Burgerlove in Brickell Key: For the Love of Honest Food

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All photos by Carla Torres
There is no such thing as too many burgers, except maybe when you're trying to make up your mind on which one to order at Burgerlove, the newest addition to Brickell Key.

Burgerlove opened this past Tuesday and is the brainchild of Vanessa Diaz, who also owns the Juicery Bar next door. Diaz wanted to bring something to the island that was healthy but indulgent. "There's lot of kids and families here," she says. "Burgers seemed like a natural fit."

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Why Wynwood Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

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Photo by Carla Torres
Wynwood, why you so cool? Even in this scorching summer heat, you keep us refreshed with all of your laid-back bars that don't overcharge for drinks. When I've gone over my limit and need something to sober me up on the weekends, you stay up late like a doting mom and comfort me with shroom buns and pillows of corn bursting with chicken salad and avocado. And on weekday morning, just the aroma of your freshly roasted coffee beans gets my creative juices flowing.

Sure, you're still growing and developing, but I think you've come a pretty long way. You have a vibrant personality, you are prolific in art, you are particular about what you eat, and you are a beer snob. You even make your own bread. One might say you're the ultimate hipster. But you know better than to label yourself anything, which is why you've got all of these great nicknames -- the Arts District, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater.

All of which together make up the best dining neighborhood in Miami. Here are more than ten reasons why.

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How Tea Can Change Your Life, According to Master Tsai of Coconut Grove's Zen Village

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
Believe it or not, there's more to tea than Oprah's Starbucks Teavana line. Tea's healing history dates back a whopping 5,000 years, and ancient wisdom suggests its influence can be life-altering.

This potential impact on our modern lives is what Master Tsai, of Coconut Grove's Zen Village, is looking to share with over-stressed, over-burdened Miamians.

The cozy, interfaith community center has a tea room, where Tsai leads tea ceremonies, pours steaming cups of aged blends and schools folks on proper teaware.

See also: Ticety Iced Tea Bar Coming to Coral Gables

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Wynwood Brewing's First Anniversary: Block Party and Bottle Release

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Photo by David Minsky
Thumbs up and a cheers to Wynwood Brewing's first anniversary of production.
One year has elapsed since the opening of Miami's first production craft brewery, and to celebrate , Wynwood Brewing Company is shutting down the block and throwing a party in front of the brewery this Saturday.

From noon to 10 p.m. August 16, the party will include food trucks, DJs, art, and (of course) beer. The section of NW 24th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be closed during those ten hours. However, the taproom will be open from noon to midnight. Tickets will be available for $5 per pour.

See also: Wynwood Brewing Company Announces Expansion, More Brews

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Miami Mediterranean Cuisine Is the Best Place for a Gyro in SoBe

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Photos by Carina Ost
Fresh off the spit.
If you're going to Sultan Mediterranean Cuisine in SoBe for your gyro, kebab, and falafel fix, you're doing it wrong. The far lesser-known place Miami Mediterranean Cuisine has tastier food, is open late (2 a.m.), offers free delivery (if the order is over $15), and costs about half the price.

It may have an unoriginal and forgettable restaurant name, but its food is memorable because it's packed with fresh flavors.

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Tuesday Is National Oyster Day: Get the Best Shucking Deals Around Town

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Courtesy of Devon Seafood & Steak
Sixteen different oysters? Why yes, don't mind if we do.
Look alive, Miami. It's time for another made-up food holiday and all the prime-priced perks that come with it.

If you're all about shucking and slurping, then get excited: National Oyster Day is tomorrow. Tons of places are serving up specials in celebration of the briny aphrodisiac. Whether you want to grab a bar stool and keep them coming or oyster hop around the block, here's some Miami spots serving up tasty mollusks for a steal.

See also: River Oyster Bar Moving Out of Brickell in 2015

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Choices Kitchen Now Offers Full Menu and Expanded Hours

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Courtesy of Lori Zito, Choices Kitchen
In the wake of the closure of their Brickell location, the folks of Choices Cafe are expanding the operations of their newest locale -- Choices Kitchen.

The outpost, near Miami International Airport, previously offered just a $12 daily plate (and featured a vegan marketplace). But as of this week, customers can find the full menu and all their familiar favorites. Mentil Lentil, anyone?

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Miami Grill: Miami Subs Gets Pitbull-Approved Rebranding

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Courtesy of Miami Subs
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.

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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.

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

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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.

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