Whole Foods Attempts To Break Guinness World Record for Cheese Cracking Tomorrow with More Than 426 Parmigiano Reggiano Wheels

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Whole Foods
Feeling cheesy this weekend? You're in luck, because tomorrow is the "Crack Heard Around the World." Last year, Whole Foods set a Guinness World Record title for the most wheels simultaneously cracked (426) and so they've decided to bring it back. At 3 p.m. tomorrow cheesemongers at stores across the nation will face up against 85-pound wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano when each store hosts its own version of "Crack Heard Around the World." Regardless of your location, be prepared for an afternoon filled with wine drinking, cheese tasting, and record breaking. Find out what your closest Whole Food location in Dade County has cooking after the jump.

See also: Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Chocolate, Beer, Wings, and Nuts vs. Wieners at Calle Ocho


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Ten Reasons North Beach Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

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Carina Ost
Yoyo because YOLO!

If you want fine dining, try another neighborhood. For reasonably priced Latin American fare with a beach setting, head to North Beach. Between the trendiness and overpriced hotel restaurants of South Beach and ritzy Bal Harbour lies this unassuming neighborhood.

Others might scoff that North Beach is a dining dead zone, I have found wonderful carb-filled grub, secret patio dining, beer gardens, free buffets, and more that make this area tops. What follows are the official top ten reasons.

Note: Although North Bay Village's marvelous Sushi Deli isn't in North Beach, I am including Normandy Isle eateries because they are still part of the city of Miami Beach.

See also: Ten Reasons the Design District Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood


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Five Reasons Brunch Is So Overrated

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Flickr / atxryn
Eggs Benedict: Overrated.
Express your unpopular opinion. That Twitter hashtag gave me the courage to admit the unthinkable: I really hate brunch.

OK, I know what you're thinking. Whenever I admit this to someone, I'm confronted with looks of disbelief and the follow-up question, "Do you hate puppies?" Though I dressed up as Cruella de Vil for Halloween three years in a row, I promise. I do not hate puppies.

Brunch is just an awful meal -- and its unbelievably overrated. So before the weekend starts, I want to arm you with the facts. There is life outside of those pricey brunch buffets and bottomless pits of watered-down mimosas.

See also: Ten Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami Under $100 per Person

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Five Reasons Miami Sushi Sucks

Categories: Musings

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Carina Ost
Miami sushi: usually covered in crap.
On the outside, it seems like Miami has all the necessary ingredients for fantastic sushi: a seaside location, an international culture, and a love of food.

It turns out that's not enough. We're seriously lacking in the sushi department. Here are five reasons Miami sushi isn't up to snuff.

See also: Does Tropical Chinese Serve the Best Dim Sum in Miami?

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Does Tropical Chinese Serve the Best Dim Sum in Miami?

Categories: Musings

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Carina Ost
Xiaolongbao at Tropical Chinese Restaurant
For several decades now, Tropical Chinese Restaurant has been serving its a la carte dim sum menu across the street from Tropical Park on Bird Road.

Many Miami foodies swear by the place, insisting that Tropical Chinese serves the "best dim sum" in the county. Whether or not you agree, you can't deny the place has real staying power -- especially in a city that chews up and spits out restaurants as if they were chunks of Skoal dipping tobacco.

We're not fans of the place and actually lament the recent shutdown of Chu's in Coral Gables, which we thought superior to Tropical. Others swear by Chef Ho in Sunny Isles. But Tropical has legions of faithful fans who beg to differ.

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Miami Lacks a Classic Egg and Cheese Sandwich

Categories: Musings

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The Nesting Project
This is what we're looking for. Bacon optional.
A breakfast sandwich is not a complicated thing. Eggs, cheese, and meat are cooked and then stuffed between toasted bread.

But in Miami, there aren't any classic versions of this dish.

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Voice Places: Cleaner, Quicker, More Fun

Categories: Musings, News

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By now our lovely regular readers are familiar with Voice Places, the listings engine behind all of Miami New Times' restaurant reviews and calendar picks. Today that engine got a lot more powerful, with a new design that brings even more content to the fore.

Among the changes:

  • Cleaner design with editorial and reader reviews brought to the fore
  • More lateral links between pages
  • A blog section to keep the homepage fresh
  • Integration with Foursquare
  • Trending events and locations
  • Improved photo galleries

Take a look. You'll find more pictures, more stories, more user reviews (hey, that's you), and even integration with tips from Foursquare. If you're already a commenter on Short Order, you can begin leaving reviews immediately. Otherwise, it sounds like you have some good excuses to sign up.

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Five Reasons Frozen Yogurt Is the Answer to All Your Problems

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Lyssa Goldberg
Frozen Yogurt: a sweet treat to beat the heat.
We're officially halfway through National Frozen Yogurt Month and well into the 90-degree-temperature season (even though summer doesn't begin until Friday). So as a tribute to the only thing that can cool us down both physically and mentally, Short Order came up with a list of the five reasons frozen yogurt is the answer to all of your problems.

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Shuckers Deck Collapse: No More Waterfront Restaurants?

Categories: Musings, News

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ABC News
Deck collapse at Shuckers Bar and Grill.
What started out as a fun evening with friends took a tragic turn when the waterfront deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village collapsed during the Miami Heat game, sending about 100 people tumbling into the water.

As cheers for the home team turned into screams, restaurant workers and patrons alike jumped into the water to rescue the people scrambling in the bay in the minutes before first responders arrived. In total, more than two dozen people were injured, two seriously.

See also: Shuckers Deck Collapses Into Biscayne Bay: Two Dozen Injured

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Critical Mass Miami: Ice Cream Bike, Art Tonight At Critical Mass

Categories: Food Art, Musings

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A month ago Miami's first ice cream bicycle debuted at Critical Mass. Well in case you missed it,, tonight's your second chance to witness history. Michael's Genuine line cook Aleric "A.J" Constanin will meet cyclist and restaurant friends at the Government Center pre-bike ride to show off his pimped ride, which has received a makeover from local graffiti artist Gabriel Gimenez. You may know him as GG.

He created the large pop art paintings full of bright colors and cartoon figures. Specifically, his main character is Fado. The self-made artist has built a name for himself in a short time in the art and fashion communities. And now he's moving on to food.

See Also:
-Wynwood Kitchen & Bar Launched "A Feast for the Eyes" Last Night
-2. Hedy Goldsmith of the Genuine Hospitality Group

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