Rick Karlin

  • Food: Java Jive

    (Mirror) Let’s face it; there are two types of people; coffee snobs and everyone else. If you are a coffee snob you already have your favorite place where they brew your cup of Joe to exactly the right temperature, roast their own beans and do gawd knows what else to set themselves apart.

  • Food: News on Brews

    (Mirror) Fort Lauderdale is known for its warm, sunny days, and nothing goes better with that kind of weather than a cold beer. With South Florida’s increasingly hip, young population it should come as no surprise that there are many craft breweries popping up in the area. 

  • Ice Creaming Queens

    (Mirror) What is better on a hot summer day than a delicious scoop of ice cream? Well, maybe floating in a refreshing pool while having your feet rubbed by a gorgeous man while you’re eating that ice cream.

  • International Outreach Key Focus for Pride of the Americas Organizers

    The first Pride of the Americas in Greater Fort Lauderdale may be four months away, but efforts to attract visitors from Alaska to Argentina and all points in between began more than a year ago.  

  • Mexican Fine Dining? Yup it exists. 

    (Mirror) You know from the name that Eduardo de San Angel is not going to be your run of the mill restaurant, and it doesn’t disappoint in that regard. This is not a place you go to scarf down a couple tacos pastor after a few beers. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Boos & Booze News

    Halloween is believed to be the one night of the year when the barriers between the living and the dead break down. It began as the festival of Samhain, part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe.

  • Rick's Reviews: Bountiful Brunch Buffets

    A comedian once described brunch as, “…a meal invented by rich white chicks to rationalize day drinking and binging on French toast.”

  • Rick's Reviews: Golden Spoon Awards

    As SFGN celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary, it reminds me that the newspaper business is probably only slightly less volatile than the restaurant business. Both have numerous factors working against them, but those outstanding businesses not only manage to survive they thrive. 

  • Rick's Reviews: High Holidays

    Those of my readers with Jewish friends (that means just about everybody in South Florida), will have heard about the upcoming high holidays. This is not, as it sounds, the time when Jews all imbibe magic brownies.

  • Rick's Reviews: Miami, Nice

    We’ve been spending a lot of time in Miami lately. That seems to happen whenever we have visitors from up north and the early snows up there have caused an increase in visitors.

  • Rick's Reviews: New Year’s Dining

    On New Year’s Eve, before you blow your horn or toss your confetti (both of which sound like a euphemism for something unseemly) it is traditional to enjoy an upscale meal. Here are some places to consider for your celebratory repast.

  • Ricks Reviews: Now Serving Seafood Realness

    There’s no shortage of seafood restaurants in South Florida. They range from ultra-casual and relatively inexpensive, such as Southport Raw Bar, to over the top indulgence, such as Truluck’s. Gone are the days when you could snap up a great seafood meal for less than $10, even someplace downscale such as Southport or Catfish Dewey’s will cost you twice that. Technically, I guess the Mickey D’s Filet O’Fish counts as a seafood meal for less than $10, but let’s be real here.

  • RicksReviews: Stuff It

    As I’ve written before, Chicagoans are adamant about their pizza preferences. Of course, there’s thin crust which is the most similar you’ll get to New York style down here in South Florida. 

  • SFGN’s Food Editor Publishes Book; Reading on Wednesday at Stonewall Museum 

    Enjoy a reading and Q&A from author Rick Karlin at the launch of his new book, “Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago’s Volatile LGBTQ Press,” from Rattling Good Yarns Press. Rick Karlin, an inductee to the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, has left his mark on Chicago’s LGBT press.

  • To Market, To Market…

    The best restaurants in South Florida are often to be found tucked into the corner of a grocery store.