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Liz Balmaseda

Liz Balmaseda covers food and dining for The Post.

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From bowls to pizza, these fast food restaurants have gone custom crazy
 Once upon a time well before the age of build-your-own burrito bowls, Burger King posed this audacious concept in a sticky jingle: “Have it your way!”  The slogan stuck around for 40 years, but the concept broke all the fast-food rules of its day (circa mid-1970s). Here was this burger giant challenging devotees...

Posted: a minute ago

Once upon a time well before the age of build-your-own burrito bowls, Burger King posed this audacious concept in a sticky jingle: “Have it your way!”  The slogan stuck around for 40 years, but the concept broke all the fast-food rules of its day (circa mid-1970s). Here was this burger giant challenging devotees...
Recipe of the week: Vietnamese chicken and mint salad
 These scorching days of summer make me want to dive into a vast bowl of salad at mealtime. I crave fresh-upon-fresh flavors, the good crunch of veggies, the layers of substantial, never weak ingredients, and all those cooling colors. So pretty much, I wanted to dive into the Vietnamese chicken and mint salad that’s gorgeously displayed...

Posted: 13 hours ago

These scorching days of summer make me want to dive into a vast bowl of salad at mealtime. I crave fresh-upon-fresh flavors, the good crunch of veggies, the layers of substantial, never weak ingredients, and all those cooling colors. So pretty much, I wanted to dive into the Vietnamese chicken and mint salad that’s gorgeously displayed...
National Tequila Day deals and tips
 Taco Tuesday, step aside. Tequila Monday is here. For today, that is.  The fact that National Tequila Day falls on a Monday must be a message from the universe, like, “Drink up. You’re gonna need it this week.”   If that’s the case, some local, tequila-loving spots are at the ready with 5-buck margaritas...

Posted: 2 days ago

Taco Tuesday, step aside. Tequila Monday is here. For today, that is.  The fact that National Tequila Day falls on a Monday must be a message from the universe, like, “Drink up. You’re gonna need it this week.”   If that’s the case, some local, tequila-loving spots are at the ready with 5-buck margaritas...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...
Meet The New Yorker, Junior’s new freakish dessert
 The newest dessert at Junior’s Restaurant in Boca Raton wants to be your sweet tooth’s everything. It’s a decadent cheesecake. It’s a frothy milkshake.  It’s a hefty slice of Junior’s strawberry cheesecake stacked on top of a frosting-and-graham-cracker-rimmed strawberry milkshake. It’s...

Posted: 12 days ago

The newest dessert at Junior’s Restaurant in Boca Raton wants to be your sweet tooth’s everything. It’s a decadent cheesecake. It’s a frothy milkshake.  It’s a hefty slice of Junior’s strawberry cheesecake stacked on top of a frosting-and-graham-cracker-rimmed strawberry milkshake. It’s...
Recipe of the week: French crepes filled with apricots and vanilla honey
 Of all the vehicles for savory or sweet, French-style crepes rise to the top of my favorites. Encasing savory fillings, like melting cheeses or saucy mushrooms, crepes can lend contrasting sweet notes. Wrapped around sweet fillings, they double-down on decadence. That sweet filling doesn’t have to be a cloying one. As the recipe below...

Posted: 13 days ago

Of all the vehicles for savory or sweet, French-style crepes rise to the top of my favorites. Encasing savory fillings, like melting cheeses or saucy mushrooms, crepes can lend contrasting sweet notes. Wrapped around sweet fillings, they double-down on decadence. That sweet filling doesn’t have to be a cloying one. As the recipe below...
Hungry? Here are 10 terrific summer dining deals 
 You know it’s deep summer in the Palm Beaches when prices drop and hard-to-get tables open up. That’s when we, the deal hunters, pounce on the prix fixes. Lucky for us, there are plenty of summer deals – from full menus to smaller promos – to keep us out and about in the off-season. Here are ten terrific deals...

Posted: 13 days ago

You know it’s deep summer in the Palm Beaches when prices drop and hard-to-get tables open up. That’s when we, the deal hunters, pounce on the prix fixes. Lucky for us, there are plenty of summer deals – from full menus to smaller promos – to keep us out and about in the off-season. Here are ten terrific deals...