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Food


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)...

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Grilling? Don’t hold the mayo!

Grilling? Don’t hold the mayo!

This is the season of outdoor parties and cookouts, as those of us self-professed grill masters and weekend warriors deftly show off our live-fire cooking skills in front of family and friends. That is, until the grill flares up and those beautiful steaks are reduced to charcoal and we’re peeling them off the grill through a cloud of smoke. It’s an all-too-common tragedy played out in...
Kenny Chesney has mad love for this bar in Delray Beach

Kenny Chesney has mad love for this bar in Delray Beach

Kenny Chesney, the People’s Superstar and country sangin’ legend, showed Palm Beach County a lot of love recently. The multi-award winning artist announced on his Sirius XM radio channel, Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio, that Delray’s own Boston’s on the Beach is one of his faves.  In a weekly segment called Kenny Chesney’s Bar at the End of the World...
As poke bowl joints grow, learn how to make the Hawaiian specialty

As poke bowl joints grow, learn how to make the Hawaiian specialty

For something so cool, poké is really hot. The combination of chopped raw fish, rice and vegetables — pronounced POH-keh — started in Hawaii, where you can pick it up like fast food. Now poké is spreading across the country to restaurant appetizer menus and dedicated poké bars.  It’s even better to make poké bowls at home. Get the right ingredients...
Some tips on making the perfect summer breakfast: waffles

Some tips on making the perfect summer breakfast: waffles

I never envisioned myself as a person who would spend $200 on a waffle maker. Turns out I am, and the mortifying extent to which I’ve come to love this stainless steel beauty is tipping dangerously into character-flaw territory.  Weighing in at 12 pounds, this is one substantial appliance — it reminds me of the heavy, no-nonsense General Electric waffle maker my mother relied upon...
Mario Batali's favorite golf course: Just 'a shack and a track'

Mario Batali's favorite golf course: Just 'a shack and a track'

Any given week during the summer, Mario Batali will be playing golf. The chef, whose restaurants include Babbo, Del Posto, Lupa, Bar Jamón, Esca, and the Italian-food supermarket destination Eataly, estimates that he will play 45 rounds over the summer. "One of the things about my job is that I spend a lot of time in small, hot rooms surrounded by a lot of people," Batali said by...
From pig's feet to corn bread, a history of soul food in the White House

From pig's feet to corn bread, a history of soul food in the White House

"National Soul Food Month," sometimes called "June," deserves a presidential proclamation. Why? Because this cuisine, which combines the food traditions of West Africa, Western Europe and the Americas, has long been the foundation for home cooking in the White House.  As former White House executive chef Henry Haller wrote in "The White House Family Cookbook": "...
A Kenyan pursuit: Perfecting the chicken dish kuku paka

A Kenyan pursuit: Perfecting the chicken dish kuku paka

The downpour stopped, so Kirti Patel decided to hold the dinner party on her balcony, with its views of colossal flowering trees and construction that had stalled for the rainy season. Pink vines of bougainvillea were in bloom, and the raw scent of ginger and garlic was in the air. The centerpiece of the meal was Patel’s labor-intensive rendition of kuku paka, a coconut-chicken dish with roots...
Get into ‘Twin Peaks’ return with cherry pie agent Cooper would love

Get into ‘Twin Peaks’ return with cherry pie agent Cooper would love

Remember “Twin Peaks”? Remember how the surreal murder mystery was populated with surreal characters: the woman who lugged a log, the dwarf dressed in red, the special agent who tape recorded every move and bite? Me neither. All that drifts back from Thursday nights in the ’90s is the show’s eerie theme music and its obsession with cherry pie. Now “Twin Peaks” is...

Who really needs to be gluten-free?

The gluten-free craze is unlikely to go away anytime soon. Many people say they feel better after adopting a diet free of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, even though relatively few gluten avoiders have been given diagnoses of celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that can attack the intestines and other tissues when gluten is consumed. Approximately one person in 140 is known to...
For successful weight loss dieting, check blood sugar and insulin

For successful weight loss dieting, check blood sugar and insulin

Success on a weight-loss diet can be predicted by measuring a person’s blood sugar and fasting insulin levels, according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Diego. Moreover, effective weight loss and control in some can be achieved without restricting calories, as long as the diet is rich in fiber.  The international study examined data from six studies...
McDonald's ends four-decade Olympics sponsorship

McDonald's ends four-decade Olympics sponsorship

Citing a decision to "focus on different priorities," McDonald's announced on Friday it will no longer sponsor the Olympics. "We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the [International Olympic Committee] and local Olympics Games organizing committees, for all of their support over the...
Let’s eat: Crispy eggplant with kale pesto fettuccine

Let’s eat: Crispy eggplant with kale pesto fettuccine

Say “pesto,” and many people automatically will think of the classic combination of Italian basil, crushed garlic and European pine nuts blended with Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil. That doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with other ingredients. This tasty alternative adds chopped kale and walnuts to the mix, which adds a bright, herby punch to any dish. Here it’s...
A blackberry farm chef goes for a broader audience

A blackberry farm chef goes for a broader audience

A big smile broke out on the chef Joseph Lenn’s face when an elderly woman with a cloud of platinum hair burst through the door and waved excitedly at him. “That’s Mary Evelyn,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’m related to her. I’ll have to call my mom later and ask her how.” Lenn, 40, has been cooking in and around his hometown, Knoxville, Tennesee...
Fresh veggie dinner perfect for a hot summer night

Fresh veggie dinner perfect for a hot summer night

Combine fresh sauteed vegetables with fresh fettuccine for this quick, vegetarian dinner. You can use the vegetables in this recipe, or mix and match any type you have on hand. Use the recipe as a blueprint for the amounts needed. The recipe calls for fresh fettuccine, which can be found in most supermarkets. Dried can be used. Follow the package instructions for cooking time.  Helpful...
Plugging a watermelon with vodka ruins both. There's a better way.

Plugging a watermelon with vodka ruins both. There's a better way.

A friend of mine recently told me about a time in college when she and her buds decided to throw an end-of-year party in the picnic area near their dorm. Most of them were still slightly underage, so openly bringing six-packs of beer was a recipe for trouble. But they were college kids, majoring in liberal arts and minoring in high jinks. There was no way The Man (or the notoriously rules-y RA who...
The ideal lemon bar: A fierce filling and a strong supporting crust

The ideal lemon bar: A fierce filling and a strong supporting crust

When pastry chef Shuna Lydon was preparing for the opening of Bouchon, chef Thomas Keller’s supposedly casual and impossibly perfect French bistro in Napa Valley, he told her it would be the hardest thing she’d ever done — more difficult than her work creating desserts like white truffle egg creams at The French Laundry. “He said, ‘You can do whatever crazy thing you...
Recipe of the week: luscious Quiche Lorraine 

Recipe of the week: luscious Quiche Lorraine 

In a quiche-making mood recently, I turned to a favorite recipe from Lee Brian Schrager’s 2016 cookbook “America’s Best Breakfasts.” In co-writing the book, Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, breakfasted on an eclectic range of dishes in far-flung U.S. cities. But he didn’t have to travel far from his Coral Gables home to find this spot-on Quiche...
Boynton becoming a brewery and now barbecue destination

Boynton becoming a brewery and now barbecue destination

For a couple years now Boynton Beach has unofficially been the city of breweries. It all started with Due South Brewing. Now Boynton has Devour, Copperpoint, NOBO, and even NonProphet, which is a brewery but not your typical beer brewery. That’s five “breweries.” READ: Boynton Beach to get second ‘bad to the bone’ barbecue spot But now I’m beginning to think there&rsquo...
Bunya-Bunya? Plum pine? A Melbourne chef’s rich vocabulary

Bunya-Bunya? Plum pine? A Melbourne chef’s rich vocabulary

Ben Shewry is one of the most celebrated chefs on this sunburned continent, a New Zealander who moved to Australia in 2002 and has since developed an immigrant’s love of his strange new home. The cooking he performs at Attica, the elegant little restaurant he owns and operates in Ripponlea, one of Melbourne’s quieter suburbs, is precise and beautiful, lauded at home and abroad as a reflection...

The restaurant where you can reserve a personal barrel of bourbon

To get a barrel of bourbon with your name on it in Raleigh, you’ll need two things: $350 and a year’s worth of patience. That’s how long it takes to move to the top of the wait list for the small, personal barrels of house-aged bourbon at The Oak. But once you’ve got your own supply, you can buy the house a round of some of the best brown liquor in town for just $1 a pour. ...
Blue Apron pursues IPO as Amazon looms over industry

Blue Apron pursues IPO as Amazon looms over industry

Even as Amazon’s $13.4 billion bid for Whole Foods threatens to shake up food retailing, Blue Apron, a New York-based meal-delivery service, is setting its sights on a stock market debut. The service has begun pitching an initial public offering to raise as much as $586.5 million, joining a growing number of consumer-focused startups considering the public markets. Yet its prospective investors...
Beer of the week: An ale fit for a king of the north

Beer of the week: An ale fit for a king of the north

"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on July 16 and if you plan on re-watching Season 6 with a cold beverage in hand, try Bend the Knee, the latest in the series of GOT-inspired beers from Ommegang. Bend the Knee is a Belgian-style golden ale, brewed with wildflower honey. The flavors are wonderfully complex, with clove, coriander, white pepper and a bit of banana/bubble gum coming through alongside...
Avocado mayo serves up perfect topper for hot dog

Avocado mayo serves up perfect topper for hot dog

The picture caught my eye — and my taste buds. One look at the photograph of the Patagonia Hot Dog and I knew I wanted that to land on my plate. That’s the power of visuals. The photo was in a cookbook, but had that hot dog been displayed on a picnic table, I would have been as hungry and ready to indulge.  It’s a reminder that small additions have a big impact.  In this...
That time I threw a crispy snack on top of my summer salad

That time I threw a crispy snack on top of my summer salad

I have been playing around with variations on seasoned, crispy chickpeas as a snack. Keen to avoid deep-frying them, I tried baking them several ways - at different temperatures for long and longer stretches of time. But it was ultimately a 10-minute sizzle in a skillet with olive oil that won me over as the preferred method. This technique gives the legume a creamier interior while crisping the outside...
Look to Mediterranean for wines to pair with turkey burger

Look to Mediterranean for wines to pair with turkey burger

For a burger influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean — Kalamata olives, parsley, sage — look to the region for a wine as well. Drink local; it’s good advice. These white, rosé and red choices burst with flavor themselves. ———  In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley...
Lime Fresh Mexican Grill offers a fiesta of flavors

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill offers a fiesta of flavors

MENU There’s something for everyone at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, a Broward County-based eatery that opened in Palm Beach Gardens in May. Its lengthy menu includes tried-and-true Mexican favorites like fajitas, tacos, burritos and quesadillas, plus salads, soups, desserts and a variety of sides. The salsa bar was a big hit with our kids. ATMOSPHERE A fast-casual eatery that includes indoor and...
Breakfast, lunch done right at Eggs-Cetera Cafe

Breakfast, lunch done right at Eggs-Cetera Cafe

MENU Breakfast and lunch with interesting, plentiful options — including stuffed red raspberry granola French toast and a shrimp and lobster salad pita wrap. ATMOSPHERE This is a cozy place with numerous windows that make it light and bright, even on a rainy day. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE There were many tempting choices but after much contemplation (and sage advice from our server) we chose an...
Best Bites: Start Right Pancake & Waffle Mix

Best Bites: Start Right Pancake & Waffle Mix

St. Louis-based Start Right, previously known for their frozen waffles, has come out with a just-add-oil-and-water mix with a nutty, lightly sweet flavor of maple. It’s high in protein (15 grams, equivalent to 2 1/2 eggs) and fiber, and even has fruit and vegetables in it. It is also gluten free, with buckwheat flour providing a hearty, chewy taste. Size: 13 ounces  Price: $8.99  Available...

Cooking challenge: A cake that nods to Dad's upbringing, for Father's Day

I got cocky. My other two kitchen challenges went so well. Decadent chocolate truffles. Spicy chipotle chicken. This time, I told myself, I could tackle anything -- even a four-layer cake for Father's Day. But I was flying way too close to the sun. Before I tell you my tale of woe, let's back up a little. The story begins as I am scrolling through an online Martha Stewart slideshow of cake recipes...
In his takeover of Whole Foods, Bezos gets a sustainably sourced guinea pig

In his takeover of Whole Foods, Bezos gets a sustainably sourced guinea pig

When big tech companies make big moves, it’s natural to see the news in earthshaking terms. So it was no surprise that Amazon’s deal to buy Whole Foods for $13.4 billion generated many fantastical predictions: For instance, Amazon could use every Whole Foods store as a distribution center or even a drone-delivery launchpad, with every order summoned by Alexa, the company’s voice...
Nestlé looks to sell as Americans eat fewer sweets

Nestlé looks to sell as Americans eat fewer sweets

Nestlé said on Thursday that it was considering a sale of its American candy business, the home of treats that include Gobstoppers, Nerds and Butterfinger and Crunch bars, as demand for sweets has fallen off in the United States. By declaring that it will “explore strategic options” for its candy business, the Swiss consumer company may help to further consolidate the industry to...
Consider healthy flax

Consider healthy flax

Flaxseed (along with chia) is the new darling of the seed world. My mother always had a jar of wheat germ in her refrigerator. Today, she'd had a package of milled flax seeds. Mom chose wheat germ for the added fiber, and while flax also gives a fiber boost, there may be another reason to choose flax seed.  According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, flax seed most often raises questions...
These enchiladas don't require oven time

These enchiladas don't require oven time

When you happen upon a recipe ingredient list that is divided into subcategories, do you turn the page or simply hit NEXT? For-the-This, For-the-That often involve processes that may overmatch the energy you have to spend on a weeknight meal. I think we're in safe territory with these rather casual enchiladas. Even though multiple steps and at least a half-hour of baking time are typically required...
Burritos, Middle Eastern style

Burritos, Middle Eastern style

This recipe is essentially a build-your-own burrito dinner except that it relies on Middle Eastern rather than Mexican ingredients. It's a crowd-pleaser, even if I do say so myself, because everyone is free to choose his or her own fillings. Admittedly, the number of parts in this recipe might make it appear rather time-consuming, but all the elements together form a complete meal. In fact, the prep...
Radish adds a lovely hue in creamy shrimp salad

Radish adds a lovely hue in creamy shrimp salad

This recipe is super simple but still quite elegant. Blanching the radishes cuts a bit of the spice, which the piment d’Espelette more than makes up for. Creamy Shrimp Salad with Radish and Cucumber 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 18 large shrimp, peeled and cleaned 1/4 teaspoon piment d’Espelette or cayenne pepper or more to taste 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt, divided 20 radishes, trimmed 7 mini-cucumbers...
Knock back a crisp French white with this simple salmon and rich dish

Knock back a crisp French white with this simple salmon and rich dish

A crisp, cleansing wine is what you’ll want to quaff with this salmon and rice dish dressed with palate-coating yogurt and mayonnaise sauce. Look to France, with wines from the Loire, Beaujolais and Languedoc. Make this: Quick Kedgeree with Yogurt Sauce Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 small yellow onion, finely diced; cook, stirring, until softened...
Sous vide atheist converts with a heavenly silky carbonara

Sous vide atheist converts with a heavenly silky carbonara

Sous vide, in the grip of an online translator, comes out “under empty.” Who craves a cooking contraption that promises less than zero? Not me. I snubbed sous vide. Vacuum-sealing a steak and letting it wallow in warm water sounded less than good. Plus, the prospect of another rotund appliance made my shelves ache. Let some fancy restaurant chef invest in an immersion circulator. Too futuristic...

Sweet spring turnips, all summer long

It’s normal to think of turnips as a winter-storage crop, the ones loitering with the rutabagas at the bottom of the root cellar after the potatoes, carrots and onions are all gone. They may have a reputation as a starvation food, but in recent years, turnips have been showing up at the farmers market in sweeter, earlier and more delicate forms. As growers have sought to fill that awkward gap...
An ingredient he can’t do without

An ingredient he can’t do without

There are 10 or so things in my kitchen that I can’t do without. Olive oil and lemons. Red wine vinegar and tomatoes, when they’re in season. Coffee to start the day. Wine, bread, cheese and chocolate to end it. Tahini is there, too, ready to be drizzled on toast or whisked into a sauce or dressing. If I were to lay these things out on my table, tahini might be, to many, the odd one out...
Recipe of the Week: Love risotto? Try this Spanish creamy rice dish

Recipe of the Week: Love risotto? Try this Spanish creamy rice dish

Paella is a highlight of any summer party, in Spain or elsewhere, but it can be intimidating to cook a wide pot of rice until the bottom crisps up. This creamy rice dish from Spanish celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy is similar to paella, but you stir it while it cooks to create a more risotto-like dish that’s perfect for a summer picnic or potluck. Allibhoy uses fresh artichokes, but if you don&rsquo...
Sierra Nevada’s revered and influential brewmaster calls it a career

Sierra Nevada’s revered and influential brewmaster calls it a career

As legendary brewmaster Steve Dresler heads into retirement after 34 years at Sierra Nevada, now is as good a time as any to take a fresh look at a beer that doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. We’re talking about the Sierra Nevada pale ale and in many ways it’s a window into the way Dresler went about his work and the brewery grew into its greatness. When the pale ale...
JUST IN: 'A’ rated restaurant officially closes in downtown West Palm Beach

JUST IN: 'A’ rated restaurant officially closes in downtown West Palm Beach

Jardin, the unique restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach has officially closed, according to the eatery’s Facebook page. "It has been a great year meeting so many great chefs from the South Florida area...It has now come time for our chefs and owners to move forward on to new adventures. Jardin has closed its doors, but stay tuned to hear about the new endeavors that our chefs and...
Cool treats for the summer heat: Best local ice cream, gelato and ice pops

Cool treats for the summer heat: Best local ice cream, gelato and ice pops

As temperatures rise, so do cravings for ice cold sweets. Palm Beach County has plenty of options to cool you off, from gelato and frozen margaritas to popsicles and shakes. Here are a few options by city: More than 42 old-fashioned ice creams, yogurts, sorbets and sugarless treats. Palm Beach Ice Cream: Tequesta location: 239 U.S. Highway One, Tequesta, FL 33469  Phone: 561-744-6657...
Best Rooftop Bars in America: 2 Florida spots make the list

Best Rooftop Bars in America: 2 Florida spots make the list

There’s something about enjoying a fresh cocktail with some of your favorite people. But every satisfying part of that experience is taken to the next level when done from a rooftop. In a beautiful city, at that.  Thrillist curated a list of the best rooftop bars in America and two spots in our neighboring city, Miami, made the cut.  At #12, Sugar is highlighted for its backdrop view...
Yaxche Tearoom in Delray Beach offers transformative teas

Yaxche Tearoom in Delray Beach offers transformative teas

Looking for a place that offers 120 artisanal teas … and dozens of messages that you are loved? Try the Yaxche Tearoom, hidden behind lush trees on Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach. Wander into the colorful cottage, and you’re soothed by the display of healing crystals, artwork and inspirational signs: “You are loved” or “If You’re Waiting For A Sign This Is It&rdquo...
A love story for the ages: How socialite hot spot, Table 26, came to be

A love story for the ages: How socialite hot spot, Table 26, came to be

Hollywood romance films aren't only for the scripted. Just ask Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros, owners of West Palm Beach restaurant Table 26.  It was a Saturday — May 25, 1995 at 3:30 a.m. in New York City, to be exact. Schmidt, 25 then, had left a nightclub and was driving home when he stopped at a red light. As most drivers do, Schmidt casually looked side to side while waiting...
How to make tramezzini, the Italian sandwiches you can’t get here

How to make tramezzini, the Italian sandwiches you can’t get here

A midmorning snack along the street, off the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Soft slices of crust-less white bread stuffed with a mountain of chopped seafood — shrimp, squid, other lovelies of the sea, probably pulled from the giant market just up the calle — in a dressing, probably maionese, generous with chile heat. Somehow managing not to slop it all onto myself. Eaten standing up in the street...
Mushrooms: The joy of fungus

Mushrooms: The joy of fungus

Fungus is gross. It can’t help it. But no fungus is more fun than mushrooms, those powerfully flavored, spore-producing bites of goodness. With a huge selection of edible varieties, each with its own texture and nuance, mushrooms in general provide a delightful undertone of earthiness to every dish they enrich. They’re great in salads, perfect on pizzas and even better in omelets. But...
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