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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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Ford

Mars Or Bust: FIU Student Wants One-Way Ticket

Patrick Ford, an aspiring astronaut, walks through Florida International University’s Graham Center. Ford is an applicant for the Mars One Project which aims to establish a human settlement of 24 astronauts on Mars in 2023. Ford also visits several schools — ranging from elementary to high — for interactive lectures about space. Sana Ullah / South Florida News Service.   ...

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Sweat Records

Little Haiti Record Store Offers Live Music Too

Farrah Fleitman, 24, organizes merchandise while Edward Adames, 29, reviews store records, closing out the day at Sweat Records. Michael Sharp/South Florida News Service.         By Michael Sharp Read in The Miami Herald When Lauren Reskin, 31, decided to open Sweat Records eight years ago, she wanted her new business to unite Miami’s large but geographically spread out ...

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Oscar Fuentes

The Biscayne Poet

Oscar Fuentes, the Biscayne Poet, is the founder of the Oscar Fuentes Combo. Photo by Carolina Trejos/SFNS.           By Carolina Trejos South Florida News Service  Oscar Fuentes grew up between Miami and Honduras, listening to his father recite the poetry of classic Latins such as Pablo Neruda and a nurturing mother, parents that inspired him to ...

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The Brick

‘Throw-Down’ To Test Limits At Crossfit Hardcore South ‘The Brick’

Members at Crossfit Hardcore South ‘The Brick’ start their warmup with box jumps, a compound, multi-joint exercise that strengthens and tones your lower body. Photo by Lisbet Castillo/South Florida News Service.       By Lisbet Castillo Read in The Miami Herald Gustavo Zingg, 22, spends his week training Hardcore Crossfit South “The Brick” members on Olympic lifting, gymnastics, running and rowing. ...

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Fusik

Local Band Plays Eclectic Mix

Left, base player Mack Moore, perform live with drummer Felix Garcia and Antonio Sanchez, guitarist, at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton. In the background, Daniel Naval plays the congas as Charles Gardner handles the keys. Photo courtesy of Viviana Puga.     Mike Sharp Read in The Miami Herald About 10 years ago, Antonio Sanchez, 34, Mack Moore, 30, and ...

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Shop’s Classes Encourages Kids To Be Curious

Demian Ugarte-Lesende, 6, along with his science teacher, Tom Gantt, 41, learns about changing the variables in an experiment by changing the size of an inflated balloon. The balloon is taped to a tube that slides through a string across the room. The class is “Mad Scientists” and is one of the many offered at Atlantis Natural on Bayshore Drive. ...

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Seven

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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Dr. Shine at work

Dr. Shine Has Polished Miami Beach’s Soiled Shoes For 21 Years

Miami Beach resident Earl “Dr. Shine” Randolph cleans and polishes Hialeah Gardens resident Rolando Aguilera’s shoes on the corner of 12th Street and Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Randolph says he has been shining shoes on Miami Beach since 1992. Daniel Bock / The Miami Herald.     By Samantha Smith Read in The Miami Herald Gliding ...

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custom converse

How A Spark For An Idea For A Sneaker Turned Crystal4U Into A Sparkling Business

These pairs of Converse, embedded using Swarovski crystals by Cynthia Rodriguez, go for about $250. Tatiana Bonilla/South Florida News Service.         By Tatiana Bonilla Read in The Miami Herald During her freshman year in high school, Megan Rodriguez, now 21, wore Converse sneakers of various colors almost every day. Her signature style of shoes would not change, even ...

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