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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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A healthful risotto that doesn't cause a stir

A healthful risotto that doesn't cause a stir

I have a risotto conflict. I love the traditional dish - made with arborio, carnaroli or another short-grain white rice that swells up and combines with the cheese and butter to get so wonderfully creamy. But like so many other health-conscious cooks, I'm also trying to favor whole grains whenever possible. So I've broken with tradition and made risotto - or should I call it "risotto"? -...
5 wines for the week

5 wines for the week

This week, take a virtual trip to Australia with three outstanding wines that represent that country's new voice in wine. And fans of "natural" wines - or anyone curious about wines without sulfur added as preservative - will want to seek out two delicious examples from France. Three stars. Tasmania, Australia, $60 It's priced like a high-end white Burgundy, and it delivers. This is an amazing...
Honda Classic 2017: Best food and drinks in Palm Beach Gardens

Honda Classic 2017: Best food and drinks in Palm Beach Gardens

A golf fan can work up quite an appetite watching the action on the greens at Honda Classic, the challenging first stop on the PGA Tour’s Florida swing. And the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of the Classic, is not a bad place for a hungry fan. Not only does the resort offer a solid trio of dining and sipping options, it sits at the western edge of an entire boulevard of eating...

Diabetes Quick Fix: Ginger Teriyaki Steamed Fish and Chinese Noodles

Ginger, teriyaki sauce and scallions flavor this one-pot Asian Steamed Fish meal. Chinese food takes only minutes to cook, but the chopping and cutting to prepare ingredients can be time-consuming. This recipe has very little preparation time and few ingredients making it a very speedy Chinese supper. Bok choy is a Chinese lettuce with white, thick stalks and dark green leaves. It’s available...
The history lesson of tasting many years at once

The history lesson of tasting many years at once

Some wine lovers revel in older vintages of rare, expensive wines. They line up the bottles from each bacchanal like trophies and post photos on Instagram, Facebook and wine collector apps such as Delectable and Vivino. There's typically a self-congratulatory note to these posts. Wine lovers do like to share, but we enjoy bragging, too. Such events can be fascinating. At a recent dinner at Ripple...
Where liquor kills and Russian life grows bleak

Where liquor kills and Russian life grows bleak

The overworked cleaning woman realized that her grown son was not just sleeping off his habitual hangover in the Siberian city of Irkutsk when she discovered — to her horror — that he had quietly gone blind.   Even as his speech slurred and his condition steadily deteriorated, the man, Renat V. Mukhamadeyev, 31, dissuaded his widowed mother from summoning an ambulance until about...
From Argentina with love: Dulce de leche

From Argentina with love: Dulce de leche

For Josephine Caminos Oria of O’Hara, Pa., the creamy caramel, dulce de leche, is a link to her heritage and preserves the memories of her grandmother. Her family moved from Argentina to Pittsburgh when she was 1, and her maternal grandparents, who visited often to help out, would do everything possible to keep the old country traditions alive. That meant Maria Dora Germain, or Grandma Dorita...
Is almond milk really milk?

Is almond milk really milk?

If milk comes from a plant, can you still call it milk? Not according to the dairy industry. Facing growing competition from dairy alternatives like almond, soy and coconut milk, the nation’s dairy farmers are fighting back, with an assist from Congress. Their goal: to stop companies from calling their plant-based products yogurt, milk or cheese. Dairy farmers say the practice misleads consumers...
Give your oatmeal the glam treatment

Give your oatmeal the glam treatment

This sumptuous breakfast bowl is what happens when frumpy regular oatmeal gets a modern, stylish makeover. It doesn't take much effort, and the before-and-after results are astounding. First, the foundation: Using chewy, nutty steel-cut oats makes the most of the cereal's natural flavor assets; cooking them with red quinoa and stirring in a pop of chia seeds adds compelling texture, color and nutrition...
Making manti, the work-intensive-but-worth-it dumplings

Making manti, the work-intensive-but-worth-it dumplings

Dumplings from every culture are labor-intensive. There’s just no getting around that, and if someone sets a plate of dumplings before you, I hope you appreciate the work that went into them. Of all the dumplings I know, manti, the little lamb-filled, open-face dumplings, please me most. The Turks claim them most loudly, but I learned about manti from Armenian friends during my Detroit days...
McDonald’s offers diners ancient road on the side

McDonald’s offers diners ancient road on the side

It’s a common enough story in Italy: An ancient ruin — in this case, a tract of Roman road — is discovered during the construction of a building — in this case, a McDonald’s — and puts a halt to the work until the site can be excavated. Rather than fret about lost time and money, McDonald’s decided to sponsor the dig, and it worked with the archaeological...
Look at the new restaurants in Gardens, Jupiter!

Look at the new restaurants in Gardens, Jupiter!

Whether you live in northern Palm Beach County or like to explore, there are some exciting new restaurants that have opened recently. Here are some real stand-outs in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens: The new Italian restaurant is the north county outpost of a lively Clematis Street spot. And it seems the owners have brought some of that downtown West Palm Beach verve to northern Jupiter. Donald Trump&rsquo...

'Eating in the middle: a mostly wholesome cookbook' offers balance

When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year. In my own efforts to eat mostly wholesome meals in the past several months, one book kept showing up on my kitchen counter. Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook is a slim book, with 80 recipes for everyday eating, including the weekend splurges and special occasions...
Equipment check: look before you cook

Equipment check: look before you cook

First of all, you need a proper steamer. I did not have one when I set out to make bao, a steamed bun popular in Asian cuisines, but I realized it too late in the game.  Using the cookbook Molly on the Range by food blogger Molly Yeh as my guide, I took on the task of making the buns from scratch. Yeh's dad is Chinese, and she grew up eating the buns. The formula didn't seem too out of my wheelhouse...
On a low-sodium diet? We have recipes for you

On a low-sodium diet? We have recipes for you

The doctor says you have to lower your sodium. It’s stunning news. After all, salt is what makes food taste like food. On the other hand, eating too much salt can be devastating to your health. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, too much sodium in the bloodstream can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, possibly to stomach cancer and even to osteoporosis...
On a low-sodium diet? We have recipes for you

On a low-sodium diet? We have recipes for you

How to make light-as-a-feather homemade gnocchi

How to make light-as-a-feather homemade gnocchi

Even when I read novels, I get hungry. “Back home, I told the cook girl to boil enough pots of water and to chop enough pork and vegetables to make a thousand dumplings, both steamed and boiled, with plenty of fresh ginger, good soy sauce and sweet vinegar for dipping.” From “The Kitchen God’s Wife” by Amy Tan. Little wonder that I taught myself to make pot stickers....
To elevate a side dish, put something on top

To elevate a side dish, put something on top

We're rethinking garnishes here at #DinnerInMinutes Central. They can provide nutrition, not just color or crunch. We have sprinkled spiced ground lamb atop a roasted red pepper soup and added meaty heft to a plate of whipped hummus. Here, a few ounces of protein elevate a smart couscous side dish to main-course status. The original recipe comes from New York chef-restaurateur Chris Santos's new cookbook...
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you’re cooking wrong

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you’re cooking wrong

For me, cooking is fun. It’s a hobby, and there are few things I enjoy more than spending an entire Saturday afternoon assembling an elaborate dish that will wow my dinner guests. Sadly, this personal passion doesn’t jibe with my real life. In real life, I get home from work and face a hungry family ready to eat NOW. Even worse, many members of that family are severely limited in the types...
McDonald's to cut prices on drinks as fast-food industry slumps

McDonald's to cut prices on drinks as fast-food industry slumps

McDonald's Corp., reeling from an industrywide restaurant slump and slowing growth from its all-day breakfast push, is looking to beverages to help perk up the business. The world's biggest food-service company, which last year focused its advertising on cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches, plans to offer $1 sodas and $2 McCafe specialty drinks across the U.S. It's turning to higher-margin beverages...
Cheesecake for the soul: a 'Golden Girls' cafe opens

Cheesecake for the soul: a 'Golden Girls' cafe opens

Picture it: Manhattan, 2017. A crisp Saturday morning. Every table in Rue La Rue Cafe — a new restaurant in Washington Heights dedicated to Rue McClanahan and her hit television series, “The Golden Girls” — was occupied, including one in a replica of the kitchen set from the show. The pumps McClanahan (Blanche) wore in the pilot episode are displayed in a glass case. Mannequins...
Mardi Gras recipes for a festive Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras recipes for a festive Fat Tuesday

For New Orleans natives like Scott Serpas, Mardi Gras is almost a national holiday. “Mardi Gras,” French for “fat Tuesday,” is traditionally the last chance for merry making before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. This year, Mardi Gras arrives Tuesday, Feb. 28. “Mardi Gras is a big part of my life, always has been. Of course, in New Orleans, we’re always looking...
Fat Tuesday: Spoto’s Oyster Bar celebrates Mardi Gras-inspired birthday

Fat Tuesday: Spoto’s Oyster Bar celebrates Mardi Gras-inspired birthday

It will be a particularly lively Fat Tuesday at Spoto’s Oyster Bar. The Palm Beach Gardens seafood-centric restaurant has a good reason to celebrate Mardi Gras – it’s Spoto’s 14th anniversary.  The PGA Boulevard restaurant/bar will host a big Fat Tuesday-themed fete on, yes, Tuesday, from 5 to 10 p.m.  “We’ll have a New Orleans menu, a meet-the-chef demo...
This popular new West Palm restaurant now open for lunch

This popular new West Palm restaurant now open for lunch

What happens when big-city power lunch meets rustic country flavors in downtown West Palm Beach? You get a plateful of modern Southern love.  This is Chef Lindsay Autry’s aim Wednesday when she introduces lunch service at The Regional Kitchen & Public House. The centerpiece of her simple yet well-varied menu: a proper Southern-style “meat ’n three.” You pick...
Food truck rules outnumber patrons in Hong Kong

Food truck rules outnumber patrons in Hong Kong

For the 23rd year running, Hong Kong is, in the opinion of the conservative Heritage Foundation, the freest economy in the world. With low taxes, an efficient government and private businesses running the city buses and its spotless subways, this place is a libertarian dream come true. So the story goes. Many people who live in Hong Kong beg to differ. This has long been a city of tycoons, with a...
Resistance begins at home

Resistance begins at home

A casserole can be a potent weapon. It is one that Shanna Castillo has been using with precision since she started a neighborhood Facebook group, Love Trumps Hate Sunset Park Brooklyn, the week after Donald Trump was elected president. Every month, members invite undocumented immigrants from the neighborhood into their homes for dinner. With food, wine and child care, living rooms are transformed...

As obesity rises, remote pacific islands plan to abandon junk food

Cookies and sugary drinks served at government meetings are about to go away. So are imported noodles and canned fish served in tourist bungalows. Taking their place? Local coconuts, lobsters and lime juice. The Torba Tourism Council in the remote Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is planning to outlaw all imported food at government functions and tourist establishments across the province’s...
Cheers! Our favorite local Margaritas for National Margarita Day!

Cheers! Our favorite local Margaritas for National Margarita Day!

Today, Feb. 22,  is National Margarita Day! It’s as good an occasion as any for tequila lovers to sip a shaken or stirred, rimmed or unrimmed, fruity or not Margarita. Looking for a nice, frothy one? Try these: DaVinci’s, Boca Raton Cut 432, Delray Beach Cabo Flats at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Cabo Flats celebrates National Margarita Day with El Cabo Margaritas all day...
Semifreddo: It’s often overlooked, but deserves recognition

Semifreddo: It’s often overlooked, but deserves recognition

We know about ice cream, gelato and sorbet. We’re even familiar with frozen yogurt, frozen custard and sherbet. But we are not so acquainted with semifreddo. An Italian frozen treat, semifreddo is similar to ice cream while showcasing more of a velvety, frozen mousse texture. It is not overly complicated to make because semifreddo doesn’t require an ice cream machine or any churning, but...
These cute currant tarts come together in four steps

These cute currant tarts come together in four steps

Donna Mott of Ooh De Lolli bakes out of a vintage kitchen in downtown Fresno that’s perfect for a vintage recipe like currant tarts. Her version of this classic needs just five ingredients and a prepared pie crust. Tarts can be made with a number of different fillings, but Zante currants, a type of dried berry, add sweetness to every bite. ——— by Donna Mott 1 egg 2 tablespoons...
Chocolate mint cookies answer a late-night craving

Chocolate mint cookies answer a late-night craving

College kids dash out at all hours to Insomnia Cookies for chocolate chunk or oatmeal raisin. What happened to work ethic? What happened to melting butter and beating eggs? It takes 10 minutes to mix cookie batter, and those are minutes well spent. Kids counter that they don’t stash eggs and flour in their dorm rooms. Campus life offers no mixer, no oven, no time. Plus, cookie shops deliver...
That’s Amore Pizzeria is for pizza lovers

That’s Amore Pizzeria is for pizza lovers

MENU Pizzas are baked in a wood-burning oven and topped with homemade buffalo mozzarella and fresh ingredients. Traditional pizzas as well as specialty pizzas are featured. Salads, calzones and panuozzos (Italian version of a sandwich) also are offered. ATMOSPHERE That’s Amore has a quaint, homey atmosphere. It feels like you are sitting in your Italian grandma’s living room. The restaurant...
Find bar food, great outdoors at Brickyard

Find bar food, great outdoors at Brickyard

MENU Appetizers like the spinach dip and nachos are highlighted items, while burgers, ribs and steaks comprise the main course specials. Various salad selections are also available. ATMOSPHERE Think typical sports bar: dimly lit with flat screen TVs plastered in every corner for easy game viewing. The outdoor bar and patio with its high tabletop seating seems to be a crowd-pleaser. FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE...
Find coffeehouse vibe at Taste of Grace

Find coffeehouse vibe at Taste of Grace

MENU Coffeehouse with a variety of hot and cold specialty brews and breakfast foods such as eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, French toast and panini scramblers. Lunch fare includes soup, salads, burgers and sandwiches. ATMOSPHERE Warm and charming, with brick walls, rich wooden tables and accents, and a long, padded seat on one side to encourage lounging. A drop ceiling and interesting lights give...
National Pancake Day: Where are the best pancakes in Palm Beach County?

National Pancake Day: Where are the best pancakes in Palm Beach County?

If you love pancakes, today’s your day! It’s National Pancake Day!  Time to celebrate with the best syrupy, sweet yummy cakes. Here’s some of our favorite pancakes in the county: Almond Joy Pancakes: The Greenacres landmark loads the batter with chocolate chips, then tops the finished ‘cakes with more choco chips, chocolate syrup, slivered almonds and coconuts. It&rsquo...
3 wines that play well with grilled cheese and savory/sweet onion jam

3 wines that play well with grilled cheese and savory/sweet onion jam

Salty and a bit sweet, rich and a bit tangy, this grilled cheese with onion jam, adapted from “The Epicurious Cookbook,” is everything we want for dinner (there are even greens!), between two slices of rustic bread. Just add wine. In this case, bottles that play well with the salty/sweet duality. ——— Brush 4 slices of rustic Italian bread with olive oil on one side; arrange...
Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

Humble magic in Georgian capital’s restaurant renaissance

When the chef Meriko Gubeladze opened Shavi Lomi, she recalled that Tbilisi was “starving for small, homey restaurants with good food.” That was 2011, and the quality of Georgian cuisine — known for its lavish use of spices and aromatic herbs influenced by travelers along the Silk Road — wasn’t the problem, but the uninviting establishments and menu selections &mdash...
Make the cheesy bread that the French nibble nightly

Make the cheesy bread that the French nibble nightly

Greetings from Paris, where I'm pondering time, friendship, early-evening drinks and cheese bread. I'm in Paris a whole less than I'm in New York, yet I see my French friends a whole lot more. It's not that I prefer the French set. It's not even that I'm more gadabout here. Nope, I think it's because there are so many more opportunities to see friends in Paris, and they're all built into the rhythm...
You may have to give up some pleasure if you want to live longer

You may have to give up some pleasure if you want to live longer

Want to slow aging? You might want to ditch the moisturizer and eat less. Scientists at Brigham Young University have published research that show cutting calories affects aging inside a cell. They found that ribosomes — the cell’s protein maker — slow down when calories were cut and that, in turn, this calorie-restriction led to longer, healthier lives in mice. “When you restrict...
The dining room gets a workout

The dining room gets a workout

Michael Chernow, an exercise buff and owner of the seafood restaurant Seamore’s, started a weekly workout class available to his 40-odd employees soon after the restaurant opened in 2015. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m., about 10 to 15 staff members of Seamore’s Fit Squad meet for either an indoor cycling class or for a 4-mile run across the Williamsburg Bridge. Sometimes there are yoga or boot...
Rueda Spanish white wine a mouthful of summer in depths of winter

Rueda Spanish white wine a mouthful of summer in depths of winter

And now for some affordable, refreshing white wines from Spain. That’s a pleasant group of words, isn’t it? I’m thinking of the wines from the Rueda region in this case — wines based on the verdejo grape variety that can ably offer an alternative to those looking for a break from their default order of pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. To qualify “affordable,” consider...

New flavors and Donald Trump: Florida strawberry season

We count on them every February and March, big glossy berries, maybe with whipped cream and shortcake, maybe all by their lonesome, one frilly-capped stem at a time. Florida strawberries are a dependable harbinger of spring, but what they taste like, the price they command and just how competitive they are with strawberries from California and Mexico change dramatically year to year. What can we expect...
Impress with this flavorful steak

Impress with this flavorful steak

Try this pan-roasted steak with mushroom pesto sauce for a special meal at home. It won’t break your calorie bank. Thick-sliced portobello mushrooms make the base for this sauce. Pesto sauce made with fresh basil, parsley, olive oil and Parmesan cheese originated in Genoa, Italy. Adding mushrooms to a prepared pesto sauce gives it an earthy flavor. The Hot Pepper Potatoes are microwaved and...
Meatloaf to unite a nation

Meatloaf to unite a nation

House speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., who loves bow hunting so much that he worries the scent from his security detail may scare off the deer, was more than happy to hand over his recipe for venison meatloaf. “He was much more interested in talking to me about meatloaf than he was the earned tax credit,” said Jennifer Steinhauer, who covers Congress for The New York Times. Sen. Chuck Schumer...
For National Margarita Day, make the drink exactly how you like it

For National Margarita Day, make the drink exactly how you like it

For some Texans, Feb. 22 is the most important day of the year: National Margarita Day. That classic concoction of tequila, lime or lemon juice, and an orange liqueur like triple sec — with salt on the rim of the glass, of course — is a drink as beloved in Texas (and many other states) as the other Mexican beverage Topo Chico. (Our love for that sparkling water is a story for another day...
Hoagie roll stands up best to hearty chicken Parmesan sandwich

Hoagie roll stands up best to hearty chicken Parmesan sandwich

The sandwich in need of housing can’t consult Zillow. Nor will the multiple listing service do. She’s got to pound the pavement of the actual market, in the bakery aisle. Her dream home should have it all: sturdy construction that can support a crisp chicken cutlet, room for the rambunctious peppers and tomatoes and neat curb appeal. Sliced bread is out of the question. Too many windows...
Braising refresher course: How to turn tough cuts into tender dinner

Braising refresher course: How to turn tough cuts into tender dinner

The more devoted PrepSchoobeeDoBees among you may recall we first broached the topic of braising about 10 years back. Today, a little refresher. Heed its lessons, and practice its tenets, and soon you’ll be thinking, “Well, who knows what fresh hell the future may bring, but, sweet mother of pearl, at least I can braise a piece of meat.” Why you need to learn this The braising method...
A savory pie for butternut squash fiends; 3 wines to match

A savory pie for butternut squash fiends; 3 wines to match

Pie and wine for dinner? Sounds like an indulgent night alone, remote in hand — but make that a savory pie, and you’ve got yourself a dinner party. This simple galette (a rustic tart) is made with butternut squash, sage and blue cheese. The latter is traditionally tough to pair with wine, but sommelier Nate Redner of Lincoln Park’s Oyster Bah suggests ripe, fruit-forward pours that...
What to do? Big festivals and parties around town this weekend!

What to do? Big festivals and parties around town this weekend!

Oh my! ’Tis the season for festivals! And we have some fun, exciting ones this weekend: The largest touring food truck and craft beer festival, Food Truck Festivals of America (FTFA), rolls into the Palm Beach Outlets Saturday. Enjoy some of the best regional and national craft beers as well as fantastic grub from over 20 of South Florida’s most delicious food trucks and 25 of the best...
Largest touring food truck festival at Palm Beach Outlets this weekend

Largest touring food truck festival at Palm Beach Outlets this weekend

During the 2016 season, 12,000 foot-long hot dogs were sold in total at the country's largest touring food truck and craft beer festival, Food Truck Festivals of America (FTFA). That’s an almost 2.3-mile long hot dog road. This year, the festival kicks off in West Palm Beach on Saturday, February 25 at the Palm Beach Outlets. General Admission is $5 and VIP is $20, which includes early...
Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Pineapple pizzagate forces Iceland president to back off ban

Hawaiian pizza is not for everyone. It’s a decadent, tasty treat to some, but for others ham and pineapple are the worst topping choices ever created. Iceland’s president waded into the fray last week when a student asked him a question about pineapple on pizza. (Ham wasn’t mentioned, by the way.)  Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said he found the combination “completely...
It's time to embrace the freezer, and what's in it

It's time to embrace the freezer, and what's in it

Cutting waste is one of the food world's top priorities. Up to 40 percent of all the food we produce ends up in the trash, and there are programs up and down the supply chain to try to pare that down. But there's a simple step consumers can take to cut waste: Rethink "fresh." It's a word we associate with food that's wholesome and good-tasting. And there's no argument about a just-picked...
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