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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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Kevin Ashdown, 51, and Craig Ashdown, 43, were among the first gay British couples in 2005 to enter into a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004. The Ashdowns own and operate a English style tea room in Wilton Manors. (Photos by Jeffrey Pierre / Miami Herald)

Gay-owned Oscar’s Tea Room in Wilton Manors offers an authentic taste of England

Before the doors of Oscar’s Tearoom and Gift Shop opened for business in late 2013, Greg Blankenship said the quaint shop in Wilton Manors intrigued him and his partner of 11 years, Devin Roberts. After peaking through the glass, their curiosity only increased — small round tables adorned in red cloth and fine china filled the shop floor, and small ...

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Left Michael Kolber, 51, owner, at All That Jazz Café & Grill restaurant, playing the bass in a live jazz jam session with his guest Giuseppe Pucci, 50, a musician of Fort Lauderdale. (Photo by Eli Vera / South Florida News Service)

Love for Jazz and Cooking

After spending most of his life sharing with the community his love for music and cooking, Michael Kolber had the opportunity to combine both of his passions into one venue. “I came up with the idea of putting both businesses together, which is very unique,” said Kolber, 51, who opened “All That Jazz Café & Grill” in Sunrise a year ...

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Kenji Puican, 40, at his restaurant during evening hours. (Photo by Michael Sharp / South Florida News Service)

Japanese Restaurant Provides a Broad Menu and Family Environment

When they arrived in South Florida from Japan nine years ago, Kenji Puican, 40, and his wife Saori Higa, 39, set a goal to open up their own business. Puican, who worked in warehouses for Toyota, Honda and Sony in Japan, said he knew he would eventually come to America with his wife and take advantage of the opportunities the ...

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Karina Lapi, inspects the outside of the truck, Il Fiorentino, before starting service at the food truck complex at Wynwood Art walk. (Photo by Camilo Londono/ South Florida News Service)

Il Fiorentino Is All About Authentic Italian Dishes On Wheels

Given his extensive experience, one would expect Italian chef Lorenzo Lapi to work in a more luxurious space than the back of his food truck. But the slender, Florence native makes working in the 16-by-8 kitchen of his truck named Il Fiorentino seem like child’s play. “In Firenze [Florence], life revolves around two things: soccer and food,” said Lapi. “I ...

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Seven Offers Heavenly Menu And Atmosphere

Nicolas Caiset, executive chef at Seven lounge and restaurant, inside the restaurant, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Design District. Located at 28 NE 40th St., the lounge will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, June 13. Daniel Bock/ For The Miami Herald.       By Paula Callejas-Cuza Read in The Miami Herald   As a kid, Antonio Turbay danced in ...

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