Wapo Taco: Authentic Mexican Taqueria in Hallandale Beach

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Photos by Carla Torres
If your idea of traditional Mexican food involves rice and refried beans, you might be surprised to find out that Wapo Taco serves neither. Instead, the authentic Mexican taqueria, which originally opened in Mexico City as El Farolito circa 1962, serves gringas, volcanes, costras, and tacos.

Half a century and 25 taquerias later, Francisco Musi decided to bring the concept to the States, opening in Hallandale Beach on September 15, which just so happened to be Mexican Independence Day.

"It's not fast-casual, it's not a restaurant, it's a taqueria," says managing partner Michael Berkman. So what does that mean? Organic tortillas made on a traditional comal smuggled straight from Mexico and loaded with grass-fed beef and charcoal-grilled pork or chicken (also known as "al pastor" in Mexico).

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Dunkin' Donuts' Croissant Donut: We Try One

All photos by Laine Doss
The Dunkin' Croissant Donut is here.
Dunkin' Donuts has just launched its new croissant donut, a hybrid of the best of American and French artery-cloggers.

The pastry, which hit the streets this week, is the fast-food, mass-produced version of Dominique Ansel's cronut, which still causes mass hysteria and hours-long waits at his Soho bakery in New York City. The trademarked pastry even has its own rules attached to it, including the suggestion that you arrive prior to 7 a.m. to claim your treat, which sells for $5. There's also a two-cronut minimum and a no-holding-a-place-for-friends rule.

Until now, restaurants and shops that have tried to make their own versions of the croissant/donut hybrid have been greeted with pushback from Ansel's people, who fiercely protect the pastry as it it were a cure for Ebola. So much so, that Clean Plate Charlie was actually warned not to use the name "cronut" in an article about Disney's Epcot offering croissant donuts.

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The Pumpkin Spice Condom Is Fake, But This Bacon Flavored Condom is Real

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Ah, pumpkin spice is in the air -- but sadly, not your bedroom.

Maybe you saw the fake photo of Durex's "newly-released" pumpkin spice condom, and got excited -- only to have your autumnal wet dreams ruined when the company made light of the doctored photo, revealing it as a hoax via Twitter.

Luckily, if you're planning on spicing things up in the bedroom -- yes, even without pumpkin spice-flavored latex -- we're willing to bet there are still plenty of fun food-flavored condoms you may not even be aware of.

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Sun Life Stadium Taps Broward Restaurants For New Food Lineup UPDATED

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It looks like we're in for a winning football season at Sun Life Stadium -- for dining.

The home of the Miami Dolphins has made a distinct change to its roster of food options for the 2014 season, with the promise of delivering high quality food and good prices.

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Yonutz: Gourmet Maple Bacon and Tres Leches Donuts Come to Sunrise

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Yonutz: Yo, gourmet donuts in Sunrise.
A few days back I made a rather stressful trip to Ikea to return a few items and purchase some more. After waiting in the Motor-Vehicles-type line to exchange some extra items, I then had to wait in another queue to buy the things that I should have purchased in the first place. Driving out two hours later, I noticed a sign with the following equation:

Yonuts = gourmet donuts + gelato & soft serve treats.

This was math I could get into. Plus, after a trip to big-box retail hell, I deserved a treat.

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Inspiration/Vita Bakes Bakery Launching Healthy Snacks This Week: Looking to Expand Into Cannabis Baked Goods

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Baked goods are one of the most beloved snacks in the world.

Think about it: Who doesn't love a brownie, blondie, or cookie on a stressful day? (There's a reason emotional eating is a real thing.)

As good as these little babies may be, few food objects are worse for your body -- aside from maybe a super-sized Big Mac with fries and a soft drink.

Steven Gara of Inspiration/Vita Bakes is trying to change that. This week he's launching a new line of healthier baked goods and he's working on a line of cannabis edibles (just in case we get some good news in November).

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Kronuts in Pembroke Pines at Kosher Master Cake Bakery

All photos by Sara Ventiera
Combining two popular foods is nothing new: ice cream cake, corn dogs, even Hot Pockets.

However, on May 10 of this year, the newest combo food fad took the bakery industry by storm. Created by Dominique Ansel at his namesake bakery in New York, the Cronut is a half-croissant, half-donut, obviously, thrown in a deep-fryer.

This fried treat of buttery, sugary deliciousness became so popular that lines formed around the block of the Dominique Ansel Bakery just to score the chance of picking one up.

Since then, bakeries and pastry chefs all across the world have spawned off their own versions of the hybrid dessert. And we just happened to find them hiding out in Pembroke Pines' newly opened kosher Master Cake Bakery.

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13 American Table: New American Food, Craft Beer, and Cocktails in Boca

Sara Ventiera
Josper Grilled Octopus ($15)
Americans have always been known for being a casual, down-to-earth nation of people. Our president once served hotdogs to the King and Queen of England.

Over the years, things have gotten even more laid back.

There once was a day when it was considered poor manners to wear a pair of jeans in a high-end restaurant -- that was probably when only the very wealthy went out to eat regularly.

These days, most of us want to eat great food while wearing a T-shirt and a pair of jorts.

Boca Raton has just received its newest epicurean yet homey eatery, 13 American Table. Executive Chef Anthony Fiorini, an alumnus of 32 East, serves up classic American fare with a strong multicultural influence.

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Stresa in West Palm Beach Serves Up Italian Cuisine That's Both Unique and Authentic

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Richie Deoreo
Stresa's signature Grilled Calamari

Stresa Italian Restaurant is an 18 year old, West Palm Beach landmark. But it's not on Palm Beach Island and it's a distance away from the party scene of Clematis Street. Oddly located among the big box stores along Okeechobee Boulevard, with their inconspicuous exterior, reinforced by their lack of online presence, this is an "in the know" kind of place. But, make no mistake, this restaurant is also packed on any given night.

Stresa is a true culinary oasis, that just happens to be located across the street from a Denny's in the middle of whole lot of nothing.

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Mojo Donuts in Pembroke Pines: We Eat a Dozen in About a Minute (Pictures)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Shawn Neifeld displays his wares at Mojo Donuts.
Until now, south Florida has been a little behind in the hand crafted doughnut craze that's sweeping the nation. From New York City, where hipsters stand in line for an hour for a Meyer lemon doughnut from Doughnut Plant to Portland, Oregon, where Voodoo Doughnuts has been featured on nearly every show on Food Network's roster, Homer Simpson's favorite treat is riding a wave of popularity. So where are the hand-made gourmet doughnuts in south Florida?

For now, they're all in a little strip mall shop in Pembroke Pines and these doughnuts contain enough mojo for the entire state.More »

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