The art of drinking: Paint Nite parties popular at Miami-area bars and restaurants

When Angie Rubio arrived at Chevy’s Mexican restaurant in Doral on a recent Saturday to celebrate her 34th birthday, she was surprised to find her friends gathered around blank canvases accompanied with food and drinks. “They knew I always wanted to do this,” Rubio said. “I draw stick figures, and this is totally something new.”

2016-04-06T16:47:27+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle, News|

Legendary pizza maker from Italy makes the pies at Ironside Pizza in Northeast Miami

Three years ago, Giovanni Gagliardi left Naples, Italy, for Las Vegas, to compete in the International Pizza Challenge, representing the “International Region” of foreign competing countries. Gagliardi, known in the pizza world as “La Leggenda” — or “The Legend,” placed second in the competition’s Traditional Division. “I came to market the flour that we use

2016-04-06T16:49:46+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Arts & Culture, Business, Lifestyle, News|

Deaf community pushing for state to license interpreters

In a second-floor meeting room at West Dade Regional Library, Lissette Molina Wood recently stood in front of a group of deaf people. Halfway through her first term as president of the Florida Association of the Deaf, Molina Wood, 37, also deaf, is trying to build support for a bill that would require all American

2016-04-06T16:51:12+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Education, News, Politics|

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

2016-04-06T16:52:59+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Business, Food & Dining, Lifestyle, News|

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

2016-04-06T16:54:33+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Business, Food & Dining, Lifestyle, Music, News|

Overtown Youth Center students to participate in career-motivation event

Malyka Joseph, a high school student from the Overtown Youth Center, realized she wanted to major in engineering by accident. In middle school, she fulfilled her credit requirements ahead of time and was one of the only girls placed in engineering electives. “I kept getting talked at and discriminated at because I was a girl

2016-04-06T17:34:17+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Business, Education, News|

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

2016-04-06T17:50:05+00:00 February 20th, 2015|Business, Food & Dining, Lifestyle|

Popular hair stylists open His & Hers Parlour in Wynwood, a shop for men and women

Hamlet Garcia, left, gives Marcelo Prado, center, some haircutting tips on Dec. 13, 2014. Garcia has been cutting hair for more than five years and recently opened a new shop with his girlfriend, Rachel Ringwood, 23, in Wynwood called His & Hers Parlour. Together, the couple offers clients, both male and female, haircuts. Photos by

2015-02-05T17:43:29+00:00 February 5th, 2015|Business, Lifestyle|

Eliminating illiteracy in migrant workers: it’s complicated

Isabel Ishkol’s daughter spots her mom outside her classroom at Le Jardin Community Center in Homestead and quickly tumbles over. It’s close to pick up time for the 3-year-old, but not quite. In what sounds like a whisper, motioning with her hands, Ishkol tells her daughter to join her teacher, now busy wrangling other toddlers.

2016-04-06T17:32:01+00:00 December 7th, 2014|Education, Politics|

LGBT students praise FIU for readying campus’ first gender-neutral bathroom

At home, Gaby Benavente dresses as a man and goes by her legal name, Gabriel, to please her parents. At Florida International University, Benavente, 20, a male-to-female transgender student, is able to express herself as a woman, but she still runs into trouble when using bathrooms on campus that are marked “Men” and “Women.” Benavente

2016-04-06T17:30:29+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Education|