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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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 Matias J. Ocner/ Miami Herald ...

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Bodhi Festival brings largest Jade Buddha, a symbol of peace, to Miami

The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace will be on display through Feb. 8. Photos by Amanda Rabines /South Florida News Service           By Christine Benavente and Amanda Rabines Read in Miami Herald As six Tibetan monks meditated at Ichimura Miami-Japanese Garden, silence filled the air. The monks recited mantras about love and compassion at the opening ...

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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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Pregnant women learn a dance to soothe the womb

Melissa Cramer, 35, who is six months pregnant, participates in a one-on-one belly dancing class with her teacher Michelle Alva, 41, in Key Biscayne. Alva’s class uses movements, postures, sound, and visualization to help her students with their pregnancy. Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald Staff     By Melissa Rodriguez Read in Miami Herald Melissa Cramer, 35, has seen ...

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Making space for women in art

‘Wall Bearer’ By Kate Gilmore, 2010             By Aaleeyah Pringle Read in Miami Herald When Peggy Levison Nolan began taking photographs of her children, she didn’t consider herself an artist. “I raised seven children and didn’t really classify myself as an artist for a really long time,” said Nolan, mother of seven. “It wasn’t until ...

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Muslim women welcome water-permeable nail polish

Nandee Shabazz, right, paints Sara Haroon’s nails. Aaleeyah Pringle / South Florida News Service           Aaleeyah Pringle Read in Miami Herald For Nandee Shabazz, a 19-year-old Muslim college student and Miami resident, wearing nail polish year-round was something she could never do. “I can’t wear polish. The nail polish acts as a barrier, and the water ...

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Canoe rides offer a way to explore South Florida

The tour group begins the canoe trip through the coral gables waterways. The canoe trip takes about two hours and covers 10 miles. Maria Soledad Lorenzino / South Florida News Service         By Alexandra Mosquera Netzkarsch Read in Miami Herald When Sandra Bermudez, 45, moved with her family from New York in the summer, she wanted to ...

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Hot wedding trend: ‘La Hora Loca’

Mariana Rodriguez and Jose Hurtado with two of Black Wine Events’ performers for “La Hora Loca” at their wedding. Photo courtesy of Mariana Rodriguez and Jose Hurtado         By Amanda Rabines Read in Miami Herald Mariana Rodriguez and Jose Hurtado were not prepared for their wedding to turn a little wild. But it did. Rodriguez’s sister surprised ...

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