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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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These warm-weather wines won't compete with the grill

These warm-weather wines won't compete with the grill

When the temperature soars, I often prefer red wines that have not been aged in oak or treated with wood in any way. Here are three examples of unoaked reds. Give them just a slight chill and enjoy them during your cookouts. For good measure, we also have a crisp sauvignon blanc and a floral rosé. - Dave McIntyre - - - GREAT VALUE 2.5 stars Maule Valley, Chile, $15 You won't find many wines...
5 steps to a better burger

5 steps to a better burger

Here are some terrific burger-making tips we found in Bon Appétit magazine editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport’s ultimate 2013 grill guide, “The Grilling Book.” 1. Great meat equals great flavor. “Look for freshly ground chuck with a ratio of 80 percent meat to 20 percent fat… Why 20 percent? Because fat equals flavor. It’s that simple.”   2. Make...
Fire up the grill: 4 easy eats for your last-minute Memorial Day cookout

Fire up the grill: 4 easy eats for your last-minute Memorial Day cookout

Simmer down, grilling fanatics. You've got plenty of time for your outdoor culinary fireworks. There's a long, hot summer ahead and ample opportunity to try out your fancy, coal-fired specialties.  That Guinness-spiked leg of lamb and that agave-glazed pork belly you're raring to attempt? They can wait. Really.  Memorial Day weekend is only the season's first official grilling holiday. Start...

Make a jar of this, and every meal is just a sprinkle away from crunchy

One common complaint about vegetarian dishes is that they can lack texture. But plant-based foods can range in texture just as much as meat can, so it's simply a matter of paying attention to that quality when you're cooking. Most weeks I write about a full-fledged meal, but this week I'm writing about a DIY pantry item that can act as a texture-insurance policy. It's a savory granola, made the same...
Cooking good food fast is key for Ramadan

Cooking good food fast is key for Ramadan

When a cook such as Rima Kasm prepares for Ramadan - the month-long period during which Muslims fast during daylight hours - she knows that planning is even more essential than usual. "I will write down what I want to cook each day and get everything I need," says the Newport Beach, California, resident who came to America from her native Lebanon 25 years ago. She will rise before dawn to...
The ideal aperitif: Good vermouth, cool and fragrant

The ideal aperitif: Good vermouth, cool and fragrant

One summer evening a few years ago, I was standing in the Napa Valley kitchen of Steve Matthiasson, a farmer and winemaker, when he handed me a tumbler filled with amber liquid and a fat cube of ice. It was not what I was expecting from Matthiasson, who, with his wife, Jill Klein Matthiasson, makes a range of wonderfully pure and refreshing wines from both the expected grapes like cabernet sauvignon...
Batali has advice for food-wasters

Batali has advice for food-wasters

Recently, I interviewed Batali by email about food waste, and tips he could offer readers about ways we can prevent waste in the home as well as when we dine out. A: I agree with Dan, but it’s even more critical to consider American portion sizes. Americans who dine out are typically faced with the dilemma of overeating or wasting food. The obvious solution is reducing entrees by 1/3, or even...
No cream? No butter? Can this really be French cooking?

No cream? No butter? Can this really be French cooking?

It’s time for American cooks to embrace their French side; no passport or accent necessary. As a proper guide for this French adventure, Georgeanne Brennan’s latest cookbook, “La Vie Rustic: Cooking and Living in the French Style” (Weldon Owen, 292 pages, $35), offers indispensable advice.  Brennan’s French lesson is based on simple, seasonal, sustainable eating...
How to build a better BLT — and add lobster or arugula pesto

How to build a better BLT — and add lobster or arugula pesto

It seems almost a shame to be writing about BLTs in the middle of May, months from tomato season, but it’d be more shameful to indulge in a month dedicated to sandwiches without including this pillar of high art. And don’t be mistaken, a BLT with its symphony of crunchy, savory, salty and juicy is high art.  The blueprint is baked into the name, a triumvirate of bacon, lettuce and...
Charcoal or gas? Depends on what you’re grilling

Charcoal or gas? Depends on what you’re grilling

Gas or charcoal? It is a question that has bedeviled American consumers and cooks for decades, since the first LazyMan propane grill went on sale in the 1950s and left the Smiths with their briquette-fueled brazier looking jealously over the fence at the Joneses and their new outdoor science stove. In the abstract, there is no one correct answer. You can have affirmative responses to the use of either...
Thai treat: Talay will host rare six-course dinner party 

Thai treat: Talay will host rare six-course dinner party 

Here’s a treat for Thai food lovers: North county’s top Thai restaurant is hosting a rare multicourse dinner party. Talay Thai, chef Charlie Soo’s popular Palm Beach Gardens restaurant, will roll out a six-course, wine-paired feast Wednesday night.  The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a half-hour-long chef’s meet-and-greet over assorted sushi rolls.  A banquet-style...
This 10-minute dinner sauce starts with a bottle opener

This 10-minute dinner sauce starts with a bottle opener

Sauces that are complex and require hours of reduction are wondrous kitchen assets, but then again, so are the ones that take shortcuts to achieve the same lustrous, glaze-y results. This recipe features the latter and relies on ginger beer, which these days can be found at any supermarket and is really a carbonated, nonalcoholic beverage that is less sweet and more gingery-tasting than ginger ale...
Best Bites: Ritz Crisp & Thins Salt & Vinegar

Best Bites: Ritz Crisp & Thins Salt & Vinegar

You could argue that Ritz Crisp & Thins Salt & Vinegar chips have too many ampersands in the name, but it is inarguable that these puffed chips are good. Make that very good. They are a lower fat alternative to potato chips, and are every bit as insidiously addicting. They are light, crispy, airy and delicious. Sorry — airy & delicious. Size: 7.1 ounces  Price: $2.99 or more  Available...
Artichoke hearts fry up crisp, delicious and pretty enough for prom

Artichoke hearts fry up crisp, delicious and pretty enough for prom

Flowers, though quiet, have a lot to say. For instance: I’m sorry. I like you. And, at prom: You’re mine. The tradition, one tradition has it, dates back to the damsel who ripped a swatch from her gown and pressed it into the armored fingers of her departing knight. He was hers.  Now she wears a corsage, which means bodice, though it snaps around the wrist. He wears a boutonniere...
Open strawberry season with a showstopper

Open strawberry season with a showstopper

Galettes are generally casual desserts, made with just a rolling pin, a baking sheet and an oven. These free-form tarts can be filled with any fruit and will bake up bubbling and golden, no matter how slapdash you think you’ve been when folding them up. This elegant galette, however, requires a bit more attention. But those few extra steps — making a two-layer filling of strawberries and...
Whether green or white, asparagus is a rite of spring

Whether green or white, asparagus is a rite of spring

For me, there’s no more secure harbinger of the exodus from winter than the oh so welcomed gift of a bundle of tender asparagus stalks from a dear friend who has been nurturing her asparagus bed for many years. A perennial, asparagus takes a few years of cultivating before it will yield its tasty rewards. It is worth the wait. If we were transplanted to the climes of Europe, we’d welcome...
Beer of the Week: A refreshing wheat beer with a tidal wave of hops

Beer of the Week: A refreshing wheat beer with a tidal wave of hops

I caught myself referring to Modern Times' Fortunate Islands as "really sessionable" the other day. It felt a little ridiculous: Of course a wheat beer should be easy-drinking. My first tastes of "wheat beers" were Bavarian hefeweizens and Belgian witbiers, perfect for crushing on a sultry summer day, which is something I still associate with the "wheat beer." That was...
Memorial Day 2017: Perfect spots for your picnic

Memorial Day 2017: Perfect spots for your picnic

At lunch on a recent workday, I had the need to nosh outside in the fresh air. With my delicious salad from Aioli in hand, I headed out to one of my favorite picnic spots in West Palm (pictured above). Can you guess the location? Here’s a hint: The backdrop of the Intracoastal makes for a perfect lunch companion. Give up? It’s George S. Petty Park. (You can look it up. Take your time...

New food tour in Delray Beach offers taste of Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach-based Craft Food Tours opened its doors in December, offering both tourists and locals a chance to eat their way through a 1.1-mile tour of the city. The company, run by owner Matt Guidice and his business partner Anthony Guzman, offers three-hour walking tours with stops at six restaurants in downtown Delray Beach. MORE: Culinary tours bolster Palm Beach County’s tourism menu Since...
Deli dissolve: Rappy’s closes, reopens as Park Place Deli

Deli dissolve: Rappy’s closes, reopens as Park Place Deli

Just five months after it opened in Boca Raton, Rappy’s, the modernized Jewish deli of restaurateur Burt Rapoport’s dreams, will close Wednesday. It will reopen under new management Thursday as Park Place Deli, a more affordable spot focused on deli classics, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group announced Tuesday.  Rapoport has brought in veteran deli man Lance Hirschhorn to operate...

Bitters: What exactly they are, and how to use them in cocktails and more

Think of bitters like the spice rack of the cocktail world. That's the first thing Hunter Bryant, bar manager at Haven in Tampa, tells me when I sidle up to the restaurant's bar on a recent weekday for a Bitters 101 lesson. It instantly helps me understand the allure of the alcoholic extracts.  Like most people, I was familiar with bitters, those mysterious dark dashes of potent liquid gingerly...
Bad wines are bad wines, period

Bad wines are bad wines, period

If you drink bad wine long enough, will that eventually lead to drinking good wine? No, I don’t think so. Still, a couple of wine writers have recently tried to make the case that bad wine should be tolerated, if not embraced. They argue that it can’t be entirely bad if it appeals to large numbers of people. Drinking bad wine encourages the love of all wine, and, really, nothing is harmful...
Yummy desserts for diabetics

Yummy desserts for diabetics

I’m not going to lie to you: Desserts without sugar do not taste as good as desserts with it.  But diabetes is not to be taken lightly. It is literally a matter of life and limb. Amputations are common with diabetes. So is blindness. Sugar makes it worse, and so do carbohydrates.  Basically, everything that makes a dessert good is what makes it bad for diabetics, who now make up a...
A lasagna recipe that puts asparagus in the spotlight

A lasagna recipe that puts asparagus in the spotlight

Here in the 21st century, most produce is available year-round - even if it needs to come to us from afar. But we happen to be in the midst of asparagus season, when the toothsome veggie is at its absolute best: local, fresh and delicious. Typically, asparagus is cast as a scene-stealing supporting actor. But this lasagna recipe, in which tender spears take the place of beef or pork, places it firmly...
Aioli: Smashing it old school with mortar and pestle

Aioli: Smashing it old school with mortar and pestle

“When the moon marks your breath with the fragrance of death, that’s aioli.”  Stupid Dean Martin: That’s how that lyric should have gone. Amore, after all, is highly over-rated. But, aioli, my friends, is forever, like Bela Lugosi’s “children of the night.” Pungent garlic and slippery extra-virgin olive oil emulsify into a creamily congenial sauce that...
The worst fat in the food supply

The worst fat in the food supply

As strange as it may seem to someone who is not a chemist, the movement of a single hydrogen atom from one side of a molecule to the other can change a simple, naturally occurring food ingredient into a deadly substance. The transformed ingredient I’m speaking of is trans fatty acid, or trans fats as consumers know them, a core component of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. For most of...
Fiber is under the radar, but still boosts health

Fiber is under the radar, but still boosts health

Dietary fiber is so 20th century. Important research published and widely publicized in the 1970s, ’80s and ‘90s highlighted fiber’s role in reducing the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders including diverticulitis, and some cancers — all while helping to control weight. Save the world with fiber.  Here in the 21st century, fiber no longer...
Einstein Bros.'s Espresso Buzz Bagel isn't the caffeine jolt you're looking for

Einstein Bros.'s Espresso Buzz Bagel isn't the caffeine jolt you're looking for

Perfect for the busy professional who wants coffee and a bagel on the drive to work, without the usual worry of drink drippage, Einstein Bros. has introduced the Espresso Buzz Bagel. It's a soft, brooding round, as dark as pumpernickel, that contains 32 milligrams of caffeine. You'll need to eat about five of these bloated rounds to equal the caffeine content of a single two-ounce pull of Starbucks'...
Hurricane Grill offers fast-casual fare with a ‘beachy’ vibe

Hurricane Grill offers fast-casual fare with a ‘beachy’ vibe

MENU Hurricane Wings offers the usual sports bar menu that includes wings, burgers and other sandwiches as well as salads. ATMOSPHERE Definitely casual, with a makeshift beach scene out front that features beach chairs and sand. Felt a little odd considering one looks out onto a parking lot. An oversized game of Jenga kept some patrons entertained, and there was a young woman going around making balloon...
For casual, fun dining try Bar Fusion Taphouse

For casual, fun dining try Bar Fusion Taphouse

MENU Appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wings, wraps, tacos, paninis, seafood, chicken, steak, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Family-friendly sports restaurant and bar with an emphasis on fun. There are pool tables, dart boards and arcade games for all ages, and more than 40 TV sets broadcasting sporting events. There’s a full bar and weekly poker, trivia and karaoke contests. A spacious outdoor...
Savor Mediterranean dishes at Falafel House

Savor Mediterranean dishes at Falafel House

MENU Authentic Mediterranean food with lots of choices, including shawarma (shredded chicken with Mediterranean seasonings), pita grill sandwiches, several types of knishes and much more. ATMOSPHERE This is a no-frills, order-at-the-counter, casual-as-it-gets kind of place. It’s tucked inside a nondescript shopping center, but the food is anything but dull. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE The falafel...
New restaurant coming to former Gulf Stream Bistro in West Palm Beach

New restaurant coming to former Gulf Stream Bistro in West Palm Beach

Between them, Delray Beach executive chef Eric Baker and Palm Beach restaurant general manager Jason Lakow have years of fine dining experience. But it is a comfort food dream that has brought them together in the Dixie Dining Corridor.  Baker and Lakow plan to open Mazie’s, a casual neighborhood restaurant serving “real approachable, homey” food, on West Palm...
Head to Europe for crisp white wines to match grilled chicken wraps

Head to Europe for crisp white wines to match grilled chicken wraps

The white wines of Europe are far more diverse — and flavorful — than the mass-produced pinot grigio you usually grab at the supermarket. Take these three from Chablis, Santorini and the Ribeira Sacra region of Spain. Each would make a fresh companion to a light dinner, like this grilled chicken salad in a wrap. ———  In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt...
Pediatricians say no fruit juice in child’s first year

Pediatricians say no fruit juice in child’s first year

The nation’s top pediatricians are advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life, saying the drink is not as healthful as many parents think. In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies younger than 6 months. On Monday, the group toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink...
How can fried rice be good for you? When you make it this way.

How can fried rice be good for you? When you make it this way.

This recipe turns a humble bowl of rice into a lip-smackingly tasty meal. It feels like an indulgence, but the dish is actually good for you. The bowl is brimming with colorful spring vegetables - asparagus, peas and carrots - that are stir-fried with scallion, ginger, garlic and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. The aroma gets your mouth watering the second those flavors hit the skillet. Then...
Diane, you’ve gotta try this pie

Diane, you’ve gotta try this pie

Finding an authentic recipe for “Twin Peaks” cherry pie is about as easy as figuring out who killed Laura Palmer.   They serve a version here at Twede’s Cafe, the restaurant about 30 miles east of Seattle that played a backdrop as the Double R Diner in David Lynch’s quirky 1990s television series. Visitors still come from around the world to linger over slices of the bracingly...
15 wines that will help you understand Washington (the state, not the swamp)

15 wines that will help you understand Washington (the state, not the swamp)

Those adhering today to the legendary prompt of 19th century America — “Go west, young man” — would serve themselves well by not going all the way west, particularly if the goal is to make Pacific Northwest wine. Coastal Washington has beauty and charms all its own and even produces some of the state’s wine. But eastern Washington is predominantly where the state&rsquo...
Why you should cook up a batch of this 'new' ancient grain

Why you should cook up a batch of this 'new' ancient grain

Sorghum, a whole grain that has been a staple food in Africa and India for centuries, is finally getting its moment on the American table. It is well suited for our modern world because it is highly nutritious with a mildly nutty flavor, it's gluten-free and it's easy to grow even in drought conditions. You cook it for about 45 minutes, just like you would brown rice, in water (or broth) until it...
A vital drug runs low, though its base ingredient is in many kitchens

A vital drug runs low, though its base ingredient is in many kitchens

Hospitals around the country are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug — even postponing operations or putting off chemotherapy treatments — because the country’s only two suppliers have run out. The medicine? Sodium bicarbonate solution. Yes, baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate is the simplest of drugs — its base ingredient, after all, is found in most kitchen cabinets...
Think small: Quick grilling for Memorial Day with thinner cuts

Think small: Quick grilling for Memorial Day with thinner cuts

Empty-nesting opens new doors. I’ve come to appreciate a mostly empty fridge — no pressure to cook. Grocery shopping takes less time, especially with an expanded budget. The menu contains new additions — all quick-cooking and much of it indulgent. What has not changed is the preferred cooking method: the grill.  BK (before kids), my husband and I toted our hibachi grill on driving...
ICYMI: These Palm Beach County restaurants closed in 2017

ICYMI: These Palm Beach County restaurants closed in 2017

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to some really good restaurants this year. One that closed was voted the best place for brunch by our Palm Beach Post readers and another was voted for having one of the best views in Palm Beach County. From Jupiter to Boca Raton, we said farewell to these: Ocean Bleu, which was voted for having the...
Burgers near me: Best-looking burgers in Palm Beach County

Burgers near me: Best-looking burgers in Palm Beach County

A good-looking burger wears its accessories with pride and panache. It balances all the crowning touches stacked atop its patty without slumping into a mess of oozy ingredients.  A good-looking burger knows it has no business looking like a loaded nachos platter or a basket of garbage fries. It can stand up to a swoon of melted cheese and dribbling sauce without losing its statuesque form...
Reader’s Choice: Who has the best Hot Dog in Palm Beach County?

Reader’s Choice: Who has the best Hot Dog in Palm Beach County?

It’s been a week since we asked you, the readers, to vote for your favorite hot dog restaurant in Palm Beach County. The competition was tough. Every bun, hot dog , sauce and topping is drool-worthy. However, with 57.15% of the votes as of Thursday May 25, the title of best hot dog in Palm Beach County easily goes to Ps561 Food Truck. “Man, I mean. I’m speechless to be...
Florida pizza voted one of the best in America

Florida pizza voted one of the best in America

This isn’t a list of the best authentic Italian pizzas because, for most, even bad pizza is still good pizza. No, it’s a list of the best pizza in America by state as picked by Tasting Table. 26 of the best pizzas, to be exact. Each with its own, unique... something.  And lucky for us, there’s one just a drive away. “Sir Pizza” sits on the corner of...
West Palm’s Pairings event is your chance to taste and sip everything

West Palm’s Pairings event is your chance to taste and sip everything

The best dining experience happens when you find the perfect pairing. Every culinary explorer knows this. Think: the chicken meatballs and a Moscow Mule at Hullabaloo or the lamb kabob and pomegranate mojito at Leila.  On Thursday, May 25, so many yummy pairings will be made — all for a good cause. And we have the 6th Annual Pairings Food and Wine event to thank.  Twenty-five...
Shack up your burger: Has Shake Shack’s secret been revealed?

Shack up your burger: Has Shake Shack’s secret been revealed?

Shake Shack, the national burger chain with a cult-like following and a location in Boca Raton, has published its first cookbook. Could it be that the recipe for the spatula-smashed, lightly salt-crusted, butter-rich ShackBurger, dressed in a mayo-based sauce, American cheese and veg, will be revealed at last?  Not exactly. ShackBurger devotees hoping to replicate the chain’s signature...
What’s new in the supermarket? A lot, and not all of it good

What’s new in the supermarket? A lot, and not all of it good

“We’ve come in the back door,” writer Michael Ruhlman said as we entered the chill of the ShopRite supermarket here. “We should be over there, in produce.”   Apologizing to shoppers trying to steer carts toward the exit we had just entered, we made our way to the produce section, where the first thing that caught our attention was the floor. While the middle of the...
Diabetes quick fix: pan fried ropa vieja (flank steak in tomato sauce)

Diabetes quick fix: pan fried ropa vieja (flank steak in tomato sauce)

“Old cloths” is the literal translation of ropa vieja. The Cuban dish is made with leftover meat or flank steak that has been simmered several hours until it falls apart into strings. Any shredded meat boiled or fried can be used for this dish. As long as it is cooked with a traditional sauce of onions, garlic, green peppers and tomatoes, it’s a ropa vieja. For this quick version...
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