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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)...

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When it comes to choosing pie, apple is a flavor we can all agree on

When it comes to choosing pie, apple is a flavor we can all agree on

Apple first. That’s our policy. Special interests may back pumpkin, pecan or mincemeat. But citizens across the political spectrum agree on apple. That’s good news at the holidays, when we gather at one big table. ———  Prep: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus time to cool  Bake: 1 hour  Makes: One 9-inch pie (serves 8), plus 3 cups roasted sugar  Inspired by...
It’s holiday cookie time: 7 recipes to try

It’s holiday cookie time: 7 recipes to try

The merriment of the holidays is built on many things: Cheerful wishes of happiness and goodwill from strangers. Cultural memories of sleigh rides across fields of sparkling snow. Even the joy to be found in giving gifts to friends and loved ones. But really, what makes the holidays merry and bright are all the cookies. How could they not? Cookies are the ornaments that we hang on the Christmas tree...
A spinach lasagna worthy of a holiday feast

A spinach lasagna worthy of a holiday feast

Some pasta dishes are a breeze to make. Lasagna is not, and there is no getting around it. But it is absolutely worth the effort. Having a companion in the kitchen makes the process go much faster. That said, this particular lasagna can be achieved more quickly than some of the more elaborate and traditional ones made with a meaty Bolognese ragù or tiny meatballs. My spinach lasagna is composed...
A way too early prediction: Which 16 drivers make the 2018 NASCAR playoffs 

A way too early prediction: Which 16 drivers make the 2018 NASCAR playoffs 

Think about those stores that are unnecessarily early with their holiday decorations. The ones that put out Christmas trees in October and Halloween candy in August? Well, consider this the NASCAR version of those stores. The thing about those shops — and this piece — is that they do what they do for a reason. In the premature-decoration realm, that’s to drum up business from people...
Still sippin' on Courvoisier? It's time to try a brandy from closer to home.

Still sippin' on Courvoisier? It's time to try a brandy from closer to home.

Rachel Cole Gardner was working on her grandmother's farm in Upstate New York when she noticed some gangly apple trees around the property, trees that hadn't been pruned in years, adorned with tiny green bulbs. Curious, she tasted a few. "They were very bitter, very tart - blech! - but I ended up pulling down 10 to 15 pounds of them and bringing them back here," says Gardner, co-founder...
Comfort food you can make in 20 minutes? We're in, with melted butter.

Comfort food you can make in 20 minutes? We're in, with melted butter.

Here's a heartwarming plate full of familiar food with an unfamiliar name: koshary. It can be spelled and pronounced different ways and have other things mixed in, but the basics include rice, lentils and pasta. What sets this version apart from the rest, to my mind, is the last-minute drizzle of melted butter with crushed red pepper flakes. When that hits the fresh mint, the humble dish sings. It's...
The top 10 New York dishes of 2017

The top 10 New York dishes of 2017

The following items — eight dishes, one pastry and a cocktail — all reside in New York establishments that did not make the list of my favorite new restaurants of the year for one reason or another. Some come from places that aren’t eligible because they’re too old, or that were nudged out by other new restaurants I was more enthusiastic about. A few are standouts from restaurants...

Processed food primer for the new year

When is a processed food a good choice? Some would say never. But that's really not the case. Many processed foods offer good nutrition and convenience. The buzzword when it comes to healthy foods is to eat "whole" or "clean," choosing foods such as arugula, apples or avocadoes.  "I think there is a widespread misunderstanding that a processed food is unhealthy,"...
How smart should your kitchen be?

How smart should your kitchen be?

I have seen the kitchen of the future, and we’re all going to need a lot more counter space. The Smart Kitchen Summit convened in Seattle recently. The lanyarded crowd swarmed in and out of plenary sessions on topics such as “I, Chef-Bot: Applying AI to the World of Food & Cooking,” and talks like “You Are Eating Software.” The average attendee: white, male, mid-30s,...
5 sparkling wines from around the world to try, including a $15 cava

5 sparkling wines from around the world to try, including a $15 cava

Here is an assortment of sparkling wines, from top-notch grower champagne to basic good-value American fizz. Toss in a prodigious prosecco, a captivating cava and a scintillating sekt from Germany, and you have bubbly bursting in all its alliterative glory for the holidays. 3 stars This beautiful champagne provides convincing evidence of why the Cote des Blancs is revered for its remarkable expression...
Craving warm noodles in winter? Slurp this way.

Craving warm noodles in winter? Slurp this way.

I'll make this brief: Sometimes, nothing but noodles will do. It's chilly, I'm hungry, and all I want is to slurp up carbs from a bowl. Maybe it's spaghetti with a simple marinara sauce. Maybe it's a soup like ramen, where the noodles come first and the broth (and everything else) after. Or perhaps it's something in between. That's the appeal of a dish from "Veganomicon," whose 10th anniversary...
A new Roman restaurant with a young chef celebrates the classics

A new Roman restaurant with a young chef celebrates the classics

The ochre walls at Santo Palato are hung with loud, futurist-style posters embodying the stylized cubism of 1920s Italian art. This design scheme is more than a trendy aesthetic choice. It prefigures the menu’s bold and decisive flavors and signals that the dishes are clearly rooted in their location: the San Giovanni neighborhood southeast of central Rome, which was laid out during the fascist...
Top New York restaurants of 2017

Top New York restaurants of 2017

 Each December as I choose my favorite new restaurants of the year, I go slightly bonkers trying to find patterns. It must be a side effect of writing criticism on a weekly deadline, which forces me to focus on the task at hand. When I step back to look at the big picture in 12 months’ worth of reviews, my eyes have trouble adjusting to the light. The trouble is that my weekly column is...
Wines that resound in memory

Wines that resound in memory

For wine, “best” has little meaning. Ideally, every bottle opened will be the right one for that particular occasion, whether it is a $20 Oregon gamay or a $100 Champagne splurge. I’ve had a lot of best bottles this year, although not every one was memorable. Memorable wines strike notes beyond the glass. They stir emotions that forever link the wine and the occasion. They ought...
First look: New artsy French café opens on Clematis Street in West Palm

First look: New artsy French café opens on Clematis Street in West Palm

If you detect an artsy, free-spirited vibe when you enter Café Moderne, the weeks-old café on the 500 block of Clematis Street, it might be because the downtown West Palm Beach spot has a couple of siblings in Key West.  Café Moderne’s proprieters also own La Creperie and VIV wine bar in the carefree southernmost city. They landed in West Palm sometime...
Actually, you do want to know how this sausage gets made

Actually, you do want to know how this sausage gets made

When you slice into a salami, you are enjoying the fruits of some very small organisms’ labor. Like other dried sausages, salami is a fermented food. Its production involves a period where manufacturers allow microbes to work on the ground meat filling to create a bouquet of pungent, savory molecules. Traditionally, the bugs find their way to the sausage from the surrounding environment. But...
Herbs from the underground

Herbs from the underground

In the basement of a loft-style building in Tribeca that houses a vet, a dog swimming pool, an eye-and-ear infirmary and a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, there is a working farm. Farm.One is a hydroponic facility, which means the plants do not grow in soil. Many of these farms are located indoors, in controlled environments, with artificial lighting. The new two-room space, which opened in November...
My holiday tradition: making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

My holiday tradition: making a whole bunch of beef Wellington

For the past 20 years, my family has looked forward to a boat parade party hosted by some of our dearest friends. The hostess provides cocktails, appetizers, dinner, desserts and a trombone choir to perform from a balcony overlooking her pool. My favorite part of the evening, though, is always the tray of mini, homemade beef Wellingtons served before the main meal.  They are bite-sized bits of...
Floral, sunny rosé fights back winter’s chill

Floral, sunny rosé fights back winter’s chill

Several years ago, the sky ablaze with early-evening sunlight, a formidable selection of rosé bottles in front of me, I thought, “Maybe this time it’s for real.” That summer event was designed to promote rosé drinking, to impress upon people that there was nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of pink wine. The aim of such events was to suggest that rosé was actually...
Drinking away political woes? New NC beer helps fight gerrymandering

Drinking away political woes? New NC beer helps fight gerrymandering

Fullsteam Brewery is letting people protest while they drink, with a new beer called Purple State.  For every pint sold the brewery will donate $1 to Common Cause NC, a nonpartisan political watchdog group whose main goal is fighting against gerrymandering.  “North Carolina is diverse in thought, political beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds, and agricultural resources,” Fullsteam...
How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

How to saute mushrooms to crispy, browned perfection

Remember when Alice ate that mushroom in Wonderland? “What can all that green stuff be?’ said Alice. “And where have my shoulders got to? And oh, my poor hands, how is it I can’t see you?”  Oh, dearie, dear, dear. Poor Alice. If only she’d boned up on the works of Timothy Leary before she listened to that Caterpillar.  No bother, though, because our mushrooms...
Cozy C Street Café offers fresh menu choices

Cozy C Street Café offers fresh menu choices

MENU The breakfast menu is sizable, with various sandwich options, acai bowls, pastries, omelettes, coffee drinks, smoothies, pancakes and French toast. The lunch menu is extensive, with all kinds of cuisine options, including salads, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and flatbreads. Beer, wine and tapas are also offered. ATMOSPHERE The atmosphere is cozy with couches and large arm chairs. Lights...
Enjoy homemade dishes at The Royal Cafe

Enjoy homemade dishes at The Royal Cafe

MENU This popular breakfast and lunch spot has a large menu, and the biggest problem is making a decision. Among breakfast offerings are eggs, pancakes, waffles, Benedicts and omelettes. For lunch, there are soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken. ATMOSPHERE Warm and welcoming — and always busy. There are tables, booths and counter seating in this comfortable, friendly...
Hot spot: A December kind of bar awaits in iconic Lake Worth restaurant

Hot spot: A December kind of bar awaits in iconic Lake Worth restaurant

The scent of fresh rosemary floats above the clink of barware and finds our table at Bar Amaro, the stylish lounge located within Paradiso restaurant in Lake Worth. The woodsy herb is as fragrant as a drift of balsam fir at Christmas, which seems appropriate on this pre-holidays weekend night. This is a December type of bar, a civilized spot where the cocktails are festive and the bites are inspired...
Instant Pot 7-in-1 multi-cooker is hot for the holidays

Instant Pot 7-in-1 multi-cooker is hot for the holidays

Oh Instant Pot, Oh Instant Pot How faithful are thy functions  Perfect risotto every time  And pork roast finer than fine  Oh Instant Pot, Oh Instant Pot  How faithful are thy functions  Instant Pot, we think we love you.  No-stir creamy risotto in half the time. Dried beans that cook up plump and quick — no pre-soaking required. Pork roast with perfectly cooked...
Pasteles, a Puerto Rican tradition, have a special savor now

Pasteles, a Puerto Rican tradition, have a special savor now

After Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, it took two weeks for Harry Franqui-Rivera to reach his 76-year-old mother, Amelia Rivera de Franqui, by phone at her home on the island’s west coast. When he did, Franqui-Rivera, a history professor at Bloomfield College in New Jersey, found that her main concern was not the lack of electricity or running water. It was the loss of...

Toblerone vs. Poundland: a food fight with peaks and troughs

Call it the candy bar war that peaked. When the makers of the distinctive Swiss confection Toblerone reconfigured their triangular treat last year to slim down its hallmark summits and widen the valleys between them, a potential rival — Britain’s Poundland discount chain — saw a niche in the market. What Poundland perhaps did not anticipate was the battle of the brands that kept...
Why you should add cauliflower rice to a frittata, even if you don't like it

Why you should add cauliflower rice to a frittata, even if you don't like it

Do I like cauliflower as much as the next guy? Well, no. It's one of the cruciferous vegetables whose cooked aroma sends me running for the exit. But the oh-so-trendy riced variety, stirred into this frittata mix, works for me.  Here's why: Used raw, it adds a bit of healthful yet stealthful heft to the eggs, and it takes a back seat to the better-smelling trio of quickly sauteed onion, garlic...

The latest wait-in-line, Instagram-your-purchase status food: cheese tea

We've nearly made it through 2017, a year that gave us the unicorn frappuccino, pea milk, the gummy bear juice cleanse, pumpkin spice deodorant, and its greatest (worst) gift, microwaveable mug cakes for one. But just when you thought we were out of the woods, along comes 2017's final salvo: cheese tea. You are thinking: Those are two words that do not go together. Cheese! In tea! But we're not talking...
'Recipes are dead': What the future of cooking might look like

'Recipes are dead': What the future of cooking might look like

There will be no more cookbooks from chef Tyler Florence. Sure, you've welcomed him into your home through his books "Tyler Florence Fresh" and "Dinner at My Place," and such Food Network shows as "Tyler's Ultimate." But he will not print any more recipes. Why bother?  "I'll publish a cookbook and I'll have 125 recipes. People only use five," he said. And...
Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Every year around holiday time, there's an influx of articles about how to stick to your healthy eating goals and resist temptation. You may read about how to say no to second helpings, stop gobbling up fat-laden appetizers or alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water to combat calories. That advice is practical, but it focuses too much on what not to do. It could end up making you feel guilty...
Love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar? Re-create your own Bliss

Love the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar? Re-create your own Bliss

Peppermint white chocolate mochas and eggnog lattes are certainly top sellers this time of year at the 13,000-plus Starbucks outlets nationwide. But what lures many devotees into the nation’s largest coffee chain during November and December is the company’s seasonal baked-good behemoth, the Cranberry Bliss Bar.  And why not? It’s brilliant, and irresistible: a moist, dense...
Hanukkah cheese-basked pastries celebrate the story of Judith

Hanukkah cheese-basked pastries celebrate the story of Judith

At the culinary heart of Hanukkah (which begins at sundown Tuesday) are foods fried in oil to commemorate the triumph of the Maccabees, who won back their sacred temple, and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.  But there’s another Hanukkah story, not as well-known, that shifts the culinary narrative to a brave woman and her killer cheese. This story from the Book of Judith...

Winter creams

I almost missed my flight out of Charles de Gaulle once, when luggage scanners found one of my bags full of cartons of a liquid so dense it was almost solid. The tension finally broke with a murmur of approval from the security workers when they opened my bag. “Le blah blah l’Américain blah blah oui oui blahblahblah le Crème Anglaise.” Translation: “The American...
Kansas City greats create limited edition barbecue sauce with whiskey

Kansas City greats create limited edition barbecue sauce with whiskey

Guess which two Kansas City greats have teamed up to make a whiskey-infused barbecue sauce? If you guessed Joe’s Kansas City and J. Rieger & Co., you’d be on the money. Joe’s Kansas City Whiskey Bar-B-Que Sauce combines “two things that are great about Kansas City,” says Cary Taylor, Joe’s KC culinary director. But creating a balanced sauce was not as easy as pouring...
Bring on the spice. Cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be daunting.

Bring on the spice. Cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be daunting.

While spending two months in India in the early ‘80s, I fell in love with the cuisine, the culture and the people. From my travels, India has remained an impressive memory, one that gets reignited every time I smell the aroma of coriander, cumin, curry leaves, turmeric and garam masala in my kitchen. So I’ve been cooking food from Northern and Southern India for more than 15 years, and...
This NC county wants to make it easier to grow (and eat) local food

This NC county wants to make it easier to grow (and eat) local food

Wake County is known for its technology companies and urbanizing communities, but elected leaders want to boost a lower-profile economic driver: farming. Using language familiar to start-up culture — words like “incubation” and “entrepreneurship” — Wake commissioners want to provide opportunities for the next generation of farmers as land continues to become more...
Light, fresh wines to match braised trout recipe

Light, fresh wines to match braised trout recipe

This dish is light and clean, and calls out for wines that are the same. Three selections — a Champagne, a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand and a gruner veltliner from California — will complement the braising citrus and still be fresh and light enough not to overpower the fish itself. Make this: Orange-Braised Trout Heat oven broiler. Fillet 2 whole rainbow trout; place fillets skin side...
Cocktails only a local could love

Cocktails only a local could love

Coca-Cola North America recently announced that it had purchased the U.S. rights to Topo Chico, the Mexican mineral water that is popular along the border. Could this mean that ranch water — a mix of tequila, lime juice and Topo Chico — will soon become a coast-to-coast craze in America? Probably not, because ranch water has thus far proved a stubbornly local drink, primarily consumed...
Celebrate casserole season with a humble bean gratin you’ll brag about

Celebrate casserole season with a humble bean gratin you’ll brag about

Beans are fine fellows. Hearty, wholesome, humble. The old-kind humble — hard workers who sidestep the spotlight. As opposed to the new kind of humble. Now, every promotion, book deal and Oscar is met with #humble. Seriously? Do these overachievers own dictionaries? Humble and brag cancel each other out. The practitioner of actual humility might drop the hashtag, pick up a spoon and dig into...
Could durian be the worst-tasting thing in the world?

Could durian be the worst-tasting thing in the world?

How bad could it be? I have been intrigued by durians for years, ever since I first heard them described on the radio. Some people, the report said, find the durian the best-tasting fruit in the world. No, more than that, they think it is the best-tasting food in the world. But others — and the radio guy hinted they may be in the vast majority — think the distinctive fruit from Southeast...

Pork Medallions with Red Berry Sauce and Mixed-Herb Angel Hair Pasta

This Red Berry Sauce is simple and tangy and goes great with pork medallions. The sauce is thickened by pureeing cranberries in a blender or food processor. It’s a great way to use any leftover berries from Thanksgiving. The pork medallions are made by cutting 1-inch slices from a pork tenderloin. Delicate fresh angel hair pasta takes only a minute to cook. If it cooks too long, it will clump...
This east Sweet Potato Pie tastes like popular Patti LaBelle version

This east Sweet Potato Pie tastes like popular Patti LaBelle version

At a Walmart, I spotted boxes of Patti LaBelle’s Sweet Potato Pies. Two years ago the pies, sold exclusively at Walmart, were scarce. It was all due to a video by James Wright of California at that time, who made a YouTube video of his review of what he refers to as “Patti’s Pie.” Since then, the video has been viewed more than 5.5 million times. Wright’s video was hilarious...
Fluffy frittata is tasty and quick

Fluffy frittata is tasty and quick

Cheese, red bell pepper and spicy, garlic potatoes make a tasty, vegetarian, quick dinner. The secret to a fluffy frittata is to let it cook slowly. The top is finished in the broiler. Chipotle chili powder is used in the recipe. Chipotle peppers are a red jalapeno chili that is ripened, dried and smoked. Powdered chipotle can be found in the spice section of the market. It gives a smoky flavor to...
Best restaurants for Christmas Eve and Christmas in Palm Beach County

Best restaurants for Christmas Eve and Christmas in Palm Beach County

Not in the mood to cook on Christmas eve or Christmas day? These restaurants have you covered. Here are a few of the best dining offerings around Palm Beach County. Prices are listed without the expected tax and tip. The Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant, in downtown West Palm is offering a special order-and-take Christmas dinner option. The prepared meal includes an Australian leg...
Farm and dine: 3 can’t-miss events at Swank Farms this season

Farm and dine: 3 can’t-miss events at Swank Farms this season

Some years ago, Darrin and Jodi Swank expanded the functions of their Loxahatchee Groves farm to include seasonal, chef-driven, Sunday feasts. This season, they’ve expanded even further to host a new “Master Chef” dinner series on Saturday nights during the growing season. And they’ve also added a casual Sunday brunch series.  This promises to be a busy season beneath...
In final deal for Goodell, NFL gets continuity

In final deal for Goodell, NFL gets continuity

When the NFL owners signed off on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s five-year extension, two important things happened: Goodell made it clear this would be his last deal with the league, and league owners took a moment to figure out exactly what they will get for the hundreds of millions they have committed to him during the next seven years. In a word, continuity, numerous owners said, and the start...
One of the best restaurants in America is right here in Palm Beach

One of the best restaurants in America is right here in Palm Beach

It’s that time of year when ‘best of’ lists for 2017 are complied for all types of things, from best bites to favorite foods. And OpenTable just revealed one of the big ones: The 100 Best Restaurants in American for 2017. The list from the online restaurant reservation service reflects the opinions of more than 12 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 26,0000...
UPDATE: Popular Indian restaurant in West Palm temporarily closed

UPDATE: Popular Indian restaurant in West Palm temporarily closed

Indus, the popular Indian restaurant among the business lunch crowd in West Palm, has temporarily closed. The restaurant’s website states they are closed until further notice due to repairs and renovations. In an email from the restaurant, a representative says they hope to reopen within two weeks. The eatery, located east of I-95, just off Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, offered a diverse lunch...
Would you try a marijuana-infused beer? Lake Park’s newest spot has one

Would you try a marijuana-infused beer? Lake Park’s newest spot has one

There’s a new pub in Lake Park that made our heads turn this weekend. Because that’s what’ll happen to you when you hear about a marijuana-infused craft beer.  Brick & Barrel Gastro Pub calls the creation “Devour-Apricot Haze.” It’s a Berliner with cannabis oil. But don’t worry — it’s all flavor. The THC and CBD have been removed from the...
An underrated fish meets its match

An underrated fish meets its match

It took me several weeks to open a bottle of lemon olive oil someone gave me as a gift. Every so often, I would move the bottle out of the way to wipe crumbs off the counter, but I didn’t dare twist open the top. I knew once I did, I’d end up pouring it compulsively on everything. Vying for attention next to the regular olive oils — the good one for sautéing, the better one...
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