Vegan Haitian Squash Soup / Soup Joumou

I've made different versions of Haitian Pumpkin Soup since about 1993 when my good friend and neighbor Eugene Guillaume of the Consulate General of Haiti in Tokyo taught me the ropes. The beefy version. 

And in the last 25 years I have featured Miami Beach's fantastic Tap Tap restaurant and bar on the tour I give visiting relatives and friends because of its own terrific, scotch-bonnet powered and very authentic pumpkin soup. (Go on a Thursday or Saturday to catch the live music jam.).

Mangrove Mama’s Original Key Lime Pie

It seems every Floridian has a recipe for Key Lime Pie, so The Miami Herald combed the Keys in a 2-week taste test of restaurants serving Key Lime Pie. They reported that 674 restaurants they visited in the keys served it. Their No.1 pie came from Mangrove Mama’s on Sugarloaf Key, from proprietor Rose Orzo. Note that Key Lime Pie is supposed to be yellow, not green as some Yankees might have thought.

Here is the winning recipe:

Two crusts:

Young At Art Children's Museum gets kids to create, not just observe

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The ambitious and extraordinary Young At Art Children's Museum is about to be a hot summer ticket for South Florida families with kids. The cavernous and bright building is a riot of bright color and art at every turn, yet clearly organized with space for quiet time too. Art is organized into themed areas for everything from surrealism (René Magritte) to street art (Keith Haring).

About This Class


It begins on a sweaty, barely civilized island off of Africa. It begins in a chilly apartment in Evanston, Illinois. It begins in the Latin tenements of Queens. The immigrant culture of America is responsible for its bounty of diversity and the evolution of its grammar (or gramar or grammer or grammah as you see fit).

But our story really begins in ancient Rome.