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Best in dining 2016: The Post’s Critic’s Choice Awards

Dear 2016, you were a royal mess. You broke my heart more than once. You gave me good reason to fear the unknown – and the known. But you fed me. You fed me so very well. Yes, 2016 may have rattled us to the core as a planet. But on a community level, it gave wings to some of Palm Beach County’s most creative, independent souls. It was a better-than-good year for local cooking. This year&rsquo...

Great bites

10 local dishes worth seeking out
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Green acres

Swank family's blooming produce business attracts caravans of big-city cars
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20 delectable dining experiences

Our food editor's list of the best PB County restaurants
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A table with a view

The top al fresco dining spots in PB County
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Our Brunch Guide

50 must-try 'Sunday Funday' brunch parties in Palm Beach County
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Best waterfront restaurants

Top PB County spots to dock and dine
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Rye, a grain with ancient roots, is rising again

Rye, a grain with ancient roots, is rising again

Any adventurous eater who has wandered into the woods of modern Nordic cuisine has probably tripped over a loaf of rye bread. There is wonderfully chewy rugbrod at Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York, spice-scented Swedish limpa at Plaj in San Francisco, and darkly rugged toast at Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis. But none of it is the rye bread that most Americans know. Unlike...

Carnegie Deli, with a side of Knicks, lives on at the Garden

When the Carnegie Deli closed at the end of 2016, its customers mourned a paradise lost: mountains of meat, hills of knish, heaps of corned beef, receding into the past never to be retrieved. But there is still one place in New York where the dreams live on. Pastrami regained. Since the shuttering of the fabled eatery in Manhattan, some ravenous and enterprising New Yorkers have realized that the...
Some basic Italian we all can use

Some basic Italian we all can use

If you have been eyeing the bunches of broccoli rabe in your grocery store but passing them by because you are unsure how to cook this vegetable, here is your official cue to pick some up and discover something powerfully delicious and healthful. The accompanying recipe is like Broccoli Rabe 101: a basic preparation all cooks should have in their back pockets to serve as a side for just about any...
3 recipes from

3 recipes from "The Good Fork Cookbook"

4 servings MAKE AHEAD: You'll have leftover dressing, which can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. If you are concerned about a possible contamination risk from the eggs, use a pasteurized egg product. Adapted from "The Good Fork Cookbook," by Sohui Kim with Rachel Wharton (Abrams, 2016). For the dressing 1/4 cup (3/8 ounce) lightly packed, freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 large...
A Brooklyn chef reminds us why the hype began

A Brooklyn chef reminds us why the hype began

"The Good Fork Cookbook" By Sohui Kim with Rachel Wharton  Abrams  224 pp. $29.95 --- Brooklyn, the spiritual home of "makers" and hordes of bearded mixologists, is now not only a borough but also a brand. "Very Brooklyn," diners say (with either reverence or disdain) when they enter a coffeehouse or restaurant plastered with subway tile and reclaimed wood....
Everything old is new again

Everything old is new again

Once upon a time, in quaint wine villages throughout Europe, it was only natural that villagers consumed the local wine.  It was common for a family to stroll down to the neighborhood winery and stock up for a week or more by filling jugs and other containers with wine directly from a cask or tank. Modern conveniences, such as grocery stores or wine shops with bottled wines displayed in neat...
A Champagne for the ages

A Champagne for the ages

When Armand-Raphael Graser moved from his native Alsace, France, to the Champagne region in 1915, World War I was raging. He purchased a house built in 1772 and from there launched Champagne AR Lenoble in 1920.  Unlike many of his German neighbors, who had moved to Champagne in the 18th and 19th centuries, Graser chose not to use his own name for the wines he made, believing a German-sounding...

A shift to simpler fare

One way for a chef to shift culinary gears — an extreme one, perhaps — is to sell his restaurant and open a new place. In September, six months after Philip Howard relinquished the Square, which earned two Michelin stars for its precision and elegance and where life goes on under new owners, he and his business partner opened Elystan Street on a quiet corner in Chelsea. The décor...
South Florida Fair opens! 9 reasons you have to go

South Florida Fair opens! 9 reasons you have to go

The great thing about the new year isn’t just the “new you” that comes with it. It’s the South Florida Fair — in all its deep-fried, carnival-ride glory — from today, Jan. 13 to 29. Adult admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children’s admission is $5 in advance, $8 at the gate. Seniors, 60 and older, can get in for $7 in advance, $9...
This is one of the best lunch deals in Palm Beach County!

This is one of the best lunch deals in Palm Beach County!

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences. Three words about this restaurant’s value power: the lunch buffet. Think of it as a Latin-style “meat and three” instead of an all-you-can-eat situation. On any given day, you might find freshly roasted...
Quick winter dinner: Stir-fry and wine

Quick winter dinner: Stir-fry and wine

There’s not much that’s easier to whip up at home than a stir-fry. Match this one, rich with pork and vegetables, to a variety of wines; below, we have options both white and red. Each plays up different qualities of the dish — do you love mushrooms? In it for the pork? Want to tone down the heat? Choose accordingly, and enjoy. ——— Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok...
Your New Year’s resolution? Make these muffins

Your New Year’s resolution? Make these muffins

Luscious and thick glugs of custardy eggnog, spiked with three types of liquor, made spirits bright. Slices of rosy red rib roast, served with drippings-laden Yorkshire pudding, gave holiday plates heart-stopping heft. And crispy latkes, fried in pools of oil, were heaped with dollop after dollop of sour cream. But January is inevitable. Instead of remorse over a holiday season well spent, the best...

When to drink it? Check the chart.

Staring at the vintage chart in the February issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, my eyes began to blur. Red, purple, green, orange and blue squares merged into a vinous Rorschach test challenging me on which vintages to hold, drink or pour down the drain, with point scores showing the relative merits of each. The reputations of my palate and my cellar were at stake, if only in my own mind. Then I focused...
Why you should drink Champagne throughout the year, not just at New Year’s

Why you should drink Champagne throughout the year, not just at New Year’s

That Champagne toast you had at midnight on New Year’s Eve is fine. In fact, it’s great. I have had some memorable midnight toasts through the years. I’m sure you have too. But I’m also sure that I’ve had better ones at other times of the year. If you haven’t, I would recommend exploring that possibility in 2017. Fizzy wine on Dec. 31 is like chocolates on Feb....
4 wine recommendations

4 wine recommendations

Here are four delicious 2015 Beaujolais - just a hint of pleasures to come as more wines from this terrific vintage reach our market. As a bonus for palates looking for a richer wine, we add one from Turkey, combining indigenous and international grape varieties to create something special. --- Château des Capitans Juliénas 2015 Three stars. Beaujolais, France, $20 Rich and savory, this...
Swedish meatballs, from the comfort of home

Swedish meatballs, from the comfort of home

Last year, I read a multivolume Proustian novel about the life of Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard. The minutiae of his experience were the point of the book, elaborated in extravagant detail. Everything in his day-to-day life was there, every cigarette break, drinking spree and marital argument — everything, that is, but his meals. What did this guy eat? He mentions only one food with any...
New Year's (wine) wish list

New Year's (wine) wish list

You walk into a restaurant for a quick lunch and decide to have a glass of wine with your meal. The wine is served and you proceed to consume most of it before your food arrives. Do you order a second glass, or do you prudently decline because it's really too early to begin happy hour?  If it's me and I'm dining at one of my favorite San Diego haunts, Cafe Chloe, I follow the first glass of wine...
4 recipes for soup basics

4 recipes for soup basics

RECIPE: Roman Egg Drop Soup (Stracciatella alla Romana) Yield: About 6 servings Total time: About 25 minutes 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, diced Kosher salt 6 large eggs 1/2 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan, rind reserved, plus more for serving Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper 8 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade 2 tablespoons finely chopped...
These restaurants in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach are now offering lunch

These restaurants in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach are now offering lunch

From fancy to funky, central county’s lunch options have expanded in recent days.  In West Palm Beach’s Dixie Dining Corridor, the stylish Table 26 kicked off its lunch service Wednesday. Owners Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros are aiming to boost local “power lunch” options.  The menu is diverse, fairly extensive and tempting. It includes rare...
Which restaurant offers the best brunch in Palm Beach County?

Which restaurant offers the best brunch in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences. The best neighborhood trattoria around serves a delicious, chill Sunday brunch. I love the ultra-thin crepes known as “crespelle,” layered with fontina cheese, ham and béchamel sauce, then topped...
Lost Weekend, Kapow! spearhead Clematis changeover in West Palm Beach

Lost Weekend, Kapow! spearhead Clematis changeover in West Palm Beach

Alexandra Clough writes about the economy, real estate and the law. Two longtime restaurant and nightclub impresarios are feeling bullish on Clematis Street, despite the turnover taking place in West Palm Beach’s downtown dining district. Scott Frielich and Rodney Mayo are set to open two more restaurant/bars in the 500 block of the street in March. They are Lost Weekend, a popular pool hall...
The latest trend? Unlikely predictions

The latest trend? Unlikely predictions

According to the prognosticators at the Food Channel, we can expect to see unusual meats — they’re calling them “meats out of the mainstream” — on our tables this year. So, bison, lamb and some sort of ultra-fancy pork called Mangalitsa ($74.95 for 2.6 pounds of cured meat) are all coming down the pike this year. Maybe. It is notoriously difficult to predict the future...
These foods aren’t genetically modified but they are ‘edited’

These foods aren’t genetically modified but they are ‘edited’

In a few years, you could be eating the next generation of genetically altered foods — potatoes that do not turn brown or soybeans with a healthier mix of fatty acids. And you may have no idea that something is different, because there may be no mention on the labeling even after a law passed by Congress last year to disclose genetically modified ingredients takes effect. A new generation of...
Let’s eat: Yakisoba

Let’s eat: Yakisoba

In China and Japan on New Year’s Day, long noodles are considered a lucky food because they symbolize long life. This spicy-sweet yakisoba recipe from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is Japanese street food at its best — quick, easy and incredibly flavorful. It doesn’t take a lot of technique — just keep the ingredients moving — and you don’t even need a wok; a cast-iron...
Post-holiday blahs? Make this easy, soulful super-detox lentil soup

Post-holiday blahs? Make this easy, soulful super-detox lentil soup

Post-holiday food should never be about repentance. It should be about deliciousness and healthy renewal — clean eating at its best. That’s why, after New Year’s Eve revelry followed by an indulgent New Year’s Eve lunch (on the heels of Christmas feasts and other holiday parties), what I craved for dinner was a warming bowl of wholesome, chunky, vegan lentil-and-vegetable soup...

The beauty of a starfish larva at lunch

It was one of those lovely nights when the moonlight on Monterey Bay makes you wonder: What would happen if I put some microbeads in with the starfish larvae? At least that’s what you wonder if you are Manu Prakash, who runs a laboratory at Stanford University and is intrigued by the way life is shaped by the laws of physics. He was actually in a lab that night, with the bay just outside. He...
Just the thing to bake for the new year's 'lean' season

Just the thing to bake for the new year's 'lean' season

I don't care what the poets say about April being the cruelest month: I know they're wrong. For bakers, the cruel month is this one, January. It's the month when food magazine pictures go from whipped cream cakes to detox teas. A few days ago, everyone resolved to go on a diet, and now, even if your nearest and dearest will eventually eat what you've baked, they'll put up a fuss before they do. It'll...
The guide: mastering the basics of soup

The guide: mastering the basics of soup

Whatever the kind, all soups follow a similar road to deliciousness: Aromatics and main ingredients go into a pot, a liquid is added and the whole thing is simmered until done. While a good soup recipe is a great thing, their similar paths mean you don’t actually need one. — Before You Start Think about the bowl of soup you want to sit down to. Is it a brothy chicken noodle? A chunky minestrone...

'Clean eating' is a fuzzy term - and that's why it works

"Clean eating" is a phrase thrown around a lot in the health-and-wellness scene. I use it all the time. I like it because there's no formal definition, and it's not a one-size-fits-all plan. Let's face it: There isn't one perfect plan that will work for everyone, physiologically or behaviorally. Our bodies work differently from one another. Some physiologically need more fat, some need more...
How to get free Girl Scout cookies plus one S’more flavor

How to get free Girl Scout cookies plus one S’more flavor

Some good news: Girl Scout cookies, aka the cookies we wait for every year, go on sale Thursday, Jan. 19 through Sunday Feb. 12. at booths and on the mobile app. Some great news: There’s a one-day only promotion that gets you a FREE box.  On Friday, February 3rd, stop by any Duffy’s around town for Give a Box, Get a Box. The event supports Cookies for the Military...
This restaurant is the best indie restaurant in Palm Beach County!

This restaurant is the best indie restaurant in Palm Beach County!

Palm Beach Post Food Editor, Liz Balmaseda picked the best and brightest in dining for 2016 in the Critic’s Choice Awards. The selections are based on her 2016 dining experiences.   Restaurant owner Julien Gremaud wears many hats at his small, much celebrated restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach. He’s the executive chef, the pastry chef, the mastermind of party brunches, the fine-tuner...
Why comfort foods are so satisfying to body and soul

Why comfort foods are so satisfying to body and soul

The notion that some foods provide comfort is probably as old as the adult child of the first cook, who, having a bad day, prepared some dish remembered vividly from childhood. It’s likely that the dish was high in fat and carbohydrates, filling and satisfying. What that dish might actually be, of course, may depend on your gender — women tend to prefer sweets and snacks, while men prefer...

These Pop Tart-like pastries will make you feel like a kid again

For the past four years, I've written In Our Kitchen, a column on home cooking for the Times. It began as entries chronicling what went down in the tiny kitchen I shared with my boyfriend as we shook off the eating habits of our college days and learned to cook for ourselves.  We're now coming up on our second wedding anniversary, and we share a more spacious kitchen in a house we own. The way...
Dinner in 25 Minutes: Skip the salad, and turn your greens into soup

Dinner in 25 Minutes: Skip the salad, and turn your greens into soup

Submit a good cook to a blind tasting of salad greens, and he or she can probably recognize the types by their flavor or crunch. But I bet those same cooks might not think those flavors are strong enough to translate into soup. This recipe may be just the proving ground they need. It couldn't be simpler: broth, a mix of your favorite greens, a few aromatics and the mild creaminess of a Gorgonzola...
How one company eliminated food waste: The 'landfill can no longer be an option.'

How one company eliminated food waste: The 'landfill can no longer be an option.'

Those carrot tops you've lopped off are not garbage. Your snapped-off green-bean stems are not scraps. They are what Thomas McQuillan, sustainability director for Baldor, a specialty foods and produce distributor, calls sparcs - "scraps" spelled backward and pronounced like "sparks." And sparcs, despite popular assumption, are often just as edible as the rest of the fruit or vegetable...

Three ways to work more vegetables into your meals

Eating habits can turn gimmicky this time of year. When Jan. 1 hits, we often wake up from the sugar-laden dream that is December and recall with a cringe just how poorly we've eaten over the holidays. So we scramble, promising to eat more salads and less cakes, to cook often and quit the takeout.  Be careful not to take such a sharp turn as we begin a new year. If moderation is key when it comes...

Homemade salsa verde swirls up quickly for black bean tostadas

Our house has long been toasty on the bottom and cold on top for reasons we’ve never probed. In the parlance of the day, we’d shrug, “It is what it is.” Though we might have admitted, “What it is, is cold.” As winter settled in, the local listserve urged: Bleed the radiator. Violence solves little. And yet, the task sounded intriguing: Find radiator, insert key...
Can restaurants take a stand during inauguration without alienating Trump voters?

Can restaurants take a stand during inauguration without alienating Trump voters?

In a political environment where every action generates an equal and opposite reaction, restaurants that want to signal their discomfort with the policies of the incoming Trump administration have to orchestrate their moves carefully during inauguration weekend. Anything labeled, or just perceived, as a protest could meet with significant backlash. So this week, as Nando's Peri-Peri begins to hand...
Swank Farm kicks off brunch series

Swank Farm kicks off brunch series

The local brunch bustle will get a new, rural dimension Sunday when Swank Farm hosts the first in a series of farm brunches. And like some of the more popular brunches, it will be a casual, a la carte affair. In this one, however, you purchase a ticket for the dish of your choice.  “You can have one item or you can have five items,” says farm co-owner Jodi Swank.  Food and drink...
Goodbye Grub: Burger & Beer Joint closes CityPlace location, hints at new concept

Goodbye Grub: Burger & Beer Joint closes CityPlace location, hints at new concept

With a touch of intrigue, Burger & Beer Joint has closed its doors at CityPlace. A plaza guard stationed outside the fully furnished and seemingly stocked restaurant and bar said it was closed.  An announcement on the door, signed by “BNB FAMILY,” reads: “This store will be relocated. A new exciting concept will be in this place very soon.”   However, the Boca...
Video: New taco spot boasts ‘handsome’ tacos in Palm Beach Gardens!

Video: New taco spot boasts ‘handsome’ tacos in Palm Beach Gardens!