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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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At Chobani, adding flavor to yogurt while watching calories

At Chobani, adding flavor to yogurt while watching calories

Porter Z. Long, 25, is a research and development scientist for Chobani at its yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho. Q: What does your job entail? A: I create flavors for yogurt, taking an idea, such as mint chocolate, and developing it into a commercial product. Right now, I’m working on Flip products, which have mix-ins like nuts or seeds to add to the yogurt cup. Q: How did you get into this...
Have you tried the Whole Foods sandwich that went viral?

Have you tried the Whole Foods sandwich that went viral?

Anyone can get their hands on the latest buzzy food craze: You just walk up to the deli at a Whole Foods, tell them you want “that TTLA sandwich” and pay $8 at the cash register.  That is, unless the deli is out of the ingredients, particularly the vegan tempeh “bacon” strips that are stuffed into the sandwich. Between a viral video (vegan actress Tabitha Brown singing...
How an 80-pound goldendoodle helped build a California wine brand

How an 80-pound goldendoodle helped build a California wine brand

When Eric Story and Alison Smith-Story started their winery in 2014, they didn't follow any conventional path. An old saw advises that to make a small fortune in the wine industry, you should start with a large one. That was not an option, so they went the modern way. "We didn't have an inheritance, and we hadn't started and sold a software company," Alison explains. So they turned to Kickstarter...
I finally got my Bundt cake out of its pan. Here's how.

I finally got my Bundt cake out of its pan. Here's how.

In any compendium of foods that serve a crowd, the Bundt cake is a star. It is pretty, its number of slices can be stretched and it holds for days under cover, all of which makes it ideal for a house full of company or for carrying to a cake-worthy occasion. The Bundt was not always so ubiquitous. In 1966, Pillsbury Bake-Off judges awarded second place to a dessert called the Tunnel of Fudge Cake...
Some choice words for diabetes

Some choice words for diabetes

Type 2 diabetes was once known as adult-onset diabetes. But now that term is outdated: Increasingly it is a disease that begins in childhood. Between 2000 and 2009, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children jumped more than 30 percent — and it is climbing especially fast among children from poor and minority families. The prevalence of the disease doubled in the past decade among black children...
Communal tables catch on at Minnesota restaurants

Communal tables catch on at Minnesota restaurants

Minnesotans appear to be thawing out. In restaurants, anyway, where diners are slowly but surely embracing the communal dining table.   Dropping their chilly, arm’s-length practices, complete strangers are now willingly sitting next to one another — and testing the boundaries of their well-guarded personal space — as they enjoy a meal.   With solo diners, couples...

Restaurants struggle at intersection of food, politics

At Jardiniere restaurant in San Francisco, customer receipts currently feature a small note below the signature line, subtle enough that some diners might miss it. The fine print reads: “Immigrants make America great! They also cooked and served you dinner this evening.” The small political gesture from chef-owner Traci Des Jardins acknowledges the importance of immigrant labor in the...
Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year)

Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year)

For Christians, Lent is a time for quiet reflection. For austerity. For repentance.   But mostly it’s a time for fish.   Catholics and members of some other denominations choose to eat fish instead of meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday until Easter. (For the Orthodox denominations, Great Lent began Monday; adherents generally refrain from eating meat or fish on weekdays...
Casual Italian dining makes Sazio popular spot

Casual Italian dining makes Sazio popular spot

MENU The offerings are simple — appetizers, pizzas, salads, soups, pastas and sandwiches and wraps — each category boasting traditional favorites and items unique to the house. There are also homemade desserts, like cannolis. ATMOSPHERE The half-indoor half-outdoor dining space reminds me of a small, cozy home’s front patio or porch, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors welcoming an...
MidiCi brings cool vibe to pizza restaurant

MidiCi brings cool vibe to pizza restaurant

MENU MidiCi bills itself as “the Neapolitan pizza company,” so thin-crust pies are the star of the show. Pizza prices range from $8.45 to $14.25. MidiCi serves a standard margherita pie, along with specialty pizzas with toppings such as shrimp or chicken pesto. The menu also includes salads, cheese plates and meat plates. MidiCi serves beer, wine and coffee. ATMOSPHERE MidiCi is a hipper-than-usual...
Ways to find your inner Bourdain at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Ways to find your inner Bourdain at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach’s annual food-and-drink bacchanalia can prove overwhelming to even the geekiest of food geeks. Facing a schedule of 85-plus events and countless food and drink personalities, how does one begin to devour this thing?  More pressing question: With so many prime events sold out, can one still find tickets to any events worth attending? (Short answer: Yes.)  The good news is...
Is it ‘natural’? Consumers, and lawyers, want to know

Is it ‘natural’? Consumers, and lawyers, want to know

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumers products has been merchandise promoted as “natural.” Consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals to shampoos and baby wipes. But as a spate of lawsuits...
Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find the 'sweet spot'

Peanut butter helps West African-style stew find the 'sweet spot'

I am on a constant quest for exciting ways to hit what I call the "sweet spot," where delicious and healthy meet. Happily, there are endless such discoveries to be made by exploring cuisines from around the globe, and it's doubly nice when their ingredients are easily accessible as they are for this wonderful West African-inspired one-pot meal.  The stew's distinctive taste comes from...
Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal. Here are wines to have with it

Egg and pepper sandwich makes great Lenten meal. Here are wines to have with it

This spin on a Chicago Lenten classic is simple but also a little rich, so any wine that you match with it needs to stand up to that richness and not get bogged down by it. These three wines — a chardonnay-based Champagne plus a big rosé and a red on the lighter side, both from Italy — have the acidity to cut through, plus their own aromas and flavors to complement this Friday staple...
He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

He led a turnaround at Taco Bell. Can he do it at Chipotle?

Nacho fries! Tuscani Pasta! Chicken Alfredo! Posters and sales pitches for Taco Bell’s latest menu additions cover the windows of a store on a busy Manhattan block. At a nearby Chipotle, however, the signage was more subdued: “Now Open,” it read simply. The posters are a stark illustration of the deep divides between the two low-priced Mexican-food chains. Fast food — its stream...
Heat cut into Calif.’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

Heat cut into Calif.’s wine grape crush; some varieties flourished

California’s 2017 wine grape crush totaled slightly more than 4 million tons, down less than 1 percent from the 2016 total, according to a preliminary report released earlier this month by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.   The state’s preliminary report said the overall 2017 crush — including wine, raisin and table grapes — totaled 4.23 million...
This Oregon wine will challenge your ideas about what makes a pinot noir

This Oregon wine will challenge your ideas about what makes a pinot noir

If you're looking for a wine to challenge your preconceptions of what wine should taste like, have I got one for you. Then take comfort in a luscious California chardonnay or a couple vibrant whites from Italy and southern France. If dinner is casual, a nice savory red from Spain will fit the bill. Antiquum Farm Juel Pinot Noir 2015 3 stars Willamette Valley, Oregon, $45 Oregon pinot noir is my comfort...
Don’t love riesling? Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape

Don’t love riesling? Finger Lakes will make you rethink the maligned grape

In the continuing effort to spread the word that not all riesling is sweet, we now turn our focus to the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Of course, riesling is not the only grape grown in the Finger Lakes region. The area also turns out other whites, reds, rosés, sparklers and dessert wines. Furthermore, dry riesling is not the only style the grape variety is made into in the Finger...
Grandview Public Market: County’s first food hall opens  in West Palm

Grandview Public Market: County’s first food hall opens  in West Palm

An eclectic new food hall has transformed a once-stark, 14,000-square-foot warehouse in industrial West Palm Beach into a space awash in the aromas of a hot pizza, sizzling taco meats and freshly brewed coffee.  Grandview Public Market, the county’s first food hall, opens Tuesday.  The transformation from warehouse to urban marketplace (formerly known as Grange Hall) came...
A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

Nobody would mistake me for being hip and trendy. I have been wearing clogs - not the same pair, mind you - since the Ford administration. Yet I am YASSing and inserting heart emoji on behalf of the quarter sheet pan, which is surfing a wave of popularity. Deservedly so. There it is on social media, roasting a one-pan meal for two. Toasting a handful of nuts so tidily. Cradling a deep-dish pizza for...
Just in: Funky French bar opens in Northwood Village  

Just in: Funky French bar opens in Northwood Village  

The spirit of the South of France has come to Northwood Village in the form of Pétanque Kitchen & Bar, a funky restaurant and lounge that aims to be thoroughly “unconventional.” That’s the description offered by co-owner Olivier Delrieu, who dreamed up the place with this brother, Edouard Delrieu, as a tribute to their childhood summers.  The casual new spot opens at...
Local trend: Three fine dining restaurants offer new takeout lunch options

Local trend: Three fine dining restaurants offer new takeout lunch options

It’s a trend that pairs the posh with the pragmatic: local fine dining restaurants opening casual, grab-and-go counters.  Consider the newly opened market at Costa, the Mediterranean restaurant at the Esplanade plaza on Worth Avenue. The upscale, second-floor spot offers build-your-own bowls, sandwiches, salads, spreads, breads and juices – all for prices lower than what it would...
Licorice is an acquired taste

Licorice is an acquired taste

Love is complicated and uncontrollable and easily misunderstood. You never know when it will strike. You probably thought it was yucky when you were a kid - but then a few years later, maybe you found yourself head over heels, swooning. You have to nurture it, grow it, explore the world with your love! Love is grand and difficult, all at once. My love, in this particular case, is for black licorice...
Finding a lost strain of rice, and clues to slave cooking

Finding a lost strain of rice, and clues to slave cooking

Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much remains unknown about how millions of enslaved Africans used it in their kitchens and how it got to those kitchens to begin with. That’s what made the hill rice in Trinidad such a find. The fat, nutty grain, with its West African lineage and...
Nice surprises emerge from the rainy gloom of 2014

Nice surprises emerge from the rainy gloom of 2014

The early reports on the 2014 vintage through much of Europe were not optimistic: rain, lots of it. In some places, it lasted through the spring. In parts of Italy, it carried on through much of the growing season. Farmers depend on rain when it comes at the right time and in the right amount to keep their vines healthy. But too much, combined with warm temperatures and plenty of humidity, can be...
Why I’m obsessed with the Instant Pot’s home-cooking magic

Why I’m obsessed with the Instant Pot’s home-cooking magic

My Instant Pot obsession started innocently enough, with a resolution to finally crack down on processed food.   Guess what? Unprocessed food takes time and attention. A good pot of brown rice takes 45 minutes or more, and still didn’t soften enough to suit me. Steel-cut oats? There goes a half-hour and I scorched way too many pots because of other morning distractions.   ...
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this sizzling garlic steak

Garlic produces magic in many cuisines. With thoughts of the start of the Chinese New Year, I mixed it with soy sauce, brown sugar and peanuts for this quick Chinese Garlic Steak.  Shortcut tip: To make the meal even faster, buy beef cut for stir-frying at the market.   For the Asian Noodles, look for fresh or steamed Chinese noodles in the produce section. Sesame oil gives it a nutty...
In a cone or cake, Carvel still has the power to melt my heart

In a cone or cake, Carvel still has the power to melt my heart

I love white truffles, aged Japanese whiskey and other things a food person is supposed to love. But there's a 7-year-old inside me that swoons over Carvel, the soft-serve ice cream of my Queens childhood. Some treats are best as memories (eyes on you, Twinkies) or are upgraded by hipster interpretations (bakery pop-tarts). But even gourmets, churning out flavors like matcha and rose water, can't...
Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

Are you eschewing asparagus because of recent headlines suggesting that it raises your cancer risk?  Some recent research suggested that foods which contain high levels of asparagine, an amino acid, may be associated with the spread of breast cancer, as USA Today reported.   A study of lab mice found cutting levels of asparagine “dramatically” reduced the spread of triple-negative...
Chewy chocolate cookies that are only slightly over the top 

Chewy chocolate cookies that are only slightly over the top 

Back when I was in high school, there was a cafe in SoHo I loved for its over-the-top sweets. Billowing cakes towered over the counter, the cream cheese frosting between the layers thicker than the cakes themselves. They had golden coconut macaroons as big as my palm, and soup bowls full of rice pudding, mounded with thick, cinnamon-flecked whipped cream. But to my teenage self, the best treats of...
Jambalaya’s Cajun spice will warm your winter soul

Jambalaya’s Cajun spice will warm your winter soul

I know the colder months have me craving different foods, so I want you to cook along with me and try some of the recipes. A warm bowl of jambalaya is all you need to warm your soul.  Cajun food was never on my radar pre-Randy. It’s not a cuisine our Lebanese household ate, and there really aren’t very many restaurants to get Cajun cuisine around here. Randy used to make his sons...
Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a second chance

Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a second chance

Emily Hunt Turner went to law school to fight injustice and stand up for those who didn’t have a voice.   But when the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development attorney watched helplessly as an older, lower-income Minneapolis couple with a sterling rental record were legally evicted from their home after a 40-year-old criminal conviction surfaced, she decided to provide help and support...
The elegance of butter and soy

The elegance of butter and soy

Who knows who first mixed soy sauce and butter and discovered the pleasures the combination provides? Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten uses the mixture on thin steaks sautéed with ginger, and it’s incredible. Roy Choi, the Los Angeles restaurateur, advises sneaking a pat of butter and a splash of soy into instant ramen. And that is delicious. Try butter and soy on rice as a snack, put it...
Meat and potatoes made magical

Meat and potatoes made magical

For a special occasion, your best friend, sweetheart or spouse deserves the finest dinner you can produce. For many people, that means the simple luxury of steak and potatoes. Instead of going to a crowded restaurant, you can easily pull off this meal at home — and use the money you save by splurging on an expensive, top-quality cut like rib-eye or tenderloin or strip steak. Of the three choices...
With a tweak, comfort becomes more complete

With a tweak, comfort becomes more complete

Americans love their macaroni and cheese and continue to find ways to tweak recipes for it. We're blowing a timely kiss at this variation for several reasons: It is quick, its saucemaking has been simplified, and, by adding another beloved food to it, it offers more protein and less fat than a typical rendition. Its half-cup of hummus can be almost undetectable when the pureed chickpea dip is plain...
Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds

Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds

Although there have been countless opinions over the years about the importance of breakfast, researchers studying how it affects overall health are now saying that your mother was right when she told you it’s the most important meal of the day.  A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows a correlation between skipping breakfast or eating low-calorie breakfasts...
My mayo is a condiment without contrast, and beyond comparison

My mayo is a condiment without contrast, and beyond comparison

I had a white-bread childhood, at least at the table. My mother served meatloaf blanketed in Campbell's cream of mushroom concentrate, cooked-to-death broccoli-cream cheese casserole, "Texas salad" - and lots and lots of Wonder Bread. My favorite thing to put on slices of that fluffy, tasteless white loaf was just as white: an obscenely thick smear of Hellmann's mayonnaise. And nothing else...
Fish Fry-Day: a crispy fillet that’s perfect for Lent

Fish Fry-Day: a crispy fillet that’s perfect for Lent

There’s a subtle culinary dimension to one of the holiest seasons of the year: Lent, which began Wednesday, loves its fish and seafood dishes. The Christian tradition of abstaining from meat of warm-blooded animals nudges the meat-eating faithful toward the sea for sustenance. And the possibilities are not simply nourishing – they’re delicious.  How does one move beyond the...
Meet an Italian winery that makes $20 stunners

Meet an Italian winery that makes $20 stunners

Every now and then, I encounter a winery that excels with so many wines I don't know where to start in telling people about them. So consider this a blanket recommendation for Fratelli Rabino, a winery in Italy's Piemonte region, just a few miles west of Alba. That's the home of white truffles and Barolo, two luxury-priced items, but the Rabino family has found a sweet spot where they can produce...
How to make gnocchi extra — with arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

How to make gnocchi extra — with arugula, mushrooms and truffle salt

Extra means more, as well as more than more.  Tired of sidekick duty, chiming in on extra special and extra clean, extra is going solo. “She’s extra,” adults should note, means excessive.   Snide isn’t a full-time gig. Extra still works its day job, cheering on adjectives, redoubling the efforts of nouns. It notes that gnocchi, delicious solo, are extra delicious...
When Ellie Krieger makes a chocolate treat, she just crushes it

When Ellie Krieger makes a chocolate treat, she just crushes it

I have been making some variation of these chocolate haystacks for years now, and whenever I do, I feel a little sly because they are unexpectedly simple - and more healthful than they let on.  A melt-in-your-mouth chocolate confection with a cookielike crunch, the haystack comes across as exacting to make, yet all that's involved is coating shredded wheat cereal in melted chocolate and mounding...
A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia’s richest fisheries

A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia’s richest fisheries

 A fiery collision that sank an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea a month ago has resulted in an environmental threat that experts say is unlike any before: an almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in Asia, from China to Japan and beyond. It is the largest oil spill in decades, but the disaster has unfolded outside the glare...
Modern Korean recipes are perfect for your Winter Olympics watch party

Modern Korean recipes are perfect for your Winter Olympics watch party

“Everyday Korean” by Kim Sunee and Seung Hee Lee (Countryman Press, $17), offers bold and modern takes on classic Korean-American fare. Think kimchi bacon mac and cheese and gochujang sour cream. Nothing too difficult or intimidating. Here are two recipes from the book that we want to eat while watching this year’s Winter Olympics, held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.  &mdash...

Bakery’s unique cake goes viral after people mistake it for female body part

Nadia Cakes has deliciously sweet baked goods and even better comedic chops.   The bakery, with locations in Maple Grove and Woodbury, Minn., made a uniquely suggestive cake using pink fondant frosting with an oval cutout revealing an inside made of pink rock candy.   The winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” called it a geode cake. The internet saw something...
A canteen that elders count on is running out of time

A canteen that elders count on is running out of time

Ask the regulars seated at the sturdy, rectangular tables in the Staff Restaurant Billstedt, the cafeteria for workers in the basement of a municipal building in Hamburg, whether they have a favorite dish. They all give the same answer. “It’s all good,” insisted nearly a dozen patrons, most of them over 60, packing four rows of five tables each, when asked about their favorite meal...
Fresh, fast fare at Prep Kitchen Grab & Go

Fresh, fast fare at Prep Kitchen Grab & Go

MENU A simple, one-page menu offers a $6 soup of the day, $10 salads, $12 sandwiches and $5 desserts. Top a salad with grilled herb chicken or seared salmon for $4; with sliced avocado for $2. Salads and sandwiches offer great options for vegetarians. ATMOSPHERE While “Grab and Go” suggests it’s strictly takeout, that’s not the case. The restaurant is a bright, open, airy space...

Buttery, spicy stew/gravy the hallmark of Raughan Josh

This arrived last week from Randy Burnside, of Jupiter, one of my regular correspondents: “Once I visited a wonderful restaurant in Wellington, New Zealand, that had a delicious dish on the menu – ‘Rogan Josh.’ When I tried to find it on a local Indian restaurant’s menu, it wasn’t there, but when I ordered it by name they served it right away and it was delicious...
2018 Honda Classic: Best food and drinks in Palm Beach Gardens

2018 Honda Classic: Best food and drinks in Palm Beach Gardens

Starting today, the eyes of golf fans at PGA National will be fixed on the players competing for millions in prize money at this year’s Honda Classic. But a fan can’t live on golf alone, especially when there are decent culinary reasons to stray from the PGA greens during the week-long tournament.  And while the PGA National Resort offers excellent dining and drinking options...
Three things you should know about new Palm Beach restaurant Maven

Three things you should know about new Palm Beach restaurant Maven

Nantucket restaurateur David Silva has officially opened Maven, a restaurant serving Franco-American cuisine and located in the former Nick & Johnnie’s space at 207 Royal Poinciana Way. Maven’s menu is a mix of seafood, steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches; the restaurant is casual enough to grab a quick burger but upscale enough to settle into a dinner of lobster and white wine. As Maven...
Lunch bell: Our favorite lunch buffet is delicious, healthy and raw

Lunch bell: Our favorite lunch buffet is delicious, healthy and raw

My favorite local all-you-can-eat buffet offers no mac and cheese, no carved meats and no decadent desserts. Still, I can’t get enough of the spread at the Hippocrates Institute in suburban West Palm Beach. It’s surprisingly varied in options and flavors.  There, in a health-focused retreat that sprawls across 50 acres of tropical foliage with an often crunchy, new-age vibe,...
Happy Valentine’s Day: Eat your heart out with these sweet deals

Happy Valentine’s Day: Eat your heart out with these sweet deals

Valentine’s Day is made for dining out. Whether you want to spoil your sweetie or feast with a friend, here’s a list of indulge-worthy options. The three-course prix fixe feast includes Florida stone crab, oyster Rockefeller, Chilean seabass, Kona crusted veal chop, and desserts such as strawberry delice with pistachio jaconde. Cost is $175 and includes house Champagne. Offered from 5...
First look: Tony Roma’s barbecue restaurant at Hilton in West Palm

First look: Tony Roma’s barbecue restaurant at Hilton in West Palm

Chasing 1980s Miami memories of delicious baby back ribs, most of them consumed with a glass of “Burgundy,” we ventured to the new Tony Roma’s restaurant in West Palm Beach on a recent night. The new spot – Palm Beach County’s first Tony Roma’s location in a decade – is tucked into the Hilton Palm Beach Airport hotel in a space that’s anchored by a large...
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