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Liz Balmaseda

Liz Balmaseda covers food and dining for The Post.

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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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 5 days ago

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...
Who has the best hot dog in Palm Beach County? One of these spots
 Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the first food that comes to mind? Hot dogs! But before you make the basic ones, try one of these local faves. From traditional American 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. >>...

Posted: 8 days ago

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the first food that comes to mind? Hot dogs! But before you make the basic ones, try one of these local faves. From traditional American 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. >>...
Cool-down treats: five favorite hot-weather foods
 There’s not always a sparkling pool nearby for a quick, cool dip from the swelter. But chances are there’s a salad within walking distance. Diving into a bowl of chilled, well-dressed greens may not be the same as cannonballing into a pool, but, hey, we’ll take it in a pinch. And we’ll take some watermelon everything...

Posted: 10 days ago

There’s not always a sparkling pool nearby for a quick, cool dip from the swelter. But chances are there’s a salad within walking distance. Diving into a bowl of chilled, well-dressed greens may not be the same as cannonballing into a pool, but, hey, we’ll take it in a pinch. And we’ll take some watermelon everything...
Goodbye Grub: Ocean Bleu restaurant closes in Tequesta 
 Ocean Bleu, the charming, seafood-centric restaurant tucked into a Tequesta plaza, served its final meal Sunday. The family-owned spot closed for good at the end of the night.  Chef/co-owner Levent Yurdatap says future culinary endeavors await.  “Currently, we are doing private catering while working on a new project,&rdquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ocean Bleu, the charming, seafood-centric restaurant tucked into a Tequesta plaza, served its final meal Sunday. The family-owned spot closed for good at the end of the night.  Chef/co-owner Levent Yurdatap says future culinary endeavors await.  “Currently, we are doing private catering while working on a new project,&rdquo...
National Barbecue Day: Which local restaurant has the best barbecue?
 Happy National Barbecue Day! A few months ago we asked our readers to pick their favorite restaurant for barbecue. And for ‘Best BBQ in Palm Beach County, our readers chose Park Avenue (PA) BBQ, the local chain with nine locations across the county and the Treasure Coast. I second that motion. PA BBQ has been my go-to spot...

Posted: 11 days ago

Happy National Barbecue Day! A few months ago we asked our readers to pick their favorite restaurant for barbecue. And for ‘Best BBQ in Palm Beach County, our readers chose Park Avenue (PA) BBQ, the local chain with nine locations across the county and the Treasure Coast. I second that motion. PA BBQ has been my go-to spot...