Whole Foods Market Proposed for Sunset Harbour

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Whole Foods Market's fresh, local produce might be headed to the Sunset Harbour neighborhood.
Is Whole Foods Market bringing a megastore to South Beach?

According to the South Florida Business Journal, real-estate developer Crescent Heights is proposing to build a Whole Foods Market at 1901 Alton Rd. The market would be within walking distance to two Publix stores and the Fresh Market in Sunset Harbour.

See also: Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Opens Tomorrow (Photos)

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Islas Canarias in Little Havana Sold

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Forty years in the making.
For nearly 40 years, Islas Canarias has been supplying Miami with the best croquetas north of Cuba. But now, the landmark Little Havana location that started the wave of Cuban restaurants circa 1977 has been sold to the owner of Caribe Café Restaurant.

You know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Which is exactly what Caribe's chef and owner, Juan Alvarado, has done by buying into his competition. "Luck put this in my path," he says. "I have no idea how."

See also: Miami's Ten Best Cuban Restaurants


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Jugofresh's Matthew Sherman and Darren Laszlo to Open New Concept in Sunset Harbour

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Carina Ost
Kelp noodles by Jugofresh.

Sunset Harbour Shops is Miami Beach's hottest address, and Jugofresh owners Matthew Sherman and Darren Laszlo are apparently planning to expand their commercial presence accordingly.

Though there's already a Jugofresh location in Sunset Harbour, at 1935 West Ave., Suite 102, sources tell New Times the duo has a new concept brewing for a space in a different part of the complex, on Bay Road.

See also: Jugofresh to Open in Downtown Whole Foods Market


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Biscayne Diner to Reopen With Big-Name Chef

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Biscayne Diner is getting an upgrade.
We've all been there: buzzing after a long night of drinking and starved for some home-style cooking, only to end up at Taco Bell or Checker's or maybe even Denny's. Get ready to wave goodbye to late nights of processed foods and bad decisions when Biscayne Diner opens for business at the end of the month.

The venture of husband and wife Tara Nicosia and Alfredo Alvarez, Biscayne Diner will proffer traditional diner fair (think burgers and shakes) and unorthodox grub (fresh juices and hearty salads) 24 hours a day. 'Cause it ain't a real diner unless it's open 'round the clock.

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Zak the Baker's Bread For Sale at Whole Foods Downtown

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Three types of Zak The Baker Bread are sold at the new downtown Whole Foods Market.
Whole Foods Market in downtown Miami is open for business, and Zak The Baker's infamous bread is for sale at $6 per loaf. That's exactly what you'd pay at the flagship Wynwood café and bakery.

The downtown location is the first Whole Foods to sell the sourdough loaves, but owner Zak Stern says he's hoping to launch at the brand's four other Miami area stores by February 1. While his kosher parve products can be purchased at specialty grocery stores and boutiques around the city, this is by far his company's largest retail account. Stern told us so long as he can grow with integrity, he'd be willing to sell to Whole Foods' and other sizeable retailers throughout Florida, and possibly even outside the state.

See also: Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Opens Tomorrow (Photos)

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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Kick Off Tomorrow! Thin Mints Are Officially Vegan

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It's official: The Girl Scouts' most popular cookie is now vegan-friendly. For the first time, Thin Mints are entirely free of animal products.

Little Brownie Bakers, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's kitchen of choice, reformulated the recipe ahead of this year's cookie season. As soon as sales kick off tomorrow, January 13, you can snag the chocolatey, minty treats from an adorable youngster near you.

See also: Girl Scout Cookie Season Is Here: New Gluten-Free Cookie Has Arrived

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Fresh Market Agrees to Step Up for Farmworkers

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In a show of support for human rights and fair labor, the Fresh Market has signed a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).

This means the grocery chain will buy a larger percentage of stock from Florida tomato growers that abide by the Fair Food Program's (FFP) human rights standards. Fresh Market will also financially back FFP's efforts to improve working conditions in the agricultural industry.

The North Carolina-based corporation is the 13th to join the program, after chains like Subway, Whole Foods, Walmart, and Trader Joe's.

See also: Immokalee Farmworkers Begin 14-Day March, Pinpoint Publix

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Owners of Sardinia Open Campania in Design District Tonight UPDATED

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Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Campania's team says the restaurant's opening date has been pushed back to tomorrow night and lunch service to January 19.

The Design District will have another Italian restaurant to add to its roster of eateries tomorrow night when Campania opens its doors for dinner in the former Egg & Dart space.

This will mark Tony Gallo and chef PIetro Vardeu's third Miami establishment. The first, Sardinia, focuses on cuisine of the region its aptly named after and has been a staple amongst locals in search of a fine bowl of pasta since 2006, long before Sunset Harbor became the dining neighborhood it is today.

Moye, which opened just a couple of months ago in Brickell, dedicates its menu to the regional cuisine of Puglia, while Campania will honor the fare of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by way of made-to-order pizzas, calzones, and pastas.

See also: At Moyé, Sardinia's Team Serves Chow From the Heel of Italy's Boot

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Debate Over Miami Chefs' Cuba Trip: "Whatever the Fuck It Is, It's Insulting"

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Miami to Cuba -- so close geographically.
For decades, Cuba has held major sway in Miami. The Caribbean island has helped make the Magic City what it is today by playing a role in South Florida music, politics, and cuisine.

Now, on the cusp of a new dawn in American-Cuban relations, a group of Miami chefs are planning a series of cultural visits to Cuba. They hope to serve as culinary ambassadors, sharing everything from life experience to recipes with their counterparts on the island.

The chefs, working with Orlando-based Cultural Contrasts, a travel company that has specialized in cultural trips to Cuba for more than two decades, will take six-day journeys to explore the island through its food. American citizens legally travel to the country under a license granted to groups for "food, art, and music exploration" by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The tours will feature visits to restaurants in Havana and tours of local sustainable, organic farms. They cost around $3,300 and include round-trip airfare from Miami, accommodations, and food, with the inaugural trip scheduled for May 20 to 25. (Others have been running similar trips for years.)

See also: Julio Cabrera Goes to Cuba, Makes Hemingway Special at Constante's Grave

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The Ten Most Shocking Miami Food Stories in 2014

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A tribute to Louis Salgar.
Miami is a city that has its fair share of crime, political hijinks, and sordid behavior. After all, it is a big city.

But, generally, the restaurant world's biggest scandals involve a fight between chefs or possibly a waiter scamming tips.

This year, the Miami food scene saw a lot of action -- from sex scandals to bitter lawsuits, to tragic deaths. Thankfully, there were some high points to the year, including the announcement of a giant mega-restaurant and one chef's great adventures.

Read on to find out the ten most shocking news stories that rocked the Miami food scene in 2014.

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