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About Jen

Jen Karetnick

Jen has lived and written in Miami for more than two decades. She works as the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine, part of the Modern Luxury Group; a columnist for the newspaper Biscayne Time; and the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School.

The author/editor of nine books, including Mango: Tour de Force (forthcoming from University Press of Florida) and three poetry collections, Jen has work appearing widely in publications including Florida Travel & Life, Southern Living and Vegas Player.

Jen lives in Miami Shores with her husband, two children, three dogs, four cats and fifteen mango trees.

Special Interests

Jen knows a lot about:

  • food, drink and mangos
  • vintage and thrifting
  • poetry and literature

Jen's Special Recommendations

Jen says, "Don't leave Miami without sampling the fare in our world-class restaurants, including Tuyo, Michy's, db bistro, J&G Grill, The Bazaar, Makoto and Hakkasan."

10Best Lists by Jen Karetnick

Wet – But Not Too Wild – in Miami

With calm surf onshore and a good breeze offshore, Miami is the Mecca of water sports. Jet-skiing, kite-boarding, paddle-boarding and wind-surfing are all popular activities. But families with small children or...


10Best Goes Poolside at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

With a renovated pool deck, pool butlers, brunch service and an adjacent beach, the Mandarin Oriental really does have it all. Oh, and don't forget the stunning view, day or night, of Biscayne Bay and downtown....


10Best Explores the Everglades

The Everglades, a 1.5 million acre tract of swamp, sloughs, ponds and hardwood hammock tree islands, is one of the most fascinating, freshwater wetlands in the world. It's home to thousands of species of plants,...


10 Best Things to Taste in Miami

Some of Miami's delicacies are seasonal. Others are available year-round. Many are homemade; most, homegrown. And plenty of Magic City treats are combinations of the above. But whatever you choose to taste while...