eggs and ham. A 20-minute wait precedes a bubbling martini glass layered with sweet mascarpone cheese tinted emerald green thanks to tiny chopped chives and an egg baked until the white is solid but still jiggly. The luxurious twin slices of fatty, salty jamón ibérico round out the Seuss-inspired starter.

See also: AQ by Acqualina: Dewey LoSasso's Whimsical Food in a Five-Star Hotel

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

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Abuela Maria, AKA perfection.
You know you're in Miami when "Abuela Maria" (vanilla blended with Maria cookies, guava, and cream cheese) is the most popular flavor in an ice-cream shop. And while there's a sprinkling of shops that have been experimenting with local flavors for a while, none of them has embraced Latino/Caribbean culture as heartily as Azucar! in Little Havana.

See also: Milk Gone Nuts: Try the Chocolate Peanutbutterlicious Shake

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