Liz Balmaseda

Liz Balmaseda covers food and dining for The Post.

Latest from Liz Balmaseda

‘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...

Posted: 4 hours ago

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...
After Irma: Local chefs team up to help Florida Keys storm victims (UPDATE)
 The Florida Keys have long provided culinary inspiration to chefs in and out of state. Now a battalion of local chefs have gathered to send a heap of inspiration – and donations – to those hit hard by Hurricane Irma in the Keys.  Several chef-driven efforts are underway:  Chef Julien Gremaud of Avocado Grill has...

Posted: a day ago

The Florida Keys have long provided culinary inspiration to chefs in and out of state. Now a battalion of local chefs have gathered to send a heap of inspiration – and donations – to those hit hard by Hurricane Irma in the Keys.  Several chef-driven efforts are underway:  Chef Julien Gremaud of Avocado Grill has...
Holy melted cheddar! Take a peek at these sexy cheeseburgers
 There’s no day better than National Cheeseburger Day to ogle some hefty patty stacks layered with melted cheese and fixings. Cheeseburger porn, people, it’s a thing. And we have heaps of it to share. Don’t worry – it’s entirely safe for work. Also, who says Mondays are boring? Pick up this Prime Office Cheeseburger...

Posted: a day ago

There’s no day better than National Cheeseburger Day to ogle some hefty patty stacks layered with melted cheese and fixings. Cheeseburger porn, people, it’s a thing. And we have heaps of it to share. Don’t worry – it’s entirely safe for work. Also, who says Mondays are boring? Pick up this Prime Office Cheeseburger...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
After Irma: local restaurants show their generosity
 They may be hard to perceive amid the fallen branches and post-storm debris, but there have been quite a few not-so-random acts of kindness in Hurricane Irma’s wake. From free dinners and discounts for first responders to ambitious ice-delivery missions, many in the local dining scene have stepped up to help the storm-stricken. Here&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

They may be hard to perceive amid the fallen branches and post-storm debris, but there have been quite a few not-so-random acts of kindness in Hurricane Irma’s wake. From free dinners and discounts for first responders to ambitious ice-delivery missions, many in the local dining scene have stepped up to help the storm-stricken. Here&rsquo...
UPDATED: What restaurants are open today in Palm Beach County? 
 Despite power outages, water shortages and blinking stoplights, there’s an increased sense of normalcy in the local restaurant scene today. As more neighborhood spots opened, increased options helped to mitigate the discomfort of returning to homes without power. Some restaurant delivery services are also powering back up today...

Posted: 5 days ago

Despite power outages, water shortages and blinking stoplights, there’s an increased sense of normalcy in the local restaurant scene today. As more neighborhood spots opened, increased options helped to mitigate the discomfort of returning to homes without power. Some restaurant delivery services are also powering back up today...
Recipe of the week: Cookie Baked Apple Pie for Rosh Hashanah
 Shortly before the Jewish New Year some years ago, I visited local food blogger Betsy Cohen in her Palm Beach Gardens kitchen for a baking tutorial. The aromas rising from her oven were insane – butter, apples, spices, all warm and tempting. There, turning golden in a large springform pan, was her adaptation of one of her favorite desserts...

Posted: 6 days ago

Shortly before the Jewish New Year some years ago, I visited local food blogger Betsy Cohen in her Palm Beach Gardens kitchen for a baking tutorial. The aromas rising from her oven were insane – butter, apples, spices, all warm and tempting. There, turning golden in a large springform pan, was her adaptation of one of her favorite desserts...
Hurricane Irma brought winds, rain and weight gain to Floridians coast to coast
 I didn't plan to devour a bowl of Cocoa Puffs in the dark. But as storm winds pounded on my shutters, I gave in. I couldn't let the still-cold milk in the fridge go bad during the powerless hours ahead, could I? True, I had gobbled up some crackers topped with squiggles of canned Easy Cheese, which also served as a topping on a hotdog. I...

Posted: 7 days ago

I didn't plan to devour a bowl of Cocoa Puffs in the dark. But as storm winds pounded on my shutters, I gave in. I couldn't let the still-cold milk in the fridge go bad during the powerless hours ahead, could I? True, I had gobbled up some crackers topped with squiggles of canned Easy Cheese, which also served as a topping on a hotdog. I...
Hurricane Irma: Area restaurants power back to life
 Done with cabin fever and storm whiplash, restaurants have started opening for business  in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  Duffy’s Sports Grill announced it had opened six locations in Palm Beach County. (See list below) Both Vic & Angelo’s restaurants (Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach) will open to 7:30 p.m. Clematis...

Posted: 8 days ago

Done with cabin fever and storm whiplash, restaurants have started opening for business in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  Duffy’s Sports Grill announced it had opened six locations in Palm Beach County. (See list below) Both Vic & Angelo’s restaurants (Palm Beach Gardens and Delray Beach) will open to 7:30 p.m. Clematis...
For undocumented immigrants, Hurricane Irma isn’t the worst storm of their lives
 There are storms of the earth and storms of the heart. Walter Villa Toro knows this too well.  This is why the 30-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala packed up his young family, boarded up their rental apartment in Lake Worth and sought shelter at Forest Hill High as Hurricane Irma loomed.  Villa Toro says he...

Posted: 9 days ago

There are storms of the earth and storms of the heart. Walter Villa Toro knows this too well.  This is why the 30-year-old undocumented immigrant from Guatemala packed up his young family, boarded up their rental apartment in Lake Worth and sought shelter at Forest Hill High as Hurricane Irma loomed.  Villa Toro says he...
Cooper’s Hawk is surprisingly fine dining for a mall
 Cooper’s Hawk has that gauzy quality of heavily branded restaurants that are neither from here nor from there. The menu skips across the globe, Epcot-style. The wines and tasting room component, a centerpiece of the restaurant’s concept, aim for a Napa allure. The four-month-old Palm Beach Gardens restaurant is welcoming and approachable...

Posted: 12 days ago

Cooper’s Hawk has that gauzy quality of heavily branded restaurants that are neither from here nor from there. The menu skips across the globe, Epcot-style. The wines and tasting room component, a centerpiece of the restaurant’s concept, aim for a Napa allure. The four-month-old Palm Beach Gardens restaurant is welcoming and approachable...