Food


Rosh Hashanah dining: local restaurants offer menus, takeout options for Jewish holidays

With Hurricane Irma throwing local calendars off track, who has had time to make elaborate plans for the Jewish holidays?  Hopefully those who observe the Jewish New Year, which arrives Wednesday night and runs through Friday night, have found ample time for family and community celebrations. If that’s not the case, fear not – several local restaurants are cooking Rosh Hashanah...
Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Going out to dinner and drinks by boat is one of the perks of living in Palm Beach County, where the Intracoastal Waterway is our aquatic I-95. Whether you’re sticky and salt-covered from a day on the water or dressed for a romantic sunset cruise, there’s a dockside joint to fit your mood.  This is the kind of beach bar (that it's on the Jupiter Inlet instead of the beach is a quibble)...

Great bites

10 local dishes worth seeking out
Special Presentation

Green acres

Swank family's blooming produce business attracts caravans of big-city cars
Special Presentation

Our Brunch Guide

50 must-try 'Sunday Funday' brunch parties in Palm Beach County
Special Presentation
What's a good coffee grinder for a tiny space?

What's a good coffee grinder for a tiny space?

The Washington Post Food staff recently answered questions about all things edible. The following are edited excerpts. Recipes whose names are capitalized can be found in the Recipe Finder at washingtonpost.com/recipes. A: I recently bought the Hario Mini Mill hand grinder. It's slim, easy to use, and it produces uniform coffee grounds, which is what you want. (When some grounds are large and some...
Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

There’s a really good reason to eat at a Five Guys restaurant Saturday. The franchise is hosting a fundraiser all day and hopes to raise at least $20,000 to give to the YMCA in Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. Newk’s Eatery in Palm Beach Gardens is also involved.  The Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward counties are all participating.  Thirty...
This Florida restaurant was named one of the best in the U.S.

This Florida restaurant was named one of the best in the U.S.

This may be worth a road trip! You really don’t need to travel far to enjoy some of the best food in the United States. Victoria & Albert’s, located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, was voted as the second best restaurant in America among Trip Advisor’s 2017 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in their Traveler’s Choice Awards.  The fine-dining restaurant...
Shrimp and grits, rendered healthful and Italian? We're in.

Shrimp and grits, rendered healthful and Italian? We're in.

Polenta and grits are not exactly the same. But they are close cousins, both made from medium-to-coarsely ground corn that cooks into a creamy, satisfying bed for a saucy entree. One of the pairings for the cornmeal porridge is as iconic as "milk and cookies" and "peanut butter and jelly" - namely, shrimp and grits. Once I get that duo on my mind, I can't seem to think of anything...
Wild for game? You might be if you prepare it the right way

Wild for game? You might be if you prepare it the right way

Pluck a zucchini from a vine in the backyard then transform it to a plateful of fritters for supper, and the chin tilts a bit with pride. Pop the vacuum seal of plum tomatoes jarred in September then use them as a base for red sauce in January, and the chest puffs.  The real strutting begins, though, when the hunter brings home the bacon — or the deer or duck, quail or squirrel, as the...
Safeguarding seeds that may feed the future

Safeguarding seeds that may feed the future

Ali Shehadeh, a seed hunter, opened the folders with the greatest of care. Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. He had thousands of these folders stacked neatly in a windowless office, a precious herbarium, containing seeds foraged from across the hot, arid and increasingly inhospitable...

The wine country fires

Rightly or wrongly, when most Americans think of wine country -- a vague term at best -- they mean the Napa Valley and neighboring Sonoma County an hour north of San Francisco. The region embodies the good life. Rolling vineyards give way to wooded hillsides, and idyllic villages with world-class restaurants dot the landscape. Along the way, winery tasting rooms abound. It is Disneyland for adults...
Amid Midtown’s bustle, a street-level tea party for all

Amid Midtown’s bustle, a street-level tea party for all

Every Thursday around noon, a cheery woman lugging several large bags stakes out her spot on a busy walkway near the northwest corner of Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. The woman, Liz Gannon-Graydon, 54, corrals a few tables and chairs amid the bustle and noise and sets up the kind of tea party that seems more suitable in a formal parlor or a fancy garden. Gannon-Graydon puts down place mats, cloth...
Let’s Eat: Sticky wings with honey and Sriracha

Let’s Eat: Sticky wings with honey and Sriracha

We’re over a month into the regular NFL football season. By now you should be perfecting your skills for that great pre-game eating experience known as tailgating. Instead of the typical hot Buffalo flavor, why not shake up your tailgate Sunday with sticky, spicy Asian-style hot wings? These are baked, then sauced and served with a cool cucumber-lime dipping sauce that will remind you of the...
Party like a kid on Halloween with these kid-friendly books and recipes

Party like a kid on Halloween with these kid-friendly books and recipes

Do your kids love Halloween candy and costumes, but quaver at creepy decorations and horror stories? If so, we've got your back. Try reading these three Halloween books, which will make you laugh, warm your heart, occasionally make you groan in disgust, but never truly scare you. Children can help make the accompanying recipes based on the stories: Vampire Blood Tomato Soup, Jekyll's Sleep Potion...
Publisher shames 'trendy' ingredients from other cultures

Publisher shames 'trendy' ingredients from other cultures

Maybe you've noticed that ingredients like matcha, spirulina and turmeric have been trending in certain dishes and drinks, such as lattes. If you aren't familiar: Matcha is a powdered green tea; spirulina is a powdered algae, which is recognized as a superfood; and turmeric is a yellow spice used in curry that can work as an anti-inflammatory. Bon Appétit noticed too, and had an, um, interesting...
Rustic baked polenta with cheese and mushrooms is a tasty meatless dish

Rustic baked polenta with cheese and mushrooms is a tasty meatless dish

Sure, Meatless Monday may be a trendy slogan, but it recycles an old idea. I was reminded of America’s long history of dietary restrictions as I toured City Hall in Philadelphia. In a corridor by the Conservation Room, I spotted a black-and-white photo proclaiming: “Food Will Win The War. Don’t Waste It.”  During World War I, the U.S. Food Administration urged families...
Pie crust 101: Tips and tricks for taking your crust to the next level

Pie crust 101: Tips and tricks for taking your crust to the next level

When I tell people I grew up in a family of pie bakers, it’s easy to imagine I’m bragging. My mother’s pies are legendary — rich, velvety custard fillings or mounded fruit pies, each cradled in an ornately decorated crust, golden and with the most delicate layers. And don’t get me started on my grandmother; in her day, she was known as the “Pie Baker of Villa Park...
These three cookbooks went viral before the Internet existed

These three cookbooks went viral before the Internet existed

Not long ago, an editor reminded me, "A cookbook can't be everything to everyone." Has this always been true? My mind immediately flashed back to 1982's "The Silver Palate Cookbook," by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. It was a comprehensive source for a generation of home cooks in America. More than three decades after it was published, I wondered whether it, and a few other influential...
'Dining in the Dark' is taste of blindness

'Dining in the Dark' is taste of blindness

I sat at a white linen circular table in the Tampa Club, beautifully set with two types of forks and knives and a spoon above each plate. A dining menu was tucked into a neatly folded napkin and a glass filled with water sat on my left. But the most interesting part of the table setting? A black blindfold wrapped in plastic packaging. For the third consecutive year, the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind...
Recipe of the week: Dwyane Wade’s ultimate guilty pleasure dessert

Recipe of the week: Dwyane Wade’s ultimate guilty pleasure dessert

As a new Miami Heat season kicks off this week, I still long for the days when Dwyane Wade proclaimed himself a “Heat lifer.” Truth be told, it wasn’t easy to watch him don a Chicago jersey, so the thought that he’ll be playing in full Cavaliers regalia this season is enough to send me on a chocolate chip cookie binge. Or a red velvet waffles spree. Or milk chocolate ice cream...
In local beer news, waffles and chainsaws

In local beer news, waffles and chainsaws

This week in local beer news, resident craft brew heads have waffles and chainsaws on the brain. Let me explain:  If you’ve ever had a waffle griddled by Coolinary Café chef Tim Lipman, you may be able to vouch for their addictive qualities. And the craft beer experts at Civil Society Brewing would have to agree.  In fact, the Abacoa-based brewery has created a special waffle-infused...
How to get stuffed peppers right — the peppers, the sauce, the filling

How to get stuffed peppers right — the peppers, the sauce, the filling

Fresh peppers, hot and spicy, sweet and crunchy, are the ultimate quick change artists. I roast poblanos and jalapenos for Mexican-style rajas, puree red and orange bells into soups and sauces, dice green bells and Anaheims for omelets and gingerly tuck habaneros into salsa. When the farmers market baskets overflow with varieties not regularly found at the supermarket, I stock up. Long skinny shishito...
'Wasted! The Story of Food Waste' Anthony Bourdain’s new documentary

'Wasted! The Story of Food Waste' Anthony Bourdain’s new documentary

You can call the statistics stomach-churning: 40 percent of all food is wasted in the United States at a cost of a trillion dollars a year, one-third is wasted worldwide; 10 million tons of produce a year go unharvested in the U.S.; 90 percent of all wasted food ends up in landfills, where it can take up to 25 years for a head of lettuce to compost; the decomposing food in landfills release methane...
Psst! Prince Harry parties here. Also Pippa and J-Law.

Psst! Prince Harry parties here. Also Pippa and J-Law.

At Bunga Bunga supper club, a sublimely ridiculous ode to Italian kitsch in Covent Garden, there’s a speedboat turned table that seats 10, communal cocktails served from four-foot-high replicas of Michelangelo’s David — yes, the tap is that part of his anatomy — and a Pompeii-style fresco featuring cavorting nudes. Look closer at two of the faces in the orgy and they are the...
Wal-Mart sees online sales surging 40 percent as it pursues Amazon

Wal-Mart sees online sales surging 40 percent as it pursues Amazon

Wal-Mart Stores expects U.S. e-commerce sales to surge 40 percent in the next fiscal year as its online investments allow the retail giant to play catch-up with Amazon.com. The company also plans to add 1,000 online-grocery locations -- roughly double the current number of sites, which help fill orders from customers buying their food on Walmart.com. Total sales, meanwhile, are expected to grow at...
When charms of low-tech lifestyle disappoint, grilled cheese saves day

When charms of low-tech lifestyle disappoint, grilled cheese saves day

The dryer does its thing, spinning round and round. Without doing that other thing: drying. Our clothes enjoy the ride, and when it stops, they tumble out, damp and dizzy, begging for another go. We used to indulge them in this endless game. Then we pulled the plug. We snapped: Go play outside. Lining up the clothes on a clothesline called for shopping and tying and drooping and retying. Plus untwisting...
Michelin's cheap-eats list might work in Europe, but unlikely with America

Michelin's cheap-eats list might work in Europe, but unlikely with America

There's no reason to sugarcoat this, so I won't: The Michelin Guide has a cheap-eats problem. The famous French dining guide - once the arbiter of taste for many chefs and the public - doesn't officially label the food "cheap" at the restaurants on its annual Bib Gourmand list, but the word is implied louder than a jackhammer at dawn. For a restaurant to qualify for the list, Michelin's...
Vegemite, the beloved Australian spread, goes upmarket

Vegemite, the beloved Australian spread, goes upmarket

Vegemite, the classic condiment found on breakfast tables in every corner of Australia for nearly a century, is going posh. Bega, manufacturer of the iconic — if divisive — yeast extract spread, released a new and more expensive version of the product this week, raising questions about whether the brand had abandoned its humble roots in favor of a more affluent demographic. The new variety...
Explore the diverse styles of Long Island wine

Explore the diverse styles of Long Island wine

When I hear “Long Island,” the first thing that springs to mind is “suburbs,” and that is a big part of the place’s identity. But the skinny land mass that is literally a long island jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean also provides terra firma for Brooklyn and Queens. Beyond those two urban enclaves, moving east, city turns to suburb, suburb turns to nature, and vineyards...
Seafood, sports galore at Boston’s on the Beach

Seafood, sports galore at Boston’s on the Beach

MENU Whether you’re a sea or land lover of food, there’s something for you — seafood, pastas, salads and sandwiches are the heart of the menu. Get a taste of Boston in classics like the New England clam chowder or clambake entree. ATMOSPHERE If you’re not a Bostonian, you may feel a little out of place at first — but that will soon fade away when you hear the live music...
Cinco de Mayo a fiesta for Mexican food fans

Cinco de Mayo a fiesta for Mexican food fans

MENU Wide array of authentic Mexican dishes, including appetizers, soup, salads, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, quesadillas, tostados, chalupas, tamales, chicken, beef, pork and seafood. ATMOSPHERE It’s a fiesta from the moment you enter. Lively Latin music greets you as you settle into a comfy booth or table, decorated in bold colors and rich Mexican textures. Chairs are...
Sant Ambroeus offers stellar food, flawless service

Sant Ambroeus offers stellar food, flawless service

MENU Sant Ambroeus serves pastas, pizza, salads and sandwiches. There’s also a coffee bar and a gelateria. Prices aren’t bad by island standards — some entrees cost less than $20 — and the quality of the food is stellar. ATMOSPHERE Posh. The dining room is decorated with black-and-white floors, striking mirrors and vibrant upholstery. A gelato cart marks the front entrance...
Chef’s journal: Avocado Grill owner throws 3-day bash amid new debut plans

Chef’s journal: Avocado Grill owner throws 3-day bash amid new debut plans

Avocado Grill will be in full party mode this weekend as the popular downtown restaurant celebrates its third anniversary with a three-day bash. And you can expect the happiest among the revelers will be chef/owner Julien Gremaud.  In fact, by the end of the weekend it’s likely the chef who built a loyal following among local foodies with his fresh, creative dishes will be wearing a crazy...
Mike Isabella, Washington’s restless restaurateur

Mike Isabella, Washington’s restless restaurateur

Mike Isabella fanned himself with a hard hat as he stood on a construction site on the bank of the Potomac that workers were frantically trying to turn into a contemporary French restaurant. Permits and a liquor license had yet to materialize. The basement was nowhere near ready to receive shipments. The floors were — well, there were no floors. “When do you think I can come in here and...
Many veterans go hungry - and VA's new plan to fix it

Many veterans go hungry - and VA's new plan to fix it

When Greg Stegall left the Navy at 30 years old, he found himself utterly adrift: a single dad with no degree, no clear plans for the future and a short résumé in a down job market. Struggling to find work, Stegall put his son in a boarding school for poor children and asked his parents for money and food. Nearly 30 years later, Stegall - now 58 - oversees a program at a Pennsylvania...
Wildfires sweep across the 'face of the California wine industry'

Wildfires sweep across the 'face of the California wine industry'

Adam Lee walked for miles through a wildfire-ravaged neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California, that looked like a "nuclear zone" to see whether his winery had withstood the huge, fast-moving wildfires sweeping through the area. When Lee emerged from the ash and the smoke, he learned he had been lucky: Siduri Wines was one of the few buildings spared in an area of Santa Rosa decimated by fires...
On the (rising) trail of Thai food in America

On the (rising) trail of Thai food in America

Crunchy hearts of palm and giant shrimp stir-fried with holy basil and the perfect ration of red chilies. A green papaya salad, freshly shredded and mashed with an extra portion of tiny Thai limes. There was a downside to living in Bangkok for a decade as a New York Times correspondent and being surrounded by great Thai dishes like those: It really raised the bar for when I moved back to America....
Lifting the lid on braising

Lifting the lid on braising

Some of the most skilled cooks I know — people who confidently roast, grill and fry — balk at the notion of braising. They think it’s more mysterious or fussy than other cooking methods. The opposite is true: Braising is extremely flexible, and it follows a formula. There is an art to it. But since a good braise is so utterly, deliciously succulent, learning how is painless. You...
How 5 Miami entrepreneurs are changing the way you enjoy wine

How 5 Miami entrepreneurs are changing the way you enjoy wine

Miami may not seem like a natural environment for wine entrepreneurs to flourish, but meet a few and you may want to raise a glass.  Make no mistake: These entrepreneurs aren’t doing things the way it has always been done in the $300 billion global wine industry. Maybe it’s being outside the well-known wine-making locales where innovative ideas can ferment more freely.  South...
Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk

Breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk

Breast cancer seems to have touched everyone in one way or another -- whether a relative or friend or yourself. I'm thankful my mom is a two-time survivor. To mark National Breast Cancer Month in October, the American Institute of Cancer Research highlights a finding from its recent report -- mothers who breastfeed have lower risk of breast cancer. The report states the lower risk is modest, but it's...
Wines to make your carbonara sing

Wines to make your carbonara sing

For a dish such as this one, full of richness, spice and the pairing nightmare that is asparagus, go for wines with lots of fruit and bright, fresh acidity. Specifically, look to Austria for a gruner veltliner, or stay closer to home with a chardonnay or gamay from California. Even on a Monday, you should enjoy your wine pairing. Make this: Monday Night Carbonara Cook 1 pound spaghetti in a large...
Slicing through myths to rethink bread

Slicing through myths to rethink bread

Two years ago in Paris, Nathan Myhrvold wandered the Louvre on a mission, camera in hand, documenting every image of bread he could find. “Sadly, art historians don’t catalog paintings by whether or not there’s bread in them,” he said. So Myhrvold, the former chief technology officer of Microsoft and a founder of the investment firm Intellectual Ventures, built his own catalog...
Fast, tender chicken dish is flavorful

Fast, tender chicken dish is flavorful

Tender chicken coated with French herbes de Provence and served over a bed of baby spinach salad is a simple and fast dish. Here’s the trick to keeping boneless skinless chicken breasts juicy and tender. Saute the breasts until they are about three-quarters done, and then cover the pan and set it aside to finish cooking in their own heat. Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs that are...
Vegetable tops don’t have to go in the trash. Here’s how to use them

Vegetable tops don’t have to go in the trash. Here’s how to use them

Many years ago, I ran into Alain Giraud, one of the best French chefs in Los Angeles, rummaging through crates of discarded vegetable greens at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. This was a good decade before food waste became the sort of thing people talked about on high-profile panels and in beautiful documentaries. Giraud doubtless already knew to use his kitchen’s parsley stems and...

Hurricanes, local food, and cocoa tea in Dominica

With so many disasters going on these days it’s tough to keep track. And one of the hardest-hit countries, Dominica, which was brutalized by Hurricane Maria, has flown under the radar. This column will be dedicated to that tiny island with which my family and I fell in love last winter. I’ll leave you with directions for making one of the more popular beverages in Dominica: cocoa tea....
Move over tater tots: The waistline winner is Crispy Cauliflower Bites

Move over tater tots: The waistline winner is Crispy Cauliflower Bites

The dilemma that makes fried spud lovers break out in a cold, clammy sweat? “Would you like tater tots or fries with that?” It’s a tough choice — a tater tot’s crispy, crunchy exterior vs. a french fry’s fluffy interior. Indecision will not save you from ridicule: The Twitterverse wants to know: Are you #teamtots or #teamfrenchfries? But, hey, if you’re trying...
Let’s eat: Pawpaw Bread with Toasted Walnuts

Let’s eat: Pawpaw Bread with Toasted Walnuts

The super-short pawpaw season is upon us, and if you’re lucky enough to find America’s forgotten fruit at a farmers market or in the wild, make the most of it! I had the good fortune to secure a handful from my sister’s neighbor. Similar in taste to a mango-y banana, this unique fruit with a custardy texture often is eaten out of hand. But it also lends itself to any dessert that...
Want to try weed wine? Lucky for you if you live in California

Want to try weed wine? Lucky for you if you live in California

Marijuana-infused wine has become quite popular in California. So much so that it’s tough to find vendors that have them in stock and are selling them. California, after all, is the country’s only state where it’s legal to infuse weed with wine. It’s against the law to infuse marijuana with alcohol in all other states, even where weed is legal for recreational or medicinal...
How to rescue brown sugar that’s turned hard

How to rescue brown sugar that’s turned hard

Q: What’s the best way to soften brown sugar that has gone hard? A: This question comes up often. And it recently happened to me. I went to measure out some brown sugar for a recipe and it was rock hard. The sugar was stored in its original packaging and I closed the bag, squeezing out the air and put a clip on it. I also put it in a jar with a lid, but not a tight-fitting lid. It turned hard...
Simplest corn soup recipe you will ever make

Simplest corn soup recipe you will ever make

Cooking used to be a chore. Consider early man, who spent a good five hours running his prey to exhaustion, and then, panting over collapsed antelope, had to ponder Step Two. We’ve got it easy. Meat comes pre-felled, vegetables pre-grown, oil pre-pressed. All we have to do is toss these ingredients into a pot that someone else forged and set it over a fire that someone else built and installed...
Have you shopped Taco Bell’s clothing line with Forever 21? Check it out.

Have you shopped Taco Bell’s clothing line with Forever 21? Check it out.

It’s only been a week since Taco Bell released its limited edition clothing-line collab with Forever 21, and believe it or not, it’s already selling-out.  The line consists of bodysuits, t-shirts and jackets for men, women and girls. And just like Taco Bell’s food, the price range of $12.90 to $29.90 won’t break the bank either. People were spazzing out on twitter...
UberEATS didn’t forget about West Palm... or Delray, Boynton and Riviera

UberEATS didn’t forget about West Palm... or Delray, Boynton and Riviera

Miso soup as an appetizer, Gyudion (Japanese Beef Bowl) as an entree and fried cheesecake for dessert. That’s not a semi-bougie date at Fresh Element on Village Boulevard in West Palm. Nope. It's what’s coming to your condo in an Uber.  Download the UberEATS app for one of those “let’s do takeout” days because the food delivery service has officially expanded to...
5 exciting ways to celebrate National Pasta Day today in Palm Beach County

5 exciting ways to celebrate National Pasta Day today in Palm Beach County

Today is National Pasta Day. Wondering how to celebrate? We have deals, classes and suggestions for some of the most delicious pasta around. Check these out. The Italian eatery is celebrating by offering a sampler of their popular pasta dishes: Four cheese pear tortellini, rigatoni bolognese, spaghetti and mini Nonna’s meatball ($21). The eatery, located in the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton...
Private chef realizing his lifelong dream in new Jupiter cheese shop

Private chef realizing his lifelong dream in new Jupiter cheese shop

For Chris Marshall, the love affair with cheese dates back 20 years. He was working at Formaggio Kitchen, a cheese-focused market in Cambridge, Mass., where the owners were obsessed with finding specialty products from Italy. Every morning, they’d conduct tastings for their staff, opening Marshall’s eyes to obscure delicacies. “Everything was just so amazing, and the customers who...
More Food Stories