Farm Share Feeds Needy Families

On February 17th, Florida Senator Jose Rodriguez pitched in with Farm Share at St. Richard’s Holy Rosary Church in Palmetto Bay to feed 500 hungry families. Established in 1991, Farm Share is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to recovering, sorting, packing and distributing nutritious food for people in need, free of charge.

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For most of the morning, around 20 people stood in line to register and received food. “Farm Share is a fantastic organization that receives State funding and we are happy to support a group that makes sure food does not go to waste,” explained Senator Jose Rodriguez. “We’re here in South Dade today to distribute food with them. I think it’s important that my office gets involved and helps coordinate partnerships and distribution locations.”

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The Senator really tipped his hat in support of the volunteers that get up so early all year long to make food giveaways like this so successful.

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In the last year, Farm Share has helped feed 10.5 million families by handing out 52-million tons of food.

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A family that did not want to be identified by name explained, “It is programs like this that help us so much. We are blessed this morning.” Farm Share Communications Director Gussie Flynn added, “Our whole process is about recovering food from local farmers and feeding hungry people at zero charge. So, it is especially rewarding to see happy people here.”

If you’d like to help the organization you can head over to http://farmshare.org to learn more.

Philly Grub in Pinecrest

Besides the Liberty Bell, Rocky and the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, the next City of Brotherly Love thing you most likely think about is food. Cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and Italian water ice are the Philly fan favorites that make the mouth water.

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As a native Philadelphian, I can tell you I miss eating a good cheesesteak and I certainly know how to rank them. Enter Philly Grub, a three-location restaurant, who opened their latest place in Pinecrest a few months ago.

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Nestled in the Pinecrest Shops (SW 124th Street and US-1) right next to Chill-N, Philly Grub has an unassuming storefront, which is why I, and others, missed seeing it for a while.

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Inside Jennifer McCool, one of the managing partners, happily oversees the grub served up. “I can call myself an expert since I lived in Philly and as a kid my dad used to bring home cheesesteaks every Friday,” gushes McCool. “My first job was in a cheesesteak shop. It’s in my blood!” Dean Claro is the main sub artist behind the traditional cheesesteak grill who will quickly whip up your culinary requests.

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No matter what people tell you, I know the real secret to a perfect cheesesteak starts with the roll. Philly Grub imports their rolls direct from Philadelphia’s Amoroso Bakery.

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Since 1904, this family-owned bakery has defined how steaks and hoagies are made. The fresh shaved sirloin-blend steak made every morning rounds out the quality ingredients. The fresh cheeses, onions, peppers and other ingredients are all authentically Philly.

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Dennis Mello is a local who loves visiting Philly Grub. “The cheesesteaks are outstanding,” remarks Mello. “I’m a regular here and the onions and when everything is mixed together, it just makes a great sandwich.”

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The general enthusiasm of the staff makes this sandwich shop feel special when you walk in. From the warm greeting to the hot steaks off the grill, it’s just like being in a Philly shop. Both my kids, Andrew and Emma Feldman did some taste testing. “There’s no better steak outside of Philadelphia,” claimed Andrew. Emma gave her nod too, “I love that they have steaks and soft pretzels here.”

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The ongoing cheesesteak debate is whiz or no whiz. This refers to the cheddar cheese sauce that many put on the steak. Alternatively, you can choose provolone or American cheese. I like the provolone best. So, try all three and let me know.

Even the food prices, which end in either 95 or 76, are a nod to Philly. They are the Interstates which run through the heart of the city. In addition to cheese and chicken steaks, Philly Grub loads up a several types of Italian-style hoagies as well. All sandwiches are under $9. The sides include the standard fries and tots (both quite good), but don’t forget to try a soft pretzel as the icing to your Philly experience. Finish with Italian water ice to claim your total Philadelphia meal.

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Philly Grub is located at 8269 SW 124th Street. You can order food at orderphillygrub.com or by calling 786-250-5390. They are open Monday to Saturday 11:30a-8:00p and Sundays 12n-5p. Through March 5th, tell them MiamiHal sent you and receive 10% off your bill.

Bowl with Hurricanes Legends

Hurricanes great and University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame member Albert Bentley will serve as host of the UMSHoF's 7th annual Celebrity Bowling Tournament, on Monday, February 26, from 6-9 p.m. at Splitsville in the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami.

Part of the bowling greats from last year's tournament

Part of the bowling greats from last year's tournament

"I'm looking forward to hosting the upcoming UMSHoF Bowling tournament this year," said Bentley, who scored the winning touchdown in the 1984 Orange Bowl game that secured Miami's First National Championship.  "It's always a good thing to get together with Canes fans to support the Hall of Fame and the charities they contribute to."  This year, a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Women's Cancer Association at the University of Miami.  

Canes fans can bowl with some of their favorite former Canes all-stars in a relaxing evening of family fun, food and Hurricanes camaraderie.  Other Hurricane greats who have attended past bowling tournaments include Reggie Wayne, Charles Johnson, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Bubba Franks, Brett Romberg, KC Jones, Randal Hill, Eric Brown, Tracy Kerdyk, Darrin Smith and Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta.

Teams start at $500 for four bowlers, regular sponsor lanes are $1200 and premium sponsor lanes are $1700. Individual bowlers are $150 each. Social tickets can be purchased for $75 for adults (T-shirt included) and $25 for children under 12.

For more information on teams and sponsorships, go to CanesBowling.com or contact UMSHoF Executive Director John Routh at 305-284-2775.