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'A sad day’: Testa’s closes location in Palm Beach after 96 years

Testa’s restaurant, a favorite local eatery and a town icon for decades, closed its doors Saturday night to make way for the new development on Royal Poinciana Way. Tom Testa said the announcement of the closing earlier this month touched off a wave of emotion and sentiment from people across South Florida. “The outpouring from the community has been truly overwhelming, flattering...
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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National Junk Food Day: What’s your favorite junk food? Here are ours:

National Junk Food Day: What’s your favorite junk food? Here are ours:

Hip-hip-hooray, it’s National Junk Food Day! And while that shouldn’t necessarily give one carte blanche to gorge on sugary, salty, fatty snacks, do we really need an excuse to discuss our favorite treats from the junk aisle? We asked around the newsroom: What’s your favorite junk food? Grippos potato chips. (Photo by Greg Lynch) Samantha Ragland, digital...
Dining review: an Indian lunch buffet worth exploring

Dining review: an Indian lunch buffet worth exploring

I’m not the buffet type. Buffets make it too tempting to clutter one’s plate with a hodgepodge of scoops and flavors, one running into the next. I prefer a more orderly plate, one in which the elements enhance one another.  That said, I had no hesitation to pile all kinds of goodness on my lunch plate recently at Aroma Indian Cuisine. Located in West Palm’s Village Commons plaza...

Another classic diner turns off the grill, a victim of rising rents

John Vasilopoulos and Nick Tragaras stood before an assembly line of egg sandwiches. Tragaras slid the eggs and bacon from the griddle onto the buns as Vasilopoulos followed to wrap and stack. It was a familiar rhythm for the owners of Cup & Saucer, a diner on the eastern edge of Manhattan’s Chinatown. But on Monday afternoon, after more than 70 years, the clink of metal spatulas flipping eggs...
Finding comfort in scalloped corn

Finding comfort in scalloped corn

I haven’t had nearly my fill of corn on the cob this year: plain, boiled and buttered; roasted in the husk and drizzled with olive oil; or grilled over coals and rubbed with something spicy. There is something wonderful about its simplicity. Fetchingly wrapped in a bright green husk, a fresh ear of corn is as beautiful as it is ready to cook. We grasp it, steaming, in our hands as we nibble...

Ichicoro Ramen to open sister restaurant in downtown St. Pete's Station House

Two years ago, Ichicoro wowed New York City with its Tampa-style ramen, noodles overflowing with Florida freshness and ingredients. Even Gwyneth Paltrow showed up to the popup to slurp noodles. Later that year, Ichicoro Ramen opened in Seminole Heights and the tiny restaurant contained the most sought-after seats of the year. And this autumn, Ichicoro Ane comes to St. Petersburg. Ane is "older...
Openings: Kapow Noodle Bar debuts West Palm Beach location 

Openings: Kapow Noodle Bar debuts West Palm Beach location 

The second location of restaurateur Rodney Mayo’s Kapow Noodle Bar hosted its official (VIP) grand opening in downtown West Palm Beach Thursday night.  With a modernized, generically Asian menu (from Vietnamese wings to Thai style jerky to Peking duck), Kapow has been packing in crowds since its opening in November 2011 in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park. The West Palm location...
After a quick spin in the blender, chia goes from slime to sublime

After a quick spin in the blender, chia goes from slime to sublime

It was summer, a few years ago, and we were at a dear friend's house, finishing up a lovely, casual supper, when out of the fridge they came: little cups filled with chia pudding. The guests - none of whom had tasted this before - were all polite, but the expressions around the table were quizzical, not enthusiastic. Chia puddings, if you haven't had the pleasure, can sometimes suffer from a texture...
Get to know Australian wines (beyond cute critter labels)

Get to know Australian wines (beyond cute critter labels)

Just about all of the words in our native tongue sound deliciously mysterious and foreign when they are spoken by an inhabitant of that faraway land known as Australia, but some of their wine words have a rhythm all their own, no matter who says them: Barossa, Coonawarra, shiraz and stickies. Recent statistics list Australia as the sixth most productive wine country in the world, though the land Down...
How to pair gazpacho with summer wines

How to pair gazpacho with summer wines

The dog days of summer are upon us, and what better way to beat the heat than a simple, chilled soup? When pairing, opt for wines that bring zip and zest — this trio will do just fine. ———  Peel and chop 3 medium seedless cucumbers. Combine in a bowl with 2 ribs celery, chopped; 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped; 2 cloves garlic; 2 slices white bread, torn into pieces; 1/2...
A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp

A JPMorgan exec and a cybersecurity expert bet on a billion-dollar future for hemp

Meet your local hemp farmers. Mark Justh was a managing director for JPMorgan Chase in Asia. Dan Dolgin worked in counterterrorism for various agencies in Washington, D.C. Now the two are partners in the hemp business. JD Farms specializes in top-quality food products including baby greens, pasta and cold-pressed oil that are attracting notice from chefs and from Whole Foods Market. JD Farms in Eaton...
In Bristol, England, a restaurant goes back to rustic basics

In Bristol, England, a restaurant goes back to rustic basics

Some chefs serve commercial mayonnaise. For Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, the chef and an owner of Paco Tapas, and Dave Hazell, the head chef, making mayonnaise is a two-day process. Crab shells are roasted and then infused in vegetable oil for 48 hours. The flavored oil is blended with ingredients like cider vinegar distilled from apples grown in nearby Somerset. The luscious, tangy result is indicative...

Only 118 calories! 3 Daughters debuts light craft beer

There's craft beer (interesting, delicious, caloric) and then there's mass-market light beer (watery, disappointing, yet only 100 calories). Never the twain shall meet, right? That's changing. New technology has allowed brewers to produce low-gluten beers and low-alcohol beers, so why not low-calorie beers? Georgia's Red Hare Brewing Co. launched Gem City Classic Craft Light Lager in January, just...
10 summer value wines

10 summer value wines

It's summertime, and the living's easy. So, too, should be the wines you drink. May they go down easy, and be easy on your wallet as well. I've selected a handful of superb wines that, in my humble opinion, over deliver for the price. Some of these are perennial favorites, such as the Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, and some are recent discoveries, such as the well-balanced and elegant Stateland...
Fun, festive dining at Maya’s Mexican Grill

Fun, festive dining at Maya’s Mexican Grill

MENU Wide array of authentic Mexican dishes, including appetizers, soup, salads, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, quesadillas, chicken, beef, steak, pork and seafood. ATMOSPHERE Festive and inviting, with fun, vibrant colors and furnishings throughout. Every day feels like Cinco de Mayo here. A couple of TV sets hang above the bar for added entertainment. OUR FAVORITE FOOD/PRICE...
K & L 98 Hot Pot n’ Grill a unqiue dining experience

K & L 98 Hot Pot n’ Grill a unqiue dining experience

MENU A buffet unlike any other. This self-serve/self-cook concept offers extensive selections — including the expected (seafood, chicken, beef, lamb) to the bizarre (pig intestines and kidneys, pork blood and frog legs). Bowls of vegetables, mushrooms, dumplings, bamboo shoots and other items travel on a conveyor belt that winds around tables for diners to select. Sauces for soups can be created...
Healthy, low-guilt fare at Celis Produce

Healthy, low-guilt fare at Celis Produce

MENU Celis Produce is an organic grocery store that sells produce, pasta, granola and other items. The small market includes a juice bar that serves smoothies, acai bowls and cold-brewed coffee. You won’t get a full meal here (unless you plan on taking your groceries home and cooking them). ATMOSPHERE Celis occupies a storefront along Dixie Highway. The small market is clean and brightly lit...
Resources for drinking well

Resources for drinking well

Travelers today face a wealth of good options when it comes to drinking wine and beer. “I think today you can be surprised most everywhere,” said Pascaline Lepeltier, beverage director at the restaurant Rouge Tomate in New York City. But the variety can be overwhelming, especially when exploring a new place. Here, beverage industry experts offer their advice on how to find interesting...
When coals are called for, so is fresh squid

When coals are called for, so is fresh squid

As a confirmed squid lover, I have happily eaten more than my fair share, at home and on the road, in places hither and yon. In Italy, it shows up in rustic fish soups, in fritto misto, simmered in a luscious squid-ink sauce for the most exquisite spaghetti or risotto. It’s also frequently found as perfectly fried calamari, served with a lemon wedge. Throughout Asia, fresh squid features in...

Switch to vegetarian food on Air India causes an uproar

Coming from some other debt-ridden airline, it might have been shrugged off as just another service cutback. But not this time: When Air India announced Monday that coach passengers on its domestic flights would now be offered only vegetarian meals, the move provoked an uproar on social media. G.P. Rao, a spokesman for the government-owned airline, said the change was made a week ago strictly to reduce...
Bite-size, feel-good, 1 ingredient Whisps are cheesy crisps

Bite-size, feel-good, 1 ingredient Whisps are cheesy crisps

I like to nibble on something crunchy and loaded with flavor when I’m reading a book, watching a game, sipping a cocktail, hanging out with pals, stuck in traffic. But don’t we all? What I don’t like is a pile of greasy, salty chips with a ton of carbs or overly processed un-food. My years’ long quest has been for a snack that delivers flavor and crunch and is actually good...
What have they done to Twinkies?

What have they done to Twinkies?

In this day and age of funky flavors and unicorn colors, the makers of the venerable Twinkie are making sure they aren’t forgotten. Hostess has thrown a new flavor into the snack ring, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Twinkie. It’s spongy, chocolaty and filled with peanut butter creme filling. OK, health fanatics, we know that Twinkies are high in fat and made with 37 ingredients, but Hostess...
Coffee and long life

Coffee and long life

Drinking a few cups of coffee every day just might help you live a little longer, according to two new studies. Researchers found that daily coffee drinkers were up to 18 percent less likely to die over the next 10 to 16 years, versus non-drinkers.  The findings were based on research on over 700,000 middle-aged and older adults, and back up results from other studies on moderate coffee drinking...

Now you can have marijuana in your coffee without brewing a whole pot

Want your morning coffee to come with a little extra buzz? Brewbudz just might do the trick. A company called Cannabiniers on Wednesday launched the Brewbudz, which is "the world's first cannabis infused coffee, tea and cocoa pods." The pods are compatible with all Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers, making your morning wake and bake as simple as pushing a button. Brewbudz are available in different...
From the Middle East, a perfect summertime starter

From the Middle East, a perfect summertime starter

As you scan the menu at a Yemeni restaurant, you'll likely see hummus, sambusas or salad nestled among the starters. You'll also spot one of Yemen's most popular appetizers: shafout, flatbread drenched in a tangy, herbed sauce and topped with fresh accents such as lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Spices and herbs vary by cook, explains Taha Alhuraibi, chef and partner at Saba' Restaurant in Fairfax,...

Pesto rules

In Genoa, Italy, the birthplace of pesto, it goes without saying that the sauce is made with basil. Genoese basil, to be exact. Pesto is so big in Genoa that the airport had to loosen its rules, allowing travelers to bring more than 3-ounces of liquid in their carry-on baggage, providing that liquid was pesto. They screen it with the machine used for medicine and breast milk. The further you get from...
Making your own Danish pastries is like a mini-vacation … with butter

Making your own Danish pastries is like a mini-vacation … with butter

Denmark often has topped the United Nations’ annual World Happiness Report, which rates countries’ degree of contentedness. Surely, one reason is Danish pastry. Eating this tender treat is a joy, of course. But making Danish also can produce a deep sense of calm and satisfaction with its series of clear and deliberate steps. You can’t be in a hurry, can’t watch the clock. Give...
Get sweet on apricots

Get sweet on apricots

What’s in season: Apricots and other stone fruit are a common sight at market stands this time of year, but the flavorful fruit are really starting to come into season. Apricots, including sweet, plump Helena apricots, large Robadas and fragrant Poppy apricots, as well as crimson Flavor Royal pluots and other pluots and apriums (hybrid fruit created by crossing apricots with plums) are making...
Throw chicken on the grill, and pop open one of these wines

Throw chicken on the grill, and pop open one of these wines

A double-lemon hit flavors this simple grilled chicken — from the marinade and then the grilled fruit’s juice. You’ll want a wine to contrast that acidity or match it, like these three from Austria, Italy and France. Make this: Grilled Lemon Chicken Cut 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half horizontally; place them on a plate. Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, the juice of...
Syrah is like a violin, shiraz is like a fiddle (but sometimes not)

Syrah is like a violin, shiraz is like a fiddle (but sometimes not)

If you’ve ever asked what the difference between a violin and a fiddle is, you may have been subjected to the pithy response: “The way it’s played.” I guess it’s not an out-and-out untruth, but it’s also not the clearest path to the real answer, which is that “violin” and “fiddle” are two names for the same thing: the string instrument that...
Genius watermelon cubes chill drinks without diluting

Genius watermelon cubes chill drinks without diluting

Ice is genius. The cube is genius. The ice cube is genius times two to the third. No doubt a large number. And yet, the ice enthusiast maintains aspirations. Like transparency. Many a cocktail engineer employs distilled water, double-boiled water, double-boiled distilled water or an enormous machine that squeezes out the air bubbles, yielding perfectly clear ice. He carves the crystal into big, bold...

Desire. Heat. Curves. Is the Big Green Egg really just a grill?

On any given day, I probably commit three or four of the seven deadly sins. I’m not completely unfamiliar with sloth, though it is not a daily thing, and I’ve never been terribly wrathful. Newspaper reporters are in the wrong profession if they suffer from avarice, and I am so free from pride that I frequently boast about it on Facebook. But gluttony? Yeah, sometimes. And envy? That too...
The sum of the parts makes this one delicious steak meal

The sum of the parts makes this one delicious steak meal

In many households, steak is a special occasion kind of meal, one that rarely needs a recipe to prepare. But there are times when some formal directions can improve a slab of meat, even one that’s cooked right. This is such a case, with three recipes that together make for a meal worthy of any celebration. Start with a rub made of three types of peppercorns (and, yes, each has a different flavor)...
Recipe of the Week: Fig and Orange Skillet Cake

Recipe of the Week: Fig and Orange Skillet Cake

I’ve been obsessing over local figs lately, but I’ve also been immersed in skillet cookies and cakes for an upcoming story. This recipe from Ashley English in “A Year of Picnics: Recipes for Dining Well in the Great Outdoors” (Roost Books, $24.95) blends both into a dessert that would be perfect for a backyard party. You could easily use cherries or even sliced nectarines or...
Test Kitchen recipe: Thai Grilled Beef Salad will impress

Test Kitchen recipe: Thai Grilled Beef Salad will impress

Steven Raichlen, author of “Barbecue Sauces Rubs and Marinades — Bastes, Butters, and Glazes, Too!,” writes that “Yam nua — grilled beef salad — is one of the high holies of Thai cuisine. And one of the healthiest dishes on Planet Barbecue, thanks to the high proportion of plant foods to meat.” Thai Grilled Beef Salad Serves: 4 Preparation time: 20 minutes...
Beat the heat with this cool tuna salad

Beat the heat with this cool tuna salad

Here’s a cool salad for a hot summer evening. The flavor and texture of just-cooked fresh tuna tops a refreshing salad of lettuce, sugar snap peas, corn and grape tomatoes. Seared Fresh Tuna salad is not your ordinary tuna salad. Searing tuna and leaving the inside uncooked keeps the tuna moist and soft. The fish is quickly seared and finishes cooking in its own heat. It has a crisp crust and...
Eggplant favorites, rooted inSicily

Eggplant favorites, rooted inSicily

It’s hard to imagine Sicilian cooking without eggplant. You find it in every market, in every restaurant and certainly in every home kitchen. Having recently visited Sicily, I remember each eggplant binge fondly — and there were many. It is always fascinating to see how cuisines and cultures collide. Sicily has been fought over and ruled by many peoples during the last 2,500 years, starting...
Dining buzz: 8 new restaurants on deck, from Boca to the Gardens 

Dining buzz: 8 new restaurants on deck, from Boca to the Gardens 

That buzzing you hear is the sound of new restaurant kitchens in construction, of booths and bars and floors getting spiffed up as new spots prepare to make their debut. Some openings are slated for summer, others for later in the year. Here’s how the new dining landscape is taking shape:  A couple of burger-centric Boca Raton chefs are within weeks of opening a new upscale, Florida-inspired...
Aligoté, Burgundy’s other white grape, makes its case

Aligoté, Burgundy’s other white grape, makes its case

In a cramped cellar under a courtyard in this small town on the northern edge of Burgundy, Sylvain Pataille drew a sample of a 2016 white wine from an old barrel and filled our glasses. The wine was young and a bit cloudy, but its energy and breadth were already evident, with flavors of citrus, herbs and, above all, a penetrating, stony minerality. It was delicious. “I adore the precise terroir...
It's a steam oven and a meal subscription service, a Blue Apron rival

It's a steam oven and a meal subscription service, a Blue Apron rival

his is what we want in 2017: We want our food to be delivered to us. We want it to be gourmet. We want to know all of the ingredients and where they come from, so we can be sure they are healthful. We want to be able to order it with our phones and use them to cook it, too. We want to make restaurant-quality meals without needing restaurant-quality skills. We want dinner to take less than 15 minutes...

Communion bread must contain some gluten, Vatican says

The unleavened bread that Roman Catholics use in the celebration of communion must contain some gluten, even if only a trace amount, according to a new Vatican directive. The directive, which was dated June 15 but received significant attention only after it was reported by Vatican Radio on Saturday, affirms an existing policy. But it may help to relieve some of the confusion surrounding church doctrine...
Do the duo of prosciutto and melon one better - with salad

Do the duo of prosciutto and melon one better - with salad

This recipe spins the classic Italian prosciutto-and-melon duo into an elegant summer salad. Cutting the cured ham into ribbons and heating it quickly in a skillet might make a traditionalist cringe, but I am completely enamored with the way doing so results in crisp, flavor-concentrated, smoky-salty bites - like an upscale version of bacon. Those crisps become the finishing sprinkle for a composed...
Get your clafouti fix during apricot season

Get your clafouti fix during apricot season

Clafouti is the name of a wonderful classic, country French batter cake, sort of a cross between a flan and a fruit-filled pancake.  In the Limousin region of France, where it is spelled clafoutis, the dish calls for un-pitted cherries because the pits are believed to add flavor to the cake. Any fruit can be used, including apples, pears, peaches and plums.  This clafouti uses fresh apricots...
Barley, leek and asparagus skillet melds delicate flavors well

Barley, leek and asparagus skillet melds delicate flavors well

As summer really kicks in, asparagus is still delicious and abundant. Looking for a way to showcase it?  Barley is often used in soups or stews. It’s an earthy grain that complements the fresh, grassy taste of this delicate stalk and the natural sweetness of carrots.  Pearl barley has been polished, or “pearled” to remove some of the inedible hull and part of the bran....
How to tame mustard greens to sweet and spicy perfection

How to tame mustard greens to sweet and spicy perfection

Our farmer girl leaves early and comes home dirty. She brings back the spare clump of radishes, the stray gourd and bulging bags of mustard greens. A slight, dirt-streaked Santa, she heaves her sacks onto the kitchen table: green gifts to last all summer.  Or so it seems.  Mustard greens, in the raw, growl big and bitter. They take some taming. Here on the homestead, we trim away the burly...
WATCH: Behind the scenes of a McDonald’s photo shoot 

WATCH: Behind the scenes of a McDonald’s photo shoot 

If you’ve ever wondered why fast food looks more appetizing in advertising than it does in store, McDonald’s has some answers.  While a burger made in store takes about a minute to make, a burger prepped for a photo shoot takes several hours.  Ingredients that are typically hidden under the bun, are pulled to the foreground for marketing purposes. Photographers even use...
Bake chicken and peaches together, and they make their own sauce

Bake chicken and peaches together, and they make their own sauce

An interesting thing happened on the way to delivering this recipe. It's a one-pan dish that fuses a few spices and brown sugar with ripe peaches and that old weeknight standby - boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Prep work is minimal: Blanch the peaches, peel and slice them. Pound the chicken to an even thickness. Cut a lemon in half. The first time I tested it, the skinned peach slices went directly...
Ever had a Chocolate Old Fashioned? Ladies, let’s talk whiskey

Ever had a Chocolate Old Fashioned? Ladies, let’s talk whiskey

Ya know what’s silly? We go with what’s easiest when we’re out having a drink with our girls.  “Oh hey, bartender, I’ll take a margarita on the rocks. She’s having a Tequila Sunrise.” And if its just one of them days, “We’ll both have a Jack and Coke ... no judgement. Thanks.”  Ah, the infamous “Jack and Coke.” It&rsquo...
Cheers! One of West Palm’s largest beer festivals is this weekend

Cheers! One of West Palm’s largest beer festivals is this weekend

The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest pours into the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday. Beer lovers can sample more than 200 craft beers, all in air-conditioned comfort! The beer bash includes the following participating breweries: Twisted Trunk Brewing, Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, Ookapow Brewing Company, Devour Brewing Company, Saltwater Brewery, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Bangin’ Banjo...
The new coffee shop in CityPlace may surprise you

The new coffee shop in CityPlace may surprise you

Wait a minute readers. So y’all know Capital One, right? The financial corporation. The one you may have banked with in the past? They just dropped a Capital One Cafe into West Palm Beach — at CityPlace, directly across from Mellow Mushroom. Yep. They want you to come in, to get comfortable, to hang out in their spot. But would you honestly kick it in a bank? Could...
The ‘restaurant on wheels’: A guide to food trucks in Palm Beach County

The ‘restaurant on wheels’: A guide to food trucks in Palm Beach County

These so-called food truck rallies are going on somewhere in the county every day of the week. In Wellington, it’s every Thursday night. The biggest, a rally of more than 40 trucks, gathers in Jupiter’s Abacoa once a month.  Food trucks usually specialize in one style of cuisine: It could be sliders or tacos, it could be Pan-Asian fare or Argentine parrillada, it could...
Hot Dog Day: Who has the best hot dog in Palm Beach County?

Hot Dog Day: Who has the best hot dog in Palm Beach County?

Did you know today is Hot Dog Day? Not to be confused with National Hot Dog Day which is Sunday, July 23. So, before you make the basic ones to celebrate, try one of these local faves. From traditional American hot dogs to Caribbean-inspired sauces, these hot dog spots may have you barking for more. After all, any dog is bound to be a man’s best friend. >> READERS CHOICE: Who...
This North Palm Beach restaurant is a must-try neighborhood gem

This North Palm Beach restaurant is a must-try neighborhood gem

Do you think they’ll make it?” a middle-aged man asked his dinner companion during a conversation I happened to overhear inside a small north county restaurant. He was referring to the restaurant, a lovely Thai-sushi spot tucked into an old roadside inn on U.S. Highway 1. The place is a neighborhood gem, but it was virtually empty. The hush allowed me to appreciate the clean lines of the...
A yogurt sauce to dress up those least luscious fruits

A yogurt sauce to dress up those least luscious fruits

Why is it that matters relating to mangoes elicits such strong reactions from readers, both pro and con? Some have been just queries from the curious, but at times, comments that are strongly felt. It has happened in the past and it did again a couple of weeks ago, when I lamented the lack of mangoes this season in our neighborhood trees. Here is a “pro” I liked, from Elsbeth Link: &ldquo...
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