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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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‘Froyo’ and ‘Siracha’ are now in the dictionary. What took so long?

‘Froyo’ and ‘Siracha’ are now in the dictionary. What took so long?

This is the life cycle of a food trend: First, it starts bubbling up in cool boutique shops in New York or Los Angeles or San Francisco, and then every city in America has it. It goes mass-market, then there's a backlash, and then a backlash to the backlash, and eventually, if it's something truly enduring, it ends up where froyo finds itself today: In the dictionary. The abbreviation for frozen yogurt...
Goodbye Grub: This restaurant has closed in Jupiter Farms

Goodbye Grub: This restaurant has closed in Jupiter Farms

Tabica Grill, a north county institution for two decades, closed its doors earlier this week. The restaurant, popular for its beer and wine dinners, had relocated to Jupiter Farms last spring from its 20-year location some five miles east on Indiantown Road.   The move proved difficult. The recent storm delivered the final blow, according to the announcement posted on the restaurant&rsquo...
Nestlé targets high-end coffee by taking majority stake in Blue Bottle

Nestlé targets high-end coffee by taking majority stake in Blue Bottle

In 2002, James Freeman gave up on being a professional clarinetist and began pursuing his other passion, roasting coffee. Freeman started out in a 183-square-foot potting shed in Oakland, California, and named his newborn business Blue Bottle Coffee, after a storied Viennese coffee house. Fifteen years later, Blue Bottle has grown beyond a one-man coffee shop. It is now one of the best-known purveyors...
After Irma, USDA grants free meals for Tampa area school districts

After Irma, USDA grants free meals for Tampa area school districts

Students across Florida returned to school Monday, still reeling from power outages and food shortages caused by Hurricane Irma. To help families still in a bind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that students in 48 school districts across the state, including those in the Tampa Bay area, will receive free breakfast and lunch until Oct. 20. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam...
Cooking challenge: Hosting a pizza dinner party

Cooking challenge: Hosting a pizza dinner party

"Have been toying with the idea of Squid Ink Ramen," I text my friends. "Thoughts?" I'm planning my first dinner party. But as I quickly learn, if you invite your friends for Squid Ink Ramen, they will decline. (Except for Tori, who texts me: "If you really want to do squid ink I'll try it for you," followed by crying emojis. Get yourself a friend like Tori, guys.) "...
Exceptional eggplant: 4 great recipes

Exceptional eggplant: 4 great recipes

Let’s face it, eggplant is weird. It has a funny shape. It has a funny name. It has a funny taste.  It is an all-or-nothing vegetable (technically, it’s a fruit, but let’s not go there). You either love it or you hate it.  I happen to love it. I love its mushy texture and the disconcerting way it has of absorbing all the oil you cook it in. I love the different shapes it...
Country-style pork ribs, amplified, make a terrific Sunday meal

Country-style pork ribs, amplified, make a terrific Sunday meal

Nomenclature-wise, country-style pork ribs are a mystery. They don't come from the rib section of the animal, and they are often sold boneless. But tastewise, they make all the sense in the world. Delicious to a fault and wonderfully moist, these "ribs" look like thick and fatty pork chops. If you have never tried them before, you are in for a treat.  You can cook this cut a bunch of...
Re-creating old whiskeys when you don’t quite know how they tasted

Re-creating old whiskeys when you don’t quite know how they tasted

Robin Coupar, senior brand manager for the fine whiskies portfolio at Campari America, knows how the distilleries that produced pre-Prohibition bourbons like Old Ripy and Bond & Lillard described their whiskeys. But he isn’t sure how they actually tasted. Neither is Norm Matella, Campari America’s North American technical center manager. Nor is anyone else involved in Campari’s Whiskey...
World hunger worsens as war, climate shocks hit food access

World hunger worsens as war, climate shocks hit food access

The number of people suffering from hunger last year rose at the fastest pace since at least the beginning of this century as conflicts and climate-related issues curbed access to food. Those categorized as hungry increased by about 38 million to 815 million in 2016, accounting for 11 percent of the global population, according to a report from the United Nations. The findings also show that food...
In the mood for wine: Where and how you enjoy it affects what you think

In the mood for wine: Where and how you enjoy it affects what you think

What if you had to name the best thing you’ve ever eaten? One favorite dish among all of the dishes you have enjoyed in your life. Think about it for a second, and pay attention to where your mind goes. Where did you even begin? A rapid-fire inventory of all the fancy restaurants you’ve been to? Vacation dinners? Childhood lunches? Romantic rendezvous?  I had to do it years ago, on...
I used every pumpkin spice product I could find for a week 

I used every pumpkin spice product I could find for a week 

Pumpkin spice is not a flavor, it's a lifestyle. Its mantra is the crackle of fallen leaves and bonfires. "Sweater weather" is its holy creed. The pumpkin spice life, like its coffee, is sweet, and you are always #thankful for your #blessings. It was never really about that particular blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and allspice, but how it makes us feel: warm, nostalgic, loved...
We couldn't stop eating this chicken salad

We couldn't stop eating this chicken salad

This salad of shredded chicken tossed with a colorful slaw of red bell pepper, green cabbage and carrot is designed to hold up well in the refrigerator, so it is an ideal make-ahead dinner, packed lunch or potluck party dish. The key is to store its aromatic and Asian-inspired dressing separately, then toss it with the salad within several hours, or right before serving, so all the components stay...
Chia seeds make eating healthy a crunchy delight

Chia seeds make eating healthy a crunchy delight

I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. Besides being allergic to everything most people eat for breakfast, it’s just not my meal. Dinner is my favorite meal. I absolutely love to eat, but I’m not a morning person and rarely do I rise with enough time to really cook or leisurely eat. I can hear my Gigi saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and I&rsquo...
Hold the egg sandwich: Egyptian TV is calling

Hold the egg sandwich: Egyptian TV is calling

Every other day or so, Hatem El-Gamasy connects to a news audience nearly halfway around the world, delivering hot takes on U.S. politics, live from New York, but on Egyptian television. When the broadcast ends, he slips out his earpieces, opens the door of his makeshift studio and returns to his day job. “You want ketchup on that?” he said to a customer on a recent morning. “Extra...
Cake is his ‘art.’ Does that mean he can deny one to a gay couple?

Cake is his ‘art.’ Does that mean he can deny one to a gay couple?

Jack Phillips bakes beautiful cakes, and it is not a stretch to call him an artist. Five years ago, in a decision that has led to a Supreme Court showdown, he refused to use his skills to make a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, saying it would violate his Christian faith and hijack his right to express himself. “It’s more than just a cake,” he said at his bakery one...
Here’s the cookbook for parents tackling back-to-school meal planning

Here’s the cookbook for parents tackling back-to-school meal planning

As a working parent of a 4-year-old, some of the things I Google most are: “meal planning strategies,” “sandwich ideas” and “how to make overnight oats taste good.” During my work hours as a food editor I may produce stories about pairing wines with homemade paella or smoking a brisket for an entire day, but that is generally not what’s happening in my house...
Recipe of the week: Genius Ginger Fried Rice

Recipe of the week: Genius Ginger Fried Rice

I could live on rice. It may seem an unnecessary declaration coming from a woman of Cuban roots – my people are rice-obsessed, as you may know. But my rice cravings stray well beyond the white, long-grain variety that’s de rigueur on Cuban tables.  Granted, few dishes are more perfect than a fluffy mound of white rice that’s drizzled with a touch of good Spanish olive oil. And...
Their goal: Wines that taste more like Chile and less like everywhere else

Their goal: Wines that taste more like Chile and less like everywhere else

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of south-central Chile in the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2010, causing widespread damage throughout much of the country. At the 123-year-old cellars of Santa Carolina winery in the Macul neighborhood on the outskirts of Santiago, the capital, the temblor also opened a door onto Chile's past. When winery employees arrived to inspect the damage,...
As jellyfish swarm the seas off Italy, a fix emerges: try ragu, or sashimi

As jellyfish swarm the seas off Italy, a fix emerges: try ragu, or sashimi

As a small boat loaded with wet suits, lab equipment and empty coolers drifted into the warm turquoise sea, Stefano Piraino looked back at the sunbathers on the beach and explained why none of them set foot in the water. “They know the jellyfish are here,” said Piraino, a professor of zoology at the University of Salento. While tourists throughout Europe seek out Apulia, in Italy&rsquo...
Boxed cake mix sweetens life in far-flung regions of Alaska 

Boxed cake mix sweetens life in far-flung regions of Alaska 

In a modest boardinghouse on an Alaskan island just 30 miles across the sea from Russia, a handwritten order form hangs on the refrigerator. There are photos of cakes a few women in this village can make for you: rectangles of yellow cake and devil’s food enrobed in buttercream, with local nicknames piped out in pink. “Happy Birthday Bop-Bop,” one reads. Another, “Happy Birthday...
The no-hassle, just-right meal for a midweek Jewish New Year celebration

The no-hassle, just-right meal for a midweek Jewish New Year celebration

When the Jewish New Year falls midweek, as it does this year at sundown Wednesday, the effort to make a fitting meal comes with extra challenges. The gracious invitation to a communal gathering might run up against homework, dog walks and work deadlines, so the family cook who wants to partake of "simanim" - Hebrew for the many symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah - might spend the previous weekend...
How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food

How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food

Children’s squeals rang through the muggy morning air as a woman pushed a gleaming white cart along pitted, trash-strewn streets. She was making deliveries to some of the poorest households in this seaside city, bringing pudding, cookies and other packaged foods to the customers on her sales route. Celene da Silva, 29, is one of thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé, helping the...

Food safety first 

So many families have been affected by Harvey and Irma, and unfortunately, the hurricane season isn't over yet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and foodsafety.gov offer guidance on food safety issues after a hurricane or flooding, as detailed below. The first order of business in cleaning up after a disaster is to assess all food and equipment to determine what should be kept or thrown away...
What to do with all that zucchini

What to do with all that zucchini

Give a man a zucchini and he will eat for a day. Give a man a zucchini plant, and he will wind up with so much zucchini he won’t know what to do with it, and he’ll probably end up resenting you. Fortunately, zucchini is so versatile it can be used in a seemingly endless variety of dishes. Nevertheless, everyone with too much zucchini usually just ends up making zucchini bread. We try to...
Tin Fish seafood dishes a great catch

Tin Fish seafood dishes a great catch

MENU Seafood, chicken, burgers, burritos, tacos, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, pasta, chowder. ATMOSPHERE Casual and upbeat, with a sports-bar theme and live music on Thursday through Saturday nights. There are four large-screen TVs broadcasting more than the usual sports selection, and a small counter up front for dining on the run. Food is delivered picnic-style, in a platter with checkered paper...
Get your Greek on at Souvlaki Grill

Get your Greek on at Souvlaki Grill

MENU Greek fare includes all the favorites, such as gyros, spanakopita and mousaka. Choices for souvlaki include pork, chicken, lamb, beef, dolphin or shrimp, which can be ordered as a skewer, sandwich or platter. Sides include stuffed grape leaves. hummus and tabuleh. Not a fan of Greek cuisine? Choose a hot dog, burger or tuna salad instead. ATMOSPHERE Expect a small, bustling dining room. There&rsquo...
‘Salt Bae’ chef will bring his steakhouse (and sprinkling skills) to Miami  

‘Salt Bae’ chef will bring his steakhouse (and sprinkling skills) to Miami  

Welcome to Miami, Salt Bae. Make yourself at home. Sprinkle your dramatic stardust on a dining scene that often takes itself too seriously. They need you, Bae. They’re drowning in overly branded hipdom. Branding – you know branding, Chef Nusret Gökçe. You’re a lean, meme-generating machine. Many will chuckle when you open your first U.S. steakhouse in Miami next month...
Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ dinner is served. Don’t come hungry.

Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ dinner is served. Don’t come hungry.

Halfway through “Oh My Sweet Land,” the writer-director Amir Nizar Zuabi’s wrenching and shrewd solo show, you will begin to worry about the onions. You have heard them sizzle in the pan, seen the steam rise up, smelled the sweet-savory aroma. And then you should have forgotten those onions, because the unnamed woman frying them (a ferocious and radiant Nadine Malouf) is telling...
Note from chef: Meal delivery business also delivers immigrant stories

Note from chef: Meal delivery business also delivers immigrant stories

Two rectangular cards are stuck on Rachel May's refrigerator door in her Washington apartment. Each card has a small picture of a Syrian refugee chef and a short bio. On the back is a personalized message: "I hope you enjoy the hummus. I made it fresh today," one says. The cards came with food May ordered from Foodhini, a year-old meal delivery service that hires immigrant and refugee chefs...
Drew Nieporent may be the last old-school restaurateur standing

Drew Nieporent may be the last old-school restaurateur standing

Even as a kid, he didn’t eat like one. For sure, at 5 or 6 he’d kick his older brother, Tracy, under the table whenever his parents took the family to restaurants, but mostly he was paying attention, learning about the food of a time in Manhattan when the top restaurants served German, Swiss or other cuisines that are infrequently celebrated these days. Drew Nieporent was born in 1955...
Rethinking Temecula

Rethinking Temecula

In the southwest corner of California's Riverside County, a scant one-hour drive from San Diego, the Temecula Valley wine country enjoys a surging popularity among day-trippers from densely populated Southern California. The rolling hills of Temecula Valley, east of Old Town Temecula, are home to more than 30 wineries. Many of them have excellent restaurants. In fact, in 2016, Leoness Cellars was...
Best Bites: Clancy’s Hatch Green Chili Party Mix

Best Bites: Clancy’s Hatch Green Chili Party Mix

Is it any wonder that everyone who likes hot food particularly enjoys hatch green chilis? Their deep, rich flavor is unique, which is why it makes so much sense for the folks at Clancy’s to sprinkle it over a traditional party mix (think Chex cereal). It makes a delightful change of pace and would go, one assumes, exceptionally well with beer. Size: 13 ounces  Cost: $1.99  Available...
This may become your new favorite way to cook portobello mushrooms

This may become your new favorite way to cook portobello mushrooms

I love a chef who takes as much care with vegetables as with meat and seafood. And I don't mean he or she can make a mean salad or stir-fry - dishes that, as delicious as they can be, often combine lots of produce into a single mélange. I'm thinking instead of recipes that demonstrate a focus on the technique of cooking a particular vegetable in a way that makes it shine on the plate. That's...
Are you smarter than a fifth-grade pitmaster?

Are you smarter than a fifth-grade pitmaster?

What is a rub? Where does a hamburger come from? What’s the best internal temperature for a steak? How do you make those criss-cross grill marks on your KC strip steak? These are a few of the burning barbecue questions we posed to these precocious and pint-sized participants of the Kids Que, a cooking contest for kids ages 6 to 12 at The American Royal World Series of Barbecue.  Cool under...

Instant Parma

I have an eggplant Parmesan recipe that’s mostly local, even in the middle of winter, and so quick and easy to prepare it could qualify as fast food. Like many of my recipes, this one arose from having seasonal abundance of certain ingredients on my hands. In this case, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini. For years, I solved this puzzle by making massive quantities of ratatouille, so much that...
Get a potluck started with chorizo pate, corn fritters, zucchini tart

Get a potluck started with chorizo pate, corn fritters, zucchini tart

Nothing gets a party started like a variety of tasty small plates that can be passed among guests during cocktail hour to whet the appetite. The perfect mix includes something savory for the omnivores, as well as meat-free bites for the vegetarians. The best potluck appetizers are easy to transport and don’t require much assembly once you arrive — you want them to arrive just as beautiful...
How millennials are reviving the ‘underdog fruit’

How millennials are reviving the ‘underdog fruit’

A lot can happen in the prune business over 100 years. You can lose your biggest export market in the run-up to World War II, yet rally in the postwar era to see almost half of your product shipped abroad. Your prunes can seem lost amid California’s massive agriculture industry, but a 21st century surge boosts annual sales to around $325 million. You watch your product go from being perceived...
White, rosé or red, many wines match grilled salmon

White, rosé or red, many wines match grilled salmon

Coax out the dish’s dill with the herbal and floral qualities of a soave, go more hearty with a complementing rosé, or opt for the bold fruit and brooding earthiness of the little known red grape variety persan. Red wine with fish? Yes. Pink wine and white wine, too. Make this: Grilled Salmon with Dill In a bowl, whisk together 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, 1/2 teaspoon...
Peach cake a perfect dessert

Peach cake a perfect dessert

Say “good” and the antonym shoots back “bad.” That’s the sort of word it is: oppositional, defiant, difficult. It must be tough on the thesaurus, parenting a pack of antonyms. The synonym, on the other hand, plays well with others. Say “good” and it chimes in with pleasing, lovely, delightful. Warming to the subject, it goes on: ripe peaches on a sunny afternoon...
What you need to know about sangiovese, Italy’s biggest-selling grape

What you need to know about sangiovese, Italy’s biggest-selling grape

Sangiovese is Italy’s numero uno grape. Forget about across-the-board quality, or mystique, or any other subjective, debatable factor you can think of, and just focus on volume. No other grape variety, red or white — and there are hundreds of Italian grape varieties — is grown or made into more wine in Italy than sangiovese, the red grape whose name translates to the “blood...
Rich, sweet end to a Thai meal

Rich, sweet end to a Thai meal

Sarintip “Jazz” Sing-sanong is standing over a pot of tea, watching the water take on a burnt ocher color as the mixture gently simmers. “Careful you don’t overcook,” she says, “or the tea will be bitter.” The owner of Jitlada, the beloved Hollywood southern Thai restaurant and a mainstay on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants List, is in The Times&rsquo...
Recipe of the Week: Polish potato cakes with creamy chanterelles

Recipe of the Week: Polish potato cakes with creamy chanterelles

If pierogi are the only Polish food you’ve tried, here’s a chance to expand your terrain. The London-based food writer Zuza Zak grew up cooking with her grandmother in the Polish countryside, and in her new book, “Polska: New Polish Cooking” (Quadrille, $35), she shares many of those recipes and stories through the eyes of a millennial wanting to preserve her heritage. The...
Beginning cook? Start with brunch

Beginning cook? Start with brunch

So you’re at that place in your life where you want to start cooking and entertaining at home. Awesome. We can definitely help you get there. But what to cook? Make brunch. It’s a good place to start your venture in preparing food and hosting friends and family. Brunch is a casual, relaxed meal that’s served all at once, eliminating the potential of panic in making a big multicourse...
Test Kitchen recipe: The perfect marinade for the last summer grilling

Test Kitchen recipe: The perfect marinade for the last summer grilling

Q: A marinade recipe for marinating 12 chicken breasts calls for the juice of 6 lemons. Can I substitute lime juice or vinegar? How much? — Kathi Tippery A: In general, you can substitute either one as the acid part of the marinade. The rule -of-thumb ratio for marinades is 3-to-1, three parts oil and 1 part acid. For example, you would mix 1 cup oil (olive, canola, or vegetable) and ? cup acid...
Review: Buccan specializes in complex tapas-size offerings to share

Review: Buccan specializes in complex tapas-size offerings to share

There's a current of cool that sweeps throughout Bûccan, the delightful bistro that has been the buzz of Palm Beach since opening earlier this year.   The aromas of an open kitchen stream out into the bustling dining room and bar, where most seats are filled well before 8 p.m. Getting a table here in season is a feat, which is why we wound up sitting at the long, high-top communal...
Micheladas: What they are and why you need one right now

Micheladas: What they are and why you need one right now

So I walk into a bar a few weeks ago in downtown West Palm Beach. I order a Michelada (mee-che-LAH-dah). I wait. I hadn’t indulged in the Mexican Bloody Mary in more than a year. The waiter comes with a tray in hand, only to deliver an enchilada to my table instead. He had no idea what I was talking about.   With Hispanic Heritage Month having started on September 15, I just can&rsquo...
The Thing to Have: BBQ brisket at Stuart’s Fish & Pig in Stuart

The Thing to Have: BBQ brisket at Stuart’s Fish & Pig in Stuart

The place: Stuart's Fish & Pig, across the street from Martin County Courthouse Why you're there: You’ve decided to experience Martin County’s annual main attraction: The Stuart Airshow. And what’s an air show without some of the best barbecue in South Florida? The thing to have is: A barbecue plate. Opt for the Texas Style Beef Brisket ($14), which is considered their...
Now starting for the Jets: The Marvin Ridge High School QB coach  

Now starting for the Jets: The Marvin Ridge High School QB coach  

During football season a few years back, Scott Chadwick, a high school coach in North Carolina, had a Sunday night ritual as practical as it was peculiar. Every week, he would scan the list of NFL players injured that day, hoping that no quarterbacks were seriously hurt.  He knew that the repercussions of a broken wrist in Minneapolis or a torn ligament in Seattle could reverberate all the way...
The best-laid plans turn to mashed potato salad

The best-laid plans turn to mashed potato salad

Mashed potato salad seems like the kind of thing a person might make by mistake. Perhaps, say, a well-meaning spouse overcooked the potatoes while you were drinking rosé on the deck of someone else’s summer house. Then, maybe, you mixed together the salad ingredients a little too energetically, being overly animated from the conversation at hand. By the time you looked into the bowl,...
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