Food


Here come the claws: Stone Crab seasons kicks off 

Time to get cracking, South Florida. Stone crab season kicks off Monday, which means those plump, sweet claws will be landing at a raw bar near you Tuesday.  Where to find them? Here are some good options. The cost will depend on market prices -- they fluctuate throughout the season, which runs Oct. 15 to May 15.   This family-owned seafood market and café is stone-crab...
Michelin man: Chef Mauro Colagreco brings shine to Four Seasons Palm Beach

Michelin man: Chef Mauro Colagreco brings shine to Four Seasons Palm Beach

When the Four Seasons Palm Beach resort debuts its lavish new digs in mid-November, it will do so with some Michelin shine. That’s because the resort has partnered with world-acclaimed chef Mauro Colagreco in creating its new signature restaurant, Florie’s.  Colagreco, who has two Michelin stars to his name, is the culinary mind behind Mirazur, the seaside restaurant in...
NEW: Bistro west of Greenacres shut down temporarily for violations

NEW: Bistro west of Greenacres shut down temporarily for violations

A bistro west of Greenacres was closed temporarily last week after failing state inspections. Mel’s Way Bistro at 3536 Via Poinciana was shut down Oct. 4 after inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation found improperly stored food, live roaches and broken equipment, among other violations, according to records. Inspectors found a total of 10 violations, including...
Find heaven in a slice of pizza at Cannoli Kitchen

Find heaven in a slice of pizza at Cannoli Kitchen

MENU This is a pizza lover’s paradise. Out on display at the front counter are numerous pies with a variety of toppings: chicken bacon ranch, artichoke and spinach, fresh arugula, cheesesteak. You’ll be like a kid in a candy shop, trying to decide which ones to choose. There’s a lot more on the menu too: salads, hot and cold subs, pasta, wings. Veal, chicken and shrimp dishes also...
Sonny’s sets the standard for great barbecue fare

Sonny’s sets the standard for great barbecue fare

MENU Appetizers, soups, salads, salad bar, sandwiches, burgers, barbecue chicken, ribs, pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, turkey, seafood, vegetables, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Bright and airy, with lots of honey-colored wood and country flourishes to make you feel right at home. The smell of barbecue captivates as you enter the door, and the comfy booths ensure you have lots of elbow room for tackling...
New Greek restaurant opens in Gardens. Here’s what’s on the menu

New Greek restaurant opens in Gardens. Here’s what’s on the menu

A new Mediterranean restaurant serving slow-roasted gyro, homemade hummus and baklava has opened in Legacy Place, across the street from Downtown at the Gardens and The Gardens Mall. RELATED: What stores are in and out at PGA shopping center in Gardens? The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill recently opened in the former Bagel Boyz near the Oceans Allure boutique and Gelato Grotto. The fast-casual restaurant...
Openings: Crazy Uncle Mike’s brewery restaurant debuts in Boca

Openings: Crazy Uncle Mike’s brewery restaurant debuts in Boca

Call it a brewery with ambition. Boca’s newest craft beer spot, Crazy Uncle Mike’s, is also a full-service restaurant and live music venue. The multitasking establishment opens Friday in Boca Raton.  The brewery/restaurant slips into the freestanding, 9000-square-foot building that formerly housed Zone Sports Lounge (before that, Cantina Max, Moonshine Molly’s and other...
Tacos we love: seven taquerías to check out

Tacos we love: seven taquerías to check out

What is a taco if not a tortilla with grandiose whims? It tries its best to contain them – the stewed meats, the veggies, the cheese and spicy salsa – but most of the time, it makes a mess. It is that delicious mess that we celebrate on National Taco Day, which is Thursday. Sure, we can add fewer fillings to our tacos, or an extra tortilla to help absorb the spillage. But why?  Here...
Restaurants moonlight as banned clubs? Royal Palm Beach weighs action

Restaurants moonlight as banned clubs? Royal Palm Beach weighs action

At least one restaurant disputes the idea it has tried to dance around a village ban on nightclubs, but council members are poised for a final vote Thursday on a plan to beef up rules addressing live music and events that last into the wee hours. Live entertainment events at establishments have resulted in “significant use” of sheriff’s deputies and code-enforcement officers...
Stop by Pizza De Roma for great-tasting dishes

Stop by Pizza De Roma for great-tasting dishes

MENU It’s a small place with a big menu. In addition to New York-style pizzas of all sizes and varieties, Pizza de Roma has appetizers, salads, soups, pastas, hot and cold sandwiches, dinners and seafood. Lunch specials are offered daily and include pizza by the slice. ATMOSPHERE Business is largely takeout, but there are four tables in back if you choose to dine in. Place your order at the...
From apps to dessert, Flashback Diner has it all

From apps to dessert, Flashback Diner has it all

MENU There’s something for everyone here. A wide selection of appetizers range from hummus and pita bread to buffalo chicken wings. There are soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and seafood. The menu also offers breakfast and brunch options with five kinds of eggs benedict, omelets and pancakes. Kids and dessert menus are also available. ATMOSPHERE The Boca Raton location on Saturday nights can...
Kyle G’s serves up oceanfront dining experience

Kyle G’s serves up oceanfront dining experience

MENU Appetizers, soup, salad, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, steak, chicken, pasta, tacos, raw bar, cocktails. ATMOSPHERE Lively and tropical outside, fun and sophisticated indoors, where ceiling-to-floor windows allow the full flavor of the ocean to permeate inside. It’s one of the few oceanside restaurants in St. Lucie County that captures the best of waterfront dining. Eat outdoors on the...
Goodbye Grub: Mellow Mushroom closes at CityPlace

Goodbye Grub: Mellow Mushroom closes at CityPlace

Mellow Mushroom, the pizzeria branded in 70s-era grooviness, closed its CityPlace location Monday. The closing was abrupt, but inevitable, says the restaurant’s Tennessee-based franchise owner, Mark Clark. “This location was struggling,” he told The Post Monday.  In a note to employees, Clark and his wife, Karen Clark, said closing the pizzeria “was our hardest decision...
Lake Worth coffee shop discovers price to replace plastic straws hefty

Lake Worth coffee shop discovers price to replace plastic straws hefty

Common Grounds Coffee Bar on Monday is ditching all plastic straws in favor of the more environmentally-friendly paper straws. “We’re really trying to push Lake Worth and join Lake Worth in their efforts to make it a clean and a more eco-friendly community,” said Justin Olive, the store’s general manager. “Getting paper straws is one way we...
Openings: Okeechobee Steakhouse debuts gourmet meat market

Openings: Okeechobee Steakhouse debuts gourmet meat market

UPDATE: One month shy of its 71st birthday, Florida’s oldest steakhouse will host a grand opening celebration for its new meat market. The official debut of Okeechobee Steakhouse’s specialty market, which takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, is expected to draw local dignitaries and will feature a tour of the steakhouse’s new event room.  With the debut comes a name change. Previously...
It’s National Key Lime Pie Day – how about a slice?

It’s National Key Lime Pie Day – how about a slice?

There’s a pure-Florida pie so creamy and nice it has its own holiday. Today is National Key Lime Pie Day, and the very thought makes us want to drive down to the Keys for an authentic slice.  Of course, that’s not possible — at least for us it isn’t. We’ll settle for the next best thing: We’ll bake our own.   Here are a few favorite renditions we...
From barbecue to Brazilian: 10 new spots to check out

From barbecue to Brazilian: 10 new spots to check out

That local dining buzz you sense is real. The past few months have brought Palm Beach County a diverse batch of new, intriguing spots to grab a bite or quench your thirst. And more are on deck to open soon.  Here are 10 interesting dots on the county’s dining landscape.   This global street-food spot opened this week on Donald Ross Road. The casual restaurant offers...
Raclette night: Pistache wants to melt your cheese-loving heart

Raclette night: Pistache wants to melt your cheese-loving heart

Want a super cheesy reason to visit the top French bistro in West Palm Beach?  There’s a raclette special Wednesday night.  Not that one needs a copious amount of oozy, melted French cheese to enjoy an evening at Pistache, the stylish bistro that has anchored a prime block of the downtown waterfront for a decade. With a menu that explores Parisian-style classics at lunch, dinner...
First look: Submarine Crab surfaces in Wellington

First look: Submarine Crab surfaces in Wellington

The new seafood spot in Wellington was almost empty when I wandered in on a recent Saturday at mid-afternoon. Submarine Crab, part of a national chain with locations in California and Pembroke Pines, opened early last month in the former Jordan Steakhouse (and Pangea before that) space near the Mall at Wellington Green.  The emptiness only accentuated the strikingly bare décor. Then...
Fresh noodles, toppings at Ramen Lab Eatery

Fresh noodles, toppings at Ramen Lab Eatery

MENU Ramen Lab Eatery’s chief attraction is big bowls of noodles served with broth and exotic toppings. Ramen Lab also serves poke, fresh fish over rice or salad. The most expensive item on the menu is $18. Ramen Lab sells beer and wine. ATMOSPHERE Ramen Lab Eatery’s Delray Beach location occupies a space in a bustling restaurant area just north of Atlantic Avenue, where parking is at...
Holy melted cheddar! Take a peek at these sexy cheeseburgers

Holy melted cheddar! Take a peek at these sexy cheeseburgers

There’s no day better time than the weekend 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. Find some of the best cheeseburgers in town at the spots listed below.  Say what? We missed your favorite?! Leave it in the comments...
Powerhouse chefs unite for ‘No Kid Hungry’ event in West Palm

Powerhouse chefs unite for ‘No Kid Hungry’ event in West Palm

Here’s a foodie event to put on your radar: Chef Julien Gremaud of Avocado Grill is hosting a powerhouse collab for charity next week. And his guest chefs at the “Spices from Around the World” dinner present a rare double-treat for Palm Beach County diners. Gremaud is bringing back Pushkar Marathe, the former Meat Market Palm Beach chef now making waves at one of Miami’s top...
Coming to Grandview Market: ‘Paradise’ by the pizza slice

Coming to Grandview Market: ‘Paradise’ by the pizza slice

Want a slice of paradise? Soon, you’ll be able to fix that craving at Grandview Public Market. The West Palm food hall soon will welcome Pizza Paradise to its newly expanded family of food/drink vendors. The new spot will take the place of The Corner pizzeria, which closes Wednesday.  Set to open the first week in October, Pizza Paradise is an extension of a mobile, wood-fire...
La Granja Restaurant in West Palm shut down temporarily for violations

La Granja Restaurant in West Palm shut down temporarily for violations

A popular Peruvian restaurant was closed temporarily last week after failing state inspections. La Granja Restaurant at 4282 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach was shut down Sept. 10 after inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation found improperly stored food and sewage/wastewater backing up through floor drains, among other violations, according to records. Inspectors...
Amateur hour at former B.B. King’s? Owner says reality-TV managers committed fraud

Amateur hour at former B.B. King’s? Owner says reality-TV managers committed fraud

A Memphis-based restaurateur had high hopes when it hired two reality TV stars to revive its struggling eatery and music venue at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. Instead, after an ill-considered renovation and rebranding, the former home of B.B. King’s, Lafayette’s and Bowery Palm Beach is empty. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Palm Beach County, Beale Street Blues Co. West Palm Beach LLC accuses...
‘Reducetarian’ offers practical guide to eating less meat 

‘Reducetarian’ offers practical guide to eating less meat 

The recipes in the new plant-based cookbook that landed on my desk just days ago are tempting enough to make a carnivore look away from her pork chop. And that’s exactly the idea behind “The Reducetarian Cookbook” (Center Street, $21.99), a recipe collection that aims to ease us into cutting back on meat consumption. That’s not to say author Brian Kateman advocates a radical...
NEW: BurgerFi giving out $1 cheeseburgers Tuesday

NEW: BurgerFi giving out $1 cheeseburgers Tuesday

Craving a cheeseburger? Come to BurgerFi on Sept. 18 to get a cheap deal! In celebration of National Cheeseburger Day, BurgerFi locations across South Florida will be offering a BOGO promotion: buy one cheeseburger, get another one for $1. The meal will feature two all-natural Angus beef patties, with double American cheese, lettuce, tomato and the BurgerFi’s mayonnaise-based signature...
Banning plastic staws? Boynton Beach has a different approach

Banning plastic staws? Boynton Beach has a different approach

While some cities in Palm Beach County are considered banning plastic straws to go green, Boynton Beach commissioners have a different approach. Mayor Steven Grant proposed a “Green Business Project” that would give businesses the incentive to go green, rather than having the city ban plastic and Styrofoam substances. BOYNTON BEACH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly Boynton Beach...
Umbrella Sky is coming down: Time to get those photos while you still can

Umbrella Sky is coming down: Time to get those photos while you still can

Update: The Umbrella Sky project comes down at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Surely you’ve seen them on Instagram, the joyous raft of umbrellas floating above a cobblestone street in Coral Gables. As handy as they might seem during the afternoon downpours, they’re actually just for show, a summer-long art installation called Umbrella Sky.  And if you want to see them, you have...
The Cooper closes for kitchen repairs, to reopen this week

The Cooper closes for kitchen repairs, to reopen this week

Relax, fans of The Cooper – the popular PGA corridor restaurant and bar is not closed for good. “Just a little remodel in the kitchen,” says restaurant publicist Tamra Fitzgerald.  The vibe-y, PGA Commons spot was closed Tuesday and Wednesday for renovation work. It will reopen for dinner Thursday at 5 p.m., says Fitzgerald.  The enhancements will continue Monday, when...
Martha Stewart is coming to The Regional, West Palm

Martha Stewart is coming to The Regional, West Palm

Chef Lindsay Autry admits she’s “fan-girling” a bit over a guest chef coming to her West Palm Beach restaurant early next year. Then again, it’s not just any visitor – it’s Martha Stewart. Autry will host Stewart and Buccan chef Clay Conley at The Regional Kitchen during a South Beach Wine and Food Festival dinner in February. The dinner marks the first time the...
Wine industry icon Hubert Opici remembered as ‘generous’ and ‘always sharp’

Wine industry icon Hubert Opici remembered as ‘generous’ and ‘always sharp’

He was the wine industry icon with a personality as easy-going as the wines that carry his family’s name. Hubert Opici knew customers by name and backstory. He greeted employees as family. Today, they mourn him as they remember his zest for life and how he embodied the American dream.  The genial patriarch of the wine companies bearing the Opici name lived six months beyond his 102nd...
Taste authentic Mexican fare at Los Agaves

Taste authentic Mexican fare at Los Agaves

MENU Authentic Mexican food is what this restaurant promises, and it surely delivers. The menu includes delicious appetizers like the super nachos, available with a choice of ground beef, chicken or picadillo. Other appetizer items are the taquitos, quesadilla and ceviche. Entrees are also varied, from tortilla soup to carnitas, fajitas and tostadas. If you have inclination toward seafood, the Enchiladas...
Food comes with tropical vibe at Twisted Tuna

Food comes with tropical vibe at Twisted Tuna

MENU Appetizers, raw bar, soup, salad, seafood, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, tacos, pizza, oyster and sushi bar, steak, chicken, pasta, desserts. ATMOSPHERE Fun, open-air bar and grill with a tropical vibe, it overlooks the dazzling St. Lucie River. There’s three full liquor bars in this expansive eatery, and an entertainment stage that juts right out over the water. Plenty of casual outdoor...
Take a Harry and Meghan tour at Epcot’s food and wine fest

Take a Harry and Meghan tour at Epcot’s food and wine fest

Do you remain obsessed with Harry and Meghan? Are you eagerly awaiting their fall tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand? I know I am, and I gobble up every bit of gossip about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Did you know they got a Labrador retriever and named him Oz? Did you know Meghan calls Harry “my love”? Did you know Harry’s favorite cocktail contains...
Craft beer and pizza coming to Singer Island

Craft beer and pizza coming to Singer Island

Beer Florida, Inc., the owners of DAS Beer Garden in Downtown Abacoa, will open a new craft beer and pizza joint in Singer Island. DAS Craft Beer & Pizza will offer more than 60 craft beers and creative pizza offerings from DAS Head Chef Jason Rohrbach in its 5,500-square-foot location at 2415 N. Ocean Drive in the Ocean Walk plaza, near Da Big Kahuna surf shop and New York Bagel Cafe & Deli. ...
Openings: Anzo brings Mediterranean bowls to Gardens’ Midtown plaza

Openings: Anzo brings Mediterranean bowls to Gardens’ Midtown plaza

Heads up, newbies: There may not be enough room in your bowl at Anzo Mediterranean Kitchen for all the toppings offered at Palm Beach Gardens’ newest build-your-meal restaurant.  The casual, Middle Eastern-leaning restaurant offers no fewer than 15 toppings (13 of them free) to heap on your already hefty bowl ($9.45) or wrap ($8.95). To build your meal, you choose two base items (rice...
Flavor Palm Beach: Ten terrific restaurants to try for September-long dining deal

Flavor Palm Beach: Ten terrific restaurants to try for September-long dining deal

Dining-deal seekers, take note: The September-long, county-wide promotion known as Flavor Palm Beach kicks off Saturday. So far, 54 local upscale restaurants have signed up to offer special, budget-friendly menus for lunch and/or dinner.  As in previous years, the best deals tend to cluster in central county, where some normally pricey Palm Beach restaurants roll out deeply discounted menus...
Savor food, calm vibe at Tub Tim Thai & Sushi

Savor food, calm vibe at Tub Tim Thai & Sushi

MENU The restaurant offers of a variety Thai and Japanese dishes, so the menu includes classics like pad Thai and pad siew; curry and stir-fry dishes; as well as sushi and sashimi. ATMOSPHERE If you want peace and quiet in a dining experience, this spot’s for you. Everything is muted — from the hostess’ welcome, to the wait staff’s inquiries, to diners’ conversations...
Extensive wine list, unique menu at Aaron’s Table

Extensive wine list, unique menu at Aaron’s Table

MENU Aaron’s Table serves gourmet items such as lamb shank, short rib and seared scallops. Many dinner entrees are priced at $24 to $34, but lunch items are cheaper. We managed our bill by ordering items priced at less than $20. Aaron’s Table serves wine, beer and cocktails. ATMOSPHERE Aaron’s Table occupies the former Rooney’s space in Abacoa, although it no longer looks like...
Welcome to the brand-new pub with longtime regulars

Welcome to the brand-new pub with longtime regulars

Draft House Bar & Grille is brand-new in North Palm Beach, having debuted in early August. But the place feels like it’s been around for much longer. Servers and bartenders greet customers like longtime regulars. Overheard bar chatter has that “Cheers” vibe.  There’s a reason for this: The heart of the place is not new to North Palm. Owner Randy Epstein ran the restaurant...
Ooh na-na: Havana’s celebrating a big birthday

Ooh na-na: Havana’s celebrating a big birthday

Havana restaurant, home of the 24-hour cafecito window, maker of the local-favorite Cuban sandwich, greeter of many a passing celebrity, is celebrating a milestone birthday in September: 25 years. That’s a quarter century of anchoring the most caffeinated corner of West Palm Beach, the southwestern patch of South Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard.  The Cuban demitasse love is heard...
La Vie is so bad I'm only writing about it as a warning

La Vie is so bad I'm only writing about it as a warning

Every now and then I encounter a restaurant that's so dismissive of diners' senses, my initial reaction is simply not to write about it. Why waste the money, the words and your precious time? But the bigger and pricier a place, the more I feel the need to warn readers away from, among other dining pratfalls, kitchens that can't cook and design that makes you dizzy. Take La Vie, which opened in July...
Hospitality, Senegal’s way, at Teranga in Harlem

Hospitality, Senegal’s way, at Teranga in Harlem

For years, chef Pierre Thiam has been planning to open a restaurant and call it Teranga. Translated from Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal, teranga means hospitality — though as Thiam explained it, the meaning is more significant, and more complex, than any English translation will allow. “It’s such an important word in our culture, and it’s high up in our values,”...
A beautiful mess in a savory pie

A beautiful mess in a savory pie

Ratatouille can take many forms. There’s fancy: eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini artfully cut and arranged in a dish before baking — the kind of thing you don’t mind getting the china down for. And there’s simple: a potentially sloppy mix of long-stewed vegetables, liable to collapse in an oily heap on your everyday plates before being devoured. The same can be said for ratatouille...
A ‘Queer Eye’ makeover for a vintage diner

A ‘Queer Eye’ makeover for a vintage diner

The first thing Antoni Porowski — the food and wine expert on “Queer Eye,” this year’s hit reboot of the makeover TV show — wants everyone to know about his new West Village restaurant is that it will not center on avocado. The fruit became a meme associated with Porowski after two episodes of the inaugural season showed him teaching the program’s recruits how to...
Tangy coleslaw a perfect side dish for spicy Southwest burgers

Tangy coleslaw a perfect side dish for spicy Southwest burgers

Spicy tomato salsa gives these light, juicy chicken burgers a hint of the Southwest. Cool coleslaw is a perfect side dish for burgers. Making fresh coleslaw that is tangy and crunchy is a breeze using shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix available in the produce department of the supermarket. Look for ground chicken made from chicken breast meat only. If it says ground chicken, it may contain skin, fat...
Reader sounds off on foibles of electric stove; we set him straight

Reader sounds off on foibles of electric stove; we set him straight

A couple of weeks ago, this column discussed the pros and cons of cooking and baking with gas or electric as the energy source. It caught the attention of John Mcauley, of Jupiter, and like a good reader — the kind I really like — he did not feel shy to vent his own take on the issue. Here is what he wrote: “When I saw the title of your article, I began to read it in earnest since...
Green markets guide: Find the best market near you in Palm Beach County

Green markets guide: Find the best market near you in Palm Beach County

What’s not to love about green market season? The farmers markets provide fresh produce from area farms, artisanal goods, local plants, baked goods, gourmet foods and so much more. Plus it’s a great time to just get outside and enjoy South Florida’s fall season.  Here’s info on some of our favorites around the county. Opens: Oct. 6, 2018 through April 20, 2019Hours...
Lantana’s Current Cafe wants to create ‘beachy’ local hub

Lantana’s Current Cafe wants to create ‘beachy’ local hub

For Grigol Kranz and Eileen O'Toole, new residents of South Palm Beach, The Current Cafe was exactly what they hoped they would find across the bridge in Lantana: A low-key shop with fresh coffee and healthy food options. “We wanted something walking or biking distance from our home that was locally owned and clean,” said Kranz, on a recent day at the tiny, surfer-inspired cottage...
Reese Witherspoon’s cookbook memoir: Local Southern chefs discuss how their heritage flavors their food

Reese Witherspoon’s cookbook memoir: Local Southern chefs discuss how their heritage flavors their food

Whiskey in a teacup. Like the term “steel magnolias,” it’s an evocative phrase that conjures the sometimes deceptively formal air of the quintessential Southern woman, that hides a solid spine.  In her new culinary memoir “Whiskey In A Teacup: What Growing Up In The South Taught Me About Life, Love and Baking Biscuits” actress Reese Witherspoon explains...
Check out these top coffee shops in Palm Beach County

Check out these top coffee shops in Palm Beach County

Saturday we celebrate National Coffee Day.  So enjoy your time off and grab some delicious joe to get your weekend started!  Here are some of our favorite coffee shops in Palm Beach County. This unique Swedish coffee shop, in downtown West Palm Beach, is a spot to sit and enjoy your hot brewed coffee in a proper ceramic cup, in a plush, deep-violet, Alice-In-Wonderland-like chair. You don't...
Indian-style seekh kababs a labor of love

Indian-style seekh kababs a labor of love

While we were shopping at Costco the other day, I spotted a very neat and attractive eye round, cut in two pieces, and at a very reasonable price. The idea of making seekh kabab out of it immediately came to mind. Seekh kabab is made out of long and thin strips of meat marinated and threaded on a skewer. There are two ways you can get those long and thin strips: Trim a piece from all sides of the...
Coming to Clematis Street: Batch New Southern Kitchen

Coming to Clematis Street: Batch New Southern Kitchen

Need to fix your craving for a unique Southern food experience? A Miami-based restaurant and bar will take the place of the former Alchemist spot in downtown West Palm Beach. Batch New Southern Kitchen aims to fill the Alchemist void by mid-November, restaurant reps say. It will be the second Batch concept in Palm Beach County. The budding restaurant group, which gets its name from...
This salad makes good use of stale bread and not-so-pretty tomatoes

This salad makes good use of stale bread and not-so-pretty tomatoes

When you’re puzzled about what to do with leftover bread that’s getting stale, think panzanella. This Italian bread salad pairs herbs and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers with cubes of leftover bread. Panzanella is drizzled lightly with a vinaigrette. The juices from the tomatoes and cucumber paired with the vinaigrette help moisten the bread enough to keep it somewhat crisp...
The gas vs. electric cooking debate: Fire away

The gas vs. electric cooking debate: Fire away

As I watch forests and town on fire around the world, especially around California, I can feel to the bone the destructive power of this gift from God. Fire is probably the one thing that propelled mankind from being to a beast to this glorious stage of development. But perhaps God is giving us a very warm and vivid hint that unless we mend our profligate ways, and heed the warnings of our weather...
This spicy stir-fry only takes a few minutes to cook

This spicy stir-fry only takes a few minutes to cook

Five-spice powder gives this stir-fry its intriguing taste. The flavors delicately glaze the ingredients. The spice is a pungent mixture of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed and Szechwan peppercorns. You can use it to add a different flavor to other rice or vegetable dishes. The dish has several ingredients, but once they’re assembled they take only a few minutes to cook. This stir-fry...
These wines – and wine cocktails – can see you through a dinner party

These wines – and wine cocktails – can see you through a dinner party

Here’s a dinner plan: Start by opening a bottle of Montenidoli Chianti and letting it air - decanted, if possible. Then enjoy a Pampelonne wine cocktail while you cook. When you begin to eat, whether nibbles or a more formal first course, switch to either the Attems Ramato Pinot Grigio, Ken Forrester Old Vines Chenin Blanc or Esprit Gassier rosé. Wow your guests with the Chianti at the...
What to do with all those cucumbers? Make pickles.

What to do with all those cucumbers? Make pickles.

So. Many. Cucumbers. My garden — more correctly, my husband’s garden — was overflowing with cucumbers. Lots of tomatoes and peppers, too, along with lesser amounts of carrots, eggplant, Egyptian spinach, zucchini and the list goes on. We tried everything to use up the cucumbers: Cucumber and avocado salad, cucumbers with couscous, cucumbers in adult beverages, and we made gallons...
Fresh summer tomatoes take classic Southern red rice to the next level

Fresh summer tomatoes take classic Southern red rice to the next level

The earliest designs on summer tomatoes are always the raw ones: tomato sandwiches, tomato salads, tomatoes peeled and sliced and fanned out on a platter, glistening like something more carnal than vegetal. They are the preparations for which the supermarket counterpart offers no fair approximation, the ones the tomato righteous may forgo eight or nine months out of the year. Less obvious is the thrill...
The bitter taste of assimilation and the joy of ‘stinky’ food

The bitter taste of assimilation and the joy of ‘stinky’ food

(This story was presented by the author at Printers Row Lit Fest this June, during a session of Between Bites, the Chicago-based storytelling group.) Ashley T. handed me a pink cloud wrapped in a wrinkly, silver piece of paper. On top, a shower of red and white hearts. The thing smelled suspiciously sweet, almost sickly so, but tantalizing nonetheless. What was this thing? It was 1990, and my family...
Video shows Taco Bell employee refusing to take English-speaking customer's order

Video shows Taco Bell employee refusing to take English-speaking customer's order

Taco Bell has parted ways with an employee captured in a video telling a woman at a Florida drive-through that she couldn't take her order because no one working at the store spoke English. » RELATED: Taco Bell voted best Mexican restaurant in US The video was posted on Wednesday by Alexandria Montgomery. It depicted her and at least one other person in a car at the drive-through window...
Liz recommends: Best restaurants in Jupiter, Gardens, Juno Beach, North Palm Beach

Liz recommends: Best restaurants in Jupiter, Gardens, Juno Beach, North Palm Beach

These are the restaurants Palm Beach Post Food Editor Liz Balmaseda recommends in north Palm Beach County. In the list below, click on the restaurant’s address to open the location in Google Maps. To view restaurants, with official reviews, click the link below: ��Eat like a food critic: Explore our dining guide of Palm Beach County Explore our dining guide of Palm Beach County...
Public canneries help food lovers save the season

Public canneries help food lovers save the season

Two summers ago, Ronald David canned something he never had before at the Glade Hill Cannery - and he’s canned just about everything: beans, beets, corn, carrots, tomatoes, cherries, peaches, fried apples, applesauce, apple butter, ground beef, stew beef, venison, liver pudding and souse meat. “It was water,” he said, breaking into a hearty laugh. “I don’t know why they...
These comforting lemon basil noodles are a one-pan wonder

These comforting lemon basil noodles are a one-pan wonder

I couldn’t have said it better myself, so here’s the thing, paraphrasing from Cook’s Illustrated: Egg noodles are the starchy soul of comfort foods. They provide a chewy bite and seem easier not to overcook than your standard dried pasta noodle. And this recipe represents another reason we like them: They cook quickly, absorbing all the flavor this inexpensive, one-pan, meatless...
Easy flatbreads can be made in no time – and with no oven

Easy flatbreads can be made in no time – and with no oven

Fresh bread, however, is a year-round necessity, as far as I’m concerned. When there’s a nip in the air, I love to churn out crusty loaves of rye, fill sheet pans with dimpled focaccia drizzled in olive oil, and knead mashed sweet potatoes into my Thanksgiving dinner roll dough. But once the combination of heat and humidity results in Code Orange days, my oven goes on hiatus, and I turn...
Adjika: A Georgian condiment that brings fire to the table

Adjika: A Georgian condiment that brings fire to the table

Tunisia has its harissa, Louisiana has its Crystal, and Georgia - the country, not the state - has adjika. But to designate this spicy condiment “Georgian” is a disservice to the intensely complex pepper paste and its somewhat complicated ancestry. Unfortunately, unless you travel to Georgia - specifically Abkhazia (itself a subject of dispute) and Samegrelo, in the west - you’ll...
Coconut turmeric cake tastes like tropical paradise

Coconut turmeric cake tastes like tropical paradise

Sometimes you know what a dish will taste like before you even start cooking it. For me, this Coconut Turmeric Sweet Bread was not one of those dishes. When I came across the recipe in “Tahini and Turmeric: 101 Middle Eastern Classics - Made Irresistibly Vegan,” by Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to make it. Of course, I’m familiar...
The next generation of wine coolers tastes like fun

The next generation of wine coolers tastes like fun

Remember wine coolers? Bartles & Jaymes, those two old guys, one in suspenders, sitting on a front porch or flying a biplane while thanking us for our support? Bruce Willis strutting through a bar singing about Seagram’s wine coolers - “It’s wet and it’s dry”? Those ads were all over the airwaves during the 1980s. The ads may be relegated to YouTube, but the flavored...
Yes, you can make pesto with zucchini

Yes, you can make pesto with zucchini

On a recent trip to the market, some of summer’s best and freshest local produce was showing up. There were bushels of beautiful kale, baskets of early Red Haven Peaches and, of course, tons of zucchini and tomatoes. While perusing all this bounty, my thoughts turned to cooking. The vibrant color of greens, the floral smell and fuzzy texture of the peaches and the smooth skin of the zucchini...
A fast-moving future for gene-edited foods

A fast-moving future for gene-edited foods

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - In a gleaming laboratory hidden from the highway by a Hampton Inn and a Denny’s restaurant, a researcher with the biotech firm Calyxt works the controls of a boxy robot. The robot whirs like an arcade claw machine, dropping blips of DNA into tubes with pipettes. It’s building an enzyme that rewrites DNA - and transforming food and agriculture in the process. Thanks to...
‘Everyone loves hummus’: Kitchens finding that it makes a lovely base

‘Everyone loves hummus’: Kitchens finding that it makes a lovely base

LOS ANGELES — Hummus is definitely having a moment. It seems you can’t scroll through a menu without at least one offering. And with all of the varieties available — I’ve seen variations flavored with everything from edamame to chipotle, roasted butternut squash to English pea with watercress — it’s become the muse of many a chef. You might even argue hummus is...
Try this updated version of the classic Waldorf Astoria salad

Try this updated version of the classic Waldorf Astoria salad

Crunchy apples, celery and walnuts mixed with turkey make a crisp, cool salad perfect for a hot summer night or anytime. The original combination of apples, celery and mayonnaise was served at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City over 100 years ago. This updated version still has the pleasing combination of textures and flavors that has made the salad a classic. Roast turkey breast can be bought...
Bolivia makes polished, complex wines – almost all at high altitudes

Bolivia makes polished, complex wines – almost all at high altitudes

Wine fiends - those who not only enjoy or love wine, but spend an inordinate amount of time and energy talking, debating, reading, blogging and posting about it - often decry the “globalization” of wine. They point to an “international style,” or homogenization, and complain that cabernet sauvignon made anywhere tastes just like cabernet made everywhere. There’s a positive...
A healthy, tasty snack made for your scooping pleasure

A healthy, tasty snack made for your scooping pleasure

I am an inveterate snacker, especially at tea time, which according to our tradition is around late afternoon, or perhaps early evening. This old family habit – actually not just a family’s but a national way of life – has been ingrained in me, as well as my wife Kaisari, from our earlier life in the eastern Indian subcontinent, until we came to live here in 1972. We are both pretty...
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...
You’ll want this tasty barbecue for your Labor Day weekend

You’ll want this tasty barbecue for your Labor Day weekend

I’m thinking there’s a good chance we’ll be craving some decent ‘cue over the long Labor Day weekend. So I offer you this handy link to the “Ultimate Barbecue Guide of Palm Beach County” our digital team compiled last year and recently updated. Granted, this isn’t Austin or Memphis or any other national barbecue destination. But we do have our smoky charms...
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