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It’s not the beach and nightlife the city’s known for, but at least the tastes of the city can be shipped to your doorstep

A plate of stone crab claws and two lemon wedges on a plate on a restaurant table.
A plate of stone crab claws and two lemon wedges on a plate on a restaurant table.
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Wintertime usually means hordes of tourists flock to warmer climes for a beach vacation, with Miami and Miami Beach high on the list. Though the city is known for its tan-all-day and party-by-night vibes, its vibrant culinary scene is on the rise. While most would-be travelers will forego their holiday vacations this year, they can bring Miami home with items from these local purveyors, who are shipping everything from stone crabs fresh off the boat to body scrubs made with local fruit.

Sara Liss, the author of the book, Miami Cooks, which features recipes from dozens of Miami’s top chefs…


Our allegiance to Hass is not sustainable

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Every September, I post pictures of Florida green-skin avocados — glossy globes, some the size of my head — that I harvest from my backyard trees in Miami or buy in farmers markets. Without fail, the comments roll in: Florida avocados are watery. They’re not creamy. They’re not Hass.

They’re also not just a single kind of avocado. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published federal guidelines for commercially shipping almost 60 varieties of Florida green-skin avocados, not all of which are green, either (a few turn red, purple, or black). Brooks Tropicals was wily enough to rebrand the Florida…

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