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David Grisman brings his distinctive “Dawg” bluegrass to South Florida

Bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman is bringing his distinctive blend of musical styles to South Florida. Grisman will perform his unique “Dawg” music as part of the Spring Cultural Art Series, hosted by the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie on Saturday. With him, as announced by Crossover Touring, will be Keith Little on five-string banjo, guitar, and vocals, Jim ...

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Photo courtesy of Holi Vegan Kicthen

Holi Vegan aims to nourish “mind, body and soul”

An entrepreneur traveled more than 4,000 miles to open a restaurant in North Miami Beach to serve people “the food they need.” Laura Ramonda, 34, is from Cordoba, Argentina. She moved to Miami in May, and on June 29, she opened Holi Vegan Kitchen in North Miami Beach with her sister Cecilia. The word “holi” is associated with Lord Shiva of ...

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Construction in downtown Coral Gables has begun (Leslie Ovalle / South Florida News Service)

Construction in downtown Coral Gables brings mixed feelings

Though city leaders tout the significant downtown development plans in progress for this Mediterranean-style city – a decade in the making – Coral Gables business owners worry about what a protracted construction period will do for their bottom lines. Officials say the project will transform the Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, the city’s most vibrant streets. The project aims to ...

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Wynwood donut shop drawing fans with beer, bourbon confections [Video]

Xuan Guerrero and Denise Diaz recalled the first time they came across the small, white-and-blue food truck with a round sign that read “The Salty Donut Artisanal Donut Shoppe & Coffee Bar.” They were in Wynwood and the truck was surrounded by crowds lined up to get the chef-made, artisanal doughnuts. After a few months of visiting, the only change ...

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Agustin Guardiola prepares free samples at an event in All Angels Academy Episcopal School in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Mama’s Guava)

Two young college grads from Miami get taste of success selling Mama’s Guava Bars

One September afternoon in 2011, the smell of walnuts and guava filled the air at the Village at Science Drive apartment complex in Orlando. As neighbors began knocking on their door asking for samples, Agustin Guardiola and Alejandro DeZayas knew they had finally pinpointed the start of their business. “I never thought I would pursue a business in guava products. ...

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Business partners and friends Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Cassanova hold up their forearms where they have identical tattoos that translate from Italian to mean ‘Good, Clean & Fair,’ a philosophy they apply to the way they live their lives and how they run their restaurant business, Eating House. (Photo by Patricia Laylle / Miami Herald)

Coral Gables restaurant to celebrate counterculture cannabis day with ‘stoner’ menu

According to urban legend, the code-term “420” was first used by a group of Northern California teenagers to note the time they were supposed to meet after school to smoke cannabis. Since then, “420” has become a part of the lexicon for cannabis smokers. As a result, April 20 has become a day of celebration for the cannabis-consuming community. Every ...

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A Ms. Cheezious employee holds two grilled cheese sandwiches at the new bricks and mortar, which opened in early February. (Photo by Christian Portilla / South Florida News Service) 

No mystery: Food truck Ms. Cheezious so popular, owners open brick-and-mortar shop

Emily Herman, a private-school teacher in North Miami, remembers standing in line for a half-hour to order from Ms. Cheezious, a local food truck that serves grilled cheese sandwiches. Her signature pick: a short rib grilled cheese with pickled onions and arugula on sourdough bread. “It’s my favorite food truck,” said Herman, 39. “They have interesting combinations.” After five years ...

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On Saturdays, “La Pachanga” musicians arrive and gather at the patio's lit stage to prepare for the night's Latin musical performance. (Photo by Cata Balzano / South Florida News Service)

Little Havana bar offers Saturday night “La Pachanga” musical event

When Rodolfo Tancredi’s yoga instructor mentioned the bar where she also works, Ball & Chain, he decided to check out the Little Havana establishment on a recent Saturday night. “I go to everything I’m invited to,” said Tancredi, a Venezuelan native, 39. “So I came by to see what was going on.” What Tancredi didn’t know was that he chose ...

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Evon Vela, 30, hostess at Al's Coffee Shop, grabs croquettes for a walk-in customer's order. (Photo by Narciso Iturralde / South Florida News Service) 

Coral Gables coffee shop owners promote adopted heritage with ‘Croqueta Party Tuesdays’

Alphonse “Al” Karborani was a little boy when he and his family had to flee from their home in Bethlehem to Jerusalem and then to Amman, Jordan, when he was 16. Karborani, a Palestinian refugee, was constantly paralyzed by the sounds around him. Explosions. Gunshots. Wailing cries. He could not escape war and yearned to find a normal life. By ...

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The food truck, Chivas Burger, which resembles a Colombian “chiva.” (Photo by Daniela Rios / South Florida News Service)

Chivas Burger brings a taste of Colombia to everyone

When Michael Angulo moved to the United States from Cali, Colombia, 20 years ago, he worked as a professional salsa-dancing instructor in Dover, New Jersey, and then in Miami, where he has been for 15 years. “I needed another job and a food truck was the next best thing,” said Angulo, who always loved to cook and dreamed of having ...

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