About Jen Karetnick

Miami-based poet, writer, critic and educator Jen Karetnick’s fourth chapbook of poetry, Prayer of Confession, is out now from Finishing Line Press, and her cookbook, Mango, is due October 7, 2014 from University Press of Florida. She also has a full-length book of poems, Brie Season, forthcoming from White Violet Press/Kelsay Books in late 2014. She works a million jobs, including Creative Writing Director at Miami Arts Charter School, dining critic at MIAMI Magazine, contributor to TheLatinKitchen.com, mom of two teenagers, fur-mom to six rescue pets and caretaker of 14 mango trees. Jen is currently working on her twelfth book, From the Tip of My Tongue (Story Farm Press), a cookbook with Miami and Caribbean chef Cindy Hutson.

Highlights of Miami’s Little Haiti

Located within the historic district formerly (and formally) known as Lemon City, just north of Wynwood and the Design District, Miami‘s Little Haiti is a community rich in the culture of the Caribbean. Like Little Havana, Little Haiti is a nickname for the neighbourhood, not … Continue reading

A guide to Pine Island Florida

Every third weekend of July, the population of Pine Island – about 9,000 during the winter, but reduced during the steamy summer months – seems to double in size, thanks to the hugely popular MangoMania celebrations. The tropical fruit festival is just one of the attractions … Continue reading

Florida shopping: Exploring Sawgrass Mills

Savvy travellers routinely leave a little extra room in their luggage for the return trip. They know they’ll be buying souvenirs of all sorts that need to be packed. For visitors who intend to spend their time in South Florida shopping, Sawgrass Mills is known … Continue reading

Kayaking the Great Calusa Blueway of Fort Myers

Kayaking is undoubtedly an idyllic way to explore a region, but some adventures are more visually appealing than others. On a scale of powder to royal blue, paddling The Great Calusa Blueway through Lee County – where Fort Myers is located – could definitely be classified … Continue reading

Florida: A guide to Fort Lauderdale beaches

Broward County-the filling of the Palm Beach and Miami-Dade sandwich- may sometimes be neglected for the top and bottom slices of glamour and glitz. But, don’t make the same mistake. Along its 23-mile coastline, Broward has a number of Blue Wave Beaches. The Fort Lauderdale … Continue reading
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Discovering West Palm Beach: A neighbourhood guide to Clematis Street

Established as a commercial district for Palm Beach County in the 1890s, Clematis Street is now the cultural heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. Filled with restaurants, bars, boutiques and bookstores, not to forget the art galleries and antique shops, the street stretches all the way … Continue reading

High kicks and hijinks: The best Latin clubs in Miami

Miami is famous for its multi-faceted Latin culture. And while you’ll find yourself fully immersed in it from the moment you land – with conversations laced with dozens of different Spanish accents – one of the best ways to truly experience the variety of Hispanic … Continue reading

A neighbourhood guide to Miami’s Little Havana

Of all the emblematic neighbourhoods in Miami – the Art Deco District, Little Haiti, bohemian Coconut Grove, stately City Beautiful (a.k.a. Coral Gables) – Little Havana may just be the most colourful. Bright with painted tiles, wall murals and filled with echoes of Cuban exilio, … Continue reading

Beyond Palm Beach: Things to do on Singer Island

Singer Island may be Palm Beach County’s best-kept secret – or, if you’re tuned into gossipy society folks who occupy the bars and restaurants on Worth Avenue, its only secret. This barrier island is situated just off the coast, connected to the mainland by the … Continue reading

Fort Lauderdale for families

What parents sometimes dream about on a South Florida holiday – a beautiful beach, a good book, peace and quiet and cocktails served beachside – is their kids’ idea of b-o-r-i-n-g. While visitors to Fort Lauderdale can keep the young ones entertained in the gentle surf for … Continue reading